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Edition No. 47 / June 29, 2011


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Congratulations, Sosúa!

Expatriate Dominicans sent more money back to the Dominican Republic during the first quarter of 2011 compared to the same period last year. Remittance figures show a 5 percent increase for the first three months of the year, compared to the first three months in 2010. From 2008 to 2010, remittances had been sliding down. For example, in 2008 Dominicans sent back 3.22 billion US-Dollars, in 2009 3.04 billion and in 2010 only 2.99 billion US-Dollars. But the bank is optimistic, the trend could be reversed this year.

Open letter to the gravediggers of tourism (Read page 5).

Growth According to the latest forecasts of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean will grow strong again this and next year. The strongest growth is expected in Haiti, whose economy will grow by 8.6 this year and 8.8 percent in 2011 as a result of the reconstruction works after the earthquake. Peru will have the highest growth in South America with 6.6 percent. In Central America and the Caribbean, Panama is the best with 7.4 this year and 7.2 percent in the coming year, second is the Dominican Republic with 5.5 percent twice. Central American and Caribbean growth is restrained because of the close links with the slowgrowing economy of the USA.

That's inside today: News

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Llo pencé k aser cescrive aser

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Carta abierta / Open Letter

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The Incorrigibles

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Obama in San Juan

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Narcos – the new Idols

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New Wind in the Andes

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Quo vadis, Sosúa?

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Horoscope for July

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Fun and Sudoku

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Stars and Starlets

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What are these Guys singing?

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La Sabia: The Page of Health

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President in Europe and Middle East “World on the Way to the Abyss” / Critizised Financial Markets / General Strike on July 11

During his trip to the Middle East and Spain the Dominican President Leonel Fernández asked the United Nations (UN), to initiate an agreement to regulate the financial markets. In a highly critical speech at the University Ramón Llull in Barcelona, Fernandez supported the movement of the M-15 "Indignados" (Indignant), which demonstrate against unemployment, lack of opportunities for the youth and the economic desaster in Spain since the 15 of March. Fernández said the global financial markets have no rules and therefore he demanded a „return to legality“. „Either we return to reason and put things in order, or we bring down the capitalist system and are all torn into a catastrophe and barbarism,“ said Leo(Sources: Listín Diario, Hoy, Diario Libre, DR1)

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nel Fernández. „The world can not continue like this, we are going toward the abyss.“ In the parliament of Barcelona, the Dominican president said: „The protests are not against the parliamentarians in Barcelona, this is a protest against the bankers of Wall Street, and if we do so, we will live in a better world.“ Today it is no longer the governments that rule countries, but they are governed by the markets, said Leonel Fernández. Referring to the financial crisis of Greece, Fernández said, this was a „putsch of the market“, no coup d'etat - a term that he took from the Argentine financial crisis of the late eighties. The countries of the world would have to pay for the mistakes of internationalized financial policy. Second stop of the president's trip was the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, where he met with King Abdullah II. and other representatives of this strategically important little country in Middle East. Leonel Fernández stressed that the Dominican Republic will attend the Latin American efforts to negotiate peace between Israel and the Palestinians. With Jordanian King Abdullah II. President Fernández signed several agreements on cooperation. Jordan hopes that with the help of the Dominican Republic in food supply, the current alimentary crisis of the country can be mastered. At a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas President Fernandez assured, that the Dominican government will support the right of the Palestinian people to their own state, in peaceful coexistence with Israel. Fernández also recalled that the Dominican Republic recognized Palestine at the conference of the block-free countries in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in July 2009.

Leonel Fernández and Mahmoud Abbas. The last stop of the ten-day trip was Israel, where Fernandez stressed the traditionally good relations between the two countries since 1948. Back home, things are not that pleasant for the president. To protest against the new tax laws to satisfy the IWF, the Popular Organizations Board of Neighborhood and Community (Juntapo) called for a general strike on July 11. Juntapo complained that the president has gone on vacation to the Middle East and has allowed this tax package without showing his face.

“Llo pencé k acer cescrive aser” 88,6 Percent of Teachers don't know to write correctly / “Voces Amarillas” in Santiago

“Yo no soy médico, ni abogado, ni tampoco ingeniero, pero tengo un swing, que muchos quisieran tener”, is the text of an old Salsa. “Yo casi no sé escribir, yo casi no sé ni leer, pero tengo un swing, que muchos quisieran tener. ... Con este swing que yo tengo consigo lo que quiero.” “I'm no doctor, nor lawyer, nor engineer, but I got a swing, that many would like to have. I hardly can write, I hardly can read, but I got a swing, that many would like to have … With this swing that I got, I get what I want.” Although this song was recorded in the year 1965 and the band is Puerto Rican, the statement has unfortunately not changed over the years. That the claims of Educación Digna (decent education) for the statutory requirement of four percent of gross domestic product (GDP) for education are anything else but unjustified, shows a recent report in the daily newspaper “Listín Diario”, where they published a study of the National Institute for Early Education (INEDI). One of the startling results was that 88.6 percent of primary school teachers do not know how to apply nor write correctly such common and simple verbs like “haber” (to

have, to be) and “hacer” (to do), which most of them wrote without the H. There were tested over a hundred teachers of the grades one to five of public and private schools. 67 percent of the teachers confused letters such as Y and LL, S and Z, Q and G, even L and R, this is an absolute absurdity with a teacher. There were also serious problems with the pronunciation of words. 37 percent did not pronounce the final S of the plural, for example “lo niño” instead of “los niños”. 67 percent didn't say words like “íbamos”, “estábamos” (we went, we were) correctly: they said “íbano” and “estábano”. Even the expression “plurar” instead of “plural” was quite common. Rosa Ariza, director of INEDI, thinks that the situation is “difficult”. Except that the Spanish language was taught wrong, this kind of learning also influences the other subjects and the general understanding, regardless of content. Ariza, who is also director of the college Siglo XXI, said that every time when reading and writing deficits emerge in students, there have been noted weaknesses in other subjects, too. The study was carried out, because it was found that in primary school children the spelling errors are increasing. “We asked, therefore, if it is that the students pass on what teachers teach them,” said Ariza. “We understand that both, the educational institutions for teachers as well as we, the schoolmasters, have to enable the primary school teachers to dominate the Spanish language in reading, pronunciation and the correct spelling”, said Ariza.

As a result of this teaching deficit, there are schools and universities that graduate students who can not read or write. One must therefore also assume that they do not know the etymology of the words (meaning and origin). And this, of course, has an impact on the already weak Dominican education. María Teresa Cabrera, former President of the Dominican Association of Teachers (ADP), says that the study shows the tremendous challenges the politicians will have to master. “Voces Amarillas” (Yellow Voices, named after the color of the protesters of Educación Digna) organized a big party for the claim of the four percent of the GDP for education in Santiago on June 19. According to a statement of a spokesman of Educación Digna, there are needed 58,000 more teachers in the country, 10,000 classrooms should be built and another 12,000 be renovated. 632,000 children and adolescents are not even going to school.

Carta abierta a los “sepultureros del turismo” en Sosúa Hasta el comienzo de diciembre del año pasado, cuando Politur empezó su “trabajo” extraño, cazar y maltratar mujeres, me gustó visitar Sosúa dos o tres veces por semana para comer y disfrutar las noches coloridas de éste centro turístico. Pero ahora. ¿A qué voy a Sosúa? ¿A ver Politur? Parados en medio de las aceras de la calle Pedro Clisante. Con cara de aburrido, obligando a turistas y locales bajar a la pista para poder pasar. Así como si ellos fueran los reyes de Sosúa. Prefiero quedarme en Puerto Plata o ir a Cabarete. El 10 de junio uno de esos caballeros con su cara de aburrido quiso arrestar una compañera que invité a comer en Sosúa. Cuando le dije, que ella anda conmigo, me contestó agresivamente que no me meta con la ley. La chica aprovechó el momento de confusión y se escapó a un bar, el oficial voceando detrás de ella. “Maldito cuero, de allí tu no saldrás hoy.” Cuando le pedí su nombre para quejarme de él, lo negó y me llevó al cuartel a empujones. Por este incidente desagradable decidí escribir esta carta abierta, con todo el respeto a las autoridades policiales y turísticas y la administración de Sosúa. Hace 14 años visito esta hermosa isla caribeña con sus paisajes lindísimas y su gente hospitalaria y amable. Me encanta la música y me siento feliz viviendo aquí.

Cuando empecé con la publicación de LA PLAYA me di cuenta, que República Dominicana tiene una prensa muy libre que toca temas sensibles y critica sin miedo. Tiene unos periódicos muy buenos. No es como en muchos otros países latinoamericanos donde los periodistas corren el riesgo de ser hasta asesinados haciendo su labor. También por eso me siento libre y animado de publicar esta carta abierta. Hace años Sosúa tiene una cierta fama no muy halagadora en el mundo turístico. Por supuesto es legítimo tratar de cambiar eso. Lamentablemente con lo que está sucediendo hace medio año, el nombre de Sosúa se está dañando mas, y mucho peor, el nombre de la República Dominicana. ¿Por qué? Desde diciembre hablé con muchísimos turistas que fueron testigos de esas acciones de Politur. Ellos y muchos otros mas dijeron y contarán en sus países que no van a volver nunca mas a República Dominicana - no dicen a Sosúa. Hoy ya no es igual como hace un par de años. Como se ve en Siria o Egipto, lo que pasa ahora, en una hora el mundo entero lo sabe. En YouTube se ven videos horribles filmados por turistas en Sosúa. Algunos agentes de Politur no tienen ni respeto a periodistas que hasta los matan a golpes en pleno público, como sucedió el día 14 de este mes. ¡Qué propaganda mas fea para el

turismo dominicano en general! ¿De qué valen exposiciones buenísimas y premiadas en ferias de turismo internacionales? Un solo video en YouTube puede destruir todos los esfuerzos del Ministerio de Turismo y del gobierno dominicano. Mayor general Pedro Antonio Cáceres Chestaro, jefe de Politur, dice que la imagen de la República Dominicana tiene que mantenerse en alto. Estoy muy de acuerdo y aplaudo que se cierren los bares donde encuentran menores. Generalmente Politur hace un trabajo muy valioso e importante para el turismo. Pero como se comportan algunos de sus propios agentes en Sosúa últimamente, simplemente es una vergüenza para esta institución. Y no lo dicen solamente unos turistas, sino también dueños de negocios dominicanos en Sosúa que están sufriendo la ausencia de turistas. Otros “sepultureros del turismo” son algunos “tour operators” irresponsables que les advierten a los turistas en los hoteles todo incluído por motivos egoistas, que no salgan a las calles, que es muy peligroso en Sosúa (u otros sitios). También éstos turistas contarán en sus países: “Pero yo nunca mas voy a un país tan peligroso que ni se puede caminar en la calle.” Lo que simplemente es una sucia mentira. ¡El país sigue lindo y es bastante seguro para los turistas! Werner Rümmele, editor de LA PLAYA

Open Letter to the “Gravediggers of Tourism” in Sosúa Text above, slightly shortened: Until last December, before Politur started its hunt on women, I enjoyed coming to Sosúa twice or three times a week to dine and ejoy the colorful nightlife. But now? Should I come to see bored Politur, obstructing locals and tourists to walk on the sidewalks, forcing them to sidestep on the street, as if they were the kings of Sosúa? I prefer to stay in Puerto Plata or go to Cabarete. On June 10, one of these gentlemen pushed me rudely to the police station when he wanted to arrest a girl in my company and she escaped into a bar. He screamed: “Damned whore, today you won't get out there any more!” This incident is the main reason for this open letter. Since 14 years I visit this wonderful Caribbean island with its beautiful sceneries and hospitable people and I feel happy here.

When I started to edit LA PLAYA, I noticed that this country has a free press, that is open even to sensible themes. Unlike other Latin American countries, a journalist is in no danger to lose his life doing his job. Also therefore I feel free and animated to publsh this letter. Since many years, Sosúa doesn't have a very flattering name, and it's legitimate for the administration to try to amend it. But what is happening since half a year does not only damage the name of Sosúa but the name of the whole Dominican Republic. Why? Many tourists that testified the actions of Politur said, they would never come back to the Dominican Republic they don't say to Sosúa! What a horrible publicity are the videos in YouTube! Politur don't only beat up women, but even reporters are beaten publicly, as it happened on June 14. Only one of these videos on YouTube can

destroy all the good work of the Ministry of Tourism and the Dominican government what they did at international fairs. General Major Pedro Antonio Cáceres Chestaro, chief of Politur, says, it is important to uphold the image of the country. But in spite of the valuable work of Politur, there are some of its own officials in Sosúa that taint the reputation of this institution. This is not only what tourists say, but also Dominican businesses complain and suffer from the absence of tourists. Other “gravediggers of tourism” are some unscrupulous “tour operators”, telling the newly arrived guests in the hotels not to go outside, because it's too dangerous, only for their own benefit. Also these tourists will tell at home: “I'll never go back to this dangerous country where you cannot even walk in the streets.” This is just a dirty lie. This country is still very beautiful and rather riskless for tourists!

The Incorrigibles Trujillo Family doesn't want to apologize / “Not everybody has Goodness” / Tax Reform On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the liberation of the Dominican people from the reign of the tyrant Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina, whose life found a welldeserved end in a hail of bullets of his assassins on 30 May 1961, the Trujillo family, in exile in Miami , decided to speak. Ramfis Domínguez Trujillo (photo), son of Trujillo's daughter, Angelita, said in an interview that he does not think that the Trujillo family has any reason to apologize to the Dominicans for the actions of his grandfather, whose regime is considered as one of the most bloodthirsty of Latin American history by many people. “You must recognize that the situation of the country in 1930 justified a hard hand to make progress.” Between 1864 and 1924, when President Horacio Vásquez was elected, there was a great political instability that prevented the development of the country, said the dictator's grandson. Trujillo toppled Vásquez in 1930 and introduced plans for economic dynamism, while at the same time he exercised an almost complete monitoring of all Dominicans by his sepulchral secret service.

During the “era of Trujillo,” according to the family of Trujillo, this was the “Golden Era of the Dominican Republic”, about 50,000 people have been killed or disappered, including 17,000 Haitians, murdered on his command. Numerous opposition activists have been persecuted, imprisoned and had to leave the island to exile. The grandson of the “Jefe” (boss), as Trujillo was named, says, that in every government human rights are violated and peolpe are killed in public or secret operations. The actions of the dictator have to be seen in the historical context of the Caribbean country. Luisa de Peña, director of the newly opened Museum of Resistance in Santo Domingo (see last LA PLAYA), reacted strongly: “The Trujillo family should better return the stolen goods and read about Dominican history.” “Anybody doesn't have goodness. Every person who feels to have the genes of a monster like Trujillo and María Martínez, should change this family name. I would get rid of it. I would not say I am a Trujillo, I would chose a different name.” A family member that feels a seed of goodness should say: “I spring from them organically, but as a person I separate myself from them, because I am totally against the crimes, murders, robberies and rapes.” Raúl Pérez Peña (Foundation Testimony) said: “Trujillism is not a latent danger. It's used to distract from other problems.”

The Chamber of Deputies has changed two tax laws in the first reading. The government hopes to earn 9.6 billion pesos of additional tax reveues by this way to balance the fiscal deficit. Firstly, the income tax on legal entities (companies) will be increased from 25 to 29 percent for two years. The original plans of the Senate were only 27 percent. At the same time the plans to charge a tax of 0.15 percent on cash withdrawals from banks and other financial institutions were rejected. On Friday before the decision of the Chamber of Deputies, senators of the PLDdominated Senate had called for a higher taxing of casinos and betting shops, which was rejected, too. The Director's Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) wants to look first at the fifth and sixth examination of the stand-by agreement with the Dominican Republic, and then decide. To obtain the consent agreement, the International Monetary Fund expects an increase of tax revenues of 9.6 billion pesos in two years by the Dominican government. The IMF is waiting only for the decision of the Congress, that the so called “el paquetazo” is approved. The Dominican government says the actual financial problems of the country were caused mainly by the high fuel prices on the international markets.

Obama in San Juan Puertoricans deeply disappointed with his Visit / President collected Money for Elections

The importance of Puerto Rico in the agenda of the U.S. government can clearly be seen by the fact that Barack Obama is the first U.S. president since John F. Kennedy, 50 years ago, who visited the small, crisis-shaken Caribbean island. Representatives of the ruling party, which advocates for the recognition of Puerto Rico as a full U.S. State, showed their deep disappointment after Barack Obama's short visit. The U.S. president had raised none of the burning issues: rising crime, high unemployment, which is higher than in any U.S. state (16 percent in Puerto Rico, 9.6 percent on the mainland), and certainly not the most important issue for most of the Puerto Ricans: the status of the island. Melinda Romero, local Senator of the Democratic Party on the island, said: “The president put nothing on the table. His visit was merely to take dollars, as they take our youth to war.” Obama had brought no

offers for the solutions of the problems in Puerto Rico. Apparently the only interest of Obama was to take home one million dollars for his election campaign in the coming year. The current status doesn't even allow Puerto Ricans living in Puerto Rico to participate in the presidential elections, as Puerto Rico only is part of the territory of the United States - a sugarcoated word for colony - and no U.S. state. The Caribbean island doesn't even have an own president, but only a governor (currently Luis Fortuño, photo right), the ultimate governance of the island is retained by both, the U.S. Congress and the U.S. President. Puerto Rico is planning a referendum to vote on the status of the island, which is unresolved for 50 years. According to Fortuño, Obama's visit served at least that he knows better about the problems of the island now. Obama said he had supported a working committee in the White House in March, and he will support the process of selfdetermination of Puerto Rico in late 2012. In two plebiscites Puerto Ricans can vote whether they want to be another federal state of the U.S., to remain a U.S. Territory or to become an independent state. Several activists of the independence movement in Puerto Rico were arrested on the eve of Obama's visit, as they tried to hang posters and demanded the freedom of Oscar López Rivera, an independence activist, imprisoned since 30 years already.

Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (Spanish for “rich port”) comprises an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands. Originally populated by indigenous aboriginal peoples known as Taínos, the island was claimed by Christopher Columbus for Spain during his second voyage to the Americas. The relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States has its origins dating back to the SpanishAmerican War, in which Spain ceded the islands to the U.S. in 1898.

Narcos - the new Idols Mexican Schoolgirls dream of Affair / New Telenovelas in the Milieu of the Drug Mafia

Drug trafficking is attractive: Cool guys, kickass beautiful chicks, fast cars and fast bucks. A fast, adventurous life, full of gunfights, a life full of luxury without the irksome daily hassle of work. It might be brief, but surely is exciting. Who wants to learn and study something, only to survive with decent work just above the poverty level despite high qualifications, while scapegraces live a life of luxury? It is extremely alarming, when María Luisa Calderón, politician and sister of the Mexican president Felipe Calderón, says that in Michoacán, one of the Mexican states that suffers most from the drug mafia, 40 percent of the girl students of the secondary schools dream to have a relationship with a “narco”.

Corridos, popular music in Mexico, in earlier years told the exploits of Emiliano Zapata, Pancho Villa and other heroes of the Mexican Revolution, now they are narco-corridos, where the new heroes are drug traffickers. Even the popular Latin American telenovelas had a fundamental change in the past five years. They are no longer love stories with a girl waiting for her Prince Charming. Today's novelas play in the drug world: “El cartel de los sapos” (The Cartel of the Frogs), written by the Colombian ex-drug dealer Andrés López, or “El Capo” depict the life of Mafia bosses and how their influence increases in politics and society. Most of this new type of telenovelas are from Colombia. Germán Yance, a Colombian TV expert says: “People want to know about the world of evil and what's behind the drug trade.”

Muñecas de la Mafia (Dolls of the Mafia)

Venezuelan experts think that the novelas have lost their essence. “For me, these new series are no longer telenovelas, but series about the drug mafia,” says Ellú Peraza. Telenovelas typically tell stories of relationships, romance, lies and deceit.

Visit in the Andes Ollanta Humala meets Evo Morales / Dreams of a Peruvian-Bolivian Reunification

Before taking office as the new Peruvian president on 28 July, elect Ollanta Humala made a tour to nine South American countries to introduce himself. On 21 June, the solstice, which is also the New Year's Day of the year 5519 in the Aymara Indians' calendar, and this year a holiday in Bolivia for the second time, Ollanta Humala met with Bolivian President Evo Morales (photo above). The invitation of Morales to Humala to come to the pre-Incaic ruins of Tiwanaku (photo right) on the Altiplano, 70 kilometers west of La Paz and 20 kilometers south of Lake Titicaca, 3,885 meters above sea level, shows that both think in the same historical dimensions. There were celebrated the official celebrations of the Aymara New Year, the people, to who Evo Morales belongs.

“I dream of the reunification of Peru and Bolivia, I dream that once this boundary (1,131 kilometers) will be eliminated and we will be one nation, one country again,” said Ollanta Humala. The left wing ex-military recalled the joint history of both countries: the Tiwanacota culture that flourished 23 centuries and was one of the longest ever in South America, Tawantinsuyo, the Inca Empire, which ruled over large parts of South America before the Spanish colonization, the Bolivian-Peruvian Confederation (1836 to 1839) and the alliance between the two countries in the Pacific War (1879 to 1883) with Chile, which has been lost, and ended with the loss of the access to the Pacific Ocean for Bolivia and Peru lost its southernmost province Arica to Chile. Both losses are still issues that are serious obstacles in the relationship between the three countries. Ollanta Humala also highlighted the political processes of the left in several Latin American countries, where there are strong social movements. “Latin America has changed now thanks to the social movements that have begun. Today one can speak of a democratic revolution, with social inclusion, thanks to leaders who accompany the social movements during this historical process. “

Before starting his trip, Ollanta Humala stretched out his hands for peace in Peru. He said he will fight strictly against corruption and promised an economic growth with social inclusion, which means that the poor will participate, too. Talking about amnestying ill ex-president Alberto Fujimori, sentenced to 25 years in jail, Humala said: “Nobody has to die in jail, except the ones who got life imprisonment for child abuse.”

Quo vadis, Sosúa? Where are the Parents of these Minors? / No Work, no Money / Protests of laid off Staff During a four-hours raid at dead of night from Friday 17 to Saturday 18, Politur and military police checked the bars in Sosúa and surroundings. As a result the popular Merengue Bar and the Disco Clásico had been closed, allegedly because there were found minors and drugs.

As a result, near dead nightlife of Sosúa is even more dead now. Of course it is not acceptable that minors pass the night in company with foreigners that could even be their great-grandfathers. But that should also be a problem of the irresponible parents that don't control their brattish kids.

About 50 of the laid off staff of Merengue Bar and Disco Clásico held a protest march on Tuesday 21, walking until the townhall, claiming that they want to go back to their work, chanting: “Queremos nuestro trabajo, Sosúa va pa' bajo” (We want our work, Sosúa is perishing).

Anyhow, for an impartial observer it is hard to understand, what are the plans of Sosúa. Of course it is fantastic to dream of wealthy tourists. But after chasing away the few remaining tourists instead of pampering them (see also the open letter on page 5), it will be very hard to attract anybody in the coming years. What kind of tourist place is this, anyway, where they close the beach in the evening? It's probably the only place in the world, where they do this. Look at Cabarete where the guests can enjoy a dreamlike beach at night. And now they are closing the few remaining bars. Where should a tourist go out at night, then ???

Your Horoscope for July 2011 Easy Month for Libra / Aries in Stress / Virgo on old Issues / Challenges for Aquarius

Work life will be filled with challenges, ego clashes and power plays from behind the scenes all thanks to the solar eclipse during the New Moon in your 6th house Cancer. Relationships will bring you peace and joy. Singles will find their dating relationship going to the next level but avoid commitments. By the end of the month your career will be satisfying. But remember: weeds can kill what you are trying to grow.

Pisces are advised to take caution in money matters this month with the July 1 New moon. Mars in Gemini creates energy, a perfect time for do-it-yourself projects. With the Full Moon in Capricorn the week of July 15th fun, friendship and social events are the focus. Also, this is a time when the lunar energy may interrupt a relationship causing difficulties. With Mercury in Leo, job success is on the agenda.

Aries experience stress and strain with both personal and family relationships with the July 1st New Moon in Cancer. If you want harmony, be ready to talk out problems. The ending of the month brings a New Moon in Leo, making the scene ideal for play as your social life, family outing and romance will all be enhanced. For single Aries, this is a time a new relationship may spark. But a little work has to be done on it.

Relationship challenges will occur this month whether in romance, with siblings, friends, or co-workers. July is a great month to plan a vacation - whether a weekend getaway for a few days. This is the month for long talks with loved ones. You will have the drive to increase earnings this month. Worrying about everything from your job, your debt to your future will not cause anything to improve.

You will have extra charm and attraction around you this month. But you will also need to decide on a friendship or romantic relationship that you have been trying to maintain against your will. Take extra care of your finances. Great time to get better acquainted with your neighbors, distant relatives and community people. Possible raise for you or your mate but budgeting and financial planning may need attention.

This month you are in charge, only don’t let your frustrations and stress affect your close relationships. Your close aides will be more responsive and supportive to your causes so don’t shy to ask when you need favors. Romantic partnerships and business ventures may be more influential as you will be sensitive to each other. Career-wise there is a pay-raise on the cards. You can add to your already increasing bank account

High level of caution is advised while on the road, communicating in meetings and talks. You may be pushed to take a decision you don’t want to take. Career-wise you will have potential for advancement and recognition. Step up if opportunity arises. You will excel at building consensus and bringing bright practical ideas to light. Vital and powerful, you are in optimal health. Eat right, exercise and get the rest you need.

Old issues will crop up again and need tougher decisions this time. On the home front, it is time for recreation and romance. Take the weekend trip and strengthen family bonds that were strained earlier. Those looking for new relationships can seek help from friends and those in relations that are not working will move on. Career-wise the time will be hectic and need good planning and organization.

An easy month overall. Keep cool and use your talent to manage the disruptive changes at your workplace. Family time will be fun, entertain friends or have casual gettogethers. You will be a popular guest at social events - the right time to widen your friendship circle. Career-wise your power to attract attention boosts your position amongst the favored but beware, competition can be stiff.

This is a month to not only keep channels open but to socialize, including co-workers. Socializing will be high this month, especially with family and friends. Passion has never been a problem for you. It’s clear to you what you want and typically, it’s easy for you to get it. Be certain on details however, as there may be glitches. The career front will be steady this month - keep an even path.

It is time to take a vacation even if only for a day. Those attending reunions can expect to meet a lucky romantic connection. Relationships need extra time and energy to thrive and you may gain good information and knowledge through social circles. No heavy inflows exactly but with careful management of money you will stand to gain. Think twice before spending. As you face down the troubles, be ready to learn and grow.

Some relationships may be challenging, but after the New Moon things will be uplifting. Career too may pose difficulties which will directly or indirectly affect personal relationships. Try to let go of your frustrations and keep your cool. There will be monetary gains for you or your partner, but wait before making major purchases. Conduct important business and financial meetings around 8th, 9th and 11th.




A man is out shopping and discovers a new brand of Olympic condoms. Clearly impressed, he buys a pack. Upon getting home he announces to his wife the purchase he just made. “Olympic condoms?”, she blurts, “What makes them so special?” “There is three colours”, he replies, “Gold, Silver and Bronze.” “What colour are you going to wear tonight?”, she asks cheekily. “Gold of course”, says the man proudly. The wife responds scornfully, “Why don't you wear Silver, it would be nice if you came second for a change”.

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 18.

Once upon a time in a land far away, a beautiful, independent, self-assured princess happened upon a frog as she sat contemplating ecological issues on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant meadow near her castle. The frog hopped into the princess' lap and said: “Elegant Lady, I was once a handsome prince, until an evil witch cast a spell upon me. One kiss from you, however, and I will turn back into the dapper young prince that I am, and then, my sweet, we can marry and set up housekeeping in your castle with my mother, where you can prepare my meals, clean my clothes, bear my children, and feel forever grateful doing so.” That night, as the princess dined sumptuously on a repast of lightly sauteed frogs legs seasoned in a wine and onion cream sauce she chuckled to herself and thought: “I don't fucking think so.”

 A large, powerfully-built guy named Raymond meets a woman named Polly at a bar. After a number of drinks, they agree to go back to his place. As they are making out in the bedroom, Raymond stands up and starts to undress. After he takes his shirt off, Raymond flexes his muscular arms and says, „See that, baby? That's 1000 pounds of dynamite!“ Polly begins to sweat. Raymond then drops his pants, strikes a bodybuilder's pose, and says, referring to his bulging thighs, „See those, baby? That's 1000 pounds of dynamite!“ Polly is just aching for action at this point. Finally, Raymond drops his underpants, and after a quick glance, Polly grabs her purse and runs screaming to the front door. Raymond catches her before she is able to leave and asks, „Why are you in such a hurry to go?“ Polly then replies, „With 2000 pounds of dynamite and such a short fuse, I was afraid you were about to blow!“


Sudoku No. 91

Sudoku No. 92

On his way to work a frog jumps towards a programmer, saying: “I am an enchanted princess, please kiss me.” The guy takes the frog and puts it in his jacket pocket. During the lunch break the frog starts to quack again: “Please, please, kiss me, I'm an enchanted princess.” No response. The same story again at the tea break in the afternoon: “Please, please, kiss me.” When the programmer is visiting a pub after work, a friend asks him, why he doesn't fulfill the wish of the poor begging frog. The programmer answers: “Look, I don't have enough time for a girlfriend. But a talking frog, I think that's cool.”

Johnny Pacheco

Vico C

Honorary Doctor of Salsa

I sing, whatever I want

Omega The Secret of the three Bags Johnny Pacheco, who emigrated with his parents from Santiago de los Caballeros to New York at the age of eleven, was honored again at the Lehman College with the honorary doctorate in music for his valuable contribution to the development of Latin American music. This is his second honorary doctorate: the first one he got from the Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago (UTESA). “I'm proud to be Dominican,” said Johnny Pacheco at the prize ceremony, and he wanted to share the price with other salsa greats like Celia Cruz, Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe, with who he had worked as a percussionist or flutist. Pacheco had a great influence on the development of Latin jazz and Salsa. He is co-founder of the Estrellas de Fania and composed some 150 songs, nine times he was nominated for a Grammy, he received the President's Honorary Medal by former Dominican President Balaguer, the honorary prize of Casandra and is a member of the Hall of Fame of the American NARAS, which distributes the Grammys.

Antonio Peter de la Rosa aka Omega arrived in Santo Domingo coming from New York on June 7, immediately causing a public scandal. After his arrival a military and two other men picked up Omega in a Toyota Tahoe. Three bags were allegedly brought to the “Salón de los Embajadores” (Ambassadors' Salon) without control. The car entered an area where nobody has access. As a result of this incident, ten military were arrested. The head of the Special Group for Airport Security (CESA) was detained for 20 days as a disciplinary measure. But was probably in the suitcases? Black money? A reader's letter said sarcastically: “What will bring a Dominican from abroad? Rice and beans!” But on 16 June, the Director of CESA said: “Lot of foam, little chocolate.” The bags had been checked correctly, he assured.

On 17 June, Vico C performed for the first time in ten years in the Dominican Republic. The nearly 40-year-old Luis Armando Lozada Cruz aka Vico C is one of the founders of the Spanish-language Rap Music that evolutionized to Reggaeton later. He was born in New York, but already as a child he returned to the home of his parents to Puerto Rico. In an interview before his concert, Vico C assured that he would remain faithful to his convictions and sing about whatever he considers important. The “Philosopher of Rap”, as he is called, says he would prefer to be named a soldier, because he has to fight. “I have the same fights as everyone else. That is the fight against yourself, because you are the one who allows the negatives that come from the outside to shape your life, but it is you, who makes the final decision.” After an accident, Vico C became addict to morphine and other drugs. “The important thing is that I get up and go forward.”

What are these Guys singing? Salsa Classic: “Lana” by Conjunto Clásico and Johnny Rivera “Lana” (wool – in the sense of money) is a Salsa of the “good old times”, when the singers wanted to propagate moral messages, recorded in the year 1989. Conjunto Clásico is a Salsa band, that published a couple of hits with different castings and very popular artists. The singer of this superb piece of music is the US-Puertorican Salsa star Johnny Rivera. El que tiene lana en el bolsillo y habla es mas fácil de escuchar. Si le da la gana de botar su lana, qué importa, si tiene demás. Si pensara en todo lo que tiene y ofreciera al que no tiene ná, nada me importara si el que tiene lana no hace mas que gastar y gastar. Dinero ha sido el motivo de mi canción, concedo. Miren, señores, como el dinero daña a la persona, como la cambia del parecer. Yo conozco dos o tres, no los voy a mencionar, pero que son más duros que el acero (¡maceta!). Y la capacidad de engañar a los demás. ¿Y para qué? Total por el dinero. Sepan que todo ya se acabará y nada dura para siempre, que lo que sube tiene que bajar, que mañana será diferente. Que lo que sube tiene que bajar, que mañana será diferente. Diferente, diferente … Yo conozco dos o tres, no los voy a mencionar (diferente), esa es su forma de ser, esa es su forma de actuar (diferente). Sé en las cosas, ni que en el mundo predicando la moral, total el dinero para ellos es primordial (diferente). Y dijo ser buena gente (diferente), tu tienes mala, tu tienes mala la mente. (Diferente) Es mejor dar que recibir, y así te sentirás feliz. Mi gente, escuchen bien mi consejo, sinceramente, por eso te digo a la buena, que te lo grabes en tu mente: Escucha, haz bien a la humanidad y la felicidad tu encontrarás. Diferente, diferente … No sigas ese camino, no me gusta el mal ambiente. Y con ésta me despido, es un consejo de un buen amigo.

The one who has money in the pocket and speaks is easier to be heard. If he likes to throw away his money, who cares, if he has enough. If he would think of all that he has and offered it to the one who has nothing, I wouldn't care if the one who has money is doing nothing else but spend and spend. Money was the reason of my song, I agree. Look, gentlemen, how money damages the person, how it changes his appearance. I know two or three, I will not mention them, but they are harder than steel (hammer!). And the capacity to cheat the others. And what for? Only for the money. Know that everything will end, and nothing will last forever, that what goes up, must come down, that tomorrow will be different. That what goes up, must come down, that tomorrow will be different. Different, different … I know two or three, I will not mention them (different), it's the way they are, it's the way they act (different). I know in the things, not even in the world preaching moral, the money for them is primary (different). And he said to be a good guy (different), you have a bad, you have a bad mind. (Different) It's better to give than to take, and so you will feel happy. My people, listen good to my advice, sincerely, that's why I tell you for good, that you engrave it into your mind: Listen, do good to humanity and you will find happiness. Different, different … Don't follow this path, I don't like the bad ambience. And with this one I say good-bye, it's an advice of a good friend.

Johnny Rivera was born at a 4th of January in the Bronx, New York. After his graduation he moved to Puerto Rico, where he was introduced to Salsa by his famous uncle, Adalberto Santiago, who sang with all the big stars of the Latino music. In 1980, Johnny Rivera joined the Grupo Fascinación, with who he recorded three albums. When singer Tito Nieves left famous Conjunto Clásico, Johnny Rivera replaced him and recorded two albums with them, including “Más clásico que nunca” (More Classic Than Ever) in the year 1989, where is found this song “Lana”. In 1991 Johnny Rivera launched his solo career with his album “Ahora de verdad”, which he recorded between New York and Puerto Rico. His first three albums became hits almost immediately. In 1995 he made a tour through four cities in Colombia where he performed in front of more than 300,000 fans. In 2006 he retired from show business when his wife was dignosed with breast cancer. After her recovery, he released his last album to date, “Vivo por tí” (I Live For You), in 2007. Conjunto Clásico released its first album in 1979, the last in 2004.


The Page of Health

30 Years AIDS Warning of new Epidemic / Discrimination in Latin America Luc Montagnier, the discoverer of the AIDS virus (photo), warns that there could be a new AIDS epidemic in Western countries because they no longer see people dying of AIDS. “If there is no immediate danger, because it became chronic, people think no longer about it,” says Montagnier. “The new generations forgot about the deadly danger of AIDS, because they think there is a treatment to cure the disease.” He added: “There are very bad changes in behavior, because the youth look for sexual experiences and don't get infected with AIDS, but they can be infected with other sexually transmittable diseases like syphilis, for example.” In some countries of Latin America, people infected with AIDS are still treated like lepers. Therefore some countries of the subcontinent launched an action to help end the discrimination of HIV-infected people

before the United Nations (UN) and claim better access to anti-retroviral agents to fight AIDS more effectively. Federico Alberto Cuello, the Dominican Ambassador to the UN, highlighted the commitment of his country's cooperation with Haiti. The plans are to design a “binational” policy to help the neighboring country whose health system was severely damaged by the earthquake. Health conditions do not recognize social and cultural barriers, no boundaries and no administrative subdivisions. Luis Estruch Encaño, Cuban Deputy Health Minister, warned that the progress made so far is “promising, but insufficient. The stigmatization, discrimination and the dissimilarity of the sexes hinder the efforts to universal access to prevention, treatment and care.” Montagnier reminds: “AIDS is still not curable. The only protection still is the use of condoms. Therefore we can not be satisfied with the current situation.”

Only 43 Percent of Health Centers are ready to work The Dominican Republic has about 8.735 clinics and hospitals, of which 59 percent correspond to the first level of care and only 43 percent of the centers are enabled or ready to operate legally. This figure corresponds to the General Direction of Habilitation of the Health Ministry, which organizes a massive plan for well-functioning health centers, according to the ordinance laws 42-01 and 87-01 of Health and Social Security, respectively. Currently, the Ministry of Health has authorized 828 health centers, and it is proposing dozens of sites to put in condition the coming months. In this regard, the General Manager of the National Social Security Fund (CNSS) supported the announcement by the Ministry of Public Health to start a massive plan for health facilities enabling the first level throughout the national territory, so that primary care will be the gateway to the Dominican Social Security System (SDSS). CNSS general manager, Rafael Pérez Modesto, specified that the primary care is an issue on which the Council has put great attention, since the implementation of this strategy will be to solve a problem in the health system, because the implementation of it provides access to the services. “The pocket expense of families will be reduced and it allows a continuous comprehensive care at the time, and it also lowers the cost of care in the Dominican Social Security System,” said Pérez Modesto. The decision to enable massively primary care centers is made known at a time when private clinics announced and began implementing an increase of 14 percent to their services. Like in any other country, a health center should not work without being enabled.

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