Jakarta.- The fragile state of Indonesia's oceans and forests are a clear reminder of how marine and forest life is at risk from industrial overfishing and relentless deforestation, Greenpeace International warned on International Day for Biological Diversity.
Brooklyn, NY.- When Dany Salas left the Dominican Republic for New York in January 2008 to attend college, he was uncharacteristically silent for the first couple of months in his new country. That's because he was afraid to speak English; his thick Spanish accent wasn't understood and he felt self-conscious.
Santo Domingo. - The Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) received this past week high praises from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). According to Margie Bauer, the agency's Attaché for the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica, “BRA executed a US $2 million agricultural community development project using USDA Food for Progress funding. BRA is one of the best partners our office has had in the Dominican Republic and one of the best development NGO I've seen in my 25 + years working in developing countries with the U.S. government."
Santo Domingo.- Former beauty queen Sandra Kurdas, who accused her husband, the businessman Frank Jorge Elías with assault, said she wants to conclude their divorce soon.
Santo Domingo.- A visibly enraged Catholic cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez on Tuesday issued a scathing to response to National District judge Eunice Minaya's ruling for the family planning agency's (Pro Familia) sex education campaign, which he sarcastically hailed.
Santo Domingo.- The National Control Drugs Agency (DNCD) on Tuesday said it busted a network of heroin dealers based in Sabana de la Mar (northeast), which sent "mules" to Puerto Rico through several airports and the Ferry.
Santo Domingo.- The U.S. Agriculture Dept. and three private and public local agencies will host a workshop tomorrow Wednesday to teach Dominican agro producers and exporters to modernize and on the Food Safety Law's operational impacts.
Santo Domingo.- The Dominican government and the Colombian company Dominican Roads Concession (DOVICON) on Monday agreed to terminate the 30-year contract to manage the tolls on the Duarte-Puerto Plata and 6 de Noviembre (southern) highways, with a US$135 million compensation.
Santo Domingo. - Ecotourism as tourism's new paradigm will be the focus of a conference hosted by the Environment Ministry and the Science Faculty of the Santo Domingo State University UASD.
Santo Domingo.- An approach tropical wave over southeastern Puerto Rico will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms Tuesday over all regions, except the Southwest.
Santo Domingo. - As a wave of violent crimes plagues the country, president Danilo Medina on Monday asked that Dominicans not despair because the Public Safety Plan will bear fruit in the long term.
Santo Domingo.- Brazil has sent dozens of Haitians back to the Dominican Republic after they failed to reach that South American nation through Bolivia's and Peru's Amazon jungle.
Santo Domingo.- The government yesterday said the control of coffee leaf rust (Hemileia vastatrix) on all farms in the country is of national interest, and named a commission to work to eradicate the disease that harms around 58% of the coffee bean crops.
Santo Domingo.- A National District court on Monday handed down an unprecedented setback against Dominican Republic's Catholic Church, denying it a restraining order against the family planning organization's (ProFamilia) sex education campaign.
Dominican Republic.- La Romana province prosecutor José Polanco Ramírez said Monday drug traffickers and killers-for-hire plan attempts on his life and those of his family, for which he was assigned more bodyguards.
Santo Domingo.- The owners of the trendy bar "La Chismosa" (gossipy woman) on Thursday delivered documents to the National District Office of the Prosecutor, which hundreds of photos posted by customers that show no racial discrimination or denied entry on skin color, as denounced in several media last week.
Santo Domingo.- The National Police on Monday relieved Col. Francisco Colon Perez of his duties as head of its Retirement Committee, after veteran investigative journalist Nuria Piera denounced the officer's alleged corrupt actions. Col. Juan Solis was named Colon's replacement.
Santo Domingo.- A survey by elnational.com.do found what has been stated for years regarding the designation of an Ombudsman, that most people see it as just another highly-paid bureaucrat with little power to help people harassed by big government.
CANNES, France.- Dominican Republic's flag waves high at its Cannes Film Festival pavilion, where it promotes the country as an international film destination and where contacts and ties with world-renown producers have been forged.