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Publication Date: September 4, 2009
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fficials from The Envi-
ronmental Service
(DROB), The Environmental
Police, STINAPA, and the SSV
(non-criminal police) joined in
an enforcement action, raiding
six houses and confiscating
seven Loras (The Bonaire yellow
-shouldered Amazon parrot, an
endangered species). The parrots
confiscated did not have a "ring"
on their leg. Since 2002 it has
been required that all Bonaire
parrots in captivity be ringed and
registered as a deterrent to poach-
Owners of captive Loras are now
being given a last chance to regis-
ter their birds if they haven't al-
ready. A short amnesty period has
begun. After it ends owners of
unregistered loras will be given a
summons by the police. A fine of
up to NAf10.000 can be charged.
If you have a bird you wish to
register call: DROB (717-8130),
STINAPA (717-8444), SSV (717-
5330) or Police HQ (717-8000).

D Henk Kamp, The Queen's
Commissioner for the BES is-
lands, will hold separate one-on-
one meetings early next month
with interested persons on Saba
and Statia who wish to know more
about the upcoming constitutional
and other changes.
Spokeswoman Maya Leon-
Pandt said the confidential ses-
sions will be limited to 10 minutes
and questions should deal with the
relationship with the Netherlands
and not with the Island govern-

Interested persons on Bonaire
who would like to meet with
similar meetings with Mr.
Kamp, should visit the service
center in the APNA building to
make their appointments or call

Apparently there will be
elections for a new Central Gov-
ernment Antillean Parliament
in January 2010 despite the fact
the by the end of 2010 there will
be no Antillean Government as
the BES Islands, Curagao and Sint
Maarten will each have gone their
own way. The Council of State
(RVS), the Dutch Advisory Coun-
cil, recommended that elections
be postponed. The term of the
new Parliament would start on
March 26, 2010, while the agree-
ment is that the "Country" of the
Netherlands Antilles be disman-
tled no later than October of the
same year.

SIn ,
the wake
of the
Islands' f
to use
the US
dollar as its currency a confer-
ence was held in Curacao to
discuss the possibility of dollar-
izing themselves. Most of the
reaction appeared favorable but
many still had concerns, World
Bank senior economist Lars
Moller recommended further
study of the several economies
that have introduced the US dollar
as legal tender. He specifically
used Panama as a case study but
felt that the recent experiences of
Ecuador (2000) and El Salvador
(2001) were more relevant for
Curagao and St. Maarten, but also
too recent for empirical analysis.
Mark O'Brian of the Monetary
and Capital Markets Department
at the International Monetary
Fund believed it was difficult to
come up with a clear-cut answer
to whether the advantages of a
move to full dollarization would
outweigh the disadvantages.

At a
recent fi-
in Curagao
bosch of
the Dutch
of Finance
how the introduction of the
dollar would take place for the
BES islands. According to
* The US dollar will become
legal tender as of January 1,
* All "electronic" payments will
take place in dollars from 12
am onwards.
* All accounts will be converted
automatically at the rate of NAf

D The Ecopower
consortium which
will become re-
sponsible for Bon-
aire's electric
power next year
has taken on 15
Water and Elec-
tricity Bonaire
(WEB) employees.
Ecopower will run
the wind farm at
Morotin and the
power plant at
mains responsible
for the distribution
of electricity and
water for the island.
Ecopower is a partnership
among three parties: Enercon
(wind turbines), MAN (diesel
generators) and Evelop. 90% of
the shares of Evelop were sold
after bankruptcy of the parent
company, Econcem. Rabo Bank
is funding the wind-diesel project
on Bonaire.

D Interestingly, The Nether-
lands is in the top 10 of coun-
tries that spend the most money
on lobbying and public relations
work in the US. The Hague spent
1.9 million euros in 2008. These
figures come from an investiga-

1.79 per US dollar.
* The Antillean guilder will con-
tinue to be legal tender for one
month, but hopefully it will be
out of circulation within a
After January 31, 2011, BES
citizens can exchange guilder
cash for US dollars at designated
banks for a certain period.
The Dutch government will take
responsibility for possible ex-
change rate risk for civil ser-
vants' salaries, taxes and other
benefits, among other things.
Fundamentally the decision to
dollarize the economies of the
BES islands was taken because
this would bring about macro-
economic stability and economic
and financial integration in the
region, among other things.
For more details go to http://

tion by ProPublica, the non-profit
journalism website.
At the top of the list is United
Arab Emirates, which spent $10.9
million in 2008. In second place is
Britain ($6.1 million), followed by
Japan and Turkey ($4.2 million),
and Iraq ($3.7 million).
The Netherlands is in ninth
place with $2.7 million (1.9 mil-
lion euros).

Curacao's InselAir will
mark its
third anni-
versary Inse/
with the
addition of
a new jet
aircraft to
its fleet and additional routes.
The jet is being fitted with a com-
plete new interior and a "comfort
class" section that will offer cer-
tain benefits to passengers flying
in that class, including preferred
check-in and boarding and the use
of the VIP rooms at the different
airports that InselAir services.
InselAir will add Bogota,
Medellin and Caracas to its routes
and will start flying Miami/Port
au Prince. InselAir will also dou-
ble its flights to two flights daily
to Miami from Curagao.
(Continued on page 3)


Table of Contents

This Week's Stories

Dollariation process
Bonaire Ta Dushi DVD Debut
Brine To Energy
Yoga Classes
High School Transformation
Stchting Project- Calendar, Diving
Parrot (Lora)Watch (Season
Letters to the Editor-Music, Thanks,
Airport, Parking
Selibon Truck Stickers
New Rangers
200 Dogs Sterilized
Vacuum Tankers To Come
Looking For Buggy
MCB HQ Opening

Weekly Features

Flotsam & Jetsam
On the Island Since (Zaida Meneses
and Jose Guiterrez)
Bubbles-White mangrove nectar
Bonairean Voices (Natural Medidne)
Sudoku Puzzle
Where to Find the Reporter
Bon Qui #13- Protestant Church 1
BodyTalk- Milkvs. Soy 1
Picture Yourself (At 200 ft.) 1
Classifieds 1
Tide Table 1
BonQuiz Answer 1
Reporter Masthead 1
What's Happening 1
Shopping & Service Guides 1
Pet ofthe Week (Hendrika) 1
Bonaire On Wheels (Becak) 1
Sky Park(Triangle, debunking Mars) 1
The Stars Have It (Astrobgy) 1

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BDAeai At Its Bet

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Some of the people behind the making ofBonaire Ta Dushi: Silvie Taurer (German and Dutch translation);
Caren Eckrich and Zwanette Kooij (diving scenes); Jerry Ligon (birds and land); filmmaker Wuyts; Michiel
"Shrek" van Bockhorst (narration); Donna Wuyts-DeSalvo (film production); and Hans Voerman (kayak,
caves and climbing). Not pictured: Maria Koeks, Fernando Simal, George Cultura, Funchie Echbrechhts and

Kallie DeMeyer.
Filmmaker Hendrik Wuyts'
newest DVD, a sensitive,
affectionate video portrait of
Bonaire, Bonaire Ta Dushi, de-
buted to a packed house at Cap-
tain Don's Habitat new confer-
ence room last week.
Two years in the making Bon-

(Continuedfrom page 2)
The IATA has accepted InselAir
as a member of the IATA Clearing
House, making it possible for Inse-
1Air to start interline and code
share agreements. Insel Air flies
daily from Bonaire to Curagao to
connect with their other flight and
non-stop to Miami on Saturday.

The Caribbean and Latin
America countries are going
from recession to depression,
according to the United Nations
Economic Commission for Latin
America and the Caribbean
(UNECLAC). Caribbean econo-
mist Dr Keith Nurse, who has been
tracking the proof of the region's
economic status. He presented
statistics from the UNECLAC
public lecture at the Tom Adams
Financial Centre, Barbados given
last Friday, August 28. Nurse said
this trend was a result of decelera-
tion of growth in the core world
economies. (Source: Weekend

D A 13-year
-old Dutch
girl's plans to
become the
youngest per-
son to sail solo
around the
world were r
blocked tem- '
porarily on
Friday when a court placed her
under state supervision for two
months. Laura Dekker, who was
born on her parents' boat in New

aire Ta Dushi tells about the is-
land's top natural attractions us-
ing the islands "experts"' own
words backed by the superb im-
ages Wuyts is known for. The
experts include past Marine Park
Manager Kalli De Meyer, Chief
Washington-Slagbaai Park

Zealand and spent her first four
years at sea, had intended to begin
a two-year voyage on her 8.3-
metre (27-foot) yacht Guppy on
September 1.

) By the time you read this
Bonaire will be out of "regular"
gasoline. Bonaire's exclusive
supplier, Curoil, decided that it
would be more convenient for
them to sell only "super" gas at
Bonaire gas stations. Curagao has
had only "super" for some time
already. According to a govern-
ment press release the extra two
octane numbers of the fuel would
not harm vehicles. The decision
will cost regular gas users an
additional two cents a gallon.

) Marine Park Manager
Ramon deLeon received the first
Coral Bleach Watch for the
season. NOAA satellites de-
tected a Hot Spot in the Southern
Caribbean of 0.1 over the Maxi-
mum Monthly Mean. This means
that there is a significant poten-
tial for coral bleaching in the
Caribbean in 2009. NOAA pre-
dicts that from July through
October Bonaire falls in the
Potential Severe Bleaching
Remember that bleached corals
are still alive and need special
protection. All Marine Park users
must stay especially clear of the
reef and tnot add extra stress on
the reef like contacts, residues
from bilge, etc.

Ranger George Cultura, Rincon
tour guide Maria Koeks, sea
turtle conservationist Gilmond
"Funchie" Echbrechts, natural-
ist Jerry Ligon, researcher
Caren Eckrich, Washington-
Slagbaai Park manager Fernando
Simal, and extreme adventure

For more information about
coral reef bleaching please visit
coral bleaching.shtml.

PEver wonder about the tug
boats that ply the waters of Bon-
aire? Read about them in the
story, Tug of the Sea, a hilarious
and harrowing story of adventure
aboard the Lucaya, the 368-ton
tugboat tied up at the Town Pier
Kralendijk. Bonaire writer, Pat-
rick Holian, joins Captain Andy
Domacass6 and crew as they steer
their tug to the oil tanks at
BOPEC. You can read all about it
in the August edition of Caribbean
Compass. Free copies are avail-
able at Budget Marine.

P Popular marine educators,
Ned and Anna DeLoach, have
returned to Buddy Dive and will
be there through September 25.
During this one-month event,
Ned and Anna give seminars and
slide shows on fish behavior, coral
and fish identification, as well as
guiding dive trips. The activities
started on Sunday, August 30, and
will carry on until Friday the 25th
of September. All the activities are
free of charge for guests staying at
Buddy Dive Resort. A limited
number of people can be accom-
modated on the guided boat dives
and snorkel tours.
The DeLoach's Reef Fish Identi-
fication and the Reef Fish Behav-
ior books are for sale at Buddy's
dive shop. Buy yourself a copy,
and have it signed during the

guide Hans Voerman
Hendrik Wuyts is a Belgian
who first came to Bonaire 16
years ago. He's studied at the
world renowned Antwerp
School of the Arts and his work
has won gold medals at New
York and Los Angeles film

weekly free Manager's Rum Punch
Party & Happy Hour every Friday
between 5:30 and 6:30 pm.

D On Saturday, September 5,
at 8 pm, the Police Sport Society
(SoDePo) will hold a song festi-
val in the High School Audito-
rium in celebration of the 60th
anniversary of the police corps.
There will be 13 participants with
the three best representing Bonaire
in the finals during the Kingdom
Games. Admission is NAf 15 and
tickets are available at police HQ
and from SoDePo members. Par-
ticipants are: Magdala Seraus,
Herlene Cesilia, Zuly Marchena,
Joshua Carter, Racheyda Treni-
dad, Shainy Tokaay, Shajeni
Tokaay, Allen Richardson, Aud-
rey Frans, Hensley de Palm,
Eugene Granviel, Roy Abdul
and Emmanuel Libier.
For more information call the
Communication Department at 717
-8015 or 788-3983.

Starting Sept 2, the Bonaire
Rotary Club will meet at the Divi
Flamingo Beach Resort upstairs
in the Peter Hughes meeting room,
above the dive shop. Parking is
available and best entrance is at
Casino parking area. Same time:
noon until 2pm, Dress code is
business casual.

Did you know that Antillean
Wine Company (AWC) carries
more than just fine affordable
wines from around the world?
They also have a wide selection

Having a copy of this DVD is a
must for all who appreciate what
Bonaire has to offer.
It's different from the usual
travelog DVD because it ex-
presses concern that the natural
attractions of Bonaire may be
threatened by overdevelopment.

of glassware, even wine glasses
without stems for our windy ter-
races. Wine lovers should relish
this aromatic honey from Rocca
delli Macie's vineyard bees. As
well there's a super high quality
virgin olive oil, /2 liter for NAf
28,25. Customers are welcome to
visit the walk in cooler which
houses some very special wines.
AWC warehouse is on Kaya In-
dustria, just north of the under-
construction traffic circle, across
the street and south from Ware-
house Bonaire. Open Tuesday
through Saturday, from 9 am to
12:30 pm.

There will be an unprece-
dented sale of used tools and
construction equipment, as well
as household gear this Saturday,
September 5. The gates open at
9am on Kaya Nederlandia # 21
(Express Cargo Lot). Cash only
will be accepted.

Bonaire Day (Dia di
Boneiru), Sunday, September 6,
will be celebrated in Rincon begin-
ning in the early morning and last-
ing all day. It is not only a day for
fun, it is an important reminder of
Bonaire's heritage, which some
consider to be even more at risk
with the upcoming direct tie with
The Netherlands.

D Welcome to two new Bon-
aire Reporter advertisers, Oran-
jefonds and Touch of Gold. See
their ads on pages 11 and 20. U

Bonaire Reporter- September 4-18, 2009

Available at dive and souvenir shops on Bonaire
'Bonaire ta Dushi' is produced in three languages:
English, Dutch and German.

If you would like to enjoy a teaser or order online
visit:. www.bonairefilmproductions.com

Page 3

S- uan came to work here in
J construction in 1993.
After we had saved some money
we got married in Peru on De-
cember 31st 1994 and in January
1995 we came here together. I
was 20. It was the first time I'd
left South America. When I ar-
rived at the airport we went
straight to the kunuku at
Kaminda Nieuw Amsterdam
where we had a room. There
were a lot of horses which were
rented out for marriages. And
that was it. There was nothing-
no asphalt only earth and a sea
of lizards. I would walk and the
lizard sea would open, and when
I had passed the sea would close
again. It was the first time I saw
I am from Lima. I'm used to
the fog, the smog, the cars and
the asphalt, the government
buildings, the churches and the
main streets busy, busy, busy. I
had expected a different world, a
part of Holland- an old continent
with ancient streets and buildings
- but I found a virgin island and
people who were waiting to
I was very young and I wanted
to conquer the world, to see
what's more in life, but I saw
time go slowly here, long days
and long nights and there was


nothing. But then, at that time, I
could only see what was right in
front of my eyes: earth, lizards,
the sea and people who spoke
another language, Papiamentu,
and who seemed to be very edu-
cated. I also saw three different
kinds of people the locals, the
Bonaireans, the Dutch who were
living in houses on the coast and
the Latinos who were working in
construction three social
I couldn't get used to the island
and I didn't want to stay. I was
too young, too far away from my
parents. I am the eldest child and
I felt so much pain to be so far
from them, especially from my
dad who influenced my life so
much. I was daddy's girl, his
right hand. He had always told
me to work with my hands, to do
whatever and not to expect some-
thing else. You have to work. My
father had his own business and
I'd never worked outside the
house or for other people.

taught me every-
thing, not only how
to clean, but also
Papiamentu and she
told me about the
customs and the
culture of the island.
However, after 18
months I felt I
wanted to go back to
Peru. Juan was more
comfortable here,
but we made the
decision to go back
because I missed my
father. Also because
my father was sick.
He was diabetic. I
had no children, no
strong reasons to
stay here, so we
went back together.
Juan went to work
for my father and so did I. Soon how 1
after we returned to Peru we had Bona
our children: Gabriel was born in a lot
1997 and Michelle came in 1998. thick
But, I couldn't forget Bonaire, Wil

"I also know now that difficult times are part of life, but
everything passes, good and bad, and it's the same for

Here I cleaned houses. I
worked for very nice Antillean
people like Fanny Emerenciana.
This lady was a professor and she

the Papiamentu, the sea. I don't
know why, but it stayed with me.
When we went to the beach in
Lima, I told Juan, 'Remember

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Juan Gutierrez and Zaida Meneses

transparent the sea was in
ire?' because the Pacific has
of foam and its waves are
and dark.
th President Fujimori times
hard. In Lima we were con-
ed every day with protest
hes and strikes and when
father's sickness got worse
Id me, 'Here the situation is
ood. Go back!' Then my
r died in 1999.
anted to go to Bonaire, but
ime it was different as we

had the responsibility of two lit-
tle children. I thought of God.
Life was so hard. We had noth-
ing and nobody was buying any-
thing. We had a very big ma-
chine, you could sew anything
with that machine and it was the
most expensive thing we had in
our little house where we lived
after my father died. I thought,
'If I sell the machine, I'll go back
to Bonaire.' And... it was sold.
It was sold in the morning and in
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On the Island Since
(Continued from page 4)
the afternoon I went to the KLM office to
buy my ticket. Two days later I left Peru
and Juan and the children." She smiles
through her tears.
"I had to find a job for Juan, for myself
and a place to stay for us too. But it was
also a time of recession for Bonaire and
there was no construction going on. It was
very hard to be separated from my hus-
band and children. I was only depending
on my prayers, praying that we would get
a chance, that we would make it, little by
little. One day I went to see the governor,
Richard Hart, and after that it seemed that
everything went better. It was like a favor
from God, like He wanted me to stay on
One year later Juan arrived with the
children. He started to work for Dutch
people at an aloe plantation. I was work-
ing in restaurants at night. The children
did well. The climate agreed with them. In
Lima Gabriel had been suffering from a
lot of colds, but here he was healthy and
strong and so was Michelle. We are very
lucky to have them. They are good chil-
dren. They speak Papiamentu, Spanish,
English and Dutch. You know, you can
say they opened their eyes here." She
laughs. "They are from here; they like
funchi, tutu, stoba, banana hasa and piska
hasa and they like Antillean music. They
are Bonaireans, born in Peru! Bonaire is
the land of my children."
Zaida is poetic and philosophical. She
has a lot ofsentiment and she is one of
those people who can turn a set-back into
a positive experience. She is very much
herself sensitive but strong and beautiful
from the inside out.

"I always had in mind
to set up something for
myself. We started with
a cleaning company,
'Bonaire Contractor Ser- -
vices,' house cleaning
and renovation. But it all
came down to cleaning.
Juan and I did it. That
was the company!
When I was working in
the restaurants I would
prepare my own food for
myself, and all my col-
leagues, mostly Dutch,
loved the Peruvian
dishes I made and my
Bonairean friends whom
I invited to my house,
liked it too. It was a dif-
ferent taste, another fla-
vor. So, I started think-
ing about a small restaurant with Peruvian
food. I went on to finalize the idea, but I
put the final decision in God's hands. I
left it up to him.
In 2007 I made an appointment with
Pascal de Meyer to see him face to face
and he turned out to be my son's best
friend's father. Pascal said 'Yes,' he
would rent the place to me, and I thought,
'Maybe the location is not so good, but
it's also not so bad.' It was something to
start with.
he first year was very hard as the clean-
ing company Juan and I were now in
the restaurant, our only source of income.
I had no experience and I didn't know
anything about tourism, but after a while I
realized that the location was strategic to
introduce a new style of food to the is-
land. When God gives us something it's

always better.
In the meantime we have grown in ex-
perience, in knowing people and cultures,
what they like and how they like it and we
treat our guests with respect and affection.
Now that I'm old," she laughs, "I see
that Bonaire is offering so many opportu-
nities to grow in every way. I also know
now that difficult times are part of life,
but everything passes, good and bad, and
it's the same for everyone. We all have to
deal with life the way it comes to us. It's a
struggle, but nothing is ever impossible! I
am emotional and I'm timid and I can be
very nervous, but I'm strong and Juan and
I complement each other in every way and
we rely on each other. But I strongly be-
lieve the more confidence you have in
God, the easier it is.
I want to say thank you to all the people

I have met here who have helped me and
employed me; people with a very strong
positive influence, from all cultures,
lovely Antillean people, Americans with a
good heart and noble Dutch people. They
all made me stronger and they've moti-
vated me. They've taught me so much. I
am happy and content to be a Peruvian. I
am from there, my parents are Peruvians
and all my memories are there, but my life
is here.
I think Bonaire is blessed and protected
by God. There are no hurricanes, no earth-
quakes and no tsuna-
mis. I love Bonaire.
She's my adopted
mother." Greta



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0 Bubbles from the Biologist

B onaire's solar salt works may
be useful for more than pro-
ducing salt. It seems that the super-
salty ponds might also provide electric
power. Next month a technical paper is
being presented at the IEEE (Institute of
Electrical and Electronic Engineers)
Conference on Electrical Power and
Energy in Montreal, which uses Bonaire
as an example for a proposed system to
produce significant electric power from
salt ponds. Two applications are to be
considered in the paper: Backup power
of about 2.5 MW for a small island
community relying primarily on wind
power, and steady production for a
maritime installation such as a fish
farm. The title of the paper is: Energy
Generation and Storage using Evapo-
rated Brines by R.I. (Ian) MacDonald,
Senior Member, IEEE. Ian MacDonald
is a long- time seasonal resident of Bon-
How does it work? Consider
that where fresh water is not naturally
available it may be obtained by desali-
nating seawater, as WEB does here in
Bonaire using reverse osmosis (RO).
Under high pressure seawater is forced
through a "filtering" membrane that
does not pass the salt. The pump that
generates the pressure consumes a lot of

The desalination process can oper-
ate in reverse. If sea water and concen-
trated brine from a salt water concentra-

tor pond are separated by a similar
membrane, pure water will spontane-
ously be drawn from the seawater side
through the membrane to dilute the con-
centrated brine. The water transiting the
membrane gains pressure and the extra
volume of pressurized water can be
used to drive a turbine that produces
rather than consumes energy. This re-
versed desalination process, called
"pressure retarded osmosis," (PRO), is
just one of several that have been pro-
posed for generating power from a dif-
ference in the salinity of water, includ-
ing a new one published last month in a
major journal of physics.

Bonaire's salt flats provide a
large source of water that is saltier
than the sea. The idea of getting elec-
trical power from a salinity difference
has been dormant since the 1970s. Re-
cently it has reawakened. In 2007 the
Norwegian power company StatKraft
announced that it would install a kW-
scale prototype PRO generator on a
river in Norway. A project using a dif-
ferent process (reverse electrodialysis)
has been announced by a Dutch com-
pany for trial on the Afsluitdijk where
the freshwater Rhine meets the sea in
the Netherlands. Perhaps Bonaire will
be next, using solar evaporation to com-
plement the wind turbines under con-
struction at Morotin 0 G.D/Ian Mac-
Contact lan MacDonald at ianinbc(~ishaw.ca

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Did You
Know... That our
white mangroves
(Laguncularia racemosa)
may offer sweet nectar
treats to unsuspecting ants
and other insects in ex-
change for protection
against herbivorous insects?
You may already know
about the acacia-ant coop-
eration throughout much of
the tropics. Acacia trees
often have ant symbionts
that live within their big,
hollow spines and feed off
of small nectar glands
(called nectarines or nectar-
ies) on the acacia plants. In
exchange for room and
board, ants defend their tree from herbivo-
rous animals and even trim neighboring
trees that are competing with their tree for
space and light. If you ever lean against
an acacia, you'll learn about these warrior
ants first hand!
Recently, I learned from mangrove ex-
pert, Robin Roy Lewis, that white man-
groves also have nectar glands. I had been
taught that these glands, found at the base
of the leaves, excreted salt, but this is in-
correct. They secret nectar and it is
thought that mangroves do this for the
same reason as acacia trees to attract
insects that will defend the trees against
herbivores. This may be the case in other
locations, but it doesn't seem to be effec-

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Our body exists due
to natural elements:
water, the earth, the sun
and the air. Without them
we cannot exist. We often
hear expressions like
"Render unto Caesar that
which is Caesar's." So give
your body what your body
really needs.
The experience of Mrs.
Hendrica Josepha-de Palm
(69) and her husband, Mr.
Stanley Josepha, owners of
the Rose Lord Health Cen-
ter at Kaya Kanari 42, can
motivate us. They started
this Health Center Shop

about 10 years ago when Hendrica's husband Stanley had
prostate cancer. He was only 55 years old. Because of the
regular medications prescribed by the specialist his con-
dition was worsening until he went to a natural doctor
and start using natural medicines. Since then his health
started improving. His PSA test result was completely
normal and the X-rays show that the black dots he had
around his prostate have gone. Mr. Stanley Josepha got
his health back and has a great appreciation for natural
medicine. Then he and his wife opened this shop.
"We use regular medicine to ease our pains," Hendrica
says, "but it never solves the problems. We need to use
natural medicine to help our body heal. We need to rein-
force our body with natural medicine for what the regular
medicine has made bad. One thing about natural medi-
cines is that they never hurt the body. The specialist and
the urologist were completely amazed with my husband's
health and how he's improved.
We opened the shop, not to make money, but just to
make people conscious about their health. Don't rely
only on the regular medications. Under the supervision of
a natural medicine specialist you can guide your life to a
better way of living. Trust in God and yourself that you
can do it. We know that health insurance doesn't cover
the cost of natural medicine, even the visits to a natural-
ist. Most doctors and specialists don't recognize the fact
that these natural medicines that contain natural elements
like herbs, water, mud and other ingredients, can be a
On Saturday, the 12th of September we will have a
visit from a natural specialist here in Bonaire. He will
talk about the use of the natural medicine. The talk
will be held in the community center of Nikiboko at 8
In the beginning a lot of people here on Bonaire were
using these natural medicines. Now it's picking up again.
Every month we are going to have a specialist in natural
medicine and people can place their orders at the end of
every month. We want to continue with the center so
people can see the changes in their health after using
natural products.
Sometimes it's not easy to make progress in this busi-
ness because a lot of people are not so aware of natural
products and medicine. If people were more conscien-
tious about using natural medicine we would do much
better in the business.

Siomara. Albertus photo



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Hendrica and Stanley Josepha with their grandson

But we have a lot of people who appreciate us and
because of our own experience we get great satisfaction
in continuing with the business. Our purpose is to explain
to people about the use of these products. But we always
tell them to consult with a natural medicine specialist
first before they decide to use them. A naturalist special-
ist works on causes and preventions, while regular doc-
tors work on the diseases."

"We have a problem in our community," Stanley says.
"People have to be motivated to read more, to understand
and earnestly want to change their way of living. People
have to learn to eat healthier. In the beginning it was hard
for me too. But at 55 I understood and for the last nine
years I've consumed no meat and no sugar. I read more
and learn more about everything that has to do with pros-
tate cancer. Natural medicines are supplements to our
bodies; the elements that our body needs to repair itself.
Today after 10 years I can say I feel completely healthy.
The supplements and the natural medicines help."
When you love your body you will understand the signs
it gives you. Don't wait until you retire or you become
ill. Start today. 0 Siomara E. Albertus

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last edition of The
Reporter the name,
Panaderia Selekta in
Nikiboko was incor-
rect. It should have
read: Panaderia Se-
ruva in Nikiboko. Ed.

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Desiree Bogart has decided after a one-year
teaching sabbatical that she is more than ready
to start her yoga classes again. She was trained in Ash-
tanga yoga by David Swenson and Power Yoga by
Beryl Bender Birch and has taught yoga on Bonaire for
the past seven years.

In her VINYASA YOGA class she will work with a
flowing sequence of traditional yoga postures and con-
necting moves linked with breath. This all will lead to
experience a mind/body/spirit workout that is invigo-

Start: Thursday September 3rd, ends October 8th
Time: 6-7 pm (please do not eat dinner before class)
Place: Bonaire Basics, Kaya Korona 47
Register: Call 786-3341 or email bonaire-
basics@ telbonet.an
Costs: NAf 105 for a 6-week class, once a week
Walk ins: NAf 20, per class. 0 Press release

Bonaire Reporter- September 4-18, 2009

Page 7

o:. Tie High Schoorls Tra

There's been a near total
transformation at the SGB
(high school) of Bonaire and you
can see it the minute you drive
up. In past years the buildings
and school yards were a mess
with broken windows and debris
everywhere, school materials
were scarce or non-existent and
there was a dispirited feeling
among both the students and the
teachers. Parents were disgusted.
The school was home to about
1,500 students, ranging from
young 12-year-olds to some over
20 because SBO students can be
of all ages. It was too many for
the school to hold at one time so
some students had to come in on
a second shift in the afternoon. It
seemed as if nothing could be
done. The money for improve-
ments was just sitting there, but it
wasn't being used. Actually there
was not always that much money
for improvements and it was al-
ways for special projects, though
now that the BES Islands are
becoming tied closer with the
Netherlands extra funds have
been allocated for education per-
haps as much C6 million euros for
education on the BES islands in
the next two years.

Last semester, as part of the
planned integration of the BES
Islands with Holland, Dutch in-
spectors visited the schools and
presented a scathing report saying
the teachers were okay but the
school facilities were at a very
low level. Studies were also made
of the elementary or basic
schools and the students there
were discovered to be behind
their grade requirements.
Catalyst For Change
Enter Nolly Oleana. Nolly has
been in edu-
cation for
years. He
was a princi-
pal in the
SGB and
Director of
HAVO and '
VWO. But
because of
party politics Nolly Oleana
he was temporarily shunted aside.
During his time on the sidelines,
Oleana formulated plans and
found the money to revitalize the
school. Once Oleana became
Commissioner of Education (as
well as Commissioner of Sports,
Environment, DROB, Domain,
Harbors and Airport), following a

change in the Bonaire govern-
ment early this year he was able
to get started on his plans for the
school and begin its revitaliza-
tion. "Now is the time," he says.
"Education on Bonaire has to
Follow The Money
Where did the money come
from? "Mostly from the Nether-
lands. Holland had NAf 800.000
already allocated for 2009 and we
wanted to use it," Nolly explains.
Then he applied for a "Quick
Win Project" for small develop-
ments and got NAf 400.000
more. Administratively, there is
C300 allocated for each SGB stu-
dent. Right now there are 1,248
students in the SGB. So that's
nearly 375.000 (NAf 954.000)
more. NAf 1.2 million was spent
on reconstruction and to divide
the SGB into separate schools as
well as create a more congenial
atmosphere with plenty of shade.
Splitting The Schools
Last May a decision was made
to separate the different levels
and ages of the high school stu-
dents, provide separate entrances
for the "Junior High" and "High
School" and color code the stu-
dents' shirts to the buildings with


their classrooms. The 150 stu-
dents in the higher levels of
VWO and HAVO were also
moved to temporary facilities at
the Sport Hall and for those 50
students preparing for their final
academic exams, to Jong Bon-
aire .
The pre-high school elementary
school students weren't left be-
hind either. Oleana says, "When
we found that the students in the
basic schools were behind aca-
demically, we discovered money
available to bring them up to
level. There are now new books
and extra lessons in the Dutch
language and arithmetic so they'll
be more prepared for SGB."
Cool and Clean
"Some of the money allocated
to SGB provided for a facelift,"
says Coordinator for the Service
Department (Administration,
Health and Care, Hospitality)
Ann Leong. "We have new win-
dows, expanded classrooms,
nearly all with air conditioning,
new benches, all the schoolyards
are clean. The kids now use the
trash containers. We see that the
students can concentrate better
and have much more energy in
the cooler rooms."


Was there a downside to this
rapid activity?
The building contractors really
let the school down. The new
classrooms were to be ready for
this semester, but the workers
were lured away to other better
paying construction jobs. The
school is still waiting for them to
finish the classrooms they prom-
ised. (They are supposed to finish
by December). Not all the air
conditioning is installed. And
they're still waiting for the rest of
the study materials and com-
Looking Good
What is obvious right away are
the fresh looking multicolored
buildings on Kaya Korona. The
teachers and students themselves
were brought into the decision
making for the transformation.
The newest SGB students, ages
12 to 14, in the "junior high" are
in a totally separate area and
buildings from the older students.
They wear light green shirts and
their buildings are the same color.
They even have a separate en-
Color coordinated shirts are
(Continued on page 9)

At Chez Nous there's a new system whereby the students can work more
independently. Books were ordered from Holland

VSBO students love their teacher, Charite Coffie

The classroom that cares- "The Jungle," with teacher Helen Hoen.

The unfinished school building paintings on fence were done last
year by the students for Cultural Week

Bonaire Reporter- September 4-18, 2009

Page 8

The High Schoos ransfbrmation

(Continued from page 8)

to match the class-

used in the High School too. For
example, the AGO students wear
burgundy or beige shirts, to
match their classroom buildings.
The VWO and HAVO students
wear purple. Most students we
talked to like their new "uniform"
shirts, although one said,
"They're too expensive." Some-
one else said they wanted a big-
ger logo.

This separation of classes has
many benefits besides making
sure the right students are in the
proper area. "It's really nice and
quiet," says one student, "and it's
nice to have our own entrance.
It's less busy and there aren't so
many fights." Everyone agrees
the airco is great: "We love it,"
they say. There is a better ambi-
ance with smaller groups of stu-
Some students miss having all
the kids together, "It's difficult to
talk with people in the other
groups." Others wish there were
more places to sit out of the sun.

The Academic Schools
At the temporary accommoda-
tions at the Sport Hall on Kaya
Amsterdam the 150 VWO and
HAVO students and teachers are
still waiting for their classrooms
to be finished. In the meantime
there are two or more classes held
simultaneously in each of the
temporary rooms. It seems to
work as there's a library-like
feeling. In one comer a teacher
may be instructing a group at the
board, another group may be
taking a test and a third working
independently. According to Co-

ordinator-Teacher Johannetta
Gordijn, in this temporary setting,
the teachers move from student
group to student group rather
than the conventional movement
of students from classroom to
classroom. There are typically
from 20 to 27 students per group.
The learning system for VWO
and HAVO is set up so that stu-
dents can work independently.
It's up to them to finish their as-
signments, either at school or at
home. One girl said, "I'm work-
ing so hard here every day that I
just can't do homework at home.
But it's up to me to finish it how-
ever I can." A male student
agreed that he never worked so
hard in his life, and that he felt so
much better working in air condi-
tioning. However, some students
complained that it was hard to
hear with more than one class in
a room.
Joannetta Gordijn says, echoing
the feelings of many of the other
teachers, "There shouldn't be one
big school at one location. In a
smaller school there is a better
atmosphere. And it's safer in
smaller schools. There were
1,500 kids from 12 to 20 years in
the old SGB. This is better. The

students get to know each other
better and we teachers get to
know our students better. In a
smaller setting the students get
more guidance. "
Elementary/Basic Schools
In addition to the multi-location
high school described, Bonaire
has six "public" elementary
schools: Kolgio Papa Comes,
Kolgio San Luis Beltran, Kolgio
San Bemardo, Kolgio Kristu Bon
Wardador, Kolgio Reina Beatrix
and Kolgio Watapana in Rincon.
Add the VWO/HAVO private
high school, Unicollege, the three
private elementary schools- Pe-
likaan School, Aquamarine
School and the Bonaire Intera-
tional School-and it's obvious
that the priority for education on
Bonaire is soaring.
Computers In All
Public Basic Schools
Just last Friday, August 28,
Commissioner Oleana announced
that all the "foundation-based"
public elementary schools on the
island would be equipped with
modern computer systems to
teach computer skills to the
young students. In all, 248 com-
puters, nine laser printers and 17
servers will be allocated to the

schools. It's taken about a year
to prepare for this innovation
with the needed power, cabling
and security. Telbo is providing
Intemet connection free. Special
software will filter the Intemet
content so it appropriate for the
youngsters. Teachers must take a
special course to assist them in
teaching the students about infor-
mation technology. Three schools
already have the systems installed
and the others are to be ready by
mid-September. A major chal-
lenge will be synchronizing the
study topics with computer us-
The project is coordinated by
the Culture and Education De-
partment (SEK) and the Organi-
zation for Personal Information
and Technology (PO&ICT).
The Future
There are even more innova-
tions to come for Bonaire school-
ing. It's been announced that
four new schools are planned for
the island, two elementary and
two "advanced" schools. One of
the old elementary schools may
be demolished. A study is under-
way to determine the possible
locations for the schools.
U Laura & George DeSalvo

Break time at the VWO and HA VO at the Sport Hall

VSBO Hospitality students at work

Study time at the VWO and HA VO at the Sport Hall

School is fun at the Junior High!

Bonaire Reporter- September 4-18, 2009

Page 9

Stichting Project Starts A New Year

Calendar Fundraiser .

Rebecca Harrop

British teacher Rebecca
Harrop is a loyal visi-
tor to Bonaire. While on the
island she spends much time
looking through her camera's
lens and that hobby brought
her to every corer of Bonaire
above and below the water.
After several years as a visi-
tor her latest action shows why
the presence of this sweetheart
is appreciated by many locals
and why she deserves a piece
in this newspaper.
Her ability to make fantastic
photos melded with her desire
to help the students involved
with the Stichting Project. So
using her best
Bonaire photos
she created a
great and touch-
ing calendar
which she has
donated to
Stichting Project
to raise funds
for the students'
restaurant, "de
Rebecca, like
most teachers, ,- -.
does not have a
money tree in
her London
classroom, but
she made a
clever move, a
good yet simple
idea that all of

us could us could donate to.
She had twice the number of
calendars printed in the UK
and sold them to friends, rela-
tives and at work. By doing
this her relatives learned about
the island where Rebecca usu-
ally spends her free time. This
left her with the remainder to
bring with her to Bonaire and
donate them to invest in the
youngsters of the island she
Rebecca, you are a star! We
appreciate your great help a lot
and hope to enjoy your pres-
ence again on Bonaire often
and soon.
The calendars are now for
sale for $10 to $15, depending
on your own budget. Through
the pictures Bonaire will
stream into your office or liv-
ing room. It is even better
knowing you are supporting
the youngsters who, like all of
us at that age, need a little
help. Sold at Wannadive, Jibe
City, Restaurant La Bonairiaan
or call Stichting Project at 717
-6921 for selling or buying
options. mTheo Knevel

New divers Hensmir Arrindell, Rignaldo Gustina and
Rugene Marines.

Dive Training

S tichting Project has just
started again with the
dive education for the kids of
Phase 2.

The teens are Hensmir Ar-
rindell, Rignaldo Gustina
and Rugene Marines.
These past weeks the teens
have been under the guidance
of Marc (leader of Stichting
Project) and have been busy
with their first theory lessons.
August 25" was their first
real dive. The kids were really
impressed and preferred to
stay under water even longer.
The dive instructor from Yel-
low Submarine who
sponsored the dive
lessons said that it
was a positive day,
and the kids did

The youngsters
will have to work
hard and do their
best to pass their
official open water
test. We will let you
know when they
have passed it.

youngsters in dive training
receive are:
Diving open water
Diving advanced
Diving rescue
Boat handling
Nautical abilities
Mental and physical
Team building
Map and compass
First aid
Fish and coral recognition
U Story & photo by Mick

BonQuiz #13

Ms any of
islands in the
Caribbean were
first visited by
the Spanish,
and the Roman
Catholic faith
When Bonaire
was ceded to
the Dutch that
country's Prot-
estant majority
needed a place
to worship here
as well. The
church (Kerki)
in 'Playa'
standing alongside Wilhelmina Plaza
was built to serve them. It has a classic
wooden tower with a rooster atop.

Q) What year was the wooden
tower added?
Answer onpage 14

BonQuiz ap-
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of Christie
Dovale Island
Tours. Contact her to arrange a tour,
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The lessons the

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Page 10

4Lo7 oasoB I I*a .y

he breeding
season for
Bonaire's Lora is
about to come to
an end for this
year. Now we can
finally start to pull
together all of our
findings and create
a picture of what's
been going on. It's
been a very differ-
ent season from
the past three years
with this year's
project base being at Washington-
Slagbaai National Park and with a di-
verse team of researchers coming to join
the project from Europe and South
America-all of whom have contributed
hugely to the project and each brought
different skills and energy to the team.
Everyone got on exceptionally well
with getting to know the island and the
nesting areas, learning to handle the
birds and to rappel-an important skill to
check the high cliff nests. The team have
all gone home with a wealth of new
skills and experiences.

We began the season back in April
with finding the active Lora nests in
the areas that we knew, and found 29
active nests (close to last year's total of
28). This was a manageable amount that
meant we could monitor most of these
nests twice a week to collect some good
A question that many people have
asked me this year is, "What proportion
of all of the nests on Bonaire do you
monitor?" This is difficult to answer, as
we would have to search the entire is-
land to look for every nest-an extremely
difficult task in densely vegetated areas
such as the National Park and with a
small team of people. With the estimated
population of 650 individuals (and tak-
ing into consideration that young Loras
will not breed until they are at least 3
years old) I would guess that we could
be monitoring up to 40% of the island's
nests- a very reason-
able representation! O

Between the 29
nests that we moni-
tored this year, 93
eggs were laid be-
tween April and May.
The statistics that i
follow are quite dis-
turbing. Only 64 of S
these eggs hatched. I
This has been for
various reasons-some
have been infertile,
and some were eaten Antllean
by predators. From (599)
these hatchlings, 26 F
of these were lost to Fax (
predators or died winle@

from unknown reasons in the nest. This
left 38 chicks left to grow to fledging
age. This is where the poachers take
their toll. Four nests were poached-10
chicks in total- which is 26% of the
chicks that could have made it into the
wild population from the nests that we
monitored. If the nests that we monitor
represent a sample of what happens
throughout Bonaire, then the poachers
are having a huge effect on the future
survival of the Lora. With so many
eggs and chicks being lost along the
way, it seems like the young Loras don't
need any more pressure from poachers.
Making it into the wild population is a
difficult enough task!

This year, we have experimented with
new field techniques and equipment, and
as with every field season, we have
learnt something new about the Loras
and how we should be working. We
hope to make some more interesting
discoveries with the data and the sam-
ples that we have collected on returning
to the UK. In doing this, we can hope-
fully bring some ideas and solutions
back to Bonaire next year to help protect
the Lora's future in the
wild. 0 Rhian Evans

Ms Evans is a Biolo-
gist from University of
Birmingham UK. She is
in her second year of
studying the Loras.

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New arrivals

Kaya Grandi 29, Kralendijk-Bonaire N.A. tel: 717 5107
Store hoursTuesday through Saturdays
from 9a.m.-12:30p.m. and 2:00p.m.-6:30 p.m.

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Dear Editor:
Wanted to pass along a HUGE
thanks to you and The Bonaire
Reporter.................We sold our
Toyota Rav-4 AND washing
machine, thanks to the ads
which were placed in The Re-
porter. We very much appreci-
ate the great job you all do with
the paper.
Again, thanks for posting the
ads, and now they can be re-
moved! Consider the items
Tamara Brown
Dennis Kellner

Dear Editor
By the way, I took someone to
the airport Sunday, parked,

went to the ticket paying place
and put my ticket in prepared to
pay my 1 NAf and it was re-
jected. The security guard said
the 15 minutes were free. That
boondoggle didn't last long, did

Letter to the Editor:
I noticed in the last issue of
The Reporter (Aug. 21-Sept. 4)

the letter From Sali Griffiths, a
music lover from Argentina
who has visited Bonaire for
several years and who was be-
wailing the fact that there's not
enough variety in the music
that's played at Little Havana.
I have a suggestion for those
who want really good music but
good food too. Visit Pasa Bon
Pizza where Joe's music reper-
toire is astounding. Joe says it's
"eclectic a little bit of every-
thing." He plays music from the
late 80s, some very cool jazz,
punk and some rock. Although
so far I haven't seen anyone
dancing, it is a place where cus-
tomers can enjoy that fantastic
pizza and other Italian treats
while listening to a great selec-
tion of music.
Another Music Lover

Lt. Governor Glenn Thode, TCB head Ronella Tjin Asjoe Croes, Dr. Earle, Commissioner
Nolly Oleana (Substituting for Tourism Commissioner Pancho Cicilia)

Dr. Earle, visiting Bonaire for "Celebrate our Planet Week," says we're now facing
"Paradise Lost." "Nearly half of the planet's coral reefs have disappeared," she says.
"Now is the time to do something on our watch."

Earle congratulated Bonaire for its past and present efforts in ocean conservation, but urged
even yet stronger efforts. She said that Bonaire has the capacity to be the benchmark for the Car-
ibbean, as well as other regions, in leading the way to healthier reefs. Even though Bonaire's
reefs are in better condition than many other areas in the region, there are signs of stress. How-
ever, Dr. Earle strongly feels that there is still time to make changes that would allow full recov-
ery. "Remember," she said, "the economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment."
Bonaire economy is more dependent than most places to the environment's health 0
Laura DeSalvo

Page 12

Body Talk
Part lof2 /

f you expect me to tell you
how bad meat is and what it is
doing to your heart and arteries,
how it affects cholesterol, you're
wrong. Our meat has become a
production line of growth hor-
mones, pesticides, herbicides, ster-
oids and antibiotics. At best, eating
meat will leave you with energy
problems due to underactive adre-
nal glands that could lead to thy-
roid problems.
But let us consider the alternative
- soy for many a healthy protein
replacement. Soybeans have been
used (Chinese 2207BC) in the form
of tofu, long before man decided to
play with genetics. (More on GM
soy in part 2) In the western world
soy was mostly planted for the
nitrogen they added to the soil.
This got Big Brother Food Indus-
try (BBFI) thinking very hard.
Here we have millions of tons of
waste product after separating soy-
bean oil from the beans. What can
we do with this? Instead of just
feeding it to the pigs, could we
program people to think this 'food'
was actually a complete food itself,
or perhaps even a superior form of
natural complete protein? And
while we are at it, let's make dairy
products and baby milk formulas
from this. You must admit, this is a
marketing masterpiece! It is cham-
pioned by nutritionists and vege-
tarians and venerated by health
food stores.
'Soy protein' is the waste product
from producing soy oil. Firstly
soybeans contain high amounts of
enzyme inhibitors for example,
blocking trypsin (an alkaline en-
zyme produced by the pancreas for
protein digestion). These enzymes
are not completely removed from
the soy protein even though it un-
dergoes a rigid heat and manufac-
turing process. The second main
contaminant is the extremely high
content of phytic acid, leaving
most soy-product consumers with a
serious mineral deficiency. For
example Zinc controls the iron
uptake and without zinc, excess
iron harms the liver. Zinc is also
necessary for normal insulin func-
tion and for immune system devel-
opment. Another contaminant of
soy is hemaglutin, a clot-causing
agent. No joke when you have

efined Dairy
Sugar ,Produce
The Tainted Triangle
heart problems! Sorry, I thought
soy is good 'heart food'! Soy also
has an aluminum content 10 times
higher than pasteurized milk,
which increases even more if the
product has been hydrogenated
(margarine). Think about your (or
your baby's) poor kidneys!
Would you still think soy is a
'healthy' product when it has un-
dergone pressing, solvent extrac-
tion (an organic solvent hexane),
degumming (with phosphoric
acid), then the refined oil is mixed
with sodium hydroxide (Drano -
the same corrosive lye for unclog-
ging drains), bleaching clay is
added to the reddish brown oil to
make it clear -and lastly deodoriz-
ing is necessary to destroy any
'natural' aromatics from the dead
refined oil. ALL THIS JUST TO
know of any other product that
started as a natural, undergoing all
Strange how complacent most of
us have become. Why have we lost
the nerve to question food manu-
facturers, dieticians, physicians,
Part 2 Genetically modified
Soy, Trans-fatty acids and hydro-
genated products like margarine
and potato chips A FEAT OF
Stephanie Bennett

Author Stephanie Bennett was born
in Cape Town, South Africa, where
she studied herbs, minerals and nutri-
tion. Before moving to Bonaire she
continued her studies in UK, and now
researches health issues that particu-
larly affect people
on Bonaire and
other Caribbean

Are your health problems being treated,
or supressed by medication?

At last time to talk about your health.
For your first consultation,
Sthe first 30 minutes are

Mineral Therapy: Helping the body to heal itself
Opening Hours Tel. 788 0030 For an appointment
Monday Friday Harmony House
9am Ipm The Herb and Mineral Center
Other times by Kaya Papa Comes #2, Antrol
appointment only www-harmonyhousebonaire.com

Bonaire Reporter- September 4-18, 2009

Trees and plants, Bonaire
8000m2 nursery. Specializ-
ing in garden/septic pumps and irrigation.
Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers
NV (Capt. Don & Janet). 786-0956


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

Property Services Bonaire B.V.
Taking care of your properties
(while you are off island). Email for
information and prices:

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at Chat
-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice Cream and
Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by
Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com

For Quality House and Office
Cleaning ....... CALL JRA
Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

Starting from NAf6 per meal.
Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
Web site:

Private yoga classes call
Louise 717- 7021 or
700-9422. also
CLASSES in silver- smith-
ing, stone setting and the art of beading.
Call Louise at 717-7021 or 700-9422.

A Unique Haircut experience at
I The Windsurf Place,
Sorobon, with Desiree.
Thursdays thru Sundays
from 10am till 4pm.
Phone: 786-6416


Private guitar lessons available! To
improve your technique, improvisation,
repertoire, music theory
Sand sight reading, call
Benji at 786-5073.

Make it more livable from the
-U start.

Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 795-9332.

Hundreds of New and Used
Top Quality Professional Tools
Mits L200 p/u <> Go Kart (New)
Scaffldd Breaker Hamners
Tile saws Ha nd Tools Saws
Bits Masmory Tools Nailrs
Carts Levels Paintguns
Shovels Pres. Washers
Nil Guns -Copressors Nails
Burners Torches Bars
Express Cargo Lot
Kaya Neederlandia # 21

WANTED: Low miles/km Toyota
Pickup Will give a better price than a
dealer trade in. George 790-8988

All Stainless Steel dock ladder. Only
NAF 300 Call 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm

PAR EXCELLENCE retired librar-
ian, 49yo Canadian, will take SUPER-
LATIVE care of your home and pets:
Gardens, pool, painting, re-
pairs, renovations, build a deck, pergola
in exchange for accommodation. Inquire
Jack at donnabrian@gmail.com or 519
426-1403 Available after Jan 1, 2010

Dog Whisperer Season 1, Region 1
DVD set, new and unopened. NAf 40.
1970s vintage, light weight Japanese
road bike, 58 cm frame. Well main-
tained. Good enough for training and
sport riding, Priced like a commuter bike.
NAf 225.
Bacchetta "high racer" recumbent
road bike. Large frame. Excellent condi-
tion. NAf 3000 phone: 717-8814

For rent small studio or apartment 1
person NAf 550,-- or NAf 750,-- 2 per-
sons -4 months or longer, no pets, no
airco, Furnished Located at Hato, own
terrace, parking space, garden etc... Pos-
sibility internet, bike, linen, TV, etc.
Visiting Wednesday or Saturday from 1
-5 pm. Call 717-2529 Monique

Women's golf Clubs and Bags, Hats
and shoes, Motorcycle gear, Com-
puters and modems with Monitors,
office goods, organizers, file cabinets
3300 printer, Odds & ends computer
hardware Miscellaneous household
maintenance plus, plus much more.
ONE DAY ONLY SEPT 5 Gates open
at 9AM. Kaya Nederlandia # 21 (Express
Cargo Lot)

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over New Haven Harbor. He's flying his own plane, a Liberty XL2 (N588XL).

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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tide's height and time

DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
9-04 0:23 1.6FT. 7:38 1.1FT. 13:19 1.3FT. 17:14 1.2FT. 75
9-05 1:02 1.5FT. 7:14 1.2FT. 13:42 1.4FT. 18:41 1.2FT. 80
9-06 1:47 1.3FT. 6:36 1.2FT. 14:09 1.5FT. 21:06 1.2FT. 84
9-07 3:13 1.2FT. 5:56 1.2FT. 14:51 1.6FT. 85
9-08 1:46 1.1FT. 15:41 1.7FT. 83
9-09 2:36 1.0FT. 16:32 1.8FT. 78
9-10 3:18 0.9FT. 17:33 1.8FT. 71
9-11 3:56 0.8FT. 18:25 1.9FT. 63
9-12 4:27 0.8FT. 19:25 2.0FT. 57
9-13 5:01 0.8FT. 20:15 2.0FT. 54
9-14 5:33 0.9FT. 21:11 2.0FT. 59
9-15 5:57 0.9FT. 10:58 1.2FT. 14:07 1.1FT. 22:04 1.9FT. 67
9-16 6:17 1.0FT. 11:21 1.3FT. 15:40 1.1FT. 22:53 1.8FT. 78
9-17 6:33 1.1FT. 11:48 1.4FT. 17:02 1.1FT. 23:50 1.7FT. 88




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By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21
(includes tax). Discounts for residents
and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the month-
* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3 to
7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and to
sell. NAf10 per selling table.(NAf 5
goes to up-keep the park). NGOs can
have a free table. More information and
reservations for a spot call Vicky Bisses-
sar 786 1592.
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Indus-
tria, second Saturday of the month, 7-9
pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for
$10 (NAf17,50) per person. Tel. 560-
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide presen-
tation about Buddy's House Reef pool
bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080

Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sunset
Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condomini-

Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-

aire Slide Show, every 2nd & 4th
Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn
(717-8819) at 7pm.
Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has been
restored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015
or 796 5681
AA meetings -every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAf2,50, call Joop at
786-6003 to find out the evening's loca-
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to
9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For more
information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays, 12
noon-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach Re-
sort upstairs in Peter Hughes meeting
room above the dive shop. All Rotari-
ans welcome. Tel. 717-2066
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Marti-
nez Beck, at 786-2953.

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English at
9 am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at
Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6 to 8 pm,
Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12
yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sun-
day School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Pri-
mary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors
Welcome: 701-9522 for Information

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Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your
first choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furni-
ture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast ser-
vice and in-store financing too.

Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insur-

Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
facial waxing.

De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike ac-
cessories. They do professional repairs on almost
anything on two wheels. Have your keys made
here too.

Equinox Bonaire-A USA licensed contractor for
hotels, restaurants, residential. On Time-Done

Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared
pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts.
Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
On Kaya Gob. Debrot
Smile north of town center. 780-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out

Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book
trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair,
dive computer H.Q.

ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation
above and below the water with a custom DVD by
Bonaire's top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts

WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at
City Cafe, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apart-
ments .


Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional
trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.

Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center
Modem workout rooms and machines, professional
trainers and low prices make it easy to lose weight
and get fit.

Green Label has everything you need to start or
maintain your garden. They can design, install and
maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and
garden chemicals. Now in new expanded location off
Kaya Industria.

Harmony House-The herb and mineral center.
Help your body heal itself.

Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the
needs of second home owners on Bonaire including
inspection, management and cleaning.

Digicel has the most subscribers, widest choice of
calling plans and interesting phones. Visit their of-
fice on downtown Kaya Grandi and see for yourself.

Mio offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone
signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-
SPEED INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire.

Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of
all those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants
that want to invade your home. Call now and save
your investment in your home.

Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints,
slides, items and services. Full digital services.

Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local
touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes
they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling
your home.

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," spe-
cializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and
property management.

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

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water
pearl jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful ser-
vice, free gift wrap.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. What would we do without their
superb services?

The Island Supplier (TIS)-Enjoy shopping the
"Caribbean Way' fresh, open air feeling with rea-
sonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods,
wide selection of beverages and juices. Good rum

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest se-
lection and lowest prices on the island.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika
di Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on
Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp

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

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Sewa a e T he Island
tL Government
1A w has committed to a
S y temporary solution to
the disposal of hotel and
S restaurant waste water in the
seaside area. The sewer plant is
years away and, as stated by the
Bonaire Marine Park Manager

over a year ago, something must legislators, 1.8 million has been
be done sooner to save our reefs. pumped into the project by the
The temporary solution, to EU, USONA and the Dutch VVS
truck sewage from seaside Ministry.
cesspools inland was delayed Vacuum pump tank trucks will
until funding could be secured, be operated by SELIBON and the
However, because of pressure waste water trucked to a remote
from local environmentalists and area in Amboina where it will be
emphasis put on it by Dutch purified sufficently to be used for

agriculture. The Bonaire
Government recognizes this is a
temporary solution to the
problem. But it's vital to avoid
additional damage to the reef's
environment. The scheme should
be operational before the busy
tourist season in December. N

b^lh)n 0)8FQ g

R ecently several SELIBON from tourism
garbage trucks were only bake br
adorned with stickers with the ple, but also
STINAPA information reminder, bor workers
"NOS TA BIBA DI NATU- cargo for Bo
RALESA"- (Our Lives Hinge On tourists. Sup
Nature). The goal is to broaden banks, contr
the general awareness of nature and many m
and the natural environment, tourism and
We might not always realize it, ture. Our eco
but the large part of the Bonairean based on tou
economy is dependent on main- ture. All these
taining the health of our environ- the income c
ment. We are a tourist destination, which subse,
Tourists from all over the world schooling, he
come here to soak up the sun, the maintenance
sea, the peacefulness and spa- So we live
ciousness that Bonaire has to of- different way
fer. The first Boi
It is easy to see that a taxi ings on the c
driver, who daily transports all now tourist a
these tourists, profits from nature. stickers five
The same goes for entrepreneurs that were ins
and staff of hotels, restaurants and ings. From li
dive shops. But indirectly many sun, the fish,
more people derive their income mingo, and c

More Than 220

Animals Sterilized

O n May 15th the Bonaire there will
Animal Shelter started be 2,000
"Bonny, the Superdog," a free fewer pup-
sterilization campaign for pets. pies born.
As a result, 200 dogs and 20 cats 2,000 addi-
have been sterilized. tional dogs
would be
Too many dogs on Bonaire. extremely
Bonaire's dog population is problematic
enormous and growing. Many for a small
dogs roam loose and females island like
often get pregnant at an early Bonaire.
age. As a result, new puppies are Many of
born daily and many do not have these dogs
a home. They often become would end
strays, looking for food, becom- streets, and
ing sick and aggressive, causing of hunger a
trouble. Because of these prob- Help neec
lems, about 1,000 dogs are put to "Bonny, t
sleep annually. We can prevent sterilization
this senseless loss. by the Bon
200 dogs have already been To date, the
sterilized! much supp(
In the last 3 months, the Bon- ployees, vo
aire Animal Shelter has steril- ans and oth
ized 200 dogs and 20 cats. Po- everyday to
tentially, each female dog can successful.
give birth to 10 puppies a year. But to coi
If 200 female dogs are sterilized, tion campai
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i. The baker does not
ead for the local peo-
for the tourists. Har-
don't only unload
naireans, but also for
ermarkets, drugstores,
actors, airport staff
ore people profit from
indirectly from na-
nomy is largely
rism and hence na-
;e people contribute to
)f the government
quently can provide
health care and road
off nature, but in a
y from our ancestors.
naireans made draw-
cave walls which are
attractions. On the
symbols are visible
spired on these draw-
eft to right we see the
,the man, the fla-
cactus. The sun, fish,

Volunteers i

up roaming the
living a terrible life
nd disease.
he Superdog" is a
Campaign financed
aire Animal Shelter.
Shelter has received
ort from their em-
lunteers, veterinari-
ers who worked hard
Make this campaign

ntinue the steriliza-
gn, we need money.

flamingo and cactus symbolize the
four elements: fire, water, air and
earth. Man is central in all this.
Man is dependent on nature, but
also has a big influence on nature.
RALESA" means let's be frugal
with our nature, the green engine
of our economy.
SELIBON has been a sponsor of
this campaign from day one, be-
cause they also live off nature and
would like to see that the objec-
tive of the campaign is reached.
STINAPA is proud of the coop-
eration of all her campaign spon-
sors: World Nature Fund Nether-
lands, Island council of Bonaire,
Maduro & Curiel's Bank, Carib
Inn, Digicel, BOPEC, RBTT
Bank, Telbo N.V., Tourist Corpo-
ration Bonaire, SELIBON and
Harbour Village. Our special
thanks goes out to them. N
Press release

vith Shelter Manager Marlis

You can help by making a finan-
cial donation!
For more information about
the sterilization campaign,
please contact:
Animal Shelter Bonaire
Kaminda Lagun 26, Bonaire
Phone: 717-4989
animalshelter aflamingotv.net
www.bonn superdog.com
Maduro & Curiel's Bank ac-
count # 102.378.00
RBTT Bank account #
23.10.139. NPress release

Pet of the Week

t's a dog! It's a rab-
bit! No, it's a dog.
Check out those stand up ears
on sweet little "Hendrika."
Some dogs wag their tails when
they're happy or excited, but
Hendrika does even more when
she gets those ears to stand up.
Pretty amazing. This happy little
pup is friendly and fun, but
she's not a high energy dog. She
prefers to stay in the back-
ground; she's not be a pushy
type like many others around.
Hendrika is about three months
old and is in top health. She's a
medium sized dog with easy to
care for short caramel colored
fur which encourages petting.ndra
You may meet her at the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter on the La-
goen Road, open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm and
from 3 to 5 pm. Phone 717-4989.
The Shelter staff asked us to tell you that they are in need of some
things. As you may already know the Shelter exists thanks to dona-
tions and of course its super staff and loyal volunteers. But now they
need to refurbish the kennels, so they need leftover paint wall paint
or glossy paint in all colors, brushes too. Everything is welcome.
They also need an old sail (from a boat?) to cover the boarding ken-
nel compound during the rainy season. You can drop things off at the
Shelter at Kaminda Lagun or call 717-4989 and someone will come to
get them (it). Thanks from the hard working staff. U Laura DeSalvo

Three New Park Rangers
Sa' I 4.V. +jr

S At the new Ranger ceremony: STINAPA Board Member Evo Cicilia,
Rangers Joi Jenkins, Ruthsel Paula and Jerrel Martis, STINAPA Director
Elsmarie Beukenboom and Governor Glenn Thod&

L ast week three STINAPA Assistant Rangers were promoted
to Ranger.
Study and experience are required for the rank of Ranger.
Successful completion of the courses of PADI Rescue Diver, Medic
First Aid, Basic Mechanics, Computer Competance, Navigation,
Radio Operator, Tourist Guide, STINAPA Traditions, Basic
Geology, Basic Biology and Biology of the parks, Ecology of the
Marine Park, knowledge of island birds and trees and several more
subjects are required.
Graduating were Joi Jenkins, Ruthsel Paula and Jerrel Martis.
Congratulations from all of us at The Bonaire Reporter.
Island Governor Glenn Thod6 and STINAPA Foundation President
Evo Cicilia presented the trio with their new rank and certificates at
a small party gathering at Paradise Moon restaurant. NPress release

Bonaire Reporter- September 4-18, 2009

The new Main Office of MCB-Bonaire is on Kaya Gob. N. Debrot, north of the traffic circle on hotel row. The Hato branch of the bank is across the street.

There was lots of emotion,
happiness and entertain-
ment at the opening of the new
building housing the headquar-
ters of the Maduro and Curiel's
Bank on Bonaire last Friday eve-
ning, August 28. An estimated
1,000 people turned out to cele-
brate and they did, helped by
music an open bar and endless
hors d'oeuvres.
MCB is the leading bank in the
Dutch Antilles and the most sig-
nificant bank on Bonaire. It oper-
ates six related enterprises on all
six Dutch Caribbean islands.
Besides its banking efficiency, it
is a good neighbor to the islands
and is a prime sponsor of nu-
merous cultural events, sports
and charitable foundations.
Speakers of the evening in-
cluded Bonaire's Governor
Glenn Thod6, MCB CEO
Chicu Capriles, MCB-Bonaire
Managing Director Evert Piar,
Island Commissioner Pancho
Cicilia and others.
The executives were quick to
thank the 94 members of the
MCB-Bonaire staff, the build-
ing's architect, supervisors and
contractors for helping make
the building a success. In addi-
tion to its architectural style
which blends modem function
with traditional elements it incor-
porates numerous environmen-
tally-friendly features. As was
said several time by various
speakers, although the color of
the building's exterior is painted
blue, it's also very green.
Inside the offices and corridors
are tastefully decorated and the
lobby even sports a large flat-
screen TV to entertain visitors.
Chairman in Emeritus of the
Board, Mr. Lio Capriles, joined
Lt. Governor, dr. Glenn Thode
the bank's Chairman of the
Board, Nicole Henriquez and six
adorable children to cut the rib-
bon and inaugurate the building.

The public wase given building tours on the opening day

MCB made significant donations to three Bonaire non-profit
foundations, selected by its employees, as part of the opening com-
memoration. The Diabetes Society representatives (above)
received NAf 5.000.

MCB-Bonaire customer service staff served as
knowledgeable tour guides

Actress, playwright and SKAL official Jackie Bernabela joins the
party with MCB CEO Capriles and BAS Director Larry Gerharts

Bonaire Reporter- September 4-18, 2009

Page 17

Zero Gallons To the Mile With an Indonesian Becak
The 54th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some ofBonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

Bonaire/ Kralendijk -
n 2007 the owners of Plan-
tation Furniture & Antiques
were finally able to buy a real
becak in Indonesia. It did not
really take a lot of time to find a
becak but it took a lot of time
and energy to ship it and reship it
and to transport it from the for-
mer Dutch colonies in the East
Indies to Bonaire in the West
Indies. Then, finally, in Novem-
ber 2007 the long awaited becak
arrived on Bonaire. Now the tri-
cycle is parked in front of the
Plantation Furniture & Antiques
shop which is situated at Kaya
Industria, opposite the Bonaco
fuel station and the new Compact
S-building near the almost fin-
ished new second roundabout of

Marjolein, on the island since
2001, is the manager of the fur-
niture shop. Marjolein says,
"We've been importing furni-
ture and home decoration and
antiques from Indonesia for
ages now. Almost all the furni-
ture is made of tropical teak
wood. Nowadays a lot of furni-
ture is also made of recycled old
teak wood. We imported this
becak in 2007. This three
wheeler is a real eye catcher. I
suppose it is more or less hand-
made in Indonesia. Possibly this
becak was produced in a small
blacksmith shop. The three
wheeler is constructed from iron
strips and pipes. They also used
wood for paneling and the con-
vertible top is made from a kind
of canvas. With enough air in the
tires and no play in the bearings
this tricycle still needs a lot of
skill and energy from the driver-
chauffeur-cyclist. I tried it sev-
eral times but accelerating with
just one speed is pretty heavy
and cornering is an art in it self!

Looking For Bug,

The metallic flake gold sprayed original Bruce Meyers Manx
buggy with Brad and Sandra Swanson and son.
Check out this photo and perhaps you can help to discover if this
car is still on Bonaire. The picture must have been taken in the early
80s. Brad and Sandra still work with Trans World Radio which
broadcasts Bible- based programs from Bonaire. E bos di speransa,
FM 89.5. Seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

n the last edition of The
Bonaire Reporter an article
was published about Brad and
Sandra and their European made
red Ruska buggy. This week The
Bonaire Reporter received a
photograph from the metallic
flake gold sprayed original Bruce
Meyers Manx buggy, the modi-

An exhausted Marjolein has her Indonesian tricycle cab al-
most completely under control It takes quite a lot of skill and
energy to maneuver a becak through the heavy traffic of
Yogyakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
Here in a parking lot on Bonaire it still is a serious job.

Anyhow. I just like this becak
and every day I roll it out of my
shop, and at the end of the day
back into my shop. Visitors like
the man-powered taxi and a lot
of photos are made of it!"

This becak is a construction of
iron and wood around three In-
donesian-made, huge 28-inch
heavy duty bicycle wheels. The
mounted rubbers are made by
Swallow and measure an impres-
sive one inch and a half. There is
only one hand brake. The thing is
located under the saddle and
functions strictly mechanically
by pressing two parts of used but
still useful tire of a car to both
sides of the wheel. The emer-
gency brakes are connected to

the taxi driver: both his feet! The
quite heavy and reinforced frame
is stick welded in combination
with a lot of primitive bolts and
nuts with a weird size of British
thread. The becak is made for
two passengers but often also a
lot of extra luggage or some ex-
tra chickens are carried. This
three wheeler is fitted with two
half leaf springs. Excessive noise
from the springs is reduced by
covering certain parts of the leafs
with old bicycle tubes. Those
Indonesians really are inventive!

This becak probably has served
in Yogyakarta. The paper sticker,
mounted in the hidden luggage
space behind the wooden seat
reads: "1998 Yogyakarta." The

fied Volkwagen Brad imported
from the States to Bonaire. Brad
and Sandra still wonder whether
their old love is still on our is-
Can you help find it? If you
do, contact digitalis1956
(@hotmail.com 0
Story by J@n Brouwer

becak is hand painted in a kind powered fun vehi-
of maroon reddish color. On the cle! 0
mudguards the word, Story & photo by
"Dwitunggal" is written. Re- J@n Brouwel
search did not really give the
right translation. Is
"Dwitunggal" just a family
name or the name of a taxi Sudoku Sol
organization or does it 9
have something to do with 98 /
two languages or two po- 4 3
litical ideas? Suggestions, 413 62
solutions and explanations 765 98
are welcome... I

There is confusion about
using the word
"rickshaw" or "becak" for
this kind of pedicab all
over the world, though the
solution is as easy as sim-
ple. A becak is pushed
and a rickshaw is pulled.
So hit the metal, push the
pedal and enjoy a little
ride with this green energy

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Jong Bonaire
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ing, which will probably pop up every August until doomsday. But Mars is out there
and it really does look nifty. Simply go outside about 5 am any day this week, look
due east and just above the horizon and you'll see the brightest planet of them all,
Venus, which is super dazzling. But if you look up and to the right of Venus you'll
also see much dimmer ruby gold Mars.

Check Out the Giant Triangle of Stars Overhead
In early September you can easily spot three very bright stars, which make a gi-
ant triangle shining overhead. Simply go outside between 9 and 10 pm, Sky Park
Time, and look straight up almost overhead and you will see three extremely bright
stars, which if we connect with lines, will make a huge stellar triangle. It's tradition-
ally called the Summer Triangle because every year these three stars can be seen
rising over the eastern horizon in early evening at the beginning of summer.
But since the stars change their position with each season, by the time September
rolls around this triangle has changed its position so that in early evening it is almost
directly overhead and makes an almost perfect must-see tradition. Now each star be-
longs to a separate constellation. So not only do we also have three wonderful stars
we have three equally wonderful constellations. The brightest star is Vega and it be-
longs to the small constellation Lyra, the Harp. The second brightest is Altair in a
much larger constellation called Aquila, the Eagle. And the dimmest of the three is
Deneb which marks the tail of a huge constellation called Cygnus, the Swan.
Now if we compare each of these three stars with the star we call our Sun you'll be
in for a big surprise. Our Sun is the closest star, only 8 1/3 light minutes away, which
means it takes its light 8 1/3 minutes to reach us. So we see it not as it actually exists
now but as it existed 8 1/3 minutes ago. Altair is the closest triangle star and is 17
light years away, which means that it takes its light 17 years to reach us. So we see it
not as it exists this weekend but as it existed 17 years ago. Vega is slightly farther, 25
light years away which means that it takes its light 25 years to reach us so we see it as
it existed 25 years ago. Deneb however is so incredibly far away, 1,500 light years,
that it takes its light 1,500 years to reach us so we see it as it existed 1,500 years ago!
Deneb is a super 116 times as wide as our Sun and 60,000 times brighter. In fact if it
were as close as Vega and Altair it would be the brightest star in the night sky
So there you have it. Three bright stars forming a giant triangle almost overhead in
early evening every early September. 0 Jack Horkheimer

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By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Don't be shy
to promote your own interests. Don't be
shy to promote your own interests. Ro-
mance and social activity will be a prom-
ising combination. You can set your goals
and make a beeline for your target. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Your
own small business on the side could ease
your financial stress. This is a great day to
mingle with people you would like to im-
press. You can get into self awareness
groups or look into physical enhancement
programs. You'll find it easy to deal with
government agencies or large institutions.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Sudden
changes regarding your domestic scene
are probable. Lovers will be less than ac-
commodating, and decisions regarding
personal direction a necessity. Red tape
could be impossible to clear up this
month. Work quietly behind the scenes.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Any con-
tributions you make to organizations will
enhance your reputation and bring you
offers. You have your own family to con-
sider as well. Go after your professional
goals. You can make extra cash by
moonlighting. Take time to find out if
anyone has a better suggestion before you
make arrangements for the whole family.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Try not to make
waves. You've been in a rut and you need
to do something that will help you break
the pattern you've fallen into. Try to be
honest when dealing with your mate. It's a
great day to attend social functions. Your
luckiest events will occur on a Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't go
hog wild when it comes to entertainment
or you could find yourself short of funds
at the end of the month. Your dynamic,
determined approach will win favors as
well as a helping hand. You will have no
trouble getting things to fall into place.
You will have to be careful not to let in-
fatuations with colleagues get out of hand.
Your luckiest events this month will occur

For September 2009
on a Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You are
best to do something energetic with
friends. You can make a difference if
you're willing to stand up and be counted.
This is not the time to lend or borrow
money or possessions. Try not to overre-
act to the loss.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You
should look into making some physical
changes, such as new hair color or toning
up your body. Those close to your heart
may be difficult to reason with. Look into
ways that you can make extra cash. Your
love will not be willing to listen to your
criticism. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec.
21) You can pick up information that will
give you an edge. If everyone wants to do
their own thing, let them. Organize your
day well if you wish to accomplish all you
set out to do. Your emotional stability
may influence the changes taking place in
your personal life. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Take
care of any paperwork concerning institu-
tional or governmental agencies. Try to do
your job and then leave. Jealous cowork-
ers may try to sabotage your attempts to
get ahead. You may want to take another
look at the investment you are about to
make. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Thursday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) this
month is not the day to try to comer peo-
ple by giving them ultimatums. Someone
left a real mess for you to sift through.
Your lack of attention may have been a
factor. Take care of any paperwork con-
cerning institutional or governmental
agencies. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) A little
volleyball or other outdoor sports should
be on your agenda. Join a choir or a drama
club. You may be considering moving to
larger quarters. Don't let the moods of
those you live with get you down. Exer-
cise programs will be effective. Your
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famrly. Located dose to several sma lH
eateries and shops, this home will
be the perfect place from where
you can explore the real Bonaire
way of living. Lay out: covered front
porch, livngroom with open kitchen,
hallway, master bedroom with
bathroom and den, bedroom,
bathroom with walk-in closet.
In the garden Is a separate storage.
Total ground area: 743 m2
(7,995 ft2). Living area: 135 m2
(1,453 ft). Private property.

Asking price: US$ 132,000

SunbeltRealty KayaLD. Gerharts 3 & 8 Bonaire,NetherlandsAntilles T+5997176560 F+5997176570 lnfo@sunbeltan www.sunbeltonaire.com

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