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Get set for No Retreat, No Surrender Sugar Ridge boxing showdown

From Antigua Observer:

By Vanroy Burnes - Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Uprising Boxing and National Boxing gyms in conjunction with Sugar Ridge Hotel will host the "No Retreat, No Surrender" four-nation boxing championship at Sugar Ridge on Saturday, June 18, starting at 7 pm.

The event had originally been postponed from May 28.

Chief organiser Anthony Severin told OBSERVER Sports that, "it will be a boxing show with a difference since all the boxers will be looking to give a good account of themselves."

There will be 12 or more bouts in classes ranging from flyweight to heavyweight.

The main ticket on the card that night will be a heavyweight clash between Dexter Simmons and Gavin Grant of St Lucia.

Wynton Phillip will fight in the flyweight division; Patronne Collins in the bantamweight; while flyweight Alston Ryan; middleweight Karl Warner; lightweight Lindin Arthur, and welterweight pugilists Sonny Benjamin and Zimba Aska will display their skills.

Yakita Aska, Tuvia Lewis, Murani Mohan, and Jaheel Cannonier will also fight in the light heavyweight class.

The four nations taking part in the event are Guadeloupe, Dominica, St Lucia and hosts Antigua & Barbuda.

There will also be an exhibition bout between two local female boxers.

Admission fee to this exciting event will be $35 for knockout tickets, $80 for ringside, $100 for club level and $150 for upper level VIP all-inclusive.

The local boxers will use this opportunity to prepare themselves for the Invitational Creole Boxing Festival in Martinique in early July and for the Pan Am Games qualifiers in Panama in late July.

There will be an after party at the conclusion on the event.

Severin also told OBSERVER Sports that an international referee will be on island for the event and that a short seminar on referee judging by way of computer will be held for all local persons wishing to become a judge.

The organiser is appealing for assistance from the business community. He expressed thanks to the Ministry of Sports; Sign Pro; Vibes FM; ZDK; ABS Radio and TV; Sun FM; Ideal Autos and Sugar Ridge Hotel.



Events in Fort-de-France


Fete de la Musique

Date: June 21, 2011
As in France, starting June 21, Martinique offers free concerts and improvised music in the streets. Wherever you go during the Fete, you'll hear music, be it gospel, hip hop or jazz. Don't miss the music scene of Fort-de-France.
Where: Fort-de-France, The North Loop, Martinique


Sugarcane Harvest Festival
Date: July 2011 (TBC)
If you're staying in Fort-de-France during June's sugarcane harvest, make the short trip to Sainte-Marie. Islanders hit the streets to celebrate the cultivation of this primary crop with cultural events, tastings, entertainment, etc. The air fills with the aroma of barbecued fish and the rum flows freely.
Where: Fort-de-France, The North Loop, Martinique
Organized by the St James Rum Museum, information: 011 596 596 69 13 83


Fort-de-France Cultural Festival
Date: July 2011 (TBC)
Music, dance, art and theatre fill Martinique's colourful capital at the annual Fort-de-France Cultural Festival, dedicated to exploring the region's rich African and Caribbean heritage. Catch performances and exhibitions at the Municipal Theatre, Parc Floral and other venues. The 40th edition of this international festival will bring you some of the best local and international artists.
Where: Fort-de-France, The North Loop, Martinique
Information: 011 596 596 71 66. Visit www.fortdefrance-martinique.fr.

For other events in Martinique, consult the list on facebook or airfrance.com.



Uncommon Caribbean Launches 'Martinique Magnifique' Sweepstakes

From Benzinga:

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Uncommon Caribbean, a daily travel blog offering insider information on off-the-beaten-path travel to the Caribbean, has launched a new Martinique Magnifique Sweepstakes with a grand prize of two (2) round-trip tickets to Martinique via American Airlines/American Eagle. The Martinique Magnifique Sweepstakes runs through June 27, 2011 and is open to residents of the United States and Canada, except where prohibited by law. One (1) winner will be selected at random and announced on or about June 28, 2011. To enter, visit: www.uncommoncaribbean.com/magnifique.

From its initial launch on March 1, 2010, Uncommon Caribbean has become the fastest growing website strictly dedicated to Caribbean travel and culture. The site reaches an estimated audience in excess of 40,000 readers per-month counting site traffic, content syndication and social media brand extension.

Uncommon Caribbean features a bright, crisp design with hints of a treasure map motif in line with the site's mission to introduce readers to the Caribbean's "undiscovered" charms. New content is published daily covering unique experiential travel adventures undertaken by the site's creators, Steve and Patrick Bennett. The Bennett brothers, both natives of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, present a young, informed and distinctly West Indian perspective on a wide range of travel-related topics - cuisine and spirits, hotels, photography, adventure, attractions, events, etc. - to paint a one-of-a-kind picture of the Caribbean not found in traditional travel guides.

"The 'uncommon' Caribbean is the Caribbean where my brother and I grew up," says Patrick. "It's authentic from a cultural perspective, but also adventurous, stylish and fun."

Steve added: "People long for that Caribbean - the Caribbean the way it used to be - but mistakenly think it no longer exists. We not only show that it's still there, but also where to find it, and how best to enjoy it. And we do it every single day."




Air France adds Guadeloupe, Martinique flights

As from 4 November 2011, Air France will operate flights to French Caribbean destinations on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Flights will be operated by Boeing B777-300 ER with seating for 472 passengers, including 14 in Affaires, 36 in Alize (Premium) and 422 in Voyageur (economy).

Flight times have been adapted to ensure smooth transfers for passengers connecting to and from Air France's main European destinations at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

"By building on its existing product offer on departure from Paris-Orly to the French Caribbean, Air France is demonstrating, more than any other airline, that it is a major player in the development of Caribbean tourism" said Alain Malka, Senior Vice President, Caribbean & Indian Ocean, Air France KLM.

Christian Mantei, Managing director of Atout France, appointed by the government to prepare the launch of Caribbean services on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, added "Since Air France has officially announced these new frequencies and flight times, they can now be marketed. This is the first step in an upcoming 'destination contract'. The key factor in the success of these new routes will be an undertaking by all professionals involved in the tourism industry to develop the quality of their products and promote these new routes."

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American Eagle adds more Martinique flights

Travel Weekly is reporting:

American Eagle will add a second daily flight from San Juan to Martinique on July 2 that will eliminate a long layover on the southbound leg and an early departure on the return leg.



Meltdown pain felt in remnants of French empire

The AP is reporting:

"But lately weeks of strikes and outbursts of rioting on Guadeloupe and nearby Martinique have disrupted the Caribbean calm. The world economic crisis is pushing up prices of staples that already cost more than on the French mainland, and reviving the resentment of the mixed-race majority toward the descendants of slave-owners and white colonists who still run much of the islands' economies."



Hotels and cruiselines hit by French Caribbean strikes

I am just coming across this story (late) for the first time:

Violent strikes on the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique have severely hit tourism to the area.

Thousands of islanders have been protesting about low wages and the rising cost of living for three weeks. They have set up blockades across the islands causing life for civilians to come to a standstill. The protests have turned violent causing schools, government offices, petrol stations and banks to close.

More here.





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