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Venezuelans living in Dominican Republic face underworld hits

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Santo Domingo.- Venezuelans residing in the Dominican Republic have been repeatedly involved in shootings, the most recent the incident in which a couple of foreigners were injured, who moved to the country four months ago.

Although so far the motive for the attack is unknown, it’s presumed that it was a paid hit against Jean Carlos Jesús Vizcaíno Fernández since the National Police reported that at least 16 shots were fired.

Vizcaíno Fernández, 29, and his wife Laura María Vásquez Valerio, were shot when they were driving in a car on the busy 27 de February Av., Wednesday afternoon. Both were taken to a health center in the National District, under police surveillance.






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‘Abuser’ outwits Dominican Republic’s ‘intelligence’ agencies

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Santo Domingo.- State intelligence agencies have failed to locate and apprehend the alleged drug kingpin César Emilio Peralta “César el Abusador,” who vanished three months ago today.

More than 50 raids carried out, and the activation of several agencies hasn’t been enough to locate and capture Peralta, and which according to El Nacional “reinforces the rumors that from the beginning the word is that he has protection from important sectors.”

Since August 20 the Attorney General’s Office, the Police and the DNI chief have reiterate that the wanted drug trafficker “is located and could be arrested in the next few hours.”

“The Abuser” is accused of being the leader of a network of international drug traffickers who’ve shipped hundreds of tons of cocaine to the United States and Europe.

Peralta was last seen at 2:30am in the VIP area at the Latin Music Tour on Saturday, August 17 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Punta Cana, two days before the raids on several of his businesses.





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Highland town wants help as 20 year-old dump catches fire

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Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic.- The mayor of Buena Vista township (central) on Wed. asked the Government to solve the environmental problem posed by the open-air dump that has been operating for more than 20 years in that locality.

Elpidio Coronado (Mirito) spoke after the dump caught fire, which was reportedly put out.

He said neither the district board that he directs, nor the municipal council of Jarabacoa have the financial resources to move or close the open-air dump and that has been causing serious health problems to the residents who live in its vicinity.

“It is true that this landfill has to be controlled, here many times we have to spend money that is destined for community works to put it out,” Coronado said.

He added that to solve the landfill problem, all state agencies must work





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Without stability we have nothing: big business

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Santo Domingo.- The National Business Council (Conep) on Tuesday presented to the main presidential candidates its proposed development agenda for the next four years, which covers the period of a new administration elected for the 2020-2024 term.

The business leaders’ proposal forms part of the IX Business Convention, an activity to promote their commitment to the progress of a country, whichin their view must grow with equity, political stability, institutional development, and with an economy based on innovation, productivity, employment and “wealth for all.”

The Convention-luncheon drew a large audience of business and political leaders, including vice president Margarita Cedeño.

Present were government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, members of the Board of Directors of the Conep, executives of business associations, businessmen, entrepreneurs, academics, social leaders, trade unions and opinion makers, as well as representatives of the various media.

Conep president Pedro Brache delivered the keynote speech: “Today we present a roadmap proposal for the country, based on the capacities and desires of Dominican business and the future of growth with equity that we want.”

“This stability is the basis on which institutionality, innovation, productivity, employment and wealth for everyone can be built. Without that stability “we will have nothing.”





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