Leonel says that an audit was never denied to the Chamber of Accounts when he was president of the PLD

The former president of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), Leonel Fernández, said on Monday that he was unaware that the Chamber of Accounts would want to audit that party during his term as president of that political entity.

“In truth, during my tenure we never knew that the Accounts Chamber was about to audit the funds, this was never done and was never raised. What had to be done was always done on a regular basis. During my tenure, I never opposed an audit being carried out, ”explained Fernández.

The now leader of Fuerza del Pueblo spoke in these terms when referring to the accusation issued by the president of the Chamber of Accounts, Hugo Álvarez, who said that during the time that Fernández was in charge of the PLD, he never allowed an audit .

“We totally do not know where those statements came from,” added Fernández.

Regarding whether the People’s Force has a candidate to be proposed to preside over the Chamber of Accounts, the former president added that they are respecting the process carried out by the Chamber of Deputies but that they already have an “idea” about who could occupy that position.

“We are following the procedure of the Chamber of Deputies, I know you want the news scoop but we are going to wait for the process. We have thought (one or more candidates) but we are going to wait to inform them, ”said Fernández.

The Chamber of Deputies concluded last Friday the official deadline for the registration of applicants to join the Chamber of Accounts of the Dominican Republic, with a total of 433 applicants.

The president of the Chamber of Accounts committee of the legislative body, Rogelio Genao Lanza, reported that 433 applicants deposited their documents via the General Secretariat.


Commission for choosing members of the JCE will announce results in the “next days”

The special commission of the Senate in charge of choosing the new members of the Central Electoral Board (JCE) reported this Monday that they will announce the shortlists they will present to the Upper House of the National Congress in the “coming days.”

This information was confirmed by the president of the aforementioned commission, Ricardo de los Santos, who explained that they will present a total of ten shortlists, five for full members of the JCE, and the same amount for alternates.

In the coming days, the general public will find out about the result of this arduous work, which we have spent several weeks in this reception process, and subsequently what has been the interviews for the applicants ”, expressed the senator for the province Sánchez Ramírez.

He also indicated that for this purpose they have declared themselves in permanent session, and that they are scheduled to meet next Tuesday at 9 am and 3 pm.

The meeting on this day took place to define the methodology to be used for the conformation of the triples to present, according to the legislator, who also added that they have until November 9 to announce them.

On Thursday of last week the commission completed the interview process for potential members of the JCE, after holding conversations with some 306 applicants, and as of today they have begun the deliberation process on the members.

“Of those 306 interviewees we have to select 30, less than 10 percent, which means and it is good that society is understanding us, more than 90 percent in one way or another will not feel satisfied with the work that we have done it ”, said de los Santos on that occasion.


Luis Abinader arranges for cleaning the Ozama and Isabela rivers

President Luis Abinader affirmed yesterday that he will proceed with the cleaning of the Isabela and Ozama rivers, as well as the streams that flow into them.

Abinader spoke to reporters before starting his speedboat tour.

“Our commitment is to clean these rivers and these ravines and stop the pollution that affects the Ozama and Isabela rivers,” said the president, minutes before taking a quick lacha to the port of Sans Soucí to tour its banks.

The president left in the company of the Minister of the Environment, Orlando Jorge Mera, the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Alfredo Pacheco, among other officials. “This government knows how important this Ozama river is, but also the Isabela. We hope in a prudent time, perhaps in a month, to give you the details of how much will be invested here and how much there will be in the 2021 budget for the sanitation of these rivers, “the president explained.

Abinader said that the Government intends to work together with the Ministry of the Environment, the Mayor’s Office of the National District, the Santo Domingo Aqueduct and Sewer Corporation (CAASD) and the Dominican Navy, in the sanitation of the tributary at the height of the Great Santo Sunday.

The press was not allowed to accompany the President on his tour of the rivers.

The journalists complained that they had been summoned, if they were not going to be able to accompany Abinader on the tour.


Customs collects 26% of what is received in 2020 in two months

Despite the uncertainty that the country and the world are experiencing, due to the expansion of Covid 19, the General Directorate of Customs (DGA) has achieved a collection of RD $ 23,774 million in the last two months.

This means about RD $ 540 million every day, an amount that is above the daily average of the state of emergency, which has oscillated between RD $ 330.94 and RD $ 492.16 million in that period, prior to the current management, according to the DGA. “I am proud of the entire team that works in the General Directorate of Customs. We will continue working to make the DGA a transparent and efficient institution that allows us to contribute to the dynamism of the Dominican economy and international trade, ”said the Director of Customs, Eduardo Sanz Lovatón.

The official affirms that, despite the fact that the country is currently in a very ambivalent economic environment and with certain uncertainties, the DGA is committed to exceeding the average daily collection.

“We are working hard against illicit, evasion and undervaluation, in order to close the gaps and unfair competition, with the aim of achieving an increasingly fair and efficient collection,” explained Sanz Lovatton.


of September

The collections registered by the General Directorate of Customs (DGA) in September amount to RD $ 11,281.82 million. Cumulatively, in the January-September 2020 period, revenues totaled RD $ 85,567.90 million. During the nine months that have elapsed, income according to taxes has maintained on average the same rate of collection in recent months. Of the total collected during the period January – September 2020, 64.90% corresponds to the ITBIS; 23.13% to the tax; 9.69% to selective and the remaining 1.51% to other concepts.


Authorities of the DR and Haiti agree to open northern border

After a meeting yesterday between Haitian and Dominican authorities that lasted for about four hours, the parties reached an agreement that establishes the reopening of the Dominican-Haitian border to trade in goods between the two countries.

This conciliation step in the commercial dispute comes just one day after the Haitians radicalized their position of closing the border strip through the land stretch with Dajabón, worsening the crisis even more, by stopping more strongly the traffic of patanas and trucks, and the entry of Dominicans who perform specialized jobs in that country.

This caused that the binational market scheduled to reopen last Friday here ended in failure, due to the new provisions adopted by the Haitian side.

Meanwhile, yesterday, in another discordant note with the attitude of the neighboring country, the Minister of Foreign Relations, Roberto Álvarez, rejected a publication by the Haitian media Rezo Nodwes, entitled “Alert !, in which he warns President Jovenel Moise of an alleged call from the Dominican side to discuss a new delimitation of the border territory

To this, the minister responded by ensuring that during the meeting between Haitian and Dominican authorities there was no talk of a new delimitation of the border, but the sole purpose of that day on October 21 “to determine the trajectory of the dividing line between the registers 239 , 240 and 241, as well as the location of the 251 register ”.

Solution to the problem.
At the meeting it was agreed to gradually allow commercial exchange between Haitians and Dominicans tomorrow, Monday, but in small quantities and that on Saturday the date of reopening to trade will be definitively reported.

This agreement also allows Dominicans and Haitians who work in various areas of the economy, both here and in Haiti, to transit without problems, and after finishing their working hours to return to their countries.

The meeting was held in the assembly hall of the local mayor’s office and was led by the mayors of Dajabón, Santiago Riverón, and of Juana Méndez (Haiti), Lumber Demetrius, respectively.

At the meeting, the authorities of both countries promised to establish sanitary measures to prevent traders and buyers from getting Covid-19.

Cause of problems
Haiti’s impediment to the purchase of merchandise in the Dominican Republic by its nationals created a lot of tension for the border crossing, because upon reaching their territory they were seized and thrown into the Massacre River.

The problem became more intense when groups of civilians with firearms, sticks and other objects formed on the Haitian side, acting in the confiscation of merchandise from their compatriots.

As it became known in the area, this action was allegedly carried out by employees at the service of the Juana Méndez City Council.

The protests of those affected continued all this day of conflicts due to the measures put into effect by the Haitian authorities, as the commercial exchange in this area of ​​Dajabón received nothing.

Likewise, Dominican citizens who carry out specialized work in Haiti, such as painting, plumbing, electricity and mechanics, denounced the restriction to their entry into the territory of the neighboring country.

Joseph Faduith:
No RD will enter

What further aggravated the problem was a warning from the Haitian head of Migration in Juana Méndez, Joseph Faduith, when he said that nothing would enter his country from the Dominican Republic, although he set the exception for the Caracol free zone, after an agreement with his executives.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Juana Méndez, Lumber Demetrius, was firm in warning that the time has come to establish clear rules in the exchange of business with the Dominican Republic.

“They want it all …”
He argued that there must be equity between the two countries, claiming that the Dominicans “want it all for themselves.” Demetrius argues that a round of dialogue is needed between the authorities of the two countries to reach an agreement and establish mechanisms on the functioning of the two markets, “because now it is not one.”

In the city of Juana Méndez, a few meters from the urban center of Dajabón, the European Community built a building to house the bilateral market there.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Dajabón, Santiago Riverón, said that the municipal authorities of Dajabón are accompanying local merchants to articulate a pilot plan that allows the market facilities to be used again.

authorities say they intend to reestablish the common fair, but without the massive crowds of people.

Before agreement

Last Friday, hundreds of Haitians lined up at dawn, trying to enter Dominican territory, but could not do so, because the Haitian authorities closed the gate with padlocks and so did their Dominican peers.

Haitian merchants and buyers crossed the Masacre river and acquired some merchandise, but upon arrival in their country, inspectors from the Juana Méndez City Council took them away and then threw them into the water source.

Other Haitians who, in an attempt to circumvent military surveillance to enter Dominican soil in an irregular manner, are arrested and returned by Dominican immigration to their country, military officials said. This is not pleasing to Haiti, which alleges mistreatment of its compatriots by the military, something that the Cesfront and the Army have denied.


USA: 4 states will hold referendum on legalizing marijuana

Four states of the United States will hold referendums on whether to legalize marijuana on the same day as the national elections, and if the measure is approved in all of them, the acceptance of the enjoyment of cannabis would be evident regardless of geographic region, demographic sector and political militancy.

New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota and Montana will hold popular consultations on Election Day, November 3. But at the same time, the results of the presidency and the houses of Congress will determine whether marijuana becomes legal at the federal level.

Currently most Americans live in states where marijuana is legal in one form or another and 11 of them have already fully legalized it for adults: Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont. Plus, it’s legal Washington, DC

In Mississippi, a conservative state, residents will decide whether to allow marijuana for medical purposes, something that is already allowed in 33 states.

Nick Kovacevich, CEO of KushCo Holdings, which supplies products and equipment for marijuana use, called the referendums “monumental” in the history of legalization.

He said that in particular New Jersey, in the northeastern United States, a region with a high population density, will be key as nearby states such as New York and Pennsylvania could follow suit.

“What could happen is a domino effect that opens the trend in the most densely populated part of the United States except for the west coast,” Kovacevich said.

The fact that this referendum is taking place could draw voters to the polls that could influence other elections, such as Arizona’s close race for a Senate seat.

In Colorado, a supporter of legalization could lose his seat. This is the Republican Senator Cory Gardner, who is in trouble in a state with a strong Democratic tendency and where many businessmen in the sector no longer believe that he can defend their interests in Washington.

Despite the increase in legalizations and the tolerant attitude under the presidency of Donald Trump, the Senate under Republican control has refused to pass any reform regarding marijuana, with which the drug remains illegal at the federal level, as If it was heroin or LSD.

This has discouraged banks from doing business with companies linked to marijuana that were also excluded from the economic assistance package due to the coronavirus.


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José Mujica calls on young people to fight for their “inner freedom”

Former Uruguayan president José “Pepe” Mujica harangued young people to fight for their “inner freedom”, after highlighting the increasingly growing dangers of artificial intelligence as a “formidable weapon of domination in private hands.”

“As an Argentine historian says, colonial liberation allowed us to make a few countries, the nation is pending. That is another cause,” Mujica (2010-2015) dropped at the end of his speech, in a context of division between the countries of Latin America that is visible in the situation in Venezuela. “That is a lost debt,” according to him.

During a conference at an Argentine university where he was awarded, he wondered if the world is heading for an “ecological holocaust” and explained that the fight is for equality in the right of opportunity.

Retired, but watch out for Latin America

A few minutes earlier, the Argentine Foreign Minister, Felipe Solá, had stressed that Mujica “believes in deep Mercosur.” And he pointed out that with simple words the ex-senator explains that one must “think that things are collective; monks worked alone in the Middle Ages. These are times of strong and collective actions.”

Mujica gave a Keynote Lecture in the celebration of the 25 years of the National University of Villa María (UNVM), in the Argentine province of Córdoba, where he was recognized as an Extraordinary Professor in the Honorary category.

In addition, the Municipality of Villa María distinguished him for his outstanding militancy in Latin American politics.

“The new generations will have to fight because the flame of freedom must be maintained. And even inner freedom, that freedom that the crudest of dictatorships could never trample on. It is threatened,” he said.

He was referring to the “colossal impact of this digital civilization, with the massive use and ever increasing dangers of artificial intelligence.

“And each time with a technology that can enter our inner self and encode, measure and know ourselves above what we know ourselves. And this matter in private hands and in the hands of economic interests is a formidable weapon of domination, dangerous “, he asserted.

Message to young people about climate change

Mujica harangued young people by stating that “only militant intelligence can face this of the future,” after wondering if humanity is going to “an ecological holocaust, because global warming is not bullshit.”

The Uruguayan considered that the climate crisis is a consequence “of the incessant accumulation” and assured that “this cannot be discussed further.”

“The man did not find the political springs because he does not have the capacity to face the phenomenal interests unleashed that are stronger than political decisions,” he said, while reminding that “we must worry about life and the health of the planet.”

“If you do not consciously have a cause, the market will guide your life,” he warned, adding: “The cultural domain is stronger than any army.”

Through a YouTube channel for an Argentine public, Mujica, from his farm, spoke about meritocracy and equal opportunities, a debate that took place in Argentine society a month ago.

“Nature does not make the same, it makes similar. The fight is for equality in the right of departure, in the right of opportunity. In the hours of adolescence. Afterwards each one will give what they can. Fight to equalize that right of start in life it is the true utopia, “said Mujica.

Former Senator Mujica, with more than 60 years of life dedicated to politics, retired to the calm of his farm.

Mujica left his bench in the Senate of Uruguay last Tuesday to prioritize his health in the context of the coronavirus pandemic because, at 85 years old and with an immune disease, he is part of the risk group and felt that he could no longer add to the Chamber High in that situation.


The girl who asked Abinader for a new home wants to be an engineer

Alina Cuevas Lariné, 11, was in the right place and at the right time to see her dreams take the path where they can come true.

Accompanying her mother, Ángela Cuevas, in a dining room where she helps a friend in exchange for a little money, allowed her to get President Luis Abinader to rebuild her house, after a request that she made last Monday, October 19 , day in which the president was in Barahona giving the first piezo of the port of the municipality.

By acceding to the petition, the president made an important decision regarding infants in which the “best interests of the child and adolescent should prevail, as established by the Code of Protection of Children and Adolescents, with the aim of contribute to their integral development, ensure the full and effective enjoyment of their fundamental rights, such as a decent roof.


Ángela Cuevas, as well as her daughter say they are grateful that the president, through the National Housing Institute (INVI), ordered the construction of the house that when it rained “it got wet inside before it was outside” and from the street they saw what they did inside, due to the amount of cracks it had.

The 55-meter-high house, covered in wood and covered in zinc, with a polished concrete floor, with three bedrooms, living room, dining room, gallery, as well as a perimeter sidewalk, has an approximate cost of RD $ 245,000, without labor, affirmed the master builder when asked for his opinion in this regard.

Mother and daughter showed their satisfaction with the construction, although it is not made of blocks and cement, “in any case we are grateful to the president, may God give him life and health so that he continues to help more poor families like us.”

Wants to be an engineer

Alina Cuevas Lariné is expressive and has no stage fright when interviewed by the LISTÍN DIARIO team, she said that she was not afraid to approach the president to request help for the house, because she assures her parents needed it.

She is in the third grade of basic education And who is already preparing for the beginning of the school year, and has a dream: to graduate in civil engineering, a career that she plans to study when she is old enough to go to university.

“To build houses for people in my neighborhood, to help people here in my sector who have many needs,” said the girl.

One more thing the little girl asked the president: once the construction of the house is finished, that the president do everything possible to come and give it to you “because if you don’t come I would feel very sad.”

The sector

Alina lives with her parents and several siblings in the Los Guandules sector, in the Palmarito neighborhood, located west of the Santa Cruz de Barahona municipality.

It is a community that emerged about 15 years ago without planning, which is why it lacks the most basic services: drinking water, electricity, paved streets, sidewalks and containments.

The girl also made a vehement call to the Head of State to have urgent help for this community of Santa Cruz de Barahona, in which most of the homes are not of quality.


Foreign Minister responds to Haitian media: Meeting with Haiti was not to delimit new border territory

The Minister of Foreign Relations, Roberto Álvarez, assured that during the meeting between Haitian and Dominican authorities there was no talk of a new delimitation of the border.

Álvarez, through his Twitter account, responded to a news item published by the Haitian media Rezo Nodwes, entitled “Alert! Jovenel Moise, at the invitation of the Dominicans, agrees to work on a new delimitation of the national territory on the border ”.

The sole purpose of the meeting between the Dominican and Haitian authorities at the border on October 21 The last was to determine the trajectory of the dividing line between patterns 239, 240 and 241, as well as the location of pattern 251 ”, Álvarez explained in a tweet.

Likewise, the Dominican Foreign Minister indicated that the territorial limits between the Dominican Republic and Haiti were established in 1929 and later revised in 1936.

“The territorial limits between the DR and Haiti were established in the Dominican-Haitian Border Treaty of 1929, the border agreement of 1935 and the Border Review Protocol of 1936. These limits between the two countries are decisive, immovable and non-negotiable,” he explained.

At the meeting last Wednesday The issue of the flooding of the Azuey and Enriquillo lakes was also addressed, that have caused the mobilization of neighboring communities from Haiti to Dominican territory in recent years in the southwestern region.

In addition, it dealt with the need to resolve the relocation of inhabitants of the area, for the benefit of commercial relations and guarantee security in the border area.

In the meeting, which took place in the Military Unit for Coordinated Border Management in Jimaní of the Ministry of Defense, The need to enforce, as soon as possible and with the technical expertise of both countries, the limits established by the pyramids or border terminals was analyzed. number 240 submerged 5 meters underwater; 241 submerged at a meter and a half and 242 still visible.