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February 13, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
About 130 French riot police officers landed in the Caribbean territory of Martinique to keep the peace as unrest over the high cost of living escalated and a strike kept shops and some schools shuttered. The turmoil has led about 10,000 tourists to cancel vacations in Martinique and Guadeloupe, another French Caribbean territory hit by a strike, according to the National Travel Agencies organization. Martinique's police chief, Col. Francois-Xavier Bourges, said 10 people had been detained on charges of looting and stealing gasoline.
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July 12, 2013 | Wire Reports
Star forward Ilya Kovalchuk stunned the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, retiring from the NHL to return to his native Russia. The 30-year-old Kovalchuk walked away from the $77 million that was left on the 15-year contract he signed with New Jersey in 2010, including guaranteed annual salaries of at least $11 million over the next four seasons. The Devils announced the news Thursday afternoon, saying that Kovalchuk alerted Lou Lamoriello, the team's president and general manager, earlier this year that he wanted to return to Russia with his family after 11 seasons in the NHL. "This wasn't a decision made by the New Jersey Devils," a testy Lamoriello said at the end of a conference call with reporters less than an hour after the retirement was announced.
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SPORTS
January 23, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Patrick Percin scored in the 51st minute and Martinique upset Trinidad and Tobago, 1-0, Tuesday in the Orange Bowl at Miami to advance to the Gold Cup quarterfinals. Jean-Victor Lavril set up the goal, feeding Percin just outside the area. Percin then dribbled inside the box, eluded two defenders and blasted a shot that beat goalkeeper Shaka Hislop. Trinidad, which had a man advantage after the ejection of Marcel Gibon in the 40th minute, could not find the equalizer.
SPORTS
July 7, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
In the 2002 Gold Cup, Martinique midfielder Fabrice Reuperne missed a devastating penalty kick in a quarterfinal loss to Canada. A 37-year-old Reuperne still remembered it, and then he made sure Canada remembered him with a 25-yard rising volley in the 93rd minute that sent his Martinique squad into a bench-clearing celebration with a 1-0 victory in a Gold Cup opener Sunday at the Rose Bowl. “It was good revenge for him,” Martinique Coach Patrick Cavelan said. The opportunity came off a poor clearance from Canada during a late corner kick.
TRAVEL
February 18, 1996 | MARJORIE ROBINS, NEWSDAY; Robins is travel editor of Newsday
La plage, as they say in French, is a hotbed of topless activity here on Martinique. The children, the mamans, even the young mesdemoiselles walking the Caribbean beach hawking bikinis, are bare-chested and defiant of the noon sun. We, however, are sealed in sun block and T-shirts, searching for a patch of blessed shade along the sandy crescent known as Grande Anse des Salines. So American of us.
BOOKS
March 2, 1997 | JONATHAN LEVI, Jonathan Levi is the author of "A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel." He has just completed his third novel, "Blue Nude #1."
When his novel "Texaco" won the French Prix Goncourt in 1992, Patrick Chamoiseau could not have foreseen that it would appear in English at a time when language and art were sitting in the front row of the long-running American play of "race." Should the African American children of Oakland be taught in their local patois? Should black theater be for "colored people" only when the rainbow is not enuf? These American debates are giving John Grisham and "Les Miserables" runs for their money at bookstores and theaters around America.
WORLD
September 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Health officials in Martinique have declared a dengue epidemic after more than 1,000 suspected cases were reported since August. About 1,300 people have been treated for symptoms and 40 of them have been hospitalized, the health department said. No deaths have been reported, according to local media on the French-ruled Caribbean island. Heavy rains are blamed for the outbreak of the mosquito-borne illness, which causes high fever, headaches and nausea.
TRAVEL
March 17, 1996
In response to Marjorie Robins' "Isle de France" (Feb. 18), I feel compelled to write. Unlike Marjorie, I did not find the so called "saucy French disposition" so appealing. In fact, if I never set foot on Martinique soil for the rest of my life it would still be too soon. Having recently completed a Caribbean cruise (I actually returned home on Feb. 18), I encountered a delightful welcome on St. Maarten, courtesy of "Big J's Taxi and Tour." I found Antigua to be equally friendly. Martinique however, was an island whose people were rude and condescending.
TRAVEL
March 29, 1998
As I read your article on St. Lucia ("A Poet's St. Lucia," Feb. 22), I relived one of my most enjoyable Caribbean vacations. Your article brought back wonderful memories of this very beautiful island and culture. We stayed at the Green Parrot, which had excellent food, ambience and entertainment, including the show hosted by Chef Harry. Our Friday night Gros Islet "jump-up" dance experience continued throughout the night, even during the rain. It was like being a kid again! I remember those hairpin curves and turns, which were frightening, but ended with a marvelous view of the island, harbor or Martinique.
WORLD
November 10, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Protesters stormed the wreckage of a collapsed school to demand rescuers speed up the search for victims. At least 88 students and adults died in the collapse of the College La Promesse in a slum near Port-au-Prince. Rescuers included a crew from Virginia, an eight-person military team from the U.S. Southern Command, and French firefighters from Martinique. About 100 men rushed the unstable pile, hammering at debris and trying to pull down a massive concrete slab that firefighters worried could trigger a second collapse.
WORLD
February 13, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Police arrested a suspect today in connection with one of the southern Australia wildfires that killed more than 180 people. Police did not release details about the suspect, but a newspaper said he was a 39-year-old man who probably would be charged with arson causing death in the Churchill fire. At least 21 people died in that fire, one of hundreds that scorched Victoria state, destroying almost 2,000 homes.
WORLD
February 13, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
About 130 French riot police officers landed in the Caribbean territory of Martinique to keep the peace as unrest over the high cost of living escalated and a strike kept shops and some schools shuttered. The turmoil has led about 10,000 tourists to cancel vacations in Martinique and Guadeloupe, another French Caribbean territory hit by a strike, according to the National Travel Agencies organization. Martinique's police chief, Col. Francois-Xavier Bourges, said 10 people had been detained on charges of looting and stealing gasoline.
WORLD
November 10, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Protesters stormed the wreckage of a collapsed school to demand rescuers speed up the search for victims. At least 88 students and adults died in the collapse of the College La Promesse in a slum near Port-au-Prince. Rescuers included a crew from Virginia, an eight-person military team from the U.S. Southern Command, and French firefighters from Martinique. About 100 men rushed the unstable pile, hammering at debris and trying to pull down a massive concrete slab that firefighters worried could trigger a second collapse.
WORLD
September 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Health officials in Martinique have declared a dengue epidemic after more than 1,000 suspected cases were reported since August. About 1,300 people have been treated for symptoms and 40 of them have been hospitalized, the health department said. No deaths have been reported, according to local media on the French-ruled Caribbean island. Heavy rains are blamed for the outbreak of the mosquito-borne illness, which causes high fever, headaches and nausea.
WORLD
August 12, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
rivière-pilote, martinique -- In the languor of a steamy afternoon, the sweet aroma of fermenting sugar mingles with the scent of orchids, frangipani and hibiscus. The perfume hangs over the La Mauny distillery, where Laurent Gervoise, a transplanted Frenchman, is at work on his sensuous concoction.
WORLD
August 18, 2005 | From Associated Press
Wails of grief echoed through the airport on this French Caribbean island Wednesday at a memorial service for the 160 victims of a charter jet crash in Venezuela. The disaster rippled throughout the island of about 430,000 people, where a few small towns lost dozens of residents. "We feel like we're in the middle of a nightmare," said George Venkapaten, a Martinique farmer whose 48-year-old brother was killed with his wife and 6-year-old son.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1987 | ERNIE McCRAY, Ernie McCray is the principal of Fletcher Elementary School
In light of a recent occurrence in America's Finest City, every San Diegan should see an incredible movie titled "Sugar Cane Alley." The story unfolds in Martinique, a West Indian island of predominantly French-speaking black people. The sugar cane field workers portrayed in the film toil, for very little pay, from when they "can see" (sunup) to when they "can't see" (sundown) for the greater portion of their lives.
SPORTS
July 12, 2013 | Wire Reports
Star forward Ilya Kovalchuk stunned the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, retiring from the NHL to return to his native Russia. The 30-year-old Kovalchuk walked away from the $77 million that was left on the 15-year contract he signed with New Jersey in 2010, including guaranteed annual salaries of at least $11 million over the next four seasons. The Devils announced the news Thursday afternoon, saying that Kovalchuk alerted Lou Lamoriello, the team's president and general manager, earlier this year that he wanted to return to Russia with his family after 11 seasons in the NHL. "This wasn't a decision made by the New Jersey Devils," a testy Lamoriello said at the end of a conference call with reporters less than an hour after the retirement was announced.
WORLD
August 17, 2005 | Jens Erik Gould and Carol J. Williams, Special to The Times
A chartered jet carrying French Caribbean islanders home from a Panama vacation crashed in rural Venezuela early Tuesday, minutes after the pilot reported trouble with both engines. All 160 people aboard died. The Colombian-owned West Caribbean Airways MD-82 was en route in the predawn hours to the French territory of Martinique when the pilot radioed for permission to make an emergency landing in Maracaibo, 315 miles west of Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, authorities said.
SPORTS
July 15, 2003 | From Associated Press
Brian McBride and Kasey Keller moved up two career lists and led the United States into the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals. McBride's two goals lifted him into third in scoring in U.S. history, and Keller tied a team record with his 32nd shutout in a 2-0 victory over Martinique on Monday at Gillette Stadium. Steve Ralston assisted on both goals. McBride scored twice in four minutes to raise his total to 23 goals in international play, breaking a tie with Bruce Murray.
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