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Above it All -The REFERENDUM
ThAliSAM AN Ji rsm
As we go to press Hurricane
Ivan is bearing down on Bon-
aire with maximum winds of 135 mph,
a dangerous Category 4 storm. Based
on tracking information received on
the Internet it will pass to the north of
the island. The first isolated wind and
rain band hit Bonaire at about 10 pm
on Tuesday. Now waiting for ???
S The Curacao Legal Affairs De-
partment says it's okay to allow Dutch
Caribbean Airlines (DCA) to go bank-
rupt and let a new company maintain
the air connections. It should be a com-
pany that cannot be identified with DCA;
otherwise it would be very difficult to get
working capital from the banks as well as
merchandise and services from foreign
suppliers. "The American authorities
would simply deny landing permits to
the new airline if the overdue debts of
DCA are not paid," they said.
A The new shareholder in a reborn
Curaqao airline should invest at least
NAf20 million. The Curacao coalition
parties have agreed to give the Island
Government two months to find inves-
tors for a new carrier to replace DCA.
The Island Government will not neces-
sarily participate in the new airline. Set-
ting up the airline will be left to a team
of experts still to be appointed. To keep
DCA going until the new airline can be
established, up to NAf4 million could be
spent each month.
quarter despite higher oil prices as
Europe's biggest airline presented com-
bined quarterly results for the first time
since the Franco-Dutch merger that cre-
ated it. The company said last Thursday
that profits in its fiscal first quarter were
more than double the 46 million euros
posted by Air France and KLM a year
earlier before the merger.
A joint plan for the Antilles and
The Netherlands to join forces to
tackle the rising crime, poverty and
the financial-economic problems in the
Antilles is complete. If all agree with the
current proposals, the details of the
agreements between Kingdom Relations
Minister Thom de Graaf and Premier
Etienne Ys will be announced. Agree-
ments were reached on mandatory educa-
tion and technical support from The
Netherlands in several areas. They dis-
cussed the forgiveness of the Antillean
debt to The Netherlands as well as the
debts of the individual islands. Among
other things, The Netherlands will fi-
nance harbor radar for the Antilles.
A Air France-KLM reported a
profit of $116 million in the April-June A According to the management com-
IN THIS ISSUE:
SGB Chefs Lookin' Good 4
Referendum Chronicle 6
Referendum: Gibraltar; Letter 7
Coral Spawn Forecast 8
Windsurfing in Pozo 9
Harbor Filling Up 9
Pet Prof (Problem Solving) 10
New Age Touch 10
BonairExcel Celebrations 11-14
Ebo's Special (Capt. Don) 15
Bonaire Day (Cover) 13
Bikers in Bonaire 16
Yoga (Time Out) 17
Seaside Spots 17
Envirowatch (Yellow Submarine Pier) 23
Flotsam & Jetsam
Letters (Web, Papiamentu, Option B)
Vessel List & Tide Table
Pet of the Week (Whiskey's family)
Shopping & Dining Guides
On the Island Since
(Jan and Ilse Jonkman)
Bonaire Sky Park/Stars Have It
Some ofBonaire's media workers. Hostess Orphaline Saleh ofMCB in the center
A September 1 was pronounced "Day of the Press" in the Netherlands Antilles
and Aruba, a time for media workers to reflect on the important role they play in keep-
ing society informed. Maduro& Curiels Bank Bonaire commemorated the day by host-
ing a wonderful lunch for the Bonaire press at Antriol Catering. Thanks MCB and
Orphaline Saleh for making it happen.. The press persons shown above with Ms. Saleh
are just some of the representatives of the island's newspapers, radio and television
stations who strive to bring the public the latest news. The media world is a competitive
one, characterized by deadlines and scoops. In smaller communities such as ours, re-
porters work long and irregular hours.
Bonaire Reporter September 10 to 17, 2004
Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
A It's back for the
fourth time- the now
famous Swim To
Klein Bonaire Fund-
raiser organized by
Jong Bonaire on
Sunday, October 3.
Everyone on the is-
land who can swim,
wearing fins or not, is
invited to take to the
water at Bongo's
Beach to cross the
800m. stretch to Klein
Bonaire. Many make
the return trip. There
will be several boats
escorting the swim-
mers. Last year over
200 people of all ages
signed up. It starts at 8
am and with your
you'll get a T-shirt
and a great breakfast
upon return. Don't
Sparse -ls Lhe 41,
SWIM TO KLEIN BONAIRE
II o m o n y c J a a C
For anyone who can swim
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pany, BCA, of the ferry Tribon, the rea-
son the ship is not making trips between
Bonaire and Curaqao is the cost of harbor
dues. They amount to NAf3.000 per trip;
2.500 in Curacao and 500 in Bonaire.
The ship has been tied up on the Bonaire
waterfront for months.
Nevertheless, beginning this coming
weekend they will plan to resume ser-
vice. Tribon will depart Bonaire on Fri-
day and Saturday at 6 am arriving in Cu-
racao and 1lam. She will return to Bon-
aire, leaving at 6 pm, arriving at 11 pm.
The Tribon can carry 17 cars. The fare is
NAf250 for car and driver, NAf50 for a
one-way passenger ticket, NAf85 per
round trip, and NAf45 for groups and
children. The ferry can carry up to 150
"Clean up the
World 2004." Dur-
ing the week of
September 13 to 18
(Monday to Satur-
day) FTBL together
with Selibon will
be concentrating on
cleaning our envi-
ronment and en-
in the community
to clean around
Sport teams will be
cleaning the areas
where they play.
On Saturday, Sep-
tember 18, there
will be an island-
wide clean up
along the sides of
the big and small
roads. Show that
you love Bonaire
by joining the
cleanup. To sign
up call Roderick
Gouvemeur at 717-
5330, ext. 229, or
Oswin Cristina at
A Serious reef divers are very excited to have fish ID experts
Anna and Ned DeLoach staying at Buddy Dive for the whole
month of September. Until September 12th they will be giving a
REEF seminar, but after that they will offer anybody on the island
a chance to join them in certain activities. The program is listed in
the Happenings section of The Reporter (page 19). Included will
be a Fish Behavior DVD/slide Show, a Mangrove Snorkel and a
Guided Boat Dive. Winding up the week, on September 17th they
will sign their Fish ID and Fish Behavior books at the pool bar at
Buddy Dive. For more information call Lisa Muhlemann at
Buddy Dive, 717-5080.
A The recently concluded conference
in Thailand on HIV/AIDS revealed that
49% of the world's population of peo-
ple living with AIDS stem from the
A Fundashon Tene Boneiru Limpi Caribbean. That's only 1% short of 500%
(FTBL -Keep Bonaire Clean) invites of the world's population. Frightening!
all groups, schools, companies and in-
dividuals to participate in the famous A Proud winner of the Karaoke con-
test sponsored by MCB on August 28
at the Tera Cora Ranch was Amina
Kartodikromo, who won over more than
60 other contestants. Her winning song
was Bette Midler's "The Wind Beneath
My Wings." Amina was the subject of
o "On the Island Since..." in the May 14,
2004, issue of The Reporter. Her prize
was a weekend stay for two at the
(Continued on page 8)
Bonaire Reporter- September 10 to 17, 2004
the stu-tdenVts a Cvd teachers of Ckhezz
the restau-cranvt schooL at the sGB> high schooL.
The chef coats and aprons for the more than 50 students were donated by Warehouse Bonaire. As Warehouse Bonaire Manager Roland Verbeek said, "We think
that these students are taking the most important courses on the island, and when they travel abroad to represent Bonaire we want them to look their best. It's a good
way to promote our island of Bonaire." Roland is at the far right with Teacher Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn. At the far left is teacher Kees Leeman,
Bonaire Reporter September 10 to 17, 2004
ePINIOeS & LEaTERS0.HE OpUEd PAGE
WEB POWER FAILURES
Dear Readers of The Bonaire Reporter
Do you like a nice rain shower once in
a while? I do too, just as nature does.
The drawback is, however, that on Bon-
aire, we almost always have to pay for
this joy with a power failure.
And these power failures come on top
of the 'normal' ones!
We all suffer from this, whether you
are a housewife, a laborer on ajobsite,
run a shop or you work in an office. You
and your work are paralyzed because
these days there are few jobs that can be
done without electricity. And just as
well. We live in a modern country with
modern facilities, an international sea-
port, an international airport, a plant that
converts seawater into drinking water, a
well-organized hospital etc. But what
we DO NOT have is a reliable supplier
I think it is high time that the govern-
ment /the management of WEB realizes
that we, the consumers, have a contract
with WEB, which, in other businesses
means that the one party delivers and the
other party pays for the delivered ser-
Excuses like we do not have money to
buy new equipment, or we have run out
of spare parts etc. are not valid. Every
normal business has to take these kinds
nf i pmes into consideration hefnre anino
into business it is called planning.
And, for every normal business there are
penalties for poor performance. I sin-
cerely think the position of WEB (the
sole supplier of power) brings an even
bigger obligation to perform well.
Yvonne M. Nuijts
Since this letter was received, there
have been even more power failures, in-
cluding three last Wednesday, the same
day The Bonaire Reporter gets finalized
and transmitted to Curaqao for printing.
It certainly makes things difficult. Is
there anything anyone can do to help?
PAPIAMENTU AS A FIRST LANGUAGE
Please permit me to have some com-
ments on the very interesting interview
with Dr. Faraclas in the two last issues of
It is certainly important to teach the
children first to read and write in their
mother tongue. Nevertheless, as long as
the overwhelming majority of the stu-
dents on the ABC islands, continuing
their studies abroad, go to Holland, they
must acquire during their years in the
elementary and secondary schools a
good knowledge of the Dutch language.
TTnfnrtunntelv nconrrlint tn onmnlnints
of docents in the Dutch higher education
schools (MBOs middle professional
schools, HBOs high professional
schools, and the universities) this knowl-
edge is often insufficient. I can hardly
imagine that this knowledge would im-
prove if the students would receive the
basic education from an Erasmus School
type school where all lessons are in
Papiamentu and Dutch is only one of
three foreign languages taken as sub-
In my opinion the system started last
year in the schools on Bonaire of the
gradual introduction of Dutch so that
after (the students are) eight years the
classes will be entirely in Dutch is the
most appropriate for the ABC islands.
The situation on the three islands is
very different. While a great majority of
the inhabitants on Curaqao and Bonaire
have Papiamentu as their mother lan-
guage, on Aruba it is only slightly more
than half of the population due to the
influx of immigrants, mainly from Latin
American countries. Also the number of
students going to Holland is very differ-
ent. This year there were more than 400
students from Aruba, about 300 from
Curamao and only 15 from Bonaire. This
very low number is due to the fact that
the current highest education on Bonaire,
HAVO (high general preparation
school), is insufficient for entering a uni-
versity in Holland which requires
graduation from the VWO (scientific
preparation school). In order to get a cer-
tificnte from this chnnl thep students
Bonaire Reporter- September 10 to 17, 2004
from Bonaire go either to Curaqao or
Aruba (about 30 students this year).
Some students from Bonaire also enter
the universities on these islands.
As far as the textbooks in Papiamentu
for all grades for all ABC islands are
concerned Dr. Faraclas speaks exten-
sively about available materials in this
language. There is an important diffi-
culty, namely the different orthography
of Papiamentu on Aruba. The books
from Aruba cannot therefore be used on
Bonaire and Curacao. While Aruba
maintains the original Spanish spelling,
the same words are phoneticized on the
other islands. This difference concerns
also Dutch words absorbed in Papia-
mentu, e.g. januari andjuli on Aruba
and yaniari and yali on Bonaire and
The interview with Dr. Faraclas
showed his knowledge and international
experience in the field of linguistics. It is
only a pity that he went in the interview
beyond this field, arguing that the reason
why the most talented people from Bon-
aire stay in the US or Holland after their
graduation is the fact that they "value the
foreign culture more than their own." As
I learned during talks with various Bo-
naireans, this statement caused a lot of
indignation. The main reason is not a
lack of respect for their own culture but
the fact that there are no job vacancies
for the graduates on Bonaire, an island
with practically no industry and very
limited job opportunities.
T here are 9,557 people (Bonaire's
total population as of 30 June
2004 is officially listed at 13,380) eligi-
ble to vote in September 10th's consultive
Referendum. While there's no legal re-
quirement that Referendum results be
followed, it will measure the feelings of
the Bonaire community about which type
of government it prefers and be morally
binding on Bonaire's leaders. The Elec-
tion Committee for the Referendum is
made up of Victor Winklaar, N. Gon-
zalez, H. F. Domacass6, G. A. Mensch6,
and F. B. Soleana.
For the first time in Bonaire history
1,370 foreigners (all of whom have been
Bonaire residents for five years or more)
and 332 youngsters 16 and 17 years old
can vote in a sanctioned election. The
extension of the right to vote has ex-
panded the electorate by almost 18%.
Ballots will be provided in four lan-
guages: Papiamentu, Dutch, Spanish and
English. Mark the ballot by filling the
box next to your selection with the red
According to UN guidelines 50% of
the eligible voters must participate in
the Referendum for it to be meaning-
ful. That means 4,779 votes must be cast.
If there are fewer than 100 votes differ-
ence between any two of the four Refer-
endum choices there will be an automatic
recount. Preliminary results will be
posted at the Passenghran as soon as pos-
sible -target is 11 am on September 11th,
but the official word will wait until Sep-
tember 15th at 10 am.
It's customary for employers to grant
their workers four hours off, with pay, to
vote and it's expected this custom will be
observed for the Referendum vote.
You won't be able to buy alcoholic
beverages from 6 pm on Thursday, the
day before the vote, until the polls close
on Friday at 7 pm. However, hotels and
Dlo ID dl sipL fmT 2004
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resorts may serve alcohol to their guests.
This election may be the biggest in
Bonaire history. Whatever your prefer-
ence, be sure to exercise your democratic
rights. Don't miss your chance to have a
say in Bonaire's future. VOTE!
The following table lists the four Referendum choices and The Bonaire Reporter's
summary of some of the advantages and disadvantages to each of the four choices.
The Reporter does not endorse any selection above another.
OPTION ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES
+Established infrastructure that has -A form of government that has
endured for 50 years been tried and failed.
A. Bonaire to remain part +Easiest for maintaining family ties -Has been proven economically
of the Netherlands Antilles +Economies of scale, strength in disadvantageous for Bonaire.
unity -Curagao's economy and
+Now that problems are known, population overwhelms other
corrections can be applied Antilles members.
+Potential long term economic and -Requires negotiation with and
social benefits with eventual agreement of Holland on far more
equivalence with Dutch standards. extensive details than other choices
B. Bonaire to become an +Possible full E.U. privileges -Open immigration from Holland
integral part of Holland +Dutch police and judicial procedures and EU countries very likely
in force at the grass root level. -All EU and Dutch laws and rules
may apply, autonomy impossible.
+Autonomy, Bonaire's traditions -Bonaire may not have sufficient
C. Bonaire to become an preserved with minimal interference, economic and human resources to
autonomous country within +Immigration rules remain under carry out effectively.
the Kingdom of the local control -Requires negotiations and
Netherlands +Proven economic superiority of the agreement of Holland, Aruba and
Aruba model as compared to Bonaire. other Antillean islands.
-Relatively open to corruption
+Freedom to choose alliances -Unable to defend against serious
D. Bonaire to become an (witness Japan/Peru) aggressors and imperialists
independent state +Able to negotiate for American -Insufficient economic, human
bases and economic aid resources, experience and
+UN membership likely infrastructure to succeed
-Bad record of other territories gone
REMEMBER TO VOTE ON
Bring your voter card... If you haven't
received your voter card visit Bevolking
(Census) today to get it.
Be sure to bring valid ID: an up-to-date
sedula, passport, driver's license, social security
ID or Bevolking certificate. If you are a 16- or
17-year old your SGB ID may suffice as well.
If you are a foreigner,
also bring your residency permit.
There are 10 voting places on Bonaire, in-
cluding two in Rincon. Your voting card tells
you where to vote. If you don't have a card, and
are eligible for one, go to Bevolking (Census)
today and pick it up.
Bonaire Reporter September 10 to 17, 2004
GIBRALTAR AN INTERESTING CASE?
Regardless of the outcome of this Friday's Referendum Bonaire's relationship
with Europe is sure to change in the coming years. Special arrangements with the
EU are possible and negotiable as shown by the unique position of Gibraltar. Op-
tions A, B and C will require negotiations with the EU ifBonaire's status is to
Gibraltar is situated in the western
Mediterranean at the southern tip munity.
of Spain, with Africa 20 miles to the Articl
south across the Strait of Gibraltar. It is ang
UK dependency which has been in Brit- ( te
ish possession since 1704. Historically, of the E
Gibraltar has been an object of conten- shall ap
tion between Britain and Spain. Follow- whose e
ing a 1984 agreement between Britain is respo
and Spain, the border, which Spain had the Con
closed in 1969, was fully reopened. to the fu
Gibraltar entered the European Union icy. It is
in 1973 as a dependent territory in country
Europe, but was excluded, at the request ports of
to the C
of the government of Gibraltar, from the t he
common external tariff, the common ag-
ricultural policy and value added tax. (GSP)
Gibraltar is NOT part of the EU's cus- its entr
toms territory, according to Article 3
(1) of the Customs Code, as amended. The m
Article 28 of the UK's Act of Accessionpound,
exempts Gibraltar from the application tender i
of EU laws relating to agricultural policy coins, t
and the harmonization of turnover taxes
(VAT). Gibraltar's customs revenue is website
also not part of the revenue of the Com-
e 299 (4) of the Treaty Establish-
dam Treaty) makes Gibraltar part
U: "The provisions of this Treaty
ply to the European territories for
xternal relations a Member State
nsible." Thus, although part of
nmunity, Gibraltar is not subject
ll application of EU law and pol-
effectively treated as a third
as far as trade is concerned. Ex-
goods of local (Gibraltar) origin
ommunity benefit from the EU's
ized System of Preferences
This exceptional position of Gi-
was negotiated by the UK upon
in the European community.
monetary unit is the Gibraltar
on a par with Sterling. The legal
s Gibraltar government notes and
bough Bank of England notes and
e equally welcome. The official
for the government of Gibraltar
Note: Bonaire might look at the case
of Gibraltar rather than to Madeira or
the Azores, or in case a Status
Aparte is voted for Aruba, which is
much more populated than Bonaire.
Bonaire's best chance is to play Ca-
limero's role: I am small, and they are
big! O The Chronicler
IT'S B FOR ME
I think we must take the long view for
the referendum, since it is the long-term
future we must plan for. Both options B
and C and a combination of these votes,
(along with D) will clearly say to Hol-
land that we no longer want to be ruled
by Curagao. We are ready to start man-
aging our own affairs.
I believe Option B will give us the op-
portunity to start that process and take
the many careful steps that are needed to
construct a future that is right for Bon-
aire. What is right for Aruba may not be
right for Bonaire, and we have clear evi-
dence that what has been good for Cura-
9ao has not been good for Bon-
aire. Option B will allow us to create
our own future through negotiation.
It's B for me.
I must admit I am very confused. To-
day, I got in my mailbox a small news-
paper from the Referendum Committee
that explained the Referendum issues in
English. It paints a really rosy picture for
Option B and makes Option C seem like
a road to ruin and Options A and D
choices only for the insane. I thought the
Committee was supposed to be impar-
I really still can't decide, but I will be
by Voting Day.
Bonaire Reporter- September 10 to 17, 2004
(Continued from page 3)
Breezes Hotel in Curacao.
A The Chez Nous restaurant at the
SGB (high school) is open once again
now that school is back in session. The
student chefs and wait staff offer classic
fine dining in a relaxing ambiance. It's
practice for them and a joy for custom-
ers. Three-course lunches are served on
Wednesdays and Fridays, starting be-
tween 12 to 12:30 for only NAf15. Din-
ners are four courses and happen on
Tuesday and Thursdays beginning be-
tween 6 and 6:30 pm. Price is only
NAf22,50. Be sure and make reserva-
tions ahead at the SGB, telephone 717-
8120 and ask for Chez Nous. O L./G.D.
I LIE UPDATE IN~
Police Chief Gerold Daantje
According to a story published
in Tuesday 's St. Maarten Her-
ald, St. Maarten Police Commissioner
Richard Panneflek has accepted a tem-
porary position as police chief in Bon-
aire. This was confirmed by Justice
Minister Norberto Ribeiro. The posi-
tion, temporary for now, depends on
whether the Council of Ministers
agrees to a new job for Bonaire's cur-
rent police chief, Gerold Daantje at the
Directorate of Justice. The Govern-
ment also needs to formally approve
Daantje's resignation. "If government
doesn't agree, and Daantje doesn't take
the new job, the deal is off," Ribeiro
told The Daily Herald.
From Charles Souriel, Police Depart-
*The Zero Tolerance (O-T) team has
been very busy this last week. Their first
action was traffic and general control on
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot/Kaya Amsterdam,
Kaya Korona, Kaya Frater Odulphines
and Kaya Tribon with the following re-
They stopped 45 cars to speak with the
drivers, 14 vehicles were removed from
the road and there were two arrests. One
was a man, R., 34, who had a
plastic sack with a small amount of mari-
juana. After interrogation he was re-
leased. The second was P., 21, driving a
white Tercel, #45222-B, a possible joy
*At the SGB (high school) as the O-T
team was monitoring the entrance to the
school they were bombarded by rocks by
some students. The school director was
informed so that action can be taken.
*Last Sunday the body of Jose Torres
Liscano Toledo (born in Colombia 2-14-
47) was found. Apparently it was a sui-
cide, the victim having hanged himself
approximately eight hours before from a
tree near Less Indian Ball Park. Police
are investigating the case. Condolences
go to the family.
*A female tourist, Sallie Hudson (born
in the US 7-1-47), staying at Sand Dollar
Resort, was rushed to the recompression
chamber after a diving accident, but was
declared dead by Dr. Miranda. Police
will conduct an investigation. Our condo-
lences to the family.
*Zero Tolerance was active over the
long holiday weekend. In town things
were tranquil. The investigation of an
illegal drag race on Kaya van Epps (the
Airport-Sorobon Road) turned up noth-
(At a roadblock checkpoint) a knife
was confiscated from a 47-year-old man
but no drugs were found. He was given a
Another control action at a football
game in Playa turned up no problems.
Continuing traffic checks in the eve-
ning hours resulted in many infractions
being discovered. Summonses were is-
sued for moving violations, driving with-
out license or insurance, vehicle defects,
and for bicycles being driven without
lights. Bikes and vehicles were im-
pounded. Similar actions are promised in
the coming weeks and months. OL./G.D.
CORAL SPAWN FORECAST
Coral Spawn Action
Attention Divers: Mark Ver-
meij a biologist with NOAA Fisheries
in Miami, Florida has provided his best
guess for spawning times for various
coral species in the Southern Carib-
bean this year.
For each species the times are given
for the expected spawning time on Bon-
aire, based on 1997-2003 data. How-
ever, based on observations from last
year throughout the Caribbean, differ-
ences among localities were often small.
When available, comments on deviating
spawning times for specific localities are
offered. These are estimates and no
guarantee exists that things will go as
expected. Last year several species be-
haved "weirdly," so the only way to be
really sure is by filling a few more tanks
and diving as much as you can.
Oct 3-6: 22h00-23h30;
Sep 17, 18 22h00-23h 30;Oct 17 18
22h00-23h00, no spawning during 2nd
round in Venezuela; spawning (2nd
round only) half hour later in Grand
Cayman/ Fl. Keys based on 2003 obser-
vations; possibility for spawning on Nov
3-6 in Southern Caribbean
Oct 3-5: 21h00-23h00; spawning in Fl
Keys expected for Sep 7/ Oct 6 as well
based on 2003 observations. Males more
often observed than females in 2003.
M. annularis complex:
Oct 3-5: 21h00-22h30; largely similar
observations from all over the Caribbean
in 2003 (e.g. USVI, Bahamas, Fl. Keys,
Martinique, Guadeloupe, Bonaire, Cura-
gao, Venezuela, Panama). Slight possi-
bility for spawning on Nov 3-6 in South-
ern Caribbean (Leeward Antilles, Co-
Oct 3-5: 22h00-23h00
planulae likely visible throughout mid
Sep Oct in tentacles;
Releases large number of white planulae
(approx. 0.3mm) during Sep 7-8 & Oct
6-7, between Oh00-06h00;
Releases small amounts of large planu-
lae (approx. 0.5-0.8mm); entire period
Sep- Nov; but also during the rest of the
Releases intermediate amounts of inter-
mediate sized planulae (approx.
<0.4mm); entire period Sep- Nov;
Oct 4-6: 21h00-22h00; some colonies
can be observed releasing sperm and
eggs from different parts of the colony.
Most often the top half of the colony
contains male gametes whereas the bot-
tom contains female gametes. O Mark
Bonaire Reporter September 10 to 17, 2004
WINDSURFING ACTION IN POZO IZQIERDO
After the competition of Fuerteven-
tura we, Taty Frans (Sponsored by
Gaastra, Starboard, Fiberspar, Jibe City)
Ruben Petrisie (Brunotti Boards & Cloth-
ing, Palm Trading, Solar), Tonky Frans
(Gaastra, F2, Fiberspar, Jibe City) Kiri
Thode (Gaastra, Starboard, Fiberspar, Jibe
City, Banco di Caribe), Jayson Jonge
(Worldsails, HiFly, Jibe City) and I, Femke
van der Valk, (Van der Valk Vacations &
Hotels) continued on the racing circuit, this
time to Gran Canaria. One more spot to
visit and then, back HOME!
When people talk about Pozo they talk
about stormy winds, waves, choppy condi-
tions. So we were not even sure what to
expect. Of course some of us had already
been there, but still you could sense the
excitement. When we arrived we had to
find a place to stay; that worked out well.
We all stayed in one little apartment really
close to the beach. The next day the train-
ing began. Preparation for the last event!
Before the competition we had to say good-
bye to Jayson as he left Gran Canaria ear-
lier to go back to Bonaire.
On the first day of the competition the
wind was not so strong. Everyone from
Bonaire was performing well and compet-
ing well in the heats. Taty came in first.
The next day the conditions were still the
same. Also this day the Bonaire team was
showing everybody what real windsurfing
is. Taty once again ended up in the final.
After an exciting heat against the Brazilian,
Kauli Seadi, Taty with his no-handed jump
and smooth planning variations took the
The next day was surprising. A local hero
named Victor Fernandez took the lead after
his five-minute heat against Kauli. He per-
formed a huge switch-stance back-loop and
let us see what a difference it makes to sail
on your own turf. Unfortunately, for the
next two days we didn't see Taty on the
winner's stage again, but still he fought
hard and was able to get a well deserved 2nd
place in the event, and this was, according
to his words, what he wanted to achieve.
Tonky placed 13th by staying smooth but
not overwhelming. He showed just enough
to stay within the top 16.
Kiri was incredible for his size; he was
sailing sails as big as many of the other
sailors who were about twice his size. He
got 21st and sailed heats in which every-
body knew that they had not seen the last of
him. He learned some great new moves, for
example the "Shuv It," of which he of
course is deeply proud.
Ruben was also sailing well. I said in one
of the other articles he was moving up-
wards. In this event he ended 23rd and won
more heats than ever before.
In the overall ranking Bonaire is now
well placed. We have Tonky in 4th place,
Taty 5th, Kiri 23rd, Ruben 27th. Probably
because Jayson didn't compete in the last
event he was not listed on the list.
To all the sailors I want to say; you guys
did a great job, the island can be proud of
such windsurfers! O Femke van der Valk.
Pictures by Ruben Petrisie and Femke van
The editors ofThe Reporter wish to ex-
tend a special thanks to Femke. Not only
did she compete in the events but she had
time to send usfirst-hand reports and ex-
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9-13 7:39 1.1FT. 12:35 1.2FT. 15:43 1.2FT. 23:47 1.7FT. 72
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9-16 2:32 1.3FT. 6:27 1.2FT. 13:57 1.5FT. 21:16 1.2FT. 91
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YACHTING ND WATERSORTS PAG
Dog behavior is a huge and complex topic, and I don't mean to address seri-
ous problems such as phobias and anxiety in this article. However, there
are some general principles which may be helpful for those of you whose dogs
have annoying behaviors.
If the behavior represents a radical departure from the dog's usual personality,
then you first need to rule out medical causes. Dogs who are unwell will often
suddenly behave in unusual ways (urinating in the house, chewing things up). This
is not usually a matter of "trying to tell you something," but is often a product of
chemical changes, stress, or pain (urinary tract infection, dental disease). So a trip
to the vet is always a good idea.
Assuming your dog is healthy, the logical next step is to look at the dog's envi-
ronment. Are his basic needs being met (getting enough food, exercise, attention)?
Have there been any changes in his environment (moving to a new house, no
longer allowed in a certain area), family structure (new pet, new baby, new boy-
friend), or his schedule (left alone for longer periods)? Many problem behaviors
can be fixed by adjusting the dog's environment and/or schedule. If there have
been no recent changes in his environment, you need to then look more closely at
the behavior itself. First try to determine how the behavior is motivated; how is it
gratifying to the dog? Is the behavior instinctively gratifying (such as digging or
chasing the cat)?
Obedience training (remember that "Leave it" command?) and proper exercise
are the keys to controlling instinctive behaviors. If you can't see any purely doggy
reason for the behavior, then you must look at yourself (actually you have to look
there in all cases). How are you inspiring and/or reinforcing this behavior? This is
where you are likely to find the answers to most problem behaviors. Take a look at
the way you react to the behavior (you may have reacted this way only once, but
the behavior persists).
A simple example of a problem behavior: Every time there is a knock at the door,
your dog flips out, racing around, barking hysterically and jumping up on the door.
You yourself have a tendency to jump up whenever there's a knock at the door.
When your dog behaves this way, you try to stop him by telling him "It's okay,
good boy, it's okay," and when the barking and jumping only increase, you finally
get a cookie to lure him away from the door so you can answer it in peace. This
behavior is motivated and reinforced in several ways. First, you are (in his percep-
tion) animated by the knocking (causing him to be as well). Then you tell him it's
okay (telling him this is an appropriate reaction to the situation) and that he's a
good boy (so smart for recognizing the situation and for acting this way), and fi-
nally...he gets a treat for acting this way. This problem has a simple solution. Do
not get excited when there's a knock. Completely ignore your dog's reaction.
Calmly go to the door and stand there a moment, not looking at him. Then ask him
to "Move" (you have taught him this, right?). When he backs away from the door,
ask him to "Sit" and then reward him.
We inadvertently reinforce the wrong behaviors in our dogs all the time. It's hard
not to do. However, if we pay close attention to our dog's behavior and our own
responses, we can usually head off the kinds of situations that require drastic meas-
ures (like calling the trainer!). O Susan Brown
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BONAIR'l' *WINDOW" EBO's SPECIAL
In this issue we continue a series of
stories by Captain Don Stewart-one
ofBonaire's "Living Treasures" and
the man credited with focusing Bon-
aire on Dive Tourism.
Ebo Domacasse, dive guide
I looked up from my papers just as
Nestor, a Cuban group leader from Flor-
ida, stuck his head into my office.
"Buenos dias, my deep diving Cubano.
"Captain Don, I gotta talk to you!"
"Of course. English, please," as I
sensed that he was serious.
"My guys is unhappy." He paused as if
translating his thoughts. "Si, the people
are very angry and asked me to talk with
the Captain. My guys want to go to Ebo's
Special and our guide Erwin said he was-
n't allowed to do that dive. My guys is
"Nestor, Erwin is right. You see, only
one man is allowed to dive that place and
it is Ebo himself. Even I, when I want to
dive there have to go with Ebo. The
rule." I saw by his expression that there
was no comprehension.
"Nestor, get your Mexicans together.
I'd like to talk to them."
"Cubans, you dumb Captain," but his
eyes laughed and that spared my day.
Nestor owned several of Florida's finest
dive shops and his groups were always a
pleasure. Good looking ladies and fun
loving guys, until now. I hustled them
into the class patio and hiked myself up
onto the instructor's stool.
"Well, my fine Cuban friends," I
paused for effect.
"We are Americans," they said and
pointed at Nestor. "He is the Cuban."
"Really," I said." You went to Florida
on the Mayflower, and he on a raft. Now
Nestor owns three dive shops and you
pay him to bring you here. Well! So
much for the Mayflower." I saw that I
had broken the ice.
"Who is Ebo anyway?" one questioned
I had to smile at that. If you didn't
know Ebo then you had never been here
before. "Let me tell you about this guy
and his special reef." I let my mind drift
back a decade or more. "Flamingo Beach
Club, 1963. A resort of sorts built from
the leftovers from the old German intern-
ment camp from the 1940s. Ebo was the
bartender and more.
Ebo Domacass6 was in many ways the
heart of the old Flamingo Beach Club. A
trusted employee, often administrator,
waiter, boatman hauling water skiers,
fishing guide, and, as said, the bartender.
As natural as he was with the sea, he was
equally comfortable with visiting tour-
Ebo swam better than a fish, free dove
to depths but for some reason was scared
stiff of Scuba diving. Then one day in
1967 he watched two gray haired old la-
dies pull down their masks, lock arms
and walk down the boat ramp to disap-
pear into the sea.
He was fascinated. These ladies, per-
haps older than his grandmother, popped
on a tank and some gear then simply
walked into the sea. Ebo had been watch-
ing me and my divers doing this for some
time, but it had stirred no real desire to
learn. However, these grandmothers
touched a nerve!
Not long after, Ebo put on a tank and
taught himself to dive. I had been that
route myself, thought it a most natural
thing, and simply cautioned Ebo. "Never
do two tanks back to back and pull this 'J'
rod when you run out of air. It will give
you enough air to get to the surface. But
don't trust it. When
it fails, just come
up slowly, but
never, never hold "It was as i]
your breath. Just aquatic TarzE
tilt your head back
and breathe out moved into the
slowly, kinda like of his fathers
whistling. Oh, and charge.
always do your
deeper dive first."
later, Ebo had
logged some hundreds of dives. A visit-
ing Scuba instructor was diving with Ebo
and was horrified that he had never had
proper SCUBA instruction. Ebo, with
more than triple the instructor's underwa-
ter time, quickly became the first certi-
fied diver on Bonaire. I wasn't certified
until five years later.
It was not the certification or instruc-
tor's status that propelled Ebo into the
beginning of the diving industry, but his
phenomenal compatibility with the reefs,
fish, divers and the sea. It was as if a new
aquatic Tarzan had moved into the
oceans of his fathers to take charge. He
gently finned around; always ready to
help novice divers achieve his effortless
neutral buoyancy and point out previ-
ously unseen cleaner shrimp, frogfish and
the like. Conservation of the reefs was
his aim even back then, and he guided his
charges with compassion through his vir-
gin reefs, relaxed but with a constant
awareness. Ebo was a shepherd to liter-
ally thousands of visiting divers who
ventured with him without harm or inci-
Ebo became a sailing hero in 1968
when he bested me in a sailboat race that
won him 27 cases of beer. It was the birth
of Bonaire's now famous International
Ebo Domacass6 was awarded two reefs
in his name, Ebo's Reef and Ebo's Spe-
cial, as a sign of respect and love from
other guides as well as from his divers.
your dive boat was a truck: Therese Rossier and Ebo in the center
Ebo, with his quiet ways and relaxed
manners, has given much of himself to
the building of our underwater image. It
has been an honor for me to have dived
with this guy.
"You wait two more days until Ebo
comes back from his vacation and you
guys will be his number uno."
A girl asked, "What's the
deal with this Jerry's Jam
"Yes, that is exactly what it
f a new is -just a bunch of crap. I
an had wasn't there, but as I under-
stand it, a hot shot photogra-
e oceans pher named Jerry Green-
to take berg, staying at the Fla-
1 mingo, was at Ebo's Special
where he had set up for a
shoot: cameras, even some
on tripods, with lenses
straight out of the space
age." I looked at the pretty girl with the
rough talking mouth. "Comprehend?
Thousands of dollars of camera gear
spread out all over the bottom. Then in
comes Ebo with a boatful of his divers
who had been promised Ebo's Special for
their last dive." I stopped, letting that
"I know Jerry and I sure as hell know
Ebo, and the rumor is that Ebo tossed an
anchor right into the middle of all Jerry's
wonderful cameras which were sitting on
the sand." I paused, thinking about it. "I
know Ebo's boat carried an anchor since
there was no mooring then, and Ebo
would cut off his arm before he ever
dumped an anchor onto his wonderful
"So today Peter Hughes' people at the
Flamingo call the reef "Jerry's Jam" and
we here at Aquaventure still and always
will call that reef window Ebo's Special.
And as long as I am the Captain around
here, Ebo will be the only man who will
ever, ever guide to that place."
Nestor's group started applauding.
"That," I thought, "is what makes
Nestor's group what they always are ...
Historical note. I recently talked to
Linda Cober from Bill Whitlock's group
in Harrisburg, PA, who gave me an eye-
witness account. Ebo did not actually
throw the anchor, but with a wicked
smile to his divers, nudged the boat very
close to the cameras and then carefully
placed the anchor to avoid them and
Jerry. All got their special dive even
though Jerry had a scare and provided an
alternative name to Ebo's Special. 1
Captain don /D.S.
Editors note: Among other things, Ebo
Domacasst is the father ofBonaire 's
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came to socialize, eat, drink and dance. Livening up the scene were the motorcy-
cle riders and an impressive display of classic cars...
BONAIRE BIKERS MC TOUR 2004
Jack Chalk, one of the officials for the Biker's Tour, remounts after
guiding the bikes through downtown Kralendijk.
Impressive. That's a
word that fits the spec-
tacular Motorcycle Tour that
criss-crossed Bonaire this
past weekend. The glowing
finish of the bikes and classic
cars was almost more stirring
than the throaty rumble of the
Harleys. Bikes and bikers
from Venezuela, the Carib-
bean and the US cruised and
partied the length and breadth
of the island, stopping to
gather along the downtown
waterfront between Karel's
Beach Bar and City Caf6 and
at Captain Don's Habitat.
This sixth edition of the an-
nual event was the biggest
yet and the manners of the
riders were exemplary. Area A familiar sight all weekend: long lines of riders.
hotels and nightspots were
jammed with people having lots of fun. How will they top it next year? G.D.
"Glen and Su Car" during Bonaire Day. Just one of the many classicsfrom
Aruba and Curagao brought for the Biker's Tour.
Bonaire Reporter September 10 to 17, 2004
This week's beaches are very different from each other.
The discovery of Pink Jewel was pure luck. It came about because I wanted
to examine a funny looking cactus I spotted on top of a cliff. The cactus wasn't
that exciting, but the pink coral beach I discovered was.
Everyone knows or has heard of Lac Cai, but I wonder how many have spent
time enjoying its wonderful beach. I for one was amazed at what I discovered dur-
ing my visits earlier this week. What a different atmosphere from the many Sun-
day afternoons I've enjoyed there.
I'd been told on
by long-time resi-
dents about the
beauty of pink
beaches found on
the island before
(the results of
"Lenny," but how
can a newcomer
even imagine the
beauty of a pink
coral beach? But
last week I got
lucky on my con-
tinual quest of finding the best seaside spot on the island. I happened to look down
from a cliff, and there it was, a beautiful pink sandy beach. Where is this Pink
Jewel you will ask? I can guarantee that only the die-hard beach bums will attempt
to reach it. This Pink Jewel is located in a bay just past Playa Frans.
To reach it you will need to climb the two-meter rock wall at the far end of Playa
Frans and then hike for five minutes along the cliff's edge and quickly you will
spot this wonderful beauty. To descend from the cliff to the beach, you will need
to look around for the natural pathway winding along the cliff's edge. The beach
itself is white sand covered with millions of small specks of pink coral. The cliff
wall provides some wonderful shady areas, depending on the time of day you visit.
And speaking of the cliff walls, do look at how intricately the cliff is made of lay-
ers of broken corals. At the end of this small beach is a sandy entry into the sea.
However, the many corals near the shore will somewhat restrict your ability to
swim or snorkel. After enjoying this Pink Jewel, do remember that you will need to
hike up and along the cliff and descend it again. Another way of reaching this Pink
Jewel is to just snorkel to the bay from Playa Frans, but it would certainly take
away most of the fun of reaching this Pink Jewel.
Like many other
residents of Bon-
aire, I've spent
many Sunday af-
Lac Cai, but
never did I realize
what a haven of
tranquility Lac is
has gone home.
about the wonderful beach at Lac, I finally took time to visit it early last week. I
was in for quite a surprise. The serenity of the beach area was amazing: the beauti-
ful sandy beach, the calm waters of Lac, the mangroves growing around Lac Cai,
the distant roaring sound of the sea, the windsurfers in the distance and the moun-
tains of conch shells. Each taken separately is nothing amazing, but when all is
found in an entire package such as at Lac Cai, it is spectacular.
You will be greeted on your arrival at Lac Cai by a pack of dogs, but no need to
worry -- they will quickly lose interest as you drive towards the beach area. The
sandy beach is quite long, and the calm water is very shallow, an ideal place for
children to frolic in the water safely. There is no shade along the beach, but a short
stroll from the beach you will find some great shady areas. A Bonairean resident
told me that Lac Cai is very popular on Saturdays with young families with chil-
dren learning how to swim. I did not enjoy such a scene, but I will surely visit Lac
Cai some Saturday soon to enjoy such a great beach with others. O Josde Bolduc
YOGA FOR YOU
"Find the gift in all things. No matter how difficult life may seem, we can find
meaning and purpose in it all. We can learn and grow from even the most chal-
lenging situations in our lives. As we learn we can handle it all in a powerful
and loving way, our confidence grows and grows and grows. In that lies the
N ot sure how to start a meditation can be in touch with the feeling of this
practice? Try this Inner Peace breath that's happening now. Your mind
Meditation. Stop for a few moments and will wander when you do this; that is its
connect up with the feeling sense of nature. Just notice the wanderings with-
your body. out judging. See what's on your mind in
terms of thoughts and feelings, and then
Sit comfortably in a cross-legged posi- reconnect back with the breath.
tion on the floor or sit in a chair or Bring your focus deeply inside your
lie down on the floor. Allow the body, to its very core, finding a
spine to be straight, the shoulders place of stillness, quiet and peace.
relaxed and the chest open. Rest Breathe deeply into this center fill-
the hands on your knees, or be- ing it with your awareness,
side the torso, or in your lap slowly beginning to grow
with the palms facing up. and expand outwards. Feel
Relax the face, jaw, and this place of inner peace
belly. Let the tongue rest on expand to fill your entire
the roof of the mouth, just being.
behind the front teeth. Practice this for 10-
Allow the eyes to lightly 20 minutes. To end:
close. gently let the eyes
Breathe slowly, smoothly \open, inhale the palms
and deeply in and out through together in front of your
the nose. Let the inhale start in heart, exhale and gently
the belly and then rise gently up into bow.
your chest. Settle this awareness on the Take a moment before moving on with
breath and ride on the waves of the full the rest of your day. O Desiree
in-breath and full out-breath. See if you
Don and Desirde of "Yoga For You" offer classes from beginners to advanced
Bonaire Reporter- September 10 to 17, 2004
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Kent Porras and Marisela Anthony with their baby Kevin and puppy
H ere's puppy "Whiskey" with her
new family: Kent Porras and
Marisela Anthony with their baby
Kevin. Whiskey is the Shelter's 110th
adoption of this year. That was the num-
ber of adoptions for the whole year lin
2003. Whiskey, named by Kent, is 10
weeks old and was to be our Pet of the
She, like the other adoptees at the Shel-
ter, is in perfect health, having been
checked by the vet, tested and given her
shots. As part of the adoption fee Whis-
key will be sterilized when she is old
enough. Congratulations to the new fam-
ily. May you all have a wonderful life
WeeK before Kent and Marisela saw ner.
Sterilization Program, October 18 to 30, Update:
Shelter Director Jurrie Mellema reports that, thanks to
some very generous people, accommodations have been
found for all the volunteer veterinarians and their wives com-
ing to the island.
A space at the Shelter has been reno-o
vated to act as a sterile operating room.
That took most of the budget, so what are very much
needed now are donations of money.
They need an airco for the operating room; special operation tables
have to be built; and they need a four-burner stove or hot plate to ster-
ilize the operating equipment. As Jurrie points out, these are one-time
costs for items that can be used again and again in the future for more sterilization
programs. If you can help, call the Shelter on the Lagoen Road at 717-4989.
They're open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. L.D.
FREE STERILIZATION PROGRAM
OCTOBER 18 to 30.
Animal Shelter's Community-wide Program
Tell Your Neighbors!
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WEEKLY IYE SEPWT INE
New! Usually 9:00pm
(Shawn and Marion
Ealy Show (usually 7pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM Garfield
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
Thursday, Sept. 9 -for a week-Circo
Hros Suarez-Mexican Circus, Parking
area at the Stadium. Tickets sold at gate
from 10 am. M-F, 7:30 pm, Sat. & Sun.
Until September 25, at Cinnamon Art
Gallery an exhibition of "Nochi" Cof-
Monday to Saturday, September 13 to
18-Clean Up the World-Show your
love for Bonaire and join the Cleanup!
Sponsored by Selibon and Fundashon
Tene Boneiru Limpi. Tel. 717-8159, 717-
5330 ext. 229.
Tuesday, September 21-SGB Culinary
School Fundraiser Dinner, Chez Nous,
at 6 pm. To help send four students to
study cuisine in Italy for 4 weeks. More
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance 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
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, So-
cial 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.H.Y. 790-9450
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 Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast
while you shop: fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts
and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks
Every day by appointment -Rooi
A September Special
[ondays, September 13, 20, 27 Fish Behavior DVD/
le Show by Anna & Ned DeLoach, Buddy Dive Pool Bar,
uesdays, September 14, 21, 28 Mangrove Snorkel led
Anna & Ned DeLoach Make reservations at the Ac-
ty Center of Buddy Dive (Tel. 717-5080, ext. 525). $25
s 5% tax.
Vednesdays, September 15, 22, 29 Guided Boat
e with Anna & Ned DeLoach. Make reservations at
Activity Center of Buddy Dive (Tel. 717-5080, ext.
). $24 plus 5% tax.
Fridays, September 17 & 24 Anna & Ned DeLoach will sign their world famous
Fish ID and Fish Behavior books from 6 until 7 pm at the Pool bar at Buddy Dive.
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Au-
thentic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAf 12
for Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
black jack, 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 Conser-
vation 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- Con-
versation, fun, yams, a few slides. Guar-
anteed 85% true. Aquarius Conference
Room. Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm
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 -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
Mangazina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy theview
from "The King's Storehouse" while leaning
about Bonaire's history and culture and visit
typical homes from the 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-
5pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marsh&- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rin-
con area. Alta Mira
Nature Walking Tour at 6:30 am. Town
Walking tour at 9:30, Bus Tour at 10.
Call Maria at 717-6435 to reserve.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. 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 ofCoromoto 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
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.
Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252
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On the Water at the Harbour Village Resort Open every day 30 am to 10:30 pm, If you are using the NAf25 Beach Pass, a NAf15 credit is given for meals
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Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
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Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
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BICYCLE I 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-
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BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
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See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Cafe.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
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Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
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Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
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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.
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-
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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 I 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-
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RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
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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-
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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.
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Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh
mind and body. Private lessons too.
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Bonaire Reporter September 10 to 17, 2004
ON THE ISLAND SINCE ...
Janan Ise kma
41T came to Bonaire with the cargo
I ship Maron. I was 26 and had
been invited by the Protestant church
council to be a minister on Bonaire. On
September 27 I'll have been 40 years in
I was bom in the north of Holland, in
Hoom. My father was a businessman
and I went to school with the idea of
following in his footsteps. When I
changed my mind and started theologi-
cal studies in Germany, my father
thought it was a punishment from God.
My parents were profoundly religious,
but they were very much against the
church because of their experiences.
However, when I was ordained my fa-
ther shed a tear.
Bonaire in 1964 was mighty nice for a
young guy. You could do a lot and I
started working on many projects like
the child custody board and prisoner af-
ter care. Katchi Craane's son-in-law
built me a real Bonairean sailboat, 16
feet, like the Papagayo, and I roamed
the sea around Bonaire. The moment I
set foot on Bonaire I felt at home. The
parish of the Protestant church was
small, it's never been
big, but I felt like a fish
in water! Every Thurs- "I told
day and Friday Shon Da, let go of it
Jopie Abraham's mother,
came to help me with my will be
Papiamentu, helping to bitter!
translate the sermons and what's ha
making house calls with
me. Together with the The crim
Catholic and other terrorizin
churches we founded a day are th
youth group in Rincon, d
Hubentutpa Kristu body cal
(Youth for Christ). We yea:
built a clubhouse next to
the church. There were about 80 mem-
bers and the two youth leaders, Wilson
Thode and Geronimo Mercera, were the
pillars of the movement. Later on
Geronimo went to study theology on
Trinidad and Jamaica, then served the
Protestant parish on Bonaire for 25
years. He's enjoying his pension but his
old teacher is working again!
Bonaire then was under the domain of
the West Indian Company which said
that a young man should either come
with a wife, his mother or his aunt. I was
working in Germany and had a German
girlfriend whom I knew a couple of
months, so we got married immediately
and sailed off. We had three daughters,
two bom on Bonaire, one in Curagao.
All three of them live in Curagao.
Michaela is married to an architect,
Janice is married to a DCA pilot and
Birgit is single, our 'little storm.'
We divorced and I met Ilse "Poppie"
Visser from Curagao. We've been mar-
ried for 30 years. We have a son, Jan,
who's 25. Before he was 20 he was a
pilot on an Air Aruba jet. Now he's fly-
ing in Indonesia with Star Air, a subsidi-
ary company of Garuda and... that's a
great pain to his mom because she
misses him terribly."
Jan Jonkman (67) and his wife Ilse
(64) share their life every single moment
of the day, and together they take care of
their Siamese cat, two dogs, four Ma-
caws and one baby Macaw, one cocka-
too and three Amazon Loras from Vene-
zuela with two eggs. "For 23 years
we've had birds, and for the last few
years we've had nests with good re-
sults," Ilse says. "Together with other
'experts' we set up a foundation. It was
Peter Montanus from DROB's idea. Our
goal is to start a breeding project so peo-
ple can buy a Lora legally instead of
having a poacher take one from the wild
for them. Excuse me for a moment," she
says, "I'm going to call my son Jan in
Djakarta because he's been flying and I
want to make sure that he's home now."
"The beauty of Ilse," Jan says, "is that
she inherited this perfect mixture of Fri-
sian down-to-earthness and Latin emo-
tionality from her an-
cestors. She's incredi-
hem, if you ble. I couldn't do
the outcome without her. She
makes house calls
xtremely with me; she designs
Lnd that's certificates for mar-
peningnow. riage, baptism and
als who are writes the liturgy and
Curacao to- the church'snewspa-
children no- per; she keeps my
agenda and does
d about 20 translations for the
ago." church. Ilse was an
English and Spanish
teacher for 40 years in Curagao.
I stayed on Bonaire until 1972; then I
became a minister with the Fort Church
in Curagao. But after my divorce, I was-
n't allowed to work as a minister on the
islands anymore so for 20 years I
worked in judicial youth care. I wrote a
book, Social Guide for the Dutch Antil-
les. That's how I came in touch with
Government services, departments and
foundations involved in judicial youth-
care and found out there was no commu-
nication between them whatsoever, no
or very poor intramural care (for young-
sters who are institutionalized), and in-
sufficient support and guidance. Because
of my book, the Minister of Justice at
the time asked me to create a founda-
tion, the 'Family Supervisory Guardian
Board,' for children from birth to 18
whose relationship with their parents
was such that it was necessary to put
them legally in custody of the juvenile
court and give them a family guardian,
appointed and guided by the foundation.
It filled a vacuum. We were responsible
for over 400 chil-
dren. My experi-
ences made me
write an essay, an
SOS, to the Min-
ister of Justice,
'The Loss of the
were lost. The
mother and the
child were living
in this vicious
possibility of an
escape, caused by
poverty, a lack of
communication at home and single par-
ent families. Children were growing up
without a feeling of belonging, and the
result was that their conscience didn't
develop; they weren't aware of their
own limits; they couldn't control them-
selves; and they didn't love themselves
or anybody else not people, not ani-
mals, not their society nor their country.
And... mind you... This was 20 years
I put some projects on paper for the
Justice Department: A team to guide
first offenders to prevent them going
from bad to worse and a re-socializing
program for juvenile delinquents, the
ones who had already been involved in
more serious crimes. You know what the
government did? Absolutely nothing! I
told them, if you let go of it the outcome
will be extremely bitter! And that's
what's happening now. The criminals
who are terrorizing Curagao today are
the children nobody cared about 20
In 1999 I investigated the situation on
Bonaire the children who were at risk
and the ones already involved in crime -
a total of 215 children! That file is still
somewhere in a drawer here in the Gov-
ernment's offices. The excuse? No
I stayed on Curagao until 2001, when I
noticed that the Justice Department used
my essays, my memoranda and my pro-
jects as 'Political Footballs.' I told my
wife, 'I quit!' Just then the Protestant
Church approached me and asked me to
come back to Bonaire or Curagao. My
wife and I prayed for advice, and we
chose Bonaire, so... here we are!
One of the conditions the Government
made (because officially I was already
retired) was that I would find a succes-
sor. I did in the person of Kenneth
Kross, a teacher at SGB who's doing his
Masters in Theology. He'll be ready in
two years. Besides coaching Kenneth I
have two goals for Bonaire. In 2002 I
Ilse and Jan Jonkman
tried to reunite all the religious groups
on the island so all of us together could
do something about the very serious so-
cial problems here, especially the
youngsters. To my great sadness I found
out that everyone preferred to stay in his
own little comer and wasn't planning to
move. That's very much against Jesus'
instruction when he says in St. John nr.
17, 'That they all may be one; as thou
Father art in me and I in thee, that they
also may be one in us: that the world
may believe that thou hast sent me.' I
haven't given up on it!
My second goal for Bonaire is the res-
toration of the Protestant Church in Rin-
con and the youth clubhouse next to it.
For the clubhouse we've already re-
ceived three quarters of the funds, all
donations, and we'll start very soon. The
new foundation, Hubentut pa Kristu, is
at the Notary's office and our previous
chairman of the board, Wilson Thode, is
back with us again. Financially we're
supported by the Reformed Parish of the
Westerkerk in Amsterdam and a very
aristocratic and well-known parish, the
Remonstrant Parish of Lochem, Hol-
land. We have a verbal promise from
'Wings of Support,' a KLM employees
organization, and the Valero oil com-
pany from Aruba has also promised to
support us, thanks to Ramonsito Booi.
Because of my faith I am a very posi-
tive thinking realist. Archbishop Carter
of Jamaica told me in 1973, 'Before you
open your mouth you have to understand
the soul of the people.' I always kept
that in mind and I know it's true. The
become my sec-
thinking from a
now." 0 Greta
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The World Will Not End
on Sept. 29th!
(Even Though a Rather
Large Asteroid Will Make
Its Closest Approach)
Y ou may or may not have
heard a rumor that a
rather large asteroid will slam into
Earth this month. And while it is
true that on Wednesday September
29t, a 3-mile-wide asteroid named
Toutatis will pay its closest visit
since the year 1353, as for the rest,
let me give you the real lowdown.
If we could go out into space and The Asteroid Toutatis NASA photo
look down at our solar system with
super human vision we would no-
tice that the first five planets in their order out from the sun are Mercury, Venus,
Earth, Mars and Jupiter, each of which is a pretty good sized chunk of real
estate ranging from 3,000 miles wide to 88,000 miles wide. But if we had super
duper vision we would also notice the 3-mile-long by 1 '/-mile wide dumbbell
shaped asteroid Toutatis whose orbit extends as far out as the asteroid belt be-
tween Mars and Jupiter and which every four years pays a very close visit, astro-
nomically speaking, to our planet Earth.
Indeed Wednesday Sept. 29th asteroid Toutatis will pay its closest visit in 651
years and won't be this close again for another 558 years. In fact, this is one of
the largest asteroids ever known to have come this close to us in recorded his-
tory. But despite the doomsday rumors, even at its closest point on the 29th it will
be four times as far away from us as our Moon, almost one million miles away.
And we certainly don't worry about our Moon slamming into us every month and
it's only a quarter of a million miles away, so enough with the rumors and now
on to some of the weird stuff.
You see, asteroid Toutatis is really bizarre. Scientists have bounced radar off it
on previous flybys. It looks something like a dumbbell, but it doesn't spin on a
single axis like the planets. Instead it tumbles through space. So if you were on
Toutatis the stars wouldn't seem to slowly circle around a central axis but would
instead criss cross the sky, never following the same path twice, not exactly a
great place for star gazers. And although our planet Earth, as seen from Toutatis,
would usually only look like a bright star, when it makes its closest approach on
the 29th our Earth as seen from Toutatis would look about the same size as a full
Moon looks from Earth. So maybe while we're singing "Shine on Harvest Moon"
at the end of September Toutatians may be singing "Shine on Harvest Earth."
Now some people have been saying that if you know where to look in the sky
even amateur astronomers will be able to see Toutatis on the 29th with a pair of
binoculars or a small telescope. But there's one small catch. You also have to be
in the southern hemisphere because it will be passing close to Alpha and Beta
Centauri, the two bright stars which point to the Southern Cross. So good luck
Toutatis hunting if you're far below the Equator and put that hard hat away for
another day. OJack Horkimer
Moon Info 0 New Moon September 14th ) First Quarter September
21st New Moon September 28th f:. Last Quarter October 6th
For the week:
September 10 to September 17, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You should put in some extra hours developing that
creative idea you have. Moneymaking opportunities will surface. Children might be
on your mind. Don't hesitate to make special plans just for two. Family trips or pro-
jects should be on your mind. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You could experience delays in shipments or mail
and should be careful while traveling. Don't let your emotions take over. Avoid too
much discourse with colleagues this week. Don't make large purchases or invest-
ments. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Things aren't as they appear. Get involved in activi-
ties that will be fun for the whole family. Check your personal papers and make sure
everything is in order. Don't hesitate to sign up for lectures or seminars that will
enlighten you. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
(June 22-July 22) Don't be too quick to blame others for your bad mood. You can
meet someone who will become very dear to you if you get out and socialize. Be
sure to take care of any minor ailments. Take a close look at any contracts you've
signed in order to be sure exactly where you stand. Your lucky day this week will be
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Changes at home will be necessary. Trying to deal with
your mate will be unproductive and possibly hurtful. You have been stagnating for
some time now and you need a change of pace. Sudden changes regarding your do-
mestic scene are probable. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Be careful that you don't overextend yourself. Prob-
lems with fire, gas, or oil may cause disruptions and annoyances. You can't make
things better if you don't know what to fix. Problems with females you live or work
with will try your patience and cause temper flare ups. Your lucky day this week
will be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You'll find you're detail oriented this week. Difficul-
ties at an emotional level may be likely. Rather than making a scene, communicate
quietly about the way you feel. You must use discretion when talking to others.
Gambling should not be an option. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Residential moves will be hectic and may be un-
satisfactory. Any renovation or decorating to your home should include the whole
family. Don't be critical or overly opinionated with dislikes; it could cause disap-
proval and unwanted opposition. Use your quick wit to win points and friends. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Any renovation or decorating to your home
should include the whole family. You may have to explain your actions to your fam-
ily. If you can't get away, make plans to do something special with friends or rela-
tives. Try to be precise in your communications. Your lucky day this week will be
CAPRICORN (Dec 22- Jan. 20) Don't get involved in other people's private do-
ings. You mustn't take on other people's responsibilities or you may find yourself
irritable and exhausted, If they're really interested, they'll wait. Secret affairs may
only cause complications in your life. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You may want to stay in the background this
week. Accept the inevitable. Things are looking good for you, so open your eyes and
get to it. It's time you let your true feelings out. Your lucky day this week will be
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't let someone take the credit for ajob you did.
Your health may suffer if you don't control your present situation. You will attract
members of the opposite sex readily. Sports, physical fitness programs, exercise in
general will make you feel better and show some pretty quick results. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday. O
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