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That's inside today: Fight against Illiteracy

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The Heritage of the Goat

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Moringa Clearcut

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ILO trains Construction Workers Page 7 Treacherous Cease-Fire

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“Güiby” was here!

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Fun and Sudoku

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La Sabia: The Page of Health

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Stars and Starlets

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What is this Guy singing?

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Fight against Illiteracy 700,000 Dominicans can not read nor write / Convenient Loans for small Businesses The new government of Danilo Medina announced its promised campaign against illiteracy, to teach to read and write to the around 700,000 illiterates over 15 years in the country. At the official launch of the National Plan to fight Illiteracy, “Quisqueya aprende contigo” (Quisqueya learns with you), President Medina promised that this plan will be carried out at all cost. Education is an inalienable right of every citizen. Despite the major economic problems, in this case those most in need will not be abandoned. “Illiteracy is one of the forms of reproduction of poverty and social exclusion. It is a debt to our people that makes us ashamed and that we must settle. The hour has come, to pay this debt”, says Medina. Flexible programs should then allow people to finish at least elementary education and get a chance to do a degree and to get further training. Some 25,000 volunteers will work in the program, mostly university students and high school seniors who will also receive special training first. The program is scheduled to start on 7 January 2013 and the goal is to achieve almost total literacy in two years.

According to Article 92 of the Constitution, the 183 members of the House of Deputies are required to report each year on their legislative and administrative activities and the use of their funds before their constituency. On request of the newspaper “Hoy” to the Office of Free Access to Information, this announced that only ten deputies met with their obligation. The rest of the people's representatives refused to prove what they have done with the money allocated to them in the period 2011-2012, in flagrant violation of the Constitution. A frequent justification was that they made donations to institutions and individuals which have not issued certificates. According to a study, each deputy cost 23.8 million pesos to the government last year, 206 percent more than in 2004. Héctor Guzmán, spokesman of the opposition politician and former President Hipólito Mejía, praised the measure of new president Danilo Medina to limit the number of deputies to six per ministry. “This is a very positive step that sends a good message. We would have done the same thing”, said Guzmán. He complained that former president Leonel Fernández had up to 39 deputy ministers in the ministries of sports, agriculture and foreign affairs. Guzmán said that Mejía expects that Danilo finally and openly declares, what debts he had inherited from the previous government.

Gustavo Montalvo, Minister of the President announced, in the presence of President Medina and Vice President Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, that the micro, small and medium enterprises in the country, the so-called “Mipymes” will be able to get ten billion pesos for loans at low interest rates. This money will be made available to them, paid by the Banco de Reservas, Banco Agricola and Promipyme. One billion pesos are donated by the European Union for technical assistance and training. In addition, the Law on Public Purchases and Contracts was modified and will be valid from January. In public contracts, there have to be employed small and medium companies for 20 percent of the volume. All over the country there are about 1.5 million people employed in the so-called Mipymes, producing 45 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). Previously these small and medium companies often were disabled to get money to enhance their productivity by the slowness in processing and delays of the payment by the banks.


The Heritage of the Goat Deputy “withdraws” Minor of Parent's Custody / 15.5 Percent of Children are working

The PRD deputy of Santiago Rodríguez, Ramón Antonio Fernández Martínez (Papo) was convicted to one year in prison Najayo for “deprivation” of a minor from the custody of her parents. This only could happen after the chairman of the Chamber of Deputies, Abel Martínez, revoked ”Papo's” immunity against the strong resistance of some other deputies. Fernández Martínez is the first deputy since 2005, whose immunity has been withdrawn. In 2005 it was Radhamés Ramos García, also of the PRD, who smuggled Chinese nationals into the country illegally when he was the Dominican consul in Cap-Haïtien. After completing his sentence, he was reelected as a deputy of La Vega. After analyzing the case of Fernández Martínez for the daily newspaper “Hoy”, anthropologist Tahira Vargas, psychologist Luis Vergés and the sociologist Juan Montero saw the case as a relic from the days of the dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, who was called “The Goat” by the popu-

lation because of his insatiable lust for young women. Many families left or had to leave their daughters to “The Goat” for sexual favors in exchange for benefits, career in social or political hierarchy or just to please the tyrant. Fernández Martínez “withdrew” a then 14year-old from her family by promising her a furnished house and the payment of her school fees as well as her maintenance. Her parents should get a small business. The now 20-year-old told the court that Fernández Martínez bought her 150 blocks to prove that he is serious with the construction of her house. However, when “Papo” did no longer comply on time with his monthly maintenance payments, the parents of the girl decided to sue him. “There are girls who are transferred to the custody of wealthy men who take care of the school fees and the financial well being of the girl and her family in exchange for sex,” says Tahira Vargas. Luis Vergés calls this phenomenon the most anti-ethical subculture of poverty. The press had the important task to publish such cases, which otherwise would perish in the ubiquitous culture of silence and taboos. This problem must not be attacked only repressive, but as a structural phenomenon of poor families, said Vergés. It shows that Dominican society is experiencing a social and cultural drama that is not entirely familiar but with people who manage public policy and therefore no changes occur.

The elimination of child labor remains one of the main social debts of the country. 15.5 percent of children between five and 17 years are working. Notwithstanding that child labor has declined by six percent in the last decade, and the country stands as one of the nations in the region that has struggled to eradicate this scourge, the Dominican Republic still has 1.6 percent more children working than the average for Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2006 Dominican Republic launched the National Strategic Plan to Combat Child Labour (PEN) that integrates all sectors of government, business, labor and civil society organizations that are affected by the issue. The National Strategic Plan to Combat Child Labour (PEN) stated that the three worst forms of child labor in the country are commercial sexual exploitation, hazardous work in agriculture and dangerous urban work. The National Investigation (Enhogar) 2009-2010, however, notes that the sex tourism is not the biggest concern, because, according to the interviewed victims, two of three sexual exploiters were Dominicans. The President of the National Trade Union Unity (CNUS), Rafael (Pepe) Abreu, said that although child labor has been significantly reduced in the formal sector, the incidence remains high in the informal sector. It's a fight against poverty itself.


Moringa Clearcut Trees cut down at Roadside / Instead of Medicine / Barrick Gold Contract to be examined that anyone who is caught, will be brought to justice. Environmental activists from Los Alcarrizos in Santo Domingo are also complaining about the deforestation of Moringa trees due to the desire of many to enjoy the manyfold benefits of this “miracle plant”. Moringa trees have been planted in many places to provide shade. Now they are cut down by robbers. Moringa oleifera is good for everything and cures anything, except ignorance and greed. There are news frm San Juan de la Maguana in the west of the Dominican Republic that wild growing Moringa trees at the roadside were often cut off except for a small stump. Because the number of people of all social classes who consume Moringa for instance as a tea, is growing daily. Many say they feel good after consuming Moringa, they sleep better, they would have had no more flu for a long time. Finally, many seem to see Moringa as a substitute for conventional medicine, which of course is complete nonsense. In proportion as the number of consumers increases, the prices for the leaves, the pods and seeds, and the wood of the “miracle tree” Moringa also increase, and thus the earnings of the seller. The Moringa mania has triggered an unexpected competition among local retailers. In areas where trees are known, the trees are chipped and the leaves and pods are dried and stored. Pedro Beato, Provincial Director for Natural Resources, says that during a tour they found that most of the trees were cut off, except for a little rest, but that was not very tragic, as the Moringa oleifera does not die because of this, but it will sprout again. But Beato warned that cutting trees means violating laws on environmental protection and the protection of natural resources, and

Other organizations launched an appeal for help to the Environment Ministry, to put an end to the raids of unscrupulous contemporaries before they have cut down all the trees. José Dionisio del Orbe, environmental activist, says: “The majority of our citizens is not aware of the ecological damage by the unrestrained deforestation for us and our children. If this continues as now, Moringa might be an endangered species soon.”

The Energy Committee of the Chamber of Deputies is looking at a proposal, submitted by Deputy Carlos Gabriel Garcia, to revise the contract with Barrick Gold mining to increase Dominican government earnings from the Pueblo Viejo, Cotui gold mine. Appearing before the Committee, Garcia said that the original agreement, signed on 25 March 2002, only gave the Dominican State 3 percent on sales of gold. In addition, the contract allows for Barrick Gold to only have to pay tax when it has recovered its claimed investment in the mine, and received an net rate of return of 10 percent, and this, he said, would allow Barrick, by means of creative accounting, to do everything possible in order to appear never to have recovered its investment nor be receiving the net rate of return specified. He demonstrated this by saying the initial investment figure that Barrick presented was to be 700 million dollars, which was then increased to 1.5 billion, then to 2.58 billion, then to 3.5 billion, and now they are talking of 4 billion dollars. He also doubted that Barrick had spent the amount claimed, some 450 million dollars, on environmental improvements in the area and he suggested that they would continue to say they were spending money on investments to avoid ever paying taxes. He finished by saying that the gold in the Pueblo Viejo mine was the property of the Dominican people and the benefits from the mine should be used for the development of the Dominican people. The deputy said that the state could receive 9.8 billion dollars during the 25-year lifespan of the mine, while the mining company's profits were estimated at around 34 billion dollars, according to the Analysis of Economic and Social Effects of Pueblo Viejo Mining Project in Dominican Republic study, published by the Center for Social Responsibility in Mining of the University of Queensland, Australia. (Source: DR1)


ILO trains Construction Workers Specialists for Earthquake resistant Construction in Haiti / Restavèk System modern Slavery who then will be employed by the United Nations in the project 16/6, where there will be built more than 1,000 apartments. This project is funded by various international aid agencies.

After the earthquake in January 2010, 32 percent of the existing international aid went to Haiti's construction industry, a total of 504 million dollars. According to a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) this has greatly increased the demand for construction workers, thus. For still some 400,000 people live in degrading conditions in the many tent cities, mainly in the capital Port-au-Prince. There are foreign specialists working in Haiti, including those from the Dominican Republic and Brazil, who know how to construct earthquake-resistant buildings. Since this can not be a permanent condition, the ILO trains local workers to be integrated into the labor market. “The ILO therefore actively supports economic growth and promotes the program 'Decent work in the country,'” says Antonio Cruciani, coordinator of the ILO in Haiti. The aim of the campaign is to train 60 trainers and 1,500 workers in earthquakeresistant construction for the next two years,

Haiti was the first country in the world where a slave revolt put an end to the rule of the white (French) slaveholders. In 1804, the former slaves declared Haiti's independence. The price of freedom was very high, because none of the colonial powers recognized Haiti. The United States needed until 1868 to do so. France demanded 150 million francs as compensation for the losses and threated to invade the country again, if the new black government won't pay. So Haiti had to take a loan on which it paid until 1947, and which made the former “Pearl of the Caribbean” to the poorhouse of the Americas. In 2004, the then president Aristide demanded France to return 22 billion dollars for the financial damage, which caused this “reparations” in Haiti, according to his calculations. In vain, of course. Now, the International Labour Organization (ILO), complained in a study on child labor that the so-called “restavèk” system (French: rester avec = stay with) which is practised in Haiti, was one of the worst forms of child forced labor and that it has to be seen similar to slavery. Children, mostly girls, are given away from their poor families to relatives or wealthy families, because they can not feed them. Originally this was thought to give a better life to these children than their own family can offer them. In reality, these children, usually between five and 17 years old, work between ten and 14 hours every day. They can not seen in the

streets as the begging children, because they are living hidden in houses. Overall, the number of “restavèk” is estimated at 225,000 - one in every ten children in Haiti. For the big misery after the earthquake in 2010, the number of “restavèk” has risen. Agents get a reward from rich families that are looking for kids for free labor. The children normally do not go to school and have to eat the waste of the family. A 15year-old “restavèk” is four inches shorter than the average Haitian child and weighs 20 pounds less. Daily beatings and rape are on the agenda, according to the ILO. On 12 June, the International Day Against Child Labour, the Haitian government closed in the campaign of international organizations to end this system of modern slavery for the first time. The campaign “Frennen Sistem Restavèk” wants to put to the light the system and the associated human rights violations.


Treacherous Cease-Fire Maras go on killing / Colombians want Negotiations / Womanizer Henrique Capriles In El Salvador, some of the politicians slowly seem to realize that a pact with the devil (see LA PLAYA 75) can not end well. Senior politicians are divided on whether the cease-fire, which was agreed with two of the most powerful criminal organizations in the country, the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 six months ago, in order to reduce the extremely high number of murders in this little Cental American Country, has brought any progress. In early March, the MS-13 and Barrio 18 pledged to cease to recruit more young people for their gangs, in exchange that their leaders were transferred from high security prisons to normal prisons, from where they could give orders to their underlings to stop the killings. Now a new massacre startled the country, which proves that the Maras don't care that much to comply with agreements. In a grave there were found five students who were clearly murdered by Maras. The youngest was 15 years old. Obviously, they were invited by band members to eat and drink. When they were offered to join the gang, they refused and therefore were murdered and buried along with food scraps and cutlery. Many members of the Maras were recruited by force.

In Colombia, 77 percent of the population consent the plan of President Juan Manuel Santos, to check the chances for negotiations with the oldest rebel organization in Latin America, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), that wages war against the government for nearly 50 years now, with the proposal to ultimately sign a peace agreement. On 26 August, the government and FARC signed a framework agreement to negotiate the end of the conflict in Havana, Cuba. The FARC must then lay down their weapons, return conquered territories and withdraw from the drug trade, that partly raised the capital for their guerrilla warfare. 54 percent of Colombians were optimistic that the negotiations would succeed, while 41 percent were pessimistic. The question of consent for President Santos was at 57 percent, 15 percent more than in July. There were plenty of failed negotiations and peace agreements between FARC and government since the foundation of FARC by Manuel Marulanda Vélez, alias “Tirofijo” (Shureshot) in May 1964. In 1982 was the first attempt to stop the bloodshed. The FARC grew to 19,000 members in the 1990s, but was weakened by military offensives launched by former President Álvaro Uribe with help from the United States under Plan Colombia, which began in 2000. Today there are an estimated 9,000 fighters.

In Venezuela, the challenger of President Hugo Chávez at the elections on 7 October, Henrique Capriles Radonski tries to gain ground. The 40year-old spinster, who was denounced by Chávez as a “fascist and bourgeois,” and whose sexual orientation was questioned for his celibacy, said during an election rally in the state of Carabobo, his weakness were the women and that he was “impressed by the beauty of the women” of this state. Laughingly Capriles said, ”Sometimes you stand there with a couple of girls in front of you, and you look at them and lose concentration”. To marry was too difficult for him, he said under the screams of his female followers: “This is my weakness. Here, I say it all over the country: My weakness is women.” He was convinced that the women will make him president. On 7 October, Venezuela has to decide, whether the 58-year-old President Hugo Chávez or his challenger Henrique Capriles will lead the country from 2013 to 2019.


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“Güiby” was here! Hawksbill Sea Turtle lays eggs on Playa Güibia / Endangered Species comes back annually

Residents of the Malecón in Santo Domingo notified the Ministry of Environment of a joyful event. They have sighted “Güiby” once again. "Güiby" is a Hawksbill sea turtle which appears annually on the narrow beach of Güibia, located on the busy promenade (Malecón) of the capital Santo Domingo, in order to traditionally lay her eggs on the thin strip of sandy beach. "Güiby" is estimated to have about 40 years of age, and the officials of the Ministry of Environment came to collect this year's result: 215 eggs. The Hawksbill sea turtles (Tortuga Carey) are among the critically endangered species. In order to prevent looting of the scrim

- potency-enhancing powers are attributed to the eggs, which led almost to extinction of this species in many areas of the world the Ministry of Environment staff brought the eggs to the Acuario Nacional (National Aquarium), where they will be incubated. Before the biologists showed up, “Güiby” finished her work already and disappeared in the open waters of the Caribbean Sea. The also so called Caribbean or Atlantic sea turtle is in danger of extinction mainly because of its shell, which consists of pure precious tortoiseshell material, used for decorative purposes. The Hawksbill sea turtle today is found mostly on the coral reefs out of the sandy Caribbean beaches of Mexico.

Caribbean and Florida nests of Hawksbill sea turtles normally contain around 140 eggs. After the hours-long process of laying the eggs, the female then returns to the sea.

A Reader's Poem Cuando la luz se fue It's when the lights go out, The people begin to shout Watchee, Watchee no hay luz, Whithout light, they get the blues. A Dominicana gorda grunts like a pig, She's mad as hell, she was fixing her wig. Then a big fat Gringa loses her head Screaming like a witch to raise the dead. They both know that the watchee will go To turn on the planta, as we well know. But, they can't wait, there's no excuse, it's the pesos they all pay for the juice. To spend some money, it really drives them crazy On a clear day, rainy one, or one that's hazy. They cry and complain, that's the game When la luz se fue, they're all the same. Esteban


GameYcles

X-Sudoku

The Hunter

Hello from Uruguay! Well actually we are not PHYSICALLY in that beautiful small country in South America, but it is from Uruguay that we are picking a bill for this issue of LA PLAYA's GameYcles. Picture courtesy of Pablo Buydid from Piriápolis, Uruguay. The best solution we can find is P=9. Four tpoints (4 transfers) and 5 s-points, since a total of 5 points were added: 1+1+3.

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 16.

The big game hunter walked in the bar and bragged to everyone about his hunting skills. The man was undoubtedly a good shot and no one could dispute that. But then he said that they could blindfold him and he would recognize any animal's skin from its feel, and if he could locate the bullet hole he would even tell them what caliber the bullet was that killed the animal. The hunter said that he was willing to prove it if they would put up the drinks, and so the bet was on. They blindfolded him carefully and took him to his first animal skin. After feeling it for a few moments, he announced “Springbok.” Then he felt the bullet hole and declared, “Shot with a .308 rifle.” He was right. They brought him another skin, one that someone had in their car trunk. He took a bit longer this time and then said, “Kalahari Lion. Shot with a .416 rifle.” He was right again. Through the night, he proved his skills again and again, every time against a round of drinks. Finally he staggered home, drunk out of his mind, and went to sleep. The next morning he got up and saw in the mirror that he had one hell of a shiner. So he said to his wife, “I know I was drunk last night, but not drunk enough to get in a fight and not remember it. Where did I get this black eye?” His wife, still angry, “I gave it to you! You got into bed and put your hand down my panties. Then you fiddled around and loudly announced, 'Skunk, killed with an axe'.”

Sudoku No. 155 In the abridged format we use for GameYcles solutions this one would be: 17535199, 15739159, 25731459, t4, s5, P9. Hey, newcomers: the first sequence is the original number, the second is the number with transfers, and the third is the numerycle. t and s indicate respectively the points against you by transfers and sums, and P is the total of t + s. Other solutions? Please visit our web site: http://bit.ly/laplayadominicana. You can also send us classified ads, text and suggestions from the web site. Next issue, October 3rd, we will be travelling in our imagination to Shanghai, China. The number on the Chinese bill we have received is: 13307819. So get to work! You have two weeks.

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Sudoku No. 156

Do you know that moment, when suddenly everything makes sense and you see that it's really worth it? … Neither do I!


LA SABIA

The Page of Health

More Cases of Cancer Worrying Situation / No Government Statistics / High Costs for Family and Health Service The president of the Society of Hematology and Oncology, José Ramírez said that there is a concerning increase of different types of cancer that occur in the genito-urinal tract, including lung, bladder, vagina, cervix and prostate. “In those areas there are tumors growing more frequently in the last six years,” he said, speaking at the 12th Congress of the organization in Bávaro before national and foreign specialists. Ramírez said that doctors who treat cancer are alarmed, because this

fact is verified by increases in public and private consultations, but there are no government statistics that follow up on this worrying situation that affects the country. Ramírez argued that every cancer patient means high costs to the state and families, for the high price of treatments and the attention that must be paid to them. He demanded, the medical society and the country must deeply analyze the causes of the increase in these cases, and develop policies aimed at the prevention, diagnosis, cure and quality of life. With this concern, oncologists met at the congress for updating their knowledge about the growing number of patients that experienced successful cancer treatments. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan radiotherapistoncologist Ivo Rodriguez warned of a rise in cases of endometrial cancer in underdeveloped countries, due to change of social status of many women in Latin America. The president of the Venezuelan Society of Radiation said that the causes of this disease are obesity, diabetes, tendency for women to have fewer children and their age above 45 years. He warned that this type of cancer in the mucuous coating of the uterus doesn't show

signs of concern, but the main warning is when a woman has vaginal bleeding after her menopause. José Ramírez said, that at the congress of oncologists there was presented a drug with direct effects on metastasis, which contributes to the survival and quality of life of patients in the acute pain phase and expansion of cancer cells. Also, doctors contacted surgery procedures and advanced modern equipment for radiotherapy made available in the country.


Premio Casandra

Black Point

Dispute about new Name

Injured in Car Accident

María Gabriela Isler Barbie with Brains Since 1985, the “Premio Casandra” the most popular price for Dominican entertainment artists. The last ceremony was the most watched television show of all time in the Dominican Republic with 19.53 percent of viewers. The award was named after deceased singer Casandra Damirón who died on 5 December 1983. Now her children want that their mother's name may no longer be used for this spectacle. Reason: The memory of the founder was moving more and more away from the show. At the same time, the show preferred Música urbana unilaterally, other sectors such as folklore, theater, dance were considered less and less. That was not in the sense of Casandra Damirón. The organizers, Acroarte (Association of Art Chronists) and Cervecería Nacional Dominicana (Presidente beer) suggested that the price now should be named “El Soberano” which so far was the highest honor of the “Casandra”. But that wasn't allowed by the family either, because Casandra Damirón was also known as “La Soberana”.

Venezuela is considered the country with the most beautiful women. Six times, the country has won the title “Miss Universe”. Also six times the “Miss World” went to Venezuela, and “Miss International” has been awarded to Venezuela six times, too. That beauty is not necessarily synonymous with stupidity, shows the 24-year old, 1.79 meters tall María Gabriela Isler who has degrees in business management and marketing. The ceremony took place in a luxury hotel in Caracas, where the first Venezuelan beauty queen Susana Dujim was crowned in 1955. Miss shows have great popularity in the country at the the Orinoco, where the men on scalpel that help out when is not perfect, have a boom. Beauty contests are almost a national sport in Venezuela. However, the events became reduced significantly in the two past years, as the largest venues are in the hands of the government who forced the producer of the show, the private television channel Venevisón, to evade to a smaller place. For decades it was a gigantic event with hundreds of artists. This time the audience was just a few dozen guests in the main hall of the hotel, including the jury. While previously dozens of international top-stars came to this event, this year the little out-of-fashion Merengue and Salsa singer Olga Tañón from Puerto Rico and the American Bachata singer of Dominican origin, Prince Royce, where the only international highlights of the show.

After an show in a disco, Jonás Ortiz aka Black Point lost control of his car with far excessive speed as he tried to avoid to crash with a truck at 5 in the morning. The 23-year-old star of Música urbana and his inmates were the seriously injured at the accident. Except for DJ Jouga, who also was in the car, all were inconscious. No one had his seat-belt put, and according to unconfirmed reports, Black Point was drunk, too. Meanwhile, he awoke from a coma.

Gigant3s Marc, Chayanne & El Buki

Three legends of Latin music come to the Olympic Stadium in Santo Domingo with their concert “Gigant3s” on 24 November: (from left) Marco Antonio Solís (El Buki), Marc Anthony and Chayanne.


What is this Guy singing? “Eso sigue siendo mío” by Pochy Familia y su Cocoband In the nineties, Pochy y su Cocoband were some of the biggest of Merengue. A revival with their old songs, interpreted by the then popular stars of Merengue de calle, failed. To his 25 th anniversary, Pochy tries a new start with the old style. Eso sigue siendo mío, eso sigue siendo mío. Aunque ahora tu estás con él, eso sigue siendo mío. Eso sigue siendo mío, eso sigue siendo mío. Aunque ahora tu estás con él, eso sigue siendo mío. Cuando tu y yo terminamos algo se quedó encendido, ahora que tu estás con él, eso sigue siendo mío. A tí yo te di calor cuando te atacaba el frío. Aunque tu no estás sin él, eso sigue siendo mío. Eso sigue siendo mío, eso sigue siendo mío. Aunque ahora tu estás con él ... Pochy Familia y La Coco. Eso sigue siendo mío, eso sigue siendo mío. Aunque ahora tu estás con él ... Aunque tu estás tan lejos, tengo los bultos cojío, tus amigos saben bien, eso sigue siendo mío. Nosotros que terminamos, eso no tiene sentido, el no te sabe los trucos, esos truquitos son míos. Eso sigue siendo mío, eso sigue siendo mío. Aunque ahora tu estás con él ... Mambo familiar, pero con Coco. Tu estás con él, yo estoy tranquilo, todo el mundo sabe, que tó eso es mío. Tu estás con él, yo estoy tranquilo ... Sigue con él, y cuenta y goza. Pero tu sabes bien, que yo soy otra cosa. Yo no quiero problema, tampoco quiero un lío, pero tu sabes bien, que todo eso es mío. Tu estás con él, yo estoy tranquilo ... Eso sigue siendo mío, eso sigue siendo mío. Aunque ahora tu estás con él …

This still is mine, this still is mine. Even though you now are with him, this still is mine. This still is mine, this still is mine. Even though you now are with him, this still is mine. When you and I finished there remained something burning, now that you are with him, this still is mine. I gave you warmth, when the cold attacked you. Even though you are not without him, this still is mine. This still is mine, this still is mine. Even though you now are with him … Pochy Familia y La Coco. This still is mine, this still is mine. Even though you now are with him … Even though you are so far away, I got my bags prepared, your friends know well, this still is mine. We who finished, this doesn't make sense, he doesn't know the tricks, these little tricks are mine. This still is mine, this still is mine. Even though you now are with him … Mambo familiar, but with Coco. You are with him, I am quiet, the whole world knows, that all this is mine. You are with him, I am quiet … Go on with him, and count and enjoy. But you know well, that I'm something else. I don't want a problem, also I don't want a fight, but you know well, that all this is mine. You are with him, I am quiet … This still is mine, this still is mine. Even though you now are with him …

Alfonso “Pochi” Vásquez made his Cocoband the leading act in the Dominican Republic with a new, fresh style of Merengue in the early to the mid-nineties. Initially, Kinito Méndez was a member of the group and wrote many of the biggest hits and later became very successful as a soloist. The Cocoband changed its name several times. Like Pochi y su Cocoband, Pochy y su Cocoband, Los Cococtuces or now Pochy Familia y su Cocoband After more than ten highly successful albums, the air was out in 2000. Pochi tried a comeback in 2009 with the album “Coco de calle” with then popular musicians of the new Música urbana, like Tulile or Tito Swing, who interpreted his earlier successes, but neither Pochi's fans nor the fans of the new stars seemed overly interested. For the 25th anniversary, the band plays music in the old style, such as the here proposed and translated “Eso sigue siendo mío”. At the anniversary concert at the Hard Rock Cafe in Santo Domingo, the audience consisted mostly of over 30-yearold who wanted to hear the old hits and sing along with them.


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For rent in Sosúa Furnished apartment, 140 sq.m. on 2nd floor, separate entrance, 40 sq.m. Terrace with sea view. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, one with whirlpool. Generous kitchen, eating space, livingroom, washing room, safe and secured compound. Close to town, 24 h electricity, own well, cable TV, generator, big pool in tropical garden. Long term rental US$650 plus electricity according to use.

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Wanted! Surfboard, Longboard, 9 ft – 10 ft. Reasonable price. Call 829601-8383, Tomas.

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The sad Story of Fred A local law enforcement officer stopped a car for traveling faster than the posted speed limit. Since he was in a good mood that day, he decided to give the poor fellow a break and write him out a warning instead of a ticket. So, he asks the man his name. “Fred” he replies. “Fred what?” the officer asks. “Just Fred” the man responds. When the officer presses him for a last name, the man tells him that he used to have a last name but lost it. The officer thinks he has a nutcase on his hands but plays along with it. “Tell me Fred, how did you lose your last name?” The man replies ... “It's a long story, so stay with me. I was born Fred Dingaling. I know, funny last name. The kids used to tease me all the time. So I stayed to myself. I studied hard and got good grades. When I got older I realized that I wanted to be a doctor. I went through college, medical school, internship, residency, finally got my degree so I was Fred Dingaling, MD. After a while I got bored being a doctor so I decided to go back to school. Dentistry was my dream. Got all the way through school, got my degree so I was now Fred Dingaling MD DDS. Got bored doing dentistry so I started fooling around with my assistant. She gave me VD. So, I was Fred Dingaling MD DDS with VD. Well, the ADA found out about the VD so they took away my DDS so I was Fred Dingaling MD with VD. Then the AMA found out about the ADA taking away my DDS because of the VD, so they took away my MD leaving me as Fred Dingaling with VD. Then the VD took away my dingaling, so now I'm just Fred.” The officer let him go.

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