PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The next hearing in the Papegaai case will take place on July 20.

This was decided by the judge on Thursday during a preliminary hearing.

The judge also decided that three of the five suspects in the case should stay in custody.

Owner of Casa Blance C.P. and three managers were arrested on November 26, 2015.

They are accused of human trafficking, deprivation of liberty and illegal firearm possession.


PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Prosecutor's Office asked on Thursday for a jail sentence of 4 years for O.C. and 5 years for M.A. in the Menam Case.

They are both accused of accessory to robbery which led to the death of police officer Gamali Benjamin on August 5th, 2015.

M.A. Is also accused of illegally having a clip and bullets in his possession.


PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In the Ministry’s effort to increase labor compliance, Minister of public health, Social development, and Labor Emil Lee held discussions with SZV and the inspectorate of VSA about joint controls, and informed that this week, they will start to conduct joint controls.

“This is a good idea because both inspectors will have complimentary authorities, and responsibilities. Instead of sending 2 labor inspectors out at the same time, we can now pair off 1 VSA inspector with 1 SZV inspector” Minister Lee said during the Council of Ministers press briefing on Wednesday.

The Minister also indicated, that after having conversations with various businesses, he understands that government’s bureaucracy can sometimes make even simple compliance a challenge.

~Businesses advised to have documents in order~

He stated that if a business can prove that they have been proactively trying to comply, but have not been able to because of the bureaucracy, then that would be taken into consideration when inspecting their business. In addition, Minster Lee said that: “this exercise of joint controls will also help to identify where the bottlenecks are in our Economy” .

From previous explanations given by the Minister, about increasing compliance, he reported that the Labor department has already received an increase in the requests for work permits. SZV has also reported an improvement in collections. The minister advises businesses to have documents in order. Businesses of St.Maarten should be prepared for inspections.

Inspectors will look to see if you have a business license, a crib number, an employee registry, a work schedule posted publicly, and pay slips for employees. We would also request information as to what your turnover is. In addition, worker safety requirements are also expected to be in place” said Minister Lee.

“We strongly recommend businesses to be proactive about complying with the laws. The inspectors understand that the goal of the Ministry is to improve compliance, and inspections are just one tool to improve compliance. Other tools include awareness and education. We are partners and can facilitate increased compliance” said Minister Lee.

Businesses are urged to contact the inspectorate for any assistance they may need in this matter” concluded the Minster.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The organizers of the 2nd edition “Caribbean Flag Fest” are promising a night of lots of entertainment.

Some 6 bands, namely Triple K out of Dominica, X P band of St. Maarten, Excellus AG from Anguilla, New Vibes International from St. Kitts and Rebels HD from St. Eustatius will be clashing at the Festival Village.

The event, which is one of the shows that will be featured for Carnival 2016 is scheduled to be held on Saturday and will start at 8 pm.

Speaking on the Lady Grace Show, “The Breakfast Lounge” on Wednesday, a member of the organizing committee, Fabiana Arnell noted that the idea of the show is to bring the Caribbean people together.

More can be heard via PodCast.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Thursday 14 April, WIB unveil its newest card product “My Card- WIB’s MasterCard Fun Miles Credit Card” to press and staff.

WIB has partnered with both MasterCard and Fun miles to create “My Card “the card that promotes St. Maarten.

My card is unique with a map outline of St. Maarten and Globe to indicate its worldwide acceptance.

The card also has a silhouette of people enjoying themselves and has a beautiful sunset-strip in the center like that of our beautiful sunsets here.

WIB has maintain working with local talent from conceptualization, to design, and Advertisements to proudly state “a made in St. Maarten product”. The card has it rewards by offering 1 Fun Mile point for every $ 2 spent.

Cardholders can earn Fun Miles points while purchasing locally, internationally and with online purchases. WIB also gives 250 Fun Miles with first time use of the card. The more you use the card the more you earn Fun Miles.

My Card “WIB MasterCard Fun Miles Credit Card” distinguishes itself from the other credit cards in the Dutch Caribbean by;

1) Promoting St. Maarten/St. Martin- local map design of Island

2) Worldwide acceptance with MasterCard and Fun Miles earned.        

3) EMV Certified Chip for better security.

4) Earn Fun Miles even faster:

       - 250 Fun Miles with first time use of the Card

       -1 Fun Miles for every $ 2 spent with your WIB MasterCard

        Fun Miles credit card.

       -Earn Fun Miles with local, international and with online purchases.

5) Emergency Card replacement

6) Balance protection insurance

7) Fraud protection insurance

Once more WIB has demonstrated that Your Partners in progress are the leaders in technology in the Dutch Caribbean. Visit your WIB preferred Branch to apply.

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