Punta Cana Sun 

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January 01, 2020

Gasoline, propane fall, diesel climb, natural gas unchanged

Santo Domingo.- The Industry and Commerce Ministry on Fri. posted the fuel prices for the week from December 16 to 22, when premium gasoline will cost RD$219.80, or RD$1.00 less, while regular will cost RD$206.20, or RD$2.00 less per gallon.

Regular diesel will cost RD$167.50, and optimum RD$181.60, both RD$2.00.more; avtur will cost RD$132.90 and kerosene RD$159.30, or RD$2.00 per gallon more on both.

Fuel oil will cost RD$107.85 and propane RD$117.30, both RD$1.00 lower per gallon, while natural gas continues at RD$28.97 per cubic meter.

The Dominican Central Bank’s  posted average exchange rate of RD$48.19 per dollar was used to calculate all fuel prices. Source *Dominican Today

December 09, 2017

PRESIDENT ANNOUCES NEW TECHNOLOGY

President Danilo Medina on Wed. headed the launch of a Digital Republic Education Program Pilot Plan, that will provide information and communication technology to students and teachers, “to develop a more inclusive, participatory and dynamic pedagogical process that I encourage the logical and critical thinking.”

During the activity in the Caamaño Polytechnic, its students were given a laptop.

Education minister Andrés Navarro said the initiative seeks to reduce the digital divide, allowing universal and free access connectivity for the various types of devices. 

“With this program, president Danilo Medina is breaking the barriers of social exclusion, opening new opportunities for progress. It’s transforming Dominican education, from a pencil and paper school, to a school of computers and digital content ,” the official said. SOURCE *DOMINICANTODAY

November 30, 2017

FAST GROWING ECONOMY - Dominican Republic

For the past two years the Dominican Republic’s economy has been the fastest growing in the Americas. The country enjoyed growth rates of 7% per year in 2014 and again in 2015 and is on track for that or better this year, thanks largely to millions of tourism dollars from North American and European travelers flocking to those sandy beaches I mentioned in growing numbers.

Alongside economic growth, the country’s recently re-elected President Danilo Medina has made education a priority, sponsoring literacy and vocational training programs for adults and building 2,500 new schools during his four years in office so far.

November 30, 2017

PUNTA CANA IS ON FIRE !

The country’s infrastructure has improved dramatically since my first visit. Today new highways connect most of the resort and beach areas. The colonial zone in Santo Domingo is enjoying a facelift. New roads and sidewalks are being built, and utility cables are being buried underground.

More flights from the United States make the island more accessible, and major international hotel chains are targeting the DR, specifically Santo Domingo, for new properties. Recently opened are a JW Marriott and an Embassy Suites by Hilton. Under way are an Intercontinental and a Hard Rock Hotel.

Meantime, Carnival is bringing a ship a day to Santo Domingo’s cruise dock.

The DR sees about 7 million tourists per year; about 60% of these are from North America. President Danilo’s administration is trying to attract more Chinese tourists and has also targeted Israel with success. Cruise ship & Charters arrive 4 days a week to CapCana Marina.

December 03, 2017

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Bill Clinton tours upscale Blue Mall Punta Cana

February 11, 2018

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.- Former US president Bill Clinton was spotted Tues. in the country’s upscale Punta Cana Resort, where he’s enjoying tours and some recreational activities.

Clinton arrived in the country several days ago, after connecting from Mexico, where he was seen in the opening game of the Caribbean Baseball Series.

The politician drew the attention of shoppers as he walked through Blue Mall Punta Cana, accompanied by tourism mogul Frank Rainieri and businessman Rolando González Bunster.

Clinton was shown the high-end shops and the facilities of the modern establishment that houses major global franchises. SOURCE * DOMINICAN TODAY

BREATHALYZER NEW REALITY FOR THE DR

December 09, 2017

Santo Domingo.- Update: For driving under the influence, the fines will be as much as RD$51,000 (US$1,062).

File.- To put the brakes on drunk driving by motorists, random breathalyzer test will be conducted at strategic roadblocks in the capital starting the first quarter of 2018, National Transport Institute (Intrant) director Claudia F. de los Santos affirmed Mon.

The official made the announcement after receiving a donation of eight breathalyzers and 32 screening breathalyzers from the International Alliance for Responsible Consumption (IARD) and the Regional Local Liquor Industry, which will be used for the tests.

She said prior to operating the system, Metropolitan Transit Authority (AMET) officers and the Traffic Safety and Land Transport Agency (Digesett), in charge of the tests, will be trained by experts, to use the equipment correctly.

She added that to charge the drunk drivers, the speed and their recklessness will be taken into account. “The idea of ​​this donation is to begin the process of alcohol assessments that Law 63-17 stipulates.” source * dominicantoday

MLB suffers tragedy as Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte killed in car crashes

January 18, 2017

Major League Baseball has been hit by a double tragedy after two players were killed in separate car crashes in their native Dominican Republic.

The Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and the former Cleveland Indians third baseman Andy Marte both died on Sunday. Ventura was 25 and Marte was 33. In a bitter twist of fate, Marte’s final MLB game was against the Royals, whose starting pitcher that day in August 2014 was Ventura.

Ventura was known for his fastball, which could top 100mph, and his fiery temperament. He helped the Royals to beat the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series and also played in the Fall Classic in 2014 during his rookie season. In the 2014 World Series Ventura was one of the Royals’ best players, highlighted by his seven shutout innings in Game 6. The Royals lost the series 4-3 to the San Francisco Giants.

Ventura joined the Royals in 2013 and had a 38-31 record with the team. “Our prayers right now are with Yordano’s family as we mourn this young man’s passing,” said the Royals’ general manager, Dayton Moore, in a statement. “He was so young and so talented, full of youthful exuberance and always brought a smile to everyone he interacted with. We will get through this as an organization, but right now is a time to mourn and celebrate the life of Yordano.” 

* Source thegaurdian

COCO BONGO SHOW - NIGHT LIFE !

December 01, 2017

Coco Bongo Show and Disco is here ! Truly Amazing in the exiting and beautiful destination of Punta Cana, Dominican republic. Coco Bongo has an incredible show production and extraordinary musical mix and the very latest in audio and video entertainment that makes each night a unique experience that you will remember forever. *Source local contributor

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December 03, 2017

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Bavaro Tropcial Mall Coming Soon !

December 01, 2017

The Bávaro Tropical Mall (BTM) is a new development that will have 4 floors of shopping and entertainment enjoyment.

The 4 story Ocean view Bavaro Tropical Mall will appeal to all types of visitors and will include a Food Court and a Kids Entertainment Area on the top floor. The third level will feature a zone for Professional Offices as well as a Tourist Shopping Excursion that will spotlight all things Dominican including clothing, rum, trinkets, and souvenirs to take home and remember your vacation by. For the locals, whether long-term or seasonal, there will be convenient services such as a grocery store, cell phone stores, banks, and other businesses convenient for everyday life in the Caribbean. In the Bávaro Tropical Mall is Where You Can Find It All!  Across from REMAX Tropcial.

MORE THAN PASTRIES

November 30, 2017

Delices Francais Panaderia is in the heart of BAVARO. Amazing place, has it all. Breakfast, pastries, cakes, snacks, lunch and dinner. A Relaxed atmosphere and only 2 blocks to the white sandy beach when you are ready for some sun and relaxation. They have great A/C to cool down from the hot sun of Punta Cana. They also have special dishes from Venezuela, Known as Arepa. 

 

* Local Source Contributor

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BILL CLINTON BLUE MALL VISIT 

December 01, 2017

Dominican Republic 2017 exports on track to US$10.0B+

Santo Domingo.- Exports in 2017 are on track to exceed US$10.0 billion, Dominican Exporters Association (Adoexpo) president Álvaro Sousa Sevilla affirmed Wed.

“Tentatively, we’re surmising the data until October, the unofficial data and to October we’re close to 10% above last year. Everything points to exceeding for the first time, US$10.0 billion in the Dominican Republic in terms of exports, that is; we’re growing,” the business leader said.

“We’re surpassing this barrier which for many years we have been saying that it’s like the ceiling we couldn’t reach and we’re already doing so. We’re going to surpass US$10.0 billion,” he said at a gala on Tues.

Sousa added that next year’s expectation is that 2018 will be named “The National Year of export promotion and from there we’ll continue working with plans like the ones being worked on now is the ‘Caribbean Table,’ and that it becomes reciprocal to other destinations to diversify exports with the clear objective of generating more foreign exchange and jobs. Exports in 2016 were US$9.7 billion.”

December 01, 2017

Venezuela crisis: talks resume in Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Republic is hosting today and Sat.  the resumption of talks between representatives of the government of Venezuela and the opposition,.

President Danilo Medina together with former Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero will head the meeting at the Foreign Ministry, where the parties will seek a democratic, peaceful and definitive solution to Venezuela’s months-long political and humanitarian crisis.

Several points figure on the agenda for the talks, as agreed during the preparatory meeting held in the Dominican capital on Nov. 16.

The foreign ministers of Bolivia, Chile, Nicaragua and Mexico are also expected to participate.

December 01, 2017

Korea firm eyes US$30.0M to build electric vehicle charging stations

Santo Domingo.- The company Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) on Thurs. said it will promote the construction of electric vehicle charging stations (EV) in the Dominican Republic at  a cost of US$30.0 million.

According to Yonhap cable service, the Korean company will install 160 charging stations for electric vehicles in three cities and will collaborate with local communities in the renewable energy sector.

KEPCO signed a MoU with the National Energy Commission (CNE) to establish the country’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, to meet the expected growth in the demand for green vehicles.

This is KEPCO’s second project to build electric car infrastructure in Latin America, with Ecuador in the offing.

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