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February 12, 2015

Dominican murder draws light to anti-Haitian sentiment

Dominican murder draws light to anti-Haitian sentiment

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—Human rights advocate Santiago Canton

Yesterday’s discovery of a bound man, believed to be of Haitian ancestry, hanged from a tree in Santiago, Dominican Republic has drawn attention to anti-Hatian sentiments in the nation.

The Dominican Republic and Haiti between them make up the island of Hispaniola and Dominicans have grown concerned by Haitian immigration in recent years. Police say they believe the man, known to his friends as Tulile, was murdered during a robbery. Police officers anonymously told reporters a winning lottery ticket may have been the motive.

Aged around 23, Tulile made his living shining shoes and taking commissions from money lending in the area he was murdered. Bound hand and foot, his body was found at dawn in Ercilia Pepín park, Sabana Larga street. The scene is close to the University Hospital Jose Maria Cabral y Báe, around which Tulile worked.

This week saw the public burning of Haiti’s flag in Santiago by local residents, saying it symbolised their rejection of Haitian immigration. The issue is a hot topic, with a court ruling two years ago retrospectively stripping Dominicans born to unregistered Haitian parents from 1930 onwards of their citizenship.

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Only 7,000 of an estimated 200,000 eligible residents have signed up for residency cards, a scheme instigated by the government in the face of international pressure. The deadline to apply for the permits, which allow citizenship after two years, has passed.

“They shouldn’t have to apply for residency,” said Santiago Canton of the Robert F Kennedy Center for Human Rights in a Guardian interview. “They are Dominicans.” Canton said the murder should be viewed “in the context of constant discrimination and violence against Haitians”.


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May 13, 2012

The May 7-13 week in baseball

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

It’s been a busy week for baseball. Wikinews takes a look at some of the sport’s top stories over the last week.

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Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels suspended for five games

In a game last Sunday Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, who intentionally struck Nationals rookie hitter Bryce Harper earned a 5 game suspension from Major League Baseball for his actions following a post-game confession during an interview. Hamels described his HBP as an “old-school” ritual-of-passage to welcome Harper to the MLB, saying “That’s something I grew up watching, that’s kind of what happened. So I’m just trying to continue the old baseball because I think some people are kind of getting away from it. I remember when I was a rookie the strike zone was really, really small and you didn’t say anything because that’s the way baseball is … But I think unfortunately the league’s protecting certain players and making it not that old-school, ‘prestigious’ way of baseball”.

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Carlos Zambrano scores his first Marlins win/shutout

This past Monday at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Venezuelan baseball pitcher Carlos Zambrano earned a win against Houston Astros in a shutout, his first ‘w’ since his off-season trade from the Chicago Cubs to the Miami Marlins. Zambrano dealt with various disciplinary incidents during his Chicago tenure, including some brawls with teammates, which led Chicago to unload him. Since arriving in Miami, he has had no disciplinary problems.

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Josh Hamilton reached the 5-hit club, including record-tying 4 home runs

During Tuesday’s 10-3 road win against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Texas Rangers baseball player Josh Hamilton took the rare feat of hitting 4 home runs in a same MLB game, the hitter first to achieve this feat since 2003 when Toronto Blue Jays Carlos Delgado hitter accomplished it. His quality hitting continued in the game with a double, and finishing the game five hits.

Hamilton struggled with drinking affairs before and during his MLB career (for more, see Wikipedia’s article about the player).

In 2007 Hamilton played with Cincinnati, before being traded to Texas. After the game, the MLB leading home run hitter had hit 14 home runs, accumulated 36 runs batted in and held a .406 hitting average for the season, improving his career record to 128 home runs, 453 runs batted in and a .311 hitting average.

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Wednesday pro Domincan baseball news

Dean Treanor, who manages in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, has signed with the Licey Tigers in the Dominican League as their coach for the upcoming season. This news comes on the back of the league announcing next season’s schedule, with the season including 50 games per team.

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Diagnosis of Mariano Rivera’s season-ending injury

Past Wednesday, Panamanian player Mariano Rivera received his diagnosis: it is a leg coagulum. The Panama City native is the MLB all-time saves leader with 608, apart of having 1,119 strikeouts and a 2.21 ERA.

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Josh Beckett in jeopardy

Boston Red Sox’s Josh Beckett was put in a controversy after playing a golf round during an injury recovering. Last Thursday, Josh Beckett was victim of a first and second innings of a fierce offense from his home game’s rivals (the Cleveland Indians), at Fenway Park.

The perfomance was made after a pre-game tribute to car-crash died Fenway Park PA annoncer Carl Beane.

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May 7-13 baseball week roundup

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

It’s been a busy week for baseball. Wikinews takes a look at some of the sport’s top stories over the last week.

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Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels suspended for five games

In a game last Sunday Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, who intentionally struck Nationals rookie hitter Bryce Harper earned a 5 game suspension from Major League Baseball for his actions following a post-game confession during an interview. Hamels described his HBP as an “old-school” ritual-of-passage to welcome Harper to the MLB, saying “That’s something I grew up watching, that’s kind of what happened. So I’m just trying to continue the old baseball because I think some people are kind of getting away from it. I remember when I was a rookie the strike zone was really, really small and you didn’t say anything because that’s the way baseball is … But I think unfortunately the league’s protecting certain players and making it not that old-school, ‘prestigious’ way of baseball”.

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Carlos Zambrano scores his first Marlins win/shutout

This past Monday at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Venezuelan baseball pitcher Carlos Zambrano earned a win against Houston Astros in a shutout, his first ‘w’ since his off-season trade from the Chicago Cubs to the Miami Marlins. Zambrano dealt with various disciplinary incidents during his Chicago tenure, including some brawls with teammates, which led Chicago to unload him. Since arriving in Miami, he has had no disciplinary problems.

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Josh Hamilton reached the 5-hit club, including record-tying 4 home runs

During Tuesday’s 10-3 road win against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Texas Rangers baseball player Josh Hamilton took the rare feat of hitting 4 home runs in a same MLB game, the hitter first to achieve this feat since 2003 when Toronto Blue Jays Carlos Delgado hitter accomplished it. His quality hitting continued in the game with a double, and finishing the game five hits.

Hamilton struggled with drinking affairs before and during his MLB career (for more, see Wikipedia’s article about the player).

In 2007 Hamilton played with Cincinnati, before being traded to Texas. After the game, the MLB leading home run hitter had hit 14 home runs, accumulated 36 runs batted in and held a .406 hitting average for the season, improving his career record to 128 home runs, 453 runs batted in and a .311 hitting average.

Sources

Wednesday pro Domincan baseball news

Dean Treanor, who manages in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, has signed with the Licey Tigers in the Dominican League as their coach for the upcoming season. This news comes on the back of the league announcing next season’s schedule, with the season including 50 games per team.

Sources

Diagnosis of Mariano Rivera’s season-ending injury

Past Wednesday, Panamanian player Mariano Rivera received his diagnosis: it is a leg coagulum. The Panama City native is the MLB all-time saves leader with 608, apart of having 1,119 strikeouts and a 2.21 ERA.

Sources

Josh Beckett in jeopardy

Boston Red Sox’s Josh Beckett was put in a controversy after playing a golf round during an injury recovering. Last Thursday, Josh Beckett was victim of a first and second innings of a fierce offense from his home game’s rivals (the Cleveland Indians), at Fenway Park.

The perfomance was made after a pre-game tribute to car-crash died Fenway Park PA annoncer Carl Beane.

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May 8, 2012

Albert Pujols ends his worst homerun drought

Albert Pujols ends his worst homerun drought

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Pujols hit a home run in Sunday’s baseball game between the Anaheim Angels and the Toronto Blue Jays
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Dominican baseball player Albert Pujols earned his first home run after joining the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Besides hitting his 446th Major League home run, Pujols ended a personal drought by claiming his first regular-season long ball after 33 games and 139 plate appearances, including his last St. Louis Cardinals at-bats. Pujols snapped back at Anaheim and capped a 4-3 home-team win against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The Dominican first baseman now has a career 1,336 runs batted in and a .326 batting average. Previously, Pujols had played for St. Louis for 11 seasons.

Since playing for the Angels, Pujols has been booed by Anaheim fans after his hits slipped to a .194 average over the past month. Pujols came to his new team with high expectations after signing a contract worth US$240 million.

For his part, Pujols offered the following explanation for his performance: “This game is about making adjustments and being patient…”



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November 20, 2010

Dominican comedian Freddy Beras-Goico dies aged 69

Dominican comedian Freddy Beras-Goico dies aged 69

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Dominican comedian Freddy Beras-Goico has died at the age of 69 in the United States. Beras died at the Mount Sinai Medical Center on Thursday in New York. Admitted to the hospital on November 5, the comedian died on Thursday, three days before his 70th birthday, of pancreatic cancer.

Beras, who started his career as a cameraman in the 1960s, was also an actor and television presenter. As a child Beras fled Colombia with his family due to the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. During the 1950s and 60s he became a political activist and was jailed in 1965. He reached national fame when he began to present a weekly variety television programme. During its thirty year run the show featured some of the most famous musicians from the Dominican Republic and Latin America.

Tributes have been paid to the late comedian. The president of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez, said that he spoke out against the social and political conflicts of the country. He added that “He appealed with energy and integrity for the construction of a better society.”

His son posted an announcement through his Twitter page. He said “It is with great pain that I announce the death of my father. Infinite thanks to all for your solidarity in these days. Peace to his remains.”

His funeral is to take place in the Dominican Republic and his body is due to return there today.



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November 10, 2010

Drunken passenger triggers UK-Dominican Republic flight\’s diversion to Bermuda

Drunken passenger triggers UK-Dominican Republic flight’s diversion to Bermuda

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The plane was forced to land at Bermuda airport
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An international holiday flight was diverted after a British passenger allegedly became abusive to cabin crew. The Boeing 767, owned by Thomson Airways, landed in Bermuda; the woman is said to have attacked crewmembers.

The flight was carrying 260 passengers to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic from Manchester Airport. According to The Sun, the 45-year-old women was drinking alcohol from a secret stash. Cabin crew restrained her over disruption; she was handcuffed to her seat over the alleged assault.

Brett Kenyon, 27, a passenger, said she was “shouting incoherently… She went for them [crew] and hit one of the male stewards. He had a big shiner. Even when police took her she was struggling and tried to run off.”

Thomson Airways released a statement saying the flight had diverted “following an incident involving a female passenger. The local authorities were notified of this incident and, in accordance with our procedures, the aircraft was met by the police upon landing at Bermuda airport where the passenger was removed from the flight”.

The women has since returned to the UK after she was escorted by two Bermudian police officers to Manchester Airport.



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May 23, 2010

Baseball: Former Houston Astros pitcher José Lima dies suddenly at 37

Baseball: Former Houston Astros pitcher José Lima dies suddenly at 37

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José Lima in 2004, playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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José Lima, a former baseball pitcher for Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and Kansas City Royals (all in the United States) died suddenly at his Los Angeles home this morning of a heart attack. He was 37 years old. His death was confirmed by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and his family.

Lima, who had not experienced any prior health problems that led to the heart attack, was reportedly experiencing “nightmares” the evening before he died, according to his wife Dorca Astacio. These “nightmares” eventually led to Astacio calling local paramedics for help, but Lima was declared dead upon their arrival at the couple’s home this morning.

Lima was born on September 30, 1972 in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He began his major league career with the Detroit Tigers at age 22 during the 1994 season. He played with the Tigers for two more years until he was traded to the Houston Astros. Lima statistically played his best seasons with the Astros, including a 21-10 record in the 1999 season. While playing for Houston, fans coined the phrase (and chant) “Lima Time” when he was starting at pitcher.

Lima’s stats declined after he was traded back to the Tigers in 2001. He played his remaining five seasons with the New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, and Los Angeles Dodgers. Lima finished his Major League career with 89 wins, 102 losses, and 980 strikeouts when he retired from the MLB in 2006. Lima continued to play baseball for teams in Korea and the Dominican Republic until 2009. He had also stated in recent interviews that he would come back to pitching in the MLB if offered.

“I’m in shock […] He was a very happy man. A lot of people loved him. And he was a great pitcher, a competitor. I had so much fun when he threw. He enjoyed the game. I was a fan of his,” said José Cruz, a former teammate of Lima’s and a former first base coach for the Astros. “He was a good man; he was a good friend,” added Cruz.

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April 4, 2010

Earthquakes hit Dominican Republic, Ryukyu Islands and Tonga

Earthquakes hit Dominican Republic, Ryukyu Islands and Tonga

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

USGS reported that an earthquake struck the Dominican Republic region with a magnitude of 8.0. It was registered on last Friday at 01:38:55 a.m. (05:38:55 UTC) at the epicenter, which was located 102 km from Higüey, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic. However, it was later reported as a magnitude 3.4 earthquake by the Puerto Rico Seismic Network. The report caught the attention of the news media until the USGS reported it was 3.2.

The depth of the aftershock was located 89.8 km (55.8 mi), and no damage or injuries were reported. It has been reported as a Haiti aftershock.

The Haiti earthquake reached magnitude 7.0 Mw, with an epicentre near the town of Léogâne, almost 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. More than 100 aftershocks have been registered since that earthquake. The United Nations reported that the earthquake has caused more than 225,000 deaths, a number which is expected to rise.

Another earthquake of magnitude 5.3 hit the Kermadec Islands region. The epicenter was located 1,138 kilometers from Nuku’alofa, Tonga and had a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). It took place at 13:35:34 (01:35:34 UTC) at the epicenter. No tsunami warnings have been issued by NOAA for this earthquake.

A Japan earthquake took place in the Ryukyu Islands at 11:19:58 at epicenter (02:19:58 UTC). It reached a magnitude of 5.1, had a depth of 35 kilometers and the epicenter was located 80 kilometers from Naha, Okinawa.



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April 19, 2009

Egyptian archaeologist finds artifacts which may lead to Cleopatra’s tomb

Sunday, April 19, 2009

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Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s pre-eminent archaeologist revealed the first ancient artifacts which may lead to the discovery of Cleopatra and Marc Antony‘s resting place.

File photo of a bust of Cleopatra, notable queen of Ptolemaic Egypt, known for her relationship with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony and powerful personality.

The expedition has found amulets, 22 bronze coins cast with Cleopatra’s image and her name, a royal statue, an alabaster mask resembling Marc Antony, and a statue bust of Cleopatra. “If you look at the face of Mark Antony, many believed he had this cleft on his chin and that’s why I thought this could be Mark Antony,” said Hawass.

“In my opinion, if this tomb is found, it will be one of the most important discoveries of the 21st century because of the love between Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and because of the sad story of their death. This is the perfect place for them to be hidden,” said Hawass.

Recently, outside the temple colourful mummies of nobles were excavated at a neighbouring necropolis. These discoveries have lead the archaeologists to believe that a ruler or person of royalty is interred within the temple itself. It was the practice of the Greco-Roman era to assemble the tombs of persons of status and other high ranking officials near their rulers.

File photo of a bust of Mark Antony

“The discovery of the cemetery this week really convinced me that there is someone important buried inside this temple. No one would be buried outside a temple without a reason. We saw that in the pharaonic days, they were always buried beside pyramids,” explained Hawass.

“She needed a place to be protected in the afterlife. If she had used the other burial site, she would have disappeared forever,” said Kathleen Martinez, a Dominican archaeologist. She feels that “it could be Taposiris Magna because it was the most sacred temple of its time.”

Dr. Roger Vickers team used radar to locate three chambers within the rocky hill atop of which is the Temple of Taposiris Magna dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple was constructed about 300 BC by Ptolemy II.

The Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) expedition led by Hawass has yet to excavate the burial chambers 40 feet (12 meters) underground where they hope to find a crown or Egyptian hieroglyph cartouches revealing the names of royalty. The team will employ radar again on April 22.

The Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) expedition consists of Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the SCA, and Martinez who has extensively researched the life of Cleopatra.

Zahi Hawass
Image: Hajor.

According to Plutarch who studied Roman history, Caesar allowed Marc Antony and Cleopatra to be buried in the same tomb.

Alexandria is located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the Temple of Taposiris Magna. The archaeological site is on a hill along the Mediterranean Sea overlooking the summer home of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, president of Egypt. The archaeologists fear they may have to postpone work for security reasons over the summer months.

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  • Paul Schemm “Coins, mummies and statues point to Cleopatra tomb”. Associated Press, April 19, 2009
  • Will Rasmussen “Archaeologists hunt for Cleopatra’s tomb in Egypt”. Thomson Reuters, April 19, 2009
  • “Press Release – News from the Temple of Taposiris Magna”. Zahi Hawass’s blog, April, 2009
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Egyptian archaeologist finds artifacts which may lead to Cleopatra’s tomb

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Other stories from Egypt
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Location of Egypt

A map showing the location of Egypt

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Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s pre-eminent archaeologist revealed the first ancient artifacts which may lead to the discovery of Cleopatra and Marc Antony‘s resting place.

File photo of a bust of Cleopatra, notable queen of Ptolemaic Egypt, known for her relationship with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony and powerful personality.

The expedition has found amulets, 22 bronze coins cast with Cleopatra’s image and her name, a royal statue, an alabaster mask resembling Marc Antony, and a statue bust of Cleopatra. “If you look at the face of Mark Antony, many believed he had this cleft on his chin and that’s why I thought this could be Mark Antony,” said Hawass.

“In my opinion, if this tomb is found, it will be one of the most important discoveries of the 21st century because of the love between Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and because of the sad story of their death. This is the perfect place for them to be hidden,” said Hawass.

Recently, outside the temple colourful mummies of nobles were excavated at a neighbouring necropolis. These discoveries have lead the archaeologists to believe that a ruler or person of royalty is interred within the temple itself. It was the practice of the Greco-Roman era to assemble the tombs of persons of status and other high ranking officials near their rulers.

File photo of a bust of Mark Antony

“The discovery of the cemetery this week really convinced me that there is someone important buried inside this temple. No one would be buried outside a temple without a reason. We saw that in the pharaonic days, they were always buried beside pyramids,” explained Hawass.

“She needed a place to be protected in the afterlife. If she had used the other burial site, she would have disappeared forever,” said Kathleen Martinez, a Dominican archaeologist. She feels that “it could be Taposiris Magna because it was the most sacred temple of its time.”

Dr. Roger Vickers team used radar to locate three chambers within the rocky hill atop of which is the Temple of Taposiris Magna dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple was constructed about 300 BC by Ptolemy II.

The Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) expedition led by Hawass has yet to excavate the burial chambers 40 feet (12 meters) underground where they hope to find a crown or Egyptian hieroglyph cartouches revealing the names of royalty. The team will employ radar again on April 22.

The Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) expedition consists of Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the SCA, and Martinez who has extensively researched the life of Cleopatra.

Zahi Hawass
Image: Hajor.

According to Plutarch who studied Roman history, Caesar allowed Marc Antony and Cleopatra to be buried in the same tomb.

Alexandria is located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the Temple of Taposiris Magna. The archaeological site is on a hill along the Mediterranean Sea overlooking the summer home of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, president of Egypt. The archaeologists fear they may have to postpone work for security reasons over the summer months.

Related articles

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  • Paul Schemm “Coins, mummies and statues point to Cleopatra tomb”. Associated Press, April 19, 2009
  • Will Rasmussen “Archaeologists hunt for Cleopatra’s tomb in Egypt”. Thomson Reuters, April 19, 2009
  • “Press Release – News from the Temple of Taposiris Magna”. Zahi Hawass’s blog, April, 2009
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