FlIASAM AND ETHsy
T he Exel Aviation Group will
take over the independent
airline, DutchBird, effective Novem-
ber 1, 2004. This will add five planes
and 250 employees to the Exel family.
Reportedly, two new Airbus 320s will
be assigned to Curacao for "the Carib-
According to published reports, this
will enable the airline, which had al-
ready purchased a Boeing 737, to start
flying to more regional destinations
quicker. The target is to start flying the
Miami route, to be left open when
Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) stops
operating, as soon as possible under a
November 1 "wet lease" arrangement
with DutchBird ( the planes can oper-
ate with their current Dutch registra-
tion and crews). Look for a more in-
depth story on the history and demise
of DCA on page 6.
A Curaqao's Commissioner of Eco-
nomic Affairs, Ivar Asjes, visited
American Eagle headquarters in
Puerto Rico in company with the is-
land's Tourism Bureau Director to
discuss transitional flight arrange-
ments and the possible takeover of
some of Dutch Caribbean Airlines
(DCA) routes. There was interest but
A The first flight of CuracaoExel
landed at Princess Juliana Interna-
tional Airport in St. Maarten shortly
after noon on Monday, October 4th
"We can assure St. Maarten that we
have a warm heart for you," said Man-
aging Director Raymondo Saleh of
Dutch Eagle Express, CuraqaoExel's
parent company. Saleh said he was
"really surprised and honored" by the
There will be no Bonaire
Reporter next week in keeping
with our policy of publishing
four issues a month. (Four times
a year there are five Fridays in
the month.) The next issue will
be available on October 28th.
A Last week in a series of 13 raids,
11 houses in Curaqao, St. Maarten and
Holland, as well as two companies in
the Curaqao Free Zone, were searched
by police. A total of 11 foreigners,
mostly from South America, were de-
tained. With this operation authorities
managed to break up an international
drug gang known for transporting
"warm welcome" at the airport. The
flight originates in Bonaire with a stop
in Curaqao with a new, speedier,
longer range ATR-500 model turbo-
A Former Antillean Prime Minis-
ter Ben Komproe died in hospital on
Curacao on Monday. He was 62.
Komproe, a former Antillean justice
minister as well, had been sick for
some time and underwent an emer-
gency operation on his stomach in St.
Elisabeth hospital last month. He had
been in intensive care since. Komproe
was Antillean Prime Minister for sev-
eral months in 2003, filling in for the
leader of the FOL party, Anthony
Godett, who was accused of fraud.
Komproe was arrested on September
7 this year on suspicion of corruption
and being a member of a criminal
gang. While serving as Justice Minis-
ter, Komproe had issued Colombian
and Bolivian prostitutes with residence
permits, despite claims he was not au-
thorized to do so. It was that incident
that began the fall of the Mirna Godett
government that resigned shortly after-
A The choice of becoming a UPG
(Ultra-Peripheral Territory) or LGO
(Countries and Territories Overseas)
should not be for financial reasons,
said visiting Kingdom Relations Min-
ister Thom de Graaf, but for political
reasons. De Graaf says an island must
ask itself, "What type of country do
you want to be in relation to the rest of
the world?" Bonaire officials said
they will schedule a second Referen-
dum to make the choice sometime in
drugs from Colombia through Vene-
zuela to Curaqao and St. Marten. The
ultimate destination for the drugs was
Europe and the US.
The suspects are believed to have
transported or sold hundreds of kilos
of cocaine. A total of 120 police offi-
cers from different departments of the
police corps, the RST (Criminal Inves-
tigation Unit) and members of the
HARM team (Hit and Run Money
Laundering team) formed part of the
actions. During the entire investigation
the police were aided by the Customs
Department, the Coast Guard and the
American Drug Enforcement Agency.
A The Bonaire Island Government
has decided to create a central man-
agement for the airport and harbor
authorities, named Bonaire Ports
Authority N.V. The Ports Authority
will oversee the operation of the Bon-
aire International Airport N.V., Bon-
aire International Seaport N.V., and
Port Security Services N.V.
A To meet the standards to obtain
ISPS certificate (International Ship
and Port Facilities Security Code)
Bonaire's ports have been fenced; a
security organization has been ap-
pointed to carry out all security duties
such as I.D. control, luggage, vehicles
and cargo; TV cameras monitor the
ports when there are no security
guards or no ships visiting the harbor.
Lighting has been improved; port se-
curity officers completed a security
course; and a port security plan has
A Due to the increasing cargo arriv-
ing in Bonaire by container from
Curaqao, immediate plans are to build
a new roll-on, roll-off (Roro) pier to
be used as a back-up pier during the
cruise ship season in order to release
the pressure on the south pier of Kral-
endijk. A possible location for the new
Roro pier is south of WEB in Hato.
The supply boats, Doha Luisa, Don
Andres and Ronald, will use this pier
to deliver the containers transported
A Up until 2002 the island govern-
ment was in charge of the manage-
ment of the airport. Since then the
management has been in the hands of
the government company, Bonaire
International Airport N.V., (B.I.A.).
B.I.A.'s primary task is to manage,
Bonaire Reporter October 15 to October 29, 2004
IN THIS ISSUE
Breakup of Antilles 4
The "Crash" of an Airline 6
Double Presentation 8
Remax Birthday 8
Conference Center Opens 9
(Wedding Sellars/Fielstra) 9
Regatta Roundup 10
Regatta Windsurfing 11
Ask the Dietitian (low fat, low sugar
Bistro de Paris Review 13
Pelikaan School Opens 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Police Update 5
Opinion (Terrorism in Bonaire) 5
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Pet of the Week (Mariana) 12
Hit Parade 14
What's Happening 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Aimed Ayubi) 17
Picture Yourself (Volendam,
The Netherlands) 18
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19
operate, maintain and develop the air-
port. The airport has almost completed
its privatization. At present the nego-
tiations with the labor union are in
Continued on page 4
progress for the transfer of personnel
and a labor agreement.
Infrastructure and commercial im-
provements at the airport include: the
extension of the platform, a new de-
parture and transit hall (tax free shops,
restaurants, toilets and waiting areas),
a catering facility, a new main access
road and an extension of the runway.
Planned infrastructure improvements
are: an arrival hall (including baggage
conveyers), renovation and pavement
of platform strips, improvement of
drainage and grading the strip, pur-
chase of the fuel farm by Oil Trading
Bonaire, security installations, a new
fire department building and renova-
tion of airport fencing. Commercial
(Continued on page 4)
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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 2)
news as we
go to press: There have been 125 con-
firmed reservations so far for the mas-
sive Free Sterilization Program, Octo-
ber 18 to 30. The aim is to combat multi-
tudes of unwanted litters of puppies by
sterilizing 200 to 300 free-ranging dogs
on the island. Veterinarians from the US,
Canada and Holland are donating their
To sign up, call Shelter Manager Jurrie
Mellemn at 717-4Q98 n /[r n
3Referenbum Jfolaobtup -
Recommends Breakup of the Antilles
The result of last month's Bonaire
Referendum turned out to be a
preview for the recommendations of a
work group on administrative and finan-
cial reforms. The study group report ti-
tled, "Now's the Time... Now's the Mo-
ment!" (informally named the "Jesurun
Report" after its leader, Edsel "Papi" Je-
surun), counseled that the three Antillean
islands with the least population Bon-
aire, St. Eustatius and Saba should get
direct ties with Holland. The more popu-
lous islands of Curagao and St. Maarten
should become autonomous countries
within the Dutch realm.
The island of Bonaire polled its popula-
tion on September 10, 2004, on the gov-
ernmental structure they preferred for
themselves. The referendum, conducted
under United Nations guidelines, showed
that 59% of the voters wanted closer ties
with The Netherlands. The next favorite
was to become an autonomous country
within the Dutch Kingdom (as is the is-
land of Aruba). Only 16% wanted to
maintain the status quo where Bonaire
would remain a part of the Netherlands
Antilles. Less than 1% chose independ-
The work group also proposed that Hol-
land take over and refinance a large part
of the 4.8 billion Antillean guilder (US
$2.71 billion) debt of the Antilles.
Bonaire attorney, Michial Bijkerk, who
advised Bonaire's political leader
Ramonsito Booi and the Bonaire Island
Council on referendum matters said,
"This will open the way for many great
opportunities, more than one could imag-
ine. The breakup of the Antilles is now an
irreversible fact, but not one done out of
But Bonaire's opposition leader, Jopie
Abraham, sees things differently. Ac-
cording to him a direct link with Holland
is out of line with Dutch policy as stated
in the 2005 Dutch Budget Agenda. Abra-
ham said the policy directed, "maximum
Bonaire, minimum together-with-the-
others and crucial affairs with Holland."
Abraham believes that Bonaire should
become an independent country in the
Sometime in the next year the rest of
the Antillean islands will hold similar
referenda. St. Maarten in 2000 voted to
become an autonomous country in the
Kingdom. If the results of the first two
referenda are duplicated it would rein-
force the recommendations of the Jesurun
Bonaire Reporter October 15 to October 29, 2004
TERRORISM IN BONAIRE
This past Monday evening a retired American
couple, residents of Bonaire, were tortured and
beaten by three masked men looking for money and
valuables. You can read the police report on this
page for basic details. What the police report doesn't
tell about are the terrible injuries (see photo at right
and be glad it's printed in black and white) and muti-
lation sustained by the victims and the impact this
crime has on the American community in Bonaire.
This is the latest of a series of crimes against retired
Americans and the level of violence is escalating with
They are gentle people, involved in the local com-
munity. She works as a volunteer. They are not
wealthy or conspicuous about material things.
Why were they singled out for this attack? "Are
Americans a special target?" asked one of their
American neighbors whom we won't identify. An-
other American family isn't waiting to find out.
They're moving away from Bonaire right now.
One can't help but draw a parallel between these
recent crimes and the double murder of Alfons
Pleumeekers and his wife four and a half years ago.
In that case the killers committed crimes of escalating
violence but until those two people were murdered
and almost half of Bonaire's population marched
against crime, competent police weren't brought in.
Torture and brute violence are instruments of terror-
ism. And terror is what is stalking Bonaire suburbs
right now... and anger as well against the criminals
and a police department that takes over an hour to
appear on the scene of that violent crime. Just what
were those officers doing?
Instead of the police force's pathetic "Zero Toler-
ance" effort aimed at "criminals" with a burnt-out tail
light or expired license, Bonaire must declare a war
on the terror and lock up the terrorists. And let's get
police whose officers have the guts to go after crimi-
nals and not motorists. And do it now. O G.D.
LIEOT9E-0 PULI POSCUO9S0F7**-71-92
harles Souriel of the Police
*On October 12, just after mid-
night, there was a brutal attack
and robbery of an American cou-
ple living in Sabadeco. Three men,
armed with machetes and guns
broke into their bedroom and ter-
rorized them by tying them up,
beating the woman until she was
unrecognizable (see photo above)
and slashing the man's back with
machetes and burning him with
cigarettes. The attackers were com-
pletely masked so as not to be iden-
tified. The house was torn up as the
robbers attempted to find things of
value. The robbers escaped in the
victims' car which was later found
abandoned on the property of Rudy
Boezem. The vehicle was found
later by the police and taken to the
police station for investigation.
SSS (Special Security Service -a
private firm) was on the scene
quickly and transported the victims
to the hospital to treat their serious
injuries. The police are working
hard to solve this case as soon as
*On October 6 in the early morn-
ing hours a Special Security Ser-
vices (SSS) agent saw a man, F.P.,
stealing a case of beer from Mon-
tecatini Minimarket. He called the
Police in Playa and the man was
arrested. In searching the suspect
the police also found a pipe for
smoking crack (base).
*Also on October 6 in the evening
at about 8:10 there was a fire at
Koop Tjuchem N.V. reported. The
fire department battled the blaze for
about 40 minutes before it was ex-
tinguished. It's suspected that the
fire began in the machine that
makes asphalt. Police are investi-
*Last Saturday, October 9, a man,
R.D.A., 19, suspected of commit-
ting a murder in the Kust Baterij
area of Curaqao, was caught at
Flamingo Airport. Authorities on
Bonaire had been alerted by Cura-
qao police. The suspect was at-
tempting to fly via the KLM to
Holland. He was taken into custody
and sent to Curacao for question-
*Last Sunday, October 10, police
were called when there was an al-
tercation at the wharf where the
Tribon ferry is docked. Passengers
were irate because only 16 of the
30 cars waiting on the dock were
going to be allowed on the ferry to
be transported to Curaqao. The
owners of the ferry appeased the
crowd by explaining that there had
been reservations made for the 16
cars three weeks before. They
promised that the remaining 14 cars
would be transported the next day,
Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius re-
.Last week there were four drug
arrests at the airport by the Fla-
mingo Team and one burglary.
Jail update: The jail in Playa
should be ready to receive prisoners
soon. Apparently the delay is a re-
sult of waiting for delivery of water
taps for sinks and showers. The
Prosecutor was told that it should
open by the end of this week, Octo-
ber 15. That jail can handle about
35 prisoners, but according to Wes-
selius it's never completely full.
The jail in Rincon at the Police
Station, which was to be used while
the Playa jail was being refur-
bished, is taking longer to complete
than the Playajail. OL.D.
Bonaire Reporter October 15 to October 29, 2004
THE "CRASH" OF AN AIRLINE
The original Snip. The Snip was
flown for a time by the father of
Bonaire's Rene Hakkenburg
Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA)
died not with a bang, but a
whimper. The airline made its last
flights early this week after announcing
on Thursday, October 7th that it would
declare bankruptcy. There is no money
to pay salaries for October; the electric
company said they would cut off ser-
vice unless NAf100.000 was paid; the
UTS phone company had been blocking
outgoing calls since Monday for non-
payment; and DCA's insurance was
The Curacao Executive Council made
the decision to declare the company
bankrupt, not for reorganization, but for
dissolution. The airline has debts that
far exceed its "book value." One can-
not help but be saddened by the loss of
jobs, service and competition in the An-
tillean airline picture.
The story of DCA goes back a long
time, back to ALM, and further to
KLM. It was 70 years ago in December,
1934, when the first trans-Atlantic
KLM flight from Amsterdam to Cura-
qao was flown by the Fokker F -XVIII
Snip. KLM's intention with the Snip
flight was to make Curaqao the hub of
their American operations and provide
an American link between the Far East
and Europe. Pan American had already
started Caribbean and South American
operations with Charles Lindbergh act-
ing as a goodwill ambassador. Pan Am
had been flying to Curaqao and Aruba
where the Lago oil refinery was run by
Esso. KLM started flying with their F-
XVIII between the islands and South
America. Before this could mature
WWII intervened and Amsterdam-
Curaqao flights did not resume until
after the war.
KLM incorporated the KLM West-
Indisch Bedrijf (West Indies Division)
in 1964 as ALM (Antilliaanse
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One of the Convair 340s used by
Luchtvaart Maatschappij) Antillean
Airlines with three Convair 340 Metro-
politans. When the Antillean govern-
ment took over most shares in 1969,
these were replaced with two Fokker F-
27 Friendships and two Douglas DC-9s.
Ironically, the last ALM/DCA planes
flying on Thursday were DC-9s.
Shortly afterwards ALM added more
DC-9s and two Short SD3-30s to its
fleet. Windward Islands' WIN-AIR was
also bought along with its fleet of De
Havilland Twin Otters.
In 1978, KLM began more extensive
cooperation with ALM. Two DC-8s
were brought into service and served
the Curaqao-New York route. KLM
was still hoping to build its hub with
ALM; CUR-AMS KLM flights often
had an ALM cabin crew during those
The final cooperation between ALM
and KLM was when KLM invested in
ALM's new catering building in Cura-
qao four years ago. But when KLM
started using Aruba and Bonaire for
their Latin-America flights, ALM's ca-
tering department had nothing more to
The fact is that ALM could have done
very well indeed. Remember the good
New York, Miami and Atlanta connec-
tions, leather seats, free drinks and ex-
cellent meals, to say nothing of the hot
pastiche and frozen orange juice snack
between Curaqao and Bonaire?
But the airline became overstaffed as
it was sometimes used by politicians to
give jobs to supporters. When Aruba
started Air Aruba, giving ALM the first
real competition they ever had, ALM
quickly bought two Fairchild F-27s to
replace the Shorts. They practically re-
built them at high expense. Not long
after, these were replaced by Havilland
Dash 8s. The then still very marketable
Friendships were abandoned at Hato
airport where they're still sitting.
Meanwhile, ALM also operated, and
lost, a Lockheed Electra turboprop air
In February 2003, ALM announced
they were going back to Twin Otters,
but after a brief experiment, bought
more old DC-9s instead.
In 2002 ALM started competing with
KLM on flights to Holland using equip-
ment from the Belgian airline, So-
belAir, which went bankrupt itself in
early 2004. The price was a third lower
than what KLM asked. In 2002, ALM
said they made almost $1 million profit
from those CUR-AMS flights.
Contrary to reports, that was not their
first profitable year. During the years
1973 through 1978 they made a total
profit of NAf14.3 million. From 1970
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(Crash of an Airline. Continuedfrom page 6)
through 1982 their average loss was
NAf 1.2 million/year, according to
then director Tawa Yrausquin (Amigoe,
July 29, 2004).
Only the CUR-AMS flights kept
ALM going during the last few years.
But then KLM lowered their prices,
after claiming for years that they were
so cheap already it couldn't possibly be
Meanwhile, ALM changed its name
to DCA, Dutch Caribbean Airlines,
and, for Aruba, DCE, Dutch Caribbean
Express, in a move designed to pare a
workforce that had more people than
the total number of seats in all its air-
planes. In the process, they also tried to
get rid of a NAf340 million debt, but
this scheme didn't work out.
Air Holland joined the fun by bring-
ing prices down to $135 for the CUR-
AMS fare, making it one of the best
deals in the world. Later, DCA entered
into an agreement with them. But be-
fore that they refused to do business
with the travel agents who dared sell
Air Holland tickets. But Air Holland
went bankrupt in February 2004, leav-
ing many DCA passengers stranded in
Amsterdam and Curacao.
Since SobelAir folded, DCA could
not seem to do any better than lease old
airplanes for the CUR-AMS flight.
DCA linked with Air Atlanta/Icelandic
(AA/I), but when a new 767 became
available to AA/I it was chartered to
another client. On some flights DCA
was thus forced to make a fuel stop in
the Azores. Meanwhile, they chartered
TriStars from Portugal, but those soon
broke down. They also had brief ar-
rangements with Dutch Bird, Air
Luxor, EuroAtlantic, My Travel Air-
ways, Royal Jordanian and Air Serbia.
It was conceded that the only way some
aircraft were kept in operation was by
cannibalizing others. Credit for spare
parts had long since run out.
In March, 2004, DCA asked for and
got money from the Curaqao island
government to bail them out with
NAf15 million from Korpodeko, a gov-
ernment organization explicitly set up
to promote new business.
By August 2004 public confidence in
DCA dropped to an all-time low. Peo-
ple stranded at Schiphol Airport be-
cause of cancelled flights did not even
get hotel accommodations, contrary to
passenger transport regulations. ("We
just have no funds."). The 40 passen-
gers stuck in Curaqao were kicked out
of the Van der Valk Plaza Hotel as
DCA could not pay the bill. All in all,
about 3,000 passengers were inconven-
Dutch and Curaqao trade unions
started actions to force DCA to keep to
their contract. DCA personnel at Hato
Airport had to hide themselves in the
offices, and airport security guards had
to break up what was turning into a
DCA meanwhile came up with a
business plan, once again with the by
then familiar request for a money injec-
tion only, the amount having grown to
NAf40 million, of which NAf 4.5 mil-
lion was needed immediately for en-
gine parts. In the space of less than two
weeks, this turned out to be NAf 7M
By mid-August, 2004, DCA had built
up a foreign debt of NAf27M and a
local debt of NAf 6M. It's not clear if
this includes the NAf 7M of SobelAir
In 2003, BonairExel, operating under
the Bonaire company, Dutch Eagle Ex-
press, announced its plan to fly be-
tween Bonaire-Curaqao/Aruba/St. Mar-
tin/Venezuela and the US. After a long
legal harangue with the Central Gov-
ernment, BonairExel began flying on a
much less grandiose scale than first an-
nounced. By the start of 2004 only two
ATR turboprops were in use on inter-
In June 2004, Caribbean Exel an-
nounced they would start two or three
flights weekly from Amsterdam-
Curaqao from July 15, with new plans
to build their own Caribbean/South
American hub. CuraqaoExel is flying
the Curaqao-St. Maarten-Bonaire trian-
gle. And within two weeks, Dutch
Bird, now a part of the Exel Group, will
start flying some of DCA's longer
routes out of Curaqao.
We're sad to see ALM/DCA disap-
pear, but they weren't fair with Bonaire
in the final years. Can you imagine the
chaos we'd have now if Bonaire's
elected officials hadn't taken the initia-
tive years ago to attract American Ea-
gle, Air Jamaica and the Exel Group?
DIJ T CN A 1AVEAh H P I IS
tonaire Reporter uctoDer I to uctooer zu, Zuu4
A NOT.TO.MISS DOUBLE PRESENTATION HAPPY BIRTHDAY REIMA
lan to be at Bongos Beach Bar on
Thursday, October 28th to meet the
authors of a new book on our sister Antil-
lean islands and the photographer of the
Award Winning Nature Adventure Series,
At 5:30 pm, husband and wife photogra-
pher team, Dos and Bertie Winkel, well-
known for the books, "Watercolours Bon-
aire," "IslandColours Bonaire," and "The
Nature of Saba," will present their latest
book, "Eye on St. Maarten, Saba, St.
Eustatius." It's the second book in the se-
ries "Eye on..." from Dos and Bertie
Winkel, former Bonaire residents.
At 7 pm, Hendrik Wuyts, who is best
known on Bonaire for his ScubaVision
operation, shows that he's more than a
great underwater cinematographer. He
will present the "Eye on..."
film he shot that shows the
Winkel family's travels to
Peru, Kenya and the Carib-
bean. A highlight is Dos
Winkel's quest aboard the
modern windjammer StadAm-
sterdam for the Caribbean's
most nearly perfect photo-
graph. The ship calls at Saba
where Dos meets with Tom
van der Hof, who was the first
Bonaire Marine Park Manager.
They explore the high peaks,
deep crevasses and ocean pin- eMax Paradise Homes celebrated its first full year of operation in
nacles of Saba. JlN Bonaire to an overflow crowd last Saturday night. Catering was by Fun-
Dos and Bertie's works have appeared worldwide in dive and travel magazines, dashon Mariadal. The RE/Max staff andfriends: Kristin Jonsdopttir-Sedney,
including BBC-Wildlife, National Geographic, Terra and Naturfoto. Bob Bartikowski, Yvette Hageman, Bob Lassiter, Donna DeSalvo, Monique
On this special evening the book will be available for NAf 65,00, a discount of Bergsma.
NAf34,00 from the usual NAf98 price.
The "Eye on..." film series has won four medals, Golden Camera and a
Bronze Medal in the International New York Film festival in 2002 and two Gold
Medals in the 2002 and 2004 Los An- geles International Film Festivals. Look
for more details in the next issue of The Reporter. O G.D
Bonaire Reporter October 15 to October 29, 2004
CONFERENCE CENTER OPENS LATTOUNCMEIINT
M att Sellars and Sara Fielstra
have a special feeling for Bon-
aire. Matt produced the "Save Klein
Bonaire" video that helped get the atten-
tion needed for the island of Klein Bon-
aire to be purchased from private devel-
opers and turned into a nature preserve.
He's Local News Director for CBS TV
Channel 8 in San Diego. Sara is Assis-
tant to the Station Manager. Matt and
Sara will be married this weekend in
San Diego, California. Matt is the son of
Laura and George DeSalvo who bring
you The Bonaire Reporter.
Readers are invited to send their
photos of their engagement or wedding
to The Reporter. The photo will be
printed free of charge.
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aribbean Club Bonaire at Hilltop opened a new Conference Room facility
with a party October 9th. Irish singer Dave Mullinsfrom Curacao and
Bonaire's Famous Kibra Hacha Folk Dancers entertained. The tastefully deco-
rated room, featuring a Dutch Master- like mural on one wall, offers fine facili-
ties for meetings and conferences. Sean and Marjolein are your congenial hosts.
Call 717-7901 for more information. 1
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
1.3FT. 21:06 1.7FT.
1.2FT. 22:03 1.6FT.
1.1FT. 22:55 1.4FT.
1.8FT. 20:37 1.0FT.
1.8FT. 20:37 1.0FT.
DATE TIME HEIGHT
1.8FT. 22:44 0.9FT.
1.9FT. 23:54 0.8FT.
0.7FT. 15:08 1.9FT.
0.7FT. 16:07 2.0FT.
0.6FT. 17:14 2.0FT.
0.7FT. 18:11 2.0FT.
0.7FT. 19:15 1.9FT.
0.8FT. 20:08 1.8FT.
0.9FT. 10:42 1.4FT. 14:41
1.0FT. 10:47 1.5FT. 16:14
1.1FT. 11:10 1.6FT. 17:43
1.1FT. 11:38 1.7FT. 19:13
1.1FT. 2:42 1.1FT. 12:07
1.1FT. 2:42 1.1FT. 12:07
1.8FT. 22:11 0.9FT.
1.9FT. 23:15 0.8FT.
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cap du Long, CuraSao
C'est la Vie, St. Martin
Casse Tete V, Curacao
Chamba II, Curacao
Dos Primu, USA
Dream Catcher, I USA
Eva Luna, Aruba
Flying Cloud, USA
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.
Hotel California Too. ISA
Lucky Lobster, Anguilla
Luna C. USA
Natural Selection, USA
Ninfa di Awa, Curacao
One Way Wind
Precocious Gale, USA
Santa Maria, Sweden
Side by Side
Sol y Mar
Synergy, St Martin
Ti Amo, USA
Ty Dewi, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Ventura II, Costa Rica
Wind Hush II, Curacao
Bonaire Reporter October 15 to October 29, 2004
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4 REGATTA ROUNDUP
A11 agree, the
gatta has been reborn
to greatness again. It
had more activities,
more racing and more
festivities than any of
the previous 36 Regat-
tas. Credit must go to
Byron Tromp, Elvis
MArtinus and the other
organizers and workers
of the Bonaire Sailing
Foundation and the
pants in all the events
from the Nations Pa-
rade at the start, the
numerous races and Ard, Just and Philipine van Anholt from Curagao -
heats of the on-water the family who swept the Optimist A Class
competition to the
awards giving for the Softball Championship on Saturday night.
Race Director Martinus announced that a record number of participants took part
in the 37" Bonaire Regatta. Last year there were 168 participants, this year there
were 266, the highest number since they began to be recorded in 1987. As usual
there were entries from the ABC islands as well as the US, Holland, St. Maarten,
Venezuela and even Norway.
Windsurfers raced and competed on
both sides of the island: the IMCO/
Olympic in Kralendijk Bay and the Free-
style at Sorobon. The 'Bonaire Kids' put
on their usual display of competence. The
Freestyle King was diminutive Kiri Thode
who beat out the fabled Frans brothers,
Tati and Tonky. The Queen and Prince of
the Bay titles went respectively to Aruban,
Sam Quita Offringa, and Bonaire's Bjorn
Saragoza, both 13 years old. (See the
windsurfing scene section following this
article for more information.)
The fine breezes of the first day that al-
lowed the fastest yacht, Hotel California
Too, to round
only an hour
less than her
four days of
made for lots of
and long dura-
and all racing
slow going and
courses were The New Generation Dancers were a hit of the Regatta Festival
the gusto wasn't diminished.
Spectators lined the Promenade for most of the day with the most activity at Re-
A popular sidelight, the Working-Boat Parade, kept up the on-water fun into the
evening hours on Thursday. The coordinator, Ulf Pedersen, captain of the charter
trimaran, Woodwind, donated a case of beer to the crew of Harbour Lady for the
best decorated boat.
The Friday award ceremony at Regatta House,
with its blinding array of trophies, was attended
by a standing-room-only crowd. One standout
among the many class winners was Curaqao's
"pocket rocket" J-24, Chamba I,I which also
won the Overall Trophy. Other Yacht winners
included Ninfa di Awa from Curaqao, Synergy
from St, Maarten, Volare from Venezuela, and
Marvin from Curaqao. Geerlof and Anita van
der Wal from Bonaire took the Catamaran
Class; Sipke Stapert, the Sunfish Class. There
were three Optimist class winners: Ard van
Aanholt of Curaqao, Urs Schukthess and
Mackenzie Barnwell of Bonaire. G.D.
Karel "Papichi" Soliano aboard Unico beat his
brother Jopie in Class C Fishing Boat competition.
A o;inttri o- l;ini,
Amado Vrieswijk and
Jurgen Saragoza, both
winners in the Wind-
Bonaire Reporter October 15 to October 29, 2004
REGATTA WINDSURFING SCENE
Fifty-two windsurfers registered for the 37th Bonaire Regatta, competing in winds
that were uncharacteristically light for breezy Bonaire.
Racing for Formula (large boards) and IMCO (one design boards ands sails) was held
in Kralendijk. The races held offshore were difficult for the spectator audience but the
best center for wind. Local stars Taty Frans, Patun Saragoza and Ethiene Soliano were
on hand to match skills and wit in an attempt to make it to the top places in racing.
Daniel Badell from Venezuela flew in from Valencia to compete in the Formula races
along with teammate Arturo Barro who was in the IMCO class.
Some of the junior competitors have been training rigorously in hopes of a win. Ar-
thuro (Payo) Soliano and Jeager Sint Jago are friendly rivals, duking it out in unfamil-
iar massive sails. These freestyle hot shots are more accustomed to high winds and
small sails so they certainly faced some challenges in this Formula competition. Local
freestyle wiz Christopher Bemabella, now an MTS student in Aruba, returned to his
home base to compete but was ill with griep. His younger brother, Jairzinho, competed
in IMCO along with two talented brothers, Ayouk and Achmed El Moubochar.
Three women registered in the windsurf-
ing competition. Local legend Femke van de
Valk, just returning from her first Pro Tour
in Europe, and who is also a Bonaire Re-
porter writer, had to borrow gear from lo-
cals as her own gear had been damaged on
Tour. She faced the challenge of another
talent, Mylene de Vries from Curagao.
Mylene is no newcomer to the winner's po-
dium in Bonaire. She is one of the fastest
regional female sailors in the sport and is
emerging in freestyle.
The crowd favorite is often young Sara
Quita Offringa, a gregarious Aruban sport-
ing a red Afro. Sara Quita was hoping to
ride on her board donated by F2, but winds
were too light. If she proves her skill, F2 is
contemplating sponsoring her as a team Fead e van der Valk.
rider. This no fear kid has what it takes to
shine. She is also the funniest kid around.
Her brother Quincy, another great talent, came along with two other Aruba kids. Five
from Curagao competed including Mylene. One, Rene Zande, has since moved to Bon-
aire to train for a year after a success in VVO. He prefers Lac Bay to the boat-congested
launch at Curagao's Caracasbai.
Tinho and Susie Domellas, owners of Flor-
ida-based Calema Windsurf School and Pro
Shop (www.calema.com) returned for their
15th year as organizers of the windsurf com-
petition. This enthusiastic couple brought
their youngest of three windsurf children,
eight-year-old Phillip, who also competed in
the Super Kids Class. They formed half of
team USA. Tinho competed in the Men's
Formula, showing his skill on his fast AHD
Boards and large sails. Phillip returned under
the coaching of his mom and dad. New to the
Bonaire scene were Josh Huss and Alex
Newbie to this local regatta is Jose Fajardo
Rivera. This emerging freestyler has just
become a team rider for Gun Sails and Is-
land Sports (Newport, RI). He is also spon-
sored by Italian Windsurf Company, RRD.
The winds proved too light for this talent,
but he made it into the double ladder elimi-
nation despite non-existent winds. Look for
Jose to shine when the winds are more suit-
Jose Fajardo Rivera, an exciting able for freestyle.
newcomer to the freestyle scene Despite light winds, most spent each night
enjoying the sites and sounds of Regatta.
They danced to the nightly entertainment, ate the local food and contributed to the ca-
maraderie Bonaire's windsurf community is known for. Windsurfing, a sport which
didn't exist when the Regatta began, brought color and diversity to Bonaire's pristine
waters for the 37th running of the event. O Ann Phelan
Bonaire Reporter October 15 to October 29, 2004
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S 4 /-M ariana" and her two sisters,
S"Stella" and "Ema," were
brought into the Shelter by someone who
has "too many dogs," an often heard ex-
planation. The three sisters are just over
three months old and are just the right age
to adapt to a new home and start their
training. Just one look at Mariana's intelli-
gent expression and you just know this
little husky-look-alike will be a fun com-
panion and an eager student. All three
have been examined by the vet, had their
tests and shots and are ready to go. The
adoption fee, as always, includes steriliza-
tion when the pup is old enough. You may
meet Mariana and her sisters at the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road,
open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2
pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
These puppies are lucky. Someone cared
enough to bring them in to the Shelter, and
hopefully they'll find good homes, but so
many other unwanted puppies are just
dumped. With unsterilized dogs running
free there will continue to be whole litters
of unwanted dogs. It's so sad to see these
homeless little ones, skinny, sick and often
covered with mange, destined to die a
slow, agonizing death of starvation or dis-
ease. The aim of the Sterilization Program
that begins next week is to sterilize those
dogs that are running free and drastically
cut the number of unwanted pregnancies.
Sterilization of either males or fe-
males does not change their personality
or their character or their body shape.
Contrary to old wives' tales, females do
not have to get fat after they've been steril-
ized. Lack of exercise and too much food
is what does it, according to veterinarians.
It's been proven that it's only beneficial
and healthy for both males and females to
be sterilized. Females will no longer go
into heat and be out looking for a mate and
ending up with the trauma of having litter
after litter. Males won't be jumping
fences, looking for females; not to mention
cutting down on the number of "sex
shows" on the street.
Support this effort by telling your
neighbors and friends. O L.D.
FREE STERILIZATION PROGRAM
NEXT WEEK! OCTOBER 18 to 30.
Animal Shelter's Community-wide Program
Call now- 717-4989
Bonaire Reporter October 15 to October 29, 2004
ASK THE DIETITIAN
LOW FAT AND
LOW SUGAR RECIPES
Anglique Salsbach ollowing a low fat, especially saturated fat, and low
I sugar menu plan helps you achieve a healthier body.
By following these guidelines you make it easy for yourself to manage your
weight and prevent developing all kinds of chronic diseases. It's also been proved
that excessive use of sugar not only affects children's behavior, but it makes it dif-
ficult for them to maintain healthy teeth. It's possible, easy and highly recom-
mended to step out of those bad habits we have (too much fat and sugar) in order
to make more space for healthy habits. Nowadays it is easy to make low fat and
low sugar meals, appetizers and desserts because of all the low fat and low sugar
products the market has to offer.
Below are two recipes to give you an idea how to make a low fat meal and a low
fat, low sugar dessert.
Couscous with Lentils, Tomatoes and Basil
2 tablespoons sauteing liquid 1 medium onion (chopped)
1 cupss water 1 cup vegetable-cocktail juice
1 cup lentils (rinsed and drained) 1 bay leaf
1 cup whole wheat couscous 1 medium tomato (chopped)
2 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Saut6 onion in liquid of your choice for 2-3 minutes or until ten-
der. Stir in water, juice, lentils, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to
low; cover, and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the lentils are soft but not
Remove the pan from the heat and discard the bay leaf. Stir in the couscous, to-
matoes, basil and Parmesan. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes or until the cous-
cous is soft. Uncover and fluff with a fork to separate the grains.
Low Fat Carrot Cake
( This will be like a loaf cake, and it contains only 1 gram of fat)
1 lb. carrots, peeled
1 cupss whole wheat flour
1 tbs. ground cinnamon
1 can (12 oz) unsweetened
frozen apple juice, thawed
1 tbs. dark corn syrup
4 egg whites
1 cupss raisins
1 cup flour
2 tbs baking powder
1 tbs. vanilla extract
1 /4 cups unsweetened
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut parchment paper circles to line the bottoms of 2, 9-inch cake pans.
Grate the carrots into a bowl (2 /2 cups). Mix in the raisins and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the flours, cinnamon and baking powder. Add the apple
juice concentrate, using an electric mixer on medium speed. Beat in the egg
whites, one at a time. Add the apple sauce mixture.
Pour the batter into the lined cake pans. Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until
done. Remove the cakes from the pans and cool on wire racks. Remove the parch-
ment paper. 1Angelique Salsbach
Oui? No? It really does-
n't matter whether you speak
French or not when you visit
Bonaire's newest restaurant; all
that's needed is an appreciation
of French cuisine. Located on
Gob. N. Debrot, next to Pasa
Bon Pizza and the Volunteer
Corps building, the little white
house with the big yellow um-
brellas on the terrace is where
you'll find authentic French
cooking, the likes of which Bon-
aire has, until now, not experi-
he resturdant is sm ; i Frederic Minne and PatriceRannou
The restaurant is small; it
seats around 25 people total in the two dining rooms and about eight more outside
on the terrace. The atmosphere is cozy much like dining at home except the food
is a whole lot better and you don't have to cook it. That task is in the hands of
skilled chef Frederic Minne, a native of Grenoble in the French Alps, who has
been chef to fine restaurants worldwide. One of his most interesting positions was
as chef on the Orient Express traveling through London, France, Italy, and the
Patrice Rannou, a native of Bretagne in southwest France, is the proprietor of
this charming bistro. He has a strong food background as an executive chef in
French restaurants in Germany, Norway, Israel, the Bahamas, and, of course,
France. And what stroke of good fortune brought Patrice to Bonaire? A romantic
one, what else could it be with a Frenchman? While working in the Bahamas he
met the lovely Kerenza Frans, a native of Bonaire. They married and came here
where Patrice ultimately became Executive Chef at Plaza Resort. As years passed
the desire to own his own restaurant became stronger and Patrice finally decided
that the time had come to do it. As he would be the genial host, owner, adminis-
trator and manager it was necessary to find a suitable chef.
Past experience told him that chefs coming to Bonaire would, within a few
months, get bored and leave and that simply would not do. But a spark of French
ingenuity gave him an idea. He placed advertisements for a French chef who liked
to windsurf! And guess who answered the ad? None other than Frederic Minne
who not only is a passionate windsurfer, but has become a diver as well. How ser-
endipitous! And, according to Frederic, he's here to stay, enjoying creating his
enthusiastically received dishes yet loving the ability to hop on his board or go for
a dive in his free time.
And time is at a premium for Patrice and Frederic since the bistro serves lunch
and dinner six days a week. Lunch offers soups, salads, several types of French
sandwiches, and tartes made just as you would find them in the south of France.
Sandwiches can be made with croissants, baked in-house daily, or baguettes,
homemade as well. And you certainly won't want to overlook the selection of
French tartes called Pissaladieres, a filled puff pastry.
Dinner is another subject altogether. Enter the world of the French gourmet and
sample an array of succulent dishes. Monsieur Patrice was very clever to create a
(Continued on page 14)
Bonaire Reporter October 15 to October 29, 2004
BIENVENU (Continued fom page 13)
menu that is limited and manageable. To begin, there are two soups, soupe a
l'oignon gratinee (onion soup with melted cheese), and chaudron de conches a la
bretonne (conch chowder made as it's made in Bretagne, Patrice's birthplace).
Both of the soups are served in delicious bread bowls which are made fresh daily
at the restaurant.
For an entree consider an entrecote de boeufau beurre de tomates seches, a skill-
fully prepared rib-eye steak with a light sauce of sun dried tomato butter. Or carre
d'agneau servi avec un cassoulet aujus de thym, a superbly prepared rack of lamb
served with grilled vegetables. There are three salads, all excellent of course, but
the one that is always requested by a certain patron who has eaten there so often
she has gained five kilos, is the salade de Roquefort. Two seafood dishes are of-
fered a grilled fish with artichokes and a roasted tomato sauce, or a rosemary-
seasoned prawn en brochette with a mint pesto. On the menu too is a chicken
dish, grilled with fresh asparagus and mushrooms, as well as two traditional French
dishes, frogs legs and escargots (snails).
Even the vegetarians are remembered with three selections to choose from: Arti-
choke hearts filled with melted camembert; an eggplant steak served with chick-
peas ratatouille; and a tartiflette savoyarde aux legumes, a traditional French dish
of potatoes and vegetables in a cream sauce topped with reblochon cheese. And
speaking of cheese, you will be pleased to learn that all of the cheeses Roquefort,
reblochon, and brie- are ordered from France.
With an excellent meal behind you the perfect finish is, of course, a little some-
thing sweet. The tarte tatin (apple tart), made daily at the restaurant, is served with
vanilla ice cream that, as it melts, combines with the cinnamon and sugar juice
from the tarte to make an indescribably delicious sauce. Other choices are a really
excellent creme brulee and a sweet dark chocolate mousse.
How lucky we are to have another culture joining the variety of cuisines avail-
able here on Bonaire. Authentic French food prepared by a French chef and over-
seen by a French owner it just doesn't get any better than that. Enjoy lunch or
dinner at Bistro de Paris and, as you leave, Patrice will say, "merci beaucoup pour
Be sure to make dinner reservations as the seating is limited. The telephone
number is 717-7070. All credit cards except American Express are accepted.
Lunch is 11 am until 3 pm. Dinner is 6 until 10 pm. The Bistro is closed on Sun-
day. O Dabney Lassiter
Bonaire Reporter October 15 to October 29, 2004
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SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
FOR THE WEEKS
Thursday, October 28- presentation
and signing of Dos and Bertie
Winkel's new book Eye on St.
Maarten Saba St. Eustatius," 5:30
pm Bongo's Beach Bar at the Eden
Thursday, October 28- film showing
"EYE ON THE CARIBBEAN," pho-
tographed by ScubaVision Bonaire's
Hendrik Wuyts, 7 pm, Bongo's Beach
Bar at the Eden Beach Hotel. Free ad-
mission. The "Eye on...." DVD will
Until November 3 Cinnamon Art
Gallery show of paintings by Nina
Ledezma and Tony Trinidad, open
weekdays 9-12, 2-5 or by appoint-
ment. Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just off
Kaya Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe.
Tel.717-7103 or 786-9563.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying 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 Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon,
the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon.
$20-Call Maria 717-6435
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the
beach at Lion's Dive. Dutch National
Products 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
jake bonairetalk.com for more infor.
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis,
Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10
per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call
Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500,
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 Res-
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch
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 break-
fast while you shop: fresh fruits and
vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks and music.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Au-
thentic Bonairean kunuku. $12
(NA1f2 for Bonaire residents). Tel
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, rou-
lette and black jack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am and Sunday 7 pm- 3
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, Buddy Dive at the pool
bar, 7 pm 717-5080
Wednesdays (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation Slide Show by Andy Uhr.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
the Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-
Friday- The Captain Don Show-
Conversation, fun, yarns, a few slides.
Guaranteed 85% true. Aquarius Con-
ference Room. Captain Don's Habitat
8:30 pm Tel. 717-8290
Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonieriano) 717-5246
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Val-
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers
to help staff gallery during the day.
Contact Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-
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
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings eveiy Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
at the Union Building on Kaya
Korona, across from the RBTT Bank
and next to Kooyman's. All levels in-
vited NAf5 enty fee. Call Catly 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Caf6. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other
Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, sec.
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are wel-
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restau-
rant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Ro-
tarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454
Mangazina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse" while
learning about Bonaire's history and culture
andvisit typical homes fromthe 17th cen-
tury. Daily. Call 717-4060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Mu-
seum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Churchintown Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popular
Rincon Marsh&- every Saturday 6
am to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's
historic town. Soldachi Tours show
you the Rincon 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
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic
circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sun-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in Eng-
lish Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26
Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in
Papiamentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services on Sunday at 8 am
and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304.
Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of
Coromoto in Antriol, in English. Mass
in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and
6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di
Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Ser-
vices in English, Dutch & Papiamentu
on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday
Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
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Bonaire Reporter October 15 to October 29, 2004
ON THE ISLAND SINCE . .
A imdAyg -
I came from Curagao to Bonaire in
1986. A year before my father,
Eddy Ayubi, came to start his business,
selling fruit and seafood to the restau-
rants and hotels. My mom, Mena Ayubi-
Martijn, is a real Bonairean, born here.
Every summer we'd come for six weeks,
staying with our grandmother, Grada
Martijn, so we got to know everyone and
everyone knew us.
When I was 10 I got interested in radio
because of my Aunt Ligia Martijn who
worked for Radio Hoyer III here; later,
Voz di Boneiru. Whenever I had the
chance I'd go with her. She let me choose
the music for her program and showed
me how to work the mixer and the micro-
Just before I finished HAVO I was of-
fered a job at Radio Hoyer. I was 16 and
took it immediately. At first my mother
didn't agree; she wanted me to finish
school, but after a while she said, 'Well,
go ahead.' However, with my brother
Zamir, a year younger than I, she was
very strict. He finished MAVO and went
to Aruba for MEAO (Economic Admini-
stration Education). Zamir is my only
brother from my mother's side. On my
father's side we have four more brothers,
not one girl. Zamir and I are the young-
Working for the radio was just great; I
felt I was right where I belonged. At first
I wasn't allowed to talk so they called me
'DJ-Muda' (Mute DJ). I could only play
the music and jingles, no talking, because
my trainers told me I shouldn't talk until
I was completely ready. For eight months
I took courses, recording my voice and
listening to it. I had three mentors: Clau-
dette Domacass6, who was strict and seri-
ous; Erwin Albertus, who was easy going
and gave me lots of tips; and Elston
Thode, who had the same taste in music
as I did and with whom I got along very
well. I feel very privileged that they were
my teachers. They were the best and
every one of them taught me something
After three yeas with Radio Hoyer I
went to Ritmo FM 97.1 to open the sta-
tion for the owners on April 11th, 1990. I
was the station's first DJ and announcer.
Everybody knows how successful Radio
Ritmo was. I stayed there as a broad-
caster, DJ and newsman for 10 years, the
last five years also as the station man-
ager. In 1995, when I was 22, I did a spe-
cial course with one of the best and big-
gest radio and TV stations in Latin Amer-
ica- Radio Caracol in Colombia. For 12
hours a day they taught me the basics of
how to talk on the radio.
Well, after working for other people for
all those years, it happened. My brother
said, 'I need you! We're going to set up
our own radio station!' I'd introduced
Zamir to Ritmo FM where for two years
he had his own weekend program. Digital
FM 91.1 was entirely Zamir's idea; he
deserves all the credit. He found his two
business partners in Edmond Croes and
Gregorio Ostos. Edmond owns a radio
station in Aruba, Top FM 95.1, and get-
ting him involved was a real good move
because we could get our hands on any-
thing we needed technically. Gregorio is
the owner of 'Music You Find,' the CD
shop on Bonaire, so we had all the music
we wanted. In one move we had it all: the
two best broadcasters, the technical fa-
cilities and all the music in the world!
Zamir did all the paperwork; we got our
frequency FM 91.1 from the telecommu-
nications office; and on October 3, 2003,
we officially went on the air. Now the
station is Number One, the top, the best
on the island!
We have a great variety of programs of
music and information, not only for Bo-
naireans but also for people from Cura-
gao, Aruba, Venezuela, Peru, Colombia
and Surinam. Every day we're live on the
Internet, so the whole world can go to our
site to listen at www.digital 91.1fm.com.
"Working for the radio
was just great; I felt I was
right where I belonged."
Twice a day, at 7 am and at 12 noon we
air local news, and we are the only ones -
and we've become extremely popular
because of that with breaking news.
That was my idea, inspired by CNN, be-
cause I'm always watching CNN or
ESPN, sports and news. The breaking
news is a direct Number One hit. The
moment something happens, you get it
first on 91.1. As soon as you hear the
special tune, you know something is go-
ing on! When Hurricane Ivan was threat-
ening Bonaire we broadcasted live news
and information for at least 12 hours
I work about 10 hours a day, not only
as an announcer or a DJ, but as the sta-
tion manager and head of the news de-
partment. Zamir is the director and does
the paperwork; Gregorio does the mar-
keting; but it is the people of Bonaire and
the business owners with their advertise-
ments who made us Number One, and
we're very grateful to all of them!"
AimedAyubi (31) is a radio-a-holic, a
man with a mission, someone who be-
lieves 100% in what he 's doing and he
loves it; he worships it; it is his life.
and DJs. Our youngest broadcaster is my
daughter, Aymee Ayubi. She's only six,
but every Saturday she has her own chil-
dren's program from 9:30 to 1lam to-
gether with Miss Katty who was her kin-
dergarten teacher. Aymee loves it; she's
got the feeling for it; she's got it in her
fingertips. I enjoy it so much. There's
nothing better than when someone does
something they like then it always goes
well! Maybe it's in the family, in the
blood; she's got it! I also trained my
wife, Amaryllis, who's always been my
great support, to do her own show, every
morning, Monday through Friday, from 9
to 11, and it's very successful. Zamir has
his music program in the mornings and
afternoons and he does special events.
We have fights but we always stick to-
gether. He's a person who never worries.
Not like me; I worry about everything,
but I'm in charge, you know!
My job is a tough one. I always have to
evaluate what goes on the air. I'm very
strict about information: it must be cor-
rect and complete, always. I have a broad
range of information sources: the police,
customs, the hospital, the fire brigade and
the politicians. You need these people if
you want to do a good job. The secrets I
can't tell on the radio I'll take to the
grave. I'm the only one who decides
what goes on the air and what doesn't,
but I have two people whom I consult.
A great inspiration to me was Bernard
Shaw. He was the best, but he's no
longer with CNN. I believe in myself, in
everything I do, and I'm always looking
for new innovations. We did well our
first year financially, and everything we
planned came out the way we'd hoped. I
haven't had a holiday this year, except
for one day when I went to Aruba for a
concert. That was it! My job is my hobby
and that's the most beautiful thing! Years
ago I started at the police academy. I
went to school for two days, then I left. I
thought it was boring and monotonous! If
everyone could do what they like best the
world would be a better place.
To me Bonaire is the only place I want
to be. You've got good people on Bon-
aire, but there's also a small group of
people who are antiquated and negative.
However, I learned one thing: As long as
they talk about you, good or bad, it
means they're listening to you, and if
they're listening to you you've got a
good product. I'm straight, real straight. I
like people who are correct; I try to be
always correct myself. If I have some-
thing to say I'll say it.
This is a unique job and it's my life. I'll
never give it up, not for anything in the
world. If you do it
well, you're suc-
can tell me if I'm
doing it right I
feel I am doing it
right and therefore
tonaire Reporter uctoDer I to uctoDer zu, Zuu4
Aimed, Aymee and Amaryllis Ayubi
Page 1 /
IHKAAN SCHOOL OPENS
Kids had a good time at the open house too
Learning can be fun and the Pe-
likaan School is showing us how.
The school, opened on August 12 in the
Trans World Radio building, has 25
children, ages four to eight, with more
on the waiting list. Although the official
teaching language is Dutch, you'll hear
the kids conversing in other languages
because there are so many nationalities
represented. Ten of the 25 were born on
the ABC islands, but the others come
from the US, Switzerland, Austria and
Why the name "Pelikaan?" Principal
and Teacher Wilma Bdhm explains,
"The pelican is a very special bird. It
flies freely; you never see it in a cage.
It's extremely focused on its work of
diving and getting fish to eat. And with
its special beak it keeps what's impor-
tant and what it wants and the rest of it
goes away. That's what we want for our
students. By working on the environ-
ment, the (classroom) climate, relations
and competence the students can gain
self confidence, an 'I can do it myself
Ms. Bohm is eminently qualified to
run this school. Since 1978 she's been in
the education field, both as a teacher and
a principal in elementary schools. For
the last five years she's been Education
Counselor for all the schools on Bonaire.
To open such a school on the island has
been her dream, and together with others
who have the same philosophy and vi-
sion she's seen the project come to frui-
Recently there was an open house for
members of the community to come and
see for themselves. The place was alive
with action, the "stars" of the afternoon
the kids themselves who were busily
into the games and activities throughout
In addition to the main "classroom" of
the school where everyone gathers to
meet at first, there are eight smaller
"theme" rooms where only three stu-
dents at a time participate. There's a
math room, a discovery room, one for
art, for building, for games, for home/
shop, language and computer. The
school rooms have a light, airy feeling
with bright colors, but there's a sense of
tranquility too. It must work because,
according to Ms Bdhm there's no fight-
ing. The kids are just too busy with their
Recess is fun too. The children are
taken across the street to an outside
sports area to play and let off steam.
There are bikes and scooters and soon
there'll be a traffic maze set up for the
kids to learn rules of the road.
There are definitely plans for expan-
sion. Already there are 17 children on
the waiting list and they're hoping to
accommodate them in the near future.
As for additional teaching staff, Ms.
BOhm foresees no problem attracting
those teachers whose values and beliefs
coincide with those of the Pelikaan
"We must be doing something right
for the community," Wilma explains,
"because we have already received an
unsolicited very nice donation to the
school by someone who wants to remain
Editor's note: Just how important are
good schools to the economy of a coun-
try? As well as the obvious-educating
the youth- there's the issue of attracting
high level executives and professionals
whose top priority is often good schools
for their children. A person in this cate-
gory was prepared to move to Bonaire
this past summer and wanted to enroll
his child in the Pelikaan School. Be-
cause enrollment was full he was told
his child would have to wait until Janu-
ary when there would be an opening.
The executive postponed his move to
Bonaire until that time. O
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It Will be The
For 2% Years
-- Lunar orbit
Darkest part of
at total eclipse
Wednesday Ughter part of
night, October Earth's shadow
27th, the Sky Moon Drwngsal
Park will have its n
third total lunar When the moon is immersed in Earth's shadow, our atmos-
eclipse in 1/2 phere filters out blue light, illuminating the moon in a
years. And I reddish cast, like that of a sunset.
you don't miss it because it will be the last one we'll see until March of 2007. We're
calling it "The Eclipse of the Hunter's Moon," which is the traditional name given
to October's Full Moon because long ago hunters would use the light of this Moon
to hunt small animals in the stubble of the recently harvested fields. Let me eluci-
Let's imagine that we're out in space looking down on our Moon, Earth and Sun.
Now as most of you know, our Moon does not make its own light. Moonlight is
really sunlight reflected off the Moon and back to our Earth. So one half of the
Moon is lit up by the Sun at all times. Although the only time we see the half of the
Moon that is completely lit up is when we have a full Moon which occurs every
month whenever the Moon is directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth. Now
usually when we have a full Moon the Moon is either above or below the plane of
our Earth's orbit. But occasionally the full Moon will glide directly into our Earth's
plane and will pass directly through our Earth's shadow cone, which will block
most of the Sun's light from reaching it. In other words our Earth's shadow will
eclipse the light of the Sun. So we call such an event an eclipse.
Now during a total lunar eclipse the Moon never completely disappears but al-
ways turns some unpredictable shade of reddish copper orange. And that's because
the red rays of sunlight are always bent by our Earth's atmosphere into our Earth's
shadow, filling it with a faint reddish copper orange light. So during a total lunar
eclipse the reddish orange color you see is actually light from all the sunrises and
sunsets around the world being refracted, that is, bent, into our Earth's shadow then
onto the Moon and then reflected back again. And that's what you'll see Wednesday
night October 27th.
Now if we could look at our Earth's shadow cone more closely we would see
there are two distinct parts to it: a pale outer shadow called the "penumbra" and a
smaller dark shadow called the "umbra." The penumbral phase of the eclipse is
never very noticeable so I'm suggesting that you start watching at 9:14 pm Bonaire
Sky Park Time, or your local equivalent when the Moon begins to enter the umbra.
Then as minute after minute goes by you can actually see the umbra, our Earth's
curved shadow, slowly creep across the Moon and gradually darken it and cause it
to change color. The Moon will be completely within the umbra and totally eclipsed
for 82 minutes from 10:23 to 11:45, after which the whole process will slowly re-
verse. But no one can predict what color the Moon will actually turn during totality
and that's what makes it so much fun! Will it be bright orange, blood red or copper
colored? Only the shadow knows. You'll have to see for yourself. Don't miss
Wednesday night's "Eclipse of the Hunter's Moon." 1 JackHorkheimer
For the week:
( October 15 to 22, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Travel will be to your advantage; however, it might
be expensive. Those who have been too demanding should be put in their place or
out to pasture. Efforts made to improve yourself will turn out to your satisfaction.
Try not to let relatives or friends cause any friction with your mate.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Think before you act. Unforeseen circumstances
will disrupt your daily routine. You must get out and mingle. Children may be less
than honest with you. Outings with relatives or good friends will provide you with
stimulating conversation. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You may meet that special person if you attend fund-
raising functions. Travel will enhance romance and adventure. Your partner may be
erratic this week if you haven't paid enough attention to him or her. You can get
ahead if you work diligently behind the scenes. Your lucky day this week will be
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You may be upset if someone has borrowed some-
thing that belongs to you. You can make extra cash by moonlighting. You should
look into a healthier diet. Be cautious not to get involved in office chatter that will
cause problems for others. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Travel for business or pleasure will be enlightening. In-
vite friends over. Mingle with individuals who are established and can give you
some serious insight into business and future trends. Get involved in groups and or-
ganizations that are of a distinguished nature. Your lucky day this week will be
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't bother complaining, do the work yourself. You
will drive your emotional partner crazy this week. Your lack of interest in your part-
ner is a problem. You are best to do something energetic with friends instead. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You will have to put those you live with in their place
if they try to interfere with your work. You won't be admired at home if you haven't
been taking care of your share of the work. It might be time to shake a leg and do a
personal makeover. A long discussion is in order if you wish to clear the air. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You could find yourself caught in a one-sided re-
lationship. You can come up with solutions to the problems responsible for ineffi-
ciencies at work. Money problems will be difficult to deal with if you have a part-
ner. Relatives will be cordial. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Comfort is a necessity. Check your motives.
Catch up on correspondence. You need to clear up some important personal docu-
ments before the end of the year. Get back to basics and reevaluate what is important
in life. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Rest and relaxation will be more favorable than
you think. You are best to keep hard feelings to yourself. You may be fortunate
while traveling. Your talent will be recognized.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Be careful what you say. Be careful of disclosing
personal information. Your diplomatic nature will help you in straightening out un-
savory situations. You can get ahead if you present your ideas to superiors. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Lovers will be demanding. You are best to sign your
partner up for activities that will be tiring. Don't get involved injoint ventures. Mi-
nor accidents may occur if you don't concentrate on what you're doing. False infor-
mation from someone trying to start problems is likely. Your lucky day this week
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