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Happy Dolphins lists achievements for north coast youngsters

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By Patricia Hiraldo

Cabarete.- Thanks to a joint action with the Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society of Canada and local foundations, the Happy Dolphins Project of Cabarete successfully launched for the first time its Swim Instructor and Lifesaving Certification Programs.

During two weeks, over 32 youths from Cabarete and Sosua worked tirelessly in the water and under the Caribbean sun; the action took place in the pools at Viva Wyndham Tangerine and the Inspire DR Foundation. The mission: to learn swimming and lifesaving techniques from veteran instructors, who traveled from Canada, in a generous gesture, to teach locals and turn statistics around; amazingly, 8 of 10 Dominicans don’t know how to swim.

Tough practices, fitness tests, stroke exercises and rescue drills were seen nonstop in the pools as well as the beach. The results: 15 Bronze Medallion certifications in lifesaving and 12 Swimming Instructor certifications, which were handed to the proud participants in a joyous dinner ceremony at seaside Ojo|Lax Club; this was the first step of an ambitious journey which will rise our young men and women to the highest international levels in the field.

The north shore of the Dominican Republic lives on a blue economy, which is the “sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and ocean ecosystem health,” according to the World Bank.

However, even though the country is surrounded by water on three coasts, it lives with its back turned to the sea.

Happy Dolphins wants to change this by creating a strong bond between the new generations and the ocean through swimming and water sports. It builds sustainable lives and supports ocean health in the region, and this is done through training in surf, lifesaving and swim instructors plus education in ocean conservation and safety.

The goal is to educate Dominican youth on some of the many critical problems which our dying oceans face today:

– Protecting corals dying due to warming temperatures;

– Disregard for the marine environment (overfishing and disregard for closure periods);

– Illegal poaching and sale of sea turtle shells destined for jewelry and utensils;

– Other species at the brink of extinction in our island, such as manatee and parrotfish;

– Plastic pollution and how it affects our tourism industry while hindering the health of our oceans;

– How human behavior affects the global climate, resulting in ever increasingly disastrous weather events in our region and mass migration from neighboring nation Haiti, due to these events and poverty.

Cabarete is a small active community, which for the past 35 years has been thriving on water sports tourism. Not only do hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive yearly (400,000+), to enjoy perfect wind and waves conditions with constant 26 degrees C water temperature; additionally, this Caribbean hotspot is in the limelight for top international water sports competitions, such as the Master of the Ocean and the Cabarete Kite Festival. These two world-class events lure watermen and waterwomen from all over the planet and challenge local riders, who seize the opportunity to show off their abilities for international media to see, as they absorb this healthy, competitive culture.

Recognized as the cradle of watersports champions worldwide, Cabarete has produced stars in all four disciplines; one name stands out, kitesurfer Adeuri Corniel. Corniel brought home the gold during the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics games in 2018; he has not stopped shining through races in Europe and Africa, to the marvel of his fellow community.

The strength of the Happy Dolphins Project lies in a strategic tight collaboration with local foundations, such as Inspire DR, The Mariposa Foundation, DREAM Project, Ocean Academy DR and Dove Youth Development (Puerto Plata). As a whole, these game changing centers reach out to over 2,000 underprivileged children and youth in the province.

Other Happy Dolphins achievements:

– March 2016 – Starboard donates four SUP board equipment, made available at the Encuentro Beach station, 321Takeoff Surf School.

– June 8th, 2018 – United Nations Ocean’s Day – 1st Happy Dolphins Festival: a  celebration of our oceans, organized for over 200 local children of the North Shore. Activities included: surfing lessons and a friendly surfing competition, followed by soccer, yoga for children, circus games, beach clean ups and inspirational environment talks, to connect the children with the ocean.

From now on it is time to face the ocean; Happy Dolphins is committed to continue with the certification programs, summer surf camps, and is planning its new Adopt A Beach program. Adopta Una Playa seeks to create a profound connection with the coastline by creating awareness about the coastline: fauna and flora, sea currents, wind and wave patterns, and swimming safety to prevent drownings.

The task at hand isn’t easy, and as with all major shifts the it belongs to all of us: the community, private businesses and government institutions. All must do its part to make change a reality.

After all, a child who loves the ocean will care for it always.

This action was made possible by Mamey Librería Café, Viva Wyndham Tangerine, Let’sGoDR.com and Ojo|Lax Club Cabarete. To be part of the solution, please donate by going to  www.happydolphinsdr.org .

Photos: Sebastiano Massimino

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No DR authority has participated in El Abusador interrogation in Colombia

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The Dominican authorities have not yet gone to Colombia to participate in the interrogations of César Emilio Peralta, aka César El Abusador, after his arrest last Monday, December 2, at the luxurious Murano Elite hotel, located in one of the most exclusive areas from Cartagena de Indias.

According to statements by the director of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation and INTERPOL of the National Police of Colombia, Fabio Hernán López Cruz, that body has not had contact with the Dominican authorities.

“So far we have not had these correlations, but I think they already have knowledge; possibly there have been telephone contacts,” said the officer.

With pleasure, he added, “we are available to make you talk with the authorities also of the Dominican Republic, as we are doing with international cooperation with Marshall of the United States.”

What the Colombian and Dominican authorities have said is that they participated together in the requirement for the arrest of the man designated by the United States as the “king of cocaine.”

The Peralta capture operation was led by the Marshall agents of the United States, who were stationed in Colombia. Since that time the US authorities have been conducting interrogations of “The Abuser.”

He is currently being held at the La Picota New Penitentiary Central Penitentiary Complex, located on Avenida Calle 51 Sur, Bogotá, Colombia. In this jail, there are more than three thousand people.

Fabio Hernán López Cruz revealed this information through an interview with journalist Carol Fior Daliza Pérez, through a live broadcast on the social network Facebook.

Similarly, the director of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation and INTERPOL of the National Police of Colombia indicated that Peralta’s extradition request is pending.

Collaboration between Colombia and the US

López Cruz points out that both the United States and Colombia are collaborating, together, in the exchange of information and research, but so far no formal request for extradition has been made by the United States.

And he added that the process may take a few days, so there is no exact date when the transfer will take place.

“The United States makes the request to Colombia to respond, and may possibly last five days, ten days, according to the procedure that the United States conducts with Colombia,” he said.

López Cruz said that the Colombian authorities have opened an investigation concerning the attack that Peralta was subjected to in November, in Barranquilla, when he was being transported in a Ford Explorer, and two people who attempted to attack him were injured. One of them moved to a health center, where he was captured.

In addition to this investigation, the Colombian authorities inquire about Peralta’s actions in the world of drug trafficking in that country.

César El Abusador has been linked to a network of sexual exploitation based in Colombia, so, according to the authorities of that country to LISTÍN DIARIO, they could accuse him of this crime.

With the family

The director of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation and INTERPOL of the National Police of Colombia reported that “El Abusador” talked with his family and his lawyer in the Dominican Republic. “We have no one with whom he spoke, but he is entitled to his call; He contacted his family and his trusted lawyer for the rigorous procedure that is prosecuted when a person is captured,” López said.





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Cloudy skies and scattered showers for this Saturday in various regions of the country

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SANTO DOMINGO.- Cloudy skies and scattered rains will continue to occur this Saturday, caused by a remnant of a frontal system that will affect the North, Northeast, Central mountain range, border area, and Great Santo Domingo regions, according to the forecast of the National Meteorological Office (ONAMET).

In the same forecast, it is indicated that by Sunday the effects of the east/northeast wind together with the humidity that a weak trough brings to the northeast of the country, will cause some scattered rains in the afternoon towards the northeast, southeast, and Central mountain regions. In other provinces, there will be little rainfall.

The temperatures will feel pleasant especially, during the night, early morning and until the first hours of the morning, due to the east/northeast wind and the time of the year, being more pleasant in the mountainous areas and valleys. It’ll be slightly cooler in urban areas.

The National District will be partly cloudy this Saturday, with scattered showers. Santo Domingo North will experience occasional clouds and scattered showers.

Santo Domingo West will be cloudy with scattered showers. Santo Domingo East will also see partly cloudy with scattered showers.

While the temperatures in Greater Santo Domingo will reach a maximum between 29ºC and 31ºC (84-88°F) and minimum between 18ºC and 20ºC (64-68°F).





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Users criticize Cardi B on social networks after she compares DR with Nigeria

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SANTO DOMINGO.- The singer Cardi B, through a live broadcast on her social networks, showed her followers part of her visit to Nigeria and compared that nation to the Dominican Republic, a comment that many users did not like.

“We are in Nigeria, yes, I won’t lie, this looks like the Dominican Republic,” said the “Bodak Yellow” interpreter in the video.

“I hope Nigeria looks like DR; Cardi B increasingly crazy,” said one user through Facebook.

“Right now that comes out in the US news and ends up killing the tourism we have left. Thank you very much for the favor! How smart you are,” said another user.

On the other hand, a user indicated in the aforementioned social network that “she is referring to the infrastructure, and yes, it seems very similar.”

“Cardi B is being attacked because she compared Nigeria with the Dominican Republic. If you see the video of where she is going, one would easily think she is on Las Américas Avenue on her way to the airport in the DR,” added another user on Twitter.





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