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Source: SMN-News
15 Sep 2020 02:09 PM

MARIGOT:--- Members of the Souliga United Movement (SUM) and several other organizations announced on Tuesday at a press conference that they will begin a peaceful protest on Wednesday morning against the border controls that have been extended until October 1st, 2020 by the Prfet Dlgu Sylvie Feucher.
The group of activists called on everyone residing on St. Maarten/ St. Martin to join forces to protest the division of people and unity that has been orchestrated by the State. Persons are asked to use whatever means of transportation they have joined the protest action which will begin at the Cole Bay Round About to Bellevue checkpoint and from Agrement Round About for a meet up at the Bellevue checkpoint Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
24 Jun 2020 05:04 AM

Vp Steven Patrick: We Need To Read The Fine Print In The Pprn

Overseas Minister Annick Girardin (left) chats with Velo Club de Sandy Ground youth coach Patricio Blade Carty on Tuesday morning when she visited the Sandy Ground district council. Looking on are Dpute Claire Guion-Firmin and Senator Guillaume Arnell. (Robert Luckock photo)

MARIGOT--French Overseas Territories Minister Ann Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
03 Feb 2020 04:03 AM

President Gibbs New Year Wishes: Social Cohesion At The Heart Of 2020 Challenges

Members of the assembled group for President Gibbs delivery of his New Year wishes, from left: Prfecture Secretary-General Michal Dore, President of Parliament William Marlin, Governor Eugene Holiday, Gibbs, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, 1st Vice President of the Collectivit Valrie Damaseau, and Senator Guillaume Arnell Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
03 Apr 2017 06:26 AM

President Daniel Gibbs Takes Up Office, New Government Installed

MARIGOT--A renewed Territorial Council of St. Martin destined to govern the territory for the next five years was installed Sunday, with Daniel Gibbs voted in as President during a formal ceremony at Hotel de La Collectivité, opened by outgoing first Vice-President Read more


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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
06 Feb 2017 07:04 AM

French-Side Carnival Launched With Symbolic Key Presentation

MARIGOT--First Vice-President Guillaume Arnell officially signalled the start of the 2017 French-side Carnival on Saturday evening on the waterfront with the symbolic key hand-over to President of Festivités Carnavalesque de St. Martin (FCDSM) Jean-Philippe Richardson.

The key was brought in on a cushion by Miss Pitchounette 2016, Maëlys Farlot Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
24 Jan 2017 06:43 AM

Arnell Clarifies Law Amendments For Tax Reimbursement By Airlines

MARIGOT--Senator Guillaume Arnell on Monday clarified a press release regarding a legal obligation for airlines to refund taxes back to consumers.

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Source: The Daily Herald
24 Jan 2017 06:41 AM

Grand Case Runway Extension Talks To Continue, No Deal Yet

MARIGOT--First Vice-President Guillaume Arnell said Monday discussions and negotiations are continuing with the Laurence family and their Notary over the Collectivité’s acquisition of land to construct the runway extension at Grand Case airport, adding he is due to meet next with the family on January 27.

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Source: The Daily Herald
21 Jan 2017 06:08 AM

St. Martin Travellers Reimbursed For Expenses If Flights Cancelled

MARIGOT--Senator Guillaume Arnell disclosed that St. Martin is now one of four overseas territories which will be allowed to have its consumers reimbursed for taxes and other airport charges by airlines or travel agents if flights are cancelled.

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Source: The Daily Herald
13 Dec 2016 06:15 AM

Committee To Review Maritime Transport Functioning In Wake Of Pinel Ferry Strike

MARIGOT--First Vice-President Guillaume Arnell disclosed Monday that a committee will be formed to review, study and address problems associated with maritime transport; in the first instance focusing on transport to the small islands such as Pinel for a duration of three months.

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Source: The Daily Herald
22 Oct 2016 07:19 AM

47 Become French Nationals At Naturalisation Ceremony

MARIGOT--Forty-seven persons of mixed nationalities from St. Martin and St. Barths became French citizens at a naturalisation ceremony held in the Préfecture on Thursday;

34 were inducted by decree and thirteen by marriage. The thirteen countries represented included Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Jamaica, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Dominican Republic, Algeria, Brazil, India, Morocco, Guyana and England.

The conference room of the Préfecture was filled to capacity for the ceremony with family members present as well.

Assisting Préfète Anne Laubies in presenting the decrees to the recipients were Senator Guillaume Arnell, Member of Parliament Daniel Gibbs, Préfecture General-Secretary Thierry Mahler, Vice-President of the St Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
05 Aug 2016 06:41 AM

Collectivité Starts Reorganisation And Verification Of Street Names, Numbers

MARIGOT--First Vice-President Guillaume Arnell recently announced the launching this August of a major project to overhaul the often confusing addressing system in St. Martin.

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Source: The Daily Herald
15 Jul 2016 06:20 AM

Hanson Recaps On Collectivité Projects In Bastille Day Speech

MARIGOT--Security, rehabilitation of Marigot town centre, the waterfront development project and other improvements formed part of President Aline Hanson’s general speech during the official Bastille Day ceremony on Thursday.

  She said the beautification of Marigot included opening up the alley next to the Methodist Church on Rue de la Liberté that leads to the waterfront, renovating the square outside the Post Office and demolishing the former Gendarmerie building on Rue de la Liberté, projects that will improve the circulation of pedestrians and open up better views to the waterfront.

  On the waterfront development, she said she was convinced St Read more


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Source: Today SXM
24 Jun 2016 09:10 PM

Arrindell Announces Rules For Cross-Border Bus Services

St. Maarten News – The Dutch and the French side have come together to regulate trans-border bus transportation, Minister Ingrid Arrindell (Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication) said at Wednesday’s press briefing. A meeting with Vice President of the Collectivité Guillaume Arnell was inspired by the large influx of Dutch busses on the –Marigot-Philipsburg route.

Minister Arrindell said that many of the Dutch-side bus drivers are not allowed to work on the French side because they do not have the required D-license that is required for driving a bus and they do not have French nationality.

Currently the Dutch bus drivers outnumber the French ones; Arrindell and Arnell agreed to limit the number of Dutch bus drivers allowed to work on the French side to 30 Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
01 Apr 2016 06:02 AM

Arnell Dismisses Talk Of Expropriation Procedure

MARIGOT--First Vice-President Guillaume Arnell was put on the defensive in Thursday’s Territorial Council meeting to clarify one of the agenda points concerning negotiations with the Laurence family to acquire the land needed for the Grand Case Airport runway extension.

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Source: The Daily Herald
12 Mar 2016 06:32 AM

Paines: ‘We Want St. Martiners To Be Taken Into Consideration’

MARIGOT--Assurance was given on Friday by protest organisers that there will be no further actions or civil unrest between now and Tuesday, March 15, the date protestors meet again with the Collectivité and Préfète Anne Laubies to hopefully hammer out an agreement acceptable to both the Orient Beach tenants and the Collectivité.

Calm descended on French Quarter after two days of unrest marked by blocked roads culminating Thursday night with a brief episode of violence as Gendarmes forcibly removed barricades.

Capitaine Emmanuel Maignan confirmed that the operation to clear the streets and remove barricades had lasted from 5:00pm to 7:30pm Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
29 Feb 2016 06:42 AM

Blue Zone Parking System For Marigot Starts March 1

MARIGOT--First Vice-President Guillaume Arnell announced Friday the Blue Zone parking system for the centre of Marigot will come into effect as of March 1, with the first month used as a trial period for consumers to get used to the system and obtain their parking discs.

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Source: The Daily Herald
27 Feb 2016 04:57 AM

Arnell Tells Beach Tenants ‘Profiting From Government Property Is Over’

MARIGOT--Vice-President Guillaume Arnell said Friday St. Martiners had only themselves to blame for the current stand-off with the Collectivité over the new restaurants because of past practices on Orient Beach of sub-letting their establishments, even charging key money, adding that this abuse of government property is no longer toler Read more


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Source: Today SXM
18 Jan 2016 08:42 PM

Senator Arnell Commends Journalists

MARIGOT, St. Martin — Senator Guillaume Arnell continued his tradition of inviting journalists for the each New Year to highlight his achievements, this time at the Parapal Hotel in Concordia on Saturday evening. Among the invitees were Préfète Délégué Anne Laubies, President of the Collectivité Aline Hanson, vice presidents Wendel Cocks and Ramona Connor.

Arnell pointed out that journalists play an important role in a democratic society by disseminating information to the public and contributing to the education of the people about politics and government policies Read more


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Source: Today SXM
23 Oct 2015 01:30 PM

French St. Martin: Protest Against Plan Local D’Urbanisme (Plu) Yields Results

A roadblock in St. James. Photo Today / Leo Brown

Arnell: “We’ll go back to the drawing board”

MARIGOT, St. Martin — The Second Vice President of the Collectivité Guillaume Arnell has agreed to revisit the Plan Local d’Urbanisme (PLU) after a meeting with the different social organizations and communities at the Hotel de la Collectivité on Thursday evening Read more


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Source: SMN-News
23 Oct 2015 06:22 AM
>MARIGOT:--- Residents, business owners, school children and visitors to the island were left in a state of disarray on Thursday when they found themselves trapped on the French side of the island. During the morning hours’ protestors and the 15 member committee members that are protesting the PLU law that is to be implemented on St. Martin blocked all entrances leading to Marigot.
The committee members are demanding that elected officials scrap the current PLU law and start over, but first they must properly inform the community of St Read more

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Source: The Daily Herald
08 Oct 2015 06:23 AM

French Quarter residents block main road over lack of security

~ Nerves frayed after district suffers 13 fires in two months ~

MARIGOT--The main RN7 road just outside French Quarter at Angel's Insurance was blocked for nearly five hours Wednesday morning as residents demanded accountability from authorities over lack of security in the district following a series of 13 fires in the span of less than two months.

Long lines of cars built up as motorists from both directions were forced to turn around.

A phantom arsonist appears to be at work and the fact that no suspects have been positively identified as perpetrators of the crimes has left residents on tenterhooks, wondering who will be the next victim.

Tensions boiled over after a wooden house on Route de La Saline burnt down Tuesday afternoon, destroying three cars and leaving a family of six homeless Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
06 Oct 2015 10:12 PM

Invest Caribbean Now 2015 Makes Splashy Opening In Terres Basses, St. Martin

NEW YORK, NY - Invest Caribbean Now 2015 entered its fifth year last night with a splashy opening ceremony at the prestigious Villa Mes Aimes in Terres Basses area of Saint Martin, West Indies.

Top government and local VIPS joined 41 Chinese delegates and several other overseas delegates for the opening reception and dinner which also included the presentation of the ICN 2015 Leadership Award.

A St. Martin tourism pioneer who was attracted to the sector at age 12 and went on to serve the island as a deputy mayor and creator of the Syndicat d’Initiatives, the precursor to the current Saint Martin Office of Tourism, was the ICN 2015 Leadership Award winner.
Romeo Fleming, head of the Romeo Fleming Group of Companies, which includes the current Hertz Rent a Car on St Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
26 Sep 2015 06:23 AM

Chinese delegation impressed with island’s ‘beauty, ethnicity’

MARIGOT--“The competitive nature of the global market place demands that we act global and think global. We must sell our assets of stability, ease of access and ease of doing business.”

Those were some of the remarks made by Founder and CEO of Invest Caribbean Now (ICN), Felicia Persaud, in her keynote address at Friday’s exclusive invitation-only conference in the Chamber of Commerce on the theme “Investing in St. Martin’s Tourism Product”.

“Partnerships, collaborations, linkages, networking…that’s the key to the success of businesses, economies, governments, because from where I sit there is no way that any government on any island is smart enough to do it alone,” she added Read more


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