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.