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electricity sector debt exceeds US$13.0B

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Punta Catalina.

Santo Domingo.- Finance minister, Donald Guerrero, on Monday said the national electricity sector debt exceeds US$13.0 billion of the total public debt, which, as of September, was US$34.2 billion.

He said faced with the problem, president Danilo Medina’s administration “has attacked in two ways;” that are generation and distribution.

As for the generation, the official estimated that with the construction of the Punta Catalina power plant, the State would save about 400 million dollars, “due to the decrease in the average cost of purchasing energy that this would cause.”





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AP agency warns that Tramadol is a devastating medicine

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Tramadol, a drug used to treat pain in the Dominican Republic, has triggered alarms for the devastating side-effects it can cause.

A report from the AP agency, dated in India, warns that the picture is becoming increasingly alarming: Trucks full of pills are confiscated; children who take the pills after having found them in the pockets of dead terrorists.

The world was told that the medicine was safer than oxycontin, Vicodin and the Fentanyl, which have caused so much damage. But now they are at the epicenter of what the United Nations calls “the other opioid crisis,” an epidemic that does not generate as many headlines as the medicines flagged in the United States but is having devastating effects on the most vulnerable countries on the planet.

The abuse of tramadol opioid covers continents, from India to Africa and the Middle East, creating an international collapse that experts attribute to gaps in narcotics regulations and to poor assessments of drug risks.

It was said that this man-made opioid could relieve pain without danger of addiction or attendant abuse. Unlike other opioids, tramadol is over-the-counter and not subject to international controls for more dangerous drugs.

But the abuse is so severe today that some nations are calling for the intervention of international authorities.

Grunenthal, the company that originally produced the drug, wants things to remain as they are. It says that international regulations hinder access to medicines in countries with disorganized health systems and that adding tramadol to the list of restricted substances will deprive patients of that drug.

“It is a great public health dilemma,” said Gilles Forte, secretary of the World Health Organization committee that recommends what substances should be regulated. Tramadol is available in combat zones and in poor nations because it is not regulated. And it is widely used for the same reasons. “It is very difficult to find the right balance,” said Forte. Tramadol is not as lethal as other pain relievers, but many governments have realized that it still carries risks and they’re trying to control its sale. Punjab, a state in northern India, has just joined that battle. There are pills everywhere. It is sold in pharmacies and imitations abound in the street.

Tramadol is similar to an opioid and becomes addictive after a time of use. ARCHIVE

This year the authorities confiscated hundreds of thousands of pills, banned most of the sales in pharmacies and closed centers of fake tablet production, which made the price of ten pills rise from 35 cents to $ 14. The government opened a network of care centers, afraid that those who became addicted start using heroin in the desperation caused by its absence. Quantities of people sought help to deal with intense withdrawal symptoms. For some, tramadol is as vital as food.

“If you don’t eat, you feel hungry. The same thing happens to you with this,” explained Deepak Arora, a welder in a 30-year-old mechanical shop who consumed 15 pills a day and stole from his family to buy them. “You are like a dead man.”

Jeffrey Bawa, an official with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, realized what was happening in 2016.

Police began finding pills in the terrorists, who traffic them to finance their activities, according to Bawa.

The majority came from India, which has a booming pharmaceutical industry driven by cheap generic drugs. Laboratories produce imitations and distribute them worldwide, in doses that far exceed the allowed limits.

Authorities said in 2017 that they had confiscated a shipment of tramadol valued at $ 75 million that was destined for the Islamic State organization. They also intercepted 600,000 pills for Boko Haram. Another 3 million were found in a van in Niger, in boxes that had the UN logo as a deception. The agency warned that tramadol was having “destabilizing effects in the region.”

Grunenthal makes strength so that tramadol is not regulated. The company financed several studies according to which its regulation would prevent fighting pain and sent people to the WHO to present the thesis that the tablet is less risky than other opioids.

Regulation and pain
India regulated tramadol in 2018. Regulators said that domestic exports and abuse declined. But they also recognized that it is virtually impossible to contain illegal abuse and exports in a country with a huge pharmaceutical industry it is still easy to find tramadol.

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Standing at the entrance of his house, Jyoti Rani pointed to several homes in his Kapurthala neighborhood where he said the medicine was sold.





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Rains will continue in the country due to the incidence of a trough

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There will be enough humidity and instability over the area, for downpours to occur. (DIARIO LIBRE / JHON ESCALANTE)

  • For this Saturday it is expected that from the morning, downpours, thunders, and gusts of wind begin to occur

 

The National Meteorological Office (ONAMET) indicates that the weather conditions are maintained under the effects of an east/northeast wind and the incidence of a trough located on the Mona channel, so the occurrence of scattered rains is expected, being able to be punctually moderated with possible thunderstorms and isolated gusts of wind in the regions: north, northeast, southeast, including Greater Santo Domingo and the Central mountain range.

The rains are due to the presence of a trough over Haiti associated with a frontal system and the east/southeast wind.

The agency reports that, for this Sunday and Monday, the trough will be located over the country, so there will be enough humidity and instability over the area to produce downpours, thunderstorms, and gusts of wind, especially in the afternoon and the night to the regions: northwest, north, northeast, central mountain range and the border area.

ONAMET points out that temperatures will remain pleasant during the early morning and early hours of the day, especially in mountain areas, due to the time of the year and the fresh wind from the east/northeast.

On the other hand, they maintain warnings of abnormal waves and small craft advisories on the Atlantic and Caribbean coasts.





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Who was most searched Dominican on Google in 2019

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David Ortiz, the former Boston Red Sox player, was the Dominican who attracted the most interest in the Google search engine in 2019 globally, according to the list published today by the US company.

The former Major League player who has been in the news after suffering an attack that almost cost him his life last June 9, is listed as the fourth most searched athlete on the list published by Google at the end of 2019. Above the Dominican are: Antonio Brown, Neymar, and Bryce Harper.

 

The list prepared annually by the most used search engine on the planet – it is estimated that around 92% of online queries are carried out through Google – refers to the terms that are “trending,” that is, that they have grown the most over the past 12 months.

Internet users went to the digital portal using the name “Big Papi” to find out about everything related to what happened on the summer night in which the Dominican star baseball player suffered an attack in a bar near Venezuela Avenue in Santo Domingo East.

Cyberspace users used words that referred to events relating to the Dominican athlete, in order to find the first reported instances of incidents, after the evolution of the facts, up through obtaining information about those involved in the event—a case that is still unfolding.





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