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Plantains cost as much as RD$30 as drought, tornadoes stunt crops

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Santo Domingo.- Plantains and other Dominican agro crops have been affected by drought and tornadoes that have impacted farms in the Dominican Republic in recent months.

This has jumped market prices as high as 50%, in some cases.

Other sectors see the “political uncertainty” that the country is going through has also contributed to the rise in prices of some products.

Add to this the increase in fuel prices, a plantain can cost, depending on their size, between RD$20 and RD$30.

Among the crops affected by drought figure cocoa, banana, tobacco, cassava, sweet potato, papaya, livestock, and poultry.

The drought has led the authorities to ration water both for human consumption and for activities in farms.





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Despite flap, the Govt. to buy more facial recognition cameras

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Santo Domingo.- The National Emergency Service on Thurs. said  that it’s expanding the surveillance camera system with equipment purchased from several suppliers, in acquisitions “which are carried out with full transparency.”

The Emergency System said that facial recognition cameras, referred to by US Senator Marco Rubio, and donated by China, have been used to strengthen citizen security and the surveillance system.

In a statement Emergency Service said the cameras “have improved the safety of our cities since their implementation in 2014, thanks to the collaboration of several partners.”

It adds that that surveillance system has been strengthened with financing and technical support from the United States Government, Taiwan and the technical support by Orange.

“In fact, we are currently expanding the camera system with equipment purchased from various suppliers, acquisitions that are carried out with full transparency.”





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AES Dominicana donates first smart solar sunflower in DR

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Santo Domingo.- The AES Dominicana Foundation donated to the Juan Bosch City Renewable Energy Theme Park, the first smart sunflower in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean region, as a contribution to the Government’s new initiative that will help create citizen awareness about the importance of energy sources that contribute to sustainability.

The entity, the social arm of the AES Group in the Dominican Republic, said the donation is part of its commitment to support projects that involve renewable energy, environmental preservation and efforts to achieve each less emission to the atmosphere.

The intelligent solar sunflower is located in the park’s Sol Station. It is also composed of a series of solar panels. It’s one of the main attractions of the park and has a capacity to generate 4,550 Kwh per year, in addition to having an innovative photovoltaic application that allows you to turn automatically following the path of the sun.

“It is an honor for the AES Foundation, to be part of the effort public-private Renewable Energy Theme Park in Ciudad Juan Bosch, built under the coordination of the Ministries of Energy and Mines and the Presidency, institutions that we congratulate on this initiative,” the Foundation said in a statement.





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Hoteliers reject bill that includes tourism rental properties

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Santo Domingo.- The National Hotels and Restaurants Association (Asonahores) and the Institutionalism and Justice Foundation (Finjus) on Wednesday said they oppose the bill for the Rentals and Real Estate Law that includes those properties that form a commercial premise.

After a meeting with the Senate Justice Commission, Asonahores vice president, Andrés Marranzini, considered that the aspects related to commercial rents would already be regulated in the Commercial Code and the Civil Code, so he considered it necessary that they are beyond the scope of the bill.

“Legislation should focus on housing,” Marranzini said.

Finjus vice president, Servio Tulio Castaños Guzmán said there’s a need for a “restructuring” of the bill to focus its content only on homes and leave out of its regime rentals for industrial or tourist uses.





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