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June 21, 2005
  • Cabarete welcomes PKRA World Cup
  • Cap Cana AltaBella Sanctuary
  • DR and US in the finals of the World Baseball Cup?
  • DRís Baseball World Series team
Cabarete welcomes PKRA World Cup
The PKRA Kiteboarding World Cup 2005, sponsored by Presidente Beer, opens Wednesday, 22 June in Cabarete, Puerto Plata, with 100 contenders from 30 countries, a record number of participants. There is lots of excitement for the event that brings together the best kiteboarders of the world. In its sixth year, the event is the third of six stops of the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association 2005 World Tour. Cabarete is popular because of its great evening beach parties that are a major plus to the equally well-known great beach and natural wind conditions. Those that can make it this week to Puerto Plata should. See the highest air and the latest tricks while competitors go for $36,000 US dollars in prize money. Event organizer Lorenzo Sancassani said that the event was followed on TV by an estimated audience of 300 million persons. It is transmitted by Fox, ESPN and Eurosport.
Cap Cana AltaBella Sanctuary
In the presence of a high-ranking government mission from the Canary Islands in Spain (Adan Martin and Joan Flaquer), ground breaking took place for the AltaBella Sanctuary Collection Golf & Spa in Cap Cana, La Altagracia province. The president of AltaBella Hotels, Felix Felipe spoke of a dream becoming reality with the start of construction. Scheduled for opening in October 2006, the AltaBella Sanctuary will be first hotel-only facility to open in Cap Cana. The hotel was designed by Spanish architect, the late Andres Pineyro, who died recently in a car crash. The US$54 million hotel will go up in an area of 110,000 square meters with 600 meters of beachfront. Its 177 suites will all have ocean views.
Other accommodations under construction at Cap Cana are the Golden Bear Lodge with its 98 two and four-bedroom apartments, the 18 Caleton beach villas that will operate as a boutique hotel and be available later this summer, and the AltaBella Fishing Lodge that is slated for the marina area, with 250 apartments on the market by 2007.
Cap Cana is a 10-year development that has capacity for 5,000 residential units that are selling from US$250,000 to US$6 million. Cap Cana boasts 25 million square meters and 8.5 kilometers of prime coastline, including 5.5 kilometers of some of the best beaches in the world.
DR and US in the finals of the World Baseball Cup?
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced that the "World Baseball Classic," a 16-nation tournament featuring the world's best players competing for their home countries, will be played 3-20 March 2006, spring training time. The event has generated much interest with the small island-nation of the Dominican Republic appearing to be the biggest challenge to the contenders from the United States, where baseball was invented. Baseball is played in 110 countries around the world.
Major League Baseball officials have been planning a formal launch announcement of the World Baseball Classic for 11 July , the day before the All-Star Game in Detroit.
The tournament will be the first full-scale event involving Major League Baseball players representing their home countries. While baseball is an Olympic sport, because the scheduling clashes with the MLB schedule, the best players never participate and the DR has never won a medal in the event. A MLB subsidiary called World Baseball Classic Inc. has the rights to the event.
The scheduling so far places the teams into four first round groups:
Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China; Puerto Rico, Cuba, Panama, Italy; United States, Canada, Mexico, South Africa; Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Australia, Netherlands.
The four winners of those pools would each advance to a single-game semifinal on 18 March, at a Major League stadium in the US. The winners of those games will meet for a winner-take-all final 20 March ó a Monday, presumably to avoid television conflicts with the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
DRís Baseball World Series team
ESPN Sportsnation poll focuses on the upcoming Baseball World Series scheduled for spring training time in 2006. The event will feature 16 teams from around the world and the DR and the US seem to be the teams to beat. The survey calls the DR, ďthe small, island nation that is a superpower in baseball, turning out major-leaguers by the dozensĒ and asked its readers who should be on the team. As of Wednesday morning, 46,000 people had replied. The pick so far is Albert Pujols for first base, Alfonso Soriano for second base, Miguel Tejada for shortstop, Adrian Beltre for third base, Miguel Olivo for catcher, Manny Ramirez in the left field, Juan Encarnacion in the center field, Vladimir Guerrero in the right field. The top four pitchers that would make up the DRís rotation are: Pedro Martinez, Bartolo Colon, Odalis Perez, and Miguel Batista.
As per the rules, team rosters are set at 27 players, and will be chosen according to Olympic eligibility guidelines by the organizers. Major League clubs will not be able to impede any player from representing his country.

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