I M 9 oM II, 0 6 m
SGB VSBO Graduates: Chefs: Danny Calcano, Gianna Martines, Channethon Jansen, Angel Alberdus.
Wait staff: Shakira Matthew, Minosca Mercera, Jonathan Martijn, Vanessa Abrahams.
he proposed new "departure tax" of
$75 is being revised in response to
comments from stakeholders and others.
The earliest implementation would be
July 1, 2006. We will inform readers
when the new details are made available.
A It doesn't matter that there is a defi-
cit; the government will raise the sala-
ries of civil servants 2.04% in 2006.
The Central Government has about 2,800
civil servants on its payroll- 2,200 are in
Curagao, the rest on the other four Antil-
lean islands. Last year payroll costs were
NAf200 million; therefore the increase
will cost an extra NAf4 million, which is
included in the national budget.
The increase goes to government offi-
cials in pay scales 1 up to and including
17; the uniformed coast guard civil ser-
vants; the police; the conscripts; the cler-
gymen, like the teachers of religion, as-
sistant ministers, the minister of the Prot-
estant community in Bonaire and of the
Jewish Mikve Israel-Emanuel commu-
nity of Curacao; Catholic clergymen of
the first rank; the members of the Court
of Justice and the Public Prosecutor; and,
also the political authorities themselves:
the ministers, secretaries of state, and the
members of Parliament.
A The Central Government wants to
increase the compulsory education age
from 16 to 18 years. Last week a draft
law was sent to Parliament to provide for
the necessary changes. This is one of the
most high-profile measures included in
IN THS ISSUE:
Free Shopping Spree 3
"Kultura" Thode 25th Anniversary 5
Letter: Bright New Day for Police 5
Dive into Adventure 21 Day
Graduation 2006 7
AMFO Funding Available Again 7
Big Scoop in Tera Cora 8
New Cave Grads 8
Bondy on the Ball (11) 9
European Windsurf Report 9
Dietitian- Fresh Fruit Juice 10
Jazz Festival is Upon Us 11
Kas d' Arte "Polyrhythmik" 11
Sudoku Puzzle 12
Sudoku Answer 14
Where to Find the Reporter 12
Gardner-Well Water & how to plant 13
Portraits B6i Antoin 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 3
Tide Table 9
Pets of the Week
("Martin & Cynthia") 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire
(Angelique Salsbach) 17
Sky Park (Moon Visits Venus &
The Stars Have It 19
the frigate De Ruyter and the amphibious
naval vessel Rotterdam. The Zeeleeuw,
with a crew of 60, is one of the four Wal-
rus-class submarines of the Dutch Royal
the Central Government program sent to
Parliament. It focused primarily on com-
bating poverty and improving the well
being of Netherlands Antilles citizens.
SA meeting was held in Curagao last
week to discuss possible new structures
for the police forces of the various
Netherlands Antilles island territories.
Justice Minister David Dick called the
meeting because the findings of the
Camelia-Romer Report pointed out in-
adequacies in the present structure like
slow response time in some cases. Dur-
ing the meeting each island presented its
proposals for changes in the structure of
its police force.
The Zeeleeuw (Sea Lion)
A The Dutch submarine, the
Zeeleeuw (Sea Lion), a diesel-electric
boat, will be part of the Dutch flotilla
of ships taking part in the Joint Carib-
bean Lion exercise, which will include
Rangers and assistant manager ofSt.
Eustatius National Park visit Bonaire
A Last week the assistant manager
and two rangers from the St. Eustatius
National Park completed a successful
training exchange of marine park
rangers at the Bonaire National Ma-
rine Park (BNMP). During 10 days,
they worked closely with the staff of the
BNMP on Bonaire, which is an
UNESCO-ICRAN Demonstration Site,
well equipped to serve as an example for
other National Parks. The St. Eustatius
Marine Park personnel took a lot of inter-
est in the administration of the dive tags
so they can implement it in their park.
Amongst many other things, they par-
ticipated in law enforcement activities,
tourist information rounds, maintenance,
monitoring and research activities.
One of the big differences between the
two parks is that in Statia all dives are
supervised; shore diving is almost impos-
sible. All the boats of the dive operators
leave from the town pier. Some of the
divers, used to diving in places like Bon-
aire where certified divers may plan and
perform their own dives, are a bit reluc-
tant to go with the supervised diving of
Statia. However, eventually they all real-
ize that this results in great benefits for
the protection of the Marine Park, which
is in their own interest.
Before the end of this year two or three
staff members of the BNMP will visit St.
Eustatius National Park and learn from
A It's donkey round-up time in Rin-
con. The "Let's Get
a Solution for Rin-
con" group, in coop-
eration with the Bon-
aire Government and
Service), is ready to
get the donkeys off
"The animals have
aggressive and have
been the cause of
road accidents," they
say. The donkeys will be shipped to
Rincon residents are encouraged to
lock the donkeys in their yards, make
sure they have water, and call LVV
(717-8836) (Monday-Friday) to collect
them. They can collect NAf 5 per ani-
mal. For more information call LVV at
717-8836 or 568-5838.
A Bonaire's emphasis on protection of
coral reefs received yet another confir-
mation when the US government said
last Thursday it would list Elkhorn and
Staghorn coral as "threatened" under
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onaire Keporter Iviay i 9t IO Ivay Lz, zUUo
Warehouse Bonaire Free Shopping Spree
(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
US federal species protection laws after
damage to them increased last year when
the northern Caribbean warmed to record
levels. The higher temperatures force
corals to expel algae living in coral pol-
yps that provide food and color, leaving
white calcium skeletons. Coral dies in
Beach Hotel site is doing this with
great care and not damaging the trees.
He deserves words of thanks for this
from all who value
and respect Bon-
about a month if the waters do not cool. A The wonderful
Corals have also been bleached by warm old floating Queen
waters on Australia's Great Barrier Emma Bridge link-
Reef. Experts say the two corals have ing the two parts of
declined by more than 97% in the Carib- Willemstad, Cura-
bean since the 1970s. 9ao, reopened after a
A Several people have noticed that the overhaul. The
driver of the big loader who is remov- bridge's pontoons
A The now famous Amboina Dolfins
football team's older kids, 13 to 15, will
be participating in an international tour-
nament this Friday, May 19, starting at 7
pm at the Stadium, battling teams made
up of the best players from Aruba and
other teams from Bonaire: A.T.C. from
Tera Cora, and Vitesse from Antriol. On
Saturday, starting at 10 am, the winning
teams will contend to establish the big
winner. Winners will receive the Phil and
The little brain coral head on the
top of this photo and the starlet coral
below it are not in actual contact with
each other. That's because the indi-
vidual coral animal, called a polyp,
won't tolerate contact with other pol-
yps which aren't clones of itself. The
polyps of one coral fight the polyps of
the other, and each prevents the other
from growing too close.
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Bonaire Reporter May 19 to May 26, 2006
(Flotsam & Jetsam.. Continued from page 3)
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SThe Seismic Research Unit at the
University of the West Indies said there is
no reason for persons to panic about
rumors that there has been increased
activity at the underwater volcano, Kick
'em Jenny, which is located 500 miles
east of Bonaire. A tsunami would take 150
minutes to travel the distance. Officials
said the alert level remained at yellow,
which they said was normal. Kick 'em
Jenny is the only "live" (likely to erupt
again) submarine volcano in the Eastern
Caribbean. It is approximately 1,300 me-
ters off the sea bottom under the surface. It
is also the most frequently active volcano
in the region, erupting at least 12 times
since it was discovered in 1939. The last
eruption was in December 2001.
A "Introducing Alberto, Beryl, Chris,
Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon,
Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Mi-
chael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy,
Tony, Valerie and William. The pleasure
is all theirs. These are the 21 names
which the US National Hurricane Cen-
ter, which has been doing this since 1953,
has budgeted (at least alphabet-wise) for
hurricanes this year. That is, unless we run
out of letters in the Roman alphabet and
have to resort to the Greek, as in 2005
(Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, and
Zeta). Talk about under-budgeting!
Last year's season in fact, was a record-
breaker, having ushered in the retirement
of Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma
(by itself a record-breaker, with 882 milli-
bars of pressure); names which have been
shelved for posterity out of respect for the
incalculable misery they wrought.
This does not mean, of course, that we
can guarantee 21 phenomena to come bar-
reling through our region, though at least
five of the forecast nine are expected to be
"major," meaning that winds could exceed
110 mph (when the average is 2.3). There
are also 17 named tropical storms pre-
dicted for this season (when the seasonal
average is 9.6). This forecast is considered
robust, being based on 52 years of data,
though I must point out, however, that
2005 fooled all the experts in this art/
science who seriously underestimated the
season." Luis Carpio, Director of the Car-
ibbean Transport and Natural Disasters
SA side effect of the 2007 restructure
of the Antilles will be that the five islands
of the Netherlands Antilles will not be
able to participate in the Olympic
Games under their own flags. In 1996 the
International Olympic Committee changed
its rules and a member can only be admit-
ted if they are an independent country and
recognized by the international authorities.
Aruba won't have this problem because
after it got its status aparte, it registered
itself as such and the different rules ap-
plied then. Antillean athletes would only
be able to participate under the Dutch flag.
A The weekly wine tasting at Antil-
lian Wine Company on Kaya Industria
has moved back an hour. Because of the
AIt might have been Bonaire's long-
est sailing race ever. During the full
moon last weekend Bonaire's most tal-
ented Sunfish sailors, who are training
for the Sunfish World Championships
2006 to be held at the end of September
in Charleston, South Carolina, sailed
around Klein Bonaire during a 14-hour,
non-stop monster race. The goal of the
race was twofold: improving awareness
of boat heel and boat speed and fund-
raising to purchase new sailing equip-
ment which is urgently needed to opti-
mize the training of the Bonairean sail-
ors of the Bonaire Sunfish Sailing Asso-
After the captains' meeting held at the
Kas di Regata at Playa/Kralendijk, six Sun- Sipke Stapert
fish sailors (Shemic Winklaar, Hemando
Velandia, Sipke Stapert, Vianco Serberie, Kevin Dijkhoff and Victor Brouwer) sailed
to No Name Beach on the north side of Klein Bonaire. The weather conditions were
perfect: a full moon, hardly any clouds and a perfect breeze. At 18:30 the monster race
The BSSA Sunfish sailors rounded Klein Bonaire time after time. The sailors were
monitored by officials from No Name Beach and on the charter boat, Aquaspace.
After 14 hours the monster race ended early Sunday. Sipke Stapert and Victor Brou-
wer were the only two sailors who completed the long night at sea without any break.
Sipke rounded the island of Klein Bonaire 11 times. Victor made 10 rounds. Congratu-
lations to all participants. OStory & photo by Jon Brouwer
season's sunset they are serving between
19.00 and 21.00 hours on Saturday now.
A Cycle Bonaire & Bonaire Wellness
Connexion (BWC) invite everyone to
participate in the 30 km Goto Lake
Mountain Bike Tour on Saturday May
20th, beginning at 4 pm. The 30k tour
starts and finishes at Cycle Bonaire / Bon-
aire Dive & Adventure (BD&A is next to
Sand Dollar and Den Laman resorts) and
will take the cyclists north to Gotomeer,
through Rincon, and back to BD&A over
Subi di Rincon. There will be a less chal-
lenging route for those who feel the main
course is too tough. Water and Gatorade
will be provided at stops along the route.
The tour will end around 6 pm. Helmets
are mandatory for all riders. The participa-
tion fee is NAf10. You can sign up at Cy-
cle Bonaire/BD&A, Kaya Gobernador
Debrot 77a. For more information call:
Cycle Bonaire 717-2229 or Bonaire Well-
ness Connexions, 785-0767. OG./L.D.
Bonaire Reporter May 19 to May 26, 2006
"Kultura's" 25th Anniversary
..... . . .. .
Fernando Simal, George "Kultura" Thode, Elsmarie Beukenboom and
Evo Cecilia at the anniversary party credit: STINAPA photo
t has been written that George
"Kultura" Thode is a special person:
"a visionary, a medium, a man who lives
close to nature and takes his life in his
own hands, and who lives in accordance
with strict rules of his own making." He
totally understands just about everything
that goes on in Washington Park. He of-
ten sleeps there.
In May, Kultura celebrated his 25th
year as a Park Ranger. Now Chief
Ranger in the busy National Park, the
Antilles' first park, he began when it had
few visitors because rough roads made it
hard to get to. That all changed in 1986
when the present partially concrete road
He's a most unusual man. Consider the
Kultura Henk Roozendaal portrait
introduction to his story printed about
him in the popular book, Portraits of
Bonaire, by Guus Gerritsen and Henk
Roozendaal: "You think that you are
talking to me, but that is not the case.
You are now talking to three people:
BRIGHT, NEW DAY FOR POLICE
Recently our home was broken into and, within 30
minutes of our call, the police were on site with a detec-
tive. This is quite remarkable since it was lunch time
and our home is in a very remote area. The dispatcher
was very informative and told us almost exactly when to
expect the officers.
When they arrived the police were extremely polite, efficient and serious. They tried to
take finger prints, checked out the neighboring area and interviewed workmen nearby.
The next day the police report was complete and available for us to give to our insur-
This is a bright, new day for the Bonaire Police Force and we wish to give them a pub-
lic note of appreciation. We understand they are working very hard to upgrade and
improve their service to the community. Our recent experience and the news reports of
serious raids on drug pushers all show that they are having success. Pabien and Masha
Danki to the Police of Bonaire.
The Reporter can echo the sentiment. Last week the police were called to our office
in a non-criminal situation and were prompt and professional. A hopi danki from us
my father, my grandfather, and me,
George Kultura. I live with my ancestors
every day; I talk to them, ask them for
advice if I have some problem. I am
bound to the history and the nature of
this island since the Indians lived here."
George Presiliano Thod6 was born in
1963. His distant ancestors were among
the last Indians of the island.
On the island everybody calls him
"Kultura." He says of himself, "I was
born without a mouth and without hands.
My father drowned off Playa Frans while
fishing, one day after I was bor. At the
exact same moment the nurse saw in the
incubator that my hands bulged out and
my mouth opened, not to cry but to
speak. My mother told this story on
Dutch television, shortly before her
death. I was a premature baby, three
months early, and I was in and out of
hospitals for nearly six years because
there were all kinds of things wrong with
me. But everything turned out alright, as
you can see, and because so many sweet
nurses took care of me, I learned to
speak Dutch very well."
Congratulations, Kultura. The world
needs more men like you to balance our
machine civilization. 1
tonaire Reporter May 1 to May Zb, ZUUO
fCoAif-island participants should sign up through one of these Tour
Countdown toth DiveIntoAdventueFsivl Operators as soon as possible:
Days To Go II
vi hat lA ventaire
How Be Part of DIAB-2006
F or the past two weeks we've
highlighted some of the activities
for June's Dive Into Adventure Bon-
aire (DIAB) June 17 to 24. This week
we will tell you how to participate, if
you haven't already. Packages (not in-
cluding air fare) start at just $619 per
person based on double occupancy.
Bonaire's Golden Reef Inn is one of the
featured participants and host site for
Purchase a Dive Into Adventure Bon-
aire hotel package from one of the offi-
cial tour operators (listed below). You i
will also pay a one-time $75 per person a
registration fee to participate in the
event's activities. Included with the
registration fee is entrance to daytime ei
and evening presentations by local and
international "stars," evening parties
including drinks, daytime select dives Dive Into Adventure Bonaire 2006
led by local and international hotel packages include seven nights
"stars" (pre-registration required), pho- accommodations at one of the event
tography workshops, "A Taste of Bon- host hotels, breakfast daily, six days of
aire" park event, participation in the one-tank boat dives, unlimited shore
Dive Into Adventure Bonaire Photogra- diving, round-trip airport transfers, ho-
phy Competition with great prizes, and tel taxes and service charges. Package
an event welcome packet. PLUS, the prices may vary depending on accom-
first 100 people from around the world modations
to purchase a Dive Into Adventure Bon-
aire hotel package/register for the event Only those booking via an official
will receive a free Dive Into Adventure DIAB tour operator and staying at an
Bonaire T-shirt (distributed on-island official DIAB hotel are eligible to take
for the event). part in the event and benefit from all
Some of the land and water based special deals, lectures, parties, dives
adventure activities as well as some of etc. Visit www.
the dive-related adventure activities diveintoadventurebonaire.com for more
taking place during the week are at ad- information on official hotels, US and
ditional cost (activities are led by local European Tour Operators and lots
and international experts), but special more.
discount rates have been negotiated for Now: Residents of Bonaire can regis-
event participants. Meals throughout ter for $100 at the TCB office in Kral-
the week, with the exception of the endijk and also take advantage of all the
BBQ on Wednesday, June 21st, are not special activities of DIAB. Residents
included and are at additional cost. will receive a letter and welcome pack
The registration fee is payable to the coupon to use when picking up the wel-
tour operator at the time a Dive Into come package beginning Wednesday,
Adventure Bonaire hotel package is June 14h.0 TCB Information
purchased/booked with one of the
event's official tour operators.
Carib Tours AG
Yliopistonkatu 32, 40100 JKL,
Karibik & More
Neuffener Str. 3/1
7571 EJ Oldenzaal and
2511 EJDen Haag
Bonaire Fun Travel
3743 BK BAARN
Does Travel & Cadushi Tours
2562 GT Den Haag
Listmakargatan 8, 11144
email info jambotours.se
Brixworth NN6 9HZ
Dive Worldwide Ltd
Long Barn South, Sutton Manor
Farm, Bishop's Sutton
Alresford, Hampshire S024 OAA
email sales @diveworldwide.com
58 Lancaster Way
Ely, Cambs, CB6 3NW
America & Canada
304 Southridge Lakes Parkway
Southlake, TX 76092
toll-free (800) 748-8733
tel (817) 416-2580
fax (817) 416-3607
Caradonna Dive Adventures
435 Douglas Avenue, Suite 2205
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
toll-free (800) 330-3322
tel (407) 774-9000
204 King Street fax (407) 682-6000
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Geisbergstrae 5 webhttp://www.barefoot-traveller. Maduro Dive Fanta-Seas
28211 Bremen 10800 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 100
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Bonaire Reporter May 19 to May 26, 2006
t's expected that 202 students will graduate from Bonaire's Community High
School (SGB) at the end of June. Antilles-wide, 3,132 students will take the
standardized tests. The high school combines both vocational and academic tracks.
As yet no students from the university preparation track (VWO), recently begun, are
ready for graduation so Bonaire's university candidates will have to continue their
preparations on another island or in Holland.
This year's final exam period has already started for the SGB students who are in
their final year of high school. This is a very stressful and important time for the stu-
dents who are about to begin a month of hard studying and last minute nerves. Of the
total 202 students who will be participating, all but 29 have been educated to join the
work force without any further study, but many will choose to go for additional edu-
Some practical exams, like those for the Hospitality Sector students on the cover,
have already been completed. On the 15th of May the official theoretical exams be-
gan. These exams are extremely important for the students, as they count for a large
percentage of the student's final grades, which will decide if the student will gradu-
All students will hear the outcome of their exams on the 16th of June. They will
come together with their mentor, who will tell them the results and guide them in tak-
ing further steps, if necessary.
If a student requires a re-examination for any subject, this will take place at the end
of June, and the outcome of those results will be avail-
able on the 28th of June.
The big graduation ceremony will take place on the
29t of June, at the SGB. It usually includes many
speeches, handing over the diplomas, and of course the
presence of the proud parents.
After that a graduation party (The Prom) will be held
for the graduated students, where they can have fun, and
get rid of the stress they endured in the past school year.
For students who will continue their studies elsewhere
or received a scholarship, there will be dates set on
which the students will leave for their destination under'
the guidance of a professional. I At
Let's all wish these students good luck, and hope all
202 of them will be able to be the proud recipient of a Author, Fleurje Veld-
high school diploma on the 29t of June! D Fleurtje kamp ofthetHAe VO A
Veldkamp class, expects to be among
A ME Funding for NGOs Available Again
SE.A. van Craaikamp, the Dutch Director of Kingdom
F O Relations, issued a press release early this month outlin-
ing the current policy of AMFO (Antillean Co-Financing Or-
ganization -Antilliaanse Medefinancierings Organisatie) to
clarify the NGO funding issues in the Antilles. Van Craaikamp
suspended the financing of AMFO in October 2006 because,
based on auditor's reports, it appeared that there was inade-
quate financial management at both the AMFO and the NGO
Platforms; there wasn't a well-functioning administrative or-
ganization or internal audit.
G.E.A. van Based on the findings of the operational audit, the AMFO is in
Craaikamp the process of being restructured. Plans are to have the new
framework and the preconditions for the new organization
completed at the end of June. Subsequently, AMFO will have to be reorganized in-
ternally, in accordance with the new structure. This is expected to take place by the
end of 2006.
In order to bridge the transition period, the Director will make limited financial
funds available to AMFO for the short term. These funds are intended for projects
that have already been approved by AMFO (whether or not already in progress)
which need (continuous) financing.
These projects have to meet one of the following criteria.
1. The projects must be directed towards the acute combating of poverty. It con-
cerns direct and indirect combating of poverty, directed at vulnerable Antillean
groups (such as youngsters of all age groups who would otherwise "miss the
boat," senior citizens, single (teenage) mothers, handicapped persons, etc.). Pre-
venting poverty by means of educational and recreational activities for the vul-
nerable groups is included under the term, "combating poverty."
2. The financing of current projects can, if necessary, be prolonged, provided
they comply with the first criteria.
3. Projects for which a contract with third parties has already been concluded
and/or for which personnel have been recruited, will qualify for financing, unless
they fall outside the insular NGO programs applied until now and/or outside the
formula for the various sectors of the insular NGO programs.
In order to finance for qualifying projects, NGOs can apply to AMFO. Other pro-
jects will not be dealt with by AMFO for the time being. The Director has also de-
cided to make a once-only amount available via the Foundation for the Development
of the Netherlands Antilles (Stichting Ontwikkeling Nederlandse Antillen USONA)
to combat poverty to meet this year's needs. O G.D.
tonaire Keporter May 1 to May Zb, ZUUb
A BIG SCOOP IN TERA CORA
On hand for the ground-breaking were Onno Koerten, Dutch representative to the
Netherlands Antilles; James Kroon, Bonaire Commissioner of Sports; C. Ross-van
Dorp, Dutch Minister of Sports; Onni Emerenciana, Bonaire Commissioner of Eco-
nomic Affairs; and Governor Herbert Domacassi
The court area will be shared by the youth of all the Bonaire barios for football as
well as other sports. Tera Cora was chosen as the site because of its convenient, central
location and active social community.
Johan Cruijff, Holland's most famous football player who started his foundation in
1997, believes that sports and recreation should be accessible to everyone. "Through
games, sports and other recreational activities children build up social skills, learn how
to win and lose, and develop tactics and strategies etc. As a result, children develop
self-confidence and a sense of achievement. Of course, it goes without saying that
above all, sports can be just plain fun!" 1 Story & photos by Barbara Bianculli
Group photo of cave guide class with Papi Cicilia, Ronella Croes and Geraldine
Dammers taken on the pool deck of Buddy Dive. Buddy Dive photo
B onaire protects its system of caves
as it does its reefs. Only certified
guides are permitted to take visitors into
the caves, and then only to certain spe-
cially designated caves. This helps to not
only preserve the natural beauty of the
caves and the resident bat population but
provides an important safety factor.
This year there were 18 participants who
did the course and got their certificate and
official badge. Buddy Dive was the host
of the evening and everybody was invited
to the pool bar for a drink and a snack.
This was the second year that Buddy Dive
hosted the ceremony. The first year, 2004,
was also the first time the course was
The organizer of the course and the eve-
ning was Papi "Cultura" Cicilia who was
very proud to have this large a number of
enthusiastic participants. The evening
started with a word of welcome by the
general manager of Buddy Dive, then Papi
gave a speech and invited each participant Ronella Croespr,
to come forward individually to be pre- guide badge to Frit
sented with a signed certificate. The cer- Buddy Dive's activi
tificate was presented by Mrs. Geraldine missioner Dammer
Dammers, Bonaire Commissioner of Edu-
cation and Culture. The official Cave
Guide Badge was presented by Ronella Croes, TCB Director. 1
N mp l 0eto
Bonaire Reporter May 19 to May 26, 2006
esents the cave
s Gielen, one of
ity guides. Com-
s looks on.
Buddy Dive photo
Jan Willem t'Hooft
H i, Football Fans
our American friends; we are talking
about different shaped balls!):
Welcome to the second week of our
World Cup round up. This week we
will be looking at two more groups and
we will be starting with Group C
which, of course, contains two big
teams, Argentina and Holland. Let's
check them out!
Argentina, well, what can you say?
Ranked number 8 in the world, they
have style and flare by the truck load.
They were strong in the qualifiers with
three rounds to spare. Manager Jose
Pekerman's strengths have been in the
development of young players. This is
his chance to show the world that he
has the same influence with the sen-
iors. So, who are the stars? There are
many to choose from but, my choice is
Luis Gonzales, a class act all the way.
Their main weakness has to be the
keeper; maybe their qualification is in
Next in this group is Ivory Coast.
African teams have delighted the
world with their passion and commit-
ment. Ivory Coast is no exception. Un-
der the guidance of former Captain and
Coach of France, Henri Michel, they
will be eager to impress. Watch out for
Didier Drogba. The Chelsea player
scored 9 goals in the qualifiers.
The third team is Serbia and Mon-
tenegro. Despite being ranked 46, they
qualified above Spain in their group.
Manager Ilija Petkovic has led the
team since the break up of Yugoslavia.
When it comes to BIG players, you
won't find any bigger than Nikola
Zigic. Standing at over two meters tall
he is the main target for corner kicks,
however, as far as his skills with his
feet, he's a bit like Bambi on ice!
Finally, the boys in orange. Holland
completes this group and will fancy
their chances to progress. Former
player, Marco van Basten, has taken
over as Manager from Dick Advocaat,
but has he got the experience? Holland
still has some big stars such as Ruud
van Nistelrooy and Goalkeeper
Edwin van der Sar. However, I don't
see the experience of past squads.
On to Group D and Mexico. Their
r On The Ball
Christiano Ronaldo ofPortugaL
Iran, second in this group and 500/1
odds against winning. Fancy a bet?
Their Croatian Manager has done well
to rebuild the team since 2002 but the
team lacks experience.
Surprise of this group is Angola.
They finished top of a tough bunch so
deserve their place. Luis Oliveira
Goncalves has managed this team well
and is highly respected, but again,
there is a distinct lack of world class
experience here. Their strength is in
defense; it's like kicking a ball against
a brick wall.
My favorite for the Group is Portu-
gal. At odds to win of 20/1, this is
where my guilders are going. Let's
look at the evidence. Under the guid-
ance of "Big Phil" Scolari they have
built a team that oozes class. Louis
Figo has come out of retirement for
this one and he means business. No-
body batted an eyelid when he was
immediately handed the Captain's arm-
band. The magic will be supplied by
"twinkle toes" Cristiano Ronaldo.
When he is at his best, it's poetry in
So there we have it, another two
groups. More to whet your appetite
next week. Until then, keep the game
beautiful! O Antony Bond
Tony Bond was born
and raised in England,
happy to leave the cold
ofEurope behind but
still follows his passion
(Man Utd) FC.
European Windsurfing Report
W orld class
Ruben Petrisie (Sail
Number NB-50) will
again be sending us
results direct from
the European Free-
Tour. This year Bon- b
aire will have two
riders in the top 16 in
the Freestyle Tour:
Tonky Frans rated 9t
and Ruben himself
who is rated 13th. He Ruben in Austria
will share his first-
hand experiences with Reporter
The First Big Freestyle event of the
Year kicked off with the Profes-
sional Windsurfer Association
(PWA) World Tour in combination
with the European Freestyle Pro
Tour (EFPT) in Austria's famous
Lake Neusiedler See on April 29th.
The entry list was bulging with rid-
ers from both Tours competing.
From Bonaire there was Taty Frans
(sponsored by Starboard, Maui Sails, Taty Frans and Ruben
G-sport), Tonky Frans (F2,Gaastra,
Fiberspar, G-sport) and Ruben Petrisie (Exocet, The Loft, Camaro, Reptile-Masts,
Ruben writes, "It was very exciting to see all the riders again after the winter-
time break. But the weather forecast was not looking that good for the week.
The judges really did push it on the first day, starting early in the morning at 9 o'
clock sharp, but the weather was not that suitable for competition: Winds 12-17
knots; air temperature 40 C; water temperature around 80 C; 100% cloudy.
I was in the very first heat, freezing, and not feeling my hands nor feet, facing
the roughest conditions of my life. I made it through the first round. They actually
finished the whole first rounds of the elimination ladder. Then the wind took off
and we waited around trying to get warm for the next possible start which never
The next days were sunny with temperatures around the 16-20' range.
Although we were on standby every single day the spectators and sailors got a
chance to enjoy the atmosphere at Podersdorf. There were lots of activities like
bungee jumping, go carting, paint ball and volley ball, just to name a few.
The nights all week were full of parties organized by the event sponsors.
Big thanks to KLM / Air France, Jibe City Bonaire, Eden Beach Resort, RBTT
Bank, Tonky, Taty, Jayson, Ronald and of course my family." 1 Story and Photo
by Ruben Petrisie
(Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT
5-19 5:45 1.8FT. 14:30
5-20 6:48 1.7FT. 14:47
5-21 2:48 1.3FT. 7:54
5-22 4:28 1.2FT. 9:03
5-23 5:55 1.0FT. 10:14
5-24 7:15 0.9FT. 12:02
5-25 8:24 0.8FT. 23:23
5-26 0:00 2.1FT. 9:35
Ruud van Nistleroy of Holland
group was weak so qualification was a
breeze. In all fairness though, under
the management of Ricardo La
Volpe, they have only lost twice since
2003. Oswaldo Sanchez in goals is
like a cat, he will break the hearts of
many a striker.
Bonaire Reporter May 19 to May 26, 2006
Ask the Dietitian
S i tI lrte @ IiL5t
cause vitamin levels soon
begin to diminish.
Fresh fruit and vegetable juices
have a powerful effect on the
body, stimulating the whole system
and encouraging the elimination of tox-
ins. They play a vital role in detoxing
and should be drunk fresh when fol-
lowing a detox program. Processing
reduces their nutritional content a little,
so juices are best when they're made
using a juicer.
When making juices at home, choose
ripe fruits which contain higher levels
of nutrients. But avoid any fruits that
look old or soft. Fresh juices can be
very strong, so dilute with good Bon-
aire water. They should always be
drunk as soon as they are made be-
Benefits you can get from
Freshjuices are easy to
They are believed to speed
up the metabolism, cleanse
the blood and strengthen the
found in fresh juices help to
* Juices enhance our vitality and im-
prove energy levels
1 serving: 102 calories
Note: Beetroot is one of the most ef-
fective liver-cleansing vegetables. It is
a very good detoxifier and laxative.
Top and tail the carrots, then quarter
the apple. Peel the orange and cut into
rough segments. Juice the carrots and
1 serving: 121 calories 1 Angtlique
Here are two recipes:
1 large carrot
50g/2oz cooked beetroot in natural
90g/31/2oz white grapes
1cm//2in piece fresh root ginger
Quarter the apples and top and tail
Juice the fruit, vegetables and ginger
Angilique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire's Department of Health and
Hygiene, has a radio program every Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Her
patients have successfully won the "Battle of the Bulge" and become
healthier. Write her at email@example.com or call her at the Dept of
Health Care 717-3737
Bonaire Reporter May 19 to May 26, 2006
FRIDAY- MAY 26
7.30 pm: Main concert at Plaza Resort
Bonaire: Cubop City Big Band, Ronchi
Matthews Zumtam Quartet and Konkie
11.30 pm: Festival Band at City Caf6
0.30 am: Jam session with festival musicians at Little Havana
SATURDAY- MAY 27
7.30 pm: Main concert at Bongo's Beach: Cubop City Big Band, Konkie Hal-
meyer Trio, Anastacia Larmonie, Delbert Bernabela and Question Mark
11.30 pm: Festival Band at City Cafe
0.30 am: Jam session with festival musicians at Little Havana
SUNDAY- MAY 28
11.30 am: Jazz Brunch at Den Laman sponsored
by the Restaurant
5 pm: Main concert at Kontiki Beach Club: Stu-
dents Band of Bonaire with a workshop, Lucas
van Merwijk, Randal Corsen quartet and Ced Ride
11 pm: Jam session with festival musicians at Lit-
The windup evening includes a performance by
Antillean phenomenon, Ced Ride. He is a multi art-
ist: painting, singing, writing and also a theater-man. Ced Ride
His musical interest is broad- from tumba to jazz -
but always connected to the place where his heart,
home and his cultural identity is- the Antilles.
Also on that evening is the Randal Corsen quar-
tet. Randal is the pianist with Eric Calmes, bass; Lu-
cas van Merwijk, drums; and Gerardo Rosales, per-
cussion. With the distinctive way Randal blends
Jazz with influences from classical, Antillean anddal
Latin American music, he has gained significant
recognition. In 2004 he was honored with the EDISON Jazz Award, the most pres-
tigious music award in the Netherlands, for his album 'Evolushon'.
Next week: The festival begins. O Guus Gerritsen
Tickets for all three main concerts are NAf45 or NAf2(
per session. The musical session on May 25 is free.
Tickets for sale at Plaza Resort, KonTiki, City Cafe,
Bongo's Beach, TCB, Bonaire Boekhandel and at the gates
of the main concert. You can become a member or supporter
of the foundation. If you donate NAf200 or more you will
receive two free tickets for all concerts during the festival
and a reserved seat. O
Art exposition "Polyrhythmik" at Kas di
Arte during the Heineken Jazz Festival
e, 0o %AIK E
Th Suku Design Foundation presents: "Polyrhythmik" (Two or more con-
trasting rhythms played simultaneously) -the first annual Dutch Caribbean
Art Exposition at Kas di Arte during Bonaire's Jazz Festival, May 25 to 28.
They'll be showing artwork by artists from each of the Dutch Antillean Islands.
This year the walls of Kas di Arte will be inspired by music and dance, accompa-
nied by live Jazz music provided by the Bonaire Jazz Foundation musicians. 15 %
of all sales will be donated to the Suku Design Foundation for community projects.
This event will be lively and upbeat, offering to the Antillean and international
community one more venue in which to satiate their artistic cravings and be intro-
duced to a wide variety of professional artists living in the Antilles.
On May 25, 26, and 27 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) the Exhibition will
be open from 9 am to 8 pm. On the 26th there will be an opening reception
from 5 to 7 pm. On the 27th there will be sunset music and wine tasting from
5 to 7 pm.
This exhibition will provide you with a real taste of the Caribbean. This is how
we live or have chosen to live, where we can express without boundaries, respect
each other's differences. Caribbean art brings you to a place where there's enough
time to reflect.
The Suku Design Foundation was founded in September of 2003. Suku's mission
is to bring to the public the importance of art and communication within our com-
munity with the intention of highlighting the vast amount of Caribbean artists liv-
ing and residing in the Netherlands Antilles.
The artists participating come from many different backgrounds. Whether they
are Antillean native or immigrants they all have one thing in common: their love
and inspiration that comes from deep within each island's distinctive past and the
temperate trade winds that sweep through the Leeward and Windward isles. Cur-
rently there are artists participating from: Bonaire (Henk Roozendaal, Renate v/d
Bijl, Marjolein Verhoef, Norwin Coffie, Winfred Dania), Curaqao (Ariadne Faries,
Marianne Catz, Phillipe Zanolino, Stephanie Hasham, Dianthe Chirino, Edward
Chirino), St. Maarten (Youmay Dormoy, Annemiek Kerhof, Mosera) and Saba
This exhibition is made possible by many local organizations who have taken
their time to contribute to a great cause. They include Kas di Arte, SKAL, DAE,
Bonaire Jazz Foundation, TCB, Divi Flamingo, Budget Rent-a-Car.
If you would like to make a contribution contact the Suku Design Foundation for
more information or make a donation to MCB-175647 08. For more information
call Nicole Chirino, Kaminda Jato Baco # 3, 786-1348, nchirino@polyrhythmik.
com. Website: www.polyrhythmik.com ]Nicole Chirino
Bonaire Reporter May 19 to May 26, 2006
Do You Sudoku?
S uDoku means "the digits must remain single" in Japanese. It was created
and published in 1979, although the puzzles didn't really gain popularity
until The Times in Britain began printing SuDoku in 2005, and the craze spread
like wildfire across the world.
Solving The Puzzles
To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puz-
zle, without repeating a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region.
What makes these puzzles fun is that the rules are simple but require logical
reasoning skills to solve. Some find it easier to pencil in the possible numeric
candidates or write them along the outside of the puzzle. Others find this dis-
tracting. Different levels of difficulty exist. The Reporter will start out with Easy
level, and gradually move on the Tricky and Tough. For more details visit the
web site www.sudokushack.com. They have a tutorial that's a bit easier to un-
derstand. Good luck! O Molly Kearney
Answer on page 14
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FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
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CHINA NOBO 717-8981
Like to have a seat? For Sale, 2 and 3
seat comfortable couch. Colour blue
modern design. 9 months. Asking price
NAf 1150 Lots of pillows! Call 786-
3558 between 9:00-19:00
Windsurf boards, (2) for sale with
booms and sails. Contact 785-3456
For sale: Sky kennel for large dog,
KLM-approved, size F, NAf300, tel.
Refills! Do you have an empty 1.25
oz container of SeaGold, SeaDrops or
a 2-oz. container of PSI 500 defog?
Bring it in and the Carib Inn will fill
for half the price of a new bottle!!
You must have an original bottle
LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 It.; 95.000km
NAf2.400 717-2844 or 786-2844
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Wanted to buy Suzuki Samurai
engine & drive train in good shape?
Body should be in reasonable shape but
can be mostly rust. Phone 717-3527
Wanted: trailer for sunfish. Contact
info: schuitm hotmail.com, or 786-
B oats fo r
Why import a sail boat when you can
own a fast Regatta winner built right
Classic 21' Bonaire Sail Fishing boat
recently refurbished is for sale for
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safe vent fan and more FREE for any-
one who will use it! Call 717-5061.
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with kitchen, airco, cable TV, two sin-
gle beds (or king) and pull-out sofa,
bikes, kayak, porch, yard and private
entrance. Five minute walk to seaside
promenade and 10 minute walk to town.
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Well Water &
How to Plant
L ast time I wrote
about the possi-
bilities of using deep
well water on plants. By
the number of reactions I
got, this is a hot topic
that has the interest of
many people! With the
rising prices of WEB
water that makes sense.
If you have access to
free water, it makes it so
much easier to decide to plant some
nice palms or trees.
I really wonder how Bonaireans in
the old days used to get water from
wells. I know that a lot of the old
houses have rain collector tanks
(cisterns), but there are also a lot of old
wells around. Most of them don't func-
But with all the new types of plants
that are available right now, you
should really know which ones can
stand some brackish water and which
The best option is still, if possible, to
combine the well water and other wa-
ter like rain water (the very best
choice) or septic tank water and of
course, WEB water. The number one
plant that can stand some brackish wa-
ter is for sure the Coconut palm, in
every variety. But, again, don't overdo
it. They can't grow in only salt water.
We get a lot of questions about how
to plant a shrub, palm or tree. The
answer is not that difficult. Make sure
there's enough space for the roots to
grow! I'm sure we've talked about this
topic before, but this is something
that's always important. The more
space the roots have to grow in, the
easier it will be for them to find water
and nutrients. And this is even more
important if you want to use brackish
water for your plants.
Our rule is: When you plant a plant
from a 10-liter (3-gallon) white bucket,
for instance, make sure the hole is at
least twice as big. The extra space you
can fill with some nice diabaas that
doesn't have too many rocks. That's
for easy plants like the Coconut palm
or Oleander. For more demanding
plants like most other shrubs you can
make a mix of diabaas with everything
organic that you can get. However, be
careful with fresh goat or donkey ma-
nure. There could be a high risk of
burning the roots with ammonia.
There are some very good mixes
available on Bonaire that are sold by
the soil companies. And if you really
want to spoil your plants, you can use
the coco potting soil or other potting
soil that is always good for the more
difficult plants like the Areca palm,
Ixora or other plants. Make sure you
mix that soil with some diabaas or the
above soil mix; otherwise, no water
will remain in the root area. All potting
soils allow it to drain through much
easier than other soils.
Next time I'll write more about this,
especially what to do when you want
to plant trees in holes in coral rock. 1
Ap van Eldik
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. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS,
NON-STOP 9 TO 4.
Bonaire Reporter May 19 to May 26, 2006
Pets of the VVeek
Caught in the act of relaxing in
the cat cage at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter are "Martin" and
"Cynthia." Martin, the top cat, came to
the Shelter with his mom when he was
just four weeks old. As you can tell
already, he's a very relaxed and mel-
low cat with some of the softest fur
known to man. He's about a year now.
His "bunk mate" below is Cynthia
who's a very playful cat, full of fun,
says the staff. She's about six months
old and has been sterilized. Both cats
have been tested for feline leukemia,
are healthy and "social."
Cats like these two are often called
"tuxedo" cats black and white cats
with white paws, chest and belly. It
might have some white on the face as
Some people call black and white
cats "jellicle" cats: after T.S. Eliot.
Eliot heard this word, "jellicle," from
his young niece, who sounded as if she
were saying "Jellicle cat" whenever
she called for her "dear little cat" and
"Pollicle dog" whenever she called for
her "poor little puppy."
It is said that Jellicle cats (which ap-
peared in the Broadway musical,
"Cats") are special from ordinary cats.
Martin & Cynthia
Jellicle cats are given three names
each: one name given by their human
owners, one name that is unique and
fits only that cat's personality, and one
name that is so divine that only the cat
knows it and still contemplates over it
(The Naming of Cats).
You may meet these black and white
cuties at the Shelter on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Friday, 10
am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel.
717-4989. O L.D.
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Bonaire Reporter May 19 to May 26, 2006
WEIILt RIE IHOIT lV
Take The Lead
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURS THRU SUN
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM
SATURDAY 4 PM
May: The Wild
Sunday, May 21 -Bonaire Culinary
Team Dinner. Support the team and
have a gourmet competition dinner. 7
pm, Chez Nous, $25 for 3-course meal
with wine. Call Sara 786-9299 or Flo-
ris 786-1508 for reservations.
Saturday, May 20 30 km Goto Lake
Mountain Bike Tour sponsored by
Cycle Bonaire & Bonaire Wellness
Connexion (BWC). Meet at Cycle
Bonaire / Bonaire Dive & Adventure,
4 pm. Helmets are mandatory for all
riders. NAf10. Sign up at Cycle Bon-
aire,Kaya Gobemador Debrot 77a. Call
717-2229 or 785-0767 See page 4
for more info.
Until May 21-Winfred Dania Art
Exhibit, Kas di Arte, open daily 10
am-5 pm-see page 13
Tuesday, May 23-Jazz at Croc-
cantino Restaurant-a prelude to up-
coming Jazz Festival with fine dining,
Tuscan style. Call 717-5025
Thursday, May 25 Ascension Day -
Holiday banks and many shops
Thursday Sunday, May 25-28-
Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival
2006-See Schedule on page 11.
Thursday-Sunday, May 25 -28-
Suku Design Foundation presents:
"Polyrhythmik" (Two or more con-
trasting rhythms played simultane-
ously) -the first annual Dutch Carib-
bean Art Exposition at Kas di Arte
during Bonaire's Jazz Festival, to 28.
Artwork by artists from the Dutch An-
tillean Islands. Open 9 am to 8 pm. On
the 26th there will be an opening re-
ception from 5 to 7 pm. On the 27th
there will be sunset music and wine
tasting from 5 to 7 pm. See page 11.
Saturday, May 27 End of the month
Flea Market at Parke Publico- 3 to
8 pm Genral info call Vicky 786-
1592 Booth info call Elisabeth 717-
June 17-24-Dive Into Adventure
Bonaire (DIAB). See more on page 6
Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 ( on all beverages ) 5-
7 pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach
* HH-Buddy Dive, 5:30-6:30
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sunday)
5 to 7 pm,
* 2 for 1 appetizer with every en-
tr6e, Cactus Blue
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily
for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am;
Sun. 7 pm- 3 am.
* Daily by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NA1f2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy
* Rincon Marshe-6 am 2 pm. En-
joy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and mu-
sic. www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Ex-
tra big Marshe 1st Saturday of the
* Mountain Bike Ride- Everyone
welcome. It's free. Bring a bike and your
own water. Fitness trainer Miguel Angel
Brito leads the pack. Tel. 785-0767 for
* Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 7 to 9 pm, Kaya Industria #23.
Great wines NAf2,50 a glass.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 444 .
Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoying a
great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5 to 10
* Caribbean Night, live local mu-
sic- Buddy Dive.
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
* Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet featur-
ing Chef Gibi and Los Princes Mariachi,
Golden Reef Inn Band 7 pm, BBQ at
7:30 pm. Reservations $20, walk ins $25.
Drinks available for purchase. Call 717-
5759 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine,
5-7 pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7
to 9 pm, Cactus Blue
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers
The Windsurf Place at Sorobon 7:30-
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers"
5-7 pm-Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per per-
son. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225
* Live music by the "Flamingo
Rockers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar 5-7 pm
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon
from 1330 to 1630
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7
* Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm, followed
by All You Can Eat BBQ
* 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist
Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry's
Wildside Diving. New original paintings
of Bonaire and diver stories of the East
Coast every week
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slides pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Habitat. 717-8290 for info.
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide Show at Captain Don's Habitat,
8:30 pm Call 717-8290 for info.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation (STCB) Slide Show by Bruce
Brabec. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7
pm. Tel. 717-8819.
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail
Video Show by Martin Cecilia, pool
bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable old home that has been restored
and fumished so it appears the family has just
stepped out Local ladies will tell you the story.
Open Monday thru Friday, 9-12,24. Weekends
by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasinadi Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bon-
aire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th century.
Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
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.
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
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
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majes-
tic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shop-
ping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts #
10. Call 717-2482/566-6093 for details
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 enty fee. CallCahy5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, 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
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 welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Restaurant Zeezicht. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) -7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Roosje 786-7984
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik
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.
Wilhelminaplein. 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.
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518
Bonaire Reporter May 19 to May 26, 2006
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Richter Art- By Jake and Linda Richter: Original oil
paintings, giclees on canvas, limited edition and open
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.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
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-
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 For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional
trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
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
chemicals. Incredible selection of pots.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
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.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and
bar. New! Spa!
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Full digital services.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer service, top notch properties and home owners
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated
to local community. List your house with them for
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
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
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.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
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.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
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. 538 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
Cactus Blue Moderate Trend Setting Menu
Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 Dinner Bonaire's newest hot-spot to eat and drink. Margaritas a specialty
(half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Closed Sunday Owner-operated for top service
Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At th ii laig ea Resran an erfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
At the D17-8285 Flamingo eac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days Inspiring vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
Croccantino Italian Restarant ModerateExpensive Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Chef David prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients.Be served in
oClosed Monday a garden settmg under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Take out too.
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Cuban cuisine. New kitchen. New cook
717-7488 Breakfast every day; Lunch, Dinner Tues-Sun. Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
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 Now in Playa-next to Xerox 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 until 6 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bon Pizza Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. at or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
alsbach with an 'S.' I love to
Dance; that's the sauce in life.
That's why the 'S' in Salsbach, Salsa
Sauce! My childhood was full of love and
happiness. We lived in Hato in one of the
WEB houses along the sea and my beauti-
ful brother Robert and I were very healthy
kids, always playing in the water.
My dad is Robert 'Papichi' Salsbach. He
worked for WEB all his working life, but
he's also an international and local musi-
cian. He plays the violin with the Maria-
chi, but he also plays kuarta, mandolin,
bass guitar and guitar. Every Friday you
can see him playing at Karel's. He's a man
who likes to have people around him.
When we meet in Playa we go dancing
together! He's also a very critical person,
not a talker, but he's good at giving advice
and our education has been always very
important to him.
My mom, Marie Salsbach-Weiman, is
someone with great willpower. She makes
her dreams happen and she taught me to
do the same. She put a lot of time into our
upbringing, but she also worked. She
opened her own little health food shop in
my grandmother's house in Playa Pabou.
Then she moved across from Boutique
Vita in Kaya Grandi where she had her
health food restaurant and shop.
During my teenage years I was allowed
to go out, but there were rules. From the
time I was 15 I could go to E WoWo
(disco), but only in the afternoon. It was
fine with me as long as I could dance! I
went with my brother or with my girl-
friends. Those girlfriends are still my girl-
friends and I cherish them! When I fin-
ished HAVO I didn't know what I wanted
to do, so, to give myself some time I went
to VWO School in Curagao, an educa-
tional path that prepares for university. I
had two more years to think it over.
The move to Curagao was a big change.
From my parental home where I had had
100% protection and comfort I had to live
with strangers and be independent. It was-
n't easy, but I think that life shouldn't be
too smooth because you have to learn from
all the things that happen to you. On Cura-
9ao I learned to be independent and to
stand up for my own opinion. For me it
was a good preparation for Holland. Time
passed by and still I didn't know what to
study for. Then, this dear school friend of
mine, Angelique Craane from Curagao, an
angel who was there at the right time, told
me: 'Angelique, you're always talking
about food; healthy nutrition is something
so big for you, why don't you become a
dietitian?' I wonder where she is now. I
would love to see her again."
Angelique Salsbach (34) is very cute and
very serious at the same time. She's well-
balanced and very much focused, but most
of all she 's an intense person. "Until my
friend told me I'd never realized how
much I was involved in food, nutrition and
health, but apparently it was always obvi-
ous! I was 19 or 20 and I what I really
needed was a professional education. I
didn't finish VWO because with HAVO I
could do HBO (higher professional educa-
tion) and I wanted to start as soon as possi-
I moved to Amstelveen, Holland, where
I lived in this huge student complex called
'Uilenstede' while I was studying at de
'Hoge School' from Amsterdam. Before
we started school, all the Antillean beur-
salen' (students with a scholarship) had to
take a course in all the aspects of living
"I could have stayed in
Holland and worked for a
higher salary than I get
here, but how about the
quality of life? ... There is
more to work and coming
home. Here family and
friends are always close;
everything is nearby; and
that gives you time for
and studying in Holland. When I have to
enter unknown territory, whatever it is, I
always prepare myself very well. This
time I was prepared for the worst. I
thought I would never see the sun again!
However, when I arrived in Holland and I
did see the sun, I thought, 'Oh, this isn't so
bad!' As a teenager I'd been a real go get-
ter. So when I went to Holland, when I'd
finally made my decision to become a di-
etician, I knew why I was there, and some-
how everything went well, including my
studies. My darling brother was living in
the same complex, one minute from where
I was, and that helped a lot too.
I stayed in Holland for four and a half
years, finished my studies and did a post-
HBO course in sports nutrition. I met a lot
of people, and without losing my culture
or traditions, I learned to adjust in a har-
monic way. That was very important be-
cause it made me grow and develop a
wider view. I've always been very grateful
for my scholarship.
In November '97 I came back to Bon-
aire. It was always my plan to come back
and to contribute to the island. Before I
left there was one dietitian on Bonaire,
Sharine Loozen, and now she is my col-
league. One of my goals here was to set up
a prevention and educational project about
healthy nutrition for the elementary
schools and special education on the is-
land. That's what I have been doing for six
years now and the results are definitely
showing! People should realize that nutri-
tion is part of education because food is
what keeps you going. If you give your
children healthy food they will do better.
Sharine and I also conduct yearly cam-
paigns about healthy nutrition and the im-
portance of exercising. Together we have a
radio program at Bon FM, every Tuesday
from 9 to 9.30 am. My job is very diverse.
For the most part I'm busy with clients
who were sent to me by their doctor. Also
I have clients who come on their own ini-
tiative. I work at the schools; I do the cam-
paigns and sometimes I fill in for my col-
league at the hospital. So, I'm busy with
intervention and prevention. It's great to
be able to do both!
I can get bored easily, but my work is
never boring! I love to be around people,
just like my dad. I'm also a person who
sees good qualities in people, and for me
that's the balance not being focused on
the bad things, but instead seeing the good
things. I could have stayed in Holland and
worked for a higher salary than I get here,
but how about the quality of life? My in-
come is important to me but so is my qual-
ity of life. There is more to work and com-
ing home. Here family and friends are al-
ways close; everything is nearby; and that
gives you time for yourself. Bonaire's na-
ture is very beautiful, and I know many
secret places, so amazing, so virgin, so
pure... so typically Bonairean... This is-
land is so special; it has such a pure
strength. And our clean waters... I am so
proud of our sea. I always brag about it
when I am abroad.
The only thing I miss here is the oppor-
tunity to upgrade myself through courses
or studies. But that's because I am still
young, I guess. Just a couple of weeks ago
Benito Dirksz, two other partners and I
opened Top Health Bonaire, a fitness and
health center based on the holistic philoso-
phy. Not only do we work on a healthy
body but also on a healthy mind. It's not
only about beauty and looking good; your
complete well-being is essential. I am
someone who is very alternative minded
and this is a new challenge.
It's funny, when I've achieved my goals,
something I'd been looking forward to for
such a long time, I don't feel what I'd ex-
pected to feel. Something was still miss-
ing. The simplicity of Bonaire can teach
you a lot. I've read many spiritual books; I
took spiritual courses; I learned how to
meditate; I did yoga; and now I see life
differently. For me two things are impor-
tant: You have to take care of your body,
by living as healthily as possible. And you
have to take care of your soul, your spirit,
your true self, by minimizing negative and
waste thoughts, to make space for positive
thoughts that will influence your attitude
and inner peace. I am not ready to die yet,
because Angelique Salsbach has to learn a
lot more in this life! Ever since I discov-
ered this beautiful aspect of life I found
strength in myself and it stimulates me and
helps me grow. We all have values like
love and respect in our selves, but because
of difficult situations in life those values
sometimes go to
sleep. It feels like
they're not there
anymore, but sure
they are! You have
to wake them up
and for me that is
the only way to find
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Bonaire Reporter May 19 to May 26, 2006
O ne day when I was 17 -- I
had written a few small
articles for the regional newspa-
per -- I was asked by Thomas
Vos, the editor of that paper, to
baby sit his children. The eve-
ning was uneventful but, as usu-
ally happens, when the parents
returned home we had an inter-
"Guus," Thomas told me, "If
you want to work for a newspa-
per, you have to become a good
reporter first. If you see smoke
coming from under a sewer lid,
lift it up to see what's going on;
if the canal's on fire, call me; if
you hear a police or ambulance
siren: go right after it! News can
be everywhere. Being nosy and
writing well, that's what it
takes. We'll talk later about
what defines a good journalist."
When I read the 12 January 2006 issue
of Extra, the biggest Bonairean newspa-
per, I was reminded of that evening. I read
the daily column '2 Palabra' (A couple of
words) by chief editor B6i Antoin.
He described the feeling of being inter-
viewed, what it's like to be the one having
to answer questions instead of asking
them, the usual role of a journalist. As
comedian Jorgen Raymann in his Auntie
Essie persona pressingly would have
asked, "Who is your father? Who is your
The things Henk and I discussed with
him for the purpose of this article were
mentioned, and between the lines it be-
came obvious that he thought the experi-
ence intriguing. He felt really probed and
prodded: his column is appropriately titled
'Interogashon.' And being a professional
journalist, B6i Antoin builds a good story
around this experience.
B6i (Franklin Dominico) Antoin was
born in Antriol on Bonaire when his fa-
ther, grandson of a liberated African slave
from Nort di Salina, was already 60 years
of age. His mother was from Antriol, the
illegitimate child of a plantation owner.
She was 43 when B6i, her seventh child,
"It may sound French, Antoin, but it
isn't really. My great-grandfather's master
was called Felix Anthony and it was com-
mon among liberated slaves to take on
names that resembled those of their previ-
ous masters. It should be pronounced
'Antoween', but no-one's ever said that to
Hearing B6i tell this, I'm suddenly
struck by how close this age of slavery is.
Just three generations ago, yesterday
really, our island had been a slave colony!
"I went to a Dutch Catholic school, at St
Dominic's, like a lot of children in those
days. If you had the nerve to speak Papia-
mentu in the schoolyard, you were clipped
round the ear! But my Dutch was fine,
and it got even better when I served in the
military in Aruba. I drove a large truck,
and since I was supposed to be a true An-
tillean -- they're always late, as you
know -- I sometimes drove an extra few
laps just to be late, even though I'm quite
punctual myself. It was a great time, I
learned a lot. I thought in Dutch and
dreamed in Papiamentu."
Back on his island of Bonaire, he en-
tered a phase which would determine the
rest of his life. He discovered his ability to
work with pen and paper.
"I worked as a technician at the Dutch
Radio World Service, which played an
important part in the development of our
island. I controlled the relays of Dutch
broadcasts to our shores. On the side, I
started writing for the local newspaper,
the Extra. That took a larger and larger
part of my time. I found I did it well and I
liked it, because there was little in the way
of entertainment in Bonaire in those days.
The next step was quite logical: to be-
come Head of Press Relations for the en-
tire Antilles. You have to be able to write
well and always have a little speech ready.
After a couple of years, though, I found I
could not combine this official function,
voicing the government's interests, with
serving Free Speech through my writing
in the newspaper. It just wouldn't work. I
had a hard time with it, but then I wrote
something nice about the opposition and I
couldn't reconcile the two any longer. I
quit my job with the government and fo-
cused exclusively on the newspaper."
He did so from 1983, with panache and
conviction. B6i uncovered scandals and
miscarriages of justice, voiced warnings
to leaders trying to mislead the people and
was not afraid to give his opinion when
"As a journalist, you're always in the
opposition, because you have to be critical
towards the powers that be. It means there
are some people who can't stand the sight
of me, but I consider it to be my duty, I
can't do it otherwise."
When B6i's father was in his 80s he
unwittingly played an important role in
his son's writing career. "I'd never seen
him work, but in his 80s he suddenly
started to talk about his life as a sailor,
burning coal on Klein Bonaire, making
soup from coral stone, adding sweet
spices. Countless stories he told; he had a
good long-term memory, like a lot of
older people. I took it all in, becoming
more and more fascinated by the history,
nature and culture of this island. I started
writing about it too, obviously in the pa-
pers, but I wrote some books as well. I
became a bit of an historian from it all.
The TV showHerensia (Heritage) is a
product of that, and some talks for radio.
Even to this day, the past and my natural
surroundings are of greater interest to me
than the future. I feel happy walking with
a stick through Washington Park; you get
the feeling you can meet your ancestors
I wondered cautiously if perhaps he did-
n't look back to much. "I do look at the
present," he said. "And if I see something
I don't like, I will talk about that. If there
are any plans threatening to damage the
island, like this unholy idea to build hotels
near Lac Bay even though nobody knows
what to do with the sewage water, I'm on
the barricades. But everybody can learn
from the past, and it certainly feels enrich-
ing to me. I'm happy every time I've dis-
covered something new, and hopefully my
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audience is too. For instance, read what
I've discovered about various religious
groups on the island by systematically
checking a Protestant cemetery. You have
freemasons, Protestants and Adventists,
all lying side by side! Coincidentally, I'm
interested in the Adventists, because one
of their rules is No Smoking. Take the
B6i Antoin was given a Royal Order in
2001 and a Silver Carnation in 2003,
awarded to him by Prince Bernhard of the
Netherlands personally, for all the work
he did to preserve Bonairean nature and
culture, and to propagate awareness. He
accepted this great honor with his typical
modesty, amongst friends and family in
the Royal Palace on Dam square in Am-
"Oh, it's alright, an award like that, but
I would like it much better if the people
here in Bonaire would take more interest
in their past. I notice much more interest
in Curagao and Aruba; I'm often asked to
give lectures there. Not here, though!"
A prophet is never recognized in his
own country, or so it seems.
But the journalistic Wunderkind -- re-
porter, journalist, editor, commentator,
radio and TV presenter, writer and pub-
lisher -- does have something to celebrate
this year. The Extra, his newspaper for 29
years, had its 30th birthday. For that occa-
sion, B6i Antoin has handed over his per-
sonal files to the community of Bonaire,
through a foundation called Fundashon
Historiko Kultural Boneriano that was
founded by him and a few friends. He
would like to call the archives 'Memoria
di Boneiru,' or Conscience of Bonaire.
That name befits a man who keeps that
conscience alive each and every day --
until a police siren disrupts his work or
the Caribbean Seas start burning... Be-
cause apart from being a man of con-
science, he is still the reporter going out
after every little news item. News can be
everywhere! O Reprinted from Portraits
ofBonaire, Vol II -Story by Guus Gerrit-
sen, Illustration by HenkRoozendaal
*to find it, just look up
The Moon Pays a Visit to the Brightest
and Dimmest of the Naked Eye Planets!
Mark two dates on your cal-
endar for two special
Sunday, May 21st, a beautiful
last quarter Moon will visit the
dimmest naked-eye planet and
three days later on Wednesday,
May 24th, it will visit the bright-
est of the naked-eye planets.
This Sunday, May 21st, an
hour before sunrise, face east
where the two brightest things
you'll see will be #1, Venus the
brightest of all the planets and
which is always so bright it is often
mistaken for a UFO, and # 2, an Moon
Moon will be up and to the right of Venus. And if you're really far away from all
city lights and have clear cloudless skies, parked just above and to the left of the
Moon, you'll see planet # 7, 32,000-mile-wide Uranus, which is so huge we could
line 16 Moons up across its middle. Now if you're viewing from a town area,
where it never gets completely dark out, all you need to see the 7" planet is a pair
of binoculars. It will look like a tiny blue green point of light, and it is indeed the
dimmest of all the naked eye planets. The reason is that it is so far away from the
Sun, on average almost 2 billion miles away.
Uranus is a very peculiar planet because, unlike all the other planets, it circles
the Sun tilted on its side. So for 42 years its north pole gets sunlight, and the other
42 years its south pole gets sunlight, thus its nickname, "the sideways planet." So
don't miss the Moon and the dimmest naked-eye planet on Sunday. Then on Mon-
day and Tuesday watch the Moon as it advances closer and closer to the brightest
On Monday, the 22nd, the Moon will be almost half way between Uranus and
Venus, and on Tuesday, two thirds of the way. Plus if you pay close attention you
will notice that the lighted portion of the Moon is getting smaller and smaller and
turning into an exquisite slender crescent. But the big day and the one day you
cannot miss for a super Moon-Venus picture is ta da! Wednesday, May 24th
when a magnificent slender crescent, almost as skinny as it gets, will be parked
only 4 1/2 degrees away from Venus, which will make a spectacular naked-eye
picture, no binoculars needed.
To understand just how close 4 1/2 degrees is, simply remember that a full Moon
is half a degree wide. So 4 1/2 degrees is 9 full Moons wide, which means we
could fit only 9 full Moons between Venus and the Moon. Now although Venus is
much smaller than Uranus, 8,000 miles wide, the same size as our Earth, the rea-
son it is so brilliant is because it is so incredibly close, only 85 million miles away
the morning of the 24th.
So once again on Sunday morning, the 21st, the Moon parks right next to Uranus
for which you'll need your binoculars and on Wednesday, the 24th, the Moon
makes an exquisite naked eye duo with the planet named for the goddess of love.
Don't miss these two! Jack Horkheimer
For the week: May 7 to 13, to 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Think about starting your own small business, You will
have to check your cash flow before you decide to indulge in hobbies or entertain-
ment that may be beyond your budget. Do not blow situations out of proportion. Get
involved in groups that will help you meet established individuals. Your lucky day
this week will be Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Difficulties at an emotional level may be likely. Your
involvement in groups will be favorable for meeting new and exciting individuals.
Get back to basics and reevaluate what is important in life. Discuss your objectives
with partners or peers. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Overindulgence could cause problems for you with
your loved ones. Take care when dealing with older relatives. Investments are best
left alone this week. Love could develop at social events that are work related. Your
lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CANCER_(June 22-July 22) You are exceptional at presenting your ideas. You may
find that depression is causing you to feel lonely and insecure. Family outings or a
quiet stroll through the park will lead to stimulating conversation and a closer bond.
Expect to experience a sudden reversal of fortune. Your lucky day this week will be
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can expect to have a passionate time if you go out with
someone you are romantically interested in. Romance will develop through work
related activities. Make sure that you have all the pertinent facts before taking action.
Children may cause limitations. Your lucky day this week is Tuesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Physical activity will help defuse your frustration. Op-
portunities for travel and communication are evident. You will do best to entertain
those you wish to close deals with. Discord could be unnerving. Your lucky day this
week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Problems with skin, bones, or teeth may mess up your
schedule. Time to deal with institutional environments, government agencies, and
matters of a private nature this week. Friends may not understand your situation.
You may be tom between two possibilities. This has left you in a confused and un-
certain state. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Residential moves look hectic and sudden changes
in your life are likely. Your self esteem will come back if you take part in organiza-
tional functions that allow you to be in the lime light. You could be cornered, so be
prepared to tell the truth. You'll have problems with authority figures if you don't
play by the rules. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Mingle with those who can help you get ahead.
Your own small business on the side sounds pretty lucrative. Visitors are likely to
drop by and chances are, they may even stay a little longer than you want them to.
Don't overreact if your partner has a poor attitude. Your lucky day this week will be
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You're eager to learn. Spend a quiet day with the
one you love. Social evenings at your place will be highly successful. Do not lend
money to friends, or contribute more than necessary to groups unworthy of your
cash. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You should be setting up interviews or sending out
your resume this week. If you've taken on a lot of work, be sure to leave some time
for yourself and family. You should follow through on educational endeavors you
have wanted to pursue for some time. Communication will be the source of your
knowledge and you must be sure to spend time with those who have more experi-
ence. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Channel your energy into passionate interludes with
your lover. Question your mate if you must. Take your time be fore making personal
decisions. Use your added discipline to get what you want. Your lucky day this week
will he Monday n
Bonaire Reporter May 19 to May 26, 2006