in the development and popularization of the genre. Dominican rock is also popular. Many, if not the majority, of its performers are based in Santo Domingo and Santiago. Fashion thumb Dominican native, fashion designer and perfume maker Oscar de la Renta (File:Oscar de la Renta by foto di matti.jpg) In only seven years, the Dominican Republic's fashion week has become the most important event of its kind in all of the Caribbean and one of the fastest-growing fashion events in the entire Latin American fashion world. The country boasts one of the ten most important design schools in the region, La Escuela de Diseño de Altos de Chavón, which is making the country a key player in the world of fashion and design. World famous fashion designer Oscar de la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, and became a US citizen in 1971. He studied under the leading Spaniard designer Cristóbal Balenciaga and then worked with the house of Lanvin (Lanvin (clothing)) in Paris. Then by 1963, de la Renta had designs carrying his own label. After establishing himself in the US, de la Renta opened boutiques across the country. His work blends French and Spaniard fashion with American styles. Fashion: Oscar de la Renta (Dominican Republic) WCAX.com – Retrieved October 31, 2012. Oscar de la Renta. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved October 31, 2012. Although he settled in New York, de la Renta also marketed his work in Latin America, where it became very popular, and remained active in his native Dominican Republic, where his charitable activities and personal achievements earned him the Juan Pablo Duarte Order of Merit and the Order of Cristóbal Colón. De la Renta died of complications from cancer on October 20, 2014. National symbols Some of the important symbols include the flag (flag of the Dominican Republic), the coat of arms (Coat of arms of the Dominican Republic), and the national anthem, titled ''Himno Nacional (National Anthem of the Dominican Republic)''. The flag has a large white cross that divides it into four quarters. Two quarters are red and two are blue. Red represents the blood shed by the liberators. Blue expresses God's protection over the nation. The white cross symbolizes the struggle of the liberators to bequeath future generations a free nation. An alternate interpretation is that blue represents the ideals of progress and liberty, whereas white symbolizes peace and unity among Dominicans. WikiPedia:Dominican Republic Dmoz:Regional Caribbean Dominican Republic commons:República Dominicana
. Davidoff has also added an Aniversario series, a Millennium series, and a Special series of figurados to its lineup, along with numerous limited edition and yearly special releases. Davidoff also produces a line of cigars known as "Zino" and a line of cigarillos. Carro Público ''Carros Públicos'' (literally "Public Cars") are share taxis in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. ref name "prico" >
students from 18 countries). Medical School Scholarship Program FAQ, IFCO website, accessed Feb. 2 2007 "
Culture The culture and people of the Dominican Republic are a mixture of the cultures of the Spaniard colonists, African slaves, and Taíno natives. European, African and Taíno cultural elements are most prominent in food, family structure, religion and music. Many Arawak Taíno names and words are used in daily conversation and for many foods native to the Dominican Republic. ref name "CIADemo"
power service has been unreliable since the Trujillo era, and as much as 75% of the equipment is that old. The country's antiquated power grid causes transmission losses that account for a large share of billed electricity from generators. The privatization of the sector started under a previous administration of Leonel Fernández.
Baseball . Sosa stands at 6'2" tall and reportedly weighs 218 pounds. He bats and throws right-handed. The pitcher hit his first career home run April 6, 2006, off Jeff Fassero of the San Francisco Giants. The only other two hits (Hit (baseball)) Sosa recorded that season were also home runs. Sosa also pitched for the Dominican Republic in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Fatalities 74+ Areas Lesser Antilles, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Texas
for his novel ''Baní o Engracia y Antoñita'' (1892). Still, in some ways, his vision was narrow. J. Alcántara Almánzar remarks that "black people are practically absent as important characters, and this absence is very significant in a country whose majority is 'mulatto'." Blacks are more present in the ''costumbrista'' works of Cesar Nicolas Penson (1855–1901), but he is far more sympathetic to his white characters, portraying Haitians as fierce
string). Madonna's video for "Erotica (Erotica (song))" was aired only three times (each time after midnight) due to its sexual depictions of sadomasochism. More recently, Madonna's "What It Feels Like for a Girl" was banned in 2001 due to its graphic depiction of violence. She also pulled her "American Life (American Life (song))" video because of its controversial military imagery that seemed inappropriate once the War in Iraq (2003 invasion of Iraq) began; subsequently, a new video was made for the song. '''Dr. Rafael José Diaz''' (born April 22, 1955) is a Puerto Rican (Puerto Rico) television show host born in Manatí, Puerto Rico, where his father, a physician born in the Dominican Republic, was the medical director of the local hospital. His family eventually moved to Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, where he was raised. While living in Mayagüez he sang and acted in various amateur radio and television broadcasts, as well as in high school talent shows. His reputation as a powerful singer followed him to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he attended medical school. His family supported his singing career on the condition that he finished the dentistry program at the University of Puerto Rico's Medical School. He interrupted his studies for close to eight years when his singing career took off, but eventually finished his degree and became a dentist (although he rarely practices his profession nowadays). The church is officially established in the following countries and territories: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Guam, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Republic of China (Taiwan), Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Community of Christ Directory, webpage, retrieved April 7, 2007 The diverse Latino population in Bergen is growing in many areas of the county, but is especially concentrated in a handful of municipalities, including Fairview (Fairview, Bergen County, New Jersey) (37.1%), Hackensack (Hackensack, New Jersey) (25.9%), Ridgefield Park (Ridgefield Park, New Jersey) (22.2%), Englewood (Englewood, New Jersey) (21.8%), Bogota (Bogota, New Jersey) (21.3%), Garfield (Garfield, New Jersey) (20.1%), Cliffside Park (Cliffside Park, New Jersey) (18.2%), Lodi (Lodi, New Jersey) (18.0%), and Bergenfield (Bergenfield, New Jersey) (17.0%). Census data for Fairview borough, United States Census Bureau, accessed march 29, 2007 Traditionally, many of the Latino residents were of Colombian (Colombian people) and Cuban (Cubans) ancestry, although that has been changing in recent years. Currently, Englewood (Englewood, New Jersey)'s Colombian community is the largest in Bergen County and among the top ten in the United States (7.17%); Hackensack (Hackensack, New Jersey), Fairview (Fairview, Bergen County, New Jersey), Bergenfield (Bergenfield, New Jersey), and Lodi (Lodi, New Jersey) also have notable populations. Colombian Ancestry by City. Retrieved on April 6, 2007. The Cuban population is largest in Fairview (Fairview, Bergen County, New Jersey), Ridgefield Park (Ridgefield Park, New Jersey), Ridgefield (Ridgefield, New Jersey), and Bogota (Bogota, New Jersey), although the Cuban community is much bigger in Hudson County (Hudson County, New Jersey) to the south. Cuban Ancestry by City. Retrieved on April 6, 2007. Since 1990 an increasing number of immigrants from other countries have entered the region, including people from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Ecuador. The diverse backgrounds of the local Latino community are best exemplified in Fairview (Fairview, New Jersey), where 10% of the overall population hails from Central America, 7% from South America and 9% from other Latin American countries, mainly the Caribbean. Fairview, NJ Ancestry & Family History. Retrieved on April 6, 2007. History The WBO started after a group of Puerto Rican (Puerto Rico) and Dominican (Dominican Republic) businessmen broke out of the World Boxing Association's 1988 annual convention in Isla Margarita, Venezuela over disputes regarding what rules should be applied. The WBO's first president was Ramon Pina Acevedo of the Dominican Republic. Soon after its beginning, the WBO was staging world championship bouts around the globe. Its first championship fight was for its vacant super middleweight title, between Thomas Hearns and James Kinchen; Hearns won by decision. In order to gain respectability, the WBO next elected former world light heavyweight champion José Torres of Ponce, Puerto Rico, as its president. Torres left in 1996, giving way to Puerto Rican lawyer Francisco Varcarcel as president. Varcarcel has been there since. * July 30, 1992 – TWA Flight 843, a Lockheed L-1011 departing for San Francisco, aborted takeoff shortly after liftoff. There were no fatalities among the 280 passengers, although the aircraft was destroyed. WikiPedia:Dominican Republic Dmoz:Regional Caribbean Dominican Republic commons:República Dominicana
(cigarette) Marlboro cigarettes, Aurora cigars and Presidente beer operations. ''DR1 Daily News'', December 3, 2003 The current president of the bank is Mr. Carlos Guillermo León, and its corporate headquarters are in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. '''Claro''' (''formerly Compañía Dominicana de Teléfonos'') is the largest telecommunications company in the Dominican Republic and provides local, long-distance, and wireless voice services, as well as Internet and IPTV services, to approximately four million customers. '''Braulio Robinson Medrano Castillo''' (born May 13, 1968, in Elías Piña (Elías Piña Province), Dominican Republic) was a Major League Baseball outfielder. History On April 3, 2006, Verizon Communications announced it had agreed to sell its stakes in Telecomunicaciones de Puerto Rico, Inc. (TELPRI) and their sole ownership of the main Dominican (Dominican Republic) telephone company Verizon Dominicana (CODETEL), now Claro República Dominicana (CODETEL), to América Móvil of Mexico. Verizon Communications Completes the Sale of Its Interest in Puerto Rico Telephone. Verizon International-Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela. "Verizon Communications Completes the Sale of Its Interest in Verizon Dominicana." Verizon International-Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela. When trouble broke out in Lebanon in July 1958, the Third Battalion, and Sixth Marines landed within fifteen hours after receipt of orders. Early in the Cuban Missile Crisis, the 2nd Battalion landed at Guantanamo Bay (Guantanamo Bay Naval Base) to supplement the defense of the naval base. In 1965, the Regiment landed to protect American lives and property in the Dominican Republic during Operation Powerpack (United States invasion of the Dominican Republic). Carla was born in the Dominican Republic but moved to Chicago while still a child. All her family is from the Dominican Republic, despite Turk's frequent and incorrect assertions that she is Mexican (Mexico) or Puerto Rican (Puerto Rico). It is revealed in Season 5 that she is 36 years old. It is also revealed in the episode "His Story" that Carla's father ran out on the family when Carla was a child. Carla was born in the Dominican Republic but moved to Chicago while still a child. All her family is from the Dominican Republic, despite Turk's frequent and incorrect assertions that she is Mexican (Mexico) or Puerto Rican (Puerto Rico). It is revealed in Season 5 that she is 36 years old. It is also revealed in the episode "His Story" that Carla's father ran out on the family when Carla was a child. '''Fort-Liberté''' (Kreyòl: Fòlibète) is the administrative capital of the Nord-Est Department, Haiti. It is close to the border of the Dominican Republic and is one of the oldest cities in the country. Haiti's independence was proclaimed here on November 29, 1803. WikiPedia:Dominican Republic Dmoz:Regional Caribbean Dominican Republic commons:República Dominicana
tiny fishing-village of Cabo San Rafael. A high cliff is located more to the south, near of Boca de Yuma town, a fishing village dated from the 16th century. Nearby, you can find the Ponce de Leon's Fortress, in San Rafael del Yuma town. This is one of the most isolated area within the La Altagracia Province though. - style "font-weight:bold;" Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Democratic
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Christopher Columbus landed on the island in 1492, where the Taíno people inhabited since the 7th century. It became the site of the first permanent European settlement (European colonization of the Americas) in the Americas; namely Santo Domingo (Captaincy General of Santo Domingo), the oldest continuously inhabited city and the first seat of the Spanish colonial rule in the New World. After three centuries of Spanish rule, with French and Haitian interludes, the country became independent in 1821. The ruler, José Núñez de Cáceres, intended that the Dominican Republic be part of the nation of Gran Colombia, but he was quickly removed by the Haitian government and ''Dominican'' slave revolts. Victorious in the Dominican War of Independence against Haitian rule in 1844, the Dominican Republic over the next 72 years, experienced mostly internal strife (civil war) and encountered a brief return to colonial status under Spanish rule proposed by general Pedro Santana, becoming the only nation in the hemisphere to do so after gaining its independence.
The Dominican Republic has the ninth largest economy in Latin America (List of Latin American and Caribbean countries by GDP (PPP)) and the second largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American region.
The Dominican Republic is the most visited destination (World Tourism rankings) in the Caribbean. The year-round golf courses are among the top attractions on the island. As the Caribbean's most geographically diverse nation, the Dominican Republic is home to the region's tallest mountain peak, Pico Duarte, as well as the Caribbean's largest lake and lowest elevation, Lake Enriquillo. The country is also the site of the first cathedral, castle, monastery, and fortress built in all of the Americas, located in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone (Ciudad Colonial (Santo Domingo)), an area declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Colonial City of Santo Domingo – UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Whc.unesco.org. Retrieved on April 2, 2014. UNESCO around the World República Dominicana. Unesco.org (November 14, 1957). Retrieved on 2014-04-02. Music and sport are of great importance in the Dominican culture, with Merengue (Merengue music) and Bachata (Bachata (music)) as the national dance and music, and baseball as the favorite sport.