50 Turtles are Freed in Sans Souci

50 Turtles are Freed in Sans Soucí

The Ministry of Environment freed 50 turtles today, all of them sired by the carey turtle baptized as Guiby, that last August 30th laid 215 eggs in the Guibia park. In the activity, headed by the minister of environment, Mr. Bautista Rojas Gómez, 30 students from the Pilar Constanzo Polytechnic School of Villa Duarte, whom placed the newborn turtles in sands of the Sans Souci beach, so this way they naturally go to sea.

The rest of Guiby’s eggs continue the process, and the newborns, around one hundred of them, will be freed on Thursday night in the Guibia beach where they were laid by the carey turtle. From there they were transferred to a specially created nest within the facilities of the National Aquarium in order to avoid their predation. The carey turtle (Eretmochely Simbricata) baptized as Guiby, of approximately 70yrs of age, lays its eggs in the Guibia beach annually, reason why the ministry of environment has placed permanent surveillance in the area, to protect the nests, just like the nest of another carey turtle that just a month ago, followed in Guiby’s steps.

Carey turtles are an endangered species due to infamous reputation their eggs have earned as a potent aphrodisiac, as well as their meat and shell, which are highly coveted commodities, thus provoking a diminishing in this species’ population. Thanks to the turtle protection program, implemented this year in the beaches of El Valle, Limón, and Cosón of Samaná, 15 turtle nests of the Dermochelys Coriácea species have been accounted for, of which nine nests have already completed their term, hatching 1,200 newborns to sea. Also, another 75 nests have been contacted, from which 25 carey turtles hatched, totaling 2,521 newborns which went to sea.

About Sansouci:

Sansouci is a company in the Real State & Tourism portfolio of assets managed by VICINI.

The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.

Source: El Dia

Macarrulla Calls Out to Supporting Cruise Tourism

Macarrulla Calls Out to Supporting Cruise Tourism

Santo Domingo. The president of Sans Soucí Ports, Lisandro Macarrulla, expressed that in order to reach the goals set for the tourist sector by President Danilo Medina during his past campaign, requires a maximum boosting of cruise tourism.

Macarrulla considered that in order to achieve these goals they require to adequately exploit the Santo Domingo destination, which to the best of his knowledge, is where the majority of the country’s cultural offer is focused. “We require a marketing plan that is serious and efficient, exclusive to the city of Santo Domingo, thus allowing the city to increase in its amount of received visitors”, said Macarrulla.

Macarrulla affirmed that an exclusive international tourist promotion campaign is necessary the destination Santo Domingo, first city of the New World.

He recommended broadcasting this promotion in all cruise ship companies, and in the main overseas market locations. Likewise, Macarrulla advocated for the sanitation process of the Ozama river. “It is urgent to channel all efforts and actions in joint manner, for the problem of the Ozama and Isabela rivers is everyone’s problem and nobody’s problem at the same time”, he expressed.

Macarrulla sustained that in order to achieve the goals set by President Medina, an enormous political disposition is demanded that is systemic and strategic, in which all State entities related to the topic, implement harmonious actions, consensual and coherent. The president of Sans Soucí Ports called out to the current trends in leisure travels, through which cruise tourism is one of the fast growing options worldwide, registering advances close to 6% per annum, numbers that will not be delivered in the case of the Dominican Republic.

Macarrulla also emphasized that the average in foreign currency directly produced by leisure travelers in this industry subsector, can reach USD$11million per every 100,000 passengers.

About Sansouci:

Sansouci is a company in the Real State & Tourism portfolio of assets managed by VICINI.

The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.

Source: Listin Diario

Banco del Progreso Opens Office in Agora Mall

Santo Domingo

Banco del Progreso opened its doors in Agora Mall. The new branch office offers clients a schedule which promises to fulfill their needs.

When addressing the guests, Mark Silverman, CEO of the financial entity, said that the opening is reason of joy for those whom form part of the Progreso family. He pointed out how this new branch office obeys a new design model, with a functional schematic, which aims to satisfy clients in an efficient, timely, practical manner, all their financial needs, their satisfaction being the main reason for this change.

About Banco del Progreso:

Banco del Progreso is a company in the Financial Services portfolio of assets administered by VICINI.

The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.

Source: Listin Diario

Tax Reform Could Close Doors on International Film Productions in the DR

Tax Reform Could Close Doors on International Film Productions in the DR

SANTO DOMINGO.  As is stated in the Tax Reform proposal, which rests on deputies’ desks, even coconut candy is taxable.

“ARTICLE 33. Article 39 of Film Law 108-10, dated July29th 2010 and its modifications are derogated”.

The article in question states the following: “Article 39- ITBIS exemption and other duties. Foreign films produced inland are exempted from tax duty payments, ISR and any other municipal rate of any nature, referring production, filming equipment, and production in general, with payment exemption as is stated in Article 23”.

This means, it affects everything related to transferable tax credit, and everything, which incentivized international film producers to set up shop locally.

DL tried to gather reactions from INDOMINA, the company responsible for developing the Pinewood Indomina Studios Compound, which received the first tax exemption for the Andy García film “A Dark Truth”, but all efforts were made in vain. “We opt to wait and see what happens, said an undisclosed source.

Alfonso Rodríguez, president of ADOCINE (entity representing local filmmakers), expressed via phone from Santiago, that “The law isn’t even a year old, and should not be altered, and more than that, a ley that in such little time has created over 700 direct jobs and 2,000 contractor jobs, because if we involve taxi companies, catering services, clothing, movie theaters, etc., it surpasses those amounts”.

“The Film Law created jobs” Rodríguez reaffirmed. “Film production in the last 20years had never undergone tax audits; we produced by paying cash, however, this year everyone is paying taxes. My film alone (ugly by day… handsome at night) surpassed RD$4.5million in tax retentions to staff members and ITBIS payment. You can’t come now and take it away”, said the film producer.

About Indomina:

Indomina is a company in the Real State and Tourism portfolio of assets managed by VICINI.

The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.

Source: Diario Libre