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\.January 16030, 2009; Volume 16, Issue 2

ilHelping Bon 7a22ere Grow 11?Resp onsibfy
Printed every fortnight, On-line every day, 24/7
Kunuku Shimaruku, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Phone 790-6518, 786-6518, email: reporter()bonairenews.com Since 1994



Also in this issue:

Dust Devils Bonaire-pg. 6
Transition Report -pg. 9
First Baby-2009 -pg10

Karnaval Schedule-pg.11
Illegal Dumping -pg.15
Lionfish Invasion -pg. 18

... and much more

In last,
meeting in
leader Ramonsito Booi said that
the BES islands do not want
"economic refugees" from the
other Dutch Antilles. Residents
of Curaqao, St. Maarten and
Aruba who want to immigrate
to one of the BES islands be-
cause the living and social con-
ditions may be better than their
own islands will find it difficult.
His reasoning is that the BES
islands in a direct relationship
with the Netherlands will have
better education, health care and
security upgraded to levels that
are acceptable to the Nether-
lands. It is expected that stan-
dards of welfare will also in-
crease, though not anywhere
near the amounts that are paid
in the Netherlands.

) However, the concept of
"acceptable" equivalence is
criticized by some Bonaireans,
like attorney Michiel Bijkerk,
as an extension of apartheid
because as Dutch citizens Bo-
naireans should have equal
treatment as European Dutch
According to Booi, the details
of the conditions will be dis-
cussed at the end of the month.
In the meantime, he wants to
clarify that it is not the intention
that the BES islands be overrun
by people from outside no mat-
ter where they originate. An
ordinance for residence permits
could control this flow yet allow
the admission of desirable im-

1 The Dutch Government
has increased its budget to
improve education on the BES
islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius
and Saba. 6.28 million has
been budgeted for 2009 and
2010 up from 4 million.
The money is reserved to im-

prove the educational facilities
on the three islands which in the
future will be integrated into the
Dutch Constellation as "public

On the morning of Janu-
ary 4 former Dutch Minister
Henk Kamp arrived at Fla-
mingo Airport. He was met by
Lt. Governor Thod6. Kamp will
serve as Commissioner for the
BES islands, Bonaire, Saba and
St. Eustatius for the next three

The new
head of the
Antilles Im-
Service, Ja-
son Nisbet
gives him- l
self one year
- starting December 1 last
year to make significant im-
provements in his organiza-
tion. Outsiders as well as its
own employees must be able to
be satisfied with the aspects of
the immigration policy that they
are going to work with.
The objectives that Nisbet said
that he strives for are "a pleas-
ant physical environment, in
which customers receive good
service at the counter, after
which their permit application is
settled fast."

1 Effective Monday, De-
cember 29, the Bank of the
Netherlands Antilles (BNA)
lowered the official interest
rate by 0.75%; from 1.75 to
1.00%. The BNA stated that
this lowering was motivated by
"the recent lowering of the US
Federal Reserve's Federal
Funds Rate, the drop of the tar-
iffs on the foreign money mar-
ket and its effects on the domes-
tic money market."

) Although the euro is now
10 years old, it is about to face
its biggest challenge as
Europe's economy weakens,
Harvard University economist

0 The XXI (21st) Bonaire In-
ternational & Local Fishing Tour-
nament will take place from Janu-
ary 23-25. Both local and fishermen
from Curaqao, Aruba and Venezuela
are expected to participate. Tourna-
ment headquarters will be at It
Rains Fishes Restaurant at Club
Nautico Bonaire. The grand prize
will be a Toyota Hilux pickup, if the
Antillean record of 803 pounds is beaten. First prize is a Rolex
watch for a fish of 450 pounds or more. The tournament is a catch
and release tournament, with a minimum of two and a maximum of
four fishermen per boat. The start signal will be given each day at
0700 in the morning and the boats are expected in around 1600. The
local boat fishing competition will start on Saturday at 1200. For
that there will be cash prizes for the total weight caught and number
of fish. Since there are a limited number of moorings available at
Club Nautico early sign-up is suggested.
For further information and applications get in touch with Robur
de Vries at 786070/516070 or email to
infoZ( itrainsfishesbonaire.com.

Martin Feldstein said on Satur-
day. "In my judgment, the next
few years will clearly be an im-
portant testing time for the Euro-
pean economic and monetary
union and the euro," Feldstein
told a panel at the American Eco-
nomics Association meeting at
Since 1992 Feldstein has been
consistently skeptical about the
need for a unified currency in
Europe. He has said that the euro
was motivated by politics and not
economics and has predicted that
the disadvantages would eventu-
ally outweigh the advantages. In
its first decade the euro has seen
only relatively good economic
times, "But that may be about to
change, as conditions in Europe
are deteriorating rapidly," Feld-
stein said.
Feldstein was President Ronald
Reagan's chairman of the Council
of Economic Advisers from 1982
through 1984.

) Two Antillean social im-
provement projects were
named as recipients of Appeltje
van Oranje- 2009 awards. Bon-
aire's Stichting Project, which
works with children with be-
havioral problems was one.

The other was the parent associa-
tion, Tokolitha, in Curaqao.
The "Little Orange Apple
Award" consists of an orange
colored apple figurine and a grant
of 15 thousand. Nominations for
the Appeltje van Oranje come
from all parts of the Dutch King-
dom. Being selected not only
means an immediate financial
reward, but it ensures more rec-
ognition, subsidy flows and can
attract additional participants or
volunteers. The Oranje Fund is
the largest Dutch social action
fund. Approximately 22 million
is paid annually to deserving pro-
jects in the Netherlands, the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.
Prince Willem Alexander and
Princess Maxima administer the
From humble beginnings a few
years ago Mick Smit's vision to
use group specific training to
build positive experiences that
bring about favorable behavior
has achieved remarkable success.
Two of the most visible Stichting
Project activities are its green-
house and nursery and the restau-
rant De Bonairiaan.
For further information on the
Stichting Project get in touch
with Mick Smit, (599) 717-6921.
(Continued on page 8)

Table of Contents

This Week's Stories

Fishing Tourney 2
Maskarada 3
Dust Devils Bonaire 6
Transition Status Report 9
First Baby 1C
Historical Walk Seru Grandi 1C
20 Years Benito Dirksz 12
Marcel Leurs Eulogy 13
Letters to the Editor Dusting Sponge
Reaction, FireworksAftermah 14
Environmental Police Fine 15
Aliens Invade-Lionfish 18

Weekly Features

Flotsam & Jetsam
Born on Bonaire- Caesar Finies
Bonairean Voices (NewYear Plans)
Island View (Dominica)
Sudoku Puzzle
Pet of the Week ("Fabian")
Sudoku Solution
Picture Yourself(NewYork)
Tide Table
Bubbles-Did You Know(Sparks in the
Whats Happening
Dining, Shopping Guides
Sky Park (Three Seasons)
Star Power (Astrobgy)

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Phone 790-8988
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come a
true Bo-
nairean tradi-
tion. Every
January 1 a
group of
and masked
children and
adults show
up at the
home to
dance and
short skits.
Later on they
through town
and the
neighbor- Piling on th
hoods where
they performed with mystery and humor,
sometimes teasing the audience. No one
knows who they are but we did find out
that year after year the parts are usually
played by the same people, many from the
same family. They don't speak and only
communicate through their actions. Cer-
tain characters are the same every year:
the policeman who directs the group, the
donkey, the shark, the fisherman in the
boat, an old kunukero, the matador and
the bull.
This year we caught up with them at the

e "bull" after he is downed

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home of 90-year-old Petra Thode in Nord
di Salina. A group of neighbors were there
to enjoy the Maskaradas who were
warmed up after having performed earlier
starting at 10 am at the Governor's home,
the Kas di Sosiego (old folks home), Wil-
helmina Park, and at other homes in the
The music started, with an accordion
leading and the dancing began. During
one of the dances the matador tried to
entice the bull with a red flag. The bull
charged through the crowd narrowly miss-

ing people with his sharp horns. Finally
he's caught and thrown to the ground and
all the others, including the donkey, pile
on top of him. The crowd loves it. During
another skit the fisherman in the boat tried
to catch the shark. When he does the fish
fights madly and finally when caught lies
on the ground with his legs quivering in a
final death spasm. We were reminded by a
friend in Bonaire that this maskarada
theme does appear in other parts of the
world. But no one knows for sure how the

tradition got to Bonaire. Some say Africa,
others say it's Indian. Still others say it's
South American or even European. Cul-
ture guru, Papi Cicilia suggests Spain,
saying the "crowns" worn by the company
represent the Spanish monarchy which
ruled Bonaire for a time. But, considering
the polyglot makeup of Bonaire maybe
the concept came from all those places
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"B4 onaire is my piece of
Paradise. I can go any-
where, but after a while I'm long-
ing to come back. I have my
friends here, my family and the
sea, and the climate is beautiful
every day, and I know almost
everybody and everybody knows
me it's just relaxed.
I was born in Rincon. My fa-
ther, Nerio Finies, is from Bon-
aire and my mom, Rubia Coffie,
is from Curacao. When I was
four my father left and my mom
and I went to live in Amboina.
When I was five I got a little
brother and I also have a sister
from my father's side. They're
both 19 now. I lived for 10 years
in Amboina and then we moved
to Kaya Hulanda. I had a very
good childhood. To me my
mother was mother and father at
the same time. She worked at the
Ontvanger's office; now she's
working at Fundashon Cas Bo-
At SGB high school I first went
to HAVO, but soon enough I
found out that truancy was fun!
They put me back in MAVO-2
and... I still didn't want to learn
my lessons and so I had to do
MAVO-2 again and in MAVO-3
I didn't pass because I didn't get
along with the chemistry teacher.

So, I went to BVO basic pro-
fessional training where I stud-
ied electrical engineering. Then I
went to Curaqao, to the Fefeik
School where I also studied elec-
trical engineering. But I found
out I couldn't learn anything new
there so I tried to get in to Poly-
technic School on Curaqao and
they accepted me. Because I was
getting a scholarship for Fefeik,
which was paying for my room
and board I had to stay there dur-
ing the daytime, and in the eve-
nings I would go to Polytechnic
School long days up at 6:30
am and at 11 pm I'd take the last
bus home. I held on for four
months and then I came back to
I was 18. I went to work at De
Freewieler Scooter and Bike
Shop, saved up some money to
go to Miami and participated
there in windsurf competitions.
When I came back I started
working at the De Freewieler
again; I stayed there for three
years in total.

I started windsurfing when I
was 10. It was Elvis Martinus
who taught me, but then those
sails were way too heavy for me
and" he grins, "I wasn't as strong

"I would like to see the government establish
more activities for youngsters because there
isn't much to do;
only Jong Bonaire is doing a lot ..."

as I am now. At 16 I tried wind-
surfing again. Then it was fun!
I've always been into sports.
When I was eight I started with
little league baseball. I did a lot
of biking, skate boarding. Every
sport you can do on Bonaire I
did it. When I was working at De
Freewieler I didn't do as much
windsurfing because I was biking
most of the time, but I did partici-
pate in windsurf competitions

here on Bonaire. I wasn't in
Tonky's or Tati's category but
amongst the other guys I always
ended up in the top three.
When I was 21 started work-
ing at The Windsurfing Place at
Sorobon. I did it for 18 months
and then I didn't work for a
whole year; I was just windsurf-
ing. I just felt like doing things
I'd never had had time for before:
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biking, windsurfing and I went
frequently to Jong Bonaire to do
roller hockey. Then I went to
Holland for six months it was
2006. I tried to get into the sports
academy there, but I was too late.
The year had already started.
As long as I can remember I
wanted to become a sports
teacher or a personal trainer,
something to do with sports, but
when I realized what life was
about in Holland the rush, the
hustle and bustle I didn't want
to be there anymore and I
thought, 'I'm going back to Bon-
aire.' It's okay for vacation, but if
you love the water, the sea, I
don't advise it! So, I came back
and they asked me if I wanted to
work at Jibe City as an instructor.
And now my hobby is my profes-
sion, something I always
Caesar Finies is a mellow guy
and really sweet. He's also a real
Bonairean kid. He's one with the
sea, the sun and the wind, and he
plays with it on his surfboard in
complete harmony as if the ele-
ments were his toys.
"Over the last three years a lot
of construction has been going on
here and it shouldn't become too
much because it won't be relaxed
anymore. I would like to see the
government establish more ac-
tivities for youngsters because
there isn't much to do. Only Jong
Bonaire is doing a lot for the

children. The government could
do so much more: softball fields,
a skate board park, keeping up
the tennis courts and the soccer
fields so the kids can stay out of
trouble. Problems with youth is a
common thing everywhere
around the world, but it could be
less here if only there were more
activities and better coordination
and guidance and more discipline
from the parents. Sports are help-
ful, especially team sports, and
there's a lot of talent here oh
yes many, many kids are really
good in sports, but there is no
possibility of growing so they get
stuck and start hanging out in the
What I want for the future is for
my daughter to have a great
childhood, just like I had. That's
what I wish for her. She her
name is Chanse Liza Finies was
born December 7 2008, here on
Bonaire. The name Chanse
means 'luck' in Iraqi, where my
girlfriend Fra Aziz, is from. How
does it feel to have a child?" He
smiles. "I don't know... but
when I hold her in my arms it
feels totally different from any-
thing I've ever felt before. It is
new and I do feel responsible for
"What's Caesar like?" I ask
Fra, his girlfriend. She looks at
him attentively and says, "He
loves to be the center of atten-
tion. He's very stubborn and has
a strong will and if he wants
something he'll go for it and...

he is very sweet and caring."
"I'm the best papa!" Caesar
says, all grins, "I'm also very
quiet and I don't like problems.
When there are problems, I leave.
I love to meet new people from
all over the world, make friends
and have a lot of fun, but I don't
go out very often. When I am on
the water I feel free from every-
thing the wind on your back -
that's it.
Up until now I'm one of the
best in sail tricks maybe the
best! I started practicing when
there was nothing to do at the
beach and because I can't sit still.
I invented different tricks, new
tricks, and now I can do things
nobody else can. I was invited to
go abroad to give demonstrations
in different countries. In the be-
ginning of 2007 they made a
video of me and put it on the
Internet, and the owner of the
board builder, Starboard, wanted
me to do a promotion in Europe
for the Pro Kids event. In May
2008 they organized the Pro Kids
promotion tour and we went to
Germany, Sweden, Denmark,
Finland, Estonia and Norway.
We stayed away for a month;
Elvis, Tati, Kiri, Ruben and I. Fra
also came but only to Germany.
It was fun, I made lots of friends
and for the first time in my life I
saw snow! I even went windsurf-
ing on a lake in Finland in the
Arctic circle! In February 2008 I
went to Peru for 20 days, spon-
sored by Starboard. I traveled all

Mom Fra Aziz, baby Chanse

along the coast giving windsurf
demonstrations everywhere, the
tricks only I know. Everyone
tries them, but nobody can do
them the way I can!" He pulls a
funny face and tells the baby,
"Hey mommy, I'm proud of my-
self! In September 2008 I went to
Chile for three weeks. I traveled
to the coast and to two lakes, but
the biggest difference is the tem-
perature of the water you have
to wear a wetsuit I felt like a
The best windsurfing is here, at
Sorobon. You fall and 10 sec-
onds later you're back on the
board. It's one big, warm, natural
pool. I hope Bonaire won't
change that much and for myself

Liza Finies and Caesar Finies

- I don't know what I want life
is what you make of it. It can be
easy, but it can also be hard and
for me, honesty is always the best
thing. I live by the day. The most
important thing is to have a lot of
fun and to share the joy and make
the best of today because you
never know what's coming to-
Anything else I'd like to say?
I'll see you on
the water!"E
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Research into the health situation of
Bonaireans has shown that 42% of
the population is suffering from dust in
and around the house (The Bonaire
Health Study-2002, Grievink, et al.).
Tourists echo this and family doctors also
recognise the problem.

Apart from the negative effects on the
health of the population and visitors, dust
is influencing the economy of Bonaire as
well. One of the most important comer-
stones of the economy is dive and snorkel
tourism. Dust decreases growth and sur-
vival chances of corals.

Dust probably also contributes to the
short lifespan of electronic appliances,

computers and cars on Bonaire.
In addition, the growth of vegetation is
reduced as dust settles on the leaves.
Last but not least, a lot of dust settles
down in and around houses and hotels,
meaning a lot of sweeping and dusting.

The main cause of the dust problem
seems to be wind erosion (Nature Policy
Plan Bonaire, 1999). As a result of timber
felling and grazing of goats and donkeys,
the original vegetation of Bonaire has
been replaced by (often) thorny bush
growth and cacti. In some areas almost all
vegetation is gone. This causes the wind
to have free play.

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project to analyse the causes of the dust
problem and the impact of dust on health,
environment and economy, as well as to
propose solutions. In March 2009 two
students from the Wageningen University
(Holland) will begin the scientific field-
work. They will measure the distribution
of dust from various sources such as stone
crushers, dirt roads, land clearing and
agricultural land. Another important part
of this research is determining the amount
of dust deposition in the town area and at

This research is part of a bigger project
which aims to develop and carry out pro-
posed solutions. One can think of law and
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efore I start I wish everyone a very
happy New Year. I hope you live
life to the fullest for a whole new year.

So, it was vacation time again. Time to
check out Dominica, a beautiful island
with mountains, rain forests, sulphur
springs and sperm whales. It takes some
traveling to get there, but it is worth every
minute waiting in a too-cold air-
conditioned airport. If you like hiking and
nature, don't miss this island.
Dominica is also an island in the Carib-
bean, so you cannot help but compare it
with Bonaire. There are some similarities:
warm temperatures at Christmas, loud
music, barking dogs, and sometimes this
whiff of burning plastic that interrupts
your breakfast. And of course the differ-
ences are too much to write about in one
Here is one difference though that left
me a bit flabbergasted when I heard about
it. Dominica, although it is bigger than
Bonaire (about two and half times), and
has more people living on it (about 55,000
according to the Dominicans themselves;
about 72,000 according to the official
count), has no animal shelter of any kind.
When a dog or a cat has to be given shel-
ter, someone has to take it into his or her
home. Every attempt of trying to care for
the unwanted lies in the hands of a few
private individuals. Just try and imagine
that: no organized shelter for stray, un-
wanted or found dogs and cats.
You could argue that the care of the un-
wanted pets of Bonaire also lies in the
hands of a few. But it is the organization
that makes the difference. There is a place
where you can bring the puppies and kit-
tens or dogs and cats you have found or
have no more room for. And you know
they will be cared for.
Besides a place for our surplus island
pets there is the need for information
about sterilization. Because we have a lot
of our discarded pets in one place, we see
the effects of having non-sterilized pets.
You can also go to the animal shelter to
make sure your pet is sterilized, for free if
you want to.
Talking to some Dominicans we learned
that you should not castrate a male dog
because he has the right to procreate (he's
the man!). On the other hand, we heard
that a good reason to spay your female
dog is that you don't have to give away
any more puppies, which are of course too
cute to part with. This was a bit like the
world upside down. It is the total opposite
of what the animal shelter is trying to ac-
complish on Bonaire.
The main reason why the animal shelter
promotes sterilization for as many pets on
this island as possible is overpopulation. If

you leave all your pets "unfixed" we will
be up to our eyebrows in dogs and cats
within a few years. One female dog, her
mate and all of their puppies and their
puppies' puppies, if none are ever neutered
or spayed, add up to: 1 year: 16; 2 years:
128; 3 years: 512; 4 years: 2,048; 5 years:
12,288; 6 years: 67,000. Cats are even
more successful at reproducing. In seven
years, one unspayed female cat and her
offspring can theoretically produce
420,000 cats. After six years, every Bo-
nairean, per person (every man, woman
and child), will have the questionable
company of five dogs, and after seven
years an addition of 30 cats. That means
that seven years from now, a family of
four persons will have at least 20 dogs and
120 cats in their home. There will be no
room for any other living animal on this
island except for cats and dogs (that
should take care of the overpopulation of
donkeys quite nicely). If we don't want to
have so many dogs or cats, but we still do
not spay or neuter, mass murder will be
the only other option.
Sterilization is a good alternative for
another reason as well. According to Ran-
dall Lockwood, Ph.D., there is a much
greater incidence of biting in unsterilized
animals. "Of the nearly 20 fatalities
caused by dog attacks investigated be-
tween 1992 and 1994," says Dr. Lock-
wood, "we have found that none was
caused by a spayed or neutered dog."

Dominica is a resplendent island with a
lot to offer. But it would be even more
beautiful with an animal shelter like the
one on Bonaire to fall back on. You don't
have to go there every day, but it is very
good to have. And let's consider the quote
of William Greider (journalist). Animal-
rights advocates remind us of this admoni-
tion: The ways in which people treat ani-
mals will be reflected in how people relate
to one another. Mary Ann Koops
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Antillean and a biol-
ogy teacher in the
SGB high school.

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ent people are
starting projects
which they want
to complete this
I'm working
on my list too;
it's almost done.
But one thing I'd like is for everyone -
every Bonairean and foreigner who lives on
this island -to add to their planner, if we can
call it that, to join together to make our
Bonaire a better place to be. Unity makes a
strong, healthy and more self confident
community. We can accomplish a lot, but
without a planner it's not always possible to
stick to it.
So take a paper and start writing what
your goals are for 2009. Don't hesitate to do
it because before you realize it this year will
end and you won't have accomplished any-
thing. Let's do it, so at the end of the year
we can count our blessings. If you agree
with me please send your comments to The
Reporter. 0
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A prosperous 2009!" "Happy New
SA Year!" "Best Wishes for 2009!"
These words were what we commonly
heard at the beginning of this year. Some of
us might still make the mistake of writing
2008. Well, we must remember that we are
in the New Year, 2009. Days are going so
fast and we are in the middle of January
2009 already. Without much notice we
could be at the end of this year.
An ad in the dxtra newspaper caught my
attention. Someone decided to write down
the goals that they want to achieve for this
year. Here is their list:
1. To lose weight, walk 4 times a week;
2. Take Salsa dance classes;
3. Give family more attention;
4. Go on a cruise ship in the Caribbean;
5. Stop smoking;
6. Build the dream house.
Have you made your list already? I asked
some people what they wanted to achieve
for 2009.
Some school girls and boys said they
want to finish their education and to con-
tinue their studies in another country or in
Bonaire. Some working people said they'd
like to have their salary raised, and they're
doing after work courses. Sports and social
organizations hope to reach their goals by
fundraising. Bankers are analyzing their
company in order to strengthen it. Differ-

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0 The Natalee Holloway case in Aruba
just won't go away. Aruba's Prosecutor
General Rob Pietersz has started an
"investigation of the facts" into the state-
ments of Justice Minister Rudy Croes about
the early stage of the investigation on the
disappearance of Holloway. Croes said in an
interview last December that the Aruba police
chief at that time, Jan van der Straten (who
subsequently served as Bonaire's chief), had
seriously obstructed the investigation right
after the disappearance of the American teen-
ager in May of 2005. The Minister heard Van
der Straten say in a conversation at that time,
"I can't do this to my friend, Paul." Paul van
der Sloot is the father of the main suspect at
that time, Joran van der Sloot.

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prompted an exciting dance party.
The musicians on this recording are Sig-
fried "Fit" Molina, bass; Hubert "Iby" de
Palm, guitar; Johan "Joe" Gonesh, ukulele;
Ike Jesurun, percussion; and Norbert Goyla,
wiri. The general music consultant was the
well known musician, Hershel Rosario, who
also did the recording. The numbers were
composed and arranged by Gebby Saleh.
Copies are available at island bookstores.
Further information can be obtained from
Norbert Goyla, phone 511-4216 or Gebby
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who looks like
he is ready to be
a member of a
wedding. At
least he's
dressed for it
with his snazzy
black fur coat
and white chest.
Darling Fabian
was brought into
the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter
along with his
brother, "Fred,"
because the peo-
ple just couldn't
take care of any
more cats. So
it's lucky for
someone that
Fabian and Fred are both available
for adoption. The two brothers are a
little more than five months old.
They're healthy as can be, having
been examined by the vet and given
their shots and worming. They'll be
sterilized as soon as they're old
enough. Both cats are playful and full
of fun. You may see them at the
Shelter on the Lagun Road, open
Monday through Saturday, 9am to
1pm and 3 to 5pm. Telephone 717-

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to our Shelter for acting as headquar-
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Transition2009: Bonaire Links With Holland Status Report

The implementation of the
"closer ties with Hol-
land" selected by the majority of
voters in the 2004 Referendum is
At the start of 2009, where do
Bonaire and the other BES is-
lands stand as regards integration
into the Netherlands as "public
entities?" Here's the latest status
according to the Dutch Ministry
of the Interior and Kingdom Re-
lations in The Hague:
The new state (staatkundige)
structure can be effective as soon
as the required legislation is
passed in Holland. It is currently
being prepared. The target date is
undefined, but may be concurrent
with the dissolution of the Cen-
tral Government recently set for
March 26, 2010.
However, important steps are
already being taken to provide
some of the benefits the new
status will bring. On December
15, 2008, financing was approved
to start to begin improving educa-
tion, health care, security and
social matters. Regional service
centers (RSC) were opened to
help the implementation of these
improvements and serve as a
point of contact for the popula-
Funding is available to keep the
public informed on progress. As
of now, many of the details about
tax rates, social insurance premi-
ums, labor agreements, and sup-
plies are undefined. Decisions on
these matters must be clearly
presented. The Netherlands, in
dialogue with the local govern-
ments, will present information
on the changes and what the im-
pacts are. The RSCs will also
play a role in dissemination of
In November 2008 it was
agreed that concurrent with the
new status the American dollar
will become the official currency.
The Dutch Treasury will assist in
the details of the transition.
The Economy/Work Permits
The issue of work permits will
be addressed by the RSC. The
policy for that will come about in
association with the local govern-
ments. The Netherlands plans to
stimulate the local economy. For
example the socio-economic ini-
tiative (SEI) made extra money
available. Over the next three
years 19.5 million guilders will
be spent in Bonaire and 13 mil-
lion guilders for Saba and Sint
Eustatius to improve the quality
of life. This money is to be in-
vested in, among other things,
projects in the labor market, gov-
ernment finances and economic
development, in order to contrib-
ute to sustainable socio-economic
development. NGO financing
will not change much and will
continue through AMFO with

some local level changes.
Tax Enforcement
The Netherlands will continue
to help with collection of back
taxes and the payment of tax re-
funds as it has in the past.
Because the BES Islands are
not part of the European Customs
Authority, import duties from the
US, Holland and the EU will
continue to be applied as before.
Social Programs/Retirement
Retirement pensions and premi-
ums (AOW) are to conform as
much as possible to Dutch norms.
However, the amounts remain to
be defined because of the com-
plexity and difference in the eco-
nomic situation between the
Netherlands and the BES islands.
Emphasis has been and will
continue to be put on improving
the lot of the poor and people
with social problems: 6 million
has been allocated for this. Stan-
dards will be developed to define
a better social safety net that
meets Dutch standards.
It's not been decided if the An-
tillean retirement age of 60 will
be maintained and how pension
payments and premiums will be
modified. New AOV (retirement)
regulations are expected to be
There is no plan to replace the
Papiamentu instruction in Bon-
aire and the English instruction
on the other islands with Dutch
exclusively. However, the inten-
tion is to make significant im-
provements in the schools.
Health Insurance
It is the intention to introduce a
new health care insurance system
for the inhabitants of Bonaire,
Sint Eustatius and Saba. In 2009,
the RSC will work on this with
the intention that by January 1,
2011, it will be in place.
The Netherlands has begun to
make extra investments in the
field of public health to guarantee
a higher quality care. In the short
period there will be purchases of
equipment and renovating ac-
commodations. Disaster relief,
drug rehabilitation services,
women's relief, supplies and care

for the elderly, disabled and men-
tally ill will be augmented.
Island civil servants will retain
their jobs. Within the framework
of the political process agree-
ments have been made concern-
ing the organization of the Police
force, the Public Prosecution
Service and the common Court of
Justice. Good law
enforcement must
be guaranteed.
During BES week
in November 2008,
it was agreed that,
given equal apti-
tude, island children
have preference in
principle above
European Dutch at
fulfilling functions
in the government.
Legal residents of
five years or more
will be able to vote
in local elections but must have a
Dutch nationality to hold office.
Except for improving Bonaire's
airport security and water supply
emphasis on infrastructure im-
provements will have to await
formalization of the new state
structure and take a back seat to
the security, social, health and
education priorities.
The future of the public utili-
ties (telecom, energy, etc.) is
cloudy until arrangements for the
dismantling of the country Neth-
erlands Antilles is defined. The
Central Govern-
ment has financial pa
interest in the gov-
ernment companies
that operate them.
Development Wi
In Bonaire a for
freeze on new con-
struction and de-
velopment is in
It is not the inten-
tion to have all
Dutch laws and
rules apply in the
BES Islands. Cer-
tain Dutch laws

lands to be able to function as
part of the Dutch state establish-
The BES police corps will be
headed by the Dutch Ministry of
BZK, which in the Netherlands is
also responsible for the police
force. Also in the short term the
Netherlands already has made an
extra contribution to the security
on the islands. The royal military
police will be used on Saba and
Sint Eustatius as support for the
police force and border control
and on Bonaire for border con-

trol. A new police
station will be
built on Sint
Eustatius; the po-
lice station on
Bonaire is to be
Cultural Impact
The Netherlands has no inten-
tion of modifying the culture on
the islands.
It's desired that the impact of
the presence of more European
Dutch people on the islands, re-
gardless of whether they are new
residents, civil servants or techni-
cal advisors, be limited. It is not
the intention to import a lot of
civil servants or advisors from
the Netherlands to the islands to
become a permanent part of the
administrative apparatus. 0

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Seru Grandi and Angola

First Baby of 2009

Educational and Historical Walk Nishantely Nl i Anglla s Fit Born n 209
T his Sunday January 18, Top
Health Fitness Center is organiz- ....
ing an early morning nature and histori-
cal walk in the Seru Grandi-Angola
area, led by historian and journalist B6i
Antoin. Antoin is an intrepid walker and
knows the island intimately. He's an
archive of information and stories about
the island and a delight to be with. He's
led walks on Klein Bonaire, on Seru
Largu, at Lagun and Washikemba and to
the islands in Lac Bai among other
places on the island.

In past years Top Health Fitness Center
began organizing these walks called Edu-
cational Walks, not only for the physical
health aspects but to give information .
about the areas where the walks take

As the sun comes up to the west of
Lagun Hill the walk will commence in a
northerly direction, then to the west to-
wards Seru Grandi. On this walk we'll
pay particular attention to the area to the
east of Seru Grandi where the trail to the
top begins. Aside from this route there is
not much easy access to the summit.

Learn the secret of history... this old well
was discovered on a previous walk.

Guide Bbi Antoin at Lagun

If you have binoculars please
bring them because from the
southern tip of Seru Grandi
there is a beautiful view of a
large part of Bonaire.

If you love Bonaire and want
to find out more about it don't
miss this opportunity.

Meet at Lagun Hill at 6:30 am
on Sunday, January 18. The
cost is NAf 10 and includes
fruit and a homemade soup at
the end. Although water will be
available at certain times it's
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Karnaval Schedule

January/February 2009

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am,, Telbo "Garden" ren, 10 am to 1 pm.
Final Tumba Festi-
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Telbo "Garden"
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Children's Tumrba Fes-
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7:30 pm to midnight Election of adult
Queen, Prince and Pan- Karnaval Warm-up
cho 7:30 pm to mid- Party, 10 pm to 4 am
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
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pmi night Tourist Jumnp-in, 130 pm
to 4 pm, parking lot by
FUKABO Jump-up,
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Adult Kamaval Parade,
Playa 2 to 6 pm.

Children's Farewell
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T he staff and management of
Special Security Services
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Dirksz, with a photo taken 20 years
before in December 1988, the day
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t is with a heavy heart that we
report the death of our reporter,
Marcel Leurs. It is sad to know he's
gone from our lives. His personality
enriched Bonaire. The stories he
wrote in his "What's Coming Our
Way" column in The Bonaire Re-
porter were a readers' favorite.
He was very busy in different tour-
ism related projects on the island,
but he managed to write 16 stories
for The Reporter in the past
year. He let the readers know what
was coming their way in Bonaire's
rapidly changing year of 2008. He

wrote about many topics: new hous-
ing developments, the marina, Earth-
ships, airport parking and many
more, long before most people knew
about them.
A memorial service was held on
the seaside on Wednesday, January
7th, a time concurrent with his burial
in Holland. About 100 people said
goodbye along with a pod of dol-
phins that appeared at the start and
stayed until the end.
Our condolences to his wife Siet-
ske and children Isa and Jippie, U

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bRbles from the

The photos are from SELIBON and show garbage that has been dumped in the
countryside recently.

Did You
that small organ-
isms create
"sparks" in the
ocean? These
incredible crea-
tures, called
are single celled
organisms that
give off a burst of
light when dis-
turbed which appears as a spark in the water for a short half a second. This can only
be observed at night, not only because it would be very hard to see in the daylight but
because they actually turn off their light emission, or bioluminescence, during the
You may ask yourself why these creatures spend their precious energy let-
ting off light for no apparent reason. Bioluminescent dinoflagellates fluoresce only
when disturbed by a possible threat. The light is meant to confuse their predator mo-
mentarily and attract another animal likely to make prey of the impending predator.
In other words, this beautiful sight is a cry of distress
in hopes that they won't be eaten.
So next time you get a chance, head out to
the ocean at night, wave your hand through the water
and observe these little creatures doing their best to
not become your next snack. 0 Christopher Savage

Savage is a junior at George Fox University in
Newberg, Oregon, where he majors in Biology with
a focus on ecology andfield studies. He's studying at
CIEE Research Station Bonaire this semester. He
enjoys random overnights in the wilderness, long
strolls underwater and caring for his anemone,

Since the scales (and payment re-
quired for dumping garbage) were
introduced at the landfill at Kaminda La-
gun, SELIBON's Polis Ambiental
(Environmental Police) have been rigor-
ously patrolling the countryside of Bon-
Recently there have been various sites
discovered where garbage has been
dumped illegally. The Polis Ambiental
are investigating to find who has dumped
the trash. Some of the illegally dumped
garbage in the mondi already has been
identified and traced back to the people
who dumped it. As it is against the law
those persons will be given a summons.

There is a maximum fine of NAf 5.000
for dumping garbage illegally.
SELIBON is continuing to make the
maximum effort to maintain the cleanli-
ness of our island, but the responsibility
of each one of us is needed for success.
On the second and fourth Saturday of
each month house garbage may be
dumped free of charge at the Landfill.
On other days there will be a charge of
NAf 8 for each 500 kilos or less brought
in by each vehicle.
For more details call SELIBON at 717-
8159, Fax 717-7339 or email PRSeli-
bon@selibon.an, 0 Press Release/L.D.

New Stock
New Styles
Men, Women and Children

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Bonaire Reporter January 16-30, 2009




From Bonaire Nautico Marina

Catamaran Kantika di Amor
Trips daily via resorts at 10 am, 12, 2 pm
Except Sunday at 10 am only
Tie up dockside
for $7/day +tax
Water/115/220V & Cable TV
Dinghy tie-up at north-inside dock
US$10 weekly from Saturday to
Saturday. Pay at Kantika di Amor
water taxi daily 10 am, 12, 2 pm.
Sundays 10 am only.
Your boat name will be recorded.
At It Rains Fishes Restaurant
Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399
www.bonairenauticomarina /VHF 68

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By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for resi-
dents and local people. Tel. 717-8489,
Park Publico children's play-
ground open every day y into the eve-
ning hours.

Rincon Marshe-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
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o By appointment -lRooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for resi-
dents and local people. Tel. 717-8489,

q Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the eve-

p Rincon Marshm-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
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March first Saturday of the
* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3
to 7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy
and to sell. NAfl0 per selling table.
(NAf 5.00 goes to up-keep the park).
NGOs can have a free table. More in-
formation and reservations for a spot
call Vicky Bissessar 786 1592.

Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in
time. Learn about the history, culture
and nature by Bonaireans from Rincon.
Call Maria Koeks for more informa-
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value

* Flamingo Rockers at
"Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
tapas, 5-7 pm
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos
at 565-5225


Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide pres-
entation about Buddy's House Reef -
pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529

Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 6:30
Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sun-
set Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condo-
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 6:30pm.


Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past inthis 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 thm Friday,
9 -12,2-4. Weekends by appointment. Call
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17th centuy. Daily. Call 717-4060/
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Churchintown 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 holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017


AA meetings every Wednesday at
7pm; every Sunday at 5pm. Phone: 786
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 Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-4252.

Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette

Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
For more information call 510-0710.
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 Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Mar-
tinez Beck, at 786-2953.


Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.

New Apostolic Church: 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 Kralendijk
- 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 lo-
cated 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
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter-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 Visi-
tors Welcome: 701-9522 for Informa-

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel:790-6518, 786-6125
or 790-8988

Bonaire Reporter January 16-30, 2009


Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
lection of large and small home appliances, furniture,
TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and
in-store financing too.

Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.

Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
facial waxing.

De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells
top brand bikes. Have your keys made here.

MIO offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone
signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-SPEED
INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire.

De Bonairiaan Restaurant-is a unique restaurant run
by the students of the Stitchting Project with their advi-
sors. Each day a different menu.
Kaya J. A. Abraham Blvd., #21
(nearly across from Divi Resort)
717-6921, 786-6816
Inexpensive: Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9 am-2 pm for Breakfast, Coffee and Lunch
Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared piz-
zas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat
in or take away. Nice bar too.
On Kaya Gob. Debrot
/ mile north of town center. 780-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out

Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant at the Lighthouse
at Harbour Village Marina is the original family-owned
and operated steakhouse and grill. Fabulous dining.
Reservations 717-7725
Philips Cooking and Organizing is your personal
chef for Private Dinners, Catering, Party Snacks and
Wedding Services. Let Philip do it all
www.philipscooking.com call 701-1100

Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.

WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City

Caf6, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apartments .

ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation above
and below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire's
top videographer


Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.

Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center
Modem workout rooms and machines, professional
trainers and low prices make it easy to lose weight and
get fit.

Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it
and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
cals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.

RSA, Royal Sun & Alliance is your one-stop shop for
all your insurance needs: auto, home, boat and personal
liability. Top notch service assured.

Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of all
those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants that
want to invade your home. Call now and save your
investment in your home.

Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides,
items and services. Full digital services.

Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local
touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes
they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling your

Bonaire Partners-Rental and Property management
specialists. If you have a place to rent call them

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.

Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of choices in real es-
tate-Intemational/US connections. 5% of profits do-
nated to local community. List with them to sell fast.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available

now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful service, free
gift wrap.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. What would we do without their superb ser-

The Island Supplier (TIS)-Enjoy shopping the
"Caribbean Way' fresh, open air feeling with rea-
sonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods,
wide selection of beverages and juices. Good rum se-

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selec-
tion and lowest prices on the island.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
Bonaire with built-in ramp

Regimac, located across from E Teras, has fine alumi-
num windows and doors ideal for new homes or re-
modeling at great prices.

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

Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Reporter are
included in the guides. Free!

Scuba Sales
Repair Replacement
New Gear Accessories

Check CARIB INN First.
Great Prices -Great Stock

Always Great Values
Dive gear specials

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

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more visitors.

Let them know about
your business or
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Call 786-6125 or 790-6518
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To Town Kaya Gob. Debrot Hotels
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Not Just Great Pizzas!

Call ahead
Pre Order

Open Wednesday to Sunday
5 PM to 11 PM

Hair Affair

We do our best to
make your hair and make-
up wishes come true!!
You can also come in for facials and
facial waxing.
We use and sell L'Oreal products
Is your plan to marry on the island?
We can make you beautiful and stay
beautiful for your happiest day.

Personal attention by Janneke and Anke
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
or just walk in.
Downtown, near the waterfront
next to Little Havana
Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop

ome time in the 1900s a
pair of brown tree snakes,
or maybe just a pregnant female
brown tree snake, found its way
to the island of Guam, which had
never had brown tree snakes be-
No animal on Guam preyed on
the brown tree snake, and no
birds in Guam had evolved a way
to avoid brown tree snakes. Con-
sequently, only a relatively few
years later considering the life of
our planet, there are almost no
birds left on Guam, because the
sea snakes ate the eggs and the
baby birds. Pretty much all of

Sometime in the 1980s, a pair
of lionfish native to the tropical
Pacific somehow ended up in
the sea off Florida. These lion-
fish managed to stay close
enough to each other to spawn.
The fertilized eggs which escaped
predation hatched into larval lion-
fish, who settled out of the plank-
ton onto reefs off South Florida.
Now, only about 25 years later,
lionfish have been found as far
north as Massachusetts, as far
south as the Caribbean, as deep as
500' (seen from a submarine) in
Bermuda. I was flabbergasted to
learn how quickly the population
is spreading. Looking at the
USGS website section on non-
indigenous species, I learned that
the first report of lionfish from St.
Croix, in the USVI, came in Sep-
tember of 2008. The first report
from Haiti came a month later,
and from Puerto Rico last month.
There's just been a report from
Belize, too, which means lionfish
have arrived in Central America.

"What's the problem with lion-
fish?" someone asked me.
"They're really beautiful; won't
they add a nice dimension to Car-
ibbean reefs?"
Oh, they'll add a dimension all
right, but they'll take away more.
Lionfish are predators of
smaller fish and crustaceans,
which they suck down whole. A

These lionfish are of the species Pterois volitans/miles, which
means "flying with wing/**". In their native range, their maxi-
mum size is about 14". They've already been measured in
the Bahamas at 16".

full-grown lionfish can eat fish up
to 6" long. I was reading a 2002
online article about the lionfish
invasion, which said the lionfish
were not expected to be too sig-
nificant a problem. Six years
later, there are areas in the Baha-
mas with a few lionfish -- and
very few other fish.

One part of the reason that lion-
fish are doing so well is that, be-
ing natives of the tropical Pacific,
they have no natural predators in
the Southeastern Atlan-
tic/Caribbean area. In
fact, they don't have a
lot of predators in their
home environment, ei-
ther. Sharks eat a few,
and people eat a few, but
no one ever really con-
sidered why lionfish
didn't take over.
And, boy, do we need
that information now! A lio
Because, in addition to pr
having no noteworthy
predators in the Carib-
bean, lionfish adapted pretty
much instantly to preying on Car-
ibbean creatures. Little fish who
didn't recognize lionfish as
predators soon found themselves
becoming lionfish prey. Lionfish

hover in the water, displaying
expert skills at achieving neutral
buoyancy. They could gobble
down our chromis, wrasses, and
other small fishes with ease. If
just hovering in the cloud of
fishes didn't work, they could use
their large, fanlike fins to herd
little fishes into a crevice, then
gobble them down. In Florida and
the Bahamas, lionfish are causing
noticeable drops in populations of
all small fishes, including juve-
niles, and of shrimp and crabs.

onfish in its native environment,
u Dollar Point off Vanuatu, is ap-
eciated by diver Allan Apter.

One observer watched a lionfish
come to a cleaner station, eat the
cleaners, and then stick around
and eat the clients.
From an email from Paul Hoet-
jes, Netherlands Antilles biolo-

gist: "Research in the Bahamas
has shown that a single lionfish
transplanted onto small patch
reefs reduces recruitment of na-
tive fishes by nearly 80%!"
They spawn monthly, all year.
Each female deposits around
30,000 eggs in each spawning, in
the form of an egg raft. The raft
floats for a week or so, then the
fertilized eggs hatch, the larval
lionfish drift for probably two to
six weeks, then look for a hospi-
table reef. This spawning and
drifting is the main reason that
lionfish populations are growing
so swiftly through the Caribbean.
Every current, every hurricane
now distributes lionfish eggs and
larva throughout the Caribbean.
Ramon DeLeon, Manager of
the Bonaire National Marine
Park, told me that the lionfish
invasion is definitely being dis-
cussed and action is being
planned -- but the plans are not
yet ready to be announced. Hap-
pily, we don't need to push him
on this because lionfish have not
been sighted (or at least, not been
reported) in the ABC Islands.

Until then, Ramon reminds me
to remind you that lionfish have
venomous spines. If you see one
(or more), record the location by
site and depth as accurately as
you can, along with any other
location or behavior information
"Angel City, north of the yellow
stone entry, first reef, 50' deep,
under a multi-tubed purple tube
sponge," for example. If you're
with a divemaster, make sure the
divemaster sees the lionfish for
backup on your identification and

Then report that lionfish loca-
tion identification to the BNMP
at 717-8444.
If you're a member of REEF,
you'll of course report any lion-
fish sighting in your fish survey.
If you're not a member, find out
more at www.reef.org, where
there is more information about
the lionfish invasion and links to
the USGS Non-indigenous
Aquatic Species web pages.
There are also lionfish videos on
You Tube.
Some of the species of sharks
that eat lionfish in the Pacific are
also present at shark feeds in the
Bahamas, but the Bahamian
sharks seem uninterested in the
numbers of lionfish now hanging
around. Personnel from REEF
and Stuart Cove's tried offering
whole dead lionfish to sharks --
the sharks would take the food,
then spit it out.

On the other hand, humans find
lionfish to be very tasty. So right
now there's an item appearing on
the menu in the Bahamas, Ber-
muda, and other Caribbean loca-
tions that has never been offered
before: "Local Lionfish."
Maybe Guam needs to experi-
ment with snake recipes... E
Story and photo by Dee Scarr

Underwater naturalist Dee
Scarr is the recipient of numerous
awards for her coral reef conser-
vation efforts. Her "Touch the
Sea" guided dives are legendary.
Catch her mul-
timedia show at
Captain Don's
Habitat Resort
Mondays at


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See Three Cosmic Seasons at the Same Time

And as you
regular Sky
Park visitors know
each season on planet
Earth has its coun-
terpart in the heavens.
And this week and
next we'll have a
wonderful opportu-
nity to see the most
famous constellations
of summer, autumn
and winter all at the
same time, right after

Next week, be-
tween 6:30 and 8 pm
face west where the
brightest thing you'll
see will be our near-
est planetary neighbor, same size as planet Earth, 8,000-mile-wide Venus. But if
you look below and off to the side of Venus toward the northwest horizon you'll see
three bright stars which, if we draw lines between them, make up the great Sum-
mer Triangle. The brightest star, Vega, belongs to the constellation, Lyra, the
harp. The second brightest, Altair, belongs to the constellation, Aquila, the eagle.
And the third brightest, Deneb, marks the tail of Cygnus, the swan.
And if you recall, a few months ago at the beginning of summer this great triangle
was just rising in the northeast, announcing the beginning of its appearance in early
evening skies for several months. But this week and next it's letting us know that
summer is for sure no longer with us and that it is probably the last bit of summer
most of us in the northern hemisphere will see. Next, if you look due north you'll
see the North Star directly above the horizon and directly above it five stars which,
if we connect with lines, trace out the squashed out capital letter "M." It is one of
autumn's brightest constellations and is named for the legendary queen of Ethiopia,
But directly above her and slightly off to the side you'll see four much dimmer
stars which mark the Great Square of Pegasus, the winged horse, which is perhaps
autumn's most famous constellation. Finally, face east and you'll see what is many
peoples' favorite constellation, Orion the hunter, just rising and announcing that
winter has just begun. He's easy to find because three equally spaced stars lined up
in a row mark his belt, two very bright stars mark his shoulders and two very bright
stars, his knees. And although there are other winter constellations nearby we'll
update you on them as we get a little deeper into winter.
So for now simply go outside this week and next between the hours of 7 and 8
pm, face west northwest for the three brilliant stars which mark the covers of the
Summer Triangle depicted by a wonderful lyre, a magnificent eagle and a graceful
swan. Then face north and directly above the North Star you will see the five bright
stars, which marks autumn's queen, Cassiopeia, riding on her throne in a most pre-
carious position. And just above her autumn's magnificent square which marks
Pegasus, the horse. Finally, if you face east you'll see, just rising, the super bright
Orion, the hunter, who will be with us all winter long. So you'd better get used to
him now. Three seasons for the price of one. U Jack Horkheimer

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Bonaire Reporter January 16-30, 2009

ARIES: March 20th -April 20th Ruler Mars at the top of your chart reminds you
that it's not who you are, but what you do. You win respect from others by demon-
strating your skills or showing you care. The solar eclipse requires you go over some
ground rules at home to keep the peace.
TAURUS: April 20th -May 21st This month's solar eclipse places unpredictable
Uranus close to your ruler, providing unusual experiences and some extraordinary op-
portunities. As a result you may spin off in new directions, be attracted to offbeat sub-
jects or find simply feel more alive.
GEMINI: May 21st June 21st A combination of the full Moon and Mercury retro-
grade effecting your money houses could cause stress or concerns over fi-
nances. Luckily Saturn in good aspect to your ruler provides a solution to your current
problem. An exciting new romance could develop at work.
CANCER: June 21st July 22nd A solar eclipse in your power house gives you
access to other's secrets and resources. These kinds of benefits will greatly enhance
your sense of security and stimulate your generous side. Doing things for others feels
good now. Romance with someone who has something to teach you is promising.
LEO: July 22nd August 23rd A full Moon in your house of well being helps you
focus on your health. A solar eclipse in your house of partners marks a wonderful time
to find a workout buddy or even begin a new relationship. Feed back from others
brings the reassurance you need now.
VIRGO: August 23rd September 22nd A fortunate solar eclipse helps clean the
slate at work, which not only improves your situation, but also relieves you of
stress. Ruler Mercury retrograde in your creative sector means it's finally time to begin
a hobby or develop a talent. Relationships bring pleasure and fun. If single, you'll
enjoy dating now.
LIBRA: September 23rd October 23rd A rare eclipse in your house of pleasure
makes it easy to relax and enjoy loved ones. Sharing a creative project or being in
nature can bring you closer together. If you're looking for romance, you simply have to
let others know that you're available. With your ruler Venus, in perfect harmony to
Mars, new relationships get off fast start.
SCORPIO: October 23rd November 22nd Mercury and Mars review your current
situation and offer a fresh perspective. This new insight inspires you and provides a
solid basis for your natural next step. Your romance life is looking up, with Venus in
your fun department you're bound to find plenty of it now!
SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd December 21st This month's solar eclipse could
work wonders for you if you keep an open mind. Important information or solutions
will surface from your everyday experiences or when you least expect it. Also, you
could discover new ways to grow your money while Mercury retrogrades your finance
sector. Your home life brings pleasure now.
CAPRICORN: December 21st January 20th Having Mars in your sign gives you
extra energy and makes you more forceful. This could be a good thing as long as you
don't push too hard. The combination of Uranus opposite your ruler and Mercury ret-
rograde in your sign urges you to exert your charm instead of muscle. Romantic oppor-
tunities can be found close to home, in your neighborhood.
AQUARIUS: January 20th February 19th Jupiter entering your sign marks the
beginning of a great new year. However your success depends greatly on making deci-
sive changes. Once you determine what's out of your life, it will be easier to bring
new things in. These could be people, places or things.
PISCES: February 19th -March 20th Life may feel like a revolving door as new
people enter while the old leave. Because you're less willing to put up with things, you
may outgrow some friendships or situations. If so; no worries as you thrive on the
excitement of new developments. With Venus in your sign, others find you exciting;
you're attracting people who are good for you now! U


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