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n reaction to the 9-11 attack
the US government has insti-
tuted a new policy. Citizens or
nationals of all US visa waiver
program (VWP) countries, which
includes the Dutch Kingdom, will
require an Electronic System for
Travel Authorization (ESTA)
prior to boarding an aircraft or
ship to head to the US as of Janu-
ary 12, 2009. The rule does not
apply to US citizens traveling
To apply for authorization to
travel to the US under the VWP,
travelers will log on to the ESTA
web-based system (https://
esta.cbp.dhs.gov) and complete an
application online providing the
biographical and eligibility infor-
Initially, the website will be in
English only, but additional lan-
guages will be available no later
than October 15.
The ESTA web-based system
will be available for voluntary
applications after August 1. ESTA
applications may be submitted at
any time prior to travel to the US,
and VWP travelers are encour-
aged to apply for authorization as
soon as they begin to plan a trip to
the US or no later than 72 hours
before departure.
An approved ESTA travel au-
thorization is valid for up to two
years or until the traveler's pass-
port expires, whichever comes
first, valid for multiple entries
into the US. Accompanied and
unaccompanied children, regard-
less of age, will be required to
obtain an independent ESTA au-

0 As part of the Safety Plan
of the Netherlands Antilles
(PVNA), Justice Minister David
Dick (PAR) gave the green light
last Friday afternoon to start with
the expansion, and renovation, of
the Kralendijk police station.

0 On August 1 Bonaire will
get a new chief of police, John
Schagen, from the Netherlands.
Past Chief Jan van Straaten left on
February 1 to retire. In making
the announcement Justice Minis-
ter David Dick said, "He is the
right person to be head of the
police corps. He is relatively
young, has the necessary experi-
ence in the different sectors, so he
can lead the corps in the second
part of the developments. I am
very pleased with the leadership
of Oscar Obispo and the team
during the two months that we
were busy recruiting the new

1 Last week Rignaldo
Oswaldo Marin, who handles
the eye exams at San Francisco
Hospital, Bonaire's physican's
assistant Dokter di Wowo, cele-
brated his 30th anniversary in
that post. Those who have used
his skills over the years know the
high caliber of service he pro-
vides. In a brief ceremony Dr.
Selly Gromotka-Pourier thanked
Mr. Marin for his efforts and
Commissioner of Health Boi
Clarenda (photo above, right)
honored him in the presence of
his family and presented him with
the customary envelope (V & P

Recently the Werkcon
construction company delivered
the three new houses it built on
the east side of the Rincon road
near the village. Marlon de Haas
of Werkcon handed over the keys
of the houses to Commissioner of
Public Housing, Boi Clarenda,
and the relevant documents were
(Continued on page 4)

During lengthy political consultations during the recently
completed "BES Week" in Holland, the Dutch Government
agreed to provide additional debt relief for the BES islands and
defined the recipients of the relief.
In the June 11-18 meetings the Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom
Relations, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, agreed to additional debt can-
cellation for the BES islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Up
to NAf 50 million in payments from 2006 and 2007 will be ab-
sorbed by the Dutch Government. Furthermore, the Dutch are will-
ing to partially absorb deficits (with a 5 million "deductible") ac-
cumulated from 2008 to 2010. The 5 million will be used to set
up offices of the Dutch tax service on the three islands. The
Dutch tax service will start collection of taxes on January 1, 2009.
The Dutch have also agreed to make an additional 14 million
available for youth affairs, education, public health and safety in
2009 and 2010.
It was also agreed that an "irreversible step" must be taken
before the end of this year to bring Bonaire, Saba, and St.
Eustatius closer to their new status as municipalities of the
A package of policy activities for education, healthcare, safety,
and social affairs will become effective on December 15. The legis-
lation needed for the transition to the new status must also be ready
for parliamentary consideration.
An implementation office for duties on behalf of the Netherlands
will be opened on December 15 on each of the three islands which
will also handle the new universal health care insurance plan.
The education sectors in Bonaire, Saba, and St Eustatius will be
improved in 2009 and 2010 for housing, personnel, education ma-
terials and methods used. An extra 8million has been made avail-
able for 2009 and 2010.
In the area of public health and youth affairs, a plan for long-term
care and accommodation will be drafted.
The plan will include an analysis of medical help in cases of acci-
dents and disasters.
An additional 6 million has been made available for 2009 and
2010 for dealing with urgent problems in the health care sector. All
the islands will have social workers and family counselors. In Bon-
aire, the emphasis will be placed on re-organizing a home for prob-
lem youths.
There will be a scheme for welfare associated with the govern-
ment's system for welfare in the Netherlands.
The implementation office will grant employment permits and
check whether the rules are complied with.
This office also will deal with compliance with the rules regard-
ing working conditions. The existing Occupational Health and
Safety Act will remain in effect for the time being.


Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
BES Week 2
Chamber 3
Glen Thode/ Derk 30 4
Parrot Watch (Chicks) 6
Klein Filmmaker Honored 7
Saskia Romeijn Vermeer
cookbook Signing 7
Awor Te Ora 8
Interview with Betty Ratslaff-
Henriquez 9
Dia di Arte next week 10
Turtle Tagged/Released 10
Crusher Coming (SELIBON) 11
SGB Cleanup (IBC) 11
Letters (Teen Pregnancy, Crime
Wave comments) 13
Putting Nature above Profit
"Coral Massacre" 18
Awesome Auction at Buddy
Dive for Stichting Project 18

Weekly Features
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Profiles-David van Delft 5
Pet of the Week (Kittens) 6
Bonairean Voices (Government) 7
Dining & Shopping Guides 12
Tide Table 13
Reporter Masthead 13
Classifieds 14
Picture Yourself (Fiji) 15
Did You Know (Mangroves) 15
What's Happening 16
Sky Park (Sky Wonders) 17
Star Power-Astrology 17
Bonaire On Wheels (Drag
Shack/Trailer) 19
Island View (Uninvited) 19

How to contact us
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Story tip or idea:
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on "Go to Archives"
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Bonaire Reporter June 27- July 11, 2008

Bonaire's new NAf l,6 million recompression
chamber is dropped into place in its new
building on Kaya John Nicolaas as
Dr. Dick van de Vaart looks on.

After months of meticulous
planning and preparation, on
Thursday June 12th, it all fell into
place. Not literally of course because
that would have created a small dis-
aster, but a sigh of relief was defi-
nitely heard when the tough job was
done. With the arrival on Bonaire of
the brand new and much awaited

decompression chamber, a very im-
portant step on the road to complete
Bonaire's innovative and sophisti-
cated hyperbaric treatment center
was successful.
To move a pricey medical tool-
multi-ton tank is one thing, but to lift
it into a medical facility requires
pinpoint precision. With the much

needed assistance of Don Andres
N.V. for transportation and Miles
Trucking N.V. for the actual lifting
by their massive crane, "the cham-
ber" as everyone involved calls
"her," was carefully placed on her
final platform. The tank was built to
Bonaire's specifications in The

The new building which holds the
chamber also offers facilities for
divers who are too sick to be trans-
ported. The diver can remain under
observation there until there is im-
provement. A guest room is avail-
able for family/friends. The Recom-
pression Chamber Foundation
(Stichting Recompressietank) will
continue to run the chamber with its
40 volunteers.
Bonaire's leading hyperbaric phy-
sician, Dr. Dick van der Vaart, the
driving force behind the project, had
a perfect vantage point from the roof
of his Centro Medico from where he
supervised the operation. "We can
be sure that Bonaire has the best
recompression tank in the whole
Caribbean," said Van der Vaart,
With both feet firmly on the
ground, long time hyperbaric techni-
cian, Ronald Simonis, made sure that
"the chamber" was placed on the
exact right spot.
The new building is close to San
Francisco hospital, not far from the

ast Sunday, June 8th, BONHATA held a fund-
raising wine and cheese extravaganza to benefit
Jong Bonaire's folk dancing project and the Bonaire
Animal Shelter's sterilization project. It was a smash-
ing success. The event was held at the La Pura Vista
Bed and Breakfast resort.
A highlight was the presentation of a NAf 10.000,00
check (not NA 10.00 as reported by a typo in last
week's Reporter. What a difference a zero can make!
We apologize for this error). In the photo above, BON-
HATA President, Sara Matera presents the check to Dr.
Dick v/d Vaart and Mr. Henk Schrijver, representatives
of the Recompression Chamber Foundation Bonaire. 0
Press release

location of the old cham-
ber. One million guilders
has already been raised
but another NAf 600.000

Support the campaign
to build a new Recom-
pression Chamber and
donate to
MCB Bank Bonaire
account 868384-00

and sponsors are still
needed. U Story & photo
by Martijn Eichhorn &
Monique Reichert

* Brand new building in last phase of completion

* Located in Nikiboko

* Includes 8 apartment units each measures 80m2

* 4 units on ground floor and 4 units on top floor

* Each unit consists of; I bedroom & 1 bathroom

* Ample size kitchen with breakfast bar

* Living room with study area

* Walking distance to town and beach

* Lot is on long lease land and measures 739m2

Listed For: $700,000 USD

Sold Completely Finished and Furnished

Bonaire Reporter June 27- July 11, 2008

Page 3

Flotsam & Jetsam (Cont., from page 2)
signed. The Social Affairs Depart-
ment chose the three families who
will each receive one of the homes.

0 City Shop donated a 4-
burner stove and six rattan
chairs to the FKPD Handi-
capped Foundation last week.
In the photo, Firas Dabboussi is
presenting the gifts to Enna Ilario
of the Foundation.

0 Royal Bank of Canada
(RBC) on Monday announced it
has completed its acquisition of
the RBTT Financial Group
(RBTT) for a purchase price of
approximately $2.2 billion. For
now, both banks will continue to
operate under their respective
brand names, said a spokesman for
RBTT Financial Holdings group.
RBC has said it plans no cutback
of RBTT staff, which numbers
about 7,000 across the region.
There is an RBTT branch in Bon-

1 Prayer and Intercession
Church, a new English language
full Gospel Church has begun on
the island. It is located temporar-
ily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa
Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held in English on Sunday morn-
ings from 10am until 11:30am.
Bible studies in English are on
Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Questions? Contact Ella Rosa
Fischer at 717-3322

0 Starting June 15th, 2008,
the Government of Bonaire will
change the business license and
restaurant petition granting pro-
cedure. The reason for this is to
make the process more effective
and efficient.
Presently, the usual route is for
the Notary's Office to make the
request on behalf of the petitioner.
The Notary then sends the petition
to the Executive Council where it
is registered before being sent to
D.E.Z.A. for processing. Once the
petition arrives at D.E.Z.A. there
are certain essential documents
which are necessary in order for
D.E.Z.A. to work on its advice to
Bestuurscollege. Often times,
necessary contact information is
not included in the petition. This
results in D.E.Z.A. not being able
to complete the petition within the
stipulated time frame.
Now petitions should be submit-
ted directly to D.E.Z.A. along with
the required documents, which are:

*copy of valid passport;
*address registration, obtainable
at the Registry and Census Of-

fice (Bevolkingsregister/
*copy of application to the
Chamber of Commerce of Bon-
odeclaration of good conduct
(bewijs van goedgedrag), ob-
tainable at the Office of the Lt.
Governor at the Government
Office (if requesting a liquor
and HORECA license, and not
older than 3 months);
*copy of the necessary, paid
*one stamp ofNAf 5 for each
requested permit and one stamp
ofNAf 5, for the petition.
D.E.Z.A. will request advice
from the different governmental
departments concerned and give its
advice to Executive Council.
For more information, contact
D.E.Z.A. at 717-5330 ext. 521 or

0 The Central Bureau for
Statistics reported that Bonaire's
economy grew by a real 5% last
year, topping growth of St.
Maarten (4.5%) and Curagao

1 Bonaire's Health Depart-
ment is helping the CBS (Central
Bureau of Statistics) with a
crime victim survey that is being
held through July 3 on Bonaire.
Through a questionnaire the se-
lected household will be asked
questions about their feeling about
their personal safety in and around
their house and if they were a vic-
tim of any crime. Readers should
be aware that the CBS is a Central
Government department known for
its discretion and accurate results.
Normally when compiling statis-
tics, questions like age, gender,
how big the household is, etc. are
very common, and results are re-
ported in categories. Individual
responses are not identifiable. The
survey is always anonymous.

0 Bonaire has a 5% sales tax,
commonly called the OB. Last
week Dutch Minister of Finance,
Wouter Bos, said he wants to de-
lay the planned increase in the
Dutch value-added tax (BTW)
which is due to be introduced in
January 2009, cabinet sources
told the Volkskrant newspaper.
The sources say Bos thinks the
time is not right to increase the
tax from 19% to 20% because of
its likely effect on economic
growth and spending power. It is
unclear whether the BTW will
apply to Bonaire after the restruc-
turing of the Antilles.

1 If by any chance the politi-
cal restructuring of the Antilles
does not lead to the appropriate
changes, the islands must pay
back the money they were given.
The Dutch delegation at the Parlia-
mentary Deliberation Kingdom
Relations Meeting last week
(POK) included that point in the
final declaration of the meeting
that took place in The Hague last

0 Antillean children in the

) Dean and Faculty Lecturer, Glenn
Thode, PhD, LLM. Attorney and Professor
at the University of Aruba, will be the new
Lt. Governor (Gezaghebber) for Bonaire,
succeeding Herbert Domacasse, whose term
of office runs out on October 24.
The new Governor's term, which will coin-
cide with the new "municipality status" of
Bonaire, is for six years. He's younger than
most of the past appointees. He says the func-
tions of a Gezaghebber will remain necessary
after the official restructuring. Currently the
Gezaghebber reviews the decisions of the Is-
land Council and Executive Council and fulfils functions in the name
of the Dutch Kingdom. Thod6 says, "I will look at how I can best be of
service to the people of Bonaire."
He adds, I was born on Bonaire. As a baby of some months I
moved with my parents to Aruba. I spent each holiday on Bonaire at
my grandparents'. They imparted to me the life style of the island, but
they have mainly given me the love and appreciation for the Bonaire
way of life. The spirit of Bonaire is my true nature. Thod6 spoke with
pride about his great-grandfather, Kachi Craane, who lived on the sea-
side and built boats: As small boy I helped him with woodworking for
the boats. With his grandfather, Alberto Cutter, he visited the kunuku
to tend sheep. His other grandfather, Jan Thod6, took him fishing in a
sail boat and together they participated in the Bonaire Regatta.
Because I have grown up in Bonaire, my character formed there. It
made me what I am today. I have to also thank Aruba and The Nether-
lands in shaping my character. I am actually 100% Bonairean, 100%
Aruban and 100% Dutch. His appointment as Gezaghebber of Bonaire
is to him a recognition and proof of appreciation of his upbringing.

Netherlands run a 50% higher
risk of dying in their first year of
life than children of native Dutch
parents. This has been shown by
research conducted by Erasmus
Medical Centre scientist Ernst-Jan
Troe. He found that this increased
risk mainly resulted from a lower
birth weight and a shorter duration
of pregnancy. Possible risk factors
are that pregnant Antillean women
are more often unmarried or teen-
His findings show that Antillean
infants are, on average, almost 300
grams lighter at birth than Dutch

0 Dutch Prime Minister Bal-
kenende set December 15, 2008
for a new round table conference
to review the progress of the
changing structure of the Dutch
Antilles to take place in Curacao.
According to the Antilles Constitu-
tion all Kingdom Partners
(Antilles, Aruba and Holland)
must agree on the new arrange-
ments before it can be imple-

) The car rental situation at
Bonaire's Flamingo Airport has
become chaotic. It's compounded
by the reconstruction of the park-
ing lot which is behind schedule.
The row of car rental booths to the
west of the terminal were aban-
doned by the rental companies
after the airport authority upped
the rental and reportedly wanted
5% of the revenue. The companies
moved a few hundred feet across
the road to the buildings east of
Port Bonaire.
But then the Bonaire government
(the owner of the airport) decreed
that the rental center required a
permit to operate and closed it
As a result rental cars are scattered
throughout Kralendijk, in hotel
parking lots and elsewhere. Only
one rental company has returned to
the airport location. Others are
shuttling their clients. It is ex-

pected that ultimately the court
will have to decide the matter

) The Bonaire island gov-
ernment is sufficiently concerned
about the cost of building con-
struction that it is prepared to
introduce additional price con-
trols that include building mate-
The moratorium on construction
permits was lifted some time ago
in hopes that the market competi-
tion would lead to lower prices but
this hasn't happened. A situation
where people can't afford to build
and where public housing con-
struction prices are out of reach
must be avoided, said a govern-
ment press release.

1 Bonaire's Cancer Founda-
tion will conduct a "Ride for
Hope" bike ride this Sunday,
June 29 starting at the Sentro di
Bario Nort di Salina at 7 am. For
adults the route is 11km; for kids,
5km. Register at the Damascus
home, 100 Kaya Korona between 4
and 7 pm until June 27. Entrance
fee is NAf 20 for adults; NAf 10
for kids. The proceeds will go to
the Stichting Prinses Wilhelmina
Fonds Bonaire Cancer Foundation.

> The first "Taste of Bon-
aire" event last Sunday, June 22,
was the official opening of the
celebration of the International
Year of the Reef. The document
of the rights of the reef was signed
that evening. Jan and Alexandra
Cousteau of EarthEco International
were on hand and the local group
Watapana performed. Some of
Bonaire's best restaurants were on
hand to offer their special dishes
for just NAf 7. If you missed this
one, there will be three more
"Tastes" later in the summer.

1 In this issue welcome The
Reporter's new advertisers (in
alphabetical order):
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of us!
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not only flown for the big air-
lines but ran the Bonaire-
Curaqao air ambulance for many
years. They are another good
choice to fly to Curacao.
Intermezzo Spa at Capt. Don's
Habitat offers you the perfect
ambiance of serenity and tran-
quility as you receive a massage,
facial, waxing or other body
treatment. Check out their spe-
cially priced packages, some just
for residents.
It Rains Fishes Restaurant
and Bar is now open for break-
fast, lunch and dinner. Dine next
to the sea with an unparalleled
view. Or stop in for a cappuccino
or drink. One of the new partners
is Huub deGroot, formerly of
City Caf6. DeGroot is a master-
ful F&B host who attracts pro-
fessional staff members and con-
sequently a loyal customer fol-
The Island Supplier (TIS) -
Enjoy shopping the "Caribbean
Way"- Fresh, open air feeling
with reasonably priced produce,
frozen meats, canned goods,
wide selection of beverages and
juices. Stop in and see for your-
self. They're right next to Ware-
house Bonaire.

) Next Friday, July 4th, Sun-
belt Realty will open their new
sales office. All are invited. They
will use the occasion to announce a
very special offer for those who
choose to list their house for sale
with them. The present sales of-
fice will be dedicated to rental

)The Reef Restaurant at Den
Laman Apartments will close for
the month of July and will reopen
in August under new ownership.
G./L. D

Bonaire Reporter June 27- July 11, 2008

It l A AhmA.

Page 4

Profiles: David Van Def,Public Prosecutor Standing Firm

After working as a prosecu-
tor in Curaqao during the
90s David van Delft came to
work on Bonaire a year and a
half ago. He'd become familiar
with Bonaire during his period
on Curaqao when he'd come
here for a few days every month
to assist, advise and act as prose-
cutor on various cases. On Cura-
qao he was often confronted with
maintaining the laws on animal
protection when animals were
abused or otherwise harmed.

Van Delft explains that animals
have fundamental rights, like
food and shelter, freedom of
movement and adequate treat-
ment when injured or ill. If the
people who are responsible for
an animal violate these laws by
neglect, abuse, or inadequate
treatment, it is a criminal offence
and they can be convicted. The
Prosecutor has the duty to main-
tain and enforce laws on animal
protection as written in the Penal
Code. The most recently updated

regulations on the protection of
animals in the Antillean Penal
Code were signed by Governor
R.N. Hart. They are the instru-
ments that van Delft uses to end
an unlawful situation.
Besides enforcing laws for the
protection of animals, there is
another island ordinance, up-
dated on June 25t, 1998. The
Articles 1 to 13 give specific
rules to prevent animal abuse.
The caretaker of the animal will
be considered responsible if the
animal runs loose, is aggressive
and dangerous, or causes harm to
the environment.

Following the regrettable acci-
dent two months ago when two
women were attacked by an ag-
gressive dog near Seru Largo,
the Prosecutor, the Governor and
the Police Chief ordered that the
dog ordinance be put into action.
As a result, more than 200 dogs
have been picked up by the dog-
catcher. All of these dogs were
running loose and were in a piti-
ful and/or neglected state. The
dogcatcher, accompanied by a
veterinarian, uses the "dog
friendly" approach. The dogs are
sedated and, depending on their
chances of being adopted, are
brought into the Animal Shelter.
If their health or behavior is be-
yond help, they are euthanized.

Every bario on Bonaire has an
appointed Bario Director. They
are the ones who mediate be-
tween people when problems
arise in the neighborhood. They
are also the ones who will ap-
proach the owners of animals
after the Dierenbescherming
(animal protection group) has
received a complaint about a
situation that appears to be harm-

"The standards on
animal protection
are codified, but
we need to put a
lot of effort into
making people
aware of what the
protections are."

ful to the animal. Often the
Prosecutor doesn't even have to
take action, which is always the
last resort. If the owner is willing
to improve the situation, act on it
and thus meet the basic require-
ments of the law, everybody is

Van Delft supports the Dieren-
bescherming (F.A.W.B., Animal


Welfare Foundation) and the
Police to encourage the public of
Bonaire to acknowledge and
abide by the law on animals, and
here also lies the biggest chal-
lenge. He gives an example by
quoting Article 265 of the Antil-
lean Penal Code: "He who has
an animal under his care, but
injures, mistreats, neglects or
abuses the animal, is in violation.
The animal will be seized and
the person can be convicted of
up to six months in prison or a
fine of NAf 1.000. If a similar
violation has happened before,
the person responsible for the
animal can be sentenced for at
least one year in prison."

David, an animal lover himself,
acknowledges the fact that there
exists a big problem on the defi-
nitions of abuse, not in the law,
but in the daily life on the is-
lands. "Of course, it's under-
standable" he says, "When a
family can hardly survive them-
selves, there won't be enough
food or money left for the dogs,
let alone the extra money for
sterilization. The situation will
only get worse. If the animal
suffers, it's the owner's duty and
responsibility to find a better
solution, like the Animal Shel-
(Continued on page 9)

Bonaire Reporter June 27- July 11, 2008

Page 5



o WIyei e Ei-
-K < 9

W e are so late in reporting
on this year's parroty
trials and tribulations that "love"
is no longer in the air and the birds
are very much getting down to the
business of raising their babies.
The pungent aroma that is venting
from nest cavities around the is-
land is that of parrot poop, and my
goodness, those growing pink
bundles of joy produce consider-
able quantities of this aromatic
substance. The growth of parrot
chicks is simply incredible. The
smallest we have weighed this
year was a mere 9.3grams, having
hatched from her egg only hours
before. A single 5 Guilder coin
weighs more! Within less than
three weeks this little darling will
be nearly 200 grams, about the
same as an empty Nutella jar,
(mmmm Nutella!). In case you
missed that inconceivable growth
rate: at less than three weeks of
age Lora chicks are 20 times heav-
ier than when they hatch!
Amazon parrots like the Lora
nest in cavities found in trees and
on Bonaire they also use cliffs.
The cliff nesting behaviour is al-
most unique to Bonaire for this
group of parrots. So the key point
here is that parrots do not and
cannot make their own nests. If
we chop down all the big old trees

Just hatched, this Lora chick
weighed only 9.3 grams.

there will be surprisingly few cliff
nests for the parrots to breed in.
When they do get sexy and de-
cide to breed, Mr and Mrs Lora
work together to produce two,
three or four white eggs. This year
we found that many eggs were
cracked. It is difficult to determine
the exact cause, but introduced
rats and cats are believed to be the
culprits in most cases. So some
parrot pairs didn't even make it
past this stage. But thankfully
several pairs have. When the
chicks hatch they are completely
helpless. Their eyes and ears are
closed and they cannot even lift
their own heads. The female par-
rot must remain in the nest to pro-
vide warmth for her chicks until

Rhian IEva
they are at least two weeks old.
During this time she is totally
dependent on the male to provide
her with food. He will spend much
of his day foraging to collect
enough food for himself and the
family. When his crop is full he
will return to the nest area and
regurgitate food to the female. She
will in turn distribute it amongst
the chicks. The parrot pair's trust
and dependence on each other
during breeding is simply incredi-
Look out for news of the grow-
ing Lora chicks in the next Bon-
aire Reporter! U Sam Williams
Sam Williams is in his third year
of studying
parrot, lo-
cally called
the lora.

his week Jane Madden,
Bonaire Animal Shelter
Volunteer Extraordinaire, sent us
this darling photo of adoptees,
Morris, Thomas and Otis.
Jane writes:
The many kittens that the
Bonaire Animal Shelter has
taken in during the last month
really need homes. There's been
an influx of kittens in the last six
weeks. All of them came in very
young (some had to be hand fed
for a few weeks) and they are
growing quickly. Most of
these kittens are only 9 to 12
weeks old, only two are four

The following three in our
photo are all 9 weeks old.

Adorable little Morris has
pale grey fur with black and
white stripes and spots, particu-
larly on his head and belly. He is
the little brother of all black
furred Maude, but much smaller.
He will likely grow up to be a
small cat but big on giving love.
Red and white Thomas is a
new arrival. He's still a bit shy,
but once he's in your arms he
turns into a purring little fur ball
of affection.

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Age, religion, government or
politics are the last things that
people usually like to discuss.
But this is what most people are
talking about these days. The
elections in America are a big
issue, is it Barack Obama or John
McCain to be elected as Presi-
dent of the USA. It's a broad
When you go on several online
dictionaries you find different
definitions for government like:
Political parties in a parliamen-
tary system or the persons who
make up a governing body. But
the one I like the most is the ad-
ministration or management of
an organization, business or insti-
tution. When you understand the
sort of administration they are
delivering, then you can under-
stand what kind of government
we have. We don't have to go far
away to understand that, we are


part of a government. You have
the right to learn more about
your government and express
This Part 1 is just the begin-
ning. The basic thoughts of the
people come forward and then
we will learn what our govern-
ment is doing about it. Most peo-
ple you ask about what they
think about our government have
different answers. Some might
say that they are doing their job
right, others have mixed feeling
and you find those that are very

A lady (42) said, "What the
government does is think about
themselves having more power
and control. They forget about
the people who voted for them.
They think more about their fi-
nancial problems and how they
can solve them. In my generation
I haven't experienced any appro-
priate government that has really
satisfied my needs. I had to work
hard, raised my two children all

by myself and see the person I
voted for take advantage of my
tax money. They sway people
with nice words, but in reality
there's a fatal fault or promise
that they can't fulfill. We need a
government that works for the
people, all kinds of society rich,
poor, middle class, upper class -
everyone. For more than 50 years
we've been trying to live up to
our constitution, but every time
we fail. Now is the time as Hol-
land takes over to bring some
changes. We are not ready to be
on our own; we fight with each
other too much. We don't know
how to sit at conference table or
address our elves to our political
partners in a decent way. The
Dutch government is taking over
little by little. We don't see the
changes right away, but they are
coming I think. Maybe we can
learn from them and then... we
can be ready to do it ourselves."

Others express concern about
having Holland mingling with

our busi-
ness and
taking away
our rights of
That's why
she (46)
asked, "Can
we do it
In the past
our ances-
tors knew
how to do
it. They
raised cat-
e, w The seat ofB
tie, worked
in agriculture and did a lot more.
How you are going to explain to
an 84-year-old man who can take
good care of himself that there
will be some changes in the near
future? My question is, are we
preparing for that future?"
Through this column we are
going to learn more about the
present and the future govern-
ment. Get your Reporter and

;onalre s Island overnment
keep informed
as to what the
Voices have to
say. 0
Siomara E.

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Opposition Builds

to Direct Dutch Link
Awor Te Ora (Now Is The Time) Group Takes Action

Awor Te Ora thinks that now is the
time to correct the course of the
action being followed in the restructuring
of Antilles and particularly Bonaire direct
Dutch ties (the Antilles Central Govern-
ment will disappear). To better inform all
the people on Bonaire they held an infor-
mational meeting last Thursday, June 1, at
the Sporthall. Up until then most of their
material had been released in Papiamentu
so the aim of the evening was to introduce
their ideas to Dutch, English and Spanish
speakers in three successive sessions. The
first session was in Dutch and attended by
about a dozen people; The Reporter corre-
spondent was the only attendee for the
English session; and no one showed for
the Spanish session.
On hand to present the views of Awor
Te Ora were Carlos (Cai) Marsera, Eric
Paulina, Benito Dirksz and Johan (Jopie)
Giskus, the driving force behind the ac-
tion group. In the past Mr. Giskus was
the head of W.E.B. (the power and water
company) and prominent in the ruling
political party.
Awor Te Ora's fundamental argument,
stated in their Resolution of the Fourth of
March, 2008, is that the September 10,
2004, Referendum violated the United
Nations' defined right of self-
Readers might recall that voters had to
select one of four choices:
A: Maintain the present status of the
Netherlands Antilles

B: Direct Democratic Ties with Hol-
C: Bonaire Autonomous within the
Dutch Kingdom
D: Independence
Awor Te Ora holds that since Option B,
the choice favored by the voters, was not
defined sufficiently (ie: did not clearly
state that Bonaire will be integrated into
Holland) to meet the UN guidelines. In
addition persons not qualified to vote in
normal elections, non-citizens with resi-
dency of five years or more and 16 and 17
year-olds, were permitted to register their
Awor Te Ora also finds many faults in the
way the restructuring is being negotiated
with the Dutch. Specifically, they are con-
cerned that the commission overseeing
the process has no Bonairean members.
The majority of Bonaire's people are not
represented by their elected officials. The
culture, rules, regulations and human val-
ues that were defined in documents pro-
duced by the religious leaders of Bonaire
are not being considered, and no scien-
tific or reliable approach towards intro-
ducing a new currency is being used. Mr.
Giskus expressed personal concerns that a
repetition of the May 30, 1969, Curaqao
violence* could result if the concerns of
Bonaireans were not addressed.
Awor Te Ora believes the following steps
must be taken to have a proper resolution
of the new status of Bonaire:

Eric Paulina, Johan (Jopie) Giskus and Carlos (Cai) Marsera ofAwor Te Ora I

1. Name an officially non-political or-
ganization that will be in charge of co-
ordination and information through a
general or public collection of signa-
tures among the people of Bonaire in
order to reach:
- A national dialogue with participation of
all sectors and stakeholders;
- An evaluation of the process by the
United Nations;
- An objective presentation of information
to the Bonairean community about the
present process and the final phase of the
new political structure;
- A (new) consultative referendum;
2. To approach the officials of the Is-
land Council, Federal (Central) Gov-
ernment and parliaments of the Dutch
Kingdom in order to obtain the neces-
sary changes to realize the points men-
tioned above.
To date Awor Te Ora has been essentially
ignored by the Bonaire government and
other officials. This past weekend they
presented their case to a delegation from

Conference of Political Parties in Latin
America and the Caribbean) is an organi-
zation of 52 political parties from 29
countries in the Americas. The opposition
Democratic Party (PDB-Red) is a mem-
ber. At the conference Fernando Martin, a
COPPPAL member, stated that Holland is
not only violating Bonaire's right to self-
determination but the principles of good
governance as well in its conduct of the
present proceedings.
Awor Te Ora maintains they will bring
their case to the UN if their concerns con-
tinue to be ignored. U G.D.

*The May Movement was civil unrest fueled
by poor labor conditions for working-class
Curacaoans. The Movement culminated on
May 30, 1969, when a demonstration that day
turned into a riot that burned down buildings
in Willemstad. The May Movement was fol-
lowed by social change in Curacao, leading to
the first ever black governor of the Nether-
lands Antilles, Ben Leito, and black Prime
Minister, Ernesto Petronia. Doors opened for
black working-class Curacaoans in higher
education and managerial posts in the private
and public sector. Source: Wikipedia


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Bonaire Reporter June 27- July 11, 2008

Compiler, Editor and Illustrator of the Papiamentu-English Dictionary
Compiler, Editor and Illustrator of the Papiamentu-English Dictionary

An Interview with Betty Ratzlaff-
Henriquez reveals interesting facts:

Q. When did the work on the dictionary
begin and what were the circumstances?
A. The real work began in the latter part of
1985 and early 1986. I had come to Bonaire,
and particularly to Trans World Radio, as a
Papiamentu language teacher for the TWR

Q. Why did you want to create this dic-
tionary in the first place?
A. Actually, it was my students and the
manager at TWR who was also studying the
language who urged me to do this. However,
I must admit that I had wanted to create a
dictionary, perhaps not of this magnitude,
many years ago, back in 1958, when I was
teaching Papiamentu in Aruba. Over the
years I collected many words, alphabetized
them and began to separate them grammati-
cally into groups of verbs, nouns, adjectives,
etc. But that is as far as I got until the TWR
people urged me to complete the task.

Q. What was the most difficult part about
creating this dictionary?
A. The first problem was that I was com-
puter illiterate and 60 years old so I had to
enroll in some computer classes. It could not
have been done without a computer. Then I
had to decide if it would be just a compre-
hensive word list or an actual dictionary. A
word list would have just been the word and
an English translation. For a dictionary I
would have to tell the part of speech, give
some examples of usage, and also show al-
ternative words and synonyms. It was de-
cided that if I took the time to work on some-

Profiles (Continued from page 5)
Often it's just common sense as well, or
the lack of it. Recently there were several
cases where dogs had to be seized. The
owners weren't aware that putting their
dogs in wooden crates 24 hours a day was
cruel and abusive. Since they couldn't be
persuaded to improve and change the
situation, the dogs were taken away by
the police and put in the care of the Ani-
mal Shelter.
"Here lies a tremendous task for the
animal movement," David points out.
"The standards on animal protection are
codified, but we need to put a lot of effort
into making people aware of what the
protections are. Sometimes we need the
advice of a professional, like a veterinar-
ian, to judge a situation." Van Delft gives
an example of a recent case concerning
some horses. The veterinarian confirmed
that the situation was "illegal" and abu-
sive, and measures were taken, resulting
in improvement of the situation.
"There is and will be plenty of discus-
sion about the definition of what the well-
being of an animal means. But there is the
law, and there is common sense. Every-
one has a duty to show regard for the wel-
fare of animals, according to the law."
Van Delft is in a position to make sure
that this awareness
will become inte-
grated into our com-
munity, and he does
so by maintaining the
Law on Animal Pro-
tection. 0
Photos & story by
Louise Rood

more than
five years
out ofprint,
Ratzlafrf s
is once
again avail
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Bonaire and
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See ad in
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thing, then I
should make it good enough to really help
people who wanted to learn the language of
our islands.

Q. Were there other memorable obsta-
cles along the way?
A. Remember, it was 1985 so learning a
computer back then was not as simple as
today. You had to learn and remember com-
binations of letters and numbers to get a
single command. Now, you just click a but-
ton for an action. And there were no laptop
computers then either. My computer and
printer were both very large. I had to travel
back and forth to Canada with them as bag-
gage. The customs officials eyes opened
very wide when she was going with all that
luggage. And taking a computer course and
exam in a government schoolroom with a
friar keeping watch was very memorable!

Q. What was the most fun or interesting
part about making this dictionary?
A. Without question it was the research
part of the project. I was able to visit Antil-
lean and Aruban people from all walks of
life to get their input on words and different
usage. Sometimes I would ask them about a
word and they would look at me and say,
"Oh, no Betty, don't put that word in. E ta
'malu malu." It was a vulgar word. An-
other interesting thing was that the news
that someone was making a dictionary at
TWR spread rapidly and within two weeks
there were people knocking at my door
asking to buy the dictionary.

Q. How long did it take you to learn
A. When I arrived in Aruba in 1949, I
had one priority and that was to learn the
language and learn it well. I began within a
few days of arrival and had brief lessons
from Robert McClain, a missionary with the
Evangelical Alliance Mission. He had writ-
ten some information about how he under-
stood the grammar that I had to learn. After
that I had to go out among the people and
listen and write down words, find out the
meanings and memorize them. It took me
two years to be comfortable enough to
speak the language well and to teach others.

Q. Are there times that you prefer Papia-
mentu to English?
A. Yes, many times. I believe that often
the Papiamentu language is far more de-
scriptive, expressive and figurative when
telling a story or incident. Especially when
it is humorous. Sometimes when Bicento
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Papiamentu has innuendoes, nuances and
connotations that English lacks.
Q. Is it confusing for you to go back and
forth between the two languages?
A. Not any more. We go in and out of
the two languages without giving it a
thought. Whatever word comes to mind
first is said in a flowing, uninterrupted man-
Q. After teaching so many people how to
speak Papiamentu, what do you think is the
most difficult thing for English speakers to
A. I would say the hardest part is sticking
to it and making the commitment.

Q. What do you think is the most difficult
thing for Papiamentu speakers to learn
about English?
A. The grammar of Papiamentu follows
very closely that of English, except for the
placement of adjectives that mostly appear
after the noun in Papiamentu but before the
noun in English. One problem for Papia-
mentu speakers learning English is that
Papiamentu was not taught in schools. It is
now in these last years that Papiamentu
grammar is being taught in schools. So the
next generation growing up will not find it
so difficult to learn to speak English cor-
rectly. I feel people should not try to pick
English up 'in the street' but should try to
take classes where they can learn it cor-
rectly. Once you learn it 'off the street' it is
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S ea turtles have started to
breed on Bonaire again,
which means that the big adult
turtles are back on the reefs of
Klein Bonaire and along Bon-
aire's southwest coast. Adult
turtles come to Klein Bonaire
for only a few months every
two to three years, migrating
from their feeding grounds far

away. To adequately protect
sea turtles in all their habitats
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migratory patterns, their be-
havior at sea, and where their
marine habitats are located.
This is where the technology
of satellite telemetry becomes
useful and important in pro-
tecting sea turtles.

Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire (STCB) plans to place
two transmitters on turtles in
2008. On June 19, the first of
these transmitters was attached
on a large adult female logger-
head turtle. This animal was
found resting just off the dive
site "Knife" at Klein Bonaire,
caught by STCB staff and vol-

unteers and lifted on board the
research boat Nancy Too for
transmitter attachment.
The female loggerhead has a
shell length of 96 cm and is
estimated to weigh about 120
kg. Adult loggerhead turtles
come to Bonaire to breed from
May through July. The turtle is
expected to remain in the area
and lay two or more nests be-
fore departing to her home
feeding grounds.
Tracking of this loggerhead
turtle is being made possible
by a full sponsorship provided
by the Rotterdam Zoo. The
Zoo has decided to call her
STCB exists to ensure the
protection and recovery of
Bonaire's sea turtle popula-
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Founded in 1992, it's a Bon-
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SGB Cleanup

T his might be your
last opportunity to
view the wrecked cars at
the landfill as SELIBON
has announced that a com-
pany from Curaqao is on
the island this week with a
crusher and will take away
1,500 wrecked cars. SELI-
BON has been collecting
the cars from around the

island and has been stock-
piling them at the landfill
and behind Consales Cash
and Carry.
One of the first person on
the island to dedicate a lot
of time to picking up old
derelict cars was Bruce
Bowker of Carib Inn. He,
together with many of his
visiting tourist guests,

would pile into his old
truck, "Big Pink," and by
hand, load it up with
rusted, rotted and broken
down cars and take them to
the landfill. SELIBON
gave Bruce a special thank
you award on September
12, 1997, for his helping to
keep Bonaire clean. 0 L.D.

Last week there was a call to the
community to join together to
help clean up the grounds of the SGB
High School. In preparation, SELIBON
dropped off large refuse containers at
various points on the grounds.
On the appointed day, last Saturday, a
group of stalwart members of the Inter-
national Bible Church of Bonaire showed
up with rakes and other tools and went to
work (photo above). The church is now
using the facilities at the SGB since mov-
ing from their location across from Trans

World Radio. (Interestingly, the SGB's
technical school will be housed in the
Church's old facilities.)
SELIBON also sent a group armed
with more tools- even a weed eater- and
they went to work gathering debris and
tossing it into a SELIBON truck. (Front
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The numbers of volunteers and workers
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the enthusiasm was high. Thanks to all of
you. The areas they cleaned looked 1,000
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Email: tis@telbonet.an restaurants, supermarkets and tokos.

Antillean Wine Company
G ,T shirts P (599) 09-660-7639
Fax (599) 717.2950

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Balashi Beach Bar
Bar and Beach Service
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront


Open every day
8am 8pm.
Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm.

On the beach ambiance
Extensive snack/salad/burger menu
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
Sea Side at Buddy Dive Resort Lunch daily 11:30 Dine;" Wed.-"Live Cooking by the Chefs;" Fri. Free Rum Punch Party (5:30-
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6-10 pm 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $19.50 (7-10 pm)
Calabas Restaurant &
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Bdkfst rate 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.
717-8285 Open 7 days
Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
One block south of the Post Office Lunch Tues-Sat-11:30-2:30 Bonaire's first Argentine grill
717-4433 Dinner 7 nights- starting at 6 pm Great value anytime.
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.
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the
On Kaya Gob. Debroten from 5-11 m Wednesday-Sunday finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
/2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 p Call ahead to eat-in or take out 780-1111

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AIRLINES and low prices make it easy to lose weight and get fit. including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16 flights and exploration. Full service dive shop and photo shop
a day between Bonaire and Cura9ao. Your first choice for FURNITURE, ANTIQUES too.
inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba. Interiyours- New name, same owner and location. Has RETAIL
lots of beautiful, often one-of-a-kind furniture, antiques, Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now
APPLIANCES ITV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS crafts and accessories from mainland China and Indone- in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men,
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selec- sia. women and children.
tion of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV,
computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and in- GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
store financing too. Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful service, free
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and gift wrap.
BANKS offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. Now
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest num- in new expanded location off Kaya Industria. Valerie's Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
ber of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. unique items, magazines, gifts and more. Open extended
They also offer investments and insurance, hours.
BEAUTY PARLOR Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center down- SECURITY
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing town offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items Special Security Services will provide that extra meas-
and professional nail care. and services. Full digital services. ure of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes- Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Underwater photo Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells classes, camera rental, digital processing, all state of the aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
top brand bikes. Have your keys made here. art! agent. What would we do without their superb ser-
Mio offers by far the clearest, most phone reliable signal Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," specializ- SUPERMARKETS
on the island. And their personnel are trained and ing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
friendly. Check out their unlimited calling plan. management. air conditioned market with the, largest selection and
lowest prices on the island.
DIVING Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices in real es-
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Teenage Pregnancy, Not A
Has to StandI
up for Those

Dear Editor:

I'd like to
respond to the
article about
teenage preg-
nancy ("Island
View" column
by Mary Ann
Koops, "Lets' talk About Sex,
Baby" Bonaire Reporter June 13-
27, 2008) because I find it impor-
tant that we start to take time to
understand the values of those
young women and treat them as
adults. The author of the article,
"Teenage Pregnancy," made a very
good point. We should start to ask
the women why it is important for
them to be pregnant instead of
judging it as a mistake in the heat
of the moment.
In my work at FORMA I've had
the opportunity to get acquainted
with several remarkable young
mothers whom I admire for their
strength, survival instincts and
sincere dedication to their children.
I see the young mothers as a sub-
culture with their own norms and
values and behavioral rules. From
their own point of view, they did-
n't make a mistake but made a
conscious choice to create a family
of their own. Most of these women
have two or three children and to
have four children is not that un-

usual. They take pride in their
motherhood and have all the best
intentions of giving their children a
better life than they themselves
The young mothers' backgrounds
have some similarities. Most of
them come from a home with
poorly educated parents (where for
example the parents may be illiter-
ate). They experienced little educa-
tional stimulation in their lives
either at home or at school. Parents
had to work a lot to bring food to
the table so there was a lack of
attention and stimulation for those
women. At an early age they also
had several responsibilities at
home taking care of siblings and
household chores.
Because of the lack of attention
and stimulation the young women
developed very low self-esteem,
self worth and low self confi-
dence, which was often the reason
they dropped out of school. Be-
cause of their lack of self esteem a
lot of those young women at
school were constantly faced with
failure (low grades, not being able
to answer questions, not being able
to fit in the group.) When it be-
came too painful and they decide
not to go to school anymore they
are called a "drop out," a very
negative word of disrespect that is
an exact confirmation of how this
girl already feels about herself.
The need to feel respected and
valuable is a universal need. The
decision to become a mother ful-
fills this need. You, as a drop out,
without any future prospects, sud-
denly have a very respected role in
society: the role of a mother! As

Crime Wave Comment
SLetthe Editor e
the Editor aom.

well, you are valuable and mean-
ingful in unconditional terms to
your own children. This gives
those young women self esteem!
From this self esteem they develop
the courage again to follow adult
education to broaden their chil-
dren's future prospects.
I absolutely do agree that sex
education in schools should de-
velop awareness of the importance
of using contraceptives, but it
won't solve the early motherhood
of the group of women I've de-
scribed. If we want to prevent teen-
age pregnancy we will have to
work in a profound way to develop
high self esteem and self confi-
dence and create stimulating learn-
ing environments. Those methods
of empowerment should start at the
pre-school level and follow in kin-
dergarten, elementary school, high
school and adult education. Also
companies and organizations
should give attention to raising
people's self esteem and self confi-
dence. Too often we focus on
putting people down instead of
having our eyes open for people's
intentions and the efforts they
make. A healthy self esteem and
self confidence are the keys to
success on four levels: career, rela-
tionships, parenthood and friend-
For the young mothers we have
today in our society (about 200) we
should be nurturing and stimulat-
ing them, starting with having re-
spect for the mother's role that
they have chosen, and give them a
hand to educate themselves and to
employ them so they can rise
above the poverty level. That at
first will prevent their children
from becoming young mothers.
Inge Berben
Director FORMA

Crime Wave

Dear Editor:

I read with
interest the
opinion piece
by Ms. Siomara E. Albertus in
your last issue. My husband and I
have had the good fortune to make
annual trips to Bonaire three times.
It is a wonderful island.
We couldn't help notice the
wrought-iron bars on our apart-
ment. It was like being in a cell
block. We also live on a small
island here in Rhode Island. We
also have a wind mill and loads of
tourists. We get out of town when
the cruise ships dock. It was dis-
turbing to hear that food that had
expired was sent to the land fill. I
wonder why it wasn't donated and
used to feed the hungry. Isn't there
tax relief for that type of donation?
I wonder how many tourists send
money to help the donkey sanctu-
ary or the turtle conservation.
My husband and I save all year
to come for two weeks of peace
and quiet. We snorkel all we can
then shop for our groceries. We see
the local prices. We don't isolate
ourselves from the day-to-day life
of local people.
Talking to each other is what it is
all about. I sure hope the govern-
ment reads about the crime wave.
I sure hope that Bonaire students
get the support they need to lead
environmental efforts to put all the
washed up plastic junk from the
beaches into recycling. We now
can buy lumber made from plastic.
We hope to plan our next trip to
join in this clean-up effort. I can
think of no other place I would
rather spend EARTH DAY.
Caring Aquidneck Islanders

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You can also come in for
facials and waxing.
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Pets of the Week (Contin. from page 6)
Otis has grey and black
stripes with a couple of white
toes. Otis is sweet and love-
able but a strong little man. He
survived a dog bite that re-
sulted in the need for early
sterilization but he is hearty
and healthy with no scars ei-
ther physically or mentally."

On August 3 the Shelter will
celebrate their 25th anniver-
sary. It's had some rough
times, like in November 1996
when it almost went bankrupt
with no money to buy the food
or pay the staff. (Port Call
(now Bonaire Reporter), No-
vember 1-7, 1966: "Help! Ani-
mals in Danger") But due to
the faithful volunteers, staff
and the board putting together
fundraisers it made it and now
has become an important part
of island life by caring for
homeless pets, providing edu-
cation and information offer-
ing a sterilization program.
You're invited to stop by and
see for yourself what a fine
operation it is. The Shelter is
on the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Saturday, 9
am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm..
Telephone 717-4989.

Did you know that you may
board your dogs at the Shel-
ter? They have very commo-
dious accommodations. Reser-
vations for the future are defi-
nitely recommended as July is
already fully booked. U L.D.

Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Business Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Free ads run up to one month.
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://

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

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at Chat
-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice Cream and
Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by
Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com

Searching For GREAT
Maid Service?
For Quality House Cleaning
Serving Bonaire for more than 15 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

Private yoga classes
call Louise 717- 7021
or 700-9422.

l CLASSES in silversmith-
ing, stonesetting and the
art of beading. Call
Louise at 717-7021 or 700

Learning Papiamentu? New Papia-
mentu-English Dictionary 2nd Edition
Fully bilingual. Approx. 20,000 words
and phrases. Sold as a fundraiser for
Jong Bonaire. Now available at book-
stores in the ABC Islands or


European Fashion
Women & Men
Lagoen Hill 18
Tuesday till Saturday:1-5 pm
Tel: 717-5215

COLLECTION of over 500 MAT-
TEL HOT WHEELS toy cars and
accessories from the last 20 years.
Cool stuff! Will sell individually or as
a lot. 780-9904

(Business) B.V. FOR SALE
Complete with Cosmetic
and Massage Equipment
Call 717-4111 or 786-4635

Gezin met 3 kids zoekt passende
woonruimte (4 BR) voor max. NAf
2800 -bel: 00297-5921161

In. rJ OML .

Looking for a used minivan in
good condition. Must have six seats.
Phone 717-7791.

Furnished Studio Apartment for
rent long term at Caribbean Court
Bonaire. USD $700 per month. For
info call 788-1526.

One bedroom in a two bedroom
condo available now through October,
2008. $500.00 a month, fully fur-
nished, plus utilites shared with cur-
rent occupant. Please call 717-6951
for more details. Great location, large
living room and kitchen with washing

For Sale: Renault TWINGO, Built
2002, Airco, very good condition Tel.
717-4111 or 786-4635.

Two Sharp televisions for sale,
both working just fine. One is a 26"
screen with remote--cost is FL
200.00. The second is a 14" screen
with remote--cost is FL 100.00. Or,
take both for FL 275.00. If interested,
call 717-2848.

Queen size mattress NAf. 100, 3
desks NAf. 100 each, 2 wooden
frames single beds NAf. 150 each, 2
small cabinets NAf. 25 each Call:

Fully furnished house for rent in
Hato with 3 aircos, NAfl. 2000 per
month. Tel (Aruba) : 297-561-1190 /
297-587-6383 / 297- 583-6483

Porch Sale- Sat. July 5. Kaya
den Haag#8. 9am-12 noon.

Bonaire Reporter June 27- July 11, 2008




Page 14

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.... that
while man-
groves are
one of the
most produc-
tive and
tropical eco-
systems, at the same time they are also one of the most rapidly disap-
pearing and least protected? Now you may be saying to yourself,
"Well, that might be true but isn't this article supposed to be about
marine biology? What do trees on land have to do with the reefs?"
Well, these trees, some of which are actually growing in the water
thanks to extensive systems of prop roots, are extremely important to
reef health. The mangroves act as a sort of "daycare" for juvenile reef
fish. They provide a safe place for the fish to grow and an excellent
source of food. Without mangroves, reefs would certainly have fewer
fish and those fish that are present would likely be considerably
While mangroves are a threatened ecosystem in
many parts of the world, here on Bonaire steps have been taken to
prevent that. Mangrove systems on Bonaire are protected as part of
the Bonaire National Marine Park. If you would like to learn more
about mangroves there are various groups that lead guided tours
around Lac Bay. Story &photo by Bill Stangler

Bill Stangler is going to be a senior at the University
of South Carolina, majoring in geography and environ-
mental studies. He's currently taking summer courses
at the CIEE Research Station Bonaire. Bill enjoys
scuba diving, canoeing and kayaking. Ifyou have any
questions or comments e-mail him at stan-

Picture Yourself With The Reporter
Wlc/akaya Island, Fiji

A s I often do- I like to compare
the island of Bonaire with other
islands that, just as ours, offer unbe-
lievable and exclusive diving experi-
ences. I've just returned from Wakaya
Island in Fiji, southeast of Viti Levu. It
is an exclusive island with just 300
inhabitants and one dive resort. And
just as we live by our Bonaire time,
they live as much on Fiji time: no
hurry, don't worry.
The Fijian people, like the Bonaire-
ans, are hard workers but will seldom
exchange progress at the cost of their
happiness. They enjoy living at a slow
pace, rather than "the modern way"
where family time is so often compro-
mised. It's better to work less and have
more time with the family than to work
hard and lose love for nature and peo-
I relay a message from the Fijian people, spoken
by an elder, and dedicated to Bonaire:
"Pay attention to everything you see and hear:
the leaves in the morning breeze, the waves on
the ocean. Everything moves and everything
moves to a rhythm, and everything that moves to
a rhythm will create sound.
At this moment the same thing is happening
here and everywhere else in the world. Our ances-
tors noticed the same thing when they went
through their daily lives: 'the sound of nature is

music to your ears.
Now someone on your island has changed all
this, someone is guilty of disturbing the music
and your quality of life.
Progression of foreign occupation has changed
all what was once a peaceful population who
were getting on with their daily occupations. Now
you seem busy and stressful 'destruction for
Nature is being forced to make way for a new
population that values the acquisition of posses-
sions." 0 Hendrik Wuyts

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S The popular SGB High School
restaurant, Chez Nous, is open to the
public. Four-course dinners with wel-
come cocktail on Tuesdays. Seating
begins at 6 pm. Lunches on Wednes-
day & Thursdays. Call 717-8120, ask

m tan ptelbonet.an

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

wisa aperformnchs on Wednes-

daily for hot slot machines, roulette

and blackjack, Monday to Saturday
Spm- 4am; Sunday 7pm- 3 am.
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By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-
8489, 540-9800.

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* Parke 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. Big
March first Saturday of the
* 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
info @bonairewellness.com

* 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 pm


* Harbour Village Te
* Tennis, Social Round Robin 7-
10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All
invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225
* 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 fumished 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 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel.
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
7pm; every Sunday at 5pm. Phone:
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) All levels, NAf2,50. Call Joop
717-5903 for venue.
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.
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322

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*to find it... just look up

A Sky Full of Wonders Comine Up

Have we ever got some sky goodies for you all next week: the Moon, two
planets and a great star just after sunset, and shortly after midnight the
outrageous beauty of the Milky Way.
Tuesday, July 1st, just after dark around 9:30 p.m. face due west where you will
see three lovely lights just above the horizon: the blue white star Regulus, which
marks the heart of Leo the Lion, and just above it extremely close visually, rouge
-gold planet Mars. And up to their left the yellowish ringed planet Saturn. I
strongly recommend that if you have a small telescope to look at Saturn because
its rings never fail to amaze.
Twenty-four hours later on Wednesday, July 2nd, you will notice that Mars has
moved a bit farther away from Regulus. And 24 hours later, on July 3rd, even far-
ther away. But 24 hours later on Friday night the 4th of July all three will appear
equally spaced from one another and in a straight line. And if you have a really
clear flat horizon you may see a two-day-old crescent Moon making its appear-
But the best is yet to come because on Saturday July 5th a three-day-old crescent
Moon complete with Earthshine, which will look like a dark full Moon nestled
within the crescent, will have moved into such a position that it, Regulus and
Mars will appear all lined up in a row, and you could even shoot an imaginary
straight line through them. Wow! Once again, July 1st, July 2nd, July 3rd, July 4th
and July 5th. So for the American Independence Day weekend you've got some-
thing to see before the hotels begin their fireworks, but after the fireworks are over
you'll also be able to see something absolutely spectacular because there'll be no
moonlight out to wipe this wondrous phenomenon from view.
Simply go out between midnight and 1 am and if you're far from city lights you
will see a wondrous ribbon of light stretched from the northeast horizon to almost
overhead and back down all the way to the southern horizon. It is called the Milky
Way and every 4th of July between midnight and 1 am it is stretched across the
sky from horizon to horizon. But to see it there can be no moonlight, which is the
case this year and you should be as far away from street lights as possible. The
Milky Way is the combined light of billions of stars so far away that all their light
fuzzes together in a blur. And when we look at it we are actually looking at the
plane of our local family of two hundred billion stars, which we call our Milky
Way Galaxy. So there you have it! Four fabulous objects just after sunset next
week and just after midnight the incredible wonder of the Milky Way. 0
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LJuly 2008

You need to be careful this month if you want to avoid conflicts spilling over into
long term resentments. Work or school will require a lot of attention and it may be that
you have letting things slide rather too much lately and need to do some serious catch-
ing up.
This is an extremely busy month and you will need to make sure that you find time to
do the things you enjoy amongst all the hard work. The effort will definitely pay off
though and it looks as though your financial circumstances are about to receive a boost!
This may well be a peculiar month as nothing is quite what it seems right now. Rela-
tionships may suffer a little as miscommunication seems to be the norm. On the plus
side there is the opportunity to pursue a new interest that you might have never have
seen as appealing before.
As long as you control any impulse buys then you should be in an extremely strong
financial position by the end of the month. This will allow you to make serious plans
around some long held ambitions. A loved one will understand provided that you are
fully honest with them.
Your biggest weakness is that you create grand schemes and then fail to find the
means to put them into action. This month a friend, probably a Water sign, will be on
hand to make sure that you can realise one of your many plans. Try and involve a loved
one in the preparation.
The generally upward trend of the year falters a little this month and you will feel
frustrated as certain gains seem to be slipping away. You need to stay patient and avoid
rash decisions. Emotional conflict is inevitable, but say anything that you may come to
regret later.
Try and take things easy this month, especially before the 15"h as you are in need of a
break from what has been a fairly intense period in your life. The second half of the
month will see excitement building again, particularly in terms of relationships for both
couples and unattached Librans.
Conflict is likely to mar the beginning of the month as some lingering tensions can no
longer be avoided .This will be tempered by some excellent financial news before the
middle of the month. Romance will become important after the 15th and you may find a
new relationship.
Thanks to the influence of your ruling planet Jupiter you have a preference for physi-
cal activity in your leisure time. This month, you should consider some more cultured
pastimes. It may even lead to romance! Don't be drawn into work place conflicts.
Depending on how you approach certain key situations this could be an incredibly
positive month or one in which some crucial relationships are severely tested. You need
to make sure that you give everyone the chance to speak right now. Share your ambi-
tions with a loved one so that they can understand.
An old saying advises that we should always look before we leap. This applies
strongly to you right now. A tempting opportunity to make some quick money seems
too good to be true and that's because it is! Emotional issues need to be dealt with hon-
estly at the end of the month.
You need to be careful about who you choose to confide in this month. A difficult
emotional issue needs to be dealt with discretely. There may be some money difficul-
ties later in the month unless you plan ahead. Someone out there sees your creative
potential this month! A





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and Valuables eBurglar Alarms
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n Mma a ve Profit Awesome Auction at Buddy Dive
Is Coral Massacre Caribbean Club and Buddy Dive Resort

Guest Editorial Support the Stichting Project.

If you could truly understand the value and the very
reason for the existence of nature, wouldn't you be
more respectful of it? Look at the consumer who drives
his brand new car out of the garage. Isn't he the happi-
est man in town? Little does he think that while driving
home his car is getting older and worn out and losing its
value and his present happiness.
But consider the wonder of nature. Look at that seed-
ling only a few inches tall growing to become an 800-
year-old tree and showing its beauty throughout its life.
It will give each of us "who can see it," the energy of
happiness not just for now, but also for all the time to
come. Nature is the only true beauty on our planet that
can guarantee us lifelong happiness.
So it is not so hard to understand that when someone
is breaking our coral it is like he is stealing a piece of
our happiness. It's taking away someone's ability to
dream. It undermines our human defenses and survival
instinct, or even worse. All the money being made from
tourism is helping to destroy nature. If you tell me that
we need tourism so we will have the funding to protect
the coral, think again. With less tourism there would be
less pollution, fewer hotels, less outside influence, so
there would be less need for protection. There is always
need for awareness, but awareness has to come from
If you believe it's unfair of me to point my finger at
dive tourism, look at this You Tube film, "Coral Massa-
cre," where a dive instructor and group leader ignore all
the regulations of safe diving practice and nature pro-
tection. This group is performing their deep dive spe-
cialty as part of the advanced PADI diving course. Be
sure to pay special attention to the instructor who not
even once signals his students to adjust their buoyancy
during the descent. Go to www.voutube.com/
scubavisionfilms and select: "Coral Massacre." 0
Article & photo by Hendrik Wuyts

Hendrik Wuyts is a Belgian who is a long-time resident
of Bonaire. His skills are the result of decades
of training in film and video techniques in-
cluding lessons at the world renowned Ant-
werp School of the Arts. Hendrik honed his
skills on projects all over the world, including
Jamaica's Negril, Cairns near Australia's
Great Barrier Reef, Egypt, Malaysia, and Si-
His favorites so far include working with
Max Hammer filming the wrecks of Papua,
New Guinea; promotional production for the Sc
Wakatobi resort in Sulawesi; Masai warriors We are
in Kenya; the unique giant frogs of Lake Titi-
caca, Peru; and working with the Smithsonian Nature F
Institution filming "Carrie Cow Bay" in Be-
lize. His most exciting upcoming project
documenting the "Minority Peoples" of Viet-
nam and Laos. www.youtube.com/
scubavisionfilms has more recent films by the
author about Bonaire. 0

Mick Smit (center) talks with Rogest about the Stichting Project.
A Sea Camp member holds the top selling painting.

ast Friday, June 20, at the Buddy Dive Resort, famous painter
Ron G. Steven, better known as Rogest, arranged an auction
to support the Stichting Project's work in helping Bonaire's at-risk
teenagers. All together they raised more than $4,000. Stichting
Project will use this money to add a professional sports program to
their wide range of projects for youth.
Kids Sea Camp 2008, which was underway at Buddy Dive, helped
run the auction. The auctioned art was created by Stichting Project
teens and Margot Peyton's Sea Camp youngsters. Rogest guided
their creations of the beautiful paintings with underwater critters as
their theme.

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Reader's discretion advised.
Parts of this article may call up
some strong emotions.

You come home and you
are about to open the
door and then you see it: the
broken window or the already
open door. Then comes the rol-
lercoaster of emotions. First
there is denial. All you can think
in the beginning is: "No, no, no,
no, this is not happening to me."
Then comes disappointment.
You accept the fact that some-
body has been in your house
uninvited. Your shoulders sag,
your head goes down as if you
are wearing a very heavy hat,
and you go inside to check the
damage. You start to get frantic
as you are discovering your
missing items. "Oh no, what
about my jewels, my laptop, my
camera?" You are feeling very
stupid at this point: "Why didn't
I take my camera with me? Why
didn't I hide it better? Why did I
leave my house?" You feel dis-
gusted that this wretched person
has touched your clothes, the
food in your refrigerator, your
bed.... Then comes the rage, not
just anger, the absolute full-
blown rage. You turn into a per-
son your own mother would not
recognize: you are capable of
murder. Then the paranoia kicks
in. "Who was it? Was it he/she?"
Every time you leave your house
after this event you want to run
back again to check if every-
thing is all right. All these emo-
tions are coming in the course of
mere minutes. You feel utterly
violated. That is why a break-in
is so devastating.

The things they take are very
personal. A TV is not a personal
item, but a laptop is. The content
makes it personal and valuable.
A laptop is unfortunately much
more portable than a TV. An-
other portable and valuable item
that is always taken is jewelry.
Jewels are mostly gifts. They
remind you of the giver and/or
of the occasion they have been
given to you. Or even worse,
they can be heirlooms, in the
family for generations. For a
thief they are just money.

To make matters even worse,
you may have noticed an alarm-
ing trend. Society will put some
of the blame on the victim. "You
should not have left your camera
out in the open. You should have
bought the latest in security
technology. You should
have...." Some children will
even take a phone (in the class-
room) just because it is left on
the table and the owner is stand-
ing beside the teacher asking a

question. But the most alarming
thing is that the rest of the class
thinks "But it was left on the
table" a logical explanation for
taking the phone.

We have to change things in
our lives because a few others
have decided to take up a crimi-
nal lifestyle. We have to lock
our houses and our cars, hide
things and find a house sitter for
when we go on vacation. All this
to avoid having to go through all
those emotions described above.

Because this is happening all
over the world a lot of scientists
are trying to tackle this problem.
The scientists who do research
on criminal behavior talk about
"nurture" and "nature." "Nature"
is what genes you have received
from your parents, over which
you have no control. "Nurture"
is your upbringing and other
environmental influences that
have an effect on your behavior.
They have found that (looking at
"nature") some people are more
likely to become criminals be-
cause of their genetics. That
would make an easy argument
for them you might think. "I am
so sorry Judge, I cannot help
myself. You see, I have to steal,
my genes tell me to do it." But
the key words are "more
likely. Their genes do not tell
them what to do, but put them
with their genes in a certain
("nurture") and then there is the
devil to pay.

Criminal behavior is always a
choice. Criminals choose to
break into a house, just as junk-
ies choose to take that drug.
Maybe your background makes
it harder to make another
choice, but a choice it remains.
What can you do to teach
youngsters to make the right

an oe

The cute little four person "drag shed" of the Schut family
The 32"dof a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some ofBonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

For more than 10 years the
Schut family has lived on
the island of Bonaire. When they
embarked from the Netherlands a
long time ago they decided to
take their vintage caravan with
them. A very good idea! The
sleurhut (Dutch for "drag shed")
was worth about a thousand
guilders in those days and
shipped for some 3.500 guilders.
A golden idea!
Their small mobile home was
produced in Belgium in 1970 by
a little factory, named De Reu.
This factory made very nice
compact caravans. The Schut
family's is known as a real De
Reu Kasbah: an all-aluminum
body with a wood frame,
mounted on a very simple but
sturdy iron chassis.
Those days, some 40 years
ago, people must have been
smaller, considering the size of
the caravan's main entrance.
Inside the small rolling house
there is sleeping accommoda-
tions for four persons. There are
two more or less fixed beds and
the dining table and the benches
can be converted in a quite small
but comfortable bed for two per-
sons. The small "house" is fitted
with a lot of easy-to-open win-
dows and a roof you can lift up
to create more space, especially
handy for huge Europeans!
There is also a very small
kitchen. The stove has two burn-
ers and there is even running
water! The electrical system of
the vehicle can be connected to
the towing car (12 volts) or to
the local electricity system.
There is even the possibility of
running the lamps on propane!

choice? There is a long list of
what you can do as society and/
or as parents ("nurture!"), but
here is a selection.

Do not hit children. It only
teaches them humiliation. By
hitting a child you are saying
that having the power to hurt
another person is reason enough
to exercise that power. What you
want to teach them is that every-
body has that power, but you
choose not to use it.

Teach them the value of
money. You have to work hard
for your money to buy things.
Teach them that it takes effort,
time and discipline to be able to

Those days, back in the 80s,
the Schut family traveled
through the Netherlands, Bel-
gium and Germany with their
loyal and reliable second house
on two wheels. They never vis-
ited official camp grounds and
always found a little spot at a
friend's place or at a farm.
(Camping in the wild is forbid-
den in the overcrowded areas in
Then they decided to leave the
Old World and head for Bonaire.
The caravan turned out to be
very handy and practical in the
tropics. The wife worked in the
hospital and every now and then
she came home to sleep very
early after working the night
shift. The other members of the
family had prepared the caravan
and had it loaded with food and
drinks. The caravan was con-
nected to their old pickup truck
and they'd head to the tropical
beach where the two little daugh-
ters had a lot of fun. Finally they
fell asleep, in the mobile home

buy that Ipod, those sneakers or
that phone with a camera in it.
When there is little time and/or
effort between wanting and get-
ting, they will keep on wanting.

Nutrition is very important.
Growing children need healthy
food. There is scientific proof
that diet has an effect on your
behavior. They have found that
criminals, for example, on aver-
age eat a lot more sugar than non
-criminals. For those who might
not know it, sugar is poison for a
lot of people.

The most important thing you
can do is to make sure that a
child feels appreciated, loved

of course! In the meantime Mom
slept at home, and after waking
up she also went to the beach to
join the family. Those were the
The last couple of years the
caravan has been parked behind
the house under a carport. Still
the De Reu Kasbah is used, now
as an extra bedroom for friends
and visitors. Recently the cara-
van has been parked in front of
the house. The Shut family just
bought a nice inflatable boat
with an engine and a trailer. The
kids got older. Daddy and his
daughter enjoy the boat now,
using it for trips along the coast
of the main island and voyages
to Klein Bonaire. Some 20 per-
sons have at the caravan, won-
dering, asking about it. But no!
This little roll-
ing home that
brings back so
many memories
is not for sale!
* Story &
photo by J@n

and safe. He or she will feel
good about him- or herself. Even
when "nature" is working
against you, you are able to
boost "nurture" to such a degree
that you lessen the chances of
creating a criminal. We are not
to blame for the behavior of
criminals. But we are to blame if
we do not do everything in our
power to prevent the creation of
criminals. Preventing the choice
of the wrong path
will prevent a lot
of unnecessary
sorrow. U Mary
Ann Koops
Koops teaches
Biology at the
SGB High School.

Bonaire Reporter June 27- July 11, 2008



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