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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
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that the restaurant busi-


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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
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N¡90 May 26, 2006 Local News in English FREE LORIENTOPEN9 TO9 EVERYDAY05 90 29 72 46 WEEKLY Published by "Le Journal de Saint-Barth" 05 90 27 65 19 stbarthweekly@wanadoo.fr St-BarthWEEKLY FRAN‚OIS BAROIN IN SAINT BARTH TUESDAY MORNINGThe trip by Franois Baroin, the Overseas Minister is in light of the change in political status of Saint BarthŽlemy FRAN‚OIS BAROIN IN SAINT BARTH TUESDAY MORNING

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St Barth Weekly n¡90 2 WEEKLY St-BarthStay in touch WHEREVER YOU ARE EVERY FRIDAY ON"www.st-barths.com" 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 propelled extremely high into the sky over the weekend, according to experts at the volcanic observatory in Guadeloupe. At approximately 7:15am, the dome collapsed sending pyroclastic flows (superheated ash and rocks) into the sea. The volume of this lava has not yet been determined, 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, comparable to that of July 2003 that covered the Northern Islands with volcanic 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 including 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 Observatory (MVO) made a 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. AMini 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 Guadeloupe, 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 dormant for 400 years. It was once again quiet following the explosion in July 2003, which also caused a mini tsunami along the windward coast of Guadeloupe and a rain of ashes in the Northern Islands. The current phase of activity began in June 2005 and has been constant since that date. NEWACTIVITYATMONTSERRATVOLCANO Adense plume of ash seen of the satellite on Saturday, May 20.

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St Barth Weekly n¡90 3Five complaints were lodged after an episode of vandalism that took place during the night of last Saturday to Sunday along the waterfront in Corossol. Early in the morning on Sunday, 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 considered "antimetro" or against the French residents 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.Adinghy that had disappeared was eventually found on Monday 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 disovered. 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 "Youâre 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 belonging 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 ãburgauxä 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 MilouOwners 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 robberies include the thefts of primarily iPods, cash, or digital cameras. Franois Baroin in Saint Barth Tuesday morningFranois Baroin will be in Saint Barth on the morning of Tuesday, 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 political status of Saint BarthŽlemy. Last week, the French Council of Ministers adopted the project that would allow Saint BarthŽlemy to evolve from its current status as a town in Guadeloupe to that of a more autonomous Overseas Territory, with a larger decision making power in certain areas held by the Parliament until now. Top of the list are taxation and urban planning.Revenge, vandalism, or anti-metropolitan action? The police are on the case.

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St Barth Weekly n¡90 4At the last board meeting of the Saint Barth Restaurant Association, held on May 11, restaurateur /hotel owner Didier Bensa of The Christopher Hotel, was elected president of the association. He replaced Olivier Bernasconi who in turn had replaced Maya Gurley as president a few months ago. Created in 2002, the association wanted to improve its representation in terms of the professional fabric of the island, and felt it needed to evolve. The departing president noted that the restaurant business is one of the sectors that generates the most employment on the island and attracts a large number of tourists to its restaurants. With this in mind, he thinks that the restaurateurs have an obligation to "respond to the needs of their clients in terms of regulations and the concerns of the residents," 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 relationship 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 does hope to give his 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 BarthŽlemy implies a shift in power on the local business scene and representation in a specific assembly, the economic, social, and cultural council 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 considerations and all economic, social, and cultural projects, 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 membership drive to increase the size of the association, which currently has 20 members. "Twenty out of 80, that's not enough," says Bensa. "We have to mobilize." WINTERSALESINSUMMERThey 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.Didier Bensa, New President of the Restaurant Association Entrust your search request to us Our professional team will provide the property that suits youCell phone : + 590 (0) 690 710 605 Fax : +590 (0) 590 510 073 E-mail. : info@missimmo.com www.missimmo.com under construction BP 475 Gustavia IDW Missimmo

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Kerastase L'OrŽalGUSTAVIA Tel.: 05 90 27 78 62Hair Dressing Salon Manicure DEEPRELAXATION MASSAGECLEO06 90 741 388 05 90 271 561WANDA COIFFURE TEL(ONISLAND) : 0690 58 78 98FROMUSA : 011 590 690 58 78 98EMAIL: stbarthcordonbleu@yahoo.fr http://www.st-barths.com/cordon-bleuEXCLUSIVEPRIVATECHEFS St Barth WEEKLYPublished by "Le Journal de Saint-Barth"Ph. : 05.90.27.65.19 Fax : 05.90.27.91.60 ISSN-1766-9278e e m m a a i i l l : : s s t t b b a a r r t t h h w w e e e e k k l l y y @ @ w w a a n n a a d d o o o o . . f f r r Director & layout : Aviga‘l Haddad Chief Editor: Pierrette Guiraute, Translation and English texts: Ellen Lampert Greaux, Photographe : Rosemond Greaux Advertising sales : ChloŽ Ameur Impression : Daily Herald At your service

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Immo Business rue Lafayette Gustavia BP 119 97133 Saint BarthŽlemy TŽl. : (590) 590 292 298 ou 06 90 39 85 86 Fax : (590) 590 293 295 immo-business@wanadoo.frCharming and spacious new villa with view of St Jean Bay, three bedrooms in two bungalows, swimming pool, plus independent apartment with two bedrooms. 1,800,000   300 meters from the beach High-quality construction, Two bedroom villa, perfect condition Luxury detail 1,200,000   An untamed natural setting surrounds this charming villa, built on 1900 Sq meters of flat, accessible land. Two bedrooms, large terrace, garage, and independent apartment. 1,400,000 euros Real EstateExclusivity For Sale : 6 bedrooms / 4 bathvilla, living room, large terrace + additionnal fully equipped studio, pool, sea view, Flamands area. Well maintained, furnished. 2.250.000 euros. Contact "St Barth Properties; Sotheby's internationnal realty" at 0590 29 75 05 For Sale, Saint.Jean, close to the beach, 2 bedrooms / 2 bath villa, living room, pool, ajoupa. Recent building. 1 200 000 euros. Contact "St Barth Properties; Sotheby's internationnal realty" at 0590 29 75 05 Villa for sale Top hill villa in St Jean, great views, 2 bed/ 2 bath, garage 1.185.000 euros. Ref. : 06.252 Contact les Vents AlizŽs: (590) 590 27 78 70 or email : michele.alizes@ wanadoo.fr Exceptional property in a totally private and luxurious setting with panoramic ocean views. An unusual opportunity in St Barth. IMMO BUSINESS +590 590 29 22 98, immo-business@wanadoo.fr Sublime and prestigious ensemble of villas and very private cottages, refined decor and architecture, limitless views of the turquoise horizon 3,800.000 euros Call for additional information: IMMO BUSINESS 05 90 29 22 98, immobusiness@wanadoo.fr For Sale, Pointe Milou leeward, West oriented with exceptionnal view, 2 bedrooms /2 bath villa, living room, pool. Furnished. High rental potential. 1.500.000 euros. Contact "St Barth Properties, Sotheby's internationnal realty" at 0590 29 75 05 LandLand for sale with a building permit, large open sea view, great size for a quiet place. Call for additional information: IMMO BUSINESS 05 90 29 22 98, immobusiness@wanadoo.fr Looking for Rental"Mature American couple seeks long-term (one year) rental of 2 or 3 bedroom house, beginning May 1 or May 15. All areas of island considered. House with view of the sea or close to the beach preferred. Pool not necessary. Contact Neil: neil_104@yahoo.com or 001-781-259-0190" Classified ads St Barth Weekly n¡90 7

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