Bati Bleki Weekly Recap December 4th, 2016

Ecotech, an unofficial update on turning Waste to Gas

I finally have some good news about waste. It’s not confirmed, but you know what I always say, where there is smoke, there is fire.

Last week, an excellent source leaked, that Aruba’s water and electric plant already has some generators hooked up to gas, produced in Aruba by EcoGas, from waste. Heartfelt applause. Fireworks. We’re proud.

The process is a bit behind schedule but it is coming, one unit is already operational at the gasification plant and two more will come on line soon.

That means that in perhaps 6 month, Aruba will produced good volume and good quality alternative fuel, to stoke its WEB generations, supplying us with water and electricity, and when everything is said and done, 35% of Aruba’s waste with morph into a reasonably-priced source of alternative energy!

We could partially kiss the dump adios.

So, why is no one touting a horn?

For fear of the evil eye! If they brag about it, the process might be jinxed. So easy does it, let’s them get it right, this time. There have been a few attempts in the past that failed, but perseverance, blood, sweat and tears prevailed.

So why are they behind schedule?

Basically, because WE never learned to separate our trash. Yes, WE, as in the citizens of the island, we never wanted to be bothered by recycling, at least that is the perception of our government, hence, THEY never asked US to separate glass, paper, metal and aluminum from household waste.

So the whole kit and caboodle went to the dump.

Then Meta Corp got interested in gasification. They were already collecting commercial and domestic waste, and were already PAYING Serlimar a tipping fee per ton, to get rid of it.  For the record: Serlimar only allowed it to accumulate and then set it on fire.

Naturally, in order to gasify, you must first separate the gook, and remove the non-gasifiable materials: Metal, Sand, Glass and Cardboard. What’s left can be shredded, compressed, bailed and gasified, providing it is high quality waste, with a high caloric value.

So Meta Corp built a WSP, waste separation or sorting plant, which can now voraciously go through 100% of the island’s trash.

The WSP is up and running, partially, because Serlimar is holding on to its precious garbage, like it’s gold. Meta Corp and Serlimar still have to agree on the terms of waste delivery for sorting and gasification, and that will eventually provide WEB with low cost fuel.

For now, all of Ecotech waste is sorted, then the suitable stuff gasified, and WEB is already using it. Tada.

When the two more gasifying units come on line, Serlimar better hand over that trash! Because what Ecotech can produce will cost WEB less money, and will provide a solution for Serlimar, a poorly organized, inefficient, bureaucratic and non productive government agency.

It’s the time of the year in which to think about others…

Dear friends:

On behalf of Fundacion PANA (“Pa Amor di Nos Aruba”) we would like to invite you to participate on our 2nd “SINTERKLASS RIBA CAYA” event on Saturday December 3rd from 9 am on.

The concept that started in Venezuela some 12 years ago and is now in over 12 countries is that we collect used toys and kids clothing in good shape during the previous two weeks sort them out, pack them and go to  poor neighborhood around Aruba on December 3rdto spread some happiness among the kids dressed as Sinterklaas and the Zwarte Pieten. Last year we gave away over 1200 items with the help of many students from ISA and Mrs. Sergia with her “cuatro”. We all certainly had a good time and enjoyed being part of this event as part of our social responsibility duties.

Would highly appreciate if you could spread the word and forward this communication to people you know and help us make it another success.

The Ministry of Social Affairs is helping with the logistics and press coverage as well.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

1)      MOST IMPORTANTLY: Donate kids clothing and toys.

Starting Monday November 21 st. clean your closets and leave your used toys and clothing in good shape in Blue Residences Lobby (Atn. Mrs. Veronica Gomez/JE Irausquin Blvd. 266). Kids love dolls and any type of balls (soccer in particular). Candies are always welcomed too.

2)      Help us pack: Friday December 2nd from 2 pm – ‘til 7 pm and Saturday December 3rd from 7am- 9 am at Oceania Residences – JE Irausquin Blvd. 238

3)      Come and spread the joy of the Holiday Season. At 9 am on Saturday December 3rdwe’ll leave Oceania and visit 4 different places to give away gifts, music and joy.

Please contact one of our event coordinators if you want to participate.

Event coordinators:

Veronica Van der Dys. Cel 5642468 [email protected]

Pilar Sydow, Cel 5930721 [email protected]

We’re talking about Mary Jane in Aruba

First, nonpsychoactive marijuana extract, or cannabidiol, CBD: One of my young friends spoke to me at length about his passionate plan to create an on-island PR infrastructure so that when legislation for medical marijuana is suggested, it will fall on fertile ears, and be approved.

He did not speak about recreational use; his interest was holistic, as medicine for anything from seizures to bedsores, though he grew up on the island and I am sure that at one point or the other, in his early years, he had a love-affair with puff-pass, a phase most people abandon as they mature. About 10% of any population, 15% in indigenous populations, gets hooked and transitions to other, heavier mood altering substances. But we’re not talking about addiction today.

My young friend quoted to me that 28 states in the USA, plus the District of Columbia, have legalized marijuana in some form, and three more states are joining soon, having made tax and licensing provisions, and/or decriminalize it. Between legalizing recreational use, and medical use, the world is busily making this adult intoxicant available, and a number of my older friends recently reported that they prefer it over booze and/or pills, when they unwind after work.

On a personal note, I never had a love affair with pot, because of the dreaded binge-eating that comes along with it. My last contact-high was in an Amsterdam café, I laughed my head off, but I don’t remember what was so funny!

And when my sister, a cancer patient, was running out of time, she was given cannabis oil, designed to alleviate some of her unbearable suffering, I believe she had difficulties using it, because of the pot-head stigma attached to it. Which was sad, but we get it, marijuana has been bad-mouthed for years.

In any case, CNN’s Sanjay Gupta documentaries about Weed convinced him, and all his viewers, including me, that we should legalize Medical Marijuana, period.

As for Aruba? I understand it is available hush, hush, from private labels, and home industries. Some growers do their own thing, and distribute secret recipes. A medical professional I spoke to swears by its effectiveness in wound-care, especially in elderly demographics.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-global-first-teva-signs-deal-to-market-medical-marijuana-inhaler/?utm_source=Start-Up+Daily&utm_campaign=9d9d682017-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_28&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fb879fad58-9d9d682017-55186445

And how about recreational use??

We went to San Nicholas yesterday to visit Cosecha, the new art gallery on main street and talked over lunch at O’Neil’s Caribbean Kitchen. Marijuana came up, immediately, and we hatched the following plan: How about instead of dilapidated red-light district bars, tired hookers and abandoned buildings, designate an area for recreational marijuana use, open a few licensed coffee shops, just like the Bulldog in Amsterdam. Borrow the Bulldog’s blueprint. The area will become an instant magnet for tourists, and we will finally manage to take weed off the beaches. Regulate marijuana use, tax it, make laws, set fees and possession limits, the money will be rolling in. And I have just the perfect location for you, the city blocks between Helfrick- Jan Steen- and Rembrandtstraat. Needless to say voracious appetites follow weed, so restaurants will be doing well! And don’t forget to check with the neighbors how they feel about my plan!

Art Galleries and Museums won’t cut it for San Nicholas, a few coffee shops will!

Just a Footnote: Colorado collected more than $135 million in marijuana taxes and fees in 2015 — more than $35 million of which was earmarked for school construction projects.

When you have been famous for too long…A column written by one of my friends

So…while we were in San Nicolas, we decided to have a couple beers at Charlie’s Bar, for old time’s sake.  My,my how what was once “charming and cute” has turned into filthy and rundown, with service with a smug attitude.  The first table we sat at was so sticky it was gross.  the adjoining tables, same story, we did not even want to touch the tables…the cutsie collection of junk on the walls is so old and covered in dust and crud that it is just not “cute” anymore, it’s a health violation.  We were a bit weary of ordering off the menu after seeing the filthy conditions of the place, so we just asked for an order of fries to take the edge off our appetites and beers (they didn’t have any appetizers or snacks on the menu).  The bartender informed us that fries were only a side dish and we could not order them alone—really??!! I offered to pay whatever they wanted, just needed a nibble…the attitude was wrought with sarcasm, as they just don’t serve fries without a meal, how silly of me to ask for such a thing.  At first, I thought they must be joking with me, but no, no it was not a joke.  This is how we do business, like it or not.

We are an island that prides ourselves on service, hospitality, and doing our utmost to accommodate guests—and although Charlie’s Bar thinks because they are a supposed island icon they can slack on cleanliness, service, and hospitality, this is just not right.  It scares me to think that this is a spot many journalists and visiting press are directed to (I think it is just merely a habit to think this is where tourists should go when in San Nicolas).  It is often referred to as a “tourist trap” on many review sites, and rightly so—but wow, we should not be promoting this place as one of our national treasures—that shipped has sailed in a very big way.  Go to O’Neils for a clean environment, tasty local and regional cuisine at fair prices, friendly and ACCOMMODATING service—a place that does not take your patronage for granted.  Or head to Rum Reef by Baby Beach, or El Gallo Rojo on mainstreet.  Sorry, Charlie’s Bar—your time has come and gone—there are too many establishments bending over backwards to accommodate their guests, make them know their business is appreciated, and quite frankly, San Nicolas deserves better—and hopefully, in time, more restaurants will be able to open there and show guests how much they appreciate them without sarcasm and flippant attitudes.  Besides us, there were only 4 people in the place—gee, I wonder why.=

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