Come to School, please! Minister of Education orders Tests after Holidays / Pact for Education Reform signed
Since apparently no one believes that the calls to students and their parents to return to the classes on the first day of school after the Easter holidays will bear fruit, now the Ministry of Education decided to try something different. Education Minister Carlos Amarante Baret pointed out in a decree that the schools are advised to take exams in mathematics, Spanish, social and natural science on 21 and 22 April, the first days after Easter, so that students are forced to return to school on the first day after the holidays. Amarante said, there was a need to start a crusade to eradicate this bad habit not to return to school immediately after the holidays.
„We permit ourselves to express our concerns about the repeated absence of the students on the days that follow the holidays and vacations, as well as other delays during the whole school year. The last experience of this kind was February 28th. On this day, only 56.39 percent of the students took part in the lessons,“ says the circular 4-2014. The Education Minister also announced that on Easter Sunday, April 20, mini-busses („guaguas“) with speakers will remind the students that there are lessons the next day. The pastors in the churches also will advertise to return to school, radio and television spots on the subject will be broadcasted. However, the Minister didn't find approval everywhere with his action. So parents already complained, the children would then get bad marks because the holidays are to rest and relax, and not to study. Elena Viyella, president of the Acción Empresarial por la Educación (Educa) advised to learn from the experience in Brazil where the schools with extended school days are known as „slow schools“, because the students achieve the same results over longer hours and at a higher cost when compared to the previous normal school days. The model of longer school days needs to improve in quality of teaching. At more than 590 education centers approximately 200,000 children now will get state-sponsored lunches. She noted that in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Paraguay the longer school day program was accompanied by intense training sessions for teachers and directors and significant changes in the curricula.
After seven months of reflections, the National Pact for Education Reform was signed in the National Palace in early April, and the educational objectives defined until the year 2030. Among other things, the allday school (tanda extensiva) is established therein, which will become a reality for more than 80 percent of the students by the end of 2016. It is guaranteed that public education will be free and compulsory for children from the age of three years on. Also there should be sex education at all levels of the education system. The teachers will be better trained. As of June, anyone who wants to become a teacher must pass an examination prior to the start of studies. Who wants to be accepted as a teacher after graduation has to pass an examination. Each employment without the test is invalid and has to be revoked. The evaluations will be done by an objective and transparent system. Teachers with deficits will be helped to overcome this and their strengths will be consolidated. School directors must pass a competitive examination from this year and can no longer be appointed by the Education Minister. (Sources: Listín Diario, Hoy, Diario Libre, Z101)
New Jobs in Shoe Factory CDEEE: Most effective Power System in the World / Wind Farm Los Cocos awarded by BID
The Taiwanese company Sun Jade International inaugurated its new factory in the free trade zone of Tamboril close to Santiago in the presence of President Danilo Medina, for which it had invested 35 million dollars. In the factory once will be produced 20 million pairs of shoes per year with a total of 11,500 employees. T. Y. Chang, chairman of the group Hong Fu, emphasized the importance of this project for his company. He promised the President, to bring the best machines to produce the world's best shoes here in the Dominican Republic. The production will be started with vulcanized soles and shoes. José del Castillo Saviñón, Minister for Trade and Industry and Chairman of the National Council of Free Zones, said, the fact that a company like Sun Jade International has chosen the country for the expansion of its activities was no coincidence but the direct result of an efficient legal framework. Del Castillo Saviñón also pointed out the continuous support from the Dominican government to foreign investors, and thanks to the good development of the port and road infrastructure such companies now are investing. In addition, many Dominican workers are available who are disciplined, adaptable and flexible.
Today, it still sounds like a tale from One Thousand and One Nights, what the deputy chairman of the Dominican State Electricity Company (CDEEE), Rubén Jiménez Bichara, told the press at the presentation of the study “Position and prospects of the national electricity sector”. If it works to get the signature to an agreement that currently is dealt with an American company, as of 2016 at least ten ships with gas will arrive annually. Then the energy conversion plant in the east, along with two coal-fired power plants and 50 hydropower plants will make the Dominican power system one of the most effective in the world. In the study, the progress of the plan for a comprehensive solution to the problems of the Dominican electricity system was shown. Jiménez Bichara recalled that the plan exists of three main axes: the modernized power generation matrix, reduction of losses and efficiency in administration. “The systems that we build and the transformation that we make are a real guarantee that in the coming years, the energy problems will be the past, and we never again will have a country with such basic needs, burning fuels in the billions and spending money, which must be used for other purposes,” Jiménez Bichara said. Between August 2012 until February 2014, CDEEE has paid 3,569 billion dollars to buy energy. The CDEEE Vice President also called on the people to help saving energy.
In late March, the wind farm Los Cocos, which is located in Juancho in the province of Pedernales, built in 2011, was awarded by the Inter-American Development Bank (BID) in Bahia, Brazil with the International Infrastructure 360°, which honors infrastructure projects of the member countries that are outstanding examples of sustainability, with a special emphasis on environmental friendliness. “These awards recognize the leaders in the field of infrastructure," said Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the BID. Los Cocos was the first wind farm in the Caribbean and is now the biggest of the Caribbean and Central America.
Impunity for Corruption? New Penal Code / Higher Penalties / Protests for Elimination of Right to accuse Officials
The initiative for the new Penal Code of the Dominican Republic was passed by the legislators. The bill now moves to the Senate for further study and debate. The president of the Chamber of Deputies, Abel Martínez, said that the Penal Code had been in Congress for ten years and that the Executive Branch had set up a special committee of lawyers to introduce the changes. The draft now establishes a accumulated prison sentence of up to 60 years, increases the maximum sentence from 30 to 40 years and punishes femicide and the use of „devil's acid“ to injure someone with a sentence of 40 years in jail. Other changes make it difficult for a person who has been caught trafficking in drugs to get out of jail by simply posting bail. Participation in a group or gang with the intent of committing a serious offence is also punishable by 30 to 40 years in jail. Article 100 states that convictions for domestic violence now carry a sentence of 30 to 40 years in jail plus a fine of 30 to 40 minimum salaries when it causes death. The prison sentence is reduced to 20 to 30 years at permanent incapacity and 10 to 20 years when the incapacity is not permanent.
Article 131 says to use of a firearm unnecessarily will be sentenced to a year and a day in prison with a fine of one or two salaries. If someone is injured the sentence will be higher. Article 207 calls for two to three years in prison for minor offences, increasing to four to ten years for more serious crimes. For example, if someone is killed during a robbery the sentence is 20 to 30 years, plus the corresponding fine. Receiving stolen goods is punishable by two to three years in jail with a fine of seven to nine salaries. The deputies also approved Article 85 of the Penal Code that now disallows citizens to sue government officers for corruption. This change is being roundly criticized. The most controversial part of Article 85 states that from now on, no citizen can issue a writ against any public servant for violations committed in office. The protest against the elimination of the third paragraph of Article 85 was not only criticized here but also internationally. Transparency International, a civil society organization fighting corruption worldwide, called President Danilo Medina to reject the current proposal. The deletion of this paragraph goes against international good practices and conventions which the Dominican Republic has signed, particularly in regards to public participation and the ability to expose corruption. The Anti-Corruption Convention of the OAS and UN are commitments of the government in the name of the country to the international community. Transparency International and its members in the region promised to be alert to this situation, to ensure that the government keeps its word and strengthens, rather than weakens, the commitment to its citizens and the international community.
Cesar Pina Toribio, Legal Advisor to the Executive Branch, announced that President Danilo Medina has reviewed the proposed new Penal Code and returned it to the Congress with the request that both legislative chambers address major issues regarding the Penal Code that have arisen during these weeks of public discourse. The Executive Branch asked the National Congress, via the Senate, not to delete the third paragraph of Article 85 which regulates the right of every citizen to complain against public officials for offenses committed by them during the performance of their duties or in cases of violation of human rights. Marcos Martínez, lawyer and former communicator of a TV program in Santiago was imprisoned after the indictment of Vice President and former First Lady Margarita Cedeño de Fernández who accuses him for libel and slander and false documents, after he denounced in his TV program, that she had an account worth 42 million euros in a bank in Denmark. Martínez immediately declared himself a political prisoner and later was released after paying a bail of 800,000 pesos. The Vice President denied that Martínez was a political prisoner. „Marcos Martínez is a prisoner for his crime because he acted like a criminal using false documents“, Margarita said. Marcos Martínez, however announced that there will be people who will have to kneel and apologize once he reveales from where he got the documents.
Zunzuneo USAID funded Social Network to incite “Cuban Spring” / Calling to end covered Actions
To have the United States as a friend, is not always easy even for countries with friendly contacts (keyword: WikiLeaks). Who is an enemy, must be prepared for anything. About this fact, for example, Cuba, one of the “favorite enemies” of Uncle Sam, now can sing a new song: “Zunzuneo”. In their untiring effort to overthrow the communist government on their doorstep, the United States now have more modern ideas of how to undermine the “regime”, than the old ways they formerly went by trying to poison Fidel Castro or starting an invasion in the Bay of Pigs. In the era of cell phones and internet they thought, is it easier to incite the youth from
the inside against the old men in Havana. So in 2010, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), officially founded to supports social projects in the Third World, but subordinated to the U.S. State Department, designed a program, tailored to Cuba. Former USAID Secretary Andrew S. Natson once explained that the organization also is asked, “when the means of diplomacy are no longer sufficient and the use of military power is too risky.” The project was named “ZunZuneo” after the local hummingbird “zunzún”. A social network and micro-blogging system was built in Cuba, to instigate the Cuban youth to revolt against the government in a “Cuban Spring” according to the style of the already successful “Arab Spring” where several oppresive governments in Northern Africa could be overthrown. At the end, the Cuban “twitter” had at least 40,000 participants, but it was terminated without giving any reasons in 2012. Investigations by the Associated Press now revealed that contractors, paid by USAID, built up a system of fictitious companies, with an account in the Cayman Islands, and hired Cuban executives in private companies, unaware of the U.S. connections.
After AP published an exposé this month on how ZunZuneo worked, the American government admitted to have financed the project, denied, however, that it was a covert program. “ZunZuneo” is giving new fuel to the allegations of President Raúl Castro, the United States were waging a cyber war against Cuba. The Chancellor's Office stated: “The informations in the AP article confirm the repeated complaints of the Cuban government. It shows once again that the U.S. government has not given up its subversive plans against Cuba, which aim to destabilize the situation in the country.” Cuba urged the United States to respect international law and to stop the covert and illegal actions against the country.
Cabinet reshuffled UN and Haiti: Calling for Help for Drought / Solís newly elected President of Costa Rica
Due to the drought in the northwest of Haiti, the United Nations and Haiti called for help because it means a threat of acute food shortages. A joint government and UN delegation traveled to the affected villages where the World Food Programme (WFP, Spanish PMA) distributed 1,500 tons of food to 164,000 affected people, primarily women and children. Peter de Clercq, humanitarian coordinator for the United Nations in Haiti and deputy head of the UN mission MINUSTAH, said: “The situation is worrying. We urgently need food aid, but also a longer-term solution is needed.” The government said it was “particularly concerned” about the situation in the North East and called on the international partners of the country for help, but also to find a long term solution to the situation in the north where currently about 600,000 people are affected. According to official statistics, there is food insecurity in 43 percent of the households of the northwestern department, versus 30 percent in whole Haiti.
The reshuffle of the Cabinet in Haiti has relaxed clearly the politically tense situation of the last months. Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced the appointment of ten new ministers as part of the agreement, which was negotiated between the majority of the parties under the mediation of the Catholic Church. As a result, Premier Lamothe postponed the planned third Dominican-Haitian conversations another time, which now will be held in the Haitian sea resort Jacmel on May 6. In Dominican side also is suspecting that the Haitian government wants to wait and see how the plans for the announced “humanitarian solution” to the Dominican citizens of Haitian descent deprived of their nationality by the verdict 168-13 of the Supreme Court will look like.
Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed a letter of intent in which the Southeast Asian country wants to help strengthen the electricity sector in the Caribbean country. Furthermore, Nguyen offered his colleague Lamothe that Vietnam will help Haiti in the construction sector and agriculture, especially in rice cultivation, as well as with more cooperation in trade and in the search for oil. Another topic was an alliance to produce and retail medicines at affordable prices for the Caribbean.
In the elections in the Central American “model country” Costa Rica, the 56-year-old historian and political scientist Luis Guillermo Solís won on the second ballot with nearly 79 percent of the votes, however, with 43 percent abstention. The elections, however, were not particularly exciting, because his opponent Johnny Araya from the still ruling party PLN gave up due to lack of support and lack of funds. However, he was not allowed to withdraw from the candidacy. So he stopped his campaign and left the free way to Solís. The victory of Solís in Costa Rica also means the end of the reign of only two parties (PLN and PUSC), which governed alternately for 30 years. Solís ran for the center-left party PAC (Civil Action Party), which was founded in 2000. He left the PLN in 2005, after he complained of severe irregularities in internal party elections. The major challenge of Solís was the abstention. In the first ballot it already was a 31 percent who didn't vote. He set himself the ambitious target of winning one million votes, which never any candidate managed in the history of Costa Rica. In the end, it was, in spite of the record voting abstention, 1,276,287 people voting for Luis Guillermo Solís.
Expert Meeting in Lima Vargas Llosa calls for Liberalizaton of Drugs / Ex-Lover of Capo accuses Ex-Presidents
The call for decriminalization of drug use is gaining support after even the leader of the war on drugs, the United States, meanwhile, allow the “recreational” consumption of marijuana in some states. End of March, specialists on drug trafficking met at a seminar in Peru's capital Lima, organized by the Peruvian Nobel Laureate in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa. The seminar was not just about marijuana, but illegal drugs in general. Vargas Llosa has repeatedly advocated openly for drug legalization. He sees this as the only way to eliminate the drug mafia. Ian Vásquez, Peruvian journalist, Héctor Aguilar Camín, Mexican essayist, and the Spanish professor Antonio Escohotado, also an essayist, agreed that the repressive policies generate violence and crime. Vásquez said: “The problem is not the drugs, but the prevailing policy. The repression is what generates the problems associated with drugs: violence and corruption”. 40 years ago, Latin America had declared war on drugs, but there was no reduction in consumption nor in the flow
of drugs towards the USA and other parts of the world. “The structure of the industry shows why it is so difficult to control it. With each stage of the production, the price of the drug increases, until it makes a huge leap in the consumer country.” According to Vásquez, cocaine in Peru in wholesale is sold for 1,000 dollars per kilogram, in the United States it is sold for 50,000 dollars. “You have to include the legalization also in the consumer countries, it is there where the price shoots up and the major incentives for the drug dealers are created. Until that does not happen, the producing countries like Peru are in a difficult situation”, said Vásquez. Professor Escohotado, author of the book “General History of the Drugs”, believes there was no longer a drug war - except for Mexico - but for more than ten years existed a “silent ceasefire”. For Aguilar Camín, co-author of the essay “A future for Mexico” and the author of numerous books, said, “you have to legalize and regulate the drug use according to doctor's orders, but not police criterias.” The more Mexico tracked these substances, “the worse it was for the country and even worse for the society.” In Mexico, there is a spiral of violence and brutality. “The spectacle of a State where beheaded, hung and burned dead are appearing, is such a big public exposure that the state can not do anything else but to intervene. And this government intrusion is a factor that continues to foment and animate violence, because the strategy is the conquest of
territory and beheading of the cartels and gangs.” For the journalist, the situation in Mexico worsens with each “capo” killed or captured, since it every time an internal war within the cartel breaks out, to find out who will stay in power. Virginia Vallejo, Colombian journalist and former lover of capo Pablo Escobar, told the Argentine magazine ”Noticias” in an interview in her exile in Miami that she had to leave Colombia to save her life after she denounced the “complicity of politicians” such as former President Álvaro Uribe with the drug trade. Uribe, Colombian president from 2002 to 2010, had issued dozens of licenses for Escobar when he was director of civil aviation, so that Escobar could use the runways of airports for his drug shipments. “He said, without this 'blessed boy' he would have had to bring the coca paste from Bolivia on foot.” Vallejo, mistress of Escobar for five years and the most well-known TV announcer in Colombia in the eighties, calls the presidents Alfonso López Michelsen (1974 to 1978) and Ernesto Samper (1994 to 1998) ”Narco-Presidents” for their good connections to the head of the infamous cartel of Medellín, Pablo Escobar.
The Holy Grail “The Kings of the Grail” / The Chalice of Doña Urraca in León supposed to be Jesus'
For the first time, Chrétien de Troyes mentioned the bowl, of which it is said that Jesus drank from at the Last Supper, in the narrative poem about Perceval, written in the twelfth century. Shortly afterwards, Robert de Boron described the history of the bowl in which also Christ's blood was collected when he was crucified. In the 14th Century the bowl changed to a chalice, the Grail to a mysterious object that can work wonders. It is said that there were secret societies, keeping watch over it, and in the movies the Holy Grial was even sought by Indiana Jones. In the Middle Ages the manufacturing of relics was a profitable business. Thus, besides a dozen holy foreskins of circumcised infant Jesus, in Europe alone there are around 200 Holy Grails. Now two Spanish authors, Margarita Torres and José Miguel Ortega del Rio - just in time for Easter - published a book in which they claim to have identified the Holy Grail. “Los Reyes del Grial” (The Kings of the Grail) describes how they found out that the Holy Grail was in northern Spain in León in the Basilica of San Isidro for a thousand years without being recognized. After this publication, the number of visitors to the Basilica exploded, that the object, it is the chalice of
the Infanta Doña Urraca, was locked away until a more dignified atmosphere will be created, which copes better with the crowds of the faithful. Historian Torres explained that the bowl is the one that was regarded by the Christian communities in Jerusalem of the fourth and fifth century as the cup from which Jesus drank at the Last Supper. Four years ago, the medieval researcher Torres examined the basilica in León with a radar device to discover hidden rooms. She found an Egyptian chest, its inscriptions were not yet thoroughly investigated. So she made her way to the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, founded in 975, where she interviewed experts on the silver chest. The Spaniards discovered papyrus rolls, where they found the story of the chalice. It was hidden for seven centuries in the Holy Sepulchre Church in Jerusalem. In one of the countless lootings of Jerusalem, the bowl fell into the hands of a Fatimid Caliph, who reigned in Egypt. The Fatimids founded Cairo, the Victorious, as their new capital in 972. In 1054, the Caliph gave the bowl to Emir Ali Iqbal ad-Dauli of the Taifa kingdom of Denia in Andalusia.
This in turn gave it as a gift of friendship to the Christian King Ferdinand I the Great, who was King of León from 1037 to 1065. Infanta Doña Urraca, his granddaughter, inherited the chalice from him. When Ferdinand got the bowl, he probably knew well that it was the Holy Grail, because the grave niches of the Kings of León at the Basilica of San Isidro are be full of allusions to the Holy Grail. People always wondered, why the Infanta decorated the simple agate bowl so consumingly with gold and jewels. According to the authors, now a scene of the Last Supper in the Pantheon of Kings at the Basilica gets a new meaning, where in a prominent place, a servant fills the cup with wine, which Jesus used on Thursday before his crucifixion. Even if in the end it should not really be the true Holy Grail, it is the one whose origin can be traced back reliably until the fourth century. Until now the Santo Cáliz (Holy Chalice) in Valencia was more or less accepted as the chalice of Jesus, with which the Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI celebrated a Mass and drank out of it (small photo), although it is not lined with gold as usual with these objects, which emphasizes its peculiarity. But as many other relics, also the Holy Chalice in Valencia is not officially recognized by the Church as the true Holy Grail. One thing that will be sure is that the book will bring a lot of pilgrims to the city of León. To the usual lack of critical minds at a sensational allegation comes the fervor that accompanies almost every religious message in Spain (or elsewhere). The Abbot of San Isidoro, Francisco Rodríguez Llamazares, was appalled by the media interest in the study.
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Orphanage in La Romana
Attacked by Policemen
René Pérez Fan now is a “Friend”
In Bella Vista, a poor neighborhood of La Romana, the Puerto Rican Salsa superstar Marc Anthony inaugurated the orphanage “Niños de Cristo” in the presence of, among others, Vice President Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, President of the Senate Reinaldo Pared Pérez and Merengue star Rubby Pérez. As a “surprise” also appeared Romeo Santos, who had first canceled the invitation. The orphanage “Niños de Cristo” is the first one that Marc Anthony helped to build through his foundation “Maestro Cares”, which he founded last year with the Colombian music entrepreneur Henry Cárdenas. Further orphanages will also be constructed by Marc Anthony's Foundation in several other Latin American countries. “Two years ago I came here with Henry, my great friend and brother, and visited the orphanage from which he spoke. That day changed my life - that easy! I saw the need and knew I had to do something”, Marc Anthony said. After the event, the Dominican press complained to have been hindered to work on reporting about it, while the international press was received courteously.
At a concert of Calle 13 in Mexico, singer René Pérez, el Residente, was hugged by a fan from behind on stage, whereupon he turned and hit him in the stomach with his fist. The photos of this incident were posted in the social networks around the world. Now René met with the beaten Beto for a “peace drink” and now they are “friends”, according to René.
Óscar Avilés Peruvian Legend has died
The typical music of Peru is the Música criolla. In his 70-year career as a guitarist, Óscar Avilés influenced this music like no other. At 15, he played the “cajón” in his first group, a wooden box on which the rhythm is tapped. In the forties and fifties he redefined the Peruvian waltz (Vals criollo) with the group Los Morochucos and led it out of the drinking bars into the ballrooms. In 1987, Aviles was awarded the title “Artistic Heritage of America” by the OAS. On 5 April 2014, Óscar Avilés died shortly after his 90th Birthday in the Peruvian capital Lima.
Two policemen were suspended and arrested after the former Miss Dominicana Carlina Durán and her boyfriend, the songwriter Chino Sing, have complained that they were attacked of the two at the monument in Santiago. The motorcycle patrol knocked at the window of their moving car with a gun and called on the two to stop. Chino Sing went on until the car came to an illuminated spot where the two were forcibly torn out of the car. According to the model, the police beat her boyfriend, charged their pistols and threatened to shoot them. The National Police (PN) apologized to the couple, and Attorney General Francisco Dominguez Brito informed that the prosecutor's office in Santiago will take over the case. It was very regrettable that the same abuse happens also many other Dominicans, without a possibility to complain against the officers. Similarly, Carlina Durán commented on twitter: “I have lived the most frustrating and bitter experience, I saw my boyfriend being hit mercilessly by members of the National Police. I wake up and would like to think that was a nightmare, but it is a bitter reality that happened to me and happens to thousands of Dominicans every day.”
What are these Guys singing? “Dile” by La Nueva Escuela The new Música urbana is very diverse. Many of the young artists are obviously outgrown of the experimental phase and make real good music that has nothing to do with the primitive and vulgar what is associated by many with this music. La Nueva Escuela, in business since three years, shows in this song, how to connect Musica urbana with Bachata elements. Dile que no es lo mismo cuando te llamo a cuanto él te llama. Que soy el que se porta bien contigo en la cama. Dile que no es lo mismo cuando te llamo a cuanto él te llama. Que soy el que se porta bien ... El hombre que enciende la llama. El que tu amas. Dile que yo soy el que te ama (te ama). Dile que yo soy el que te llama (te llama). Dile que yo soy el que te ama y que por la noche te gusta mi cama. Esto es algo diferente. Con sentimiento DJ Sammy. Martírez de León en la guitarra. Dile que yo soy el que controla. El que te atiende cuando te deja sola, el que te llama, el que te descontrola. Que soy mejor que el Que conmigo coja cola. Mami, mami, dile que yo soy tu nene, el hombre que tu amas, el que prefieres. Que si yo te llamo el que que no te cele. Porque yo te gusto, eso es lo que le duele. Tu cuerpo, tu cara y tu piel se van conmigo hasta el amanecer. Mami, si tu no lo quieres dime por que estas con él. Dile que yo soy el que te ama (te ama). Dile que yo soy el que te llama (te llama). Dile que yo soy el que te ama, y que por la noche te gusta mi cama. Baby, tu sabes que te amo. Y sé que tu también me amas. Dale, perdona mi error. Vuelve mi amor que tengo ganas. Dile que yo soy el que te ama (te ama). Dile que yo soy el que te llama (te llama). Dile que yo soy el que te ama y que por la noche te gusta mi cama. Yajá, algo diferente. En las voces La Nueva Escuela. En la mezcla DJ Sammy. En el estudio de J.P. Inc. Martirez de León, el maestro en la guitarra. Tranquilo.
Tell him that it's not the same when I call you as when he calls you. That I'm the one who behaves well in bed with you. Tell him that it's not the same when I call you as when he calls you. That I'm the one who behaves well ... The man who lights the flame. The one you love. Tell him I'm the one who loves you. Tell him I'm the one who calls you. Tell him I'm the one who loves you and that you like my bed at night. This is something different. With feeling DJ Sammy. Martírez de Leon on guitar. Tell him I'm the one who controls. The one who looks after you when he leaves you alone, the one who calls you, the one that makes you get out of control. That I am better than he. That you freak out with me. Mami, Mami, tell him that I'm your boy, the man you love, the one you prefer. That when I call you, he should not be jealous. Because you like me, that's what hurts him. Your body, your face and your skin come with me till dawn. Mami, if you do not love him, tell me why you stay with him. Tell him I'm the one who loves you. Tell him I'm the one who calls you . Tell him I'm the one who loves you and that you like my bed at night. Baby, you know I love you. And I know that you love me too. Come on, forgive my mistake. Come back, my darling, I'm in the mood. Tell him I'm the one who loves you. Tell him I'm the one who calls you. Tell him I'm the one who loves you and that you like my bed at night. Yaja, something different. With the voices of La Nueva Escuela. On the mixer DJ Sammy. In the studio of J.P. Inc. Martirez de León, the master on the guitar. Quiet.
Kenny de Jesús Brea (Super Kenny), José Rafael Lebrón y Laudy Pérez are the members of the group La Nueva Escuela. Since 2012, they are active in the Música urbana scene. They had their first major success in 2013 with “Mejor solo” in cooperation with Shadow Blow (LA PLAYA 104). The fact that La Nueva Escuela has committed itself to play clean music without making ambiguities, brought at least a nomination as the “newcomer of the year” at the Premios Soberano 2014 (the prize went to the salsa group Chiquito Team Band) to the boys, where the nomination of El Mayor Clásico (LA PLAYA 114) was rejected for the reason that his lyrics were too obscene. This month La Nueva Escuela again tours in Europe, where they performed sucessfully at 15 concerts in 2013. With well-made music that pleases also the wider audience, La Escuela Nueva proves, that it is possible to stay on top for longer in the fast Música urbana. Not everyone loves the unfortunately still usual obscenities in this genre.
A truck driver is driving along the highway. Suddenly he sees a little red man and stops. The red man says, „Could you give me a ride? I'll give you a blowjob for that!“ „I don't need a blowjob from you, but I suppose I can give you a ride!“ The man climbs into the truck and after about an hour he gets out again. The truck driver drives on. Then he sees a little yellow man and stops. „Could you give me a ride? I'll give you a blowjob for that!“ „No, thank you, no blowjob, but I can take you with me anyway.“ So also the yellow man climbs into his truck. After a while he gets out and the truck driver drives on. Now he sees a little blue man. The truck driver still is infuriated for his former two passengers, he stops, turns down the window and yells, „Well, you faggot, also keen to give me a blowjob?“ Response of the blue man: „Driver's license and vehicle papers, please!“
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.
Four Catholic mothers sit at the coffee party and talk about of how important their sons are. The first woman brags: “My son is a priest. When he enters a room, people say to him, Reverend!” The second mother says proudly: “My son is a bishop. Whenever he walks into a room, people say, Your Excellency!” The third mother: “My son is Cardinal! When he enters a room, people say: Your Eminence!” The fourth Catholic woman sips her coffee quietly. The others look at her questioningly. Then the fourth woman says: “My son is a good looking, six feet three tall stripper. Whenever he walks into a room, people moan: Oh, my God!”
Sudoku No. 235 (easy)
A young medical student makes his first tour in a hospital with a doctor. In one room, he sees a man masturbating continuously. The medical student is bewildered. So the doctor explains: „His testicles produce far too many sperms. If he stops to masturbate, they will explode.“ In the next room, he sees a nurse with a patient lying on the bed and giving him a blowjob. The young medical student is even more perplexed. So the doctor explains to him: „This poor man suffers from the same disease, but he has a private health insurance!“
Sudoku No. 236
It is the year 25 after Christ's birth. The Virgin Mary is worried because Jesus, her son, still had nothing with women. So she instructs her sister Mary Magdalene to hire the hottest and most disreputable bitch of Bethlehem. Jesus and the girl, both go upstairs to Jesus' room and close the door. Outside they listen tensely what happens. Suddenly a crazed cry, the door flies open, the girl runs out screaming, lashes out and runs out of the house, yelling hysterically. Maria enters the room and asks Jesus, who quietly sits on the bed, ”What happened?" Jesus, “First we took off our clothes. Then she kissed me and I kissed her too. Next, she went up with her hand to my thighs and I did the same with her. Then she touched me between my legs and I of course I did the same with her. There I noticed that she was amputated, so I healed her ...”
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British Study on Eating Habits / Seven Fruits and Vegetables a Day maintain Health The fact that it is healthy to eat fruits and vegetables, most parents teach their children from an early age. The governments around the world recommend to consume more fruits and vegetables to their citizens. The recommendation in most countries is that five units per day is sufficient to maintain health. A British study investigated the eating habits of 65,226 men and women between 2001 and 2008. Here it was found that consumption of seven fruits and vegetables lowers the risk
of dying from a disease by 46 percent, while at the recommended amount of “five a day” the risk was decreasing by only 29 percent. The researchers used data from the “National Health Survey”, which annually examins the lifestyle and the diet of the British, based on data of visits to the doctor and questionnaires. The investigation found that by eating more fruits and vegetables, the risk to die from an illness sinks. The protective properties of fresh fruits and fruit salads were highlighted, because they repair damaged cells due to their high content of antioxidants.
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On the other hand it is not recommended to consume canned fruits. Because of their high sugar content, they even cause the opposite effect. The British government maintains its policy ”five a day”, but around 66 percent of the population does not even follow that recommendation. Other countries, such as Australia, are giving the slogan “two plus five“, two fruits and five vegetables. According to other diet experts, the results of the study are not conclusive, because other factors, such as smoking or alcohol, have a direct impact on increasing the likelihood to die from an illness.
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