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Well then, Cheers! Curfew lifted at Christmas Holidays / Enough Chicken and Pork / Sugar will be imported Police and Interior Minister José Ramón Fadul (photo) lifted the curfew between the 10 of December and 8 of January. The customers may then visit bars, nightclubs and restaurants around the clock to celebrate Christmas and New Year and also buy alcohol. Minister Fadul justified the repeal because this way orchestras, combos and other artists can benefit for the greatest demand for them is around Christmas time. Simultaneously Fadul announced increased vigilance of the police, so that actions that violate the security of the citizens and public order can be prevented. He warned the establishments that also at Christmas it is forbidden to let enter people with firearms or minors. Similarly, the sale of alcohol to minors is prohibited. Doctors had called on the government not to lift the 2 to 3am curfew during the holidays, saying that drunk driving caused too many tragic accidents.

The head of the Association of Chicken Producers in the Northern Region (ASOPOLLON) and board member of the Association of Dominican Pork, José López, announced that at Christmas there will be enough pigs and chickens available to satisfy the population. „We have a sufficient and stable production of chickens and pigs to meet the increased demand for these products at Christmas. Thank God everything was foreseen and duly planned between agricultural authorities and planned in coordination with the producers“, assured the agricultural entrepreneur from Moca. „The Dominican population can be sure that on this Christmas enough chickens and pigs are available to meet the national demand.“ López said that at Christmas between 17 and 18 million chickens and one million pigs will be slaughtered. In the north of the Republic, endless sugar cane fields lie fallow in which no one works, since the factories were closed under the government of Leonel Fernández in 2005. In Montellano, the sugar factory („Ingenio“) is to be returned to service, but only for the production of biofuels. Now Agriculture Minister Luis Ramón Rodríguez announced that due to the long drought this year in the last section, the sugar cane harvest 2012/2013 will have a deficit of 250,000 tons to the planned harvest, and that the Dominican government is thus forced to import sugar. He could not specify the amount of the needed imports. However they are trying to ensure that sugarcane harvests in 2013/2014 will be sufficient to satisfy normal demand.

Chief of AMET, General Juan Gerónimo Brown Pérez, and Luis Gutierrez of the Mapfre Foundation, an insurance company, that is dedicated to the road safety education, signed a strategic agreement to reduce the high number of traffic accidents in the Dominican Republic. 190,000 copies of the „Guide for Safe Driving“ will be distributed by the traffic police AMET in courses, workshops, schools, universities and working places to teach the owners of cars and motorcycles to more reasonable driving. For the Dominican Republic with 1,500 deaths in traffic - 41.7 per 100,000 inhabitants – is the world leader. Surpassed only by the Pacific island nation Niue with a total of 2,000 inhabitants. Sources: Listín Diario, Hoy, Diario Libre, DR1

Bizarre Stories High DNCD Officer suspended and in Custody / Mayoress arrested after hiding 25 Years It becomes clearer each day, that the drug mafia has infested all strata of the country and the entire region with their virus. It's not just small street vendors or sinister Colombian or Mexican assassins who get people talking. Almost daily there are reports of absurdly high drug finds. And stories about unmasked people even from high offices of the police or politics are becoming more and more adventurous and bizarre. So there have been rumors after the discovery of the body of the contract killer “Copelin” in September of this year, to whom more than 50 murders are attributed, that he probably has had excellent relations with high officials of the drug police DNCD,

especially to Johan Emilio Liriano Sánchez, the former adviser to the deposed DNCD boss Rolando Rosado Mateo. A closer look was taken then to the activities of Liriano Sánchez, and there were amazing facts coming to light. When Liriano was in charge of the DNCD at Las Américas International Airport (AILA) in Santo Domingo, he caused a scandal, when he threatened journalists with implicating them in drug cases if they continued to denounce drug smuggling. He had regular meetings with members of a gang of drug dealers and hitmen in his summer house. He also apparently had a remarkable criminal career in Massachusetts, USA, where he was registered between 1994 and 1998 for robbery, assault, violence against his wife, possession of illegal weapons and use of false license plates. Obviously no impediments to become a high official in the drug police. Due to the discovery of a SIM card from the dead “Copelín” it was possible to identify 13 members of this gang that carried out orders from La Romana. Some of them are still at large. Meanwhile, Liriano Sánchez was deposed and put into investigative custody for three months. He could not proof of how he became owner of apartments, cars and bank accounts worth 30 million pesos.

The public prosecutor from San Cristóbal, Diomeris Soto, said that she hoped when the case came to trial he would be convicted and sentenced for money laundering and murder. Another bizarre case is a prominent leader of the Conservative Party PRSC, Fiordaliza Pichardo de Veloz, mayoress in Bonao. When she arrived in Miami on 4 November, she was arrested because cocaine was found in her luggage. Very strangely, she was considered of being a man, and brought to the men's prison. This provoked outrage in the country and her protests: “They have insulted my integrity as a woman”, she complained, and she had repeatedly been asked why she made a sex change. The finding of cocaine was almost forgotten. Until it came out, that Fiordaliza is a repeat offender. Fiordaliza had been charged with forming part of a drug trafficking ring on June 23, 1988 in the New York East District Federal Court in Brooklyn and had an outstanding warrant issued for “Maritza Zeballoz” and declared a fugitive wanted in extradition on September 6, 1988. Now she was placed under custody.

Book Burning Vargas Llosa's Bestseller burned / Journalists complain against Murder Call on Leaflets

On the sharp attacks of the Peruvian Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, who likened the legislation to citizenship in the Dominican Republic with the racial laws of the Nazis, representatives from 60 organizations in Santiago responded, as if they wanted to confirm his allegations: With a book burning in the style of the Nazis. The aim of the attacks was Vargas Llosa's book “The Feast of the Goat”, a great work, in which a woman tells how she is chosen by dictator Trujillo as a girl to become his mistress and broke with her father, because he did not protect her of the tyrant, by not opposing the perverted wishes of his “patron” as one of the many followers, which nevertheless did not save him from destruction at the end. The book was declared as an insult to the Dominican woman.

During the same meeting, the nationalists declared Vargas Llosa and his son Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, who lives in Santo Domingo, where he is working as the representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) as “persona non grata” and demanded him to leave the country within 90 days. Also the Haitian ex-consul Edwin Paraison and the non-governmental organization Jano Siské, named after a Haitian who was shot dead on the border by the Dominican police, have been asked to leave the country by that date because they offended the Dominican nationality and symbols of the fatherland. The American Foundation Kennedy was attacked because of its “hostility” against the country. For December 18, the organizers announced a powerful rally in Santiago. The organizers furthermore announced daily protests in Santiago, demanding the government to act more strict against illegal Haitians, since these prepared violent actions on Dominican territory.

Haiti must cooperate The president of the Central Electoral Board (JCE) Roberto Rosario said that the Haitian government should expend its energy on contributing to the Dominican government's initiative to legally document its citizens. Since Haiti does not guarantee its citizens the right to a legal identity, this creates a problem that the Dominican government cannot resolve without their cooperation. In April the Dominican government proposed to the Haitian government to use the “cedula” system to document their nationals who are living in the Dominican Republic.

The journalists Huchi Lora and Juan Bolívar Díaz requested the prosecutor of the National District, Yeni Berenice Reynoso, to initiate investigations against the distributors of a leaflet. The “National Network for the Defense of Sovereignty” has signed the pamphlet and put three million copies in circulation, in which the two respected journalists are insulted as “traitors of the fatherland” and the readers are prompted to take action against them because they critizised the sentence on nationality of the Constitutional Court. This nationalist “Network” is also the originator of the call to build a “Wall of Respect” at the Haitian border.

Hurricane Season was mild Nothing to feel of the predicted heavy Storms / 4,000 Dead in the Philippines / Bananas There should be hardly any doubt left that the climate change is taking place. The year 2013 is one of the hottest in history. At the COP19 climate conference in Warsaw, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported that global temperatures were half a point above the average temperature between 1961 and 1990 from January to September 2013. The rise of the sea level would threaten settlements near the sea, as the floods caused by the terrible typhoon “Haiyan” in the Philippines were proving. How to find the courage to share your faith But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15 I will never forget the time I was in collage and someone in the Navigators challenged me to be a better witness for Christ in my school. So I decided I was going to share Jesus with a guy named Chris. I really tried to avoid seeing him all day, knowing the conversation I had to have. I was successful in avoiding him for most of the morning but ran into him in the evening. So I asked him, “Chris, you wouldn’t wanna be a Christian, would you?” Chris looked at me for a second and said, “Naw… I’m an atheist!” There was an awkward pause, and I told him, “Oh, excuse me. I’m sorry.” And I just kind of slithered away. But I learned something that day that’s stuck with me the rest of my life: Starting a spiritual conversation was much more uncomfortable for me than it was for him. Many times, we scare ourselves when it comes to sharing our faith because we’re worried what others will think. But more often than not, we’re harder on ourselves than the person with whom we’re speaking. So instead of making yourself nervous, remember it’s just a conversation. When you think that way, you can have the courage to share your faith with anyone! Pastor Dan

The rise of the sea level is a fact and according to the WMO has reached a historical maximum this year. Since 1993, the sea level rose annually by 3.2 millimeters. The WMO also pointed out that the concentration of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached record highs in 2012 and surely will be even more in 2013. The Caribbean was spared of stronger and more severe storms and rainfall as they were predicted for this year's hurricane season which ends at the end of this month. At the beginning of hurricane season, an unusually violent action was expected. Fortunately, the exact opposite was the case. There were only two storms that reached hurricane speeds, Humberto and Ingrid. And even they reached just up to level three on the Saffir-Simpson scale. As the hurricane season will end on 31 of November, it can be assumed that there was not a single hurricane of great intensity this year. Since the beginning of the satellite era in 1960, there were only four years without a hurricane of major intensity. The last time was in 1994, when there was not one major hurricane. Much less fortunate was the Southeast Asian country with many similarities to the Dominican Republic, the Philippines. The typhoon “Haiyan” (Chinese for “petrel”), known as “Yolanda” in the Philippines, brought death and destruction on the land of the 7,000 islands with gusts up to 380 kilometers per hour. Experts estimate the material damages up to 14.5 billion dollars, of which the insurances will pay just from 300 to 700 million dollars. But far worse are the many dead, especially in the almost completely destroyed city of Tacloban on Leyte Island. Officials estimate up to 4,000 people who lost their lives in this typhoon. More than ten million people

desperately need help. There is no clean drinking water and people are suffering from hunger, because even after days there are still many villages cut off from the outside world. President Benigno Aquino has been criticized for his crisis management, because he did not bring the much needed help on the way fast enough. The more than ten million Filipinos living abroad prefer to send the money to help the needed directly to them rather than to organizations or the government, which they consider as corrupt and fear that the aid money could dissappear. The Dominican Republic expects to export 330,000 tons of bananas by the end of this year, according to information released by Minister of Agriculture Luis Ramón Rodríguez,. He attributed this dynamic performance by the sector to the freedom of access to the European market for the nations that are signatories to the Cotonou agreement with the European Union. According to Rodríguez, more than 51,000 people are employed in banana production, and twothirds are Haitian nationals. Rodríguez said this at the closing ceremony of the regional seminar with representatives of banana producers from the Caribbean region that are benefitted by the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) which is sponsored by the European Union.

More Protests in Haiti Police prevents Sellers from crossing the Border / Unrest / “Politicians hinder Progress” At the border crossing Ouanaminthe (Juana Méndez), Haitian police prevented their compatriots from crossing the border to attend the binational market in Dajabón using tear gas on 18 November. After the portal was closed on the border of Haitian side, several dealers tried to cross the Río Masacre to get to the other side of the border, but they were stopped with the use of force. The reason given by the authorities was the 210th Anniversary of the Battle of Vertières, when the French were finally defeated and had to leave Haiti. This was an important public holiday and nobody had to work on this day. In Cap-Haïtien, President Michel Martelly, accompanied by his wife, Sophia Martelly, and Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, commemorated the 210 years of the Battle of Vertières, which saw the victory of the indigenous army on that of Napoleon Bonaparte on 18 November 1803 and finally made Haiti the first nation in the world which freed itself from a colonial power. Both, Haitian and Dominican dealers, protested against the closure of the border on the Haitian side. According to the dealers association of Dajabón there will be high losses in sale caused by the prohibition. For quite some time, the Haitian authorities made clear that they don't like the informal markets on the Dominican side of the border, as this means a loss of around 300 million dollars a year for the country in taxes and customs.

The demonstrations against President Michel Martelly don't stop. Again the protesters held up pots and spoons to show that they are hungry. While in Port-auPrince, the manifestations were relatively peaceful, the polices of the second largest city in the country, Cap-Haïtien, used tear gas. Supporters of the president threw stones and other objects against the demonstrators, shouting “Martelly another five years!” The MINUSTAH was concerned about the resurgence of violence. Said Sandra Honoré, leader of the mission. She was concerned about the violence and killings in the Cité Soleil slum and other parts of the country.

According to the head of MINUSTAH, Sandra Honoré from Trinidad and Tobago (photo), it is primarily the Haitian politicians who impede the progress of the country. It is more the political crisis than extreme poverty or the consequences of the earthquake in 2010 which do not let Haiti progress. The United States also demand to finally clarify when the elections will be held, which were due already at the beginning of this year. Uruguayan President José Mujica advocates a withdrawal of the troops of his country in the MINUSTAH. Mujica complained that they were trying for ten years to establish order in Haiti, but have achieved nothing. There will not be another ten years. “One thing is to try to help the Haitian people build a police force that is in charge of security. That's fine. Another thing is being there indefinitely with a regime that we think is at least dubious in terms of a continuity of democratic renewal,“ said the Uruguayan president. Asked if he would withdraw the 850-strong Uruguayan contingent in the UN peacekeeping force in Haiti, Mujica said, ”Yes, I think so.”

Second Round in Chile Bachelet closely missed Majority / Peace Talks in Colombia postponed despite Advances

The former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet (2006 to 2010) closely missed the victory in the first round of the presidential elections in the southernmost Andean country. With 46.67 percent of votes she came very close to the necessary majority of 50 percent. Strongest rival to the candidate of the leftist Mayoria Nueva (New Majority) is Evelyn Matthei of the ruling party Alianza por Chile (Alliance for Chile). 25.01 percent of the Chilean voters voted

for her in the first ballot. Thus, on 15 December, a run-off election is necessary, which probably will be won by the highly respected ex-president. It was the first time that in Chile was voted without compulsory voting, with the consequence of a low turnout. The supporters of the two rivals are now in search of voters for the runoff, for the other seven candidates can no longer participate, and so try to lure voters of them to the polls. For Michelle Bachelet, the obstacles are much lower because she only needs to win a little more than three percent to win, while Matthei must find twice as many voters as in the first round. But no matter who wins: the next president of Chile will be a woman. It is the first time that two women compete for presidency in Latin America. The half-continent will have four or five presidents from 11 March 2014, depending on whether on 24 November (after press date) in Honduras, Xiomara Castro, wife of ousted President Manuel Zelaya, has won to the candidate of the ruling party, Juan Orlando Hernández, who was leading the surveys. In neighboring Argentina on the other side of the Andes rules Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Brazil is led by Dilma Rousseff, and in Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla is the boss. In addition, in the Caribbean, Portia Simpson Miller governs in Jamaica and Kamla Persad-Bissessar in Trinidad and Tobago. In addition that in Chile two female candidates are competing, both of them are also daughters of generals of the Chilean Army. General Alberto Bachelet remained loyal to the elected President Salvador Allende, when he was overthrown in 1973 by General Augusto Pinochet. For this he was imprisoned and tortured. When he died the following year, Michelle Bachelet and her mother fled across Australia to East Germany, where she learned German and studied medicine. In 1979 , long before the

end of the Pinochet regime, Bachelet returned to Chile and joined in the Socialist Party. When ex-dictator Pinochet died in 2006 under her presidency, she refused to give him a state funeral, an honor that only an elected Chilean president deserves.

Unlike in previous failed talks, Colombians -- who have endured nearly 50 years of conflict that has left thousands dead -- now believe peace actually might be attainable. But the dialogue over the year has advanced in fits and starts. Negotiators for the government and and the leftist FARC rebels, postponed the new round of talks planned for November 18. “By common consent, it was decided to postpone the start of this round of talks, because they asked for more time to work on the issue of illegal drugs,” a source close to the negotiations said. The source added that there is as yet no “precise date” for a resumption of the talks. So far the two sides have agreed on land reforms designed to narrow the gulf between destitute farmers and ultra-rich landowners -- the root cause of the war's eruption in the 1960s -- and agreed on letting the leftist FARC rebels take part in politics if a peace accord is in fact achieved.

Your Horoscope for December 2013 Virgo has to be prepared / Taurus has to analyze Events / Wrong Management of Leo

Be prepared to your colleagues, business partners, and management to occupy your time with unnecessary and ineffective work. While you may manage to convince your colleagues that they are wrong, doing so with management will be harder. Many of the people around you will look towards you negatively. You were warned. Attentiveness, honesty, and self-confidence - these are the components of your success.

This month can be a very successful business time for you. But you have to watch your competitors or the more “active” colleagues. many of the actions committed today may be a reason for serious conflicts in the future. You have to carefully watch the slightest changes in your environment and promptly take all the necessary measures at the first sign of danger. Do not miss a single detail - it is very important.

Get ready to become a witness of truly major problems that will happen with someone of your friends or close ones. Your business will thrive even with a minimum effort on your part. Even if you are not working for yourself, everything will develop positively. Just enjoy life, without paying any attention to the world around you.. Every wish will be fulfilled as soon as possible and every request will be granted.

This month should be a bright enough time, full of really remarkable victories. Losses can also occur, but with the right approach to the solution of any problem, any loss can be become a victory. Concentrate and accurately analyze current events, select the two or three most significant and proceed to their operational solutions. If your choice will be correct, all other conflicts will gradually subside alone.

You will have a very difficult time because of conflicts emanating from your superiors. You have to agree that this is a bit more complicated than if the source of the problems would be technical malfunction or colleagues. Do not despair; the chances of success are still there. Keep the dialogue open and assertive, be confident, and argue if there is a strong case. If you do not have constructive arguments, better keep quiet.

There will be significant opportunities to strengthen your financial position. But the main source of problems for you in the coming phase will be your competitors! It would seem quite natural, but we are so accustomed to problems in other areas of work, that we have already forgotten about the fair “frontal” battle. However, that is exactly what awaits you. A fight with accordance to all the laws of doing business.

Currently, your management will be wrong in many ways, but pointing that out is unnecessary. Firstly, because objective criticism will not be accepted. Secondly, someone else’s mistakes may turn out to be to your benefit. So just bear with it. Most of the problems will not be in you, or in your relationships with family and friends, but that some of them will not be as clean in their intentions in relation to you.

You have to be prepared for the fact that many people from your work environment could make sudden impulsive decisions, the right ones, as well as the wrong ones, unfortunately. Personally, you are unlikely to be able to neutralize the emerging conflicts around you, or on the contrary, develop positive trends. Yet, you will definitely be capable of strengthening one or the other direction and giving it the required vector.

Concentrate and try to make every effort to optimize the production process, it is this direction that your increased activity will have to go. Do not pay attention to colleagues, business partners, management and competitors. That is, pay attention to them of course, but in a casual mode. The month may have some negative issues in store, their quick solution will allow avoiding many serious problems in the future.

Now is the time to try to implement something really strong and meaningful. Do not hesitate, feel free to take the most unusual and complex projects. Serious problems should definitely not arise, thus you can calmly work and enjoy life. There is some possibility that you may lose understanding with your best friends (the closest ones). However, this situation chould be corrected easily.

A competent and timely activation of hidden reserves will allow you to get through the coming difficult period with minimal damage to yourself. Be patient, save your energy, it will be needed later. In your love life, you will enjoy a highly harmonious life, most importantly, in accordance with your own wishes. You could go on vacation, it would be one of the best options of spending pastime.

You will have the power to do everything within a month. All you need to do is just to efficiently use the energy bestowed upon you. Efficiently means in the most competent way. You should increase your hidden reserves and try to achieve your goals as soon as possible. You could get your hands on a truly great power; however, this power fortunately will only be allowed to use it on good intentions.



Old Boat

It was entertainment night at the Senior Citizens' Center. After the community sing along led by Alice at the piano, it was time for the star of the show - “Claude the Hypnotist”! Claude explained that he was going to put the whole audience into a trance. “Yes, each and every one of you and all at the same time.” said Claude. The excited chatter dropped to silence as Claude carefully withdrew from his waistcoat pocket; a beautiful antique gold pocket watch and chain. “I want you to keep your eyes on this watch” said Claude, holding the watch high for all to see. “It is a very special and valuable watch that has been in my family for six generations” said Claude. He began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting “Watch the watch! - Watch the watch! - Watch the watch!” The audience became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth. A hundred and fifty pairs of eyes followed the movements of the gently swaying watch. They were hypnotized. And then, suddenly, the chain broke! The beautiful watch fell to the stage and burst apart on impact. “Shit” said Claude. It took them three days to clean the Senior Citizens' Center and Claude was never invited there again.

Each row, column and square has to contain the numbers from 1 to 9. X-Sudoku must show these numbers also on the two diagonal lines. Solutions on page 12.

There were two identical twin brothers by the name of Jones. John was married, but Joe, the other brother, was single and the owner of a small delapidated boat. It happened that the same day that John's wife died, Joe's boat sank. A kind old lady met Joe on the street, and mistaking him for his brother John she said, “Oh, Mr. Jones, I am sorry to hear of your great loss. You must feel terrible.” Joe said, “Well, I am not a bit sorry. She was rotten from the start. Her bottom was all chewed up, she smelled of old fish even from the first time I got on her. She made water faster than anything I ever saw. She had a bad hole in the front and a big crack in the back. The hole kept getting bigger every time I used her. It got so I could handle her all right, but when anyone else used her, she leaked all over the place. What finished her, though, was four guys from the other side of town came over looking for a good time. They asked if they could use her and I rented her, but warned them that she wasn't too hot. But they insisted that they would like to give her a try. The result was that the crazy fools all tried to get into her at once. The strain was too much for her, she cracked right down the middle.” The old lady fainted.

Sudoku No. 215 (easy)

 A hypnotist says: “The easiest people to hypnotize are government officials. They only need to be remembered of their work, and they fall asleep.”


Sudoku No. 216

A salty cruising boat pulled in to dock, and a stunningly beautiful woman stepped off with a parrot on her shoulder. “Where did you get that?” asked one of the dock rats. “Met her online,” replied the parrot.


The Page of Health


Women and Drugs

Third Cause of Death among Infants in Latin America

The use of alcohol and illegal drugs in women takes a turn for the worse, warned the former head of the Dominican Psychiatric Association, José Miguel Gómez. In places where alcoholic beverages are served, the number of women drinking is often equal to or even greater than that of men. What is the most arousing concern is that underage girls are in the majority. Gómez said that one of the consequences of this trend is the large number of pregnancies of children and young women and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Gómez also said that more than 60 percent of the Dominican marriages break up after less than ten years. 40 percent of the households in Dominican Republic are single parent, which means usually that the kids grow without father.

In Latin America, pneumococcal infections are the third most common cause of death in young children. Twenty percent of deaths in infants are by caused by pneumococcal pneumonia. Worldwide each year one million children die from this disease. These statistics published Doctor Zacarías Garib during the celebrations of the World Day of Fight against Pneumonia. According to the joint communiqué issued by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and

GAVI Allaince, every 30 seconds a child under five years of age dies of pneumonia. Breastfeeding up to six months was an effective preventive measure against pneumococcal infection in infants, and a combination with other baby food until the second year of life. Furthermore the supply of drinking water is essential in the poorer areas and it is necessary that children should be encouraged to wash their hands and in the kitchens a good air circulation is very important because of the smoke. Doctor Garib is the director of the General Program on Immunization of the Dominican government. He said at the celebration of the World Day of Fight against Pneumonia in the hospital Robert Reid Cabral in Santo Domingo, vaccination against pneumococcus is free for children from two months to two years. So far, 36,000 children were vaccinated against this bacterium in the Dominican Republic. After a vaccine there is no lifelong immunity. For unvaccinated adults, the vaccine is recommended after the age of 50 years because the power of resistance against diseases is decreasing. It was found that the mortality rate in infants has decreased in countries where there are programs for vaccinations against pneumococcus. Therefore, it is commendable that the government has introduced a free immunization program for infants against pneumococci.

What is this Guy singing? “Gringo muere de dolor” by El Gringo de la Bachata El Gringo de la Bachata was extradited to the United States where he is accused of being a drug trafficking gang member. Si tu no entiendes ni te apiadas del amor de un hombre bueno que te quiere de verdad, verás a ese hombre sucumbir pedir piedad. Y no habrá nada que le cure su penar. No hallarás nunca quien te adore como yo. Pero la vida juega siempre una traición, si te enamoras y te aferras al amor de una mujer que tiene duro el corazón. Ay, mujer, te estoy queriendo. Mírame que estoy llorando. Sácame ya de este infierno, que este tormento, me está quemando. Gringo muere de dolor, me faltan fuerzas, se me parte el corazón. Ay, mujer, te estoy queriendo. Mírame que estoy llorando. Sácame ya de este infierno, que este tormento, me está quemando. Gringo muere de dolor, me faltan fuerzas, se me parte el corazón. No hallarás nunca quien te adore como yo. Pero la vida juega siempre una traición, si te enamoras y te aferras al amor de una mujer que tiene duro el corazón. Ay, mujer, te estoy queriendo. Mírame que estoy llorando. Sácame ya de este infierno, que este tormento, me está quemando. Gringo muere de dolor, me faltan fuerzas, se me parte el corazón. Ay, mujer, te estoy queriendo. Mírame que estoy llorando. Sácame ya de este infierno …

If you don't understand and you don't have mercy out of love of a good man who really loves you, you will see that man succumb to beg for mercy. And there will be nothing that will cure his suffering. You will never find anyone who adores you like me. But life always plays a betrayal, if you fall in love and cling to love of a woman who has a hard heart. Oh, woman, I'm loving you. Look at me, I'm crying. Get me out of this hell, for this torment, is burning me. Gringo dies of grief, I lack of strength , my heart breaks. Oh, woman, I'm loving you. Look at me, I'm crying. Get me out of this hell, for this torment, is burning me. Gringo dies of grief, I lack of strength , my heart breaks. You will never find anyone who adores you like me. But life always plays a betrayal, if you fall in love and cling to love of a woman who has a hard heart. Oh, woman, I'm loving you. Look at me, I'm crying. Get me out of this hell, for this torment, is burning me. Gringo dies of grief, I lack of strength , my heart breaks. Oh, woman, I'm loving you. Look at me, I'm crying. Get me out of this hell …

Ramón Alberto Gálvez Castillo was born in San Francisco de Macoris. As a young boy, he already loved to sing at family celebrations. His father, Manuel de Jesús Gálvez, was a well-known Bachata singer in the sixties and seventies, who greatly influenced the career of his son. Ramón Alberto later went to New York where he had the chance to record his first song, but it did not become popular beyond New York. But El Gringo de la Bachata continued the dream of fame - and reached it. “Cómo te voy a olvidar” or “El osito dormilón” were much played Bachatas in the Dominican Republic and other countries. “Gringo muere de dolor” from the year 2003 was his biggest hit. But apparently it was not enough for El Gringo de la Bachata, what he earned with his music. In October 2013 he was arrested in Panama and extradited to the United States, where he is accused to be a member of a gang of drug. Gálvez denies this, claiming that it was a mere equality of name with somebody else. Meanwhile, he is free on bail and waits for his trial.

María Gabriela Isler

Ricky Martin

Miss Universe 2013

“Santiago, the Dreamer”

Justin Bieber Inglorious End of Tour María Gabriela de Jesús Isler Morales came up with the reputation of her country to have the most beautiful women in the world, when she won the Miss Universe contest in Moscow. The Venzuelan who looks as if she had emerged from the promotional brochure of a plastic surgeon, bet her competitors of a total of 86 countries. In the end she won over the Spaniard Patricia Yurena, the other places went to Constanza Báez, Ecuador, Jakelyne Oliveira, Brazil, and Ariella Arida from the Philippines. It was the seventh time that Venezuela won this contest. This means that among the top ten most beautiful women of the universe, half are Latinas. In addition to Venezuela, Spain, Ecuador and Brazil, the Dominican Republic is the fifth with Yaritza Reyes (small pic). However, Yaritza was the only one with dark skin among the ten first beauties.

Inglorious end of Justin Bieber's Latin American tour full of scandals. After the graffitis in Bogotá he spat on fans in Brazil and brawled with photographers in Argentina. The “crowning” finish in the River Plate stadium was the use of an Argentinian flag as a cleaning rag by the Canadian pop star, which he then kicked off the stage. After violent protests, Bieber apologized via twitter. He thought the flag was a T-shirt.

Yandel Solo Career without Wisin

The most successful reggaeton duo of all the times, Wisin y Yandel is going separate ways after 14 years. The Puerto Rican Llandel Veguilla Malavé - Yandel - said, with his first solo album “De Líder a Leyenda” he wanted to realize his own ideas.

The Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin has already proven with his autobiography “Yo” that he can not only sing but also write. The book even made it to the bestseller list of the “New York Times”. Now he published the first of five planned children's books in Spanish and English simultaneously. “Santiago el Soñador” (English title: Santiago the Dreamer in Land among the Stars) contains much of his personal history, said Ricky Martin. With the book he wants to seduce children to read and encourage them to realize their dreams.

Lucho Gatica New Album with 85 The Chilean singer Lucho Gatica, who lives in Mexico for 50 years, now released his album “Historia de un amor” with 85 years, the title of his biggest success, with the participation of stars such as Michael Bublé, Nelly Furtado and Laura Pausini, who interpretes the theme song with Lucho Gatica.

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a347 2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath Townhouse Sosua Center, furnished, Size 90 sq.m/969 sq.ft., on sale US$70,000, www.bestsosua - athumeyer@gmail .com – 809-462-8140

a315a Furnished 2 BR, 2 BA Apartment, Sosua Center, 70,5 sq.m/759 sq.ft., ground floor, low maint., US$51,500 – www.ready - – 809-462-8140.

a348 Gorgeous 2 BR,1.5 BA Ocean Front Apartment, Cabarete. Size: 95.35 sq.n./1,026 sq.ft, now US$ 175,000, Ownwer finance, – athumeyer@ – 809-462-8140

A dream home for 98,000 EURO? Yes, that's real. In a safe, quiet location next to Casa Linda, w. large pool, with Internet, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms , 2 terraces, 2 living / dining rooms, more than 1,100 sqm, with a guaranteed title. Can be hired on a trial basis for 1 year. Covered parking, security. Very low a. c. Financing is possible. Info: real.state@ or the owner, phone 1 809-815-3130 or 809-571-3335

AMERICAN PLAZA SOSÚA APTS. 6 Private First Floor Apts. Located Center of Sosúa at Pedro Clisante Street. Handicapped welcome. Secure, quiet, Internet, 32” flat screen cable TV, 24 h electricity, aircondition. For Rent & For Sale 350 to 450 US$/month Selling from 27,000 US$ to 65,000 US$ 1 and 2 Bedroom and 2 Bath Units Phone 809-836-9598

Small new house with 700 sqm allotment or land suitable for growing vegetables. 4 minute walk to the center of Sosua. Floor area 60 sqm. Well protected. Covered parking spaces. Starting at US$ 98,000. Ready to move. do, 1 809-815-3130 or 809-571-3335 Land, 1,290 sq.m., located in Playa Laguna, with título and deslinde. US$ 22/sq.m., info: 829-721-6146 or 809586-0669, email: katy-krueger@

New Experience Restaurant at Hotel Plaza Europa / Main road in Sosua to lease or sell. Fully equipped, modern kitchen and modern billing system. Only for professionals. Inspection at any time. Info at real.state or 1 809-815-3130 or 809-571-3335 Small finca, to sell for health reasons. 10,000 sqm with fruit trees (100 trees), beautiful house with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 studios, pool 8 x 4 m, cistern 80,000 liters, electric plant, Inverter, pavilion with seating, water + electricity 24 hrs, title unencumbered, 225,000 US$., Phone 809-8568087, 809-651-1816 or 809-7124321 House with 3 apartments, good investment, quiet location in Puerto Plata, to sell for health reasons. later extension to 6 units possible. 55,000 euros, info@rialto, Phone 809-856-8087, 809-651-1816 oder 809-712-4321 Land in Villas Cofresí, Puerto Plata, to sell for health reasons. 926 sqm, in a quiet location, load-free title, US$25,000., Phone 809-856-8087, 809-651-1816 or 809-712-4321 Shop to rent, Main road Sosúa – Cabarete, at Cerámica Sosúa. Further infos: 809-571-2546

Very beautiful Bungalows in Sosúa (Built in 2012, in top condition) From 40 to 80 sq.m. Compl. furnished! In a beautiful gated community under Swiss management. 2 minutes to drive to the center. 24 h electricity and clean water. TV with all international stations, CD, DVD, Radio, WiFi High Speed Internet. Washing machine, BBQ. Big pool, poolbar, 5 m wide waterfall in a dreamlike palmgarden. Closed and gated parking and stand for motorcycles. Weekly rent from 259 US$ incl. AC Monthly rent from 465 US$ incl. AC Purchase of a bungalow is possible. Price from US$ 59,000, US$ 215 AC Tel. 829-802-8686 or 809-801-8660 Plot 3,000 sqm (or two x 1,500 sqm) for 31 US$ per sqm, price negotiable, in one of the top locations between Sosúa and Cabarete, with well working security. Fees for roads and lighting, dumping and security for knockdown price 100 Euros/ monthly. Deslinded land. Serious requests only. 3 bungalows, 1 small House, small restaurant with bar and kitchen, laundry and separate building in a tropical garden with 2,000 sqm, as well as 1,000 square meters of building. Deslinde available. Near Cabarete, VB US$ 149,000.00. Phone 809-877-1900

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Long and Short Term - Rentals - of – bestsosuareal Re#001 2 Bedroom, 3 BA Villa, Sosua, 2 to 4 persons, US$110/night A/C, pool etc, minimum stay 2 nights, – 809462-8140. Re#068a Stunning Ocean Front 1 BR, 1 BA Condo, 2nd Floor, Cabarete, 72 sq.m/775 sq.ft., furnished, US$750, athumeyer – 809-462-8140.

Studio with aircon, private entrance, pool. Caribe Campo, next to the Palms US$150 per week. Monthly negotiable. Call David 829-8501709 Brand new one bed apartments in Lomas Mironas, Sosua. 24 hr security, gated, Well equipped, with large pool. long term rent $450, all inc. Call 829-891-0585 or mangoblos Central Sosúa Apartments for rent. Clean, quiet, 1 bedroom and studio, balcony. From 10,000 RD$. Tel. 809303-3900

Beautiful new apartments in Vista del Caribe, Encuentro Beach, Cabarete, Ocean View, 1 and 2 furnished bedrooms, swimming pool, laundry, BBQ area, parking, 24 h electricity. From US$500 to US$800. Phone 829-286-7161 3 bedroom villa for rent in Lomas del Sol 3, 3km from Sosua. Fully furnished, pool, security, back up power and AC in master bedroom. Long term rental US$800 a month, includes pool maintenance, gardener, water and waste disposal. Contact Alex 809 350-1441.

Re#48 Spacious 1 BR, 1 BA Apartment, Sosua, 83 sq.m, furn., 2nd floor, US$525/month. andrea@ or 809-462-8140

Bungalow, luxuriously furnished, 110 sqm, built 7/2011, area 870 sqm. Large eat-in kitchen, 2 bedrooms, TV room, 1 ½ bath (with whirlpool luxury bath and shower), pantry, terrace. 24 hours electricity, own water supply, no additional costs. Electric gate, tiled pool with modern power-saving pump system, quiet, safe residential area in Sosúa-La Mulata. Large outbuilding w. Caribbean Party roof terrace and sea views, outdoor kitchen, outside toilet, carport, lots of space, high quality furniture, kitchen, household equipment, internet, cable TV, etc. Price US$ 179,000. PS: I only speak German. Phone 809-438-4283 or email: 260 US$ in Cabarete for rent – big apartment, furnished, 2nd floor, bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom. Big swimming pool, parking, washing machine. Price incl. water and electricity. High speed internet 6 MB. Residence Las Palmas, tel. 809-875-7701 (fotos -http://www.

Re#102 1 BR/1 BA Apartment, Cabarete Center, furnished, 50 sq.m/538 sq.ft.,2nd floor, US$ 600/month, – 809-462-8140.

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A Brand new 2 bedroom 1 bath house with swimming pool. 120 sq.m. bulding on a lot of 600 sq.m. In Sosúa, very nicely located next to schools and church, just minutes away from everything. US$ 149,000, with 35% down the owner with finance, then US$ 711 monthly. More informations at 809-571-2406.

Condos from 1 to 3 bedrooms in a first class, gated community close to the beach near Sosúa for sale and rent. Spectacular oceanview from the terrace on the roof of the building. Prices from US$ 99,000, rent from US$ 795/month or US$ 595/week. All apartments are furnished. Ask for further infos at 809-571-2406.

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Honda Gasoline Generator, 3 kW, almost new, hardly used. Price 27,000 pesos o.n.o., location Sosúa Tel 829-540-6096 Canox welding machine, Mig-Matic 25, CV.DC ARC Welding, Power source - wire feeder, used, 500 euro, Phone 829-610-8807 Planta (emergency generator), 10 kilos, used, RD $17,000, problem: missing module. Phone 829-6108807

Big apartment, 3 rooms, 2 bathrooms, furnished, opposite Banco Popular, Cabarete, Royal Residence, b210, security, tiled pool, 3 a/c, elevator, on the beach, US$ 925/month. Call 809-571-0066 or 829-855-7185 Beautiful new apartments in Vista del Caribe, Encuentro Beach, Cabarete, Ocean View, 1 and 2 furnished bedrooms, swimming pool, laundry, BBQ area, parking, 24 h electricity. From US$500 to US$800. Phone 829-286-7161

Apartments for rent, furnished, elect. and cable incl. Studio, 1 and 2 bedrooms., Sosúa, 1 block from the German bakery, phone 809-8818063 (engl.) and 829-894-4636 (esp.) 150 US$ in Cabarete for rent - room with small kitchen and bathroom, furnished, 2nd floor, big swimming pool, parking, washing machine. Price incl. water and electricity. High speed internet - 6 MB. Residence Las Palmas, tel. 809-875-7701 (fotos - s.cabarete)

Apartment in Urb. Joel/Torre Alta/ Puerto Plata, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, bath, incl. cable TV, water, gardener, protected parking, Tel 829-262-2315

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RECEPTION ASSISTANT over 30 y, for evening service, good payment, must speak English Hotel Plaza Europa – Sosúa Tel. 809-815-3130 or 809-571-3335

For rent: Chevrolet Tracker, air conditioning, automatic, tech. impeccable. RD$ 1,000 per day, RD$ 5,000 per week. German / English / Spanish. Phone: 809-988-7376 Looking for Yamaha or Honda Scooter. Ex-pat only. We'll pay cash immediately. Phone 809-836-9598 Renault Koleos, year 2010, 2,500 ccm, silver, only 20,000 km, like new! Price: 22,000 US$. Call: 1-829918-6783

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AKAI tape machine w. large coil, and many audiotapes. Price: RD$ 32,000. Phone 809-438-4283, speak only German Queen size bedroom set in Caoba with bed frame, mattress, 2 night table and dresser. Sofa, center table, oriental rugs, bedspread king size with matching pillow sham. Call for info: 809-962-2052 Panasonic flat screen 42”, like new, RD$ 28,000, Phone 829-263-7120

2,000 RD$/day, 11,000 RD$/week 36,000 RD$/month Rialto Group S.R.L., Puerto Plata Avd. Luis Ginebra 57 Tel: 809-261-8786, 829-369-1771 Email:

Birds for sale by breeder: Budgies, cockatiels, lovebirds, finchen and more. Contact Andrea: 809-4628140 or

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