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SFeb,27March 13, 20091 Volume 16, Issue 5

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Kunuku Shimaruku, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Phone 790-6518, 786-6518, email: reporter(D)bonairenews.com Since 1994

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Helping Erwin
15 For Din
Lionfish Alert

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Haiti Benefit -pg. 11
Jazz Festival -pg.15
Art Openings -pg. 18
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It is likely that the Dutch
Ministry of Transporta-
tion and Water will come up
with the NAf 2 million needed
for the short term temporary
water purification plant neces-
sary to reduce the impact of
sewage on Bonaire's reefs.
Statements by State Secretary
Ank Bijleveld and MP Ineke
van Ghent indicated this. The
Bonaire Waste water Treatment
(WWTP) project, the wastewa-
ter sewage pipes and treatment
plant will not be completed for
five years, perhaps too late save
the reef. Therefore the tempo-
rary plant will have to process
the waste brought by tank trucks
from shore side septic tanks to
the plant. In the shoreline sensi-
tive zone are eight of Bonaire's
hotels, approximately 1600 indi-
vidual households, apartments
and about 110 businesses.

) It didn't take long for
the Police Department's new
anti-theft squad to get results.
On February 13 they raided sev-
eral places. At 3:15 pm they
recovered 15 laptop computers
from an establishment on
Kaminda Djabou, at 3:45 they
got three more from a house on
Kaya Dialma. They charged
J.W.P., 23, with theft and pos-
session of stolen goods.
Later in the week the police
held a viewing of the computers
at police HQ so the owners
could identify their items. Inves-
tigation is continuing.

It's been reported that
KLM flights from the Nether-
lands to the Antilles are usually
not full these days. KLM has a
deal from Amsterdam to Cura-
qao for 510 round trip; Mar-
tinair for 468; and ArkeFly as
low as E371. USA flight prices
have also dropped. Continental
can fly you to Los Angeles and
back for $536. Several small
airlines fly to Curaqao from
Bonaire round trip for just under
$100 where you can catch low
priced American Airlines
flights. Insel Air flies from

Bonaire to Miami round trip
for as low as NAf 550 and lug-
gage is checked straight through
to MIA.

) Delta and Continental
will discontinue their weekly
flight to Curacao at the end of
April due the drop in demand.
There has been no notice of this
action for Bonaire.

) The Social Insurance
Bank's (SVB) pension age is
expected to jump from 60 to
65 next year, said Antilles Min-
ister Omayra Leeflang. How-
ever, effective the end of this
month, people over 60 will get a
7.7% cost-of-living boost to
their monthly old-age pension,
which maxes out at NAf 726.
SVB expects a deficit of NAf 4
to 5 million in the pension fund
this year.

The Queen's Commis-
sioner for the
BES Islands,
Henk Kamp,
said he dis-
agreed with
Member of
the Dutch
Hero Brink-
man, who stated on several
occasions that the Antilles

0 The Dutch equivalent of the American/
Aruban Natalie Holloway case drew to a
close last week, but with a quite different
The trial of lead suspect, Ryan P., in the
murder of the 24-year-old Dutch pharmacist
trainee, Marlies van der Kouwe, started and
ended last Tuesday, February 17, in a Bon-
aire courtroom packed with observers, Dutch
media and Marlies' family. After consider-
ing the evidence, the judge will pronounce Marlies
sentence on March 10. The Prosecutor,
David van Delft, asked for a life sentence not only because it's a
specified possibility for murder but also because of the danger to the
community should a psychopath like the defendant be freed. He
spoke against the "culture of silence" in the Bonaire community
which made accumulating evidence against the suspect difficult.
The defendant admitted strangling the girl during a struggle to steal
her purse but denied raping her. Because the killer and his associates
partially burned the body there was little supporting forensic evi-
dence of sexual assault. In addition to murder and rape, Ryan P. was
accused of robbery and kidnapping. Ryan P. had been released from
prison a month earlier after serving a six-year sentence for aggra-
vated rape.
Defense attorney Marga Domingo emphasized that despite exten-
sive analysis no evidence of sexual assault was found. She stated that
her client wanted only to rob the victim, not kill her. She said the
defendant asked Marlies' family for forgiveness.

were "a corrupt gang of thugs
with corrupt politicians and
governors." Kamp said, "If you
ask me whether I think the BES
islands are 'a bunch of corrupt
thugs,' I would say no."
He expanded these comments
on the Dutch talk show, Pauw en

Witteman, to say that there is
more corruption on the islands
compared to the Netherlands,
which is governed by three sepa-
rate institutions that check on one
another. "In the Antilles, there is
just one
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Eliminating ALL standing water around
your home will stop breeding mosquitoes

) Many persons on Bonaire have contracted dengue fever, a usually non-fatal, but extremely
painful disease spread by day-flying mosquitoes. It has officially reached epidemic proportions.
No part of the island has been spared. Protect yourself by eliminating potential breeding spots. The
mosquitoes prefer clean, still water. Use repellent generously.

Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Marlis Trial 2
UniCollege Open House 6
Two New Shops (Just Haircuts and
Helping Erwin 6
New Beach 7
Lionfish Alert 7
15forDin 8
DreamWedding 8
Haiti Benefit Success 9
Winning Pictures 9
Kamaval2009 1C
Kamaval2009 11
60 Tires Recovered 12
DakarRally 13
Letters to the Editor Armored Cars F-
word Revisted; Boat Driving 14
Guest Editorial: NoSlatusAparte 14
Help For Bonaire Youngsters 15
Jazz Festival2009 15
Two Art Openings (Vanhoueven, van
der Bijl) 18
Smart Fish 18

Weekly Features
Flotsam& Jetsam 2
Born on Bonaire- Natasha Rekondie L
Bonairean Voices (Fishing III) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Pet of the Week(Volunteer/Vincent) 8
BonQuiz (Brandaris) 9
Sudoku Solution 9
Picture Yourself(VWashington DC) 13
Classifieds 13
ReporterMasthead 13
Tide Table 13
Bubbles-Did You Know (Seals) 15
Whats Happening 16
Dining, Shopping Guides 17
Sky Park (Uon/Lamb) 19
Star Power (Astrobgy) 19

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Contin. from pg. 2) facing a 20 billion shortfall

government structure to do this.
The most important thing, ac-
cording Kamp, is that "there are
people there who just do their job
and do it well. They are just as
worried as we Dutch are about
how their islands will be gov-
erned in the future and about po-
litical issues like public health
and education. They want to im-
prove their situation as much as
we want to help them with that.
So when someone calls these
people corrupt and a 'gang of
thugs,' it is absolutely not doing
any justice to their efforts."

) Friday the 13th brought
gloomy news about the Dutch
economy. New figures from the
Central Bureau for Statistics.
CBS, officially confirmed that
the economy has been in reces-
sion since the second quarter of
2008, and is in worse shape than
previously thought. The contrac-
tion that started in April 2008
resulted in negative growth of
0.1%, 0.3% and 0.9% in the sec-
ond, third and fourth quarters
respectively, according to CBS.
And the end is not in sight. New
forecasts for 2009 may point to a
major contraction of 2% to 4%
per cent, experts say. That would
mean a decline in growth of at
least e24 billion in just 12

1 The Dutch Cabinet is

and will have to make drastic
cuts in spending to avoid pump-
ing up the budget deficit above
two per cent, sources in The
Hague said. The cabinet has set
up a committee of senior civil
servants to make recommenda-
tions. The options include raising
the retirement age, reducing
mortgage tax relief, cuts to unem-
ployment and child benefits and
scrapping tax benefits for non-
working parents with young
families. Last year there was a
surplus of 1%.
What all this will do to the
Dutch commitments to the BES
islands is unknown.

1 "The Netherlands is
heading for a severe recession,"
Dutch Prime Minister Jan Pe-
ter Balkenende warned. The
"most painful" aspect of the fore-
casts was the increase in unem-
ployment, he said. Unemploy-
ment will rise to 5.5% later this
year, and up to almost 9% in
2010. On the other hand, house-
hold spending power will rise,
partly due to the falling oil prices.

) When will Churandy
Martina get official recognition
for his second place finish in
last year's Olympics? After
having changed the date of the
verdict to the 25th of February,
the International Court of Arbi-
tration for Sports (CAS) again

postponed the date to the 13th of
March 2009. The Olympic Com-
mittee of the Netherlands Antil-
les (NAOC) filed their appeal on
the 23rd of August 2008 in Bei-
jing, in order to fight the dis-
qualification of their Athlete
Churandy Martina, who initially
won the silver medal in the
200m. sprint.

is a move-
ment afoot
in Bonaire
to join the
Earth Hour
on Sunday, March 28, at 8:30
pm in support of WWF's action
to get decisive action on climate
change. Switching off their lights
for Earth Hour are the Christ the
Redeemer statue in Rio de Ja-
neiro, Table Mountain in Cape
Town, Merlion in Singapore,
Sydney Opera House, CN Tower
in Toronto and Millennium Sta-
dium in Cardiff.
Earth Hour is an annual inter-
national event created by the
WWF (World Wide Fund for
Nature/World Wildlife Fund),
held on the last Saturday of
March, that asks households and
businesses to turn off their non-
essential lights and electrical
appliances for one hour to raise
awareness towards the need to
take action on climate change. It

Things have been busy at Bonaire's leading supermarket.
Warehouse Bonaire opened a brand new vegetable and fruit
department featuring a better and wider assortment of fruits and
veggies. The opening was on February 16 and done by the ladies
who work hard every day in that department to get products ready
to sell, Margarita, Suzanna and Martha. Congratulations, Ware-
house Bonaire.

was pioneered by WWF Austra-
lia and the Sydney Morning Her-
ald in 2007 and achieved world-
wide participation in 2008.

) Divi Divi Air's new
STOL (Short Take Off and
Landing) Dornier 228, landed
in Bonaire very early Thursday
morning. The aircraft has a ca-
pacity for 19 passengers. It com-
pleted a flight of more than 50
hours from New Zealand with an
intermediate stop in Ecuador to
Bonaire. Including this newest

aircraft, Divi Divi Air has now
five planes: three Britten-
Norman Islander BN-2As, a
Cessna 402B, used mostly for
charter flights and now the Dorn-
The new aircraft is partially
painted into a hybrid of the Divi
Divi Air and Air West Coast
(Continued on page 12)

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Page 3

S was born on St. Martin
Sin 1970. Both my parents
were from Curaqao, but they
came to St. Martin because my
dad was a cop and he was sta-
tioned on each island for six
In 1976 we returned to Cura-
qao. We were three children -
from my mother's side that is -
and I was the youngest and the
only girl and I was spoiled. I was
a very lazy girl; I loved to watch
TV and listen to English music
like soca, calypso and ballads. At
school I did very well, but I was
terribly shy. I didn't talk much
or ask much and I didn't (and
still don't) like parties. I'mjust a
quiet girl. We lived in Mundo
Nobo where the police houses
were and I went to elementary
school in Otrabanda until the
fifth grade because then we went
through a bad time as my parents
got divorced. I went to live with
my mom and my brothers with
my grandmother in Dominguito,
changed schools, finished and
went to St. Jozef Mavo in Punda.
I always wanted to be a veterinar-
ian and all four years in Mavo
high school I was the best in the
class. After Mavo I went to MIL
high school where I finished

In spite of being so very shy, I
became a model in 1987 and I
modeled for three years. During
that time I was also playing in the
best brass band of the Nether-
lands Antilles, 'Brass Revolu-
tion,' as a base drummer, the
only girl in the Antilles. What a
contrast for being such a shy per-
son! We played at parties. I
played, but I didn't dance and no
drinking and no smoking bon
mucha! (good girl!). Lovely
times though. We played at the
carnival in St. Martin, Aruba and
Curaqao and during the Regatta
on Bonaire.

In August 1990 I went to Lei-
den, Holland, to do a medical
laboratory higher professional
education (HBO) for two years,
but it was too much about num-
bers and I'm not so good with
numbers. During my second year
I did one year of sports massage;
I liked it so I decided to change
my course and I studied physical
therapy for four years. I finished

in July 1996 and was working in
a hospital part-time until I got the
chance to come to Bonaire.

In 1994 I and my former boy-
friend who was from Bonaire -
had come here for vacation. We
loved the tranquility and peace so
we started looking for work here
Through his sister I got a tempo-
rary contract with Bon Fysio,
filling in for someone. I arrived
in December 1996 and worked
for Bon Fysio for four weeks.
After I returned to Holland Bon
Fysio called and offered me ajob

so my boyfriend and I came back
in February 1997. He went to
work for the salt company. I
worked with Bon Fysio for one
year, then in July 1998 I started
my own practice, 'Fysio Therapy
Natasha,' in Playa until I finally
found a good location in Tera
I also started with medical fit-
ness and aerobics and I was

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working with a chiropractor from
Curaqao, Dr. Snel, and with an
acupuncturist named Gobin Per-
saud. I took a course in acupunc-
ture and a course in cranio-sacral
therapy. And I had my first baby,
a boy named Shaxel, with my
previous boyfriend in April 2001.
So, I was 26 when I came here
and 27 when I opened my own
I set goals everywhere I go. On
Bonaire I had three goals: my
own practice, my own house and
kids, and to get married. The last
one didn't work out... so far! Ha!
Ha! But anyway, when I reach
one of my goals I replace it with
another one to challenge my-

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Bonaire Reporter- Feb.27-March 13, 2009

self. And the challenge I had was
to go to St. James Medical
School because I wanted to be a
doctor. I went to St. James in
2004, together with a colleague
of mine, Kiri Quiringdoongo. It
was a lot of hard work. I went to
school from 8 am until 3 pm, and
from 3 until 6 pm I worked at my
practice. At 6 I picked up my son
from daycare, and at 10 pm I
started studying until 2 in the
morning, five days a week for
two years until I graduated. So
did Kiri.
And then-the cruelty. The
government of Bonaire didn't
accept our certificates. They had
(Continued on page 5)

On The Island Since
(Continued from page 4)
promised us before we'd started
that they would accept the certifi-
cates and that they would give us
a scholarship after the two years,
to continue our studies in the
States. That was the promise.
And as we were the only two
locals who had finished the
course, St. James Medical School
promised us to pay for our trainee
location in one of the hospitals in
the States and we were only sup-
posed to pay for the cost of liv-
ing, which the Bonairean gov-
ernment was going to take care
of. None of that happened and we
wasted two years. I was frus-
trated and angry."
Natasha is pretty and tall and
she's a well-balanced, calm and
strong woman. She's also
thoughtful, serious and gifted and
she has a natural authority.
"In September 2006 I had my
second baby boy, Felipe, with
Rene 'Bencho' Cordilia. I'd met
him in August 2002 when I went
to have my car fixed and I liked
him immediately." She smiles.
"My children didn't change my
life very much; I am quiet and
when I'm not working I'm al-
ways at home. I try to raise my
children in a way that they don't
go after fads and money doesn't
come first but family does be-
cause family is the basis. Then
there's respect for other people,
for everybody, and to be helpful,
that's important too, I think. My

hobby is my two children and the
most important thing to me in life
is health.
I don't play music anymore,
and that's a pity, and every first
of the month I want to start with
sports, every first of the month
that is. I can't cook, but I like to
eat and I like to experiment. Last
weekend a Surinamese teacher
from SGB taught me how to
make roti. This weekend it's go-
ing to be bami." She laughs. "I
have a lot of cookbooks in a con-
tainer I should get them out!
Well, I had my practice for 10
years but in the ninth year I stud-
ied education for 16 months and
in August 2007 I got a full time
job as a biology teacher at SGB
high school and in December that
year I sold my practice. You
know, I chose physical therapy
because I see every client as a
new challenge. In teaching, every
student is new challenge; that's
what I like. There are always bad
stories going around about SGB
high school and I wanted to make
a change. I like to teach, espe-
cially children who have a repu-
tation for bad behavior, but
when you talk to each one of
them, you see that all the prob-
lems they're having come from a
difficult childhood. A year ago
the school started a practical
training course especially for
boys with difficulties and it's
working very well. I'm also men-
tor of a class that has been 'class
of the week' five times in a row,

from January until now. I am so
proud of them.
Another thing I find is that it
would be good if new teachers,
especially Dutch teachers, could
understand and speak Papia-
mentu. All the study books are in
Dutch, but to really understand
and communicate with the chil-
dren on their own level and to
explain the lessons to them you
need Papiamentu. I'm teaching at
BVO, lower professional educa-
tion, and a lot of children are
really struggling with Dutch. It's
sad to say, but I see more misery

coming with the next generation
coming to SGB, the ones who are
now in elementary school, with
the new school system where
they're getting too few Dutch
classes. I've put my eldest son in
extra Dutch classes to prevent
this happening to him, but it
shouldn't be necessary. Every
child has the right to good educa-
I see myself teaching for 10
more years, but... I also love
change. I want to do as much as
possible in life. I have a dream of
opening my own private hospital

here on Bonaire in a natural envi-
ronment, a hospital especially for
children and long-term patients.
I'm looking for sponsors to sup-
port my project and I'm serious.
I've got the plans. You see, I'm
always looking for more, for a
new challenge.
I want more
out of life be-
cause I know I
can do more."
Story &
photos by
Greta Kooistra



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UniCollege Bonaire Invites Students

and Parents to its Open House

A 11 Bonairean kids are
invited on Wednesday,
March 11 from 14.00-16.00
and their parents on Thursday,
March 12 between 19.00-
21.00 to have a close look at
the Unicollege school.
On Wednesday the UniCol-
lege students are ready to as-
sist all kids who are interested
in a 'hands-on' experience
with their special way of
working and learning. UniCol-
lege teachers will also be
available to answer all ques-
tions. Thursday will be of a
somewhat different character, but parents therefore, a Dutch school with Dutch being
will be able to enjoy the same practical ex- the language of education and all social ac-
perience. On both occasions an interesting tivities, including breaks, extramural activi-
program is organized to inform visitors about ties, etc. The school, however, is not meant
all aspects of the school concept, learning to be only for Dutch kids. Presently there are
strategy, daily organization, costs, and ad- more kids in UniCollege from Rincon and
mission prerequisites, as well as whatever Playa than from Holland and Belgium. It is
other information may be useful to determine definitely not a school for the elite. It is truly
whether or not UniCollege is the school for a school suitable for the multinational mix-
you! ture of the Bonairean population. This is
Unicollege is celebrating its fourth year of reflected in the composition of its students
existence, closely following the curriculum and Board of Directors.
of its sister school, UniC-Utrecht, Nether- UniCollege aims at the achievement of
lands, which started one year before it. The solid educational goals, preparing for high
first HAVO students of that school com- level tests and assignments and the final ex-
pleted preliminary examinations very suc- aminations at HAVO or VWO-levels. The
cessfully, which is one of the reasons why school's educational concept and design is
UniCollege Bonaire management feels very especially suited to prepare its pupils in such
comfortable about the future of its HAVO a way that they will not only have an optimal
and VWO-level students. chance of graduating but also, to succeed in
The school prepares its students for Dutch the demanding environment of Dutch Uni-
Higher Education: Universities and versity / Hogeschool and the Dutch social
'Hogescholen' (Polytechnics). UniCollege is, environment. U Cees Visser

Saragoza, a former Olympic athlete,
will race across to Curaqao with Pro
Windsurfer Taty Frans. Taty, one of the
top freestyler's in the world, circum-
navigated Bonaire in 2008. He is per-
haps the fastest slalom sailor presently
on the island. The race commences at
9am outside BOPEC. Spectators are
welcome for the send off. Helicopters
and chase boats will accompany the two
sailors across the passage. The record set
back in the 80s by Erwin is four hours.
They will race to Lighthouse Point on
the east side of Curaqao and then head
down to the pier near Breezes Resort.
Donations for this fundraiser may be

made via Paypal to:
Erwin2CanDive(@gmail.com or by
depositing into MCB # 400 050 800 c/o
Linda Baker. You may also speak to
Elvis Martinus about other contributions
for the fundraiser at 786-2288.

For those wishing to accompany the
flotilla it is important you speak with
Elvis Martinus by calling 786-2288 for
clearance. The safety of the two wind-
surfers is paramount. This is a very ex-
citing yet intense voyage. We wish them
well as they race for a fellow man of the
sea, Erwin Muller. U Ann Phelan

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Page 6

I was walking down the
coast road the other day
and I happened to have my
phone, so I took this picture
of the new post-Omar beach
along there. I call it Pelican
Beach because there are sar-
dines all over the place, and
pelicans to match. There are
a number of these places
exposed by the wind reversal
along that road. They're not
much use because they're
basically at sea level and are
more or less covered at high
tide, but I have seen local
people climbing down for a
swim. This one is just beside
the rock wall where the road
goes under the overhang.E
Ian MacDonald



Valerie's Air-
port Shop
Divi Divi Air
EZ Air
MCB (Playa &
Hato branches)
China Nobo
City Cafe
It Rains Fishes
Lover's Ice
Pasa Bon Pizza
Dive Shops:
Blue Divers
Carib Inn
Tropical Divers

Antillean Wine
Best Buddies
Botika Bonaire
Botika Korona
Chat 'n'

City Shop
Exito Bakery
Green Label
Last Bite Bak-
Paradise Photo
Photo Tours
Playa Trading
Buddy Dive
Capt. Don's
Carib Inn
Den Laman
Divi Flamingo
Eden Beach
Plaza Resort
Sand Dollar
Cash & Carry
Joke's Mini
More for Less
Sand Dollar

Sunshine Mar-
The Island
Trader (TIS)
Parliament Of-
Botika Korona
Centro di Med-
Dentist Office
Von Egmond
Fit 4 Life -
Green Label
Hair Affair
Harbour Village
Mio Cellular
Photo Tours

RSA Insurance
San Francisco
Top Health
WEB office
Books & Toys
Realty Offices:
Bonaire Part-
Re/Max Para-
dise Homes
Sunbelt Realty

Chinese Store
Joi Fruit Store
Rincon Bakery
Rose Inn
Tusnara Market


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This is a continuation of last issue's
subject of fishing on Bonaire.

f you need information and advice you
have to go to the right source. For fish-
ing, go the LVV (Landbouw, Veeteelt en
Visserij) government office for Agriculture,
Flocks and Fishing. LVV has a broad man-
date that gives service to people who are
involved in agriculture, raising livestock
and the fishing business. To learn more
about fisheries I interviewed Raymond
"Rocky" Emmers (51) in charge of LVV, a
nice, humble person, very smart and a real
Bonairean. He, as well as everyone fishing
in our waters, is concerned about what is
going on Bonaire. He keeps the fishing
records on the island. Rocky has been do-
ing this job for more than 26 years.

As he says, "In the beginning the govern-
ment had a fishing company that was man-
aged by Mr. Pleumeekers (who passed
away some years ago), but it went bankrupt.
After that the fishing came under the con-
trol of the LVV, but we didn't have enough
funds to manage this properly because the
government-supplied budget was so small.
So the fishermen had to go on their own.
After some years of struggling we got a
fishermen's co-op to ease the cost of fish-
ing, but the people on the board were into
making more trouble and not solving the
fishermen's problems. So we dissolved the
board and are waiting for the next step.
But I believe that if you got the right peo-
ple on the board we could do a much better
job. We did a lot to bring the fishermen
together. We went to a conference in Saint
Lucia with some fishermen to let them see
what a co-op could do for them and what a
co-op all about. Being a co-op and being a
legal entity you can get help from every-
where, even from banks who can help in
buying necessary fishing equipment from a
boat to a hook. We are working hard to
bring the co-op back on its feet.
LVV, DROB and STINAPA managed to
repair some facilities like the pier and fresh
water faucets at Sorobon for the fishermen.

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To solve the puzzle, 8
enter the numbers 1 5
through 9 to the partially
filled in puzzle without
repeating a number in any
row, column or 3 x 3 re-
gion. Answer on page 9.
Supplied by Molly Bar-

Raymond "Rocky" Emmers
Some fishing companies in Curagao gave us
some advice about what else we can do for
the fishermen here in Bonaire.
Unfortunately, the commission for fisher-
ies in the Netherlands Antilles, which is
based in Curagao, advised the minister in
charge who worked for the Central Govern-
ment to give permission to everyone to fish
in Bonairean waters. The LVV worked
strictly with the Coast Guard to supervise
this matter at sea. But it's not an easy task.
On Monday, February 16, we had a meet-
ing with some of the fishermen about this,
and we are eager to start the co-op again.
We have people with skills who can do the
job. But fishermen have to join, to come
together to make it happen. We can have a
solid fishing industry in Bonaire that can
help Bonaire's economy grow. But we must
have modem equipment to do the job right.
We can't stay behind. But without help
from the fishermen for a co-op this will be
just words. We want to stay positive. We
look forward to make this come true."

For more information you can get an ap-
pointment with Rocky Emmers at LVV call
717-8836 he will likely inform you what
LVV is all about. 0 Siomara E. Albertus

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The Bonaire Reporter, P.O.
Box 407, Bonaire, or email

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In the photo: Din (center holding his certificate) with his family. On the left
STINAPA Director Elsmarie Beukenboom, on Din's right Evo Cicilia, President of
STINAPA and Ramon de Leon, Marine Park Manager.
Edwin "Din" Domacasse recently completed 15 years of service to the Bonaire
National Marine Park and STINAPA Bonaire. He began as a Park Ranger on
February 7, 1995 and later was promoted to Chief Ranger. Din is notated for his
competence, diplomacy and courage in doing his job and has helped many, many
people in the course of his career.
He was honored with a celebration at Washington Slagbaai National Park with his
family and spoke briefly about his time on the job. 0 Karen W. van Dijk

0'1 n Monday, February 2nd, there
was a beautiful wedding on Klein
Bonaire. Maaike Feddema and Alex
Tuininga met on Bonaire last year and
Decided to get married here as well. The
Kantika di Amor water taxi took them
to the beautiful island where they pro-
nounced their marital vows before mag-
istrate Irma Cicila.

The wedding was planned by Suze's
Wedding Services and Philip's Cooking
took care of the private wedding-dinner
at the Caribbean Chillout where they
were staying. A very private spot in the
beautiful garden was chosen for their
dinner for two.
The menu was: local goat cheese
wrapped in Prosciutto with a tropical
salad, grilled shrimps in a mild coconut
and curry sauce, beef tenderloin with a
red wine sauce and a combination of
mango cake, cheesecake, fresh fruit and
ice cream. Our congratulations to the
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cat cage. He's just an "easy" cat, say the
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If you would like to make a contribu-
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faithful volunteers who are leaving the
island and could certainly use some new
animal lovers. They especially need peo-
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as well. They're doing a magnificent job
with the animals but they can't do it
alone. J L.D.

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seven days, it took The readers
Haiti Project nine days to put to- to corn
gether its successful fundraiser at native,
Jibe City. Time was short but, led unusual
by Sean Paton, the group was off The 1
and running to beat the February New H
15th deadline. The word went out the Gr
island-wide that there would be a weddip
free concert, an auction of paintings, Missoi
and raffles of excellent items do- South
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difficult to get people enthusiastic Chicag
about the event when they learned land; t
where the money was going. Earlan
One of the recipients, Brother way C;
Gerard, is a Cistercian monk who Andah
has been helping the people of Haiti Amste:
for over 30 years. His orphanage, ers' Re
"Foyer des Amis," is a refuge and Marugia Janga organized the by the
orphanage for girls. He also works clothing drive Germa
with the poor in helping them farm. vati, Sl
When the hurricanes came, the livestock were saved but the crops were at the
destroyed and there was no money to buy seeds. In addition, he operates the Ol1
a school for 300 children who at this time are unable to study there as the Chin;
roof of the building blew off and there is no money to replace it. This was in New
where the children were given a hot meal each day, but now that is no veston
longer possible. 9800 are needed at a Fly
to begin repairs and help with the Compe
fanning, so a percentage of the nursery
money raised will go there. Also bec; Fa
benefiting from the generous dona- country
tions will be The Haiti Project home
which will use their share to help "kuifje
pay for the cost of shipping donated The I
clothes, bedding and household here. D
items to Haiti. next is
The fabulously successful event of
February 15th began in the after-
noon at Jibe City with rocking mu-
sic courtesy of one of Bonaire's top
DJs whose name also happens to be
D.J. Cas. He and his music set a
party mood that lasted all afternoon.
The weather behaved with only one Radio personality Sean Paton
brief shower- which in no way led the event
dampened anyone's spirits.
One of the first happenings was some spirited gambling on windsurfing
games devised and run by D.J., the DJ. The betting began by seeing how
many kids a surfboarder could manage to sail with without dropping any
in the water. Next was a gamble on how many consecutive turns could
be made before the contestant either got tired or fell over. The crowd
really got into this and other boarding challenges and many guilders were
raised on these events alone. Next came the raffles. Great items such as
fine wines, wood carvings, backpacks, and cases of beer were won by
lucky ticket buyers. Towards the end of the afternoon came the auction of
two of Henk Roozendaal's beautiful paintings. The bidding was spirited
and even more guilders were raised.
At six the bands began to play and lovely singer and guitarist Becky Alter
proved to be a perfect accompaniment to the breezes, blue water, and gorgeous
sunset. It was a very mellow evening at Jibe City, a perfect place to just relax and
chill. Jibe City owners Monique and Robert went over the top by making a very
generous contribution to start things
off. They also donated a percentage
of all food and beverages sold that
afternoon and evening. And in an-
Sother kind and generous gesture the
wait staff donated all of their tips to
the cause.
But then, this is the real Bonaire,
where people care
about people whether
they're from this
island or not. That's
why almost NAfJ
20.000 was raised to
help the people of
H aiti. n
Dabney Lassiter

was tough this year to
ick a winner for the Pic-
ourself Contest. Our
s went all out and all over
Ipete. Many were imagi-
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ympic Games in Beijing,
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w York Harbor; in Gal-
Bay after Hurricane Ike;
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petition in Holland, "in the
y," Houston, Texas; Que-
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yside. It even stayed
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Bonaire has a coun-
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Dutch 'Wadden' Islands.
Brandaris Lighthouse was
first built in 1322 to guide
fisherman between two of
the Wadden Islands out to
the North Sea. Destroyed in
1570 by sea erosion, it was
rebuilt in 1594, only to col-
lapse during the construction
because of poor building
materials. At 54 meters its
far reaching light shines at a
distance of 35 kilometers. It
has special "bird lighting",
which makes sure that birds
in flight do not fly into the
Questions: a- How tall is Bonaire's Branda-
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island. Find the answer on page 13.

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Flotsam & Jetsam (Continued from page 3)
It's a big step up from the nine-
passenger Britten-Norman Islander BN-
2As. The Dornier's twin turboprops gen-
erate 776shp and it cruises at about 400
kph (240 mph) with a range of 1000 km
fully loaded. About 76 cubic feet of cargo
can also be carried as well. Divi Divi
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just hours after it comes off the big web
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1 One of the "
most popular Sat- i
urday things to do
is the monthly \ r TF
wine tastings at
Antillean Wine
Company's ware-
house. They've been off for awhile but
the tastings are starting up again on Satur-
day, March 14. You may sample six (6)
wines and enjoy snacks for $10 (NAf
17,50) per person. They start uncorking at
7 pm and go until 9. You don't have to be
a mad wine aficionado (unless you want
to be) to enjoy the ambiance and the fine
wines. Antillean Wine Company (AWC)
is on Kaya Industria across the street
and a little south/west of Warehouse Bon-
aire. Telephone: 560-7539.

> For the
second time the
Jong Bonaire JiiI
Youth Center is
organizing the event, "Jong Bonaire Fun
Walk & Bike."
This fundraising event will take place at
Sunday March 1, at 6 am. The start and
the finish will be at Jong Bonaire.
The walk is 20 kilometers long and the
bike route is 37 kilometers. This is not a
competition; it's a good opportunity to
walk or bike with family or friends and
get to know new people while walking or
biking on our beautiful island Bonaire.
Tickets are NAf 15 for adults and NAf
10 for kids under 12 years old. You will
get a free meal, drinks, fruit, a t-shirt and
a water bottle You may buy your tickets
at the Freewieler bike shop or at Jong
Bonaire, during business hours. Every-
body, young and old, is invited to par-
ticipate and turn this 2nd Jong Bonaire
Fun Walk & Bike into a huge success.
See the poster on the back page of this
edition of The Bonaire Reporter.

week The
that a new
side dive
Bonaire East
Coast Div-
ing (BECD)
had begun.
in just a bit
over a week
in operation
they suffered a calamity. On February
11, at 0950, the Bonaire police received a
call that a boat on the east coast was in
trouble and that divers were jumping over
the side. It was one of the windiest,
roughest sea days of the year. The aban-
doned dive boat began drifting in towards
Baby Beach.
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Than 60 Tires Removed

To carry home those veggies from
the newly expanded Warehouse fruit and
vegetable department use one of their
new, very useful, heavy big shopping
bags. Last year they introduced a new
shopping bag on Bonaire with beautiful
pictures of our island.
The main idea behind the bags was to
promote conservation of the environment:
fewer plastic grocery sacks, some call the
second island flag because you see so
many of them flying from bushes. An-
other reason is to promote Bonaire all
over the world via the nice pictures on the
Last year 10,000 pieces were ordered,
normally a two-year stock. What hap-
pened was they sold out in six months. It
seems the tourists like them too, and it's
an inexpensive, easy, useful souvenir to
take back home. Earlier this month two
new series of bags arrived, again with
very nice pictures to promote Bonaire.
The bags are for sale for NAf 4,50 and
by purchasing one you help nature and
promote Bonaire.
In one of the pictures you see Zwanet
Kooij on a kiteboard. She is one of the
best kiters on Bonaire. Kim de Raadt, the
supermarket manager, presented her with
the first bag as a thank you for letting
Warehouse use one of her great kite surf-
ing pictures. Warehouse Bonaire is at
Kaya Industria 24.

The police said they got notice that two
divers were missing and mobilized a mas-
sive rescue effort and scrambled a heli-
copter and airplane. Fortunately, within a
few minutes of the notification, according
to the police report, the divers were re-
ported safely ashore, but the rescue was
already in motion.
One of the BECD owners told The Re-
porter that the captain of the boat said
that first one, then the other of his motors
stopped running and neither of would
restart. The eight divers were already in
the water and were advised to make their
own way to the nearby shore. They and
the captain all made it to shore uninjured.
Later the boat, a Zodiac Hurricane 920
about 30 feet long, which had been driven
ashore, was salvaged by a crane and
trucked to Boto Blanku Marine for in-
spection. There was surprisingly little
damage to the hull but the motor skegs
were demolished. The Port Captain is
investigating the accident. BECD hopes
to be back in operation in a short time.
There was to be a post on the website
with up-to-date information but was not
available at press time. H G./L.D.

his project started as Happy Hour chatter among the yacht people moored in
Kralendijk Bay. It was quite evident to all that the surge and surf from Hurri-
cane Omar in October 2008 had caused a dramatic increase in the debris (mainly
tires and wooden planks from the shore and broken docks) that was lying in the
shallows and on the reef. One cruiser counted 68 tires within the span of five boats.
The group voted to offer its services to the Marine Park. To that end, Din, Chief
Ranger of the Marine Park, attended a meeting in which it was agreed that three
Park staff members, Juan, Apo and Polina, and a Park boat, would work with the
cruisers to pick up only those tires that had no coral or sponge growth on them.

There was 100% participation among the cruisers invited to join. Over 40 people
organized into teams made up of divers, swimmers and boat workers. Toucan Dive
Shop kindly provided free air fills for the divers. Then on Thursday, January 29 the
group worked for three hours to retrieve the tires, which eventually filled a garbage
bin, provided by SELIBON on the commercial dock. The event was so successful,
that the boaters agreed to complete the cleanup of tires from the remainder of the
mooring field and adjacent reef. STINAPA Bonaire thanks all the participants who
made this special clean up into such a big success. 0 Karen W van Dyck





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T he next Dakar road rally
Swill be held in Bonaire!
Following the cancellation of the
2008 rally because of terrorism
threats, the organizers decided to
have the event in safe Bonaire.
However, the main reason for
their choice was that the condi-
tion of Bonaire's roads offered a
big challenge to the competitors
and their vehicles. Registration
will begin April 1 on the Reporter
and Dakar Rally websites. EG.D.

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)

DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
2-27 3:01 1.5FT. 9:57 1.3FT. 14:19 1.3FT. 19:27 1.2FT. 88
2-28 3:49 1.6FT. 13:13 1.1FT. 16:00 1.2FT. 18:41 1.1FT. 86
3-01 4:40 1.7FT. 14:29 1.0FT. 81
3-02 5:41 1.8FT. 15:23 0.9FT. 73
3-03 6:33 1.9FT. 16:04 0.8FT. 65
3-04 7:32 2.0FT. 16:39 0.8FT. 58
3-05 8:21 2.0FT. 17:20 0.8FT. 55
3-06 9:16 2.0FT. 17:54 0.8FT. 59
3-07 1:10 1.1FT. 10:04 2.0FT. 18:22 0.9FT. 23:30 1.1FT. 68
3-08 2:59 1.1FT. 10:53 1.9FT. 18:50 0.9FT. 23:40 1.2FT. 78
3-09 4:23 1.1FT. 11:46 1.8FT. 19:16 1.0FT. 87
3-10 0:34 1.4FT. 5:49 1.1FT. 12:32 1.7FT. 19:31 1.1FT. 94
3-11 1:15 1.5FT. 7:24 1.1FT. 13:32 1.5FT. 19:31 1.2FT. 97
3-12 2:00 1.6FT. 9:19 1.1FT. 14:30 1.4FT. 19:06 1.2FT. 96
3-13 2:51 1.7FT. 11:24 1.1FT. 16:36 1.2FT. 17:33 1.2FT. 91
3-14 3:49 1.7FT. 13:02 1.0FT. 83

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Picture Yourself With
The Reporter In...

Seaver and
his wife,
were in DC
last month
during the
festivities for
new US
Luckily they
thought to
bring a copy
of The Bon-
aire Reporter
with them.
Here's Don,
the President
and The Re-
porter. MG.D.

L tt rs
to tgEditor

Guest Editorial
The opinions in this column are those of the author and do not
necessarily represent the editorial opinion of this newspaper.
No Status Aparte for Curagao and St. Maarten

W ithin a short time, the Nether-
lands Antilles will be dismantled.
Our island, together with St. Eustasius and
Saba, will become an integrated part of the
Netherlands, while Curaqao and St. Martin
will remain part of the Kingdom as
autonomous lands.
You might say that the dismantling proc-
ess started in 1986 when the Netherlands
met Aruba's urgent demand to leave the
Netherlands Antilles and to become an
independent country within 10 years (in a
1987referendum, 82% of Aruba's popula-
tion voted for independence). From the
beginning of the Netherlands Antilles,
Aruba felt too oppressed by the Central
Government in Curaqao. Although nobody
dares to mention it, the different ethnic
origins of the majority of the population of
both islands Afro-Caribbean in Curaqao
and European in Aruba played a role in
this decision. Unfortunately, at that time
the only possibility of Aruba escaping the
yoke of Curaqao was to leave the Kingdom
of the Netherlands and to become an inde-
pendent country.
It was agreed that for the transition pe-
riod Aruba would get so called "Status
Aparte," which meant in principle that,
with the exception of defense and foreign
relations, the island would be allowed to
take all administrative, economic and fi-
nancial decisions itself, without any con-
trol or interference by the Dutch govern-
ment. However, only four years later,
Aruba's government surprised the former
colonial power with its humble request to
remain in the Kingdom, and the article in
Aruba's constitution scheduling Aruba's
independence was rescinded. One of the
reasons was the bad consequences of be-
coming independent for Surinam, a former
Dutch colony which, against the will of the
majority of its people, was forced by the
Dutch government in 1975 to leave the
Kingdom of the Netherlands and to be-
come independent. A full third of Suri-
nam's population then fled the country and
settled in Holland. The originally democ-
ratic government of Surinam was soon
overthrown by a bloody military regime
which without any trial executed 15 of its
opponents. Nobody knows how many peo-
ple would have left Aruba if its original
independence plan had become a reality in
You would expect that the rescinding of
the independence plans would automati-

cally mean the end of Aruba's Status
Aparte which served as preparation for
independence. However, after lengthy ne-
gotiations, the magnanimous Dutch gov-
ernment agreed that Aruba could retain its
status. However, after several years of
Status Aparte, the lack of any external con-
trol over the island's finances and tourist
development resulted in disaster. The US
and Italian courts sentenced Aruba's gov-
ernment to pay many millions of dollars
to foreign investors for not complying with
its obligations towards them. The payment
of the enormous debt still forms an impor-
tant amount of Aruba's annual budget. The
lack of external supervision of Aruba fi-
nances also resulted in rampant corruption,
not so much by the two main political par-
ties, AVP (Christian Democrats) and MEP
(Social Democrats), alternatively ruling the
island, but particularly by small parties
forming a coalition government with one
of the main parties.
An abhorrent example was the Minister
of Public Works in Aruba's first admini-
stration after receiving Status Aparte,
called by the contractors, "Mr. 5%," sur-
passed only by the Minister of Transport
and Communications in the last coalition
government. His fraudulent actions were
also the main reason for a decisive election
victory of the MEP party which has been
ruling Aruba alone, without any of the
small parties, for the previous eight years.
The bad experience of the Netherlands
with Aruba's mismanagement has been the
main reason why the new autonomous
lands within the Kingdom, Curaqao and
Sint Maarten, originally hoping to receive
a similar status like Aruba got in 1986, will
be subjected to severe control of their fi-
nances. The population of Curacao will
decide in the coming referendum if the
package offered by the Dutch government
will be accepted or rejected. There is no
multiple choice now; the people have just
to vote "Yes" or "No." 0 Jiri Lausman

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

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More Help for

Bonaire's Youngsters

Minister Rouvoet, and Ministry Representative
N.C Oudendijk visit the computer lab at Jong
Bonaire during their recent visit.

Dutch Minister for Youth and the Family,
Andre Rouvoet, recently visited Bonaire s a
part of his efforts to see first-hand the state of local
facilities and systems for dealing with problems
among young people in the BES islands. In addi-
tion to meeting with local governmental officials
he and his staff also visited several local organiza-
tions such as Jong Bonaire, SEBIKI, Maria Hopp-
ner and others.

The Minister made it clear that the new relation-
ship with Holland will have far-reaching implica-
tions for the young people of the islands. The first,
and most visible, reflection of the ministry's efforts
will be the creation and staffing of a Center for
Youth and Family (CYF) on each of the three is-
lands. This office will then coordinate activities
aimed at children at risk and will include improve-
ments in both systems and facilities for dealing
with children taken into court protection, addiction,
criminality, domestic violence but also an empha-
sis on prevention of problems before they begin.

Currently, due to its small size, Bonaire does not
have sufficient capacity to deal with many of these
issues and children often have to be sent to Cura-
qao for help or may not be able to receive needed
services at all. This should change dramatically
with the staffing of the CYF which is estimated to
be approximately 40 full-time workers across the
three islands. The ministry plans to focus on train-
ing and upgrading of local professionals over the
next two years.

As Minister Rouvoet said during his meeting at
Jong Bonaire, "one of our major goals in the transi-
tion period will be to assure that
the correct facilities are in place
when the final transition oc-
curs." He went on to say that he
plans to be sure that there is
good cooperation between BES
island organizations and their
counterparts in the Netherlands.
* Story and photo by Alan Gross
Bonaire Reporter- Feb.27-March 13, 2009

000 Bubbles from t Bolgst
Did You
Know...why seals see
well underwater? Think
back to a time when you #
briefly opened your eyes
underwater, without a
mask. Do you remember
what you saw? For hu-
mans, the sight would have
consisted of a blurry blue .
haze with any objects pre-
sent also appearing blurry.
Humans, and their eyes,
have evolved on dry land
for many thousands of
years. The cornea of the human eye is convex which, along with the ob-
long-shaped lens, allows the eye to focus light to a single point on the back
of the eye. In water, light moves at a slower speed than in air. Without the
lenses being able to compensate for the change, the human eye is unable to
focus the light underwater, creating a blurred image.
On the other hand, seals have the ability to see objects clearly both
underwater and on land. Unlike the human eye, the central region of the
seal's cornea is flat. This allows light to pass through unchanged. How-
ever, the light needs some way of becoming focused. The seal's lens is a
spherical shape with increased muscle attachments, allowing it to change
shape more than a human's lens is able. Thus, seals use their lenses to fo-
cus light to a single point on the back of the eye, whether viewing an ob-
ject on land or underwater. 0 Kara Kozak

Note: We used to have beautiful seals in our waters. Caribbean Monk
Seals were unfortunately hunted to extinction in the mid-20th century."
-Caren Eckrich

Kara Kozak is currently a senior at
Simmons College located in Boston,
Massachusetts. She will be graduating
this spring with a Bachelor of Science
in Biochemistry. Currently, Kara is
studying marine biology at the CIEE
research station on Bonaire. After
graduation, she hopes to continue on
with her education in the area ofveteri-
nary medicine.

The 5th Bonaire Heineken Jazz Fes-
tival promises to be a great success.
The Bonaire Jazz Foundation is orga-
nizing the 2009 Jazz Festival which
will take place on June 4, 5, 6 and 7. A
variety of music styles will be offered
at different locations on the island as
internationally renowned artists mingle
with local jazz musicians. Considering
the large number of well known jazz
musicians who are interested in par-
ticipating in this year's festival, it has
become clear that Bonaire Heineken
Jazz Festival is now well known in the
world of jazz .
As usual the Festival starts off at the
cozy, romantic location of Fort Oranje
on June 4 with the Jazz and Poetry
evening, with presentations by Gabriel
(Gebby) Saleh with his quartet, the
Cabacao Trio, both local, that will
break the ice for Denise Jannah, a vo-
calist of Surinamese/Dutch origin who
was the main artist at the 2004 Festi-
On June 5 and 6 the two main con-
certs will take place at the Tipsy Sea-
gull of the Plaza Resort. The top at-
traction will be the world famous
Monty Alexander Quartet from Ja-
maica which will present their homage
to Bob Marley. Because Monty is so

well known many visitors are expected
from outside Bonaire. The Hans
Dulfer Band from the Netherlands will
be performing, as will be Alfredo Na-
ranjo y El Guajeo from Venezuela
with his Latin Jazz Salsa Band, Denise
Jannah with a quartet from Curacao,
and last but not least, The Dikazz
Group and the Silver Bullet Steelband
from Bonaire.
Like prior years Heineken is the title
sponsor and the main sponsors for the
event this year are: Littman's Jewelers,
Rocargo & IFC, It Rains Fishes Res-
taurant, Telbo, Caribbean Homes and
Yachts, Maarten Maartense, Plaza
Resort Bonaire, Divi Flamingo Resort
Bonaire, Bonaire Fun Travel, Ennia,
Sense and MCB Bank Bonaire.
Bonaire Jazz Foundation

SBikini's & Surfwear

SModel of the week:
Lana Allertz

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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
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By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for resi-
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
Month-www. infobonaire.com/
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* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3
to 7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy
and to sell. NAf10 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,

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 7pm.

Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has
been restored and furnished so it appears the
family has just stepped out Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thru Friday,
9 -12, 2-4. Weekends by appointment Call

MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
aboutBonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17thcentury. Daily. Call 717-4060 /

Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church intown. 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. 717-2066

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- Feb.27-March 13, 2009

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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.

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

WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City
Caf6, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apartments.


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.

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-International/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.

Outlet Mol-Perfect place for trendy surf wear, bath-
ing suit tops and bottoms sold separately. Now all in
one place! Les Galeries Mall.

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

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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Two Outstar

Ronald Verhoeven's I
The artist Ronald Verho-
even will be exhibiting at
Kas di Arte from March 1 to
April 3. In all his paintings Bon-
aire is prominently present, and
the subjects of his colorful paint-
ings give evidence of his love
for this island. Away from the
touristic seashore Bonaire is
unique. It breathes a power at
the many quiet sites that as-
sumes possession of you. This is
what Verhoeven wants to ex-
press- the stones in different
colors, the bizarre cactuses, the
turbulent bokas and above all,
the people who live here.

Verhoeven has been living in 5
Bonaire since 1998. He regu-
larly exhibits in Europe and his
paintings are to be found at
many art fairs. On his website,
www.ronaldverhoeven.com, you
will learn more about the artist
and see some of his work.
Shortly after his arrival in Bonaire 1
years ago, he, along with a group of
lovers, founded an artistic center in su
port of local artists. This has become
Kas di Arte (formerly Artebon) Founc
tion. This exposition is Ronald Verho
even's fourth on Bonaire, and it show
that his paintings in the course of the
years have become more intense and
On Sunday, March 1, at 5 pm, Gove

Exhibit At Kas Di Arte

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Press release

Art Openings

Renate van der Biil's Exhibit at Plaza Resort

ne of Bonaire's best loved artists,
Renate van der Bijl, will open an
exhibition of her new oil and acrylic paint-
ings entitled "Moments in Time" at the
Plaza Resort on Friday, February 27 at
5:30 pm.

Renate is an artist specializing in paint-
ings of Bonaire's vivid beauty, focusing on
local people, the sea, the animals and all
elements of the island's traditional culture.
A resident of Bonaire for 15 years her
paintings hang in collections all over the
world and grace private homes, yachts,

banks and businesses. On her website,
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samples of her paintings.

The exhibition
will be opened by
Island Governor
Glenn Thod6. All
are welcome to the
reception for a
toast to the artist.
The exhibition will
run until April 15.
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You know I have always been fascinated by mythology and folk lore,
cially phrases we learn during childhood and repeat all our lives and
quently have little or no idea where they came from. For instance everyone
heard that old phrase that "If March weather comes in like a lion it will go (
lamb," and vice versa. But have you ever wondered where that phrase come
Well my astronomical colleague has long suggested that maybe this phrase
imagery from the heavens.
On Sunday, the first day of March, about 8 pm Sky Park time, if you're fa
bright lights and if you go outside and look toward the northwest you will s
very dim stars that make up the constellation Aries the Ram or Lamb. Bu
look in almost the opposite direction toward the northeast about the same h
above the horizon you'll see the constellation Leo the Lion. So here we hax
wonderful night sky images that match the phrase, a lion and a lamb, both
same height above the horizon in early evening on the first of March.
But what will we see if we go out at the same time a month later on Marc
Well, quite a different story, because on March 31st at 8 pm, the lion will b
overhead and the lamb will be smack dab on the northwestern horizon. Noy
know that the weather at the end of March is usually milder than the weath
beginning of March so our skies at 8 pm on the last day of March with the I
setting supports the fact that March is going out like a lamb. However, if w
our skies back to March 1st at 8.m we see that the lion is just rising, which
support to the premise that March usually begins with fiercer weather, com
a lion so to speak. So perhaps long ago someone tied this all together notici
on the 1st day of March Leo the Lion was just rising up into the heavens w
the end of March Aries the Ram was leaving them. And thus decided to poc
link both of them to the weather.
This March 2009, however, we can add a second cosmic meaning to that
phrase because also in the west just after sunset at the beginning of this Ma
is the planet Venus at its greatest brilliancy, out dazzling everything in the
cept the Moon and the Sun. In fact it comes in at the beginning of March li
but as the month progresses, it loses half its brightness and starts vanishing
sunset, going out like a lamb. Whatever, it's always fun to investigate old fc
because there always seems to be a bit of truth involved. So here's hoping y
March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. U Jack Horkheimer

p Aries- Venus entered your sign in February,
augmenting your overall charm and perhaps
bringing gifts, money, and favors your way.
This month, Venus moves "backwards," and
? it's time for introspection. Others may not be
getting you--perhaps misunderstanding your
intentions--for the time being. A partner may
be distant. A New Moon on the 26th brings
new discoveries and a feeling of newness to
"- your life. Still, take your time before moving
o 2903 forward. The Full Moon on the 10th brings
some chaos on the job front, but nothing you
can't handle.
Taurus- You are likely to pull back a little,
as you take the time to revise and perhaps
question your plans. Matters from the past
creep up and demand your attention. This is a
good month in which to solve old problems
and finally lay them to rest. Nevertheless, your
public or professional life is quite busy, par-
ticularly in the first week of March. Friends are
supportive. There is bound to be some drama
leo in your romantic life, particularly around the
Gemini- Some complications surrounding
espe- friends and lovers are quite possible this
d fre- month, and you're likely to find these people in
has your life dredging up old issues. Give others
out like a space. There's a lot of activity on the career
es from? front in March. While you begin the month in
an adventurous mood, you quickly realize that
got its there are a lot of responsibilities to take care of.
Watch for pressure build-up on the 18.
ir from Cancer- There are some wonderful and per-
;ee the haps surprising opportunities that have to do
t if you with legal affairs, travel, or education this
eight month, particularly around the 12-13 and 21-
ve two 23. A relationship is reaching new depths of
about the intimacy in March, and there's quite a bit of
talk and activity that stimulate changes in how
h 3st? you approach each other, particularly in the
h 3st first week of the month.
'e almost Leo- Your close personal relationships con-
w we all tinue to take center stage in your life this
er at the month, dear Leo. A close partner could seem a
lamb little mysterious or even elusive, but this only
e turn serves to intrigue you more. It's a good month
lends for deepening a connection, but do prepare
es in like yourself for some communication snafus. In
ng fact, some surprising events surrounding
S shared possessions and funds, as well as inti-
hereas at mate matters, are likely around the 12-13 and
etically 21-23.
Virgo- There is likely to be quite a fuss over
old it in the first week of the month. The focus
rch 2009 turns to a close partnership or friendship to-
sky ex- wards mid-month, when a special someone
ike a lion could be putting his/her cards on the table. It's
into the a good month for redesigning your budget, but
lo it's not strong for making big purchases.
Libra Work matters become increasingly
your into focus, and you are feeling more introspec-

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tive. It's not that you lack confidence, but you
tend to recognize the need to look within for
answers. Questioning your plans is likely, and
in fact quite necessary. Some disconnects in
the love department are likely. Give them
space, and give yourself space as well. Sur-
prises on the job or regarding health are likely
on the 12-13 and 21-23. The 11-12 also brings
some fabulous news and highly motivating
Scorpio- You're moving towards a more
playful and fun frame of mind in March. There
could also be surprising turns of events sur-
rounding creative projects, children, and family
matters during these periods. Invitations to go
out and have some fun should be grabbed.
While love matters do pick up pace, some care
is necessary when it comes to a close partner-
ship. The 10th brings your obligations to
friends or groups to light. Going over past
errors or problems is likely on the job.
Sagittarius- While there are bound to be
some surprises on the home front, particularly
on the 12-13 and 21-23, your focus is on set-
tling in and keeping the peace. The 10th brings
the culmination of an important work project
or a scurry of activity on the job. Events occur
that highlight your responsibilities in your
professional life. You might also take this time
to re-assess your goals on a romantic level.
Capricorn- The month begins with contin-
ued attention to your personal finances. You
have big ideas about how to increase your in-
come. While you will continue to brainstorm
about money-making endeavors in March, your
attention also turns to learning, communicat-
ing, and networking. If a lover seems distant or
a love affair appears to stall this month, it just
means that it's time to reassess matters.
Aquarius- The first week of March is very
busy for you, dear Aquarius. You are getting a
lot of attention, and others are turning to you
for advice. Money matters become a big focus
from the 8th forward, and unanticipated events
surrounding your personal finances are likely,
particularly on the 12-13 and 21-23. Responsi-
bilities to others, particularly on a financial
level, become hard to ignore around the 10th.
Creative projects could bring financial reward
this month.
Pisces- March is a strong month for reas-
sessing your finances and making a budget,
dear Pisces, but it's not a favorable time for
making important purchases. If you do make a
big outlay, you are likely to regret it next
month, so hold off if you can for the time be-
ing. It's better to hold on to your money now.
From the 8th forward, you're getting a lot of
attention. A partner has your wants and needs
in mind, and work matters are favored. Your
responsibilities to a special someone are hard
to ignore around the Full Moon on the 10th. U

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2nd Jong Bonaire Fun Walk

Jong Bonaire invites everybody to join in on this fun walk.
It's a good opportunity to connect with old friends and meet new ones,
while walking on our beautiful island of Bonaire.
Ifyou participated last year you know about it, if you didn't you hearu about it Inloopdag en Informatieavond op
Date: I"of March 2009
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