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The Ministry of Public Health says that the slight increase in cases does not qualify as a fourth wave. While still very low, the number of positive cases and active cases has been rising since the past week. HOMS in Santiago and Cedimat in Santo Domingo have reinstated Covid-19 preventive measures that had been relaxed at the large medical centers. Apparently the Covid-19 variant has been imported by Dominicans who have traveled abroad, or from visiting friends and family.

Otherwise, the Dominican Republic has reached a kind of herd immunity regarding Covid-19. That is, sufficient number of people seem to have developed immunity from catching the disease, and sufficient number of people are fully vaccinated.

New cases seem to be mild, with record lows in hospitalizations. But some people who have recently fallen ill, complain of suffering a very bad cold-like bout. The authorities say no...

President Luis Abinader and Youth Minister Rafael de Jesus Féliz García announced yesterday the start of the new young people entrepreneurship program. The Abinader administration allocated RD$1.9 billion for the Entrepreneurship Laboratory (Programa Laboratorio de Emprendimiento). The program makes available loans starting at 5% interest rate, with applications for these open from 19 May to 1 July 2022 at the government’s Banreservas, Bandex, the National Council for the Promotion and Support of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Promipyme) and the Special Fund for Agricultural Development (FEDA), with annual rates starting a 5%. The announcement was made at an event held at the Ministry of Foreign Relations auditorium.

The Ministry of Youth is the coordinator of the program that is part of the First Youth Employment Policies. The purpose is to finance sustainable...

President Luis Abinader ordered his ministers and directors of government agencies to visit the provinces to meet with the community leaders and share with these what the government is doing in each municipality. President Abinader announced the promotional scheme has been designed, the agenda, the meetings and the points to be presented have been set. Vice President Raquel Peña, together with the ministers of the Presidency, Administrative of the Presidency, Public Works, Education and the National Health Service, among others, will be coordinating the meetings in the communities.

Administrative Minister of the Presidency Jose Ignacio Paliza is the president of the ruling PRM party, Public Works Minister Deligne Ascención is the secretary of organization of the PRM. Education Minister Roberto Furcal was the campaign manager for Luis Abinader in the 2020...

The government division that handles reservoirs in the Dominican Republic, EGEHID called for the provisional suspension of the use of boats and jet skis in dams nationwide.

The Dominican Hydroelectric Generation Company (EGEHID) ordered the provisional suspension, as of Wednesday, 18 May 2022, of sports and recreational activities carried out in motorized water vehicles in the reservoirs of the dams under its administration, until the drafting and implementation of a provisional protocol for the safe use of these spaces is concluded.

The purpose of the measure is to guarantee the safety of all the citizens who visit these areas. The protocol seeks to ensure a correct use of the lakes of the dams as scenarios for ecotourism activities. The measures under study will covers the use of boats, motorboats, yachts and jet skis for sport or recreational use. Boats used for transporting...

The Public Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday, 18 May 2022 seized more than 200 wood logs during two raids on two sawmills carried out as part of the investigations against José Ling Valdez Mora, director of the Palmarejo-Villa Linda District Board. The Ministry of Environment accuses Valdez Mora of causing serious ecological damage with the illegal cutting of hundreds of mahogany trees.

Attorney General Francisco Contreras, head of the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for the Defense of the Environment and Natural Resources (Proedemaren), explained that the action was carried out as a follow up to the investigations they are conducting for the felling of trees in Santo Domingo province.

“The investigations have led us to two sawmills where wood was being taken in a truck belonging to the municipality and from one of the sawmills from which wood was dismantled in the green area of...

The Dominican Republic is listed in 82nd place of 163 countries included in the Global Peace Index (GPI) prepared by the Institute for Economics and Peace, based in Sydney, Australia. The IEP listing seeks to communicate the economic value of peace.

The GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. This report presents the most comprehensive datadriven analysis to-date on trends in peace, its economic value, and how to develop peaceful societies.

The GPI covers 99.7% of the world’s population, using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources, and measures the state of peace across three domains: the level of societal safety and security, the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict, and the degree of militarization.

The 2021 report states that the largest regional deterioration occurred in North...

Dominican authorities are working on the restoration of bus service between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The service was suspended after recent kidnappings in Haiti.

Diario Libre reports on the meeting Dominican ambassador in Haiti, Faruk Miguel Castillo held with the director of the Haitian Police, Frantz Elbé. Also present was the director of Intelligence of the Armed Forces of the Dominican Republic (J-2), Major General Jorge Ivan Camino Perez. The plan is for Haitian police to reinforce security on the bus routes from Elías Piña and Jimaní, in the Dominican Republic to Port-au-Prince, in order to restore the service.

The recent hijacking of busses and passengers on the Haiti to Dominican Republic route is impacting the lives of people in Haiti, the Haitian diaspora, health services and trade.

Hoy newspaper reports that the suspension of passenger...

Major Eduardo Alberto Then / El Caribe

The National Police announced the suspending of two police agents accused of beating up 19-year old Juan Rosario Méndez in Villas Agricolas, in Santo Domingo province. The Police invited the Public Prosecutor’s Office to investigate the case. The announcement came after the video of the beating circulated on social media. The Police called the action by the police agents “unacceptable.”

The Police says Sergeant José Luis Paulino and Private Kenny Feliz Paniagua were suspended from duty and are being investigated by the police internal control agencies and are at the disposal of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, when required.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday on Máximo Gómez Avenue corner of San Juan de la Maguana street in northern santo Domingo.

In a press release, Major General Eduardo Alberto Then, director...

The steaming heat of Wednesday, 18 May 2022 brought everyone a reminder that summer weather is on its way in. After a mild spring, the sweltering heat had everyone who could heading for air-conditioning.

Reports are that the concentration of Saharan Dust combined with the warm winds that are blowing over from Africa are bringing the hazy skies that can be seen nationwide.

The National Weather Office (Onamet) forecasts a prolonged surge of Saharan Dust that will prevail across the Caribbean this week, reducing visibility and air quality.

Onamet forecasts predominantly cloudy skies with moderate to locally heavy downpours in isolated areas nationwide, especially in the northwest, north and the Central Mountain Range.

On Thursday, 19 May 2022, in the afternoon, in focal areas of the northwest, north and the Central Cordillera, there will be local downpours, thunderstorms and isolated...

Marileidy Paulino / El Caribe

Dominicans did well in the 11th International Meet held in Savona, Italy on 18 May 2022.

Dominican track star, Marileidy Paulino clocked in 22.59, a personal best in the 200m. Paulino is a silver medallist from Tokyo Olympic Games in the 400m.

In the 400m, her teammate, Fiordaliza Cofil won the event in 51.36. In the recent Felix Sanchez Invitational held in Monte Plata, the week previous to the Italian competition, Cofil had set a personal best of 51.11 in the 400m and 22.07 in the 200m. Marileidy Paulino has the meet record with 50.71 set in the competition in 2021.

Other Dominicans that did well in the track meet were Ana Lucia Tima with a second in triple jump (14.46) and Yancarlos Martínez, who clockd 20.66 to be second in the men’s 200m run.

The Dominican team is next scheduled to compete in the Campeonato Iberoamericano de...

The Ministry of Public Health says that the slight increase in cases does not qualify as a fourth wave. While still very low, the number of positive cases and active cases has been rising since the past week. HOMS in Santiago and Cedimat in Santo Domingo have reinstated Covid-19 preventive measures that had been relaxed at the large medical centers. Apparently the Covid-19 variant has been imported by Dominicans who have traveled abroad, or from visiting friends and family.

Otherwise, the Dominican Republic has reached a kind of herd immunity regarding Covid-19. That is, sufficient number of people seem to have developed immunity from catching the disease, and sufficient number of people are fully vaccinated.

New cases seem to be mild, with record lows in hospitalizations. But some people who have recently fallen ill, complain of suffering a very bad cold-like bout. The authorities say no...

The Haitian Embassy in the Dominican Republic has a new chargé d’affaires as of 16 May 2022. He is Luc Garvey Jean-Pierre. He replaces Ambassador Smith Augustin, who returned to Haiti after being requested by the Ministry of Foreign Relations of that country.

Upon assuming the role, Jean-Pierre said he will focus on the development of economic ties and investment between the two countries.

Jean-Pierre is a career diplomat, a specialist in Caribbean cooperation and international relations.He holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and business administration. He also holds a master’s degree in Caribbean Development and International Relations from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences of the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology (Flacso-Intec).

He has previously held other positions in Haitian diplomacy, including counselor at the Embassy of Haiti in the...

The Ministry of Public Works has begun the works to improve road connections at kilometer 9 of Duarte Highway. Once completed, at that point the main highway linking north and south of the country will have 14 lanes, up from eight at present. The works have a cost of RD$900 million and are scheduled to be completed in 10 months, or by February 2023.

The roadworks include a bridge that will be built on the north side and another on the south, parallel to the existing ones, with lengths of 30 meters and widths of seven meters. The old structures will be reconstructed. A pedestrian bridge, drainage works, sidewalks, curbs, tree planting, lighting, and urban restoration are also part of the project. Street vendors will be relocated.

The reconstruction of the central bridges will allow General Gregorio Luperón Avenue to be widened from 4 to 6 lanes, increasing the...

The Ministry of Energy and Mines concluded a tender to add 400MW from medium-sized generating units to the national electricity grid. As a result of the tender, the new generating units will begin to be installed and produce gradually from June 2022 to October 2022. The units are contracted to fill the present deficit in power supply, reads a press release published by the Ministry of Energy and Mines.

This tender is to contract medium-sized generating units on barges and modular plants already enabled for rapid installation on land that would to inject 400 megawatts into the electrical grid.

The deficit in generation reserve has resulted in recent blackouts caused by the departure of generator AES Andrés for repair purposes and Punta Catalina 1 for maintenance.

Energy and Mines Minister Antonio Almonte says the Ministry has also carried out tenders to build...

The president of the Dominican Society of Infectology, Dr. Clevy Perez says she and her colleagues are now seeing one to four Covid-19 positive patients after several consecutive weeks without seeing a single case.

In a statement issued regarding the increase in Covid-19 cases, the Society of Infectology notes that, in recent days, an increase in cases of the virus has been observed both in emergencies and in consultations at the country’s main health centers.

“Given the current situation, we consider it pertinent that the authorities carry out preventive measures to avoid a significant wave of cases similar to the one observed five months ago,” states the society’s press release.

The use of masks should be resumed in public and private institutions, including educational centers. She said there are now frequent reports of cases among students, forcing the isolation of a...

Calvin Smyre was expected any day now in Santo Domingo. He now instead will be going to The Bahamas.

The White House announced it has appointed 75-year old Calvin Smyre its new ambassador to The Bahamas. This is the same Columbus, Georgia lawmaker who in September 2021 had been named ambassador to the Dominican Republic. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer said, according to the White House the change was because Smyre was seen as “better fit” as ambassador to the Bahamas.

The announcement of Smyre’s appointment to Bahamas was made on Friday, 13 May 2022. White House deputy press secretary Chris Meagher told the Ledger-Enquirer on Monday, 16 May that there was an opportunity and Smyre was willing to make the switch. He said that Smyre has yet to come before the Senate for confirmation.

“After some conversations, it was decided he’d be a better fit for the Bahamas,” Meagher told the...

The Central Bank forecasts another good year in high remittance flows from Dominicans living abroad. The Central Bank estimates that remittance flows will reach close to US$10 billion by the end of 2022.

The Central Bank reports that between January and April 2022, remittances received reached US$3.2 billion. The amount is US$877.7 million more than the remittances received in the pre-pandemic first four months of 2019, and a time when the United States did not yet have the aid schemes that were implemented after March 2020 and ended in September 2021.

The BCRD notes that, particularly in the month of April 2022, remittances totaled US$809.8 million. The BCRD says monthly remittance flows now fluctuate around US$800 million. This compares to the US$489 million monthly average in pre-pandemic years (2015-2019).

The BCRD says the high job rate in the United States has...

The office of the Ombudsman of the Dominican Republic has issued a report stressing that the recent highly publicized deaths of three young men in Police custody could have been avoided. The report is published at a time when the director general of the Police has not been available for questioning. Instead, the Minister of Interior & Police Jesus Vasquez and the new Commissioner of the Police Jose de Vila have been doing the rounds to tell of the government advances for police reform.

The deaths of young men in the custody of the Police that were reviewed were those of Richard Baez, 4 April 2022 in Santiago; Gregorio Custodia, 18 April 2022 in San Jose de Ocoa; and David de los Santos, 1 May 2022 in Santo Domingo.

The Ombudsman Office demands that the Superior Police Council urgently pass a new protocol for vulnerable persons in custody of the...

“The director of the Police should be questioned for deaths in the detachments,” Joseph Abreu, coordinator of the civic society group, Participación Ciudadana said during an interview with journalists of El Caribe newspaper and CDN media on Tuesday, 17 May 2022. He was accompanied by PC’s Sonia Díaz, board member and Fátima Lorenzo, executive director. They were interviewed by Nelson Rodríguez, director of El Caribe; the director of CDN, Alba Nelly Familia, and CDN news analysts, Julissa Céspedes and Katherine Hernández.

The director of the National Police, Major General Eduardo Alberto Then had been invited last week to the Chamber of Deputies to explain recent deaths of persons in custody of the Police. Instead, he was represented by the Interior and Police Minister Jesus Vasquez and the Police Commissioner Jose de Vila.

On Tuesday, 17 May 2022, the...

The Ministry of Public Health says that the slight increase in cases does not qualify as a fourth wave. Yet, the HOMS in Santiago and Cedimat in Santo Domingo have reinstated Covid-19 preventive measures that had been relaxed at the large medical centers. Apparently the Covid-19 variant has been imported by Dominicans who have traveled abroad, or from visiting friends and family.

Otherwise, the Dominican Republic has reached a kind of herd immunity regarding Covid-19. That is, sufficient number of people seem to have developed immunity from catching the disease, and sufficient number of people are fully vaccinated.

New cases seem to be mild, with record lows in hospitalizations. But some people who have recently fallen ill, complain of suffering a very bad cold-like bout. The authorities say no one should let down one’s guard.

The number of active cases is 545, increasing from 536 on the...

The Ministry of Industry & Commerce (MICM) reports that over the past two years the free zone manufacturing sector has been breaking records in numbers of jobs and volume of exports. Industry & Commerce Minister Victor (Ito) Bisonó highlights in a MICM press release the increases in jobs as the sector drives the national productive chain and the growth of exports.

Minister Victor (Ito) Bisonó highlights that even with the challenges of the pandemic, supply chain disruptions and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the sector has become a catalyst for national economic recovery by maintaining sustained growth, especially in the first quarter of 2022. According to data from the Social Security Treasury (TSS), the free zone sector reports 188,761 direct employees, the highest number in the last 20 years.

Likewise, between 2020 and 2021, purchases of inputs by free zones to...

The Supreme Court of Justice ruled against the parents of a minor who had rejected the annulment of a court ruling that established they were responsible for damages caused by their son in San Francisco de Macorís, Duarte province. The court had ordered the parents to pay an indemnity of RD$750,000 for the death of a woman caused by their son.

The ruling SCJ-SS-22-0038 dated 31 January 2022 establishes that the parents have civilian responsibility for the damages of their minor children when the fault can be attributed to a lack of watch over their offspring on their part.

The Supreme Court ratified the decision of the Court of Appeals of Children and Teenagers of San Francisco de Macorís that suspended the serving of the jail sentence but ordered the parents to pay the victim’s relatives RD$750,000.

The decision was issued by Supreme Court judges Francisco Antonio...

In its scorecard on the Dominican Republic, the IMF team that visited from 29 May to 13 May to hold the 2022 Article IV Consultation discussions concluded that the Dominican Republic has experienced a strong recovery from the pandemic, supported by well-sequenced policies, an agile reopening and global growth.

The IMF stated that the recovery allowed the authorities to take steps to secure policy sustainability, placing the country in a good position to face challenges from global developments. Likewise, the IMF states that ongoing and planned reforms have the potential to improve policy frameworks and foster inclusive growth over the medium term.

IMF team leader, Esteban Vesperoni issued the following statement:“The Dominican Republic’s dynamic economy continued to show remarkable resilience to global shocks. This was supported by sound policies, monetary policy support, a...

The Ministry of Education agreed to a 10% increase in wages for public school teachers on 16 May 2022. Public school children have lost several school days this year as the public school teachers mobilized to demand more pay. Public school teachers are among the best paid in the country, attracting thousands from the private school system with the better benefits.

The agreement reached with the Public School Teachers Association (ADP) establishes that the wage increase will go into effect in June 2022 and sets many other benefits. The agreement is signed by Education Minister Roberto Furcal and Eduardo Hidalgo, president of the ADP.

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Despite millions having been spent to make the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate more comfortable and technologically advanced, Dominican legislators understand they can concentrate better at a resort. For the third time, the legislators agree to hold sessions for the drafting of an important law in a resort.

This time, the law they are studying is the Social Security Law. The legislators have excluded themselves from the previsions for health care and pensions in the law, and instead have voted for much-improved retirement and health care plans for themselves. During the past government, the legislators ruled an amendment that increased the benefits for the financial companies that manage the pension and health plans.

This is the third time the legislators decide they should meet at a resort. The first time was when in October 2021, the members of...

The director general of the Procurement Agency (DGCP), Carlos Pimentel urged Congress to pass the amendments for the Procurement Law. The bill was submitted to Congress, but it has stagnated. The ruling Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) is majority in both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies.

The problem with the present law is that an amendment diluted its ability to levy penalties for corruption in government purchases. The new bill submitted seeks to reinstate penalties to discourage corruption.

Carlos Pimentel also stressed the importance of more transparency in government procurement. During his conference “The impact of ethics and transparency in public procurement,” the official denounced the suppliers’ cartel that surrounds many government entities. He spoke during an event organized by Edesur Dominicana within the framework of the “Cycle of conferences on...

The Dominican Republic is “in.” The country has navigated the Covid-19 pandemic as it deals with inflation caused by the freight container crisis and the impact of the war in Ukraine. Tourists and business people see the country as the darling in the Caribbean. President Luis Abinader’s ratings are among the best in the world. No one can deny these facts.

All that said, muckraking opposition politician, Guillermo Moreno writes in Diario Libre that the government has not delivered on its promise of “change.” He expresses concern the government is making compromises to continue more of the same in the name of political and economic stability and growth.

He points out the Dominican people voted for Abinader to end the stronghold of 20 years in government of the then ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), in power consecutively from 2004 to 2020.

In the opinion piece, Moreno asks...

A customer shared a video of the SUV that crashed into a Carol pharmacy in the Gazcue area of Santo Domingo. No one was injured, but the pharmacy experienced major damages. El Nuevo Diario shared the video with its readers on 17 May 2022.

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17 May 2022

Lonely Planet tells its readers that it’s easy and cost-effective to get around in the Dominican Republic. The famous travel guide and website stresses that it is easy to get around from beach to beach in the Dominican Republic. Lonely Planet extolls the “efficient highway system” that links robust network of roads links towns and cities to villages and beaches along more than 1,288 km of coastline. The Lonely Planet feature says travelers can rent a car or travel by commuter buses that serve the country.

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Velas Latinoamérica 2022, the Latin American tall ship tour/regatta is coming to the Dominican Republic. From 31 May to 4 June, tall ships from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay will be docking at the Terminal Don Diego right beside the Colonial City attractions of the capital city.

The ships to stop in Santo Domingo are “Libertad” from Argentina, “Cisne Branco” from Brazil, “20 de Julio” from Colombia, “Cuahtemoc” from Mexico, “Capitán Miranda” from Uruguay will be joining the crews of the “Almirante Juan Bautista Cambiaso,” the Dominican Armada tall ship.

In the Dominican Republic, the event coordinators for Velas Santo Domingo-Latinoamérica 2022 are the ministries of Defense, Culture and Tourism, and the city government of the National District.

The regatta is held every four years and brings together tall ships of partner nations’ navies to sail...

President Luis Abinader was in Punta Cana for the opening of the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) on 11 May 2022. The business to business gathering is held after a two year interruption for Covid-19. In its 22nd edition, DATE’s success was evident in its record-breaking numbers: 30% higher attendance, with 6,000+ business meetings scheduled, and 700 delegates.

Tourism Minister Collado proudly told the attending the event is being held at a time when the statistics for April 2022 had set a new record monthly arrivals record of 726,000 non-resident arrivals. Collado said the records are likely to continue into May. Collado credited the success to public-private sector working together. He spoke of the recovery of both air and maritime travel.

During the event, Collado announced the signing of several agreements with tour operators and airlines from Canada. President Abinader...

Despite being the leading tourism destination for United States travelers in the Caribbean, Dominican airports are not on the top 10 list for private plane arrivals. The Abinader administration wants to grab a share of the private plane tourism to the Caribbean while at the same time addressing security issues.

The agencies that are responsible for aviation in the Dominican Republic, the Civil Aviation Board (JAC), the Airport Department, and the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC) have come together to draft new regulations to ensure safety and stimulate an increase in private aviation.

The Dominican authorities understand that private aviation from the United States or any of the neighboring islands, or even Latin America, could well represent a major boost in tourism from a sector that has the economic clout to make a difference.

Statistics indicate that before...

Millions of dollars are being invested in the Colonial City, the pride and joy of Santo Domingo, to increase its focus on cultural tourism. Four of the leading museums in the historic center are scheduled to be renewed for an enhanced cultural experience. The Colonial City is the oldest city in the Americas and the country’s only UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Ministry of Tourism coordinator for the Touristic and Urban Development of the Colonial City, Amín Abel Santos announced during the Dominican Travel Exchange (DATE) in Punta Cana that several structures that need strengthening will be reinforced and there will be improvements in the museography to introduce immersive experiences.

The works are part of the developments under the Ministry of Tourism that coordinates the InterAmerican Development Bank urban renewal project in the Colonial City, a US$90 million...

Mexican wholesale operators see great opportunities for their customers and are increasingly selling city and beach stays in Santo Domingo, La Romana and Punta Cana to Mexican travelers. A fam trip with executives of the important Mexican wholesale companies came as part of the activities scheduled for the Dominican Travel Exchange (DATE) in Punta Cana. The direct flights to Mexico City from Santo Domingo (Aeromexico), make it easy to travel between the two countries. Other airlines offer connections through Punta Cana with one stop.

As reported, the travel professionals completed a busy agenda of several days of tours of the Colonial City and Santo Domingo and inspections of leading hotels in Santo Domingo and the Punta Cana and La Romana beach areas.

The director of the Dominican Office of Tourism Promotion (OPT) for Mexico, Carolina Pérez, with the support of the...

The Ministry of Public Health says that the slight increase in cases does not qualify as a fourth wave. Yet, the HOMS in Santiago and Cedimat in Santo Domingo have reinstated Covid-19 preventive measures that had been relaxed at the large medical centers. Apparently the Covid-19 variant has been imported by Dominicans who have traveled abroad, or from visiting friends and family.

Otherwise, the Dominican Republic has reached a kind of herd immunity regarding Covid-19. That is, sufficient number of people seem to have developed immunity from catching the disease, and sufficient number of people are fully vaccinated.

New cases seem to be mild, with record lows in hospitalizations. But some people who have recently fallen ill, complain of suffering a very bad cold-like bout. The authorities say no one should let down one’s guard.

The number of active cases is 492, up from 453 on the day...

The Ministry of Public Health says that the slight increase in cases does not qualify as a fourth wave. Yet, the HOMS in Santiago and Cedimat in Santo Domingo have reinstated Covid-19 preventive measures that had been relaxed at the large medical centers. Apparently the Covid-19 variant has been imported by Dominicans who have traveled abroad, or from visiting friends and family.

Otherwise, the Dominican Republic has reached a kind of herd immunity regarding Covid-19. That is, sufficient number of people seem to have developed immunity from catching the disease, and sufficient number of people are fully vaccinated.

New cases seem to be mild, with record lows in hospitalizations. But some people who have recently fallen ill, complain of suffering a very bad cold-like bout. The authorities say no one should let down one’s guard.

The number of active cases is 492, up from 453 on the day...

The Central Bank has shared the first insights of the International Monetary Fund regular assessment. The IMF highlights the 5% real recovery the country has experienced.

The Central Bank reported that the IMF mission assessment reveals the Dominican economy has demonstrated remarkable resilience due in large part to the country’s successful response in monetary and fiscal policy.

As reported, Esteban Vesperoni, IMF mission chief has made the point that the recovery of the Dominican economy in 2021 was not a statistical rebound; it is a real recovery of 5% compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Vesperoni head the visiting mission that spent two weeks preparing the economic review to comply with Article IV of the constitutive agreement with the IMF.

The IMF official emphasized that this year presents difficult challenges due to a combination of elements such as...

The Jose Maria Cabral y Baez Regional University Hospital and the Faces Dominicana Foundation signed an agreement whereby patients who come from other areas in the Cibao Valley to receive treatment at the hospital will have access to good housing during their stay.

This program will also be available for those who go to the Estrella Ureña University Hospital (former IDSS) and the Dr. Arturo Grullon Children’s Hospital.

Patients will receive food, guidance and human warmth so necessary during cancer treatments. The 72-hour stay is free, but families must fill out forms that are available at the hospitals.

With this program, those with few economic resources now have a place to stay while their loved ones undergo treatment for cancer. The project is located in the Brisol Residential area and can house 40 persons.

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Delegates of the ruling Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) reelected José Ignacio Paliza and Carolina Mejía as president and secretary general of the party for the next four years on Sunday, 15 May 2022 during the party’s 21st Ordinary National Convention. Jose Ignacio Paliza is the Administrative Minister of the Presidency and Carolina Mejía is the mayor of the capital city, National District (Santo Domingo).

The president of the PRM electoral committee, Public Works Minister Deligne Asención said that the elections occurred in a normal way. Former President of the Republic, Hipólito Mejía said: “I ask the militancy that we remain united. Our unity is guaranteed and must be guaranteed. We have learned a lot from our mistakes and those conflicts have been left in the past,” said Mejia, who is the father of Carolina Mejía and was President of the Republic from 2000 to 2004...

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The Dominican Metro Bus driver kidnapped on the outskirts of Haiti’s capital city was released on Saturday, 14 May 2022, Dominican ambassador Faruk Miguel Castillo told El Dia. He said the kidnappers released Martín Decena, the driver and the bus steward, the Haitian woman Yveca Juvensta Sylvestre. Initially, the driver had been identified as Martin Castro.

As reported, Decena was in a bad state of health. Decena is in his 70s. The bus driver was the only Dominican of 17 kidnapped last week when the bus was traveling to Haiti with eight Turkish citizens and eight Haitian nationals.

The kidnapping of the Metro Bus followed a week after the kidnapping of Dominican agricultural counsellor, Carlos Guillen Tatis when he was traveling to Jimaní by the same 400 Mawozo gang. Guillen Tatis was released after almost two weeks. Gillen Tapia was kidnapped on 28 April and...

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The Public Prosecutor’s Office announced it will ask the court to impose preventive detention against three police agents it accuses of being responsible for the death of a barber in police custody at the Cienfuegos detachment in western Santiago.

Captain Manolo Aquino, in charge of the Central Directorate of Criminal Investigations (Dicrim) in Cienfuegos; first lieutenant Manuel de Jesús de la Cruz and second lieutenant Vladimir Joel Jerez Suárez now face criminal charges for the beating death of the barber Richard Rafael Báez.

The hearing will be on 20 May 2022 in Santiago. The family accuses the police agents of stealing RD$35,000 from the Santiago barber and killing him when he demanded the return of the money.

Rafael Guerrero, a former military-turned muckraking YouTuber, gives a detailed explanation with names of what he says is causing the wrongs in the Police. In his 14 May 2022 Corrupción al Desnudo YouTube post, he urges President Luis Abinader to take action to avoid a repeat of the Police abuses.

The post looks into the irregularities in the Police whereby lower ranks are obliged to incur in corruption to collect revenues for their bosses.

He shares names of the people in charge in the recent San Jose de Ocoa, Santiago and National District homicides that are now being attributed to police brutality and negligence of the police commanders.

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Last week there were headlines in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico all relating to home-built boats either floundering in the sea or being captured by migration authorities from the United States, Dominican Republic or Great Britain.

Over 200 Haitians were found in one boat near Turks & Caicos, and at least 11 bodies were recovered from a boat that capsized off the coast of Puerto Rico. There were two Dominicans rescued but the other victims were identified as Haitian. No matter how many perish each year, hundreds more are willing to sell everything for passage to Puerto Rico.

The US Coast Guard reported that the rescue operation on Thursday and Friday, 12-13 May, resulted in 31 persons rescued and the corpses of 11 others recovered. As reported around 60 were traveling on the capsized boat. Most were Haitian nationals. As reported, 11 women...

The Dominican Republic will be able to enjoy a lunar eclipse and a “super moon” tonight. This occurs when the earth, sun and moon all line up, and the earth’s shadow blacks out the moon’s reflection of the solar light. The moon will be reddish in color during the part of the event when the moon passes through the earth’s umbra or darkest part of the shadow. This event will take place late Sunday and into Monday morning and then again from about 11:30pm on Monday night until around 2am on Tuesday.

It will be a strange feeling not to see your shadow in the noonday sun. But there is more. Your shadow will disappear around noon during the coming week since the sun will be directly overhead.

From around 12:30pm, the phenomenon can be seen in the southern parts of the Dominican Republic, in places like Punta Cana, La Romana, San Pedro de Macoris, Santo Domingo, San Cristobal...

In the Tokyo Olympics (August 2021), Marileidy Paulino stunned the world of track and field with a second place finish in the women’s 400m race. She lost to Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo. Winning her first Olympic medal, Paulino returned to the Dominican Republic as a national heroine.

Paulino joined the best in the world in track and field that met last week at the World Athletics Diamond League Doha (Qatar) 2022. The league is the PGA Tour for track and field. During the event, Paulino avenged her loss to Miller-Uibo, this time taking the 400m in a time of 51.20 in a windy field. Miller-Uibo was third, with a time of 51.84. Second place went to Jamaica’s Stephanie-Ann McPherson, who had a time of 51.69.

Seven reigning Olympic champions and a host of Olympic and world medallists competed at the Qatar Sports Club track in Doha.

The first place wins US$10,000 in prize...

Juan Francisco Puello Herrera, the Caribbean Professional Baseball Commissioner has cleared the participation of Cuba and Curaçao in the 65th edition of the Caribbean Series. This will be played in Caracas, Venezuela in February 2023.

He announced the Caribbean Series is open to the participation of winning teams of the winter professional baseball leagues in Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao and the Dominican Republic. This is the first time the Caribbean Series is expanded to include eight teams.

During the press conference, the president of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, and president of the Organizing Committee of the Caribbean Series, ” Serie del Caribe Gran Caracas 2023,” Guiseppe Palmisano spoke of how they are working tirelessly to mark a milestone in the Caribbean baseball competition.

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The Ministry of Public Health says that the slight increase in cases does not qualify as a fourth wave. Yet, the HOMS hospital in Santiago reinstated Covid-19 preventive measures that had been relaxed. Apparently the Covid-19 variant has been imported by Dominicans who have traveled abroad, or from visiting friends and family.

Otherwise, the Dominican Republic has reached a kind of herd immunity regarding Covid-19. That is, sufficient number of people seem to have developed immunity from catching the disease, and sufficient number of people are fully vaccinated.

New cases seem to be mild, with record lows in hospitalizations. But some people who have recently fallen ill, complain of suffering a very bad cold-like bout. No one should let down one’s guard.

The number of active cases is 492, up from 453 on the day before. There were no deaths reported. The death rate is at 0.75%, one of the...

The Ministry of Public Health says that the slight increase in cases does not qualify as a fourth wave. Yet, the HOMS hospital in Santiago reinstated Covid-19 preventive measures that had been relaxed. Apparently the Covid-19 variant has been imported by Dominicans who have traveled abroad, or from visiting friends and family.

Otherwise, the Dominican Republic has reached a kind of herd immunity regarding Covid-19. That is, sufficient number of people seem to have developed immunity from catching the disease, and sufficient number of people are fully vaccinated.

New cases seem to be mild, with record lows in hospitalizations. But some people who have recently fallen ill, complain of suffering a very bad cold-like bout. No one should let down one’s guard.

The number of active cases is 492, up from 453 on the day before. There were no deaths reported. The death rate is at 0.75%, one of the...

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