Former President Leonel Fernández to keep campaigning
Domínguez Brito revs up his followers in San Pedro
Father Rogelio will always be Father Rogelio
DR is good market for retail
Experts from the Americas come to talk about arbitration and corruption
Drought in San Juan de la Maguana
Social program entices children to play Mozart
Single moms prevalent in the Dominican Republic
Blackouts: the official explanations
Driving dangerously: beware of freighters




Former President Leonel Fernández to keep campaigning
Former President Leonel Fernandez, who polls say is the man to beat for anyone aspiring to be the presidential candidate for the ruling PLD party, is not heeding the order by the Central Electoral Board to put an end to early electoral campaigning. Fernandez is combing towns and communities around the country to warm up his followers. Ahead of the presidential election set for May 2020, polls position him as the highest ranked eligible political candidate.

As reported in El Caribe, followers of the former three-term President, maintain they have a right to proselytize to position their candidate.

Former President Fernandez said in a statement that the resolution unanimously approved by the electoral body lacks legal base.” In reality, there is no norm in effect or by laws or rules of the political parties that prohibit carrying out these actions in the pre-campaign period,” read the statement.

While Fernandez admitted he shares the concern of certain sectors of the society in regards to early political activities, he considered there is no way to enforce the order.

The resolution of the JCE requests the collaboration of the Ministry of the Interior and Police, the governorships and the city governments to impose the provision. The measure would be in effect this week.

http://www.elcaribe.com.do/2018/06/2...en-las-calles/
http://hoy.com.do/1775881-2/


Domínguez Brito revs up his followers in San Pedro
PLD pre-candidate Francisco Domínguez Brito was in San Pedro de Macorís over the weekend for activities that promote his aspirations to be the presidential candidate for the ruling PLD party. His campaign reported he swore in directors for his campaign in the province, participated in a forum on entrepreneurship and first jobs at the Centro Cultural Fermoselle on Saturday. On Sunday, he attended three events to swear in his campaign activists.

http://www.elcaribe.com.do/2018/06/2...ro-de-macoris/


Father Rogelio will always be Father Rogelio
The Salesian Society defrocked Rogelio Cruz for refusing to travel for an indefinite course to Colombia. The former Father Rogelio Cruz said he is going to appeal the Roman Catholic Church decision given the process has been ridden with irregularities. Notwithstanding, he maintains that when he was ordained priest it was for life, and nothing is going to change on his perspective and actions. He said the only difference is that he is no longer a member of the Roman Catholic Church. “But the church is from the people and from Jesus, “ he stated. He said he will now be an independent.

He accuses big mining of wanting to get him out of circulation. The priest has been active helping people become aware of the negatives that mining brings to their communities. “This is still about Falcondo Xstrata Nickel, Barrick Gold and UniGold, the mining companies in this country that set out to get me out of circulation. The plan at first was to eliminate me, and as after we alerted international organizations that stopped. Now the plan is to neutralize the figure of Rogelio Cruz,” he told reporters.

https://www.diariolibre.com/noticias...nte-CI10184565


DR is good market for retail
Laureano Turienzo, the promoter of the Retail Trends 2020 that will take place 19 September 2018 at the Santo Domingo JW Marriott, says that the Dominican Republic is the 13th retail market in the world when ranked by investment. A Deloitte study highlights the importance of the Dominican market on the global scale. In regards to attracting international markets, the Dominican Republic is ranked 7th in the world. But it is also sixth in market saturation. The findings are published in Listin Diario today.

Turienzo told Listin Diario reporters: “This is a very good market.” He said there is high market penetration on the Internet and much e-commerce trade. The demand is big and there, he says. He set at 81% market penetration and says that of these 61% are Internet uses. The norm for the Caribbean is 48% that of Central America is 61%, South America is 68%, and the global average is 53%.
The same study reveals that Dominicans are among the most active in the world participation in social media, with 52% and growing, compared to the 52% global average.

https://www2.deloitte.com/content/da...iling-2018.pdf
https://www2.deloitte.com/content/da...rends-2018.pdf
https://assets.kpmg.com/content/dam/...rends-2018.pdf
https://www.mckinsey.com/business-fu...r-bricks-click
https://es.slideshare.net/futurice/f...il-trends-2020


Experts from the Americas come to talk about arbitration and corruption
Experts on the Odebrecht corruption scandal in the Americas from five countries in the region will present a series of talks on a range of perspectives on arbitration in a seminar entitled, “Challenges and difficulties of arbitration today: Laundering and Corruption” on Friday, 29 June 2018, at the Hotel Embajador, located on Av. Sarasota in Santo Domingo. The event is organized by the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution (CRC), of the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo (CCPSD). The event will last from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Ricardo Koenig, president of the executive board of the CRC will make the opening remarks.

Other arbitration experts speaking include:
Roger Rubio, from Peru; Francisco González de Cossío, from Mexico; Nancy Anzoategui, from Argentina; Luis Martínez, from the United States; and Manuel Fermín Cabral and Luisa Nuño, from the Dominican Republic, will be the speakers of the two central topics: "Corruption and Arbitration in Latin America" and "Money Laundering and International Arbitration".

Also, the speakers will discuss Odebrecht in the panel on "the most recent cases of corruption in the region: challenges to the institutionality of mediation", "the arbitrability of corruption" "corruption and investment arbitration", "new law of of Dominican assets and arbitration, "cases of money laundering in international arbitration" and "the role of the arbitral tribunal in the event of suspicion of laundering".

http://hoy.com.do/expertos-expondran...-y-corrupcion/


Drought in San Juan de la Maguana
Farmers in San Juan de la Maguana province have reduced the area planted in rice this crop this year due to concerns about the long standing drought affecting the southwest. Water levels are low in the Sabaneta Dam. The National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INDRHI) has advised the region’s farmers to reduce crop acreage this year. Olgo Fernández of Indhri said the recommendation to reduce rice planting has already been passed on to Agriculture Minister Osmar Benítez and the general administrator of the Agriculture Bank, Carlos Segura Foster and to administrative minister of the Presidency Jose Ramon Peralta.

In an interview on D’Agenda with Hector Herrera Cabral, Segura explained the decision was taken because there just is not enough water to guarantee successful rice harvests.

http://hoy.com.do/por-sequia-en-san-...mbra-de-arroz/


Social program entices children to play Mozart
Emulating “the system,” the classic music education program that was so successful in Venezuela, Corinne Bouygus de Gobbie and her husband, film award-winning Sergio Gobbi, have developed the musical talents of Dominican children by giving them a chance to play musical instruments and learn the classics. The system is known to turn children who have never played an instrument into good musicians in less than two years.

The instruction is backed by Fundacion Fiesta Clasica, a nonprofit, that currently serves 200 children and would like to serve more, but needs more support. The classes take place on Monday through Friday from 2:30pm to 7:30pm at the Benemerita y Respetable Logia Cuna de America II in the Colonial City. The program already has the support of leading contemporary music composer and musician Juan Luis Guerra, and outstanding Dominican classic violinist, Aisha Syed Castro.

As reported in Diario Libre, the program is not a music conservatory, nor a music academy. It is a social program that began with 10 children from the barrio, then 15, then 20 and now 200. Dominique Mey, vice president of the foundation, says that if they had more space they could give instruction to more children.

https://www.diariolibre.com/revista/...ial-GH10175452


Single moms prevalent in the Dominican Republic
The director of the National Office of Statistics (ONE), Alexandra Izquierdo says that according to civil registry records in 2016 there were 204,037 births. The bad news is that 88.6% were to women that were not legally married. This does not mean the child did not have a father in the household, just that the mothers reported their status as single in the civil state.

Of the births, women ages 25 to 29 years had the most children, with 36,571, of which 31,164 were of single moms and 5,371 of married moms.

Next there were 29.7% to mothers 20 to 24 years old, or 41,533, of which 39,047 were single moms and 2,483 were married.

The statistics show there were 22,326 births to females 15 to 19 years, of which 22,068 were to single moms and 2,483 to married moms. And there were 604 births to girls of 15 or less.

"These figures should motivate us to reflect because of the great proliferation of pregnancies in adolescents when they should instead be making the most of their youth, especially to finish their studies and seek a better future," explained Izquierdo.

http://hoy.com.do/la-mayoria-de-los-...dres-solteras/


Blackouts: the official explanations
Two to four hour blackouts are back, sometimes as long as 24 hours and are causing significant economic losses in Greater Santo Domingo.

One explanation given is that transmission lines at Km 15 in Azua and Canabacoa, Bonao were damaged. This, together with downed electricity pole on Av. Charles de Gaulle in eastern Santo Domingo caused the shutdown of five substations. Another explanation is that the recent heavy rains caused damage to the system.

The coordinating body for the National Interconnected Electrical System (OC-Seni) said that an undefined number of the power generators, including CESPM 1 and 3, and Itabo 2 had around 622 megawatts are offline and together with effects of the rains can be blamed for the prolonged blackouts.

http://elnacional.com.do/tanda-apago...santo-domingo/
https://www.listindiario.com/economi...ersos-sectores


Driving dangerously: beware of freighters
If a freight truck is approaching you on the road, get out of its way. A report in Lstin Diario says that just in one week freight trucks were involved in 29 road accidents. Most of accidents were blamed on aggressive and reckless truck drivers. So far in June 2018, there have been 73 accidents in which heavy trucks have been involved causing mayor damage to smaller vehicles.

https://www.listindiario.com/la-repu...-ultima-semana