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Title: St Barth weekly
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Publisher: Journal de Saint-Barth
Place of Publication: Saint Jean, Saint Barthelemy
Publication Date: May 26, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
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NEW ACTIVITY AT MONTSERRAT VOLCANO


On Saturday, May
20, large dome of
hard lava that had
gathered at the top of the
volcano on the British
Caribbean territory of
Montserrat collapsed in an
explosion, and a dense
plume of ash was pro-
pelled extremely high into
the sky over the weekend,
according to experts at the
volcanic observatory in
Guadeloupe. At approxi-
mately 7:15am, the dome
collapsed sending pyro-
clastic flows (superheated
ash and rocks) into the sea.
The volume of this lava
has not yet been deter-
mined, but it could be all,
or part, of the 90 million
cubic meters that has been
accumulating since the


summer of 2005, the last
date that there was major
activity at the volcano.
The blanket of ash, com-
parable to that of July
2003 that covered the
Northern Islands with vol-
canic dust, was carried this
time by Eastern winds and
did not affect neighboring
islands. Many inhabitants
of Montserrat were subject
to a storm of debris includ-
ing rocks and ash, that
blocked some roads, while
others were affected by
toxic gasses (carbonic gas
and hydrogen sulfide)
emitted from the volcano,
but there not no serious
injuries. The day before
the eruption, the
Montserrat Volcano Obser-
vatory (MVO) made a


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report about the danger of
the last week of volcanic
activity, indicated that the
production of these gasses
had multiplied by three
since January 2006.
According to the MVO,
this pointed to an increased
production of lava during
the same period.


A Mini Tsunami
In The Caribbean
Related to the volcanic
activity in Montserrat, the
volcanic observatory in
Guadeloupe reported a
minor tsunami along the
Caribbean coasts of Guade-


loupe, especially near
Deshaies and Terre-de-Bas.
The ocean retreated several
dozen meters and came
back with waves at least a
meter high.
The volcano in Montserrat
has been active since July
19, 1995 after being dor-
mant for 400 years. It was
once again quiet following
the explosion in July 2003,
which also caused a mini
tsunami along the wind-
ward coast of Guadeloupe
and a rain of ashes in the
Northern Islands. The cur-
rent phase of activity began
in June 2005 and has been
constant since that date.


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Francois Baroin
in Saint Barth
Tuesday
morning


F rangois Baroin will
be in Saint Barth on
the morning of Tues-
day, May 30, after a quick
visit to Saint Martin the day
before. After spending the
night in Saint Martin,
Baroin is expected to land
in Saint Barth at around
9am on Tuesday. His
schedule calls for a meeting
with the municipal council
followed by a cocktail
reception at City Hall with
local elected officials.
Baroin will leave for
Guadeloupe in the early
afternoon, the last stop of
his short stay in the
Caribbean. This trip by the
Overseas Minister is in
light of the change in politi-
cal status of Saint Barthele-
my. Last week, the French
Council of Ministers adopt-
ed the project that would
allow Saint Barthelemy to
evolve from its current sta-
tus as a town in Guade-
loupe to that of a more
autonomous Overseas Ter-
ritory, with a larger deci-
sion making power in cer-
tain areas held by the Par-
liament until now. Top of
the list are taxation and
urban planning.


Five complaints were lodged after
an episode of vandalism that took
place during the night of last Sat-
urday to Sunday along the waterfront in
Corossol. Early in the morning on Sun-
day, May 21, owners of small boats
anchored in Corossol discovered that 11
of their cars parked along the sea wall,
and along the main street through the
village, had graffiti, mostly white paint
with slogans con-
sidered "anti-
metro" or against
the French resi-
dents of the island,
with perjorative
names such as
"Corbo." Some of
the cars also had
slashed tires, three ?
rubber boats had
been deflated and a
jet ski had been
tossed into the
ocean. A dinghy
that had disap-
peared was eventu-
ally found on Mon-
day in the bay of
Saint Jean. These events took place
between 1:30am, when a witness
reports nothing was yet amiss, and
7:00am when the vandalism was dis-
overed. This is not the first episode of
this sort in Corossol: last Febraury, a
boat belonging to a native resident of
the island, and parked along the sea
wall had been written on, that time with
magic marker, with the inscription
"You,re not from here."
The national police have opened an
inquiry and are following all leads: one
possible motive is anti-metropolitan
sentiment, but that is not the only
motive possible. Not all of the damage
had been done to cars and boats belong-
ing to metropolitan French people, but
rather to all of the cars parked there and
not just selected ones. Revenge might
be another motive as some poachers of
sea snails called I:.u! I'.u"... had been


denounced the night before as they
attempted to collect these mollusks
from the rocky coast of Corossol, and
perhaps they were getting back. Or it
could be a simple act of vandalism, yet
with a racist and worrisome overtone.
The law calls for a sentence of at least
one year in jail and a fine of 45,000
euros for public provocation to racial
discrimination or violence.


More thefts in Pointe Milou

Owners and renters in Pointe Milou,
lock your doors! Since Easter there
have been a dozen robberies in this
neighborhood, where there are many
rental villas. The most recent took place
on Monday morning before dawn. The
occupants of a villa called the police
when they heard footsteps on the roof.
When the police arrived, no one was on
the roof but an iPod and some cash was
missing. Not far from the house, the
police stopped a young man they knew
from other incidents, but he did not
have the stolen items. He did however
have 10 grams of marijuana that was
confiscated. Since Easter, other rob-
beries include the thefts of primarily
iPods, cash, or digital cameras.


Revenge, vandalism,

or anti-metropolitan action?

The police are on the case.





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WINTER
SALES
IN SUMMER

They happen here later
than in France, where
the first annual sales take
place in mid-January, but
the "winter" sales began
in full force in Saint Barth
on Wednesday, May 24,
and will last until July 1.
Many stores have slashed
prices by 30 to 50% and
there are plenty of good
buys. The second annual
sales period will take
place between September
23 and October 14, 2006.
For anyone with an eye to
Paris fashions, the next
sales in the French capital
begin on June 28.


t the last board
meeting of the
Saint Barth
Restaurant Association,
held on May 11, restaura-
teur /hotel owner Didier
Bensa of The Christopher
Hotel, was elected presi-
dent of the association.
He replaced Olivier
Bernasconi who in turn
had replaced Maya Gur-
ley as president a few
months ago.
Created in 2002, the asso-
ciation wanted to improve
its representation in terms
of the professional fabric
of the island, and felt it
needed to evolve. The
departing president noted
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ness is one of the sectors
that generates the most
employment on the island
and attracts a large num-
ber of tourists to its
restaurants. With this in
mind, he thinks that the
restaurateurs have an obli-
gation to "respond to the
needs of their clients in
terms of regulations and
the concerns of the resi-
dents," indicating such in
a letter addressed at the
end of last week to the
directors of almost 100
restaurants on the island.
Following the example of
other professions, Didier
Bensa would like to
develop a code of ethics
specific to the restaurant
business, covering the
conduct of those who
work in it, and the rela-
tionship between the
restaurant staff and their
clients. He also hopes to
help local restaurants
reduce their operational
costs.

New Goals

While the new president
is not against the recent
overtures between the
restaurant association and
that of the local hotels, he


aoes nope to give nis
association a more
autonomous existence,
something he considered
essential in light of the
eventual evolution to an
Overseas Collectivity
"The status of a COM
envisioned for Saint
Barthelemy implies a shift
in power on the local
business scene and repre-
sentation in a specific
assembly, the economic,
social, and cultural coun-
cil called for in the new
laws defining an Overseas
Collectivity. This council
will play a determining
role: it will not only be
asked for its opinion on
overall budget considera-
tions and all economic,
social, and cultural proj-
ects, but also asked to
answer questions relevant
to individual skills. Can
the restaurateurs be
absents from the decision
making process? The
answer is no!" Another
goal is to launch a mem-
bership drive to increase
the size of the association,
which currently has 20
members. T- Cn.) out of
80, that's not enough,"
says Bensa. "We have to
mobilize."


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