St. Maarten completely in control

Hilbert Haar

By Hilbert Haar It does not happen very often that St. Maarten gets help from an unexpected source on the other side of the ocean. In the middle of the discussions about the conditions the Dutch government has attached to financial assistance for the reconstruction of the island after Hurricane Irma, such help came last week from Flora Goudappel, a More...

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Boardwalk Philipsburg after Hurricane Irma - SHTA
By webadmin On Friday, October 20th, 2017


PHILIPSBURG – It is with deep concern and mounting frustration that the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) is witnessing our Government’s ongoing reluctance to engage in a cooperative More...

Hilbert Haar
By webadmin On Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

In the right direction

By Hilbert Haar In times of crisis you get to know who your friends are. That certainly applies to our young country St. Maarten now that it is picking up the pieces after the devastation created by Hurricane Irma. The More...

By webadmin On Sunday, October 15th, 2017

A slanted relationship

Dear editor, St. Maarten has survived what is termed as a super storm; the experts agree it is the most powerful storm ever recording in the Atlantic hurricane belt. Collectively we who have escaped with the bare More...

Hilbert Haar
By webadmin On Friday, October 13th, 2017

Power play

By Hilbert Haar Minister Plasterk said it during his last visit to St. Maarten: the Netherlands is not just going to open a bank account and let the island help itself. That makes sense. Funds that are available More...

By webadmin On Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

A few rotten apples

It takes just one rotten apple to spoil the whole barrel. That is the image one gets when one looks at the infamous video clip circulating on social media wherein police officers can be seen beating a suspected More...

By webadmin On Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Tax observations and considerations after natural disasters

It is with great admiration for the people of Sint Maarten, and especially the business community of Sint Maarten, that we at Meijburg & Co Caribbean are monitoring the rapid rebound of the Friendly Island. More...

Hurrican Irma Damages 8
By webadmin On Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Too good to be true

GREAT BAY – In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma at times stories and announcements came out that seem too good to be true. An example is the announcement by the Windward Islands Bank that clients with a loan in More...

Roofs - Brick House
By webadmin On Monday, September 25th, 2017

The reason why certain roofs survived hurricane Irma

PHILIPSBURG — Today photo journalist took a series of photographs of buildings whose roofs have withstood the category 6 storm force winds of Hurricane Irma without much of a scratch. You can view these photographs More...

Mont Vernon3 sep 20 2017
By webadmin On Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Diary of a hurricane

By Hilbert Haar MONT VERNON – On Wednesday, September 20, at 12.15 p.m. the power came back at our condo in Mont Vernon, just fifteen days after Hurricane Irma devastated the island. I still have no internet and More...