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cancelled because of instrument
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mense boarding.
holding The problem on the Guayaquil
again and Quito bound KLM MD-11,
dependent which had recently passed a C-
re in check inspection, was traced to a
simply wing-flap indicator and the re-
ound the placement part was aboard the
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sel Air could see almost 900 Air Jamaica
resume staff members lose their jobs. Air
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lying > At the 2010 Caribbean Mar-
uncer- ketplace, Travel Agent magazine
Econ- sat down with Ronella Tjin Asjoe
power, -Croes, director of the Tourism
wer Corporation Bonaire, and learned
of of Bonaire's plans to open its
nd tur- first US brand hotel by 2012
generator and possibly add new, direct air
t. service from Miami by the end
that of this year.
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> In recent weeks the Caribbean has been
shaken by several earthquakes.
Haiti: As many as 200,000 people died in
the earthquake that devastated Haiti last Tues-
day. "We have already collected around
50,000 dead bodies. We anticipate there will
be between 100,000 and 200,000 dead in total, -
although we will never know the exact number," Interior Minister
Paul Antoine Bien-Aime told Reuters. The 7.0 magnitude quake
that hit the impoverished country last Tuesday, January 12, is one
of the 10 deadliest earthquakes ever recorded. Look for more re-
ports about the Haiti earthquake in the following pages of this Re-
porter edition.

Eastern Venezuela: A medium strength earthquake caused panic
in the small eastern Venezuelan coastal town of Carupano on Fri-
day and shook the nearby city of Puerto La Cruz which contains an
oil refinery, but no damage was reported. The US Geological Ser-
vice reported the quake was of magnitude 5.6, at a relatively shal-
low depth of 7.3 miles (12 km). The tremor was felt in a wide area
stretching to the Caribbean island of Margarita.

Montserrat: Also on Friday scientists at the Montserrat Volcano
Observatory confirmed there was a large pyroclastic lava flow
event at Soufriere Hills volcano. The island came to a temporary
standstill as everyone took in the sight of the massive ash cloud tha
exploded but amazingly did not send much ash and no ballistic
material into inhabited areas. Several residents remarked that they
had not seen an ash cloud that broad since the early days of the
volcano's reawakening in the mid 1990s.

Aruba: Many people in Aruba were awakened at about 4:15am
on Tuesday, January 13, by an earthquake in the sea nearby. The
quake, which measured 4.2 on the Richter scale, was at a depth of'
miles (12.2 kilometers). It was located 25 miles (41 kilometers)
south of the island. It was felt on several areas of the island, with
people coming out of their homes and calling relatives and friends
and/or the police to tell what they had experienced. No damage or
injuries were reported, although there was mention on radio of
some cracks in walls

Bonaire: In mid-September 2009 Bonaire was slightly shaken by a
nearby quake. The US Geological Survey reported that a strong 6.4
magnitude earthquake shook the area. The Survey said the epicen-
ter was just 75 miles (120 km.) southeast of the southern tip of
Bonaire. It was below the sea at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km). No
damage was reported.


Table of Contents
This Week's Stories

Earthquakes 2
Are You Prepared (Tsunami) ? 3
Elections and Referendum 3
Kwartiermakers and Counterparts -
LNV-Agriculture, Nature and Food 6
Letters to the Editor- (Cruise Ships vs.
Dive Tourists Did Jake Make il Home?) 8
Extreme Kitchen Cleaning 9
Restored Home History 10
Putting Lionfish On the Menu 1C
Xavier med School White Coat 1C
Flamingo Tongue Answer 11
First baby 2010 11
Dutch New Year Swim Tradition 11
Art Exhibition Luz Aida Franco 15

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since (Tony Angila) 4
Bonairean Voices (School Nutrition -Wiat
Can YOU Do) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Bon Quiz #22- (Bird Nests) 7
Body Talk (CFS continued) 9
Pet of the Week (Mare-cat) 13
Picture Yourself (Tennessee, US) 13
Picture Yourself Wnners 13
Classifeds 12
Tide Table 12
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 14
Shopping & Service Guides 16
BonQuiz Answer 17
Sudoku Answer 17
Bubbles-Do You Know
(Crustose Algae) 15
Bonaire On Wheels- Sherman Gibbs'
Toyota Hi-Lux 17
Sky Park (Awesome Wonders) 19
Star Power 19

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Elections and The Referendum

O n January
12, J2010, tY
while I was sitting .
at City Caf6 enjoy- ;"
ing Happy Hour, a m
7.0 magnitude
earthquake was
wreaking havoc _'.
southwest of Port-
au-Prince, Haiti. ii
By the time last call iJ
was announced, a
tsunami warning
had been issued and later can-
celed for islands in the Caribbean
region and all the while I never
moved from my barstool, less
than 25 meters from the water-

While the extensiveness of
destruction and devastation re-
sulting from an earthquake of
such magnitude was to be ex-
pected, the weakness of the infra-
structure, or lack thereof, in Haiti
has further aggravated rescue and
relief efforts: buildings have col-
lapsed, the port is closed and the
very hospitals necessary to care
for survivors lie in ruins.

The tragedy that has befallen
Haiti must make those of us liv-
ing on other Caribbean Islands
consider how we would react to
an imminent threat. Sure, one of
the advantages of living on Bon-
aire is that we are outside the
Hurricane Belt, but as those of
you who witnessed Lenny and
Omar know, the island is not
entirely "immune" to natural

While much of the island is flat
and low-lying, the sheer rock
faces and boulder strewn coast-
line along the northeast is evi-
dence of tsunami events which
took place farther back in geo-
logical time. According to Anja
M. Sheffers in her paper, Pa-
leotsunami Evidences From
Boulder Deposits On Aruba,
Curacao And Bonaire, "the ex-
tent and amount of tsunami de-
bris weakens from east to west
with the highest energy impact
on Bonaire in the east..."

Plate tectonics (movement)
cause seismic activity such as
that witnessed in the localized
event which impacted Haiti, and
it is from these disturbances that
tsunamis are generated. With
each cubic meter of saltwater
comes about 1 ton of force, such
that boulders as large and heavy
as those we see along the drive
through Washington-Slagbaai
National Park were tossed up as
far inland as several hundred
meters by waves at least 14 me-
ters in height. Compare this to
the reported wave heights of 3 -
6 meters generated by Hurricane

Lenny and imagine what it might
mean for the leeward coast of
Bonaire if a tsunami or other
significant natural disturbance
were destined there.

The next logical step to con-
sider is what one would do if
placed in imminent danger. Do
you have food and supplies to
survive several days without
electricity and fresh water? The
people of Haiti went three days
before any kind of relief was
available to them. Do you know
where you would seek out higher
ground if there was a strong like-
lihood of heavy wave action and
flooding? Much of Bonaire's
coastal development is at, or
even below, sea level.

In addition to these important
considerations, it is necessary to
be forewarned of such a threat as
a tsunami, so that you can take
the appropriate response meas-
ures. There are international
weather services which can pro-
vide alerts and updates when
natural disturbances are detected.

The Global Disaster Alert and
Coordination System provides
near real-time alerts and has an
extensive online database with
maps and tools for monitoring
and responding to disasters. You
can sign up for alerts by visiting
the website, http://
While the inhabited portions of
Bonaire seem well protected and
less likely to be affected by natu-
ral threats, as the saying goes,
"I'd rather be safe than sorry."E
L.E.S. (i iaii, environmentalist)

*Ninety-one tsunamis have
been reported in the region
since Columbus's time. Scien-
tists have verified 27 as true tsu-
namis and nine more as very
likely true. The impact of a strike
on a populated area can be catas-
trophic. By some estimates, as
many as 1,800 people were
killed by the tsunami that struck
the northeast coast of the Do-
minican Republic, just across the
Mona Passage from Puerto Rico,
on August 4, 1946. Recent data
records 20 tsunamis in the last
100 years. That's one every five
years on average. U G.D.

Campaigning for the Antil-
lean Parliamentary elec-
tions set for January 22 is in high
gear. Bonaire voters will make a
single choice for the parties who
will take one, two or all of the
three seats allocated to Bonaire. If
present plans hold, the Parliament
will sit only until October 10,
2010, when the Antilles will be
dissolved and reformed as the BES
Islands, an integral part of The
Netherlands, and the kingdom
countries of Curagao and St.

Perhaps more significantly, the
Bonaire election is considered a
barometer for testing the attitude
of the people regarding their
choice in the upcoming Referen-
dum for integration with Holland
or a yet unspecified "free associa-
A vote for the UPB (green)
could be construed as a vote for
integration, the position supported
by that party when it was in
power. A vote for the PDB (red) or
LdK (blue) could be considered a
vote against integration.
The three party colors blue,
green and red are flying in a pro-
fusion never seen before from
homes, hilltops and flagpoles.
Green flags seem to predominate.
It's the color of the UPB Patriotiko
party led by Ramonsito Booi.
There are almost as many red flags
and they are flying from several
clever locations. The Democratic
party, PDB, is led by Jopie Abra-
ham. The blue flags of the List of
Change (LdK), are often combined
with a photo of party leader An-
thony Nicolaas who defected from
the UPB last June and precipitated
a change in the Bonaire govern-
ment. The LdK's position papers,
according to local political ana-
lysts are the best written.
The past weekend was hectic
with parties, jump-ups, parades
and other activities designed to
raise the spirits of party support-
ers. Emotions are running high and
mud is flying.
Disputes about the flying of
flags were reported and the police
were called in to restore calm on
more than one occasion.
The police were again involved
when there was vandalism to the
LdK headquarters.
The election campaign for who
will represent Bonaire in the Antil-
les Parliament is spawning serious
allegations of misconduct and
bribery. So far all are unproven
and bizarre. The most prominent
is the charge that Anthony Nico-
laas, who is number one on the
Blue Lista di Kambio (Party of
Change) party, negotiated a deal to
get NAf 500.000 and important
political considerations if he
would leave the (UPB-Green
party) and join in a coalition with
Jopie Abraham's Democrats (PDB
-Red party). Nicolaas said that his
former assistant, Gregory Illidge,
who had signed a statement con-
firming he had a document from

. '..' ..

Nicolaas' laptop computer asking
for the money at the time, was "a
good friend of UPB," and this was
the party's way of getting back at
him and trying to keep his new
"Lista di Kambio" from getting
elected to the Antillean Parliament
on January 22. Nicolaas then an-
nounced he would file a complaint
of slander against Illidge, who told
Extra newspaper he had done the
same against Nicholaas. Jopie
Abraham asked the Governor and
Minister of Justice to investigate.
The political campaigns are set
against a background painted by
the Dutch Government which has
a number of Ministry officials on

Bonaire functioning as kwartier-
makers, quartermasters, to ease the
transition toward Dutch-Bonairean
integration and turn over govern-
mental tasks to local people. Their
leader, former Dutch Defense
Minister, Henk Kamp, has raised
his profile and is making appear-
ances to explain his mission in the
barios with a Papiamentu lan-
guage translator.

It's an auspicious start for a year
that is sure to influence the future
of Bonaire. U G.D.

Henk Kamp (with Papiamentu translation by Arthur Sealy)
provided information on the proposed BES Island structure at a
meeting at Jong Bonaire

Bonaire Reporter- Jan. 22-Feb. 5, 2010

Page 3

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4 4 /y mom is from
IV lAruba, my father
from Bonaire. They got married
on Aruba and I was born there
September 19th, 1980. Before I
was one year old, we came to
Bonaire and I've lived here all
my life. After MAVO high
school I started working straight
away for Maduro and Curiels
Bank, first at the airport and then
at the Hato branch as a teller.
Now I'm with the automated ser-
vices department.

where I got my certificate to
repair computers. When I was-
n't married I was in a big group
of about 25 people called 'Street
Shadows.' We customized cars
- music, rims, lights, anything -
for all the members of the group
and we would drive to town -
neon lights underneath the cars
- sit together with music, some
drinks. It was fun! Each member
of the group had to pay NAf25
a month but when some people
stopped contributing it became

"People should realize they have to make
time for their children. They are the example
the child will follow."

I met Nataly my wife when
she was working at the post of-
fice. She came to make a deposit
at the bank and I immediately
liked her. I like everything about
her she's a quiet girl. We got
married December 21st 2006 and
February 2nd, 2007 our daughter
Nayelhe was born. Our second
daughter, Nishantely, was born
last year, on the first of January
2009. Nowadays Nataly is work-
ing for Flamingo TV.
As long as I can remember I've
been fascinated by computers; I
figured them out all by myself,
then I took a course at Rayvah's

less. I sold my car, a Toyota
Tercel, and then I bought a Toy-
ota Celica, 'My Sweet Baby,' I
named her.
Every Saturday I worked as a
DJ at Voz di Boneiru, then I
went to Radio Digital, playing
Antillean music, R&B and Reg-
gaeton different styles of music.
When I went on a vacation to
Aruba, I met a family member,
DJ Cecelito. He had a radio show
during which he would change
his name and his voice and then
he would tell all the gossip going
around on Aruba. It was hilarious
and I got the idea I saw the

light! that such a voice would
be good for a children's program.
When I came back to Bonaire I
asked Zamir Ayubi, my chef, if I
could have a show for children.
He said 'No, we already have
one,' as Juffrouw Kathy was do-
ing a kids' show for Digital.
Well, to make a long story short,

when the summer holidays came,
Juffrouw Kathy wasn't on the
island and so Zamir called me.
'Will you do it?' And I said,
'Yes,' and I started.
That first day I played some
long forgotten children's songs, I
did some games and gave some
presents and... half the island

called Zamir to tell him how
much they had enjoyed hearing
those songs again. And they said,
'Tony is good!' Juffrouw Kathy
stayed with her show on Satur-
day, but I got the Sunday!
The first time I played on Sun-
day I programmed my voice in
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Nayelhe, Nataly, Nishantely and Tony Angila, and Tony's little niece, Niki Hart

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Bonaire Reporter- Jan. 22-Feb. 5, 2010


On the Island Since (Continued from
page 4)
the computer (as if I used helium)
and called myself Panchito. Why
Panchito? There's a guy in Nort
di Salina who's selling food and
people call him 'Panchita.' I just
thought it was a great name; I
only changed it into Panchito
because Panchita is for girls, ha!
ha! So... then I had a voice and
a name. In the show I was always
together with Tio Tony, that's me
too. We used to hit the road,
looking for adventures and we
played games with the kids. It
was a live program and a great
success. When Juffrouw Kathy
stopped doing her show I got her
time on Saturday. Then I saw Bee
Movie and I thought 'Hey, what a
cute little bee she's beautiful,'
and so I found the image for Pan-
Zamir is still asking if I want
to come back... because... when
NOS TV started, I asked them if I
could do a program for the older
children and that became 'Video
Club,' another success, but it's
not on anymore because I chose
to start with the Panchito Club on
TV two years ago. Ever since my
radio program I've had my web-
site www.panchitobonaire.com
and on the site everything is in
Papiamentu I have all sorts of
games for kids and pictures (I
take them myself) of all the par-
ties, events and birthdays involv-
ing the children of Bonaire. My
neighbor Elvis is doing the de-
sign and everything else, but alas,

Elvis is leaving for Holland and
so I am looking for somebody
else someone I can count on
and who also loves children be-
cause we're doing it for them!
The website gets about 15,000
hits per month. It's famous!
To me, life is just like putting a
puzzle together. Every time I get
an idea I make a move, and... it
all works out. I downloaded all
old cartoons like Tom & Jerry,
Popeye etc, because I don't like
the modem ones as they're not
drawn very nicely. The old clas-
sics are really beautifully made
and I'm broadcasting them every
day between 5 and 6 pm on NOS
TV. I get a lot of feedback from
people who call, telling me how
much they enjoy it."
Tony Angila is a very special
man; he 's helpful, energetic,
bright and creative. He has a lust
for life and a need to do well. He
has discipline and he has pa-
tience; he 's wonderful.
"Every Saturday from 10 until
11:30 am, the Panchito Club is
on NOS TV, Channel 24. I
thought making television would
be easy, but it wasn't. I didn't
know anything about video edit-
ing, but they taught me. Every
time there was an event for chil-
dren, people would call me to
come and film it, but as they have
only two professional cameras at
NOS TV, it wasn't always possi-
ble as there was no camera avail-
able. So, there were plenty of
occasions and lots of ideas that I
couldn't do anything with and

then... I made my big step... I
sold my red Celica, my car, 'My
Sweet Baby'... to be able to do
more things for the show and I
bought a professional TV cam-
era. It was very expensive, but
now I can do everything. I also
bought a small van and my
brother-in-law, Edger, airbrushed
it. He was going to put just a lit-
tle 'Panchito' on it, but he got so
inspired that he airbrushed the
entire van!
Then I went to John of
'Voyager Events' and there we
took off in September 2009 with
'Plasa Panchito.' At the Voyager
Events parking lot (at the traffic
circle when you go to the air-
port), we set up a big screen
every first Saturday of the month.
At 6 pm we play some games and
at 7 the movie starts. Everything
is for free drinks, snacks and
the movie and... hereby I'd like
to express my great gratitude to
John of Voyager Events and to
Bonaire Superstore.
I love children; they're sweet,
curious and spontaneous. And I
feel there is very little to do for
them on the island. That's why
I'm trying to organize as much as
possible for them. It's going well
and I have new projects coming
Sunday and Wednesdays I
randomly drive around and then
I stop at a house and blow the
horn. As soon as the kids see the
van, they come running. Rhonda
of Sign Studio donated magnetic
letters for children to 'write'

words on the van and we play all
kinds of games. It's broadcast
every Saturday on NOS TV,
'Panchito Mobil.'
On Saturday I take the chil-
dren to places where it's fun and
where they can see and learn
something new and I also turn it
into an item for TV. Different
characters have been added to the
show as well. I got a costume
from a Peruvian and that charac-
ter is called 'Primito.' He's the
cousin of Panchito. We have a
clown called 'Payasotito' and my
sister Carolina is 'Storia', a fairy
who tells stories with a moral.
We go to parties all together.
Over time many people have
come to help me with the pro-
gram a camera man, a photogra-
pher, various actors and children
who assist me during the show -
and I want to thank them all for
being such a great support.

My private life?' He laughs. "I
try to prepare everything for the
program during the week, mostly
at night when everyone is asleep,
because when I come home from
work at MCB I make time for my
family. It's going well.
People should realize they have
to make time for their children.
They are the example the child
will follow. When you have a
child it's not 'nothing.' Your
whole life changes everything
changes. But if you want your
child to do well, you have to be
good yourself." For more infor-
mation go to:
info(apanchitobonaire.com. U

Story & f
photos by

Bonaire Reporter- Jan. 22-Feb. 5, 2010

Page 5

The Fourth in a Series About Dutch-Bonairean Cooperation

Agriculture, Nature and Food
Quality (LNV)

For some time now, behind the scenes,
people have been working on improvements
and projects for the period after the transi-
tion date 10-10-10, when Bonaire may be-
come a public body (bijzondere gemeente)
within the Netherlands. In several areas of
policy, local government and local organi-
sations are working together with the peo-
ple from the Regional Service Centre
(RSC). In the coming months The Bonaire
Reporter will describe the activities of the
Dutch Ministry Representatives in the RSC
and their Bonairean counterparts as they
work together so that, at the planned
"transition time of 10-10-10, local people,
Bonaireans, will handle the tasks of that
department. In this issue we describe the
progress in the Agriculture, Nature and
Food Quality (LNV) scene.

T he Ministry of Agriculture, Nature
and Food Quality aims to
contribute to nature, landscape, food
quality and a green economy. On Bonaire
the focus lies with two elements: the
stimulating of sustainable agriculture and
the protection of nature.

Elsmarie Beukenboom, director of
STINAPA, and Ton Akkerman,
kwartiermaker LNV, explain about the
protection of nature on Bonaire and the
cooperation between several organizations
in this area, on Bonaire and in Holland.

Ton Akkerman says; "The nature on
Bonaire is overwhelming. The different
parks on land and in the sea, the
mangrove forests, the animals like turtles
and parrots....Bonaire is a pearl in the

Elsmarie Beukenboom: 'The largest
richness of Holland in the area of nature

lies here in the Caribbean! Fortunately,
there are several organizations on Bonaire
who work hard to conserve and reinforce
nature, the flora and fauna of the island.
As well, there is also a good connection
with nature organizations in Holland, like
Staatsbosbeheer and Wereld Natuur
Fonds (World Wide Fund for Nature).
And we have a very good cooperation
with the Environmental and Nature
Department of the Dutch Antilles (Milieu
en Natuur, MINA). Good things happen
for nature on Bonaire. We initiated a
reforestation project in Washington
Slagbaai Park, in which trees were
planted in areas that are fenced off from
goats. With this project, in a couple of
years we can clearly demonstrate the
negative influence of stray goats on the
biodiversity. In addition, the coral reefs
are being monitored and we are re-
searching what influence the deterioration
of the water quality has on them.
Other organizations protect and monitor
animals like the turtles and parrots."

Elsmarie continues: "There are a
couple of important international
convenants to protect nature. On the basis
of these convenants we can stop economic
developments in nature areas and protect
nature. For Bonaire, the Ramsar
convenant is important.With this
convenant so called wetlands are being
protected. Bonaire has five of them, of
which STINAPA manages four: Lac,
Slagbaai, Gotomeer and Klein Bonaire."

Ton Akkerman explains: "With the
financial support of Holland, an employee
of the Dienst Ruimtelijke Ordening en
Beheer (DROB, Spatial Planning and
Managing) will attend a Ramsar meeting
in Santa Domingo soon. We feel it's
important that Bonaire's interests are

Elsmarie Beukenboom was born and
raised on Bonaire. She studied at Cornell
University in the US. She returned to
Bonairel7 years ago and has held
positions in tourism and nature
management. For the past seven years she
has been director of STINAPA. She's
also on the board of the Animal
Protection Organisation and DCNA
(Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance).

represented. The international convenants
also consist of some obligations that have
to be met. In the new situation, after
transition, these obligations like
monitoring, reporting, researching and
education, become tasks of the Dutch
government. The challenge is to make
sure that the knowledge and experience
that has been built up locally on the
islands will be kept after the transition.
The knowledge, experience and means of
Holland can be added in a positive way. I
find it one of my main tasks here, to
promote the interest of nature protection
on the islands in Holland. Last fall a
Dutch delegation of people from the
Department visited Bonaire. They
received a tour of Bonaire's nature
highlights and got the chance to talk to a
lot of people and organizations. They are
now completing a report with
recommendations for the future. Together
with the Bestuurscollege and local nature

Ton Akkerman has been working at
the Regionaal Service Centrum as
Kwartiermaker LNV since September
2009. He is a veterinarian by education
and experience.

He gained important experience in
recent years performing LNV type tasks
with international assignments in
Budapest and Brussels.

organizations we will look into the report
and the recommendations. We will also
take into account that financial means will
be necessary. I understand very well that
the nature organizations for this aspect
also look at Holland."

Elsmarie Beukenboom: 'We are happy
with Ton coming to Bonaire. With this,
Holland shows its involvement with the
nature on the islands. Nature is very
important. As we say in our campaign:
Nos ta biba di naturalesa (We live off of
nature). Nature is the green motor of this
island!" 0 Story & photo bylnge Vos

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What can you do? This is a question
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cently there's a lot going on in this world
like the earthquake in Haiti and people all
over the globe looking for a solution for
this devastation. For every problem is a
We have been talking about nutrition in
schools for some weeks already and have
seen the concern of different schools about
this program. We've talked about the costs,
continuing the program and community
awareness. I interviewed Laraine Abbey-
Katzev, the founder of Better Food For Bet-
ter Kids (BFFBK) Foundation.
"The Mission of this Foundation,"
Laraine says, "is to inspire and motivate the
establishment of natural, whole food nutri-
tion as the basis for optimal personal health,
well being, fulfillment and productivity,
and as a way to simultaneously reverse and
minimize the incidence of disease, disabil-
ity, social deterioration and criminality. I
see that there's a lot of social decay or social deteriora-
tion actually occurring in generation to generation from
not eating the right kinds of food. We have a lot of
health and behavior problems. It's happening around the
world, and Bonaire is also affected.
Compared to the first time I came to Bonaire in 1986
and now I can see a big change. Back then in 1986 we
didn't have a lot of crime, no significant drug problems.
You didn't have to lock your doors or car. There were
occasional problems with the kids then, but today we are
confronting a lot of problems. When I was working as a
nutritionist in the US a lot of my patients had social
problems. In school they had a lot of behavior problems.
When some schools decided to introduce a new food
program, the kids' behavior changed for the better. The
crimes stopped, graffiti stopped. There were more clean
bathrooms, grades improved all this because of a nutri-
tional food program.
We want to start with a nutritional program for Bonaire
too. But my main job is to get to the community. Com-
munication is very essential. The community must learn
and understand what food can do for the good life of our
kids who need natural nutritional school meals. The real
cost of cheap food can compromise the education of our
kids. To transform theirs and their children's lives the
community needs to be promptly educated in eating
right. We might think that there are not enough funds for
such a campaign. But to understand the importance of
this program-to create better food for better kids- we
should find some groups for funds and an interest in
growing greens and fruits on Bonaire. Growers on the
island can come together to work with the schools. It's
important to communicate and to educate the kids and
the community about the program. Keep the word going;
get the community to work with the program because if
we have all the funds and good nutritious meals for each
child in school and the kids go out and eat all kind of bad
food the program won't work. To help run this program
we want to hire professionals.
The foundation is more to inspire the community for
better food for better kids and to find financial resources
as well as human resources. Transform us, meal by meal
and student by student. Upgrade the school canteen,
work on good nutritional recipes, let kids start with ideas

and work with chefs. Eventually kids can develop a good
food program while they are being part of the program.
Food contest can be held so the kids can taste and vote
for their own food. The organization's prime interest is
to make this program work and find funds that contribute
with nutritional food, minerals and vitamins."
I hope that I caught your attention with these
'Nutrition in School articles.' While you were reading
this article did you figure out what your answer to this
article's title will be? Yes, what can
you do? Send your com-
Send your re- ments to The Bon-
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To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1 through 9
to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating a
number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. Answer
on page 17.

8 2
5 1

6 5 3

9 1 8
1 2

9 7_

6 1 3 7 8

5 4

7 2 4 1 5

Manicured nests made by *

W hat are those "bags" I
hanging from the tree?
A person could not have gotten
way up there to attach a woven
pouch like that. True, these are
birds' nests, and they each have -
a maker to account for them.
*The nest that seems well mani-
cured is made by one species,
and the rough and tough looking
one is made by another.** This
particular bird will not allow you
too close to her nest if there are
young or eggs inside. She will :
dive down and truly attack the X
top of your head if you are too ,
close for comfort. It's her way
of defending her territory. To
build the nests these birds use
almost anything they can get Sloppy nest
their bills on: thread, plastic, made by**
mop thread, rope ends. It does
truly make the nest look quite
However, the other nest is well manicured and
made from natural fiber, found in nature.

Q) Can you name these two birds?

Answer on page 17
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Cruise ship tourists


Dear Editor:
I cannot believe the reply by the head of the TCB regarding the open letter sent by Pauline Kayes (printed in the last edition
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everyone, including the tourists.
I am afraid Pauline's letter, along with dozens, if not hundreds of others, will get buried by "dealing internally" with these
matters. A diver's $6,000 will be missed by those who know the importance of the dive industry to Bonaire, but in the minds
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Dear Editor:
My name is Wendy and I live on a sailboat tied to a
park mooring in the harbor. On December 30 I was
visiting on a boat next door, when we noticed what
looked like someone trying to get on the stem of my
boat from the water. There were night divers in the
area so we thought maybe one of the divers was hav-
ing troubles. I hopped in my dinghy to go and assist
and when I got there I saw it was a dog. The poor
dog was so exhausted that it couldn't even help me
get it into the dinghy. I then hoisted it on to the sail-
boat. It was a male long haired Shepherd with a red
collar and a flea collar on. I gave him some cuddles,
(calling him Jake and telling him it was ok now),
water, and some food. After a few hours the fire-
works had slowed down and he started looking at the
shore. I then decided I would take him to shore and
see what happened. When I had hoisted him onto the
pier he gave me a goodbye look and took off like he
knew where he was going. A couple days later I was
told that he had been in the water for quite a while
trying to get onto other boats, with no luck. There is
no doubt in my mind that he would have drowned if
he hadn't been lucky enough to find an animal lover
like myself. Since that night I have been wondering
if he made it home ok. Could anyone knowing this
dog let me know? My phone number is 700-8103.

Everyone with animals needs to remember that most
of them are terrified of fireworks. So when it is fire-
works time bring them into the house so they can
hide under a bed etc., or at least make sure they are
safely contained somewhere they cannot get out of. I
may not be here next time to rescue the ones that are
so terrified that even the sea doesn't stop them trying
to escape the fireworks. Please take the responsibility
of keeping your family safe and that includes your
pets. They are there for you, be there for them.

Bonaire Dive tourists

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....; CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (continuation)

As promised we will look at
0 1the thyroid this week and
Corina,- Vinrhone/a andl Sigiathe very important role it plays in
with Hans, owner of It Rains Fishes Restaurant our every-day lives. We have all
heard of over-active thyroid, un-
der-active thyroid and goitre. The
new service, Extreme Kitchen Cleaning Services, that hopes to improve the hygiene at Bon- names for thyroid malfunction are
aire's restaurants is now in operation. Mirchonela Winklaar and her crew have already begun many, the treatments and medica-
at It Rains Fishes Restaurant and report the owners are very pleased with the clean look of their tions plentiful. However, one
kitchen. cannot talk about the thyroid only
Extreme Kitchen Cleaning Services offers daily kitchen maintenance and cleaning service packages and ignore the parathyroid glands.
to meet a specific kitchen's needs and works to meet HACCP requirements (Hazard Analysis and Let us first look at the location
Critical Control Point). HACCP is a systematic preventive approach to food safety that addresses and function of the thyroid and
physical, chemical and biological hazards as a means of prevention rather than relying only on prod- the parathyroid glands. The thy-
uct inspection. HACCP is used in the food industry to identify potential food safety hazards. roid is located at the front of the
Extreme Kitchen Cleaning Services also can help with other requirements like hotel housekeeping, neck, and the parathyroid, con-
providing dishwashers and general restaurant tasks. Call them at 796-1207 / 700-0173 and see their sisting of four small glands are at
advertisement on page 17. G.D. the back of the thyroid.

-- Some of the functions of these
R regular glands include glucose absorp-
T x i tion, protein metabolism and
W a erheart rate. One very special func-
tion is also the rate of calcium

TO KLEIN BONAIRE bonesand kidneys.
From Bonaire Naufico Marina Since many people choose to
N .,consume 'cooked' dairy products
i. HOTEL and refined sugars (highly mucus
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S VC head area, throat, bronchi and
S SERVICE lungs. Remember that "head
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Every that mucus comes from? Since
4- Day the thyroid/parathyroid is located
L Pa r ra Ise in the throat area, they become
THE ONLY congested and start a chain reac-
WALKON/ WALKOFF tion in the body. This of course
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Tie up dockside BATTERIES tice this. Now I continue turning
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Monday. become quite dark you will no-
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Bonaire Reporter- Jan. 22-Feb. 5, 2010

from invaders like parasites,
chemicals and harmful foods and
it will work non-stop in keeping
you healthy. Unfortunately,
when ill-health or disease finally
rears its ugly head, (remember the
much darker room?) your im-
mune system has reached its
How many "diseases" that you
know of are linked to the immune
system? Directly or indirectly,
most diseases are linked to your
immune system. Never ignore
those re-occurring little health
problems, as they are all part of a
much bigger picture, and will
eventually catch up with you!

Once faced with a health crisis,
you have a choice of treatment.
Medicate, medicate, medicate or,
There are many in ills" about
detoxification, and usually the
word is enough to put fear into
most people. Imagine getting rid
of all those aches and pains, your
high cholesterol, your high blood
pressure, your irritable bowel
problems, your lack of energy,
headaches, constipation and
weight problems!

With a good detoxification pro-
gram, you can regain your health.
Regardless of your age, it is never
too late to detoxify. Clean out
that body and restore balance.
Remember, if you keep on doing
what you've always been doing,
all you'll get is more of what
you've been
Next issue::
For all our men
out there: Pros-
tate health.
Stephanie f

Author Stephanie Bennett was
born in Cape Town, South Africa,
where she studied herbs, minerals
and nutrition. Before moving to
Bonaire she continued her studies
in UK, and now researches health
issues that particularly affect peo-
ple on Bonaire and other Carib-
bean Islands.

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Restored Home's History

L ionfish are pretty, but they are also
greedy. A single one of them, in-
troduced into a coral reef where the spe-
cies is not native, can reduce the number
of other small fish by 80% in just a few
weeks, according to Mark Hixon, a ma-
rine biologist at Oregon State University.
To make matters worse, lionfish are top
predators. Though their size would make
them an easy mouthful for a shark or a
grouper, their poisonous spines mean
they are more or less invulnerable.
In the lionfish's native waters the local
ecosystem has adjusted to such predatory
behavior. In the Caribbean, though, the
lionfish is a novelty-and a destructive
one. Anything that damages the biodiver-
sity of the reefs in diving resorts is bad
for tourism.
But there may be an answer: prove that
the lionfish is not in fact a top predator
after all, by getting people to eat it.

Last week the Bonaire Marine Park
began a series of lionfish collection
workshops. The next is Thursday, Janu-
ary 28th at 4 pm in the CIEE's lab in
Kaya Gobernador Debrot # 24.
If you are interested in participating
contact BNMP Ranger Joi Jenkins at
dragonfly235 t,hotmail.com
The workshop teaches the basics about
the lionfish issues, medical first aid pro-
cedures, marking procedures and collec-
tion procedures .

Mr. Sean Dimin, one of the owners of
a firm called Sea to Table, thinks lionfish
will be sought after by high-class restau-
rants frequented by wealthy conserva-
tionists. Mr. Dimin got his idea from the
appearance in some resorts of lionfishh
rodeos," in which holidaymaking divers
round the fish up and which are usually
followed by lionfish cook-ups on the
beach. He learned from these that the
fish, suitably de-spined, are delicious
(they taste like snapper). To test the mar-
ket, Mr Dimin contacted a few chefs at
snazzy restaurants in Chicago and New
York to see if they had any interest in
serving lionfish to their customers. All
jumped at the chance. Sea to Table there-
fore bought a supply of the beasts and
sent them on to the restaurants in ques-
tion. The fish were sold out within two

So if the Bonaire Marine Park's work-
shops succeed they may serve to train a
generation of lion-fishermen who in a
seeming contradiction to Bonaire's long-
time no spear fishing rule may help the
reef s environment by catching fish.

Now which of our favorite Bonaire
restaurants will be the first to feature
lionfish on the menu? E G.D.

In our last issue we published some incomplete information about the origins of the
old Bonairean house that was converted into the ORCO bank. Dr. Percy Chirino
filled us in.
"The original owners of the 'ORCO Bank house' were the Vissers (they were unrelated
to Johan Visser, owner of Karels Beach-a completely different family).
The last two ladies who owned and lived in the house were Maria -Juftouw Iya-Vissers
and Enriqueta-Juftouw Keta-Vissers. They were sisters and unmarried and both died in
their 90s.
The word Juftouw is Dutch, besides meaning 'Miss," it also means female teacher. Ju-
frouw Iya taught handicrafts at a local school and specialized in teaching how to make
hats. In those days Bonaire was well known for not only its good aloe but also for manu-
facturing hats. It was a significant source of income for a lot of very poor families on the
island. Jufrouw Keta was also a teacher and she taught at the Sint Bemardus Meisjes
(Girls) Primary -Nuns- School. Sint Bemardus was located where the Saint James School
of Medicine is now.
These two ladies took Ton Abraham in as their 'adopted' child and he lived with them for
some time. When they died, Ton Abraham inherited the house.
Both Jufrouw Iya and Jufrouw Keta meant a lot for the Bonairean community because of
their dedication and hard work with children and poor young adult women."m
Percy Chirino

congratulations to the Xavier Medical School Students who received their
"white coats" as a symbol of completing their first year of study. Commis-
sioner of Education Nolly Oleana and Commissioner of Economic Affairs, Pancho
Cicilia, attended and addressed the students. U G.D.

Enter at the Ti.S. and drive to the
end, you find our new shop and I
parking behind the greenhouses

Bonaire Reporter- Jan. 22-Feb. 5, 2010

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Not deterred by the coral's chemical defense compounds, Cyphoma completely
strips the coral of its polyps, leaving bare skeleton behind and visible in this close-up

K risten Whalen, a graduate student at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute,
may have an explanation for the recent assault of flamingo tongue snails on
some of Bonaire's soft corals: It was a skirmish in an ages-long biochemical war on the
Over evolutionary time, soft corals have developed poisonous compounds to deter
predators, while the marine snail Cyphoma gibbosum -better known as the flamingo
tongue- evolved a collection of genes and proteins called a "defensome" to detoxify
coral compounds and allow it to feed on the corals.
Our outwardly innocuous gorgonian soft corals have evolved a powerful arsenal of
chemical toxins that leave all who dare to consume them with a mouthful of distasteful
compounds and a lesson they won't soon forget. The gorgonians' chemical defenses do
an excellent job of deterring most fishes and other large predators. But a handful of reef
inhabitants have learned how to navigate the gorgonians' toxic chemical mine-field and
exploit these abundant corals for both food and shelter, giving themselves an edge over
their fellow reef competitors. It seems the reclusive flamingo tongue, which appears
harmless, even skittish, has an insatiable appetite for gorgonians. This predator inflicts
damage to more gorgonian colonies per year than even the most destructive hurricane.
Ms Whalen's research suggests that the flamingo tongue's defensome is comprised of
genes and enzymes that have both specific and varied detoxification roles, but work in
concert to protect this predator from its toxin-laden prey.
Bonaire's recent "outbreak" of flamingo tongues had the snails getting the edge. For
now the score appears to be Cyphoma 1, gorgonians 0 but Ms Whalen wouldn't count
the corals out of this co-evolutionary arms race just yet. If evolutionary theory has taught
us Ih lri,- gorgonians are quietly developing novel toxins through spontaneous genetic
mutation events that may one day confer an adaptive advantage in their direction. My
advice to spectators: Stay tuned for the next 10,000 years of co-evolution. 0 Kristen
Whalen G.D.
Whalen, a graduate student in the MIT
WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography, col-
lected gorgonian corals near the Perry Insti-
tute ofMarine Science in the Exumas, Baha-
mas, and brought them back to the laboratory
to analyze toxic chemical compounds they pro-
duce as a defense against animals eating them.

Based on an article in the Aug. 26, 2008
edition of Oceanus. Courtesy of Dr. George

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baby!") Kiandra Sint Jago was born at 9 am on Monday, January 11. Soon after-
wards MCB's little lion, Lito, with his keeper, Assistant Bank Director Orphaline
Saleh, showed up with gifts and a saving bank book. Baby Kiandra's parents, Kiara
Sint Jago and Jerryson Paula, are very proud of her. MCB hopes that all the baby's
wishes come true and blessings on her parents and sister Rosinah.
For your information: The most popular baby names in Bonaire are quite unlike the
popular names in the US or the Netherlands. The most popular baby names in the
Netherlands during 2009 were Emma for girls and Daan for boys. Emma pushed
Sophie into second place, while Daan held on to its top position. Top US names are
Ethan, Jacob and Noah for boys and Isabella, Emma, Olivia and Ava for girls. U

The Dutch tradition of a New Year's Dive (in the Netherlands in the icy cold North
Sea) was honored in Bonaire at the Plaza Resort. Food products brand Unox pro-
vided the orange winter caps and typical hot pea soup for participants to enjoy, even
though the temperature was afar cry from that in Holland.

Home Of

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Mangasina di Boneiru, B.V.
P.O. Box 50
Kaya Gob. Debrot 124B
Behind the yellow Rum Factory"
Across from Hamlet Oasis.
Call 700-1753
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Wide selection of cheeses and hams from
around the world, homemade salads &
olives, hot & cold sandwiches, breakfasts

Open M-F: 7-6; Sat. 8-4; Sun. 8-12
At the Bonaire District Shopping Mart, Traffic Circle, Kaya Gob. N. Debrot #66
info(delideli.com / 4delivery@elideli.com Tel/Fax 717-3997

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Tu.-We.-Th. & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7
pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.

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Phone 786-3117.

Houses for sale 3 bedroom, 2 bath-
room, living room/kitchen, extra room
for office and 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom
living room/kitchen. Call for informa-
tion 796-0730 or 796-4080

For Sale: Toyota station wagon
Tel: 717-8603

Hi, I am Elvis, 31 years-old in Swit-
zerland, Europe. Handsome and healthy
with a good heart who wants to meet
friends, especially females above 25.
Write with pics!
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, Saland, Switzerland. Email
_ ofacc@yahoo.com

Pinball Machine for sale at
NAF 750. Over NAF 1500 invested in
new circuit boards, parts etc. Needs fin-
[1 fishing up with some wiring etc.
Two full size sofas. Clean but need
recovering. Only NAf 75 each Call 717-
8819 8 am to 5 pm

from town, 5 min from the ocean. A
beautiful 4 bedroom, 3-bathroom house
n for rent, land house design With a sepa-
7 rate upstairs apartment in the nice and
quiet neighborhood of Nikiboko. The
house and bedrooms are fully equipped
with air conditioning. Unfurnished. Long
term rent only, NAf 2000- per month.
For more info, please call 717-7362

For rent as of March 1, two bedroom
upstairs furnished apt, excl. utilities, Pa-
gabon, no pets, Nikiboko, call 795-3456

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E.M. Rijswijk Denturist

Kaya J.G. Hernandez z/n
(Near Botika Korona)
New hours:
9 am-12 pm,
2 pm-4 pm

Call For An Appointment 717-2248 or 786-3714

Hu1M@n WVDiho do@Bo
H anne Vibeke deKoning -Stapel,
our dear friend and a good
friend of Bonaire, passed away on Fri-
day, January 8, in Holland following
the rapid onslaught of cancer. Compli-
cations following treatment cost her her

She is survived by her husband, Co de
Koning, four children-Carsten, Masje,
Jochem and Clea and seven grandchil-
dren- Lara, Flore, Nils, Gijs, Mare,
Lotte and Milo. Hanne Vibeke was born
on December 7, 1936, in Denmark. For
the last 25 or so years she visited Bon-
aire several times a year, returning to
her home in Amsterdam. In Bonaire she
resided in a condo apartment at Harbour
Hanne Vibeke was the author of two
books including "Silk Quilts," the de-
finitive book for quilters and silk lov-
ers on the use of silk in quilts. The
book explores silk as a fabric, includ-
ing a wonderful illustrated section on
The Silk Road, a series of photographs
of the cocoon-to-yam-to-fabric proc-
ess, and a series of 16th century copper
engravings of the European sericulture

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She was a beautiful, kind individual who
complimented the activities of her husband Co,
supporting him in his work and projects.
Hanne Vibeke was elegant with a gentle soul
and a wonderful sense of humor. She positively
influenced all she came in contact with. She is
sorely missed by all her friends. U G./L.D.

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can f ,,l, 1, 0....... the local tide's height and time
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
1-21 7:29 1.6FT. 22:15 1.1FT. 57
1-22 7:40 1.7FT. 21:52 1.0FT. 50
1-23 8:01 1.8FT. 18:24 1.0FT. 20:01 1.0FT. 21:24 1.0FT. 45
1-24 8:30 1.9FT. 18:23 0.9FT. 43
1-25 9:09 2.0FT. 18:43 0.9FT. 48
1-26 9:49 2.1FT. 19:17 0.8FT. 58
1-27 0:08 0.9FT. 10:29 2.2FT. 19:50 0.8FT. 71
1-28 11:18 2.1FT. 20:20 0.8FT. 83
1-29 12:03 2.1FT. 20:53 0.8FT. 93
1-30 2:39 1.1FT. 3:40 1.1FT. 12:52 2.0FT. 21:31 0.9FT. 100
1-31 3:16 1.2FT. 5:27 1.1FT. 13:46 1.8FT. 22:01 0.9FT. 100
2-01 4:04 1.3FT. 7:24 1.2FT. 14:39 1.7FT. 22:25 1.0FT. 100
2-02 4:48 1.4FT. 10:09 1.3FT. 15:47 1.5FT. 22:42 1.1FT. 96
2-03 5:45 1.6FT. 12:45 1.2FT. 17:07 1.4FT. 22:48 1.1FT. 87
2-04 6:29 1.7FT. 14:31 1.1FT. 18:53 1.2FT. 22:20 1.1FT. 75

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Bonaire Reporter- Jan. 22-Feb. 5, 2010

Pet of
H ere is the tiniest
kitten in the cat
cage at the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter. This little
grey tabby is named
"Marie." She's an orphan
and she nearly died before
she even had much of a
life. Some kind children,
out biking, found her and
her litter mates. It seemed
the kittens were chasing
the bikes. Marie was so
small and starving that
she had to go home with
Shelter manager Monique
to be fed every few hours
with a bottle. The other
kittens have been adopted
and there's just Marie
now. She's sure to remain
a smallish cat due to her
first weeks of malnutri-
tion. But today she's in
fine shape and healthy
and so happy to be alive.
You may see her and the
other healthy and social
adoptees at the Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Satur-
day, 9 am to 1 pm and 3
to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989.

the W ee k Picture Yourse Wlfith 1The Reportcumberland Cove,
FOO a i__ 851 i 'll(Tennessee, USA

SI T Tere's a photo of
ILSeptember visitor
Timmy Lienhardt re-
reading his copy of The
Bonaire Reporter high ,lop
Eagle Flight Bluff ovei -
looking England Cove ,nd
out through Bear Pin Gip
Cumberland Cove, Tennes-
see. One Of Timmy's fio 01-
ite places to hike and climb
he is pictured here takinii,_ ,
break from working on lIs.
Cafe and Art Gallery soon
to open in Dripping
Springs, halfway between
Nashville and Knoxville U

Tiny Marie

While you're there visit the Shelter
gift shop. Many of the items have
been donated so all the proceeds help
to keep the Shelter open. There is a
wide selection of dog collars,
leashes, cat items, animal gifts as
well as t-shirts with the new Shelter
logo for children and adults. There's
plenty to choose from for your own
pet or for gifts. It's open during Shel-
ter opening hours. 0 Laura DeSalvo

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when
you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHO-
TOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Box 407, Bonaire,
Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: info bonairereporter.com.

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Every year it becomes more and more difficult to pick the best Picture Yourself
with The Reporter photo. Our readers remember to take The Reporter with
them, tucked away in suitcases, backpacks and who knows where else, and conse-
quently it showed up in places all over the world last year. There it was with our
readers -in Australia, Amsterdam, Wall Street (NY), Washington DC, Tokyo, Jor-
dan, Curaqao, Galapagos, West Virginia, Apeldoorn (Netherlands), Cuba, India, The
Aleutians, Epcot Center (Florida), Chicago, Vancouver Island (Canada), Pike's Peak,
at sea in the Caribbean, Jamaica, South Africa and Paris.
Hearty congratulations to our winners. First prize winner Brad Louth wins a gift
certificate to dine at the very popular and delicious Bistro de Paris. Bud and Nancy
Dox, 2nd prize winners, will receive a coupon for a large scrumptious pizza at Pasa
Bon Pizza. Check in with us, winners, to get your prizes. 0 L.D.
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S- I lvis" the cat is missing from
I Republik. He's a white and orange male about 9 months old and he's very
friendly. His owner and his sister are missing him terribly so if you see him please call
Monique at 700-6772. 0 Laura DeSalvo

1st Prize goes to Brad Louth of Stamford, Connecticut, holding The Bon-
aire Reporter at 2,000 feet over New Haven Harbor in Connecticut. He's fly-
ing his own plane, a Liberty X12.

2nd Prize goes to Bud
and Nancy Dox from
snowbound upstate New
York. They're shown
with a diving snowman
adorned with mask, fins
and snorkel.

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Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park
Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-8489,
Parke Publico children's playground
open every day into the cooler evening
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm. En-
joy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop,
fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks, music. Big Marche 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.
NAf 10 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 Bissessar 786-1592.
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Industria,
second Saturday of the month, 7-9 pm.
Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10
(NA1fl7,50) per person. Tel. 560-7539.
Soldachi Tours-See the real Bon-
aire and be transported back in time. Learn
about the history, culture and nature by
Bonaireans from Rincon. Call Maria Koeks
for more information-796-7870.
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria, 717
-6435-best island tour value
* Meet The Captain Night at Captain
Don's Habitat Bar- Get up close and per-
sonal with Bonaire's dive pioneer. The
Captain's will autograph your copy of his
newest book Reef Windows.
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person. Cash
bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo center
present a multimedia slide presentation
about Buddy's House Reef pool bar
Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea Slide
Presentation, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30
pm. 717-8529
Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean pres-
entation by Fish-Eye Photo staff, 7pm on


Date Day

the big screen inside the Sunset Bar and
Grill at Den Laman Condos.
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 stoly. Open Mon-
day thruFriday, 9-12,2-4. Weekends by appoint-
ment Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bon-
aire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th century.
Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town Open weekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open daily
8 am-5 pm. Closed on 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 eve-
ning 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 Renata at 796-
5591 to find out the evening's location.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel.
717-2950, 560-7539.
The Hash House Harriers running and
walking club meets every second Wednes-
day for a one hour walk throughout Bonaire.
The location changes each week. The con-
tact number is 700-4361
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana
# 1. All Lions welcome. For more informa-
tion call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays, 12
noon-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach Resort
upstairs in Peter Hughes meeting room
above the dive shop. All Rotarians wel-
come. Tel. 717-2066
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita de
Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez Beck,
at 786-2953.
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papiamentu,
Sunday, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kral-

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Bonaire Reporter- Jan. 22-Feb. 5, 2010

Friday, 22nd Installation of the candidates
for Adult Queen, Prince and Pancho
Sunday, 24th Election of Children's
Queen, Prince and Pancho
Saturday, 30th Carnival T-Shirt Painting,
Saturday, 30th Finals Adult Tumba Festi-
Sunday, 31st Children's Tumba Festival

Monday, 1st Jump-up Kabo
Friday, 5th Balloon Parade, SEBIKI
Friday, 5th Election of Adult Queen,
Prince and Pancho
Saturday, 6th Children's Parade, Rincon
Sunday, 7th Children's Parade, Playa
Tuesday, 9th T-Shirt Parade, Playa
Wednesday, 10th Bikers Parade, Playa
Thursday, 11th- Teener Parade, Playa
Friday, 12th Elementary School Parade,
Friday, 12th Marathon Jump-up Jump-in
Saturday, 13th Adult Parade, Rincon
Sunday, 14th Adult Parade, Playa
Monday, 15th Children's Farewell
Parade, Playa
Tuesday, 16th Adult Farewell Parade,
Saturday, 20th Karnaval 2010 Closure
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon.
Bible Study and Prayer meetings, Thurs-
days, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di Bario
Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am. Services in
Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bonaire, at
SGB High School auditorium (Kaya Frater
Odulfinus, off Kaya Korona.) Sunday ser-
vices in English at 9 am; Sunday eve-
ning prayer meeting at Pastor's home, 7
pm. Friday, 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 of Coromoto in Antriol, Saturday
at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch
& Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sunday
mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire Youth
Center in English, Dutch and Papiamentu.
Preaching the full gospel. Contact: 786-2557.
Additional churches listed in the next
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel:790-6518, 786-6125


0OBubbles from the Biologist

D id You Know... 1,'- -.
that flat, cement-like algae "-
can overgrow and kill liv-
ing corals? The reef at Lac is a .
lovely, shallow back reef that has -
some of the largest remaining stands -.
of endangered staghorn and elkhornm iF .
corals (Acropora cervicornis and A. e ''
palmata) in Bonaire and perhaps the
Caribbean. Sabine Engel and I have .
been kayaking out to our research site
every two weeks in an effort to under-
stand the ecology of a particular red Mustard Hill Coral (Porites astreoides)
alga. It is a red, crustose alga that is eing overgrown H y red crustose alga.
overgrowing and killing many species
of corals in Lac, but identifying it has
been difficult since it may be an undescribed species. This crustose alga should not
be confused with crustose coralline algae, which is considered beneficial to reefs.
Experiments have demonstrated that coral recruits survive better if they settle on or
near certain species of crustose coralline algae. The alga in question is not a coralline
algae and not only is this mystery alga overgrowing corals, it is covering large ex-
panses of coral rubble. This alga may prevent coral recruits from settling or overgrow
them shortly after they settle. Currently, we are measuring the rate that this alga over-
grows living corals and we're documenting the species of corals that it is overgrowing
in Lac. We will be initiating an experiment in the near future and hope to be able to
report more on this species and why it is able to overgrow so many of our corals.
If you happen to be snorkeling out there and you see some rebar with tags attached,
we would be very grateful if you don't remove -
them or disturb the area. Although hearing about a
algae killing corals is never good news, it is fortu-
nate that we have discovered that there is a prob- '
lem and we are committed to figuring out why the
problem exists and what can be done to solve it. E
Story & photo by Caren Eckrich r-2 .

Caren Eckrich teaches Coral Reef Ecology and
Scientific Diving at CIEE Research Station Bon-
aire ,mp //cieebonaire.org).

Exhibition Opens Sunday, January 31 at Kas di Arte

L uz Aida Franco-Wesselius is a self-taught artist who started painting just
over a year ago. She finds her inspiration in nature, Bonaire and the life in
the village in Colombia where she
grew up. She paints in acrylic on can-
vas and on wood. Her first exposition
in Kas di Arte will be in the month of
February. On Sunday 31st of January
at 5 pm Gezaghebber Glenn Thode
will open her exposition. In February
the exposition will be open daily from
5-9 pm, and by day on request, tel.
560 0907 or 516 8575.E Story &
photos by Ernst Wesselius

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

The Bonaire Aero Club invites you to see Bonaire
from the air. Take a one-hour flight with up to three
persons. Ideal for photography or environmental study
or see your house.

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
lection of large and small home appliances, furniture,
TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service 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 insurance.

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

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

Reef Windows is Captain Don's latest book and fea-
tures the true stories of the naming of many Bonaire
dive sites. A great souvenir as well.

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Bonaire Reporter- Jan. 22-Feb. 5, 2010

Sherman Gibbs and His Faithful and Loyal Toyota Hilux
The 61' of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by Jjjn Brouwer, featuring
some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."
On course for 100+

Kunuku Chiki, Tra 'di Montaha No 8 Bon-
aire N.A. -
So on Thursday the 14th of January I
drove my one-piston, off road thum-
per along the road to Rincon. Today's goal
was Sherman Gibbs. I had met Mr. Gibbs
some years ago at a birthday party. Later on
I had a drink with him in his private open air
pub where he only serves beer, and finally I
spoke with him at a parking lot next to the
Kaya Korona where he was selling ice cold
cooled coconuts.
And yes, I was lucky. Sherman had just
parked his reliable Toyota Hilux truck in
front of his beloved Kunuku Chiki. And yes,
he remembered me and he knew about the
stories in The Bonaire Reporter about spe-
cial vehicles. And yes, he had some time for
me. So I explained my intentions again: an
article, informative and positive, not politi-
cally engaged, no risks. And a picture. That
was all.

Sherman Gibbs is a very sympathetic and
admirable person. His father is from the
Bahamas and his mother is from Venezuela.
Sherman was born on the island of Curagao
on the 23rd of May in the year 1937, so that
makes him 72 years old. Sherman is still in
very good condition and he is proud of his
age. Some 42 years ago he came to Bonaire
as a mechanic. He learned all the ins and
outs about vehicles and engines from his
father who owned Garage Gibbs at Salifia,
Curagao, behind Nelly's Bar.
So in or aroundl967 Sherman Gibbs came
to Bonaire to start his own enterprise. He
repaired, maintained, restored, rebuilt and
converted all kinds of vehicles. Mr. Gibbs
has always been independent, owning his
personal workshop. His Kunuku Chiki, sur-
rounded by hand painted flags and all kinds
of paintings and signs, is a kind of living
open air museum. There is a watch horse
that protects Sherman's property and there
are iguanas and two roosters and 11 hens are
busy eating "layenna" and trying to repro-
duce themselves on a regular base. All kinds
of cars are parked all over the place. There
are tools and workshops everywhere and the
whole terrain seems to be under permanent
construction. Never a dull moment!
The white Toyota Hilux double cabin
truck is also a very good example of Gibbs'

creativity. Norman extended the chassis
himself and he mounted a multi-functional
hitch ball/tow hook on the rear. On top of
the rear chassis he built a wooden construc-
tion with all kinds of hinges and metal wire
meshes to allow the wind to blow through
and to prevent thirsty people from grabbing
coconuts. Coconuts? Yes, coconuts!
Normally Sherman buys coconuts from
other persons. He puts those coconuts in a
huge non-functioning refrigerator which is
installed in the wire-mesh-protected covered
bed of the truck. Then he covers the coco-
nuts with loads of ice. He drives his reliable
truck to one of his favorite selling points
such as the parking lot along the Kaya
Korona. There he sells his ice cold fresh
coconuts for NAf2,50. For Sherman this is
fun, a kind of social activity. And the fun
results in a little extra income above the
NAf800 he receives every month from the
Bonairean government because he's been
retired for some years now. The coconut
selling business is low now. The coconuts
are only half size now because of the lack of
sufficient rainwater the last months. But
Sherman is not complaining. However,
some extra income is always welcome with
the ever increasing prices for water, electric-
ity and gasoline.
Gibbs has owned his Hilux for some 13
years now. The four-cylinder gasoline
burner is used every day and the condition
of the chassis and the engine would really
surprise BBC Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson.
This worldwide popular car program maker
tried to destroy a diesel four-wheel drive
Toyota Hilux by going down stone steps,
hitting a wall and a tree, by flooding it in the
sea. He had a caravan dropped on top of the
Hilux, the car drove full speed through a
wooden shed and he tried to bum the vehi-
cle. The car was even placed on top of a 240
-foot high rise building. Then they destroyed
the building with explosives but the car
stayed alive.

It really is a pity that Top Gear's Jeremy
hasn't visited Sherwin Gibbs yet. This car
drives every day with the oil filler cap re-
moved from the rocker box cover because of
the pressure the engine permanently builds
up because of some broken piston rings!
Because of the oil vapor the complete en-

gine compartment is protected against the
influences of the weather and the salt. A lot
of smoke then is sucked in by the same en-
gine. There is no air cleaner mounted on top
of the carburetor and a rich mixture of oil
and gasoline is permanently used by this
Japanese oil burner. The engine needs one
extra liter of oil a week And there is also a
never-ending need for water. The radiator is
not leaking but the radiator cap is removed.
And the cap of the power brake fluid is

So some parts are missing but some parts
are added. There is a speaker on top of the
vehicle producing different noises. And a
pair of antlers from a billy goat are also
mounted on the roof. On the dash board of
the truck a household on and off electricity
switch is mounted. In fact the whole vehicle
is converted with or tied up with household

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Sherman is very proud of his five-speed
(four ahead, one reverse) creature and when
I ask him to start the engine he and the en-
gine do not hesitate. The four cylinder idles
and runs as smooth as a brand new engine.
Then Sherman hits the metal with his pedal.
I close my eyes to protect them against pis-
ton ring parts but nothing happens and all
the metal stays inside the engine. Good stuff
those old Toyotas. Happy
guy that Sherman Gibbs. \
Pity that Jeremy Clarkson
does not know about Bon-
aire and Mr. Gibbs, the
master who understands
the art of living! Story
& photo by J@n Brouwer

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major, multiple-phase condominium pro-
As for the flights, Asjoe-Croes says the
destination is in serious discussions with
American Airlines. The flight would be
huge for Bonaire since it lost American
Eagle connections in 2008. Because of that,
arrivals from two of its major markets,
Florida and California, took a major hit.
"Florida and California have been in our
top five markets for the last 10 years, but
we didn't see that last year," she says. In
fact, like the majority of islands, Bonaire
took a hit across the board with a 10-12%
drop in 2009.

The Dutch tourist association ANWB
expects that the Netherlands Antilles will
become the second most popular far-
away holiday destination for Dutch citi-
zens in 2010. "The US will continue to
remain the absolute number one as faraway
holiday destination in 2010," they said.

D The new fiscal system for the BES
islands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba
(assuming, of course, that Bonaire will
be included) will go into effect on Janu-
ary 1, 2011, and not on the scheduled tran-
sition date of October 10, 2010. According
to the Dutch Government, it is
"undesirable" to implement the new system
on the transition date because changing a
system within a fiscal year would result in
a "considerable administrative burden" for
the private sector and the private sector and
residents would have to file their annual
taxes under two different financial systems
in one year.
The new fiscal arrangement should yield
US $41.72 million annually, an amount that
is based on the current revenues of federal
taxes collected on the three islands. There
will be a transition period of five years
for persons making use of the so-called
penshonado arrangement, a fiscal ar-
rangement for pensioners living in the
Netherlands Antilles. The US dollar will
become the island's currency on 11/111.

The Antillean Government has de-
clined an announced visit from
neighboring Venezuela at the last mo-
ment. This followed Venezuelan president
Chavez's rant in Denmark that the Antilles
were being used as a US base preliminary
to invasion of his country. Antilles Prime
Minister Emily de Jongh-Elhage did not
refer to his comments but wants to set a
new date at the beginning of February for
consultation with the Venezuelans on the
ISLA refinery and other matters. The Prime
Minister stated that she regretted not being

able to oblige with the appointment.

Miep Gies, the office secretary who
defied the Nazi occupiers to hide Anne
Frank and her family for two years and
saved the teenager's diary, has died, the
Anne Frank Museum said Tuesday. She
was 100. Gies' Web site reported that she
died Monday, January 11, after a brief ill-
ness following a fall in a nursing home.
Gies was the last of the few non-Jews who
supplied food, books and good cheer to the
secret annex behind the canal warehouse
where Anne, her parents, sister and four
other Jews hid for 25 months during World
War II.
Anne Frank died of typhus at age 15 in
the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in
March 1945, just two weeks before the
camp was liberated. Gies gave the diary to
Anne's father Otto, the only survivor, who
published it in 1947. (Arthur Max-AP)

If the BES Islands happen the highest
point of the Netherlands, will no longer
in Limburg, but on Saba. Dutch conserva-
tionists will have to care about coral reefs
when they never had to worry about corals
in their surrounding North Sea.

D An interesting photo contest for high
school students was launched this week
by the Bonaire public library (Biblioteka
Publiko). The library wants to motivate
young people to engage their talents and
creativity with a photo contest called
"Vision Bonaire." They may take a picture
of Bonaire from their own perspective.
Photos can be edited with Photoshop or
other programs, but the nature of the photo
should be preserved.
Photos will be judged by an independent
jury which includes Boi Antoin, Karine de
Wit, Herman van Leeuwen and Frank Bier-
ings. The library thanks SGB teacher
Karine White for her support. She provided
internal coordination in SGB and will also
assist the students to achieve good results.
A photo exhibition will be held during Feb-
ruary at the library, where an initial selec-
tion of the best pictures will be shown. On
February 26 the best picture will be chosen.
1st prize is a camera with cool new fea-
tures. Sponsors are Banco di Caribe and
BSC Painting Pool & Spa. Students can
send their entries to openbarebiblio-
theek(&avahoo.com or handed in at the li-
brary. Participants are allowed to submit
multiple photos. Deadline is January 31.
(Sharon Bol)

D The Classical Music Board Presents,
for the first time, a Lazy Sunday After-
noon Concert with Krusa Musika and

1 Bonaire continues to surprise with
its beauty. Here is the second full moon
of December 2009, a "blue moon," rising
at the Willemstoren lighthouse.

Friends January 24th at 2 pm, at the Ca-
cique Hall Plaza Resort Bonaire. Enjoy the
music with wine and cheese, coffee and
Hans Faassen of the Classical Music
Board writes, "The Afternoon Concert is an
experiment. If it is a success it may be re-
peated on a regular basis. It is a mixed con-
certo and back ground music performance.
There will be a round table seating in the
Hall so the capacity is limited to 90 per-
Performing musicians are Linda An-
thony, soprano; Eric van Silfhout, tenor
and violin; Hans Odin Faassen, piano;
and a guest to be announced.
The music will include boleros, opera,
coffee house and romantic music from
composers Bach, Chopin, Faure, Corelli,
Mozart, Pergolesi and Rieding. Tickets are
NAf 15, sold at the door. For more infor-
mation call 786-0455."

NoPianist Willem Statius Muller, a
living legend, will play here next month..
At 80 years he's just completed a concert
tour in Belgium. The concert on February
12 will be a very special one as it's been
nearly 25 years since he's performed on
Bonaire. He'll play several compositions
by Frederic Chopin (who inspired compos-
ers of classical Antillean music) as well as
his own compositions. He'll give a short
lecture on Antillean classical music and the
music of mainland South America and the
old rhythms used by the classical Antillean
waltzes, danzas and tumbas.
The concert will be at Plaza Resort, Ca-
cique hall, on Friday, February 12, at 8
pm. Tickets are NAf 35 (NAf 40 at the
door) at Books And Toys, Flamingo Book-
store (both Kaya Grandi), and at the recep-
tion of Plaza Resort.

b0 It's very easy to help the victims of
the Haiti earthquake. Cell phone users in
the US have contributed more than $11

million to Haitian earthquake relief through
text messages. You can join in donating to
Haiti too. Just call or text the word
"HELP" to Digicel's 5151 number. Each
time you do 100% of your NAf 1 fee will
go to help the Haiti earthquake relief. See
page 20. Tragically, several Haitian Digicel
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Naked Eye

Whenever the constellation Orion the Hunter is mentioned most people think of
the three stars which make up his belt. But as wonderful as they are they really
can't compare in wonder to one of the most incredible cosmic objects you'll ever see
with the naked eye which masquerades as the middle star of the three stars which hang
below Orion's belt and make up his sword.
On any night the next few weeks in early evening look up where you will see winter's
most famous constellation Orion the Hunter riding well above the horizon. Three evenly
spaced stars in a row mark his famous belt, above them two bright stars mark his shoul-
ders and below two more bright stars mark his knees. But if you look carefully just be-
low his three belt stars you'll see three evenly spaced, much dimmer stars, which make
up his sword. But no matter how sharp your eyesight, the middle "star" will always
seem to look fuzzy, slightly out of focus.
And that's because it's not a star at all but something we call a nebula, a great cosmic
cloud of gas and dust out of which brand new stars have recently been and are still being
bom. In fact this nebula, called the Orion Nebula, is a stellar womb, a birthplace and
nursery of stars. And incredibly with a small inexpensive telescope you'll actually be
able to see the four recently born stars which light up this gigantic gas cloud. They are
arranged in the shape of a baseball diamond and are called the Trapezium. And they
were born only one million years ago which, compared to our Sun, which is 4 1/2 bil-
lion years old, makes them true stellar infants.
Now although this nebula of Orion's looks tiny to the naked eye, in reality its size is
mind boggling because there are at least 1,000 unseen stars here hidden within this
dense cloud. Plus there is enough material in this humongous cloud to produce over
10,000 stars the size of our Sun. And think of this. When we measure distances to the
stars we use the term "light year," which is simply the number of miles light travels in a
year, which is 6 trillion miles. The closest star to Earth other than our Sun is 4 1/3 light
years away, which means it takes 4 1/3 years for its light to reach us.
The Orion Nebula, however, is so incredibly huge that we have to measure its size in
light years. And it is a mind blowing 30 light years in diameter. In fact it is so huge it
would take 20,000 of our solar systems lined up end to end to reach from one edge of
Orion's nebula to the other. Or to put it another way, if the distance from our Earth to
the Sun were only one inch, the distance across the Orion Nebula would be 12 miles. Is
that mind boggling or what? So get out to see this wonderful fuzzy middle "star" in the
sword of Orion which astronomy writer Stephen James O'Meara says looks like,
"Angel's breath against a frosted sky." See if you don't agree. U Jack Horkheimer

Aries March 21 through April 20 Profes-
sional and social activities are booming with
positive energy this month. This is a great
time to push forward with goals and aspira-
tions. You are more likely to achieve them at
this time and you have plenty of teamwork and
public support helping you to accomplish your
goals and then celebrate afterwards.
Taurus April 21 through May 21 You
have a lot of positive social, professional, reli-
gious, political, legal, and travel-related energy
in your life this month. You are very out-
wardly focused and you are doing well within
these topics. However, there seems to be some
drama surrounding your ability to juggle your
public life and your private life. Whatever is
creating the stress ends by the end of the
month, so things should turn out fine.
Gemini May 22 through June 21 You are
entering a time of fun, exploration, and adven-
ture. You could find that traveling and/or
cultural, religious, legal, political, academic, or
media-related activities open doors to ro-
mance, financial successes, and/or to simply
finding long-term happiness. You also have
some excellent leadership and financial growth
Cancer June 22 through July 22 You
have some exotic romantic opportunities and
you are encouraged to create business partner-
ships with people in political, academic, reli-
gious, legal, mass media, and travel indus-
tries. You also have a bit of a "mine" versus
"ours" debate and eventually end up deciding
that "we" is better than "me."
Leo July 23 through August 23 Your
career and your finances are both benefiting
from all kinds of positive opportunities. You
and a partner or competitor can work through
your differences. You try to negotiate and to a
point, that helps, but ultimately, you have to
stop being so aggressive and allow the more
loving and compassionate side of your person-
ality to choose happiness over victory. Next
month, the two of you get a fresh start or a new
beginning in your relationship
Vir2o August 24 through September 22
Your career is beginning to get a bit hec-
tic. You have some great economic and finan-
cial energies blending but you also have some
bureaucrats annoying you. Just keep pushing
forward and conducting yourself in a fair and
diplomatic manner. The drama ends by the
end of the month. Meanwhile, your love life is
looking really good and you are encouraged to
find something new in your life that will bring
you great joy and happiness
Libra September 23 through October
23 You have a lot of positive energy promot-
ing home, happiness, and creative work solu-
tions. However, you also have a friend, team-
mate, committee member, Webmaster, or net-

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working project that is causing all kinds of
stress. To make matters worse, you are
grumpy and upset about things at
home. Luckily, you have a lot of opportunities
to have fun, let your creative muse inspire you,
and to spend quality time with loved ones.
Scorpio October 24 through November
22 You are extremely persuasive this
month. You can use this gift for professional,
social, and romantic activities. You are also
encouraged to spend plenty of time with loved
ones and doing those things that bring great
joy and happiness into your life. There is a
very good chance you could combine business
with pleasure and find a way to earn a decent
living doing something that you love. Your
inner-critic is still nagging at you, but you still
score a professional victory anyway
Sagittarius November 23 through De-
cember 21 You still have some financial is-
sues involving friends, teammates, business
colleagues, or the Internet, but otherwise your
finances should be showing some improve-
ments. You are experiencing some great sales,
negotiations, bartering, and/or communications
skills too. After some struggle and debate, a
political, legal, cultural, religious, academic, or
media related journey comes to an end.
Capricorn December 22 through Janu-
arv 20 You get a new moon eclipse to cele-
brate with mid-month. Use this to launch your
New Year's Resolutions and to co-create what
you want 2010 to look like. Your finances are
a mix of positive and stressful energies, but
nothing you cannot handle. And your commu-
nication skills, local community, extended
family, and/or commercial activities are about
to take center stage for the next few months.
Aquarius January 21 through February
18 You are going through a lot of emotional
and spiritual questioning at this time. You are
torn between what people tell you to think,
feel, and believe versus what you intuitively
know to be true for yourself. Luckily, you
come to some conclusions that are tailor made
for you and making peace with these questions
helps you to become more self-confident. You
also have some strong positive financial bless-
ings beginning to come your way.
Pisces February 19 through March 20
You still have a financial or romantic trust
issue involving a friend, teammate, colleague,
or website. However, you also have a great
deal of really positive energy happening in
your social life and you are coming across as
smart and fun, so people are not too upset with
you. Just be really careful when making ro-
mantic or financial commitments with anyone
this month and you should be fine. You also
have some stress involving bureaucracy and a
big project at work, but you get it finished by
the end of the month.E

Haiti is the poorest coun-
try in the Americas, and
the Haitian people desperately
need our help now.

On behalf of the Bonaire Gov-
ernment, Commissioner Ma-
rugia Janga expressed concern
for the plight of the Haitian peo-
ple and promised cooperation in
getting aid to Haiti. She hoped
Bonaireans could help and con-
tribute money and goods.
Several agencies in the Antilles
have already taken initiatives to
assist Haiti. The Red Cross has
already opened accounts at the
MCB, Giro, RBTT, Banco di
Caribe, Orco Bank and SFT
Bank where you can deposit
money under Akshon Yuda

Another way for you to help
the people of Haiti is to donate
to a well-respected charity with
experience in medical and dis-
aster relief. Haiti needs immedi-
ate assistance, and these organi-
zations already have teams in
place to assess the damage and
provide the emergency medical
care, food, clean water and shel-
ter that people need.
The following is an alphabeti-
cal list of groups that are work-
ing to help Haiti with direct
links to their earthquake relief
fund donation pages:
American Red Cross -You
can text "Haiti" to 90999 to

make a $10 donation to the
American Red Cross
CARE Call 1-404-681-2552
from outside the US.
Catholic Relief Services,
donate by texting RELIEF to
Children's Hunger Relief
Fund call +1-707-528-8000
from outside the US.
DIGICEL from Bonaire (see
message at right)
Freedom From Hunger
Call 1-530-758-6200 x1042
Partners in Health
Donate by mail by sending a
check with "Haiti Earthquake
Relief' in the memo line to:
Partners In Health
P.O. Box 845578
Boston, MA 02284-5578
Save the Children Make
checks out to "Save the Chil-
dren" and send to:
Save the Children
54 Wilton Road
Westport, CT 06880
World Emergency Relief
call +1-760-930-8001 from
outside the US.
Yele Haiti
You can text "Yele" to
501501 to make a $5 donation
to Wyclef Jean's organization in

Visit Haitifeed.com for twitter
updates, photos, videos and
more to find out what is hap-
pening in Haiti. E G.D.

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