November 30, 2004
  • Viva Wyndham Samana
  • Beatles in the DR?
  • DR baseball is the hottest in the world
  • Celebrities at the Sosua Bay and Victorian House
Viva Wyndham Samana
Viva Wyndham Samana opened on 17 November. Viva Wyndham, that also operates the Tangerine (Cabarete) and the Dominicus Beach & Palace (Bayahibe), took over the former Guatapanal all-inclusive property on the beach of Cozon, west of Las Terrenas in the province of Samana. Viva Wyndham reports investing US$20 million in the purchase, remodeling and expansion of beach property. A children’s club, Mediterranean restaurant, discotheque and gym have been added to the beach hotel’s original facilities.
Viva Wyndham expects to open its fifth property in the Dominican Republic in January, the Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada (former Heavens).
Beatles in the DR?
President Leonel Fernandez said he has plans to bring the last two Beatles to perform in the Dominican Republic. He spoke of Paul McCartney and drummer Ringo Starr, the world’s greatest rock ‘n roll drummer, as reported in El Caribe. President Fernandez made the announcement when participating in last Tuesday’s British Chamber of Commerce luncheon where he proved the era of bilingualism was here by reading a 22-minute speech on investing in the Dominican Republic in the English language to a bilingual business audience. A mission of visiting British businessmen was attending, hosted by the Chamber and UK Ambassador in the Dominican Republic, Andy Ashcroft.
During his talk, the President also addressed the accelerated appreciation of the Dominican peso. He mentioned that the goal of his administration is that the exchange rate stabilize at a competitive and balanced level that does not affect tourism, free zone or exports, but that will neither affect the poor of the country.
DR baseball is the hottest in the world
Carlos Pena of the Detroit Tigers told the Listin Diario that with all due respect to Major League Baseball, the brand of ball played in the Dominican Republic is the most intense. In his opinion, no game is more passionate than those played between the Aguilas Cibaenas and the Tigres del Licey. Pena himself plays for the Licey in the Dominican Republic.
"This is hot baseball, very aggressive, and you can tell the difference, especially in the intensity in which the game is played. There is an enormous difference and I tell my fellow players in Major League that if they have not played in the DR, they have never played baseball," he said. He explained furthermore that the DR’s fans know baseball, a fact that adds to the emotion and mood of every game.
Pena said that he plays here to enjoy this great baseball and to work hard. He is working on reducing the number of times he strikes out and improving his on-base average.
The regular season is in its final weeks, with several Major League Dominican players joining their teams to ensure their team be one of the four of six making it to the January round robin games.
Celebrities at the Sosua Bay and Victorian House
Baseball greats David Ortiz, Moises Alou, Pedro Martinez, Jose Lima, Vladimir Guerrero, Ivan Rodriguez, Roberto Alomar, Odalis Perez, Amaury Telemaco, Manny Mota and Juan Marichal (of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame) are booked to attend the First Celebrities Golf Tournament this coming weekend (3-5 December). The event is sponsored by the Jose Rijo Foundation and Louisville Slugger, a US manufacturer of baseball bats.
The tournament is booked for the Playa Grande Golf Course, 80 kms east of the Puerto Plata International Airport, and about 40 minutes from the town of Sosua where the ballplayers will be staying.
A benefit, contributions made by the players and other participants go to support the little league sponsored by the Jose Rijo Foundation in the Dominican Republic. Some 1,000 children ages 5 to 18 years play in the league. Those interested in participating or contributing to the foundation can contact Brian Mejia at [email protected]
The famous ball players will be staying at the Starz Resorts Sosua Bay Hotel and Victorian House in Sosua, Puerto Plata on the north coast.

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