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  1. Ecoman1949

    How to get to DR from Canada without a mask... is it possible?

    Didn’t say it was a luxury cruise. Container ships take passengers all the time. men and women are part of the crew on modern container ships. Some have amenities like small pools for crew and passengers. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the food is good. You can even take your vehicle...
  2. Ecoman1949

    For beach lovers, it may be time to seek out a new island!

    I don’t frequent the beaches in tourist areas. In fact, I’ve never been to Sosúa Beach. I spend my time on remote beaches or less touristy beaches like La Isabella or Luperon beach. The current government initiative to civilize certain beach’s won’t affect my DR lifestyle and what’s happening at...
  3. Ecoman1949

    How to get to DR from Canada without a mask... is it possible?

    There is/was a shipping company that has a Canada-DR run biweekly out of St. John, New Brunswick. Book a room and or work your passage. No masks required.
  4. Ecoman1949

    Electricity rate hikes put on hold

    If you want to see the negative impacts of the transfer of government owned utilities to private companies, Google Fortis Belize power grid takeover. Fortis bought the Belize grid and immediately hiked up the rates to the point where the poor citizens couldn’t afford electricity anymore. Not the...
  5. Ecoman1949

    Senate passes the Pro-Pedernales Trust

    I agree with your view of the current state of ecotourism in the DR. I know of only a few small resorts promoting ecotourism stays in the DR but demand is small compared to the demand for the one and two week AI booze and food fest resorts. Ecotourists have a lot of high calibre destinations to...
  6. Ecoman1949

    Senate passes the Pro-Pedernales Trust

    For the time being, which is why Abinader is feathering his own financial nest and taking a have fun while it lasts approach. Much more fun than dealing with inflation, poverty, crime, corruption, and the festering Haitian problems. Inflation isn’t going away and the upcoming fall and winter...
  7. Ecoman1949

    Senate passes the Pro-Pedernales Trust

    After the final runway extension is complete at Gregorio Luperon Airport, they will be able to accommodate the new class of Boeing and Airbus single aisle, large passenger volume, fuel efficient aircraft. The airport will compete with SDQ and PUJ for long distance international tourist traffic...
  8. Ecoman1949

    Senate passes the Pro-Pedernales Trust

    The Luperon Beach Resort was popular for years until the long arduous drive over a narrow dangerous road from POP airport was partially responsible for its demise. That and poor management by the last owners. Tourists that stayed at the resort liked the amenities the resort provided and easy...
  9. Ecoman1949

    President Abinader announces new courses for better police

    I agree with most of what you say amigo. Some men know what they want and have the innate ability to achieve success regardless of their education level, without guidance from anyone. They have their own set of ethics and moral compass but they tend to be the exception, not the rule. I witnessed...
  10. Ecoman1949

    President Abinader announces new courses for better police

    All for naught. As long as corruption is embedded deeply in politics, business, the courts, and current police enforcement, the proposed new plan to train and select better candidates is just pissing against the cultural winds. If a basic quality school education is not important to most young...
  11. Ecoman1949

    Chartered jet retained at PUJ after suspected shipment found on board

    Anybody who has spent any time in the DR, has seen this same bizarre investigation scenario play out many times. Foreigners held for extended periods while the investigation plods on due to incompetence, corruption, and politics. Under the previous and current administrations, corrupt high...
  12. Ecoman1949

    Miners trapped in Cerros de Maimón mine

    There is There is some truth in what you say JD. If you take the time to research mine collapse incidents worldwide and resulting deaths, the number of incidents in Chinese owned mines is a concern. Worker health and safety appears to comes second place to ore production. As it does with many...
  13. Ecoman1949

    New tailings dam would require relocation of a community near Cotuí

    The article is partially factual. They failed to note that the Canadian Coast Guard does regular pollution patrols along the BC coast and Federal Fisheries and Oceans have oil sensor equipped aircraft doing the same. The US and Canadian Coast Guard also collaborate on pollution patrols. Vessels...
  14. Ecoman1949

    New tailings dam would require relocation of a community near Cotuí

    Years of dealing with industrial environmental damage has taught me that industries preach environmental stewardship but the reality is, they consider the damage they do and the resulting fines and rehabilitation as the cost of doing business. They are held to a stricter standard in Canada, the...
  15. Ecoman1949

    New tailings dam would require relocation of a community near Cotuí

    Good research Vegas. The last tailings holding lagoon failure I did an assessment on was a release from a gold mine in a remote area of my province. The release resulted in a major fish kill. The company received a large fine for the spill, was was ordered to rehabilitate the mine tailings area...
  16. Ecoman1949

    New tailings dam would require relocation of a community near Cotuí

    If the only issue was cyanide deposition in the tailings and the cyanide was treated properly, the tailings waste wouldn’t be a health or environmental concern. Gold mining processing waste contains many other types of toxins. Mercury, cadmium, and arsenic are just a few. Regardless of what’s...
  17. Ecoman1949

    New tailings dam would require relocation of a community near Cotuí

    Note the date of this press release by Oceana. October 2009. The cruise ship industry has changed significantly since then because of new laws and stricter enforcement. Especially in US and Canadian waters. Modern cruise ships have sewage treatment plants and oily water separators. The...
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    New tailings dam would require relocation of a community near Cotuí

    The DR government does benefit greatly from the increased royalties, but only after the previous government threatened Barrick Resources after years of low royalties. The jobs provided to locals are a direct economic benefit to the economy of the towns in the area. The proposed new tailings...
  19. Ecoman1949

    What works best when trying to talk with a Latina

    Based on the four short term emotional roller coaster rides I’ve had with DR ladies, sometimes the communication works best if it’s one sided. Just listen to the ladies and respond accordingly. It doesn’t have to be a stimulating conversation. It’s mostly about family and money anyway...
  20. Ecoman1949

    Another expat murder

    Don’t sell your communication skills short. Your posts, like many, are informative and entertaining. Your sense of humour regarding certain things is refreshing and your insights are always on the mark. Keep them coming. Half the fun of this forum is interpreting posters cryptic comments. I miss...