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Identify your customer

By Hilbert Haar The Financial Action Task Force aims to inspire countries to take adequate measures against money laundering and the financing of terrorism. In March 2022 the organization updated its recommendations. Countries that fail to satisfy the FATF run the risk of being blacklisted to the detriment of their economy. One of the key recommendations More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, August 9th, 2022
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Does the goal justify the means?

By Hilbert Haar The jungle of rules facing foreign entrepreneurs in St. Maarten has a long history. The fear of a European invasion after the Second World War inspired local legislators to establish already in More...

By The Publisher On Friday, August 5th, 2022
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A missed opportunity

By Hilbert Haar Maybe it is just me but I was severely scratching my head when I read the questions in the survey launched by Prime Minister Jacobs as part of her electoral reform campaign. I mean, if you intend More...

By The Publisher On Monday, August 1st, 2022
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When opportunity knocks

By Hilbert Haar Our story about the Pott rum factory shows that it is possible to have foreign investors come to the island that offer meaningful employment to locals. But the complaint is more often than not, More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, July 14th, 2022
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Political games

By Hilbert Haar If you have no arguments left or if you fear that the outcome of a debate is not beneficial to your own interests, accusing others of playing political games is always a good idea. At least, that More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, July 9th, 2022
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Stone-cold fact-finding

By Hilbert Haar It took me some time straighten this out in my mind, but I think I’ve got it now. Imagine that you manage an organization that needs to rent office space. Lots of office space. Let’s say, 47 More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, June 23rd, 2022
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High power-distance

By Hilbert Haar A recent article by Malcolm Gladwell about his experiences at a Mennonite wedding in Southern Ontario sheds a bright light on the way people interact with each other (or not). His thoughts about More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, June 16th, 2022
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Publisher Terrance Rey: “Greed knows no boundaries”

PHILIPSBURG — The essence of the problems with government-owned companies is “political meddling,” Terrance Rey, the publisher of StMaartenNews.com recently said on Wendell Moore’s radio program People’s More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, May 11th, 2022
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Follow the money

By Hilbert Haar What more is there to say about the conflict between real estate developer Zebec and the harbor? What more is there to say about the role former politician Theo Heyliger played in this sordid story? More...

By The Publisher On Friday, May 6th, 2022
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Doing a Good Thing Wrong Is No Good

~ Op-Ed on Media Policy by Ralph Cantave ~ On Tuesday, May 3, the world celebrated International Press Freedom Day, which inspired this article along with the recent press developments on our island. It is an honor More...