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French St. Martin News - Posted by on April 23, 2012

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St. Martin Banks deny Collectivité overdraft to pay salaries

MARIGOT, St. Martin – The affiliation to the national political parties during an election in the French Republic has never been of much importance to the people of French St. Martin, Collectivité President Alain Richardson says. He explained that

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 20, 2012

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Arrindell urges businesses to support athletics meet

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT- Minister of Culture, Education, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell issued a stirring call recently for the private sector to throw its support behind the international athletics meet being hosted by the Speedy Plus  Clu

French St. Martin News - Posted by on April 13, 2012

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Duncan leads discussion on immigration, human smuggling and information sharing

St. Maarten – Law enforcement officials from the various departments and bodies discussed combating illegal immigration, human smuggling and information sharing with kingdom partners at a meeting led by Justice Minister Roland Duncan. The meeting w

French St. Martin News - Posted by on April 11, 2012

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Richardson prioritizes Collectivité de St. Martin's financial issues

Richardson prioritizes Collectivité de St. Martin’s financial issues

President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson and members of his cabinet listen to a question during Richardson’s first press conference since taking office on April 1. MARIGOT, St. Martin – The newly installed President of the Collectivit

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 10, 2012

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Richards sacked at height of plagiarism scandal

MARIGOT – President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson has fired his Chief of Staff Alex Richards over the scandal around his inaugural address. The new president had entrusted the drafting of the speech to Richards and the scandal has compelled

French St. Martin News - Posted by on April 5, 2012

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St. Martin’s President Alain Richardson to submit modernization plan

MARIGOT, St. Martin - The President of the Collectivite Alain Richardson has announced a strategic plan for the modernization of the territorial administration. The newly elected believes the current requirements of the political, economic and social

French St. Martin News - Posted by on April 4, 2012

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French St. Martin President Alain Richardson makes public safety a priority

MARIGOT, St. Martin – President Alain Richardson plans to make public safety a priority during this new mandate. He called the current lack of security a major concern for St. Martiners and said it disrupts the conditions of social peace and develo

French St. Martin News - Posted by on April 4, 2012

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French St. Martin President Alain Richardson calls for social cohesion among the citizens

MARIGOT, St. Martin - Citizenship and Social cohesion was among the points of concern of the President of the Collectivite Alain Richardson during his inauguration speech on the general policy statement for the next five years. In his address he said

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 3, 2012

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Students receive special treat at Etna Ice Cream

Students receive special treat at Etna Ice Cream

Cycle 2A year 1 students of the Marie Genevieve de Weever Primary School and their class teacher Stuart Johnson pose at Etna Ice Cream company on French St. Martin.St. Maarten - The Cycle 2A year 1 students of the Marie Genevieve de Weever Pri

French St. Martin News - Posted by on April 3, 2012

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Richardson calls for unity and togetherness

Marigot, St. Martin -“It is both a great honor and a pleasant duty for me, to present to this Assembly my declaration of general policy, in accordance with the customs and habits of the 5th Republic at this time when I take office as President of t

French St. Martin News - Posted by on April 2, 2012

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Richardson receives the baton of leadership

Richardson receives the baton of leadership

The members of the new Territorial Council pose for a photo on the steps of the Collectivité shortly after their first meeting. MARIGOT, St. Martin - The baton was passed to the new president of the Collectivite Alain Richardson as the Territorial

French St. Martin News - Posted by on April 2, 2012

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Richardson makes “financing the economy” a major goal

St. Martin - Several areas for the development of the Collectivite were highlighted by the President of the Collectivite Alain Richardson during the policy statement at his inauguration which was held at the Hotel de la Collectivite. Revamping the ec

French St. Martin News - Posted by on March 27, 2012

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New Territorial Council takes office Sunday

MARIGOT, St. Martin – President elect Alain Richardson projects that the new government for the Collectivite is expected to be sworn next weekend and the government should be seated by April 1, 2012. A preliminary calculation gives RRR 17 seats in

French St. Martin News - Posted by on March 26, 2012

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Triple R wins elections: Richardson expected to be the next president of the Collectivite de St. Martin

Triple R wins elections: Richardson expected to be the next president of the Collectivite de St. Martin

Jubilant supporters of Alain Richardson’s RRR jump and wave flags in front of the Collectivite after it became clear they had won the runoff against Team Daniel Gibbs. The party won the runoff by capturing 57 percent (5, 451 votes) of the votes

French St. Martin News - Posted by on March 26, 2012

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French St. Martin second round voter turnout only slightly higher

MARIGOT, St. Martin­­ – Voter turnout in the second round of the Territorial Council elections was 2.5 percent higher than the turnout in the first round on March 18. Some 53 percent turned out last Sunday but 55.5 percent turned out yesterday.

French St. Martin News - Posted by on March 26, 2012

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Brooks: St. Martin needs a change

MARIGOT - “St. Martin definitely needs a change,” veteran politician Noreen Brooks who has been a member of the Triple R group from the inception said on Sunday.  Brooks who had temporarily moved to Maryland in the United States for the past two

French St. Martin News - Posted by on March 21, 2012

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Union Pour Le Progress (UP) party won’t endorse either runoff party

MARIGOT – President of the Union for Progress Louis Constant-Fleming says his party will not participate in Sunday’s Territorial Council election and will not endorse another party. He says they will also not be “giving any direction as where t

French St. Martin News - Posted by on March 21, 2012

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Gumbs calls for rules based campaigning

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Outgoing President of the Collectivite Frantz Gumbs has urged Rassemblement, Responsabilite and Reussite and Team Daniel Gibbs to campaign according to the rules as they head into a runoff this weekend. The two parties are the

French St. Martin News - Posted by on March 19, 2012

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Just over 50 percent turnout in French St. Martin Territorial Council elections

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Some 53 percent of the eligible voters in Sunday’s Territorial Council elections exercised their right to vote according to the report on voter turnout. There were reports of long lines throughout the day as people chose the

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 16, 2012

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Rolex-dealer acquitted of tax evasion

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance acquitted Rolex-dealer Spifo N.V. yesterday of filing incorrect tax returns. Spifo operates Goldfinger jewelry stores in Philipsburg, Marigot and St. Barths. At the trial on January 19, prosecutor mr. Gonda

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 16, 2012

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St. Maarten’s Prime Minister Wescot-Williams wants continued cooperation with French St. Martin

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams wished all of the candidates of Sunday’s French territorial elections all the best on Wednesday. With the recent signing of a Declaration of Intent between the French and Dutch sides of the island

French St. Martin News - Posted by on March 14, 2012

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Guillame Arnell: “Upcoming election is of vital importance”

MARIGOT – “The upcoming elections are of vital importance to the community and since the change of status I feel that the people are fed up with the way that our affairs are managed financially and administratively,” veteran politician Guillaum

French St. Martin News - Posted by on March 13, 2012

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Hamlet: Up is the only party for St. Martin

MARIGOT, St. Martin - Popular Radio host Jacques “Billy Dee” Hamlet believes the Union for Progress is “the only political party to take the Collectivite into the future”. That is why he will be participating in the upcoming elections on that

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 9, 2012

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Alain Richardson: “RRR is the alternative the Collectivité needs”

MARIGOT – Alain Richardson’s RRR party has been in the opposition for the past four years. “It is the only alternative that the Collectivité needs,” Richardson told this newspaper. “We have a program that is geared towards restoring confid

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 6, 2012

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Female candidates debate “key issues” Wednesday

MARIGOT –The hosts of “Woman 2 Woman” radio program - Josianne Fleming-Artsen and Jacqueline Louis – will be the moderators of a debate Wednesday night between female candidates of parties contesting the Territorial Council elections. The par

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 28, 2012

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Daniel Gibbs leads in political poll

MARIGOT – If elections were held today, the list of Daniel Gibbs would come out on top, with Alain Richardson finishing a close second, an opinion poll conducted by Qualistat for the French-side newspaper St. Martin’s Week. Senator Louis Constant

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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Carnival Queen pleads for more job opportunities

St. Martin - Newly crowned St. Martin Carnival Queen Christiana Denis delivered a moving performance on Friday night when she sang a calypso called ‘Stand Up for Ourselves.’ The seventeen year old said that she was inspired to sing the piece that

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 20, 2012

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French St. Martin Carnival Queen combines talent and confidence

St. Martin - An unforgettable talent piece and a confident prepared speech on women in politics secured 784 points for Christiana Denis who became St. Martin’s Senior Carnival Queen. The pageant was held on Friday night after a five year hiatus at

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 17, 2012

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Epic organizes bird walk at Le Galion tomorrow morning

St. Maarten – Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (Epic) organizes another bird walk tomorrow morning at Le Galion on the French side. “If you have ever wondered, “What is that bird?” this is your chance to find out,” epic stated i

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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Jeffry accuses Ogoundélé of “creating confusion”

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Secretary General of Generation Solidarity Louis Jeffry says they are waiting for Martha Ogoundélé after she went to the media on a “private” discussion she had with the party’s president and secretary general. Jeffry

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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Aliotti elected chairman of regional commission

Aliotti elected chairman of regional commission

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Vice-President in charge of environment Pierre Aliotti has been elected chairman of the shores commission of the organization for French territories in the Americas. Aliotti succeeds Mayor of St. Anne and Martinique Malsa

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 14, 2012

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Mussington wants university on French side

MARIGOT – The set up of a university in St. Martin is one of the points that Territorial Councilor Louis Mussington will discuss with French presidential candidate François Hollande when the two meet on February 17. Thursday’s meeting with Holla

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 7, 2012

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Richardson unhappy with government and businesses

We are tired of getting shifted left and right every year GALISBAY- President of the Festivité Carnavalesque De Saint Martin (FCDSM) Phillipe Richardson has repeated calls for there to be more support by the Collectivité and the business sector fo

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 6, 2012

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Anicette wins Ms. Pitchounette 2012

MARIGOT - Crowd favorite Tiffany Annicette beat out three other contestants on Sunday to become Ms. Pitchounette 2012 for St. Martin’s carnival festivities. Eight year old Annicette got the judges nod for outstanding talent, best princess (evening)

French St. Martin News - Posted by on January 27, 2012

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Road diversions set up in Grand Case

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Motorists heading to Grand Case will have to look out for traffic diversions because of road repairs being carried out in the area. The deviations were announced by the Collectivité of St. Martin on Thursday. “The Collect

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