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  • DR on same time
  • Lan Dominicana gets clearance to fly
  • Martinair super fares to Europe
  • Sosa hits his 500th career homerun
DR on same time
Clocks along the US and Canadian Eastern Seaboard were set ahead an hour on Saturday night. Every year, Daylight Saving Time begins for this time zone at 2 am on the first Sunday of April. Time reverts to standard time at 2 am on the last Sunday of October. 
The change in time will facilitate travel for many. The time in the Dominican Republic is now the same as in the US and Canadian Eastern Seaboard. That is, it is the same time in New York and Ottawa, as in Santo Domingo or Punta Cana.
Lan Dominicana gets clearance to fly
It’s good news for the Dominican Republic: Lan Dominicana, the LanChile affiliate, has received clearance from the Department of Transportation (DOT) of the United States to engage in scheduled foreign air transportation of passengers, property and mail cargo between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana, DR, and Miami and New York. The airline was also cleared to fly between Santo Domingo and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The permission limits Lan Dominicana to conduct these services only by wet-leasing aircraft from Lan Chile. The DOT approved the authority granted for 1 April 2003 to 1 April 2004, on grounds of the bilateral agreement between the United States and the Dominican Republic.
Martinair super fares to Europe
Travel to Paris is being offered from Santo Domingo for US$580, or to Amsterdam for US$650 on board Martinair. The airline also offers US$700-fares to Brussels, Oslo, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Milan, Rome, Zurich and Geneva. Taxes and airport charges apply.
Martinair has a reputation as one of the most secure airline companies in the world and an onboard service that is hard to beat. Martinair, known for its excellent meals, now offers kid-friendly fare as well. 
In addition to its punctual schedules, the airline offers excellent connections to Europe via its direct flight from Santo Domingo to Amsterdam. From Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam, Martinair also offers connections to Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Peninsula Iberian, Middle East, Turkey, Africa, Asia/Pacific and the Far East.
Direct flights to Amsterdam from Santo Domingo (Las Americas International Airport) are offered every Tuesday. On Monday, Tuesday and Friday, the airline flies from Puerto Plata’s Gregorio Luperón International Airport to Amsterdam. And on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Martinair departs from the Punta Cana International Airport to Amsterdam. 
The airline has a modern fleet of wide-body aircraft, including the Boeing 747, 757, 767 and the Boeing MD-11.
Martinair generated a net profit of 3 million euros in 2002, representing a year-on-year improvement of 16 million euros (2001: 13 million euros loss). 
For more information call Martinair in Santo Domingo at 540 5343, or email [email protected], or call your travel agency.
Sosa hits his 500th career homerun
Sammy Sosa has been featured consistently in Dominican tourism promotions abroad. After becoming last Friday, 4 April the first Latin American player to join the 500 home runs club of Major League Baseball, he may be again asked to go to bat to lure more US baseball fans to visit the land he loves best. At 34, Sosa has become the third youngest to join the 500 club. As he pushes up in the home run ranking, he is sure to get a lot more press. Actually, there are only four players that have more than 600 career home runs. These are Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660), and Barry Bonds (611). Bonds and Sosa are the only players still active in the club comprised of 18 members with more than 500 homeruns each. Sosa hit his momentous home run off Cincinatti Reds relief pitcher Scott Sullivan in the seventh inning of a game the Cubs lost 10-9. 
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