last Sunday morning's count will report
how many Trupiaal Kach6 's were seen.
On Monday morning people started
calling in the number of birds they spot-
The European Committee expects
the European economy to continue
showing a strong growth. However, the
Dutch figures dragged it down by
0.1% because it plans to take over a
major part of the Antillean debt.
The economic growth of the European
Union for 2007 has been projected at
2.9% while the growth for the 13 coun-
tries with the Euro as currency has been
projected at 2.6%. The growth for 2008
has been projected at 2.7% and 2.5%,
the European Committee announced on
At 7 am last Sunday morning
dedicated people all over Bon-
aire were poised, alert and watching out
for the Troupials and Yellow Orioles
around them. Many relished the excuse
to forget everything else and tune in to
the wildlife that so often gets over-
looked. Some were a little more bleary-
eyed than others but everyone had the
common goal of contributing important
data on two of Bonaire's most spectacu-
The count was conducted to assess the
status of these two closely related spe-
cies on Bonaire. The Yellow Oriole has
always been here but many have noted a
decline in numbers in recent years. The
Troupial, in contrast, was introduced in
the 1970s and its numbers have been
increasing ever since. Troupial are ag-
gressive competitors for food and nests
and may well be contributing to the
decline in Yellow Orioles. Basic sur-
veys like this are crucial for detecting
potential conservation problems before
it is too late.
The results of the count are still com-
ing in. We will let you know what we
have found as soon as we do. For now it
remains to give a big thank you to eve-
ryone who has helped with this effort.
The Troupial/Oriole count was organ-
ized by Rowan Martin and Sam Wil-
liams along with STINAPA as part of
the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival on
Bonaire. ByRowanMartin; Sophie Williams
This was the first time Bonaire
participated in the festival of domes-
tic birds of the Caribbean region.
There's a lot of diversity of birds in this
region, that can't be found in other parts
of the world. The Yellow Oriole or
Trupiaal kach6 in Papiamentu is a local
bird native to Bonaire. The question that
rises during the festival though, is what
the reason is why the amount of this
bird specie decreasing. STINAPA Di-
rector Elsmarie Beukenboom says she is
also looking for an answer to this. So
The first of the new wind tur-
bines for Bonaire is off the ground. It
replaces the defunct machine that stood
at Sorobon for 10 years and never pro-
duced a watt. This turbine will be first
used for training the technicians who
will install and maintain the wind farm
at Morotin near Rincon. The big blades
are being installed this week.
Want to know the schedule for
HBO and Cinemax programs? A
reader told us it's http://www.hbo.com/
guidepdf/ and choose the Eastern time
Lp w. M th, oo/Vd
Suku Design Foundation, led by
Nicole Chirino, will present 43 works
of art in the 'Polyrhythmik' exposi-
tion in the Kas di Arte this week.
The exposition is part of the Bonaire
Heineken Jazz Festival 2007 that begins
on May 16.
Several artists who live in the Antilles
will show their work. Participating
artists from Bonaire are Nochi Coffie,
Renate van der Bijl, Henk Roozendaal,
Marjolein Verhoef de Fonseca, Adrie
van de Ven, Anna Kleimer and Nicole
Chirino. The exposition opens Wednes-
day, May 16, at 5 pm and continues
from 10 am to noon and from 2 to 8 pm
for the remainder of the festival. For
more on the Jazz Festival, a not-to-be-
missed Bonaire event, see article on this
page and page 8.
The controversial investor/
developer (Kura Hulanda) Jacob Gelt
Dekker's speech during the lunch at the
Caribbean Investors' Conference
(CHTIC) in Cura9ao certainly got atten-
Hugo Chivez the
baron in the
to reports, after
of the Antillean government and a dis-
avowal of his remarks by the Curayao
Tourism Board. Dekker summarized
his remarks about highlighting the prob-
lem in his closing words: "If there is an
elephant in your house and you have
guests, you can't tell your housemates
and personnel that they have to be quiet
about the elephant. That won't work."
According to a recent joint report
of the United Nations and the World
Bank 80% of all crime committed in
the Netherlands Antilles are drug-
related and some 60% of all the co-
caine seized in the Caribbean in 2004
was seized in the Netherlands Antilles.
Minister of Justice David Dick
says the situation in the Bonaire jail-
house is very bad. It was built for
about 50 people but can't accommodate
that many because there aren't enough
personnel to guard it. Also there aren't
any facilities for the prisoners' recrea-
tion. Together with Holland, Bonaire
will try to improve this situation. Bon-
aire needs NAf15 million to do it. A
request for this money has been sent.
The jail will stay as is for now, but
some prisoners will have to serve out
their time in Curatao.
The It. governors of Saba, St.
Eustatius and Bonaire recently dis-
cussed the formation of a special po-
lice organization for their islands
when a closer union with Holland is
complete. Lt. Governors Herbert Doma-
casse of Bonaire, Sydney Sorton of
Saba and Hyden Gittens of Statia be-
lieve the creation of a specific police
force for the three islands would be of
benefit. All three It. governors think the
islands should form the 27th police re-
gion of the Netherlands. Holland is
presently divided into 26 police regions.
Sheloutska Martinus, Director of
the Crime Victims Unit is very busy.
The unit, which has been opened for
only a couple of weeks, is making itself
known. Domestic violence is the big-
gest problem on the island according to
Martinus: "In many cases emotional
violence has taken place for many
Table of Contents
Flotsam & Jetsam
Bonaire Windsurfer Reports
(Euro Cup & Rap)
Heineken Jazz Festival Now!
Parrot Watch Update
Mama Smile: The Movie
Boat That Can't Sink (Angel)
Pes Monitors Lac Bai
Shrink Looks at Scuba
Picture Yourself (Paris, France)
Letters to the Editor
(Congratulations & Thanks,
Unhappy with beached boat)
Pet of the Week ("James")
Movieland Film Schedule
Shopping & Dining Guides
Sky Park (Earthshine)
The Stars Have It
Bonaire on Wheels
Morris Minor Pickup
On the Island Since
years. The victims must take the initia-
tive themselves to seek help, but they
are too afraid to take action because
they think the situation will worsen." At
the victims' unit volunteers take time to
talk to the victims. Most of the victims
want to stay anonymous; the victim unit
respects this request. Many victims say
they have the feeling they are finally
being taken seriously.
makes his presentation
On Friday, May 4th three young
candidates gave presentations on top-
ics concerning youth problems, hop-
ing to be chosen to represent the
Dutch Antilles during the Unesco
Youth Forum in Paris in October.
One of the candidates was Richandro
Emerenciana from Bonaire. The SGB
student did his PowerPoint presentation
on the situation at the SGB high school.
He proposed that SGB students should
be able to join in discussions on im-
provement with the management of the
school. Unfortunately, Richandro was
not chosen to be the Antillean represen-
tative. The jury had a hard time decid-
ing who would be the lucky ones. In the
(Continued on page 3)
Bonaire Reporter- May 18-25, 2007
(Continued from page 2)
end first place went to Peggy Ottenhof
from Curagao, who talked about cultural
diversity on our islands. In second place
was Ruthaidith Rudolfina from St.
Maarten, who discussed youth violence.
Richandro will be a standby. By Johan-
netta Brower, photo by BVO
The first named storm of the year
formed last Wednesday off the southeast-
ern US coast, more than three weeks be-
fore the official start of the Atlantic hurri-
cane season, forecasters said. Senior hurri-
cane specialist Jack Beven said it wasn't
unusual for the storm to form in May, out-
side the hurricane season that starts June 1
and ends November 30. "What we call the
hurricane season is a totally manmade
creation. Nature doesn't always pay atten-
tion to that," Beven said.
Eighteen tropical storms and four hurri-
canes have been recorded in that month
since 1851. Private and university fore-
casters have predicted the 2007 season will
be especially active, producing up to 17
tropical storms and hurricanes and a "well
above average" possibility of at least one
striking the US. The US government plans
to release its predictions May 22.
The Cayman Islands, like Bonaire,
has a coral reef-driven tourism indus-
try. Often previously ranked among the
top 10 scuba diving destinations in the
world, the reef system of the western Car-
ibbean territory has lost 50% of its hard
corals in the last 10 years. Because of
global warming, Carrie Manfrino, presi-
dent of the Central Caribbean Marine In-
stitute said, "We are at a very critical time
in the history of coral reefs. It is like work-
ing with a sick patient. How well we treat
that patient will determine if that patient
survives. We could potentially see the end
of hard coral reefs in our lifetime." Bon-
aire could be similarly affected.
A UN panel- the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change has warned that
the world must make sweeping cuts in
greenhouse gas emissions to avoid a rise in
temperatures that could inundate islands
and coastlines under rising seas and kill off
the world's temperature-sensitive coral
reefs. In a report issued on Friday, the
IPCC said keeping the increase in tem-
peratures within 2 degrees Celsius (3.6
Fahrenheit) would only cost 0.12% of the
world's annual gross domestic product.
To places that depend on dive tourism
that would be a small investment if it were
enough to save the coral reefs. Global
warming is heating sea water, which leads
to coral bleaching and white plague, a dis-
ease sweeping and killing coral around the
City Cafe is going all out to cele-
brate their 10th anniver-
sary with 10 days of fun,
events, a car show and
biker parade, a jump
up, a market festival
and more. Things get going on Friday
June 1 with free cake, discounts on dinner
and entertainment by the Foyan Boys and
Equal Rights & Justice. The aim is for fun
as well as fund raising for a sound and PA
system for Jong Bonaire, says City's Huub
de Groot. There will be music, local folk-
loric events every day from 6 to 9 pm
across the street. "And," de Groot contin-
ues, we want to get a lot of the groups to
play who've performed at City in the last
10 years." What an awesome task!
There will be games, clowns, a kids'
disco and a free lunch for the elder folk -
all part of a community outreach. "We
want to work for and with the Bonairean
people," says the energetic and entrepre-
neurial de Groot. See the schedule in the
City Cafe ad on page 9.
l You read it first
in The Reporter. On
the heels of their
Eyes rock concert
last year the Fun-
dashon Bonaire En-
tertainment plans to have a Soul night
during Regatta Week this year. It will be
an Open Concert with no entrance fee.
The evening will feature a Soul Band, a
Soul DJ and as main act, George "Rock
Your Baby" McCrae.
The Bonaire Entertainment Founda-
tion, in cooperation with SKAL and the
TCB, proudly announces the start of the
Week Market. Just because the cruise
ship season ended they thought that the
popular Cruise Ship Market shouldn't have
to end too. In a meeting held on Friday
11th of May at CKB (Small Business Bu-
reau), 14 vendors and participants of the
Cruise Ship Market decided to continue
with a weekly market every Friday. It will
be held in Wilhelmina Plaza beginning this
Friday, May 18 (if the permits are ap-
proved in time). The market opens at 10am
and will close at 7pm. To become a par-
ticipant of the Week Market you must join
the Foundation. For more information
call: 717-2749 or 786-5136.
We couldn't help but notice that on
this past Sunday, Mother's Day, local
restaurants were serving many meals, the
beaches had lots of people and the picnic
spots were full. Here's a group of mothers
enjoying themselves at Sorobon.
> The Good Hearted Kids, Hdbennan
di Bon Kurason, of the Bonaire Youth
Outreach Foundation, are continuing
their project, 'Let's Drive Away Poverty
Together.' Their aim is to stimulate Bon-
aire youngsters to contribute to the com-
munity by working as volunteers. The
project began last year with the distribu-
tion of Christmas presents to underprivi-
leged children. Now, the teens, under
guidance, are going to repair houses of
people who need this work but cannot do
it themselves, like the elderly, single
mothers and the handicapped.
Last Saturday they began the restoration
of two houses. This project is partly fi-
nanced by Usona. Sunbelt Realty and
Playa Trading have also contributed to the
project. If you want to help or are young
and want to work, contact coordinator
Sheloutska Martinus at 796-5566.
> Class VWO 4 (Pre-University
Bonaire Reporter- May 18-25, 2007
Hcm'cicn Juz Fc vRI Nall
If you are on Bonaire this week spend all
or part of your waking hours listening to
fine jazz. Some concerts are free, others
are only a modest charge. The sounds of
Jazz are already being heard around town
as musicians get ready for the Third An-
nual Bonaire Jazz Festival. The three main
nights of the Festival (listed below) are
totally filled with musical opportunities.
Wednesday, May 16- 5-7 Opening of
Polyrythmik Exposition at Kas di Art
Thursday, May 17, Festival opening eve-
ning starting at 7:30pm jazz-and-poetry
concert in Fort Oranje (free). After that,
festival bands will perform on the Prome-
nade across from City Cafe. Every night
there are free sessions beginning around 10
pm at Little Havana.
Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19 -
Main concerts on the beach of the Plaza
Resort near Tipsy Seagull Restaurant -
The Paoli Mejias Quintet from
The WES Group from Washington,
Gerardo Rosales Mongomania, a
sextet from Venezuela,
Trio Yuri Honing
Oswin "Chin" Behilia joined by a
Ivan Jansen's quartet
The Jean Jacques Rojer trio of Cura-
gao with Paquito d'Rivera
The Happy Band
Plus on Saturday, May 19, the student
orchestra of the SGB high school and the
local music school reinforced with festival
musicians Franklin Granadillo and Scott
Katzev will perform on the main stage.
Sunday, May 20- Jazz brunch at Divi Fla-
mingo Beach party at Bongos Beach at 5
pm with the Freewinds Band
Little Havana Jazz from 10pm on.
Every day of the festival the
"Polyrhythmic" art exhibition will be going
on in Kas di Arte with live music and wine-
For more information on the festival, the
artists, special packages, and accommoda-
tions, go to the website www.bonairejazz.
The special musical guests for the Festival
are: Scott Katzev from the US on tenor
saxophone; Boy Janga from Bonaire, per-
cussion; Franklin Granadillo from Aruba
on trumpet; and Linda Anthony from Bon-
aire, vocals. D G.D./Press release
Ticketsfor all three concerts are NAf5O or NAf30per session.
Ticketsfor sale at Plaza Resort, Kontiki, City Cafd, Bongos Beach,
TCB, Bonaire Boekhandel and at the gates of the main concert.
Shrink Looks at SCUBA
Nitrogen narcosis, or "rapture of
the deep," is one of those things
that some divers like to joke about but
really is no laughing matter. (Pun in-
tended) While a recreational diver is far
more likely to experience nitrogen narco-
sis than decompression illness, we know
much less about the exact physiological
mechanism of nitrogen narcosis than that
of DCI. Unfortunately, both can result in
a diver fatality, the first from being bub-
bly drunk and foolish and the second
from being bubbled up.
So, when we were on Bonaire a few
years ago on Father's Day and my daugh-
ter Stacy gave me a T-shirt that read,
"I've got nitrogen narcosis. What's your
excuse?" I was not quite sure how to take
the message. I assumed it might have
been a critique of my fanatical diving.
Surely, she could not have been referring
to my charming personality.
A dive student perform-
ing a timed puzzle task
on Bari Reef with in-
structor Benji Schaub.
The purpose of the task
is to demonstrate how
much longer it takes a
person to perform the
task while breathing
high pressure nitrogen
at depth compared to
the surface. Breathing
compressed air at depth
affects a person's prob-
lem solving abilities and
That is one of the big problems with
nitrogen narcosis. You probably don't
even know you have it at the time. In
1935 Behnke et al found that even at just
66 feet (3 ATM), breathing compressed
air produced "euphoria, retardation of the
higher mental processes and impaired
neuromuscular coordination." At 100
feet (4 ATM) he found even more impair-
ment in divers. What is especially scary
is that it occurred from the very begin-
ning of exposure to compressed air and
did not change with time at depth. In
other words, breathing compressed air at
depth makes you stupid and slow and
clumsy, not exactly worthy goals.
In the winter of 2004 I conducted a poll
of 1,984 divers and asked, "In 2003 did
you experience nitrogen narcosis on any
dive? (light-headedness, euphoria, ela-
tion, laughter, poor coordination, slowed
thinking, poor judgment, or reckless be-
* -. Sve sy h-c~
havior)" and at what depth they began to
experience it. Only 20% of males
(n=1,523) and 18% of females (n=461)
admitted to having any signs or symp-
toms of nitrogen narcosis while diving in
2003 and most of those reported that it
began when they were deeper than 90
Is it possible that all the other divers
stayed above 60 feet on all their dives in
2003? Not likely. It is far more likely
that they under-reported their symptoms,
either because they either failed to recog-
nize them or to remember them. There
can be wide individual susceptibility to
nitrogen narcosis. That is another good
reason to dive with a reliable buddy so
you can check on each other. Just make
sure he/she is less susceptible than you.
Fortunately, the impairment from nitro-
gen narcosis resolves rapidly with de-
compression. Of course, this assumes
you have not already gotten yourself into
trouble thinking you are invincible.
Next week: How to tell if your dive
buddy is narced, since it is not likely you
will recognize it in
yourself. And hope- 7
fully, your buddy
will return the favor
if it is not already
David Colvard, M.D.
David F. Colvard, M.D., is a private psychiatrist
and clinical investigator in Raleigh NC, and a
divemaster. He hosts
provides evidence-based infor-
mation for divers on psychologi-
cal and stress factors in scuba
Bonaire Reporter May 18-25, 2007
Female Divers' Self-Reports of Nitrogen Narcosis in 2003
Ever Narced? Female Divers
Male Divers' Self-Reports of Nitrogen Narcosis in 2003
Ever Narced? Male Divers
Bonaire's ParrotWatch Update
There has been much happening in the lora world so there is plenty to men-
tion for our first Bonaire Reporter-sponsored ParrotWatch update. The most
exciting news is not, however, from any of the three lora nests we will be follow-
ing at ParrotWatch.org. They seem to be in no rush to start breeding this year.
The parrot team have been busy in far flung places all over the island and be-
tween us we've found a few new nests which now have eggs! With the help of
STINAPA we have been able to focus more on the Park this year, but when you
are trying to find parrots the Park suddenly becomes a very big place! We've seen
lots of aggression where pairs are disputing who's going to use the nest site and
Sophie even saw one pair being evicted by another. The dominant birds were liter-
ally dragging the others out of the nest by their beaks!
"Oswald" and "Olivia" from the overhang nest are the only Parrotwatch birds
that have so far have been caught on camera (see video capture frame above) First
Oswald was inside in the nest checking the place out and making a few adjust-
ments in preparation for three months habitation. Then Olivia joined him and it got
all funky! Something we've never seen before took place but to find out exactly
what it was you'll have to support the project and go to www.parrotwatch.org. D
Story & photo by Sam Williams
Picture Yourself With The Reporter
B onaire resident artist Avy Benhamron shows his friend,
Karen, who arrived on Bonaire this week, the Bonaire Re-
porter in the rain before they ascend the Eiffel Tower in Paris
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CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS
On behalf of my fellow board members of the Foundation of the
Blind, especially Elka and Wicha, we wish to congratulate you on
your 13th anniversary, for ajob well-done.
We are more than pleased to have your already well-known and
accepted newspaper on the island. You and your team's continuous
hard work has made the newspaper to be one of the most successful
ones here in Bonaire.
We thank you for doing a great job and for your support through-
out the years to our organization.
Masha Pabien and Thanks !
Fundashon Kuido pa Bista i Oido
UNHAPPY ABOUT THE BEACHED BOAT
Translated from Dutch: (Graag wil ik mijn ongenoegen uiten over
het achter ons huis geplaatste) See pg. 11
Hereby I want to use the occasion to express my dissatisfaction
about the 'boat restaurant' that has been placed behind my house. I
live on Kaya Grandi 75. My backyard had a full view on the sea
until last week. Because of the placement of the 'boat/ restaurant'
The Angel, I lost half of my view and the boat I'm looking at now is
a dreadful sight.
Of course I understand that this piece of land was meant to be built
on. I know Bonaire is working hard to get a new status. Project de-
velopers, businesswise and privately, people invest a lot of money in
condominiums and houses. So probably the use of this piece of
to the Editor
ground was unavoidable for the future.
What amazes us though, and is quite regretful, is that the government has provided a license to
someone with a project as The Angel. Continued from Column 1
This boat is absolutely disgraceful and very ugly. It doesn't add anything to the Bonairean culture
or nostalgia. Better to say, it looks like a piece of junk that has been thrown on the island by a huge
I heard that the owner wants to contribute something to widen the boulevard of Kralendijk, so that
tourists move a little further on the seaside to drink and eat at a 'very special' location. But after the
knowledge of the boat/restaurant being a fiasco on water; is it necessary to try it again, on land?
The owner hopes he'll get a lot of guests. But if he really wants that, I have some super advice for
him. If he would have had it sink it would have probably been a very attractive dive site for tourists
and would attract more people than the restaurant will ever attract. Maybe a t-shirt with the text, "I
have dived the Angel underwater restaurant," would make more money than the attempt of the
I also find it very egocentric of the people who have given him a license to build on this ground,
but also of the owner to place such an ugly object, straight in someone's back yard. What would the
gentlemen think of it themselves if something like this would happen to them, and that something
like this would be built 10 meters from their house? In Holland something like this is called horizon-
tal pollution. It's a law against degeneration of the neighborhood. Of course, I know Bonaire isn't
Holland, but the island could use this law as an example.
We hope as neighbor occupants that we won't get any nuisance from loud music and other noises
when the bar stays open until late.
Bonaire Reporter- May 18-25, 2007
Mama Smile: The Movie
Mama Smile at the Premiere
Somebody passing by Movieland
and not being aware of the occasion
last Wednesday could have easily mis-
taken the setting for the premiere of
"Mama Smile" as the premiere of a huge
Hollywood movie, first to be shown on
Many people showed up in suits, and
the hall of the cinema was packed with
distinguished people. Movie star of the
night was Mama Smile (Poppy
The huge crane lifts the boat across
Kaya Kachi Craane photo W. Gronenboom
The Angel began its career as a classic
wood sailboat, reportedly built in Brazil.
It was bought by its current owner and
first converted to a high-sided power-
boat, but when that proved too unstable
two pontoons were added. For the next
years it served as a floating restaurant,
once leading the Regatta parade, hosting
weddings, sailing sunset cruises and
much more. After considerable expense,
including transporting a mammoth crane
and steel sling from Curacao, she 's
ashore, seaside, to continue her career. A
kitchen and toilet facilities will be nearby
to meet sanitary codes but the flavor and
style unique to The Angel will be pre-
Rodreguiz) who arrived on the red carpet
just a few minutes before the start of the
movie. In traditional Bonairean dress she
welcomed all the guests and took the time
to chat with everyone.
The premiere of "Mama Smile" was a
touch of the Tourism Awareness Program
(TAP). An issue with some tourists when
they visit the island concerns the attitude
of Bonaireans, or better to say, the lack of
it. But for the locals themselves it's vice
versa. They find a lot of tourists very
rude and impatient on an island where
everything should be easy going. Poco
Poco is their motto, translated: slowly
slowly, and they don't think tourists ad-
just enough to their way of life. This can
result in tourists staying away from the
island and locals treating the tourists with
the same lack of respect that they sense
they are being treated by tourists.
So the start of the TAP was no coinci-
dence. The goal of the program is to
stimulate touristic development on Bon-
aire by increasing the knowledge and
conscience of locals, to improve the im-
age of tourists to the locals, to improve
the quality of the service offered on Bon-
aire, and to enlarge the labor force par-
ticipation of locals in the touristic sectors.
The main reason for the movie is to
show local Bonaireans the main attrac-
tions for tourists and how beautiful the
island actually can be for visitors and
how much there is to do on it. The slogan
used in the project and which frequently
is spoken by Mama Smile was, "Smile!
T he company is called Bonaire
Dream NV, and the Director and
only current employee is Felix (Eki) Kel-
ler. Keller has some dreams that he wants
to let come true in his life. One of those
dreams of having a boat restaurant on
land is on its way to becoming true, by
putting his boat Angel on dry land in
Kralendijk to start a breakfast/dining res-
taurant and piano bar. His plan is to open
it on the first day of the Regatta. A nice
dream, but whether his neighbors are
happy about it is another question. They
are afraid it will become a whorehouse.
The sight of the boat is peculiar and at-
tracts a lot of attention from people pass-
ing by. Some people yell encouraging
words to Keller. Other people just stare at
the new attraction of the island without
saying a word. The boat, weighing about
27 tons, was carried in and placed next to
Kaya Kachie Craane last Saturday. This
didn't go without any problems. Keller,
who says everybody
calls him Captain
Felix, lost a piece of
his tooth during the
transport by hitting
his mouth on the
Although the sight
of the boat isn't very
pretty at the mo-
ment, the plan Felix
has with it seems
quite promising. In
front of the boat he
will build a beach
with parasols and
beach chairs and
where guests will be
Bonaire ta dushi (Smile! Bonaire
is sweet)!" Poppy as a Bonairean
role model is a perfect choice by
the TAP organization as her smile
is contagious and her personality
During the 30-minute promo-
tional film, Mama Smile visits all
the tourist attractions on a quad.
Her first destination is Washing-
ton Slagbaai National Park, where
she exchanges the quad for a
mountain bike, to ride the dirt
roads in the park. This scene is
hilarious and the audience reacts
accordingly. It appears that it was
probably the first time for Poppy
to ride a bike, and with a dress
that size, it was impossible for her
to stay balanced, resulting in a lot
of falling off the bike. Probably quite
bruised she could still manage to smile
and repeat the slogan again.
After her visit to Washington Slagbaai
her trip continues to Pink Beach to go
diving. The destination after that was
Sorobon Beach, where a Mama Smile
stand-in wearing the dress did some acro-
batic moves on a windsurf board. This
scene caused a lot of laughter from the
audience as well. Mama smile continues
her adventures to go kite surfing and is
chased by donkeys at the Donkey sanctu-
ary. The trip ends with land sailing and a
kayaking trip in the mangroves.
Poppy explained after the movie that it
wasn't easy for her to participate in it,
welcomed by waiters in captain's cloth-
ing. The inside of the boat will be filled
with tables where people can have break-
fast or dinner. Felix: "The menu will con-
sist mainly of local seafood and some-
thing special. What that will be is still a
secret." On the roof (top deck) of the boat
will be an area for dancing and a corner
for more romantic dancing. "The view is
amazing from there. I will have some
music, but it will be very quiet. My plan
is to keep this place as quiet as possible. I
don't want to make the same noise as the
other bars on the coastline. My place
should be for people who want to relax
and enjoy the cozy atmosphere. And of
course I don't want to disturb my
neighbors. That's why my bar will only
stay open until 2 am."
To become the owner of the land was-
n't easy for Keller. It was the same for
those people adjacent to the property
who have been trying for many years to
The Angel in her new spot
Mama Smile andfilm makers
Maarten Post en Jarl Piepers
and that it was mainly thanks to the film
makers that the movie could be shown
this night: "Filmmakers Maarten Post and
Jarl Piepers convinced me to do the crazi-
est things, also some things I thought I
was too afraid to do, for example, riding
on a quad. But Post and Piepers con-
vinced me to do W le
all this crazy
stuff and made
Smile kept smil-
Story & photos
own the land themselves. The property
lies next to a drainage waterway which he
will be responsible for. Keller: "I applied
for it in 2002/2003 and presented my plan
to the authorities. They seemed fond of it,
with the motivation that they like innova-
tion, and that a boat as a restaurant would
attract more tourism to that part of the
coastline of Kralendijk. My plan is also
unique because nobody has ever put a
boat on dry land to make a restaurant out
of it on the ABC islands. It took one year
before I got permission to put my boat
Keller knows that placing a boat next to
a drainage waterway has its responsibili-
ties. "One of the conditions of placing a
boat next to it is to keep the waterway
clean, and I'll make sure that will happen.
People are worrying that I will use it to
pour my own wastewater in it. But I
won't do that, I'll use a septic tank for
that. I'll also make sure that with heavy
rain, nothing will happen to the surround-
ing houses, and nothing will get flooded."
The neighbors aren't very happy about
his plans though. Keller: "They have tried
to stop it with a court case. But they lost
that on all points. I can understand that
some neighbors aren't happy that their
view is blocked now because of my
plans. But that's not my problem; I took
all the steps to own this piece of land
legally and rightfully. If they have a
problem with it, they
should go to the gov-
ernment and not to
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Bonaire Reporter- May 18-25, 2007
FOR RENT- 2 bedroom fully fur-
nished apartment available at the end
of June, Kaya Mandolin 2. Call after
The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support
to Bonaire's non-profits. To learn more
about making a US tax deductible dona-
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a
MARES, H.U.B. fully integrated
medium, BCD, 3-yrs,old,100 dives,
includes: 1st Stage, 2nd stage octopus,
inflation/deflation control, all hoses,
Gauges, console and weight system,
black & gray. New $1,999, E-Bay
$1,124. Bonaire $500. Phone, 791-
Once again, if you have an empty bot-
tle of Sea Gold or Sea Drops, for a
limited time only, Carib Inn will fill
these for half price!!
For Sale: Sony Digital Camcorder,
boxed and unused, Model DCR HC96E
in PAL format, takes Mini DV tapes has
widescreen, 3 Mega pixel still camera,
Carl Zeiss Lens, 2 Years guarantee, in-
cludes new case, tapes etc. Unwanted gift
$720, Call: 717-2675
Fantastic Phantom bag-less cyclonic
canister vacuum cleaner practically
new, NAf100-. Call 786-3117.
All must go!! Saturday 1000-1300.
please call for address 786-3558
Iron board and iron / dining table /
wine rack / beach mat //3 jackets /
books... so many Dutch books / shop-
ping cart / bar stool/Tunisian rug &
Portuguese blanket/ 2 backpacks /
kitchen stuff-cutlery / excl Vodka col-
lection / /toaster/tuner radio/clothes/
baby bed / antique wagon wheel. Pass
the word around!!!
Chevy Blazer, 1993, techn. good con-
dition, body double anti-rust protec-
tion, NAf 6.500. Tel. 796-5582
Toyota Corolla (1992) for sale! It's
in good condition and has been well
maintained! With automatic gear-
change and power steering. NAf4.250.
Tel. 700-8253 or 511-7492.
Pro pe rty
Harbour Village Marina Front
Condo For Sale- Large one bedroom, 2
bath apartment located in a secluded all
condo building away from the hotel traf-
fic. Full kitchen and laundry, tons of stor-
age space, large patio with walkout to
marina dock. Private owner sale.
For rent: Luxurious new apart-
ment for two persons. NAf1.500 per
month. Dishwasher, washing machine,
boiler, kitchen machines, outside place
to cook, including weekly linen.
firstname.lastname@example.org, 717 -
Nice apartment for rent,
NAf500,00 all inclusive, one living/
sleeping room, one bathroom, quiet
neighborhood. Contact: digital-
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Euses itti ng
Two responsible and dedicated par-
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Many references available. If you can
help call 717-2675 or email
Bonaire experienced house sitters
with references available 3-8 July &
22-27 July. Contact email@example.com
Experienced Pet/House Sitter avail-
able- Experienced Bonaire visitor (20
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Holistic 3 day Retreat Planned June
2007 by visiting expert on Ayurveda,
involving yoga, massage & diet. Direct
questions to email fhumming-
LOST ITEM REWARD!!! I've
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important data... If you have found or
seen it, please let me know and you
will be rewarded! Call me at 511-
7492 or 700-8253 or send an email to
AB Carrental is looking for Rental
Agents. Forthright, customer orien-
tated, experience with computers and
administration. Written and spoken
communication in Dutch, excellent,
spoken communication in English
good. Spanish and Papiamentu desir-
able. Owner-drivers license.
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Flamingoes at Lac Photo courtesy O. Bartels
P rogressive Environmental Solutions "Why
(PES) is a not-for-profit organization Lac? I
currently working for the long-term sus- aire is
tainability of Lac. Lac is the 700-hectare econon
area that includes the mangrove stands, Cai increas
and Sorobon, to name a few well-known once o]
spots. Founded in 2006, by Carina Kalke numbe
and Kris Kats, PES's purpose is to con- that ha
serve and restore aquatic environments that ist trad
are under threat and/or in decline. Through this ma
research, monitoring, and publishing its aire, PI
findings, PES seeks to find sustainable natural
solutions that are economically sound and enjoy
environmentally responsible. The decision aire. U
to focus on Lac is due to Lac's unique as quic
habitat. It is home to one of the last re- at an ir
maining mangrove areas of its kind in the from o
Netherlands Antilles. This intricately nities.
woven ecosystem provides a nursery for monito
many species of juvenile fish, a are imn
feeding area for larger predatory fish, a and eai
foraging area for sea turtles,
a feeding and roosting area
for many species of birds,
not to mention the green
house gas reducing proper-
ties and coastline protection
that the mangrove trees
themselves provide. Its
natural beauty is a daily
S attraction for horseback rid-
ers, kayakers, snorkelers,
beach goers and of course
Swindsurfers, while also be-
-;- ing of great importance to
the health of Bonaire's reefs
and in turn Bonaire's num-
ber one attraction: diving.
So, you might be asking,
does anything need to be done for
sn't it pretty healthy?" While Bon-
a leader in its conservation practices,
nic and environmental pressures are
Sing dramatically. Where there was
pen land, today there is an increasing
r of newly built houses and hotels
ve become home to a growing tour-
e and second homeowners. While
ly be good for the economy of Bon-
ES seeks to take steps to protect the
resources that bring people so much
lent and keep them returning to Bon-
ntil recently, Bonaire has not grown
:kly as its island neighbors. It stands
nportant crossroad. It can learn
ther's mistakes and missed opportu-
PES's objective is to implement
ring before problems are visible or
ninent. Through early monitoring
rly detection of environmental
changes, we have the opportunity to
prevent or take corrective action that
both protects the habitat and main-
tains its economic sustainability. We
believe the best way to solve envi-
ronmental degradation around Lac is
to prevent it. To that end, in January
of 2007, Progressive Environmental
Solutions began conducting a year-
long monitoring program in Lac. The
information gathered from this moni-
toring will form a thorough baseline
or "snapshot" of current conditions. Volu
The baseline documentation will
include: water temperature, rainfall,
water levels, salinity, dissolved oxygen,
conductivity and nutrients as well as speed
and direction of predominant currents.
GPS and aerial photography are being used
to document fresh water inflow and areas
of mangrove growth and dieback. Work
will also be done to understand the sedi-
mentation patterns and flow in the bay,
specifically in the popular windsurf area of
Sorobon. By beginning this monitoring
program now, while the system is rela-
tively healthy, PES is creating a frame of
reference, which can be referred to as
changes occur, making us better equipped
to assess and respond to those changes. As
with any ecosystem, each species living
within Lac has a function and many are
interdependent. This means that the de-
cline of one species can have unexpected
adverse effects on other aspects of the sys-
tem. Through PES's work, we can go be-
yond monitoring the numbers and health of
a single desirable species like conch and
turtles and monitor the overall health of the
rnteers Danny and his intern, Alex
system, on which these and many other
species depend. Parameters such as nutri-
ents, water temperature and salinity can
serve as an early indicator for certain prob-
lems within the system. Habitat protection
is integral for species protection in the area.
With pressure from building and tourism
mounting, it is necessary to have a com-
plete set of data for the current conditions.
This will make detection and early re-
sponse to environmental degradation possi-
ble. It equips Bonaire and its leaders with
solid data that can inform decision making
for the best management strategy not only
in the short term but ultimately to protect
the area for future generations so Bonaire
can always be unhur-
ried, unspoiled and
For more information
visit www.proes.org or
send an email to
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The 13th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brower,
featuring some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."
Kevin Williams is the owner of The
Great Escape, a cozy 10-room hotel
in Belnem. "The tropical hideaway in a
tropical wonderland" is secluded and quiet.
It is the ideal place to relax, not to rush. The
hotel is famous for having no fewer than 32
different brands of beer!
Mr. Williams is also the owner of an army
green Morris Minor pickup, built in 1960.
Kevin: "It is the rarest Morris Minor. There
were 1.7 million Morris Minors made. Only
30,000 of them were pickups. All the other
ones were saloons or vans or station wag-
ons. (The so called "woodies "/JB). Of the
pickups about 2,000 were left hand drive
and 200 of those were shipped to the US.
Nineteen out of those 200 are still running.
One of them has been exported to Bonaire.
Of course, that one is mine. So in fact in the
States there are 18 running Minor pickups
now. I know there are some vans in Chile
that are running, and up until 1986 there
was a running pickup on Curagao. Some
older visitors from Curagao think they rec-
ognize my truck as the vehicle from their
In the States English cars were popular.
People liked Jaguars and MGs, and for
families, Morrises. Most people don't real-
ize that MG stood for "Morris Garages." It
was the sports car division of Morris.
Kevin: "I just like small cars. This is my
third Morris. I bought it in 1999 from a car
collector. My first Morris was a Minor
Traveler. It was painted black and had wood
paneling. The car had been fitted with a real
1098 cc. cast iron straight four cylinder
overhead valve engine in line. It was a car
with a right hand side steering wheel, so the
wheel was on the "wrong" side for the US
roads. My second Morris was also fitted
with the wheel on the wrong side. It was an
island bright blue Morris Mini, built in 1972
and fitted with a 998 cc. engine, very similar
to the old Minor engine. Those Minis were
real handlers. They won the famous Rally
de Monte Carlo for several years!"
He shows a scale model of his black Mor-
ris Minor Traveler. He also owns a very
small model of his Mini. Same color: island
"This army green sprayed Morris Minor
pickup is my first left hand drive Morris so I
hesitated slightly before I decided to by it.
The car was built in 1960. It has been fitted
with a 948 c.c. engine. After a rebuild it
grew to 972 cc.! The truck is supercharged
with a Shorrock supercharger kit. The su-
percharger is belt driven from the crankshaft
and is about a third of the size of the com-
plete engine. My truck does about 85 miles
an hour. That is about 135 kilometers an
hour which is more than enough for this
small car on our small island. As you may
understand, I really love my
little compressor mouse. I
have it sanded and re-
sprayed by Akkermans
every year so that rust won't
eat it alive. This car is very
easy to maintain, easy to
work on and there are plenty
of parts left in the world,
especially in Europe."
Mr. Williams knows a lot
about British cars, especially "'
about all kinds of Morris
cars and British Leyland A-
and B-series engines. What he does not
know is that the island of Bonaire is keeping
the body of a secret Morris Minor Saloon in
a hidden place. I'll find the place again and
tell Mr. Williams!
For more information about the Morris
and The Great Escape:
Bonaire Reporter- May 18-25, 2007
Euro Cup... a d RaBy Bonaire's Ruben Petrisie
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Ruben does a loop photo courtesy The Loft
After the EFPT (European Freestyle
Professional Tour) event in Tarifa,
Spain, I stayed for some practice and testing
together with some of the Loft team riders. I
did some Slalom sessions which felt great,
just like back in the old days. I have not done
racing for a long while but was surprisingly
faster against most of my own team riders,
even Monty the Boss himself who is a very
After a week of training and testing it was
time to go for the first slalom event of The
Euro Cup. Together with some of the team
riders we drove from Spain to France for
about 12 hours, all the way up to Leucate.
We arrived a few days early to do some se-
cret training and tuning.
The event kicked off with a huge entry list.
Somehow I also was entered as one of the
big names next to Antoin Albau, Steve Allen,
Ross Williams, Finian Manyard and many
more. What a surprise really because I am
more well known on the windsurf freestyle
First day of the event started off with no
wind at all and the forecast looked really bad
for the whole week. But on the other hand it
was well organized with lots of activities for
the spectators and visitors who did not
seemed to get bored at all.
It was super sunny and lots of people got
out to feel the early summer vibes
here in Europe which is very rare
for this time of year. Some of us
took the time for the media and got
exposure for our sponsors.
I was approached by a new
Dutch company that just launched
a new website for extreme sports:
www.zriders.tv. They will have
windsurf reports and event movie
clips in the near future. So the first
Euro Cup Slalom event ended with
no results. But we all had a won-
derful time in France. I was a bit
sad because I really wanted to do
some slalom sailing to compare my
skills against them big boys. After
the event we drove back to Spain. You c
We did a Loft photo shoot and
also worked on a new pattern
for our slalom sails. It was
really cool to see how many
parts you have to put together
to have a working race sail. I -
was really stoked to actually
help build a sail.
Windsurf Rap Music
After Spain I moved to Mu- Meeting fans in Belgium Herman_Maes photo
nich, Germany, where I visited
one of my producers, Podersdorf, to finalize who is known as the number one MC (he
tracks for the Austrian EFPT event. Since creates the best beats) in Turkey, followed by
last winter I started with windsurfing Rap Harun "Roonbeat" in Germany. And they all
music, an idea and a dream that developed have been extremely helpful to me. We
into reality. I hooked up with a Turkish shared our thoughts and ideas and somehow
windsurf instructor, Serkan, who is a Rap it all clicked together. The boys at the Base-
star. He introduced me to his producer Yasin Mode studio were helpful and happy to have
me along. We have many plans and projects
we're working on now. I am sure that you
will hear more from us soon. We are just
The event organizers in Austria heard
about me; they were the first to give me a
chance to present our projects to the wind-
surfing fans. So I organized some copies of
my tracks for the press, media and maga-
zines. I chose five songs out of my early
collection to give the fans a taste of what I
have been up to lately.
Next up is the second EFPT event in
Podersdorf, Austria. Also you get to hear
about how I took 5,000 fans on my first per-
formance in one night. O Ruben Petresie
'an't windsurf all the time Herman Maes
Pet of the Week
C aught between catnaps
"James" shows just what
a relaxed and mellow cat he is.
James is about a year old and
he's a proven "really nice cat."
He gets along with everyone: the
other cats in the cat cage, the
Shelter staff and volunteers and
he even seems not to mind the
dogs and puppies nearby. He's a
fine specimen of a Tabby with
his handsome stripes, white
paws, stomach and chest, and a 4
beautiful amber colored eyes.
He's in excellent health, has am"
been wormed, tested for feline leukemia, has had his shots and is sterilized. You may
see James at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Saturday 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
People often wonder whether to adopt a kitten or an adult cat. Although kittens are
adorable one has to realize that caring for it is much like caring for a baby. They
need almost constant supervision (keeping them away from electrical cords, house-
hold cleaners, etc) and have endless energy, often displayed at night! An adult cat,
on the other hand, is usually much calmer and less likely to get into trouble. And its
personality and appearance are already defined does it like to sit on your lap? How
does it get along with others? The best part of adopting an adult cat is that you're
literally saving a life. Because most people want to adopt a kitten the chances for an
older cat to be adopted decreases with age and its chances of being put down in-
creases. Most of these cats would make wonderful pets if they're just given a chance.
James is a perfect example! OL .D.
Bonaire Reporter- May 18-25, 2007
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
5-18 1:50 2.1FT. 11:36 0.6FT. 101
5-19 2:43 2.1FT. 12:22 0.6FT. 96
5-20 3:38 2.OFT. 13:06 0.6FT. 88
5-21 4:28 1.9FT. 13:44 0.7FT. 76
5-22 5:27 1.8FT. 14:11 0.7FT. 64
5-23 0:51 1.5FT. 6:15 1.6FT. 14:33 0.8FT. 23:32 1.5FT. 51
5-24 3:19 1.4FT. 7:12 1.5FT. 14:48 0.9FT. 22:24 1.5FT. 41
5-25 4:42 1.3FT. 7:58 1.4FT. 14:48 1.0FT. 22:11 1.6FT. 36
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Early Show (Usually 7pm)
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Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
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May 17-20 -Jazz Festival Schedule
See more on pages 4 & 8. More infor-
Thursday, May 17- Ascension Day
Holiday, Banks, Govt., shops close
Friday, May 18-First "Week Mar-
ket," Wilhelmina Park, 10 am-7 pm.
Every Friday. Info 717-2749, 786-5136
Sundays, May 27, June 3 & 10 -
Bonaire Culinary Team invites you
to a tasting of their competition 3-
course meal with cocktails and wine.
At the SGB's Chez Nous, 7 pm. All
proceeds help to send the team to the
Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Olym-
pics in Miami in June. Tickets NAf50
($29), Margreth Kloos, Tel. 717-2897
or email mar-
Reserve early; only 30 tickets per eve-
Thursday, May 31 Full "Blue"
June 1-10 City Caf6 goes all out
to celebrate its 10th anniversary with
10 days and nights of activities and
celebrations See page 9
Sunday, June 3 38th Anniversary
of Washington-Slagbaai Park Cele-
bration at the entrance to the park,
all day. Entertainment, games, music,
stands from the Rincon March6, guided
tours, mountain biking. More informa-
tion call STINAPA 717-8444.
Sunday, July 1 15th Annual Dia
di Arte in Wilhelmina Park All day
and evening starting at 10 am. Artists,
musicians, craftsmen and top notch
local foods and drinks. Participants:
sign by starting May 31. Call Edwin
Martijn 786-8400, Mishuyla Sint Jago
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Resort,
Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for
hot slot machines, roulette and black
jack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7
pm- 3 am.
*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 Marsh--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
Marshes 1st Saturday of the month, 6
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-8285
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to
9 pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from
Warehouse 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 ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for
only $10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30
* Reporter writer Albert Bianculli
presents his Multi-Image Production
"Bonaire Holiday" at 6:30pm, 7:30 pm
or 8:30pm,. Casablanca Argentinean Grill
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
* 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
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
* Caribbean Night A la Carte -
Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar,
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
* Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive
Resort, 8- 9:30 pm
* Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am, Buddy
* 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
Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sunrise
Poolbar and Sportsclub, for children 0 -
* 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
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm,
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the Sea"
Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays-Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea
Turtles ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st
& 3rd Tuesday at Buddy Dive Re-
sort (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 venerable old home that has been restored
and furnished so it appears the family has just
stepped out Local ladies will tell you the story.
Open Monday thin Friday, 9 -12,2-4. Week-
ends by appointment 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 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone 717
-6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majes-
tic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shop-
ping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts
# 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, Bridge
Club: Wednesday 7.30 p.m. at Fla-
mingo Airport (Technobar), airco, all
levels, NAf2,50. Call Joop 717-5903,
or be there in time (7.15 p.m.)
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: Re-
nata Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rod-
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above 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. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English on Sundays 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in
Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am.
Children's club Saturday 5 pm in Kral-
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 Meet-
ing at 7 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30am. In Papiamentu, Spanish
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday
at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
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Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30-10 am Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night A la Carte; Mon. Fish
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At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28 or $15.75.
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Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
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At the Caribbean Club Bonaire-on the scenic Rincon Road Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Frequent Dinner Specials
717-7901 Happy hours 5 to 6 daily, to 7 on Tuesday BBQ night.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate NAf 10 take out lunch every day -
Kaya Grandi 70 Open Tuesday through Saturday main dish with 2 side dishes.
717-3293 7:30am-5:30pm; Sat. 9am-2pm Special on Tuesday and Thursday: Lasagna.
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Downtown- Kaya Grandi 48 Open everyday except Tuesday 2 for 1 Happy Hour 6-7:30
717-5025 For Dinner Incredible Mexican Cuisine
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The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds
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City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selec-
tion of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV,
computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and in-
store financing too.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest num-
ber of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank.
They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally
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 Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at
Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join their
monthly cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining
the highest professional standards. In town at City Cafe
and at Eden Beach.
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers,
fitness machines and classes for all levels.
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and antiques
at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great teak furni-
ture and Indonesian crafts.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and
offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. In-
credible selection of pots.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
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.
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking, hik-
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reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail:
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Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
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Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, specializ-
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Valeries Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
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Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
air conditioned market with the, largest selection and
lowest prices on the island.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
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The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
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tion, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch and drinks
too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday nights.
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now try
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A Venus-Moon Spectacular this Saturday
the Moon Visits Saturn and Regulus on Tuesday
Mark two dates on your
calendar. This Satur-
day, May 19th, just after sunset
is the night when the Moon and
the most brilliant planet of all
will make one of the most ex-
quisite sky pictures you'll ever
see. And also mark Tuesday
night, May 22nd, as the night
you'll be able to use the Moon
to find both the ringed planet
Saturn and the brightest star of
Leo the Lion.
On Saturday night, May 19th, A spectacular photo taken ofEarthshine
just after it gets dark out face
west where, if its not cloudy, you will see an absolutely exquisite pairing of our 2,000-
mile-wide Moon in exquisite crescent form with 8,000-mile-wide Venus which is right
now shining extremely brightly. And you'll notice immediately without any prompting
that this is the kind of sky pairing that is so dramatic that it takes most people's breath
away and has done so for thousands of years for as long as men, women and children
have looked up at the heavens. So don't miss this please.
And look also for what appears to be a dark full Moon nestled within the bright cres-
cent. This is called Earthshine because unlike the bright crescent which is lit by direct
sunlight from the Sun, the greyish black, dim, almost-full Moon is sunlight bouncing
off our Earth onto the unlighted portion of the Moon and back to Earth again, thus the
name Earthshine, which is also poetically called "the Old Moon in the New Moon's
Now while this is an absolute knockout to the naked eye, if you have a pair of bin-
oculars you'll be totally blown away. And if you have a small telescope you'll notice
that Venus looks like a tiny last quarter Moon. And 24 hours later, on Sunday the 20th,
it will be much higher and on a straight line with the two brightest stars of Gemini -
Pollux and Castor.
And on Monday the 21st, it's heading for its next stop and is getting ready to close in
on the ringed planet. Indeed, on Tuesday the 22nd, an absolutely exquisite Moon will
be parked just to the left of and so close to Saturn you'll be able to use it as a Saturn
finder. And once again, if you have a telescope, take a look at Saturn now because it's
truly wonderful. Plus if you look just to the left of the Moon you'll see one of spring-
time's brightest stars, the hot blue-white star Regulus which marks the heart of Leo the
Once again: this Saturday an exquisite Moon complete with Earthshine is parked
right next to Venus, and on Sunday is parked on a straight line with Gemini's Pollux
and Castor. On Monday it's zeroing in on Saturn and on Tuesday you can use the
Moon to find both Saturn and the heart of the cosmic lion king. But if I had to pick
only one night, I'd pick Saturday the 19th because Venus and the Moon will be truly
awesome. I guarantee it. O Jack Horkheimer
SSunday, May 13 to Saturday, May 19 2007
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You will easily charm members of the opposite sex.
Voice your opinions and contribute to the de bate. Avoid any over indulgences. Do
not yield to children or relatives when they really don't deserve it. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Travel and communication will be lucrative for you.
You may have a hidden adversary who would love to prove you wrong. Monitor
your budget carefully to avoid unnecessary stress. Express your interest if you want
the relationship to progress. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You will have good ideas for home improvement
projects. Keep your thoughts to yourself for the time being. You can find out inter-
esting information if you get a chance to talk to people you respect. Don't blame
others for your own stubbornness. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Visit friends or relatives who have been confirmed.
Changes at home will be necessary. Now is a good time to ask for favors. Travel will
promote new romantic en counters. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) It's time to make professional changes. You can enjoy
social events and meet new potential mates; however, avoid being lavish. You will
have a great day if you just say what you feel. It might be best to keep your ideas to
yourself this week. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You will be erratic and quite likely to make personal
mistakes. You may find that family members may not be too easy to get along with.
You will have to make some changes regarding your direction if you wish to keep on
top of your career expectations. You need to clear up some important personal docu-
ments before the end of the year. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Be tolerant, but don't let any one take you for granted.
Emotional upset may prevail on the domestic scene if you have neglected your du-
ties or your mate. Your financial situation may be draining and it's time to make
some serious changes. Use your high energy and dynamic approach to win favors
from superiors. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Discover opportunities based on the individuals
you mingle with this week. So smile! You may be tired of working for someone else.
You can expect opposition from family as well as colleagues. Your lucky day this
week will be Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You can win points if you present your ideas
this week. Involvement in groups will be favorable and lead to valuable information.
Opportunities may come up at prestigious affairs. Be very careful while in transit or
while traveling in foreign countries. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Encourage the youngsters in your family.
There's lots to be done and if you meet your deadline you'll be in your boss's good
books. Colleagues may try to undermine you when talking to superiors. Be prepared
to neutralize any threats. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You could lose a good friend because of it. Your
dramatic approach to life has probably gotten to your mate. You have the stamina
and determination to succeed. You will enjoy interaction with others this week. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Your goals will be in reach if you direct your energy
wisely. Direct your energy wisely. You will be able to contribute a great deal to or-
ganizations that you join. Be tactful if you see flaws in someone else's work. Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
Bonaire Reporter- May 18-25, 2007
he Island Since..... 993
Jona Chirino Felida
Swas born on Curacao in 1965.
1 Both my parents are Bonairean, but
as there wasn't much work on Bonaire, my
dad found a job as a bridge man on Cura-
cao. When I was 15 I was with the youth
movement of the MAN party and after that
with P&P (Partido Nashional di Pueblo)
where I participated in several politically
ideology courses and events. My parents
were neutral politically and not very happy
with my interest in politics.
After high school I studied to become a
social worker. At 23 I married Rudsel
Chirino. He was a friend of my brother's
and when my mom and dad had their 25th
wedding anniversary the two guys took
care of the music. That's how we met.
What I liked about him? His tiny feet! And
he's an attractive man.
When I was 26 my first child, Nadine,
was born; now she's 14. I finished my
studies when Nadine was four months old.
My mother had gone to live on Bonaire
where it was easier to find a house and a
job, so the three of us also moved here. I'd
been here on vacation, but when I came to
live here there was a big difference. When
you are on vacation on Bonaire the people
are open and friendly because you're here
as a guest, but when I moved here it was a
struggle. I wanted to be accepted, not only
as an Antillean but also as a Bonairean.
After people recognized this it got quiet.
I began to work immediately with the
child welfare board. When I got com-
plaints of child abuse I had to investigate
and report the results to the judge. Also I
had to make inquiries for the mothers into
the finances of the fathers to see if they
could afford to pay child support for their
children. And I was the intermediary when
it came to the visitation rights for the par-
ent with whom the child was not staying
and the child itself. That was my first job;
my first step. I worked that job from 1993
till 1999 six years you can't work a job
like that too long because at a certain mo-
ment it becomes too much. Either you be-
come too tough or too indifferent, and
when that doesn't happen it could kill you.
The only thing that was fun was the bond
you had with your colleagues; that made it
People here abuse their children mostly
because they are ignorant; it's a lack of
education and they let the problems mount
up too much before asking for help. And
some people see asking for help as a fail-
ure on their part or, in some cases they are
too proud. While I was working for the
child welfare board my son Yavis was
born; now he's nine. I worked two more
years for the board, then I became the ex-
ecutive secretary for a governmental dep-
When I came here in 1993 I started to
orient myself politically. I participated in a
course organized by FORMA to enlarge
the political consciousness of the Bo-
nairean politicians, and during the six
months that I attended the course I got to
know the political newcomers on Bonaire
quite well. This course gave me all the
tools to make a conscious choice, so in
1996 I chose PABOSO, the party of Nochi
Willem. That was my first entree into Bon-
aire's politics. I chose PABOSO because
of their ideological vision, because it is a
social democratic party and because of the
party leader, Nochi Willem, in whom I put
a lot of trust. He was always very well
informed and he knew exactly what he was
talking about. At that time they were the
opposition and I found it to be a very ag-
gressive opposition. That was in 1996.
In 1998 I was eligible for the first time
for PABOSO for the states elections and I
got 54 votes. We didn't get a seat then, but
we did gain a lot of experience. In 1999
there were elections again, this time for the
Island Council; then PABOSO got one
seat. It was a key position and they joined
the UPB in the 'prikichi coalition' (so
called because of the yellow and green
parties colors of the prikichi).
I started to work on the government
"We give these children the
punishment. Instead of being
locked up, they have to follow
a path of guidance and sup-
port to change their behav-
council as the executive secretary for the
deputy. Because PABOSO was very con-
cered about reliable management we
worked mainly on finances and personnel
affairs. As the portfolio secretary I was
primarily busy informing the government
officials and organizing management and
policy regarding the SSV (government
security force) and environmental issues.
We really put our ideas into action and we
had a grip on it. That's what I did till 2002
because then Nochi Willem stepped out of
the coalition before the elections."
Jona is vivacious, well-educated, smart
andfast and totally involved in what she's
doing and she 's a rock; a lady who's mak-
ing a difference.
"Then I worked for a year with the fam-
ily welfare institution. After the judge pro-
nounces his sentence in a case of child
abuse, a family guardian is appointed to
guide the family to a better, more protec-
tive situation for the child. I worked in the
name of the children's court magistrate. I
had 40 families to guide; that was a luxury
because many of my colleagues had 60
families per person. It was intense and
impossible that's why I'm not doing it
I decided to start working more preven-
tive than curative because many a time I'd
come to the conclusion that very little was
done to prevent casualties. It was more
proof that the people needed to be edu-
cated. So I started giving courses in my
spare time; I did coaching and counseling
and I was giving all kinds of information
about family problems. In 2003 I started
with Fundashon J.O.N.A. (help/organize/
norms and values/for development). We
were four fieldworkers who were strug-
gling constantly with the same problems -
like there was too little information for
parents and children, there were too few
opportunities for adults and children to see
experts, and children didn't have enough to
say about what was happening to them.
One of the first projects of Fundashon
J.O.N.A. was a youth congress organized
on Bonaire at ABVO. Eighty-five children
between 12 and 20 joined us and in the
discussions we used the methods of Sean
Covey: 'Seven habits of highly effective
teens.' A second very successful activity of
the Fundashon was to hire a psychologist
who would come weekly to Bonaire to
help the people free of charge, a project
subsidized by AMFO. Also, J.O.N.A.
gives material support to needy families (a
Usona project, of which Holland is the
donor) and we have another very big pro-
ject, education support for parents and
children who are appointed by the schools
(also financed by Usona).
Another project we're conducting is with
youngsters under the age of 18 who have
come in contact with the law for the first
time. We give these children the so-called
'education-punishment.' Instead of being
locked up they have to follow a path of
guidance and support to change their be-
havior. It's decreed by the public prosecu-
tor or the judge and the child welfare board
makes sure the sentence is carried out.
Through the years the situation has not
become worse, but predictions that were
made 10 years ago have since come true. I
think nothing has been done to change the
outcome. There's no planning because
there are not enough finances or people
and the people who are working on it don't
have the time to look forward.
Now I'm working part-time at FORMA
as a social worker in a project that obli-
gates all youngsters between 16 and 24 to
get an education. They are having a hard
time. I am doing regular guidance of the
young mothers because it is they who have
to make the difference for themselves,
for their children and for the future of Bon-
aire. I'm working on this project with heart
and soul because if not, we will lose an-
I am still politically involved. During the
last elections I was on the list of the Ali-
ansa Democratico Boneiriano, representing
PABOSO, and of all the women from all
the political parties who were eligible I got
the most votes, 233! Do I have a seat now?
No, because I was number 17 on the list of
the Aliansa. Now we're re- evaluating to
see what we can do and what the possibili-
ties are for PABOSO. I will stay politically
active no matter what and my husband is
supporting my choice 100%. My children
understand what I am doing, but they don't
always think it's fun. I will keep on work-
ing for Fundashon J.O.N.A. and I will go
on looking for funds to solve the social
problems." She laughs: "Jona lo keda sem-
per pa e hende! Jona will
always be there for the peo-
tonaire Reporter- May 16-25, 2UU0