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officially opened Bonaire's mission and st
Actpol central reporting sta- These points a
tion for police, ambulance and tionals of the
fire department last week. It the Kingdom
provides an integrated govern- lands outside
Sent information system for all treaty says, m
police divisions Actpol is also nationals enjo
Confiscated part of judicial system. The sys- ment as Dutct
arms ter is very useful for tracking not in that par
fines that the police give and the pean Dutch).
Public Prosecutor collects. The
In a raid last week, 48 po- system allows the police to col- ) Currently
lice officers, together with lect statistical information and Antilles has t
members of the voluntary corps data can be exchanged between the Netherlar
VKB and directed by Bonaire's all the islands of the Antilles and way, the US,
Prosecutor and police officials, Arba. cently, Austra
arrested 10 suspects and confis- Zealand," sta
cated stolen objects and fire- ) A court decision in Aruba ister Alex Ros
arms, including four air pressure has interesting implications for treaty elimina
pistols, one shotgun and a hunt- US citizens in the Netherlands and opens the
ing rifle. The action took place Antilles. The decision says nationals of th
to help resolve the many break- that, based on a 1957 treaty, Antillean tax i
ins of late in homes, hotels, Americans have to be given
apartments and cars at diving the same rights as European For four
locations. A special team under Dutch citizens. Bonaire was r
direction of Melvin St. Jago An Aruban Immigration Law, sions as the D
arranged the raids. Article 7 paragraph 3 of the posed of dyn;
The police confiscated weap- country regulation admission been stored ui
ons and other evidence in five (LTU), says an alien can stay a the airport run
homes in Tera Kord and Antriol. maximum of three years (with shack adjacen
Arrested were Bonaire-born an extension of a year) on the port held 1,13
R.R.P. (29), F.C.W. (34), R.F.E. island. A Governing Board sives. Reporte
(24), R.P.S.E. (22), I.P.S. (27), judge ruled that this cannot be there for more
J.F.B. (20), E.A.W. (17), applied to Americans because might have be
R.I.N.C. (24) of Colombia, the Friendship Treaty of 1957 the canals for
I.J.P.P. (28) of Curaqao and a between the Kingdom of the mingo Paradis
woman A.L.C-S. (40) of the Netherlands and the United Plaza Resort a
Dominican Republic. States has precedence over the Court. At the
Prosecutor David van Delft's Arban statue. He ruled that aire's Governo
top priority now is getting the Americans must get, just like experts from
persons arrested locked up be- Dutch, a residence permit for an Holland and
cause there are not many cells in indefinite period of time. three Curaqao
Bonaire and, according to Van Calvin Goodale, an employee navy ratings
Delft, all the cells in the House of B.L. Harpert International a were called in
of Detention and the police cells US company that is involved in handle the
in Kralendijk and Rincon are the construction the Marriott demolition. A
full. Arba Surf Club, had his permit ter the chief o
According to Chief of Police renewal rejected and appealed the explosive
Jan van der Straten, the crime successfully demolition Te
level of the past two months has The treaty says that nationals analyzed the
been unacceptable. "With the of both countries can enter the explosives he
support of Minister Elvis Tjin territory of the other country and decided to de-
Asjoe, the Lt. Governor and the can stay there for three reasons: stroy it becau,
Executive Council, the police travel between the countries; its age had ma
could do theirjob this time. The management of a venture in it unstable and
police corps could use all tech- which they have considerable transport was
nical means to investigate the capital or in which they are ef- risky. Begin-
break-ins," he added. fectively busy to lead and de- ning Sunday,
velop; and for other aims taking October 29, ui
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Page 2

Goodbye to
o After
more than six
years and
nearly 300
stories, Fea-
tures Editor
Greta Kooistra, originator of
"On The Island Since" and
"Born On Bonaire" columns,
has stepped down to pursue
other interests. Greta says: "I
would like to thank each and
every one who was willing to
give me their life story. It has
been a privilege and an honor to
talk to so many different people
from so many different countries
and walks of life." Greta was
key in making The Reporter
what it is today. We will miss
her stories.

was finally exploded three days
later, extensive precautions were
used to avoid conflicts with
flight operations.

) The first of what may be
many exceptions to imposing
Dutch policies on Bonaire after
the breakup of the Antilles set
for December 2008 came up last
week. The organization of pas-
tors representing several differ-
ent religions on Bonaire pre-
sented a document outlining
their objections to establishment
Continued on page 4


This Week's Stories
Light & Motion Sensor Project
(Clear Blue Water News) 3
Why not Bike on Bonaire? 6
Bonaire Nature News 7
Plastic Bags, Carmabi, No Catch
Zones, Kas di Naturalesa 7
Sailing & Cooking (Mango) 8
Letters to the Editor 9
Cruise Ships, Crime Fighting
Where to Find The
Reporter 9
Reflections (10 Command-
ments) 10
Young Chefs in Love -
With Italy 11
Turtle Tracking -Darwina 13
NGO Platform Intro 19
Current Events 19
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Clear Blue Water News 3
Sudoku 6
Sudoku Solution 9
Where To Find The
Reporter 9
Classifieds 12
Biologist's Bubbles: 13
(Baby Fish
Dining & Shopping
Guides 14
Tide Table 15
Reporter Masthead 16
What's Happening 16
Sky Park (Andromeda) 17
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Picture Yourself With
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Bonaire Reporter November 9-23, 2007

LMSP Volunteer Report


There is something that eve-
rybody on Bonaire tour-
ists, locals, cruise ships in port -
contributes to: wastewater. Where
does it all go? The ugly truth is
that septic systems are inadequate
and that there are locations in the
island's interior where raw sewage
is dumped directly into huge open
trenches. What happens then? Is
this untreated wastewater seeping
into the ocean? Many think so, but
thinking isn't enough. We need
data in order to demonstrate that in
fact this water is seeping into the
coastal region and therefore affect-
ing the reef. Data must lead public
opinion because public opinion
drives political action.
Wastewater is a problem in
seawater and facilitates explosive
algal growth that can wipe out a
coral reef very quickly. The first
step is to locate where the waste-
water is being discharged into the
ocean. Once it is located it can be
tested for nutrients and, if neces-
sary, human-only content. Then

the source can be identified and
hopefully corrected.
Internationally recognized ma-
rine scientist Burt Jones and his
associate Tom Reynolds of the
Burt Jones Lab at the University of
Southern California (USC), work-
ing with STINAPA and Ramon de
Leon, Manager of the Bonaire
National Marine Park (BNMP),
began a Light and Motion Sensor
Pilot Program (LMSP) in May of
this year, successfully proving the
feasibility of in-water data collec-
In that short period of time, the
original goal of funding 20 white
sensor arrays for Phase 1 was real-
ized, thanks to the incredible gen-
erosity of people who care about
Bonaire's reefs. The vision of ex-
panding the pilot program into the
Light and Motion Sensor Program
is now a reality. In August Burt
and Tom visited Bonaire and to-
gether with Ramon and volunteer
Albert Bianculli began the imple-
mentation of the Light and Motion
Sensor Program Phase 1.
The Bonaire Reporter did a
feature story on the presentation
and the LMSP, and in addition to
becoming a major donor, has a
weekly column about LMSP de-
velopments and volunteer news.
The latest "Rainbow" sensors
deployed at all sites, presently 10
but to grow to 13 by year's end,

measure biological productivity/
nutrient load that may be caused
by runoff or seepages at three
depths at every site. Twenty sites
will be monitored in Phase 1.
What next? Once Phase 1 is
complete a possible approach to
Phase 2 would include funding for
ultraviolet light sensors to be
added to as many arrays as possi-
ble. Details are in development.
Stay tuned!

YOU can help!
Please consider donating to the
Light and Motion Sensor Program.
Your contribution will make it possi-
ble to purchase, deploy and maintain
sensor arrays over the next 10 years.
This is a grassroots fundraising ef-
fort that needs your support.
Donations of any amount are
welcome. You can even name
"your" sensor!

Can you dive well? Volunteers are
needed to take readings. (see report
at right)

For more information contact:
Ramon de Leon, Manager of the
BNMP, marineparkphstinapa.org or
Albert Bianculli, LMSP On-
Island Coordinator, Volunteers and
Fundraising, directabpigmail.com or
Blue McRight, LMSP Off-island
Coordinator, Fundraising blue-
nessfAearthlink.net. O Story and
photos courtesy Albert Bianculli

"Going out, over the sand bottom, a spotted eagle ray crossed our
path at about 15-20 feet depth. So we headed north, trailing it for
about 5 minutes. Sensor Arrays look fine. Cleaned and read all.
While reading at 20 meters, Prawphan pointed down. A turtle was
making its way up the reef from the depths right under us. While
we were reading at 12 meters, two tarpon came out of the blue,
eyed us to see if we were doing our job right, then headed back out.
Guess they were satisfied.
Checked all depths of arrays. My depth gauge is in feet. All ap-
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Page 3

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from
page 2)
of some Dutch norms and values
when Bonaire becomes a munici-
pality of Holland. The document
asks that laws relating to the
legalization of abortion, prosti-
tution and selling of drugs
should not be applicable to
Bonaire's Commissioner in
charge of Constitutional Affairs,
Anthony Nicolaas, accepted the
document and stated that the
Bonaire Government agrees with
it in principle. The agreement
established for the assimilation of
Bonaire into The Netherlands
makes allowances for cultural
differences and offers the possi-
bility of not implementing Dutch
laws which are unsuitable for

Last week State Secretary of
Kingdom Relations Ank Bi-
jleveld-Schouten said it is al-
most impossible for Curacao
and St. Maarten to attain coun-
try status by December 15,
2008. She made her statement in
an interview with the Dutch
newspaper Spits. The State Sec-
retary also said she could see
forms of political favoritism and
corruption in the Netherlands
Antilles. The arrangements for
Bonaire, Saba and Statia, how-



2001 contract to run the Antilles
postal system and were allowed
to withdraw following a promise
to pay a penalty that will ensure
leaving a debt-free postal system
behind. Canada Post must hand
over the shares to the National
Government without any finan-
cial indebtedness, just like the
government did in 2001. When
an agreement is signed the postal
services on all five islands will
be back in the hands of the Neth-
erlands Antilles again. The Post
office has 250 employees on five
islands. Before the privatization
and the transfer to Canada Post,
the government was subsidizing
the postal service to the tune of
NAf 6 to 7 million annually.
Now, according to a negotiator,
Franklin Sluis, it is running more
effectively and making a small
profit. He admitted though that
the traditional postal traffic has
dropped considerably due to the
Internet competition.

) According to its interpreta-
tion of the laws and its own
judicial responsibility, the Bon-
aire Executive Council (BC)
doesn't think that it must pay
an insurance claim to the inves-
tor behind the suspension of the
construction of the Mangrove
Village project at Sorobon. The
legal firm HBN Law advised the

Village two years ago was sus-
pended by the Antilles' Governor
and the suspension was sup-
ported twice by higher authority.

0 The old age pension insur-
ance premium (AOV) will go
up by another 1.5% on January
1, 2008. In addition, the maxi-
mum wage limit based upon
which the premium will be levied
will increase from NAf 50.000 to
NAf 72.000 a year. The old age
pension maximum goes up by
NAf 100 on January 1,the same
date. Next year, the employee
will pay 6% while the employer
pays 7% of the total premium.

According to the Director of
the Central Bureau of Statistics
(BS), Francis Vierbergen, 15%
of the Bonairean population
lives below the poverty line.
When comparing the islands of
the Netherlands Antilles with
each other Bonaire has the lowest
proportion of poor people. Bon-
aire's economy overall grew by
3% last year to a total of NAf354
million. The expectation for this
year is that the economy will
continue growing, especially due
to the increase in building activi-
ties. The construction sector grew
by 9% and the hotel and restau-
rant sector by 8.6%.

;ver, are continuing on schedule. BC to reject the claim. 1 It was like a 1
Following objections by envi- ALM days of can,
The Antilles government ronmental NGOs and the media, and long delays. I
vill again run the Post Office. the building permit that the island Express (DAE) A
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Free Geology Lectures
The CIEE (Council on International Educa-
tional Exchange) Research Station Bonaire
would like to announce the next lecture(s) in
its public lecture series on November 15th
from 7:30-9pm. There will be two speakers
that evening and both lectures have to do with
Dave Suek, a petroleum geologist and owner of Black Coral, LLC
(a gas and oil exploration company), will be giving a lecture titled,
"The Geologic Origin and Current Setting of Bonaire." Clau-
dia Johnson, Associate Professor at Indiana University, will
speak on "The History of Corals A Geologist's Perspective."
The lectures are free. CIEE Research Station Bonaire is located
on Kaya Gob. Debrot 21. The phone number is 717-4140.

Fokker 100 jets. With these five
aircraft, DAE carries out more
than 210 flights per week.

0 As part of its strategy for
further growth, DAE is on the
verge of entering a far-reaching
cooperation agreement with
Winair, St Maarten's island-
owned feeder airline. Roland
Duncan, the minister who repre-
sents the shareholder of the gov-
ernment-owned company, is non-
committal. "There are possibili-
ties. We are negotiating," said the
We can grow and give better
service with bigger airplanes if
DAE is willing to cooperate. The
plan was presented to the Council
of Ministers and action is ex-
pected within two weeks," said
DAE's predecessor BonairExel
had tried to take over Winair
three years ago when the latter
was in a state of bankruptcy. The
then-Exel-top executive Harm
Prins ( who was later indicted for
financial crimes) was busy with
the take-over purchase which
never actually took place. Then
the Exel aviation group dissolved
in a scandal.
At that time, the Bonaire Par-
ticipation Company BPM (whose
principal is Bonaire resident
Niek Sandmann) made a down
payment of approximately
Naf 1.4 million for the Winair
shares. Because the sale was not
completed, BPM had the shares
attached and instituted a lawsuit
against Winair, which is ongoing.
If the cooperation with DAE
takes place the lawsuit will be

Currently Winair has a small
fleet of propeller aircraft and uses
these to fly between St. Maarten,
Saba, St. Eustatius, Anguilla, St.
Barths, St. Kitts, Nevis and Tor-

) The Island Territory of
Bonaire hopes that within six
months it can start building up
to 300 EPS (expanded polysty-
rene) homes for its citizens and
perhaps Dutch people desiring to
retire in Bonaire. Three model
homes are currently being built in
Kunuku Warahama, southeast of
Flamingo Airport. They were set
to be finished this week. The
houses are an initiative of the
Bonaire government and Living-
care Foundation of the Nether-
lands headed by Bram Troost.
According to his blog, he be-
lieves "little public housing has
been built on Bonaire in the past
10 years."
Based on its description it is
similar to, but not identical to
the plastic composite homes built
by Fundashon Kas Bonaireno
during the past few years. The
construction technique fell out of
favor following a fire in one of
the houses in Antriol where the
ceiling and floors melted.

) A new fad today is custom-
izing fish by dying or laser tat-
tooing. Wal-Mart is selling dyed
Balloon Mollys. The fish have
dots, hearts, lines and stripes.
Some have purple and some have
pink. Others have logos, mes-
sages, initials or characters lased
into the
Continuedonpage 5

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Bonaire Reporter November 9-23, 2007

Flotsam and Jetsam (Contin. from pg 4)

fish. Legislation is in the British
parliament to ban the practice.
So if you run into a fish with a
logo on the Bonaire reef, it may
have escaped from an aquarium
and not a new species of blenny.

Linda Ridley conducting her
1,000th survey
) Linda Ridley is now offi-
cially the 6th member of
REEF's Golden Hamlet Club
which has as its main member-
ship requirement entrants having
completed 1,000 fish id surveys.
According to Joe Cavanaugh of
REEF, "This really is a tremen-
dous achievement. Those of you
who survey regularly understand
just how much work goes into
completing 100 surveys and
submitting all that data. Now
imagine 1,000 surveys." Beyond
surveying, Linda, a resident of
Bonaire, does a lot of outreach
for REEF and is a frequent con-
tributor to The Bonaire Re-
porter. We are sure she doesn't
have any tattooed fish included
in her 1000 surveys.

) For cel-
lular phone
service MIO
has the local
reputation of M
offering the make i yours
clearest and
most reliable signal. And they
offer super deals. While not the
biggest service provider on this
island MIO is the largest pro-
vider of third generation (3G)
mobile communications service
in the Netherlands Antilles and
the Cayman Islands. Its Website
lists it having licenses to operate
in Aruba, Bonaire, St. Maarten
and the Cayman Islands, with
strategic partners Qualcomm,
Lucent, Sprint and Verizon.
MIO is part of EOCG EOliver
Capital Group in Fort Lauder-
dale, Florida. EOCG focuses its
activities on developing coun-

) Champagne Cher, a 105-
foot megayacht owned by
Cher and John Floyd, made
contributions to several Bon-
aire charitable and environ-
mental groups during her re-

cent visit to the island. Cher
donated three boxes of clothes to
the senior citizens at Kai Min-
ima and passed out sunglasses to
the elderly of Villa Antonia.
Cher also donated money for a
turtle tracking monitor with a
donation to the STCB, Sea Tur-
tle Conservation Bonaire. Next
July, a 60-person dive group
from the US will celebrate this
gift and STCB will coordinate
the event to be a fund raiser.
Following the gift-giving the
yacht hosted a 'thank you; we
appreciate you' party and cele-
bration of Cher's 450th dive.

) Chaly Anthony reminded
us that in September a sign
showing the streets and street
names in Rincon was unveiled
at the town square. Now it eas-
ier to explore Rincon

P If you want to purchase
one of the calendars that benefit
Jong Bonaire mentioned in the
last issue you have a faster way
than typing in the long web url
link. Just go to: htt://

P Antillean Wine Company,
otherwise known as AWC, has
started up its wine tasting Sat-
urday evenings once again.
Every second Saturday of the
month (which this week is No-
vember 10) they throw open the
doors to their warehouse on
Kaya Industria #23, across from
Warehouse Bonaire. From 7 to 9
pm you may taste from six to
eight of their featured brands of
wine for only NAf20 per per-
son. It's an opportunity to taste
great vintages and to meet old
and new friends.
This week we understand
guests will also be offered a
taste of Saskia's Mango Chut-
ney, from her book, Sailing and
Cooking throughout the Carib-
bean. The recipe and more from
Saskia is on page 8.
(Continued on page 18)

> The Seventh Annual Bon-
aire Eco Swim is this weekend.
All the courses will start and finish at
Capt. Don's Habitat and will be swum I
along the coast of Bonaire, allowing
swimmers the opportunity to enjoy the .
beauty of Bonaire's tropical reefs, with
the 10 K swimmers swimming to Plaza
Resort and back. Swimmers will be al-
lowed the use of mask, snorkel and fins. ..
While there will be several "elite" !onair~ o02Patriien
swimmers competing again this year, the
race is for FUN and is designed for all
who wish to swim at their own pace, simply for the joy of swimming in the pristine waters of Bonaire.
Awards will be given to top male and female finishers in the 10k, 5k, 3K and 1K races.
Official registration will be Friday November 9th between 3 and 5:30pm at the BONHATA of-
fice next to the lighthouse at the Harbour Village Marina. Registration fee for all residents of the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba is NAf25 for adults and NA1f0 for kids when showing a sedula. This
includes the registration fee, a pasta dinner, T-shirt, swim cap, and other goodies that you will find in a
goody bag. Sponsors: Capt. Don's Habitat, Sand Dollar Condominium Resort, Maduro & Curiel's Bank Bonaire, Tourism
Corporation Bonaire, Bonaire Marine Park, Bonaire Sailing Foundation, Aqua Moon Adventures, Rum Runners and the Bon-
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Page 5

editorial Why Not Bike On Bonaire?

There aren't many bikes in the schoolyard

My students sometimes ask me
whether I have a driver's li-
cense. When I say yes, they look at my
bicycle a little bewildered. "Or maybe
you don't have a car?" is usually their
next question. But they are wrong again:
I have a car and a license to drive it any-
where I want to go. They can't seem to
understand that "anywhere I want to go"
doesn't always have to involve move-
ment by anything driven by a motor.
If it is not raining cats and dogs, I cycle
to my work. So, I would say that would
be almost every weekday. My students
obviously think there is a screw loose in
my head, but I enjoy it. On Bonaire peo-
ple either drive a car or they walk, and
cycling is out of the question. But lately
I've started to see changes in that atti-
tude. In the four years I've been working
at the SGB school, I've seen a definite
rise in the number of bicycles parked in
front of the school. Not only are more
children using them, but even some of
my colleagues as well. There is no need
for a special garage for bicycles yet, but
who knows in a another four years...
A few days ago I had to wait for my
ride home because of the rain, and I was
complaining about how useless it was to
be standing there with no place to go.
One of my students said that her father
was late ... again. So why not get a bike
so you can go whenever and wherever
you want? But no, she dare not do that
because of the dogs that will run after
you. In all the time that I have ridden a
bike, only a few times have dogs actually
come after me. The thing I always do that
seems to work is to stop my bike. The
dogs will usually run away from such a
frightening sight: a woman standing still
on a bike, very scary. Plus when dogs see
more people on bikes they will get used
to it: "Look, there are those weird hu-
mans on those metal things." I am safe on
my route to work because the dogs see
me every day.
However, dogs are not the number one
reason not to use a bike. It's the sweat-
ing. It is true, but while you are cycling
you are fine. Strangely enough it is the
standing still part that gets you sweating.

I always bring an extra pair of pants to
change into when I arrive at my work. It
would be a shame to restrict your move-
ment because of a little perspiration.
So why do I like cycling so much, that I
prefer it to driving my car? It is good for
body and spirit. The body will benefit
from the extra exercise. And cycling
helps to clear the mind. When you are
frustrated or angry, getting behind the
wheel will only aggravate your problems,
because all those people on the road are
driving so badly "just to pester you." On
a bike, negative emotions are blown
away by the wind.
I would like to see everybody moving
(under their own power) more often, es-
pecially the youth. At this point we are
beginning to resemble the people from
another country. I won't use names, but
the country starts with an 'A', and the
president has a botanical name. In other
words: we as a population are getting
fatter. ( A 2003 health survey conducted
by the Central Government showed that
the percentage of obese people on Bon-
aire was identical to that of the nation
mentioned by the author. Editor)
But before more people can get mov-
ing, the infrastructure of Bonaire needs to
adapt to this more active type of motion.
The only time I actually fear for my life
while cycling is along Kaya Korona. Cars
try to pass you even when there is an
oncoming car. As a cyclist you have no-
where to go but crash against the kerb. I
hope that next time when the whole street
is turned upside down, they will plan a 50
-centimetre-wide path to and fro for cy-
I see cycling as a solution to a number
of problems. For example, you won't get
the huge traffic jams at 7:20 am at the
schools if half of the students arrived on
a bike. Researchers have concluded that
exercise in general will make you hap-
pier, so people will be less grumpy in the
morning. No traffic jams, no grumpy
people. With nice cycle tracks alongside
the major roads of Bonaire, we will have
a bright future. [ MaryAnn Koops
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Bonaire Nature News

n its first month the joint
SELIBON Recycling Foun-
dation and Tene Boneiru Limpi
effort-to eliminate plastic bags
from the landscape with the co-
operation of school children-has
collected more than 35,000 plas-
tic bags. The campaign has two
more months to go to meet its
goal of 100,000 bags. At its con-
clusion a drawing will be held

among the student participants
for several prizes, the grand prize
being a computer and a year of
Internet service. The sponsors of
the campaign are sure it will
raise the awareness of the nega-
tive effects of discarded plastic
on the environment, and leave
Bonaire a cleaner island. DO

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John de Freitas and Anna
Rojer of the Central Gov-
ernment's environmental insti-
tute, Carmabi, are making an
inventory of endangered species
of plants and bats on Bonaire,
focusing on Washington Slag-
baai National Park. The results
will contribute to the set-up of
proper nature conservation in the
Park. Fernando Simal, Park Man-
ager, called for the project and
will participate in the effort.
Eventually the goats, donkeys
and wild pigs that are in the Park
will be isolated because they
threaten indigenous plants. Cap-
tain Don's Habitat supports the
project and is accommodating
the biologists of Carmabi free of
charge. OSTINAPA

S TINAPA continues to push for no fishing zones around the
island, a measure that has improved fishing and allowed re-
plenishment of fish populations elsewhere. The STINAPA cam-
paign in conjunction with DROB's (Public Works) Environmental
Section to educate the people and government officials, points out
that the size and population of reef food fish like snappers and
groupers (robeki, purunchi and grastelchi) has dramatically de-
clined as proven by the smaller catches made by local fishermen.
STINAPA, after meeting with the fishermen's organization, con-
cluded that the area from Punt'i Waya to the north of Harbour Vil-
lage Marina and from Chachacha Beach to north of Plaza Marina
must be protected. O STINAPA/ G.D. STINAPA photo of past catch
onaire's former Conservation Education Officer, Enit Schol-
tens, now working with Dutch state parks, was been asked
by STINAPA to start a foundation to establish a visitor's center for
the environment on Bonaire to be called Kas di Naturalesa. In a
recent meeting on Bonaire Enit invited people from different back-
grounds (DROB, SGB, government, art, Mangazina di Rei, press,
and several others) to brainstorm for the setup of the center. Six
target groups were taken into consideration: adults from Bonaire,
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the Caribbean

Meet Saskia Romeijn Vermeer, cookbook author, artist,
sailor, wife and mother of two. Her beautiful little hard-
cover book, Sailing and Cooking throughout the Caribbean, has
just come out on Bonaire, Saskia has agreed to share some recipes
from her book beginning in this issue of The Bonaire Reporter.

The mango is native to
southern Asia. It spread
early on to Malaya, East
Asia and was introduced
to the Caribbean in 1770
by Deguigne de la Ber-
The mango tree can
grow to a height of al-
most 90 feet/30 m. The
fruit, when young, is
more or less dark green,
turning yellow, orange or
red when it is ripe. A ripe
mango will be soft to the
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Mango Chutney
What you need:
-4 big mangoes, preferably green
ones (or use a 2 lb/1 kilo bag of diced
mango from the frozen section in
your local supermarket)
-1 cup raisins
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-2 cups water
-2 Tab lime juice
-4 tsp. hot chili sauce or sambal
-8 cloves
-2 cinnamon sticks-1/2 inch of
chopped ginger root or 1 tsp ground
-2 large jars

What to do:
Peel and cut 2 12 mangoes in small
pieces. Wash the raisins, put them in
a medium saucepan and add all other
ingredients except the ginger.
Bring to a boil, then turn down the
heat. Cover and let simmer for al-
most an hour. Check every 15 min-
utes and stir.
Remove the lid, add the remaining
mango plus the ginger and simmer
for another 15 minutes. If it appears
too liquid, leave the lid off for the

last 15 minutes. If it appears too
thick, add more water.
Cool the mango chutney to room
temperature before placing in a clean
jar with a tight fitting lid. It will
keep well in the refrigerator for a
few weeks, although mine gets eaten
sooner than that. If it's put in a
sealed weck-pot (canning jar) it can
be kept in a cool, dark spot for up to
three months.

Salad with Cheese and Mango
What you need:
-1 cup /150 g. Gouda cheese
-1 big mango
-1/2 an iceberg lettuce
-1 cup/100gr. Walnuts
For the vinaigrette:
-2 Tab lime juice
-4 Tab olive oil
-2 Tab mayonnaise
1 tsp. mustard
-1 tsp. orange marmalade
-salt and pepper

What to do:
Make the vinaigrette by stirring all
the ingredients together and set it on
the side.
Cut the cheese, mango and lettuce

Saskia in a mango tree.

into strips.
Crumble the nuts and mix with the
salad ingredients. Serve the vinai-
grette separately on the table.

You may find mangoes at the
Venezuelan fruit market or the
local supermarkets or maybe you
have a friend on the island with a
mango tree in the garden. Keep
that friend! O
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avoid overcrowding of our reefs?

Letters to the Editor

Topics: 1. Mass Tourism Impact
0 2. Crime Fighting?

better, in both Papia- cruise ship visits on the
glish, was delivered citizens of Bonaire we
The Island Coun- would like to know:
ecutive Committee 6. How many Bonaireans will
oncerned Citizens be directly employed on
e questions asked cruise ship days as tour
portance to Bonaire guides, taxi drivers, etc and
and is information how many who are not
residents should Bonaireans will be em-
nswers are forth- ployed.
ill be sent to The 7. How many shops see an in-
ter so that a clearer crease in sales on cruise ship
re we, as an island, days?
what the future 8. How many local businesses
he following is an see a decrease in sales on cruise
tofit. ship days due to residents not
shopping in Kralendijk and suffer
ernor Herbert Do- losses due to shoplifting?
9.How many other types of
up representing businesses are losing money?
rs and citizens who 10.What information is avail-
:oncerns regarding able showing regular visitors not
crease in the num- coming back during cruise season
ships carrying thou- due to a negative atmosphere
its to our island. created by cruise ship days?
scussion with island 11. Because a vacation on a
rs as well as resi- cruise ship is drastically different
re we realize that from a vacation onBonaire, has
Questions regard- research been done to determine
of this tremendous if the average cruise ship passen-
:rs and their ships ger profile is a good match with
have no answers. Bonaire?
ting to you our 12. What fees does Bonaire
.e hope that you can receive from cruise ships and are
or us. they equal to the fees paid by
uestions cruise ships visiting other Antil-
passengers on these lean islands?
ad tax? Environmental Questions
-s, how much will 1. Hasn't the issue of sustain-
vhen will they pay able tourism been defined by
those involved in bringing the
-s, will any of it go cruise tourists to Bonaire? If so,
md if so, how what does it say?
2. Since cruise ship tourism has
ie passengers will been identified by major environ-
Stax, why not? mental studies as one of the top
ly guilders are be- reef threats, what are we doing to
i the attempt to get protect our reefs against the ships
uise ship tourists to and their multitude of passengers?
ire? 3. Is there a plan to supervise

Isn't there a government law ad- critical mass
dressing the overcrowding of We would
reefs by divers? quest a meet
4. Do all the ships visiting Bon- tives of the g
aire have their own on-board sew- understand t
age treatment facilities? If not, aire as it relay
what is Bonaire providing?
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handle the increase in on-island group, Susan
sewage and water use as a result ter,
of the large number of cruise Secretary

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passengers? Emphasizing the
importance of this issue are the
recent findings of the nutrient
tests conducted around Bonaire
that show that the levels are at the
edge of becoming hazardous to
the reefs.

Because there is no waste water
treatment facility, has a study
been done concerning the effect
of the effluence of thousands of
cruise tourists on our waste dis-
posal methods? Are any in-
terim solutions to this problem in
6. The Freewinds has admitted
to dumping salt water on Bonaire.
Will other cruise ships be allowed
to do the same? Will independent
testing of any waste water that is
off-loaded be done?

We realize that a great deal of
work has been done to bring the
cruise ships to our island. Our
concern is whether enough re-
search has been done to determine
how much of an increase we can
absorb before what makes us
unique has been degraded to the
point that we have nothing left to
offer visitors. We are on the road
towards mass tourism; how mas-
sive do we want to get?
We are known for being able to
offer a unique experience to our
visitors under normal circum-
stances. But how can we, on a
regular basis, offer this experi-
ence to thousands of cruise tour-
ists all in one day while maintain-
ing our peaceful island atmos-
phere for our faithful returning
stayover guests? We only have so
many buses and so many taxis
and so many sailboats and water
taxis which can only carry a lim-
ited number of people on each
trip. It doesn't matter if we have
two thousand or two hundred
thousand here in one day we
can only accommodate what we
can accommodate. This is exactly
our concern. Have we REALLY
done our homework? Do we
REALLY know at what point we
will go from mass tourism to

To The Editor:
I read with interest the letter from
the angry Bonaire businessman re-
garding the increase in crime and
the lack of police intervention. I also
read with some degree of interest
and a great deal of amazement the
plans of TCB to fight crime on Bon-
aire. The solutions proudly pre-
sented by Ronella Croes include a
letter of warning to all guests; a
Community Mentor program; and a
new report form for visitors to use
making it easier to report that
they've been had.
How, may I ask, is this in anyway
a deterrent to our current band of

ow extra copies at all outlets!
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if there are no more at your favorite spot

Snip andst

. Airport:
* Car Rental
" Agencies
" Valerie's Airport
" Shop

* Airlines:
* Divi Divi Air

* Banks:
SMCB (Playa &
* Hato branches)

* Restaurants:
SBistro de Paris
. Capriccio
China Nobo
SCity Cafe
Lover's Ice Crea
Old Inn
Pasa Bon Pizza
* Patagonia

* Dive Shops:
* Blue Divers
* Carib Inn
* Yellow
S Submarine
* WannaDive

" Shops:
SAntillean Wine
" Company
" Benetton
" Best Buddies &
* Pearls
* Bonaire Gift ShoF
SChat'n' Browse
* City Shop
* Exito Bakery
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Buddy Dive
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Carib Inn
Den Laman Hotel
Divi Flamingo
Eden Beach
Golden Reef Inn
Plaza Resort
Sand Dollar

Cash & Carry
Joke's Mini
More for Less
Sand Dollar
Sunshine Market

As far as the other two 'solutions'
are concerned, they are providing
after-the-fact help to angry and dis-
tressed visitors and residents. Can
anybody at TCB or the police de-
partment say NIGHT PATROLS?
Has the thought crossed their minds
that certain areas are being targeted
by these sophisticated burglars and
should receive special police atten-
tion at night?
Lord help us all if the best they
can come up with is a way to help
residents and visitors report their
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As the holiday season approaches we thought it
appropriate to reflect on some basic principles
that apply to most faiths, even if they are not
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Pastor Baran explains...
What are the Ten Commandments?
The Ten Commandments are ten laws in
the Bible that God gave to the nation of
Israel shortly after the exodus from
Egypt. (Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteron-
omy 5:6-21). The first four command-
ments deal with our relationship with
God. The second six commandments deal
with our relationships with one another.
(1) "You shall have no other gods before
me." This command is against worshipping
any god other than the one true God. All other
gods are false gods.
(2) "You shall not make for yourself an
idol in the form of anything in heaven above
or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
You shall not bow down to them or worship
This command is against making an idol, a
visible representation of God. There is no
image we can create that can accurately por-
tray God.
(3) "You shall not misuse the name of the
Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold
anyone guiltless who misuses His name." This
is a command against taking the name of the
Lord in vain.
(4) "Remember the Sabbath day by keep-
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5) "Honor your father and your mother."
This is a command to always treat our parents
with honor and respect.
(6) "You shall not murder." This is a com-
mand against the premeditated murder of an-
other human being.
(7) "You shall not commit adultery." This
is a command against have sexual relations
with anyone other than your spouse.
(8) "You shall not steal." This is a com-
mand against taking anything that does not
belong to us without the permission of the
person to whom it belongs.
(9) "You shall not give false testimony
against your neighbor." This is a command
against testifying against another person
falsely. It is essentially a command against
(10) "You shall not covet your neighbor's
house, wife, servants, ox or donkey, or any-
thing that belongs to your neighbor."
This is a command against desiring anything
that does not belong to you. Coveting can lead
to breaking one of the commandments listed
above: murder, adultery, and theft. If it is
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Chefs In Love (With

he future is bright
I for Bonaire's tour-
ism," said Culinar Bonaire
Foundation's Sara Matera,
"and we are confident this
program will enrich every
young professional in Horeca
here on Bonaire." Sara is
talking about the long run-
ning student chef exchange
program that she, Ruud Ver-
meulen and Moreno
Binelli put together with the
Emilia Romagna region of
Italy in 2002. Since then 26
culinary students from Bon-
aire have travelled to Italy,
along with teacher Vernon
Martijn (this year with
teacher Liz Rijna), to spend
four weeks in total immer-
sion, Italian style sleeping,
eating, studying, cooking and
working at schools, Ser-
ramazzoni and Cesenatico, in
Carpi and Modena respec-
tively. They study with stu-
dents from all over the world.
The Emilia Romagna region
is considered to be the very
pinnacle of cuisine and pro-
duce in Italy. Famous prod-
ucts from the region are
Parma ham, Parmigiano
Reggiano cheese and Bal-
samic vinegar. The young
chefs do wine tastings, visit
museums and castles, the
factories for balsamic vine-
gar Parmesan cheese, and

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even the Ferrari car factory
If you're an aspiring chef,
going to Italy is like finding
the Holy Grail. In that coun-
try chefs are considered to be
members of one of the lofti-
est of professions and their
kitchens lack for nothing.
The Bonairean students have
studied with some of the
finest chefs, working hands
on with breads, pastries, pas-
tas, herbs and spices, meat
carving, deboning and learn-
ing to use new techniques

and tools. There are strict
rules and regulations along
with rigorous training.
Sara continues, "These
have been invaluable life
experiences for these young
people. They're learning
from the professionals them-
selves about the dedication
and passion it takes to pursue
a career in the culinary arts.
And they've made new life-
long friends and have taken a
bigger step in understanding
the cultures of other coun-
tries." Our young chefs re-
turn as different people -
confident, assured and walk-
ing tall.
The students from Bonaire
have conducted themselves
with dignity and impressed
the Italians, so much so that
eight different students were
invited back to Italy to par-
ticipate in a three-month
work study program during
the summer in 2004, 2005
and 2006. In fact, some of
them became so proficient in
Italian that they acted as
translators for the students
coming in October.
Although room and board
is provided by the respective
schools there still has to be
money raised. For transporta-
tion, uniforms, equipment,
and more. The students work
hard, participating in fund

An Italian instructor and Bonaire's Moreno Binelli with SGB students in Italy:
Norison Conquet, Samantha Clarinda, Elvienne Sint Jago, Derrick Piar,
Jobinella Winklaar and Robertico Bernabela

raising dinners, BBQs, bar-
tending cooking and serving
at community events. They
got a lot of help from indi-
viduals and organizations.
One year airline tickets were
made possible by anonymous
donations of award-points in
the KLM Flying Dutchman
and Northwest Airlines Fre-
quent Flyer Miles. This year
was nearly a disaster as
AMFO withdrew the ex-
pected funds. But private
people came forward and put
up the money and seven stu-
dents were able to participate
in the program in Italy.
Nearly all these students
have continued in the restau-

rant business -by further
study and/or work in Bon-
aire, Holland and Italy.
They've done well. One of
them from the very first con-
tingent, Vladimir Gilsbertha,
was a member of Bonaire's
Culinary Team made up of
professional chefs. Yoan
Lopez is working in a Mich-
elin star Restaurant in
Rimini; Alexis Ramirez and
Felix Torres are in Riccione
with renown Chef Antonio of
Il Girasole; Bram Schmidt is
in cooking school in Hol-
land-just to name a few.
Part of life's lesson is get-
ting off island and given the
chance to have a worldwide

perspective, to make career
choices from what they have
seen and the people they've
met. All of us in Hospitality
here in Bonaire want and
need these students back on
Bonaire, but we all must
realize that they need the
exposure abroad to make
themselves even more valu-
able to become trainers for
our next generation.
As ex-Lt. Governor Rich-
ard Hart said after seeing the
high gastronomical quality
put out by these students,
"Bonaire is becoming an
island known for providing
top chefs." D L.D./Sara

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Antillean Wine Company
(599) 09-660-7639
Fax (599) 717-2950

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 La-
goen 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


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!

Rea I state

Village Ma-
rina Front
Condo 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. Private owner
sale. www.luxurybonaire.

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

NAf 500 Reward
(Beloning) For pass-
ports in the name of Gi-
jzen and Gijzen-Kurver
stolen on October 12
from an apartment in
Lima. Call 510-7594.
Discretion assured.

Two metal glass paned lanterns for
candles: Grey NAfl50;
Black NAf 250. Call 795-3456

USB Flatbed scanner, comes with
original software and all cables, excel-
lent working condition, NAf40.00, Call

Palm Trading Bonaire NV
(International dive- equipment whole-
saler) has a great, full time, job opportu-
nity. You must be in the possession of a
d(r)iving license and have regular office
Please contact:
theo(ipalmtradingnv.com or
Phone number 717-2072.

Home Inspections

Know what you're buying

Over 25 years building

Frans Roefs 786-5329
Kaya P.N. Antonio Neumann #11


The 22"d of a series
of Bonaire Reporter
articles by J@n
Brouwer, featuring
some ofBonaire's
interesting vehicles
that are "on wheels."

Nando Statia and his Beloved

A photograph of the two Beetles, owned by Rolando (Nando) Statia. The Volks-
wagen on the left was made in Brazil in 1983. The car is fitted with an
"aftermarket" Rolls Royce front and a special classic rear. The Beetle on the right
is an original example of German craftsmanship, constructed in Wolfsburg in 1973.
(The rim, mounted on the tree on the very left hand side of the picture, holding a
garden hose, is also a Volkswagen product!) (Photograph by J@n Bouwer)

olando R. Statia (Nando) lives in Nikiboko, on Kaya Avelino J. Cecilia. Ro-
lando was born on the happy island of Bonaire in 1950 and he has served as an
operationeel ambtenaar for over 30 years at Landsradio and Telecommunicatiedienst
Nederlandse Antillen. Rolando is retired now. He is a very happy person. He enjoys
life and loves his cars.

Nando: "I bought my first Volkwagen Beetle in 1970. The car had been built in
1967 in Wolfsburg, Germany, and it was fitted with a 1300cc engine. All Volks-
wagens were four cylinder air-cooled boxer (opposed cylinder) engines in those days.
They liked fuel and were very reliable for the time. My first Volkswagen was fitted
with an old six-volt electrical system made by Bosch. Sometime in the 70s I bought
another Beetle. This model was fitted with a 12-volt electrical system. The car didn't
run so I took all the 12 volt parts from the vehicle and I converted my first Volks-
wagen to 12 volts. In those days six-volt batteries were becoming scarce.
Nando walks to his two cars. The cars are well protected against the sun and the rain
by an impressive shed.
He continues. "I bought this orange colored Volkswagen Beetle in 1978. I bought it
from Udo Luesse, a German who worked at Trans World Radio. He had bought the
car brand new in Germany and he brought it to Bonaire. In 1978 I bought it from him.
I paid NAf. 3.050 for it. The car was manufactured in 1973 and it is fitted with a 12-
volt electrical system. Originally it was a 1200 cc model but later I took an old 1300
cc engine from my first Volkswagen, had it overhauled, and fitted it in this orange
Beetle. So while this car was made in 1973 the engine was manufactured in 1967. And
the car is reliable and running every day! I've owned this car for 29 years now and it
is still serving me well!"

The original design of the Volkswagen was made by Ferdinand Porsche in 1931. In
1933 Adolf Hitler (not a driver, but very interested in vehicles) asked Porsche to re-
design the car to make it more suited for the working class people. Hitler's plan was to
create a kind of savings scheme for the Germans: ("FuenfMark die Woche musst Du
sparen, willst Du im eigenen Wagenfahren" "Save five Marks a week if you want
to drive your own car."). Over 300,000 people paid into the plan. The prototypes of
the Volkswagen Beetle were called the "Kdf-Wagen" (German: Kraft durch Freude --
"strength through joy"). They appeared from 1936 onwards.
The first cars were produced in Stuttgart, the later cars were manufactured in the
new built town of KdF-Stadt, later renamed Wolfsburg. Only a handful of cars were
produced by the time the war started. Hitler needed the money saved by his citizens to
produce his war equipment. One Volkswagen Kdf cabriolet was presented to the
leader on his birthday in 1938. In April 1945, KdF-Stadt and its heavily bombed fac-
tory were captured by the Americans and subsequently handed over to the British.
Over 20 million Beetles were manufactured over the last 50 years. On July 30, 2003,
the last Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the production line in Puebla, Mexico. It was car
number 21,529,464 and was immediately shipped off to the company's museum in
Wolfsburg, Germany. On Bonaire, some 10 Beetles, in all kinds of condition, running
and not running, still exist. 3J@n Brouwer

Bonaire Reporter November 9-23, 2007

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Tutwmm..mm 0oV
oBnaire's Sea |
Turtle Con-
servation group
(STCB) continues
to track its last tur-
tle of the season,
the female Green
turtle, "Darwina."
She appears to be
more of a tourist
than other turtles
that have been
tracked. After mak-
ing side trips to the s
coast of Venezuela a
in early September
and Curaqao in mid
September, she re-
turned to Bonaire
on September 21 to
deposit more eggs in a sixth nest on September 27. "Darwina" had already nested
five times during her summer 2007 visit.
On September 29 she set off once more, this time northwest from Bonaire swim-
ming an average of 50-60 km./day. She visited some offshore banks around Ja-
maica, passed the Cayman islands and Swan Islands and headed towards Central
After a recent turn to the southwest "Darwina" is continuing to move in the gen-
eral direction of Honduras' Bay Islands. She is currently traveling at a pace of ap-
proximately 40 km per day and is 1,940 km from Bonaire. She's swum over 5,300
km since she was equipped with a transceiver around six months ago.
Located about 65 km off the northern coast of Honduras, the Bay Islands group
consists of three main Islands (Roatin, Guanaja, and Utila), three smaller islands
(Barbareta, Morat, and Helene), and 65 smaller cays. Between these islands and the
mainland are the Cayos Cocinos (Hog Islands). They are all popular SCUBA diver
Darwina is equipped with a transmitter that sends signals to Argos receivers
aboard NOAA satellites when she surfaces. The Argos system then calculates her
position and forwards the data to ground receivers. O STCB

0Q 0 OG 0

Did You Know...
Baby fish can hear a reef beckoning? During
mating, most coral reef fish get together in
pairs or groups and release eggs and milt up
high in the water column. In general, the eggs
drift away from the reef on surface currents and
hatch into tiny larvae within 24 hours. It takes
from three weeks to three months until they are
mature enough to settle on a reef, in a seagrass
meadow, or in a mangrove swamp. Until re-
cently, scientists believed that larval fish were
at the mercy of the currents and it was the luck
of the draw if they were transported to a habitat where they could settle and grow into
adults. Now, scientists have discovered that as the larvae mature, many become very
mobile and can swim faster than most currents. They also have an incredible level of
endurance. In Australia, marine biologist Ilona Stobutzki fashioned home-made race-
ways and found that larval surgeonfish could swim for eight days
without food or rest a distance of approximately 100km! This
discovery may mean that some fish don't automatically drift away
from their reef of origin and they certainly don't just drift with the
currents. Scientists also believe that larval fish can detect a reef
from as far as one kilometer away perhaps by using their sense of
smell or by listening for reef sounds waves crashing, shrimp
snapping, or small rubble being washed back and forth near the
shore. O Caren Eckrich
Image from the Australian Museum Fish Site

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City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selec-
tion of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV,
financing too.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest numbe
of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank.
They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells to
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
Mio offers the clearest, most reliable signal on the is-
land. And their personnel are trained and friendly.
Check out their "rugged" phone.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.

Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow Sub
marine) -low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at Car-
ibbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join their monthly
cleanup dives and BBQ.

WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining
the highest professional standards. In town at City Cafe
and at Eden Beach.
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
machines and classes for all levels.
Interiyours-(formerly The Plantation) Has lots of
classy furniture and antiques at very competitive prices.
Stop in to see great teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.

Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and
offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. No
in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.

Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking, hik-
ing, biking, caving, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center down-
town offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items
and services Full digital services.
Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Photo classes, cam
era rental, digital processing, all state of the art!
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, specializ-
ing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experience(
real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer
service, top notch properties and home owners insurance.

Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to
local community. List your house with them to sell fast.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insuranc
services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop
in and see them.
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling anc
exploration. Full service dive shop and photo shop too.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now ii
Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women
and children.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl

Valeries Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
unique items, magazines, gifts and more.
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
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Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
air conditioned market with the, largest selection and low-
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Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
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We do our best to make your hair
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You can also come in for
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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tide's height and time
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
11-09 12:10 1.9FT. 22:30 0.9FT. 73
11-10 12:41 2.0FT. 23:15 0.8FT. 76
11-11 13:17 2.0FT. 23:54 0.7FT. 77
11-12 0:36 0.7FT. 13:49 2.0FT. 77
11-13 1:13 0.7FT. 14:27 1.9FT. 76
11-14 1:44 0.7FT. 15:13 1.9FT. 72
11-15 2:09 0.7FT. 15:58 1.8FT. 67
11-16 2:27 0.8FT. 16:57 1.8FT. 60
11-17 2:34 0.9FT. 17:53 1.6FT. 53
11-18 2:31 1.OFT. 9:43 1.4FT. 13:22 1.4FT. 18:58 1.6FT. 49
11-19 2:20 1.OFT. 9:27 1.6FT. 15:32 1.3FT. 19:58 1.4FT. 49
11-20 2:09 1.OFT. 9:42 1.7FT. 16:58 1.1FT. 21:09 1.3FT. 56
11-21 1:58 1.OFT. 10:08 1.9FT. 18:13 1.0FT. 22:22 1.2FT. 67
11-22 1:34 1.OFT. 10:44 2.0FT. 19:31 0.9FT. 23:42 1.1FT. 79
11-23 11:28 2.1FT. 20:36 0.8FT. 90
11-24 12:10 2.2FT. 21:48 0.7FT. 98
11-25 13:00 2.2FT. 22:43 0.6FT. 102
11-26 13:50 2.1FT. 23:30 0.6FT. 102
11-27 0:10 0.6FT. 14:42 2.1FT. 98
11-28 0:59 0.6FT. 15:39 2.0FT. 89
11-29 1:34 0.7FT. 16:32 1.9FT. 78
11-30 2:01 0.8FT. 17:33 1.7FT. 66
12-01 2:19 0.9FT. 10:03 1.5FT. 14:06 1.4FT. 18:24 1.6FT. 53

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Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on
Cruise Ship Days, 10 am-2 pm: Tues.,
Nov. 13-Veendam; Wed., Nov. 14-Crown
Princess; Tues., Nov. 20- Emerald Prin-
cess; Wed. Nov. 21-Sea Princess; Fri.,
Nov. 23-Aidavita
Now until December 31-MCB's 45th
Anniversary Celebration-See page 4
Saturday, November 10-7th Annual
EcoSwim. See story page 5 or go to
Thursday, November 15-Geological
lectures at CIEE, Kaya Gob. Debrot 21,
Free. Tel. 717-4140. See page 4.
Saturday, November 17- Mountain Bike
Tour 50km Bonaire Wellness Connex-
ions, Eden Beach, 785-0767, email
info bonairewellness.com
Sunday, November 18: Mountain Bike
Tour at Washington Park see above
Sunday, November 18-Dia di Gracia-
Contribute what you don't need to be given
to the needy. Call Meredith Nicolaas (717-
4658 or 786-2024), Shela Winklaar (510-
7412) or Mamita Fox (717-2953 or 796-
Thursday, November 22-Fundashon
Kuido pa Besta i Oido (Foundation to
Aid the Blind & Deaf) Fundraising
Thanksgiving Dinner, Chez Nous at the
SGB, 7-10 pm. Donation: NAf55. For
more information and/or purchase tick-
ets call 569-7610 or 785-0518.
Saturday, December 1-Bodybuilding
Competition. More information contact
Judel at 786-0290
Sunday, December 2- 2nd BWC Moun-
tain Bike Race
Wednesday, December 5-Day of the
Volunteer. See page 19
Friday, December 7 Bonaire Animal
Shelter Bi-Annual Art Auction Fund-
raiser, 786-0466
The popular SGB High School
restaurant, Chez Nous, has recently re-
opened to the public. Four-course meal
with welcome cocktail. Seating begins at 6
pm. For reservations and information on
which evenings, email: keeslee-
man @telbonet.an
HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Resort,
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Divi Flamingo Casino open daily
for hot slot machines, roulette and black
jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4 am;
Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21
(includes tax). Discounts for residents and
local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800.
Parke Publico children's playground
open every day into the evening hours.
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Resort,
6-10 pm
* Rincon Marshe--6 am-2 pm. Enjoy a
Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh
fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets,
snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles, incense,
drinks, music. www.infobonaire.com/
rincon. Extra big Marshe 1st Saturday of
the month, 6 am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm. 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.
Soldachi Tours-See the real Bon-
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aire and be transported back in time. Learn
about the history, culture and nature by
Bonaireans from Rincon. Call Maria Koeks
for more information-796-7870.
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-
Mountain Bike Training for riders
of all levels (also Tuesday) at 5pm. Bon-
aire Wellness Connexions, Eden Beach,
785-0767, email
info @bonairewellness.com
* 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
* Dinner and a Show at Casablanca
Argentinean Grill-Reporter writer Al-
bert Bianculli presents his Multi-Image
Production "Bonaire Holiday" at
6:30pm, 7:30 pm & 8:30pm
* "Dive & Dine" Buddy Dive Resort,
6:30 -9:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-
* Margarita & Taco Tuesdays! With
$2.50 Margaritas and a Taco bar! Plus Live
music by the Flamingo Rockers, 6-8pm
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
* Beach BBQ & music at The Wind-
surf Place at Sorobon, 7-10 pm. Reserve
ahead. Tel. 717-5091, 717-2288. (see back
* "Live Cooking by the Chefs" with
live music by the Flamingo Rockers Un-
plugged Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Flamingo Rockers, at "Admiral's
Hour" for yachtsmen and others,
Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour Village Ma-
rina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7
* 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 Wilhel-
mina Park with local art, music and food;
summer fashions, jewelry, glasswork, Bon-
aire pictures, driftwood art, paintings and
all kinds of Bonaire souvenirs, 9 am to 2
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, Live music by Flamingo
Rockers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar 6-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30
pm) with Moogie Nation, followed by all-u
-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm, Buddy Dive Re-

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
Monday- Land & Ocean Bonaire by
Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the big
screen in front of Bonaire Dive & Adven-
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation Bon-
aire presents the Sea Turtles ofBonaire
Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday,
Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-717-3802.
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Show, every 2nd & 4th Wednes-
day at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn (717-
8819) at 7pm.
Wednesday-Diving Facts And Fiction -
An Evening with DIR slide/video show by
Caribbean Gas Training, 8 pm, Bonaire
Dive & Adventure,786-5073
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable old home that hasbeen restored and
funished so it appears the family hasjust stepped
out Local ladies will tell you the story. Open
Monday thu Friday, 9-12,2-4. Weekends by
appointment Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bon-
aire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th century.
Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town. Openweekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pnm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open daily
8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone: 560-
7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majes-
tic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shop-
ping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts #
10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7.30 pm at
Sunrise Pool Bar. all levels, NAf2,50. Call
Joop 717-5903 or be there by 7:15. Darts
Club plays every other Sunday at City
Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717
-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana
#1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above Zeezicht
Restaurant. All Rotarians welcome. Tel.

Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
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)-717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Claire 717-8290
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papiamentu,
Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kral-
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon.
Bible Study and Prayer meetings, Thurs-
days, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Kaminda Santa
Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in
Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire: Kaya Am-
sterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Services at
9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7 pm in Eng-
lish. 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 Bemardus in Kralendijk -
Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, Saturday
at 6 pm 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.
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How to Look Back
in Time Over Two
Million Years Ago

G reetings, greetings
fellow star gazers.
You know, everyone is
fascinated with the con-
cept of time travel and
although actually going
back in time is just a
thing of science fiction
you actually can look
back in time and see
things as they existed
long ago. Let me tell you.
Go out on any moonless
night in the November
Sky Park between 8 and
10 pm, which means that
this week and the first
half of next week are very
good because there'll be no moonlight in early evening. And make sure you're some
place where it's really dark out, away from Kralendijk lights. First look almost over-
head and you'll see four stars which if you could connect with lines trace out a
square. It's called the Great Square of Pegasus, the winged horse, and marks the
main part of his body. Next look north for five bright stars which if you connect with
lines will look like a squashed out letter "M." This is the constellation, Cassiopeia
the Queen. Finally take the brightest star in Cassiopeia and draw a line straight up to
the brightest star of Pegasus' square. Then if you look about two thirds of the way up
that line from Cassiopeia you will see a tiny faint cloud which through a pair of bin-
oculars will look even more cloudlike but which isn't a cloud at all.
In fact it is the most distant object we can see in the universe with the naked eye, so
far away that we have to measure its distance in terms of the speed of light. Now we
all know that light is the fastest moving thing in the universe and that it travels at the
speed of 186,000 miles per second. Since our Moon is about 250,000 miles away it
takes its light about 1 1/3 seconds to reach us. So in reality we always see the Moon
not as it exists now but as it existed 1 1/3 seconds ago. Our Sun on the other hand is
93 million miles away, so far away that it takes its light 8 1/3 minutes to reach us,
which means that we never see the Sun as it exists right now but as it existed 8 1/3
minutes ago. The great Andromeda galaxy, however, is something else. Indeed it is
so incredibly far away that it takes its light more than 2 1/2 million years to reach us.
So when we look at the Andromeda galaxy we actually see it not as it exists now but
as it existed 2 and 1/2 million years ago.

Think of it. When you look up at this dim cloud this week and next you are seeing
something as it actually existed about the time Australopithecus, the Lucy creature,
walked on this earth, long before the appearance of modem man, long before any
creature on Earth learned how to use fire. And what's equally astonishing is if you
take a time exposure photograph of this dim cloud through even a good amateur tele-
scope you will see that it is a giant spiral pinwheel of billions of stars, a great galaxy
very similar in shape to our own family of stars, the Milky Way galaxy, but over two
times larger. Wow! So get out this week and travel back in time. It's easy, it's fun, it's
science, it's real. O Jack Horkheimer

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For the Month of November 2007

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)You will be on the rampage this month. Don't confide in any
relatives whom you know have a tendency to meddle in other people's affairs. You may be
admired by colleagues and employers for your diplomatic way of handling your work and
those you work with. Don't let any small misunderstandings get in the way. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Take time to reevaluate your motives regarding friend-
ships. You can certainly gain popularity; however, don't do it by paying for everyone else.
Travel will be good if you are seeking knowledge. Try looking into new ways to make
extra money. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You may get some opposition. Personal changes will be to
your benefit. You should try to elaborate on an idea you have regarding a product or ser-
vice for the home. Find out if they have other commitments. You may want to make plans
to take a vacation together. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You may find that your mate is well aware of the circum-
stances. Don't let your partner get you going. You are best to travel or attend lectures or
seminars. You're likely to encounter new partners if you take short trips. You must look
into your options. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You'll be angry if those you live with aren't pulling their weight.
Try not to get involved in other people's problems. You will communicate easily and
should be able to accomplish all that you set out to do. Travel and entertaining conversa-
tion will be informative and uplifting. Your luckiest events will occur on a Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You need to look into some private matters before you can
proceed with your plans. Protect your interests legally if necessary. Focus, and concentrate
on yourself and your future. Be careful not to overexert yourself. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your questions will help you ferret out secret information.
Try to accommodate them without infringing on your own responsibilities. You are best to
avoid such unsavory circumstances, especially if you're in a group situation. Escapist ten-
dencies will result in a poor reputation and a lack of confidence. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Your involvement in organizational events could open
doors to new and exciting opportunities. Travel should open doors that lead to exciting new
adventures. You could overreact to emotional situations regarding your relationship. You
can discuss your intentions and ideas with your colleagues or friends this month. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You must be extremely careful not to let relatives
or friends interfere in your personal life. Don't let your personal partner hold you back.
Take the time to sort out your personal papers and double-check your financial invest-
ments. You will find it easy finalizing personal papers if you make an effort.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Good friends will give you honest answers. Be sure to
catch up on overdue correspondence and help those you love find solutions to their dilem-
mas. Your partner will blow situations out of proportion. Try not to allow others to burden
you with additional responsibilities. Your luckiest events will occur on a Sunday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Travel will entice you; however, a tendency to overspend
is quite possible. Don't go overboard; start small and work toward building it up slowly.
You can become obsessed with detail and must be sure to divide your time appropriately.
This could be the cause of a dispute that may result in estrangement. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will easily capture the interest of those you talk to.
Travel or short trips will probably be your best outlet. Your communication skills will
bring you popularity and increased self esteem. Try to keep an open mind. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Friday. D


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P uppy "Luca" has just
about the most gor-
geous black fluffy ears in
the Bonaire Animal Shelter.
What a darling! Those ears
and his curly tail are set off
by his body's smooth short
haired black fur. He's alert
and inquisitive and would
love to be someone's be-
loved pet. When his mother
was killed he and his sib-
lings were found and taken
care of by some good Sa-
maritans. But there were so
many puppies that the Sa-
maritans couldn't keep
them all so after some good
quality time where they
were fed and loved they
were brought into the Shel-
ter to be put up for adop-
tion. So although Luca and
his litter mates were once
lost they were found and
given a good life. That
shows in this dog's person-
ality and character. As are
all the other pets up for
adoption, Luca is in top
health, has had his shots,
worming and other tests
and is ready to go. Even his
sterilization, when he is old
enough, is included in the
dog adoption fee of
NAf105. And of course,
he's social! To see him and
the other adoptable pets
visit the Shelter on the La-
goen Road, now open Mon-
day through Saturday, 8 am
to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Tel.

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued
from page 5)

) The popular SGB
High School restaurant
has recently reopened to
the public. Seating be-
gins at 6 pm. You can
make reservations through
e-mail to keeslee-

> Calling all artists. If
you would like to donate a

What do we
mean by
"social?" It's
those pets who
can get along
with other pets
and with people
and who love
doing it. I was in
Los Angeles
recently and vis-
ited a shelter/
pound. They
were very proud
of their facilities,
but the pets did-
n't reflect it. In
nearly all cases
each dog and
each cat is kept


in its own sepa-
rate kennel,
alone. What sad faces there
were! There is no interac-
tion between them. No time
to socialize or get used to
being part of a pack and
enjoying the camaraderie
that a pack engenders. I
asked why they were all
separated. They said "One
may be sick and give it to
the others." Or "They might
fight with the others." At
the Bonaire Shelter every
animal that is brought in is
quarantined and checked by
the vet. It is observed by the
staff before it is put in with
the others. Is it quiet? Is it
dominant? Friendly? After
evaluation it's put in an
appropriate kennel with
others like it. It seems to

piece of your work for a
very good cause, now's
the time. The Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter is having their
next Bi-Annual Art Auc-
tion Fundraiser on Friday,
December 7, and would
very much appreciate local
artists' (or visiting artists')
art work to auction off.
This is one of the big
events that provides funds
to allow the Shelter to
remain open and take in

work just fine in Bonaire
and contrary to what's often
the case in the US, adopted
dogs here don't have to go
through "rehabilitation" to
become social. They're that
way already.
Another note: Lost dogs
that are brought into the
Shelter will be kept in quar-
antine for three days. If the
owner does not claim it in
that time, the dog is evalu-
ated the same as all those
brought in. It doesn't make
any difference whether it is
a puppy or an adult dog. If
it's social and healthy it
will be given its shots,
worming, neutered and put
up for adoption. L.D.

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James Finies,
NGO Platform President

In this edition of The Reporter
we begin a new series about
Bonaire's NGOs. Each month
the Annemarie KlOne will tell
you about one ofBonaire 's
lesser known NGO's to describe
their work for the community.

The Bonaire NGO Platform is an
umbrella organization to assist
all non-governmental organiza-
tions to accomplish their tasks
ands acquire funds. Over a hun-
dred NGOs are associated with
this platform. Combining their
strength helps to achieve their
goals of improving the welfare
on the island.
As you may know the term
NGO is a catchall term for Non-
Governmental Organizations,
groups formed to do specific
tasks and solve problems for the
public good but who are not a
part of any government depart-
ment. They are usually set up as
non-profit foundations.

First up: an introduction of
NGO Platform Bonaire.

The NGO Platform:
Supporting All NGOs
On The Island

Most non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) on
Bonaire are run by volunteers
with too little time and even less
money. They often establish
needs in the community but lack
the time, skills and means to
develop a successful project to
address these issues. Some of the
NGOs are run out of people's
homes, without so much as a

In 2002, when it had become
clear that the NGO field was in

need of support and coordina-
tion, the NGO Platform Bonaire
was founded, he NGO Platform
functions as a platform organiza-
tion for all non-governmental
organizations and issues on Bon-
Over a hundred NGOs are as-
sociated with the Platform,
which means they can call or
come by the office for informa-
tion and support with projects,
events and fundraisings, applica-
tions for funding, administrative
tasks and lots more. Members
can also use the meeting room,
copy and fax machine and bor-
row equipment such as a beamer
for presentations.

The NGO Platform office is
staffed with two employees and
is overseen by a board of seven
to 11 members, who are all vol-
unteers. They function as repre-
sentatives of different parts of
the NGO field, in order to create
more coordination and get peo-
ple to work together on their
common goals.

The current president is James
Finies, who has been an active
member in the non-profit field
for many years. He is also one of
the founders of the Public Park
behind the hospital and of the
Bonairean Sports Federation.

The NGO Platform also devel-
ops projects of their own but
which are for the benefit of the
entire NGO field, such as work-
shops on how to apply for fund-
ing, an informative website and
a Volunteer Center opening this
January at the NGO Platform

Orlando Meijer is one of the
members of the board. He has
been with the Platform since
2005 and represents all the or-
ganizations for the elderly on
Bonaire. Through his experience
he developed the Volunteer Cen-
ter for Bonaire.
"Many volunteer organizations
are lacking sufficiently trained
and experienced staff and have
trouble coping with increasing

demands. For volunteers it is
getting harder each day as more
is asked of them and they run the
risk of burning out. We want to
increase the number of volun-
teers and support them in their
work and also support the volun-
teer organizations."

The Volunteer Center is set up to
get the right people for the right
jobs and vice versa, but it also
works in such a way that the
NGO Platform can keep track of
the volunteer field and jump in
when they spot particular needs,
for example by organizing work-
shops and by using the tools the
Volunteer Center offers to set up
a volunteer policy for the island.
"I really hope the Volunteer
Center will be an extra support
system for the entire NGO-
field," Orlando Meijer continues.
"Bonaire has a very active NGO
field, and with this project we
hope to make things better for
the volunteers and the volunteer
organizations, so their projects
can be implemented successfully
and the whole Bonairean com-
munity can benefit!"

December 5, the International
Day of the Volunteer, will be
celebrated together with FESBO,
which is organizing an event for
this occasion. On this day the
sign up for the Volunteer Center
also starts, so everybody who is
interested in volunteer work is

For more information on Bon-
aire's NGOs, the Volunteer Cen-
ter, if you have ideas for projects
or want to make a donation, you
can visit the NGO Platform Bon-
aire office above Botica Bonaire
at Kaya Grandi 23F, or call
Story and photos by
Annemarie KlOne

'' he cruise ship season began on Bonaire with the arrival of I
Sthe Crown Princess (top) two weeks ago. Since the last is-
sue of The Reporter three large multi-thousand passenger cruise
ships have called on the island. On November 2 the Emerald Prin-
cess made its first call and was presented with a welcome me-
mento. The welcoming Bonaire delegation included Rob Sint Jago
(Harbormaster); Roosje van der Hoek-Goeloe (TCB); Robert
Trenidad and Ludwig Baletin (Customs); Erling Gosepa and Hugo
Meijer (S.E.L. Maduro Shipping, the ship's agent); Arlene Engel-
hart and Elmer Martilia (Education) and Silvin Lomp (Bonaire Se-
curity Force). O TCB Press Release

Divi Flamingo gave over NAf 1,600
to their employees last month.

n the photo are some of employees of the Divi Resorts' "Give
Me 5" program which gives $5 dollars each time an employee
gets his or her name mentioned favorably on the guests' comment
card as exceeding guests expectation.
As an addition a NAf100 bonus was given to employees who
completed the Tourism Awareness Program initiated by TCB. "It
provides a great fresh look and training for everyone," a participant
said, "and I even learned something about my own island," l
Press Release

Bonaire Reporter November 9-23, 2007

The Bonaire Reporter is published every two weeks. Look for the next
issue on November 22. And it's still

and your best source of Bonaire information

Page 19

This beautiful home is located in the quiet residential area of
Hato which is also very safe for children. It's location
guarantees good breezes. The house is furthermore
situated in convenient proximity to the center of Kralendijk
and many well known dive sites.

Lay out:
Entrance through wicket- and sliding gate to the cozy front
porch. On the left side one finds the double garage as well
as the spacious working area. One enters the home
through the front door into the living room with colorful
open kitchen which is equipped with double sink, fridge
and stove. The living room is adjacent to the back porch
from where the study is to be reached. The study can also
very well be used as third bedroom. On the right side of
the living room one finds the master bedroom with private
bathroom. The guest bedroom with bathroom is situated
on the left side of the home leading to the covered work
shop and garage.
Unique selling points:
The quiet and friendly neighborhood
The excellent state of repair and atmosphere
The mature tropical garden with ample space for an
extra apartment.
Year of construction: 2001
Lot size: 1,090 m2 (approx. 11,728 ft2).
Building area: approx. 222 m2 (2,390 ft2).
Long lease land

Asking Price: Nafl. 683-520.4 US$ 384,000

Lrbourtown Real

Estate we do get it!
Tel-(599) 717 5539
Fax- (599) 717 5081
Kaya Grandi 34, Bonaire
info@harbourtownbona ire.com

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Phone: + 599-717-4433
Dinner starting at 6:00P.M
Lunch, Tue. Sat., 11:30 to 2:30P.M.
Find us ONE Block South of Post Office

Bonaire Reporter November 9-23, 2007

ChePs Table @ Buddy Dive

Call 717-5o080
ext. 538 A

Every Wednesday Night
Our chefs prepare a delicious 3-course dinner for
you on the beach of the pool bar for only $29.75!

You may choose your own ingredients from a
selection of fish, rat, chicken and shrimps. Our
chefs will prepar everything the way you like it.

Live Music from at, eep,
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