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A word about an update on tourism and life in the DR….

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Renn Loren

 

It is clear to me from some of the comments in the comments section of my “An Update on Tourism and Life in the DR” article, that I should probably clear up a few things to ease some evident confusion and cool some of the flame wars.

First: I am in no way associated, affiliated, or connected with any part of, segment, or branch of the Dominican tourist industry. I have no financial stakes or interests of any kind riding on whatever I may write here or anywhere else. I wish I did because I could buy a few more beers at happy hour…but I don’t. Therefore I write from nothing more than the standpoint of sheer honest opinion – subjective though it may be.

Any notion of any “spin” in these articles is absurd, misinformed, and wholly incorrect. If you read any of my other previous columns or essays on the subject, you will see that I preface them with the fact that everywhere, including the Dominican Republic, has its dangers, pitfalls, and crimes. I have never tried to paint the DR as some kind of Disneyland of the Caribbean where nothing ever goes wrong.

Second: news being what it is we are all more than aware that there is too much crime, corruption, and horror in every country. There are extremely few if any exceptions. Most people know this – anyone who travels undoubtedly does.
I felt no need to add to the legion of negative, alarmist, despairing, gloom, doom, and dread reportage out there. Nor did I wish to contribute to the sunshine, rainbows, and unicorns versions of reality offered by most travel-oriented articles, publications, and outlets.

The fact that particular mainstream media corps and posts on social media networks had seemingly conflated disparate, unrelated events and incidents and presented them in suggestive, inflammatory and exaggerated contexts caught Dominican authorities off guard. This led to a slightly panicked damage control which came off as obscuring and disingenuous, further inviting suspicion and adding impetus to the ensuing smear campaign media circus.

My goal is to bring something a little more centrist, sober, calm, cool, collected, and closer to resembling actual reality to the conversation. My views are not politically, financially or otherwise but subjectively derived, influenced, biased, or motivated. With any luck, this perspective might help diffuse some of the suspicion, mistrust, misinformation, and miscommunication going on around this and other subjects concerning the DR.

Thanks very much for reading and keep the informed comments coming!






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Air quality deteriorates progressively, ecologists warn

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Santiago.- Today Thursday marks World Pure Air Day, for which the Cibao Ecological Society (Soeci) regrets the Dominican Republic’s progressive deterioration in air quality.

“In our country, the commemoration of this day surprises us immersed in a great progressive deterioration of air quality that threatens to cause our vital system to collapse as a result of misguided actions and decisions and the indifference that constitutes the worst human ignominy that seems not to concern even the most sensitive sectors of the Dominican population,” says Soeci in a statement.

The prominent environmentalists propose that to solve the problem it’s necessary for governments, companies and civil society to join forces to reduce CO2 emissions.





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Ruling party presidential candidate wants probe into US$217.0M in contracts

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Santo Domingo.- Ruling party (PLD) presidential candidate Gonzalo Castillo, on Thursday requested that the General Directorate of Government Ethics and Integrity investigate him.

The former Minister of Public Works wants to be investigate after allegations by the journalist Alicia Ortega, that the contract with 38 companies for a total RD$11.5 billion (US$217 million) were assigned without tenders.

“This request is made with full awareness of the responsibility and commitment with which we assume and exercise the function of Minister of Public Works and Communications in the period August 2012 July 2019, under which all our actions adhered to the legal norms and procedures in force in our country, among them, specifically, those related to public procurement and contracting,” Castillo said.





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The scandal of the entire barrio sold for US$3.8M

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Santo Domingo.-  The former director of the Dominican Corporation of State Companies (Corde) and the former real estate manager of that organization, received bribes from the first company to which it was sold for 80 million pesos (US$3.8 million), the Los Tres Brazos sector, in Santo Domingo Este.

According to the Anticorruption Office (Pepca), Leoncio Almánzar received several checks from Juana Ynés Gómez Williams, whom they designate as representative of the company Inversiones Fernández Parache & Asociados (Infepa) , entity that later sold the land to Titulatec for RD$200 million.

“The analysis of the checks exchanged by the accused Juana Ynés Gómez Williams regarding the purchase of Los Tres Brazos, since 2009, reveals that the issuance and exchange of the same coincide in time with the trades signed by the accused Leoncio Almánzar Objío in the negotiation process between Infepa and Corde, in which the latter approved the proposals of the accused sellers,” the accusation says.

It adds that for the concept of “advance purchase of land Los Tres Brazos,” Infepa issued several checks to Gomez Williams but, according to Pepca, this purchase advance never entered the coffers of Corde.





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