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1.IA. March 7-14; Volume 15, Issue 5

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push back the target date
for the restructuring the Neth-
erlands Antilles to December
2010. The current target date is
December 15, 2008, but has been
under political pressure since late
2007 because some believe the
constitutional change process is
not moving fast enough, particu-
larly in St. Maarten and Curagao.
Constitutional Affairs Minister
Roland Duncan told The St. Mar-
tin Daily Herald newspaper that
pushing the target date back by
two years would be unacceptable
but stressed that there was no
reason for panic at this moment
because a final decision had not
been taken as yet.


The two passengers of the
US registered Turbine Legend
small plane that landed unex-
pectedly at Flamingo Airport
were arrested by police on sus-
picion of drug smuggling. The
police, acting on a tip, knew their
identity because they were proc-
essed by the Immigration officers
at the airport. The pilot, a 37-year
old Canadian, A.T., and the 30-
year-old woman who accompa-
nied him on this trip were arrested
in a hotel in Playa Pariba.
The Public Prosecutor had at-
tached the aircraft that took off
from Isla Margarita. Nothing was
found on the two persons arrested.
They remain in custody for fur-
ther investigation. Traces of drugs
were reportedly discovered
aboard the aircraft.

The increased checks on
Dutch Antilles Express (DAE)
Airlines operations was relaxed
last Tuesday. The Civil Aviation
Department had an inspector in
the DAE hangar the past four
days, checking every airplane
before it could take off. Transport
Minister Maurice Adriaens said
the action was taken following
reports that a DAE airplane twice
landed with only one engine oper-


ating.
D Curacao's Insel air an-
nounced they have added a sec-
ond 19-passenger Embraer
EMB-110 Bandeirante to their
fleet to serve its Venezuela and
Bonaire destinations. The plane
was ferried from Rarotonga, in
the Pacific's Cook Islands by two
experienced pilots, 67 and 76
years old.

D Following years of neglect
the lighthouses in Bonaire and
Curacao will get repaired. Re-
pair started at Westpunt (West
Point) in Curagao. The lighthouse
got a new light and solar panel.
Repair of the lighthouses of Oost-
punt (East Point) and Klein Cura-
9ao will start later this week. Fix-
ing Bonaire's lights, including
Klein Bonaire, are to follow soon.
Transport Minister Maurice
Adriaens, who is responsible for
marine navigation in the Nether-
lands Antilles, promised to keep
up the maintenance which has
been neglected for about 10 years
Radio Holland will do the work
on the six lighthouses in Curagao
and Bonaire.

D Immigrants are far less
likely than the average US-born
citizen to commit crime in Cali-
fornia according to a report issued
late on Monday. People born out-
side the US make up about 35%
of California's adult population
but account for only about 17% of
the adult prison population, the
report by the Public Policy Insti-
tute of California showed.
According to the report's au-
thors the findings suggest that
long-standing fears of immigra-
tion as a threat to public safety are
unjustified. The report also noted
that US-born adult men are incar-
cerated at a rate more than 2 1/2
times greater than that of foreign-
born men. An informal review of
court reports in Antillean news-
papers also indicates that on
Bonaire, with a similar propor-
tion of immigrants to native
born people, the newcomers are
less likely than locals to be in
prison.

The Dutch-language Amigoe
newspaper reported that Canada


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The population of Bonaire
grew by 723 people last year.
There were 142 births and 1,303
people reported to the Census
Office as newcomers. On the
other hand, there were 77 deaths
and 645 people who emigrated.
Following a long decline, this is
the fourth year in a row that the
population has grown.
There are currently 59 nation-
alities registered at the Census
Office, Bevolking. The registers were also purged last year. Ac-
cording to George Mensch6, head of the Census Office, the purg-
ing is an intensive process. "We started in September of last year
and will finish this year." Some 2,000 persons are registered who
perhaps are not really living in Bonaire. Following the last census
enumeration there was a disparity of over 2,000 persons between
the count and the records at Bevolking.
Mr. Mensch6 continued, "We have categorized them in three
groups: persons whose residence permits are not in order (409)
and persons who are registered in the Netherlands as well as in
Bonaire (1,048). The third group is of individual cases reported to
the Census Office (414)."
The Office tried to reach these people via the media, letters and
personal visits. A total of 486 persons were deleted from the
register and the number of Bonaire's inhabitants was corrected to
14,243.
Mensch6 warns that the purging process will be done differently
in the future. Everybody is therefore asked, in case of a move, to
register the new address within five days. Persons who are plan-
ning to emigrate must de-register 10 days before departure. In the
future, there will be sanctions if these rules are not followed.


Post International Ltd. (CPIL)
leaves behind a debt-free
Nieuwe Post and will pay about
NAf 13 million in outstanding
concession fees and a penalty for
prematurely ending its 20-year -
long concession to operate the
Antilles Post Office. The transfer
of shares by Canada Post to the
Country Netherlands Antilles took
place on March 1st.
With this, the postal services on
all the five islands are again in the
hands of the government. The Post
Office employs 245 persons. Be-
fore the privatization and the
transfer to CPIL by May 2003, the
National Government had to sub-
sidize the postal service NAf 7
million every year. The privatized
post office was slightly profitable
even though the traditional mail
traffic dropped due to internet and
e-mail.

1 In contrast to its past offer-
ing, the Bank of the Netherlands
Antilles (BNA) received a record


amount of subscriptions on the
issue of the first bond loan of the
National Government in 2008.
On the 10-year loan at 7.5%, the
Bank received almost NAf211.4
million in subscriptions.
Finance Minister Ersilia de Lan-
nooy is pleased with the increased
interest. She observed that there is
a lot of confidence in the economy
due to the debt takeover by the
Netherlands. But there is more to
consider, explained de Lannooy.
There are the agreements with the
Netherlands; the economy is pick-
ing up; and the 7.5% interest
rate (effective return is 7.2%) on
the 10-year bonds is relatively
high, considering the anticipation
that the general interest is going to
drop considerably in the coming
years.

D The tax treaty policy for the
Netherlands Antilles will focus
this year more on treaties to
avoid double taxation (Double
(Continued on page 6)


ItlEPORTER

Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Flotsam & Jetsam, Population
2
Bonai Underwater Sculpture
3
WEB Prices Too High? 4
New Power Plant 4
MCB Sponsors Obesity
Study 8
Free Eye Clinic 9
Cruise Ship Market 10
Mangazina di Rei Open
House 11
Mangazina Open House 11
Yuchi Molina Birthday 12
Diving with Dee-Chromis 13
Letters to the Editor (Schools,
Misguided Welcome Sign) 15
New Bird sighted 18
Taty Around Bonaire 18
New Jong Bonaire Board Mem-
ber 18
WEEKLY FEATURES
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Profiles-Aura Janga 5
Clear Blue Water News 8
Bonairean Voices (Youth) 9
Pet of the Week (Miranda) 12
Classifieds 12
Did You Know (Cleaners) 13
Dining & Shopping
Picture Yourself (Great Wall of
China) 13
Guides 14
Tide Table 15
Reporter Masthead 15
What's Happening 16
Sky Park (Orion) 17
The Stars Have It 17
Island View (Transition to
Holland) 19
What's Coming Our Way
(Bamboo Bali) 19
How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
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Story tip or idea:
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Print and Online
Advertising:
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Archives:
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underwater off Chachacha Beach. (Ramon DeLeon), SKAL (Hubert
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traditional Bonaire food prepara- fice (Robby Sint Jago), UNESCO
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As part of their project of under- Club, Skol di Musika,.
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students of BONAI (Bonaire Ar- bina Engel, Deepak Dariyani, Albert
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> High? 5y9 y
The price in Denmark then was
just over $ 0.134 / kWh. In 2008 Te l t of t
it's $0.24 /kWH The layout ofthe wid-


I saw with interest your recent
comparison between gasoline
prices on the island versus other
regions. It confirms what I thought
- not so different from the rest of
the world (in Canada it's more than
$1.10 Canadian per liter ),


What concerns me more is the
cost of electricity on Bonaire.
According to a 2006 report from
the National Utility Service, Den-
mark was the most expensive of
14 developed economic juris-
dictions surveyed.


By comparison, from my Janu-
ary WEB bill, lumping together
all charges (the published rate
plus the zegelbelasting and the
brandstoffclausule electra), I
find I am paying $0.3856 /
kWh. for electricity, nearly
three times that of Denmark.
Of course, Bonaire is a small
island and suffered a major fire
at its central power plant in 2004
and is continuing to use tempo-
rary clusters of small Aggreko
generators.

For comparison, a very similar
situation is found in Anguilla.
The island has 14,000 inhabi-
tants, about the same as Bonaire,
and uses a cluster of diesel gen-
erators for a capacity of 24MW.
The Anguilla power company
ANGELEC told me by tele-
phone they charge $US 0.36
per kWh. Including their sur-
charge.
In Curagao electricity is rather
expensive, though less so than
in Bonaire. The household using
1000kWh would pay about 88%
of the price in Bonaire.

One has to conclude that the
current very high prices for
electricity are widespread in
the Caribbean and Bonaire is
not out of line. 0
Ian Mc Donald


s far as we know, it is a
Bonaire first: a compre-
hensive (159-page) environmental
impact study done for a major
project. The project is the new
electrical power facility for Bon-
aire consisting of 12 -900 kw.
wind turbines, an oil/biodiesel
power plant and the associated
transmission line. The new plant
is scheduled to be operational
towards the end of 2009, at which
time about 40% of Bonaire's
yearly average energy demand
will be fulfilled using wind en-
ergy.
Ecopower intends to build and
operate a 10.8 MW wind turbine
park at Morotin near Rincon (see
map) and a 14.25 MW diesel plant
southeast of BOPEC. Further-
more, a 30kV (high voltage)
power line connecting the wind
park and diesel plant will be laid.
The study, in Dutch with an
English language executive sum-
mary on pages 20 to 23, is open
for public comment until March
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The directions that Aura
Janga gave me to find her
house in Rincon are easy enough
once I see her blue house opposite
the cemetery. I don't know much
about her yet, but hearing about a
Bonairean woman who lives by
herself and commits herself to
various social causes makes me
curious enough to make an ap-
pointment with her. We sit on her
porch; her chickens are busy but
the place is peaceful and quiet. She
looks much younger than her 63
years and tells me she has a twin
sister in Curagao. She grew up in
Rincon with her mother and three
sisters; her father worked for Shell
on Curagao. At school in Rincon
there were two other sets of twins
in the same year as hers. "It must
have been something in the air,"
she jokes.
The fact that she didn't marry
nor have children was never a big
concern to her; she took care of
her mother after one of her sisters
died. Then the day that her mother
died Aura felt, for the first time in
her life, disoriented and really
alone in the house. Before she
went to bed she asked her mother
mentally to continue being close;
and ever since she feels safe and at
ease being by herself.
She never felt like an outsider
because of her single status. It
gave her the urge to connect with
other women, married and unmar-
ried, to meet and share stories and
practical issues. Gradually the
"Lady's Club" came into existence
for women who didn't otherwise
leave the house. The club has ex-
isted for 33 years and now 23
members officially meet once a
month. Long-term friendships
developed and the need grew to
contribute something positive to
the society of Rincon. Their first
initiative was to set up a creche for
the children of mothers who work
in Playa. Fundraisings were organ-
ized, and a house was rented to
take care of the children. Fundrais-
ings were also frequently used to
aid the families whose children
were having their first commun-
ion, to help buy a new dress or
suit.
Years later, when the creche was
being subsidized and a new board
had taken over, the Lady's Club
found another cause that needed
attention, money and organization:
the elderly. A new foundation,
later officially known as Plata-
forma, was organized for the eld-
erly in Rincon. It started with rent-
ing a bus and taking the seniors,
who don't have the means, to vari-
ous interesting and fun places on
Bonaire. Aura proudly mentions
that at times two buses are needed
because as many as 80 people
participate. They've had trips to
the Salt Company, Sorobon, Chap-
arrel, Plaza Hotel and many other
trips are planned. USONA in Hol-
land now contributes to make
these outings possible once a
month.
Another wonderful initiative that
the Club established is the distri-


bution of a warm meal at midday
for those elderly who live by them-
selves, who can't or don't want to
cook a meal. For NAf 2 a meal the
local restaurant Sjoni prepares the
dishes and the Lady's Club makes
sure the meals are delivered.
Aura says, "It would be so bene-
ficial for the elderly to have their
own old people's home where they
can live in Rincon and be close to
their families and their roots in the
village. For many of them, Kral-
endijk is like foreign territory," she
adds.
In addition to her social activi-
ties, Aura worked as a cook for the
nuns for 16 years and later as a
cleaning lady for as long as she
can remember. Since her retire-
ment she reduced her working
week and now has to take the bus
to Kralendijk only twice a week.

Along with the Lady's Club's
social involvement the members
started to organize some fun things
just for themselves. Once a year at
their Christmas party they have a
raffle where each one draws a
name of another member. During
the next year each woman sends
small (often self-made) presents to


this specific person without reveal-
ing their own name. "Each of us
knows we have a secret girlfriend,
but only during the next Christmas
celebration will we reveal our-
selves. It's so nice to know you
have friends," she adds. "You feel
special the whole year round."
Aura is grateful to have so many
lifelong friendships with other
women, "because we really help
each other in good and hard
times." The good times are cer-
tainly the trips they have made
with their group to Venezuela,
Costa Rica and Curagao, made
possible by sales of their cooking
and baked goods like pastechis.

Does she feel that Bonaire is
changing too much? She remains
silent for a while and doesn't com-
ment (as I admit, I expected her to)
on the increase of foreigners, cars
and buildings. (Well, to be frank,
in Rincon this isn't very noticeable
yet.) She says that her concern is
"the loss of the old Bonairean
ways. Certain traditions are gone,
like caring for your neighbors or
just being friendly and interested
in each other. Young people often
forget how essential this is to feel


good within
yourself. The
concept of time
has taken on
another meaning
since I grew up,"
she says.
"People used to
use their time
wisely."
She just sits
quietly, com-
pletely at ease
with herself,
with what life
has presented
her. She accepts
life as it comes
and appreciates
every moment of
it. She certainly
honors the significance of her
name, "Aura," in this way.
After our pleasant and relaxed
conversation, I leave the house
with a paper bag full of homemade
cakes. Driving back towards Kral-
endijk I can't help but wonder
why so many of us, newcomers to
the island, too often forget to slow
down, to accept life as it comes
and enjoy every moment of it.
Maybe this is what Aura meant by


"the old ways of using time
wisely." U Photo & story by
Louise Rood

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. "


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Cont. from pg 2)
Taxation Agreement: DTA) and
less on tax information-exchange
treaties (Tax Information Ex-
change Agreement: TIEA), the
government announced on Thurs-
day. "I expect that we can this year
negotiate DTAs with Mexico,
Spain, Surinam, the United Arabic
Emirates and Colombia," said Sec-
retary of State for Finance, Alex
Rosaria.
Currently, the Netherlands Antil-
les has 12 signed TIEAs (with the
US, Australia and New Zealand,
Sweden, Iceland, Denmark,
Greenland, Finland, the Faroe Is-
lands, Spain, Canada and Mexico.

The
Kingdom
Council of
Ministers
as well as
State Sec-
retary of
Kingdom
Relations
Ank Bi-
jleveld-
Schouten
have agreed to propose Antilles
Governor Frits Goedgedrag for
re-appointment on July 1.
Aruba-born Goedgedrag has had
a long career in the public admini-
stration of the Netherlands Antil-
les. After serving as a lawyer at the
Department of Legal and General
Affairs of the Central Government
he served Bonaire at the beginning
of the 1980s, first as Secretary of
the Island Territory of Bonaire and
from 1992 as Lt. Governor.


D The Social Insurance Bank
SVB informed all persons in-
sured in Bonaire that a referral
to a specialist in Curacao by the
family doctor must be submitted
to the local SVB office in ad-
vance. Reason for this is the new
policy of Dutch Antilles Express
(DAE) that the ticket must be paid
one week before departure.

D Four journalism and
graphic communication students
from Florida A&M University
will travel to Bonaire over the
spring break to help a group of
teenage students improve a radio
magazine program and to produce
a multimedia Web site and pod-
casts that feature the program's
highlights.
The students will be supervised
by Prof. Joe Ritchie, the Knight
Chair in journalism at FAMU, who
visited the island a year earlier
with his wife, Dr. Louise Reid
Ritchie, as volunteers training the
Bonaire youth group on the basic
principles of journalism.

A detailed map highlighting
the world's hotspots for emerging
infectious diseases (EIDs) has been
released showing that conserving
biodiversity is important in pre-
venting diseases. Bonaire's biodi-
versity, like most other areas, is
threatened by development. The
map uses data spanning 65 years
and shows the majority of these
new diseases come from wildlife.
Scientists say conservation ef-
forts that reduce conflicts between
humans and animals could play a


key role in limiting
future outbreaks.
"Our analysis high-
lights the critical
importance of con-
servation work," said
co-author Dr. Kate
Jones, a research
fellow for ZSL.
"Conserving areas
rich in biodiversity
from development
may be an impor-
tant means of pre-
venting the emer-
gence of new dis-
eases."

D Last week's
report by Antilles


Do you recognize "Taika, the Jungle Queen?" She's none other than
Czella Donaldson-Williams, winner of the 2007 Picture Yourself competition
shown in the last issue of The Reporter. The publicity photo from Czella's days as
a dancer was provided by Greta Kooistra. Inset is Czella's fabulous smile as she
received her prize from Reporter Editor Laura DeSalvo last week.


State Secretary of
Public Health Joan Berkel, who
once was an employee of the Cura-
gao Sea Aquarium, that there
were no violations of interna-
tional treaties in the import of
dolphins by the Sea Aquarium,
has been questioned by conser-
vationists. They are skeptical that
the transport of dolphins from Cu-
ban waters last year was in confor-
mity with the Convention on Inter-
national Trade in Endangered Spe-
cies (CITES) and the Special Pro-
tected Area on Wildlife (SPAW)
Protocol.
The Antillean Central Govern-
ment gave Sea Aquarium an ex-
emption concerning the dolphins
from Cuba, but such an exemption
may not even be legally possible.
Curagao parties in the Central
Government support the Sea
Aquarium The situation is cur-


rently under review by the office
of Antillean Governor Frits
Goedgedrag, who took the initia-
tive for an investigation.

0 World renowned parrot
author Rosemary Low has do-
nated yet another book to the
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park library for the people of
Bonaire. Everyone is encouraged
to come and look at these and the
growing collection of other
books. There is no charge for this
but the books must remain in the
Park.

Other bird news: After a
quiet period on parrot-
watch.org Lora researcher
Sam Williams is pleased to in-
form us that there are now new


movies and blog posts on the
site. If you have not already
checked out
www.parrotwatch.org you are
missing out on some fantastic
videos of Bonaire's Lora and
from the parrot project.

0 The Ban Boneiru Bek Foun-
dation has a goal of getting Bo-
naireans living in Holland back
to their home island. It has drawn
praise from several sources for its
efforts. The Foundation will par-
ticipate in the Emigration Fair in
Nieuwegein on March 8 and 9.
The foundation will focus and give
information on living, working, re-
migration and employment in Bon-
aire. For more information, please
visit: www.banboneirubek.com or
www.emigratiebeurs.nl.
(Continued on page 7)


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0 Uni College, Bonaire's first
and only private high school,
will be enrolling students for
the coming year (see notice on
page 16). It began in August
2005 with just seven students
and now has 21 students mainly
from Bonaire. It offers a
"different" learning method from
the traditional schooling and has
attracted many students of the
HAVO/VWO (academic) level.
In August 2008 the school will
begin its fourth year.

No Fish Zones have finally
become a reality for Bonaire.
Following long consultations
with local fishermen and scien-
tists, the coastal zones between
Playa Chachacha and the marina
at Plaza Resort plus the area be-
tween Punt'i Waya (north en-
trance to Hato) and the Harbour
Village marina are closed to all
fishing except for the following:
masbangu longer than 8 centime-
ters, boka largu longer than 20
centimeters and Moulo longer
than 15 centimeters. It is hoped
this measure will help replenish
fish stocks.

1 Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire announced the launch
of its new website about the
turtle awareness campaign
"Proteha nos tortuganan. The
new website was possible with
the funding from DCNA (Dutch
Caribbean Nature Alliance). Go


to www.bonaireturtles.org for a
look.

0 The Captains of Indus-
try" art auction, organized by
the Bonaire Lions Club, was a
great success. The proceeds of
this fundraising activity was
NAf 16.650. More details in the
next issue.

0 If you need to go to Cura-
cao for medical treatment or
an operation there is a place
you and your escorting friend
or family member can stay.
The After Care Curacao Foun-
dation provides homelike ac-
commodations. Their aim is to
make their guests as comfortable
as possible and to relieve the
discomfort they might be experi-
encing while away from home.
Guests have their own bedroom
and bathroom and share the liv-
ing room, kitchen and laundry.
They pick up and drop off at
Hato Airport and provide trans-
portation to and from the relevant
facility. Their website: Aftercare-
Curaqao.org. E-mail: Aftercare-
Curaqao @yahoo.com. Telephone
09-868-2174 or 09-524-4004.

N The
Servisio di
Salubridat i
Higiena
(Hygiene
Service)
gives notice,
after being


advised by the US FDA (Food
and Drug Administration), that
botulism tainted canned prod-
ucts might be on local market
shelves and were to be with-
drawn. The items were proc-
essed by the New Era Canning
Company, New Era Michigan.
No illnesses from the products
have been reported on the island.
The following brand names are
suspect: Classic Sysco, Code,
Frosty Acres Restaurant's Pride
Preferred, GFS, Kitchen Essen-
tials, Monarch Heritage, Necco,
New Era, Nugget and Reliance
Sysco. For a list of the code
numbers of tainted cans go to:
http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/
hottopics/newera.html

) Did you know that every
issue of The Bonaire Reporter is
exclusively produced with re-
newable energy resources- so-
lar and wind power? The first
time The Reporter meets paper is
when it rolls off the big web-
press at DeStad in Curacao.
The Reporter was the first An-
tillean newspaper to be 100%
computerized. And with this is-
sue the first to be all in color.
The Reporter depends on
YOU, its readers, to visit our
advertisers and let them know
you are Reporter readers. It's
their support that keeps it free.
Thanks for reading. 0


> On Wednesday February 27, Customs and STINAPA
found onboard the Curagao-registered fishing boat, Lib-
ertador, NC239, 369 pieces of conch (karko; strombus gi-
gas). The boat had come from Venezuelan waters. It is not
allowed to bring conch into Bonaire without the proper per-
mit. This is according to the international CITES Treaty.
Customs confiscated all the conch and handed them over to
STINAPA, who later donated them to Fundashion Mariadal
(St. Francisco Hospital) with the permission of the prosecu-
tor. U Report & photos by Dennis Lensink

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MCB Sponsors Obesity Study


A lbert Bian-
culli, coor-
dinator of the
LMSP (Light and
Motion Sensor
Project), wel-
comed Tom Rey-
nolds, principal
researcher and
associate Dr. Bur-
ton Jones, at Fla-
mingo Airport this
past Sunday. They
will be on-island
for the next two Tom R
weeks to calibrate
and institute authentication for the
LMSP sensors that have been de-
ployed and recording data since
last August. Once calibrated the
output from the sensors will out-
put verified legitimate data.
In preparation for his arrival,
LMSP volunteers retrieved their
sensors from the sea and turned
then over for reprogramming and
re-launching. When reinstalled
underwater they will record data
each minute at seven key sites
along Bonaire's west coast. This
week and next, additional teams of
volunteers in boats will be deploy-
ing highly sophisticated instru-
ments recording data simultane-
ously at the selected "Rainbow
Mooring Arrays" for calibration
purposes.
The FLATUSB Instrument used
as a reference records chlorophyll


(organic matter) and backscatter
(particles) while the CTD records
conductivity (fresh water), tem-
perature and pressure depth. The
instruments, shown in the photo
with Tom, are highly sensitive,
and very expensive. It's all part of
Phase 1 of the LMSP project. Re-
sulting data will soon be available
for viewing on the STINAPA,
Applied Ocean Science and Sea
Monitor Foundation websites. 0
Story & photo by Albert Bianculli
Donations accepted by Support
Bonaire (US tax deductible) or you
are invited to directly deposit your
donation to SEA MONITOR Foun-
dation accounts:
Maduro & Curiel's Bank (Bonaire)
USD Account # 116.735.09
NA Account # 116.736.07
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CUBON


Sensors To Be Calibrated and Verified


besity is a growing phe-
nomenon throughout the
whole world. That's why the
tendency is to use the word
"globesity" instead of obesity.
The percentage of obese children
is growing fast everywhere and
Bonaire isn't an exception. Obe-
sity is a result of an unhealthy
lifestyle which includes bad eat-
ing and drinking habits and little
physical activity. Obesity causes
a lot of health problems, like
heart disease, diabetes and more.

Among children this can be
catastrophic because they can
develop these diseases at a young
age with greater risk of acquiring
the complications that they bring
with them early in life.

Starting this month, The Rich-
ard Visser Institute of Aruba, in
collaboration with the VU
Medisch Centrum, Amsterdam,
and the Department of Health-
care of Bonaire, will begin a
study on the prevalence of obe-
sity among Bonairean children
from four to 18 years of age.

The Richard Visser Institute
has done similar studies in Aruba
and in Holland by the VU
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stitute), Prof R. Hirasing (VUMedisch Centrum in Amsterdam),
Mr. Evert Piar (Director, MCB bank), Mr. Leonard Domacassd,
Mrs. Orphaline Saleh, Mr. Rudy Gomez (staff MCB bank)


have that huge flow of fast food Our friendly bank, Maduro &
chains on the island like Mc Curiel's Bank-Bonaire, is proud
Donalds, Wendy's, and other to support the study with a gift of
popular ones. NAf 25.000. MCB Bank is con-
vinced that by investing in the
Statistics gained from this health of our children it is invest-
study can be very useful for the ing in the future of the island and
development of more activities a healthy community. U
to stimulate a healthy lifestyle to
prevent the growth of even more
obesity among our youth.



Angelique Salsbach is a Dietitian at the
Bonaire Department ofPublic Health


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BONAIREAN VOICES


YOUTH

hildren" "Youth," "Our youth."
Have you heard these expressions?
Yes, you might say. Everybody, from small to
big, has something to say about our youth. An
SGB (School Gemeenschap Bonaire) class is
concerned about what is happening with our
young people. If you ask them, all of them in
their teens, what they think about our youth,
they talk about the negative things, just as most
of us grown ups do.
One of them (17) said, "They get in trouble at
school, get into fights but most of them are
very quiet people at home. When trouble starts
their parents can't believe that it is their child
who is involved in such things. Some teens
don't get enough attention at home so they get
into gangs or groups of young people with bad
reputations. For them to be part of the groups
they got a lot of pressure to be like them. Be-
cause they don't want to be excluded they pre-
fer to be like the group, with all the conse-
quences. It is not easy to be a youngster. You
get a lot of peer pressure and if you don't know
how to deal with it you can get yourself in a lot
of trouble."

Others say, "Parents may help in these mat-
ters. When other people approach them about a
problem with their child they should listen and
investigate. Talking with parents is a good idea
because the parents can give support to help
them make the necessary changes. Some
youngsters might think that Bonaire is boring,
but creating activities and sound recreation is
good. There is a lot you can do on the island.
We do a lot of fundraising to do whatever we
can do, like traveling in a group, participating
in workshops outside Bonaire etc. There's al-
ways something to do."


Like their coach (35) said, "They can come
with different projects to help the Bonaire
young people like a youth cafe where you have
games, Internet, television, food and of course
non-alcoholic beverages. This is a way to keep
the young people out of trouble. Well, these are
ideas that can be presented to the school board
and even to the government. There's always
something we can do to help young people, but
we need to move and do it, not to sleep over
it."

If we move forward we need to have a person
who always thinks positively about our youth
like this 50 year old lady who said, "Children:
you have to know them from the inside. You
can go on judging young people's behavior
without knowing their roots. But what they
have experienced during their very young age
in life makes them the person they are today.
Some have small scars, but others have big
wounds. Sometimes these kids need profes-


sional help. Some parents just ignore those
cries for help and these children, instead of
improving, they are worsening. It is a minus
point for our community too. That's why you
have a lot of young people involved in all kinds
of crimes and unwanted pregnancies. It's get-
ting out of hand when the authorities don't
know how to deal with it. That's why we have
to start from scratch and grab the problem, like
the bull by its horns. We can't take anything
for granted. Let's move and do whatever needs
to be done for our children, our youth." U
Story & photo by Siomara E. Albertus

If you have any com-
ments about these topics
send your letter to The Bon-
aire Reporter, P.O. Box
407, Bonaire, or email re-
porter @bonairenews.com.


Free

Clinic
B onaire's Foundation for the
Care of Sight and Hearing
(Fundashon Kuido pa Bista i
Oido ) is offering the public an
opportunity to check their eye-
sight, blood sugar and blood pres-
sure, often factors in causing
blindness.
The free clinics will be held at
the following Community Centers
from 6:30 to 8:30 pm:
Sentro di Bario Rincon Com-
pleted
Sentro di Bario Antriol 13
March
Sentro di Bario Nrd. Salinja -
27 March
Senro di Bario Amboina 3
April
Sentro di Bario Tera Cora 10
April
Sentro di Bario Nikiboko 17
April
Jeugdhuis Jong Bonaire 24
April
This activity is supported by the
Bonaire Lion's Club, Diabetic
Association, the medical schools,
R. Marin (Asst. Eye Doctor) and
Olaf Friederichs (Optometrist of
Optica Antillana).
For more information contact
Dr. Dorvil's office in Tera Cora,
on Kaya Mgr. Nieuwindt, Mon-
day through Friday, from 9 to
1 lam at 717-5761. Other phone
numbers for information are717-
8171 or785-0518.
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One good thing about cruise ship visits is that it's
spawned Bonaire's Handicraft Market which
sets up every day when a cruise ship visits. Local arti-
sans purchase a space and set up their stands. Nearly
everything is hand crafted and made from materials
found on the island.
Some of the craftspeople are Diana Winklaar who
has a big display of frames made of local woods with
sliced apricot pits for decoration. She has cut wood
necklaces and magnets made of coconut shells. Josie
Smit shows her mosaics, Hellen Leter her handmade
tiles, Marjolein Verhoef her glass jewelry and orna-
ments, Desiree Bogert, her Bonairean salt products,
her paintings and other crafts. There's Dianir Stapert
with her unusual jewelry. The resident artists and
craftspeople are of many nationalities: Antillean,
Dutch, South American, Surinamese, which one
would expect with an island of 59 different nationali-
ties. Volunteers from the Animal Shelter and Don-
key's Help man their stands. Visitors said they are
impressed that these animal foundations have a high
profile on the island.
Music fills the air, sometimes live, sometimes from
CDs, as the tourists and locals stroll through the
shaded Wilhelmina Plaza.
The ambiance is gay and festive, according to two
English ladies who'd just purchased a bracelet. "This
is just a lovely local market with such friendly peo-
ple," they gushed.
There has been opposition to the crafts market from
some of the shop keepers on Kaya Grandi, alleging
that the market takes away from their business. That's
hard to comprehend as most of what the Kaya Grandi
vendors sell is imported whereas the crafts market
features mostly hand made items made on the island
from things on the island. Let's all support this new
island tradition. E L.D.


Maritza Camellia and her son with their work:
handmade rattles, ceramic slave houses, mobiles
and more.


Lize Singosemito helps her mom selling
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Last weekend, the bastion of Bonairean culture and history,
Mangazina di Rei, opened its door to the community to
celebrate its nomination for the Appeltje van oranje 2008 in Hol-
land. The Mangazina was filmed by the Oranje Fonds di Hulanda
and will be presented in Holland on March 12.
Festivities were rampant with demonstrations of maishi cutting,
charcoal making, dancing, music, tours of the open air museum,
storytelling, wonderful local food and the presentation of the video,
Herensia," (Heritage) by B6i Antoin. Some photos from Danilo
Christiaan give the flavor of the day.
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China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.

BONAIRENET
The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://
www.yellowpagesbonaire.com


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Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
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& 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

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CALL JRA
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Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
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WEB-www. chinanobobonaire. com


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The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support to
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Private yoga classes,
call Louise 717- 7021
or 700-9422.


CLASSES in silversmithing, stone-
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NAF each or 10 Boxes for NAF 30,
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For Sale 201b. aluminum propane
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1369.

Studio for rent nearby the center
of Kralendijk. For more information:
Pass by the office or call Nicole at
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Fully furnished house for rent in
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more information call Nicole at Har-
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2nd Annual Hato Neighborhood
Porch Sale Multiple Family Sale
March 8 & 9 9am to 2pm, Sunday
only if there's anything left!
North end of Kaya Gob. Debrot
(near #156) Household goods, cloth-
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Personals

Rock my world- I'll rock yours!
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the island, seeking great lady, no
minor children, height to weight pro-
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Diesel Generator- 1 year old, little
used. 6,500 w. 220/110 volts, 60 Hz.,
Electric start. Manuals. Wheels. Silencing
enclosure. Runs great, starts easily. NAf
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3800). Call 790-8988, or 786-6125

Computer items : 2 X 512 DDR
Ram only NAf 95 per card.
1 Internal CD only NAF 50
1 Linksys Router only NAF 65
1 3.5 inch floppy drive NAF 25
All in perfect working order
Call 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm


Happy Birthday, Friday, March
7, to Yuchi Molina. Yuchi, a
dear friend of The Reporter, has been
delivering the newspaper every week to
Rincon shops and restaurants for many
years. Pabien, Yuchi, and many, many
years of joy and happiness in the future.


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The Chromis Baby Boom


At the end of December, I was cruising along the reef when I noticed an area
with slightly lowered visibility. Then I realized there was a lot of fish action
that day, and even more brown chromis than usual hanging around the bottom, wrig-
gling furiously.
Ta dah! My mental trumpets blared. I recognized what was going on: the brown
chromis were spawning.
If you're not sure which are the brown chromis, here's some help: they're grayish-
brown, 2-3" long as adults, have a gold spot where their tail meets their body, and
are the most numerous fish on Bonaire's reefs. Clouds of brown chromis pluck
plankton from mid-water off the dropoff, and smaller groups or individuals hang
around just about everywhere.
Pairs of brown chromis can occasionally be seen spawning: the female swims over
the area the male has cleared, depositing eggs. He then fertilizes them, and guards
them as they develop. They function a lot like the sergeant majors, except less flam-
boyantly.
What I saw on this day, however, was the pair spawning multiplied by ... oh, every
chromis on that 50' wide section of the reef!
Naturally, the spawning chromis were seriously preoccupied with spawning, creat-
ing perfect opportunities for chromis predators and the predators of chromis (and
other small fishes) were there. I saw a big rock hind, a black grouper, three spotted
morays, and more trumpetfish than usual. A pair of big horseye jacks and a pair of
big barjacks both cruised ominously back and forth (I could almost hear the roar of
their motorcycle engines and see their black leather jackets).
I saw brown chromis mass spawning on the next day on this reef, and figure there
were other mass spawnings of chromis along Bonaire's dropoff in late December.
The fertilized eggs hatch into larval chromis, which drift at the surface for a week or
two, then settle down to the reef. Many of the eggs, and the larval fish, are eaten -
but, at least this time, quite a few survived: hundreds thousands of one-inch or so
brown chromis appeared about six weeks later. They were everywhere around the
reef, especially around protruding coral heads. They were also around the rubble
areas, the rocks along shore, and anywhere else they could hide. The only place I
didn't see them was sand.
Thanks (at least in part) to this chromis baby boom, Bonaire's flounders, trumpet-
fish, and all the little groupers are looking very satisfied lately, have you noticed?
The first day of the baby boom, I saw four scorpionfish an unusually high number
for that area- out in the open eyeing brown chromis babies. The young chromis
aren't as naive as we might think, though: the scorpionfish's lunging distance is
about one-third its body length, and you'll notice that the chromis most of the time,
at least are doing their hovering safely outside that lunging distance.
The predator I'm looking for is frogfish, though. I figure one of those little chromis
would make a perfect frogfish meal. The only trouble I'm having is since there are so
many chromis, there are also zillions of places where a ,
frogfish could stalk them! U Story & photo by Dee Scarr

Dee offers close contact TOUCH THE SEA dives
for all Bonaire divers.
Call 717-8529 or go to www. touchthesea.com. O


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Bonaire Reporter Bonaire Reporter March 7-14, 2008


Did You Know...

That fish have the equivalent of
a car wash like humans do?
Much like mud and dirt clumps to cars
after a rain shower or a drive down dusty
roads, parasites and various other particles
tend to clump to the surface, mouths and
gills of different fish. Fish are able to drive
up to different cleaning stations in coral
reefs, park and get "washed" off by different
species of cleaner shrimp (i.e. Pederson
shrimp) and cleaner fish (i.e. wrasses and
gobies).
This relationship is an example of mutual-
istic symbiosis, a situation where both par-
ties benefit; the fish benefit by having para-
sites removed from them and the cleaner
shrimp and fish get a tasty meal. Shrimp
even advertise their cleaning stations some-
times by congregating at the top
of the coral and waving their My name is Luisa
antennae around until client fish Velasquez. I come from
arrive and assume a non- Tulsa, Oklahoma ,a state po-
threatening position (i.e. an un- sitioned above Texas in the
natural position which may in- central part of the US. I am
clude changing of color and currently a junior at the Uni-
opening of the mouth) Check out versity of Tulsa and am ma-
the photos at right for some ex- joring in biology. This se-
amples. mester I'm studying Tropical
U Luisa Velasquez. Marine Ecology and Conservation at the CIEE
Research Station Bonaire.




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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
Calabas Restaurant &
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar B kft nrate DinnrBiggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Open 7 days from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28,50 or $16.
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Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
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Hilltop Restaurant Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -in Bonaire's hill country
At the Caribbean Club Bonaire-on the scenic Rincon Road Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Frequent Dinner Specials
717-7901 Happy hours 5 to 6 daily, to 7 on Tuesday BBQ night.
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AIRLINES
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16 flights a
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APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
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.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest number
of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank.
They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER QUADS
De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
BOOKS and TOYS
At last, a real book and toy store on Bonaire, Addos,
in downtown Kralendijk sell books in three languages and
has a variety of quality toys.
CELLULAR SERVICE
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.
DIVING
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 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
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FITNESS
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates,
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
machines and classes for all levels.
FURNITURE, ANTIQUES
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.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and
offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. Now
in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.
MEDICAL FITNESS
Bonfysiotherapie helps when you need physiotherapy for
any reason. It's professionals treat you with the most mod-
em equipment and techniques. Phone 717-7030/7850 Fax
717-2444
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center down-
town offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items
and services Full digital services.
PHOTO SERVICES
Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Photo classes, cam-
era rental, digital processing, all state of the art!
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," specializing
in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property man-
agement.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experienced
real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer
service, top notch properties and home owners insurance.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices in real es-
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to local community. List your house with them to sell fast.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance
services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop
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RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
exploration. Full service dive shop and photo shop too.
RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in
Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women
and children.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new management.
Valerie's Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
unique items, magazines, gifts and more.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
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SUPERMARKETS
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
air conditioned market with the, largest selection and low-
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WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
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Letters Our Schools 1
Our Schools 2
to the Editor Misguided Welcome


OUR SCHOOLS -1
Dear Bonaire Reporter,
I am Bonairean and also went to
SGB high school. Now my own
child is in school in Bonaire. Our
schools have some problems. It is
especially very sad our school
SGB has bad classrooms and prob-
lems with rats and needs cleanup.
Then I read the son of a political
leader goes to a high school in
America for $22,200.00/Fl
39.500,00 per year I can guess his
school has no rats. With the mini-
mum salary about Fl 13.200,00,
most Bonaireans cannot pay to
send their children away to school
or we want them to stay at home.
We depend on SGB. Not all our
kids and parents can choose some-
thing else.
Our schools need help. Maybe to
help make schools better for our
island and the Antilles we need to
vote for the leaders whose kids are
school aged and who send them to
school in Bonaire. This will get
them to make it better for our kids
and they will believe in it. We need
to make good and clean and safe
schools for our kids a priority.
A concerned Bonairean mother

OUR SCHOOLS -2
Dear Editor:
Reading about the high
school (SGB) in the Feb. 8 issue
with the picture of the unkempt
grounds made me want to cry! I
was shocked to learn of chemistry
rooms not working, gas leaks, rats


in the ceiling. WHAT?! Talking
to some of the students, I learned
these and other suspicions are
true.
This isn't just 'another'
controversial issue! This is Bon-
aire's Future. Education is the
backbone of a society. If the main-
tenance of the school is suffering it
leads to more questions: are teach-
ers getting materials needed? Is the
budget enough? If not, why? Are
we doing the best we can for our
children?
I beg everyone- politi-
cians, education commissioner,
school board, people with/without
kids- look at the children today,
drive by the SGB or any other
school, take a moment and a long
hard look. Ask yourself: Is this
the best we can do? If you can
answer "yes" then continue on. If
"NO", now is the time to act! If
you have power to make island
decisions for our children, please
do so... today, don't wait! WE
BEG YOU! If you can't directly
make decisions for the schools,
find out how to make a difference.
We can't just sit back in our rat-
free air conditioned offices and
homes allowing this to continue,
not if we have a conscience!
This is not a money issue,
but rather an investment issue in
Bonaire's future. Money was
found for a new brick sidewalk in
Playa Pariba. What about money
for clean, safe schools, new books?
Money is an easy excuse. It's time
to stop making excuses and time to


Support all or advertiser
. -


implement solutions. There is
always a solution. Here's just one
idea (suggest your own): Collect
$1 per year from residents and
visitors (eg. 240,000 cruise, 15,000
residents, 65,000 stay over) for an
Island Education Fund, then, use
the money strictly for schools.
People would be glad to pay if they
saw it being used for the future of
dushi Bonaire and her children.
Think what an impact this
situation has on Bonaire's children.
Issues we struggle with such as
school dropouts, students leaving
the island for education and not
returning, teen pregnancy, theft,
violence, attacks on our streets -
these are all rooted in the same
foundation... Education. Would
you want to go to a place with rats,
dirty grounds, infighting? Or
would you find something else to
do?
Will you work tomorrow
in a dirty place with old bad equip-
ment and rats? Educators we en-
trust with our most precious thing
-our children-who deserve the
cleanest environment, safest class-
rooms and best materials. Then
their focus can be on educating our
future.
We know our schools
should be a safe haven full of
opportunity and
hope. What is going


KR


on? Caregiv-
ers need to
know children
are safely
learning when
taking them to
school. Kids
need to feel
safe and com-
fortable to
focus on learn-
ing.
Bonaire has
several controversial issues but
SGB needn't be one. Instead, let's
read about SGB's awards events


new computers. Let's create a leg-
acy showing that quality education,
good equipment and safely main-
tained buildings are important so
students prioritize this for their
children also. They will be running
this island someday!
There's only one public
high school and it needs to be
the best Bonaire can offer herself
and her children! We owe it to
ourselves!" Now is the time for
action!
With much love and concern,
A Mom


MISGUIDED WELCOME


Dear Editor:
We who live on the island usually don't see it exactly the same
way as cruise ship passengers see this greeting on arrival.
I trust you can view the photo of the lovely WELCOME TO
BONAIRE sign that was installed by someone who didn't think
things through enough.
Please look at the picture again and note the BARBED WIRE
across the top!
How inviting! Might as well say WELCOME TO GUAN-
TANAMO BAY.
Now that I have brought this to your attention, I will be willing to
bet no one will ever correct it, or am I the only one that cares?
JP Richau

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Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elsa Martis (Playa),
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HAPPENING SOON


Saturday, March 8 -Wine Tast-
ing at AWC's warehouse, 7-9pm,
Kaya Industria #23, across from
Warehouse Bonaire. Great wines.
NAf 20 per person for 6 to 8
wines.

Wednesday, March 12: UniCol-
lege student get acquainted ses-
sion, 2-4 pm. (see notice on this
page)
Thursday, March 13: UniCol-
lege parents information eve-
ning, 7- 8:30 pm. (see notice on
this page)

Friday, March 14 Presentation
by author Erich Zielinsky, author
of the bestselling book, Prijs van
de zee, will tell you about the
background of his book. A story
situated on Playa Frans in Bon-
aire. Time: 17.00 -18.00. Addo's
Bookstore, Kaya Grandi 36

March 14-24 Medium Jan
Arnold Francken on Bonaire.
Call 786-3341 for more informa-
tion or on the internet:
www.spirituelecoaching.nl or
www.bbderidder.nl.

Sunday, April 6 30th Annual
Kontest di Fli In the field behind
Kooyman's. All day from 9 am.
Sign up at the Flamingo Book
Store on Kaya Grandi. Entry fee is
NAf 3,50 for children; NAf 7,50
for adults

Sunday, April 20 Rotorally
sponsored by the Rotary Club. Pre-
sale tickets from all Rotary mem-
bers or at info@rotarybonaire.org

Arts and Crafts Markets at
Wilhelmina Park on Cruise Ship
Days, 10 am 2 pm (Cover Story)

Cruise Ship Schedules
Subject to Change
Wed. Mar. 12 -2 Ships Sea Prin-
cess, Summit
Tues., Mar. 18 Seven Seas Navi-
gator
Wed., Mar. 19 Crown Princess
Tues., Mar. 25 2 Ships -Sea
Princess, Veendam
Wed., Mar. 26 Summit
Tues., Apr. 1 Queen Mary 2
Wed., Apr. 2- Crown Princess

REGULAR EVENTS
The popular SGB High School
restaurant, Chez Nous, is now open to
the public. Four-course dinners with wel-
come cocktail on Tuesdays. Seating be-
gins at 6 pm. Lunches on Wednesday &
Thursdays. Call 717-8120, ask for Chez
Nous or email: keesleeman @&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.


nAn nrNrGe


Divi Flamingo Casino open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, 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.
Saturdays
Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Resort,
6-10pm
* Rincon Marsh&-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy
a Bonairean breakfast while you shop,
fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks, music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo 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 nature
by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call Maria
Koeks for more information-796-7870.
Mountain Bike Training for rid-
ers of all levels (also Tuesday) at 5pm.
Bonaire Wellness Connexions, Eden
Beach, 785-0767, email
info @bonairewellness.com
Sundays
* 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.
Mondays
* "Dive & Dine" Buddy Dive Resort,
6:30 -9:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
717-6435
Tuesdays
* 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
Wednesdays
* "Live Cooking by the Chefs" with
live music by the Flamingo Rockers Un-
plugged Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
Thursdays
* Flamingo Rockers at "Admiral's
Hour" for yachtsmen and others,
Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour Village
Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7
* Bonairiaan Restaurant, open 9 -
10:30 am, run by teens in training. Only
on Thursdays and Fridays. Coffee, tea,
homemade baked goods. Stichting Project.
Kaya J.A. Abraham#27

Fridays
* Bonairiaan Restaurant, open 9 -
10:30 am, run by teens in training. Only
on Thursdays and 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
565-5225
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
Resort

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
5080
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 & Adven-
ture.
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd Tues-
day, Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-717-
3802.
Tuesday-Diving Facts And Fiction -
An Evening with DIR slide/video show
by Caribbean Gas Training, 8 pm, Bonaire
Dive & Adventure,786-5073
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.

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerble old home that has been restored
and fumished so it appears the family has just
stepped out Local ladies will tell you the story.
Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12, 24. Week-
ends by appointment Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town.Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AAmeetings -every Wednesday at 7:00
PM-every Sunday at 5:00 PM. Phone:
786-4651, 788-1369 or786-7699.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
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 Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Re-
nata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rod-
riguez.
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.


CHURCH SERVICES


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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 Kral-
endijk
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 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-
4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
717-2194
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:
786-2557.

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*to find it... just look up


The Two Stars Above and The
Two Stars Below
The Fabled Belt Stars of Orion


E veryone loves winter's bril-
liant constellation, Orion
the Hunter, because his three belt
stars are the only three stars
equally spaced in a row we can see
with the naked eye. But the two
bright stars above the belt and the
two bright stars below the belt are
also quite wonderful.
Just after it gets dark out in the
Sky Park look up and west. To find
Orion simply look for the three
bright evenly spaced stars in a row,
which mark his belt. The two
above of course are his shoulder
stars and the two below mark his
knees. Now although the night sky
doesn't look very three dimen-
sional, in reality all the stars are
different distances away from our
Earth and each other. And one
way to measure these distances is
with the speed of light. Light trav-
els 186,000 miles a second. So
when we look at the star closest to
Earth, which is our Sun, since it is
93 million miles away we see the
light that left it 8 and 1/3 minutes
ago. So we say that our Sun is 8 1/3
light minutes away. All the other
stars, however, are so far away it
takes years for their light to reach
us.
For instance, of Orion's four
bright stars, his shoulder star Bella-
trix is the closest, 240 light years
away which means we see the light
that left it 240 years ago. Betelgeuse, the next closest, is over twice as far away, 520
light years. Which means we see the light that left it 520 years ago. But Orion's two
knee stars are even farther away. Rigel is 800 light years and Saiph 820 light years,
which means that the light we see now, left them 300 years before Columbus' voyage
to America. To remember the distances closest to farthest, just remember right shoul-
der, left shoulder, right knee, left knee.
What's equally impressive is that stars come in all different sizes. And the easiest
way to illustrate this is to compare them to our almost-million-mile-wide Sun, which is
considered a rather small star. Orion's shoulder star Bellatrix is 6 times as wide as our
Sun which really sounds impressive until you look at the knee star Saiph which is 38
times as wide as our sun. And it gets even better. The other knee star Rigel is 50 times
as wide as our Sun. But you ain't seen nothin' yet, because Betelgeuse, the red shoul-
der star, is a what we call a variable star and changes its size regularly. Contracted to
its smallest size it is 500 times as wide as our Sun and when it is expanded to its larg-
est, 900 times as wide. And an easy way to remember the order of size of these stars is
right shoulder to left knee to right knee to left shoulder. Try to imagine the sizes and
distances of each of these four stars. And believe me after a while you'll almost see
them in your mind in three dimensions. 0 Jack Horkheimer


By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For March 2008
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Jealous coworkers may try to sabotage your attempts to
get ahead. If you're preoccupied, be careful while operating a vehicle or any kind of
equipment or machinery. Self improvement projects should be your key concern. Get
out and enjoy some entertainment. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a
Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Plan to do things with your faithful pet or with young-
sters who have interesting hobbies. You could do extremely well in competitive sports
events. Don't torment yourself. Disharmony in the home will be extremely stressful.
Relationships will form if you get out and do things that you enjoy. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Try not to skirt issues if you think you'll hurt some
one's feelings. Plan a trip to the country or take a drive to the beach. Help if you can,
but more than likely it will be sufficient just to listen. Travel could bring you the ad-
venture and excitement you require. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a
Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will enjoy events that lean toward theater, art, or
music this month. Visitors may drop by unexpectedly, resulting in tension with your
lover. Overindulgent people will cause disruptions in your life. You have a tendency
to think that no one else will do things properly. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Be cautious and use your head wisely in situations that deal
with the use of machinery or vehicles. Your mind will be on matters that deal with
secret affairs. Pursue outdoor activities or any physical exertion. Don't let yourself get
rundown. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Relatives may play an important role in your social
activities. Get them to pitch in, if you need help. Romance is likely if you can bring
yourself to go out with friends. It might be best not to spend your money on luxuries
this month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You may be confused regarding your love life. Don't
make promises you can't keep. You could overreact to emotional situations regarding
your relationship. All your energy should be directed into moneymaking opportunities.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You might have a problem juggling your time. Your
mind is on moneymaking ventures. Your social activity should be conducive to find-
ing love. Uncertain changes regarding your personal life are evident. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Socialize with friends, but don't overspend on
lavish entertainment. Take a day to relax and pamper yourself. Your mind may not be
on the job. Avoid letting family get involved in your personal life. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) This may not be your month if you are overly
melodramatic and unnerving everyone around you. You should get involved with ac-
tivities that can be enjoyed by both young and old alike. You must make sure that all
your personal documents are in order. You can stabilize your financial situation if you
make property investments. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You won't have much time for your mate this
month. You'll find travel or involvement in large groups gratifying. You may find that
family members may not be too easy to get along with. You must use discretion when
talking to others. Gambling should not be an option. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Put your energy into home renovations. You can be-
come obsessed with detail and must be sure to divide your time appropriately. You
will accomplish the most in the work environment this month. Enlist coworkers in
order to get the job done on time. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a
Tuesday.


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New Bird Species Sighted


O n Monday, 26 Feb-
ruary, Sam Wil-
liams, best known as "one
of the parrot guys from
England" (who have been
studying our Yellow-
shouldered Parrot as part
of the fulfillment of their
studies leading to their
PhD.) knew that the calling
of a bird in an inner garden
at Hilltop was something
he did not recognize. The
two biologists, Sam and
Rowan Martin, have spent
countless hours in the field
here on Bonaire and have
learned the calls of all the
birds.

"This call immediately
caught my attention," Sam
related. Upon tracking
down the mystery bird, he
saw a turquoise-colored
bird with a black face and
white underbelly and
quickly started looking
through his Birds of Vene-
zuela field guide. After a
time sorting out all the
more than 1,300 species
found in the guide, he
landed on Swallow-
Tanager, Tersina viridis, a
small member, reaching a
length of around 6 inches,
of the Thrauripidae, or the
Tanager family of birds.

Tanagers are found only
in the New World where
they are basically tropical
in distribution, reaching
maximum diversity in the
Andes, where a dozen or
more species can be seen
in a single mixed flock.

Swallow-Tanagers are
frugivorous, meaning fruit-
eating, but also consume
insects as well. They are
found throughout Vene-
zuela, primarily in humid
lowlands, south to north-
west Ecuador, central Bo-
livia, central Paraguay, to
northwest Argentina.

The species' common
name is spelled with a hy-
phen between the two
names, Swallow-Tanager,
which refers to its place-
ment in the Tanager fam-
ily, but with reservations.
It is the only member of
the Tanager family that
nests in holes in trees and
also the only one of the
family that has a broad flat


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flattened bill. An excellent
field mark for this bird,
besides the beautiful tur-
quoise color on its back
and wings, is the promi-
nent barring under the
wings along the flank of
the belly. And its size is
small for most of the Tana-
gers that we see here on
Bonaire during spring mi-
gration, which are brilliant
red in color. It is about the
same size as our common
Black-faced Grassquit.

I was more than de-
lighted at Sam's discovery,
and immediately informed
Tineke Prins, who is the
collection manager in the
bird department in the
Zoological Museum Am-
sterdam, University of
Amsterdam. Tineke is in
the process of compiling
and publishing the official
bird checklist for the Antil-
les islands and was also
delighted with the discov-
ery and said that she would
include the new species in
the checklist.

With so few good field
biologists on Bonaire, it is
quite possible that many
bird species from Vene-
zuela are here on our island
without being discovered.
The distance from Vene-
zuela, just 95 km. across
the Caribbean Sea, is by no
means enough of a barrier
to the birds to keep them
from finding our island in
their flights. Recently, I
sighted two other species
from Venezuela: a South-
ern Lapwing, in May, 2006
(also a new species for
Bonaire) and a Red-legged
Honeycreeper, also from
Venezuela,was photo-


graphed and sent to me for
identification from resi-
dents of Kontiki Beach
Club in 2006. This was the
second record of this spe-
cies on Bonaire.

Presently we are trying to
get photos and more infor-
mation of a Scarlet-fronted
Parakeet that has been seen
at Dos Pos by both myself
and Sam, who first re-
ported "a strange Aratinga"
flying with the Brown-
throated Parakeets that are
native to Bonaire. We cur-
rently do not know how
this parakeet with brilliant
red on the face got here,
whether illegally captured
in Venezuela by a native
countryman who also lives
and works on Bonaire, and
brought the bird here and
released it, or whether it
did indeed cross the dis-
tance from mainland South
America to Bonaire. The
parrot family members are
not known to be highly
exploratory, so this species
has not been added to Bon-
aire's avifauna list. 0
Jerry Ligon

Jerry Ligon is the Natu-
ralist at Bonaire Dive and
Adventure


ne of Bonaire's champion windsurfers, Tati Frans, took only three hours
and 45 minutes, a record, to windsurf around Bonaire last Sunday to raise
funds for Bonaire's entries in the 2012 Olympics. He met waves of more than
seven feet (two meters) high as well as light winds. In the photo Jopie Soliano
presents Tati with a memento of the achievement.


ong Bonaire welcomed a new board member this week, Kerenza Rannou-
Frans (circled). In the photo are members of the board: Alex Senchi, Selly
Gromotka- Pourier, Alan Gross and Jane Townsend with Jong Bonaire Manager,
Bilha Thomas (2nd from left) and their new colleague, Kerenza. Board President,
Rene Hakkenberg, was not on island for the photo. Jong Bonaire intends to con-
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Visiting Swallow-Tanager at Hilltop


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Transitions


VWO-5 students from the SGB high school get a sample of
winter temperatures in the freezer of Warehouse Supermarket


magine you are still young,
about six years old. And at
home your parents speak (just as
an example) English to you. On
the streets you hear English; on
television the cartoons are in Eng-
lish; and your friends communi-
cate in a simple form of English.
So all you hear and speak is this
one language. Then you go to
school and suddenly you have to
understand Chinese. You have to
learn to write Chinese, to count in
Chinese, read Chinese and you
have to speak Chinese. Can you
see this little child that you are in
your imagination, struggling with
this new never-before-heard-of
language? It is not fair to do this to
this child, are you thinking that
right now? Hold that thought, be-
cause this is exactly what is hap-
pening to a Bonairean child.
A Bonairean child (for the most
part) speaks only Papiamentu with
his or her parents and with his or
her friends. The only language he
or she will hear and speak is Papia-
mentu. But still when this child
reaches the age of six, he or she
will have an education in Dutch.
This is a major obstacle for every
child. For example there are chil-
dren who cannot count in school,
but when they help their parents in
the shop, they will give the right
amount of change to the custom-
ers. So the problem is not the
counting, it is the language they
have to count in.
For some time people are start-
ing to recognize shortcomings of a
Dutch educational system on a
Papiamentu island. One of the
ways to help the Bonairean child
learn the basics (read, write and
count) is the establishment of the
'Funderend Onderwijs'.
When a Bonairean child man-
ages to finish high school with a
diploma, he or she has managed to
overcome the obstacle of language.
It is an accomplishment which
deserves a standing ovation. But
the hurdle race is not finished yet.
What to do after high school? Be-
cause this child has a diploma
within a Dutch educational system,
he or she will have to continue in
the same system. Today more and
more students can find their stud-
ies on the Netherlands Antilles
themselves. But a lot of students
have to leave the Caribbean for
their studies, mostly for the Neth-
erlands.


These students are forced to
leave their island for the unknown.
If they are leaving for another An-
tillean island, it will be strange but
at least they will hear the language
they are used to and they will be in
the same climate. If they have to
leave for the Netherlands, well,
then Dorothy is definitely not in
Kansas anymore. They have to get
used to another culture, another
climate, different kinds of people,
being away from their family, and
oh yes, they have to succeed in
their studies as well. That is a
whole bunch to deal with in one
go, wouldn't you say? For a lot of
students it is too much to deal
with. Many Antillean students do
not finish their studies success-
fully. That is a shame, because
Bonaire needs students with diplo-
mas for its progress.
So here I am, a mentor of a
VWO 5. A VWO diploma gives
you access to universities, and
most universities for these students
are in the Netherlands. It is a diffi-
cult transition from high school to
the next level, and that is even
without the emigration and the
leaving-your-family-behind part.
What can I do to make that transi-
tion go more smoothly? I am tak-
ing my class to the Netherlands!
There they can meet the people,
see the country, experience the
weather and most importantly,
visit different universities and col-
leges. This will help them to
choose the right studies, and
(hopefully) make things more easy
and familiar for when they actually
have to leave for real. Choosing
the right study and quick acclima-
tization will increase the chance
that a student will finish with fly-
ing colors. Ultimately this will
help Bonaire when these students
come back with their degrees.
Next time you read The Re-
porter, we will be in the Nether-
lands (which is largely made possi-
ble by the parents of VWO 5,
thank you parents!). I will give you
an update on what is happening
across the ocean... it might be in
Chinese, start practicing! To be
continued. F
Story & photo by
Mary Ann Koops
In addition to
observing us,
Koops teaches
Biology at the
SGB High School.


but that must be a
matter of time as billboards al-
ready announce the develop-
ments that will arise there. What
about the complex of some
wooden houses we see opposite
the entrance of Hamlet? No bill-
board here, and at first sight we
don't have much of an idea of
what this will become. Time to
check things out.
We learn from the owners that
this place is going to become a
small-scale resort. It will be
called "Bamboo Bali," will con-
sist of five, one-bedroom apart-
ments, and its tagline will be
"Where East meets West." That
gives you an idea.

The location has been leased
since 1998 by the owners/
developers, a family who lived
and worked on the island at the
time. Around 2002 they left
Bonaire for Holland but held on
to the lease. They had some
vague plans for the location, but
they felt the time wasn't right
yet.
In the years after they had the
opportunity to travel extensively,
especially through Asia. Plans
for a small-scale resort were in
the back of their minds, and they
found inspiration in places like
Thailand and Indonesia. They


also travelled
around many
Caribbean is-
lands where
their plans
could have been
realized, but in
the end they
decided that
Bonaire was the
place to do it.
And to make
things some-
what easier...the
location was
still available
here.
With the in-
spiration from


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Asia and their idea to set up
"something different" they were
sure they wanted to build
wooden constructions. They
looked for and found proper
wooden do-it-yourself-kits that
met their requirements. Only the
concrete foundations were made
by a contractor, but the rest of
the entire construction has been,
and still is being done, with their
very own hands. From the begin-
ning in April 2007 that wasn't
always easy as their first eight
months on the job no electricity
was available, and their genera-
tor had the tendency to quit its
job a little more often than they
had wished for. During these
days sleeping was in the back of
the truck or, in case of rain, in
the container.
Sounds like tough times, al-
though Bastian Kuipers (who
will also be managing the place
once open) was active as a Dutch
marine before and has probably
experienced tougher conditions
than this during his career.
Extensive rainfall over the last
couple of months didn't make
the constructionjob easier either
but had its advantage too: the
gardens planned for will be very
lush and anything that had al-
ready been planted received their


fair share of water. We also see
bamboo around (hey, now we
get the name of the place!) and
we are told that they have se-
lected and brought 12 different
typess of it that will soon be
growing around. Learning that
bamboo can grow up to 8 m (24
ft) in height, it must make for
mature gardens in no time.
Bamboo Bali aims to become a
reasonably priced, small and
intimate resort. One of the apart-
ments will become the "Love
Suite," featuring a hot tub and
other amenities. We're getting
curious here and will come and
have a look once it's finished.
That will be around October.
For sustainability, it is proba-
bly a wise decision not to have
gas available in the kitchenettes
in these wooden apartments. All
cooking is electric. Although
they are nice guys, you don't
want firemen to become repeat-
ers at your resort.
O Story & photo by Marcel
Leurs


Leurs is a
developer
himself
(Brisas
Lodge)


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