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TIIIASAM ANDI JET Ai
Z amir Ayubi reports from Holland
that last Friday, 12 of Bonaire's best
and brightest youngsters (photo above)
landed in Holland to begin their advanced
studies. They flew via KLM's flight 742.
When they arrived the Scholarship Foun-
dation- Stichting Studiecommissie Ned-
erlandse Antillen- picked them up and
booked them into the Schiphol Airport
Hotel. They stayed overnight and the day
after they went to their respective
A Another group of 282 scholarship stu-
dents from Curacao left on Saturday
for Holland via KLM. The Dutch Carib-
bean Airlines (DCA) flight which was
supposed to take them to Holland was
cancelled. Dutch aviation authorities did
not give permission for the DC-10 leased
by DCA from JAT Airways in Montene-
gro to land at Schiphol Airport. This was
announced by the chairman of the Cura-
cao Student Loan Institute, Commis-
sioner Eduardo Cova.
A As of last weekend there were still
hundreds of stranded DCA passengers
in The Netherlands because DCA has not
been able to charter acceptable aircraft to
fly them back to Curacao. The leased
KLM MD-11 the students flew did not
take back the stranded DCA passengers
who were supposed to return aboard an-
other cancelled DCA flight from Amster-
dam to Curacao.
A On March 23 the Venezuelan fishing
boat, Don Manolo, rammed an Antil-
lean/Aruban Coast Guard cutter which
had ordered him to stop for inspection of
his vessel for possible people smuggling.
The 29-year-old Venezuelan captain R.A.
H.G. was sentenced to eight months in
jail in Aruba for ramming the cutter fol-
lowing a chase at sea. A Coast Guard of-
ficer injured his leg and was thrown over-
board by the impact.
A The privatization committee of
Windward Islands International Air-
ways (Winair) that flies between the
northern, windward Antilles islands of St.
Martin, Saba and Statia and other local
destinations met with the Exel Group and
Minister of Transport Omayra Leeflang
in Curaqao last Wednesday. Will we soon
have a WinairExel?
A Curacao FOL-leader Anthony Godett
finally arrived in The Netherlands at the
end of last week. He is there to meet with
an attorney concerning the appeal he filed
against his recent conviction. He also
wants to raise funds from the Antillean
community in The Netherlands to cover
the costs of his case.
Godett says he is almost broke, but he
still wants to appeal his conviction. Two
weeks ago he was sentenced to 15
months in prison and five suspended, on
charges of bribery, forgery and money
laundering. As Antillean Prime Minister-
elect he was unable to take up his posi-
tion last year because of the corruption
charges. His sister served as Prime Min-
On arrival at Schiphol Godett declared
that the fund raising was not the most
important reason for his visit to The
Netherlands. "But if people want to help
me they're welcome to do so," he stated
in the NOSJournaal. "I'm only a simple
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person and am poor. I already spent
NAf150.000 on my case."
A The Carib-
than it did in
cording to a study conducted by the
World Travel and Tourism Council
(WTTC). The study, which was con-
ducted on behalf of the Caribbean Hotel
Association (CHA) over a year ago, was
released last week.
A Jaime Saleh, former President of the
Court of the Netherlands Antilles and
Aruba and former Governor of the Neth-
erlands Antilles, was awarded the
highest title an Antillean can receive,
"Minister of State." The honorary title
is given to people who have served their
country and devoted their knowledge
and expertise to the betterment of the
people, Prime Minister Etienne Ys said
in announcing the Cabinet's decision.
The Saleh family continues to be promi-
nent on Bonaire.
A The Bonaire Government continues
to make strong statements about illegal
soil mining. Warnings have been issued,
but as far as we know no arrests have
been made. The fill is used for the con-
struction of roads and houses. The gov-
ernment pointed out once more that
gravel can be excavated legally only at
Plantation Aruba. No permits have been
issued for other locations. Their warn-
ing stated, "(Take it from) any other
place and you're simply stealing. The
soil belongs to the people of Bonaire. If
you steal there, you're stealing from
everyone." Enforcement is planned.
A The Central Government is dragging
its feet in granting Curacao's Antil-
lean Brewery (Amstel) an excise tax
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Y ou wouldn't want to run into this with your car. It's a huge lump of concrete
at the side of the main road that passes SABADECO. It looks like dung from
a dinosaur, but its really waste cement from a ready-mix truck. Not only is it a road
hazard but it is an example of abuse of the environment by some irresponsible con-
struction companies. If you dumped it, clean it up! G.D.
f you see or hear something suspi-
cious, call the POLICE HOTLINE -
DIAL 108. You may remain com-
pletely anonymous. The Police can use
your eyes and ears. If you were a victim
of a crime wouldn't you appreciate some-
one giving a tip to the police?
Charles Souriel of the Police Depart-
At the end of last week, four robbery
suspects were arrested in connection
with the Belnam robberies (R.E., 20,
N.C., 27) and two others (G.A., 19, F.
B., 22) for the Exito and Amboina
Two St. James Medical School stu-
dents ( E.A.O. 21, born in Sri Lanka, F.
A., 20, born in US) were arrested for
stealing the school library's projector
and broadband router. The address,
Kaya Jean B.F. Vitte, 5A, where the
two were living, was tracked down by a
computer expert after the suspects had
connected to the Internet. During the
search, police found two laptops which
couldn't be accounted for. All items
were confiscated and the suspects sent
to jail pending further investigation.
Special Security Services Reports:
A robbery in Sabadeco was foiled when
the security alarm went off and an SSS
patrol arrived. The suspect was identified
as a construction worker.
Other SSS actions included apprehension
of a thief stealing shrimp from the freezer
of a client and catching a gasoline thief.
Both were turned over to the police. As
well, an SSS patrol foiled a break-in on
HIGH LEVEL ACTION AGAINST CRIME
Lt. Governor Hubert Domacass6, Com-
missioner of Tourism Burney el Hage,
and Public Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius
met last week with members of BON-
HATA, the Bonaire Hospitality Group,
AKIB (businessmen's association) and
FORMA (a foundation to offer dropouts
education and job opportunities) to dis-
cuss how to deal with an apparent escala-
tion in burglaries and break-ins.
One focus was on the police department
which is under the Central Government's
Minister of Justice in Curagao. Legally,
Bonaire's Lt. Governor, the Minister's
representative on the island, may be in-
volved in police policy but does not con-
trol the distribution of resources. He can't
automatically get approval from the Min-
ister. He must convince him. "We're try-
ing to move 'the inner system,"' the Lt.
Curagao. Governor Domacassd
day the Minister of Justice got NAf5 mil-
lion from Holland, of which Bonaire is
entitled to NAf 1.5 million. So far Bon-
aire hasn't seen the money.
Dutch Minister Thom deGraff wrote a
letter to the Lt. Governor, saying he
wants Dutch police to help Bonaire's
"Flamingo Team" (police who are work-
ing at the airport in drug interception) so
they can return to regular police duties.
Domacass6 wrote a follow-up letter to
the Minster of Justice, but Curagao may
not agree that's the way to do it. "In mid
August there's another meeting to get
Dutch police where and how we need
them," Domacass6 said. There are 10
experienced Antillean police now in Hol-
land ready to come to Bonaire. Nothing
will happen until the Minister of Justice
gives his signature.
This week, two groups, the VKB (local
militia volunteers) and the SSV (non-
criminal police), will begin to assist the
police, the 20 VKB concentrating on the
high crime areas, the SSV helping with
traffic and other non-criminal affairs.
These groups will be very visible.
It's possible that Bonaire will get two
coast watching radars from Holland at
the end of 2005, which will assist in de-
tecting drug drops. In the meantime, in
August or September, the island will start
using a mobile radar.
Lt. Governor Domacass6 asked that each
group present at the meeting appoint a
representative to meet this week, bring
ideas together and show action now. As
well, to improve communication, each
group's representative will have a contact
person in the police department with
whom he can speak directly.
The Governor put forth a new slogan:
"Futuro ku Trankilidat" (A Future with
Tranquility, not 'security,' "because
that's unrealistic," he said). L.D.
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Holland to do just that last Febru-
ary and they came through with a
grant of NAf5 million to fight
crime in the Antilles, NAf 1,5 mil-
lion for Bonaire's. The money is
sitting in a Central Government
account in Curagao. But, despite
Governor Domacass' s numerous
requests, it hasn't been released.
A COMMON LINK?
T wo situations came to light last week
that appear to have a common link,
unlikely as they may seem. They concern
bold burglaries and the exodus of sailing
yachts from Kralendijk Bay.
A blast of protest from visitors about an
escalation of petty crime, mostly via Bon-
aire Talk web chat, and from locals through
the Papiamentu language newspapers,
seemed to take elected officials and the po-
lice by surprise. Demands for more police
presence, better quality police protection
and jailing of convicted criminals produced
some arrests and a high level meeting be-
tween local businessmen, the Commis-
sioner of Tourism, Burney el Hage and the
Island Governor, Hubert Domacass6. (see
related story on page 4) While police pro-
tection is a responsibility of the Curagao-
based Central Government, the governor
has indirect charge of them on Bonaire.
The Governor wants funds to aid the police
and improve the jail's capacity. He asked
This might lead you to believe
that the yachts are leaving because
of crime. Nothing could be further
from the truth. At this time of
year, hurricane season, when the
harbor is usually full of yachts
avoiding the hurricanes in the upper Carib-
bean, yachtsmen are leaving because Im-
migration is following the letter of the
law of the Netherlands Antilles. They are
restricting the lengths of stay of both
"yachties" and some of those who arrive by
plane to three months, with the proviso
they cannot return for another three
months. Waterfront business marinas,
boatyards and suppliers are being finan-
cially battered because their clients are be-
ing forced to sail away. And non-resident
homeowners face the prospect of being un-
able to return to their own homes for fre-
But it doesn't seem this same law is being
enforced in Curagao. There, it's been re-
ported to us, yachts may stay for as long as
they wish and homeowners are not simi-
Some, including ourselves, believe this is
another effort to punish Bonaire economi-
cally for challenging the "supremacy" of
Curagao. Bonaire has become the competi-
tor of Curagao (one example: BonairExel)
Today I was in the Trans World Radio Station and met with Udo Lusse who has
worked at Trans World for almost as long as Captain Don has been here. Udo had just
finished reading an article in The Bonaire Reporter about the "Hush-Hush Seaside
Spots" which had labeled Playa Chikitu as a place of enjoyment for "children" (who)
"will have a delightful time catching the waves and bodysurfing towards the beach."
Udo told me several stories including one about himself, which was life threatening
and one he wanted me to share with you concerning Playa Chikitu.
As you know there is a sign posted in memory of a brave lad who lost his life doing
what is mentioned in the article and that was "bodysurfing" in the waves. Udo, who is
one of the better swimmers of the island, was visiting this very beach sometime ago
and standing in waist deep water. Before he could do anything about it, he was swept
under by the wave action and pulled out to sea. He said it was as close as he has ever
been to drowning and thought in the short time he was in the water, he would not be
able to make it back to the beach. He has personally witnessed other people who have
had the same problem at this treacherous beach and wanted me to ask you to print
something in next week's Reporter about how dangerous this beach can be, especially
when certain conditions are present. Udo says it would be a tragedy not to tell the
"families of Bonaire" and also visitors, who may not have the time or foresight to read
the warnings posted in the Park guard house, about the dangers that are so prevalent at
The Hush-Hush Seaside Spots is quite an enjoyable article and one I always read in
The Reporter, but Playa Chikitu is one place that is not for families with small children
and a beach that should only be enjoyed by looking at it and not risking one's life to
enjoy the bodysurfing there. It is Udo's desire, and mine also, that you post a warning
in the Reporter about the hazards that do prevail on this most treacherous beach.
and is preparing for a Referendum to deter-
mine whether Bonaireans want to split from
a Central Government heavily weighted in
favor of Curagao.
(Holland, desiring to deal with a single en-
tity for all its colonial possessions in the
Caribbean, in the 1954 Constitution, man-
dated a strong central government in Cura-
9ao by deciding that Curagao should always
have an absolute majority in the Antillean
Parliament; 12 of the 22 seats).
If our interpretation of the actions of the
Central Government is incorrect, it's easy
to resolve: change or ease enforcement of a
law that isn't applicable, or apply the Immi-
gration laws equitably and free up the funds
to let Bonaire better fight crime and fix up
our jail. G.L.D.
T he Referendum Committee's Presi-
dent, Arthur Sealy, last Sunday is-
sued a comprehensive press release in
Papiamentu outlining the background,
provisions and issues surrounding the
choices in the upcoming Referendum.
Commissioner Reginald "Jonchi" Dorta-
lina (UPB,) who is handling Referendum
issues for the Government, has also
started a program in cooperation with the
Government's Information Department
to press for Option B- Direct ties with
Holland. (See below).
And Opposition Leader, Jopie Abraham
(PDB), provided The Reporter with
backup for his party's position, Option C-
Independent territory within the Dutch
Kingdom (See below).
Both of these leading Bonaire parties fa-
vor succession from the Netherlands An-
To reiterate, there are four options to
choose from during the referendum:
A. Bonaire remains a part of the Nether-
B. Bonaire obtains direct ties with The
C. Bonaire becomes an autonomous
country within the Dutch Realm (perhaps
D. Bonaire becomes politically independ-
ent of the Realm (Independence).
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Should option B be selected by the popu-
lation, a second Referendum will be
scheduled to determine what type of tie
with the Netherlands is preferred by the
Fifty years ago a Constitution was writ-
ten to deal with the remaining colonial
possessions of The Kingdom of the Neth-
erlands. The right to self-determination
of each territory was acknowledged and
reaffirmed by the Netherlands in 1983.
Two major events stand out in the proc-
ess of constitutional changes within the
Kingdom: the departure of Surinam in
1975 and the secession by Aruba from
the Netherlands Antilles in 1986.
Attempts at decentralization and restruc-
turing within the Netherlands Antilles
during the past decades were unsuccess-
The referenda on all Antillean islands in
1993 and 1994 were impetus for renewed
attempts to restructure the Netherlands
Antilles. The islands voted to give Cen-
tral Government another chance.
But the Government, centrally adminis-
tered, failed to function well for the wel-
fare of all the islands and resulted in de-
terioration of the political relationship
between the islands and an economic cri-
sis for everyone. The current Bonaire
Referendum can be considered a con-
tinuation of the '93 Referendum an at-
tempt to get equitable representation for
Bonaire's people within the Dutch king-
The next wave of opposition to the pre-
sent centralization came on June 23,
2000, when the people of St. Martin
voted 69.9% in favor of becoming a
separate country within the Kingdom of
the Netherlands. However, that change in
the island's status was stonewalled by
both Holland and Curaqao. Since then,
the political climate in Holland has
shifted since the fiasco of the Godett
government and has galvanized the other
Antillean islands to consider a change
themselves. Bonaire, Saba and St. Eusta-
tius (Statia) all have Referenda scheduled
to poll their residents on what form a new
government should take.
Other Caribbean islands are also restless
about intermediaries between them and
the mother country. On December 7,
2003, Guadeloupe and Martinique re-
jected a move to reorganize their govern-
ments and break from France. Voters on
St. Barts and French St. Martin elected to
create their own legislatures and move
away from Guadeloupe, which adminis-
ters the four islands as an overseas terri-
tory of France. Chronicler
The aim of the (otronide team of editorial and
staff writers is to inform, not to influence pub-
lic opinion or "sell" a particular option. Critical
comments, useful additions and questions by
the readers are welcomed and published when-
Active co-operation and exchange of informa-
tion is sought with the local/regional media
(press, radio, TV), and the official Referendum
Commission. Any item in the Referendum
Chronicle may be freely quoted and/or
downloaded via Internet. Opinions expressed
are solely those of the writers.
B onaire's major political parties, as is
their right and responsibility, have
come out with positions that favor decen-
tralization, but, at the same time, main-
taining a link with Holland. Where they
differ seems to be on the degree of auton-
omy preferred. However, realistically,
the final arrangement may be more of a
matter of negotiation with The Hague
than the will of the people. A summary
of the PDB and UPB positions follow:
The Democratic Party (PDB) Position
(provided by Senator Jopie Abraham)
The PDB favors op-
tion C (autonomous
island within the
status will be accom-
panied by strong
(solid and durable)
arrangements of co-raham
operation with the
other islands, Aruba and Holland (a di-
rect link indeed).
The autonomous status does Not neces-
sarily have to be the same as Status
Apart (Aruba like). Not even the same
as the, yet to be defined, St. Martin
The PDB basically is of opinion that
Bonaire should handle all affairs it could
and would like to handle. Together with
the other islands (Aruba included) Bon-
aire should handle those affairs it consid-
ers of common interest and Holland
(Continued on page 7)
(Referendum. Continued from page 6)
should handle the fundamental and
crucial affairs. (PDB is for the so-
called "bottom up" approach Maxi-
mum affairs for Bonaire's own respon-
sibility; minimum affairs together with
the other islands (including Aruba), and
the crucial and fundamental affairs Hol-
land should take care of.)
"Autonomy" is an internationally de-
fined, accepted and well-understood
constitutional concept. It includes
"direct links" but also describes the
way Bonaire should be governed.
The Patriotiko Party (UPB) Position
UPB's preference is the option to re-
place the current
with a system of
with the Nether-
lands. This means
a relative inde-
pendence and a
special basis for JonchieDortaina
the sister islands.
In the UPB's vision, the relationship
with the Netherlands is central and
Bonaire will try additionally to do as
much as possible independently,
with a minimum cooperation with the
other Antillean islands. They believe
the way to do this is to become an
"Ultra Peripheral Territory" a non-
European extension of the European
Union with Holland as a "sponsor."
Becoming a UPT provides privileges
and responsibilities similar to those of
a European country. Chronicler
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
reduction for locally brewed beer. It was
supposedly to be implemented by August
A Bonaire Marine Park has a new
manager. He's 42-year-old Ramon
DeLeon from Uruguay who's been work-
ing in the dive industry on the island for
the last six years. DeLeon is an oceanog-
rapher and is a master in deep dives, ni-
trox and mixed gas. He's worked as an
assistant manager and manager at Toucan
Dive and most recently at Photo Tours as
an instructor. As Stinapa Director Els-
marie Beukenboom said, "He knows the
(dive) industry here on Bonaire."
A The first hurricane of the season,
"Alex," formed in the Atlantic off the
southern US coast. As we go to press
another storm is brewing east of the
Windward Islands. Forecasters say it has
the potential to become another hurri-
It's been much quieter this year, but the
absence of tropical storms doesn't guar-
antee calm sailing the rest of the way.
There's little relationship between the
start or frequency of early season Carib-
bean or upper Atlantic tropical storms
and the intensity of the Cape Verde hurri-
cane season, said hurricane specialist
James Franklin of the US National Hurri-
cane Center. "In fact, a lot of the really
active seasons are quiet early." Cape
Verde Tropical Waves tend to be the
source of many of the storms that have
affected the Caribbean
The Cape Verde period begins heating up
in late July and normally runs from Au-
gust through September. An unusually
hot spring worldwide had some con-
cerned about warming tropical waters
stirring an early Cape Verde season, but
that hasn't materialized. While Bonaire is
out of the hurricane belt it sometimes is
affected by the swells and calms that ac-
company passing storms.
A Congratulations to Special Security
Services and its owner and founder,
Benito Dirksz. This month the company
will have been in business for 21 years.
After a young Benito Dirksz got out of
the army he started working for a security
company in Curaqao. They transferred
him to Bonaire to represent the company
here. After awhile they wanted him to
oach Ricardo Alberto (r.) and his football (soccer) team of 26 kids, the Ambo-
ina Dolphins, left for Curamao last Friday to compete with Curacao teams on
Saturday and Sunday. It was their first overseas trip. "Super Babies" (8-10 years)
won all their games. "Babies," (6 to 8) didn't' win but did very well. L.D.
return to Curaqao, but it was too late;
he'd fallen in love with the island and
wanted to stay. The company wasn't too
happy with his decision, but eventually
Benito was free to start his own business,
Special Security Services (SSS), on Bon-
aire in August 1983. SSS is the leading
security company on the island. As well,
they contribute generously with time and
funds to charitable organizations.
*There will be a Special Olympics
Bonaire Fund Raiser A Latin Jazz
Concert on Sunday, August 29. It's
aboard the visiting cruise ship, Freewinds,
7:15 to 9 pm. Ticket donation is NAf 17,50,
available from board members (Croccantino
Restaurant, Delno at TCB, etc.). L./G. D.
A Who says that Bonaire doesn't
have everything? Last week The Gar-
den Caf6 featured three shows a night
of an extraordinary belly dancer.
Garden Caf6 occasional adds to its
menu of Middle Eastern treats with
entertainment to match. Check it out.
DIVERS' DREAMBOATLOCALFIN TOURNAMENT KICKOFF
B onaire had an extraordi-
Snary visitor gracing her
waters. The mega yacht, Tri-
umphant Lady arrived in Bon-
aire recently for what would
be a three-month dive holiday
for its owners. Triumphant
Lady has been to many exotic
parts of the world and is very - m~
welcome in her temporary "
home at the Harbour Village
Marina. Local Fishing Tournament organizers: Dui Diaz, PapiAntoin, Richard Beady,
She was designed by JonPancho C .
Bannenberg and was the first
fiberglass yacht of her size.
Triumphant Lady was built
by Sterling Yachts in Ja- The 148'Triumphant Lady shows her brilliance omie say it's the top cultural" filll
pan and is actually a twin. A against the background of Kralendijk Bay. event of the yar. The Bonair Local Fish-
Japanese man once owned
both, one for his family and one for his lady
companions. Now the boat serves as a part
time home to the current owners and their
visiting guests and families. She spends
time each year in the Caymans where she is
registered. The yacht has passed through
the Panama Canal to explore the Pacific
and Central America. She sailed to exotic
locales before enjoying a sojourn in Bon-
The present owners like their floating
home away from their residence in the US.
They carefully chose this yacht after being
boat owners for the past 30 years. The
yacht is quite spacious in the living areas.
The vertical oval windows bring in light
and create an open atmosphere. The thick
cream-colored shag carpeting is soft and
inviting on bare feet. The owners are art
lovers and have decorated Triumphant Lady
with some original pieces. Some of the
most interesting are the framed photos
taken by the owner. She has captured mag-
nificent images of some of the amazing
destinations visited by this yacht. Trium-
phant Lady is decorated in a luxurious yet
comfortable style. The master suite is a
large stateroom with exquisite fabrics and
furnishings. A Cuban painting adorns the
wall in this expansive area. The master bath
has a large circular Jacuzzi as well as a spa-
cious shower. There is marble throughout
A large spiral staircase connects the many
levels. There is also an elevator. Below
deck the guest cabins are magnificent. Each
has its own entertainment and sitting areas.
Guests can select from an assortment of
hundreds of DVDs and CDs for their listen-
ing and viewing enjoyment. Refreshment
and mints are available, again with comfort
Her primary voyages are to many of the
greatest dive destinations in the world. Ac-
cording to the current owners this will not
be her last trip to Bonaire because Bonaire
is one of their favorite destinations for div-
ing. Having traveled to the finest dive sites,
they say Bonaire has the healthiest reefs
around. They have thoroughly enjoyed their
dives including many at Klein Bonaire.
They saw a six-foot Loggerhead at Forest
Dive Site and have seen the evasive Spotted
Drum Fish on numerous occasions. What
is also pleasing to them is the scenic prome-
nade ofPlaya Leche. Their living and deck
areas had sweeping views of this pictur-
Triumphant Lady has a crew of nine, all
divers of some level of experience. Most
are professional divers and underwater pho-
tographers. The owners and crew socialize
together and enjoyed the fantastic activities
available in Bonaire. The three-month visit
to Bonaire was more than a vacation for
their owners. Bonaire was their home base,
which allowed them full access to the myr-
iad of sea and land adventures available on
this island. Bonaire welcomed Triumphant
Lady to her waters and hopes her inaugural
visit was one of many to come. Ann
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
8-06 2:59 1.1FT. 6:25 1.2FT. 11:40 1.1FT. 19:19 1.6FT. 64
8-07 4:15 1.0FT. 19:52 1.7FT. 51
8-08 5:06 0.9FT. 20:21 1.8FT. 41
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destroyivlg av envtite s-pecies?
Covtsidter c cockatLel.
F rom June 7th to August 3rd,
Bonaire was home to an un-
usual pet-a white-faced pearled
cockatiel named "Dickens." Dickens
is owned by (or owns, depending on
point of view) Mel McCombie and
Harris Friedberg, who are frequent
visitors to the island. When planning
their summer trip, McCombie real-
ized how much she and Harris would
miss Dickens and arranged to bring
him to the island for their stay.
Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus)
are native to the Australian outback,
where they form large flocks and eat
pretty much anything; unlike their
larger cousins, cockatoos. Cockatiels
average 100 grams (around 4
ounces) and 20 centimeters (8
inches), not including their long
tails. Dickens enjoys a potato stick
North American breeders learned
that cockatiels produced large clutches of chicks, and the babies made great pets if
they were raised by hand and fed by humans. The native cockatiel is gray with a
yellow head and orange cheek patches, with a gray and yellow mobile crest. But
years of breeding have produced a variety of color mutations, ranging from albino
to pied to the white-faced. Dickens is one of the latter, with a snowy face and crest,
and white "pearls" scattered across his gray feathers (though his white face often
bears pink lipstick traces from kisses!).
Bringing a pet to another country requires considerable paperwork-a pet ticket for
the airplane, international health certificates dated no more than one week from
departure, and in Dickens's case, a US Department of Agriculture importation per-
mit for "poultry" to allow him to return to the US (in addition to a health certificate
from a local vet). Luckily, cockatiels are not endangered or covered by the CITES
regulations, or there would be even more paperwork. Only the dedicated human
companion need apply.
Dickens is more than just a beautiful bird. He talks-his vocabulary includes
"hello," "good morning," "good boy!," "Chicken Dickens" (his nickname), a vari-
ety of household sounds (microwave oven, house alarm, telephone), and he whis-
tles "charge!" and wolf whistles. With luck, he learned "bon dia" before he left
Bonaire. Every day, Mel and Harris snuggle with Dickens, and feed him favorite
treats (spinach, potato sticks and popcorn). Once a week, he takes a shower. He
adores the attention he got from housekeeper Michi Peter, who claims Dickens has
learned Spanish from watching Venezuelan television!
It's important to make a distinction between Dickens and other parrots. His species
is abundant in the wild; it breeds well in captivity, and he was bred as a pet-
unlike the wild Loras of Bonaire, who are endangered, whose numbers are declin-
ing, who breed poorly in captivity, and who come closer and closer to extinction
with every bird taken from the wild. If you are considering a pet parrot on Bonaire,
you can find cockatiels available on Curacao-excellent companions, and there's
no harm to our precious loras. MelMcCombie
THE RICH FLOWERING IXORA
A s I wrote in my last column ,the rich
flowering Ixora comes in many forms
and colors. The best one to use is the Ixora
Nora Grant, a rich dark rose flowering
shrub that will grow up to 1.5 m. (5 feet).
They are best planted in groups to fill big
empty borders, spacing them about 80 centi-
meters apart. They are the best because they
do not have the problem of yellowing. The
yellowing is caused by our water, which has
a very high PH, around 7.5. A lack of Iron
and Nitrogen in the Ixora and other plants
will cause the yellowing.
The best way to avoid this is to use a lot or-
ganic material when you plant Ixoras, and
after a few months, start adding some vita-
mins like Urea, with 45% pure Nitrogen. Be
very careful when using it; always dissolve
it in water and don't pour it over the leaves
because they can get burned. Other alterna-
tives are the multi-nutrition vitamins like
Miracle Grow or Peeters. With those vita-
mins you can feed the roots and the leaves.
We recently started doing some tests by fill-
ing a one-gallon sprayer and mixing in some
Miracle Grow or Peeters and just spraying
the leaves. The results on the Ixora are spec-
tacular. The only thing you need to do is use
it every other week to get the best results.
The most problems you will get will be with
the lighter colored flowers, white and yel-
low. Those types are really beautiful but a
bit difficult to keep nice and green. This is
not necessary for the Ixora Nora Grant varie-
ties, however, the Dwarf Ixora especially
For pruning the Ixora, there are no special
requirements. Like most shrubs in the trop-
ics, they bloom at the end of their growth.
So with the pruning you have to be careful
not to cut them too often because when you
do, they will never bloom. It's better to cut
just the long runners back, wait until they
bloom, and after they lose their blooms and
start to look ugly, cut them back and give the
new growth a chance to bloom again. This
goes for all the Ixoras, except for the Dwarf
Ixora. The Dwarfs are often used as small
hedges up to one meter (3 feet). They will
never have long runners, and you can prune
them just a bit to keep them in the shape you
Also the Ixora coccinea Maui, a rich
blooming orange variety, is suitable for
hedges. There are some nice ones around the
MCB Bank in Hato. Those you can trim into
a nice shape without losing all the blooms.
So, with some attention, the Ixora is one of
the nicest group of tropical plants to use in
your gardens. I hope this was enough infor-
mation for a good start! O Ap van Eldik
Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping, a company that designs, constructs and main-
tains residential and commercial gardens. He has two nurseries and a garden shop in Kral-
endijk which carries terra cotta pots from Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410
Ixora Nora Grant
likes this treatment.
E ach year since 2001 Bonaire holds a anniversary of the Kibra Hacha Dancers
Multicultural Festival to allow some and to celebrate Bonaire's multi cultural
of Bonaire's ethnic groups to display the population. (44 different nationalities live
dance and culinary traditions of their on the island).
countries. The idea of the festival was This year's festival saw seven countries
conceived by Papi Cicilia, Adjunct Direc- represented at the festivities in Bonaire's
tor of SKAL (Department of Culture and Stadium last Saturday evening. We only
Education), to commemorate the 25th have room to show you three. G.D.
Just one look at
"Renaldo" is all it
takes to fall in love with
him. He's a sweet roly-
poly puppy with the
most soulful blue eyes
that express his yearning
to be someone's very
special loving pet pal.
He's black, brown and
white a very attractive color combina-
tion and his coat is short and soft. And
no shedding! He has a cute sprinkling of
freckles on his nose. Renaldo was
brought into the Shelter with his mother
and sister by people who said they had
too many dogs. Renaldo's sister has
been adopted and now he too is ready to
go off on his own. He's been thoroughly
examined by the vet, has had his shots
and will be sterilized when he's old
enough. Stop by the Bonaire Animal
Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Mon-
day through Friday 10 am to 2 pm, Sat-
urdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
The big free Sterilization Program from
October 18 to 30 is shaping up well.
Two of the vets cancelled, but hopefully
there are two other possible replace-
ments. The vets will all be working to-
tally on a volunteer basis, but they're
getting free accommodations. Still
needed are hotel rooms for three vets
and their wives (three couples). If you
can help in any way, please call Shelter
Manager Jurrie Mellema at 717-4989.
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L ooking for a very pri-
vate romantic retreat
that's off the beaten path of
slick, all-inclusive resorts
that appeal to the penny
pincher? Round Hill Hotel
and Villas, Montego Bay,
Jamaica, is a one of a kind
resort that was born more
than 50 years ago on the
grounds of what was once a
pineapple and coconut plan-
tation nestled in a hillside
overlooking an azure bay.
The 100-acre peninsula,
with its lush tropical gar-
dens, offers magnificent views of the sea
from all rooms and villas. Round Hill is
luxurious, private, glamorous and excep-
It was the first of its kind more than 50
years ago in the Caribbean a resort that
catered to the rich and the famous. Stars
like Gable, Astaire, Hitchcock, Hope,
Crosby, Woodward and Newman were
guests. JFK and Jackie spent their honey-
As the 50th anniversary of the hotel loomed
in 2003, Round Hill Managing Director
Josef Forstmayr, an Austrian who lost his
heart to Jamaica and the hotel nearly a dec-
ade ago, thought it would be fitting to put
together a book with photographs and text
on the history of the resort. David Massey,
a frequent visitor and fan, made some stun-
ning photographs, not enhanced or stylized,
but simply showing those scenes, people
and things that make Round Hill. Original
founder John Pringle wrote the historical
text and included some of the hotel's phi-
losophies: "Greatness must define itself
through people and personalities," he says.
"But, he adds, it "can't run on the vapors of
The ambiance continues to attract stars of
today. Round Hill was the site of the film,
"How Stella Got Her Groove Back," and
leading actor, Taye Diggs, enjoyed it so
much that he returned to have his wedding
to Idina Menzel there. Just last month Dule
Hill of the TV show, "West Wing" (whose
parents are Jamaican) and actress Nicole
Lyn celebrated their marriage there as well.
But also, the not so rich and not so famous
people come to stay, fall in love with the
old world charm, the Jamaican hospitality.
They're made to feel princely, special and
very much at home, like the caring attention
by the staff without being intrusive, the
complementary afternoon tea with pastries,
the cheerful and efficient staff that can an-
swer any question or direct you to where
you'd like to go. Guests still return year
after year. The resort boasts 27 private vil-
las, most with their own swimming pool,
and 36 superior and deluxe oceanfront
rooms, all decorated in a tropical plantation
style. The villas come with their own break-
fast cook, housekeeper and gardener.
The restaurants offer an international cui-
sine, accented with a flavorful taste of Ja-
maica's succulent fruits, vegetables and
spices. (How do
they find those
perfectly ripe fruits
that they serve?)
The lower beach-
front terrace with
its piano bar and
showing some of
the guests for the
last 50 years has
been stylishly up-
dated by designer
Ralph Lauren who
has both a villa
and a beach house
at Round Hill.
A recent addition, A typical villa at R
just a short walk
down a coastal path, is the Spa. It was re-
claimed from an 18th century plantation
house and offers not only body therapies
but a yoga retreat and summer specials like
a "Mind, Body and Soul Renewal."
World Travel Awards listed Round Hill as
one of the world's leading villas in 2000,
2002 and 2003. L.D.
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off the Honduras coast
and traveled about 50 km
yesterday. She is crisscross- K iSWf Ext'
ing over the edge of a very Ra.,
large shallow water area that ....
extends all the way to Nicara-
gua (and includes the Miskito
Cays), which is known to have a very good turtle habitat. "Extra" maybe zeroing in on
her "home" feeding grounds now. We will see in the next few days where she settles.
In the meantime, male hawksbill "Tom" remains near Klein Bonaire.
Robert van Dam, Bonaire's head turtle researcher, is off to Mona Island, Puerto Rico
for supplementary research. He'll be back in Bonaire in October for the continuation
of the tracking program and placement of additional satellite transmitters. In the
meantime Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire volunteer Andy Uhr will continue report-
ing the progress of "Bonaire's" turtles. Andy Uhr
Andy gives a Turtle Slide Show every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Carib Inn, 7 pm.
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Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-
7252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to:
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Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Reporters: Zamir Ayubi, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Koois-
tra, Mel McCombie, Ann Phelan, Robbie Revel, Angelique Sals-
bach, Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr, Ap van Eldik
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra; Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood; Distribution: Yuchi Molina
(Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas
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VERLY W VIEIHOITIES
New! Usually 9:00pm
Shrek 2 (Eddie Murphy,
Early Show (6:45 pm)
Harry Potter III
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM Pietje Bell 2: De
jacht op de Tsarenkroon
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
Harry Potter III
Saturday, August 7 Stress Management
Training sponsored by the Junior Cham-
ber International (formerly Jaycees). Practi-
cal ways to handle stress situations.
Speaker: Julien deWindt, senior facilitator.
Divi Flamingo Conference Room 9 am to 2
pm. NAf50, includes drinks & snacks.
Call 520-5679 to reserve. In Papiamentu.
Sunday, August 29-Special Olympics
Bonaire Fundraiser -Let's Go Latin/Jazz
Concert aboard the visiting cruise ship,
Freewinds, 7:15 to 9 pm, NAf17.50 per
Sunday, September 5th the Bonaire Local
Fishing Tournament is back this year. (See
page 9 for signup details.)
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the beach
at Lion's Dive. Dutch National Products
introduces Time Sharing and how to save
on your next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm
Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm
-call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail
email@example.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 -Meditation at Donkey Beach
from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all. Call S.
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restaurant
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.
Saturdays during summer Rincon Mar-
she opens at 6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bo-
nairean breakfast while you shop: fresh
fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles, in-
cense, drinks and music.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Authen-
tic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for
Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am and Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm
Wednesdays (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at the Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
Friday- The Captain Don Show- Conver-
sation, fun, yars, a few slides. Guaranteed
85% true. Aquarius Conference Room.
Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm Tel. 717-
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Contact
Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or 785-9700.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center)- 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno Tromp,
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning 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 Kooy-
man's. All levels invited NAf5 eny fee. Call
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
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Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, sec. Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are
welcome. Tel. 717-8454
Mangazina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from
'The King's Storehouse" whilelearning about
Bonaire's history and culture and visit typical
homes fromthe 17th century. Daily. Call 717-
4060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Museum on
Kaya 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 holidays. 717-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area starting at 10 am. Call Maria at 717-
6435. To reserve.
Dos Pos Scenic Walk- Second Saturday
of the Month. NAf10-Call Maria 717-
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
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 (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Services in Eng-
lish, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Magificent Theme Nights Sunday Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican
Sea Side Rstaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Nigt; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
717-5080, ext. 535 Open every day
Caribbean Club Bonaire at Hilltop o he ier What a place! Friendly bar next to the pool, home cooked meals, happy
5 minutes north of"Hotel Row" 717-7901 closed Sunday hours 5 to 7. Inexpensive Bar Hap Dinners. Reservations not required.
Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and beautiful turquoise setting when enjoying a
Calabas saurat& Chibi Chibibreakfast buffet or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chi' restau-
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner rant & bar. Enjoy inspiring vistas and a high standard of international
717-8285 Open 7 days r &cuisine. nj insg vistas and
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Skilled chef direct from Tuscany prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic in-
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner gredients and romantic setting make dining a total delight. Be served in a
717-5025 Closed Monday garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Garden Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
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 meals
717-7500, ext 62; 785-0902 Special Dinners on Friday, Sunday Bonaire's best seaside location.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your
717-3293 Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6- home or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always
Home Delivery or Take Out 7:30pm Closed Sunday from scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner Watch the busdln by a Euro n educated Mastee r Chef an-e i swi tr
Call 717-8003 Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his wife.
Nonchi's at Cultimara Low Delicious local and international food to take out, or eat there. Everyday a dif-
791-4280 Open 5 am-8 pm Monday-Saturday ferent combo. Sandwiches and roast chicken too.
791-4280 Open 5 am- pm Monday-Saturday Lunch from NAf7-
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest
On Kaya Gob. Debrot from 5-11 p Wededaingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
/2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 pen from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
The Seahorse Cyber Caf Open 7 aow- 7 pm Closed Sday Tasty breakfasts, pastries, fresh tropical uices, homemade bread,
Kaya Grandi #6. Phone 717-4888 Ope FO VACATION special sandwiches, delicious desserts and more make this a favorite.
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Air conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances,
computers. Name brands, guarantees and service cen-
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, wax-
ing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
Watercolours Bonaire and Eye on Aruba, Bonaire,
Curacao are the most original ways to remember
Bonaire and the islands at their best. At Photo Tours
and many other island shops.
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an es-
sential in your dive bag. The latest information on
Bonaire's shore dive sites.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Caf6.
All Denture 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. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/
school directly on the waterfront in the heart of town.
Friendly, highly experienced with an exceptional
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 train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
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
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute to diving and the sea.
Hotel Bonaire Inn (formerly Friars' Inn), downtown
Kralendijk, has rooms and breakfast at Bonaire's low-
est prices. Great for tourists or when visiting family
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Kodarama- the only digital lab and studio handles all
digital media and offers the largest variety of profes-
sional services -across from MCB Bank
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a
variety of items and services for your picture-taking
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance 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. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
Woodwind has it all: Smooth trimaran sailing, to
Klein Bonaire, affordable prices, snorkeling with
equipment, guide, drinks, snacks. Call 560-7055
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able. Call 717-8125.
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern, ef-
ficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
TOYS AND GAMES
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 Nau-
tico 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 around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desired and
Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh
mind and body. Private lessons too.
A /4 y husband and I started sail-
V ing from South Africa in
1985. He'd owned a pharmacy, but
he'd always said that he wanted to start
sailing before he was 40. On his 40th
birthday we reached the island of St.
Helena in the middle of the Atlantic
Ocean. From there we sailed to Argen-
tina and then we did the whole of the
South American coast. We stayed three
years in St. Martin and one year in
Stefan and I met at university, playing
underwater hockey. I am a biologist. I
worked on research farms, developing
new plant hybrids. When Stefan asked
me to mary him, he said, 'You're go-
ing to mary me and my boat.' I was 21
and he was 28 when we married, and I
had never sailed before I met him. But I
had been fishing with my father, my
twin brother and my other brother and I
had never been seasick, unlike my
brothers! Stefan also got
seasick; the first two days
out he was always seasick
When we took off I was
34. The boat was a 44
footer called Renee, after
me." She laughs: "She
was the mistress and I was
the wife and I didn't have
a choice. If I wanted to
stay with Stefan I had to
go with him. We wanted
to sail the whole world
and when we left he told
his mother it was going to
be for five years. She be-
lieved him, but my mom
When we discovered Bon-
lute ruin and the garden was a jungle.
We fixed it up, and before Stefan died it
was livable. Stefan lasted 14 months.
He died on the day of Karneval, and he
was buried on the day of the total sun
eclipse when the sun went away com-
pletely. Remember that day? It was
very strange. He had wanted to be bur-
ied at sea, but we couldn't do it. It's
High above in the tree the parakeets
continue their conversation quietly,
chatting away the silence. "I've got at
least 50 prikichis in these trees, but the
ones we hear now is a family and their
little one. I've got lots of birds, I've got
a big kalbas tree and they love that. I
also have four cats. They're not allowed
to catch the birds and they know that!
Renee Leach is lovely woman with a
nice, open face. She has a certain way
that makes her look much younger than
"'The boat was a 44
footer called Renee,
after me.' She
laughs: 'She was the
mistress and I was
the wife and I didn't
have a choice. If I
wanted to stay with
Stefan I had to go
aire it was the end of our trip. It was
paradise. We stayed. We were in Aruba
and I flew over to see if we should buy
a boat, the Woodwind. It was 8 o'clock
in the morning when I arrived on Bon-
aire. I flew back at noon and I'd de-
cided that this was the place for us. I
hadn't even set foot on the Woodwind!
This island was clean, the people were
friendly and the water was the best!
Stefan knew that if I liked it, he would
like it, so that wasn't a problem. He still
had a contract in Aruba, so I was here
for about four months on my own.
For five years we lived on the Renee.
We'd bought the Woodwind for charter-
ing. Then Stefan got cancer and they
gave him a year. For practical reasons,
like how to get a doctor to the boat in
the middle of the night, we moved to
the house that belonged to the Divi Fla-
mingo Hotel and that's next to the ho-
tel. They offered it to us if we would
renovate it. It was old. Nobody had
lived in it for 20 years. It was an abso-
she is; it's the way she
moves, the way she ex-
presses herself she's
just real nice company.
"After Stefan died, I
got a captain and went
on chartering with the
Woodwind. My first
captain was Anna, an
American; then I had a
German captain called
Barney. They were ex-
cellent captains and we
had a very good work-
ing relationship. We
did about nine charters
a week. It was us, the
Seawitch, the Oscarina
and the Samur; that
was it. We all did different things and
we didn't interfere with each other. The
four of us even founded a sailing char-
ter association. It didn't last long, but
the idea was nice. There was enough
work for all of us. Actually, I was
among the first people who started
guided snorkeling, and I was also the
first one on the island who started night
snorkeling. Besides that I was the host-
ess and I did the catering. I worked 14
hours a day. It was a lot of work, but I
liked it definitely! Every year my
guests would come back. It was like a
big family and... it still is, because
they're still coming back to me.
In May last year I had a major opera-
tion in South Africa. For 30 years I'd
been suffering from scoliosis and
Schauerman's disease, which means
that the three bottom vertebrae had dis-
integrated. It spoiled a great deal of my
life because I was always in pain. Fi-
nally I found a surgeon and he did a
wonderful job. What Chris Barnard was
for the heart, he is for
back surgery, one of the
best in the world!
Wait... She rushes off
and returns with an X-
ray. "Look at this; I am
screwed together! No
more pain! And look at
the scar, nothing!
I sold the Woodwind
because the doctor told
me to, and I started
Trips.' I can go any-
where, anytime and it's
something I've been
doing more than 18
years. It's always dif-
ferent. The youngest
person I've guided was
three years old and the
oldest 93. Not only do
the people make it dif-
ferent, but the sea is
never the same either.
There is always some-
thing nice to see. I
don't take more than
four people at a time, so they get indi-
vidual attention and I try not to go to
the usual sites. I have a lot of spots 'in
between' with easy entrance which is
Two months ago I was asked to be the
property manager of the Golden Reef
Inn in Hato. The apartments are really
beautiful and fully equipped, not big,
but just what you need, and $48 per
day. We've been working really hard
and our first official guest arrived last
Monday." She smiles. "My mother will
be 80 on the 6th of August and she still
runs her own bed and breakfast so it's
sort of 'in the family.'
For me the best thing about Bonaire is
the sea, the water. Every morning from
7 to 8 I snorkel with Janice Huckaby,
about two miles of swimming. Two
weeks ago we swam with the dolphins,
the big ones. There were about 50 of
them! It was incredible! It's only the
fourth time in 14 years that it happened
to me and it was absolutely gorgeous!
I grew up in the mountains, right in the
middle of South Africa: no water, no
sea, no nothing; an agricultural area. It
was a small town of 24,000 people
called Bethlehem. My father was the
mayor and my mother a kindergarten
teacher. Later I moved to the area
around Cape Town. The sea around
there is 16 degrees Celsius in high sum-
mer and there are lots of man-eating
sharks! The country is big, but it also
has a lot of political problems and a lot
of crime. We have 29 languages in
South Africa of which 1lare official, so
you grow up multi-lingual, and every-
Wei LUeaLI & -
body has to learn three languages.
There's also a lot of Portuguese influ-
ence because of the former Portuguese
colonies, Mozambique and Angola that
border us. I speak better Portuguese
than Spanish, especially since we spent
seven months in Brazil. So, I under-
stand Papiamentu perfectly, and I can
speak a little bit, but because I work
with tourists all the time, I don't prac-
tice my Papiamentu enough."
The phone rings, Renee jumps up andI
take a look inside the house: Various
shades of green, lots of books, comfort-
able couches, underwater pictures,
many plants and two prominent paint-
ings by Janice Huckaby: One is an un-
derwater scene ofRenee snorkeling
with the fishes and another one of the
Woodwind sailing into the sunset. "The
big one of me snorkeling with the
Queen Angel fish was the last present
my husband gave me," says Renee,
"and as you can see, green is my
color!" The cats are gathering around
her and she smiles: "'Suppertime.' I
have my life here," she says happily,
"and I will always stay here. I can't
take the cold anymore and I need the
water. I grew up
in the middle of
a country with
no sea around
me and now I
can't live with-
out it anymore."
ON THE ISLAND SINCE...
California's Sierra School children celebrating Bonaire
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T his year I found a way to hold Bonaire
even closer in my mind and heart. I
am the director of the science department at
a large private school in Los Angeles Si-
erra Canyon School. Each year we have a
year-long, school-wide theme around which
many activities revolve. This year our
theme was the Olympics and each teacher
chose a country to represent. I chose the
Netherlands Antilles and the island of Bon-
Once or twice a month I met with my group
of students and shared my love of all things
Bonairean. Students spent the year learning
about the history, culture, government,
sports and natural history of Bonaire. We
designed T-shirts with the emblem of a
hawksbill turtle. Students learned about the
magnificent sea turtles of Bonaire and the
efforts being made by Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire to protect them.
My husband and I are avid turtle lovers and
I enjoyed sharing my experiences with the
turtles and an educational video we shot
last summer when we accompanied Funchi
to Klein Bonaire to do a beach nest census.
On that trip, we discovered one little turtle
that was left behind in a nest that hatched
the night before. We were able to film the
baby turtle as it made its way into the wa-
ter. (We named it Sierra). That image so
excited my students that they made a dona-
tion to STCB. When the transmitters were
attached to the turtles last fall, students
could not wait to get to school each morn-
ing to log onto the site and see the location
of Schillie and Nautila. Not only was this a
meaningful lesson in conservation and ge-
ography for my students, they felt such a
personal involvement that a real passion
was ignited in them.
Students wore their new T-shirts to the
opening ceremonies and we marched in
under the flag of the Netherlands Antilles.
During the year students made Bon Bini Bonaire
craft projects, did independent The Netherlands Antilles is a group of Isles that bask in the
research on Bonaire, learned Caribbean sun.
about the coral reefs, salt moun- Aruba and Curacao are a part, but Bonaire is our favorite one.
tains, slave huts, island donkeys, Our culture is a mix of Dutch with Caribbean to add the spice.
diving and windsurfing. I showed People come from around the world; it's a diver's paradise.
them magazine pictures of the
Bonaire Kids taking the freestyle You can swim and fish and kayak too, Windsurf if you dare.
world by storm, and of course I Though it is a desert isle, there's nature everywhere.
showed them pictures of the is-
lands' o ic athletes d Scaly green Iguanas sleeping in the sun,
lands Olympic athletes and Nibble on tall cactus and go swimming just for fun.
world class sailors- Roger, Elvis
and Patoen. We even enjoyed Bright pink flamingos fish all the day,
some island cuisine. And wade in the shallows of the blue Lac Bay.
The culmination to our year-long
study was participation in oury Parakeets and yellow-shouldered parrots take flight
study was participation in our Then perch on top of cactus, what a strange and wondrous sight.
school fair. This fair was at-
tended by parents, students and Gentle donkeys with their foals roam free upon the land
the community and involves Where once they had to work and work out on the great salt pan.
about 5,000 people. Students
decorated our booth with beauti- The mountains of salt crystals still rise into the sky
ful pictures that tey painted with And so the mounds of conch shells pilled high out on Lac Cai.
ful pictures that they painted with
island scenes. They even handed Klein Bonaire, our little isle, not inhabited by man
out tourist information brochures. Is a heaven for sea turtles that lay their eggs deep in the sand.
Then in a 20-minute performance
they presented what they had Sea turtles are endangered; we thinkthat'sjust not fair.
learned. They recited an original We wantto SAVE THE TURTLES because we really care.
poem that I wrote "Bon Bini Circling round our island is our greatest treasure.
Bonaire" (see poem at right), The coral reefjust teems with life and you can see forever.
sang songs and performed a Car-
ibbean inspired dance. As we Come visit us and have some fun, the weather's always fair.
marched in the closing ceremo- We're sure you'll wantto come again, there's no place like Bonaire.
nies my students thought that we
had the most fun of any other "country" and
I had to agree. I felt like I was on vacation
all year. And I feel certain that some of my
students will be vacationing in Bonaire as a
result of their experiences. Robbie Revel
*to find it, just look up
Don't Miss Next Week's
Annual Perseid Meteor
D on't miss this year's annual
Perseid meteor shower be-
cause conditions will be ideal for
when it reaches its peak from 2 am
to dawn next Thursday morning Au-
gust 12th. Read on.
Around 2 am, Sky Park Time, face
northeast, where if you're far away
from bright lights you'll easily see
our old friends, the Pleiades, the
Seven Sisters. And just to their left
is the rather dim constellation
Perseus, named after the Greek hero
which is where the Perseid meteor
shower gets its name because all
the meteors appear to originate Two meteor tracks at once
from Perseus. The reason condi-
tions are ideal for this year's meteor shower is because there will be no bright
moonlight to wipe out the fainter meteors. And to see them you don't need any-
thing but your trusty old naked eye. All you have to do is take a lawn chair or a
blanket outside around 2 am, lie back with your toes pointed toward Perseus and
then watch. And if you're lucky you may see 40 to 60 meteors per hour, most
very faint but a few very bright.
Don't look directly at Perseus, because the meteors will appear all around the
sky. And as time goes by Perseus will slowly rise and you should see even more
meteors toward dawn. Plus, as an extra treat this year, about an hour or so before
sunrise, you will see an exquisite pairing of the brightest planet of them all, Ve-
nus, and a slender waning crescent Moon whose light won't be enough to really
interfere with the meteors.
Now although meteors look like shooting stars, nothing could be further from the
truth. In fact meteors are simply tiny specks of comet debris slamming into our
Earth's atmosphere. You see, every time a comet visits our Sun it sheds tons of
debris in its wake, like sand or flour being thrown off the back of a boat. And
eventually this debris gets spread out all along the comet's path, its orbit. And
whenever our Earth plows directly into any path of comet litter these tiny pieces
of debris slam into our Earth's atmosphere. And as they plunge through the at-
mosphere, traveling many miles per second, they cause the atmospheric gasses
surrounding them to heat up and glow, making streaks of light. We call these
streaks of light "meteors," or incorrectly, "falling stars."
The Perseids are the debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle, whose debris-filled orbital
path we plow through every August. And although the comet was discovered by
two Americans named Swift and Tuttle during the Civil War in 1862, it wasn't
until later that astronomers realized it was the source of the Perseid meteor
shower which has been seen every August and recorded in history for over 2,000 years.
So get out next Thursday morning, and each time you see a Perseid streak across
the sky remind yourself that what you're actually seeing is a tiny piece of comet
litter plunging to its fiery death. Jack Horkimer
Moon Info Last Quarter on August 7th New Moon onAugust
16 C First Quarter on August 23 Full Moon on August 30
For the week:
August 6 to August 13, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Entertainment could cost you more than you expect. You
can ask for favors or run your ideas by those who will be able to support your objec-
tives. Evasion is likely if you aren't direct about your feelings. Try to calm down and
listen to your partner's complaints. Compromise may be necessary. Your lucky day
this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't agree to make any of those cosmetic alterations
you've been considering. Be sure to question any detail that you feel could leave you
in a precarious position at a later date. They won't pay you back and you'll be upset.
You will be in the mood for competition, and your ability to lead a group will bring
you popularity. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Compromise will be necessary. Your social activity
should be conducive to finding love. Business trips will be more productive than try-
ing to fight the red tape facing you. You could lose a good friend because of it. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Tone down and put some of that hard earned cash into a
safe, long-term investment. Your ideas can be put into action. It would be in your best
interest to stay away from any intimate involvement with a client or co-worker. Take
care of any medical problems if they've been troubling you. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Let them know what your intentions are. This will not be the
day to lend money to friends or family. Make any necessary changes to your insur-
ance policy. Sudden changes will occur through communications with friends or in-
laws. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Deception will play an important factor in relationships.
Think of changes to your home that will please and add to everyone's comfort. You
may want to get involved in financial investments presented to you. Difficulties with
your mate may lead to isolation. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You will have difficulties spreading yourself between
your work and your home. Your lover may feel rejected. Trouble could be brewing at
home. Your emotional partner will push all the right buttons this week. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Put your energy into learning new skills or picking up
valuable information. Do not expect too much from others. The talk you have may be
eye-opening with regard to your present situation. Talk to someone with experience
about budgets or consolidating debts. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Put your energy into self-improvement pro-
grams that promise to make you into a better you. Although it does look promising, be
careful not to overextend yourself or you will lose in the long run. Expect temper tan-
trums on the home front if you haven't been letting someone have their way. Your ver-
satile mind and common sense will allow you to come up with various solutions. Your
lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Sooner or later your partner will have had enough.
Plan a nice evening for two. You can make new connections through friends or rela-
tives. You can make some money if you get involved in a conservative financial pros-
pect that is presented to you. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Eliminate situations that are no longer to your advan-
tage. Co-workers may not be completely honest with you; try not to rely on help from
others. Your emotional partner may make you angry this week. Your stubbornness
coupled with your mate's jealousy doesn't make for a favorable time. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Job changes are in order. Go for interviews or send out
resumes. It will be all around you. You can receive recognition for the work you've
done. Avoid any petty ego confrontations; they could lead to estrangement if you
aren't careful. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.