Recent content by frank alvarez

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    How 'bout a trade?

    I enjoy living in my native country after spending most of my life living abroad. The warm weather all year round, the beaches, mountains, countryside and tropical atmosphere, the generally bright and happy disposition of most Dominicans in spite of many hardships and so on. But when I go out...
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    Dear Mr. President....

    ....please read the 'Wake Up Leonel' thread in this section. This is what many people are feeling. After the disaster that was the PRD/Hipolito government of 2000/2004, most Dominicans looked to you with a great dealof hope to get things turned around. In many ways you have but, the...
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    Dear Mr. President....

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    Porfirio Rubirosa - Forgotten?

    There have been several famous characters well known for their powers of seduction in the history of our planet. 'Don Juan' de Mara?a of Seville, Spain, Giovanni 'Casanova' of Venice, Italy and Porfirio Rubirosa of San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Rubi was known mostly as a...
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    Dominican 'Leaders' Put It To the People.

    Dominican Politicians and 'Concerned Leading Citizens' (lol!) have come to an agreement on how to recover the revenues that will be lost due to the kicking in of the DR-CAFTA agreement (see article on DR1 news today). Consumers will have to bear the burden with a whopping 86.5% of the new taxes...
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    Eating platano and listening to bachata...

    There has been a rumor going around in the DR that says that eating platano and listening to bachata makes people dumber. That may be the explanation for so many stupid drivers and crazy cycle and scooter riders all over the country. I am tempted to subscribe to this theory. Any opinions or...
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    Dominican Baseball Experts: Your Opinion.

    For the upcoming Baseball World Competition, Dominican baseball fans are fantasizing on the possible line-ups. I have one that follows below but I do not know of any catchers. There are none in the majors right now but there must be some in AAA or AA. Does anyone know? How about this...
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    Where can I buy an electric typewriter in the DR?

    For a Free Zone factory, for filling out Customs forms, etc., I need an electric typewriter and don't remember when was the last time I saw one in a store in the DR. I called Verizon and asked for a number for Brother and the only number they have is for a butcher shop! HELP!
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    Leonel with Chavez and Fidel

    As a result of the PetroCaribe Summit in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, organized by Chavez and attended by most Caribbean nations, including Cuba, yesterday's papers had a lot of front page pictures of America's latest Latin bad-boy, Chavez, with Fidel (America's all-time Latin bad-boy) on his...
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    The Ones That Can Least Afford It....

    Watching the local channels in Santo Domingo and seeing people streaming in donating clothes, food and money for the flood victims, I have been amazed to see that most of those contributors are from the lower or poorer class. The Ones That Can Least Afford It Are the First Ones to Help Out! It...
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    Hippo And Friends Looking For Cover!

    The Dominican press is beginning to discuss that the PPH/PRD goons which have had a run of the country with their godfather Hipolito for the last 4 years, are looking for impunity by getting named Senator of the Republic. The first one that is supposedly to be Senator from Santiago is Hippo...
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    233 Deaths and Counting

    The death toll of the Jimani flood stands today at 233 with plenty of missing which will most likely put the final count over 500. This in a town of 11,000 means that 5% of the population was swept away to die and most of the rest are homeless and without any personal belongings whatsoever...
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    What voting was like

    Just to share a Dominican voter's experience this past Sunday...I arrived at my voting place (Colegio San Juan Bautista) at 9:25 a.m. and promptly located my voting table (0265B) in the roofed back yard of the school (nice and cool in the shade) in Bella Vista, right behind Bella Vista Mall, in...