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November 1, 2005
  • Hotel Association has new Tel. numbers
  • Follow baseball series on ESPN Deportes
  • New charter service to Punta Cana
  • La Vega gets write up in NY Times
Hotel Association has new Tel. numbers
To call the National Hotel Association ASONAHORES, you will need to replace the 540 number of the seven digit series, for 368. Thus, 809 540-4676 telephone number now becomes 809 368 4676. This is important to note in order to reach the country's leading hotel organization.
Follow baseball series on ESPN Deportes
You can watch Dominican Winter Baseball Games on USA cable TV, by tuning into ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language sports channel. ESPN is covering 30 of the games of the 2005-2006 season, including the playoffs. The only Dominican in the US Baseball Hall of Fame, Juan Marichal is in his second year of contributing his game analysis for the transmission. Kevin Cabral and Carlos Jose Lugo, two veteran sportscasters, carry the transmission. ESPN reports that this season, the six-team league games can be viewed by way of the Echostar of the DISH Network satellite television, on Channel 854 for clients who have the DISH Latino service. Tune in on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm, Eastern Standard Time, and 4 pm, EST on Sundays. ESPN is available on Cablevision, Adelphia, Cahrter, Cox, Insight, Cable One, Verizon, RCN and NCTC subscribers.
The games are particularly worth watching this year as they serve as a warm up for the Dominican team that will be selected to represent the country in the First World Baseball Classic to be held in March 2006. Given that the US baseball season ends in October, several Dominican ball players will remain active in order to be in top shape for the challenge of their lives and a chance of bringing home the true world baseball champion title.
ESPN game transmission schedule is as follows:
DATESCHEDULETEAMS
Wednesday, 2 November7 p.m.Aguilas Cibaenas vs. Tigres del Licey
Monday, 7 November7 p.m.Gigantes del Cibao vs. Tigres del Licey
Wednesday, 9 November7 p.m.Estrellas del Oriente vs. Aguilas Cibaenas
Sunday, 13 November4 p.m.Leones del Escogido vs. Aguilas Cibaenas
Wednesday, 16 November7 p.m.Tigres del Licey vs. Aguilas Cibaenas
Sunday, 20 November4 p.m.Leones del Escogido vs. Tigres del Licey
Wednesday, 23 November7 p.m.Estrellas del Oriente vs. Tigres del Licey
Sunday, 27 November4 p.m.Tigres del Licey vs. Aguilas Cibaenas
Wednesday, 30 November7 p.m.Estrellas del Oriente vs. Leones del Escogido
Sunday, 4 December4 p.m.Tigres del Licey vs. Leones del Escogido
Wednesday, 7 December7 p.m.Azucareros del Este vs. Leones del Escogido
Wednesday, 14 December7 p.m.Estrellas del Oriente vs. Aguilas Cibaenas
Sunday, 18 December4 p.m.Aguilas Cibaenas vs. Tigres del Licey
Wednesday, 21 December7 p.m.Gigantes del Cibao vs. Tigres del Licey
New charter service to Punta Cana
The Ministry of Tourism has announced that Air Italy, which began its passenger charter services on 29 May 2005, will be including Punta Cana in its destinations. The airline has Boeing 757-200 airliners and Boeing 767-300 ERs for servicing long-range holiday destinations. Air Italy will fly out of Verona Airport (VRN), located between Milan and Venice, in northern Italy. The Ministry of Tourism said it will fly into Punta Cana on 23 December. The charter is scheduled through 6 January 2006. In a second phase, it will carry out flights on Thursdays and Fridays as of 12 January 2006 to 27 April 2006. Air Italy is a sister airline to Air Europa that flies from Madrid.
La Vega gets write up in NY Times
In their Wednesday, 23 October travel section, the New York Times gave credit to one of the most exciting carnival celebrations in the Caribbean, the La Vega carnival, in the center of the Dominican Republic. Author Seth Kugel, who contributes regularly to the New York Times travel section, focuses on what he considers a worthy attraction, whilst little known to most travelers. He writes on how come Carnival, "the quiet streets of La Vega are crowded with visitors who seem to double the population of 200,000, the clubs fill with deafening music that keeps their customers dancing until almost dawn, and most notably grotesquely beautiful, intricately decorated, jingle-bell-draped demons race through the streets of the jam-packed town every Sunday, whipping anyone who dares to get in their way with reinforced cow bladders that carry a surprisingly nasty sting."
In his description of the La Vega carnival, he writes: "It is a month peppered with street concerts that attract the country's big music stars; of weeks spent with family members who have returned home to relive the traditions of their childhood; of days and nights filled with music the blaring brass of merengue, the tinny guitar of bachata, both played at absurdly high volumes on huge portable speakers that acts as a kind of nonstop soundtrack to the surreal events that unfold as Carnaval gathers steam."
See http://travel2.nytimes.com/2005/10/23/travel/23dominican.html

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