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The announcement that the two doses of Covid-19 vaccination would be required for using public transport and for access to many places has delivered the desired results. Thousands are again lining up to be vaccinated. In the Dominican Republic where already around 60% of the population is vaccinated, but the government has vaccine stocks for 100%+.

The vaccines have spared the population a major spike in Covid-19 cases even with the entry of more aggressive variants. But now that the Presidency has removed curfew restrictions nationwide, the new measures seek to motivate those that have not been vaccinated to get with it.

As of 18 October 2021, the government will be requesting physical or digital proof that a person is fully vaccinated for entering government offices, public transport and schools. The government said those that apply their first dose in October will be allowed to enter the public spaces and use public transport.

The Ministry of Public Health Coronavirus...

Public Health Minister Daniel Rivera says that the new measures that require the presenting of vaccination cards for Dominicans to enter public places and use public transport will be removed once 70% of the population has the two doses. Dr. Rivera says 70.3% of the population has at least one dose and on average 60% of the population is fully vaccinated. But there are still provinces where only 50% of the population has two doses.

The new measures in place seek to encourage Dominicans to get vaccinated. The government says the measures are working and thousands have been visiting the vaccination stations to get the jab.

The government announced tourists will not need to present vaccination cards to enter businesses nor take public transit.

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15 October 2021

The Superintendence of Electricity denied that the announced adjustment in tariffs is already in effect. The measure had been announced for implementation in November.

Nevertheless, consumers have received major increases of 100% or more in their billing. The increase in billing coincides with the peak consumption months of August and September.

The Superintendence had announced the new billing would go in effect as of 1 November 2021. The government had said the increases would be gradual, instated over a five year period.

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The judges of the First Collegiate Court of the National District, Esmirna Giselle Mendez, Tania Yunes and Jisell Naranjo only found commercial representative of the Brazilian construction firm Angel Rondon and former minister of Public Works Victor Diaz Rua guilty in the US$92 million bribes case. The case began in 2017 after Odebrecht officers admitted to paying the bribes to expedite contracting works in the Dominican Republic in a New York City court in December 2016.

The case was investigated by then Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez. Early on, the president of the Criminal Court of the Supreme Court of Justice, Miriam German Brito warned that flaws in the preparation of the case would undermine the prosecution efforts. After making the statement publicly, German Brito would not be renewed as a judge in the Supreme Court. Rodríguez would present...

With around 10% of the votes counted for the public school teachers union election, former president of the Dominican Association of Teachers (ADP), Eduardo Hidalgo says he is the winner. The ADP is highly politicized. Hidalgo had the backing of the PLD opposition party.

An estimated 110,000 teachers and retired teachers were registered to vote in the 13 October 2021 election. The ADP manages an annual budget of RD$400 million, mostly made up of deductions from teacher wages. The next president of the ADP will lead the organization from 2021 to 2023.

The media reports that Hidalgo ha received 11,753 votes for 48.91% of the vote He is followed by Juan Núñez with 9,019 votes for 37.53% of the votes.

Public schools closed on Wednesday, 13 October for the vote and will reopen for in-person learning on Monday, 18 October 2021.

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The announcement that the two doses of Covid-19 vaccination would be required for using public transport and for access to many places has delivered the desired results. Thousands are again lining up to be vaccinated. In the Dominican Republic where already around 60% of the population is vaccinated, but the government has vaccine stocks for 100%+.

The vaccines have spared the population a major spike in Covid-19 cases with the entry of more aggressive variants. But now that the Presidency has removed curfew restrictions nationwide, the measures seek to motivate those that have not been vaccinated to get with it.

As of 18 October 2021, the government will be requesting physical or digital proof that a person is fully vaccinated for entering government offices, public transport and schools.

The Ministry of Public Health Coronavirus Bulletin #574 reports 752 new cases, down from the recent high of 886 for the 6 October bulletin. There continue to be significant increases in...

Too many pregnant women are falling seriously ill with Covid-19 in the Dominican Republic. The worse cases are women that have not been fully vaccinated. Medics say that for those that are fully vaccinated, if catching Covid-19, the case will be mild.

The Ministry of Public Health says women who get pregnant are of the most vulnerable.

The Ministry reports there have been 45 cases of pregnant woman who have died for Covid-19 this year. Most of these had not been vaccinated.

The Ministry explains that many women have been lax about seeing their doctor after the onset of the pandemic and when they get pregnant they have also unilaterally decided against getting vaccinated.

The government says that while protection against the virus is not 100%, vaccination decreases the likelihood of people falling ill with the disease and will most likely keep the pregnant woman out of the...

Public Health Minister Daniel Rivera says that those who get their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in October will be allowed to board public transport or workplaces. Resolution #048 of the Ministry of Public Health had ordered that two doses be necessary to board the Metro and Omsa buses as of 18 October 2021.

Likewise, Dr. Daniel Rivera said that around 1,200 Ministry of Public Health inspectors that will be checking for the fulfillment of the measures cannot close down businesses that do not comply with the requirement to check that their customers have vaccination cards. The businesses are requested to check for people to be fully vaccinated to enter.

“They have to let in people who are with their first dose. This is a measure of celebration, not punishment. We have to make people feel confident with the vaccination,” said the Minister during the Wednesday, 13 October press...

President Luis Abinader was in the slum area of Cristo Rey in the National District for the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Cristo Park. The park is an initiative of the Santo Domingo Aqueduct and Sewerage Corporation (CAASD), under director Felipe Suberví.

Cristo Park will cost RD$440 million and will be a space for recreation, leisure and natural conservation over an extension of a kilometer and a half. The gully runs through the National Zoo. The park will have a bicycle path, basketball, tennis and soccer courts, a plant nursery, gym devices area, a children’s playground and recreation area, a police station, restrooms and parking for 120 vehicles, and will be fenced.

The President reports the work will benefit more than 350,000 people residing in sectors such as Ensanche La Fe, Cristo Rey, La Agustina, Barrio Obrero, La Puya and Arroyo Hondo.

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14 October 2021

Wascar Antonio Marte Villar, son of Santiago Rodriguez senator Antonio Marte and Nina Villar died of Covid-19 on 13 October 2021. He had been in intensive care.

In solidarity, the Senate suspended the Wednesday, 13 October 2021 session.

Senator Antonio Marte is the owner of the Conatra public transportation company and several tourism ventures nationwide.

Wascar Antonio Marte leaves an orphan son, Ysmael, his parents and his siblings Yanet, Eunice, Wilson, Wanda Jatnna, Jean Carlos, Anthony, Miguel Ángel and Mayelin.

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The National Technical Professional Training Institute (Infotep) announces vocational courses are available in New York and New Jersey. Infotep reached an alliance with the New York Renaissance Technical Institute for the training. The courses are coordinated with the Dominicans Abroad Institute (Instituto de Dominicanos en el Exterior – Index) and the Dominican Consulate in New York. Scholarships are available to Dominicans living in New York and New Jersey.

There are courses in refrigeration, plumbing, solar panels, carpentry, HVAC, and electric heating. Also marketing, personnel, computer sciences, hospitality and English as a second language.

The focus today is on whether the judges hearing the Odebrecht US$92 million bribes case will render their judgments today on former Minister of Public Works, Victor Díaz Rúa; former senator Tommy Galán; former director of the Dominican Aqueduct Corporation (Inapa), Juan Roberto Rodíguez; former senator Andres Bautista; lawyer Conrado Pittaluga; and Odebrecht commercial representative Angel Rondon. These are accused of involvement in the US$92 million in bribes Odebrecht officials admitted to in a New York City court in December 2017. The defense say sufficient evidence has not been presented to incriminate their clients.

The media is also focusing on who will be the winner of the powerful Dominican Public Teachers Association (ADP) election. To be decided is whether Eduardo Hidalgo, running with the backing of the PLD opposition party, or Juan Núñez, running for a coalition of the...

14 October 2021

The criminal gangs are in control, and kidnappings are the main industry. The situation has taken control of Port au Prince and Cap Haitien, reports Listin Diario. There is generalized insecurity, rampant unemployment, and scarcities. The wealthy that remain are requesting visas to live in the Dominican Republic, reports the Listin.

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City councilor Mario Sosa estimates that Santo Domingo needs an investment of RD$3.2 billion in sidewalks. In a feature in El Mitín, Sosa writes that the public works budget for the capital city has been averaging RD$128 million over the past three years. The money is invested in sidewalks, parks, sports facilities, rain drainage, lighting and markets. The Carolina Mejía city government (2020-2024) has invested around RD$30 million in sidewalks.

“We need wide sidewalks where family and friends can walk to work, study, run errands and stroll. As the city ordinance states, ‘sidewalks are the most democratic component of the city’s road network,’ especially for the 63% of the population of Greater Santo Domingo who do not use their own vehicle as a mode of transportation,” he highlights in the feature.

“Until people in Santo Domingo can walk safely and comfortably, those who...

After years as deputy academic rector, Odile Camilo Vincent succeeds Unibe rector Julio Amado Castaños Guzman at the private university.

In her acceptance speech, she remarked on the need to reinvent the university to meet the challenges of the 21st century. “Universities are living a transcendental moment. We are being called upon to demonstrate our relevance in a world in which education providers have diversified and the requirements for occupying job positions or undertaking projects do not always require a university degree,” she stated. She said the challenge is to promote a new educational model that is relevant to the changing times.

Camilo holds a PhD in International Education Development from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from the same university in New York City. She is a summa cum laude graduate in...

There are debates all around the world on whether to remove the Christopher Columbus statues. On Columbus Day, 12 October, around 20 protestors gathered at the Columbus statue in the Colonial City in Santo Domingo to demand the removal of the city landmark.

The Columbus statue is located in the main Colonial City square. Indeed, the park is known as the Parque Colón, or Columbus Park.

Those who are in favor of removing the statues argue Columbus is accused of the genocide of indigenous people. A 2019 study published in the journal Quaternary Science Review estimated that between 1492 and 1600, about 55 million people in the Americas died. The Taíno people were virtually wiped out in the decades after Columbus first arrived on the island of Hispaniola.

Already, Columbus statues have been removed in numerous cities.

Yet in Italy, the Columbus statue in Milano stayed...

The Presidency has removed curfew restrictions nationwide. At the same time, the Ministry of Public Health announced more preventive measures. As of 18 October 2021, the government will be requesting physical or digital proof that a person is fully vaccinated for entering public spaces or public schools. The vaccine proof requirement is to be enforced to encourage more vaccination. The measure has already motivated an increase in first doses at vaccination stations nationwide. An estimated 58% of the adult population is vaccinated but the government has stocks for 100% of the population to have the minimum two jabs.

The Ministry of Public Health Coronavirus Bulletin #573 reports 668 new cases, down from the recent high of 886 for the 6 October bulletin. There continue to be significant increases in cases for Greater Santo Domingo. The positivity for the National District is at...

Vice President Raquel Peña, Tourism Minister David Collado, Industry & Commerce Minister Victor Bisonó, Mayor Abel Martínez, Senator Eduardo Estrella, Governor Rosa Santos all gave the groundbreaking shovel for the start of construction of Santiago Center, with a 177-room Hilton hotel, convention center, shopping center and entertainment center.

The Santiago Center will be a 110,000 square meter construction and be located at the intersection of Eduardo Estrella Sadhalá with Juan Pablo Duarte, 20 minutes from the Cibao International Airport and an hour from the Puerto Plata International Airport.

The center is expected to be open by 2024.

The project is developed by Centro Cuesta Nacional (Supermercados Nacional, Centro Cuesta and Jumbo stores) and Grupo Ambar (Agora Mall, Santo Domingo Motors. Jose Miguel Gonzalez Cuadra for CCN and Miguel Barletta for Grupo Ambar spoke at...

Luis Manuel Pellerano, the new president of the National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (Anje) calls for a comprehensive revision of the Tax Code. The government at present has announced the urgency of passing what is known as the tax reform, which in the past has just meant more taxes.

Pellerano who was just sworn in for the 2021-2022 term at Anje also sees as key issues the government has to tackle are the improvement of the quality of education, electricity system, and government spending.

Pellerano says the governments have been postponing tackling these problems for decades.

“As a country we still have to face the enormous structural and institutional challenges that we already had before the pandemic: the quality of education, public safety, the strengthening of transparency and institutionality, the tax system, the electricity system, the framework of labor...

The first Orange Caribbean Forum will take place Thursday, 14 October 2021 in Santo Domingo. 40 professionals from various sectors will participate in face-to-face and virtual events to showcase and promote creative talent from the Caribbean region’s visual arts and creative industries.

The event will focus on alternative cultural spaces, the law for the promotion of the arts, design and change in society, public art in the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo as a cultural and creative city, and the La Vara Awards (ADECC).

Colombia Minister of Culture Angelica Mayolo Obregon, Minister of Culture of Colombia, and the director of the School of Arts, Design and Creative Industries of the Sacred Heart University of Puerto Rico, Javier Hernandez, are among the participants in the event.

Switch and SIP Group are organizing the event with the sponsorship of Popular, Altice...

A strong earthquake could happen any day in the Dominican Republic. Two important faults run through the country.

An earthquake emergency drill is scheduled for 10am on Wednesday, 20 October 2021, with events primarily in Santiago. The director of the COE, Juan Manuel Mendez says the drill will also include an alert for tsunami.

Santiago, the second-largest Dominican city, is located on a major Caribbean earthquake fault. The last major earthquake was in 1946 and measured 8.1, followed by a 7.6 magnitude aftershock.

In 2003, a 6.4 earthquake affected Santiago and Puerto Plata in the north of the country.

The Center for Emergency Operations (COE) emergency drill is regularly held every year, but was not held in 2020 due to the pandemic. People can register for an active participation in the Simulacro Nacional de Evacuacion by filling out theform on the...

Suppliers are again contesting another tender carried out by the Ministry of Education. The director of the Procurement Agency says it has received dozens of protests regarding the school lunch procurement procedures carried out recently by the National Institute of Student Welfare (Inabie), a division under the Ministry of Education.

The suppliers and bidders state that the institution did not comply with the established deadlines. There was no equitable distribution. Contracts were awarded to businesses that did not exist and others that are very distant from the centers where they will be serving the school meals.

The Public Procurement Agency (DGCP) reported on 11 October 2021 that it has received 24 hierarchical appeals and 12 requests for preventive measures against the national public tender number INABIE-CCC-LPN-2021-0009, carried out by the National Institute of...

Hundreds of thousands use the Santo Domingo Metro and Omsa buses every day. Now the government says that to board these public services, people will have to show a vaccination card. Digital vaccination cards will be accepted, too.

The measure was announced as part of new preventive actions taken by the government now that the country is no longer under a National State of Emergency.

People can get vaccinated at several Metro stations open during most of the service schedules.

Vaccination cards will be requested as of 18 October 2021 to enter stores, schools, and government offices.

The objective is to encourage more people to get vaccinated. The government has stocks of vaccines for all living in the Dominican Republic, but still millions have yet to get the vaccines. So far, around 59% of the population has the two vaccines.

The announcement of the...

13 October 2021

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The change in consumption habits of Dominicans has resulted in a scarcity of bottles, says the Cervecería Nacional Dominicana. The company says Dominicans became accustomed to drinking beer at home, which delays recycling the bottles. Likewise, the company says their bottle suppliers have delivered only 50% of the orders placed for new bottles.

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Erquidenio Balbuena Agueda was mayor of the northeastern small beach and fishing town of Las Galeras in Samana from 2010-2016. Now it is apparent he used his political pull to facilitate drug trafficking in the area. On 11 October 2021, the National Drug Control Agency (DNCD) and the Attorney General Office included Balbuena Agueda in the three men extradited together for drug trafficking and money laundering. Others are Amauris Peña García and Ramón Antonio Ciprian Espinal who were sent to Puerto Rico on a private plane that departed from San Isidro Air Force Base in eastern Santo Domingo.

The three are accused of being part of an international drug trafficking network and are being requested by US authorities to answer for several crimes against them in Puerto Rico.

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Cloudy skies and occasional rainstorms are happening nationwide as the Dominican Republic is influenced by subsequent troughs and tropical waves. Prepare for the rains through Thursday, 14 October when the weather is expected to clear.

Despite the covered skies and rains, the forecast is for muggy and high temperatures due also to passing Sahara dust clouds. Eastern provinces – San Pedro de Macoris (Juan Dolio), La Altagracia (Punta Cana), La Romana, Hato Mayor and El Seibo – will enjoy better weather this week than the Cibao provinces.

The Center for Emergency Operations has issued weather alerts for possible flooding in Monseñor Nouel (Bonao), La Vega, Monte Plata, San Cristóbal, Santo Domingo, San José de Ocoa, Sánchez Ramírez (Cotuí), Dajabón, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santiago Rodríguez, Puerto Plata and the National District.

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The Presidency has removed curfew restrictions nationwide. At the same time, the Ministry of Public Health announced the more preventive measures. The government will be requesting physical or digital proof that a person is fully vaccinated for entering public spaces or a public school as of 18 October 2021. The vaccine proof requirement is to encourage more vaccination. An estimated 59% of the adult population is vaccinated but the government has stocks for 100% of the population to have the minimum two jabs.

The Ministry of Public Health Coronavirus Bulletin #572 reports 520 new cases, down from the recent high of 886 for the 6 October bulletin. There continue to be significant increases in cases for Greater Santo Domingo. The positivity for the National District is at 9.79% and for Santo Domingo province at 8.27%.

The national 4-week positivity rate for...

Interior & Police Minister Jesus (Chú) Vasquez says that the recommendations made by the working group and international advisors will begin to be implemented to initiate gradual improvements in the National Police. Police reform has become a top priority, especially after confusing incidents have made crime front page in the media and trending topic in social media

“The ills affecting the National Police have become a cancer that has caused the citizenry to lose confidence in the institution,” said Vice President Raquel Peña in her remarks during the closing ceremony of the International Seminar for the Exchange of Experiences in the Field of Police Reform. The event took place last week at the Ministry of Foreign Relations convention center.

Peña said the task ahead is not easy. But she insisted the Dominican government is undertaking actions to achieve the...

Administrative Minister of the Presidency Jose Ignacio Paliza in the presence of First Lady Raquel Arbaje swore in TV show host Milagros Germán as new Minister of Culture. German pledged to work in favor of the arts and national heritage and to stimulate creative talent. The event that took place at the Ministry of Culture on 11 October 2021.

German committed to carrying out the task with great passion, enthusiasm, humility, integrity, and an important sense of responsibility. Germán pledged to work for all areas of culture, without exception.

Milagros Germán highlighted the good work done by her predecessor, Carmen Heredia, who was named cultural advisor to the President.

Germán had served as director of the Department of Communications (Dicom) of the Presidency until her new appointment.

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12 October 2021

Paula Disla / Listín Diario

President Luis Abinader has named lawyer Paula Disla as deputy minister in charge of international scholarships at the Ministry of Superior Education (MESCyT). Disla had been the director of the National Children’s Council (Conani). President Abinader issued Decree 623-21 with the appointment.

Lawyer Ana Cecilia Morun Solano was appointed to replace Disla at Conani. Previously, she had served as legal coordinator of the office of the Attorney General. Previously, she had been an associate lawyer at the Sabbagh, D’Alessandro, Henríquez & Asociados law firm.

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The plan is for the deployment of the nationwide 5G frequencies by November 2021. The Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (Indotel) announced on 11 October 2021 it has received offers from Claro (Compañía Dominicana de Telecomunicaciones) and Altice Dominicana. The Dominican state would receive revenues in excess of US$73 million.

Claro submitted the highest economic offer per Megahertz unit (MHz) per year, in the amount of US$37,936.52 and, per the bidding documents, and obtained the right to first select the band segment in which it wishes to operate. The company bid for the allocation of 70 MHz in the 3.3-3.4 GHz band. This is equivalent to a total annual payment of US$2,655,556.40 for the remaining years of its concession contract, which the Dominican state will receive.

On the other hand, Altice opted to acquire 70 MHz, at a value of US$21,100.00 per MHz, which...

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) presented on occasion of the International Day of the Girl on Monday, 11 October 2021 the grim situation of young girls in the Dominican Republic.

Rosa Elcarte Lopez, representative for Unicef in the Dominican Republic, spoke during the event marking the International Day of the Girl on the findings of a recent Unicef study that show in the Dominican Republic only 56% of children live with their both parents, and 26% live only with their mother. The same study reveals that only 10% of parents get involved with games and activities of their children under five years old in the Dominican Republic.

A new law was passed banning child marriage, but sexual abuse stories continue to happen every day. The courts have yet to sentence the first person for violating of the child marriage law. In the Dominican Republic...

The world is a different one and people are getting back to traveling. As a result, new records in air arrivals are being set even in September, usually a slow month for Dominican tourism.

The Ministry of Tourism reports that September 2021 was the best September for tourism in the entire history of the Dominican Republic, with tourist arrivals higher than in the pre-pandemic years of 2018, 2019 and in 2020. Travel is up 5% compared to September 2018.

In September, 365,544 non-residents arrived. There are expectations by year’s end the number of air arrivals will reach 4.8 million.

In a presentation of the data, Tourism Minister David Collado explained that the breakdown of non-resident air arrivals in 2021 has been 79% foreigners and the remaining 21% of Dominican origin.

87% of hotel rooms are back in operation with weekday occupancies averaging 54% and 61%...

Coral reefs generate US$1.14 billion a year in the Dominican Republic as a result of economic activities linked to the beaches in Bayahibe, Punta Cana and Samana. The findings were presented at an event held at the Ministry of Economy. The study is part of an international public-private alliance.

The recreational use of beaches, recreational diving and fishing and research were quantified to highlight the need to step up actions to preserve the services offered by the coastal coral reef ecosystem.

The study revealed that in 11.2 kilometers of Punta Cana coral reefs generate US$514, 377,423.00 per year; while the 34.7 kilometers of coast in Bayahibe, the contribution is US$575,476,200.00. The 17 kilometers of coasts in Samaná contribute per year US$52,420,500.00.

The multi-stakeholder partnership is between the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of...

The possibility that there would be a new airport in the province of La Altagracia, near Bavaro, was dealt a major setback, after the Superior Administrative Court (TSA) revoked the permit to build the airport. The permit had been granted days before the end of the Danilo Medina administration in 2020.

The TSA judges ruled the airport would be damaging to the national interest. The complaint to annul the permit came from the Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC). The basis for the complaint was the fact that there were several major and unfulfilled requirements. Studies such as the wind direction and temperatures over a five-year period (to calculate the direction and length of runways) were not presented. Neither studies that show that the proposed new airport would not inconvenience, hinder operations or affect nearby airports. Also missing was a...

The Dominican Republic, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, and Haiti are still on the United Kingdom’s Red List. This is a list of countries that have very significant travel restrictions applied for entrance into the UK. In short, this means that only British citizens can travel from any of these nations to the United Kingdom. And these will have to undergo a 10-day quarantine at their own expense at a designated hotel—the cost of which is about US$2,400 per person. All the other nations in Latin America are exempted from these restrictions.

The red list is updated every three weeks.

The Dominican Republic managed to consolidate its position as the number one long-haul tourist destination in the French market by advancing agreements and negotiations with the Karavel Promovacances group, the Les Entreprise du Voyayes EdV Association, the SETO Tour Operators Union and the Air France and Air Caraibes airlines during the Top Resa trade show held in France last week.

Tourism Minister David Collado highlighted that the objective of the Dominican delegation at the main tourism fair in France was not only to strengthen the country’s position as a leading destination in the Caribbean, but also to compete with other destinations preferred by the French at a global level, namely Thailand, Indonesia and Mexico that did not attend the Paris show.

He indicated that the Dominican Republic has made its presence felt in France to consolidate its position...

Tourism Minister David Collado took advantage of the country participation in the Top Resa tourism fair to have a side meeting with his French colleague, Jean Baptiste Leomoyne. Collado lobbied for France to upgrade the Dominican Republic to green category to facilitate that French people travel again in large numbers to their preferred long haul destination, the Dominican Republic.

The French government has three categories. At present, the DR is in category orange. Red is for active virus circulation and the presence of variants of concern. Orange is for active virus circulation in controlled proportions without the spread of variants of concern. Green is for no active virus circulation, no variants of concern identified.

The Ministry of Tourism reports that Collado argued that the virus is contained locally through a mass vaccination program that...

The Presidency has removed curfew restrictions as of Monday, 11 October 2021. At the same time, the Ministry of Public Health announced the continuing of preventive measures. The government will be requesting physical or digital proof that a person is fully vaccinated for entering public offices or a public school as of 18 October 2021. The vaccine proof requirement is to encourage more vaccination.

The Ministry of Public Health Coronavirus Bulletin #571 reports 633 new cases, down from the recent high of 886 for the 6 October bulletin. There continue to be significant increases in cases for Greater Santo Domingo. The positivity for the National District is at 9.79% and for Santo Domingo province at 8.27%.

The national 4-week positivity rate for the 7 October 2021 Epidemiological Bulletin #571 is at 8.93%, same as the previous day. The 24-hour positivity for the day is...

As of Monday, 11 October 2021, curfew is removed in the Dominican Republic after it was first imposed in March 2020, and then consecutively since July 2020. But the Ministry of Public Health says that Covid-19 is still here and announced measures to motivate people to get vaccinated. Around 60% of the adult population is vaccinated in the Dominican Republic, but there are sufficient vaccines for all living in the country to be vaccinated.

As of 18 October 2021, all over 12 years old need to present proof of vaccination (physical or digital) or a negative PCR test to use public transport, enter closed government places, schools, workplaces, and public places such as restaurants, bars, supermarkets, shops, gyms, sports centers, as per Ministry of Public Health Resolution #000048. The alternative is to present negative results of a PCR test taken within seven days. As...

For decades, the Dominican Republic has had a lax attitude towards immigration. It is a land of emigrants, with hundreds of thousands living all around the world, many undocumented. The Bible verse, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” has always prevailed.

There are also practical issues at stake. The long land border with Haiti makes it very costly and practically impossible to stop undocumented Haitians from crossing over to a land where they find jobs in farming, construction, households and free medical services at public hospitals.

Yet, Haiti’s political, economic, and social crisis has been escalating in recent years, and migration is increasing. Now the Abinader administration has announced new measures to oblige businesses to regularize their workers. The National Migration Council is ordering that the migratory laws be met and is...

The Presidency has hired a large team of lawyers to ensure the forfeiture of property acquired through illicit activities. Legal advisor to the Presidency, Antoliano Peralta said lawyer Jorge Luis Polanco Rodríguez will coordinate the team of lawyers, together with lawyers Jose Luis Taveras, Claudia Alvarez Troncoso, Manuel Conde Cabrera, Rafael Rivas Solano and Fernando P. Henriquez.

The Presidency had issued Decree 499-21 creating the Salvaged Public Patrimony Trust (Fideicomiso de Patrimonio Público Recuperado). A technical committee is named with representatives of the ministers of Hacienda and Economy, as well as the director of Ethics of the Presidency, and with the participation of Pedro Silverio, in his capacity as economic advisor to the Executive Branch, and the legal advisor to the Executive Branch, Antoliano Peralta.

Among those hired to...

After accepting a cassation appeal by the Public Ministry, the Supreme Court of Justice revoked the sentence of the Criminal Chamber of the Court of Appeals of Santiago that had favored Pasión Night Club and four defendants accused of pimping and money laundering.

A note says that on 4 September 2018, the Fourth Collegiate Court of the Criminal Chamber of Santiago discharged Norberto Ramon, Miguel Angel, Rafael Andres and Carlos Mauricio Gomez Diaz, a ruling that the Santiago Prosecutor’s Office appealed. Subsequently, on 5 June 2019, the Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal confirming the ruling.

After that decision, on 5 July 2019, the attorney general of the Court of Appeals, Juan Carlos Bircann Sánchez, appealed to the Supreme Court arguing the decision contained severe legal errors.

On 31 August 2021, the Supreme Court issued the decision that...

Diario Libre is reporting on what everyone knows in the Dominican Republic, but people have accepted as normal. In the Dominican Republic most births are by c-section. As reported in Diario Libre, the president of the Dominican Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Cesar Lopez recognizes the reason is an economical one. A C-section and a vaginal delivery here cost almost the same. For a vaginal birth, the physician needs to spend hours, not so for a c-section.

Cesarean birth is quite different from a vaginal delivery. In general, a C-section is a surgical procedure that takes about 45 minutes, whereas a vaginal birth can take hours. Another advantage to the physicians and the woman giving birth, is that cesareans can be scheduled, while vaginal deliveries are spontaneous.

Dr. Lopez says that health risk providers would have to pay physicians more for vaginal...

Nearly two dozen persons are alive today after the Dominican Armada rescued 23 people from likely death in the waters of the Caribbean near Boca de Yuma in La Altagracia province on 9 October 2021. The group was picked up in two batches, one group of 19, was taken from the waters late on Friday and the second group of just four persons, were rescued from coral reefs early on Saturday morning. There has been no news as to how many persons were on the home-made craft.

In another operation, the Dominican Armada frustrated an attempted sailing of these migrants, and some 44 were taken into custody. There were 40 Haitians and 4 Dominicans in that group. So far this year over three dozen person have lost their lives attempting to reach Puerto Rico in these fragile, jerry-built boats.

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The Office of Permanent Attention of the Judicial District of Santo Domingo East ordered on Friday, 8 October 2021 that Police agent Janil Disla Batista and motorcycle driver Rafael Castillo Nova serve one year of preventive custody in San Pedro de Macoris jail. Disla Batista has admitted to having fired the shot that killed 36-year old Leslie Rosado in Boca Chica on 2 October 2021. Castillo Nova is accused as an accomplice. What is known is that Rosado, an architect, at around 8pm had left the Santo Domingo Yacht Club to ride home with her daughter.

Disla’s lawyer, Luis Lopez, said that his defendant acted blinded by rage, after seeing his family lying on the pavement after an alleged brush with the vehicle driven by Leslie Rosado. “He did not know what he was doing,” expressed the lawyer, who said that the legal category attributed to the action by his...

Judge Iris Borgen Santana, of the Permanent Attention Services Office of this judicial district has ordered 18 months of preventive detention for 15 of 23 implicated in the Operation Falcon, an alleged network of money laundering and drug trafficking based in Santiago and operating in other parts of the country. Others were allowed house arrest or to post bail. The judge declared the case complex on Friday, 8 October 2021.

Those being sent to jail are suspended director of Comunidad Digna, Juan Maldonado Castro (Marcial and/or El Líder), María Olimpia Tavárez Rodríguez (Oli and/or La Princesa), Julio César Jiménez Talavera (Dominican-Venezuelan), Erich Fernando Meléndez Gómez, Víctor Elpidio Altagracia Paulino Herrera (El Gordo), and Adolfo Antonio Torres Sanabia (Tony and/or Presidente).

Also, Luis Daniel Nieves Batista, José Alejandro de la Cruz...

The Presidency has removed curfew restrictions as of Monday, 11 October 2021. At the same time, the Ministry of Public Health announced the continuing of preventive measures. The government will be requesting physical or digital proof that a person is fully vaccinated for entering public offices or a public school as of 18 October 2021. The vaccine proof requirement is to encourage more vaccination.

The Ministry of Public Health Coronavirus Bulletin #570 reports 495 new cases, down from the recent high of 886 for the 6 October bulletin. There continue to be significant increases in cases for Greater Santo Domingo. The positivity for the National District is at 9.79% and for Santo Domingo province at 8.27%.

The national 4-week positivity rate for the 7 October 2021 Epidemiological Bulletin #570 is at 8.93%, up from the previous day. The 24-hour positivity for...

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