MARIGOT--David Beffort, the creative mind behind the “Walking Forward Together: Friendly Flip Flop” campaign, claims it has become the victim of intellectual property fraud by Beffort’s primary distributor partner, Florent Conties.
Friendly Flip Flops, the footwear that keeps a foot with respective flag on both sides of the island, was officially launched with a press conference and launch party for promoters and retailers at the Belmond La Samanna Hotel on January 2, 2017.
Beffort told The Daily Herald Thursday a certified letter was hand delivered by a Bailiff of Justice to Conties on March 6, 2017. He said Conties accepted and signed the letter which informed him that his contract would be terminated 10 days later.
“I am now free to share with you that based on document filings, bank records, and contracts that I am attaching with this email, since that time, Florent Conties has continued doing business, representing Friendly and Co., the company we started to execute the vision of “Walking Forward Together,” as his own,” Beffort claims. “He is illegally using my intellectual property, and using the merchandise that was purchased under our original agreement.
“I have been working hard with the police department, legal advisors, and a primary investor to resolve the situation. I was trying to resolve this without bringing attention to his fraudulent activities due to fear that this could hurt the brand, and taint the spirit in which the campaign was created.”
Beffort claims in addition to intellectual property theft, and breach of their original agreement, Conties has sequestrated the goods and marketing materials and made it impossible to deliver to partners Princess Juliana International airport SXM, Taxi Drivers Associations, Grand Case Airport and the Heineken Regatta
“He has interfered with the campaign’s primary goal: to help multiple groups of needy children on the island and to empower local retailers. Also, I have been locked out of the “Walking Forward Together Friendly Flip Flops financial and email accounts. As the campaign is my intellectual property, any documentation or representation that only shows Florent Conties signature is false.”
Beffort said singer Tamillia Chance, the ambassador of the campaign, should not be considered or represented as an ambassador of what Conties is calling “Walking Forward Together.”
“I am committed to my promise to make her the ambassador of the original campaign I set out to create as I rebuild it. This is a temporary setback which we will get through.”
He continued: “Walking Forward Together is one of the most significant and important things I have done in my life. I want and need to see it thrive. While working with the police in St. Martin, I have been in New York for the past few months forging relationships and alliances with high profile media organizations, newsmakers, and celebrities, in order to keep the brand on the fast upward trajectory it has been on from the start. The promotion and reception that I have received has been incredible, and reminds me of what a great and powerful movement this truly is. We have the opportunity to bring a lot of attention to the island in a very high profile way.”
A reaction to the accusations by Beffort could not be obtained before press time from Florent Conties.
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The Ambulance Department has a newly-formed foundation: “The Ambulance Care Foundation.” The foundation’s objectives are to contribute and promote a good relationship between the ambulance service and its citizens, in addition to doing community outreach programmes and activities. Health Minister Emil Lee expressed words of gratitude to the members of the new foundation for taking this initiative and to the entire Ambulance Team for their tireless efforts and hard work. In photo (from left): President Alvin Daniel, incoming Secretary Tamika Krips-Huggins, outgoing Secretary Evelin Groeneveldt and board member Yves Maccow. Not in picture: Treasurer Priscilla Jack-Johnson.
Local grocery shoppers will hopefully make use of Government’s consumer goods price comparisons in Tuesday’s paper. An announcement earlier this month that these controls would continue and be expanded was welcomed in this column at the time.
Of course, the list regarded only 10 of the many food stores on the Dutch side, but the aim is to gradually target a wider range of super- and minimarkets than before. That is fine, as long as they obviously don’t know when will be their turn.
While 45 items were mentioned in this case, the plan is to check about 300 products by creating eight categories of which one is to be surveyed during each reporting period. In April that was meat and seafood, while for May it was canned goods.
This seems like a practical approach, as long as the businesses in question aren’t made aware of the month’s theme beforehand, which would allow them to only lower certain prices temporarily and manipulate the results. It is one thing to be open, but some things are better kept confidential.
It could be argued that publishing prices of May 10 and 11 almost two weeks later means these may have been changed meanwhile. However, a bit of time is obviously needed to process the information and present it in an organised manner.
One aspect that should not be overlooked is the so-called “basket of basic necessities” for which maximum prices have been set. In Curaçao a minimarket was recently closed for violating a similar regulation there repeatedly despite several warnings, clearly indicating a need for enforcement in this matter.
St. Maarten granting its first economic licence for an airline since becoming a country is no doubt big news. SXM Airways got the nod of approval from the Civil Aviation Department but also the Central Bank, which deemed the company’s overall plan feasible, with the required means to cover the initial six months of operation.
Obtaining an air operator certificate (AOC) needed to actually fly commercially is the next step. The intention to start with a nine-seat aircraft and deliver on-demand charter service to surrounding islands in any case seems like a realistic approach.
However, the goal is obviously to add more planes and flights in the near future. The latter would be most welcome, as regional airlift has been far from ideal of late, with InselAir but also LIAT experiencing problems.
Important is that this involves private initiative and Government plays only a facilitating role. Experience particularly in the Caribbean has shown that the use of public funds for so-called national carriers is ill-advised.
But if SXM Airways – or any other local airline – is to help increase access to the destination’s main tourism source market in the US, reversing the downgrading of the airport to Category II by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) remains imperative. That should continue to be given top priority.
FLORIDA, United States--Forecasters at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year.
DETROIT--General Motors Co was accused in a lawsuit on Thursday of rigging hundreds of thousands of diesel trucks with devices similar to those used by Volkswagen AG , to ensure they pass emissions tests.
NEW YORK--Oil prices tumbled 5 percent on Thursday as the extension of output curbs by OPEC and other producing countries disappointed investors who had hoped for larger cuts, leading to the biggest daily percentage slide in crude prices since early March.
CANNES, France--When Iranian authorities sentenced Mohammad Rasoulof to jail, they may have hoped the filmmaker would stop work or at least tone down his movies that lay bare legal and political injustices in the Islamic Republic
LOS ANGELES--Universal Pictures on Thursday became the second Hollywood studio to cancel a London red carpet film premiere following the suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people and caused Britain to raise its terrorism alert to critical.
WASHINGTON--In a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump, a U.S. appeals court refused on Thursday to reinstate his travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority nations, calling it discriminatory and setting the stage for a showdown in the Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, is under scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Russia probe, the Washington Post and NBC News reported on Thursday.
BRUSSELS/LONDON--President Donald Trump said on Thursday that "deeply troubling" leaks to U.S. media about the Manchester suicide bombing would be investigated, after irate British police briefly stopped sharing information with U.S. agencies.
BRUSSELS--U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday intensified his accusations that NATO allies were not spending enough on defence and warned of more attacks like this week's Manchester bombing unless the alliance did more to stop militants.
MONACO- - Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel looked a good bet for Ferrari's first Monaco Grand Prix victory since 2001 after the fastest lap ever around the metal-fenced street circuit in Thursday practice.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) drives between Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) and forward Jae Crowder (99) in the first quarter in game four of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena in Ohio. Cavaliers won 112-99 to take a 3-1 series lead. Game five is set for Thursday. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports.)
I have a question of which the answer in my opinion should be a no brainer, but permit me first to make a summation. The majority of our people have been loyal to the same leaders for many years. The same people for many years have been calling the shots. Both government and boards of government-owned companies are like a deck of cards. Same deck been shuffled. There was a time when the word affluent was not strange to us; nowadays more than 75 percent of the population is living below the poverty line.
The majority of our people in government have to think very long when asked what kind of government do we have in Sint Maarten. I still smile at an incident when someone high up in government wanted to know " wha yo mean by dah" when I asked that person that question. How long have we been partners with the other countries in the kingdom, whether equal or not? How long have we been governed by the same kingdom laws, while those in government do not even know how to explain to their constituents what kind of government we have in Sint Maarten?
We just had an extensive explanation about APS and our money (money which our representatives are using to bail out what seems to have been fraudulent behaviour of those who put government in debt) which over the years was constantly increasing in volume, and is now gradually is diminishing. The same people in government are plainly telling us that they take care of each other. They compensate those persons who have been in government and have not been re-elected for two years long to enable them to gradually go back to the lifestyle they had before being elected. This tells me that they are openly accepting and telling us that once you are elected to government, you lead an elaborate lifestyle off our money, and along with that, they have the gall (bile) to tell the pensioners of which the majority have contributed for much more than thirty-five years that our pension money is in jeopardy .
Since 10-10-'10, we have not had a steady government and still do not have a system in place to guarantee a steady government. There is a page in our book, once we rip that page out of the book, all the pictures of ships and busses will not be in that book any more. If you do not believe me, ask Michelle. There are projects like the Causeway of which we are still not clear how and by whom that money was spent. Our people in government are not permitted by their puppet masters to entertain the thought of determining who is a Sint Maartener.
Several people in government including political leaders, still put their country of origin before this goose which continues to lay the golden egg for them. Donald Trump is selling out. The country is getting congested with motor vehicles, which is a complaint being heard more and more from the tourists. That and limited parking spaces. We cannot even combat illegal transportation (gypsies). Several people in government are telling me that it is very difficult to regulate public transportation. They cannot even place bus stops along Nisbeth Road, which in my opinion is government property and does not need permission from anyone to place bus stop signs along that road.
We permit politicians from foreign countries to come here and organize political campaign meetings. People who have acquired the Dutch nationality here feel free to drive around with their country’s national flag with no regard for the kingdom flag, nor the Sint Maarten flag. With cruise passengers not spending like before (not me, worldwide report) for years now we are still exporting those crushed cars. Is not that a type of small industry that can be done here? I can go on and on with observations from many people who for instance would tell you that things they see the Sint Maarten government accept they could not do in their country.
How dare they use obscene language in the presence of government officials? Let us check the nucleus of the people living on Sint Maarten. Do they have the experience of having lived in an independent country? So here is my question of which the answer should be a no brainer. I know that every journey begins with the first step, but who are we taking that first step with? In other words, if we vote for independence for Sint Maarten, when that time comes around, who are we going independent with?
Russell A. Simmons
Several of you have pointed out to me that in my answer to Frustrated (Thursday, May 18) I suggested that her boyfriend might be refusing to have sex with her because he is gay or sexually dysfunctional, but failed to point out to her that one possible reason might be that he does not believe in having sex with anyone outside of marriage, or at least a committed relationship.
Please note that I did not mean any of the reasons I did give in any derogatory sense, but merely mentioned them as statements of possible fact. However, I do apologise to her boyfriend for omitting the possibility of his having moral objections to submitting to her propositions.
And I have a question for the person who described my column as “sh**ty”: If that is what you think of my column, why do you read it?