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End of Term? 2016 Danilo Medina visits the Pope / Ahora Reinaldo / Senate approves Project Loma Miranda

Unlike all his predecessors, President Danilo Medina does not seek re-election despite his extreme popularity among the population. Asked by a journalist on his visit in Rome, when Danilo Medina invited Pope Francis for a return visit to the Dominican Republic, with the addition that he hoped it will be during his tenure, the president made it clear once more: his term ends, as the new Constitution of 2010 requires, on 16 August 2016, when the next president will be sworn in. Also the supporters of Medina repeatedly required him to change the constitution as his predecessors did, to allow re-election. But so far, president Medina refuses these suggestions.

Senate president Reinaldo Pared Pérez on meetings in the provinces of La Romana and La Altagracia again made his ambitions clear to become the candidate of the ruling PLD party for the presidential elections in 2016, where he stated: „I am firmly convinced, optimistic and confident that I will get the nomination of the party with your support. There is no doubt, no matter who else is competing, I will be the presidential candidate. Nobody wins against Reinaldo Pared, nobody!“

He called on his supporters, „We will work until we achieve victory. I'm counting on you, you can count on me, I will not disappoint you.“ To become candidate, however, there is still a rocky road ahead of Pared Pérez. In a recent poll, asking who was the preferred candidate, he was only fourth, along with Tourism Minister García.

In second reading, the Senate approved the project „Nature Park Loma Miranda“, located in the provinces of La Vega and Monseñor Nouel and considered as a water reservoir of the Cibao region. Of the 28 senators present, 27 voted in favor of the draft law, the Senator of Monseñor Nouel abstained, but complained the project would mean the ruin of his province: „The misery of the residents already begins to show“, said Félix Nova. 200 stores of his province will have to close. The point at issue was whether the international mining company Falconbridge may dig out nickel in this sensitive ecological area via its subsidiary Falcondo. Environmentalists protested. (Sources: Listín Diario, Hoy, Diario Libre, Z101)


Naturalization with Difficulties False Hope in many illegal Haitians / Only 100 of 31,000 had the necessary Documents

On June 2, the naturalization plan was launched, to give the opportunity to foreigners living here illegally to legalize their stay in the Dominican Republic. Primarily it is thought to benefit the hundreds of thousands of Haitians, who often live here for several generations already, but don't have any official documents because they are not considered as Dominican nationals. The main problem is that many people of Haitian descent also do not have any Haitian documents, since even in Haiti, about half of the population neither has a birth certificate nor an identification card, especially outside the capital Port-au-Prince. Therefore, the Dominican government called on the Haitian government to help in the documentation of their citizens. Haitians complained that the authorities of their country exploit their needs and demanded high fees for the issuance of needed papers.

That is why President Danilo Medina asked officially the assistance of the Haitian government, because that was the only way the process of naturalization can work. “I know that there are problems with the documentation of the people in Haiti, but I also know that the Venezuelan government is assisting in building a registry system.” The call of the President came one day after the request of Interior and Police minister José Ramón Fadul to Haiti to better cooperate in the issuance of documents for its citizens - “the Dominican state can not help to identity them, it's their country that must do this.” Anything that is done by the Dominican state in this process, is for free, said Fadul. Who wants a quick conclusion of his case, needs the documents of his country. The deadline for naturalization will not be renewed. It was enshrined in a law. Fadul said, immigration policy will be different after the completion of this plan, because a new stage will begin then, in which anyone who is out in the streets, must carry his documents. Fadul said, of the 31,000 foreigners who have registered for naturalization, 97 percent are Haitians. But only 100 of them had the necessary documents. 5,900 had some kinds of papers, and the rest had nothing. Therefore, human rights organizations from Haiti and the Dominican Republic asked not to require identity cards and birth certificates from the illegal immigrants, since many of them did not have the opportunity to get these required documents. Many Haitians did not want to go to Haiti to apply for the documents out of fear that they cannot re-enter the Dominican Republic.

Also, Senate president Reinaldo Pared Pérez called on the Haitian government for better cooperation. Haiti has to be an ally in the application of the Act, which provides special treatment for people who were born in the Dominican Republic and were irregularly registered in the registry offices by their parents who did not have legal papers.

Meanwhile, in Punta Cana, Haitian President Michel Martelly, met with the hotel magnate Frank Ranieri, head of the Group Puntacana, to negotiate on investment in Haiti. At the construction site of the new airport of Punta Cana, Martelly was surprised by the large number of Haitian workers. During a visit to Puerto Plata, the Haitian Minister of Tourism, Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin, announced, the Group Puntacana will invest 200 million dollars in the Haitian beach resort Côtes-de-Fer in the south east of Haiti, including the construction of an airport. Côtes-de-Fer has a 26-kilometer long white sand beach and will be developed to a new tourism center. The area is large enough to harbor 3,000 villas and hotel rooms.


Water Shortages in the Capital No Drinking Water in 44 Districts / Less Water for Farmers / Better Power Supply in 2017

The lack of rain is creating more and more hardships to the inhabitants of the capital city Santo Domingo. In the meantime, the CAASD (Society for Water and Sanitation in Santo Domingo) could not provide the population in 44 districts with drinking water any more. Residents had to walk long distances with buckets and gallons to get hold of a little water for their daily needs. The CAASD announced that already for a long time the daily deficit for Santo Domingo is 100 million gallons (more than 378 million liters). The population was called again, not to waste water and consciously deal with the situation. According to the latest reports, the National Institute of Water Resources (INDRHI) and CAASD now decided to limit the water for the farms on three days a week in order to be able to deliver the residents of the capital with water again seven days a week.

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Furthermore, a strategic plan for energy production was developed, as long as the drought affected the hydroelectric plant Valdesia. The agricultural producers of the San Cristóbal province and Baní will be informed that they will receive water only three days of the week, said the director of INDRHI, Olgo Fernández. Fernández said the reservoirs in critical condition are those of Jigüey and Valdesia, while some of the others have recovered a little bit due to the rainfalls in some parts of the country in May.

Alejandro Montás, director of CAASD, said, currently there is produced no drinking water in Valdesia, only what is still there is distributed. The water will distributed with the 40 tank cars of the company in Santo Domingo free of charge for the consumers. He asked the people, to not despair and be careful with spending water. At press date, Montás and Fernández announced that the reservoirs Jigüey and Valdesia are just short before issuing the „Red Alert“. To the scarcity of water, there must be added the heat of the season, which is heightened by the currently arriving microscopic dust from the Sahara Desert covering the atmosphere and blocking the heat of the day to be reflected to space at night. Dust from the Sahara brings nutrients absent in the vegetation of the Caribbean, Central and South America, but also drags fungi and bacteria that may threaten health.

The Vice President of the CDEEE (Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales - Dominican Society of State Electricty Enterprises), Rubén Jiménez Bichara, promised that the poor power supply in the country will be a thing of the past from the last third of 2017, when the two coalfired power plants in Punta Catalina in the province of Peravia will be in operation. The work on the power plants was progressing well and in four or five years, a 120 year old problem will be solved. The goal is that then electricity will not cost more than 13 cents of a dollar per kilowatt hour. Today, the price is partly at 40 cents. At present, the Dominican state pays 3,000 dollars per hour for the subsidy. Today, the real cost of the production of electricity would be impossible to be paid by the consumers.


Wall against Haitians New Deputy “Vinicito” Castillo Semán: Close Border / Wall finished on the Haitian Side

After taking office as new deputy, Guillermo Moreno, head of Alianza País, said the appointment of Vinicio Castillo Semán, becoming a member of the House of Deputies substituting his brother Pelegrín, was undemocratic and illegal. The such inserted deputy represents only himself and his interests, but not the people, by whom he was not elected. This did not prevent the right wing politician of the Fuerza Nacional Progresista (FNP), co-ruling partner of the PLD, to immediate start his populist campaign against Haitian immigrants.

Full-bodied, he announced that he complied with his promise and requested the construction of a wall along the border with Haiti, to stop the invasion of illegals. The reactions ranged from approval to scorn and taunt. Experts calculated that a 365-kilometer wall with a height of five meters along the border will cost 4.9 billion pesos, if it is built of hollow blocks, made of cast cement, the cost would rise to 14.5 billion pesos. But costs are not an argument for nationalists enthusiastic of this fantastic idea. Nor that other walls, such as the U.S. border wall or the wall in the Spanish exclave of Melilla, have not decreased the influx of illegals, but only increased the number of deaths among the refugees driven by poverty. Touchily and disappointed, “Vinicito” as he is popularly known, responded on the statement of Interior and Police Minister José Ramón Fadul, who called the idea “absurd”. People should not say everything they think. And he wondered, whether soon someone will come up with the idea of building “ovens to burn Haitians”.

“The truth is that I kind of expected this from the traitors, but I did not expect such a barbarism from the mouth of a friend. I haven't heard Monchi Fadul commenting on Michel Martelly, in relation to the wall that builds Haiti on the border with Elias Piña, because he did not say half a word”, complained “Vinicito”. He, Castillo Semán, had been a key figure that Fadul now is Interior and Police Minister and with his help Danilo Medina gained 18 points, that he laid behind Hipólito Mejía in the preelection polls. After the presidential spokesman Roberto Marchena announced that there will be no wall, Castillo Semán said he did not think that this was the position of President Medina. “The president has a mouth, and Roberto is not Danilo Medina for me.” He calls for a referendum. Said wall in Haiti, meanwhile, is completed and is painted with allegories of the country on the side facing Haiti. The wall was built to prevent smuggling. The merchants should pay customs at the official checkpoints for their imported goods. Haiti complains about losing 300 million dollars in revenue due to smuggling on the Dominican border. The effect of the wall is that traders now use other transitions, where there is no wall.


Felipe VI new King of Spain Cholera remains Danger for Haiti / Latin America wants Cuba's Participation in OAS Meeting

On June 19, Spain got a new king at midnight. After the abdication of King Juan Carlos, his son, Prince Felipe of Asturias, became his successor King Felipe VI. Spain is a constitutional monarchy, which means the king has only representational function, but no power. He is the head of state, but can not order anything in the daily politics. In contrast to his father, who is considered affable and direct - his outburst when he snubbed the late Venezuelan President Chávez is legendary: “Why don't you just shut up?” - King Felipe is disciplined and well educated. Although today Spain is not threatened by military coups any more, as when his father became king, but there still are enough problems with the economic situation or with the independence aspirations of the Catalans and Basques, whose representatives only weakly applauded when Felipe was taking office. Felipe VI. said in his inaugural speech that in their diversity he wanted everyone to feel as Spaniards.

“We need the support of Latin American countries for the eradication of cholera in Haiti”, said Pedro Medrano Rojas, Assigned Secretary-General of the United Nations and main coordinator against cholera in Haiti. Since the outbreak of cholera in October 2010, introduced by MINUSTAH soldiers from Nepal, 701,961 cases of cholera were counted in Haiti, 8,556 people died. The problem is not purely Haitian, also in the Dominican Republic were affected 40,000 people so far, and the disease begins to spread in Mexico, said Medrano. “We need a major international effort to eradicate cholera in Haiti, which will cost two billion dollars in the coming decade.” When currently the number of cases is decreasing, this does not mean a total eradication, but is the result of the prevention policy of the government and the mobile units. But there is still much work to be done, Medrano said. These statements were made by Medrano during a visit to Chile, where he met with president Michelle Bachelet and Health ministers to talk about better collaboration to erradicate cholera in Haiti.

The vexing issue of Cuba, or better, the participation of the Caribbean state in the General Assemblies of the Organization of American States (OAS), again was at the top of the list in June's 44th General Assembly in Paraguay's capital Asunción. Of the 34 countries present, only the United States voted against Cuba's participation at the next General Assembly in Panama. Canada, always a faithful ally of the USA, did not comment this time. “It will be the Panamanian government, who has to decide whether to invite Cuba,” said José Miguel Insulza, OAS Secretary General, who will leave office in May 2015. The Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, who did not participate at the General Assembly this time in protest against the exclusion of Cuba, said he would not come to Panama either, if Cuba is not invited. Also, Bolivia said that if Cuba is excluded, Bolivia will be regard itself as excluded too. And Argentina's Chancellor Hector Timerman said: “The participation of Argentina without Cuba will be very difficult.” U.S. Ambassador to the OAS, Carmen Lomellin, said: “We wish that the day will come when a democratic Cuba can participate.”


Hoping for Peace Santos wins the second Ballot / Jamaica plans to decriminalize Ganja / Balance Colorado

After a disappointing result in the first round, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos now managed to beat his opponent Óscar Iván Zuluaga with 50.93 against 45.02 percent of the votes. Despite criticizing his neoliberal policies, Santos won the support of some left-wing parties and groups which supported Santos to finally make peace with the FARC and find an end of the 50-year civil war. A victory of Uribist (supporters of ex-President Uribe, who does not want any negotiations with the guerrillas) Zuluaga would probably have meant an end of the peace negotiations that started end of 2012. President Santos said the negotiated peace will be the “golden completion” of Plan Colombia, the program of cooperation with the United States to eliminate drug trafficking and guerrilla warfare, which was launched in 2002. According to Santos, the United States are particularly interested in point three of the negotiations with the FARC, drug trafficking, in which there was signed a preliminary agreement in Havana. “It would be a very positive step in the fight against drugs,” said Santos. To help in the fight against guerrillas and drug traffickers, the United States sent eight billion dollars to Colombia since the start of Plan Colombia.

After Uruguay and two U.S. States, now the Caribbean island Jamaica plans to decriminalize marijuana (Ganja). Justice Minister Mark Golding said the Cabinet had adopted a proposal that the possession of small amounts of marijuana will only be punished with a fine and no longer be classified as a crime. There will be specific regulations for medicinal and religious purposes, a concession to the large Rastafarian community. But Golding warned, the Act did not intend to promote or give a stamp of approval to the use of ganja for recreational purposes. The criminalization of small quantities has caused significant hardships in Jamaica, particularly among young men.

In the State of Colorado, a first assessment was made after the decriminalization of marijuana for “recreational purposes”. Accordingly, the legal sale brought tax revenue of 17.9 million dollars for the national budget since January. It was surprising that 44 percent more medical marijuana was sold than for recreational purposes. The tax rate for recreative marijuana is significantly higher than for medical marijuana. So 15 percent additional taxes are deducted to build schools. From January to April alone, this fund received 1.9 million dollars. To purchase medical marijuana, a prescription and a state license is needed, for recreative marijuana, it is sufficient to be older than 21 years.


Your Horoscope for July 2014 Sagittarius shouldn't worry / Cancer faces serious Problems / Favourable Month for Libra

Living with a smile on your face is certainly easier - we know this cliche from childhood. Sadly, we forget about it with age. July will remind you about this, in the most bright and positive colours! In terms of work, remain open with yourself and prepared for nonstandard solutions. Be yourself; do not aim to be liked by everyone. Your work is part of your life, and you should live your life the way you want to.

This month you will not get absolute support from your loved ones. This will be compensated in turn by your luck. During the crucial moment, the external circumstances will fall in such a way that you will come out a winner even from the most critical situation. Do not try to chase all rabbits at once. Solve one problem after another and then you will be able to spread your resources productively and efficiently.

Be prepared for surprises. Most of these surprises will not be very positive, though unseen catastrophes are also unlikely. You should not await for anything positive from the side of your colleagues, constant minor mischiefs will be in the order of things. Overall, nothing too critical, but in the sum it will be very unpleasant. To surpass these difficulties, just focus on your wishes and aim towards what you really want.

You can be confident, and disregarding all continue doing what you like to do. All your projects will be methodically coming to life, some ahead of schedule. There is also a possibility that you can surprise your management and this will be of benefit. Active work now is a guarantee of great benefits in the near future. The more you put into your work now, the more you will receive when it will be the time to harvest.

You will have to handle all problems by yourself. But there will be nothing too complicated. For those that do not work for themselves, the entire month may pass, as a standard month and nothing exceptional will happen. Whether this is good or bad is up to you to decide. However, if you are willing to work towards your own benefit, then you have all chances to reach your desired goals.

Business and entrepreneurship will be problematic this month. It is likely that you will recognize that your plans forecasted for the current period are not meant to be. Quickly revise your current tasks. You should not abandon everything at once, but your wants and needs will have to be cut back. In terms of your relationships with friends, just be more attentive to your own words. Think twice before being sarcastic.

In your work you do not even have to strain yourself and take the maximum amount of projects, without being scared of timelines. You will feel your power and potential from the very first days of the month. It will seem that there is nothing that you cannot match and this feeling will not be an illusion! Even with minimal effort you can anticipate a good reward. But the more effort you put in - the better the result will be.

This month will be successful. No one will stand in your way. The competition will be aggressive just enough to prevent you from letting yourself go. There will be no large conspiracies against you or your business, so you can calmly plan any events throughout this time. With a careful approach, you will be able to realize everything in the best way possible. However, it is evident that there is effort due on your part.

This month will seem as an impossibly favourable time in terms of business and entrepreneurship to you. It may in fact be one of the luckiest periods of your life. A lot of what you do or say this month will have far-reaching repercussions in your fate. This does not at all mean that you should do everything at once and be everywhere at once. If you decide to work “on full capacity� then you will burn out fast.

Business and entrepreneurship will become a true challenge for you this month. While you do not have to expect any serious problems, you should still take note of some nuances. There is a high probability of conflicts. You should not jump to conclusions; perhaps you are not as right as you think. Maybe your project needs serious work before it is complete. Look at the issue objectively, ask for your friends' advice.

There is practically nothing to worry about. Unless you decided to put your hands down and allow the situation to unfold itself. Minimal effort on your behalf will be sufficient for everything to go according to your plan. The main nuance of this current period is that the problems that may come on your way will be quite visible and defined during their very conception. With minimal effforts you can neutralize them.

This month will be rich with various chances, situations where the external environment will unfold in exclusively a positive way for this or that decision. However, you must remember that everything has a limit - luck, confidence, happiness - all of these are good, until they surpass a certain level where they become their opposites. There are no barriers that will face you, so you can continue to realize your plans.


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Reggaeton

Jennifer Lopez

Campaign in Colombia

Separation of Casper Smart

Rihanna Ban on Perfume Advertising

“Usa la razón que la música no degrade tu condición.” (Use the reason, so that the music does not degrade your situation): this is the motto launched by three photographers in Colombia in a campaign against the misogynistic lyrics in Reguetón (English Reggaeton). On the basis of songs of Daddy Yankee, Arcángel and Tego Calderón the three want to point out the ambiguous content of these songs with shocking photos. One of the photos shows a naked woman who is eaten like a piece of meat by a man. Another shows a kneeling woman before a man about to be beaten by him with a stick. Or the photo shown above, a woman nailed to the wall being slurped by a man. According to the portal Merca20.com, the photographers have spread their campaign through their social networks, where they are supported by other cybernauts who also think that this kind of music supports the violence against women, uses a vulgar vocabulary and is of bad taste. The criticism applies not only on the texts of Reguetón but also on the videos, in which a woman usually appears only in the role of a sex object, ready to be used by men.

After two and a half years of relationship, pop and movie star Jennifer Lopez broke up with the 17 years younger dancer Casper Smart, because he supposedly amused himself with a transvestite. A new man apparently has already taken Casper's place: Maksim Chmerkovskiy, her dancing partner from “Dancing with the Stars”.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of Great Britain, the regulatory body for advertising, banned to place the posters for Rihanna's new perfume “Rogue” in places where they can be seen by children. The Authority does not classify the advertising of the pop star from Barbados as “sexually explicit”, but criticized the pose of Rihanna, with her legs in the air, being provocative, especially “because the singer appears naked, wearing only high heels.” On the other hand: At the event of the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, Rihanna was awarded the accolade “Fashion Icon of the Year” for her taste and her courage. Rihanna's dress at the ceremony undoubtedly was courageous: A transparent nothing that showed everything, decorated with about 200,000 Svarovski crystals. The award was presented by the editor of the fashion magazine “Vogue”, Anna Wintour. Diane von Furstenberg, president of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), in an interview with the French news agency AFP, called Rihanna “very hot”.

Antonio Banderas Divorce after 18 Years

After 18 years of marriage with the Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, his wife Melanie Griffith filed for divorce. The reason: irreconcilable differences. Griffith demands the custody of their three dogs.


What is this Guy singing? “¿Qué hay de malo?” by Jerry Rivera 1993 - a time, when a father still was interested in what his daughters are doing - much to the displeasure of the “novio”. A tu padre como de costumbre le ha dado por que tu me olvides. Dice que yo no soy bueno para ti. Te ha prohibido mencionar mi nombre, aunque sufras todo lo que sufres. Alejándote de mi. ¿Qué hay de malo en quererte como yo te quiero? Regalarte una flor y vivir para ti. Consolar a tu alma si busca consuelo en mi. ¿Qué hay de malo en amarte como yo te amo? Caminar de tu mano o morir para ti. Refugiarte en un mundo de amor inventado por mi. ¿Será acaso que el jamás se enamoró? ¿Que a mis años nunca tuvo un amor? ¿Qué hay de malo en soñar? ¿Qué hay de malo en reír? ¿Qué hay de malo en ser joven y vivir? ¿Qué hay de malo en amar? ¿Qué hay de malo en sentir? ¿Qué hay de malo en cantar solo por ti? ¿Qué hay de malo en quererte como yo a ti te quiero? ¿Qué hay de malo en ser joven? ¿En cantar y en vivir, amor? A tu padre como de costumbre le ha dado por que tu renuncies al amor que yo guardaba para ti. Te ha prohibido mencionar mi nombre aunque sufras todo lo que sufres. Alejándote de mi, el es feliz. ¿Qué hay de malo en quererte como yo te quiero? ¿Regalarte una flor y vivir para ti? ¿Consolar a tu alma si busca consuelo en mi? ¿Qué hay de malo en amarte como yo te amo? Caminar de tu mano o morir para ti. Refugiarte en un mundo de amor inventado por mi. ¿Será acaso que el jamás se enamoró? ¿Que a mis años nunca tuvo un amor? ¿Qué hay de malo en llorar? ¿Qué hay de malo en sentir? ¿Qué hay de malo en ser joven y vivir? ¿Qué hay de malo en soñar? ¿Qué hay de malo en reír? ¿Qué hay de malo en ser joven y vivir …

To your father, as out of habit, it leaped into his mind that you forget me. He says I'm not good for you. He forbade you to mention my name, even though you are suffering all you suffer. Keeping you away from me. What's bad about loving you, the way I love you? Giving you a flower and living for you. Comforting your soul when it seeks consolation with me. What's bad about loving you, the way I love you? Walking at your hand or die for you. Sheltering your in a world of love which was invented by me. Has he never been in love? Didn't he have a love at my age? What's wrong with dreaming? What's wrong with laughing? What's bad about being young and live? What is wrong with loving? What's bad about feeling? What is wrong with singing only for you? What's bad about loving you, the way I love you? What's bad about being young? In singing and in living, honey? To your father, as out of habit, it leaped into his mind that you give up the love that I kept for you. He forbade you to mention my name, even though you are suffering all you suffer. Keeping you away from me, he is happy. What's bad about loving you, the way I love you? Giving you a flower and living for you. Comforting your soul when it seeks consolation with me? What's bad about loving you, the way I love you? Walking at your hand or die for you. Sheltering you in a world of love which was invented by me. Has he never been in love? Didn't he have a love at my age?x What's bad about crying? What's bad about feeling? What's bad about being young and live? What's wrong with dreaming? What's wrong with laughing? What's bad about being young and live …

Geraldo Rivera Rodriguez was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico on July 31, 1973. He grew up in a family of musicians. At the age of 14 he signed a contract with the record company CBS and soon became popular as “Bebé de la Salsa” (Baby of Salsa). Jerry Rivera's third album “Cuenta conmigo” was the best-selling Salsa album in history, a record that has been held to date by Willie Colón. It stayed on number one on the Latin American Billboards for three months and has received awards at the Premios Lo Nuestro as “Album of the Year” and Jerry Rivera as “Artist of the Year”. In 1993, the title track of Jerry Rivera's fourth album “Cara de niño” as well as the presented song “¿Qué hay de malo?” were the most played Salsa hits of the year. Throughout his career, Jerry Rivera released nearly 20 albums, the last one was “Jerry Christmas” with Christmas carols in 2012. In 2011, Jerry Rivera was one of the four judges of Idol Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rican edition of the British show Pop Idol.


I want to sleep!

X-Sudoku

Hard Life

Hey, brain! Yes? I have to sleep. And? Well, go ahead! Do you remember when you said “mama“ to your teacher in second grade? Fuck you! That was 20 years ago! Anyhow. Embarrasing, no? Yes, extremly. You are a great help, thanks! You're welcome … tax declaration. What? Tax declaration. Yes ... what? Not yet submitted. Yes, thanks. I know. Could cause problems. Hey, what's wrong? I asked you to make me sleep and you only pop up with shit. Sorry. Hey, there are stings in the heart area! Yes, a little bit. It can happen. Why? Sign of heart failure. Are you going crazy? Google it! Die! Haha, okay. Tomorrow you have important meetings and it's already 3 in the morning. Yes, asshole, I know! Sorry, I'm only doing my job. What do you think to do with your life? Hey, dimwit, what's your problem? Nothing. I'm just asking. By the way, the kitchen clock is very noisy: tick, tick, tick ... Shut up your mouth! Haha, to be a brain is so cool! No, jokes aside. Now you've earned your sleep, you feel pretty cozy and warm. Thanks, it's about time. It wouldn't be good if you had to go to the toilet now, right?

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 walks into the disco of a small town and sees a totally cool looking girl sitting at the table. He asks if she wants to dance with him. “Nope,” she says, “I can't, I'm sitting in a wheelchair.” “Well,” he says, “then we could have a drink and eat something.” On the kebab stand he asks her: “Can I take you home?” “Sure,” she says, “great.” “And,” he asks, “what about a little bit of love on the way home?” “Hey, no problem,” she answers, “on the way home we have to pass a forest, there is a large tree with a long crotch. I can cling to that crotch and you can take me nicely from behind.” Said and done. When they come to the tree with the crotch in the forest, she clings to it and he takes her nicely from behind. Then he brings her home and rings the door. The mother opens the door and says, “Oh, that's very kind of you to bring my daughter home.” “But that's a matter of course.” “Nah,” says the mother, “it is not. Most of the guys let her hang on the crotch.”

Mafalda

Sudoku No. 245 (easy)

Sudoku No. 246

A dog, a cat, and a penis are sitting around a camp fire one night. The dog says, “My life sucks, my master makes me do my business on a fire hydrant!” The cat says, “I don't think so, my master makes me do my business in a box of cat litter.” The penis outraged, says “At least your master doesn't put a bag over your head and make you do push ups until you throw up!”


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The Page of Health Chikungunya

Warning against false Safety Instructions / More than 77,000 Cases since the Outbreak Initially, the disease was belittled and people seemed to be worried more about the difficult word: Chikungunya. Within a few months the new fever in the Caribbean, however, became a serious threat to the Dominican health system. There were reports, that in areas where Chikungunya occurs massively, as on the south coast and the capital Santo Domingo, in up to 40 percent of the cases of incapacity to work the reason was this painful fever. There are also reports of a shortage of painkillers, acetaminophen is scarce. A doctor in the Hospital Luis Eduardo Aybar in Santo Domingo complained: “Patients need Vitamin B, diclofenac and we need to give them acetaminophen (paracetamol), but we have nothing.â€? Meanwhile, the Dominican Republic reported more than 77,000 cases, more than all other affected countries in the region put together. In the fight against Chikungunya is also hope for a miracle defense, such as the yellow bracelet, which contains the oil of lemongrass (citronella) and is promoted to deters mosquitoes for 200 hours. So the community leader AdĂĄn Peguero in Santo

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Domingo distributed thousands of these bracelets in his district. But the Health Ministry warned not to mistakenly think to be safe with these bracelets. The only form of fighting against the fever is the destruction of the breeding places of the tiger mosquitoes (aedes aegypti), which beside Chikungunya also transmit Dengue. The word chikungunya, by the way, comes from the African language Makonde in Tanzania, where the disease first appeared in 1952, and means: to bend (in pain). Since last December, the fever rages in the Caribbean, now it has arrived in Central and South America and the USA.


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Restaurant for sale in Cabarete. Excellent location. Clean, potential for growth. Good price, good rent. For more info call 1-613-741-7427 or email theburgerjoint@hotmail.com

Penthouse on 2 levels, unfurnished, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms swimming pool US$ 75,000

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Super deal! Perla Marina, Cabarete, house with pool. 2 bedrooms, only US$99,000, plot 900 sq.m. Tel 809 377 0886, email info@caribbean-realestates.com, www.caribbean-realestates.com House in Maranatha, on a quiet side street and in a safe neighborhood. Land 400 sqm, built 100 sqm. lots of fruit trees. Two bedrooms, one bath. Possibility of a mini-market or a third bedroom. fixed price US$37,000. consuelo_pena@hotmail.com Tel. 849 859 0719. 3plex for sale in Sosua. 3-2 bedroom 1 bath units in quiet area, furnished, always rented. Must sell! US$195,000. Submit financing. Call 809-383-8279 Double garage, also to use as a storeroom, for sale in La Mulata 2. Apartamentos Caribe. US$ 6,000. Phone 809-493-7049.

Re#123 a332 Furnished,1 BR, 1 Bathroom Townhouse Style Condo, 1 Minute to new supermarket, pool, gated, 41 sq.m, longer term US$330, athumeyer@gmail.com – 809-4628140 Casita/Apartment for rent in Sosua. Furnished, inclusive electric, WiFi, gas, US$350 long term, US$400 short term, also rentals daily, weekly available. Phone 809-519-4545, email: shamrocksinsosua@hotmail .com For rent long term: A nice 2 bedroom Villa fully furnished with private swimming pool in a gated community and at walking distance to the beach. Call: 809-963-2052

Long and short term rentals. 1 bedroom apartment located in front of the beach. Free WiFi, Spa, Gym, 24 Hrs security. 24 Hours electricity, tv cable, parking, basic furnished, always water, pool with chaiselongs available. With furnitures or not. Prices from US$399 to US$499.00 Contact: Luisa Sandoval 809 9612206, condominios@puertoplata beachresort.com Nice apartment in Sosúa. 2 minute drive to the center, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 terrace, kitchen, furnished. Washing machine, swimming pool, free WiFi, Internet, cable TV, etc. 24 h security and electricity, US$ 299 + US$ 100 a.c./month. English, Spanish, German spoken. Call 829-802-8686 / 809801-86 60 Studio with aircon, private entrance, pool. Caribe Campo, next to the Palms US$150 per week. Monthly negotiable. Call Fabianne 829-8200726 Apartments in Los Castillos with one or two bedrooms for rent. Furnished or semi-furnished, 24 hrs water and electricity. More information at 809493-7049. Apartment studio in Sosua, El Batey for rent. Furnished, rent RD$10,000, electricity and water included. Phone 809-571-2546

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FOR RENT / FOR SALE Condominium Terraza Tropimar in Sosua 1 bedroom, 1 bath, kitchen and living room, furn., 65 sq.m., 2nd floor, overlooking the beautiful pool, security and parking. Internet & cable available, 5 min. from Sosua, 10 min. from the ocean. US$39,500, or US$400 per month

809-981-4100 (English) 809-981-5400 (Español) Large, comfortable house. Internet and Phone connection, generator, security, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, large pool, private garage. Only rented to Europeans, next to Casa Linda. real.state @ claro.net.do - Tel: 809 756 3003 Apartment for rent. From June 1: living room with separate kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom, terrace, suitable for 1-2 people, 48 sqm. Cabarete, Vista del Caribe, Playa Encuentro, price including all additional costs: 24 hours electricity, hot/cold water, gas, towels, linens, cable TV. Trash removal, weekly cleaning, use of washing machine; Internet (cable) against on price. Rental Rates Weekly: US$130 monthly: US$410. Long-term or annual rent negotiable. Phone 809977-4632 809 - 858-0042; hans lotharley@yahoo.de For rent long term: A nice 2 bedroom Villa fully furnished with private swimming pool in a gated community and at walking distance to the beach. Call: 809-963-2052 Big apartment with kitchen, bath and garage in Maranatha. RD$ 3,000/ month. Cel. 809-497-6913 Brand new 2 bedroom apartment in Sosua, on the ground floor with large covered patio, gated community with 24h security, just US$400 + a.c. Cel 809 377 0886, email info@caribbeanreal-estates.com, www.caribbeanreal-estates.com Cabarete: land almost on the beach, 600-700 sq.m with Deslinde, US$29/sq.m, gated community, plot. Tel 809 377 0886, email info@caribbean-real-estates.com, www.caribbean-real-estates.com

New apartment with 65 sq.m. (unfurnished), 1 bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, in Sosua at the Hotel Las Cañas for rent for 12,000 pesos including electricity, water and internet! Tel: 829-977-1676 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. Apartment in Sosua, El Batey, 2 bedrooms, living room, 1 bathroom, kitchen, terrace, garden, parking space, Rent US$ 400 + electricity + 1 month deposit. Phone 829-885-8617

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 Studio apartment, furnished US$325 per month. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, unfurnished US$400 per month, inverter, 1st floor. Call 809-383-8279

Looking for a small guesthouse or hotel to buy or rent. Please mail your offer to n.meinshausen@gmail.com Looking for small, clean house in very quiet surroundings(!) In Sosúa, with permanent water and electricity. Very happy to purchase on pensions or rental basis. Up to US$350/ month, long term! Offers to 829-3731218

German craftsman smaller construction repairs, renovations information, please 6695 (Kuddel)

is looking for works, such as etc. For further call 829-939-

For sale: 3 fishing rods, 2 with reels, RD$1,500. The Book Nook, Sosúa, Beach Way Plaza, Tel. 829-918-4307 Electric Orbital Car Polisher with polish, brand new, RD$1,200. The Book Nook, Sosúa, Beach Way Plaza, Tel. 829-918-43 Complete PC workstation: German Windows, Office, desktop PC with flat screen TV, German keyboard, mouse, printer, speakers, camera, computer table and office chair, RD$ 12,500 o.n.o. Phone 809-977-4632, 809-858-0042; hanslotharley@ yahoo.de

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RECEPTION ASSISTANT over 25 y, for evening service, good payment, must speak English Hotel Plaza Europa – Sosúa Tel. 809-815-3130 or 809-571-3335

Former national sales manager/ operations manager from Miami Florida USA seeking a postion as a general manager, operations manager, sales manager or consultant. College educated with a MBA, mature and able to take on most any challenge. Living in Dominican Republic since 8 years, cedula, bi-lingual. I live on the North Coast, but would relocate anywhere in Dominican Republic. joegennaro 108@yahoo.com 829-707-7625

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Complete beddings for two King size beds, including quality bedspreads with decorative pillow case, mattress cover and linens, all for RD$6,000 call 809-963-2052 All kind of translation SpanishGerman-English-French. All official documents sealed and with legal certification. Rialto Group, Puerto Plata, Plaza Turisol, Local 12g. Tel: 809-708-7618, email: info@rialto group.net Minolta AF 7000, SLR Camera for films, tele 70-210 and 28-70 and flash Minolta AF 2800, camera bag, little used, all together RD$ 5,000, to get in the LA PLAYA Office, Phone 829373-1218 Computer Equip: Sony VAIO MiniLaptop (New / Pink color) (10.1”, 1.83GHz, 250GB-HD, 1GB-RAM)/ “HP” Deskjet 6980 (Wireless) Color Printer (4800 dpi / 36 ppm Black, 27 ppm Color)/ Laptop Expansion Base (Docking Station): HP-Compaq (XB3000)/ Webcams: (New) “Logitech” HD-Pro (C910), Full-HD (all directions) 1080, 10MP, Carl Zeiss optics. Call: 829-322-8982 / Email: uniq44@hotmail.com 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


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 Plaza Turisol, Local 12g Further infos at www.rialtogroup.info Tel: 809-261-8786, 809-708-7618 Email: info@rialtogroup.net

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5,000 copies 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 Jeep KIA Sportage, 2000, purple metallic, manual transmission, 4 doors, 4-cylinder. Good general condition, 4 new tires, reliable. Air conditioning and CD radio. US$ 4,300. Contact Rafaelo: ralf.p@ gmx.net Skoda Octavia, 2.0., 2002, white color. Good condition, no problems with motor, suspension, exterior. Interior is ok. No problems with documentation, 1 owner from 2009. Very good price US$3,900. Cabarete. 809-875-7701. (Reason for sale - change for jeep).

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

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