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The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #389 reports 341 new PCR cases for the Sunday, 11 April 2021 deadline. The cases compare to the 7-day nationwide average for PCR confirmed cases that is 514.

As per Bulletin #389 with the deadline of 11 April 2021, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 258,039 confirmed cases since the first case on 1 March 2020. Labs carried out 3,613 first PCR tests. The number of PCR tests compares with the 14-day average now at 3,232.

The 4-week positivity rate is 10.11%, slightly up from the previous day. The 24-hour positivity for the day is 19.49%, significantly down from the last day.

The number of reported active Covid-cases increased to 37,867, up (+9) from the previous 24 hours. The active cases are now rising as of the 11 April bulletin. The nation is immersed in a nationwide inoculation drive. Nevertheless, the numbers have yet to make real the concerns that the population’s greater mobility...

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) calls for the United States to increase its engagement in the Caribbean region to avoid China emerging as the preferred partner in the region. The CSIS has published a 10-page report motivating to reimagine the US approach to the Caribbean region. The focus is on the promising opportunities and diverse focal points for engagement of the 17 countries that are part of the Caribbean Basin Initiative.

The report looks into achievements through the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the US-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA). The United States is the Caribbean’s largest trading partner and, in turn, the Caribbean is the United States’ sixth-largest trading partner, with US$35.3 billion flowing between them each year. The Dominican Republic is the only CBI country to have a bilateral free trade...

Dominicans around the world celebrated the 90th birthday of Rafael Solano on Saturday, 10 April 2021, enjoying his compositions written over the past seven decades immortalized in a documentary on his life made available on YouTube for free.

Documental Solano is by film producer Juan Basanta and his daughter, journalist Patricia Solano. It tells the artistic life of maestro Rafael Solano is a tribute to the singer-songwriter known for “Por Amor,” the most iconic Dominican song. The documentary was released in November 2018 but by making it free on YouTube, Dominicans shared it and rendered tribute to the outstanding Dominican musician.

The film is an audiovisual account of the Puerto Plata piano player and composer’s artistic career through the entire generation of artists that emerged in the late 1950s and sung his compositions.

The documentary was co-directed by Solano’s...

The executive vice president of the National Hotel & Tourism Association (Asonahores), Andres Marranzini forecasts good times for the tourism industry are coming. When interviewed for D’Agenda on Telesistema, Channel 11, Marranzini forecast around 4 million arrivals for this year. He expects the number of air arrivals to be more than what has originally been forecast by the Central Bank for 2022.

Marranzini says there will not be a low season in the next 18 months as people resume traveling with a vengeance after months of lockdown. He forecast 2022 will be one single high season year as people resume traveling.

“The governor of the Central Bank spoke of close to four and a half or four million visitors this year, which was the estimate that institution had made,” he remarked. He added: “It is not unreasonable to think of a number like that seeing that, in...

The Ministry of Public Health has only approved the reopening of 20% of public schools in the 48 municipalities where public schools are cleared to reopen.

The Dominican Association of Teachers (ADP) reports that most of the public schools are not prepared to reopen for need of repairs or that the school teachers have not received the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Ministry of Education had announced that schools in districts where the positivity rate of Covid-19 was 5% or less and that were ready could reopen as of 6 April for some in-person learning with the authorization of parents and the green light of the Ministry of Public Health.

The vice-president of the union, Juan Núñez, said that the ADP teachers would only return to give classes where the physical structures had been prepared for the return to classes.

“We put as a condition that...

The Police has recovered almost RD$4 million of an auto-robbery by a cash truck transporter and accomplices. The Police have not said how much cash was in the truck.

Five arrests have been made in the case, and one returned the cash. The Police is on the trail of three others.

The Cibao Central Agency of the National Police reported it had recovered RD$3,937,650 in cash, of the money stolen from the armored truck. The Police say Luis Admi Rosario Guzmán, who was the driver of the Daihatsu truck is wanted, together with two others. Rosario is accused of planning the theft. The securities truck was abandoned in the La Terraza sector of Santiago.

El Caribe reports that Rosario Guzmán and two other fugitives allegedly took some suitcases out of the truck and transported them in the white Hyundai Sonata car that was left abandoned on the main street of Montellano...

Digital media has been affected by persons who demand the removal of their mention in news stories online. The same persons do not demand that the mentions be removed from radio, TV or print media.

Now, the Constitutional Court ruling sets a precedent in favor of digital media after hearing a case presented against Acento.

In its decision, the Constitutional Court establishes that the information says that the news story in Acento refers exclusively to the appellant’s public sphere and not to his private life. It states that the news published in Acento is of public interest given the relevance of the event and who is the protagonist.

The TC rejected that the mention in Acento was not an attack on the honor and privacy of José Walnobi Núñez Martínez, as he claimed when pressing the case through the judiciary. Núñez Martínez sought to obligate the media to eliminate the information from acento.com.do

The TC said that Acento merely disseminated the news, in exercise of...

The Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) is will soon amend its statutes to remove the clause that bans presidential reelection. The removal of the clause is necessary for President Luis Abinader to opt for a second term in office.

After a meeting of the PRM top executives on Sunday, 11 April 2021, party leader Franklin García Fermín said that the PRM would accommodate its bylaws to what the Constitution allows, two consecutive terms. García Fermín is minister of Superior Education in the Abinader administration. 

Garcia Fermin, made the comments before a meeting with the political leadership of the PRM, where President Luis Abinader gave a talk entitled “A Look Towards the Future.”

As reported in N Digital, the PRM meeting was to activate the statutory committee that is chaired by Eddy Olivares, a former member of the Central Electoral Board (JCE)...

The Minister of Public Health Daniel Rivera announced that the government will only subsidize one PCR test per insured person per year as of this year. Other PCR tests will require the interested party to pay the insurer the full cost of the test. The test costs around RD$4,000 in local labs.

The announcement comes after a flurry of tests were made recently after a severe cold circulated, making people think they could have caught Covid-19.

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The Central Bank reports that remittances this year are keeping the upward numbers. A new record of US$994.9 million was set for March 2021. This is 91.3% more than in March 2020, or US$474.8 million more.Remittances were US$792.8 million in January, US$761 million in February and US$994.9 million in March. Remittances for the first quarter of 2021 are 50% more than in 2020. This is outstanding because airports were not closed until the second half of March 2020.

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Back in 2016, the Congress and former President Danilo Medina enacted the Organic Law of the National Police. However, the law did not contain the required regulations. Leading jurist and the executive vice-president of the Institutionalism and Justice Foundation (Finjus), Servio Tulio Castaños Guzmán, was appointed by President Luis Abinader to chair a work group to assist in the reform of the National Police.

According to Castaños Guzmán, the obstacles to reform are rooted in the institution itself, which has refused to implement 21 regulations that are needed to bring about change. The statement by Castaños Guzman is blistering: “We approved a law in 2016 that has not been able to be implemented, and there has been no way to implement it because there has been no way that the Superior Police Council will approve the regulations, enact them...

A 53-year old Venezuelan physician, Dr. Francisco Marty, died when taking a selfie at Aguas Blancas, the country’s highest water fall. He ventured to the tip of the waterfall for the precious shot that cost him his life. The physician was doing ecotourism. He resided in the United States.

The Aguas Blancas waterfall is one of the main attractions for visitors to Constanza Valley.

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Award-winning essayist, novelist, poet, archeologist, anthropologist, university professor and diplomat, Mario Veloz Maggiolo died on Saturday, 10 April 2021. He was 85 and died of health complications attributed to Covid-19.

He was one of the first Dominicans to graduate in archeology from the University of Madrid. He also received a PhD in history of the Americas, with a specialty in pre-historic days from that university. He would go on to be the director of the Museum of Dominican Man.

He won numerous national and international awards, including the National Literature Award, the Golden Caonabo and the Academy of Sciences. As an archeologist, he conducted several investigations on the Dominican Republic’s and other Antillean countries’ pre-Columbian cultures. As an antropologist, he published several important research papers on different cultural manifestations.


The Dominican Republic is suffering a cyclical round of deaths from adulterated alcoholic beverages. Referred to as “cleren” by the press, this bootleg liquor is laced with methanol and causes death in many cases. So far, and the count is not 100% certain, there have been 47 cases of death by intoxication of around 109 cases of people that have been hospitalized. Several more could die as dozens are hospitalized. Reports are half of those that have died have been women.

This time around, the authorities have destroyed clandestine stills in Barahona, Monte Plata, Navarrete and Greater Santo Domingo, but others keep cropping up.

This time around, several of the deaths are attributed to the frozen drink called “Mondays” that is sold openly in many beach areas and has absolutely no identification information as to contents, place of production or sanitation code for sale to...

The Permanent Attention Court of Villa Altagracia handed down one year of preventive imprisonment to measure coercion against the police agents accused of killing 37-year old Joel Diaz and 36-year old Elisa Muñoz.

Judge Sugeldi Rosario Mena declared complex the case. Privates Anthony Castro Pérez and Juan Samuel Ogando Solís, the corporal Ángel de los Santos and the sergeant Domingo Perdomo Reyes were sent to the El Pinalito Correction and Rehabilitation Center in La Vega. Lieutenant Victorino Reyes Navarro and Corporal Norquis Rodriguez Jimenez were sent to the Special Operations Prison.

After the hearing, Fatima Sanchez, chief prosecutor of Villa Altagracia, said the case’s investigation has just begun. She says they cannot rule out other suspects. Others insisted at the courthouse that Colonel Cesar Mariñez, who at the time was the commander of the...

The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #388 reports 512 new PCR cases for the Saturday, 10 April 2021 deadline. The cases compare to the 7-day nationwide average for PCR confirmed cases that is 486.

As per Bulletin #388 with the deadline of 10 April 2021, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 257,698 confirmed cases since the first case on 1 March 2020. Labs carried out 3,613 first PCR tests. The number of PCR tests compares with the 14-day average now at 3,231.

The 4-week positivity rate is 10.04%, slightly up from the previous day. The 24-hour positivity for the day is 14.17%, significantly down from the last day. A severe cold has been affecting people attributed to the chilly weather, which has driven the demand for PCR tests.

The number of reported active Covid-cases increased to 37,858, up (+77) from the previous 24...

The Secretary-General of the Dominican Association of Public School Teachers (ADP) Rafael Feliz said that the Ministry of Education had not completed the necessary sprucing in the majority of the schools in the 48 municipalities authorized to open in-person learning.

The Ministry of Education has concentrated efforts on developing remote learning programs rather than traditional maintenance for normal classroom learning. Parent pressures led the Ministry of Education to authorize in person voluntary and gradual return to classes in 48 municipalities in areas where the Covid-19 positivity rate is below 5%.

He said in Monte Plata, only 20% of the schools authorized were certified to start by the Ministry of Public Health. The schools have basic problems, such as inoperant toilets.

He said the decision to return to classes was improvised and carried out to...

The National Meteorological Office (Onamet) reports that rainfall nationwide will decrease as the trough moves on. The high-pressure system, nevertheless, will continue to bring scattered showers. Good weather is forecast for the north coast in general on Friday. Yet, by Saturday, a high-pressure system will bring sunny skies to most of the Caribbean

Due to a decrease in rainfall in several regions of the country, The National Meteorological Office (ONAMET) discontinues all weather alerts for possible flooding of rivers, streams, creeks, gullies and flash floods, as well as landslides.

Meanwhile, chilly weather prevails, with lows of 15-17C in Santiago, 16-18C in Puerto Plata, 20-22C in La Romana, Samana and Punta Cana. Montecristi will be chillier with lows of 18-20C. Constanza will be very cold, with 05-10C.Read more in Spanish...

The Presidency reports President Luis Abinader will be in Samaná and Santiago this weekend. On his agenda is participating in the official reopening of the on Friday, 9 April of the Bahia Principe El Portilla Hotel in Las Terrenas, Samaná. The hotel opened for Easter Week due to the demand from local travelers.

President Abinader will be in Santiago on the same day to attend new businesses and expansions in the Santiago Free Zone. He will tour the multinationals Swedish Match and Boombah Inc. operations.

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On Thursday, 8 April 2021, the Senate passed a resolution establishing the extension of the state of emergency for 45 more days. The request was made by President Luis Abinader and had already passed in the Chamber of Deputies

27 senators voted in favor of 28 senators in attendance of 32 senators in total.

The Presidency now needs to issue a decree with the details of the dates and application.

The current national state of emergency expires on 16 April. The Dominican Republic has been under a state of emergency since 19 March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The only time the state of exception was lifted was o give time for the holding of the 7 July 2020 presidential and congressional elections. The state of emergency was reinstated on 20 July and has continued in place with a nationwide curfew.

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The Senate postponed until the next Tuesday session the plenary to choose the new members of the Chamber of Accounts (Government Auditors). The Chamber of Deputies sent five lists with three candidates each to the Senate to make the selection. In the past, the Senate has chosen one from each list. This time, the senators are contemplating choosing from the complete list of 15 candidates.

The chair of the Chamber of Accounts special committee of the Senate, Antonio Tavares Guzmán (PRM-Santo Domingo), requested more time. During the closing session on Thursday, 8 April 2021, he explained that due to the recess of the celebration for Easter, time had not been enough and asked to postpone the election for next week.

Special committee member, senator José del Castillo Saviñón (Barahona-PLD) says it is likely the Senate will choose from the total of the 15 persons pre-selected by the Chamber of Deputies.

In an interview with Diana Lora and Patricia Solano of La Cuestión...

The Dominican Medical Association (CMD) president, Dr. Waldo Ariel Suero, says that all the attention is on Covid-19 vaccinations. He says the normal vaccination campaigns are affected, as reported in N Digital.

Dr. Waldo Ariel Suero reported on 8 April 2021 on ten deaths for diphtheria in children at the Robert Reid Cabral Hospital so far this year. The children were two to nine years old.

The cases affect residents in Baní (one case), Neiba (one), San Cristóbal (two), Monte Plata (five) and Greater Santo Domingo (one).

Dr. Suero said the outbreak of the disease is a consequence of the inistry of Public Health and the families of the children paying attention only to Covid-19. He said the regular implementation of the vaccination programs established for this infectious disease are being neglected.

“The Medical Association calls on...

The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #385 reports 1,094 new PCR cases for the Wednesday, 7 April 2021 deadline. This is the first-time cases are over 1,000 since the 336 bulletin or 48 days. The cases compare to the 7-day nationwide average for PCR confirmed cases that is 405.

As per Bulletin #385 with the deadline of 6 April 2021, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 254,937 confirmed cases since the first case on 1 March 2020. Labs carried out 11,116 first PCR tests, a new record. The number of PCR tests compares with the 14-day average now at 3,246. The government processed 14,749 tests in time for the 7 April bulletin. This is a new record.

The 4-week positivity rate is 9.98%, slightly up from the previous day, despite the record number of tests. The 24-hour positivity for the day is 9.84%, significantly down from the last...

The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (Pepca) requested the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) declare inadmissible and reject the nullity of the search warrant as filed by the lawyers of the Chamber of Accounts. Pepca argues that the nullity of an act proceeds when irregularities of form and substance have been proven, which has not occurred in this case.

The Supreme Court of Justice president is Luis Henry Molina. At the time of his naming to the position, Molina had just resigned as a member of the Dominican Liberation Party’s Central Committee (PLD). He had actively campaigned for President Danilo Medina.

The documents seized by the Anti-Corruption (Pepca) division of the Attorney General Office contain incriminating evidence against high-ranking officers in the past Danilo Medina administration.

In an instance addressed to the judge of the Second Criminal...

“Women will make the change happen, or there will not be change,” writes Nelson Espinal Báez in an op-ed piece on Wednesday, 7 April in Diario Libre. He is an expert on negotiations.

He explains it was Dominican women who led the Marcha Verde movement in 2017. The movement was ignored by the then ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) but planted the seeds for a change in Dominican complacency with government. Young women led the Plaza de la Bandera crusade, the big turning point for youth involvement in politics.

Espinal writes that women are taking control of national destiny and the cry for an end to corruption, impunity and social change already translated into the support that led the opposition party to win the 2020 general elections. Espinal stresses: “It was not the other way around.”

He explains today’s ruling Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM)...

“It’s not what it looks like,” (No es lo que parece) is the name of the romantic comedy that opens Thursday, 29 April in Dominican cinemas. The Caribbean Films production tells the story of five good friends. After a disastrous attempt of marriage proposal, Juan Manuel’s life has collapsed. But his friends try to help him with the aid of an unconventional therapist.

Starring in the film are Frank Perozo, Nashla Bogaert, Gaby Espino, Fabrian Rios, Evelyna Rodriguez and Pepe Sierra.

David Mahler, Nashla Bogaert’s husband, is the producer.

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The president of the business for education group, Educa (Acción Empresarial por la Educación), Samuel Conde said over the past seven years the government built 42,500 classrooms, considerably increased wages of teachers and added more sections in pre-school, elementary and secondary levels, and improvements in vocational learning programs.He says these have been “fat years” for structural accomplishments after the allotment of 4% of the GDP to education. But he says tests continue to show learning skills have not improved.

Conde warns:“As we face the beginning of a new cycle and the next seven years of the Education Pact, it is important to point out that if only structural achievements are obtained without improvements in learning, and if those of us who subscribed the Pact continue to be condescending without daring to courageously denounce the constant non-compliance with the...

Parents of several of the six arrested in the case of the patrol that fired 32 shots against a Kia vehicle, killing two on board (Eliza Muñoz and Joel Díaz) and injuring a third of four occupants on the evening fo 30 March 2021. The chief of the Police said in an Alicia Ortega interview that they were looking for a white car involved in the stealing of a pasola, a small motorcycle. News reports indicate that the bullets recovered at the site reveal the policemen used high-caliber weapons for which they were not authorized. Interior & Police Minister Jesus Vasquez has said the killing was due to a confused identity. The director of the Police, Edward Santos admitted all correct protocols were violated by the police.

The media has criticized that the director of the Villa Altagracia police station, from where the patrol was sent to act against...

The Presidency issued Decree 211-21 and Decree 212-21 dividing into three phases the plan for disarmament of the population.

Phase 1: The Ministry of Interior and Police will promote the legal procedures for granting weapon permits.

Phase 2: The implementation of the plan for voluntary handing in of firearms and ammunition. The handing in will be anonymous. A 180-day term is authorized that could be extended. There will be incentives. The plan will be implemented in Santo Domingo East, Santo Domingo North, Santo Domingo West, National District, Santiago, Baní, San Francisco de Macorís, Barahona, Los Alcarrizos, San Cristóbal, Higuey and Boca Chica. Statistics show these are the municipalities that have the highest incidence of use of firearms for homicides, robbery and violent acts.

Phase 3: Implementation of a program to legalize the use and...

The Ministry of Tourism (Mitur) reports March 2021 statistics show 263,857 non-resident foreign air arrivals. This is a 56% increase over February 2021 arrivals and 3.4% over March 2020. Air traffic was shot down in March 2020.

The Ministry is optimistic that the numbers in April 2021 will surpass those in this March.

US citizens make up more than 70% of the arrivals in March. Of these, more than 40% arrived via the Punta Cana International Airport, the gateway used by those coming to vacation at the Punta Cana resorts.

The Ministry of Tourism indicates that statistics show there is a change in age of arrivals. The data is that most arrivals in March were 21 to 49 years old and female.

In the third month of the year, the median stay of tourists was 7 nights, driven mainly by US tourists’ shorter stay. Europeans and South Americans usually stay...

The Embassy of South Korea and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) have donated 500,000 facial masks to the Ministry of Education for use as part of the protective gear for classroom learning in 48 municipalities. The Ministry of Education authorized a semi return to in person learning in those municipalities.

The Ministry of Education said masks of this batch will also be distributed to the public schools and for programs under the National Institute of Integral Attention to Early Childhood (Inaipi).

The press release highlights that 300,000 mouth masks will be destined for children in public schools and 200,000 for Inaipi personnel who make home visits to families and for these students’ mothers or caregivers under five years of age.

A press release from the Ministry of Education says the masks have an estimated...

Gulf Oil announces it will be expanding its operations to the Dominican Republic. Gulf Oil is a leading distributor of motor fuels in the United States with a growing international division.

Gulf Oil International is present in 160 countries and has around 3,000 stations around the world in both retail fuels and lubricants.

The company expects to invest around US$60 million in their operation in the Dominican Republic. The company has announced it will open 20 fuel and natural gas stations for vehicles and 12 quick oil change establishments over the next three years.

The brand’s representative in the Dominican Republic is Juan Tomás Díaz. Díaz is married to Paola Rainieri of the Puntacana Group, owner of the Punta Cana International Airport.

Díaz explains the project includes the concession of franchises for fuel stations, natural gas vehicles and lubricant centers...

No one has yet dared to say so, but now a communicator gave many reasons why the Health Cabinet should be placed under the Minister of Public Health Daniel Rivera. Several in the health sector have been critical to decisions taken by the Vice President.

Right now, Vice President Raquel Peña is calling the shots. The Vice President is a former administrative director of the PUCMM university. She hails from the business sector.

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The Abinader administration is requesting an extension of the National State of Emergency for another 45 days. The present National State of Emergency expires on 16 April. The Chamber of Deputies approved the extension and sent the bill to the Senate.

The declaring of a National State of Emergency allows for the government to carry out expedited purchases and awards flexibility in controls in government.

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The president of Alianza País, Guillermo Moreno expressed his indignation at the recent killing by Police of two religious pastors in Villa Altagracia, San Cristóbal province in what the Interior & Police Minister described as a “confusion.” Moreno described the National Police as “a rotten and corrupt body that is not worth reforming.” He said it needs a comprehensive transformation.

Moreno denounced that the Police, the government body in charge of ensuring the security of citizens and the protection of property, “traditionally uses arbitrary methods and permanently commits abuses and outrages against the rights, integrity and life of the people.”

“Indeed, the problem of the National Police, its arbitrary methods and its abuses did not begin with the current director Edward Sanchez, but what happened in Villa Altagracia shows that seven months after he has been...

The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #384 reports 168 new PCR cases for the Tuesday, 6 April 2021 deadline. The cases compare to the 7-day nationwide average for PCR confirmed cases that is 315.

As per Bulletin #384 with the deadline of 6 April 2021, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 254,937 confirmed cases since the first case on 1 March 2020. Labs carried out 2,238 first PCR tests. The number of PCR tests compares with the 14-day average now at 2,683. The country can process 14,000 PCR tests a day.

The 4-week positivity rate is 9.95%, down from the previous day. The 24-hour positivity for the day is 14.92%, up from the last day. The number of reported active cases increased slightly to 36,544, up (+81) from the previous 24 hours. The active cases had been declining.

Despite the reduction in curfew hours and the...

President Luis Abinader swore in the committee members that will present recommendations for the transformation and professionalization of the National Police. Decree 211-21 created the committee. 

The announcement came after a police patrol violated all protocols and murdered a husband and wife that reportedly were confused with a gang that stole motorcycles. 

The President says his government is prepared to carry out the reform cost what it costs.

“I also recognize that it is possible that in this process of transformation we may encounter obstacles and difficulties and furthermore, I want to warn you that the situation could get worse before it even begins to improve. We have a lot at stake and there are many interests at stake”, said the head of state.

He said the working group has the mission to analyze the police structure, recommend...

Norwegian Cruise Line announced it is accepting reservations for cruises to La Romana Port in August 2021. The NCL also announced cruises are planned for Jamaica and Greece.

The world’s fourth-largest cruise brand on Tuesday said it would resume operations on 25 July with a single vessel, the 2,200-passenger Norwegian Jade, sailing to the Greek Islands out of Piraeus, Greece (the port for Athens).

Two more Norwegian ships — the 3,802-passenger Norwegian Joy and 2,394-passenger Norwegian Gem — will begin Caribbean sailings out of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and La Romana, Dominican Republic, on 7 August and 15 August, respectively, the line said.

“The growing availability of the Covid-19 vaccine has been a game changer. The vaccine, combined with our science-backed health and safety protocols, will help us provide our guests with what we believe will be the...

Two thousand educational centers in 48 municipalities reopened for in person learning nationwide. They are located in communities where the 14-day Covid-19 positivity rate is below 5%. Schools have been closed since mid-March 2020.

Yet, President Luis Abinader expressed his satisfaction for “the speed” with which the Ministry of Education has worked to intervene in nearly 2,000 educational centers in 48 municipalities to guarantee water, sanitary services, biosecurity materials and everything necessary for the return to classroom attendance.

Abinader recognized the parents, students, and teachers for their attitude of adapting and facing adversity to maintain the educational system and so that the education of millions of children continues.

“But now it is time to take another step. A step framed within the normalization that we are already experiencing...

The Ministry of Public Health announced the arrival of 91,200 vials of Oxford-AstraZeneca, part of the shipments contracted with the Pan American Health Organization-Covax Facility. The vaccines were manufactured in South Korea. The vaccines will be used to complete the second doses for medical workers and others who received the Astra Zeneca vaccines, the first to arrive to the country in mid February of this year.

Public Health Minister Daniel Rivera said the vaccines were purchased for US$4.27 the dose.

He answered questions of journalists about persons who had received as second dose the Chinese Sinovac vaccine. He said this was unnecessary because the AstraZeneca second dose could be applied within 8 to 12 weeks. In the DR, the first vaccines to arrive, the Astra Zeneca batch from the India Serum Institute, were used to vaccinate Covid-19 staff...

Vice President Raquel Peña tweeted that Dominicans should prepare for intense rains coming with a trough system this week. The country will also be enjoying chilly temperatures thanks to a passing cold front.

The Centro for Emergency Operations has alerted that four provinces are under yellow alert that means they could be affected by flooding in rural and urban areas and by landslides. This is Puerto Plata, Espaillat, Santiago and Santiago Rodríguez.

Provinces under green alert are: La Vega, Monseñor Nouel, San Pedro de Macorís, Dajabón, Hato Mayor, Valverde de Mao, San Cristóbal and Greater Santo Domingo.

The National Meteorological Office (Onamet) reports mostly cloudy skies and scattered rainfall, being of moderate intensity at times with possible thunderstorms and isolated gusts of wind, mainly over several provinces north, northeast, southeast, southwest and the...

Reports are that the Estrella del Mar III floating power plant’s arrival is imminent. It is described as a technologically advanced floating energy barge. Seaboard Marine/Transcontinental Capital says that the floating SCC-800 2 × 1 power plant will bring a green and clean electric power solution to benefit more people in the Dominican Republic. The new barge was built in Singapore and has capacity to generate 145 megawatts.

The plant will run on natural gas. Siemens, the power barge builder, is delivering its SIESTART hybrid solution for the floating power plant, which is a fusion of a combined cycle (gas turbine) power plant and a battery energy storage system. The power plant also incorporates the SCC-800 2 × 1 SeaFloat concept with two Siemens SGT-800 gas turbines and a SST-600 steam turbine due to the limitations in free land and its previous...

Jack Veneno lost his last fight, this time against pancreatic cancer. He recently had been sent home from the hospital. He had been battling the disease for around five years.

He was 78 years old. He was a wrestler known for fighting by the rules, sending a positive message to Dominican society. Two years ago, the city government of Santo Domingo built a statue to him at the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Park on the Malecon of Santo Domingo where the wrestling bouts were held. The family said his last wish was that his ashes be spread on the stretch of the sea in front of the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Park.

He performed in a popular wrestling show on Channel 9 during the 70s, 80s and 90s.

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The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #383 reports 168 new PCR cases for the Monday, 5 April 2021 deadline. The cases compare to the 7-day nationwide average for PCR confirmed cases that is 317.

As per Bulletin #383 with the deadline of 5 April 2021, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 254,603 confirmed cases since the first case on 1 March 2020. Labs carried out 1,132 first PCR tests. The number of PCR tests compares with the 14-day average now at 2,719. The country can process 14,000 PCR tests a day.

The 4-week positivity rate is 10.04%, down from the previous day. The 24-hour positivity for the day is 14,84%, up significantly from the previous day. The number of reported active cases dropped to 36,544, down (-28) from the previous 24 hours. The active cases have been declining for around a month.

Despite the reduction in...

The director of the Police, Mayor General Lic. Edward Ramón Sánchez González says that all the protocols were violated in the case of the death of two evangelical pastors murdered in Villa Altagracia on last Saturday. A patrol of police agents fired two dozen shots at a white Kia. There are more questions than answers. There is no clear explanation on who the Police were on the trail of. The relatives of the police patrol agents said that the men were following orders.

The hearing for preventive custody is scheduled for Wednesday, 7 April 2021.

Weather conditions remain under the influence of a frontal system located over the country’s center, says the National Meteorological Office (Onamet). Downpours and thunderstorms are forecast mainly towards the northern, northeastern and central regions of the country. These showers accompanied by thunderstorms and occasional wind gusts will continue to occur in the next 24 to 48 hours and could extend over the southwestern regions, the Caribbean coastal plain and the border area with Haiti.

For Tuesday, the instability associated with the presence of the frontal system will persist. Onamet reports the system is positioned to the northeast of the country, affecting the Cabrera to Samana areas. Likewise, scattered showers, thunderstorms, and wind gusts will occur, mainly towards the north, northeast, southeast, and central mountain ranges.

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The Ministry of Public Health reports 16 deaths due to intoxication by adulterated alcoholic beverages over the Easter holidays. The “death cocktail” was a drink shared among friends and family in the Camino de Engombe sector in Santo Domingo West. The drink cost RD$125 each and intoxicated 20 people in the community. The victims were adults of all ages. Relatives told El Caribe that a neighbor had purchased the bottle of the adultered beverage to share with his friends and relatives. It was served as a frozen drink. The victims began to experience belly pain, vomiting, difficulty in breathing and convulsions.

The mother of one deceased Ariel Montero, Francia Otaño, told El Caribe: “They should stop selling that stuff. Too many people have died. It must be the poison they put in that drink, because how can people die from drinking two drinks,” Otaño said. Montero had...

The regularization of the status of thousands of Venezuelans in the Dominican Republic officially began on Monday, 5 April 2021. The Venezuelans who had entered as tourists are being allowed to regularize their status despite not complying with the rule that the procedure needs to begin abroad and despite many having expired documents.

The regularization process will grant each individual legal status for a renewable year.

The Venezuelans Living in the Dominican Republic Movement (Moverd) considers that the Ministry of Interior and Police’s resolution that grants a grace will change the lives of thousands who fled the regime of Nicolás Maduro as reported in Hoy.

José Alberto Pérez, coordinator of Moverd, defined the measure as transcendental for more than one hundred thousand immigrants from Venezuela who live here irregularly, since the deadline to remain...

US socialite Kim Kardashian has been posting on her vacation here. Her posts show her love for the Dominican Republic, and reach more than five million views, as reported in Diario Libre.

Celebrities continue to choose the Dominican Republic as their vacation destination, and one who always bets on the country’s beauties is American celebrity Kim Kardashian. The reality TV star and businesswoman is staying in the eastern part of the island, accompanied by several family members. She constantly shares on her social media her love for the country.

Kanye West’s wife shared with her 212 million followers several snapshots of herself in a bikini taking a dip in the nature reserve of very blue and crystal clear waters, as reported in Diario Libre.

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Juan Manuel Mendez, director of the Center for Emergency Operations gave the good news that despite the mobility of an estimated three million people on roads and highways for the Easter holidays, deaths were still the same as on an average day. On an average day, 6-8 deaths occur. Over the 4-day Easter holiday, 25 deaths occurred.

Likewise, deaths this day were 24% less than in 2019. In 2020, due to the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, there was no safety operation. The Dominican Republic at the time was in lockdown

In 2019, the COE reported 33 dead. Bulletin No. 4 on the 4-day Easter holiday long weekend reports 25 deaths for 2021. The deaths occurred in Santo Domingo (34.5%), Puerto Plata (7.3%), Santiago (6.7%) and Barahona (6.3%). 62.5% occurred between 2pm and 10pm.

The Center for Emergency Operations says there were 163 traffic accidents. 236 persons were...

The Abinader administration sent to retirement last week five generals, 221 colonels, 43 lieutenant colonels, and a bunch of other in the military ranks.

Now it turns out that many should have been retired long time ago. The retirement age in the military is 61 years.

As reported 69 of the officers were 70 to 79 years, while another 93 were more than 65 years old. Acento ascertained that at least 10 of the recently retired were 80 to 87 years old. Acento speculates that there are many more officers with ages 75+ in active service in violation of the law.

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The Monte Cristi prosecutor’s family got off the hook fast after being arrested for participating in a clandestine cockfight. Acento has received reports that Monte Cristi prosecutor Ibelca Castillo promptly released her former husband, and two of her sons and others close to her when these were caught red-handed participating in a clandestine cockfighting match. The arrests were made around 5pm on the road to Mi Popa beach when a police contingent and several prosecutors raided the cockfight arresting around 53 persons.

According to the source, prosecutor Ibelca Castillo then landed on the police station and imposed her authority to get her sons and former husband José Alexis Ureña out of jail. Her former husband is the property registrar for the province.

As reported in Acento, Castillo left with her people by the back door of the police station. Yet, the...

TV investigative journalist Nuria Piera alerts Dominican consumers to the possible toxicity of US brand name baby food. She followed up on a recent US FDA report that found high levels of toxicity in US-made baby food.

Piera interviewed the researcher of the study on the toxicity findings. Charlotte Brody acknowledged the baby brands here would have the same problems as found in the United States that have merited much alarm.

When Piera interviewed the local office that authorizes food products to be sold here, Luis Martinez of Digemapps said he was not aware of the study. He said that routinely, US brands receive an expedite certification in the understanding they are from a country with fine quality controls.

Scientific researcher Brody said the issue is a global problem. She urged all governments to become involved and demand solutions from food...

Those following the crusade of women groups in favor of instating the three grounds for abortion in the Dominican Republic should tune in to learn about the protestors camped out in front of the Presidential Palace. President Luis Abinader had spoken during his presidential campaign in favor of the three grounds. Today he is leaving the matter up to the Chamber of Deputies and has even suggested that a referendum decide the matter.

Congress is debating the incorporating of the three grounds for abortion in the Penal Code. Despite the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) backing the three grounds when the party was in the opposition, today the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Alfredo Pacheco (PRM-National District) has spearheaded efforts to keep the criminalization with the only exception being when the life of the mother is in danger and this is scientifically proven. The...

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