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DOES ANGLEC POSE A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT? – The Anguillian Newspaper – The Weekly Independent Paper of Anguilla

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Governor, Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam

The Chairman of the Board of the Anguilla Electricity Company Limited (ANGLEC), Mr Pat Mardenborough, and its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Sutcliffe Hodge, were summoned to appear before the National Security Council on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, to discuss issues pertaining to ANGLEC as a potential threat to Anguilla’s national security.

Mr Mardenborough and Mr Hodge participated in a call-in interview with Klass FM 92.9 DJ Hammer on Wednesday morning to share information with the listening public about the meeting and to add clarity to issues involving ANGLEC and the Government of Anguilla.

Chairman Mardenborough noted his surprise at being called to a national security meeting and the accusation that ANGLEC could be considered as a security threat to Anguilla.

“I was quite surprised with receiving the letter and with the nature of the letter saying that we (ANGLEC) were a risk to the national security of Anguilla. All we have ever done since joining the Board was to ask the government to live up to its obligation to the company, and at no point in time have we come on radio and said we could not supply electricity to our consumers. The only consumers that were interrupted are those who have had outstanding balances on their accounts.

“I could see where this [meeting] was going, since the Water Corporation of Anguilla (WCA) whose power had been interrupted because of an outstanding balance, was now back on grid without any payment. There was never an issue of not having water because of electricity since the WCA has [been reconnected]. So, to be summoned to the Governor’s office as a threat to national security is a very big charge.”
Mr Mardenborough noted that coming out of the meeting on Tuesday, he was left with the impression that the Council considers ANGLEC to be “bankrupt and doesn’t have the money to pay its bills.”

ANGLEC’s Chairman Pat Mardenborough

Mr Mardenborough stated that ANGLEC has always survived – even with the economy of Anguilla being closed due to hotel closures and the lockdown of the island when the country went through the COVID environment.

He said: “Although persons were put on payment plans, the company pushed through and never interrupted electricity to consumers – not even for one day. And even now with the high spikes in fuel prices, the company has still been able to supply electricity to all of its customers.
“So, sitting in a meeting [at this time] and hearing questions like: ‘how long can you survive without any capital being injected into the company?’ [was surprising].
“We have reached a stage where the company has normalised,” Mr Mardenborough noted. “Since the new CEO took over and put in place some cost-saving measures, we have been able to pay our suppliers, but the only consumer that is not living up to its obligation – whether by extension of its statutory bodies – is the Government of Anguilla. No other shareholder in this company owes ANGLEC any outstanding debt, has had any [debt] written off, or has gotten any favours from ANGLEC.”

Mr Mardenborough shared that there are two issues involving the government’s debt to ANGLEC that need to be addressed.
“There are two different issues with the government: the money owed by the WCA and the refund of the custom duty that was paid to the Government of Anguilla whether through the supplier [Delta, or directly by ANGLEC]. When the supplier paid the custom duty, that cost was passed on to the consumer [ANGLEC].

“The Premier has been saying that we [ANGLEC] passed on the duty to our customers, and that is not true. [If it were so], every time the price of fuel went up, ANGLEC would also have adjusted the fuel surcharge to meet the fuel cost, and we didn’t do that.”
Mr Mardenborough observed that at no time has his Board been hostile to the Government of Anguilla, and has never asked the Government to give them anything. He also stated that his Board has never asked the Government to help them to secure a loan, but has only asked the Government to pay what is owed to ANGLEC.
ANGLEC’s CEO, Mr Sutcliffe Hodge, also expressed disappointment over the approach used by the Governor in summoning them to a meeting with the National Security Council.
“I was taken aback by the correspondence. I was stressed and nervous about the meeting because to my mind it posed a serious threat to ANGLEC’s survival.
“The weight that was applied to keep ANGLEC’s head under water, somewhat, is weight applied by the Government of Anguilla because they are failing to meet their obligations.
“Through some structural adjustments and a new fuel supplier, we are able to have slightly lower prices for diesel – in part due to the fact that fuel prices the world over have declined a little, and we have engaged in some austerity measures within the organisation to streamline and cut costs.

“We have also adjusted the fuel surcharge slightly over the period from $0.45 to $0.75 although the provision in the Legislation allows for the fuel surcharge to be as high as $1.23. We know that the people of Anguilla cannot sustain a fuel surcharge of that magnitude and have opted to share this burden with our customers while aggressively collecting all outstanding debt.
“The Government of Anguilla owes ANGLEC in excess of $60 million in debt for the consumption of electricity plus the money owed for charging us duty on diesel that should not have happened.

“During the course of discussions [in the meeting], a question was posed directly to HE the Governor asking if she was aware of the magnitude of the debt owed by the Government of Anguilla to ANGLEC. Her response was that she is not getting caught up in the politics of it as that is a matter for the Government of Anguilla to deal with.

ANGLEC’s CEO
Sutcliffe Hodge

Mr Hodge stated: “I have committed to serving ANGLEC and the people of Anguilla with a specific motivation to lead the charge from within ANGLEC to migrate ANGLEC to renewable energy in the fastest most efficient way, while at the same time ensuring that the people of Anguilla continue to own ANGLEC 100% and, that we, the people of Anguilla, build and own the infrastructure for renewable energy so that any monies generated from this entity can be used for nation building, and to keep the rates of electricity as low as possible so that the people of Anguilla can benefit.”

Mr Hodge reiterated what transpired in the meeting.
He said: “I specifically posed the question to the British Government, in the person of the Governor, as to how this issue will be dealt with. In response, the British Government basically said that they are not getting involved with it.
“I said to HE the Governor that one of the British Government’s remits in Anguilla is to be responsible for good governance. One would think that you – as the Governor of Anguilla – would see a situation where the Government of Anguilla is not meeting its obligation to a supplier of electricity by not paying its debt, as an issue. She described it as politics.”

Mr Hodge said that it is important for the people of Anguilla to recognise that what he is doing at ANGLEC is to “manage ANGLEC using management principles that are being used by Ftse 100 and Fortune 500 companies that are all governed by proven management principles. We, in Anguilla, are governed by the Electricity Act, the Company’s Act, Corporate Governance and the Bylaws of the Corporation.

“I have an obligation as the CEO of ANGLEC to collect all monies due and owing to ANGLEC, and as of today, 60% of the monies owed to ANGLEC is owed by the Government of Anguilla.”
He concluded: “All we are trying to do is to have these issues resolved.”



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KYLE HODGE COMMENTS ON THE GOVERNMENT- ANGLEC SAGA – The Anguillian Newspaper – The Weekly Independent Paper of Anguilla

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Mr. Kyle Hodge

In a radio interview on Klass FM on Thursday, 15th September, the former Minister of Economics Trade and Commerce, Mr. Kyle Hodge, was asked by DJ Hammer to share his views concerning the situation between the Government and ANGLEC.

DJ Hammer had made reference to a statement posed by ANGLEC’s CEO, Mr. Sutcliffe Hodge, which follows:

“Over the last couple of weeks, Germany has made available about 65 billion Euros to assist their citizens in coping with high cost of electricity. Over that past weekend Holland has announced that they are also assisting their citizens in a similar way to deal with energy costs and food. The United Kingdom also decided that they are going to be capping off the cost that their citizens would have to pay for their utility bills.

“ANGLEC, in Anguilla, has been trying to play Government [in this regard]. We have said, no, we cannot pass on the full cost of the fuel surcharge to our customers. We are now sort of getting penalised for that because Government is now saying to us that our liquidity may be at risk. Therefore, we have to rethink and see whether we should pass on the full surcharge cost to the consumer, and then the Anguilla Government and the British Government would need to come up with some way to supplement the electricity bills for Anguillians.

“We are experiencing that for us to be kind and compassionate to the citizens of Anguilla, we are putting ourselves at the risk of been taken over by the Governor. This is a real issue.

“As a consequence, I am in discussion with the Board right now and I am letting them know that we can no longer play compassionate, because to continue doing so, we may have to turn over the keys to Her Excellency the Governor. And that will hit our citizens hard if/when the British takes over ANGLEC.”

Former Minister, Kyle Hodge, responded: “That was a very sobering statement by the CEO of ANGLEC. Around the world and across the globe, Governments are taking measures to help their people who are struggling through these difficult times.

“The cost of fuel has skyrocketed lately. The fuel surcharge should be $1.00 plus, but our people cannot bear an increase at this time. Like the CEO said, ANGLEC has been playing Government over the years. Added to that, is the issue that ANGLEC is unable to collect the debt owed to it by Government.

“Over the years, Government has been involved in ANGLEC’s business. From time to time, they would recognise that there is a need to keep the fuel surcharge at a certain price point, because the consumers, in general, cannot afford an increase. ANGLEC has been shouldering that burden at 70 cents, when it should be $1.00 plus. The question is, for how long can ANGLEC afford to keep the fuel surcharge at 70 cents?

“If Government cannot come at the table and offer a solution for paying off some of the debt that is owed to ANGLEC, then ANGLEC will have no choice but to raise the fuel surcharge.

“I have recently heard the Premier say that administrations of the past have ignored the debt that the Water Corporation owes to ANGLEC. But that is the past. We are living in a time when, presently, ANGLEC cannot afford to be owed so much at this point.”

When asked what should be the way forward, Mr. Kyle Hodge said: “The way forward is simply for ANGLEC and Government to sit together as grown people – and as leaders of this country – and hold talks with a view of resolving the issues. This should have been done even before the Governor intervened.”



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EVERYONE HAS A STORY PART 2! – The Anguillian Newspaper – The Weekly Independent Paper of Anguilla

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by Mrs. Marilyn Hodge

Everybody has a story. Do you believe it? Is it true? Are you ready to share yours? Or are you too embarrassed to share it?

Here is a story that someone felt embarrassed to share. It is about a country preacher by the name of Mr. Jones who used to visit a widow in his church. Mr. Jones liked to visit her around lunchtime because she had a vegetable garden and she loved to cook fresh vegetables for her pastor. One day the pastor arrived at lunchtime, and knocked on Mrs. Jones’ door, but she did not answer. So, he walked through her garden calling, “Mrs. Jones! Mrs. Jones!” He was perplexed because the back door was open and he could see and smell the food cooking on the stove, but he did not see Mrs. Jones. Knowing her sense of humour, he left his card on her door with this note: “Dear Mrs. Jones, Read Revelation 3:20.” That verse says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock and if anyone will hear my voice I will come in and eat with them.”

What the pastor did not realise was that about the time he showed up, Mrs. Jones was getting out of the bathtub, and she was too embarrassed to answer the door, so she hid behind the door until he left. After reading the pastor’s card, she wrote him a note and left it on his desk the next Sunday. It read, “Dear Pastor, I got your card. Read Genesis 3:10.” It states, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid myself.”

Did that story make you chuckle or even smile? What do you think about that story? What would you have done? If you were Mrs. Jones, would you have answered the Pastor when he called? Well, there is a similar story to Mrs. Jones’ story that is found in the bible. Do you know that story? Who was the story about? That was Adam and Eve’s story. It is a great story; they were the most popular couple in the world. Their story has many valuable lessons for us:
1. God doesn’t force us to follow Him. God tells us what is good and bad for us. He has given us free will – meaning, we are free to make our own choices.
2. We must be familiar with Satan’s tactics. One of the best ways to defeat Satan is to understand how he works. If we know his evil devices, then we are better equipped to know how to overcome them.
3. Sin separates us from God. Adam and Eve were placed in a perfectly good environment. They enjoyed a close relationship with God, however, the moment they disobeyed, their disobedience caused a rift between God and man.
4. We must put our trust in God only. Some people would rather put their trust in people, things, and beliefs, than to trust in God, but God knows what is best for us.
5. Covetousness is dangerous. It starts with the mind, so we must be mindful of it.
6. We cannot hide from God. He knows everything about us. No matter where we are or whatever we think or do, God knows.
7. We must take responsibility for our actions and cease blaming others. Our actions always have consequences.
8. We must listen and be obedient to God, His commands are for our benefit and our protection.

Do you see the reasons why it is important for us to share our personal stories with others? Do you understand the valuable lessons our life stories can offer? We will never know whose life will be touched or changed by hearing them. By sharing our experiences, we will not only create an impact on other people’s lives – they could help us feel empowered as well. When we find our voice, we can be ambassadors of our life circumstances instead of victims. We can show the world life is worth fighting for even though it is hard. It will also show others that they are not alone in their struggles.

Not all of our stories have to be sad or depressing. Share the ones that make people laugh or smile or inspire them to take action in their lives. We also need to share all the good that life offers, and the awesome work God has done and continues to do in our lives. We live in a society where most of us are struggling with so many things but very few are willing to come forth and speak, so our stories can be that catalyst to encourage them to share theirs.

We all have a story within us – about love, courage, endurance, heartache, pain, trust, loss, and everything in-between that others are waiting to hear. Tell them, even when it is challenging.

Even when it feels like the most difficult thing to do, telling your story – with all its mistakes, failures, setbacks as well as its victories, joys, and successes – says something about what it means to be human. By telling our stories, we release ourselves from those things that bind us and give rise to an opportunity for us to connect with others.

Remember: Your Story Is Your Own. What’s done is done. What’s gone is gone. One bad chapter does not mean your story is over. It is okay to look back to see how far you have come but keep moving on. Your stories have the power to break down barriers and set people free.

About the Author: Mrs. Marilyn Hodge owns and operates the Wellness Centre in the Farrington, Anguilla. The Centre offers Counselling Services by Appointment Only and has now published Positive Living Volume 3. Contact information: 476-3517 or email: marilynb@anguillanet.com. www.facebook.com/axawellnesscentre



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MORTALITY RATE IN ANGUILLA IS CONCERNING – The Anguillian Newspaper – The Weekly Independent Paper of Anguilla

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Anecdotal evidence over the last few years shows a significant increase in the number of deaths among fairly young and middle-aged persons in Anguilla – deaths that were not the result of accidents, but were still unexpected and due to medical issues.

When you live off island and examine the number of deaths in the immediate environment in which you live and work, you seldom ever hear of people dying at such an alarming rate as you hear about in Anguilla.
In talking about this to some Anguillians who are living overseas. They say that they know very, very few people within their own work space who have relatives or friends that are dying. But here in Anguilla, not a month passes without someone dying who is connected to your circle of relatives, friends, acquaintances or co-workers. That speaks volumes about what is really happening in our small community.

We know what is causing most of these deaths – a wide range of cancers, issues of diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and stroke. We also know that a common cause of a number of these deaths is a lack of early detection of symptoms of disease that result in death. This is likely due to persons inability to afford preventive care services, and only access or seek medical care when the symptoms become chronic. If the symptoms were detected early, some of these deaths could very well be prevented or delayed for many years.

If we drill down further, and try to understand some of the possible underlying causes of why our people succumb to these non-communicable diseases, we might notice issues of poor nutrition, use and abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs, as well as high levels of stress.

The government that we have in power today, under the leadership of a medical doctor, promised us going in to the election that health was going to be a high priority – and that this government would address the health challenges confronting our island locally, so that persons would not have to go overseas to seek medical treatment for symptoms and illnesses that could easily be treated in Anguilla.
Here we are, almost two and a half years into this administration, and anecdotally, it would appear as though the number of deaths has risen since the medical doctor was elected to office.

We know that there are some obvious contributing factors to some of the health challenges that we have in Anguilla, and most notably among them is the issue of stress. One could argue that we had the issue of the global economic challenges which led to the failure of our two indigenous banks, followed by the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, and before we could fully recover from Hurricane Irma, we had the issues of COVID.
Most recently, we had the onset of inflation, some of which was brought on by the war between Russia and Ukraine. Persons in Anguilla have been under an enormous amount of physical, emotional and financial stress where many of them have exhausted their reserved savings just trying to survive during this period of uncertainty. This is something that clearly needs looking into.

One of the things that is also worth noting is that when people are challenged financially, they tend to engage in food substitution where they buy cheaper foods that are often of low quality and of little nutritional value.
Our current Premier is well-positioned to have this looked into, so that the data can be closely analysed and a primary care system can be implemented to better understand how to engage in early detection, diagnosis and treatment. If it is that our people need to improve their nutrition, then let’s address it. But clearly there is a lot of sickness, disease, death, and sudden death, among relatively young people, due to stress and nutrition factors.
There is a need for the issue of mortality to be given some urgent attention. Everybody in Anguilla is talking about it but nothing appears to be done about it. Meanwhile, many of these health issues are leading to a steady rise in mortality among relatively healthy-looking young people.

There is an appeal for the health system to do some investigating and see what can be done to help to save the lives of our people – our younger folks in particular. With all the stressful issues that constantly bombard us here in Anguilla – cost of living, social decline, conflict, etc – Government of Anguilla please, let’s focus on the health and well-being of our citizens as a matter of urgency.

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