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October 20, 2011 | By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez, Associated Press
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - The government of the Dominican Republic announced a new crackdown on illegal immigration Wednesday that will lead to the ouster of thousands of Haitians who escaped a devastating earthquake last year. Any migrants lacking appropriate documents will be deported immediately, said Immigration Director Jose Ricardo Taveras. "Starting today, those who come to our country should arrive with a standard visa," he said. The proposal was signed by President Leonel Fernandez and aims to document and classify all migrants according to their work and migration status for the first time in the country's history.
SPORTS
November 8, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jamie Moyer went to the Dominican Republic to prove he could still pitch. Ultimately, he may have ended his career there while throwing in a winter ball game. Moyer reportedly reinjured his left elbow in the third inning of a start Saturday for Escogido of the Dominican Winter League. The lefthander, who turns 48 next week, is a free agent and was hoping for a major-league invitation to spring training after pitching parts of five seasons in Philadelphia. Instead, according to the Associated Press, Moyer traveled to California to seek a new diagnosis from Lewis Yocum, the specialist who told Moyer he did not need Tommy John surgery after injuring the elbow in July.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 1999 | By Gerald Etter, INQUIRER FOOD EDITOR
Foods of the Latino world are proliferating like potatoes in the Andes, so it wasn't too surprising to find a Dominican restaurant washing up onto the restaurant beach in Old City. Its name is Sabooor. In Spanish, sabor means flavor. The extra O's, says owner Amara Martinez, emphasize just how pleasing her native cuisine can be. The restaurant, while warm and cheerful with bright splashes of sun-filled Caribbean charm, is quite small. But its soul is large, and perfect for showcasing the dishes of the Dominican Republic.
TRAVEL
December 7, 2015 | By Anna Maria DiDio, For The Inquirer
What could you do with $217? It is certainly not an insignificant amount of money, but would it change your life? That's what I intended to find out during my trip to the Dominican Republic with Women International Leaders (WIL) of Greater Philadelphia. WIL members contribute time, knowledge, and money to raise women's economic and social status, promote self-determination, and help them become community leaders. Early in the week, we toured the lush region of Monte Plata, the future site of Schools for Sustainability, which will teach and model green technology.
SPORTS
October 24, 1986 | By Edward Power, Inquirer Staff Writer
Down at the Lucky Seven bar, the Peace Corps volunteers had commandeered one of the best tables, no more than a few feet from the color TV tuned to what Dominicans ardently call Las Serias Mundial - The World Series. It was the sixth inning of the second game between the Mets and the Red Sox, and Rafael Santana, a hometown hero from La Romana, was at bat. With the count at 1-1, Santana connected with an inside fastball that burned like a meteor toward the left-center-field gap before suddenly going cold in a shortstop's glove.
NEWS
October 1, 1998 | By Gaiutra Bahadur, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
On the wall behind John Ober's desk hangs a map of Hispaniola, the two-nation Caribbean island hit last week by Hurricane Georges. Green delineates Haiti, and yellow sets the parameters of Ober's livelihood, the Dominican Republic. Right now, that livelihood is on hiatus as the Dominican Republic tries to recoup from the storm, which ripped the roofs off factories and warehouses that supply goods for Ober's shipping company, Del Lines. Ober dispatches a variety of goods, mainly fabrics and automobiles, to the ports of Boca Chico and Rio Haina in the Dominican Republic.
NEWS
April 22, 1998 | By Laura Barnhardt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Sebastian Padilla, a 61-year-old immigrant from the Dominican Republic, will never live freely in the United States again. Yesterday, Montgomery County Court Judge Richard J. Hodgson sentenced Padilla to 10 to 20 years in state prison for the 1997 murder of a Norristown drug dealer. "If Padilla makes it out alive, he will be deported," said Assistant District Attorney Leonard Feldman. Padilla, who immigrated to the United States in 1980, was convicted by a jury in February of third-degree murder in the stabbing death of Luis Fabian, a 33-year-old auto mechanic known on the street as "Flaco," a cocaine dealer.
SPORTS
March 17, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
It will be a Dutch treat for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic - the only games that count for anything right now - after Wandy Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and three relievers completed a three-hitter in a 2-0 win over Puerto Rico in Miami on Saturday. Carlos Santana homered in the fifth and Francisco Pena knocked in an insurance run with a single in the eighth for the Dominicans. Both teams had already qualified for the semifinals in San Francisco, and were playing for seedings.
SPORTS
July 16, 1995 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A friend of Mariano Duncan's, who served as a live-in security guard at the player's Dominican Republic home, was shot and killed during a robbery there early yesterday morning, the Phillies infielder said. Duncan originally had planned to miss the Phillies' games last night and today, but he decided to return to the ball club because he feared he might react too harshly if he journeyed to his homeland. "I was going to go, but I'm angry and upset," he said, "and when you feel that way, you might do something crazy.
NEWS
May 2, 1999 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Building block walls for 10 days in the tropical heat of the Dominican Republic is one tough job assignment. But when the call went out, there was no shortage of volunteers among students at the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades. The goal of building a small hospital that is desperately needed in the impoverished village of Paraiso has inspired students to put their trade to work in a third-world country. For some students, such as Rich Conley, 22, of Drexel Hill, a senior masonry student, it will be their second trip to Paraiso.
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TRAVEL
May 23, 2016 | By Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso, For The Inquirer
I was born in the Bronx to a Dominican single mother and an absentee Puerto Rican father. My mother, grandmother, and grand-aunt raised me to work hard and to value education. I was granted admission to Arcadia University on a scholarship, and in my sophomore year, I had the privilege of studying abroad in Tanzania for six months. I worked more than 60 hours a week all summer in order to save enough money for my $2,000 plane ticket, and I was off. Twenty-four hours later, I was on the other side of the world.
SPORTS
April 9, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CINCINNATI - Emmanuel Burriss pulled a chair up to Cesar Hernandez' locker on Thursday morning before the series finale at Great American Ball Park. The Phillies teammates chatted for a few minutes in Spanish, the native tongue of Hernandez and the language that Burriss works to master. Burriss, who grew up in Washington, did not start learning Spanish until he was 14. His first words came via family members from the Dominican Republic. He took some courses in high school and college, but most of his study came outside the classroom.
NEWS
March 23, 2016 | By Christopher Palmeri, BLOOMBERG
Carnival Corp. said it won Cuban government approval to begin sailing to the Caribbean island nation, allowing its Fathom division to become the first U.S. cruise line to dock there in more than 50 years. Carnival and officials from various Cuban agencies signed the agreements authorizing the trips, according to a statement Monday. The world's largest cruise operator is now cleared to take the 704-passenger MV Adonia to Cuba through its newest brand, Fathom. The action opens a new territory for Carnival in the Caribbean, the world's biggest geographic market for cruises.
NEWS
March 2, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez continued to fight federal corruption charges Monday, as a three-judge appeals panel sharply questioned his attorney's defense that the senator was protected by a clause in the Constitution intended to shield members of Congress from executive overreach. Menendez (D., N.J.) is charged with using the power of his office to advance the personal and financial interests of a prominent donor, in exchange for campaign contributions and gifts such as flights on a private jet and vacations at a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic.
SPORTS
February 25, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies gathered Tuesday morning inside a back building of the Carpenter Complex before the first full-squad workout of spring training. General manager Matt Klentak and manager Pete Mackanin addressed the team. The manager introduced his coaching staff and one key player. "Last but not least, Maikel Franco, our third baseman," Mackanin said. The room erupted into laughter as the manager made light of Franco's being the last player to arrive in camp. "Oh, man, I knew he was going to do it," Franco said.
NEWS
December 12, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal authorities arrested four Dominican nationals and one U.S. citizen Thursday and charged them with running a large-scale drug-distribution network that controlled several Kensington corners. Three others were being sought. Prosecutors say Jorge "Hansel" Balbuena, 29, oversaw the operation, obtaining large quantities of heroin, crack, and powder cocaine from South America via contacts in the Dominican Republic and selling them wholesale to street-level dealers. Others charged - including Ysidro "Pisa Pie" Garcia, 67, and his 35-year-old twin sons, Luis and Jose - are accused of controlling distribution at the corners, some near Elkin School on the 3100 block of D Street, and McKinley Playground at C and Westmoreland Streets.
TRAVEL
December 7, 2015 | By Anna Maria DiDio, For The Inquirer
What could you do with $217? It is certainly not an insignificant amount of money, but would it change your life? That's what I intended to find out during my trip to the Dominican Republic with Women International Leaders (WIL) of Greater Philadelphia. WIL members contribute time, knowledge, and money to raise women's economic and social status, promote self-determination, and help them become community leaders. Early in the week, we toured the lush region of Monte Plata, the future site of Schools for Sustainability, which will teach and model green technology.
SPORTS
November 13, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The list of ways to acquire talent has dwindled in recent years as teams lock up their star position players to long-term deals earlier in their careers. Free agency, as new Phillies general manager Matt Klentak has said, is not the best place to invest when looking to acquire surplus value. Drafting effectively on a consistent basis is crucial to sustained success. But so is funneling talent into your farm system through the international market. "I think it's critical to any operation," Klentak said on Wednesday, the final full day of the GM meetings.
SPORTS
November 13, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- An obvious perk of finishing a season with the worst record in baseball is collecting the No. 1 overall pick in the draft the following June. The Phillies own that distinction and already have sent Pat Gillick to get a look at University of Florida lefthander A.J. Puk in action. They also invited Barnegat, N.J., High lefthander Jason Groome to Citizens Bank Park this week. But another advantage to owning baseball's worst record, something that first-year general manager Matt Klentak made sure to mention in his introductory news conference last month: The Phillies also have the largest international bonus pool at their disposal for next summer's signing period.
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