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Joel Lorquet

Nov 25, 2022, 11:57:08 AM11/25/22

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Millionaire Spanish investment in Dominican tourism is announced                                  

(Teleradioamerica; CDN (Video); La InformaciónEl Nuevo Diario; Friday, November 25 2022)

Spanish hotel chains based in DR and grouped in Inverotel announced an investment of one billion dollars for the next two years.

Encarna Piñero, president of Inverotel and general manager of the Piñeiro Group, said that the DR has reasons to celebrate, due to 2022 tourist arrivals results, which could reach 7.2 million by the end of the year.


Turkish company already has an environmental license to operate the barge to be installed in Azua                                          

(DL; Friday, November 25 2022)

Karadeniz Powership Company got the environmental license required to operate the electricity-generating barge that is expected to be installed in the community of Los Negros, in the Azua province. Carlos Matamoros, representative of the company, said that the Ministry of Environment granted the license last Wednesday. "We only modified two anchor points to withdraw from the protected area that was there, but that was all."


Haitian trucker injured in stone-throwing disturbance at the border                                         

(TelenoticiasZ101CDN (Video); SIN (Video); Acento; Thursday, November 24 2022)

The Specialized Land Border Security Corps (Cesfront) reported that a Haitian truck driver was injured when he was hit by one of the stones thrown by his fellow citizens from the border gate of Dajabón province.

The injured man, identified only as "Freddy", was moving along with more than a hundred truckers from the neighboring country, loaded with merchandise and stranded in the border city of Dajabon, DR.

CDA Robert Thomas highlights bilateral relations with the DR                                          

(DL; HoyAcento; Friday, November 25 2022)

The Chargé d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy, Robert Thomas, reported that in the last 60 years, the United States has invested in the DR more than 2.2 billion dollars in development aid and military and security cooperation, and, in addition, approximately 28 million dollars a year to put expert personnel on the ground to work hand-in-hand with the Dominicans.


CDA Robert Thomas says Central Romana Corporation Limited has “long and unfortunate record of not giving its workers the treatment they deserve”                                      

(DL; El DíaAcentoLDEl Día; Wednesday, November 23 2022)

The Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic, Robert W. Thomas, stated that the import ban of sugar produced by the Central Romana to the US seeks better conditions for workers and a stronger competition environment for the many companies that do treat their workers fairly.

“Central Romana Corporation has a long and unfortunate history of not giving its workers the treatment they deserve,” he said.


Central Romana Corporation Limited rejects U.S. accusations of "forced labor"                                                

(DL; El DíaMinuto a MinutoCDN (Video); Z101AcentoThursday, November 24 2022)

Central Romana Corporation, Ltd rejected the accusations made by the United States about alleged conditions of forced labor in its operations. The company said that they are "a benchmark" in implementing social responsibility programs for their workers and their families.


U.S. sanction against Central Romana could affect more than 20 thousand jobs                                      

(El Día; Friday, November 25 2022)

More than 20,000 Dominican and Haitian workers will be affected by the sanction that the US imposed against the Central Romana Corporation that prohibits its sugar from being exported to the US.

According to the president of the National Confederation of Union Unity (CNUS), Rafael (Pepe) Abreu, this measure does not affect the executives of the sugar company, but would have an economic impact on the income of those who work in that company.


DR government waits for the US to rectify sanction against Central Romana                                       

(HoyAcentoProceso.comLDDL; El Caribe; Thursday, November 24 2022)

The Dominican Government expressed its confidence that United States would rectify the sanction against Central Romana Corporation Limited, that block imports of sugar from the company to the U.S.

Dominican Minister of Agriculture, Limber Cruz, assures that there is no evidence of the accusations made by the US about forced labor in Central Romana.

Senators reject U.S. sanction against Central Romana Corporation Limited                                      

(DL; LDEl DíaAcentoLDCDNEl CaribeTelemicro;; El DíaWednesday, November 23 2022)

Senator Bautista Rojas Gómez projected a video in the Senate chamber in which United States Customs agents kick and limit the access of Haitian immigrants to the United States: "Those are the ones who are telling us to be considerate of the world. Those are the ones who are telling us that we mistreat.”

The president of the Senate, Eduardo Estrella, said that the whole world hopes that the United States will withdraw that statement.

Senator Bautista Rojas even asked to demand that CDA Robert Thomas be expelled from the country.


Former President Hipólito Mejía on U.S. against Central Romana   

(LD; Noticias LD (Video); FV DigitalHoy; ThursdayNovember 24 2022)

Former Dominican President Hipólito Mejía described U.S. sanction against Central Romana as "a slap".

"I think this is a slap in the face,” the former president stated emphatically.


Government officials did not participate in the annual event of the American Chamber of Commerce                                      

(DL; El CaribeEl DíaAcento; Wednesday, November 23 2022)

Government officials did not participate in the annual event of the American Chamber of Commerce in which CDA Robert Thomas was the keynote speaker.

Leaders of the business sector were also absent from the activity.

The absence of the president of the Industry Association of the Dominican Republic (AIRD) was notorious.

Among those who did participate are representatives of the National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ANJE).


Commentaries on U.S. – D.R. relations   

(LD; DL1; DL2; DL3; ThursdayNovember 24 2022)

On Thursday, editorials and opinion columns from major news outlets commented on the US decision to block sugar imports from Central Romana Corporation Limited and the ongoing Dominican migration enforcement.

Listin Diario: “The Dominican Republic cannot accept, by hook or by crook, the opening of Haitian refugee camps in its territory.”

Inez Aizpun (Diario Libre): “If in Latin America the enemies of the “Empire” have come to power in the big countries, why does the United States insult one of the few remaining allied governments in the region?”

Benjamin Morales (Diario Libre): “The Central Romana thing is not accidental, it is part of a series of messages that the United States sends in its own way.”

Jose Luis Taveras (Diario Libre): “I don’t know if the Embassy of the United States breathes from the wound or sweats its guilt by demanding a treatment that its country ignores in its own territory in relation to the Haitian citizens that it defends here.”


American Chamber calls for “diplomatic and respectful dialogue”                                             

(DL; Acento; Friday, November 25 2022)

The president of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic (AmchamRD), Roberto Herrera, called for “diplomatic and respectful dialogue” that maintains the strong bilateral relationship between the DR and the United States with a tradition of 138 years.

“Diplomacy between allies, especially in a region where many countries are moving away from our shared values, must take into account the complexities of local issues and be mindful of the way we communicate differences,” Herrera stressed.

Representative Adriano Espaillat on US alert on ongoing Dominican migration enforcement                                            

(LD; HOYCDNDLEl DíaSIN (Video); Wednesday, November 23 2022)

Dominican American US Representative Adriano Espaillat met Dominican President Luis Abinader this Wednesday.

During his visit to the National Palace, Espaillat told journalists that the alert issued by the US government for travelers visiting the DR, about alleged human rights violations against dark-skinned migrants is a "malicious allegation."


DR Former President describes as "unfair" the US statement on racist treatment of darked-skin people  

(FV Digital; Noticias LD (Video); DLFriday, November 25 2022)

Former Dominican President Leonel Fernández described as "unfair and inadmissible" the statement issued by the United States, about "unequal treatment" based on skin color.

"The Dominican Republic cannot accept that, because basically the U.S. is intervening in the legitimate exercise that as a State corresponds to the Dominican Republic to determine its immigration policy," Fernandez said. 


Dominican First Lady will meet with UNICEF officials to "clarify" on mistreatment of Haitian children                                     

(LD; Super7; Thursday, November 24 2022)

Raquel Arbaje, president of the Cabinet for Children and Adolescents and First Lady of the DR, denied that the Dominican authorities have expelled at least 1,800 unaccompanied Haitian migrant children, as reported by Unicef.

“No child has been mistreated; we are here to protect every child with the National Council of Children and Adolescents (Conani) regardless of their nationality. Just today they are going to make a report and I will be meeting with a person from UNICEF to make everything clear”, expressed Raquel Arbaje.  


United States leads deportations of Haitians by sea and air                                             

(DL; Friday, November 25 2022)

The United States is the country that leads the repatriations of Haitian migrants who arrive by air and sea in its territory and who receive assistance from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). To date, the IOM records the repatriation of 21,303 Haitians through October of 2022 and 69% were expelled from the North American country.


Public Health Ministry and USAID met to coordinate details to receive USNS Comfort Ship next Monday 28                                              

(Teleradioamerica; DLAcento; Thursday, November 24 2022)

The USNS Comfort hospital ship will arrive next Monday, as part of the journey of the humanitarian mission carried out by the Mercy-class hospital ship.

USNS Comfort will offer free medical services to the population of all ages from November 28 to December 5.


DR Senate recognizes China for its support against COVID-19                                               

(LD; DLTeleuniverso; Friday, November 25 2022)

The Dominican Senate approved a resolution to recognize China for the "donation of vaccines against COVID-19" and its "contributions and solidarity" provided to the DR during the pandemic.

The initiative was suggested by Senator Yvan Lorenzo (PLD).

COVID-19 positivity increases to 30.15%                                            

(LD; Hoy; Friday, November 25 2022)

General Directorate of Epidemiology reported on Thursday that COVID-19 active cases exceeded the one thousand barriers, reporting 1,093 cases.

Daily positivity is 30.15%


Biden reiterates call for assault weapons ban after mass shootings                                             

(DL; Thursday, November 24 2022)

President Joe Biden reiterated his call to pursue a ban on assault weapons following the latest mass shooting at a Walmart in Virginia and said it’s "sick" that the U.S. continues to sell semiautomatic weapons.

"The idea we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick. It’s just sick. It has no social redeeming values. Zero. None. Not a single, solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturer," he said.


UN asks the Dominican Republic to "firmly" confront violence against women                                          

(LD; El Nacional; HoyEl Nuevo DiarioHoy; Friday, November 25 2022)

The United Nations Office in the Dominican Republic called on the country to "act firmly" to confront the feminicides and other manifestations of violence against women that, throughout this year, "have shaken" Dominican society.

"It is time to redouble efforts at all levels of the State, involving the whole of society, to improve prevention, timely detection, reporting, care and punishment of these crimes."

Commentary on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women  

(DL; Friday, November 25 2022)

Diario Libre’s editorial comments on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a date selected to honor the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic who were brutally murdered in 1960 by order of the country’s ruler, Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

"There is still a lot of indifference towards a serious problem, as old as humanity itself." 


566 feminicides have been registered in DR in last six years    

(El Caribe; Thursday, November 24 2022)

From 2016 to date, 566 women, including adolescents and girls, have been murdered in the country due to gender violence. Likewise, since 2020 the Dominican Republic was among the three Latin American countries with the highest rate of feminicides.   


A gang that smuggled cocaine from DR to Spain is dismantled                                          

(Hoy; El Nacional; El DíaRNNDLAl Momento.netEl Nuevo Diario;   Wednesday, November 23 2022)

The Spanish Police dismantled a gang accused of introducing cocaine into Spain through the Madrid airport from Santo Domingo, allegedly with the connivance of airport employees in the Dominican capital. As reported by the Spanish Police, through the “Marshall operation”, three people were arrested in Madrid, distributing drugs in vehicles with hidden compartments.


President of the Chamber of Deputies demands increased patrolling by the National Police to combat crime                                             

(Hoy; LDRNNDiario NoticiasColor Vision (Video); Wednesday, November 23 2022)

President of the Chamber of Deputies Alfredo Pacheco urged the National Police to increase patrolling in the streets to combat crime and insecurity.

Pacheco said Abinader’s administration should resolve this issue as a priority.


Commentary on crime in DR       

(DL; Friday, November 25 2022)

Listín Diario’s editorial comments on crime in the Dominican Republic.

"It is time, as we said recently, to tighten up surveillance in our streets, with a massive deployment of mixed military troops in those most vulnerable places. Criminals, who want to be more daring and ferocious with harmless citizens, will expose themselves to the consequences. But they can no longer control the streets."   


National Police investigates "fake news" in social media                                          

(El Día; DLZ101Roberto CavadaFriday, November 25 2022)

The National Police activated an extensive investigation to detect the spread of false, manipulated or decontextualized information on crime through social media.


Chinese Government says trade with Latin America exceeds pre-pandemic level                                                  

(DL; LD;   Friday, November 25 2022)

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce reported that the volume of trade between China and Latin America "has fully recovered and already exceeds that existing before the COVID-19 pandemic."

“The Chinese and Latin American economies are highly complementary and there is huge potential for cooperation between them," said the spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce Shu Jueting. 


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