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Cardinal abdicates Pope Francis accepts Resignation / Investigations in Haiti against Senator Félix Bautista

The strictly conservative Cardinal and Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez abdicated shortly before his 25th anniversary as Cardinal. He already resigned in 2011 when he was 75 years old, but Pope Benedict XVI. asked him to remain in office. Pope Francis now accepted his resignation. López Rodríguez will remain in office until the Pope appoints a follower. Cardinal López Rodríguez was appointed Bishop of San Francisco de Macorís in 1978 by Pope Paul VI., John Paul II. appointed him Archbishop of Santo Domingo in 1981 and in 1991 he became a cardinal.

After his grandiose re-election as senator for San Juan de la Maguana with 70 percent of the vote, the PLD functionary Félix Bautista now faces problems with neighboring Haiti. The clever contractor betted on the reconstruction of Haiti after an enormous earthquake destroyed the country on a large scale in January 2010. From the beginning, there were rumors about bribes to Haitian politicians to get permission for luctrative works of reconstruction. Now the Haitian Senate opened an investigation on the contracts with the politician from the neighboring country. Investigative journalist Nuria Piera presented documents on deposits from companies of the senator to the then Haitian presidential candidate Michel Martelly in the amount of more than 2.5 million dollars in 2012. Also rival candidate Mirlande Manigat, who was not elected, got 250,000 dollars from Bautista. He also apparently paid large sums to the then Foreign Minister Jean-Max Belle-

rive shortly before his resignation to obtain six lucrative contracts in the amount of 324 million dollars. In 2015, Haitian authorities announced to terminate the contracts with Batista's companies because “they are working very slowly and the buildings are not ready yet”, although they already started in 2011. The Haitian Senate now wants to find out who paid how much to whom.

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Slow Disarmament? More than 20,000 Deaths by Firearms in 15 Years / Import of Firearms rise despite Ban

Attorney General Francisco Domínguez Brito warned the judges not to be so generous in the prosecution of people carrying an illegal weapon. “Every time we release someone who has been arrested for illegal possession of arms, we set someone free who possibly then goes to rob or kill,” warned Domínguez Brito. Anyone who is caught with an illegal weapon should be behind bars. “A gun is not to plant a flower or to perform an act of love or tenderness. People have a firearm to kill. No one can be caught on the streets at night on a motorcycle with an illegal firearm and afterwards set free,”, Domínguez Brito said. There should be no tolerance to firearms any more. Neither here nor anywhere else in the world. The massacre of Orlando showed the danger of everybody being armed.

This demand of the Public Prosecutor immediately provoked the opposition of the expert in criminal law, Cándido Simón, who said this requirement is contrary to the Constitution. Since 2010, the rule of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights applies, after which freedom is the rule and detention is the exception. According to Act 36, illegal gun ownership has only light penalties. So the owner in the normal case has to be released, if he has not committed any other offenses in the context. The law number 36 on gun ownership is 51 years old and dates from the time of the revolution of 1965. It is a law which provides for very light sentences and was thought that the well-armed population voluntarily gives up its weapons. What it never did. Wearing illegal weapons leads only to a mild punishment: one month to two years in prison and fines of between ten and 3,000 pesos. According to the International Panel, 878 guns, 55,360 rifles and 165,315 small arms are in the hands of Dominican civilians. There are a further 300,000 illegal firearms. Every 50th Dominican carries a legal firearm. In the past 15 years, there were killed 20,455 people by firearms in the Dominican Republic. Many of these murders took place because criminals killed gun owners to get their firearm. So in reality it is dangerous to own a firearm, because it attracts criminals who want to get it. In the global peace ranking, the Dominican Republic is ranked only 99th.

Although President Leonel Fernández decided a ban on import of weapons in 2006, the country imported weapons and ammunition with a value of 40.3 million dollars in the past seven years. 2013 was a record year at 7.8 million, of which 5.3 million went to Brazil, which is the second largest arms supplier after the United States in the long-term average, followed by Russia and China. The draft law for the control and regulation of firearms, which was adopted in two readings of the Chamber of Deputies, provides that the Ministry of Interior and Police (MIP) has to create a mechanism to manage to collect the weapons of the civilian population. Also people who deliver an illegal weapon voluntarily should go unpunished. People who carry a weapon in public, legal or illegal, are to be punished, places that allow to bear arms openly, will be closed temporarily or permanently.

La Nueva Barquita New Quarter for 6,000 Residents of Flood Zone in the Capital / The “lost� Policemen

Gone are the days when the stinking brown waters of the Rio Ozama invaded the miserable huts at every rainfall in the slum area of La Barquita in Santo Domingo. The children will not get sick any longer because in the flooded muddy streets they no longer will get infections that are erradicated in civilized areas. End of June, President Danilo Medina inaugurated the new residential project La Nueva Barquita which was decided to be built after one of the President's surprise visits in 2012. The Nueva Barquita project consists of 112 houses with 1,787 apartments and 108 business premises. There also is a kindergarden, a primary school, a secondary school, a police and fire station, a hospital,

sports fields, an amphitheater and water treatment systems, a Catholic and a Protestant church and an office of the public prosecutor. The whole project cost four billion pesos. Now all the families of the slum La Barquita who are living lower than six meters above the level of the RĂ­o Ozama will be moved to their new homes. Overall, these will be around 6,000 people. President Medina said there were planned four other similar projects, so that more Dominicans can live a better life. Meanwhile, a Neighborhood Council complained that the roads around the project were not asphalted as promised.

The confession of the police chief, that no one knew where 2,300 police officers are nor what they do, caused certain amazement. Meanwhile Major General Nelson Peguero Paredes assured, that a large part of the officials who get paid, but do not do any service could be spotted. The House of Representatives approved the police reform end of June, which is now law. Thereafter police is no longer allowed to work in personal protection or as security personnel for companies. The number of generals will be reduced from 50 to 20.

“Death by a Thousand Cuts”

Illegal Charcoal Production for Haiti / Tons of legal Charcoal for the US and Puerto Rico The movie “Death By A Thousand Cuts” had its world premiere during Toronto’s “Hot Docs Film Festival” held from April 28 to May 8. The documentary charts the dangers and chaos of mass deforestation, and escalating human conflict in the border region between the Dominican Republic and Haiti over charcoal trafficking. Beginning with a Dominican Republican park ranger’s gruesome murder, the film examines the lives of the people on both sides of the border and the human, economic, and environmental price paid by those affected by these activities. Lust for charcoal is leading to murders, political unrest and the chopping of prime forests on the most populous island in the Caribbean, and a portion of the bounty winds up used to fuel barbecue grills in the United States. That's the conclusion of the directors of “Death by a Thousand Cuts” that will appear on TV networks this winter. Haiti cut down almost all of its forests long ago to make charcoal. The mountains on

the Dominican side, by contrast, are lush cloud forest, in a country where national parks are cherished jewels protected by the military. Both countries used to have depleted forests. But in the 1960s, the Dominican government made forest preservation a priority, setting aside the best areas as national parks. In the 1980s, the government successfully dialed back demand for charcoal by offering subsidies for people to cook with propane instead. Meanwhile, Haiti continued its reliance on charcoal even as its population grew.

Desperate Haitians today forage for wood deep into the Dominican Republic's Sierra de Baoruco mountain range. They are clearing the trees with machetes and building ovens that slow-cook wood into lightweight black charcoal. This is then brought to Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, where it is sold on the street as a primary source of energy. The filmmakers took four years to make the movie, following the trail of charcoal on mules, on motorcycles, on cargo trucks, on the tops of crowded buses and on sailboats running contraband routes to Port-au-Prince. With almost no attention, the Dominican Republic has become a significant exporter of charcoal to the United States and Puerto Rico - a remarkable development considering that Dominican charcoal is supposed to be illegal. U.S. Census Bureau and Dominican customs data show that from 938,000 to more than 2 million metric tons of Dominican charcoal has arrived at ports in Puerto Rico and Miami every year since 2012.

Historic Truce Agreement 50 Years of bloody Civil War ended in Colombia / 27 presidential Candidates in Haiti In a historic and long-awaited Act, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Timoleón Jiménez, alias “Timochenko”, signed a ceasefire agreement for both sides in the Cuban capital Havana on the 23rd of June, which was negotiated in almost four years. This will be the end of an inter-Colombian conflict, which began in 1964 and in which 260,000 people lost their lives, Thousands disappeared without a trace and six millions of farmers were forced off their land and had to go to the cities. At the signing ceremony there were present UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Dominican President Danilo Medina, in his function as the current President of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAC, English abbreviation ECLAC), and among others there also came Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Cuba as a guarantor of the agreement was represented by Rodolfo Benítez, who explained the details of the agreement. Both parties wanted a new culture and rule out that the circumstances that led to this bloody conflict, may ever recur. The FARC agreed to lay down its arms and the Colombian government in return guaranteed for the safety of the former rebels. President Santos would like that a final peace agreement will be ready to sign by the 20th of July, the National Holiday of Colombia,, but “Timochenko” prefers not to give an exact date.

But there is also resistance to the negotiations in Colombia. First of all, the former president Alvaro Uribe, a right wing hardliner, who is mobilizing against the agreement. He accuses Santos to be too soft with the rebels. It is possible that Uribe fears to be held accountable for massive human rights violations in the merciless war on the FARC during his presidency and that he will be sent to trial some day, such as Peru's Fujimori who also led a merciless war on the Maoist rebels of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path). Santos, however, warned again against a failure of the negotiations. There will be no other conditions that could be negotiated, A failure of the negotiations would mean a return to civil war. The FARC from now on wants to achieve their political objectives as a political party. Latin America now looks curiously on how Colombia will develop. Young people from all over the world already discover a country that was once labeled as anarchist NarcoState and the most dangerous country in the world. Tourism figures already are rising sharply and chic clubs and cafes in major cities are booming.

At the elections in Haiti that will take place on the 9th of October, 27 candidates will compete for the presidency. In the previous failed elections of last year there were 54 candidates. The provisional President Jocelerme Privert is still in office, although his time is up after four months. The Parliament could not decide who should be his successor, since the meeting was postponed for an indefinite time after Privert's followers threatened parliamentarians and threw stones at the parliament. Privert said he would remain in office until a successor has been found. Because of the imminent danger of unrest, the Haitian government suspended all permits for weapons until further notice because supposedly there are plans of some groups to attack government departments, schools and petrol stations. The population reacted with fear to be unarmed.

Cosmetic Surgery Plastic Surgery on Minors banned in Colombia / Cheap Operations also lure Foreigners The Colombian House of Representatives now approved a law that prohibits performing cosmetic surgery on minors. Of the approximately 350,000 plastic surgeries, which are carried out in the South American country, about 30 percent are performed on minors. The parliamentarian Mauricio Lizcano, who presented the project, which still needs to be signed by President Juan Manuel Santos, said: “These operations, which have greatly

increased in recent years because of their low prices, also attract foreigners.” Meanwhile, breast and buttock enlargements and liposuctions, ultrasound hydrolysis and the application of Botox are performed already at 16-year-old girls. With the new law, physicians and clinical facilities will be punished, when they perform plastic surgery on minors. Likewise, advertising of surgeries with photos of minors is punishable.

The politician has recognized: “16year-old girls have not yet developed the personality of such a decision that will change their lives. The aim of the project is to tell them to wait and make such a decision when they really are adults.”

Rubén Aguirre

Patty Padilla

Profesor Jirafales is dead

Tribute to Celia Cruz

Susana Duijm First Latina Miss World died Shortly before the 45th anniversary of the first broadcast of the popular Mexican comedy series “El Chavo del 8”, one of its performers, Profesor Jirafales, died. Rubén Aguirre interpreted the gallant teacher who was madly in love with Doña Florinda, the mother of his pupil Quico. The 82-year-old actor was suffering from diabetes and his wife Consuelo already said in early June in a television program that Rubén Aguirre's health was in an alarming state. The 1.90 meter tall Aguirre said, before Profesor Jirafales he was just a “mediocre actor”, but this role made him one of the best known actors of the region. After the series “El Chavo del 8” went off air after twelve years, Rubén Aguirre founded a circus in 1992, with which he toured the country. In 2007, Rubén Aguirre and his wife were seriously injured a car accident. The physicians and hospital stays devoured all their savings. The financial situation of the family deteriorated so badly that Aguirre once even had to leave the hospital because the bills could not be paid any more. In one of his last statements, Aguirre said: “My strength is at an end.”

The Venezuelan Susana Duijm was the first Latin American woman who was elected Miss World in 1955. Susana Duijm was the first candidate who did not belong to the money nobility of Venezuela who participated in the contests before. She was “the first queen of the people” who looked like most Venezuelan women: brown eyes, long black curls. For many, she was like the reincarnation of the Indian goddess María Lionza. With the help of her family and friends she was able to collect the money needed to travel to London, where she won against 19 other beauties on the 20 th of October 1955. On June 18, 2016, she died of a stroke at the age of 79 years.

Brenda Castillo World Class Player The Dominican volleyball player Brenda Castillo was chosen the world's best libero by the readers of the Italian Volleyball Magazine “World of Volley”. The 24-year-old is one of the best volleyball players in the world and already was awarded as the best Libero of the tournament at the Olympic Games in London in 2012. Currently, Brenda Castillo plays with the Azerbaijani volleyball club Lokomotiv Baku.

13 years ago, the Cuban singer Celia Cruz died in exile in America. She was one of the most prominent interpreters of Cuban music of the 20th century, known as “Reina de la Salsa” or “La Guarachera”. The television station Telemundo showed a series about the legendary singer under the title “Celia” last year. The role of Celia Cruz was played by the Puertorican actress Jeimy Osorio, who represented Celia in the early years, and of the Cuban actress Aymée Nuviola, who personalized the older Celia. The voice of the songs in the series came from the Colombian singer Patty Padilla, whose voice is confusingly similar to Celia Cruz. In 2012 Patty Padilla started to copy Celia Cruz in a Colombian reality show. From then on she was put in the Celia Cruz case, which however did not bother her in the least, since the deceased Cuban is her biggest idol. “It is an honor for me, because the whole world knew Celia Cruz,” says Padilla. In 2014 the album “Tributo a la Guarachera” was published where Patty Padilla sings twelve songs of Celia Cruz, plus one of the Colombian Salsa band Grupo Galé, with which she has since toured, such as in June at the 2nd Salsa Festival in Puerto Rico.

What is this Guy singing? “Se cambiaron los papeles” by Kiko Rodríguez A somewhat dated Bachata of Kiko Rodríguez, but it is still played frequently in the radio stations all over the country. Ahora que yo no te quiero dices que por mi te mueres. Ahora que yo no te quiero dices que por mi te mueres. Sé que con el tiempo se cambiaban los papeles. Sé que con el tiempo se cambiaban los papeles. Yo quiero que tu comprendas como aquel engaño duele. Yo quiero que tu comprendas como aquel engaño duele. Así mismo sufrí yo cuando estaba entre tus redes. Hoydía, gracias a Dios, se cambiaron los papeles. Hoy vienes con el cinismo a decirme que me quieres. Hoy vienes con el cinismo a decirme que me quieres. Como si yo no supiera la persona que tu eres. Como si yo no supiera la persona que tu eres. Y si tu quieres jugar, debes comprarte un juguete. Y si tu quieres jugar, debes comprarte un juguete. Déjame vivir en paz por donde llegas de verte. Déjame vivir en paz por donde llegas de verte. Oye Arsen Miguel. Mira que swing tiene esa mami. Y en calipso. Ay hombre. Suena fino requinto loco otra vez. Kiko Rodríguez. Por lo hipócrita que eres mi perdón tu no mereces. Por lo hipócrita que eres mi perdón tu no mereces. Por eso yo a ti te destituyo aunque en el alma me pese. Por eso yo a ti te destituyo aunque en el alma me pese. Yo quiero que tu comprendas como aquel engaño duele. Yo quiero que tu comprendas como aquel engaño duele. Así mismo sufrí yo cuando estaba entre tus redes. Hoydía, gracias a Dios, se cambiaron los papeles.

Now that I don't love you, you say that you die for me. Now that I don't love you, you say that you die for me. I know that with the time the roles have reversed. I know that with the time the roles have reversed. I want you to understand, how that deception hurts. I want you to understand, how that deception hurts. Just as I have suffered, when I was in your webs. Today, thanks God, the roles have reversed. Today you come with the cynicism, to say that you love me. Today you come with the cynicism, to say that you love me. As if I did not know, the kind of person you are. As if I did not know, the kind of person you are. And if you want to play, you have to buy you a toy. And if you want to play, you have to buy you a toy. Let me live in peace and where you go, not see you. Let me live in peace and where you go, not see you. Listen Arsen Miguel. Look what swing has this Mami. And in flip-flops. Oh, dude. The crazy little guitar sounds fine again. Kiko Rodríguez. Because you're so hypocritical, you do not deserve my pardon. Because you're so hypocritical, you do not deserve my pardon. Therefore, I replace you, even if it weighs in the soul. Therefore, I replace you, even if it weighs in the soul. I want you to understand, how that deception hurts. I want you to understand, how that deception hurts. Just as I have suffered, when I was in your webs. Today, thanks God, the roles have reversed.

Kiko Rodríguez was born in Tamboril, Santiago. From an early age, he was attracted to music and has performed for the first time publicly at the age of twelve years. Later he sang six years in the church choir, which made him mature musically. With his family, Kiko Rodríguez was planning his own Bachata group, Los Modernos del Amargue, that was successful soon for its peculiar style. A record company gave him a contract, and already on his first album there was one of his biggest hits: “El verde de tus ojos”. The presented song is from his fourth album in 1997. Overall, Kiko Rodríguez recorded around ten albums. The last appeared in 2014, with some new songs and old hits. Yet his songs, with the typical hard guitar picking, are popular to each Dominican and are often played on the radio. Kiko Rodríguez did not get any important prices. In 2012 he was nominated a Casandra for his song “Perdóname”, but in the end the prize went to Zacarías Ferreira.



Hard Facts

Little David was a complete nut in mathematics. After all attempts of improvement, someone advised his mother to try a Catholic school. „The nuns there are strict!“, they said. So David went to the Catholic school. On the first day, David went straight to his room without even giving the usual kiss to his mother. He started to learn like crazy; books and papers were scattered all over the room. Immediately after eating, David went back to his room, without showing any interest in the television program, and buried himself again in the books. Then there were given marks for the first time. David put the envelope on the table without saying a word. His mother opened the envelope. Mathematics an A! She hugged him and asked, „David, darling, how did you do this? Was it the nuns?“ „No, mom“ David answered. „But when I saw the guy nailed to the plus sign on the first day, I knew that in this place they won't take a joke!“

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.

Hardy has dragged off a super hot chick from the disco. After having three good lays, both lie exhausted on the bed. The lady, absent-minmded, is stroking the best part of Hardy, who proudly says: “Well, it seems that this was the best fuck for you since a long time.” She answers with a husky voice, “Oh no, It's not that. I only miss mine a little after the surgery a year ago.”

Sudoku No. 349 (easy)

 The budget money of the young couple always is tight and never is enough until the end of the month. So they deliberate on how to solve this problem, and he suggests, „The only way to get more money, you have to go hooking.“ At first she is disgusted and makes him a scene, but finally she agrees. At the end of the month she puts her income on the table: 252 dollars and 50 cents. He gets angry: „Who is the idiot that paid only 2,50 dollars?“ She, perplexed: „Each of them!“

Sudoku No. 350

Grandfather needs to be operated on a hernia. At the hospital, he is lying on the operating table and a young, pretty nurse has the task to shave him down there. She holds up his genital so that she can work better. After a while, grandfather says to the nurse, „You can let go, honey. He now holds on his own.“

 A father is sitting at dinner with his three adult daughters and his son. Suddenly the eldest daughter turns to him and admits, „Dad, I'm a lesbian.“ The father swallows, but then says, „It's okay, sweetheart.“ Then the second daughter turns to him and says, „Dad, I'm a lesbian too.“ The father swallows again and says, „It's okay, sweetheart.“ Now the youngest daughter says, „Dad, I'm also a lesbian.“ That is the moment when the father's face turns to a deep red and he starts to yell, „God dammit! Is there no one who likes to stay with a man?“ Whereupon the son says, „Me!“

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Solar inverter Sma Sunny Boy 8 and 10 kW! Prices: 116.000 – 149.000 RD$. Cell: 849.626-5809 Paneles Solares Suntech STP/300 watt, brand new, with certifications and 25 years of warranty, polycrystalline! Price: 11.800 RD$. Cell: 849.626-5809 New Batteries,100% from USA,original,Trojan Roja T-105 re (205, 225, 250 amp). Special Offer Price: 5.300 RD$. Cell: 849.6265809 Punching sand bag, professional series Forties, Imported from USA, new, filled! Price: 4.650 RD$. Cell: 849.626-5809 Cigars, candy, perfume, tattoo guns, imported from America. Wholesale only. Cheap prices. Phone 809-8035653 Wooden bed for child with mesh and new mattress, size 100/190 cm, 4,000 pesos. Cel.Nathalie 809-3271997 Highchair for children in solid wood. Info: 829-925-1804

Looking for cribbage players. Please contact me. Joe 829-754-3948 or via email at

All kind of translation SpanishGerman-English-French. All official documents sealed and with legal certification. Rialto Group, Puerto Plata, Avenida Luis Ginebra 115, entrance beside Blackberry King, upstairs, Tel. 809-708-7618, eMail:

Land Rover Discovery 3, 2006, color black. Perfect condition. Price 18,000 US$. Cabarete. 849-861-5070 Lexus GX, 2004, color grey, cream leather. Perfect condition. LCD display, CD-changer, climate-control. Exterior with metal and plastic decorations, LED lamp. Well serviced in foreign garage, no problems with nothing. Reason of selling - changed for a new one. Price US$ 13,000, Cabarete, 809-875-7701 For rent: Chrysler PT Cruiser, automatic, power windows, AC, 4door. Price US$ 110 per· week, US$ 18 per day. Tel. 809-727-9850 or 809-261-6001

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

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