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New Head of Police Joint Patrols of Police and Military / Firm Hand against Crime / Already first Successes The program that was strarted after the inauguration of President Danilo Medina three years ago, “Barrio Seguro” (Safe Hood), was not crowned of success. In recent months, the complaints grew louder that “colmados” (small shops) were increasingly attacked by armed gangs even in broad daylight. The assurance of the then Chief of Police, Major General Manuel Castro Castillo, that crime is only perceived more, but in reality it even descended, was not accepted by the population. In an interview he said, the crime rate in 2015 was at 17.4 percent, the lowest of the last twelve years. In addition, the Dominican Republic, in spite of some weaknesses in the fight against crime, was the country “with one of the best police forces in the world”. This year, the police had resolved 80 percent of the cases, and 72,841 people could be brought to justice. He also pointed out that none of the Dominican cities appears in the list of the most violent cities in the region. Castro Castillo also complained that in the course of this year, already 30 police officers were killed by criminals. He called on the population to join forces against the crime with the police.

But all this did not prevent President Danilo Medina to dismiss Castro Castillo at a reorganization of the authorities in early August and to replace him by Major General Nelson Ramón Peguero Paredes (photo). Peguero Paredes immediately announced to introduce a new system to combat crime. With mixed patrols of police and military, the security of the citizens will be guaranteed again. “It's not that the old system did not work, we simply will make it even more efficient,” said the new chief of police. He asked the citizens to have confidence in the police, because his institution will work day and night across the country for the preservation of peace and the security of the citizens. Peguero Paredes warned, “We will tackle organized crime and delinquency with a firm hand and on any terrain they want.” Under no circumstances, assured the new chief of the police, would he accept that police officers mistreat citizens, but he also would not allow that any citizen opposes the police forces. “We will not accept to put our authority at stake,” warned Peguero Paredes.

Just one week after the start of the mixed patrols, the Minister of the Presidency, Gustavo Montalvo, reported first successes. “If we compare the week from the 30th of July to the 4th of August with the following, from the 5th to the 12th of the same month, we can announce with pleasure that the number of violent deaths by crime fell by 68 percent, and the violent killings in general by 23 percent.” Likewise, the muggings decreased by half in the same period, and the number of car thefts by 58 percent. “As you can see, these figures show that the mixed security operation, ordered by President Danilo Medina, already began to achieve the objectives for which it was created, to restore peace and security of the citizens,” Montalvo said. The minister went on to say that in this short period of time, the police furthermore arrested 561 wanted persons, confiscated 61 firearms and 691 cutting and stabbing weapons. Likewise, 879 vehicles and more than 13,000 motorcycles were stopped for various transgressions. (Sources: Listin Diario, Hoy, Z101, Acento, a.o.)

Overexploitation with Consequences New Dam on the Río Haina / Prohibitions to cut Trees not observed / Hoping for Rain

The ongoing drought is forcing residents of Greater Santo Domingo to walk kilometers to find a couple of gallons of precious water. At least this was what Gustavo D'Aza from Los Alcarrizos told the newspaper “Hoy”. For months, the water pipes are dry and the water tanks do not come regularly to supply the households. Authorities warn to prepare that the water shortage in Santo Domingo will become chronic until the year 2020. The water supplier of the capital Santo Domingo, CAASD, therefore plans to build a new dam on the Rio Haina in order improve the provision of the west of Santo Domingo, which

is most affected by the crisis. The project will cost 350 million dollars and more than 2,500 families will have to move to other places. The director of the National Institute of Water Resources (INDRHI), Olgo Fernández, said the reservoir of Hatillo was the only one in the country which can still work normally. But despite that the water levels of the other lakes of the country are below normal, the people will continue to be supplied with enough drinking water. “The population can be quiet, it is not true that we will be left without drinking water. I hope that God will send rain to fill the reservoirs again. We will manage the crisis”, he assured. After residents in the center of the country complained that, in spite of the water crisis, the forests still are plundered ruthlessly and trucks transported away tree trunks in big quantities and construction firms continue to excavate the dried-up rivers to take gravel without a permit, the Ministry of Environment banned the cutting of trees during drought and the dredging of sand and gravel

as building material. The environmental authorities said they had intensified the monitoring of the main rivers and the forest areas. However, there were reports that trees still are cut illegally. The geologist Osiris de Leon (photo) said that in the area of Jarabacoa, Constanza and many other smaller towns, people were tired of begging the Ministry of Environment to take action against the overexploitation of nature. De Leon said the former president Joaquín Balaguer had issued the decree 209 in 1967 by which the sawmills in the mountains had to be closed after the Organization of American States (OAS) had found out that at that time only twelve percent of the country was left forested. President Balaguer was then flown to the mountains by helicopter, to see for himself that the sawmills obeyed his decree.

Mini Wages Less than 25,000 Pesos According to the Treasury of Social Security (TSS), 1,696,439 paying members were registered in their system in the first half of this year. It was found that 45.5 per cent of workers who are covered by the system, earn less than 10,000 pesos a month. 21 percent earn between 10,001 and 15,000 pesos, 9.1 percent received a monthly wage of 15,001 to 20,000 pesos and just five percent of the workers have a salary between 20,001 and 25,000 pesos per month. And less than a fifth, 19 percent of the Dominican workers who pay social security contributions, are earning more than the minimum that a family needs to live, which is more than 25,000 pesos per month. Another interesting point is that 94.8 percent of the employers are owners of mini, small and mid-sized companies, the socalled MIPYMES, who employ less than 50 workers. Only 15 enterprises in the country have more than 5,000 employees. Here, the largest contribution paying employer is the Ministry of Education with all together 155,864 employees, followed by the Ministry of Health with 65,256 people working in the health sector. The largest private employer in the Dominican Republic is Grupo Ramos (among other the owners of the supermarket chain La Sirena) with 9,722 contributors, followed by Central Romana Corporation, the largest sugar producer in the country, with 8,802 dues-paying employees. Men are the majority of the contributors with 55.6 percent, but have a lower average income (17,620 pesos) than the remaining 44.4 percent of women who earn an average of 18,125 pesos a month. The reason for this is that the proportion of women at the universities is well above that of men and therefore they usually get better paid jobs after the completion of their studies than men without a degree.

Autopista Maimón – Puerto Plata First Section finished until the Arrival of Cruise Ships One of the conditions of the cruise company Carnival Cruise Lines for the arrival of the ships from the 6th of October was the four-lane expansion of the road from the new cruise port “Amber Cove” in Maimón to Puerto Plata, capital of the province with the same name. After a tour of the site, engineer Ramón Antonio Pepín, Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPC), said, the work on the project is progressing well. By early October, when the first cruise ship will dock in “Amber Cove”, the first section of the road will be finished. This first section has a length of three kilometers and is part of the planned fourlane route Puerto Plata - Navarrete, where the the then most modern port in the Caribbean will be situated, which will make the province of Puerto Plata once again one of the main tourist destinations the region.

In the city of Puerto Plata itself, the new amphitheater with an annexed park next to the historic Spanish fortress Fortaleza de San Felipe at the entrance of the old harbor of the city will also be ready to the arrival of the ships. This will be one of the attractions of Puerto Plata next to Ocean World, the Teleférico (the only cable car in the Caribbean) and the historic center with the Malecón (beach boulevard) of the “Bride of the Atlantic”, as the city is called tenderly.

Three Dead in Elections Low Turnout of Voters in Haiti / Cuba prepares for Avalanche of US-American Tourists

The first part of the elections in Haiti, delayed for nearly four years, was held last 9th of August. The voter turnout was low and there were complaints about numerous incidents. Nevertheless, the Organization of American States (OAS) called the elections a success, albeit with restrictions. The Head of Mission of the OAS on election monitoring, Henrique Castillo, admitted that there were some irregularities, but they were not enough to affect the results of the election. He pointed out that the Electoral Council (CEP) made great efforts to solve the arising problems. Many polling stations opened late, in many a secret ballot was not guaranteed for the narrowness of the premises. The European Union reiterated, Haiti was taking an important step in its efforts to stabilize democracy. The voter participation was not high, but all parties took part in the election and there was an independent body, which guaranteed the process. The head of the observation mission of the European Union, Elena Valenciano, said, “Everything is much more difficult here, but we can say that the process was completed successfully.” She said that there is a certain fatigue in the international community in continuing to help Haiti, but even though the Haitians are determined to go ahead, they can't do it alone.

The opposition parties, including former President Aristide's Fanmi Lavalas, the Social Democratic Fusion and Renmen Ayiti (Love for Haiti), on the other hand accused the CEP for its “stubbornness” and called the election a “disaster”. According to them, in 45 percent of the polling stations there was electoral fraud and vandalism. The government of Martelly was to blame for the three dead in the town of Dondon in the north of the country on election day. The widow of the former president Leslie Manigat and presidential candidate in the 2010 elections, Mirlande Manigat (photo), called the election a “masquerade”, with which the government and its allies want to make believe the people in a shameless way, that it was a successful election day. Manigat demanded the cancellation of the elections. This is what happened meanwhile in the city of Port-à-Piment in the south of the country, where the Electoral Council annulled the elections due to various acts of sabotage in the polling stations and thus ordered new elections on a date yet to be announced. The Haitian Prime Minister Evans Paul said after the elections that the government is “neither satisfied nor upset” about the elections. It was relieved that this day is over. 20 of the 30 members of the Senate had to be elected, which was inoperable since January, as well as 119 deputies. On the 26 th of October, the run-off of candidates who did not get the required majority will take place, as well as the first round of the election of a new Haitian president.

In the coming months, Cuba expects an avalanche of American tourists who want to taste the previously “forbidden fruit”. Therefore, in March the work to expand the airport of Havana has already begun, as some American Airlines expressed their interest in direct flights to Havana. One problem is that there are not enough hotels for the expected number of tourists, so new hotels must be built, because in the Cuban capital Havana all hotels are fully booked over the whole year already. The state hotel group Gaviota announced the construction of three new hotels in Havana's picturesque historic city center La Habana Vieja (pic above) with the aim to transform Havana in one of the first tourist destinations of the Caribbean. In the spring season it is also provided that smaller Carnival cruise ships will drop anchor in Havana, which then is part of the new Cuban-Dominican route, in which also the new cruise port “Amber Cove” in Maimón is included. In the case that tourists can not find a free hotel room in Cuba, they can be accomodated in 19,800 private houses that are spread all over the country. 70 percent of them are located in Havana. There are not only new hotels that will be built, but also the old ones have to be spiced up and the service has to be improved because they do not meet the high expectations of a US tourist.


The Page of Health

Problems in the Health Sector Protests against planned Abolition of Internship / Miserable Subsidy of Public Hospitals The Association of Medical Students and internal medicine physicians were protesting against a draft law in the park Juan Pablo Duarte in San Francisco de Macorís which wants to allow a student after his final degree to open a medical practice with a single exam, and thus eliminate the internship as a fundamental condition for the exercise of the medical profession. Claudio Jiménez, medical director at the UASD in the district of San Francisco de

Macorís, said the abolition of the internship is not only detrimental to the doctors who frequently find their first job during the internship, but it is also to the detriment of the rural hospitals, which then no longer will be able to maintain the primary care of patients, because many of the students who leave the universities get their first experience in the smaller hospitals all over the country. The organizers said this event was the first of a series, where in addition to the withdrawal of the proposed draft law they will also demand to spend five percent of the GDP for the health sector and to pay more attention to public hospitals across the country. On the 18th of August, they wanted to light candles in front of the local University Hospital San Vicente de Paúl.

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The hospital Hato del Yaque, located in one of the most vulnerable areas of Santiago, gets monthly subsidies of 149,845 pesos from the state. That is 56.4 percent of the salary of the mayor of Santiago, Gilberto Serulle, or half of the salary of the director of Coraasan, the water supplier of Santiago. In the province of Santiago, there are 17 hospitals of second and third level, including the Regional Hospital Doctor José María Cabral y Báez, one of the largest in the country, which all together get 19.6 million pesos from the Ministry of Health every month to settle all ordinary and extraordinary expenses, including the supply of medicine, food or cleaning agents. In the Hospital Doctor Rafael Castro in Cienfuegos, the state pays 615,396 pesos a month, of which 200,000 pesos are needed only for the gasoline of the generators because the electricity supplier Edenorte is unable to provide electricity for more than eight hours a day. The surgeon Rubén Darío Minaya J., who is also director of the hospital, says, with this money 9,000 to 10,000 patients are attended monthly, from the consultation to emergencies.

People from here Printed Matter from Home / Nick Hardt Central American Tennis Champion Singles U16

51-year-old Leonel Homer Peralta is one of the few remaining people who earn their livelihood by selling international magazines and other print products in the times of the Internet. For 40 years, the man from Cabarete is on the way to supply tourists or residents in Puerto Plata, Playa Dorada, Sosúa and Cabarete with current magazines and newspapers from home.

He says his customers of course today are not as numerous as in previous years any more. He thinks that this is not as much because of the dramatic drop in visitors to the north coast in the past years, as more due to the flood of information on the Internet, where everyone can get information about everything at any time. But Leonel assures that there still are many readers who prefer to hold a newspaper or a magazine in their hands, where they can turn over the pages. Leonel is proud that he has regular readers from countries all over the world, such as Canada, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain or Sweden and Norway. If Leonel cannot be found somewhere in the streets, he attends his customers in two small shops - in Sosúa at Med-Tur and in Cabarete at Freddy-Tour. When asked what the customers think about LA PLAYA, which he also offers in his wide range of magazines, Leonel says, “They love the classified ads because often someone is looking for an apartment for himself or his visitor, or they say that the news are very interesting because in the international publications rarely something is written about the Dominican Republic.”

15-year-old Nick Hardt again showed his extraordinary class at the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Youth Tennis (JITIC U16) at the National Tennis Center in Parque del Este in Santo Domingo. In the final, the promising young tennis player from Sosúa defeated his opponent from Guatemala, Christopher Vleeming, with 7-5 and 6-3. In the doubles, Hardt reached the finals with his partner José Oscar Díaz, where they had to abandon the field after being defeated by Kevin Hernández and Christopher Vleeming from Guatemala with 6-4 and 6-1. Nick Hardt is considered one of the best tennis players in his age bracket worldwide and is training at the Tennis Club Playa Chiquita in Sosúa. He is the reigning national champion in his age group in the Dominican Republic and the number one in the Davis Cup team U16 of the country.

Miss Bumbum

Raphy Leavitt

Perfect Gluteal Region

Salsa Idol dies at 66

Beat the Trump! Piñata Puppet in Demand

It is not easy to filter out the most bootilicious female butt in the originating country of the “tanga” (thong). Since the 3 rd of August, the participants of the contest “Miss Bumbum” compete for a contract which is worth a 50,000 reales (13,000 euros or 14,500 dollars) in advertising contracts and a cover of the magazine “Sexy”. Requirement to participate in the contest is a gluteal region in its natural state where no plastic surgeon has tried. 27 candidates, one for each Brazilian state, filed past the heart of the financial metropolis São Paulo. The votes for the most sexy buttock can be posted on the Internet until early November. On the 9th of November, the 15 remaining candidates with the most votes present themselves in a grand final ceremony in São Paulo. So far, 26-year-old Camila Gomes from the state of Minas Gerais with a hip size of 105 centimeters took the lead. For the psychologist Rachel Moreno, an activist of the Observatory for Women, this kind of competitions “dehumanizes” the Brazilian woman, showing an image that is “incompatible” with the ethnic diversity of the country and which creates the idea, “the country is a good place for sex tourism”.

Piñatas are figures of papier mâché filled with candies. Especially in Mexico, but also in other Latin American countries and Spain, usually at Christmas or other festivals, children with bandaged eyes beat these figures with sticks to smash them and get the sweets. For several weeks now, Mexican piñata makers produce piñata figures of the Republican pre-candidate Donald Trump with his bizarre hairstyle and a very, very big mouth, which, according to them, are sold like the proverbial hotcakes. And not just in Mexico, but also in the United States. Gustavo Magaña, head of the family business Mini Bazar Yamina in San Diego, California, says, “In the 14 years in which we make piñatas, we never had a character with this demand.” He is selling a figure at prices between 30 and 45 dollars, depending on the finish. In other stores in San Diego there is a waiting list for the Trump piñatas. According Noelia Méndez of Noelia's Party Boutique there are not only Hispanics, but also many Americans who want a Trump to slap. Dalton Avalos Ramírez from the border town Reynoso in the state of Tamaulipas on the Mexican side, said, the people want the character not only to smash it, but also to burn it. Donald Trump has incurred the Latinos' wrath in the United States by his racist remarks against Mexican immigrants, which he never revoked, but on the contrary repeated them several times. Even so, in opinion polls with 24 percent Donald Trump is clearly ahead of his Republican competitor Jeb Bush.

Raphy Leavitt was the founder and leader of the Salsa formation La Selecta, which had its heyday in the seventies with hits like “El Buen Pastor”, “Payaso” or “Jíbaro soy”. The Puerto Rican Salsa idol had a serious car accident in the United States on the way to a concert in 1972, after which he was unconscious for four weeks. Now Raphy Leavitt had to be operated on the hip because on the prosthesis of then bacteria were discovered. After surgery in a hospital in Miami, the 66-year-old singer died in his sleep on the 5th of August.

El Mayor Clásico “Not like the others!” On the 13th of August, there was the premiere of the Dominican movie “Pueto pa' mi”, in which the star of Música urbana El Mayor Clásico is starring with Mozart La Para. In an interview El Mayor now said that he was not like the other stars of the genre, which show cars and villas they don't own on the Internet. He only had his hut, but was free of debt.

What is this Guy singing? “Los chichos” by Wilman Peña New Bachata doesn't have to be the pseudo-intellectual murmuring of a Romeo. Wilman Peña, who actually is rather a popular interpreter of Merengue típico, in his latest hit comes straight to the point in a typical witty Dominican way. Es Wilman Peña. Gordita, gordita, vente conmigo. Que te voy a dar lo que quieras. Señores vengo a contarles una pura realidad. Me gusta la mujer gorda y no se lo voy a negar. Me gusta la mujer gorda y no se lo voy a negar. No crean que hablo mentira ni que ando mal del coco, pero es que con la gordita mientras mas chichos mas gozo. Pero es que con la gordita mientras mas chichos mas gozo. Mientras mas chichos mas gozo ... Ay mama mía! Déjenme beber con mi gordita. Señores vengo a contarles una pura realidad. Me gusta la mujer gorda y no se lo voy a negar. Me gusta la mujer gorda ... Mientras mas chichos mas gozo ... Al mirarla caminar el cuerpo hace plum plum. Yo me la quiero comer como si fuera un yun yun. Yo me la quiero comer como si fuera un yun yun. Y dice Daniel Aristy esto no es cosa de loco. Mátenme con mi gordita, mientras mas chichos mas gozo. Mátenme con mi gordita, mientras mas chichos mas gozo. Mientras mas chichos mas gozo ... Oye, cuánto sabor! Ahora con mi swing callejero. Ripitipiti pití. Si me ponen a elegir entre los cuerpos sabrosos me quedo con mi gordita, porque con ella yo gozo. Me quedo con mi gordita, porque con ella yo gozo. Cuando la miro pasar nunca la pierdo de vista. Loco por irme a bailar con mi sabrosa gordita. Loco por irme a bailar con mi sabrosa gordita. Mientras mas chichos mas gozo …

It's Wilman Peña. Roly-poly, roly-poly, come with me. I will give you whatever you want. Gentlemen, I come to tell you a pure reality. I like the fat woman and I will not deny it. I like the fat woman and I will not deny it. Don't think that I am lying or that I'm wrong in the coconut, but it is that with the chubby while more midriff bulges, more I enjoy it. But it is that with the chubby while more midriff bulges, more I enjoy it. While more midriff bulges, more I enjoy it ... Oh mama mia! Let me drink with my roly-poly. Gentlemen, I come to tell you a pure reality. I like the fat woman and I will not deny it. I like the fat woman ... While more midriff bulges, more I enjoy it ... When I watch her walking the body does plum plum. I want to eat her as if she was a yun yun (grated ice). I want to eat her as if she was a yun yun. And Daniel Aristy says this is nothing crazy. Kill me with my chubby, while more midriff bulges, more I enjoy it. Kill me with my chubby, while more midriff bulges, more I enjoy it. While more midriff bulges, more I enjoy it ... Listen, how much flavor! Now with my swing from the street. Ripitipiti Piti. If I get to choose among the tasty bodies I stay with my chubby, because with her I enjoy. I stay with my chubby, because with her I enjoy. When I watch her passing she never gets out of sight. Crazy to go dancing with my tasty chubby. Crazy to go dancing with my tasty chubby. While more midriff bulges, more I enjoy it …

Wilman Peña Valerio was born in Tamboril in Santiago. Already at the age of 14, Wilman played accordion, guitar and güira, inspired by his father. In the early nineties he had his first public appearances at school events or in the church. After going to school and working in Santiago, an uncle offered him to play in his band and later this uncle offered Wilman the leadership of the band after converting to the gospel. From 1999, Wilman Peña played for three years in the Merengue típico band of José el Calvo before he collaborated in the project La Selección Típica. In 2009, Wilman Peña founded his own group and today is one of the most interesting and popular performers of Merengue típico, but he also is proficient in Bachata and other genres. His hits are songs like “El mariculino” or “El dolor de la cabeza”. In 2011 and 2102, Wilman Peña was nominated for the Premio Casandra (today: Soberano).


Clever blind Men



This blind fella is standing at the corner with his guide dog waiting to cross the street, when his pooch lifts his leg, and you guessed it, right down the side of his nice herringbone tweed trousers. The guy immediately reaches into his jacket pocket and retrieves a doggie treat which he starts to offer to Fido. A businessman, who is also waiting to cross the street, observes this happening and interrupts, “None of my business, but are you aware of the fact that your dog just wizzed all down the leg of your pants?” “Yes, I'm trying to break him of that habit”, replies the blind man. “Well, it's none of my business,” retorts the onlooker, “but you're not going to teach him much by rewarding him with a treat!” To which the blind fella chuckles, “Oh, I'm not rewarding him. I'm just trying to find his head so I can kick his ass!”

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

Milord comes home with his Rolls-Royce. The butler opens the door and helps him out of his coat with a friendly smile. Butler: “Well, you dirty old guy, have you been in town whoring around again?" Milord answers: “No James, I finally bought a hearing aid.”

A husband and his wife are waiting at the bus stop with their six children. A blind man joins them after a few minutes. When the bus arrives, they find it overloaded and only the wife and the six kids are able to fit onto the bus. So the husband and the blind man decide to walk. After a while, the husband gets irritated by the ticking of the stick of the blind man as he taps it on the sidewalk, and says to him, “Why don't you put a piece of rubber at the end of your stick? That ticking sound is driving me crazy.” The blind man replies, “If you'd have put a rubber at the end of your stick, we'd be riding the bus!”


Sudoku No. 303 (easy)

Sudoku No. 304

Frank feared his wife Peg wasn't hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the Doctor to discuss the problem. The Doctor told him there is a simple informal test. “Here's what you do,” said the Doctor, “stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.” That evening, the wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he was in the den. He says to himself, “I'm about 40 feet away, let's see what happens.” Then in a normal tone he asks, “Honey, what's for dinner?” No response. So the husband moves closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife and repeats, “Peg, what's for dinner?” Still no response. Next he moves into the dining room where he is about 20 feet from his wife and asks, “Honey, what's for dinner?” Again he gets no response. So, he walks up to the kitchen door, about 10 feet away. “Honey, what's for dinner?” Again there is no response. So he walks right up behind her. “Peg, what's for dinner?” “Frank, for the fifth fucking time, chicken!”

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Bungalow, 2 floors, furnished, total 80 sq.m, Sosúa. Long and Short Term - Rentals - of – bestsosuareal Re#176 co737 2 Bedroom Ocean View Apartment, 2nd Floor, Sosua. Furnished, 75 sq.m/807 sq.ft, close to main beach. US$725/month, deposit. www.bestsosuarealestate .com. – 809462-8140. Re#060 2 BR/2 BA Town House/Apartment, 126 sq.m/1,356 sq.ft, AC, Balcony, Garage, US$ 550/month. www.bestsosuareal athumeyer@gmail .com – 809-462-8140. Re#102 1 BR/1 BA Apartment Cabarete Center, 2nd floor, furnished, 50 sq.m/538 sq.ft, US$ 600/month. www.bestsosuareal Large Beach Front Apartment at Playa Chiquita, 2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bathroom, from July 1, long and short term rental. For information call 849-802-0886 or 809-571-3027 Penthouse, Blue Green, 5 bedroom, Ocean front, unfurnished. Tel: 809399-9069 and 809-571-2406

Quiet location, guarded, 3 min to center, TV, 24 h electricity and water. Location: above the police station. Long term: 420 US$ /m. incl. ac. (from 1 m.), short-term: 190 US$ incl. ac./week. eMail:, Tel. 809-884-4941 Family Home, 4 Bedroom, Ocean view, Gated Community. Tel: 809399-9069 and 809-571-2406 Small fully furnished house by the sea for rent, long term or short term available. Infos at Verena's Café, Playa Chiquita. Please call for further information: 809-571-3027 One of a kind. House Rental Puerto Plata. Fully Furnished. View of Ocean and Mountain, high up fresh air, always electric and water, security, A/C, Karaoke Bar, Gym, Entertainment Area. RD$20,000. Call 809-303-0091

House for rent Los Cerros, Sosúa Quiet location, Ocean view Inverter 829-873-9488 Speak English and German

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300 - 350 US$ in Cabarete Center (close to Police Office, first line to the beach across the road) for rent – 1 or 2 bedroom apartments, 1st or 2nd floor, furnished, terrace, washing machine, parking. High speed internet - 4 Mb. Price incl. water and electricity. Apartamentos "Balcon del Mar", tel. 809-875-7701 Studio, private entrance, pool. Caribe Campo, Sosúa, next to the Palms US$150 per week. Monthly negotiable. Call David 829-850-1709

Laptop Acer aspire 5738zg, 15,6“, weight 2.6 kg, 4GB RAM HD 500 GB, 64Bit, system: Windows 10 PRO, German, Spanish, English, inspected, new display, fixed price RD$ 12,000, Tel. 829 360 4790 Maytag gas dryer - white, large capacity, good condition. RD$14,000 – 809-963-2052

SALES PEOPLE for real estate and sales WE'LL TRAIN Tel. 809-571-1027, 809-779-9949 or 809-399-9069

Buy your old batteries (from inverter) at fair prices. Cel. 849-8831016 Seeking equity non working partner. I wish to provide a much needed service for residential and commericial properties that is currently unavailable within the Dominican Republic. Your investment is secured by equipment and vehicle. I am an American with 20 years experience in this field. Investment of US$ 15,000.00 equity position is negotiable. Phase two is expansion through Dominican Republic. Contact joegennaro108 Serious inquires only.

Translations to German, Spanish and English at the office of LA PLAYA without waiting a long time. Just bring the text and pick it up again the same or the next day. ** ALSO LEGALIZED! **

Two used beach chairs to pick up at the beach of Sosúa, RD$ 7,000, further info at 809-914-1650 New THL 5'' smart phone, white, 3 G, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM, 3/5 MP Camera, JDI Screen, 4.4 KitKat, only RD$ 6,900. C/ Alejo Martínez, #111, Plaza Sosúa 92. Cel. 809-875-7705 New CUBOT ZORRO 001, 5'' smart phone, white, 4G LTE, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM, 8 MP camera, 1280 x 720, Quad Core, Dual SIM, Only RD$ 8,900. C/ Alejo Martínez, #111, Plaza Sosúa 92. Cel. 809-875-7705 New CUBOT-S222, 5.5'', black smart phone, IPS, HD, 13 MP camera, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM; Quad Core, Dual SIM, only RD$ 9,900. C/ Alejo Martínez, #111, Plaza Sosúa 92. Cel. 809-875-7705 New SAMSUNG 28'' TV, LED, Serie 4000, only RD$ 14,500. C/ Alejo Martínez, #111, Plaza Sosúa 92. Cel. 809-875-7705 New VOYO MINI PC, year 2014, Intel CPU, Quad Core, 4 K, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM, Windows 8.1, Audio, 2 USB, Micro SD, HDMI, Micro USB, WiFi, 12.6 cm/1.2 cm slim body, only RD$ 8,900. C/ Alejo Martínez, #111, Plaza Sosúa 92. Cel. 809-875-7705 New in Sosúa, IPTV over 2,000 TV channels, A better way to watch TV on demand, movies, sport, news, from all over the world in over 30 languages. Only US$ 60/year + US$ 120 the TV box. C/ Alejo Martínez, #111, Plaza Sosúa 92. Cel. 809-8757705

New TABLET-PIPO, 10.1'', year 2015, 1920 x 1200 pixels, Quad Core Android Tablet PC, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM, 1.8 GHz, WiFi, 13 hours battery, white/blue, 3 G, Bluetooth, GPS, HDMI, Webcams, 2 MP/8MP cameras, only RD$ 13,500. C/ Alejo Martínez, #111, Plaza Sosúa 92. Cel. 809-875-7705 Inverters and batteries: Trace 1.2 kW 15,000 RD$, Trace 2.6 kW 10,000 RD$, 4 Trojan 6 V 4,000 RD$ each, 4 Trace 6 V 2,000 RD$. Call 829-341-6611 Casio Digital Camera with charger, USB cable, manual, RD$ 2,500. Tel. 809-866-0188 Due to closure of diving school, for sale: regulators, bottles 12 kg of aluminum, masks, fins, jackets, wetsuits, double tank 2x10 liter steel, compl. with Wingjacket and Junior Bauer compressor. Juan Dolio, further info at Diverse diving equipment, bottles, masks, fins, regulators, jackets, suits and double tank compl. with Wingjacket, used. Juan Dolio, further info at 5 small Bose speakers + stands RD$ 4,000; Paradigm sub woofer + 2 speakers, worth US$600, asking RD$10,000; 2 CD stands RD$500 each. Jean 809-752-0369 Careful relocations. Transports of all kinds, small removals, Courier, Express. Also at greater distances. Tel. 829-868-8467 Help in transferring documents of vehicles (car and motorcycle), loss of placa or matricula - all legal via DGII. Tel. 829-868-8467

Classifieds from 50 pesos

For sale in Sosua. Diverse golf carts from US$ 1,999. All reupholstered and repainted, street version, lights, horn, turn signals, 30 kmh fast, good condition. Tel. 829-802-8686 / 809462-5190 Toyota Camry, 1995, 105,000 pesos. Call 829-858-4658 For sale: Volkswagen Touareg, 2004, white. US$ 9,000. Please call 809727-9850 For sale: Chrysler PT Cruiser, 2005, automatic, AC, power windows, CDPlayer. US$ 4,500. Please call 809727-9850 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, in Sosua, manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. 4 doors, 4-cylinder engine. In a good state. Price: US$ 2,650 or RD$ 120,000. Contact Rafaelo: ralf.p@

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

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Getting married Jack, age 92, and Gill, age 89, are all excited about their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding, and on the way they pass a chemist shop and Jack suggests they go in. Jack addresses the man behind the counter: “Are you the owner?” The pharmacist answers, “Yes.” Jack: “We're about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?” Pharmacist: “Of course we do.” Jack: “How about medicine for circulation?” Pharmacist: “All kinds.” Jack: “Medicine for rheumatism?” Pharmacist: “Definitely.” Jack: “How about suppositories?” Pharmacist: “Yes.” Jack: “Medicine for memory problems, arthritis, and Alzheimer's?” Pharmacist: “Yes, a large variety. The works.” Jack: “What about vitamins, sleeping pills, antidotes for Parkinson's disease?” Pharmacist: “Absolutely.” Jack: “Everything for heartburn and indigestion?” Pharmacist: “We do ...” Jack: “You sell wheelchairs and walkers and canes?” Pharmacist: “All speeds and sizes.” Jack: “Adult incontinence pants?” Pharmacist: “Yes.” Jack: “Then we'd like to use your pharmacy for our wedding presents list.”

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