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Daily News - 29 October 1998

Judge orders JCE month budget allotments be disbursed
The provisional judge of the Cámara Civil y Comercial de la Segunda Circunscripción issued a judgment that favors the new board of the Junta Central Electoral, the body in charge of the organization of presidential, municipal and congressional elections in the DR. Judge Nuris Landry de Castillo ruled that the Executive Branch immediately release funds retained since 17 September at the request of the Partido Reformista Social Cristiano (PRSC) and the Fuerza Nacional Progresista (FNP). The judge based her decision on articles 110, 111, 112, 114, 115 of Law 254 of 1958 and 102 of the Constitution, as well as on article 13 of the Electoral Law. The Executive Branch had said it awaited a judgment in order to release the funds. The political parties reject the make up of the new board of the JCE, elected unilaterally by the Partido Revolucionario Dominicano, which has majority in the Senate.
The PRSC and the FNP appealed the decision.

City mayor to fire 550 for not working
Mayor of Santo Domingo Johnny Ventura announced he was firing 550 people that receive pay checks from the municipality but play no role. But PRD alderman have "alerted" the city mayor that they "worked for the win of the party and now can't be sent to the streets". Hoy newspaper editorialized, "Poor country. Here the government has to employ political activists. The fact that they should work for the community that pays them, and do not do so, is the least important."
The new mayor said that the tight financial situation of the city hall forced him to release the politically-appointed personnel. The city hall has had extraordinary expenditures due to Hurricane Georges.
Johnny Ventura was the PRD candidate in the 16 August 1998 municipal elections.

Cable TV companies get their ads back
Shortly after the general manager of the leading cable TV company, Telecable Nacional announced the Comisión Nacional de Espectáculos Públicos y Radiofonía had no jurisdiction over the cable companies and thus could not ban their placing national advertisements on their international cable channels, the commission revoked its ban. The measure had primarily affected Telecable Nacional, the leading cable station in Santo Domingo.
Hoy newspaper commented in the Coctelera column that RD$40 million a year was at stake in advertisements. Cable TV has been gaining a large share of the television advertising market in detriment of local channels.
The CNEPR director, Laureano Guerrero had motivated the ban because he said cable TV was unfair competition to the local stations. The director of CNEPR complained that the local television stations did not defend his ban. The local television stations apparently cannot afford to risk the wrath of the cable TV station that carries their channels together with the package of international channels.
TeleAntillas and Telesistemas and Colorvisión did support the measure as per news items in Hoy newspaper, which is owned by the same company that owns Tele Antillas and Telesistemas.
In an editorial in Hoy newspaper, comments that the US government has protested the use of local advertising in the cable TV channels as a violation of intellectual property.
José Florentino, general manager of Telecable Nacional met with Danilo Medina at the National Palace. Laureano Guerrero was later invited to the meeting, subsequently revoking the measure.

DR appoints Daniel Guerrero ambassador in Cuba
Ministry of Foreign Relations announced yesterday that Daniel Guerrero Taveras has been appointed the Dominican Republic's ambassador in Cuba. Miguel Pérez Cruz, former general consul, will be the Cuban ambassador in the country. He had been consul general since December 1997. Both countries will open their embassies in the same lovely houses where these were located prior to the closing of relations in 1959.
The Dominican Republic is at present represented in Cuba by consul general Grecia Fiordaliza Pichardo.
Born in 1953, Guerrero graduated from the law school of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. He later received a masters in foreign commerce and international economic relations at the Centro de Investigaciones de Economía Internacional of the University of Havana. He has taught law at the UASD and is a columnist in the El Nacional afternoon newspaper.
He is a member of the Central Committee of the Partido de la Liberación Dominicana, the government party, since the early 90s. He is married to a Cuban and has three daughters.
The Dominican Republic re-established full diplomatic relations with Cuba on 16 April 1998.

Hatuey registers to run for president
Hatuey Decamps, secretary general of the Partido Revolucionario Dominicano, became the third aspirant to the presidential candidacy of the PRD to formalize his candidacy by registering his credentials and making a payment of RD$100,000. Milagros Ortíz Bosch and Hipólito Mejía have also registered their aspirations to be the PRD presidential candidate in the year 2000 elections.

Quadruple tie in Baseball League
The four teams that are participating in the Dominican Winter Professional Baseball League are tied in first place. In last night's game, the Escogido Lions defeated the Aguilas Cibaeñas, 6-0 yesterday The Giants defeated the Tigers, 2-1. All the teams have won two games and lost two games.

Five Dominican MVP
Five Dominican major league players were voted the Most Valuable Players of their teams.
Sammy Sosa's season with the Chicago Cubs is considered the most productive for a Latin American player in the history of baseball. He hit 66 homers and batted in 158 runs.
Alex Rodríguez, of the Seattle Mariners, is considered the best short stop of the Major Leagues. Last season he hit 40-40 (40 runs-40 bases robbed).
Manny Ramírez, of the Cleveland Indians, ended the season with a batting average of .294, 45 home runs and 145 runs batted in.
Vladimir Guerrero batted 38 home runs, a new home run record for the Montreal Expos.
Moisés Alou, of the Houston Astros batted 38 home runs, a new record for the Astros. He also batted in 124 runs batted in. This is the second consecutive year that Moisés Alou is voted the Most Valuable Player of his team. Last year, he was the Miami Marlins MVP.


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