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April 10, 2007
  • The Clintons in Punta Cana
  • Puerto Rican governor vacations in DR
  • Santo Domingo, the cruise ship port
  • Play ball!
The Clintons in Punta Cana
Once more Bill and Hillary Clinton spent Easter in Punta Cana. This was the seventh visit of the former President of the United States and the current senator for the State of New York. They stayed with their good friend Oscar de la Renta. Reportedly, the Clintons came with several friends, including Alan Greenspan and his wife. President Leonel Fernandez met Clintons in La Romana, although no reporters were allowed.
Puerto Rican governor vacations in DR
The Governor of Puerto Rico and his family spent the Easter Week holiday in Casa de Campo in La Romana. Governor Anibal Acevedo arrived on Wednesday, 4 April and returned on Sunday, 8 April on a flight to San Juan. President Leonel Fernandez also spent Holy Week long weekend at a villa in Casa de Campo.
Santo Domingo, the cruise ship port
Luis Molina, director of Sans Souci Holdings, the company developing the port area of Santo Domingo, reported that 25,000 tourists entered the country via the Port of Santo Domingo in its first season in operation (October 2006- March 2007) under the new management. There were peak times when 40 ships, primarily with European and American tourists, were received in a single month at the Don Diego terminal, the first to be habilitated at the Port of Santo Domingo. Molina said the intention is to extend the season throughout the entire year. Major works are now underway to prepare the port for the new season that begins in October. He announced the second phase calls for the construction of a marina to cater to boating tourism. In addition to the new marina area, a residential development will also be built where the Naval Academy is today located.
Molina reported that they are expecting the arrival of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Legend of the Seas for the 2007-2008 winter season and that the RCC Millenium will be using Sans Souci as its mother port, with tourists arriving by air to take their Caribbean cruise from the DR.
Play ball!
The Dominican Republic continues to be the country, outside of the United States, with the most players on Major League Baseball rosters. This year, 98 Dominicans are on the rosters of the National and American League teams. Venezuela follows with 51 players, Puerto Rico has 28, Canada has 19 participants, and there are 13 Mexicans. Four Dominican players also made the list of those with contracts for over US$100 million this year - Alex Rodriguez (Texas, US$252 million), Manny Ramirez (Boston, US$160 million), Alfonso Soriano (Chicago, US$136 million) and Albert Pujols (St. Louis, US$100 million).

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