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President Luis Abinader announced on Monday, 28 September 2020, the government will be subsidizing low-income students to keep these from dropping out. The new program is making available cash for students to use exclusively to pay for their university studies. The program mostly benefits students enrolled in private universities. Low income students pay very little …

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New York Consul General Eligio Jáquez says Dominican expats can expect better services from the Dominican government. The New York Consulate is the most important in the United States. Jáquez estimates it serves a population of 1.2 million Dominicans. He says the call center expects to assist Dominicans so they do not have to go …

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According to the Central Bank, government tax collections were down 14% and government spending is up 24% for the first half of the year. The statistics reflect the unexpected spending for Covid-19 and the change of administrations. The Central Bank reports that revenues are 7.5% below the estimates included in the supplementary budget passed to …

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The Ministry of Public Health has said the Covid-19 virus is “under control” in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic right now is enjoying “the first flattening of the curve.” Yet, it takes but two weeks for the spread of the virus to do an about-face. Online videos are showing thousands of people gathering in …

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Engineer Serafín Canario, the general manager for the Punta Catalina 720MW coal-fired power central, says Unit 1 of the power plant will be off the grid for around six days for repairs. The energy generation system is the largest in the country. When it fails, blackouts worsen. In a press conference today, Canario was critical …

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The Ministry of Foreign Relations (Mirex) announces savings of around RD$2.6 billion a year with the cancellation of 781 people who did not comply with the requirements to work in the Dominican foreign service. The savings are around RD$222.6 million a month. Deputy Minister for Bilateral Foreign Policy José Julio Gómez explained the cuts were …

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Ethics Agency director Milagros Ortiz Bosch was at the Ministry of Public Health on Monday, 28 September 2020, to collect evidence of what could be the first case of corruption of an Abinader administration officer. The agency has promised to prosecute government officers incurring in corruption. The former Vice President said the government would report …

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The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #193 reports 280 cases of persons testing positive to PCR tests over the past 24 hours. The number of cases has kept under 500 for the first time in the past seven days. The health ministry announced the processing of 2,160 first PCR tests in time …

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With Decree 504-20, the Abinader administration made official the reducing of curfew in the Dominican Republic. The reduction will be effective for 20 days and is valid nationwide. The announcement had been made last Tuesday by Health Minister Plutarco Arias. The new curfew schedule is: 9pm to 5pm Monday to Friday and 7pm to 5am …

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President Luis Abinader was in Punta Cana this Sunday on the occasion of the PGA Tour. He delivered the awards to the winners of the US$4 million purse. 33-year old Hudson Swafford was the winner of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship PGA Tour trophy and US$720,000 in prize money. Abinader was at the …