DR1 Daily News next update: Monday, 11 November 2019
Commerce and government create the most jobs
Selman says he backs making the Av. Anacaona more pedestrian-friendly
Political crisis in Haiti wipes out millions in Dominican exports
DR slides 13 points on World Bank Doing Business
Luis Abinader says the country is affected by a morality crisis
PLD loses its majority in the Chamber of Deputies
Conciencia Nacional backs Luis Abinader
Guillermo Moreno: Impossible an alliance with Leonel Fernández
Janet Camilo: Criminal Procedure Code allows for releasing aggressors
Paraglider rescued from forced landing in Bonao hills
Dominican makes finals of Amazon Literary Prize
Team USA wins DR Open 2019
Leones del Escogido lead the winter baseball championship
Diplomatic Ladies Bazaar on Sunday, 10 November
DR Environmental Film Festival 2019
Eddy Herrera at Hard Rock Live
Danny Rivera at the Teatro La Fiesta
Ricardo Montaner concert in December

Next DR1 Daily News Update: Monday, 11 November 2019
The next DR1 Daily News update is set for Monday, 11 November 2019. The Monday issue will compile headline news for the previous Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Commerce and government create the most jobs
An analysis of the recent National Poll on the WorkForce by the Central Bank reveals that 34.6% of the new posts (47,024) created in 2019 were in the commerce sector. Another 13.2% were jobs in government (17,995). Finance companies added 12% of the positions (11,626). The health sector was responsible for 11.3% (15,467) of the new jobs. This adds up to 71.1% of the jobs created.

There was a decline in jobs creating in agriculture, construction, electricity, water, transport, communication and education. Farm jobs declined 21,560 jobs by the second half of the year, or 4.2%.
Manufacturing was only capable of generating 3,900 jobs, or 0.8% more than a year ago. The Central Bank poll indicated that 455,004 persons were employed in the industrial sector at the close of the second quarter of the year. This number is similar to that of last year.


Selman says he backs making the Av. Anacaona more pedestrian-friendly
Culture Minister Eduardo Selman says that when he spoke of subtracting 10 lineal meters from the Mirador del Sur Park he meant these should be added to areas for the use of pedestrians, not added to the Av. Anacaona for vehicular traffic. Interviewed on El Gobierno de la Mañana, the architect who was the first to build residential high rises on the Av. Anacaona, said the additional meters would be used for expanding the sidewalks. "The Av. Anacaona is a speedway and it needs to be made more pedestrian-friendly," he stated.

Selman suggested that more parking with lighting and a bicycle lane be added. He recommended integrating the Avenida Mirador del Sur as a recreational way inside the park. The avenue is located at the north side of the Mirador del Sur Park. It is closed off to vehicular traffic to allow for runners to use it, thus it is also known as the Avenida de la Salud.

Selman's remarks had followed comments by fellow architect Eugenio Pérez Montás. Both now say they were misinterpreted and back the position of National District Mayor David Collado who rejected that land be taken from the park to be used for vehicular traffic.


Political crisis in Haiti wipes out millions in Dominican exports
Dominican exports to Haiti are down around RD$2 billion this year, a spokesman for the Comendador Association of Merchants and Exporters told El Dia newspaper. Exports to Haiti, the second-largest Dominican market after the United States, have been on the decline since 2017 due to the social, political and economic crisis in Haiti. The Dominican government has not yet quantified the decline in exports, but it has been confirmed by the Customs Agency and the Center for Export & Investment (CEI-RD). Dominican exports to Haiti have traditionally represented around 10% of total exports.

Leonel Castellanos Duarte, president of the Association of Industries of Herrera (Anieh) says that the trade decline has mainly affected exports of eggs, cold cuts and construction materials.


DR slides 13 points in World Bank Doing Business Report
In the 16th issue of the World Bank Doing Business Report 2020, the Dominican Republic dropped 13 points to the 115th place of 190 assessed countries. The report was released on 24 October 2019.

This is the second consecutive decline for the Dominican Republic. In 2018 the country had already declined to 102nd from 92nd in 2017.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is listed 15th of 32 countries.

Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1-190. A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the launch and operation of a local firm. The rankings are determined by sorting the aggregate scores on 10 topics, each consisting of several indicators, giving equal weight to each topic. The rankings for all economies are benchmarked to May 2019.


Luis Abinader says country is affected by crisis of morality
Luis Abinader, the presidential candidate of the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) said he was signing an Ethics and Conduct Code for party directors at a time when the country's most profound crisis is one of morality. He said there needs to be a renewed focus on ethics. The PRM Code of Ethics and Conduct describes the norms that must be observed by all members of the party's campaign to ensure ethics and legality objectives in the electoral process.

Abinader stressed that ethics, politics and society are an indissoluble and indispensable trio. He said: "It is not an exaggeration to affirm that without ethics there is no society; and without society, there can be no politics".

The signing of the agreement coincided with the PRM submitting legal actions against phone tapping.

Polls show Luis Abinader is the leading candidate into the 17 May 2020 election, albeit not with the 50%+1 needed to win in a first round. The same polls show a second-round vote may be needed.


PLD loses its majority in the Chamber of Deputies
The split between the two major forces in the ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) resulted in the government for the first time not holding a majority in the Chamber of Deputies. 27 legislators that maintained their loyalty to former President Leonel Fernánde, the former president of the PLD, announced they would form a separate block, La Fuerza del Pueblo (The People's Force).

A political analysis in El Dia points out that this change in the composition of Dominican politics creates a third opposition force. The article explains that opposition legislators are now 96 of 190 legislators in the Chamber of Deputies, or a simple majority.

As reported in El Dia, the breakdown of political forces in the Chamber of Deputies is now as follows: The Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) now has 54 deputies. The Social Christian Reformist Party has 11. The Broad Front (Frente Amplio), Country Alliance (Alianza Pais), Social Democrat Institutional Block (BIS), the Christian Quisqueyan Democrat Party (PQDC) each has one deputy.

The Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) has 76 deputies. Their ally, the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD) has 14. Others that have expressed their backing to President Danilo Medina are the Liberal Reformist Party (Partido Liberal Reformista) with two, and the Christian Popular Party (PPC) and Moda party with one each.

The El Día political analysis remarks that nine legislators who have backed President Leonel Fernández did not skip the PLD because they had won PLD candidacies during the 6 October 2019 primary and chose to continue to run for the party. The writer says this is not a guarantee that when voting they will follow the PLD party line.

The ruling PLD party has been the majority in the Chamber of Deputies over the past 13 years. The lower house had been many times described as serving to rubber-stamp what the Executive Branch sent for approval. The government continues to be majority in the Senate.


Conciencia Nacional backs Luis Abinader
The political movement National Awareness (Conciencia Nacional), headed by Emmanuel Esquea Guerrero, Eulogio Santaella and Federico Lalane José, announced their support to the presidential candidacy of Luis Abinader, and the coalition that backs his candidacy. The organization also has the backing of Leopoldo Franco Barrera, Jaime Ricardo Fernández and Chery Jiménez.

The statement of support expresses: "We know that we are not issuing a blank check to a new government under Abinader, convinced that its actions will correspond with the commitments made for controls and supervision of the entire public administration."


Guillermo Moreno: An alliance with Leonel Fernandez is Impossible
The presidential candidate for Alianza País, Guillermo Moreno, described as impossible reaching a political alliance with former President Leonel Fernandez. Moreno said that Fernández is one of those directly responsible for the model that radically needs to change. He said any agreement would Fernández would maintain impunity for administrative corruption.

Moreno said: "He has applied neoliberal policies that denied the population fundamental economic and social rights," he said.

He said that starting in 2004, Fernández lead the country on "an irresponsible escalation of public indebtedness that Danilo Medina has continued." He highlighted that Fernández delivered the country's natural resources in leonine conditions such as occurred with the Barrick Gold contract.

Moreno criticized that Fernández's base of operations is an entity that was funded through the payment of bonuses and commissions and that 12 works with ties to bribes by Odebrecht were carried out during Fernandez's term as President.

Moreno made the statements coinciding with the announcement by high-ranking officers of the PRM that the party is in talks for alliances with political organizations that oppose the continuance in the government of the ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD). Of these, those that back Leonel Fernández are included.

Moreno made the statements after the PRM announced that it is in talks with Al Pais. High-ranking officers of the PRM have also announced that agreements would be reached with the coalition that backs former President Leonel Fernández.


Janet Camilo: Criminal Procedure Code allows for releasing aggressors
Women's Minister Janet Camilo says she will be sending to Congress this month a request to amend several articles of the Criminal Procedure Code so that those who exercise violence against women cannot be released from prison under "an agreement." She explained that Dominican laws allow for negotiations in criminal cases. She said justice system officials use these laws to release aggressors, despite their violent records.

Recently, there have been two cases of men who attempted against the lives of their spouses, had been convicted, only to be released from jail after reaching an agreement, and subsequently killed their partners. The recent cases are those of the late Anibel Gonzalez who was murdered by her former spouse Oscar Yasmil Fernández, who later committed suicide. And the death on Monday, 4 November 2019, of Juana Domínguez Salas. Her spouse, Johan Manuel Ramírez, is accused of the murder. He had previously attempted to kill her.

The Listin Diario points out that in both cases lawyer Ramón Leonardo Sánchez intervened, reaching a judicial deal with San Pedro de Macorís prosecution officer Margarita Hernández Morales. Hernández had been suspended from her role after the death of Gonzalez. She was arrested after this other agreement was known to have led to a second murder and the story hit the media.

Minister Janet Camilo said the month of November commemorates the International Day of Non-Violence against Women.

She reported that in the first nine months of 2019, the Ministry of Women, through the Shelters Houses Program, has safeguarded the lives of 903 people, of whom 520 are women, 326 children under 13 and 57 adolescents, who were living in extreme situations of male violence. Diario Libre reported that the Ministry of Women has provided assistance to more than 28,000 victims of gender violence this year.

During a press conference held at the Ministry, Camilo reiterated that statistics show that there is not a single case of femicide among women who have received the protection of the Shelter Houses, since the beginning of its operation in 2008, and that is its main objective, saving lives.

She urged citizens to report cases of gender and domestic violence through the Women's Line *212.

Diario Libre published editorials on 6 and 7 November 2019 urging changes in the judicial legislation to impede that deals be reached with proven aggressors.

A report in Diario Libre indicates that 209 deals for release have been signed with violent aggressors in the National District, 121 with these in San Pedro de Macorís, 111 in Santiago, 68 in Hermanas Mirabal (Salcedo), 49 in Duarte (San Francisco de Macorís), 41 in San Juan de la Maguana, and 39 in Peravia (Baní).


Paraglider rescued from forced landing in Bonao hills
Emergency crews on duty during the Constitution Day long weekend rescued a 51-year old paraglider Yacine Khellady on Saturday, 2 November 2019. Civil Defense volunteers had early on detected the man could have problems because of the adverse weather conditions when he took off.

As reported, Khellady sent his landing location to his wife before his cell phone discharged. This allowed rescue workers to find him a day after he had crashed in the rugged mountain area. His wife said that Khellady suffers from asthma and has worn-out knees. Khellady was rescued on the hills of the northern part of the province of Monseñor Nouel (Bonao), near La Vega, after spending around 24 hours after his crashed landing.

The rescue was possible thanks to efforts of the Center for Emergency Operations (COE), the Air Force Rescue Squadron, the La Vega Fire Rescue Unit, the Specialized Tourist Security Corps (Cestur), the Civil Defense and the Army.


Dominican makes finals of Amazon Literary Prize
Dominican writer Luchy Placencia and her children's novel "La niñez de Vega" (Vega's Childhood) that was one of five finalists for the prestigious 6th edition of the Amazon Literary Prize. Other winners are Spaniards G.G. Velazco, Ismael Santiago Rubio, Elena Fuentes Moreno and Lorraine Cocó.


Team USA wins DR Open 2019
Amateur golfers from the United States returned home with the Country Cup during the 10th DR Open Amateur 2019 held from Thursday, 1 November to Saturday, 2 at the Teeth of the Dog, The Links and Dye Fore golf courses of Casa de Campo, La Romana. More than 80 golfers competed. This is the fourth consecutive year that the United States wins the cup. Team USA accumulated 1,067 points overall. Team Guadeloupe came in second with 966 points. The Dominican Golf Federation organized the event.


Leones del Escogido ahead in the winter baseball championship
The Dominican Winter Professional Baseball Championship is halfway through its opening round. As of Tuesday, 5 November, the Leones del Escogido (13-6) was one game ahead of the Toros del Este (12-7) and led the regular season of the championship. The Aguilas Cibaeñas (10-9) follow just three games from the first place. The Gigantes del Cibao (9-10) are four games away, and the Tigres del Licey (8-11), five games. The defending champion team, the Estrellas Orientales (5-14), are eight games away.

See the league's game schedule at:

Diplomatic Ladies Bazaar on Sunday, 10 November
The Diplomatic Ladies Association of the Dominican Republic will be holding their annual bazaar this Sunday, 10 November 2019. The event is open to the general product. Embassies of 20 countries will have for sale products at attractive prices. It is a benefit for children's causes.

Rossy Rivera, president of the association, says they expect to collect RD$2.5 million to benefit 2,600 children. She is the wife of Guatemalan ambassador Rudy Coxaj.

The event this Sunday will take place from 10am to 3pm at the Club of the Armed Forces at the Ministry of Defense located on Ave. 27 de Febrero off from the Plaza de las Banderas.

DR Environmental Film Festival 2019
The DREFF film festival is scheduled for Tuesday, 12 November through Saturday, 15 November 2019. The Muestra de Cine Medioambiental de la Reública Dominicana (DREFF) will present 12 international and national productions. The event also includes debates and panels on environmental topics. These are scheduled to take place in Santo Domingo, Santiago and Punta Cana.

The director of the event, Natasha Despotovic explained that the platform is to offer Dominicans a platform of knowledge and debate on the environmental and sustainable development, as well as challenges and the best practices to resolve these.

The 12 productions are from six countries. These are Colombia, Argentina, Belgium, United States, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

The films will be shown in association with universities, school libraries, cultural and research centers.

The films are:
Albatross (Chris Jordan)
Cacú (Marvin del Cid)
Chasing Coral (Jeff Orlowski)
Ghost Fleet (Shannon Service)
Pandas (Drew Fellman and David Douglas)
The Earth on My Hands (Nicolas Conte)
El Buzo (Esteban Arrangoiz)
El Libro de Lila (Marcela Rincón González)
Sea of Shadows (Richard Ladkani)
Invisible Frontier (Nicolas Richat and Nico Muzi)
Chasing the Snot of the Whales of Samana (Marvin del Cid)
Worse Than Poop (Vanessa Warheit)

See the schedule for the films at:

Eddy Herrera at Hard Rock Live
"A Otro Nivel" is the name of the concert on Friday, 8 November 2019 at 10pm by merengue singer Eddy Herrera. The concert is set for the Hard Rock Live of Blue Mall in Santo Domingo. Tickets are for sale online at Uepa Tickets and at the CCN Servicios, Supermercados Nacional and Jumbo stores.

Danny Rivera at the Teatro La Fiesta
Puerto Rican-Dominican singer Danny Rivera is performing at the Teatro La Fiesta of the Jaragua Renaissance Hotel this coming Saturday, 9 November 2019. He will be accompanied by The Moon Band conducted by Amaury Sánchez. This is a SkyPro production. Tickets are for sale online at Uepa Tickets and at the CCN Servicios, Supermercados Nacional and Jumbo stores.

Ricardo Montaner concert in December
Romantic Latin song singer Ricardo Montaner is booked for a performance at the Palacio de los Deportes in Santo Domingo on 14 December 2019. The concert is part of his Montaner Tour 2019. Cesar Suarez Jr. is the producer of the concert scheduled to start at 8:30pm.

62-year old Ricardo Montaner is a Venezuelan-Argentine singer and songwriter who has released more than 15 albums with many successful singles. He has sold over 22 million albums worldwide.

Listen to his best hits: