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The City of Grand Bazaar, a member of the ANSA McAL
Group of Companies and the largest shopping complex
in the Caribbean, is seeking qualified candidates for the
The General Manager reports directly to the Executive
Chairman and manages all facets of the Grand Bazaar
Shopping Plaza, providing a safe, clean and fully
functional facility for shoppers and tenants.
The General Manager is responsible for the management
of 30 staff in the areas of security, operations,
maintenance and administration.
The successful candidate must have strong leadership
and interpersonal skills, professional qualifications in
Facilities or Project Management or related proven
training, and at least 10 years experience at a
managerial level. Experience in Hospitality or Marketing
will be an asset.
This is a permanent, full-time position with attractive
Group remuneration and benefits.
Interested candidates should submit a detailed
resume by November 15, 2013 to:
CITY OF GRAND BAZAAR,
Group Human Resources, PO Box 600, Port of Spain
SANTO DOMINGO---Government officials
announced Thursday that more than 24,000
people born in the Dominican Republic to
foreigners have not been properly registered,
meaning they could lose their citizenship
under a recent Constitutional Court deci-
The Electoral Council released its findings
after spending eight days combing through
60,000 birth record ledgers, saying that human
rights groups erred in estimating that the court
decision would affect some 200,000 residents,
many of whose families have lived in the coun-
try for decades.
"I believe these statistics dispel many myths
and a lot of information that was not consistent
with the truth," Electoral Council President
Roberto Rosario said.
Rights groups criticised the council s figure,
saying it deeply understates the potential
The 24,392 people the government iden-
tified includes only those listed on the civil
register, said Santiago Canton, director of
Partners for Human Rights at the US-based
Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice &
Human Rights. Missing are people who have
never registered or have been prevented from
doing so, he said.
"It is known that thousands more have been
denied access to the civil registry in the first
place," said Canton, former executive secretary
of the Inter-American Commission on Human
He also repeated earlier criticism of the
ruling itself. "It doesn t matter whether you
discriminate against 24,000 or 100,000, it is
still a blatant case of discrimination and arbi-
trary conduct," he said.
Canton said the government should publicly
recognise that the court decision is racist and
that it violates international agreements.
Activists say most of those affected by the
court ruling are the descendants of poor
migrants who came to work in sugar cane
fields from neighbouring Haiti, a predominantly
black nation that shares the island of Hispaniola
with the Dominican Republic.
Rosario said more than half of the 24,392
residents not properly registered are of Haitian
Thursday s announcement comes after the
Constitutional Court ruled in September that
people born in the Dominican Republic to par-
ents who were neither citizens nor legal res-
idents are not automatically entitled to citi-
zenship under the constitution adopted in
The decision was retroactive, applying to
anyone born after 1929.
Officials have said they would not deport
or expel anyone just because they are not
properly registered with the government.
"If they prove they have roots here, if they
prove they were born in this country and have
not violated any laws, their documents will
be put in order," Rosario said.
The government says, however, that anyone
who can t do that will be stripped of their
Dominican birth certificate and identification
card, known as a cedula, which is issued at
age 18 and allows participation in public activ-
ities ranging from voting to holding a job.
The Electoral Council now has one year to
review in detail each of the 24,392 cases. Offi-
cials have not yet set a deadline for those
affected to prove their citizenship, which
human rights activists say has become increas-
ingly difficult because of government actions
in recent years.
In 2007, the Electoral Council ordered the
denial of citizenship documents to all children
born to migrants living illegally in the Domini-
can Republic, and authorities confiscated the
papers of people who already had their doc-
24K affected by citizenship ruling
In this September 30, 2013 photo, Abelinda Yisten Debel pauses while doing her high school
homework at her home in the Los Jovillos village, known as a batey in the Monte Plata province
of Dominican Republic. Yisten, 19, was born in the Dominican Republic but now may lose her
citizenship, and the rights that go along with it, because of a recent Constitutional Court
decision that ruled that people who were born in the DR after 1929 but whose parents were not
either citizens or legal residents, are not automatically entitled to citizenship. "It's sad because
I'm not a foreigner. I'm from here," she said. AP PHOTO
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