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An ugly dog fight

By Hilbert Haar Finance Minister Ardwell Irion’s plan to float a 75 million guilders bond issue has resulted in an ugly dog fight with financial supervisor Cft. United People’s party leader Rolando Brison added his two cents by claiming that the Cft is interpreting the relevant article in the kingdom law financial supervision in a way “they find More...

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By The Publisher On Friday, October 16th, 2020
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Cursed Circles

By Hilbert Haar Years ago, as I was sitting on my balcony in the Cretan sun, the mailman stopped by and asked if I had a banknote of twenty Deutsch Marks. It was quite an odd request as Greece was still using the More...

By The Publisher On Friday, October 9th, 2020
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Solitary confinement belongs in the Middle Ages

By Hilbert Haar The tragic story of Caulette Julien who died at the Mental Health Foundation on August 25 after spending almost three weeks in solitary confinement has triggered many questions that are still waiting More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, October 8th, 2020
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Creative brains in overdrive

By Hilbert Haar That opportunity makes the thief became once more clear from the case of a man who scammed Social and Health Insurances SZV in three years time for almost $190,000 – thus creating a handsome but More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, September 10th, 2020
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The mother of all challenges

By Hilbert Haar Our island is facing the mother of all challenges – and even that is an understatement. The COVID-19 crises has laid bare what decision makers have known for a very, very long time: it is dangerous More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, August 13th, 2020
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Getting to a better place

By Hilbert Haar It always had to come to this. Protecting public health is an obvious priority to anybody with half a brain but what about protecting the economy? It is a horrendous dilemma. I recently saw a cartoon More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
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The mess at BTP is still there

By Hilbert Haar How Minister Ludmila De Weever was able to reach an amicable settlement with Anthony Carty, the heavily overpaid director of the Bureau Telecommunication and Post (BTP) is a mystery to me. As the More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, July 26th, 2020
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Monitoring the situation

By Hilbert Haar The explosion of corona-virus infections on our island should not come as a surprise: it was expected. One reason is, according to a press release issued by Prime Minister Jacobs, the “systematic More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, July 16th, 2020
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A rightful place at the table

By Hilbert Haar Four employer organizations have launched what feels like a pre-emptive strike against the imminent reform of the Social Economic Council by joining forces and establishing the Employer Council of More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, July 15th, 2020
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Rejected? Yes; no; well, maybe

By Hilbert Haar I always thought that when a woman says no she means no but apparently the rules in politics are different. This thought crossed my mind after reading the press release from the Prime Minister’s More...