Can you still cash checks in St. Maarten?

StMaartenNews Opinion

We have said it so often now, it is becoming like a mantra. Not because something is common practice means it is legal. Banks have been blocking checks deposited from other banks for so long that it has become commonplace to hear the teller say that the check will be blocked for 5 days until the check clears, that we have taken it for granted. It is More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
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Unpaid Advice to Incoming Government

By Hilbert Haar The new government seems to be almost there. Is that number seven or number eight since 10-10-10? I’ve lost count and I suspect that many of my readers have no idea. Seven (or eight) governments More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, June 16th, 2018
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A Delta Plan for St. Maarten

By Hilbert Haar Actions speak louder than words; that thought came to mind during the seventh annual Governor’s Symposium, this time with climate change as its central theme. The time to act is now, I heard. The More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, June 7th, 2018
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TSIS: a little history lesson

By Hilbert Haar Seven years ago, USONA invested 1.63 million guilders for St. Maarten in TSIS – the Tourist Statistical Information System. The money is gone, but the system is not there – though it could have More...

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By The Publisher On Friday, June 1st, 2018
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Conflict resolution begins at home

By Hilbert Haar Around fifteen years ago I attended a personal growth program designed by a Vietnam vet in the United States. I had to think about that experience when I attended the mediation congress at the Belair More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, May 31st, 2018
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An inexplicable oddity in the 2018 budget

By Hilbert Haar The 2018 budget contains a riddle that I have not been able to solve, despite several attempts to get clarity from those who submitted that budget to Parliament. So maybe there is someone out there More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, May 31st, 2018
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Desperate measures

By Hilbert Haar In September 2016 the Court in first Instance acquitted all suspects in the Masbangu-case. That they were later sentenced on appeal is irrelevant for the point I want to make here. Masbangu was about More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
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Corporate Governance

By Hilbert Haar It sounded good when the government established the Corporate Governance Council back in February 2010, but history shows that it was predominantly a paper tiger. “The council will advise the More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, May 28th, 2018
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Pay or face the consequences

By Hilbert Haar It is rather unsettling that pro bono attorneys have to go on strike on an annual basis for one reason only: the government is not paying them. It happened in 2016, it happened in 2017 and now it More...

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By The Publisher On Sunday, May 27th, 2018
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Introduce recycling now

Right now St Maarten is dealing with an ongoing issue, the landfill and fires that have become more frequent. Over the years many have “had the solutions” to fix the problem but still the people are, in More...