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Santo Domingo hosts 2nd Caribbean Distilling Seminar

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Bridgetown, Barbados – November 15, 2019: October saw the holding of the second Caribbean Distilling Seminar, this time in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The event, which was held for its second consecutive year, from 7th to 11th October 2019, was a joint effort between the West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA), Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) and the Dominican Rum Producers Association (ADOPRON).

The Distilling Seminar, modelled on the Ethanol Technology Institute’s (educational arm of LBDS) successful Alcohol School of 38 years, saw over 120 persons from regional and international rum distilleries benefiting from the expertise and experience of specialists in spirits distillation from the Caribbean, North America and Europe. They presented on a wide range of topics relating to the production of spirits, with a particular focus on rum.

Aside from management and staff of some 14 WIRSPA member-producers, participants also hailed from the French Caribbean, Central and South America, North America and Europe. The school was preceded by WIRSPA Supplier Showcase, which also provided producers with the ability to network with suppliers of good and services relevant to the industry.

As part of the seminar agenda, participants visited Ron Barceló’s ageing and blending facility, and Alcoholes Finos Dominicanos, a new greenfield distillery which makes its rum directly from sugarcane grown on 4,500 hectares surrounding the distillery.

“We are proud to host this international event for the first time in the Dominican Republic this year,” said Augusto Ramírez, president of ADOPRON and Casa Brugal. “We have a great story to tell about rum and we also welcome all visitors to our first-class facilities,” he said.

Speaking at the formal opening of the school, Angus Ballard, President of Lallemand Biofuels, said it was a pleasure to be in the Dominican Republic, a country whose brands were perhaps some of the best known from the Caribbean.  He thanked WIRSPA for their support and the local industry association ADOPRON for their welcome and hospitality.

Vaughn Renwick, CEO of WIRSPA said, “the Distilling Seminar is not only a very valuable learning experience, the exposure to international experts and the networking with peers is of inestimable value. We have a lot to learn from each other.”

According to WIRSPA Chairman, Komal Samaroo, who also heads Demerara Distillers Ltd., the grouping’s educational initiatives support the growth of internationally competitive products and benefit large and small producers alike, “the gathering of regional and international distillers and other spirits specialists in one place, as is done for this event, is perhaps unparalleled internationally.”





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don’t hide behind the candidate

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Santo Domingo.- After the prosecutor Jean Alain Rodríguez’s sister, Maybe Rodríguez filed a complaint against the journalist Marino Zapete for slander, the communicator denounced that with his persecution, the Government of Danilo Medina what he intends is to silence the voice of all the journalists who have refused to be their sycophants.

Zapete challenged Rodriguez not to hide behind his ruling party (PLD) candidate Gonzalo Castillo behind his sister, and to show their faces to explain to the country how the taxpayer’s money is squandered.

“I reiterate my complaint that the attorney has harassed my employers, that they have nothing to do with the media, to make me lose my job, which constitutes an abuse, unacceptable in a society of law, with the sole objective of protecting the unlawful action of his sister and his candidate Gonzalo Castillo.”





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9 clubs closed for sonic pollution

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Santo Domingo. – The National District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Special Prosecutor for the Defense of the Environment and Natural Resources closed several entertainment centers that produced sonic pollution with high decibels.

The operation, headed by the prosecutor of the National District, Rosalba Ramos, together with the head of the Office of the Special Prosecutor for the Defense of the Environment and Natural Resources, Francisco Contreras, was carried out in the Villa Juana and Villas Agrícolas sectors, where nine commercial establishments that were violating the agreements to comply with the rules established to limit annoying and harmful noise were closed.

Ramos explained that the centers closed earlier in previous operations had reached agreements with the Attorney General’s Office for those matters in which they promised to take measures regarding the noise pollution that they cause, however, the agreements were violated and therefore were closed again.

“The entertainment establishments have to guarantee to operate so that they do not violate the peace of the people who live around them, who have the right to live in a quiet way and especially to rest,” said Ramos.

While Contreras said that during the Christmas season, complaints from citizens that are affected by the annoying noises that occur in recreational businesses tend to increase.

He explained that the operations initiated are aimed at guaranteeing a peaceful environment so that people can have a peaceful Christmas.

He also pointed out that these follow-up operations will continue to be carried out in the National District, in which all those establishments that violate the regulations will be closed.

It should be noted that before proceeding with the closure of the establishments, dozens of preventive operations had been carried out in order to guide and raise awareness in the public so that they make the proper adjustments to avoid noise violations.

In that sense, Judge Contreras explained that it is extremely important that owners and business managers who produce sonic pollution become more aware of the serious damage it causes to health.





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40.7% of public employees earn between $ 10,000 and $ 19,000 pesos/month

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Santo Domingo, DR.

In the statistics published in October this year the Ministry of Public Administration (MAP), in its institutional portal, 180 public institutions are registered, which have 382,099 public servants, 63.83% women and 36.17% men.

In the distribution of employees by salary range offered by the MAP of these 382,099 public employees, 40.76% receive salaries between RD $ 10,000 and RD $ 19,000/month, followed by a 24% that receives between RD $ 30,000 and RD $ 39,000/month.

In the data offered by the MAP of these 180 public institutions, it is important to note the differences between institutions, for example, the Ministry of Education is the entity with the most employees, with a total of 212,140 people. 43% of those who work at headquarters earn between RD $ 10,000 and RD $ 19,000/month. However, in the Ministry of Economy, Planning, and Development (MEPYD), 30% earn between RD $ 50,000 and RD $ 99,000/month, and only 16.7% earn salaries between RD% 10,000 and RD $ 19,000/month.

At the Public Health headquarters, 52.1% earn between RD $ 10,000 and RD $ 19,000/month and at the headquarters of the Ministry of the Presidency, 43.4% reach salaries between RD $ 30,000 and RD $ 39,000/month, which evidences the predominant salary ranges vary from according to the type of institution in which the employee works.





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