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UTILITIES: Look no further, pick ECOTECH

I received an e-mail yesterday informing me that Utilities is looking for international solutions for our dump challenges so that it may transition from its current unacceptable handling of solid waste to a sustainable and sanitary system keeping pace with international standards and best practices. Amen. BUT I cannot explain WHY you would be looking … Continue reading UTILITIES: Look no further, pick ECOTECH

Clarita Britten, a folk hero and Plastic Beach Party

She was a victim of a holdup, and instead of becoming a marginal news item, she became a national celebrity, with two animated shorts to her name, radio commercials, tee shirts, a music remix of her interview with reporter Speed Andrade, and a substantial number of fans: Her initial interview with him was viewed 177K … Continue reading Clarita Britten, a folk hero and Plastic Beach Party

A press release I received, worthy of attention

THE TIME FOR ACTION HAS COME Fundacion Conserva Area Cristal has as a goal the protection of nature and green areas around Sero Cristal that are still aggressively threatened by the devastating activities of companies without the appropriate permits. In the second half of December 2017, two companies applied for a nuisance permit for their … Continue reading A press release I received, worthy of attention

Dutch Government Takeover in Statia

It’s been about one hundred days since our September 16th elections, and nothing much is happening, because the hands of our new government are tied. The dire financial situation they inherited makes it difficult to do anything besides struggle to pay the most basic bills, borrow more money, and seek long-term solutions in collaboration with … Continue reading Dutch Government Takeover in Statia

Moonlighting

Carnival is over, we’d better get back to life. Last week the MinFEC – Finance, Economy, Culture – took on the subject of Moonlighting reiterating the obvious, which is not so obvious in Aruba, that government employees cannot hold down a second job in addition to their full time, salaried government duties, unless specific permission … Continue reading Moonlighting

Carnival 64th – It doesn’t get any better than this

Carnival 64 was spectacular and while some stayed away, saving their pennies for Carnival 65, the 2018 events followed each other in rapid succession, all well-orchestrated and incredibly entertaining. The Grand Parade, 2,600 participants, five hours long – was totally breathtaking with TOB as the first group presenting the Rise of the Phoenix. What are … Continue reading Carnival 64th – It doesn’t get any better than this

Lady Justice of Rancho

Lady Justice of Rancho On the recent Dia Di Betico, I joint a group visiting Rancho’s historic streets and monuments. Last week I went back to see the Tempo Pa Click Exposition at Centro di Actividad Rancho, a modest community effort, open on Wednesday afternoons. The expo of photographs by the neighborhood kids is very … Continue reading Lady Justice of Rancho