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December 28, 2010
  • Minicabs offer tour of historical Santiago
  • Snow storms are travelers' nightmare
  • Enjoy the round robin
  • Marc Anthony and Chayanne
Minicabs offer tour of historical Santiago
New minicabs on the road in Santiago are the rickshaws of the DR. The motorized, 3-wheeled 3-passenger vehicles are offering historical center tours, previously offered only by the traditional horse-drawn coaches of Santiago.
The minicabs are offering tour services in the area of the Monumento and downtown historical Santiago. They come with guides and provide audio that narrates the most important historical or culture points seen on the way.
The tapes were produced by historian Edwin Espinal Hernandez with music by composer Miguel Andres Tejada, both of Santiago.
According to El Caribe, the minicabs have been a hit with locals and foreigners. The RD$500 peso ride through the downtown part of Santiago takes a little over half an hour.
The first 16 mini-cabs offering the service park near the Santiago Monumento. The tours run from 10-12 in the morning and from 4 to 9pm in the afternoons and evenings. They can also be booked for private tours and events.
Snow storms are travelers' nightmare
The monster snowstorm affecting flights on the eastern coast of the US has created major havoc with hundreds of thousands of Christmas and New Year holiday plans. Reportedly, more than 1,400 flights were cancelled at John F. Kennedy Airport alone. The airport was closed on Sunday with opening time set for 6pm on Monday, 27 December. The cancellations affected flight arrivals and from all around the world and outgoing departures. Below zero temperature and wind gusts of up to 50 mph were reported in New York City.
Many passengers saw their options to fly delayed 3-5 days, messing with many a vacation plan to the Dominican Republic among other sun destinations.
Jet Blue, Delta, Continental, United, American and other airlines traveling to the DR are waiving penalties for travelers who have to reschedule their trips due to the snow storm.
The US pressed called the combination of rain, sleet and snow a monster storm.
To check flights, see: Las Americas flight status (Santo Domingo), Punta Cana International flights:
Enjoy the round robin
There's lots of good baseball being played near several of the main tourist destinations -- Juan Dolio (San Pedro de Macoris' Tetelo Vargas Ball Park), La Romana-Bayahibe (Francisco Micheli Ball Park), Cabrera, Rio San Juan and Samana (San Francisco de Macoris (Julian Javier Ball Park), Santo Domingo & Boca Chica (Quisqueya Ball Park).
The round robin, or the professional winter baseball championship semi-finals began on Sunday, the first of 18 games in which teams start from zero. For the first time, the most championship winning teams Tigres del Licey and Aguilas Cibaenas, are not playing, so less games are scheduled for Santo Domingo and more games in the interior.
The tournament ended with the Toros del Este, Estrellas Orientales and Leones del Escogido tied in the first position 27-22 games. The Gigantes edged out the Aguilas by one game to grab the important 4th position with a record 25-24, just two games away from the other three. This promises a tight semi-finals as the teams strengths seem to be equal.
This year, the first place RD$1 million cash prize went to the Toros. The Lidom ruling establishes that when there is a triple tie the winning team is the one with the most runs. The Toros batted for 230 runs and allowed 192 to their opponents. The Estrellas were second with 224 and 219, and the Escogido was third with 195 and 194.
To start the round robin, the 4 remaining teams participated in a raffle for the best talent of the Tigres del Licey and the Aguilas Cibaenas that would be continuing on. Some 27 players were raffled.
The Escogido's new players are Bartolo Colon, Julio Borbon, Cesar Valdez, Engel Beltre, Jake Fox and Brad Snyder and Tyler Greene.
The Estrellas chose Ronny Paulino, Ramon Ortiz, Victor Marte, Wilkin Arias, Josh Banks, Dan Reichert.
The Gigantes players are Edwin Encarnacion, Luis Vizcaino, Edward Paredes and Johnny Nunez, John Halama, Derrick Loop and Kevin Melillo.
The Toros chose Hector Luna, Adalberto Mendez, Claudio Vargas, Carlos Perez, Kevin Barker, Michael O'Connor and Luis Exposito.
The semifinals will last from Sunday, 27 December through Sunday, 16 January. Friday, 31 December and Saturday, 1 January are off days, as is Thursday, 6 January and Wednesday, 12 January.
For the schedule of upcoming games, see
Marc Anthony and Chayanne
Puerto Ricans Marc Anthony and Chayanne will take the stage of the Olympic Stadium in Santo Domingo next year for a Saturday, 26 March show. The show is part of the Chayanne tour "No hay imposibles".
This will be the first time the two showmen appear together in the DR. According to Saymon Diaz, the promoter, both men have a huge following in the DR. He said this would be a historical concert.
Other international stars booked for 2011 are Cristian Castro, with his tour Viva el Principe, booked for an 11 February performance at the Hotel Jaragua's La Fiesta hall.
Dominican jazz player Michel Camilo is booked for 5 March presentation as part of the Santo Domingo Music Festival at the National Theater. He will be a guest soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of the Festival, directed by Philippe Entremont.
Camila, the pop rock group, is booked for 5 March at the Palacio de los Deportes. For more on upcoming events, see
Updates are continuously posted there.

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