Title: Bonaire reporter
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Title: Bonaire reporter
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Place of Publication: Port-au-Prince
Publication Date: February 16, 2007
Copyright Date: 2005
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Breaking News- A Big Step
to a New Bonaire
As a result of meetings in St.
Maarten this week, The Nether-
lands is making available more than
one billion Antillean guilders for fi-
nancial support for the Netherlands
Antilles (Central Government), St.
Maarten, Bonaire, Saba and St. Eusta-
tius. The transition date to the new con-
stitutional status moved out 18 months.
The island of Curaqao is not included
and did not participate by choice. The
target date for new relations in the
Kingdom of the Netherlands has
been set at December 15, 2008, the
day traditionally celebrated as King-
dom Day, the day on which the present
Charter was signed in 1954. St.
Maarten will become a country and the
three "smaller" islands-Bonaire, Saba
and St. Eustatius-overseas municipali-
ties of The Netherlands.
To make sure the islands have a
healthy start, the Netherlands is helping
with debt relief. The four islands will
receive NAf 71 million extra for social
and economic investments. NAf 15
million is being made available in the
short term for "concrete projects." NAf
13 million is being reserved for a one-
time contribution to cover health care
related expenses for the three "smaller"
islands, plus Bonaire is earmarked to
get 19 million for social-economic pur-
poses. These monies are separate from
current aid funds from USONA.

In addition it has been agreed that the
Netherlands will deposit NAf 507 mil-
lion on an account at the Central Bank
of the Netherlands Antilles as soon as
the financial supervisor has been ap-
pointed. This money is reserved to pay
the shares of St. Maarten, Bonaire,
Saba and St. Eustatius in the yet undi-
vided debt of the Netherlands Antilles.
Bonaire's share is NAf55 million.
Bonaire's delegation leader
Ramonsito Booi, after the signing
ceremony, said perseverance had
overcome everything. Booi congratu-
lated the people of the four islands and
especially those of Bonaire. He said for
Bonaire the accord meant that it could
finally develop and get out of the hold
of the (Central Government) Nether-
lands Antilles. He called on Bonaire's
people to pour a solid foundation. In an
obvious reference to the upcoming is-
land elections, he spoke of a brighter
future, something to which the people
who had elected him had been looking
forward to.
Further details will be in the next is-
sue of The Reporter.

> Bonaire's cell phone users were
the victims of poor management of an
infrastructure switch by all the island's
cell phone service providers, except
MIO, when Telbo changed from UTS
to Digicel. It was "cell phone Purga-
tory" for just about everyone who
had to use their phone. Problems re-

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erage, inability to contact some num-
bers, inability to receive calls, unex-
pectedly changed phone numbers, no
off-island service, excessive SMS mes-
sages and general confusion. Telbo
customers who did not switch from
UTS to Digicel were supposed to have
their calls forwarded to their new 79x
numbers, but some users were unable to
receive any calls. The companies were
working on the problems as we went to

> Queen Beatrix officially asked
caretaker Prime Minister Jan Peter
Balkenende to put together a Cabi-
net, the Dutch Government Information
Service said Friday. Balkenende and
his Christian Democrat CDA party
have reached agreement to form a cen-
trist Dutch government with the left-
leaning PvdA party and the small

lated to The Reporter included: no cov- (Continued on page 4)

Bonaire Reporter February 16 to February 23, 2007



Table of Contents

Bermuda Model 4
69 Crime Solutions 5
Cell Battle Victims 5
Historical Buildings 5
Preserving the Past 7
A Real Splash 8
Envirowatch (Batteries) 9
BONHATA 10th Anniversary 10
Bonaire District-Rent for Success 10
Kids Karnaval 11
Maritza St. Jago, MCB Anniversary 12
Happy Birthday, Cactus Blue 13
Lost Dog-Tyson 14
Shrink Studies SCUBA (Panic) 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologists Bubbles (Parrotfish) 3
Coral Glimpses 3
Picture Yourself (Boulder, Colorado) 12
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week (Hazel) 14
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Karneval Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire (Johnny Leoneta) 17
Sky Park (Valentine Trio) 19
The Stars Have It 19


Page 2

D id You Know...
There are some fish
out there with fantastic sex
We're talking every day, sev-
eral times a day! Parrotfish are
one of the luckiest fish in the
sea. First of all, they get the
best of both worlds: they start
off as females and then eventu-
ally turn into males. Secondly,
every day they have a set time, Female Stoplightparrotfish Photos by Jim Brandon
depending on the species, when
they get all excited and start
their mating ritual. The colorful
males begin to establish their
territories by chasing each other
and intensifying their colors.
The females group together and
do their best to ignore the males
until their victor is the undis-
puted champion. Then the male
rises up, pumps his pectoral Male Stoplightparrotfish
fins, quivers his tail and poops!
Yes, right there for all to see. Perhaps it's a sign to the gals that he's so brave and strong
and fast that he doesn't have to worry about predators. One female may rise up, but as he
swoops down to escort her to the surface, she often completely ignores him and returns
to the reef below to feed on algae. Perhaps she has a headache.
After many unsuccessful attempts, finally one of the females will rise up. The male
will swim with her upwards and they will quickly turn together at the apex. It's at this
point that she releases her eggs and he quickly fertilizes them with his milt. Then they
race back down to the safety of the reef. He keeps at this until all of the females have
released their eggs. If I'm snorkeling between 11:30am and 12:30pm, I can almost assur-
edly find these beautiful fish doing their thing. As can you. Just look for males chasing
each other and any parrotfish that rises upwards. Then stay calm and don't
get too close and you're in for a peep show! 1 Caren Eckrich

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surrounded by white (naked)
skeleton are probably dead. If
the coral were alive, it would have eaten the sergeant-major eggs. Perhaps there
have been several nests there, and Dad in his preparations or patrols rubs against
the living coral adjacent to his nesting spot. Eventually the polyps would expire,
and his nesting area would expand.
Captions & photos by Dee Scarr.

Yikes! That's obviously not a long-jawed
purplemouth moray as captioned in the
Diving with Dee article last week. That's
the first of the two shots of the lit-
tle spotted moray with the rebuilt
jaw! OD.S.

Bonaire Reporter February 16 to February 23, 2007

Page 3

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
Christian values Christian Union party.
The Queen's request is the next step in
the formal procedure by which a new
Dutch administration will take office.
Balkenende will now select ministers for
his cabinet.

> The final statements
(Slotverklaringen) of October 11 and
November 2 last year, which are the
basis for the dissolution of the Nether-
lands Antilles and Bonaire's new rela-
tionship with Holland, were added to
the draft governing accord of the new
Dutch CDA, PvdA and ChristenUnie
cabinet. The original accord didn't in-
clude them. However, environmentalists
are concerned that there is still no
stated policy on preserving the is-
land's environment and unique cul-
ture in the government platform.

> During a seminar at the Central
Bank in Curacao last week, outgoing
Dutch Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm said
the value of the Netherlands assuming
the debt of the Netherlands Antilles as
part of the restructuring of the islands
is worth NAf24.000 guilders per in-
habitant. "All Antilleans, rich and poor
will profit from this," he said. He ex-
pects that the new CDA, PvdA and
ChristenUnie cabinet that will probably
take office later this month, "will carry
this decision through." They can count
on a parliamentary majority in the Upper
and the new Lower House. "The ball
lies before an empty goal; all Curacao
has to do is kick it in," said Zalm in a
short press conference after the seminar.

While all other islands have agreed to
the conditions required by the debt as-
sumption, Curaqao has yet to do so.

Iron Rita SP.NL photo

> Last Friday, the outgoing Dutch
Cabinet agreed to a last ditch attempt by
Caretaker Integration Minister Rita Ver-
donk to force through legislation which
would allow the deportation of young
convicted Antilleans and Aruban
criminals from Holland.
The proposal has already been rejected
twice by the Council of State which said
it contravened the European Human
Rights Treaty by discriminating between
different segments of the Dutch popula-
tion. Her plan only applies to a specific
group of Antillean young people be-
tween the ages of 16 and 24 who arrived
in The Netherlands without an education
(Continued on page 6)

When I saw in the last issue of The Bon-
aire Reporter a letter by Genady Filkovski,
I began to read it first, expecting other inter-
esting facts about the marine environment
like in the previous letters of this young
man. Unfortunately, to my disappointment,
his poison-pen letter, reacting to my article
"The Good Example of Bermuda," pub-
lished in the previous issue of BR, does not
say anything about important issues men-
tioned in my article, like protection of the
fragile environment of this island sur-
rounded by coral reefs.
Instead, he dedicates the greater part of
his letter to the race question, in spite of the
fact thathe himself mentions that the skin
color has nothing to do with the issue. For
an unclear reason, he calls the information
in my article, that 61% of Bermudians are
blacks, a "slip of tongue" (according to the
Dictionary of American Idioms, "the slip of
the tongue" means "the mistake of saying
something you had not wanted to say").
Bermudian blacks are, like people of all
other races, proud to live and work on their
island and to contribute to the exceptionally
high living standard of Bermuda. The
blacks, indeed, form also a majority in the
Although Genady declares to be very
concerned about the development of Bon-
aire and to be interested in all data and
ideas in this regard, he does not say one
word about the following main good ex-
amples of Bermuda mentioned in my
1. Unlike Bonaire, Bermuda has its De-
velopment Plan of 1992, containing plan-
ning policies, zoning and land use provi-
sions for the island. It is based on the De-
velopment and Planning Act 1974, the law
that regulates all development in Bermuda.
The governmental Department of Planning
has as its main task to protect Bermuda's
environment and to develop a sound eco-
tourism industry.
2. Although Bermuda's economy relies
on tourism, there is a moratorium, intro-
duced in 1974, on construction of hotels.
In spite of the booming construction, no
work permits for foreign labor are being
given. According to the government, bring-
ing people from abroad would mean higher
crime, pressure on infrastructure, on schools
and medical facilities

The 'trademark" Bermuda policeman
Bermuda Tourism photo

Bermuda's national resources are its
people and the government wants to protect
them. The slogan of Bermuda is: Whereas
many countries are spending a lot of money
in order to change, we are spending a lot
of money to stay the way we are.

As I mentioned, the introduction of some
specific Bermudian regulations described in
my article is not applicable to our island.
Nevertheless, I am convinced that in princi-
ple the development model of Bermuda
would be much more appropriate than the
model of Aruba.
As I have recommended to the members
of the Island Council, a short stay on Ber-
muda, with its coral reefs and stunning un-
derwater life, could be interesting also for
Genady. He would learn to know not only a
beautiful, clean island without slums, but
also its people, proud to live on their island.
Jiri Lausman

Bonaire Reporter February 16 to February 23, 2007

Page 4

Dear Editor:
With the exception of
the criminals them-
selves, no one likes the
crime situation here on
Bonaire. Those people
who have newly arrived
and have fallen victim to
crime want to do some-
thing about it just like
everyone else has over
the years. Unfortunately
they want to have meet-
ings and set up pro-
grams etc. not knowing
what others have done.
Over the years many ideas
have come forth at meetings and
through letters on how to solve
the crime problem. These are
just a few. Some barely worked
for a short time but most never
worked at all:

1. 4-color poster telling people
to use common sense
2. have a major meeting about
3. new police station in Rin-
4. new police substations on
5. crime task force
6. victims help group
7. more police
8. office for fighting crime -
9. take H plates off cars so
they do not look like rental cars
10. take rental signs off cars as
11. 5-year police plan
12. Holland commission to
monitor and report on police
13. newspaper follow-ups on
above on a weekly basis (ended
after 2 or 3 weeks)
14. have another major crime
15. give games to prisoners so
they have something to do
16. all government security
people working with police
17. National Guard working
with police
18. numerous public meetings
with the public and police
19. better lights around hotels
and houses
20. bicycles for police
21. prisoner hard work program
22. mark all personal items
such as TVs with ID numbers
23. numerous commercial sec-
tor meetings with police
24. leave absolutely nothing in
25. security just like Plaza Re-
sort military uniforms in the
past (they have been robbed
many times)
26. keep our mouths shut and
don't tell any tourists there is a
27. report all crimes in the
28. a new and larger police
29. crime form for police
30. huge crime march

31. another crime form for po-
32. keep all cars locked
33. keep all cars unlocked
34. border watch for suspicious
35. even more police
36. TV & radio campaign to
teach people not to buy stolen
37. find where stolen property
is going
38. round the clock volunteer
guards on piers to watch
39. volunteer guards at dive
40. have all divers dive same
shore dives on same day
41. dive bus (which was
42. train hotel employees to
watch for problems
43. campaign to increase sup-
port for the police
44. have clubs on the steering
wheels (thieves removed the
steering wheels)
45. better education
46. weld metal locked boxes in
trunks of all rental cars
47. petition sent to the govern-
ment signed by 100's
48. have still another crime
49. better food for poor people
50. better religious upbringing
51. better parental guidance
52. and still another crime form
53. internet crime form
54. get tough on criminals who
are caught
55. neighborhood watch groups
56. special tel # to call police
57. report all crime on internet
talk groups to force someone to
do something
58. security camera on top of
TWR towers
59. beach patrol
60. foot patrols at night in town
61. guards at schools
62. unmarried women alone
should get married
63. get bigger dogs
64. grow cactus around all win-
65. cut all plants around hotels
and houses so nowhere to hide
66. bars on all windows
67. post stolen property list
weekly in newspapers
68. zero tolerance team
69. rent only trucks with heavy
metal tops on back OBB

Bonaire Reporter February 16 to February 23, 2007


Page 5

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
and have turned to crime.
According to Antillean Justice Minister
David Dick, expulsion is not the answer.
"It is discriminating and it doesn't offer a
solution to The Netherlands as well as to
the Netherlands Antilles."

Anthony Godett

> Imprisoned political leader An-
thony Godett was released from Bon
Futuro Prison in Curaqao last week. He
was greeted at the prison gates by family,
friends and his FOL party members.
Godett had been sentenced to 15 months
in jail, five of which had been suspended,
for falsification of documents, corruption
and money laundering. His incarceration
began on July 17, 2006. He stopped at
three churches along the way home for

> Effective February 12th, some of the
postal rates of New Postal Services
Netherlands Antilles increased as much
as 4.5 %. This increase is legally allowed
based on inflation rates published by the
Central Bank. New Postal Services wrote
in a press release that only the rates for
letters, aerograms and postcards will go
up. The rate for letters weighing up to 20
grams will now cost NAf1.04 (was

NAfl) while letters weighing 1000 to
2000 grams will cost NAf3.22 (was
NAf3.09); an aerogram will cost 1.55
(was 1.49); postcards to local addresses
will cost 80 cents (was 77 cents); while to
foreign addresses 1.55 (was 1.49). For
more information, visit www.npostna.com

> Last week we reported that 123 ba-
bies were born in Bonaire in 2006. The
raw birth rate of a population is deter-
mined by the number of births per 1,000
persons per year. The world average raw
birth rate is 20 for each 1,000 people. In
Spain it's 10; in the Dominican Republic
it's 23; in Haiti it's 36; and in Bonaire
(2006 population around 14,000) about
9. Because mothers with birthing difficul-
ties are sometimes advised to have their
babies in a Curaqao hospital, the figure is

> The Lt. Governors of the island
territories of the Netherlands Antilles
will meet on Bonaire from February 14
to 16. While specific details have not been
released, the meeting is mainly scheduled
to address law enforcement in the island
territories as well as matters related to
immigration, the combating of crime,
naturalization aspects and police affairs.
Governor of the Netherlands Antilles Frits
Goedgedrag and Justice Minister David
Dick are scheduled to join the discussions
as well.

> Three Bonaire political parties -
Partido Demokrhtiko Boneriano of Jopie
Abraham, Obrero Nobo of Theo Frans,
and Partido Boneriano Sosial of Jona
Chirino-Felida announced that they will
form a single election list for upcoming

Island Council elections on April 20th
They did the same during the Parliamen-
tary elections last year, and while making
some progress failed to disrupt the UPB
(green party) majority. For the Island
Council elections of April 20th, they
named the new party Aliansa Demok-
ritiko Boneriano (Bonerian Democ-
ratic Alliance) and their color will be red.



at various options for funding. According
to Reef Makers most of these wrecks have
paid for themselves in a remarkably short
time through divers booking hotel rooms
and the many people who come to see the
rather spectacular sinking procedure.

> Who could fail to notice the aban-
doned ALM airliners sitting on the out-
skirts of Curacao's Hato airport? One
dive operator in Bonaire suggested they
might make an even more spectacular
"wreck dive" than any ship.

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> The organization of dive operators
on Bonaire, CURO, invited Joe Weath-
erby of Reef Makers to Bonaire last week
for a feasibility study on sinking a large
military ship for a new dive site. Au-
gusto Montbrun is heading the project and
working closely with Reef Makers. These
types of wrecks create a lot of interest
from divers around the world and take
pressure off the reefs as new dive sites.
While here, Joe and Augusto did some
exploratory dives around Klein Bonaire
looking for possible locations to place the
ship. Bonaire is difficult since the
"bottom" is so deep in most areas and also
slopes at a high degree.
CURO met with various governmental
departments and these meetings produced
a positive attitude for the project. Projects
like this are not cheap and a great deal of
money must be raised. CURO is looking

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Alvin Obersi (center) was also instru-
mental in Digicel coming to Bonaire.
Digicel photo

> With his family, staff and tenants
standing alongside him, Obersi Group of
Companies CEO and President Alvin
Obersi from Bonaire hosted a cross
section of business people and govern-
ment officials as he officially inaugurated
the Obersi Building in St. Maarten last
Thursday. Commissioner Sara Wescott-
Williams said the Obersi Group had come
to St. Maarten in August 1995, less than
one month before the devastation of Hur-
ricane Luis on September 5, 1995, and
has shown confidence in the island then,
not only by staying, but by making a siz-
able investment by making his business
bigger and better.
(Continued on page 7)

Bonaire Reporter February 16 to February 23, 2007

Page 6

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 6)

Hr. m Zuiderkruis (A832)
Dutch navy photo
> Eleven days after it left the port of
Den Helder in the Netherlands, the newest
Dutch navy ship to be on duty in the Car-
ibbean, the Hr. m Zuiderkruis (A832),
arrived in Curacao. The 170-meter-long
former replenishment ship is now re-
equipped as a Fast Combat Support Ship
and carries a crew of 182. Although she is
31 years old she got an extensive refit last
year. The ship is expected to participate in
anti-drug missions for the navy and coast

The huge Air Jamaica Airbus 340
Air Jamaica photo
> Despite confirmation that Air Ja-
maica's London route bleeds as much as
$25 million a year, the airline's managers
appear reluctant to stop flying there. Ja-
maica-London contributes to 35% of its
operating losses. Those losses amounted
to $72.6 million in 2005 (in 2004, $71.5
million). "London is being assessed," said
Air Jamaica president Michael Conway.
But so is the entire route structure, includ-
ing the weekly Bonaire-Montego Bay
flight. Conway was evasive about which
of Air Jamaica's routes was most profit-
able, saying that releasing that type of
information could hurt the carrier's market

Air Jamaica now flies an Airbus A340
to London, but once the current lease con-
tract runs out, he said, the airline would
not renew its arrangement with the Euro-
pean plane maker, raising the odds of the
route being chopped. Air Jamaica plans to
lease nine 737-300 aircraft and six 757-
200Ws from Boeing.
A one cent increase in the cost of jet fuel
results in $500,000 of additional expenses
for the airline, Conway said. In the past1l0
years, Air Jamaica's jet fuel costs have
increased from $0.67 on average to $2.31
per gallon in 2006.
With the one-year-old PetroCaribe
agreement with Venezuela, however, Air
Jamaica is already saving about US$20
million per year on its fuel bill. Currently,
Air Jamaica's load factor is less than 60%
for two-thirds of the year, said Conway,
meaning that there is a potential 40%
more in passenger revenue.
Source: The Gleaner--Jamaica)

> The announcement that low-cost
carrier Spirit Airlines has increased its
planned flights from Ft. Lauderdale to
St. Maarten from two to three per
week, more than two months before they
have even started, was welcome news for
St. Maarten. It gave hope that in the future
Bonaire could be added. Spirit's Carib-
bean hub is in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Hugo Chavez

> Hugo Chavez, president of oil- rich
Venezuela, has urged the world to cut
back on oil use to fight global warming

the Past

T hanks to a
grant from the Purns

fonds digitalization
of an enormous
amount of audiovis-
ual material of great
historic and cultural
value has begun. The
source material, the
majority on 150
Video U-Matic cas-
settes and other di-
verse media, was in
jeopardy of being
lost. Now it will be
preserved for a Digitalization staff. Ivan Wilson, Norman Wilson
longer time. The and Papachi Salsbach
work is a project of
the Historical/Cultural Foundation of Bonaire Currently two volunteers, retirees
from WEB Papachi Salsbach and Norman Wilson have begun the work of digi-
talization of the material. Some of the material includes a collection of TV pro-
grams, documentaries, promotional movies and feature films. Some titles include:
"Wilson's Reward," "Duel in de Diepte," "Shark's Treasure," "A Girl Sees Bon-
aire," "Weekend in Bonaire," "Bonbini to Bonaire," "Odysee d' Amour" and
more. Press release

and said his country would lead by exam-
ple. Speaking on the heels of the Fourth
Assessment Report by the Inter-
Governmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC), which has said that climate
change is a certainty and that it is caused
by human activity, Chavez called on fel-
low Venezuelans to use public transport
more in order to reduce carbon dioxide
emissions from their vehicles.
Chavez said that the domestic price of
gasoline will be increased to encourage
his new public transport policy. At the
moment in Venezuela it costs less than $5
to fill an SUV with gas that would cost
$75 in Bonaire. He also announced plans
to build a wind farm; to use more,
cleaner-burning natural gas; and open a
solar energy research center to produce
photovoltaic panels to produce electricity.

Last year, Cuba and Venezuela offered
free energy saver light bulbs to other Car-
ibbean states. In Guyana, one only needs
to turn in an incandescent bulb to get a
free energy-saver bulb, compliments of
Caracas, while in St Vincent a shipload of
250,000 Cuban-made energy savers
landed. Cuban electricians will be going
house to house to change all bulbs free of
charge. Chavez also pointed accusing
fingers at the US, saying that the con-
sumer country was the leading cause of
the world's environmental problems. The
US is Venezuela's largest buyer of oil
while Venezuela is the fourth largest sup-
plier of oil to the US. "They're destroying
the world," Chavez said, "The human race
will be finished if we don't change the
world capitalist system."
(Continued on page 9)

Bonaire Reporter February 16 to February 23, 2007

Page 7

Last Saturday afternoon around 3 the boat, N.B.
248, Miss Eveline, owned by boat builder and
fisherman Luty Craane, had an exciting launch and
almost took the crane with it. The boat is more than 20
years old. The operator of the crane is Dongo. Gilbert
Kraal and Jevenson Clarenda, the four-year-old grand-
son of Luty, had an exciting ride. The boat was not far
from the surface of the sea before the crane had to
release it. All was well. The photos tell the story. n
Story & photos by Wilna Gronenboom

Bonaire Reporter February 16 to February 23, 2007

Page 8

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 7)
> MCB Bonaire listened to your sug-
gestions and redesigned some of the fea-
tures in their on-line banking service,
MCB@Home. The Wire Transfer feature
now has enhanced template functionality,
an improved request form, selectable
processing time, help on SWIFT and
IBAN numbers and more available cur-
rencies. And it's easier to order checks
now too; you can order multiple books

and select the bank branch for pickup.

> The last day to pay the road tax to
get 2007 license plate stickers is now
Friday, March 7, 2007. It was February
9. You need a valid insurance certificate
to present to the Island Ontvanger to get
the sticker. Vehicles without a valid
sticker risk impoundment and a fine.

> AWC reports: "On Saturday Febru-
ary 10th, wine tasters found the Antillean
Wine Company shop/storage aban-
doned during the monthly wine-tasting
hours. This was because they had no wa-
The problem is solved now, and all are
invited to come and enjoy six excellent
wines (three reds and three whites from
France ) this coming Saturday, February
17f. They are at Kaya Industria 23, sort
of across from Rocargo.

> Welcome back to advertiser, Day
Spa by Nubia. Nubia is one of the most
experienced masseuses on the island and
has continued to upgrade her knowledge
and expertise through the years. Nubia's
"magic fingers" and hands can erase any
tension and give you total relaxation.
Something that should appeal to all divers
is her one-hour "Deep Massage" which
improves the circulation, eases muscle
aches and tension while improving flexi-
bility. Sound good? Then there's a
"Special Honeymooners Package" which
includes an aroma therapy massage, a
hydrating facial and sea week mask for
both persons. Call her at 717-2622 or
785-3398 or go to her website for full
information: www.davspabvnubia.com.
Nubia is located at the Sand Dollar mini
mall at the traffic circle.

really do
read The Re-
porter. In the
photo Cathy
Sladek helps
take more bat-
teries off Bon-
aire to be dis-
posed of prop-
erly in facili-
ties in the US.
Bruce Bowker
of Carib Inn,
pictured here
with Cathy, is
always happy
when people
who read arti-
cles like the
one that ap-
peared in The Reporter such as a few weeks ago when another Bonaire visitor re-
moved batteries, and then the reader decides to do the same. The heavy and exotic
metals used in today's high energy batteries can't be properly disposed of in Bon-
aire's landfill and our visitors are encouraged to bring their dead batteries home. 1
Bruce Bowker

Bonaire Reporter February 16 to February 23, 2007

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B io wBonaireo District-
BCH ~tHf &HQ J OhLnnDr&aIv woroRent For Success

On Sunday evening, February 4,
BONHATA, the Bonaire Hotel and
Tourism Association, celebrated its 10th
Anniversary Annual Awards Fundraiser
Event at the new Sunrise Restaurant at the
Sand Dollar Condominium Resort. In cele-
bration of the anniversary, Mr. Peter Odle,
President of the Caribbean Hotel Associa-
tion, and Mr. Jorge Pesquera, President and
CEO of the Aruba Hotel and Tourism As-
sociation, were guest keynote speakers at
the event. The main theme of both speak-
ers was the need to have a unified, private
sector tourism association.

to Bonaire for over 15 years. Their com-
pany has been instrumental in making Bon-
aire the success it is as a tourism destina-
tion. At the same time, TCB (Tourist Cor-
poration Bonaire) also honoured Adams
Unlimited with an original picture painted
by Nochi Coffie, which was presented by
the Minister of Labor and Economic af-
fairs, Mr. Burney El Hage.
The evening was also a fund raising event
and proceeds from this year's raffle are to
go to the Bonaire Culinary Team to assist
in their "Taste of the Caribbean" culinary
competition to be held in Miami in June of
this year. Preliminary accounting is indi-
cating that nearly NAf 8.800 was raised!
BONHATA would like to thank all who
attended to make this evening such a suc-
cess! o Press release/G.D.

The Bonaire District, Bonaire's
newest commercial retail shop-
ping mall, is offering rental space now
that it's had its 'highest point" party.
The Bonaire District, the island's first
"suburban" shopping mall, located just
off Bonaire's only traffic circle was un-
veiled last week with a party that at-
tracted many Bonaire notables including
the head of the ruling political party.
The location is a no-brainer for acces-
sibility. The northern hotel row with
resorts and apartments are in easy walk-
ing distance, and high-end housing de-
velopments are within a couple of kilo-
meters. Harbour Village Marina is a
stone's throw away.
Renters should be attracted to the mall
because it has good connections with
Bonaire's major roads and is convenient
for hotel guests and island residents
alike. Bonaire District developer and


TheDuijn Construction team building
the mall Developer Deepak Daryanani
at right.

downtown entrepreneur Deepak Darya-
nani says it will be the crkme de la
(Continued on page 11)

Bonaire Reporter February 16 to February 23, 2007

The first buildings are nearing completion.
Opening is planned for plannedfor July 2007

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(Rent for Success. Continued from page 10)
crkme of Bonaire commercial retail
space. It's ideal for specialty boutiques,
a coffee shop, camera center, tropical
clothing store, jewelry shop, ice cream
parlor, bakery, liquor store, hair salon,
deli, gift shop, donut shop, or flower
shop and whatever you might think that
people need.
The shopping center will initially
house 12 shops, with each unit being
50m2 in area. The shops will be offered
ready for occupancy. Two units have
been rented while still in the construc-
tion phase. Parking, landscaping, illumi-
nation, and security are included in the
For additional information, contact
Depak Daryanani at +(599) 717-2201,
email info(iZbonairedistrict.com, or visit
the web site at http//
www.bonairedistrict.com, which also
includes a renter's guide. n G.D. and
Press release

Entertainment was by Milton Kochs

photos by Wilna Gronenboom and Herman can Leeuwen

Bonaire Reporter February 16 to February 23, 2007

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L ongtime Reporter subscriber Jim Polstra writes, "Here I am reading The Re-
porter on top of Miller's Rock during a nice hike in the foothills west of
Boulder, Colorado. It's warm today, but the snow in the background reminds me that
the weather will be cold here at home this Christmas while I'm nice and warm (and
still wearing shorts) in Bonaire!
Notice that I'm also wearing my Larry's Wild Side T-shirt and my Jibe City hat!"[

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when
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Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
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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://

Trees and plants, Bonaire grown. 8000m2
nursery. Specializing in garden/septic pumps
and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island
Growers NV (Capt. Don & Janet). 786-0956

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


The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support to
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Bonaire's non-profits. To learn more about
making a US tax deductible donation visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 786-4651

Searching For GOOD Maid Service?
For Quality House Cleaning
Serving Bonaire for more than 14 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or
multiple service
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax


Rock climbing/Rapelling/
Abseilen Every Saturday.
Call Outdoor Bonaire 791-6272 /

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

Vac: atii on
Ire nI ta I
Cozy guest cottage
Studio with kitchen,
airco, cable TV, two
single beds (or king)

Maritza St. Jago (far left) celebrates with her colleagues and family

Maduro & Curiel's Bank (Bonaire) N.V. recently celebrated the 30th service
anniversary of their employee Sefiora Maritza St. Jago. She began working
on February 1, 1977, in the Cash Department as a Saving Account Clerk and has
worked in many positions and now serves as an Adjustor. The event was celebrated
on February 3 at the Casablanca Restaurant where, surrounded by her family, the
Bank's Managing Director Evert Piar, presented her with a gold and diamond pin
and the customary envelope and wished her many more years of health with the
Bank. 1

pull-out sofa, porch, yard and private en-
trance. Five minute walk to seaside
promenade; 10 minute walk to town. $50/
night. Contact: bonairecottage@aol.com

For Sale
Lounge Chairs Aluminum welded.
All in good shape. Only NAf 89. Call 717-
8819 8amto 5pm

Two windsurf custom built Protec
boards with covers, calbert race sails, 2
booms and miscellaneous parts please
call 795-3456 asking price NAf
750,00 will negotiate! All must go!

Tae Kwondo suits belts/ helmet/leg,
body and arm shields. Call 795-3456
asking price NAf 300- will negotiate- all
must go!

Super Quiet Generator
EU 3000is NEVER been
used Lightweight/compact -
Stable/high power output -
Low fuel consumption/oil
alert Only NAf 2,499. Tel: W
717-5394 http://

NIKONOS III- Camera and Macro
tube Set. Still the best UW
camera for macro shots.
Original owner. NEVER
been flooded. Past Nikonos
Shoot-Out winner. Com-
plete NAf250. Call George

For SalIIe
Suzuki Sprint 2005 near
new 9,300km. Must sell by
Feb 19. Buy now for NAf
15,000, or best offer. 717-5394

FIAT BARCHETTA Cabrio, 1997, yel-
low, with hard-top and
windstop. NAf 16,000 Tel.

1 BMW 520i 4-door sedan, 1991, white,
excellent condition. Fast,
beautiful. A CLASSIC!
NAf6.000 Call 785-9041

FOR SALE: Casio 275 PCR electronic
cash register still in box. Loads of func-
tions. Full sized with cash drawer. Perfect for
a start up business. NAf170 or best offer.
Call Bob at 786-7362 or 717-7362

Pro p e rty,
Sales & ReMnt:als

I'm looking for a family house with 4
bedrooms. Please call 522-7450

Large House for rent 4 bedrooms and 2
bathrooms!!! Call 717-8603

L-o ok i g for
W1o rk
Spanish speaking lady with some English
is looking for work as a full time, live-in
maid. 700 9577.

Wa I-ted
Goldfish and a private detective. Call Alex

Local day care center Kresh Bon Kwido is
in need of toys for its new after school pro-
gram. For children from 4 7 years old: -
picture and reading books, -LEGO/wooden
blocks/construction toys, -cars/verhicles
(big&small), -wooden and normal jigsaw
puzzle, -family games like dominos, mem-
ory etc. Second hand is ok, as long as it is in
good state. Call 717-8911/fax.717-8935;
email kreshbonkwidoAhotmail.com. Drop
off at: Kaya MC Hellmund Boom 1 (behind
the Hospital)

Kitchen/Prep/Dishwasher needed- part
time Some English preferred. Last Bite Bak-
ery call: 717-3293.

Cashier needed part time. Dutch, Eng-
lish, Papiamentu preferred. Last Bite Bak-
ery call: 717-3293.

I" o u n I? 1
Found: Baseball cap lost by Dutch gen-
tleman at the beginning of the Walk-a-Thon,
Sunday, Feb. 4. Call 786-6518. 1

Bonaire Reporter February 16 to February 23, 2007


Songire... some Where- in the Pdw(i eqnCw

H ow can you tell when an island restaurant is on its way to becoming an is-
land institution? You might begin by checking the repeat customers. And at
Cactus Blue Restaurant's first birthday celebration last Wednesday there were sev-
eral repeaters plus a couple of guests who dined there on the opening night a year
What is filling the tables at Cactus Blue? Let's start with the food: interesting
choices, deliciously prepared, presented artfully. A restaurant reviewer once told us
that a measure of a fine restaurant was
the quality of the vegetables served
"on the side." In Cactus Blue they are
fresh, crisp and as tasty as the main Cactus Blue staffjoin in
course. the birthday celebration:
If you'd like alcoholic beverages Hagen, Chef Pedro,
with your dinner you'll find the CB Moogie, Corinna, and
bartender will satisfy your craving. We staffMagnirys, Paola,
were awed by the "Cactus Potion" I I I Anna and Sje Maijma
served in a half-liter glass. The marga- (leaning down infront).
ritas are full of flavor and tequila. If
you want to surprise your waitress, ask
for an "Accidental Baileys" to accom-
pany your dessert. Judie and Arnold Krup-
The staff is efficient and smooth; in sack from Wisconsin who
fact one of the young ladies has been were diners on Cactus
with the CB team from the start. Blue's opening night last
But it is the warm, welcoming feel- year were on handfor the ing
that envelops you after you are seated birthday party.
that makes Cactus Blue special. On
that Birthday Night, as he is on numerous other nights each month, Ralph
"Moogie" Stewart entertained with his special blend of percussion-
guided music. Never intrusive, he gradually enchants the diners to fall
under his musical spell so that some even get up and dance.
Another Bonaire institution is a-building. Be a part of it. Secure reser-
vations at Cactus Blue by calling 717-4364. It's just north of the Divi
Flamingo resort at Kaya J.A. Abraham 12 (www.cactusbluebonaire.com). Another contestant answered correctly and won.
Tell them you read about CB in The Bonaire Reporter. n G.D.

Some ofMoogie's questions were
tough... this contestant said she watched
"Animal Planet... and lost." I

C 0 1 C fae- our 1tithuia
Lve edrerdaa n bruarj

livea nusict MoAomic

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Pet of the Week

S ne of the newest arrivals in the
cat cage at the Bonaire Animal
Shelter is little "Hazel." She's inter-
ested in everything and seems to be
loving life. She's only four months old
but already she's showing her sweet
disposition and personality. She's a
regular purr machine whenever she
gets petted or has attention. Now
there's an appreciative kitten! Hazel is
particularly interesting because of her
gray fur it's variation in color is al-
most like soft rabbit fur. Top that off
with striped legs and tail and you have
a real cutie. This kitten has been
treated well by people and her attitude
shows it.
As are all the other adoptees at the
Shelter Hazel is in top physical condi-
tion, has been tested and examined by
the vet, has had her shots and will be
sterilized when she's old enough. You
may see her at the Shelter on the La-
goen Road, open Monday through Sat-
urday, 8 am to 2 pm. Tel. 717-4989. "Hazel"
To raise funds for the Shelter the
board has a regular table at the Parke Publico Flea Market on the first Saturday
of every month. The next one is on Saturday, March 3. They've sold nearly every-
thing and could use some more items like books, clothes, household things, what-
ever. So take a look around, clear out your clutter and drop it all off at the Shelter.
It's going for a very good cause to help keep the Shelter open to accept unwanted
dogs and cats.
Want to help the Shelter and hear some good music too? Buy a ticket to the
Fundraising Show to benefit the Shelter Sterilization Program. It's aboard the
Freewinds on Sunday, March 4, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are NAf25 and available at the
Shelter. OL.D.


W ho has seen our boxer Tyson?
He ran away last
week in the area of
Nort Salija and
Mal Macho. He is
a large, light
brown dog, dark
face, white tipped
tail. Reward for
finder. Call Linda,
Tel: 701-2244

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides

DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
2-16 1:30 1.0FT. 2:20 1.0FT. 11:47 2.0FT. 20:33 0.9FT. 84
2-17 1:34 1.1FT. 4:01 1.1FT. 12:31 1.9FT. 20:57 1.OFT. 93
2-18 2:07 1.2FT. 5:38 1.1FT. 13:26 1.8FT. 21:16 1.OFT. 99
2-19 2:52 1.4FT. 7:27 1.2FT. 14:18 1.6FT. 21:26 1.1FT. 101
2-20 3:49 1.5FT. 10:03 1.2FT. 15:36 1.4FT. 21:22 1.2FT. 98
2-21 4:43 1.6FT. 12:38 1.1FT. 17:22 1.3FT. 20:52 1.2FT. 92
2-22 5:46 1.8FT. 14:19 1.OFT. 82

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Late Show
Cal to make sure (Usually9pm)
The Holiday
(Cameron Diaz)
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
Pursuit Of Happiness
(Will Smith)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM

January: Happy Feet


Karneval-See schedule above

Saturday, February 17-Antillean
Wine Company Wine Tasting, 7-9 pm,
AWC warehouse, Kaya Industrial #23
(across from Warehouse, Rocargo).
NAf20 per person for 6 different wines.

Wednesdays in February Happy One
Year Birthday at Cactus Blue Restau-
rant. Dine there and win great prizes;
music by Moogie. Open 5 pm until late.
J.A. Abraham Blvd. #12. Tel. 717-4564

Until March 30-Guest Artist Markus
Taurer Exhibit at the Cinnamon Art

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting 10 am to early afternoon:
Wed. Feb. 21 Crown Princess; Thurs.
Feb. 22 Silver Wind;

Monday, February 26th Duofest 2007
onboard the Freewinds at 7.30 pm. Tickets
on sale at Boutique Vita, Bonaire Boekhan-
del, Flamingo Bookstore and the Rose Inn
Bar Restaurant -Rincon Cost: NAf 25 to
benefit the Foundation for Art & Culture of

Saturday, March 3 Big Monthly Rincon
Marshe Now a Bonairean tradition -
stands selling gifts, fruits and vegetables,
candles, drinks, BBQ, local foods and
sweets, music, friendly people, 6 am to 2
pm. In the center of Rincon.

Saturday, March 3 Flea Market at
Parke Publico 3-7 pm. Everyone wel-
come to buy and to sell. NAf5 per selling
table. For more information and reserva-
tions for a spot call 787-0466
Sunday, March 4 Bonaire Animal Shel-
ter Fundraising Show to benefit the Ster-
ilization Fund, on board the Freewinds,
7:30 pm. Tickets sold at the Shelter,

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina

Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days start-
ing 10 am to early afternoon:
Tues. Feb. 27 Lili arleen; Tues., Mar. 6
- Veendam; Wed. Mar. 7 Crown Prin-
cess; Tues. Mar. 13 Lili Marleen, Sea
Princess; Wed. Mar. 21 Crown Princess,
Tues. Mar. 27 Lili Marleen, Veendam

Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off Buddy Dive Resort,
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sun.) 5-6
* 2 for 1 appetizers with entree 6-7,
Cactus Blue
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for
hot slot machines, roulette and black jack,
Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7 pm- 3
*By appointment Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes tax).
Discounts for residents and local people.
Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's playground
open every day into the evening hours.
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
- Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Rincon Marshe--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, 6 am-2 pm.
* 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.
* Bike Trips-Meet at Eden Beach
Activity Center 4 pm. Free. Helmets man-
datory. 785-0767
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to 9
pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from Ware-
house Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20 per
person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Saturday
of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke Pub-
lico. Everyone welcome to buy and to sell.
NAf5 per selling table. For more informa-
tion and reservations for a spot, call 787-
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying a
great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance
at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar, Divi
Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
* Beginning Yoga 6.30pm Harbour
Village 786-6416
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for only
$10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-
* Advanced Yoga 6.30pm Harbour
Village 786-6416
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-7,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5-7, Cactus Blue
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with DIR,"
6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure 786-

* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-9,
Cactus Blue.

Feb 17 Adult's Karneval Parade (Rincon)
* Feb 18 Adults' Karneval Parade (Playa)
Feb 19 Farewell Youth Parade
e Feb 20 Grand Finale Evening Karneval Parade
Feb 21 Ash Wednesday

* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30.
* Beach BBQ 7-10 & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf Place
at Sorobon -Reserve ahead. Tel. 717-5091,
* Caribbean Night A la Carte Buddy
Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour
Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7
* Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive
Resort, 8- 9:30 pm
* Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am, Buddy
Dive 786-6416
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
* Live music by the "Flamingo Rock-
ers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-
7 pm
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon
from 13.00, for children 0 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30 pm -
6:30 pm) & All-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort

Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity" slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the Sea"
Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm.
Call 717-8290.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays-Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea
Turtles ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday at Buddy Dive Resort (717-
3802) at 7:00pm. Every 2nd & 4th
Wednesday at the Bruce Bowker's Carib
Inn (717-8817) at 7:00pm.

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerble old home that has beenrestored and
furnished so it appears the family has just stepped
out Local ladies will tell you the story. OpenMon-
day thru Friday, 9-12,2-4. Weekends by appoint-
ment Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from
"The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily.
Call 7174060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya 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. 717-

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 Majestic
Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shopping
Center 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts # 10.
Call 717-2482/566-6093.
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
FORMA Building on Kaya Korona, across
from the RBTT Bank. All levels invited
NAf5 enty fee. Call Cathy 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 Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana
#1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House',
above Zeezicht Restaurant. 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; Valarie@telbonet.an
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 Claire 717-8290
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. Services in
Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in
Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am.
Children's club every Saturday at 5 pm in
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kralendijk.
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 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
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 ofCoromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
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Born on Bonaire

Johnny Leoneta

S -T was born August 10, 1962. My
I father is Evaristo "Ruman"
Leoneta; my mother was Rosa Julia
Leoneta-de Palm. I am the second child
of their six children. My only brother,
Dwight, was born in 1979 when I was
17. My childhood was quiet and my par-
ents were not very strict; maybe my
mom a little bit more than my dad, but
that wasn't so bad!
When I was 13 I started 'working' as a
DJ with my friend Silvio Hart. We
played softball and on Sundays when
there was a party after the game we
would take care of the music, and in the
late Sunday afternoons we would play
music at kunukus. Silvio would bring his
record player and I came with the re-
cords which belonged mostly to my fam-
ily. We played Antillean music, salsa,
merengue, reggae, hiphop Caribbean
music and we were popular; people
would ask for us frequently. In 1980 we
found a name for our mobile disco -
'Hotline Disco.'
When I finished ETAO School
(technical and administration) I went to
A-Stream School and I was the best
graduate in 1979. Then I went to work
with my dad who was a contractor, but I
still worked as a DJ and I was also play-
ing softball and korfball. I worked with
my father until 1993, and then I only
focused on music that's what I love -
and organized public parties and cultural
activities. I also worked as a coordinator
for Sentro di Bario di Nikiboko and
twice I was the coordinator for Dia di
Boneiru in Nikiboko.
During the time I was organizing the
public parties you could live off it, but
now you can't. Then you could easily get
600 people to come to a party. Now you
have to work very hard to get just 200
people together. In the early days we
would play all types of music, and the
public was mixed young and old and
everyone in between. It's still like that in
Aruba and that's what I love, but on
Curagao and Bonaire the young people
stay separate from the other age groups.
In Curagao it's no problem because there
are plenty of people of every age, but on
Bonaire you can't get enough people
together except for holidays like Dia di
Rincon or Dia di Boneiru when there are
a lot of visitors.
The young people nowadays like ritmo
kombin6 (cadans) and the elderly mostly
like montuno (almost like salsa) and a
little bit of salsa. My favorite music?
Salsa! I love to dance! And of course our
folkloric music.
In 1999 I started working for Bon FM
as a DJ. Every morning we had a music
show from 7 until 9 and from 9 to 12.00
am with Bon Dia Musikal, and on Satur-
days and later, on Thursdays, a show

called Salsa Kombin6. It was fun! I did it
until 2005, but I still belong to the Bon
FM family and I hope to join them again
by the end of this year. I've had many
offers from other radio stations, but I'll
stay with Bon FM.
I don't play an instrument myself, but I
do write songs. I was always good in
writing at school, and when I hear music
I always listen to the words. In 1987 I
wrote a tumba, 'Eiden,' for my brother
Dwight who was nine years old then. He
sang the song at the Tumba Festival but
he didn't come home with a prize. It was
the first time I wrote something. I guess
I was disappointed, yeah," he laughs,
"because it took me a long time to do it
In 1999 I wrote a song for the big
Tumba Festival with my brother Dwight
- 'Skeiru Boneiru' and that went very
well because Dwight and his band,
'Obsession,' got second place with the
song. I felt good! It gave me courage! It
was a top year for Dwight and
'Obsession' because they also won the
title, 'Rei di Tumba' (King of Tumba) in
the same festival with a tumba of Luigi

"For centuries we've
been putting the blame
on the Dutch because of
what happened in history
but I think we should get
over it because none of
those people are alive
anymore and we're re-
sponsible for ourselves"

In 2005 I wrote the tumba, 'Tur ku tin,'
and Dwight wrote the music. Rignald
Trinidad was the singer and... we won!
In 2006 I wrote the words and Dwight
did the music for the tumba, 'Un Ked.'
Robert Sancez sang and... we won! This
year I wrote the lyrics for 'Sake Waye '.
Juan Angela and his son Garrick wrote
the music and it was sung by Jonathan
Clarinda, a 16-yea-old boy. He became
the youngest Rei di Tumba ever on Bon-
aire, because we won!
First the lyrics and then the music;
that's how it goes. Usually you have to
sit together with the composer, but when
my brother Dwight writes the music,
there's nothing to discuss, I just send
him my lyrics and he composes the song.
We're on one level, we understand each
other perfectly well.
Dwight lives in Holland where he stud-
ied audio engineering at the conserva-

tory. He's the band
leader of a very suc-
cessful Antillean band,
'Cache de Luxe'. I also
wrote songs for a Pal'i
Wiri CD, for a CD of a
band called 'Swave'
and for Cache de Luxe.
It comes easy to me;
someone says some-
thing or I see or hear or
read something or
when I am running I
run almost every day in
nature-and all of a
sudden... there it is!
And when I wake up
with the words in the
middle of the night I
immediately write them
down. If not, they'll be
lost forever!
I love to read, mostly
history books, and every
day I buy three, four newspapers. I used
to write for Nobo newspaper; I had my
own column 'Farandula Boneiriano,'
about music and cultural activities. Since
2005 I'm working for the government,
for SKAL, organizing cultural activities,
working at the museum, all kinds of
things, and I like it, it's very diverse. I
am also the chairman of ASOMBO, the
Bonaire Musicians Association. It's like
a union for all the Bonairean musicians.
We help them with the contracts, things
like that, and next year we're going to
organize the Tumba Festival with the
Bonaire Karnaval Foundation, a big pro-
ject! We also want to build a festival
center because we can't have music fes-
tivals in the stadium anymore as they're
putting artificial grass there. So, we're
looking for a location where the
neighbors won't be bothered and we
hope the government will help us to get a
And besides all this I still have my own
mobile disco, 'DJ Hotline' (call 796-
9091/786-9091). I started with records,
then cassettes, then CDs and now it's the
computer a lot has changed! I do par-
ties for all ages because I love music all
music not just one kind..."
Johnny Leoneta has the cutest smile
and he looks way younger than his 44
years. He's mellow and easy going and
just a wonderful guy.
"One of my biggest wishes is to learn
how to play an instrument, and the most
important thing for me in life is my fam-
ily we have a close-knit family and
my children. I have four children, two in
Holland and two on Bonaire. My daugh-
ter Tania in Holland is 19 and she just
made me a grandpa. My son Johneson is
15. On Bonaire I have my daughter
Ruthvianca who's 14 and my daughter

Johnny Leoneta

Ella who's three. After my family and
my children comes music, music, mu-
I love Bonaire, very, very much;
there's no place like Bonaire. Bonaire
has a lot of potential and so does its peo-
ple. We can do anything, but it's a pity
most of the people don't realize that. We
have very good musicians and bands and
when they perform people start moving a
bit, but when a band from Curagao
comes over, people freak out. Bonaire-
ans should appreciate their own bands,
their own music much more; they should
appreciate everything that's Bonairean
much more.
I hope Bonaire will do better in the
future. Especially the politicians should
focus only on what's good for the island
instead of quarreling amongst them-
selves; they don't realize that if they
destroy each other, they also destroy the
island. A new Bonaire is what we're
heading for and let's hope everything
gets better. I am not afraid that we will
lose our culture, our way of life, our mu-
sic or our language, because it's so
strong inside of us we won't lose it
easily. And I never had a problem with
other people Dutch, Dominican, Co-
lombian, Chinese, American or Bo-
nairean we're all the same; there are
good and bad ones, but most of them are
good. For centuries we've been putting
the blame on the Dutch because of what
happened in history but I think we
should get over it because none of those
people are alive anymore
and we're responsible for
ourselves. The best thing
about Bonaire? That's
Bonaire! All of it!" n

Story & photo by Greta

Bonaire Reporter February 16 to February 23, 2007

Page 17

A Shrink Studies SCUBA

TABLE Relative Risk of Panic During
Dive in Presence of the Following:

Other physical/psychological factor(s) not listed
Other equipment problem(s) not listed
Other dive condition(s) not listed
Chest tightness
Fear of the unknown
Cold water
Poor visibility
Inhaled water instead of air
Task overload
Fear of scrutiny or embarrassment
Loss of orientation
Fatigue or overexertion
Low on air or out of air
Deep dive
Separation from buddy or instructor
Strong current or surge
Uncontrolled ascent
Difficulty operating buoyancy compensator
Entrapment or entanglement
Poorly fitting equipment
Loss of mask
Dry suit dive
Rough sea or surf
Overhead environment (cave, wreck, ice)
Nighttime or darkness
Over-weighted or under-weighted
Long surface swim
Loss of weight belt
Mask leak
Solo dive
Medication, other than decongestant
Difficulty equalizing ears
Regulator leak or free flow
Muscle cramps
Motion sickness
Decongestant medication
Dive light failure
Loss of computer or gauge functions
Other dangerous marine life
Broken or loose fin strap
Sharing air
Tank slippage

Males Females
N=9292 N = 2939

n 2000 when my wife Lynn and I conducted the
"world's largest diver survey," our main goal
was to determine exactly what factor or combination
of factors led to diver panic aside from just "stress."
The unquestioned gospel in all the dive literature for
decades has been that diver panic is the number one
cause of diver deaths, so it is a worthy research sub-
PADI vice president of international training, Drew
Richardson, challenged me over even the feasibility
of studying the problem, but as a private psychiatrist
I told him that even severe panic disorder patients
can remember the details of their first panic attack. I
also had several panic disorder patients who were
divers and not only had they never had a panic attack
while diving, but they claimed they felt the most
relaxed when they were diving. DAN founder and
then president Dr. Peter Bennett gave me a big break
when he allowed me to administer a beta test of the
survey to the 100+ attendees of a Dive Medicine
continuing education course that summer, which
helped me convince Drew that the study could be
Over 13,000 scuba divers from around the world
participated in the online survey sponsored and
hosted by Rodale's Scuba Diving magazine and ac-
tively supported by then PADI vice president of in-
ternational training, Dr. Drew Richardson. Many
dive clubs and other organizations around the globe
helped publicize it. Paper surveys were also made
available for magazine readers without access to the
web. We designed the 28 questions with the invalu-
able input of experts like Dr. Peter Bennett, Dr. Drew
Richardson, Dr. Art Bachrach, Dr. William Morgan,
Dr. Thomas Griffiths, and many of my dive buddies
on Bonaire and in Raleigh. Due to incomplete sur-
veys the final number of useable surveys was just
over 12,200. In May 2002 I presented a poster and
gave a brief talk to the annual international scientific
meeting of the UHMS in La Jolla, California. At the
request of Drew Richardson we prepared a six-page
feature article for The Undersea Journal first quarter
2003 issue. Both can be found at

But Lynn and I failed to achieve our main goal of
determining exactly what factor or combination of
factors leads to diver panic. We used the useable
responses to questions 6 and 26 to calculate the rela-
tive risk of panic under each of the 44
"circumstances that you have ever experienced while

scuba div-
ing" (Question
6) and
"conditions that
were present
during your first
dive" (Question
26). We also
asked in ques-
tion 26 if they were experiencing the condition for
the FIRST TIME during their first panicked dive, but
apparently too many respondents got confused by the
question's wording, so we had to just analyze the
conditions that were present during the first panicked
dive whether it was the first time they had ever ex-
perienced them or not.
When I showed Dr. Bennett Table 1 and he saw
that three of the top four factors were "Other,"
"Other," and "Other," his response was that we had
proven nothing after several years of hard work.
Researchers do not tend to publish negative findings,
so the table has resided in my laptop until now.
For three years I conducted follow up surveys of
those divers and am slowly analyzing the data and
releasing the results, such as the prior articles on
diver obesity. In September I will be speaking at a
workshop on diver panic and stress at the South Af-
rica UHMS annual dive medicine refresher course in
Johannesburg, South Africa. 1

David F. Colvard, M.D., is a private
psychiatrist and clinical investigator in Ra-
leigh NC, and a divemaster, He hosts the
website www.DivePsvch.com which pro-
vides evidence-based information for divers
on psychological and stress factors in scuba

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r a INC I F E


*to find it... just look up

The Goddess of Love, The Lord of The Rings,
and the Valentine's Day Star

E very year close to Valentine's
Day I like to show you how to
find a brilliant red star I call the Val-
entine's Day Star in the Bonaire Sky
Park so you can share something
beautiful and cosmic with your sweet-
heart. But this year we have two very
special added cosmic attractions for
Valentine's Day night the super bril-
liant planet named for the Roman
goddess of love and the most beautiful
of all the planets as seen through a
telescope and nicknamed "The Lord
of the Rings." So this year you can
show your loved one three jewel-like
cosmic Valentines and all can be seen
in early evening.
On any night this week including
Valentine's Day night just after sunset,
face west where you will see the most
brilliant planet of them all, 8,000-
mile-wide Venus, the same size as our
planet Earth but much more brilliant e Jupit
because it's completely covered by a
layer of clouds which makes it act like
a giant mirror for the sunlight which bounces off of it. So Venus is cosmic goodie
#1 for you and your sweetheart. To see #2 wait until around 8 pm, then look due
east and just above the horizon you'll see another light not as bright as Venus, but
the loveliest planet as seen through a small telescope, 75,000-mile-wide Saturn,
which this week is still at its closest and brightest for all of 2007.
So you now have two cosmic jewels to present. To see the third simply face south
between the hours of 8 and 9 pm and you'll see the star I call the Valentine's Day
star because it's very bright and very red. And just coincidentally it reaches its high-
est point above the horizon every Valentine's week between the hours of 8 and 9
pm. It is in fact the brightest red star we can see with the naked eye from planet
Earth. It marks the shoulder star of Orion the Hunter and its name is Betelgeuse.
And if you've ever wanted to give your loved one a really big Valentine this is about
as big as it ever gets. In fact if we compare Betelgeuse with our own star, our
865,000-mile-wide Sun, Betelgeuse is so humongous we could fit over 160 million
Suns inside it. And that's when Betelgeuse is at its smallest size because Betelgeuse
changes its size regularly like a gigantic slowly pulsating Valentine heart, one that
beats, however, only once every six years. When Betelgeuse is fully contracted at
its smallest size it is a whopping 500 times the width of our Sun, but when it ex-
pands to its biggest size it is a super 900 times as wide. In fact if we could place
Betelgeuse where our Sun is, Betelgeuse at its smallest, contracted size would reach
out past the orbits of Mercury, Venus and Earth all the way to Mars. And when it's
at its largest it would stretch almost all the way to Jupiter. Wow!
So there you have it! In the west the planet named for the goddess of love, in the
east the exquisite Lord of the Rings and in the south the biggest cosmic Valentine
you'll ever see, a giant red star slowly beating like a heavenly heart for the one you
love. Is this a romantic cosmos or what? [] Jack Horkheimer


Sunday, February 11 to Saturday, February 17
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your questions will help you ferret out secret informa-
tion. You don't owe anyone an explanation. Do your own thing, you need time to
yourself. Make any necessary changes to your insurance policy. Rely on the one you
love for support and affection. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Get involved in activities that will bring you knowl-
edge about foreign lands, philosophies, or cultures. Don't be too quick to respond to a
plea for help. Your concern with older family members and those less fortunate than
yourself will only add to your attractiveness. You can't make things better if you
don't know what to fix. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can meet a new romantic partner or secure the
love connection you already have by going out and entertaining yourself. You will
get out of shape easily if you don't keep on top of things. Be careful while traveling.
You will have excellent ideas and you should be able to help your partner get ahead.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Stomach problems could prevail if you haven't been
watching your diet. Children's needs could be more costly than you anticipated. If
you put your mind to it, you could entertain or host a multitude of social events.
Don't make large purchases unless you have discussed your choices with your mate.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Overindulgence will mean poor health. Money may slip
through your fingers. Emotional upset may prevail on the domestic scene if you have
neglected your duties or your mate. You may want to sign up for courses that will
encourage you to have more confidence in yourself. Your lucky day this week will
be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your charm will attract members of the opposite sex.
Involvement in financial schemes will be followed by losses. Take time to find out
all you can. Your compassion will be appreciated more than you can imagine. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) In-laws may cause difficulties. Travel should be consid-
ered. Try to ease any disappointment by making amends. Your home environment
may be volatile if precautions aren't taken. Major job changes or opportunities to get
ahead professionally are apparent. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Be tolerant, but don't let any one take you for
granted. A romantic dinner, followed by a quiet evening with the one who is enticing
you, should be most satisfying. Property deals will pay big dividends. You will be
erratic and quite likely to make personal mistakes. Your lucky day this week will be
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You've been hurt before and could be again if
you don't play hard to get. Disputes on the home front may be hard to avoid. Spend a
quiet day with the one you love. Equilibrium in your romantic life is likely if you
treat your partner well. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Get involved in volunteer work that will bring you
satisfaction, not an empty wallet. Catch up on your reading and correspondence.
Your dramatic nature may be too much to handle. You're eager to learn. Your lucky
day this week will be Sunday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't let your personal problems interfere with your
professional responsibilities. You won't be able to keep a secret. Trips will be enjoy-
able, and communication with your lover will clear up any misconceptions. You may
be overly emotional when dealing with your mate. Your lucky day this week will be
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Get involved in activities that will bring you knowledge
about foreign lands, philosophies, or cultures. Your partner could make you angry if
they steal your thunder or embarrass you in front of others. Traffic will be busier than
you anticipated, so try to get a head start if you have made plans to travel. Avoid
lending money or belongings to friends. Your lucky day this week will be Satur-
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