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and brackish ...
in a number of Bonaire
neighborhoods lately, particu-
larly in Nikiboko South, Tera
Kord, Belnem and Hato. WEB
blamed the problem on old water
pipes and the lack of rain during
the past months causing the
demand for water to increase so
much that WEB used its reserve
There was insufficient produc-
tion capacity to supplement the
reserve because of problems in
the desalinization plant, WEB
A supplementary plant is cur-
rently supplying an additional
400 cubic meters of water per
WEB said that as soon as they
receive a complaint of brown
water the pipes in the neighbor-
hood are flushed as a temporary
solution. The company says that
in spite of the brown color, the
water does not pose a health care
threat and is absolutely fit for
Kunukeros (farmers) are af-
fected by a different problem.
One of WEB's water trucks is
out of service resulting in delays
in the water supply to rural ar-
eas. However, the water is clear
as it comes directly from the
desalinization plant.

Curacao based airlines are
expanding their service in the
Caribbean basin and improving
connections with Bonaire.
Insel Air will start jet service
between Curacao and Aruba
this month. This is an increase
of more than 300 seats daily on
the route between Willemstad
and Oranjestad since Insel in-
tends to start the service with its
Insel Air says it will also im-
prove the connections to its des-
tinations in Puerto Rico and the
Dominican Republic and in-
crease up to seven flights per day


Occupancy figures for a sample of Bonaire resorts/hotels
have been released: According to the BONHATA president's
quarterly report, occupancy figures for Bonaire's accommodation
providers, both large (50+ units) and small, were in line or
slightly above their occupancy figures of 2009. The table below
shows the actual figures and the projected figures based on reser-
vations (in italics).

BONHATA Occupancy 2009-2010 (2010 numbers in italics
are projected figures)
Month 2009 2010 Difference
Jan 59.23 61.25 3.41%
Feb 72.26 69.78 -3.43%
Mar 63.66 66.09 3.82%
Apr 53.65 52.06
May 45.30 48.02
Jun 43.70 32.98
1Q Overall 65.05 65.71 1.01%

Hotels participating in the overall occupancy figures include
Captain Don's Habitat, Den Laman, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort
& Casino, Harbour Village Beach Club, Kontiki Beach Bonaire
and Sand Dollar Condominiums.

summer for the new destinations
of Medellin and Bogota, Colom-
bia, and Kingston, Jamaica.
Online check-in will soon be

'Dutch Antilles Express
(DAE) celebrated its first flight
from Curacao to Cartagena
last week 21/2 hours later than
scheduled due to an unrelated
job action at the Curaqao airport.
DAE already flies to the capital
of Bogota twice a week and
added the two-hour flight to
Cartagena twice a week on
Saturday and Monday.
"We are also thinking about
more connections not only for
Curaqao but also for Bonaire,
Aruba and St. Maarten," said
Steve Sloop sales manager of

0 Airline passengers who
had been stranded in the ABC
Islands due to the ash cloud
from the Iceland volcano erup-
tion had complaints about the
bad service and information pro-
vided by KLM. EU-Claim, an
organization assisting passengers
filing a claim, told Radio Nether-
lands that they had received
many complaints by telephone.
KLM regional manager for the
Caribbean area, Simone Wicken-
hagen, responded to the report of
the World Broadcast. "We are
not aware of complaints from
passengers in Bonaire or Cura-
qao." About 250 passengers
were stranded in Bonaire. Air
France-KLM was said to have
lost $50 million a day.

0 THE HAGUE--It makes
no sense for the BES islands
(Bonaire, St. Eustatius and
Saba) to take their protest
against the introduction of
same sex marriages and the
legalization of abortion and
euthanasia to the United Na-
tions (UN).
Dutch caretaker State Secre-
tary of Kingdom Relations, Ank

with the people of former
colonies regarding their fu-
ture is gaining popularity not
just in Bonaire. The US House
of Representatives last Thurs-
day approved legislation that

could set in motion changes in
Puerto Rico's 112-year relation-
ship with the US, including a
transition to statehood or inde-
The House bill would give the
4 million residents of the island
commonwealth a two-step path
to expressing how they envi-
sion their political future. It
passed 223 to 169 and now
must be considered by the Sen-
Initially, eligible voters, in-
cluding those born in Puerto
Rico but residing in the US,
would vote on whether they
wish to keep their current
political status or opt for a
different direction.
If a majority is in favor of
changing the current situation,
the Puerto Rican government
would be authorized to conduct
a second vote, and people
would choose among four op-
tions: statehood, independence,
the current commonwealth
status or sovereignty in associa-
tion with the US. Congress
would have to vote on whether
Puerto Rico becomes a state.

SThe Prime Minister of St
(Continued on page 10)

Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Occupancy Figures 2
Hello $, Ayo NAf 3
Reuse/Recyde/Save Conference 6
Perfect Fitness for All 7
Lac Bai Report 8
Strings Zinged 4 Musicians 9
25th Rincon Run 11
Rincon Day (cover) 12
Earth Day Cleanups 13
Meteorite Effect at Washikemba 13
Burger Contest II 15
Bonaire Eyesores 15
New Horizons (Fleur/Madalief) 18
Earth Day Nature Walk 19
Shelter Flea Market 20
Kunuku Youngsters 20
Bumps On the Road To Holland 21
Electric Cars On Bonaire 22
Richter Gallery Opens 22
Becky Alter Rules- Concert 22
World Heath &Tai Chi Qigong Day 24

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On Island Since (Carsten Cilissen) 4
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Bonaire Voices (Cultural Festivals) 7
Bonaire On Wheels- Ford Jeep 8
Bon Quiz #29-(Fraters) 8
Reporter Mast head 14
Whats Happening, Cruise Ship
Schedule 14
Classifieds 16
Tide Table, Sun rise,
Sunset times, Moon phase 16
Shopping and Dining Guide 17
Panchito Kid's Comer 18
Body Talk (Manage/Measure) 18
Picture Yourself-Haiti 19
Panchito Kid's ComerAnswers 19
Bon QuizAnswer 19
Sudoku Solution 19
Pet of the Week (Xante) 20
Sky Park (Moon, Planets, Regulus) 23
The Stars Have It 23
How to contact us
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Bijleveld-Schouten, said on the
Dutch radio program, "One on
the Day," (Een op de Dag) last
Tuesday. According to her, a
procedure at the UN, as sug-
gested in the motion that
Statia's Island Council adopted,
doesn't stand a chance.
"I had planned a transition
phase of five years," said Bi-
jleveld-Schouten, "but the Sec-
ond Chamber has decided dif-
ferently. I will now consult
with the islands how best to
implement the legislation."
Turn to page 23 for a com-
prehensive update on the status
of Bonaire's transition into The
1 The idea of consulting

Hello $ Ayo NAf

People on the BES Islands
should soon start ex-
changing Antillean guilders for
dollars, says the De Nederland-
sche Bank (DNB-The Dutch
National Bank) which is respon-
sible for the smooth progress of
the changeover. Now that most
of the parliamentary hurdles have
been passed and the October 10
integration of the BES Islands
into the Antilles is secure, the
total switch to the dollar as the
currency of the islands is set for
January 1, 2011. At that time the
local banks will automatically
convert the guilders you have in
your account to dollars at a rate of
NAf 1,79 to $1, a slightly less
favorable rate than the 1,75 to
1,78 now available.
The DNB advises that prior to
October 1, 2010, exchange as
many guilders as possible be-
cause on January 1, 2011, the
US dollar will be introduced as
the local currency, and on Feb-
ruary 1, 2011, the Antillean
guilder will cease to be legal
tender on Bonaire, Sint Eusta-
tius and Saba. It will, however,
remain the currency of Curagao
and St. Maarten.
The Dutch Ministry of Finance
has requested the DNB to organ-
ize the transition to the new cur-
rency and to work out the details
with banks, enterprises and retail

businesses in the coming months.
The currency changeover sce-
nario for Bonaire, Sint Eustatius
and Saba is based on the euro
introduction scenario applied in
the Netherlands years ago but
adapted to local circumstances.
The scenario describes the
smoothest possible way for realiz-
ing the currency changeover, dis-
tinguishing between a cash part
and a non-cash part.
The key moment for the
changeover will be Saturday,
January 1, 2011, at 00.00 hr. At
that moment, the US dollar will
become the legal tender on Bon-
aire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.
From then on, non-cash payments
will only be done in US dollars.
Account balances in guilders will
automatically be converted to US
dollars. Loan agreements, mort-
gages, etc. must also be converted
by then.
For cash payments on Bon-
aire, Sint Eustatius and Saba,
guilder banknotes and coins
will still be accepted until Feb-
ruary 1, 2011.
The official exchange rate at the
moment of introduction of the US
dollar is set at NAf 1,79 for 1 US
dollar. It has been provided by
law that all guilder amounts will
be converted to US dollar
amounts by operation of law. This
implies that citizens and enter-

prises will not need to take action
in this regard. The same holds for
loan agreements, mortgages etc.

Cash Changeover:
* From January 1, 2011, banks
will issue only US dollars, both
via ATMs and counters.
* Retailers are requested to make
sure that as from January 1, 2011,
they give back change in US dol-
lar notes and coins only.
* Residents are advised first to use
up their guilder notes and coins
for payments before January 1,
* When paying in shops, residents
are advised not to use large quan-
tities of guilder coins and to avoid
the use of two currencies in one
payment transaction.
* Cash payments in guilders shall
in principle be accepted until Feb-
ruary 1, 2011.
* As from January 1, 2011, checks
shall be paid out in US dollars,
also when written out in guilders.
* After January 1, 2011, checks
may only be written out in US

The public will be advised to
exchange guilder coins at a bank
prior to October 2010 or deposit
coins to an account.
On December 31, 2010, it is
hoped to have a sufficient supply
of dollar coins and notes

(including the lower denomina-
tions) available on Bonaire, Sint
Eustatius and Saba.
After expiration of the period
during which payments can be
made in either guilders or dol-
lars, citizens shall still be able to
exchange guilders at banks on
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and
Saba against dollars, free of
charge, until a date yet to be
decided. From that date on-
wards, exchanging guilders
shall be subject to the same fee
as the purchase and sale of for-
eign currency.

Non-Cash Exchange
On January 1, 2011, at 00.00
hr., all guilder accounts held with
bank branches on Bonaire, Sint
Eustatius and Saba shall auto-
matically be converted to dollar
accounts. It will not be possible
for citizens and businesses to con-
vert their existing accounts to
dollar accounts prior to the
Enterprises and retailers shall
make the necessary arrangements
to ensure that they can effect all
non-cash payments in dollars as
from the date of the changeover.
To this end they shall make
sure that their accounting systems
are adjusted accordingly in time
and able to work in dollars. Cash
registers with pre-programmed
conversion buttons shall be ad-
Banks shall be ready in time
for the conversion of non-cash
balances to dollars and the transi-
tion of non-cash payments to the
US dollar.
DNB will closely monitor the
progress of the conversion to the

The DNB says the success of
the changeover hinges on good
communication. DNB will dis-
tribute information on payments.
Banks, enterprises and institutions
will need to inform their custom-
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Carsten Cillissu: Oat"mlIMSIw mI 42W

Sam from Belgium, but
I when I was in Holland
I'd met these Bonairean people.
They showed me photographs,
they cooked Krioyo food for me
and they taught me some Papia-
mentu and... I fell in love with
In Belgium I had my own tat-
too shop for eight years. The
business was doing really well; it
was a lot of work pressure and
stress. You know, that's life in
Europe. I was longing for change
and I wanted to break free from
the routine of daily life. I went -
just like that closed the busi-
ness, sold my motorbike and
came here for a vacation and
after 10 days I called my mom
and told her 'I'm staying here.'
I started with all the paperwork
to establish my own business and
I began to work immediately a
dinner for a tattoo and there
was always a place to sleep.
That's how time passed by until
my BV was set up and I offi-
cially started to work in Niki-
boko. Well, to make a long story

short, I sat for three years in
Nikiboko, building up my clien-
tele, and this year I moved to
Kaya Korona.

I was six years old when I saw
my first tattoo. I was on an out-
ing with my parents when we
arrived at this big railway station
and there I saw somebody with a
tattoo. I was swept off my feet!
Awesome! That was 27 years
ago. Few people had a tattoo in
those days. I always had a great
love for painting and drawing,
so I went to the Art Academy in
Hasselt, Belgium. After I'd fin-
ished I immediately went to work
at South Side Tattoo, a shop in
Valkenburg, the Netherlands,
where I had three years of train-
ing. Then I set up my own busi-
ness in Belgium. I was 21. By
that time I had three tattoos.
Working with all sorts of peo-
ple is something I enjoy very
much; everybody makes a differ-
ent choice, has a different taste
and you hardly ever do the same
thing twice. When you're a

"... by expressing themselves by put-
ting a tattoo or a piercing, people want
to show other people who they are, to tell
them that they're special"

painter or a sculptor you sell your
work only once in every so many
months or years. But when
you're a tattoo artist you sell
your work three, four times a
day. That's very satisfying.
Nowadays tattoos are a work of
art appreciated by all kinds of
people. They're immensely
popular and the techniques have
improved tremendously. Every
time you put on a tattoo you give
a part of yourself to someone and
people never forget you. They
carry your art around as long as
they're alive. Oh, yeah, and by
the way, women are much
tougher than guys.
I often discourage people from
putting on a certain tattoo be-
cause of their work or because
it's provoking. Things that are
insulting to other people I don't
want to do at all, and if I think
it's not aesthetically justified I
won't either. There are lots of
funny people, but I don't want to
push them further to the edge of
society because of the tattoo I put
on them.
As a matter of fact, I do put
tattoos on every spot of the body,
but it has to fit someone. Before I
start, I talk a lot with my clients
about how they want it and why
and I always give them time to
think. Especially when they want
a tattoo on the hands or the face I

let them think it
over for a week
or two."
He laughs. "I
love to talk -
that's why I
came to live on
Bonaire! Really,
it's very impor-
tant to know
what somebody
is like and it's a
good feeling
when people
come and ask
my opinion.
The body is
'the temple of
the soul' and by
expressing them-
selves by putting
on a tattoo or a
piercing, people
want to show
other people
who they are, to
tell them that
they're special.

Just before I started on Bonaire,
tattoos were just hype now it's
unstoppable. The moment Ri-
hanna has a new tattoo I get at
least 20 girls who want the same
one. It's a status symbol; it's no
longer about gold necklaces, Ro-
lexes or gold teeth. When your
body is covered with tattoos

Carsten Cilissen

you've had your hours at the
tattoo shop and that comes with a
prize as well. The majority of
people I get here is between 20
and 45, but I also get older peo-
What they like best on Bonaire
are religious images, but also
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Bonaire Reporter- May 7-21, 2010

On the Island Since (Continued from page 4)
typical Bonairean things like a karko
(conch), Seru Largo, the village of Rincon
with its church or the shimaruku flower.
To me, Bonaire's nature is like a whole
new world that has opened up to me -
different shapes and colors and it is inex-
haustible. It really is extremely inspiring
and it makes me want to paint and sculp-
ture as well, but then time... But I feel my
work is so much more appreciated here
and that's just great. I was even asked to
participate this year in Dia di Arte at the
art market, and I see it as a big compli-
Carsten (33) is a philosophical man.
He's mellow and gentle. He doesn 'tgo
around things; he's absolutely sincere
and a real people 's person. He makes you
feel at ease instantly. His shop is totally
clean and well organized and a big sign
says, "God sees me people don't curse
"People here have a rich culture: the
food, the music and the dances, the sto-
ries, life at the kunuku, the way they make
you feel welcome. It's so different and so
very special. Of course there are minor
things that aren't so beautiful, but even in
Paradise there was a snake in the grass.

The majority of my friends are Antil-
lean. When I came here I immediately
moved into the barrios and those are the
people I live with, the people I see and
talk to every day. My Papiamentu is okay,
it came fast. I learned it myself. Also be-
cause my girlfriend has a four-year-old
daughter, my yu di kriansa (step child),
who was desperate to talk to me, to ex-
plain everything to me. And a little kid
has patience. But I was already interested.

It really is an unbelievably beau-
tiful language, an art language.
Of all the beauty Bonaire gave
me, the most beautiful and pre-
cious thing is my daughter,
Kenya, who was born March 1st
2008. With a little bit of luck
she's going to be my successor.
She talks to my clients, goes
through the photo books and she
has her sticker tattoos. Every day
I have to put at least two new
ones on, otherwise I'm in trou-
ble. Unfortunately, she's only
with me during the weekends,
but she's welcome every minute
of the day or night. I totally
comply with her wishes and I
would love to have her con-
stantly with me. There's only
one thing I live for and that's my
child. Ever since I became a
father, saw her being born, my
whole life has changed.

It's good to be here; I'm so much more
motivated. In Europe life is achievement
oriented, but I care more for people
around me and tranquility and peace.
Money is important, but to start the day
with a beautiful sunrise is really special.
The mentality here is different; people
live more from day to day, plans are being
made but they're always on short term
and what we can't do today we might be
able to do tomorrow. It's quite an adjust-
ment, but then you learn to enjoy it. The
way we Europeans think is somewhat
ridiculous and we're playing with fire
because we don't enjoy the time we are
living in. Here you get ahead slowly but
surely. It takes a long time but... you

Tattoo artist Carsten Cilissen and his client Gerbert Louiza

get there.
I never wanted a child when I was in
Belgium because you don't see it growing
up. Here you see it all the first step, the
first time it goes potty. Time is a different
dimension. You can't keep up the Euro-
pean pace here. If you do, you'll die of a
heart attack.
I am proud to be Belgian and when it's a
Belgian holiday I hang out the flag. But I
am used to the life on Bonaire. I've ad-
justed myself and I don't think about it
anymore. The plans I have for the future
are just lingering. I would like to have a
piece of land so I can build my own
house, I would like to organize meetings
in the Caribbean for tattoo artists, but... if

my daughter wants it differently, I'll go
where she wants to go but for now I'm
Sometimes, when I am with my friends
and I mention I am a foreigner, they tell
me 'Ai, no Carsten, no man, you're not a
foreigner, you're one of us!' That's a
sweet feeling, the
feeling of being
totally accepted. It
makes everything
all right." U

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Bonaire Reporter- May 7-21, 2010

Talk of environmental issues and
sustainable development is not
new on Bonaire but a significant step to-
wards progress in this area was made in
an Earth Day conference at Divi Flamingo
on Friday April 23rd. Organizers Fun-
dashon Tene Boneiru Limpi in partnership
and Tourism Corporation Bonaire NV
achieved a great feat of bringing together
a broad range of stakeholders. This led to
interesting debates on a variety of topics
about which the attendees were deeply
passionate and concerned.

Conference Chairman Sherwin Pourier
set a clear agenda in his introduction by
saying, "If we continue the way we are
heading our grandchildren will never see
Bonaire as beautiful as we do." He
quickly got to introducing the first key-
note speaker, Lt. Governor Glenn
Thod6, who was present throughout the
conference. In his presentation Thod6
recognized that "we depend on the health
of Bonaire for the health of ourselves"
and went on to say "If we care about our-
selves we need also to care for Bonaire."
Without being specific the Lt. Governor
reflected on projects that have come and
gone on Bonaire. He suggested any pro-
gram that is begun should be thought out
and seemingly mid way though his pres-
entation he decided that "think things
through" would be his mantra for the day.
This was to be a very relevant comment
that resurfaced several times in later de-

The second keynote speaker was Timo
Brouwer, a passionate environmentalist
and CEO of the Curaqao-based collection
and recycling company, Green Force.
There could be no confusing Brouwer's
refreshingly direct statements such as
"Humans are emptying the resources of
the planet." He also provided some shock-
ing facts, which clearly justify why we
should all become more environmentally
There is an estimated 700,000 -
15M km2 of trash floating in the sea
One million seabirds choke or
get tangled in plastic nets and debris every
In the Netherlands 5% of waste
goes to landfill, but on Bonaire
95% goes to landfill
Brouwer's presentation moved on to
illustrate the different materials that could
be recycled and the economic and envi-

ronmental savings from doing so. The
audience interrupted him with applause
when he suggested "Bonaire should ban
plastic bags." He covered a great deal of
issues and made it clear Bonaire had
much to gain from adopting more sustain-
able approaches. You can find out more
about Green Force and Brouwer's work at

Following the two excellent speakers
the floor was opened up for debate. Chair-
man Pourier asked for the audience's
opinions on the roles of private and public
sector organizations in developing more
sustainable waste management and where
responsibility should lie. Elsmarie Beu-
kenboom, of STINAPA Bonaire, was
quick to voice her opinion that it was nec-
essary to have enforcement of environ-
mental laws but for that to happen there
needs to be policies in place. She then
drew attention to legislation Tene Boneiru
Limpi had previously drafted for im-
proved waste management, which had
unfortunately never been taken on by the

Divi Flamingo's Sara Matera reminded
people about the deposit scheme Bonaire
once had to encourage people to return
glass bottles. The audience were in sup-
port of such a scheme returning to the
island. Glass bottle re-use is of course
even better than glass recycling as it re-
moves the need for manufacturing of new

The topic of glass was always going to
be an important one with people asking
what happened to the yellow bins and the
recycling program. The Lt. Governor used
this example to recommend that future
programs need to "think things through."
He added that glass was not perhaps the
most important material to focus on.
Brouwer supported this by highlighting
the economic and environmental gains
from recycling aluminum. However, Pe-
ter Montanus from DROB pointed out
that on Bonaire glass can at times repre-
sent 50% of the island's waste. No clear
answers were provided on the failed glass
recycling mystery, but that was not the
purpose of this meeting anyway.

Discussions continued and were infor-
mative, positive and solution oriented.
This was perhaps because of the concern
this diverse group of people clearly feel
for these environmental issues. The atten-
dees could have continued even after the
two hours of debate but there were awards
to give out and a campaign to begin.
Among those receiving awards were
Joke's Mini Market, Progresso and
Cultimara for their long standing com-
mitment to not using plastic shopping
bags, and the two keynote speakers who
received art made using recycled materi-

Tene Boneiru Limpi's new campaign is
"Shop With A Bag," and the Lt. Governor
was the first person to receive one of the
foundation's reusable bags, which were
later presented to each conference partici-
pant. Before closing the event the organiz-
ers presented a summary of the meeting.

Glass awaiting recycling at the landfill

Tene Boneiru Limpi's new campaign is "Shop With A Bag." Here Lt. Governor
Glenn Thodd receives the first one.

Although it's likely that the Fundashon
will need to focus still further, the rather
long summary reflected the fact the meet-
ing was a great success and that a broad
range of topics had been discussed.
Thanks must be given to the organizers
who successfully brought environmental
issues into the limelight and for their
achievement in bringing together the di-

verse group of stake-
holders. Let's hope this
momentum continues
and we can make sure
future generations have
the opportunity to see
"Bonaire as beautiful as
we do." U
Sam Williams

Bonaire Reporter- May 7-21, 2010

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Kirsten Marsman with some of her students

Real Bonairean culture is based on
traditions that go back many gen-
erations and are chronicled in songs and
dances that are performed during holidays
and festivals.
Those early days of slavery conditioned
the people in the need to be strong in the
face of adversity. And it was during this
time that the spirit of the people began to
develop and strengthen. They made up
songs and invented dances and began to
sing in the old African tradition.
These songs and dances evolved into
festivals and have survived to become an
important part of life and culture on Bon-
The dances of the Simadan (celebrated
during agriculture harvests) and the Bari
(at the end of the year) festivals are the
best known traditional dances which con-
tinue to this very day.
Many of these festivals are regional. It
may be strange that this small island could
have regional differences. The village of
Rincon is perhaps most apt to celebrate all

Bonaire Reporter- May 7-21, 2010

the holidays in grand style, while the vil-
lage of North Salinja devotes a lot of en-
ergy to Maskarada, which is celebrated at
the beginning of the year January 1 to 6.
The best example of strong cultural ties
is during Dia di Rincon. Thousands of
participants come from all the Antilles,
Aruba, America and Europe to celebrate.
In its 22nd on-going celebration it contin-
ues to be the biggest festival on Bonaire.
People love Rincon food, music, folklore
and its people. Rincon is a village on its
own which has kept the traditions with
strong hands. Thanks to the younger gen-
eration who continue in the footsteps of
our forefathers.
In my next article I will have a more
complete explanation of Rincon Day, how
it started and the real
meaning of the day.
Siomara Albertus
Send your comments to
The Bonaire Reporter, P.O.
Box 407, Bonaire, or email
reporter @abonairenews.com.

B onaire is fortunate in having a
professional sports trainer-
therapist teaching on the island. Kirsten
Marsman, who in the past worked with
Dutch football players, currently has a
loyal group of students who benefit from
her personalized fitness classes at the
Health & Fitness Centre Bonaire, next to
the bowling alley. It's more than just
fitness; it's fitness with a medical touch.
Her classes are for everyone: all ages,
healthy and those with a medical condi-
The trainer began her studies and ca-
reer as a neuro-surgical nurse, but as she
says, "I found out that I like to help peo-
ple get on the road again by exercising
and training mentally and physically -
since the body and mind are one. The
mental part I'd learned in higher nursing
education so I decided to focus on the
physical part (sport physiotherapy)."
Kirsten had her own sports medicine
health center in Holland, "Fysio Fit,"
with a team of all kinds of medical thera-
pists. Besides rehabilitation training she
trained healthy people as well. "And
since we were specialized in sports,"


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page 19.

Kirsten explains, "we had the honor of
training and accompanying injured pro-
fessional football (soccer) players from
the FC Twente team (the #1 Dutch team
at this moment)."
She started a daily physical training
program on Dutch TV for those who
didn't want to go to a gym. The program
continues today with other presenters.
Kirsten's classes here in Bonaire are
112 hours long, twice a week: 30 min-
utes of stretching, low impact warming
up, high impact warming up/endurance
training, stretching to let the heart rate go
down. Then 30 minutes of floor exer-
cises a workout for the total body, giv-
ing extra attention to less developed
muscle groups. Then a 20-minute work-
out on Technogym machines following
a personalized training program. Last but
not least, 10 minutes of relaxation exer-
cises and stretching.
Kirsten's classes are on Tuesday and
Thursdays from 8 to 9:30 am -1/2
hours of training, twice a week for
NAf 70 per month. Call her at 717-
3700 or email:
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Rincon/ Bonaire -
So it was in the second part of April
that I rode my motorcycle over the
unpaved roads and tracks in the hardly dis-
covered area in the north-eastern direction
from Dos Pos, Rincon. I had been there
once before and I remembered a blue Jeep
in front of a humble, bright green painted
house situated on a huge terrain. It is always
a little bit tricky to be completely on your
own in the outback of Bonaire on a motor-
cycle without a spare tire. Especially after
the recent heavy rainfall there were a lot of
little rocks on the tracks and maybe needles
from the cactus and old nails and glass...

Then, after searching around for many
miles I noticed the blue Jeep. It had not
been moved by a single inch since the last
time I was in this remote area. I shut off the
engine of my off-road bike and parked it on
the jiffy. There were some persons sitting
on the porch and I asked for permission to
enter the neat and well maintained property.
Mr. and Mrs. Finies immediately offered
me a chair, something to drink and some
candies. Then Douglas Finies, a real Rin-
cofiero, better known as "Doei," started to
tell about his rancho and his goats, about
Rincon and about the Jeep.
He is the fourth owner and the Jeep was
made by Ford. Slowly we walked in the
direction of the four-wheel drive. A dog
was guarding the Jeep and the terrain. Doei
paid a little attention to the animal and then
I was accepted.
Some years ago the Jeep was parked in
the front garden of the house after some

I, -
brake problems. The Jeep stands in the cen-
tre of the garden as if the vehicle is a kind
of statue or monument. No, it is not in run-
ning condition anymore and it would take a
lot of work and metal to repair it, but the
vehicle is tough and it will take years to
lose its characteristic shape and model. Fi-
nally it has to be given back to earth. Ashes
to ashes, dust to dust.
Doei says this Jeep was built by the Ford
Motor Company. As we walk around the
vehicle it is very difficult to find a single
part that says "Ford." No marks on what-
ever parts, not on the steering wheel, nor on
the bonnet, nor stamped on the rear lid. This
is a kind of a mystery car to me. No marks
on the engine.
Then I notice the aluminum plate
mounted on the dashboard with four rivets.
It reads: "Posiciones de las palancas" and it
informs us about the correct use of high
gear, low gear, two-wheel drive, four-wheel
drive, neutral position. Maybe this car was
manufactured or assembled in Spain or in a
Latin American country...
This four-cylinder Ford is Rl
equipped with a four-speed
gear box. The engine does not
look that impressive to me.
Maybe some two liters. It is an
overhead valve, overhead cam-
shaft power plant. There is a
small carburetor and a dry air
cleaner. No extras, no luxury.
Just a small amount of func-
tional parts. Just one window Origina
and one wiper, no doors, no adfor t
seat belts. No nothing.

Around the silver painted wheels 6.00 X
16 inch 6 ply rating shoes are mounted. The
side of the tires read: "Papaleguas."* Then
I take a closer look at the front wheels.
There are AVM standard automatic free-
wheel hubs produced under license from
Warn USA by "Ind. Brasil." Now we are
getting close! The instructions about the
correct use of the four-speed gearbox are
written in Portuguese. There is some re-
search and homework to do. I take some
more pictures of the details of the car: typi-
cal Jeep grill with seven slots, small white
indicator lights in the front, filler cap from
the gasoline tank on the left hand side near
the driver's seat, tail gate with chains, no
"Ford" stamped on the tail gate, weird
wiper motor.

Then Doei and I walk back to the house.
Aura, Doei's wife, prepares us another
drink. We talk a little about Rincon, the
labor Doei did, those days, working in
building construction in and around Playa.
Now he is retired. Apensionado he is. And
he and his wife Aura really enjoy the si-
lence and the peace of the Rincon outback.
There are the plants and the trees, the green-
house, the cattle of goats, the "fornu di kar-
bon" (a pit to prepare charcoal/jb) and the
blue painted Ford Jeep CJ5. The more I
look at the vehicle the more I think it fits in
the landscape. One day, after several dec-
ades, the Jeep will be completely absorbed
by nature...

Ford do Brasil bought Willys on 9 October
1967 and continued to produce the model CJ-
5. They replaced only the name "Willys" with
"Ford" on the side and rear of the body. In the
mid-1970s, the Ford CJ-5 received a new
2300cc four-cylinder engine, and a four-speed
synchronized gearbox. In 1980 some units
began to be set up to use ethyl alcohol fuel.
However, in 1983 Ford do Brasil ceased pro-
duction of the so called "Jipe".
Story & photo by J@n Brouwer

"Papaleguas," the Portuguese word, writ-
ten on the side of the 16-inch off road tires
stands for Road Runner.
The pattern of the thread
of the tire reminds me of
the old Goodyear pattern.

BonQuiz #29


The "Fraters van Tilburg," the Broth-
ers of Tilburg, who came from that
Dutch southern city in the province of
Noord-Brabant, landed on Bonaire in 1914.
These Brothers were the foundation of the
Netherlands Antilles' educational system for
almost a century. Even though most of
them did not make an effort to learn Papia-
mentu here, several school books were de-
signed by the Brothers and "Antillianized"
to fit the needs of students. Their own works
appeared in reading material with subjects
such as religion, history and especially flora
and fauna.
In 1995 there were nine Brothers left on
Bonaire. All are gone now.
The statue north of the Catholic church in
Playa was designed and built by a Bo-
nairean. It is dedicated to the Fraters van
Tilburg. The plaza is named after the Fra-
ters as well.

Q) Who designed and built this
Answer on page 19

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porter. It's prepared by Christie Dovale
of Island Tours. To arrange a tour, con-
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Report Warns fContinuing

Ecosystem Declines at Lac

A report on a conservation
project at Lac Bay de-
scribes efforts to protect seagrass
beds and reef corals from steeply
increasing recreational use and calls
for both immediate and long-term
action to stop the declines. The re-

port recommends that Bonaire
"enact policy, regulation and en-
forcement and devote adequate
funds to manage Lac for the long
term." In addition the report cites
the need for immediate steps to
reduce overuse of the area. The
project was prompted in 2008 when
two conservation organizations, Sea
Turtle Conservation Bonaire
(STCB) and Progressive Environ-
mental Solutions (ProES), shared
mutual observations that seagrass
beds at Lac's Sorobon peninsula

were undergoing a significantly
rapid decline in size and density.
The report, "Lac Buoy Placement
Project Progress Report #1," is
available online: http:/
Report Lac.pdf
For more information or to help,
please call Mabel Nava of STCB at
717-2225 or Kris Kats of ProES at
786-1799 or visit
www.bonaireturtles.org or
www.proes.org. U Press release

Bonaire Reporter- May 7-21, 2010

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Strings Zingedyour Internatioma!

Vusicins Dazze Sonaire

Incredible that a small island as Bon-
aire can be host to some of the most Pianist Armand Simon was born in
professional concert musicians in the Amsterdam of Aruban parents. After stud-
world. Where normally we must travel to ies in Holland he returned to Aruba help
large cities and sit in huge concert halls, educate and guide young promising tal-
paying high, high prices, to hear the likes ents of the island. He's the artistic director
of this, here in Bonaire we can enjoy the of the Aruba Piano Festival. He's per-
music of these stars in a relatively small formed worldwide and is a dedicated
room, "Cacique Hall," at the Plaza. chamber musician.

You're up close and it's almost like the
musicians are playing just for you. We
were told that the artists too, love that
closeness and intimacy with their audi-
ence. "We can feel the audience," they
say. And the low ticket price of NAf 35 is
Since the Classical Music Board of
Bonaire acquired the grand piano it's been
a year of memorable concerts, and there
are more to come as the Board and its
network reach out to entice more and
more professional musicians to come to
This last concert, Four International
Musicians, on Tuesday, April 27 had per-
formances from the following:

Emile Ponson
The winner of the Youth Competition of
the 4t International Aruba Piano Festival
2010 was 14-year-old Emile Ponson from
Aruba who studies under Armand Simon.
When he was 12, Emile won third place in
the Festival.

Cellist German Marcano from Vene-
zuela studied in England and the US, was
principal cello chair with the Simon Boli-
var Symphonic orchestra and with the
Madison Symphony Orchestra. As a
founding member of the Rios Reyna
Quartet he toured nationally and interna-
tionally. He obtained his Doctor in Music
Arts in 2001 at the University of Wiscon-

Alissa Margulis born in Freiburg of
Russian parents is considered a "highly

Deserving of a standi

gifted young violinist," "one of the most
promising of her generation" and
"brilliant." She's a prizewinner in many
competitions and has played in numerous

The artists performed solo and when
they came together for the Schubert So-
natina in A minor it was magic. But the
best was saved for last with Argentine
composer Astor Piazzolla's "Four Sea-
sons of Buenos Aires." As one concert-
goer said he had the recording of Yo Yo
Ma's rendition but when he heard the
cello, the piano and violin playing to-
gether this evening he was blown away.
As were others in the audience. Piaz-
zolla's music would be perfect for the
movies: high drama and excitement, then
sadness, quietness, then an explosion of
passion. Thrilling.
Piazzolla is now considered one of the
most important 20t century Argentine
composers although his music that devi-
ated from the traditional tango's formulas
wasn't accepted at first. His works revolu-
tionized the traditional tango into a new
style termed nuevo tango, incorporating
elements from jazz and classical music.
There is a very beautiful and user-
friendly website where you can find all
you every want about past, present and
future programs of the Classical Music
Board Bonaire:
And you can purchase your tickets
that way as well.

Coming Soon:
Saturday, May 22 Classical Music Board
Bonaire presents: Henk van Twillert -
Baritone Sax, and Tjako van Schie- Piano, 8
pm, Cacique Hall, Plaza.
Saturday, June 12 Classical Music Board
Bonaire presents: Livio Hermans Piano
and Tica Giel-Soprano. Works of
Schumann, Schubert and others. 8 pm,
Cacique hall, Plaza.
Tickets for the concerts are NAf 35;
students NAf 10. Available on line at
Classical Music Board Bonaire Website
(WWW.cmbbonaire.com), at Books & Toys,
Flamingo Book Store, Plaza Hotel. 0
Laura DeSalvo
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Bonaire Reporter- May 7-21, 2010

Flotsam and Jetsam (Conti. from page 2) "Comrades, @chavezcandanga

Vincent and the Grenadines,
Ralph Gonsalves, is calling for
an end to colonialism in the
Caribbean. It was not about
being anti-European, Dr Gon-
salves added, but about giving
the Caribbean an opportunity to
develop on an equal footing.
He described the region as hav-
ing the greatest colonial presence
in the world. In fact, of the 16
listed by the United Nations de-
colonization committee as Non-
Self-Governing Territories, six
are in the Caribbean: Anguilla,
British Virgin Islands, Cayman
Islands, Montserrat, Turks and
Caicos Islands and the US Virgin
In the Caribbean region,
Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth
(associated state- see latest de-
velopment preceding in this col-
umn) of the US, Martinique and
Guadeloupe are part
(Departments) of France and the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba
have varying degrees of auton-
omy within the Dutch Kingdom.
The others governed from afar
are Bermuda, Gibraltar, New
Caledonia, Western Sahara,
American Samoa, Guam, Pit-
cairn, St. Helena, Tokelau and
the Falkland Islands (Malvinas).
At a conference earlier this
year, the UN committee noted
that only one country East
Timor had gained independence
in the nine years so far of the UN
decolonization decade.
by BBC Caribbean

1 Caracas (Reuters) Vene-
zuela's President Hugo Chavez
opened a Twitter account last
Tuesday to combat opponents
who have seized on the micro-
blogging site to criticize his so-
cialist government.
Known for his hours-long
speeches, Chavez will now face
the challenge of keeping his out-
pourings within the 140-
character limit demanded by

has been reserved, soon we will
have messages there from our
'Comandante,"' said the head of
Venezuela's communications
watchdog, Diosdado Cabello,
also a close aide of the president,
via his own Twitter account. In
some countries candanga trans-
lates as "devil," but in the Vene-
zuelan lexicon it is used to mean
someone who is strong-willed
and rebellious or a troublemaker.

) On Wednesday, April 28,
Bonaire's second traffic circle
opened at the intersection of
Kaya International and Kaya
Nikiboko South ending several
months of inconvenience while
the roadwork was underway.
Commissioner Jopie Abraham,
who was in in the passenger seat
of the cavalcade of cars and mo-
torcycles first to go around the
circle, and Commissioner for
Infrastructure, Anthony Nicolaas,
were on hand for the opening.
The project was funded by SEI
(Sociaal Economisch Initiatief)
and constructed by BWM
(Bonairiaanse Wegenbouw
Maatschappij) at a cost of NAf
1.7 million.
) Following a lengthy infor-
mation campaign tougher envi-
ronmental regulations for vehi-
cle repair facilities and garages
will be enforced on Bonaire. In
the coming weeks all the island's
garages will get an initial inspec-
tion. This is a first step towards
separate collection of hazardous
waste such as waste oil, lubri-
cants, batteries and other prod-
ucts that can seriously contami-
nate the environment. The rules
are important for protecting the
environment and contribute to a
professional industry and satis-
fied customers, said SELIBON,
the island's waste management

) Berghem, The Nether-
lands- The Animal Help Foun-
dation (Stichting Dierenhulp)

which is especially active in
Curaqao, Bonaire and Venezuela
in animal and information cam-
paigns, says the Netherlands
Antilles ranks number three on
the list of countries (behind
Greece and Spain) where a lot
of animals suffer. It cites as a
reason that 1,000 cats and dogs
were euthanized in Bonaire.
Not so, said a volunteer active
in the Bonaire Animal Shelter.
While there are certainly animals
that suffer from maltreatment
and neglect on the island they are
minimized by the Shelter's
euthanasia and free neutering
program, not made worse. The
approximately 1,000 animals
"put to sleep" last year were pro-
tected from a life of suffering
from disease and hunger. Many
others were taken into the Shelter
and many were subsequently
adopted. There are simply more
unwanted pets on Bonaire than
can be adopted and the Bonny
Superdog free sterilization pro-
gram gets at the problem at the

) Do you feel comfortable
speaking at a lectern? Or to a
crowd of people? Do you have
nervous habits when you
speak, such as saying 'uh' 'um'
'ok' and "you know?"
Have you ever been asked for
your opinion about something,
only to have your mind go
blank? Have you given your
opinion, but it was so disorgan-
ized that the point you were try-
ing to make was lost?
Come to The Toast Masters'
Speech Craft Communication
Training Series in English. De-
velop impromptu speaking skills
and gain self-confidence.
The seminar starts Saturday, May
15. The four sessions cost NAf
35 and includes all training mate-
rials. For more info contact
Sherwin Pourier sca-
pourieriyahoo.com. Or Vicky
Bissessar 786- 1592 or 717-4992.

) Are you a cyclist or are you looking for a gift for a cy-
clist? Right now, the bike shop, DeFreewieler is loaded with a
brand new collection of cyclist clothing shirts, pants shoes,
helmets, gloves, sunglasses, novelty bells and water packs. You
need not shop abroad these days as DeFreewieler carries nearly
everything for bikes and the cyclist. Shop early as these things go
fast. DeFreewieler is on Kaya Grandi #61, across from INPO,
Budget Marine and Napa. Their website,
www.BonaireFreewieler.com, will be updated soon so you will be
able to read their monthly newsletter in English via a link.

0 KRIABON, Bonaire's
agricultural cooperative, will
be putting on a series of confer-
ences covering subjects such as
organic agriculture, uses ofbio-
fertilizers and more. The confer-
ences will be in Papiamentu
(with translations in English and
Dutch available) and conducted
by Manuel S. Vargas, a specialist
in organic agriculture. For more
information call Kria-Bon at 717
-4587; email: kri-
abongmail.com. See Happen-
ings on page 14 for the schedule.

Enloy Grouper on the Reef

Not on your Platel

P As the grouper population
decreases, it has a dramatic
effect on the overall health of

any reef. Attractive T-shirts are
being sold non-profit to help
spread the word. Available at the
Carib Inn for only $12.

0 If you want Bonaire news
between issues of The Reporter,
"Raw News" is available as it
happens on the bonairere-
porter.com website.

) Correction: In the last issue
of The Reporter (April 23-May7)
in Bonairean Voices, the painting
in the photo with Nochi Coffie
was incorrectly attributed to No-
chi, but the artist was Manuela

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25thF RMi wcon bay Rum
T he 25th edition of the annual Comcabon 17.5 km. (10.9 miles) run/walk be-
tween Kralendijk Stadium and the Rose Inn in Rincon got a late start but the
runners turned in fine performances. Earlier in the week the organizers decided to
start the walkers at 5:30 am because of the expected sun and heat, but not all got the
word and began at the previously scheduled 6 am. Twenty-five entered the Speed-
walk and 19 ran. There were age categories for the winners and a relay race.
Many of the participants from the neighboring islands of Aruba and Curaqao were
outfitted in smart matching running gear. The top female and male runners won
$200 each. Sponsors were MCB Bonaire N.V. (prime sponsor) and the Rose Inn,
RSA Insurance, WEB N.V. and Karel's Beach Bar. E G.D.

The joy of the run

Winner of the run, Laurel Kjorlien, and Matt Richards with the winner of the
first Rincon Day run 25 years ago, Atwell Belioso (center).

First woman finisher and perennial
winner Laurel Kjorlien was
also first overall.

ivazario AOerto, tte ivortn Salinja
Road Runner, was first in his class
despite a delayed start

The Parrot Watch team scored again: Support rider Jose Antonio Diaz, Matt
Richards, the men's class winner, Rhian Evans,
who won her class in the women's race, and coach Sam Williams

More of Rincon

Day on the next


Several runners were encouraged by
accompanying bike riders
Bonaire Reporter- May 7-21, 2010

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T his year's Rincon/Queen's Day
celebration proved again that it's
still the biggest party on the island. It's a
time when the pride of the Rincofieros in
their culture is shown in their music,
dance, food and party organization.
Every year more and more visitors and
participants are coming from the other
islands and South America. Every car,
truck, scooter and nearly anything else
on wheels on the island was rented. Lo-
cals took in their relatives. And was it
worth it?

Look at the crowds, the smiling faces,
people greeting people, taking photos,
marching in the parades, enjoying the
music, the krioyo food-best on the island
- the whole ambiance. It wasn't one big
mass of partying people there were
individual cozy places to hang out and
get out of the sun like the Rose inn or
the garden at Shon Nana at the Credit
Lourdes or the Kos Bon So. You could
join the crowds or you could relax for
awhile out of the sun in one of these
little spots and have a chance to visit,
snack, drink and even dance.

And Rincon was clean, clean: the gar-
dens, the roads, the houses. The weekend
before more than 170 volunteers, from
all over the island, worked like demons
cleaning, cutting brush, carting it all
away so by the time The Day came the
town was glistening.

When the powers that be think about
ways to increase tourism they should
take a good long look at what the people
of Rincon have been doing for the last
22 years. They offer a deep human ex-
perience of people meeting people. This
is what people from other stress-loaded
countries yearn for a place to relax and
just be a real person, accepted by the
community that opens its doors to them.

Congratulations and thank you to the
tireless members of the Rincon Day
Committee. You should all be very
proud of yourselves for putting on an-
other people-to-people event, one that
comes from your hearts! F
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Earth Day Clean Ups

Left to right: Miles Mercera, Angelo Domacassd, Helen Thodd,
Brigitte de Bruin, Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes and Rolando Marin

On April 24, organized by Tene Boneiru Limpi and SELIBON N.V. in preparation
for Rincon Day, more than 170 volunteers worked, starting at 6 in the
morning, to clean up Rincon. The theme was: "Ban hasi dia di Rincon mas dushi, sin
sushi" ("Make Rincon Day Cleaner, without Garbage").
The first group to arrive was from the Customs Department with more than 20 persons.
More people arrived from Rocargo, SELIBON, Cargill, TCB, as well as a group of
scouts. Rincon residents joined in by cleaning around their homes and gardens. The
Health Department was there to give out information about the dangers of the mosquito,
Aedes aegypti, and how to prevent it from living in the gardens.
Every comer was cleaned and invading branches chopped.
There were more than 500 sacks of garbage collected, the sacks donated by BOPEC.
Other kind people donated loaders, trucks and bobcats.
Around noon the groups had a delicious BBQ given the the Pourier family and Rishi
Martines to show their appreciate for all the volunteers.
Deptuties Nolly Oleana and Marugia Janga also gave a hand to help.
Tene Boneiru Limpi and SELIBON N.V. can look back on a successful clean up action
with volunteers from Playa and Rincon, all of whom joined in.
It was remarkable that not only in Rincon was there a cleaning action during the end of
the week but lots of people around the island joined in and cleaned their own gardens and
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Building the Barrier

On Saturday, April 24, 40 people
volunteered to give time and ef-
fort to meet a common goal: to give
Boka Washikemba some tender loving
As in past years, Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire (STCB) organized a beach
clean up to celebrate Earth Day by pre-
paring the beaches for the upcoming tur-
tle nesting season.
We arrived at 7:30 am and to our sur-
prise we saw a huge indentation in the
sand that looked like a meteorite had
landed. As we approached the area, we
realized that the reason for the hole was
of a completely different nature: it was
not from space, but it was the result of
people illegally removing sand.
The beach also had so much trash that
we easily filled two big containers which
SELIBON had placed there for us. When
those two containers were full, rangers
from STINAPA helped by providing
their truck to bring the rest of the trash to
the landfill.
We used huge logs and other big pieces
of driftwood to make a barricade to stop
vehicles from driving onto the beach.
This barricade will help protect our sea
turtle nesting areas by preventing sand
from being compacted by vehicles and to
stop sand miners from taking the turtles'
nesting grounds. It was a happy four-
hour event where all participants brought

good energy and will to leave the beach
as clean as possible.
STCB would like to thank staff from
STINAPA for their good turnout and
SELIBON for placing the containers and
removing them after the clean up. And,
last but not least, thanks to all the special
people who participated in many differ-
ent ways to make this clean-up a success.

Did you know that Boka Washikemba
is the recipient of floating trash that trav-
els with the currents of the Caribbean
Sea and then ends up washed on our
coastal areas? Before this trash reaches
Bonaire's coastal zones, it poses a sig-
nificant threat for many marine species
such as sea turtles, birds and marine
mammals. Most of the trash arriving on
Bonaire's east coast appears to come
from Venezuela and Trinidad & Tobago.
STCB is a non-governmental research and
conservation organization that has been
protecting sea turtles since 1991 to ensure
the protection and recovery of sea turtle
populations. STCB re-
ceives major funding
from WWF-Netherlands.
Information about STCB
and sea turtle conserva-
tion on Bonaire can be
found online at
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Reservations: 717-7070
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Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park
Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-
8489, 540-9800.
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
* Rincon Marsh-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-
www.infobonaire. com/rincon.
* 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 nature by Bonaireans from Rincon.
Call Maria Koeks for more informa-
* 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 Cap-
tain Don's Habitat Bar- Get up close
and personal with Bonaire's dive pio-
neer. 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

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
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529
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 Condos.
Wednesday Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire (STCB) presents an informa-
tive slide show: Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire, at 7pm, every 2nd and 4th
Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib
Inn (717-8819)

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.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, be-
hind the Catholic Church in town. Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
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
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAf2,50, call Renata
at 796-5591 to find out the evening's
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
The Hash House Harriers running
and walking club meets every second
Wednesday for a one hour walk
throughout Bonaire. The location
changes each week. The contact number
is 700-4361

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 Rotarians
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
Por'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, Sat-
urday 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
Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visi-
tors welcome: Call 701-9522 for Infor-

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II Bonaire's Second Annual Bo ai Eyesores
Hamburger Cook Off Bonaire Eyesores

l ~Sore Spots in Bonaire's Environmental Image ...
As viewed by practicing environmentalist Hans Voerman

Judges Ken Babin, Hon. Lt. Governor Glenn Thodd, Pierro Cicilia (last year's
winner) andM. "Turtle" Celestijn (last year's runner-up) assess the Mega Burger.

B onaire's best burger chefs com-
peted for honor and prizes at the
second annual Labor Day burger competi-
tion at Roomer's Resort last Saturday. As
usual, on the day of competition the sun
was shining, the BBQ was hot, and the
atmosphere was vibrant. The "Ozone
Trio" chanted customized songs for each
contestant. Competition was relaxed and
all in fun as there is a great sense of cama-
raderie amongst the participants and audi-
The participants (by order of presenta-
tion to judges):
1. Curtley Manuela
2. Karen Zavon, with husband Bruce
Zavon on the grill
3. Marvin Abdul
4. Yandrick Cicilia
The judging panel of four evaluated the
burgers based on Appearance, Taste,
Doneness (properly cooked), Use of Ingre-
dients, and Originality/Inventiveness.
Upon presenting their burger to the judg-
ing panel, each contestant was asked to
describe the inspiration for their burger.
After much consultation the winners
1st place Marvin Abdul, "Mega Bur-
2nd place Karen Zavon, "Dell'Amore
3rd place Yandrick Cicilia, "Tropical
4th place Curtley Manuela, "Den

Cadushy of Bonaire

Have you ever tried
drinking a Cactus?

The Sunny Taste
of Bonaire

Bonaire Reporter- May 7-21, 2010

Curtley Manuela prepping his burger

Pura Burger."

We're looking forward to next year. Will
the Iguana Burger reappear? We're hop-
ing. U G.D.

f you travel far enough along Kaya Nikiboko the paved road becomes a dirt road
and within 150 feet (50 meters) you spot the first illegal dump. Garbage bags, beer
bottles, clothing, garden waste and more. A little further along there is a mountain of
garbage followed by another. Individuals and companies are dumping their waste in the
mondi (countryside) to escape the dumping charge at the Landfill or perhaps for
other reasons.
Hans Voerman from Outdoor Bonaire passes this way to and from his kunuku (farm).
Often he's accompanied by tourists. "It's not good publicity for Bonaire and it's very
bad for the environment. Bonaire is promoted for its beautiful nature, but nature is now
spoiled in many places." According to Voerman the Environmental Police are doing
their best to prevent dumping, but they have caught only two. Catching the dumper in
the act is difficult. "There is a fine for illegal dumping of waste, but it must be clear
who the culprit is." Voerman continues to report the waste piles he encounters in the
mondi to the Environmental Police, but it seems a hopeless case. "They clean it up, but
shortly after there is a new mountain of garbage," said Voerman, as he replaces his sign
to discourage illegal dumping: "Stop, No Tira Aki Sushi." But the "Stop, Don't Throw
Trash Here" sign is usually found pulled out of the ground and lying upside down in the

nother problem that Voerman notes daily is illegal excavation of soil, locally
called diabass. Along the very same Nikiboko North road you see huge holes in
the ground. "Diabass is excavated from here almost every day. The holes created are
then used to dump waste. But the problem is much larger because of the erosion. This
causes even more blowing dust, dirt and sand. We know from research by the Founda-
tion KibraHacha that there is big dust problem on Bonaire. It can cause health prob-
It's not only the excavations that cause erosion. So do the many free-ranging goats.
They graze the landscape bald and young plants can't grow. This is a well-known prob-
lem. STINAPA has already identified it as did Foundation KibraHacha. In a nutshell,
goats are one of the reasons for the limited vegetation on the island.
Voerman has a copy of an act from 1918, but still in force, stating that cattle are not
allowed to graze on public lands.
"Kunukeros (farmers) should be offered an alternative. The animals are their liveli-
hood. But the goats should have to graze in a fenced-in area. The kunukeros will have
more expense but should step up to their responsibility," says Voerman. Even the man-
groves have suffered from overgrazing. The mangroves are in a national park and pro-
tected by the Ramsar Treaty.
To make his point about how overgrazing affects the island the environmentalist
shows me a photo of his kunuku when there were goats. It was bald. In the seven years
since a fence was put around it has become green and overgrown. It even includes an
example of a Wayaka (Guaiacum officinale- pokhoutboom), the indigenous "tree of
life" once commonplace on Bonaire. U Marieke Serruys /G.D./L.D. Photo by Marieke

The Way

Health Store
High Quality, Healthy,
Natural Products

Organic Prod-
Unsalted Items

Dried Fruits

Herbal Teas
100% Natural

La Terassa, Kaya Grandi 23N
(floor above Botica)
8 717-3353, 510-2318
Open Monday- Saturday 10
am-6 pm nonstop

S Make it more livable
from the start.

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

Cleaning Services
Apartments, Hotels,
Houses, Offices & More.
Efficient Work,
Good References.
Tel. 786-0019

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
Serving Bonaire for more
than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient,
Thorough, Low rates, Ref-
erences. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

Starting from NAf6,50 per meal.
S Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
Web site:

Zapataria Rincon
Shoe and Purse Repair
Kaya Grandi 36



A Place For You

Desiree Seaver
Bonaire Salt products
Arts & Things
+599 786-6416

SDoes your English need a little
"polishing" for your work in the
tourist industry? Call 788-7919 for
help with conversational English.

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

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

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room and a Loft for a second bed-
room or else, 1 Bathroom, Full Airco,
Furnished, Waterfront on a third floor.
Great views, very quiet. $850 Per
Month. Call 700-1052

FOR RENT Spacious 2 bedroom
apartment. Good location on Punt
Vierkant, Belnem. $ 800.-- excl. utili-
ties, free internet. Phone 717-8405

Studio apartment for rent
Nikiboko, no pets, excl. utilities-
Call 795 3456

FOR RENT 2 bedroom apartment.
Great location Abraham Blvd. NAf
1350/ month long term. Laundry facil-
ity on premises. 788-3837

For long term rental, furnished one
bedroom apartment in Playa, avail-
able immediately, call: 788-7600

For rent at Hato, apartment max
2 persons. Available. Minimum stay 4
months. No airco, no pets allowed.
Inclusive; gas/water/electricity/
parking place/terrace/TV connection
Rent per month ALL IN NAf 1150,-
-.own entrance. Deposit NAf 1150,--
Call 717 2529 or 796 2529
At Hato for rent studio max 1 per-
son. Available from 15 April. Mini-
mum stay 4 months. Inclusive,, water,
electricity, internet & TV connec-
tion, linen, Selibon, furnished, gar-
den, parking area, private terrace, no
pets, no airco allowed. Rent NAf 750,-
Call 717 2529 or 796 2529

room and a Loft for a second bed-
room or else, 1 Bathroom, Full Airco,
Furnished, Waterfront on a third floor.
Great views, very quiet. $850.00 Per
Month. Call 700-1052

FREE 24 moving boxes; heavy duty
18x15x14 size. Plus 20 mirror/picture
pack boxes -- FREE. Call 717 7278
to arrange for pick up.

Adorable sweet-natured kittens
born March 08. Who wants to offer
these little cuties a good home and a
good life? Phone 717-8405

FOR SALE Telescope & UW
Video System: Meade 90mm ETX
series with Tripod, 2 cases, lots of eye-
pieces, and control software NAf

Light & Motion Mako Housing with
Pelican Case, lights, external monitor,
LCD back, Sony PC-100 video camera

Bonaire Reporter Classifieds-Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Business Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words): FREE
Commercial Ads only NAf1,10 per word, for each two-week issue.
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- NAf 800. Contact Jake at 717-4112 or care for long term, one year experience
info(irichterart.com in this field. Tel 788-3423

FOR SALE Large refrigerator RCA $
250. Phone 717-8405

FOR SALE Double bed 2 persons, mat-
tress + box spring + frame $ 250. Phone

Big Flea Market and
j Book Sale at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter along
r ill Kaminda Lagun on Satur-
day May 15th from 10.00
am till 5.00 pm. All the
money goes to the Bonny Superdog sterili-
zation fund.

Young woman, mature, responsible,
single with a regular work, two years in
the island is looking for a house to take

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Body Talk

M ost of us are familiar with
various measurements that can
be used to "control" the many aspects
of our health. The more familiar meth-
ods are a blood pressure cuff for those
with high blood pressure, a glucose Shop
monitor for diabetics, a thermometer
for fever or when things really get
tough, a comprehensive blood test. N u 1
How many of us know how to meas-
ure the amount of water we need to
drink, or are we getting enough, or too
much Vitamin C? And what about
calcium? Too much or not enough?

Why is it so difficult for most of us to
know where exactly we are in terms of
our health and all those multi-vitamins
we are taking, or the effect of not
drinking enough water has on our bod-
ies? production? A procedure that could
Picture yourself in a large (and unfa- give you an advanced warning of sugar
miliar to you) shopping centre looking handling issues that could be a pre-
for a specific shop. Now you could cursor to diabetes. Have you ever won-
spend many hours (which could also be dered why it is so difficult to lose
fun!) going from one level to the next, weight and to keep it off?
looking for your shop, or you could go Each individual has mechanisms
directly to the interactive directory, within their body that will uniquely
punch in the shop you are looking for, compensate for any imbalances pre-
and bingo! Being an intelligent piece sent. These imbalances could be of a
of equipment, it will also tell you ex- biological, electrical or chemical nature
actly where you are! The rest is easy. and with Biological Terrain Assess-
Does this not remind you a bit what ment the intricate body chemistry of an
we do with our health in general? individual can be evaluated and the
We're not really sure of the state of our correct course of action taken. If you
health. Some of us are on medications, are trying to manage your health with-
over-the-counter drugs, and we also out having done the necessary meas-
take vitamin and mineral supplements urements, you will always be in the
because we have been told we should, dark!
Did you know that the wrong nutri-
tional supplement taken at the wrong P.S. To calculate how much water
time could wreak havoc with internal you should drink take your weight
biochemistry? Nutritional supplements (metric) and divide by 25.8. This will
should be point specific and NOT over- give you the minimum amount of water
the-counter "guesswork." (liters) you should be drinking per day,
Now how many of us have had a bearing in mind any activities and
blood test done, just to be told that weather conditions. U Stephanie Ben-
there is not really anything wrong, but nett
we continue feeling 'out of sorts'?
Unfortunately, a blood test alone is not Author Stephanie Bennett was born in
the answer. There are so many other Cape Town, South Africa, where she
factors like saliva, urine and breathing studied herbs, minerals and nutrition.
rate that add information to the big Before moving to
picture. Bonaire she contin-
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April 25. Everyone was invited. Maria
Koeks guided the group. More than 50
persons participated. Everyone was so
happy to see how beautiful the nature was -
green, green after the recent rains. There
were very beautiful views of the mountains
and Gotomeer.
After the walk the group visited Rudy
Balentin's kunuku, "Ticurius Hill," where
STINAPA Director Elsmarie Beukenboom
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explained that this year is celebrated as the
year of biodiversity and what the
significance is for Bonaire and the effect of
climate change on our future. She stressed
the urgency for people to begin producing
their own food, even in their small gardens
to lessen our dependency on imported
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contact Maria Koeks at S61dachi Tours at
796-7870. Her tours are always memorable.
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4 4 ante" (pronounced "Santi")
7X just loves being held, and here
she is with Bonaire Animal Shelter Man-
ager Marlis. Xante looks like a real scour-
ing pad on legs and she gives true mean-
ing to the term, "wire haired." But inside
her nature is loving and friendly. Playing
with the Shelter staff and with the other
dogs is top on her list. She's about seven
months old and will be a medium size
dog. She was dropped off at the cage, the
Kouchi di Bestia, outside the Shelter so
her history isn't known. What is known is
that this is a very special dog that every-
one just loves. She deserves to go to the
most loving home. Xante has been exam-
ined by the vet, has had her tests and shots
and is ready to go. The dog adoption fee
of NAf105 includes all that plus steriliza-
tion. You may see her at the Shelter on the
Lagoen Road, open Monday through Sat-
urday, 9-1 and 3 to 5. Tel. 717-4989. Xante and Shelter Manager, Marlis
W hen you stop in at the
Shelter pet store you'll "May I
most likely be greeted (if she's
not resting) by "Princess," who Help You?"
oversees the activity in the shop.
Princess, named because she is
from the "House of Orange," is one
of the Shelter resident cats and is
not up for adoption. She like, many
of the other "residents, has ajob to
do in the shop and is part of the
regular staff. The shop, by the way,
has all sorts of dog and cat para-
phernalia like leashes, dishes, scarves, toys and even art pieces. It's open during the
Shelter opening hours.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Shelter will have a Big Book and Flea
Market at the Shelter on Lagoen Road, Saturday, May 15, 10 am to 5 pm. All the
proceeds go to the Bonny Superdog Sterilization Fund. U
Story & photos by Laura DeSalvo

Ithe Kibra- .a
Hacha Founda-
tion started a
project to give
youngsters hor-
ticultural work
experience at
the Youth
Kunuku Bon-
aire. Every
week the young-
sters visit a real
kunuku (farm).
The first
group of young-
sters together
with Senaida
Jong Janga visited Edshel Martha's fruit
tree nursery. It has more than 300 young
trees planted as well as cuttings. The fruit
trees are being grown to provide fruit for
Bonaire's endangered parrot, the Lora.
Last November these trees were planted
at two "food hot spots" together with
Salba Nos Lora Fundashon. One problem
for Loras is that there are too few trees
that provide them food in nature, espe-
cially in the dry season. So the Loras be-
come a nuisance by eating the fruit in
people's gardens. These trees in the hot
spots will reduce that problem.
The trees preferred by the Lora include:
Kalbas, Wayacd, Palu di lora, Oliba, Palu
Sia, and Rhambeshi Watakeli.
Other trees whose fruit mature later were
also planted by the youngsters. Examples
are: Head apel, Shimaruku, Hoba,
Kenepa, Mango, Guyaba, Tamarijn, Pa-
paya and Medlar.
Other Bonairean trees will be grown like
Kibrahacha, Watapana, Taki and Sabal

palms. The Sabal palms often found in the
Belnem area are endemic to Bonaire. En-
demic means that they only occur on Bon-
The leaders took the youngsters through
the mondi in search of the trees. Ten small
palm seedlings were dug up to grow in our
nursery. Usually the goats eat the young
seedlings of trees.
Next the group will visit a kunuku breed-
ing dairy goats, a vegetable farm and pet-
ting zoo. The young people receive a tour,
but get their hands dirty too.
The experience at the Youth Project is
sponsored by Kunuku AMFO, Cooper-
ating and Funds Bonairean companies:
Lovers Ice Cream, Green Label garden
center and Kooyjman. 0
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Peace At Last .

W hen Commissioner Jopie Abraham
said he had signed the administra-
tive agreement with the Netherlands on
April 22, to become a "public body" within
the Dutch government he did so "with
mixed feelings."
The agreement confirms the terms un-
der which Bonaire will integrate with
Holland on October 10th, 2010. The
Dutch government will be taking over the
tasks that the Antillean government in
Curacao did formerly, plus others. Saba
and St. Eustatius had signed a similar agree-
ment in 2009.
The agreement also means continuation
of Bonaire's debt repayment by the Neth-
erlands, renovation of the airport run-
way, renovation of the hospital and the
school buildings, an expansion of the po-
lice station and jail. The cost for these is
estimated at NAf 26.4 million for the re-
mainder of the year.
In addition, Bonaire will receive an addi-
tional annual payment for maintenance of
government buildings and infrastructure
(airport, seaport and roads).
The agreement consisted of 15 points
which included a restricted expansion of the
island's population in order to preserve
culture, its own character, landscape and
nature. To that end, Bonaire and the Neth-
erlands will work together on managing the
expansion of the population.
"At this moment, Bonaire cannot perform
the tasks necessary for law enforcement,
judicial proceedings, education, and cus-
toms for itself. However, Bonaire will
gradually acquire more responsibilities,"
Abraham explained during the press confer-
ence held after the signing.
BES-Commissioner Henk Kamp, who
signed the agreement on behalf of the Neth-
erlands, said it was "finalizing a period of
uncertainty," and emphasized that nothing
must be altered regarding Bonaire's own
Included in the agreement was the affir-
mation that the population of Bonaire has
the right to self-determination.

Meanwhile in The Netherlands...
ome members in the Dutch Second
Chamber are worried that Bonaire, St.
Eustatius and Saba will be insufficiently
protected against an influx of foreigners
after they become part of the Netherlands
later this year as so-called public entities.
The Labor Party (PvdA) and Socialist Party
(SP) expressed their concerns in their writ-
ten response to the Admittance and Expul-
sion for the BES islands law proposal. The
Second Chamber's Permanent Antillean
Committee still has to handle the law pro-
posal after which it will be presented at the

Bonaire Reporter- May 7-21, 2010

plenary handling. No dates have been set yet
for this. The Second Chamber has already
approved the first batch of BES laws in
January this year. The First Chamber will
debate the first batch on May 11.

Still to Come
No problems are expected to arise dur-
ing the handling of the first package of
legislation. The three largest parties in the
Senate Christian Democrat CDA, liberal
democratic VVD, and Labor PvdA indi-
cated in their written reaction to the legisla-
tive package that they would support the
seven proposed laws which were approved
by the Second Chamber in January.
The BES law package includes the rules
concerning the public entities Bonaire, St.
Eustatius and Saba (WolBES), an amend-
ment to the Electoral Law in connection
with the new constitutional status of the
BES islands, the implementation law IBES,
regulations regarding the financial function
of the BES islands (FinBES), the adaptation
law ABES, the law to protect the personal
data of citizens, and the approval/
cancellation of treaties for the BES islands.
The First Chamber is aiming to handle
the Kingdom Consensus Laws in a ple-
nary meeting on July 6. After it has ap-
proved those Laws, the Parliaments of the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba have to
approve the changes to the Kingdom Char-
ter by means of a federal ordinance. No
second round will be necessary if this hap-
pens with a two-thirds majority. If there is a
simple majority, there will have to be a sec-
ond voting within a month.
The Second Chamber will have final say
on the Kingdom Consensus Law to change
the Charter shortly before the final Round
Table Conference (RTC) in The Hague on
September 9. If it all happens like clock-
work the new Dutch Kingdom should go
into effect as
scheduled on VNGMI Ill 4
October 10,


zine* Editor-in-
Chief Simon
Kooistra and Editor Leo Mudde, on their
first visit to the BES islands, said they had
learned that the Dutch Government and its
representatives should be very careful of the
Caribbean island identities of Saba, St.
Eustatius and Bonaire. The common peo-
ple's fundamental attitude towards the
coming changes seems to be positive, but
islanders are also concerned that "the
Dutchmen will take over too many things
without consulting them."
Many are also worried that Bonaire will
assume the position Curagao currently has
in the Netherlands Antilles, with all the au-
thority and money going to that island, espe-
cially as it is the largest of the three and the
majority of the Dutch officials will be sta-
tioned there, as the RSC under Henk Kamp
already is. They want VNG Magazine to
build a bridge between Holland and the BES
islands when these islands assume their
status of public overseas entities on October
10, 2010.

*VNG Magazine is the official Dutch-
language biweekly publication of the Asso-
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(VNG). Bonaire will soon be one.

Upcoming Dutch Elections

S ince Bonaire will be getting affected
by Dutch national politics as the
10/10/10 integration date approaches it is
interesting to follow the political situation in
the Netherlands closer.
Another Balkenende-led coalition govern-
ment seems unlikely. Based on newspaper
accounts and individual conversations the
Dutch Labor PvdA party leader, Job
Cohen, said he was keen to form a pro-
gressive coalition government, possibly
with a leftist party, as the economy and
budget cuts loomed as issues in the ap-
proach to the June 9 election.
Cohen replaced former finance minister
Wouter Bos as party leader.
We want to have a coalition as progressive
as possible," Cohen told Reuters at the
PvdA party congress. Bos had never ex-
pressed support for a left-wing coalition.
Cohen also said green-left GroenLinks
would be a welcome partner if it was needed
to form a majority coalition after the elec-
No party holds a majority in the 150-seat
Dutch Parliament. A poll by Synovate Po-
litical Barometer on Friday predicted PvdA
and Christian Democrat (CDA) would win
30 seats each. PvdA won 33 seats and CDA
41 seats in the last election.
The conservative VVD party was tipped to
win 27 seats, improving in electoral support
as it took seats away from the anti-
immigration Freedom Party PVV of Geert

Any coali-
tion govern-
ment is
likely to
need at least
four parties.
One consid-
ered possi-
ble is a
of PvdA,
VVD, centre Job Cohen, the next
-left D66 Dutch PM?
and Gro-
Cohen, who as Amsterdam mayor helped
smooth tensions after the 2004 murder of
anti-immigrant filmmaker Theo Van Gogh
by an Islamic extremist, takes a no-nonsense
stance on integration, saying problems will
simply have to be dealt with. He plays up
the importance of issues such as climate
change and the aging population, and the
fact that the next government will have to
cut the budget deficit, expected to peak at
6.3% of Gross Domestic Product this year.
"The challenge is more about the econ-
omy, which is more important at the mo-
ment than integration," Cohen said.
Most Dutch parties support budget cuts of
30 billion euros, but via different means.
The next government is likely to make a
series of compromise choices, depending on
the coalition partners. U G.D.


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onaire Boating and AB Car rental introduced two models of all
-electric cars on Bonaire for Earth Day 2010. The cars can
reach 80 km per hour with a range of about 50/70 km. Plug in to
charge (refuel) overnight. "As soon Bonaire switches to wind power
there really will be clean driving," says eco-entrepreneur Gerard van
Erp, director of Bonaire Boating Company. E Press release G.D.


Singer Becky Alter, accompanied by saxophonist Edu-
ard de Vries, wowed the crowd of about 80 persons at
Bonaire's first "Shut Up and Listen" concert last Sunday
night. They performed from one of the most unusual venues
ever for a Bonaire performance -the bottom of a swimming
pool. The concert site was provided by the owners of a posh
new home that was just short of completion. So the pool was
(almost) empty and provided interesting auditory and visual
Watch for more concerts from unusual locations in the near
future. E G.D.

he Richter Art Gallery's first "Open House" on Saturday,
April 24, was a great success with visitors staying long be-
yond the scheduled closing time. The Gallery, located in Belnem, is
owned and operated by local Bonaire artists, Linda Richter and Jake
Richter, and is located on the second floor of a specially constructed
extension built onto their home.
It displays works by Jake, Linda and Krystyana Richter.
The Gallery is on Kaya R. Statius van Eps 17 (the road to Soro-
bon). More information about the Richter Art Gallery can also be
found at http://www.RichterArt.com, phone +599-717-4112. U

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*to find it... just look up

The Moon Pays a Visit
to the Two Brightest
Planets, and....
Start Your Mars Race
to Regulus Watch Now
On May 9th and 10th the
Moon pays a visit to
the second brightest planet,
Jupiter, and on the 15th and
16th pays a visit to the bright-
est planet Venus. Plus you can
watch Mars race toward Leo
the Lion's brightest star all month long. This Sunday morning, May 9th, an hour
before sunrise, face east in the Sky Park where your breath will be taken away by
an exquisite pairing of a 25-day-old waning crescent Moon and the largest planet,
88,000-mile-wide Jupiter. And believe me you'll be most impressed by this pairing.
But if you miss it, the following morning, Monday May 10th, an even skinnier cres-
cent Moon will be parked just off to the left of Jupiter in a not-quite-as-close-but-
still-exquisite pairing. Don't miss either of these pairings please: Sunday May 9th
and Monday May 10th.
But there's more because if you look about half way up the western sky you'll see
a rouge-gold object which is tiny, 4,000-mile-wide Mars. It is just down and to the
right of the sickle shaped pattern of stars which makes up the front of Leo the Lion,
with Leo's brightest star, Regulus, marking Leo's heart. Now on the 15th and 16th
Mars will be about 10 and 1/2 degrees away from Regulus. And since a full Moon
is 1/2 a degree, that means we could fit 21 full Moons between them. But now here
is where the fun comes in. Because if you go out and look up at Mars and Regulus
night after night all throughout May, you'll be able to watch Mars move closer and
closer towards Regulus. By the end of the month it will be only 3 and 1/4 degrees
away from Regulus which means that only 6 1/2 full Moons would fit between
There is something more to Regulus than meets the eye. In 2005 astronomers
came to some interesting conclusions about this star. Certainly one of the most bi-
zarre was that Regulus was not round in shape, but oblate and elongated. Its equa-
torial diameter was 4.15 times that of the Sun while its polar diameter was 3.15
times greater. If you were to spin Regulus one complete turn in about 16 hours this
is the shape that you would get. Our Sun takes about 26 days to do so. Compared to
our Sun, Regulus is a literal speed demon. What would such a high rotation rate
translate into as a velocity? About 315 kilometers per second, or 160 times faster
than the Sun.
Such rapid spinning also has other implications for Regulus. Our own spherically
-shaped Sun has a surface temperature of almost 6,000K. With Leo's brightest star
spinning so fast its polar and equatorial surface temperatures differ by 5,100K;
15,4000K at the poles and 10,3000K at the equator. That's why the north and south
poles of Regulus appear to be white (i.e. hotter) and the equatorial regions bluish
(i.e. cooler) in the diagram comparing it to our Sun. We now also know that
Regulus is not as old as we thought as once the effects of the star's rapid rotation
were subtracted away, it was found to be 50 million years old,
less than 1% the age of the Sun. This makes Regulus a
"youngster." June 5th and 6th Mars and Regulus will have a
super close meeting and will be less than one degree apart
which means that we could barely fit one full Moon between
them which is super close astronomically speaking. 0
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Bonaire Reporter- May 7-21, 2010

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For May 2010

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your ideas LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Double
may be good, but they aren't necessarily check your work and be sure that your
right for everyone. Be sure to take time boss is in a good mood before you do
for old friends or relatives you don't get your presentation. Your self esteem will
to see that often. If you've taken on a lot come back if you take part in organiza-
of work, be sure to leave some time for tional functions that allow you to be in
yourself and family. Get involved in the lime light. You haven't been watching
sports events that will benefit your physi- your spending habits and you may have
cal appearance. Your luckiest events this been neglecting your duties. Digestive
month will occur on a Tuesday. disorders will be a result of family squab-
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) bles. Your luckiest events this month will
Changes in your home will be positive. If occur on a Thursday.
you're preoccupied, be careful while op- SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Try to
erating a vehicle or any kind of equip- join groups of interest such as ballroom
ment or machinery. You may have the dance classes or perhaps an internet or-
day off but your thoughts will be on your ganization. Be discreet about your per-
work and your cash situation. Major sonal life or whereabouts. Be mysterious.
moves will be emotional and not neces- Expect temper tantrums on the home
sarily to your benefit. Your luckiest front if you haven't been letting someone
events this month will occur on a Satur- have their way. Relatives may be less
day. than easy to deal with. Your luckiest
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Talk to events this month will occur on a Sunday.
an older family member you have helped SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
in the past. You can ask for favors and Things at home may be somewhat rocky.
get sound advice from close friends or Don't torment yourself. Disharmony in
relatives. You should want to feel good the home will be extremely stressful. You
about yourself and your goals. Partner- may find that lectures or travel will be
ships with creative people could lead to highly successful. You need time to think
financial gains. Your luckiest events this things through. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Sunday. month will occur on a Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Put CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20)
some energy into getting back into shape. Get busy making those changes to your
Listen to reason. Take part in stimulating home. You're best not to get involved in
debates that will allow you to show off joint financial ventures. Put all your en-
your intelligence. Don't expect the whole ergy into moneymaking ventures. Focus
family to be overjoyed. Don't back down on what's important rather than spreading
but don't ignite the situation. Your lucki- yourself too thin and accomplishing little.
est events this month will occur on a Fri- Your luckiest events this month will oc-
day. cur on a Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You should AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your
catch up on correspondence. You may be emotional state could leave you vulner-
tired of working for someone else. Don't able and confused. Residential moves are
overspend on items for your home. Your evident. Do your own research and be
hypnotic eyes will capture the hearts of prepared. You will get great satisfaction
those who interest you. from your efforts.
Your luckiest events this month will Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Friday. occur on a Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You can PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) It's time
make gains if you look at long-term in- you let your true feelings out. You can
vestments. You can make new connec- make headway if you share your inten-
tions through friends or relatives. Avoid tions with someone you care about. You
purchasing expensive items. You will be will have some wonderful ideas that
accident prone if you aren't careful this should bring you extra money. Empty
month. Your luckiest events this month promises could be likely where work is
will occur on a Thursday. concerned. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Sunday.


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It was a fascinating morning devoted
to health and well being in a delight-
ful setting, Bonaire Basic's antique house
with its rooms surrounding a garden.
On Saturday, April 24, Bonaire cele-
brated World Health Day and World
Tai Chi Qigong Day. About 100 people
were there to enjoy the friendly, laid back
ambiance, and learn and ask questions of
the health professionals and to watch and
take part in demonstrations of Tai Chi
and Qigong.

Kindred souls, Commissioner for
Health, Marugia Janga, and BonKarate

Mary Timmermans demonstrates a B
procedure on a voluntee

Bo Bodifee (right) explains her Alo
Eveline de Bruyn (left,

Sensei and counselor to the Island Gov-
ernment, Peter Silberie, opened the event
along with Ron Sewell of Diamond Wa-
ters Tai Chi School, who was one of the
primary organizers of the event.
Throughout the morning there were
talks and demonstrations in the different
rooms mostly in English. In between
classes people chatted informally together
in the garden and savored the fresh fruit
and lime water.

Tai Chi and Qigong instructor Ted
Perian who has two Tai Chi and Qigong
schools in New Jersey was there and gave
a Qigong class. Ted
lives in the US but is
a part time resident in
his house in Amboina

Mieke Le Noble
spoke on Nutrition
and Bo Bodifee ex-
plained about Aloe
for Health.
In another room of
the house John Le
Noble talked about
Body Regeneration.
He got a lot of ques-
tions from his audi-
ence and later gave a

Bio-resonance Bj6rn van der Ree,
who runs a successful
Body Stress Release
business in Curaqao,
told us about his
skills in finding
points of tension
within our bodies and
how he releases them
for us to overcome
problems. He used
his young daughter to

Annemiek LeNoble
spoke about Non-
Violent Communi-
Professional full time
well qualified body
therapist, Judith
Pestana of Beverly
products to Bio Aesthetics, spoke
about Skin Care and

Judith Pestana demonstrates how she Annemiek LeNoble says
can remove an unwanted skin spot. why we should employ
compassionate communication.
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gave a demonstration of removing un-
wanted spots on several volunteers.

Myriam v.d Grient gave demonstrations
about Chi Neng Qigang Qigong and
explained about "Brain Gym," a tech-
nique that shows how learning challenges
may be overcome by finding the right
movements, the use of which will create
new pathways in the brain.
Last, but not least, Mary Timmermans
talked about Acupuncture and Bio-
Resonance and gave a lucky member of
the audience a treatment.

It was an event to remember. The ambi-
ance was warm and open and people felt
totally comfortable and free to ask ques-
tions and speak with the health care pro-
fessionals. Ron Sewell reports that the
presenters were very pleased with the
result and want to do it again next year.
Please do! We'll all be waiting.

For more information contact Ron
Sewell at 717- 2458 or email
ron.sewellk(diamond-waters.com. *

Story & photos by Laura DeSalvo; top
right photo by Scuba Vision

Bjiirn van der Ree deals with points of
tension in our bodies.

Bonaire Reporter- May 7-21, 2010

Organizer Ron Sewell and his Tai Chi students

John LeNoble makes a point about Body Regeneration

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