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Daily News - 13 September 1999

South American statesmen to meet in DR
The presidents of Brazil and Uruguay, the International Monetary Fund and the Interamerican Development Bank will be in Santo Domingo for the 6th Meeting of the Uruguay Circle. The event will be held 12-13 November in Santo Domingo. The central issue to be discussed is social cohesion within the general framework of governability as countries incorporate integration and globalization in their development schemes. Presidential candidates, leading politicians and statesmen have been invited to the meetings that will take place at the School of Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Relations. In addition to President Fernando Henríques Cardosso of Brazil and President Julio Maria Sanguinetti of Uruguay, the president of the European Commission, Manuel Marín; former statesman Felipe González of Spain; former President Belisario Betancur, Colombia; former President Ernesto Pérez Balladares, Panama; and the presidents of the IMF Michel Camdessus and Enrique Iglesias of the IDB have also confirmed they will attend. President Leonel Fernández is a member of the Círculo de Montevideo.

Case against Jorge Blanco
The President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Jorge Subero Isa said that the dossier with the case for corruption against former President Salvador Jorge Blanco showed up along with 5,000 other cases pending in the judiciary. He said that the dossier was located by investigators of the Departamento de Inspectoría Judicial in the Penal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice. The case had been sent to the Supreme Court for an opinion in 1993. Another part of the case was located at the Penal Chamber of the Court of Appeals of Santo Domingo, as confirmed Dr. José Arturo Uribe.
Salvador Jorge Blanco governed the DR from 1982-86. Lawyer Marino Vinicio Castillo accused him in Dominican courts in 1987 for malversion of funds and overpriced government purchases. He was sentenced by Judge Juan María Severino in 1989 to 20 years in prison and RD$103 million in fines. He served from 30 November 1988 to 6 July 1989 when he was released on bail. The sentence was appealed and on 27 August 1993 the Penal Chamber of the Court of Appeals of Santo Domingo sent the case to the Supreme Court of Justice for an opinion.
The case had political implications as it was the first time a case for corruption in government became a major national issue.
The press has headlined about the interest of several in reactivating the cases of HydroQuebec (a major corruption case in the Balaguer administration), or the older case of the assassination of Hector Mendez, which involved the today president of the PRD, Hatuey Decamps.

DR is big consumer of poultry meat
The Dominican Republic is expected to consume 140 million chickens by the end of this year. The Dominican Republic consumption of poultry ranks it fifth in world consumption per capita. Poultry consumption has increased 40% this year, despite the effects of Hurricane Georges on production last year. As a result of the devastation caused by the hurricane, several poultry farms modernized their facilities. Some 10,000 Dominicans are employed by the poultry farms, that are estimated to generate RD$6,000 million in sales a year. In 1995, Dominicans consumed 64 million units of eggs per month. By 1998, egg consumption had increased to 100 million units. The increase in consumption of white meat and eggs also is due to the increase in tourists that demand large quantities of the product. 10% of the national production is exported to Haiti.

Hurricane Gert requires close monitoring
Tropical Storm Gert was upgraded to Hurricane Gert this morning. Hurricane Gert is the seventh hurricane to enter the Atlantic Basin. The hurricane season lasts through November, but August and September are the peak months in the Caribbean.
Forecasters show it passing south of the DR, but its northwestern track puts in on a course that could threaten the island. While still a week's time away from the DR, Hurricane Gert should be closely monitored by residents and travelers to the Caribbean. See the tracking charts and explanations available at:

Samana megaproject responsible for death of thousands of fish
The Listín Diario, the leading Dominican daily, has followed up on the story released by El Siglo on the death of schools of small fish in Samana Bay. Investigations carried out by the government environmental protection organization, Instituto Nacional de Protección Ambiental (INPRA) reveal that the megaproject is the leading culprit of the death of thousands of fish. The "megaproject", a joint Dominican-Arabian and Spanish venture, calls for the construction of a giant pier as well as hotel and real estate developments in the Samana Bay area. President Leonel Fernández himself participated in the ground-breaking ceremony of the project. INPRA technicians say that if the project promoters would have implemented their recommendations for the carrying out an environmental impact study and had followed its recommendations, the environmental disaster would not have been avoided. The dredging and drilling and pumping of sludge has affected the fragile environment of Samana Bay. Despite the INPRA calling a halt to construction works, project contractors continue as if nothing had happened.

Newspaper points out weaknesses in CAB's arguments
The Listín Diario newspaper reported over the weekend several contradictions in the arguments being used by the Civil Aviation Board and the Corporation of State Enterprises (CORDE) to support the resolution that grants a monopoly to Dominicana Airlines for the next seven years. In order to make the state airline attractive for privatization, the CAB issued a freeze on other Dominican airlines flying to the US for the next seven years.
The Listín Diario article, published in its El Domingo supplement, states that the resolution is flaky in its nature, as it is not substantiated even by a government decree. A subsequent CAB resolution could knock it.
The CAB authorities have tried to defend the decision printing a list of all the Dominican airlines that supposedly have been authorized to fly the US-DR routes. Nevertheless, an investigation released by the Listín Diario shows that only Aeromar has valid rights to fly, as all the other airlines are either not flying these routes or have not requested permission to fly because of the ban on DR airline flights to the US as the country is kept in Category 3 by the FAA.
El Domingo speculates that what may be on hand is the interest of a major debtor of Dominicana and aircraft provider, together with Fine Air of the US and the director of Dominicana Airlines who is a close friend of the technical director of Aeromar to bid for the airline's frequencies, thus strengthening Aeromar once the US ban is lifted.
The CAB monopoly for Dominicana Airlines has been criticized by the Council of Dominican Businesses (CONEP), the Association of Hotels & Restaurants (ASONAHORES), and Dominican airline businessmen who say it contradicts the modern spirit of competition that the privatization law itself promotes.

CTO annual conference in Santo Domingo
Final organization works are taking place for the celebration in Santo Domingo of the Caribbean Tourism Organization's 23rd annual Caribbean Tourism Conference. The event will be held 23-25 September at the Renaissance Jaragua Hotel & Casino of Santo Domingo. President Leonel Fernández is expected to address the delegates at the opening session. Chris Mottershead, managing director of Airtours Holidays, a leading UK tour operator, will be the keynote speaker. Workshop topics include:
Tourism marketing in the new millennium;
Cruising into the 21st century: Trends, forecasts and implications for Caribbean destinations.
Developments in the Caribbean time-share industry;
E-commerce: How to buy and sell on the information highway
Health, safety and security expectations of the visitor: Is the Caribbean ready?
Charting a new course for tourism education and training.
For more information, see the Caribbean Tourism Organization web page at www.caribtourism.com

Allegro to open new property in November
Allegro Resort Bavaro Grand, a 365 room property, will be opening this November on the Punta Cana-Bavaro beach strip. Rod Gahr, who was at Jack Tar Village in Puerto Plata, has been named general manager. This will be Allegro Resorts sixth property in the DR and its second in the Bavaro Beach area. The hotel has been built in British architecture style and has Caribbean style décor. The hotel will cater to the entire family. The facilities include a Little Village Club with special activities for children ages 4 to 12 from 9 am to 9 pm.

Pedro Martínez delights thousands with near perfect game
Pedro Martínez (21-4) won his 21st game on Friday, with an impressive performance that brands him as the best pitcher in Major League baseball today. He used his assortment of fastballs, curves and change-ups and struck out a record 17 New York Yankees and allowed only one hit, a home run in the second inning. From then on he retired the next 22 batters, setting a career high for strikeouts and matching his best low-hit game ever. Martínez lead the Boston Red Sox to defeat the New York Yankees 3-1. The Red Sox now trail the American League leading Yankees by 4 games. Martínez is the Major League pitcher with the most wins and ERA (2.20) and tops the American League in strikeouts (274).

José Lima wins his 20th game
Dominican pitcher José Lima (20-7) of the Houston Astros won his 20th game over the weekend, defeating the Chicago Cubs, 5-3. He is the pitcher that has won the most games in the National League. Lima struck out the first three batters and retired 10 of the first 11 batters he matched. He was furious, though, when the Houston manager did not allow him to pitch to Sammy Sosa who was coming up in the eighth inning when he was sent to the dugout. Sammy Sosa connected his 66th home run last season against Lima.
Lima is only the fifth Dominican in the Major Leagues to reach the 20th wins in a season. The others are Juan Marichal (6 times), Joaquín Andujar (twice), and Pedro and Ramón Martínez (once each).

Calendar of upcoming activities
National Theater Drama Season continues this weekend
The National Theater's drama season resumes this weekend, 15-19 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 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.
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 Wednesday, 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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