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S \July 1125, 2008; Volume 15, Issue 14
ilHelping Bon 7a22ere Grow 11?Resp onsibfy
Kunuku Shimaruku, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Phone 790-6518, 786-6125, email: reporter@bonairenews.com Since 1994

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Bonaire Reporter Editorial

T here's a
going on at
Bonaire's Ft.
Oranje. It's
about keeping commitments and
promises and respect for Bon-
aire's history.
The landmark fort, which
dates from Bonaire's earliest
settlement days, was refurbished
in 1996 under a grant that speci-
fied that part of the restored site
was to be a museum commemo-
rating its past.
The restoration transformed
the run-down fort into Bonaire's
Justice Court complex. Now the
Central Government wants to
oust the museum which is man-
aged by Bonaire's high-
schoolers as part of BONAI, the
Bonaire Archeological Institute,
to make room for more Justice
To us, the suggestion is un-
thinkable, especially against the
backdrop of the recent destruc-
tion of Bonaire monuments to
make way for commercial de-
Government must keep its
commitments to serve as a
model for all citizens, especially
youngsters. To usurp their mu-
seum is simply dishonest.

"T he number of drug users
I in Bonaire has increased
drastically," said Ramiro Rich-
ards, Chairman of the Addiction
Care Foundation. "It is very
alarming and we must tackle this
in a good and professional manner
as soon as possible." One year
after the foundation was estab-
lished by the government it gave
an overview of its work.
Figures of the first half of this
year indicate that the number of
drug users has increased drasti-
cally from 72 to 166, a 131%
increase over the same period in
At the request of companies and
organizations 274 persons were
tested in the first half of this year.
The number that tested positive

increased from 18 to 59 (231%).
The increase is thought to be be-
cause more people in the age
group of 20 and 35 are using
drugs, there are more people on
the island and since there is more
construction work more people
without an education are making
more money.

After a two-month-long
refit, the ship Freewinds steered
out of the Curacao harbor last
The ship belonging to the Scien-
tology Church had some panels
containing blue asbestos removed.
The rest of the asbestos was en-
cased, preventing it from causing
any harm. The ship has Curagao
as a home port and visits Bonaire
Not corrected in the refit was its
waste management system which
still requires its sewage to be
pumped out into tank trucks and
dumped on Bonaire.

Four international airlines,
including KLM, have agreed to
pay $504 million in fines to set-
tle charges they conspired to
fleece consumers by driving up
cargo shipping prices. US Asso-
ciate Attorney General Kevin
O'Connor called the scam an
"international price-fixing cartel"
that cost consumers hundreds of
millions of dollars between 2001
and 2006. In some instances, for
example, fuel surcharges rose by
1,000%. Air France-KLM has
agreed to pay $350 million of the
total settlement. The other carriers
are Cathay Pacific Airways, Mar-
tinair Holland and SAS Cargo
Group. Authorities said that ex-
ecutives from each of the airlines
met repeatedly in the US, Europe
and Asia to cook up a price-fixing
scheme that raised cargo rates,
fuel surcharges and security costs
for businesses and, ultimately,
consumers. The settlement agree-
ment, filed last Thursday in US
District Court in Washington, still
requires a judge's approval.

> The US Consulate General
recently launched a new website
http://Curacao.usconsulate. gov.
The website was developed to
provide information about the US

O Rumors have it that the ever ac-
tive Co de Koning (with B6i Antoin, AS
the motor behind Kuifje's Asunto di
Florisol) is now working on a new
project called "The English Book
Together with SGB English teacher
Arti de Vries and two young newly
enrolled students in English literature
at the UNA, Steffie Martinez and
Paulina Craane, currently on the sum-
mer staff of Bistro de Paris, Co plans
to link up the two sources-one of sup-
ply and one of demand-for quality
English books, both literature and
thrillers (Crichton, Baldacci, Grisham, Ken Follett et al).
The basic idea is that many bookshelves in Bonaire's well-read
households are sagging under the weight of books read but not dis-
carded or passed on, which the owners (the supply source) would
gladly destine for a second life among eager young book readers (the
demand source) who do not have the means to buy new books and do
not know to whom to turn for borrowing some good English books.
Arti de Vries, who already has a small English library on the SGB
premises, will act as custodian. Books will primarily be lent out to the
high-graders in SGB secondary school level, plus to former SGB stu-
dents now enrolled in the UNA or other academic schools on Curagao
on their periodic visits to Bonaire. A catalog will be printed and up-
dated every month or so, and donors of books will also be able to
borrow titles of rare classics and out-of- print books (so as not to com-
pete with Addo's "Books and Toys," our priceless new quality book-
shop on Bonaire).
All work is to be done on a voluntary basis collecting, catalogu-
ing, distribution and except for a once-only caution deposit no cost
will be charged to borrowers.
Masja de Koning, Co's daughter and a great reader of literature
and thrillers in English and American, will monitor the project as to
the quality of collection assembled. Her email address is
masia.de.konin~g(,planet.nl, and any message of adhesion or offers
for books to be collected at home will be more than welcome.
The program will start officially on September 15, 2008, after all the
organizational details have been mastered. But collecting will begin
this summer. From July 14 just call book phone 09 526-9420 for pick-
up. The Bonaire Reporter will publish further details of the program
in August. Finally if the program is a success beyond the boundaries
of student demand the English Book Club may become a section of
the new Bonaire library in 2009 as an English language sub-library,
says de Koning.

and about its mission to the Neth-
erlands Antilles and Aruba. There
are sections covering visas to the
US, American Citizen Services,
the latest news, speeches and press
releases. There are also links to
information about a broad range
of US policies and issues.

Forecasters expect the At-
lantic season's first hurricane,
Bertha, to head toward Ber-
muda. It was too early to tell
whether the storm would hit the

island, but residents were urged to
monitor Bertha's progress.
When the June tropical waves
bring rain to Bonaire we are led to
think about the upcoming hurri-
cane season, While Bonaire has
long been immune from direct
hurricane hits, the island is af-
fected by the sea swells and the
wind reversals they spawn. Pre-
dicting the number of storms and
their severity is an annual exer-

(Continued on page 4)


Table of Contents

This Week's Stories

English Book Club 2
Earthship 3
New Lions Club Board 3
Parrot Watch (Interview with
SNL and Poster) 6
Real Estate Pacesetters 8
Animal Friends Kunuku 9
Dia di Arte 10, 11
Letters (Say No To Holland) 13
1st Level 4SBOGrads 18

Weekly Features

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Profiles-Renate van der Bijl 5
Bonairean Voices (Government2) 7
Pet of the Week (Isabelle) 9
Dining & Shopping Guides 12
Tide Table 13
Reporter Masthead 13
Classifieds 14
Picture Yourself (Malta) 15
Did You Know (Pharmacology) 15
What's Happening 16
Sky Park (Jupiter, Sagittarius)
The Stars Have it-Astrology 17
Bonaire On Wheels (Grill & Cre-
ole) 18
Island View (False Teeth) 19
What's Coming our Way (Plaza
Marina) 19

How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
Print and Online
Bonairenews.com, then click
on "Go to Archives"
The Publisher:
The Bonaire Reporter,
P. O. Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518
Available on-line at:

Published every two weeks
Next edition printing on July 23,

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Bonaire Reporter July 11-25, 2008

B onaire has an Earthship
under construction be-
tween Angola and Seru Grandi.
During the month of July a crew
of 14 volunteers, local construc-
tion workers and even an SGB
student will complete erection of
an innovative set of buildings
constructed primarily of trash-
tires, bottles backed up by plenty
of concrete and timber. The
buildings may be used to accom-
modate eco tourists- ideal visi-
tors for Bonaire's natural attrac-
During our Monday visit we
viewed the structural shell of the
buildings: tire walls, beer can
fillers, wooden roof beams, insu-

A worker setting the mortar
tire/beer can matrix by ha

hs lT house
CTUIRE framing
and glaz-
ing. The
water and
use solar
energy and
the water
will be
recycled. Well known local
builder, Sidney Manuel, is help-
ing out and also studying the
techniques which can be applied
to local construction. What looks
at a glance to be a bunch of hip-
pies toiling in the sun, turns out
to be a team of trained workers
following an intelligently thought
out and proven plan and process.
The site is adjacent to Mikeil
Bijkirk's kunuku development
and monument to
the Antillean con-
stellation of islands.
To visit the interest-
ing site follow the
yellow sun signs on
the blue-painted
rocks from Kaya
Korona onto Kaya
Michael Reynolds,
the "Garbage War-
rior" himself, is on
site wielding a
sledge hammer
into the packing earth into

Lions Install

discarded tire cas-
ings. His decade-
long effort to pro-
mote eco friendly
construction is docu-
mented in a Sun-
dance Festival film
released last April.
For more informa-
tion visit
The view of Go-
tomeer shown on the
site is misleading as
Gotomeer is nowhere Bonaire builder Sidney Manuel checks
near the construction out the solar panels
site. 0 G.D.

n Friday, June 27 the
Bonaire Lions Club
installed its new Board of Di-
rectors for 2008-2009. Named
were Marlon Bermudez as Club
President with Treasurer Car-
men Beck and Secretary Oswin
Cristina on his Daily Board.
Other Members include Vice
Presidents Stanley Janga and
Nelson Franco. Tamer is Hubert
Nicolaas; Tail Twister is
Calino Molina, and Riency
Holder, Ronald Schleper, Sr
Rudsel Leito, Francisco
Soleana, Randolf Luciano, and
past President Rijnaldo Timp.
In the photo Marlon Bermudez
receives his badge of office. 0

* Newly re-modeled duplex

* Located where Kaya Korona ends and the road
to Rincon begins

* 3 bedroom,1 bathroom on the right side
of the home

* 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit on the left side
of the home

* Currently this home generates a monthly income

* Situated on a 535 square meter lot of lease land

Listed For: $229,000 USD

Bonaire Reporter July 11-25, 2008

Page 3

The Stichting Project Foundation awarded Completion Certificates to its graduates on Thursday, June
19. All the parents of the youngsters were on hand to share in the exciting evening. Several of the young-
sters will now attend the SGB High School. One young lady will begin work at the Buddy Dive resort fol-
lowing a successful training period.

To do that weather wizard Wil-
liam Gray emerges from his bur-
row deep in the Rocky Moun-
tains to offer his forecast for the
six-month hurricane season that
started June 1. And the news
media are there, including The
Reporter, awaiting his every word.
It's a lot like Groundhog Day -
and the results are worth just about
as much.

Female Loggerhead seat

the Ebo's Special dive site off
who was
equipped with
a transmitter
by Sea Turtle
Bonaire, is still hanging out around
the Ebo's Special dive site off
Klein Bonaire. STCB thinks she
laid a nest in the middle of last
week. That would mean she will
be here for at least one more week
assuming she lays only one more
nest. Typically, Loggerhead's nest
approximately once every 14 days.

D Bonaire continued living up
to its eco-slogan, Leading By
Example, with events during the
kickoff week for the International
Year of the Reef which included
kayaking around Klein Bonaire,
surveying reef fish, and special
diving excursions focusing on reef
preservation. Presentations by con-
servation leaders like Jan and
Alexandra Cousteau (above in
photo with Capt. Don) of Earth
Echo, Bryan Dias from the Coral
Reef Alliance and Bonaire natural-
ist Jerry Ligon were highlights.
There are many more activities
planned later this year that will
focus raising awareness of the
importance of preserving our reefs.

There will be an Underwa-
ter Cleanup this Saturday, July
12, the third quarterly cleanup of
this year.
Plan are to cleanse the Town Pier
(permission pending) of some
dumped ceramic tiles as well as

Page 4

Ten Aircraft Maintenance Training School students spent a
day of study at Flamingo Airport on Saturday, June 28. The AMTS is a
new school on Bonaire which was founded in 2007 by Aviation Main-
tenance specialist Jacinto Frans. Today it has 18 students who follow
day or evening school courses to become an aviation maintenance
technician. The school is unique in the Caribbean and offers young
people the opportunity of a dynamic career in aviation. To teach the
students more about General Aviation, they were invited to check out
the BonAeroClub Cessna. Special attention was given to the engine,
instruments and controls of the plane. Then all students enjoyed a
sightseeing flight in the Cessna 172.

monofilament fishing line. If for
some reason permission cannot be
granted, then we will clean Cha-
cha-cha Beach. Those interested in
participating should meet at the
Dive Friends' Dive Inn at 1pm for
the briefing. Shore support are
also welcome. As normal, a BBQ
will follow in the late afternoon.
(From Dive Friends Bonaire and
NetTech, N. V)

O The Rotary Club of Bonaire
continued their support of educa-
tion on the island by donating
copies of the new Papiamentu-
English dictionaries to the Uni-
College high school as well as
Dutch- French, -German, -English
dictionaries. UniCollege Board
member Mireille van Egmond
attended a Rotary meeting to re-
ceive the dictionaries handed out
by Rotary Past Presidents
Marisela Croes and Ruud Ver-

> The Four-Day Walk, Vier-
daagse Bonaire, scheduled for
the end of July, will most likely
be postponed because of the sud-

den death of one of
its crew members.

Bonaire won
"Favorite Dive Des-
tination" in the Car-
ibbean competition
with 51% of total
votes, and the island
is now in the final
poll for Favorite Dive
Destination in the
Log on to
About.com today to
vote for Bonaire as
your favorite dive
destination in the
world. The direct
link is: http://
caribbean.htm. Vote

Are you looking
to go where (hardly)
anyone has dived
before and still be
on Bonaire? Then go
with Larry's Wild-
side Diving on a RIB
- diveboat excursion
to the island's east
side. Larry Bailie and
his company, Wild
Side Diving, will
treat you to Bonaire's
best diving.

0 Years ago, Alfred Ronde, a
man handy with a set of drums
as well as a video camera, of-
fered Bonaire something it
never had had- it's own TV
channel. Digital technology
and Alfred's imagination, hard
work and persistence trans-
formed the original
"Telecorant" into BoTV (Your
TV), a favorite among Bonaire
cable TV watchers hungry for
local news and events. Last
week the Bonaire phone com-
pany, Telbo, took over the
activities of BoTV, making
Alfred Ronde a member of Telbo's management team. According
to Telbo's Director, Edsel Winklaar, Telbo will continue his busi-
ness with an innovative trend.
BoTV is broadcast over channel 24 of MiTV, the Fiberoptic TV
service offered by Telbo. "If the Flamingo TV service, long a
BoTV host, wants to keep it on their cable system too, we can ne-
gotiate," said Winklaar, who added that Telbo plans to offer Bon-
aire's Papiamentu language programs to a Dutch audience as well.

stones at
This was necessary because more people were entering the area,
especially with quads. While doing so they disturb the flamingos
and damage the sediment of the lake. H G./L. D.

Klinika Veter

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Next to
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Klinika ta habri di:
De kliniek is geopened van:

Consulting Monday, Wednesday an(
Hours Tuesday, Thursday 17:01
or by appointment
available 24 hours a day,

Orario: djaluna, djarason i djabie
djamars i djaweps 17:00-
of sigun sita tur dia
24 ora pa dia disponibel,

Spreekuur: maandag, woensdag en'
dinsdag en donderdag 17
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vrijdag 13:30-14:30
7:00-17:30; zaterdag 11.00-12.00
raak elke dag
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Bonaire Reporter July 11-25, 2008


Profiles: Renate van der Ili An adist specializing in o paintings of Bonaire's viidea.

T he subjects of Renate van der Bijl's oil paintings include local people, espe- Beatrix and the late Prince Claus on their 1999 visit to Bonaire.
cially fishermen; the sea; the rugged landscape and all elements of the island's Her website is WWW.bonairenet.com/renate/index.htm
traditional culture. For more information or to see additional paintings not on the website you
A resident of Bonaire for nine years, her paintings are collected all over the world may email her at renateidbonairenet.com or contact her by telephone at
and today grace private homes, yachts, banks, companies and government offices. (599) 717-6500. She is planning a new exposition by the end of November/
She has held nine exhibitions of her work and her art was introduced to Queen the beginning of December. 0 Photos & story by Louise Rood

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Bonaire Reporter July 11-25, 2008

Page 5

A n Interview with the Salba
Nos Lora Foundation

The volunteers who form the
foundation, Salba Nos
Lora, (Save Our Parrot) have been
increasingly active this year. The
Bonaire Reporter caught up with
them to learn a little more about
where they've come from and their
current efforts.
The foundation itself wasn't
officially formed until 2005, but in
actual fact people have been trying
to help the loras for a long time. It
was over 14 years ago when con-
cerned individuals including Friar
Candidus, Peter Montanus, Rever-
ent Jan Jonkman and Rene Hak-
kenberg first started helping the
wild birds. At that time Bonaire
was experiencing droughts and the
volunteers were providing fruit for
the hungry birds. For many years
Salba Nos Lora has been jointly
responsible for organizing the
annual count. There have also
been several information cam-
paigns and of course the critically
important registration campaign. A
registered pet lora has a ring on its
leg. A pet lora without a ring is
illegal and the people who bought
that bird are responsible for dam-
aging the wild population!
The volunteers who form the

current Salba Nos Lora are a mix
of Bonaireans, Dutch residents and
visiting British researchers. They
have informal, often weekly, meet-
ings and they plot their successful
projects with a beer on the table
and sand between their toes. It was
in this relaxed environment that I
got to ask them a few questions.
Reporter: The new campaign
poster is beautiful. How did you
find the picture?
Jan Jaap van Almenkerk, a
recent recruit to the foundation,
answers: "The painting was one of
the entries from our art competi-
tion and we think it really fits our
campaign message: 'The loras'
beauty is in the wild.' "
Reporter: So is the campaign
about the wild loras?
Parrot conservationist and
researcher Sam Williams: "We
all tend to forget what is around us
and I think the lora is such an un-
der appreciated part of Bonaire.
You don't need to catch them and
put them in cages to see how beau-
tiful and entertaining they are. You
can see them in town every day at
the moment, but many people just
ignore them and they miss out."
Reporter: Does any ofyour work
focus on captive birds?
Hensley Anthony, a Bonairean
parrot keeper, who is clearly

passionate about the wild lora:
"Yes. We want the people of Bon-
aire to be thinking more and pay-
ing more attention to their lora and
to give them better cages so they
can be healthier."
Reporter: Let's get back to the
wild birds. In this campaign you
say we should protect the lora, but
Biologist and conservationist
Rowan Martin: "Because it is a
globally endangered species and
because they have already gone
extinct on Aruba, Bonaire is one of
the last strongholds for this par-
rot." We sit and think about that
for a second, then Rowan adds:
"650 wild loras is not many at all,
and if we lose the lora from Bon-
aire we may lose the species; it is
that critical!"
Reporter: This all sounds very
dramatic and I can see why you
want to protect the parrots.
In response to this Maarten
Schuit presents a surprising view I
hadn 't expected "It doesn't matter
about which species we protect.
Basically I'm interested in protect-
ing the whole environment and the
lora is a good flagship species to
do this with."
Reporter: That's an interesting
perspective and it's nice to think of
the lora as an ambassador for

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Bonaire 's nature. My last ques-
tion brings the focus back to the
lora and Iwonder ifsomeone can
summarize what you hope this
campaign, and indeed your work
will achieve?
Rhian Evans, assistant field
biologist and most recent Salba

Nos Lora volunteer, wraps it up
nicely: "We would like to see
greater awareness and apprecia-
tion of the importance of Bon-
aire's lora, and to eliminate the
stealing of baby loras from the
wild. U S.W. L.D.


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Bonaire Reporter July 11-25, 2008

Page 6





As promised I am reporting about
what the government is doing re-
garding our concern for our present and
future. I decided to interview each political
party. In this article I will start with two.
Talking with the representatives of these
parties I learned a lot about how they ad-
minister and manage things here in Bon-
A member (40) of the Bonairean Democ-
ratic Party (PDB-red party) said, "The
elected party consists of nine members
who are paid to work for their country, not
only for those who voted for them. It's not
an easy task because that party is now a
public figure. Sometimes you don't notice
the work right away, but it starts little by
little, doing some administration work in
the neighborhoods and for the island itself.
Our party's main concern to work for are
the people. We call our party 'Social De-
mocratic Party' because we have a social
economic problem that is affecting the
lower and middle classes. We are very
aware of their welfare. We'd like to bring
these classes to a higher level so they can
help themselves. We want to raise the
level of healthcare, education and housing
and create jobs and we have to make some
changes. We believe in an autonomous
country within the Kingdom because you
have the power to make these changes, do
more for your country, and without Hol-
land's government intervention. Holland
may intervene only where it is needed.

But now the situation is different. We are
losing part of our autonomy and Holland is
taking over by telling us what to do. CFT
(Commissie voor Financieel Toezicht/
Commission for the Financial Supervision)
was installed by Holland itself and is con-
trolling the financial welfare of the island
of Bonaire. People might think that as a
country we can't do it ourselves. It's un-
derstandable that when a government or a
political party is elected that party or
whole administration office will be re-
placed, and not every government office
works the same. It might create an image
of bad administration, but it takes times to
re-adjust the workings of an office. We as
the Democratic Party believe that our peo-
ple can do it. We have a lot of Bonairean
professionals, on and off the island, who
can do the job. But we have to work on
wages, family well being, traffic, the social
problems, ambience and recreation. In this
way together we can bring Bonaire to a
better future."

And what does a member (34) of the
Bonairean Union Party (UPB-green party)
have to say? "When you are elected you

Bonaire Reporter July 11-25, 2008

are no longer a party, but a government
that has to work in the general interest of
the people, for those who have voted for
the party and those who did not. The gov-
ernment's task is to work on a social capi-
talist system. But now we function as a
semi-capitalist government. We have to
focus on the economy to create more jobs
for the people so the people in turn can
support themselves. Through the depart-
ment of DEZA (Dienst Economische
Zaken en Arbeid/Department for Econom-
ics and Work) we are helping people to get
jobs. Holland agrees that each Bonairean
should have the same rights as a Dutch
person. The content of these rights need to
be agreed upon for those with a Dutch

Our Warranty function is The Charter of
The Kingdom, art. 43, which shows that
human rights are very important. And we
don't have all the equipment to give the
Bonaireans what they deserve. We are
short in our finance and expertise. Most of
our financial problems are being taken
care of by Holland because Bonaire is a
small island and can't manage all the fi-
nancial problems we have. The taxes we
collect don't bring in enough money to pay
for all the things we want to do. We are
working on the airport, the roads, and the
hospital, soon in schools, on crime (police
reinforcement), education and more. As
you can see we need the financial help and
experts to do these jobs.

The Bonairean market is too small. We
can't afford not to take Holland's help. As
a country we are free to choose what we
want. The Bonairean is taking the lead on
this island. But to be completely on our
own there are always some things that we
are not ready for. Just take for example
repairing and rebuilding our schools and
giving each citizen the right to the educa-
tion they need. That takes a lot millions
of guilders and we don't have that kind
of money. We are not ready to be an
autonomous country within the Kingdom
of the Netherlands."

In this manner these political members
have informed you and in what direction
their party is heading. If you have any sug-
gestion or remarks, please send them to
The Bonaire Reporter. E
Siomara E. Albertus

Send your comments to The Bonaire
Reporter, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, or
email reporter (bonairenews.com.


Rignald Anthony, who has run the DECO printshop since 1990, is now its
new owner and operating under the name REGO. The printshop was
established in 1973 by Frater Desiderius who returned to Holland after training
Rignald. DECO was named for Desiderius Coopmans, the proper name of Frater
The shop, located in the back of the Fundashon Kas Bonairiano on Kaya
Korona, has always specialized in low cost, high quality printing and copying. The
Bonaire Reporter wishes Rignald Anthony every success. In the past DECO, now
REGO, printed Port Call, the predecessor of The Bonaire Reporter.E

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Sitting, from left to right: Isaira Peters,
Corine van der Hout and Femke Geurts.
On July 4th, Sunbelt Realty opened its new rental office lo-
cation with a big party which simultaneously celebrated its
15" Anniversary and the opening of its new rental location at the
site of the old Rendez-vous Restaurant at Kaya Gerharts 3, across
the street from its real estate sales office. Most interestingly, the
office includes a fully equipped bar, a legacy of the building's res-
taurant days.
Owner Corine van der Hout announced that for all properties
listed with Sunbelt between July 4 and December 31st, 2008, 10%
of the sales commission will be donated to a Bonairean charitable
cause designated by the seller. During the party members of the
Bonaire Youth Outreach Foundation gave a sparkling presentation
about the goals of their foundation and the ways the NAf12.500
Sunbelt Realty donated to them two years ago were used to repair
the homes of needy people. For further information contact Corine
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Bonaire Reporter July 11-25, 2008

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Animal Friends founders Jose Cieremans (above) and
Gielmon 'Funchi'Egbreght (right ,)

B onaire has a new attraction that focuses on Bonaire's rural heritage. It's the "Animal Friends
Kunuku," a mini-farm with horses, donkeys, a cow, pigs, sheep, goats, ducks, geese, guinea
fowl, chickens, lots and lots of little chicks. And of course dogs and kittens.
Its purpose is to reunite the children of Bonaire with the animals that were once a big part of life on
the island. As Jose Cieremans, one of the co-founders along with Gielmon 'Funchi' Egbreght, says,
"Not often do we have the opportunity to touch and interact with animals here. It's has been our goal
to integrate all of our children with these lovely animals. Bunnies and hamsters are still on our wish
list and Funchi would love a dwarf goat. My personal wish would be ponies.
We are striving to enrich the traditional knowledge of farming and fishing of all the children on the
island with personal interaction with the animals and farm products: seeing, touching, feeling, tasting
and smelling. This is the purpose of our Knoek Animal Friends
We are fortunate to still have a lot of kunukeros (farmers) in our area who have played a key role, in

V isitor to the
island, Mi-
chelle Sellars, cud-
dles up with puppy
"Isabel" at the
Bonaire Animal
Shelter. Michelle is
a volunteer at a
Shelter in the Los
Angeles area and
she had to come
and see this very
well run one here
on Bonaire. Ac-
cording to the
Shelter managers
visitors are always
welcome at the
Shelter to pet the
dogs and cats and
play with them,.
It's fun for the
people and the

animals love it.
Little Isabel is only about three
and a half months old. She was
brought in with her sister who
has already been adopted. Isabel
is a lovely brindle-gray and
brown-with longish hair and a
short tail. She'll remain small, a
lap-lover size, and is very affec-
tionate, as you can tell from the
photo. She's not a dominant sort,
more of an easy going, life lov-
ing kind of girl. She's been ex-
amined by the vet and declared

Bonaire visitor Michelle with I
brindle pup "Isabel"

healthy, has had her tests, worm-
ing, shots and will be sterilized
when she's old enough. All this
is included in the dog adoption
fee of NAfl05! Now all she
needs is a loving owner who will
appreciate her special qualities.
The Shelter is on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through
Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm, 3 to 5
pm. Telephone 717-4989. Visit
them on the web: www. Bonaire-
AnimalShelter.org. U L.D.

teaching us and the children everything there
can be learned on a farm. In these days we
have to focus on our Bonaire traditions. If
we do not they will disappear.
In the old days we lived in the Knoek out
in the country only to travel to the city dur-
ing the weekend to play Dominos. Nowa-
days things are reversed. There is a very
large group of children who have never seen
a cow. Think about it: milk a cow with your
own hands, trim a sheep, pick a papaya, feed
the animals. The opportunity to do this
should be experienced by every child on the
There's a lot to learn. Did you know that
melons seeded three days after a full moon
do not require pesticides? Cows mooo to
identify themselves? That chickens, geese
and doves have no difficulty at all recogniz-
ing their own young even though they all
look alike?
With this we extend an invitation to all of
you to come by and to take a close look
yourself. And donations in any form are
most welcome: to feed the animals old bread
and vegetables are much appreciated. You
might also want to make cash donation.
Anything is much appreciated. Take a look
at our wish list.
On top of all this we have even provided a
small area for after school care, children's
parties, field trips and a vacation camp.
The Reporter plans a follow-up story to
tell you more about what is to become Bon-
aire's first public farm, but in the meantime
if you want to learn more you can contact
Gielmon 'Funchi' Egbreghts (phone 780-
1225) or Jose Cieremans (phone 796-7303).
* Jose Cieremans Press release

Bonaire Reporter July 11-25, 2008

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The 16t Annual Dia di Arte last Sunday, July 6, was stupen-
dous from its start at 10 am until late evening. It brought
together artists, musicians, craftsmen and top notch local foods and
drinks. Emma St. Jago (on the cover) and her Foundation for Bo-
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Henk Roozendaal with one of his new series of
paintings: "Indians ofBonaire"
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the modelfor a Bonaire Indian.

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Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
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Dear Editor,
Like so many folks, I enjoy
reading The Reporter. However,
lately I am worried, and perhaps
even scared of the contents per-
taining to the upcoming Dutch
Not being a native, I
understand that I have no real say
in these political affairs, but I
wonder if folks here have really
thought this through? Moreover,
realize that a significant period
of time has lapsed since the first
winds of this several years ago,
the direction and balance of the
proposals have shifted seemingly

in favor of Holland, not Bonaire.
I believe it would be more
than naive for anyone to think
that Bonaire would benefit the
most. Perhaps the leaders here
are fooled by Holland's big
money to improve the infrastruc-
ture, and consequently life on the
island. Wake up, they are not
going to give Bonaire the cash
and not expect anything back. A
recent article in The Reporter
claimed that it would cost 5
million to set up tax offices on
the BES islands. (I am sure that
anyone else could do the same
for a fraction of that price). 5
million. WOW! Are they doing
that to be nice to us?

SEdit Holland
the Editor

Nope. They plan on getting it
ALL back, then lots more, and
wake up folks, not from the tour-
ism industry in Pyongyang, but
from those of us living on the
islands. Yep, you and me,- VAT,
income tax, this tax, that tax, just
like in Holland. Those of you
that have been to Holland, ask
yourselves if you think you could
afford to live there?
... on your salary?

Ask yourselves as well why
Bonaire would not be able to
ditch Holland and the Antilles
and go independent? Look
around at the revenue the tourism
industry provides, the millions
dropped here annually on goods
and services, room taxes, think of
the Douane, and all the cash
raked in on duties, all the OB
paid by you for everything you
buy, property taxes, gas taxes,

vehicle registrations (do you
think it costs them NAf340 to
manufacture two metal license
plates and two stickers?) and the
list goes on...
Even the airport departure
taxes, future parking fees, land-
ing costs, fuel sales, etc. should
be able to make Flamingo Air-
port self sustaining, and if it
can't, someone is scamming or
embezzling whole bunches of
I know, someone is going to
say that we need the military
security of Holland, or the EU,
should Bonaire be attacked. Not
to worry, the US, as it has al-
ready been proven to do around
the world, will decide on their
own to attack and repel the in-
vaders, so no need to worry.
Then, as an added benefit, they
will provide millions of dollars
free to rebuild Bonaire. (Better

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7-24 4:05 1.2FT. 5:19 1.2FT. 10:18 1.1FT. 18:52 1.6FT. 68
7-25 4:40 1.OFT. 7:31 1.1FT. 9:53 1.OFT. 19:29 1.8FT. 60

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than Holland, which wants it all
back PLUS interest and profit)
Unless you are rich, just say
"No" to Holland and Cura-
gao. Bonaire can stand up on its
own. Why hasn't it sooner? Bon-
aire should have the cash (unless
someone has absconded with it
all), the human resources (from
positive leaders to productive
workers and citizens), the lure
(tourism), the business
(production for export or domes-
tic uses), and much more.
I say, give Holland back
their cash and cut the rope. We
can send them salt, and they can
send us tulips. The days of the
Europeans conquering other
countries have been over for cen-
turies. It failed, so why should
anyone want to repeat history
knowing this?
JP Richau

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Make it more livable from the start.
Also interior or exterior design advice,
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The leading consumer and business in-
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(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
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Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
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& Janet). 786-0956

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Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
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Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
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Fully bilingual. Approx. 20,000 words
and phrases. Sold as a fundraiser for
Jong Bonaire. Now available at book-
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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


For sale: 1 person kayak.
Sit on top, inflatable, durable USD
130,- Call: 786-5432

For sale: Daihatsu Feroza 4-wdr
4 seats, airco, etc windows, remov-
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dition NAf7500,- call;786-5432

For Sale, Honda xl600r road/off-
road motorcycle. NAf 3000,- for
more info call 700-9540 After 3pm.

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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
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Fully furnished house for rent in
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Did You Know
.... That Ara-C, a chemo-
therapy agent used in the
treatment of leukemia, was
derived from a sponge in the
Caribbean? In the early
1950s, a professor at Yale
University discovered that a
species of sponge, Tec-
titethya crypta, contained unique nucleosides never before iso-
lated. Nucleosides are subunits of nucleic acids, the heredity-
controlling components of all living cells. Fifteen years after this
discovery, Ara-C and Ara-A, an antiviral drug, were developed.
This was the beginning of an era of marine pharmacology which,
over the past 30 years, has seen the isolation of greater than
10,000 unique compounds. From this, more than 30 marine natural
products and derivatives have undergone clinical trials. Among
these numerous products is another antitumoral agent, ecteinas-
cidin 743, derived from the tunicate Ecteinascidia turbinata,
which grows on the roots of mangroves throughout the Caribbean.
Unfortunately, this animal species is very small and lacks the bio-
mass to be a sustainable resource. For this reason, various maricul-
ture initiatives have recently been launched. Individual examples
such as those above underline the importance and value of marine
biotechnology, not to mention the utility of coral reefs at large.
Before all else, we must ensure that the policies and regulations
are in place to conserve and protect a decaying coral reef system.
Only then can humankind capitalize on what
many consider to be our medicine cabinet of the
future. 0 Story & photo by Spencer Trooboff
Spencer is a Junior at Claremont McKenna College
in Claremont, California, where he majors in Science
and Management. He lives in Franconia, New Hamp-
shire, and attended Tropical Mlarine Biology and
Scientific Diving courses at CIEE Research Station
Bonaire this summer.

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City of Medina, Malta. She writes, "I was on va-
cation with my mother and sister. Enjoyed it very
much. I would like to write an article on Malta
comparing it to Bonaire. It is a little smaller than
Bonaire, and has 400,000 inhabitants. They have
plenty of agriculture! They export food. All on
that tiny island. And it is also a limestone island.
It is also dry and they also desalinate seawater for

agriculture. They have a 7000-year-old history
there. The oldest temples in the world.
With the high oil prices I am worried about food
here. We import everything. Of course wealthy
people will be able to keep themselves alive, but
what about the other people? We need to develop
agriculture here. In the States on TV I see people
talking about eating what is around you, so you
do not have to pay the high transport costs on top
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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
for Chez Nous or email: keeslee-
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
daily for hot slot machines, roulette
and blackjack, Monday to Saturday
8 pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.

By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-
8489, 540-9800.
Parke Publico children's 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@ abonairewellness.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 Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per per-
son. 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 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 17thcentury. 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
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 2"d and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.

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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.

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 Alexan-
drit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek.
Services are held on Sunday mornings
from 10am until 11:30am. Bible stud-
ies in English are on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322

The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26,
Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20
Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/
PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon
Visitors Welcome: 701-9522 for In-

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Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel:790-6518, 786-6125
or 790-8988

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*to find it... just look up

This Week Jupiter is at its Closest, Biggest
and Brightest for 2008!

Late in the evening toward midnight Jupiter will be climbing in an arc over
the southern horizon along with the teapot asterism of Sagittarius.

T his week the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter, is at its closest,
biggest and brightest for the entire year and will be fabulous for viewing all
month long. Plus it's located in one of my favorite constellations, Sagittarius.
Start looking around sunset any night this week. Now whenever Jupiter is at its
closest and biggest and brightest it is always at what astronomers call 'opposition'
which means that it is directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth, which means
that it will be visible in the sky all the hours the Sun is not, all night long. So as
the Sun sets in the northwest Jupiter will appear on the horizon in the southeast.
After which it will slowly climb higher and higher, hour after hour, until it reaches
its highest point when it will be due south around 1 am. After which it will slowly
descend and will set in the southwest as the Sun rises in the northeast.
Now I strongly suggest you go out between midnight and 1 am and look due
south when Jupiter will be at its highest directly in front of you. It will be situated
just to the left of the stars which make up the teapot-shaped portion of Sagittarius,
right behind the teapot's handle. And the reason I suggest looking around midnight
is because, like all planets, Jupiter is at its best for viewing through a telescope
when it is highest above the horizon because then you don't have to look at it
through the turbulent, wavy layers of air which are always close to our Earth's
horizon and which distort telescopic images. Even through the smallest depart-
ment store telescope you should be able to see a lot of detail plus four of Jupiter's
largest moons, which will look like pinpoints of light which constantly change
their positions as they waltz in orbit around the king.
And here's some cosmic math for you. If Jupiter is 88,000 miles wide and our
Earth is only 8,000 miles wide, how many Earths could we line up across Jupiter's
middle? Eleven! Which puts Jupiter's size in real perspective.
So get out and spend a night with the king because this week it will be at its very
closest for the entire year- only 387 million miles away which is over 200 million
miles closer than its maximum distance, by Jove!
Jack Horkheimer

L040 0 3 MEDIATE, and
Phone: (599) 09 512-6375
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Bonaire Reporter July 11-25, 2008

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For July 2008

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Much knowledge can be obtained through the experi-
ences you have. Pleasure trips will turn out to be better than anticipated. Try to calm
down emotionally about personal financial matters. Don't exhaust yourself or minor
health problems will set in. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You will meet new and exciting people if you attend
social activities or sporting events. Your home may be in an uproar and you are best to
stay out of the line of fire if at all possible. Travel will be fun, but expect it to cost you.
You need to do something that will make you feel better about yourself. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You may find your
self a bit frazzled if you allow someone to goad you into an unsavory debate. Try to
slow down, and take another look. You will not be pleased with family members who
try to put demands on you when you just don't have the time. Try not to push your phi-
losophies on others. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You may find that depression is causing you to feel
lonely and insecure. If you can get away for a vacation, do so. Don't donate more than
you can afford in order to impress others. You should sit down with someone you trust
and work out a budget that will enable you to save a little extra. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Club memberships or donations could be expensive and
prove unnecessary. Try not to be overly generous. You can help a close friend find so-
lutions to personal problems. Authority figures may be less than accommodating if you
have done something deceitful. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You can expect changes in your financial situation as
well as in your status. Social activity with friends and relatives will be most successful.
Pleasure trips will promote new romantic encounters. Try to enlist the support of your
coworkers first. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) So smile! Do not let others exhaust you financially. You
will have a tendency to exaggerate, which will lead to major confrontations with loved
ones. You can bet that situations will get out of hand if you allow others to inter-
fere.Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You must steer clear of overindulgent individuals.
Relatives may play an important role in your personal life. Romantic encounters will be
full of excitement. Nothing can be resolved if you don't want to talk about it. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be sure to catch up on overdue correspondence
and help those you love find solutions to their dilemmas. Don't expect others to live up
to their promises and you won't be disappointed or find yourself stuck with delays. Try
and avoid getting involved in idle chatter or gossip that might get you in trouble. Don't
let anyone take credit for a job you did. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Entertainment should include your whole family.
Family trips or projects should be on your mind. Get back down to earth and to basics.
Your emotional state could leave you vulnerable and confused. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Monday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You can expect the fur to fly on the home front.
Don't let others make you feel guilty or insecure. Do not overspend on entertainment.
You could find that children will be a handful. Try to visit a country that excites you.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Romance will develop through work related activities.
You could meet an interesting individual you'll want to get to know better. You may
need to make a choice. Depression may put a damper on your day. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Tuesday. 0





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Robby's Take Away "Grill & Creole"
The 34th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some ofBonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

Kralendijk/Bonaire -
n April this year Robert and Jessica
Statius started their take-away en-
terprise from a truck, situated along
Kaya John E. Nicolaas. The vehicle is
permanently parked in front of their ice-
blue-painted and nicely maintained
house in Playa. You can find the truk i
pan (Papiamentu for: more or less mov-
able restaurant on wheels/jb) somewhere
between the parking lot of the hospital
and the Napa Auto Supply. Just give it a
try. The tiny outdoor restaurant is only
open during the evenings, but it's defi-
nitely worth trying.
Originally Robert Statius was from the
independent island of Aruba. He was
born on this beachy island on the 10th of
June 1967, so he's 41 now. His mother
was born on Aruba but his father is from
the tiny island of Bonaire. When Robert
was only eight, his parents decided to
move to Bonaire. And indeed, Robert is
a real Bonairean, heart and soul.
One day Robert's eye fell on a white
Ford truck parked somewhere, a bit ne-
glected, almost forgotten, with a home-
made kind of living room built on top of
it. A kind of a trailer. Robert decided to
buy the still running vehicle and parked
it in front of his house in Kralendijk.
Then an impressive amount of work had
to be done. Robert painted the outside of
the unique creature the same color as his
house: ice blue (a color somewhere be-
tween blue and green and quite unique
on our island/jb). He constructed a
counter. He started to install a complete
kitchen in the vehicle. After months and
months of hard work the job was fin-
ished. A real kitchen with electricity,
running water and propane gas! The nice
and neat kitchen is equipped with no less
than three deep frying pans, a plate for

frying hamburgers and eggs, and a stove,
all running on propane gas. There are
also a sink with running water, a deep
freezer and a fridge. And of course there
is the counter the connection from the
kitchen to the hungry public.
"My wife and I prepare a lot of food
ourselves during the day," Robert ex-
plains. "The French fries are home
made. We also prepare our own garlic
sauce, peanut sauce and coleslaw. And
don't forget our 'pika' (a kind of quite
spicy pepper sauce/jb.) Our hamburgers
are also homemade." Then the phone
rings again. Remember, this is also a
take-away restaurant. Robert yells some
instructions to his colleague, Harry.
Harry takes care of the grill department
of the enterprise. Robert is responsible
for the creole kitchen.
"Yes, we have just bought a brand
new American made grill," Harry says.
"It, as well as the other burners in the
kitchen, uses propane gas. Grilling is
my specialty. Robert works in the
kitchen of the truk i pan and I prefer to

stay outside, preparing fish and chicken
and pork and beef on my new grill!"
Then Jessica Statius joins us. "We also
serve stewed goat, chicken, beef and
conch," she says. "We offer shrimp soup
and clam chowder. And no, we do not
serve alcoholic drinks. Prices for the
plates are from NAflO to NAf20."
Robert continues, "We have our offi-
cial licenses from the government. We
shall buy some more chairs and little
tables in the future and one or two um-
brellas. We really enjoy our little restau-
rant along the road. It is fun to please the
people and make a living out of it!"
Then I sit down for a moment, enjoy-
ing the evening. People
come and people go.
The food smells good.
Everybody is happy.
No dirt, no noise, just
another nice example
of a typical Bonairean
little restaurant! U
Story & photo by J@n

First Level 4

SBO Graduates

F or the first time SBO level 4 students graduated in
Bonaire. Diplomas were awarded at the ABVO build-
ing, They can continue their study at UNA or go to Holland.
Pictured are 1 to r: Herman van Leeuwen, instructor, (top
left), Eufrecia, Jasmila, Elsmarie, Rohainy, Adrian, Julius,
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I could not have been more
than four years old when I
witnessed my aunt taking out her
teeth. For weeks after that I tried
to take mine out as well, but
what to my surprise did not hap-
pen as efficiently as it did in my
aunt's case. It was a mystery for
my four-year-old brain. Why was
my aunt able to remove her teeth
at will and I was not? But as I
grew older I came to understand
that my aunt was not taking out
her own teeth but her false teeth
that had replaced them.

When you are young a lot of
things are mysteries, but you
never doubt for one moment that
you will be able to solve these
riddles at a later date. So you just
store these events in the big data-
base that is your memory. And
when the situation arises that you
witness an explanation, you link
problem and solution together in
your head. Voila, you have
learned, and maybe even become
a little bit wiser.
Your head is full of enigmas
awaiting their unlocking. But
there are some mysteries that I
suspect will never have a satisfy-
ing explanation. No matter how
old I will become, no matter how
many things I will witness, I will
never be able to understand these
There is the simple fact that
boys will wear their pants not
over but rather under their but-
tocks. This leaves us with the
sight of their underpants which
now should called the plain-in-
sight-pants. When they have to
run they look like 17-century
girls holding up their hoop skirts
walking in a muddy street. This
must take a lot of speed out of
them, holding on to their crotch
so they will not trip over the legs
as their pants slip even further
down, don't you think?
The position some drivers will
put themselves in, also is one of
those strange riddles. The backs
of their seats are tilted all the
way back. When they drive you
can scarcely see their heads.
They are nearly lying down with
their arms completely stretched
to reach the steering wheel. They
are supposed to be the very ex-
ample of cool relaxation, but
they look so uncomfortable do-
ing it. Just hope you never meet
them when they have to make an
emergency stop. They do not
have the power to hit the brakes
in an efficient way. Using your
brakes in a forward movement
(as you would do in the almost-
lying-down position) has a lot
less force than the downward
movement (as you can do in sit-
ting position). In other words: it
takes the car longer to stop when
the driver is almost lying down.
Nepotism still occurs on this

island. Why? The person who
has the answer to that question
would also be able to come up
with the antidote to this problem.
For the development of Bonaire
it is no longer sufficient to have
the cousin, brother, friend,
neighbor of "important persons"
on crucial positions. Nepotism is
a form of corruption. And cor-
ruption never advanced a country
in any way.
But the greatest and most dis-
turbing mystery of all is why
people treat nature as if it is
something they own. They take
from it like there is no tomorrow,
dump trash in it and pollute it.
Nature is not something outside
of ourselves; we are a part of it.
Alternative energy resources,
recycling and changing our cur-
rent way of life is not something
some scientists just cooked up
for their pleasure. When people
are seeking a way to recycle
paper, they are not doing it to
save the rainforest because trees
look nice; they do it because
trees produce oxygen and we
need oxygen to live. We need
these ideas of scientists to sur-
vive. If we keep on taking,
dumping and polluting, we will
cease to exist because it affects
us, above all. With us gone, na-
ture will not cease to exist. There
will be numerous bacteria, fungi,
plants and other animals which
will happily continue to live
without our meddling in their
Maybe when we as a species
get older we will get the same
epiphany as I had when I finally
realized the mystery of my aunt's
false teeth. It might become
clear why we treat nature in
such a way. But we have to
"grow up" quickly! Then, with
the solution and problem finally
joined together in our heads, we
will have learned, we will have
become wiser. We could even
use our new knowledge to com-
mitting ourselves to our own
survival. The other minor mys-
teries I would gladly leave as
such if only this last vital mys-
tery could be solved.
U Mary Ann

Koops teaches
Biology at the
SGB High

We mentioned earlier that the Plaza Resort
Marina is now under new management
that has ambitious plans. So this time, let's con-
tinue right here and find out about the "who-why-
what-when-where" about it.
The marina has always been managed by the
Plaza Resort itself, until last February when the
new party came in. The driving force behind it is
Gerard van Erp, initiator of various projects on-
island like the Mangrove Center, the Butterfly
Farm and the Country House (a management
training center) that is currently being constructed
at Kaminda Sorobon. We wrote about this last one
some months ago.

What's with the marina? The new party wants to
make the place over time into a "Green Marina."
This status, which no other marina in the region
has yet acquired, requires a comprehensive com-
mitment to promote clean waters, protection and
conservation of natural resources as well as boater
education, and is not a status one gets for free.
Knowing that marinas by nature have a tendency
to pollute surroundings, the initiative is a good
one in the fragile eco-system of Bonaire (Nos ta
biba di naturaleza, right?).
Changes in the marina will take place over time,
and they aim for a win-win situation for both the
marina management and the Plaza Resort.
In the next couple of months we will see the
addition of 40 docks for smaller local boats. This
will be at the end (or beginning, if you will) of the
marina opposite Toucan Diving, near the Plaza
Resort lobby.
At a later stage there are plans to develop new
docks in the waters opposite Port Bonaire Resort
for bigger sailing yachts that are cruising the Car-
ibbean Possibly a storm surge barrier will be
added at the entrance of the marina from the sea,
making this the first very marina in the region to
have one. If that is going to happen indeed, it will
definitely be peak season here when a hurricane
may possibly be "coming our way."
However, it must be emphasized that negotia-
tions about the master plan between the developer
and the government are ongoing, and permission
still needs to be granted.

The Plaza Resort's former "Aquakids" playroom
now serves as the marina office and daily opera-
tions are in the hands of Walter and Liezeth
Kwakkenbos, whom we know from running the
Bowalie sailing charter boat. Their boat and busi-
ness are for sale now since they decided to be-
come partners in the marina project. The rest of
the team consists of Bert van Gent and Ton Wout-
ers, the guys with the golden hands that you need
in a marina.

Within weeks they will start operating a water-
taxi to Klein Bonaire from the center of the ma-
rina, making this an easy trip for guests staying at
the resort and surrounding places, offering a once-
a-day trip at convenient hours for a family visit.
They will also start renting out a small number
of motorboats, which are more of a family kind of
boat (a 10-seater) than the waterskiing rental boats
already on the water. If one likes they can include
a captain as well. Yacht management (regular
service to boats owned by people who are not on-
island) will be part of their business, too.
Further long-term plans of the marina may also
include management of the waters behind it
(around Caribbean Court, Waterlands Village,
Bahia and Azul) and yacht realty.
Although it may appear so, the land bordering
the marina close to the airport (where some boats
are on shore for maintenance) is not part of the
marina itself.

One question was on our mind from the very
beginning: why is one of the decks in the marina
named "Poop deck?" It always sounded somewhat
odd. There is an explanation though! The boats
that are docked here all face the deck with their
bottoms. Of course, that's
it! U Marcel Leurs

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