Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
"Starting July 6, commuters are going to be seeing fewer ferry runs from St. Thomas to St. John and less money in their pockets after paying their fares, thanks to a ruling by the Public Services Commission during an emergency meeting Thursday on St. Thomas. An extra $1.10 fuel surcharge will be tacked onto all passenger tickets, including regular $5 tickets, $3 commuter tickets, $2.50 bulk tickets, $1.50 student tickets, $1.25 senior tickets, and the $1 fare for children under age 12."
"Until the beginning of November, both Transportation Services and Varlack Ventures will only be making runs during the week from Cruz Bay to Charlotte Amalie at 7:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., and from Charlotte Amalie to Cruz Bay at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. During the weekend, the Cruz Bay to Charlotte Amalie ferry will run at 11:15 a.m., with a return trip running at 1 p.m. The 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. runs from Cruz Bay to Red Hook have also been eliminated, along with the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. runs from Red Hook to Cruz Bay." www.onepaper.com
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
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Monday, June 9, 2008
Here are a few ideas from Green Energy News on beating the high costs of gas. Gas prices do not seem to be reaching a peak, so its probably up from here. In order to reduce fuel costs, we are going to have to change the way we live.
--- Do a cost analysis of trading the old vehicle for one that gets significantly better fuel economy. Base that analysis on fuel that costs twice what it does now (currently about $4 a gallon in the US for regular). Include in that analysis the premium you will pay for a now-in-demand efficient car or truck and how long you would expect to keep it. If the analysis works in your favor, buy as soon as you can.
--- Don’t buy a vehicle that requires high-octane gasoline unless the manufacturer specifically says its OK to run it on regular gas. Get it in writing.
--- Rent vehicles for specific purposes. Do you really need a truck or van every day just because you occasionally need to haul something big and heavy? Most of the time you’re probably only hauling yourself around. Rent a truck, van or SUV when you need it.
--- When running errands ask a neighbor if they need something while you’re out. Likely they’ll return the favor. Eventually you’ll be setting up a car pool for errands.
--- Make lists before you run errands. Buy everything while you’re out. Don’t make a special trip for one purchase.
--- Shop on the Internet. Let your purchases be delivered to your door.
--- Set up car pools for commuting to work.
--- Learn to drive for fuel economy. Use cruise control whenever possible for a few extra miles per gallon. Shut off your engine at long stop lights. Drive with a light foot on the accelerator pedal. Don’t speed up hills. Coast down the other side. Don’t drive faster than about 60 miles per hour.
--- If you live in a flat or mildly hilly area ride a bicycle occasionally. If you live in a hilly area buy an electric-assisted bicycle if you don’t like to sweat. If you want no pedaling at all try an electric scooter of some kind.
--- Newer cars rarely need tune-ups but make sure your air filter is changed regularly and tires are properly inflated.
--- Without going too far out of your way, buy the cheapest gas around. In a market economy consumers are supposed to control costs by shopping for the least expensive price.
--- Consider moving closer to your job or conveniences or mass transit. That would be a drastic change that would require wading into the dangerous waters of a scary real estate market.
Taken from: Green Energy News
Saturday, May 10, 2008
A meteorology report from the Pennsylvania State University on July 30 this year stated that satellite pictures were showing a vast plume of dust spreading across the eastern tropical Atlantic. The brown swirls shown in the pictures were dust from the Sahara desert blowing over the Atlantic Ocean toward the Caribbean and the Americas. By the end of August, the dust had passed over the Virgin Islands.
This Sahara dust has a mixed impact: The dust is a boom for life in the ocean and for vegetation on land. It acts as kind of vitamin supplement to nutrient poor soils. It helps give us some of those extraordinary sunsets that you can often see from the Maho pavilion and the marvelous sunrises you can see from Concordia. It also gives some of those rare, overcast gray days; and it also gives us that gritty feeling underfoot particularly on the tile floors in the studios at Harmony and Concordia.
The dust was initially lofted into the atmosphere by currents of hot air rising from the floor of the Sahara Desert. It is common for weather disturbances to carry dust from the Sahara toward the Caribbean and the Americas. Research suggests that dust from Africa makes up at least half the particles in the air in the southeast United States
Giant sand storms — often larger than Spain — routinely blow all the way across the Atlantic, reaching South America, the Caribbean, and the southeastern United States. "There have been times when airports in the Caribbean have been closed down for lack of visibility from these dust storms," said Eugene Shinn, a senior geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in St. Petersburg, Fla. "It shows we're all linked together in one way or the other, that's for sure." It is a global phenomenon. Windstorms in China have darkened cities in Australia; dust from Mongolia has turned up in Denver. ‘You would be surprised, he said. "It's a complete chemical soup," said Shinn."It's full of living microbes, it has a little mercury in it, small bits of arsenic, you name it, and it’s in there."
Shinn and his colleagues surprised their fellow scientists two years ago, when they published a study showing that bacteria and fungi could survive transoceanic trips in the upper atmosphere. Apparently, they ride on grains of sand, carried by winds to altitudes of 10,000 feet or more where many scientists believed they would be killed off by the ultraviolet rays of the Sun.
Biologists suspect the dust may be responsible for damage to coral reefs off the coast of Florida; the coral has no immunity to diseases that settle in the water, carried from places thousands of miles away. Two Billion Tons a Year But the dust is also an essential part of life on Earth. Two billion tons of it routinely cross the oceans every year, so much that it's become part of nature's routine. "African dust blows over almost on a daily basis during our summer, falling in the Caribbean," says Dale Griffin, a microbiologist at the U.S. Geological Survey. "A good number of the plants in the upper canopy of the Amazon rainforest derive all their nutrients from African dust." As one scientist said, the whole planet is intermixing. If you see a truly spectacular sunset, you may be able to thank a distant desert.
(Thanks to the New York Times and ABC News Internet Ventures from whom we have borrowed heavily)
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
When asked, "What does Bob do?", it is a difficult question to answer. Not because he doesn't do much, but because he does too much. I have resorted to replying with "Maho Guru". I took a moment to do a brief interview with Bob who is here with us for budgets and other guru activities.
First visit to Maho: 1985
Employee/affiliated since: 1989
Biggest improvement to Maho over the years: Real mattresses instead of the original 4 inch foam pads as well as actual stairs leading to tent instead of nothing at all.
Vivid Memory: Hamilton's Island Tour as a guest way back when
Favorite Restaraunt Food: Once in the 80's I put my dinner order in at 4:30 and showed up at 6:30 to eat only to find out there was nothing left. (before we had the restaurant, dinner orders were placed, food cooked in town by a few fabulous West Indian cooks, and brought to Maho for dinner time)
Funny Memory: Back when the tents were green canvas with netting for an opening and goats roamed the area. One time I came home to A5 to find a goat inside my tent who was none to happy to be trapped inside. This particular goat had a torn right ear, probably from a previous fight with another goat. The intruder's name was Vincent Van Goat.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
On a side note, someone pointed out today that we take dog droppings and place them in plastic bags.......seems a little odd......organic material being placed in plastic....... Maybe we could just start throwing it in the bushes. A fertilized plant is a happy plant.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
We will be sure to share more information as it becomes available.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
More good news is that the trend is catching on. World Class Anglers is now running 50% vegetable oil as well. As more and more people/businesses become aware of new technologies that are not only affordable, but actually reduce cost and are a benefit to the environment, then change happens and we all benefit.
To plan a fishing trip, contact our activities desk at 340-693-5721 ext 212.
UPDATE: Gone Ketchin is now being supplied with Vegetable Oil from the Pavilion Restaurant at Maho Bay!