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French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2015

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Remembering Frank Mingo: “A force to be reckoned with”

Remembering Frank Mingo: “A force to be reckoned with”

  Frank Mingo holding his one of his sons on vacation. Photo contributed St. Maarten / By Andrew Dick - The late Frank Mingo was a force to be reckoned with says Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs who served with him in the Netherlands Antilles

French St. Martin News - Posted by on August 4, 2015

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Commercial center Aventura another boost for Hope Estate

Commercial center Aventura another boost for Hope Estate

  Construction of Aventura in Hope Estate is still in the early stages. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar   HOPE ESTATE, St. Martin – The Zone Artisanale et Commerciale (ZAC) in Hope Estate on the French side is about to get another boost w

French St. Martin News - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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US reiki master steals work from local painter Tihanyi

St. Martin – Painter Stephy Tihanyi is incensed that Teri van Horn, a Texan reiki master has used the image of one of her paintings without permission on her web site and on her Face book page healinglightonline. When the artist called Van Horn on

Schoelcher commemoration in Grand Case: Chance-Duzant wants “support for the little things we ask”

Schoelcher commemoration in Grand Case: Chance-Duzant wants “support for the little things we ask”

Attorney Patricia Chance-Duzant is on a roll during her address. Photo Today / Leo Brown         GRAND CASE, St. Martin – Victor Schoelcher, the 19th-century abolitionist writer who had a large influence on the abol

French St. Martin News - Posted by on July 16, 2015

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Decorations for gendarmes and firefighters – Endearingly French: celebrating the Fourteenth of July in Marigot

Monsieur Boussat and Madame Fabreaux of the Veterans Association at the wreath laying. Behind to the right are President Aline Hanson and Préfète Anne Lobiès. Photo Today / Leo Brown MARIGOT – Less than an hour before the wreath laying ceremo

French St. Martin News - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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Young man gunned down in Sandy Ground

Sandy Ground, St. Martin—One man in his early twenties is dead from gunshot wounds and his shooter wanted for questioning following an altercation in Sandy Ground that begun around 10pm on Friday night. On Friday at approximately 9:15pm, Kern He

Arrowroot tradition lives on in Colombier

COLOMBIER – The Nature Valley Association of Colombier held its annual Arrowroot Jollification on Saturday. From early in the morning, villagers were busy uprooting a field in the center of the village to collect the precious arrowroots. As the

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2015

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French Officers going high tech: Will Go Pro cameras become the norm?

St. Maarten - The noticeable presence of a Go pro camera affixed to the uniform of an officer from the French side of the island raises more questions than answers, but the biggest question is, was the decision by that officer personal or has it bee

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 2, 2015

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Grand  Case comes alive with Tuesday night fete

St. Martin - For the second straight week, the main street in the busy thoroughfare of Grand Case was closed to traffic for a few hours and during that spell, revelers, shoppers and party goers had the opportunity to interact under the theme, Saint

French St. Martin News - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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SXM Autism organizes tombola

MARIGOT – SXM Autism organizes a tombola during the festive season with a four day stay for two people in New York – between May 1 and June 30 - as the main prize. Other prizes are a Haier D85 tablet and a dinner for two at Sol et Luna in Mont Ve

French St. Martin News - Posted by on November 25, 2014

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Autism awareness-training underway

MARIGOT, St. Martin - The SXM Autism Association organizes this week and in early December autism awareness trainings in partnership with the National Education, General Social Security Fund (SSTC) of Guadeloupe and Sessad Northern Islands - a servic

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 20, 2014

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St. Maarten Police escort armed Gendarmes to French border due to no permission to carry weapons on St. Maarten

St. Maarten —Four armed Gendarmes were yesterday escorted to the border by police from Dutch St. Maarten, in what many view as retaliation for the embarrassment suffered by Dutch police at the hands of Gendarmerie on St. Maarten Day. At approxim

French St. Martin News - Posted by on November 6, 2014

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Soualiga Grassroots Movement wants moratorium on residence permits

Marigot, St. Martin – The Soualiga Grassroots Movement is urging the government of the Collectivité Saint Martin, along with Préfet Philippe Chopin, to institute an immediate moratorium on the “indiscriminate issuance of residence permits”, c

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 3, 2014

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No ebola travel ban in place on French St. Martin

St. Maarten –No ebola travel plan has been put in place on French St. Martin, although officials there have said they have three levels when dealing with a suspected case of ebola. Dutch St. Maarten issued an ebola travel ban on October 27. Col

French St. Martin News - Posted by on November 3, 2014

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Casting call men, women and children

St. Maarten - A casting call for men, women and children has been issued by the Saint-Martin Tourism Office, the Collectivité of Saint-Martin, SXM ARTISTS and Caribproduction for actors in an upcoming police series to be shot on St. Martin. The

French St. Martin News - Posted by on November 3, 2014

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French St. Martin to increase gas margin

MARIGOT/St. Martin - The Territorial Council of the Collectivité will be initiating efforts to collect their margin on the gasoline in taxes from the Petrol Stations. President of the Collectivite Aline Henson said in an interview following the Terr

French St. Martin News - Posted by on October 31, 2014

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Territorial Council to regulate concessions are Orient Bay

St. Martin / MARIGOT---The Collectivité of St. Martin is using the opportunity presented by the destruction of hurricane Gonzalo to regulate the concessions at the Orient Beach which has been in question for many years. The persons who occupy the

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2014

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Dutch Kingdom prepared to discuss cooperation with France

“No concrete proposal received to talk about this issue” THE HAGUE / St. Maarten – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague says that it is perfectly willing to discuss with France ways to improve the cooperation between the Dutch and F

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 28, 2014

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Committee hints at border controls and visa requirements: French want to dump Treaty of Concordia

St. Maarten – French politicians are contemplating canceling the Treaty of Concordia, closing the border between French and Dutch St. Maarten and introducing visa requirements if the Netherlands does not take measures to stop the economic bleeding

French St. Martin News - Posted by on October 28, 2014

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Helicopter service officially launched at Grand Case

Grand Case / St. Martin - Tourists to the island will be able to better enjoy visiting the different sites by using the helicopter service that was officially launched at the Grand Case Airport on Friday evening. According to the Chairman of Corail

French St. Martin News - Posted by on October 23, 2014

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Hostage taken and nearly 20 shots fired in daring daylight armed robbery

MARIGOT---A gun fight between Gendarme and suspects in a daring daylight armed robbery with over 17 bullets fired and a brief hostage situation during the commission and attempted escape of  this heist, resulted in the streets of Marigot resembling

French St. Martin News - Posted by on October 22, 2014

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Gonzalo proved St. Martin storm proofing efforts are on track

GRAND CASE—Hurricane Gonzalo is being viewed as a test that proved that St. Martin’s efforts at storm proofing are on track, according to president of the St. Martin Tourism Office Jeanne Vanterpool, who said that St. Martin is open for business

French St. Martin News - Posted by on August 25, 2014

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St. Martin’s Vice President Guillaume Arnel receives French medal of merit

CONCORDIA—Vice President of the Collectivité Guillaume Jacques Arnel received the prestigious Medal of Merit from the President of the Republic of France. He was pinned with the medal by Prefét Philippe Chopin at a ceremony held at the Chamber of

French St. Martin News - Posted by on May 23, 2014

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Call to boycott EU elections “Make sure the voice of St. Martin is well heard”

MARIGOT—The population of St. Martin is asked to vote blank in the upcoming European Union elections slated for May 24. According to the former president of the Collectivité, Alain Richardson, this election gives the population an opportunity to e

SMART wraps up largest show yet “First time so many delegates attended”

ANSE MARCEL, St. Martin - Some 230 wholesalers representing the United States, South American and Caribbean markets attended the SMART trade show held the Radisson Blu Resort, Marina, and Spa, from Wednesday to Friday. What was noteworthy was that th

French St. Martin News - Posted by on May 6, 2014

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Tight security at Fish Day

CUL-DE-SAC – Under tight security, the twelfth edition of Fish Day passed yesterday without incidents. For the first time, the event took place in a completely fenced off area near the pier for the ferry to Pinel Island. Members of the gendarmerie

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 30, 2013

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Parents of disappeared student desperate for information

No trace of Manoël Maragnes MARIGOT – The parents of disappeared student Manoel Maragnes are on the island to assist actively in the search for their son. Maragnes arrived from Guadeloupe on the French side of the island on December 10 to promo

French St. Martin News - Posted by on October 14, 2013

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Two men write history in Marigot

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Two men wrote history on Saturday when they got married by first vice-President Guillaume Arnell at the Hotel de la Collectivité – registering the first same-sex marriage ever in Saint Martin. The French senate legalized ma

French St. Martin News - Posted by on September 23, 2013

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Contractors protest in Marigot

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Senator Louis Constant Fleming, former President of the Collectivité d’Outre Mer de Saint Martin Alain Richardson, deputy Daniel Gibbs and several members of the territorial council support an action by the association of p

French St. Martin News - Posted by on September 23, 2013

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Record number of volunteers at annual coastal cleanup

MARIGOT – The St. Maarten Pride Foundation organized its annual coastal cleanup this year around the former La Belle Creole hotel in the French side.  Volunteers turned out in record numbers and totaled 316. Together they filled 125 trash bags wit

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 12, 2013

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No giant wind turbines in French Cul-de-Sac

CUL-DE-SAC – Painter Antoine Chapon and Eric Poulin, both residents of French Cul-de-Sac won a court battle that started six years ago against a company that wanted to build three giant wind turbines on Red Rock in their neighborhood. The compan

French St. Martin News - Posted by on July 15, 2013

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Henson calls for more financial support

The tart and candy makers were presented with plaques in recognition of their exceptional work yesterday at the Bastille Day celebrations. Photo Today/Andrew BishopMARIGOT, St. Martin – It was a time for reflection as the Collectivite of St. Ma

French St. Martin News - Posted by on July 15, 2013

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Arnel: Collectivité continues with the same development program

Arnel: Collectivité continues with the same development program

MARIGOT, St. Martin – The same governing program that was prepared by the combined parties in the Triple R Group is continued by the Collectivite, said Vice President Guillaume Arnel. “The only thing that has changed since the former President

French St. Martin News - Posted by on July 9, 2013

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Marigot gets ready for Bastille Day

MARIGOT, St. Martin – The traditional July 14 celebrations on the French side commemorate the historic event in the French Revolution in 1789 when a crowd stormed the Bastille, a fortress in Paris that was used as a state prison. The Bastille becam

French St. Martin News - Posted by on June 4, 2013

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Population growth French St. Martin slows down

St. Martin – The population on the French side has multiplied six-fold between 1974 and 2009, a report from the institute for the overseas departments Iedom shows. In 2009, the French-side population stood at 36,824, an increase of 26.5 percent com

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