The bitter truth about sugar
Sugar’s everywhere. It’s addictive, it’s toxic, and, in the end, we all have to pay for it, if not with our health, then at least in our taxes - There’s undoubtedly a correlation between our increased sugar intake and this explosion in obesity, diabetes and other metabolic problems. One interesting fact is that, year on year, we’re buying fewer actual bags of sugar — “visible sugar”. The big increases are in “invisible sugar” — the sugar the food industry sneaks into things...., and Dominican sugar producers are laughing all the way to the bank!
Read more | 09 Apr 2012
Dominican street gangs linked to a major credit card breach
10 million compromised card numbers - Visa and MasterCard are alerting banks across the U.S. about a recent major breach at a U.S.-based credit card processor. The suspected cybercrime probably tied to Dominican street gangs in and around New York City, reports security researcher Brian Krebs, a former Washington Post reporter.......
Read more | 31 Mar 2012
Dominican gang member convicted of first-degree murder in US
Rodolfo Hiraldo-Perez, a 25-year-old citizen of the Dominican Republic, faces a mandatory life sentence under state guidelines. According to witnesses and surveillance video, Hiraldo-Perez stabbed Ruiz repeatedly after codefendant Angel Sanchez knocked him to the ground with a barrage of punches.......
Read more | 31 Mar 2012
32 arrested in illegal Dominican lottery sting in USA
Nine search warrants were simultaneously executed Wednesday evening by nearly 100 law enforcement officials. Another nine search warrants were executed during a separate sweep on March 14. More than $130,000 in cash and evidence of illegal gambling operations involving the Dominican National Lottery were seized during the raids.......
Read more | 31 Mar 2012
Billions Lost in US Tax-Refund Scam masterminded in Dom Rep
Two people familiar with the investigation say the Puerto Rican tax scam was masterminded by a group in the Dominican Republic. According to criminal investigators, a single Puerto Rican Social Security number goes for about $8 to $10 on the black market, with stolen identities of children sometimes used to add dependents to the returns in order to inflate the refunds.......
Read more | 31 Mar 2012
Dominican police charge teenage beggars with killing 7-year-old boy
The teens are accused of beating Randy Beltran to death with a concrete brick and then throwing his body into an abandoned property. The teens range in age from 13 to 15 and also are accused of stealing $8 from him. The teens told police they were jealous of the boy’s ability to make money from begging. A sixth suspect is on the run......
Read more | 31 Mar 2012
Pressure mounts on PLD senator with US$385.0M deals in Haiti
Pressure mounts on ruling party PLD senator Felix Bautista, when on Tuesday his party and congressional colleague urged him to clearly explain his NO-BID contracts reported worth US$385.0 million with the Haitian Government for the construction of major works, and the Justice Minister warned that he would proceed if provided with evidence......
Read more | 31 Mar 2012
Famous water amusement park charged with electricity theft
Banana Republic News - The Office of the Electricity System Prosecutor (PGASE) on Tuesday announced fraud and breach of contract charges against the owners of Santiago’s water amusement park Kaskada. Jose Rafael Acevedo was charged on two counts of stealing nearly RD$4.0 million in electricity from the distribution company EDENORTE.......
Read more | 30 Mar 2012
Dominican Authorities Seize 1.5 Tons of Cocaine off Juan Dolio
Welcome to Little Mexico -  The drug, which was on board a boat that set sail from the La Guajira Peninsula, in Colombia, was seized in the tourist town of Juan Dolio, the DNCD’s chief, Maj. Gen. Rolando Rosado Mateo, said in a statement. Six Dominicans, who were going to receive the drug shipment on land, are being sought.......
Read more | 30 Mar 2012
Foreigner jailed for shooting Dominican who tried to rob him
BANANA REPUBLIC SCANDAL - The Dutchman, Plakkaar Robertus Antonius, has been jailed by the court of Puerto Plata for killing one of four thives who entered into his home in Sosua to rob him. Pure corruption since the judge will probably ask USD 20,000 to set him free even he has done nothing wrong according to facebook.....
Read more | 26 Mar 2012
RD$1.8B fraud case convicts, ex banker pardoned could return to jail
Who said Banana Republic? Leonel Fernandez got over a million dollars from the same bank....!! - Convicted ex banker Vivian Lubrano and those pardoned in the Plan Renove RD$1.9 billion fraud case could land behind bars again to serve out their jail sentence if the Constitutional Court (TC) upholds a challenge as unconstitutional against president Leonel Fernandez’s decree which freed them.......
Read more | 21 Mar 2012
Ban Cyanide in Dominican Republic, Protest Barrick Gold
Mega open pit mining is an activity whose enormous scale entails major environmental impacts, such as the destruction of large forests, the massive consumption of fresh water and electricity, the production of acid drainage, and above all the use of large amounts of highly toxic substances......
Read more | 21 Mar 2012
Dominican Jail Warden Arrested for Bringing Drugs to Inmates
All antinarcotics agents to undergo polygraph tests -

A Dominican Republic jail warden, Severino Brazoban Guzman, has been arrested for smuggling cocaine and marijuana to prison inmates at the La Victoria prison. Guzman was found with over 108.6 grams of cocaine and 198.6 grams marijuana that was hidden in his underwear and boots.......
Read more | 20 Mar 2012
Interpol warrant issued for ex-premier of Turks and Caicos in DR
Interpol issued a “red notice” warrant yesterday against former premier of Turks and Caicos Islands Michael Misick, believed to be in the Dominican Republic. He face charges of bribery, money laundering, conspiring to defraud the government, and acquiring proceeds of criminal conduct. Part of the reason suspicion was directed at Misick was his flamboyant  lifestyle. He is an ex-husband of Hollywood actress LisaRaye McCoy......
Read more | 20 Mar 2012
Fundraiser Hosted By ‘Sugar Baron’ Accused Of ‘Modern Day Slavery’ - UPDATE w/ VIDEO!
Controversial Florida sugar family contributed to Scott Brown and Democrats alike. Now we see it is the Florida GOP establishment he has in his pocket. But even with more than $750,000 in political contributions over the years, mostly to Republicans, one still has to wonder why Brown would risk aligning himself with a figure like Fanjul....... WATCH VIDEO!!
Read more | 16 Mar 2012
Seven arrests in bust of 807.4 kilos of cocaine headed to Spain
Welcome to Little Mexico - 755 packages of cocaine seized in Caucedo Port, Boca Chica weighed 807.4 kilos, with seven arrests thus far, including one woman. The drug seized shortly before the group was about to ship it to Spain, hidden in bundles of leaf tobacco...... What a cigar!
Read more | 15 Mar 2012
Mega Cap Cana scandal involving Stewart Title and Green Village

Cap Cana is in a Free Fall - Ritz Carlton, Trump and everybody else has left the sinking ship! Investors who expected to be protected by Stewart Title lost their money. Cap Cana has stopped paying the penalties stipulated in the contracts and all the small investors got fucked for USD 134 million just in Green Village alone!! Welcome to DR….

Read more | 15 Mar 2012
The truth about sugar cane slaves and child workers in DR, photo by photo
YOU MUST SEE these two photoblogs from Washington Post and!!  For decades, Haitians have been fleeing the turmoil of their country to work as seasonal laborers in the sugar cane industry in the Dominican Republic, where living and working conditions are often extremely poor, with limited access to health care, no running water or sanitary facilities, and a lack of electricity....... Read about the Sugar Barons behind the child workers and slavery like conditions!
Read more | 13 Mar 2012
Out of Control, Haiti And Dominican Republic To Discuss Cholera Epidemic
Must read before travelling to DR! - At least 7,000 Haitians have died of cholera since the outbreak began in Oct 2010 and nearly 500,000 have been made ill, Haiti's Health Ministry said. The disease has spread from Haiti to the neighbouring Dominican Republic, where 21,000 cases and 363 deaths from cholera have been reported......
Read more | 13 Mar 2012
Dominican to answer charges in NYC pipe-bomb terror case
Jose Pimentel is set to be arraigned Tuesday in a Manhattan court. A grand jury indicted him last month on charges including weapons possession and conspiracy as terror crimes. The down-on-his-luck loner and Dominican immigrant conducted computer research on bomb-making, made shopping trips to secure supplies and finally started assembling a pipe bomb......
Read more | 13 Mar 2012
Week long violence along the border btw Haiti and DR

Hispaniola is the most criminal island in the Caribbean - Dominicans evacuate consulate as violence in Haiti continues - Dominican truckers protest kidnappings in Haiti......

Read more | 13 Mar 2012
3 earthquakes in Dominican Republic 3.7, 4.4 and 4.5 - Large one expected
The first quake felt in Santiago and other nearby localities was detected at just 22 kilometers deep. The second and third earthquake were close to Casa de Campo in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic has “highly dangerous” seismic activity - Devastating earthquake expected but response agency NOT ready!!
Read more | 13 Mar 2012
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