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Sluggish Campaign Debate of Candidates without the President / Bogus Graduates in Literacy Celebration

A few days before the elections on May 15, the race seems run. In almost all polls President Danilo Medina beats his challenger Luis Abinader by far. There is hardly an institution which sees at least the possibility of a runoff. Government critics accuse the survey institutes to publish paid false results to demotivate voters. There anyway is no sense to vote for the opposition because Medina is so popular, that a defeat is not within the bounds of possibility. After the last LA PLAYA showed numbers from Zogby Analytics, according to which President Danilo Medina would get 49.1 percent of the votes and Luis Abinader 44.3, there were published new poll results almost daily showing a completely different picture of the voters' will.

After the presidential debate on television, at which Danilo Medina did not participate, where the remaining seven candidates obediently recited their programs, the most recent survey conducted by CID Latinoamericana showed 65.2 percent for the president and only 28.8 percent for the challenger. After warnings of the ruling party PLD that the opposition party PRM was planning a smear campaign, TV stations stopped a commercial of the PRM, arguing that the statements could have legal consequences for the party. The PRM accused the government to be behind this action to prevent information and so is violating freedom of the press. Presidency Minister José Ramon Peralta, however, welcomed the decision: “Our campaign is positive, we tell the Dominicans, how we will continue to improve their daily life and how we will do that in the next government. We have many negative things to say, but we do not want to talk about it, because we are against smear campaigns.” The television station offered the PRM to fill the space, reserved for it in a time slot, with another political commercial, which the party refused.

One of the main programs of the Government is the literacy program “Quisqueya aprende contigo”, with which illiteracy will be eradicated in the country. Now there was a scandal in the National District, when the PLD candidate for mayor, Roberto Salcedo, received 2,500 graduates to hand them over their certificates of the course. When asked by a TV reporter, various participants said, they had never participated in the program and are only here because they were invited, but did not know even know why. Salcedo then accused the opposition to have these innocent people infiltrated to discredit him, a part of the smear campaign.

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“Adonia's” False Start Favourable Investment Climate / Punta Cana: More than Jamaica and Puerto Rico together

On April 10, the relatively small cruise ship “Adonia” of the Fathom Line, with a capacity of just 710 passengers should have docked at “Amber Cove” in Maimón for the first time. With it there should arrive volunteers who want to help in social projects on the north coast. But the trip, in which the “Adonia” should stay four days Maimón, had to be canceled because the U.S. Coast Guard did not give the permission for the maiden voyage of the vessel, which was put into operation in 2001, because all the tests after checking it in the dry dock were not completed. Due to the delay, it was no longer possible to make the first trip to Puerto Plata, so that the first trip had to be postponed for a week.

The chairman of Vinci Airports, Nicolas Notebaert, highlighted the favorable investment climate in the Dominican Republic. Vinci Airports, a French subsidiary of Vinci Concessions, operates 36 airports worldwide, from France or Portugal to Cambodia and Japan, with more than 100 million passengers per year. Recently Vinci Airports took over 100 percent of the capital of the Dominican airport operator Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (Aerodom). In the year 2015, Aerodom counted 4.5 million passengers that arrived in the six domestic airports, which are served by 47 companies from 53 cities. As specified by the Chairman of the National Hotel Association (Asonahores), Simón Suárez, Vinci Airports has commited itself to joint plans with the Ministry of Tourism and the private sector to ensure that new routes will come to the country.

Punta Cana today has 64 hotel facilities, where more than 36,000 tourists can be accommodated. This alone gives Punta Cana more hotel capacity than Jamaica and Puerto Rico together. These data were published at the Hotel Westin Resort & Club in Punta Cana by the chairman of Grupo Puntacana, Frank Ranieri, in a lecture entitled “The realization of a dream”. In addition to these impressive figures, there are twelve golf courses in the region, three of them are in hotels of the group, which makes Punta Cana to best golf region in the Caribbean. The Aeropuerto Internacional de Punta Cana (AIPC) last year received 68 percent of all tourists that came to the country. 25 percent of foreign exchange is coming through Punta Cana, said Ranieri. Beside Higüey, which had only 20,000 inhabitants in 1970, today it has 200,000, the social benefits are also for the rest of the country, since 76 percent of the employees are from other provinces, whereto they send part of their wages to support their families.


UNGASS 2016 Third Special Session of the United Nations / Catastrophic Consequences of Drug Policy

“How do you explain a Colombian peasant that he might go to jail if he grows marijuana, while a young man in the state of Colorado in the United States is opening his second shop for the legal sale of recreational marijuana and enjoys his growing income?” This does not write the editor of a stoner webpage, but Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos to the special session UNGASS 2016 (UN General Assembly), which was held from the 19th to the 21 st of April to think about new ways of combating drug trafficking and the treatment of drug abusers. According to Santos, this conference was a chance that must not be missed. Colombia lost many of its best officers, soldiers, judges, prosecutors and journalists in the anti-drug war, lasting already for 50 years, in an ongoing battle against drug trafficking organizations. Whenever there has been succeses in the battle in Colombia, the

threat has shifted to other countries, wrote Santos. The drug dealers easily change and adapt to the respective circumstances. Colombia, which is one of the countries that suffered most from this scourge, had a moral right to tell the world that the time has come to change the viewing angle in this policy. This also was not a call for the legalization of drugs, but it had to be finally recognized, that there is a variety of ways between the total war and legalizing to prevent drug abuse, to treat consumers more humanely, to strengthen the cooperation in the fight against organized crime and to provide financial alternatives for farmers and other susceptibles, who are in the clutches of the drug mafia. The UNGASS Conference could provide the opportunity for a critical review of global drug policy, which is considered by many to have failed after 50 years, and to look for new approaches. A “drug-free world”, as the United Nations wanted 20 years ago, is nothing else but an illusion. But countries favoring continued repressive drug war policies include such beacons of humans rights as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, China and Indonesia. Saudi Arabia recently beheaded hashish carrying brothers, while Iran and Indonesia hangs hashish couriers. And UN conventions and bureaucrats demonize beneficial plants like cannabis until today.

Shortly before the special session, over a thousand celebrities called for an end of the anti-drug war and for a real reform. Among the signatories there are the pre-candidate of the Democrats for president, Bernie Sanders, several former presidents of Latin America and stars such as the singer Sting, the actors Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda, or the billionaires Sir Richard Branson and Warren Buffet. “The drug control, which was created in the last century, has turned out to be most disastrous for health, safety and the human rights.”


Second Ballot in Peru “Japanese” Fujimori or “Gringo” Kuczynski for President / Goldman Environmental Prize

Elections have been held in Peru on the 10 th of April, in order to determine a new president and 130 congressmen. The new government will control the fate of the Andean country from the 28 th of July 2016 to the 27th of July 2021. Since no candidate has reached more than 50 percent of the votes, there will be a runoff between the top two Keiko Fujimori and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on the 5th of June. The National Election Office ONPE announced 39.85 percent for Fujimori and 20.99 for Kuczynski and his party PPK (Peruanos por el Kambio) as the final result. Third place Verónika Mendoza came to 18.8 percent. Thus the Peruvians will have the choice between Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of jailed ex-president of Peru, Alberto Fujimori who was condemned to 25 years in prison for corruption and violation of human rights by his death squad that was deployed to fight the Maoist rebel movement Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path), and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who is ridiculed by comedians for his strong American accent, his close ties to Wall Street irritate not only a few in the poor country, increasingly hostile towards foreign mining companies.

So the Peruvians now have to elect between the 40-year-old “Japanese” Keiko Fujimori, from who they fear she could fall back into the authoritarian practices of her father, and the neo-liberal 77-year-old “Gringo” Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who studied economics in Oxford, then worked at the Central Bank of Peru and after that lived in the United States for 30 years, where he worked for the World Bank and the First Boston International and several investment firms, before returning to Peru in 2000 after the resignation of Alberto Fujimori, where he then was economy minister twice and under President Alejandro Toledo he was cabinet chief.

According to the latest polls, Keiko Fujimori will win the runoff with 43.6 percent, while PPK, as Kuczynski is known in Peru, comes to 41.5 percent. The study also found that 42.6 percent of the Peruvians reject Keiko, while 42.0 percent are rejecting Kuczynski. But PPK shows himself unimpressed, he was not worried because a difference of only two points: “The poll numbers rise and fall. At the moment we are good, we hope to remain good,” Some time ago, he was a man who prepared himself for jubilation.

The Peruvian farmer Máxima Acuña and the Puerto Rican scientist Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera, together with four other laureates, won the Goldman Environmental Prize, awarded annually since 1990 to six “environmental heroes” of the grassroots movement. It is considered one of the most important environmental awards. The prize money is 150,000 dollars. Máxima Acuña was awarded for her fight against the mining company Yanacocha, in which she won a court case to keep the land of her family at the Laguna Azul in the district of Cajamarca in northern Peru. The inhabitants of the area are concerned of the project Conga, in which 4.8 million dollars are to be invested. They fear the contamination of their water reserves and disapprove of the drainage of four lagoons. In two of the lagoons there is planned to dig for gold, and in the other emptied lagoons, waist will be stored. “This peasant of subsistence agriculture in the Northern Sierra of Peru stood up to defend her right to live in peace on her own land, a land that Newmont and Buenaventura Mining want to have to dig for gold and copper,” says the distinction of the Goldman Environmental Prize.


Your Horoscope for May 2016 Sagittarius to mobilize Ressources / Aquarius in Favor of Fortune / Opportunities for Leo

This month you will feel the favor of fortune, which will manifest itself in rather specific tangible bonuses. However, luck is only a side effect of the current phase, a key feature of which will be your increased dynamics. And it doesn't only apply to your own actions, but also to those close to you. But your resources are not limitless, and even in the most favorable situation you'll have to choose between several options.

Do not be afraid to swim against the flow; if you're doing everything right, the result will exceed all your expectations. Try to avoid ambiguity not only in words but also in actions; it will help minimize the potential damage to your wallet and your feelings. And even if you fail at something, don't stop, as this month any pause, either forced or intentional, will invariably lead to even more trouble.

You will have to fight more than one battle to implement your plans. It is vital to understand that you are really capable of reaching the final line of the projected path no matter what. You can regard the things happening around you as an ordeal or you can completely ignore the “hurdles” of destiny. Your perception of the ongoing problems will hardly change anything now; the main thing is to stay strong and never give up.

If the situation is really complicated and you are faced with a serious choice, just think again if it’s worth it. Sometimes retreating in order to regroup your forces is much more reasonable than jumping into a battle that you’re doomed to lose. Even if you have enough capacities, strengths and zeal, it does not necessarily mean that the circumstances will work always out in accordance with your wishes.

Grab the bull by its horns, even if there’s absolutely no urge on your part to act this way. Whether you want it or not you’ll have to be in driver’s seat, so get ready for hectic dynamics. Pluck up your will and try to focus on core tasks. Don’t be put off by the sudden attention to your persona; it’s just a matter of time. But even if you hold your new ground at the end of this month, you won’t have to work harder than usual.

Your career will confidently go up the hill and everything will develop in line with your expectations. But don’t rejoice too much, as total success does not mean that changes are impossible. Be wary and vigilant, work steadily, but avoid burning yourself out. Instead, try to properly distribute the sphere of your control. You must know everything about your business in order to promptly counter any external threats.

You will be presented with more than enough opportunities to improve your financial affairs. And even more importantly, you will be able to take advantage of almost every one of those opportunities. Therefore, starting from the first days of the month, get focused and pluck up all your strengths, because a fairly huge leap forward towards your goal will be waiting for you right now. You have all the tools you need for it.

There is no need to raise the bar to the ceiling, trying to achieve the unachievable, but you’ll obviously accomplish nothing significant by underestimating your own capabilities. Search for a fine balance that will allow you to set up rather attainable and interesting goals. The definition of “interesting” plays a key role. You are inherently pragmatic, so it is rather hard for you to get really carried away with anything.

Focus on the projects that seem to be the most promising for you. Thoroughly analyze and evaluate the situation, and don’t proceed until you are completely certain of its outcome. Even slight miscalculations or inaccuracies might have the consequence that you’ll get stuck in mud up your waist, unable to move forward. Most likely you will quickly cope with such a misunderstanding, but why on earth waste your time?

You won’t be destined to achieve your set goals. Not because you’ll make a mistake or there’ll be someone in your way. The reason lies in the fact that your objectives will prove to be, to put it mildly, not the most successful. You will get to recognize it in time, so that there’ll still be time to fix everything. Consequently there won’t be time to get depressed. If you act efficiently, you’ll be able to ensure a successful finale.

Try to mobilize all your resources and by no means overlook multiple subtle details that at first you might not even view as real problems. With the course of time you will realize that your plans require a radical change of direction. Work methodically and consistently, don’t rush, and pay little attention to the opinions of others, because instead of good they can easily do you harm, knocking you off the “true path”.

You are encouraged to constantly experiment and try new things. Dismiss all plans that won't bring radical changes. Almost your every step has huge implications, yet they are often simply impossible to predict. Do you know the movie “The Butterfly Effect”? So this idea is not that far from the truth, although a little more prosaic. Avoid standing still and doing nothing; instead, try to implement some really interesting ideas.


Soon Come An Essay by Joe English

The Jamaican expression “Soon Come” means pretty much what it says: something is just around the corner, about to take place at any moment - something that is just out of reach. It was an elegant dinner party hosted by one of Jamaica's premier hoteliers in his villa up the hill just outside Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Wine, conversation, crystal and cutlery sparkled. Butlers in tuxedos saw to every need of the twelve guests, gathered

around a glistening caoba table. We talked of Jamaica, of its people, its challenges. Without thinking, I turned to the woman to my right and said, “You know: the thing about Jamaica is that part of it works.” She laughed politely as my face reddened. How insensitive, I thought! Here I am in this lovely home with bright, welcoming people! How typical of the ugly American in me to make such a disparaging remark! I felt ashamed. The conversation stopped. Somehow the host, at the other end of the table, had heard my remark, though the others, except for the woman to whom I had addressed them, had not. “Say it again, Joe,” he commanded. It was bad enough, I thought, that I had commited the faux pas in the first place. The last thing I wanted to do was repeat it. “Say it again, Joe,” he commanded a second time. “Well, you know,” I repeated as everyone looked at me, “the thing about Jamaica is that part of it works.” “Yes,” the host responded without missing a beat, “and the rest soon come.” The Dominican equivalent of “soon come” is “mañana”: tomorrow. “Mañana” might mean the next day, the next week, next month, next year. On the island of Hispaniola, things move at a different pace. Ex-pats, like myself, who make this lovely island our home, too frequently give in to the temptation, without thinking, of seeing only the parts of this country that do not work. We miss the daily reality that, in so many surprising ways, La Republica Dominicana, does work. But this is true of the lands we left as well: part of the United

States works, part of the U. K., part of Canada, Germany, Russia. No place is without its problems. We should make an effort to open our eyes to the welcoming warmth of Dominicans, who retain and celebrate the bonds of family and, as they welcomed with bread and wine refugees from Hitler when the rest of the world turned away, now make us a part of their family. We who come from cold and faraway places should remember that we are guests here, privileged that so many Dominicans share what they have, little or much. We must open our hearts and minds. Part of this country works. Mañana: the rest soon come. Joe English retired in 2013. He moved from Chicago, Illinois, USA, and now lives in Sosua.

Painting of Jaime Colson


Vicente Fernández

Ricky Martin

“I spit on Trump!”

Expensive Kiss

Isabel Pantoja Released from Prison

At his farewell concert at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico “Un azteca en el Azteca” in which he said goodbye to his fans, who have kept faith with him for more than half a century, Vicente Fernández found a few words about Donald Trump, however, without explicitly mentioning his name. After nearly three hours, the Mexican idol interrupted his endless chain of hits to give his opinion of “a candidate” who wants to become President of the United States. “The day when I will meet him, I will spit in his face, I'm going to mention his mother.” He said he would tell him everything that no one else has told him in his life. Solely by the hint of the person Donald Trump, a long-lasting booing was echoing at the stadium. “El Charro de Huentitán”, as the 76-year-old singer also is called, sang a total of 56 of his songs at the farewell concert before an audience of 86,000 fans. After an hour his youngest son Alejandro Fernandez, himself an international star, came to the stage to sing a few songs together with his father. After the concert, Vicente Fernández consoled his fans, a goodbye is not necessarily forever.

After a little more than a year in the women's prison in Seville, the Spanish singer Isabel Pantoja could finally leave the jail on the 2nd of March after she was sentenced to two years for money laundering. Her record company announced now that “La Pantoja” first will record a new album and will then go on an extensive tour across Spain, as she walked out of prison on probation and may not leave the country yet. Further details soon will be announced by the record company

Martha Heredia Program “Medio libre”

After much back and forth, the winner of “American Idol” in 2009 and “model for the youth,” the singer Martha Heredia, is expected to be accepted for the program “Medio libre” (semi-free), where the convicted may stay at home some of their time and have to make courses to reintegrate into society. Heredia was sentenced to seven years for attempted smuggling of 1.8 kilos of heroin into the US.

The auction of kisses are reminiscent of American sitcoms such as “Saved by the Bell” or “Family Matters”. But the auction of kisses is not only an exclusive area of fiction, they also exist in real life. Recently, the American Foundation for the Research of AIDS auctioned a kiss from nobody less than Ricky Martin at a charity event in the Brazilian megacity of São Paulo. The highest sum for the kiss of the star was offered by the Brazilian businesswoman Ana Paola Diniz, a breeder of Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs and owner of the renowned Malabo APD Farm, who offered fabulous 90,000 dollars to fling her arms around the neck of the coveted singer of “La mordidita” (The little bite). Many cellular phones made sure that the event was disseminated on all the social networks of the Internet immediately. Also for another reason, Ricky Martin became the protagonist of the evening. He presented his new partner Jwan Yosef, a twelve years younger artist of Syrian descent, and then danced merrily around on the stage and scored off the other guests, such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell or Ronaldo and Adrien Brody and Victoria Beckham.


What is this Guy singing? “Caricias prohibidas” by Viti Ruiz One of the classics of the so called Salsa Romántica, which 25 years after its publication still is played everywhere. Tiemblo. Cada vez que te miro a los ojos tu sabes que tiemblo. Cada vez que tu cuerpo se acerca a mi cuerpo yo tiemblo. Porque sé que todo terminará en hacer el amor. Tu haces que de noche yo pierda la calma y hasta la vergüenza. Cada vez que yo siento tu aliento tocar a mi puerta. Si al oido me dices todas esas cosas que me hacen soñar. Y cuando me haces caricias, caricias prohibidas, capaces de mover montes y colinas, que encienden tu cuerpo y casi sin ganas transportan tu alma a un mundo de cuentos. Caricias que te hacen olvidar el tiempo y volar, y volar igual si fuera hoja al viento, y estalla el volcán que yo llevo por dentro y sobre tu pecho descanso en silencio. Tiemblo. Cada vez que te miro a los ojos me sonrojo. Tiemblo. Tu cuerpo se acerca a mi cuerpo y yo tiemblo. Porque sé que todo terminará en ... Tiemblo. Los dos juntitos haciendo el amor. Tiemblo cuando me dices esas cosas besándome al oido. Tiemblo. Te juro yo me estremezco todito. Tiemblo cuando haces que de noche yo pierda la vergüenza. Tiemblo al sentir tu aliento acercarse a mi puerta. Tiemblo. Me haces caricias prohibidas capaces de encenderme. Tiemblo Y casi sin ganas transportan tu alma Tiemblo a un mundo de cuentos. Viajando en la cama tiemblo y vuela, y vuela y vuela igual si fuera hoja al viento. Tiemblo y estallo en fuego y te quemo por dentro. Tiemblo y sobre tu pecho tranquilo me duermo.

I'm trembling. Every time I look into your eyes, you know that I tremble. Every time your body is getting close to my body, I tremble. Because I know that everything ends in making love. You do that at night I lose the calmness and even the shame. Every time I feel your breath knocking on my door. When you tell me all these things in the ear, that make me dream. And when you make me caresses, forbidden caresses, able to move mountains and hills, that ignite your body and almost without desire transport your soul into a fairytale world. Caresses that make you forget the time and fly, and fly like a leaf in the wind, and the volcano I have inside explodes and I rest on your chest quietly. I'm trembling. Every time I look into your eyes, I blush. I'm trembling. Your body approaches my body and I tremble. Because I know that everything will end in ... I'm trembling. We both together, making love. I'm trembling, when you tell me these things and kiss me on the ear. I'm trembling. I swear that I shiver overall. I'm trembling, when you do that at night I lose the shame. I tremble when I feel that your breath is approaching my door. I'm trembling. You make me forbidden caresses, which are able to ignite me. I'm trembling. And almost without desire they transport your soul, I'm trembling, into a fairytale world. Traveling in bed I tremble and she flies, and flies, and flies like a leaf in the wind. I'm trembling and I explode in fire, and burn you inwardly. I'm trembling and fall asleep on your chest peacefully.

Víctor Rolando Pinto Ruiz was born in Paterson, New Jersey, on the 5 th of May 1966. Viti, as he was called, grew up in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and was singing in the local orchestra “Creación Boricua” at the age of 13 years. In the eighties, Viti Ruiz sang in various popular orchestras, among others with Tommy Olivencia (see LA PLAYA 153), until he joined the orchestra of his brother Frankie Ruiz, one of the most famous Salsa artists who landed numerous hits. In 1989, Viti Ruiz made his first album, “Sedúceme” (Seduce Me), which resulted in immediate international attention, primarily because of the featured song “Caricias prohibidas”, which is also known as “Tiemblo”. Overall, Viti Ruiz published six albums until 2014. Since 2000, however, it is his core business, to go on tour in Europe and the United States to present his own repertoire, and especially to homage his late brother Frankie Ruiz who died in 1998. In 2013, Viti Ruiz was awarded “25 years of musical creativity”, which is granted by the Dominican community in New York.


Criminal

X-Sudoku

Ask the Internet

In the Middle Ages a stagecoach travels through the country. Suddenly a brigand chief jumps out of the bushes, stops the vehicle, shoots in the air and shouts, “All out!“ In the stagecoach sits a little boy and asks, „My grandmother, too?“ The brigand chief yells, „All, I said!“ He then orders: "“Now all women have to undress.“ The little boy asks again, „My grandmother, too?“ The brigand chief barks, „All, I said!“ Then the brigand chief announces, „All the women will be raped now!“ The little boy asks again, „My grandmother, too?“ Now the grandmother gets angry and yells at the boy, „All, he said!“

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 14.

I have swallowed an ice cube and did not shit it yet. I'm really scared. Is it stuck somewhere?

Are there birds in Canada? I want to go to Canada and bring my camera. I wonder if there are any birds and not just mooses.

 Heavily armed robbers are storming a bank, demanding customers and bank employees to line up on the wall. Then the robbers start to collect the wallets, watches and jewelery from each of the people there. Back in the row, there are two bank employees. One of them is putting something in the hand of the other. „What's that?“, the other whispers questioning. To which the first answers, also in a whisper: “The fifty dollars I owe you.“

Sudoku No. 339 (easy)

Is it possible to use a trash bag as a condom? Because we cannot find anything else around. Would Michael Jackson still be alive if he had not died? If Batman's parents are dead, how was he born then? It does not make any sense, how can dead parents have children?

 Two jailbirds are talking. One of them says, „Everything was going well, until the day when my son had to write an essay about his father's profession at school.“

Can I recognize at the smell of my husband's fart whether he's cheating on me? I know this sounds crazy, but ... usually he has his own smell. If he poops, the whole family knows who it was, even if he blames the dog. Lately, he was working overtime a couple of times and then smelled always different. As if he had eaten Thai food or something. Although he claims he was only on his job, and nowhere else. But something is definitely different. Do you think he's cheating on me?

What is the normal amount of sex partners for a 15-year-old girl? I am a 15-year-old girl and had 18 boyfriends in the last 2 years. Is this normal? Sudoku No. 340

(Supposedly real issues on the Internet)


Operación Sonrisa Children with Cleft Lip get their Smile back / ARS Palic official Sponsor of Campaign The international medical organization “Operación Sonrisa”, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, has the objective to help children, to help them to improve their lives and their health. Since its founding in 1982, the organization performed more than 220,000 free surgeries to children and young people who were born with a cleft lip or a cleft palate and other facial deformities in different countries in Latin America.

Since 2008, the Foundation “Operación Sonrisa”, which is supported by the foreign parent company with materials and training of doctors to return their smile to destitute children, also is helping in the Dominican Republic. Now, the twelfth Medical Mission of Operación Sonrisa, supported by the Health Insurance ARS Palic, since 2009 the official sponsor, was held in the provincial hospital of Monte Plata, at which a total of 75 children were operated, who suffered from a cleft lip or a cleft palate.

To date, approximately 850 children were operated with the help of Operación Sonrisa in the Dominican Republic. Jennifer Betancourt, Marketing Manager of ARS Palic, said: “Our reward is their smile, which is why we dedicate ourselves with passion to the missions of Operación Sonrisa, where we see how these children emit light on their families.” The birth defects known under the name “harelip” or cleft lip and cleft palate include an incidence of one in 500 and is one of the most common malformations in newborn. While the cleft lip is relatively easy to correct, the cleft palate can cause multiple effects, like difficulties in pronunciation, which may persist even after surgery.


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Beautiful house at the beach of Playa Chiquita, Sosúa. Furnished, in a quiet and gated Condominium with 24 h security. 3 bedrooms, with 2 bathrooms, living-dining room with large kitchen, laundry room, maid's room with bath, patio at the 1st floor and balcony at the 2nd floor, central pool with infinity view. US$ 1,300 p.month, excl. Extra costs. Ask for summer price! Tel. 809-974-3073 In a quiet Condominium with 24 h security at Playa Chiquita, Sosúa, fully furnished apartments with nfantastic Ocean-view. 2 bedrooms AC, spaciousn terrace, 2 bathrooms, living-dining room with open kitchen, utility room with washing machine. TV/Internet, 24 hours electricity, tropical garden with pool. SummerPrice 900 US$ p. month, excl. Extra costs. Tel. 809-974-3073 Central Sosúa Apartments for rent. Clean, quiet, 1 bedroom and studio, balcony. From 10,500 RD$. Tel. 809303-3900 Apartment in Los Castillos with 2 bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, parking area, terrace, 210 US $ + electricity, incl. Water. Apartment for 1 person, 1 bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, terrace, 125 US + electricity, incl. Water. Each 2 rents deposit + 1 rent. Tel. 809-493-7049 Quiet 1-bedroom apartment, unfurnished, with pool, for rent in Sosúa. Tel. 829-720-3722


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Translations Furnished Apartment in Costambar for rent. E-Mail: irarena2004 @aol.com, Tel. 829-727-6845 Irina Studio apt. for rent long-term in Sosúa. Close to downtown. Near Super Super Liquor Store. Full stove, refrigerator, microwave, safe, full cable TV, WiFi and Ethernet connection. A/C. Two ceiling fans. Private and quiet. Shares swimming pool with one other unit. US$375 per month for one year. Short term rates negotiable. Calle Pablo Neruda #8 – attached to blue house. 829754-3948 For rent from Aug. 1, 2016:. House, 2 bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, kitchen, living-dining room, terrace, garden, pool, near Pola, US$ 650 + electricity, unfurnished, deposit 2 rents, Phone, Engl. 829-262-8075, German: 809-455 -8272,

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