19
Nov
11

Was Gadhafi’s son hiding in Dominican Republic, Then taken to Venezuela?

Gadhafi's son was in Punta Cana when the plane was stolen

This video clip with Dr Ernesto Fadul makes sence. It explains how is was possible to steal the plane of Frank Rainieri of the Punta Cana Group and why the super toscana military drug planes was not sent to intercept it. It also explains why Venezuela will not return the plane without their own investigations and why Leonel is afraid of going there… read more

04
Nov
11

Medina presents Margarita as his running mate, is she corrupt?

WE WILL WATCH YOU MARGARITA!! – Being the wife of the current President running one of the most corrupt governments in the history of the Dominican Republic, we have only ONE question for Margarita – Can you keep your fingers out of the cookie jar? Dominican Watchdog has set up a special website to track possible corruption of Margarita Cedeno Fernandez………

PLD presidential candidate Danilo Medina presented First Lady Margarita Cedeno as his official running mate in the 2012 presidential elections yesterday. Although the selection of his partner on the ticket was already for many in the party an “open secret”, the announcement was made in a surprising way as early yesterday afternoon the PLD candidate’s press office was inviting people to a general assembly at the Gran Salon of the Hotel Melia. Nevertheless, a few minutes before the start of the event, they were rushing to call the media in order to tell them that Danilo Medina was going to announce his running mate on the PLD ticket.

Addressing hundreds of party activists packed into the room, Medina declared that after a long period of reflection, he decided that his running mate for the next elections would be the First Lady, Margarita Cedeno de Fernandez.

Without even finishing mentioning the First Lady’s name, a huge ovation went up to the rhythm of shouted slogans such as “Llego mama”, “Ahora es” and “Con Danilo y con mama, la quinta pela va” (an allusion to the four previous PLD electoral victories).

Medina had to say “please” to the crowd in order to finish his remarks. “This decision has been long thought out and it corresponds to the need to work with someone in the government who has the ability to work and accompany me in the project that I want to lead,” he said as he stressed the qualities of his partner on the PLD ballot.

The PLD candidate said that with her experience and willingness to serve, Cedeno de Fernandez would help him develop a modern social policy “without any sort of patronage, capable of consolidating my priority in government, which is to considerably reduce the absolute poverty in our country.”…… read more

02
Feb
11

Cholera in Casa de Campo, Can we trust Dominican government data?

Cholera in Casa de Campo

More than 144 connected with/or of the 500 VIP guests invited to Victor Vargas wedding party in Casa de Campo got cholera. Among the famous infected with cholera was Ricardo Harzoury(owner of Cap Cana). According to local media the government tried to hide this serious cholera outbreak from the public, and now the transparency with which the authorities are handling the cholera cases is put in doubt…… read more Dominican Watchdog

28
Oct
10

Corruption and slavery: Getting more attention in Hispaniola

The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald ran an excellent article yesterday on the increase of child smuggling from Haiti to the Dominican Republic.

Guards cash in on smuggling Haitian children

Obviously key to this story is the corruption of the border guards and of those in the Dominican Republic who “buy” the Haitian children.

Such corruption is hardly a surprise to anyone who has lived on Hispaniola or worked in the area.

Haiti has had a long history of being the one of the most corrupt countries in the Western Hemisphere. And no wonder. The years of brutal dictatorships and then years of basically no government left the people with no other way to get things done. Add to that the reluctance of all previous Haitian governments to allow for serious foreign investment — until recently — the crushing poverty and lack of democratic institutions mean wide open opportunities for corruption at all levels.

And next door is the Dominican Republic, which is just as famous for its corruption.

The latest Transparency International report places Haiti at #146 out of 178 countries with a score of 2.2 out of 10. (The higher the number, the less corruption.) The Dominican Republic came in at #101 with a score of 3.

At least this time Haiti is no longer the most corrupt country in the hemisphere. That title goes to Venezuela (#164. Score 2).

And the Dominican Republic remains just about in the middle. And the problem is one that is recognized (mostly) as a serious one in the DR. Diario Libre pointed out last week that the World Economic Forum placed the Dominican Republic in 131st place of 133 countries ranked according to levels of corruption in government.

It is great that El Nuevo and the Miami Herald tied the issue of corrupt guards along the Haiti-DR border to the larger issue of child slavery. But more work needs to be done.

For a number of years the child-sex trade in Boca Chica has been well-known. That small town just an hour out of the nation’s capital was turning into the Western Hemisphere’s equivalent of Thailand for sex trade. Despite the best efforts of U.S. law enforcement agencies working in the area to get something done, the Dominican government did little.

More Dominican media outlets are trying to cover the issue but they are facing the same problem journalists in northern Mexico face. The crime lords and corrupt political leaders and law enforcement agents threaten reporters and media outlets if they get too close to revealing the details of the corruption.

For most Americans the issue of corruption — especially related to child-slavery gangs — is often one of shock. But then they do not see the connection to U.S. domestic issues.

Bottom line: If a person cannot get ahead without having to bribe his way around corrupt police and government officials, that person will often leave for a place where rule of law is strong. And in this hemisphere that means the United States or Canada.

So if people are serious about stopping illegal immigration to the United States, then it is time for those same people to step up and insist the U.S. government and U.S. businesses provide assistance to the countries where the immigrants are coming from to fight corruption and to improve the business situation there.

And if you think it won’t work, take a look at the number of Brazilians in the United States. The actual number is declining because many are heading BACK to Brazil where the economic outlook is better.

For more about fraud, corruption, murders, money laundering and consumer problems visit Dominican Watchdog

Source: http://worldjournalism.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/corruption-and-slavery-getting-more-attention-in-hispaniola/

29
Sep
10

Dominican Republic should investigate abduction allegations against anti-kidnap police

amnesty international investigation

Amnesty International is today urging the authorities in the Dominican Republic to investigate the whereabouts of Juan Almonte, a member of the Dominican Committee of Human Rights, who was on his way to the Santo Domingo office when a group of armed men forced him into a car and drove away. He has not been seen since then!

Amnesty International is today urging the authorities in the Dominican Republic to investigate the whereabouts of Juan Almonte Herrera who is believed to have been abducted by anti-kidnapping police officers.

On 28 September 2009, Juan Almonte Herrera, a member of the Dominican Committee of Human Rights, was on his way to the Santo Domingo office where he worked as an accountant, when a group of armed men forced him into a car and drove away. He has not been seen since then.

One year on, Juan’s family and lawyers are yet to receive any official communication on the status of the investigation into his disappearance despite fears that he could be being held incommunicado or have been killed.

Amnesty International’s Caribbean Researcher Chiara Ligouri said:

“The Dominican authorities should investigate this disappearance or reveal Juan’s whereabouts if he is being held by the security forces. It is very worrying that one year on after his disappearance they appear to have done very little to discover his fate.”

The police had announced on Dominican television that two hours after his detention that Juan was himself being investigated over the alleged kidnapping of a 19-year-old in the eastern town of Nagua, and have since maintained that Juan Almonte remains a fugitive.

At the end of October 2009, two unidentified charred bodies were found in a car in Santo Domingo. Juan’s sister identified one as being that of Juan Almonte. However, when DNA tests were carried out they were negative, and the family has questioned how the tests were carried out.

Following their call for an investigation, his relatives and lawyers have reportedly been placed under surveillance by the police.

They told Amnesty International they have been followed in cars and watched from the street in front of their house. Juan’s sister has received telephone calls asking her to stop publicising the case. They have reported the incidents of surveillance to the authorities, who offer them protection from the police.

Chiara Ligouri added:

“The Dominican authorities must provide adequate protection to Juan Almonte Herrera’s family and lawyers, as a matter of urgency and according to their wishes.”
Amnesty International is concerned by continuous reports of human rights violations by police and security forces in the Dominican Republic.

Source: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news

For more problems in the Dominican Republic visit Dominican Watchdog

18
Jul
10

Dominican Authorities Concerned About Dengue Fever Increase

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic – Dominican health authorities expressed concern about the increase of dengue fever in the northern city of Santiago, where three children have died in the last four days, bringing to 11 the number of victims in the area since January.

The deputy health minister, Jose Rodriguez Aybar, met here with the directors of five public hospitals to announce a campaign against the disease in 15 communities of Santiago province.

Rodriguez said that the initiative is aimed at eliminating breeding grounds for the mosquito that transmits dengue fever.

The operation will be staffed by 300 soldiers trained for the task, the head of the army’s 2nd Brigade, Gen. Luis Anibal Jimenez, said.

According to figures provided by the Health Ministry, at the beginning of this month the number of fatalities caused by dengue nationwide was 22, with a total of 4,098 cases of dengue confirmed.

The director of Arturo Grullon Pediatric Hospital in Santiago city, Rosa Morel, told reporters that two children ages 7 and 8 died of the illness on Wednesday.

Last Monday a 7-year-old girl died at the same hospital, Morel said, adding that every day nine or 10 minors are admitted to Grullon with possible symptoms of the ailment.

The nurses working at Grullon, the only pediatric hospital in the northern Dominican Republic, suspended their activities for an hour on Friday, saying that they were incapable of attending the vast number of dengue patients admitted to the medical center.

The president of the northern section of the Dominican medical society, Manase Peña, asked authorities to tell people the truth about the cases of dengue registered in the area.

He said the area’s hospitals and clinics are full of patients with probable symptoms of the disease.

The president of the Federation of Neighborhood Boards of Santiago, Andres Ramos, complained that people were confused about how to prevent dengue because the authorities have not explained it to them.

He said that starting Friday community leaders will go from house to house telling people about the preventive measures they can take to ward off contagion of the disease.

Epidemiologist Aulio Collado Anico, for his part, said that as long as the Health Ministry keeps hiding the truth from the public, dengue cannot be controlled and is even less likely to be eradicated.

The provincial director of public health, Ramon Martinez Henriquez, acknowledged that the illness is ravaging the northern region, but attributed the problem to the accumulation of garbage on city streets.

Neighborhood authorities and organizations complain that Mayor Jose Enrique Sued, who lost his bid for reelection, has not bothered about keeping the city clean since his electoral defeat.

source: www.laht.com


Dengue epidemic threatens Caribbean, kills dozens

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Mosquito-borne dengue fever is reaching epidemic stages across the Caribbean, with dozens of deaths reported and health authorities concerned it could get much worse as the rainy season advances.

The increase in cases is being blamed on warm weather and an unusually early rainy season, which has produced an explosion of mosquitoes. Health officials say the flood of cases is straining the region’s hospitals.

In the Dominican Republic, where at least 27 deaths have been reported, hundreds of health workers and soldiers went door-to-door Saturday to warn about the virus and destroy mosquito breeding areas.

Hospitals in Trinidad are running out of beds, and Puerto Rico is facing what officials say could be its worst dengue outbreak in more than a decade.

“We are having a really large epidemic,” said Kay Tomashek, epidemiology section chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s dengue branch in Puerto Rico.

At least five people have died in the U.S. Caribbean territory, and another 6,300 suspected cases have been reported as of mid-July, she told The Associated Press.

Only 100 more cases were reported during the same period in 1998, which marked the island’s worst dengue outbreak. By the end of that year, the virus had sickened 17,000 and killed 19 people.

In Trinidad, officials added 15 beds to the San Fernando General Hospital on Friday. They also opened a dengue clinic to follow up on patients who are being discharged quickly to free up more beds. At least one death has been reported.

Dr. Anton Cumberbatch, chief medical officer of the island’s health ministry, said he is worried that the number of deaths and cases of the more severe hemorrhagic dengue will increase this year.

The more people are repeatedly infected, the greater the chance they will develop the hemorrhagic form, which can be fatal, he told a recent news conference.

And since Trinidad had a severe dengue bout just two years ago, that means it is likely people who had the virus will get it again, he added.

“The risk and the severity of the dengue situation is apparently rearing its head at a really rapid rate,” Cumberbatch said.

The Dominican Republic is grappling with the same problem.

Nurses at a children’s hospital in Santiago, which has one of the highest dengue incidences this year, demanded more resources and personnel. Four children died this week in Santiago, located northwest of the capital of Santo Domingo.

Health Minister Bautista Rojas says more than 5,000 people have been diagnosed with dengue, but Senen Caba, president of the Dominican Medical Association, disputed those numbers and said doctors have reported more than 7,000 cases.

“Hospitals are flooded with fever cases,” Caba said. “Emergency rooms are overflowing.”

Caba said the last time the country experienced a similar dengue epidemic was a decade ago.

“There has been a kind of explosion when it comes to mosquitoes,” he said of this year.

French Guiana, Guadeloupe and St. Martin also have registered a high number of dengue cases, and more than 16,700 total cases had been reported across the Caribbean through early June, according to the latest statistics available from the Pan American Health Organization.

There are four types of dengue, and all cause fever, headaches and extreme joint and muscle pain. Most victims recover within a week, and while they become immune to the specific type of dengue they caught, they are still vulnerable to other types, Tomashek said.

Health officials fear the virus, which had once disappeared from the United States, also could gain a foothold there.

While test results for a suspected dengue case in the Miami area came back negative this week, a recent study found five percent of Key West residents show evidence they have been exposed to the virus.

For more information on dengue and the Dominican Republic visit Dominican Watchdog

14
Jul
10

‘Holiday from Hell’ family sues First Choice owner TUI after Dominican Republic nightmare

A MERSEYSIDE family today spoke of their Caribbean holiday from hell.

The Doyles were expecting a relaxing week in the lap of luxury.

But instead they all came down with crippling bouts of diarrhoea and sickness.

They also claimed they found cockroaches in their fridge and under their beds.

While their four star-resort’s food buffet was picked over by birds.

Paul Doyle, 40, and his family are now suing holiday firm TUI UK, which runs First Choice.

The Blundellsands family went to the Bahia Principe Hotel in San Juan, Dominican Republic, at the end of July 2007.

Mr Doyle, who has been paralysed from the neck down since a car crash in 1989, had just had an operation and wanted to take his wife, son and brother away for a short break.

But Mr Doyle, who works for Shop Direct as an administrator, added: “We were all quite ill.

“The place looked like it did in the brochure. But it was dirty; we had cockroaches in the fridge.

“We went into our room and saw them there. We had ants outside as well. The staff ended up leaving spray in our room and we had to sort it out ourselves.”

Mr Doyle, who went away with his wife Dorothy, 41, son Paul Jnr, 11, and brother Gerard, 42, also said the resort’s electricity used to cut out periodically.

The family came down with sickness one by one after less than two days at the all-inclusive four star resort.

Mr Doyle continued: “I think the bug that we all got must have come from where we all ate. It was all open and had birds flying round it.

“When I think about it the birds were eating everything.”

Falling ill was made all the worse for Mr Doyle because he is confined to a wheelchair.

Mr Doyle and his family are among 44 holidaymakers who are now suing TUI through law firm Irwin Mitchell.

In a writ lodged with the High Court, barrister David Allan QC said: “In the summer of 2007 the hotel was subject to repeated and/or prolonged episodes of gastric illness amongst guests.

“None of the claimants ate outside the hotel prior to falling ill and it will be alleged that the majority of their infections were bacterial and caused by poor standards of hygiene and food handling.”

The writ also alleges there were mice and rats in the hotel and it smelled of sewage and urine. The swimming pool is also described as “murky” and some hotel guests say they saw vomit and bird droppings in the pool.

A TUI spokeswoman said: “First Choice can confirm that the allegation of illness surrounding the Gran Bahia Principe in Dominican Republic is currently subject to a legal process.

“The claims made by the Doyle family currently remain outstanding and no liability has been admitted by First Choice.

“Therefore, it would be inappropriate of us to comment any further at this time so as not to prejudice future court proceedings.”

source: crosbyherald.co.uk

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