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Environmental

Violation

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FKPD Recognition

and Workshop

Page 4


AMFO/NGO Platform

Poverty Conference

Part II


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Murder Investigation

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Nice To Be Used

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Dutch Antilles Express -DAE (ex-
BonairExel) was given until the
end of the month to improve its service
said Antilles Transport and Communica-
tion Minister, Omayra Leeflang, or face
consequences. The new director of DAE,
Floris van Pallandt, who was appointed in
April, agreed to report on its reorganiza-
tion and performance by the end of July.
There have been many complaints of
delays, cancellations, and incidents. The
Minister has the authority to revoke the
airline's permit or get another airline.

A Air Jamaica has received a consid-
erable financial boost. It has success-
fully raised US$200M in the interna-
tional capital markets. Air Jamaica
launched and priced a bond issue of
9.375% notes which will mature in 2015.
This issue is based on a guarantee from
the Government of Jamaica. Dr. Vincent
Lawrence, Air Jamaica's Executive
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
says, "Raising this capital is a key ele-
ment in our financial restructuring and
will provide the necessary support to help
Air Jamaica maintain its position as the
region's premier airline."

k Prime Min-
ister Ys an-
nounced that the
next, and per-
haps the last, An-
tillean national
elections will be
held on all five
islands on Fri-
day, January 27, Prime Minister Ys
2006. The elec-
tions will be for 21 seats in Parliament -
one each for Saba and Statia, two for
Bonaire, three for St. Maarten and the


AND JEawi
remaining 14 for Curagao. Many thought
the last elections would also be the last
because the country was on a course for
restructuring. It still is, especially follow-
ing the referenda held on all islands. Only
one, Statia, voted to remain a part of the
Netherlands Antilles. Bonaire voted for
closer ties with Holland, thereby eliminat-
ing Curagao as an intermediary.

A The Prime Minister also wants to
push along legislation to
-- t regulate the drilling for
Soil offshore from Bon-
00 aire and Curacao. Last
week he said that it is of
I1 the utmost importance
that the government and
) parliament define legal
arrangements to deal
with expected gas and oil exploration near
Bonaire and Curagao. Currently there are
no laws that specifically deal with the
issues. Considerations include whether to
have a government owned company han-
dle the arrangements, what portion of any
eventual revenue would flow to the gov-
ernment, which government- island or
central or both, what royalties should be
paid. Each test well will cost between
$20 million and $30 million so a lot is at
stake.
In his statement the Prime Minister did
not discuss environ-
mental issues or poten-
tial boundary disputes
with Venezuela.

Emsley Tromp,
head of the Antilles
Central Bank, reported
that the economy of
the Netherlands
Antilles continued Emsley Tromp


to grow in 2004, albeit at a slower pace
than in 2003. Real Gross Domestic Prod-
uct is estimated to have increased by
1.0%, compared to 1.4% in 2003. The
growth in 2004 was attributable entirely
to domestic spending. Net foreign de-
mand declined. Government spending
grew; investment declined. The decline in
net foreign demand resulted from a higher
growth in imports than in exports.
The slowing of the economy was ac-
companied by a deceleration of the infla-
tion rate from 1.9% in 2003 to 1.5% in
2004. Furthermore, the government ab-
sorbed a large part of the oil price in-
creases. A related report showed that Cur-
oil, the Curagao Island Government-
owned oil distribution company made a
NAf40 million profit last year. Bonaire is
contractually obligated to buy fuel oil
from Curoil.

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
is arriving in Curacao on Wednesday,
July 27, for a four-day visit. The main
reason for her visit is to make an appear-
ance at the Kingdom Games and com-
memorate her 25th anniversary as Queen.
Her Majesty will be accompanied by
Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations
Alexander Pechtold. A visit to Bonaire
has not been mentioned.

A Bonaire may be getting a new po-
lice chief. According to a published report
in La Prensa, Aruba's Police Commis-
sioner Jan van der Straaten has been ap-
pointed Bonaire's Commissioner of Po-
lice at the start of next month.
Around the beginning of this year then-
Minister of Justice Norberto Ribeiro
named St. Maarten Police Commissioner
Richard Panneflek to take over, but a
groundswell of support for Bonaire's pre-


sent chief, Gerold Daantje, cancelled that
action.

A Beginning Monday, August 8t, po-
lice will be checking for up-to-date li-
cense plate stickers. Half year renewals
are normal on Bonaire so many expired at
the end of June. If you need to renew, go
to the Island Ontvanger at J.A. Abraham
Boulevard 27. For the rest of the year the
cost, for a gasoline powered car, is NAf
170 road tax plus NAf4 for a new sticker
plus NAf 15 for a number plate if you
don't already have one. Taxes for diesels
are NAf750 and motorbikes NAf122.50.
Heavy vehicles pay NAf1.125.

On July 21 Stanley Balentin will
organize the first Aereotuy charter
flight to Maiquetia Airport (Caracas)
using a Dash 7 (48 seat) turboprop. Ae-
reotuy is a long established Venezuelan
charter company with its own airline. Call
786-9444 for additional information and
schedules. From Caracas competitively
priced flights to Europe, South and North
America are available.

Mocky Arends, Secretary of the
Bonaire Bikers, has announced the sched-
ule for the 2005 Bonaire Bikers MC
Tour, which will be celebrated during the
first weekend of September. It is one of
the island's biggest tourist draws.
Thursday September lst: Prep night and
Happy Hour at the Bonaire Bikers Club-
house.
Friday Sept. 2nd: Official opening and
register night at the Clubhouse from 7-9
pm. Registration fee US$20.
Saturday Sept. 3rd: 10:30am Washing-
ton Park and Rincon ride. 5:45pm Sunset
Ride Sunday Sept. 4: 9:30 am for break-
fast and start of the Official Ride at 1 lam


(Continued on page 13)


Bonaire Reporter July 22 to July 29, 2005


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On Monday morning a lifeboat
from the cruise ship Freewinds
was repeatedly throwing and retrieving a
heavy steel anchor in the area between the
town pier and the Plasa Machi Mimi
(vegetable stand). Within five minutes
Bonaire Marine Park Manager, Ramon
DeLeon, responded to a call made to Ma-
rine Park Headquarters and observed the
action. It is illegal to anchor anywhere in
the Bonaire National Marine Park which
are all the waters around Bonaire and
Klein Bonaire shallower than 200 ft. The
area where the "anchoring drill" was be-
ing conducted is close to the town pier,


The Park Manager questions the crew
one of Bonaire's most visited night dive
sites, and the sandy bottom is home to
countless sea creatures.
After contacting the Kralendijk Harbor-
master to make sure that no special per-
mission had been granted, Park Manager
DeLeon spoke with the officer of the life-
boat. The officer said that he was aware
of Bonaire's anchoring rules but that he
was doing what he'd done before. He was
unable to produce any evidence of per-
mission. As we go to press further action
in the case is pending, O G.D.


Parke Publico Progress


The We Dare to Care Foundation (WDTC), which is driving the Public Park
project in Kralendijk, has announced the names of the contractors who will
take the project through its next phase. They are:
Architects Jacobs Architekten N.V.; Land Preparation El Ti- d lT
gre / John Blokken Fabriek/ Deco; Multi- function Community
Building IBV N.V.; Jogging Path Deco N.V.; Electrician t um i
Efrein Wanga; Fence- Deco N.V. Duijn Bonaire N.V.; Skate A hMU
Park Duijn Bonaire N.V.; Installation of playground items Ar-
cades Play Ground N.V. / SELIBON / WEB; Garden- Green La-
bel 0 FO
Additional items will be provided by volunteers: plumbing,
painting (Out Reach Foundation) and landscaping and supervi-
sion by WDTC members. O Press Release & Photo


Bonaire Reporter July 22 to July 29, 2005


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


Part Two of Three.


n the last article we looked at how
you could team up with another Lora
owner and help protect the wild birds
through trying to breed Lora in captivity.
Unless this is done we may lose the spe-
cies on Bonaire. But keeping and breed-
ing parrots is not entirely simple. Success-
fully accommodating two Lora and giving
them the quality of life they deserve will
require a lot of time and energy. Rearing
parrot chicks in captivity can be exciting
and rewarding, but it is likely you will
encounter a few stumbling blocks along
the way.
The first problem is that there is no ab-
solute way to tell a male or female parrot
Lora apart. Without surgical or DNA test-
ing, the only 100% certain indication that
you have a female pet bird
is if she should lay an egg
which occasionally captive
females do. Even then you
will not know if the other
bird is a male! I may be
able to help with this matter
in the future because of my
research aspirations, but for
now you will have to just
get the birds together and
see how it goes.
All birds are individuals and introduc-
ing two Lora to each other could be re-
markably easy, or it may never work. The
key is to progress gradually, be observant
and sensitive. Your bird will have its ter-
ritory, and a new parrot may not be wel-
comed into that space initially. If the birds
are in separate cages these could be posi-
tioned across a room, and preferably there
would be a way each bird could get out of
the other's sight.
Over time you can move the two cages
closer together and eventually allow the
birds time out of the cage together so long
as either bird can escape from the other
should they wish. It would be best to
make a bird net in case you need to catch
either bird to separate them. The net
opening should be padded and measure
40cm across. The net itself should be
made of a light cloth and the whole thing
can be fixed to a short wood pole. By the
time you've built the aviary it may be
possible to put the birds in together. If one
bird already lives in an aviary then you
may need to move him to a cage to meet
his girlfriend and put both birds into the
aviary simultaneously when they are
happy with each other. If at any time the


birds are showing discomfort around the
other, move back a stage and give them
more time.
It is crucial that you are present when
introducing two birds to each other when
they are both out of their cages or being
put into one aviary. This is potentially the
most dangerous time in their lives. Birds
do sometimes attack each other and even
kill each other when put together. Re-
member this is an arranged marriage
whereas in the wild they get to pick and
choose!
To accommodate a pair of Lora in a
breeding environment you will need an
aviary which is rather larger than a cage.
When I kept and breed Amazon parrots
the aviary in which they were housed
measured 3 meters by 4 meters and stood
2 meters tall (That's 9x12x6 feet). It is
possible to keep a pair of
parrots in a smaller aviary.
The minimum size I would
suggest would be 2x2x2 me-
ters (6 foot square). If you
are successful in breeding
your birds, then for a period
after the chicks leave the
nest there may be 5 or even
more birds in the enclosure,
so size does matter. The big-
ger you can make your aviary the better it
will be for your birds. If you have the re-
sources to build a big aviary where the
birds can really fly then I can assure you
it will be fantastic. Don't forget height
either because being up high gives birds
the feeling of security.
Birds, like people, don't always get
along perfectly, and at times they will
want their own space. The smaller their
house the harder this will be and therefore
the less comfortable they will be. Within
the aviary it is important to provide areas
where they can get out of each other's
sight. Similarly they may not want to be
seen by you all the time, so providing that
opportunity is also important. You don't
have to stick to square aviaries, in fact I
would recommend an L-shape if you can
as it helps with the visual space issue.
Other important parts of your design in-
clude providing safe (to prevent escape)
access through which you can also pro-
vide fresh wood, have feeding locations
that you can vary and providing areas
where the birds can shelter from the wind
and the rain. Your birds are likely to be-
come aggressive when they are breeding,
so being able to provide food without en-
tering the aviary would be beneficial.


FKPD Celebrates


Secretary of the FKPD Board Marugia Janga presents the FPKD 2004 report
to Dionne Anthony


t was a festive evening last Monday
evening when the staff and members
of the FKPD (foundation that assists peo-
ple with disabilities) met at Croccantino
Restaurant together with family members
and friends of the organization. The cele-
bration was to announce the presentation
of the FKPD Annual Report and to kick
off the workshop to begin the following
day, "Sexuality for the Intellectually Dis-
abled."
Nearly all the members and staff of the
FKPD-Pasadia Carifio and sponsors
were there, and after the presentation, en-
joyed complimentary drinks provided by
Croccantino Restaurant.
The 48-page annual report gives a sum-
mary of the activities of 2004 and profiles Boeli Evertsz and his mom
many of the FKPD members, staff and volunteers who keep the foundation run-
ning at such a high level. Director Lupe Uranie was the mistress of ceremonies and
together with Secretary of the Board, presented the colorful booklet to those who
appeared this year in the book and to the sponsors.
The booklet was printed at Flamingo Communications. Text was by Greta Koois-
tra, Layout by Barbara Lockwood, photography by The Bonaire Reporter's Laura
DeSalvo.
Ms. Uranie also introduced speakers, Richard Gonzalez, who will be conducting
the workshop, and Marisela Smit, representative of the Financial Bureau in Cura-
qao (which oversees the Foundation).
Sponsors for the year 2004 are E Teras Restaurant, Secondhand All in Store,
Croccantino Restaurant, Curaqao Office Supply, Special Security Services, Fun-
dashon Wega di Number Bonaire, Krioyo Paint Bonaire Logopedische Praktijk M.
F. Rosa, Shon I Grill Garden, Rincon, and Taxi 26. O L.D.


Whilst on the subject: breeding birds
must have a nutritious and varied diet.
The female will need plenty of calcium
because she is producing eggs, and
throughout the breeding period plenty of
soft foods should be provided. This is be-
cause the male must regurgitate food to
feed the female and she will feed any
chicks. Their food bowl should include
items such as beans and lots of fruit and
vegetables and even bread and milk. A
developing chick requires a lot of protein
so it may also suit your birds if you feed
them hard boiled eggs (quartered with the
shell still on) or small amounts of meat.
Obviously there will be some hygiene
issues to deal with. Diet is a crucial part
of breeding birds and really it is an area


you should research some more using the
Internet. There is some good information
on: http://www.companionparrot.com.
To be continued. O Sam Williams











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


Bonaire Reporter July 22 to July 29, 2005


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REPEATED DOG ATTACKS


Dear Editor:
As a frequent visitor to Bonaire I was
very distressed to read in the July 1st is-
sue of The Reporter about the "pit bull"
attacking sheep. It was even more horri-
ble to read in the July 8th issue of the de-
fense of this dog. Once a dog has a taste
of blood, it can never be trusted. It does-
n't matter what the breed is. Sorry, but I
think that dog should be put down.
This animal is obviously unpredictable
and can and will probably attack a fam-
ily member, whether adult or child. I cer-
tainly wouldn't want this dog as a family
member. He can't be trusted anymore
than a person with a psycho problem. I


know I had such an animal as
was disastrous.


HYPOCRISY?


Dear Bonaire Reporter readers,
and sisters, iguanas and donkey
Nice to see the willingness of
something about the poverty on
lands, but how straightforward
"will?"
In the pictures in the last Rep(
witnessed top government lead
governors you can find, minister
minister that attending a povei
ference.
Just weeks ago didn't a lot of
same people make the decision


Bonairean people pay even m
electricity, water and fuel thi
direct, negative, poverty-creat
in the world, excepting a tax o
Thanks too for the informati
New York City energy prices.
be very interesting to see mor
from other nations as well. I t
have a very good chance to be
the Guinness Book of World
this matter the world record
highest price for energy.


SENSELESS DONKEY I


a pet. It Dear Editor,
On Saturday evening, July 16, three
Joan Liva donkeys were horribly abused at the
Centro di Bario Rincon in the playfield:
one pregnant female was stoned to death;
one adult male was also mortally
wounded over his entire body; and the
brothers third donkey, a female, was stoned so
Ts: badly that the skin of her mouth and
Doing head had peeled away. Because of ex-
n our is- treme blood loss, the male had to be put
is the down by the veterinarian, but the surviv-
ing female could not be caught because
porter we she was so hysterical from her injuries
ers, all and ran away. The whole street, the
er this and walls, the stones were filled with blood.
rty con- Who could be the perpetrators of such
cruelty to these animals? According to
those witnesses, six boys from ages eight to 17
to let the years acted against these donkeys.


ore for Why? Why would boys entertain
e most in- themselves on a Saturday night by ston-
ing action ing donkeys to death? What motivates
)n food? boys to commit such abuse against inno-
ion on the cent animals? Are these boys the future
. It would criminals of Bonaire? Research shows
e prices that people who abuse animals when
hink we they are young often end up abusing hu-
e listed in mans as adults.
Records in And what about the boys' parents?
for the Where were they as their sons pummeled
the donkeys with every kind of sharp
S. F. Beuty stone they could find? And if you don't
believe the horror of this act, then stop
by the police station and view the pic-
tures, and you will get sick to your stom-
ABUSE ach.


Are these the images of beautiful,
peaceful, tranquil Bonaire where ecot-
ourism is the philosophy of the island? I
don't think so.
P&W

Editor's Note:
Action to get to the bottom of this inci-
dent is already underway. We spoke with
Police Officer Juaquin who works on a
youth crime prevention project. He will
be getting in touch with the boys and
their parents this week and will speak to
the Rincon Platforma.
The Platforma is made up of 8 or 9
sections dealing with various aspects of
security, life and commerce in Rincon.
Other leaders of Rincon we spoke with
were very concerned.


Bonaire Reporter July 22 to July 29, 2005


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Poverty Summit
Organized by
AMFO-NGO Platform
This is Part II of our report on the
Summit Conference to track social
programs to improve life for Antil-
leans. It was held July 9th in the Sentro
di Bario ofAmboina. This comprehen-
sive report, exclusive to The Bonaire
Reporter gives us a glimpse into this
top priority item.


St. Eustatius Report
Mrs. Renata Mercurius con-
ducted the discussion of St.
Eustatius' activities. Titled The New
Millennium Goals, the poverty eradica-
tion project focuses on how St. Eusta-
tius should look in 10 years.


The areas of concerns are low income
housing, roads, drinking water, educa-
tion, jobs, beautification, undernour-
ished children and motivational and so-
cial programs. According to Mrs. Mer-
curius, poverty is not only what we may
or may not see. There's tangible, hid-
den, and mental poverty. The presenta-
tion included impressive pictures of
renovated houses, cleaning projects and
school feeding programs.
The future plans are: cooperation with
St. Maarten for accommodation of drug
addicts, inventory and involvement of
unemployed people, training local peo-
ple to support and counsel rehabilitated
people to avoid relapse, developing
basic reading and writing programs, and
on-the-job training through local busi-
nesses.


"Let's take ownership of the topic
combating poverty. The moral duty
should be: I take responsibility to
realize..."
Dennis Martinus, board member
supervisory board AMFO


governing and policy development.
Concrete results have been in: social
housing, school nutritional programs,
increase in minimum wage level (to
bring it in line with higher cost of liv-
ing), diversification of sustainable eco-
nomic opportunities, scholarship pro-
grams, stimulation of micro entrepre-
neurship, addition of a school psycholo-
gist, parenting skills and combating
household violence program, and estab-


Saba Report lishing working groups.
The island of Saba was also well rep-
resented by Ms. Janine Le Sueur, board Bonaire Report
member of the Saba NGO Platform. The official host of this third summit,
Subjects of both the short and the long- the NGO Platform Bonaire, politely
term interventions are: identifying vul- saved their presentation for last. Mrs.
nerable groups and programs in the ar- Rijn, coordinator, and one of the advi-
eas of improvement in the standard of sors of the NGO Platform, did the hon-
living and welfare, social rehabilitation,
healthy lifestyles and choices, good (Continued on page 7)


Bonaire Reporter July 22 to July 29, 2005


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Poverty Summit (Continued from page 6)
ors. She mentioned some projects that
have been approved already such as the
improvement of private housing in Am-
boina, Antriol and Rincon, walk-in
houses for addicts in Antriol, and budg-
ets set up for each bario for improve-
ments and participation of inhabitants
(a "bottoms-up" approach).



"Let's teach the needy ones that
because they are needy doesn't mean
that they're less valuable. We can
learn a lot from them: thankfulness
and value the great opportunities that
arise from the occasion". .. We are
wasting our time today if we only
take care of the needy body. It's cru-
cial that the body should be managed
by both the soul and spirit. We can
only succeed to the fullest by con-
centrating on the whole being."
Hubert Domacassd,
Lt. Governor Bonaire


In the process of being approved
were: agricultural projects, funding for
school equipment, subsidized child
care, community center and the sociale
vormingsplicht (social education).

Bonaire is campaigning against pov-
erty through programs in the socio-
economic fields like nutritional self-
support (agriculture, livestock and fish-
eries), social workers in the bario, sup-
port units in the bario, improvement of
regular education, affordable childcare
and nutritional programs for children in
need.


Later three working groups were
formed, combining the representatives
from each of the islands and institu-
tions, and they presented their conclu-
sions, solutions and recommendations.


"It's important that our politicians
have witnessed today the level of
participation and commitment that all
the involved parties had to reach for
concrete solutions on how to eradi-
cate poverty".

Werner Wiels, director AMFO


The group covering the subject of
"Micro-entrepreneurship" presented
possible solutions like: horticulture,
marine products and services, e-
commerce, a resource network, foster-
ing of small businesses, training and
education in business skills, awareness/
motivation/self-esteem through educa-
tion, good quality promotion of local
products, low-price promotion of local
products, fostering pride in local prod-
ucts, stimulating the mind set of perse-
verance vs. fast money mentality and
the total package approach (bringing
stakeholders together for training and
support, sharing competences, market-
ing assistance, best practice promotion).


meetings to give aware-
ness courses and infor-
mation sessions, initiate
preparation for actual
execution for mainte-
nance works and, in the
end, monitor all activi-
ties.

The last working
group, "Training and
Development," recom-
mended the following
solutions: general train-
ing of the youth (also
character building), fol-
lowed by specialized Governor Herbert Domacassd and Commissioner James Kroon
training, re-education of
some youth, continuous process of ad-
dressing the youth, involvement of em-
ployers, involvement of target groups in
the process, create more jobs, preven-
tion-oriented trainings, use statistics
already established, prepare the labor
market and the involvement of the gov-
ernment, the private sector and different
financial funding.

At the end of the summit a check was
presented to the board of the Sentro di
Bario Amboina as a gift for hosting the
summit.

Mr. Ronald Doran, president of the
Curaqao NGO Platform, said in an ex-
clusive interview, as a nice closure to
the whole summit, "We definitely ma-
tured, compared to the last two sum-
mits. A lot of concrete results were pre-
sented today. Besides the summits there
should be in-between evaluations of the
people working in the field to measure
the results. Then we will know for sure
that these summits were a real success."
1 Natalie A.C. Wanga




AMUCONTACT INFORMATION


1FO




Pktsomrrrra ono


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


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


Bonaire Reporter July 22 to July 29, 2005


Bonaireans Anthony Cicilia, Sidney Manuel and Popo Morales attended


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Nazario Alberto Read to Run

N azario Alberto, also
known as "The Bon-
aire Roadrunner," was the
first of the three-man Bonaire
contingent to leave last Thurs-
day for Holland and the fa-
mous Four Days of Nijmegen
(4 Daagse di Nijmegen)
where hardy participants walk
approximately 50 km a day
for four days. The other two
participants, also veterans of
Nijmegen, B6i Antoin and
Roy Martines, left the follow-
ing day.

Nazario is pretty amazing.
The 56-year-old became an
athlete late in life. At the age
of 49 he gave up cigarettes
and caffeine, "cold turkey,"
and started walking. This is
and started walking. This is Nazario last week at Flamingo Airport saying
his third participation in the goodbye to his wife, Reina, and good friend and
Dutch event. "Warming up" publicist, Natalie Wanga (right)
for it Nazario has been walk-
ing (at a very fast clip) 40 km
every day. "Since January," he says, "I've walked 1,033 km!" In June he not only
did the "Tower to Tower Walk" but he did it both ways a total of 71 km. And
just to keep him at the top of his form he does 200 push ups three times a week.
Last year at Nijmegen he, along with all the other 45,000 participants, was
plagued by rain. His shoes were soaked and he suffered pain in the top of his feet.
But that didn't stop the Roadrunner because the first day he was 1st to finish, the
second day, 3rd and the third and fourth days he was 4th.
What does this champion eat and drink? "A lot of chicken, red beans, whole
wheat bread, bananas, water, juice and Gatorade. No alcohol, coffee or cigarettes!"
All the best to all three of Bonaire's great athletes Nazario, B6i and Roy! 1
L.D.


T he windsurf world knows Bonaire
is one of the best launches to learn
to sail. Now windsurfer wannabes can see
if this is true when Bonaire Windsurf
Place hosts a Premier Kids Camp July
24-31.
Patun Saragoza, Elvis Martinus and
Roger Jurriens are excited about this va-
cation camp for kids. The focus will be to
get kids on the water using kid friendly
rigs. This camp is ideal for beginners as
well as children who want to take wind-
surfing to the next level. Local pros are
expected to participate in instruction.
This year's camp is geared for kids 7-14
years of age. A special local rate is avail-
able so contact The Place at 717-2288 or
windsurf travel expert Ann Phelan at
ann@bonairewindsurfing.com to reserve


your space. Visiting tourists will
also enjoy a special rate as well. The
price includes: 5 days of clinic and in-
struction, lunch daily, video footage and
viewing daily and a BBQ on Wednesday.
Parents and older siblings may take part
in lessons and windsurfing as well as the
BBQ for an additional fee.
Schedule:
July 24-28 10 am to noon Clinic
Noon 2 pm Break/Siesta
2-4 pm Clinic
July 27 7 pm BBQ Free for kids
camp attendees and $10 for everyone else
July 29-31 Open Sailing with Video
Shoots and later viewing at The Windsurf
Bar and Restaurant. O Story andphoto by
Ann Phelan www. bonairecaribbean. com
011-5999-786-3134 Bonaire


Traveling Turtle Update


Reporting the 2005-6 season on Bonaire's breeding sea turtles
appy,' C
'Hour fe- e-FXT
male loggerhead,
after reaching the
north edge of the
Caribbean Sea, is
hanging around, Imt "
Puerto Rico. She
traveled about 14N V
km from her last
posted position of PUERTO RICO S \ 1
the prior day and -M4Iabolmm
is now in the
Vieques Channel,
perhaps feeding, over 675 km from Klein Bonaire. 1 Andy Uhr


Bonaire Reporter July 22 to July 29, 2005


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Kids at The Windsurf Place












I YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE I


Tonky Competes in Gran Canaria and Lanzarote


DARK DAYS TROUBLE
OUR CHAMPION

T he next stop on Tonky 's European
tour was Pozo, Gran Canaria
(Spain). The event took place from June
28h- July 6th. It is one of the hottest stops
during the Professional WindsurferAs-
sociation (PWA) tour where all the pro-
fessionals meet each other. Every year
the battle is great and the results sur-
prising. Tonky suffered an injury there.

Tonky: "I left the Greek islands on
June 23rd together with Kevin Mevissen
and we headed to Dusseldorf
(Germany). I'd rather have gone directly
to Pozo, but I had my boards at Kevin's
home so I had to go with him to pick
them up. When we arrived his mom and
family were waiting for us, proud to be
receiving the EFPT winners. Kevin's
mom is the one who arranges the ticket-
ing part (She looks for cheap deals and
makes the reservations) for both Kevin
and me. We stayed at Kevin's place for
four days and left again for Gran Ca-
naria on June 28th When we arrived in
Pozo I met Taty and Kiri. They came to
Pozo on June 21st directly from Bonaire.
All the big names of the windsurfing
world were arriving in Pozo! This was
remarkable because this event was
nearly cancelled and it was only decided
to hold it at the last minute."

Pozo is known to be a great wind-
surfer's paradise with strong winds. And
this year was no exception. In fact the
winds were much, much stronger than
normal.

Tonky: "I normally have no problem
windsurfing in Pozo. The winds are
stronger, yet I really enjoy those condi-
tions. But this year I was confronted
with even stronger winds than I am used
to. In Bonaire we do not have these
kinds of winds. Looking back it would
have been better if I'd arrived a few days
earlier in Pozo so I could train more than
one week in these conditions.


Frans brothers, Taty and Tonky, stitched


me to see if I were all right. It was then
that I was told that my face was covered
with blood and that my nose was badly
injured. The doctor on the spot sent me
to the hospital immediately where I got
three stitches on my nose and a large
bandage. When I got back to the event
again I heard that Taty had gotten in-
jured also and that he, too, was taken to
the hospital. He had a chin injury and a
much larger bandage than mine. In spite
of my injury I got the 16th position,
which, given the circumstances, is not
that bad."

Lanzarote was the next stop on the
PWA world tour. This is also the last
stop for the 2005 tour when it comes to
Freestyle and Super-X discipline. The
event was from July 9h July 177h.

Tonky: "We arrived in Lanzarote by
ferry. Lanzarote is a small Spanish is-
land with windsurfing conditions similar
to Bonaire's. The first four days were
dedicated to the Super-X events. Alto-
gether I did not do that bad in the Super-
X since I had started training for it this
year. The first heats did not go well. But
in the last heats I was definitely improv-
ing and I moved from 18th position to
14th position. This year there were more
Super-X events than Freestyle events.
This is something I will take note of,
because if I want to keep up in this
world I will have to practice more Super
X!


Taty and Tonky clowning with friend

formance was worth a 16th position, ac-
cording to the judges. I am not very
happy with this position because I know
that I can do much better than that. But I
will stay positive because my 2005 tour
has not ended yet.

Bonaireans can rest assured, since my
brother Taty held up the Bonaire name
in this event by finishing in the top
three. At this moment we are awaiting
the final result! My next stop is Belgium
where we'll have another opportunity.
O Tonky Frans/S.C.


You can even fly upside-down


My first heats did not go that well, and
I knew that. I had trouble adapting my-
self to the strong winds in order to land
the moves correctly. And as if this was
not enough, Murphy's Law got me. Af-
ter I thought that it could not get any
worse than this, it did. During one of the
moves I knocked my face against the
boom of my sail. At that moment I did
not realize what had happened, in spite
of the pain that I was feeling, because I
was in the middle of a heat and I had to
keep focused to win it. The reward was
that I won the heat! When I got on the
shore again the other riders came up to


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
7-22 1:22 2.1FT. 10:29 0.8FT. 103
7-23 2:13 1.9FT. 11:06 0.8FT. 103
7-24 3:12 1.8FT. 11:36 0.9FT. 98
7-25 4:09 1.6FT. 11:56 1.0FT. 18:47 1.4FT. 21:55 1.3FT. 90
7-26 1:21 1.3FT. 5:30 1.4FT. 12:09 1.0FT. 19:01 1.5FT. 79
7-27 3:11 1.1FT. 7:00 1.3FT. 12:05 1.1FT. 19:36 1.7FT. 67
7-28 4:26 1.0FT. 9:34 1.1FT. 10:53 1.1FT. 20:09 1.8FT. 55
7-29 5:32 0.9FT. 20:42 1.9FT. 47



Angie Guaicamar I, Ven. Samba Texas T
Anything Goes Karen's Wyn Santa Maria Ti Amo, USA
Augustine Key Lara Sandpiper, USA Tish
Bright Sea Luna C. USA Seascape Triumphant Lady
Camissa, Chan Is. La Baronne Sea of Time Ulu Ulu, USA
Cape Kathryn La Serena Sea Witch Unicorn, Norway
Chalice Maggi Silvestre Vaalenza
Delphinius Moonrise Sintella Varedhuni, Ger.
Endangered Species Natural Selection Sirius Ya-T, BVI
Endorphin Orion Sola 2 Yanti Paratzi
Flying Cloud, USA Pyewacket Sylvia K Zeelander
Freestyle Resite Sylvester

Bonaire Reporter July 22 to July 29, 2005


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SGB Young Chefs

Start Work In Italy
T wo young chefs, graduates of the
SGB Hotel School, have been given
the opportunity to work for two months at
top rated hotels in Riccione, Italy. This area
is one of the favorite tourist sites in the
Emilia Romagna region with 10 million
tourists per year. Andres Cicilia and Bram
Smit were members of the four-student
group that went to Italy last fall as part of a Andres Cicilia
four-week exchange program. They were
also members of Bonaire's winning culinary team that
competed last January with teams from Curagao,
Aruba and St. Martin. As a result of that win the team
spent a week in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, at Klaus
Friedenreich's Culinary Arts Institute.

Andres Cicilia (shown with a "typical" Italian
lemon) is now working in the kitchen of the Hotel
Gran Bretagna. He has an excellent executive chef,
Silverio Amadei, who works closely with all the stu-
dents in training from Bonaire.
During high season this hotel serves 200 "covers"
for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu is a la carte
and all the dishes are made from fresh ingredients a
perfect learning ground for our chefs-to-be.
Bram Smit
Bram Smit joined the Giaco Burioni chef team at
the Hotel Cannes for his two-month training period.
When asked what the biggest difference between Bonaire and Italy is, Bram replied,
"You need to run not walk here in Italy!"
Bram still finds time to surf on the Adriatic coast on his one day off. O Sara Matera/
L.D.


Amboina

Dolphins

L ast Saturday
the Amboina
Dolphins soccer team
played host to two
Curaqao teams,
"Mundo Nobo," and
"Steenrijk." Joining
the Dolphins from
Bonaire were two
other teams, the "Nort
Salifia Kids" and
"Ofir Brasilia" from
Rincon. The opening
parade through the
streets of Amboina
was impressive, led
by a brass and drum band followed by the individual teams in their colorful uni-
forms and Sports Deputy James Kroon. Flags of the two islands were raised and
the national anthems played. The teams, ages 6 to 11, competed in the "Beibi" and
"Superbeibi" categories and battled hard, with the Curacao teams leading by a nar-
row margin. Thanks goes to head coach Ricardo "Kado" Alberto for organizing the
impressive event. BO L.D.





















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THE BONAIRE GARDNER

The Very Special Neem Tree, Part 2


My last article was about our
Neem tree, and I'm very happy
with all the reactions I got! The list of
medical uses for the tree gets longer
and longer. Also here on Bonaire I heard
of an interesting use of the tree. A nice
Bonairean lady told me that every three
days she makes some tea from the leaves
of the Neem tree and that was her little
secret. She is 73 and very much alive and
kicking, so another proof? Also one of
my workers eats the yellow seed pods of
the Neem, and so far he has never been
"AO" (sick leave). That's the good news.
The bad news about this tree is that it
constantly drops its leaves, its roots can
break your walls and sprouts everywhere
you don't want it. Also all true!
But all of these problems can be
avoided very easily. By the way, all of the
above mentioned problems refer mostly
to the bigger trees. But the following so-
lutions are suitable for all trees.
The first is the constant leaf drop,
which has to do with the hardly notice-
able changing of the seasons on Bonaire.
In the dry period they lose most of their
leaves. That is natural so there is no solu-
tion for that. But you can reduce it big
time by giving the tree a regular haircut.
That means every now and than, for ex-
ample every two months, trim back the
bigger branches to create as much new,
fresh growth as possible. The younger the
sprouts, the less leaf fall. The Neem tree
is known to have fast growing big
branches, so to keep it in a good form and
shape pruning is the best solution.


The Neem trees as we know them are
all cultivated from a seed, which means
that there are a lot of different types avail-
able. Some seeds seem to make a nicer
tree and grow a little straighter than oth-
ers, and, again, the better they grow, the
less leaf drop. So what we try to do is get
seedlings from good trees and propagate
those, so you have a bigger chance of get-
ting a stronger, healthier tree which grows
by itself to a nicely shaped tree. And for
us, of course, the faster it grows, the
faster we can sell it!
Now for the root problem. Just don't
plant the tree closer than two meters from
a wall or anything made of concrete. Also
make sure that around the tree there is
enough diabaas or any other kind of soil
so the roots can go everywhere. And after
a few years you can dig a trench along the
wall and check if any big roots are close
to the wall or even pushing it. If you find
one, just cut it off. You won't damage the
tree at all, although it is good that along


with the root pruning you prune some of
the branches.
What we notice in gardens is that peo-
ple get some "free" seedlings, let them
grow, and after a few years they discover
that they are too close to a wall and blame
the tree. What I would suggest is that
whenever you see a new seedling coming
up in a place you don't want it, don't cut it
off, but pull it out completely with its
roots. And if you think that is a waste, no
problem. Just take the small seedling, put
it in a pot with some nice potting soil,
water it well for a couple of weeks and
you have a perfect plant to plant in a safe
spot, or give it away. Now you know you
mean well when you give a Neem tree as
a present!
Neem trees indeed do reproduce very

Continued on page 18

easily, and even when you take one out
they come back at the end of their root
system. So it is wise to check this every
now and then.
The last issue is water. When you have
a just planted Neem you have to water it
regularly, but when it is full grown, it can
grow without an irrigation system or wa-
tering, that is of course if it rains some-
times. But I think, although it's not for
sure, that if you often water the tree, even
just a little bit, it helps to reduce the leaf
drop!
I hope this is enough information about
this very special tree! O Ap van Eldik


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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


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/jellastone/




LOST & FOUND

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


BE?
Are you having trouble collecting an
old debt from BonairExel?
Is BonairExpress claiming that they
don't owe you the money because of a
name change? Call 717-7488 or email:
greatescape@bonairelive.com




For Sale

Toyota Land Cruiser- Prado 1997,
only 58,050 KM, airco, tape deck, excel-
lent condition inside and out
$15,800 or NAf28,000. Call 717-3267

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


P ro pe rty.

RUe n- ta I s

For Sale: Townhouse in Belnem,
across from Bachelor's Beach with
Ocean views- 2 bedroom, 112 bath town-
house 1,184 sq. feet. Lot- 3,767 sq. feet.
Ocean views from the master bedroom
balcony. Has a laundry room and out-
door storage cabana. Tropically land-
scaped. Fully furnished, ready to rent or
move in. Excellent income or 1st time
home in Bonaire. Private Property. No
association, dues or fees. Email us for
pictures and other info. $125,000.00 US
dvrlizl@aol.com

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.
pelicanreefbonaire.com -


w'a n- -ted
Wanted: a Handyman! We are look-
ing for an all round experienced handy-
man for a small-scale resort on Bonaire
for about 12 hours a week. For more in-
formation or to apply for the job please
call Marieke Schmitz, phone number
717-3630 during office hours.

Wanted: Looking for a roommate.
Own bedroom and bath. Share living
room, kitchen and 2 porches. Center of
Kralendijk. Call Marika 786-6124 or
Otto 786-9637

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


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
through the northern part of the island,
stopping for lunch at the Rose Inn.
Tuesday September 6th: Dia di Bonaire
ride with stops in the neighborhoods.

A There's a very experienced new
chef working at the Great Escape.
Chef Angel Pertuz first began cooking on
Bonaire at the Hotel Rochaline about 12
years ago. Since then he's worked at the
Blue Moon and Plaza Resort. You can
sample his cooking magic and enjoy
"almost free beer" or other specials at
The Great Escape. (See their advertise-
ment on the last page for more informa-
tion.)

Next Wednesday, July 27, join the
Fundraising Victory Dinner of the
Bonaire Culinary Team at Chez Nous.


Drinks at 7 pm, Dinner at 8 pm. The do-
nation is $40 and includes winee. For
tickets call Sara at 786-9299 or Laura at
717-8988/791-7252. The menu and cock-
tails will be same as the team prepared at
the medal-winning event held earlier this
month at "The Taste of the Caribbean"
culinary Olympics in Miami last month.

4 In last week's Reporter (July 15-22)
the photo credit of the boat with conch
was incorrectly attributed to the STCB. It
should be STINAPA. Sorry for any in-
convenience this may have caused.

The models in the Benetton ad on
page 11 are Jonathan and Crestely Cran-
ston. G./L.D


Picture lYourself

witih the Reportejr

Angel Falls. Venezuela


It's Yaser, Marion and Vera Ghazzouli from "Hairstudio de Kapper" taking
The Bonaire Reporter with them on a trip again. This visit was to the world's
highest waterfall- Angel Falls which is 979 meters from top to bottom. The wa-
terfall has become Venezuela's number one recognized landmark. To get there is a
three-day trip: fly into Canaima, then by canoe to the falls, stay overnight in ham-
mocks right in front of the falls. It's so beautiful there and so close to Bonaire. 1

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next
trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper
in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos
to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-
mail to: picture@bonairereporter.com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) D


Comm
I nge Berben and An-
nemiek Le Noble gave a
fascinating workshop last
Saturday to a very atten-
tive group of people. Their
company, Bonaire Basics,
will be giving this course
and others in the future.
Inge's specialty is in the
welfare sector; Annemiek
in individual awareness.
They team together on the
communication courses.
OL.D.


Murder Investigation

O n Sunday the bodies of two young Bonairean men,
Lisandro Martis, 16, and his brother, Wendell, 23,
were discovered near the desolate Spelonk lighthouse by a
fisherman. They had been reported missing early Saturday
morning by their mother. She had last seen them leaving for a
party on Friday evening.
Their car, a white Toyota, was found on Saturday, minus its
wheels and some accessories, in Antriol.
Reportedly they had been shot in the head. Lisandro had
just graduated from BVO classes at the SGB High School.
Forensic experts from Curagao were helicoptered to the site
later on Sunday. Police are being very closemouthed about the
investigation. However, they did say that a team of officers is on
the case and lots of information is being provided by the public.
Chief Daantje said he wants to make sure he has a tight case
before making any arrest,
Police ask that anyone having additional information about
this case contact them at the police station or call 717-8000 or
911.
Our sympathies go to the family for this terrible loss. O G.D.


Bonaire Reporter July 22 to July 29, 2005


Lisandro Martis


Wendell Martis


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Shelter IPart


SBonaire Animal Shelter Board and Volunteers

Last weekend President of the Bonaire Animal Shelter Board of Directors
Paul Wichers organized a gathering of the very valuable volunteers. It's they
who, together with Shelter Director Jurrie Mellema and his assistant, Michelle,
help to keep the Shelter open. It was a marvelous opportunity for all the hard work-
ing volunteers to get a chance to meet each other. DL.D.




M eet red furred "Nora," an adorable little
kitten who was brought into the Bonaire
Animal Shelter with her mother and siblings, Niki,
Nicole, Naomi and their brother, Norberto. The
kittens were born on May 6 and they're at a perfect
age now to be adopted. Actually, their brother has
already gone to a family. Nora has the most beauti-
ful lightly striped rust colored fur. We were told
that it is not very common to have a red colored
female cat because 80% of them are male. And to
have three red females in one litter is quite special.
Their sister, Naomi, however is a gorgeous calico.
Just that morning when we came to photograph
this attractive family they had been put in the big
cat cage with the other residents. There was some
spitting and hissing, but the kittens held their own.
What a spirited group.
The kittens have all been examined by the vet,
tested for feline leukemia, been wormed and given
their shots. They're healthy, social and ready to go.
When they are old enough they will be sterilized.
All this in the adoption fee of only NAf75. An
amazing value.
As of last weekend there had been 89 adoptions from the Shelter. Two of those
have been recent "Pets of the Week" Natasha, the cat and Major, the dog. Con-
gratulations to all and may you have long, happy lives together. OL.D.


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WHA'S HAPPENING


WELY REIHOITIES

Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually9pm)
Monster-In-Law
(Jennifer Lopes)

Early Show (Usually 7 pm)

The Interpreter

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
M/ovieland Cinema:
THE INTERPRETER, by
Sidney Pollack, starring Nicole
Kidman and Sean Penn. I dare say that
Sidney Pollack is a master director and
with The Interpreter he proves that
again. A great story, beautifully shot,
and the actors can't go wrong with mr.
Pollack telling them what to do. He
gives them plenty of time to let their
characters develop and both actors
embrace that. Nothing but good news
from me for this film. It's intelligent, it
has a good pace, it treats the audience
with respect and it is quite moving at
times. If you like craftsmanship, go
and see this one!.0
Dodo

THIS WEEK
Sunday to Sunday, July 24-28-Kids
Windsurfing Camp-see page 8

Wednesday, July 27, Fundraising Vic-
tory Dinner of the Bonaire Culinary
Team at Chez Nous. See photo above.

Friday, July 29, Saturday, July 30-
Remy DeHaas of Light Senses Curagao
will conduct a seminar: "The angels
want to help you heal your life." Practi-
cal information to help you give your life
a different touch. Practical and spiritual
tools to help you heal your body, rela-
tionships, career, family. Topics include
Loving Touch, Power of Angelic
Prayers, Healing Angel Meditation, etc.
9 am to 6 pm. July 29-Papiamentu; July
30, English. NAf80. Sign up: Mary:
marytimmermans@telbonet.an or Odette
van Bameveld: bamy l011 @hotmail.com

COMING
September 1-6-Annual Bonaire Motor-
cycle Tour.
The International Bonaire Sailing
Regatta October 9 15, 2005

EVERY WEEK


Wednesday, July 27 Fundraising Victory Dinner of the Bonaire
Culinary Team at Chez Nous. Drinks at 7 pm, Dinner at 8 pm. Donation is $40
and includes wine. For tickets call Sara at 786-9299 or Laura at 717-8988/791-7252. Menu
and cocktails will be same as the team prepared at the medal-winning event held earlier this
month at "The Taste of the Caribbean" culinary Olympics in Miami last month. O


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
poolbar 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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts and Crafts (FundashonArte
Industrial Bonieriano)717-5246/7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to


help staff gallery during the day. Contact
Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or 785-9700.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

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
Cahy 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." Lear about Bonaire's
culture. Visit typical homes from the 17th cen-
tury. Daily. Call 7174060/ 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya 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.

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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 Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a gar-
717-5025 Closed Monday den setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out
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
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 pm Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
1 mile north of town center. 790-1111Open from 5-1pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111


S-P 0 0P P I N G < 5 ID E See advertisements in this issue
APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest Green Label has everything you need to start or main- Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
service and in-store financing too. it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden keling and exploration.
chemicals.
ART GALLERY GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR RETAIL
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
is featured. Stop by. Free entry. things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices, men, women and children.
BANKS HOTELS SECURITY
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with Special Security Services will provide that extra
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon- fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance, neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the able.
sea.
BEAUTY PARLOR The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet SHIPPING
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, The Great Escape Under new management Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
waxing and professional nail care. and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
waxing and professional nail careBelnem. Cyber Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
BICYCLE I SCOOTER/ QUADS bar. FedEx agent.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; rofession- SUPERMARKETS
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
brand bikes. Have your keys made here. b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ- supermarket. You'll find American and European
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION ing stainless. Complete machine shop too. brand products. THE market for provisioning.
APA Construction are professional General PHOTO FINISHING VILLAS
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios PHOTO FINISHING
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of- Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
concrete pavement. fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
services for your picture-taking pleasure.
DIVING WATER TAXI
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch REAL ESTATE I RENTAL AGENTS Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real Amor or Skiff. Hotel pickup.
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com- estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
puter H.Q tomer services and top notch properties. WINES
Photo Tours Divers-Yellow Submarine -low Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at Caribbean Mike Boom & Associates Broad assortment of now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
Club, Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join homes and properties. View on their website www. from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
their cleanup dives and BBQ. bonairerealty.com or office in town Free delivery.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain- Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec- YOGA
i th height essinal standards. In town at tions. 5 of profits donated to local community. Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desire and
City a and at Eden BeachDon for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
FITNESS Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in- Private lessons too. Closed during June.
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to surance services. If you want a home or to invest in ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN:
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or Bonaire, stop in and see them. Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
just eeping in shape. Convenient schedule. REPAIRS Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi- Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train- or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels. trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345


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Born on Bonaire....


CarolIina UiEt1sg1 ie


n my last year of high school I
I got pregnant. Parents always
tell you, 'don't do this,' 'don't do that',
but they hardly ever tell you 'why' you
shouldn't. I'd known my boyfriend
since I was eight and he was 10. We
played together and fought like children
do, but when we grew older child's
play turned into a relationship. My dad
started telling me that he didn't like it. I
think we made a baby to prove that my
dad was wrong. And so it happened that
our son Jeandino was bor when I was
18.
It changed everything. You don't
have freedom anymore. You have a
baby and you have to take care of it and
you have to wake up at night even
though you're dead tired. It was a diffi-
cult time also because my boyfriend,
Edger Hart, was studying at Polytech-
nic school in Aruba. It was difficult for
Edger too, but I'm glad his parents per-
suaded him to finish his education. His
parents and mine have been wonderful.
They've supported us in every way.
When Jeandino was six months old I
started working for MCB bank. For one
thing I had been very lucky, because at
least I had my high school diploma.
After 10 months working for the bank I
saw an ad in the paper about the Bo-
nairean Pedagogic Academy offering
elementary school teacher training. It
was the first time they were doing this
on Bonaire and I was really excited. All
my life I'd wanted to be a schoolteacher
and this was my chance, so I arranged
all the paperwork and was accepted.
Then Edger came from Arba and told
me he wanted to go to Holland to con-
tinue his studies. At the time we didn't
know he'd failed his last year, so I
thought, 'What am I going to do? The
baby needs his father.' I dropped the
course and felt terribly, terribly sorry.
Edger had to repeat his year, and I
started working for Rayvah. Then I
went to Arba to see if I could find
work there to be with Edger. When I
was there my mother phoned and told
me that the Pedagogic Academy was
starting a course to become a kindergar-
ten teacher! So I made up my mind up.
'This is what I want and what I'm go-
ing to do!'
I came back to Bonaire and started the
training. At the same time I worked for
Rayvah where I got great support from
Malva Thielman and Sonaida Janga.
Jeandino went to the cr&che. It was
hard, very, very hard. That's why I say
when you're a teenager, don't think
about these things; finish your educa-
tion first! Think about yourself, of what
you want to become and of what you
want to do with your life. Because it's
really, really difficult once you have a


baby. You're no longer alone, you have
a little tail!
After his graduation Edger came back
to Bonaire and started working for Cel-
lular One, then for Telbo and now he's
a taxi driver and a very talented air-
brush artist as well. He has his diploma
from Polytechnic school but he says,
'I'm my own boss now!' It's going
well, but we're dependent on tourism.
My schooling took three years. We
were living in an apartment that be-
longed to Edger's father, but now it's
ours. He gave it to us. A good father! I
have fantastic parents-in-law! I got a
job before I had my diploma. There was
a shortage of teachers and they offered
me a chance at Orkidia kindergarten, as
it was named before it became part of
Kristu Bon Wardador elementary
school. I had 28 children in my class
and was well supported by my superi-

"When you are a teenager,
don't think about these
things; finish your education
first! Think about yourself, of
what you want to become and
what you want to do with
your life. Because it's really,
really difficult once you have
a baby."

ors and the parents. Three months later
I got my diploma. I love my work!"
Carolina Hart-Angila (28) is a soft-
spoken, very charming and multi-
talented young woman, an extraordi-
nary person. Born in Aruba with an
Aruban mother and a Bonairean father,
she moved to Bonaire at the age offive.
When she was 12 she moved back to
Aruba to study at John Wesley College,
staying with family. But it was too hard
and she missed her parents too much,
so halfway through high school she
came back to Bonaire again. Carolina
is somebody you have to admire and
recognize for what she is: a writer, an
illustrator, a mother of three, a teacher
of 24 pupils and for three years the offi-
cial wife of her elementary school
sweetheart, Edger.
"In the last year of my teacher train-
ing Joshua was born. Jeandino was al-
ready five and he wanted a brother.
Jeanique, our daughter, is two years
old. When I come home from school I
start cooking and I help Jeandino with
his homework. The two youngest ones
also sit at the table, drawing or playing.
From five till seven Jeandino goes to
baseball practice or taekwando. The
little ones stay at home and I've some
time to clean the house. At seven they
have to take their bath, eat their dinner


and at eight
they go to bed.
From eight to
11 I am behind
the computer
working for
school. It's
hard, but it
goes. I'm try-
ing my best.

Since 2003
the school sys-
tem on Bon-
aire has
changed. It's
called founda-
tional educa-
tion now. Let
me explain:
the first cycle
is for 4 to 8- Edger, Jeandii
year old chil-
dren. That is what used to be kindergar-
ten and the first and second grade. The
classes are divided into groups of chil-
dren in the ages of 4, 5 and 6; groups in
the ages of 5, 6 and 7; and groups in the
ages of 6, 7 and 8 The second cycle is
what used to be the third, fourth, fifth
and sixth grade and the third cycle
should start at SGB (high school), but
we're not that far yet. The instruction
language in the first cycle is Papia-
mentu, and Dutch is one of the subjects.
In the second cycle, which will start
this year after the holidays, it should be
50-50. Still the instruction language
will be Papiamentu, but Dutch classes
in reading and writing will become
more intense. The third cycle, however,
will be completely in Dutch.
Every morning we sit in a circle. If a
child doesn't understand Papiamentu I
put him or her next to me so I can guide
and translate, so that the child doesn't
fall behind. The conversation we have
while we're in the circle is about a
theme that we choose every three
weeks. It can be about a healthy life
style, traffic, animals, all kinds of
things, and everyone can ask questions
or give their opinion. After that they all
go and play in their different comers,
like the Lego comer, the construction
comer, the doll comer, the discovery
comer, etc. In my class I've got 15 of
these comers. When most of the chil-
dren are playing I take several children
aside to the instruction table and work
with them.
We also work with Big Books. As
there weren't too many of these books
available, I started writing them myself.
My first book was 'Ro i Ana', about a
brother's and a sister's first school day.
The illustrations I did myself. I made
the dolls out of fabric, then I made eve-


no, Carolina, Joshua and Jeanique

rything else, down to the smallest de-
tail. I staged the scenes and took hun-
dreds of digital pictures and chose the
best to be used for the book. I sold five
books to SEK and they're used in every
elementary school on Bonaire. There
are five more ready to publish. I like
it!" Carolina smiles.
"I also write short stories about the
themes we're into because many par-
ents don't have time to find the right
books for their children. All the stories
I write for the three different levels so
it's a lot of work! But I truly love my
children. They're sweet; they give me
compliments. Every child is special;
every child is good. You have to have
methods. I'm not too strict, and I also
have my rules. But I don't have soldiers
in my classroom! You have to have
strategies to handle children, not by
punishing them, but you have to keep
on talking and I talk a lot! When they
move on to another class I say goodbye
to them with tears in my eyes and I'm
so sorry that they won't be with me
anymore. But... that's life, that's the
process of growing. However, I do tell
them I will always be there for them if
ever they need me.
I'm still young. I'm trying to do
things right. I'm very interested in writ-
ing and illustrating more books for chil-
dren and I would like to have more time
to spend with my own children as life
moves on so fast
and there are so
many things I
would like to do
with them before
they're too big!" a
photo and story by
Greta Kooistra


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DIVING with DEE




Sometimes it's Nice to Be Used


N ever in a million years would I
have expected to see what two
friends and I saw on a dive recently.
Fiona, Mike and I were swimming over
coral rubble in less than 15 feet of water,
when we saw a Hawksbill turtle on the
bottom ahead of us. Maybe you've seen
this unique individual: it's pretty big in
comparison to the other turtles I usually
see here, with a carapace more than two
feet long from front to rear. What's most
striking isn't the size of this creature,
however, but the shape or, to be more
accurate, the misshape of its shell: sort
of humpbacked with a little flip just above
the tail. I'm guessing this funky contour
is from an injury that took place when the
turtle was much smaller, but it could also
have been from birth.
As soon as we spotted the turtle, we
stopped moving and got low. The turtle
braced its foreflippers, and used its beak
to rip away pieces of a tough-textured
sponge that grows down into the bottom.
"This is extraordinary!" I thought, but
actually it's not so unusual any more. Of
all the changes I've seen underwater in
the quarter of a century I've lived on Bon-
aire, the most positive one is the increase
in turtle sightings. The increase in turtle
numbers worldwide is primarily due to
improvements in their protection but I
believe our increase in sightings is due to
respectful divers.


So there we were, happily watching this
turtle munch on a leathery sponge, when
the turtle rose a few feet up, looking
around. My first thought was that our
presence had disturbed it, but that was
clearly wrong because the turtle swam
toward us, watching us carefully. We re-
mained motionless, except for our bub-
bles (and my singing regulator), and he
settled to the bottom only about eight feet
away from us! After the turtle settled we
saw the almost-three-foot-long barracuda
who had been very close behind it. The
barracuda eyed us and swam away. After
a minute or so the turtle rose from the
bottom again, looked around, and as-
cended, this time all the way to the sur-
face. Once up there it looked around be-
neath it one more time, then lifted its head
for some quick breaths. About this time
the barracuda reappeared a few feet be-
hind the turtle.
I've never personally felt threatened by
a barracuda on Bonaire, but some six-
foot-long 'cudas in the Florida Keys made
me feel extremely uneasy in my first
years of diving. They'd swim along be-
hind me, just watching. If I turned around,
they'd back off a little. I was told they
were just curious they can't help it if
they always look as if they're glaring, can
they? Purely in the spirit of scientific in-
quiry, I'd swim back the way I came, and
somewhere around where I had first en-
countered it, the 'cuda would stop follow-


ing me. I theorized that some barracuda
individuals inhabit areas that aren't quite
territories but in which they keep an eye
on everything let's call them domains.
Up until that turtle put its head back
underwater, I thought the barracuda was
just following it around because the turtle
was in the 'cuda's domain. But as the
turtle descended and headed for the drop
off, the 'cuda zipped up behind it and --
judging by the fact that the turtle suddenly
spurted forward a few feet -- that 'cuda
actually nipped the turtle! After the spurt
of speed, the turtle slowed to a calmer
pace but continued away from the rubble
over the drop off. The barracuda, who
could easily have caught up with the turtle
again, returned to the rubble instead. If
the 'cuda was defending a domain it was
a temporary one (or the 'cuda hides from
divers); I've not seen it since then.
All three of us felt that the reason the
turtle left its sponge was to get away from
the 'cuda. We also believe that the turtle
approached us because it predicted that
the 'cuda wouldn't stay around if we were
there!
If our interpretation is correct, we saw
an astonishing evolution of behavior
(drum roll here): this turtle used divers for
its own protection!
Other undersea creatures have used di-
vers to serve their own ends for 20 years
that I know of. We'll be looking at other
examples soon. O Dee Scarr




Dee Scarr conducts
"Touch the Sea"
dives. They will en-
hance your diving
forever. Call 717-
8529.


Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Land-
scaping which designs, constructs and
maintains residential and commercial
gardens. Two nurseries and a garden
shop in Kralendijk carry terra cotta pots
from Mexico and
South America.
Phone 717-3410.
OPEN SATUR-
DAYS, NON-
STOP 9 TO 4.


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Use the Moon to Find Mars Which Is Now Brighter
Than Almost All the Stars in the Sky
N ext week on Wednesday and Thursday, July 27th and 28th you'll be able to
use the Moon to find Mars which is racing towards Earth and will be at its
very closest and absolutely spectacular next Halloween. It is already six times brighter
than it was at the beginning of the year and is now brighter than all but two of the
brightest stars.
Around lam, Sky Park time, any night this week look due east where the brightest
thing you'll see will be a reddish orange light, our old friend, 4,000-mile-wide Mars, a
planet almost exactly half as wide as planet Earth. Currently only five objects are
brighter: the stars Sirius and Canopus, the planets Jupiter and Venus and our Moon.
And if you haven't started to watch Mars on a regular basis, now is the time to begin
because Mars is hurtling towards us at breakneck speed and will be brighter than any
star in the sky, exceeded only by the Moon and Venus on Halloween. That's when it
reaches its brightest and closest to planet Earth until the year 2018. At the beginning of
this year on January 1st it was 209 million miles away but this week it is 126 million
miles closer, only 83 million miles away. And if you watch it at least once a week from
now through October you'll be absolutely blown away as it steadily brightens!
And fortunately if you're one of those people who has a problem finding the planets,
one or two nights every month you'll be able to use the Moon to help you locate Mars.
In fact next Wednesday July 27h at 1 am you'll be able to see a 21-day-old Moon only 6
degrees away from Mars which is roughly 12 full Moon widths away. At the same time
the Moon will be 234 thousand miles away while Mars will be 79 1/2 million miles
away. But if you go out just four hours later, at 5 am, before sunrise, Mars and the
Moon will be much higher, but the Moon will be only 5 degrees away from Mars, 4
full Moon widths closer. And Mars will have raced a hundred thousand miles closer to
Earth, only 79 million, 400 thousand miles away. But if it's cloudy on Wednesday, on
Thursday morning you'll have another chance to use the Moon to find Mars because at
1 am, Thursday the 28th the Moon will have moved to the other side of Mars and will
be only 8 degrees away. Plus to show you just how fast Mars is racing toward us, in
just one day Mars will be half a million miles closer, less than 79 million miles away.
So start your Mars watch now. Go out around 1 am any night this week and next, and
it will be just above the eastern horizon. To find it super easily, use the Moon as a
finder on Wednesday the 27h at 1 am and 5 am, and on Thursday the 28th at 1 am and 5
am. Believe me if you watch Mars only once every couple of weeks you'll be abso-
lutely astonished at how it brightens because as I said by Halloween when it's at its
brightest it will be six times brighter than it is right now, and it's already six times
brighter now than it was in January. O JackHorkheimer


THE 3TARS

HAVE IT
For the week:
July 18 to July 24, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Disputes on the home front may be hard to avoid.
You're in the mood to do things such as competitive sports, or perhaps a night on the
town. You will have the stamina and the know how to raise your earning power. Com-
promise will be necessary. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TA URUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You should put in some extra hours developing that
creative idea you have. Family outings will make you feel secure and happy. Make
sure you concentrate if operating machinery or vehicles. You will be well looked upon
due to your compassionate and giving nature. Your lucky day this week will be Satur-
day.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Family get-togethers will be interesting. You can
make new friends by taking part in social events involving colleagues. You can get
ahead if you are willing to take a partner. Unexpected romantic connections can be
made if you go out with friends or take a pleasure trip. Your lucky day this week will
be Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Be honest if you wish to solve the problem. Your
emotions have been pulled out of shape and you need to do a little backtracking. You
can gain approval, get kudos, and ask for help if you put a little heart into your speech
or request. Business or pleasure trips will be knowledgeable as well as highly success-
ful. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can avoid hassles by sticking to your work and refus-
ing to get involved in gossip or idle chatter. Don't be too eager to cut those who have
disappointed you from your life. Be discreet about your feelings, and hold back until
you find out a little more about the person who's coming on to you. You'll have prob-
lems with authority figures if you don't play by the rules. Your lucky day this week
will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Too many opportunities and too many changes going
on. Problems with your boss could lead to unemployment. Don't hesitate to go ahead
with any plans for entertainment. Money may slip through your fingers. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Talking to those you trust and respect will help you sort
out any problems. You could be emotional if you didn't take care of problems with
loved ones. You will meet new friends and enjoy a multitude of new activities. Be
sure to spend time helping children with projects that are too difficult for them to ac-
complish alone. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You may make someone else look bad. Opportuni-
ties to go out with clients or colleagues will be in your best interest. If you have to
deal with large institutions, be careful not to make waves. Don't jump too quickly if
someone tries to make you join in on their crusade. Your lucky day this week will be
Saturday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You may be in love this week, but who
knows what tomorrow may bring. Don't be critical or overly opinionated with dis-
likes; it could cause disapproval and unwanted opposition. Travel could be in order.
You may have to explain your actions to your family. Your lucky day this week will
be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You will be extremely sensual; take precautions
and don't take any risks. Try not to let your emotions interfere with the completion of
your work. Concentrate on your job. Resistance leading to conflict will only make it
twice as hard to turn the situation around. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Try not to overspend on friends or family. You may
want to make changes in your home environment. Think before you act if you wish to
avoid friction. Overstatement will be your downfall. Your lucky day this week will be
Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Your intellectual charm will entice new love interests.
You may be looking through rose colored glasses. Anger may cause you grief; control
your temper and try to sit back and calm down. Empty promises will cause confusion.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. 1


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