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By Hilbert Haar Running a country is not a profitable business. If the Netherlands, or St. Maarten or Curacao for that matter, had been private sector businesses they would have had to close their doors a long time ago. There is a lot of talk about the debt to gross domestic product ratio (debt:GDP) and how, for small open economies like St. Maarten, More...

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All about the SXM Side Hustles - eBook Cover
By The Publisher On Sunday, June 16th, 2019
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All About The SXM Side Hustles

In an effort to bring awareness to the many ways you can make a little extra money here on St. Maarten as a side hustle besides your regular paying job, StMaartenNews.com decided to post a topic on this subject More...

Aircrafts at Grand Case Airport - Seth Miller Post
By The Publisher On Saturday, June 15th, 2019
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A push for market liberalization in the Caribbean

by Seth Miller Can cooperation and market liberalization beat out protectionist interests in the Caribbean? The 2019 Caribavia conference wasted little time in bringing that question to the forefront. With representatives More...

Cdr. Bud Slabbaert at SXM Airport
By The Publisher On Sunday, May 26th, 2019
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Make the microphone rock

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert In about two weeks I’m chairing the 4th annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup conference on St.Maarten/St.Martin. I’m often asked for advice by speakers. Here we go…. Many conferences suffer More...

Cdr. Bud Slabbaert on Caribbean female leadership
By The Publisher On Sunday, May 19th, 2019
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Where is your mental maturity?

By Cdr. Bud Slabbaert The older I get, the more I start asking why, and I start questioning all the answers. Maybe it’s a remnant of the child in me. When children are getting to the age of three, they start asking More...

Investment Club
By The Publisher On Friday, May 3rd, 2019
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A Legal Framework for Crowdfunding on St. Maarten

By Terrance Rey Crowdfunding has no legal basis here on St. Maarten. Generally, it boils down to making a donation. There is a maximum amount a private person can donate to another person for it to be considered More...

Sheriff star shield
By The Publisher On Thursday, March 7th, 2019
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Sheriff locked up; Deputy needed

Another case and a perfect example highlighting the fact that we are a young Constitutional State yet only in our infancy stage and we are to learn, adapt and grow as we go. Where our Constitution failed to elaborate More...

Paper TIger
By The Publisher On Thursday, February 21st, 2019
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Another paper tiger

By Hilbert Haar The Financial Action Task Force has put forty recommendations in place that St. Maarten is supposed to follow. It is all about combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The Financial More...

WIVoice flag
By The Publisher On Sunday, January 27th, 2019
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WIVoice, The Critical Voice of the People

WIVoice came on to the social media scene as a group on June 28, 2016, and has been a fixture on Facebook’s social media platform ever since. The group serves as a medium for the voice of the people of St. More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
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I from Earth

By Hilbert Haar Every now and then when there is apparently nothing better to do, this question comes up. Who is a St. Maartener? Drs. Rodolphe Samuel, a member of the National Alliance, has once more lit the fire More...