BIG LEAGUES – Manny Machado hits pair of home runs


Third baseman Manny Machado drove in five runs with a pair of homers, receiver Webster Rivas added another good one for three touchdowns and the San Diego Padres beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-1.

The Padres ended a three-game losing streak with their 50th win of the season.

In that game, Fernando Tatis Jr., also from Santiago, hit a couple of indisputable hits, including a double, his 17th of the season and stepped on the rubber twice. Another Dominican from the Padres, Jorge Mateo, went blank in one turn.

Also Dominican Jean Segura of the Phillies singled on four visits to the plate.


BUFFALO, New York – Austin Meadows had three hits, including a pair of RBI doubles, and the Tampa Bay Rays snapped their 10-game losing streak on Sunday by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1. Wander Franco hit his second home run with Tampa Bay, which had lost five consecutive games overall. Cuban Yandy Díaz had two hits and scored twice. The Rays trailed 1-0 before Franco’s hit in the sixth inning to Robbie Ray (6-4). Diaz then doubled and scored on Meadows’ first double of the game. For the Rays, the Dominicans Franco 4-2 with scored and RBI, Francisco Mejía 3-0 with scored, and Manuel Margot 5-0. For the Blue Jays, the Dominicans Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 4-1, and Teoscar Hernández 4-0.


PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Starter Tyler Anderson stood out for seven innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped Milwaukee’s 11-game win streak on Sunday by shutting out the Brewers 2-0. Kevin Newman homered and Wilmer Difó drove in a run with a double as the Pirates came out of a six-game losing streak. Milwaukee’s winning streak was the second longest in franchise history. The Brewers won their first 13 games in 1987. Anderson had had eight starts without a win since May 9, when he beat the Cubs in Chicago. David Bednar and Richard Rodriguez completed the four-hitting field job with one inning each. Rodriguez posted his 11th save in 13 chances by completing Pittsbirgh’s third shutout of the season. For the Pirates, the Dominican Difo 4-1 with an RBI.

For the Brewers, the Dominicans Willy Adames 3-1, and Freddy Peralta 2-0.


CINCINNATI, Ohio – Amir Garrett came out of trouble in the ninth inning and the Reds gave the Chicago Cubs their ninth straight setback with a 3-2 victory this Sunday at Cincinnati.

Chicago starter right-hander Kyle Hendricks pitched six innings in which he received five hits and one run. He struck out five without giving up passports.


China removes Didi from app stores for data misuse

China’s regulatory authorities on Sunday demanded that mobile app stores stop offering the DiDi Chuxing ride-sharing app, the Chinese equivalent of Uber, for “abusing user data.”

In a brief statement, the China Cyberspace Administration also asks the company to take “concrete measures” to “solve existing legal gaps in accordance with national regulations and standards” and with the aim of “guaranteeing the security of information in the users”.

Didi’s mobile app is no longer available to new users in online stores, although registered users can still use it.

The announcement comes just days after Beijing reported the opening of a cybersecurity investigation against Didi, causing its shares to tumble on Wall Street on Friday shortly after its debut on that floor.

On Friday, the company said it would carry out a “comprehensive assessment” of the “security risks”, although it did not detail what they consist of.

At its premiere on the New York Stock Exchange, the company achieved a market valuation close to $ 80 billion.

According to documentation submitted to the Securities Market Commission, Didi had revenues of $ 21.6 billion last year and net losses of $ 2.54 billion.

In the most recent quarter, the first of 2021, it entered 6.4 billion and achieved a slight profit of 95 million.

The move comes at a time when the Chinese authorities’ relationship with the country’s large digital firms seems to have soured, especially with those that have large subsidiaries dedicated to the fintech sector.

Conglomerate Alibaba received the largest antitrust sanction ever imposed by China in April, while regulators suspended last November the IPO of its subsidiary Ant, which was expected to be the largest in history.


Edelweiss airline makes direct flight from Switzerland to Puerto Plata

The European market continues to prefer the Dominican Republic as a long-distance destination, this time, a new direct flight is incorporated, from the airline Edelweiss, from Zurich, Switzerland to Puerto Plata, reaffirming confidence in Quisqueya.

The flight, operated on an Airbus A340 aircraft, arrived at the Gregorio Luperón Airport with 127 Swiss passengers, which was received by the authorities of the Ministry of Tourism (MITUR) and Dominican Airports Siglo XXI (Aerodom).

Berd Bauer, Edelweiss CEO, stated that he is pleased to be able to resume these operations, which begins with a weekly flight, on Fridays, and hopes to increase its frequency in the future. He stressed that the Caribbean is a strategic region as a destination and that, The Dominican Republic has a great tourist offer for the Swiss.

Urs Schnider, Swiss ambassador to the Dominican Republic, expressed that it is a pride to receive this direct flight from Zurich to Puerto Plata, the cradle of tourism in the country of Quito, due to the characteristics of each of its cities, beaches, mangroves, cable car and for the many other attractions it has.

“This is a country with many tourist potentials and I have always felt very safe in it, therefore, I believe that Edelweiss, too, made the good decision to establish direct flights to Puerto Plata, to make it easier for tourists from Europe to visit this wonderful corner of the world ”, said the Swiss ambassador.

Schnider, stated, that in 2019 before the world was impacted by Covid-19, about 33,000 Swiss arrived in the Dominican Republic. “After the reopening and security measures implemented by the authorities of this Caribbean destination for tourists and travelers, Edelweiss was the only European airline that had a commitment to the country and that flew to its traditional destination, Punta Cana and today it does so with Puerto Plata ”, he indicated.

The Vice Minister of Service and Quality of the Mitur, Roberto Henríquez, stated that, with the incorporation of this new flight to the country, hotel occupancy increases, contributing to the growth of the sector in the arrival of tourists to Dominican Republic, which received 350,000 visitors in June, generated in turn, more jobs and dynamism of the economy.


Rector of the UTE, José Nicolás Almánzar, dies

The rector of the University of the Third Age (UTE), José Nicolás Almánzar García, passed away on Saturday night, at the age of 86.

Almánzar García was a former Minister of Education during the government of Joaquín Balaguer. He had been hospitalized for several days at the Corazones Unidos medical center, where he died.

His remains will be exhibited this Sunday at the Blandino funeral home on Abraham Lincoln Avenue.


José Nicolás Almanzar García was a teacher, writer and politician. He was born in Salcedo, and completed his primary and secondary studies in his hometown and at the Pontifical Seminary Santo Tomás de Aquino in the city of Santo Domingo.

His university studies were carried out at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State University) -United States, the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) and the Pedro Henriquez Ureña National University (UNPHU); obtaining the titles of Doctor of Law and Bachelor of Education Sciences; having also attended the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), where he took several courses in the field of Political Science.

In 1952 he began as Teacher-Secretary of the María Josefa Gómez Primary School, teacher at the Emiliano Tejera secondary school and Adult Literacy Teacher in Salcedo.

From 1969 to 1976 he was a professor at the Faculty of Education at the “Pedro Henriquez Ureña” National University (UNPHU) where he founded the Department of Adult Education.

In 1892 he was appointed Rector of the Eugenio María de Hostos University (UNIREMHOS), a position he took up again in 1988, where he created the University Program for the Third Age (UTE), of which he is the founder and current Rector.

He was part of the group of educators who drafted Education Law No. 66-97, which currently governs initial, Basic and Middle education of the Dominican Educational System, as well as the Law of Higher Education Science and Technology, approved by the Senate of the Republic, which awaits its final approval in the Chamber of Deputies.


Pope undergoes surgery for symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon

The Pope has undergone a surgical operation due to a symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon at the Hospital Policlinico A. Gemelli in Rome, as reported by the Vatican press office.

“His Holiness Pope Francis went this afternoon to the A. Gemelli Polyclinic hospital in Rome where he will undergo a scheduled surgical surgery for a symptomatic diverticular stenosis in the colon”, has confirmed the director of the Vatican press office, Matteo Bruni, in a brief statement.

The doctor in charge of the surgical operation is the head doctor of the digestive surgery department of the aforementioned hospital, Sergio Alfieri. The Vatican press office has announced that it will give a medical report as soon as the operation is finished.

This morning the Pope prayed the Angelus leaning out of the window of his private study in the Apostolic Palace. Although he will reduce his schedule in July and August, he is scheduled to travel from September 12 to 15 to Slovakia, as he has announced.


COE KEEPS ALERT THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY – Elsa leaves 39 aqueducts out of service, affecting almost 500 thousand users

The Emergency Operations Center reduced the category of alerts, after the passage of Storm Elsa through the south of the country.

In this Saturday’s report, the institution maintains the yellow alert in 15 provinces and green in the rest of the country.

The provinces in yellow alert are: Barahona, San José de Ocoa, Pedernales, San Cristóbal, Santo Domingo, National District, Peravia, Azua, San Pedro de Macorís, Duarte, especially the lower Yuna, Monte Plata, Monsignor Nouel, San Juan , Bahoruco and María Trinidad Sánchez.

While in green are: Puerto Plata, Hermanas Mirabal, Santiago Rodríguez, Monte Cristi, Valverde, Dajabón, Samaná, La Altagracia, Independencia, Sánchez Ramírez, La Vega, La Romana, El Seibo, Hato Mayor, Santiago, Espaillat and Elías Pineapple.

The measure is caused by possible floods of rivers, streams and gullies, as well as flash or urban floods, because Tropical Storm Elsa continues to move rapidly towards the West / Northwest at about 46 kph.

The report indicates that the phenomenon will continue in the same direction and shift today, expected to be slower this Sunday.

Affected homes

Elsa’s passage through the country also left 56 houses partially destroyed, one of them completely, as well as 285 displaced people, 32 of whom were taken to shelters.


Some 45 aqueducts are affected, 39 of them out of service, affecting a population of 467,122 users throughout the country.


Wappies and believers are a danger to us all –

Whoever refuses to be vaccinated puts not only his own health at risk, but also that of others. That’s because variants can only develop in the body of infected people, a risk that obviously increases if you don’t get vaccinated. “Unvaccinated people are potential variant factories,” William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases, told CNN

“The more unvaccinated people, the more chance for the virus to multiply.” And when that happens, the virus mutates and can deliver a more serious variant somewhere along the way.”

That’s what viruses do: mutate. A virus wants – if everything living, survives as a species. So when one way is closed by vaccines, the virus finds other ways. If the mutation can spread, a new virus variant emerges, which may be more contagious, replicate more efficiently, or infect a greater diversity of hosts. Such a variant can then become dominant, as is now fully underway in many countries with the Delta variant.

For the time being, the vaccines still hold up against the current variants, but that is not a certainty for any new variants. That is why high vaccination coverage is so important now. And wappies and believers are therefore a danger to all of us


Biden transfers “all resources” to elucidate the origin of the recent computer attack in the US

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has ensured that he has transferred “all the resources of the Government” to elucidate the origin and cause of the large-scale computer attack that various US technology firms received this Friday.

“We are not sure who it is with certainty (…) I have asked the Intelligence Community to give me an in-depth analysis of what happened,” Biden said in the framework of his visit to the state of Michigan. shared the White House.

Thus, the US president has distanced himself from rumors that the attack could have originated in Russia.

However, he has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that if the incident has been carried out “under the knowledge or consequence of Russia”, there will be a “response” from the United States.

“I have not called (Putin) because we are not sure. The initial idea is that it was the Russian government, but we are still not sure,” he added.

This Friday, up to a thousand small and medium-sized North American companies, many of them IT firms, have been affected by a new large-scale cyber attack from the same group that hit meat supplier JBS Foods this spring.

The Revil criminal gang, believed to be operating out of Eastern Europe or Russia, has this time attacked a software vendor known as Kaseya, whose products are widely used by IT management and other companies, according to an alert. from the firm specialized in computer security Huntress Labs.

In at least one case, the attackers have demanded the payment of a five million ransom for companies to recover the data of their corporate clients, right now in danger of ending up in the hands of the highest bidder, as explained by one of the executive directors of the firm, Kyle Hanslovan, to CNN.

This attack is the latest in a series of cyber attacks that has alerted US authorities. In May, an attack on the Colonial Pipeline interrupted fuel shipments to gas stations on the East Coast, while the attack on JBS caused the temporary closure of its nine US beef processing plants.


Focus: Politics – The West seeks to consolidate its influence

The COVID-19 pandemic has come to accelerate processes that had already started but were progressing slowly. Since that March 2020 the world has changed and everything seems to indicate that it will not be the same again, which has forced all countries to learn to live with new challenges, facing new mutations that are always more aggressive. So much so that inoculation against the virus seems to have become an instrument of the States to conduct foreign policy and gain influence.

In this sense, the world has starred in a geopolitical fight for vaccines, which up to now has had the People’s Republic of China as the protagonist, followed by Russia. They have been pioneers in providing this good to other low-income states, which have thus managed to begin to inoculate their population.

Currently, the Government of the United States of America has announced the donation of 55 million doses of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 worldwide, of which 14 million will be destined for Latin America and the Caribbean through the program. Covax, an international collaborative initiative promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), which aims to guarantee equitable access to vaccines for all countries. This decision suggests a response from the United States to try to play an important role in the fight against the pandemic.

On the other hand, it has sought to reestablish the relationship with Europe. In fact, Joe Biden has attended the first meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO) as president, promoting a renewed policy of the Transatlantic Axis that allows articulation against the Russian-Chinese alliance. At the same time, it has convinced the Group of Seven (G7), meeting on June 11 in the United Kingdom, to launch an infrastructure plan similar to the Belt and Road devised in 2013 by Chinese President Xi. Jinping, but guided by Western values, with high standards and transparency, according to his statements. It will be aimed at Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Indo-Pacific.

There are two important decisions that mark the foreign policy of the new US government and that seem to determine a change in strategies, which are focused on strengthening multilateralism and creating alternative projects to those already devised by China, in addition to hardening the tone with the old Union Soviet. The objective, seems to be, to safeguard a hegemony that until recently was indisputable.

In this regard, the Spanish diplomat Fidel Sendagorta in his book “Power Strategies” affirms that: “China with long-term strategies and an eastern sense of political time has the upper hand, except that the West, as a concept and as a whole, decide to join forces and the United States is convinced that, once again, this challenge can only be met if there are strong and close alliances. ” Indeed, the European Union plays an important role in this regard, being the traditional ally of the northern giant.

Biden, for his part, has shown that he is in the best position to restore relations and thus strengthen the transatlantic axis. This puts the old continent, like other countries, before the difficult decision to safeguard its ever closer relationship with the People’s Republic of China in commercial and economic fields, and at the same time maintain its economic, political and security ties with its traditional partners. .

Finally, the question here is whether the bloc made up of the United States and the European Union will be able to make joint decisions that allow them to coexist with Russia and China without again lacerating their relations, taking into account the words of Josep Borrell, according to which Europe he must quickly learn to speak the language of power.


Guatemala: They ask for the resignation of president due to lack of vaccines

The lack of vaccines against COVID-19 is the tip of the iceberg of the fatigue and anger of the Guatemalan society that complains to its president for the lack of vaccines and questions a contract by which millions of Russian vaccines would be received that have not reached the Central American country. Various sectors called for protests for Saturday.

The Human Rights Ombudsman, students, social organizations have joined the claim of thousands of Internet users against President Alejandro Giammattei made in open letters due to the shortage of inoculants and the handling of the pandemic.

The presidency is silent and has not reacted to requests from angry sectors calling for the president’s resignation.

According to official data as of Saturday, 298,904 infected people and 9,350 deaths had been reported in Guatemala, while only 161,389 people had been immunized, less than 1% of the total population of 17 million people.

“The handling of the pandemic has been appalling, there has been corruption in the purchase of vaccines, there are other countries that have given him vaccines and here in Guatemala that has not happened due to sheer negligence of the State,” Álvaro Montenegro told The Associated Press , from the JusticiaYa group, which demands the resignation of Giammattei.

“The president has also co-opted the justice system, including Attorney General Consuelo Porras, who is protecting Giammattei’s relatives involved in vaccine corruption, it is a whole systemic crisis led by the president,” added Montenegro.

On Friday, the Comptroller General of Accounts filed a complaint against the current Minister of Health, Amalia Flores, for a contract signed with a Russian fund for which almost 80 million dollars was paid in April as an advance of 50% of 16 million euros. Sputnik vaccines against the new coronavirus. To date, however, they have only shipped 150,000 and another batch of 200,000 is expected to be received on Saturday.

The former commissioner against impunity in Guatemala, the Colombian lawyer Iván Velásquez, said in a message on his Twitter account that “the situation in Guatemala in the last year of Pérez’s government (Otto Pérez Molina who resigned from office and whom Velásquez helped to imprisonment for corruption) does not compare with the seriousness of the situation in the second year of Giammattei’s government ”.

The lawyer pointed out that “neither the corruption of Lake Amatitlán (a case for which the then vice president of Pérez Molina, Roxana Baldetti was convicted) compares with the corruption of vaccines. What does it take for citizen reaction ”, he stated.