Title: Bonaire reporter
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Publication Date: May 2, 2008
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T he Dutch Transport
Minister, Camiel
Eurlings, calculates that it will
take "at least 20 million
euro" (57 million guilders) to
repair Bonaire's worn-out
Flamingo Airport run-
way. Because the Antillean
Central Government does not
have the money for this, the
Netherlands is willing to pay:
"so that Bonaire can glow at the
Readers may recall that Bo-
nairean drivers suffered with
poorly maintained roads for
years because highway funds
and other monies were diverted
to extend and resurface the air-
port runway to accommodate
KLMjets. Those flights sparked
an economic rebirth on the is-
land that continues to grow.
Since Bonaire is going to be
the responsibility of the Nether-
lands, the airport must comply
with European standards, which
are much stricter that the ICAO
The worldwide civil aviation
authority recently conducted an
audit on all the airports within
the Dutch Kingdom and said
that the Antillean airports are
"just within standards."
"Regarding the condition of
the airport in Bonaire, there is
no reason to panic. There is no
acute danger, only overdue
maintenance. The runway needs
heavy renovations and the peo-
ple of Bonaire need a vital air-
port," concluded Eurlings.

) "Flamingo Airport's man-
agement is currently in the
process of drawing up a mas-
ter plan to comply with all
international requirements,"
says Richard Hart, director of
the Bonaire Holding Company
which controls the airport.
There are three important pro-
jects planned: maintenance of
the runway, moving the fire
station near the middle of the
runway, and purchasing two
push backs for aircrafts. "We
are working very hard to make
sure Flamingo Airport is safe

and this way, welcome the air-
craft that come to Bonaire and
contribute to the growth of the
tourism of the island."

) Flamingo Airport regis-
tered a more than a 10% in-
crease in passengers in the first
quarter of this year. March was
a record month. The increase
has a lot to do with Delta and
Continental Airlines. Compared
to the same period last year also
the local passengers increased
by 10.6%. International traffic
increased 8.8%.

1 Rocketing fuel prices hit
air travelers a bit more this
week. KLM has announced it
will up the fuel supplement two
euros to 31 euros for flights
within Europe. The fees for in-
tercontinental flights, including
flights to the Antilles, will in-
crease by 10 euros to 98 euros.

) Dutch charter airline,
Arkefly, will land twice a week
in Bonaire with its Boeing 767-
330ER, en route to Curaqao on
Thursday and Saturday.

) Last month's flight cancel-
lations by American Airlines
are likely to spread to other
US airlines in the weeks ahead
as US Government regulators
step up a by-the-book review of
carriers' compliance with main-
tenance and safety orders issued
in recent years. American Eagle
flies daily to Bonaire. However,
its propjets have not been cited
for maintenance problems.

1 The long awaited merger

Mother's Day 2008 will be celebrated on Sun-
day May 11, in Bonaire and 70 other countries
around the world. Mother's Day honors all
mothers and expresses gratitude for the hardships
they bear in bringing up a child. Most countries
including Bonaire celebrate Mothers Day on the
second Sunday of May. Mother's Day came into
being due to the efforts made by female rights
activists, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis. The
resolution dedicating Mother's Day was signed by
US President Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914.
However, the tradition of honoring mothers goes
back to the days of Egyptian pharaohs. Anne Morrow Lindbergh,
the well known author wrote, "By and large, mothers and house-
wives are the only workers who do not have regular time off."
So be sure to remember Mom on her day.

of Delta Air Lines and North-
west Airlines has been an-
nounced in an all-stock deal
valued at $17.7 billion. The
airlines said the deal would take
as long as a year to be finalized,
including regulatory approvals.
The new airline will be called
Delta. Delta flies weekly to Bon-
aire from Atlanta.
French-Dutch airlines opera-
tor, Air France-KLM, said in a
statement it would be pleased
with a Delta-Northwest tie-up,
which would strengthen its part-
nerships on the transatlantic
market. Air France has a transat-
lantic joint venture with Delta,
and Dutch-based KLM has a
similar arrangement with North-

0 Houston-based Continen-
tal Airlines lost $80 million in
the first quarter. The airline
also says it will take 14 older
737-300 planes out of service
between September and April.
Continental flies weekly to Bon-
aire from Houston and Newark.

1 Dutch advisors made pro-
posals last week regarding
placement of the BES islands
(Bonaire, St. Eustatius and
Saba) in the Charter of the
Kingdom, discussed division of
territorial waters and outlined
the future judicial system.
Representatives of Bonaire and
Saba met with seven Dutch tech-
nocrats in the board room of St.
Marteen's Princess Juliana Air-

port. No agreements were made
because the BES islands wanted
their own legal experts to study
the proposal on placement in the
Charter of the Kingdom as well
as some of the other elements.
Commissioner Burney Elhage
attended for Bonaire.
Besides making a special pro-
vision for the BES islands in
Article 1 of the Charter of the
Kingdom, it's also possible for
the BES islands to fall under
Article 134 of the Dutch Consti-
tution which regulates public
The islands also received in-
formation about the future judi-
cial system for the BES islands
including the make-up of the
police force, prosecutor's office,
prison and overall maintenance
of law and order.

) Health
Boy Clarenda
says that
health insur-
ance is one of
the most im-
portant sub-
jects that need to be discussed as
the BES islands move to direct
ties with The Netherlands. It's
proposed to have just one type
of insurance for all the inhabi-
tants of the BES islands instead
of the different existing types of
health insurance, like SVB,
BZV, and FZOG that now ex-
ist. The Dutch have come with a
(Continued on page 4)


Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Flotsam & Jetsam, Mother's
Day 2
Earth Day STCB Clean-up 3

Endemic Bird Festival 6
Asbestos Danger-Freewinds 8
Rincon Day 10
Oranje Order Decorations 11
Stinapa Earth Day Hike 13
Kreator Choir 13
Letters to the Editor (Paradise
Lost, Bureaucratic Euthanasia,
Finder Needed) 13
Give Me 5-Divi awards 14
Art Exhibit-Aysla Ten Holt 14
Implosion In the Netherlands
Antilles 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Clear Blue Water News (More
Algae) 3
Profiles-Susie Stanhope 5
Bonairean Voices (Activities, part
2) 7
Petsof the Week (Puppies,
Kittens) 8
Sudoku Puzzle 9
Dining & Shopping Guides 12
Tide Table 13
Reporter Masthead 13
Classifieds 14
Picture Yourself (Canada, Hol-
land) 15
Did You Know (Coral) 15
What's Happening 16
Sky Park (Mercury) 17
The Stars Have It-Astrology
Sudoku Answer 18
What's Coming Our Way
(Hato Project) 19
Island View (High School
Confidential) 19
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Algae Growth Continues

The consensus of all the re-
cent revelations by visiting
marine biologists and on-island
experts is "The activities of human
habitation on the land has the
greatest impact on the coral reef
surrounding Bonaire."
The shallow water reef that has
attracted shore divers to Bonaire
for the past 40 to 50 years forms a
relatively narrow band around the
island, like a colorful ribbon
around the neck of a pretty girl.
The reef starts about 100 meters
(330 feet) from shore, slopes
downward at a 45 degree angle
and is less than 50 meters (165
feet) wide. The release of large
quantities of untreated waste water
into the sea from the populated
areas of the island onto this nar-
row band of live coral fuels the
rapid and prolific growth of algae
that is covering the living coral
and choking it to death.
The Evidence
The reports from our volunteers
who clean and record the data
each week and the accompanying
photos are clear indicators of this
devastating process. Here are more
observations concerning the algae
growth from several volunteers
who visit their assigned "Rainbow
Sensor Site" each week to clean
and retrieve the data,
This Issue's Reports:
Thursday, April 24, 2008- Site#9 -
We spent a long time cleaning the

line and sensors. We have been no-
ticing that the algae that is growing
on the line is getting harder to rub
off. It likes to live in the twists of
the rope. I wish I had a dental pick
to clean the twist.
Algae Growth: about 1 cm of al-
gae on the 5m sensors and surpris-
ingly 3 cm long on the line with soft
red growths that measured 2cm
long. The bottles had some green
algae circles, but the longer algae
growth was where the three bottles
are attached which have white crusty
circles which were hard to remove.
The sensors at the bottom had 3mm
crusty white circles which I picked
off. There was a thicker heavy coat-
ing of red and brown algae along the
whole line.
Cassandra and Franklin Neal

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 Site
#8- Algae Growth: heavy long hair

on sensors with the amount of hair
decreasing at middle array and fur-
ther decreasing at the top array.
Length of hairy algae was the same
at all levels. Calcerous growth not
seen on sensors; not much on bottles
Joanie Fitterling

The 10-year-long LMSP project
is entirely funded by private dona-
tions from concerned and inter-
ested individuals and carried out
by dedicated research volunteers
on the island. Additional full time,
on-island volunteers are needed at
this time to help to continue the
project. If you are interested in
diving and collecting the elec-
tronic data from our shore based
sites please contact Albert Bian-
culli at 791-2214 for more details.
The task takes about 20 minutes
and then you can continue your
dive. All your air is supplied by
Yellow Sub/Dive Friends Bonaire
at no charge. 0 Press release

Money is needed to continue
this project. Donations ac-
cepted by Support Bonaire (US
tax deductible) or you are in-
vited to directly deposit your
donation to SEA MONITOR
Foundation accounts: Maduro
& Curiel's Bank (Bonaire)
USD Account # 116.735.09
NA Account # 116.736.07

s in past years, STCB, in
collaboration with
STINAPA, organized a beach
clean-up during the Earth Day
celebration. This year it was
decided to prepare the beaches
on Klein Bonaire for a good
start of the 2008 sea turtle nest-
ing season which begins in
On Sunday, April 20, a beach
clean-up was conducted suc-
cessfully on Klein Bonaire
which is Bonaire's most impor-
tant hawksbill and loggerhead
nesting beach. Maintaining un-
obstructed access to beaches for
egg laying female turtles is ex-
tremely important to the sur-
vival of these endangered ani-
A total of 90 volunteers par-
ticipated during this clean-up
and 105 bags of trash were col-
lected and sorted for further

classification and analysis. Vol-
unteers were mainly residents
from the island, with a large
group of teenagers from Jong
Bonaire participating with two
of their youth leaders. The
Coast Guard was also part of
this clean-up. Another group,
with the CIEE Research Station
Bonaire, was in charge of clas-
sifying and documenting the
collected trash. Results from the
data collected will be posted
when available, and this infor-
mation can be a good tool to
determine the origin of this in-
adequately disposed garbage on
STCB would like to thank the
staff from STINAPA, Coast
Guard, SELIBON, Jong Bon-
aire, Kantika di Amor, and all
the volunteers who participated
in this clean-up. Story &
photo by Mabel Nava

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Page 3

Flotsam and Jetsam (Cont. from page 2)
proposition that the islands will
have to review and comment on
to arrive at a solution.

0 The island territory of
Bonaire is not budgeting
money for the SVB-insured
persons who need to go abroad
for medical treatment. These
costs previously were covered by
BZV and the Government of
According to Health Commis-
sioner Clarenda, the Island ex-
ecutive Council (BC) has given
that responsibility back to the
Central Government. SVB in-
formed the BC this week that the
Public Health Minister has
agreed that SVB itself will de-
fray the expenses of the SVB-
insured persons who need treat-
ments abroad within lim-
its. They will only treat the re-
quests submitted on April 1st and
later. There are no arrangements
yet for requests submitted before
April 1st.

) St. Maarten and Curacao
are considering abandoning
the process of attaining coun-
try status together. Antilles
Prime Minister De Jongh-Elhage
said that while the Central Gov-
ernment and Curaqao were ready
to continue with the constitu-
tional change process already
underway, St. Maarten had indi-
cated that the topic of corporate
governance created an impasse
for the island territory.

Corporate governance is a term
which refers to the way in which
government-owned companies
(like WEB, TELBO, TCB...) are
run, supervised and accounted
for. Bonaire has a long history of
using such companies for crea-
tive financing, by-passing usual
island budget procedures.

0 The Central Government
reported a deficit of NAf 1.3
billion in the first draft report of
the committee for division of
assets and liabilities, which was
presented to Parliament last
Tuesday. The report, which is
not yet completed, also stated
that the Netherlands Antilles had
NAf 1.4 billion in assets and
NAf 2.8 billion in debts as of
December 31, 2005.

)According to the Central
Bureau for Statistics (CBS), in
the past 12 months overall
prices increased 1.9%.
Minimum wages for domestic
services increased 1.9%, the
prices for home furnishings and
household goods rose 1.3%.
Food jumped 1%, especially
dairy products (4.8%), cooking
fat (3.2%), and meat and fish
(1.4%). The price of other food
products increased by 0.1 to
1.1%; however, the price of
ready-made meals dropped
The prices for alcoholic bever-
ages and cigarettes increased
0.5%, transportation and com-

munication 0.5%, living costs
0.4%, clothing and shoes 0.2%,
water 1.0%, and recreation and
development dropped by 0.1%.

frPrices of essentials like fuel
and food are rising around the
world. Small island economies
that totally depend on imports
tend to feel the effects even
more. Despite the small infla-
tion numbers reported by the
CBS, consumers can plainly
see that prices have jumped 15
to 25% in recent months.
Based on world economic fore-
casts, this trend is expected to
Food prices are spurred by
increased demand in emerging
markets like China and India,
competition with bio-fuels, high
oil prices and market speculation
and the rise in the value of the
euro which has resulted in higher
prices of European products. The
cost of dairy products, flour and
rice especially has been going
up. Rice and flour prices in most
countries around the world have
more than doubled in the last
year. A barrel of crude oil on
Wednesday cost $119. The price
per barrel has gone up $57 since
the start of this year. By Suzanne

1 One result of the economic
situation survey conducted in
December 2007 was that faith
in the economy of Bonaire is
up. This eighth economic survey
surveyed all companies with 10

Two weekends ago a small delegation under the guidance of
Sensei Peter Silberie (left) traveled to Curaqao to participate in the
first karate competition of the year organized by CuKarBo. Sixty
-eight high-level competitors participated.
Unfortunately, interruptions and power outages kept some of the
Bonaire team members from completing their events because they
had to catch their flight back to Bonaire. Sensi Silberie was disap-
pointed but nevertheless the team conducted themselves well. Am-
ber Lensink (right) took first place and a gold medal in her class
and Everone Vruta (left) a bronze. (Press release)

or more employees. Companies
with fewer than 10 employees
were sampled. Below some re-
sults of the opinion questions:
Confidence in the economy
has risen from 28 to 36%. 50%
indicated that their confidence
remained the same, and 14%
said it has diminished (the lowest
percentage ever).
More than 59% of the com-
panies think the situation will
get better. But this is 10 points
lower than the previous period of
June 2007. About 16% (was
10%) of the entrepreneurs be-

lieve the economic future will

0 The
Dutch Na-
tional Om-
dr. Alex
meijer, will
be visiting
the Netherlands Antilles next
week. During his tour of the
islands the National Ombudsman
(Continued on page 9)

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Profile es: Susie Stanhope Making Dreams Come True

When you meet Susie, a
yacht skipper for 21
years and visitor to Bonaire, you
can't help but be impressed by her
dynamic personality. She radiates
aliveness in a powerful way. This
first impression gets even more
confirmed when she starts telling
her life story.
Born in England, where she was
an art teacher for troubled children
for 27 years, she sailed in many
regattas and did yacht deliveries
during the school vacations. It was
on her 36 ft. Sparkman & Stephens
yacht that she passed through Bon-
aire for the first time some five
years ago. She went on to Aruba,
Curacao, then Trinidad and Vene-
zuela. But the first impression that
Bonaire made on her stuck really
She left her teaching job in
Cornwall to fulfill her sailing
dream. She raced across the Atlan-
tic on a Challenge yacht after be-
ing hit by a hurricane in the Bay of
Biscay. She landed in St. Lucia
and fell in love with the Carib-
bean, feeling at home with the
slower pace of life after coming
from Cornwall. Returning to the
UK she bought Wishful Thinking
with the aim of sailing her own
boat across the Atlantic. After a
two-year period of preparation in
Cornwall, during which she sup-
plemented her teaching earnings
by teaching belly dancing and

working on the water taxi in
Fowey, she left the UK in 2000.
She uses the traditional naviga-
tion systems like the sextant as
well as GPS. She uses celestial
navigation and never uses the auto
helm unless there is an emergency.
After her first visit to Bonaire
five years ago, she dreamt of re-
turning, passing through on the
way to Aruba and then back to
Trinidad, then Venezuela. She did
return to Bonaire in 2006 to spend
more time here, Her two dogs,
Shuby and Max, have been her
constant companions for many
years. Blancu, her Bonaire cat,
joined them later.
Bonaire felt like she was coming
home, from the very beginning,
because she met so many local
people who made her feel very
special and welcome. Alberto from
Vespucci's restaurant became one
of her first and dearest friends.
Marciel, the shoemaker from Uru-
guay, and his family invited her
for her first Christmas celebration
on Bonaire. She met so many
lovely people who were instru-
mental in making her feel at home,
she encountered so much friendli-
ness, that giving something back to
the community in return was a
natural reaction for her.
She became involved in the
Maria Hoppner Home. Susie or-
ganized several fundraising events
and started to work with the boys
from the ages seven to 17. She

gave them art classes, and with the
help of fellow cruisers and Captain
Kirsten on the Sea Cow, arranged
a trip for the children to Klein
Bonaire, where they were taught to
swim and snorkel. Kite making
was another project which was
very successful. She got the other
cruisers to help with safety boats
for the Jong Bonaire eco swim to
Klein Bonaire and back.
"..she supplemented her
teaching earnings by teach-
ing belly dancing and work-
ing on the water taxi.."

In the meantime her father in
England had fallen ill and she had
to travel back and forth to England
frequently. She started teaching
the junior sailors on Friday after-
noons. This became the Bonaire
Sailing School Association for
children aged seven to 11. Spon-
sors like Caribbean Homes do-
nated two sunfishes. Other spon-
sors made the purchase of the 16-
boat fleet possible as well. She
works together with Arti de Vries,
a dedicated volunteer, and Tino
Thielman, the fiberglass man, who
is indispensable as well. She or-
ganized a grand fundraising at
Vespucci's a while ago and helped
raise over NAf 5.0000 for new
equipment, especially a new en-
gine for the safety boat.
Susie also takes care of the cruis-
ers. Newcomers are always invited

by her for a tour around
the island in her jeep. On
Thursdays she organizes
the Admiral's Hour for
sailors in Vespucci's Res-
taurant, a chance for them
to meet and exchange
information on sailing, on
Bonaire, or on upcoming
trips. She simply loves to
be of service and an-
nounces events to the
cruisers on the VHF ra-
dio most mornings. In
between all her activities
she still manages to clean
the beach in Playa right in
front of the boats that are
anchored there.
Last year she sailed in the Bon-
aire Regatta with two local crew
members, Nicolas and Nicolas and
they finished second. She feels
extremely privileged by the invita-
tion of Caribbean Laundry during
the last Kameval to join them as
the only non-local participant dur-
ing the parade.
If she were 10 years older and
allowed to stay she would never
leave Bonaire. But there is a new
adventure waiting for her: a brand
new boat is almost finished and
waiting back in England to be
sailed by her. She feels pretty
much torn about this new plan.
Leaving Bonaire will be the hard-
est thing to do. She will miss so
many of her friends: Carlos from
Surinam, Elvis at Sorobon and his

world champion windsurfers, Jopie
her dance partner, Patrice, Funchi
and his Sunday lunches at his
kunuku, Michael from Chat 'n
Browse, but especially all the chil-
dren at the Maria Hoppner Home
and her junior sailors of course.
The list goes on and on. "It breaks
my heart to leave my beloved Bon-
aire," she sighs. But I am sure that
she will be greatly missed by Bon-
aire as well. Thanks for your dedi-
cation and contributions to the
island, Susie, and
have a wonderful,
adventurous and
safe journey! *

Story & photo
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Going On NfOW! Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival
ast week Earth Day (22nd and to let us know what they see. Step 5) Have fun and enjoy
May) marked the begin- It would be especially great to looking out for Bonaire's most
ning of the Caribbean Endemic have the people who participated beautiful birds!
Bird Festival. This celebration of last year to count again in the
Bonaire's birds lasts for a month same places. This way we'll start How to tell the difference
with many exciting events to build up a really detailed pic- between an Oriole and a
planned for the coming weeks: ture of what's going on. The data Troupial
A t a rconllected can alcn hbe used tn find The Trounial and Orinle r r dpfi-

Yellow Oriole

30" April Exhibition of Lora
Art Competition and Prize giving
1300hrs, at Dia di Rincon
3rd May Lora Art Auction of
prize winning artwork to raise
fundsfor Salba Nos Lora and
Movie showing "Amore" (parrot
love), 7pm Captain Don's Habi-
11th May Yellow Oriole/
Troupial count, 7-9am!
14th May Talk Captain Don's
Habitat 7:30
21st May Talk and festival,
Captain Don's Habitat 7:30pm

Do you see Yellow Orioles?
On Bonaire we have much to
celebrate as Bonaire's birdlife is
in many ways unique. Typical
West Indian species such as the
Pearly eyed Thrasher and Carib-
bean Elaenia mix with species
more commonly associated with
the South American Mainland
such as the Bare-eyed Pigeon
and Troupial. One bird we are
fortunate to have is the Yellow
Oriole. The Yellow Oriole we
see on Bonaire is found on the
ABC islands and nowhere else!

Last year a survey took place to
find out more about the Yellow
Orioles that live here.
Over 40 people took part and
the data collected forms a base-


line to which future surveys can
be compared. As well as collect-
ing data on the Yellow Oriole the
organisers also want to collect
data on the Troupial. The
Troupial is a close relative of the
Yellow Oriole but only arrived
on Bonaire in the early 70s.
Since it arrived the Troupial has
flourished and it's possible that
its success may be making things
difficult for other birds on the
island, such as the Yellow Ori-
ole. However, it's important to
stress that until sufficient data is
collected we won't know
whether this is the case or not.

This is why the organisers are
asking everyone to spend a cou-
ple of hours on the morning of
the 11t May watching out for
Yellow Orioles and Troupials

out about the habitat preferences
of the two species and help pre-
dict how they might be affected
by increasing development on
the island.

Getting involved
The count is simple.
Step 1) Choose a place to con-
duct your count. This could be
your garden or any other place
you'd like to spend a couple of
Step 2) Make sure you know
how to recognise a Yellow Ori-
ole and a Troupial (see "How to
tell the difference between a Yel-
low Oriole and Troupial").
Step 3) Record the highest
number of Yellow Oriole and
Troupial you see at any one time,
between the hours of 7 and 9am
on the morning of Sunday 11ih
Step 4) Call STINAPA (717-
8444) on Monday and tell them
what you have seen. We need to
know three things: 1) your loca-
tion, 2) the maximum numbers
you have seen and 3) if you regu-
larly put food out in your garden.

nitely two of the most colourful
birds on the island. They are
cousins but easy to tell apart if
you know what to look and listen
for. The Troupial is a bright or-
ange bird with black wings and a
black head and a flash of white
on the wings. It can often be
heard calling early in the morn-
ing and has a loud melodic song.
The Oriole is more subtle in
colour than the Troupial but is
still striking with its bright yel-
low body and head. It has a black
tail and wings and a black throat
patch. Some people have sug-
gested that the Oriole's call is
similar to the sound of rusty door
hinges, but I have only heard a
pleasant melodious song from an
Oriole! It is soft in volume and
is often structured in a pattern of
trios, like 'chit chit chit'. How-
ever, it is not common to hear the
Oriole's song at all in Bonaire.

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bring our chips and drinks and spend our
time learning how to manage airplanes.

Activities (Part 2)

n Part 1 in the last edition of The
Reporter we talked about how "60
plussers" (people 60 years and older) and
housewives can entertain themselves, to
show how people of all ages can entertain
themselves, even our youth.

Have you heard about the young people
in Belnem who organized a "Get to Know
Your Island Tour" last year? Most of the
participants were Belnem youths. I had an
interview with one of the organizers. He
is only 19 years old and likes to be in-
volved in all kind of organizations.

During vacation times, he explained, he
and other friends like to make plans for
the group of Belnem young people who
have all grown up together in the same
neighborhood and who usually meet dur-
ing their vacation periods. "We have peo-
ple," he said, "who are always ready to
help our youngsters, like George Nico-
laas. To keep kids off the streets he lets us
play soccer in the sport complex hall.

"Most of us belong to the Bonaire Flight
Simulator Group under the supervision of
Franklin Antoin Jr. as our coach. We
simulate a control tower with the money
that we collect among us, to buy some
materials to fix up the place that's on the
way to the Donkey Sanctuary. We learn
skills on different kind of aircrafts. We

Most of us are still studying in Bon-
aire, Curaqao and Aruba, but we're al-
ways in contact. During the Christmas
holidays we celebrate as a group with a
big dinner party. This way we get to
know each other more and build up our

I always feel motivated to do more for
myself and others around me. I made the
ads for Telbo when they introduced
ADSL, and I'm making ads now for Car-
ibbean Homes. I encourage all young
people to come forward into our commu-
nity. They shouldn't feel afraid and
should have an open mind. They should
make their own choices for the best and
think positively. Sometimes things can
go wrong, but we have to analyze what
went wrong and learn how to do it better
the next time. Remember, every fall can
build you up and make you stronger for
the next time."

Another experience we heard is from a
young man who just turned 18 and was
our King of the Carnival Tumba in 2007.
He said, "My aunt and my father made a
good impression on me. They loved mu-
sic and all kinds of dance, especially our
folkloric dance. Because of that I started
joining dancing groups, but then I stopped
when I realized I liked music and singing
better. I participated in the Kanto Krioyo
competition, song festivals and our
Tumba competition. I like soccer too and

my cousin and I belong to a soccer team. I
like to be involved in sports, singing,
drama, comedy, bands and dance groups.
In each organization you can give a help-
ing hand. I learn from each of these
groups and when the time is right I will
have my own organization. Of course you
can't neglect your studies; they represent
your future. Nothing is too difficult; you
just have to trust in yourself and have a
little faith in what you want to do and
accomplish in life. Always try to do

something for yourself and for your com-
munity. You won't be sorry."
If every neighborhood had positive
young people like this it would make a
great difference on Bonaire. 0
Siomara E. Albertus

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The 1/qek

T he Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter is
bursting at the seams
right now with puppies
and kittens. "So many
are coming in every
day," says Shelter Man-
ager Monique Degenaar.
"They're very cute and
very healthy. We're
happy to get them and
we encourage people to
bring in their unwanted
puppies and kittens no
questions asked!" Some
of these pets have been
brought in by good Sa-
maritans who have
found the little animals
dumped by the side of
the road or even at the
landfill Co-M
Seeing these large Degena
numbers of kittens and
puppies makes one real-
ize how important the Shelter Ster-
ilization Plan is because the Shel-
ter can accommodate just so many
pets and do try to find good
homes, but sometimes it becomes
an insurmountable task there are
just too many. When people bring
in their litters of pups and kittens
the Shelter staff encourages them
to bring in the mother so that she
can become sterilized. The Sterili-
zation Fund has been set up to
pay for this service for those peo-
ple who cannot afford it. For every
animal that is sterilized an untold

anager of the Shelter, Monique
aar, poses with some of the very
cuddly kittens

number of unwanted offspring can
be avoided.
If you know someone who has a
pet that is giving birth time after
time, tell them that they may come
to the Shelter for help.
Please, if you can help at all,
donate to the "Sterilization Fund,"
MCB Account #10616410. The
money goes only for sterilizations.
Use your credit card to donate
through Support Bonaire,
WWW. supportbonaire.org The
Shelter on the Lagoen Road is
open Monday through Saturday, 8

am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Tele-
phone 717-4989. Website:

Taxi 7 driver FaridAyubi
found these pups abandoned at
the Landfill (dump)

he St. Maarten Herald
reported that during re-
pair work on the cruise ship
Freewinds, blue asbestos was
released and was carried in the
ship's ventilation system. The
refurbishing and repair work
involved removing the ceiling
and paneling. The Freewinds
calls regularly at Bonaire and
many island residents go aboard
for various events.

The Freewinds captain did not
report this while Freewinds per-
sonnel were working on the ship
at the Mathey wharf in Curaqao.
The Curaqao Drydock Company
(CDM), where the ship was later
taken for haul out, heard from
the marine surveyor of the pres-
ence of asbestos on the ship.
It now has to be determined
how the asbestos dust, which
has been proven to cause lung
cancer, can safely be removed
from the ship. The CDM has
stopped all work on the ship. It
was sealed and isolated. Experts
plan to investigate and measure
the presence of asbestos dust in
the hull and surrounding areas.
Samples taken from the panel-
ing last week by inspectors were
sent to the Netherlands. Results
of testing showed that they con-
tained significant amounts of


Freewinds hauled out
at the CDM drydock.

blue asbestos. After an extraor-
dinary meeting, the Curaqao
Executive Council decided to
inform the public about the inci-
dent to avoid rumors and panic.
CDM personnel had to be in-
formed via the media because it
was impossible to gather all the
workers Friday evening to per-
sonally give them the informa-
he presence of asbestos aboard
the Freewinds has long been
published on Scientologist ex-
pose websites. U
St Maarten Daily Herald

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Drs. Hans & Etty Lambeek
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Next to the Animal Shelter
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Consulting Monday, Wednesday and Friday 13:30-14:30
Hours Tuesday, Thursday 17:00-17:30; Saturday 11.00-12.00
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Orario: djaluna, djarason i djabierne 13:30-14:30
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(Bordering the parking lot)
Tel. 717-5890
Open M-F 8:30-12, 2-6 pm,
Sat. 9-12

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Water/115/220V & Cable TV
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Bonaire Reporter 2-16, 2008

Flotsam & Jetsam (Conti. from pg. 4)
especially wants to provide in-
formation with regard to the
right of complaint and to ex-
change views on this subject
with authorities and other inter-
ested parties on the spot.
He will pay a visit to Bonaire
next Tuesday. He plans to talk
about the right of complaint with
the Lieutenant Governor and
Executive Council as well as the
opposition parties. The Reporter
plans a story on his visit in the
next issue.
In the Netherlands citizens can
file government-related or other
complaints with the National
Ombudsman. After review the
Ombudsman can express an
opinion with no binding effect,
adding a recommendation, if
applicable. As a result of the
Ombudsman's authority and the
quality of the investigation, prac-
tically all recommendations are
adopted, and governments usu-
ally take appropriate action. In
2007 the National Ombudsman
received 13,242 complaints.

0 Selibon started major
cleanups about one month ago
in Rincon, not only for the Dia
di Rincon celebration, but also
to eliminate the many illegal
refuse dumps. After the inten-
sive cleanup, Selibon handed out
letters to all the residents and
businesses of Rincon informing
them of the rules in connection
with household refuse dumping.
This week, Selibon will have
signs put up at a number of stra-
tegic locations where it is illegal
to dump garbage. The environ-
mental police will check on a
daily basis and Selibon also re-
quests the residents of Rincon to
keep an eye on the situation so
that Rincon can stay clean. The
environmental police have al-
ready received many tips of ille-
gal dumping.

1 A team of six officials of
the Economic Affairs Service
(Deza) and the waste manage-
ment company, Selibon,
started to inspect the busi-
nesses with an alcohol and
"hospitality" license. The gov-
ernment and Selibon observed
that several businesses are not
complying with the rules laid
down in their permit and in the
Island Waste Ordinance. These
two documents say that busi-
nesses that serve alcohol and
food must have sufficient gar-
bage containers and that these
businesses must make sure that
the garbage is deposited only
into the containers and that the
containers be emptied on a regu-
lar basis. These license holders
must also keep an area 25 meters
around their establishment
1 AMFO is providing NAf
135,000 a year to help Bon-
aire's cultural centerpiece
open-air museum, Mangazina

no Bonaireans are participating.
Bonaire's Patun Sagoza com-
peted in the windsurfing events
in a couple of past Olympic

di Rei. Much of the funds will
be used to develop tropical horti-
culture expertise among the is-
land's young people. Heleen
Christiaan, who studied the sub-
ject in Holland, will lead the
project. The funds cover project
costs to train 10 youngsters for a

0 Hooray for the Bonaire
Lions Club who donated NAf
5.000 to the Foundation for the
Blind and Hard of Hearing. It
is one of the more deserving
charitable foundations on the
island For help, information or
to make a donation visit their
office next to Dr. Dorvil's prac-
tice in Tera Cora, on Kaya Mgr.
Nieurwindt, Monday through
Friday from 9 to 11am, or call
717-5761, 717-8171 or 785-

1 A jury system should be
introduced for serious criminal
cases to reduce the gap be-
tween the public and the judi-
ciary, says Wouter van den
Bergh, deputy president of the
Amsterdam court, in the NRC
Handelsblad newspaper.
"The Netherlands is just about
the only western democracy in
which citizens are not involved
in the judicial system," stated
Van den Bergh. Special exper-
tise is not necessary to determine
whether a suspect is guilty, and
sentencing could also be left to a
jury, he adds. In July 2007, Min-
ister of Justice Ernst Hirsch
Ballin dismissed a similar call
for the jury system in the Nether-

0 Curacaoean Churandy
Martina is heading for the
Olympic Games in Pe-
king. During his first appear-
ance on the home track of the
University of Texas in El Paso,
the sprinter from Curaqao noted
record times on the 100 and 200
meters. With 10.00 seconds on
the 100 meters, he nibbled 0.04
seconds off his personal record
time and he also set a new Antil-
lean record on the 200 meters
with 20.17 seconds. His time
also meant the best seasonal
time. Finishing second to Mar-
tina in El Paso was his country-
man, Brian Mariano. This year

0 Be on the lookout for baby
flamingoes wandering on the
roads or circling aimlessly off-
shore. They have been blown
from the nesting area and will
die unless returned there. Cap-
ture them by enveloping them
with a large cloth. Be gentle,
they cannot hurt you. Take them
to Marlis Sail & Canvas on Kaya
Gob. Debrot 18. Tel. 717-7741.

Regular readers of The Bon-
aire Reporter know that this
newspaper believes that fixed
large billboards are an insult
to Bonaire's environment and
should be removed. However,
the new-style mobile billboard
used by Carib-
bean Homes and i
Best Buddies and
Pearls are attrac-
tive, get the mes-
sage across in
style, can be lo-
cated where people
gather and most of
all respect the en- BONAII

0 A reliable
source told us that
the Capriccio Ital-
ian Restaurant
has taken all reef
fish OFF its
menu. It still
serves delicious
pelagic fish like
dorado (mahi-
mahi), tuna and
wahoo, etc... but
no snapper, grou-
per or related spe-
cies. Hopefully all
Bonaire restau-
rants will follow
their example and
stop serving reef
fish. Recent Re-
porter stories have
told of a drop in
reef fish popula-
tions including
parrotfish due to

Mother's Day
is next weekend.

Bonaire Reporter May 2-16, 2008

Perhaps the store with the wid-
est selection of time saving
quality household appliances is
City Shop. Check their ad on
page 5 and pass by. Tell them
The Reporter sent you.

Because DeStad Printing in
Curaqao was closed for the
Queen's Day/Labor Day holiday,

The Bonaire Reporter could not
be printed until Saturday, May
3. Delivery to your favorite
pickup point will be made over
the weekend, or on Monday,
May 5 when businesses will re-

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Five Bonaire residents re-
ceived royal decorations
this year to help mark the occa-
sion of the Queen's Official
Birthday, April 30. They were
honored for their valuable contri-
butions to the island's commu-
nity and other outstanding
Lt. Governor Herbert Doma-
cass6, Queen Beatrix's represen-
tative on Bonaire, made the
awards at a reception at his resi-
dence in Playa last Friday, May
25. Honored were:

tone was set for Bonaire becom-
ing an environmental tourist des-
tination, something that contin-
ues today. Together with Ebo
Domacass6 he began Bonaire's
annual Regatta in 1968. He es-
tablished Capt. Don's Habitat in
1976, the headquarters for
"Diving Freedom." In 2005 he
set up the Accolade Foundation
to recognize those persons and
organizations who are dedicated
to protecting the environment,
both above and below the water.

jobs transporting water and kero-
sene on her head. But even at a
young age she always found time
to promote cultural and folkloric
activities in Rincon such as the
fiestas of Simadan, San Juan and
San Pedro. She's worked with
the elderly and formed the folk-
loric group, Nos Kosecha in
1977, whose members are 70
years and above. Although she
cannot read or write she sings
"songs from her head, from
memory. Singing and music have
always been her love and she was
the inspiration for forming the
musical group, Foyan Boyz.

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Sister Virginia worked in Cura-
cao and Bonaire as a school
teacher. She was head of the
Orkidia school for 25 years.
She's worked as a volunteer with
many different groups: at Villa
Antonia and Fundashon Cocari
for the elderly, as well as with
young people. She visits the eld-
erly in their homes, collected
money for food, gives catechism
lessons in elementary schools
and has been a director of Fun-
dashon Mariadal.

Margaritha Flora Martis-
Captain Donal Stewart, a Frans, a Member in the Order of
Knight in the Order of Oranje- Oranje-Nassau
Nassau At 12 years of age Margarita
Captain Don is Bonaire's div- started working in the aloe fields
ing pioneer. Because of him the in Washington plantation and had

Ignacia Monica Bemabela
(Sister Virginia), a Member in
the Order of Oranje-Nassau

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Sara Ann Matera, a Member
in the Order of Oranje-Nassau
Sara has raised the level of the
food and beverage (Horeca) sec-
tor in Bonaire, starting with the
training of her own employees.
She is known for her enormous
input and perseverance in pro-
jects for the youth in Bonaire,

Rijnaldo Timp, a Member in
the Order of Oranje-Nassau
Mr. Timp has spent his life as a
Kadaster (land registry office) of
(Continued on page 18)

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Kaya Grandi 36

Toys-Lego / Duplo; Mighty World;
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Waterplay; Nintje; Knex; Pool Toys;
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especially in the field of tourism
and in the culinary department of
the SGB Hotel School where she
organized culinary competitions
with schools in the other Antil-
lean islands. She was the guiding
force in setting up a student ex-
change agreement with a culinary
school in Italy so that Bonairean
students can study in Italy. She's
supported Bonaire's professional
chef teams who compete in Car-
ibbean wide culinary Olympics,
"The Taste of the Caribbean."
She's closely involved in the
Rotary Club's "Breakfast in
Schools" project.

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Bar and Beach Service 8am 8pm. Extensive snack/salad/burger menu
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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-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
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.
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-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.
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.

Scuba Sales
Repair Replacement
New Gear Accessories

Check CARIB INN First.
Great Prices -Great Stock

\= New Sherwood
SR1 Regulator

Since 1980
717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily
(next to Divi Flamingo Hotel)

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
in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.
Bonfysiotherapie helps when you need physiotherapy for
any reason. It's professionals treat you with the most mod-
ern equipment and techniques. Phone 717-7030/7850 Fax
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center down-
town offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items
and services. Full digital services.
Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Photo classes, cam-
era rental, digital processing, all state of the art!
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," specializing
in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property man-
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices in real es-
tate-International/US connections. 5% of profits donated
to local community. List your house with them to sell fast.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance
services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop
in and see them.
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
exploration. Full service dive shop and photo shop too.

Pasa Bon Pizza

& Bar

Water Front

To Town Kaya Gob. Debrot Hotels
g #42

Not Just Great Pizzas!

Call ahead
Pre Order

Open Wednesday to Sunday
5 PM to 11PM

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. Wonderful service, free gift
Valerie's Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
unique items, magazines, gifts and more. Open extended
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. What would we do without their superb ser-
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
air conditioned market with the, largest selection and low-
est prices on the island.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skifjf. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
Bonaire with built-in ramp

Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now try
the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around the
world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. Shop at
Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday 9 am-12 noon.

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* Letters Paradise Lost
Bureaucratic Euthanasia
the Editor Finder Needed

Paradise Lost
Dear Editor:
On my return and third trip to
Bonaire in March, I was very
disturbed to find that Dutch de-
velopers had come in and practi-
cally taken over the island in
their greedy way. I was saddened
to see it was fast losing the
uniqueness and laid back quiet-
ness that I had fallen in love with
nine years ago. When I wasn't
visiting, I felt a longing to be
there; a kind of homesick feeling.
That all but disappeared on this
last visit. I really hope that every-
one living on the island will try
and band together and keep the
rich from getting richer at the
expense of the beauty of a true
paradise island: BONAIRE!
Susan Morrison

Bureaucratic Euthanasia
To the Editor:
An addition to the news that
the SVB health insurer must pay
DAE airlines a payment a week
in advance:
*Not only does DAE demand
payment (through the SVB) a
week in advance, it may take the
SVB as many as four days to get
your application processed be-
cause the processing is done in
Curaqao! If you don't get your
SVB voucher in time, you have
to pay the fare yourself. If you
cannot pay, you have to postpone
your visit to the specialist or have
your operation done later. Or just
die, if it was urgent. Cause of
death in that case: "bureaucratic

euthanasia" *

Ger Velli

Finder Needed
Dear Editor:
I am Renee from Renee Snorkel
During the last six months, the
house where I lived was broken
into four times. All the things
that I need to make a living had
been stolen.
This includes (3) Dell laptops,
24 pairs of fins, 24 masks and
snorkels and 32 dive lights.
The fins are closed fins of
black rubber and the mask and
snorkels are various colors. The
dive lights are yellow, green and
black. Four of the masks are my
own prescription lens masks.
These items were packed up in
a red mesh bag with "Renee" on
it, a blue mesh bag with a pink
and white stripe and a solid red
bag. All of these bags were
made by Marlis (Canvas) and
have her logo on them. There is
also a yellow mesh bag and a
grey one with green handles.
If anyone finds any of these
items, can you please drop them
off at Sand Dollar Grocery lo-
cated on Kaya Debrot in South
Hato. If you can leave your
phone number with the items,
and they are actually my items,
you will receive a finder's fee.
I also want to thank all of the
persons who have helped me
during this time.
Thank you,

Following this year's Earth Day slogan, "Think,feel, take action and change," Stinapa organized I
a free nature walk through the beautiful hills surrounding Rincon last Sunday. Soldachi Tours'
Maria Koeks and her staff led the walk which lasted about two and a half hours and included a
wonderful naturalfruit "breakfast."

JonJ the Cfhor

Rhonda Bennett wrote us that Bonaire's fine choir, Kreator, is having a membership drive. To
join or find out more contact iohn(ikreatorbonaire.com

Hair Affair
We do our best to make
your hair and make-up wishes come
You can also come in for
facials and waxing.
We use and sell L'Oreal products
Is your plan to marry on the island?
We can make you beautiful and stay
beautiful for your happiest day.
Personal attention by Janneke and Barbel
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
or just walk in.
Tues-Fri: 9-12 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop

16 Flights a day
Bonaire and

Divi Divi Air
24 hours a day
Call (5999 839-1515)
Call (5999 563-1913)

* Domain Registrations
* E-mail Hosting
* Anti-Spam & Anti-Virus
" Web Site Design
* Web Site Hosting
* Marketing Consulting
" Internet Consulting
" Photographic Services
* Graphic Design
NetTech N.V.
Tel: 717-6773
Fax: 717-7854

Bonaire Reporter May 2-16, 2008

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
5-02 5:48 1.1FT. 10:23 1.3FT. 15:10 1.1FT. 22:33 1.7FT. 66
5-03 7:08 1.0FT. 11:44 1.2FT. 15:01 1.1FT. 23:04 1.9FT. 79
5-04 8:24 0.9FT. 23:49 2.0FT. 90
5-05 0:27 2.0FT. 9:44 0.8FT. 98
5-06 1:15 2.1FT. 10:48 0.7FT. 100
5-07 2:07 2.1FT. 11:50 0.6FT. 100
5-08 3:06 2.1FT. 12:38 0.6FT. 98
5-09 4:03 2.0FT. 13:27 0.6FT. 90
5-10 5:08 1.9FT. 14:04 0.7FT. 79
5-11 6:07 1.8FT. 14:35 0.7FT. 66
5-12 1:23 1.4FT. 7:11 1.7FT. 15:04 0.8FT. 22:44 1.4FT. 55
5-13 3:24 1.3FT. 8:06 1.5FT. 15:21 0.9FT. 22:11 1.5FT. 48
5-14 4:44 1.2FT. 9:06 1.4FT. 15:22 1.0FT. 22:14 1.6FT. 48
5-15 6:04 1.1FT. 10:05 1.3FT. 14:56 1.1FT. 22:28 1.7FT. 52
5-16 7:22 1.OFT. 11:23 1.1FT. 13:54 1.1FT. 22:49 1.8FT. 59

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Commercial Ads only NAfl per word, for each two-week issue.
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Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu.-We.-Th. & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
day 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.

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

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

Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
goen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don
& Janet). 786-0956

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at Chat
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Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by
Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com

Searching For GREAT
Maid Service?
For Quality House Cleaning
Serving Bonaire for more than 14 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

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

The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support to
Bonaire's non-profits. To learn more about
making a US tax deductible donation visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a

1 Are you interested
in Dutch conver-
sation lessons?
For information
please call:

Private yoga classes,
call Louise 717- 7021 or

silversmithing, stoneset-
ting and the art of bead-
ing. Call Louise at 717-
S 7021 or 700-9422.

Ta Buska Wanted Un dushi kas
pa hur =a nice rental house. Mini-
mum 3 bedrooms/ please email:

Two teachers with their two
daughters, are looking for a 3-
bedroom house to rent for NAf
1200,-. Please call 717-2912.

New house for Sale, 2 bedrooms, 2
bathrooms; Large lot (Belnem); Price:
US $ 280.000 Contact owner: 540-

Large House for rent [4 bedrooms
and 2 bathrooms] Tel: 717-8603

FOR SALE: 2/3 bedroom 2 bath
house Hato area, $270,000 Looking
for a quick cash sale only. Interested
parties only. No agents. Call 717-

Lots and lots of great ladies'
clothes from America size M. New
and pre-owned- jeans, shirts, t's busi-
ness suit, etc. All for NAf 150. call
JP 780-9904

hp Yamaha Enduro with electric
starter. NAf2.500

tastic for fishermen and people out to
sea for long periods. Needs to be fixed
-piston ring issue. NAf 3.000

RESCUE BOAT 6 meter semi-rigid.
Needs work as the inflatable part has
leaks. The V-shaped hull is manufac-
tured with fire retardant polyester re-
inforced with fiber of 20 mm. thick.
This high performance boat, once
repaired will sell for 15,000 euros.
NAf 3.000

4hp gas motor, 225bar/3500 psi, 190
liters/minute, 6kW. NAf 3.500

COMPRESSOR With 220v/50hz
"monophas6" electric motor,
225bar/3500 psi, 140 liters/minute,
3kW. NAf 3.500

Call 786-3336 for serious inquiries
or by email at cathsalis(daol.com

Need a large sized wetsuit? Carib
Inn has a 5X in 3mm full suit. New
for only $129. Call 717-8819

For Sale:
2x TV-ophangbeugel Nafl 50,=
3x Luxaflex / lamellen Nafl 25,=
6x CD-opbergsystemen Nafl 15,=
2x Ikea kunstof hanglamp Nafl 25,=
2x Ikea aluminium hanglamp Nafl
2x Venetiaanse glazen hanglamp Nafl
2x aardewerken wandspots Nafl 35,=
Ikea 1-persoonsbed incl. matras Nafl
2-persoons-slaapbank Nafl 250,=
robuuste steekwagen Nafl 150,=
2x ronde kokosmat Nafl 25,=
rieten reiskoffer Nafl 35,=
Samsonite akte-koffer Nafl 35,=
Ouderwets strijkijzer Nafl 100,=
Ouderwets karrewiel Nafl 150,=
Ouderwetse dorsvlegel Nafl 100,=
Koperen 3-delige pannenset Nafl
Draaibare kantoorstoel Nafl 75,=
Draaibare stoel Nafl 35,=
Phone: 786-5136

The Animal Shelter can use more
items to sell on the monthly flea mar-
ket in Parke Publico Bonairiano? Call

The Bonaire Reporter is looking
for a Managing Editor. Must be able
to deal with deadlines, staff issues,
have strong computer skills and pos-
ses strong English language ability.
Experience Required. This is a part-
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8988 if interested and qualified.

Have a story idea? The Re-
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stories and photos. Call 790-
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Looking for: Page 327/8 2nd edition
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Let them know about
your business or
restaurant with an ad in
this newspaper.

Call 786-6125 or 790-6518
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Give Me 5 Awards


ne of the top employee recognition
programs on Bonaire is Divi Fla-
mingo's "Give Me 5" Awards. Divi guests
select those employees giving them excep-
tional service and then Divi rewards the em-
ployee with $5 per vote! On Thursday, April
17, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino
held its first quarter's 2008 "Give Me 5"
awards. Alvin Clemencia, above, (Dive), Or-
lando Thomas (Dive), Nel Nicolaas (F&B)
and Arelis Koeks (HK) were the top winners.
Selimah Agostien (Rooms Division Man-
ager) presented the prizes to 33 exceptional
employees. 0 Press release.

Artist Aysla Ten Holt Exhibits

at Kas di Arte

A syla Ten
Holt, a
highly reserved and
fiercely independent
painter and healer
lives in a secluded
village, Tera Cora,
on Curaqao. Ten
Holt is a Reiki Mas-
ter, Yoga therapist,
Art practitioner and poet.
She describes her work as a somewhat mel-
ancholic expressionism to surrealism with a
bit of added abstraction. She puts herself into
her art very personally and with highly emo-
tional dramatic images with spiritual enlight-
enment that reflects the Caribbean experience.
Asyla spent time in Holland mixing with the
local art crowd, schools and university.
When realizing she knew more and needed
more inspiration she came back to Dutch An-
tilles, to again be inspired by the Caribbean.
During the 80s she lived on Bonaire because
of her love for the island, staying here for
many years working with kids and Bonaire
artists and having exhibitions. It was she who
did the coral stones of flamingoes on the side-
walks of Kaya Grandi.
As well as her painting and writing she dedi-
cates herself to giving classes in art, handi-
crafts and flowing Yoga therapy.
Her website: www.asylatenholt.com
Asyla Ten Holt's Exhibition, "Remembering
Bonaire from the 80s," opens at the Kas di
Arte on Saturday, May 3, at 6 pm. The Exhibi-
tion will continue until Sunday, May 18. Open
hours are from 9 am to noon and 4 to 8 pm. U

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Picture Yourself With The Reporter

Banff, Alberta, Canada I Easter time, Aalanderveen, Holland

Peter and Liz Archer write, We have
just visited Bonaire and we always
enjoy reading The Reporter to catch up on
the island news. This time we took a copy
home with us to the Canadian Rocky Moun-
tains. This was the weather when we ar-
rived home on April 20th. Thought your
readers might like to see some snow!"

Jan Blonk from Hato sent us this photo taken on
Easter in Aarlanderveen, The Netherlands. Jan is
the founder of the Blonk Boatyard next to WEB which
has been since sold. Jan is the builder of those lovely
diesel-powered motorboats that are for rent on Bonaire

The Reporter is trying to reduce its backlog of
"Picture Yourself' photos by printing multiples each
edition, so keep sending them in. Just be patient.

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when
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Did You Know...
That the same coral that we admire as we swim over the reefs
can also be used to help broken bones heal quickly and
cleanly? A product of coral, Hydrozyapatite (HA), is used to fuse
bones and fibrous tissue back together after a fracture. The similar-
ity of coral's rigid, webbed structure to actual bone allows the com-
pound to assimilate into the patient's body. This use of HA to fill
the voids caused by a fracture eliminates the need for patients to
donate bone from other parts of their body causing extra trauma.
Other coral compounds are currently being studied for possibly
containing anti-tumor and anti-HIV properties. As we continue to
discover new wonders from the depths of the sea, we must stop and
appreciate its generosity. If we do not take the time and the effort to
conserve its power, who knows what medical
miracles we might lose? U Jillian Coddington
Jillian Coddington attends UC Berkeley and is
majoring in Integrative Biology. She is in Bonaire
for the semester studying Tropical Marine Ecology
and Conservation at CIEE Research Station Bon-
aire (www.cieebonaire.org).


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all modern amenities and luxury close
to the center of Kralendijk

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welome cocktail on Tuesdays. Seat-

ing begins at 6 pm. Lunches on

Wednesday & Thursdays. Call 717-
My I -I A x i

The popular SGB High School

restaurant, telonet n ow o
to the pubic. Flamingo Balaurse dinhi Beach
welcome cocktail on Tuesdays. Seat-

Sbe s at 6 p. e o
Wednesday & Thursdays. Call 717-

e HH 2 for 1 all beverages) 6-7
pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach

* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Divi Flamingo Casino open
Do' abtt7:0/ pg

SudyI My1I Mte'

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.
SParke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the eve-
ning hours.
Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 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.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm.
Call for reservations 717-8285 ext.
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in
time. Learn about the history, culture
and nature by Bonaireans from Rin-
con. Call Maria Koeks for more infor-
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 enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restau-
rant & Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open
daily 5-10 pm.
* "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
* 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
* "Live Cooking by the Chefs"
with live music by the Flamingo
Rockers Unplugged Buddy Dive
Resort, 6-10 pm
* 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. Cof-
fee, tea, homemade baked goods.
Stichting Project. Kaya J.A. Abra-
* Bonairiaan Restaurant, open 9
-10:30 am, run by teens in training.
Only on Thursdays and Fridays. Cof-
fee, tea, homemade baked goods.
Stichting Project. Kaya J.A. Abra-
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social

Round Robin 7 10 pm. $10 per per-
son. 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 Fla-
mingo Rockers, Divi Flamingo,
Balashi Beach Bar 6-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30-
6:30 pm) with Moogie Nation, fol-
lowed by all-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort

Sunday- Creature Feature- John
and Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital
photo center present a multimedia
slide Presentation about Buddy's
House Reef pool bar Buddy Dive,
6:30-7 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 &
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of
Bonaire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd
Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-
Tuesday-Diving Facts And Fiction
- An Evening with DIR slide/video
show by Caribbean Gas Training, 8
pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure,786-
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show, every 2nd &
4th Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn (717-8819) at 7pm.


Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has
been restored and furnished so it appears the
family has just stepped out Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thru Fri-
day, 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 17thcentuiy. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017


AA meetings -every Wednesday at
7:00 PM-every Sunday at 5:00 PM.
Phone: 786-7699 .
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening 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

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Plaza) All levels, NAf2,50. Call Joop
717-5903 or be there by 7:15.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Caf6. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month
- Junior Chamber International Bon-
aire (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 wel-
come. Contact: Renata Domacass6
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other
Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595,
Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
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
welcome. 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
Papiamentu, 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
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English
at 9 am; Sunday evening prayer meet-
ing at Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6
to 8 pm, Light & Life Club, children 5
to 12 yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter Day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26,
Sundays 8:30 11:30am. In Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services, Sunday at 8 am and
7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol,
Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in
Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di
Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bon-
aire Youth Center in English, Dutch and
Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel.
Contact: 786-2557.

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Don't Miss Mercury at its Best This Week and Next

Once again I'd like to encourage you to catch planet #1 from the Sun, Mer-
cury, this week and next because it will be at its best for evening viewing
for this entire year. This week and next, 30 to 45 minutes after sunset face west in
the Sky Park and if you have a clear relatively flat horizon you will see a steadily
glowing bright pinkish light which is, since Pluto's demotion, now the smallest
major planet in the solar system, Mercury. Only 3,000 miles wide, it is only a
thousand miles wider than our 2,000-mile-wide Moon and a thousand miles
smaller than 4,000-mile-wide Mars. The next biggest planet is Venus followed by
our slightly larger Earth. So if anybody asks you where the smallest major plan-
ets reside in our solar system they are the ones closest to the Sun. Mercury being
number one, Venus number two, Earth number three and Mars number four.
Now if you start looking at Mercury this week and continue to look at it every
night for the next couple of weeks through a small telescope you will notice that it
rapidly changes its appearance, getting steadily larger in apparent size but shrink-
ing like the full Moon as it goes from full Moon to last quarter to new. In fact on
May 2nd almost 70% of Mercury's disc appeared to be lit up, but by Thursday,
May 8th, its disc appears only half lit and it will steadily shrink night after night as
it comes closer and closer to Earth. In fact by Sunday night the 18th it will be only
25% lit. Wow!
It's called the pink iron planet because there is more iron in Mercury's core than
in our entire Earth. And it's pink only because we always view it through our
Earth's dusty atmosphere, which makes it appear pink for the same reason our Sun
always looks so colorful when it's close to the horizon. From space Mercury
would appear to glow a steady white color, and until 1974 no human being had
any idea what the surface of Mercury looked like. Then in 1974 our spacecraft
Mariner 10 visited it and took the first close up pictures, but we were only able to
photograph 50% of the planet. What did the rest of it look like?
Well in January of this year our new Messenger spacecraft, the first to visit
Mercury in 33 years, flew over previously unseen parts of Mercury and revealed
some fabulous and puzzling features, including mysterious chains of enormously
high cliffs, some two miles high and hundreds of miles long. And although at first
glance Mercury resembles Earth's Moon, upon close examination it is much, much
different. So explore Mercury visually for yourself this week and next because the
Mercury adventure is just beginning. U Jack Horkheimer

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By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For May 2008
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)You can take advantage of opportunities if you are quick
to make a move. Be sure to spend time helping children with projects that are too diffi-
cult for them to accomplish alone. Be prepared to make changes to your personal docu-
ments. Your desire for excitement and adventure may be expensive. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Your temper may get the better of you if a colleague
has tried to ruin your reputation. You should consider submitting some of your written
work for publication. Keep the promises you've made or you can expect to be in the
doghouse. Try to keep any mood swings under control; they may result in alienation.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You need to spend some time pampering yourself. Sit
tight. Things aren't as bad as they appear. Be sure to pay attention to your financial
status. Don't overspend to impress someone who interests you. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Follow through on some of the good ideas that come
up, and you could have a real winner of a deal. You need to spend time with friends
and family. Don't offer to pay for others. Be prepared to lose friends or alienate other
people if you insist on being stubborn. Your luckiest events will occur on a Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can pick up valuable information if you listen to those
with more experience. Pleasure trips will be a form of healing for your emotional state
of mind. Try to keep any mood swings under control; they may result in alienation.
This will not be the best day to initiate change. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Losses are likely if you get involved with uncertain
individuals. You should be raising your self esteem and confidence in order to promote
your work. Don't trust others with private information that could be used against you.
You may attract attention if you get out socially. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) New romantic relationships will develop through group
activity related to sports events. You may find that your mate is well aware of the cir-
cumstances. Don't push your mate away. You may get some opposition. Personal
changes will be to your benefit. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Travel for pleasure will be enticing. You'll be able to
break bad habits if you put your mind to it. You may become rundown if you take on
too much. Put all your energy into moneymaking ventures. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) It's a great month to attend social functions.
You will be too busy to meet some people right away. If they're really interested, they'll
wait. Your partner may be somewhat irritable this month. Be prepared to have relatives
or close friends introduce you to new and exciting individuals. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You can have quite the romantic ad venture if you
take time to get to know your mate all over again. You can make money but not
through harebrained schemes or gambling. Your attitude could be up and down like a
yo-yo. You may have a problem keeping secrets. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Monday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Let them know what your intentions are. Attend to
things that you should have done yesterday. You are best to move quickly and to get in
good with the boss. You can spend a passionate evening with someone you cherish if
you make your plans early. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Someone you live with will be quite unreason able this
month. Do some research if you want to find information that you can apply against the
opposition you face. You may need a physical outlet that will help you relieve your
tension. Your fun loving approach will be admired and appreciated by others. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. 0

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Implosion of
The restructuring of the Antil-
les is well underway. Although
no new date has been set follow-
ing the acknowledgment that the
December 15, 2008 target can-
not be met, the process is irre-
versible. The editors feel the
article below will give our read-
ers a perspective for understand-
ing the issues and the subtleties

How to understand the
disintegration of the
Dutch Caribbean? What is it
The extended statehood of the
Kingdom of the Netherlands
comprising three countries -the
Netherlands, the Netherlands
Antilles, and Aruba- is being
reordered. If all goes as agreed
upon, the Netherlands Antilles
will cease to exist as a separate
country. Curacao and Sint
Maarten will acquire country
status within the Kingdom, just
as Aruba did in 1986, though
theirs will be of a different status
and with less autonomy. The
islands, Bonaire, Sint Eustatitus
and Saba, the so called B E S
islands will be integrated into the
Netherlands as public authori-
ties; as such the BES islands
will be administered by the
Netherlands while retaining
local government functions
(just as municipalities in the
Colonial rule came to an end
with the Charter of 1954, which
enacted a constitutional partner-
ship. The Charter bestowed a
country status on a collection of
six islands, some close together,
some far apart, an artificial gath-
ering, not a nation, which was
rooted in local aspirations. More
than 50 years later, the islands of
the Netherlands Antilles have
chosen different options. Aruba
went earlier; it seceded in 1986
and obtained separate country
status; now the other islands fol-
low, though in a different format.
In 1954 the Caribbean coun-
tries (Suriname and the Nether-
lands Antilles) had claimed
autonomy, not independence, to
be on equal footing with the
Netherlands. The Charter in-
cluded the ruling that any consti-
tutional change requires the
unanimous consent of the part-
ners concerned. This compact
was not meant for eternity; one
day the Caribbean countries
would become independent. For
Suriname that day came in 1975.
For the islands of the Nether-
lands Antilles that day may
never come. The Netherlands no
longer pushes for independence;
instead good governance has
become a major concern.
Aruba's secession meant the
end of a workable Antillean
nation-state. The wobbly char-
acter of the remaining Nether-

the Netherlands Antilles

lands Antilles became an obsta-
cle in maintaining good-
governance. An insurmount-
able public debt, staggering
numbers of homicides and
widespread involvement in the
drug trade created a failed-
state image, while making a
mockery of the unbearable light-
ness of the Kingdom's safe-
guards. Several attempts to fix
the problem failed:

1990: A Netherlands draft
Commonwealth Constitution:
two countries (1) Sint Maarten,
Saba and Sint Eustatius and (2)
Curacao and Bonaire; came to
1993: A Netherlands proposal:
each island a separate status;
came to naught.
93/94: Island referendums:
major support for Antillean na-
1995: An Antillean attempt to
centralize the nation-state; did
not work.
2000: Referendum Sint
Maarten: voted 70% for separate
2003: A Netherlands proposal:
restructuring of the Antillean
nation-state; Sint Maarten dis-
agrees; it insists on country-
status, to be separated from
2004/05 Referendums: Sint
Maarten and Curacao- separate
status; Bonaire and Saba- inte-
gration in the Netherlands;
Sint Eustatius- Antillean nation-
state as-is.
Eventually in 2005 all parties
agreed that the Antillean nation-
state must go. Sint Maarten and
Curacao are adamant to be sepa-
rated from each other; they wish
to ascend to autonomous state-
hood within the Kingdom. The
Netherlands aims to empower
the Kingdom by doing away
with a wobbly Antillean govern-
ment. The constitutional dead-
lock was broken as now all part-
ners pushed for change, though
each with its own agenda.
On the part of the Netherlands,
a sense of responsibility for by-
gone historic colonial bonds has
eroded. At the same time migra-
tion and integration have become
divisive issues in Dutch politics
and in academe. Multicultural
diversity is now a contentious
concern, which spills over to the
Netherlands deportment vis-a-vis
the Dutch Caribbean. As in other
European countries, immigrant
bashing has become an effective
vote getter. A Netherlands au-
tochthony (descended from
original inhabitants. Ed.) com-
plex manifests itself as a com-
pulsion to make a distinction
between True Dutch who are
connected to the nation by virtue
of their birth and Dutch ancestry,
and New Dutch, the immigrant
population of non-western ori-

Antillean immigrants are
classified as allochthons, (An
allochthon is a person who ei-
ther was born abroad or has one
or two parents born abroad. Ed.)
to be more precise: as non-
western allochthons, and so
lumped together with Moroccan,
Turkish and Surinamese immi-
grants, the four major immigrant
populations in the Netherlands.
Antillean migrants do not belong
to the True Dutch; they are slot-
ted into a mythical Dutch Al-
lochtstan. Unrestricted Antillean
migration to the Netherlands
seamlessly fits into the populist
mold of an inflated Dutch Al-
The incompetent Antillean
nation-state has become part and
parcel of the multicultural
agenda in the Netherlands and
puts pressure on all political par-
ties to take a tough stand. Anti-
immigration politicians loudly
suggest putting the Antilles up
for sale onMarktplaats, the
Dutch E-bay, and once and for
all getting rid of the Kingdom's
"Absurdistan." On the crest of
populist waves, Allochstan in the
Netherlands merges with Ab-
surdistan in the Dutch Carib-
bean, a new imagined political
reality that manipulates the
Netherlands' position on Carib-
bean affairs. Gauging an erratic
public sentiment at home, the
Netherlands government is pres-
sured to put the Caribbean house
of the Kingdom in order.
The deal on the table includes
empowering the Kingdom's
good governance agenda in the
Dutch Caribbean, supported by
public debt relief (2.3 billion),
and a redefinition of Kingdom's
overseas extended statehood.
The Kingdom will be regulated
to keep public finances under
control, and the enforcement of
the rule of law in the Dutch Car-
ibbean will be tightened. So be
it, if all goes as agreed upon. But
if a crisis-time election in the
Netherlands brings the autoch-
thon complex to power, or if
Curacao eventually opts for an
all exclusive Nos Patrimonio

Royal Decorations (Cont, from pg. 11)
the Dutch Antilles, working in
Curacao and, St. Maarten and
overseeing the office in Bonaire.
Since his retirement he's worked
as a volunteer in the Kadaster's
office in Bonaire, setting up dif-
ferent projects and systems and
was a member of the Kadaster
Automation Commission. He's
been a member of the Lion's
Club in St. Maarten and Bonaire
(as president), working on social
projects such as protecting the
young, working with the elderly,
disabled and the blind. Timp
dedicates a lot of time to differ-
ent social and religious activities
for the Catholic Church.

Nominations are now being
solicited for next year's round of
Royal Decorations and can be
sent by individuals or organiza-
tions to the Royal Decorations
Advisory Committee (RODAC).
Special forms are available
from the committee chairman,
Robert Sances, or any committee
member. Nominees must have
carried out voluntary activities

that impacted the community for
an extended period of time and
must still be active at the time of
nomination. Information about
the activities with specific peri-
ods and dates must be submitted
along with the completed nomi-
nation form and a photo of the
nominee. Recommendations are
reviewed, and chosen candidates
are submitted to the Lt. Gover-
nor who prepares a proposal for
the National Decorations Com-
mittee of the Antilles who ad-
vises on the nominations and
sends its recommendations to the
Antillean Council of Ministers.
The final list is sent to the Neth-
erlands for approval.
Royal Decorations for excep-
tional or outstanding services to
the community are divided into
the Order of the Lion of the
Netherlands and the Order of
The Order of Orange-Nassau,
the decorations awarded this
year, is divided into six classes:
Knight Grand Cross, Grand Of-
ficer, Commander, Officer,
Knight and Member. L.D.

The new members of the Order ofOranje Nassau and the in-
vited guests drink a toast to the Queen.

Nashonal a remarkable kind of
soul brotherhood across the At-
lantic, or if Sint Maarten refuses
to make its corporate govern-
ance see-through transparent and
regulated, the overseas paradise
moment may be lost for good. U
Lammert de Jong

Presented this month during a
conference in Puerto Rico con-
cerning Governorship in the
independent Caribbean. Lam-
mert de Jong was the former
head oflKABNAA, the Dutch
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Dismal scene at the SGB High School
Herman van Leeuwen photo

I guess it was inevitable that
I should write something
more about the Scholengemeen-
schap Bonaire (SGB High
School), better known as the
school everybody has an opinion
of. Usually that opinion is a very
negative one. As it happens I
know the SGB very well be-
cause I work there. A lot of
negative opinions are unfounded
and unnecessary, but truth be
said, some aspects of the SGB
are absolutely bad.
Let us take a look at the build-
ings where we (the teachers and
the students) have to do our
thing every day. Strangely
enough there is not one building
but more than 10 separate build-
ings. Besides the fact that we
have to do a lot of walking (in
the sun), those buildings are a
disgrace. Ceilings are coming
down, roofs are leaking, walls
rotting, windows broken or even
missing, pipes for plumbing are
out in the open where students
can tear them apart, etc, etc,
etc... You might catch my drift
by now.
Before we blame it all on those
so called juvenile delinquents
who inhabit that school, I would
like to share a nice little theory
called the "broken window" the-
ory. When you leave a new car
by the side of the road with a
broken window it will be
stripped in no time. But when
you leave the same car at the
same spot, though now com-
pletely whole, nothing will hap-
pen for a very long time. The
broken window theory tells us
that when something is already
damaged people feel less inhib-
ited about breaking it even more
or taking something away. So
when you make sure your prop-
erty is nicely maintained you
need less money to keep it that
But you are right, there are
some people actively helping in
the destruction of the school.
Why are they doing that? Are
they not happy that they can get
an education? Do they have such
a low opinion of the school?

The school is just a mirror im-
age of society. What do the stu-
dents hear and see? "This school
is not to be taken seriously."
Nobody does, right? Look at the
buildings; they are not fit to
teach in. If it is raining you can-
not get to a classroom without
getting wet. Every 30 minutes a
boom box car with extremely
loud music will pass the class-
rooms, removing any chance of
getting a normal education. Dur-
ing recess there are not many
shady places. When you go to
the toilet you must have an iron
stomach. It is screaming in your
face and very hard to ignore:
"This school is absolute rubbish.
Everybody thinks so, and no-
body seems to care!"
However, it is very dangerous
to call a school an outrage.
When you say "school" it is not
just the buildings. There is no
school without teachers and stu-
dents. And this is what it is all
about. People are very eager to
judge the SGB, but they seem to
forget that it is their own future
they are pulling down. Even
though the buildings might be in
a shambles most of the people
who occupy them certainly are
not. And that is the most impor-
tant thing about a school.
The fact is that this school in
this state is an insult for the
teachers and the students. For
people like me who work there it
is like participating in the Tour
de France on your grand-
mother's bicycle, but you are
expected to win. Imagine what it
must be like for the students who
work very hard to get a diploma,
but all they hear is that their
school is nothing. It is a small
step for insecure adolescences to
think that they are in fact noth-
ing because they are that school,
The buildings are not in any
state as to be called parts of a
school except for the fact that
there are teachers and students in
them. When you ask why the
school is in such a state, people
will reply that there is no money.
There is money for nice cars,

eaving Hato and going north on Kaya Gob.
Debrot towards Sabadeco we pass the un-
finished building on our right hand side not too far
off the shoreline, just before the road turns inland.
It has been here for years and years, more pre-
cisely since the beginning of the 90s. At the time
the project (that has left the island with this
"souvenir") was intended to be a resort in the
Mexican style on about 5,000 m2 of land. It was
never finished though. The developer, Mr. Bode-
man, a Dutchman, passed away during the build-
ing. His son, who inherited it, later sold the land
and the project plans to Quality Travel and Ac-
commodation Bonaire NV, who are now develop-
ing something here. However, their plans differ
from the original ones.
The unfinished building is still there (for the
moment, that is), but just behind it we see con-
struction going on. Where many new develop-
ments appearing on the island begin with putting
up a billboard advertising the project before actu-
ally starting construction, here it's the other way
around. There's a good chance that many of us do
not have much of an idea yet what is happening
The developers have been building on Bonaire a
long time: Den Laman and Seaside Apartments
among others. They took over the NV and land of
the "Resort in Mexican style" in 2004 and also
acquired two of the bordering lots of 5000 m2
each. Government restrictions on this land say that
only a hotel or resort may be built.
By the end of 2010 a resort complex consisting
of three condominium buildings, a central building
intended for reception, dive shop, meeting rooms,
other shops plus a tropical swimming pool area
will rise here (see drawing). Guest accommoda-
tion will consist of 76 condos in various sizes. The
majority of them will be two bedrooms, but there
will be one bedrooms and penthouses as well. As
a comparison, Sand Dollar has 60 separate condos.
The reception building, under construction since
September 2007, will be finished by the end of
2008. Construction of the three condominium
buildings, all located closer to the sea and around
the swimming pool area, is expected to start by
September of this year, taking around two years to
complete. These buildings will be four stories high
and will be concrete constructions with much
wood used in the upper section to soften the de-

electric gadgets, a runway for planes, but there is
no money for the future of Bonaire? Bonaire has
one important product to sell: tourism. Sure, you
need that runway for that, but if you want to be
able to keep on selling tourism, you need educated
people in marketing, in environmental studies, in
construction, in hotel management, in housekeep-
ing, etc. as well. Investing in education in essen-
tial for the economy of a country.
There is a lot of talent and potential in this
school, which is needed for the future of Bonaire.
For good education, we need education to be

sign. Buildings are connected through an outside
passage at each level.
The reception building will be finished far be-
fore the condos and will be used as a showroom
for selling condos (which obviously should be put
in the rental pool of the resort for a certain mini-
mum period of time).
This new oceanfront resort -some may say it is
not truly oceanfront as there still is the public road
between the resort and the sea-+ plans to make a
beach on the seaside strip. They say Marine Park
rules concerning creation of this beach will be
followed. We may expect beach lounge rentals
etc. at this location but they say that it will remain
a public beach.
One thing is for sure. The surroundings here are
going to change considerably over the next two to
three years. In the meantime there is enough time
to speculate on the name of the resort; we haven't
found that out yet. 0

Story & photo by Marcel

taken seriously. For that we not only need students
and teachers, but we also need well maintained
school buildings. There are a lot of positive things
that can be said about the SGB, but unfortunately
not about the school buildings. And it needs to be
said.E Story &photo by Mary Ann

Koops teaches Biology at the SGB
High School.

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