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Source: SMN-News
27 May 2017 08:12 AM

“I am proud to be a Guyanese but I chose St. Maarten as my home”

PHILIPSBURG:--- About 1,500 persons witnessed the grand opening of Motorworld state of the art showroom which officially opened on Friday, May 26th, 2017 (On Guyana’s 51st Independence.”)
Among those that attend the grand and spectacular ceremony were dignitaries from both sides of the island, Prime Minister William Marlin, Governor Eugene Holiday,  President of Parliament Sarah Wescot Williams President of the Collectivity of St Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
03 Apr 2017 01:39 PM

Marigot:--- The current opposition Territorial Council members will lose a number of rights since neither of the two opposition parties has enough seats in the council to form a group. The law requires that a group must have 5 seats in order for them to gain certain benefits which are paid by the Collectivity.
Some of the benefits the opposition will lose are the right to an office, office equipment, fees, documentation, mail service and a personnel member to manage or assist them. Another right the current opposition members will lose is a page in the Bulletin Territorial.
As it is now Alain Richardson, MVP will only contest and vote his conscience as he can be considered as an independent member of the council Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
26 Mar 2017 11:15 PM

St. Martin marks history with two political parties in opposition.

MARIGOT:--- The voter's turnout in the second round of the territorial council election remained low on Sunday even though the three political parties that contested the elections pleaded with voters to go out and cast their votes. Of the 20285 voters that are registered to vote only 9,166 persons voted a mere 45.2%. Of that amount, 8857 were valid votes, with 166 blank votes and 183 invalid votes.
Team Daniel Gibbs 2017 captured 5,696 votes Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
23 Mar 2017 06:19 AM

Richardson: ‘Lining Up Behind Mussington Is Never Going To Be Credible With The People’

MARIGOT--Head of the Marche vers le Progrès (MVP) list Alain Richardson said last night that voters will be fooling themselves if they believe in the alliance of Louis Mussington Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
21 Mar 2017 05:42 PM

MARIGOT: --- The Leader of MJP Loui Mussington has changed his party name to Alliance for Hope, Prosperity, and Justice as he formed a new list with the leader of HOPE Jules Charville. Mussington told SMN News late Tuesday afternoon that he did everything possible to form a list based on the way the people voted and he also wanted to include MVP since they were the third highest vote getter but the leader of MVP did not go along with his proposal because he is leading the list Read more


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RRR
Source: SMN-News
17 Mar 2017 09:35 PM

MARIGOT:--- A very low voter’s turnout on Sunday for the first round of the Territorial Election has left three of the eight political parties that contested the election to battle next Sunday in the second round.58.6 % of the voters did not vote on Sunday, leaving only 42.4 % of the voters to determine who will govern the French side for the next five years. Of the 20275 registered voters, only 8642 voters cast their votes for the eight political parties that contested the election.
Despite the low voter's turnout Team Gibbs 2017, headed by Daniel Gibbs scored 4096 of the votes, while the MJP headed by Louie Mussington came in second with 1,152 votes and MVP headed by Alain Richardson, third with 990 votes Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
17 Feb 2017 06:26 AM

Alain Richardson Presents Partial List Of ‘Marching Towards Progress’

MARIGOT--Former President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson presented a part of his list on Thursday, ahead of the March Territorial Elections under the heading “Marching towards Progress.”

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Source: The Daily Herald
21 Dec 2016 06:20 AM

Richardson Proposes To Reduce Land Tax By 25% By ‘Disconnecting’ Garbage Tax

MARIGOT--Former President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson, now at the helm of “For the Love of St. Martin” party, proposes reducing the land tax by 25 per cent by “disconnecting” the garbage tax element (it can be reconsidered elsewhere), reforming and reassessing fiscal values of property that form the basis for calculati Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
25 Oct 2016 05:13 AM

Gibbs’ Presidential Bid Confirmed At Public Meeting In Riviera One

MARIGOT--President of Union for Democracy (UD) Daniel Gibbs set the stage on Saturday night for his big political comeback in 2017 since losing the 2012 election to Alain Richardson’ Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
19 Jul 2016 06:31 AM

Ceremonies Held To Remember Victims In St. Martin, France

MARIGOT--Two ceremonies were held in St. Martin on Monday to remember the victims of the wave of violence that swept through St. Martin last week and the latest terrorist attack in Nice, France, where 84 persons lost their lives.

  There was a gathering in the garden of Hotel de la Collectivité at midday, where Territorial Council President Aline Hanson, Préfète Anne Laubies and Police aux Frontières (PAF) Commandant Jean-Luc Deras lit candles Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
09 Jul 2016 05:43 AM

Richardson Defends Appeal For Elected Body To Resign

MARIGOT--Former President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson has defended his call for the Territorial Council and Parliamentarians to resign in the wake of the Constitutional Court decision denying the Collectivité its right to a fair compensation package for the transfer of competences in 2007.

“In February 2007, the law-makers took a major decision, as a result of the political will expressed democratically by our population in 2003, with the adoption of the new status of our territory and the creation of the Collectivité of St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
08 Jul 2016 10:59 AM

Alain Richardson Calls On Elected To Stand Up In The Interest Of St. Martin. .

Ladies and Gentlemen elected members of parliament and of the Territorial council of the Collectivité of SAINT - MARTIN,

Our territory over the past century and in a more significant manner over the last decades, has been entertaining the most inadequate relations with the Republic of which it is a part.

Long periods of abandonment and disengagement, have been followed by some periods of non- selfless attention, and an intention to make sure SAINT-MARTIN fitted into the French mold and was in line.

Our most notable particularities and characteristics:

• the existence of a common destiny between the two Siamese sides of the island based on the Treaty of Concordia,
• a territory with its own interests based on a linguistic and cultural heritage, an economy and a different monetary framework, opened to the world, with centers of attraction and interests primarily turned towards the Americas and the Caribbean and not towards France and Europe.
• etc.

These realities are the reasons why, within the French Republic, we area treated and considered as an isolated and singular territory.

In February 2007 the law-maker gave a strong indication and took a major decision, as a result of the political will expressed democratically by our population in 2003, with the
adoption of the new status of our territory and the creation of the Overseas Community (Collectivité) of SAINT-MARTIN governed by article 74 of the Constitution Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
07 Jul 2016 04:51 AM

Gibbs Slams Richardson For ‘Extremist’ Remarks

MARIGOT--Member of Parliament Daniel Gibbs in a press release has rebuked former President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson for suggesting all elected Councillors and Parliamentar Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
06 Jul 2016 05:47 AM

Alain Richardson: ‘Challenges, Battles, Threats And Fears Prevail In St. Martin’

MARIGOT--Former President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson has emphasised how important the next Territorial Elections in 2017 will be for the future of the territory and its citizens, and warned of “chameleon-like” candidates with the gift of the gab, who appear to be in line with French national party policies, but in reality are far from defending St Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
22 Apr 2016 05:52 AM

Richardson: Court May Rule In Favour Of Collectivité But ‘Battle With State Not Over’

~ Compensation owed is over 100 million euros ~

MARIGOT--Former President of the Territorial Council Alain Richardson has cautioned he expects the State to fight “tooth and nail” to reduce what is owed if the Constitutional Court agrees the Collectivité never received just compensation for the transfer of competences at the time of the change of status in 2007.
He explained the organic law stipulated transfer of competences must be done in “financial neutrality,” meaning from day one transfers and financial means must come at no cost to the Collectivité.
But it turned out total revenues were exceeding costs of compensation by 634,000 euros that resulted in the negative balance arrived at by the Commission d’ Evaluation des Charges Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
26 Feb 2016 07:05 AM

Richardson: ‘Lycée Violence Reflection Of School, Social And Societal Failure’

MARIGOT--Former President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson said Thursday, he strongly condemned the recent violence at the Lycée, calling for a halt to “cosmetic solutions” and for the State and the Collectivité to deal once and for all with the causes at their roots.

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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
29 Sep 2015 06:24 AM

Bouyon for Dominica Benefit Concert this coming Saturday

MARIGOT--The Dominica Foundation of St. Maarten/St. Martin will present the Bouyon for Dominica Benefit Concert this coming Saturday, October 3, to raise funds for the stricken nature island in its post-Erika aftermath.

The much anticipated concert with popular artistes from Dominica and St. Maarten/St. Martin will be held at Festival Village, Philipsburg, from 4:00pm to 3:00am.

The press conference on Monday not only announced the concert but also showed a preview of a documentary film made by MSR Cable TV cameraman Kitian Francis who went to Dominica with St Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
06 Jul 2015 06:23 AM

Jacobs chalks up another win for Chalk Dust at Ram contest

MARIGOT--Francis Jacobs continued his record-breaking run of wins at the fifteenth Annual Ram Beauty Contest in Colombier on Sunday with his prized ram Chalk Dust again winning the prestigious Boer category.

Jacobs, who had several winning entries at the show organised by I Love My Ram Association, has produced winners for seven consecutive years.

"I guess I'm just good at looking after my animals," he said modestly. "I put a lot of hours into it."

With more entries in the Boer class than usual, they were divided into three categories Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
04 Jun 2015 06:22 AM

Speeches, humour and anecdotes mark Préfet Chopin’s departure

MARIGOT--Tributes were paid to Préfet Délégué Philippe Chopin for dedicated service to St. Martin and St. Barths during his near-five-year tenure as the State’s highest representative, at a cocktail party in the Préfecture on Tuesday evening where he was presented with numerous gifts as tokens of appreciation.

Chopin takes on a new posting as a fully-fledged Préfet for the Region of Creuse in Central France.

As usual on such occasions, the Préfecture’s conference room was packed with representatives of all of the institutions, Gendarmerie, Police Territorial and border police (PAF) among them, with whom the Préfet worked.

The guest list included Dutch-side dignitaries Governor Eugene Holiday, Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs and Justice Minister Dennis Richardson while from the French side former Senator Louis-Constant Fleming and former Presidents of the Collectivité Frantz Gumbs and Alain Richardson were present Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
16 May 2015 06:23 AM

SNSM sea rescue RIB christened at marina

MARIGOT--The volunteers of French-side sea rescue service SNSM savoured an uplifting moment Friday evening when their second-hand semi-rigid inflatable boat (RIB) was christened officially at a ceremony on the shore next to Marina Fort Louis in front of elected officials and many invited guests.

The yellow RIB came into view with its crew just before the ceremony began, followed by the lifeboats SNSM 269 from St. Barths and Rescue 2 from the St. Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation, both vessels sounding their horns for the celebratory occasion before tying up to the entrance dock.

The 12-metre-long 3.62-metre-wide RIB named Rescue Star is powered by two 275-horsepower outboard engines and in calm sea conditions can reach speeds of 35-40 knots Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
09 May 2015 06:23 AM

Hollande declares Court of First Instance will open January 2016

MARIGOT--President of the French Republic François Hollande made a number of sweeping announcements in his speech to the population of St. Martin at the end of his whirlwind visit to St. Martin last night. Among them were assurances that the social benefit (RSA) would be reformed to be more adaptable for St. Martin with help given to pay off the Collectivité's debt.

He also said a Court of First Instance and a rehabilitation centre for the youth (foyer educatif) would be established, and the number of Gendarmes in the territory would increase this July.

Hollande appeared to be decisive and up to speed on the issues plaguing St Read more


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PPA
HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
20 Mar 2015 06:23 AM

New fire station, control tower in Grand Case Airport plans

MARIGOT--A new fire station building and an extension to the control tower are among projects due to start this year at Grand Case Airport, falling within an approximate 4.5-million-euro budget for improvements that include renovation of the terminal building, the airport's Managing Director Mongi Djouba disclosed Thursday.

The fire station construction is expected to start at the end of April in the same location as the old premises. The control tower will be extended upwards close to 10 metres in height from the present four metres, giving controllers a higher and better view of aircraft movements.

Renovation work to the terminal building will start in phases some time in July for completion in June 2016.

"We will start with the management and administration offices, as that will not disrupt the passenger flow and processes of immigration, check-ins and security," Djouba explained Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
22 Jan 2015 06:37 AM

Lunch and concert for seniors a big success

MARIGOT--Organizers declared the lunch and concert for senior citizens at Riviera One on Saturday a resounding success.

An unprecedented number of seniors, family members and caregivers from Bethany Home and St. Martin Home attended the event. With estimates of close to 500 for the lunch, the large hall was filled to capacity with extra tables set up outside.

This was the second edition of the annual lunch and concert organized by Rambaud-St. Louis Fete Association and public works association Batiments Travaux Publiques (BTP).

President Aline Hanson and several elected officials were present for the event Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
19 Dec 2014 06:22 AM

Pascal Averne takes up new post in Guadeloupe

~ Leaves Collectivité after 10 years' service ~

MARIGOT--The Collectivité's Director General of Services (DGS) Pascal Averne is to leave St. Martin on December 23 after ten years at the helm of the administration, to take up a new posting in his native Guadeloupe.

As of January 1, 2015, he will serve as Chef de Cabinet for UMP politician Marie-Luce Penchard who is the Maire of Basse-Terre and daughter of former Regional Council of Guadeloupe President Lucette Michaux-Chevry.

The Collectivité bid a fond farewell to Averne at a function held in his honour in the Sandy Ground Cultural Centre cinema on Tuesday evening attended by colleagues with whom he worked, the four presidents who held office during his tenure and former Mayor Albert Fleming during the Commune era.

Such was the scope of his function – he needed to be fully conversant with not only the running of the Collectivité, but also the issues of the day concerning State, Department, Region and the new untested organic law that ushered in the new status – that he was the most-sought-after official for clarification or consultation on any topic and acted as adviser to the former Mayor, the first President Louis-Constant Fleming, subsequent Presidents Frantz Gumbs and Alain Richardson, and Aline Hanson today.

He was in regular contact with sectors such as health, education, justice, Gendarmerie, Chamber of Commerce, district councils, economic council, etc Read more


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