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    Shabby-lookng cheapskates get better prices

    When me and my wife Altagracia go to the local market for our weekly shopping, she insist I stay in the background. She's noticed that if I accompany her, vendors invariably up their prices. It's true. At the monday morning local fleamarket, when I approach a stall that's announcing loudly...
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    Greenhouse in full production

    Need your suggestion on listing a twin greenhouse in full production with a total planting area of 10 tareas (6288.5 square meters), currently growing 21 thousand plants of organic Cubanele peppers, a highly prized agricultural commodity which can be grown all year around, including during...
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    Bonded Labor in the Dominican Republic

    Every day, around 5:30 am, three and more truckloads of farm workers drive down the road from Las Lomas de Azua toward farms in the region. They are usually back around 2:30 pm. Most of the workers have taken out loans with the operators who own the trucks and contract the workers out to the...
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    Tarantulas (cacatas)

    I live in a remote rural region north of the town of Azua, on the Dominican Southwest. For some quirk of nature this place is oozing with tarantulas (cacatas), very large spiders usually the size of an adult open human male hand. Those found in the wild are left alone, however, those that enter...