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Rotten to the core

By Hilbert Haar ~ Suppose I wrote that St. Maarten's political system is rotten to the core. What would the predictable reaction be? Here are some ideas: I am a Dutchman, I don't even live in St. Maarten, the Dutch have an agenda.... And of course...

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Supervisory board members to be screened, says PM

PHILIPSBURG - During last week's press briefing on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin addressed the issue of the screening process at government-owned companies. The Prime Minister explained that it is the norm that...

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Decision to screen supervisory board members commendable

Dear Editor, The decision by the Prime Minister to screen appointed members to the Supervisory Board of Directors of government-owned companies is commendable and should be welcomed by all. In executing this decree the Prime Minister should also...

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Screening: a step in the right direction

By Hilbert Haar ~ Is screening candidates for positions on supervisory boards of government-owned companies a good idea? Definitely. In fact, I am almost taken aback by Prime Minister Romeo-Marlin's decision to amend the national decree that...

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Corporate Governance and The Role of The Supervisory Board

Corporate Governance and the role of the Supervisory Board of Directors is back on the forefront with the news that the government of St. Maarten intends to change the screening process to include members of the supervisory boards. This is a recap...

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Member of Parliament detained by TBO

PHILIPSBURG - Today, Monday, September 2, 2019, the Anti-Corruption Taskforce (TBO) detained a Member of Parliament on St. Maarten. He is suspected of accepting bribes, (co-)committing official coercion and abusing his position. The suspect was...

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Port St. Maarten Caters to Close to 1.1 Million Cruise Pax

PORT ST. MAARTEN - The destination received between January and July 2019 close to 1.1 million cruise passengers (1,099,893) via 373 cruise vessel calls. In the first quarter January to March, more than 650,000 cruise passengers visited the...

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Johnson attends DC-ANSP Shareholders meeting in Curacao

PHILIPSBURG - The Honourable Stuart Johnson Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunication (TEATT) returned to St. Maarten on Sunday following a meeting of the Dutch Caribbean Air Navigation Service Provider (DC-ANSP)...

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Maria next in line for Frans' seat if he's suspended

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The news of the arrest, yet again, of United St. Maarten Party (USP) leader and Member of Parliament Frans Richardson today, Monday, has been swiftly followed by speculations about who is next should he be suspended...

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Parliamentary Inquiry costs more and still you have no ....

Dear editor, If you claim ownership of land and problems occur about the claim, you can go to court and ask a verdict. The judge will check the claim related to the civil code and eventually other legislation in effect. If you don't agree with...

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The Fourth Estate

By Hilbert Haar ~ How is it possible that St. Maarten is the only island where the "local media" is from everywhere else in the world BUT St. Maarten? Thus begins a Facebook-post by historian Will Johnson. Pseudo journalist Michael Granger put in...

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Dear Editor, The integrity filled TBO (Team Betterment Oppression) that is being permitted to create havoc here. This team of Dutch investigators have a modus operandi (MO) which can be qualified as abuse of the law. There is a difference between ...

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Dear Editor, TBO is the team for betterment of oppression. That is the true meaning of the abbreviation. There is no interest of discovering the truth. The only objective is to get a story plausible enough to go before a judge, with a conviction...

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Dear Editor, Divide and conquer used to be the tool by which the Dutch acquired colonies and controlled them. This principal is well known as is the savvy with which it has been applied through the years . Even long after the Dutch Kingdom agreed ...

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