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The number of Covid-19 cases for Bulletin #880 was 172, down from 190 on the previous day. This number compares to the seven-day average of daily infections (confirmed lab-reported cases) that is now 310, down from that of the previous day.

The 24-hour positivity was 20.67%, up from the day before. The 4-week positivity rate is 8.79%, up from the day before.

The Ministry of Public Health recommends getting the third and fourth booster vaccines. The third booster is recommended for children from 12 years now that there have been outbreaks in private and public schools.

The fourth booster is available for those 18 years and older. The fourth booster can be applied four months after the third booster. It is recommended especially for those over 50 years of age and those with depressed immune systems.

The Pfizer vaccine is available for these boosters, but those who do not qualify to...

The number of Covid-19 cases for Bulletin #879 was 190, down from 232 on the previous day. This number compares to the seven-day average of daily infections (confirmed lab-reported cases) that is now 334, up from that of the previous day.

The 24-hour positivity was 20.30%, down from the day before. The 4-week positivity rate is 8.76%, again down from the day before.

The Ministry of Public Health recommends getting the third and fourth booster vaccines. The third booster is recommended for children from 12 years now that there have been outbreaks in private and public schools.

The fourth booster is available for those 18 years and older. The fourth booster can be applied four months after the third booster. It is recommended especially for those over 50 years of age and those with depressed immune systems.

The Pfizer vaccine is available for these boosters, but those who do not qualify...

DR1 News will not be updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2022, a national holiday. The holiday celebrates the Restoration of the Republic marking the start of the guerilla war for the restoring of Dominican sovereignty after 17 years of Spanish recolonization. Dominican nationalists waged a guerilla war between 1863 and 1865. On 16 August 1863, a new group under the leadership of Santiago Rodríguez made a daring raid on Capotillo near Dajabón and raised the new Dominican flag on the Capotillo hill. This action, known as El grito de Capotillo, and marked the beginning of the war that led to the restoration of independence.

This year, the 16 August holiday coincides with the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Virgen de la Altagracia, the Dominican mother and protector virgin.

Headline news will be compiled for the Wednesday, 17 August 2022 issue. News and comments are available online at...

On the day commemorating the Solemnity of the Assumption, 15 August 2022, the Dominican Roman Catholic Church closes the Altagracia Virgin Jubilee celebrations for the canonical crowning of the image of the Virgin of Altagracia. The Virgin of Altagracia is regarded by Catholics in the Dominican Republic as the Mother and Patron of the Dominican people.

On Sunday, 14 August 2022, a special mass was held at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Altagracia in Higuey presided by the special envoy of Pope Francis, Monsignor Edgar Peña Parra.

The image of the Virgin of Altagracia was then sent to Santo Domingo in the afternoon for veneration from the Catholic faithful on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of her canonical coronation in the Dominican Republic. The Virgin was escorted by agents of the Dominican Republic Navy and accompanied by bishops, priests and a...

The Presidency has announced that President Luis Abinader will speak to the nation from the Monumento de los Heroes de la Restauración in Santiago. He will address the nation to render an account of the achievements and challenges of his first two years in government. This is the first time the traditional 16 August speech is given outside of the National Congress building.

The Presidency explained that the President will speak from a stage prepared below the statue of Duarte in the central Santiago monument.

On the schedule for Tuesday, 16 August 2022 is also the visit to Dajabón for acts commemorating the 159th anniversary of the Restoration battle.

Abinader is scheduled to have lunch with Defense Minister Carlos Diaz Morfa and other high-ranking military officials.

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It is well known that the three pillars of the current Dominican economy are tourism, gold and free zone exports and remittances from overseas Dominicans. So far this year, the remittances have yielded US$5.67 billion, US$1.5 billion more than 2019, the last “good year” before the Covid-19 pandemic. Tourism has recovered according to all indicators, gold currently constitutes the single-largest item for export, and the free zones continue to grow and prosper.

Things are looking up. According to the Central Bank, the most recent data shows that the monthly remittance average is steady at US$800 million. According to the bank, the average amount of remittances received during the 2015-2019 period was somewhat over US$500 million.

The 2022 figures are actually below those of 2021. The United States economy stimulus checks permitted overseas Dominicans to send back here more money...

15 August 2022

There is an old Dominican saying that says “new brooms sweep better” and this seems to apply to Hugo Beras, the newly installed director of the National Institute for Ground Transportation (Intrant), in charge of traffic and transportation for the entire country.

Beras, on his first week on the job, announced 16 new bus corridors in Greater Santo Domingo and Santiago de los Caballeros. His predecessor had already installed three (Núñez de Cáceres, Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle avenue routes) working with the Ministry of the Presidency public-private alliance programs.

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Economy & Planning Minister Pavel Isa Contreras, Environment Minister Miguel Ceara Hatton and the Acting Minister of the Presidency Joel Santos got together with local leaders on the provinces of Montecristi, Dajabon and Valverde last week to discuss what’s in store for the northwest. At the event, Joel Santos announced that the President’s plan to develop the Port of Manzanillo would begin in 2023. Santos said that master plan for the development of Manzanillo is being drafted and the government should receive the plan by December 2022. The next step would be to present it to Congress in February 2023.

Current estimates are for the government and private entities to invest well over RD$100 billion in this mega-project that will mark a before and after for the northwest region.

Action on the remodeling, expansion and development of the area would most likely begin in...

The Abinader administration announced it is again postponing the start of digital television in the Dominican Republic. The Presidency issued Decree 437-2022 whereby Indotel is instructed to establish a road map for the implementation of Digital Terrestrial Television and establishes 31 August 2023 as the deadline for television broadcasting service concessionaires to proceed with the analog switch-off. 31 December 2023 is the deadline for the digital switch-on. The approved standard for DTT in the country is ATSC 1.0.

Indotel plans to hold a tender to acquire 450,000 converter boxes for digital signal to be made available to vulnerable households in the country that have yet to buy smart TVs. The beneficiaries are those that are not subscribed to cable, satellite or online services.

This process is part of the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) implementation project, which...

The case for corruption and asset laundering against former Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez opened on Friday, 12 August 2022. The case is known as the Medusa case. Third Court of Instruction of the National District judge Amauri Martínez granted defense lawyers additional months to study the extensive 12,000-page file.

Judge Amauri Martínez accepted the request of the defense of the accused to extend the deadline for the pretrial hearings to be able to study the file and present their material in the preliminary hearing of the case.

The start of the preliminary hearing of the case is now rescheduled for 19 December 2022.

The case is in the pretrial stage of the criminal prosecution. The case is regarded as the most complex corruption case . 41 persons have been accused by the Anti-Corruption Prosecution Agency (Pepca) and another 22 companies and...

It has been well publicized that the Dominican Republic is the world leader in traffic deaths per 100,000 population. This past weekend proved the point once again: four dead and 17 injured in four separate incidents. Two deaths occurred on the highway between Jarabacoa and La Vega in a motorcycle accident when the motorcycle crashed into a truck. On that same road, a bus carrying 60 persons headed to a resort in Bavaro lost its brakes and crashed, injuring 14 persons.

On the highway between Mao and Santiago Rodriguez, a man was killed in another accident and his son was injured. In the Deep South, on the road between Oviedo and Pedernales, another young man was killed as his motorcycle went off the road, and his passenger was injured.

The toll on local roads is ever-increasing and a lot of patience and prudence is required while driving.

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The two miners that were rescued from the Cerro de Maimón copper and zinc Cormidom mine in Monseñor Nouel province were medically discharged on 11 August 2022 from the Ramon de Lara Hospital in eastern Santo Domingo following two days of medical assessments. The miners were rescued by a major Dominican and international operation after 10 days trapped underground.

At a press conference, Minister of Public Health Daniel Rivera said the men should continue to undergo post-traumatic treatment and observation.

The miners, Dominican Gregores Alexander Méndez Torres and Colombian Carlos Yépez Ospina, returned on 11 August to Monseñor Nouel where the population and their families are waiting with joy. Gregores lives with his 77-year old grandmother and his 6-year old daughter.

A celebratory mass was held on Thursday, at 4:30pm at the Sagrado Corazón de Jesus church in Los...

The general manager of the governmental electricity distribution company, EdeNorte, Andres Cueto and his lawyer Juan de Dios Hiraldo on Wednesday, 10 August presented documentation to accuse highly popular Somos Pueblo TV and online news service of defamation. Cueto and Hiraldo are also accusing the Sed de Justicia Foundation in the same defamation recourse. Lawyer Hiraldo said that Francisco Antonio Rosario, president of the Sed de Justicia Foundation and Eduardo Sanchez Tolentino, manager of Somos Pueblo violated articles 21 and 21 of High Tech Law 53-07 and articles 367, 371 and 373 of the Dominican Penal Code.

“We cannot allow that citizens continue to throw mud on the reputation of people that have come to serve the country,” said the lawyer when initiating the legal recourse.

Cueto complained about comments made online by Somos Pueblo on a recent tender for...

It is all disappointment. Dominican fans will not be able to enjoy the trio of Juan Soto, Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr with the Padres until well into the next season. Fernando Tatis will not play in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican team.

San Diego Padres shortstop, 23-year old Fernando Tatis Jr. was suspended 80 games on Friday, 12 August 2022 for violating Major League Baseball’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Padres’ general manager A.J. Preller questioned the slugger’s maturity, as reported in the Bleacher Report.

“I think we’re hoping that from the offseason to now, that there would be some maturity. And obviously with the news today, it’s more of a pattern and something we’ve got to dig a little bit more into,” Preller told reporters. “I’m sure he’s very disappointed but at the end of the day, it’s one thing to say it. You have to start by showing...

The number of Covid-19 cases for Bulletin #878 was 232 down from 288 on the previous day. This number compares to the seven-day average of daily infections (confirmed lab-reported cases) that is now 328, down from that of the previous day.

The 24-hour positivity was 20.62%, up from the day before. The 4-week positivity rate is 9.09%, again down from the day before.

The Ministry of Public Health recommends getting the third and fourth booster vaccines. The third booster is recommended for children from 12 years now that there have been outbreaks in private and public schools.

The fourth booster is available for those 18 years and older. The fourth booster can be applied four months after the third booster. It is recommended especially for those over 50 years of age and those with depressed immune systems.

The Pfizer vaccine is available for these boosters, but those who do not qualify...

The number of Covid-19 cases for Bulletin #876 was 422 down from 463 on the previous day. This number compares to the seven-day average of daily infections (confirmed lab-reported cases) that is now 353, down from that of the previous day.

The 24-hour positivity was 20.62%, up from the day before. The 4-week positivity rate is 9.09%, again down from the day before.

The Ministry of Public Health recommends getting the third and fourth booster vaccines. The third booster is recommended for children from 12 years now that there have been outbreaks in private and public schools.

The fourth booster is available for those 18 years and older. The fourth booster can be applied four months after the third booster. It is recommended especially for those over 50 years of age and those with depressed immune systems.

The Pfizer vaccine is available for these boosters, but those who do not qualify...

The number of Covid-19 cases for Bulletin #875 was 463 up from 408 on the previous day. This number compares to the seven-day average of daily infections (confirmed lab-reported cases) that is now 361, down from that of the previous day.

The 24-hour positivity was 18.61%, down from the day before. The 4-week positivity rate is 9.72%, again down from the day before.

The Ministry of Public Health recommends getting the third and fourth booster vaccines. The third booster is recommended for children from 12 years now that there have been outbreaks in private and public schools.

The fourth booster is available for those 18 years and older. The fourth booster can be applied four months after the third booster. It is recommended especially for those over 50 years of age and those with depressed immune systems.

The Pfizer vaccine is available for these boosters, but those who do not qualify...

Photos of Mr. Miyagi, the legendary fictional karate master in The Karate Kid film series have made the rounds of social media in the Dominican Republic. The point is the remarkable resemblance Mr. Miyagi to Angel Hernandez, the recently named Minister of Education. New Minister Angel Hernandez indeed needs to be Mr. Miyagi as he has the task of mentoring the Ministry of Education so that it can deliver quality education.

The minister was not bothered at all by the memes and remarks online.

Through his Twitter account, the minister commented that Nariyoshi Miyagi helped a young man who intended to practice karate, and that he not only taught him techniques, but also motivated him to learn. With this, he encouraged teachers to take up Mr. Miyagi’s example.

“Miyagi is a good case to illustrate the role of the teacher in achieving good...

New Minister of Education Angel Hernandez blasted the situation at the Ministry of Education on his first day on the job. On Wednesday, 10 August he said that the more than 250,000 employees and the RD$250 billion spent has all gone to waste because the students are not learning.

“Anything else is wasting time and that is what we are doing: wasting time,” said Hernandez before an assembly with regional and educational district directors.

“So, it makes no sense to make such a big investment for 10 years when that the money has been lost,” he said.

Hernandez stated that all efforts should now be focused on the classroom as the center for learning.

“Up to now, the level of development we have achieved has been precarious,” stated the newly appointed minister. He said that according to national and international evaluations, “learning is minimal.”

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Shortly after the removal of former Minister of Education Roberto Fulcar from the position, it is known that the Constitutional Court has overruled the appointment of regional and district educational directors without a competition.

The ruling of the Constitutional Court leaves in illegality the 18 directors of the Regional and 121 of Districts of Education appointed by former Minister Roberto Fulcar, who by way of a departmental order replaced the previous ones chosen by competition in 2020 and who had been appointed for four years in their position in a competition. When Fulcar was appointed Minister of Education starting 16 August 2020, he replaced the directors that were named technical advisors to the Ministry of Education.

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Yván Lorenzo, spokesman for the opposition party PLD in the Senate, described recent actions by former Minister of Education Roberto Fulcar as “a pantomime.” As reported in Noticias SIN, the Elías Piña senator said: “The media tour that Fulcar is doing is a pantomime because he has privileged jurisdiction.”

After Fulcar was removed from the Ministry of Education, he was named minister without portfolio. This gives him at least RD$300,000 a month in wages, plus privileged judicial jurisdiction. This means, any prosecution needs to start at the Supreme Court of Justice.

The former Minister of Education had requested on the first day he was out of office that the Chamber of Accounts carry out an audit of his mandate in the Ministry of Education. The next day, on Wednesday, 10 August he was at the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Attorney General (Pepca) to deliver documentation...

Minister of the Presidency Lisandro Macarrulla had been given a leave of absence from the position. Now he has resigned. On his Twitter account, he published his letter of resignation. In the letter, he says he had agreed when taking the position to be on the job for two years. His resignation is effective 16 August 2022.

Macarrulla was on leave after one of his sons was charged in the corruption case Operation Medusa. The Medusa file also mentions the involvement of Macarrulla senior. The Macarrulla family company is a major contractor in the La Nueva Victoria (Las Parras) jail complex built by the Attorney General Office under former Attorney General Jean Alain Rodriguez. The construction of the jail is under investigation for major corruption.

President Luis Abinader appointed Joel Santos to fill in for Macarrulla during his leave of absence by way of Decree 378-22...

Ombudsman Pablo Ulloa has made available to the Dominican people the first version of the Citizen’s Service Charter. The service charter provides information on the services provided by the Ombusman Office and the rights of citizens in regards to these services.

In making public the charter, Ulloa stated that the initiative seeks to bring the Ombudsman Office closer to the Dominican society, enabling higher levels of information, transparency, participation, accountability and continuous improvement of its services according to citizens’ demands. At the same time, Ombusman Office seeks to motivate other public administrations and institutions to approve their own service charters.

This initiative was certified by the UNE 93200-2008 Standard provided by Aenor in the Dominican Republic.

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The Ministry of Public Health reports the fifth case of monkeypox in the Dominican Republic. The Ministry made the announcement during the weekly public health press conference. The patient has only skin lesions and is stable under medical supervision at the Ramon de Lara Military Hospital in San Isidro Air Base in eastern Santo Domingo.

The patient is a 39-year old man, resident of Santo Domingo, who believes he caught the disease from persons in the border area with Haiti. The man is in isolation at the Ramon de Lara Hospital. The doctor explained that the individual first had a headache, fever and joint pain that started a week ago. The man sought medical help when the lesions in his face migrated to his lower limbs, back, trunk and other parts of the body.

The hospital reported that the country’s fourth smallpox patient is also stable and has no symptoms of the...

Dominican migration to Spain is second to migration to the United States. Now, recent changes to Spain’s immigration law will allow thousands more Dominicans to work and reside in that country legally.

The Spanish government recently approved amendments to its immigration law to address obstacles to foreigners legalizing their status. The changes make it easier for foreigners living in Spain to regularize their status and for employers to hire foreigners that already live in Spain.

One of the main beneficiaries of the reform will be foreign students enrolled in Spanish higher learning centers. More Dominicans on scholarships study in Spain than in any other country worldwide.

Until now, those who had a student visa to study, for example, a degree at a Spanish university, could not work to help pay for their studies. The new rules now allow foreign students to work...

Cormidom, the Chinese company that operates the Cerro de Maimon copper and zinc mine in Monseñor Nouel province, announced that the mine will continue temporarily closed. The company issued a statement indicating that the mine will not reopen until its operations are validated and the safety of the workers is guaranteed. “We are in the review phase and until we are completely sure, we will not reopen,” stated the company. After the cave-in on Sunday, 31 July 2022, the production operations at the mine have been fully suspended and the tunnels are under maintenance.

The Cormidom mine is the first underground mining operation in the Dominican Republic. In 2021, there were two tragic incidents, with two deaths, both attributed to human errors of the workers. Reports at the Mining Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mining indicates that machine operator Hector Bautista died on...

Relatives and friends of Gregores Alexander Méndez Torres are counting the days for his return to Monseñor Nouel province. A party is planned to celebrate his return. Diario Libre reports it is likely the party will be able to take place on this Friday, 12 August 2022.

With a rice and salami (locrio) and a party with the orchestra of Hector Acosta (El Torito). El Torito is a former legislator for Monseñor Nouel province.

Gregores lives with his 77-year old grandmother Regina Martinez and a six year old daughter. His grandmother raised Gregores. His mother left the country to live abroad when he was a young child.

Diario Libre reports that his cell phone is cared for by his cousin, Yameli. Yameli became famous when among the first things Gregores said once he had access to a cell phone underground was that his mobile was in his backpack and he was told Yameli...

Miners Gregores Alexander Méndez Torres and Carlos Yépez had on them an oxygen system that only enabled them to continue breathing for two days. Diario Libre interviewed Dominican geologist Osiris de Leon who explained how the miners survived 10 days before being rescued from the underground mine in El Cerro de Maimón.

De León explained the rescuers were able to drill a 34-meter long and 64 millimeters diameter perforation some 36 hours after the collapse.

The cave-in had occurred on Sunday, 31 July 2022 at 1:00 a.m. on level 215 of the mine.

Méndez Torres, a Dominican national, and Yépez, a Colombian, were 95 meters from the impacted area and although they did not suffer any physical damage, the rocks hindered their exit.

Cormidom rescue teams used the pipe to deliver food and oxygen to the workers.

“We decided to drill a hole with one of the drills that the...

11 August 2022

The Rapid Pass Code is now available via Whatsapp. You can now pay to extend the tolls fast pass sticker online. Call 809 473-3200, 809 200-1561 or [URL]https://www.pasorapido.gob.do/

The pass offers drivers the convenience of paying tolls automatically allowing for faster travel through toll booths. Drivers need to keep at hand their tolls payment card, for in-person verification just in case the machine is not working, as happens frequently.

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Permanent Attention Office of the National District judge Juan Francisco Consoró imposed three months of preventive detention to mechanic Jose Luis Fermin Diaz (El Chamo). He is accused of strangling dentist Lyda Amell Bogaert and leaving her body abandoned inside her vehicle on the Expreso Quinto Centenario Avenue.

Homicide investigators followed surveillance cameras to uncover the suspects in the case of the murder. The causes of the murder are still unknown.

Fermin Diaz was ordered to serve the custody at the Najayo Jail in San Cristóbal, as the trial is prepared.

11 August 2022

Public prosecutors are advancing investigations regarding drug trafficking and asset laundering in the FM Operation. This week, public prosecutors carried out searches in Santiago and San Francisco and 42 apartments were seized. Most of the seized apartments were in MyD I and MyD II in Santiago, MyD III in San Francisco de Macoris.

The investigations are carried out in a joint effort by the Specialized Anti-Asset Laundering and Terrorism Financing Agency, the National Drug Control Agency (DNCD) and the United States government Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (TCIU) and the US Embassy.

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Fiordaliza Cofil, running for the Dominican Republic in the Wanda Diamond League 400m women’s race in Monaco, clocked in at 50.55, ending the race in 5th position. Her best time is 50.14.

The race winner was Shaunae Miller-Uibo of Bahamas with 49.23.The runnerups:Jamaican Candice McLeod with 49.87Sada Williams of Barbados with 50.10Stephenie Ann McPherson of Jamaica with 50.52Junelle Bromfield of Jamaica with 50.93Kaylin Whitney for USA with 51.02Sokhna Lacoste for France with 53.21.

Alexander Ogando placed fourth for the Dominican Republic in the 200m race behind Noah Lyles, Erriyon Knighton and Michael Norman of the USA. He ran for 20.02. His personal best is 19.91. In the race he defeated Aaron Brown 20.23 (Canada), Josephus Lyles 20.26 (USA), Joseph Fahbulleh 20.46 (Liberia) and Meba Mickael Zeze 20.78 (France).

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World dance stars are booked for performances on Thursday, 25 August 2022 at the Gran Teatro del Cibao in Santiago and on Saturday, 27 August 2022 at the National Theater in Santo Domingo. The World Dance Stars Benefit Gala will curtain at 8pm in Santiago and 8:30pm in Santo Domingo.

On its 60th anniversary, the Asociación Cibao de Ahorros y Prestamos is sponsoring the dance performances that benefit the cerebral palsy foundation, Nido de Angeles.

Mónika Despradel, who presides Nido para Ángeles and produces the gala, informed that the first dancers, Rachele Buriassi and Esnel Ramos from Canada; Kleber Rebello from France; from Cuba Dani Hernández and Grettel Morejón will be on stage. Also from Switzerland, Irmina Mulligan and Jorge Garcia from Austria; Liudmilla Konovalova, Nathalia Arja and Alex Peters from the United States and Croatia Guilherme Vitic and...

The number of Covid-19 cases for Bulletin #874 was 408, up from 335 on the previous day. This number compares to the seven-day average of daily infections (confirmed lab-reported cases) that is now 376, down from that of the previous day.

The 24-hour positivity was 21.44%, down from the day before. The 4-week positivity rate is 9.84%, again down from the day before.

The Ministry of Public Health recommends getting the third and fourth booster vaccines. The third booster is recommended for children from 12 years now that there have been outbreaks in private and public schools.

The fourth booster is available for those 18 years and older. The fourth booster can be applied four months after the third booster. It is recommended especially for those over 50 years of age and those with depressed immune systems.

The Pfizer vaccine is available for these boosters, but those who do not qualify...

President Luis Abinader flew in on a helicopter. The President and Paul Marinko, president of Cormidom, the Chinese mining corporation, were all smiles when around 11:16am, the two workers trapped in a cave-in on Sunday, 31 July 2022 at 1am, walked out unharmed. All present, including the workers’ families, celebrated.

A team of around 100 Dominican and foreign workers had toiled for 9 days, 24 hours a day to establish a bypass to reach the miners at a distance of around 74 meters.

For the workers, 28-year old Gregory Méndez Torres and Colombian 37-year old Carlos Yepez Ospina, it was a long 10 days underground. The two worked at the Cormidom copper and zinc mine in Monseñor Nouel province. The two made it out in good health and good spirits.

The miners were reached on Tuesday, 9 August 2022 morning through a newly-dug rescue tunnel (Tunnel B), a whole ten days after they got caught underground after a rockslide, the Dominican Mining Corporation (Cormidom) said in a...

10 August 2022

President Luis Abinader again breaks with tradition. For the mark of his two years in government, President Abinader will address the country on 16 August at 7pm from the city of Santiago. The speech traditionally assesses the advances made and the challenges ahead. In the past, Dominican presidents had spoken from the National Congress.

The province of Santiago is the base from where the heroic activities originated that led to the restoration of the independence of the nation from Spanish forces. 16 August celebrates the restoration of independence.

Noticias SIN reports the President will deliver his address from the landmark area known as the Monumento de Santiago.

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The Fuerza del Pueblo announced Dionis Sánchez would be the speaker for the People’s Force in the Senate and Omar Fernandez, would be the speaker in the Chamber of Deputies.

The People’s Force is the party that three-time President Leonel Fernandez founded to run for President in the 2020 presidential election. At the time, he argued the PLD had rigged the computers to choose former Minister of Public Works Gonzalo Castillo as the presidential candidate.

Omar Fernández is the son of the former President.

The speakers need to be elected in time for the next legislative session that opens on 16 August 2022.

The Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) had already announced that it would continue with Yvan Lorenzo (PLD-Elias Piña) as speaker for the party in the Senate. The PLD chose Juan Julio Campos (PLD-La Altagracia) to replace Gustavo Sánchez...

10 August 2022

The Senate reported spending RD$2.6 billion for the legislative period (August 2021-to August 2022) and the Chamber of Deputies spent RD$5.48 billion. During the term, Congress passed loans for US$1,103 million.

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To address concerns regarding high wages in government, with around 80 government officers receiving wages far above those of President Luis Abinader, the Ministry of Public Administration announced the submitting of a draft bill on the high wages.

The Ministry of Public Administration sent the proposed bill to the Legal Advisor of the Presidency for review. At present, around 80 government officials make more than the President. Recently, many of these made headlines for adjusting their wages upwards for inflation. The action is irritating at a time when inflation is eating away at the wages of most Dominicans that do not have the mega budgets of government to make wage adjustments.

The Ministry of Public Administration (MAP) submitted the complementary regulation to Dominican State Salary Regulation Law No. 105-13.

The MAP says the new regulation seeks to develop the general...

Sociologist and political analyst Candido Mercedes told Acento TV that at the halfway point of his administration, President Luis Abinader has a high approval rating, around 70%, according to the Latin American Presidents Approval Index. Mercedes says that credible polls reveal that the President’s popularity is 20 percentage points above that of the ruling Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM).

Mercedes warns that if President Luis Abinader does not run again, the PRM would lose the 2024 presidential election. Mercedes called President Luis Abinader sort of “a one-man orchestra). He said Abinader has to attend to practically all government affairs.

He said the work capacity of the President has strengthened his image and raised his popularity. He said the ruling political party (PRM) is moving slower and is not doing its political work among the population.

He considered that...

The 2022 Wanda Diamond League continues at the Monaco’s Herculis meeting, with a whole host of Olympic and world champions set to resume the race for a place in the series final on September 7-8th.

Dominican Fiordaliza Cofil, winner of a gold medal in the 4×400 mixed relay in Oregon 2022, is competing in the 400m in the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Wednesday, 10 August 2022.

The runners by their season best times in the event are:Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Bahamas) – 49.11Sada Williams (Barbados) – 49.75Candice McLeod (Jamaica) 50.05Fiordaliza Cofil (Dominican Republic) – 50.14Stephenie Ann McPherson (Jamaica) – 50.15Kaylin Whitney (USA) – 51.17Junelle Bromfield (Jamaica) – 51.18Sokhna Lacoste (France) – 51.62

Fellow 4×400 mixed relay gold medal winner in Oregon 2022, Marileidy Paulino has already qualified for the finals for the Diamond Trophy at the end of the...

The tennis courts of the Santo Domingo (La Bocha) Tennis Club will host competitors from around the world coming for the Santo Domingo Open presented by Milex. The event is part of the Association of Tennis Professional Players (ATP) Challenger Tour and is set for 15 to 21 August 2022. The tournament has a cash prize of U$160,000.

Six of the registered players are ranked in the top 100 of the Association of Tennis Professional Players (ATP). These are Hugo Dellien (70), Tomas Etcheverry (72), Federico Coria (73), Roberto Carballes Baena (86), Pedro Cachín (90) and Daniel Galán (99).

The best Dominican tennis player of all times, Victor Estrella has left his retirement to play doubles in the tournament. Estrella had retired in 2019.

Also competing for the Dominican Republic are Peter Bertran and Nick Hardt. Bertran will play doubles with Estrella. Another four Dominicans seek...

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