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Canadian publisher honored for cultural contribution

img_89101jpgPUERTO PLATA—Mayor Juan Musa and the City Council awarded honors to a Canadian expatriate residing in Puerto Plata, for his contribution to culture in Puerto Plata as a past director of the city’s El Faro newspaper.

Tim Hall, a journalist from Montreal and currently the publisher of The Puerto Plata Report online newsmagazine, was instrumental in the growth of El Faro (The Beacon) as a bilingual weekly newspaper during mid-eighties tourism boom that transformed the region into a key Caribbean tourism destination.

The ceremony, held last week at City Hall, commemorated El Faro’s 40th year in circulation and marked the paper’s formal designation as part of the city’s Cultural & Historical Patrimony. Five other past and present Directors were also honored.

Last May, the mayor honored Hall with the city’s Distinguished Citizen Award, in recognition of 20 years of community service as Canadian Honorary Consul on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.

Flash floods damage homes in Puerto Plata, one dead

flooding2010More than 20,000 people were affected by the floods in at least 18 districts of the municipality Puerto Plata, as rivers and gorges overflowed their bank since early morning yesterday.

Moreover, José Rafael Santana  died when a wall fell on him in the sector Los Bordas.

Civil Defense director Hugo González said flash floods damaged 34 houses totally, and 850 partially, whereas 635 families lost their belongings and 6,435 others had partial losses.

He said ready-meals were distributed among the victims, while they await the arrival of home appliances and mobile cafeterias, as well as construction crews and equipment.

Between the affected districts are the Las Flores, Padre Granero, Bello Costero, Urbanización General Gregorio Luperón, Ensanche Dubocq (Los Callejones); Playa Oeste, Aguas Negras, Padre Las Casas and Los Domínguez.