Celebration “like no other” in the Caribbean

Celebration like no other in the Caribbean The Caribbean’s biggest festival of the year is being prepared on the island of Curacao.

Karnaval will begin on January 2nd, 2008, saturating the island with colour and costumes for a “month-long cultural mash-up”.

Featuring local dance, food and entertainment, the festival builds up to the Grand Farewell Parade on February 5th.

“Karnaval is a pure celebration of our culture,” commented Eugene Rhuggenaath, the island’s commissioner of economic affairs and tourism.

“The energy builds throughout the month to a glorious eruption of joy during the Grand Parade,” he added.

Curacao’s native music, Tumba, provides the official soundtrack to Karnaval, incorporating musical competitions for parents, children and teenagers.

UK Holidaymakers can find all they need for the perfect exotic trip on the island, from “pristine diving locations”, secluded beaches, a championship golf course and “amazing world-class fishing”.

British Airways recently unveiled a number of special offers to the Caribbean, with holiday prices starting at £745 for a week-long trip.

There has been an increase in the number of British and Irish visitors to the Caribbean in recent months.

Between January and May this year 74,000 Brits holidayed in Jamaica alone, compared to 64,893 during the same period last year.

Source: Holiday Hypermarket

Curacao, Japan advance at Little League on dramatic homers; Texas, Georgia also move on

August 29, 2007 by admin · Leave a Comment
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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania: Deion Rosalia hit a three-run homer in the extra inning for Willemstad, Curacao to stun Maracaibo, Venezuela 4-2 at the Little League World Series on Thursday.

Curacao advances to Saturday’s international championship game against Tokyo, Japan which beat Taichung, Taiwan 4-3 in another extra-inning thriller. Junsho Kiuchi’s homer to left ended it in the bottom of the 10th.

For the U.S. championship game, Lubbock, Texas beat Lake Oswego, Oregon 8-2 to advance to play Warner Robins, Georgia, which routed Chandler, Arizona 16-6.

Tied 1-1 after the regulation six innings, Venezuela’s Bryan Charry led off the top of the seventh with a homer to give Venezuela a 2-1 lead. Teammates lined the third-base line as Charry rounded third, greeting him with low-fives before he pounced on home plate.

Rosalia wasn’t happy about that celebration.

“It made me want to beat them up,” he said.

With two outs, Ademar Rifaela singled and Vincent Anthonia walked on four pitches, setting up 13-year-old Rosalia’s at-bat. Rosalia was down to his last strike with Curacao on the brink of elimination when he hit a 1-2 fastball over the fence.

Anthonia skipped in delight, frantically jumping as he rounded third. Rosalia soon followed and was greeted by jubilant teammates at the plate. He said it was his first game-winning homer.

Junsho Kiuchi raised his arms in triumph after rounding first after his 10th-inning homer sailed over the left-field fence to give undefeated Japan a dramatic victory over Taiwan.

Kiuchi pitched the win, too, after striking out nine in five-plus innings of relief.

Taiwan was stunned after leading 2-0 early on. The game was an inning short of the longest Little League World Series contest ever played.

Japan tied the game at 3 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth after Kazutaka Kato lined a hard shot to center that fell just in front of center fielder Chung-Yen Chen. The relay went to second, allowing Yuya Fukushima to score.

Kiuchi said he caught Rosalia’s game-winner on TV. Asked which one was better, he smiled and answered shyly, “Of course, mine.”

In U.S. play, Bryndan Arredondo hit a three-run homer in the third as undefeated Lubbock rallied from an early deficit to defeat Lake Oswego 8-2.

Calvin Hermanson’s two-run single in the second gave Oregon a 2-0 lead before Texas scored four runs in the third.

After recording all 17 outs in his first appearance by strikeout, reliever Garrett Williams finished with 11 Ks against Lake Oswego.

Warner Robins’ Payton Purvis hit two, two-run blasts, including one in a seven-run fifth inning that ended the game with Chandler early because of Little League’s 10-run rule.

With some of the members of last year’s title-winning team from Columbus, Georgia watching from the stands, Warner Robins pounded out 14 hits against Chandler.

Source: The International Herald Tribune

Water polo men grab silver

July 3, 2006 by admin · Leave a Comment
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TRINIDAD and Tobago’s Under-20 water polo team won their semi-final match against Curacao 7 to 4 on Thursday night at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in Puerto Rico.

The home team Puerto Rico also won their “semi” against Dominican Republic 17 to 8.

This set the stage for a showdown against Trinidad and Tobago the following day.

The fight for the top spot in Caribbean water polo honours started Friday at 5.15 pm and took place at the Olympica de Caguas.

The match was fought aggressively by both teams with the Puerto Ricans emerging victorious in the end.

Trinidad and Tobago played the majority of the final without two of their regular starters — Marc Stamper and Mattheaus Otero who were nursing injuries sustained during the five-day tournament.

The Puerto Ricans started off the scoring and led 6- 2 at the half. But the TT water polo men returned fire scoring six goals of their own.

But it was not enough to stop the home team and they lost 10-6.

The national Under-20 team returned home yesterday with a hard fought silver medal.

Cementing a top spot for Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean were Troy Gordon, Stuart Gillette, Christian Flook, Stephen Espinet, Ian Welch-Phillips, Delano Othero, Mattheaus Othero, Matthew Abraham, Marc Stampfli, Jean Philippe Francis, Jason Rodriguez and Gregory Joseph (goalie).

The team was coached by James Robertson.

WATER POLO RESULTS

Monday June 26: BAR (6) vs TRI (11); AHO (9) vs DR (6);

TRI (5) vs PR (8); AHO (7) vs BAR (5)

Tuesday June 27: DR (7) vs TRI (7); BAR (5) vs PR (19) Wednesday June 28: PR (7) vs AHO (4); DR (13) vs BAR (11);

TRI ( 6) vs AHO (4); PUR (11) vs DR (4)

Thursday June 29: Semi-final — AHO (4) vs TRI (7); PR (15) vs DOM (7)

Friday June 30: Finals — AHO (5) vs DR (4); PR (10) vs TRI (6)

2006 7 – 9 April : International Tennis Tournament (Davis Cup) 7-8-9 April 2006

April 6, 2006 by admin · Leave a Comment
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Davis Cup match between the Netherlands Antilles and Sto. Domingo
S.O.V. Asiento Rust & Burgh
7-8-9 April 2006 (10:00, 9:30 10:00 AM)
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Mountain Bike World Cup: Curacao

April 4, 2006 by admin · Leave a Comment
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Curacao – The first round of the UCI World Cup took place in the Caribbean heat this weekend, on the Dutch Antilles island of Curacao. According to Cyclingnews.com, world champion Gunn-Rita Dahle of Multivan Merida Bike Team and Bart Brentjens of Giant Racing won the women’s and men’s races respectively.

Unbearable temperatures forced race organizers to shorten the men’s race by one lap (6.8 kilometers, seven times down to six). And while Brentjens may have had a bit of an advantage over other racers, having helped design the course in his role as mountain biking ambassador from the Netherlands, second place rider and world champion Julien Absalon admits Brentjens was the stronger racer that day. “He was really powerful, and I maybe did too much at the beginning when I had to catch him,” Absalon told Cyclingnews after the finish. “But this is good for me at this time of year, and now I will go back and train for the three World Cups in Europe next month.”

In the women’s race a bit of first-round confusion and a couple of crashes gave Dahle the chance to secure a lead against competitors like Marie-Helene Premont and Mary McConneloug.

Curacao World Cup round-up

April 3, 2006 by admin · Leave a Comment
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Round one of the UCI World Cup went off in the Dutch Antilles island of Curacao this weekend. World champion Gunn-Rita Dahle (Multivan Merida Biking Team) and former world champion Bart Brentjens (Giant-Racing-Team) took the women’s and men’s races respectively; Dahle ahead of Sabine Spitz (Specialized) and Margarita Fullana Riera (Spiuk Illes Balears) and Brentjens ahead of world champion Julien Absalon (Bianchi Agos) and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Liam Killeen (Specialized).

The Caribbean heat was tough on competitors – soaring temperatures and high humidity forced organizers to actually shorten the men’s race by one of the originally-planned seven laps around the 6.8 kilometer course – but an ocean front finish meant that exhausted, heat-stroked racers could finish their ride with a dive into the ultimate swimming pool.

For Dahle, winning means she has been careful with her off-season preparation and has retained the strength which allowed her to dominate women’s world cup and world championship competition the past two seasons. It was also a testament to her good luck – first-lap confusion and crashes split the field right off the gun and let Dahle slip away from riders who could have mounted a serious challenge like Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain / Business Objects) and Mary McConneloug (Kenda / Seven), who ended up fourth and fifth respectively.

In the men’s race, Brentjens may have possessed a little inside knowledge of the course having helped design it in his role as ambassador to mountain biking for the Netherlands, but world champion Absalon says Brentjens was the stronger racer anyway. “He was really powerful, and I maybe did too much at the beginning when I had to catch him,” Absalon said after the finish. “But this is good for me at this time of year, and now I will go back and train for the three World Cups in Europe next month.”

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Top-class athletes visited the Curacao Dolphin Academy this Sunday April 2, 2006, for a well-deserved Dolphin swim program

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(PRWEB) April 4, 2006 — For the ultimate relaxation after the April 1, 2006, UCI Worldcup Mountain Bike Race, on Caribbean island Curaçao, one of five islands of the Netherlands Antilles, the top-class athletes visited the Curacao Dolphin Academy this Sunday April 2, 2006, for a well-deserved Dolphin swim program. First to go in the water was winner Bart Brentjes, later followed by the total Giant team. It was the second time for Brentjes but that didn’t make the experience less impressive for him: “I almost wouldn’t know what is more beautiful, the Worldcup or swimming with dolphins!” Brentjes and the other members of the Giant team; Roel Paulissen, Stefan Sahm, Oliver Beckingsale and Martin Kraler, also became official friends of the Doc Dolphin Fund, a foundation which supports families in making Dolphin Assisted Therapy attainable for their child.

Current world champion and number 2 of this UCI Worldcup race; Julien Absalon, swam with dolphins Copan and Teresa, together with Thomas Frischknecht and Peter van den Abeele; head of the UCI Commission Mountain biking. Later in the afternoon it was Filip Meirhaeghe’s turn, who is making his comeback in the cycling world this season. In spite of tired legs the athletes enjoyed the programs a lot, or as said in Flemish: “Totally the Max!” Perhaps the athletes got some extra inspiration but it is certain that this season had a very special start!

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Coming soon: Exhibition match Curaçao vs Malta

March 9, 2006 by admin · Leave a Comment
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The two islands are 8,600 km apart, and normally a match between eight-board national selections from both places would be exorbitantly expensive to arrange. Unless of course you use the Internet – specifically the Playchess server and webcams – to stage the event. If you want to see it happen, Saturday’s the day.

On Saturday March 11th 2006, the two islands of Curaçao and Malta will play a very important exhibition match against each other via the Playchess Server courtesy of ChessBase. There is a huge geographical distance of around 8,600 kilometres between both islands, Curaçao in the Caribbean and Malta in the Mediterranean.

A national selection from both islands will play each other over eight boards. Both teams will come together in their Chessboard Rooms that will be equipped also with Webcams. Emily de Jong-Elhage, Prime minister of the Netherlands Antilles, will open the sportive encounter between the two islands. After the match with Malta, Curaçao will also play several Rapid matches against teams of the city of Utrecht (Netherlands).

The matches are an initiative of the Right Move Campaign (“For a Bona FIDE”). The team wants to establish an international team competition over the internet. This will allow countries, which suffer from isolated locations, to participate in meaningful international competitions without suffering from mega air transfer and hotel costs.

We invite all chess players in the world to have a look at ChessBase on Saturday March 11th (see transmission times later on).
Rationale

Many countries, areas, cities and clubs all over the world, have to deal with large distances and high travel expenses and are therefore often isolated from International and even national competitions. It is obvious that this is a very big frustration for the development and popularity of our noble game. Also interesting competitions in one’s country or region, will attract sponsors and stimulate the youths for further playing, studying and training.

The Right Move team has a clear plan to solve this by developing Internet competitions with high standards of organisation. The Curaçao-Malta and Curaçao-Utrecht will be the first demonstration matches that are part of this plan.

The program for Saturday March 11 is as follows (times are GST):

14h00- 18h00

Curaçao – Malta (national teams)

8 boards, time control is 60 minutes + 30 sec

18h00- 19h00

SC Janwe, Curaçao – SC Moira Domtoren, Utrecht (Youth teams)

8 boards, time control is 25 minutes + 10 sec

19h00- 20h00

SC Nacho Moron, Curaçao – SC Hot Spirit, Utrecht (Rapid match 1)

8 boards, time control is 25 minutes + 10 sec

20h00-21h00

SC Nacho Moron, Curaçao – SC Hot Spirit, Utrecht (Rapid match 2)

8 boards, time control is 25 minutes + 10 sec

The chess players of Curaçao will be hosted in the Van der Valk Plaza Hotel in the downtown of Willemstad. The national team of Malta will play from the Visitor’s Lounge of Simonds Farsons Cisk plc, Malta’s largest Brewery.

In addition he can count on the support of Scarlet (wireless internet connections) and Citco and Keycomp (both for the hardware). International Arbiter, Alex Roose is setting up a first draft of dedicated rules for these Internet matches and whilst no incidents are expected, Ernst & Young in Curaçao will kindly look after the compliance with these rules during the games whilst Mr. Patrick Mangion, an auditor from Malta, will do the same.

Source: Chessbase.com

Latin American/Caribbean Junior League Tournament

March 7, 2006 by admin · Leave a Comment
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ST. THOMAS РThe Alvin McBean East Little League and Elrod Hendricks West Little League will host the 2006 Junior League Latin American/Caribbean Regional Little League Tournament from July 15 to 23. Teams from Aruba, the Bahamas, the BVI, Cura̤ao, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and the USVI will compete. People who would like to volunteer with the tournament should attend a meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 14 at Palms Court Harborview Hotel on St. Thomas. For more information, contact Lubin Roberts at 690-4326 or Jaime Francis at 344-1002.

Colourful Curaçao Carnival

March 7, 2006 by admin · Leave a Comment
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LAST WEEKEND’S Curaçao Carnival was celebration of culture and friendship, complete with a high level of creativity. Extravagant costumes, elaborately dressed spectators and music came together to create a grand parade worthy of the title of ‘the biggest show in the country’.

Over 5,000 costumed revellers and thousands of bystanders converged on the streets of Curaçao for the grand street parade on Sunday as politicians, the old and the young, dressed in costumes, rocked to the music.

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