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Mayor murdered New Considerations for disarming the Population / Additional Policemen at Christmas After the murder of the mayor of Santo Domingo Este, Juan de los Santos (photo), thoughts to disarm the civilian population rose again. Juan de los Santos was a member of the Central Committee of the ruling party PLD and owner of the betting offices Juancito Sport. De los Santos was a close confidant of President Danilo Medina, who ordered national mourning and half mast flagging. The perpetrator was an acquaintance of the victim, who apparently had a million debt with him and was set under pressure to repay this money, according to his family.

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Ex-President Leonel Fernández called to rethink the idea of disarming the civilian population of the country after the murder of “Juancito”. The fact that there are so many arms in the hands of the civilians is one of the reasons that such crimes are committed. The Dominican society should start to reflect again on the values and principles on which human coexistence is based. Conflicts must not go so far that one attacks the other and even kills him.

On December 4, the plan “Paz en Navidad” (Peace at Christmas) was launched, during which the police in Santo Domingo confiscated 25 illegal weapons within the first 24 hours and was able to arrest several wanted persons. When trying to confiscate seven boxes of various counterfeit whiskey brands, the acting policemenn were pelted with bottles and stones, after which they had to make a shot in the air. At Christmas and New Year, the National Police is sending additional 15,000 policemen and 1,200 soldiers to the streets, in order to guarantee the tranquility and peace of the citizens and to support the plan “Paz en Navidad” until the 10th of January.

Hit Parade of the Corrupt Campaign of Transparency International / “Unmask the Corrupt” / Judges Scandal

In the campaign “Unmask the Corrupt” by the NGO Transparency International (TI), which has its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, people can vote on the Internet until the 10th of January of who is regarded as the most corrupt in the world. From the first day, the Dominican Senator Félix Bautista took the lead which he defended clearly until the editorial deadline. Félix Bautista with 5,121 votes left behind the Brazilian state company Petrobras, which has been rocked by a corruption scandal that paralyzed the entire economy

of the country and led to mass protests against President Dilma Rousseff. With an official income of 57,000 pesos, Félix Bautista, a close confidant of former president Leonel Fernández, was able to build more than 35 companies, he owns about 150 properties, including luxury apartments and asphalt factories and a private jet and several radio stations. When the prosecutor checked this imbalance and brought an action against the Senator, among other things for money laundering, tax evasion, illegal enrichment, this was rejected by the court for lack of evidence. Also the appeal was rejected. The assets of Bautista mushroomed during his tenure as director of the Office of Engineers to monitor Public Contracts (OISOE). For weeks, there are human chains across the country, who demand the closure of OISOE and the prosecution of the corrupt. The organizer of these protests, the Committee Citizen Power (Comité Poder Ciudadano), is supported by parts of the Church and nongovernmental organizations.

In the scandal involving corrupt judges, the Chairman of the Second Appeals Court of the National District, Judge Ramón Horacio González, ordered the arrest of Judge Awilda Reyes and former Judge Francisco Arias Valero, who are accused of being part of a criminal structure within the judiciary, that is accused to hace have taken money of defendants of drug trafficking and money laundering in exchange for privileges up to their acquittal in return. Awilda Reyes admitted that she had taken money from the accused, as well as having made judgments on “orders from above”. Anchorwoman and journalist Nuria Piera revealed an acknowledgment in her TV show signed by Reyes, according to which she repaid 350,000 pesos to Arias for the release of the city council man of Pedro Brand, de los Santos, was who was accused of arranging several contract killings. Reyes denied that she has signed the document, which according to her lawyer was a forgery, but recent studies have confirmed its authenticity.

8.1 Percent more Tourists Sharp Decline in Russian Visitors / Enough Chicken for Christmas / Year of extreme Drought In the first eleven months of this year a total of 4,362,815 foreign non-resident visitors came to the Dominican Republic. That is 8.1 percent more than in the same period of last year. Adding the non-resident Dominicans, a new record was set up with 5,016,106 visitors living abroad. Taking this number as a base for calculating the number of tourists in the Dominican Republic for the whole year 2015, the result is that there will come 5.6 million tourists this year. The main market of tourism is North America, from where an increase of 9.9 percent was recorded. On the other hand, the number of European tourists fell by 3.3 percent. This was due to the fact that the number of Russian tourists declined by 63.3 percent, which is attributed to the local recession. From the rest of Europe, however, more guest arrived. As in the past years, most of the tourists landed in Punta Cana with a 66.2 percent, followed by Las Américas in Santo Domingo (18.7 percent) and the third, Puerto Plata, with a mere 7.6 percent. The other four international airports of the country welcomed the rest of 7.5 percent of the tourists.

The Dominican Association of Poultry Breeding (ADA) guaranteed an increase in the production of poultry by 25 percent compared to December 2014, which means, there will be three million additional chicken for the population for this year's Christmas holidays. The ADA has announced that there will be no shortage of poultry for the Dominican market. That is why any speculation with this staple food will be unjustified. In recent months, also a reserve of more than two million libras (pounds - over 900,000 kilograms) was stored, with which the supply guarantee was extended. ADA-Chairman Bolívar Cartagena said, due to this fact, no dealer could unsettle speculation on the market and try to overcharge this basic need of the Dominican people. “We, the producers, guarantee that the market will be fully supplied.” ADA called on consumers, not to become confused by producers who are not members of the association. The market has never been that saturated as in this year.

The strong and long-lasting drought in the Caribbean was a major problem for some of the islands in 2015. Cuba reported the worst drought of the last 115 years. So, for example, instead of the planned 252,000 tons of rice only 87,000 tons could be harvested. The authorities of the sugar island fear that the drought will continue until April 2016. In Jamaica, forest fires destroyed a six times larger area than in the previous year. The harvests of 785 farmers were destroyed by these fires. The Government of the island of Saint Lucia issued a three-month state of emergency for water shortage in May. Puerto Rico had problems with the water supply, because the reservoirs are poorly maintained. Large parts of the capital San Juan were supplied with drinking water only every other day. People caught wasting water were fined.

Victory for the Opposition Maduro accepts Defeat / Low Turnout in Runoff in Haiti expected / Calling for Cancellation

The opposition in Venezuela celebrated its election victory over the party of late president Chávez for more than a week enthusiasticly. The National Assembly will have 112 members of the opposition and 55 of the ruling party from January. President Nicolás Maduro acknowledged the defeat and so unmasked the lie that always claims, Venezuela was a socialist dictatorship. Maduro said that he accepts the results of the election “with the ethics and morals of Chavismo”. But today triumphed the “economic war” of the opposition and the private sector, which made sure for a few years, that the basic products have been scarce and inflation soared. Foods were hidden and so the prices went up, and a week before the elections, this “war” had been strongly increased, which stopped many Chavists from attending the polls. Maduro warned, the victory of the opposition MUD (Mesa de la Unidad Democrática - Table of Democratic Unity) on December 6, was threatening the Fatherland. “We will not allow the political rightists to consolidate their election coup.” There were plans to revive the ideas of the late President Hugo Chávez and to revive Bolivarianism.

Before the runoff election in Haiti on the 27th of December, the protests against the government and the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) go on. The CEP is accused of electoral fraud and corruption in the counting of votes of the first round of voting on the 25th of October by the opposition parties, in order to support the candidate of the ruling party PHTK, Jovenel Moïse (photo, left). The group of eight candidates of the opposition parties, called G-8, demanded to build a commission of inquiry to investigate its allegations of election fraud against the CEP and evaluate what has to be done. The G-8 candidates will support the candidate Jude Célestin (right) after the resolution of their allegations, otherwise Célestin will not participate in the runoff. Optionally, the election should be postponed. After street protests with occasional outbreaks of violence in the capital Port-auPrince, it is expected that the turnout in tis ballot will be even lower than in the first round, in which it was only 18 percent. The mood of many citizens is poor: “It's just a waste of time to spend hours queuing and finally nothing changes,”, says a food seller. “I need to earn money.” The mood of the electorate goes from apathy to anger to deliberate boycott for so many disappointments and broken promises after years of discussion and the suspicion that politicians arrange the results of the election or that the political leaders are chosen by foreign powers who finance their election campaigns. “All politicians make a lot of promises, but once they are elected, no one hears anything more from them,” says the food seller.

Meanwhile, the Provisional Electoral Council announced, all the preparations for the election on the 27th of December had been completed. The Chairman of the CEP, Mosler Georges, said, from a technical perspective everything is ready to hold the elections. The coalition of the eight candidates, led by the second of the first election, Célestin, who will compete in the runoff election against Moïse, was repeatedly rejected by the CEP for their demand, to review the results of the first round before the holding of the second ballot. Célestin called it a “farce”, although he is the challenger of the candidate of the ruling party. The Senate, which currently consists of only ten senators and therefore is not capable of governing, called on President Martelly to cancel the elections. Senator Simon Desras accused three members of the Electoral Council, to have accepted bribes. Eleven days before the election, President Michel Martelly ordered the formation of a Commission, consisting of five persons, which should give the necessary advice within 72 hours, so that the elections can be performed credibly. Both candidates may appoint an observer to accompany the work of this Commission.

Do not become a Victim of Fraud Attorney acts only after Victim files Suit / Always check the submitted Documents Every day we hear on the news as people are cheated with all kinds of “businesses� and proposals to make money and unfortunately, for both, for necessity and sheer ambition, many fall into networks of defrauders and lose their money. But what is a fraud really? Article 405 of the Dominican Penal Code defines as guilty the one who is committing a fraud to a person making use of names and assumptions or using fraudulent behavior, assuring the existence of companies that false or of an imaginary credit, or with powers they do not have with the aim to defraud all or a part of the capital of others, doing or trying to do, that someone delivers or remits funds to him, it means that anyone who comes forward with a false name, alleged or false qualities, who is presenting fake companies that do not exist and credits and imaginary powers that they do not have, such as promising documents of state entities in exchange for money and who receives economic values (money, property, furniture) in exchange for these maneuvers and lies, is a defrauder. Also the one is a defrauder who makes hope for a chimeric act or who instills

fear for an accident in exchange for resources. There are many examples of fraud that unfortunately we have to testify daily in the Dominican Republic, from real estate sales with fake titles of property to persons, including authorities, who are promising to make arrangements in exchange with cash, going through all kinds of fraud. The penalty for this crime is six months to two years without prejudice to the return of the delivered economic assets and damages that this crime generates to its victim. What can a victim of this crime do? Fraud is a crime of public action after private application, which means, the Public Ministry acts after getting a complaint by the person cheated. How not to become a victim of fraud? We can take some steps to avoid falling into a fraud: In case of any type of business or purchase of any real estate or personal property always consult an attorney before making any payment, he will tell you if this is a legal business or some kind of fraud. Always check the documentation that is presented to you in the state institutions

corresponding to the document, that is, if you have a title to a property, make sure the same is true by checking it at the Registry of Deeds. Try to know who is the person negotiating, you can investigate who that person is before closing a business or giving money. If someone shows up as an employee or member of a company or a state institution, do not only trust his word, ask the institutions to which he says to belong and thus confirm his qualities. These tips may avoid becoming a victim of fraud and that the dream of investing or doing business in the Dominican Republic could become a nightmare. If you have a question about this or anything else, please contact me at or call 829-962-7337. This page is sponsored by FLS Focus Legal Solutions. If you are interested in a specific topic of law or want some support in legal matters, please feel free and communicate with the authors of these articles.

Your Horoscope for January 2016 Cancer has to work hard / Positive Month for Aquarius / Sagittarius should be relaxed

In terms of business and finance this month will be an unequivocally positive, vibrant, dynamic and successful time. The main thing is to do everything duly. That is, if you have undergone a sudden epiphany and come up with an alternative source of energy so far unknown, don’t rush to the nearest patent office. Analyze and think everything through first, and be very careful about giving away such exclusive information.

This month you will be faced with a number of not very standard situations. Your competitors are likely to take some quite unusual actions against you. Do not be afraid of it, nor pay attention, because all those feeble efforts will be absolutely meaningless. After all, they aren't aware of your new potential! Just don't “turn up your nose” too high. Respond swiftly, but prudent, to the events around you.

You will be able to devote more time to yourself and your family. In your work, it will be a “slow” period, which will allow you to do something really important, much more important than a monthly report for your company. So if you are suddenly confronted by the choice between whether to work or dedicate your time to something else, choose the second option, because everything in the office will go well.

The work sphere will bring you special “bonuses” this month. Of course, you won't become a millionaire overnight. Everything will be more prosaic, but not less positive! It is very likely that starting from the beginning of the year you will be able to lay the foundation which in the future will allow you to soar to exceptional heights. It's fundamental now not to question the path you've chosen. Don't betray your principles.

This will be a highly harmonious month, and, in general, very successful. However, there are some subtle details, as usual. Firstly, if you want to achieve your goals as quickly as possible, it is necessary ... to wait and take no further action. Don’t try to get everything at once; as the old saying goes, slow and steady wins the race. Stay focused and balanced; if there are pending goals, move towards them, but slowly.

You will have to work hard this month. However, this doesn't imply that it will be a negative stage in your life at all. But many things will seem tougher than you initially thought; however, everything won't be as dramatic and irrevocable. It is enough to see clearly what you really want. Control yourself and hold your ardor. Do not rush from side to side, from one idea to another. Never swap horses mid race.

Don't question your abilities; you will be able to accurately and duly complete two, three, five or ten projects. Clearly identify your target and move to it, no matter what. People in your work will be surprised by how much you're able to accomplish, and this is a key feature of this period. It is highly probable that in the upcoming months people will keep expecting from you the same results you show in January.

Don't try to impose your will on fate and stop manipulating circumstances to achieve personal goals. Everything will go the way you want it by itself, even though your plans seem to fail. It is definitely worth pursuing your goals, but only if these goals are objectively worthy of being achieved. Give another thought to what you're aiming for. Maybe ask someone from your family where you went wrong.

You failed to take into account some little things, but now your success will be a matter of time. In any case, nothing terrible will happen; in fact, everything will be better than you have planned, so there is no need to lament your fate and get depressed. There is a clear need to channel the lion's share of your resources into the implementation of new projects. Do not fear to work in a fundamentally new environment.

This month will turn out to be a gold mine; this will be an extremely rich time with a wide variety of possibilities. But not all of these options will suit you, and everything would be simpler if you were given more time to think. In general, it is a positive situation; when you will be needed, you will be trusted and your business will definitely go uphill. But the question is: will you be able to cope with such growing pressure?

There won't be a real need to undertake anything. Relax and enjoy your life; at the moment internal balance and good planning will be much more important than permanent benefits. This will be an absolutely ordinary life stage, which requires no serious or radical decision making processes. Try to be more relaxed around your friends, because there is a high probability of conflict, triggered by an insignificant trifle.

There is no need to change anything radically or to act too fast. Your efforts will not be appreciated. So leave it as is, and do not act until early next month. Even if you have huge plans that require immediate implementation, set them aside for better times. As a matter of fact, your accumulated resources will really come in handy, so try to avoid wasting them throughout this extremely “dry” interim at a bar with friends.

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Stephany Ortega Concert for Refugees Hoping for a better life in the “Land of Opportunity” and therefore risking their lives, every year hundreds of Dominicans try to cross the Mona Passage to Puerto Rico in overcrowded, fragile boats, from where they go on traveling to the mainland. Many of them are drowning when the boats are sinking in the rough sea or are caught by the US Coast Guard and sent back. The boats are called “yolas” (dinghies) and gave a name to play that has now been listed in a New York theater: “Yoleros”. The play takes place during the crisis of 1985, when the number of these boat people was especially high. Author Alex Vázquez says: “This is a universal theme, which is now more relevant than ever” in the face of the anti-immigrant wave in the United States and the refugee crisis in Europe. Vázquez himself came to New Jersey with his family in 1986, where he always heard the stories of “yoleros”. “We are all 'yoleros', we all are looking for a new start at a specific time in our life, as my family did, even though we did not come in a 'yola'.” The first part of the play takes place in the Dominican Republic and is accompanied by Dominican music, the second in the boat during the crossing to Puerto Rico and has no specific soundtrack.

The Dominican soprano Stephany Ortega sang at the benefit concert for refugees in front of the Grand Dukes of Luxembourg in the beginning of December. Stephany Ortega is very active on European stages and has been awarded many cultural prizes. Born in Puerto Plata, the artist now is a Luxembourgish national. On the 25th and 26th of December she will perform in Santo Domingo and Santiago in the traditional “Conciertos de Navidad”.

Isabel Pantoja Day Release Prisoner

The Spanish singer Isabel Pantoja became a day release prisoner shortly before Christmas for the first time after more than one year in prison. She can now sleep at home on the weekends. Isabel Pantoja, was sentenced to two years in prison for money laundering for her ex-partner, the mayor of Marbella, Julián Muñoz, and had to pay a fine of 1.14 million euros. The court classified her a “first offender”.

Since their separation things run well only for the former head of the group. The rest tried unsuccessfully to build on the earlier successes of Aventura. Antony “Romeo” Santos, the “voice” of the group, who now calls himself just Romeo, had a very successful international solo career after the dissolution of Aventura in 2011 after seven albums, while his ex-colleagues failed. Cousin Henry Santos tried unsuccessfully to pursue a solo career, the brothers Max and Lenny Santos founded the band Vena along with Steve Styles, from which also was not much to hear. From now and then there was talk of a reunion, but Romeo obviously had no great interest in it. Nevertheless, shortly after their separation, he said that for the contract they had they are obliged to give some concerts together some day. This will now be the case. After Romeo made known this news in his social networks, according to Billboard, the tickets for the concerts between the 4 th and the 7th of February 2016 in the United Palace in New York were sold within three hours. Therefore there had to be arranged four additional concerts between the 11 th and the 14th of February, whose total of 15,000 tickets were sold in less than an hour.

What is this Guy singing? “Me salió mala” by Teodoro Reyes Teodoro Reyes is a representative of the Amargue, a type of Bachata, where especially the bitterness of love is celebrated. Yo que había jurado delante de un altar que siempre la iba a amar. Y esa fue mi perdición. Ella que a mi me juró lo mismo, pero hizo lo contrario, destrozó mi corazón. Yo que me había forjado un mundo donde viviríamos juntos, pero ese plan fracasó. Ay, por qué ella si escogió ese mundo en donde viviríamos juntos, pero allí no estaba yo. Me salió mala. No era cierto que me amaba, no fui su media naranja, nunca el dueño de su vida. Me salió mala. Yo que todo se lo daba en mis espaldas me engañaba. La gente me lo decía. Pero el que ama vive en una fantasía en donde escucha nadie a nadie, con nadie comenta y nunca entiende, no le importa que dice la gente. Solo escucha lo que le conviene. Me salió mala. Yo creía que era mía y por donde pasaba todo el mundo se reía. Me salió mala. Los muchachos me decían que salió por las noches y llegaba al otro día. Y no les creía. Otra dimensión. Dulce amargue, mami. Milton Lora. Muerto me entierran el día que me muera. El amor es ciego, empedernido, mira, lo que ella hizo conmigo. Ella me engañaba y me salió mala. Qué tonto fui yo. Me salió mala. No era cierto que me amaba, no fui su media naranja, nunca el dueño de su vida. Me salió mala. Yo que todo se lo daba en mis espaldas me engañaba. La gente me lo decía …

I, who has vowed, before an altar, that I will always love her. And that was my ruin. She, who vowed the same, but did the opposite, has destroyed my heart. I, who painted me a world in which we would live together, but this plan failed. Ay, why she has chosen this world, where we would live together, but I was not there. She turned out to be bad. It was not true that she loved me, I was not her half orange, never the owner of her life. She turned out to be bad. Me, who gave her everything, was cheated by her behind my back. People have told me. But the one who loves is living in a fantasy, in which nobody listens to anybody, talks with nobody and never understands, he does not care what people say. He hears only what suits him. She turned out to be bad. I thought she was mine, and wherever I walked, everybody laughed. She turned out to be bad. The guys told me, that she went out at night and came back the next day. And I did not believe them. Another dimension. Sweet bitterness, Mami. Milton Lora. May they bury me dead on the day that I die. Love is blind, passionate, look, what she has done to me. She cheated on me and she turned out to be bad. How stupid I was. She turned out to be bad. It was not true that she loved me, I was not her half orange, never the owner of her life. She turned out to be bad. Me, who gave her everything, was cheated by her behind my back. People have told me …

Teodoro Reyes was born in Nagua on the 27th of March 1954. He has been blind since birth. He says his mother was afraid he was going to be a burden for the family with eleven brothers and sisters, but he told to himself, he came up with the music inside him and he will show everyone what a blind man can achieve. He went to the National School of the Blind in Santo Domingo, where he graduated from high school. There he began writing songs, like many of his comrades. In 1982 Teodoro Reyes wrote “La hamaquita” for the then greatest star of Merengue, Fernando Villalona, for whom the song became one of his greatest hits. In 1984 his own song “Lindas palabritas” became a national hit. In 1994, Teodoro Reyes was awarded the Premio Casandra as “Bachatero of the Year”. Teodoro stresses that all his songs are of love and laments, but never of contempt. “I am an artist who sings for women. Women are the most important part of my life.” And despite his sad lyrics, these things never happened to him. He feels happy in life, mainly because of the women.

Endless Suffering



A woman comes to Heaven after her death and asks Saint Peter if she could meet her deceased husband. Saint Peter promises to search for him. To find him, he had to know to what department the deceased had been sent. But he cannot find any entry in the computer. Perhaps he is with the blessed? No entry. Even in the register of the Saints he cannot be found. “Tell me, good woman, how long were you actually married?” “More than 50 years”, she answers proudly. “Oh, that is why”, says Saint Peter, “then we will find him among the martyrs.”

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 rich man is on his deathbed. He wants to take a part of his wealth to the grave. In his last hour he is asking to see his doctor, his lawyer and a priest. He hands over 50,000 dollars to each of them and asks them to promise that all three will put the money in his grave at the funeral. At the funeral, the pastor, the doctor and the lawyer step towards the grave and throw in an envelope. On the way home, the priest suddenly bursts into tears, ”Oh my Lord! I have sinned. I must confess that I put only 40,000 dollars in the envelope. I took out 10,000 dollars for a new altar in our old church.” Then the doctor says, ”I must admit that I even put only 30,000 dollars into the grave. Our clinic urgently needed new equipment, so I took 20,000 dollars.” The lawyer replied in disgust: “Gentlemen, I am shocked by such a breach of trust! I have put a check for the full sum into the grave of the deceased.”

 In a park, there are two nude statues looking at each other, a man and a woman. After a hundred years an angel comes down to visit the two. At a nod of the angel the statues transform into flesh and blood and get down from their pedestals. The angel says, “I have been sent to you to fullfill you the desire which both of you had in this century, when you stood here facing each other, without being able to move. But be quick, you only have 15 minutes before you will again turn into statues.” The two look at each other and blush. Then they disappear, giggling in the undergrowth. Noisy rustling can be heard from behind the bushes, and seven minutes later the two come back to the angel, apparently satisfied. The angel smiles, “That was only seven minutes - Wouldn't you like to do it once more?” The two look at each other, then the woman says: “Why not? But this time we'll do it the other way around, you hold the dove, and I shit on it!”

Sudoku No. 321 (easy)

 A lawyer is dying and asks his long-standing partner to sit at his side, „I have a confession to make. I have had an affair with your wife for 30 years and I am the biological father of your daughter Jenny. Moreover, I have regularly stolen money from the Registry office.“ The partner answers gently, „Ah, my friend. None of us is free from sin. Take me for example, I therefore have poured poison into your scotch.“

 Sudoku No. 322

A lawyer asks the defendant. „Now, tell me the truth. Did you steal the money or not?“ „No.“ „How do you want to pay me then?“

Zika ante portas Arrival of Virus only a Question of Time / Epidemics can't be stopped in the Caribbean The Zika virus already arrived in many parts of Latin America and is expected to also appear in the Dominican Republic soon. Therefore, Health Minister Altagracia Marcelina Guzmán (photo) has called on the population for vigilance and prevention. The carriers of this “new” virus (first discovered in Africa) is the tiger mosquito (Aedes aegypti), which is also responsible for Dengue and Chikungunya, both of which have very similar symptoms as Zika.

In addition to identical signs such as high fever (without any other flu symptoms), headache, joint and muscle pain, Zika causes eye infections without secretion and rash. The course of the disease itself generally is not as severe as in the case of Dengue, but Zika is suspected to cause other diseases, such as microcephaly (a to small head) in newborns or the Guillain-Barré syndrome, a nerve inflammation, which can lead to permanent damage, and five percent of the sick die from it. As for the two other diseases transmitted by this mosquito, there also does not exist any vaccine or specific treatment for Zika. Only the symptoms can be alleviated. Guzmán handed over a plan for the prevention of Zika to the National Commission for Emergencies (CNE) and called again to check in-house and in the surrounding areas that there are no open vessels in which fresh water can accumulate. Because to breed, the tiger mosquito needs clean water where it lay its eggs. After this year's severe dengue epidemic, according to official figures so far 96 people have died, unofficial figures are talking about well over a hundred dead for months, such preventive measures are supposed to be self-evident. But people seem to forget easily all the campaigns made to explain how to fight this sometimes deadly disease.

It is also encouraged to use mosquito nets, which in principle is always a good idea, but it does not prevent from the bites of the tiger mosquito, as it only comes to suck blood during the day and at twilight. The scene today is very reminiscent of the past year, when the Chikungunya virus was expected. It was sure that it will come, and the population has been warned. But when it finally arrived, it spread like wildfire throughout the country and filled the hospitals. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to which belong more than 20 Caribbean countries and territories - the Dominican Republic is not among them meanwhile confessed that despite great efforts in the past two years to halt the spread of Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika in the Caribbean, it was not possible to stop these painful diseases. Joy St. John, director of monitoring, prevention and control of diseases of the CARPHA, said, “These relentless outbreaks of these diseases remain a threat to health and the economic and social development of the Caribbean islands.”

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co557 Furnished 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Villa, Close to ocean, Building size 120 sq.m/1,292 sq.ft, Lot 570 sq.m/6,135 sq.ft, Sosua, furnished, now US$129,000. www.bestsosua athumeyer@gmail .com – 809-462-8140. co703 Furnished 3 BR/3.5 BA Villa, Close to beach – Cabarete, Building 130 sq.m/1,383 sq.ft,Lot 1,300 sq.m/ 13,993 sq.ft. reduced to US$245,000 - - athu – 809-462-8140. co730 Renovated 2 Storey House With 3 Apartments, Build. 190 sq.m/2,045 sq.ft, Lot size 171 sq.m/ 1,840 sq.ft, Now only US$95,000, athu – 809-462-8140. co739 Charming brand new 2 Bedroom Villa, Gated, Sosua/ Cabarete. Building 136 sq.m/1,464 sq.ft, Lot 801 sq.m/8,629 sq.ft. only US$169,000. www.bestsosuareal - – 809-462-8140. co740 DEAL! Part Furnished Very Spacious 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Villa, Sosua, Building 305 sq.m/3,283 sq.ft,Lot 804 sq.m/8,654 sq.ft, now only US$179,000, www.bestsosua athumeyer@gmail .com – 809-462-8140. a401 Investment! 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments, Sosua, starting at US$54,900, size 57 sq.m/614 sq.ft, athu – 809-462-8140. co646 3 Bedroom Villa Plus Guest House, Lot 750 sq.m/8,074 sq.ft, Baths: 2 + 2, reduced to US$175,000 - - athu – 809-462-8140. Very nice excl. apartment (Sol bonito) at the beach of Cabarete, 80 sq.m, 1 BR, 1.5 BA, 2 terraces with garden and pool, completely refurbished, only US$ 75,000. Call 849-257-2473 The best of the campo, very good views, 4 acres land, close to Puerto Plata, US$75,000. Phone Terry for info, 809-635-2700. Text email for pics

New Commercial Plaza, Plaza Galasi, 690 sq.m, building with three levels, consisting of 18 shops, private parking area. A few meters from the Palace of Justice. First class termination. Built in concrete and with windows and doors in centennial mahogany, each local with its title and subdivided. You can buy an entire floor or a local. Financing available up to 70% of value. Tel: 809-712-4321, 809-2915272, Sandy Beach Front Land, Palms, submit offer (US$), Developer retiring 1/1/16. Phone 809-571-1140 Small Finca, 10,000 sq.m., with fruit trees, nice house, 2 bed / bath, large living room, garage, patio, 3.30 x 8 m. In separate buildings 2 studios of 25 sq.m., bedrooms / bath, closet, pool 8 x 4 m surrounded of terrace of 2 m, 80,000 liter tank, diesel generator + Inverter, 3.5 kw, gazebo with sitting area 30 sq.m., barbecue, water / electricity 24, unencumbered title, US$ 225,000. info@rialto, Phone: 809-712-4321, 809-856-8087, 809-651-1816 Plot seafront location in Sosua, Playa Chiquita. Info Tel. 809-571-3027 Bar in Playa Dorada for sale, Tel. 829-605-7355 (English), Tel. 829-5545894 (Deutsch)

Small hotel in Sosua for sale or lease, with customer base and included tennis club with 4 tennis courts. The hotel has 15 apartments, 3 rooms, pool, bar, restaurant and lounge. Installation to organize large live concerts. Parking at the hotel. Total area 8,000 sq.m. For information call 809 869 8649 Land, 500 sq.m, opposite of Playa Dorada, 100 meters from the main road, with water and electricity connections. Afjoins on a plot of 2,000 sq.m, which is for sale. 1.8 million pesos Info: 829-275-8131 Opportunity! House in rural surroundings in Maimón. Sala, dining room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, terrace, pool, garden, minibar, etc. US$ 68,400. Info: 829275-8131

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Los Cerros, Sosúa Quiet location, Ocean view Inverter, US$350/month Tel. 829-873-9488 or 809-710-7602 Speak English and German

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Beach plot, 180 m beach, 34 784 m2, with d etc. without charges. For sale on behalf of a company, price on request. Info: 829-275-8131 Land, 467 sq.m, Los Cerros, Sosúa, US$45,000. Info: 829-275-8131

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Cosy, furnished guest house for rent within a large plot. Cable, Internet, Pool. Only for calm persons. Quiet location, yet close to City and Sea. RD$10,000 + 1,000 a.c. Tel. 829-686-3450 Long and Short Term - Rentals - of – bestsosuareal Re#106 Furnished 2 Bedroom Townhouse Style Condo, 108 sq.m/ 1,162 sq.ft, close to Puerto Plata, Rental: US$750 per month or US$ 700 12 months and longer. athu or 809-462-8140 Re#135 co716 Pretty 3 BR Villa + Studio Apartment, Sosua/Cabarete. Lot 1,116 sq.m/12,020 sq.ft, Building 170 sq.m/1,830 sq.ft. US$1,500, athu – 809-462-8140 Penthouse, Blue Green, 5 bedroom, Ocean front, unfurnished. Tel: 809399-9069 and 809-571-2406 Safest area of Puerto Plata, COSTAMBAR. Semi-detached house with nice garden and small pool. Living room, bedroom, bathroom with shower, washing machine, kitchen. Furnished, Wifi. Very private, quiet despite central location. 1 min to the beach with several beach bars. Parking available. Monthly rental from 3 months - US$ 450, all costs inclusive! Short Term Rental neg. Day, week rental possible. We speak German, Russian, English and poco Español. Photos via email at irarena, Website, Tel 829-727-6845. Irina Long term rental in a nice gated residential project at walking distance to the beach. 2 bedrooms, 3 bedrooms and 4 bedrooms villas available. Call 809-963-2052 1 bedroom apartment in The Palms Condos on the outskirts of Sosua available for long or short term rental. Long term $495 pm for 3 months+. Email for short term price and availability. Sorry no pets. Email

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270 US$ in Cabarete for long-termrent – big apartment, furnished, 2nd floor, 1 bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, washing machine. Big swimming pool and green territory, gated parking. Price incl. water and electricity. Nice, quiet, green and safe place. Aparthotel "Nathalia", tel. 829-401-4806 (fotos on facebook: Nathalia Aparthotel Cabarete) High speed internet - 4 Mb 1,000 RS$ additional. Daily rent 30 US$ 2 bedroom apartment in Cabarete, furnished. Lovely grounds, BBQ pit, fruit trees. Quiet neighborhood, long & short term rental $400 US. Tel. (829) 431-1042 or Casacabarete Central Sosúa Apartments for rent. Clean, quiet, 1 bedroom and studio, balcony. From 10,500 RD$. Tel. 809303-3900 House in Puerto Plata, Urbanización Atlantica, 1st floor: Sala, dining room, kitchen, terrace, bathroom, etc., 2nd floor: 3 BR, 2 bathrooms, Sala, terrace, balcony. Info: 829-275-8131 Very large oceanfront penthouse in exclusive complex Aquablue in Playa Chiquita, private beach swimming pool, 24 hrs security. For info call 809-360-5942/820-808-8011 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 Studio, private entrance, pool. Caribe Campo, Sosúa, next to the Palms US$150 per week. Monthly negotiable. Call David 829-850-1709 300 - 350 US$ 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 Puerto Plata Furnished House: 3 BR, Open air Terrace, barbecue, Billiards, Karaoke Bar, Gym, Area of Torre Alta, $300 USD per month. Call for info or photos 809-303-0091

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