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Daily News - 01 October 1999

President Fernández in California
President Leonel Fernández returned to the US on the final lap of his 12-day international tour that has taken him to several US cities and to Taiwan.
On his first day in California, the Dominican President visited the University of California at Berkeley. News reports say that the president of the university, Joseph Cermy and the dean for research David K. Leonard offered to send professors and US scientists to teach at the Instituto Tecnológico de las Américas, the high tech teaching center the government has plans to start building later this month. The institute will be part of the Santo Domingo cyberpark that will be fully developed over a 10-15 year period. The university would also be open to help train the institute's professors, admitting Dominicans in their high tech post graduate programs.
At the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, President Fernández toured the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, receiving explanations from the center's director Charles Shank. The center carries out research to improve US manufacturer's competitiveness.
President Fernández is staying at the St. Francis Hotel in the center of San Francisco.
He is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Relations Eduardo Latorre; Minister of Education Ligia Amada Melo; Technical Secretary of the Presidency Temístocles Montás; Minister of Sports Juan Marichal; and the rectors of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Miguel Rosado, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Monsignor Agripino Núñez Collado; and the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo, Rafael Toribio.
Also on the tours of California high tech training centers, research centers and businesses are Minister of Agriculture Amilcar Romero; director of the Instituto de Recursos Hidraúlicos, Frank Rodríguez. And businessmen Manuel Alejandro Grullón, Ramón Báez Figueroa, Luis Manuel Pellerano, Manuel Arturo Pellerano, Jose Clase, Fernando Capellán, Elena Viyella, Carlos Manuel Alvarez and Manuel Enrique Tavares. Part of the presidential group are also journalists Anibal de Castro and Victor Grimaldi, economist Andy Dauhajre and Rafael Rivas.

Time off for baseball
Yesterday afternoon, President Fernández visited the stadium of San Francisco Giants, where Minister of Sports Juan Marichal, a member of the US Baseball Hall of Fame, threw the first ball in the San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game. This is the last game that will be played at the legendary stadium. President Fernandez stayed and watched the entire game.
The event was organized by Manuel Mota, coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and players Raúl Mondesí, Adrián Beltré, José Vizcaíno, and Robinson Pérez Checo.
President Fernández is due to visit the University of California at Stanford, and its computer sciences department today.
On 3 October, President Fernández will be present at the last game of the regular Major League season between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis, Missouri. His presence is a token of solidarity on behalf of Dominicans to Sammy Sosa, who has written baseball history. In the game Sosa hit his 60th home run he raised a sign where he expressed his pride in being from the Dominican Republic. News reports say that President Bill Clinton may also be present at that game. President Fernández is scheduled to return to Santo Domingo on 4 October 1999.

Mexican firm invests US$117 million in cement plant
The Listin Diario reports that Cementos de Mexico will invest US$117 million in their San Pedro de Macorís-based Cementos Nacionales plant, turning it to one of the largest regional cement producers. The plant will have capacity to process more than two million tons of the product per year.

City government to raid privatizers of beaches
The legal department of the Municipality of Santo Domingo told those that have "privatized" the beaches of Santo Domingo, primarily Boca Chica beach, that they have 15 days to clear the beach. Dominican law establishes that 60 meter beach fronts are public property. Several small entrepreneurs have taken over the beaches, impeding the entrance of non-paying visitors. The municipality's legal department was also critical of the taking over of beach fronts by hotel chains.

President Clinton names Charles Manatt for US Ambassador to DR
President Bill Clinton announced his intent to nominate Charles Manatt to be U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. The note is contained in a 28 September White House press release. The possibility of the appointment of Manatt had been mentioned in the Dominican press several months ago. The nomination has not yet been sent to the US Senate, so it could still be several months before the DR gets a US ambassador. The embassy is head by charge d'affairs, Linda Watts.
Mr. Charles Manatt, of the District of Columbia, is Chairman of the law firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP, which he co-founded in Los Angeles in 1965. He also co-founded the First Los Angeles Bank and served as its from 1973 through 1989. Long active in the democracy movement, Mr. Manatt was Founding Chairman of the National Democratic Institute. He also as Vice Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy, Chairman of the International Foundation for Election Systems, and as a board member of the Center for International Private Enterprise and the Center for Democracy. Mr. Manatt has been very involved in numerous community and academic activities. He is a Trustee for the Mayo Clinic Foundation, Director of the Board of Trade of the Greater Washington Area, Director of the Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundations and is a former Trustee of the National Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Manatt is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the George Washington University and is also on the Board of Governors of the Iowa State University Foundation.
Mr. Manatt received a B.S. from Iowa State in 1958 and a J.D. from the
George Washington University School of Law in 1962. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves in the Quartermaster Corps and the Judge Advocate General's Corps.

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