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October 28, 2008
  • Baseball on ESPN Deportes
  • FedoGolf joins GHIN
  • The Reserve at Paradisus
  • Concerts booked for Santo Domingo
Baseball on ESPN Deportes
Subscribers to the ESPN Deportes, the Spanish language sports channel, can follow the Caribbean Winter Professional Baseball League games that are ongoing at present. ESPN Deportes carries games happening in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Mexico. ESPN Deportes will televise more than 60 winter league baseball games, including each league's championship series. In addition to its extensive coverage of each league, ESPN Deportes will for the first time air a special production focusing on Caribbean baseball, "Beisbol Esta Noche" every Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Winter baseball-related content will be featured across various platforms: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN Deportes La Revista. ESPN Deportes will feature more than 200 hours of winter baseball-related programming - the most ever televised by any network in the U.S. - with a group of at least 12 commentators, including hosts, analysts, reporters and contributors. Coverage of Winter Baseball will culminate with the Exclusive coverage of the 2009 Caribbean Series live from Mexicali, Mexico. The Dominican Republic won the 2008 Caribbean Series Championship.
Coverage of winter baseball began with the Venezuelan league, as of 15 October. Coverage from the Dominican Republic begins Sunday, 2 November 2 with the battle between Leones del Escogido vs. Las Aguilas del Licey. ESPN Deportes will also air the finals of the Mexican Pacific League in January.
FedoGolf joins GHIN
The United States Golf Association announced that FederaciÑn Dominicana de Golf (Fedogolf), the national governing body for golf in the Dominican Republic, will join the Golf Handicap and Information Network® (GHIN) service on 1 January 2009, becoming the second international golf association to subscribe to the network.
Earlier this year, Bermuda became the first non-U.S. golf association to subscribe to GHIN. Last month, the Virginia State Golf Association became the 63rd U.S.-based state or regional association to join the GHIN network. Like Fedogolf, the VSGA will begin using the service on 1 January.
"The GHIN service is extremely pleased to have FEDOGOLF utilize our products and services as part of its overall efforts to strengthen organized golf throughout the Dominican Republic," said Steve Smyers, a USGA Executive Committee member and chairman of the GHIN Committee. "We look forward to a long affiliation with the Federation and its membership."
As per the agreement, the Fedogolf will use the USGA Handicap System™ that currently has 17 member clubs that serve 6,000 local golfers.
A majority of the Dominican Republic's golf courses are situated within resort properties and generate approximately 250,000 rounds a year, many from vacationing US golfers with an established USGA Handicap Index®. are developed by the USGA and will be supported
The Reserve at Paradisus
Sol Melia Vacation Club (SMVC) is opening a new project, The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana late this year. The Reserve will feature 190 one and two-bedroom lock-off units with modern upscale design, exotic Balinese beds, private hot tubs and direct access from the lower level patio units into a spectacular lazy river swimming pool. Presidential Club Suites will feature two, three and four bedrooms, with the four bedroom suites accommodating up to 10 people, sold as a multi-week product.
Paradisus Palma Real's five-star amenities and services include: first-class spa treatments, a custom fitness program, championship golf course, a large, gorgeous white-sandy beach and crystal clear water, variety of gourmet restaurants, specialty bars, a casino and nightly entertainment, supervised children's programs, daily adult activities, concierge service and 24-hour room service.
Including The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, Sol Melia Vacation Club has three member resorts in Punta Cana.
Concerts booked for Santo Domingo
In November, Joan Manuel Serrat from Spain and Luis Miguel from Mexico come one after the other. Legendary singer-composer Serrat will perform at the National Theater in Santo Domingo this coming 8-9 November. He is including Santo Domingo in his "100 x 100 Serrat" tour. Mexican star Luis Miguel will return to the DR for a performance at the Olympic Stadium on 12 November at 8:30pm.
For more events, see dr1.com/calendar/

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