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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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Ambassadors get on their knees, clean the city’s beach

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Santo Domingo.- Sea Trash poses a global challenge. Every year, millions of tons of garbage end up in the ocean. It’s estimated that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the sea, therefore, the European Union (EU), the embassies of the Netherlands and Germany and the Smurfs come together to clean the iconic beach of Güibia in the Dominican Republic.

“We share the love for our blue planet and we all have a responsibility to keep it healthy, through cleanliness and prevention. Encourage your family and friends, let’s join together and show the world that together we can make the ocean great again,” said Gianluca Grippa, EU ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

“Cleaning in a single morning, a single beach in a single country, is nothing more than a symbolic gesture. Is what I thought, you too? But it is precisely in this symbolism that the power of attitude change is involved. If cleaning we can inspire others to also act, use less plastics and throw trash in the bins, gladly participate in a symbolic act,” said Annemieke Verrjip, ambassador of the Netherlands.






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Economic crisis looms, Dominican business leaders in NYC warn

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New York.- Dominican business leaders in this city warned that the Dominican Republic could fall into a crisis of “unimaginable consequences” amid a looming economic recession, which could sharply impact the Caribbean country.

In an Upper Manhattan press conference Saturday, the business leaders Pedro Álvarez, Roberto Ramírez, Geraldo Ulloa, Clara Rodríguez, Pedro de La Cruz, Armando Montes de Oca, Melvin Rodríguez, Rafael Rodríguez, and Tomás Espinal warned that the developing crisis could trigger a recession in the world economy.

They stressed that it would have very negative repercussions on the Dominican economy and a great impact on the quality of life of the people, especially in the most vulnerable sectors that have fewer resources.

“The implications that this would have for the poor and the middle class of the DR merit that we be very careful and weighed in the election of a president, avoiding incurring the mistake of repeating past experiences that aggravated the situation and made solutions more difficult.”






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Pujols slams 656th homer, 4 to tie Willie Mays

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Anaheim. – Dominican designated batter Albert Pujols hit a homerun Sunday in the victory of the Los Angeles Angels, who beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4, losing ground in their quest for a ticket to the postseason.

Pujols’ 656th round-tripper puts him at four to tie with Willie Mays’ 660.






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