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ThfSAII AND JEamA


Continental
Airlines


O pportunities to get to Bonaire
next winter are growing. Last
week Continental Airlines, which had
just contracted to fly to Bonaire from
Houston, signed an agreement in Cura-
cao to fly there non-stop from Newark
airport. Flight 1862 will use a Boeing
737-700 and depart at 8:50 am, arriving
in Curagao at 2:35 pm, beginning De-
cember 17, 2005. The fare is $506.65.
This flight, combined with a ($100 r/t)
Divi Divi or BonairExpress connection
to Bonaire, will be an alternative to the
present Air Jamaica flight which oper-
ates two daily flights from the NY area
to Montego Bay to connect with its Sat-
urday morning flight to Bonaire. The
return to Newark is at 3:20 pm, arriving
at 7:20 pm.
Continental reportedly is very satisfied
with the number of early bookings on the
recently announced Houston-Bonaire
flight.



t Atlantic Airlines

A^A & :M.


well as destinations in Central America
and Brazil.
It could start flying as early as next
month with a charter permit until all the
paperwork is complete for scheduled
flights. "Our plans in Curagao are long
term," stated Bill Lara, Atlantic's Vice-
President Planning, Marketing and Sales,
in a letter to Dekker. The company holds
operating certificates for Central and
South America. The plan is to base two
Boeing 737-200s in Curagao that are cur-
rently used in Honduras and Peru.


A The search activities of the three
F-16s of the Dutch Royal Air force that
arrived two weeks ago were initially de-
layed by bad weather related to Hurri-
cane Dennis. They did not find evidence
of Natalee Holloway's disappearance
during the 11 missions they flew around
Aruba.
The F-16s flew the 7,000+ kms. from
the Netherlands via the Azores to Cura-
gao. They were refueled in the air by a
KDC-10 that also transported supplies
and a detachment of 40 air force person-
nel to Hato Airport.
For searches, the F-16s used a
"MARS-pod (Medium Altitude Recon-
naissance System)" with daylight cam-
eras, or a targeting pod to take infrared
images. It contains a laser-driven target-
indicator and a TV- and infrared camera
plus two Recon Optical KS-87B daylight
cameras fitted with 12-inch lenses (306
mm) to take very detailed shots. Each
camera has a film cassette with 75 me-


ters of film that can make about 600
shots.
Last week the KDC-10 tanker was
stuck in Curagao with technical problems
(see photo at top of story). It had been
scheduled to fly to Afghanistan.


4 The board of St. Elisabeth Hospital
(Sehos) in Curagao is resigning follow-
ing an expose that showed the hospital
was unsanitary, ill-equipped, poorly
run and that these conditions were re-
sponsible for patient deaths. Medical
specialists threatened a lawsuit, and a
cardiologist documented the deaths of
several people because of inadequate
care. Bonaire patients are referred to
Sehos when the level of expertise avail-
able in St. Francisco Hospital is not ade-
quate for their condition.
Public Health Minister Joan Theodora-
Brewster met with the board to request a
plan of action to deal with the most seri-
ous problems discovered in recent in-
spections by Dutch and Antillean au-
thorities.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wil-
lemstad, which owns the hospital, must
give its approval for the resignations.
The news comes a day after cardiolo-
gist Liqui Lung's claim that people have
died at Sehos due to "deficient care." He
reported three cases to the inspectors.
The inspectors had warned as far back as
three years ago that hospital management
sometimes interfered with medical mat-
ters. For example, without consulting the
concerned specialist, they ordered a
cheaper pacemaker for a patient, which
was totally untested. A most frightening


example is that management decided not
to provide the capability to perform a
"NAT-blood test for HIV," creating the
risk that receivers of blood transfusions
could be infected with HIV," Liqui Lung
added.
The medical specialists confirmed that
the recent revelations are only the tip of
the iceberg. More things are wrong, es-
pecially in the microbiology lab. A
spokesman said in addition to the prob-
lems of staffing, motivation and equip-
ment that: "The walls are still standing,
but are drenched with bacteria."


STropical Story Emily's formation
on July 11 made it the earliest date in
recorded tropical storm history that five
named storms formed in the Atlantic ba-
sin, the Miami hurricane center said.
Tropical storms Arlene and Bret pre-
ceded Dennis and Cindy, but neither
reached hurricane strength. As we go to
press Tropical Storm Emily is bearing
down on the Windward Islands but
should pass well north of Bonaire. Calms
and sea swells can be expected here.


Bonaire Reporter July 15 to July 22, 2005


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kerij Curacao


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)

t FOL, PLKP and MAN signed an
agreement on Tuesday to form the
new Island Government of Curacao.
The new government's majority party
(FOL) is not represented in the Country's
Council of Ministers, a situation that has
meant problems in the past.
Curagao had been without an island
government for over a month. The PAR
and PNP parties are out, having refused
to form a coalition with the FOL party of
Anthony Godett. The commissioners of
the PLKP and MAN parties will keep the
jobs they had in the defunct PAR/PLKP/
PNP/MAN Executive Council, while
FOL will take over those of PAR and
PNP.


A In August the tuition fees at the
University of the Netherlands Antilles
will increase from NAf1.000 ($570) to
NAf 1.500 ($857) per semester. Educa-
tion Minister Maritza Silberie is ex-
pected to finalize this decision soon.
Chairman of the Student Council,
Clark Abraham, understands the need
for an increase. "One thousand guilders
is indeed not enough for qualitative good
university education," he admits. "In the
Netherlands the tuition fees are much
higher. Our problem is that when the stu-
dents enroll next month, they have to
know how they are going to pay the tui-
tion, in installments or at once. It makes
a difference when you have to pay 50


guilders extra from your grant."

A A poverty alleviation summit or-
ganized by Antillean Co-financing Of-
fice (AMFO) and the NGO Platform
Bonaire was held in Bonaire's Amboina
Centro di Bario last Saturday with the
theme "Poverty Relief- Action Now!" A
complete report on this important session
that addressed the fundamental issues
related to misery and crime in the islands
attracted the top people in Antillean and
Island Government. The story begins on
page 6.


fugitive Murray Gibbs who had es-
caped almost a week before from the
Bonaire lockup with another prisoner.
The other prisoner turned himself in a
few hours later, but Gibbs remained at
large. He was located at a house at Mex-
ico #102 with three companions and re-
captured by an arrest team. His compan-
ions were charged with aiding a fugitive.
During the operation one of the officers
was accidentally shot in the foot. Prose-
cutor Wesselius was on the scene as
well. Gibbs was transported to a more
secure prison in Curagao the next day.
According to the police, a tip from a citi-
zen aided in the recapture.


A It's time again for the Four Days of
Nijmegen (4 Daagse di Nijmegen) walk
in Holland, July 19 through 22, and Bon-
aire will be sending another contin-
gent: Nazario Alberto, Roy Martines
and Boi Antoin. These stalwart souls
will be walking approximately 50 km per
day for four days. The Nijmegen walk is
the largest walking event in the world.
Sister islands Aruba and Curacao will be
sending walkers too this year. Star
walker Nazario will be leaving this
Thursday on the KLM. We wish them all
the best and no sore feet.


A A search of the jail by the Zero-
Tolerance squad following Gibbs' escape The Bonaire Animal Shelter Foun-
turned up various items of contraband dation is organizing its Third Art Auc-
including marihuana, a couple of cell tion with Indonesian Dinner this No-
phones with chargers, a box cutter, pills vember. All the profits will go to the
and other items. An investigation is un- Animal Shelter. For the two previous art
derway to discover how the prisoners got auctions, the Shelter received a huge
the items. amount of cooperation from the local art
community, and they hope that they can
A Bonaire police had some successes count on the same cooperation again this
last week. They recaptured dangerous year.


If you are able to donate pieces for
the auction, please contact one of the
following: 717-8721 (Lydia); 717-3207
(Hans); 787-0466 (Paul); or 717-4989
Animal Shelter

This Saturday the mighty Ambo-
ina Dolphins soccer team (kids aged 6
to 11) battle two soccer teams coming
from Curacao. It promises to be a high-
light in the team's career so come on out
and cheer them on. The event will open
at 9 am with a brass band and dignitaries.
It's at the big soccer field in Amboina
near the Centro di Bario (off Kaya Niki-
boko North). Coached by Ricardo Al-
berto, the team has been very active,
even going on the stage to raise funds.
For more information call Ricardo at
785-3449.


A The Cargill Salt Company has
banned fishing on its property. The
measures, which include multi-language
signs, may have been motivated by the
recent death from a heart attack of an
American tourist who was fishing in the
area. Bonaireans fish in the waters that
directly border the saltpans. Recently,
they have been joined by tourists.
The salt production area is an official
flamingo reservation. Fishermen have
been reported disturbing the birds. It's
(Continued on page 5)


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e O P I N I O N S en d a 0 .S : U P A G E I


AN IDEA To BENEFIT EVERYONE

Dear Editor:
As noticed and mentioned, is our
tourism going forward but slowly?
Well, if you have been to other islands
in the Caribbean you could easily say
that they have a lot of things we don't:
long beaches with palms, mountains
with rain forests, things that a non-diver
normally connects with the Caribbean.
But they cannot come close to our wa-
ters, which are the cleanest I have ever
seen. But that is not enough to meet a
typical tourist's expectations. You can-
not create clean waters, but you can
create beaches and plant palms.
So my opinion is that the Sunset
Beach Hotel property should be used in
a multi-purpose way for our future tour-
ism and for Bonaire. Here is how:

Make the beach a first class public
Caribbean beach. Renovate the bush
area into a rich palm garden with grass,
together with the typical wooden Carib-
bean snack bars for local snacks.
Now there would there still be enough
property to divide it up into spaces for
three, four or even five erftpakt (leased
land) lots for small guesthouses or ho-
tels.
This way it could be possible for a
local entrepreneur to invest in a small
hotel in a first class location. Be fair
and first ask the local hard working
guesthouse owners. That way the ones
who are already working hard for tour-


ism would get a chance to operate in a
prime location.
Giving out one lot every two years
would give Bonaire the time needed to
hire available construction companies
and contractors, as well as absorbing
the additional beds. In this way you
would gain spread ownerships, hotels
with different ambiances, colors and
structures. So you create choices.
This concept would give locals their
beach back and tourism in general a
first class Caribbean beach and palm
shade, a real hangout place. I think it
would benefit everyone in the tourism
business.
There would be no tax holidays
needed, and everything can be built lo-
cally.
Lennart Davidsson




WEB RATES


Adust about everyone
on Bonaire has
gotten their bill for elec-
tricity that includes the
latest fuel surcharge
(Brandstofclausule).
And just about every-
one is shocked that the increase is far
higher than anticipated. The effect of
the increase has already begun to nega-
tively affect the local economy. It will
be interesting to see what the Bureau of


Statistics (Centraal Bureau voor de Sta-
tistiek van de Nederlandse Antillen -
CBS) reports. In Curaqao they said that
the "Home" sector index rose 2.4%
based on an increase in the cost of en-
ergy and water respectively of 7.7%
and 7.1%. And that 7% is a small frac-
tion of the increase in Bonaire.

In Bonaire a household pays
NAf0,3191 per kilowatt-hour (using
1,000 watts for one hour) as its basic
rate (hotels pay less). On top of that the
fuel surcharge is NAfO, 24738 per kilo-
watt-hour, for a grand total of
NAf0,5665 ($0.32) per kilowatt-hour.

For a comparison consider electric
rates in the US. New York City has the
highest rates in the country; its custom-
ers pay $0.1638 per kilowatt-hour,
about half of a Bonairean's. The lowest
rate is in Tacoma, Washington, where
users pay $0.0446 per kilowatt-hour,
one-eighth of the local rate.
What can you do to lower your WEB
bill? The first is to use less electricity.
The second is to have Bonaire's elected
officials do something about the price
the Island Government pays for fuel.
They might do this by buying from an-
other supplier, renegotiating the con-
tract with Curoil or subsidizing the in-
crease by using tax money. Perhaps
there are other ways... like renewable
energy.. now is the time to take action
before Bonaire's economic engine
stalls. O G.D.


(Flotsam and Jetsam Continued from page 4)
also speculated that some of these fish-
ermen may have tampered with the in-
stallations of the salt company to make
it easier for them to catch fish and
shrimps. Cargill has placed extra signs
in these areas.


A Bonaire National Marine Park
rangers caught several people taking
conch from Lac Bay last weekend. The
poachers and boat were taken into cus-
tody by Bonaire police who responded
to the call from the rangers.
Lac was an important source of conch
a generation or more ago. But over fish-
ing led to the present situation where
there are very few mature conch in the
bay. The poachers had boxes filled with
immature conch. While it is an offense
of local and international environmental
laws to take conch, the conch poaching
was made worse because the small
young conch taken had not had a
chance to breed.

The model in the Benetton ad
this week (on page 8) is Jong Bonaire
member Genesis St. Jago. O G./L.D


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Poverty Summit Amboina. Enough talking, enough defi- clusions and recommendations of the
Organized by nitions, discussions and reports: let's "We are already writing history last summit were presented. Vice presi-
AMFO-NGO Platform take action now! today by the high attendance. Let's dent of the NGO Platform Bonaire, Gil-
Bonaire hosted the third Summit put all the personal, political and bert van Arneman, gave an overview of
Conference to track socialprograms The well-attended meeting drew the patriotic interests aside to fight for the second summit Empowering Peo-
to imperee leto tra social programs highest elected and appointed officials the ones who can't fight for pie-Expanding Opportunities held on
heo ipr the feo ntr di t was f of the central and national govern- themselves. March 5 in St. Maarten.
held July 9 in the Sentro di Bario of m E
Amboina. This comprehensive report, ments: His Excellency Governor Frits James Finies, President NGO
exclusive to The Bonaire Reporter Goedgedrag, Prime Minister Etienne Platform Bonaire Several factors that reappeared during
SYs, Minister of Public Health & Social Saturdays' summit were:
gives us a glimpse into this top priority
items Development J. Theodora-Brewster, Lt. Poverty is multi-dimensional.
item.


A lthough the summit was titled
Poverty Alleviation: Action
now, all the attendees agreed that the
word alleviation should be, as soon as
possible, eradication.
This marked the tone of the third sum-
mit on July 9th in the Sentro di Bario


Governor Hubert Domacasse, govern-
ment deputies James, Kroon and
Geraldine Dammers. All the NGO Plat-
forms from the five islands were well
represented with at least two or more
delegates. AMFO, REDA Social, The
Nucleus Group Campaigning against
Poverty on Bonaire, FESBO, different
governmental funding departments and


representatives of the prvate sector
formed the rest of the impressive num-
ber of participants at this summit.


* Eradicating poverty is a shared re-
sponsibility that should involve the
participation of all sectors: govern-
ment, non-government, private sec-


After the inspiring opening speeches tor and the community (grassroots).
of NGO Platform Bonaire President The bottom-up approach is most
James Finies, Lt. Governor Domacass6, important.
members of the AMFO supervisory
board, Mr. Dennis Martinus, the con- (Continued on page 7)


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Srosnownsend photo
Top government leaders Prime Minister Etienne Ys, Antilles Governor Frits
Gooderdrag and Bonaire Governor Hubert Domacassd
backed the summit conference.


(Poverty Conference. Continued from page 6)

* However, participatory poverty as-
sessments should be paramount
(let's hear from the target groups).
There's a need for integrated
neighborhood development.
Social empowerment, community
involvement, safety and security,
social economic developments are
all the aspects that the platforms will
be concentrating on in achieving
their goals of eradicating poverty.
The involvement of community or-
ganizations in gathering statistics
can be very beneficial in reaching
target groups for the successful exe-
cution of projects.
While there is a relationship be-
tween housing, homeownership and
people living in poverty, informa-
tion should be gathered to assess the
true relationship.
Policies will be developed to ensure
the viability of short, medium and
long-term objectives in getting all
involved in eradicating poverty.
The research has been done; the
problems identified; and now is the
time for action and less talking!


"We all grew up 'poor', but we did
not call it 'poor' back then... People
should have high self-esteem, should
grow... people are the tools for a
good economy. Without educated
people we can't have a blooming
economy."
Mrs. J. Theodora-Brewster, Minister
of Public Health & Social
Development


Minister of Public Health and Social
Development, Joan Theodora-Brewster,
pointed out that poverty should be stud-
ied from three different approaches:
alleviation, reduction and eradication.
Every approach should have its own
program, project etc. But the ultimate
goal should be of course complete
eradication.

Theodora-Brewster solemnly declared
that she would personally take care of
coordinating all the results of this sum-
mit into concrete realizations and fol-
low ups.

Reflecting once again the 'action


now' part of this summit, different
delegations of the NGO Platforms
of the five islands displayed their
concrete results and progress since
the last summit. Exchange of ex-
periences and ideas were also part
of the discussions during their
presentations.

NGO Platform Curacao board
member Jeanette Juliet-Pablo and
President Ronald Doran explained
why they on Curaqao choose the
family as the focus for combating B
poverty. The family is the first
place where primary socialization
takes place, and the family is and
will remain the point of reference and
safety net. They gave a view of the cur-
rent situation which includes: a lack of
an integral family policy, dysfunctional
families because of the economical
malaise, decline in the spiritual, social
and cultural norm, and finally, little rec-
ognition and application of the Carib-
bean methods of family approach.

The target group in their project re-
flected eight types of families
(matriarchal families, single parent
families, extended families, etc.).

The family intermediating approach
project targets identifying the socially
weak families in 15 neighborhoods on
Curaqao (around 250 families), intake
and registration of the families, offering
help (in the broadest sense), establish-
ing a network of reference and social
work and finally monitoring and
evaluation of the families.
Using methods like the participation
model (where the family itself partici-
pates in the process), bottom-up ap-
proach, learning by experience, social
advocacy and the interactive model, the
project developers try to reach the tar-
get mentioned. The in-depth working
methods include e.g. interview and in-
take, reflection, intermediation and
training and education. The volunteers
put these working methods into practice
by house and school visits, case discus-
sions, exchanging experiences etc.


onaire delegates, Commissioner Geraldine
Dammers and Boy Clarenda



Some figures to illustrate the primary
need: 40% of the problems are housing
related while 20% are related to elec-
tricity and water bill debts. Other prob-
lems are the structural unemployment,
drugs and alcohol addictions, the fear of
asking for help and assistance, and
structural debt problem issues.
Despite these gloomy figures and
facts, NGO Platform Curaqao financed
and alleviated some bottlenecks with
projects like breakfast and meal deliver-
ies, Pro Alfa (alphabetization) pro-
grams, study of the disabled, learning
projects (hotel and catering services,
different trades), financing school fees,
music courses in the neighborhood and
training for the volunteers.
Richelda Emmanuel of the St.
Maarten government and Leona
Nestor-Hubert of SunFed (St.Maarten
United NGO Federation) combined
forces to present the achievements and
ongoing activities. The four areas in-
cluded the district community involve-
ment, housing, health and employment
and empowering.

For the district community involve-
ment, community councils, clean up
campaigns and (school) feeding pro-
grams were established.

In the area of health, different cam-
(Continued on page 8)


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(Poverty Conference.
Continued from page 7)
paigns were developed: the
breast and prostate cancer and
AIDS awareness campaigns
and the immunizations pro-
grams.
Through the home repair pro-
gram, approximately 70 homes
were renovated while the in-
volvement of small contractors
and unemployed youth in these
projects had positive side ef-
fects.


"I already feel the eagerness in this
room to act now! This message has
reached and will be brought out of
this room... The central government
has a crucial role in the fight against
poverty, but we can't do it alone."
Mr. Etienne Ys, Prime Minister of
the Netherlands Antilles


In the area of employment and em-
powerment, youth entrepreneurship and
sewing and budgeting courses pro-
grams were developed. The ATI pro-
gram included public and private fi-
nancing, multi-sector involvement and
more focused help with drug addicts.


The Saba delegation Carl Buncamper, Tamara
Noli with Werner Wiels ofAMFO


Organizational action prerequisites
included formation of steering groups,
organizational strengthening of the Sun
Fed secretariat and finally the evalua-
tion of the Multi-annual Integral Social
Development Plan (MISOP).
1 Natalie A. C. Wanga

Next week this article will conclude
with the reports from the remaining
islands and a wrap-up of the Summit.


AMWCONTACT INFORMATION


lFO


AMFO: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot #31,
Bonaire. Tel. 717-7776, Fax 717-
7779, website: www.samfo.org,
email: info-bon(5)samfo.org


SW QI NGO Platforma Bonaire: Kaya Korona 5-C. -Tel. 717-2366, Fax
Us- -, 7172367, website: www.ngobonaire.org, email: Plat-
form @&ngobonaire.org


Traveling Turtle Update
The 2nd report of the 2005-6 season on Bonaire's breeding sea turtles


After a week of competition and
fun at the 19th Annual Aruba
Hi-Winds, our young Bonairean sailors
are back home again! They showed an
amazing amount of talent at this very
ambitious windsurfing competition on
our neighbor island of Aruba.
Aruba Hi-Winds is the oldest wind-
surf event in the Caribbean. Through-
out the years, it has become one of the
top windsurfing competitions in the
world, with big names as Bjorn
Dunkerbeck and Robby Naish attend-
ing the Aruban event frequently. In
1997, financial support from the gov-
ernment was curtailed, so the Hi-Winds
were turned from a professional event
into an amateur competition. Neverthe-
less, it remains an extremely popular
annual windsurfing and kite boarding
festival, with the excellent wind condi-
tions and the flat waters of Palm Beach
Bay guaranteeing high-level competi-
tion.
And high-level competition is what
could be seen, as our 23 young Bo-
nairean windsurfers showed their stuff
on the waters of Fisherman's Huts. The
group began with very young sailors,
such as Charles "Carlito" Martijn (NB-
95) and Jurgen Saragoza (NB-117), up
to internationally experienced competi-
tors like Choco Frans (NB-6) and fi-


nally to Seniors like Patoen Saragoza
(NB-8).
On the first racing day the strong
Aruban northeastern trade winds filled
the atmosphere with excitement, as our
windsurfing team got ready for the first
race. The day's event was Downwind
Slalom Racing, meaning that sailors
had to race down a track marked by
several buoys, where an optimally im-


Continued on page 9


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Windsurfing & Kite boarding Competition June 29th to July 5th


The prize-winning Bonaire Team in Aruba











I YACHT INGAN AAPGE Ith n u l r b i20IN DPA


(Aruba Hi-Winds. Continued from page 8)
peccable jibe was required. It was a
great sunny, windy and above all suc-
cessful first day, by the end of which
Bonairean sailors were leading the
rankings in almost all categories: Ju-
vannie Thielman, NB-35, had beaten
12 international rivals in the Men's
class, while Evertson "Choco" Frans,
NB-6, was number one out of 9 Junior
competitors, closely followed by Ar-
thuro "Payo" Soliano, NB-63.
The youngest sailors, meanwhile, had
been divided into three kid's classes:
the New Kids (youngest or first time
participants), the Superkids and the Big
Kids. In all three classes Bonairean
youngsters claimed the top three places
in all three age categories! Charles
Martijn (NB-95) first, Dylan Robles
(19) second, and Marvin Mege (NB-
18) of the New Kids. Amado Vri-
eswijk (NB-20) first, Clifton Piar
(NB-110) second and Jurgen
Saragoza (NB-117) third of the Su-
perkids, and Bjorn Saragoza (NB-11)
first, Archuendro Finies (NB-77) sec-
ond and Hendrick Balentien (NB-52)
third of the Big Kids. They were not
only the overall winners of all kids at
the end of the event, but had also set
the standard for the rest of the week
from day one.
Meanwhile, the kite boarding party
had kicked off what would be the most
spectacular day of kitesurfing action of
the whole week. The spot where the
kite boarding freestyle competition was
held was Boca Grandi on the island's
opposite, southeastern shore. The six
kite competitors from Aruba and Hol-
land were met by a bunch of local non-
participating kitesurfers who instantly
left the waters to their competing kite-
fellows. Cheering and applauding from
the beach, they provided the right at-
mosphere for the kiters to show in two
freestyle heats of 15 minutes each the
most impressive Triple Spins, Handle
Passes, Railgrabs and jumps up to 20
feet high! The kite boarding contest
finished only just before sunset, with
Mario Hofstede from Holland as the
first day's kite boarding winner.
While the next day did not bring any-


thing new, as the same Bonairean sail-
ors were able to maintain pole position
in the Slalom Races, the first weekend
of July saw the blast-off of another
event: The 2005 Freestyle "King,
Queen, Prince and Kid of the Huts!"
It should come as no surprise that
again, Bonairean windsurfing wizards
showed the rest how to do it. After an
awesome elimination during which the
most dazzling freestyle tricks were
pulled off, Bonaire eventually claimed
the crown in three categories: Choco
Frans (NB-6) was crowned King of the
Huts, Payo Soliano (NB-63) received
Prince honors, and the Kid's crown ex-
pectedly went to Bjorn Saragoza (NB-
11), who despite his 13 years is already
an "oldie" at Aruba Hi-Winds, this be-
ing his fifth competition at Fisherman's
Huts. With windsurfing talent in his
genes his father, Patoen Saragoza
(NB-8), represented Bonaire in several
Olympic competitions he is destined
to become one of the brightest stars at
the freestyle firmament. On Aruba, he
wowed the crowd with his stunning
skills even in low-wind conditions, of
which some of the Men's competitors
must have been quite jealous.
With Hurricane Dennis disrupting the
usual trade wind pattern, the last two
days of the event were marked by the
total lack of wind, thus leaving the
Bonaire group some free time to visit
Oranjestad and the surroundings. Shop-
ping is quite different from what Bon-
aire has to offer. The Hi-Winds event
ended in a splendid beach barbecue
with a last night Awards Ceremony.


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One highlight is
definitely worth
mentioning. At the
end of the prize giv-
ing, Bonaire's wind-
surfing Saragoza
family stepped up to
the stage to display
some exemplary
community spirit:
They had brought a
brand new windsurf
board all the way
from Bonaire to
Aruba in order to
give it away to one
promising local
young windsurfer!


As members of the
Starboard ProKids Team, the two Bo-
nairean windsurfing wonders, Jurgen
and Bjorn, had decided to offer one of
their sponsor's boards to fellow wind-
surfing youngster Astor Kuiperi (ARU-
99) from Aruba. When Astor went up
to the stage to receive this unexpected
present, he was beaming with joy. Ges-
tures like this will certainly contribute
to forging friendship bonds between
windsurfing kids of all origins, thus
forming a tight and family-like commu-
nity.
It was a fun event, as our young sail-
ors all agreed. Who won in the end was
not even the most important part. "We
came here to have fun and to do what
we always do: windsurf," summarized
Ethienne Soliano (NB- 56) on the last
day at Fisherman's Huts. And windsurf
they did.


The Saragoza family present their gift to
Astor Kuiperi (center)


Story & photos by Quita Sareyka
For the detailed results, check www.
aruba-hiwinds.org


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the entire Bonaire
Community for their
support of the 3rd
Bonaire PWA King of the
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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
7-15 6:45 1.OFT. 7:47 1.OFT. 10:42 1.OFT. 20:35 1.8FT. 42
7-16 6:52 0.9FT. 21:06 2.0FT. 45
7-17 7:27 0.8FT. 21:42 2.1FT. 54
7-18 8:03 0.8FT. 22:20 2.2FT. 66
7-19 8:36 0.7FT. 23:01 2.2FT. 79
7-20 9:17 0.7FT. 23:53 2.2FT. 90
7-21 0:34 2.2FT. 9:56 0.7FT. 98
7-22 1:22 2.1FT. 10:29 0.8FT. 103


Albiero Endorphin Orion Ti Amo, USA
Angie Flying Cloud, USA Pyewacket Tut Tut
Anything Goes FourWinds Samba Ulu Ulu, USA
Augustine Freestyle Santa Maria Unicorn, Norway
Bright Sea Guaicamar I, Ven. Sandpiper, USA Varedhuni, Ger.
Camissa, Chan Is. Jan Gerardus Seascaape Windancer
Cape Kathryn Key Lara Sea Witch Ya-T, BVI
Chalice Luna C. USA Sintella Yanti Paratzi
Cristina La Barone Sirius Zahi, Malta
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Olympics in Miami at the Hyatt Regency taking time out to keep up on
Bonaire news in The Reporter. They came up with a magnificent three-course
menu which they will serve to the public in Bonaire at the end of August. We'll let
you know. Left to right: Floris van Loo (Rum Runners), Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn
(SGB hotel school), Tico Marsera (Den Laman), Team Manager Sara Matera and
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JANART GALLERY
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
day 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for
appt.


BONAIRENET
The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-line yel-
low pages directory information go to
http://www.yellowpagesbonaire.com


CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda
Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt.
Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or
787-0956


Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse nest to Lovers Ice
Cream and Sand Dollar.
Photography by Shelly Craig
www.bonaireimages.com


MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice, clear-
ings, blessings, energy, healing, China-
trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.


LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981


SALT TREASURES BONAIRE
100% natural body salts "Scrub Me"
100% natural Bath Salts available at
Chat-n-Browse, KonTiki and Jewel of
Bonaire or call 786-6416 for more infor-
mation.


JELLASTONE PETPARK
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
www.bonairenet. com/j ellastone/


For Sale
Laptop computer: Toshiba Satel-
lite A75-S229, 80GB Hard Drive,
512MB Ram, CD/DVD R/RW
combo, 802.1 ig Wireless, great con-
dition. $1700 or Fl. 2975. Com-
puter/Study Table for Sale, White,
good condition, Fl. 75 or best offer.
UPS power back up, 12 hour of
power, Fl. 100 or best offer Call:
786-5119

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km
NAf5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844

Volkswagen VW VAN 1988
2 Liter engine- automatic
NAf6.900 717-2844 or 786-2844

MOTORBIKE for sale. Suzuki
Shogun, 110cc 4 stroke. 4 gears. Flat
rear tire, front brake needs brake
fluid, cover on steer needs some mi-
nor repair. Engine/technical parts in
very good condition. Built 1998. Price
NAf650! Call: 786-9389 or 717-2990
ext: 2991-ask for Robert.

P ro pe rty
Sa les a
Re n ta Is
For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice
location-privacy & security. Phone
(Bon) (599) 717 3293; (US) (570) 586
0098. May 20 until Jan. 8th.
info@pelicanreefbonaire.com or www.
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Non-business Ads free


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Volunteers to index back issues of
The Bonaire Reporter (English) and
Extra (Papiamentu). Call 717-8988 or
786-6125.


LOST & FOUND
LOST CAT Sabadeco. Brown Siamese, black points. Leather collar, tag says
"Thunder 1-714-408-7873". Please call 717-5394.


This very large male dog was found
on Kaya Amsterdam in Hato, where he
had apparently been wandering the
streets for several days before being
taken to the Animal Shelter by some
very kind people. If you are his owner,
or if you can offer this friendly fellow a
good home, please contact the Bonaire
Animal Shelter, open 10 am to 2 pm,
Monday through Friday, or Saturday until 1. Tel. 717-4989.


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Hot New Young Chef on the Island -
Italian David Ardita
at Croccantino
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Chef David discusses the menus with the kitchen staff


H e's only been here a few months
but young Chef David Ardita has
been making a name for himself on the
island as head chef at Croccantino. A
Tuscan- although his mother is from Sic-
ily Chef David has embraced the prod-
ucts available on Bonaire to create what
he calls "a fusion with Italian cuisine" -
for example his Bonairean Smoked Mar-
lin with a delicate Hummus Sauce. This
was an exciting dish for him to create
because as he says, "We don't have any-


thing like smoked marlin in Tuscany!"
One of his most requested dishes is the
"Gnocchi della Nonna," (Gnocchi in the
style of grandmother, with Parma ham,
asparagus and saffron). Or there is the
pork loin in bite sized pieces stuffed with
capers, raisins and pine nuts. Another
favorite is the Tuscan Calamari Shrimp
Soup.
As have other very talented and gifted
chefs, this young man whose passion is
cuisine, started early because that's what


he wanted to do in his life. As a 14-year-
old David was apprenticed to Monte-
catini Terme, an upscale health spa and
restaurant at Abetone, a ski resort near
Florence, Italy. Other training came on
the island of Sicily.
Just before being spirited away to Bon-
aire he was working with the well known
chef, Benedetta Vitali of the famous
Zibibbo Restaurant in the hills of Flor-
ence. Benedetta has a beautiful book out
in English, Soffritto- Tradition and In-
novation in Tuscan Cooking, appeared
with Martha Stewart on her TV program,
and gives cooking classes to a few lucky
students. David was her right hand man.
Enter Elisabeth Wigny, searching for
just the right chef for her Tuscan Italian
restaurant in Bonaire. A good friend of
Elisabeth's, a chef himself, highly rec-
ommended David Ardita. It was a perfect
match. David was looking for a new ex-
perience in cooking outside of Italy. "It
is a great opportunity," David says. "I
could have gone to Spain but I chose
Bonaire instead. I love the nature, the
sea, the fishing, the people, the mondi."
Since he's been here he's learned Span-
ish, Papiamentu and some English, but
no matter what language he expresses
himself very well.
Every week Chef David comes up with
a three course menu for $25 (NAf 43,75)
which includes an appetizer, pasta and a
main dish. This week, for example, he's
offering a choice of Carpaccio of
Smoked Marlin, Gnocchi Della Nonna,
and a choice of Pesce Alla Livornese
(fish with a delicate tomato sauce of ca-
pers, onions, olives, basil, oregano) or an
Arista Di Maiale con pure di Mele (a
roasted pork loin with an apple puree).


Chef David presents Smoked Marlin
Carpaccio with Hummus Sauce

But he doesn't forget many of the lo-
cals who love the seafood, the pastas, the
fish with sauces. Those are on the menu
too.
Often when David is not in the Croc-
cantino kitchen or working with his
kitchen staff, who love him, he'll be out
on the sea, helping the STCB (Sea turtle
Conservation Bonaire). "I'm in the water
snorkeling, looking for the turtles, help-
ing with the tagging and searching for
the nests on the beach," David says en-
thusiastically.
Chef David is not only a devoted and
fine chef, but he's a young man who is a
genuinely nice and sincere human being.
i L.D.


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FmE! t cifitki n'A'W


sn't "Pedro" just about
the cutest he with the
soft fawn colored fur with
black and white accents.
Although he pretends to be
a shy pup he doesn't mind
posing for the camera. He's
most cooperative. Pedro is
about two months old. He
and his three brothers were
brought into the Shelter af-
ter his mother gave birth in
someone's yard. Pedro
should keep his smallish
size even after he grows up.
After being examined by the
vet he had his tests, worm-
ing and shots and he's
clean, healthy and ready to
go. You may see Pedro and
the other healthy and social
pets up for adoption at the
Bonaire Animal Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Friday, 10
am to 2 pm, Saturdays until
1. Tel. 717-4989.



The Shelter is looking for a "special
needs" volunteer for Saturday
mornings. Many young people, between 11
and 13, would like to volunteer at the Shelter
but because the regular staff has their own du-
ties they don't have extra time to teach them. So
they're looking for an adult volunteer to act as a
guide or teacher to show the youngsters what to
do and what's expected of them. If you have
time, give Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema a
call at 717-4989. Kids of this age who want to
do volunteer work can be a pleasure to know.
OL.D


"Pedro"


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WHAT'S APPEMNIG


WELY MIE IHOTFIES

Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually 9pm)
The Interpreter
(Nicole Kidman)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)

Sahara

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
CLOSED MONDAY TUESDAY AND
WEDNESDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Erik of Het Klein Insectenboek


MICRO MOVIE REVIEW
Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:
SAHARA by Breck Eisner,
starring Matthew McConaughey '
and Penelope Cruz. This movie
was nominated for the Teen Choice
Award. This award is given by Seven-
teen magazine which is the largest
monthly beauty/fashion magazine in
America written for young women 12 to
24 years old. I can tell you I particularly
don't fit in that group, and my award
would be: 'The Another Poor Indiana
Jones Clone Award.' Last week with Star
Wars we had a fair share of horrible dia-
logue, but hey, Star Wars is a monument
and Sahara clearly isn't. At every turn
the audience is required to accept im-
plausible events and amazing coinci-
dences that border on the impossible.
There are so many logical flaws as to
make the movie barely watchable with
anything approaching adult level IQ, but,
since the target audience is teenagers,
that is not a requirement. However, there
is plenty of action in this action movie
and Penelope Cruz is very, very cute. 1
Dodo

THIS WEEK
Saturday, July 16-Communications
Training (in English), Sentro di Bario
Antriol, Kaya Gatu 2, 9 am to 1 pm.
NAf60. 717-2483/ 717-2837 (see page 12)
Saturday, July 16- Kids' Soccer tour-
nament. Amboina Dolphins battle two soc-
cer teams from Curacao. 9 am, Amboina
soccer field near Centro di Bario. More
information call Ricardo 785-3449.


July 17-24 Diva's Women Windsurf
Week- Learn to windsurf clinic Contact
Ann Phelan 786-3134 or email
ann@bonairewindsurfing.com www.
bonairecaribbean.com

COMING
The International Bonaire Sailing
Regatta October 9 15, 2005

EVERY WEEK

Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6 am -
2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while
you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo-great prizes, 7 pm, Divi Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225 717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey Beach
from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all. Call S.
H.Y. 790-9450
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 7 pm
Thursday from June 16 to July 28, Basic
Fish ID Yellow Submarine Dive Shop at
6:30 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.


CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30pm call
567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona, across
from the RBTT Bank and next to Kooy-
man's. All levels invited NAf5 enty fee. Call
Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI. First Wednesday of the Month- Jun-
ior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire or formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to
9:30pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7
pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are
welcome. Tel. 717-8454

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from
'The King's Storehouse." Leam about Bonaire's
culture. Visit typical homes from the 17th cen-
tury. Daily. Call 7174060/ 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays.
717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in historic town.
Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area. Alta Mira Nature Walking Tour at
6:30 am. Town Walking tour at 9:30,
Bus Tour at 10. Call Maria at 717-6435 to
reserve.
CHURCH SERVICES
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter


Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at
9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30
am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.

Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter(bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252


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DINING GUIDE
RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Want your restaurant listed here? It's easy and not expensive Call The Reporterat 717-8988 or 791-7252 for info
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 525 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Brasserie Bonaire Low- Moderate Lunch and Dinner Lots of parking in big mall lot
Royal Palm Galleries Open 11 am -2:30 pm 5:30-9 pm Kitchen Open llam-2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30-9 pm
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Closed Saturday and Sunday Breezy terrace with airco inside-Also serving big sandwiches at dinner
Calabas i Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At th ii Cai ea Resran an aerfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the D17-8285 Flamingo eac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Tuscan chef prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating
717-5025 Closed Monday umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Takeouttoo.
On th Den Laman Moderate-Expensivner Creative cuisine on the seaside. Top chefs from Amsterdam cook in an open
On the water, just off the traffic circle Breakfast, Lunch Dinner modem kitchen featuring induction cooking. Seafood a specialty.
717-4106 Open 7 days modem kitchen featuring indition cooking. Seafood a specialty
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban Chef prepares
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Caribbean cuisine. Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
Hilltop at Caribbean Club Bonaire Moderate-Expensive Quiet country setting, lovely landscaping, friendly staff
On the Tourist Road, 2 mi. north of Town Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Happy Hour from 5-7 pm, BBQ on Tuesdays
717-7901 Closed Sunday Gourmet chef creates unique daily specials
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
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ON THE ISLAND SINCE . m. m. iVoven br1 9


ONeTHE ISLANC


\W e were on the way to Cuba
VV with a catamaran we built
ourselves: my wife at the time, my un-
cle, my aunt and I. The boat, Varedhuni
(Maldive language for 'Rainbow') is
still here, in front of Habitat. My uncle
and aunt are still living on it.
I'd left Germany in 1988 and moved
to Basel, Switzerland, with the idea of
building a boat. That's the only way to
travel the world without having to fly.
It's like this in Germany: if you grow
up at a certain level there's no way out
because all that counts are money and
schooling. I was an electrician and in
Switzerland I made more money work-
ing half days than in Germany full time.
My wife was working full time and the
four of us lived together so we could
save for the trip and have time to build
the boat. We'd planned to do it in 18
months, but that didn't work out. It took
three years. We learned how to build a
boat while we were doing it. We put the
boat in the Rhine in Basel and sailed to
Rotterdam in 11 days. It was July 1991.

I'd never been sailing before. This
was the first time. Crossing the Straits
of Dover we encountered the worst
storm ever. It was the first and the last
time, but it was a horrendous experi-
ence. We visited all the British major
harbors: New Haven, Portsmouth and
Plymouth. Then we left on a second try
for Cap Finisterre, on down the whole
Spanish and Portuguese coast to Faro,
five days to the Canary Islands and
from there we crossed over in 25 days
to Barbados.
For seven months we sailed around
St. Lucia, Martinique and the smaller
islands, then at the end of August we
left for Venezuela. We did some land
travel to the Andes where the people
were extremely friendly and helpful,
then sailed the Venezuelan islands. On
the way to Cuba we made a stop in
Bonaire and... we're still here: my un-
cle, my aunt and myself.
What made me stay? The diving! No-
where in the Caribbean is it as easy as it
is here. I started working at the dive
shop at Sunset Beach as a mechanic,
fixing the boats. I worked there for two
years; my wife and I split up; and I was
offered a job at Harbour Village Marina
to open up a workshop. Three people -
Zara Tremlete, Nick Wyaat and I -
opened the workshop and a small ma-
rine store. After about a year we had six
people working. We really pushed it; it
was a good time because before there
was nothing going on and there were no
real facilities. I was also in charge of
the maintenance of the boats and the
compressors at the dive shop, which


started with three people and grew to
eight. During Hurricane Lenny, all day
I didn't notice much, just the water go-
ing up and down, but... the dive shop
disappeared and all the equipment was
in the middle of the hotel!

I worked at the marina until the be-
ginning of 2000.We wanted to find an-
other way to work with boats, marine
equipment and engines. My wife Pam-
ela and I contacted the owners of
Budget Marine in St. Martin and asked
them if they were interested in opening
a Budget Marine on Bonaire. After sev-
eral e-mails back and forth I flew to St.
Martin in June 2000 to meet the owners
and see the store. They liked the idea;
we set up a company, 'Budget Marine
Bonaire,' with three owners: Pam, me
and Budget Marine St. Martin.



"On the way to Cuba

we made a stop in
Bonaire and... we're
still here: my uncle, my
aunt and myself."


In February 2001 we got the key from
our neighbor, NAPA, and started build-
ing the store. It went well but not as
well as we expected. First there was
(Hurricane) Lenny, then September 11,
2001. It became slow and everybody
stayed put. Since Pamela started work-
ing here a year ago everything is much
better. She's doing all the complicated
work. That gives me the opportunity to
do what I'm good at: finding things!
You want to order? I'll find it! We
changed the focus of the store from
yachties to local needs.
What I like best about my work is that
you meet a lot of people from all
around the world and that I can go
home whenever I want to see my kids.
When I met Pamela Teitel she was a
PADI course director. She had her own
company and she'd been here since
1984. I knew her, but I actually met her
through her friend and roommate,
Diane Malamute. I liked her very much,
and we started living together in the
middle of '95. In August 1999 our first
daughter Diane was born a cute,
smart kid not because of me but be-
cause of Pam. Pam's family is quite
scary: they're all geniuses!
You can give me any kind of machin-
ery and if it's fixable I can fix it, but
that's it! The secret is that most people


are afraid to take things apart; they
think they can't put them back together.
That's how I learned to fix outboard
engines: just take the manual and go
step by step. There's logic behind it.
It's not as complicated as it looks."
Peter Werdath is a well balanced,
easy going, friendly man and a passion-
ate father. We've been talking at his
office for quite some time and then the
door opens and daughter Diane comes
in, followed by Pam, who's carrying
newborn baby daughter Elena in her
arms. The family settles down andI ask
Diane what she likes best about her
school, Reina Beatrice. "Recess!" the
six year old answers and everybody
laughs. The baby starts crying very
loud for such a tiny little creature and
Pamela starts feeding her.
"Why did you come to Bonaire?" I
ask her.
"I did pre-med in college and decided
I didn't want to go to medical school,
so I took a year off to think and... I'm
still here, more than 20 years, but it
doesn't feel like that at all! Not at all!
It's quiet, it seems backwards. In a city
there are loads of people but you don't
know who they are. Here you know
everybody. And I think it's also a very
safe and good place for the kids to grow
up to learn languages and meet peo-
ple all different things.
I started out at Divi as dive instructor,
then I went to Sand Dollar before it
opened. I was the assistant manager,
then manager. While I was there I be-
came a PADI course director and I
taught people from Bonaire, Curaqao
and Aruba to become dive instructors.
Then I was manager of Sand Dollar Ho-
tel. Now I'm working here.
One of the things I love about Bonaire
is that before Diane was three years old


she could speak fluent Papiamentu and
English, but she also played with kids
who spoke Dutch or Spanish and com-
municated well enough. And when she
was two and a half she could already
swim! When we were in Puerto Rico
and she jumped in the pool at the hotel,
everybody was ready to jump in after
her! But we don't travel so much; a
week or two to Long Island, New York,
where the family lives. That's it. I've
never had 'island fever.' Now with the
dogs and the family we go camping at
Slagbaai or at Lac, cave exploring, trek-
king through nowhere. That's a holi-
day!
One thing I love about retail is that on
Saturday we can go home and close the
store. When you're working in the tour-
ism industry they can call you any time.
Now and then a fisherman comes to the
house because he needs a part for some-
thing and it takes five minutes!" "You
have your freedom here," Peter says, "I
like it here so much. I fish, I swim, and
for 12 years I've been playing football
(soccer) with Teach United. I also
played for the Bonairean National
Team. Football connects you to every-
thing. We don't go out often. Most of
the time we go after work to Kanti Awa
where we sit and Diane can swim. I
look at the water, listen to the sea. It's
always differ-
ent; it just
makes your
day. I do it
every day:
have a cold
beer and the
day is done."
O photo and
story by Greta
Kooistra


Bonaire Reporter July 15 to July 22, 2005


Peter Werdath, Diane, Pam, and Elena


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Breeding Lora in Captivity
In cooperation with the STINAPA and DROB Lora prservation campaign


Part I Fundamental Issues

Taking Lora and their chicks from
the wild has been the most seri-
ous threat to their survival. There are
simply not enough Lora breeding on
Bonaire each year to produce enough
chicks for both the wild population and
the poachers. The number of wild par-
rots has suffered as a result. Lora ex-
perience a variety of natural pressures
that limit their breeding success, and if
poaching continues as well, it will al-
most certainly lead to the
extinction of these wonder-
ful birds from Bonaire.

Keeping a Lora as a pet
can be a fun and rewarding
experience and people will
still want to share their lives
with a pet Lora in the future.
It is no longer acceptable
to take chicks from the
wild so we need to look at the possibil-
ity of captive breeding. This would help
the wild population survive, and in ac-
tual fact chicks that are reared in captiv-
ity make far better pets than those from
wild nests. This is because they are
used to people from the beginning of
their lives.


will certainly need two parrots! Clearly
you cannot just go and take a wild par-
rot so you will have to contact other
Lora keepers and discuss with them the
possibility of putting your two birds
together. It is unlikely a friend is going
to part with a charming talkative pet
bird, but you may have more luck if
you can offer a better life for a bird that
has never warmed to his owners. Alter-
natively, if someone is leaving the is-
land but has a Lora you may be able to
arrange to take care of their bird.

To help you persuade a
friend to let you pair
your birds consider these
arguments:
1. Parrots pair for life
and allowing them to do
this in captivity can
greatly improve their
quality of life.
2. The bird will have a
bigger cage (assuming you follow
later recommendations!)
3. By assisting with the captive breed-
ing of Lora they will be helping to
protect the wild birds.

There are several important consid-
erations to think about before you actu-


ally take on another bird. All legal pet
If you are going to attempt to keep Lora have unique leg bands from the
and breed Lora there are a number of registration campaign, and you must
their requirements that you will have to inform DROB that you will be taking
accommodate. The first is rather funda- care of that specific parrot and that you
mpntal- it takes twn tn tanon and vnn are going to try and breed that parrot


with your own. If the owner is going to
give you their bird then things are sim-
ple, but if you are going to "take care of
the bird" you need to have a specific
agreement.
In Britain when different parrot breed-
ers have a male and a female of a par-
ticular species they may choose to ar-
range a parrot breeding loan. Basically
they agree on certain conditions regard-
ing caring for the other person's bird.
You must consider what you will do if
the other person's bird needs veterinary
attention or even dies whilst in your
care. How will the food and mainte-
nance bills be paid? On a more positive
note you should discuss who will keep
which chicks if the birds are successful.
You may agree that the first brood of
chicks to be reared go to the owner of
the female parrot and in the following
year chicks go to the owner of the male
parrot. Alternatively, the chicks from
each brood can be shared and odd num-
bers are balanced over the years.
Discussing these issues before any
bird is moved is obviously better than


trying to reason once the bird has taken
up residence in its new home. Another
important point is that if you are fortu-
nate enough to breed Lora you will
have to register the chicks. For this you
will once again need to contact DROB
and arrange to have the chicks banded.
An un-banded bird in captivity would
be illegal and could be confiscated. The
point of breeding Lora in captivity is to
help protect the wild birds. It is there-
fore very important that you communi-
cate with DROB in regard to all captive
Lora movements and breeding efforts.
In the next article I will discuss how
best to accommodate a Lora pair and
the conditions you need provide to en-
courage them to breed. We will also
look at introducing one bird to another
and parrot sex! O Sam Williams


Sam Williams is a graduate biologist
who has extensively studied Bonaire's
Lora. He will return next year to begin
a Lora breeding project.


Bonaire Reporter July 15 to July 22, 2005


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In Bonaire some of the wild lora live on rocky cliffs

















*to find it, just look up

The Moon Hides a Giant Star and
Venus Visits a Blue Star


M ark
Sun-
day July 17t' on
your calendar as
a night when
many of you
will be able to
see an exquisite
waxing Moon
hide the giant
red star that
marks the heart
of the Scor-
pion. Also mark
Friday the 22n
as the night Ve-
nus huddles
close to
Regulus, the
bright blue star
which marks the
heart of Leo. The Moon occults Antares
This Saturday,
the 16y about 45 minutes after sunset, face south where you'll see an exquisite
waxing just-past-first-quarter Moon and to its left, the giant fish-hook-shaped pat-
tern of stars called Scorpius the Scorpion. And right where the scorpion's heart
should be you'll see the red star Antares.
Then if you go out every couple of hours or so, you will see the Moon move
closer and closer to Antares in anticipation of a spectacular event, which will occur
just after midnight Sunday July 17h. It's an event astronomers call an
"occultation," which simply means that the Moon on early Monday morning will
briefly occult, that is, hide, Antares from view as the Moon passes in front of it
I think occultations are neat, especially an occultation of Antares because then
you can mentally contrast the size and distance of this wonderful star and our
Moon. In fact on Sunday night our 2,000-mile-wide Moon will be only 227,000
miles away from Earth, whereas Antares is 500 million miles wide and 600 light
years away! This means it takes light from Antares 600 years to reach us, whereas
it takes only 1 and 1/3 seconds for the Moon's light to reach us. Don't miss this
occultation, please. And if you have a pair of binoculars or a small telescope this
sight will blow you away!
Now while you're out Sunday night if you look west you'll see the brightest
planet of them all Venus only 6 degrees away from the blue star Regulus which
marks the heart of Leo. And if you watch night after night you will see them move
closer and closer to each other. On Monday they'll be 4 and 1/2 degrees apart,
Tuesday 3. 6 degrees apart, Thursday only 1 1/2 degrees apart, and on Friday
they'll be at their absolute closest, only 1 1/10 degrees apart, after which they will
rapidly pull away from each other.
So there you have it: an exquisite occultation of the Scorpion's heart by the
Moon, plus Venus pays a super close visit to the heart of the Lion. I1
Jack Horkheimer


THE 3TARSI

HAVE IT
For the week:
July 11 to July 17, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Opportunities for new partnerships will develop
through the organizations you encounter. Opportunities to get ahead are evident.
Do your own thing and everything will settle down. Consider a trial separation if
you and your mate just can't come to terms. Your lucky day this week will be
Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Friends may not understand your situation. You
can make extra money. Rewards will be yours if you put in the overtime required.
A lot can be accomplished if you organize your time. Don't overextend yourself in
the process. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Dream a little this week. Don't let an incident at
work play on your mind. You can enjoy doing things that include children. Secret
activity is evident. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You may find yourself in an opportune position if
you are willing to take a bit of a risk. Follow your gut feeling regarding your busi-
ness ventures. Proceed with caution if operating equipment or vehicles. Stay calm
and focus on things that will help you understand the situation better. Your lucky
day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You will upset your partner if you have spent money on
things that aren't necessary. You need to be sure that you aren't in your present re-
lationship because it is convenient. You can't live your life for others. Travel will
also entice you. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your confidence is growing and advancement is
apparent. Be on your best behavior. Your ability to talk circles around your col-
leagues will help you forge ahead in the workforce. You will have additional disci-
pline that will aid you in your objectives. Your lucky day this week is Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Don't upset elders in your family who don't under-
stand your present situation. You will meet new friends and enjoy a multitude of
new activities. If you are in the midst of a financial deal, this is your lucky time.
You can expect insincere gestures of friendliness this week. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You need to look into some private matters be-
fore you can proceed with your plans. Leave things as they are for the moment and
focus on reaching your highest potential at work. Valuable information can be
yours if you listen to those with experience. Try to make arrangements with close
friends or relatives to spend a few days away. Your lucky day this week is Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) If you are not already, think about going
into business for yourself. Your willingness to help others can and will lead to fa-
tigue if you don't learn to say no. Be ready to explain your actions. You should be
traveling to that exotic destination you've been dreaming about. Your lucky day
this week will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You must make them stand on their own two
feet regardless of how much you want to make things better for them. Social ac-
tivities or travel should be in your plans. Be sure to take time for old friends or
relatives you don't get to see that often. Consider a conservative investment that
will stay solid when all else goes sour. Your lucky day this week is Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You need to take some time out to decide what
you want to do. Social gatherings will be conducive to meeting new potential
mates. Your best efforts will come through making changes in your home. Your
stubborn nature will backfire if you give your mate an ultimatum.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Matters pertaining to your home environment will
be favorable if you are direct. You can get a great deal accomplished if you bring
work home. You must lay down ground rules so that you can complete a job. Do
not ruffle feathers if possible. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. 1


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