President Medina suggests measures to mitigate hurricane damage
President says carbon emissions to be reduced by 25% before 2030
Medina meets with Pedro Sanchez of Spain in Madrid
New round of oil and gas exploration
Dominican Republic takes part in World Youth Forum
CEPM contributes to safety, education and health services in Punta Cana
On deadline for registering municipal candidacies
PRM protests ruling allowing government officers to campaign “after working hours”
Will it be Leonel Fernández vs. Abinader?
HIV and AIDS in the Dominican Republic
Colombia arrests Cesar Emilio Peralta (El Abusador)
More Dominicans on the FBI most wanted list
Drug arrests made in Nagua
Ship sinks off the coast of Bani




President Medina suggests measures to mitigate hurricane damage
Speaking at the United Nations Climate Summit (COP25) in Madrid, President Danilo Medina advocated for ways to mitigate the damage caused by hurricanes and tropical storms. Damages are estimated at equivalent to 2.6% of GDP in the Caribbean.

President Medina suggested greater investment in mitigation, with increased emergency funds, protecting of the most vulnerable and the use of social networks to mitigate disaster. The investment in prevention implies improving the resilience of infrastructures, establishing early warning systems, and more work to reduce gas emissions. Medina recommended that the emergency funds be managed by the United Nations to protect the areas of the planet that are most affected by climate change and natural disasters.

Medina called for protecting the most vulnerable as after a hurricane it is essential to quickly re-establish education, health centers, electricity and other essential public services.

Medina spoke of how on average, a dozen storms hit the Caribbean region each year, half of which are hurricanes, and that the Caribbean is ten times more vulnerable to such storms than the rest of the world.

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President says carbon emissions to be reduced by 25% before 2030
Speaking at the United Nations Climate Summit (COP25) in Madrid, President Danilo Medina said that the Dominican Republic is looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% before 2030, using as a starting point the data registered in 2010.

During his speech, Medina highlighted: “Renewable energies are also our priority. That is why we are installing 604 megawatts of solar and wind power, equivalent to 25% of the country's energy matrix; and our goal is to reach 32% by 2023.”

He said that the country would use its own funds, together with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank, to reforest more than 767,000 tareas (1 tarea = 629 square meters) of land, which would allow the water basins of the rivers to recover.

As part of his participation at the Summit, President Medina was accompanied by Gustavo Montalvo, Minister of the Presidency; José Ramón Peralta, Administrative Minister of the Presidency; Ángel Estévez, Minister of the Environment ; Félix Nova, senator for Monseñor Nouel; Olivo Rodríguez Huertas, Dominican Ambassador in Spain.; and Evérgito Peña Acosta, executive vice president of the National Council for Climate Change.

During his speech, Medina did not mention the coal-fired Punta Catalina Thermoelectric Power Central, estimated to cost over US$3 billion. The Medina administration took on the construction of the coal-fired power plant at a time when environmentalists criticized investing in coal-fired generation systems because of their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. The power plant replaced arrangements that had been made for the construction of several smaller natural gas-powered plants by private investment.

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Medina meets with Pedro Sanchez of Spain in Madrid
President Danilo Medina met in Madrid with the President of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez. Medina was in Madrid to attend the Climate Change Summit. Sánchez had met with President Danilo Medina at the Presidential Palace in Santo Domingo on 29 January 2019. Medina arrived on Sunday, 1 December 2019 to Spain for the conference.

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New round of oil and gas exploration
The Ministry of Energy and Mines will carry out new studies to look for gas and oil over the next few months, which will include identifying areas for the exploration of hydrocarbons, which have not previously been explored.

On Wednesday 4 December, the government will close the first cycle of tenders, in which only one company - reached the stage of the presentation of the offer. This company is Apache Dominican Republic Corporation. The US company was awarded block 2 that is the coast off of southeastern San Pedro de Macoris. The contract is for four years, but can be extended to 10, and their offer of an investment of US$5 million was accepted. It now has to be approved by Congress before work can begin.

In the first round of tenders there are still 11 blocks for which no offers were received. When the first round was announced, there were 14 blocks in total on offer: six in the Cibao, four in San Pedro de Macoris, three in Enriquillo and one in Azua.

As reported, the Ministry has now realized that several of these blocks were actually inside protected areas, so they had to be eliminated, as well as those which border protected areas.

Having realized the issue, the new map available to potential investors in exploration, include two blocks in Enriquillo, three in San Pedro, six in the Cibao and one in Azua, although some of the highlighted areas are smaller than originally, to maintain protected areas.

https://www.diariolibre.com/economia...ros-FB15631163


Dominican Republic takes part in World Youth Forum
The Ministry of Foreign Relations (Mirex) announced the Dominican Republic is participating in the World Youth Forum, which takes place in Egypt from 29 November to 16 December. This is a first time a Dominican delegation participates. The main themes of the event are peace, creativity, and social, economic and sustainable development.

The announcement was made by Kathleen Martinez, counsellor minister at the Dominican Embassy in Egypt.

Works from Dominican artists will be displayed, including several by sculptor Juan Trinidad.

The World Youth Forum has been celebrated since 2017, and the initiative of the Egyptian government is to unite hundreds of young people with a message of peace and progress as well as to promote an exchange of ideas, which can be developed by public and private enterprise to help youth throughout the world.

https://www.diariolibre.com/actualid...pto-OB15637955


CEPM contributes to safety, education and health services in Punta Cana
The Punta Cana-Macao Energy Consortium (CEPM) agreed to allow the National Emergency System 911 to use its optic fiber infrastructure free of charge for the installation of video surveillance equipment in the Punta Cana area. CEPM signed an agreement with the Ministry of the Presidency and the 911 Emergency System that also provides for the connectivity of the institutions linked to these programs and the transmission of images from the area to the 911 center of operations.

Minister of the Presidency Gustavo Montalvo, who chairs the National Council for Emergency Response and Security, Brigadier General Vicente Mota Medina (ERD), who is the executive director of the 9-1-1 System, and Roberto Herrera, executive director of CEPM signed the five-year agreement.

The agreement allows schools in the region to connect and access the Internet as part of the Ministry of Education's One-to-One project, which consists of training and providing students and teachers with a laptop computer, developing digital pedagogical content, and technologically enabling schools.

It will also facilitate the connectivity of hospitals and primary health care centers to improve the services offered to citizens.

"This agreement is an example of an alliance between the public and private sectors, where we all win, including the main beneficiary, as it should be, which is Dominican society," said Minister Montalvo, who thanked CEPM for its willingness to materialize the initiative.

https://eldia.com.do/cepm-facilita-f...al-en-el-este/


On deadline for registering municipal candidacies
Tuesday, 3 December 2019 is the deadline for political parties to register the candidacies for the municipal elections scheduled for 16 February 2020. Electoral Regime Law 15-19 establishes that the candidacies be submitted 75 days before the election. The registrations need to be presented to 158 electoral boards located nationwide.

The Central Electoral Board (JCE) then has until 9 December to accept or reject the candidacies. Three days after, on 13 December, the appeals to these decisions will be heard. The final decisions need to be announced by 18 December.

The day before the deadline, former President Leonel Fernández said he is backing former National District Mayor Johnny Ventura to return to the position. Fernández seeks to run for the Partido de los Trabajadores-La Fuerza del Pueblo political party. He made the announcement in an activity at the rooftop club of the Novocentro on 2 December 2019. Ventura is 79 years old. He is a legendary merengue band leader.

There is speculation whether National District Mayor David Collado will run for reelection on the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) ticket.

https://www.diariolibre.com/actualid...tos-CA15627511


PRM protests ruling allowing government officers to campaign “after working hours”
After 6pm, does President Danilo Medina stop being President?” asked journalist Patricia Solano in her comment on La Cuestion radio talk show on the Central Electoral Board (JCE) decision that allows Medina administration officers to openly campaign. President Danilo Medina has been on the campaign trail backing the presidential candidate for the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), Gonzalo Castillo. The JCE issued a resolution authorizing government officers to campaign “after their official working hours”.

Jose Ignacio Paliza, president of the leading opposition party, the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) says the decision is “unfortunate.” He said the law in an outright manner orders government officers to not participate in political campaigning. He stressed the law does not talk about schedules.

In an interview on the talk show, Paliza presented the contradictions of the JCE ruling that allows for government officers to campaign off hours. He spoke of the conflict of interest when a Public Works minister visits with an engineer to request support, even if this is off hours. He said the same is when the Customs Agency director visits an exporter requesting economic support after 4 pm or on weekends. Or the Tax Agency director making rounds on weekends seeking campaign support for the government candidate.

He remarked that the government had assigned cabinet officers to campaign in areas where they would have the most influence. He mentioned the government assigned the director of the State Sugar Council to campaign in San Pedro de Macorís, the port director to San Cristóbal, among others.

He called for all politicians to comply with the law. He observed it was legislators of the ruling political party who were majority in Congress when the law was passed. “These are the same that now do not want to comply with the law,” he said. He stressed the spirit of the law is that government officers do not make use of government resources nor their privileged positions.

Paliza also said they have requested that the JCE carry out the necessary audits to determine the strengths and weaknesses of automated voting system. He said after these are carried out the party can say if it backs or not the automated voting system.

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Will it be Leonel Fernández vs. Abinader?
A political analysis published on 2 December 2019 in El Caribe by Yanessi Espinal speculates that the 2020 presidential election could end up being President Leonel Fernandez against PRM presidential candidate Luis Abinader. The feature analyses that recent polls are showing the candidacy of government-backed Gonzalo Castillo has not taken off as expected. Recently, evidence of irregular contracts signed by Castillo have been denounced by journalists Marino Zapete and Alicia Ortega. Danilo Medina is backing Castillo. The 2015 Constitution impedes Medina from running for office again.

Administrative Minister of the Presidency Jose Ramon Peralta says that Castillo is trailing Abinader by ten points in their polls and is in “a solid second place.” Not even the entire Medina government actively campaigning for Castillo has been able to make a difference. There is much speculation Castillo could end up in third place on 17 May 2020.

The writer says that so far, the Gonzalo Castillo team is targeting Leonel Fernandez as the man to beat, not Abinader. Fernández ran for presidential candidate for the ruling Dominican Liberation Party in the 6 October 2019 presidential primary. But at the end, the Central Electoral Board (JCE) proclaimed Castillo as the winner by around 25,000 votes. Fernandez alleged widespread fraud and seeks to run for other political parties.

The writer speculates that if the main leader today of the PLD [President Danilo Medina] cannot run for President, and the party’s candidate is having difficulties, then it is logical that PLD voters would seek another alternative and this could be Fernandez. “Some argue that the now presidential candidate of the People's Force Party (Partido de los Trabajadores Dominicanos - PTD) could displace Castillo from second place and thus rank in the 17 May 2020 elections if there is a runoff,” she writes.

In the article, Espinal says there is still time for the Constitutional Court to rule against Fernández. The ruling PLD has disputed his right to run for President for another political party on grounds that this is established in Political Parties Law 33-18.

https://www.elcaribe.com.do/2019/12/...en-la-campana/


HIV and AIDS in the Dominican Republic
In the Dominican Republic, two out of every 10 people who have the HIV virus, do not know that they have the AIDS-carrying virus. According to the executive director of the National Council for HIV and AIDS (Conavihsida), Victor Terreno, this fact presented a challenge when it comes to prevention of the virus.

Speaking on World AIDS Day, Terrero said that 69,700 people have HIV of who 59,291 are registered in the National Program of Integrated Care. He said that the majority of the new cases are Haitians, and as they are often in the country illegally, they do go to the hospitals.

In the country, HIV affects 0.8% of the population. Terrero said that it is important to maintain the strategy of prevention and care, calling on the population to ensure they have the necessary blood test to identify if they have the virus.

The National Health Service (SNS) said that via the Integrated Care Service (SAI) which was located in 74 centers within the Public Network and NGOs, there were 62,383 people registered who were living with HIV and AIDS; 61,273 adults and 1,110 children.

The SAIs offer specialized consultations in HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases, psychological support, free anti-viral medications, and free tuberculosis medicines.

The director of the SNS, Chanel Rosa Chupany, said that around 60% of those registered were active within the program, and that they were implementing a series of measures to involve those who had abandoned the program previously.

The SAI carry out home visits to re-integrate people in the program via 18 priority centers in the provinces of Santo Domingo, Valverde, Puerto Plata, Santiago, La Romana and Higüey.

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Colombia arrests Cesar Emilio Peralta (El Abusador)
Colombian police and US federal agencies arrested Cesar Emilio Peralta (El Abusador) days after he had arrived to Cartagena. The Colombian Police chief in Cartagena, Brigadier General Henry Sanabria remarked that Peralta was a big capo for whom the US had offered an award of US$100,000 for information leading to his capture. The arrest by Colombia was made five days after the award was posted.

The police chief in Cartagena mentioned that Dominican chief of the Police Ney Aldrin Bautista had described Peralta as the Dominican Pablo Escobar and as the leading drug capo in the Dominican Republic. He said that a force of 700 persons in the Dominican Republic were on his chase, but that he escaped on a yacht arriving to Cartagena.

Peralta was arrested in a hotel room in Boca Grande, Cartagena. Sanabria said that Peralta faces charges in Florida and Puerto Rico for which he could receive up to lifetime in jail. The charges are cocaine trafficking between Colombia, Venezuela and Panama to the United States and the Netherlands Antilles. The brigadier general did not mention any charges against Peralta in the Dominican Republic.

Colombia was in the process of legalizing the capture of Peralta. He said that they had seized mobile phones and in cooperation with the United States would present these as evidence. He said the person would be available for the United States judiciary as part of the cooperation programs of the Police and prosecutors in Colombia.

In the Dominican Republic, a first press conference that was called by the National Drug Control Agency was later moved to the Attorney General Office. The president of the DNCD Vice Admiral Félix Alburquerque Comprés said that the capture was the result of a triangular operation carried out by the forces in Colombia, United States and the Dominican Republic. Also participating in the press conference in Santo Domingo was Defense Minister Ruben Dario Paulino Sem, and Police director, General Ney Aldrin Bautista. The official version is that Peralta left for Colombia from a port located between Pedernales and Barahona. Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez favored that Peralta be extradited to the United States.

Prior to the operation to arrest him in August, Peralta carried out a very open social life in the Dominican Republic. He was known to be the owner of a major clubs business with several locations. Dominican authorities did not take action until the US Government presented his case. Then the Attorney General acted about a month after receiving the extensive file on Peralta’s activities. Diario Libre carries a background report on Cesar Emilio Peralta in its coverage of the capture.

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More Dominicans on the FBI most wanted list
The FBI has offered a reward of US$100,000 for information leading to the capture of Cesar Emilio Peralta, but he is not the only Dominican being sought by the FBI. Hours after the award was published in the Dominican Republic, Colombia reported the arrest of Peralta.

Also on the list is Vladimir Natera Abreu, dual American Dominican citizen who is wanted for drug dealing and arms possession. He is considered to be armed and dangerous. He is thought to be in Santo Domingo, or in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The next is Victor Manuel Tolentino, aged 39, also thought to be involved in drug dealing, sending heroin and cocaine to New York and was due to be on trial in July 2012 but did not appear. There is a US$2,500 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Carlos Juan Doria has been sought since May 2013, also using the alias of Ramon Valdez, and again linked to drug dealing and was last heard of in Columbus, Ohio.

Amparo Montás Hernández, known as Iris, and her son, Eddy Vásquez, are also on the list in connection with illegal immigrants from Central and South America and they are thought to be in the Dominican Republic. Iris also operates under a range of different names including Iris Hernández, Iris Montás, Amparo Hernández, Ercilia Martínez, Amparo Mantis, Mandas Ambero and Iris Cáceres. Both are accused of people trafficking.

Daniel Guzman is sought for defrauding the Medicaid system for millions of dollars.

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Drug arrests made in Nagua
Several members of the National Drug Control Agency (DNCD) have been arrested along with at least four civilians, including two women. The arrests were carried out at dawn yesterday, Monday, 2 December in Nagua, in the northeastern province of María Trinidad Sánchez.

The arrests were carried out presumably in connection with drug dealing, and those arrested were taken to the Public Prosecution office in Nagua. So far, four DNCD officers are under arrest and more are being sought in the area.

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Ship sinks off the coast of Bani
The Dominican Navy has informed that Navy divers have been able to control the fuel leak from a boat that sank off the coast of Bani. Navy spokesman, naval Captain Fajardo Martinez, said that on the instructions of Vice Admiral Emilio Recio Segura, a team of military divers, sealed the fuel tanks of the sunken boat so that it would not continue to contaminate the area.

The boat, 64-foot-long “KillicDominik” is owned by a company of the same name and sank some five nautical miles to the south of Punta Salinas, Bani, in front of an area of the ocean called “el Derrumbao”.

However, Captain Martinez said that the naval technicians are continuing to evaluate if there is a possibility of rescuing the vessel, though to have sunk when water entered through the exhaust of the engine.

So far there has been minimal damage as the fuel used was diesel, which evaporates quickly.

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