National Youth Symphony Orchestra at Galeria 360

Photo: Metro RD

Some of the best emerging musicians will be playing Christmas carols on Saturday, 15 December 2018 in a free concert at the Galeria 360 shopping mall on Av. John F. Kennedy in Santo Domingo. The free performance is sponsored by Mejía Arcalá importers. The concert will be performed from the central lobby of the shopping center as of 6pm on Saturday, conducted by Maestro Alberto Rincón.

13 December 2018

Christmas at the Parque Iberoamericano

Aladino, Anfiteatro Parque Iberoamericano / Miguel del Villar’s Facebook Page

The city government of the National District presents Christmas plays live on Saturday and Sundays in December at the amphitheater of the Parque Iberoamericano next door to the National Music Conservatory. The presentations are free and they are scheduled for 7:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The Saturday presentations are “Aladino” and the Sunday presentation is “En Espera del Mesías”. The dates are 15, 16, 22, 23 and 29, 30 December 2018. Go early because there are long lines to get in.

13 December 2018

Daniil Trifonov to play at the National Theater

Daniil Trifonov / CDN 

The National Theater Foundation announces a recital with 27-year old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov to celebrate the Foundation’s 20th anniversary. The concert will be on Thursday, 13 December 2018, at the main hall of the theater at 8:30pm. The event is backed by the Ministry of Culture and the Foundation Sinfonia. Tribute will be rendered to doña Margarita Copello de Rodríguez, president of Sinfonia. Trifonov is a winner of a Grammy Award winner and was the Gramophone’s Artist of the Year in 2016.

The program for the evening is:
Andante favori (Beethoven, Ludwig van)
The Hunt, Sonata No. 18 (Beethoven, Ludwig van)
Bunte Blätter Op 99 (Schumann, Robert)

13 December 2018

Soberano Awards set for the National Theater

The organizers of the Soberano Awards, the leading show business recognition event of the year, announced that the event will take place 19 March 2019 at the National Theater in Santo Domingo. Alberto Zayas was named the producer.
Franklin León for the Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana and Emelyn Baldera for the Asociación de Cronistas de Arte (Acrocarte) turned down the invitation Santiago Mayor Abel Martinez had made for the event to take place at the Arena del Cibao in that city. The organizers chose to continue the event at the National Theater in Santo Domingo where the awards ceremony has been held over the past 35 years.

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Listin Diario

13 December 2018

Weekend games will decide who will make the playoffs

The Dominican Winter Professional Baseball Championship ends on 17 December 2018. That means this weekend, the Toros del Este, Aguilas Cibaeñas and Gigantes del Cibao will vie for the last slot available. The Estrellas Orientales took the lead of the tournament on Wednesday, 12 December 2018. The two Santo Domingo city teams, the Leones del Escogido and the Tigres del Licey, are tied in second place, just a game behind.

There is speculation the 2018-2019 season could be one that stays on the south side of the island, with teams not having to travel to the northern Santiago and San Francisco de Macoris ball parks given that the two northern teams – Aguilas Cibaeñas and Gigantes del Cibao – would practically need to win all their games to grab the fourth spot from the Toros del Este of La Romana.

The standings are:
Estrellas Orientales 26-20
Leones del Escogido 25-21
Tigres del Licey 25-21
Toros del Este 22-24
Aguilas Cibaeñas 20-26
Gigantes del Cibao 20-26

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13 December 2018

Luis Dias honored with street in New York

Photo: Harlem World Magazine

On Saturday, 8 December 2018, a street in Washington Heights in New York City was renamed to honor the late Dominican singer and composer Luis “El Terror” Dias. Dias is known as the father of Dominican rock, and is best regarded for his influence in traditional and alternative music styles in the Dominican Republic.
The street is the corner of 165th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. Washington Heights is known for its large Dominican immigrant population. Dias is always remembered for the catch phrase of the carnival hymn: “Baila en la calle de noche, baila en la calle de día. ”

As reported by Remezcla, the unveiling marked the anniversary of Dias’s death, was an evening of celebration and live music, storytelling and a sense of nostalgia taking place at the Word Up Community Bookshop that is located on the same intersection as the renamed street.

Remezcla recalls that in the 70s and 80s, Días created a sound that was unprecedented in the Dominican Republic. He is remembered for his fusing disparate instruments and styles, pioneering polyrhythms by, for example, playing an electric guitar on a merengue track. A student of Dominican folklore, Días blended traditional genres like bachata, salves, and more with reggae, jazz and beyond in his repertoire, highlights Remezcla.

“Even the professional Dominican musicians would be confused about that and say ‘What? I can’t play this,’ and he just really shook things up,” said his partner Laura Sklar during the presentation. “He considered himself un marginado — on the margins, both culturally, and in class. And it’s all in his music.”

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13 December 2018

Antonio Marte orders Conatra not to transport Haitians

Antonio Marte / El Caribe

Antonio Marte of Conatra is well known for acting beyond the law at his helm of the powerful transport company. Now he has made known that he has prohibited his affiliated units to transport Haitian nationals, regardless of whether they are legal or illegally in the country.

Marte announced in his Twitter account that the measure is to “avoid inconveniences with Migraiton, the Armed Forces and the Attorney General Office. He said that over the past months, 10 of his buses have been seized by the authorities. He pointed out that his company’s bus drivers are not migration inspectors and should not be responsible to check the validity of the documents of passengers.

He wrote: “To avoid inconveniences with the soldiers, Migration and the whole world, it is forbidden to board Haitian foreigners. Excuse me, our Haitian foreigners. But we cannot continue paying the consequences. We have 10 busses held up. The buses have been kept for eight months. It would seems that the Attorney General is going to eat them up.”

Conatra is the largest beneficiary of transport routes in the country and has imposed their market share with vandalism and violations of the Constitution and Dominican laws throughout the years, with the lenience of Dominican governments.

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El Caribe

13 December 2018

Participacion Ciudadana wants to hear about Dario Contreras overvalued renovation

Participacion Ciudadana, the civic society group, has again publicly requested that Attorney General Jean Alain Rodriguez investigate irregularities committed by the engineering division of the Presidency (OISOE) of the renovations at the Dr. Dario Contreras Trauma Hospital. Participacion Ciudadana says they initially made their request three years ago.

They expressed hope that the case be investigated so as not to leave impugn a case of administrative corruption and violation of Law 340-06 on government procurement, irregularities that had been documented by the government itself. Participación Ciudadana says that Resolution 91/2015 dated 2 October 2015 issued by the Procurement Agency (Direccion General de Contrataciones Publicas) found evidence of serious irregularities and corruption by the Office of Supervisory Engineers of Public Works (OISOE) in the contracting of Consorcio Luxor for the remodeling of the hospital’s interior and exterior and the equipping of the teaching hospital. Among the supposed irregularities was that the tender for the repairs was categorized as “emergency renovations”, which according to Participacion Ciudadana is in violation of the law and an increase of 100% of the cost originally contracted.

13 December 2018

Two die in derailment of Central Romana freight train

Daniel de Jesus Payano and his assistant Santo Jean Miroc / Diario Libre

Central Romana Corporation says that two long-time sugarcane rail operators died when the railroad carrying 24 cars loaded with sugarcane derailed. The cause of the accident has not been reported.

Central Romana identified the fatalities as machinist Daniel de Jesus Payano and his assistant Santo Jean Miroc. Another two occupants of the train were injured.
Central Romana reported that the train conductor Payano had more than 25 years of experience operating the train, and his assistant had been employed by the rail division for more than 16 years. Central Romana said the causes of the derailment are being investigated.

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Diario Libre

13 December 2018

Villa Tapia discovery is methane, not natural gas

Felix Jiménez / CDN

Felix Jimenez, president of the National Petroleum Refinery (Refidomsa), said that lab tests of the major gas leakage in Villa Tapia indicate that it is 53% methane gas, not natural gas. The gas leakage occurred after a water well was perforated in a farm in the area. The initial reports are that the gas is not concentrated in sufficient amount for commercial exploitation. Jimenez said that the gas could be the result of contamination by the large number of poultry and hog farms in the area.

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Diario Libre

13 December 2018