Edition No. 50
/ August 10, 2011
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For the 13.7 millon tourists that came to relax to Central America and the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic was the destination number one with 33 percent in 2010. Costa Rica, the second, came to nearly half of it, 15 percent. However, the Dominican Republic had one of the lowest growth rates in the region with only 3.9 percent. Additionally, in June there came 0.47 percent less tourists than the year before - the first time since 2007. 37.1 percent of the visitors came from Canada, Europe fell back to 28.9, US-Americans made 22.4 percent.
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Unemployed Currently, the number of unemployed is rising an additional 8,000 people every month. Despite the creation of 125,000 new jobs over the past three years, of which 69,512 are officially registered employments, since April 2008 to April 2011, the number of unemployed has increased from 596,451 to 665,806. This means, the unemployment rate rose from 14 to 16.6 percent. Overall in the Dominican Republic, around 4.6 million people are having a job, 3.9 million workers were officially reported by their employers. These numbers were published by Henri Herbard Consultants, who realized a study for the association of industrial enterprises in Herrera, the industrial zone of Santo Domingo.
That's inside today: News
Cesfront against Child Traffic
Analysis of Drug Use
Growing Impatience in Haiti
Fun and Sudoku
Stars and Starlets
What is this Guy singing?
La Sabia: The Page of Health
Eleven Presidential Candidates Hipólito Mejía with clear lead to Danilo Medina / Harsh Attacks / Political Alliances
The presidential elections on 20 of May next year are coming closer, and political parties and politicians start to mobilize. In a speech on 24 of July, President Leonel Fernández reassured his full support to Danilo Medina, the candidate of his party, the PLD, and critizised PRD rival candidate Hipólito Mejía sharply. All the current problems of the country are due to the mismanagement during Hipólito's term, said President Fernández. Of course this was rejected immediately by the opposition party PRD. Hipólito called the president a notorious liar, and said, the national debt rose by four times since Leonel Fernández took office in 2004. Also unemployment have reached historic hights with almost 20 percent. Sources: Listín Diario, Hoy, Diario Libre, DR1
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Arturo Martínez Moya of the Economic Commission of the PRD accused the President to have driven the domestic and foreign debt to astronomical heights, without obtaining any improvement in health, education, in housing, in access to clean water and in reducing poverty. No other Dominican government has ever collected so many taxes. Tax revenues rose from 79.6 billion pesos in 2004 to 289.4 billion pesos in 2010. Martínez Moya said, the country that President Fernández describes, exists only in his head and has nothing in common with reality. According to Martínez Moya, international calculations show, that the number of poor has risen a 550,000 people since 2004, with an average economic growth of 5.5 percent annually. Minister of Economy, Temístocles Montás, countered and called to remember that under the government of Hipólito Mejía (2000 to 2004) the number of poor increased by 1.6 million to nearly 30 percent of the population.
PRD candidate Hipolito Mejia (above, right, with Luis Abinader, candidate for Vice President) said in Santiago that he would lead with 58 against 24 percent before Danilo Medina in this province. Meanwhile, a total of eleven parties announced their candidates for election on 20 of May. The ruling party wants to continue governing with the parties of the Progressive Bloc, which are currently included in the government. The PRD has three allies, while the PRSC tries to find partners for a „third bloc“.
Cesfront against Child Traffic Reactions on new WikiLeaks Publications / Spaniard held against his Will by his “Bride” WikiLeaks, and no end. Recently there was another publication of cables sent by the U.S. Embassy with an analysis in which high-ranking military officers and judicial officials are suspected to have connections to the drug mafia. Reinaldo Pared Pérez, Senate President (photo above), responded sharply. He also was accused of having had contacts with the drug mafia. Pared Pérez said that this groundless suspicion had arisen, because he has bought an apartment from people who shortly after had been arrested and deported to the United States. It was clear since a long time, that he had nothing to do with these people. Pared Pérez said, relations with US Ambassadors should be reviewed more accurately, if they send such baseless allegations to their government. Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez went even further. He accused former US envoy Hans Hertell, to be no diplomat, but a business man who was sent by his friend George W. Bush to do him a favor, and that this man still has good contacts with companies like Barrick Gold. Marino Vinicio “Vincho” Castillo, chairman of the Ethics Commission, even put one more. He said he has evidence that the Puerto Rican drug lord José David Figueroa Agosto, currently judged in New York for drug dealing, money laundering and various assassinations, visited the American ambassador at the embassy.
Julio Ibarra, accused of money laundering for Figueroa Agosto, said in court that the drug boss met with staff of the US Embassy in the restaurant “Sofia” in Santo Domingo. “They were friends in that time, and this court knows it,” said Ibarra. Former Attorney General Victor Céspedes, whose US visa was revoked and who was accused of having freed several high ranking persons accused of drug trafficking prematurely, said, the WikiLeaks cables were one-sided and not objective. The report says that before Céspedes was appointed as prosecutor, no fugitive from US justice who had been arrested after an official request of the USA for extradition had been released by order of the Prosecutor General, violating an order from the President. Wilton Guerrero, the senator of Peravia province, however, rates the WikiLeaks publications as positive. So rumors have been confirmed that some high-ranking army officers have been involved in drug trafficking. These officials should have been replaced before they were dragged into the limelight. In San Cristobal, the police freed a 63-year-old Spaniard, who was held against his will for more than two months by his “bride”, a Dominican woman with a Spanish passport. The disabled man came to marry the woman, but then thought about it, as she wanted him to open a joint bank account, or even better yet (for her), to send his pension to her account.
Cesfront, the Special Unit for border security on land, intensified their controls on the northern border with Haiti, after they found 55 Haitian children within five days and freed them from the hands of child smugglers who wanted to bring the kids to Santiago, where they should be forced to beg for them in the busy streets. These child smugglers, mostly Haitians, are becoming more and more ruthless. Their latest method is to pack up to six small children on a motorcycle and pass the controls at high speed. So the officials can do nothing because they are fearing for the lives of the children that are used as human shields by those shameless and inhuman criminals. Some of the freed children reported that they were given away by their parents in Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haïtien, because they can not feed them. Human rights groups and religious organizations warned the Dominican Republic and Haiti to do more against the trade of humans, because otherwise they might face international sanctions. Earlier this year, the USA warned already to impose sanctions on both countries if they don't reinforce the fight against the trade of humans.
Medical Conference 15.400 Strokes a Month / Lago Enriquillo: Affected to be resettled / Murdered Policemen On the IX. Scientific Medical Conference in Santo Domingo, Luis Eduardo Suazo, Director of Neuroscience Department of Cedimat, said that stroke is the main reason for disability of men between 20 and 28 years. Stroke also has ousted cancer from the first place of deaths. The number of strokes in the Dominican Republic is in constant increase. 16.000 cases were reported in 2006. In 2010 there were already 18,500 cases. Currently, approximately 1,540 people are becoming victims of this silent killer per month. The numbers of young men are rising disproportionately. The most worrying fact is that these men do not belong to the usual risk groups: they are not too fat, do not smoke, don't drink alcohol excessively and do not have high blood pressure. The common point of these cases is the use of sexual stimulants. Health Minister Bautista Rojas Gómez called the findings alarming and requires a better control on the sale and advertising of such products, which are widely available in pharmacies and even in supermarkets. Specialists require a detailed investigation of the deaths of the victims that were not biased organically. They argue that normally these products widened the blood vessels, which speak against a stroke where the blood vessels are clogged. At the same meeting, Luis Emilio Montalvo, chief of the department of mental health of Cedimat, reported that between five and eight percent of the Dominican population suffer from depression. Worldwide, depression is the second most reason for invalidity after stroke and many times the motive for broken families or loss of employment.
The floodings of Lake Enriquillo are normal, according to Héctor Rodríguez Pimentel, director of the Dominican Agricultural Institute (IAD). What happens actually, the rise of the water level of the saline lake, is nothing new, but a recurring cycle. The only thing what could be done, was to build a new settlement for the affected families, where they can work in agriculture and supply themselves. It makes no sense to protest against the water rise or to blame the failure of politics. International human rights groups complain frequently about the obviously exuberant use of fire arms by the Dominican police. Their victims are mostly young men, many times suspected of serious crimes. On Father's Day, the last Sunday of July, police chief Major General José Armando Polanco Gómez informed on the other side of the coin. Since the beginning of this year 32 policemen were killed in the line of duty by (again mostly young) delinquents. These killed officers leave more than a hundred or-
phans. And almost every day the press reports of other police officers, killed or wounded by young criminals. As for example, shortly after the publication of this report, a policeman was shot dead by two robbers who stole his gun after killing him in Villa Mella, Santo Domingo. For this reason, the calls for a modification of the criminal law for minors are becoming more pressing. Some politicians demand to lower the age from 18 to 16, up to which one will be punished as a minor, and that the minimum penalty has to be doubled from five to ten years. Also adults who recruit young people for crimes should be punished more severely. Moreover, the teenagers should be investigated more thoroughly, because often they presented fake birth certificates to make themselves younger. Nothing of innocent young people as they try to appear. Psychiatrists affirm that a 13-yearold already knows exactly when he does something bad.
Analysis of Drug Use Submarine with 6,800 Kilos of Cocaine / Nearly 42,000 Dead in Mexican Drug War
A study of the Dominican Association for the benefit of the Family (Profamilia), sponsored by the National Council on Drugs (CND), called marijuana the most widely used illegal drug in the Dominican Republic. It is estimated that 2.3 percent of the twelve- to 65-year-olds use this drug. Followed by cocaine and crack, each of them with 1.1 percent.. Tranquillizers are used even more frequently: by 2.6 percent. Other stimulants are preferred by 0.4 percent of the Dominican population. 80.2 percent know the legal drug alcohol from personal experience. 20 percent have smoked cigarettes or cigars already. Mabel Féliz, president of CND, said the country still is a transit country for drug trafficking. She was worried about how easily available are drugs such as sedatives, obtainable usually only on prescription. The drug mafia shows itself very ingenious, when it comes to satisfy the demands of their main customers in the USA, and to provide them with the coveted commodity. In the waters off Honduras, the US Coast
Guard discovered a semi-submarine that was carrying 6,800 kilos of cocaine. These valuable goods would have brought an estimated 180 million dollars on the street markets. The crew was arrested, but they sank their boat that could be salvaged later. It seems that the new means of transportation was constructed in the Colombian jungle. It was nearly 100 feet long, could hold 10 tons of cargo, and could travel up to 8,000 kilometers. Also the ferry between Santo Domingo and Puerto Rico, recently put into operation, is apparently also used as means of transport by dubious passengers. Thus, a Dominican was arrested with 205,913 dollars cash in the roof of his pick-up truck. He declared only 4,500 dollars. In Puerto Rico, 83 kilos of cocaine were seized on a small boat, whose crew, three men “with Dominican appearance”, managed to flee. Market value of this drug: about two million dollars. In Haina, the National Drug Control Department (DNCD) has intercepted 411 kilos of cocaine that were about to be shipped to Spain. The cocaine was hidden in a shipment to be made by a company in Santiago. The drug haul was found hidden in a container that was transporting tobacco leaves, reported DNCD spokesman Roberto Lebrón. He said the drugs were uncovered
in a joint intelligence operation with international security agencies. Drug-sniffing dogs detected the narcotics that had been hidden in sophisticated double-bottom sections of the freight container. National Drugs Council president Mabel Féliz Báez says that 90 percent of crimes in the Dominican Republic are committed by people under the influence of drugs, according to research carried out by that government department. She said (in contrast to the published investigation of Profamilia, see left) that cocaine is the most commonly used drug, followed by marijuana. Féliz Báez was speaking during an event sponsored by the Prosecutor General Office, the United Nations and the Brazilian Government on the new jail model in the Dominican Republic. That the drug problem has no borders and no limits show the following two reports. Two decades after the United States overcame the worst crack epidemic, now the turn is on Brazil. The biggest country of Latin America became the main transit country for cocaine on its way to Europe. A study of the University of São Paulo shows that after five years a third of the crack users are dead, mostly due to violence. In the first half of this year, the Mexican drug war claimed already about 6,000 lives, which screwed up the total number to nearly 42,000 deaths since 200. At first, also Mexico was only a transit country for drugs entering the United States. Meanwhile, cocaine and Co. are consumed by the Mexicans themselves, which makes the country even more attractive to the mafia.
Growing Impatience in Haiti Martelly attacked / Clinton donates 1.75 Million Dollars / Time to start Reconstruction
He arrived as a superstar, conquering the hearts of the poor. After three months in office, the Haitians grow increasingly impatient with their new president, Michel Martelly. During a visit to the second-largest city of Haiti, Cap-Haïtien, his entourage was welcomed with flying bottles and stones, as Martelly wanted to hold a speech at the tourism week. Martelly presented plans to improve the infrastructure of the region in a short term, so that tourists who come on cruise ships to the bay of Labadie can visit the historic citadel comfortably. Representatives of a Dominican delegation proposed to develop a common tourism route of the North Coast. The north of Haiti was not damaged by the earthquake and can offer cultural highlights, such as the Sans Souci Palace, seat of government of America's only black king, Henri Christophe.
“Martelly made many promises, but until now, nothing,” complains Frantz Nelson, 34 years old, who is living in a tent camp outside the presidential palace in Port-auPrince with his family since the earthquake on 12 of January 2010. “We are impatient, our children are impatient,” said Nelson. Lately there were some protests against the government's plans to evacuate the camps. In Delmas, Port-au-Prince, 60 to 80 people protested against the offer of 125 dollars for every family that leaves the camp. The protesters say, with this money you cannot start a new life. In an accountability report, the World Bank said that Haiti has not received even half of the funds so far, promised at the New York conference in March 2010. 55 donors gave the solemn pledge to donate a total of 4,58 billion dollars for 2010 and 2011, of which in spite of extreme need, especially in the early weeks after the disaster, were paid only 1.74 billion until June 2011 - or just 38 percent. “The reconstruction efforts must become more dynamic and effective”, said President Michel Martelly. “Our friends and potential donors should know that every cent will be booked reliably and transparently in order to achieve the desired goals.”
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) gave Haiti a debt relief of 60 million dollars, which are now used to rebuild the courthouse, the City Hall of the capital and other public buildings.. In the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH), Martelly told the earthquake victims, that they will not get paid any houses by the government. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton told students in Haiti, that his foundation will donate 1.25 million dollars to the Ministry of Education, to allow more than 10,000 children to visit the primary school. Another 500,000 dollars will go to the government to support the reconstruction of the country. Clinton is the special envoy of the United Nations (UN) and co-president of the Interim Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti (CIRH). Martelly awarded Clinton with the National Order of Merit in the grade of “Grand Cross” and called him a friend of Haiti, who made enormous contributions to the country. In Puerto Caucedo, Boca Chica, the port authority discovered relief supplies for Haiti, which were stolen by smugglers. Rafael Camilo, chief of this agency, said he has evidence that many containers destined for Haiti, remained in the Dominican Republic.
Oil Deposits Venezuela outstrips Saudi Arabia / Chemotherapy / Important Mexican Capos captured According to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Venezuela is the country with the largest natural reserves of oil in the world. With 296,501 million barrels of the black gold the country on the Orinoco outstrips Saudi Arabia, with proven 264,516 million barrels.
However, it is Saudi Arabia, who has far the biggest oil production: eight million barrels per day. Venezuela is significantly more economical with its treasures, producing 2.8 million barrels per day. OPEC estimates that there are 1.46 billion barrels of oil reserves on the planet, of which 81.3 percent belong to its member countries. Brazil and Mexico, two other Latin American countries with large oil reserves (12.9 and 11.7 million barrels), are no OPEC members.
With short hair cut, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez told to the press that he starts to lose his hair due to the chemotherapy. Chávez also announced that he will run for a third term as president, despite his cancertreatment. In last year's elections, he lost the absolute majority in the National Assembly.
Police in Mexico arrested José Antonio Acosta Hernández aka “El Diego”. This was a major blow against the Juárez cartel. “El Diego” is a high capo of the cartel, which is directed by Vicente Carrillo Fuentes. He is accused that he gave orders for at least 1,500 murders: police officers, officials, opponents from rival drug cartels and his own people to whom he has lost confidence. “El Diego” was responsible for the attack on the American consulate in Ciudad Juárez in March 2010, and for murders of police officers who refused to accept his offers. The Juárez cartel is one of Mexico's most brutal and had its heyday in the nineties. Currently it is involved in a war with the Pacific cartel, where about 9,000 people lost their lives during the last five years. Shortly after, Mexican authorities caught Moisés Montero Álvares aka “El Koreano”, a former police officer. He is the boss of the new Independent Cartel of Acapulco (CIDA), responsible for countless murders in the tourist spot Acapulco, where there were found many mutilated and decapitated bodies in the streets and even in front of supermarkets lately. CIDA is in war with “La Barredora” to dominate the Acapulco market.
One day, Bill noticed a hearse slowly drive by. Following the first hearse, was a second hearse which was followed by a man walking solemnly along, followed by a dog, and then about 200 men, walking in single file. Intrigued, Bill went up to the man and asked him who was in the first hearse. “My wife,” the man replied. “I'm sorry,” said Bill. “What happened to her?” “My dog bit her and she died.” Bill then asked the man who was in the second hearse. The man replied, “My mother-in-law. My dog bit her and she died as well.” Bill thought about this for a while. He finally asked the man, “Can I borrow your dog?” To which the man replied, ”Get in line.”
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.
A school teacher of religion was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year old pupils. After explaining the commandment to “honor” thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, “Can you tell me, if there is a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?” The little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, “Thou shall not kill.”
A very old couple was married for many years, even though they hated each other. Whenever there was a confrontation, the old man would shout, “When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and haunt you for the rest of your life!” Neighbors feared him. They believed he practiced magic for strange things that happened in his house. The old man liked the fact that he was feared. To everyone's relief, he died when he was 98. His wife had a closed casket at the wake. After the burial, she went straight to the local bar and began to party, as if there was no tomorrow. Her neighbors, concerned for her safety, asked, “Aren't you afraid that he may indeed be able to dig his way out of the grave and haunt you for the rest of your life?” The wife put down her drink and said, “Let him dig. I had him buried upside down ... And you know, men won't ask for directions ...”
Sudoku No. 97
A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, “I'm drawing God.” The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” The girl looked up from her drawing and replied, “They will in a minute.”
The boy asked the teacher, “Would you punish me for something I didn't do?” The teacher answered, “Of course not”. “That's fine”, said the boy, “Because I didn't do my homework!”
Original or Fake?
Sudoku No. 98
Hot Scenes with Jennifer
Born a hundred Years ago
Linda Christian “The Anatomic Bomb” The Cuban actor William Levy shot hot scenes with Jennifer Lopez in her new video “I'm Into You”. William Levy grew up in Cuba and was brought to the United States shortly before his 15th birthday by his stepfather. He worked as a fashion model, and acted at the theater and in several telenovelas. In the Spanish-language edition of the magazine “People”, the 30-year-old beau has been consistently voted to be one of the 50 most handsome men since 2006. At the presentation ceremony of the Premios Juventud in Miami on July 15, the “Cuban Brad Pitt” won repetitive in the category “¡Está Buenísimo!” (He is great!) as a telenovela-star. But William Levy is not very amused, however, that he is associated with the separation of his co-star Jennifer Lopez, who is leaving her husband, salsa star Marc Anthony, after seven years of marriage. Jennifer Lopez said in an interview that she couldn't stay the jealousy of her husband and his desire of posessing her any longer.
Her mother was Mexican, her father Dutch. She was born as Henrietta Stella Blanca Rosa Welter Vorhauer in Mexico in 1923. On 23 July, she died in Palm Springs at the age of 87. As Linda Christian she was a Hollywood star in the fourties, married to the actor Tyrone Power. Famous Italian pop singer Romina Power is their daughter. Linda Christian played with Johnny Weissmuller in “Tarzan and the Sirens” in 1948. Because of her feminine forms, “Life Magazine” titled her “The Anatomic Bomb”.
Farewell Amy Winehouse / Joe Arroyo Beside 27-year-old British Amy Winehouse, who died om July 24, also one of Colombia's greatest stars, Joe Arroyo, died on July 26.
Joe Arroyo played salsa, influenced by folklore and African rhythms. His most successful song is “Rebelión”.
He is considered the greatest comedian of the Mexican and Latin American cinema. Fortino Mario Alfonso Moreno Reyes was born as the son of a simple postman on August 12, a hundred years ago. Later he wrote movie history as Cantinflas. He died on 20 April 1993. From early days he tried to make a living in any possible sector, from boxer to dancer. From 1936 on, Cantinflas played in 33 black and white and 18 color movies. Cantinflas always was the smart kid from the slums, who survived in the world of the rich and powerful, making jokes. He was nicknamed the Charlie Chaplin or Groucho Marx of Mexico. And he never forgot his origins: Cantinflas' generous donations to orphanages in Mexico made him a kind of acclaimed folk hero. In the USA, however, he could never really strike root, but anyhow got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For his role as Passepartout beside David Niven in the film classic “Around the World in 80 Days”, Cantinflas won the Golden Globe in 1957.
What is this Guy singing? “El amor que perdimos” by Prince Royce After his cover version of the oldie “Stand By Me” (Original: Ben E. King, 1961), Prince Royce is some kind of new superstar of Bachata. Like now separate Aventura it seems that Prince Royce has the backing of all jurors in any kind of event: Every song he publishes is pushed to be a success. A sad thing is that the new Bachata-stars after Aventura sound like Aventura, including the ridiculous empty phrases in English, seemingly to show off that they are living abroad, too. Anoche soñé yo contigo, del amor que perdimos, del amor que he tanto sufrido y ahora estoy perdido. Tu me decías que me amabas, pero en mi espalda tu me engañabas. Por eso es que nuestro amor ha fracasado. Tal vez no sabes cuanto te amé pero siempre lloré. Aunque tu nunca, mi amor, no hayas notado. Tus labios me decian te amo y tus ojos me rechazaban. Por eso es que hoy yo, mujer ya no te creo. Yo te amé, te adoré No te quiero vei, ie, ie. Y sufrí hasta el fin No te quiero vei, ie, ie. Yo te amé, te adoré No te quiero vei, ie, ie. Y sufrí hasta el fin No te quiero vei, ie, ie. Royce! Duramos una noche amando y la otra peleando. Y aunque todo seguia igual, pasaban los años. A pesar de tus engaños tu me diste un milagro. Ese fruto de tu vientre que yo mas amo. Yo te amé, te adoré No te quiero vei, ie, ie. Y sufrí hasta el fin No te quiero vei, ie, ie. Yo te amé, te adoré No te quiero vei, ie, ie. Y sufrí hasta el fin No te quiero vei, ie, ie. Quisiera llorar. Sentimiento. Come on! Yo te amé, te adoré No te quiero vei, ie, ie. Y sufrí hasta el fin No te quiero vei, ie, ie …
Last night I dreamt of you, of the love that we lost, of the love that I suffered that much and now I'm lost. You said that you loved me, but behind my back you cheated me. That's why our love has failed. Maybe you don't know how much I loved you, but I always cried. Maybe you never, my love, have noted it. Your lips said I love you, but your eyes rejected me. That's why today, woman, I don't believe you any more. I loved you, I adored you I don't want to see-ee-ee you. I suffered until the end I don't want to see-ee-ee you. I loved you, I adored you I don't want to see-ee-ee you. I suffered until the end I don't want to see-ee-ee you. Royce! We lasted one night loving and the other fighting. And even everything went on the same the years have passed. And in spite of your cheating you gave me a wonder. This fruit of your womb that I love most. I loved you, I adored you I don't want to see-ee-ee you. I suffered until the end I don't want to see-ee-ee you. I loved you, I adored you I don't want to see-ee-ee you. I suffered until the end I don't want to see-ee-ee you. I would like to cry. Feeling. Come on! I loved you, I adored you I don't want to see-ee-ee you. I suffered until the end I don't want to see-ee-ee you.
On 11 May 1989, Geoffrey Royce Rojas was born in the Bronx as the son of a Dominican taxi driver, his mother was an employee in a Dominican beauty parlor. As a boy he sang in the school choir and participated in talent competitions. At the age of 13, Geoffrey discovered his love for poetry and started to write poems. 2009, Prince Royce, as he called himself self-confidently now, recorded his first album, “Prince Royce”, with the famous salsa producer Sergio George, who also produced Marc Anthony and Celia Cruz. During the general Aventura hysteria, Prince Royce's album, held in a similar style, became an almost immediate success, particularly the Bachata cover version of “Stand By Me”, sung half in English, half in Spanish (like the model Aventura). In April, Prince Royce was impeded the admission to the ceremony, where he won four Billboard awards, because the bouncers did not recognize him. It is unlikely that this could happen again, because meanwhile Prince Royce even beat Shakira with four Premios Juventud awards.
The Page of Health
Terrible Conditions Two Women in one Bed in Maternity Units / Retrograde Number of Cholera-Patients
The situation in health care is known to be very serious. But there are reports, downright alarming, coming from the Luis Eduardo Aybar Hospital in Santo Domingo.
In the maternity wards of this hospital there is such a shortage of beds that women in childbed have to share the bed with another woman - along with their newborn. There are simply not enough beds for each of them. Another problem is that there is not enough water for the families to wash the bedridden. On the complaints that the bedsheets often are bloodstained because some women still lose blood after birth and the other comes into contact with it, the staff of the hospital comforted, not to be afraid, because patients with AIDS are housed at a different station. However, patients confirm that the medical staff strives to make the situation as bearable as possible. In other hospitals, such as in San Lorenzo in Los Mina, the situation is similar. Patients there could wait on a chair, until the patient who has a bed can go home. One girl said, she had seen even up to three women with their babies in a single bed. According to the Health Ministry, however, the maternal mortality rate had decreased by 48 percent this year compared to last year. In Greater Santo Domingo, approximately 652,350 children were born from 2005 to 2009.
There is still no all-clear with the cholera epidemic. The death toll is rising constantly. Until press date there were 97 confirmed cholera deaths. The total number of confirmed patients in the 29 weeks since the outbreak of the epidemic in November 2010, is 13,989 cases. But according to Ministry of Health, the number of new cases continued to decline by the fourth week already. In the last week of July there were 674 suspected cases all over the country, after 773 in the previous week. Santo Domingo, Santiago and San Juan de la Maguana are still the foci of the epidemic. The Ministry of Health continues with strict monitoring of suspected cases, the distribution of clean water, chlorination, building latrines, etc.
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House w/ 3 Aparts Cabarete 70 m from beach & close to “el Magnifico” hotel. New remodeled 232 sq.m on 2 levels, possibility build 3rd floor + roof terrace! 24h elect. Small tropical garden Tel: 829-898 9228 / 809 869 5533. 190 000 € or 275 000 US$ facebook: casa yagua apartments cabarete
Big apartment in Sosúa, Playa Chiquita, directly at the beach. Living room, 2 bedrooms, WiFi, kitchen, bath, terrace, shared use of the pool, parking lot, 350 US$ plus add. exp., Small apartment, living room, bedroom, kitchen, bath, terrace etc. 300 US$ plus add. exp. Please call 809-571-3027. Two apartments in Villa Ana María, El Batey, Sosúa. One or two rooms, furnished, swimmingpool, guarded. 300 and 450 US$. Call 829-644-1544 (Spanish!) 3 bedroom furnished house 15,000 RD$ & 1 bedroom apart unfurn. 4,000 RD$, Sabaneta de Yasica / Veragua, 829-586-3620 Apartment for rent in gated community in Sosua.1 bedroom, Living room, fully furnished, Bathroom, Kitchen, 24 hours electricity/water, Air con., Internet, Cable TV, 24 hours security. Own parking space under carport, Garden, Gated community, Potable water! High-tech US-filter system with UVrays. Constant breeze, Beautiful views onto green palm hills, Excellent for walks and mountain biking, Electricity, water, AC, TV & internet included. US$450 monthly. For more info contact 809-861-0079 (Jens), 809-861-0078/809-571-4081, (Hauke) 809-571-2618. Or send a mail to email@example.com Beautiful apartment near Sosúa, 53 m², fully furnished, 1 bedroom, bath and great area connected to the kitchen, Inversor, TV, terrace with garden and parking lot, very calm in La Mulata 1. For longterm-rent 320 US$ pm + electricity + deposit. Call 809-571-9942, 829-877-9826 Apartment in Sosúa, 1 bedroom, kitchen living, 45 m2, always electricity, always water, price on request. Call 809-571-3383
Apartment, 79 sq.m, living room, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, kitchen, big terrace, 2nd floor. 39 US$ daily or 500 US$ monthly: 829-669-1605 Apartment in Sosúa, 80 sq.m, 2 bedroomes, 2 bathrooms, livingroom, kitchen, terrace, furnished, guarded housing area, 5 min. to beach, very sophisticated, 500 US$ per month or 38 UD$ per day. Call 809-571-1822
Custom made wood picture frames, stretchers and hanging wire complete. approx. 42x31......each 1,200 pesos. Call 809.315.4113 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Inverter 2.5 for sale, including 4 batteries, 25,000 RD$, Call 829-4241546 Refrigerator LG, 1 year old, 2 doors, 12,500 RD$, Call 829-424-1546 Dryer Whirlpool, 5,000 RD$, Call Tel. 829-424-1546
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Oster toaster oven - large enough to cook med. sized chicken. 1,200 pesos. 809.315.4113 or email for more info at email@example.com
NEW - 300 km black YAMAHA XT 660 R all road - Water cooling - 660 cc motor injection - Negociable. Call at 809-265-6983 or mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gasoline-Generator, 7,5 kW (15 HP), not much used, 33.000,RD$, Sosúa, Call. 829-707-0692
Yamaha V Max, '87, 145 HP, collector's item, must be repared, 185.000 RD$ o.n.o. For information mail to email@example.com
Birds for sale by breeder: Budgies, cockatiels, lovebirds, finchen and more. Contact Andrea: 809-4628140 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Opportunity! Beautiful antique Bronce Sculpture “3 Children on a Sledge” 2m long, 1 m high beautifully elaborated. To be seen in Boca Chica or mail to
Volkswagen Scharan Diesel TDI 1,9, 2001, Mechanic, Silver, 29 000 km, 5 doors, 7 seats, Alu wheels, Low consomation. Call at 809 265 6983, mail at email@example.com Bargain Roobles 110 motor bike, red, 1800km, super condition, like new, must leave the country. asking 25,000 pesos or best offer, the ant, 809 222 4628, Puerto Plata Lincoln Continental Limo, 90,000 km, dark blue, recent recon. Radio/CD,Auto with power by gasoline & L.P.G. Luxury at low cost. Ideal airport and tourist trips. USA import – view POP. Price includes H-Lights, Susp.Hub Caps (spares), RD$ 230,000 o.n.o. Call 849-658-8765
Experience English teacher available in the Doral area of Puerto Plata. 150 pesos per hour. Call 809.315.4113 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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IN PUERTO PLATA Supermerc. Tropical Supermerc. José Luis Casa Nelson Café Mariposa Sam's Bar and Grill Compraventa Rey Barco's Entre Amigos Ceducompp OmegaTech Tienda Jiménez Mega Moda La Red Cyber Café Restaurante Armando Dr. Díaz Meyreles IN MAIMÓN Taxis of the RIU-Hotels Fishrest. La Parada IN COSTAMBAR R & B Bakery Jenny's Market Las Rocas IN COFRESÍ Los Tres Cocos Tiroler Stüberl
Le Papillon Ocean World Hacienda Lifestyle Los Charros IN PLAYA DORADA Mar y Sol Mini Market Hemingway's Pizza Hut and others IN SOSÚA Supermercado Sosúa Parada Típica El Choco Sägbock Bakery Moser Butcher's La Mulata Butcher's Bavaria Hotel Don Andres Aparthotel Las Cañas Hotel Plaza Europa Hotel El Rancho Hotel Orchidee Pommes & Fritz Verena's Café Waterfront Restaurant Schlemmer Stube
Restaurant Al Porto Valentino's Oh La Vache Daniela Sommer Thai-Restaurant Chili Casa Goethe Compucentro DSD Pharmacy Super Super CMC Clinic Ceducompp Sol del Choco Easy Power Charly's Jackpot Casino Playa Chiquita El Cultivo Pappaterra IN CABARETE Janet's Supermarket Bayerischer Hof ABC Immobilien Yamazato El Rincón Goloso Gordito's Fresh Mex Hotel Viva Wyndham Hotel Villa Taína Restaurant Serenade Miró Restaurant & Bar Nikki Beach José O'Shay's fun tours Iguana Mama Tropicoco Salón My Dream Restaurant a bailar! Casino Ocean Sands
IN CABRERA Blue Pools IN LAS TERRENAS Pino de Austria Almercado Hotel Piedra Marrón Hotel Kahuna Plaza Kanesh Big Dan's Ice Palace Pizzeria Don Yvon Boulangerie Française Bar Las Flechas Mercado La Banana Navia's IN EL LIMÓN Restaurant Santi IN SAMANÁ Chinese Restaurant IN SANTIAGO Seguros DHI Atlas opposite Caribe Tours IN LA VEGA PC Clinic Germ. Language Institute IN BONAO Parada Alemana IN SANTO DOMINGO German Embassy Librería in Caribe Tours
Hotel Señorial Hotel Palacio Hotel Condo-Parque Rancho Suizo Vienna Caribe Embutidora Tropicana D'Alemania Gourmet Erdinger Biergarten La Cafetera, El Conde Seguros DHI Atlas IN BOCA CHICA Hotel El Tronco Ulis' Kneipe Gusto Tropical Pequeña Suiza Isla Bonita IN GUAYACANES Deli Swiss Cococane Playa del Pescador IN JUAN DOLIO Bar Cacique Fredy's Snack La Brasa Grill IN LA ROMANA Hotel Frano Hotel River View Hotel Libra El Trigo de Oro IN BÁVARO Good Old Germany
50th Edition Since nearly two years now, LA PLAYA is published reliably, first only in German, and since edition number 30 in both, in German and English. LA PLAYA quickly convinced as a serious and interesting magazine. First it was distributed only on the Dominican north coast. But meanwhile it is expected eagerly by its readers all over the island every second Wednesday - also by both, German and English speaking readers. And this will not be the end. The places where LA PLAYA can be found will increase steadily (see opposite page) and actually we are also working on our new website. The whole company will be reconstructed soon to make LA PLAYA even more interesting for our advertisers and readers. So the only thing left to say for this small jubilee, is thank you to all readers and advertisers (that could be more). Werner Rümmele, editor
UNESCO World Heritage? Ingenio Boca de Nigua / Historically important Sugarmill At the UNESCO, the Dominican Ministry of Culture proposed the nomination of the sugarmill Boca de Nigua as a world heritage within the project “Early colonial sugar plantations of America.” Boca de Nigua is one of six sites in the Dominican Republic that meet with the requests of such an important title of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). These six sites have the required physical attributes to represent and convey the history of social, economic, cultural and environmental issues that gave rise to the sugar industry in America. Boca de Nigua juts out for being one of the major sugar cane plants of the Colonial Era, where the first black rebellion took place in the New World in 1521.
The sugarmill of Boca de Nigua in San Cristóbal was restored and is an essential part of the route of the early American colonial mills. Since 1989 here they celebrate the “Festival de Cimarronaje”, where the values of AfricanAmerican culture are emphasized. Cimarronaje is a word that comes from “Cimarrón”, which depicts a rebellious or escaped slave. “Cimarronaje” means a frontal attack on the colonial Spanish, French or English slaveholders in the Caribbean. Some of the escaped slaves built fortified villages and defended themselves against their former masters. The most famous was the so called “Quilombo dos Palmares” in Brasil with up to 20.000 inhabitants. The Portuguese needed two years and 6.000 soldiers to defeat the former slaves in 1678.
New National Flower Bayahibe Rose / Rare Pink Beauty / 2014 on the Bills No, it's not the hisbiscus, the flamingly red flower that can be seen everywhere, it's the Bayahibe Rose (Pereskia quisqueyana), that has been chosen as the Dominican National Flower by the President's Decree 146-11 on July 12. The Bayahibe Rose replaces the previous flower of the mahogany tree as National Flower. But the Mahogany Tree remains the National Tree of the Dominican Republic. From 2014 on, the new flower will be printed on the Dominican banknotes.
The beautiful pink flower is endemic in the Dominican Republic and is the flower of a cactus with leaves that grows only in the area of Bayahibe, La Romana province. The rare plant was discovered by the French religious and botanic expert Henri Alain Liogier (Brother Alain) in 1977. The generic group of Pereskia consists of 17 different kinds, of which five can be found in the Dominican Republic, and two of them are growing only here, one of them is Pereskia quisqueyana.