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Daily News - 06 November 1998

DR One daily news update will not publish on Monday
The Dominican Republic One daily news update will not be published on Monday, 9 November. The most important weekend news will be compiled for the Tuesday, 10 November edition. Friday, 6 November commemorates Constitution Day. The holiday, though, is celebrated on Monday. This is a long weekend, and expect hundreds of Dominicans to take to the beaches for a respite from city traffic jams and the tension of city life.

Political dialogue reaches a deadlock
The political parties participating in the dialogue sponsored by the high hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church is at a standstill. After five hours of conversations, Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez said that the talks would be suspended until next week. A date for the next meeting was not announced, nevertheless.
The PRSC insists in its position that the board of the Junta Central Electoral resign. The PRSC has criticized that the president of the board unilaterally elected by the PRD-majority Senate is a militant PRD man. The PRSC wants the board of the JCE to be persons without political partisanship, such as was the board that organized the successful 1996 election. The PRSC is represented in the talks by Leonardo Matos Berrido, Rafael Bello Andino and Joaquín Ricardo.
The PRD supports the present board of the Junta Central Electoral and is proposing as a solution that two more members be elected, one representing the PRSC and another representing the PLD.
The PRD is represented by Hatuey Decamps, José Rafael Abinader, Enmanuel Esquea Guerrero and Rafael Suberví Bonilla.
The PLD proposes that two of the members of the court resign and be replaced by members chosen by the PRSC and the PLD. This formula would leave Manuel Ramón Morel Cerda as president, and Luis Ramón Cordero and Ana Teresa Pérez, against which there is no animadversion. The PLD is represented by Euclides Gutiérrez Felix, Norge Botello and Danilo Medina.

Peynado to seek PRSC presidential nomination
Jacinto Peynado told El Siglo that he would compete with President Joaquín Balaguer for the presidential candidacy for the Partido Reformista Social Cristiano for the year 2000 elections. Peynado believes that the party should run on its own strengths and not ally with the PLD as the leader of the party, Dr. Joaquín Balaguer did in 1996. The support of Balaguer to the candidacy of Dr. Leonel Fernández was crucial to the Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD) winning the presidency in 1996.

Orlando Martínez case resent for 7 December
Judge Katia Miguelina Jiménez postponed the hearings in the case of assassinated journalist Orlando Martínez for 7 December. The case is seen as historic and transcendental as it brings to court several of the key military hierarchy of the Balaguer era. The judge postponed the case in order to give time for the court-appointed physician to evaluate the condition of accused José Isidoro Martínez González, who suffers from lung cancer and Parkinson Disease. El Siglo reported that Martínez González is said to be interned at the military hospital. The judge ordered the presence as witnesses of former President Joaquín Balaguer, Marino Vinicio Castillo, Victor Gómez Bergés, and retired colonel Ernesto Ricourt Regús and former judge Rafael Darío Aristy Castro, as well as retired generals Enrique Pérez y Pérez and Ramón Emilio Jiménez, both former ministers of the Armed Forces for the opening day of the case.
Retired General Salvador Lluberes Montas, one of the key accused, attended in a wheel chair, for having suffered a fracture of his left leg. He was released from jail for health reasons, despite having been singled in the investigations as the alleged intellectual author of the crime against the former news magazine editor and newspaper columnist in 1975. He attended the case with his appointed defending lawyers Carlos Balcácer, Gregory Castellanos Ruano, Reynaldo Fermin and Ana Javier.

Hillary Clinton visit DR
International press reports indicate that First Lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton will travel to Central America this month, making a side trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. She will travel accompanied by the wife of U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Tipper Gore. She is scheduled to visit Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, countries devastated by the waters of Hurricane Mitch, as of 16 November. Press reports indicate that the US government is concerned that the devastation in Central America will bring about a significant increase in the migration of Central Americans to Mexico and the United States.
Press reports say she will also make short visits to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, countries affected to a much lesser degree by Hurricane Georges. Mrs. Clinton had been scheduled to visit Santo Domingo at the end of September, but canceled her trip when Hurricane Georges hit the country.

Seven companies interested in investing in state flour mills
Seven companies presented their credentials to participate in the privatization process of the 50% of the shares of Molinos Dominicanos and Molinos del Norte, two state-owned flour mills. The new company will be known as Molinos del Ozama.
Participating in the tender are: Seaboard Corporation, Continental Grain, ADM Milling Co., Pan American Grain, Conagra Inc., Casa Ureña C. por A., and Malla y Cía. The credentials of the companies are evaluated by the Comisión de Reforma de la Empresa Pública, the state organization in charge of the Dominican state enterprises privatization process. The company's are reviewed by Antonio Isa Conde, president of the organization, Eduardo Selman, director of the Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Estatales; Martha González, executive director of the CREP; commissioners George Manuel Hazoury and Gabriel del Río; and the administrators of Molinos del Norte y Dominicanos, Ramón Cabrera and Ramón Taveras, respectively.

Taiwan signs cooperation agreements with DR
Taiwan and the DR signed three agreements: technical-industrial cooperation, protection-promotion of investments and donation of 5,000 computers. The computers will be installed in Dominican public schools and government offices. The agreements were signed by Taiwan ambassador Kuo Kang and Dominican Minister of Foreign Affairs Eduardo Latorre.

Bernie Williams visits to help Sammy Sosa's town
Bernie Williams, the New York Yankees famed player, visited Santo Domingo yesterday. Bernie Williams could soon become the best paid player in Major Leagues baseball. A native of Puerto Rico, he traveled to Santo Domingo to donate US$100,000 to the reconstruction of the Hospital Theodore Carl George, the principal public hospital in San Pedro de Macorís, Sammy Sosa's hometown. San Pedro de Macorís was one of the most affected provinces by Hurricane Georges in September. Williams is now a free agent after having played for six years with the New York Yankees. He has said he would prefer to stay with the Yankees, but is open to offers from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, and Texas Rangers.
Williams forecast that Sammy Sosa will be voted the Most Valuable Player of the National League.

DR team passes to second round in World Volleyball Games
The Dominican Republic lost to Russia, 3-0, but the totals of the games were 15-3, 15-8 and 15-1. The Russian team, where all players are over 6'4 tall, is along with Cuba, the most likely winner of the championship that is taking place in Japan. The DR volleyball team passed to the second round after defeating Germany in the C group. The DR entered the competition ranked 15th in the world. Its defeat of Germany, raised its ranking to 10th best in the world.
The DR is one of four Latin American teams to pass on to the second round of competitions. The other Latin American teams are Brazil, Peru and Cuba, the defending champions of the event.
The DR is now part of the E Group. Other teams in this group are Japan, Holland, Peru, Russia, Brazil and DR.
 
The next schedule of games is as follows:
7 November:
Brasil-Holland
Japan-Russia
DR-Peru
 
8 November:
Rusia-Peru
Brazil-Japan
Holland-DR
 
9 November
Brasil-Peru
Holland-Rusia
DR-Japan.
 
To follow the games, see the World Volleyball Championship web site at
http://cgi.tbs.co.jp/vball98/kekka/index_w.html

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