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SJan,.30Feb, 13,2009,; Volume 16, Issue3

[ Helping ]Bornaire Grow Respojinsibly
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

United States of America China
298 144
Colombia Surinam 1%ndia
627 223 77 /
4% Venezuela 1% 1
ominican 3% Others

Dutch legislation regard-
ing marriages, includ-
ing same-sex marriages, will
not become applicable on the
BES islands, stated Dutch State
Secretary of Kingdom Relations
Ank Bijleveld-Schouten last
Friday. However, it may not be
forever. In what may prove
precedent-setting for future
situations, Bijleveld-Schouten
stated in a letter to the Second
Chamber that her government is
not in favor of deviating from
the Dutch law when it pertains
to marriages. Same-sex mar-
riages are legal in the Nether-
lands but not in the Netherlands
Until the three BES islands
have become part of the Nether-
lands as "public entities," most
Antillean legislation will remain
in effect. Only legislation that is
necessary to facilitate the con-
stitutional reform will be intro-
duced, such as the Dutch Civil
Code, explained the State Secre-
tary. It's intended that current
(Antillean) legislation will be
replaced, Bijleveld-Schouten
confirmed, and that the Dutch
Constitution would become
applicable for the BES islands
in the future.

Last week the President of
the Antillean Parliament, Pedro
Atacho, said, "It is up to every-
one in the Netherlands Antil-
les and the Caribbean in gen-
eral to give content to newly-
elected US President Barack
Obama's message of "hope
and change. The message
should inspire everyone, espe-
cially politicians, to work harder
to take care of their people."
He called Obama's vision for
a better United States and world
"a bright path" to overcoming
all obstacles. Obama is expected
in the Caribbean in April for the
Summit of the Americas set for

D Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez said at a political
rally on a historic Venezuelan

battlefield last Saturday that
Barack Obama had the
"stench" of his predecessor as
US president and was at risk of
being killed if he tries to change
the American "empire."
Chavez said frayed ties with
Washington were unlikely to
improve despite the departure of
Bush, who the Venezuelan
leader has often called "the
devil." "If Obama as president
of the United States does not
obey the orders of the empire,
they will kill him, like they
killed Kennedy, like they killed
Martin Luther King, or Lincoln,
who freed the blacks and paid
with his life."
In contrast Cuban President
Castro, appearing for the first
time since undergoing gastroin-
testinal surgery in July 2006,
said of Obama, "No one could
doubt the sincerity of his
words as he stated that he
would turn his country into a
model of freedom and respect
for human rights in the world
and for the independence of
other peoples. I have had the
rare privilege of observing
events over a long period of
time. I get information and
meditate carefully over these
events. I don't expect to enjoy
this privilege in four years,
when Obama's first term in
office concludes."
Interestingly, last year Barack
Obama's Kenyan cousin,
Raila Obinga, named his son
Fidel Castro Obinga.

0 There's word in the press
that Curacao is trying to be-
come a hub for Richard Bran-
son's Virgin Galactic space-
Joost Wouters, one of the ini-
tiators of the Caribbean Space-
port project, hopes to put a
Dutch trade delegation in con-
tact with interested parties on
Curaqao. It's envisioned that
Curaqao's Hato airport would
be the site of a space experience
park that could also be used for
launching micro-satellites.

February 8,
Annual Spe-
cial Olympics

1 Start to
train today
because the
is just two
weeks away.
Commemorat- Pia-Pia walkers from North Salinja during a
ing the trek past Walk-A-Thon
Bonaire's salt -
slaves made each week the event has become a tradition for many
locals and visitors.
Leave from the slave huts in the south, and travel 30 kilometers
along the coast, through Kralendijk and end in Rincon. Participants
can walk, roller-blade, run, ride a bike, or whatever. There will be
water and fruit stops along the route. The event will begin at 5 am
at the White Slave huts. The entry fee/donation is NAf 25 ($14.04),
and includes a T-shirt, cap and refreshments. T-shirts and caps will
be handed out on Friday, February 6, from 5-7 pm and Saturday
from 10am-4pm at the Hotel Rochaline (City Caf6). You can buy
your ticket at Chat n' Browse and at the Tourism Corporation Bon-
aire (TCB). For additional information, contact Claire Sealy at 786-
5454 or Chio Semeleer at (09) 540-6840.

Since most all spacecraft launch
to the east, Curaqao launches
would pass over Bonaire.
0 Sign of the times: Bonaire

now has an armored car. SSS,
the island's premier security ser-
vice, (see their ad below) has put
a top-of-the-line armored vehicle
into service. SSS continues to be
effective in property protection
and just last week apprehended a
thief while he was stealing from a
local business.

0 Salba Nos Lora, (Save
Bonaire's Parrot Foundation)
together with STINAPA, is or-
ganizing the annual Lora count
on January 31st (next Saturday),

in the early,
early morn-
ing. If you
are inter-
ested in
ing in the
please con-
tact peter.montanus
ebonairegov.com to sign up and
get additional details.

0 Bonaire's former Public
Prosecutor, Ernst Wesselius,
has remained on the island which
he loves and has a new job as an
attorney with David Kock legal
firm. His office is at Les Galeries
Mall. Phone 717-8587 or
Ernst ttdavidkock.com.

1 Gerrit van der Valk who
developed the Netherlands'
largest hotel and restaurant
chain, died of a brain hemor-
rhage at his home in Marbella,
Spain. He was 80 years old.
In addition to the 56 properties
(Continued on page 8)

Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Spedal Olympics Walk-A-Thon 2
Census Statistics-2008 3
Announcements (Maynard Elyon
Cypriano) 6
Classic Piano Concert 9
XXI Fishing Tournament 9
Animal Friends gets pony 1 C
Historical Walk Seru Grandii 1C
Governors New Years Party 11
Letters to the Editor International Shame
at Flamingo Airport, No Donkey Problem,
More illegal Dumping 14
Guest Editorial: New Man on Bonaire,
HenkKamp 14
Art for Fun-Driftwoodfish 15
Hotel School for Bonaire 18
Is Bonaire Environmentally
Conscious? 18
Kamaval Schedule 2C

Weekly Features
Flotsam& Jetsam 2
Born on Bonaire- Tamara Molina-
Thielman 4
BonQuiz 6
Bonairean Voices (Fishing) 7
Island View (Green Energy Truth) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Pet of the Week ("Volunteers") 8
Sudoku Solution 9
Picture Yourself(Dam Square, Amster-
dam 12
Bonaire On Wheels (Land Rover
Ambulance) 12
Classifieds 13
ReporterMasthead 13
Tide Table 13
Bubbles-Did You Know(lguanas) 15
Whats Happening 16
Dining, Shopping Guides 17
Sky Park(LoveGoddess) 19
Caf Astro (Astrology) 19

How to contact us
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Story tip or idea:
Print and Online
Bonairenews.com, then click
on "Go to Archives"
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Neth. Antilles.
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B onaire is now home to 69 differ-
ent nationalities, up from 59 in
2007. And that's out of a total popula-
tion of 15,101 (as of December 31, 2008,
according to Bevolking, the census of-
fice). In 2008 Bonaire added an average
of 2.4 people per day. The population in
2007 was 14,243 and in 2006 it was
14,006. Growth is accelerating.
Of the total population (15,101), 9,833
are Antillean-born. That leaves the num-
ber of immigrants to be 5,268 or nearly
35% of the total population.
Those immigrants were born in 103
different countries of the world (see pie
chart on cover). (In the entire world there
are 195 countries) And they account for
the 69 different nationalities. By way of
an explanation, some were born in coun-
tries that no longer exist and/or they may
have changed their nationality.
In the total population men outnum-
bered women in 2008: 7,873 men to
7,228 women.

The Top 10 nationalities represented in
our immigrant population are:
Dutch from Holland 1,515
Dominican Republic 751
Colombia 627
Peru 454
Venezuela 417
United States 333
Surinam 223
China 144
India 77
Haiti 56

Other double digit countries in order of
numbers are: Aruba (50), Canada (40),
Portugal (39), Germany (38), Ecuador
(38), Jamaica (36), Lebanon (33), Great
Britain (29), Italy (24), Nigeria (22), Bel-
gium (21), Guyana (19), Trinidad & To-
bago (18), Spain (17), Cuba (16), Paki-
stan (12), Switzerland (12).

Other countries represented with single
digit numbers are from A to Z -
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados,
Brazil, Brunei, Cameroon, Chile, Costa
Rica, Czech, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia,
France, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Hon-
duras, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Kenya,
Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia,
Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay,
Philippines, Poland, Rumania, Russia,
Salvador, South Africa, South Korea,
Sweden, Taiwan, Uruguay, Vietnam,
Yugoslavia. And even one person who
was stateless.
At the beginning of 2008 our population
was 14,243. There were 148 births and
1,652 immigrations (adding 1,800). But
there were 70 deaths and 664 persons
emigrated (subtracting 734), leaving our
year-end 2008 total of 15,101.

Many thanks to the staff at Bevolking
who provided this information to The
Reporter. Stay tuned as The Reporter
brings you more population statistics,
such as which are the most densely popu-
lated neighborhoods and more. 0 L.D.

Bonaire 2008population age distribution

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G4 T am the eye of the doctor.
1I am the one who sees the
patient first and at that moment I
have to make the decision
whether I'm going to send them
home with an appointment or let
them stay. In that short time
frame I am responsible for the
patient because if I send them
home and something goes wrong,
it's my fault.
For a long time I wanted to be a
teacher, but when I was at
HAVO high school I was at the
delivery of my sister-in-law's
baby, and that changed every-
thing. I wanted to become a mid-
wife. However, that particular
education is not available in the
islands and I didn't want to go to
Holland, so when I got a scholar-
ship I chose to go to nursing
school, IFE, in Curaqao. It was
I went to live in Seru Fortuna
with a family and those people
became like real family to me.
The man owned a carpenter's
workshop and he taught me how
to make furniture, something I
enjoyed a lot. Four years later I
graduated and went back to Bon-
aire where I started working as a
nurse at the San Francisco Hospi-
tal, now Fundashon Mariadal.
In 1999 I went back to Curaqao.

I was pregnant and I went to
work again in the workshop of
the people where I'd stayed dur-
ing my training as a nurse. I was
making furniture until I was eight
and a half months pregnant and
after my son Jason was born I
went back to Bonaire and started
at the hospital again.
I worked there for six years
until 2005. In 2006 I began to
work at Centro Medico Central
with Dr. Van der Vaart. So, I'm
here for three years now and he
doesn't want to get rid of me. We
- Dr. Van der Vaart, Crusita,
Cecile, Mery and I are the best
team there is.
I was born in Nort di Salina.
My mom is Laura Thielman-
Eisden and my dad Alejandro
Thielman. They had 11 children:
eight girls and three boys. I was
number 10. My dad worked at
Customs and he also played, and
still plays, the kuarta, the guitar
and the sinfonia, an instrument
that resembles an accordion. I
love music and I love to sing and
when I was 10 I started taking
kuarta lessons with Mr. Gregory

Goedgedrag. I studied for
one year, then Mr. Greg -
ory asked me if I wanted
to teach with him. I was
only 11, but I was teach-
ing children from the age
of six and adults over 30.
From three in the after-
noon until nine at night
we would teach. It lasted
until I was 15. Mr. Greg-
ory was the one who
founded the choir Flor di
Coromoto. This year in
March it will be 22 years
All those years, except
for the time I spent in
Curaqao, I've sung in the
choir. Every Sunday
morning at nine o'clock
we sing in the Birgin di
Coromoto Church in Antriol.
Sometimes we sing in the
churches in Playa or Rincon. We
also perform on special occasions
like when we sang gospels at the
memorial night of Marlies van
der Kouwe, by the tree close to
WEB. It was at the request of
Marlies' mother. Our foundation

"In the old system we would be instructed in
Dutch from the very beginning. That's how
we learned to understand the language."

is called Fundashon Kuakit
(kuarta/kitara) and it includes the
choir, Flor di Coromoto, the
Coromoto gospel group, Krioyo
Kids and the Krioyo Band. Now
we're busy with the Krioyo Band
for Karnaval, training with the
children for the Tumba Festival."
Tamara Molina is a lovely,
bright woman with a stunning
smile, afabulous person with a
great sense of humor and a laid
back attitude.
Well, I met my husband, Riley

Molina, when he came to take
kuarta lessons at Mr. Gregory's. I
was 12 and he was 16, and al-
though we had a 'time-out' when
I was in Curacao, we've stayed
together until now and we're
doing fine. We got married in
2002 and our daughter Joenny
was born in 2004. We're living in
the house of Riley's 84-year-old
grandmother, 'Mamai' Angelica
Cicilia, and we Riley and I and
the children have just decided to
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go for a third child." She laughs.
"My little daughter didn't want to
hear about a baby in my belly.
She told me, 'No! I want you to
go now and look for a baby
somewhere. Hurry up!'
If I get pregnant, Doctor Van
der Vaart is going to do the deliv-
ery. He loves deliveries just
like me. Whenever it's possible I
run after the doctor when a baby
is going to be born and there are
many patients who want me to be
there. To me it's always as beau-
tiful as the very first time when I
was just a girl and I saw my sis-
ter-in-law giving birth.
Life is sweet; sometimes
there's stress and you just go on,
but I like it simple and quiet. I
don't go out. I like to sleep and I
like to eat but-write this in capi-
COOK! So, I always go for take-
out, unless my mom has some
The choir, my family and my
work that's my life! It's very
important to me that the children
are doing well at school and
that's not what's happening. The
new school system is bad. In the
old system we would be in-
structed in Dutch from the very
beginning. That's how we
learned to understand the lan-
guage. In the new system the
instruction language is Papia-
mentu and they're getting some
Dutch classes every week. It

doesn't work, believe me. Jason
(9) has no problems whatsoever
with math, but he's having a lot
of difficulties with the languages.
He's in fourth grade and he's
reading like a first grader. He
does not understand the subject
matter because he doesn't under-
stand Dutch. I don't know what
to do about it. He's not dumb at
all, but every week he gets very
bad notes and I have to put my
signature on them and it saddens
me. It makes me tired and des-
perate." She sighs, looks at her
son who's sitting on the sofa,
watching TV and gives me a
weary smile.
"Okay, let's go back to my
work, which means so much
more to me than just work. I do
my work with great pleasure and
the patients have a lot of confi-
dence in us. We also perform
small operations and we treat
people who've been in dive acci-
dents or people who need treat-
ment for wounds in the decom-
pression chamber and we get a
lot of tourists in. Sometimes I
miss the action of the ambulance
like when I was working at the
hospital, but now and then we
also turn out for an emergency.
I sincerely hope that in the fu-
ture there will be more attention
and funds for healthcare on Bon-
aire because the way it's going
now it's not good. Lately
they're cutting back in so many
things like people having to
pay for their own medicines in

spite of the fact they're insured
with SVB, BZV or FZOG. We
also have to cut back on materi-
als. All doctors' practices have
to. There's only one certain
budget we're getting per year,
appropriated by FCT (the chief of
the money) in Curaqao and that
has to last us for the whole year.
When we order something it
takes about two weeks for every-
body to add his signature and
then we get it here, but most of
the time it's less than we've
asked for. All this started in
2008. It was never like this be-
Another thing I would like to
see improve is the way Fun-
dashon Mariadal, the hospital, is
functioning. I don't like to say
too much about it but they could
do better. At the practice it's get-
ting busier by the day and I am in
between the doctor who's also
getting tired and the patients
who want to be seen by him. I
have a lot of patience and I don't
like to get angry, but sometimes I
say, 'I'm getting out of here.' I
get my keys and start running!"
She laughs. "It never happens!
And I taught a lot of people to
call Dr. Van der Vaart, 'Doctor'
because people would come and
tell me, 'I have an appointment
with Dick,' and I would answer,
'With whom? I suppose you
mean the doctor!' Hey, they
haven't gone to school together.
Have some respect!

Jason, "Mamai" Angelica Cicilia, Joenny, Riley and Tamara

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Tell It Like It Is

Have you ever heard of Econcern?
You should because they have big
plans for Bonaire. As the CEO of Econcem
stated in the Dutch magazine, Vrij Neder-
land (nr 52/01, 27th of December 2008 7th
of January 2009), "We are building a system
on Bonaire to supply the entire island with
sustainable energy through wind and bio-
diesel." That sounds fantastic, doesn't it?
We are so lucky to have been chosen as an
island to experiment on. And an experiment
it is, because the combination of wind gen-
erators and a biodiesel plant does not exist
anywhere else in the world. Of course you
can congratulate yourself with such a feat.

Obviously there are some comments to be
made about this project, otherwise I would
not be bothering you by bringing up this
topic. To start off there is the fact that they
want to make a power plant run on biodiesel.
The research into biodiesel is still in its in-
fancy. But no problem, they will tell you,
until we have biodiesel we will use the good
old fashioned oil fuel. Well, why is your
CEO pretending to build a "system to supply
the entire island with sustainable energy?"
If you think that as soon as the biodiesel is
available they will use that instead of oil
fuel, you are sadly mistaken. At one of the
public hearings organized to give informa-
tion on the new power plant, it was made
clear to the public that the power plant will
switch to biodiesel as soon as the price of
biodiesel can compete with the price of this
cheap and dirty fuel oil. That could take a
long time, perhaps even more than a life-
Why tell the public that you are making
green energy on the island when it is unclear
that that is actually going to happen? It all
depends on whether the researchers will find
a way to make biodiesel cheaply enough.
That is a big "if." You hear sounds across
the globe that biodiesel may well not be the
way to go. Every surface you use for bio-
diesel you cannot use for growing food.
With the growing numbers of people there
may come a time that growing rice becomes
more important than growing palm trees to
fill up your tank.

The people of this project have thought
about how to get the biodiesel of course.
They want to make it in a big pond at the
salt pans in the south. Would that be enough
to supply 60% of the energy of the entire
island, which the power plant is designed to
produce on average? I still need to be con-
vinced of that. And what about the contami-
nation of the reef if you have a big pond of
aggressive-growing algae in the open air
next to the open sea? How can anyone be
absolutely sure that no algae will fly the
coop, or that new algae will come in to com-
pete with the existing algae? Until that time I
am not looking forward to that pond of
gooey-looking green smudge, however
much I like green energy.

Green energy is not only about wind and
biodiesel, but you have to look at the whole
package, the location of the power plant
included. Granted, Bonaire is a small island,
so you are limited in your choices of where
to put a power plant. But why choose a loca-
tion in a nature reserve close to Gotomeer
and the marine reserve? Also, it is not logi-
cal to have plans to make biodiesel in the
south and the power plant in the north. Not
only will you lose energy when you have to
transport your biodiesel, but can you imag-
ine all those trucks driving on the Tourist
Route to get to the plant? It seems like the
choice of the location was not made with
biodiesel in mind, but with the tanks full of
oil fuel just a stone's throw away.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to really become
an island that runs completely on sustainable
energy? There are some promising projects
with biodiesel. Algae are grown in "tube
mattresses" filled with water and nutrients,
which are hung in a vertical position. That
way you have solved a few problems. There
can be no contamination with the environ-
ment because it is a closed system. You need
less water because a lot will not evaporate in
a closed system in comparison to growing
algae in a open pond. What is most impor-
tant, you yield more biofuel per acre because
you can grow it vertically. You can check it
out yourself on Youtube. "Vertical Algae
biofuel Growing."

It would have been nice if the CEO of
Econcem spoke more realistically in that
article in Vrij Nederland He could have
said, "We are building a system on Bonaire
to supply the island with about 40% very
green energy through wind power and about
60% very dirty energy through burning fuel
oil, with the intention of going green for the
full 100%. But until biodiesel can compete
with the cheapest oil available, Bonaire will
not be 100% sustainable." But that doesn't
sound flashy enough I guess... 0
Mary Ann Koops

Mary Ann Koops is
Antillean and a biol-
ogy teacher in the
SGB high school.

People have been fishing on the seas
around Bonaire for years. Our
forefathers lived by the sea. In the past,
often during the week, we could go early
in the morning to Playa Lechi, to mention
just one of the spots, where we waited for
the fishermen to come in with their boats.
You could buy fresh fish right there, go
home and prepare it before you even went
to work. Then at lunchtime you'd come
home and have it for lunch. Are we still
able to do that? If it's still possible please
tell me where I can buy fresh fish early in
the morning.

Because I'm concerned with what is
going on I had interviews with several
fishermen to see what their thoughts

One who's been in the fishing business
for 17 years, Luis Wijman "Juni" (40),
said, "Up until about 10 years ago there
was a lot of fish and people were standing
in line to buy it, but today there's not so
much fish. Where the fish are has
changed a lot and some of the fish comes
from the north west. They're not so easy
to catch, especially if you don't have the
most sophisticated equipment. There are
big boats coming from Venezuela with
fishing permits they got from the Central
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waters, and they sell the fish to other is-
lands. They were doing long-line fishing
for three years, so by the time we got
there there was hardly anything left. We
as fishermen have to talk about these
problems but nobody is listening.

During the seasons when it's very hard
to catch fish some supermarkets and res-
taurants import their fish from Ecuador
where they buy it for a very cheap price.
Then when we have fish that we want to
sell to them they won't buy it because
they're continuing to import it from Ec-
uador. But you still have to sell your fish
so you can survive and support your fam-
ily. Fortunately we sell to local people.
So as you can see there are many factors
causing the fishing business to go down. I
still have my business and have to pay
taxes for it. But because it's not as pro-
ductive as it used to be, for the past two
years I've had to go to work in the con-
struction business every day so I can pay
my bills.

It would be best for us to have a fisher-
men's foundation. We could get bigger
boats better equipped to fish in deeper
waters. The Island Government office has
to regulate the LVV (Landbouw, Veeteelt
en Visserij, agriculture, flocks, fishing) to
see where fishing in Bonaire is heading."

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
in The Netherlands in
family hands, there are 20
abroad including the
Plaza Resort in Bonaire.
In 1982, Van der Valk's
wife, Toos, was kid-
napped by an Italian gang
and released after pay-
ment of a ransom of some
13 million guilders. Our condolences to his

Paradise Photo, conveniently located at
the Les Galeries Mall, not only takes care of
your digital processing and CDs but it's a
handy place to find an expanded collection
of greeting cards, picture frames, photo
albums and even Lonely Planet books in
English. Stop by and see for yourself.

1 Outlet Mol bikini shop is growing,

adding the shop next door to the current shop.
The new addition will be called "The Surf
Shop, by Outlet Mol" and includes many fa-
mous surf brand names. Keep your eye on
The Reporter for the announcement of when
the first shipments will arrive. Check out their
ad on page 6, featuring a male model for the
first time.

As we go to press the TCB issued its
report on tourism statistics for the first six
months of 2008. Stay-over tourist arrivals
were up 8.38% over the previous year, for
a half-year total of 40,068 visitors which
projects to a record of arrivals of over
80,000 for the full year 2009. Recent TCB
surveys of travel professions indicate that
Bonaire should not suffer substantially from
the economic downturn. An informal Bonaire
Reporter survey showed a shift towards
"budget" accommodations. More in our next
edition. H G./L.D.

Pets of T
One of the nicest
things about the
Bonaire Animal Shelter
is that it's such a fun
place to volunteer.
Where else can you get
so much appreciation
for just showing up!
When you see those
wagging tails and smil-
ing dog faces you'll
know what I mean. In
the photo are three of
the young volunteers Young Shelh
enjoying being overrun
by puppies. Amber has
been a loyal volunteer since 2005 and
one of the pups' favorites. She invited
her good friend, Daniela, to join her
and now both girls are there every Sat-
urday morning. Jens is just starting out
as a volunteer and is doing a good job
getting the puppies to play and have
Right now the Shelter needs volun-
teers for during the week, Monday
through Friday, preferably from 8 to 10
am to work with the dogs cleaning,
feeding and just socializing with them.
Other times are okay too. (The cats at
the moment seem to have their own
team of special volunteers who've got
them covered just fine.) If you have
some time give them a call at 717-
There are lots of puppies to choose
from at the Shelter right now and more
are coming in every day. We all love
them but when there are too many what
can we do? The Shelter has been run-
ning a Sterilization Campaign for a
number of years, trying to make a dent
in the number of unwanted puppies and
kittens being born. For those who can't
afford it, the sterilization is free or
whatever the owner is able to pay.
Please, if you feel strongly about help-
ing, contribute to the "Sterilization

Daniela and Amber

Fund," MCB Account 10616410. The
money goes only for sterilizations. Any
amount is very much appreciated and
can make a big difference. This last
year the Fund provided for 225 sterili-
Other good news: Last year there
were a total of 186 adoptions of dogs
and cats. That's an increase over 2007
when there were 165. That's an even
bigger increase from the early days of
2002 when there were only 90 adop-
tions for the whole year.
More good news and a happy ending.
You may recall the Labrador pups who
were featured in Pet of the Week in the
December 5-19, 2008, edition of The
Reporter. A family in Holland saw the
column and the photo, fell in love with
the Lab pup and told their mother who
was going to visit Bonaire to go to the
Shelter and get that exact dog! She did
and now that Lab puppy is living hap-
pily in Holland. By the way, there is
just one of those Lab pups left for
The Bonaire Animal Shelter on the
Lagoen Road is open Monday through
Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm.
Tel. 717-4989.
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for Awareness, had its grand
opening last Saturday.
Within the charming complex
of buildings, rooms and patios
you'll find Eveline's shop for
Body, Mind and Spirit, places
for workshops and massages.
They specialize in coaching,
mediation, physiotherapy.
There are workshops for thea-
tre, portrait drawing, painting
and glass blowing. Stop in for
a visit. They're in the yellow
buildings on the west side of
Kaya Korona, #47, behind
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Paplamentu-English Dictionary
by Betty Ratzlaff


Page 8

T he XXI (21st) Bonaire Fishing
Tournament had lots of excitement.
The 23 competitors had mostly good luck.
Twelve marlin and a sailfish were caught
and released. In addition, three wahoo, two
tuna, one weighing a respectable 34.9 kg,
and a dorado were brought back for the
kitchen. The winner was Mojito from
Curagao with two Blue marlins. Second
was Talika with its tuna prize and third,
Styn Ruben with a Blue caught by a 14-
year-old boy.
In a sad development one of the fishing

boats, the K-Prichio from Aruba, captained
by M. Heyden, caught fire and sank on
Saturday afternoon soon after it had caught
and released a Blue marlin. The boat was a
considerable distance offshore opposite the
salt flats in the south of Bonaire. The
source of the fire was unknown. Fortu-
nately all five persons aboard escaped in-
jury and were rescued almost immediately
after they went overboard in life-jackets by
another Aruba flagged boat, Makaira. 0

Classic Piano Concert by Helena Basilova

O n Monday, January 12, the talented Helena
Basilova played romantic piano music in a
concert at the Plaza Resort.
Helena substituted for pianist Richard Flemming
who had to cancel due to an injured back. Helena,
only 26, is a flowering talent of increasing interna-
tional level. She performed the well known Rondo
in D-sharp from W.A. Mozart, several pieces from
the ballet Cinderella by Serge Prokofiev and im-
promptu numbers 1 and 2 from Schubert. The mel-
ancholy andjoyful parts made these pieces a spe-
cial experience.
Following the break and a retuning of the brand
new stage piano Helena gave a truly magnificent
performance of the Davidbundlertanze from Robert Schumann. Following huge ap-
plause, as an encore she played the Etude in C Sharp by Frederic Chopin.
The recently formed classical music board of Bonaire is trying to increase the fre-
quency of these concerts in cooperation with some resorts on Curagao and the Conso-
cium Martina. It would be a fulfilled dream of many who love piano music to have a
good grand piano on Bonaire. Who knows; it may happen ("Yes we can"). If you have
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Bonairean Voices (Continued from page 7)
Another very experienced fisherman
is Constantino Pedro Diaz "Doei" (74).
"Born to be a fisherman," he said. "I
was fishing as a hobby, then I got into
the fishing business. In the past there
were few boats and a lot of fish. The
fish price was very low and all the fish
was sold. Today we have fewer fish
and the price is high. In our waters we
have six to seven foreign fishing boats
that catch fish every day using long
lines and they get all kinds of fish.
With a small boat using a traditional
fishing line you can lose a whole day if
the fish don't bite. The fish are there,
but you need a bigger boat with special
equipment to catch them. Industrial
fishing can help the island for sure.
And of course with bigger boats and
good equipment you can catch different
kinds of fish in one fishing day.

A local fishing tournament was or-
ganized as a social day to bring the
fishermen together and through this
event start corporation among fisher-
men, but it didn't succeed. I hope one
day we can have one. "

As you can see a number of fisher-
men are concerned. There more com-
ments from the fishermen to come.

Siomara E. Albertus

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Tournament HQ at Club Nautico Bonaire. Ex-Microsoft exec's mega yacht,
Octopus in the background

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Seru Grandi Hike

An enthusiastic group of early risers
of all ages got together last week-
end and made it to the top of 100-meter-
high Seru Grandi. "We summited!" they
said proudly, using the same term avid
mountain climbers use.
The hike was led by historian and jour-
nalist B6i Antoin in conjunction with Top
Health Fitness Center. The group met at
Lagun Hill at 6:30 am where they were
briefed by B6i with English translation by
STINAPA's Elsmarie Beukenboom. The
route led through the mondi, which was

dotted by kunukus, ponds, fields of maishi
(corn), goats and sheep. B6i pointed out the
indigenous trees, the surrounding hills (one
of which has been partially demolished for
fill) and some illegal trash dumping. In the
rock strewn area just below the mountain it
was like an alpine meadow with short
growing flowering grasses. Curious goats
watched us from the mountain top.
At the summit of Seru Grandi we rested
and marveled at the view of nearly the

"B4 abe," a beautiful white eight-
Syear-old pony from Curacao, is
now living at the Animal Friends Petting
Zoo at a kunuku in Washikemba. His
arrival is thanks to Co deKonig and the
Friends of Bonaire and the Bonaire Ro-
tary Club. Stanley Weerlicht Ignacio
found the pony and arranged for Babe's
delivery via the Dona Luisa.
Petting zoos for children in Holland
were the inspiration to have one here in
Bonaire. A Dutch couple and Funchi Eg-
brechts got together and began the project
on Funchi's kunuku in Washikemba.
Right now there are chickens, ducks,

geese, goats, sheep, pigs, hogs, a horse,
other interesting farm animals and some-
times a pack of Chihuahuas to entertain
and delight youngsters and adults. And
now there's a pony to ride.
They're not officially open but you may
visit if you like. Call ahead 796-7303 or
780-1255. The Petting Zoo is close to
becoming a foundation (stitchting), and
they could use donations. All these ani-
mals get hungry entertaining the public.
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Page 10

Governor's New Year's Party

Senlds A Message

G overnor Glenn
Thod6 and his
wife, Mechtild Thod&-
de Wit, hosted the tradi-
tional Governor's recep-
tion in the courtyard of
the Bestuurscollege (BC)
on Saturday, January 24,
under starry skies and
gentle breezes. It was the
largest turnout for a New
Year's reception in
memory with around 200
people attending. For-
mer Governor Herbert
Domacass6 and his wife,
Lena, were also on hand,
as were a variety of offi-

The musical back-
ground was provided by onai
the Latin Jazz trio of Bonaire
Andrina, Carlos and Bonaire's Gov

After wishing everyone a happy 2009,
Governor Thod6 took the occasion to talk
about what 2009 means for the future
"direct ties" between Holland and the
BES islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatitus and
Saba. His speech was in Papiamentu, fol-
lowed by Dutch with a summary in Eng-

He said that the goal of replacing the
BES islands' connection of the Antilles
Central Government in Curaqao with di-

A specialfeature of the event was the participation of the Queen's top officials
of the BES islands: Bonaire Governor Thodd; Henk Kamp, Queens's Commis-
sioner for the BES islands; St. Eustatius Governor Hyden Gittens;
and Saha Governor Jonathan Johnson

First Lady, Mechtild Thodd-de Wit, and
ernor Glenn Thodd welcomed their guests.

rect ties with The Hague is intended to
improve the quality of life of the people
living on the islands, especially with re-
spect to education, social benefits, fiscal
dealings and public safety.

To expedite the transition, Regional
Service Centers have been established on
all the BES islands. The Governor said
that this means that the Dutch will actu-
ally be physically present on Bonaire as
well as the other islands, and that offers
an exceptional opportunity for the neces-

sary activities to proceed properly be-
cause it can increase the understanding
between the two cultures. This empathy
can lead to better resolution of the issues
that will arise. The Dutch can sample first
hand the situations on the islands, and the
local people can talk face-to-face with the
Dutch men and women charged with
bringing the islands into mainstream Hol-

Governor Thod6 emphasized that the
BES islands are seeking "integration
with Holland, not assimilation." Local
traditions and culture are to be preserved
and balanced against the pressures and

benefits of a European-style society. He
hoped that all would use 2009 to work
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An Ambulance Named "Bosnia"
The 40th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring

Bonaire/Tras di Montana.
T he house of the Wever family is
situated somewhere on the right
hand side of an unpaved road named
Kaminda Tras di Montana (Road behind
the Mountain), off the road between Men-
tor and Rincon. Most of the privately
owned house has been built by Mr. and
Mrs. Wever themselves over the last 25
years. They, their two kids, a son and a
daughter who now live abroad, really love
their spacious house on their huge terrain.
No neighbors for the next couple of miles,
no connection with the WEB (water and
electricity distributing company of Bon-
aire), just the silent noise of a wind pow-
ered generator able to produce a thousand
watts, and every now and then the deep and
solid sound of a diesel generator when
Johnny Wever is using his welding gear or
one of his other electric power tools. "No
connection for me with the WEB," Johnny
exclaims. "I prefer to be independent, de-
pending on the energy produced by our
own windmill. I love the sound of clean
Johnny and his wife are enjoying life and
are very happy persons. His wife was born
on Bonaire while Johnny is from Aruba. "I
was born on June 3, 1952. That makes me
56 now," he explains. "As a 16-year-old
boy I started as a vol-
unteer working for "...it's a veh
the Red Cross of on driving w
Aruba as a life guard, mats are
helping other people.



powered, four-wheel drive ambulance
served the Red Cross of our island for a lot
of years, but at last the second-hand ambu-
lance got tired. The gearbox developed
more and more problems, and finally it
became almost impossible to shift gears.
Another problem was the lack of parts for
the car on Bonaire. So in the end she was
parked in a hangar, waiting for better times.
Finally, the Bonairean Red Cross decided
to sell the vehicle and I became the new
owner of this non-runner. Because of my
interests and profession I like this car. She
consists of an aluminum body mounted on
a very rigid chassis. The chassis, the body
and the engine are very easy to work on. It
is said that some 75% of all the Land-
Rovers ever produced are still in running
The white re-sprayed Land-Rover series
III model 109 ambulance was presumably
produced in the 70s. The push rod cast iron
overhead valve diesel engine is slow but
very reliable. The electrics are primitive.
No electronics. No power steering, no
power windows, no air conditioning. A real
no nonsense vehicle, fitted with a very
rigid, non-flexible chassis mounted on four
leaf springs. The comfort of the car is of a
low level. The cabin for the driver and his
helper is, to say the
least, a little
cle that keeps cramped. Hardly any
hile the floor space for all the
oating ." black, yellow and red
Sknobbed shifters to

Johnny Wever, smiling as almost always, and his
grinning Land-Rover ambulance





Nowadays I am still
connected to the Red Cross, as president of
the Bonairean Red Cross. Our office is at
Flamingo Airport. I've been an active
member of the Red Cross for 41 years
now! The slogan of the Red Cross is, "Help
us to help other people!" And I fully en-
dorse this idea. The Bonairean Red Cross is
very active on our island. There is a never-
ending need for volunteers and financial
support, but we help wherever we can, dur-
ing all kinds of sport events, karnaval ac-
tivities, you name it and we do our best to
be there to help and to assist!"
Johnny Wever is retired now. He arrived
on the island of Bonaire on August 1, 1977,
and for years he was connected to the SGB
(secondary school of Bonaire for kids from
12 and up) as a mechanical engineer teach-
ing the students to work with several types
of metal.
"Since December 1990," Johnny says,
"I've been a certified First Aid Instructor.
Until now I'm the only certified instructor
on the island. In 1995 a hurricane named
Lenny tortured our island and I got in con-
tact with Letzer Krausse, representative of
the Dutch Red Cross. With Letzer's efforts
the Red Cross of Bonaire had donated to
them an ex-military ambulance made by
the Land-Rover Company from Solihull,
England. The car was originally painted a
military green, but it was re-sprayed white
with red painted crosses on the aluminum
body. I gave this vehicle the name
"Bosnia" because it served the troops dur-
ing the war in Bosnia. The diesel engine-
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engage high speed,
low speed, two-wheel drive, neutral and
four-wheel drive. A non-standard ambu-
lance. Sturdy, not that comfortable. But on
the other hand, it's a vehicle that keeps on
driving while the floor mats are floating
because of high water.
Then, as almost always, Johnny smiles
his big smile. "And I am going to take care
of this car. I am going to make her run
again. For me, as a mechanic, this is a real
challenge! One day we will see this ex-
military vehicle back on the paved and
unpaved roads of my beloved island of

Please help the Red Cross of Bonaire to
help other people. The non- profit organi-
zation always needs
active volunteers and

financial help. Please
call 780-7289 for more
information. The Red
Cross also has two al-
most empty bank ac-
counts: RBTT Bank:
2343614 and MCB
Bonaire: 1013590-07.
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Call Donna at 785-9332.

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

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

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

Searching For GREAT
For Quality House and Office
Cleaning ....... CALL JRA
Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

Starting from NAf6 per meal.
Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
Web site:

MASSAGE Starting from
NAf 30- Physical problems/
Relaxing/Shoulder/Neck/ Foot.
Reflex/Salt Scrub Call for Ap-
pointment 785-0006/786-
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Lisette &Sameh

Private yoga classes
call Louise 717- 7021 or

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

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help! Support Bonaire, Inc. provides
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Luxury Apartment for
Rent in Curacao -$150-
$200 per day. Luxury
house for rent in Sa-
badeco-$2000 per month.
Call Sahid 00 5999-511-5106 or Email:

For Sale: Sailing boat Albin 34 ft.
"Scramble" 6 sl. beds, 3 cylinder Die-
sel Yanmar engine -including Bonaire
mooring. $ 25,000- phone 786-1169

3 Dog Carriers Airline Approved
including feeding dishes :$130.00.
"Trickle Charger" It is a like new
battery charger good for motorcycles.
NAf 175. Kaya Avelino Cecilia
#37 NikkiBoko Call 786-7072

Need a place for a kids party? Use
the We Dare To Care building at the
children's play ground for only NAf 50
per party. All funds go to Park upkeep.
Call Vicky Bissessar 786 1592.

For sale:
sports car,
very nice,
NAf 7.000. For more information call

Men's large Henderson, neutrally
buoyant, Trilam wetsuit. Never worn,
still has tag. Cost new US$285. Will
sell for US$175. 717-2208

Quinny stroller, 3 wheeler, Color:
blue Including: crib, sheet/blanket,
maxi cosi (to use in the car also),
buggy and sunscreen; Asking price:
NAf. 275,- Interested? Call: 786-2206

FOR SALE: 1 Hifly 255 cm x 85 It.
Wave Board- NAf 250; 1 JP 209
Freestyle Board NAf250; 1 4.7
Gastra Maniac Sail NAf 250. Call
Don 786-2692

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Picture Yourself With
The Reporter In...
A 4

H ere's one of Bon-
aire's best tour
guides and Friend of the
Earth, Christie Dovale, on a
visit to Holland a couple of
years ago. This week we
launch a new feature by
Christie designed to test
your knowledge of our is-
land. Go to page 6 for the
first "BonQuiz."

Take a copy of The Bonaire
Reporter with you on your
next trip or when you return
to your home. Then take a
photo of yourself with the
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Guest Editorial
The opinions in this column are those of the author and do not
necessarily represent the editorial opinion of this newspaper.

New Man on Bonaire

Henk Kamp, who has been appointed
the Queen's Commissioner for the
BES islands and who arrived on Bonaire
early this month, will play an important part
in the transition of Bonaire, St. Eustatius
and Saba to their new status. In the Nether-
lands, the Queens's Commissioners, ap-
pointed for a period of six years, are repre-
sentatives of the Queen in the country's 12
provinces. They act at the same time as the
chairmen of the "Provinciale
staten" (Provincial Council) and
"Gedeputeerde staten" (Deputy Council).

However, Kamp will have another role
besides acting as the Queen's representa-
tive. He will mainly supervise the transition
of the BES islands to their new status in
cooperation with local government offi-
It can be said without exaggeration that
during the last years Henk Kamp has been
one of the most charismatic politicians in
the Netherlands, highly respected by his
opponents as well as his supporters. He
served successfully as the Minister of
VROM (Housing and Land Planning), later
as the Minister of Defense during the in-
volvement of the Dutch army in Afghani-
stan, and finally as a member of the
"Tweede Kamer" (House of Representa-
tives) for the conservative (in Holland the
liberal) party, VVD. He has been a very
popular person, appearing frequently on
various television shows, defending his
opposition against the gradual Islamization
of the Netherlands, tolerated by the current
If he had not been appointed to his new
position, he would undoubtedly have be-
come the leader of his party in the next gen-
eral election. In the past Kamp vacationed
with his family on Bonaire without a slight-
est idea that he would return in his present

It is interesting that during recent weeks we
have not read or heard of any comments by
local politicians on the future role of Henk
Kamp. However, in the last year, just after
his appointment as the Queen's representa-
tive, we could read in the daily press vari-
ous opinions by the top members of both
main political parties on Bonaire. Bonaire's
ruling party, the UPB, expressed the opin-
ion that to have Henk Kamp on Bonaire is
in principle good for maintaining contacts
between the Netherlands and Bonaire.

Henk Kamp

However, it simultaneously downplayed the
importance of the commissioner, declaring
that he is just an intermediary and that Bon-
aire can request the Netherlands to finance
certain projects without his involvement.
According to the opposition party, the
ADB, the commissioner has disproportional
power and that is not good for Bonaire. It
means that the election law can be practi-
cally abolished because both the Island
Council and the Governing Board will no
longer have power.

It is evident from these pronouncements
that neither of the main political parties on
Bonaire really understands the important
task given to Henk Kamp by the Dutch gov-
ernment. We hope that during the coming
months he, as a hard working official, will
prove that the both parties have been
wrong. I have no doubt that Henk Kamp
will eventually gain respect of all politi-
cians on Bonaire, in government as well as
in the opposition, like it happened during
his political battles in the Netherlands. 0
Jiri Lausman

Jiri Lausman is a retired
civil engineer, born in
Prague, living as a
Dutchman the last almost
40years, 18 of them in
Aruba. Before his retire-
ment, he worked as the
manager in Latin Amer-
ica and the Caribbean for
a large Dutch construction company. He
has a home on Bonaire.


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Bonaire Reporter January 30-February 13, 2009

arMtVun 0 Cbles from the Biologist
roatln7 A\LK LJrFlo otuto

Events of the world have inspired artists
throughout time. "Omar," the tropical
storm, surprised our island with a lot of de-
struction along the coast. SELIBON surprised
me by cleaning up the mess so fast. I went out
for a little free driftwood shopping and found
most of it had already disappeared with the
hard work of a lot of caring people. Fortu-
nately I was able to salvage a few pieces to
create something good out of this event in our

I know a lot of driftwood collectors out
there are looking for something to do with
their pile so let me lead you through this
easy project.
You will need to find a base piece to start.
Any piece of wood slightly smaller than the
finished project works well. Old unusable
pieces of plywood are my favorite. With this
base piece on a table, start placing pieces of
driftwood to resemble body parts onto the
base board. I look for driftwood that resem-
bles fish fins, fish bellies and mouth pieces.
Lay out all the parts on to the backboard.
Think of it as a jigsaw puzzle. Start shifting
the pieces around until they resemble some

sort of fish. When you have a good design in
place, pull out the handy electric drill. To
keep the wood from splitting, use a small drill
bit to drill a hole from the backside of the
backboard all the way through and into the
wood piece add-on. Then you can put the
wood screw in place with a screwdriver at-
tachment using your electric drill or with a
standard screwdriver. Wood pieces that are
not more than 1" thick can be attached from
the topside instead of the backside. This all
depends on the size of your screws. The
points of the screws should penetrate both
pieces. The smaller pieces of wood can be
attached using thick heavy glue such as
"Goop." I used a bone and an unidentified
metal round object for Omar's eye. This is
when the real fun begins. Be creative and add
odd objects to your art. People will look and
wonder or question its origin. That really
makes it Art for Fun!

You can see Omar and many other newly
created driftwood pieces at the JanArt Gal-
lery, located at Kaya Gloria 7. Sight-seers
welcome! U Janice Huckaby-Baillie

New Stock

New Styles
Men, Women and Children

5 g SSdI

Bonaire Reporter January 30-February 13, 2009

*Stop the silent destruction



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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Did You Know......iguanas have rows of
sharp serrated teeth that they use to chew up foli-
age? They can also use their teeth in self-defense
and aggression. When walking through the Wash-
ington-Slagbaai National Park, you can see wild
iguanas in the trees and along the paths.
On a field trip for my conservation biology class,
we encountered large wild iguanas. We were told
that people would regularly feed the iguanas even
though signs warned otherwise. Feeding wild ani-
mals is not advisable, as animals that are fed by
humans often lose their natural fear of people.
Nearly any wild animal, no matter how timid, is
capable of inflicting injury to humans, pets, and
livestock. Feeding wildlife also has negative con-
sequences for the animal. Because of close contact
at feeding areas disease can readily be transmitted
between animals. Also, human food may not pro-
vide the appropriate nutrients for wild animals.
Bits of bread and crackers are not a sufficient food *
source for an iguana, however, they will eat it if
given to them. Since people in the Park have been
feeding the iguanas they've become aggressive and
had no qualms about coming right up to my feet,
even though I didn't have any food. I bent down to
look at one when all of a sudden it jumped up and
bit my finger! Serrated teeth leave quite a painful
and bloody bite, and I was hastened back to the car
where I received first aid attention. Would this have happened if humans hadn't been feed-
ing the iguanas? No one can say for certain, but one thing is for certain, you won't catch
me sharing my bits of bread and crackers with any wildlife. U Christina Wickman

Wickman, pictured in the above photo with an iguana, is a third year biology student at
the University of Oregon. She is currently studying at CIEE Research station in Bonaire
and enjoys camping and playing ultimate Frisbee.

CIEE instructor Caren Eckrich adds:
"I've heard similar stories about fish attacking snorkelers. They get so worked up in the
hopes for a tender morsel that they mistake fingers for food. For similar reasons that
Christina pointed out, I also ask people not to feed wildlife, including fish."

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dents and local people. Tel. 717-8489,
* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the eve-
ning hours.
* 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
* 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 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 thru 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 17thcentuy. 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 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 Caf. 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

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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-Interational/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.

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Hotel School for Bonaire Is Bonaire Really Environmentally Conscious?
land it is also illegal.
How many people love to
burn their own trash? They
really have no clue what a
devastating effect this has
on global pollution. Can
Bonaire really be 'GREEN'
and allow all this to hap-
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The MOU signing was celebrated at a reception in the BC courtyard Pictured:
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B onaire signed a Document of Un-
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University in Leeuwarden, The Nether-
lands, to have a mid-high-level hotel
school built and operated in Bonaire. The
Bonaire Economic Platform and Bonaire
Hospitality Development Company and
Ki Developments are also part of the
agreement. Details of the location of the
project have yet to be decided.
Over 10,000 students are studying and
more than 800 employees are currently
working at Stenden University of Ap-
plied Sciences (Former CHN). The uni-
versity has campus sites in the Nether-
lands: Leeuwarden, Emmen, Groningen,
Meppel and Assen; campuses in Doha
(Qatar), Bangkok (Thailand) and Port
Alfred (South Africa). And now a new
location is planned for Bonaire. The uni-

I believe that the landfill is endan-
gering the public's health, polluting
our groundwater and killing the reef. If
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about have a look at the latest You-
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Waste Management.'
In many reports on how to better man-
age Bonaire's waste I've read about the
effect of global pollution affecting our
island. Many nutrients are washing up
on our reefs coming from Venezuela or
from the neighboring islands.
Bonaire says, "We have no control
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Greetings, Sky Park visitors. You know, every year close to Valentine's Day I like
to tell you how to find a brilliant red star I call the Valentine's Day star so you
can share something beautiful and cosmic with your sweetheart. But this year we have
an extra added attraction for Valentine's Day night, because just after sunset the planet
named for the Roman goddess of love and the most brilliant planet of them all is about
as bright as it gets.
On any night next week including Valentine's Day night just after dark face west
where you will see the most brilliant planet of them all, 8,000-mile-wide Venus, the
same size as our planet Earth but much more brilliant because it's completely covered
by a layer of clouds which makes it act like a giant mirror bouncing most of the sunlight
it receives right off of it. So on Valentine's Day night simply go outside just after dark
and give your sweetheart a kiss under the brilliant light beaming from the goddess of
Then between the hours of 8 and 9 pm simply face south and you'll see the star I call
the Valentine's Day star because it is very bright and very red. And just coincidentally it
reaches its highest point above the horizon every Valentine's week between the hours of
8 and 9 pm. This star in fact is the brightest red star we can see with the naked eye from
planet Earth. It is called Betelgeuse and marks the shoulder star of Orion the hunter.
In fact if we compare Betelgeuse with our own star, our 865,000-mile-wide Sun, Be-
telgeuse is so humongous we could fit over 160 million Suns inside it. And that's when
Betelgeuse is at its smallest size because Betelgeuse changes its size regularly like a
gigantic slowly pulsating Valentine heart, one that beats however only once every six
years. When Betelgeuse is fully contracted at its smallest size it is a whopping 500 times
the width of our Sun, but when it expands to its biggest size it is a super 900 times as
wide. In fact if we could place Betelgeuse where our Sun is, Betelgeuse at its smallest
size would reach out past the orbits of Mercury, Venus and Earth, all the way to Mars.
But when it's at its largest it would stretch almost all the way to Jupiter.
Just think about it. Our Sun is almost a million miles wide, but Betelgeuse is almost a
billion. Wow! So why not surprise your personal Valentine this Valentine's night or
Valentine's week and have a hug while the goddess of love smiles upon you in the west
just after dark. Then between 8 and 9 pm face south and give your sweetheart the big-
gest cosmic Valentine anyone will ever get: a gigantic red star slowly beating like a
heavenly heart for the one you love. Is this a romantic cosmos or what? 0
Jack Horkheimer

Aries You are pouring a lot of energy into
generating business income, building your
dreams, and planting the seeds for ideas this
month, dear Aries. Others are taking up a lot of
your time as well, whether they are friends,
members of a group, or simply part of your
own community efforts. Your social agenda is
hopping! You are more impartial than usual,
and you can use this easy energy to enhance
friendships. From the 9th, romantic relation-
ships require considerable attention.
Taurus Career and professional matters
become a top priority in February, dear Taurus.
While career is at the forefront of your mind,
your instinct is to retreat from the hustle and
bustle. Relationships are practical more than
emotional. Events around the 9th call your
attention to domestic matters. House repairs,
family dramas crop up now.
Gemini The urge for more from life than
what you get from everyday mundane activities
is strong, dear Gemini. You want to broaden
your horizons in any way that leads you into
unexplored territory, whether this is intellectual
or physical (or both). Anything less will leave
you feeling unsatisfied and restless. Events
around the 9th call your attention to communi-
cations, schooling, means of transportation,
mobility, neighbors, or siblings. Whether or
not you want to, you need to run errands and
take care of paperwork, or you won't be able to
satisfy your yen for adventure!
Cancer This month, you are pulling back a
little, strategizing, observing, and researching
your options, dear Cancer. While work and
other public matters are not making headlines
for you in February, your personal life is cer-
tainly heating up. You take little interest in
anything (or anyone) superficial now, and you
are a true student of human nature. Taxes and
debts are likely a preoccupation. Events and
circumstances around the 9th necessitate a
change in your spending habits and budget.
Leo Dear Leo, much of your attention is
drawn to improving your close relationships in
February. It's best to give the stage to others
now, and to put your personal projects on the
back burner just for now. A Lunar Eclipse
occurs in your sign on the 9th, giving you a
cosmic push to change your image or redefine
your personality. Find a balance between
autonomy and dependence.
Virgo Any suspicions that you are a worka-
holic will probably be confirmed this month,
dear Virgo! You are making a dent in your "to
do" list. You might notice aches and pains a
little more now, as you do all the little things
that don't seem to be working "just right".
You've been deeply involved in your work and
routines. It's time to balance your life with
some down time--otherwise, you simply won't
feel whole.
Libra A truly fun month is in store for you,

By Annie


dear Libra. In 2009, you are discovering (and
re-discovering) all the things that bring joy to
your life and February is a good example of
this playful energy. Entertaining, recreation,
romance, children, and hobbies-all of these
things appeal more than ever. Your charm
soars, and your romantic life picks up pace.
Around the time of the Lunar Eclipse on the
9th, a friend may need your assistance. Re-
sponsibilities to others become very clear.
Scorpio The year 2009 brings much con-
tentment on the home front for you, dear Scor-
pio, but that doesn't mean you won't be busy
in this area of life! In fact, this month, activi-
ties in and around your home and involving
family occupy much of your time. Events and
circumstances occurring around the 9th give
you a cosmic push to handle professional mat-
ters, and to review or change your career goals.
Sagittarius You can't seem to sit still this
month, dear Sagittarius! With all that's going
on around you, be careful not to let the little
things cloud your perspective of the bigger
picture. Great conversations, happy news, and
plenty to learn-these are the themes of Febru-
ary. Information overload could be an issue, if
you let it become one. With all of the attention
you've been giving to mundane affairs, you
could be wondering when you're going to have
some fun. You want to take a leap of faith now,
particularly around the 9th.
Capricorn This month, dear Capricorn, you
are busy building your resources, buying new
things that have long-term "shelf life", and
thinking up ideas about how to make more
money. Financial matters are in focus. Sensual
pleasures appeal more than usual. Around the
9th, some drama with regards to a spouse's
income, or your taxes and investments, may
occur. It could be time to settle some of your
debts, financial or otherwise.
Aquarius February is a banner month for
your personal interests, energy, charm, and
initiative, dear Aquarius. Despite some block-
ages around the 5th, when the past comes back
to haunt you, the month brings pleasant energy
and fun surprises. Few Aquarians will end the
month without having changed some aspect of
their personal appearance, manner, or style. A
partner or relationship matter demands your
attention around the 9th. The need to strike a
balance between your own needs and those of
another becomes clear
Pisces Taking time out to research, reflect,
and develop your inner resources figures
strongly this month, dear Pisces. Much of your
energy is channeled into private matters.
Around the 9th, there could be changes neces-
sary in your job or health routines. You can use
this surge of emotional energy to make positive
changes to your routines. Do something to
improve your work conditions if they are an-
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Karnaval Schedule

January/February 2009

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Youth Jump-up Jump
-in in Rincon- Sign up for Tumba
departure of the teen Festival 2009
Tumba queen

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
First evening of the Jump-inKolegio Papa Karnaval Activities
Tumba Festival Comes eementary SEBI fo cil-
(Asombo), 8 pm to 1 school E amto
am Telbo "Garde" dren 10 am to 1 pm.
Jump-up Kamaval Final Tumba Festi-
party 20:00-01:00 val 8pnto2 am,
Telbo "Garden"
8 10 1i 12 13 "-
Clildren's Tumba Fes- 1Children's Kama-
tival (Asombo), 2 to 8 Kabo Jump-up, 8 pm Electionof Children's "Loko Loko" SEBIKI fBaloon Pa- val Parade in Rincon
pm, Telbo "Garden" to midnight Queen, Prince and (Crazy) Festival, rade, 530 to 730 pm 3-6 pm
Pancho, 7 to 10 pm Rincon Stadium, Karnaval party
7:30 pm to midnight Election of adult Kross Fyah
Queen, Prince and Pan- 21:00-03:00
cho 7:30 pm to mid-
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Children's Karnaval Jum p Bikers' Karnaval School Parade, 8 am to Adult Karnaval Pa-
parade, Playa, 3 to 6 Jump-up K. W Parade, 7 pm to mid- noon. rade. Rincon, 3 to6
pm 8:-2:night Tourist Jump-in, 130 pm
to 4 pm, parking lot by
FUKABO Jump-up,
Rincon, 3 to 6 pm

Children's Farewel
Parade, Playa 5 to 8
Masquerade Party, 8
pm to Midnight

Adults' Farewell Pa-
rade, Playa, 7 pm to
Midnight. Burning of

Ash Wednesday

Temporary Closure "
Karnaval 2009, 730
pn to midnight
Ariba Peru Activ-
ity 22:00-01:00

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