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Daily News - Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Andres Navarro is new Foreign Relations Minister
Longtime secretary general of the City Government of Santo Domingo (ADN), architect Andres Navarro has been appointed as the new Minister of Foreign Relations of the Dominican Republic. He replaces businessman Carlos Morales Troncoso, who resigned for health reasons.

Andres Navarro worked at the Santo Domingo City Government (ADN) for 12 years. When he resigned from the city government in April 2014, he said he maintained a close relationship with mayor Roberto Salcedo and the city government technical team.

He also served as director of Urban Planning, and technical secretary at the city government.

In Decree 332-14 issued yesterday, Monday 15 September 2014, President Danilo Medina designated the Acting Minister of Foreign Relations Jose Manuel Trullols as his foreign policy advisor.

In the same decree, President Medina appointed Luis Armando Asuncion as Banking Superintendent, replacing Rafael Camilo.

With Decree 328-14, the President sent Rafael Ovalles to head the National Technical and Professional Training Institute (Infotep).

Decree 332-14 also appointed Emilio Olivo as director of the Dominican Agrarian Institute (IAD), Radhames Valenzuela as deputy minister of Agriculture, Claudio Jimenez as administrator of Mercadom, and Claudio Pena as director of the National Land Registry (Catastro).

In Decree 333-14, the President appointed Mayobanex Escoto to be director of the Dominican Port Authority, replacing Ramon Rivas, Roger Jovert as president of the Civil Aviation Board replacing Luis Rodriguez Ariza, Juan Rodriguez Nina as president of the National Energy Commission and Enrique Ramirez as renewable energy advisor to the Executive Branch.

Josefina Marmolejos is to become deputy director of the National Land Registry, Roberto Cordones deputy minister of Interior and Police, Cesar Lopez to the Central Office of Road and Bypass Improvements, replacing Roberto Cordones.

Maria Cleofa Sanchez is appointed as director of Santo Domingo Mirador del Norte, Julio Almonte becomes deputy minister of Tourism for Puerto Plata and the northern region taking over from Cesar de los Santos, Franklin Mayreni Castillo is to be deputy minister of Tourism for the northern region taking over from Rafael Baron Duluc, and Jose Valerio will serve as deputy director of the Center for Export and Investment (CEI-RD).

Decree 334-14 appointed Jose Hidalgo as chairman of the board of directors of the La Vega Aqueduct, taking over from Francisco Coronado Novar, Grace Moya as advisor to the permanent mission of the Organization of American States, Ernesto Reyna as environmental advisor to the Executive Branch and Ramon Rivas as port issues advisor.

Kenia Lora was appointed to the board of the Banco de Reservas, Martin Zapata as deputy minister of Hacienda, TV presenter Nikauly de la Mota as minister counselor at the Dominican Embassy in Mexico and Eduardo Sanchez as consul general in Miami, taking over from Amaurys Rios.

Decree 329-14 appointed Ramon E. Contreras as head of the Superintendence of (Sipen). Decree 330-14 appoints Esteban Antonio Cruz as Dominican consul in the northern Haitian city of Cap-Haitien.

Carmen Milagros Almonte Blanco becomes consul general in Boston, Adriano Rafael De los Santos Galva will be consul in Barcelona, and Andres Bocio Fortuna is to be minister in charge of Consular Affairs in Belladere, Haiti.

Decree 331-14 designates Marino Castillo Lacay as minister counselor to the Dominican Embassy in Brazil, and Jaime Manuel Antonio Santelises Rodriguez as consul general in Caracas, Venezuela.

More changes are expected today.


President Medina at the Constitutional Tribunal
President Danilo Medina held an hour-and-a-half-long meeting yesterday, Monday 15 September 2014 with the president of the Constitutional Tribunal (TC), Milton Ray Guevara and other court members at the courthouse. Upon leaving he told the press it was simply a courtesy visit.

President Medina's visit coincides with the public debate as to whether he will seek re-election. This would require a change to the 2010 Constitution, which bans consecutive re-election.

According to the Gallup-Hoy poll, 65.7% of Dominican voters are in favor of Medina seeking re-election.


President Medina receives Colombian Police officers
President Danilo Medina hosted a visit at the National Palace yesterday, Monday 15 September 2014 by 18 Colombian senior police officers and students from the Miguel Antonio Lleras Pizarro Post Graduate Police School in Bogota.

Colonel Juan Francisco Pelaez from the Colombian National Police said that the students came to exchange experiences and learn about the progress being made in fighting crime in the Dominican Republic.

Meanwhile the chief of the Dominican National Police, Major General Manuel Castro Castillo said the visit was a way of strengthening ongoing cooperation between the two countries in the fight against crime.

The officers presented President Danilo Medina with a replica of the Colombian Police badge and Castillo was given a book about the history of the Colombian Police.


Government might import chickens
The Egg Production Association (Asohuevos) has expressed its opposition to a government plan to authorize the importation of chickens to force the price down by increasing supply.

Association president Manuel Escano confirmed that a pound of chicken is still expensive with current retail prices ranging from RD$49 to RD$58.

He said that the Ministry of Agriculture's role was to balance supply and demand but that he thought that a pound of chicken should not sell for more than RD$45.

He said that more chickens would be available in time. At the moment, 21 million eggs a month are being incubated.

Escano said that importing chickens would affect the livelihoods of hundreds of Dominican poultry farmers.


Public prosecutors on strike
Public Prosecutors have confirmed that they will be holding a national strike today, Tuesday 16 September 2014, including non-attendance at court, in demand of a salary increase and a larger budget in 2015.

The strike was called by the Movement for Dignity for the Public Prosecution Service in the Dominican Republic, to which most prosecutors belong. They claim that they have discovered that their allocation in the 2015 National Budget has not been increased, and will remain at RD$3.25 billion.

The Foundation for Institutionalism and Justice (Finjus) announced its support for the strike.

According to spokesman Pedro Amador Espinosa, public prosecutors will be on strike in 17 provinces today.

In February 2013, prosecutors' salaries were increased from RD$60,000 to RD$69,000 a month and court prosecutors' salaries went up from RD$85,000 to RD$97,000.


Juliana Deguis in The Hague
Yesterday, Monday 15 September 2014, in The Hague, Juliana Deguis Pierre began to describe all of the obstacles the Dominican Republic allegedly made her overcome in order to regularize her migratory status.

Deguis was invited by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to the meeting behind closed doors taking place from 15-17 September.

Deguis, 29, was born to Haitian immigrants and brought to the Dominican Republic by her mother. She was affected by Constitutional Tribunal ruling 168-13 on Dominican nationality that confirmed an earlier sentence that legal residence status of parents was necessary. The ruling determined that she had been irregularly issued Dominican citizenship. For humanitarian reasons, President Danilo Medina later issued Naturalization Law 169-14 that enables people who had been irregularly issued Dominican nationality to undergo a fast-tracked procedure to maintain their citizenship. Deguis was one of the first people to benefit from the law.

El Dia comments on the topic in an editorial today:

"It is nothing short of outrageous that the representative of an international organization such as UNHCR should present Juliana Deguis as a stateless person in an international forum, which has never been the case.

The editorialist writes that in all scenarios Deguis has always had a nationality. The discussion centered on whether she had acquired the nationality of her Haitian parents by jus sanguinis, or Dominican nationality by jus solis. "In either case she would have obtained a nationality, and thus was never stateless," concludes the editorialist.

"The UNHCR representative seems to ignore the fact that one does not choose to be stateless. No one can simply decide to be stateless, let alone demand a nationality in violation of the juridical order of a country," says the editorial.

The editorial writer concludes that:

"Ruling 168-13 and Law 169-14 that creates a special naturalization regime, together with the National Foreigner Legalization Plan ordered by Ruling 168-13, are valuable judicial instruments for the Dominican Republic to bring order to the chaos in migration and civil registry."



Haitians cannot get their papers
Dozens of Haitians have remained outside the new offices of the Program of Identification and Documentation of Haitian Immigrants (PIDIH) that was supposed to open in the Herrera Industrial Zone in Santo Domingo yesterday, Monday 15 September 2014.

They said that the PIDIH had given several different dates when it would be open but so far the building still isn't finished.

Haitian ambassador Fritz Cineas had promised it would be open yesterday, but all of the people who had appointments were left standing outside and no one appeared to know when it would open.

One man, Pastor Bidol said that he had arrived with a group of Haitians from Nagua who were supposed to get their documents today.

Other Haitians complained that they had paid RD$1,000 pesos to get their documents but they still hadn't received them.

Several weeks ago the office in Gazcue was closed down after local residents complained about the numbers of people in the area.


Canadian shot in bank parking lot
Armed robbers shot a Canadian citizen in his right leg outside the Scotiabank branch at the intersection between Lope de Vega and John F. Kennedy avenues in Santo Domingo yesterday, Monday 15 September 2014.

Raymond Olsen, 59, who owns the Aluminios del Valle company, was taken to the nearby Plaza de la Salud hospital.

Aluminios del Valle spokesman Luis Bernard said the robbers got away with a briefcase containing RD$200,000 in cash. He said that the bank security guards did not help at all during the attack.

Police spokesman Colonel Jacobo Mateo Moquete said that the robbers, who were riding a motorcycle, had followed Olsen from his workplace to the bank.


Dominican dancer arrested in New York
A young Dominican dancer, Saray Ortega Tejada, described in press reports as a former girlfriend of popular singer Don Miguelo, managed to avoid the checks of the National Drug Control Agency (DNCD) and the Specialized Corps of Airport Security and Civil Aviation (CESAC) at Las Americas International Airport last week, but was arrested and found to be in possession of 3.3 lbs of cocaine when she arrived in New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday, 9 September 2014.

According to the US Customs and Border Protection, the woman had the drugs in a laptop case.

Ortega Tejada had left the country on a commercial flight and on arrival in the United States the CBP officials noticed that her laptop case was unusually heavy and thicker than normal.

Saray Ortega Tejada now faces federal drugs charges and will appear before prosecutors in New York.


More rains on the way
The National Meteorological Office (Onamet) is forecasting heavy rains for late afternoon and evening on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 due to a passing trough and existing high humidity conditions. Rainstorms are forecast for most of the country. Rains will ease off on Wednesday 17, but will return on Thursday 18 September, with the arrival of a tropical wave.


Trovas por un sueno at Casa de Teatro
Hector Marchena presents "Trovas por un sueno" at Casa de Teatro this evening, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 at 9pm. Calle Arzobispo Merino 110, Colonial City, Santo Domingo. Tel. 809 689-3430.

Edgar Molina at Terrazas del Meson
The Galleries at the Terrazas del Meson de la Cava in Santo Domingo presents Edgar Molina on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 as of 8:30pm. Av. Mirador del Sur 1, Tel 809 930-1840.

New York Met operas in HD at Novocentro
Highly recommended for opera lovers, Eduardo Villanueva will be giving a talk on the operas to be performed at The Met in New York City at the Fine Arts Novo Centro Tuesday, 16 September 2014 at 6:30pm. Admission is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling Angie Romero Tel 809 902-5885.

Films of the operas will be shown at the Fine Arts Novocentro theater in Santo Domingo. The dates are Wednesdays: 15, 22 October, 5 and 26 November, 17 December 2014 (6pm), then 21 January, 4, 18 February, 18 March, 29 April at 7pm. Ten days, 14 operas (including two days of double operas). The operas will be screened on the Wednesday following the live performances in New York City.

This year's operas are:

1. "Macbeth", by Verdi: 11 October 2014. 3 hours 15 minutes. Novo Centro: Wednesday, 15 October at 7pm.
2. "The Marriage of Figaro", by Mozart: 18 October 2014. 3 hours 50 minutes. Novo Centro: Wednesday, 22 October at 7pm.
3. "Carmen", by Bizet: 1 November 2014. 3 hours 40 minutes. Novo Centro: Wednesday, 5 November at 7pm.
4."The Barber of Seville", by Rossini: 22 November 2014. 3 hours 25 minutes. Novo Centro: Wednesday, 26 November at 7pm.
5. "The Master-Singers of Nuremberg", by Wagner: 13 December 2014. 6 hours. Novo Centro: Wednesday, 17 December 6pm.
6. "The Merry Widow", by Lehar: 17 January 2015. 3 hours. Novo Centro: Wednesday, 21 January at 7pm.
7. "The Tales of Hoffmann", by Offenbach: 31 January 2015. 3 hours 45 minutes. Novo Centro: Wednesday, 4 February at 7pm.
8. Double program: "Iolanta", by Tchaikovsky, and "Bluebeard's Castle", by Bartok: 14 February 2015. 3 hours 40 minutes. Novo Centro: Wednesday, 18 February at 7pm.
9. "The Lady of the Lake", by Rossini: 14 March 2015. 3 hours 30 minutes. Novo Centro: Wednesday, 18 March at 7pm.
10. Double program: "Cavalleria Rusticana", by Mascagni and "Pagliacci", by Leoncavallo: 25 April 25 2015. 3 hours 30 minutes. Novo Centro: Wednesday, 29 April at 7pm.

Drama at Teatro Guloya
Teatro Guloya in Santo Domingo's Colonial City presents "Johanna Padana y el descubrimiento de America", a monologue by Dario Fo directed by Manuel Chapuseaux, with Patricia Munoz in the starring role.

It is the curious tale of an Italian who escapes death during the Inquisition and ends up on one of Columbus's ships on his discovery of Americas trip. It is described as a drama with black humor that reveals a lot of truths.

Thursday, 18 September through Sunday, 21 September. Performances on Thursday to Saturday at 8:30pm, Sunday at 6:30pm.

Oscar de la Renta retrospectives in Santo Domingo
Oscar de la Renta: 50 Years at Bellas Artes. Do not miss the exhibition on Oscar de la Renta and his influence and impact on fashion and design over the past 50 years. Opening Thursday, 18 September 2014 through 15 November 2014 at the National Gallery of the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Santo Domingo.

Iremos a Verona
Back by popular acclaim, "Iremos a Verona," a drama with an unexpected end, will be acted at the Sala Ravelo at the National Theater in Santo Domingo from Wednesday, 17 September to Saturday, 20 September at 8:30pm and on Sunday, 21 September 2014 at 6:30pm. Directed by Samuel Esteban. Tickets: RD$300.

Russian film Festival at the Cinemateca
Located behind the Museum of Geography in Santo Domingo's Plaza de la Cultura, the Cinemateca Dominicana is holding a Russian films week from 11 to 17 September. Free admission.

See the films to be shown at: http://www.dgcine.gob.do/esp/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=211:semana-de-cine-ruso-90-aniversario-de-la-mosfilm&catid=31&Itemid=285

Sounds for an Image at National Theater
Sounds for an Image, a musical by Amaury Sanchez, will be on the stage of the main hall of the National Theater in Santo Domingo this coming Saturday, 20 September 2014 at 8:30pm. Tickets: RD$1,800, RD$1,400 and RD$1,200.

La estrategia at Sala Ravelo
The drama, The Strategy, opens at the National Theater's Sala Ravelo on 26 and 27 September 2014 at 8:30pm and Sunday, 28 September at 7pm. The play is directed by Johnnie Mercedes, with leading roles by Karina Larrauri, Karina Valdez, Gabi Desangles, Mangui Rodriguez, Evelyna Rodriguez and Cindy Galan. The play focuses on abused women, and is a tale of intrigue. A production by Expresate Dom.

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

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