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Daily News - Tuesday, 13 October 2015 (Archived Daily News)

Pimentel Kareh says he did nothing wrong
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Medina to meet with Martelly in Barahona

Presidents Danilo Medina of the Dominican and Michel Martelly of Haiti will meet in Barahona province today, Tuesday 13 October 2015 to discuss issues including the lifting of the ban on 23 Dominican products imposed by Haiti on 1 October 2015.

Presidential spokesman Roberto Rodriguez Marchena said that the meeting was scheduled for 11am. Foreign Minister Andres Navarro, Industry & Commerce Minister Jose del Castillo, Interior and Police Minister Ramon Fadul, Minister of the Presidency Gustavo Montalvo, Customs director Fernando Fernandez and Haitian government officials are also attending the meeting.

Read more in Spanish: http://www.listindiario.com/la-republica/2015/10/13/391890/presidentes-martelly-y-medina-se-reunen-hoy

President Medina opens new school

Yesterday, Monday 12 October, President Danilo Medina inaugurated a new primary school, Republica de Cuba, in Villa Consuelo in the National District, built at a cost of RD$26 million.

The school, which will serve 350 students and operate on the extended school day, includes a library and a dining room.

Education Minister Carlos Amarante Baret, Public Works Minister Gonzalo Castillo and school principal Martha Soriano Santana also attended the ceremony.

Read more in Spanish: http://presidencia.gob.do/noticias/con-escuela-la-vida-cambia-en-villa-consuelo-moradores-alegres-y-agradecidos

More companies to set up in Free Zones

The National Board for Free Zone Exports (CNZFE) has approved permits for nine new companies to set up operations in the Free Zones with the creation of more than 700 jobs, according to the Ministry of Public Works.

CNZFE president and Industry & Commerce Minister Jose Del Castillo Savinon said that these nine new companies would be investing around RD$156.1 million and their new operations would generate around US$4.3 million in foreign currency.

The new companies will be located in the Santiago, Santo Domingo and San Cristobal Free Zones.

Read more in Spanish: http://www.noticiassin.com/2015/10/autoridades-aprueban-nueve-permisos-para-instalar-zonas-francas-en-rd/

Seaweed to be controlled

The government is seeking bids for the purchase of barriers to hold back the seaweed that has been invading Dominican coasts.

The announcement was made at a meeting attended by Environment Minister Bautista Rojas Gomez, the director of the Executive Committee for Tourist Center Infrastructure (Ceiztur) at the Ministry of Tourism, Kirsis De los Santos, the president of the Dominican Federation of Municipalities, Juan de los Santos, deputy minister for Coastal and Marine Resources, Idalia Acevedo, and Domingo Contreras, who is the liaison between the Executive Branch and the local governments.

Kirsis de los Santos said that Ceiztur would be in charge of the purchase of the barriers that cost US$250 a square meter for Boca Chica, Juan Dolio and Guayacanes as well as other beaches on the south coast. She went on to say that this week they would begin an operation to collect the seaweed and would increase the brigades by another 700 people in addition to the current level of 581.

Read more in Spanish: http://www.listindiario.com/la-republica/2015/10/12/391784/gobierno-convoca-a-licitacion-para-colocar-barreras-contra-las-algas

Doctors on strike due to violence

The Dominican Medical Association (CMD) began a 48-hour strike at the Dario Contreras Trauma Hospital yesterday, Monday 12 October 2015 in demand of better security for the staff following an attack on a resident doctor in the Emergency Room earlier in the day.

The announcement was made by the CMD president, Pedro Sing during a staff meeting at the hospital where he listened to complaints about the lack of security over the past few months. According to medical personnel, there have been at least 12 cases of physical violence against doctors and 24 cases of robberies in the parking lots.

In yesterday morning's attack, Dr. Pavel Gonzalez was hit and bitten. He submitted his complaint to the Public Prosecutors Office.

They also discussed the constant verbal abuse to which the doctors are subjected, often by desperate relatives of patients.

The doctors warned that the strike would continue until there was improved security both in and outside the hospital and they also demanded that people carrying firearms should not be admitted, as in some cases the medical staff has even been threatened at gunpoint.

Read more in Spanish: http://www.listindiario.com/la-republica/2015/10/12/391773/inician-paro-en-el-dario-contreras-tras-agresion-a-medico-residente-esta-madrugada

Dengue figures getting worse

According to the latest Epidemiology Bulletin, 7,579 cases of dengue have been registered so far this year, resulting in 95 deaths, mostly among children.

The Ministry of Public Health is calling a meeting of heads of pediatrics and internal medicine around the country to discuss the figures.

National Health Service (SNS) director Ramon Alvarado said that dengue fever should not be fatal and that it was a matter of providing the correct treatment at the right time.

In an interview on CDN Radio 5-7pm talk show yesterday, Monday 12 October 2015 deputy minister Dr. Nelson Rodriguez attributed a good number of the deaths to negligent and inadequately trained doctors. He said that no patient should die from dengue, but the disease requires close monitoring and treatment for patients. Several cases have also been blamed on misdiagnosis by doctors. During the show, Dr. Senen Caba, former president of the Dominican Medical Association, said that the government's failure to provide primary healthcare units was more to blame for the high death rate.

Read more in Spanish: http://www.diariolibre.com/noticias/salud/casos-de-muertes-por-dengue-ya-alcanzan-las-95-personas-en-rd-DB1542401

Los Tres Brazos students affected by fumigation

Around one hundred students at the Guarderia Infantil Damas Diplomaticas School in Los Tres Brazos in Santo Domingo were affected by fumes yesterday, Monday 12 October 2015 after the surrounding area was fumigated against mosquitoes. The school has 1,016 students up to eighth grade and at least 26 had to be taken to hospital along with three teachers.

According to reports, the students suffered from vomiting, nausea, headaches and breathing problems after the fumigation at around 9:40 in the morning.

None of the students are thought to be in danger but their families are saying that the fumigation should have taken place outside of school hours.

Read more in Spanish: http://www.listindiario.com/la-republica/2015/10/12/391785/casi-un-centenar-de-estudiantes-intoxicados-por-fumigacion-en-una-escuela-de-los-tres-brazos

Miguel Pimentel Kareh says he did nothing wrong

The former director of the Office of Supervisory Engineers of State Works (OISOE), Miguel Pimentel Kareh, has defended his period of management following an interview with Laura Guerrero, the head of the Specialized Anti Corruption Prosecution Administration (PEPCA) yesterday, Monday 12 October 2015. Pimentel Kareh and his former technical director Jose Miguel Florencio Estevez were questioned at PEPCA separately for more than 12 hours yesterday regarding allegations of corruption in the construction of public schools, as reported in Hoy.

Pimentel Kareh was accompanied by his lawyers Carlos Olivares, Frank Reinaldo Fermin and Francisco Alvarez Aquino. Following the interview he said that he had come to the meeting to ensure his image was spotless and to prove that he managed OISOE according to the law and with transparency and precision.

In response to questions about the lawsuit against him by the family of late architect David Rodriguez Garcia, who committed suicide on 25 September 2015 in a bathroom at OISOE, he replied that he hoped that the law and justice would do their job and not hinder the investigation.

The suicide has opened a probe into allegations of bribes and extortion of public school engineers that were exposed after the alleged suicide of architect Rodriguez due to a suicide note pointing to key persons related to OISOE. In the case, Alejandro de los Santos Serrano, Joel Soriano Fabian and lawyer Jose Rafael Alejo Perez have been sent to eight months preventive custody at La Victoria jail. The accused face charges of blackmail, extortion, fraud and criminal association. They began their relationship with the OISOE under the management of Pimentel Kareh.

Speaking to journalists at the end of the questioning at PEPCA, Pimentel Kareh skirted questions regarding his relationship with the incarcerated threesome in the Rodriguez case.

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Poll shows 31.8% are Aguilas fans

With the Dominican Winter Baseball Championship set to start on Thursday, 15 October 2015, the results of a Gallup May poll commissioned by the Dominican Baseball League included the eye-catching finding that 31.8% of Dominicans are fans of the Aguilas Cibaenas, a team that has not won a tournament in eight years. The Tigres del Licey are supported by 28.5%, followed by 12.1% for the Estrellas Orientales (San Pedro de Macoris), 10.6% for the Gigantes del Cibao (from the northern region), 7.4% for the Leones del Escogido and 7.1% for the Toros del Este (La Romana).

The League says that the findings are not representative of a national opinion because 40.3% of the 1,606 people polled were located in the northern region (home base of the Aguilas), 34.2% in the east and 25.4% in Greater Santo Domingo. The idea behind the poll was to get information to improve the experience of the fans when attending the games at the stadiums.

Read more in Spanish: http://hoy.com.do/popularidad-aguilas-provoca-dolor-de-cabeza/

Lo Mejor de lo Nuestro at the Barcelo Santo Domingo

Miriam Cruz, Jacqueline Estrella, Jackeline Estevez and Andres Martinez (Kacheito) will be appearing at the Salon La Mancha at the Barcelo Santo Domingo for an evening of varied entertainment on Friday 23 October 2015. The show, "Lo mejor de lo nuestro" (Our Best) consists of two hours of comedy with Estrella and Kacheito, ballads by Jackeline Estevez and merengue with Miriam Cruz.

Last days of Fine Arts Film Festival

Now in its sixth year, the annual Fine Arts International Movie Festival is taking place at the Fine Arts Cinema at Novocentro in Santo Domingo from 1-14 October 2015. Forty films from Argentina, Australia, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States are being screened. The last two days are Tuesday and Wednesday, 13-14 October.

See the program at http://festivaldecinefinearts.com

Read more about upcoming events at http://www.dr1.com/calendar

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