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29 November 2022

IHG Hotels & Resorts is adding the Spanish hotel operator Iberostar to its long list of brands, ranging from romantic escapes, and luxury resorts to budget-conscious family hotels.

The IHG 17 brands are Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Vignette Collection, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo, Voco, Hualuxe, Crowne Plaza, Even Hotels, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Six Senses Hotels, Avid, Atwell Suites, Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn Club Vacation, Candlewood Suites city and destination operations.

The new alliance with Iberostar becomes the 18th brand to sign on to the IHG Hotels & Resorts alliance. Iberostar Beachfront Resorts will add 70 hotels worldwide to IHG’s system. The all-inclusive resort, the Iberostar Selection Hacienda Dominicus in Bayahibe in La Romana will be among the first to join the IHG brand.

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The 4-week Covid-19 positivity rate is at 3.46%, with the 24-hour positivity rate at 16.04%, as per Covid-19 Bulletin #984 dated 27 November 2022.

Public Health Minister Daniel Rivera is encouraging people to up their vaccination status, with a third, fourth or fifth vaccine that are available for free in the Dominican Republic. He said on 27 November 2022 that the analysis of samples from people recently infected with Covid-19 confirms the subvariant of the Omicron strain, known as XBB, is circulating in the country. Dr. Rivera says the new variant is not worse than the Omicron, but does spread rapidly. The symptoms are a cough, runny nose and fever.

The number of Covid-19 registered cases in the Dominican Republic for Bulletin #984 was 216, up from the previous day. The number of Covid-19 cases has been rising. The seven-day average (confirmed lab-reported cases) is up to 210, up from the...

The Abinader administration is donating heavy farm pieces to small farms to improve productivity. So far, the program has provided over 230 heavy farm machinery as part of a RD$415 million program. The equipment is for plowing, harvesting, sowing and drilling in farm areas.

Included in the first batch of equipment are 150 tractors, 3 well-drilling machines, 64 tillage machinery, 6 automatic harvesters and 15 seeders.

The new equipment will make agricultural production more efficient and competitive to continue guaranteeing food security for the entire country. Agriculture Minister Limber Cruz says the equipment will facilitate preparing nearly a million tareas (units of 629 sq. mts.) of farmland for the next harvest cycle.

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Teen and even pre-teen pregnancies are a sad reality in the Dominican Republic, and this has been true for decades. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has expressed its concern the DR has one of the highest pregnancy rates in the Americas and the world. According to UNFPA stats, 20% of all births in the Dominican Republic are to women between the ages of 15-19 years of age. Teenage births result in poor educational, job, income, and health outcomes. The note says that women with a college degree earn three times the income of those with just a primary education.

Rubén Maldonado (Santo Domingo – Fuerza del Pueblo), a former president of the Chamber of Deputies, resubmitted to the Chamber of Deputies a bill containing three grounds for abortion in the Dominican Republic on 11 November 2022. He says the initiative is an attempt to remove obstacles for the...

The Acento news group has indicated that there are at least five issues that are causing problems between the United Nations, United States and the Dominican Republic. The elephant in the room is, of course, Haiti. The neighboring country is currently undergoing a chaotic period where law enforcement and public safety are mere words on paper. Massive and illegal immigration across a nearly open frontier are one instance that causes huge costs to the Dominican government.

President Luis Abinader has stated on both national and international podiums that the Dominican Republic is not the solution to the Haitian crisis.

Combined with the issue of deportations, contraband and crime, the issues surrounding Haiti are certainly quite prominent. Making matters worse, most Haitians in Haiti are undocumented, creating a major security issue for the Dominican Republic.

Recently, the...

Diario Libre + Poteleche 28 November 2022

The Dominican Republic makes news whenever it steps up the deporting of undocumented persons to Haiti. The Haitians cross the nearly 400 km border looking to survive violence, lack of social services and jobs in Haiti. A very small percentage is picked up by the Migration Agency (DGM) for irregular status here and returned by land to Haiti.

Accusations of discrimination and human rights violations abound from US sources, with those so critical ignoring that the United States deports tens of thousands of Haitians, and other nationalities, every month. DR Migration Law 285-04 states the conditions and requirements for carrying out the deportation of any person. The law also states that conditions such as mental or infectious disease or something else equally limiting a person from functioning properly in Dominican territory are grounds...

The most impactful news of the past week and over the weekend was the announcement by the United States government that sugar from the American-owned La Romana Sugar Corporation would no longer be accepted in any US port. The note alleged labor issues as the key point. Local reaction was swift, to say the least.

Agriculture Minister Limber Cruz said that there was no evidence of any sort of abuse against workers as alleged in the original note, and he stressed the importance of the US market for domestic sugar. While admitting that “years ago” there were certainly some poor labor practices, these have long since been overcome.

The Central Romana itself was quick to react to the note issued by the Customs and Border Protection agency and published a point by point denial at the end of the week. Briefly, the accusations of “forced labor” were dismissed out of hand, as...

Diario Libre has been covering reports that large drug cartels have set up operations in the Dominican Republic with apparently little done to shut these down now under the Abinader administration. Diario Libre reports the Global Organized Crime Index indicates the Dominican Republic continues to be an important transshipment point for cocaine, heroine, and extasis and a destination for cannabis. The country’s geographic location makes it a stopover for exporting to Europe and the United States.

Diario Libre points out that statistics of the DNCD indicate that in the first three quarters of the year 23,326.7 kilograms of cocaine were seized. In most of the confiscations of drugs, no one has been convicted.

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Listin Diario’s front page story describes the black market for visas for Haitians to travel legally to the Dominican Republic. The newspaper reports the Dominican government has issued 726,300 visas for Haitians since 2015.

The newspaper report points out that the irregularities with the visa issuing were found to be only happening with the consulates in Haiti.

An editorial in the 28 November issue of Listin Diario reads:“Everything indicates that the granting of visas to Haitians has become, in the last seven years, one of the most lucrative businesses for a mafia that manages and sells them in a ‘black market’.”

“It is striking that, in that period, from 2015 until the middle of this year, 89% of the 818,885 visas granted by the country, have been issued by Dominican consulates in Haiti.”

The newspaper calls attention to what it describes as “a network...

A dig at Colombian singer star Shakira’s former husband, Gerard Pique, the just-released Ozuna and Shakira bachata is hitting the first places of music charts. “Monotonía” is a song that seemingly leaves clues of what happened between Shakira and the Catalan footballer. Pique is not playing for Spain in Qatar 2022.

Ozuna is a Puerto Rican urban and bachata singer. He is the son of a Dominican father and a Puerto Rican mother, who was raised in Puerto Rico by his Dominican grandmother.

Barcelona football player Gerard Piqué, 35, and Colombian star singer Shakira, 45, made known in June 2022 that they were ending their 12-year relationship. The couple has two children, Milan and Sasha.

In late October, almost five months after the break-up news, the Colombian singer released this first post-breakup song, Monotonia, with Ozuna.

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Musical producer Amaury Sanchez announces Rock Sinfónico for 10 December 2022 at the National Theater. 24 emblematic songs in voices of leading Dominican rock singers will be on stage. These include Max Martinez (Tabuteck and New Page), Eddy Alba (Uranio), Hector Anibal (Transfusion), Benny Hiraldo, Leonor García and Omar Henriqeuz (Sociedad Tabú).

Among the songs, “Dust in the Wind,” “Carry on. My Wayward song,” “Hotel California,” “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,” “November Rain, Separate Ways,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We are the Champions,” and “Under Pressure” are on the list, as reported in Diario Libre.

The singers will be accompanied by the Santo Domingo Philarmonic Orchestra of 71 musicians and a rock band.

Tickets are for sale at Uepa Tickets (RD$3,000-RD$5,000) and at the National Theater box office.

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The 4-week Covid-19 positivity rate is at 3.05%, with the 24-hour positivity rate at 12.91%, as per Covid-19 Bulletin #983 dated 26 November 2022.

Public Health Minister Daniel Rivera is encouraging people to up their vaccination status, with a third, fourth or fifth vaccine that are available for free in the Dominican Republic. He said on 26 November 2022 that the analysis of samples from people recently infected with Covid-19 confirms the subvariant of the Omicron strain, known as XBB, is circulating in the country. Dr. Rivera says the new variant is not worse than the Omicron, but does spread rapidly. The symptoms are a cough, runny nose and fever.

The number of Covid-19 registered cases in the Dominican Republic for Bulletin #983 was 150, down from the previous day. The number of Covid-19 cases has been rising. The seven-day average (confirmed lab-reported cases) is up to 195, after the...

Francisco Alberto Torres Díaz / Proceso

President Luis Abinader appointed Francisco Alberto Torres Díaz as Superintendent of Pensions of the Dominican Social Security System through Decree 700-22.

Torres Díaz, until now deputy director general at the Tax Agency (DGII), holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and International Trade from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business in Philadelphia, United States, and a Master’s degree in Applied Macroeconomics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

He has participated in multiple projects as executive president and chief investment strategist of Towers Capital Group, in addition to serving as financial advisor to Dominican companies in the construction, commerce, health, finance, and tourism sectors, among others.

He was also head of the...

The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MISPAS) announced that it has stocks to immunize one million dogs and cats against rabies. Dr. José Luis Cruz, technical director of the Center for Prevention and Control of Vector Transmitted Diseases and Zoonosis (Cecovez), said a nationwide vaccination operation will get started on Friday, 25 November 2022 on occasion of National Vaccination Day Against Rabies.

“The most effective measure to avoid cyclical outbreaks of this disease is the massive anti-rabies vaccination of our pets, which in the Dominican Republic are dogs and cats,” he explained.

He indicated that rabies is a zoonotic, viral disease that affects animals, mainly dogs and cats, and sometimes people. In the Dominican Republic, the last case of human rabies was registered in 2019 and the objective is to keep the incidence of this disease at...

Public Health Minister Daniel Rivera said on 23 November 2022 that the government expects it will spend RD$10 billion this year to care for Haitian patients at public hospitals. The expenditure is 14% of the resources available for public hospital services in the country. Rivera said that despite the large amount, the government has never denied care to needy Haitians.

The data was provided by Dr. Mario Lama, director of the National Health Service that groups public hospitals. “By our planning, it is calculated, if there are no variations, that it will be 10 billion this year,” he said.

Most of the funds are allocated to the birthing of Haitians and neonatal care, around RD$6 billion. Yet, Dr. Lama said billions are spent to care for Haitian nationals suffering from HIV, cancer, injured in fights, traffic accidents, among other circumstances.

He explained the 14%...

US Congressman Adriano Espaillat has joined those in the Dominican Republic who request US Embassy withdraw the recent travel alert it has uploaded to its website in the Dominican Republic.

New York Congressman for the 13th District, Adriano Espaillat, requested on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 the immediate withdrawal of the note “Alert: Ongoing Dominican Migration Enforcement” issued by the Embassy of the United States of America on Saturday, 19 November 2022. He said the note is unfounded.

Espaillat expressed his categorical rejection of the measure and said he requested from the US State Department and the chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in the Dominican Republic, Robert W. Thomas, verifiable evidence for the allegations made in the note. He said he has not received a response.

Espaillat spoke with journalists at the Presidential Palace at the end of a private...

In the Dominican Republic, legislators of all political parties discussed the 19 November migratory travel alert issued by the US government and the more recent ban on sugar exports of the US corporation Central Romana in a working session on Wednesday, 23 November.

In addressing the issue, the president of the Senate, Eduardo Estrella, asked President Luis Abinader to maintain his responsible position regarding the Haitian issue, as reported in El Caribe.

Senator Alexis Victoria Yeb read a manifesto rejecting the migratory alert issued by the US Embassy. The manifesto stresses the DR can no longer be the one country burdened with the historical problems of the Haitian people. Furthermore, it is time for the international community to take action on Haiti’s problems. 

The senator of the province of La Vega, Ramon Rogelio Genao, said the country is being victim of a defamation campaign by...

The bishop of La Altagracia, Monsignor Jesús Castro Marte criticized the recent accusations of racism in the country as “fabricated questionings without any reasoning”. He said: “Internationally there are many sectors that are threatening us, questioning us without any reasoning, simply by fake news, by fabricated questionings.”

“How to say, that we Dominicans who come from the integration of English, French, Spanish races, we have racist nuances, that is false of all falsehood,” he said. Castro Marte spoke during the inauguration ceremony of the expansion of the Romana Cruise Terminal.

Effective 23 November 2022, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel at all US ports of entry are ordered to detain raw sugar and sugar-based products produced in the Dominican Republic by Central Romana Corporation Limited (Central Romana), a US corporation.

A note from the CBP indicates that the Withhold Release Order (WRO) against Central Romana was issued based on information that reasonably indicates the use of forced labor in its operations. CBP identified five of the International Labour Organization’s 11 indicators of forced labor during its investigation: abuse of vulnerability, isolation, withholding of wages, abusive working and living conditions, and excessive overtime.

“This Withhold Release Order demonstrates CBP’s commitment to protect human rights and international labor standards and to promote a fair and competitive...

Former Central Bank governor Jose Lois Malkun says 25,765 people were expelled or deported to Haiti from 1 January to 26 February 2022, according to data compiled by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The United States repatriated 79% of the 25,765 people, or 20,309. The Bahamas, Cuba, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Mexico and other countries returned the rest.

In the same period, the United States sent back about 2,300 children of Haitian-born parents.

From March 2022 to date (seven months), this figure has tripled with more than 60,000 Haitians were deported from Mexico, the United States and other South American countries.

The OIM reports that 45,000 persons were deported to Haiti from Caribbean countries, including the Dominican Republic.

In 2021 and 2022, between Mexico and the United States, 1,497,000 people of various nationalities have...

Shen Yun, the legendary Chinese classics arts company, will be performing for the first time in the Dominican Republic. A 1-4 February 2023 performance is scheduled for the National Theater in Santo Domingo, and another from 6-7 February 2023 at the Teatro Cibao in Santiago.

The dance and musician organization is a non-profit, independent from the Chinese government. Nothing like this can be seen in China today. In fact, Shen Yun is still not allowed to perform in China. But outside of China, the Shen Yun performers are on a quest to spark a cultural renaissance through dance, music, costumes, and legends.

Based in the mountains of New York State, Shen Yun draws top artists from around the world. With a passion for the classical arts, the dancers and musicians join Shen Yun in its mission to revive a once almost lost culture.

Shen Yun first performed in 2006, after a group of...

The 4-week Covid-19 positivity rate has risen to 2.29%, with the 24-hour positivity rate at 12.28%, as per Covid-19 Bulletin #979 dated 22 November 2022. The number of lab-reported tests is 1,629.

The number of Covid-19 registered cases in the Dominican Republic for Bulletin #979 was 200, up from 151 on the previous day. The number of Covid-19 cases has been rising. The seven-day average (confirmed lab-reported cases) is up to 111, after the previous week the average being 48. The number of active cases is 888, up from 648 on the previous day. The seven-day active case average is up to 621.

Except in hospitals, every day less people wear facial masks in the Dominican Republic. Nevertheless, in recent days, given the impact of seasonal influenza, more people are again using face masks as a preventive measure.

As per Bulletin #979, with the deadline of 22 November 2022, the Ministry of...

The National Statistics Office (ONE) announced it is extending the poll-taking phase for the 2022 National Population and Housing Census for another week. The deadline was 23 November. The poll-taking can now continue through 30 November 2022, if necessary.

The census got off to a slow start, with the electronic devices allocated to poll takers in many municipalities nationwide, including Greater Santo Domingo, not synchronizing with the databases.

ONE says that the causes for delays were resolved. In some municipalities that got an early start, the poll-taking phase is closing.

ONE says that overall the census has been very well received by citizens, who have welcomed the census takers with the kindness and hospitality that characterizes Dominicans. The data collection effort will enable the country to have a more robust and reliable statistical system.

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23 November 2022

President Luis Abinader ordered an increase to the minimum wage received by a police agent in the Dominican Republic. The wage will now be RD$20,443. This compares to the minimum wage of RD$10,500 paid to police agents at the change of government, in August 2020.

The minimum wage will be increased to RD$25,000, with the additional funds allotted in the 2023 National Budget.

Police agents have also been receiving several perks, including free university education plans, free transport on the Metro, improved medical insurance and housing plans.

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The Ministry of Interior and Police spokesperson, Ricardo Fortuna says that over the two weeks since the ban on alcohol sales after midnight in Santo Domingo province was implemented, crime and delinquency are down 14-16%.

Yet, the Ministry of Interior & Police is retracting the measure. The owners of nightclubs and bars are again authorized to sell booze until three am starting Friday, 25 November 2022. The entertainment businesses said the restrictions generated more than RD$200 million in losses.

The schedule is back from Sunday to Thursday alcohol can be sold until 2am. On Fridays and Saturdays, sales are cleared through 3am.

The nightclubs committed to up the level of security, including better lighting and the installation of cameras and other actions. A working table will review compliance with the agreement.

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The director of the Migration Agency (DGM) Venancio Alcántara denied a recent CNN release that said that among the recent deportations are children separated from their parents.

Alcantara said among the 150,000 foreigners deported to their countries since 2020, when the government changed, there are no cases of minors separated from their parents.

“At all times and in compliance with the laws of the Dominican Republic and international treaties, all deportations are carried out in total and absolute respect for the dignity of persons and their human rights,” Venancio Alcantara, director general of Migration is quoted in a press release.

He emphasizes that “there are specific procedures when minors are involved in the process. At all times the minors are with their parents and, when these have not been located, the minors are referred directly to the National...

The National Institute of Transit and Ground Transport (Intrant) released the annual goods transportation schedule for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Cargo vehicles need to request special permits to take to the roads on Friday, 23 December at 6am until Monday, 26 December at 5am. Then again, from Friday, 30 December at 6am to Monday, 2 January 2023 at 5am.

Intrant informed that the vehicles exempted from this prohibition are pickup trucks, vans, ambulances, emergency vehicles and those dedicated to water tanker service, sanitation, road assistance, electricity, cable, telecommunications, maintenance and urban hygiene.

The institution informed that those interested in obtaining circulation permits for these dates may apply for them from today until Thursday, 22 December 2022, at 3pm, through Intrant’s web page www.intrant.gob.do . Payment is made online to receive...

Alexandria Valerio / Banco Mundial

During a meeting with women journalists, the representative of the World Bank expressed her concern with generalized practices in the Dominican Republic that discriminate against women. The World Bank presentation highlighted that it acts on the premise that no country, community or economy can reach its potential or confront the challenges of the 21st Century without full participation on equal grounds of women, men, girls and boys.

Data compiled by the World Bank indicates that the Dominican Republic performs poorly in terms of gender equality. The high prevalence of child marriages and teenage pregnancies worsen the situation.

Alexandria Valerio called for Dominican journalists to report on these issues and furthermore encouraged denouncing cases of discrimination in financing for gender during the conversation with...

Carmen Amaro, Carolina Cardenas, Alexandria Valerio and Mafalda Duarte / Banco Mundial

The Dominican Republic has not been able to convince governments or multilateral organizations to get active in Haiti to help that country resolve its multidimensional crisis. But the country could probably look outside the box and redirect efforts for help to shoulder the increasing fiscal burden it carries due to the multidimensional crisis in Haiti.

Mafalda Duarte, CEO of the Climate Investment Funds for the World Bank, told DR1 at the “Economic Growth with a Woman’s Face” breakfast on 22 November 2022, that the country could undergo an effort to be classified at the same status as Haiti to benefit from multilateral programs. The country could begin a campaign to create an awareness among multilateral organizations and governments abroad...

Unless the National Social Security Council (CNSS) takes a major about face on Friday, 25 November 2022, the Medical Association (CMD) is going ahead with its call for physicians not to accept private medical plans. The CMD recommends switching to the government-operated Senasa and BanReservas health plans that have increased physicians’ pay and accepted other requests by the CMD.

As reported in Hoy, the Medical Association “does not give in” and will not accept ARS health plans. Dr. Rufino Senén Caba, president of the CMD, has reiterated the call for a 24-hour nationwide strike on 30 November 2022 to demand major amendments to Social Security Law 87-01.

Dr. Senén Caba said the call is subject to the response of the National Council of Social Security gives to the proposals presented to the CNSS on Tuesday, 22 November 2022 by the 56 specialized medical societies. The CNSS is...

Ambassador David Emmanuel Puig Buchel presented his letter of credence to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Republic of Maldives on Tuesday, 22 November 2022 at a ceremony at the President’s office.

The Maldives is an independent island country in the north-central Indian Ocean, about 600 km from the Indian mainland. The islands that make up the country extend more than 820 km from north to south and 130 km from east to west.

Afterwards, Solih met with Puig and discussed topics of mutual interest, including promoting sustainable tourism, environmental cooperation, and building disaster resilience.

The President also emphasized that the Maldives and the Dominican Republic have maintained 12 years of stable diplomatic relations.

Before concluding the meeting, the President and the Ambassador...

23 November 2022

On two occasions, Cuban troubadour Pablo Milanes cancelled his concert set for 5 December in the National Theater in Santo Domingo. On 22 November 2022 it was learned, the Cuban songwriter has passed away. He regarded as one of the most outstanding Latin American singers of all times. He will always be remembered for his legendary songs – Yolanda, Para Vivir… and many more.

He was on tour in Madrid where he passed away after being hospitalized on 12 November. He was 79 years old.

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The 4-week Covid-19 positivity rate has risen to 2.06%, with the 24-hour positivity rate at 14.26%, as per Covid-19 Bulletin #978 dated 21 November 2022. The number of lab-reported tests is 1,059.

The number of Covid-19 registered cases in the Dominican Republic for Bulletin #978 was 151, up from 107 on the previous day. The number of Covid-19 cases has been rising. The seven-day average (confirmed lab-reported cases) is up to 95, after the previous week the average being 35. The number of active cases is 648, up from the previous day 591. The seven-day active case average is at 557.

Except in hospitals, every day less people wear facial masks in the Dominican Republic. Nevertheless, in recent days, given the impact of seasonal influenza, more people are again using face masks as a preventive measure.

As per Bulletin #978, with the deadline of 21 November 2022, the Ministry of Public...

Children 3 to 5 years old attending National Institute of Comprehensive Care for Early Childhood (INAIPI) centers will receive free dental and hearing health services. Previously, INAIPI has offered the services to children from five years of age. INAIPI benefits more than 160,000 families through its Comprehensive Early Childhood Care Centers (CAIPI) and Child and Family Care Centers (CAFI) programs.

Besaida Manola Santana signed for INAIPI and Victor Castro for the National Institute of Student Welfare (INABIE) that will be allocating for resources for the programs at CAIPI and CAFI enters. In a first phase, 74,844 infants will benefit.

“With the formalization of this agreement we continue to increase the scope and impact of the health programs and what better way to reach this population that deserves the best care in the stage they are in,” said Victor Castro.

Meanwhile, Santana de Baez said that the agreement will strengthen the component of Attention to Special...

The First Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) says that it is legal for parents to disinherit a child that has mistreated them.

The decision is based on the interpretation of Article 727 of the Civil Code, which provides that legitimate or natural children who have repeatedly performed acts detrimental or deceit to their parents or that affect their reputation and dignity may be declared unworthy of inheritance, and as such can be excluded from inheriting.

The ruling establishes that children who have mistreated or seriously insulted their parents with deeds or words, or who have denied them protection or assistance may be declared unworthy to inherit.

The Constitution of the Republic in Art. 57 already establishes the protection of the elderly as an integral right.

The Supreme Court judges explain that it is justified for the parents, who in principle are free to allocate...

Celebrated Dominican singer-songwriter and three-time Grammy Award–winner Juan Luis Guerra was a winner at the 23rd annual Latin Grammy Award. His Covid-time recorded album, “Entre Mar y Palmeras” won Best Merengue/Bachata Album. The album was recorded at the Playa Esmeralda beach in the new Miches destination north of Punta Cana on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. This work was part of a live concert from Esmeralda Beach in the Dominican Republic, which debuted with resounding success on HBO Max’s digital platform.

The Entre Mar y Palmeras was released in June 2021 and it included 16 hits from his admired artistic career, recorded with the impeccable live sound of 440, among them “Rosalía,” “El Farolito,” “Visa Para un Sueño,” “La Bilirrubina,” “El Niágara en Bicicleta,” “Las Avispas,” “A Pedir Su Mano,” “Kitipun” and “Pambiche de Novia.”

The 23rd Latin Grammy...

The National Institute of Transit and Land Transportation (Intrant) says it has contracted through the Ministry of the Presidency’s Trust for the Development of the Mass Transport System in the Dominican Republic (Fitram) with the Brazilian firm Imtraff.

The company is assisting Intrant with artificial intelligence to determine how to improve the transit system in Greater Santo Domingo. Hugo Beras, director of Intrant, says that significant changes are forthcoming. The Intrant continues to consider converting two of the most important north-south connecting roads, the Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill avenues into one-way avenues.

In addition to the Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, the plans calls for intervening several other main avenues, included the John F. Kennedy, Máximo Gómez, Ortega y Gasset, 27 de Febrero, George Washington (Malecón)...

A group of 25 Dominicans who had arrived on an Arajet flight from Santo Domingo were repatriated on Monday, 21 November 2022 after Guatemala migration authorities (Guatemalan Migration Institute – IGM) at the La Aurora International Airport did not allow their entry on Friday, 18 November 2022.

In a press release on the decision to not admit the Dominicans, the Guatemalan Migration Institute reiterated its commitment to contribute to the country’s security, promoting a regular, orderly and safe migration.

The IGM says that one of those not admitted has an arrest warrant in force in the Dominican Republic; two others were found to have criminal records. The others “did not comply with the established requirements due to inconsistencies during the interview,” stated the immigration authorities in the press release.

There are five women and 20 men among the...

El Dia newspaper cartoon on 22 November 2022

The Dominican government, through the Ministry of Foreign Relations, rejected the wording of the US Embassy note: “Alert: Ongoing Dominican Migration Enforcement.” The note was uploaded to the US Embassy website on Saturday, 19 November 2022

The Ministry of Foreign Relations issued a statement whereby it says the country considers the note “unfounded, untimely and unfortunate.” The Ministry of Foreign Relations says that the terms of the note contradict the excellent bilateral relationship that exists between the Dominican Republic and the United States in all areas: political, economic, military, social and cooperation, whether in the areas of drug trafficking, human trafficking, arms and ammunition smuggling, corruption or the fight against impunity, among others.

The Ministry of Foreign Relations states:“Our country is the first US trading...

The Ministry of Public Health alerted to the second reported case of cholera in the country, a four-year old Haitian child. Epidemiologist Francisca Kasse said the child is stable, in good spirits and has an appetite. The child has not had a bowel movement in the past 24 hours. The Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health confirmed the case on Monday, 21 November.

The minor had entered the country on Friday, 18 November through Dajabón. The child was admitted to the Padre Fantino hospital in Montecristi. He had come from Port-au-Prince, Haiti where he had experienced symptoms of the disease for two days.

Upon arrival at the hospital, the patient presented watery and whitish diarrhea, vomiting, dry mouth, weak pulse and drowsiness. He was immediately hydrated and stabilized, then a stool sample was taken and tested positive for cholera yesterday...

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