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K LMan- 00II
nounced they
will schedule more
flights to Aruba
and the Netherlands Antilles during the
summer. During the peak season Bonaire
will be served 11 times weekly; Curacao,
seven times weekly; St. Maarten, twice
weekly; and Aruba, five times weekly.
Some of these flights will be scheduled to
connect with BonairExel flights. The trips to
Lima will increase from five to six.

A After Nikiboko and Tera Kora residents
complained about loud airplanes, Flamingo
Airport published a 'Notam'-'Notice to Air-
men,' that gives the pilots special takeoff
Earlier the complaints were focused on the
KLM MD-11 s that landed in Bonaire at
night and continue to Lima, Peru, or back to
Amsterdam. Now the complaints are espe-
cially on DCA's DC-9-30-planes. The older
DC-9-30s that DCA flies are not equipped
with noise suppression on the engines. The
noise is especially loud during the turn that
the DCA pilots make to the west towards
Curacao after taking off into the east wind.
During and after the turn they are so low
that the noise disturbs people. In the future,
the jets have to fly for at least one minute in
an easterly direction before making the turn.
An alternative is to not turn before reaching
2,000 feet.

A Johnny Kock from Admiral Shipping
Agency N.V, the company that will operate
the new Bonaire-Curacao car ferry ser-
vice, writes, "We are almost ready with the
ship documentation, but no firm sailing date
has been set. Hopefully it would be within
the next two weeks, as the long weekend
holiday is in between.

ADivers, snorkelers and dive shop person-
nel have been reporting incredible sight-
ings of dolphins these last two weeks.
Whole pods of mothers, fathers, babies have
been frequenting Klein Bonaire and the west
coast, even coming in so close to shore that
they're inside the boat moorings. Fernando
Simal, Washington Park Manager and In-
terim Marine Park Manager, who doesn't
get to be in the water that often any more,
said he counted 29 dolphins at Klein. And
they're still here.

A The tourist
arrivals recorded
for February 2004
increased by 9%
over 2003. The US

I' 4 j v -'^ *-11V

market again
picked p (by 6%) after a decline in 2003.
The general economic recovery of the US
and the increase in the airlift of one flight
(from three to four) on Air Jamaica helped
to boost the arrivals. The numbers from
Europe, especially from the Netherlands,
have shown a 14% increase. The South
America market is still decreasing as a con-
sequence of strikes and the stringent cur-
rency controls in Venezuela. The South
American market recorded a decrease of
7%. The Caribbean increased by 3%. The
rest of the world increased by 47%. Year-
to-Date shows an increase of 21% for the
North America market and 12% for Euro-
pean market. The total Year-to-Date tourist
arrivals recorded increased by 13%.

A Bonaire likes to consider itself a leader in
environmental awareness and this year has
numerous events planned for celebration of
Earth Day and Earth Day Week. They
Clean up of the tourist road (north road)

and the walk-
ing trails next
to them from ^ hrpday,
Barkadera to
Karpata. 4 r-I
Cut the i .Z
blocking the
walking trails from Barkadera to Kar-
Clean up of the caves at Barkadera
Clean up ofPlaya Chikitu and Boka
Chikitu in Washington Park
Clear up rocks on the walking trails
(Lagadishi and Kasikunda) in Washing-
ton Park.
BBQ at Washington Park entrance
when all activities are over.
Meet at Barkadera (STINAPA Head-
quarters) at 8 am on April 22nd and go to the
different sites from there. The trucks from
STINAPA will be available for transporta-
tion, but there may not be enough room for
everyone, therefore be prepared to maybe
take your car to the Washington Park en-
trance. STINAPA will provide bags and
tools to work, but there may not be enough
also, so it is a good idea to bring some tools
(machetes, loping tools, etc.) and large plas-
tic bags of your own. Gloves are highly rec-
ommended for these tasks!! There's more:
Yellow Submarine underwater cleanup
on April 17th.
Town Pier clean up dive lead by Dee
Scarr on April 22
Activities for Bonaire's school chil-
dren, coordinated by Debby Wauben,
Bonaire's Nature and Environment
Education Coordinator.
Caribbean Club Bonaire Festival of
Life (Saturday, April 24, 12 noon to 7
If you want to become involved or if you
just want to fid out more about what will
be happening here on Bonaire during the
(Continued on page 4

Cruise Ship Season Ends
Easter Camping

Diadema Our Prickly Friend
Referendum Chronicle
Computer Grant to Schools
Dive Inn Easter Egg Hunt
Dietitian (Breakfast)
Diving on the Wild Side Made Easy
Bonai Researches Curagao
Count down to the 2004 Dive Festival

Flotsam & Jetsam
Police Update
Opinion (Transition Government
Letters (Praise; Crime)

Picture Yourself (Kaua'i Hawaii)
On the Island Since
(Sean Paton)
Yachts &Water Sports
Windsurf Scene (Surfing the Net)
Pets of the Week (James & Sa-
What's Happening
Shopping Guide
Dining Guide
Bonaire Sky Park; The Stars Have It

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The Bonaire Reporter

Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or adver-
tising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-7252, fax
717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com

The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor
in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. Antilles.
Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com

Reporters: Kalli De Meyer, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Babs
Meulink, Ann Phelan, Angelique Salsbach, Michael Thiessen, Delno

Features Editor: Greta Kooistra; Translations: Peggy Bakker, Sue
Ellen Felix

Production: Barbara Lockwood; Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon),
Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo.

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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
week of April 22, here are the people to
contact: STINAPA, on 717-8444. Email:
director@stinapa.org; accounting@stinapa.
org or washingtonpark@bonairelive.com
Nature and Environmental Education Coor-
dinator (Debby Wauben) on 717-8444.
Email: nme@stinapa.org
Dee Scarr, Touch the Sea on 717-8529.
Email: dee@touchthesea.com
Sean Paton, Manager of the Caribbean Club
Bonaire at 717-7901. Email:

A The doctors' association of Curacao,
Bonaire and St. Marten have won a court
case against the Sociale Verzekerings-
bank (SVB Social Insurance Bank). The
SVB will retroactively reimburse those doc-
tors affiliated with the association a higher
subscription rate per patient. In 1997 the rate
was NAf121 per patient per year, but for the
period covering 1998 2001 it will be in-
dexed for the increase in cost of living.

A Senator Ramonsito Booi was quoted as
saying that Bonaire has more than enough
doctors. "The island can manage with half
of the current number of physicians. Bon-
aire has 12 doctors, way too many," says
Booi. He compares it with the Netherlands
where there is one physician per 2,500 peo-
ple. "In Bonaire we have one physician per
1,000 inhabitants," said Booi. His party, the
UPB, accuses the opposition Democrats
(PDB) of causing this problem.
Some of the doctors are from Cuba. While
the Cuban doctors are much appreciated by
some Bonaireans, their practices are
frowned on by others, especially some of the
Dutch-trained physicians.
The UPB-led Executive Council is currently
trying to remedy the situation. According to
Commissioner Jonchie Dortalina of the
UPB, a maximum of six physicians would

A On Wednesday, April 14, 2004, the long-
awaited third edition of the Bonaire Dining
Guide hit the streets. The official guide of
the Bonaire Restaurant Association, the Din-
ing Guide provides information regarding
the various types of restaurants offered on
Bonaire, along with their amenities. It lists
menu highlights as well as recipes for some
of Bonaire's favorite dining experiences.
This edition of the Bonaire Dining Guide is
available at fine restaurants, the airport's
arrivals hall, Tourist Corporation Bonaire,
and other establishments on Bonaire.

A Two of our correspondents reported that
the mooring lines at several dive sites
were cut. From a report received Sunday:
"Today we went by boat to Klein. We were
surprised to see no boats tied up there. Then
we went to find a mooring and found many
of them had been cut. The floats were bob-
bing away at the shore line and the lines
were definitely cut. The moorings that were
gone were: Forest, South Bay, Rock Pile,
Joanna's Sunchi, and Hands Off. For some
reason Captain Don's reef still had a good
mooring that didn't look like it had been
tampered with. I tried to call the Marine
Park personnel to report it but no one an-
swered their cell phones (It was Easter Sun-

A At last for those of us who hear best in
English there's a radio show to listen to.
Its host is Sean Paton, who previously
worked with Ben Becker on an English/
Dutch program. If you are starved to hear
about topical items in English, want to air
your views (717-2101), hear the latest jokes,
comments about and from our elected offi-
cials, environmental news and Sean's irrev-
erent comments, tune in to MEGA FM 101
on Sunday and Monday, from 12 noon until
2 pm. There'll be some great music too. See
the ad on page 8. O G./L. D.


As another successful cruise ship season draws to an end there is a reason to
celebrate. And Bonaire Tours took the occasion to show off their new
buses. Here the staff offers us a toast. 1

------. 9
L )J
T hree male employees of
Consales/Cultimara have
been arrested: J.M.R., 41 years; E.C.A.,
44; L.R.K.,34. They are accused of sell-
ing merchandise belonging to the com-
pany and pocketing the proceeds them-
selves. Two other persons were arrested
for receiving stolen goods and released
after they were interrogated. The police
expect more arrests next week. The store
manager estimates that the company has
suffered hundreds of thousands of guilders

in damages.
Public Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius likens
this to the case last year of Warehouse
employees doing the same. The suspects
are in preliminary custody. The case goes
to court in June.
There were nine arrests last week of co-
caine smugglers at the airport. One person
from Suriname had 20 kilos in his suit-
case. He'd taken the extra flight put on
from Suriname to Bonaire and was wait-
ing for the connecting flight to Holland.
95% of the drug smugglers caught in Bon-
aire are Curacaoans, either native born or
naturalized. OL.G.D.

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e I O &* eTE S a THE UOp-Ed PlL =r AGEi

The govern-
ment of our
country is in a tran-
sition phase follow-
ing the fall of a
controversial ad-
ministration. Let's
look at the events
of the past 11
months that led to

On May 6, 2003, voters on Bonaire went
to the polls to elect their Island Govern-
ment officials. Ramonsito Booi's Patri-
otiko party won control of the local gov-
ernment. Curagao and the other islands
held their elections also. The large popu-
lation of Curagao, as compared to the to-
tal population of the rest of the Antilles,
gives it an overwhelming number of seats
in Parliament and great influence in form-
ing a Central Government. And the peo-
ple to fill those seats are often chosen
from the winners of the Island elections
as was the case last year.
The big winner of the popular vote
(33.9%) and five seats in the Curagao
Island Council was the Free Worker's
Front Party, the Frente Obrero Lib-
erashon (FOL), led by Anthony Goddet
and who is advised by party strongman,
Nelson Monte. Both of those men were
under indictment, and actually in prison,
until just before the elections. Yet Goddet
still won the most votes of any Curagao
candidate ever. His campaign promises
were based on separation from Holland
and rejection of the debt burden and aus-


terity measures forced on the Antilles by
Holland with IMF advice. He also said
that the Dutch should deal with the drug
import problem and not harass the Antil-
les just because the drugs flowed through
Curagao. Following the election Goddet,
Monte and the FOL Party were convicted
of fraud and corruption. During his trial,
Goddet repeatedly pointed the accusing
finger at the Kingdom government in The
Hague, stating time and again that he was
the victim of Dutch propaganda and that
there were political motives for his being
targeted. Goddet is now free pending ap-
The previous PAR-led coalition Cabinet
(the Ministers who make up the Central
Government) resigned following the re-
sults of the Curagao island election be-
cause they lost their power base and the
Governor asked that a new Cabinet be
formed. The FOL party took the lead in
forming it.
Since a convicted felon does not custom-
arily hold the position of Prime Minister,
Anthony Goddet, as FOL leader, ap-
pointed his sister, Mima, Prime Minister.
She had little experience for the position
and had never held elected office.
His FOL advisor, Nelson Monte, had a
heart condition which was corrected in
December in the US by the implantation
of a pacemaker. He faced prison time but
his FOL party friend, Justice Minister
Ben Komproe, pulled strings and, instead
of prison, Monte enjoyed first-class ac-
commodations, even though he was pro-
nounced fit and well, in the St. Elizabeth
Komproe's position had already been
weakened by a row with the Antillean

Attorney General following the latter's
working lunch with two visiting high-
level Dutch ministers early this year. Af-
ter that meeting, Minister Komproe
threatened to fire the Antillean Attorney
General who at that time was prosecuting,
his brother, Hedwig Komproe, in another
fraud case.
When Komproe's actions protecting
Monte unexpectedly came to light, coali-
tion partners in the Central Government
demanded Komproe's resignation. When
he refused, the PLP party resigned and,
like a stack of dominos, the others fol-
lowed, including Bonaire's Jopie Abra-
ham, who had earlier played a role in sav-
ing the Goddet government after Ramon-
sito Booi's party, the Bonaire UPB,
stepped out in disgust at the government's
The situation currently at the Central
Government level is chaotic because the
FOL ministers have said they will not
stay on in a caretaker government until a
new government, probably led by the
PAR party, is formed or new elections are
ordered. Check The Reporter for further
developments. O G.D.

page 3

Dear Editors,
I always enjoy reading Greta Kooistra's
"On Bonaire Since..." column. Many a
time it featured a person whom I person-
ally know and love. This (past) week's
column, however, stood out as a gem
among gems. I have never met Wendy
Horn, but was impressed (and inspired)
by how she profoundly captured the
essence of being truly "Bonairean."
I'm glad and honored she chose our is-
land to settle on, and no wonder she at-
tracts many friends and feels so at home
Orphaline Saleh

Dear Editor:
It seems to me that the police are not
addressing the seriousness of crime on
the island. The general population is
comprised of law abiding citi-
zens. What is the problem? Why is
it that the government does not re-
spond? Tell me what is lacking, what
needs to be done; where is the defi-
cit? Is it lack of concern, lack of money
or lack of governmental oversight?
From an American-Bonairean perspec-
tive, the greatest city in the world (New
York) has been able to conquer crime,
how can the Bonairean government to
do the same?
A member of an oldBonaireanfamily

Anthony Goddet


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very long Easter weekend there's a bloom of camping tents on Bonaire's
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ern shore. G.D.

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Friday 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246
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WANTED TO RENT: A small, fur-
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FOR SALE: Large Mahogany table
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NAf 1.200. Mah. book-case with
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Sofa set- 2 seat and 3 seat. Brand
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Carib Inn 717-8819

Achilles 16' Inflatable with trailer
and 25 HP Yamaha engine, well
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If you have an idea or product that
makes life better for us all you are
invited to join the exhibition at the
Caribbean Club Bonaire on April
24 from 12 noon until 7 pm. There is
no charge. The theme is a celebration
of all that makes our life on Bonaire
good. There will be music, games for
children an open swimming pool and
refreshments. Set up your stand and
greet the people. Call Sean or Mar-
jolene at 717-7901 for details.

This popular stretch ofPlaya Mangal At Tolo, the Ol'Blue dive site, there
(Donkey Beach) west of the airport was this elaborate set-up that sent out
accommodated dozens of tents delicious aromas of cooking

The unfinished snack opposite Kar- At Weber's Joy (Witches Hut) divers
pata Landhouse was home to a few and campers shared the tiny beach.
more campers

WANTED: Volunteers to help at the
Cinnamon Art Gallery opening soon.
Volunteers to help staff the gallery dur-
ing the day. If you are interested,
please contact Wendy Horn, at 717-
3902 or 785-9700.

WANTED: Local artists who would
like more information about having
their work exhibited at the new Cinna-
mon Art Gallery should call Wendy
Horn at 717 3902 or 785 9700, or
stop by the Gallery weekdays after
April 24.

Traditional Bonairean
Sailing Sloop. A dream
to sail. Bargain at
NAf10,000. One of the
last of its kind. Call 717-
8988 or 786-6125.

Page 6

page 6


'm sure that many of you will already
have noticed that the black spiny ur-
chin, Diadema antillarum, is making a
tentative appearance on our reefs. One of
the best places to find them is around the
Cargill salt pier and the chances are good
that it won't be too long before you will
have to watch your fins when you go
shore diving. Scientists are really excited
by the Diadema comeback and we should
be too because Diadema really is our
prickly friend.

Recent immigrant or old hand ?
Anyone not living on Bonaire before
1983 could be fooled into thinking that
Diadema is a recent immigrant, maybe
even an invasive species. But as Capt
Don Stewart can confirm, Diadema has
been around for a long, long time. In
those days, divers concerned with the in-
tegrity of their feet, placed an absurdly
high bounty of $0.25 per urchin on its
prickly head. Divers had such an antipa-
thy for this prickly grazer that they would
routinely chop them up to provide a tasty
snack for marauding fish. All this might
lead you to assume that Diadema is an
aggressive species prone to sneak attacks
on invading divers. But it was not their
speed or stealth which was causing the
problem, simply their numbers. Several
decades ago Diadema was not only pre-
sent on our reefs, it was positively abun-
Diadema, the Echinoderm
Diadema is in fact a slow moving, bottom
dwelling plant grazer of the echinoderm
("spiny skin") family. It lives on and
around reefs, preferring places where it

can find plenty of shelter. It is rather cos-
mopolitan in its food preferences and will
eat just about any plant material it comes
across. Diadema is also one of the most
sociable invertebrates you will find on
our reefs. During the daytime it loves to
congregate into dense prickly huddles.
Most Diadema sport jet-black spines, but
sometimes you will see them with white
or with black and white striped spines.
The color variation seems to be deter-
mined by light level. In very bright light
Diadema will routinely be black; lower
the light level and it will tend to have
whiter spines.
This little creature is capable of some
truly stunning feats of survival. Did you
know, for example, that it can live for up
to six months without food. Or that its
larvae can live in the plankton for up to
60 days. This is an absurdly long time by
anyone's standards.
Diadema die off
Then, without any warning, between
January 1983 and January 1984, popula-
tions of Diadema throughout the Carib-
bean mysteriously sickened and died. In
less than a week they went from being
perfectly healthy to developing "sticky"
spines, shedding their spines and dying in
hordes. The pathogen which caused this
mass mortality event has still not been
identified. It traveled with terrifying
swiftness from an epicenter in Panama
following the main circulation patterns to
Florida, Bermuda, St Croix and finally St
Vincent and the Grenadines, leaving de-
struction in its wake. Scientists speculate
that it was originally carried through the
Panama Canal by shipping and it seems to

have arrived here in the Antilles in the
same way.
The consequences ...
The consequences for Caribbean coral
reefs were dire. In places like Jamaica,
with few grazing fish due to chronic over
fishing, the reefs underwent what has
been called a "phase shift." In other
words, healthy coral reefs rapidly turned
into an algal wilderness. On Bonaire we
were lucky that parrotfish moved into the
niche vacated by Diadema, cropping the
algae and keeping our reef from becom-
ing overgrown.
In nearly 20 years there has been no sig-

nificant recovery of Diadema ... until
now. And finally it seems to be making a
tentative come back. It is certainly start-
ing to reappear on Jamaican reefs, and
you won't have to look too far to find
Diadema here either. But their comeback
is patchy, and it's still not clear whether
they are here to stay. With all the multiple
pressures on our reefs you can understand
why scientists are starting to get really
excited about the Diadema comeback.
Divers and snorkelers: I do believe now is
the time to strike up a whole new rela-
tionship with our prickly friend, Dia-
dema O Kalli De Meyer

Kalli De Meyer is Executive Director of Coral Resource Management
(Fundashon pa Bon Koral), Bonaire's newest environmental, not-for-profit
foundation. With 10 years marine park management experience, Kalli is
"Bonaire's voice of the reef "Head offices are at the Caribbean Club, Hill-
top. Monday to Friday 8:30 to 12:30, 2-5 pm. Telephone: 786-0675.

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B 0 A I p E


t looks like the earliest
possible date for the
Referendum is early July,
2004. As the voting date
nears, more considerations
have to be addressed that \
are requiring more prepara- Te
tion time. Besides, or per- whe slatnd
haps in combination with th exte
Status Apart6, UPT or LGO
status (see following story
and last week's Chronicle for some
background), there may be innovative
alternatives that would suit Bonaire.
One idea might be to make all Bonaire
a Dutch National Park. After all, about a
third of the island is already set aside for
nature preservation. Provided property
rights and self-government are main-
tained, perhaps it would be beneficial on
several grounds.
Consider the Dutch island of Schier-
monnikoog, a short distance off Hol-
land's North Sea coast in the Wadden
Sea. The entire island of Schiermon-
nikoog is a National Park. The system
of National Parks in the Netherlands
works in close cooperation with all or-
ganizations and owners that are in-
volved within the area to the benefit of
all. Together they make arrangements
for the management, changes, etc. in the
Park. The status of National Park does
not add significant additional laws but
makes allowance for special situations.
For example, if there is too much ice for
the ferries to run, children can be heli-
coptered to school. Could that type of
arrangement work for ecology-minded
Bonaire? It certainly would provide the
ultimate eco-tourist attraction and pro-
vide for the preservation of the Bo-
nairean way of life.
But no matter Park or not, we must


n Part 1 of this article we made the
round of the advantages and setbacks
attached to the constitutional options of
Status Apart6, LGO and UPG, and (in
passing) of the options Independene,
and Crown Colony. In this article we
will review the option of country/
province (gemeente/provincie). In the
final Part 3, we will comment on the
pros and cons of the status quo (the N.
A.) and finally draw some conclusions
as to what Bonaire might really seek,
apart from the specific constitutional
Holland is made up of 12 provinces (the
original 11 plus the reclaimed-land
province Flevoland), and at the latest
count, nearly 500 "gemeenten," a
"gemeente" being mostly comparable to
a French commune or British county.
The laws governing this issue of provin-
cial and commune governance are old
indeed: roots in the 17th century, latest


' of Schiermonnikoog, about 11 miles long
'sive sand dunes, is a Dutch national Park
nap from an old FrieslandAtlas

major adaptations under Napoleon, ca.
1810. Unlike France, which has seen
five republics and two empires since
Napoleon, and Germany, which saw a
loose confederation of kingdoms and
princely states (a "Reich," the Weimar
Republic, Hitler's Third Reich and then
the Bundesrepublik, now enlarged after
the reunification, all since Napoleon),
Holland hasn't moved much in this field
of national governance.
We mention this since it illustrates the
difficulty and the uphill fight to change
the Dutch constitution in order to allow
an overseas province or some loosely
tied overseas county like Bonaire to

The Dutch are an orderly people. Every
citizen belongs to a county, every

county belongs to a province, and every
province is under the Crown and re-
sponds to Dutch law and government.
Former colonies are just that. Indonesia
was allowed to opt out after a protracted
war of independence in 1949. After that
Holland lost its colonial stamina.
Surinam was virtually pushed out with a
king-sized independence bonus in 1975.
The six West Indian islands, formerly
making up the "Curacao Colony," were
granted semi-autonomous status in
1954, as a separate land within the
It is not generally known that the docu-
ment lying at the base of the formation
of the Netherlands Antilles in 1954 had
been more or less copied by the penuri-
ous Dutch from the document with
which Holland tried to lure Indonesia
into first a Federation, then a Confedera-
tion in 1947-48. That might explain the
hybrid character of the Kingdom: le-
gally a Federation (an alliance, partner-
ship, coalition), in practice a Confedera-
tion ( a fusion, merger, integration).
Aruba was granted its "Status Apart6" in
1986 on the basis of Aruba's promise to
become independent within a decade. It
never came about because Aruba peti-
tioned in the early 90s to remain in the
Dutch Kingdom.
It is but true that in today's The Hague,
Holland's government center, the Antil-

les and Aruba are a tiny sideshow to
Holland's political arena, and its repre-
sentatives and delegations often feel
treated as guests who long overstayed
their welcome after a nice post-colonial
party. (This holds especially over the
last half year when the childish antics of
the former Antillean Prime Minister,
Myrna Louisa-Godett, reduced serious
meetings to vaudeville.)
This little historical excursion serves to
show the odds against Holland being
very attentive and forthcoming to the
upcoming referendum on Bonaire and
Saba (and perhaps Curacao) and its im-
plied constitutional choice, a vital matter
to the islands concerned, a minor mis-
cellaneous item on the Dutch political
It will take clever and top-level lobbying
(such as Aruba did during its three-year
fight for independence from Curacao) to
achieve attention and sympathy on the
right political levels.
It is almost inconceivable that Holland
would grant to Bonaire the status of a
"provincie. The provincie is a mostly
antiquated, purely administrative body
of governance, with which the Dutch
citizen has no truck at all. Moreover, the
average province numbers about a mil-
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lion inhabitants.
The main political function of the
provincie is that its elected deputies
("Provinciale Staten") vote in the mem-
bers of the First Chamber of Parlia-
ment, an equally antiquated body com-
parable to the British House of Lords.
There is a theoretical possibility that the
Dutch would go along with an overseas
"provincie" made up of the present five
N.A. islands (with a population of
about 250,000). The present governor
of the N.A. would then become
"Commissaris van de Koningin" (Her
Majesty's High Commissioner), the
present N.A. government would evapo-
rate (no mean bonus, this) and the Lt.
Governor ("Gezaghebber") would be-
come burgomaster of his or her island

It is an option which has its attractions
(we'll return to this later), but it is in-
conceivable that all five islands and the
N.A. Government and the Dutch Gov-
ernment would all vote for this option,
as of necessity they must.
This leaves the option of Bonaire be-
coming an overseas county
("gemeente"), but, attached to what
provincie? The orderly Dutch would
certainly like to know.
As to the "goodies" involved in becom-
ing an integral part of the Netherlands,
Bonairean referendum voters should
not harbor too high hopes for Santa
Claus bringing the big pancake of so-
cial benefits. We'll make a quick round
of the main Dutch social benefits and
their legal funding:

Unemployment benefits (WW).
We will skip the technical details,
which are many. Basically, the WW
guarantees 70% of last earned labor
income for one year, max five years
(depending on employment's dura-
tion), all this capped with a maxi-
mum wage. After that, one reverts to
the "bijstand" (see below).
So, Bonairean WW would be
linked to Bonairean labor income
(and minimum income), not to the
Dutch standard. But as to hiring and
firing by employers, the same stan-
dards would apply as in Holland,
and what that means in practice can
be seen in St. Maarten/St. Martin.
The French part has better unem-
ployment benefits but harsher em-
ployment and labor laws than the
Dutch part.
As a result, most new jobs are of-
fered on the Dutch part, and even
though on the French part the unem-
ployed may be better off, the net
flow of job opportunities and invest-
ments goes to Dutch St. Maarten,
not to St. Martin, and this shows in
the flow of morning and evening
traffic, the quality of the roads, etc.

Sickness Benefits (ziektewet)
After the latest round of pruning
social laws, it is the employer who
now has to shoulder the first 12
months of his employee's sick
leave. After a year, the State substi-
tutes the employer, but in practice it
is only permanently disabled people
who remain on sick leave, and they
then automatically revert to the
WAO, the law on permanently

handicapped or disabled people.

Disability to Work (WAO)
Holland's WAO has grown to the
monstrous size of nearly a million
disabled (compared to five million
gainfully employed) and everything
is being done to stem the tide, by
reducing benefits, sharpening medi-
cal standards applied, and repeated
ability testing.
Politically speaking, spreading the
WAO to the Netherlands Antilles
would abhor the Dutch working
population. It is a strict no-go, we

Elderly Support (AOW)
All Dutch people of 65 and over
benefit from the AOW, regardless
of their other income. But, the
AOW is paid proportionally accord-
ing to labor history in Holland and
the payment of the (rather hefty)
AOW premiums. For every year
employed between the age of 15 and
65, 2% of the final AOW has been
secured. As Antilleans living here
never paid AOW premium in Hol-
land, their rights are nil, except
when a very generous gesture would
entitle them to. We do not see such
a gesture forthcoming, politically

Bijstand (in the N.A. Onderstand)
This is a veritable jungle of crite-

The aim of the Clrottide team of editorial and s
or "sell" a particular option. Critical co
warmly welcomed and published
sought with the local
item in the Rerfe onicle can be freely quo

ria. It mainly benefits unmarried
mothers and long-term jobless who
do not qualify for the WAO. The
monthly payments are higher than in
the N.A., but again here, Dutch pub-
lic opinion will turn fiercely against
subsidizing what many European
Dutch say are the "lazy Antilleans
and their many bysides." This may
sound racist, but it is the plain truth
regarding Dutch public opinion (the
silent majority).

Summing up, applying for the Dutch
county status in the hope of generous
Dutch-geared social benefits is like
turning on the cold shower in the
(Dutch) cold winter climate.
There are in total 20 Dutch social laws,
some old and crippled and on the way
out, some barely tolerated because of
one party's (the CDA) support, like the
"kinderbijslag" (child benefits), and
most others a patchwork of adjust-
ments, exceptions, differentiations, etc.
Getting Bonaire into this very compli-
cated and politically fraught pattern is
an uphill fight. It would take three to
five years at least. Much better would
be an "a la carte" solution, in a "status
apart6" which can be negotiated with-
out the encumbrance of Dutch social
law. O The Chronicler

Next week: The N.A. constellation
revisited, and conclusions.

Sis to inform, not to influence public opinion
", the readers will be
fll w information is
e social Referendum Commission. Any
I and/or downloaded via Internet. O

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"JT first came by boat in 2001 from
I St. Martin where we had been
living for some nine years. Marjolein
was still there, we'd just been through
Hurricane Lenny, I at sea, Marjolein on
St. Martin. It's amazing how self impor-
tant and big people think they are and
then one storm comes along and we're
all back as baby creatures again.
In many ways, it's history repeating
itself. I started in Gibraltar many years
ago when that little colony was striving
for its right to self-determination and
eventually its independence, which it
never achieved, and neither will the An-
tilles. And also I find history repeating
itself again here with the situation of
environmental problems.
All those years ago the Spanish were
over fishing the Mediterranean waters
including Morocco. It wasn't just over
fishing, it was also massive pollution.
We were working with Greenpeace at
the time and doing water sampling and
it was just coincidental that I caught this
mullet. Its pollution level was so high
that one bite could have killed you!
I went to Gibraltar because my father
was in the R.A.F. and Gibraltar was an
R.A.F. outpost. I'd been there as a child
so I remembered it quite clearly. I did-
n't go with any ideas of changing the
world, just to get away from Europe. I'd
come from England, I wanted to travel
and Gibraltar had a lot of mystery, a
very special place, the last point before
North Africa. Officially, I'm an engi-
neer although I'm really a "Jack of all
trades, Master of none," he laughs.
"I became an environmental activist
because once when a friend and I went
for an early morning walk up to a little
place in Gibraltar called Europa Point
we saw this great big dump truck drop
its entire contents in the sea. We spent
the next five years looking for an active
workable solution. We looked at every
option but the best option of all was re-
cycling, so we thought that's what
we're going to do.
We started a company and had every-
thing ready and then the government
decided to buy an incinerator. I got a
letter from the government saying that
"Anything that's burnable can't be re-
cycled." That was because the incinera-
tor also produced electricity and needed
everything that could be burned for its
fuel. The ironic part of the story was
that the incinerator used scrub water to
take out the dioxins and other pollut-
ants, water that was flushed into the sea.
Dead fish started popping up all around
the coast. Five years of work went
down the drain. The pollution became
so apparent, I couldn't live with that. I
became depressed and said, I'm out of
here! I gave up the battle. I found my

boat, the Our Confidence, and ran
My wife and I went to Barbados and it
was great, like we found a piece of the
world that was undamaged. We took
our first cargo from Barbados, which
earned me my first thousand dollars
with the boat, and we went to Grenada,
to the Windward Islands chain and
ended up in St. Martin. I loved it; I
thought it was a great place. We were
there for six years before my wife left
me. She'd enough of boat life, under-
standable, I think. I was never angry. I
thought: Yeah, you're right! Fortunately
we had a cargo of 40 tons of rum which
allowed me the self-indulgence of a
year's depressive drinking.
Then I met Marjolein, which was great.
She didn't stop me drinking, but she
gave me a good reason to cut down!
She'd run a garden center and had been
on St. Martin for eight years. Her center
was totally destroyed by Hurricane

Lewis, so when
I met her she
was working in
a little marina
bar. I think it
was love at first
sight for both
of us really. We
were both sur-
prised with
each other," he
laughs: "She
couldn't be-
lieve I was
drinking vodka

"Here I am, years
doing the same th
was doing in Gibr
I enjoy politics ai
think the one way
can really help is
telling people wha
absolute truth is

and cranberry juice in the morning, and
I couldn't believe such a beautiful girl
was working behind a bar! By that time
I'd exchanged my cargo of rum for fruit
trees from Trinidad to St. Martin, be-
cause after the hurricane there were no
trees left on the island. And for a short
period Marjolein and I ended up doing
landscaping. We were just generally
making a living, enjoying ourselves.
We managed to survive four hurricanes,
Lenny being the last and I hope the last
I ever see.
I was still repairing the boat after the
damage Lenny did to her when Jaap
Ensing asked me if I would move his
furniture and cars down to Bonaire. I
needed the work and the money, so it
was a great offer.. We arrived in Bon-
aire at nine o'clock in the evening; we
tied to the dock and fell asleep. When
we woke up the next day it was one
nice surprise after the other. First of all
there was the blue sea and the wealth of
fish which we'd never seen in any other
island before. Secondly, there was the
friendliness of everybody, from Immi-
gration to Customs. I think right there
and then I decided to spend some years

here, not the
rest of my
life, but cer-
tainly some
years." Sean
Paton is a
beautiful per-
son, a good
one, a real
good one; a
free spirit,
bright and
tional, but
also warm
and caring.
"I went on to
Trinidad to
fix the boat. I


came back to f
Bonaire to
celebrate Jaap's birthday. He needed
help with the aloe plantation so I de-
cided to stay.
Marjolein was back in Holland
for a year and from there she
later, got a job at Plaza, doing the
landscaping. We lived in a lit-
ing I tle house in Nikiboko. It was
altar. quite romantic, no money
though. When the heavy work
nd I was finished on the plantation I
you wasn't really needed anymore,
by so I started writing "The Inspi-
S rations of Nick." I finished it,
it the but I didn't get it into print. The
S" manuscript is in my office, get-
ting dusty... it's a bit like giv-
ing a baby away and I guess
I'm putting it off for the right day when
I feel brave enough.
Anyway, now the environmental issues
on the island are far more important to
me. Here I am, years later, doing the
same thing I was doing in Gibraltar. I
enjoy politics and I think the one way
you can really help is by telling people
what the absolute truth is.
I think freedom of information and free-
dom to express yourself are the comer-
stones of democracy. We have to be
very careful not to lose the heart of the
island for the sake of progress. After a
year we're still waiting for information
about what's going to happen with the
foreign fisheries in our waters. People
who care about these issues: that's the
heart of the island. If progress means
not working out the implications of
what we did today, then tomorrow is
very uncertain. With the referendum,
whatever option we choose, we should
know about the consequences of our
decision. If we keep tourism as our um-
bilical cord and depend on it as our sole
source of income and another tragedy
like 9-11 comes, we'll be stood on our
own. Tourism only benefits the "golden

\MLarjolein and Sean

belt" of the island, the coastline.
We need to take care of the people of
the interior. To reduce crime, give those
people employment; don't make them
feel like strangers on their own island. I
think the answer is development of agri-
culture and light industry like assembly
plants, but also import and export. I
think one of the greatest gifts would be
to produce our own food. That's what
I'm busy with at the moment. Those
issues can't wait; decisions have to be
made now.
The main reason that I'm starting a
news service in English with Mega FM
is to give the people here all the infor-
mation. We'll start on Mondays and
Sundays from 12 to 2, midday. But for
sure I'm not going to do as I did in Gi-
braltar, because you can lead a horse to
water, but you can't make it drink! He
smiles: "Let's just see what the future
brings. I've always found it very funny
when people say they're going to stay
here forever and the next minute you
look around and they've gone! As long
as I am happy here I'll stay. I'm not go-
ing to fight any wars! This is today and
you don't get it back tomorrow.
The most important thing to me is my
family and Marjolein and I would say
after that is the belief that you can actu-
ally achieve something. I'm here!!!
But seriously: The one issue that we
wrote about foreign fisheries last year
made people aware; it showed that peo-
ple care... the
heart of the is-
land is still
alive... And as I
see it: It starts
with a question
mark and it ends
with a question
mark; that's
life." 0 Greta

page 12


a.I pho&

dvr 'Bunnies" line up to begin the search fiwEaseggs
-- -

he Easter bunny had just enough
time to hide 100 hard-boiled eggs
from 22 divers and two snorkelers who
lined up in front of the Dive-Inn, at
Chachacha Beach last Sunday. Shortly
after a countdown, off they went. They
had 45 minutes to find the eggs. Eighty
were found.
Miriam Meier, a German guest at Dive-
Inn Studios, recovered the "special" egg,
very well hidden in an underwater camera
housing, in relatively shallow water, while
she was snorkeling.
The buddy team with the most recovered
eggs, 21, was made up of two Dutch la-
dies, Carolyn Boelen and Thea Teerstra.
The best costume award went to Thomas
Fredholm from Sweden, another Dive-Inn
guest (see picture of him with his bag of
recovered eggs). Unfortunately there was
not much left of the costume by that time.
There is a nice story behind his costume.
He was dressed as an Easter witch (in Thomas Fredholm, of Sw
Sweden called paskkarring). Every Easter bag of eggs
morning the witch flies on her broomstick
to a small Swedish island called Blakulla rything was free as part of th
for a gathering of all sorts of witches for of Dive-Inn's 20th anniversar
their special Easter meeting. As for the fish on the reef of
All the winners got a nice prize and there Inn... Well, they still have 2(
was even an extra prize for the buddy on.
team that recovered just one egg, local If you want to spend time at
artist Henk Roozendaal and his son Boy. dive with them, Easter or no
Following the awards there was coffee, tea shop on Chachacha Beach o:
and juices for everyone and of course they 717-5095/8761, or e-mail:
all HAD to eat the eggs they had found! info @&diveinnbonaire.com. V
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salty than normal. Everybody could look Muelink
back at a great Easter morning full of ex-
citement, laughter and fun! This year eve-




T he Easter holidays brought me back to the US to en-
joy time with friends and family. Also I had the lux-
ury of24-hour wireless Internet. For the first time since
King of the Caribbean 2003, I was able to surf the Internet
for coverage of this now-annual sporting extravaganza.
Today's "Scene at Sorobon" feature will not cover the
week's events as I am not on island to present an accurate
update, BUT, my efforts here are quite rewarding. Having
done an extensive Internet search on the 2003 King of the
Cape media coverage I found some nice links covering
windsurfing in Bonaire. Trevor Nisbeth 's photo
They include Andy Khitrovo's Russian coverage, Ben Van from the King of the
Hooydonk's four-week hiatus in Bonaire and more. Take a Caribbean
look at some wonderful photos and a wide range of jour-
nalistic talents. Here are some of my favorites:
http://www.surfkix.be/album/thumbnails.php?album=6 (A Belgian windsurfer's journey to
http://www.solocaribe.com/ (Indiana Monteverde's 2002 video on the event. Some great
shots. Click on video and then the Bonaire film)
(Curacao's own Trevor Nisbeth from Kikotakiko covers his favorite aspects of the event)
http://www.star-board.com/women_youth/youth/wonder.asp?Number=25 (a feature of
young Bonaire's own Amado Vrieswijk is featured)
http://www.wind.ru/photos_e.php?evn=King%200f%20The%20Caribbean%202003 (A
Russian story with great photos)
See you soon on island and back on the water! O Ann Phelan

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
4-16 5:08 1.2FT. 10:48 1.5FT. 17:33 1.1FT. 23:25 1.5FT. 70
4-17 6:30 1.1FT. 11:47 1.4FT. 17:24 1.1FT. 23:50 1.6FT. 77
4-18 0:12 1.6FT. 8:01 1.1FT. 12:44 1.3FT. 16:37 1.2FT. 82
4-19 0:49 1.7FT. 9:38 1.0FT. 85
4-20 1:25 1.8FT. 10:59 0.9FT. 84
4-21 2:04 1.8FT. 12:08 0.9FT. 81
4-22 2:46 1.8FT. 12:56 0.8FT. 76
4-23 3:31 1.8FT. 13:41 0.8FT. 69

veden, with a

he celebration
f the Dive-
) eggs to feast

Dive-Inn or
t, stop by the
r call 599-

/isit the
re.com I Babs

Alina, Aruba
Alley Cat
Bird of Paradise
Blauwe Crab, Curagao
Blue Arran
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Chulugi, Netherlands
FlyingCloud, USA
Fruity Fruits
Gabrielle, USA
Galadrial, USA
Gatsby, USA
Global Ombaka
Goril Too
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.

Honalee, USA
La Contenta
La Escotilla
Lady Diane
Lucky Lobster, Curacao
Luna C
Macaby, Netherlands
Natural Selection, USA
Precocious Gale, USA
Queen of Hearts
Rusty Bucket
Sandpiper, USA

Santa Maria, Sweden
Scintilla, Germany
Seren Wer
Slow Dance
Surprise, USA
Sylvia K
Tahaa Tiva
Ta B
Ti Amo, USA
Today, USA
Traveler, Canada
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Up Spirits
Varedhuni, Germany
Zahi, Malta
Zeno's Arrow, USA

page 13


pair? Here are
brother and sister,
"James" and
"Sabena," all curled \
up together in the
cat cage of the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter. I
These two kittens
are just a year old- 7 1 N
and are very close IL % = -7 wa
and best of friends I- m r Jw A
too. What's more
fun than one cat? The answer is two," especially when they play and cavort and
make us laugh. These two siblings fit the bill. And as "mousers" they get the job
done in half the time.
James and Sabena are in excellent health, having been examined and checked
out by the vet; they've had their shots and testing for feline leukemia. The adop-
tion fee of NAf75 includes their sterilization and shots. You may be assured of a
healthy animal that's social too when you choose one from the Shelter. It's lo-
cated on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Satur-
days until 1. Tel. 717-4989. Visitors are always welcome. 1L.D.

page 14



New! 9:00pm

(Omar Sharif)
Early Show (7:00 pm)
Along Came Polly
(Ben Stiller)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75

Peter Pan


April 15-22: Dive into Earth Week
(Day) Check with your hotel or dive
shop for activities including beach and
underwater cleanups. See the schedule
in this week's Flotsam and Jetsam for
more details.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 16,
17 and 18, Grupo Teatral Boneriano
will present two plays, Spiritu den
Kas (A Ghost in the House) and E
Animal Kanibal (The Animal Canni-
bal) in Papiamentu. Friday & Satur-
day, 9 pm. Sunday at 11 am, at
Movieland, Tickets are NAf20, sold at
Bonaire Boekhandel, Flamingo Book-
store & office of Extra newspaper.

Sunday, April 18: Kite Flying Con-
test. K6ntest di Fli: In the field behind
Kooyman. Information at Flamingo
Book Store, Kaya Grandi 21, Tel.717-


Saturday, April 24, Opening of
Cinnamon Art Gallery. 7-9 pm.
Celebration at Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1,
located just off Kaya Grandi behind
Banco di Caribe.

Friday, April 30: Rincon Day and the
Queen's Birthday, MCB Bonaire
Rincon Day 17 km. run, 7 am (tel.

Sunday -Dinner and live music at
Chibi Chibi Restaurant at the Divi
Flamingo 6 to 9 pm.
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon,
the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-
Call Maria 717-6435
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the
beach at Lion's Dive. Dutch National
Products provides an introduction to
Time Sharing and how to save on your
next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm

Tuesday-BonaireTalker Dinner/
Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm
-call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail
jake@bonairetalk.com for more infor.
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis,
Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10
per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call
Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500,
ext. 14.
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restau-
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch
Party, Buddy Dive Resort 5:30-6:30 pm.
Friday- Open House with Happy
Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya
Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Au-
thentic Bonairean kunuku. $12
(NAf12 for Bonaire residents). Tel
717-8489, 540-9800.

Sunday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, Buddy Dive at the pool
bar, 7 pm 717-5080
Monday- Touch the Sea introduces
Dee Scarr's unique perspective on ma-
rine animals and divers. Aquarius Con-
ference Center, Captain Don's Habitat,
8:30 pm. Tel. 717-8290, or call Dee at
Tuesday-Fascinating Fish slide show
by Jessie Armacost at The Old Inn, at
6 pm opposite the Plaza Resort. Each
week a different show filled with fish
ID tips and other fascinating facts
about fish. Tel. 717-4888
New! Wednesday Turtle slide show
by the STCB (Turtle Club) at the
Buddy Dive pool Bar at 7 pm.
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
the Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-
Friday- The Captain Don Show -
Conversation, fun, yarns, a few slides.
Guaranteed 85% true. Aquarius Con-
ference Room. Captain Don's Habitat
8:30 pm Tel. 717-8290

Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter 717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
at the Union Building on Kaya
Korona, across from the RBTT Bank
and next to Kooyman's. All levels in-
vited NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Caf6. Registration at 4, games
at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.

Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, secretary
Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are wel-
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restau-
rant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Ro-
tarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

Mangazinadi Rei,Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse" while
learning about Bonaire's history and culture
andvisit typical homes fromthe 17th cen-
tury. Daily. Call 717-4060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Mu-
seum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's most
popular musicians.
Saturday at Rincon Marshe Liber
(smaller markets) 8 am until 2 pm
Large market offering Rincon area
tours on the first Saturday of each
month, 10 am to 2 pm

International Bible Church of Bon-
aire Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic
circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sun-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm in Eng-
lish Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sun-
days 8:30 11:30 am. Services in
Papiamentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services on Sunday at 8 am
and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304.
Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of
Coromoto in Antriol, in English. Mass
in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and
6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asamblea di
Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Ser-
vices in English, Dutch & Papiamentu
on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday
Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.

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The Bonaire Reporter
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Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252

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F or nearly six years I've been giving
healthy nutrition lessons to the chil-
dren at the basic schools. One of the bad
habits that I notice in every one of the
classes at every school is that a lot of the
children skip their breakfast. This is a bad
habit that is growing all over the world,
and our island is no exception. In Amer-
ica and the Netherlands they've started
this year with campaigns at school to en-
courage children to eat breakfast.

Why do I call this a bad habit?
Because when you ask the kids why they
don't have breakfast, the answers you get
there is no time
I'm not used to having breakfast, so I
have no appetite in the morning

These reasons have everything to do with
habit. Most of these kids create these hab-
its because at home they didn't grow up
having breakfast with the whole family
together at the table before leaving the
house for work or school. Those old valu-
able habits are fading away in today's

Why is breakfast
so important for
everyone, but
especially for the
Between the last
meal from the
night before and A lique Ssbach
breakfast the fol-
lowing morning there lies a period of 12
to 14 hours. That last meal of the night
before has, by breakfast time, already
been digested, and the body is ready to
receive new energy and nutrients. When a
child skips breakfast, his or her concentra-
tion capacity is much lower than when
having breakfast. Moreover, when skip-
ping breakfast it is impossible to catch up
on the required nutrients for the day. A
child can lose 20% of his required nutri-
ents by not eating breakfast. We don't
have to emphasize the importance of con-
centration and effort that five hours of
school requires of a child.
So, doesn't the child need his or her
breakfast to perform well at school? Isn't
this the reason that we send a child to
school? So why as parents and educators
don't we encourage this good habit in

them, of having breakfast before going to
Eating at school break should not be con-
sidered breakfast, because half of the
school time has already passed by. And
school break means having an
"inbetween" or snack, like fruit, juice,
crackers or one slice of bread and not
breakfast, which is a meal.

What is considered a
healthy breakfast ?
A healthy breakfast may
consist of bread, crackers,
grains, cereals, fruits, milk
products or breakfast drinks.
Try to also introduce brown \
bread to the kids. Bread, espe-
cially brown bread, contains
more fiber, vitamins and min-
erals than white bread. As a
spread on the bread you can
use diet halvarine or marga-
rine. These spreads are
sources of Vitamins A, D and E.
Avoid using butter on bread for the kids.
Butter is very high in saturated fat (which
can increase blood cholesterol) and hal-
varine or margarine is a rich source of
unsaturated fat (which prevents high
blood cholesterol). Choose low fat lunch-
eon meats, low fat cheese or low sugar

jam. Of course you can vary your selec-
tion with whole wheat crackers or whole
wheat pancakes or whole wheat arepas.
Other substitutions for bread can be: low
fat yogurt or low fat milk with cornflakes
or whole wheat cereals, yogurt with fruit,
or porridge made of low fat milk.

For those children who are not used to
eating breakfast, you don't have to start
immediately with a big breakfast consist-
ing of bread. Start with a
small breakfast to en-
courage them, step by
step, to get into the good
S habit of having breakfast.
You can start with small
meals like: a glass of
Slow fat milk or one
fruit or two to three
slices of crackers or a
glass of 100% juice or
what we know nowadays as
breakfast drink meals, yo-
ghurt drinkontbijt or wake-
up drinkontbijt. Remember, just tea is not
a breakfast!
Also take time to have sit down and have
breakfast at a table. Have a nice start of
having breakfast again. 1
Angilique Salsbach

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Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest num-
ber of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank.
They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents great scooters and quads. They can
also professionally repair almost anything on two wheels.
Top brand bikes for sale too.
Watercolours Bonaire and Eye on Aruba, Bonaire,
Curacao are the most original ways to remember Bon-
aire and the islands at their best. At Photo Tours and
many other island shops.
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an essen-
tial in your dive bag. The latest information on Bonaire's
shore dive sites.
Bonaire Nautico for low cost dockside mooring in the
heart of Kralendijk. Ferry to Klein. Boat Rentals.
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and
walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete

Conetal Cleaning Service cleans homes, apartments,
offices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry.
The Seahorse Cyber Cafe has cyber facilities. See Res-
taurant Guide.
All Dentures Lab. For denture repair or new ones. All
work done on the island, fast results. Owner-operator
denturist. Repairs while you wait.

Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on
Bonaire. Reasonable prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/
school directly on the waterfront in the heart of town.
Friendly, highly experienced with an exceptional staff.
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just
keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers,
fitness machines and classes for all levels.
Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and
offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals.
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a big selection of what
you need to enjoy Bonaire and remember it when you get
home. Digital cameras and watches a specialty.
Friars' Inn, downtown Kralendijk, offers rooms and
breakfast at Bonaire's lowest prices. Great for tourists or
when visiting family and friends.
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a variety of
items and services for your picture-taking pleasure.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional customer
services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community. A full
service realtor.

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


Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or
built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical,
plumbing, woodworking, etc.
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling
and exploration.
Special Security Services will provide that extra meas-
ure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modem, effi-
cient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located be-
hind NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European brand
products. THE market for provisioning.
Laur'an is a store dedicated to providing quality toys
and games to Bonaire. Find them on Kaya Gerharts in the
Lourdes Shopping Mall
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at
560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy. Hotel
pickup too.
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
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ourteen green tur- H AW LE EASI
F tles, four tarpon, a MADEEASY
rocketing barracuda, a
giant grouper, uncount-
able fish and unspoiled
coral greeted the first
guests, a family of four
staying at the Sand Dol-
lar Resort, aboard
Larry's Shore and
Wildside Diving's new
boat. That's more than
some divers see in a
week. Why? Because
they were diving on the
usually rough windward
side of Bonaire.
There are no resorts on
that side of Bonaire that
faces the unbroken
swells that roll in from
Africa, driven by the Larry and Janice on Wildside Bonaire
constant trade winds.
No building could long
survive. Except for some very fit macho types the only opportunities for safely and
comfortably diving "the wild side" were when the trades died down for a few days.
But those times are usually many months apart and of short duration. That is until
Larry Baillie figured out how to do it: Get a wide, rigid hull inflatable boat, the
type used by military, law enforcement and rescue groups. Equip it with every con-
ceivable safety element known to the dive industry, escort the divers if necessary

and start from Lac Bay.
Larry himself is well
known on Bonaire. His
background is that of a
Canadian Army combat
diver and instructor and
commercial diver. Be-
ginning in 1999 he
worked as a dive instruc-
tor at Carib Inn. Later he
did escorted dives using
his own comfortable
cabin cruiser. But the
cozy cruiser couldn't
deal with the conditions
on the wild side.
Enter a Zodiac 920 Hur- Dive legend Captain Don Stewart congratulated
ricane, a 30' (9.14m.) Larry on his new venture. Don said the tubes of the
screamer of a dive boat, Zodiac reminded him of the ill fated Sterke Yerke.
10.4 ft. (3.18m) wide,
with twin 225 hp Yamaha 4-stroke low pollution outboards. During a shakedown
cruise it went from Lac Bay to Kralendijk in 30 minutes. It's so buoyant it can float
with all seven of its chambers deflated and is rated to carry 30 persons! But Larry
will limit his trips to just 12.
While safety is the number one issue, comfort is also considered. Hendrik Wuyts,
the well-known ScubaVision videographer, found it quite easy riding on a recent
underwater video exploration. Among the first discoveries is a previously un-
known pinnacle rising from the depths to within 50 feet (15m.) of the surface. The
GPS aboard Larry's boat will allow him to find it again with pinpoint accuracy.
The boat, Wildside Bonaire, was christened last Friday with lots of fanfare and
guests at Dive and Discover next to Sand Dollar. It marks a new era in diving op-
portunities on Bonaire and a chance to explore a whole new area.
You can book a trip by calling 717-5426 or 790-9156. O G.D.

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Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive Sit over the water in the most charming and colorful building on the
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717- 5 Closed Monday or in air-conditioned comfort.

Garden Caf6 Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 $5 to $20 Excellent vegetarian selections.
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La Balandra Moderate Cuisine by Chef Alberto Roldan of the Bonaire Culinary Team.
On the Water at the Harbour Village Resort Breakfast-Lunch If you are using the NAf25 Beach Pass, a NAf15 credit is given for
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The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of
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Phone 717-4888 ily Happy Hour Friday, 5-7 favorite indoor/outdoor stopping place on Bonaire's main street

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Fourteen students of the Bonai group
spent two days in Curacao visiting
and assessing 10 different museums, from
the most modest to the most opulent, includ-
ing the National Archives. The Bonai group
is made up of SGB (high school) students,
15 to 18 years old, who are of different eth-
nic groups but who are living in Bonaire. As
the leader, Dr. Jay Haviser puts it, "They are
motivated kids with a good academic stand-
ing, and the program's aim is to stimulate
youth to go into science. This trip was cre-
ated because, as Dr. Haviser says, "I
wanted to give them a life experience that
they'll remember for a long time and how to
be mature adult citizens."
The students have been studying in an after-


The program begun by Jay Haviser is a pilot
program for the rest of the Antilles and has
been going for about a year. In that time it's
been a good academic, social and personal
success for the students, according to Dr.
Haviser. It's funded by the Central and Is-
land Governments as well as the Prince Ber-
nard Culture Funds and AMFO (a Dutch
foundation). It's a two- to three-year project,
with new students entering the program as
the older ones leave. Jay continues, "The
bonding going on in this group will most
likely have a very positive influence in their
future role in the Bonaire community.
There's pride, identity, bonding, a sense of
responsibility. I'm so proud of these kids.
They inspire me, not only for Bonaire but
for the whole Antilles. And having so many
different ethnic groups represented within
the group is especially exciting. What's an
example of such and such from Holland,
Venezuela, China? I'll bet that in 20 years
you'll see these same students as the leaders
of the community in Bonaire." OL.D.

school program with Dr. Haviser: cultural
anthropology, pre-Colombian archeology,
historical archeology. This is the fourth
module, museum exhibitions. "The bottom
line is scientific method: how to observe,
analyze and evaluate," he says.
Jackie Bernabella, a museum expert work-
ing for SKAL, accompanied the group. She
designed an observation form for the stu-
dents where in each museum they rated, for
example, lighting, display, cost, showcases,
and security. According to Dr. Haviser these
were extremely intensive work days. The
group spent at least one hour at each mu-
seum, evaluating and discussing. At the Na-
tional Archives they were given a full pres-
entation. They saw a documentary film on

Bonaire made in 1947 and they had a talk on
conserving documents and photography.
Museums they visited were: Ft. Church
Protestant Museum, Stamp Museum, Mari-
time Museum, Jewish Museum, Telecom-
munication Museum, National Archives,
National Museum Offices, Kura Hulanda,
Curacao Museum, Kas di PaliMaishi.
One of the students, Stephanie Antonio, was
extremely enthusiastic about the trip.
"Everything was so well organized," she
said. "People knew we were coming. My
favorite was the Maritime Museum because
it was so big and so very beautiful."
Dr. Haviser declares, "These students were
mature, responsible and disciplined. It was a
good experience for them because of the
way they acted. They asked good questions.
A This was as much a life learning experience
as an academic one. The bottom line is if
you give teens the responsibility they'll take
I it and most do a good job. Give them more
S responsibility to do responsible actions. This
U builds better adults."

page 18


46 DAYS TO GO i" 1, .i,

P ut on your fins and get ready to have
fun and get wet. Coming up is the
Eighth Annual Bonaire Dive Festival,
June 5 19, 2004. Expanded from one to
two weeks to give participants more free-
dom and flexibility to enjoy Bonaire, this
year's Festival will offer fun and educa-
tional activities including guided dives,
BBQs with live music, A Taste of Bon-
aire food and cultural festival and the
highlight of the event, two evening pres-
entations by the Festival's featured
speaker, Philippe Cousteau Jr., grandson
of legendary Captain Jacques-Yves Cous-
And there's NO signup fee as in past
Philippe's presentations will take place on
the evenings of June 7th and June 14th at
Captain Don's Habitat. As part of his
presentations Philippe will speak about
the responsibility that people have to be
caretakers of our planet and that the role
divers in particular have to be ambassa-
dors to the oceans. He will share ways in
which divers can become more informed
about everyday things they do to have a
lasting, positive impact and will touch
upon his own efforts to protect and pre-
serve our planet through his work as
President of EARTHECHO International
and its project like the Coral Reef Resto-
ration Initiative. In Bonaire for the dura-
tion of the Dive Festival Philippe will
also lead guided dives with Festival par-
Pass by the downtown TCB office to get
more information. Or check out the web-
site at: www.bonairedivefestival.com.
[ G.D.

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"Celebrate National Astronomy Day Saturday April 24th
and Watch the Moon Visit Three Planets During Astronomy Week"

Mark Saturday, April 24th, on your calendar as National Astronomy Day for 2004.
And also mark that week as the time to watch a growing crescent Moon visit
three planets with, as a spectacular finale, a pairing with the ringed planet Saturn on
astronomy day night. On April 21st, just after sunset, face west where you'll see an ex-
quisite two-day-old crescent Moon parked right next to the little group of stars called
The Pleiades, The Seven Sisters, which through a pair of binoculars looks something
like a tiny dipper. Plus you'll also notice one of my favorite lunar phenomena called
Indeed if you look closely at the Moon you will see what looks like a black full Moon
nestled inside the bright crescent. We call it Earthshine because that's exactly what
causes it. You see, when we look at the bright crescent part of the Moon we are actu-
ally seeing sunlight bouncing directly off the Moon to Earth. But that black, dark, al-
most full Moon within the crescent is created by sunlight bouncing off the bright cloud
layers and oceans of our Earth onto the dark portion of the Moon and then bouncing
back to Earth again, thus the term Earthshine.
Now the following night, Thursday, the 22nd, a slightly larger crescent Moon complete
with Earthshine will be parked right underneath the most dazzling of all the planets
which will reach its greatest brilliancy in less than three weeks on May 2nd: our nearest
planetary neighbor, 8,000-mile-wide Venus. And if you look just up and to Venus' left
you'll see the reddish-orange planet which last August was over 63 times brighter than
it is right now: very dim and very distant 4,000-mile-wide Mars, the planet which is
playing host to two emissary rovers from planet Earth. In fact on the next night, Friday
the 23rd, a slightly larger Moon with Earthshine will be parked right above this intrigu-
ing red planet. But then on the next night, Saturday April 24th, National Astronomy
Day night, an outrageously beautiful crescent Moon will be parked just to the side of
the most beautiful planet in our solar system, 75,000-mile-wide, ringed Saturn, which
is almost as good as it ever gets for viewing right now because its rings are tilted wide
open and reflect light like a giant mirror back to our Earth.
Once again: Wednesday, the Moon and The Pleiades; Thursday, the Moon underneath
Venus; Friday, the Moon just above Mars; and for Saturday Astronomy Day night, the
Moon right next to Saturn. Wow! The Moon and Saturn together on Astronomy Day
night! It just doesn't get any better than this. O JackHorkheimer

For the week: April 16 to April 23, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You will be erratic and quite likely to make personal
mistakes. You'll find you're detail oriented this week. Try to control your irritability
if you're experiencing emotional problems with your partner. You have two choices:
get out on your own or bend to your mate's whims. Your lucky day this week will be
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Be cautious when dealing with foreigners. Try to keep
ahead of the game. Tempers may flare if you haven't been completely honest about
your intentions or your whereabouts. Get involved in activities that will bring you
knowledge about foreign lands, philosophies, or cultures. Your lucky day this week
will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Opportunities to upgrade your living standards will
come through your lover or through joint financial investments. You will learn easily
if you put forth an effort. You are best to avoid such unsavory circumstances, espe-
cially if you're in a group situation. Your emotions will be touched off concerning
recent encounters with your lover. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Pay attention to small but important details. You may
want to take a trip; however, before you do, make sure that your car is serviced prop-
erly. Do not get involved with individuals who are already committed to others. Be
careful that you don't overextend yourself. Your lucky day this week will be
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You're likely to encounter new partners if you take short
trips. Double check your work and be sure that your boss is in a good mood before
you do your presentation. Direct your energy into physical entertainment. Ask family
members for help and you will be able to complete the projects more quickly. Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Emotional matters may not be easy for you to handle.
New friendships will develop through group events. Get the red tape and the un-
wanted paperwork out of the way. You can look around for the right place and enlist
some of your friends to help you move. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can get into self awareness groups or look into
physical enhancement programs. You can make money through your creative efforts.
Nagging has never been something that you could tolerate, and it's once again driv-
ing you into a lonely state of affairs. Don't be afraid of opposition; your suggestions
are valid. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Get the whole family involved in a worthwhile cause
or cultural event. You will want to take off and have some recreation. Start sending
out those resumes. Don't be too confident that co-workers are on your side. Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You need to be active and spend time with
friends you enjoy. Your emotional partner will push all the right buttons this week.
Don't be too quick to react. You may feel that someone at work is holding you back.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Direct your energy wisely this week. Anger will
prevail if you expect help from others. Refuse to let others make unrealistic demands
of you. You will enjoy interacting with those who come from different backgrounds.
Your outgoing charm and obvious talent will be admired. Your lucky day this week
will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Keep a lookout for any individuals eager to confront
you with unsavory situations. You might have some problems balancing your books.
Your intellectual charm will entice new love interests. Use your better judgment be-
fore you sign up for a costly venture. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You need to take some time out to decide what you
want to do. Social activity should be on your agenda. Clear up domestic chores that
have remained undone for some time. You can make it up to them later. Your lucky
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