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The road to UD-leader Theo Heyliger's potential downfall

PREMIUM ARTICLE - In this article, recaps for its subscribers the whole sordid history dating back before 10-10-10 leading up the culmination with the arrest on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, of St. Maarten's most popular politician,

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Dear Reader

The news that Saba electric company has gone 100% solar makes us wonder about our own situation in St. Maarten.

St. Maarten's own GEBE utility company needs to allow clients that generate excess electricity with their solar panels to pump this energy back into the grid. Free of charge!

This policy about GEBE being the only one legally allowed to generate electricity and needing to charge people for generating their own energy is an antiquated rule that our MPs needs to update.

There are enough people with solar panels that are generating excess energy that would like to feed the energy back into the GEBE grid free of charge.

Some may argue that 100% free of charge seems unreasonable seeing as GEBE needs to maintain the grid.

But surely there is a middle-ground to be found as to a level of pay-back for energy fed into the grid.

Especially if moving towards more sustainable use is a priority. Incentivizing the public to invest into "green" forms of energy and allowing the feeding-back into the grid as part of a recouping of said investment could actually - in the short term at least - take some pressure off the GEBE's capital investment needs.

With the summer coming up and the usual loadshedding to be expected, GEBE should be happy with the offer to get free electricity from solar panel owners.

Something to think about.

A question one asked was: "Energy Policy anyone?"

That there was a good question for our government.

In the meantime, happy readings and have a great week!

PS: For a taste of the Caribbean, visit the latest addition to the list of restaurants in Simpson Bay: NICK'S CAFE. Open for Local Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Mondays to Saturday; but closed on Sundays. Visit Nick's Cafe Facebook Page online at


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Judge extends pre-trial detention for MP Theo Heyliger

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The pre-trial detention of Member of Parliament and leader of the United Democrats, Theo Heyliger has been extended to eight days. Mr. Heyliger, who was arrested on Tuesday morning at his home in Guana Bay by members of ...

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Private sector owes SZV NAf. 100 to 150 million

~ Govt.’s debt estimated at NAf. 85 million ~ PHILIPSBURG--Companies operating in the private sector appear to owe Social and Health Insurances SZV more than government does.

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Motions of no confidence rejected

PHILIPSBURG - Two motions of no confidence - one against Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin and one against Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Stuart Johnson - failed to get majority support in parliament on Friday morning. Both motions, tabled ...

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"Don't send UTS to the cemetery"

PHILIPSBURG - "Make sure that you don't send UTS to the cemetery and let it function as a real private company." That was the message UTS-director Glen Carty had for members of the central committee on Wednesday afternoon during a discussion...

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Function-book discuss during meeting with Justice Minister

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - On the 11th January 2019, the unions (NAPB, ABVO,) were invited to a meeting held by the GOA along with the Minister of Justice to discuss the amended Function-book. Several questions were posed to the Minister of...

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MOT handles billions in unusual financial transactions

PHILIPSBURG - In 2017 and 2018, St. Maarten's Financial Intelligence Unit (MOT) received close to 53,000 reports about unusual financial transactions with a combined worth of 29.7 billion guilders ($16.6 billion). Over these two years, MOT...

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Another paper tiger

By Hilbert Haar ~ The Financial Action Task Force has put forty recommendations in place that St. Maarten is supposed to follow. It is all about combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The Financial Intelligence Unit or MOT...

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True colors

By Hilbert Haar ~ This morning the political life of Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin and Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Stuart Johnson hangs in the balance. There are two motions of no confidence on the table and the meeting where these...

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An interesting move

By Hilbert Haar ~ Not for the first time, the Progress Committee - the club that monitors how St. Maarten is doing with the execution of Plans of Approach for the police force and the prison - has sounded the alarm over the situation at both the...

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A party for the happy few

By Hilbert Haar ~ St. Maarten's parliamentarians do not have a strong record when it comes to appreciating the contents of critical reports about the functioning of the government or about the dire straits the country finds itself in after...

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SCDF, Captain Dino Rib Shack hosting Kaiso/Roadmarch

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) in collaboration with Captain's Rib Shack Local Food and BBQ, will host a Kaiso/Road March Karaoke Competition as one of the many pre-Carnival 2019/Carnival 50...

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Carnival booth holders urged to adhere to March 1 deadline

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Selected booth holders for Carnival 2019 were reminded on Sunday that the full payment for the booths they've been allotted is due on or before March 1, 2019. The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF)...

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Nine troupes take part in colourful French Children's Parade

MARIGOT--The streets of Marigot were awash with colours and confetti on Sunday, as the Children’s Parade wound its way around town impressing the many spectators lining the route.

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Beres Hammond and Popcaan to headline One Love Reggae

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is hosting five international level concerts for Carnival 2019. Of the five, the foundation admits that the One Love Reggae Concert holds a special place in the...

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Nature Foundation Records Harmful Algal Bloom in Lagoon

COLE BAY, Sint Maarten - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation over the past week has been monitoring the spread and extent of a Harmful Algal Bloom currently ongoing in the Cole Bay Corner section of the Simpson Bay Lagoon.

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Get Free Native Plants for Your Backyard at Amuseum...

ST. MARTIN (FRENCH QUARTER) -Anyone looking to add some green to their yard or neighborhood can get free plants at Amuseum Naturalis at The Old House in French Quarter. The free plant stand is located just in front of the Amuseum and is stocked...

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Legislation on Health Care to be ready by March

PHILIPSBURG - The legislation for general health insurance is now with the Council of Advice and it is expected to be completed in March. This was announced by the Minister of Health Emile Lee at the weekly Council of Ministers Press conference...

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Coalition partners support Theo

PHILIPSBURG - The arrest of the leader of the United Democrats Member of Parliament Theodore Heyliger by the Anti-Corruption Task Force (TBO) on Tuesday morning at his home has drawn support from the coalition. Minister of Education who is also...

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Teachers and educators to meet on behavioral management

PHILIPSBURG - Teachers and educators will be attending meetings today and tomorrow on a training program on behavioral management which is geared to address the behavior children in the classroom and the playground. This was announced by the...

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Successful "Driven to OWN" Financial Planning Seminar

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The community of St. Maarten responded positively with record-breaking attendance at the launch of the "Driven to OWN" financial planning and mortgage seminar held at Motorworld on Wednesday February 13 th in...

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TEATT Inspectorate steps up controls

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Five fuel stations on St. Maarten were controlled to ensure proper calibration of fuel pumps by the Inspectorate of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunication TEATT as part of a routine...

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Minister Geerling's School visit inspires young children

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - When it was seven-year-old Randiel's turn to speak he said: "I want to be a Minister so I can be kind to people and love the people and help everybody." That was the response of the Ruby Denise Labega Primary School's ...

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SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - CC1 St. Maarten & Prime Distributors have announced their continued partnership with SXM DOET for its 5 thinstallment set to take place on March 15 thand 16 th, 2019. CC1 and Prime will be donating beverages and snacks...

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Theo Heyliger arrested in Larimar investigation

GREAT BAY - Suspect T.H. (48) was arrested by the Anti corruption Taskforce (TBO) this morning, February 19, 2019. The suspect has been placed in pre-trial detention. More information will provided later today. Update from the spokesperson of the ...

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Suspect in teacher vehicle theft still under investigation

Student will have his day in court ~ PHILIPSBURG - The recent theft of a teachers' vehicle still has the teacher in question traumatized. The fact that the teacher had left her vehicle keys on her desk in front of the entire class and a student...

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Police looking for Hit and Run Motorbike Driver

PHILIPSBURG - A female victim with initials K.H.S. was hit by a motor bike while attempting to cross the Walter Nisbeth road, on Thursday 21 st of February, police announced on Friday. According to reports from the Traffic Department, cars...

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Saba Electric Company goes 100 percent solar

In a historic moment for Saba Electric Company (SEC) and Saba itself, on Wednesday the entire island was for the first time powered completely by solar energy from SEC's 2 solar parks and its battery storage system. For 2 hours from 3:00PM to...

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Saba Island Council Elections 2019

On March 20th, Saba's Island Council Elections take place. Here you will find more information that you will need in order to cast your vote. When are the elections held? The Island Council Elections will be held on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019.

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Lack of diversity leaves Saba nightlife in decline

THE BOTTOM - Saba, a five square-mile island has roughly 14 different kinds of restaurants/bars while other means of night entertainment is limited. Local music producer Madwillo la Cura explained, "Apart from bar hopping or going to a...

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2018: 12 percent more aircraft movements on Saba

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport on Saba is the smallest airport of the Caribbean Netherlands. The total number of flights here rose by nearly 12 percent. This growth took place despite the temporary closure due to major maintenance work done between ...

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Martina resigns as Minister for Economic Development

WILLEMSTAD - Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina has unexpectedly resigned. Martina is former CEO of insurance company Guardian, as it turns out, he has not put enough of that company's stock on hold when he became a minister in 2017.

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K1 Britannia disaster, crisis team launched on Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - K1 Britannia Foundation formed and launched a Disaster Relief and Crisis Team called K1 DIRECT in St. Maarten in September 2018. Shortly after assembling the team in St. Maarten, K1 initiated a branch of DIRECT in Curaçao and will be ...

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Wingo announces new flight to Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP), Curaçao Airport Holding (CAH) and Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA) are pleased to announce an additional 288 seats into the destination from two new ...

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Jardim: "We do our utmost to protect ENNIA's policyholders"

PHILIPSBURG - The Central Bank will "do its utmost" to protect the interests of policyholders at troubled insurance company ENNIA, but there are no guarantees. That is the message members of the parliamentary finance committee received on Tuesday ...

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Appointment Director CBCS office Sint Maarten

WILLEMSTAD, PHILIPSBURG - As of March 1, 2019, the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) appointed Mrs. Raquel Lo Fo Wong as Director of the CBCS office in Sint Maarten, after having successfully completed an assessment process.

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PCN Builds New Administration Office on Bonaire

Kralendijk- Pensioenfonds Caribisch Nederland (PCN) is building a new administration office next to the current office building, which was bought and restored by the fund some years ago. In order to realize the new office, the old building of...

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'SanD's Guaranteed Fund' Wants to Boost Commercial Project

Oranjestad, St. Eustatius- Local entrepreneur Antoinette Schmidt hopes to realize a considerable commercial project near the FDR Airport. Schmidt hopes to generate the necessary funding for the realization of the project through a so-called...

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

DATE ISSUED: Sunday, February 24, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) February 25, 2019 Tonight: Fair to partly cloudy and breezy with a brief local shower possible. Monday morning through evening: Partly cloudy...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - With the success of last year's employer's workshops and ongoing demand for such, SZV has decided to introduce free monthly workshops for employers starting Wednesday February 27 th. The workshops will take place...

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A.M. Best Upgrades NAGICO's Issuer Credit Rating

NAGICO's leadership in catastrophe claims management affirmed as voted #1 insurance company for the 12th year in a row in St. Maarten Philipsburg, Sint Maarten - February 7, 2019 - NAGICO Insurances, a diversified insurance group serving 21...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG -- NAGICO Insurances unveiled a new insurance product called the NAGICO Hurricane Xtra Policy. It's designed as a supplemental coverage to insure uncovered expenses that may arise following a hurricane as ...

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Traffic Interruption on A.T. Illidge Road on Monday

PHILIPSBURG - The Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) hereby informs the general public of a planned traffic interruption on the A.T. Illidge Road on Monday February 25, 2019. The interruption is...

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Legendary Performance of The Jacksons at Heineken Regatta

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is famous for world-class racing and attracting some of the world's top musical acts for their legendary parties. This year is no different. Motown royalty, The Jacksons - Jackie,...

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Review LuminAID Packlite Max, a Solar Powered Phone Charger

ST. JOHN'S ESTATE - The Wizards, specializing in computer repairs and onsite services, is now the official reseller for an environmentally-friendly product that has a very unusual feature: A solar powered LED lantern that is a phone charger as...

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Detention Theo Heyliger extended for 8 days. Is that really necessary?
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St. Kitts Opposition Leader Wins Case Against Government

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Friday February 22, 2019 - Opposition Leader Dr Denzil Douglas has won his legal battle against government in its attempts to have him kicked out of Parliament. And now he is heading back to court - this time to file a...

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Venezuela soldiers abandon posts at Colombia border

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Sint-Maartener becomes first youth mayor of Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM - The first youth mayor of Amsterdam is a Dutch Caribbean islander from Sint Maarten. On Monday Avianka Aventurin (28) was inducted as the new youth mayor by the mayor of Amsterdam Femke Halsema during a ceremony at a packed Theater de...

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Settlements for firms need probation

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