Tag archive for ‘Opinion Piece’
Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Tuesday, January 15th, 2019
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Will Ennia’s policyholders pay the price?

By Hilbert Haar Insurance company Ennia is struggling, to put it mildly. Its management and members of the supervisory board, including major shareholder Hushang Ansary, have been fired and the company is now controlled More...

IPKO meeting - Curacao delegation - 10 Jan 2019
By The Publisher On Saturday, January 12th, 2019
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Return on investment

  By Hilbert Haar The press conference at the end of the Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (Ipko) produced one interesting question from a journalist in Curacao. What is the importance of the Ipko? I More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
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I from Earth

By Hilbert Haar Every now and then when there is apparently nothing better to do, this question comes up. Who is a St. Maartener? Drs. Rodolphe Samuel, a member of the National Alliance, has once more lit the fire More...

Lights on at government building 20180131 - HH-min
By The Publisher On Sunday, December 16th, 2018
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Questionable behavior

By Hilbert Haar The General Audit Chamber-report about Dutch assistance to St. Maarten in the wake of Hurricane Irma reveals that one of the island’s key state-owned enterprises – utilities company GEBE More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Thursday, December 13th, 2018
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United against corruption

By Hilbert Haar “On the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day we are united against corruption.” That’s a line from a recent statement by Justice Minister Cornelius de Weever. Here is More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
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A car for every working (wo)man

By Hilbert Haar Traffic jams. Everybody hates them but nobody wants to leave his or her car at home. A car for every working man; that was something Joop den Uyl, the iconic front man of the Dutch socialist party More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Thursday, November 29th, 2018
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Useful lesson

By Hilbert Haar Boom! Gerrit Schotte to jail for three years, banned from politics for five years. It is not unexpected, but the Supreme Court ruling has sealed it. The implications of this ruling also spread to More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Sunday, November 25th, 2018
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How politics failed in the BTP-case

By Hilbert Haar When I read that the anti-corruption taskforce (TBO) has started an investigation into the shenanigans at the Bureau Telecommunication and Post (BTP) I was not in the least surprised. Finally, I More...

StMaartenNews Opinion
By The Publisher On Friday, November 23rd, 2018
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Insurance matters

By Hilbert Haar Anybody who has ever insured a car on our island on the French side knows one thing for sure: those insurances are much more expensive than the ones on the Dutch side. The reason for this price More...

StMaartenNews Opinion
By The Publisher On Thursday, November 15th, 2018
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Promises, promises

By Hilbert Haar Justified complaints about the situation at the Pointe Blanche prison – by inmates but also by attorneys, the Law Enforcement Council and the Progress Committee – are almost as old as More...