Daily News

Daily News - Thursday, 30 July 2015 (Archived Daily News)

Vicente Garcia at Hard Rock Cafe
(Image courtesy of photonews.do)

DR1 takes August Friday holidays

This is family vacation time. So, for logistics reasons, DR1 weekend day news will be included in the Monday issue. DR1 Daily News will not be updated on Friday 31 July, or 7, 14, 21 August due to the summer holidays. The regular Friday updates will again be available as of 28 August. The DR1 Forums are open 24/7 and news can be updated there at any time.


ECLAC forecasts above average growth for DR in 2015

According to the Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2015, published by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Dominican Republic will experience above average regional expansion with a projected annual growth rate of 4.8%. Regional leaders are Panama with 6% increase, followed by Antigua and Barbuda with 5.4% and the DR and Nicaragua, both with 4.8%. Mexico's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will grow 2.4% while Argentina's will rise 0.7%. Brazil will experience a contraction of -1.5% while Venezuela will face an even greater decline of -5.5%. The average growth for the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean is 0.5% in 2015, according to new projections released on 29 July 2015 by ECLAC during a press conference in Santiago, Chile.

ECLAC reported that the economic slowdown in the region is due to external and domestic factors. In the external arena, the global economy's slow growth during 2015 stands out, particularly the deceleration of China and other emerging economies, with the exception of India. The report indicates that global trade will remain stagnant as part of what has become a structural problem in the global economy. There has been a slowdown in the external demand for goods as well as downward trend of prices for basic products. Finally, ECLAC notes that there is greater volatility and uncertainty in international financial markets.

Although the deceleration is a generalized phenomenon in the region, the organization forecasts heterogeneous growth among sub-regions and countries: South America will contract -0.4%, Central America and Mexico will grow 2.8%, while the Caribbean will expand 1.7%.

Upon presenting its most recent annual report, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) called for the revitalizing of investment in the competitive capacities of Latin American economies so that growth and improve productivity can be achieved throughout the region.





Government and business prepared to expand overseas markets

On Wednesday, July 29, President Danilo Medina chaired the first meeting of the Presidential Roundtable to Promote Exports. The purpose of the Roundtable is to develop a comprehensive and multi-sectoral strategy to increase exports. In his introductory remarks, President Danilo Medina expressed his support for the export sector and underlined the commitment of his administration to join forces with the private sector to expand foreign markets for Dominican products. He stressed that a strong export sector can accelerate economic and social development for the country.

In the two-hour meeting held at the Presidential Palace, Medina pledged to the businessmen that the government will be a facilitator and partner in an broad effort for Dominican products to reach new markets.



OAS reports and DR rejects

Every newspaper in the country carries the headline story of the OAS report on the accusations by the government of Haiti of a humanitarian crisis caused by mass repatriations the result of the implementation of Dominican government migratory policy.

The Nuevo Diario reports that during the presentation of the report, the OAS yesterday offered to facilitate talks between the Dominican Republic and Haiti regarding the immigration crisis and recommended mediating a meeting to find ways to resolve the present difficulties.

The offer was made by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro as part of the observations and recommendations following the visit in early July to Haiti and the DR made in the OAS report on the visit to the Permanent Council.

Members of the commission interviewed government authorities, important personalities in the civil society, businessmen, immigrants and representatives of agencies involved in the National Foreigner Legalization Plan carried out by the Dominican government in compliance with the Immigration Law that dates back to 2004. Registration for this plan ended on 17 June 2015, when a 45-day period began for completing and receiving identification documents.

The Dominican government responded to the OAS recommendations that it does not require the "mediation" of the OAS in the talks with Haiti because at the present time "there is no conflict which merits such a thing."

The report, which has been rejected by large sectors of the Dominican public and private entities, says that the OAS mission representatives observed displaced persons "who live in precarious conditions" and that there are persons "who are at risk of not having any recognized nationality." Likewise, the mission also said that it was "difficult" to confirm the numbers of persons that cross the border between the two countries.

The report did acknowledge that the Dominican Republic "has the right as a sovereign nation to establish and implement its own immigration policy." Bilateral talks with Haiti reached a stand still when the Haitian government demanded that it must approve conditions for repatriations. The Haitian government also maintains an international smear campaign against the Dominican efforts to legalize those living in the country.






Dominican Republic tells OAS there is no conflict

The Dominican government answered late yesterday the Organization of American States (OAS) with regard to their offer to "mediate" in order to resolve the crisis with Haiti. Dominican Foreign Minister, Andres Navarro commented that no mediation is necessary since "there is no conflict which merits such mediation."

"The Dominican Republic reaffirms that it has not requested nor does it require the mediation by the Secretary General of the OAS, because in the first place, there does not exist at the present time a conflict between both countries which merits such a thing," said the Foreign Minister during a press conference at the Presidential Palace. Navarro also said that there already exist mechanisms for bilateral talks with Haiti, which could be reestablished, he said, "as soon as the Haitian government ends its policy of discrediting the Dominican Republic, which appears to me as simply a pretext for evading its responsibility to serve the Haitian population."

Conep says OAS recommendations not related to report

The president of the National Council of Private Enterprise (Conep), Rafael Blanco Canto, said that the recommendations made by the Organization of American States regarding the immigration situation in the country have no relation with the results of the inquiry of the mission that visited Haiti and the Dominican Republic early in July. The results were presented to the OAS Permanent Council on Wednesday, 29 July 2015. Blanco Canto said that the report dismantles the argument that the National Foreign Legalization Plan has created a humanitarian crisis in Haiti. The report also confirms that there have not been the mass repatriations the Haitian ambassador to Haiti accused the Dominican Republic of having instigated. Indeed, it was this accusation by the Haitian government that led to the OAS appointing the mission to investigate this situation.

Blanco Canto said the report does acknowledge what the Dominican government has been saying all along, that there is a problem with documentation in Haiti.

For his part, the president of the Dominican Republic Association of Industries (AIRD), Campos de Moya, said that until Haiti assumes a responsible position there is little to be done. "Until Haiti takes a assumes its responsibility in addressing immigration issues, for example, by providing civil registry services to its own people, there can be no talk of dialogue," said Moya. Both officials were interviewed in the Presidential Palace after a meeting with President Danilo Medina and the officials of the export sector.

Water is now in a crisis situation in Santo Domingo

The scarcity of drinking water has gone from bad to worse in the National District and Greater Santo Domingo. It is so grave that several sectors in Santo Domingo have been without water for a week.

According to the Nuevo Diario the uptown barrios of Villa Consuelo, Villa Francisca, Villa Juana, San Carlos, Simon Bolivar and others are "crying for water".

In fact says the newspaper reports that sectors that rarely experience water shortages, for example, Gascue and the Colonial City, are now are enduring periods without running water.

The Director of the Santo Domingo Water and Sewer Corporation (CAASD), Alejandro Montas, reported that the problems that CAASD is facing with the supply of water are due to the lack of rain in watersheds of rivers that supply Greater Santo Domingo.

Reports in other newspapers have noted how the water levels at a majority of the nation's reservoirs are beyond the critical levels, limiting irrigation and household use of water. In Santiago, police arrested a man for washing cars on the street. The government has urged people not to waste water.

To complicate things, the National Meteorological Office (Onamet) has released the long-term forecast that says there will be few significant rainfall events over the next three months, due of the "El Nino" effect.

Rafaela lays eggs, again

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, 28 July 2015, a hawksbill turtle named Rafaela, deposited eggs for the second time this season on the beach of the "Fishermen" on the Santo Domingo Coast.

On 12 July, she deposited eggs for the first time, after six attempts, reported the Jaragua Group on their Facebook page. The group says this might be her first attempt, because of her small size. The hawksbill turtle was named Rafaela in honor of Rafael, a fisherman in the area (also known as "the tortoise"), who is known for his efforts to protect the turtles that visit the Malecon.

Gender experts meet in Santo Domingo

High level government officials whose agencies focus on the well-being of women and gender experts from all across Latin America and the Caribbean are meeting in Santo Domingo on 30 and 31 July to discuss achievements and challenges in the region in regards to gender equality. The 52nd Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean is organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Speaking at the inaugural session will be Vice President Margarita Cedeno, Foreign Relations Minister Andres Navarro and Minister of Women Alejandrina German. Maria Nieves Rico, director of the Gender Division of ECLAC will also participate in the inaugural session.


La Vega celebrates XX Expo Vega Real

The Chamber of Commerce and Production of La Vega Real, Inc. are hosting the 20th Expo Fair at the La Vega Country Club from Thursday, 30 July to Sunday, 2 August 2015. Claudio Fernandez, the president of the Chamber recalled how since its start in 1996, the fair has given priority to exposing local production.

He said this year's theme is "Innovation for all." There are 88 indoor exhibits and 146 outdoors stands, with more than 135 companies participating.

National Biennial of the Visual Arts works announced

The Ministry of Culture announced the artists chosen to participate in the 28th National Biennial of the Visual Arts. Of 606 works that competed, 242 were chosen.

Maria Elena Ditren, director of the Museum of Modern Art and coordinator of the Organizing Committee for the Biennial, highlighted the diversity of the works chosen to be featured.

The event is organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Museum of Modern Art.

The selection jurors this year were educator, architect and art critic, Amelia Soto; researcher, educator and art critic, Odalis Perez; artist, director and founder of the Foundation for the Development and Promotion of Dominican Photography, Mayra Johnson.

The works were chosen in painting (89), drawing (24), sculpture (21), graphic arts (18), installation art (37), plastic actions-performance (8), photography (30), and video and multimedia (6).

The 28th Biennial of the Visual Arts opens on 16 August at 7pm at the Museum of Modern Art. This year the festival is dedicated to Dominican visual artist Fernando Pena Defillo.

The artists whose work were chosen will now compete for awards. The awards jurors are Dominican artists Jorge Severino, Danilo de los Santos and Michele Dalmace of the University Bordeaux Montaigne.

See the complete list of chosen works at:



Fausto Rey at Lucia 203

Romantic bolero singer Fausto Rey is booked for Friday, 31 July 2015 at Lucia 203 in the Colonial City. This is a special Father's Day Concert. Sunday is Father's Day in the Dominican Republic. 9pm. Tickets: RD$1,000.

Aquiles & Gerald: "Nada serio"

Comedians Aquiles Correa and Gerald Ogando are presenting an evening of humor at the Nader Teatro Bar in Piantini on Friday, 31 July 2015. 9pm. Tickets: RD$500.

Dance the night away

"Tripletazo para papa" is the concert-dance evening with Kinito Mendez, Tueska and Alex Matos on Thursday, 30 July at Jet Set Disco. Tickets RD$1,500.

Vicente Garcia at Hard Rock Cafe

Following his music tour to the United States, Mexico and Colombia, Dominican songwriter-singer Vicente Garcia will perform at Hard Rock Cafe at the Blue Mall. 6 August 2015. 10pm. Tickets: RD$700-RD$1,500.


Pagliacci at the National Theater

Sociedad ProArte Latinoamericana presents Pagliacci, the opera by Italian Ruggero Leoncavallo, at the National Theater. The dates are Thursday, 6 August, and Satuday 8 August 2015 at 8:30pm. Tickets are RD$500 to RD$2,700.

The key roles will be sung by Dominican lyrical singers Mario Marinez, Juan Tomas Perez and Edgar Perez. Also performing are Cuban soprano Katia Selva and American baritone Nelson Martinez. The work also has the participation of the Coro Angelicus and the 54 musicians of the Dominican Philharmonic Orchestra. This is production by Carlos Palacios, with scenography by Ivan Miura.

Belanova at Hard Rock Cafe Santo Domingo

The Mexican Pop Grammy Award-winning band is scheduled to play at Hard Rock Cafe on 13 August 2015. Hard Rock Cafe Santo Domingo at the Blue Mall. 9pm. RD$1,700-RD$2,500.


To read more news, see the DR1 News Archives at: http://dr1.com/premium/news/2015/index.shtml