- President Medina receives Honduran president
[*]Diversions at Las Americas
[*]Crisis continues in the health sector
[*]National District councilors to receive pensions
[*]Sanchez in mourning
[*]Preventive custody for bank robbers
[*]Call for justice for murdered councilor
[*]Blackouts in the National District
[*]25th Merengue Tennis Cup in Santo Domingo
[*]Huchi Lora wins Journalism Award
[*]Dominican actress is first Disney Latina princess
[*]Jose Antonio Rodriguez and Xiomara Fortuna at Casa de Teatro
[*]Los Vivancos: mixing flamenco and acrobatics at the Jaragua
On Monday, 11 July 2016, President Danilo Medina received his Honduran counterpart, President Juan Orlando Hernandez at the Presidential Palace.
The Office of the President explained that the visit came about when Hernandez expressed interest in learning more about Medina’s government programs in affordable housing, such as La Nueva Barquita and Ciudad Juan Bosch, as well as his surprise visits and the Banco Solidario programs.
The Honduran head of state arrived at 1 pm, accompanied by his wife, First Lady Ana Garcia.
He was received by President Danilo Medina, First Lady Candida Montilla; Vice President Margarita Cedeno; and Foreign Relations Minister Andres Navarro.
Diversions at Las Americas
Aerodom, the Las Americas International Airport management company, has announced that on Tuesday at midnight and for the next two days, vehicles arriving at the departure area of the passenger terminal will be detoured. The detours will last several hours each day, to allow for the construction of cross roads in areas just outside the airport.
Aerodom said the area will be clearly marked and there will also be workers on duty to redirect traffic and to assist drivers.
Crisis continues in the health sector
The Dominican Medical Association (CMD) has accused the government of “lying to the country” about the crisis in the nation’s hospitals and said that those government officials taking part in the negotiations with the union have summarily called off the talks.
Dr. Waldo Ariel Sero, president of the CMD, said that the government officials had no interest in following through on their promises, saying there is not enough money available for the pay increase demanded by the CMD. Suero warned that the CMD would again carry their protests to the streets and into the hospitals if the government did not meet their demands for a pay increase for doctors, nurses and other health professionals.
National District councilors to receive pensions
The Council Chamber of the National District city government are proposing pensions of RD$75,000 and RD$80,000 to those who will be leaving their positions with the change of administration.
The announcement was made in separate venues by Cesar Cabrera (PRD), who is the president of the special committee on pensions and Winni Terrero (PLD), from the board of councilors.
Both councilors said that this was according to Law 176-07, those who have more than 20 years in their positions and who have health problems will be eligible for the pensions.
Sanchez in mourning
On Monday 11 July 2016, the entire town of Sanchez shut down, including shops, supermarkets and bars, to mourn the 18 people who died in when two trucks collided on the Nagua-Sanchez road on the evening of Saturday, 9 July.
Although all of the businesses were closed, the streets were full of people in mourning as it seemed that everyone in the town knew at least one of the victims.
In the accident, two pastors died and there were families who lost up to four members. The cemetery in Sanchez did not have enough space, meaning that some bodies were buried in the same grave.
According to witnesses and an AMET report, the accident occurred as the tractor trailer traveling at high speed, crossed into the opposite lane and struck the truck full of the people returning from church services.
AMET spokesman, Diego Pesqueria, said the driver of the tractor trailer, Ronald Liriano, who is currently recovering from his injuries at a hospital in San Francisco de Macoris, will be charged with vehicular homicide when he is released.
Traffic accidents: 548 deaths in three months
It is urgent that the authorities get to the root of the problem with traffic accidents in the Dominican Republic. The Saturday, 9 July 2016 clash of two trucks on the Nagua-Sanchez road added 18 more deaths to this year’s first quarter toll of 548 deaths, according to the Safety Observatory. The Observatory says that the two main reasons are imprudence of the drivers and the lack of conditions of the vehicles. In the case of the most recent deaths the tractor truck driver’s vehicle had tires that were well beyond their useful period. The clash was with a truck that also violated traffic regulations when transporting people in the back of the cargo truck. In addition to the 18 dead, 13 other persons are injured, several with serious injuries.
In 2015, there were 1,946 deaths for traffic accidents.
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Preventive custody for bank robbers
A Puerto Plata judge has handed down a one-year preventive custody judgment for three people implicated in the robbery of RD$7 million at Banco BHD-Leon.
The suspects, Edward Bernardo, Wellington Angomas and bank teller Joel Angomas, have been moved to the San Felipe Jail in Puerto Plata.
The public prosecutor assigned to the case said that the authorities were still looking for other suspects, including Jhonny Alexander Perez Macea alias Alex.
Another of those charged, Luis Oscar Ramirez Medina, alias Misael, is in the Ricardo Limon hospital in the city, recovering from injuries caused by an alleged attack by the accomplices in the robbery. Once Medina recovers, he will return to court for a hearing.
Call for justice for murdered councilor
The widow of the murdered councilor in Bayaguana, Renato Castillo, went to the Presidential Palace yesterday, Monday 11 July, to demand justice in the death of her husband.
Raysa Acosta said that the mayor of Bayaguana, Nelson Osvaldo Sosa Marte, who is accused of hiring hit men to kill her husband, has not paid for his crimes.
She said she was working hard to keep their four children and she cannot understand how a man who was accused of his murder some two years ago is not only free, but also has been reelected as mayor.
Sosa Marte had his term in preventive custody changed to bail of RD$2 million.
Blackouts in the National District
Edesur has announced a seven-hour blackout in several areas of Arroyo Hondo on 12 July 2016, for maintenance of one of the transformers in a substation.
The affected areas will be Los Arroyos, Lomas de Arroyo Hondo, Colinas de Arroyo Hondo, Cuesta Hermosa I, II and III, Perantuen, Arroyo Manzano and La Meseta - all of which will have no power from 8-9am and from 1-6pm.
Also, other neighborhoods and several businesses will be affected, including La Puya, Loma de Arroyo Hondo, Galindo I and II, El Nacional supermarket, Isabel Villas, Cuesta Brava, Laderas de Arroyo Hondo, San Sebasti?n, Las Pamelas I, Margot I, Buena Vista, the National Zoo, and Puerta de Hierro.
From 8am-1pm and from 5-6pm, the affected areas will be Altos de Arroyo Hondo III, Altos de Arroyo Hondo II, Fundacion, Los Americanos College, streets H 5 and C E, Respaldo H5, Botanical area , Las 800 neighborhood, Respaldo Colombia, Price Smart and surrounding areas.
25th Merengue Tennis Cup in Santo Domingo
Juvenile tennis players in the U14 and U18 categories are competing at the XXV International Merengue Cup taking place at the hard tennis courts of the Parque del Este in eastern Santo Domingo. The weeklong tournament began on Monday, 11 July 2016 and ends on Saturday, 16 July. It is organized by the Dominican Tennis Federation (Fedotenis) with the backing of the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
Twenty three players are competing for the host Dominican Republic. The matches start at 8:30am and are being streamed live on
Huchi Lora wins Journalism Award
TV journalist Luis Eduardo (Huchi) Lora was awarded the National Journalism Award by the Ministry of Education. The award comes with a cash prize of RD$1 million. He will receive the award from President Danilo Medina at a special ceremony at the Presidential Palace. He is the conductor of the well-seen program, “El Dia” and this year celebrates 50 years as a practicing journalist.
Dominican actress is first Disney Latina princess
Disney has announced Dominican-born actress Aimee Carrero will be the voice for the first Latina princess ‘Elena of Avalor,’ The actress is best known as Angie on the Cartoon Network live-action series Level Up. She also currently stars as Sofia Rodriguez on the ABC Family sitcom Young & Hungry.
The animated TV series ‘Elena of Avalor’ will premiere on Disney Channel on 22 July 2016. The new character is about the bold, clever, caring and funny Princess Elena who is 16 years old and lives in an enchanted fairytale kingdom that is inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore.
The series will also feature the voices of Awkward star Jillian Rose Reed and Teen Wolf actor Tyler Posey.
In making the announcement of the series, Nancy Kanter, executive vice president for Disney Junior Worldwide said:
“What excites us most is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale.”
“It’s not a secret that the Hispanic and Latino communities have been waiting and hoping and looking forward to our introduction of a princess that reflected their culture,” said Kanter, who is the Disney executive overseeing the show, which will begin on 22 July with Disney theme park tie-ins. “We wanted to do it right.”
Jose Antonio Rodriguez and Xiomara Fortuna at Casa de Teatro
Jose Antonio Rodriguez, who is Minister of Culture in the Medina administration, will be performing on the 22 July 2016, at Casa de Teatro. Xiomara Fortuna is booked for a concert at Casa de Teatro on Saturday, 23 July 2016. The concerts are part of events scheduled for the 42nd anniversary of Casa de Teatro.
Los Vivancos: mixing flamenco and acrobatics at the Jaragua
Los Vivancos present “Aeternum”, where flamenco meets ballet, martial arts, tap dancing and magic. The show is produced by Daniele Finzi of Cirque Du Soleil. The shows are scheduled for Friday 9 September 2016 at the Teatro La Fiesta of the Hotel Jaragua and on Saturday 10 September at the Centro Espanol de Santiago. This is a production of LAB Events.
Regarded as global superstars, the seven Spanish brothers’ shows have received rave reviews wherever they have performed.
Tickets are for sale at Uepa Tickets, Supermercado Nacional and Jumbo at RD$1,625 general admission.
Read more about upcoming events at http://www.dr1.com/calendar
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