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Daily News - Friday, 22 August 2014

Central Bank uses new reference year: GDP up to 7.2%
The Central Bank has published the results of the National Accounts, now taking 2007 as the new reference year instead of 1991. As a result, the data shows that the Dominican economy grew by 7.2% in the first half of the year representing 2% more than the 5.2% registered under the previous base year.

During a media-briefing breakfast meeting, the director of National Accounts at the Central Bank, Ramon Gonzales said that this growth makes a lot of economic sense together with the results of other indicators, such as job creation and poverty reduction.


Police chief equips Santiago police with new patrols
The National Police chief, Major General Manuel Castro Castillo says that deaths from violent incidents are down 60% since May when the new 911 emergency service entered into operation in Greater Santo Domingo.

Major General Castro Castillo reported that they are now training 1,200 police agents, of which 978 will be part of 163 new National Police patrol units that will work in quadrants to substantially improve the police presence in Santiago. The police chief described the 911 system as modern and efficient during the delivery of 50 pickup trucks for Santiago police patrols.

He announced that the government will soon be expanding the 911 emergency service to the city of Santiago and that the new patrols and the pickup trucks will be part of the program. He added that the 911 system would be expanded to San Cristobal, Puerto Plata and Haina next.

"We are convinced that we are on the right side, anyone who commits a crime will face the strong arm of the law, knowing that if they infringe the laws they will pay with the loss of their freedom," he stated.

Major backer asks Medina to forget re-election
The Mayor of Santo Domingo East, Juan de los Santos, has called on President Danilo Medina to concentrate fully on what remains of his term of office without letting himself be distracted by supporters of his reelection. The president of the Dominican Federation of Municipalities (Fedomu) said that Medina should continue working on his initiatives that have been positive until now, achieving a good public assessment and confidence.

"It is an administration that the citizens see as being close to the people and therefore he should not be distracted at this time by thinking about a project for his reelection, but rather that at the right time, as he has said, he will issue an opinion on this," said De los Santos.

Top 10 taxpayers in the Dominican Republic
Acento.com.do lists the top 10 companies that generate 50% of corporate taxation revenue for the government. They are expected to produce more than RD$200 billion in 2014.

The ranking was made by the Tax Agency (DGII).

The companies are:

Dominican Petroleum Refinery, Cerveceria Nacional (Presidente Beer), Claro (telecom), Brugal (rum), Philip Morris (cigarettes), Orange (telecom), Coastal (petrol), Esso Standard (petrol), Ambev (beer), and Universal (insurance).


Nuria Piera accepts ice bucket challenge
Nuria Piera, director of the news division of CDN, took the ice water bucket challenge yesterday, Thursday 21 August 2014, and joined the local campaign for funds to sufferers of the condition commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The neurodegenerative disease is said to be hereditary. Five people in the Dominican Republic are being assisted.

Piera challenged President Danilo Medina to order the Ministry of Public Health to make funds available for treatment.

The disease is characterized by muscle spasticity, atrophy, and speaking, swallowing and breathing difficulties.

Support for the campaign has gone viral worldwide. Recently, former US President Bush threw the symbolic bucket of cold water over his head.

Funds are being raised in the DR by the Renacer Foundation, and donations can be deposited at the Banco Popular, account number 743 16471-7.



Miley Cyrus show put on hold
In June promoters announced that US singer Miley Cyrus would play a concert as part of her "Bangerz Tour" on 13 September 2014 at the Quisqueya Ball Park.

But yesterday, Thursday 21 August 2014, the National Commission of Public Entertainment and Radio Programs (CNEPR) banned her from performing, arguing that the singer tends to perform acts that are at odds with morals and customs and acts that are penalized by Dominican laws, according to the resolution sent to the show promoter, Saymon Diaz and released to the media.

"Besides the use of inappropriate outfits, corruption of the language, perverse images and phrases, phrases with double meanings, excuses for crime, violence and acts that degrade the civic culture, incitement for sex and for lesbian sex, there is the use of improper objects in public, acts that are against personal integrity and are in violation of the rights of children and young people," states the document.

The measure goes beyond this event, since it warns the business sector to abstain from contracting similar productions in the future. The CNEPR says that failure to comply with the present resolution "will provoke the use of the judicial instruments that the law and the legal codes put at our disposition against such things."

Buckle up or face a fine
The director of the Metropolitan Transport Authority (AMET) Brigadier General Pablo Antonio Pujols called on the public today, Friday 22 August 2014, to use their seatbelts and to stop talking on cell phones when driving on the streets and highways of the country.

Over the last 24 hours AMET agents have imposed fines on 70 drivers who were found in flagrant violation of the traffic laws, while 26 citizens were fined for riding on motorcycles without helmets.

General Pujols told El Nuevo Diario that AMET's mission is not to fine citizens but to prevent traffic accidents and regrettable deaths because of careless driving. He was especially critical of drivers who text while driving.

Vigilante justice once again
A man identified only as "Puyu" was shot and beaten to death by a mob yesterday, Thursday 21 August 2014, and another man who accompanied him was wounded. This incident occurred in the Caimito el Rosario sector in the city of Moca when the two men mugged a young woman in a small betting parlor (called "Lottery Banks"). Local residents shot Puyu as he tried to remove one of the two sets of clothing he was wearing. Another alleged criminal remains hospitalized at the Dr. Toribio Bencosme Hospital in Moca.

Four dead in Monte Cristi
For people were killed yesterday, Thursday 21 August 2014, when a SUV they were in crashed into a large tractor-trailer on the highway between Villa Vasquez and Monte Cristi, according to police reports given to El Nuevo Diario. The four young men, including Jose Luis Tatis, a nephew of Starlin Castro, the baseball player, were killed when the trailer broke loose from the cab. The driver of the large truck, Domingo Antonio Rodriguez Taveras, 44, who was detained by the police, said that a cable on the trailer broke. According to the police, three of the occupants were killed instantly and the fourth died while being treated for his injuries at the Villa Vasquez municipal hospital.

Tropical wave to bring rain to DR
It has been raining on and off in the Dominican Republic since yesterday, Thursday, 21 August 2014. The National Office of Meteorology (Onamet) announced today that strong thunderstorms have affected the provinces of La Altagracia, El Seibo, Hato Mayor, San Pedro de Macoris and Santo Domingo as a result of the cloud cover associated with a tropical disturbance over the country. This activity will gradually extend over the rest of the national territory as the system moves west-northwest.

And now weather forecasters say that the loosely organized weak tropical low-pressure system (96L) moving from the east is expected to bring gusty winds and heavy rains on its passage through the Dominican Republic. Forecasters say it has a 60% chance of becoming Tropical Storm Cristobal over the weekend as it moves west through the Caribbean.

Weather reports say it will drench both the south and north coasts of the country. The heavy rains are expected for Friday evening, 22 and Saturday 23 August. This would be only the third named tropical storm of the season.



DR plays Senegal, Philippines and Estonia in basketball
The Dominican national basketball team traveled to Madrid yesterday, Thursday 21 August 2014 to play its final preparation games before the start of the FIBA World Cup. The DR, which is ranked 26th in the world, is one of 24 teams that qualified for the championship. The warm-up games are against Senegal, the Philippines and Estonia on 22, 24, and 25 August 2014, as reported in El Caribe.

The DR played team USA at the Madison Square Garden on 20 August, losing 105-62. Coach Orlando Antigua and his assistants Bill Bayno, Ron Sanchez and Jose (Maita) Mercedes traveled to Spain with team members Jack Michael Martinez, Francisco Garcia, Eulis Baez, Eloy Vargas, Edgar Sosa, James Feldeine, Ronald Ramon, Manuel Fortuna, Orlando Sanchez, Edward Santana, Victor Liz, Juan Coronado and Gerardo Suero.

The DR's first game is against Ukraine on 30 August 2014 in Bilbao. The DR is in Group C that also includes Finland, Turkey and New Zealand and the USA.


Prague Classical Ballet at the National Theater
The Prague National Theatre Ballet, with the co-sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture, presents classical ballet at the National Theater in Santo Domingo this Saturday. Founded in 1883, it is the Czech Republic's oldest ballet company. This is a Cesar Suarez presentation. Saturday, 23 August 2014 at 8:30pm. Tickets are RD$3,000-RD$2,000.

See more about this group at http://www.czechdance.info

Andrew Nemr - The Tap Dance at Fiesta Sunset Jazz
For a magical evening of quality jazz with Andrew Nemr - The Tap Dance, check out the Santo Domingo Dominican Fiesta Hotel's penthouse lounge for the Fiesta Sunset Jazz event this evening, Friday, 22 August starting at 8pm. Dancing.

Nuestra Senora de las Nubes at Teatro Guloya
On the weekend of Friday, 22 August 2014 to Sunday, 24 August 2014, Teatro Guloya presents Argentinean Aristide Vargas' play Nuestra Senora de las Nubes at 8:30pm on Friday and Saturday and 6:30pm on Sunday, Nuestra Senora de las Nubes. This is a comedy/drama on immigration.

Teatro Guloya is at Calle Arzobispo Portes #205, Colonial City, Santo Domingo, Tel. 809 685-4856

10 K Marathon at the Mirador Sur Park
The big race takes place tomorrow, Saturday, 23 August 2014 at 5:30pm in Parque Mirador del Sur, Santo Domingo. Registration fee: RD$500 at Sportline stores at Agora, Sambil, Megacentro, to be paid 18-22 August 2014.

See http://maratonistascocuyos.org

Single, married, widowed and divorced at Casa de Teatro
The comedy, "Soltero, casado, viudo y divorciado" is being staged at the auditorium of Casa de Teatro in Santo Domingo starting this evening, Friday, 22 August 2014 and continuing Sunday, 24 August 2014. Performances are at 8:30pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 6:30pm on Sunday.

Alexander Corleone presents the play by Argentinean Roman Sarmentero, telling the story of four friends at different stages in their lives who meet again to tell each other about the women in their lives. The main roles are played by Wilson Cabral (divorced), Junio Jimenez (single), Brian Payano (widowed) and Alexander Corleone (married). This play is for a mature audience.

Casa de Teatro, Arzobispo Merino 110, Colonial City, Santo Domingo. Tel 809 689-3430.

Wilfrido Vargas and Fernando Villalona concert in Playa Dorada
Merengue greats Wilfrido Vargas and Fernando Villalona take the stage tomorrow, Saturday, 23 August 2014 at Puerto Plata Village in Playa Dorada in a concert sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism. Tel 809 320-4012.

For more on ongoing and upcoming events, see http://www.dr1.com/calendar

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