Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Small & Quiet Beauty

The locals refer to this 11.8 square-mile island in the Dutch Caribbean chain as Statia. Though small, the island reveals a surprisingly rich past to travelers. During the 1700s, Statia's capital, Oranjestad, was a trading hub for slaves, sugar, cotton and commodities from Europe and the Far East. At its peak, the island's population reached 18,000, and Oranjestad was perhaps the richest port in all the region. However, in 1776 the government brought the wrath of England upon the tiny nation after recognizing the newly independent United States by firing an 11-gun salute to a passing warship. The decline began, and today the sleepy island has approximately 4,000 inhabitants. 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Most Valuable

Playing for the Seton Hall Pirates team in New Jersey, 20-year old Angel Delgado has been recognized as the top freshman rebounder in the United States. Delgado who stands 6'9 was recruited from his hometown in Bajos de Haina and has had an outstanding first season from start to finish, averaging nearly a double-double with 9.3 points and a East Conference high 9.9 rebounds. In the Dominican Republic he played basketball with the Club Huellas del Siglo prior to relocating to the US in 2012. 

He is a member of the Dominican Republic's national team program. He was named Most Valuable Player of the Nike All-Star Game at the NBA Basketball Without Borders Americas event in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2013. The NBA program will be held in Santo Domingo in summer 2015.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Food Festival in Santo Domingo

The Santo Domingo Food Festival organized by the Santo Domingo Hotels Association is set for 22 March 2015. The gastronomic event is set to begin at noon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the Malecon, Santo Domingo's seafront boulevard. A jury of national and international culinary experts will choose the best dishes.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Best Fantasy

He has been featured before, but he deserves another look. This, to us, is the best model of 2014. See even MORE.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Carnaval 500

The Santo Domingo Carnival begins this Sunday afternoon, 8 February 2015 along Maximo Gomez Avenue, filling the street with color and joy. 

This year Santo Domingo is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the first carnival in the Americas. The city government says that the first ever carnival was held in 1515, just 23 years after the European settlement in 1492. 

The 2015 Santo Domingo Carnival celebrations are scheduled for Sunday, 8 February 2015 and will continue for two more Sundays (15, 22 February) along Maximo Gomez Avenue from 3 to 7pm. This year the National District (ADN) city council has ordered the parade area to be extended to 1.1 km for the 116 troupes and characters that will be parading along the Maximo Gomez Avenue between Jose Contreras Avenue and the Malecon, or George Washington Ave. The prize money for the best groups will come to some RD $900,000.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Dominicans In The News

 28-year old Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford has been chosen to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Stars game on 15 February 2015 in New York City along with teammates Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague. This is the third time Horford has been chosen for the game (also in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons). 

Puerto Plata-born Horford has been selected as the Eastern Conference player of the week twice this season. Standing 6'10, Horford has helped the Hawks to 17 straight wins and a 38-8 record, the second-best in the NBA.  

Horford has played in the Dominican national basketball team since 2008. He is married to Amelia Vega, the Dominican Republic's only Miss Universe.
Dominicans Dascha Polanco (Dayanara Diaz), Jessica Pimentel (Maria Ruiz), Selenis Leyva (Gloria Mendoza), Jackie Cruz (Flaca) and Diane Guerrero (Maritza Ramos) are part of the cast of Orange is the New Black TV show that shared the SAG Awards for outstanding performance in a comedy series announced on Sunday, 25 January 2015. The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards honor the best achievements in film and television performances in 2014. 
The series was nominated alongside ABC's Modern Family, CBS' The Big Bang Theory, HBO's Veep and Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine.