President Medina travels to El Salvador|
President Danilo Medina traveled to El Salvador on Sunday, 1 June and returned later the same day. He was attending President Salvador Sanchez Ceren's inauguration ceremony. President Medina invited the new President to attend the Central American Integration System (SICA) Summit that will take place in Punta Cana on 25-27 June 2014. The event marks the conclusion of the Dominican Republic's presidency of the SICA group. President Medina was accompanied by Administrative Minister Jose Ramon Peralta, Minister of Interior & Police Jose Ramon Fadul and Minister of Hacienda Simon Lizardo. Also traveling was the Superintendent of Insurance Euclides Gutierrez Feliz, businessman Jose Miguel Gonzalez, and his personal assistants.
National Foreigner Legalization Plan begins|
The Ministry of Interior and Police has announced the start of the 12-month National Foreigner Legalization Plan. The plan is open to people who have entered the country irregularly, or who entered legally but are now in an irregular status situation for having overstayed the term for which they were authorized to enter, as well as for people who have violated the original terms of entry. The plan is being carried out by the National Migration Council that unites the Immigration Agency, the Administrative Ministry of the Presidency, Central Electoral Board (JCE) and the Ministry of the Presidency efforts to provide legal document to residents in the Dominican Republic.
The government is considering the length of time the person has been living in the country, their links to Dominican society, work and socioeconomic conditions and the legalization of people as an individual and by family.
To participate in the program, applicants need to present identification that is valid in their country of origin.
The government says they seek to regularize foreigners of 98 nationalities who were born in the country and do not have legal status.
The plan starts in the provincial governor headquarters in Azua, Bani, Barahona, San Cristobal, San Juan de la Maguana, San Pedro de Macoris, La Romana, Hato Mayor, La Altagracia, Monte Plata, Santiago and San Francisco de Macoris. It will subsequently be extended to the remaining provinces. For more information, call *788.
CID Latin America poll findings released|
The latest CID Latinoamericana poll published in today's Hoy newspaper, Monday 2 June found that 52% of Dominicans are concerned about the cost of living and jobs, followed by crime. Overall, Dominicans are optimistic that the Medina administration is on the right track, with hope for improvements for all in the next 12 months. Four out of every five citizens give positive ratings to the administration.
Interestingly, three out of every five citizens said they have little or no interest in political affairs. On the other hand, crime stories have had the most impact on citizens.
Italians in DR urge their government to reconsider embassy closure|
Italian citizens in the Dominican Republic believe it would be "a historic error" if Italy goes ahead with its plan to shut down its Embassy in the Dominican Republic. The closure would need to be reciprocated with the closure of the Dominican Embassy in Italy. President Danilo Medina will be in Italy for a private meeting with Pope Francis on 13 June and is also expected to meet with the Italian President.
Renzo Seravalle, president of the Casa Italia, and businessmen Roberto Casoni, Enzo Bonarelli, Guillermo Rodriguez Vicini, Fernando Rainieri Marranzini and Diego Fernandez expressed their concerns in an interview with Listin Diario. They said the closure would have serious effects on the Italian community resident in the Dominican Republic. The Italian Embassy in the DR is the largest in Central America and the Caribbean. They say that the Embassy had 6, 375 Italians registered in 2012, increasing to 8,314 in 2013. They mentioned that around 150,000 Italian tourists visit every year.
As reported in Listin Diario, of the 116 Italian embassies around the world, the DR embassy is in the 20th place in terms of the number of registered citizens since it opened in 1984.
The citizens called for the Italian government to assess bilateral relations, the inconveniences the closure would represent for Dominicans who will have to carry out necessary paperwork in Panama, the designated concurrent embassy.
Diego Fernandez mentioned that events such as weddings, birth declarations, death certifications would require new costs for Italians residents in the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean island residents who come to Santo Domingo for the services of the Italian Embassy.
"It does not make sense for the largest community to have to travel to another country. The consequences will be very painful. We do not want Italy to make an error that they may regret in the future," said Fernandez and Casoni.
In April, the Italian Foreign Ministry announced plans to close the embassy to cut spending. Fernandez commented that there would not be great savings, because the staff working here will have to be reassigned to other countries, with additional costs. "The Italian government will have to incur in costs to move the extensive files accumulated over more than 100 years and will have to expand any other mission to provide the new services," he pointed out.
Roberto Casoni said that Italy's economic future could be advanced by adding, not subtracting markets. "How can they leave now when this is the best time to stay? It makes no sense for Italy to leave the main economy in all Central America and the Caribbean," he commented.
He announced that Casa de Italia has launched a campaign for Italian citizens in the Dominican Republic, who can participate by visiting the webpage http://www.casadeitaliard.org
Drugs point of sale sign seized in San Francisco de Macoris|
Talk of the town is the sales sign used by drug vendors in San Francisco de Macoris. The narcotics, their misspelled common names and their prices are listed on the sign.
'Perico' RD$650 & RD$450, 'Grasa' RD$750, 'Krac' RD$450, 'Piedra' RD$90.
'Yelba' was offered for 20 x RD$200, and 10 for RD$200.
The San Francisco police dismantled the ring on Sunday, 1 June 2014 and removed the sign. The sales point was located in Rabo de Chivo sector. As reported, the vendors would warn each other about the presence of suspicious people on their cell phones. Although the agents confiscated the sign, no arrests were made and no drugs were seized. A thread in the dr1 forum provides the English terms for the drugs.
NGOs not complying with accountability before government|
A report from the Camara de Cuentas that audits institutions receiving government funds says that 88.5% of the non-governmental organizations that receive taxpayer money presented incomplete accounts reports. The Chamber of Accounts says that only 11.5% of the non-profits presented the required monthly accountability reports for around RD$1.5 billion in funds assigned. That is 104 of 897 non-profits that receive government funding, as reported in 7dias.com.do
IFC backs Fondesa in the Dominican Republic|
A local non-profit microfinance institution has received a three-year US$4.8 million loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group. The Fondo para el Desarrollo Incorporado (Fondesa) will use the funds for micro-entrepreneurs based in rural areas. Fondesa expects to benefit 15,000 small businesspeople.
Youth accused of Police agent's death shot dead by Police|
The mother of Wandy Sanchez, the 15-year old youth accused by the Police of killing police agent Mercedes del Carmen Torres Baez lamented the death of her son, saying that she had been given two days to deliver her son when she was arrested for questioning. But her son was shot in less than 24 hours.
The Police accused 21-year old Juan Carlos de la Cruz Adames and 15-year old Wandy Sanchez were responsible for killing Torres Baez. The Police said that Sanchez was shot by the police in what has been described as "crossfire." Cruz Adames is still on the run.
El Dia reports today, Monday 2 June, that it is part of an unwritten code that whoever kills a Police agent is signing his own death warrant.
The Police reports that 14 members of the force have been killed this year, most by criminals seeking to steal their service firearms.
Prosecutor General Francisco Dominguez Brito has ordered an investigation into the death.
Jorge Celedon at the National Theater|
One of Colombia's leading contemporary vallenato performers, Jorge Celedon, will take the stage of the National Theater in Santo Domingo on 25 July 2014 at 8:30pm. Tickets for his "Sin Fronteras 2" concert are already on sale. Miriam Cruz will open the show.
Velas Santo Domingo 2014 at Don Diego Terminal|
See the tall ships from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico as they unfold their sails off the Malecon in Santo Domingo. They are in Santo Domingo after participating in a regatta circumnavigating the South American to cross through the Panama Canal to the Caribbean. They are mooring at the Port of Santo Domingo, Don Diego Terminal, since Sunday 1 June. They can be visited Monday 2 June and Tuesday 3 June from 9am to 12 noon and 2pm to 10pm. A series of events are being held to coincide with their visit includes concerts by leading popular musical performers in the evenings. The Dominican Navy (Armada), Ministry of Tourism, and the National District City Government have organized the events with sponsorship from Presidente Beer.
For more on upcoming events, see www.dr1.com/calendar
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