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UN will be consulted on controversial cement plant installations

President Leonel Fernandez announced yesterday that he requested of the United Nations Environment Program, through United Nations National Development  Program (UNDP), to evaluate the cement plants being built near the Los Haitises National Park and in Luperón, Puerto Plata, to make a final decision.

In a luncheon with media directors in the National Palace, Fernandez affirmed that on controversial issues which affect public opinion he’ll seek out the expertise of neutral international organisms to make the corresponding decision

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Sosua Bay Casino to host webcam gambling

The Caribbean Casino and Gaming Corporation was in the business news
for the second time this week, having earlier announced that live
betting cameras and software will be installed over table games,
including Texas Hold ‘Em, at its Sosua Bay Grand Casino in the
Dominican Republic within the next two weeks for Internet live betting
purposes.

In its latest announcement, CCGC advises that it has entered into a six
month online test simulcast broadcast agreement with Kenilworth Systems
Corporation to support its recently signed agreement with Trade
Broadcasting Corp to offer Texas Hold Em Tournaments throughout the
Caribbean Islands.

CCGC plans to relocate its smaller Grand Casino to an adjoining 250
room hotel that will include a disco, four (4) restaurants, three (3)
pools and a vastly expanded casino to accommodate Caribbean Stud Poker
and Texas Hold Em tournaments. Kenilworth will complete the test before
the Grand Casino is relocated.

Kenilworth owns patents filed in the U.S. and other countries for systems and methods for
playing casino table-type games such as roulette, dice and baccarat in
an interactive manner at sites remote from the actual casino table at
which cameras follow the live game that is being played in strictly
regulated casinos. This allows players to wager as if they are in the
actual casino playing at tables rather than virtual or number generated
casino games from studios.

The patented technology includes the use of lottery-type terminals that
accept cash deposits while managing the wagering by using lottery data
systems that can easily identify problematic gamblers and limit or shut
down their compulsive gambling habits and also prevents underage
participation when state operated lotteries become involved.

Herbert Lindo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Kenilworth,
explained: “Simulcasts of remote casino table games to homes, cell
phones, public gathering places such as cafes, hotels, resorts, horse
race tracks and selected restaurants and bars is the direction of the
future.

“Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Switzerland and France have either passed or
are preparing legislation permitting only remote live games from their
own casinos with the same tax benefits, halting virtual wagering and
number generated games along with studio games. The reason we are
developing the software and the required equipment is to market the
live game broadcast technology together with licensing our patents.”

As part of the test agreement, among other considerations, Kenilworth
will pay one half of one percent for a period of ten years, from the
net, net win earnings from an estimated annual $500 billion worldwide
market in the not too distant future (up to an estimated $2.5 billion
annually). Kenilworth’s software and technical personnel will assist
Caribbean to complete the Texas Hold Em tournament broadcast system.

Customs & Immigrations procedures changed to reduce boater ripoffs

The Dominican Republic has taken steps to reduce boater ripoffs by changing rules and giving marinas the job of collecting fees.

This has been the result of a long campaign by marine organizations in the country.

In spite of the difficulties of check-in and moving from one port to another, Dominican Republic has become a popular place for cruising sailors, particularly weather-protected Luperon.

This popular cruising meeting place is a good base from which to visit the interior. Repairs and other yacht services are available here.

Once past the bureaucracy, DR has always been popular –  .. .

Luperon is very protected –  .. .

The resume of the new Decree stated in Layman’s Terms:

1.That any Private Yacht coming to a Private Marina in the Dominican Republic (DR) from a foreign port will not be boarded by all the different governmental officials, but only one Navy representative with one other official can search the vessel if there has been a report of suspicious activity on the vessel.

2.That all other Governmental forms are to be filled out in the marina offices by the Captain of the vessel.

3.Transparency of Payments: All monetary payments are to be made to the marinas directly and will show on the receipt given to the yacht when they leave the particular marina.

Dominican Republic (DR) – Caribbean at its best –  .. .

4.The following fees will be charged by the Dominican Port Authority, Dominican Navy and Immigration:
– Five percent (5%) of the vessel’s dockage before tax charged by Dominican Port Authority.
– Ten (10) USD or equivalent in Dominican Pesos to the Dominican Navy for
a Dispatch Letter only when departing to a foreign port.
– Ten (10) USD for each passenger on the vessel (excluding the crew of the Vessel) paid to Immigration.
– Sixteen (16) USD (or DOP 500) for each crew or passenger that leaves the Dominican Republic or arrives to the country by plane and is
desenrolling or enrolling on a vessel.

5.Vessels traveling in Dominican waters from one marina to another do not pay any fees regarding the Dispatch Letter. The Captain of the vessel must inform
the marina with his name, vessel’s name and the number of passengers on
board of the vessel any time the vessel leaves the marina. The 5% of
the dockage fee in the marinas covers cruising permits up to 90 days.

6.There is going to be a new vessel entrance form that will be filled out with
the vessel, crew and passenger information. This will be given to all
governmental authorities and one copy to the captain of the vessel as
proof of entry and clearance when traveling between marinas in the DR.
This document is still being made by the marinas and needs to be
approved by the Dominican Port Authority.

Ports of entry:
North coast:, Puerto Plata 19°49’N 70°42’W (Ocean World Marina 19°50 N 70°43’53” W), Luperon (Puerto Blanco) 19°55’N 70°56’W.

South coast: Casa de Campo 18°24’N 68°55’W?, Santo Domingo 18°28’N 69°53’W,
Punta Cana 18°32’N 68 °22’W?, Las Salinas 18° 16′ N 71° 19′ W.

Facilities:
There are good standard marinas in Boca Chica, Casa de Campo, Luperon, Puerto
Plata and Punta Cana, with all expected facilites.  Only basic repair facilities are available at Samaná where there is fuel and water on the dock and a good fresh produce market.