Hurricane season 2017 is over

On the Caribbean islands, the hurricane season 2017 will leave no good memories. Two category 5 hurricanes, "Irma" and "Maria", wreaked havoc on some islands that still are suffering from their effects.

So the whole island of Barbuda had to be evacuated because of "Irma". For the first time in 300 years, after the passage of "Irma" not a single person of the original 1,800 residents, lived in the holiday paradise. In Cuba, too, this hurricane caused serious damage.

And the neighboring island of Puerto Rico, which was directly in the train line of "Maria", still is suffering massively under the

consequences, such as food supply and problems with the electricity and drinking water. It was the worst hurricane for nearly 90 years for Puerto Rico. But the death toll in Puerto Rico was still relatively small at 43.

"Irma" was the strongest hurricane since records began in 1898 and the first hurricane that had wind speeds of 297 kilometers per hour for 37 hours. And "Maria", which followed "Irma" exactly two weeks later, was not much weaker.

The Dominican Republic was lucky in both cases, because both times the hurricanes turned far enough north to avoid touching on land. Nevertheless, both hurricanes, especially on the Samaná peninsula, caused considerable damage due to the storms and heavy rains. Crop damage was reported across the island of Hispaniola, but luckily very few people lost their life.

Haiti also had good luck except for a few floods, not as with Hurricane “Matthew”, which killed around 500 people the year before.

The hurricane season 2017, which was far more active than normal, is officially over today, on November 30th. There were seven tropical storms: Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emili, Philippe and Rina. The ten hurricanes this season had the following names and categories: Franklin (category 1), Gert (2), Harvey (4), Irma (5), José (4), Katia (2), Lee (3), María (5 ) Nate (1) and last Ophelia with the category 3. One reason for the strong storms is the warming of the surface waters of the Atlantic north of the equator, with temperatures of 28 to 30 degrees centigrade.


30 November 2017 · Editorial


Haiti condemns slave trade in Libya

A report by CNN now revealed to the public what has long been suspected and is actually considered unthinkable in modern times. In Libya, there are not only concentration camps for African refugees, but even slave markets, where young Africans are auctioned for sums of 400 dollars, imprisoned under inhumane conditions, sexually abused and even killed for organ harvesting. Customers are rich people from the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia. After to the report from Tripoli, UN Secretary-General Guterres was appalled, and Libyan Prime Minister Ahmed Metig wrote on facebook that the "slave market" allegations had to be investigated. Human rights groups,

such as amnesty international who accuses Libya of this crime for months already, protested in front of Libyan embassies in Europe.

The only government that has hitherto responded sharply to the report is the Haitian. After President Jovenel Moïse denounced slavery in Libya again, Haiti Foreign Minister Antonio Rodrigue said he condemned, on behalf of the Republic of Haiti, the inhuman and degrading treatment of migrants of African origin in Libya. "True to its historical traditions, Haiti is outraged and surprised that there is still such a practice." With the help of international bodies, including the United Nations, Haiti will do anything to stop these practices. Haiti calls on the international community to fully condemn these atrocities unreservedly and to make the necessary arrangements to provide assistance and relief to those men, women and children who are victims of this modern form of slavery.

The former French colony of Saint-Domingue was the first country in Latin America to become independent after African slaves revolted against their white masters, driving them out of the country and proclaiming the Republic of Haiti on January 1, 1804. It is also the first state in the world to be formed by former slaves.


28 November 2017 · Source: Haiti Libre and others


Bishop: "Prophet" harms the faith

The performance of the Christian "Prophet" T.B. Joshua not only aroused enthusiasm. Thus warned the "competition" from the Catholic Church in the person of Bishop Víctor Masalles from Baní, mass events of this kind harmed the Christian faith. People must be careful with the alleged healings of T.B. Joshua because they are causing a "mass hysteria". "This man causes an uprooted belief of the people, he comes, heals and leaves, and leaves everything agitated, but that does not help the true faith, which is not healing, but to deal with the reality of people," said Bishop Masalles.

Masalles demanded an explanation of who brought the "Prophet" into the country and why the state supported him so much. "In the videos, I saw a man who shook hands with people and looks very similar to the American TV preachers who work this way with collective hysteria," said the bishop of the diocese of Baní. "Faith of a people can not be that a man puts his hand on, people fall over and then go home and stay just as irresponsible and uprooted from reality."

Masalles said it has to be checked whether iit is true that tens of thousands were healed at this event. This visit did not give the feeling that someone came from God, but that there was a person who met the President and walked around with his own guards, and "this style does not help the faith."


28 November 2017 · Source: Listín Diario


Andeclip rows back

The decision by the National Association of Private Hospitals and Hospitals (Andeclip) not to accept any test results or X-rays that were not done in their own clinic has provoked fierce protests of the Dominican Medical College (CMD) and the Ministry of Health. Andeclip therefore withdrew this measure.

This was announced at a press conference by Pedro Luis Castellanos, the Superintendent for Health and Occupational Risks (Sisalril), where no questions were allowed. He was accompanied by Andeclip chairman Rafael Mena (photo) and the Minister of Health, Altagracia Guzmán.

The decision of Andeclip the day before provoked a great deal of excitement and rejection, as this measure violates the rights of the free choice of medical doctors and the safety of the patient.

Rafael Mena preferred the search for solutions, saying that the examinations performed elsewhere could be used if the authors take responsibility for a patient's request at the moment. Mena said that claims because of misdiagnosis coming from other centers are very common, but the clinics must suffer the consequences.


28 November 2017 · Sources: Diario Libre and Listín Diario


184 traffic fatalities in the Cibao

It seems that the madness on the Dominican roads will never end. In the first eleven months of this year, alone on the roads of the Cibao region, which includes the provinces around Santiago, at least 184 people died in traffic accidents. About 200 more were injured.

Three people died last Thursday when a lorry loaded with palm leaves for roofs on the road Jarabacoa - Guayacanes road fell down a slope. On the same day, in the province of Monte Cristi, four people died on a motorcycle, the Dominican driver and three Haitians, including an eight-year-old girl, when they collided with a truck whose driver caused the accident and then fled.

The day before, two children at the age of eight and 13 died, as well as the driver of the motorcycle that transported them, when he was hit by a pickup truck between Tenares and San Francisco de Macorís.


27 November 2017 · Source: Listín Diario

No x-rays of other clinics

The National Association of Private Hospitals and Hospitals (Andeclip) is ordering its associate partners that as of now, study results such as x-rays are no more accepted if they were made from outside the clinic. Only own investigation results may serve as a basis in operations. With this, more confidence in patients will be created and the clinics will be better protected against legal consequences.

Doctor Rafael Mena, chairman of Andeclip, said that this measure will be applied in the 116 clinical centers who are members.

This will help for better quality and more precision at a surgical procedure.

Andeclip follows the majority of the health insurances (ARS), that do not accept analyzes, X-rays or ultrasound results and drug prescriptions from doctors who are not ARS partners, as well as reports from a previous consultation with other doctors, even if he or she is a contract doctor.


27 November 2017 · Sourcee: Listín Diario


"Prophet" came to heal the nation

The "Prophet" came to Santo Domingo for a two-day crusade and about 114,000 Dominicans wanted to listen to His words. The Preacher from Nigeria, founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Temitope Balogun Joshua, known as TB Joshua, was even received by President Danilo Medina to talk with him on "religious issues and what currently is going on in the world”.

Also, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate have given their

official approval for receiving the revered "Prophet", famous in many countries for his miraculous healings. At the airport he was received with military honors and a follow-up from government officials.

"The initiative  coming from the deputy Isabel de la Cruz, underscores the value that in these moments the country has to recognize a person's tha encourages the unity of the family", the Chamber of Deputies published in a note at the meeting last Wednesday. Also the Senators Rubén Darío Cruz, Cristina Lizardo Prim Pujals came to an official visit of the event in the Olympic Stadium to honor this.

Rafael Lora Cruz, pastor of the church "Shekinah", says that this event has been realized due to initiative of the Dominican Evangelical Church where the supreme councils and ministries of the country participated. "Bishops and the Evangelical Pastors of the Christian Community and the country invited Prophet T. B. Joshua, when they visited him in September 2016 in Peru." he says.

On a document of recognition with the signature of the Senate President Reinaldo Pared Perez, read by the Senator Cruz, the "social work, his international service in favor of humanity and the most needy" is highlighted.

There are many myths about the life of the "prophet" before the foundation of the church. So it was predicted in Nigeria already a hundred years ago that out of a poor family, a son will grow up who will be "mightily used" by God. Even the US evangelist A.A.Allan is said to have predicted the arrival of the "prophet" 50 years ago. The pregnancy of his mother lasted 15 months, and when he was a little boy, a big rock fell through the roof of his hut, which nearly killed him. It is said that Satan wanted to kill the child.

"The coming of the Prophet is a very special and beautiful phase in the country, because it is a sign of unity among the Christian organizations that they can do events of this kind together and that there can be unity in diversity", says message from the Christian unity. Pastor Cruz Lora said Dominicans are people hungry and thirsty for God. There are many spiritual, emotional and physical needs in the country and pastors are called by the message of Jesus to help people. The SCOAN ministry came to bless, give and plant in the country.


27 November 2017 · Source: Diario Libre



Memorial day for the "Butterflies"

One of the most depressing and humiliating chapters of the Dominican Republic and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean is the continuing increase in the number of murders of women despite all the campaigns.

Thus, even on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a 29-year-old woman in the National District of Santo Domingo was shot in the head by her husband in the street. In social media, she described herself as "free, happy and loving".

She is about the 170th victim of a jealous partner or ex-partner

this year. Instead of going down, the numbers are going straight up. Because according to official statistics, 102 women lose their lives each year by murder. As a result, there are more and more children who have lost their mother through violence. In this last case, it's a two-year-old boy.

The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was commemorated by the United Nations for the first time in 1999 in memory of the Dominican sisters Mirabal ("the three butterflies") on November 25, after being celebratedted by human rights organizations already since 1981.

The three sisters Patricia, Minerva and María Teresa Mirabal were members of the resistance movement of the 14th ofJune, which fought against the dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo. Their husbands were detained in Santo Domingo. After a visit there, the three women were stopped by the dictator's thugs on their way home in La Cumbre between Santiago and Puerto Plata, who took them to a sugar cane field and beat them brutally and then strangled them. The dictator wanted to get rid of the three uncomfortable critics this way. But the opposite was the case. The coward assesination caused widespread outrage among the people and was probably one of the main reasons why Trujillo was shot half a year later.


25 November 2017 · Red. LA PLAYA


Violent against women

The former image of the Latin American man as a gallant and fiery lover, apparently is no longer true today. The "macho latino" today - at least when reading the daily news about brutality against women – seems to be a petty, vindictive weakling who can not stand it when his woman is fed up with him and his behavior and is looking for other ways without him. In the worst, but unfortunately not rare case, this means her death sentence.

According to a report presented by the United Nations (UN) in Panama, Latin America and the Caribbean are the regions of the world where most violence against women takes place. The situation in Mexico and Central America is particularly critical. The report of the UN Women and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP, Span. abbreviation PNUD) states that the phenomenon of aggression against women continues despite strict laws in the region to put a stop to this disgrace.

"The issue of violence against women in Latin America is critical: it is the world's most violent region against women outside a war," says Eugenia Piza-López, director of the UNDP Gender Team for Latin America. According to the report, Latin America and the Caribbean have the highest rate in the world of sexual violence against women outside of a relationship and the second highest rate committed by the current or former partner.

"In some countries this has become a major crisis: in the northern triangle (Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala) and Mexico, the problem of murder and violence against women is an epidemic, often linked to organized crime," warns Piza-López.

24 of the 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries have laws against domestic violence. But despite important progress by governments in combating violence against women, "this scourge continues to be a threat to human rights, public health and citizens' safety."

"The extent of violence against women we face in Latin America and the Caribbean is unacceptable," adds Piza-López.

To address the issue, the United Nations recommends strengthening institutions, creating policy continuity, tackling violence, giving more weight to women, and providing more resources to implement this policy. The UN also calls for changing "patriarchal cultural patterns" based on religious traditions and beliefs, "based on the relationships between inequality between men and women".

According to the UN report, 35 percent of women worldwide are victims of violence by their partner or of sexual assault by others.


23.November 2017 · Source: Diario Libre and others


"Music is my religion"

The Colombian superstar Juanes said that his music is always a reflection of everything he feels and that for him it is like "a religion", although he likes to have fun with songs as well. Juanes won two Latin Grammys a week ago for his new album "Mis planes son amarte". With 23 awards, he is the artist with the most Latin Grammys, overtaking Calle 13 with 21 Latin Grammys.

"Music has always been a reflection of reality, everything I feel, the good and the bad, I take music very seriously, it's a religion for me, but I also like having fun with the songs," said  the singer at the

Colombian Embassy in Madrid, where he is currently touring. "I really enjoy coming to Spain, I love this country," said Juanes, for whom "Colombia is the beginning and the end" of his music and who is proud to be Colombian."

Yet, he still encounters the "stigma" of being Colombian: "It's difficult, you walk down the street and see a huge poster of 'Narcos.' That's the past, Colombia is much more than that. I think that culture and music have led people to see more in Colombia today: artists like J Balvin, Bomba Estéreo, Shakira and Carlos Vives who refine the country's name. "

Juanes is "optimistic" about the future of his country, which signed a peace agreement with the guerrillas of the FARC last year following a bloody civil war for more than 50 years. Colombia was on the right side.


23 November 2017 · Source: Diario Libre


Collecting garbage on the Río Ozama

With a new technique, the "Operation Castor" started the collection of solid waste and sediment in the rivers Ozama and Isabela. In this pilot initiative, WFO technology with drag nets was used to collect floating garbage. This will introduce a system for waste and sediment management ranging from collection, separation, characterization to correct disposal.

"It is very satisfying to see the cooperation between private, public and non-governmental sectors to tackle the further pollution of our rivers," said Environment Minister Francisco Domínguez Brito.

For this project, a management system was designed, which includes the training of project executives and technical advice on solid waste in the Ozama and Isabela Rivers.

The president of the Farach Foundation, who organized this action, Matilde Argentina Cruz de Farach, stated that she is ready to help to improve the miserable conditions of the rivers Ozama and Isabela and to ensure that whenever they are contaminated with waste, the Dominican Navy will come with a trawl net.


22 November 2017 · Source: Diario Libre


"Regalía" on December 4

The Administration Minister of the Presidency, José Ramón Peralta, assured that the government has enough money to pay out the 13th monthly salary, known as "regalía", to civil servants on the 4th of  December. The total amount is 14 billion pesos.

According to Peralta, the decision to put the payout on the 4th of December was made that the Dominicans working for the government will have the money soon enough to better plan their Christmas spending. With this money, the trade will be vigorously boosted.

Also the police is preparing for the payday December 4. National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista said that even before this date, patrols will be reinforced as part of the "Operational Safe Christmas 2017" campaign to increase public safety on the holidays. "We will be on the streets!"


22 November 2017 · Source: Diario Libre


Most violent month in 20 years

The war against the drug cartels, begun by former Mexican President Felipe Calderón in 2006, seems never ending. On the contrary, the brutal violence demands more and more victims. Thus October was the month with the most murders in 20 years, with a record number of 2,371 dead.

Since the records of the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP) in 1997, there has not been a month of more murders. So far, there have already been three months this

year (May, June and October), which recorded record levels of murder.  In 2017, there have been 20,878 homicides to date, more than the whole year before, when 20,547 murders were committed across the country.

In this context of violence, the president of the Human Rights Commission of the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur, Silvestre de la Toba, was murdered on Monday night.

The Ombudsman was shot dead by another moving car while traveling with his family in a vehicle in the city of La Paz.

The violence in the state of Baja California Sur has risen alarmingly in recent years. The number of homicides was 56 in 2013, but 409 in the first ten months of 2017.


21 November 2017 · Source: Z Digital


Planning prohibition for hookahs

The Chamber of Deputies has again voted in favor of a bill that prohibits smoking hookahs (shishas) in colmadones, bars, discos and public and private places.

The initiative, drafted by Miladys del Rosario Núñez, was passed in the last legislative session and thereafter remained in the Senate, which also had to agree, until the deadline had expired, which is why the bill had to be resubmitted.

The petitioner justifies the bill because of the increased use of the hookah by children and adolescents,  which causes them to suffer from lung diseases and infections, that often lead to their death.


21 November 2017 · Source: Diario Libre

Special status for Haitians runs out

On the advice of the State Department, US President Donald Trump has announced the end of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. Citizens of Haiti received this special status following the devastating earthquake of January 2010 and were allowed to enter the US, but they are not eligible for permanent residency or to stay in the country in any other way.

The  TPS  is  a  migration  program  created  in 1990  that  allows


the United States to grant exceptional entry permits to residents of countries affected by armed conflicts or natural disasters. The permit renews automatically for another 18 months if it is not revoked. Now, Trump gave a grace period of 18 months to return to their homeland or seek another alternative to the 58,706 Haitians living in the US under that status.This decision comes only two weeks after the completion of the TPS for Nicaraguans, of which 5,349 are living in the US with this special status. He gave them twelve months to prepare for their return. In total, 413,500 immigrants with TPS live in the country, allowing them to legally live and work on US territory.

Most of these people come from El Salvador (263,282), Honduras (86,163) and Haiti (58,706). 5,349 are from Nicaragua. Hondurans and Nicaraguans were granted permission in 1998 after hurricane Mitch, which devastated Central America.

The repeal of the TPS, according to the State Department, has nothing to do with the violence, corruption and poverty that these countries are still suffering from, because the permit was granted solely because of natural disasters.


21 November 2017 · Source: acento

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