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April 25, 2006
  • Champion tennis player - made in Sosua
  • La Chocolatera gets on its way
  • It's Sting!
  • A good year for DR tourism
Champion tennis player - made in Sosua
Sosua-based 15-year old Francesca Segarelli came to the DR with her parents when she was not yet two years old. Little did they know that 14 years later she would become the DR's star tennis player. She became a Dominican citizen in 2003 in order to represent the country. She qualified, together with teammate Diana Espinal, to play in the Group I of the American Zone of the Fed Cup of Tennis organized by the International Tennis Federation. As reported in an interview with Listin Diario, Segarelli has the strength, and Espinal the agility, which made them a perfect doubles combination in the event.
Born in Rome, Italy, Segarelli lives in Sosua and studies at the International School of Sosua. She has four brothers and sisters, and her parents are Tulio Segarelli and Daniela Giacchetti. She has big ambitions to stay in tennis and hopes to become one of the world's 20 best players. She plans to study sports psychology. She has been playing tennis for 11 years and practices around three hours a day, coached by her father.
Winning teammate Diana Espinal is a student at the Louisiana University in Monroe, to which she won a scholarship. She traveled from Monroe to the DR to join Francesca, and made a perfect team. She is a 23-year old student of management and marketing, and is due to graduate later this year. She has four brothers and sisters and is the daughter of Elvis Espinal and Daysi Acevedo. She was born in Santo Domingo.
The duo's next major commitment will be at the 15-30 July 2006 Central American and Caribbean Sports Games that will be held in Cartagena, Colombia.
La Chocolatera gets on its way
Efforts to ensure that the large abandoned that use to house a major chocolate factory last century is not torn down or privatized, and may instead be converted into a cultural center moved forward last week. The Ministry of Culture received the transfer of the industrial plant, thanks to the efforts of cultural promoter Oscar Hungria of Fundacion Atlantica and the Puerto Plata Cluster. The French government is supporting the initiative to turn the location into a major north coast cultural center.
It's Sting!
Sting arrived on Tuesday for a good night's sleep prior to his first concert in the Dominican Republic. The British rock star will perform at the 5,000-seater Altos de Chavon amphitheatre in La Romana as part of the North American-Caribbean leg of his "Broken Music" Tour, which includes stopovers in Tobago, the DR, Puerto Rico and Las Vegas.
The Broken Music Tour consists of Sting on bass in a four-piece band with long-time band mate Dominic Miller on guitar, in addition to Lyle Workman (Beck, Frank Black) also on guitar and Josh Freese on drums.
A good year for DR tourism
First quarter travel figures for the Dominican Republic saw record arrivals in the first quarter of 2006 nationwide, and the country is looking to further improve on these numbers this year. Foreign air arrivals to the Dominican Republic totaled 987,599 passengers for an 8.8% increase over last year's first quarter figure of 907,683, according to recently released Central Bank statistics. Punta Cana International Airport continues to lead in foreign arrivals, with 494,315 arrivals, 19.5% more than during January-March 2005. Puerto Plata International received 215,367 tourists, up 2% from last year. La Romana also showed increased numbers, with 95,089 foreign arrivals; up 5% from last year's first quarter 90,414.
Santo Domingo's Las Americas International Airport showed a decline in foreign travel, though, with 149,163 arrivals, compared to 163,067 in 2005, for a 9% decrease. Santiago's Cibao airport experienced a healthy 14.7% growth.

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