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\\ gApril 10.24, 2009; Volume 16, Issue 8
Helping Bona"e Grow Responsibly
unuku Shimaruku, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Phone 790-6518, 786-6518, email: reporter(obonairenews.com Since 1994
Printed every fortnight, On-line every day, 24/7

Bonairews Aif 1
Jee Pageo

Also in this issue:
Dust Study Update pg. 6
21st Century Telbo -pg 9
Windsurf Record -pg. 10

Kura Hulanda Lodge -pg. 11
Objections Answered-pg.14
Kite Flying Contest -pg.15
... and much more

Effective immediately there
will be a special window
at the Civil Registry (Servisio di
Registro Sivil) to process petitions
for work or study permits. It is the
centerpiece of a new system that
aims to cut the multiple steps and
visits to several government agen-
cies to acquire the permit to just
three visits to the Registry: the
first visit for an appointment/
interview, the second for submis-
sion of the required documents
and the third to get the results
(positive or negative) of the peti-
The window is open from 1:30
pm to 4:45 pm Monday through
Friday. You can call 717-5550 for
info or to set up an appointment.

Commissioner Tjin-Asjoe and
Harbormaster Rob. Sint Jago
on the wharf

There's some positive ac-
tion along Bonaire's prome-
nade. Following a couple of
nasty tourist attacks along the
popular seafront walk a bank of
temporary street lights have been
set up by WEB in response to
prodding by Bonaire's Executive
council. Several Island Govern-
ment departments are working
together to arrange for rapid
repair to the South Pier, Fisher-
men's Wharf and Chiku
Mercelina Wharf which all
suffered considerable damage
from last season's storms and
wind reversals. New Dutch funds
are expected to pay for the work.

A study is underway to
determine whether street
surveillance cameras can be
effectively used to fight street
crime in Bonaire. The system
would be similar to those used in
dozens of cities around the world.

D According to its annual sta-
tistical report, Antillean Customs
in Curacao and Bonaire col-
lected NAf 23 million more in
import taxes in 2008 than in
2007, for a total of NAf 187.7
million. It's a sign of economic

D Early this month, SONA,
The Foundation For Develop-
ment-Netherlands Antilles, fi-
nally issued the official public
invitation to solicit bids for the
management and construction
of the Bonaire Sewerage and
Sanitation Project. Up for bid is

the job to build the sewage collec-
tion system for the shore zone
from Belnem to Hato consisting
of 41.3 km. of piping, 1,050
house connections, six sewage
basins and an effluent purification
plant with a return irrigation sys-
tem. Bids must be submitted by
23 April 2009. This information
is also available on the Internet
site of (U)SONA: http://

Delta Airlines plans to add
an extra flight from Atlanta to
Bonaire effective October 2,
2009. Delta flight 671 will depart
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
at 4 pm, arriving Bonaire's Fla-
mingo Airport at 8:05 pm on Friday
evenings. Flight 670 will depart
Bonaire on Saturday mornings at 9
am, arriving in Atlanta at 12:25 pm.

D Perhaps you've noticed an
increase in the number of pri-
vate jets and turboprops at Fla-
mingo Airport these days. Ac-
cording to Airport Director Les
Laplace it has to do with Vene-
zuelan President Hugo Chavez
putting pressure on non-
Venezuelan registered private
planes to register with Venezuela
(YV is for Venezuela). As soon
as a non-registered plane lands in
Venezuelan territory the aircraft
will be held until it does register.
These corporate aircraft, mostly
owned by offshore companies,
are registered in the US or an-
other country. When Venezuelan
senior management and CEOs
want to travel back and forth to
the US or other destination they
use the YV registered planes to
come to Bonaire (or Aruba or
Curagao) and transfer to another
US or international registered
private jet that will carry them on.
Bonaire's Flamingo Airport is
getting a lot of business, says
Laplace because it's cheaper for
these private jets to land and take
off from here than it is from
Aruba or Curagao.

With the abolishment of
the Dutch "air ticket tax" pas-
sengers will pay 106 guilders
less per return ticket to travel
to The Netherlands. The meas-
ure goes into effect July 1.
Departing passengers from the
Netherlands were taxed 45 euros
for intercontinental flights under
the pretext of discouraging envi-
ronmentally unfriendly behavior.
After the introduction, the travel
sector was furious, but KLM and
Schiphol airport complied. The
critics had pointed to the exodus
of travelers to Belgium and Ger-
man airports not imposing the tax.

D Foundation Based Educa-
tion (FBE) Cycle Two pupils on
Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba
will be tested in May/June this
year on their arithmetic and
language skills so the Dutch
Government can implement a
program aimed at improving

Page 2

On Bonaire Earth Hour was a great
success, as families all over the island
switched off their electric lights for an hour,
Bonaire Basics Awareness Center on Kaya
Korona put together a 90-minute show of
YOUTUBE environmental films and set up a
live interaction with Al Gore's rep, Karen l I
Shaffran, in the US via Skype beamed on the
big screen. She offered some ideas on what
we can do here on Bonaire with our limited
Bonaire biologist Sabine Engel gave a very
interesting talk on ocean acidification with
samples and she also opened up dialogue on what we can do here on
Carina Kalki provided more things we can do as individuals here
on Bonaire; how we can start with 20 little things, like turning off
lights behind us, etc.
Earth Hour was much bigger than Bonaire. From the Sydney Opera
House and Harbour Bridge to the Eiffel Tower in Paris and London's
Houses of Parliament, lights were dimmed as part of a campaign to
encourage people to cut energy use and curb greenhouse gas emis-
sions from fossil fuels. Organizers said the action showed millions of
people wanted governments to work out a strong new U.N. deal to
fight global warming by the end of 2009, even though the global
economic crisis has raised worries about the costs.
Australia first held Earth Hour in 2007 and it went global in 2008,
attracting 50 million people, organizers say. WWF, which started the
event, figured one billion people from nearly 90 countries took part
in the 2009 event. [ Eveline/ G.D.

0 The periodic flights of patients suffering from kidney disease
to Curacao for treatment may soon be a thing of the past. On
April 2 Commissioner Elvis Tjin-Asjoe met with internist Dr. R.
Engels, Mariadal Foundation head Dr. Giovanni Frans, Otto Bartels,
Louis Wierda and Adelly Susanna-Jansen to begin preparations for
Bonaire to establish its own dialysis and treatment center. Similar
initiatives were brought forward in the past but none had such broad
support or source of funding.

these skills next school year. FBE
has been criticized severely for not
properly preparing students for
high school.
The tests will precede a program
for pupils to catch up on language
and arithmetic skills in the highest

groups of Cycle Two of FBE at the
beginning of the 2009/2010.school
The Dutch Ministry of Education,
Culture and Science (OCW) will
take over complete responsibility
Continued on page 0


Table of Contents

\This Week's Stories
Earth Hour 2
Aurora Bonairealis 3
Wesselius Kuifje Award 6
VVcO lass to Holland 6
Dust Study Update 6
Countdown to 15 Anniversary 8
21st Century Telbo 9
Dig Forthe Future 9
Taty Speedsto Curacao For Erwin 1C
Sports First-Carifta 1C
Kura Hulanda Lodge 11
COS 10th Annversary 12
Sailors to Curacao 12
Guest Editorial-ObjeconsAnswered 14
Kite Flying Contest 1E
Fragile Corals 15
Diving Truck 18

Weekly Features
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On Island Since-Charlotte Andrea 4
Bonairean Voices (Our Reefs) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
BonQuiz (Fishing) 9
Sudoku Solution 9
Pet ofthe Week(Kids, Kittens) 12
Reporter Masthead 12
Picture Yourself (Kura Hulanda Cura-
cao.) 13
Classifieds 13
Tide Table 13
BonQuiz Answer 14
Bubbles-Did You Know(Seahorses) 15
Whats Happening 16
Dining, Shopping Guides 17
Bonaire On Wheels (Dodge) 18
Sky Park (Red Stars) 19
The Stars Have it (Astrobgy) 19

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The Observatory contains a sophisticated optical system that produces
a 3600 sky image using three differentfilters. The system is self-
contained and automatically records images every night when the moon
is dark. In addition, a dual-channel GPS system records shifts as a re-
sult of changing electron densities at approximately 3Km altitude

Alan Gross, Ethan Miller, Jonathan Makela, George DeSalvo, andAlex Statie review the
final installation (Jane Townsend Photos)

Images of an aurora over Puerto Rico (note map lines). The images show the changes in a single hour as the
electron 'clouds' move very rapidly. Images like this are now being collected from the skies over Bonaire.

S himmering sheets of light dance across the skies
almost nightly as electrons rage through the iono-
sphere. This sounds like a description of the aurora bore-
alis seen in Northern countries like Canada or Sweden.
But could Bonaire have its own aurora?
It seems that there really is an aurora 'bonairealis'
although the sky display is not visible to the naked eye
since the energy above Bonaire is much less than at the
poles. However, the display can be visualized using spe-
cial photographic techniques, and a new research facility
on the island is tracking this sky show.
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign, headed by Assistant Professor Jonathan
Makela PhD, will be studying these phenomena with a
very practical goal: making air travel a lot safer. Makela
is a member of the Department of Electrical and Com-
puter Engineering and has had extensive experience
studying the interaction between the GPS system and the
ionosphere. Ethan Miller, who will receive his PhD this
year, assisted Makela in the Bonaire installation.
Makela's experiments link monitors in Puerto Rico and
Trinidad, and now Bonaire and will be tracking the
movement of electron 'clouds' as they drift across the
Caribbean basin while simultaneously measuring shifts

in GPS coordinates.
"As the electron activity fluctuates in the ionosphere, it
can affect both radio reception and the GPS system,"
Makela says. "GPS position readings can be shifted 5-10
meters which, while it does not seem like a great varia-
tion, could be disastrous for future airplane landing guid-
ance systems."
"The intention is to have airplane controls more linked
to the worldwide GPS system," he continued, "but,
unless we have a better idea of the nature of these inter-
ferences and the ability to predict and compensate for
them, the risks may be too great. Our hope is to gather
enough data from our monitoring to help refine the mod-
els that are used to predict these interferences." The
study is funded by the US National Science Foundation
and will run until at least 2012.
The monitoring equipment consists of a custom made
camera and filter system to photograph the 'aurora' (see
photos) and a highly sensitive GPS unit to look for slight
changes in apparent position. A wind generator, installed
by Alex Statie of CR Electronics, Bonaire, supplies
power for the equipment.
Makela began his work studying the effects of the

ionosphere on communications as a graduate student at
Cornell University and has continued to develop his
theories after moving to Illinois. "I find this study fasci-
nating since it is learning something fundamental about
our planet but also has practical applications," he noted.
When asked what he sees for future research he said,
"I've always wanted to study the 'Bermuda Triangle'
phenomenon to see if there is a real, physical basis for
the strange happenings there."
Both Makela and Miller are grateful
to everyone in Bonaire who gave them
information and advice. "It's truly a
wonderful community," they said.
With this new project, the Bonaire
Sky Park is now a research facility as
well as an observatory. 0 Alan Gross

Bonaire Reporter- April 10-24, 2009

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S[r Ihe last thing I saw of
I Holland when we got
onto the plane was the grey No-
vember sky, and my boyfriend
Leo said, 'Sweetheart, close your
eyes and go to sleep and when
you wake up you'll see only blue
skies and it will be nice and
warm.' And indeed when we ar-
rived it was nice and warm but
also very humid and muggy and
the sky was totally black, not
even grey, and definitely not blue.
Apparently a rainfall record had
been broken. It had not rained
that much in 60 years. On our
way from the airport to the house
we'd rented, I saw people kayak-
ing in the streets and I thought,
'my God, where did I land?' -
Bon bini na Boneiru!
I came here because I was
madly in love with Leo who was
here to open a restaurant called
Den Laman. Leo is from the is-
lands; he was bom and raised on
Cura9ao and after living and
working in Holland and Africa
for years he wanted to come back
to the Antilles. He had rented a
house in Nort di Salina. Along-
side the house there was a wild
river running, and I said, 'You
never told me the house was wa-

several months. In the meantime I
collapsed a couple of times again,
but when I felt better I always
went back to work. In December
Dr. Stewart send me to Rotter-
dam, Holland, to the Dijkzicht
hospital because it was one of the
few places where they might be
able to repair the defect. Leo went
with me and stayed with me all
the time. I was lucky as they suc-
ceeded in solving the problem.
However, the near death experi-
ence made me see life in a differ-
ent way... it can be over any
time. I'm enjoying the days and
often I'm thinking, 'Come on,
people, what's all the fuss about
So, the first two and a half years
on the island we worked like
horses at Den Laman. We didn't
have a life really because we also
moved around all the time. Poor
Sam; she never got the chance to
settle down and I didn't have time
for her.
Well, when we lived in our first
rented house in Nort di Salina
we'd seen an unfinished house
around the comer and we fell in
love with the location and the
possibilities. Leo started the
whole procedure and we managed

"However, the near death experience made
me see life in a different way...
it can be over any time."

terfront!' And he answered, 'It
isn't, this is a road!' My faithful
dog, Sam, a Dalmatian, which I
had brought with me, freaked out.
She loves water and after the long
trip she needed to get rid of her
energy. She was a mess instantly,
mud all over. So, I put down my
suitcases and changed clothes and
went outside to have a look at the
puddles and lakes and suddenly I
was attacked by thousands of
mosquitoes what a hell! It was
terrible and I'd never even known
I was allergic to mosquito bites.
So the first weeks on Bonaire I
was scratching and Leo would
say, 'Don't scratch. I really dis-
like women whose legs are full of
bumps and scratches. It's really
unappetizing.' 'Whatever,' I told
him, scratching harder. But I got
used to it and also to the island.
After the arrival we started
working morning, noon and night
at the restaurant. Eight months
later, July 2005, I almost died
from a heart defect. Leo found me
in the apartment where we were
living at the time. I was already in
shock and unconscious. He im-
mediately called Dr. Van der
Vaart asking if he should wait for
an ambulance and Dick told him
to take me to the hospital right
away or it might be too late. I
recovered more or less with medi-
cines, flew back and forth to Dr.
Stewart in Curacao for tests for

to buy the house and had it fin-
ished. As soon as possible we
moved in and both of us had the
feeling that we'd finally come
home, in spite of the fact that the
lot was bare and the house was
empty. We'd put the restaurant up
for sale, but we were still working
day and night, so there wasn't
much time to make the house
more comfortable. The neighbors
were and still are all fantastic
We wanted another dog for Sam
because she was lonely and we
talked about it, but we needed
more free time before we would
take another dog. One day, I'd
gone to the vet with Sam, and
when I came back I was still in
the car Leo yelled, 'Where is
Sam? Watch it!' I thought,
'What's going on?' So I said,
'Take it easy. What happened?'
He answered, 'Go and see for
yourself in the kitchen!' Curious
as I am, I didn't know how fast to
get there and then I almost
tripped over two puppies that
couldn't even open their eyes yet.
They were about four weeks old.
'How could you do that!' I told
Leo, 'We don't have time for this
at all!' 'I know, I can't help it,' he
answered. 'I just came home for a
minute to change clothes and then
Nachi's grandchildren (our
neighbor who sells fish) stood at
the door with the puppies and

they said, 'Pa Leo,' and they
turned around and hopped away
and then you came.' I immedi-
ately went to buy puppy food, but
they couldn't eat it as they were
too little, so I went to the animal
shelter and they told me how to
feed them, and the puppies grew
up beautifully.
We also 'had' three cats that
were not ours. Every night when
we came home from the restau-
rant they would sit on the wall in
the back of the garden, half wild,
but curious. Well, to make a long
story short, they're not wild any-
more. They're also sterilized and
they belong to the family. We're
eight now!
Charlotte Andrea (39) is one of
a kind; she 's straightforward,
lots offun, afree spirit and an
extremely loyal friend to those
she calls her friends. She's also
very organized, a tremendously
hard working and multi-talented
"All my life I've been creative.
I am a professional graphic de-
signer and everything I love to do
is connected with that. After the
restaurant was sold I worked at a
lunchroom for one year but mean-
while I started making furniture
and accessories from driftwood
and materials I recycle. It's not

like I put some driftwood together
with a couple of nails and yes!
there's your sofa! We don't want
termites in the house, do we! The
things I make are all made by
design according to a certain
style, my style simple and pure
and beautiful. For my friends, Joe
and Lisa at Pasa Bon Pizza, I
made a table and a cabinet, and I
decorated houses for several other
friends. As everybody is wild
about my designs I'm thinking of
setting up my own business
within a year or so. That would
be great because my mind is
overflowing with ideas which I'm
using now to finish our own
house. But... as I have ADHD, I
can drive Leo crazy because I am
unstoppable and he doesn't get a
lot of attention. Lately I'm trying
to slow down, which is not easy,
but you also have to enjoy each
other. I'm a night person and Leo
gets up in the early morning, so,
sometimes we don't see a lot of
each other, but every day he
serves me a five-star breakfast in
bed. And besides all the things
he's busy with- his authentic Bo-
nairean fishing boat, his love for
growing plants, vegetables and
herbs and his friends all over the
island he also cooks for us and
so he's keeping me alive. I could-

n't have found a better man.
I feel at home here. I've got
some real good friends whom I
can always count on and I'm very
attached to them. In the beginning
I was homesick, thinking the is-
land was too small for me, but
now I wouldn't want to go back,
not even for a vacation.
I'm Italian by origin and I lived
four years in Italy, and although I
don't speak Papiamentu, I do
understand Papiamentu and Span-
ish and when I speak my mixture
of languages, some pick it up,
others not at all! Ha! Ha! But I
am a Latina and not a makamba!
Leo has lived and worked every-
where in the world and I've been
roaming around a lot, but here on
Bonaire, in Nort di Salina, we've
found our home. Sometimes at
night we're sitting on the front
porch, the moon and the stars
shining over the hills, Glenn i su
Gang playing music at the house
around the comer, the dogs and
cats at our feet,
then we look at
each other and
say, 'We've
been so
lucky... "' U
Story by

Bonaire Reporter- April 10-24, 2009

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Flotsam and Jetsam
(Continued from page 2)
for education on Bonaire, St.
Eustatius and Saba at the start of
that school year.

Can you ID thisfish ?

D A robotic fish is seen in a
tank at the London Aquarium.
Robot fish developed by British
scientists are to be released into the
sea off northern Spain to detect
pollution. The carp-shaped robots,
costing $29,000 apiece, mimic the
movement of real fish and are
equipped with chemical sensors to
sniff out potentially hazardous
pollutants such as leaks from ves-
sels or underwater pipelines. The
robots to be used measure 1.5 me-
ters (nearly 5 feet) long -- roughly
the size of a seal. 0 REUTERS

D Venezuela still has the
planet's cheapest gasoline accord-
ing to the Washington D.C.-based
consulting firm, PFC Energy.
At NAf 21 (US 12 cents) a gal-
lon (NAF5, US 3 cents a liter), it
costs about 30 times less than bot-
tled water. Venezuelan leaders
have largely avoided raising gas

prices since 1989 when more than
300 people died in rioting after the
government allowed energy prices
to rise.
What's more, costs are now rising
for Venezuela as output sags at the
nation's aging refineries. Econo-
mists warn that Venezuela is now
in a tough spot. Raising desper-
ately needed cash by lowering sub-
sidies would almost certainly fuel
inflation, which at 29.5% in Cara-
cas is already Latin America's
When gasoline prices spiked for
much of the rest of the world last
summer, there were radical
changes in consumer behavior and
governments quickly revisited their
energy policies. That did not hap-
pen in Venezuela.

None of the plans and
dreams to make the BES Islands
an integral, but remote, part of
Holland can be realized without
the passage of legislation to make
it law. In that regard, Dutch Prime
Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
called on the First and Second Leg-
islative Chambers to lend a helping
hand to facilitate smooth approval
of legislation for Bonaire, St.
Eustatius and Saba.
A package of draft legislation
will be sent to the Second Chamber
before this summer. This legisla-
tion makes it possible for the BES
islands to enter the Dutch Constel-
lation as "public entities" when the
Netherlands Antilles ceases to ex-
ist, perhaps as early as next year.
Balkenende explained that the
BES legislation proposals would

be signed or co-signed by Dutch
State Secretary of Kingdom Rela-
tions Ank Bijleveld-Schouten. The
overview listed eight BES-related
legislative proposals:
-1-The amendment to the Dutch
Electoral Law (Wijziging Ki-
-2-the financial function of the
BES islands and their authority to
impose taxes;
-3-the adaptation law
(Aanpassingswet) ;
-4-the implementation law
(Invoeringswet) ;
-5-the law regulating the public
entities (Wet openbare lichamen);
-6-the tax law;
-7-the customs and excise law;
-8-the fiscal system implementa-
tion law (Invoeringswetfiscal

D Last week the leader of the
Dutch Party for Freedom, Geert
Wilders, advised Prime Minister
Balkenende, via his opposition
party's (PVV) website, to gift-
wrap and sell off the Netherlands
Antilles to Venezuela. "Just dial
this number. Write this down. You
have a pen? 00-58-212-806-3111.
Again: 00-58-212-806-3111. You
got it? That is the number of the
palace of President Chavez in
Venezuela. He would love to have
the Netherlands Antilles and we
[would] love to get rid of [it]. I
would make a good deal with him.
Tie a nice bow around the islands
and goodbye."

> The Netherlands Antilles
and Aruba are no longer on the

international black list of tax
havens of the Organization for
Economic Cooperation and De-
velopment (OECD). This was
reported during the G20 summit in
London where the latest version of
this fiscal list was published after it
became known that the G20
wanted a white, a grey and a black
list "on short term" from the
The Antilles and Aruba are on
the "grey list."
In general terms, this implies that
they cooperate with the intera-
tional agreements in the tax field
and for the financial services but
have not yet implemented these
adequately. According to reports,
the Antilles "are doing a better
job" than Aruba: the Antilles com-
ply with seven of the international
specified criteria while Aruba com-
plies with four.
Antilles State Secretary Alex Rosa-
ria was informed that the Antilles
didn't make the "white list" be-
cause they only had seven interna-
tional tax treaties. It is understood
that a minimum of 12 tax treaties is
required if all other aspects are in
accord to qualify for the white
A number of European countries,
including Belgium, Luxembourg
and Switzerland are also on this
grey list due to their bank confi-
dentiality arrangements. The
OECD has placed four countries on
its black list: Costa Rica, Malaysia,
the Philippines and Uruguay.

US President Barack Obama
plans to lift longstanding US re-

strictions on
Cuba, a senior
official said,
allowing Cuban
-Americans to
visit families
there as often as
they like and to
send them
unlimited funds.
The gesture, which could herald
more openness with the Castro
regime, will fulfill a campaign
promise and follows more modest
action in Congress this year to
loosen travel rules.
The President has authority to
loosen the restrictions on travel and
remittances to Cuba on his own.
The new rules will affect an esti-
mated 1.5 million Americans who
have family members in Cuba.
Other Americans are allowed to
travel to Cuba but only if they
qualify through certain cultural,
educational and other programs.
President Obama doesn't intend
to call for lifting of the trade em-
bargo against Cuba, which would
require congressional action, nor is
any specific diplomatic outreach
contemplated, the official said. It's
been predicted that normal rela-
tions between the US and Cuba
would radically change the tourism
dynamic in the Caribbean.

D Sculptress Josephine Ebing
will be opening an exhibition of
her work on Sunday, April 11 at
5 pm. It will be in the garden of
Kaya Grandi 85. Ebing's show will
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Ernst Wesselius Receives KI

Former Bonaire Public Prosecutor and now practicing attorney,
Ernst Wesselius, received an award from Stichting Gelifia, an
acronym of the Kuifje Foundation on Friday, March 27 during a
luncheon at City Caf6. "Ernst Wesselius," said Co deKonig,
"receives this Kuifje Award 2009 because he is a brother in arms
with Tin Tin (Kuifje). He has the same qualities endurance, cour-
age, creativity. He believes injustice. He goes forward and never
gives up like a terrier!"
The award of NAf 2.500 goes to Wesselius to cover the printing
costs of his completed manuscript that tells of his experiences as
Bonaire's public prosecutor. Others members of the Stitchting Ga-
lina were there to join in the good wishes: B6i Antoin, Marisela
Croes, Hannebibeke deKonig, Larry Gerharts and Maarten Maart-
ense. U L.D.

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nother excited group left parents and many sponsors have of the many private sponsors.
for the Netherlands for funded an important part as
their higher education orienta- well. If you are interested in help
tion recently. Like last year's Bonaire's future, please make
VWO (University preparation) We wish to thank to all of your donations as the next gr
group these youngsters will be them: Alfa & Omega Uniforms (VWO 4) has already started
visiting as many as 12 universi- NV, Bon Security Force, Cactus their fundraising activities. Ac
ties or schools with higher edu- Accounting, Cargill, Caribe Car count name: Nos ta bai Hulat
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problems on Bonaire. The research is being carried out
for the foundation KibraHacha in cooperation with
DROB and LW. Also local entrepreneurs and busi-

nesses like Total Rent A Car
are contributing to the research
by providing sponsorship.
The main goals are to give an
indication of the amount of
dust in Bonaire and to inden-
tify the main sources of dust

Dust catcher

Sponsor Gerrald Victorina from Total Rent A Car
hands over the keys to dust researchers
Corjan Nolet and Menno van der Veen.

The research is well underway. The residential areas of
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On March 28 many people, aware
of the global warming issue,
turned their lights off for one hour from
8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Global warming is
affecting us in different ways, one of
which is how it affects our reefs. If the
water keeps getting warmer it can cause
our reefs to become extinct. Fortunately
Bonaire is not as polluted as other coun-
tries, but in addition to all the toxic gases
that damage our ozone layer there are still
other local factors that can cause the ter-

and animal feces, nutrients from the septic
tanks near the sea coast. You never know
if these tanks are leaking. The govern-
ment has to take care of these problems.
An emergency plan was made to come
up with a quick solution. Another plan
was made to start a sewage processing
plant in 2010 which will be built along the
coast. The island will be dug up along the
coast from WEB, the water and electricity
plant, to Punt Vierkant. All the houses
and hotels along the shore will be con-
nected to this plant. This will avoid the
reefs from continually being polluted."
As Ms. Elsmarie Beukenboom ex-
plained about the environmental
issue, Mr. Anthony Nicolaas (35)
(below), Island Councilman said,
"We can be sure that nature will be
protected. The law will help control
over fishing, cutting down of certain
trees, protection of certain species,
animals, birds and areas like the
Ramsar area, Lac bay, Gotomeer,
Klein Bonaire, Pekelmeer and Slag-
baai. We want to give 100% protec-
tion. To protect our sea water and
reefs an Emergency Plan was cre-
ated via Waste Water Project Bon-
aire (WWPB). Holland put money
up to get this action plan going.
USONA, which manages the money
from Holland, gave its permission to
get the funding for this plan. Those
involved in this action plan are

and another six months for a company to
work on the project, so it will start in
2010 and finish in 2012."
We can see there is work getting done to
save our reefs. Saving our reefs is a seri-
ous matter because the reefs support every
living being on this planet in one way or
another. Please be conscious about what
we have around us and protect our nature,
and our mother earth. U

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start thinking of the small things
that damage the reefs we are
can contribute towards saving
Mother Earth. And this is a con-
tribution to you as a human be-
ing as well.
Ms. Elsmarie Beukenboom
(53) (above), Director of
STINAPA for six years, ex-
"Studies made by experts on
our reefs for more than 30 long
years, like those of Rolf Bak, a
science professor in Amster-
dam, Holland, pointed to the
fact that most fish living on our
reefs today are juvenile fish.
These fish still need to develop
and grow larger. The studies
show another fact which is that our reefs
are too small. To protect the reefs in cer-
tain areas we need to close down these
areas from Harbour Village to Cha Cha
Beach and then from Divi Flamingo Hotel
to Plaza Hotel. In this way we can protect
the fish and the reefs.
It's notable that there are other nutrients
that little by little are polluting the reefs.
We can mention a few of them. Dust,
construction at the sea side, the quantity
of rainwater going into the sea, human

Bonaire Reporter- April 10-24, 2009

Section Of Environmental Affairs and Mr.
Martijn van de Grop from Holland, a civil
servant for traffic and water affairs. A
huge septic tank will be installed at LVV
or the Landfill. All the septic tanks along
the shore will be vacuumed by a truck
which will take it to this mobile plant.
The water will be purified and used for
the vegetation. This will avoid waste wa-
ter getting into the sea. A foundation to
execute this plan is making all the prepa-
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Selibon's Environmental Police
(Polis Ambiental) will pay special
attention to Bonaire's beaches this
coming Easter weekend and holy week. It's
traditionally the time when island residents
take advantage of the fine weather to camp
and sleep on the beaches. In the days ahead
the Environmental Police will walk the
beaches and explain the policies to the
campers. Advice to campers includes:
*Take your own trash bags to the beach;
*Place food waste in separate bags and
close them up before putting in the kliko
(waste container);
*Don't put burnt charcoal in waste
*Don't have beach fires; use BBQ grills or
similar setups;
*Recycle to minimize trash. Use
"permanent" dishes, cups and utensils;
*Clean up the campsite before you leave;
*Put bottles and glass in the yellow klikos
marked for glass recycling;
*Set a good example for others. Keeping
our beaches clean is everyone's
And have a great holiday time.

This year's Bonaire Heineken Jazz
Festival, from June 5-7, will offer a
variety of music styles, with renowned

musicians from
different parts
of the world
performing at the
two main con-
certs on June 5th
and 6th, an eve-
ning with Jazz
and Poetry on
June 4th and the
Jazz Brunch on
June 7th. This 5th
anniversary Bon-
aire Heineken
Jazz Festival is
shaping up to be
a high quality
music event.
Book flights and
hotels as soon as
D Thinking of
renting your
hnusp and inter-

T he Bonaire Reporter (born as Port Call) will
celebrate its 15"' consecutive year of publishing
this month. On the right is a copy of the earliest edi-
tion we have in our files, Vol. 1, Issue 3, May 23,
1994. It covered two sides of an A4 sheet. Twenty-
two copies were Xeroxed at Obersi's, one for each
boat anchored in Kralendijk Harbor. Yes, anchored.
There were no moorings and anchoring was permitted
only in the sandy part of the harbor area. The feature
story was the Marcultura "shrimp farm." There you
could buy a kilo of large shrimp for NAf 26. There
was an ad to buy dive gear at Carib Inn and a listing of
free slide shows and the rum punch party at Captain
Don's. A familiar name appears: Susan Davis, now
publisher of the blog Bonaire Insider, was offering a
slide show at Bon Bini Dive Center.
There was even an ad for a "transportable" cell phone
programmed for Bonaire and Curaqao.
It was a simpler newspaper for yacht people during a
simpler time. U L./G.D.

ested in knowing
how much it is worth to rent? Come to
Bonaire Sunshine Homes Open House on
Saturday, May 16 at their office; from 9 am
all day until 4 pm. Snacks and drinks will
be served so bring the whole family. See
their ad on page 10.

D Seven candidates are preparing to
compete in the 2009 Mama Modelo Bon-
aire 2009 election. Mama Modelo helps
develop poise, confidence and grace in the
young mothers who compete in categories
of wit, thoughtfulness, fashion, beauty and
public speaking. The event officially began
with a welcome cocktail party last Friday at
the Techno Bar Restaurant. Participating
contestants are: Ruthaily Cicilia, Albaligia
De Palm, Betty Martis, Elaiza Noris Piet-
ersz, Ideline Saragosa, Mirnalym Soliana
and Shanin Winklaar. The Bonaire Re-

porter is sponsoring Mirnalym Soliana, who
was featured in the "Born On Bonaire" col-
umn in the December 19, 2008 edition of
The Reporter.
The Mama Modelo Bonaire 2009 pageant
will be on Friday, May 8, at Jong Bonaire at
8:30 pm. Tickets are available from any of
the seven contestants and at the Chez Clau-
dette shop on Kaya Grandi for NAf 15 per
person. The event is organized by the A.D.
Productions Foundation. To help sponsor
one of the contestants or for further infor-
mation call 786-9090 or 516-9090 or email:

D Do you have books you don't read
anymore? Aat and Elly Oudshoorn would
like to pick them up to sell them at their
Secondhand Book Market during Dia di
Rinon, April 30. You can call them at 717-


3227 or 786-0870 to
make arrangements.
Like every year
they have a stand
across from the
gasoline station, in
front of the Protes-
tant Church on Rin-
con's Kaya Cres-
tian. They sell the
second hand books for the benefit of the
youth of the church.
There are books in different languages:
English, Dutch and German, and they have
a lot of Dutch children's books. There also
will be a flea market besides the bookstand.
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Test your knowledge of Bonaire

n the previous edition of The Re-
porter we had our Bonaire communi-
cations history lesson. You can now put
down your horn conch, cow, whatever -
and re-enter the 21st century. Crank up the
Blackberry, recharge the cell phone and
hit the road. We've certainly gone a long
way in a short period of time, especially
since every kid over the age of eight has a
cell phone clutched to his or her ear. And
with the right kind of phone you can climb
to the top of Mount Kilimanj aro and call
Omaha to check on the kids. But as fasci-
nating as that is, phones are only one way
to communicate electronically. Why pass
notes in class when you can text? Why
pay a long distance fee when you can
Skype? Why go to the post office and buy
a stamp to mail your letter when you can
stay home and send an email? Actually,
with all the equipment available today,
you don't even have to leave your house
to conduct business. You can take virtual
trips, do your grocery shopping, and any
number of other things that might other-
wise force you out of bed. Having said all
that, let's see what's available on our little
island to make our life electronically ful-
Telbo, in its march of progress over the
last 25 years, has helped to make life easy
and fun. Offering high speed intemet ac-
cess and a growing array of TV choices,
Bonaire will soon be electronically on a
par with most cities around the world.
While there is another option for internet
and television services on Bonaire, Fla-
mingo TV, the aggressive growth and
development of Telbo's services has posi-
tioned them as the leader of the pack.
To demonstrate this let's begin by look-
ing at Surf It, a prepaid internet service
which allows the user to stop at one of the
14 'Hot Spots' on the island (designated
resorts, restaurants, the airport, etc.) to
wirelessly connect. You simply buy a
card, similar to telephone cards, in the
amount of NAf 5, 10, 25, or 50, follow
the easy connect instructions, and you're
free to use your computer to stay con-
nected to the world. This new service is,
of course, in addition to high speed inter-
net service for your home and office.
Telbo has also developed MITV digital
television which encompasses a variety of
programs and services. At the present time
there are nine TV packages to choose
from which include the Family Basic
package of 49 TV channels in English,
Dutch, Papiamentu, and Spanish and 16
music channels. Add on packages such as
Family Plus which, among other selec-
tions, offers Fox
News and The Food
Channel, will soon be
joined by MSNBC
and BBC America.
There are 3 movie
add on packages as
well as an Adult
channel, Sports chan-
nel (ESPN, golf, soc-
cer, and coming soon
- a tennis channel).
As an extra added
convenience, Chan-
nel 1 will soon be-
come the Information
Channel which will
serve as your TV
guide to what's play-

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ing during the day and night. For families
with children MITV offers special security
features allowing parents to lock channels
and set up the Parental Control feature
guaranteed to keep curious little minds
away from what doesn't concern them.
In the near future we can expect to see
such new services as Pay Per View and
Video On Demand. Be still my heart -
can life get any better than that? Movies -
your choice! Watch when you want!
Choose from hundreds of selections! And
special concerts and sporting events -
WOW! *
There's lots more new
technology and services
in the pipeline but I will
save them for later when I
can give you details and
starting dates. But be
watching because Telbo/
MITV is moving up to
the big time ... and won't
it be fun! U Dabney

For Techies: Telbo has selected the Ami-
NET125 multi-codec Set-Top-Box to power
"MiTv", the first IPTV service in the Carib-
bean island of Bonaire over an ADSL2+ net-
work. This innovative IPTV service is consid-
ered to be the showcase model for Telbo.
The device gives Telbo the capability to pro-
vide subscribers an enhanced IPTV platform,
which goes beyond traditional triple-play
Telbo's "MiTv" service, an integral part of its
triple play (video, voice and data) offering and
a first for the Caribbean region, consists of a
Basic Package of around 40 channels includ-
ing HBO, Discovery and FOX. As another
first in the Dutch Caribbean, Telbo will offer
the Dutch Public Channels (Nederland 1, 2
and 3), which will be inserted into the head-
end via optical submarine cables. Telbo also
offers an Extended Basic Package and pack-
ages serving specific customer needs.
(international, sports, action, unique adult
content, PPV and VoD and three premium
movie oriented packages). U G.D.

Wondering about the trenches
being dug on Kaya Korona?
Two of Bonaire's government-owned
utility companies are involved. Roy
Silberie told The Reporter that WEB is
digging to prepare for upgrading their
electric power installations in the area.
Sanson Ogenio of Telbo reported that his
company "piggybacks" whenever WEB
digs trenches on the island. At the same
time WEB digs, Telbo installs empty
tubes that will eventually house fiber
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This is of course in addition to the deep
trenches along the road in Hato and SA-
BEDECO and the "Big Ditch" through
Rincon to connect the wind farm in
Morotin with the new WEB power plant
near BOPEC.
Ultimately WEB will desalinate sea-
water only at the Hato site. The bulk of
the island's power will come from bio-
diesel compatible generators near
BOPEC and the wind farm. 0 L.D./G.D.

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What is this?
M ost fisherman have one. They
carefully construct one of these
contraptions and take it to sea when they
fish, usually towing it behind their small
boats. It's used whether they're trolling
or doing stationary fishing around Bon-
Not having come across one of these in
a long time, I had to surch the seaside in
Playa P'bao to find one. And there it was
on the shore, just as I had imagined it would look. Made from scraps of wood, it is
a special artifact. Going out of style, it served its purpose well. The door flap is
connected to it with a strip of tire rubber to keep the flap closed so the contents can-
not get out. And slots make for space to allow the ocean in and out and so the trap
won't sink. What's it used for?

BonQuiz appears regularly in The Reporter. It's prepared by
Christie Dovale of Christie Dovale Island Tours. Contact her to
arrange a tour, Phone 717-4435 or 795-3456 or email: christie-
Comments and suggestion are welcome.
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day, March
28, when he
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to Curaqao in
just two
hours and 14
minutes. Taty
was wel-
comed in
Curaao by
Prime Minis-
ter Emily de Prime Minister Emily de Jongh-Elhage, Erwin Muller and
Jongh- Taty Frans at the finish in Curagao.
Elhage. He
dedicated his feat to the former record 7.6m2 sail. The wind was blowing from
holder, Erwin Muller, who sailed it in the northeast at 18-21 knots, wave
four hours (with much more rustic equip- heights topped out at about 3m.
ment) in the 80s. Erwin was one of the
originators of windsurfing on Bonaire. In a related effort to assist Erwin,
Frans is considered one of the fastest Richard Beady the owner of Bonaire's
windsurfers in the world and aimed to well-known Richard's Restaurant, is
better Erwin Muller's record Bonaire to going to donate all the money he makes
Curamao time. The record accomplish- the night of Saturday, April 11th, to
ment was to call attention to Erwin, who Erwin. Richard's has a very friendly bar,
suffered a debilitating stroke several great food and an incomparable seaside
months ago and who is on the long road ambience. Richard is doing it because he
toward recovery in a rehabilitation center loves Erwin. We plan to be there and
in Curaqao. hope you will be too.
Taty left the BOPEC area in Bonaire at If you wish to contribute directly to
9 am and arrived at Marie Pampoen, Erwin Muller deposit your donation in
Curaqao, at 11:14 am. The record attempt MCB-Bonaire account # 4000508 00. U
was originally planned for March 8th but G.D./Ann Phelan
could not take place then due to stiff

Safety precautions
for the event were
provided by a re-
layed fleet of sup-
port boats. No sin-
gle boat could
match the speed of
windsurfing Taty
whose average
speed for the ap-
proximate 35+ mile
sail was 16/2 knots,
and at times ex-
ceeded 30 knots.
Taty was sailing a
122 liter Starboard
Isonic Board with
an almost new
Mauisail TR-5,

A Bonaire Sports First

he first two male ath-
letes in Bonaire's his-
tory to attend the Carifta
Games 2009 (Caribbean and
US International Field and
Track) in St. Lucia on April 9
are Charlon Sumpter (15)
and Rayonell Lindeborg
(16). They will be represent-
ing the Netherlands Antilles.
If they succeed with prizes
they'll have a big chance to
participate in the World
Youth Championships in
Italy. Both are eligible to
attend the (Weganan di Re-
ino) Kingdom Games in
Aruba in July.
Charlon is a runner in the
800, 1,500 and 3,000 meter
races. Rayonell runs the 400-
meter relay, throws the jave-
lin and is the champion shot Rayone
putter. Their coach, Henricus
Winklaar, holds a level 1 and
2 IAAF diploma. He trains the athletes
voluntarily, six times a week. He will go
with Charlon and Rayonell to St. Lucia
and has also been named as Assistant
Coach for the Carifta Games.
When they return from St. Luica they
will immediately prepare for the King-
dom Games. According to Coach Henri-
que the work isn't easy but he is sure the
two athletes will show well because of
their strong self-discipline and persever-
After nearly qualifying in the finals
Curacao in March to participate in the
Carifta Games 2009 and the Wega di

11 Lindeborg, Coach Henrique Winklaar
and Charlon Sumpter,

Reino (Kingdom Games) Charlon Sump-
ter, 15, is being sponsored by MCB.
Charlon was 1/300 of a second slower
than the next runner and was therefore
not eligible to have his ticket paid to go to
the Carifta Games. So MCB, our friendly
banker, decided to sponsor the "young
athlete," MCB says, "whose future is
brilliant." "Charlon is a very serious and
dedicated athlete and at the same time
he's one of the first Bonairean boys who
will be going to the Carifta Games. Char-
lon will be showing the face of Bonaire
with pride under the tutelage of coach
Henrique Winklaar."

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opportunity on www.piedraso.com.
For info call 717-8684/795-1391.

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An Exciting Getaway -RightNearby

Kura Hulanda T.odge Photo

Front: Franklyn and Juliette of the Front Office; Herbert, Front Office Man-
ager. Rear: Delno Tromp, General Manager; Elfrim, Bellboy extraordinaire

Looking for the ideal getaway that's
close by but seems like far, far away
from Bonaire? Where you have the same
clear blue water and sandy beaches but
where you really feel you are away from it
all? Where it's serene, tranquil and peace-
ful? And it's a top resort, a member of The
Leading Small Hotels of the World with
more than four stars that offers all the
amenities and luxury you're looking for?
And with a staff that is friendly, attentive
but not invasive?
This magical spot is Kura Hulanda Lodge
at Westpunt, atop the Kadushi Cliffs at the
northwestern tip of neighboring island Cura-
gao, and it's managed by Bonaire's Delno
Tromp. Delno says there are a number of
visitors from Bonaire who just want to get
away for maybe a long weekend. Originally,
the majority of the hotel's guests were from
the US, but now they're from all around the
world, he says, many of whom often stop to
enjoy both islands.
Another familiar face from Bonaire is
Front Office Manager Herbert Castillo who
worked in Bonaire at Harbour Village and at
Goddard Catering. He says he loves his job
here. On the engineering staff is Rodwin
Balootje, who worked at Divi Flamingo in
One of the things that set this property
apart is how it makes you feel that you are
the only pampered guest because there is so
much spaciousness in the surrounding gar-
dens and how the buildings are placed for

Watamula Restaurant wait staff: Nai-
hira; Shermaline; Naisi and Lusmarina

Bonaire Reporter- April 10-24, 2009

sun. The well appointed exercise room is
next to the pool as is another hut where you
can receive a massage. Oh, luxury.
Down on the beach you may just relax,
take a snorkel or go diving with the full
service dive shop.
Still another face from Bonaire is Paul
Siegel, Project Director of the hotel's vaca-
tion club. Paul, an experienced trooper in
the hotel business, was manager of Bon-
aire's Flamingo Beach Hotel (now Divi
Flamingo) back in the 70s. Paul's in charge
of the sales of the existing oceanfront con-
dos (studios and suites), lodge villas or one
of the new Kalki Caribbean villas. The land
to the north is reserved for those who want
to build their own individual villa. This is a
property that has been so well planned in
advance that for investors there won't be
any unpleasant surprises to deal with in the
future. Paul said sales are good.

Kura Hulanda (Otrabanda) Manager
Shirley Geerman poses at her hotel
with Kura Hulanda Lodge
Manager Delno Tromp

ultimate privacy. The villas, suites and
guest rooms are screened by levels and
foliage and either overlook the sea or the
gardens. The free-standing octagonal two-
story houses or lodges with straw roofs
amidst the tall trees are reminiscent of
Africa. All that's missing here are the
There is a lot of emphasis on the gardens
which are made up of primarily local flora
and the wandering paths invite you to
stroll. There's even a grove of native shi-
maruku cherry trees not what some land-
scapers would consider gorgeous horticul-
tural specimens but the fruit is out of this
world and it's totally native.
There are three restaurants, each with its
own personality. The largest, Watamula, is
covered with a circular thatched roof and
you may dine there for breakfast, lunch or
dinner. On a patio under the trees and
overlooking the sea is the Christoffel, ad-
jacent to the Christoffel Sunset Lounge.
For lunch on the beach there's the Kalki
Beach Bar and Grill. Five-Star chefs offer
international cuisine. Special menus and
requests can be accommodated.
There are all the other luxurious ameni-
ties like the quiet pool with the tinkling
waterfall surrounded by straw covered
huts for shade to keep cool and out of the

Noted entrepreneur Jacob Gelt Dekker
(see photo on page 13) opened this luxury
hotel about four years ago after having
much success with his Kura Hulanda Hotel
in Otrabanda in downtown Willemsted. That
hotel, shops, spa, museum and casino grew
out of once proud antique buildings that
were in near total collapse in a nearly aban-
doned part of town.
Between the two hotels the country one
and the city one there is communication-
even with a scheduled bus.
Want to get away and pay them a visit?
Call (599-9) 839-3600. Or email:
Delno.Tromp(LKuraHulanda.com; Her-
bert.Castillo(AKuraHulanda.com or Paul
Siegel at Vacation-
Club@kurahulanda.com.For more informa-
tion click on the website:
WWW.KuraHulandaLodge.com. U L.D.

Owned and operated by

Pablo Palacios and family

Creators of Argentine cuisine

on Bonaire

Open for dinner every day except Monday
in the Lighthouse at The Harbour Village Marina
Call 717-7725 for reservations
www. patagoniarestaurant.com patagonia_restaurant@hotmail.com

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Pets of the Week *mOci

T he cat cage at the Bonaire Animal Shelter is
overflowing with new kittens these days -
different color combinations, long haired, short
haired the works. In fact all the kittens in the
photo are siblings. Entertaining them this last week-
end and having a wonderful time were Rover Dul-
laart and Skye and Sil Romeijn. Who are cuter?
The kids or the kitties?
When you choose an animal from the Shelter you
may be assured it is in the best of health. It's had an
examination by the vet, been wormed, had its shots
and will be sterilized when it's old enough. That's
all included in the adoption fee of NAf 75 for cats

and NAf 105 for dogs. And, very importantly, it
has been proved to be a "social animal" that gets
along well with people and often with other ani-
mals. Each one is different so be sure to ask one of
the staff if you have particular needs like a pet that
must get along with dogs or cats or children.
Stop by and see for yourself. The Shelter is on the
Lagun Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am
to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Telephone 717-4989.
The book and flea market at the Shelter on Satur-
day, March 28, netted the Shelter NAf 2.600!
Thanks to all those who donated books and other
items and to those who bought them. U L.D.

From left to right: Danny Bol (COS partner), Jane Town-
send (Jong Bonaire Board Member), Alan Gross (Treasurer,
Jong Bonaire), Rodlla Pourier (COS partner) and
Rosalie Bierings (COS partner).

The happy 10th Anniversary celebration at Complete Office
Support (COS) was complimented by a donation to the
Jong Bonaire Youth Center. The company was established in 1999
by Rosalie Bierings. In 2004 Danny Bol joined as partner. Then
Roella Pourier started working at COS in January 2009, also as
Partner, in charge of the Tax and Legal Department.
In her presentation speech Roella Pourier said, "... I would like
to thank all our clients for trusting us with their business for the
past 10 years and I join Rosalie and Danny when I say that I am
certain that new endeavors will only make our commitment to you
... I would like to call forward Mr. Alan Gross and Mrs. Jane
Townsend, who are the representatives of Jong Bonaire. On keep-
ing with the thought that it is far better to give than to receive we
at Complete Office Support would like to acknowledge the out-
standing work of the team at Jong Bonaire.
On behalf of Complete Office support we would like to present
you with this check to be used on behalf of the teens of Jong Bon-
aire. This is just a small token of our appreciation for the tremen-
dous work you do down at the Jong Bonaire center with the youth
of Bonaire who are the next generation and therefore the future of
Bonaire. Please keep up the good work." U G.D.

K ids from the
Bonaire Sail-
ing School are sailing
in the Curaqao Re-
gatta on Easter week-
end. Bonaire will enter
two Sunfish sailors,
Sipke and Juan, and
four Optimists sailed
by Ruben, Santiago,
Constantijn and Nils. H '
The sailors want to
thank all the sponsors
who made this hap-
pen. So thank you:
Bonaire Automation,
Hair Affair, Rent O
Fun, Rosalie and
Frank, Family Leask, The sailors: Back row: Juan Alvarez, Ruben van Eldik,
BCB Botterop Con- leader Artie de Vries. Front row: Constantijn Botterop, Nils
struction, Green Label van Eldik and Santiago Alvarez. Sipke Staper not pictured.
Garden Center and the
Don Andres for transport. It is going to be a great opportunity for the boys. MStory &
photo by Agnes van Dik

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Klinika Veter

Animal Hosp


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The clinic is open from:
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Consulting Monday, Wednesday anc
Hours Tuesday, Thursday 17:0(
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Dierenartsen team:
Drs. Arie Binksma
Drs. Hans & Etty Lambeek
Drs. Seib Fietsma
Drs. Ytzen v.d. Werf

4A, Tel 717-4255
the Animal Shelter
i Dierenaisel
et Dierenaisel

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i Friday 13:30-14:30
0-17:30; Saturday 11.00-12.00
every day
including weekends: Tel. 790-6001
me 13:30-14:30
-17:30; djasabra 11.00-12.00
tambe den wikent: Tel. 790-6001
vrijdag 13:30-14:30
7:00-17:30; zaterdag 11.00-12.00
raak elke dag
ir, ook in het weekend: Tel. 790-6001

Bonaire Reporter- April 10-24, 2009

Picture Yourself With Vestprnxx t,

The Renorter In... Cxxra- a o

Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu.-We.-Th. & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
day 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.

Make it more livable from the start.
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 795-9332.

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

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:

HAIRCUTS Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon. 10 am
to 4pm. non stop 786 6416.
& LOCAL ART open 7 days 8am to
6pm. Sand Dollar Shopping mall next
door to Lovers Ice cream. 717 -5490

SPrivate yoga classes call
Louise 717- 7021 or

CLASSES in silver- smith-
ing, stone setting and the
\ art of beading. Call Louise
at 717-7021 or 700-9422.

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ia ve spirit 788-1058

Massages With Natural
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Scrub. New: Achiatsu Massage Call for
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Awareness, Kaya Korona #47
Starting April 15 E. LaCruz will lead a 6
week session on meditation
Wednesdays from 6 to 7 pm and Satur-
days from 7.30 to 8.30am
Starting May 5th M1 Brouwer will lead
the yoga class on Tues & Thurs. from
5.30pm to 6.30pm
info @ BB 717-3041
Hosted by EVELINE; body, mind,
spirit- t.788-1058

House for Rent: Bonairean House
Long or short term 2 Bedroom house.
Fully Furnished w/airco Rent Incl.
cable & Internet. Available as of
now. Price: $685 No Pets. Call 560-

House for Rent Available July 1
Santa Barbara 3 BR/2 BA/Open floor
plan with LR, DR and Kitchen, Car-
port Large porch with pool and beau-
tiful garden. Furniture included in
rental 6 month rental $1700/month
excl cost of electric, water, telephone,
internet and cable Call 717-8876

Apartment for rent in Hato. One
person. One room, one bathroom. Ang
500 per month, including wireless,
excluding energy. digital-

Nanny Experienced babysitter
available June 21- Aug. 21. Please call
796 3134 or email

Auto for Sale- 2000 Daewoo SE
Matiz 69,000 Km, Well maintained
and runs good-NAf 5500 Call 717-

For sale 1999 Honda Accord EX;
automatic and full equipped. Good
condition. NAf. 11,000. Phone 527-

4 New Porch Chair Cushions from
outdoor fabric, white and blue stripes,
made in USA, 50x123 cm, bought on
Aruba for NAf 149 each now for NAf
99 each- Call 717-3876

Furnished studio apartment for rent
for six months. April 1st. 795- 3456.

Camera Equipment FOR SALE
Call 717-8876: Underwater lights
and frame (Ikelite 125 Strobe, Ikelite
50 Strobe & Ikelite TTL slave) $150
Minolta 35 MM Film Camera w/28
mm 200 mm zoom $50
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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tide's height and time
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
4-10 1:15 1.8FT. 10:22 0.9FT. 91
4-11 1:59 1.9FT. 11:50 0.9FT. 88
4-12 2:48 1.9FT. 12:50 0.8FT. 82
4-13 3:40 1.9FT. 13:44 0.8FT. 73
4-14 4:28 1.8FT. 14:20 0.8FT. 63
4-15 5:25 1.8FT. 14:52 0.8FT. 53
4-16 6:10 1.8FT. 15:24 0.8FT. 43
4-17 7:00 1.7FT. 15:45 0.8FT. 35
4-18 7:45 1.6FT. 15:59 0.9FT. 31
4-19 2:23 1.3FT. 2:26 1.3FT. 8:25 1.6FT. 16:06 1.OFT. 22:55FT. 33
4-20 3:57 1.3FT. 9:17 1.5FT. 16:03 1.OFT. 22:40 1.5FT. 41
4-21 5:11 1.2FT. 10:00 1.4FT. 15:52 1.1FT. 22:46 1.6FT. 51
4-22 6:20 1.1FT. 10:54 1.3FT. 15:39 1.1FT. 23:04 1.7FT. 64
4-23 7:38 1.OFT. 11:59 1.2FT. 15:25 1.1FT. 23:33 1.8FT. 75
4-24 0:02 1.9FT. 8:57 1.OFT. 14:10 1.1FT. 14:40 1.1FT. 86

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300mm) $150 Sony PC-115 Digital mini-
camcorder $200 Mako Light N Motion
Housing $400

Electronics FOR SALE Call 717-8876
Toshiba DVD Player $50; Sony DVD
Player $50; RCA DVD Player $50; Pana-
sonic VHS/DVD player and recorder. Re-
cord fromTV $75; Panasonic VHS Player
$25 (2); JVC VHS Player $25; JVC Dual
Audio Cassette Player $25; DG Subwoofer
$50; JBL Subwoofer $50; 13" TV (2) $75
ea; 20" TV (2) $125 ea; 25" TV (2) $100 ea

Computer/Office Equipment FOR
SALE Call 717-8876
ASUS Computer: 7 in screen w/wifi, 3
USB ports, Memory Card Slot (MMC/SD
cards), LAN Ethernet cable port, Modem port,
microphone port, earphone port, VGA, 4 gigs
flash memory, Linux, Open Office. Great for
travel, check emails and watch movies. Used
once. $300. Labtech computer speak-
ers $5 Panasonic KX-FL521 Laser Plain
Paper FAX & COPIER. Includes 2 NEW
Drum Unit (Cost $90 ea) + 2 NEW Toner
Cartridges (Cost $30 ea) $325 Xerox
Phaser 3117 Laser Printer. Includes 2
NEW Print Cartridges (Cost $92 ea) $300

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Page 13

Guest Editorial

This part offers counterpoints to the
objections of a part of the local popula-
tion to the new status for the people of the
BES-islands. The objections were pre-
sented in the last issue of The Reporter

I have the following comments on the
mentioned objections

1. Self-determination
According to the UN Resolutions, the
people of the former colonies have the
right to freely determine their place in the
international community of nations. Peo-
ple in a certain territory can decide to
form an independent country, to form an
association with another country or to
integrate in an existing country. These
three possibilities corresponded in princi-
ple with the options D,C and B during the
2004 referendum. The majority of the
people of Bonaire voted for option B. The
opponents to the new status are saying
that the voters did not know what would
be the exact contents of the direct link
with the Netherlands. Nevertheless, it was
clear that it meant a much closer relation-
ship than just an association, in our case
forming an autonomous land within the

2. Neo-colonialism
There are various definitions of neo-
colonialism, but it is in principle a sur-
vival or revival of colonialist exploitation
of the weaker country's resources to
strengthen and enrich the stronger coun-
try. It is evident that the new status of
Bonaire has nothing to do with neo-
colonialism. The opinion of an over-
whelming majority of the Dutch people,
since the 70s of the last century, has been
that the remaining former colonies had to
become independent countries. This went
so far that Suriname was almost literally
forced to seek independence in 1975.
However, after a full third of the coun-
try's population had fled to Holland, and
partly also to the Netherlands Antilles,
and Surinam had soon become a bloody
dictatorship, the Dutch realized that no
such pressure could be exerted in case of
the Dutch Caribbean islands.
The Kingdom had welcome the urgent
demand of Aruba to become independent
and in 1986 created a very favorable
status for the transition period for Aruba,
the well known Status Aparte. Unfortu-
nately for the Dutch, Aruba's autonomous
government later changed its mind and
rescinded the article on independence in
its new constitution. In order to prevent a
similar situation as in the case of Suri-
name, particularly a new, large influx of
Arubans to the Netherlands, the Dutch
showed understanding for the request of
Aruba to have the opportunity to remain
in the Kingdom and Aruba was permitted
to retain its status.
Now, more than 20 years later, the opin-
ion of the inhabitants of the Netherlands
is much stronger about the necessity of
the Dutch Caribbean islands becoming
independent. Particularly the extreme
PVV, which according to current polls is
now the biggest Dutch political party,
does not agree that the government of the
Netherlands, particularly during the pre-
sent financial crisis, should be sending
millions of Euros to the islands which

have no strategic and economic value for
the mother country. The high criminality
among the Antillean youngsters, predomi-
nantly from Curaqao, although slightly
lower than among the young people of the
Moroccan and Turkish origin, is another
reason for the PVV to want to cut the
existing close links with the Dutch Carib-
bean islands.
There are two basic reasons why the
government of the Netherlands now does
not encourage the islands to become inde-
pendent. In the first place. The Dutch feel
responsible for the islands' inhabitants
and do not want to abandon them. The
second reason is that the independence of
any of the islands would cause thousands
of people, all with Dutch passports, to
flee to the Netherlands as it happened in

3. Equality of all citizens of the King-
Although it seems to be a justified de-
mand that all existing Dutch laws and
regulations, particularly in the field of
social benefits, would also be valid on the
BES islands under their new status, it is
not feasible under the current circum-
stances. The people on the islands would
certainly not be prepared to accept the
change in the retirement age from the
current 60 years to 65 as in the Nether-
lands. In order to receive a full AOW
pension the people have to pay a premium
during all of their active life. It is almost
certain that the current retirement age of
65 will be, in the coming years, changed
in the Netherlands to 67. The main reason
is that the 65 age was at the time when the
AOW (General Old Age Pension Law)
was established after WWII, based on a
much lower life expectancy than nowa-
days. In addition, soon there will not be
enough money to pay the AOW pensions
and the change to 67 will save 6 billion
euros (almost $8 billion) each year.
But there are other Dutch laws and
regulations which will certainly not be
acceptable to the islands' inhabitants, for
example higher taxes: the maximum 52%
rate for income tax and 20% sales tax
(now 5% on Bonaire).

4. Dutch laws consid-
ered not to be in accord
with Christian values.
The lack of space does
not permit me to go in
detail on these laws.
Women in practically all
European countries have
the right to terminate
pregnancy. Even in the
very Catholic Italy it has
been legal since 1978
and a proposal to repeal
the law was rejected in a
1981 national referen-
dum by 80% of voters.
As known, abortion, with
certain restrictions, was
legalized in the very reli-
gious US in 1973 after
the famous Roe v. Wade
Supreme Court decision.
The legalization drasti-
cally reduced the mortal-
ity rate of abortions in
the US. Euthanasia, the

The New Status of Bonaire and Its Opposition
The opinions in this column are those of the author and do not
necessarily represent the editorial opinion of this newspaper.

voluntary ending of life of terminally ill
patients suffering unbearable pain, has
still not been legalized in the majority of
countries (in the US until now only in the
state of Oregon, under strict conditions).
However, the reality is that, according to
data from the Netherlands, many more
patients and very ill old people are cur-
rently voluntarily dying (versterving),
which is ceasing to eat and drink, than as
result of the medically performed eutha-
As far as the same-sex marriage is con-
cerned, according to Bob Wit, judge at the
Caribbean Court of Justice and former
judge in the Netherlands Antilles, it is not
mentioned in the EVRM (European
Treaty for Human Rights) signed also by
the Netherlands. There has been no ver-
dict in this matter by Hoge Raad der Ned-
erlanden (High Council of the Nether-
lands). Even a full recognition of such
marriage, contracted in the Netherlands,
according to Bob Wit, will not be ac-
cepted in the overseas parts of the King-
dom. He has mentioned that even in the
fully integrated US a same-sex marriage
made in California is not recognized for
example in Florida.
As far as soft drugs sale in the Nether-
lands is concerned, people on Bonaire
think erroneously that it is legal. The fact
is, however, that the coffee shops are ille-
gal according to the statutes, but there is a
policy of non-enforcement. Many coffee
shops had been closed by various munici-
palities as a result of objections of the
population against them.
The last objection of the opponents to
the new status, that the financial supervi-
sion of the island's government is a viola-
tion of the democracy, is just ridiculous.
On the contrary, it is an important instru-
ment to protect the taxpayers, preventing
irresponsible bank loans and dubious de-
velopment deals (like has happened on
Aruba) negotiated by the local govern-
Many opponents do not know that the
status of special municipalities has a tem-


Question on
Page 9

It's a Bibero, a live bait box Antillean fishermen use to
keep their bait alive while they fish.

Page 14

porary character. Five years after it's be-
ing established an evaluation will take
place, necessary adjustments will be made
and the final status of our islands will be
determined. The Kingdom's Constitution
has to be adapted in this connection.
Although we now often speak about the
integration into the Netherlands (you will
not find the word "integration" in any
official document), due to the 9,000 km
geographic separation and completely
different local conditions many differ-
ences will remain between the Nether-
lands and the BES islands. A number of
important Dutch laws and regulations will
not apply, and our islands will not be-
come members of the European Union so
therefore no changes will come of the
existing unfavorable customs regulations.
The euro will not be used as the BES cur-
rency; instead, the US dollar will replace
the NAf/guilder. We should speak, in-
stead of using the word "integration"
about a new status of our islands as spe-
cial municipalities within the Nether-
lands. E Editorial by Jiri Lausman

Lausman is a retired civil
engineer, born in Prague,
living as a Dutchman the
last almost 40 years, 18
of them in Aruba. Before
his retirement he worked
as the manager for a
large Dutch construction
company. He has a home
on Bonaire.



From Bonaire Nautico Marina



.... TRIPS
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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Bubble from the

All photos by Herman van Leeuwen
T his year's Kontest di Fli, the 31st edition of from all the ABC islands get together to build the
Bonaire's Annual Kite Flying Contest, held most amazing kites, and often it takes a whole
last Sunday, April 5, enjoyed perfect conditions, crowd to launch them. It's a wonderful, wholesome
The all-day event began at 8 am and continued atmosphere. Groups of families and friends set up
until 6 pm. All contestants must create their own with chairs and tables, food and drink coolers, and
kites. Prizes were awarded for the smallest, strang- have a social good time while watching the spirited
est, most beautiful, the biggest, and the most origi- competitions. U G.D.
nal kites, as well as an overall grand prize.
Families, friends and all kinds of groups

that sea-
horses don't
have teeth or a
stomach? The
food they con-
sume passes
through their
digestive tract
so fast they
need to be
eating almost
all the time in
order to stay
alive! They
anchor them-
selves to sea
grasses and
corals with
their tails and
suck in crusta-
ceans and
plankton with
their extended snouts as the food drifts by. Seahorses eat more
than 3,000 brine shrimp per day!
Did you also know that MALE seahorses are among the only
species on earth that carry the unborn young? They have a pouch
on their front side where the female deposits her eggs. The male
then fertilizes them internally and carries the eggs until they
hatch. He releases fully formed, tiny seahorses into the water.
Imagine a world where men would carry unborn children. Sea-
horses can be found in shallow tropical and temperate waters
throughout the world. They range in size from
0.6 to 14 inches long. Unfortunately, habitat
depletion, pollution and extensive harvesting
have made several species susceptible to extinc-
tion.0 Julie Sickels
Sickels is a third-year student of Marine Biol-
ogy atEckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. She
is currently studying at the CIEE Research Cen-
ter in Bonaire.

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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

* 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.

* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya In-
dustria, second Saturday of the
month, 7-9 pm. Snacks and tasting of
six wines for $10 (NAf17,50) per per-
son. Tel. 560-7539.
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

* 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 inthis venerable old home that has
been restored and furnished so it appears the
family has just stepped out Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thm Friday,
9 -12,2-4. Weekends by appointment. Call
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17thcentury. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015
or 796 5681

AA meetings every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
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. 717-2066
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

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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 fmest 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
Modern 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.

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

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

Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Reporter are
included in the guides. Free!
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To Town Kaya Gob. Debrot Hotels

Not Just Great Pizzas!

Call ahead
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Open Wednesday to Sunday
5 PMto llPM

Hair Affair

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

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

A Coronet for Henri

The 44h of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring
some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

Spot the differences in
the two photos and win
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Contest! Here are two different pictures of the same Dodge Coronet III convertible, made in 1966, owned by Henri Verhoef. Find the differences between the two pic-
tures and tell The Bonaire Reporter about your discoveries. Send your list of differences to The Bonaire Reporter by email: info(aibonairereporter.com and maybe you are the
lucky winner of a prize! In the next issue of our newspaper we will inform you of the right answers. And the prize is a Wattaburger gift voucher of NAf 25,00.

Bonaire/Playa Pabou -
It must have been more or less in the
year 2000 that Henri Verhoef bought
his Dodge Coronet III convertible. He can
not really recall the right year precisely,
but what he knows for sure is that his
almost original Coronet convertible was
built in the United States of America in
the year 1966 and that his car was only
one of two Coronet convertibles exported
to the Netherlands. (And even the
Wikipedia guys can only inform us about
saloons and coupes. Nowhere are the con-
vertibles mentioned.)
And Henri's Coronet is an original con-
vertible for sure, no jig saws are used.
And the mechanism of the roof is pow-
ered by the air of a sturdy 12-volt com-
pressor. We are talking of the year 1966,
you know: power roof, power brakes,
power steering, power engine.

Henri Verhoef, on the island since the
year 2002, is the owner of a Coronet III,
powered by a V8-engine of 440 cubic
inches. Some guys in the States say there
is no substitute for cubic inches and they
might be right. The V8-engine measures
440 cubic inches. This is, converted in
modern metrics, some 7.2 liters. That is
only about the size of the engines of some
144 mopeds or scooters of 50cc!

So Henri got his one-out-of-two Coro-
net III convertibles and he started down
the long road of restoration. It took a lot
of money and a couple of years to make
the vehicle road worthy. Then, one day,
the car really had to be ready and pre-
pared for the road because the Coronet
had to cover a distance of some 60 miles,
the distance between the garage and the
container. Henri Verhoef had the idea to
go abroad, to go to Bonaire!

So the restored car experienced her
maiden voyage and the engine became
overheated because of an oil circulating
problem. The last 30 miles to the con-
tainer in Rotterdam, the Netherlands,
were covered with the help of an auto

In Bonaire Henri had to start all over
again. I took some time to find the right
shed with chickens, half way along the
road to Rincon, on the left hand side, hid-
ing a Dodge with a useful and complete
engine of the same size: those earlier
mentioned 440 cubic inches slash 7.2
liters! A well charged battery and some
regular petrol were enough to start the V8
engine. It was spitting, hissing and farting
but it ran!

In the meantime Henri became very
busy, being the new owner of Watta-
burger and the co-owner of the recently
opened restaurant El Mundo, both in
downtown Kralendijk. Henri had to start
to look for some assistance. The solution
was found in Jairo Mendoza from Garage
Hermanos Mendoza, along an unpaved
but well known road behind The Ware-
house Supermarket. The Mendozas origi-
nate from Venezuela and they specialize
in maintaining, repairing and restoring
American cars and American engines. So
the Mendoza family converted some parts
and fitted the original three-speed auto-
matic gearbox to the smooth running Bo-
nairean donor engine. A new paint job
was applied and after a lot of effort the
Dodge was road worthy and street legal

At this present day Henri's Coronet III
convertible is a nice looking lady in the
summer of her life. Her color is healthy

and the tiger prints on her upholstery suit
her fine. She is not as fast as she used to
be but she is lean, classy, experienced and
reliable. Henri likes her looks and her
behavior. "I love this car," Henri says,
"and I've gotten used to her. Sometimes
there are little problems like losing elec-
tric power and some brake problems, but
she is fine with me and I am fine with her.
She was one out of two in Holland and
for sure she is the only
one on Bonaire. Some-
times I hesitate a little but
I would only sell her for
the never-leaving dream
of my youth: a 1964 or
1965 Ford Mustang!" *
Story & photos by Jan l

My brother, sister-in-law and I
were just finishing up a dive at
Karpata on March 11 at approximately
3 pm when we saw something large and
red dive into the ocean. My brother,
Jeff, was the first to swim over to ren-
der assistance and I followed shortly
behind him. What we saw was a red
dump truck in the water. Thankfully,
according to someone up at the top of
the cliff, after the brakes failed the
driver bailed out of the cab just before
it sailed over the precipice Nobody
was in the vehicle. U
Jonathan Green

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New Styles
Men, Women and Children

Bonaire Reporter- April 10-24, 2009

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*to find it... just look up

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For April 2009

How To Find The Two Brightest Red Stars Which Are Visible Right Now!

Stars do come in different colors. And the two brightest red ones can be seen very
close to each other right now.
On any night during the first two weeks of April about an hour after sunset face north-
northeast where almost everyone's second favorite star pattern is clearly visible. Most
people's favorite is comprised of the seven stars which make up the Big Dipper which is
visible in the northeast right now.
But the second favorite is comprised of the seven bright stars in Orion the Hunter.
It's just about overhead. Three bright stars in a row mark his belt. Two bright stars mark
his knees and two bright stars his shoulders. And all but one of them looks white to the
naked eye. Only the bright shoulder star named Betelgeuse looks different and glows a
bright red. And it is the brighter of the two brightest red stars we can see with the naked
The second brightest is just off to the right of Orion and is the brightest star in a group
of stars which make kind of a V-shape. Named Aldebaran it is the fierce red eye of
Taurus the Bull upon whose shoulders ride the exquisite little star group known as the
Seven Sisters. And legend has it that they're perched on his shoulder because he is pro-
tecting them from the overly amorous intentions of Orion who was somewhat of a noto-
rious ancient womanizer. At any rate if you compare Aldebaran and Betelgeuse's colors
you'll notice that they are both red but each a different shade. And there their similarity
ends. Indeed although they look very much alike they are very much different.
Now you may recall that we measure the distance to stars not in miles but in terms of
the speed of light. Light travels 186,000 miles per second so our Moon which is about
1/4 of a million miles away is about 1 1/3 light seconds away, which means that it takes
1 1/3 seconds for light to travel from our Moon to our Earth. So we always see the
Moon, not as it exists now, but as it existed 1 1/3 seconds ago. Aldebaran's light takes
65 years to reach Earth. So we say it is 65 light years away which also means we always
see Aldebaran not as it exists now but as it existed 65 years ago. Wow!
Betelgeuse, however, is 8 times farther away, 520 light years, which means that we
always see Betelgeuse as it existed 520 years ago, before Christopher Columbus set sail.
Double wow! But it gets even better because if we compare these two red stars with our
million-mile-wide yellow Sun we discover that Aldebaran is 36 times wider. And it gets
even better because Betelgeuse is a variable star and changes its size like a gigantic cos-
mic heart. When it's fully contracted it is a whopping 600 times as wide as our Sun but
when it is fully expanded it is 900 times as wide. U Jack Horkheimer

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You can
make money if you are careful not to let it
trickle through your fingers. Avoid scan-
dals of any sort. Take care that arrange-
ments to spend quality time together are
made in advance. Minor accidents could
occur if you don't take precautions. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Your home
environment appears to be a little shaky.
Be tactful if you see flaws in someone
else's work. Travel for pleasure will be
enticing. You may find that others do not
do things the way you want; however, if
the job gets done, let it pass. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Don't hesi-
tate to voice your ideas and opinions.
Make career changes that may increase
your income. Your ability to relate will
close the generation gap. Avoid argu-
ments with relatives who might be con-
servative and outdated. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Make sure
that you get legal matters checked out
thoroughly. Art investment will pay big
dividends in the long term. You are best
to do your research before taking on such
a venture. You must get out and mingle.
Your luckiest events this month will oc-
cur on a Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Don't put your
professional reputation on the line. Op-
portunities to go out with clients or col-
leagues will be in your best interest. You
can dazzle members of the opposite sex
with your quick wit and aggressive
charm. Stick to travel or do things in con-
junction with groups. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Try to enlist
the support of your coworkers first. Take
the day to relax and pamper yourself.
Your home environment appears to be a
little shaky. Travel and educational pur-
suits may help alleviate the stress you
have been feeling. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Friday.

LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Romance
may be better than you ever thought pos-
sible. Don't be shy; show your abilities!
Escapist tendencies may lead to overin-
dulgence. You may find that family mem-
bers may not be too easy to get along
with. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Talk
about your intentions and confirm that
you both feel the same way. Make plans
to mix business with pleasure. Dinner
with clients or business associates should
be successful. Your lover may disappoint
you in such a way that estrangement will
follow. Turn things around, make sure
that they do their share. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a
SAGITTARIUS (Nov.23 -Dec. 21) Posi-
tive changes regarding your personal
status are evident. Romance can develop;
however, it will most probably be short-
lived. You will have no problem getting
along with clients. Do the necessary
chores and then do things that please you.
Your luckiest events this month will oc-
cur on a Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20)
You can make financial gains if you are
prepared to take a risk. Insincere gestures
of friendliness are likely to occur. Do not
get involved injoint financial ventures.
You may have been too agreeable to
someone who just anted to use you. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Do not
make rash decisions about your personal
life. Your home environment may be hec-
tic, which could result in emotional upset
if you aren't well organized. You can
count on getting a pat on the back for
your efforts. You may be sensitive to a
point of absurdity.
Your luckiest events this month will oc-
cur on a Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) The advice
you get this month may be based on false
information. Be careful of disclosing per-
sonal information. You may get upset
with peers or relatives. Don't be too quick
to spend money. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Sunday. 0

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