Title: St Barth weekly
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Title: St Barth weekly
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Language: English
Publisher: Journal de Saint-Barth
Place of Publication: Saint Jean, Saint Barthelemy
Publication Date: July 4, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Ninth Grade Students Take

National Exams

The Weekly's
Schedule !

For the next two
months, the St. Barth
Weekly will appear
once every two weeks,
or every other Friday
through the end
of July, when the
Journal de Saint Barth
goes on summer
We will be back on a
weekly basis as of
Thanksgiving, for the
sixth season of The St.
Barth Weekly, the only
all-English newspaper
on the island. The
Weekly covers the
island from all angles,
allowing you to keep
your finger on the
pulse of local politics,
cuisine, art, and cultu-
ral events.

In the meantime, you
can stay in touch with
the latest on the
island by down-
loading The Weekly's
electronic version
every other Friday
through July at

If you are on the
island, please enjoy
your stay.
If you are checking in
from afar, please come
back soon!

Even if it is just a first step
toward a higher education,
the junior high school
diploma known in France
as the "Diplome National
du Brevet," remains an
important landmark for
young students. Last week,
on June 26 and 27, a total
of 68 ninth grade students
at Mireille Choisy junior
high took the exams. In
Saint Barth, close to 90%
of the candidates passed in
2007, or 8% more than the
average of "2'. in metro-
politan France. This year,
with a good "vintage" of
students, "We hope to hit
over 95%. And why not
beat the record-97% of
the candidates-set in
1997," assistant principal
of the school, Roland
GrCaux, proudly remarks.
In fact, the class of 2008
had a bit of an advantage:
of the 68 students who par-
ticipated in the written
exams in French, history/
geography, civics, and
math, 15 of them had theo-

retically already been work -ii.,ugi.H.ul the year.
awarded the diploma, since The results will be
a large part is based on announced on July 5.

Fewer Students In Island Schools

It seems to be a growing
trend, most visible in the
pre-school in Gustavia,
which will not be full to
capacity this fall, in spite of
the closing of the youngest
class at the elementary
school. Generally pli',c.kihir.
the number of students in
all of the island's schools is
,'lt Iw.l in '2. partially due to
the departure of a percent-
age of the population it is
hard to pinpoint in terms of
size. "There has always
been a wave of departures

at the end of the school
year, which has traditional-
ly been compensated for by
new arrivals," says Yves
Gr6aux, first vice-president
of the COM, who is in
charge of scholastic affairs.
"This year, it seems as if
there is a slight drop in
numbers." This may be tak-
en as a sign of economic
difficulties by a sector of
the population, yet even so,
Gr6aux says, "this is not
too negative. For the past
10 years, the number of stu-

dents was continually on
the rise, and we could not
continue like that indefi-
nitely. Today, that number
has stabilized." Gr6aux was
also not surprised at the
decrease in pre-school stu-
dents, for two reasons: on
one hand, the end of the
baby boom from the year
2000; and on the other
hand, the fact that "In the
wave of departures at the
end of the school year,
there might have been quite
a few young couples."

Barth Weekly n0156

...... ....... .......5

No More School

On Wednesday Morning

For Younger Grades

For the students in the public
schools, as of September 2008,
classes will only be held four days a
week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,
and Friday. And while the school
day will remain unchanged for most
of the students-8am to 3:30pm-

he imposition of the new
French national school sched-
ule-which will now count 24
hours per week in the classroom (com-
pared to the current 26 hours) plus two
hours of personalized help for students
in difficulty-is not without conse-
quences. As a result of this new sched-
ule, and the decisions made during a
special session of the education coun-
cil ten days ago, as of September when
school starts again, there will no
longer be classes on Wednesday morn-
ings for those students in the island's
public nursery schools or elementary
schools. On the other hand, the private
schools in Colombier and Lorient, also
subject to the new schedule, will
decide on their disposition of classes
later this week.

those who benefit from the two
hours of personalized assistance will
remain in school until 4:15pm, as the
education council decided that the
two hours of tutoring for students in
difficulty would take place for a
half-hour after school every day.

What Happens To The Students On Wednesday Mornings?

Even if he admits that the suppres-
sion of nursery school and elemen-
tary school classes on Wednesday
mornings will cause some serious
problems, Yves Gr6aux, first vice-
president responsible for scholastic
affairs, does not see an easy solution
for the COM or the parents. "First of
all there are the families where both
parents are obliged to work, but also
the employers who cannot ignore the
scheduling problems of their
employees. The problem should be
examined globally. There should be
concessions made in terms of the
hours that the parents work."
And for the CollectivitV? According

to Yves Gr6aux, there are no special
plans in place yet there are a large
number of students concerned:
"There are currently 800 children in
the lower grades. 800 children poten-
tially effected. Even if there were
only 500, in terms of the laws regula-
ting the care of young children, there
would have to be 50 counselors to
take care of them every Wednesday
morning! Other than the issue of a
location, this would obviously cause
a staffing problem as well. This does
not mean that nothing will be done,
but it illustrates that the problem is
indeed complicated."

Registration Control Finds 40 Two-Wheel Vehicles

In Breach Of Law

On Tuesday, July 1, the
day after the June 30 dead-
line for all vehicles to con-
form to the law, a control
by the territorial police
and the gendarmes was
held at the request of the
Collectivit6. At this time,
40 two-wheelers were
found not to have license
plates, which are obligato-

the vehicles. "The goal of
this control was to inform
the owners of their obliga-
tion to register their vehi-
cles, since the application
of the act 2008-008 last
January 1," explains exec-
utive council member
Maxime Desouches. And
yet, this obligation is not
new even if it has not been

laws, applica-
ble since
2004, cover
local trans-
portation as
well, and require all means
of transport on the roads to
be registered, so that the
owner can easily be identi-
fied," adds Desouches,

2 1

deadline of June 30 has
now passed, all non-regis-
tered vehicles are not
authorized to drive on the
roads of the Collectivit6.

ry as to be able to identify enforced until now: who notes that since the

St Barth Weekly n0156 03

Flowers of

Saint Barthelemy,

A New Book

By Michel Magras

olossal. The work
hidden behind the
288 pages of this
book-in French and Eng-
lish-is simply colossal. If
one were to speak in teams
of time, one would have to
speak of years of work.
Yet the author remains
modest and counts not the
amount of time he spent,
but the pleasure and sense
of accomplishment, as
well as the passions for
nature, photography, and
the transmission of knowl-
edge to which Michel
Magras, a science and
biology teacher at Mireille
Choisy junior high, has
consecrated his life. We
can but recommend that

everyone acquire this
book, Flowers of Saint
Barthdlemy, which classi-
fies close to 280 species
out of the 400 that make
up the rich flora of the
island. The author has
published a first run of
2000 copies of this book
with 1000 photos (taken
from the 10,000 images in
the author's stock) taken
over the years and in
keeping with the rhythm
of the flowers. Keeping
watch is an important part
of the job: "If you miss
the flowering of a plant,
you have to wait until the
next year to catch it. So
you have to keep a close
eye on the evolution of the

There's no math involved. The grid has numbers, but
nothing has to add up to anything else. You solve the
puzzle with reasoning and logic. It's fun. It's challeng-
ing. It's addictive!"Fill in the grid so that every row,
every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1
through 9."That's all there is to it.

4 6 7
9 7 5 8 6
2 3 4 5

1 9 7 6
4 8 3 7
7 2 1 5

4 9 1 5 6

| 5 8 6 2 1

flowers," says Magras.
Conceived as a practical
guidebook, it also has a
scientific edge-Latin
names and scientific char-
acteristics have been care-
fully documented and veri-
fied-while promoting the
island's floral heritage.
The represented specied
are organized in alphabeti-
cal order, according to the
vernacular name, or the
local name they go by.
"All of the botanists agree
that Saint Barth has a par-
ticular richness in terms of
its flora. Unfortunately,
this richness is not always
appreciated and often
overlooked in favor of oth-
er species which are
imported, and whose inte-
gration is not without con-

sequence. Also, the local
species are by definition,
well adapted and often
play an important role in
the balance of nature." For
example the trees called
"bois lolo" and also the
acacia, have been banned
from gardens around hous-
es and systematically
destroyed, "while in fact
their horizontal roots
actively fight against the
erosion of the soil."

Flowers of Saint Barth6-
lemy, by Michel Magras:
for sale in bookstores for
25 euros. A book signing
will take place on July 12
at the Barnes Bookstore
on The Point in Gustavia
from 10am-12pm.

St Barth Weekly n0156


....... .......5

Caroline. Theo. and Leo:

he Guadeloupe
Swimming Champi-
onships were held
the weekend of June 21
and 22 in Basse Terre,
with five gold medals won
by prot6g6s of Jean-Marc
Outil, the trainer for the
Saint Barth Natation
swimming club. Following
in the footsteps of Shana
Brin, Ml6odie Laplace,
Laurianne Pr6vost, and
Rudy Disler, who all won
in past years, the winners
this time were Caroline
Nicol, Th6o Estasse, and
L6o Jordil. A super-cham-
pion, Caroline took top
honors in the 50-meter
breaststroke, as well as
won a silver medal in the
100-meter butterfly, and
two bronze medals for the
50-meter butterfly and
100-meter breaststroke.
Th6o took home three gold
medals for the 200-meter

The ninth and final day of
the Saint Barth laser cham-
pionship took place on
Saturday, June 21 on the
waters off the coast of
Public, with force 4 wind
conditions and high seas.
The 2008 champion is
Benoit Meesmaecker, who
won all four races on Satur-
day, followed by Markku
Harmila, who came in
second all four times. Next

backstroke, 400-meter
breaststroke, and 400-
meter relay, plus a bronze

came Julien Darmon, who
took third place overall, with
Michel Magras coming in
fourth. Patrick Bernier and
Jeff L6de also sailed well,
with the latter making his
return to this event and fini-
shing third in the second
race of the day. Francois de
Corlieu was the big loser of
the day, coming in seventh,
which left him in fifth place
in the overall standing.

medal in the 100-meter
breaststroke. L6o won the
gold medal for the 100-
meter breaststroke, which
makes him a top champion
in Guadeloupe as well.
In French Guyana, the
finals for the French junior
departmental champi-
onships took place the
same weekend, with com-
petitors from Guadeloupe,
Martinique, and Guyana.
Gladys Rossoni of Saint
Barth Natation was part of
the delegation from
Guadeloupe. She swam in
the 100-meter breaststroke
and took part in the 10 x
50-meter freestyle relay.
The team from Guade-
loupe won this relay with
ease and came in second in
the overall standings.

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Tel./Fax : 05 90 52 20 96
open Monday to Saturday
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Wind ESE 17mph / 28km/h
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Night: Scattered Clouds
Low: 800 E /270 C.
Wind East 20mph / 32km/h

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High: 4 F. /29 C
Wind East 17mph. /28 km/h
Night: Scattered Clouds
Low: 80 FE / 27 C.
Wind ENE 17mph/28km/h

Director & layout: Avigael Haddad
Translation : Ellen Lampert Greaux,

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Wind East 13mph /21km/h

Chief Editor: Pierrette Guiraute,
Photographe: Rosemond Greaux
Daily Herald



Published by "Le Journal de Saint-Barth" ISSN-1766-9278
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email: stbarthweekly@wanadoo.fr

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Real Estate
For sale, a villa situated in
Gustavia in which lots of
improvements can be done
and with a sea view.
Contact St. Barth P.!'ip !I, '
Sotheby's International
Realty : 0590 29 75 05

For sale, a land on the hill-
side of St. Jean with a dou-
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Saline. Contact St. Barth
Property/ Sotheby's
International Realty :
0590 29 75 05

Gustavia, house to reno-
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information by email :
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For sale: Mont Tremblant,
Quebec, in a development,
two acre-plus lots with pri-
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square meter. Possibility to
build one chalet per acre.
Construction loan available
through National Bank of

Canada. Additional infor-
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For sale, a 2 bedroom house
under construction situated
in Vitet with view on Grand
Cul de Sac. Good opportu-
nity. Contact St. Barth
Property/Sotheby 's
International Realty :
0590 29 75 05

Looking for
Let us worry about your
real estate (villa, boat).
when you're not there, we
care. Emrgency, mainte-
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Phone: 06 90 75 04 15

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excellent location, corpora-
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merical lease, 65 sq meters.
Rent 2200 euros.
Tel.: 06 90 65 62 62

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Pan Fried Calamary, Crushed Potatoes, Baby Zucckini,
Spicy Candied Tomato Sauce.
Calamari ScotHati in Mn Solo Lato, Patate Schiacciate, M ini Zucckine,
Salsa di Pomodoro Candito Piccante.
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Salsa al Cioccolato Pepato.
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The restaurant will be open this summer except on Monday and Thursday

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