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Daily News - Friday, 09 October 2015 (Archived Daily News)

Joan Miro exhibition

Excellence to build second Punta Cana hotel

President Danilo Medina was in Punta Cana yesterday, Thursday 8 October 2015 for the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the 452-room Hotel Excellence El Carmen by the Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts. The all-inclusive hotel scheduled to open in September 2016 involves a US$100 million investment.

This will be the second property the Mexican corporation has built in Playa Uvero Alto, at the northern end of the Punta Cana-Bavaro area.

The new resort will be built in a contemporary Caribbean style and will include 11?restaurants with global cuisine, 15 bars, 20 swimming pools, a world-class spa, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Representing the corporation, Antonio Montaner said it had decided to go ahead with the project after the Dominican government improved the access road to the area.

Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia, who also took part in the ceremony, highlighted that the new property will attract luxury tourism segment, encouraging high-spending development.

Garcia said that the country is experiencing its best moments in tourism and mentioned the sustained growth at a pace of 8% per year. According to the minister, travel was up 17% in September 2015 compared to the same month in 2014.

The provincial governor of La Altagracia Ramon Guilamo, senator Amable Aristy Castro and Hotels and Tourism Association (Asonahores) president Simon Suarez also attended the event.

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Dauhajre report shows high impact of presidential visits

Research commissioned by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and carried out by economist Andy Dauhajre has found that 46% of President Danilo Medina's 104 surprise visits of to rural communities have had a high impact, 28% a medium impact, 16% positive prospects and 10% low impact, as reported in Listin Diario. UNDP official Melissa Breton said that they analyzed support received in 50 of the 104 communities as part of the Presidential Visits Impact Assessment research project. Of the 50 projects, 44 were related to farming and six to infrastructure with a total government investment of RD$943.9 million.

Solar panels at Jarabacoa University

The offices of the Universidad Agrofrestal Fernando Arturo Merino (UAFAM) and the second floor rooms at the Pinar Dorado Hotel run by the university in Jarabacoa are now solar-powered. The governmental Rural and Suburban Electrification Unit (UERS) donated the solar panels to the university at a cost of RD$11 million.

The UERS director general said that the purpose of the donation was to strengthen the agro-forestry studies program and to increase teaching hours at the university.

The installation has 82 solar panels of 260 watts, covering an area of 140 square meters. It has a generation capacity of 225 kWh per day, for savings of RD$75,000 a month, or around RD$900,000 a year.

Jobs fair in Punta Cana

The executive director of the Hotels and Tourism Projects Association in the eastern region, Janet Guerrero, has announced a job fair for Tuesday, 20 and Wednesday 21 October 2015 from 7am to 7pm at the Centro Universitario Regional Este (CURE) in Higuey, La Altagracia province. Applicants are asked to bring a CV with a photo and copy of their ID. The CVs will be distributed to hotels in the Bavaro, Punta Cana, Uvero Alto, Macao and Cabeza de Toro and allied companies.

She said there were many vacancies, especially for speakers of foreign languages, for posts incuding restaurant supervisors, concierges, bartenders, waiters, reception staff, nightclub staff and hostesses, animation staff, dancers, restaurant captains, Japanese food chefs, water and land activities staff, and water sports staff.

Government to help architect's family

The government has announced it will grant a pension to the widow of David Rodriguez. The architect is believed to have committed suicide due to financial stress following the completion of a public school in Monte Plata. On 25 September 2015 he apparently shot himself in the bathroom of the OISOE, the institution that supervised the construction of the school. A note found on the scene opened a can of worms, leading to revelations of a large-scale construction mafia at the OISOE that preyed on small builders like the architect. As reported in Listin Diario, La Romana provincial governor Juan Jose Santana is supporting the family. The promises from the authorities include building them a house, granting the architect's oldest son an architecture scholarship, and a pension for his widow, Pilar. School fees for the two younger children of the family will also be covered. The announcement came after the governor of La Romana accompanied the architect's widow on a visit to the director of the Office of Supervisory Engineers of Public Works (OISOE), Francisco Pagan.

She said, nevertheless, that receiving government help would not affect the family's demands for justice.

OISOE corruption protest

More than 50 organizations coordinated by the Colectivo Poder Ciudadano held a protest outside the Office of Supervisory Engineers of Public Works (OISOE) in Santo Domingo yesterday, Thursday 8 October 2015. They were demanding the shutdown of the office that has been constantly affected by major corruption scandals.

The demonstrators made a human chain calling for the closure of the OISOE, dubbing it "a den of thieves."

The latest case is a scandal involving bribes and extortion of public school engineers exposed after the alleged suicide of architect David Rodriguez.

Poder Ciudadano coordinator Manuel Robles called for an independent investigation to establish all the levels of corruption at the OISOE in recent years and for the guilty parties to be held accountable and sent to justice.

The groups that took part in the demonstration included Colectivo Poder Ciudadano, Cero Impunidad, Frente Amplio de Lucha Popular (FALPO), Coalicion por una Educacion Digna and Movimiento de Unidad Comunista.

The same yellow umbrellas that were used to demand the government assign 4% to education were back in the protest. Transparency in the management of the education budget was demanded. One teacher, Mary Cantizano Rojas said that schools could not be used as an excuse to continue the mafia. "In the case of the OISOE, it is the first time in the history of humanity that an educational revolution is carried out based on robbery and corruption," she said.

Read more in Spanish: http://www.elcaribe.com.do/2015/10/08/protestan-frente-oisoe-por-actos-corrupcion

Trade stops in Dajabon

Traders in the northwestern town of Dajabon on the border with Haiti have suspended today's market day, Friday 9 October 2015 to demand that the Haitian authorities stop preventing the flow of 23 products overland to Haiti, since the ban was imposed on 1 October 2015. Dozens of freighter and cargo trucks parked at the border gate to block the entry or departure of goods from Haiti. Traders' Federation president Freddy Morillo said that the blockage would be in effect until Haiti changes its decision. "This stoppage is for an indefinite period until the Haitian government revokes the ban on 23 national products overland because poor people in both nations are worst affected," he said, as reported in Diario Libre. The move has the support of the Fenatrado truckers' association, whose spokesman Giovanni Escoto described the Haitian government's ban as an outrage against thousands of Haitians whose livelihoods depend on trade.

Read more in Spanish: http://www.diariolibre.com/noticias/ciudad/comerciantes-y-camioneros-bloquearon-ayer-frontera-YX1505405

Migration deports Cubans

The Migration Agency (DGM) has announced that eight Cubans who had been living in the country illegally were deported via Las Americas International Airport yesterday, Thursday, 8 October 2015. The DGM says that other Cubans are being processed at the facilities at the Centro Vacacional de Haina. The DGM says this is in fulfillment of the migratory agreements reached with Cuba in August 2014. The deportees were named as Odalis Moreira, Luis Miguel Rodriguez, Ovni Alvarez, Carlos Suarez, Henry Clape, Emilde Clape, Capdesuner-Alexander Acosta Cobos, and Javier Lovaina Lores.

It was reported they had entered the country as tourists and had been living in the DR for several years without regularizing their status. They were flown home on a Cubana de Aviacion flight.

Read more in Spanish: http://www.listindiario.com/la-republica/2015/10/08/391333/migracion-deporta-a-ocho-cubanos-que-residian-en-el-pais-de-manera-ilegal

Migration bus in Constanza accident

Three people were killed and 27 were injured after a Migration bus transporting Haitian nationals crashed on the Casabito-Constanza road yesterday, Thursday 8 October 2015.

Migration Director Major General Ruben Paulino Sem visited the scene of the crash to support the injured, several Haitian nationals and a Dominican army sergeant, who were taken to the Pedro Enrique de Marchena public hospital in Bonao.

14-year old student injured hit and run bus accident

A commuter bus mounted a Santo Domingo sidewalk yesterday morning, Thursday 8 October 2015 seriously injuring a 14-year old student Angeli de los Santos. The driver and fare-charger fled the scene, but were later arrested by the Police. The accident occurred at the intersection of Av. John F. Kennedy and Dr. Defillo in front of the Francisco Gregorio Billini metro station.

According to witnesses, the driver ran a red light to ensure picking up a passenger and lost control of the bus. The students were on their way to the Los Jardines public high school.

As reported in El Caribe, the bus is a white Hyundai, license plate number Z-502387, of Route 64, a member of Asochocoduven, affiliated to Fetrapun and Conatra, covering the La Venta-Duarte route.

A 911 emergency ambulance took the girl, who suffered serious leg injuries, to the nearby Armed Forces Central Hospital.

Read more in Spanish: http://www.elcaribe.com.do/2015/10/08/guagua-embiste-estudiante-14-anos-parte-sus-piernas

Marcos Martinez acquitted in Margarita Cedeno defamation case

A Santiago court has dismissed charges against TV journalist, lawyer and former legislator Marcos Martinez placed by former First Lady, Vice President Margarita Cedeno who accused him of forging documents that showed she had millions of euros in a European bank account.

The three judges, Deyanira Mendez, Francisca Yudelka Clase and Luz Mariel Santos who heard the case for the Third Collegiate Tribunal in Santiago unanimously agreed that the defense and Santiago prosecutors could not show sufficient proof that Martinez had committed the crime of forging documents.

Cedeno, who is married to former President Leonel Fernandez, submitted a document forgery complaint against Martinez in March 2012, when she was still First Lady, after the TV commentator showed supposed proof on TV that she had EUR73 million in an account at the Danske Bank in Denmark. The allegation was made at a time when Cedeno was actively seeking the presidential nomination for the ruling PLD.

A court had imposed an exit ban on Martinez, while another ordered a US$20,000 bail payment while the case was being heard.

After hearing the decision, Martinez said: "I dedicate this win to the judges who did not yield to pressure and have brought dignity to the magistracy at the middle level. The judges gave an example of plurality, serious exercise of the profession and this means that not all is lost", as reported in Hoy. He pointed out that the judges had been able to resist political pressure.

Cedeno's lawyer had been asking for a five-year jail sentence for the TV commentator and a payment of US$1.1 million in compensation.

In her Twitter account, Vice President Margarita Cedeno expressed her disappointment at the ruling, saying: "Today's unfortunate decision is a stab against decency and integrity. It is a perverse incentive to defamation, and legitimizes the forgery of documents."

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Stephane Garelli to talk competitiveness in Santo Domingo

Competitiveness guru Stephane Garelli will be giving a talk on recent market trends and new competitiveness issues in Santo Domingo this year to encourage Dominicans to think outside the box regarding competitiveness strategies. The event is being organized by the Dominican-Swiss Chamber of Commerce (CCTDS). This is part of the series of Think Economics: X Ray of the Dominican Economy and Global Competitiveness organized by the chamber. The event will take place from 8:30 to 12:30pm on 18 November 2015 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Santo Domingo.


Joan Miro exhibition

Miro, Painter and Poet, an exhibition of 52 works by one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, Joan Miro, is open at the Centro Cultural de Espana and at the Museo de Casas Reales in Santo Domingo's Colonial City. This is the first time that an exhibition of the Spanish artist's works has been held in the country. The separate parts of the exhibition are open at Museo de las Casas Reales until 19 October, from 9am to 5pm, and at the Centro Cultural de Espana through 24 October from 9am to 9pm. Both parts will then travel to Santiago for exhibition at the Centro Cultural Leon from 12 November to 20 December 2015.

Adal Ramones at the National Theater

Mexican comedian and satirist Adal Ramones is booked for two performances in Santo Domingo this evening, Friday 9 and tomorrow, Saturday 10 October 2015 at 8:30pm at the Teatro Nacional. He is bringing his "New Monologues Tour 2015" show to Dominican audiences.

Tickets are for sale at the National Theater box office, a Uepa Tickets, CNN, Jumbo and Moviemax.

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