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Edition No. 64 / February 22, 2012


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Stuggle for Survival

A small note caused a great rejoicing in Montellano, Puerto Plata. After the government closed the sugar mill in Montellano some eight years ago and thus the entire region fell into misery from one day to the other, now the Consortium for Sugar and Biofuels Quisqueya (Cabioqui), supported by American capital, signed a 30-year contract with the Central Bank (BC) to resume production. In recent years, the sugar mill, built in 1880, deteriorated and the entire inventory was sold off completely rotted a few months ago as scrap.

An almond tree, washed away by the sea, clinging itself to the shore with its roots.

130 Millions A new loan of 130 million U.S. dollars without government backing was given to the Dominican Republic by the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) to build new roads and maintain old transport links. The money will be be used to revamp 199 kilometers of roads and build new highways of 68 kilometers length. The new constructions will be a highway to by-pass Santiago, and a connecting road between Santo Domingo and San Cristóbal and Baní. Concessionaire is Viadom, that already operates toll roads in the country. During the construction period, about 2,500 people will get work and later 1,500 employees will receive permanent wage and earn their living for the new projects.

That's inside today: News

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February 27

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Your Horoscope for March

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“A Puerto Rico en yola”

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Interim Storage for Drugs

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50 Years Embargo against Cuba Page 8 Fun and Sudoku

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Stars and Starlets

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What is this Guy singing?

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La Sabia: The Page of Health

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Renegades for Hipólito Two Surveys with very different Results / Election Campaign started / 6.5 Million Voters After 35 years of membership in the current ruling party, at the beginning of the year surgeon Taína Gautreaux (photo) wrote a letter to President Fernández, in which she explains thet she is leaving the PLD because she was ashamed of the behavior of individual party members and officials in the government. The whole party had degenerated only to an election machinery. Meanwhile, PRD candidate Hipolito Mejía saved the support of the former leader of the Central Committee of the opposite party. Mejía said the decision of Gautreaux fills him with pride, because she will be an important help to combat the diseases of this society - a moral crisis and the corruption and robbery. Gautreaux promised to continue to fight for the rights of the poorest. Sources: Listín Diario, Hoy, Diario Libre, DR1

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Luis Inchausti (photo), also a leader of the Central Committee of the PLD, came to support Hipólito, too. He called on voters to give the ruling party PLD a lesson. The PLD had turned its back to the poor of the country. However, Inchausti has not a completely clean slate. During Hipólito's government (2000 to 2004), he was arrested and charged with embezzlement of more than 1.4 billion pesos in the former program PEME which was meant to help the poor. Vice President Rafael Alburquerque said it was a “relief” for the ruling party PLD that Luis Inchausti decided to leave the party.

The election campaign was officially started by the the Central Election Commission (JCE) on 15 February. The JCE announced that 6,502,968 Dominicans are allowed to elect the coming government for the period from 2012 to 2016 on this May 20. Meanwhile, two new polls show totally different results. While the pollster Bendixen & Amandi who made a survey from 28 January to 1 February, saw Hipolito Mejia at 50 percent and Danilo Medina at only 39 percent, Insight found in another survey, made from 6 to 10 February, that it is precisely the other way around: Danilo had 49.6 percent and his challenger Hipólito 41.9 percent. While the PRD candidate for the vice presidency, Luis Abinader, saw growing despair in the PLD, Danilo says that his party will win in the first round of voting.

February 27 Dominican Indepedence Day / Duarte, Sánchez and Mella / 22 Years under Haitian Knout Outsiders or foreigners living in the Dominican Republic often are surprised of the rejection of Haitian immigrants - most of them would be called “refugees of misery” in Europe - by the Dominican population. But this rejection also has a deeper historical background. In 1801, the black leader Toussaint Louverture, declared slavery abolished in the French part of the island of Hispaniola. Shortly thereafter, Napoleon sent French troops to restore the old order. But they could hold the whole island for only a short time. The blacks and mulattos rose again and kicked the French definitely out of Hispaniola in November 1803. On January 1, 1804, Haiti proclaimed itself an independent republic the first time in history that former slaves threw out their former masters and founded their own state. In the eastern part of the island there remained a rest of French, who reintroduced slavery. Many former Spanish slave owners came back to the island. Spain showed little interest in the island, which was already completely looted. The

mighty colonial power was more concerned with the fight against independence movements in the rest of Latin America. In 1809 Spanish settlers also threw the French out of the eastern part of the island. José Núñez de Cáceres declared “Haiti Español” an indepenent state on 1 December 1821 and applied for membership in the state union of “Great Colombia”. Since there was no international interest in the new country, the Haitians under General Jean Pierre Boyer occupied the whole island nine weeks later and abolished slavery again. From 1822 to 1844 the island remained under Haitian rule. The once liberal Boyer ruled increasingly repressive, especially against Spanish speaking compatriots. For this reason, a small group of the Dominicans, the Spanish-speaking residents of the island, founded a secret society, “La Trinitaria”, in order to put an end to the

Haitian suppression of their culture and way of life and to create their own state. The young Juan Pablo Duarte, a welleducated, nationalistic citizen, was one of the leaders of this movement. In 1843, the Trinitarians united with the Haitian Liberal Party to overthrow President Boyer. But after the successful coup d'état, the new president, Charles Rivière Hérard arrested some Trinitarians and ordered Duarte to leave the country. Duarte tried to find support in Colombia and Venezuela. Without success. The rebels pleadad Duarte, to come back quickly, because they feared their subversive plans would be discovered soon. But Duarte (picture left) could not come because of illness. Thus the Trinitarians started with the plan to chase out the Haitians under the leadership of Francisco del Rosario Sánchez (center), Ramón Matías Mella (right) and Pedro Santana, a powerful landlord who had his own private army, built of militarily trained farmers that worked for him. On 27 February 1844, the rebels conquered the fortress Ozama in Santo Domingo, shouting their motto “Dios, Patria y Libertad”, and raised the Dominican flag. On March 14, Duarte came back and was received with enthusiasm. But Santana traited the Trinitarians and sent Duarte, Sánchez and Mella to jail and declared himself president.

Your Horoscope for March 2012 Aquarius in the Spotlight / Much of Work for Taurus / Leo has to take Decisons slowly

This month finds the Aquarian in the spotlight where some of you may belong while other Aquarians will feel uncomfortable. Nevertheless, there you are and you may find that high-level people take a liking to get to know you. You may have honor and praise bestowed upon you, and even a possible promotion. You will discover the means to create new personal tactics for success and personal satisfaction.

The world is entering the season of darkness and then light and for the Pisces, religious matters and festivals are important. You begin to focus on the future and what it has in store for you. Do not stop creating your destiny. Plan. Do away with all that is unsubstantial and ideals, ideas and beliefs that have no value. It is time to set healthy boundaries and stick by them so you can keep your sanity.

This is a month which you realize that your hard work and dedication boost your ambition for success. Keep striving this month as you will find recognition and esteem through your efforts. Continue to be a leader and not a follower and your expectations will succeed. In order to go in the proper direction, you will have to act in order to get everything that is useless out of your life. Your sense of reality is strong.

Taurus will find that possibly there may be much work to do this month that includes a Libra. Other possibilities include reharmonizing your daily life, health and environment. This may be due to the eclipse bringing a shock of change to your dreams, hopes and plans. Now you will need to make a fresh start. While this may not make you happy, you must simply stride forward. Keep your head up, a better will occur.

March is the month for the Gemini to allow other to be vocal and express what the need, want, know and think. In this way you will nourish those that you care about that are feeling a little inadequate around you. Your natural Gemini nature will also help others to solve problems that they may be experiencing this month. Neglect nothing and do not over look anyone. Pay careful attention to those words and practice them.

Your creativity is the focus this month and for the next several months for both you and your children and your combined creativity. Priorities have passed , emphasis has shifted and the beauty and the balance of your home are essential. Saturn makes it a little bit difficult for you to get out of debt this month. Your cash flow may not be flowing as generously as usually so you are better off to make your own fun at home.

This month may find you deciding if real estate is a means to insure your future, your creativity, your foundation and your wealth. You may be considering looking beyond your comfort zone. Take your decisions slowly. You may find issues arise regarding secret family issues. Keep your guard up and guide the family. You may find that chronic digestive problems become a reaction to your increased stress levels.

What could be a chaotic situation is balanced by the Virgo’s careful handling of money and resources this month. Something overabundant occurs. Something that was not seen comes to light. Something that is kept secret must be handled carefully. You may find that this month you plan a trip to visit family that lives a distance. Now is the time to plan. Use your common sense and intelligence.

This may be a month that it may be necessary to ask for financial help. There are many people willing to assist you, but be certain to make certain that you ask from someone you trust. Take the resources, which are currently yours and be sure to maintain and upgrade them, making them more attractive and valuable. You may need to ask for assistance. Just be careful not to be careless with resources.

You will find although you might want to share your plans, this is not the time to do so. You must be better prepared to avoid the critical views that others will have. Look up old friends that you have not contacted in some time. If there is a mends to make, make the first step. This will help to ensure a purified, bright and clean reality. If a partner is too hard on you try to get to the bottom of why he or she is so resentful.

March may find the Sagittarian emphasizing on personal problems and seeing yourself more limited than normal. Should you find that you are experiencing these emotions/behavior, only focus on this behavior for a few minutes each day and then stop. If you don’t you are not doing yourself good, only criticizing yourself. You should also ask the advice of people who are older and more experienced than you.

This may be the month that the Capricorn begins to expand friendships seeking new friends. This may be because you are experiencing a change in your interests and capacities. Although you may be broadening your group of friends, do not neglect the old and tend carefully to your present relationships. You have caring friends that care for you and you for them even as you expand your horizons.

“A Puerto Rico en yola” Dream of Escape to a better Life / More than ten Percent of the Population is starving

Everyone knows that the adventure which also costs a lot of money, in the worst case has to be paid with the life or that the adventurer will be arrested and sent back. But anyhow, every year thousands of Dominicans try to cross the Straits of Mona illegally to get to Puerto Rico to either find a good job, which is an illusion because of the high unemployment there, or even better to find a way to the promised land “Nueva York” via Puerto Rico. In early February, one of those attempts to go to the supposed paradise on earth, went horribly wrong. Overall, there were found 57 corpses on the beaches of Samaná until press date, five were still missing and 13

survived the disaster. But such a calamity seems still not to be very shocking, because one of the few survivors said in an interview immediately after his rescue that he would try it again. The normally supposed fact that it is always the poorest and most desperate, who want to leave the country despite the huge risk in the hope of a better life, was probably not the case at this trip. Among the missing there is a 33-year-old carpenter who left his wife and three children, although his business was not bad. But it was not enough for him, according to his mother. Despite her warnings, he wanted to try to find his luck in Puerto Rico or the country of the supposedly unlimited possibilities. A day after the end of rescue operations, the U.S. Coast Guard stopped another small dinghy (Spanish: yola) with 22 passengers, unsuitable for the crossing, and handed it over to the Dominican Navy. The fortunately unhurt refugees were brought to La Romana, where they were arrested because the crossing is illegal. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Nicolás Cabrera Arias, assured that the navy will go on impeding the illegal trips.

World Vision, a Christian organization for development and humanitarian aid, published figures of the food situation in Latin America and the Caribbean at the start of its new campaign "Alto al hambre, provoca un cambio" (stop the hunger, provoke a change). According to these numbers, in the Caribbean and Lartin America still 177 million people are living in poverty, 55 million go to bed hungry at night. In the Dominican Republic, according to World Vision, 10.3 percent of the population suffer from hunger. It is the land, together with Bolivia and Guatemala, that is second to last place, only “excelled” by Haiti. World Vision will use 50 percent of the donations received during this campaign, to help the poor in Independencia province, who lost their livelihoods as farmers for the rise of the water level of Lake Enriquillo.

Interim Storage for Drugs Five Percent for U.S. Market pass Caribbean / El Salvador and Guatemala: Legalization

Shortly after DNCD chief Rolando Rosado Mateo announced that the Dominican Republic was virtually drug-free, only “dirt” was sold in the streets, Pedro Janer, managing director of the DEA, warned that the Dominican Republic became the interim storage for drugs that are coming from South America and are transported to the U.S. consumers via Puerto Rico since the year 2000. Approximately five percent of the

Pablo Escobar Tour The family of the former capo of the notorious cartel of Medellín, Pablo Escobar, shot dead in 1993, offers a tour for 3 dollars in Medellín, Colombia, to follow the footsteps of the legend. The contract killings of 10,000 people are attributed to Escobar. According to Forbes, he was the seventh richest man in the world in 1989, with a fortune of 25 billion dollars. During his “best” times with his cartel of Medellín, he shipped 15 tons of cocaine into the United States – daily! It is said that the main participants of the tours are young U.S. citizens.

drugs of the U.S. market pass the Caribbean, 95 percent cross the Mexican border. The Presidents of El Salvador and Guatemala, Mauricio Funes and Otto Pérez Molina (photo), said that both countries were prepared to legalize drugs. Pérez said he had already spoken on this subject with the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos and with Mexican President Felipe Calderón. As usual, there was a prompt rejection of the proposals by the USA, to which Pérez said: “I think the USA should be a part of the debate, and such a hasty answer surprises me, as if they wanted to stop the issue before it is debated.” Especially Guatemala is suffering for the Mexican drug cartels. Thus, the cartel of Sinaloa has moved its methamphetamine production to Guatemala. On the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, in April, drugs will be an issue, too. After the USA announced that the support for the war on drugs will be cut in

the coming year, the president of the Colombian Congress, conservative Juan Manuel Corzo, said, they should decide whether to decriminalize drugs in the countries where they generate such a high crime, or they enter to combat this scourge in the consumer countries. Corzo said that the legalization of drugs worldwide would be a “good remedy” and that the debate should be raised in international arenas such as the IPU or the Summit of the Americas. The speech of the president of the Colombian Congress was aimed to reject budget cuts for the aid to combat drugs, proposed by President Barack Obama, reducing the amount fixed for Colombia from 160.6 million dollars in 2012 to 142 million dollars in 2013. María Ángela Holguín (photo), foreign minister of Colombia, said in a press conference: “Definitely the fight against drugs has not been as successful as it should be and is an issue that countries need to discuss and mitigate the position on what to do, but they have to talk and discuss.” The strategies had to be rethought.

50 Years Embargo on Cuba USA ignore all UN Resolutions / Obama intensified Blockade / No Mercy for little Island “Future students of American history will be scratching their heads about this case for decades to come. Our embargo and refusal to normalize diplomatic relations has nothing to do with communism. Otherwise, we wouldn't have had diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union throughout the Cold War, with China since Nixon, and with Vietnam despite our bitter war there. No, Cuba was pure politics. Though it started out to be a measure of an administration's resistance to Castro's politics, it very soon became a straightjacket whereby first-generation Cuban-Americans wielded inordinate political power over both parties and constructed a veto over rational, mature diplomacy.” Little has to be added to these words of former Senator Gary Hart (Democrat) in March 2011. The embargo on Cuba, had its fiftieth anniversary on 7 February of this year. It is one of the main reasons why the United States is accused of double standards by many, especially by intellectuals or independent politicians in the Third World. “The embargo is the perfect example used by anti-Americans everywhere to expose the hypocrisy of a superpower that punishes a small island while cozying to dictators elsewhere”, wrote the Venezuelan journalist Moisés Naím in “Newsweek”.

Soviet Union, then the mortal enemy of the United States, who bought Cuba's main export product. President John F. Kennedy imposed an economic, financial and trade embargo on Cuba. In 1992, President Ronald Reagan adopted the embargo as a law, with the aim of “bringing democracy to the Cuban people.” The Helms-Burton Act exacerbated the embargo once again in 1996. For American citizens, it became even more difficult to do While the United States put pressure on other countries to enforce UN resolutions, they seem to be deaf and blind to all United Nations resolutions concerning Cuba. It was only in October last year, when 186 nations requested for the twentieth consecutive year to lift the embargo on Cuba at the United Nations - the only dissenting votes: United States and Israel. After the successful Cuban Revolution, young Fidel Castro was looking to maintain good relations with the United States. Castro was an admirer of Abraham Lincoln, and he even visited the monument in Washington during his visit in 1959 (left the only remaining historic photo of Castro's photographer Alberto Korda, who also took the famous Ché Guevara photograph). The United States recognized the new government, but relations deteriorated rapidly, when Fidel Castro started to expropriate large estates, which belonged mainly to Americans. Cuba offered compensation as a 20-year bond at 4.5 percent of the estimated value - not enough for the United States. The USA reduced the amount of sugar imported from Cuba drastically. Castro found a replacement customer in the

business with Cuba now. In 1999, Bill Clinton allowed that at least U.S. subsidiaries may trade with Cuba. Although Cuba's current President and Fidel's brother, Raúl Castro, has launched cautious economic and political reforms, the big neighbor in the north remains merciless. Cuba accuses Obama that he didn't enforce the promised “flexibilities”. In spite of Fidel Castro's first sympathy for Obama, the blockade under Obama became even worse. Probably because he hopes for the votes of Cuban exiles in Florida, but many of them are such extreme rightists, that they even consider Obama a communist.

Not funny



There is this guy who has a 25 inch penis. He goes to a witch and asks her if she can make it smaller. The ladies don't like it because it is just too big, and he can't get any pleasure. She tells him to go into the woods where he will find a frog. He has to ask the frog to marry him. If the frog says no, his penis will shrink five inches. He goes into the woods and finds this frog. He asks “Frog, will you marry me?” The frog says “No”. And his penis shrinks five inches. The guys thinks to himself, “Wow, that was pretty cool. But, it's still too big.” So he goes back to the frog and again asks: “Frog, will you marry me?” The frog answers: “No.” The guy's penis shrinks another five inches. But that's still 15 inches and he thinks it is still just a little bit too big. Ten inches would be just great. He goes back to the frog and asks: “Frog, will you marry me?” The frog is getting angry: “How many times do I have to tell you: No! No! No!”

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.

Two bowling teams, one of all Blondes and one of all Brunettes, charter a double-decker bus for a weekend gambling trip. The Brunette team rode on the bottom of the bus, and the Blonde team rode on the top level. The Brunette team down below really whooped it up, having a great time, when one of them realized she hadn't heard anything from the Blondes upstairs. She decided to go up and investigate. When the Brunette reached the top, she found all the Blondes in fear, staring straight ahead at the road, clutching the seats in front of them with white knuckles. The brunette asked, “What's going on up here? We're having a great time downstairs!” One of the Blondes looked up at her, swallowed hard and whispered: “Yeah, but you've got a driver!”

 Sudoku No. 125

 A dentist noticed that his next patient, an elderly lady, was looking very nervous so he decided to tell her a little joke as he put on his gloves. “Do you know how they make these gloves?” he asked. “No, I don't” she replied. “Well, there's a building in China with a big tank of latex and workers of all hand sizes dip in their hands, let them dry, then peel off the gloves and throw them into boxes of the right size.” She didn't crack a smile. “Oh, well. I tried,” he thought. But five minutes later, during a delicate portion of the dental procedure, she burst out laughing. “What's so funny?” he asked. “I was just picturing how condoms are made!” she said.


Sudoku No. 126

Jack walked into a sports bar around 9:58 pm. He sat down next to this blonde at the bar and stared up at the TV. The 10:00 news was on. The news crew was covering a story of a man on a ledge of a large building preparing to jump. The blonde looked at Jack and said, “Do you think he'll jump?” Jack says, “You know, I bet he will.” The blonde replied, “Well, I bet he won't.” Jack placed 50 dollars on the bar and said, “You're on!” Just as the blonde placed her money on the bar, the guy did a swan dive off of the building, falling to his death. The blonde was very upset and handed her money to Jack, saying, “Fair's fair. Here's your money.” Jack replied, “I can't take your money, I saw this earlier on the 5 o'clock news and knew he would jump.” The blonde replies, “I did too; but I didn't think he'd do it again.” Jack took the money.

Whitney Houston

Vicente Fernández

Drowned in Bathtub (1)

King of Rancheras: Adios

Whitney Houston, one of the greatest voices ever, died at the age of 48 on February 11. Her dead body was found in the bathtub of her hotel.

An idol of Mexican music says Adios to the music business. Vicente Fernández wants to end 45 years of a highly successful career in the Ranchera, the traditional Mexican music, after a farewell tour through Latin America, Spain and the United States. Vicente Fernandez, who was 72 years old on 17 February, not only published 80 music albums, but also acted in 27 movies as the typical Mexican macho, ladykiller and heart-breaker. After his farewell tour, “El Idolo de México” (The idol of Mexico) and “El Hijo del pueblo” (The son of the people) will no longer appear in public. Vicente Fernández announced this decision, which he had taken only a few hours before spontaneously, in the TV station Televisa. In Guadalajara, a journalist asked him if he never thought about quitting. At that moment he decided to do it without first thinking about it. “I am like that ... so I also retired from the cinema,” said Vicente Fernández. At least he has a worthy successor: his son, Alejandro Fernández (see LA PLAYA 18).

Luis Kenton Former Star in Wheel Chair

Jazmín de Grazia Drowned in Bathtub (2)

A few days before the Argentinian model Jazmin de Grazia was also found drowned in the bathtub of her apartment in Buenos Aires In the living room of the 27-year-old beauty who was in psychological care for depression, remains of cocaine and “cutlery for sniffing” were found.

In the “Golden Age of Merengue”, Los Kenton were stars who made the Dominicans dance with their own distinctive blend of Merengue and martial arts. The success of the group came to an abrupt end in 1987, when Luis Kenton ended in a wheel chair with spondylosis deformans, a disease of the spine. Luis Kenton now asked the government for help, as his treatment costs 2,000 to 6,000 dollars a month.

Secreto Accused for a sexy Video

Odalis Pérez Vicioso aka Secreto el famoso Biberón, star of the Música urbana scene, must appear in court again in March because of a minor, who simulated sex scenes and alcohol consumption in the video “Pa que te de”, after he ignored a court hearing this beginning February.

What is this Guy singing? “El cariño es como una flor” by Alex Matos After his hits “Una noche no es bastante” (One night is not enough) and “Si entendieras” (If you'd understand), the young Salsa star Alex Matos shows with his latest song “El cariño es como una flor” (Love is like a flower) that it's better to continue to count on him and that he perhaps doesn't bear his 'title' in vain: El Salsero de ahora - the Salsero of today. Yo daría lo que nunca dí por hacerte el amor, amor, y adueñarme de tu corazón para toda la vida. Yo daría lo que nunca dí tan solo por acariciarte, amor. En silencio te deseo así, porque no eres mía Esperaré pacientemente a escondidas. Y si él te descuida un poco yo entraré en tu vida. El cariño es como una flor que no se puede descuidar. Porque siempre hay alguien que espera poderla robar. El cariño es como una flor que no se puede descuidar por que siempre hay alguien que espera poderla arrancar. Yo daría lo que nunca dí por una noche junto a ti. Ser amantes en tu soledad, si algun día llegará. Esperaré pacientemente a escondidas. Y si el te descuida un poco yo entraré en tu vida. El cariño es como una flor que no se puede descuidar. Porque siempre hay alguien que espera poderla robar. El cariño es como una flor que no se puede descuidar por que siempre hay alguien que espera poderla arrancar. Ay - El Salsero de ahora. El cariño es como una flor - y tu lo debes cuidar que no se puede descuidar - porque se va y te abandona. El cariño es como una flor - oye, si tu no lo cuidas que no se puede descuidar - alguien te lo puede quitar. El cariño es como una flor - ay, Salsabor! que no se puede descuidar Otra vez - Alex Matos el Salsero de ahora.

I would give what I never gave to make love with you, honey, and take possession of your heart for the whole life. I would give what I never gave only to caress you, my love. In silence I wish you so because you are not mine. I will wait patiently in secret. And when he neglects you a bit I will enter in your life. Love is like a flower that cannot be neglected. Because there is always someone who waits to steal it. Love is like a flower that cannot be neglected, because there is always someone who waits that he can rip it out. I would give what I never gave for a night together with you. Be lovers in your loneliness, if it comes one day. I will wait patiently in secret. And when he neglects you a bit I will enter in your life. Love is like a flower that cannot be neglected. Because there is always someone who waits to steal it. Love is like a flower that cannot be neglected, because there is always someone who waits that he can rip it out. Ay - the Salsero of today. Love is like a flower - you must take care of it that cannot be neglected - because it will go and leave you. Love is like a flower - listen, if you don't take care of it that cannot be neglected - somebody can take it away from you. Love is like a flower - ay, Salsabor! that cannot be neglected. Again - Alex Matos the Salsero of today.

Alex Matos, born on a February 12 in Santo Domingo, delighted the neighborhood as a child and later entertained his classmates with his singing. During his student days, Alex Matos went regularly to sing karaoke. Later, he began to study music together with his brother. His first album “Ponte en salsa” was not very successful. In 2011, Alex Matos published his second CD, titled “El Salsero de ahora” (The Salsero of today). Three of the ten titles of the album became hits: “Una noche no es bastante”, “Si entendieras”, a song of Anthony Rios as a Salsa version, and “Amor por internet”, which he sings together with Vakeró. This year, Alex Matos is nominated as the Salsero of the year at the Premios Casandra.

You can listen to this song on facebook at “La Playa”


The Page of Health Chickenpox

Less notifiable Sick than last Year / Six Deaths from Leptospirosis, one died of Dengue The Deputy Minister of Public Health, José Rodríguez Aybar (photo), announced the latest figures for notifiable diseases this year. The figures are from the beginning of the year to February 10. Rodríguez Aybar said, the figures are lower than last year, but even though everything is

under control, the health ministry will go on monitoring the diseases actively. There were reported six deaths from leptospirosis, one patient died of dengue, and one was killed by malaria. Presently there are reported 192,883 respiratory infections, caused by the parainfluenza virus, mainly in the provinces Santiago Rodríguez and Samaná. Alone in the last week before the report, 30,319 new cases with respiratory infections were reported. Because of suspected cholera, 259 people were hospitalized in the first six weeks of the year. There were 155 suspected cases of

dengue, 77 of leptospirosis, 149 of malaria, five were hospitalized under suspicion of rabies and one with tetanus. In the past four weeks, there was reported an increased number of cases of chickenpox. Rodríguez Aybar, however, gave the all-clear. Just avoid public transportation and do not go to school or work if you have the flu or chickenpox to prevent infecting others.

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BeachFrontLand North Coast Coconut - Palms - Sand, From $50k US to $500k US Various Sizes, “Buy Now, Build Later!” Submit your own terms. Owner at 1-809-393-9618

2 BR/2BA Villa Gated, Lot Size 680 sq.m/ 7,319 sq.ft. Building Size 128 sq.m./1,378 sq.ft. Reduced to US$149,000. or 809-462-8140 2 Storey Building for a special price, only one minute to the beach. Please call me at 809 571 0089 or send a mail to Luxuious Apartments, 120 sq.m., in safe community at the beach, very inexpensive. Please call me at 809 571 0089 or send a mail to Very nice house with Garden and Pool. Quiet, at a good price, Please call me at 809 571 0089 or send a mail to Sale of a farm about 15 acres with title and deslinde with two buildings, near Samana. For information write to Vendesi un'azienda agricola di circa 15 ettari con titolo di proprietà e deslinde con due edifici, vicino a Samanà. Per informazioni scrivere a Venta de una finca de 15 hectáreas con título y deslinde con dos edificios, cerca de Samaná. Para más información:

2 BR, 2 BA Town House/Apartment, Sosúa, Building Size 126 sq.m./1,356 sq.ft., AC, Balcony, Garage. US$600/month. 809-462-8140 or Spacious 1 BR, 1 BA Apartment, Sosúa, 83 sq.m, furnished, 2nd floor, US$600/month.809-462-8140 or 2 BR Apartment in the center of Sosúa El Batey, completely furnished, guarded, everything at a walking distance, US$500/month + electricity Please call 809-571-4319 or write to

Rental of Apartments and villas in Sosúa and surroundings. Short and long term rentals from US$ 150/month, Tel. 809-571-4319 or, 2 BR House, ca. 80 sq.m, unfurnished, in Sosúa El Batey, US$320/ month + electricity. T.: 809-571-4319 or 1 BR Apartment in Sosúa, Villa Ana Maria, completely furnished, only long term rental, US$450/month + electricity. Tel.: 809-571-4319 or Apartment in Duplex for rent, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, large terrace, oceanview, downstairs open floor plan. Completely furnished, Internet, 1.6 km from the center of Sosúa. US$350 plus electricity, deposit required. No kinds, pets welcome. Tel. 809-571-3038 Sosúa, Apartment, 5 Min. to the beach, 80 sq.m, 2 bedrooms, bath, fully furnished, livingroom, kitchen, terrace, beautiful ubication, Swimming-pool, Tennis court, guarded. US$ 450 all incl., Tel. 809-571-1822 Sosúa, center, Studio 10.000 Pesos, room 8,000 RD$/month. Incl. power, cable TV 400 RD$, mail to or call 809-571-2546

Looking for Honda XR650 in good conditions for a good price. Contact: 809-841-2054 Nissan X-Terra 2000, 4x4, Automatic transm., A/C, Radio/CD, clean, excellent condition, well maintained, all papers, must sell below value US$ 8,000 or RD$ 300,000, 8092326663, Toyota 4Runner, 2003, in best condition, 550,000 RD$, Tel. 809885-3201 Mercedes Cabrio 500 SL, AMG, '97, 32 V, totally restored, like new, collector's item. 750,000 RD$ For information: Yamaha V Max, '87, 145 HP, collector's item, must be repared, 150.000 RD$ o.n.o. For information mail to

Carlos Alvarez Experienced Teacher for Spanish in Cabarete and Sosúa Also speaks English and German

Tel. 809-697 2463 Metal detector "TEKNETICS T2 Special Edition”, brand new, original packaging + second coil. Highperformance detector for big depths. US$1,150 fixed price.

Looking for electric Dart in good condition. Tel. 829-299-0175

Inverter for sale, 220 V, 6 KW, in very good condition, 29,000 RD$, Tel.: 809-889-2634 Opportunity! Beautiful antique Bronce Sculpture “3 Children on a Sledge” 2 m long, 1 m high, beautifully elaborated. To be seen in Boca Chica. mail

LOTY CAR RENTAL Carrtetera Sosúa – Cabarete Renta y Compraventa de vehículos Car Dealer & Car Rental


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

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