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Daily News - 09 September 1999

Bank buys El Caribe newspaper
Banco Popular Dominicano, one of the leading Dominican financial groups, announced it has purchased El Caribe newspaper. The newspaper was the leading Dominican daily from the 60s to the late 70s, to the point that "Caribe" was synonymous with newspaper. Afterwards, it fell behind with the publishing of more modern newspapers, such as the Listín Diario, Hoy and El Siglo. Antonio Emilio Ornes, who carried out his masters at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, will stay on as editor in chief. After graduation, he directed the opening of TeleAntillas, then the most modern television channel in the DR. He left the DR to serve as Dominican consul in New Orleans and Tokyo. Antonio Emilio Ornes has been editor in chief since the death of his father in April 1998. His father had died on the same day the newspaper celebrated its 50th anniversary. His father had been editor in chief since 1961. El Caribe was founded in 1948.

Where is the Jorge Blanco case?
El Siglo newspaper and the Listín Diario carried headlines highlighting that the dossier with the case on former President Salvador Jorge Blanco who was sentenced for corruption during office, and later appealed, is missing. Jorge Blanco was President of the Dominican Republic from 1982-1986. He was taken to trial by lawyer Marino Vinicio Castillo, during the government of President Joaquín Balaguer (1986-1996). The trial, which primarily focused on overpriced items purchased by the Jorge Blanco government, was aired on TV for several months.
Eventually, Jorge Blanco was sentenced to 20 years in jail and a millionaire cash fine on 8 August 1991. He remained in prison for one month and five days, to be released on a RD$2 million bail. His defense appealed the case.
Dr. José Arturo Uribe Efres, president of the Penal Chamber of the Court of Appeals of Santo Domingo, told the Listín Diario newspaper that he presumes that the 5,000 page documentation of the case is at the Supreme Court because an opinion was requested on 27 August 1993. On 23 August 1994, the Supreme Court reserved its opinion on the request made by the defense of the former statesman.
Dr. Jorge Subero Isa, president of the Supreme Court of Justice, says the case is not in the archives of the Supreme Court of Justice.
Lawyer Marino Vinicio Castillo requested on Monday, 6 September, that the case continue now that the new Attorney General said that he has instructed the continuance of 80 corruption cases being studied at the Department of Corruption of his office.

Blackouts to continue
Karl Huber, president of Empresa AES Distribuidora del Este, one of the two companies in charge of the privatization of power supply in the DR, said that long power outages will continue until the company finishes the repair and maintenance of all distribution lines. He said these works will take "several months."

Work advances on route around Santiago
Work is advancing on the Avenida Circunvalación de Santiago, an expressway that will circumvent the centrally located city of Santiago. Once completed, the new expressway will decongestion the city and considerably reduce travel time to cities in the north and south. The government is investing RD$305 million in the eight kilometer expressway that will connect from the Duarte Highway to the Navarrete Highway that is being expanded. The new four lane expressway will expedite traffic to Moca, Tamboril, Puerto Plata, Navarrete and San José de las Matas. It will represent a saving of six kilometers of driving for those heading to Puerto Plata, for example. A speed limit of 100 kilometers will be allowed, a big difference from traveling through Santiago undergoing bottlenecks.

President to take a break to campaign for PLD
Hoy newspaper says that President Leonel Fernández will take a three-month license from his work as President of the Republic to campaign for PLD candidate Danilo Medina. Danilo Medina was his campaign chief when he ran for President in 1996. Vice President Jaime David Fernández will replace Fernández at the helm of the nation during that time.

Regulating political propaganda
Eleven political organizations agreed to comply with new propaganda rulings issued by the Municipality of Santo Domingo. The new rulings seek to avoid the visual pollution of Santo Domingo and the experience of 1996 when the city was saturated with political propaganda. The Association of Hotels of Santo Domingo is one of the promoters of the agreement. Political parties have agreed to post posters only on one of every three electrical poles. They also agreed to not paint city posts with their party colors. The city government also banned political propaganda in the Colonial City, the Malecón (Avenida George Washington), Avenida del Puerto (Avenida Francisco Caamaño Deñó), Avenida Anacaona, Avenida Mirador del Sur, Avenida Mirador del Norte, Avenida 27 de Febrero, Avenida Mexico, Avenida Winston Churchill, city boulevards, tunnels and pedestrian walks, as well as in the areas surrounding the Columbus Lighthouse. The political parties also committed to rid the city of their propaganda once the elections are over.

Dominican birds on CD
The Anabelle Dod Bird Watchers Club has just released a CD-Rom (Avesdom 1.0 Windows) showing off bird species of the Dominican Republic. The CD Rom carries extensive details on native and migrant species available in the DR. Nicolás López, spokesman for the club, said with the sale of the CD Rom they hope to contribute to increasing education of Dominicans and to the awareness that will bring about an increased preservation of the bird species. He explained their most recent bird count showed that there are more birds now, despite Hurricane Georges last year. The bird watchers carry out a Christmas Count from 10 December to 5 January.
Club members meet monthly at the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural. For more information on the CD Rom, call Tel. 809 531-1270.

2003 Pan Am Games executive director appointed
The Organizing Committee of the 14th Pan American Sports Games swore in its executive director, Hector Rodríguez. Father Sergio Abreu was also sworn in as president of the Committee of Volunteers, and Arthur Valdez, formerly at the helm of the American Chamber of Commerce, was named a member of the Organizing Committee. Dr. José Joaquín Puello, president of the Dominican Olympic Committee, announced that Terry Wright, executive director of the Winnipeg Games and Mario Chilenti will visit the country in start of October to assist the Dominican organizing committee.

Calendar of Coming Up Activities:
National Theater Drama Season continues this weekend
The National Theater's drama season resumes this weekend, 8-12 September with the presentation of the play, "Bachata para María Viveza." This play will last through 26 September.
Radhamés Polanco wrote and directs this play that was chosen "best drama" by Casa de Teatro in 1997.
The action takes place primarily in a brothel. Actors play the role of eight Dominican stereotypes.
The play will also be shown 15-19 September, 22-26 September at 10 am and 8:30 pm at the Sala Ravelo.
Starring roles are played by Laura Guzmán (María Viveza), Henry Mercedes (Pedro Baile), Ramón Matrille (Deputy Medina Rubirosa), Clara Luz Lozano (Maria Paulino), and Doris Sánchez (Rosa Velorio). The play is produced by Mariela Freundt.
The National Theater's drama season continues with: "Creonte" from 1 October to 7 November; "La Trinitaria Blanca," from 12 November to 5 December and "Chicken Cordon Blue," from 14 January to 6 February.
Presidente Beer Summer Games in Boca Chica on Sunday, 12 September
Presidente Beer is sponsoring what is being called its Summer Games. Sumo fights (with contenders inside inflated balloon sumo costumes), races, roulette, beach volleyball and other games are scheduled. There will also be live music with some of the top rock groups, including Al Jadaqui and Toque Profundo, as well as the participation of leading DJs.
The final location for the games is in Boca Chica, next 12 September. The games were held previously in Salinas Baní; and Cabarete, Puerto Plata.11. Handicraft fair coming up this week
Feriarte 99 will be held 16-19 September at the Hotel Embajardor. Feriarte, in its ninth year, is the leading handicraft fair held in the DR. It is organized by the Santo Domingo Chamber of Commerce. The fair is an exhibition of Dominican crafts where those attending can purchase items at attractive prices.
National Symphony Orchestra season opens
National Theater presents, Symphony Season 1999.
The first concert of the second half of the National Symphony season will take place on 15 September. Julio De Windt, conductor. Alex Velinzon, violin solo. Works by L.V. Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 (Eroica); M. M. Miniño, Canto a la Madre Tierra; N. Paganini, Concert No. 1 for violin and orchestra in Re Major. Tickets: RD$150-RD$120 for sale at the National Theater.
The season continues as follows:
22 September 1999
Piero Gamba, conductor
Erling Bentsson, cello solo
Works by:
McMussorgsky: A Night at Monte Calvo
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra.
A. Dvorak: B. Symphony No. 9 (New World)
29 September 1999
Fernando Geraldes, conductor
Zvezdana de Tabar, violin solo
Franz Ureña Rib, viola solo
Participation of the National Choir
Works by:
Mc Luna: Tres Preludios para Cuerdas
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 172 for choir and orchestra
W. A. Mozart: Concert Symphony for violin, viola and orchestra K364
I. Stravinsky: Firebird Suite
6 October 1999
Alejandro Posada Gomez, conductor
Works by:
A. Mejia: Pequeña Suite, Aires Sinfónicos Colombianos
L. U. Bueno: El Cucarrón (Pasillo)
M. A. Martin: Carmentea (Joropo).
G. P. Alvarez: Mi Buenaventura (Currulao)
H. L. Bermudez: Prende la Vela (Mapale)
L.V. Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
Handicraft fair coming up this week
Feriarte 99 will be held 16-19 September at the Hotel Embajardor. Feriarte, in its ninth year, is the leading handicraft fair held in the DR. It is organized by the Santo Domingo Chamber of Commerce. The fair is an exhibition of Dominican crafts where those attending can purchase items at attractive prices.
Tribute to bolero music in October
"Con la Magia del Bolero...100 Años Despues" will be an evening dedicated to romance at the stages of the Teatro Lafiesta in Santo Domingo (Friday, 1 October) and Centro Español in Santiago (Saturday, 2 October). Romantic boleros will be staged by legends such as Lucho Gatica, Olga Guillot, Lope Balaguer, Anthony Ríos and Francis Santana.
Expo Europa set for October
More than 130 Dominican and foreign companies will participate in the Vth Expo Europa '99 exhibition, sponsored by the Federation of European Chambers of Commerce of the DR and the Office for the Promotion of Foreign Investment (OPI). The event will take place at the convention center of the Hotel Dominican Fiesta from 7-10 October.
Iberoamerican Theater Festival starts 11 October
The National Theater is announcing the Second International Iberoamerican Theater Festival. The festival was first held in 1997. This time, Dominican works will be included in the program of plays to be presented. Dominican plays that will be shown are "Amanda," "Quijote," and "Wish-ky Sour."
The festival is a series of theatrical presentations, forums and workshops on theater. The activities will take place at the Eduardo Brito and Ravelo halls of the Teatro Nacional, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Museo de Historía y Geografía, Paraboloide del Museo de Arte Moderno and the Museo de Historia Nacional through 24 October.
The event has become a place for the encounter of leading playwrights from Ibero America. Participants are coming from Spain, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Venezuela, Ecuador, Cuba and Argentina.

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