Title: Bonaire reporter
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: Port-au-Prince
Publication Date: February 8, 2008
Copyright Date: 2005
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Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
Closer to Holland 2
IYOR 2008 kickoff 3
Jong Bonaire Walk 4
AUV Mapping 6
Letter to the Editor (Crime) 6
Thielgard Remembrance 6
Karnaval Parade 2008 10
Lora Count Report 11
Tsunami Team Explores 15
Cultural Landmarks (Bonaire
Rock) 18

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
ProfilesJan Arnold Franken 5

Clear Blue Water News 8
Bonairean Voices (Tourists) 9
Pet of the Week (Randy) 12
Shelter Facelift, car licenses
needed 12
Classifieds 12
Coral Glimpses (Coral and
Algae) 13
Did You Know (Damsel Fish)
Dining & Shopping
Guides 14
Tide Table 15
Reporter Masthead 15
Picture Yourself with
The Reporter (Thailand) 15
What's Happening 16
Sky Park (Lunar Eclipse) 17
The Stars Have It 17
KLM Outage 18
Island View (Tourist Behavior)
What's Coming Our Way
(Country House) 19
How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
info @bonairereporter. com
Print and Online
Bonairenews.com then click
on "Go to Archives"
The Publisher:
The Bonaire Reporter,
P. O. Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518

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Bonaire Reporter February 8-22, 2008

Page 2

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A small, but enthusiastic,
group inaugurated Bon-
aire's International Year of the
Reef 2008 participation last week
in Wilhelmina Park. It followed up
a news conference as part of the
International Coral Reef Initiative
Meeting in Washington D.C. on
January 24, when government offi-
cials from Bonaire joined coral
reef experts and managers from the
US, Mexico and France to offi-
cially inaugurate the International
Year of the Reef.
The island's slogan for the
IYOR, "Bonaire, Leading By
Example," was announced at the
park ceremony. The first of 12
paintings created by school chil-
dren with an IYOR theme was
unveiled. Each of the 12 paintings
will be on display throughout the
year at various locations for resi-
dents and visitors to enjoy.
As part of the IYOR celebration,
STINAPA announced the designa-
tion of two fish protected areas on
Bonaire's reef to encourage the
population growth of large fish
In 1997, Bonaire became IYOR's
first partner in the Caribbean to
establish a comprehensive plan
dedicated to executing a program
of public education about coral
reefs, assessing the conditions of
coral reefs and collaborating with
local communities and other reef

In Papiamentu and English, STINAPA proclaims the Interna-
tional Year of the Reef that leads off with the slogan, "Bonaire
Leads by Example," in English and ends with "Join with us for a
sustainable development for Bonaire," in Papiamentu.

SGB Teacher Gemma van der Linden with Pernilla Mansveld
and Ruard Anthony, winners of the artistic competition

Elsmarie Beukenboom, Director of STINAPA, gave an eloquent,
impassioned speech for coral reefpreservation. The winning
painting is the backdrop

managers to develop and imple-
ment plans for the use of irre-
placeable reef resources. During
that year Bonaire also hosted the
International Year of the Reef s
inaugural Dive Festival event. As
a focal destination for the 2008
celebration of IYOR, Tourism
Corporation Bonaire (TCB) has
joined forces with the Coral Reef
Alliance (CORAL), Earth Echo
International, STINAPA and
NOAA to execute a program that
will continue the work that the
Island began 11 years ago.
Other IYOR activities taking

place on Bonaire include Bonaire
Dive Into Summer 2008; The
NOAA- IYOR Environmental
Project: a summer-long overarch-
ing ecology project; Love Our
Planet Week and Clean Up the
World Weekend and International
Year of the Reef (IYOR) Week,
June 21-28. IYOR week will fea-
ture guest speakers Jan and Alex-
andra Cousteau from Earth Echo
International who will give semi-
nars and lead dives, and experts
from CORAL that will give work-

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Cont. from pg. 2)
The general public can subscribe to
this bond issue at all commercial
banks in the Netherlands Antilles
untill0am on February 15, 2008.

Last week the Bank of the
Netherlands Antilles warned the
public about the circulation of
false banknotes. Although the
extent of counterfeiting is not sub-
stantial at the moment, the bank is
nevertheless concerned.
Last year, counterfeiters were
removing the gold foil found on 10
guilder notes and pasting it on the
false 100 guilder notes they pro-
duced, which made the poor qual-
ity counterfeit notes look more
authentic. For information con-
ceming the authenticity character-
istics of bank notes visit
www.centralbank.an. If you be-
lieve you have been the victim of
counterfeiting, contact the police.
A person who falsifies or is aware
of paying with false money is sub-
ject to a nine-year prison sentence.

- Based on information provided
to the Dutch Parliament, following
Indonesia, Venezuela was the
Dutch economy's biggest
weapons export destination in
2006 with 196 million. Member
of Parliament Martijn van Dam
indicated that the Netherlands
delivers a lot of arms to Venezuela
and asked the Defense Minister
whether the threats of President
Hugo Chavez towards the
Netherlands Antilles ought to be
taken seriously.

- The Save Japan Dolphins
Coalition sent a letter to Antilles
Governor Frits Goedgedrag and
Prime Minister Emily de Jongh-
Elhage last week, focusing on the
dolphins caught in the wild by
Cuba that were purchased by the
Sea Aquarium in Curacao, asking
for their return to the sea.

- The foundation Ban Boneiru
BMk (Let's Return to Bonaire)
wants to keep the island's
population in balance. The
foundation wants 75% of the
population to be Antillean-born. It
says the the current percentage is
67%. Its first step is to see whether
Bonerians, especially those living
in Holland, want to return to
According to chairwoman Celia
Femandez Pedra, the motivation to
establish the foundation was the
alarming figures of the develop-
ment of Bonaire's population. Its
website is
The foundation asked AMFO for
financial support last year, which
was denied.

D The Antillean Co-Financing
Organization, AMFO, a prime
agency to dispense money to
fight poverty on the Antillean
islands, last Tuesday activated its
upgraded website, which it says
will offer more extensive infor-
mation to the public. Its up-
graded website retains the name,
www. samfo.org. A press release
said, "The site has been expanded a
great deal with more information,

especially relevant to all NGOs
that require funding." At the mo-
ment the site is only in Dutch, but
the Papiamentu and English ver-
sions will soon be added. AMFO,
which has been restructured and
which has now been active in its
new form for eight months, also
announced that it is currently inter-
nally evaluating its procedures.

Finally, the new vehicle
number plates are available. Get
your white plate with blue digits at
the Ontvanger's Office.

D The St. Elisabeth Hospital on
Curagao informed the Bonaire
Government that the intensive
care unit is full and that Bonairean
patients cannot be admitted for the
time being.

D According to the records of a
local veterinarian, Jan Laarakker,
Dalmatians are not among the
most popular island dogs as we
reported last week Leading the
pack are "pit bulls" followed by
Dobermans and Rottweilers.
Dalmatians aren't in the top 10.

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D STINAPA has a new up-
scale Boston Whaler to carry out

its Marine Park patrols. It com-
pliments several other boats in the
Park fleet.

D Last week the SGB high
school chemistry classroom was
(Continued on page 7)

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- Medium Jan Arnold Francken

S piritual Medium Jan Ar-
nold Franken was in Bon-
aire for two weeks recently to
offer his services to many of us
who feel that our experiences in
life have a deeper meaning and
are tools that we can learn from
and grow as human beings. He
offered workshops, one-to-one
consults, aura readings, channel-
ing, psychometric help and sound
advice. Rather than sunbathing
on the beach he prefers to be of
service on our island.
Jan Arnold was born a me-
dium; he's been communicating
with his spiritual guides for as
long as he can remember. From
the time he was very young peo-
ple sought his advice concerning Jan A
health and relationship issues and
even took him along when they work; he cai
had to decide which house to buy. Jan Arnol
His way of dealing with these very down-t
questions wasn't through his own feet firmly o
point of view, he felt guided and trusts his ow
learned to trust this guidance with- knows for ex
out interference from his own tion is a fact
thoughts or doubts. cates with th
From the age of 16 he's worked After 30 y
full time with his gift; for him it field he kno'
was natural to know the answers more and mc
other people struggled for. He themselves i
went to school like other kids, but are) but usin
he felt very vulnerable and differ- shouldn't be
ent. Some years later he started his very import
own practice and has continued stable. Each
ever since. He feels what he is frequency at
doing is a mission; he just follows resonates to
his calling. It doesn't feel like "collide" wi


mot NOT do it.
I comes across as a
o-earth man with both
on the ground. He
vn experience and
example that reincama-
since he communi-
le deceased regularly.
ears of working in this
ws that nowadays
ore people are calling
mediums (and we all
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taken lightly. It's
mt to be balanced and
of us has our own
nd the world around us
that. We either
th others or feel at

ease with them. Nowadays nine
out of 10 children born are so
called "New Age Children." They
resonate to higher frequencies and
thank God many parents feel and
understand it. In the past their
abilities had to be stopped or ig-
Because all of us have strong
abilities in different fields Jan
Arnold feels that his mission is to
help people discover, develop and
trust these abilities. All of us have
dreams, get signals and hunches,
have precognitions. Certain fears
or insecurities can even have their
origin in a past life. Jan Arnold
can see the cause and can help the
person recognize it and guide
them through it. We all have our
guides and help from the other
side; the more we are able to use
this guidance the happier and
healthier we can live our lives
In this period on earth people
feel the need to know themselves
better. Who we are is, for a big
part, the result of our upbringing.
Now many people are ready to
find out what comes from the out-
side and what really comes from
their inner self? "Who am I
By giving his workshops on
Bonaire, Curagao and Aruba, he
offers people the possibility of
reaching their goals and enjoying
the journey by means of coaching.
During the workshops an inner

process is stimulated to work out
certain obstacles from the past in
order to reach the freedom to act
intuitively, to broaden spiritual
knowledge and be able to live and
share it.
Jan Arnold uses his clairvoy-
ance, his clairaudience and aura
readings so that you are able to
look at yourself (because every-
thing you are is present in you).
Every answer is there, but some-
times you can't see it and Jan Ar-
nold is able to mirror this. Then
you can go on and change the
things within that you want to
have changed. Jan Arnold lets
himself be guided by "what comes
through" without filtering any-
MEETINGS: Aurology, Tarot,
Jan Arnold explains what he is
doing, how he is working and
what he is using. Everyone present
can draw a Tarot card, have his
aura read or bring an object or
picture for psychometric observa-
tions .
The Spiritual Coaching work-
shop helps you to discover what
you want to reach in life, what you
want to change in order to reach
your goals. This also includes a
journey through the chakras, your
energy points, and where obstruc-
tions are being stored.
The Channeling workshop deals

with being able to make contact
with your inner knowledge, get-
ting your own answers by letting
go of want you want or fear to
hear and allowing and trusting
what comes up spontaneously.
Karma and Reincarnation
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understand why you are who you
are and why you are here. Under-
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power to take control and change
what you want to change.
Jan Arnold will be back on
Bonaire from March 14 to
March 24
His contact on Bonaire: 786-
3341; Website: www.spirituele-
coaching.nl or
e mail info@bbderidder.nl. O
Photo & story by Louise Rood

Author Louise (Lous) Rood, is
the former owner ofSorobon
Beach Resort, and founder of the
Bonaire Animal Shelter. She lived
for many years on the island, left
for a while to travel the world, but
has since returned. She teaches
silversmithing and stone setting,
gives yoga to kids at school and
gives private yoga classes from
her house.
Rood says, "Bonaire always had
and still has a draw for many pio-
neers who contribute to the island
in their own unique way. I am
interested in their stories, their
ideals, motives, philosophy and
their experiences, which can also
inspire and stimulate others. "

Bonaire Reporter February 8-22, 2008

Page 5

AUVs Map
Last week at the CIEE cen-
ter a presentation was
given by the NOAA (US Na-
tional Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration) researchers who
have been mapping Bonaire
Part of NOAA's mission is to
explore the ocean for the purpose
of discovery and the advance-
ment of knowledge. The Bonaire
mission aims to enhance knowl-
edge of coral reefs and their
value and to motivate people to
take action to sustain them. The
work in Bonaire has an espe-
cially high profile in 2008, which
is the International Year of the
Reef (IYOR).
The team of scientists, engi-
neers and technical divers
mapped the coral reefs around
Bonaire using Autonomous Un-
derwater Vehicles (AUVs). Their
work will eventually be pre-
sented on Google Earth maps
and be available to all in about
one year.
The Bonaire expedition is led
by Mark Patterson of the Vir-
ginia Institute of Marine Science
(VIMS), along with co-Principal
Investigators Arthur Trembanis
(University of Delaware), Jim
Leichter and Dale Stokes
(Scripps Institution of Oceanog-
raphy). In addition to the Princi-
pal Investigators and 16 students
from Delaware, academics have
come to assist the mission from

Bonaire's Coral Reefs

NOAA's Under-
sea Research
Center (NURC,
US), the Univer-
sity of British
(Canada), and
the National
Centre South-
ampton (UK).
specialists from
Iceland and Carib Inn's
England are also
on hand, helping gather the data
needed to understand the reef
One of the key aims of the
mission is to look at ways of
collecting sub-sea data using
novel technology. Three AUVs
are mapping the corals and tak-

s Bruce Bowker on the simulator
around them. Two "Gavia" man-
portable AUVs along with the
"Fetchl" AUV designed by
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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from
page 4)

closed for safety reasons.
Principal Serapio Pop had the
classroom checked to determine the
exact locations of gas leakages.
"We have stopped the practical
chemistry lessons and have agreed
to replace these with theory lessons
until the situation is restored," said
Pop. The school is also having a
lot of problems with rats in the
A reliable source sent us photos
that seem to show that the high
school is in dire need of a cleanup.
One is above.

D Last Thursday two of Johan-
netta Gordijn's SGB high school
students, Rockel Ellis (1st) and
Roderick Gonsales (3rd), received
prizes because they won the In-
convenient Truth Essay Competi-
tion. They are HAVO 5 students
and they wrote their essays in their
Dutch class.
This competition was organized by
BONHATA and the prizes were
awarded by Dr. George Buckley of
The Environmental Management
Programs, Harvard University. The
ceremony took place at Captain
Don's Habitat. The other two win-
ners were also SGB students, but
they were not on hand to collect
their prizes.

D The US presidential race is
heating up. US citizens living in
Bonaire can vote in presidential
and certain other stateside elec-
tions provided they register to vote.
Alan Gross and Jane Townsend
pointed us to a website: http://
www.votefromabroad.org/ that can

handle the details free of charge.
US citizens can also contact the
Board of Elections (Google them)
of the state where they last lived for
information and required forms.

D The "Books for Bonaire"
action that Tourism Corporation
Bonaire (TCB) organized in the
Netherlands in the summer was
very successful. Thirty boxes of
books were collected.
TCB thanks everybody who con-
tributed, especially the Biblionef
Foundation that donated 400 books.
Rocargo Services Bonaire and IFC
International took care of the trans-
portation to Bonaire. Marisela
Croes of TCB handed the books to
the personnel of the public library.

TCB reminded residents that
during major cruise ship visits,
except for taxis and other cruise-
ship-related traffic the following
rules are in effect:
*Executive Council building
parking lot closed
*Kaya Grandi closed to traffic-
noon to 5 pm
*Waterfront (Karel's to pier)
closed to traffic- 7 am to 5 pm
*Waterfront (Divi to pier) closed
to traffic- noon to 5 pm

D The Cruise Lines International
Association (CLIA), in its annual
report on the status of the cruise
industry, predicted a record year
for 2008, projected to carry 12.8
million passengers. Cruise lines
also maintained their high usage
rates, with an occupancy factor of
over 105% in 2007.
CLIA said eight new ships and
two redeployed vessels will join
the fleet in 2008.

- Think the price of (regular)
gasoline is high in Bonaire? How
would you like to pay $6.82 a
gallon as they do in Oslo, Norway?
Some other prices:
Brussels, Belgium $6.16
London, UK $5.96
Tokyo, Japan -$5.25
Sao Paulo, Brazil $4.42
Bonaire, NA $4.24
New Delhi, India $3.71
Florida, US $3.22
Buenos Aires, Argentina $2.09
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia $0.91 and
the world's low cost leader, nearby
Caracas, Venezuela at $0.12 per

D Caribbean Wind & Sun
Vacations is planning a month of
Singles Activities from February
23 to March 15. Single divers,
windsurfers and snorkelers will
meet by day on the beach and at
night dine under the stars at several
of Bonaire's dining establishments.
Hikes are planned as well as other
special activities. It's not too late
to book. Email

The Bonaire Sailing Club is
organizing a fund raising event
this Sunday, February 10, from
11am till 3 pm at Vespucci's Res-
taurant in the Harbour Village
Marina. All are invited.
At 11:30 the children will sail in
to demonstrate their skills in Opti-
mist, Sunfish, Laser and Splash
sailboats. The school band will
play. Lunch is included in the Naf
35 per person ticket price. A family
ticket is Naf 80. A bar will be
All tickets include a prize kindly
donated by Bonaire businesses.
Prizes include dinners at great res-
taurants like KonTiki, Bistro di
Paris, Papagayo and Bobijans as
well as hairdos at Hair Affair.
Proceeds of the fundraiser will be
to maintain the sailing fleet, subsi-
dize island sailors to attend off-
island regattas and allow less privi-
leged children to learn to sail. For
more information contact Joyce at
786-5817, email joyceot-
tens(dhotmail.com or Susie at 510-
4251. Island Prosecutor David van
Delft is the club president.

D Welcome to
our returning S i
advertiser, Bon- i
better known as
"Bonfisio." The
practice was re-
cently taken over
by former prac-
tioner, Robert
Smaal and part- BONAIRI

> Happy Val-
entines Day. We
love our readers.

The Tourism Corporation Bonaire finally announced the
launch of their official website www.tourismbonaire.com.
Visitors to the new website are welcomed by some of Bonaire's
most familiar faces and greeted with "Kon ta Bai?" Never has so
much information about Bonaire been located on one site, says the
TCB. Site content is currently available in English and Dutch; soon
to be available in Spanish and Portuguese.
Our testing found that the site still needs content, like schedules,
and is slow loading. That's artist Henk Roozendaal in the photo.





'G./L. D.

Page 7


The Sea Monitor Foundation
has been accepted by Sup-
port Bonaire, Inc., so donations to
SMF through this US based 501(c)
(3) organization are tax free. Visit
the website
www.supportbonaire.org for more
information and make a contribu-
Contributions will help guarantee
continuation of Bonaire's leader-
ship role in the conservation of the
surrounding coral reefs.
Water Quality is the key link in
the chain in preserving the health
of the reef. In August 2007, after
several months of testing and
modifications, the Bonaire Na-
tional Marine Park, under the ad-
vice and guidance of Ramon de
Leon, BNMP Manager, launched
the Light and Motion Sensor Pro-
ject-LMSP. The project is produc-
ing, continuous, "minute by min-
ute" scientific data to study and
record the sea water quality around
the island.
At the present time there are 12
independent, "Rainbow Moorings"
deployed in place off the leeward
coast and one control site on Klein
Bonaire. Each site has nine instru-
ments taking measurements at
three levels under the surface,
every eight minutes. A total of 117
optical sensors are constantly re-
cording data. A dedicated, volun-
teer diver who cleans and transfers
the data to an underwater reader
visits each site every week. That

data is then downloaded and elec-
tronically transmitted to the lab
technicians at the University of
Southern California.
The visionary Light and Motion
Sensor Program seeks to establish
a scientific database of the present
water quality on Bonaire reefs and,
with continuous monitoring, pro-
duce a data stream to show any
changes and trends, good or bad.
This 10-year-long project is en-
tirely funded by private donations
from concerned and interested
On the scientific side, the Phase
#1 data is showing that sea water
quality changes are taking place at
an unprecedented rapid pace, by
Bonaire standards. More informa-
tion is needed. The LMSP scien-
tists have suggested changing the
sample interval to every minute,
instead of the current eight-minute
interval, increasing the volume of
the data stream. Site # 1 has been
chosen as the first location to ad-
just. Later, during the first two
weeks in March, a team of volun-
teers under the guidance of re-
searcher Tom Reynolds from USC
will calibrate the optical sensors
here on Bonaire for accuracy, prior
to the expected release and posting,
in April, of ALL the data collected
since August.
Phase #2, of the LMSP, the
planned placing of the more costly
and intricate salinity instruments,
must start as soon as possible to

quantify the nutrient levels, bio-
logical content and sources.
With all these indications the
LMSP as a work in progress has
remained flexible to the existing
demands as necessary. The scope
of the project has grown beyond
the simple "grass roots effort"
started in August. More effort and
more funds are needed to keep that
unique environment that we all
know and love as Bonaire alive. To
insure success and continuation of
the LMSP/BONAIRE, a non-
profit, non-government organiza-
tion (NGO), the SEA MONITOR
Foundation (SMF) was established
at the end of last year.

Recent Sensor Service Reports
have generated the following
comments by a team of diver
"Wonderful dive. In case The
Bonaire Reporter decides to print
this report, we'd like to remind read-
ers who dive that they can volunteer
to be a part of this project. It only

takes about 10-15 minutes of your
dive time, and the rest can be spent
diving your normal profile.....with
free air, by the way, courtesy of Yel-
low Submarine, on your "service
Here is a description of our recent
"service dive" prior to and after
cleaning and reading the sensor ar-
ray, so you can see how enjoyable it
is to be a volunteer.
The dive started with Prawphan
finding a Roughback Batfish. Some
friends of ours discovered it a week
or two earlier, but we hadn't been
able to find it until this dive.
Roughback Batfish are only about
three inches long and almost impos-
sible to distinguish from the rubble.
Most people have never seen one.
Quite a find.
Other things that entertained us on
the dive were:
Several unusually large and beauti-
fully marked Green Razorfish,
probably the largest we have ever
A Yellowhead Jawfish with a
mouthful of eggs,

A Mantis Shrimp in a green tube
sponge, afraid to come out of the
tube until we backed off several feet.
Then it scampered over the rim and
down to the safety of a crevice in the
A beautiful peppermint shrimp,
One of the cutest juvenile Baloon-
fish we've ever seen (and we've seen
a lot), with those beautiful iridescent
eyes that look like rare jewels.
12 medium size juvenile French
Angels, unusual because they were
all congregated together in one
small area, along with a Night Ser-
A cute small Octopus in an un-
usual small den, which he will out-
grow quickly.
On the way back in, Bill was
lucky enough to notice a Pike
Blenny, difficult to spot these crit-
ters, in an area where we had never
noticed them before.
Of course, we had to stop and pay
our respects to the little Batfish with
its tiny red lips again on the way in.
What a remarkable little creature!
Not bad for a "working dive," is
We can train you on one of our
regular "service dives" and hopefully
point out some unusual critters that
we regularly spot.
-Bill and Prawphan Wildin
You are invited to directly deposit
your donation to SEA MONITOR
Foundation accounts:
Maduro & Curiel's Bank (Bonaire)
USD Account # 116.735.09
NAf Account # 116.736.07
Story & photos by
Albert Bianculli


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Have you ever been at the
Rincon Big Market Day on
a Saturday or been on the roads in
Kralendijk on a Tuesday or
Wednesday? What do you notice
that is becoming very common?
That is our tourists. Every week,
every month we are getting more
and more tourists on the island,
which is good for the economy.
The Rincon residents say that the
tourists love Rincon. They like the
market, the local restaurant at Rose
Inn, the lovely gardens of the
houses and the strange phenomena
they see in traveling to Rincon and
in Rincon itself: that's the cactuses.
Maybe for us it is a common sight,
but for them it is an interesting dis-
covery. Remember, the word
"tourist" means one who travels for
pleasure. And besides this they are
very curious about our culture, race
and food.
A woman (69) who usually sells
handicrafts at the Rincon Market,
said, "Tourists like to come to the
market to have a taste of our local
food. You should see them eat
funchi (cooked cornmeal) and fish
with krioyo sauce. Some of them
like to have a bite of everything.
When they get to the Rose Inn they
don't want to leave. They find Rin-
con a very restful and peaceful
town. They just wish there were
more mini hotels in Rincon besides
the Rose Inn. They can stay over-
night there and enjoy the panorama
of the other areas near Rincon, like
Karpata, Gotomeer and Washington
Slagbaai National Park. The roads

in Rincon are so
easy to drive on,
there's not so
much traffic,
and they take
pleasure in the
nature and the
friendly people
of Rincon. They
like to take pic-
ture of the gar-
dens and people."
As she continue she wishes, "that
Rincon have more to offer to these
tourists besides the things we men-
tioned, like a fully equipped doc-
tor's office for first aid assistance.
Plus the Rincon people can benefit
from it also."
"Not only that," a lady (55) said.
"We have to motivate the Bonaire-
ans to pay more attention to our
tourists, when they are crossing the
street, driving, touring and even in
the stores. The tourist office should
announce when the cruise ships are
coming so the local people can be
prepared when they go to town on
certain days and what they can ex-
pect on the island. We need to be
spontaneous and friendly with the
tourists. Salesgirls and men working
in the stores should learn how to
deal with the tourists. We can't hold
ourselves back because we don't
know the language well. We have to
confront the situation and do our
best to speak the language; the tour-
ists themselves will help us in this
matter. Don't feel ashamed or shy.
The tourist office can be of very
great help in starting a project to-
gether with the businesses to supply

the needs of their personnel who
come in regular contact with the
tourists. Give courses about service,
appearance and vocabulary for the
worker. Do workshops. With all this
we can improve our services to our
tourists. We have to remember they
are bringing the money to our island
and they deserve the best. We have
to remember that we travel too and
when we go to their country we are
also a tourist and would like to be
treated nicely. Give the tourist their
value and likewise we will get
I know that the tourist office has
given courses "Tourist Services,"
but they should continue programs
like this. So if you a have a business
or you are a salesgirl or man, think
about these suggestions and try to
exert yourself to excellence. D
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The 2008 Karnaval parades were among the best ever with wonderful spirit, elaborate
costumes and numerous participants and spectators. We bring you some highlights in
pictures. Here are is a list of participants in last Sunday's grand parade:
Nr Group name Theme Description Members
1 Nos Nauralesa Fantasia di Lora Our Lora in nature 13
2 Club Ariba Peru Juventud Amazonas The Amazon 24
3 Deseo di Pueblo Pueblo den akshon Comical 25
4 The Crazy Happy People Boneiru su rikesa Typical Things of Bonaire 20
5 LIZEE Nota di alegria Lively Musical Notes 18
6 UNI den PURA Disco Party Scenes of the 70s and 80s 100
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Some (but not all) of the Lora (parrot) counters at Washington Park entrance

he annual Lora count took place at daw
Saturday January 26th with a total of 43(
loras being counted. This result is dramatically
lower than last year's successful count of 650 1
ras, so what is going on?

First a little background. The parrot that is fo
on Bonaire is an endangered species and a cru
part of any conservation effort is to keep track
the animal's population size. Lora counts have
been made since the 1970s, and since 1990 the
has been a count almost every year. In the non
breeding season the parrots generally flock to-
gether and form large roosts with up to 100 bii
in each one. The roost locations are pretty muc
the same each year so teams of volunteers go c
early in the morning, and as dawn arrives they
count the parrots leaving the roost on their wa)
find food.
This year's count was conducted by the
STINAPA staff and over 40 volunteers
including 15 students from SGB. Salba Nos
Lora (Save our Parrot) and STINAPA or-
ganize the count and STINAPA provides a
breakfast snack for everyone when they
report their observations at the Park en-
trance. Many counters return from year to
year to help with this event and the quality
of the volunteers observations and note
taking is very high. This is very important
when we come to collect the results and
ensure there is no double counting.
Last year we worked very hard to ensure
the count accuracy and it was a great suc-
cess. The number of birds seen this year is
much lower despite the entire count follow-
ing the same methodology. What is the
difference you might ask? Well there has
been a lot of rain prior to this year's count
and it may well be that there is an abun-
dance of food. This certainly seems to be
the case and it is likely that the birds sim-
ply do not need to flock together as a re-
sult. It may be that they can forage just as
effectively in smaller numbers. Several of
the counters reported hearing distant loras
and this would support the idea. So we
don't think it is an actual drop in parrot
numbers but rather a change in parrot be-
haviour that has influenced the count result.
But to be
sure we'll
have to see
how the
count goes
next year!
1O Sam

Editor's note: Loras are protected species. In
2002 all the Loras that people had as pets were
registered and had metal rings placed on their leg.
Because of this, illegal Loras can be readily iden-
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Coral Glimpses

Did You

T hiis week's
'Did You
Know' is brought to
you by the ubiquitous
damsel fish.
As many of you will
be aware, damsels h
nurture lawns of algae photo
and guard these pri- .
vate gardens against
vate gardens against Damselfish /Juvenile below left
even the most ill-
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interesting is that not all damsels have independent grounds: two species actually
have overlapping territories. The larger yellow-tail superimposes its broader feed-
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vaders, although the smaller are expected to do the majority of the work. Look out
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T he pinkish stuff below this coral
colony is a type of calcium-based
algae, and it's beginning to creep up
onto the coral. To the left of it is a sec-
tion of coral skeleton possibly
crunched by a parrotfish which is
hosting a green algae.
The more healthy the coral colony is,
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Balashi Beach Bar Open every day On the beach
Bar and Beach Service 8am 8pm. Extensive snack/salad/burger menu
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm. available daily from noon.
Bella Vista Restaurant, Buddy's Pool Bar Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30-10 am Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night; Mon. "Dive and
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Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Dinner Monday Saturday, 6 to 10 pm Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
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City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selec-
tion of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV,
computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and in-store
financing too.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest number
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-
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brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
Mio offers by far the clearest, most phone reliable signal
on the island. And their personnel are trained and friendly.
Check out their unlimited calling plan.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
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Dive Inn-For your diving with a personal touch. Located
in town at Chacha cha Beach. Drop ins and cruise ship
passengers welcome
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- New name, same owner and location. Has
lots of beautiful, often one-of-a-kind furniture, antiques,
crafts and accessories from mainland China and Indonesia.
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. Now
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Bonfysiotherapie helps when you need physiotherapy for
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Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center down-
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Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance
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Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in
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Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
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During the month of January and in
the beginning of February a group of
German and Australian geologists and geog-
raphers visited Bonaire to pursue their re-
search into the Holocene evolution of tropi-
cal coasts, especially the role of hurricanes
and tsunamis.
The research was coordinated by Anja
Scheffers from the Southern Cross Univer-
sity, School of Environmental Science Man-
agement in Australia. Frank Schaebitz repre-
sented the University of Cologne, Germany.
Max Engel and Timo Willershaeuser are
attached to the Philipps University of Mar-
burg, Germany.
The ultimate specialist, talking about tsu-
namis, Professor Dieter Kelletat, was also
on the island. Kelletat is a kind of godfather
of the revolutionary new knowledge about
tsunamis. The revolutionary idea of Kelletat
and his student Scheffers is that tsunamis (so
far three such events have been identified in
Bonaire's history) placed the huge and mas-
sive boulders on the east coast of the island.
A hurricane would never have had enough

power to do so.
During the last several weeks the team of
scientists has been exploring the island, col-
lecting rocks and corals. Measurements
were taken of bokas and salinas with GPS
and sonar. Bonaire still has a lot of un-
mapped and undescribed terrain. Sediments
were taken, down to 11 meters deep, at
Washikemba, Lagun, Boka Bartol and Sa-
linja Tar. The scientists will need about a
year to inspect all the samples. They will be
back in November 2008. By examining the
rocks, corals and sediments the scientists
will discover a lot about the evolution of the
island and the Caribbean and the effect of
hurricanes and tsunamis on the environment.
A well attended lecture was held at the
CIEE. Some 50 persons listened to the pres-
entation of Professor Doctor Dieter Kelletat,
Anja Scheffers and Max Engel. The results
of the research will be used to understand
the development of the earth. All the results
and measurements will also be given to the
government of Bonaire. O J@n Brower

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DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht.

2-09 3:57
2-10 4:27
2-11 5:20
2-12 6:06
2-13 6:55
2-14 7:47
2-15 8:32
2-16 9:23
2-17 10:07
2-18 10:52
2-19 11:40
2-20 1:53
2-21 2:11
2-22 2:45


6:36 1.2FT. 14:13
9:51 1.3FT. 15:19
13:30 1.2FT. 16:38
14:59 1.0FT.
16:03 0.9FT.
16:49 0.8FT.
17:40 0.7FT.
18:20 0.7FT.
19:00 0.7FT.
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20:13 0.9FT.
3:35 1.1FT. 12:19
5:03 1.2FT. 13:06
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1.6FT. 22:02 1.1FT.
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Through February 29 -Andre
Nagtegaal Art Exhibit, "My
Gigis" Kas di Arte, 5-9 pm

Saturday, February 9 Mountain
Bike Tour for riders of all levels
of experience, 3:45 pm. Contact
Bonaire Wellness Connexions BV;
Kaya Gob. Debrot 73

Saturday, February 9 -Wine
Tasting at AWC's warehouse, 7
to 9 pm, Kaya Industria #23,
across from Warehouse Bonaire.
Great wines. Naf 20 per person for
six to eight wines

Sunday, February 10- Bonaire
Sailing Club Fund Raising Event
at Vespucci's Restaurant in the
Harbour Village Marina, from
1 lam -3pm. Kids will demonstrate
Optimists, Sunfish, Lasers,
Splashes. All invited. Naf 35 in-
cludes lunch (prize attached to
tickets-like a dinner for 2 at Kon-
tiki). Kids invited to come and find
out about learning to sail. More
info for sailing classes: 717-7972
or 510-4351. See page 7.

Sunday, February 17- Jong
Bonaire Fundraising 20K Fun
Walk, 7 am. Tickets at DeFree-
weiler and Jong Bonaire: Adults,
Naf 15; children under 12, Naf 10.
Wednesday, February 20-
Total Eclipse of the Moon. Page
Thursday, February 21-Full
Sunday, February 24- Free-
style Frenzy Fun Freestyle
Windsurfing Event, Lac Bai, 11
am. All welcome to compete.
Great spectator event with plenty
of photo ops. Tel. 786-3134 for

February 22-29 -Art Show Ex-
hibit by Bonaire's Captains of
Industry, Plaza Hotel

Saturday, March 1-Dinner &
Auction, Captains of Industry
Art Show. Dinner 5:30-7:30 pm,
Auction 8 pm. Naf65. Phone/fax
717-3015, email dickdisselbo-
naire@flamingotv.net (More on
page 7) Plaza Hotel

Arts and Crafts Markets at
Wilhelmina Park on Cruise Ship
Days, 10 am 2 pm
Sun., Feb. 10 2 Ships: Queen
Mary 2, Emerald Princess
Tues., Feb. 12 Veendam
Wed., Feb. 13 -2 Ships: Sea Prin-
cess, Summit

nJsM PIwGe

Wed., Feb. 20 2 Ships: Summit,
Crown Princess
Mon., Feb. 25 -Arcadia
Tues., Feb. 26 Sea Princess
Wed., Feb. 27 Summit
Thurs., Feb. 28- EmeraldPrincess


The popular SGB High School
restaurant, Chez Nous, is now open to
the public. Four-course dinners with
welcome cocktail on Tuesdays. Seating
begins at 6 pm. Lunches on Wednesday
& Thursdays. Call 717-8120, ask for
Chez Nous or email: keeslee-
man @atelbonet.an
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 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-
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the evening

Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Resort,
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm. En-
joy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music.
www. infobonaire.com/rincon.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm.
Call for reservations 717-8285 ext. 444.
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796
Mountain Bike Training for
riders of all levels (also Tuesday) at
5pm. Bonaire Wellness Connexions,
Eden Beach, 785-0767, email

* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying
a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10
* "Dive & Dine" Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 6:30 -9:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
* Margarita & Taco Tuesdays!
With $2.50 Margaritas and a Taco bar!
Plus Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 6-8pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar
* "Live Cooking by the Chefs" with
live music by the Flamingo Rockers
Unplugged Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10

S Flamingo Rockers at "Admiral's
Hour" for yachtsmen and others,
Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour Village
Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7


Le Boulevard Restaurant, open 9 -
10:30 am, run by teens in training. Only
on Fridays. Coffee, tea, homemade
baked goods. Stichting Project. Kaya
J.A. Abraham#27
* 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
Swim lessons for children by
Enith Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at
Sunrise Poolbar and Sportsclub, for chil-
dren 0 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Live music by Fla-
mingo 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


Saturday- Discover Our Diversity slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's Habitat,
8:30 pm. 717-8529
Monday- Land & Ocean Bonaire by
Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the big
screen in front of Bonaire Dive & Ad-
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd Tues-
day, Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-717-
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Show, every 2nd & 4th
Wednesday 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
inthisvenerable 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 di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum 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 :
786-4651 or 786-7699.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening 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 Bonaire Talker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7.30 pm
at Old Inn (across the street from
Plaza) 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 Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, 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 Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above
Zeezicht Restaurant. All Rotarians wel-
come. Tel. 717-8434
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
Beck, at 786-2953.


Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursdays, 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 Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays
8:30 11:30am. In Papiamentu, Spanish
and English.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:

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*to find it... just look up

Don't Miss This Month's Total
Eclipse of the Moon,
The Last Total Lunar Eclipse
for Three Years SUN

O0n Wednesday night, Feb-
ruary 20th, the last total
Lunar Eclipse until December
2010 will occur in the Bonaire
Sky Park. And during totality
Regulus, the heart star of Leo
the Lion, will pop out on one
side of the Moon and the ringed
planet Saturn, at its best for the
year, on the other.
Let's imagine that we're out in
space looking down on our
Moon, Earth and Sun. Now
moonlight is really light from the
Sun reflected off the Moon and
back to our Earth. So one half of
the Moon is lit up by the Sun at
all times, although the only time
we see the half of the Moon that
is completely lit up is when we
have a full Moon which occurs
every month, whenever the Moon is directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth.
Now usually when we have a full Moon the Moon is either above or below the
plane of our Earth's orbit. But occasionally the full Moon will glide directly into
our Earth's plane and will pass directly through our Earth's shadow, which will
block most of the Sun's light from reaching it. In other words our Earth's shadow
will eclipse the light of the Sun, which is why we call such an event an eclipse.
But during a total lunar eclipse the Moon never completely disappears and al-
ways turns some unpredictable shade of reddish orange. And that's because the red
rays of sunlight are always bent by our Earth's atmosphere into our Earth's
shadow, filling it with a faint reddish orange light. So during a total lunar eclipse
the reddish orange Moon color you see is actually red light from all the sunrises
and sunsets around the world being refracted, that is bent, into our Earth's shadow
and onto the Moon and then reflected back again.
Now if we could look at our Earth's shadow cone more closely we would see
that there are two distinct parts to it. A pale outer shadow called the penumbra
and a smaller inner, dark shadow called the umbra. The penumbral phase of the
eclipse is never very noticeable so start watching when the Moon begins to enter
the umbra at 9:43 pm Sky Park Time. As time progresses, the umbra, our Earth's
curved shadow, will slowly creep across the Moon and gradually darken it and
cause it to change color. But what color the Moon will turn no one can predict,
which is what makes it so much fun. Will it turn bright orange, blood red? Only
the shadow knows.
The Moon will be within the umbra and totally eclipsed for 50 minutes until
12:51 am Sky Park Time. But this year as a bonus during totality we'll also see the
ringed planet Saturn at its brightest for 2008 and Regulus the heart star of Leo the
Lion. From 12:51 to 1:09 am the Moon will slowly slide out of the umbra and
return to full Moon brilliance at which time however, it will be difficult to even
see Regulus and Saturn. So pray for clear skies Wednesday night, the 20th, the
night when the Moon turns red. O Jack Horkheimer

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r For the Month of February 2008
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Make arrangements to meet friends at your local dance
club. Your best efforts will come through making changes in your home. Think before
you act. Unforeseen circumstances will disrupt your daily routine. Try to take care of
the needs of those you love. Your luckiest events will occur on a Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Be sure to spend time helping children with projects
that are too difficult for them to accomplish alone. Double check your work and be
sure that your boss is in a good mood before you do your presentation. Don't avoid
your true feelings. Your pilgrimage may end up being fruitless. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You will be subject to pushy individuals if you get
involved in uncertain organizations. Your outgoing nature will win hearts. Get the
whole family involved in a worthwhile cause or cultural event. Get out and experience
the spice of life. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Try not to be too aggressive or judgmental when talk-
ing to your mate. Any renovation or decorating to your home should include the whole
family. Your unique approach to life will interest others. You can ask for favors or run
your ideas by those who will be able to support your objectives. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Do your own thing without drawing attention to it. Try to
calm down and listen to your partner's complaints. Compromise may be necessary.
Concentrate on your career and on making money. Your boss may not be in the best of
moods this month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't be too eager to cut those who have disappointed
you from your life. Children may be demanding, and entertainment could cost a lot
more than you can really afford. You can get into weight loss programs or go out and
change your image with a new look in clothing, hairstyle, and attitude. Arguments
with employers or colleagues will be to your detriment. Your luckiest events will oc-
cur on a Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You may feel that someone at work is holding you
back. You'll be surprised how much you can accomplish. Your changing philosophies
may lead you into new circles and open doors that will give you a unique outlook on
life. Try and avoid getting involved in idle chatter or gossip that might get you in trou-
ble. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You will find that valuable knowledge can be
gained if you are willing to listen. If boredom has set in, find new and unique direc-
tions that offer interesting friendships. Your best efforts will come through making
changes in your home. You may have been too agreeable to someone who just wanted
to use you. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You can make gains if you look at long-term
investments. You can handle situations that require contact with institutions or large
corporations. They will not be in the right frame of mind to put up with tactless com-
ments. Talk to an older, established individual about your present situation. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Don't let individuals with wild schemes talk you
into a financial deal that is not likely to be successful. Creative educational pursuits
will payoff. This is a great day to spend with family. Don't second guess yourself, just
go to it. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You have two choices; Get out on your own, or
bend to your mate's whims. Put your energy into behind the scenes activities. Your
pursuits may end up being fruit less. You may have a hard time relating to children
this month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Disharmony will result in a lowered vitality. Stress may
result in minor illness. Entertainment could cost you more than you expect. You'll find
it difficult to control your emotions. Your tendency to vacillate will drive everyone
crazy. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. D


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Around Bonaire are what used to be empty pedestals.
The idea was to have an explanation of the particular area
and why it was important- historically, traditionally and/
or mythologically. The pedestals sat empty for years. How-
ever, as a gift to the island and its visitors Frans Booi and
his wife Maggie have transformed these pedestals into the
cultural showpieces they were intended to be, with paint-
ings by Booi and Winfred Dania and explanatory text in
Papiamentu and English. Maggie 's Wisconsin company,
Industrial Graphics Corp., printed the plaques as a dona-
tion to Bonaire.
: Going north on the Rincon Road, past the sign for the
Indian Inscriptions (on the right) you 'II see a sign on the
right saying, Piedra di Boneiru. Follow the road which
ends at the stone.
Piedra Bonaire The Bonaire Stone

According to the philosophy that leads to the mytho-
logical stories of Bonaire, Piedra Bonaire is an
important site associated with the original mythical ances-
tor whose name is Boynay. It is written in the Bonairean
mythology book, Boynay Tey, that Piedra Bonaire is the
birthplace of Boynay who is the First Bonairean Yu di
Baranca Mama "Son of Mother Stone."
Piedra Bonaire represents the navel rock of Bonaire a
central place in the mystical relationship between the Bar-
anca Mama Divine Mother Stone and the umbilical
cord that once attached Boynay to her womb deep under
the island where she lives in Luga Bibi "The Living
There is a belief that you are from the place where your
umbilical cord is buried. The mythical Bonairean umbili-
cal cord is to be found at Piedra Bonaire. No matter where
it is buried, spiritually it is there at Piedra Bonaire. Bo-
naireans should keep as a tradition to take a sack of the
sacred soil, called Guturucu, which is found only at Piedra

Bonaire, with them when they abandon the
island to live and work abroad so when they
are on their death bed they can put this sack
of Guturucu under their pillow. They can die
in peace on their beloved native soil It is all
right for Bonaireans even at an elderly age to
return to Bonaire, specially to fetch the Gu-
turuku of Piedra Bonaire (the sacred soil
where your umbilical cord is buried) to take
abroad to where they have chosen to live and
Doing the Bonaire Stone ritual you too
become a spiritual Bonairean. In the rock
next to Piedra Bonaire there is a small cave
where it is believed that animals go to die. A
force that comes from the ground inside this
cave helps them to die faster. Many animal
bones are found inside this cave. Part of the
ritual to become a Bonairean is to climb
through these bones, exposing yourself to
these forces from beneath, and find your way
out on the other side of the cave. It is as if
you're acting in a play where you are passing
through your mystical rebirth in a spiritual
Next you climb up about three meters into
the hole in the front wall of Piedra Bonaire
and curl up in a fetal position. In your imagi-
nation you make contact with your divine
Baranca Mama by shooting your silverish
umbilical cord deep down into the earth to-
wards Baranca Mama in Luga Bibu "The
Living Place." You are now a son or daughter of the earth
who will demonstrate your real love for the care of nature
Behind Piedra Bonaire a healing power emerges from un-

der the ground. Animals like to sleep there to recover from
their injuries or sickness. This is where you go to talk to
Baranca Mama. Do not confuse Piedra Bonaire with Bar-
anca Mama herself. D Frans Booi

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stranded at Flamingo Airport because
of a technical problem with one off the en-
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the engine and damaged the rotor blade. About 300 hundred passengers were forced to
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Tourist Behavior Guide

E very year we have more
tourists coming to Bonaire
than people living on Bonaire.
The tourists have a big impact on
this island: economically, envi-
ronmentally and socially. Tourists
from various parts of the world
come here with different ideas
and morals. Sometimes those
differences clash with the ideas
and morals of the island. Here is a
guideline for tourists so they can
visit Bonaire without disrupting
the lifestyle of Bonaireans.
Sometimes you are driving
early in the morning because you
are on vacation and you want to
have an early start. Then you see
something that captures your in-
terest, let us say a church. Your
first impulse would be to slow
down to take a better look. But
the persons behind you are just
trying to get to work and they get
really frustrated by a slowpoke in
front of them. What you can do is
mark the place of interest and find
a parking place (still for free)
nearby. This way you allow your-
self sufficient time to check out
this beautiful landmark so you
can really appreciate the history
of this island.
While walking or driving
around on this island you may
find that people (strangers in your
eyes) are greeting you. This is a
small island, and it is customary
to greet a person even though you
do not know the person intimately
or even by name. So in Kaya
Grandi or on the beach you al-
ways greet.
When this greeting turns into a
conversation, there are things to
talk about, but there are certainly
things to avoid. While visiting
another country you can talk
about the "normal" things, like
your name, number of children,
what you do for a living, where
you come from and why you are
visiting this place. But things like
divorce, illnesses or deaths are
better left unsaid. The residents
have heard some stories that even
the mothers of the storytellers did
not know about. It is very uncom-
fortable for the listeners. But
when in the course of your con-
versation you find that you are
talking to a kindred spirit, please
pour out your heart. Some Bo-
naireans are indeed very good
Like I said before, Bonaire is a
small island. This automatically
means that certain things are on a

smaller scale than you are used to
at home. This does not imply that
everything is cute. A remark like
"Oh look, they even have a little
hospital!" is very offensive. We
need things like a hospital and a
cemetery. They are not dollhouse
versions of the real thing; they are
the real deal.
We really need to talk about
your clothes, or in this case the
lack of. Walking in a supermar-
ket, dressed as if you are at the
beach, you may get some looks
from the resident people. If you
have misinterpreted those looks
as looks of admiration, let me
straighten this out for you: those
are looks of contempt. Bonaireans
are very fussy about how to ap-
pear in public. They will not
leave their homes until they are
absolutely certain that they are
almost dressed to the nines. In
every public place like the super-
market, the gas station or on Kaya
Grandi, it is considered "not
done" to walk around in your
swimsuit or your wetsuit. Dressed
in your tuxedo in the Cultimara
may be taking this too far, but a
dress or shirt with shorts would
be nice.
Imagine sitting in a restaurant,
enjoying your company and your
meal. Then somebody next to you
starts talking really loud about
things you do not want to hear. It
is so annoying! Maybe because
you are on vacation and you will
probably never see these people
again is reason enough to raise
your voice. The thing is, you are
not the only one. A nice romantic
evening out on an island with a
lot of tourists can be a challenge
for the people living here. "What?
I cannot express my feelings?"
you ask. Sure, go ahead! If they
are feelings of enjoyment and
laughter, you can express them as
loud as you can. The people
around you may pick up your
happy vibe and join you. Bonaire-
ans consider tourists their guests.
What can be more fun than laugh-
ing together with your guests?
You may find that in the depart-
ment of laughter, nobody can
laugh as loud as a Bonairean.
E Mary Ann

In addition
to observing us,
Koops teaches
Biology at the
SGB High

coming our
way we
return to
the area
where we
had a look
at the
houses on
just two
ago. We are on Kaminda Soro-
bon -coming from Playa about
300 m. past the road to Lac- and
we see a sign on the right hand
side of the road indicating that
Duijn Bonaire is busy here. They
are constructing a country house
inspired by the style and archi-
tecture of Bonairean plantation
houses like Karpata,
Washikemba and Slagbaai.

On January 25 the highest
point was reached (photo). High
time for some Polars!

The development was begun
by Experiential Training Bon-
aire, a cooperation between
Dutch Training Institute van
Harte & Lingsma, Sportex (a
Dutch outdoor activity organiza-
tion using the slogan "We take
you where the action is.") and
the local organization, Bonaire
Boating Company.
We are told that as of October
managers from Europe will at-
tend training sessions here.
The develoopers say that Bon-
aire is a great destination for
outdoor training: "The island has
everything to offer we are look-
ing for." Sounds like these will
not be dull training sessions in
dark classrooms with stuffy pro-
fessors, theoretical handouts and
endless PowerPoint presenta-

As part of the program we will
see managers on bikes, in kay-

aks, on sail-
boats, exercis-
ing, abseiling,
horse back rid-
ing, diving,
learning the
climbing Bran-
daris and so on.
Sounds fun and
it may well be
tax deductable
too. And after
having done the
abseiling thing
in the Belgian
Ardennes quite
a few times
now, European

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managers will probably be eager
to do something very different.
Well, here they have it. The
country house will be the exclu-
sive home base for the training
sessions and its participants and
is a dream come true for the Bo-
nairean partner ("I have always
believed in Bonaire as an ideal
training base") and the Dutch
partner ("I came to Bonaire for
the first time about 20 years ago,
stayed in some kunuku house for
a night and immediately fell in
love with the island").

The country house is located
on a piece of land of more than
two hectares in the middle of the
mundi. It will have a central
lounge, a training room, a fully
equipped kitchen (cooking to-
gether may be part of the train-
ings as well), 15 guest bedrooms
and a swimming pool on the
premises. Original vegetation of
the island will be planted in the
gardens around and the lands
will be bordered by a wall. We
can't wait to see it once it is fin-
ished. The complex will entirely
run on its own electricity system,
using solar power and wind en-
ergy (we like that!), but there is a
backup generator for cloudy and
no-wind days. An interesting
idea from one of the people be-
hind the plan: why not attach a
coin insert machine to the gen-
erator to make the training par-
ticipants more aware of their
own energy consumption?

We are told that the country
house will also be available for
local organizations and govern-
ment; the accommodation can be
rented for courses, workshops
and seminars. This may attract
business from Curaqao as well.
The country house does not have
a name yet, but that shouldn't be
a problem for the developers
because the time period until the
opening is about the same that
parents have to come up with
one for their baby after they find
out there is going to be one.

Having been around, we can
well imagine that European man-
agers, being part of and fully
involved in the everyday rat race
over there, will love the stress-
free surroundings here. Some of
them may even consider not re-
turning back to their lush offices
anymore. However, the monthly
paycheck they can expect versus
what would come in on Bonaire,
will almost certainly convince
them to check in with KLM for
their return trip in the end but
definitely with some sweet
memories of Bonaire in mind.0
Marcel Leurs

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