• From Keep Saba Beautiful on Opinion: What can we do to keep the Unspoiled Queen unspoiled?

    Great points made in this article. Recycling is just one component; not the “fix”.

    In my opinion, the greatest change can be made when people first Refuse: refuse the plastic straws, and other single use plastics (cups, Styrofoam containers, plastic bags, buying produce – that has been wrapped in plastic and placed on a Styrofoam container in the stores for example).

    Refuse to use balloons, which end up in the sea eaten by the turtle population and other marine life which Saba prides itself on. It CAN be a party without balloons.

    Local grocery stores and restaurants can be great change-leaders in this regard; reduce their costs and give consumers better options. Consumers need to start asking for better options and refusing single use plastics.

    Not to say it is easy to change habits. I personally made a commitment at the beginning of the year to do better – some days I do great, other days I forget my reusable grocery bags and use a plastic cup – but I am trying and I am AWARE –

    Discussion to raise awareness is a great step – so appreciations to the Unknown Author of this article.

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    2017/04/14 at 12:29 pm
  • From eco on Opinion: What can we do to keep the Unspoiled Queen unspoiled?

    And keep separating your garbage, because one of the reasons that almost everything is burned is because not enough people are really separating and put everything in the same bin

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    2017/04/13 at 1:19 pm
  • From Tom Smith on Trade mission also to visit Saba and Statia

    So, in other words companies from the European Nederlands will come down to see if they can open or bring their businesses to the islands.
    This isn’t a mission to foster the growth of local businesses and the possibility of any local business expanding to the mainland, European Nederlands.

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    2017/04/10 at 12:41 pm
    • From Stan on Trade mission also to visit Saba and Statia

      If you read the article it says: After the past two editions being held in the Netherlands and Suriname, the time has now come to visit the Dutch Caribbean islands as part of the trade mission,”.

      In other words, businesses from the Dutch Caribbean already had their chance to visit the European Netherlands during a trade mission. In 2015 to be exact.

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      2017/04/11 at 5:29 pm
  • From Tricia on Self-defense class for special needs students

    Well….What would we do without a Kind ❤️ Heart and Soul like Teacher Helen? She gives her all & Then some!
    Thanking God for this Gift Of Giving from her Always! As the children really enjoyed this Adventure!
    And PrincipalDiane has and is always an Awesome support system! You Guys Rock!

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    2017/04/05 at 6:24 am
  • From Tricia on New 'bundled' services at Satel

    They do an Amazing Job there! Each & Every One Of The Employees out in the field…& in the office!
    Thank You!

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    2017/03/27 at 11:58 am
  • From J Dowling on Saba Conservation Foundation and Public Entity Saba respond to second yacht stranding - Update April 3

    I was disappointed to see a large area of diesel sheen emanating from Elsa this afternoon (Saturday 3/25, 3:30PM) when I walked down The Ladder to have look at her condition. I was told by someone involved with her salvage that the diesel leak had been resolved; that’s hardly the case. It’s unacceptable that, after several days, there aren’t oil containment booms surrounding this vessel. I don’t think “everything is being done to minimize damage” as suggested by this article.

    The article also suggests that mariners might not be following proper procedures to ensure the safety of their own vessels. As an owner of a sailing vessel, who has sailed many places around the world, including the Caribbean as well as Saba, I am very wary of moorings, especially those who use line instead of all chain, a practice that I believe is used here in Saba. I much prefer to use my own tackle, but that really isn’t an option here in Saba; as a result we have to rely on the Harbor Master for our safely while moored here.

    These aren’t the first instances of mooring failures here in Saba…

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    2017/03/25 at 11:45 pm
  • From Otto de Vries on Research/Survey vessel Elsa drifted ashore in Ladder Bay - Updated March 25

    If the bowsprit is still attached it leads to the question on the type of break. If it pulled out horizontally or snapped by a downward force. If horizontal it’s a failure of boat equipment. If vertical then the question is what was the ratio of mooring line length to depth. Just my two cents.

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    2017/03/25 at 8:09 pm
  • From Otto de Vries on Saba Conservation Foundation and Public Entity Saba respond to second yacht stranding - Update April 3

    Inspection should be regular, logged and documented with photos and/or video. This is a liability for the marine park and the island. Sad that action to be taken needed is a reaction to the unfortunate events.

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    2017/03/25 at 7:06 pm
  • From Cameron on Research/Survey vessel Elsa drifted ashore in Ladder Bay - Updated March 25

    apparently the buoy that was given to the Elsa was not capable to cope with the weight of the boat and snapped of due to over weight. on your second picture you can see the buoy on the left side of the Elsa floating on the surface. Is there significant oil spill? Have they attempted to do some rescue operation? any more pictures?

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    2017/03/24 at 10:34 pm
    • From guenter on Research/Survey vessel Elsa drifted ashore in Ladder Bay - Updated March 25

      here my last picture from the morning where we disovered the accident, with still one person on board.

      Elsa on shore at Ladder Bay

      clearly visible the wooden bowsprit still on the mooring buoy, which seems to be intact. then you see some furniture broken, and the life buoy released.

      the oil spill is several kilometers along the coast, you can even smell it on Sandy Cruz trail. It extends from The Ladder up to the northern end of Wells bay, maybe more.

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      2017/03/25 at 8:33 am
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