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Santo Domingo.- The CEO of Barrick Gold’s Pueblo Viejo mine on Thursday announced the company’s willingness to discuss any matter with the Dominican Government, except the operations contract.

Manuel Rocha clarified that Canadian based miner isn’t in the stage of negotiating anything regarding its contract with the State, and noted that the pact had congressional approval.

Quoted by hoy.com.do, the executive cautioned that Barrick Gold has no interest in making the issue a controversy, because in his view, it doesn’t benefit the country or the company.

Rocha said it’s his job to present the truth and educate the public, because it might not be managing all the facts.

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48 comment(s)
Written by: jasfalon, 15 Feb 2013 7:30 AM
From: United States
Take back the mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Written by: jasfalon, 15 Feb 2013 7:33 AM
From: United States
Anybody overseeing the mercury discharge?
Written by: zooma, 15 Feb 2013 8:18 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic


Don't blame Barrick Gold. Way before the contract was signed the government had time to kick the tires and look under the hood. Now because of a perceived injustice in the contract that favors Barrick the government wants change the game rules. It had its opportunity and wasted it. Impeach congress and elect officals that can read and write.

It would be very interesting to know the names of the lawmakers who facilitated the existing contract. However, we know how transparent the government is.


Written by: hernandez5482, 15 Feb 2013 8:29 AM
From: United States, Vivir sin Patria, es lo mismo que vivir sin Honor.
Send them packing.....
Written by: dreadlocks, 15 Feb 2013 8:36 AM
From: United States
says zooma

Impeach congress and elect officals that can read and write

then it appears very few will remain
Written by: RobertoJose, 15 Feb 2013 8:43 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues and stripe bass
451 mining companies and we are still a third world country, review ALL contracts..
Written by: anbro2007, 15 Feb 2013 9:11 AM
From: United States
You can review what ever you want, there will be never a change, third world country status will stay forever. There is too much corruption, no education..... to change that status, and tell me? Who or better what government is interested to educate the Dominicans? Same as the Haitians, fu..k them and keep them stupid, so we can steal what ever we want, AND NOTHING HAPPEN TO US, as you can see in the headlines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Written by: jasfalon, 15 Feb 2013 9:17 AM
From: United States

Anbro2007

Sadly, what you say is reality.
Written by: RobertoJose, 15 Feb 2013 9:33 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues and stripe bass
And, I'm tired of it.....

It's unfortunate that at this day in age In order to get a fair chance in life you have to ABANDON your country.
Written by: jasfalon, 15 Feb 2013 9:38 AM
From: United States
RobertoJose

And you have to come to the country that is, basically, responsible for the miserable political and economic conditions in RD. Sorry, but you can blame the Republican and Democratic parties of the US.
Written by: ohhhvictor, 15 Feb 2013 9:46 AM
From: United States


The government should do what Balaguer did with falconbridge: Stop the exportations: and I am 100 % sure they will be VERY eager to talk about the contract..
Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 9:55 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



Ms. Vickey you still aren't willing to blame Narco Lie-onel for this National Theft?

Don't be a hypocrite!



Written by: RobertoJose, 15 Feb 2013 9:57 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues and stripe bass
Jasfalon,

And, if someone jumps off the Brooklyn Bridge ? We should all follow ?
Written by: ohhhvictor, 15 Feb 2013 10:12 AM
From: United States
Excuse me Josie's Ano: I havent hear the first word of your spiritual leader Moreno "the thief" and his super lazy wife about BG...
Maybe they are so concern they can not think about BG no more..

I just wonder why..
Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 10:16 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

 
Manuel Rocha is a neo fascist look up his carrer.

Saint Danilo's government should declare him "persona non grata" and kick his racist ASS out of the Dominican Republic like President Evo Morales kicked this internal affairs meddling covert CIA agent out of Bolivia!

Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 10:25 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Ms. Vickey you have no moral authority to attack Barrick "Stold" without ADMITTING that Narco Lie-onel is the ONE responsible for releasing these WOLVES on the Dominican People's Gold resources!


Written by: ohhhvictor, 15 Feb 2013 10:34 AM
From: United States
Ufff. Josie's Ano..
i am hammering my head looking for the web site where Moreno "the thief" was opposed to BG..

Can you please enlight me and tell me where is it at?
Written by: generoso, 15 Feb 2013 10:39 AM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****
You can lead a burro (ohhhvictor) to water, but can not force him to drink.
This PLD burro is so obfuscated is not even funny.
PS: Danilo don't have the balls, to do what Balaguer did with Falconbridge.
Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 10:40 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


He has never been president, but your GOD has unfortunately been 3 times and is the guy who is responsible for this criminal mess.

So own up to it Ms. Vickey, no matter how difficult it may be in your confused fanatical PURPLE mind!


Written by: airgordo, 15 Feb 2013 10:44 AM
From: Dominican Republic
So this A-hole wants t play hardball...EASY, STOP the production due to regular eviroment violations that EXIST right now, let's see how that plays on the stock market
Written by: hellborn25, 15 Feb 2013 11:00 AM
From: United States, New Jersey Home of the brave.
How arrogant of barrick gold to be telling the government what they are gonna talk about , and what they not talk about, please can we kicked these smelly hockey playing french canadian fags out the country. All they are doing is stealing all our resources , weres a good dominican hitmen when you need em .
Written by: anthonyC, 15 Feb 2013 11:16 AM
From: United States



This is a perfect opportunity for the D.R. to act like a responsible nation.

Honor your contract.



Written by: ohhhvictor, 15 Feb 2013 11:18 AM
From: United States
Josie's Ano:
You haven't answer the question yet..
Where is it at?
Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 12:44 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


"Written by: anthonyC, 15 Feb 2013 11:16 AM
From: United States



This is a perfect opportunity for the D.R. to act like a responsible nation.

Honor your contract."



The First Duty of Any Government is o Protect Its People from Enemies Foreign and Domestic whether the wear military uniforms or Ridiculous Suits and Ties!





Written by: ohhhvictor, 15 Feb 2013 12:55 PM
From: United States
First time you are right Josie!
Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 1:31 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



You too are right on this issue up to the point that you REFUSE to Admit that Lie-onel is the ONE responsible for this Thievery!





Written by: ohhhvictor, 15 Feb 2013 1:51 PM
From: United States
josean:Leonel didnt approve secretly that agreement with BG.. : ALL political parties, everybody in the congress and the dominican society in general let that contract go through really quick..l
Nobody says anything but somebody in the chemistry dept of UASD


So, if you want to blame somebody, as dominicans we should blame OUR SELF!
Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 2:48 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

Victor,

The Dominican Republic is a Presidential Country i.e. the epitome of what was called in Richard Nixon’s era the Imperial Presidency. Nothing in the DR especially contracts of this Magnitude are approved without the Personal Approval of the “Emperor” if you will.

In fact all of Lie-onel’s supporters are always exaggerating about his magnificent “achievements” that NO Dominican had ever done or is capable of doing. He in fact declared himself as the ONLY one to have the Ability, out of 10,000,000 Dominicans, to CONCEPTUALIZE!

Now Lie-onel or his supporters can’t shift the Blame to some type of collective responsibility when he has monopolized the credit for all the good things he has “allegedly” done.

You want to give him a Teflon coating like Ronald Regan; all the good was his and all the bad was somebody else fault.

continued:


Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 2:48 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
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Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 2:49 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

This ruse about the Senators and Deputies not having read the contract BULL SHIT, they did not have to read it because the JEFE want it and that was all they needed to know!

Remember “The PESO Stops” at Lie-onel’s Desk.

Written by: Ricardolito, 15 Feb 2013 3:33 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
I can not believe the interpretation by Josean of what is a Presidential country ....that is really novel....and so why was it that the opposition politicians supported the mine .
I will tell you the answer again .. there are only the smallest number of politicians in the national parliament who can understand even the most elementary legislation so even if they had bothered to read it , they could not have understood much . Normally , there is a briefing document handed to each parliamentarian but maybe this was also too difficult. or was not handed out ... The most detailed documents the public has seen are those that have been handed out by Barrick this week but DT has chosen to ignore most of these releases
Written by: anthonyC, 15 Feb 2013 3:41 PM
From: United States


Josie,


The other duty of Government is to follow and uphold the law.

That contract is a 100% legally signed agreement between to entities.

To not follow what was agreed would be an illegal act by the D.R. Government.

But I am sure that not abiding by legally binding contracts or agreements is something that doesn't matter to you.






Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 3:51 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Then why didn't Barrick "Stold" abide by the original one and asked for a renegotiation?




Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 3:57 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



Little Rickey I know you have tremendous problem with objective reality and facts!



Written by: Atabey, 15 Feb 2013 6:23 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--



10/11/2009 – El Nuevo Diario

SANTO DOMINGO – The President of the Special Commission of the Chamber of Deputies who studied the lease agreement between the Dominican State and the Canadian company Barrick Gold, defended the work of legislators in approval.

Ramon Cabrera explained that ... The company will pay around 374 million dollar to heal environmental damage.

The contract of the mining rights to mine gold, silver, copper and zinc in Pueblo Viejo, Cotui, signed in 2002 between the Dominican Government and the Canadian company Placer Dome, is being amended by requirement of the mining company Barrick Gold, which in 2006 bought all rights to the Pleasure Dome.

According to Article 8 of the original agreement, Placer Dome will pay the state a tax in base of Net Profit Sharing (PUN) which varies between 5% and 25%, dependent on the selling price of gold, unless a production cost of $ 275 per ounce."



Written by: Atabey, 15 Feb 2013 6:28 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

But the contract that Barrick Gold signed with the Government was based on the new terms. It did not just buy out Placer Dome. It had every right to negotiate a deal with the Government. WE, the DR, did not think ahead-perhaps with an amendment stating that if the price for gold increased beyond "X" price: $500, $750, or $1000 dollars a troy once, than a higher rate payout to the State was triggered.

This reminds me of an artist friend who gets pissed off whenever he hears that one of his works has sold for far higher prices than his original selling price. Since he sold his art with all rights to the buyer, he can not collect any % of future higher prices for his art. Other artists have put into their contracts clauses that dictate that a certain %, say 5%-10% or higher, be paid to the artist in future sales. I tell him to forget it and do better next time, problem is that the art world has taken a nosedive so things are very tight for him. Think ahead!

Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 6:38 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


"It had every right to negotiate a deal with the Government"


And so Does the Sovereign Dominican Republic!


Written by: Atabey, 15 Feb 2013 6:40 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Pueblo Viejo LoI signed with Placer Dome.(Dominican Republic development of the Pueblo Viejo

gold-silver mine)(International Pages)(Brief Article)(Statistical Data Included)
Mining Journal

August 17, 2001 |



The financial adviser to the Dominican Republic reports that a letter of intent (LoI) was signed on August 4 between the authorities and Placer Dome Inc. regarding the development of the Pueblo Viejo gold-silver mine. Placer Dome won the right to tender for the project last month (MJ, July 27, p.63). Monarch Financial Corp. notes that the agreement signed outlines the broad terms and conditions under which Pueblo Viejo will be developed. The signing ceremony was attended by the President of the Dominican Republic, Hipolito Mejia Dominguez, and Placer …"




And this right was for 25 years.

highbeam.com/doc/1G1-90442212.html




Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 6:51 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

"EVEN A SIGNED CONTRACT CAN BE RENEGOTIATED"

January 5, 2012

In Antigua, the government of that country has foregone a Commission of Inquiry into a major contract signed by the previous administration. Instead that government launched a forensic investigation and arising out of that process a number of ‘persons of interest’ to the investigation had been identified.

The contract in question was a major one and the sum involved astronomical compared to some of the contracts that are signed in Guyana. And for this reason alone it would seem to be a disincentive for external investigators to be hired to undertake a forensic audit of some of the contracts signed by the government of Guyana prior to the elections of this year.

The value of the contract would not justify the high cost of hiring forensic external auditors to undertake such an exercise in Guyana where a number of controversial contracts were signed, many were said to be over-priced.

continued:

Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 6:52 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

However, that does not mean that there should be no investigation of those contracts. It would be a disgrace if the present administration were to operate under the pretext that there are no concerns over these contracts. There are numerous concerns which have been highlighted in this newspaper and elsewhere and which require some form of inquiry.

While the hiring of external forensic auditors is going to be prohibitive and beyond the reach of the government, considering what is likely to be recovered, there is no reason why internal auditors cannot effectively do the job.

When, for example, questions surfaced about the cost of the sugar packaging plant an Enmore, this newspaper offered to pay for an audit of the cost of the facility. My understanding is that this offer still stands.

continued:

Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 6:54 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

There is no reason why well-intentioned individuals in Guyana cannot be asked to scrutinize the many controversial contracts signed, including privatizations and contracts in the drainage and irrigation sector, to see whether there are any anomalies and whether there is a need to identify persons of interest.

The President of Guyana has already indicated that he is interested in reducing corruption this year.

A good way to begin would be to ensure transparency. As such, the details of all the controversial contracts should be made public. In this way, the public will decide that these contracts are above board based on the details being made public. Everything should now be laid bare so that they can be examined.

contnued:

Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 6:55 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

There is also a need for a commission of inquiry into the collapse of CLICO. Trinidad and Tobago, which suffered the most as a result of the financial implosion of this regional financial giant, has launched an inquiry. Some interesting things have emerged which have so far stunned the public. This is the value always of a Commission of Inquiry, something that the Jagdeo administration, for reasons which it only knows best, utilized very sparingly.

It is time for the CLICO (Guyana) debacle to be fully investigated. One of the benefits to the government of such an investigation is that it will clear up allegations that there was inside information made available which allowed selected persons to get their monies out before the crash.

It is also important for lessons to be learnt from every situation and this can emerge. But as with any inquiry, the greatest value is to be found in the answers to any questions such as why did the collapse occur.

continued:

Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 6:56 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
The fact that certain contracts have already been signed does not exclude them from scrutiny. In fact, within the PPP administration there is precedent for signed contracts to be renegotiated.

When the PPP/C took office in 1992 they renegotiated contracts in which persons were given large amounts of land by the previous administration. There is therefore no reason why all the existing contracts, including the privatization of state property should not be scrutinized so as to ensure that the taxpayers of this country were not taken for a ride.

And if needs be that contracts have to be renegotiated because they represented blatant cronyism or skullduggery, then so be it.

And if it means that persons have to be identified as being of interest to the law enforcement authorities as a result of this scrutiny, even if those persons are party supporters, then so be it. Let the chips fall where they have to fall because there is something that is far more important than anything else.
Written by: dreadlocks, 15 Feb 2013 6:56 PM
From: United States
hey, josean, those old British colonial relics do not play! they will lock your ass up! they do not care who you are. why do you think that the Prime Minister of Jamaica resigned right after the Dudus Coke affair? because the Director of Public Prosecutions gave him an ultimatum. resign, or the subpoena will be on the way. the DPP was planning to lock his ass up!
Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 6:59 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

That thing is to ensure that some of the blatant acts of skullduggery never again occur in the history of this country for we are too small a country for there to be first-class corruption. It will ruin this country more than it has already done and this we cannot afford.

The government went to parliament to regularize concessions that it had granted to a certain investor.

Well, if this can happen, there is no reason why the government cannot go back to the parliament- yes, the opposition controlled parliament- to repossess property for which the coffers of the state has been shortchanged.


kaieteurnewsonline.com/2012/01/05/even-a-signed-contract-can-be-renegotiated/


Written by: josean, 15 Feb 2013 7:01 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Dr. Dread if we only adhered to this admonition from our Caribbean brothers:

“That thing is to ensure that some of the blatant acts of skullduggery never again occur in the history of this country for we are too small a country for there to be first-class corruption.”


Written by: IloveDR, 16 Feb 2013 9:26 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo
Ohh Victor! you're a disgrace for our country! defending these useless crooks!
Written by: josean, 16 Feb 2013 10:58 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

No not another Saint Danilo flunky caught in corruption!


"Another Danilo functionary is singled out for corruption, the Director of Mining"


"Director de Minería, otro funcionario de Danilo señalado por corrupción"


Guys this is a good one with email accudations of corruption and all!


Read the rest at:

SANTO DOMINGO, República Dominicana.- El anuncio de que una empresa de capital mixto de venezolanos y dominicanos estaría comenzando en menos de un mes las exportaciones de bauxita, desde la vieja mina de Perdernales, ha creado un conflicto que podría ir a los tribunales.


.acento.com.do/index.php/news/48611/56/Director-de-Mineria-otro-funcionario-de-Danilo-senalado-por-corrupcion.html

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