Fooling the people

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By Hilbert Haar Let’s have a closer look at our government’s solidarity initiative of and in particular at the decision to cut the salaries of ministers and members of parliament. Based on a letter from the board financial supervision we know that parliamentarians will give up their 6 percent representation costs as of April 1st as well as their More...

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Opinion - St Maarten News
By The Publisher On Thursday, April 9th, 2020

List of essential businesses on St. Maarten: an eye opener

In the chaos of the corona pandemic, some things suddenly become very clear. While private businesses are the backbone of the economy, we now see that the heart of society beats with the grace of essential companies More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Madness without borders

By Hilbert Haar “Unity (as of a group or class) that produces or is based on community of interests, objectives, and standards;” That’s how the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines solidarity. Ah, I did not More...

People in Solidarity
By The Publisher On Monday, April 6th, 2020

A People In Solidarity – Part 1

Solidarity is defined as: unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group. In a recent article by Kathryn Jean Lopez for the National More...

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By The Publisher On Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Cracks in the coalition

By Hilbert Haar The Indian Merchants Association (IMA) is among the private sector organizations that chose the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) not even a week ago “to speak on its behalf More...

Just do it
By The Publisher On Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Just do it

By Hilbert Haar To write that these are challenging times qualifies as the understatement of the century. But here we are, smack in the middle of an unprecedented crisis that has turned all of our lives upside down. More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

A nightmare scenario

By Hilbert Haar For anybody who thought St. Maarten would be able to weather the corona-virus crisis on its own, José Jardim, the interim president of the Central Bank presented some sobering numbers during a press More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, March 21st, 2020

After Social Distancing, let’s talk Economic Rapprochement for the island

Not all catastrophes produce a Renaissance. It is striking how big the problems for the private sector already are. The middle class, the backbone of the economy, is in danger of collapsing under the pressure of More...

Global Village - Antilliaans Dagblad
By The Publisher On Thursday, March 19th, 2020

We are all in the same boat

By Hilbert Haar We are all in the same boat and it is now a matter of rowing in the same direction. That’s the conclusion of an analysis published in the Antilliaans Dagblad (AD). The analysis is – like everything More...

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By The Publisher On Friday, March 13th, 2020

The crown witness

By Hilbert Haar Did Theo Heyliger get a fair trial? Not according to his attorney Eldon Sulvaran and certainly not according to the United People’s party-founder’s diehard supporters either. For the defense, More...