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Drinking around the clock

As every year at Christmas, the Ministry of Interior and Police abolished the otherwise applicable ban for the sale of alcoholic beverages. Between Monday, 11 December 2017, and Sunday, 7 January 2018, discos, bars, restaurants, colmados, colmadones (shops selling mainly alcoholic beverages and playing music) and special shops, in which alcoholic drinks are sold, bring their merry-making fluids to their male and female customers around the clock..

The usual closing times, which are fixed under Decree 308-06, are from Sunday to Thursday from midnight and Friday and Saturday from 2 o'clock in the morning. These opening hours will be abolished

during the specified period. The Ministry of the Interior and Police warns, however, that no alcohol may be sold to minors and that they as well are not allowed to stay in the corresponding shops. The affected businesses must continue to make sure that the neighborhood will not be disturbed by noise. In the case of an infringement, the authorities will intervene and take the prescribed measures.


9 December 2017 · various publications


Trujillo's grandson for president?

For some it seems like a bad joke, but there are also some supporters who see the root of all evil in the country in the current PLD government. The grandson of Dominican dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina, who was killed on May 30, 1961, Ramfis Domínguez Trujillo, officially announced his candidacy as a presidential candidate of the party PED (Party of Dominican Hope), which is not yet admitted.

Ramfis has been trying for some time to gain a foothold in Dominican politics with his ideas, although all activities of the Trujillists are forbidden.

Though it is not difficult to score with populist ideas, which he also listed in the announcement of his candidacy, not without adding that he does not want to wear his grandfather's boots.

"Let's not talk about history, let's talk about the future. A dictatorship that was over 60 years ago does not worry me. I'm worried about the dictatorship the Dominican Republic is experiencing now,” he said.

He will fight tirelessly for a new restoration of the Republic. That's why he comes today with determination, modesty and the spirit of reconciliation. He is a defender of Dominicanism (dominicanidad), which is why he will not tolerate the peaceful Haitian invasion that is destroying the country.

Ramfis Trujillo said that in his administration, 50 percent of the seats will be reserved for women. At the same time he declared himself an opponent of abortion. In addition, he will end the financing of the parties by the state. His party does not get a single peso from the JCE (Central Electoral Commission), as he emphazised. Which does not surprise as a party not yet registered.

Among his ten points with which his party will change the country are the fight against corruption, the insecurity on the streets, the public debt and the lack of investment in the health sector.


7 December 2017 · Source: Diario Libre


Intrant buys alcohol meters

According to its chairwoman, Claudia Franchesca de los Santos (photo), Intrant (National Institute for Traffic and Transport) has purchased 40 breathanalyzers that enable the traffic police AMET to detect the degree of drunkenness of the drivers.

The devices are a contribution of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD), the regional and national liqueur industry and the Intrant traffic authority to determine the drunkenness of drivers.

De los Santos said, Article 256 of Law 63-17 states: "Drivers of vehicles are forbidden to consume alcoholic beverages while driving

on public roads or to drive drunk." Persons who violate this article are penalized by five to ten minimum wages and points will be deducted from their driving license, according to this the article.

The AMET policemen in charge of alcohol control will take a three-day course to properly operate the equipment.


5 December 2017 · Source: acento


Tourist card included in ticket price

It was the eternal question of tourists visiting the country: Where can I get my tourist card, which I need to enter the country? Some could pay the 10 dollars entry fee at the plane, others had to queue at the airport on arrival to buy the tourist card at a counter.

President Danilo Medina now put an end to this problem with decree 430-17. From the 1st of January, these 10 dollarswill be included in the price of the tickets, regardless of whether the tourist is arriving by plane or boat.

Those coming by land, which is only possible from Haiti, still have to pay the 10 dollars at the border.

Visitors who do not have to pay these 10 dollars can apply for a refund at the Revenue Service (DGII).

The companies that issue the tickets are entitled to receive the payment of the entry fee. Embassies, consulates, tour operators and tourists who have pre-paid the tourist card can return it within 90 days and apply for a refund from the tax office. Transit passengers of cruise ships are not affected by this decree.


5 December 2017 · Sources: Diario Libre and acento


Altice is happy about fusion

According to the Chairman for the Dominican Republic, Martin Roos, the multinational telecommunications company Altice is happy about the approval of Indotel (Dominican Telecommunications Institution) to merge the two companies Orange and Tricom.

The two companies Orange and Tricom have been part of the Altice Group since 2014, after paying 225 million dollars in taxes to the state to sell their shares. From the beginning, Altice showed interest in uniting the two companies.

Now that the merger has been approved, Altice will have to invest 625 million to expand the mobile services with broadband technology to some southern locations to connect them to the rest of the country.

Roos said, "To date, there has only been one company, a former state monopoly, which has been able to offer all-in-one telecom services for home and mobile across the country. This merger puts us in a position to offer national competition. "Currently, Altice covers 40 percent of mobile telephony and 20 to 25 percent of fixed connections, Internet and cable.

Altice has invested over 20 billion pesos in its 32 provinces to cover its mobile network. 800,000 homes and businesses were made fit for the hybrid fiber optic network (HFC). According to Altice, its total number of customers is over five million homes and businesses in the Dominican Republic.

To its visions for the country, Altice said, it was sharing the goal of the President to wipe out the illiteracy and to lead the country into the digital era.


4 December 2017 · Source: Diario Libre


RIU Hotels in Maimón are sold

The long-standing rumors about the future of the three hotels of the Spanish hotel chain RIU in Maimón, Puerto Plata, have come to an end. The hotels RIU Mambo, RIU Merengue and RIU Bachata, which have a total of 1,590 rooms, are sold. Until April 30, 2018, they will continue to be operated under their old name.

The new owner is the also Spanish group Senator Hotels, which is currently expanding in Latin America and will soon open its newest facility, the luxury resort of Senator Riviera Cancún, at the Mexican seaside resort of Cancún. Obviously, the Spaniards are also putting their faith in the Dominican Republic for their investments. They

bought the entire hotel complex in Maimón for around 100 million dollars or 84 million euros.

The largest hotel complex in the province of Puerto Plata is planned to be combined into a single resort and will be completely renovated in the course of the year 2018. Officially, the hotels are operating already under the new owners from today, 1 December 2017.

With the strategy of renewing and repositioning some of its assets, Senator Hotels & Resorts intends to diversify its portfolio and thus further strengthen its role as a provider in the national and international tourism sector.


1 December 2017 · Source: Hosteltur

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