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Italy Bound! The chosen five SGB culinary students with teacherVern
Martijn at Flamingo Airport last Sunday. (notin orLer) Channethon Jansen, Minosc-
Mercera, Angel Albertus, Shakira Mattew and Gianna Martines.

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Air Jamaica said it will intro-
duce new, less generous bag-
gage weight regulations for checked
baggage on October 6. "Passengers trav-
eling economy class cabins to the US
and Caribbean destinations will have a
free allowance of two checked pieces,
each weighing a maximum of 50 lbs (it
was 70 lbs) with a total dimension of 62
inches. There will be no change to the
free baggage allowance for first class
passengers." Bags weighing more than
50 lbs and up to 70 lbs will get a US$25
excess baggage charge, while baggage
weighing more than 70 lbs will not be
accepted as checked baggage and will
have to be shipped though cargo ser-
"Space permitting, passengers will be
allowed to carry as excess baggage a
maximum of three pieces. Each piece
must not exceed 70 lbs and each will
cost US$75," said the airline. Air Ja-
maica flies to Bonaire on Saturdays.

A Last week we reported that air traf-
fic control in the southern Caribbean
was suspended for 20 hours as a result
of the printer breakdown. Two second
hand printers were ordered to back
up the failing strip printer whose
function is critical to control of Antil-
lean air space. The obsolete Brother
M2528 printer that the software re-
quires- costing $300 each, plus $1,500
express shipping- is a cheap price to pay
considering the impact that a loss of air
traffic control would have, said officials.

A Drug monitoring for all plane
passengers who arrive in the Nether-
lands from Surinam, the Netherlands
Antilles, Aruba and Venezuela will
continue was the decision of the Dutch
House of Commons following a hearing
last week. The Chamber, however, ex-
pressed concern about the way some
passengers are treated by customs au-
thorities and the Military Police.

The Special Olympics group after planting. L to R: Davika Bissesar, Natania
Nicolina, Omar Leonicia, Roosje v.d Hoek, Andries Anthony, Jan-Pieter v.d.
Hoek, Richard Molina, Lucille Soleana, James Finies, Eliane Rosario and
Helen Agostien.

A Special Olympics Bonaire gave the "We Dare to Care" a hand last Satur-
day when a group of athletes from Special Olympics Bonaire accompanied by
some board members planted about 75 trees and shrubs at the project, "Parke Pub-
liko Boneriano." This charitable event was organized to join and support all the
other volunteers in helping to make the park a reality. By doing this, Special Olym-
pics Bonaire wants to show that they too "Dare to Care." Thanks to FKPD, LVV
and Captain Don for donating the trees and plants and also a special thank goes out
to Ordina Bemabela for supplying the group with drinking water.

A Representatives of the smaller is-
lands of the Antilles protested against
the intention of the Antillean govern-
ment to restrict the number of state sec-

retaries in the next cabinet. Accord-
ing to Senator Ramonsito Booi, there is
no need to even discuss the subject, be-
(Continued on page 4)


("It" Explained; Broken Promises) 5
Tera Cora Honors
Franklin Scherptong 7
Regatta 2005 8
Regatta 2005, seen from
the Windsurf World 8
First Trimix at Divi Tech Dive 10
Dog Wash Success 11
Jong Bonaire Swim to Klein 11
Dietitian (Teach Good Food Habits
to Your Child) 13
Italy Bound & Arrived (student chefs)13
Regatta 2005 Schedule 15
Godett to Prison 18
Junior Tennis 18

Flotsam & Jetsam
Special Olympics Spotlight
AMFO/NGO Platform:
Platforma Rincon
Vessel List & Tide Table
Picture Yourself
(Manietowoc, Wisconsin, US)
Reporter Masthead
Pet of the Week ("Robin")
What's Happening
Shopping & Dining Guides
Born on Bonaire
(Hurbert Vis)
Sky Park
( Mars & Venus)
The Stars Have It

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advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 786-
6518, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The
Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo,
Editor in Chief Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.

Reporters: Barbara Mason Bianculli, Serge de Groot, Tonky Frans,
Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Angelique Salsbach, Michael Thi-
essen, Roosje v.d. Hoek, Elisabeth Vos, Natalie. A.C. Wanga
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Druk-
kerij, Curacao

Bonaire Reporter October 7 to October 14, 2005

Page 3

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
cause the Netherlands Antilles, as a
country will soon disappear. He said, "I
don't see why we have to hurry and
handle this bill. Didn't we agree to
dissolve the country by August

A The High Court in The Hague
has confirmed the 15-month corrup-
tion prison sentence of Curacao po-
litical leader Anthony Godett. For the
implications of this ruling see the story
on page 18.

A President of the Joint Court of Jus-
tice of Aruba and the Netherlands Antil-
les, Luis de Lannoy, in
his speech at the installa-
tion of seven new Antil-
les Court judges empha-
sized the explicit desire
of the Court to acquire
more independence by
getting its own statutes
and budget. He said, "I
dream that one day I can
stand up in the court- Judge Luis
room and say: 'Ladies de Lannoy
and gentlemen, bosnan
ta liber pa papia Papiamentu' (you are
free to speak Papiamentu)." With that,
Anita Geelhoed of the Netherlands, one
of the seven judges who was newly in-
stalled, stated that also the Joint Court
of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba
advocated an "Antilleanisation" of the

P According to Central Statistics Bu-
reau of the Netherlands Antilles, in Au-

Congratulations to Bart and Roulan,
(aka Bob) who run the ever-
expanding Wanna Dive operation on
WannaDive's fifth anniversary. It
was celebrated by a street party at the
WannaDive Hut Hotel.

gust Bonaire's consumer price index
rose 0.1% as compared with the previ-
ous June. As a group, food costs rose
the most (1.4%). Over the previous 12
months prices increased by 1.7% with
respect to the same period a year earlier.
Within the food sector the prices rose in
all groups, with exception of cooking
oil (-0.2%). Meat and fish rose the most
(3.3%), followed by dairy products
(1.3%), and potatoes, vegetables and
fruit (1.3%). Housing costs increased
between June and August by 0.4%. In-
creases in other sectors were personal

care (1.2%), living (0.3%) and health
care (0.1%). The index for the transport
and communication sector decreased in
August 2005 by 1.8%, primarily be-
cause the cost of making cell phone
calls dropped. Also a fall of 0.4% was
registered in the spirits and smoke prod-
uct sector. For more information contact
the Central Office for Statistics of the
Netherlands Antilles at (5999) 461-
1031 -or fax 461696. E-mail: info@tcbs.

ABonaire now has a Tourist Infor-
mation Radio Program in English,
spearheaded by Lucia Beck of Creative
Ideas. It's on Mega FM (101.1 FM),
every day, 30 minutes after the hour,
starting at 9:30 am until 7:30 pm. Hear
local, regional and international head-
line news, local and international
weather, flight information, island
events like happy hours, live music,
etc., island information, tourist attrac-
tions. The station will be doing live
broadcasts during special events. Tune
in next week for live coverage of Re-
gatta 2005.

A The mother of Natalee Holloway,
the girl who disappeared in Aruba, said
on American TV that she would go to
the Netherlands to distribute posters
and keep focus on her daughter's disap-
pearance and the chief suspects.
Beth (Holloway) Twitty, who is call-
ing for a boycott of Aruba and other
Dutch territories, presented her story on
the morning show of two networks. She
was responding to an interview that Jo-
ran van der Sloot, one of three young-

sters last seen with Natalee, gave to the
program, "A Current Affair," in Hol-
land, where he went to study after he
was released.
Twitty claims Van der Sloot confessed
having raped Natalee, but he denies it.
He said neither he nor the other two sus-
pects, the Kalpoe brothers, had sex with
Natalee and that he left her alone on a
beach before she vanished.


A Bonaire's dive pioneer, Captain
Don Stewart will be honored for his
contribution to the dive industry on
October 12 by being named to the
International Scuba Diving Hall or
Fame. In addition to diving Captain
Don has promoted environmental con-
servation and is credited with starting
the Bonaire Regatta. He opened Bon-
aire's first "Dive Hotel" at Zee Bad, at
what is now the Divi Flamingo Beach

A Japanese scientists have taken
the first photographs in the wild of
one of the most mysterious creatures
in the deep ocean--the giant squid.
Until now the only information about
the behavior of the creatures, which
measure up to 18 meters (59 feet) long,
(rContinunrd o nnnon 5

Bonaire Reporter- October 7 to October 14, 2005

Page 4

(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 4)

A Sperm Whale with a Giant Squid
in its mouth.

has been based on dead or dying squid
washed up on shore or captured in
commercial fishing nets. Such re-
mains have been found on Bonaire
shores in the past.
Now Tokyo researchers have cap-
tured the first images ofArchiteuthis
attacking bait 900 meters below the
surface in the cold, dark waters of the
North Pacific. "We have the first wild
images of a giant squid in its natural
environment," they said in a report last
Wednesday in the Journal Proceedings
B of the Royal Society.
"The most dramatic character of gi-
ant squids is the pair of extremely long
tentacles, distinct from the eight
shorter arms," the scientists said in the
(Continued on page 10)


Dear Editor,
I'm pleased to see that your readers
have noticed my article and that some
responded to it. A pity though that the
two respondents seem to misinterpret the
deeper message of my story. The real es-
sence of "The IT" is that Bonaire lacks
the skills, talents, vision and experience
within Government and some parts of the
tourism industry to guide Bonaire in any
direction or some kind of growth. Growth
doesn't necessarily mean mass tourism
although a certain "economy of scale" is
necessary to survive in a global economy.
I'm not in favor of an "Aruba scenario"
either, but those who are blocking any
progress and development are a bit selfish
I think.
Bert H. Gadoed


Dear Editor:
On the local radio station I heard the
last information concerning the plans to
construct a new hotel on the site of the
former Bonaire (Sunset Beach) Hotel.
The island government is currently nego-
tiating in this matter with the Marriott
group, and there are also another two
groups interested in building a hotel on
this site Radisson and Hilton. As ex-
pected, the stumbling block is the condi-
tion put by Marriott, and certainly also by
the other groups for the beach in front of

the hotel to be reconstructed to meet the
standards for a beach of a high level in-
ternational hotel.
The local government should be warned
not to repeat the errors made on Aruba
and on Curagao where the promises
given to the hotel investors could not be
fulfilled and, after lengthy legal proceed-
ings, the governments were obliged to
pay many millions to the investors.
There have already been several articles
on the enormous amounts to be paid for
damage to various investors by the gov-
ernment of Aruba, but I would like to
mention in this connection a case on
Curagao which can be a similar problem
on Bonaire an unfulfilled promise to
construct a beach.
In the begin of the 90s the Van der Valk
international hotel group reached an
agreement with the island government of
Curagao to build a beach, to be called
Marichi Beach, close to the existing Plaza
Hotel. The Van der Valk group would
build another hotel at this beach and
Marichi Beach would serve the guests of
both hotels. A condition of the govern-

ment of Curagao was that the beach
would also be open to the local inhabi-
tants. The sand was planned to be ex-
tracted from the bottom of St. Joris Bay
on the northeast coast of Curagao and
transported by trucks to the beach
site. Under contract to the Curagao De-
partment of Works a hauler started the
project in November 1992, but in 1993 a
joint effort of Reef Care, Defensa Ambi-
ental, Amigu di Tera and Pro Monumento
Foundation, all fiercely opposing the pro-
ject, succeeded in halting the work, and
that was the definitive end of the project.
Consequently, the Van der Valk group
started very lengthy legal procedures
against the island government, claiming
an amount of NAf 110 million for the
damages caused by not fulfilling its com-
mitment. In order to settle out of court, in
March 2003 the island government
formed a special committee to reach an
agreement with the Van der Valk group.
According to this committee, the damage
in connection with the Mariachi Beach
and three other claims was "only" NAf
35 million, NAf 18 million of which was
for not realizing the Marichi project. Fi-
nally, in June 2003, the Van de Valk
group agreed to settle for NAf27.5 mil-
The Marichi Beach case is a warning
for our island government. An action of
similar environmental groups can block
the realization of the beach construction
also on Bonaire.
In addition, there would also be serious
technical problems because there is abso-
lutely no sea sand available on our island
which could be used to build a beach.
Jiri Lausman

Bonaire Reporter October 7 to October 14, 2005

Page 5

Bonaire's Sentro di

Platforma Rincon:
"Solid as a Rock"

A Candida
B FO from AMFC

n Sunday September 18th Plata-
forma Rincon held its first official
general town meeting since being estab-
lished on April 22nd. During the meeting
the people of Rincon had the opportunity
of not only exchanging experiences and
opinions but were informed what the Plat-
form had achieved in the last four months
and what is planned for the future.
It was an impressive sight to enter the
Sentro di Bario and see that, despite the
fact that it was Sunday, the townspeople
took the invitation very seriously and at-
tendance was high. The sight of the new
board was no less imposing: 10 people
sitting at a large table and looking directly
at their audience.
Each member of the board in his/her
respective area had the opportunity to
elaborate on their accomplishments and
projects they want to see in the future.

In addition to the members of the Plat-
forma, Ben Oleana, coordinator of Fun-
dashon Desaroyo Rincon (Foundation for
the Development of Rincon), was invited
to speak as the project coordinator of the
Platforma. Other speakers were Jeanette
Juliet-Pablo, president of the Unidat di
Bario di Korsow (Unity of the Neighbor-
hood of Curaqao) and Pancho Cicilia of
the NGO Platform. AMFO, as the princi-
pal subsidizer of the Platforma, together
with various government institutions and
officials, was also represented.

According to Jeanette Juliet-Pablo, peo-
ple have different reasons for joining a
neighborhood platform: to maintain the
culture, nature, healthcare, childcare etc.
"Compared to other towns on Bonaire,
Rincon was always a very united, moti-
vated village. It's an 'isolated area' with
its hills and distance from Playa, it has its
own history, its own specific nature and
distinctive way of life and customs."

"I hope that the Platforma Rincon

will be a model for other towns and

neighborhoods on Bonaire!"
Ben Oleana

te for Funding
) and the NGO

Christopher Frans and Ben Oleana
at Platforma Rincon town meeting.

These common aspects don't necessar-
ily mean that there are no differences
within such a platform, she continued.
Age differences can lead to different per-
spectives. What approach to use is also a
point of discussion. Development work in
barios requires a certain approach. Al-
though the well known 'bottom-up ap-
proach' (starting with the populace) has
been successful in many cases, it may not
be right for the Platforma Rincon, with its
various areas of focus.

A neighborhood platform requires a vi-
sion, including a mission and strategy,
which should be clear to everyone. Val-
ues are also necessary and decided upon
in the 'campaigning' process (e.g. re-
spect). They should not necessarily be
'fixed' but can change or be replaced by
others along the way. Predetermined
indicators should also be known in order
to be measured. For instance in dealing
with teenage pregnancy numerical statis-
tics are vital.
Structure, communication, dialogue
and hard work to gain trust are also es-
sential in a town Platforma, otherwise its

validity can be challenged by the popula-
tion. Juliet-Pablo advised taking surveys
to 'taste the feeling' among the people.
Continuous education is vital for devel-
opment in the town/neighborhood.
For a real change in development you
need: a clear mission, pressure, capacity
(human resources) and a plan. "Has Rin-
con these requisites for the continuous
development?" she asked.
Christopher Frans as the young new
vice president and Janie Rombley (second
secretary) were appointed for the Youth
section. Well known Roosje Vinck was
assigned to the position of PR and head
of the Safety/Security section. Ermine
Pourier was elected 1st secretary of the
Spirituality section. The Senior Citi-
zens section is represented by Ms. Gacha
Coffie, a dynamic lady who proved dur-
ing the meeting to be an excellent media-
tor on burning issues.
The ever dynamic and 'fighter for a
good cause,' Maritza Juan Pedro, was as-
signed the job of President and represents
the Infrastructure and Tourism section.
Freddy Piar, as member of the board, is
the head of the Sport section. The posi-
tion of Treasurer was assigned to Mrs.
Lourdes Winklaar, who, as Culture sec-
tion representative, delighted us with col-
orful examples of cultural promotion.
And last, but not least, Echi Trinidad
will assist Mrs. Winklaar as second treas-
urer and will work in the Family section.
Christopher Frans, a dynamic and elo-
quent SGB student, spoke on the follow-
ing achievements of the Youth Commit-
"The St. Micheal Scouting group went
on a summer educational trip to Aruba,
subsidized by AMFO. Bonaireanjudokas
(judo athletes) were successful this year
and the Rincon section was no exception.
They made us proud in the Dominican
Republic and at the Weganan di Reino.
The new 'dojo' to be established is fi-
nanced by AMFO. On the spiritual side,
the praying group, 'It's Time to Pray,'
will be representing Bonaire at the next
Antillean Youth Explosion. During the
summer the Hobenan Aktivo Rincon

Former Senator Edith Strauss-
Marsera and Security/Safety commit-
tee representative Roosje Vinck

(Active Youngsters Rincon) trained 41
youngsters in different areas such as lead-
ership skills.This project was also spon-
sored by AMFO.
Rincon had four representatives to-
gether with other youngsters from around
the island, for the last Youth Conference
Summit in St. Martin (Christopher Frans,
Gino Offerman, Ajimil Janga and Jona-
than Clarinda). Rayvah, (a computer
training company) Rincon section, is also
working on a plan in cooperation with the
Youth section of the Platform. Finally, the
folk music group, Foyan Boys, helped
organize a youth folk music contest while
kuarta lessons are also being given to the
There are even more potential projects:
musical instruments and Youth Day Rin-
con. The latter is planned for November
19 and should attract approximately 200
young people. The goal is to make an in-
ventory of what goes on among young-
sters in Rincon: their future plans, con-
cerns, sexuality, interests etc."
At the end of his speech Frans urgently
asked AMFO to help sustain this project.

Roosje Vinck, representing the Secu-
rity/Safety committee, explained that the
original commission, Rincon Ban pa e
Solushon (Rincon, Let's go for a Solu-
tion), automatically merged into the cur-
(Continued on page 7)

Bonaire Reporter- October 7 to October 14, 2005

Page 6

(Platforma Rincon. Continued from page 6)

Some of the speakers at the Rincon
Platforma meeting
rent Security /Safety section of the Plat-
forma Board, so this section's achieve-
ments and projects were farther along
than other sections.

The Rincon Ban pa e Solushon com-
mission started as an urgent plan by Ms.
Vinck and others due to the alarming
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number of burglaries last year in Rincon.
On July 29, 2004, there was a high
attendance at the first town meeting. The
first priority to be resolved was the drug
problem. The solution: work preven-
tively. Police Chief Daantje and Lt.
Governor Domacass6 promised and fol-
lowed up, providing extra supervision
and sea surveillance radar on the Bo-
nairean coast.
AMFO financed the November 2004
town meeting with ex-drug addicts to
keep brainstorming on solutions. Later
came anti-drug workshops, not only for
the youth, but also focused on the whole
family, lectures by ex-drug addicts, spe-
cial programs at schools, flyers and t-
shirts. It's even become a tradition to
wear these anti-drug t-shirts during
sports events.
Currently, the Security/safety commis-
sion is waiting for approval by AMFO
for the Buriko (donkey) project.
Natalie A.C. Wanga

The conclusion of the Rincon Platform
Report will appear next week



Tera Cora Honors Franklin Scherptong

ast weekend all Bonaire, but especially the
bario of Tera Cork, honored Franklin
Scherptong. Franklin grew up with music. His fa-
ther is very musical and still plays. When he was
seven years old he practiced on his father's accor-
dion in secret -because no one was allowed to
touch it. Finally he was ready and played a song
for his father My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean -
and made his father proud. At 17, Franklin went to
sea as an engineer-in-training. After many voy-
ages and additional engineering education he re-
turned to Bonaire and went to work at WEB. At
that point his musical and social life began. Some
years later he became a technical instructor at the
SGB high school.
He's noted for his work done with great devo- Frenklin with his family in
tion and dedication. He spent six years studying Tera Cora
music and plays many instruments: the bass tuba,
steel pan, piano, organ, accordion, guitar, quarto,
bass and zither. In addition to his music, Franklin's
passion is aviation, not as a pilot, but as a hobbyist,
learning all about the world's aircraft and their
On September 12, 1999, Franklin was named
"Treasured Citizen of Bonaire" because of his great
musical merits and their effect on the island. Last Franklin, the visionary, as
Saturday, October lst' Commissioner Jonchi Dorta- seen in Portraits of Bon-
lina paid another tribute to Franklin during a large aire by Henk Roozendaal
party in his honor at the Sentro di Bario in Tera and Gus Gerritsen
Cora which he helped found. Franklin received a
special Plaque of Merit for his community contributions. Other neighborhood leaders
as well as representatives from the barios of Rincon and Antriol added their praises
and shared humorous stories about Franklin. Franklin then spoke of Tera Cora and
its strong belief in Unity, Positivism, Peace, Love and Justice.
On his 12-base accordion, he delighted the crowd with his rendition of My Bonny
Lies over the Ocean. In turn, Franklin was serenaded by talented vocalists and bands
including Tutti Fruitti and Pal' i Wiri. It was a joyful evening for all! G.D. with
Barbara Mason Bianculli and excerpts from the book Portraits of Bonaire by Henk
Roozendaal and Guus Gerritsen

Bonaire Reporter October 7 to October 14, 2005

Page 7


tta--Next Week Regatta 2005: Seen Tonky Frans,
SFrom the Winduf Bonaire'st Champion
From the Windsurf WorldFreestyle Windsurfer

F or the last 37
years the
Bonaire Regatta
has combined
spectacular sailing
races with great
entertainment for
participants as
well as for Bon-
aire visitors.
Regatta House -
Kas di Regatta -
on the downtown
waterfront, is the
focal point for
sailing. Class rac-
ing include Sun-
fish, Lasers, Cata-
marans, Yachts, A.
microboats, tradi-
tional sail fishing .
boats and a variety
of windsurfing
events. Except for
the 'Round Bon-
aire Race' for sea-
going yachts and
kids windsurfing,
all races will be
held in Kralendijk
B ay. The breath- Chamba II-Always one of the top boats in the yacht fleet.
Bay. The breath-
taking action may
be watched right from Kralendijk's waterfront promenade.
The Parade of Nations on Sunday at 7 pm leads up to the official opening at 8
pm in Wilhelmina Park. There is even a Boat Parade on Thursday evening be-
ginning at 5:30 pm.
Races will be held daily in the mornings and afternoons. Wednesday is a lay-day,
which gives everyone the opportunity to go and watch the King of Lac Bay Free-
style competition at Sorobon. A schedule of events appears in the Happenings
section on page 15.
Sailors and non-sailors get together after the races at the festival, which offers ex-
citing activities and live performances on the stage downtown. G.D.

or outsiders it may appear that
there is not much going on right
now when it comes to Regatta. The truth
is that for the outsiders it does look a little
bit quiet around Regatta 2005. But this is
only for people who are not participating
in the event. The other side of the story is
that, in the water sports world, and I will
be writing particularly about the windsurf
category, there is a lot going on. Local
kids, teens and adults are training and on
a daily basis! You can see them when you
pass by the seafront promenade from
midday until the evening.
For the windsurf category, there are not
many participants flying in from the other
islands or other countries. For some years
now it's been well known in the windsurf
world that Bonaire's participants are very
difficult to beat in the windsurf category,
so therefore very few international par-
ticipants bother to come to compete

against us. This year there will be many
local teens participating, amongst which
are the well known names like Kiri Thode
and Choco Frans and other teens who are
less well known. They all have one thing
in common: they love windsurfing and
they all want to be the winner in their
category in Regatta 2005!
During the weeks prior to Regatta I
strolled around the Regatta House in or-
der to get a glimpse of these guys during
their training sessions. They are training
very hard, and you can see that their ex-
citement is reaching high levels. I had a
conversation with Ethienne Soliano, Jea-
ger Sint Jago, Harvey Piar and Payo Soli-
ano. They will all be participating in the
Ethienne Soliano (NB56) started com-
peting in Regatta in 1986. Being a faith-
ful participant for so many years he
(Continued on vage 9)

Bonaire Reporter- October 7 to October 14, 2005

The Bonaire

Windsurfers Payo, Kiri, Harvey,
Jeagar andfriend

Page 8


(Regatta 2005from the Windsurf World. Contin-
uedfrom page 8)
started noticing that with the years pass-
ing by that the Regatta was losing many
of its charms. Therefore he does not ex-
pect a lot. This year it is his 19th year of
participation; a very remarkable achieve-
ment that definitely has to be celebrated
when Regatta will celebrate its 40th anni-
versary in 2006 and Ethienne his 20th
year of participation! For every year of
the 18, Ethienne has placed in the top
three. When asked if he thinks that he
will achieve this again this year he re-
sponded: "I think that the only one who
can give me a hard time in the Racing
Formula category is Taty Frans. But I
have been training enough and my mind
is set positively so I am definitely ready
for it! "
Ethienne will be participating only in
the category Racing Formula because as
he says, "I will leave the other categories
for the Frans brothers to fight it out with
each other. "
Another guy you can see every day
around the Kas di Regatta before or after

his training session is Jeager Sint Jago
(NB107). This year will be his fourth
year of participation. In his first year he
won Third place in the Optimist sailboat
category and one of the last two times he
won Third place in the Windsurfing cate-
gory. Jeager will be participating in Jun-
ior Formula Racing and also in Freestyle:
"My most troublesome competitor is
Choco Frans, and in case there is light
wind it will be Kiri Thode. But I have
been preparing myself very well in the
waters where the competitions will take
place. Therefore, I am going for the First
place in Formula category this year. I
only hope the wind will cooperate with us
during the Regatta. "
Speaking of wind, during these last few
days it has not been very windy, and ac-
cording to the wind websites on the Inter-
net it does not look like this condition
will change for Regatta 2005. But let's
just hope and keep our fingers crossed
that this is only a momentary condition
and that the situation will change one
way or another.

Harvey Piar (NB 109) is participating
this year for the second time in Regatta.
"I am very excited since I think that Re-
gatta 2005 will be big when it comes to
the water sports part and especially the
windsurfing category. This year the or-
ganisation has added a new category to
windsurfing: Baby Class. This category is
for all small children andl am sure that
it will attract the attention of many spec-
tators. I will be participating in the Jun-
ior Class Formula and Freestyle. I only
hope that I will have better results this
year. Since I am the rookie of the clan, I
consider them all as my big competitors.
Nevertheless I believe in myself and with
all the preparation I did already, I am
ready to participate in Regatta 2005! "'

I also spoke to Payo Soliano (NB63).
He will be competing in the Junior For-
mula Racing and Freestyle classes. Payo
is not a new face in our windsurfing
world. For two years he has been partici-
pating in the Windsurf category. Both
times he won second prize in the Big
Kids Class. Payo: "I have been waiting so
long for the Regatta that by now I am
hungry to compete. Mentally I am totally
ready for it. These days I have been do-
ing my very best to practice as often as I
can. I only hope for good wind this year
because last year the wind was very bad.
I am sure that under good conditions I
will be able to beat my biggest competi-
tor, Jaegar Sint Jago. "

gattafor many, many more years! "
Jaeger: "Everybody come and be great
spectators along the beach by cheering
for the participants!"
Ethienne: 'Everybody, let's be more
positive about everything and specifically
about Regatta 2005. If all citizens help us
to carry the Regatta, Regatta will grow
and be even greater."

So, people, the message is clear. You
should all come to the Kas di Regatta to
enjoy all the competitions and festivities
going on there but especially to motivate
the participants. They are our local stars
and the future of windsurfing. From Oc-
tober 9th to October 15th it will be Regatta
2005. Whose dream of winning will
come true? How will they perform? And
what do they think of their performance
in the Regatta 2005? All of this in one
week's time, when we will be back to tell
you about the results of the windsurfing
category in general and of these four
guys in particular.
Photo and story by "Tonky"
Everon Frans

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
10-07 1:50 0.8FT. 15:29 1.9FT. 84
10-08 2:29 0.7FT. 16:25 1.9FT. 78
10-09 3:05 0.7FT. 17:30 1.9FT. 71
10-10 3:40 0.7FT. 18:26 1.9FT. 62
10-11 4:07 0.8FT. 19:29 1.9FT. 56
10-12 4:31 0.8FT. 20:20 1.9FT. 56
10-13 4:52 0.9FT. 10:31 1.3FT. 14:12 1.2FT. 21:21 1.8FT. 61
10-14 5:06 1.0FT. 10:41 1.4FT. 15:51 1.1FT. 22:16 1.7FT. 70

Alina Freestyle Marisol Slow Dancin
Alter Ego Gallivanter Mimo Sylvia K
Angie Good Hope Moana Tish
Angelique Guaicamar I, Ven. Moonglow Theis
Algese Helde Orion Ulu Ulu, USA
Augustine Jan Gerardus Paws Unicorn, Norway
Bedouin Josina Samantha Nova Valenza
Bright Sea Key Lara Samba Valkerie
Camissa, Chan Is. Luna C. USA Santa Maria Varedhuni, Ger.
Cape Kathryn La Baronne Sandpiper, USA Ventoso
Chalice La Serena Seascape Vijia
Deneb Lazzorone Sea Witch Wingin
Delphinius Live Your Dream Sho Fun Time Ya-T, BVI
Elenoa Makai Side By Side Yanti Paratzi
Endangered Species Maggi Sintella Yus Do It
Flying Cloud, USA Mandolin Sirius Zee Vonk

Bonaire Reporter October 7 to October 14, 2005

Windsurfer Payo Soliana

Page 9

First TRIMIX certification at

Divi Tec Dive Bonaire

Instructor Pepe Mastropaolo and student Andy Owens breathing Tri-mix

D ivi Dive Bonaire has been offer-
ing a full in-house technical dive
program for customers who'd like to
explore the deeper parts of Bonaire. Di-
vers staying at the Divi Flamingo as well
as divers from other resorts are more
than welcome.
To explore the reefs beyond recrea-
tional dive limits, recreational divers
need additional training to do it safely
and comfortably. All training is offered
under the guidance of the well-known
technical diving agency, TDI (Technical
Diving International).
In addition special dive equipment is a
necessity in technical diving. Divi Tec
Dive Bonaire has all the goodies for
teaching or rental. They are fully
equipped with high-tech, state-of-the-art
gear: high performance regulators from
Scubapro, BCD and harnesses from
OMS, and accessories from Dive Rite,
as well as a variety of scuba cylinders
from doubles to stage bottles with DIN
or INT connection.
To supply the diver's need of a varia-
tion of gas mixes they have a full service
gas blending station where any mix can
be made in minutes. They carry helium
as well, and it will be blended perfectly
to your wishes. To verify the mix, a he-
lium analyzer is available.
This week the first Trimix Certifica-

tion was issued. Congratulations to
Andy Owens (see picture) from the US
who followed technical dive instruction
for the past two weeks and got certified
for advanced nitrox, decompression pro-
cedures, extended range and trimix. To
complete his package, Andy also took
the gas blender class. Also one of the
Divi dive team instructors, Pepe Mas-
tropaolo, became a certified technical
diver up to extended range.
Andy Owens has said already he'll
come back to Bonaire to get his ad-
vanced trimix certification. According to
Andy, Bonaire is a superb training loca-
tion for technical diving and has much
more to offer than a lot of people are
aware of. On one of the trimix dives,
they discovered a huge vertical wall at
195 ft., dropping down to the blue abyss,
just off Klein Bonaire. Andy can hardly
wait till next year to explore this wall
while getting his advanced training.
All technical training is conducted un-
der the professional supervision of
Roger Haug, who is Director of the tech-
nical dive department for Divi Dive
Bonaire. So if you want another chal-
lenge in diving, contact Divi Dive Bon-
aire at 717-8285 or e-mail:
dive @divibonaire.com or just check out
the website at www.diviresorts.com
Story and photo by Serge deGroote

(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 5)
Journal. They added that the giant
squid appears to be a much more ac-
tive predator than researchers had sus-
pected and tangles their prey in their
elongated feeding tentacles.

A SELIBON employees and Bon-
aire youngsters cleaned up Donkey
Beach and some beaches on Klein
Bonaire last week. The SELIBON
employees sacrificed their Sunday vol-
untarily to clean up Donkey Beach
near the airport. And groups from Jong
Bonaire, the Boy Scouts drum band
and Trupial Scouting plus others fol-
lowed by cleaning up No Name and
Jerry's Jam beaches on Klein Bonaire
in cooperation with the crew of Free-
winds and STINAPA.

A The island is blooming right
now, thanks to recent rains, and our
"opportunistic" trees and shrubs are
taking advantage and flowering wildly
in preparation to scattering their seeds
during this possibly short wet period.
Many of the dams are filled and we've
even spotted flamingos enjoying the
new watery areas. Especially gorgeous
are the yellow flowering Brasilwood
or Dyewood trees (Brasia) which dot
the hillsides in the northwest of the
island. A rather small, unobtrusive tree
with strikingly deep grooves in the
stem, it was sought as a source used to
prepare a red dye. Unfortunately, the
dye came from the roots so the whole
tree had to be destroyed to get the
product. In certain areas of the island
(Continued on page 12)

Brasilwood or Dvewood tree in bloom

Bonaire Reporter- October 7 to October 14, 2005

Page 10

De WA SH u@@Sa

Giant Schnauzer, Bruce "Nozem" Bartels, enjoys the wash and the attention at
the Shelter Dog Wash last Saturday at Warehouse Bonaire.

A lot of dogs got washed last Saturday at the Bonaire Animal Shelter's fund-
raising Dog Wash in the parking lot at Warehouse. Twenty-six dogs
emerged sparking clean thanks to the efforts of Shelter volunteers. And the event
brought in NAf795, all of which goes to help keep the Shelter open.
Every dog "customer" got a special prize at the end too doggie snacks, canned
dog food, even a photo of him or her with his or her owner. The photos will be on
display at Warehouse Bonaire this week.
An event like this cannot be put on without the assistance of the generous dona-
tions of individuals and local businesses Thanks go to the self-less volunteers who
spent their Saturday helping out, to veterinarian Dr. Jan Laarakker and to the Klin-
nika Veterinario Bonaire for donating the very special pet shampoo. Warehouse
Bonaire was the primary sponsor (site, water, dog food, etc.) Other very kind sup-
porters were Bellafonte Apartments (towels), Flamingo Communications (photo
frames), Green Label Garden Supply and Landscaping (garden equipment, hose
fittings), Jacobs Architects (posters), Kooyman (hoses) and Plaza. (towels). L.D.

Picture Yourself with the Reporter

Manietowoc, Wisconsin, US

Jacob Groth and his pig, Jack, check out The Bonaire Reporter while waiting
to be judged at the Manietowoc County Fair. Jacob's grandparents, Henry and
Margy Horeck, sent us this photo and reported that J & J took two red ribbon
prizes. The Horecks will be returning to Bonaire for Karnaval 2006.

Bonaire Reporter October 7 to October 14, 2005

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(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 10)
where bulldozers have cleared the land
the Brasilwood was annihilated, only to
be replaced by the long-spined Cossie
trees. So enjoy the extravagant show
right now where the trees still survive.

SA new weekly series in The Re-
porter, starting this week, is "In the
Spotlight" about people involved in the
Special Olympics. It appears on the back

A Tonky Frans, Bon-
aire's leading freestyle
windsurfer, will be pro-
viding "color" for the
windsurfing event cover-

age of the 2005 Bonaire Regatta for The
Bonaire Reporter. Coverage begins on
page 8.

A And don't forget to march in this
Sunday's Nations parade that starts
Regatta Week. Details in Happenings
section on page 15.

A The Benetton model in the ad
this week is Michael Trenidad from
Jong Bonaire. He's posing by one of
the pillars in front of Harbourtown Re-
alty on Playa Grandi. The Benetton ad is
on page 10.

A Enjoy yourself during Regatta
Week. G./L.D

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

The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-line yel-
low pages directory information go to

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 next to Lover's Ice
Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery.
Photography by Shelly Craig

Make it more livable from the start.
Interior or exterior design advice, clear-
ings, blessings, energy, healing, China-
trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.

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

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-

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651


We are looking for an experienced
Secretary/Receptionist. For more
information or to apply please call
Marieke Schmitz telephone num-
ber 717-3630.

Donna Gassert is looking for a job -
20+/- hrs per week. Work Permit not re-
quired. Will consider full-time posi-
tion. Please .... call 717-7735 afternoons.

For Sale

Toshiba HD projection t.v-61A62, a.g.
a.n, biggest in Bonaire:
(1,3mxl,5mx0,65m) (4ftx5ftx2ft) with
warranty: 2600Naf
Sony MHC-GN800 prof. Hi-Fi compo-
nent surround system with 5 speaker
boxes, MP3,mic,c.d. (3),double tape deck
etc. 700Naf (was 11 ONaf) also a
Stroller 10Naf Tel:.717-7977

3 single Ikea beds for sale. White
wooden head and base boards. 50Naf each
or a special price for all three. 791-1886

Aluminum sliding doors for sale. Blue
profiles. Second-hand. Sizes: 2m high x
4.75m wide (4 doors), 2m high by 1.6m
wide (2 doors), 2.3m high by 3.5m wide (4
doors), 2m high by 4.8m wide (3 doors),
0.5m high by 1.lm wide (2 windows). Dis-
count for buying all 5. 791-1886

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

P ro pe rty,r
Sal es &
Re n ta Is

For rent: Fully furnished well secured
one bedroom apartment with big porch
and garden in quiet surroundings for max.
3 months. Tel.717-7977

For Rent: Fully furnished one bedroom
apartment in Hato. NAf425. Water and
electricity included. Available immedi-
ately, Tel.790-7674

For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice lo-
cation-privacy & security. Phone (Bon)
(599) 717 3293; (US) (570) 586 0098.
May 20 until Jan. 8th.
info@pelicanreefbonaire.com or www.
pelicanreefbonaire.com -

RENT (available for immediate occu-
pancy) Unfurnished apartment with one
bedroom in Antriol. Price: Nafl. 800,- per
month, exclusive utilities For more infor-
mation: please pass by our office or call
Amanda at Harbourtown Real Estate 717 -
Regatta ta den Kurpa atrobe... Ta e
temporada ku tur hende ke bin bishita nos
dushi Isla Bonaire. Abo tambe ta bini bin
selebra huntu ku nos den regatta? Bo ta
buskando un lugar pa bo keda den e dianan
Awe nos tin e lugar korekto pa bo s
apartament aki ta kompletamente muebla
den un area hopi trankil
I pega ku playa. Dos kamber kuchina
sala porch prijs pa huur lo ta NAf123- pa
anochi. Pa mas informashon kontakt nos na
RE/MAX Paradise Homes Tel 717-7362

Regatta is coming ... It's the time that
every one comes to visit our sweet island
of Bonaire!
Are you coming too? To help celebrate
Regatta with us? Are you looking for a
place to stay?
We have the right apartment for you. A
two-bedroom, totally furnished, kitchen,
bathroom and porch, in a very quite area
close to town. Rental fee for only:
NAf123- per night. For more information
please contact us at: RE/MAX Paradise
Homes: 717-7362

W na nte id
Wanted Video player/recorder to play
European VHS tapes. Must be compatible
with the PAL system and in good working
order. Tel: 786-4456 or 786-8648

Wanted- Rowing machine- Buy, barter
or borrow. 717-7657

Small School Bus or Large Transport Van
suitable for 10 passengers, daily
Use Noon to 6 pm. Softball & Bat, Com-
puter Printer & Paper, Ink Cartridges.
Call Mick Smit 786-6816, Stichting Pro-
ject, Teen Training Center, North Salina

LOOKING TO BUY: Home Exercise
Weight Training Equipment for Captain
Don. Used, good working condition. No
electric treadmill or step machine. Call
Don & Janet 786-0956.

Packard HP Deskjet Old Model Com-
puter Printer compatible with HP45 ink
cartridge (42ml). Used, good condition.

Bonaire Reporter- October 7 to October 14, 2005

Got something to buy or sell?

by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER
Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Commercial Ads only NAf0.70 per word, per week.
Free adds run for 2 weeks.

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Ask the Dietitian

Like reading and writing, brushing
teeth, and hand washing, learning
good food habits is a life skill that can
help your child live a healthy, satisfying
life. Here's how you can nurture good
food habits.

Give Your Child Enough Table Time
Does your child seem to play around at
the table? That's normal. A young child
does not have the coordination to eat as
fast as you. So slow down yourself and
eat at a pace that allows you to enjoy your
food. Keep in mind that it takes about 20
minutes for the stomach to feel full. Rushing mealtime only leads to frustration for
you, your child, and others at the table.

Be a Good Role Model. Your Child Watches What You Eat.
If you eat and enjoy vegetables, chances are your child will try them too, if not
now, then probably later. It's not just what you say, it's also what you do. As kids
grow up, a brother, sister and others in their life are role models too. Remember,
most children want to grow up doing what others do.

Skip the Urge to Reward or Punish Your Child With Food.
Have you ever been tempted to say: "I'll be mad if you don't eat one more bite!"
or "No dessert until you eat your vegetables!" or "Stop crying, and I'll give you a
Remarks like these may lead kids to eating problems. They may create unneeded
conflict and struggles between you and your child at the table.
Eating for parental approval or love teaches unhealthy behaviors, atti-
tudes, and beliefs about food and themselves.
Offering a food (dessert) as a reward for eating another (veggies) make
some foods seem better.
Getting a food treat to feel better teaches kids to relieve negative feelings
by eating. This can lead to overeating later on.
Instead..... Use a Non-Food Approach.
Reward your child with attention and kind words. Console with hugs and talk.
Show love by spending time and having fun together.

A Nurturing Place to Eat is.........
Caring, calm, and respectful.....
Focus mealtime on eating and family talks that includes your child. Turn
off the TV.
Plan quiet time for eating so your child comes to the table relaxed
Comfortable and safe from injury....
Always stay with a young child who is eating, even if you must do other
Get a stable, comfortable, child-size chair.
Get easy-to-hold, child size utensils and cups.

Angilique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire's Department
of Health and Hygiene, has a radio program every other
Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Write her at dieti-
tan@bonairenews. cornm

goItal Arrived!

ran high at i
Flamingo Airport
last Sunday when
five "star" SGB
Hotel School stu-
dents and their cu-
linary teacher,
Vernon "Nonchi"
Martijn, prepared
to leave for Italy.
It is an excep-
tional honor that
the Emilia Ro- And here they are in Italy!
magna region of Italy
has extended an invitation to Bonaire to send five specially selected Bonaire SGB
hotel school students to study in the region for four weeks. This will be the third
year that Bonaire has been invited to send its students.
Parents, friends and family gathered to say their goodbyes, some of them teary.
The students themselves were high with excitement, anticipation and a little bit of
trepidation. "This is all new for me," said Shakira Matthew, "I've never been there,
and I think it will be hard work." We asked why there were four girls and only one
guy. Gianna Martines answered with a grin, "We (girls) rule the world! It's going
to be hard there but great too." Angel Albertus, a twin, said this will be the first
time she and her sister will be separated. Why does she think she was chosen to
go? "Because I work hard and I love this work," she answered, as did Minosca
Mercera who worked at all the fundraisers. The only guy, Channethon Jansen, said
his aim is to be a manager, chef cook. His favorite food is stoba (stew), and learn-
ing to cook Italian will be certainly different!
These specially selected students will be doing a "stage" (intern) program in It-
aly's Emilia Romagna region, known for the best culinary arts in the country. They
will be studying cuisine, Italian style, for four weeks. All expenses in Italy are paid
by Emilia Romagna, but the students must pay for their transportation. Thanks to
fund raising and generous donations the students were able to afford air tickets. We
can also report they arrived safely in Italy (see photo above).
Also going to Italy this year were culinary students from Curamao and Aruba.
This is the second year students from Aruba and Curaqao have been invited.
T Tn

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^^ ^^~SupTipo t our advetiser .

Bonaire Reporter- October 7 to October 14, 2005

Pet of the Week

"R the cat, is
truly special. She's
a tortoise shell
tabby with a par-
ticularly photogenic
tongue. But that's
not what's special.
She is a cat that is Ro in
totally ready to l
move to Holland.
She has all her
"papers" all shots,
rabies injection, an
ID chip under her
skin; she's been
sterilized. What happened was that the people who wanted to bring her to Holland
had their plans changed but that was after all the work had been done to make her
legal to enter The Netherlands. So here she is, still in Bonaire that's not bad but
she isn't that happy in the Shelter Cat Cage with all the others. In that way she's a
"special needs" cat who would be much happier being an "only" cat, not part of a
crowd. She's a beauty; she's affectionate with people and would be a pleasure to
have around whether it be in Bonaire or in Holland. You may meet Robin at the
Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am
to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers and businesses who made the Dog Wash
2005 such a success. It was such an innovative idea, and everyone had a great and
social time four legged as well as two-legged! You may see all the dog
"portraits" taken of each of the doggy customers with their owners at Warehouse
Bonaire this week.
Be sure to look for the Bonaire Animal Shelter stand set up in Wilhelmina Park
during Regatta week (October 9 to 15). They'll be selling Shelter T-shirts and
other animal oriented items great for gifts or for yourself. All the proceeds go
towards keeping our Shelter open. L.D.

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--VI'Tli ll -e


Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually9 pm)
Deuce Bigalow:
European Gigolow
(Rob Schneider)

Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Four Brothers

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAf 12
Sky High

October 9 15- International
Bonaire Sailing Regatta
Sunday, October 9-Jong Bonaire 5th
Annual Swim to Klein Bonaire, 8 am,
Bongo's Beach (see page 11)
Sunday, October 9-Parade of Nations.
Meet at 6:45 pm in the empty lot south of
the post office. Wear traditional clothes.
Call Papy Cicilia 560-7440. Americans con-
tact Donna Wuyts at 785-9332.
Thursday, October 13-Regatta Boat Pa-
rade. Boats meet at 5:30 pm in front of Re-
gatta House. Call George at 717-8988.
Until October 24- Art Exhibit by Sipke
Stapert and Dianir Rivas Torres at Cinna-
mon Art Gallery.

Friday, October 21 Antillean Day, Mar-
ket & Cultural Activities all day, Niki-
boko Cento di Bario
November 24-26- Bonaire Investment
Saturday Rincon Marshe 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.
Saturday-Mountain Bike Ride- Every-
one is welcome, no matter what your skill
level. It's free. Just bring a bike and your
own water. Fitness trainer Miguel Angel
Brito leads the pack. Telephone him at 785-
0767 for more information.
Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria #23.
Wine NAf2,50 a glass.
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.
Every Tuesday Night @ 6:30pm Bonaire-
Talker Dinner/Gathering at Gibi's, known
for great local food. Call Gibi at 567-0655
for details, or visit www.BonaireTalk.com,
and search for "Gibi."
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour at
JanArt Gallery Kaya Gloria #7, 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and

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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 residents).
Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides
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 4h) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail Video
Show by Martin Cecilia pool bar Buddy
Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 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. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center)- 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Roosje 717-
4685, 566-4685
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 6:30 pm call
567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at the
Union Building on Kaya Korona, across
from the RBTT Bank. All levels invited
NAf5 entry 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-
Junior 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 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 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 Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana
#1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at Casa Blanca
Restaurant. All Rotarians are welcome. Tel.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from
'The King's Storehouse." Leam about Bonaire's
culture Visit typical homes from the 17th century.
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, Mu-
seum and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8
am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.
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 Sun-
days at 10 am. Thurs-
day Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8
pm. Rev. Jonkman.
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 Bernar-
dus 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.
Send events to The
Bonaire Reporter
Email re-
Tel/Fax. 717-8988,
Cel. 786-6518

Bonaire Reporter October 7 to October 14, 2005

All events are at Regatta House (On waterfront, be-
tween Harbour Village and Karel's) unless noted.
Sunday, October 9th
07:00 10:002nd Pia Pia Regatta Walk
08:00 12:005th Annual Swim to Klein Bonaire- Bongo's Beach
09.00 14.00 Registrations
18.30 -19.30 Skippers meeting/Opening Regatta
19:00 20:OOAII Nations Parade Kralendijk Streets
20.00 01.00 Opening Regatta Festival Wilhelmina Park
Monday, October 10th
07.30 -17.00 Sailing Races
12.30 13.00 Press Briefing
14.00 17.30 DJ Music / Activities- Broadcasting & Games
16.00 20.00After Sail Happy Hour
20.00 01.00 Regatta Festival Wilhelmina Park
Tuesday, October 11th
10.00 17.00 Sailing Races
12.30 13.00 Press Briefing
14.00 -17.30 DJ Music / Activities Broadcasting & Games
16.00 20.00 After Sail Happy Hour
19.00 20.30 Fishing boats Registration
20.00 01.00 Regatta Festival Wilhelmina Park
Wednesday, October 12th
08.30 10.307th Annual Kayak race round Klein Bonaire*
10.00 -16.00 microboat races
10.00 -17.00 Freestyle Windsurfing Sorobon Beach
12.30 13.00 Press briefing
14.00 17.30 DJ Music / Activities Broadcasting & Games
17.30 18.30 20th Comcabon-WEB run* WEB office
18.30 22.00 Participants BBQ Party
20.00 01.00 Regatta Festival Wilhelmina Park
Thursday, October 13th
10.00 17.00 Sailing Races
11.00 13.00 Kayak Race
12.30 13.00 Press briefing
14.00 17.30 DJ Music / Activities Broadcasting & Games
16.00 18.00 Microboat races
16.00 20.00After Sail Happy Hour
17.30 19.00Working boat Parade Kralendijk Harbour
20.00 01.00 Regatta Festival Wilhelmina Park
Friday, October 14th
10.00 17.00 Sailing Races
12.00 12.30 Press briefing
14.00 19.00 DJ Music / Activities Broadcasting & Games
16.00 17.30 Microboat races
20.00 21.30 Award Ceremony / Closing Regatta
20:00 24:00'The Best Driver' Wilhelmina Park
21.30 03.00 Regatta Festival Wilhelmina Park
Saturday, October 15th
20.00 03.00 Closing Regatta Festival Regatta Boulevard


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City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local
artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist
is featured. Stop by. Free entry.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
Bonaire Automation B.V. fills all your computer
needs: hardware, software, supplies, service, repair
and more.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kral-
endijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the
Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at
City Caf6 and at Eden Beach.
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.

Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Nature Exploration
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
hans @outdoorbonaire.com
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Now-full digital services.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed

or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.

Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518

Bonaire Reporter- October 7 to October 14, 2005

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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 11 am-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 Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At thii Chii Resaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At e D Flamino 17-8285eac 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 48 717-5025 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a gar-
Closed Monday den settmg under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban cuisine.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
The Last Bite Bakery Orders taken 8 am-4 pm Deliveries 6-7:30 Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out pm, Close Sunday or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 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 until 6 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.

OnPasa n Pizzat owModerate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredien aad esse at in or take Ni bar too.

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Born on Bonaire....

-1T was born in 1952 at 'Mentor,'
I the bright orange house at the
end of Kaya Korona. My parents, Cor
Vis and Helena Vis-Nicolaas, had 12
children. Father was chief of the hygi-
enic service but also a businessman; he
owned a brick and tile factory and a
carpenter shop. He owned a bakery to-
gether with his brother and a bar/
restaurant which he operated for a long
time until he rented it to a Chinese.
I had a good childhood; very few
problems. At 17 I left for Holland to go
to a teachers' college. I wanted to be-
come a teacher; to teach others, to
transfer knowledge all that was attrac-
tive to me. Life in Holland was com-
pletely different. Both the culture and
the climate came as a shock to me. The
way people interacted with each other,
especially the lack of warmth, was
something I had to get used to. I had
one brother living in Holland, but he
was three hours away from where I
was, and with the little money I had I
could only visit him once a month. Af-
ter five years I returned to Bonaire and
started teaching at the Stanislaus School
in Rincon, then later at the Watapana
School. I'd left the island when I was
still a boy and came back as a teacher.
Suddenly I was 'Sir' to everyone!"
Hubert Vis, head of the cultural de-
partment and director of the museum, is
a thoughtful and quietperson, but also
open minded, friendly and relaxed. "In
Holland I'd met a girl from Friesland,
Anneke. She'd seen something of the
world as she had been living in the
States as part of a student exchange
program at high school. Three months
after I'd gotten back to Bonaire she
came... to stay. A year later, in 1975,
we got married.
In Holland Anneke had been a group
leader at a boarding school. In Bonaire
she was a homemaker the first three
years until she found a job at an ad-
ministration office. In 1977 we got a
foster child, a boy named Tico, and in
1979 our daughter Neka was born. It
was around that time that we both got
the itch to study again. We adopted
Tico and in 1980 returned to Holland to
live in a very small town in Friesland -
Augustinusga: one church, one super-
market, one soccer field! The little old
house we lived in was freezing cold in
winter time. I would wake up with ici-
cles in my moustache! I started study-
ing to become a high school English
and geography teacher, and a year later
Anneke stepped in, doing English and
domestic science.
In 1981 a friend, a single mother with
a child, moved in with us and stayed for
three years, being a great support to
Anneke. For me it was different this

time in Holland. I had my family and I
didn't feel so lonely, but it wasn't easy
to go from a paid job to living on a
scholarship when you have a family to

After five years I completed my stud-
ies and was offered ajob at a high
school in another province, five hours
away by train. I'd leave the family on
Sunday night and return on Friday af-
ternoon. Anneke was still studying, and
around that same time our son Ibo was
born in 1985. It wasn't easy for her:
two small children, a baby and her stud-
ies and me being away the whole
week... it was hard. After she finished
her studies she came to live with me in
Alkmaar. Around that time we had an-
other foster child, Geeske, whom we
took care of, off and on, for about a
year. In 1986 Hidde was born. His
mother was Anneke's sister. She could-
n't take care of her baby so we took
him in.

"Once someone came to
visit me and told me,
'Bonaire is a navel where
many souls have to go
through to be able to
reincarnate again,' and
that's just how I feel
about Bonaire."

It was always our intention to come
back to Bonaire, so we'd never made
any lasting moves; we always lived 'out
of a suitcase.' But what kept us in Hol-
land was Hidde. Off and on we took in
other children George, Roos, and
Juny, a nephew of mine, and in 1991,
another foster child, a four-month-old
baby, Irving, our grandchild, the son of
our adopted son Tico. The house was
always full!
My school closed in 1994. Anneke
was working as a manager for an or-
ganization that provided schooling for
adults. I started working as a substitute
teacher, as a trainer for a foundation, as
a Papiamentu teacher, giving night
courses in Amsterdam, and as a transla-
tor. So, in that same year, when Hidde's
mother came to take him with her, we
felt free to go back to Bonaire. I was
offered a job with the government of
Bonaire to take charge of what was to
become SKAL, the department of cul-

On our
in August
1996 I was
on the plane
to Bonaire
with our son
Ibo, who
was 11
years old.
stayed in
Holland. Her
father had
just passed away and she moved in with
her mother for a while.
For Ibo it was a big thing, a tremen-
dous change as school wasn't child
friendly at all. On Animal Day he went
to school with a little chicken and the
teacher punished him by throwing him
out of the classroom! For me it was dif-
ferent. I was happy to be back after the
original plan of staying six years in
Holland had turned into 16 years! But
the fact that Ibo was having a hard time
gave me a lot of headaches, so I trans-
ferred him to another school where he
found a teacher with a heart for children
and he started doing much better.
At the end of January 1997 Anneke
and Irving came to Bonaire. Our daugh-
ter Neka had left for Ecuador in 1996
for a student exchange program, after
which she returned through Holland to
Bonaire to finish HAVO high school
here. Finally I had my whole family,
except for Tico, with me on Bonaire.
But it didn't last long as in 2000 it
turned out that Irving needed special
education. We sent him to the Wa-
tapana School, but that was a complete
failure. We found a foster family for
him in Holland where he could get spe-
cial education. But soon after we found
out that he and his foster mother didn't
get along and there were huge prob-
lems. I went to bring him back to Bon-
aire, and in August 2002 Anneke and
Irving left for Holland. At the moment
she's living with Irving in Alkmaar
again, and he's doing job training to
become a cook.

Ibo went back to Holland after
HAVO, and now he's studying Middle
Professional Education in graphic de-
sign. Our daughter Neka is finishing a
Higher Professional Education study in
international hospitality and manage-
ment. Our son Tico did it the hard way,
but now he's training to become a cook.
Hidde lives with his mom in Belgium;
he finished his studies and started
working. And...I am alone on Bonaire.
I feel like a cosmopolitan who found
his base on Bonaire. I would go back to

Hubert Vis

Holland for my family, but... I can't
see myself in Holland anymore. All the
time I lived there I was always very
conscious of the fact that I belonged to
'them,' and over the years that feeling
has grown worse as the non-tolerance
towards immigrants has grown in Hol-
land. But it's still an option for Anneke
to come back to Bonaire when Irving is
I am still the head of SKAL and I like
my job. We're involved in any cultural
thing that takes place on the island: mu-
sic, literature, dance, art, drama, the
museum, festivals and projects. The
management, the execution and the
subsidizing from the island territory of
Bonaire all goes through SKAL. But I
see a new future for SKAL on Bonaire,
something like that on Curaqao, Cas di
Cultura, House of Culture, however,
that has to be a foundation and then I'll
have to choose to either go with the
foundation or stay with the government.
We'll see.
For me Bonaire is a magical place;
it's a combination of the material and
the spiritual worlds. It's as if here the
door to the spiritual world stands wide
open. Many people feel that way. Once
someone came to visit me and told me,
'Bonaire is a navel where many souls
have to go through to be able to reincar-
nate again,' and that's just how I feel
about Bonaire. The local people should
become more conscious of what their
roots are and how rich they are in cul-
I see my future here. I love my island
and I feel I am a rich man, spiritually
rich. The responsibilities I got in my
life have deter-
mined my road,
but they also
made me wiser
and I find it has
been worth it."
story and
photo by Greta

Bonaire Reporter October 7 to October 14, 2005

Page 17

Popular Curagao Politician

Anthony Godett Must Go To Prison

T he High Court in The Hague upheld
the conviction of Curagao political
leader Anthony Godett. The High Court
was the final appeal possibility for the
popular Curagao politician, who will now
have to go to prison for 10 months minus
the month and a half he already spent in jail
between September 7 and October 18,
When he goes back to jail depends on the
Curagao Prosecutor's Office, which said
Godett's case would be handled just like
those of all the others who are still awaiting
incarceration because of the limited space
in Bon Futuro Prison. "But everyone's turn
comes sooner or later," added the prosecu-
tion spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Godett's Dutch attorney,
Gerard Spong, announced immediately after
the High ruling that he would file a com-
plaint with the European Court with the re-
quest to suspend the sentence. In addition, a
pardon request will be filed with Antillean
Governor Frits Goedgedrag.
However, because of provisions in the
Antillean Constitution, Godett can not only
be elected, but can remain in both Parlia-
ment and the Island Council. The constitu-
tion (article 46) suspends the active voting
rights for anyone who has been legally
locked up for more than one year, but that is
not the case for passive voting rights. Those
rights (article 48) are suspended for persons
excluded from exercising the right to vote,
"except those who have been excluded from
such right on the basis of the legal depriva-
tion of liberty, or of jail sentence for some
reason other than begging or vagrancy, or
for an act that proves their being drunk in

Anthony Godett is embraced by
a supporter

In other words, people sentenced to jail
in the Netherlands Antilles, who are not
beggars or vagrants, can participate in
elections, confirmed Curagao's foremost
constitutional expert Carlos Dip when
asked for an explanation. He said the law
was antiquated and based on an incident
in 1917 when a vagrant was elected to
the municipal council of Amsterdam. So
shocked was the political establishment
that it was decided to include in the con-
stitution that persons locked up for the
above reasons could not take office.
To prevent people held for their political
beliefs from also being excluded from the
democratic process, the exclusion from ex-
ercising the passive voting right was limited
to this category, perhaps without full reali-
zation that this would allow criminals sen-
tenced to prison for other crimes, including
corruption, as in the case of Godett, to be
elected. The Dutch constitution has since
been changed, meanwhile, that of the Antil-
les, which was modeled after that of Hol-
land, has not.

Junior Tennis Results
L ast weekend saw the start of the
2005-2006 RBTT tennis ranking
season. A series of nine tournaments will
be conducted between now and the end of
May 2006. In June 2006, the finals and
elimination games will be held. The
RBTT tennis ladder is in its third year, and
about 80 Bonaire children between the
ages of 4 and 18 years play. RBTT Bon-
aire Branch Manager, Judy Diaz, wished
the children success at the opening. Tennis director of the Harbour Village Center,
Elisabeth Vos, explained the rules to the children.
The results of the first tournament for classes A through E were as follows:
E: Kendra Domacass6 won over Yannick Finies 10-4
D: Jevon May will play finals this week against Marijn van Erp;
C2: Michael Bergsma won over Samara Ellis 6-4
Cl: Arnd Chirino won over Harm Bruining 6-1
B: Win Chung Xuan won over Boy Roozendaal 4-0;4-1
A: Gino Meeuwsen won over Thammy Albertsz, 2-4;4-2;Tiebreak 14-12
For information on ranking and registration call Elisabeth Vos at 717-690/ 565-
5225/ elisabeth@flamingotv.com. Elisabeth Vos

Not only that, but the constitutional
"loophole" would allow Godett to remain
in both Parliament and Curagao's Island
Council while in prison, even though he
wouldn't be able to function as a Council
member. As long as he does not resign, he
maintains his seat and cannot be replaced,
confirmed Dip.
Godett, whose FOL party won big in the
last two Curagao elections, has already
hinted that in such a scenario his sister,
Mima Louisa-Godett, will become the next
Antillean Prime Minister, as was the case in
2003 and 2004 when his candidacy was
similarly blocked.
Godett, whether or not he is made to serve

his prison sentence before the January 27
federal elections, can head the FOL party
list and be elected to the next Parliament.
However, he cannot pass the anti-criminal
screening requirement that is performed by
law enforcement authorities.

Godett was sentenced to 15 months in
prison (three more than he initially re-
ceived), of which five months were sus-
pended by the Appeals Court in July, 2004.
He was found guilty of allowing himself to
be bribed as a civil servant, money launder-
ing and having a fraudulent NAf107,000
"IOU" drawn up.

Bonaire Reporter- October 7 to October 14, 2005

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Venus and
Mars' Rival
Pay Each Other
a Very
Close Visit

L ast week I
how this week the
Moon would pay a
visit to both the
brightest planet, Ve-
nus, and the star
called the "Rival of
Mars," Antares.
And this week I'd
like to show you
how to watch the Moon under Venus on October 6h
slow approach and
very close meeting of Venus and Antares.
On Thursday this week, October 6th, about 45 minutes after sunset, face southwest
where you'll see an exquisite crescent Moon parked right beneath our twin sister
planet, 8,000-mile-wide Venus, which is a sight that will truly knock your socks off.
Then on the next night, Friday the 7th, the Moon will almost slam into Antares,
whose name literally means the "Rival of Mars" because it resembles Mars in color,
and when Mars is at the right distance, looks like the same brightness. But Antares is
not an 8,000-mile-wide planet like Venus. It is a super star! It's so huge that if we
placed one edge of it where our Sun is it would stretch out past the orbits of Mer-
cury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Jupiter. In fact it is so huge it could hold 280 trillion
Venuses or Earths.
So this week you have a chance to see our 2,000-mile-wide Moon visit both Venus
on the 6th and Antares on the 7th. After that it will move farther and farther away,
night after night. But then something magical happens between Venus and Antares
because they will slowly approach each other, night after night, and have a super
close meeting a week from this Sunday, on October 16th. And I guarantee that if
you go out every night just after sunset and keep track of these two you will be
amazed at how dramatically they'll change their position from night to night.
This Friday, when the Moon is close to Antares, Antares and Venus will be 10 de-
grees apart from each other, or to put it simply, since a full Moon is one half a de-
gree wide they will be 20 full Moon widths apart from each other. But that's not for
long because the following night they will be two full Moon widths closer, only 9
degrees apart. On Sunday, the 9th, two full Moon widths closer, still only 8 degrees
apart. And on Monday, the 10th, another two full Moons closer-only 7 degrees apart.
On Tuesday, two full Moons closer, still only 6 degrees apart. And then on Wednes-
day, you guessed it, also two full Moons closer or 5 degrees apart. On Thursday
they'll be a whopping three Moons closer. Only 3 and 1/2 degrees will separate
them. And on Friday they really start to close in and are only 3 degrees or six full
Moons apart. On Saturday, 2 degrees or four full Moons apart. And on Sunday, the
16th, they'll have their closest meeting of all when only three full Moons would sepa-
rate them, little more than 1 and 1/2 degrees apart!
So Sunday the 16th is the night when the brightest planet visits the rival of Mars!
After which they will slowly move away from each other. Indeed on Monday, the
17th, they'll once again be 2 degrees away from each other or four full Moons apart.
Wow, what fun! Keep track of them every single night. It's addictive.
Jack Horkheimer

For the week: : October 3 to October 9, 2005
i By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Take your time; do not make any decisions in haste.
You may have difficulties with foreigners. Your charisma will no doubt attract a lot
of attention. Avoid any over indulgences. Your lucky day this week will be Wednes-
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You could have a need to make some changes this
week. Past partners may try to come back into your life. You will meet potential new
mates through friends or relatives. Spend some time with people who can shed some
light on your personal situation. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Passion is about the best way for you to relieve ten-
sion. Don't be shy; if you want to spend more time with a special person, make a
commitment. All your energy should be directed into moneymaking opportunities.
Caustic language may cause you to want to get out of the house. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can make money through your creative efforts.
Don't hesitate to sign up for lectures or seminars that will enlighten you. Look closely
at motives and honesty in your personal encounters. Travel and educational pursuits
may help alleviate the stress you have been feeling. Your lucky day this week will be
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Stretch the truth, and you may get blamed for something
you didn't do. Try not to push your philosophies on others. Family members may
want you at home, when your heart is telling you to spend time with someone you
recently met. Don't let your emotions get out of hand. Your lucky day this week will
be Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You might find group functions tiring. You will need
to spend extra time sorting through your work. You will be able to talk about emo-
tional problems with your partner. You should get out and meet new people this
week. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Don't blow situations out of proportion. You can win
points if you present your ideas this week. Resist secret affairs that could be detri-
mental to your reputation. Money may slip through your fingers. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Take whatever time you can to get to know each
other all over again. You will enjoy events that lean toward theater, art, or music this
week. You don't like confrontations at the best of times; however, you may find them
difficult to avoid. Your charm will mesmerize members of the opposite sex this
week. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Responsibilities with respect to older rela-
tives may be a burden. Try to address the real issues in order to turn things around.
You can find out interesting information if you get a chance to talk to people you re-
spect. Your financial situation may be draining and it's time to make some serious
changes. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You will have a childlike approach this week,
big hearted and full of spunk. Get together with friends and catch up on reading and
letter writing. Don't allow colleagues to stand in your way. Use your high energy and
dynamic approach to win favors from superiors. Your lucky day this week will be
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Changes regarding your image will bring you
greater confidence. Be ready to explain your actions. Don't fall for damaging rumors,
and refuse to get involved in gossip. Your attitudes are changing rapidly. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Monitor your budget carefully to avoid unnecessary
stress. You may have more people on your domestic scene than anticipated. You can
pick up some overtime this week. New romantic partners may attend a function that
puts you in the limelight. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.

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