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October 13, 2009
  • Art lovers circuit
  • Foreign children can travel
  • IDB supports Samana highway
  • Masters Cycling comes to Santo Domingo
Art lovers circuit
This coming Thursday, 16 October and every third Thursday in the month, for just RD$200 anyone can take a guided tour of Santo Domingo art galleries. The Circuito de Galerias de Arte, or art gallery circuit links 19 art galleries. It is an initiative by the Dominican Republic Art Galleries Association (AGA) and Tequia Experiences, a local tour operator that specializes in cultural experiences. Mildred Canahuate, president of AGA, said that the tours would take place the third Thursday of every month from 7 to 11:30pm. The tour will stop at the galleries for 20-minute visits. The participating art galleries are: Arawak, Arte Contemporaneo, Arte San Ramon, D'Guillermo, Mesa Fine Art, De Bodden, Guillo Perez, Enmarcados El Gallo, Lucy Garcia, Corimar, El Greco, El Mural, H+) apArtgallery, La Coleccion, Cuernica, Infinitus, Umbrales de Arte, Arte Berri, Colegio de Artistas Plasticos and Laboratorio Evolutivo de Arte Contemporaneo. The galleries are located in Piantini, Evaristo Morales, El Millon, Los Prados, Los Cacicazgos, Arroyo Hondo, Gazcue and the Colonial City.
On Thursdays, the art galleries will welcome art-lovers with special events, including appearances by host artists, performances, and guided tours explaining the art on display.
As another plus, restaurants and bars located in areas around the galleries will be offering special prices to cater to the art-loving public.
Foreign children can travel
There are many restrictions and requirements for children of Dominican nationals traveling without either of their parents. The good news is that these do not apply to foreign children traveling alone. The Department of Migration recently published an advertisement that clarifies that in the case of foreign minors departing from the DR, the only requirement is that they pay the departure tax and file corresponding departure forms. Otherwise, they can depart just by showing their passport at Migration.
In contrast, Dominican children traveling alone require extensive paperwork. The requirements are: notarized authorization from the non-traveling parent, legalization of this document by the Attorney General's Office and deposited at the Department of Migration and payment of the corresponding fee.
IDB supports Samana highway
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will help fund the Boulevard Turistico del Atlantico toll road linking Samana's El Catey International Airport and the town of Las Terrenas.
The IDB announced it would lend up to $44.8 million without a sovereign guarantee. The Boulevard Turistico del Atlantico project will also have joint support from other bilateral and multilateral institutions. Financing will total approximately US$149 million.
The project includes the concession for a 123-kilometer toll highway with two components: rehabilitation of 99 kilometers of existing highway connecting Nagua, Sanchez, Samana, El Limon and Las Terrenas, and construction of a new 24km stretch that will connect Las Terrenas and Majagual on the Samana peninsula.
Overseeing this initiative, whose total estimated cost is US$178 million, will be a consortium made up of Colombian construction firms Odinsa and Grodco, and highway concession holders Consorcio Remix of the DR.
Masters Cycling comes to Santo Domingo
The Masters Pan American Championships will be held in Santo Domingo this 30 October - 9 November. This is an International Cycling Union event. Continental Champion's jerseys and UCI medals will be awarded in every 5-year age group, from 30-34 on up to 70+.
Competition includes time trials, road races and criteriums on the road, along with match sprint, team sprint, individual pursuit, points race, and kilo (500 meters for women) time trial events on the track.
More than 60 foreign cyclists from the Americas are expected, bringing the total to about 500 cyclists when added to the local competitors.
The event includes speed racing in the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center velodrome, 10 and 20 km races at the Mirador del Sur Park.
The categories are: 10kms for ladies and men 60-64, 65-69 and 70+, 10kms men (45-49, 50-54 and 55-59 and 20kms for men 30-44. On Thursday, 5 November a closed circuit will take place starting at 2pm.
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