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May 22, 2014

MTSU athletes off to Dominican Republic

MURFREESBORO – Shelley Godwin can’t forget the hopeful face or the two-hour embrace she received from an 11-year-old Dominican orphan girl she befriended last summer.

And even if young Katherine Francois’ photo was not the background image on Godwin’s phone, the weakened knees and touched heart she experienced still would have stayed with the Middle Tennessee State women’s tennis coach for the past year.

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May 18, 2014

Rohanna tied for fifth in Domican Republic Open

bert Rohanna had another steady round Friday, shooting a 4-under 68 for a 6-way tie for fifth place to make the cut in the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica’s Dominican Republic Open at Teeth of the Dog at the Casa de Campo Resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

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May 08, 2014

Kite Surfing in Cabarete

Here's a short video we made of a few sessions in the Dominican Republic over the winter of 2013/2014.

Big thanks to all my sponsors and to Charles Osterlund for making it. Check out my website for more about my travels and videos including instructional vids throughout the year

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May 06, 2014

Punta Cana among summer destinations for Americans

New York.– Fly.com revealed its list of top international summer destinations for 2014, which includes Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic's main tourist spot.

According to the website, low airfares are propelling many travelers to choose destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Airfare searches to these three regions represent nearly half of the Fly.com Top 50 list.

Despite Europe remains as a popular spot (specifically London, Paris and Rome), this year's favorite international destination is Cancun, Mexico, where the average roundtrip airfare costs $127 less than last year.

May 03, 2014

Official says Dominican Republic tourism at 40-year best

Santo Domingo.- Tourism Minister Francisco Javier García on Friday said Dominican Republic’s tourism industry is at its best in the past 4 decades.

"I set out to analyze figures and I drew this conclusion. I spoke with several tourist area entrepreneurs and they confirmed that without a doubt, tourism is at its best in the last 40 years" Garcia said.

He revealed that during his recent visit to Berlin’s ITB Fair Dominican Republic’s booking projections were as high as never before, prompting several tour operators to suspend reservations for the first time, because there were no more rooms to offer.

May 01, 2014

Dominican Republic Hailed as Undisputed King of Caribbean Tourism

The Dominican Republic has claimed the title of most-visited Caribbean destination, following a 5.8% increase in tourism over the last two months. (1) Caribbean travel expert Carl McBurnie of Caribique Villa Rentals comments on the growing number of travellers flocking to this holiday hotspot.

"The recent surge in visitors to The Dominican Republic comes as no surprise. This Caribbean nation has always been high on travel wish lists but recent government initiatives to promote tourism in the region are really starting to pay off," explains McBurnie. "The Dominican Republic is a holiday destination that appeals to all types of travellers, whether they are laid back beach lovers, active adrenaline junkies or history buffs."

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Apr 30, 2014

$899 For 7 nights in the Dominican Republic

Pristine beaches and translucent waters await on an all-inclusive, seven-night Dominican Republic vacation this season. This offer from Apple Vacations includes round-trip air from New York City on JetBlue Airways; seven nights' accommodation at the upscale Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo; all meals, drinks and gratuities; round-trip transfers; and more.

Travel Wednesday and Saturday April 26 – June 21, 2014, at this rate. Additional dates and gateways are available for more.

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Apr 26, 2014

Opportunities for At-Risk Schoolgirls in Dominican Republic

CABARETE, Dominican Republic, April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SunEdison SUNE -2.42% , a leading provider of solar energy solutions and services, today dedicated a new solar power plant to the Mariposa Center for Girls in the Dominican Republic. The new plant provides reliable energy for the center which serves at-risk schoolgirls in support of the UN's goals to increase energy access for all.

"We believe reliable energy is the foundation of sustainable development for all communities," Steve O'Rourke, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for SunEdison said. "Electricity facilitates education, the delivery of healthcare services, and economic growth. We are proud to support the UN's Sustainable Energy for All initiative in this and future endeavors to ensure all people have access to clean, affordable energy."

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Apr 25, 2014

Dominican Republic: Vulnerable to Online Fraud

Santo Domingo, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) The Dominican Republic is currently the most vulnerable country in the Caribbean to online fraud by the increased use of credit cards, said sources related to the subject.

Losses caused by online frauds are valued at $430 million USD a year in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Jose Luis Vargas, director of FICO in the Caribbean, a company that develops programs to predict and detect fraud, said in a meeting with bank representatives that most frauds are carried out through international transactions.

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Apr 24, 2014

Dominican Republic—More Than You Expect | Golf Central

Discovered by Columbus on his first voyage, there is no place quite like the Dominican Republic. With a history that is a mix of European, African and native Indian cultures, the food, art, music, sports and religion all reflect this diverse country.

For the adventure tourist, this Caribbean country offers a diverse array of tropical rainforests, desert expanses, alpine ranges and steamy mangrove swamps. It’s a playground for trekkers, mountain bike enthusiasts and water-sport junkies.

In the north and east, visitors are invited to relax at one of the many luxurious resorts.

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Apr 18, 2014

Sun, Sand and Bikinis: Celebs Jazz it Up

Beyonce and Jay Z: Celebrated their sixth marriage anniversary with their daughter Blue Ivy in style in the Dominican Republic. This vacation is stuff dreams are made of.

Britney Spears: Posted this picture while vacationing in Hawaii with her sons and boyfriend David Lucado. Looks like the pop star has got her mojo back.

The Kardashians: Did all the touristy stuff when they headed to Thailand to soak in the sun and lie on the ..

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Apr 17, 2014

The Hemmingway Eatery Has Changed Hands

Regrettably the Hemmingway Restaurant has changed ownership and it appears from reports that I have that it has changed menus from fish to fast foods.

My recent guests here were horrified when seeing the menu and walked out.

The Hemmingway is situated at the end of a pier about 100 yards out to sea. It looks like I will not be going back there again.

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Apr 16, 2014

Brides Say 'No' to Makeup for Their Wedding Day

Beyonce flaunted her natural beauty while on vacation in the Dominican Republic this week -- and countless other celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga and Cameron Diaz have all posted fresh-faced selfies for the world to see.

But would you go makeup-free for your wedding day?

For Carolynn Markey’s big day, she did just that. She says she typically doesn’t wear any makeup and didn’t want to change just because it was her wedding.

“I wore flowers in my hair, I wore a really pretty white dress, I wore heels,” Markey, of Lynchburg, Va., told ABC News of her November 2012 nuptials. “I wanted to look presentable for my wedding day, but didn’t feel like makeup was part of that process.”

Now, more and more brides are ditching the base, blush and smokey eye to look more natural for their big day.

“I think it’s a big trend for brides and couples alike to want to feel as much like themselves as possible on their wedding day,” Anja Winika, TheKnot.com’s site director, explained.

Apr 15, 2014

Sheer Pleasure in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

We traveled to the DR in March and stayed at the Majestic Colonial all inclusive resort.

We were stunned at how beautiful and clean the resort was. The staff was efficient and friendly, always saying Hola with a smile! We stayed in the Colonial Club which was adults only and it was heaven.

Our bartenders, Arelis and Carmen at the pool bar remembered our names and drinks and were always friendly and attentive. They were two of the best bartenders I have ever met. Michael Pujols, coffee boy #5 greeted us each morning with a hot cup of coffee and his award winning smile! He was awesome! He was also our waiter in the French restaurant during our lunch, a pleasant surprise! We ate at each and every restaurant during our stay and the food was top notch in each and every one.

I would recommend this resort to everyone and we can't wait to return, bringing the whole family with us next time!

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Apr 12, 2014

Sorry, No Rooms Available For Easter

More than 60,000 rooms across the Dominican Republic’s various resort areas are already all booked up for Easter Week, said Dominican Republic Hotels and Tourism Association (Asonahores) vice president Arturo Villanueva.

He said summer homes and real estate projects have a similar situation.

He said as much as 20% of the rooms are reserved for local tourists and the rest for foreigners, mostly by international tour operators who book up to seven months in advance, and up to four to three months for locals.

The yearly exodus prompts hoteliers and authorities to implement safety measures to prevent accidents on roads and beaches. Hoteliers also suspend some activities on the beaches during the week.

Apr 09, 2014

What? You Only Got Chicken?

BAVARO — Yes, they serve other things here. But at a place called “Only Chicken,” why would you order anything else?

Solo Pollo, as it’s actually known, is a small outdoor-only lunch joint that’s been in the Plaza Las Brisas off the main road in Bavaro, Dominican Republic since the year 2000.

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Apr 07, 2014

Bey and Jay Hold Hands on a Romantic Anniversary Getaway in the Dominican Republic

This happy couple really is drunk in love.

Beyonce and her main squeeze Jay-Z decided to celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary (and the end of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour March 27 in Barcelona) by paying a visit to their fave vacation spot in the Dominican Republic where the Tinseltown twosome were spotted over the weekend.

And CB! has the pics.

Last Friday marked year No. 6 that hip hop's royal couple has been Mr. and Mrs., so baby Blue's mom and dad decided to ditch their usual designer duds and NYC cold weather clothes for more sun-appropriate attire on Saturday on the exclusive Playa Minitas beach at the luxe Casa de Campo resort in La Romana.

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Apr 07, 2014

Cultural Cuisine Considered Incomparable

Three times a day for 20 years, I have eaten nearly 22,082 meals throughout my lifetime. Therefore, it is only fitting to believe that food is one of my most important considerations when visiting a new place. Since coming to the Dominican Republic, I have eaten 228 delicious meals. The food here is an integral part of the Dominican culture, and has contributed a great deal to my experience.

Empeñadas, Skim Ice and hot dogs are the top three foods or comidas on my “things to try” in the Dominican Republic list.Empeñadas are fried pastry shells stuffed with juicy and hearty goodness ranging from cheese and chicken to octopus. They are sold on nearly every street corner of Santiago, and a single bite can change my mood from miserable to ecstatic. Not only is the taste to die for, but also the experience of eating one is not to be forgotten. I have eaten them sitting in plastic chairs outside the food stand, cheering on a Dominican baseball team and strolling down the busy streets of Santiago. They are the epitome of a food to eat on a fun, adventurous day and are always eaten with good company.

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Mar 28, 2014

Dominican Republic Sees Strong Growth in US Visitors

PUNTA CANA — The Dominican Republic saw 10 percent growth in visitors from the United States last year, according to Radames Martinez-Aponte, the country’s vice minister for tourism.

US-based tourists totaled around 1.6 million last year, accounting for about 40 percent of the nearly 4.7 million people that visited the Dominican Republic in 2013.

Canadian visitors were the country’s second-largest source market, with about 700,000 visitors, followed by France, which sent around 218,000 tourists to the country, according to Martinez-Aponte.

The South American market, an increasingly important one for the Dominican Republic and the wider Caribbean region, showed growth of 11 percent, the Vice Minister said, for a total of about 500,000.

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Mar 26, 2014

Dominican Republic Grants Solar, Wind Concessions

This news article is one of hundreds published daily by Business News Americas about the commodities, markets, movements, companies, projects, economics and politics integral to the development of Latin America.

Including news and insight from South America, Central America and the Caribbean, BNamericas includes Electric Power insight and forecasts for business opportunities in Dominican.

The business development service focuses on major projects, active companies, such as EGE Haina, CNE; and business and sales contacts, providing networking opportunities with leading executives throughout Latin America.

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Mar 25, 2014

Dominican Republic Places to Visit This Year

Regardless of the season, the Dominican Republic is always an attractive travel destination. With so many beautiful places to visit, narrowing your travel options down to just a few may be difficult this spring, but Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club sister resorts is here to provide information on several popular destinations throughout the Dominican Republic:

Coastal del Coco

The Coconut Coast should be at the top of any must-see list. With white sandy beaches and calm waters, it attracts thousands of tourists every year. It boasts 40 miles of beach, coconut trees and endless ocean. With so much coastline to explore, Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club sister resorts suggests planning several days to snorkel, kayak or charter a boat to enjoy the most of the experience.

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Mar 24, 2014

Land of Caves, Keys and Ancient Art

Submitted by George Oxford Miller on March 23, 2014 "Pirates used to hide in these keys," Carlos, our guide, tells us as our boat swings behind a small, steep-sided island.

Numerous forested islets dot the shoreline like floating haystacks. "English and French pirates hid in Samaná Bay to ambush Spanish gold ships leaving Santa Domingo. The 58 cays and inlets made perfect hiding places."

Motoring along the rugged shoreline of Los Haitises National Park in the Dominican Republic, our boat swerves around the rocky islets like a skier racing downhill. Then we brake and pull into a small cove with a postcard-perfect beach tucked up against a 100-foot-high hillside, but we don’t stop. The boat continues into the mouth a cave with a gushing freshwater river.

Alternate TextMany caves are best explored by swimming. George Oxford Miller photo.We dive in the mountain stream and float out with the current. White egrets and brown pelicans watch from low trees, as do three fishermen mending their nets in the shade of coconut palms. They live in tents on a beach in an adjacent cove. Rivers from the rainforest nourish mangrove estuaries that make Samaná Bay one of the richest fisheries in the Caribbean.

Except for the plastic cording of the nets, the fishing lifestyle has changed little over the last millennia.

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Mar 21, 2014

Pueblo Viejo pushes Dominican Republic gold exports beyond US$1bn

Gold exports from the Dominican Republic increased by 582% to US$1.19bn last year, according to a report by the country's central bank.

This news article is one of hundreds published daily by Business News Americas about the commodities, markets, movements, companies, projects, economics and politics integral to the development of Latin America. Including news and insight from South America, Central America and the Caribbean, BNamericas includes Metals insight and forecasts for business opportunities in Dominican R.. The business development service focuses on major projects, active companies, such as Glencore Xstrata; and business and sales contacts, providing networking opportunities with leading executives throughout Latin America.

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Mar 20, 2014

Dominican Republic Economy to Grow 4.5 Percent in 2014

The Dominican Republic’s economy is projected to grow by 4.5 percent in 2014, according to a projection from the International Monetary Fund, which recently concluded a visit to the country.

That projection comes after an estimated 4 percent GDP growth in 2013, according to the IMF, which said the country’s economic developments last year had been "better than expected," according to Przemek Gajdeczka, who led the recent IMF mission.

“The mission welcomed the authorities’ commitment to macroeconomic stability and recommended setting more ambitious targets for fiscal consolidation,” Gajdeczka said. “It advised the authorities to develop a medium-term fiscal strategy to lower government borrowing requirements more rapidly and rebuild fiscal buffers that would also facilitate the accumulation of international reserves.”

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Mar 19, 2014

Five reasons to visit the Dominican Republic

* If visiting the Dominican Republic isn't yet on your bucket list, it should be.

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Mar 18, 2014

Manny Ramirez Broke My Heart!

Manny Ramirez should be ASHAMED of himself ... not just because he cheated and destroyed his baseball career ... but because he made Miss Dominican Republic REALLY SAD!!!

Miss D.M. Bobbi Dean was leaving the Queen of the Universe Pageant in L.A. this weekend when we asked how she felt when the Dominican-born baseball star was busted for performance enhancing drugs.

"I like to think of our people as very honest," Dean said ... "it was a little disappointing to find out that he wasn't as honest as we would've hoped."

Still, Miss Dominican Republic says she's still confident that players from the D.M. are still WAY BETTER than players in Cuba ... even without the 'roids.

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Mar 17, 2014

Teach Kids How To Do Things Right. Right?

*Eight years ago actor Vin Diesel met with the former president of the Dominican Republic, Leonal Fernandez, at his request to discuss business.

Diesel was doing some location scouting for "Hannibal," when the two met to talk about ways to bring Hollywood and filmmaking in general to the island.

While the idea to open a film studio seemed like a good idea, Diesel pointed out the need to have someone there to instruct the people. So he launched the One Race Global Film Foundation.

The foundation houses programs such as a summer intensive film workshop that’s said to be modeled after the Media Workshop that Diesel’s stepfather, Irving Vincent, teaches at NYU.“We came up with this deal, where I brought my father down, and the concept was to teach these kids how to do things right,” Diesel told Variety.

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Mar 15, 2014

The Germans Are Coming in Big Numbers

The Dominican Republic Tourism minister Francisco Javier García announced Sunday that Dominican Republic’s South region will start to receive this year German tourists en masse, with projected growth of 40%.

He called the figure very significant as taking into account that the area still lacks the required physical infrastructure.

The official said the growth results from the region’s inclusion in the tourism promotion abroad. "We’re talking about full, Barahona, Pedernales and Lake Enriquillo circuit.

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Mar 14, 2014

Are You Not Tired of These Long and Cold Winter Months?

In parts of the USA and mainly on the plain, this winter has been quite severe with minus zero temperatures.

You'll find a place just south of here where you'll never see snow or frost again.

It is a place where you can get as much natural vitamin D3 as you want, you'll be able to paddle in the Caribbean sea, enjoy an iced laager under the palms to refresh your thirst and then go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters!

And another thing, you will not be stressed out about ice and snow!

The place to visit - put it on your bucket list - is the Dominican Republic!

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Mar 12, 2014

Dominican Republic Names First Robotic Surgery Unit in Recognition of World-Renowned Surgeon

Dr. David Samadi Attended the Inauguration of the Samadi Robotic Institute at HOMS and Performed the First-Ever Robotic Prostate Surgery in the Dominican Republic

This week, world-renowned robotic prostate surgeon, David B. Samadi, MD, joined President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic to inaugurate and unveil the first Samadi Robotic Surgical Institute at the Hospital Metropolitano de Santiago (HOMS), pioneering robotic surgery in the Dominican Republic. While there, Dr. Samadi was honored for his humanitarian efforts in prostate cancer, and performed the first-ever robotic prostate surgery in the Dominican Republic.

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