By Hilbert Haar Party for Progress-leader Melissa Gumbs has called political advertising during Carnival “tacky.” It is a clear reference to the overwhelming presence of Vision for St. Maarten, the banner chosen by the exonerated former director of the port, Mark Mingo who will be a candidate for the United People’s party (UP) during the next More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, April 25th, 2023


By Hilbert Haar José Lake Jr. and Dr. Rhoda Arrindell are two prominent proponents of independence for St. Maarten. You have to admire and respect the efforts they tirelessly devote to this cause. The question More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, March 26th, 2023

The pitfalls of crypto

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By The Publisher On Saturday, March 25th, 2023


By Hilbert Haar If people need proof of how disinterested the government is in the wellbeing of the citizens it is supposed to serve they should read the advice from the Social Economic Council (SER) about lottery More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023

You scratch my back ….

By Hilbert Haar Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs has “a great deal of sympathy” for MP Rolando Brison and his family, she wrote in a press statement issued on March 19. The statement is a reaction to Brison’s More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, March 18th, 2023

Why you should avoid lotteries

By Hilbert Haar Let me begin with a confession. I have been a poker player for close to twenty years. But I am not a gambler. You see, there is a difference between playing games of chance – where the outcome More...

By The Publisher On Friday, March 17th, 2023

The future of banking

By Hilbert Haar Digital banking is the future. No question about it, but where will this leave banking clients in St. Maarten? And where will it leave the traditional banks that are currently serving them? Complaints More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, March 15th, 2023


By Hilbert Haar The November 19, 2021, court ruling against Hushang Ansary, his daughter Nina and several others that orders them to repay insurance company ENNIA in excess of a billion guilders starts having an More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, March 14th, 2023

Forgotten examples

By Hilbert Haar “A parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people,” the British journalist, businessman and essayist Walter Bagehot once wrote. True or false? When I look at the parliament More...

By The Publisher On Monday, March 13th, 2023

The Daily Invisible

By Hilbert Haar Julius Vischjager was, I am not exaggerating, a phenomenon. Between 1977 and 2009 he produced 528 editions of The Daily Invisible, the only handwritten newspaper in the world. Vischjager was its More...