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2008

2008

[Dec 1, 2008] Economic Bailouts

Economic Bailouts Wall Street got a big one. Detroit is looking for one as well. And it remains to be seen if Saint Barth will need one or not. An economic bailout that is! But while the troubled money tycoons and beleaguered automakers were able to turn to the US government with their hats in ...

[Nov 23, 2008] Festivities of Swedish Week

Festivities of Swedish Week In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the twin cities of Saint Barth and Piteå in Sweden, as well as the 130th anniversary of the retrocession of the island to France from Sweden, ASBAS (St. Barth Friends of Sweden Association, whose president is Nils Dufau) ...

[Nov 23, 2008] Election Of The Multi-Professional Economic Chamber

Election Of The Multi-Professional Economic Chamber Two slates were presented on the ballot for the members of the new Multi-Professionals Economic Chamber (CEM), elected on November 8. The slate, “Ensemble maîtrisons l’avenir économique de St-Barthélemy” (Building the economic future of ...

[Nov 23, 2008] An Active UMP Federation of St. Barth

An Active UMP Federation of St. Barth Presided by Bruno Magras, the newly formed, yet already active UMP Federation of St. Barthélemy held a party on November 4 at the Wall House restaurant, in order to watch the victory of president-elect Barack Obama on a large screen TV. More than 150 peopl...

[Nov 23, 2008] Openings and Re-openings

Openings and Re-openings Since early November, restaurants in Gustavia have been re-opening, one right after the other. The Bistro was the first to organize a nice cocktail party, followed by Caviar Island, then Eddy’s, which is always a pleasant place to send an evening. Among the newcomers o...

[Nov 2, 2008] Cyclone Omar : More Bark Than Bite

Cyclone Omar : More Bark Than Bite Saint Barth thought it had escaped the entire hurricane season without any problems, when suddenly during the night of Wednesday to Thursday, October 15 to 16, hurricane Omar decided to take a north/northeast route and skirted the island. Since the beginning...

[Nov 1, 2008] Taking part

TAKING PART My husband Rosemond is always ready to take part in local events. He helped run the island's volleyball league for at least 10 years, he marches in the carnival parade, helps organize our annual film festival, and has been a member of many non-profit associations. His most recent ex...

[Oct 6, 2008] Election of the Members of the Multi-Professional Economic Chamber

Election of the Members of the Multi-Professional Economic Chamber President of the commission for the constitution of the new Multi-professional Economic Chamber, territorial council member Maxime Desouches announced that the members of this new institution would be held on November 8, 2008.?Th...

[Oct 6, 2008] Michel Magras, Senator

Michel Magras, Senator The “organic law” dated February 22, 2007, called for the Overseas Collectivity of St. Barthélemy to have representation in the French National Assembly. When the French Senate re-elected a third of its seats, the election of a senator from St Barth took place as well...

[Oct 1, 2008] The wind of change

THE WINDS OF CHANGE Here is it mid-October and I’ve been so busy watching my home-boys on the way to the World Series (Go Phillies!), and Barack Obama on his way to the White House (equally astonishing), that I haven’t had much time to write. But it seems to be that maybe, finally there are w...

[Sep 10, 2008] Inauguration Of The Evangelical Church

Inauguration Of The Evangelical Church A new religious facility opened in St Barth on August 29: the Evangelical Church on Rue Schoelcher in Gustavia. Under construction for the past year, the church (also called the Viens et Vois house of prayer) was inaugurated with a 6pm service attended by...

[Sep 10, 2008] Fête de St. Barthélemy: Brigitte Girardin Honorary Citizen

Fête de St. Barthélemy: Brigitte Girardin Honorary Citizen On August 24, the feast day for St. Barthélemy, activities began by placing a wreath at the war memorial. Then the island’s elected officials and guests moved on to the “hôtel de la collectivité” to listen to a speech by Bruno ...

[Sep 10, 2008] Neighborhood Fairs and Saint Barth JAM Musik Festival

Neighborhood Fairs and Saint Barth JAM Musik Festival In St. Barth, summer is traditionally a time for local festivities. Every neighborhood has one, from Anse des Cayes to Flamands/Colombier, Lorient, Gustavia, and Corossol—in a celebration of Saint Louis. Held on weekend in July and August, t...

[Sep 1, 2008] Vacationing In Saint Barth

Vacationing In Saint Barth I’d never go so far as to say that “Saint Barth is a great place to visit, but I’d never want to live there.” I do live there, but in doing so, had forgotten what a great place it actually is to visit. So in late August, rather than going off on an adventure jaunt...

[Aug 10, 2008] Rest In Peace: Rémy de Haenen (Mayor of SAint Barth from 1962 to 1977

Rest In Peace: Rémy de Haenen During the night of July 30-31, 2008, Rémy de Haenen passed away at the age of 92. Mayor of Saint Barth from 1962-1977, and the island’s representative in Guadeloupe for 21 years, he was the first politician to propose a special political status: “an idea that w...

[Aug 1, 2008] August again

AUGUST AGAIN Here it is the Ides of August and it’s raining. After months of hardly any rain at all, it actually poured a few minutes yesterday. Normally the local residents would be smiling and thinking of all the good the rain does for their gardens and cisterns, while the summer tourists lo...

[Jul 1, 2008] OM

OM It finally happened. After 10 years of thinking about it, I finally went to the island’s Thursday night meditation group. As a willing participant! I don’t know if it’s maybe because I just read Elizabeth Gilbert’s feel-good book, “Eat, Pray, Love,” that I decided I should definitely ...

[Jun 17, 2008] Michèle Alliot-Marie, French Minister of the Interior, Overseas, and Local Collectivities, Visits Saint Barth

Michèle Alliot-Marie, French Minister of the Interior, Overseas, and Local Collectivities, Visits Saint Barth Organized by members of the recently created UMP political party in St Barthélemy, this historic visit to the island by Michèle Alliot-Marie, third in command in French president Sa...

[Jun 17, 2008] Eugénie Blanchard, Oldest Person in France

Eugénie Blanchard, Oldest Person in France Born on February 16, 1896 in her family home in the Merlette neighborhood of Saint Barth, Eugénie Blanchard has lived in the geriatric ward of the island’s De Bruyn hospital since 1980. Practically blind and very weak, she is in good general heath an...

[Jun 1, 2008] Part Time

Party Time The summer season has started in Saint Barth, which means its time for the annual sales in the island’s boutiques and the pace of life should be slowing down. But it has been like one big summer party around here, especially in the past week when the social calendar has been humming...

[May 26, 2008] Antoine Questel Tops The List In French Windsurfing Championship

Saint Barth Athletes In The Spotlight Antoine Questel Tops The List In French Windsurfing Championship While Saint Barth awaited the arrival of its sailors in the ag2r, another native son was completing his season of windsurfing with the French Championships in La Rochelle. For the past eight ...

[May 26, 2008] Saint Barth Athletes In The Spotlight - Transat ag2r Concarneau-St-Barth

Saint Barth Athletes In The Spotlight Transat ag2r Concarneau-St-Barth The start of the 9th edition of the Transat ag2r took place on April 20, 2008 in The Bay of Biscay (Brittany, France). The only race on identical boats—all 31-foot Figaro Bénéteau sailboats—the fleet set out for Saint ...

[May 13, 2008] New Taxes Paid to the COM

New Taxes Paid to the COM Almost two million euros were collected between January 31 and March 31 as new local taxes were instituted for businesses and vehicles (scooters, motorcycles, Four-Trax, cars, vans, trucks, and construction vehicles). 7,154 owners of two and four wheel vehicles purchase...

[May 13, 2008] Saint Barth Film Festival 2008

St-Barth Film Festival 2008 Organized by Joshua Harrison, Ellen Lampert-Gréaux and Rosemond Gréaux, the St Barth Film Festival is an annual event highly anticipated by the island’s film fans. For its 13th edition in 2008, the Festival held a design contest at the junior high and the winner ...

[May 13, 2008] Book Festival

Book Festival The first edition of the Saint Barth Book Festival, held on April 17-21, was a double event combining the Guadeloupe/Saint Barth Poetry Week, organized by Monique Pignet, and the book day launched a few years ago. Monique Pignet, director of the Hotel Claret in Paris and sponsor ...

[May 1, 2008] The great race

The Great Race I couldn’t help myself. Everyday from early May until May 13, I kept clicking onto the official website for the Transat Ag2r to see how our local heroes were doing. Let me explain. Every other year, in about mid-to-late April, a fleet of small 33’ identical Figaro Beneteau sa...

[Apr 1, 2008] Whose dream is it anyway?

Whose Dream Is It Anyway? Last weekend it seemed like everything on the island was for sale. Part of the Carl Gustav hotel has already met the wrecker’s ball and a lot of the beds, chairs, and assorted articles were for sale, as the hotel makes way for a facelift of the public areas and adds a...

[Mar 12, 2008] Transat ag2r Concarneau-Saint Barth 2008

Transat ag2r Concarneau-Saint Barth Pierre Bojic, director de Penduick, the company behind the Transat ag2r, was in Saint Barth with his associate, Mathieu Sarrot, in order to finalize the arrival of the race. They met with Michel Magras, the territorial council member responsible for sports, ...

[Mar 12, 2008] Pre-stamped envelopes with art by Marie-Laure Pichon

Pre-stamped envelopes with art by Marie-Laure Pichon Marie-Laure Pichon was this year’s winner in the annual paining competition organized by the association, Saint B’Art. Her winning painting will be printed on a series of 10,000 pre-paid envelopes that will be available in the island’s po...

[Mar 12, 2008] General Director of Post Office visits Saint Barth

General Director of Post Office visits Saint Barth Georges Lefebvre, Bruno Magras, Nicole Carel, Marc Nile and Alfred Hamm. Georges Lefebvre, general director of the postal service, visited the Northern Islands accompanied by Nicole Carel, executive director for overseas, and Marc Nile, dire...

[Mar 1, 2008] What will they think of next?

What Will They Think Of Next? Let’s face it. Saint Barth is a very small island but it also has some very big problems. One of them is power. Making electricity. And making enough to meet an increasing large demand. You’d think the island was the size of China with the demands on such things...

[Feb 19, 2008] Carnival of Saint Barth 2008

Carnival As of early January, the members of a group called The Point In Movement paraded through the streets of Gustavia on Sunday afternoons, with a different theme to their costumes each week, in preparation for a big carnival parade on Mardi Gras. The island’s school children has their own...

[Feb 19, 2008] Creation Of A Social Security Office

Creation Of A Social Security Office Henri Yacou, director of the French Social Security services for Guadeloupe, was in Saint Barth on January 21, 2008, to sign an agreement with the COM to create a social security office on the island. This will be the first decentralized office but is somethi...

[Feb 19, 2008] Christophe Beaupère director of the president’s office 2008

Christophe Beaupère director of the president’s office Christophe Beaupère, 32 years old, single, a native of Nantes (France), and a member of the UMP political party, was named the director of president Bruno Magras’ office on October 29, 2007. He came from Paris where he had been a consult...

[Feb 19, 2008] Taxes As Of January 1, 2008

Taxes As Of January 1, 2008 Based on specific French laws n°2007-223 and n°2007-24, which date from February 21, 2007, defining the political status change of Saint Barth into an Overseas Collectivity (COM) the island’s territorial council voted on November 13, 2007 to create the list and amo...

[Feb 17, 2008] THE CODE OF CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE COLLECTIVITY OF SAINT BARTHELEMY

Notice: The following is in no manner intended to provide a legal opinion nor shall it be construed in any manner to constitute legal advice. The following is solely intended to provide English-speaking persons with information relating to the Political, Social and Economic development of the Colle...

[Feb 1, 2008] Who was that masked man?

Who Was That Masked Man? There are a few times during the year when the residents of Saint Barth really know how to party, and Mardi Gras is certainly one of them. Called Carnival here, as it is in Rio and Venice, not to mention Trinidad, the celebration lasts from Friday then the kids parade ...

[Jan 28, 2008] Dental Conference

Dental Conference Organized by dentists David Grodberg and François Chlous, the 14th annual Saint Barth Dental Conference took place on January 21-25, 2008 in the conference room at the Capitainerie of the Port of Gustavia. Fifty American dentists, as well as several local professionals took p...

[Jan 28, 2008] New SNSM Rescue Boat, The Capitaine Danet, Christened

New SNSM Rescue Boat, The Capitaine Danet, Christened Under gray menacing skies, with occasional rain, the new SNSM rescue boat, the Capitaine Danet, was christened on Sunday, January 20. In a display of solidarity, the rescue boats from the Saint Martin and Sint Maarten SNSM stations (French...

[Jan 28, 2008] St. Barth Music Festival 2008

St. Barth Music Festival 2008 The 24th edition of the music festival was as lively as past years thanks to interesting, high-quality programming. Over 60 musicians and singers participated from January 11 to 23, with concerts in the island’s churches, including for the first time, the Catholic ...

[Jan 7, 2008] New Year Eve regatta

New Year Eve regatta Mischievous crew Groovy Jimmy Buffett   The annual December 31 regatta, co-organized by the St. Barth Yacht Club, the Port of Gustavia, and the crew of Mischievous, a 65’ Meriten, saw 26 sailboats (including one catamaran) on the starting line wit...

[Jan 7, 2008] Openings, Parties and People

Openings, Parties and People December 22, the Ralph Lauren boutique held a cocktail party for its special clients, staying open for last-minute Christmas shopping until 10pm. The Bulgari jewelry store held its annual party at the Tamarin restaurant in Saline rather than at their boutique in tow...

[Jan 7, 2008] End Of The Year Events - Publication of Ti Guides

Publication of Ti Guides On of the first parties of the season was thrown by the staff of Ti Gourmet, an annual publication that celebrated its 15th anniversary on December 16. There are now three versions—Ti Gourmet St. Barth, a pocket guide with 60,000 copies printed; Ti Festivities, with ...

[Jan 6, 2008] Fishermen On Strike

Fishermen On Strike At dawn on the morning of December 17, boats in the Port of Gustavia were surprised by the fact that the island’s fishermen had blocked the entry to the port with a barrage of fishing boats attached one behind the other from the fish market on one side of the harbor to the ...

[Jan 1, 2008] Denzel and me

DENZEL AND ME There’s a trivia game called Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon played by theatre people, in which they prove that they can be connected to actor Kevin Bacon in six or less steps (their cousin cuts his hair; they were in a film with him, etc…). This game is a variation of the small wor...


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