December 16, 2003
  • Amelia Vega, the new Cover Girl
  • New offices for General Air Services
  • San Isidro to continue only as military base
  • Perico Ripiao pleases crowds
  • Red Sox scouts for next Pedro
Amelia Vega, the new Cover Girl
Cover Girl Cosmetics recently announced that the current Miss Universe, Dominican Amelia Vega, has been chosen to appear in Cover Girl print and broadcast advertising in March 2004. Anne Martin, vice-president of global cosmetics and marketing for Procter & Gamble, said that this was the first time a Latina beauty would join the roster of Cover Girl models. Vega, a crowd favorite during the 2003 Miss Universe competition, is a statuesque 19-year-old native of Santiago, Dominican Republic. Her remarkable energy and vivacious nature won over the judges during the live NBC telecast from Panama City, Panama. She will work as a goodwill ambassador for women around the world by representing the Miss Universe Organization. Cover Girl is one of the best-selling mass-market cosmetic brands in the US, having also helped launch numerous modeling careers. The Cover Girl brand has been linked to many famous faces, such as Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks and Niki Taylor.
New offices for General Air Services
General Air Services has opened its new administrative offices on the second floor of the In Tempo building, located at Avenida Winston Churchill and Calle Max Henriquez Ureña. General Air Services is the main sales agent for Martinair (Holland), Northwest Airlines, (USA), Air Caraibes and Star Airlines (France), Lauda Air (Italy), LIAT (English Caribbean), Air Transat (Canada), Austrian Airlines (Austria) and Britannia (England). The In Tempo building also houses the offices of Continental, Air Europa and American Airlines.
The new offices will enable General Air Services to offer more sophisticated computerized and telephone booking systems. Speaking at the opening of the new offices, Gustavo de Hostos, the president of the company, mentioned the well-trained and multilingual staff that has been the key to the success of the company over the past 20 years.
San Isidro to continue only as military base
President Mejia repealed Decree 832-03, as issued on 25 August and which had created an inter-institutional committee to oversee the conversion of the San Isidro military air base into a multi-purpose airport. Aerodom, the airline that operates the airports of Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata, in addition to the La Isabela International Airport under construction, has opposed the conversion of San Isidro on grounds that there is already sufficient installed airport capacity.
Perico Ripiao pleases crowds
The first Dominican movie to capture local audiences was Nueba Yol, directed by the same Angel Muñiz who now brings us Perico Ripiao. With so many Dominicans either crossing the ocean themselves or distanced from family members living abroad, the movie, in spite of its simplicity, broke box-office records here. Now, Perico Ripiao is forecast to reap RD$75 million in sales, and is filling local movie houses with those eager to see on the big screen much of the same brand of humor that has been going strong on TV for over 25 years. Perico Ripiao stars Manolo Ozuna, Raymond Pozo and Phillip Rodriguez. With its PG rating, it is showing at the largest number of movie houses in Santo Domingo. Reviews have been mostly favorable, and the film is a refreshing critique of the military and current events in the Dominican Republic.
Red Sox scouts for next Pedro
Boston Red Sox pitching ace Pedro Martinez and power slugger David Ortiz were in Santo Domingo on Tuesday, 9 December to take part in the dedication ceremonies for the RD$100-million Boston Red Sox Baseball Academy, located at Km. 25 of the Carretera Mella (El Toro), north of Santo Domingo. President Hipolito Mejía was on hand for the formal inauguration, along with the president of the Boston Red Sox, John Henry; the team’s general manager, Theo Epstein; pitcher, Luis Tiant; the Alou brothers; Ramón Martínez; Junior Noboa; and Cesar Cedeño, among others. At the event, Boston’s John Henry highlighted that the goal is not only to develop quality ballplayers, but to teach life lessons that would make them into better human beings.
The academy can accommodate 65 youths and give them a head start in adapting to the US baseball system, in the event they are signed.

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