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The Indiana Pacers choose Chris Duarte, a native of Puerto Plata, to play in the next season of the National Basketball Association. Duarte was chosen in the fist round of the NBA Draft 2021 with the 13th pick. He will join Al Horford of the Boston Celtics and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Duarte played with the University of Oregon, where he won the Jerry West award. The Associated Press chose him as the best player in the Pac-12 Conference, including the best defensive quintet.

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President Luis Abinader on Thursday, 29 July 2021 was at the CEF-Santo Domingo Institute of Higher Education for its formal opening. The Spanish-based university is offering scholarships for new students registering for several of its programs. Graduate titles will be valid in the Dominican Republic and in Spain. The degrees are offered in the areas of business, marketing, human management, finance and accounting, taxation and law, available to the general public, companies and public institutions.

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Vice President Raquel Peña announced the government has drafted the protocol that will be used for the removing of curfew in provinces where more than 70% of the population is fully vaccinated for Covid-19. La Altagracia (Punta Cana, Higuey and Veron) would be the first province to apply the protocol. The government will soon make the announcement, she said.

“We have drafted a protocol together with Public Health and the entire Health Cabinet, and now we are going to discuss it with President Luis Abinader,” she explained. She said that what is applied first in La Altagracia province will be the same that will be applied at the national level. She explained the extra cautions to avoid a fourth outbreak as the country advances in vaccinating the population.

In the Dominican Republic, upwards of 51% of the population is fully vaccinated. For the past 14...

Vice President Raquel Peña announced the support of the government to its National Technical Professional Institute (Infotep) to train locals in Industry 4.0 technologies. The Vice President attended the presentation of findings of the National Consultation on the Future of Vocational Technical Training. She remarked the commitment of the Abinader administration to back efforts of Rafael Santos, director of Infotep and the technical team that is working hard to adapt Infotep to the new times.

Infotep recently carried out a major survey to follow the evolution of labor force in the Dominican Republic and its changing profiles. The survey concluded that the great challenge for education and the labor market in the Dominican Republic could be to train some 10,000 technicians in sciences, mathematics and technology, areas that are driving Industry 4.0.

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Central Bank Governor Hector Valdez Albizu reported on key indicators that confirm the Dominican economy is on a firm path to recovery following the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Central Bank reports these indicators for the economy for January-June 2021:

• The Monthly Economic Activity Indicator for June was up 12.7% compared to June 2020. As reference the pre-pandemic period of June 2019, the increase would be 4.7% compared to June 2021.• The faster-than-expected recovery allows for an upward update of the growth projection for 2021 to a range between 9% and 10%.• The economic activities with the greatest expansion were: construction (42.2 %), free trade zones (31.7 %), local manufacturing (14.3 %), transportation and storage (13.7 %), mining (11.4 %) and commerce (10.7 %).• In June, 462,536 tourists entered the country, approximately 80% more...

The Santo Domingo Metro announced the start of works to expand the mass transport system to Los Alcarrizos. The US$506 million project is expected to be completed by 2023. It will add 7.3 km to the line that runs to Duarte Highway Km 9-JFKennedy Avenue. Five stations will be added.

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The Chamber of Deputies has approved five loans on 28 and 29 July 2021 for more than US$339 million. The loans are with bilateral or multilateral agencies.

The loans are:US$39 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to finance the Implementation of the Energy Efficiency Program of the Dominican Republic.

US$50 million with the IDB to finance the Agricultural Health and Innovation Project.

US$100 million with the IDB for the Program for the Rehabilitation and Expansion of the Port of Manzanillo in the Dominican Republic.

US$50 million addendum to the credit agreement signed with the French Development Agency (AFD) to increase the transportation capacity of Line 1 of the Santo Domingo Metro.

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a loan for US$115 million for improved access to digital services in areas less served by the telecom companies. When the government resorted to remote learning during the Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of children were left out because of the reduced connectivity in their communities. The initiative encompasses digital television services.

The project will finance investments to expand broadband infrastructure, including the expansion of backbone, aggregation and access networks to improve connectivity for the country’s citizens, says the IDB in a press release.

The operation will include private sector participation and support the deployment of infrastructure in areas that would not be economically profitable on their own, thus ensuring resource optimization. With this approach, both the public and the...

A recent Ministry of Public Health study reveals that more than 70% of the Dominican population is overweight, 32.3% is hypertensive, and 12% are diabetic. The findings were presented for National Arterial Hypertension Day.

7,949 adults ages 45 to 64 participated in the study. Of these 52.8% were men and 47.2% women. 39.3% confirmed they consumed alcoholic beverages, 10.1% used tobacco products or nicotine. However, 91.5% regularly ate fruits, 88.6% ate vegetables, and 47.4% said they were physically active.

Of those participating in the study, 40.6% did not know they had high blood pressure and another 33.5% were not aware they had diabetes mellitus (33.5%). The nationwide survey was carried out 15, 22 and 29 May and 5, 11 and 12 June 2021.

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The Senate issued a resolution that recognizes the late merengue star Johnny Ventura as the father of modern merengue. Ventura passed away of a heart attack on Wednesday, 28 July 2021. In addition to his career as a merengue singer, composer, musical arranger and orchestra director, Ventura was a member of the Chamber of Deputies (1982-1986) and served as mayor of Santo Domingo (1998-2002).

He was mourned on 29 July at the Blandino Funeral home on 29 July. On Friday, 30 July his body will be mourned at the People’s Force Party at 9am/Calle Benito Monción. At 11am the funeral services will be held at the Chamber Deputies and at 2pm at the National District city hall.

On Saturday, 31 July, the wake will continue at 8am at the Palacio de los Deportes in the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Sports Center, at 2pm in his Villa Juana barrio. The burial is scheduled for 4pm at the Cristo...

The Dominican Republic baseball team defeated Mexico 1-0 in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 tournament. Melky Cabrera delivered the hit that enabled the DR to score and win the game. Angel Sánchez chilled the Mexican batters and was the winning pitcher. The DR had previously lost to Japan (4-3). The DR baseball team plays again on 1 August.

In the Olympics, Euri Cedeño competing in the men’s middleweight division. Maria Moronta lost her match to Oshea Jones of the USA in the women’s welterweight.

Zacarías Bonnat in men’s 81 kg and Crismery Santana in women’s -87 kg and Verónica Saladín in women’s +87kg are still competing.

Marileidy Paulino, Yancarlos Martinez and Ana Tima will compete in the just started athletics events. Also pending is the mixed 4 x 400 m relay.

The Dominican senior volleyball team needs to defeat Kenya and Japan to move to the next round. The team lost to...

The Dominican Republic is experiencing lows in new cases and active cases. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health closely monitors the new variants and their impact in the Dominican Republic as curfew restrictions are reduced to a minimum. The government announced as of 2 August 2021, the National Dr. Defilló Lab has sequencing capacity to determine the variants that are circulating in the country for timely control of outbreaks.

The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #497 reports 365 new PCR cases for the Wednesday, 28 July 2021 deadline. New cases and active cases have been consistently declining since mid-July.

The Health Cabinet has challenged the people in the Dominican Republic to get fully vaccinated. In the Dominican Republic the government has sufficient inventories of vaccines to apply at least 100,000 doses per day.

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In the Dominican Republic and abroad, Dominicans tuned in to Johnny Ventura’s catchy merengues to celebrate the legacy of the legendary artist. President Luis Abinader issued Decree 466-21, declaring three days of official mourning on 29, 30 and 31 July. The national flag will be flown at half-mast

Ventura was 81 years old, yet he was full of life to the end of his days. He commanded any stage. Dominicans thought there would be Johnny Ventura for long.

He had served as deputy for the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD) from 1990-1998 and as mayor of Santo Domingo (1998-2002). But he was always Johnny Ventura, the merengue star.

He died on 28 July 2021 of a massive heart attack. He was in Santiago working on a musical production. Medics at the Union Medica where he was taken to the hospital’s emergency were not able to revive him.

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The National Council of the Magistracy (CNM) chose Ygnacio Pascual Camacho Hidalgo to preside the Superior Electoral Court (TSE). The Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) is the highest authority in electoral contentious matters in the Dominican Republic. It is responsible for ruling on disputes related to political parties, groupings and movements.

Camacho Hidalgo is a career judge and professor of law at the UASD and PUCMM. He was serving as judge of the Third Criminal Chamber of the Court of Appeals of the National District at the time of his appointment.

On Wednesday, 28 July 2021, the members of the CNM voted on the five judges and alternates for the court that is designated to rule on presidential, legislative and municipal matters. The new magistrates will be sworn in on Thursday, 29 July at 7pm. They are elected for four-year...

The government, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and the Central Electoral Board (JCE) are working together to provide birth certificates to children whose parents did not declare them on time. There are an estimated 200,000 children without birth certificates, including thousands that were born in the Covid-19 pandemic year of 2020 when many civil registry offices were closed for lockdown. The government will give first priority to the declaring of the children born during the pandemic.

In the Dominican Republic, parents have a month to register their children. If they fail to do so during that time, the process is tedious and costly. This has resulted in thousands of parents putting off the task. As a result, today many people live a life of exclusion and social discrimination.

The program seeks to issue late registration certificates...

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The president of the Chamber of Deputies, Alfredo Pacheco (PRM-National District) committed to act so that the Chamber of Deputies passes the Extinction of Domain Bill. The bill has languished in Congress for around seven years. The ruling Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) has the needed majority in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate to pass the bill.

President Luis Abinader has stated that the passing of the bill is key to the battle against corruption. It would put an end to drug traffickers getting to keep their billionaire fortunes after serving short sentences in jail. State prosecutors say it is essential for the state to recover assets of corrupt government officials.

The National Migration Council approved a 60 day window, starting in September 2021, for Venezuelans to normalize their migratory status. This is the second window authorized for Venezuelan migrants. A first was Resolution 00119-2021 that allowed for the registration of 44,500 Venezuelans to achieve temporary residence status. The programs seek to legalize more than 100,000 Venezuelans.

The Ministry of Interior and Police has not yet ruled on what to do with the 280,000 Haitian residents who had received temporary work permits under the National Plan for the Regularization of Foreigners that began in June 2014. The permits have expired. The Haitians have not yet been able to complete documentation to regularize their status.

The Dominican women’s volleyball team lost 3-2 to South Korea in the Tokyo Olympics, they had already lost to Serbia and Brazil. The team has yet to play Kenya and Japan, but is unlikely to move on to the next round.

In baseball, the DR is scheduled next to play Mexico. The DR lost a first game to Japan.

In boxing, Euri Cedeño and Maria Moronta moved to quarterfinals.

Then there is hope the country could medal with Marileidy Paulino in women’s 200 m and women’s 400 m when the track and road events get started.

Zacarias Bonnat, Crismery Santana and Veronica Saladin have more matches and still could medal for the country.

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The country is experiencing lows in new cases and active cases. Yet, the Ministry of Public Health closely monitors the new variants and their impact in the Dominican Republic as curfew restrictions are reduced to a minimum. The government announced as of 2 August 2021, the National Dr. Defilló Lab has sequencing capacity to determine the variants that are circulating in the country for timely control of outbreaks.

The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #496 reports 316 new PCR cases for the Tuesday, 27 July 2021 deadline. New cases and active cases have been consistently declining since mid-July.

The Health Cabinet has challenged the people in the Dominican Republic to get fully vaccinated. In the Dominican Republic the government has sufficient inventories of vaccines to apply at least 100,000 doses per day.

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Despite this being a pandemic year, the Dominican Republic can boast a 28% increase in its exports for January to June 2021. The volume of exports is also greater than in the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

Exports for January to June 2021 were US$5.75 billion, according to the Customs Agency. Of the total, 60.16% were free zone regime exports. 41.03% were exports of raw materials, 17.60% consumer goods.

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While acknowledging that the Dominican Republic is one of the main recipients of foreign direct investment in the Caribbean and Central American region, a recent US Department of State report urges the country to do more to combat corruption and practices that affect doing business in the country. The report focuses on data for 2020. It highlights the new administration that began in August 2020 has promised to tackle corruption and institutional reforms to advance transparency.

A day after the release of the US Department of State 2021 Investment Climate Statement, President Luis Abinader met with US Charge d’Affaires Robert Thomas to announce the signing of a US$251 million five-year cooperation program for development projects with the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Speaking at the event, President Luis Abinader said that his government will not tolerate...

The Ministry of Health announced that the government’s National Dr. Defillo Laboratory will begin genomic sequencing to identify Covid-19 strains as of Monday, 2 August 2021. The government has been sending samples to the US Center for Disease Control lab and another lab in Brazil.

At a press conference, the head of the Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Agency (Digepi), Dr. Ronald Skewes explained that the new equipment enables the timely identification of the circulating variants. He said this is key to controlling outbreaks at an early stage.

“It is a huge advantage compared to the past, where we had to wait a month and a half to know the variants that were affecting our population,” said the epidemiology agency director.

He said the government will continue to send samples abroad for verification.

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President Luis Abinader announced the new Office for the Development of Urban and Interurban Mobility Projects. The new government entity is in charge of designing, building and developing urban and interurban mass transportation projects, among other roles related to transport.

The Office for the Development of Urban and Interurban Mobility Projects is a division of the Ministry of the Presidency.

The Presidency created the division with Decree 389-21, dated 18 June 2021. The decree had not been released to the general public until 27 July 2021.

The decree says the new office will design, build and develop urban and interurban mass transport projects. It will design, build and develop infrastructures associated to these projects. It will also structure trusts and/or public entities or public-private entities to maintain and commercialize transport...

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President Luis Abinader appointed Bartolomé Yaque Pujals Suárez as the executive director of the Innovation Cabinet of his administration. Decree 465-21 explains the Innovation Cabinet is entrusted with the drafting of the National Innovation Policy of the Dominican Republic 2030.

The executive act explains that the new cabinet is created to promote the comprehensive development of the nation and ensure competitiveness and sustainability, based on four pillars: governance; human capital, investment and innovation and culture of innovation and citizenship.

A lawyer, Pujals had been a strong opposition candidate for mayor of the National District in the 2020 municipal election. He ran for the Alianza Pais political party.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office asked the judges of the First Collegiate Court of the National District to sentence the six accused of receiving US$92 million in bribes paid by the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht to 10 and 5 years in prison.

The members of the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for the Prosecution of Administrative Corruption (Pepca) asked for a sentence of 10 years for Angel Rondon and Victor Diaz Rua, seven years in prison for lawyer Conrado Pittaluga and five years in prison for former senators Andres Bautista and Tommy Galan and former dams director, Roberto Rodriguez.

The prosecutors also requested the confiscation of billions in assets of the accused in favor of the state.

The case presided by judge Gisselle Mendez continues on Wednesday, 28 July 2021 at the First Collegiate Court with the statements by the defense of accused Angel Rondón...

Dominican volleyball and baseball teams lost their games in Tokyo Olympics on 27 July, but not without battling to the end. The DR’s women volleyball team lost to Brazil in five sets (22-25, 25-17, 25-13, 22-25 y 15-12). The DR has yet to play South Korea, Kenya and Japan. The baseball team lost to Japan 4-3 in the ninth inning. The baseball tournament is just starting.

Maria Moronta advanced in the quarterfinals round after defeating the Canadian and US boxers in women’s boxing.

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US President Joe Biden chose Dominican-American Julissa Reynoso Pantaleón to be the US ambassador in Spain. A lawyer and diplomat, Reynoso had been appointed chief of staff of the First Lady Jill Biden. She had also served as assistant to President Biden. During the Obama administration, she served as US ambassador to Uruguay.

The 46-year old lawyer-diplomat was born in the Dominican Republic and migrated to the United States in 1982.

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Restrictive measures have been effective and have controlled the May spike in Covid-19 cases in the Dominican Republic. The country is experiencing lows in new cases and active cases. Yet, the Ministry of Public Health closely monitors the new variants and their impact in the Dominican Republic as curfew restrictions are reduced to a minimum. The government announced as of 2 August 2021, the National Dr. Defilló Lab has genomic sequencing capacity to determine the variants that are circulating in the country for timely control of outbreaks.

The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #495 reports 268 new PCR cases for the Monday, 26 July 2021 deadline. New cases and active cases have been consistently declining since mid-July.

The Health Cabinet has challenged the people in the Dominican Republic to get fully vaccinated. In the Dominican...

The media of Colombia continues to cover the murder of Haitian President Jovenel Moise with a focus on the many questions that are being left unanswered as the Haitian Police investigate the case. As reported, United States FBI agents are assisting in the investigations.

Dozens of Colombians are involved after being hired as security workers in Haiti. The media of Colombia continues to follow the story as international interest in the murder declines.

Revista Semana of Colombia shares a video that wraps up the confusing investigations into the crime in Haiti.

Ten of 32 Dominican provinces and the National District have fully vaccinated more than 50% of their population for Covid-19 as of Ministry of Public Health stats for 21 July 2021.

Provinces leading in population with two full Covid-19 vaccine doses:La Altagracia (Punta Cana, Higuey and Veron) 76%Espaillat (Moca) 58.5%Puerto Plata (Sosua and Cabarete) 54%Independencia 53.3%San Pedro de Macoris 52.3Greater Santo Domingo (National District, Santo Domingo) 52.2%Barahona 51.1%Dajabón 40.7%Sánchez Ramírez (Cotuí) 50.4%La Romana 50.3%

The bottom provinces with the least fully vaccinated population are:Hermanas Mirabal 43.9%Santiago 42.5%El Seibo 42%Elias Piña 40.1%Monseñor Nouel (Bonao) 39%

The health authorities are contemplating removing curfew in provinces where 70% of the population is fully vaccinated. La Altagracia province already has met this...

The National Council of the Magistracy (CNM) will meet on the evening of Wednesday, 28 July 2021 to decide on the five Superior Electoral Court judges and their alternates. Assessments were carried out and 76 candidates were interviewed.

The election of the judges would have been on 20 July, but was postponed.

The members of the CNM are President Luis Abinader (or Vice President Raquel Peña), the president of the Senate Eduardo Estrella, senator Bautista Rojas Gomez (PLD), the president of the Chamber of Deputies Alfredo Pacheco. Also, deputy Victor Fadul (PLD), the president of the Supreme Court of Justice Luis Henry Molina, Supreme Court of Justice judge Nancy Salcedo, and Attorney General Miriam German Brito. Antoliano Peralta, legal advisor to the President, is the spokesperson for the CNM.

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The Odebrecht US$92 million bribes case is in its final phase with prosecutors and defense lawyers for the six accused presenting their concluding statements, as reported in Hoy.

In concluding statements in the Odebrecht US$92 million bribes case, Mirna Ortiz, director of litigation for the Public Prosecutor’s Office said in court that the main accused Ángel Rondón has not been able to present proof he carried out lawful work for which he was paid most of the US$92 million Odebrecht admitted in a court having paid to advance contract work in the country.

On Monday, 26 July 2021, the Public Prosecutor’s Office says that Ángel Rondón Rijo was paid to distribute the US$92 million to officials and legislators to ensure contracting was allotted to the Brazilian construction company. Ortiz said the defense could not offer documentation that supported the role...

Following an intelligence operation, the National Drug Control Agency (DNCD) reports seizing a suspect cargo of 540 kilos of cocaine from a boat that had arrived from South America. Five Venezuelans were arrested. The suspect cocaine was in 23 packs inside the speed boat inspected off the southeastern coast of San Pedro de Macorís.

Units of the National Drug Control Agency (DNCD), the Dominican Navy, the Air Force, and the Public Prosecution Office (Attorney General Office) participated.

A DNCD note explains the drug control units deployed an extensive aerial, maritime and land operation off San Pedro de Macoris, when the speed boat was detained. On board were the 540 packages of a substance presumed to be cocaine, and two bales of a vegetable, presumably marijuana.

Venezuelans were apprehended on board and sent to jail at the DNCD headquarters. The names...

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A Police colonel committed suicide on the early morning of 26 July after firing a barrage of around 20 shots at the apartment building where his ex-spouse, witnesses told Noticias SIN. The tragedy occurred at 8am.

The vehicle in which Ramon Fulgencio Valerio Crispin was traveling was destroyed after he set it ablaze in front of the San Agustín church in Haina, San Cristóbal province after shooting at the building.

The Police say the colonel died of a bullet he fired at his own head in front of the church. At the time of his death, he was wearing a gray camouflage police uniform. A cousin said the colonel “had a situation” with his former girlfriend. The policeman was stationed in Barahona.

The DR women’s team plays Brazil, the gold medal winner in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, in the volleyball qualifying rounds in Tokyo 2020 on Tuesday, 27 July. In this qualifying round, the DR will also play South Korea (29 July), Kenya (31 July), and Japan (2 August).

Alexy de la Cruz in men’s featherweight, and Euri Cedeño in men’s middleweight won their events in the round of 16 in the boxing competitions in the Olympics taking place in Tokyo. María Moronta is competing in the first round in women’s boxing.

In taekwondo, Bernardo Pie and Katherine Rodríguez reached the quarterfinals but did not advance.

There is hope of a medal with Marileidy Paulino who will be competing in the women’s 200 m and women’s 400 m and the mixed 4 x 400 m relay. Luguelin Santos, silver medallist in London 2012, is running in the 4 x 4 m relay. Ana Jose Tima is another Dominican track and field...

Restrictive measures have been effective and have controlled the May spike in Covid-19 cases in the Dominican Republic. Yet, the Ministry of Public Health closely monitors the new variants and their impact in the Dominican Republic as curfew restrictions are reduced to a minimum.

The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #494 reports 177 new PCR cases for the Sunday, 25 July 2021 deadline. New cases and active cases have been consistently declining since mid-July. The National District reported only 22 cases of Covid-19 for the Sunday bulletin.

The Health Cabinet has challenged the people in the Dominican Republic to get fully vaccinated. The Presidency says it is considering fully removing curfew restrictions in municipalities where 70% of the people have at least two doses. In the Dominican Republic the government has sufficient...

Agreements had been reached to maintain the international standardized tests used for the public school system. Diario Libre reports on 26 July 2021 that the agreements are being overridden.

The Ministry of Education had been using international tests to ensure higher levels of the newly hired public school teachers. Advocates argue that better teachers translate into better quality education.

Diario Libre says that the Ministry is reaching an agreement with the Association of Public School Teachers (ADP) so that aspiring teachers need only to pass locally-made tests. With the international tests, more than 50% of those who sat for the tests had failed.

Darwin Caraballo, executive director of Educa, a local pro-education ONG, stated: “It is not recommendable that the better practices be disregarded.”

The Ministry needs to select 15,000 teachers for the 2021-2022 school...

President Luis Abinader and Vice President Raquel Peña were present as the Catholic Conference of Bishops installed Ramon Alfredo de la Cruz Baldera as the new bishop of the diocese of San Franciso de Macoris. De la Cruz Baldera is a native of San Francisco de Macoris. He is the rector of the Pontifical Catholic University Madre y Maestra. He is a former rector of the Northeast University in San Francisco de Macoris. The ceremony took place at the Julián Javier Baseball Stadium. The PUCMM has not announced a new rector.

Cruz Baldera had been rector of the PUCMM in since January 2015 when he replaced Monsignor Agripino Núñez Collado, who was one of the founders and had head the university since 1970. At the time, Cruz Baldera was said to be named for a four-year term.

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Labor Minister Luis Miguel de Camps says there will be an adjustment in the minimum wage for the free zone and tourism sectors. Interviewed for Esferas del Poder on RNN, Channel 27, he said the raise would take place later this year. The Ministry of Labor recently announced new minimum wages for the large, medium, small and micro businesses, and for the agriculture sector. These minimum wage increases are used as benchmark for the negotiations for sectors that have special wage schemes

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Five months after leaving the position of minister of Public Health, pneumologist Plutarco Arias gave a TV interview explaining the difficulties of the position. He left the post after a syringes overpricing scandal hit the media. Arias said he had nothing to do with the bid. He said that whoever is in the position is affected by the conflicting interests. He spoke of people who want to dominate the institution from the outside and from the inside.

He understands that any person who exercises this position needs a lot of wisdom and a cool head, since on top of all that and in the midst of the difficulties generated by the Covid-19 pandemic, are the interests of the ruling political party members who also demand their share.

In addition to Dr. Arias, deputy minister Yolanda Acosta, resigned with less than a year in the position.

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Justice has been slow in moving on recent corruption scandals where high-ranking ruling Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) officials have been implicated. The party had committed to expel members found to be involved in corruption and wrong doings.

A feature in Listin Diario looks into several of these cases that seem to have been forgotten. Among the names mentioned are former Minister of Youth Kinsberly Taveras, deputies Sadoki Duarte, Miguel Gutiérrez Díaz, Yamil Abreu, former Agrarian Institute director Leonardo Faña, former director of the National Lottery Luis Maisichell Dicent..Read more Listin Diario

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova has announced that Russia will once again begin flying into Punta Cana and Puerto Plata in two weeks. There will be three weekly flights, as reported in Acento. The Aeroflot flights will begin on 9 August 2021.

The Russian news agency Novosti also reports that Russia is also resuming flights to Syria, Bahrain, and Moldavia.

Dominican ambassador Hans Dannenberg has been meeting continuously with the Russian authorities to follow up on the resuming of the flights.

Russian authorities had announced flights would resume once the Covid-19 pandemic was under control.

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Just so you know: Any private form of communication cannot be made public. A flurry over a private internet exchange involving prominent psychologist Ana Simó and her colleagues has caused several lawyers to look into the Whatsapp issue.

According to the Dominican Constitution, privacy is a right, and without the consent of the parties involved, any private conversation, may not be made public. Nowadays private conversations include Whatsapp, Tweeter and other electronic media.

The penalties, under Article 377 of the Penal Code can be up to a year in prison and fines of up to RD$50,000. Such violations of privacy are considered to be attempted violations of the right to privacy under Article 44 of the Constitution.

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The famous Spanish store, El Corte Inglés is now selling its products here. The goods are available initially at 16 of the La Sirena stores nationwide but the plan is to distribute them to all the Sirena chain stores. La Sirena is the largest Dominican food chain store.

La Sirena announced it has reached an agreement with Vima Foods for the marketing of the goods. The Sirena says that to introduce the brand they will be selling a variety of the best of the El Corte Inglés Spanish food products.

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The Metro Office (Opret) informed that unscrupulous persons had painted graffiti on two rail cars at around 1am on Saturday, 24 July 2021. The men were discovered by maintenance crews and fled.

The Metro Office note says the units have been cleaned and the service would continue as normal. The Metro Office says they are investigating to press charges in the vandalism case.

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What went off in the brain of a 39-year old Higuey resident Angelo Joel Santana who killed six persons, injured another six and ended up shot down by the Police in Higuey? He was the owner of sports betting shops. His nickname was Angelo Banca.

The Police say the tragedy began in the Barrio 21 de Enero neighborhood in Higuey where Santana lived with his spouse, Angelica Maria Acosta. She survived the shooting on Saturday, 24 July 2021 in the afternoon. Santana was known for his fits of jealousy. The couple had been separated for a month.

After shooting his wife, he killed his neighbor, 69-year old Victoria Villa Santana who looked in after hearing the shots.

Reports are that Santana then left the property in his car, firing random shots. He stopped at a cell phone store, firing at a brother and sister who were shopping for a cell phone for...

The FC Barcelona football star, Lionel Messi left the beaches of Miami for those of the Dominican Republic. The Argentinian football star was photographed vacationing last week in a villa in Casa de Campo with his family. He is considered by many in the know the best player in the world.

For the few that may not know, Wikipedia explains that Messi is a professional footballer who plays for and captains the Argentina national team. Messi has won a record six Ballon d’Or awards, a record six European Golden Shoes, and in 2020 was named to the Ballon d’Or Dream Team. In 2019, he was labeled as the greatest football player of the last 25 years by FourFourTwo, in 2021 as the world’s best men’s player and playmaker of the decade 2011–2020 by IFFHS. He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won a club-record 34 trophies, including ten La Liga titles...

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Dominican athletes competing in boxing, Alexy de la Cruz, Leonel de los Santos and Maria Moronta advanced in the Olympics. Competitors in rowing and taekwondo were eliminated in their events. Josue Dominguez ended 39th of 47 in 100 breaststroke will compete in the 200 breaststroke on Wednesday. Crystal Lara finished 35th of 41 competitors in 50 m backstroke. In equestrian, Yvonne Losos ranked 22nd, failing to meet the 18 competitors cut to pass to the next round in dressage.

The Dominican senior volleyball team lost to Serbia in the opening round but has yet to play Brazil, South Korea, Kenya and Japan in the first round.

Dominican weightlifters Luis Garcia (Men’s – 61 kg) and Beatriz Pirón (Women’s 49 kg) placed eighth in their events.

Baseball starts on 28 July 2021.

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Restrictive measures have been effective and have controlled the May spike in Covid-19 cases in the Dominican Republic. The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #493 reports 384 new PCR cases for the Saturday, 24 July 2021 deadline. Health authorities closely monitor the new variants and their impact in the Dominican Republic as curfew restrictions are reduced to a minimum.

The Health Cabinet has challenged the people in the Dominican Republic to get fully vaccinated. The Presidency says it is considering fully removing curfew restrictions in municipalities where 70% of the people have at least two doses. In the Dominican Republic the government has sufficient inventories of vaccines to apply at least 100,000 doses per day. The tourism province of La Altagracia (Punta Cana) has all of its population with at least one vaccine.

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