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November 13, 2007
  • Miss DR wins at Miss World
  • Crocs for Dominican children
  • Baseball schedules
  • Colorado Rockies top brass visit
Miss DR wins at Miss World
The Dominican Republic representative at the Miss World pageant, Ada Aimee de la Cruz, has won the Beach Fashion Show Beach Beauty crown, a fast-track ticket to the Miss World 2007 contest semi-finals in Sanya, China. In third place was the People's Republic of China and in second place Jamaica. Miss DR was born in Villa Mella, Santo Domingo.
In preparation for the final, the 106 contestants are visiting popular spots in China and are being filmed touring venues that will be used in the 2008 Olympic Games. The event highlights include the Beach Fashion Show, where Miss DR won the beachwear title, the Hainan Carnival Parade Boao, visits to Beijing sites such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Summer Place, and participation in a Red Cross Ball and the Dynasties Fashion Show.
The contestants arrived in China on 2 November.
Crocs for Dominican children
Dominican children from poor neighborhoods in Puerto Plata will be sporting trendy Crocs shoes this holiday season. Crocs, the manufacturer of innovative footwear donated 10,000 pairs of newly recycled Crocs as part of activities scheduled for the Dominican International Film Festival. The event was held on 8-11 November at Sun Village Resort & Spa in Cofresi Beach. The effort was coordinated by SolesUnitedSM, a charitable organization representing the shoe manufacturer. SolesUnited uses scrap material as well as recycled Crocs to create new footwear products for people in need. Crocs was a sponsor of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. A beach volleyball court was set up at the festival and local children played with and against the AVP players.
The donation comes in the wake of Tropical Storm Noel that caused flooding in many poor neighborhoods in Puerto Plata. The festival is presented by the Elliott Foundation, which partnered with Crocs, the SolesUnited program and JetBlue airline to help distribute the shoes to the neediest communities in the DR. Dominican actor Manny Perez, best known for his roles in this year’s critically acclaimed “El Cantante” starring opposite Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony and the hit television series “Rescue Me,” hosted a children’s film program during the festival.
Crocs brand shoes have gained popularity for their innovative closed-cell resin material that produces soft, comfortable, lightweight, superior-gripping, non-marking and odor-resistant shoes.
Baseball schedules
Baseball fans visiting the DR should combine spending a night in cities with baseball parks. Best for catching the professional winter baseball league action are the cities of Santo Domingo (Estadio Quisqueya, home club for Licey and Escogido), Santiago (Estadio Cibao, home club to Aguilas), La Romana (Estadio Micheli, home club to the Azucareros) and Juan Dolio (San Pedro de Macoris’ Estadio Tetelo Vargas, home club to the Estrellas).
Because there are two teams in Santo Domingo, this is where games are most frequently held. Tourists staying in Punta Cana and Puerto Plata could befriend a taxi driver, take him to the ball game, make sure he has no more than a beer, and then return safely with your friend-taxi. A better option would be to overnight in Santo Domingo or Santiago, and catch the action without having to travel back late at night. Arrangements can be made with the taxi driver who took you to the stadium, to wait for you at one point to bring you back to your hotel in the city. Come January, several active Major League Baseball Dominican players will join their Dominican teams. This year, the Caribbean Series will take place in Santiago.
For the league calendar of games, see www.lidom.com/calendario.htm
Colorado Rockies top brass visit
The top brass of the Colorado Rockies were in Santo Domingo over the weekend to visit their Boca Chica Baseball City academy. Visiting were Charles K. Monfort, chairman and CEO; Richard L. Monfort, vice chairman; Greg Feasel, senior VP for business operations; Harold Roth, senior VP, chief financial officer; Gill Geivett, Marc Gustafson and Rolando Fernandez, director of operations for Latin America, among others. As reported in Diario Libre, the team is proud of the new players coming out of that organization. Dominican talent includes Willie Taveras, Ubaldo Jimenez, Franklin Morales, Manuel Corpas, Alberto Arias, Juan Morillo, Juan Uribe and Neifi Perez who have come up the ranks of academy training in the DR.
World Series Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, who accompanied the important visitors, announced that after taking a break he would join the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter Professional League. “I will be pitching for Licey this winter to continue developing my talent,” Jimenez told Diario Libre. Jimenez pitched against the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. On Saturday, the visiting Rockies staff attended a Licey vs. Escogido game in Santo Domingo.

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