President Danilo Medina calls Congress to extraordinary session to hear pending bills
Ministry of Public Works says bus terminal construction is legitimate
China's ambassador Zhang Run proposes international contest open to all to build Manzanillo Port
Hony Estrella cleared to run for mayor with Johnny Ventura
Latin American experts visit to help prepare 16 February municipal election
Alianza Pais protests JCE decision to limit party delegates in polling stations
Update on Dominican requests for US residency
Housing costs less in Santo Domingo West
Enhogar 2018 survey reveals that 19% of young girls get pregnant
31-year old gets year preventive custody in four-year old murder case
Ball player Fausto Segura dies in motorcycle accident
DR to compete in Group A in Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Drummer Ivanna Cuesta to show her class at Casa de Teatro
Cana Dorada International Film & Music Festival
Gustavo y Amigos starts the Jazz en Dominicana year



President Danilo Medina convenes Congress to hear pending bills
President Danilo Medina called for an extraordinary session of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies starting 15 January 2020. The President wants the legislators to decide on several pending bills. President Medina issued Decree 19-20 that details several bills that are still under consideration by the Legislative Branch.

These are: the public-private partnership bill; the bill modifying the surcharge for late payment to the Dominican Social Security System (DSSS), strengthens the Social Security Treasury (TSS) and the General Directorate of Information and Defense of the Affiliate (DIDA) and modifies the commission scheme applied by the Pension Fund Administrators (AFP); the bill on movable guarantees; the bill that creates the system of reciprocal guarantees; the bill on property extinction trials for the civil confiscation of illicit goods; and the bill on maritime trade, as well as any other bill that may be introduced in the legislative chambers, among others.

https://listindiario.com/la-republic...tos-pendientes


Ministry of Public Works says bus terminal construction is legitimate
Ministry of Public Works says that the construction of the East Interurban Bus Terminal continues because the requirements established by the Superior Administrative Court (TSA) were complied with. The Ministry of Public Works says that the ruling that had ordered the suspension of the construction conditioned this to the Ministry presented the required documents. The Ministry of Public Works published a paid advertisement in El Dia newspaper on 14 January 2020 to indicate that it has presented the environmental impact study, the “no objection” from the Ministry of Environment, and the Santo Domingo East municipality land use authorization.

The Ministry says that the terminal is part of the five interurban bus terminals under the Sustainable Urban Mobility Strategic Plan (PEMUS) 2017-2022.

The construction is objected because it cut a large slice out of the Mirador del Este national park.


China's ambassador Zhang Run proposes international contest open to all to build Manzanillo Port
People's Republic of China ambassador in the Dominican Republic, Zhang Run, says that for months since he came to the Dominican Republic he has heard of the interest in the overhaul of Manzanillo deep seawater port in the northwest. The port is the closest to the United States. Today much cargo is still trucked to Santo Domingo for export.

In an interview with Pablo McKinney he said the government should call a tender for the project. In the first weeks after the signing of full diplomatic relations with China, it was known that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed relating to the construction of a mega-port and power installations in Manzanillo, on the north coast of the country. Not so long after, United States interests chilled the Chinese project.

Now Zhang Run told journalist McKinney that the Manzanillo port "is a little port" by Chinese standards. "There should be an international tender, public, free, transparent so that all countries and companies can participate, according to market, cooperation and alliances with local companies, with all kinds of technology," he said.

Zhang said that the US$600 million loan approved by the Chinese government for the improvement of distribution lines depends on the Dominican government. He said it needs to be approved through legal mechanisms, including feasibility studies and a tender be called so that Chinese companies can participate. "The ball is in the court of the Dominican government," he said.

https://eldia.com.do/embajador-de-ch...de-manzanillo/


Hony Estrella cleared to run for mayor with Johnny Ventura
Superior Electoral Court (TSE) overruled an earlier decision by the Central Electoral Board (JCE) and ordered the electoral body to register the candidacy of vice mayor for the National District for Smailyn Gregoria Hilario Estrella (Hony Estrella). Estrella will run in the 16 February 2020 election alongside with the Force of the People candidate, merengue bandleader Johnny Ventura. Hony Estrella is an actor and radio talk show artist.

The problem was that her ID showed she lived and voted in Santo Domingo West and sought to run for the National District. The Central Electoral Board (JCE) had ruled that the ID established the residence of the candidate. The JCE required candidates to run only for the municipal district where they live, as established in the ID.

https://listindiario.com/la-republic...-hony-estrella
https://www.diariolibre.com/actualid...lla-AC16410716


Latin American experts visit to help prepare 16 February municipal election
Members of the Advance Mission of the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations (UNIORE) will be visiting this Thursday, 16 January 2020, and Friday, 17 January, to help prepare the 16 February 2020 municipal elections in the Dominican Republic.

Uniore members will meet with officials of the Central Electoral Board (JCE), representatives of civil society and delegates from political parties, groups and movements, to learn about the organizational work and technical aspects of the municipal elections.

Mission members are Patricio Santamaría, president of the Electoral Service of Chile (SERVEL); Marco Antonio Baños, counselor of the National Electoral Institute of Mexico (INE); Hernán Penagos, president of the National Electoral Council of Colombia; and Yara Campos, alternate magistrate of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama, in coordination with Sofia Vincenzi, coordinator of the Costa Rica-based Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (CAPEL). CAPEL is a specialized program of the Inter-American Center for Human Rights (IDH).

Electoral bodies information technology experts coming are Fausto Von Streber, director of Information Technology of the Superior Tribunal of Electoral Justice of Paraguay; and Ricardo Saavedra, manager of Digital Certification of the National Registry of Identification and Civil Status of Peru.

https://n.com.do/2020/01/13/jce-reci...s-municipales/


Alianza Pais protests JCE decision to limit party delegates in polling stations
Alianza Pais says it will appeal a resolution issued by the Central Electoral Board (JCE) that limits delegates to voting stations and data processing only to those that received 1.5% of the vote in the previous election. Al País said it would not allow a repeat of the electoral fraud in the 2020 election. The minority political party said the resolution issued recently by the JCE is discriminatory.

https://eldia.com.do/alianza-pais-ca...s-electorales/
https://www.diariolibre.com/actualid...cos-DD16409930


Update on Dominican requests for US residency
There 146,166 cases of Dominicans waiting for a residence visa to the United States, according to immigration specialist Roque Leonel Rodríguez. The cases are processed at the United States National Visa Center. As reported, the Dominican Republic is ranked seventh in the world in number of legal immigration papers requested in the United States.

Rodríguez says the cases that are fast-tracked are those of spouses of residents and their minor children. He says of these there are 15,985 in the system.

Waiting years for their residence permits are the brothers and sisters of American citizens, some 57,737, equivalent to 39.2%. The residence permits for this category are being approved for cases submitted in 2007.

On the waiting list there are also 35,294 single children of residents waiting for residence and 15,780 married children.

Rodriguez explained that the National Visa Center is working on the July 2013 applications for the unmarried children of US citizens; August 2014 for the unmarried children of residents; November 2007 for the married children of residents; and February 2007 for the siblings of US citizens.

https://listindiario.com/la-republic...tan-procesando


Housing costs less in Santo Domingo West
According to data from the Building Offer Study (EOE) of the National Statistics Office (ONE), it costs less to live in Santo Domingo West municipality.

The ONE study reveals that the average price per square meter of housing in Santo Domingo West is RD$24,726.43. This compares to RD$29,342.47 in Los Alcarrizos and Santo Domingo North. Next is Santo Domingo East, where the average price per square meter is RD$31,303.77. In the National District, the cost per square meter is RD$65,634.58.

The average dwelling is an apartment with a cost ranging from RD$2 million to RD$3 million and consisting of three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a parking space

https://listindiario.com/economia/20...on-mas-baratas


Enhogar 2018 survey reveals that 19% of young girls get pregnant
The National Home Survey (Encuesta Nacional de Hogares/Enhogar) 2018, carried out by the National Statistical Office (ONE), reveals that 19.1% of women ages 15 and 19 become pregnant. Of these, 13.8% have live births, 2.3% either suffer stillborn births or have abortions, and 3.0% were pregnant at the moment of the survey.

This number (19.1%) is slightly lower than the previous study, ENHOGAR MICS 2014, which was 21.2%.

Nonetheless, information from the National Health Service (SNS) reveals that of the 30,910 deliveries registered as of September 2019, 7,563 were of adolescents and of these, 323 were of girls of less than 15 years of age. The number of adolescent deliveries equals about 24%.

The new study also shows that teen pregnancy is more prevalent in specific areas of the country: 23.7% in the rural areas and 22.3% in the South, the poorest area of the country. The survey also revealed that 4.2% of those surveyed were under 15 years of age. It also showed that 18% of those surveyed had two or more children. 72% of the pregnancies occurred while the female was attending some sort of school: primary, secondary or university. Over two-thirds of the pregnancies were not planned or desired. Only 50% of these females were able to continue their studies after the birth of their child.

Last year, the Vice-president, Margarita Cedeño, presented the National Plan for Avoiding Adolescent Pregnancies, which sought to reduce these number.

In the Dominican Republic, between 2010 and 2015, the pregnancy rates of young adolescent females was above the regional average and set at 22.3% of all births.

https://www.elcaribe.com.do/2020/01/...rd-son-madres/


31-year old gets year preventive custody in four-year old murder case
A Santiago court ordered a year of preventive custody in the Azua Jail to 31-year old Franklin Fernández Cruz. He is accused, along with a 16-year old boy, of the death of four-year old Yanesy Rodríguez in Santiago. The child was raped and beaten to death. The defense lawyers say they have evidence to prove the case. Prosecutors say the clothes the child wore on the day of her disappearance were found in Fernández's home.

In a separate development on the case, the National Children’s Council (Conani) was given custody for the 9 and 6-year old sisters of the murdered child. The children lived with their mother, Yannery Altagracia Rodríguez. The grandmother had sought custody.

https://z101digital.com/un-ano-de-pr...esy-rodriguez/
https://eldia.com.do/le-quitan-otras...nor-asesinada/


Ball player Fausto Segura dies in motorcycle accident
Local news reports say 23-year old Fausto Segura was driving a motorcycle without a helmet home for the holidays when he was run over by a SUV near the Maria Montez International Airport in southwestern Barahona. The Washington Nationals minor league pitcher died of injuries suffered during the accident.

He had been signed by the Nationals in 2017 and had a promising career before him. Last season he played for the Auburn Doubledays in Class low-A where he posted a 3.21 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 17 appearances. He went 4-6 with a 3.88 ERA in 32 games as a professional, also playing in the Dominican Summer League (2017) and Gulf Coast League (2018).

https://www.si.com/mlb/2020/01/13/fa...spect-accident
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...nt/4456048002/
https://www.elcaribe.com.do/2020/01/...fausto-segura/
https://hoy.com.do/muere-el-pelotero...e-de-transito/
https://acento.com.do/2020/deportes/...e-de-transito/


DR to compete in Group A in Tokyo 2020 Olympics
The Dominican Republic joins Argentina, Brazil and the United States as representatives of the Americas in the women’s volleyball competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The Dominican women's volleyball team will compete in Group A in the 12-team competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The DR (FIVB ranked 10th) will play a starting round in Group A against host Japan (7th), Serbia (3rd), Brazil (4th), South Korea (9th) and Kenya (19th). Competing in Group B will be China (winners of the Rio 2016 Olympics and top ranked in the world), the United States (2nd), Italy (8th), Russia (5th), Turkey (12th) and Argentina (11th). The volleyball competitions will take place at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo as part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics set for 25 July to 9 August.

The Dominican Republic won the right to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics during the 10-12 January 2020 qualifier held in Santo Domingo.

In the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, the Dominican women's teams placed 11th. In the 2012 Olympic Games the team placed 5th. Coach Marcos Kwiek says the Dominican volleyball team in 2020 is a much more mature and prepared team.

In 2019, the Dominican Republic won the gold medal in the volleyball competition of the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

https://listindiario.com/el-deporte/...egos-olimpicos
https://tokyo2020.org/en/games/sport...ic/volleyball/
https://tokyo2020.org/en/games/schedule/olympic/


Drummer Ivanna Cuesta to show her class at Casa de Teatro
A 9 pm 16 January 2020 concert is booked for Dominican drummer and composer Ivanna Cuesta González. The graduate of the National Conservatory of Music is a winner of the 2015 Berklee College of Music full-tuition scholarship. She has been part of musical groups Carijazz, Gustavo Rodriguez Trio, Ejazzson, Javier Vargas and Atre and The Big Band of the National Conservatory of Music directed by Javier Vargas, among others.

Recently, Cuesta won first place in the "Hit like a Girl 2019" competition in her 18-39 year old category, performing at one of the most important PASIC 2019 Drummers and Percussionists conventions in Indianapolis. She is currently part of the "Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice" program, directed by Terri Lyne Carrington.

https://listindiario.com/entretenimi...casa-de-teatro


Cana Dorada International Film & Music Festival
The Cana Dorada International Film & Music Festival is happening from Thursday, 16 January to Monday, 20 January 2020 in Cap Cana, in southern Punta Cana. The festival is hosted in Eden Roc Cap Cana.

The organizers say that the main purpose of the festival is to create a bridge between the Latin entertainment into the global and Hollywood industry. The event is a platform for actors, producers, film-makers, directors, artists and investors to create strong networks and new opportunities, say promoters Raquel Flores and actor Fernando Colunga. Among the international participants are Avi Lerner, Allen Shapiro, Mark Canton, Dorothy Canton, Cheryl B. Isaacs, Maurice Fadida, Sophie Watts, and Darina Pavlova.

The festival opens with the documentary "Santo Domingo.". The documentary tells of the colonizing of the island by the Spanish conquistadors from 1492 to 1551. The script is by journalist Huchi Lora and José Pintor and focuses on the importance of the first colonial settlement in Santo Domingo and the defense of human rights of the natives.

http://www.canadorada.com/
https://n.com.do/2020/01/13/el-docum...e-en-cap-cana/


Gustavo y Amigos starts the Jazz en Dominicana year
Crooner Gustavo de Hostos, Corey Allen, Benny Hiraldo and Peng Bian Sang are booked for the first performance at the Fiesta Sunset Jazz Club on the 8th floor of the Dominican Fiesta Hotel. The concert is set for 8 pm. Reservations are a must by calling 809 562-8222 or 809 586-9177. The concert will be on Friday, 17 January, as of 8pm, at the Dominican Fiesta Hotel top floor night club.

Jazz promoter Fernando Rodríguez writes on his blog: "Expect a spectacular night with a repertoire made up of the endearing songs of jazz, blues, bossa nova and more that Gustavo interprets with a mastery, genius and vocation that make him unique on stage; a unique style that distinguishes him by successfully combining good music with his sparkling personality, captivating his audiences with his charisma and a very successful accompaniment of excellent musicians. A perfect night to start 2020 at Fiesta Sunset Jazz, which promises to be joyful and colorful!”

http://jazzendominicana.blogspot.com/