Caribbean Quake Shakes Domincian Republic

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake shook the Dominican Republic this morning just days after experts warned that the country is at risk of experiencing a quake similar to the one that hit neighbouring Haiti last year.

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Big Drug Arrest On Caribbean Cruise Ship

A suburban body shop owner accused of helping to run one of the largest drug smuggling organizations in the Caribbean was arrested Monday as he took a family vacation on a cruise ship. Read more of this post

Dominican Republic To Host International Conference Of Haiti Donors

Dominican Republic will host the international conference of high level technical donors who’ll evaluate the economic consequences of the quake Haiti. Read more of this post

Plane With Lifesaving Medical Supplies Diverted Again From Landing In Haiti

Written on January 19th 2010

A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) cargo plane carrying 12 tons of medical equipment, including drugs, surgical supplies and two dialysis machines, was turned away three times from Port-au-Prince airport since Sunday night despite repeated assurances of its ability to land there. Read more of this post

Sol (Barbados) Takes Over 137 Shell Stations

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to sell its service stations in the Dominican Republic to Barbados-based fuel supplier, Sol.

A total of 137 stations will be part of the deal. The amount of the purchase, however, has not been revealed.

Under licensing agreements, the Sol Group which was formed in 2005 through the purchase of Shell’s petroleum distribution and marketing businesses in several Caribbean nations, will continue using the Shell brand. Read more of this post

Dominican Republic May Shoot Drug Planes Out Of Skies

Lawmakers in the Dominican Republic are debating a proposal that would let local authorities shoot at drug laden planes and boats, that refuse to land or dock when ordered.

They are considering the new Bill, despite threats from the United States to suspend anti drug efforts if the law is passed.

Congress leader Julio Cesar Valentin urged legislators to approve the law, and accused the US of meddling, after Washington sent letters warning of the consequences.

The US has provided Dominican authorities with equipment and training, and helped carry out drug operations in recent years.

Santo Domingo is among the top 20 nations that the State Department considers major producers of, or transit sites for, illegal drugs.

Last year Dominican authorities seized about five tonnes of cocaine, over 200 pounds of heroin, and made nearly 13,000 drug related arrests.

Source: BBC Caribbean

Smuggling Ring Uncovered In Dominican Republic

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have uncovered a ring of people traffickers who smuggle Haitian children into the country and put them to work as beggars.

The top immigration official in the northern Dominican region, Juan Isidro Perez, said his agency would soon launch a programme to eradicate the practice.

Mr Perez said Dominican police and troops will work with immigration agents to apprehend the traffickers.

Source: BBC Caribbean

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