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1.*ee,0Y1 o ,to\ fJuly 20.August 3, 2007Volume 14, Issue 27

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What's Happening?
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S"- y accepting financial supervi-
sion, Bonaire has completed
one of the actions required to have
direct relations with the Nether-
lands," said Finance Commissioner
Burney El Hage. "Because of this the
island's financial position should im-
prove and the debt problem tackled.
Simply said, supervision has shifted
from the Antillean Government to the
Dutch." According to El Hage Bonaire
always was under the supervision of the
Antillean Central Government. How-
ever, it was never implemented as re-
quired by law. The financial supervision
becomes effective at the end of July.
The supervision remains in effect until
Bonaire becomes an integral part of
Holland set for December 15, 2008.

0 Bonaire banks have taken all neces-
sary actions to counter "skimming."
"Skimming" is a process which allows
criminals to copy the information
from a person's credit card or debit
card while they are using an ATM
(Automated Teller Machine). With the
information copied off of the card's
magnetic stripe, criminals can produce
illegal cards to use to withdraw funds or
charge the legitimate owners' accounts.
Some banks have installed anti-
skimming devices on all their ATMs.
Additionally card users should suspect
anything that looks peculiar about an
ATM and be suspicious of "help" from
strangers if their card doesn't work. Se-
curity teams in the Netherlands Antilles
and Aruba have been highly effective in
discovering skimming attempts, leading
to the arrest and conviction of the crimi-
nals involved. So far there have been
no cases of skimming on Bonaire. It is
important that our visitors and local
community be aware of this risk to pro-
tect themselves here and while traveling
abroad as well. For additional informa-
tion to feel free to contact your bank.
(Issued by the Bonaire Banker's Asso-

1 In September the University of
the Netherlands Antilles will offer a
six-year-long Law Study course on
Bonaire leading to the degree of Bache-
lor or Master of Law. The course of
study is aimed at educating profession-
als for a career under Bonaire's planned
new status as an integral part of The
Netherlands. The education program
joins UNA courses in Teaching and
Papiamentu. To fine out about enroll-
ment contact Evelyn Randt, Kaya
Grandi # 52, (telephone 717 6095 or e-
mail: lofo@una.an. UNA will need a
minimum enrollment of 17 students

S- -

1 Bonaire artist Henk Roozendaal will participate in a group art exhibition
in the Broadway Gallery, 473 Broadway, in New York City's artsy SoHo section
this November. He is the first artist from Bonaire to be so honored.
Henk has lived and painted on Bonaire since 1999, where he discovered his
'stylized realism.' His works can be seen around the island, most notably at the
Cultimara Supermarket and in many private collections. Here he is at Dia di Arte
in Wilhelmina Park earlier this month.

before it will teach the course here.
The cost for the course is NAf.
3010,50 and payments can be arranged
through local banks
More details are available on the UNA
website, www.una.an

The Bonaire government pro-
vides 22 sports facilities, including the
stadium in Kralendijk, the field in N6rt
di Salifia, sport complex Tra'i Montafia,
Johan Cruijf Court in Tera K6ri, La
Sonrisa field in Tera K6~r, the Little
League Ball Park in Amboina, the Little
League Ball Park in Rincon, and sports
complex in Nbrt di Salifia. New Sports
Commissioner Anthony Nicolaas says
that former commissioner James Kroon
did a good job in maintaining the sport
complexes. The commissioner says that
it is very important that the sports fields
be well maintained. Nicolaas and acting
director of Sedrebo, the Bonaire's Sports
Foundation, Francis Wanga, visited all
the public sports fields recently.

) The FKPD (the center for the
handicapped) is looking for volun-
teers not because they're short of staff
- but with the purpose of integrating
their people more into the island's com-
munity. Everyone is welcome locals
and foreigners, occasionally, or on a
regular basis to mingle with the peo-
ple, to chat, or to do something together
with them like handicrafts, sewing or
needlework, cooking or sports. During
the daytime you may visit the center in
Rincon to get an idea about the organi-
zation and its beautiful people. After
4pm and during the weekends you may
visit the homes where people live under
guidance, located close to the More for
Less Supermarket in Nikiboko North.
There will always be professionals to
assist you and the language is no prob-
lem. Some of the people understand
English and Dutch, but all of them un-
derstand the language that comes from
the heart. If you have patience and love
to give and if you feel like doing some-
thing that's really appreciated and ful-
filling you should give them a call. Dur-
ing working hours: 717-3936 or 717-
6210 and ask for Shunilla Kroon.

0 The Vision and Hearing Care
Foundation of Bonaire has a new of-
fice in Tera KbrA. The Foundation was
founded 32 years ago and was called
Societeit voor Blinden (Society for the
Blind) in the beginning. The bylaws
were modified recently and the founda-
tion got a new name. It is currently fo-
cusing on vision with hearing to follow.
The Foundation wants to provide infor-
mation so people can recognize sight
problems as early as possible because it
often happens that eyesight fails be-
cause of neglect. Spokesperson Elka
Coffie said the Foundation meets every

) Bonaire's popular luncheon and
dinner spot, Bistro de Paris, has re-
opened after vacation and refurbish-
ing and it's better than ever. Patrice
and Fred have introduced a new
"mochachino" and the daily specials are
superb. The other day at lunch they
served a lamb sandwich, lamb made
only as the French can do it. If you're
looking for excellent French food
served with the traditional French flair,
stop by for lunch or dinner. Bistro de
Paris is on Kaya Gob. Debrot, just south
of the marina.

Antilles News

1 The Curacao Island Council fi-
nally agreed with the "final statement
for the reorganization of the Antilles
( Slotverklaring)," clearing the way for
Curaqao to be part of the ongoing proc-
ess along with the other islands. It was
approved with 12 votes in favor and five
votes against. Dutch State Secretary
Ank Bijleveld-Schouten said, via her
spokesperson, that the Netherlands is
very pleased that Curaqao has agreed
with the final statement. They are satis-
fied, especially because the approval of
the final statement is in the interest of
the people of Curaqao.

) St. Elisabeth Hospital, Sehos, in
Curacao is not able to offer vital
medical care to all seriously ill pa-
tients, the Dutch newspaper,
Volkskrant, reported last Saturday. Ac-


Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
Windsurfer Reports EFPT Greece, Turkey 3
Ambassadors -Vossen Dahmen 4
Guest Editorial-Bonaire Refledions 4
Turtle Tracking Begins Again 5
Transmitting OK 5
Amado Vreswijk-V world Champbn in Turkey 6
BONAI atVW-ll Tanki Maraka 7
Spedal Olympics Prep for China 9
Magic Ed Graduates 9
Rotary Turover-Ruud Vermulen Pres 9
ABetter Fire 11
Good Idea Gone bad-Artifical Reefs 11
Communication w/o Dialogue 12
Cricketon Bonaire? 14
Overthe Top Dive Cleanup 15
Preserving Bonaire Monuments 16
Washington Park Godparents -Goldman 22

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Sudoku 8
Parrot Watch 10
Ask Olivia (Lora Survival) 10
Bubbles/Did You Know(Coral Reprodudion) 13
Classifieds 17
Sudoku solution 17
Pet of the Week (Marie) 17
Tide Table 18
Reporter Masthead 18
What's Happening 19
Movieland Film Schedule 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
Sky Park (Scorpius, Jupiter, Antares) 21
The Stars Have It Month of July 21
Picture Yourself With the Reporter 22
(Ed Janga in Las Vegas)
On The Island Since/Born on Bonaire
(Leon Eijkelkamp & Nuria Sint Jago)

cording to the newspaper, Medical Di-
rector Douglas Pinedo asked the Dutch
Minister of Health, Ab Klink, for 15
million euros to help solve the problems.
During the last few weeks, 16 intensive
care unit (ICU) patients were sent to
Colombia, Venezuela or the US because
all ICU beds in Curaqao were occupied.
According to Volkskrant, the hospital
lacks personnel and medical equipment.
Sehos offers care to all ICU patients of
the Dutch Antilles, including Bonaire, as
well as neonatal care for Aruba. Dutch
parliamentarians have been advised of
the situation and will take action.

1 Last week the Netherlands Antilles
Olympic Committee, NAOC, an-
nounced that the International Olympic
Committee had agreed to allow NAOC
to continue even though the Antilles are
committed to break apart politically. The
NAOC, having served athletes of Cura-
gao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, Saba and St.
Eustatius for 75 years, is attempting to
maintain its Olympic status. Representa-
tive of the local Olympic committee
have met with sports leaders of the vari-
ous islands to find a way to represent the
interests of all the athletes despite the
governmental and country status

) The Social Security Bank, SVB,
announced in its annual report that it
had an NAf 23 million surplus in 2006.
The SVB manages the Sickness Insur-
ance Fund, the Accident Insurance Fund,
(Continued on page 8)

Bonaire Reporter July 20-August 3, 2007

Page 2

Reports from two world windsurfing events by Bonaire'srap windsurfstaRubenPetrisie

EFPT Events in Rhodos, Greece and Alacati, Turkey...

After the Le Defi event in France I headed back to Turkey to train for the up-
coming European Professional Freestyle Tournament (EFPT) event that was
going to take place on Greek island of Rhodos (Rhodes). One of the Turkish rides
and I set off from Alacati to a southern town in Turkey called Marmaris. From there
it's just a one-hour trip by ferry to Rhodos.
When we arrived in the port of Rhodos we were picked up by the organization and
headed straight for the beach. We had one day to practice and prepare the equipment
for the competition day. Some of the riders had already been there a week having
lots of fun on and off the water. The entry list was pretty filled with some of the best
European riders, showing that Rhodos was not a event they wanted to miss.
The last two years the EFPT event was held in Prasonissi on the south point of the
island. After last year's experience we all were happy to compete in the northern part
of the island on the Ilysos beach in Trianda. Side-shore winds (winds blowing along
the coastline) and its three easy-access windsurf centers were ready to get you go-
ing. Lefteris from the Fanatic station put this amazing event together by himself and
we all looked forward to the best of it.
This is a very touristy spot with high rise hotels right on the beach, while the little
streets in the towns are packed with shops and restaurants. It was a more crowded
and exciting atmosphere which gave the Rhodos event this year a special touch.
Day 1
Skippers' meeting was held at 1 o'clock and everybody got ready for the action.
Conditions were super sunny, 280 C, water around 230C and the wind was moderate
from 17 to 22 knots. I was in the third heat against a Polish rider.
The heat started pretty well for me, leading by three moves, while my Polish oppo-
nent, "Mr. Winkowski, had not even realized that the battle had started. In the last
minutes of the heat the wind dropped and I managed to put down some solid moves.
The Polish rider left the heat before the end because of not being able to catch up
with the amount of moves I had put down. So I easily advanced to the next round.
After some heats it was time for me to face a strong sailor from France, Nicolas.
The heat started and we both exploded, giving it the best we could. At the beginning
of the heat we were pretty much on the same level. I took out my Loft Sail 360 Free
5.8 just to make sure that when the wind died I could still have enough power to per-
form my maneuvers with seed. but unfortunately the wind eot a bit stronger and my

Close competition at the mark in Rhodos -Ruben ahead in points

sail felt a bit too big. Nicolas managed to do some impressive moves and took the
The rest of the heats went on and the Finals were between the famous Dutch boy,
Kevin, and German brainiac, Mr. Paskowski. Kevin pulled out lots of difficult tricks
and performed with great energy while Paskowski played the game safely and per-
formed more moves at ease and did not even fall off at all. The current tour leader
(Continued on page 6)

tonaire Reporter July 2U-August 3, 200U

Page 3

1L emv Bon a i re

fl m b~asa d ors

Paul Vossen and Anja Dahmen live
in Herkenboschin, the state of
Limburg. Together they manage Finan-
cial Consulting Firm in Roermond.
They first came to the Antilles to visit
a friend who was working in Curaqao.
The second time that they visited him, he
gave them a one-day trip to Bonaire for
their wedding anniversary.
They toured the island by scooter and
have loved it ever since, returning again
and again.
They love the sunshine, the splendid
nature, the untouched and lovely island,

the culture and the friendly Bonairean
After their friend returned to Holland,
they kept returning to Bonaire and stay
at an apartment owned by the Sander
family who are from Roermond too.
"We come every year to Bonaire and we
are glad that we own a house on the is-
land. We have been coming since 1991,
and we want to stay in Bonaire once and
for all, that is our dream."
Paul and Anja from Holland are two of
Tourism Corporation Bonaire's Ambas-
sadors. Congratulations! O TCB release

Guest Editorial
Bonaire On Reflection.

After nearly three years on Bonaire, the time has come for my wife and
me to leave. Looking back, these things I have learned.

Bonaire has an inherent beauty that cannot be described. It is a combination of peo-
ple, climate, location and nature that, as a whole, makes it more than a sum of its
parts. Few people visit Bonaire without discovering that. One of the biggest chal-
lenges on the island at the moment is addressing the balance between profitability
and conservation. Bonaire's strength is also sadly its weakness. The fragility of its
nature which is becoming more threatened by the day is the very reason that most
people live, visit and return here. I would suggest that those who do live on the is-
land should move away for a year. It is true that you don't know what you have until
you lose it.
As Bonaire moves towards closer ties with The Netherlands, many changes are im-
minent. It is up to the people who care about the island to stand up for Bonaire's
future. Progress cannot be stopped, but, one can decide if that progress is positive or
negative. There is a need for better infrastructure, water delivery, public transport,
sewage treatment, waste management, etc. These come at a price so revenue has to
be found. A steady increase in tourism is OK but should not be the only source of
income. Industry and production need to be encouraged to take away the reliance on
the tourist dollar.
The Government needs to be made accountable for how Bonaire progresses. For
every person who moves to the island to live and work in paradise, another arrives to
bleed it dry. Greedy, unsympathetic developers snapping up land are the biggest
threat to Bonaire at the moment. When there is no more land or property to buy or
sell, these people will be gone. They care nothing about the infrastructure, the in-
digenous community or the future of those they leave behind.
Fortunately for Bonaire, there are people here who truly care. Let us hope that the
slingshots with which our local heroes are armed are a match for the money that is
the weapon of the many Goliaths.
As I look down on my island from aboard the KLM flight that will take me to pas-
tures new, I will feel privileged to have been a part of it all. There are not many peo-
ple in life who are lucky enough to have a life changing experience. I am one of the
lucky few.
Masha danki, Boneiru.
Tony Bond
Ed. Tony Bond has contributed stories to The Reporter: Snack Detectives (Well, now
you know) and World Cup reporting among them. We will miss him.

Bonaire Reporter July 20-August 3, 2007

Page 4



STCB's Funchi Egbreghts and Mabel Nava with Eloise


W orking in teams, staff and volunteers from Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire (STCB) intercepted a large female Hawksbill turtle as she
came ashore at 10:30 pm on Thursday, 12 July 2007 at No Name Beach on
Klein Bonaire. Working into the early morning hours, they released "Eloise"
back into the sea at 2:30 am with a satellite transmitter attached to her carapace.
This is the first turtle that will be tracked this nesting season.
If you will remember this past
November, Her Majesty Queen
Beatrix of the Netherlands visited
Bonaire and offered to sponsor the
tracking of one of our sea turtles.
At that time she requested that the
turtle be named after one of her
p granddaughters, Eloise.

Eloise to Earth:

"Trarnsmitting OK"
A ndy Uhr, head
of the STCB
writes, "In the past, we
have used transmitters
manufactured by Te-
lonics, Inc. but for this
deployment, we used a
unit from Wildlife
Computers. Perhaps
we did something
wrong in configuring
the transmitter or did
not secure the trans-
mitter properly to "Eloise" resting at Knife off Klein Bonaire
"Eloise's" carapace? Photo courtesy of Irene da Cunda
These and other possi-
ble problems went through our minds as we waited. Well, we received an email
last night and while it contained only one data point, we are glad to report that the
transmitter is functioning correctly and that "Eloise" appears to be right off Klein
We are pretty confident we know exactly where she is hanging out thanks to a
report and video from Irene da Cunda, a dive instructor and photo-pro at Toucan
Diving. While accompanying a group of divers on Friday morning, 13 July, at the
Knife dive site, Irene came across "Eloise" resting in 13 m (40 ft) of water and
took some outstanding video. Our thanks to Irene." E Andy Uhr

"Eloise" measured 86.2 cm (33.9
in.) straight carapace length, and
her weight is estimated to be in
excess of 100 kg (220 lbs.). Typi-
cally it takes anywhere from 15 to
30 years for a sea turtle to reach
maturity and they can live to be
60 years old or more. STCB staff
originally tagged "Eloise" in June
2004 in the waters off Klein Bon-
aire when she last came here to

This was the third nest "Eloise"
laid this season with her last nest-
ing being on 2 July. It is antici-
pated that she will lay one or more
nests before she leaves the area to
return to her home foraging

The first nest of the 2007 nesting season, a Loggerhead nest, was confirmed
on No Name beach on Klein Bonaire on April 25.

The Truus & Gerrit van Riemsdijk Foundation, a private foundation, has
pledged a grant of 25,000 Swiss francs (approximately US$20,000 or NAf
50,000) for 2007. This very generous grant goes a long way in helping the
STCB meet its fund raising goal for the year. STCB is asking for donations to
help continue its work this year and next. Contact Mabel Nava at STCB, PO
Box 492, Kralendijk, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles phone (+599) 717 2225 or
(+599) 780 0433 for more information or to contribute.
STCB exists to ensure the protection and recovery of Bonaire's sea turtle
populations throughout their range. Founded in 1992, the STCB is a Bonaire-
based, non-governmental and non-profit organization, part of the Wider Carib-
bean Sea Turtle Conservation Network. O STCB Press release & photos

Bonaire Reporter July 20-August 3, 2007

Funchi with Queen Beatrix at Klein
Bonaire during her November '06 visit

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Windsurfing Report Continued from page 3)
took the victory. I was stuck in position
number 9.
On the same afternoon Lefteris and the
race director Harry decided to run the
double elimination right away, and of
course for Damike, the Tour manager,
it wasn't a problem at all.
So off we went. I was set in the sec-
ond heat against another Polish rider, the
Polish champion. I was really motivated
and started the heat with a huge forward
loop and pulled out some technical
moves in between my routine. The Polish
rider was not too stable and I took the
victory. I advanced to face the Normina-
tor, Mr. Gunzlein, another German talent
who was actually on fire because of be-
ing kicked out by Kevin in the single
elimination. I gave it the best I could
give, but even that was not enough to
stop Mr. Gunzlein. He advanced heat
after heat, climbing up the ladder to meet
with his final enemy, Mr. Paskowski.
They both performed really well. But
Andre had just more of a unique taste in
his routine which gave him the victory
over the double elimination...and winner
of the 4th EFPT freestyle event held in
Ialysos, Rhodos North.

Final results after double elimination:
1. Andre Paskowski Germany
2. Norman Gunzlein Germany
3. Kevin Mevissen Holland
9. Ruben Petrisie Bonaire

Day 2
The next day of the event we held a
skippers' meeting at noon and Mr.
Lefteris, event organizer, decided to run
a super session in front of the crowded
We all had lots of fun pulling some of
our best moves and at the same time
making use of the opportunity to train a
bit for the upcoming event which will be
in Turkey .
At night we had a nice barbecue organ-
ized by one of the surf stations in coop-
eration with the Blue Horizon Hotel. It
was a nice relaxing atmosphere. After-
wards we held the awards ceremony and
even with some difficult circumstances
the event organizer and the surf station
did their very best to gave us all a sweet
time in Rhodos. Some riders had to catch
their flights while a bigger group ar-
ranged for the equipment to go to the
port where we would have to catch our
ferry to Turkey. Arkin from ASPC surf
center in Turkey was in Rhodos to help
us along the way to Turkey.

Bye Bye to Rhodos, Greece,
and Hello to Alacati, Turkey

The EFPT riders and crew jumped on
the ferry the next morning. We all had a
relaxing morning and the ferry took
about one hour to reach Marmaris, a
southern town in Turkey where we had,
like last year, a truck waiting to carry
over 25 board bags. This time we had a
bigger, fully air conditioned bus. Every-
thing went a lot different from last year
except that our driver was driving like
we were on some kind of school trip.
Even other buses were faster than we
were, just for you to imagine how slow
we where going.
Anyway, after about five hours with
some stops of course, we made it from

Marmaris through Izmir
to Alacati where the
wind was still blowing a
bit. We even had some
kids waiting to at last
meet with their European
windsurf stars. We all
quickly unloaded the
truck full of board bags
and yes, there was still
time for a late afternoon
session. Some of the
riders went out and gave
it a try.
The next day was an-
other training day and
every body took it easy.
At night we had an
amazing dinner at a
fancy restaurant, Club
Baba, followed by a
meet and greet party at
Shaka Bar.
The next day we all
registered and headed
down to the beach for the
official skippers' meet-
ing at 11 o'clock. Condi-
tions were sunny, 290 C, Bonairean
water 250 C. The wind risie in the
normally is more stable
after 1pm; it was be-
tween 17-22 knots.
I was set in the first heat to open the
event against a Turkish rider. Since I
train with all of them I know their exact
abilities so I just took it easy and ad-
vanced to the next round, again facing
the Frenchman. Nicolas. The wind
seemed to get more gusty than it was
before and some heats were even can-
celed. Some of the other Turkish riders
had gotten a lot better than last year and
even kicked out some interesting big
names of the EFPT.
Besides that we had a special new-
comer from Bonaire, Mr. Bjorn Saragoza
himself, showing us his amazing quick
performance to overcome the Austrian
champ Rossi. Afterwards he met with the
2004 EFPT champ and really gave him a
hard time, until the heat was canceled
because of too light winds, but Bjorn was
still able to do all sort of switch stance
combinations. After another try the Ital-
ian was aware of Bjorn's level and
pushed harder. In the end Bjornjust
missed one move which he pulled off too
late and the Italian took the victory.
The next day the wind did not show up
at all. During the day there was also a
fun light wind event where the riders
could impress the crowed with some
crazy sail flips and combinations. Our
Bjorn made his way to the podium to win
a special prize sponsored by Oakley.
That was it, no results, and the Crown
for the King of the Bay stayed in Turkey.
In the late afternoon the awards cere-
mony was held at the ASPC surf station
followed by a happy hour and BBQ with
the Power FM radio station. We all had a
good time again this year in Turkey
thanks to the support of the ASPC surf
center and corporate sponsors.
Next up is a small event in Perna,
Croatia, followed by the European Free-
style Championships of Production
Boards in combination with the EFPT
tour that will be in Belgium next Month.
Thanks for reading and look out for the
next windsurf reports. O Ruben Petrsie

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Windsurfers in Turkey: Windsurfer Mom. Lethica Saragoza, son Jurgen, Ruben Pet-
back, Bonaire's Olympic windsurf champion, Patun Saragoza, and other son Bjorn.

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World Champion Under 13
Windsurfer-Alacati, Turkey

esults received in Bonaire on
Saturday from the Slalom
ProKids competition showed that
Bonaire continues to be a "name' in
the world of windsurfing.
Amado Vrieswijk, 11, from Bonaire,
was able to beat a lot of older boys and
girls and took 3rd place in the Under 15
Slalom ProKids class. This also put
him in first place in the Under 13
group. The windsurfing press calls
him "promising." You bet!
In Freestyle young Bjorn Saragoza
was never in trouble and secured his
third place. O BVO release
Bonaire Reporter July 20-August 3, 2007


Jacky Bernabella, Dr JayHaviser and BONAI member
Daniella Bissessar discuss the site map.

World War II changed Bonaire
forever. It was the foundation
for the modem Bonaire culture introduc-
ing 20t century technology, and, as a
result of the contact with the about 100
American soldiers stationed on the is-
land, modified the up until then mostly
Dutch, African and Indian inspired cus-
toms. To learn more about this pivotal
era in Bonaire's history Antilles' Arche-
ologist Dr. Jay Haviser with Jackie
Bernabela and Hubert Vis of SKAL
(Cultural Preservation Department) su-
pervised a group of high school students,
aged 14-18, in a study of the site where
the troops were stationed.
The students are part of the educa-
tional enrichment program called BO-
NAI (Bonaire Archaeological Institute)
which has over the years done archeo-
logical work at Fort Oranje, put together
the whale display at Washington Park

and numerous other projects that have
benefited Bonaire's residents and visi-
Their current research is an archaeo-
logical investigation of the remains of
the US military camp at Tanki Maraka,

off the Rincon road, just north of the ball
field at Subi Blanku. From 1942-1947
the site was used for radar control, com-
munications and as part of the operations
of Bonaire's first airfield at Subi Blanku.

The daily fieldwork at the Tanki
Maraka site was done by the BONAI
students, six to 16 of them, working each
day in the hot sun and dust of the mondi.
The primary objectives of the project are
to record the camp structures to be able
to reconstruct the plan of the camp and
to conduct excavations to recover arti-
facts from the site. During the first week
of fieldwork the BONAI team dug two,
one by two meter excavations, made
surface collections over the site area, and
began mapping of the structures' ruins at
the site. The second week continued
with the site mapping, additional exca-
vations and hosting a visit by older Bon-

aire citizens, some of who actually
worked at this military camp in the war
years, and who explained some of the
site features, as well as details of life at
the camp.
Numerous artifacts from the WW-II

Dr. Haviser explains some techniques to Culture Commissioner Maritza Silberie

period have been uncovered: tin cans,
glass bottles and construction materials
used for the camp barracks. The final
map of the entire site area is expected to
be one of the most important results of
this BONAI study.

An additional benefit of this research
is to highlight the positive relationship
between Bonaire and the US during the
war years, as a compliment for tourism.
It may even be possible that someday the
Tanki Maraka WW-II military camp
could be made into an open-air park for
visitors and locals to better understand
the effects of times gone by, according
to Haviser. A crew from the NBC affili-
ate, Dive Travel TV Channel, filmed at
the site.
The BONAI students will be continu-
ing the project by conducting more oral
history interviews about the World War
II period with Bonaireans who remem-
ber the period first-hand.
Archaeology is not always about the
very distant past. BONAI's work is
proving this to be true. O Jay Haviser/

Report: Open House at
Tanki Maraka
Tanki Maraca, somewhere off the
Rincon Road, Saturday, July 14, 2007

t was more than 60 years ago that
about 100 soldiers lived in these
barracks at Tanki Maraka, but today the
clues are there as to what life might have
been like. Soldiers from the American
Army were here from 1942 to 1945.
Then after the war, from 1945 to 1947
the base was occupied by soldiers from
Puerto Rico, which at the time was the

US command base for the Caribbean.
At the open house last weekend the
public was able to get a look and feel
for what the BONAI group of students
discovered on the site. Many of the
finds were right on the surface. There
were lots of beer bottles from every-
where the US, Puerto Rico, Vene-
zuela. Those bottles that had non-screw
caps had their tops sheared off. Was
this a macho thing to drink from a
ragged glass bottle top? The students
found Clorox bottles, the bottom of
which have a code that tells the date it
was manufactured. Other bottles once
contained witch hazel or cologne.
There were parts of kerosene lamps,
parts of tin cans that showed how they
were opened with a knife or a can
opener. There was even a sole of a
shoe. Toothpaste containers, most
likely military issue, and combs turned
up. (The Army must have been con-
cerned with good health and hygiene.)
They found building materials -
barbed wire, roofing shingles and a
rotted out frame for a screen door.
Even in those days the mosquitoes and
limbi limbis must have been nasty.
The students found parts from a 1939
Ford military truck. Roads built of
local coral rock over the clay-like soil
still exist. The footings of the tall radio
mast are still there. The tower was an
impressive site, according to someone
who remembered seeing it. In the area,
comprising about 200 by 200 meters,
the group found 15 structures, the most
important and top secret being the ra-
dio and refrigeration buildings: one
because it was the communication link
to the east for the Curaqao air base,
monitoring air and U-boat traffic, and
the other for the equally important per-
ishable foods it housed. O L.D.

Bonaire Reporter July 20-August 3, 2007

Dr. Jay Haviser explains the site to some of the BONAI members

Page 7

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
the Old Age Pension Fund and the Wid-
ows and Orphans Fund.

O United Telecommunications Ser-
vices (UTS) reports a profit of NAf 25
million, confirmed Transport and Com-
munication Minister Maurice Adriaens
and UTS director Paul de Geus. The
profit is in stark contrast to the figures of
2003, 2004 and 2005. During those
years, the combined losses amounted to
close to NAf 100 million. UTS is owned
by the Central Government and is one of
the assets that must be divided when the
Antilles is dissolved. The company em-
ploys 500 people and promotes the
"Chippie" cell phone system on all An-
tillean islands, The Netherlands and St.
Kitts & Nevis in addition to wireless
"cable TV" on Bonaire and Curaqao.

> The Central Bank of the Nether-
lands Antilles made a profit of NAf
74.9 million in 2006, NAf 20 million
more than the year before. The profit
was paid out to the Central Government
as a dividend. The Central Bank says the
profit depends largely on the turnover on
the income it generates.
Of the profit, 59.5 million came from
so-called license fees, including the 1%
Bonaire residents pay when withdrawing
dollars from the bank.
If after December 15, 2008, the Cen-
tral Bank will operate only for the new
countries, St. Maarten and Curaqao, the
picture won't change much, said the
bank's President Emsley Tromp. Bon-
aire, Statia and Saba, which are to be-
come overseas parts of the Netherlands,
only account for 3 to 5% of the activi-

B Inflation in the country dropped
to 2.9% in 2006 after reaching a peak
of 3.8% in 2005, said Central Bank
Director Emsley Tromp. He expects
inflation to drop to 2.5% this year. The
unemployment rate dropped from 16.2%
in 2005 to 13.2% in 2006. This played a
part in the improvement especially in
Curaqao. Right now Bonaire has a labor
Despite the robust increase of spend-
ing in the private sector, the economy of
the Netherlands Antilles grew in 2006,
at the same pace as in 2005. The real
gross domestic product (BBP) was
1.5% in both years. Tromp still assumes
a higher economic growth of 1.7% in

B The first pay-out for the cancel-
ling of the Antillean debt by the Neth-
erlands will take place at the end of
2007, Dutch Finance Minister Wouter
Bos wrote in a letter to the Dutch Sec-
ond Chamber. The initial intention was
to start with the debt cancellation this
July. In the spring financial report of the
Dutch Cabinet, the debt cancellation was
to begin in July and proceed at a rela-
tively quick pace. But some delay has
occurred within the process, Bos wrote.

POElvis Tjin A Sjoe, the UPB party
member known for his Internet and
computer business on Bonaire was
sworn in at the Governor's House in
Curacao as the new Antillean Minister
of Economic Affairs, the Government
Information Service reported to the

press. Tjin A Sjoe replaces Bumey El-
hage who resigned as a minister to re-
turn to Bonaire to resume the position of
Commissioner in the Bonaire Island

) The Antillean Government has
nominated former Minister and ex-
leader of Bonaire's UPB party, Rudy
Ellis, to become its new member on
the Dutch Council of State, the Cura-
qao newspaper, Antilliaans Dagblad,
reported. The nomination will be dis-
cussed in the Kingdom Council of Min-
isters on August 24, after which Queen
Beatrix is expected to approve. Ellis will
replace Gilbert Wawoe, who is retiring
at 70, the maximum age for the job.


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enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating
a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. For a tutorial visit the web site www.
Sudoku shack. com. Answer on page 12.
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> The Hr.Ms. Van Nes (F833), a
fighting frigate, is the new Dutch navy
ship on station in the Caribbean. Be-
sides establishing a maritime presence
for The Netherlands in the area she will
be used in countering drug smuggling.
On board is a "Law Enforcement De-
tachment" (LEDET) of the US Coast
Guard. In addition to its guns and mis-
siles the ship is equipped with a Lynx
helicopter. The ship is 122 meters long,
with a beam of 14.4 meters and draws
6.2 meters. Power is provided by twin
Stork Werkspoor diesels and two Rolls
Royce gas turbines for a speed of at least
29 knots. She has a crew of 144 com-
manded by Sea Captain-Lieutenant
Wolter Sillevis Smitt.

I New in the Port of Curacao is a
high tech container scanner. It will be
used for security purposes and to check
for improper customs declarations.

(Continued on page 16)

Bonaire Reporter July 20-August 3, 2007

Page 8

Magic Ed Graduates Rotary Turnover

The Bonaire Special Olympics team will leave for Shanghai for the World
Games in a little more than two months.
This Saturday, July 21, Digicel will celebrate its first anniversary on Bonaire
and the proceeds of the bar will go to Special Olympics Bonaire.
The games will bring athletes from around the world to demonstrate their strength,
dedication and skill. The athletic abilities of these individuals are tremendous and it
demonstrates what obstacles these persons are willing to overcome despite their
disabilities. It's a demonstration of the ability of the human spirit to soar.
The Special Olympics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to em-
powering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, produc-
tive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.
Bonaire teams have brought home medals from Special Olympics World games in
2003 and 1999.
Special Olympics was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. It provides
year-round sports training and athletic competition to more than 2.5 million people
with intellectual disabilities in more than 165 countries.
The games will be held from October 2-11 in Shanghai, China, bringing together
close to 7,500 disabled athletes from more than 160 countries. OG.D.

dgar J.R. Janga (Magic Ed)
graduated with an Associate
Degree in Architecture in Aruba, and
that's why he was invisible on the is-
land for a while. In his younger days he
did website work for The Reporter.
In his four Aruba years he was very
active presenting magic shows on that
island. He even attended a magicians'
seminar in Las Vegas! (See Picture
Yourself on page 22) Now he is back
and working at a local architectural
However, now he is preparing whole
new concept of entertainment, unique
for Bonaire. Follow The Reporter for
more information. O G.D.

The Bonaire Rotary Club held its
Turn Over Event on June 30
following the election of a New Board
of Directors. They were joined by mem-
bers from Curaqao Rotary, Bonaire's Lt
Governor Herbert Domacass6, and Dick
Westendorp from the Zoetermeer-
Geuzen Club.
This year's motto is "Rotary Shares."
As an ongoing commitment to the com-
munity of Bonaire for the project,
"Breakfast in Schools," this year's
motto really touches our Club. Share to
help others
The new Board for 2007-2008:
Ruud Vermeulen President
Huub Groot Secretary
Corine van der Hout Treasurer
Marisela Croes Sergeant at Arms
Incoming President Sara Matera.
Rotary release

Special Olympics Bonaire Board and coaches

Athletes, coaches, volunteers and family members in Playa on
Monday meet the public in front ofDigicel on Kaya Grandi

Bonaire Special Olympics Team Members going to Shanghai:

Marion Melaan
Patrick Bernabela
Jean Pierre Winklaar
Urnix Martijn
Winella St Hiliare
Journey Martis

Natiana Nicolina
Revelino Engelhart
Joanne Albertsz
Omar Leonicia
Rodilio Weef
Silvine Offerman
Lucille Soleana
Johnny Helmund

Bonaire Reporter July 20-August 3, 2007

Page 9

T he parrotwatch chicks are doing
well. Both Olivia and Wilhelmina
at this time have four chicks. If you
haven't seen it already you can even
watch a movie of Olivia's second chick
as it hatches from an egg We didn't
manage to film any of the Watakeli
chicks hatching, but there is now a
movie of mum climbing down into the
nest and feeding the chicks.

We're not sure just how well Olivia's
fourth chick is doing. He doesn't seem
to be gaining weight as we'd hoped. The
older chicks are much larger and the
fourth chicks generally have a hard time
to keep up. We'll have to see....
In general it's been mixed
week. Sadly we've lost a few more
chicks, but the good news is that there
are other chicks that are doing well.
Some even have so many feathers burst-
ing open that they look like real Loras

t's yet another week of sad news for
Bonaire's Loras and in particular
from the ParrotWatch pairs. All four
chicks in the Watakeli nest have died.
The nest was overrun with ants and they
are almost certainly what killed the poor

little chicks. The overhang nest has
also suffered a loss. It was mentioned
last week that the smallest chick was
not doing so well and he unfortunately
didn't make it.

It really has been a tough year for the
Loras so far. At the beginning of the
breeding season we knew of 31 nests
that had eggs. There are now only 15 of
those nests that are active, so we've
lost just over half. These losses are
mostly due to natural process, of
course, and to some extent these are
important factors that keep the popula-
tion strong. If the natural losses are
high, as we observe, then the impact of
poaching is much worse, and it leaves
very few chicks to join the wild popu-

It is not all doom and gloom, how-
ever. The good news is that the three
chicks that remain in the overhang nest
are doing well. We have video of them
and this can of course be seen on the
ParrotWatch website! Please help sup-
port our work by visiting
www.parrotwatch.org. Sponsorship is
only $8 and for that you get to see
loads of incredible parrot movies. Ol

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Dear Carlos,
Thank you for your sympathy
I will pass on your condolences to the family concerned. Although these atrocities
still occur every year here on Bonaire it still comes as a distressing shock that people
still take chicks from the wild, especially at such a young age when they are difficult
to take care of.
Studies you humans have done on adult parrots have concluded that we are at least
as intelligent as a five year old child (the child in question must have been an abso-
lute genius in my opinion!). The parrots in those tests could identify colours, shapes
and sizes. They could also count and even conjugate verbs.
How do you think a five year old child would feel if you took away their family?
Loras are extremely social birds too. You need only visit Dos Pos late in the year
when we form flocks of over 100 birds. We notice when individuals disappear, so
losing all our chicks in one year is very traumatic. It is not as if we can simply re-nest
either. The number of breeding efforts we can make are limited by our biology and
we also time it so our chicks hatch when there is the most food. Starting again now
simply isn't an option. These are sad times for Loras.

Thanks again for your concern,
Olivia Parrot


Dear Olivia,
I have been distressed to read
about the loss of chicks that some of
your contemporaries have suffered this
season. Is this unusual or are chicks and
nests lost during every breeding season?
What is the cause of such losses?

Dear Maritza,
It is terrible when these things
happen, but alas they do. Every breed-
ing season Loras unfortunately lose
chicks or nests. Some years are much
worse than others. In a particularly dry
year food shortages may lead to the star-
vation of the youngest chicks. We rely
on good years to boost our population.
The reasons for failures are varied and
happen at different times. Chicks are
most prone to starvation during the early
days before they have any reserves to
draw on. In the later stages the chicks
are more likely to be taken by poachers
as they are less work for the poachers to
look after and more likely to survive
poaching. Those poor individuals in
captivity, however, cannot help to in-
crease our numbers after a bad year.


Olivia Parrot

PS: On the left is a screen grab of a
movie on www.pattotwatch.org that
shows my babies.

Bonaire Reporter July 20-August 3, 2007

Page 10


Dear Olivia,
I was extremely shocked last
week to read of the chicks poached
from one of the nests that the parrot-
watch team have been monitoring. For
a human family this would be an abso-
lute tragedy to lose four babies in one
fell swoop. I was wanting to know how
easy you Loras find it to pick up the
pieces after such an event. It must be
terrible for the parents of those chicks
who have invested so much in raising

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During full moon nights especially STINAPA and STCB staff have been warn-
ing people who are building campfires on the beaches. Even though there are
no signs posted in most places, making an open fire on the beach is not allowed.
The other night they got a welcome surprise. A group of local people were enjoy-
ing an evening with friends on the beach and they had lit a variety of large candles to
create the nice atmosphere that a campfire can bring. The person who came up with
this idea must have such a great love for his island that he went as far as to be crea-
tive in order to create the nice atmosphere of a campfire while still protecting the
environment by not polluting the beach with charcoal and possibly destroying a tur-
tle nest. This person is Franki Winklaar, the son of Rosmarie Winklaar. After 22
years of living in Holland, he came to Bonaire to spend a holiday with his mother.
Franki has the right attitude. STINAPA offers words of admiration to him. Franki
also knows that here on Bonaire, "Nature is our livelihood." D STINAPA release

When people began dumping
used tires in the ocean 40 years
ago to create artificial reefs they gave
little thought to the eventual environ-
mental cost, or to the difficulty in re-
moving them. "It was one of those ideas
that seemed good at the time," said Jack
Sobel, a senior scientist at The Ocean
Conservancy, a Washington-based envi-
ronmental group. "Now I think it's
pretty clear it was a bad idea."
Now, local authorities are going after
some 700,000 tires dumped off the coast
of Fort Lauderdale. The idea was to
provide a habitat for fish while dispos-
ing of trash from the land, but the straps
and cables holding them together wore
out and now thousands have been tossed
up on shorelines.
The tires dumped off Fort Lauderdale
posed a particular nasty threat when
they broke free and ran into a living
reef, climbing up its slope and killing
everything in their path. US states no
longer permit tire reefs. But Sobel said
the entire concept of artificial reefs
needs to be reexamined. They have been
created around the globe using all man-
ner of material, from tires and concrete
sewer pipes to discarded airplanes and
ships. They are promoted by local offi-
cials as tourist attractions and by fishing
captains and scuba operators who say
they create new habitats and nurseries
for fish and other sea creatures.

Setting ReefBalls in Bonaire

But Sobel said there are big questions
that need to be answered. Do they dam-
age natural habitats, as the tires did off
Fort Lauderdale? Do they concentrate
marine creatures and make it easier for
fishers and divers to catch them, exacer-
bating an overfishing problem and caus-
ing lasting damage to fisheries? Do they
draw eggs and larvae that would other-
wise settle in natural habitats? "There's
little evidence that artificial reefs have a
net benefit," Sobel said.
Bonaire has minimal artificial reefs.
The most recent are the "reef balls" off
the Sand Dollar resort. O G.D.

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Communication Without Dialogue

Time Trave/ Energy Transfer

L et me start by saying that I am not a
scientist. I observe, and then ask the
question, "WHY," when I see something
happening in our underwater world. The
great oceans are the major part of our
planet; 90% of it is unknown to us, its
human inhabitants. We are distracted by
the trivia of the terrestrial world around
us. What is important to our survival, as a
species, lies below the surface of the
oceans that fuel our livable environment.

My Experiments and Results
Frogfish are amazing creatures. Over
eons, they have evolved as fisher-fish,
just like fishermen have, more recently!
Their "fishing poles" are equipped with
lures and bait on the end. They are better
than humans because they don't need
hooks and line to capture the prey. They
simply swallow "their catch" instantly,
when it gets within their kill zone. One
day, I decided to help Max, a Frogfish
that I had been visiting for a week or
more, by "Communicating without Dia-
logue" only by thought and then action
on my part. I approached Max as usual
but without my camera. He greeted me
and started to move forward toward some
small fish under a brain coral. I thought
(said) to Max, "You don't have to use
your fishing pole today, I will help you
get your food." As I hovered motionless,
I slowly extended my arms and used my
outstretched hands to herd and force the
small fish closer to Max. He responded
immediately by stopping his forward
movement and adopted his catching pos-
ture, well known to biologists and obser-
vant, visiting divers. As the small fish got
within the "capture zone," Max simply
gulped them down without using his pole
and lure! We repeated this "dialogue"
many times for many days sometimes
with other divers watching. Max was
always receptive and exhibited a coopera-
tive manner at my approach and invita-
tion. No talking involved!

French angelfish are a very common and
beautiful sight on the reefs surrounding
Bonaire, where I live. I have befriended a
pair of these creatures at one of my favor-
ite dive sites and introduced them to
many of my dive buddies. They are very
friendly, energetic, receptive and enthusi-
astic. Meet "Brigitte" and her twin sister
"Genevieve." After watching and study-
ing their behavior patterns for years, one
day, I decided to try an interaction. I
thought (said) to them, "Are you hun-
gry?" They looked straight into my eyes
and gave me a very emphatic thought
(answer), "Are you kidding, get real,
Yes!" I grabbed a rock, really a piece of

(dead) coral rubble, and turned it over
and held it out to them. The "French
Twins" immediately looked down at it
and started to munch on the algae and
sponge growths, while I held it. Since
that first magical encounter my French
lady friends have greeted me every time I
have returned to that dive site. We have
even had intimate contact by stroking and
touching each other, at their initiative,
sometimes in the company of other curi-
ous dive buddies. All this has been ac-
complished without verbal instruction.

Tarpon can be scary at times. They hover
around the reef during the day and watch
diving behavior. Unseen, at night they
follow divers and concentrate on the high
intensity beams from our dive lights.
When they spot a tasty morsel they dart
past the unsuspecting diver and in a light-
ening like strike, with a great lunge for-
ward, gulp down the prey and disappear
in a blur of silver. The shocked diver tries
to calm down, slow their rapid breathing
and recover from an accelerated heart-
beat. I decided to test my newfound
power on these crafty beasts. At a place
where many Tarpon assemble in close
quarters, passing the daytime hours with
lazy socializing, I swam into their midst
and thought (said), "Lets have some fun
together... OK"? The thought (response)
was an overwhelming, "What did you
have in mind?" I thought (said),
"Blowing bubbles!" I took my alternate
air source and pressed the purge button,
releasing a short burst of bubbles, over
and over again. I watched in amazement
as several big Tarpon went to the surface,
gulped in air and circled around me blow-
ing bubbles out of their mouths! This
stunt has been preformed to many wit-
nesses on repetitive dives at this same
spot for years. Never have I spoken a
single syllable to my silver buddies.

Is all this Possible?
Let me make this crystal clear. It is not
only possible, it truly happened and is
continuing to happen to this day. Get in
the water and see for yourself. I want to
suggest a possible explanation for these
events for you to contemplate and con-
Did you know that the entire universe
around us is made from energy and that it
(the energy) can be shaped and manipu-
lated by your thoughts? You have that
power if you want it. Do you? Believe
it, because this i the proposition of
both modern Quantum Physics and
ancient Metaphysics. If you are inter-
ested, keep reading!

Chi is the term used by the Chinese mys-
tics and martial artists for the underlying

force the Universe is made of. Mystics in
all cultures have talked about the physical
universe being made of an underlying
form of something. Modern physics re-
search is now coming to understand that
the universe is made of energy, which is
subject to, or affected by, thought. Just as
modern physics says this energy is af-
fected by thought the mystics also say
this underlying form is affected by
thought, even going so far as to claim we
create our own reality from our thinking
and the thoughts we share between each
of us every day. That's an interesting
concept, I must say.

Communication Without
Hardware or Dialogue!
I call this phenomenon mentioned
above "communication without dia-
logue." Such communication includes
thoughts, ideas, feelings, sensations and
mental images. The success of this ex-
perience is closely connected to the emo-
tional states of both the sender and re-
ceiver. Attitudinal factors like supportive
and receptive subjects also influence the
outcome of each transmission. Preserving
your "ideal form" will make anything
possible for you as a transmitter or re-

How Our "Ideal Form"
is Shaped
In all humans, there is an ideal form
each of us has. This ideal form is the
highest and clearest expression of who
we are.
The way we acquire deviations from
our ideal form is to accept limitations into
our life. Most of this comes from early
childhood because that is the phase of life
where we are the most open and inquisi-

tive about life. A limitation may be a
parent yelling, "BE QUIET!!" enough
times that the child never learns to
speak. Another limitation may be a limp
that continues longer after the physical
injury has healed, maybe with phantom
pains. These limitations are behavior
patterns, eating patterns, physical limita-
tions, imagined physical limitations, psy-
chological, mental, or emotional ways of
being, living, expressing or loving that is
not in exact alignment with our personal
highest expression.
Our lives are a constant flow of patterns
of activity, such as the pattern used to
accomplish eating breakfast. It is our
choice to keep these patterns stuck in
narrow and limited expression, or to lib-
erate the old patterns and try on new and
shinier ones that clearly exhibit your
"ideal form."
Now think it over, it's all up to you to
decide. O
Story & photos Albert Bianculli

Author Albert Bianculli has been visiting
Bonaire since 1970 and now lives on Bon-
aire full time. See his show every Monday
night at the Casablanca Restaurant begin-
ning at 6pm. .

Bonaire Reporter July 20-August 3, 2007

Albert transmits to the French ladies

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Coral Reproduction

Did You Know...
T hat corals have many different ways
of reproducing? If you've ever
taken one of my classes, then you know
that I'm fascinated with the sex lives of reef
inhabitants. I can't help it! It's just so in-
triguing. Corals, for example, have many
different strategies of producing offspring.
Some spawn every month (finger coral),
while others only once a year (boulder star
coral). Some are male, some are female,
and many are hermaphroditic. Some broad-
cast their eggs and sperm and others accept
sperm from other colonies and brood their fertilized eggs. Some larvae are planktonic
for weeks and have to get their symbiotic algae (zooxanthellae) from the environment.
Others inherit their symbiotic algae from their mother and only swim a short distance
before settling. Branching corals (photo) are rather asexual and rely mostly on fragmen-
tation during storms for their reproduction! With all of these different strategies, it's
hard to keep track. Much is still unknown. Scientists thought all corals brooded their
larvae until the 1980s when mass spawning events were observed.
Here in Bonaire, many of our more abundant corals use lunar and water temperature
cues to synchronize their spawning in September and October, six
to eight nights after the full moon and you can bet I'll be out
O Caren Eckrich

Bonaire Reporter July 20-August 3, 2007

Page 13


The cricket game underway in the St. James Medical School parking lot last Monday

C an it be? Cricket in Bonaire?
We came across a game in the
parking lot of the St. James Medical
School on Monday evening and were
pleasantly surprised. No white uni-
forms but the enthusiasm was there.
Captain of the "Medcricks" cricket
team at the St. James School of Medi-
cine, Vijendra Singh, filled us in.
"There are eight students and profes-
sors on my team, including me, Dr.
Rajesh, Dr. Ramkrishna, Dr. Sai
Krishna, Syeed, Bittu, Savi, and Jothis
Jose. The other St. James team, called
"Medstrikers," is headed by Dr.
Praveen (professor); the other mem-
bers of his team are Dr. Raj, Ajay,
Singh, Dj Amandeep, Sashin, Shaheed
Faruk and Ehsaan. Occasionally we
have more people who join us for the
game. There are also two girls who
play with us (Misbba and Amelia) and
they play really well. The game is usu-
ally played on weekends except during
exam week. Most of the players/

students playing cricket are from India,
Pakistan and Bangladesh, but there are
a few Americans who are interested in
the game too.
We play in the school's parking lot.
The ball used for bowling is a special
Cosco tennis ball which is covered
with insulating tape to prevent any
injury to people watching the game or
people on the streets.
We've been playing cricket for over
one year. The game was started with
just seven players, but it shot to popu-
larity in five months. It's good exer-
cise and relaxing for the students who
are tired after a long week of studies to
kick back and enjoy. The school is
helping to get the proper cricket acces-
sories like pads and new bats for us.
The game is similar to baseball; but
pitching is called bowling and there are
no home runs. Next month the school
plans to have a intra-school cricket
tournament between the Medcricks and
the Medstrikers." L.D.

Bonaire Reporter July 20-August 3, 2007


Batter up!

Page 14

On Saturday, July 14, an enthusiastic group of 46 persons
consisting of divers, snorkelers, and shore support met at
the Dive Friends Bonaire Yellow Submarine location to clean the
house reef.
Unexpectedly nearly half of the participants were visiting tour-
ists, which is a much more than normal. The visitors melded with
the "locals" into one great group, which then split into two groups
to scour the underwater terrain and shoreline going either north or
south of Yellow Submarine.
In a comprehensive briefing by Susan Davis of NetTech, the
divers were informed of the requirements of the Bonaire National
Marine Park in that no gloves are allowed during cleanups. Addi-
tionally, they were advised to act as their own police-not to get
too caught up in bringing up every piece of trash from the bottom.
-if the trash had become colonized by corals, hydroids, or other
organisms, the cleaners were expected to leave the trash in place.
Only new trash without any sort of marine encrustation or animal
inhabitation was to be fully checked, and only then brought to the
Shore duty and Critter Control was ably handled by Bonaire's
own REEF expert, Linda Ridley, who demonstrated to others
working shore support how to responsibly check the trash once it
had been brought up: The trash had to be immediately checked to
be sure no marine animals had been inadvertently included, and in which case when
animals were found, they were immediately returned to the ocean.
Another important factor of shore duty is to sort the trash, count it, and then dis-
pose of it all in a safe manner. Although it had been only six months since this area
was last cleaned, it did yield a surprising amount of new trash which could be re-
moved. Some of this trash included bags, bottles, rope, fishing net, strapping bands,
cups, fast-food containers and other packaging pieces, over 70 pieces of glass, in-
cluding some fiberglass, nearly 80 metal pieces, 16 pieces of rubber, and 33 pieces
of paper and paper products.
Some of the more unusual trash included four batteries, a pair of sunglasses, 3 cans
of Daint. and 35 nieces of clothing!

After the dive, all participants and their families were welcomed back for a Pot
Luck BBQ. Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech, the sponsors of the quarterly Bon-
aire cleanups, provided drinks and main courses, while participants supplied side
The next cleanup dive organized by Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech will take
place on Saturday, September 15, and will be conducted in coordination with World
Cleanup Day and Bonaire's Love Our Planet Week. Members from CORAL and the
North American office of the Tourist Board will be on hand to add their assistance.
All those on Bonaire at that time are welcome to join in. O
Story & photo by Susan Davis

Bonaire Reporter July 20-August 3, 2007

Page 15

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 8)
International News

In an American Independence Day
speech in Curaqao, his last official act,
the Consul-General of the US in the
Netherlands Antilles, Robert Sorenson,
spoke of the relationship between his
country and the Netherlands Antilles.
The Consul-General stated that he un-
derstands the complexity of the
(upcoming) constitutional changes and
said that everyone wants a strong econ-
omy in which culture, good values and
good governance play an important role.
Sorenson lauded the cooperation be-
tween the US and the Netherlands Antil-
les, mainly in the area of Justice. The
Antilles is the third biggest commer-
cial partner of the US in the region.

1 The year 2007 has started on a
higher than expected note for global
tourism. From January through April,
international tourist arrivals worldwide
rose by over 6% to 252 million, repre-
senting an additional 15 million arrivals
as against the same period in 2006, ac-
cording to the latest UNWTO World
Tourism Barometer.

) The late Imperial Majesty Haile
Selassie's birthday is July 23. His
birthday is a cause for celebration if you
are a Rastafarian. The entire month of
July is the Month of Judah on their cal-

1 The Netherlands has fewer unem-
ployed people than any other country
in the European Union (EU), according
to the latest figures from Eurostat pub-
lished last Tuesday.
According to May figures, the Nether-
lands has 3.2% unemployment compared
to 7% (16 million people, down from
18.6 million last year at this time) in the
EU as a whole.
Unemployment dropped in 22 member
states and rose in four. Only Romania
saw no change in its unemployment.

"'" 'iM ~ ll l __ 'f i

Angel City, 18thPalm; on Tuesday
morning -Playa Lechi, Front Porch,
Cliff; Wednesday afternoon -Karpata;
Thursday- South Bay, Ebo's Special;
Friday- Playa Funchi. Contact Marine
Park Manager Ramon de Leon at 717-
8444 to let him know if you want to par-
ticipate either in the dive part or in the
lab part.

The follow-up Bonaire Reporter
article scheduled for this week about the
effect of pollution on Bonaire reefs
based on the five previous nutrient
measurement exercises has been post-
poned to next month. There are two
reasons: Measurement of ammonia lev-
els in the Salt Works must be redone
because the results were inconsistent
(eg: high levels inside but low levels in
the outlet) and the results of next week's
monitoring can be included. There has
been a high level of reader interest in the
articles by Professor Kayes and we in-
tend to continue the commentary and
monitor the sewage treatment plant pro-
gress scheduled to begin next week. O

Preserving Bonaire's Monuments

Minguel Martis and Jonchi Dortalina with a copy of the Monument Plan

onaire may soon have a long-overdue law to protect its historic buildings.
Bert Nijland (Judicial Affairs) and Alca Sint Jago (DROB, Spatial Develop-
ment) are working on a Monument Act for Bonaire. This Island Ordinance draft is
based on the Monument Plan and will probably be ready in October. Before he
stepped down, Commissioner of Infrastructure, Jonchi Dortalina, received a report
on the care of monuments from DROB. DROB's head, Miguel Martis, had set up a
study group to draw up a monument plan. The study group included Alca Sint Jago
(DROB), Hubert Vis (SKAL), and Hans Rietveld (Historic Building Society).
According to the report, historic buildings and structures don't have laws to protect
them and a defined policy for monuments does not exist. Because there is no island
ordinance, important buildings are demolished and are lost forever. Some are al-
ready gone. Defining a policy for structural maintenance and restoration of buildings
that are culturally and historically important is crucial.
According to a 1986 report (Plan D'2) there are 71 buildings and other structures in
Bonaire that qualify for the monument status; 23 of these are buildings that need
maintenance badly. Some of the build- ings on that list have already been demol-
A proposal in the Monument Plan is to base the government's policy towards
monuments on an island ordinance that decides whether historic buildings may be
changed or demolished.
A financial system must be defined, a budget for subsidies established and a
structure put in place for efficient im- plementation of the policy before the law
can go into effect. Community input will be necessary. O G.D.

0 The popular Aruba day-charter
boat, Jolly Pirates, an 85-foot-long
teak schooner with 38 passengers and
a crew of four, capsized and began to
sink following gusty winds up to 48
knots in Aruba last week. All people
aboard were rescued. Several boats in
the area responded quickly to pull every-
body out of the water. The captain of
another boat said he literally saw the
wind gust coming with lots of dust and
quickly turned his boat into the wind.
When he looked back afterward, he saw
the Jolly Pirates capsize. There was no
time to put on life jackets.

Last Minute News
1 On Monday, July 23, the sixth
and last round of the nutrient moni-
toring program will begin. The idea is
to dive: Monday morning- Red Slave,

Bonaire Reporter July 20-August 3, 2007

Page 16

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

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

The leading consumer and business in-
formation 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

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 many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

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


Rock climbing/Rapelling/
Abseilen Every Saturday.
Call Outdoor Bonaire 791-
6272 / 785-6272

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

Flenta I
Cozy guest cottage available
with kitchen,
airco, cable
TV, two sin-
gle beds (or
king) pull-out
sofa, porch,
yard and
private entrance. Five minute walk to sea-
side promenade; 10 minute walk to town.
Contact: bonairecottage@aol.com

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-
tion visit www.supportbonaire.org and
help make a difference!

For ale
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

Cas as
Scoote rs

2002 PT Cruiser 4 cyj. 2.0L
DOHC. Aut. Trans. A/C. Pwr. Win-
dows, Radio AM/FM CD Low miles.
Very fuel efficient. Very good condi-
tion, (owned by fanatic car technician).
Clean Title. Naf. 18,000.00 o.b.o.
Call: 786-2953 or 717-2953

1988 Toyota Supra Turbo (unique
on Bonaire). 6 cyl. inline, 3.0L DOHC.
5 spd. Manual Trans., with Turbo.
Intercooler very low miles. AM/FM
CD very good sound. Kept clean, all
original. (owned by fanatic car techni-
cian). Naf. 12,500.00 o.b.o. Cool car
for fast drivers. Call: 527-7520

One owner 1997 Ford Explorer
$10,000. For Sale: Tel: 786 2692

Pro pe rty
For Sale- --
Large one bedroom, 2 bath apartment
located in a secluded all condo building
away from the hotel traffic. Full kitchen
and laundry, tons of storage space, large
patio with walkout to marina dock. Pri-
vate owner sale. www.luxurybonaire.

The Bonaire Reporter is seeking a
person experienced in newspaper
layout using Microsoft Publisher.
Part-time, good pay. Call George 786-

Reporters and feature writers
wanted for The Reporter. Get paid by
the word and for your photos. Stories
waiting to be written. Send a sample
of your writing to:
info@bonairereporter.com or Call
George 786-6125

Bonaire Reporter July 20-August 3, 2007

For Sa le
Tae kwondo jr.uniforms belts,
various colors, helmet, protective
arm, leg and chest gear- NAfl
300,00; Two custom built windsurf
boards, sails, booms, accesso-
ries :NAfl 1000,00
2nd hand small frig- Nafl 150,00 ;
2nd hand single bed- Nafl 150,00;
National Geographics, make me an
offer! Black Argentinean leather
pants, make me an offer. Call after
6pm 795- 3456.

SALE: Sea & Sea DX750G Digi-
tal Camera In Underwater Hous-
ing $400; 5 in 1 Battery Charger
$25; At Capture Photo in the Divi
Dive Resort. Call 717-6151

For Sale Professional moving/
packing/wrapping materials, like
bubble plastic and special cardboard
and moving boxes. Good for about
12 cubic feet. Call 785 0267 for
more info.

Kaya Mandolin 2 on Sunday,
July 22"d from 8:30-4:30, Just off
the Nikiboko road to Sorobon





Puzzle on page 9
Puzzle on page 9

Pet of

The Week

here are still plenty of puppies up
for adoption at the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter. Our featured pet, "Marie,"
came in recently with her sister,
"Marcella." Both girls are nearly identi-
cal with their very interesting brindle
coloring. They are happy, healthy and
fun loving dogs who have a great time
frolicking with the other puppies in their
puppy "dormitory." The sisters are
about two months old and should be
small to medium sized when they grow
up. And with kind but firm training they
will become canine treasures to their
owner. As are the other adoptees at the
Shelter, Marie and Marcella have been
checked out by the vet, had their testing,
worming and shots. And the adoption
fee even includes sterilization when
they're old enough. See them at the
Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Mon-
day through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm.
Telephone 717-4989. O L.D.

Important Notice for Pet
Owners Returning to Europe.

KLM is now charging only 75 Euros
to transport your pet between Bon-
aire and Holland. Previously they
charged exorbitant fees by the kilo. The
pet just needs a health certificate from a
veterinarian. In the past, sad to say,
many pets have been left on the island
because their owners found the KLM
high pet transport prices out of their
financial range. Now that it's no longer
the case, pets need not be left behind.

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Got something to buy or sell?
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Free ads run for 2 weeks.
Commercial Ads only NAf0.80 per word, per week.
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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
7-20 11:49 1.1FT. 20:01 1.6FT. 55
7-21 10:56 1.1FT. 20:10 1.7FT. 44
7-22 6:21 1.0FT. 8:14 1.0FT. 9:28 1.0FT. 20:27 1.8FT. 35
7-23 6:35 0.9FT. 20:50 1.9FT. 30
7-24 7:02 0.9FT. 21:20 2.OFT. 32
7-25 7:40 0.8FT. 21:49 2.OFT. 39
7-26 8:11 0.8FT. 22:18 2.1FT. 49
7-27 8:40 0.8FT. 22:50 2.1FT. 60
7-28 9:16 0.8FT. 23:29 2.1FT. 71
7-29 0:05 2.OFT. 9:49 0.8FT. 81
7-30 0:47 2.OFT. 10:13 0.9FT. 89
7-31 1:31 1.9FT. 10:34 0.9FT. 94
8-01 2:19 1.7FT. 10:49 1.0FT. 95
8-02 3:19 1.5FT. 10:51 1.1FT. 17:13 1.4FT. 20:16 1.3FT. 93
8-03 0:23 1.3FT. 4:24 1.4FT. 10:39 1.1FT. 17:47 1.5FT. 86
8-04 2:36 1.1FT. 6:08 1.2FT. 10:11 1.1FT. 18:22 1.7FT. 78
8-05 3:54 1.0FT. 19:09 1.8FT. 68
8-06 4:48 0.9FT. 19:54 2.OFT. 59

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Late Show (Usualy 9 pm)
Cal 717-2400
To Be Announced

Call 717-2400

Early Show (Usually 7pm)
To Be Announced

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)



To Be Announced

Friday, Saturday, July 20, 21 -
Boogieman Latino, City Caf6, 8:30
pm, 717-8286
Saturday, July 21-Digicel cele-
brates One Year in Bonaire-
Fundraising bar for Special Olym-
pics Bonaire. Featuring Foyan Boyz,
Glen & Su Geng, Chipa Band from
Curacao. Free entry, Telbo Festival
Center (site of old gas station next to
Telbo), 8 pm to 1 am
Sunday, July 22-Comcabon 5 Km
Race. Start at the Stadium. Tel.717-
Sunday, July 22-Politiek Forum,
City Cafe, 7178286
July 23-30- ABK Jibe City Sum-
mer Camp of Fun
August 2-5-Pro Kids Windsurfing
Sunday, August 5-Taste of Bon-
naire-Sponsored by TCB: stands
selling food from local restaurants,
handicrafts, gifts, music, fun 6-9 pm,
Wilhelmina Park

* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 5:30-6:30
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 play-
ground open every day into the evening
* 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 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.
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
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for
only $10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30 pm
* Reporter writer Albert Bianculli
presents his Multi-Image Production
"Bonaire Holiday" at 6:30pm, 7:30 pm &
8:30pm,. Casablanca Argentinean Grill
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-
* 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 786-
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30.
* Caribbean Night A la Carte Buddy
Dive Resort, 6-10 pm

Live music by the Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-7
"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
*Friday Weekly Market at Wilhelmina
Park with local art, music and food; sum-
mer fashions, jewelry, glasswork, Bonaire
pictures, driftwood art, paintings and all
kinds of Bonaire souvenirs, 9 am to 2 pm..
* 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 Sunrise
Poolbar and Sportsclub, 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-

Tuesdays & Wednesdays-Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea
Turtles ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday at Buddy Dive Resort (717-
3802) at 7m. Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday
at the Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn (717-8817)
at 7pm.
Monday- "Land & Ocean Bonaire,"
by Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the
big screen in front of their facility at
Bonaire Dive & Adventure.
Tuesday "Diving Facts And Fiction
- An Evening with DIR" slide/video
show by Caribbean Gas Training, 8
pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9-12, 2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei,Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Leam 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 holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone :
560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Ma-
jestic 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, Bridge
Club: Wednesday 7.30 p.m. at Flamingo
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 Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
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
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Mar-
tinez Beck, at 786-2953.

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 -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.

Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) -7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call 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
and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday
at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
Send event info to:
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*to find it... just look up

The King of the Planets Visits my Favorite
Summer Star and Constellation

E very summer in
late July my
favorite summer star
and constellation
reach their highest
points above the hori-
zon just after dark.
And this year they
are joined by the king
of the planets, Jupi-
On any night in late
July just after dark
which is about 8 pm
in the Sky Park, face
due south and you'll h
due south and you'll The star Antares compared with other suns. Our Sun is
see a pattern of bright just the size of a dot at the lower left.
stars shaped like a
giant fish hook or the
capital letter J. It's my favorite summer constellation, Scorpius the scorpion, and it
contains my favorite summer star, Antares, which marks his heart if you imagine
the scorpion looking something like this. And not only is Antares in the right place
for a scorpion's heart but it's also the right color, red. And the reason it's my favorite
summer star is because it's the biggest star we can see in summer's skies. In fact it is
700 times wider than our own almost-one-million-mile-wide Sun. It's so huge we
could fit 350 million Suns inside it. Or if you like to think of it this way, it is so gi-
gantic that if we placed one edge of it where our Sun is it would reach out past the
orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, even beyond the orbit of Jupiter.
And speaking of Jupiter, this summer the king of the planets of our solar system is
paying a visit to Antares although its 88,000-mile-wide diameter makes it absolutely
puny by comparison. Indeed Antares is so huge we could fit over 317 trillion Jupi-
ters inside it. And keep in mind that even though Jupiter and Antares look close to
each other it's just an illusion because while Jupiter is only 425 million miles away
from us this week, Antares is a whopping 8.3 million times farther away, 600 light
years beyond. Or if you like to think of it this way, while it takes only 38 minutes
for the light from Jupiter to reach us this week, it takes 600 years for the light from
Antares to reach us! Which means that when we look at Antares we see it not as it
exists now but as it existed 600 years ago, just before the invention of the printing
Now if you look at Scorpius on a night when there's no Moon out and you're far
from bright lights you will notice that the bottom half of Scorpius, including all of
its stinger, is located in that faint ribbon of light we call the Milky Way. And if you
have really good eyesight or a pair of binoculars you will see two fuzzy clouds just
above the stinger. They're called M-6 and M-7 and they're wonderful. Indeed M-7
is a cluster of 80 stars about 800 light years away which means that the light we see
right now is the light that left it in 1200 A.D. M-6 likewise has 80 stars in it but it is
1,600 light years away which means that the light we see now left it in 400 A.D.
Wow! Again. So there you have it, Scorpio the scorpion, and his emperor of a star
visited by our king of the planets just begging to be seen. So go out and see them. l
Jack Horkheimer


For July 2007
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)Put your time and energy into travel, philosophy, and soul-
searching. You can make changes to your domestic scene that will benefit all who reside
there. Your emotions may get the better of you. If you haven't already, consider starting
your own business. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Sudden good fortune will help you cover your debts.
Your ideas may be good, but they aren't necessarily right for everyone. This is a great
time to mingle with people you would like to impress. Your ability to organize and get
everyone together will enhance your popularity and bring interest from potential mates.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Visit friends or relatives you rarely see. Don't let your
friends talk you into taking time off. Arguing won't help. You could meet an interesting
individual you'll want to get to know better. Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Sudden trips may take you by surprise; try to include
your mate, mixing business with pleasure. You will be in the mood for competition, and
your ability to lead a group will bring you popularity. Use your creative talent in order to
accomplish your goals. Financial limitations are likely if you take risks. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You will be able to make changes regarding your living ar-
rangements. Go out with friends and avoid the situation on the home front. Do not allow
colleagues to hinder your ambitions. Use your quick wit to win points with friends. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't let children hold you back from doing things you
enjoy. Money may slip through your fingers. Insincere gestures of friendliness may be
misleading. You can make a huge difference to children if you are able to put yourself in
their shoes. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You will be looking for creative ways to make a little ex-
tra cash. Comfort is a necessity. Check your motives. Take your time. Throw yourself
into your work. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Pleasure trips will be emotionally favorable. New hair,
new outfit, new you. Financial gains can be made. Physical limitations are possible if
you aren't careful. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You won't be well received by superiors or by
your spouse. Be aware that you don't get anything for nothing. Your involvement in or-
ganizational events could open doors to new and exciting opportunities. Brunch, a long
walk, or a quiet dinner will secure your position in the relationship. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You will be emotional when dealing with coworkers
or employers. Try not to let relatives or friends cause any friction with your mate. You
can help a close friend find solutions to personal problems. Get busy on those home im-
provement projects that you've been procrastinating about. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Tuesday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't be too eager to cut those who have disappointed
you from your life. Enlist the aid of family members and consider the feelings of your
mate. Broaden your horizons and look into programs that will teach you awareness and
relaxation. Your emotions may get the better of you. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Your self confidence will attract members of the opposite
sex You're intuitive this month; however, this attribute could get you in trouble if you
tactlessly say what you think. You will be full of energy and you need to find something
constructive to do. Don't be too pushy or demanding, or you may find yourself all alone.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. O

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With The Reporter
Las Vegas. 1revacda, LUSA.

onaire's "Magic Ed"
Janga is a card carrying
magician and, as a member of
that select group, he made
himself appear in Las Vegas,
Nevada, for a magician's con-
vention and, wouldn't you
know, had a Bonaire Reporter hit
up his sleeve. Here he shows it
to us. Isn't it amazing!

a copy of The Bonaire Reporter
with you on your next trip or
when you return to your home.
Then take a photo of yourself
with the newspaper in hand. THE
WILL WIN a Reporter night on
the town.


Jeff and Linda next to the terrace donor sign
L inda and Jeff Goldman came to Bonaire to celebrate Linda's 50t birthday
this month. They come to Bonaire a lot; got married here a few years ago, in
fact. Bonaire is their second home and someday may be their first.
One of Washington Park's most spectacular exhibits is a whale skeleton. It's right
alongside the large covered terrace at the entrance to the Park. It's where Park and
private parties are held in breezy, shady comfort. The terrace's materials were a gift
from the Goldmans. And last year, when the whale needed covering, after having
seasoned for a couple of years, they donated that too and were labeled the "Whale's
Last week Linda and Jeff Goldman became the first to be honored by being en-
rolled on "donor list" which will be posted in the Washington Park Visitor Center.
Thanks from all Bonaire. O L./G.D.

Bonaire Reporter July 20-August 3, 2007

Page 22

Same to live here; my brother was
I already living here, and I'd been
planning to come since 1997. At the de-
parture hall of Amsterdam Airport Schi-
phol I met Nuria and... everything is for a
reason I believe. She was working for
TCB Holland and also working voluntar-
ily with 50+ people. She was on her way
to Bonaire with this old Bonairean lady to
fulfill this lady's dream to spend her last
years on Bonaire after having lived in
Holland for so many years. Nuria was
only going to stay on Bonaire for five
days. So, at Schiphol airport we wished
each other a nice flight and that was it.
The following weekend we met at Ka-
rel's, then at City Caf6 and that was the
beginning. We fell in love. Nuria went
back to Holland and in February 2003 she
came back for four days to spend carnival
here with a group of KLM people whom
she was going to tour the island with.
For me, it was a different story. Five
years ago there was hardly any work in
construction on the island and my brother,
who's a carpenter, went back to Holland.
I got a part-time job with a pool company;
gradually it became a full-time job. After
carnival Nuria flew back to Holland to
quit her job and wait for her daughter
Nurca's school year to end."
Nuria says, "I'd told Leon immediately
I wasn't a housewife and he didn't mind
at the time." She bursts out laughing.
"Now he does! Anyway, my daughter
Nurca (13) and I arrived June 2003. Leon
was working in the pool business. I ar-
rived at 6 am and at 8 am I was working
for the same company as Leon. I was also
arranging marriages for locals and tourists
and I was working as a hostess, picking
people up at night at the airport. Leon and
I were living separately, but when I threw
him a surprise party for his birthday he
stayed with me and that was my surprise!
I was born on Bonaire; my father is
Nicolaas 'Cola' Sint Jago, and my mom
was Anna Rita Craane. She passed away
in Holland, December 31st 1990. My mom
was a hard working, independent woman.
My parents were two of the first people to
open a brick factory on Bonaire and also
two of the first to open a carpenter shop
and a construction company, and my dad
built the first dive boat with Captain Don.
In 1983 we all left for Holland with my
mom, while my dad stayed here as he was
working for Radio Netherlands. I am from
a family of women we're five girls, one
brother who all ended up in a man's
world. One sister is in construction on
Bonaire. Another is one of the first female
police detectives on Curaqao and another
sister is also working in construction in
Holland. I worked 20 years in tourism,

but I also have my diplomas as a

fitter and a welder. So, I guess,
that's why I'm not much of a
homemaker. I love to do business
and that's what I do best I can
sell anything."
Leon and Nuria are the perfect
match. In spite of their chaotic
life with all the hard work and
the lack of free time they're easy
going and relaxed with good
senses ofhumor, and their goals
are all about what's really im-
portant in life.
"Our son Neo was born in 2004
and just before he was born I
stopped working for the pool
company," Nuria says. "In Janu-
ary 2005 Leon also quit his job;
then we started our own project:
Sunshine Pool care renovation,
maintenance, construction and
supplies and La Hacienda Bonaire on
Kaya Nikiboko North. It's 5,000 square
meters where we're renting out business
locations, like restaurant Mi Banana, Gen-
eral Security Services, the Mercado La-
tino, All in One DVD store and Internet
Center, Top Health Bonaire, a fitness and
health center, the lottery Nos Strea, the
beauty parlor Beauty Circle and Ma
Jochie, a new-age shop. We're also rent-
ing out rooms and we're working on our
dream: a cabana resort in this oasis of
silence, palm trees and birds, right in the

"We have a rich life
because we're living
outside in this beautiful
light, in this wonderful
climate and the children
run around like Tarzan
and Jane."

center of town.
I was born here, it was my mom's land,
and piece by piece, I've bought it back
from the family."
Leon continues. "We're doing well -
we're satisfied, but it is busy. We're
working very hard and we have to be-
cause now we have three children. Our
daughter Naila was born June 1st, 2006.
Nuria got up that morning and told me
very quietly, 'I have to go to the hospital
for a while and... half an hour later Naila
was born! The year before, when our son
Neo was born, Dick van der Vaart told
Nuria, 'the next one will come out walk-

ing,' and he was absolutely right, because
that's pretty much how it went!
Well, on Bonaire you won't get rich, but
you live rich. I am not a material guy, I
don't care for it at all. I like to live as sim-
ple as possible a small wooden house is
good enough for me, and when we build
our new wooden house on this land we'll
build the kitchen outside because that's
the kind of housewife Nuria is! The only
thing I find a pity is that there is a lot of
jealousy and envy going on here and
that's something I'd never expected.
There's a world of difference between
living and working on Bonaire or visiting
the island as a tourist. It's a shame, be-
cause it's such a beautiful island. Another
thing is the lack of rain. I'm growing
palm trees, sugar cane and banana trees as
a hobby and now I feel it's been too dry
for too long."
Nuria adds, "Through the years I moved
four times between Holland and Bonaire
and I don't know where I belong every-
where, I guess as long as I can work.
We have a rich life because we're living
outside in this beautiful light, in this won-
derful climate and the children run around
like Tarzan and Jane. I agree with Leon
that it's not easy to do business on Bon-
aire but I wouldn't want to do anything
else; I guess I got it from my mom, Jew-
ish blood. The way I see it, if we can
leave behind a nice place for our children
to enjoy, we're satisfied. When I came
here with my daughter Nurca, she was
only nine and shortly after our arrival she
told me, 'I'd rather live on Bonaire, but I
would like to go to school in Holland.'
She's an independent and very verbal
child. All three of them are very inde-
pendent and I think Bonaire is a paradise
for children to grow up in.

Leon's mom and dad his dad is a car-
penter just like my dad and so the two of
them get along beautifully come to visit
us regularly and his mom is like a mother
to me. They are super grandparents and
they help us with everything. Leon's
brothers also come here frequently and
they can't sit still either."
"Whatever I do," Leon says, "Nuria
always stands by me and I'm proud of
her. There are enough women who are not
like that. But, I'm supporting her too in
everything she's doing. We do everything
together and we always consult teach
other. We did a lot these last four years:
we bought a house, fixed it and sold it
again; we brought two children into this
world; and we started two companies -
so, there hasn't been much extra time.
Just recently we went on a five-day vaca-
tion together, the first one in four years .
My parents took care of the children and
everything else here and we went to
Ecuador and that was beautiful a won-
derful country with luxuriant vegetation.
Maybe some day, some time, we're going
to live in a place like that, where you can
grow everything you need, but... on the
other hand, Bonaire has a boomerang-
effect on people you always come back.
It's nothing and at the same time it's eve-
rything. When you think about other
countries you also have to consider the
political situation,
crime, religion and
extreme weather...
I don't think it's
perfect anywhere,
but in the end Bon-
aire comes close,
very close."
E Story & photo
by Greta Kooistra

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