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Daily News - 28 December 1998

Best dressed and worst dressed
The talk of the town during the long Christmas holidays weekend in social circles were the lists of best dressed Dominicans published in the society magazines of Listín Diario and El Siglo. The Listín Diario also published a much-commented "worst dressed" of the year.

The Listín Diario's best dressed women:

Patricia Alvarez de Báez (Guess store owner and wife of banker)
María Matilde de Bonetti (wife of businessman)
Rosa María Vicioso (arts promoter)
Ligia Reid de Vela
Elena Villeya de Paliza (agriculture business organization leader)
Montserrat Gassó (businesswoman)
Ingrid Sabater de Bonetti (wife of businessman)
Claudia Messina de Olavarrieta (society works promoter)
Mariasela Alvarez (TV producer)
Maripily Ibarra de Bermúdez (wife of businessman)

The Listín Diario's best dressed men:

Pedro Castillo
Manuel Rodríguez Amiama
Hatuey de Camps (politician)
Leonel Fernández (President of the Republic)
Ramón Báez Figueroa (banker)
Frank Rainieri (tourism developer)
Freddy Beras Goico (TV producer)
Guillermo Moreno (former attorney general)
Carlos Ros (insurance broker)

The Listín Diario's worst dressed women were:

Milagros Ortíz Bosch (senator for Santo Domingo)
Nuria Piera (TV producer)
Ivonne Beras Goico (TV presenter)
Taina Gautreaux (director of the National Lottery)
Dolphy Peláez (TV presenter)
Lisbeth Santos
Jatna Tavárez de Hazoury (TV presenter)
Ivette Marichal (TV presenter)

The Listín Diario's worst dressed men were:

George Nader (show business and art promoter)
Félix Jiménez (Minister of Tourism)
Yaqui Núñez del Risco (TV producer)
Juan Luis Guerra (TV and radio owner and musician/composer)
Rafael Corporán de los Santos (former Santo Domingo mayor, TV producer)
Domingo Batista (TV producer)
Luis Toral (former governor Central Bank, politician)

El Siglo's list of most elegant women:

Sandi Kurdas de Jorge (former US beauty queen wife of former minister of Tourism)
Rosa María Vicioso (arts promoter)
Mariasela Alvarez (TV producer)
Gina María Pérez de García (wife of commercial real estate developer)
Mari Carmen Jiménez de Ros (wife of Carlos Ros)
Jatnna Tavárez de Hazoury (TV producer, wife of banker)
Carmensina Casanova de Gómez Bergés (arts promoter wife of politician)
Fior D'Aliza Martínez de Valdez (wife of Governor of Central Bank)
Marisol Frías de Bonetti (wife of businessman)
Rosa Ivonne Zeller de Mena
Marina Aróstegui de Haché (wife of businessman)
Pamen Finke de Yunén (wife of engineer)
Francina Lama de Gómez (store owner)
María Virginia Jorge de García (clothes designer)

32 die over Christmas holidays
The Operativo Navidad 98, the coordinating group of Civil Defense, Red Cross and Police efforts to reduce accidents and tragedies during the Christmas holiday (23, 24, 25 and 26 December) , reported that 32 persons died and 110 were injured. Most that died did so in traffic accidents. Most accidents occurred along the Duarte and Las Americas highways. Most involved in traffic accidents had been drinking. Because of the ban on firecrackers, there were no burns reported in emergency rooms.

Concert of the decade to be shown on TV tonight
The "Unidos para tí" concert that brought together Latin music stars Juan Luís Guerra & 4-40, Gloria Estefan, Shakira, Jon Secada, Chichí Peralta, Carlos Vives, Carlos Ponce, and José Antonio Molina will be shown tonight on Channel 4, Televisión Dominicana. The show will be telecast at 9 pm. The concert was a benefit for hospitals and assistance centers sponsored by the Sammy Sosa Foundation, the Gloria Estefan Foundation and the Juan Luís Guerra Foundation. It was held 12 December in the La Romana amphitheater that has the limitation of its 5,000 person capacity.

Santo Domingo's new attraction
The tourist attraction of the city over the next weekend will be a drive along the 27 de Febrero Expressway and down under to take the Máximo Gómez, Tiradentes, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill tunnels. Above, the government has built the Boulevard of the Bougainvilleas, a park where spectacular king size sculptures have been planted among bougainvilleas and palm trees, adjacent to the commercial and banking center of the city. Minister of Public Works has said, that despite Hurricane Georges and continuous rains, the government will keep its promise and the tunnels will open by 30 December at the latest, regardless of whether the inaugural of the park and the avenue itself needs to be left for January. A 20-meter tall structure is topped by a clock built with braided ironwork, and programmed to play the merengue Compadre Pedro Juan on the hour. The clock was described by the Listín Diario writer as "a tropical eulogy of the Eiffel Tower". The boulevard is 640 meters long by 16 meters wide. City residents wonder if it will work and where the people it will attract will park. The area is already notorious for its lack of parking. The expressway and boulevard is estimated to have cost RD$600 million. Minister Peña says that the investment will be quickly recovered in an estimated RD$250 million annual savings in gasoline, spare parts and vehicle strain that occurred in the bottlenecks commuters suffered at the intersections of Tiradentes, Máximo Gómez, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill where tunnels were built.

International reserves up
The governor of the Central Bank Hector Valdez Albizu said that the DR international reserves will show an increase of US$100 million at year's end. He said the bank has available US$350 million in international reserves and US$630 in gross reserves. The reserves are above the International Monetary Fund estimates for 1998 performance. Valdez Albizu advanced that in 1998, manufacturing grew 10%, construction 14%, and the overall estimated growth was 8.8%. He said tourism industry's growth was less than estimated at 3%, transport grew 11.8%, communications 21.3%, electricity and water 13.3%, finances 3.8% and government 5.2%. Commerce was up 13.3%. Farming was down 2%.

New home run record for DR baseball
Freddy García, of the Escogido Lions baseball team, broke the home run record by a Dominican record yesterday in the Estadio Quisqueya of Santo Domingo. He hit the home run in the 4-1 win of the Escogido over the Gigantes del Nordeste. The record was held by Domingo Martínez, who set it playing with the Aguilas Cibaeñas during the 1994-95 season.
García has a shot at breaking the all-time home run record of the Dominican league. He has 14 games to go to break the 14 home runs record set by Dick Stuart during the 1957-58 season.
The 1999-98 champs, Aguilas Cibaeñas lead the season with 31 wins and 17 losses, followed by the Escogido Lions with 27 wins and 19 losses, the Licey Tigers 26 wins and 20 losses and the Gigantes 9 wins and 37 losses.

December baseball games
This and next week's Dominican Winter Baseball League games are:

8 pm. Monday, 28 December
Leones del Escogido vs. Tigres del Licey in Santo Domingo
Aguilas Cibaeñas vs. Gigantes del Nordeste in San Francisco de Macorís

8 pm. Tuesday, 29 December
Aguilas Cibaeñas vs. Escogido Lions in Santo Domingo
Tigres del Licey vs. Gigantes del Nordeste in San Francisco de Macorís

8 pm. Wednesday, 30 December
Gigantes del Nordeste vs. Leones del Escogido in Santo Domingo
Tigres del Licey vs. Aguilas Cibaeñas in Santiago

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