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Publication Date: June 16, 2006
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T he first plane of the new Curacao
airline, Insel Air, which has am-
bitious plans for regional flights, landed
at Curagao's Hato Airport last week. In
the photo Transport Minister Kenneth
Gijsbertha "inspects" the 19-seat Em-
braer Bandeirantes, as Insel Air director,
Edward Heerenveen, looks on.

A Continental Airlines reported a May
consolidated (mainline plus regional)
load factor of 81%, 1.9 points above last
year's May consolidated load factor. In
addition, the airline had an international
mainline load factor of 78%, the same as
in May, 2005. The load factor for Bon-
aire-Houston flights is reportedly 88%.

A Political agreement has been
reached between Commissioners of
Constitutional Affairs Mike Franco of
Curagao and Sarah Wescot-Williams of
St. Maarten on a dual Central Bank
under a common authority and single
currency for the two islands after they
obtain their desired country status within



DEZA Bonaire Economic Report 4
Letter: Tourist Tax a PR Disaster 5
Donkey Paradise Safari Park
Opens 6
Dive into Adventure Now 7
Dive into Adventure Schedule 7
New Bonaire Mural 8
Bondy on the Ball (6) 9
Where to Watch the World Cup 9
Windsurfing Report 10
Pro kids Finals Gearing Up 10
Off to Italy (Saragoza) 12
Four Faces of Woman 13
Snack Bar Detectives (Nadia) 13
Last Dream Team Dinner 15
Longspined Urchins (Dee Scarr) 18

The Central Government's Preven-
tative Health Department is urging resi- P Last week 25 persons were naturalized as Dutch citizens on Bonaire. The
dents who plan to travel to Europe to ceremony at Bonaire's Island Council building, the Pasangrahan, was led by Bonaire's
make certain that they are immunized Lt. Governor Herbert Domacasse.
against measles, in light of recent mea-
sles outbreaks reported in Germany and
other European countries. Measles out- A While The Bonaire Reporter no interest charge standard is set to 5%,
breaks have also been reported in Den- longer focuses on yachting news as the which means that the government's total
mark, Spain, Sweden, Greece and the number of pleasure vessels visiting Bon- interest payments (on loans) are maxi-
Ukraine. aire has declined, we received news that mum 5% of the average government

A Flush with cash and oil, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez is buying $2.7
billion worth of arms from Spain, Brazil
and Russia, including 48 speedboats, four
coastal patrol ships and four corvettes, 12
CASA military transport aircraft, 11 Mi-
17 series multi-role helicopters and
100,000 high-tech Kalashnikov AK-103
assault rifles. Chavez is also buying Rus-
sian Sukhoi Su-30 and Su-35 fighter jets
to replace US-built F-16s which the Bush
administration has refused to upgrade.
Chavez has created 2.8 million-strong
armed militias reporting directly to the
president, in addition to a 34,000-strong
army, sparking fears of regional ambi-

Pierre Roelens and his wife, Marie --
owners of the boatyard PR Yacht Ser-
vices in Venezuela -- were shot and
killed in Puerto La Cruz Monday
morning, June 12. They had been to the
bank and were followed to the boatyard
gate where several bullets were fired into
the windscreen of their car, according to
Ellen Sanpere, a cruiser and contributor
to the megayacht monthly, Triton.
Roelens, a 60-year resident of the coun-
try, started the Clasico Regatta in 2004 to
promote sportsmanship and the country's
cruising grounds.

P The Netherlands is willing to re-
lieve the debt of the islands up to the
so-called 'interest charge standard.' The

revenue of the last three years.
For comparison: the part of the tax pro-
ceeds that has to be appropriated for pay-
ments of the total interest of the current
joint Antillean governments is approxi-
mately one quarter, namely 23% in 2005,
leaving a gap of 18%.
This is the first concrete proposal from
the Netherlands to relieve the indebted-
ness of the "status apart" islands of Cura-
9ao and St. Maarten and of the
"kingdom-islands" of Bonaire, Statia and
Saba. The Dutch proposal is outlined in
the "Partners in the Kingdom" document
that Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
handed last week to Antilles Prime Min-
ister, Emily de Jongh-Elhage.
(Continued on page 3)


Flotsam & Jetsam
Coral Glimpses
Bubbles from Biologist (Fireworm)
Picture Yourself, (Slot Doddendael,
Ewijk, The Netherlands)
SuDoku Puzzle
Pet of the Week "Charlotte" & Marlis
Tide Table
Sudoku Answer
Reporter Masthead
What's Happening
Movieland Film Schedule
Shopping & Dining Guides
Born on Bonaire
(Elsmarie Beukenboom)
Sky Park (Saturn & Mars)
The Stars Have It

Bonaire Reporter June 16 to June 23, 2006

Page 2

SA recent report (2-2-2006) in the
respected weekly science journal, Na-
ture, reported that, in contrast to former
evidence that only advanced snakes and
only two species of lizard possessed
venom systems, that iguanas and
monitor lizards also have them. They
have toxin secreting glands in their
mouths. The monitor lizard's venom can
be deadly because it drops blood pres-
sure and clotting ability in its victim.
The effects of iguana venom were not
reported. Iguanas are a traditional food
source on Bonaire. Although people
have been bitten, we have never heard of
a fatality from an iguana bite.

A In past surveys of Bonaire visitors
the cleanliness of the island was rated
near the top of the things they appreci-
ated about Bonaire. In a Monday press
release SELIBON, the island's waste
management company, promised to
crack down on the sanitation sur-
rounding Bonaire's snacks and restau-

SThis starlet coral head has several
fl Colonies of red boring sponge emerg-
ing through its surface. The boring
A Young Italian chef students here for three weeks as part of a student ex- sponge may have worked its way from
change program had a real Italian dinner at Croccantino Restaurant on Tuesday. the inside of the coral head though to
Pictured with them are Croccantino owner Elisabeth Wigny, chef-translator Moreno thei sfe he coral poiy s
Binelli, teacher-chef Fabio Zecchetti, coordinator Natalia Bedeschi and Sara Matera, ng r
are trying to hold their territory. Only
who made the whole exchange idea happen. The students are: Fabrizio Pizzetti, Sheryn are tryg to r teto
Arasula, Manuel Volta, Vanessa Magri and Giulia Prandini. The hotel school in Italy time will tell if they're strong enough
has hosted Bonaire students for three years. to succeed.

rants. Owners of the establishments are
being informed of the standards by letter.
Enforcement will be done by the Envi-
ronmental Police. This is based on an
existing law: Artikulo 31 di
'Eilandsverordening Afvalstoffen Bon-
aire, 'which makes the food service op-
erator responsible for the cleanliness of
the area within 25 meters of his shop.
Another SELIBON initiative an-
nounced at the same time targets messy
construction sites, long a thorn in envi-
ronmentalists' side, with massive spill-
ings of concrete and building sites lit-
tered with steelwork, paper and plastic

trash. Contractors are being informed of
their responsibilities and enforcement
will be done by the Environmental Po-
lice. Reports of offending construction
sites should be given to SELIBON, tele-
phone 717-8159.
A third SELIBON initiative is a cam-
paign to collect glass for recycling. You
may have seen the yellow plastic garbage
containers that are located at restaurants,
bars and hotels. And now, everyone, in-
dividuals and/or homeowners, is encour-
aged to collect and drop off their bottles,
jars and other glass items into these con-
tainers as well. It's an island-wide effort

and a great beginning to a full recycling

A The Central Bureau for Statistics
(CBS), reporting results from the budget
survey conducted in 2004-2005, said an
average household in Bonaire spends
almost NAf44.000 per year. Living
expenses, the largest category, make up
more than 25% of the total spending. It
includes home mortgage/taxes or rent
and water and electricity. Almost 23%
(about NAf10.000) of the total house-
hold budget is used on transportation and
(Continued on page 4)

Bonaire Reporter June 16 to June 23, 2006

Page 3

SBonaire Economic Report

DEZA, Bonaire's Department of Economic and Labor Part 3
Affairs, has issued its comprehensive report for
2005. It describes al aspects of the economy. In the next weeks
The Reporter willbe passing on information from this report.

Bonaire's Seaport
A continuing bright spot in Bon-
aire's economy and an economic
indicator is its seaport activity centering
on the Harbor Office. Bonaire has three
prime ports: Kralendijk Harbor for Roll-
On/Roll-Off (containers) and bulk cargo,
The Salt Pier and the BOPEC oil termi-
nal. Fuel for the island also arrives at the
WEB pier in Kralendijk Bay.
In 2005 there was an increase in the
use of tugboats. Tugboats are used to
assist tankers tying up at the BOPEC
terminal, which means that there have
been more tankers visiting BOPEC (18
more than in 2004). These tankers are
also bigger, and gross tonnage increased
significantly in 2005 compared to 2004.
In 2005, 12 ULCCs (Ultra Large Crude
Carriers) of about 160.000 Gross Regis-
tered Tonnage (GRT) docked at BOPEC
while the average tanker visiting
BOPEC is of 56.000 GRT.
The number of freighters declined, but
the tonnage increased because ships that
did visit were bigger and included car
carriers, cargo ships and bulk carriers. In
2005, at least two big car carriers of
around 50.000 GRT, visited the island
almost every month.
The number of cruise ships increased
with 13 more cruise ships in 2005 com-
pared to the previous year though the
gross tonnage of these ships is smaller
than in 2004. This increase in number is
due to the frequent visit of the Free-
winds (100 passengers), which came to
Bonaire 42 times in 2005, and the Poly-
nesia (90 passengers), with 24 visits in
Bigger tankers and the larger car carri-
ers result in higher pilot charges since
larger ships pay higher dues. As a result,
pilot dues increased 9% in 2005. All
ships of 50 GRT or more that make use
of pilot services pay pilot dues. Though
port dues also depend on the GRT of
ships, they decreased by 7% as they only
include ships mooring at the government
piers, not at the BOPEC piers. The
mooring fee represents the use of the
pilot boat to embark and disembark the
pilot and a line boat to help with the
mooring and unmooring of the ships.
Bigger cruise ships, cargo ships and car
carriers mainly use these services.
With the decline in the number of bin

Cruise ships photo by Chaley Anthony

cruise ships, cargo ships, and also freight
ships, the income from mooring fees
dropped by 23% in 2005. On the other
hand, the "retainer fee" has almost dou-
bled, +92%, due to the calls of ULCCs
at BOPEC. The retainer fee represents a
20% surcharge on the pilot dues for
every extra half hour of pilot services.
Bigger ships take more time to tie up and
pay higher pilot dues and thus are
charged higher retainer fees.
There has been more cargo registered
in 2005 than in previous years: more
containers, cars, buses and trucks and a
considerable amount of loose cargo in
2005. This loose-cargo ton represents
mainly sand and cement for construc-
tion. (See a previous story in The Bon-
aire Reporter about the spike in com-
mercial construction). The sand is im-
ported from Curagao and the cement
from Venezuela. In 2005, Bonaire im-
ported 18.760 metric tons of sand and
11.894 metric tons of cement for con-
struction on the island (That's about 172
metric tons for every resident of Bon-
aire... this requires about four times
more tonnage of crushed stone to make
this into concrete which is normally de-
rived on-island. Ed.). About 610 metric
tons of steel was imported for the
BOPEC terminal. The remainder of
cargo represents local freight and also
fruits and vegetables brought in by the
Venezuelan boats.
To conclude, all the income generated
at the harbor such as the pilot and port
dues as well as the ports rights and retri-
butions have been increasing gradually
as there is more economic activity taking
place at Bonaire's ports. DEZA Re-

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
communication. Compared with past
years, the expenses for communication
and transportation have increased the

A In April 2006 consumers' price
index rate for Bonaire remained unal-
tered with respect to February 2006.
The index for the alcohol and smoke
products sector rose by 1.6%. The
subgroup, "personal care," was up
0.6%. Price increases were in toilet
articles and skin care. Compared to
last year at this time, the price index
is up 1.2%.


Commissioner Dortalina

A Members of the Bonaire Island
Commissioners and the Lt. Gover-
nor were granted a 25% salary in-
crease by the Central Government
this month. The commissioners' new
gross monthly salary is NAf8.300
($4,689). One of the problems was
that department heads who reported to
the commissioners used to have higher
salaries than their bosses. "The salary
increase has corrected years of dis-
torted proportions," said Commis-

sioner Reginald Dortalina of the UPB
(green) party.

b Last week a weak tropical wave
passed south of the ABC islands
bringing the first rain showers of
the dry season to Bonaire and heav-
ier rain, flooding and wind to Curagao.
According to the Antilles Weather
Office, between 20 and 30 millimeters
of precipitation fell during the daytime

A Tropical Storm Alberto, the first
named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hur-
ricane season, developed last Sunday
from a poorly organized tropical de-
pression in the eastern Gulf of Mex-
ico. Alberto is dumping watery relief
on the drought-weary southeast United
States as we go to press. Rainfall
measuring from 2 to 4 inches as re-
corded in Central Florida and Geor-
gia -- along with wind gusts of up to
40 mph.

A In past issues of The Reporter
we've mentioned the names of the
managers and rangers of STINAPA,
the Marine and Land Park Authority
of Bonaire. But behind the scenes are
others who help keep the Parks run-
ning smoothly. They include: Els-
marie Beukenboom, Director (see
"Born on Bonaire..." this week on
page 17); Accounting Manager Ker-
enza Rannou; Receptionist/
Administrative Assistant July-Ann
Frans; Education Coordinator Cri-
santa Martha; and Communication
Coordinator Karen van Dijk who
provided us this information.

(Continued on page 5)

Bonaire Reporter June 16 to June 23, 2006

Page 4

,0 Floating around Bonaire are a few officially unannounced items.
ar a, However, they are based on reliable sources. They include:

The Xavier Medical School that left Bonaire for Aruba last year is
establishing a second campus back here, possibly by September. Xavier's business plan
calls for a campus on each of the ABC islands.
* Indiana University will establish a biological residence/study center at the site of the
former Lizard Inn on Kaya Grandi. Students and staff will be resident on Bonaire.
* NOAA, the US Government's Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, is expected to
set up a facility on Bonaire. The TWR site is being considered.
* With the success of its Houston-Bonaire service proven, Continental Airlines will be-
gin flights from the NY City area via its Newark (EWR) hub.
* Air Jamaica, battling competition from US airlines, is evaluating additional flights to
Bonaire from its Montego Bay hub.

A Girl's 10 and under swim relay
team: Diane Werdath, Yasmin Esser,
Kaile Finies, Tirzah Richard are afew
of the up and coming Bonaire Barra-
cuda swimmers. Look for them on the
list of winners next season. In an early
June trip to Curagao they scored very

A Volunteers... Make a Dive That
Counts! Throughout the month of July,
divers and snorkelers will dive our reefs

to survey fish for the
Great Annual Fish tN ( fln
Count (GAFC). Reef
Environmental Education
Foundation (REEF) coordi-
nates the GAFC along with support from
NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries
The GAFC began in 1992 when a
small group of recreational divers and
marine biologists conducted a visual fish
count in the Channel Islands National
Park. The effort was modeled after the
Audubon's Christmas Bird Count and
has grown into an international event.
For more information contact our local
sponsor, Dive Friends/Yellow Subma-
rine, or Linda Ridley, the local contact,
tel. 791-4262.

A Every week we print 1,500 copies of
The Bonaire Reporter which are distrib-
uted around the island. Printing, trans-
portation and production costs are high,
but we've still managed to keep it free.
So, when you are through with your
copy of The Reporter, could you please
pass it on to someone else? In this way,


Dear Editor:
Together with our politicians the on-island
TCB office has managed to convert, all on its
own, a good idea into a PR disaster that has al-..
ready hurt the island's image in a devastating way.
With tourist arrivals already declining it is something
we can't afford.
For many years the Private Sector has requested a (lodging/tourist) tax system that
would capture the majority of the unpaid taxes from illegal room rentals that is going
on. And, although the basics of the present proposal are good, the local TCB office
showed itself to be incapable of resisting politicians' ignorance and stubbornness:
Ignorance, because the elected officials don't seem to understand that consumers and
distribution channels must be presented with clear, well-motivated plans and proce-
dures. Having blank spots in such an important system change creates more questions
than answers and thus unrest. Unrest is never good in the hospitality business.
Stubbornness, because despite the requests close to begging by the on-and off-
island Private Sector, they insisted it be implemented it their own way and in their own
time frame.
This entire PR disaster could have been prevented. Even if a solution is offered in the
next week(s) the damage is done. A friend told me once, "Perception is reality because
that is what you believe."
The increase in the Marine Park Tag fee, the Energy Surcharge implemented by
some resorts and now a new Departure/Island Tax confirms this statement. We are
hurting ourselves. Not necessarily because Bonaire is an expensive destination, but
more because the decision makers and communicators on the island have created the
perception that Bonaire is expensive. Remember; it doesn't have to be reality, but it
becomes that since consumers believe it.
Well done, beloved politicians!! Let's remember that democracy provides the amaz-
ing opportunity to correct our own mistakes every four years.
C. Mardinsuuri
The TCB maintains a web site for posting the latest developments on the Lodging/
Tourist Tax- http://www.infobonaire.com/taxinfo.html

everyone wins: more people will be able
to read it and we can continue to say,
"It's Still Free!" And be sure to tell our
advertisers, "The Reporter sent me."

tonaire Reporter June lb to June 23, ZUUb

Page 5



A fter two years of preparation by
Donkeys Help Foundation, the
Donkey Paradise Safari Park is now
open and receiving visitors. Instead of designed n
walking, visitors can now tour the acres of the donl
of natural environment from the comfort also to ma]
of their cars, stop and interact with over convenient
300 donkeys living there, have a picnic nairean go
in breezy, sheltered areas with beautiful the donkey
views, watch flamingos at an adjoining vided the i
salt pond, and even help feed the don- the fence.
keys at their new spacious "cafeteria." Park, inclu
To keep track of activities at the Safari wells, and
Park when visitors are away, there is chief engii
even a new web-cam at www. Genaro Ar
donkeycam.com, sponsored by Richard Marina Me
Mann, providing continuing images of project, in
the donkeys eating and drinking, the first Because
donkey cam in the Caribbean. caring for
The dream of an expanded donkey park keys Help
became a reality as the result of a lot of supported
hard work and generous donations. First ing that it
the land next to the sanctuary had to be the donkey
purchased in order to have sufficient day, a sma
space for Bonaire donkeys rescued from tour the Sa
Hato, Belnem, Sorobon, Kralendijk, and makes it p,
the road to Rincon-so that they would care to kee
no longer be hit by cars or abused and volunteers
suffering. Donations by organizations colleges in
(like Animal Protection Fund, PETA, S. DEN B(
The Donkey Sanctuary in England, Ani- Illinois Ma
mal Care Venezuela) and individuals have all fo
(like Sorobon Beach Resort, Dolf Huy- ary to be ii
gens, the Hazewinkels, and Henny Huis- The new
man) provided the resources to acquire has a numl
the land. Next the Safari Park had to be African-st


lot only to meet the basic needs
keys (food, water, shelter) but
ke touring by visitors safe,
t, and fun. Because the Bo-
vernment wanted to remove
Is from the roads, they pro-
'encing and the labor to erect
The infrastructure of the Safari
hiding all buildings, roads,
picnic areas, was designed by
neer, Ed Koopman, assisted by
ithony and Alvin Thode, while
elis coordinated the overall
eluding fund-raising.
of the expense in feeding and
all the donkeys rescued, Don-
Foundation could no longer be
on donations alone. Consider-
costs NAf3.000 a week to feed
Is hay and horse fodder twice a
11 fee must now be charged to
afari Park. In addition the fee
ossible to pay for veterinary
:p the donkeys healthy. And
and interns from schools and
SHolland and the US (i.e. H.A.
OSCH, AOC Friesland, and
ath and Science Academy)
und the donkeys in the sanctu-
n optimal health.
Donkey Paradise Safari Park
ber of interesting features: an
yle round house to accommo-

date student vol-
unteers, a state-
of-the-art feeding
and drinking sta-
tion, and spa-
cious, sheltered
picnic "hofis."
Beginning in Au-
gust all visitors
will be able to
take along a cas-
sette-player to
listen to a guided
tour describing
the history of the
donkeys and the
flora, fauna, and
ecology of Bon-
aire in four lan-
guages: English,
Dutch, Spanish,
and Papiamentu.
And even more
good news is that
the Bonairean
government has
reconstructed the
road to the Safari
Park to eliminate
potholes, cracks,
and crevices, so
visitors will no
longer have to
worry about
damaging their
Donkey Para-
dise Safari Park
is now open seven days a week, from 10
am to 4 pm with feeding of the donkeys
at 4 pm for those visitors who want to
help. Adoptions of donkeys are still
needed. For more information or to vol-

unteer or donate, go to the web-site
(www.donkeyshelp.com) or phone 560-
Story by Pauline Kayes, photos by
Marina Melis

Bonaire Reporter June 16 to June 23, 2006

Page 6

.f Dive Into Adventure Now--June 17 to 24


BONAIRE 2006 is here this
weekend. It promises to be a special
time not only for our island visitors but
also for island residents. Several key
events are open to all, beginning with the
"Taste of Bonaire" opening event on
Sunday night, the 18th when many of the
island's restaurants will be on hand at
Wilhelmina Park to offer their specialties
at NAf5 a plate.

Bonaire's caves are beautiful and
should only be visited with a certified

Get the turtle to smile and you
might win the photo contest.
Catherine Salisbury photo of Albert Bianculli

Daily activities will include diving,
windsurfing, kayaking, kite surfing, snor-
keling, caving and hiking and more out-
door activities.

There will be a photo contest open to
participants to judge their under and
above-water photos of the week with
over $2,000 in prizes. The contest is or-
ganized by Fish-Eye Photo, School for
Underwater Photography, run by Tim
Peters and Jim Platz. For more informa-
tion or questions, call 011-599-717-2001
or email info@fisheyephoto.com or
platzja@aol.com. You can also log on to

night, be-
ginning at 6
pm, Kral-
endijk Sta-
dium will be
the site for
the "It's a
premiere for
teams of
DIAB par-

Die something different? Try the "Wildide" with Lrry and company.
Dive something different? Try the "Wildside" with Larry and company.

reinforced by some well-known local
faces in the community. Through a se-
lection of fun games focusing on cul-
ture and traditions, visitors will learn
more about Bonaire and will mix with
locals. There will be music, dancing,
food and drinks for sale there at reason-
able prices. ESPN will be televising
some of the activities.
In addition every evening will feature
workshops, talks and parties relating to
the event including a talk, sure to be en-
tertaining, by dive pioneer, Capt. Don
Stewart called "Rings of Memories" on

Thursday at 6:30 pm in the conference
room at Capt. Don's Habitat resort.
Bonaire residents who want to take part
in ALL the events and contests can sign
up for $100 during the "Taste of Bon-
aire" or see Rico Martis at the TCB Of-
fice. There's lots of information avail-
able on the www.
diveintoadventurebonaire.com website as
well. You can also drop in the office or
contact the TCB at 717-8322.
For the complete schedule of DIAB
look below. See you at DIAB-2006.

Dive Into Adventure Schedule

Saturday June 17th Sign-up Day
Date from to Name of Bonaire Star/Event Location
Sunday June 18th
9:00 12:00 General Island Diving Your preferred dive s
9:00 12:00 Specialized Dive Activity Schedule Varied
9:00 12:00 Topside Adventure Schedule Varied
12:00 16:00 General Island Diving Your preferred dive s
12:00 16:00 Specialized Dive Activity Schedule Varied
12:00 16:00 Topside Adventure Schedule Varied
13:00 17:00 Photography competition Sign up Fisheye at Sand Dolla
18:00 22:30 Opening Event, "Taste of Bonaire" Wilhelmina Park
19:30 20:00 Gov. Domacasse, Capt. Don, Ronella Croes
Welcome Speech Wilhelmina Park
Monday June 19th
9:00 12:00 General Island Diving Your preferred dive s
9:00 12:00 Specialized Dive Activity Schedule Varied
9:00 12:00 Topside Adventure Schedule Varied
9:00 11:00 Dee Scarr Lecture and Dive
Reef Caretaking Capt. Dons's Habitat
9:00 12:00 Dos Winkel Lecture & Dive
U/W Photo Skills Sand Dollar
12:00 16:00 General Island Diving Your preferred dive s
12:00 16:00 Specialized Dive Activity Schedule Varied
12:00 16:00 Topside Adventure Schedule Varied
14:00 15:00 Ramon Leon & Fernando Simal
STINAPA land and marine mgrs Plaza Resort Bonaire
16:00 17:00 Bill & Alice Miller Lecture/Slide Show
So You Want To Take U/W Photos Capt. Don's Habitat
17:30 18:00 Larry Baillie Lecture
Wildside, Wildman or Pussycat Golden Reef Inn
18:30 19:15 Dos Winkel, Talking pictures Golden Reef Inn
19:00 20:00 Evening Party + Book signing by Dos
Mariachi Band and Drinks Golden Reef Inn
20:00 22:00 Evening Party, Krioyo Buffet Golden Reef Inn
20:00 22:00 Dine Around Options- Island-Wide Plaza, Habitat, Sand
Tuesday June 20th
9:00 12:00 General Island Diving Your preferred dive s
9:00 12:00 Specialized Dive Activity Schedule Varied
9:00 12:00 Topside Adventure Schedule Varied
12:00 16:00 General Island Diving Your preferred dive s
12:00 16:00 Specialized Dive Activity Schedule Varied
12:00 16:00 Topside Adventure Schedule Varied
14:00 16:00 Dive Explore with Philippe Cousteau Capt. Don's Habitat
16:00 17:00 Charles Mazel, Ph D Marine Biology
The Psychedelic Art of U/W Fluorescence Capt. Don's Habitat
17:30 18:00 Hendrik Wuyts
The Power of Visible Impression Port Bonaire
18:30 19:15 TBA Port Bonaire
19:30 21:00 Charles Mazel, Ph D Marine Biology
Guided Night Fluorescence Dive Capt. Don's Habitat
19:15 20:15 Evening Party Caribbean minstrels and Drinks Port Bonaire
20:15 22:15 Evening Party, Taste of the World buffet Port Bonaire
20:00 22:00 Dine Around Options Island-Wide Plaza, Habitat, Sand

Bonaire Reporter June 16 to June 23, 2006









Wednesday June 21st
9:00 12:00 General Island Diving
9:00 12:00 Specialized Dive Activity Schedule
9:00 12:00 Topside Adventure Schedule
9:00 12:00 Dos Winkel Lecture & Dive
U/W Photo Skills
12:00 16:00 General Island Diving
12:00 16:00 Specialized Dive Activity Schedule
12:00 16:00 Topside Adventure Schedule
14:00 15:00 Ramon Leon & Fernando Simal
STINAPA marine and land Mgrs
14:00 15:00 Jerry Ligon Guided snorkel
15:00 16:00 Jerry Ligon Guided snorkel
16:00 17:00 Mabel Nava STCB Turtle Presentation
16:00 17:00 Bill & Alice Miller Lecture/Slide Show
So You Want To Take U/W Photos
18:30 22:30 Fun Team Event "It's a Knockout"
19:30 21:00 Charles Mazel, Ph D Marine Biology
Guided Night Fluorescence Dive

Your preferred dive shop

Sand Dollar
Your preferred dive shop

Plaza Resort Bonaire
Bonaire Dive & Adventure at Sand Dollar
Bonaire Dive & Adventure at Sand Dollar
Plaza Resort Bonaire

Capt. Don's Habitat
National Stadium

Capt. Don's Habitat

20:00 21:00 Barbeque National Stadium
Thursday June 22nd
9:00 12:00 General Island Diving Your preferred dive shop
9:00 12:00 Specialized Dive Activity Schedule Varied
9:00 12:00 Topside Adventure Schedule Varied
12:00 16:00 General Island Diving Your preferred dive shop
12:00 16:00 Specialized Dive Activity Schedule Varied
12:00 16:00 Topside Adventure Schedule Varied
14:00 16:00 Dive Explore with Philippe Cousteau Capt. Don's Habitat
14:00 16:00 TBA Photography workshop Capt. Don's Habitat
16:00 17:00 Charles Mazel, Ph D Marine Biology
The Psychedelic Art of U/W Fluorescence Capt. Don's Habitat
17:30 18:00 Benji Schaub Doing it Right Capt. Don's Habitat
18:00 18:30 Walt Stark III Bonaire Technical Divers Paradise Capt. Don's Habitat
18:30 19:15 Captain Don Rings of Memory Capt. Don's Habitat
19:15 20:15 Evening party Moogie Music and Drinks Capt Don's Deco Stop Bar
19:30 21:00 Charles Mazel, Ph D Marine Biology
Guided Night Fluorescence Dive Capt. Don's Habitat
20:15 22:15 Evening Party Capt Don's Habitat Rum Runners
20:00 22:00 Dine around options Island Wide Plaza Resort Bonaire, Capt. Don's Habitat, Sand Dollar
Friday June 23rd
9:00 12:00 General Island Diving Your preferred dive shop
9:00 12:00 Specialized Dive Activity Schedule Varied
9:00 12:00 Topside Adventure Schedule Varied
12:00 16:00 General Island Diving Your preferred dive shop
12:00 16:00 Specialized Dive Activity Schedule Varied
12:00 16:00 Topside Adventure Schedule Varied
14:00 16:00 Captain Don's Show and tell by participants Plaza Resort Bonaire
17:30 18:00 Caren Eckrich LectSex on the Reef !!! Plaza Resort Bonaire
18:00 19:00 Philippe Cousteau LectEarths Final Frontier Plaza Resort Bonaire
19:00 19:15 Photo Contest Prizes Plaza Resort Bonaire
19:15 19:20 Harlton "Onnie" Emerenciana- Com. of Tourism Plaza Resort Bonaire
19:20 20:20 Farewell Evening party Plaza Resort Bonaire
20:20 22:20 Farewell Evening party Plaza Resort Bonaire Tipsy Seagull
20:20 22:20 Dine around options Island Wide Plaza Resort Bonaire, Capt. Don's Habitat, Sand Dollar

Program subject to change. Please note that all "free" activities mentioned above
only relate to those who have paid the $75 event fee and who stay at an official
host hotel. .


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heck out Bonaire's newest wall
mural. The mural was created
by Janice Huckaby of JanArt. It's at
the Golden Reef Inn on Kaya Den
Haag, one of the participating resorts
in DIAB 2006. The mural features a
relaxing iguana, grey angel, green tur-
tle and moray eel, along with a snor-
keling flamingo and the ONLY shark
in captivity on Bonaire!
It measures approximately 12 meters
long and 2.5 meters high. It took Jan
and her crew, Megan, Renee and GRI
owner Liz approximately two weeks to
complete. Feel free to stop by and take
a look! Liz Ginocchio/GRIphoto

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Bonaire Reporter June 16 to June 23, 2006

Page 8

o Bondy On The Ball
The world's most FIFA World Cup-2006
popular sport
From the Publisher: "As an American, until recently, I was blissfully ignorant of
what the rest of the world calls football. I only had to spend one Sunday a year watch-
ing the Super Bowl- American football's championship. Not a month, like what's hap-
pening now in most of the world, including our dot of an island. Bonaire is going all
out, with lots ofDutch fans supporting Holland, but the many Latin Americans have
their favorites and their teams, especially Brazil, are strong. The morning hours of the
games telecast are filling the island's multi-TV-equipped bars at breakfast and lunch
time... but there's more beer than orange juice consumed these days.
For the next month the 32 teams will compete in Germanyfor the world champion-
ship in a game that unites, and likewise divides, countries. Our football writer, Tony
Bond, will be bringing Reporter readers his perspective on the games until the champi-
onship is decided. Here are the first reports:"

F or me and millions of people from
all over the world, the waiting is
over as we sit down together in our vari-
ous time zones to watch the opening cere-
mony for World Cup 2006. The beautiful
game went hand in hand with a beautiful
woman as Claudia Shiffer walked onto
the pitch with Pele who carried the World
Cup Trophy. Amazingly, there were many
empty seats in the stadium during the
ceremony. However, the people who were
there, and an estimated 1.5 billion world-
wide, enjoyed singing and dancing from
Salsa to Hip Hop. With traditional Ger-
man precision, as the festivities came to a
close the pitch was emptied within min-
utes to facilitate the start of the first game,
Germany vs. Costa Rica.
Germany were in high spirits following
a 3-0 win over Colombia in their final
warm up game, but, this was the real
thing. If anyone was in any doubt as to
how exciting the first match would be,
they needn't have been. Germany put on a
stylish and impressive display that should
put a shudder through the other teams
watching. It took six minutes for the hosts
to get on the score sheet with a stunner
from distance by Philip Lahm. However,
6 minutes later, Paulo Wanchope evened
things up with an equaliser despite shouts
of offside. Barely 5 minutes passed when
Germany took the lead again, courtesy of
a close range effort from Miroslav Klose.
In the second half, we had to wait until
the 61st minute to see Klose double his
tally and see Germany pull into a 3-1
lead. Costa Rica were persistent though
and once again, Paulo Wanchope gave
them a glimmer of hope. The goal of the
match for me came from Torsten Frings
who blasted home from 30 yards out. So,
4-2 the score and Germany looked worth
the result. Despite being on the losing
side, Paulo Wanchope was my man of the
match. He showed the weakness of the
German team who, although were superb
in going forward, were very disorganised
at the back. Still, a new record was made
today as never have so many goals been
scored in an opening match!
The second game of the day was Po-
land vs. Ecuador. A stunned Polish side
were dismissed by a top notch display
from Ecuador. Goals from Tenorio and
Delgado gave them a well deserved 2-0
Of course, the highlight of my weekend
was always going to be England vs.
Paraguay. Anyone who saw me at City
Cafe on Saturday morning will have been
under no doubt who I was supporting.
However, my expectations were not met.
England's display was woeful despite
their victory; the game was made all the
worse by appalling refereeing. Peter
Crouch looked out of his depth and Ger-
rard looked well below par. England's
goal came in the third minute from set
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In the second half, the Argentines were
happy to sit back and push the ball
around. However, the introduction of sub-
stitute Kone for Ivory Coast opened the
game up. It was his pace and cross that
found Drogba who scored 8 minutes from
the end. A nervy flurry followed to the
end but Argentina held on. Argentina 2-1
over Ivory Coast. Holland plays the Ivory
Coast this Friday at noon.

Holland Scores!

through the defence where it glanced off
the head of Paraguay's Gammara for an
own goal. If England is going to progress,
they need to be a lot better. Final score
England 1-0 Paraguay.
Saturday brought us another two
matches. First out, Trinidad & Tobago
took on Sweden in Dortmund. The
Swedes would have expected this to be a
forgone conclusion; T&T had other ideas.
Sweden bossed the game and enjoyed the
lion's share of possession, even when
T&T went down to 10 men, Sweden still
couldn't unlock the defence. Keeper,
Chaka Hislop, played the game of his life.
Well done to the islanders, a deserved 0-0

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The final match was the mighty Argen-
tina vs. Ivory Coast, a routine day at the
office, surely. The Ivorians turned out to
be worthy opponents with a frenetic open-
ing spell. Boka, Zokora and Akale opened
up the Argentine defence at will, how-
ever, sloppy finishing was their downfall.
Argentina soon got into their stride with
Riquelme bossing the midfield and Cre-
spo constantly threatening up front. After
an earlier threat from a set piece, the
Ivorians should have learnt something,
they didn't! Crespo opened the tally in the
24th minute from an in swinging cross into
the box. Despite chances for the lively
Drogba, the Ivorians couldn't finish and
once again they were punished in the 38th
minute by some well timed running and

Bonaire Reporter June 16 to June 23, 2006

Arjen Robben, Holland's man of the match

Our final report this week is Holland
vs. Serbia Montenegro. Holland were
still smarting a little after a disappointing
1-1 draw with Australia in their final
friendly. However, the fact that Ruud van
Nistleroy is continuing to score would
have given them some heart as they went
into this match. With their tried and tested
4-3-3 formation, Holland kicked-off
against Serbia and Montenegro in Leip-
zig. The sun beat down on the players,
illuminating the sea of orange in the
stands. Holland is lively from the start but
the S&M defence is solid. Arjen Robben
is looking the player most likely to and is
full of running. Sure enough, after just 17
minutes, van Persie finds Robben with an
exquisite pass; Robben returns the com-
pliment with a cool finish as he slots it
below a rushing keeper, 1-0 Holland. The
Dutch are oozing confidence and are al-
lowed too much space. Serbia's only
chances coming from Milosevic who

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power. Once again,
Robben finds space
and nearly doubles his
tally in the 37th min-
ute; he is the star of
the first half. Serbia
upped the pace in the
second half, but the
Dutch were bossing
the game. Excellent
performances from
Sneijder, van Persie
and Robben outshone.
Van der Sar had only
a little to do but was
always ready when
called upon. A few Dutch Fan
late chances went
wide for the boys in
orange, the final score belying their over-
all dominance. 1-0 Holland.
So, what have we learnt? Germany is
good value going forward, but they will
have to tidy their defence up before they
get to the later stages, they will be going
through, no problem. Columbia has
proven a surprise and may well join Ger-
many as group qualifiers. Poland has
work to do; they underestimated Ecuador
and paid the price. England's sorry per-
formance against Paraguay was simply
not good enough. They will probably
qualify due to default following Sweden's
0-0 draw. If they don't organise them-
selves, they will be out in the next rounds.
Argentina are always good value, but
their cockiness on sitting on their lead
nearly came back to bite them. Ivory
Coast was excellent and I would love to
see them in the next stages. Sweden
played well enough against Trinidad &
Tobago, but the islanders were resilient.
They are my tip to go through with Eng-
land. Holland have shone for me some
good individual performances and a great
team spirit. I won't be surprised if they
finish top of their group.
Next week I will be reporting from Eng-
land, until then, let's keep the game beau-
tiful! Tony Bond aW f

Tony Bond was born and raised in England, happy to leave the
cold of Europe behind but still follows his passion for Manchester
United (Man Utd) FC.

Where to watch-
T wo Reporter advertisers have announced they have fa-
cilities to see all the great World Cup action that started
on Friday, June 9.
At City Caf6 there
will be eight (8!)
TVs set up including
a huge 50-inch flat screen. In the morn-
ings City will offer a breakfast buffet for
NAf10,50. In the afternoons they have a special lunch buffet for NAf12,50.
At The Great Escape watch in the com-
fort of the thatched roof bar by the pool
and sample their huge selection of beers. e ris b V
(the boss won't find you there). L.D. D ,rt .

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Windsurfing Report Pro Kids World Finals Gearing Up.

M ay was a stellar month
for windsurfing. Winds
ramping into the mid 20s was the
day-to-day scene in Sorobon.
Spring visitors were treated to
some of the best sailing seen in
months. The bay was filled with
visitors ripping across the pris-
tine waters. But where were the
Come May all the Bonaire pros
headed off "across the pond" to
Europe. Tonky and Taty Frans
were in Austria at the PWA
event. While the wind wasn't
wonderful, the parties were
memorable and the guys had a
blast. Kiri Thode attended the
Surf Show held in the north of
Germany, in Wulfen on the Is-
land of Fehmarn, in the Baltic
Sea. He was joined by his cousin
Taty who put on a fantastic freestyle
show at this fun event. Elvis Martinus
was on hand as the windsurf ambassador
of Bonaire. Elvis is also in Europe meet-
ing with management teams discussing
the 2007 windsurf season in Bonaire.
Word is he and his fellow committee
members are planning a new event.
This month Clay Finies left Bonaire to
attend the European Freestyle Pro Tours
(EFPT) in Greece. Clay, sponsored by
Quattro and Dakine, is excited about his
first Pro Tour. After years of training in
his back yard, Lac Bay, Clay is ready to
meet up with his fellow team mate,
Ruben Petrisie, as part of the Team
Bonaire experience. Their first stop is
Mykonos, then Rhodes. The last EFPT

event, June 30, will be in Turkey. Then
both head to Professional Windsurfing
Association (PWA) tour starting in
Another rider new to the Pro Tour will
be Evertson "Choko" Frans who joins
the PWA tour. It's going to be a freestyle
history maker having three brothers on
the PWA tour. Go Team Frans.
Each year our island pros expand their
horizons, heading into foreign countries
that many only dream to see. It's incredi-
ble the talent pool found on Bonaire.
Their success is largely attributed to their
personal drive but also the love and sup-
port of their families and the island com-
munity. Story and photo by Ann

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Bonaire Reporter June 16 to June 23, 2006

he members of the Pro Kids Free-
style World Planning Committee
are busy preparing for the hot world fi-
nals to be held in Lac Bay, August 3 to 6.
Three qualifiers were held so far in Hol-
land, Germany and Canada. Dieter Van
der Eycken, 14, won the freestyle event
held in Holland earlier in May. He and
his family arrive in Bonaire late July to
train and prepare for the event. Max
Droege, 15, won the freestyle title at the
Surf Show in Wulfen, Germany. He is
excited about his upcoming trip to Bon-
aire. The winner of the Starboard Inter-
national Trident Sports Windsurfing
Canada held at the Rondeau Yacht Club
was Vincent Tremblay. He will repre-
sent North America at the Pro Kids
event. Locally the Bonaire Team mem-
bers are training hard to show off their
stuff in their home waters this coming
June. Taty, Kiri and Clay have reported
they will return in time for this huge
event Ann PhPlnn

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Max Droege Internet photo

Kiri Thode

Page 10


D id You Know...
Fireworms eat coral?
Bearded Fireworms, Her-
modice carunculata, are seg-
mented bristleworms with
individuals ranging in color
from light green to bright or-
ange/red. Lining their bodies
they have bundles of bristles
that are filled with venom.
When a Bearded Fireworm is
disturbed, the worm 'bristles'
to prepare itself for an attack.
You can see a Fireworm pro-
trude its bristles if you softly
wave your hand near the worm Careful
you don't dislodge it and send it spiral-
ing into the water column! Fireworms
scavenge and eat living corals and
anemones. They'll even feed on Fire
Coral! If you see a Staghorn Coral with
each of its tips missing, the culprit was
probably a Bearded Fireworm. The
worm will move from tip to tip, engulf-
ing the coral as far as its throat will al-
low in order to digest the coral tissue.
Caren Eckrich

Fireworm feeding

Bonaire Reporter June 16 to June 23, 2006

Page 11

Picture Yourself with The Reporter O ff to I ta I

Slot Doddendael, Ewijk, near Nijmegen,
The Netherlands M SM A

M iguel Saragozajust left for Italy to do his summer stage (trainee) project
in Emilia Romagna. He will work at II Girasole outside Riccione, a
Michelin Star Restaurant, with the blessings from SGB teachers Ann Leong,
Nolly Oleana and Vernon Martijn, The Culinary Bonaire Foundation's Ruud
Vermeulen and KLM ticket sponsor Maarten Maartense are all saying their
goodbyes. Miguel's mom flew over from Curaqao to give her support to her son
also. Sara Matera

Jan Willem 't Hooft, the General
Manager of Buddy Dive Resort
Bonaire, sent us this picture of his
wife, Fabienne, and himself with The
Bonaire Reporter during their recent
vacation in Holland. The picture is
taken in front of Slot Doddendael
(castle) in Ewijk, a small town near

Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open
Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7
pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.

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

The leading consumer and business infor-
mation source on Bonaire. Telephone (599)
717-7160. For on-line yellow pages directory
information go to http://www.

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:

Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call CHINA
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WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of
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E-mail to: picture@bonairereporter.com.
(All 2006 photos are eligible.)

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

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful boxed
note cards are now available at Chat-N-
Browse next to Lover's Ice Cream and
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Commercial ads at low cost
Personal ads free

For Sale
Office Desk 5 drawers. Very good
condition NAF 195. Call 717-8819 8am
to 5 pm

Ford Escort LX, 1995, new transmis-
sion and many other parts. Drives great.
NAf5.800. Call 786-0372.

Toyota Yaris Verso. Air conditioning. 5
doors. Good condition. NAf8,750 obo.
Call: 786-9638 or 786-5291

FOR SALE: Furniture sofa, chairs,
bookshelves, etc. Call 717-8989 to view.

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 It.; 95.000km
NAf2.400 717-2844 or 786-2844

Wa n toed
WANTED: Glass retail display case 3-
4 feet long maximum. Contact Golden
Reef Inn 717-5759 M-F 9am-5pm. Ask
for Liz.

Wanted: Used solar panels in good con-
dition. Call Don or Janet 786-0956

I am looking for a stay home job. I
have a computer. Bring your work to my
house and I will do it for you.
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young woman. Island references avail-
able. Please call 786-3066

Re n ta I
Cozy guest cottage available. Studio
with kitchen, airco, cable TV, two single
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. $50/night.
Contact: seabeans@hotmail.com

Fou4- nd
Found: Air tank for scuba diving,
marked "DB" on the valve. Contact Jan
Brouwer, digitalis@flamingotv.net.

Bonaire Reporter June 16 to June 23, 2006



S uDoku means "the digits must
remain single" in Japanese. To
solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1
through 9 to the partially filled in
puzzle, without repeating a number
in any row, column or 3 x 3 region.
For a tutorial visit the web site www.
sudokushack.com. Molly Kearney
(who has to solve the puzzles)

Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- They are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER
Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
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Page 12

n the Four Faces of Woman dialogue we
review the journey of women through
time. The four faces represent the four main
phases of that journey. The Eternal Face
represents the child in all of us, symbolizing
innocence, purity, spontaneity and freedom.
The child lives on forever, but for most of
us, who are unaware of it, it remains latent
and asleep. In the Traditional Face we look
at the rules and laws society sets up to pro-
tect our innocence and purity. The protec-
tive laws prevented us from being free, so
we became stifled and limited. We believed
what they said we are, rather than what we
really are. We then look at the Modern
woman who recognizes that she is not what
they say she is but much more than
that. Modern woman decides to break the
laws of tradition and create new laws for
herself. Yet because she does not know who
she is and where she is coming from, she
obviously does not know where she is go-
ing. She is lost. Most of us women are fa-
miliar with the traditional and modern phases
of ourjourney. But for most women the
question, "Who am I," remains unknown. So
how can they find their lighthouse?
During the program, we will introduce the
Eternal Face (Who am I?) and also the
Shakti Face the highest potential in a
woman; where I am going. These presenta-
tions will be done during the panel sessions
and the workshops. It is our hope that by
empowering women we are in fact empower-
ing the entire family since women play a key
role. We hope you will join us. It will defi-
nitely be both an informative, inspirational
and empowering day spent in the company
of like-minded people. Sister Devki Ram-

The Snack Bar Detectives v
Their Mission: To seek out the mysteries that lie behind the
doors ofBonaires snacks

As we sipped a few ice cold Polars
and watched Benny Hill on the TV, our
food arrived. A mountain of takeaway
boxes obscured Nadia as she handed us
the check. Four meals, side orders and a
few beers came to just NAf60. We
weren't complaining.

We loaded up our bounty into the
pick-up truck. Big D would be back
next week, but Napper had been a ster-
ling replacement. Nadia Snack disap-
peared through the rear view mirror as
we drove into the night. I had a feeling
that we would be back very soon. Big
D has tipped me off as to where our
next mission will be. He is returning
with vim and vigor, so be-
w are ................. A.B.

Bonaire Reporter June 16 to June 23, 2006

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Pet of the Week

B onaire Animal Shelter staff
member, Marlis Tiepel is pos-
ing with "Charlotte," one of the cutest
adoptees at the Shelter right now.
Even though Charlotte is a small
pup and one who will stay small -
she's very feisty and self assured.
She'd make a great watch dog; in fact
she's fearless. She was found aban-
doned on the street a couple of
months ago and now she's accli-
mated, happy and ready to go. As are
all the other adoptees at the Shelter
Charlotte is healthy and social. She'll
be sterilized when she's old enough.
All that is included in the adoption
Marlis is modeling one of the Shel-
ter tee shirts designed by super crea-
tive resident artist Henk Roozendaal. Marlis with "Charlotte"
The sale of these tee shirts helps keep
our Shelter open. They come in tanks and tees and children's sizes too from $8 to
$12. Wear one and show you care! They're sold at the Shelter, at Carib Inn, Dive
Inn, Coco Palm Gardens and at manager's cocktail parties at Capt. Don's Habitat
and Buddy Dive.
Good news is that the funny pair, "Laila" and "Ronald" who were shown as Pets
of the Week two weeks ago have been adopted. Congratulations to them and to
their new families. We wish them many years of good times together.
The Shelter on the Lagoen Road has new opening hours: Monday through Sat-
urday from 8 am to 1 pm. Telephone 717-4989. Pay a visit sometime. You'll en-
joy yourself and be welcomed heartily by all the pets who'll appreciate your visit.

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Late Show
Calto makesure (Lsually9pm)
Tsotsi (Oscar
Winner Best
Foreign Movie)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
The Sentinel

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)

2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
The Wild

World Cup Soccer Until Sunday, July
9 see page 9.

June 17-24-Dive Into Adventure Bon-
aire (DIAB). See more on page 7

Friday, June 16 & Saturday, June 17 -
DJ Dance Nights, DJ Paco from Mambo
Beach, Curacao, 10:30 pm, City Cafe

Sunday, June 18- Final Bonaire Culinary
Team Dinner see this page.

Sunday, June 18-Father's Day

Sunday, June 18- "Taste of Bonaire" at
Wilhelmina Park Official opening of
Dive Into Adventure stands selling food
from Bonaire's best restaurants, music,
entertainment, from 7:30 pm


Saturday, June 24-Women's Confer-
ence: The Four Faces of Woman. Free
entrance. 9 am-4:30 pm, Sport Hall. In
English with Papiamentu translation. 717-
8855 or 09-515-0804 See page 13

Saturday, July 1 Kaminata (walk)
sponsored by Jong Bonaire, 4:30 pm,
9.16 km. NAf7,50. Call 717-4303 or 785-

Sunday, July 9-Dia di Arte, Wilhelmina
Park-art, music, food, entertainment.
Artists must sign up by June 15. Call
Emma 786-6420 or Edwin 786-8400.

July 17-19 -Diva Women Windsurf
Clinic at Bonaire Windsurf Place. Three
free local scholarships available. For de-
tails or to register call Ann Phelan at 786-

Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 ( on all beverages ) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-Buddy Dive, 5:30-6:30
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sunday) 5 to 7
* 2 for 1 appetizer with every entree, Cactus
* 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 $12 (NAfl2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy Dive
* Rincon Marsh6-6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a
Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh fruits
and vegetables, gifts, local sweets, snacks, arts,
handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks, music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Extra big
Marshe 1st Saturday of the month.
* Mountain Bike Ride Everyone wel-
come. It's free. Bring a bike and your own water.
Fitness trainer Miguel Angel Brito leads the
pack. Tel. 785-0767 for information.
* Wine Tasting at AWC's warehouse, 7 to
9 pm, Kaya Industria #23. Great wines -
NAf2,50 a glass.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Flamingo
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 ambiance at the
Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar, Divi Fla-
mingo. Open daily 5 to 10 pm

* Caribbean Night, live local music
Buddy Dive.
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435
* Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet featuring 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 info@goldenreefinn.com

* Live music by the Flamingo Rockers, 5-7
pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* 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 5-6:30 pm
* Beach BBQ 7-10 pm & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf Place at
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive

Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers" 5-7
pm-Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar

* Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round
Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. 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 pm
* Manager's Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive
Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm, followed byAll You Can Eat
* 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

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides pool
bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media dual-
projector production by Albert 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.

The Chef-Bartender team with Henny Kolenbrander and SGB wait staff
Glendeline Stroop and JoshebedMartis. Team Manager Floris van Loo (Rum
Runners), Egbert deVries (Le Flamboyant), Isidoor van Riemsdijk (Rum Run-
ners), Waldi Gijsbertha (City Cafe), Bartender Jane Coffie (Divi Flamingo)

his Sunday, June 18, will be the last opportunity to have a three-course
gourmet competition dinner put on by Bonaire's Culinary Team as they
practice for the "Taste of the Caribbean" culinary Olympics in Miami at the end of
the month. Our team will be competing with top teams from restaurants and hotels
from all over the Caribbean. The chefs must come up with a three-course menu for
35 persons from a mystery basket of ingredients. Our bartender, Jane Coffie (Divi
Flamingo) must create a rum, a vodka and a non-alcoholic drink. The competition
is fierce, but Bonaire's team has been practicing with fundraising dinners such as
these for the last few months. Last Sunday, the team had a special coach who spent
the afternoon giving them tips, super chef Henny Kolenbrander of Curaqao and Ft.
Lauderdale. Chef Kolenbrander will be one of the chef judges at the "Taste" event.
You may be a part of it, support our team and enjoy a gastronomically magical
evening at Chez Nous at 7 pm this Sunday, June 18. For a donation of $25 you'll
have a three-course meal, cocktails and wine. For reservations call Floris at 786-
1508 or Sara at 786-9299. L.D.

Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conservation
(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

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire'spast in this
venerable old home thathas beenrestoredandfurnished
so it appears the family has just stepped out Local ladies
will tell youthe story. Open Mondaythu Friday, 9 12,
2-4. Weekends by appointment Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoytheviewfrom'"The
King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's culture. Visit
homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church intown. 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. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing starts
about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of
Bonaire's popular musicians.

AAmeetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-6105;
560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7
pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majestic
Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shopping 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 initedNAf5 enryfee.
Call Calhy 5664056.
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 Jaycees) 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 In-
ternational, every other Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel.
717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday

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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 Res-
taurant Zeezicht. All Rotarians welcome. Tel.

Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte Indus-
trial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie Stimp-
son 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 -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center)- 717-4303.
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 717-8051

New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in
Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire Kaya
Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Ser-
vices at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm
in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch
and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev.
Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 11:30
am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish and Eng-
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk- Ser-
vices on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papia-
mentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm at Our
Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, in English. Mass
in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya
Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday
Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194

Send event info to:
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Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518

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Richter Art- By Jake and Linda Richter: Original oil
paintings, giclees on canvas, limited edition and open
prints. 717-4112

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.

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 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.

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.

The Bonaire Gift Shop has a 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 Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and
bar. New! Spa!
Zambezi Lodge, Bonaire a Nick Davies Project, is
looking for investors. "A little piece of Africa in the
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:

Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Full digital services.

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 to
sell fast.
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.
Make Chat 'n' Browse your headquarters for phone
service, Internet connection, great clothes, footwear
and gifts. In the Sand Dollar Mall.
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.
Free delivery.

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

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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. 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 Restaurant Moderate Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate Chef David prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients.Be served i
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 4 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

I -

was born February 26th 1956, a
I very peculiar day it was because
the doctor who was going to deliver me
was participating in a fishing tournament.
I was already born when he arrived,
strongly smelling of fish. He picked me
up and examined me and... that's why I
love the sea so much, my mom says!
My father was Charles Beukenboom, a
teacher at St. Dominicus elementary
school and also a politician with his own
party, PPBU, and for a short while the
deputy governor. My mother is Angelina
'Sjonlina' Rijna, a business woman who
owned the Mona Lisa Bar/Restaurant.
They had four children: Anneline, Rob-
bie, me and Charlotte.
I had a great childhood. We lived in the
heart of Kralendijk and my grandparents,
Ramona and Sjon 'Wachi' Rijna, lived
where the Bonaire Gift shop sits now. As
my mom worked at the Mona Lisa, most
of the time we spent with my grand-
mother; that was very cozy. We had a
very big playground because the whole
seaside was open and quiet with big
tamarind trees. My grandparents were
business people. My granddad imported
chicks; before he'd sell them we'd al-
ways tell him, 'Oh how sweet!' and then
we could keep one. They also rented
rooms to officials. It started with three
rooms and when it went well they built
'Pension Rijna.' Every day we went
swimming and I was always saving for a
dive mask because the rubber would dry
out very fast. So when I had the money
I'd go to Heitkonig and buy myself a new
I started diving when I was 10. One of
my uncles had come from Curaqao to
catch fish to sell for aquariums in Cura-
qao. Without anybody knowing I took
one of his aqualungs, wrapped some
weight around me, and took off towards
the town pier. I didn't know anything, not
how it worked or how much air there was
left, but I did it!
After finishing MAVO I didn't have a
clue what to do. My parents built Hotel
Rochaline and we were living there. One
day I was reading a book about Comell
University and that it had the best hotel
school, and I thought: hey, hotel! I went
to my dad and told him I wanted to do the
hotel school, but he disapproved and said
it was not for girls. A study like that
would take too long and I was going to
marry anyway. Well, one shouldn't say
things like that to me! Cornell had
opened a branch in Puerto Rico, and I
was 17 when I left. It was immense! I
was a young girl in a pretty much male
dominated society; I don't know how I
got out alive!

I think there are things out there in the
world for which your parents can never
prepare you. You have to save yourself.
Social life there was Latino culture, and
that means for girls: make-up, nice
hairdo, well-dressed a society pressure I
was never confronted with on Bonaire. I
was confused, but I started observing and
found out about the ins and outs. I had to
choose: to belong or to stay 'Elsmarie
with her sneakers, her jeans and her pony
tail' and not to belong. I chose the
golden mean. When I had a date I would
transform myself as by magic into a girl
the boy wouldn't even recognize as his
date! That gave me the nickname,

"...when I was 10 ...Without
anybody knowing I took
one of his aqualungs,
wrapped some weight
around me and took off to-
wards the town pier. I did-
n't know anything, not how
it worked or how much air
there was left, but I did it!"

The text books were in English, but the
teachers taught in Spanish. Nevertheless
it was easy because here we'd had a very
high level of basic education and we, the
Antilleans, were tutoring our peers! Then
I went to Ithaca, New York, and the real
thing started. Cornell is one of the best
universities in the States and you won't
get your diploma before they've
squeezed the last drop out of you. After
four years I got my Bachelor of Science.
It was the hardest thing I've done in my
life. But it has been the cornerstone for
all the successes too. The upbringing my
parents gave me and the Cornell experi-
ence made me who I am now: someone
with a big drive, but also someone who
puts her heart into everything.
My kick is to see an organization
change for the better, to see it grow. I
want to see results." Elsmarie Beuken-
boom (50) is a tough person, but her
sense of humor makes up for her tough-
ness. Also she's direct and that makes it
very easy to communicate with her. "I
was 21 when I came back to Bonaire and
I worked for a short while for my mom in
Hotel Rochaline, but I'd expanded my
horizons to fit in Puerto Rico and in New
York and suddenly it seemed that every-
thing on Bonaire had become too limited
for me.
Then I met this young man, very cute

os Be. ooo

and sweet, and I married
him when I was 25. We
had two children, two very
sweet and good children
who never gave me any
problems: Aad-Jan, who's
23 now and working with
the Antillean and Aruba
Coast Guard, and Naomi,
21. She just finished
HAVO in Aruba and is
planning on going to Hol-
land to study to become a
I like to do everything
according to plan, and
when I met their father
we'd planned to have two
kids and I would be a stay-
at-home mom as long as
necessary, and that's how
we did it. We lived in
Curaqao, Aruba and St.
Martin. All in all I was
away from Bonaire for 17
years. Of course, we came
for vacations and we saw
the way the island was de-
veloping and my husband
would always say that there
were possibilities here for
us, but I never paid attention to it. I was
asked many times to stay as I was one of
the few people who had a high level of
education, but it didn't appeal to me.
Then my husband persuaded me to move
to Bonaire. I didn't feel like it, and to tell
you the truth, I was afraid. I'd been living
almost 20 years with him, I'd molded
myself to him and I was afraid to come
back to Bonaire and meet the true Els-
marie. My ex couldn't understand it be-
cause he never knew me as being any-
thing else but his wife, but I knew myself
differently. On Bonaire I immediately
became my old self again and I couldn't
explain it to my husband. We separated
and he went back to Aruba while I stayed
here with the children.
I became the manager at Sunset Beach
Hotel, but it was already decided that I'd
be doing an upgrading course for TCB,
for people who were working in the tour-
ist sector. It was European Union funded,
so when the project finally came through,
TCB founded the Bonaire Tourism Train-
ing Center, and I was the project manager
and Chantal Newton was the trainer. In
three and a half years we trained thou-
sands of people here on Bonaire. By the
time the project ended there were some
problems in the TCB management. The
director, Ronnie Pieters, called me and
asked me if I wanted to become the new
director. I accepted and stayed there for
three years. It is unrewarding work. You
never can do anything right. That's as far
as the island is concerned because inter-

nationally at the fairs we were very pro-
Because TCB has a chair on the board
of STINAPA I was also a board member.
In 2000 they started reorganizing the
foundation and were looking for a direc-
tor and for a manager for both the Parks.
I thought, 'That sounds great to me!' I
applied and I was hired. I've got a great
team and I'm sure that we'll have enough
work to improve and upgrade the Parks
so that I can stay here 15 more years until
I am retired!
My professional passion for Bonaire is
to continue with the vision of the Pourier
Report: sustainable development preserv-
ing Bonaire's nature and culture. That
makes a lot of sense to me. It frequently
requires thinking out of the box because
you can't handle the matter traditionally
and that can be difficult for the authori-
ties as it requires planning and people
who stick to the planning. So far it hasn't
happened and I think we have to go back
to the drawing board to put everything on
track again and, if necessary, we have to
ask the people once
more for their opinion.
As for me, I am very
happy with myself and
I am proud that I can do
something for the is-
land. I am from Bonaire
and that's why it means
a lot to me."
Story and photo by Greta Kooistra.

Bonaire Reporter June 16 to June 23, 2006

Elsmarie Beukenboom

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Longspined Urchins

When I first visited Bonaire, I
knew that if I wrote anything
about my trip, the title would be
"Bonaire: the Spiny Island:" spiny
land with cactus, century plants, thorny
trees, and grass stickers, and spiny un-
derwater with urchins, especially long-
spined urchins.
That was in 1980. Back then, every
once in a while someone went over to
the shore entry at Karpata and cleared
the longspined urchins from the entry
path with a pitchfork so that divers
could get in and out unscathed (as long
as they stayed in the narrow channel
thus created). Every rocky shoreline on
Bonaire was black from the hundreds
of longspined urchins in the rocks.
In 1981, a woman unused to sea crea-
tures, blithely jumped into the sea off a
dock at Flamingo Beach a dock that
was made with big rocks piled up and
paved over. Lots of longspined urchins
lived on and between those rocks. I
don't know what happened to the ur-
chins as a result of this woman's jump,
but she had to visit the hospital. She
returned with bandages wrapping both
feet and plenty of internal pain killers,
and spent the remainder of her vacation
in a wheelchair.

spined urchin, -- but if you ran your
fingers into the sand they'd get stabbed
by the spines from the urchins who had
Only in the last few years have the
longspined urchins begun to reappear.

A young longspined urchin near the
Something Special dive site.

Urchins are Echinoderms (spiny-
skinned), in the same phylum as the
brittlestars, sea stars, and sea cucum-
bers but the urchins are obviously the
winners in the "spiny" contest. Long-
spined urchins (Diadema antillarum,
"Crown of the Antilles") are primarily
algae-eaters, but as they scrape algae
from dead coral they also scrape away
minute layers of the coral rock; the un-
dersides of coral heads are often under-
cut by urchins scraping the rock.
It's tough to believe that an animal as
well-protected as a longspined urchin
could be vulnerable, but some fish --
triggerfish, for example, and big hog-
fish -- can actually manipulate an ur-
chin by its spines until they expose the
underside, which has shorter, blunter
spines. Then the urchin predator
chomps through the short spines and
the urchin's thin shell (correctly called
the test), to get at the (reputedly deli-
cious, by some human cultures and
most marine ones) morsels inside. The
threat of predators is real enough to
keep urchins barricaded in the daytime,
but lessens at night; as the sun sets the
urchins leave their crevices to forage on
the sand and the reef top.

busier than usual. The last
time I noticed this I saw ur-
chins spawning within an
hour. Dusk is a good time for
spawning because many of the
fishes who would eat the eggs
have already retired for the
Have you ever wondered
how creatures who are covered
with spines get together for
reproduction? Porcupines had
to solve the problem of getting
together, but urchins bypass it:
they don't make contact to
spawn. Like the stony corals,
they're "broadcast spawners."
When it's time (with corals the
time relates to the time of year
and the moon cycle; it's proba-
bly similar for urchins), indi-
vidual male and female ur-
chins squirt sperm and eggs
out of a pore on the top of their
test. The squirt takes a second A Nimble spray crab gains protection under the
spines of this urchin.
or so and is repeated several s s of ts urc
times. The ejected reproduc-
tive cells drift randomly; any eggs that
happen to meet sperm are fertilized.
Obviously, the likelihood of the eggs of
densely-packed urchins being fertilized
is much greater than the chances of the
eggs of urchins even a few feet apart.
The more urchins there are, and the
more dense their gatherings, the more
successful their spawnings will be, and
the more urchins there will be.
Urchin eggs float to the surface and
drift until the lucky ones who don't get
eaten, hatch. Ultimately they settle to
the bottom and begin to look and be-
have like tiny versions of the long-
spined urchins we know.
Story and photos by Dee Scarr

Bonaire Reporter June 16 to June 23, 2006

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Saturday, June 10, to Friday, June 16, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You really can't do anything to change matters this week.
You have so much to offer; open up and let your thoughts be known. You may need the
space, but you need the extra cash more. You can raise your standard of living if you
pick up some freelance work on the side. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You won't have much time for your mate this week.
You can enjoy doing things that include children. Dig deep, ferret out any hidden con-
cerns be fore you sign your life away Spend some quality time with your lover. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You could find yourself left with someone's dirty laun-
dry. Make creative changes to your living quarters. You can make favorable real estate
offers this week. Deception may cause disputes you can do without. Your lucky day
this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't let your emotions interfere with moneymaking
deals. You should consider getting into self improvement endeavors. Take care of your
own responsibilities before you help others. Your goals will be in reach if you direct
your energy wisely. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You will inspire confidence in others. Your persuasive nature
will win the heart of someone you've had your eye on. You must not make unnecessary
changes this week. You can beautify your surroundings by renovating or redecorating.
Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Changes in your residence will be favorable in the long
haul. Don't involve yourself in the emotional problems of those you work with. Take a
second look; difficulties with appliances, water, or electricity in your home may be evi-
dent. Business trips might prove unproductive. Your lucky day this week will be Thurs-
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Short trips may be tiring but rewarding. Travel should be
on your agenda. You may have a tendency to put on weight. Try to be considerate in
your personal obligations. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Make sure any presentation you have is ready. Fam-
ily get-togethers will be interesting. Don't let your boss make you feel guilty enough to
take work home with you. A little volleyball or other outdoor sports should be on your
agenda. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You may find yourself changing plans for some
form of entertainment. You will be in the doghouse if you are being. Stay mellow.
Your generous nature could be taken advantage of. Your lucky day this week will be
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Try to keep your cool; you may be a tad frazzled
by all the rushing around. Get out and about. Be careful signing important contracts this
week. You can meet new and exciting friends who will provide mental stimulation.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will have a productive day if you organize your-
self well at work. Take your time before making personal decisions. You are better off
visiting friends or relatives than entertaining at home. Don't let your partner start any
arguments. Passion should be redirected positively. Your lucky day this week will be
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Find an outlet for any mounting frustration. Consider a
creative hobby. Do not allow colleagues to hinder your ambitions. Be sure to look into
travel opportunities that will provide you with mental stimulation. Put your thoughts on
paper. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.

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A couple of weeks ago I asked you to start watching the red planet Mars and
the ringed planet Saturn as they slowly approach each other night after night
in preparation for a super close meeting this weekend, Saturday and Sunday the 17t
and 18th. And it's been super exciting. But in case you're getting in on this a little late,
there's still time to watch these two every night this week in preparation for the big
meeting this weekend.
This past Sunday June 11th at dusk, facing west, you would have seen three bright
lights, the closest to the horizon, tiny 3,00-mile-wide Mercury, which has been stead-
ily climbing higher and higher in the direction of 4,000-mile-wide Mars and 75,000-
mile-wide Saturn, which on Sunday were only three degrees apart. Or if you'd like to
think of it this way, since a full Moon is half a degree wide, three degrees apart means
that we could fit six full Moons, side by side, between the two.
But this week is super week because they'll move dramatically closer to each other
every single night. On Monday the 12th they were only 2/4 degrees apart, which means
we could slip only 41/2 full Moons between them. But on Tuesday the 13th' they were
little more than two degrees apart or four full Moons could fit between them. On
Wednesday the 14th, 1/4 degrees apart, or a little more than three full Moons separates
the two. And then on Thursday, less than 11/3 degrees, or a little less than three full
Moons apart. On Friday, only one day away from when they're at their closest, they'll
be less than one degree apart, which means not quite two full Moons could fit between
them. But the big night and the one night you definitely don't want to miss is this Sat-
urday when just after dark they'll be at their absolute closest little more than
one half of one degree apart which means that only one full Moon could fit between
Don't miss this please! Mark this Saturday June 17th as the night when the red planet
Mars and the ringed planet Saturn almost slam into each other, visually. Although in
reality Mars will be 200 million miles away, while Saturn will be 900 million miles
away, over four times farther away than Mars. So if you haven't been watching al-
ready, start your Mars and Saturn watch right now. JackHorkheimer

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