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All-day School starts nationwide in August Link to Central America and the Caribbean States / Project to disarm the Population During his usual visits of the provinces on the weekends, President Danilo Medina said in San Juan de la Maguana, from August there will be introduced the all-day school (tanda extendida - extended shift) all across the country. This will change the history of the country, „we can become a more developed country“, assured the President. The children will then go to school at 8 o'clock in the morning and come back home at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. „The goal is mainly to alleviate the financial burden of the single mothers in the Dominican Republic. The all-day school will guarantee, as I have said during the election campaign, a breakfast, a lunch and a snack for the children“, said Medina. For this reason, all the newly built schools have a kitchen and a dining room, and also for the old schools, these units will be adhered. When visiting different villages around San Juan de la Maguana, Medina promised: „From today to the next year we will complete all started school buildings and those that will yet be started.“

Roland Schäfer, Director for the Americas of the European External Action Service (EEAS), praised the strategic role of the Dominican Republic as a link to the countries of Central America and the Caribbean Forum (Cariforum) at a meeting with the Dominican Foreign Minister Carlos Morales Troncoso. The country could play a leading role in strengthening regional integration, in security initiatives and the improvement of work with this block. „The European Union sees the Dominican Republic as a strategic partner, which may be the connection, the bridge between the two regions“, said Schäfer. The Dominican Republic's Foreign Service payroll is exorbitant when compared to much larger countries. Last year the foreign ministry received a budget of 6.1 billion pesos. The report makes a comparison with Mexico, with 18 staff members at its consulate in New York, while the Dominican Republic has 36 vice-consuls, and 54 assistants. Mexico has ten people at its consulate in Miami, while the Dominicans have 21 vice-consuls and 32 assistants. Argentina has ten posts at its embassy in the United States. The Dominican Republic has 30 at its embassy in the United States and 211 in the consular service, including 95 vice-consuls, 102 assistants, ten counselors, five minister counselors and six first class secretaries.

A delegation of the Dominican Justice and Police traveled to Brazil to get some pieces of advice for the implementation of a plan to disarm the civilian population. The Dominican Republic wants to reduce the number of weapons in the hands of civilians as Brazil has done four years ago, to combat the high crime with a national disarmament plan. At that time, half a million firearms were collected in Brazil's streets. However, despite an extremely high murder rate in the past 30 years, 1.1 million people were murdered, the Brazilians as well as the majority of Dominicans reject the disarmament of the civilian population. People must be able to protect themselves against the criminals, is the same argument in both countries. The authorities hope that the National plan for disarmament will raise the awareness of the population to resist the temptation to possess a firearm that can also cause accidents and violent situations. The youth movement against violence called for the disarmament of the population, since weapons were encouraging the violence. (Sources: Listín Diario, Hoy, Diario Libre, Z101)


Call to save Water Every day 1,400 Children die of Consequences of Water Shortage / Toll lowered in Santiago

The National Institute for Drinking Water (Inapa), the National Institute of Water Resources (INDRHI) and Water and Wastewater Association Santo Domingo (CAASD) collectively called the Dominican population to increase awareness in the consumption of the life-giving liquid on World Water Day on 22 March. There was a need to adopt a culture of saving, of rationalizing and of a better appreciation for water. The Director de CAASD, Alejandro Montás, complained that the World Water Day fell in the middle of a dry period, which has led to a reduction in the available drinking water by 20 percent, “but this didn't help the Dominicans to develop enough awareness of its consumption and its rationalization”. In the study, “Drinking water in the Dominican Republic: Cheap fares hamper

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coverage and service quality”, it was found that drinking water is practically given away for free and the government subsidized the rich and the poor, the squanderers and the water savers the same way. In addition, the criteria for the price of water are different from town to town. The usually applied flat tariff tempted to waste water. Although the country is rich in water, the water should not be wasted. The supply of the population and the industry costs money, but due to the low earnings in sale, investments were few. The Colombian expert Juan David Echeverri said that half of the population of Latin America suffers from a deficient water supply, although the southern half-continent collects 30 percent of the global rainfalls and is home to 42 percent of the fresh water resources of the world. According to Unicef, 1,400 children under five have to die every day worldwide from diarrhea or other diseases that are caused by poor hygiene as a result of lack of water. Most of them are poor and live in the slum areas of the cities or in remote villages.

While President Danilo Medina answered to complaints about the high toll on the track El Catey - Las Terrenas that he could not change it, the toll for the new bypass in Santiago (circunvalación) was lowered after protests. For passenger cars and minivans SUVs there must be paid now 100 pesos instead of 150. For minibuses the toll was reduced by 90 pesos to now 180 pesos, buses and two-axle truck cost 240 pesos, 120 pesos less than before, and trucks with three axles and more save 300 pesos, the drivers have to pay 600 pesos now.


Criticism continues IACHR invites Affected / Departure refused / President Danilo Medina looks for Solutions

The verdict on citizenship goes on causing national and international unrest. Although the Dominican government had promised some weeks ago and they were working on a solution that is fair to the affected persons, the Dominican Republic was invited to Washington by the IACHR (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Spanish abbreviation: CIDH) to make a statement to the complaints of the affected. As part of the 150th Session of Public Hearings which will last until the 4 of April, one of the first points was the verdict 168-13 of the Dominican Constitutional Court. In the verdict of the Dominican of Haitian descent Juliana Deguis Pierre was informed that she is no Dominican national, since she is the

daughter of Haitian immigrants who had no residence permit, even though she was born here. The same applies, according to the new constitution of 2010, for all descendants of Haitians (and other foreigners born without a valid residence permit of their parents) who were born since 1929, and of whose parents, mostly sugarcane workers that were hired under the dictators Duvalier in Haiti and Trujillo in the Dominican Republic and even under the subsequent democratically elected Dominican governments as cheap labor force, hardly any had a birth certificate. The figures on the affected differ widely: According to the Dominican government it is only a several thousands, according to estimates of foreign governments and of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) it could be 200,000. Protests of affected and their organizations followed immediately and harshly. Foreign countries joined in and many accused the Dominican Republic of being racist. The local politicians reacted angrily about the „interference“ of the ONGs and other countries, many of them even didn't allow Haitians to enter. An independent country has the right on its own immigration laws. Moreover, the allegations to be racist were absurd, because no other country has helped Haiti as much as the Dominican Republic after the 2010 earthquake. Nevertheless, the IACHR again put the theme on the agenda, much to the annoyance of the Dominican authorities. The head of the Immigration Department, Roberto Rosario, brushed away the the summon as unimportant. There was no need any more to travel to Washington, all was said to the case. Shortly thereafter, the Immigration Department backpedaled: This was Rosario's personal opinion, of course the Dominican Republic will send representatives to Washington.

As a representative of the victims of the sentence, Juliana Deguis was invited by the IACHR to state her case. She got a visa for the United States, but had no Dominican passport because her birth certificate is no longer recognized and she therefore can not apply for a passport. Deguis came twice to the airport Las Américas (photo) with her U.S. Visa, accompanied by lawyers, but both times was denied her departure, because she had no passport. After hearing the complaints of the affected and the defense of the representatives of the Dominican government, the deputy director of the City University of New York, Center for Dominican Studies, Anthony Stevens Acevedo, called the performance of government representatives „shameful“. In his view, the Government envoys revealed the State’s lack of interest in resolving the plight of the thousands of Haitian immigrants. „They were completely evasive and uninformed, deferring practically all questions to the various government agencies which would be responded afterwards.“ Meanwhile, President Medina met with all the important Dominican politicians, from his predecessor Leonel Fernández, to Hipólito Mejía, Fernández' predecessor, to discuss how to go on now to solve the problem. Medina admitted that there was international pressure, but he himself was keen to progress in the matter, he said.


Election Day in October DNCD and Haitian Police want to cooperate closer / Marijuana big Business in the USA The repeatedly postponed elections of senators, deputies and mayors in Haiti now will be held definitely on 26 of October. President Michel Martelly, representatives and leaders of the different parties signed an agreement, which was negotiated on the mediation of the Catholic Church in a national dialogue. The strongest opposition group, Fanmi Lavalas of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, ousted in 2004, though, withdrew in the negotiations at the last moment with two other parties. At the United Nations, this year's International Day in Memory of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade on 25 March had the slogan “Victory over Slavery: Haiti and beyond.” UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon announced the construction of a permanent memorial to the victims of slavery before the UN main building to promote greater recognition of the contributions that slaves and their descendants have made in their societies. Haiti managed to be the first country in the world to abolish slavery in 1804, after the French were driven out. In the Dominican Republic, slavery was abolished after the occupation by Haiti in 1822 as the second country on the American continent.

The head of the Dominican drug agency DNCD, Major General Julio César Souffront Velázquez (left), received the head of the Haitian police, Godson Arelus, to deepen cooperation between both states in the fight against drug trafficking and money laundering and to examine the already existing contracts. Souffront offered Arelus support of any kind, in logistics, with drug sniffer dogs and the training of Haitian anti-drug agents. The Dominican Republic would help Haiti, including measures “to definitely transform us to a dam against this terrible scourge of drugs, that continually threatens the peace and tranquility of our Dominican and Haitian citizens”, said Souffront. According to Souffront, there is a need to an island-wide view of the problem.

While the drug mafia still enjoys the million dollar business here, the state of Colorado in the United States collected two millions of dollars in taxes for the enlightening herb after the legalization of marijuana alone in January. ArcView Market Research, a company that examines the cannabis market in the United States, estimates that in 2014 up to 2.5 billion dollars will be spent in the legal business for cannabis. An increase of 68 percent compared to the previous year.


Rebellion of the Rich “The Guardian” about the Reasons of the Unrest in Venezuela / Adolfo Suárez has died

While the international opinion against the “dictator” Nicolás Maduro, elected president of Venezuela with a narrow margin last April, and his brutal repression of the opposition is fueled, the British paper “The Guardian” published a report of journalist Mark Weisbrot. There he writes that the international picture drawn of the events is controlled. The revolt against the democratically elected government would be

paid by the wealthy of Caracas and controlled by the U.S. State Department. The protesters tried to portray the government as a brutal repressive apparatus that acts ruthlessly against peaceful demonstrators. There were small groups of protesters engaged in nightly battles with security forces, throwing rocks and firebombs and running from tear gas. Venezuela’s poor have not joined the rightwing opposition protests, but that is an understatement: it’s not just the poor who are abstaining - in Caracas, it’s almost everyone outside of a few rich areas. According to Weisbrot's observations, the situation was far from a “crisis”, as it is painted from the United States. The protests were deeply unpopular in the population. According to Weisbrot, the protests resulted in the opposite of the desired: The opposition seems more divided and the Chavistas more united than ever. The only place where the opposition enjoys wide support was Washington, writes Weibrot. Perhaps Kerry thinks the Venezuelan economy is going to collapse. But the economic situation is actually stabilizing - monthly inflation fell in February, and the blackmarket dollar has fallen sharply. Officially, at press date there were 35 deaths in the ongoing civil unrest in Venezuela since the 12 of February. At least eight of them, including a sergeant of the National Guard, were shot dead by members of the opposition when they tried to clear away roadblocks. 21 security forces were arrested for violence against protesters.

Spain mourns Adolfo Suárez, the first democratically elected prime minister of the country after the end of the dictatorship of Generalísimo Francisco Franco. Suárez' big merit was the reconciliation and balancing in disunited Spain after the iron rule of the fascist General. Suárez was chosen as prime minister in 1975 by King Juan Carlos after Franco's death and approved by the people in the elections in 1976. Suárez died at the age of 81 years after he did not appear in public any more since 2003. He suffered from Alzheimer's. The Public Works Ministry now announced that it has approved a request by the government to rename Madrid Barajas Airport in honor of former Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez.


Your Horoscope for April 2014 Piesces enjoy delightful Days / Tumultuous month for Leo / Aries with ardent Passion

Expect success and accomplishments, but also an increase of the income or other material advantages.This will be a month of satisfactions, which will gloriously end a period of effort and perseverance. But there might be some fields that could be a source of restlessness or troubles and could require higher vigilance: studies, intellectual work and trips. Be careful when traveling and when taking trips in general!

You will enjoy delightful days with your partner, sentimental and physical harmony, and, as a bonus, you'll have a lot of fun together. If you are single, it will be taken care of! It will be one of the most favorable periods of the year to meet someone. You will be in a great shape: you will have a very high morale and you'll enjoy life to the maximum. Even if you feel wonderful and fit, don't forget to exercise!

This month you are driven by ardent passion and your temperament is highly sentimental. You are recommended not to give in to spontaneous impulses, to avoid aggressiveness and dangerous relationships. Beware of conflicts and situations that can generate violence or accidents. If you work systematically and don't make rash decisions, in this month you can have success. Financially, April promises nice earnings.

This is a period of austerity for couples: either the relationship will be more distant than usual, or the partner will have to cope with some trials (profession, health), and this will affect you too. Don't treat medical problems superficially, not even the ones that seem to be insignificant! You can benefit from support in critical moments, so don't hesitate to ask for it. Even if there's a certain financial pressure, money will come to you.

You have been working hard or in difficult conditions for quite a while now, sometimes to have the impression that you don't receive in return what you actually deserve, other times to feel that your capacity to choose or to take action is restricted. This is a month that can bring you nice accomplishments, one of those months in which you feel that it has been worth making all the efforts that you have made.

Although this month will not lack agitation and excitement, it foreshadows to be auspicious. Some changes might appear, which have been in the air, but it is not excluded that completely unexpected changes occur as well. Special attention should be given to issues related to accommodation, properties or patrimony goods. In this area it is possible that you will have to face difficulties and emergencies.

This will be a tumultuous month, but you are one the people that can find opportunities anywhere. You can now highlight your talent of a leader and coordinator, the synthesizing vision, the spirit of initiative. You can mediate difficult situations and can win without competing, but benefiting from others' participation. There will be visible progress in comparison to the previous month.

Work will go well this month, especially if it is connected to the others: team projects, collaboration, contracts, counsulting, public relations, etc. Everything seems to be easier along with other people. It's not the time of independent projects, nor of work done in an isolated environment. The more people involved, the better. Talk about your problems with the people close to you. You will surely find some solutions.

If you have talents unexploited yet, it would be great if you started practicing on them or promoting them more energetically. The efficiency can fluctuate, so you will need good planning and an organized work style. The situation of collaborations and contracts will be delicate, requiring tact and patience. There can also be new proposals you did not expect. Focus on important things and don't let your agenda get too busy.

A special event can bring you a big step ahead. There might be people dissatisfied with your advance though, that will try to set you up. Be careful, don't leave your back unguarded! Financially, you'll be very well, but you shouldn't waste your money. Health should be your priority this month. Even if you have natural good resistance, the body has a limit. Avoid excesses, stay away from alcohol or other drugs.

The independent side of your personality will urge you to act more often on your own rather than along with the others. Rebel and dominant tendencies can create troubles with team projects or can affect your image. Money will come in. However, speculation and excessive expenses can empty your pockets. You have ingenious ideas. Try to stop for a moment before getting involved and to weigh the stake, benefits and risks.

Your relationships will be animated and picturesque. Communication will be very rich and the romantic flow will grow by discussions to each other. Walking together, going out or taking short trips will be full of charm. The key to success in your work is cooperation or asso-ciation. Social life and personal relationships can positively influence your career. There are good chances to meet people willing to help you.


Naive Art in Higüey José Morillo shows his Paintings “The Virgin in America” in the Museo de la Altagracia naive artwork is José Morillo. For Morillo it is the sixth own exhibition that shows 30 images of “The Virgin in America”, of course also the Virgin of the Highest Grace of Higüey (left) or the Virgen de las Mercedes (below). The museum is open from 9 a.m. To 5 p.m., the last guided tour starss at 4 p.m.

The Museo de la Altagracia is located in the gardens of the Basilica of Higüey. The museum is exhibiting historical religious objects, which show the devotion of the Dominican people to the Virgen de la Altagracia, the protector of the country, since the 18th Century. But the museum also organizes other exhibitions, such as the current one about the image of the Virgin Mary in America. The painter of these


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Carlos Santana

Plácido Domingo

New Album in May

700 Gigs at the Met

Premios Soberano The big Winners

Carlos Humberto Santana Barragán, better known as Carlos Santana, who came to California with his parents from Mexico in 1961, is considered one of the ten best guitarists in the world. After a nearly 50year career he will release his 23 rd album “Corazón” in May. As on his previous album “Supernatural”, various international stars are collaborating, among others, Juanes, Gloria Estefan or Pitbull and Romeo Santos, who are the “the voices of the moment”, according to Santana, who represent the second generation of Hispanic immigrants in the United States. “I like to make music that reaches grandpas, grandmas, mothers, fathers, adolescents and kids”, says Santana. After the death of flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía, who died at 66 years, the same age as Santana, he thinks about life and “what remains after death”. He wanted to be remembered as “a musician and enlightening personality”. To the participation of Niña Pastori, Santana says he was dreaming of an album with flamenco in the style of Miles Davis' “Sketches from Spain”. “I like the passion, the fire and the blood of the gypsies.”

The 73-year-old Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo celebrated his 700th performance at the prestigious New York Metropolitan Opera (Met) this mid-March. He sang the role of Neptune in the American opera “The enchanted Island”, a “baroque pastiche” of Shakespeare's “The Tempest” and “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, with music of Handel, Vivaldi and others. Overall, Plácido Domingo performed 3,700 times during his glittering career. Fefita (see last issue) again had to go home empty-handed without the Gran Soberano. Winner was the comedian Cuquín Victoria. The movie “¿Quién manda?” with three statues was the best, followed by Miriam Cruz (above), Juan Luis Guerra, Raulín Rodríguez with the Bachata of the Year “Esta noche” (LA PLAYA 100), Daniel Sarcos and Germana Quintana with two Soberanos.

Omega Involved in Shootout

The only fairly safe thing when it comes to news about Antonio Peter de la Rosa, also known as Omega El Fuerte, is that they will not be positive. After violence against women, contempt of court hearings and other things, he has now been arrested in Santiago, after one of his bodyguards shot on intrusive fans in the Plaza Colinas Mall. After escaping first, “the Strong One” gave in and was set free on a bail of two million pesos and a travel ban to go abroad.

José José Not tired yet at 65 Despite a variety of ailments from diabetes to renal failure, 65-year-old José José wants to perform in public again. The Mexican is considered one of the greatest interpreters of romantic music in Latin America who recorded more than 400 songs and sold 50 million albums. In March, Sony has released three collector's albums with José José's most important songs.


What is this Man singing? “Ayer pedí” by Joel Santos A Bachata by Joel Santos, in which he describes the conflict of his feelings to a woman who has left him. Ayer pedí que te murieras, que te matara la tristeza, que todo el mundo te olvidara, que tu belleza se acabara, para que nadie te quisiera. Ayer pedí con tanta fuerza, que todo el mal que haya en la tierra sobre la espalda te cayera para que yo lo disfrutara, para que tu lo padecieras. Ayer pedí que te murieras, porque te odio ya de veras. Pero este idiota corazón, es mucho mas fuerte que yo, tal vez me obligue a que te quiera. Estoy a punto de volverme loco, porque te amo como a nadie, porque jamás voy a arrancarme tus caricias de mi piel. Estoy a punto de volverme loco, porque jamás pude olvidarte, porque tendré que acostumbrarme, a vivir amándote. Alguna culpa estoy pagando, porque te odio y te amo tanto como jamás lo imaginé. Estoy a punto de volverme loco, porque te amo como a nadie, porque jamás voy a arrancarme tus caricias de mi piel. Estoy a punto de volverme loco, porque jamás pude olvidarte, porque tendré que acostumbrarme a vivir amándote. Alguna culpa estoy pagando, porque te odio y te amo tanto como jamás lo imaginé. Joel Santos. Ayer pedi con tanta fuerza que todo el mal que haya en la tierra sobre la espalda te cayera, para que yo lo disfrutara, para que tu lo padecieras. Ayer pedí que te murieras, porque te odio ya de veras. Pero este idiota corazón, es mucho mas fuerte que yo talvez me obligue a que te quiera. Estoy a punto de volverme loco porque te amo como a nadie porque jamás voy a arrancarme tus caricias de mi piel. Estoy a punto de volverme loco, porque jamás pude olvidarte ... Yo solo quiero que tu vuelvas.

Yesterday I prayed that you should die, that loneliness should kill you, that everybody might forget you, that your beauty ceases so nobody would like you. Yesterday I prayed with so much force, that all the bad in the world should fall on your back, so that I could enjoy it, so that you have to endure it. Yesterday I prayed that you should die, because I really hate you. But this idiotic heart is much stronger than me, perhaps forcing me to like you. I reached the point to go crazy, because I love you like no one else, because I never can rip your caresses from my skin. I reached the point to go crazy, because I could never forget you, because I have to get used to it, to live with it that I love you. I am paying some debt, because I hate and love you so much as I never imagined. I reached the point to go crazy, because I love you like no one else, because I never can rip your caresses from my skin. I reached the point to go crazy, because I could never forget you, because I have to get used to it, to live with it that I love you. I am paying some debt, because I hate and love you so much as I never imagined. Joel Santos. Yesterday I prayed with so much force, that all the bad in the world should fall on your back, so that I could enjoy it, so that you have to endure it. Yesterday I prayed that you should die, because I really hate you. But this idiotic heart is much stronger than me, perhaps forcing me to like you. I reached the point to go crazy, because I love you like no one else, because I never can rip your caresses from my skin. I reached the point to go crazy, because I could never forget you ... I just want you to come back.

Joel Santos was born in San Cristóbal on 10 July 1985. As a 14-year-old he won an annual talent show in Cambita, San Cristóbal. In 2001, at a new competition of the winners of previous years, Joel Santos again was the best. In 2002, Joel Santos became a member of the Bachata group Horizonte, of which a couple of songs managed to be played on the radio. In April 2005, his career as a Bachata singer was temporarily ended by a serious accident. After the resumption of his career, he had a first small success in 2009: “Te vas fuera de mi vida” (You go out of my life). Joel Santos also was collaborating in some songs of Elvis Martínez and Héctor “El Torito” Acosta and others. Also as a soloist Joel tried more or less successfully to become popular, which he seems to have accomplished with the featured song that now is often heard in the radios all over the country. On his website, Joel Santos announced that he collaborates with Roy Tavare and is preparing a new album. Roy Tavare has produced stars like Shakira or Ricky Martin.


How sinful

X-Sudoku

Not impossible

A woman comes to a priest and complains: „Reverend, I have two talking parrots Rhonda and Lucy but the two always just say 'that one thing'. " „That one thing ? - Which that one thing do you mean?“, asks the priest. „The only thing they say is: Hi, we are hookers. Do you want to have fun?“ „Oh, that's terrible!“, says the priest. „But I think that I have a solution. Bring me your two parrots and I will put them in the cage of my two parrots Francis and Benedict. I taught them to read the Bible and to pray. They will ensure that Rhonda and Lucy will no longer say 'that one thing'!“ The woman feels relieved and brings both parrots the next day. The two parrots of the priest were sitting in their cage, studying the Bible and praying. The woman opens the cage and puts her both parrots in. As expected, the first thing Rhonda and Lucy say is: „Hi, we are hookers. Do you want to have fun?“ Francis looks over at Benedict and croaks: „Benedict, put the Bible away - our prayers were finally answered!“

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 16.

A man wants to buy a new scope for his rifle. He goes to a rifle shop, and asks the clerk to show him a scope. The clerk takes out a scope, and says to the man, “This scope is so good, you can see my house all the way up on that hill.” The man takes a look through the scope, and starts laughing. “What's so funny?”, asks the clerk. “I see a naked man and a naked woman running around in the house,” the man replies. The clerk grabs the scope from the man, and looks at his house. Then he hands two bullets to the man and says, “Here are two bullets, I'll give you this scope for nothing if you take these two bullets, shoot my wifes head off and shoot the guys dick off.” The man takes another look through the scope and says, “You know what? I think I can do that with one shot!”

Sudoku No. 233 (easy)

 A young man confesses to the priest that he had fiddled. This is not a sin, says the priest. A second man also confesses that he had fiddled. Then a third and a fourth, all confess that they have fiddled. All were dismissed by the priest without repentance. After they left, a young girl confesses: „I have been fiddled!“ The pastor jumps out of the confessional box and shouts: „The whole string orchestra come back to me!“

Mafalda

Sudoku No. 234

 An airline captain was breaking in a new blonde stewardess. The route they were flying had a layover in another city. Upon their arrival, the captain showed the stewardess the best place for airline personnel to eat, shop and stay overnight. The next morning, as the pilot was preparing the crew for the day's route, he noticed the new stewardess was missing. He knew which room she was in at the hotel and called her to ask what happened. She answered the phone, crying, and said she couldn't get out of her room. “You can't get out of your room?”, the captain asked, “Why not?” The stewardess replied: “There are only three doors in here,” she sobbed, “one is the bathroom, one is the closet, and one has a sign on it that says 'Do Not Disturb'!”


LA SABIA

The Page of Health

Chikungunya Did the Disease arrive? / Symptoms similar to Dengue For some time it is speculated if a new virus has already arrived in the Dominican Republic. Now Health Minister Freddy Hidalgo said, there are investigated some suspicious cases in San Pedro de MacorĂ­s and Nigua that have the same symptoms as Chikungunya. So far, the disease spreaded only on some other Caribbean islands. Chikungunya is similar to dengue fever and is transmitted by the same carrier, the tiger mosquito (Aedes aegypti). There are no drugs against this disease, only the symp-

toms can be treated. Chikungunya first appeared in the eastern part of the Caribbean in 2013 where it spread quickly. In early March there was the first Chikungunya case in Puerto Rico. The question is not whether the disease will show up in the Dominican Republic, but when. Chikungunya is similar to dengue, but the joint pains are stronger than in dengue and may last for months. There are also severe headaches and skin rashes. In India, a strand was identified which may be fatal. The infection rate after being stung by an infected mosquito is five times higher than dengue. To combat the mosquitoes that bite during daytime only, it should be ensured that there are no breeding grounds where they can lay their eggs - which means no clean standing water. It is also advisable to grow plants that repel mosquitoes, such as lemongrass, onions or garlic.

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a307 Luxury Furnished 1 BR, 1.5 BA Townhouse, Sosua, 112 sq.m/1,206 sq.ft, ocean view, US$109,000, Owner Financing available. athu meyer@gmail.com or 809-462-8140 a315a Furnished 2 BR, 2 BA, Sosua Center, 70,5 sq.m/759 sq.ft., ground floor, low maint, US$51,500. - http:// www.bestsosuarealestate.com – athu meyer@gmail.com – 809-462-8140. a315g Small Ground Floor 1 BR Apartment Sosua. Building Size: 23,80 sq.m/256/ sq.ft., low fees, On Sale only US$28,000. athumeyer @gmail.com – 809-462-8140. a348 Gorgeous 2 BR/1.5 BA Ocean Front Apartment. Cabarete, Size 95 sq.m/1,026 sq.ft, now US$175,000. athumeyer@gmail.com – 809-4628140 co438 3 BR/2 BA Townhouse, Sosua/Cabarete, furnished, Lot: 300 sq.m/3,230 sq.ft. Building: 150 sq.m/1,615 sq.ft., US$99,000. Athu meyer@gmail.com – 809-462-8140.

Your dream home in the DR! Beautiful villas and spacious lots for sale, all with magnificent ocean view in the hills above Puerto Plata Buy your home ready, let us build it for you, or build yourself in a quiet, green, rural, forested environment Visit us at www.dreamview-estate.info or call 849-653-5308 or 809-440-1420

by owner, call 809-753-7541

co646 3 Bedroom Villa plus Guest House, Lot: 750 sq.m/8,074 sq.ft., Baths: 2 + 2, reduced to US$175,000. - http://www.bestsosua realestate.com - athumeyer@gmail .com – 809-462-8140. co688 3 Bedroom Villa with 1 BR Guest House – Sosua, furnished, pool, jacuzzi, carport, only US$149,000. Lot 2,109 sq.m/22,630 sq.ft., Building Size 200 sq.m/2,153 sq.ft. athumeyer@gmail.com – 809462-8140 Land, 1,290 sq.m., located in Playa Laguna, with título and deslinde. US$ 22/sq.m., info: 829-721-6146 or 809586-0669, email: katy-krueger@ hotmail.de

Re#61 2 BR, 2 BA Town House/ Apartment. Building Size: 126 sq.m/1,356 sq.ft., AC, Garage, US$ 640/month, 3 months and up. Athu meyer@gmail.com or 809-462-8140 Several studio apartments for rent in Sosua. Located on the main street (Pedro Clisante). Suitable for office, workroom, or storage. Long term only, from 160 US$/month, + electricity. Phone 809-571-1388 Apartment and Studio in Cabarete, Villa Mar, for rent. Furnished, Inverter, dog no problem, garden with barbecue place, beach in a walking distance. Apartment RD$ 9,000, Studio RD$ 8,000. Tel. 829929-4389 oder 829-478-8238. Studio apartment, furnished US$325 per month. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, unfurnished US$400 per month, inverter, 1st floor. Call 809-383-8279 Astonishing 2 story penthouse on the beach, in one of the best residential communities, luxury furnished. Literally has everything you need for short or long stay. Airport transfer and complimentary consierge service available. Tel. 829340-1440 or email nigorv@gmail.com Shop to rent, Main road Sosúa – Cabarete, at Cerámica Sosúa. Further infos: 809-571-2546

Long and Short Term - Rentals - of readyfordr.com – bestsosuareal estate.com

260 US$ in Cabarete for rent – big apartment, furnished, 2nd floor, bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom. Big swimming pool, parking, washing machine, Bar, billiard. Price incl. water and electricity. High speed internet - 6 Mb. Residence Las Palmas, tel. 809-875-7701 (fotos -http://www.facebook.com/laspal mas.cabarete) 450 US$ in Cabarete for rent – big Penthouse, 3nd floor, furnished, 2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, 2 large terraces. Big swimming pool, parking, washing machine, bar, billiard. Price incl. water and electricity. High speed internet - 6 Mb. Residence Las Palmas, tel. 809-875-7701 (fotos -http:// www.facebook.com/laspalmas.caba rete) Partly furnised House in Perla Marina, 150 sq.m, 600 sq.m garden, 1 livingroom, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, garden, inverter, common pool, rent US$ 600 plus electricity and additional costs, deposit. Call 809-571-2686 (only German) or 809-889-9714.

Beachfront lot For Sale Las Canas, deslinde, coco trees, financing available. Please call 809-383-8279

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Re#006a348 Gorgeous 2 BR/1.5 BA O.V. Apartment, Cabarete, 95,35 sq.m/1,026 sq.ft, US$1,000/month, furnished. athumeyer@gmail.com – 809-462-8140 Re#001calu 3 BR/2 BA Villa, US$180/night, Sosua, pool, AC, 165 m2/1,776 sq.ft., carport, huge garden, athumeyer@gmail.com – 809-462-8140

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Apartment at the beach of Playa Chiquita. Bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, terrace, WiFi, fully furnished. Long term renters, price on request. Phone 829-852-1453 Studio with aircon, private entrance, pool. Caribe Campo, next to the Palms US$150 per week. Monthly negotiable. Call Fabianne 829-8200726 Kiters, enjoy the best location on Kite Beach. Seeking a long and short term rental for a lovely 50m2 ground floor oceanfront studio. fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, terrace, pool, 24 hour power, security, gated parking, HiSpeed internet, cable TV, 2 queen beds, spacious bright bathroom with double sink, large tiled shower. US$690 per month all included. icabarete1@gmail.com Enjoy the sunset all year round. Seeking a long term and short rental for the nicest 100 sq.m, 2 bedroom oceanfront apartment in Cabarete. It is fully equipped with air conditioning, 2 terraces, pool, 24 hour power, security, gated parking, HiSpeed internet, cable TV, bar restaurant, easy walk to town, Janets. $1,750 per month all included. One bedroom apartment – US$1,000 per month. icabarete1 @gmail.com

OFFICE SHARING LA PLAYA offers to share its office in Sosúa. Very good location - close to Playero Supermarket and Pedro Clisante Street - at Beach Way Plaza, beside Check Point Bar. For further information, please come to the office or call 829373-1218

Advertise your business or sales in the only foreign magazine distributed reliably every two weeks and read by thousands of potential customers since nearly 5 years! For questions please come to the office in Sosúa, just beside Check Point Bar on the Beach Way Plaza

Advertising Sales Job MySosua.com CabareteIsMe.com HavanaIsMe.com Click on “Contact” Phone (+1) 260-624-4414 Night secretary (female) from 25 years in a hotel reception. Good pay, 5 working days a week, two or three languages, English prerequisite. Please apply by calling 809-571-3335 or 809-756-3003

Video Game Systems: “Nintendo Wii” and “XBOX 360 Pro (60GB)” (both New with extra Games & Accessories). Call: 829-322-8982 / Email: uniq44@hotmail.com Computer Equip: Sony VAIO MiniLaptop (New) (10.1”, 1.83GHz, 250 GB-HD, 1GB-RAM)/ “HP” Deskjet 6980 (Wireless) Color Printer (4800 dpi / 36 ppm Black, 27 ppm Color)/ Laptop Expansion Base (Docking Station): HP-Compaq (XB-3000)/ Webcams: (New) “Logitech” HD-Pro (C910), Full-HD (all directions) 1080, 10MP, Carl Zeiss opt. Call: 829-3228982/Email: uniq44@hotmail.com

Hardware & Tools: Air Compressors: “PowerMate” (HeavyDuty, 20-Gallon, 1.5-HP, 135PSI, Electric) / “Pro-Force” (Portable, 3Gallon, 1-HP, Electric)/ Professional, Heavy-Duty Rotary Hammer Drill “Bosch” (GBH-4-DFE SDS Plus) Variable Speed, Quick Change, 3 Operation Modes/ Electric Clamp Multi-Meter: “ExTech” (EX830) 1000A True RMS AC/DC Meter w-IR Thermometer. Call: 829-322-8982 / Email: uniq44@hotmail.com Minolta AF 7000, SLR Camera for films, tele 70-210 and 28-70 and flash Minolta AF 2800, camera bag, little used, all together RD$ 5,000, to get in the LA PLAYA Office, Phone 829373-1218 Estate Sale: Mahogany Furniture (Night Tables, Dressers)/ 6-Light Chandelier/ 11-foot Market Umbrella/ Commercial Treadmill (“Landice” L-7 Pro Sports Trainer) And much more Call: 829-3228982 / Email: uniq44@hotmail.com

Brand new in box - 2 amazing biometric door entry systems, Use up to 100 fingerprints, easy to use, never lose a key. Great for rental condos. left or right entry. US$200 Boxes of luxury living magazines, Showboat, Watch Time, Robb Report, Design, Architectural Digest, GQ, like new. FREE 809-8852668

Restaurant Equipment: All Items Professional & Commercial Grade: Espresso Machine: (New) “Mini Moka Demoka” (M593) Full-Auto, Pump Pressure System, Integrated Grinder, Portion System, 2-Cups/ Extreme Blender: (New) “Waring” (MX1000XTS), Hi-Power, HeavyDuty, Stainless Steel, 64-oz, 3.5-HP (45,000 RPM)/ Frozen Drink Machine: “Donper” 12-Liter (3.2-gal), Single Canister. (perfect for IceesSlushies, Margaritas, Daiquiris, & other great ice drinks)/ Popcorn Machine w-Cart: “Nostalgia” Fullsize, Vendor-style, Commercialgrade, 1.5-gal (16-cups) per batch/ Immersion Blender (New) “Waring” WSB60 (16-inch) / Banquet Service Displays: (all new) “Gourmet Display” brand Juice Dispenser (JC700), and Sienna Series (SR302, SR402, SR801, SR1033)/ Rubber Mats: (3’x3’x5/8”) Heavy-Duty, Commercial Grade, Snap-Together, Anti-Slip, Anti-Fatigue, Anti-Bacteria, Anti-Grease/Chemical (perfect for Hotels, Restaurants & Bars)/ professional Call: 829-322-8982 / Email: uniq44@hotmail.com

New Roland F8 Fantom piano and heavy duty stand plus factory rolling padded travel case. The very best electric piano you can play. 10 inch screen, full sized 88 keyboard. more features than you mention. US$3,000. Paid $5,000 after shipping import and duties. Call 809-885-2668

Dinnerware (116 pcs), SS Plate Covers, Glass Drink Dispensers (3.5 gal), Food Containers, Banquet Utensils, BUNN Coffee Brewing Station (with 3-Burners), And much more. Call: 829-322-8982 / Email: uniq44@hotmail.com

Looking for Fishing boat with outboard 5 hp, new or used, in good condition, max. 4 m. Phone 809-4384283 or jlundjs@googlemail.com (only German)

Moringa-seeds for sale: 20 pieces = 100 RD$, 50 pieces = 200 RD$, 100 pieces = 350 RD$. Moringa-leaves on inquiry. Call 809-571-0471 Cabarete

All kind of translation SpanishGerman-English-French. All official documents sealed and with legal certification. Rialto Group, Puerto Plata, just opposite the Palace of Justice. Tel: 809-261-8786, email: info@rialtogroup.net

Nissan Murano, 2007, very good condition, inside and out like new. The owners are non smokers, no pets or children. The car is cleaned every week. Complete equipment. Automatic. GPS navigation, air conditioning, alloy wheels, computer, leather interior. Phone 809-969-6778 Prado Land Cruiser GX, 2007, 33,000 miles, 4 cylinder, 2.7 liter, gasoline, fully maintained, xenon lights, CD/tape player. US$22,000. Call 809-885-2668

CAR & MOTORCYCLE FOR RENT eg Ford Explorer from 2,000 RD$/day eg Supermoto 250 cc from 850 RD$/day eg Streetscooter 110 cc from 650 RD$/day Vehicles in top condition and insured! Rialto Group S.R.L., Puerto Plata A. Luis Ginebra 57, opp. Palace of Justice Further infos at www.rialtogroup.info Tel: 809-261-8786, 829-369-1771 Email: info@rialtogroup.net


Birds for sale by breeder: Budgies, cockatiels, lovebirds, finchen and more. Contact Andrea: 809-4628140 or bummi47@yahoo.com

IMPRESSUM Editora LA PLAYA Director: Werner Rümmele, Phone: 829-373-1218 RNC 5-31-87397-3

5,000 copies English 2,500 / German 2,500

Your ads by mail: Suzuki Gran Vitara, 2005, 4-Cyl., US$ 8,000. Call 829-731-7577 or 829-847-8238

laplaya.dominicana@gmail.com

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

LA PLAYA office in Sosúa at the Beach Way Plaza Mon. - Fri. 1- 4:30 p.m.

by phone: 829-373-1218

For rent in POP: Mitsubishi Montero Sport, A/C, Automatic, RD$1,000/ day, RD$5,000/week. Cel: 809-4180084 (English, Spanish), 829-9105242 (German)

PRESS DATE FOR ISSUE 120 (16 APRIL 2014): 8 APRIL 2014.

Let's try it! Eight year old Sally brought her report card home from school. Her marks were good, mostly A's and a couple of B's. However, her teacher had written across the bottom: “Sally is a smart little girl, but she has one fault. She talks too much in school. I have an idea I am going to try, which I think may break her of the habit.” Sally's dad signed her report card, putting a note on the back: “Please let me know if your idea works on Sally because I would like to try it out on her mother.”

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