Coconut harvest in the Dominican Republic


Published on Sep 23, 2016

The Dominican Republic is home to many tropical fruits. Among them are mango, papaya, lime, banana, passion fruit and avocado (which some actually consider a vegetable). But the Caribbean island’s most widely-known exotic fruit is the coconut. Coconuts are also one of the Dominican Republic’s main exports.Popular vacation destination Punta Cana is sometimes referred to as the “Coconut Coast.”The tropical fruit has a high nutritional value and can be used in multiple ways.Check out these unique images of a coconut harvest in this cool Caribbean country.

A Century of U.S. Intervention in the Dominican Republic

25 September 2016 – 07:00 AM
A Century of U.S. Intervention in the Dominican Republic

Latin America has endured indirect intervention and occupation by U.S. forces for the last 100 years. From Mexico all the way down to Argentina, its people have seen how the political and military force of the northern country have determined their present and formed their future.

Dictator Trujillo with Richard Nixon during his visit to the Dominican Republic in 1955.

The Dominican Republic has experienced some of the worst of U.S. invasions and interventions in a century of attempts at domination that have shaped the current state of the country.

First U.S. occupation in 1916

In 1911, the Dominican President Ramon Caceres was assassinated and a civil war ensued. Five years later the political crisis grew, as supporters of president Juan Isidro Jimenez led a fierce battle against those supporting General Desiderio Arias, former minister of war who later became his rival.

With an economic downfall, and the country having troubles paying its debts, the U.S. government cleverly exploited this and invaded the Dominican Republic in 1916 and didn’t leave until 1924.

The invaders wanted to secure their economic interests in the region, collect their debt and assure a steady income by controlling customs offices at major Dominican ports.

With its proximity to the Panama Canal, which was completed in 1914, the Dominican Republic became a key figure for the U.S. to watch and control in the region.

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The U.S. Navy controlled the government and military forces around the country, and even controlled who was appointed president, which had to be a supporter of the invading force.

The 8-year-occupation was highly unpopular within the Dominican Republic as well as in the U.S. for its high economic cost.

By 1922 both countries reached an agreement to move the troops out of the island, which was completed in 1924.

The U.S. would continue to hold customs duties. It was only in 1941 that the Dominican Republic regained its sovereignty over the customs revenues.

Support for a ruthless dictator

The Dominican National Guard was formed by the U.S. military members that were part of the 1916 invasion, and Rafael Trujillo, one of the deadliest dictators in Latin America, was shaped and trained in its premises.

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Trujillo, trained by U.S. marines, became chief of the army after 9 years in the service, and is believed to be responsible for the deaths of 60,000 people.

During his more than 30 years as a military dictator, from 1930 to 1961, his enemies and opponents were victims of brutal repression, torture and killing.

In December 1962 the country held its first free elections in almost four decades, and elected Juan Bosch as president, a leading writer and intellectual and a strong supporter of the Cuban revolution, a development that alarmed the U.S.

Seven months later a military coup supported by the U.S. installed a military junta in 1963.

Second occupation in 1965

On April 28, 1965, the U.S. invaded the Dominican Republic once again, with 42,000 troops that led to the death of more than 3,000 Dominicans.

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Bosch’s support for Fidel Castro’s socialist Cuba and its leftist ideas for development proved to be big problem for the U.S.

The foreign imperialists supported lawyer Joaquin Balaguer instead, and quickly installed him, leading to a pro-U.S. 28-year rule that succeeding the Trujillo dictatorship.

The people of the Dominican Republic continued to support Bosch and fight for social justice, even though the U.S. ensured that democracy would not reign in the country.



Edesur y Alcaldía Santo Domingo coordinan trabajos de iluminación DN

Por: El Día


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Santo Domingo.-Con la finalidad de estrechar relaciones entre la Alcaldía de Santo Domingo y Edesur Dominicana, el alcalde David Collado, sostuvo una reunión con el administrador de Edesur ingeniero Radhamés Del Carmen y funcionarios del municipio y el sector eléctrico, en donde se comprometieron a realizar un trabajo coordinado para desarrollar y potenciar la iluminación de la ciudad.

En su participación, el Alcalde de Santo Domingo David Collado, reiteró el compromiso de su gestión para iluminar la ciudad, por lo que consideró necesario trabajar hombro con hombro con el sector eléctrico para potenciar la inversión de los proyectos. Según una nota ofrecida por la dirección de Comunicación de Edesur.

Reconoció el conocimiento técnico de la actual gestión de Edesur, lo que será de gran aporte para poder comenzar a trabajar y ver resultados en el menor tiempo posible y expresó su deseo de concretizar un acuerdo entre ambas entidades, que permita trabajar al unísono en beneficio de la ciudad

Asimismo, Del Carmen, aseguró que la empresa que preside dará todo el apoyo técnico para estos proyectos que buscan cambiar positivamente a ciudad y propuso una mesa de trabajo que permita aunar esfuerzos entre ambas entidades.

Al término, se concluyó que las reuniones entre los funcionarios de la Alcaldía y Edesur Dominicana serán habituales y que más que encuentros protocolares, serán reuniones operativas y de seguimiento a los proyectos, a través de la mesa mixta de técnicos de ambas instituciones.





Top story | 2016-09-05

DOMINICAN TOURISM LACKS DIGITAL INNOVATIONA study conducted by the Dominican Political Observatory (OPD) notes that Dominican tourism sector is at a competitive disadvantage compared to other countries due to the lack of digital innovation.

The OPD is an agency attached to the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE). In the study titled “Digital Tourism and the Use of New Technologies in the Dominican Republic,” author Héctor Nicolás Suero, coordinator of OPD-Funglode’s ePolicy Unit explains that 80% of people who plan to travel first consult the Internet.

It also states that over the last three years the main device used to connect to the web is no longer the desktop, but the mobile phone, and 60% of tourists globally are now using travel apps.

In the case of the Dominican Republic, the study shows that there are 45 tour operators authorized by the General Directorate of Internal Revenue (DGII) for the areas of Santo Domingo, National District, and the eastern provinces of the country. They are constituted as a major sales force for package tours for foreign and local tourists. However, digital innovation is the weak spot for them.

According to the ePolicy database of the Dominican Political Observatory (OPD-SocialPol), only 55.5% of these operators are on social interaction platforms and66.7% of Dominican tour operators have no website; in other words, three out of 10 do not have a website and for those that have, in some cases they are out of date and not suitable for mobile devices.

“Only a few meet some of the standards required by the digital tourism industry worldwide which is very oriented towards mobile applications and social networks,” says Suero.

The document stresses that globally 42% of tourists use the TripAdvisor app which generates over 140 reviews of hotels, bars and restaurants every 60 seconds. For example, the hashtag “hotel” was used on Twitter 60 million times and “vacation” 21 million this past year.


U.S. occupies the Dominican Republic, twice


Aug 21, 2016

Earlier I told you a few fascinating tidbits I learned about Christopher Columbus and the Dominican Republic. Our historian Miguel divulged a few other interesting facts during our tour that completely astounded me. For instance, that the U.S. Military had occupied his country not once, but twice, during the 1900’s.

It all began back in 1911 when a group of rebels attacked President Caceres of the Dominican Republic and killed him.

Several years of instability followed, and in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson told the Dominicans to install a president or we would impose one. They elected a president, who resigned within two years, and we were all back at square one.

Wilson then ordered the Marines to take control of the Dominican Republic. They landed in May 1916 and had complete control of the island within two months. U.S. Rear Admiral Harry Knapp set up a government, revived the Dominican economy, reduced the national debt, built a network of roads that we used just last week, and created a National Guard.

The U.S. left the Dominican Republic in 1922 and within 8 years the dictator Rafael Trujillo had seized control. Trujillo was a true dictator in every sense of the word, and even renamed Santo Domingo after himself.

In 1961 Trujillo was shot and killed in his blue 1957 Chevy Bel Air and the country fell under the rule of a military junta until 1963. Elections were organized with the help of you know who (the United States of America) and President Gavino was elected.

On April 24, 1965 a rebellion led by the Dominican Revolutionary Party resulted in the necessary evacuation of over 3500 U.S. citizens. On April 28 a group of armed civilians attached the Villa Consuelo police station and executed every officer found inside.

President Lyndon Johnson took matters into his own hands and authorized a military intervention. On April 30, the 82nd Airborne landed and initiated contact. That day the U.S. Military had signed a cease fire with the loyalists and the rebels. By September 1966 a new government was installed and the final peacekeepers withdrew from the island.

Our guide and historian Miguel had nothing but good things to say about the U.S. interventions in his country. In fact he told us that in recent years, as the Dominican economy has struggled and Dominicans have died in droves trying to make it to Puerto Rico, the obvious affection for the United States has become even stronger and more blatantly evident.

The Dominican Republic, like so many other Caribbean nations, has suffered under corrupt politicians and policies for centuries. The general populace carries a heavy burden of inadequate education, debilitating poverty and of course lack of opportunity.

Tourism is one of the brightest lights in the Dominican Republic. Tourism brings job opportunity to even the most uneducated, unskilled worker. In fact tourism accounts for over 188,000 jobs in the coastal areas alone.

Last year the Dominican Republic welcomed over 5 million tourists. That number has more than doubled since the last time I was in the country, nine years ago.

The progress the country has made through the tourism tax of $10 per person upon entry is astounding. The roadways are now excellent, the upkeep along the highways is substantially improved. Excursion opportunities have been expanded exponentially. I saw very little of the Dominican Republic I met back in 2007.

I encourage you to meet the new and improved Dominican Republic. It’s gorgeous, the people are friendly and accommodating, and the resort areas are second to none.

Joy Gawf-Crutchfield owns and operates The Joy of Travel. Contact Joy at 918-339-4805



Pope Francis accepts anti-LGBT Dominican cardinal’s resignation

July 4, 2016 at 10:11 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers

Pope Francis accepts anti-LGBT Dominican cardinal’s resignation
Cardenal Nicolás de Jesús López, Gay News, Washington Blade
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons by Starus)

The Vatican announced on Monday that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo.
The Holy See said in a statement that the pontiff has named Monsignor Francisco Ozoria Acosta of the Diocese of San Pedro de Macorís as López’s successor.
López has repeatedly used homophobic slurs to describe gay U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James “Wally” Brewster.

López told reporters during a 2015 press conference that Brewster should “go back to his embassy” and “stick to housework, since he is a man’s wife.” The cardinal in 2013 referred to Brewster — who is married to Bob Satawake — as aSourcot” after President Obama nominated him to become the next American ambassador to the predominantly Catholic country.
Neither the Vatican nor the Dominican government has publicly rebuked López over his comments.
“I would hope that the Vatican — as we would not do that with their officials — would understand and condemn those types of words to any official with any government, but especially with one of their strongest allies, which is the United States, and to the president’s personal representative in the country,” Brewster told the Washington Blade in March during an exclusive interview at the State Department.
The Vatican announced López’s resignation a day after Brewster and thousands of others took part in Santo Domingo’s annual Pride celebration.
“I feel a great peace of mind,” Cristian King of Trans Siempre Amigos, a Dominican advocacy group, told the Blade on Monday.
Deivis Ventura, a prominent LGBT activist who ran for a seat in the lower house of the Dominican Congress in May, noted to the Blade that Osoria is a “black bishop” who “has fought for migrants.”
López supported the Dominican government’s plan to legalize undocumented immigrants — the majority of whom are Haiti(ans) — that sparked controversy in the Caribbean country and around the world.
“Monsignor Osoria is a man who is known for his moderation and prudence in the management of religious and social issues,” Ventura told the Blade. “I am sure that this man will show a distinct vision of the church.”


Tropical Storm Earl leaves 6 dead in Dominican Republic, moves toward Mexico

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    NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 at 12:45 PM EDT shows Tropical Storm Earl 210 miles south of Grand Cayman. (ap)

A weather system that already has caused at least six deaths in the Dominican Republic has been designated as Tropical Storm Earl.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Tuesday that Earl was threatening to bring heavy rains, flooding and high winds to Mexico, Belize and Honduras. All three of those countries issued Tropical Storm warnings for some areas, and a hurricane watch was issued for part of the Mexican coast.

On Sunday, Earl was still a weaker tropical wave but knocked down power lines in the Dominican Republic’s Samana Peninsula and started a fire that killed six passengers on a bus filled with people returning from a beach excursion. The fire also injured 12 others.

On Tuesday, the storm was centered about 210 miles south of Grand Cayman in the Caribbean. It had top sustained winds of 50 mph and was speeding west at 22 mph.

Earl is expected to bring damaging winds and rain to much of the northeast coasts of Honduras and Guatemala before making landfall on Belize sometime in the early morning hours of Thursday. The storm is then projected to barrel across Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula and cross part of the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall again sometime on Saturday back in Mexico.

Forecast models are unsure what the strength of the storm will be when it reaches parts of Mexico later this week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.