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Bonaire Reporter columnist Siomara Albertus with her mother,
fabric artist Maria Johnita "Jo" Albertus-Marcera, at Dia di Arte.
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T he Police l Dutch
Traffic Minister of..
recorded 368 Camiel.....
collisions in Eurlings
the first six (right in .
month of 2010, more or less two photo)
a day. There were 92 injuries, launched the
two of them serious, but no renovation
deaths. Most of the accidents of the Fla-
were because drivers did not mingo Air-
maintain a proper distance be- port run-
tween vehicles and couldn't stop ceremony to dismantle the way on
in time. Country of the Netherlands Monday, '
Thirty-four of the incidents were Antilles on October 10. The July 5.
"hit and run," and 14 of these royal couple announced this dur- The renova- -
were solved by the Traffic De- ing the customary annual gather- tion is a
apartment. April (69) and March ing with the Dutch media in collabora- -
(65) were the peak months. Kaya Wassenaar, the Netherlands, last tion between.
Korona had the most incidents week. the Antil-
(39), followed by Gobernador N. The Crown Prince and Princess lean Central
Debrot Boulevard (20) and Julio said the dismantling of the Neth- Government
A. Abraham Boulevard (13). erlands Antilles, the creation of and Island
Cross streets Kaya Grandi/Kaya Countries Curaqao and St. Territory of Bonaire and the Netherlands and is funded by the
Carlos A. Nicolaas, Kaya Maarten and the integration of Dutch government through the Ministry of Transport. The launch
Korona/Kaya Neerlandia and Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba took place on the airport's runway with the symbolic handing
Kaya Papa Cornes/Hanchi Am- as public entities of the Nether- over of a shovel by Minister Eurlings to George Soliana, Director
boina each had three accidents. lands is an historic process. The of Bonnir Honldina Mnnatschnnii NiV (RHMlT
frTHE HAGUE--The Dutch
First Chamber unanimously
approved the package of 10
Kingdom Consensus Laws,
including an amendment to the
Charter, last Tuesday, essen-
tially confirming the integra-
tion of the BES islands Bon-
aire, St. Eustatius and Saba as
public entities of the Nether-
lands and granting Curacao
and St. Maarten the status of
country within the Kingdom
effective October 10, 2010.
The approval was overshadowed
somewhat by the Dutch national
soccer team reaching the finals
of the World Cup in for the first
time in 32 years by beating Uru-
guay. In fact, the latter may have
helped get the Senate's approval
in The Hague, as the laws were
passed quickly before the game
started, because all those in-
volved undoubtedly wanted to
watch the historic match as well.
> THE HAGUE--Crown
Prince Willem Alexander and
his wife Princess MAxima will
be in Curacao for the formal
royal pair said they considered it
important to be present in Cura-
qao on October 10. They will
probably not have time to visit
all the Dutch Caribbean islands.
Further details about their visit or
plans to come to Bonaire were
not available at press time.
) The Bonaire Government
has resolved to take the neces-
sary diligence to promote ac-
cessibility to public buildings
or services for disabled per-
sons. The Executive Council
recognizes this as a problem area
and a shortcoming in the service
and asks the attention and coop-
eration of the service and depart-
1 Under the new proposed edu-
cation system, effective August
1, 2011, for the BES Islands
students have a right to study
on their own island, another
BES island, another island be-
longing to the Kingdom
(Aruba, Curacao and St.
Maarten), in the Netherlands,
the US and countries in the
(Continued on page 8)
According to a report by the Netherlands Airport Consult-
ant (NACO) the Flamingo Airport runway is in poor condi-
tion. The last time the runway was renovated it was paid for by
the Island Government and served as the spark that ignited Bon-
aire's economic recovery but depleted the funds for island road
repair. The contracts are signed and the renovation will begin
early next year and require several weeks. The airport will not
close during the renovation. In recent decades, Flamingo Airport
has grown from a small airport with a runway of 1430 meters to
a more useful airport with a runway 2880 meters long.
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as he is
scuba-dive, in a special scuba diving suit before an underwater
dive in the Pacific Ocean on a beach near the settlement of
Slavyanka, some 50 km (31 miles) from Russia's Far Eastern
city of Vladivostok. Boniface is learning how to scuba dive in a
specially made dive suit, complete with helmet, and he seems
excited when being prepared for his dive.
Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Runway repair 2
Power Plus For Bonaire II -Pollution 3
Preserving Island Culture-Papiamentu 3
Parrot watch-Hard Times for chicks 6
Weight Loss Winners-Tina Woodley 6
Letters to the Editor-Crime Lament 7
n MemoriumAlbert Romijn 8
Posada Para Mira 8
Essence Opens 11
Soccer Training ffor Kids 11
Groupers Eat Lionfish 11
Sebiki Winners at Mangazina 11
Miss Bonaire Beach Pageant 15
Bondy on the Ball-World Cup Final 17
High School Poety Winners 18
PWA Windsurfing Lanzarote 2C
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On The Island Since (Walter& Lynne
Picture Yourself-Zambia 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Bon Qui #33 (Charcoal) 8
Bonaire On Wheels-Ford Transit 9
What's Happening 12
Reporter Masthead 12
Cruise Ships 12
Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times,
Moon Phase 13
Shopping & Service Guides 14
Body Talk- Manage Ph Levels 16
Panchito Puzzles 16
Bon Quiz Answer 17
Sudoku Solution 17
Pet of the Week (Queenie & Kittens) 18
Sky Park (Scorpius) 19
The Stars Have It (astrology) 19
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Bonaire Reporter- July 16-30, 2010
POWER PLUS 1
PART 2 POLLUTION
..Location of thepowerplant
Location of the power plant
While not totally pollution free
Bonaire's new power plant
meets current European pollution stan-
dards. And in normal operation, with much
of the island's electricity supplied by the
wind turbines, it will make Bonaireans one
of the least polluting users of electricity in
Analysis of the specifications for the en-
gines that run the generators show that the
concern of some environmentalists that the
smokestack emissions of the plant exceeded
European standards is unfounded.
The huge MAN engines that are the back-
bone of the power plant are designed to be
capable of operating on a variety of fuels
from low-cost, high-energy HFO (Heavy
Fuel Oil also known as Residual fuel-
Bunker C) to the new Bio Fuels.
Using those fuels the emissions of the
power plant meet the 1998 World Bank
Pollution Prevention and Abatement Hand-
book. Thermal Power: Guidelines for New
Plants of Less Than 50MW among other up
-to-date standards for noise, vibration, sew-
age, nitrites and others.
An electric generating plant can have
other pollution factors beyond what comes
out of its stacks. There are considerations
about delivery of the fuel to the plant (by
truck from BOPEC), the disposal of its
waste products from the fuel pre-treatment
operation to lubrication waste of the engines
themselves (to BOPEC for off-island dis-
posal). On Bonaire even the disposal of
waste oil from automobile oil-changes is
Heat pollution of the sea from a power
plant's cooling water is not an issue because
the plant's coolant is circulated through a
radiator much like our automobile engines.
In future editions The Reporter will have
stories about the "wind farm," power distri-
bution and other interesting aspects of our
island's new electric power system. O G.D.
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The are really three choices for a
voter to make in the upcoming
September Referendum: Yes, No, and
Not Vote. The Referendum, which cannot,
in any case, change the course set for Bon-
aire to become a "special" municipality of
the Netherlands, is to get the opinion of the
local people about the deal struck with the
Netherlands that integrates Bonaire with
Holland. The voters will be able to answer
Yes or No to the statement: "I agree with
the content and outcome of negotiations
on the planned political structure of Bon-
aire." All political parties on the Bonaire
Island Council voted unanimously to hold a
But the new-born Bonaire political party,
the PHU (Partido pro Hustisia & Union-
Justice & Unity Party) is advising Bonaire-
ans to boycott the Referendum. Boycotting
the Referendum, they imply, could make as
effective a statement as a Yes or No since
50% of the eligible voters must take part in
the Referendum to make it valid. The PHU
says not voting would be a protest against
the deception and confusion sowed by the
political parties in power, the PDB and
The new PHU Party argues that the Yes
option means that one concurs with the
whole agreement. It's not a good idea to
say Yes, they say, because even the experts
do not know what the new structure will
mean exactly. Nobody has any practical
experience with the new system, they add.
But they also advise not to say No because
No rejects the Netherlands. The PHU wants
to integrate with the Netherlands. But they
want a better agreement and true equality
for the BES Island people.
Not voting, they say, will "punish" the offi-
cials who have spun the deal to integrate
Bonaire into Holland on October 10, 2010,
because if fewer than 50% of the eligible
voters vote, the referendum is invalid. The
Referendum is tentatively set for Friday,
September 3, 2010.
The Reporter believes that all eligible
voters should choose Yes or No. It's
wrong to ignore an agreement drafted by
conscientious people over the last five
years because "even the experts don't
know." A thousand opinions are not worth
the results of a test of the real thing. Be-
sides, built into the existing agreement is
another Referendum in five years to assess
the results of the integration.
In addition, who can say that a low voter
turnout would be a protest. It could be the
result of a poor campaign to explain the
meanings of a Yes or No vote to the people,
or even bad weather.
In a democracy the right to vote is the main
tool of the people. Use it wisely. G.D.
Thousands of languages spoken by
small numbers of people, includ-
ing many of the Creole languages born in
the last centuries of human history, are
facing extinction. But Papiamentu, a Cre-
ole language influenced over the centuries
by African slaves, Sephardic merchants
and Dutch colonists, spoken by about
250,000 people on the ABC islands, may
be an exception. But compared with many
of the world's other Creoles, it shows rare
signs of vibrancy and official acceptance.
Most of Curagao's newspapers publish in
Papiamentu. Music stores do brisk business
in CDs recorded in Papiamentu by musi-
cians like the protest singer Oswin Chin
Behilia or the jazz vocalist Izaline Calister.
Of 30 or so radio stations on the islands,
nearly all broadcast in Papiamentu. Legisla-
tors in Parliament debate in Papiamentu.
Bookstores sell novels and poetry collec-
tions in Papiamentu. Turn on the television
and there, too, one hears Papiamentu.
Transforming status quo into law, officials
recognized Papiamentu as an official lan-
guage in 2007, with Dutch and English.
With the Dutch Antilles fragmenting into
three quasi-independent islands and three
integrated into the Netherlands, Papia-
mentu's viability is even more stressed.
"While English and French Creoles get
attention, the extension of Papiamentu into
different domains like writing, education
and policy is incredibly high," said Bart
Jacobs, a Dutch linguist who studies Papia-
mentu. "This bodes very well for the lan-
guage's chances to survive, and possibly
even thrive well into the future."
Bonaire Reporter- July 16-30, 2010
Papiamentu still has a JU 1
way to go in usurping H AN(
Dutch from some ON
spheres. Curagao's laws
are still written in
Dutch. Some schools
start out teaching chil-
dren in Papiamentu, but
then transition to
Dutch, bowing to the
the Netherlands still
provide for many is-
fascinate linguists; it
emerged in a Dutch
colony, but its core vocabulary is a mix of
Portuguese and Spanish. (Dutch Creoles
crystallized elsewhere in the Dutch empire.)
Some scholars say Papiamentu evolved
from a Portuguese-based lingua franca once
used in West Africa, developing further in
the 17th century when Curagao was an en-
trep6t for South America's slave trade and a
cosmopolitan Dutch outpost settled in part
by Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking Jews.
Whatever its origins, Papiamentu today
evokes a bit of the rhythm of Brazilian Por-
tuguese, sprinkled with words from Dutch
and English but also largely from the Span-
ish of Venezuela.
Papiamentu's vibrancy is related to the
creation in 1998 of the Fundashon pa Plani-
fikashon di Idioma, a language institute that
maintains an orthography. Papiamentu also
thrives on the street level, with immigrants
from Haiti and Suriname often picking up
the language quickly and using it instead of
Some linguists say the language thrives
because of its use in trade and the relative
prosperity of Papiamentu-speaking islands,
which have per capital incomes of more than
$16,000 a year.
Officials here said Papiamentu will keep
its official status when the Netherlands An-
tilles is dissolved in October, a largely anti-
climactic political rearrangement. Curagao
and the Dutch half of St. Maarten will be-
come independent nations in the Kingdom
of the Netherlands, while three other islands
become the equivalent of Dutch municipali-
ties. The Netherlands will continue to over-
see the defense and foreign affairs of all the
islands involved, as it does now with Aruba.
On Bonaire the "Akademia Papiamentu,"
that consists of Geraldine Dammers, Delno
L.A. Tromp, Sedney Marten, Jeanine Wong
Loi Sing and Aishel Mercelina, are fighting
in conjunction with some Papiamentu or-
ganizations in the Netherlands to have
Papiamentu also recognized as an official
language in the Dutch Kingdom the same as
the Frisian language.
For some on the ABCs, the secret of
Papiamentu's survival lies in its use as a
language of both resistance and renewal.
Helmin Wiels, 51, leader of the Curagao
leftist party Pueblo Soberano, which favors
a complete break from the Netherlands, said
that if Curagao were to achieve full inde-
pendence, its official language should be
Papiamentu, along with English and Span-
ish. As for Dutch, he said: "No way. Dutch
is a dead language the same as Greek or
"The preservation of Papiamentu would
allow us to absorb the influences of our
South American brothers," he said, "while
keeping American brothers," he said, "while
keeping alive that which makes us unique."
* A version of this article appeared in
print on July 5, 2010, on page A7 of the
New York Times. Special thanks to Dr.
Delno Trompfor calling this to our atten-
In September 2010 the "Akademia
Papiamentu" will be having a night of
music, dance, poems and stories. Watch
The Reporter for the exact time and place.
The theme of the evening will be
"Papiamentu den Kaya."
For more information email: akademia-
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neighbor in New Jersey who
owns the Golden Reef Inn on
Bonaire gave us two weeks
vacation on Bonaire as a wed-
ding present. We'd never heard
of Bonaire before. When we got
here it was vacation. We were
already divers and we were en-
joying the diving, and Lynne
said, 'I don't think I would want
to live here.' That was the first
week. The second week she
bought a house and I said 'I
guess we're moving, eh?'
We are both nurses. Lynne is a
nurse practitioner, which in the
States is the next best thing to a
doctor, and I am a critical care
registered nurse. Our plan was to
work three months and then
spend three months here. We
came down for the first three
months, and at the end of that
period we said, 'Why are we
leaving?' And... we didn't. We
never regretted a minute of it.
This is home!"
"We sold everything in the
US," Lynne says. "I'm not really
retired age wise but work wise I
am. This year I could officially
retire in the States, but I quit
working officially five years ago.
In the US we wouldn't be able to
retire; we couldn't afford it. Eve-
ryone's got new cars, new ward-
robes and they spend their money
on things that they don't need -
on things they don't want.
The first Christmas we spent
here was just wonderful. It was-
n't all about gift giving; it was
about the birth of Jesus Christ. It
was about what it's supposed to
be about. We used to spend hun-
dreds of dollars on gifts for
friends and relatives, but they
didn't need those presents. Here
it's less commercial at least.
We're living a simpler lifestyle.
Life changed a lot; we are not
into buying things anymore. We
get up in the morning and say,
'What are we going to do today?'
Although... it's filling rapidly!
Walter is a dive master and we
both do volunteer work for Dive
"The reef is not as pristine as it was. There's
more trash, more algae. It worries me tre-
mendously. Let's face it, if you lose the reef,
you lose the tourists and you lose the in-
Friends Bonaire. We
help them out with j
the snorkel tours
when the cruise
ships are in. I volun-
teer at the Animal
Shelter and we both
STINAPA. So far
we have removed 45
Lion Fish. The total
that has been caught
is around 300. I
wouldn't say we're
the best," she
laughs, "but we've
probably gotten the
most! The problem W
with the Lion Fish is
that they don't travel. They came
here because their eggs did.
Catching the Lion Fish will be a
forever program; it's like trying
to keep the ants out of your
Another thing we're involved
in is the underwater sensors all
around the island that are moni-
toring the quality of the water.
Every week the sensors have to
be cleaned and read and we are
one of many teams doing so.
Every week we do the same loca-
Elsmarie Beukenboom (head of
STINAPA) is our neighbor, so
whatever comes up we do volun-
tarily for STINAPA. From clean-
alter and Lynne Bentsen with their dogs Sophie and Cheere
ups to counting we participate.
We think STINAPA is doing a
We are both involved in our
church, the International Bible
Church of Bonaire. Right now
we are meeting at SGB high
school on Sundays, but we're
building our new building in
Hato behind the new MCB build-
ing. Walter is the volunteer su-
pervisor and worker oh yeah -
he's had a lot of constructing
background in the US."
"Construction here is very differ-
ent from that in the US. With this
building we're blending Bo-
nairean construction methods
with US methods. We started
building in November 2009 and I
think we're doing quite well." He
laughs. "We just ran out of
money, so donations are appreci-
ated, but two years ago we had
no money, no building, no
ground.. .nothing. Now we have
the ground and two-thirds of the
"Our church has a regular at-
tendance," Lynnefills in,
"between 70 and 90 people. So,
we've been extremely fortunate
with donations and work dona-
tions. People donate their time;
it's very heartwarming. We had
four guys from the US and Can-
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ada who came down here for two weeks,
just pouring cement. And we have all na-
tionalities attending our church: Bo-
nairean, Chinese, South American, Dutch,
Surinamese, American, Canadian and
everybody in between.
One of the reasons we are building the
church is for community outreach pro-
grams- for everybody, not just for peo-
ple in the church such as diabetic educa-
tion, AA meetings, language lessons, fam-
ily counseling and drugs counseling. Our
part will be diabetic education and other
Both of us have always worked full-
time, all our lives, even when I was rais-
ing my children. Besides his work as a
nurse, Walter had a construction company
with his brother. The brother still has it.
When we bought this house, it was just
the house; it was complete. Then we real-
ized you live outdoors on Bonaire and so
we build the pavilion. We both have chil-
dren, not together. Walt has two boys and
one girl and I have two girls and a son-in-
law. My oldest daughter is a school-
teacher in Texas. She's a cat lady and she
comes here all the time. The youngest
owns the townhouse with us that we have
here. She's a flight attendant with South-
West Airlines and they come once a year.
Her husband always says, 'the best vaca-
tion is to go and see my in-laws!' They're
Lynne and Walter Bentsen are ,, ..,..
people, hard working and very much in-
volved in the island's well-being. They're
the kind ofpeople who are a valuable
asset to the island.
"I think it's important that people do
volunteer work on the island," Lynne
says, "so it gets them informed about
what's going on and it makes them feel
they're doing something to help better the
I'm hoping the island stays the way it is.
We have the opportunity to talk to the
tourists, and what they say is that they like
is that it's not so built up and not so com-
mercial and they like the fact that the peo-
ple are friendly and that it's safe and
Friendliness was also the reason that I
liked the island so much. People went out
of their way to help. For the most part it's
still like that. We have great neighbors
and we know a lot of people from the
church and the volunteer groups all na-
tionalities. One of the things we're very
unaware of here is nationality. I've lived
in the south of the US most of my life and
one of the things that is not an issue here
is color people are just people. That's
cool, it really is!
Living down here is a wonderful life.
The only thing I don't like about Bon-
aire," she smiles, "is that people come and
go, especially the young. You start liking
someone and then they leave. That's a
"The thing I enjoy the most," Walt says,
"is the diving and the relaxed atmosphere.
When I come home I take a siesta at 2
o'clock and I got used to that real quick!"
"I just love everything about the island,"
Lynne says, "probably the people most."
"Our plan is to be buried here," Walter
grins. "I tell my friends at the dive shop,
'You mix my ashes with concrete, write
my name on it, attach the dive flag and
put it down 100 feet and then when you
go diving just wave to me as you go by!'
But," he laughs. "I'm in no rush with
that! No rush!
We're very happy here; there's no place
in the US that has the climate, the people
and the water all in one place. But in the
last three or four years I've seen changes
and my biggest concern is the clarity of
the water. It has gone down from 200 feet
plus to 50 feet, a dramatic change. It's
still good compared to the rest of the
world but not compared to five years ago
here on Bonaire. The reef is not as pristine
as it was. There's more trash, more algae.
It worries me tremendously. Let's face it,
if you lose the reef, you lose the tourists
and yo u lose the income. People don't
realize how much you need the water and
the reef and that's why STINAPA is so
important. Also, construction did a lot of
damage. The land clearing increases the
run off and the run off contaminates the
ocean water. The sewage plant is another
important issue that we need to get done
so the black water doesn't run into the sea
anymore. You know what, I think we're
turning into environmentalists! Well, I
love Bonaire and I don't want to see it
ruined. You can't sit at home and enjoy
the island you
can't do that. You
need to get in-
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Every week is different for the re-
searchers during the Lora breed-
ing season. Some are more pleasant than
The past few weeks have been the busi-
est, because when chicks start to hatch we
need to have eyes everywhere! During the
egg incubation period of 27 days and the
chick brooding stage, the female parrot
only leaves the nest briefly to be fed by her
partner. Every pair has their own routine,
and some pairs are earlier than others.
Waiting quietly outside a nest for this to
happen is not the most comfortable experi-
ence, especially with the recent erratic
weather; there are an abundance of mos-
quitoes and "limbi-limbis" (those annoying
little bugs that don't bite but go in your
eyes, nose and mouth).
Fortunately, that time of the season has
come to an end. The chicks are now big
enough that they don't need mum to keep
them warm and they can entertain them-
selves in the nest. The chicks now are
growing up fast and are beginning to look
like real parrots. Our work becomes a bit
easier now, as we don't have to wait for
the female parrot to leave the nest, so there
are no time restrictions on nest visits.
However, our work isn't always happy
and carefree. The season always has its ups
and downs, and it is now that all of the
chicks have hatched that they are at their
most vulnerable and we start to lose them.
This is always sad and demoralising for the
team when we come across an empty nest,
or if a chick has died in the nest.
Empty nests indicate that the chicks have
been lost to predators. These predators are
introduced species such as feral cats and
rats and cause enormous problems in the
field of conservation, not only on Bonaire
but on many other island ecosystems
around the world.
If a chick has died in the nest, it is often
very difficult to tell the cause unless we
visit the nest every day. Some chicks die
from starvation, possibly disease, and even
from infanticide by other Loras that also
want to compete for the nest site.
Historic deforestation and development
Cadushy of Bonaire
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drinking a Cactus?
The Sunny Taste
on Bonaire has meant that many important
Lora nest sites and habitat have been lost.
As a result it is common to see pairs of
Lora fighting over a well sought after nest
site at the beginning of the breeding sea-
With so many difficulties to overcome to
make it out of the nest and into the wild,
it's no wonder that these birds are vulner-
able to the threat of extinction. They need
as much protection as possible from the
people of Bonaire when they leave the nest
to ensure the survival of the species in
what could be its most important strong-
This week, Masters students Danni Parks
and Matt Richards are leaving the team
and returning to their studies in the UK.
We would like to thank them for their
dedication and great contribution to the
project, and we wish them all the best in
Rhian Evans 01
Evans is lead-
ing the Parrot-
team in its 5th
year on Bonaire.
FULL DIGIITAL SERVICES
KODAK & FUJI FILM
SLIDES, E-6 PROCESSING
FRAMES, PHOTO ALBUMS
Les Galeries Shopping Center
(Bordering the parking lot)
pen M-F 8:30-12, 2-6 pm, Sat. 9-12
Congratulations to Weight Loss Winners (left to right): William Low, Sharitee Rosalia
(Miss Bonaire Beach Body-seepage 15), Coach Tina Woodley, Commissioner of
Health Marugia Janga, Lou Lea Lounig, Ina Faber andAyron Chirino and son. Not
pictured: Hans Obdeijn, Kristine Racina-Obdeijn, Marike Botterop, Martin van Bek-
kum, Miriam Geerlings, Eder Bernabela and Ruanly LaCruz.
ast Saturday, Coach Tina Woodley of Bon Bida Spa and Gym awarded cer-
tificates and gifts to five of a total of 12 persons for their "Outstanding Per-
formance in Body Weight Reduction." Weight losses were from more than 6 kilo to
more than 22 kilos!
Tina and Commissioner of Health, Marugia Janga, congratulated the winners for their
intense commitment to their fitness training and for changing their eating habits. Ac-
cording to Tina, the winners had consultations and nutritional talks with her, but, as she
says, "They have taken responsibility for themselves. I act as an advisor and give them
suggestions, and I never use the word, 'diet'!"
One of the winners, Ina Faber, who's lost 20 kilos in the last 5 1/4 months, credits
Tina's guidance as one of the main reasons for her success. "She helped me change my
food habits, changed some of my old fashioned ideas about food, encouraged me to do
more fitness training on the machines, set up a special program for me and she's so at-
tentive; she keeps checking on you." Another winner, the new "Miss Bonaire Beach
Body," Sharitee Rosalia, has been working since early February to lose more than 10
kilos. A physical therapist, she also works at Bon Bida Spa and Gym.
Does this program work? Just take a look at the photo and see all those very proud faces
and new and fit bodies. U Laura DeSalvo
Grand Tiger & Landmark
Bonaire Reporter- July 16-30, 2010
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On June 6th I flew from Bonaire to New
York on Continental. Sadly, very sadly,
as I was getting to my seat I overheard
three different conversations about Bon-
aire from people who just vacationed
there. Not one of the conversations was
about the diving, the clear water, the
wonderful reefs or the sunshine. All three
were about the theft and crime on Bon-
aire. I overheard one person say they
doubted they would ever go back.
Is this the Bonaire we all want? When
will something serious get done?
I am a diver, a frequent visitor to Bon-
aire, and in general, love this small island.
Usually, the peace and rest I get when I
choose to vacation here is worth the long
trip from the far north of the United
States, but due to people going through
my rental truck almost daily while I dive
is disheartening. I stay in a small Inn,
dive with a small shop, and rent a dive
truck while on the island. I may not
spend huge amounts of money when I
come here, but I am thinking of diving
somewhere else next time. I will be re-
considering my Bonaire vacation plans in
the future because I am tired of having
my things rummaged through and ran-
sacked every time I go in for a dive. I
would never go through a stranger's car
simply because I knew they were not
from my country. Now, my husband and
I are not dumb enough to leave anything
of value in the car, but twice we have
actually observed people looking in our
vehicle (from the water), once we foun
white paint all over the inside of the car
(after observing a worker in painter's
clothes running away from our car at P
Vierkant, waving at us), and this most
recent trip we were at Nukove and had
of our clothes pilfered through, our wat
stolen (on a very hot day), and some fo
stolen. I just think this is the lowest- to
steal water from someone. Are not peo
pie brought up to be respectful of other
things here? I can't blame everyone- b
it is obviously tolerated. We have had
sunglasses stolen, a dive mask case stol
- nothing valuable- but they were ours.
2011, things are going to get tighter fi-
nancially in the US than ever before, ai
people will not choose to visit places th
are a hassle or they feel that their belon
ings are injeopardy. We love Bonaire-
but this needs to stop- we feel violated,
even though they never steal anything
really important. This should not be ha
opening at all. Small webcams, solar po
ered, at some of these dive sites might (
down on the problem, just hide them.
Then, Bonaire needs to start punishing
A Bonaire lover, but a concerned trav-
Mrs. Terry Sherm
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I his time between Bonaire and
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Caribbean. The amount of finance sup-
port is both dependent on the type of edu-
cation (SBO or higher education) and the
individual country of study.
The study for the SBA (level 1 and 2)
consists of a grant with a loan, if needed.
For SBA-3 and level 4 and higher, a four-
year loan is available, with a three-year
extension. The loan is converted into a
grant if the student gets a diploma within
In addition, students from the BES islands
get an allowance when they study in the
European part of the Netherlands. This
allowance is intended for travel, equip-
ment, establishing themselves, bridging
financing and guidance in the Netherlands.
Special arrangements are available for low
) Several public information meetings
have been conducted by the Regional
Service Centre (RSC) about the intro-
duction of the dollar on January 1,
2011. Attendees were informed about the
expected changes with the transition from
the guilder to the dollar. Local representa-
tives from various sectors were available
to explain and answer questions. The edu-
cation campaign is planned to continue
) WILLEMSTAD Insel Air wants to
fly twice a week from Curacao to Char-
lotte, North Carolina, starting November
25th. Insel Air General director Albert
Kluyver recently signed an interline agree-
ment with US Airways. Why Charlotte?
With its huge hub in Charlotte, US Air-
ways offers connections with all parts of
the US. Most cities in the US can be
reached from Charlotte the same day.
Besides Charlotte, Insel Air also wants to
start flights this year to Barquisimeto and
Caracas in Venezuela as well as Bogota
and Medellin in Colombia.
) GENEVA--La Niiia is likely to cool
the tropical Pacific in coming months, a
phenomenon which usually causes
stronger monsoons across Asia and eastern
Australia and promotes the development
of storms, including hurricanes in the
tropical Atlantic and Caribbean, the
World Meteorological Organization
(WMO) said last week.
El Nifio, the opposite phenomenon which
warms the sea, rapidly dissipated in early
May after prevailing since late 2009.
) Ecopower Bonaire's $78 million wind
-diesel project near BOPEC is still not
on line. Technical problems with the
MAN engines remain to be solved, but
other elements of the system, including the
wind turbines are functional. No estimate
is available on when it will begin supply-
ing electric power to Bonaire. Output from
the 10MW wind and 14MW system will
supply power to Water and Energy Com-
pany (WEB) which will distribute it to
According to our sources the Island Gov-
ernment is awaiting resolution of all prob-
lems before accepting turnover of the
plant. Dutch bank Rabobank, which pro-
vided project financing, wants to sell the
plant as soon as possible.
Ecopower was selected in 2006 through an
international tender and signed a 15-
year agreement with WEB to provide elec-
tricity to the island. The Reporter's series
about the power plant continues on page 3.
Bonaire's power demand is currently being
met with containerized diesel units pro-
vided by the Aggreko Company and is not
'Have you ever been to Anguilla? It's
another special island, like Bonaire.
Now, with Caribbean Wind & Sun Va-
cations you can be there easily, leaving
At 8 am and arriving by noon. It's a truly
laid back island with magnificent beaches,
top cuisine, where the rich and famous go
to unwind. Now you can too. Contact
Ann Phelan at firstname.lastname@example.org
for Island Hopper Vacation Packages to
Anguilla. More information on page 11.
0 With increasing rain there are more
mosquitoes on Bonaire. In some years
there have been outbreaks of Dengue fe-
ver. Now scientists in Britain and Thai-
land may have discovered why people
who get infected again and again by
Dengue viruses suffer more severe
symptoms like hemorrhagic fever and
shock, and sometimes die. Transmitted
by mosquitoes, there are four different
dengue types. People who are infected
again and again by a different Dengue
type tend to get severely ill
In a study published in Science last month,
researchers said they analyzed blood sam-
ples donated by infected
volunteers and found the human immune
system produces a type of antibody called
prM to fight off the Dengue virus. But the
researchers wrote in a
Statement, "Rather than protecting the
body from the second infection, these
prM antibodies help the virus to establish
P The indifference of some mosquitoes
to the common insect repellent DEET is
due to an easily inherited genetic mos-
quito trait that can be rapidly evolved
by later generations, a new study sug-
By selective breeding, James Logan and
colleagues at Rothamsted Research in
Harpenden, UK, created strains of Aedes
-.. .-i /, (carriers of Dengue fever) mosqui-
toes in which half of the females do not
respond to DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-
toluamide) -- the most common insect
repellent. Their findings were reported last
month in Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences.
0 Correction: In the On The Island Since
article about Edshel Martha in the last
edition of The Reporter we said that
his daughter, Shami, was working at t
Aquamarine School. Actually she works
at he Acquamarina Boutique in Playa.
P Curacao will make the changeover
from analog to digital television on
January 1, 2013. Bonaire currently has no
broadcast TV stations but three cable TV
providers. Some Bonaireans use large
antennas to receive broadcasts from Cura-
gao and even Venezuela. Current technol-
ogy TVs will need an adapter to see the
new signals. In Europe the adapter costs
Read your favorite Bonaire English
language newspaper anywhere there's
an Internet connection. Just click on:
www.bonairereporter.com. The on-line
edition has all the same stories and adver-
tisements plus a "Raw News" section with
the latest Bonaire developments. It's still
free too... although donations are very
0 Don't forget to tell our advertisers, "I
heard about you in The Reporter." It's
their support that keeps The Reporter
free. G. L. D.
Albert Romijn, the Managing Director of the Habi-
tat Management Group passed away early Tuesday
morning, June 29, following a long illness. Albert was
highly respected for his business competence and much
loved for his good nature as well as a teasing sense of
humor. About 20 years ago he arrived in Bonaire from
Curagao to work in accounting at Captain Don's Habitat
Resort. He soon became the resort's manager and was
responsible for several innovations and expan-
sions. Several years later he transferred to Curagao to
oversee the opening of the new Habitat resort on that
island. He was planning to return to live on Bonaire
following his sons' graduations in Curagao this
month. He's survived by his wife Esther, and sons Christopher and Dary. We mourn the
loss of a great friend of ours and many, many others. A memorial service will be held in
St Bernardus R.C. Church on Monday, July 12, at 4 pm. In lieu of flowers friends may
contribute to the Princess Wilhelmina Cancer Fund. HG. L.D.
12 o C_: u -
Home Made Charcoal
ver get a whiff of a smoky aroma as you drive through the mondi? This typical
smell is usually from the smoldering burning of a specific tree that has been used
for centuries on plantations to make charcoal.
The great thing about this particular tree is that it is never felled or chopped down and
killed to make charcoal. Because it forms big new branches every five years or so, only
the old branches are pruned, cut up and used to make this high quality charcoal. The
resulting charcoal does not pop and crackle while being burned and imparts a special
flavor when used on the BBQ or on the open
fire or konf6. It is still produced today by BonQuiz appears regularly in The
allowing the wood to smolder underground Reporter. It's prepared by Christie
for several days. Then it is ready to be Dovale of Island Tours. To arrange a
bagged and sold in big burlap sacks. During tour, contact her via
the plantations days on Bonaire, it's been her website:
reported that 80,000 bags of charcoal were IslandToursBo-
exported from the island. naire.com Phone 717-
Q) What is the common name of this 4435 or 795-3456
tree? Email: christie-
Answer on page 17
A unique new I Posada Para Mira
party place opened PosadaPaa Miha
recently near Rin-
con. Posada Para .
Mira is located at
the highest point
on the road to Rin-
con- Dos Pos road *
Rincon valley. .
Posada Para Mira Para s"
(Creole Cooking). Here you can enjoy traditional dishes
like Sopi di Yuana (Iguana Soup) but less exotic local
dishes as well. From now through August Posada Para Mira
is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Posada Para Mira may be booked for private parties, recep-
tions or business meetings. Want to know more or reserve?
Please call 569-7060 or email Jovianka Clarenda at
Bonaire Reporter- July 16-30, 2010
Th ere Is A New1 Kid In rTownrm
Ford Transit Connect
The 73rd of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring
some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels." On coursefor 100+
n the last week of June 2010 the first Ford Transit was
imported to Bonaire. The first Ford Transit? Well, to
be honest, there is one more Transit on the island. This
vehicle is probably a Mark I, produced in the mid 60s in the
Langley factories in Berkshire, England. (In this former
Second World War aircraft factory they produced Hawker
Hurricane fighters those days./jb) Transits have been pro-
duced in Albion, Belgium, Turkey and China! This very,
very first Ford Transit is parked in a fenced part of the far
outback in between Yatu Baku and Bara di Karta, a loca-
tion along one of the very many unpaved roads on the is-
land of Bonaire, somewhere between Playa/Kralendijk and
the rough East Coast. The mid 60s panel van is enjoying a
very long sleep, and bit by bit all materials are being given
back to earth.
But the brand new Ford Transit was produced in 2008 in
Turkey, and the proud Dutch owner shipped it to our island
where he is going to construct a small house. Now he tem-
porarily lives in the neighborhood of Hato.
This Ford Transit Connect 230 TDCi is a compact panel
van developed by Ford Europe. The car was introduced in
2002. The vehicle became very popular and was awarded
"Van of the year 2004." In 2010 the car was awarded
"North American Truck of the Year." If you like compact
vans with a lot of space you can only fall in love with this
white-sprayed spacious creature. And this is exactly what
the owner did. He bought the vehicle with only some
25,000 kilometers on the odometer. This model is a little bit
stretched and the roof is higher than the standard model.
The car is equipped with a very smooth running 1.8 Dura-
torq TDCi diesel engine, producing 90 kilowatts. (It took a
lot of time to find out how
to open the bonnet from
the outside./jb) A five-
speed gearbox delivers the 1
power to the front wheels.
The four wheels of the
Transit are protected by
effective wheel locks. Tire .
size is: 195/65R15.The
Transit has power win- -
dows, power brakes,
power steering, air condi-
tioning, cruise control, a or Ir, si o ,et
radio/CD-player and multi
adjustable seats. A very
comfortable cockpit. This c.i I!II i !! ll .1 i. .I ii
the inner space of the vehick i.. i.i ....I in. in. I c
Two passenger doors, two rn .. ,I! .il I I.l
an immense sliding door on Ili i li.i,.I I .l. Ii 1 ,.ld
give access to a lot of room ii i c. i I" I .1
sleeping bed with the length. I m ..i i I!. i..ii I!i.
vehicle. The car is fully uph.l I c.! I il ..1 .. ii n i i.! n .II
and the two rear windows ani. Ilic iir.I ,Ic h.Inin
door are blinded. It is possil'I.. 1 II! .I I .ic .k ir.
and the front window with L.u i ii i..l. Il.li.ii n.!iiiin ... -
ered sheets to protect the interior of the spacious vehicle
against the light and the heat of the sun. Low energy LED
lights are installed on the ceiling rows.
There are fantasies about installing a small kitchen in the
car. A kitchen with running water, a stove and a little cool-
ing box. This will enable the owner in the future to travel
and live and sleep in the car. Latin America is already se-
Ford Transit in disguise-not on Bonaire
during. We are looking forward for the first
report about his travel experiences. Con-
gratulations with the new Ford Transit.
Fantasies are important. Keep on building!
*Story & photos by J@n Brouwer
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potted plants and trees. Thirty minute
tours. Bonaire born and raised,
strong plants for beauti-
ful Bonaire gardens.
Reasonable prices starting from NAf
5. Landscaping designs, graphically
assisted." Captain Don
Open from Friday thru Sunday and all
holidays. 10 am till 4 pm nonstop
Captain Don's Island Grower NV
103 Kaminda Lagun (road to Lagun)
(Look for the blue rock and dive flag)
A part of Plantation Guatemala
Bonaire Reporter- July 16-30, 2010
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Daily trips via resorts 10 am, 12, 2
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the spirit of the island...
B niiili.r' INllh Dia di Ari (itl Da%
was held on July 4th at Wilhelmina
Park. It was packed with Bonairean artists,
musicians and writers, together with some
international stars. There were exhibitions of
art, local dancing as well as painting for the
children. All day there were live bands, sing-
ers and dancers performing on the stage.
You could buy recordings of the music,
paintings and handcrafts, sample delicious
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of lifestyle and diet and the effect this has on your health. Esse'vceis owned In keeping with the World Cup craze that swept Bonaire, Anouk Hoogendijk, a star
and operated by Stephanie Bennett, well known to readers of The Reporter for her of the Dutch football (soccer) Federation, conducted a clinic for youngsters between
articles on health and the human body, "Body Talk." In the shop you can find 28 dif- 8 and 13 at the Johan Cruyff Court in Tera Kora. The NISB (Nederlands Instituut
ferent types of teas and whimsical soaps, perfect for yourself or gift giving. Essevce' voor Sport en Bewegen) supported the clinic. Anouk and her students are shown
is in Antriol, corer of Kaya Papa Comes and Kaya Gloria. Open 8am to 2 pm, Mon- above.
day to Friday. Saturday, 9 am to noon. Telephone 788-0030. U L.D.
SEK KCW innIrsrTntr u S Frans and
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Apparently our native predators here
are not so powerless against the
lionfish invasion. Maljkovic and Van
Leeuwen from Simon Frazer University,
Canada, reported on "Predation on the
invasive red lionfish by native groupers
in the Bahamas" in the Coral Reefs jour-
nal in 2008. Their investigation was
driven by finding a lionfish inside a tiger
grouper and by anecdotal reports from
fishers about native groupers regularly
preying on the lionfish. Subsequently,
they dissected five Nassau groupers and
found that two of them had lionfish in
their stomachs. The larger of the two
groupers was 482 mm (19") in length and
contained a 137 mm (5.4") long lion-
fish. According to a photograph provided
with the article the lionfish seemed to be
swallowed head first.
Here is the link to the article: http.//
t4177q71283p0t67. U Genady Filkovsky
named the Queen and
King of Music at a
recent SEBIKI event to
introduce children and
their parents to various
musical instruments at
Mangazina di Rei.
For information about
the family programs
contact SEBIK at 717-
2436 ior visit the of-
ficw at Kaya P.P.Silie
Island Hopper Vacation Pack-
ages to Anguilla, BWI
nguilla is best known for its 33
beaches, gourmet and West Indian
Cuisine, snorkeling and honeymoons.
Depart Bonaire at 8:00 AM and be sipping
rum punches by 12:00 on your own sandy
beach. Anguilla is 20 minute by ferry
from Sint Maarten.
It's the island where the rich and famous
escape to enjoy the laid back charm.
Choose a low key hotel or a luxury villa.
Contact the Anguilla specialists at 800
-219-0118 (US Toll Free), On Bonaire
call 786-3134 or email
Bonaire Reporter- July 16-30, 2010
oAl Fresco orAir Conditioned Dining
Between Downtown and Hotel Row
One street inland-Kaya Gob, Debrot 46
Open Monday -Saturday
GIreen Label Garden Ceter Enter at the T.I.S. and drive to the
Kaya hdusria 28 end, you find our new shop and
Tel: 7178310. gmenlabel@te an parking behind the greenhouses
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Kaya Grandi 29, Kralendijk-Bonaire N.A. tel: 717 5107
Store hoursTuesday through Saturdays
from 9a.m.-12:30p.m. and 2:00p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Date Day Ship name Time PAX
Every Sun- From now Scientology ship Arrives 0630
day through through Freewinds Depar150
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Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park
Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts
for residents and local people. Tel. 717
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
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
Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya In-
dustria, second Saturday of the
month, 7-9 pm. Snacks and tasting of
six wines for $10 (NAf17,50) per per-
son. Tel. 560-7539.
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 will autograph your
copy of his newest book Reef Win-
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos
FREE SLIDE/IDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide pres-
entation about Buddy's House Reef -
pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529
Wednesday Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire (STCB) presents an infor-
mative slide show: Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire, at 7pm, every 2nd and 4th
Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib
Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has been
restored and furnished so it appears the fam-
ily has just stepped out Local ladies will tell
you the story. Open Monday thm Friday, 9 -
12,2-4. Weekends by appointment Call 717
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Einoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17thcentuy. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, be-
hind the Catholic Church intown 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
CLUBS and MEETINGS
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 Caf6. 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 num-
ber 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. Con-
tact: 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 2"d and 4h
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
Resort upstairs in Peter Hughes meeting
room above the dive shop. All Rotari-
ans welcome. Tel. 717-2066
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Mar-
tinez Beck, at 786-2953.
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10
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,
Thursday, 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. Friday, 6 to 8
pm, Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12
yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk
- Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Sat-
urday at 6 pm in English. Mass in
Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
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 Bon-
aire Youth Center in English, Dutch and
Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel.
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.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20
Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH
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Bonaire Reporter- July 16-30, 2010
IS YOUR HOUSE NEW TO
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from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 795-9332.
S_ Apartments, Hotels,
Houses, Offices & More.
s --' Good References.
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
S Serving Bonaire for more
S than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient,
Thorough, Low rates, Ref-
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Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.
LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf6,50 per meal.
Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
S Nice woman, Jean, is
looking for work to iron
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PARK TOURS ISLAND TOURS BIRDWATCHING
Tel (599) 791-6272 / 785-6272
at Bonaire Basics
Thursday 6 till 7 pm
Friday 8 till 9 am
Call 786 3341
or private yoga classes
Property Services Bonaire B.V.
Taking care of your properties (while
you are off island). 9+(599) 796-9567
Email for information and prices:
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu.-We.-Th. & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
day 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.
Bonaire Reporter- July 16-30, 2010
Oceanfront apartment for rent in
Hato in small (only six units)
building. Fabulous decks and views.
Luxury furnishings, private beach and
dock. Fully air-conditioned Great snor-
keling/diving right in front, park in
front. 3/3, very private and quiet.
$1990 plus utilities, long term. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org for pictures.
Call 561-860-1468 (US) anytime.
FOR RENT at Hato Small House
maximum 3 persons.
No pets allowed. Inclusive: gas, water,
electricity, linen, internet, furnished,
airco, TV connection, Selibon Call 717
-2529 or 796-2529
1.. Child's bicycle with training
wheels. Excellent condition, $35.
2. Computer desk from City Shop,
3. Scuba diving tanks: two 83 cu ni-
trox; one 63 cu air. $110 each.
4. "Giant" mountain bike, one year
old, excellent condition, $380. Acces-
sories also available.
Contact Louis Petrich or Eileen
McFarren: 788-0382 or (preferably)
HOUSE & PET-SITTING Jack
Dempsey and Donna, 50yo Canadians,
will take SUPERLATIVE care of your
home and gardens and pamper your
pets. Island references available. For
more info contact Jack-
For sale: Anton Heyboer painting -
'Boat' in yellow and black.
Size 1.22 x 0.93 meters. NAf 2.500.-
Note: Anton Heyboer 's 1,,,,o,,i, are
on exhibit at the Fine Arts Museums of
San Francisco, the Rijksmuseum Twen-
the, Enschede, Netherlands, etc.
For Sale Nervios 10 X 4.95 Meter
NAf 1200.- Cell 00 599 785 0918
Brand New Lad. Leather Birken-
stock "Florida" Sandals- Indigo
Blue, Size 39 Narrow (purchased
Paid US $85.00 PH: 717-6307
Wanted- Volunteers for Parke Pub-
lico to help keep the park open. Help
with the flea market, clean up, etc. Call
Vicky at 786-1592.
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16 Flights a day
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24 hours a day
SHOPPING and SERVICE GUIDE
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your
first choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to
APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS and
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furni-
ture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. F service
and in-store financing too.
ART & GALLERIES (CLOSED FOR THE MONTH OF
JULY. OPEN AGAIN IN AUGUST)
The Richter Art Gallery, located in Belnem, is
Bonaire's only fine art gallery, and features original
paintings, limited edition archival art prints, and
hand made jewelry created by long-time residents
Linda, Jake, and Krystyana Richter.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike ac-
cessories. They do professional repairs on almost
anything on two wheels. Have your keys made
Reef Windows is Captain Don's latest book and
features the true stories of the naming of many Bon-
aire dive sites. A great souvenir as well.
All Denture Lab-for the best denture care by an
experienced professional. Repairs while you wait.
Next to Botika Korona on Kaya J. G. Hernandez.
Bistro di Paris A real French restaurant with great
food, affordable prices and friendly Bonairean ambi-
Owned and operated by a French Chef
On Kaya Gob. Debrot z mile north of town
Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared
pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts.
Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. 780-1111 Call ahead
to eat-in or take out, Next to Bistro (above)
Lunchroom de Bonairiaan-Breakfast & lunch
prepared and served by Stichting Project students
under professional guidance. Monday-Friday, 9-2.
Kaya Gob. N..Debrot, opposite Divi Flamingo.
CLOSED IN JULY
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book
trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair,
dive computer H.Q.
ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation
above and below the water with a custom DVD by
Bonaire's top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or
maintain your garden. They can design, install and
maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and
garden chemicals. Now in new expanded location off
Captain Don's Plants, Trees and More sells genu-
ine acclimated Bonaire plants. Take a 30-inute tour
too. Strong plants for strong Bonaire gardens.
r Harmony House-Using
BR IM 1 science to find the prob-
10 ~lem. Using natural prod-
Nuttarj, epe3pc,.nw t ucts to correct the prob-
Also our E-evtce'range
E_ eei ,, of herbal teas & handmade
.. soaps. At Kaya Papa Cor-
Natural Way Health Store-The place where all
the hard to find natural and healthy products are.
Upstairs from Botika Bonaire, on Kaya Grandi.
Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the
needs of second home owners on Bonaire including
inspection, management and cleaning.
INTERNET AND CELLULAR SERVICE
MIO offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone
signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-
SPEED INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire.
Taste a Cactus when you try Cadushy of Bonaire
Liqueur. Available in many shops and markets it
makes the perfect souvenir of the island.
Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of
all those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants
that want to invade your home. Call now and save
your investment in your home.
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints,
slides, items and services. Full digital services.
Bonaire's creative video and still photographer
for the important events in your life. ScubaVi-
sion, Kaya Grandi 6, see website scubavision.info
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Bonaire Sunshine Homes is
the realtor with a local touch.
Ask them to show you the
good value homes they list.
Call them if you are thinking
of selling your home.
Caribbean Homes, "the Re-
freshing Realtor," specializ-
ing in luxury homes, condos,
lots, rentals and property
Sunbelt Realty offers full
real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a
home or to invest in Bonaire,
stop in and see them.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
o (Mangazina in Papiamentu)
Offers Secure Storage For
T U Vehicles, Household Items,
*.AiNGASINA Diving And Sporting Gear,
-,,',, m Business Files or Inventory.
Across from the northern
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. What would we do without their
Kaya market on Kaya
air conditioned mar-
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selection and lowest
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Caribbean Wind and Sun Vacations-Island Hop-
per Vacation Packages to Anguilla, BWI call 786-
3134 or email annkiantiguacaribbean.com today!
Christie Dovale will personally take you on a fas-
cinating tour of the island. Contact her via her
website: IslandToursBonaire.com Phone 717-4435
or 795-3456. You will remember it always.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika
di Amor I or II. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on
Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-
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Bonaire Reporter- July 16-30, 2010
Miss Bonaire Beach Beauty Pageant
The Miss Bonaire Pageant dele-
gates competed before an enthu-
siastic crowd in The Beach Beauty
Swimsuit event held on June 27 at Eden
Beach. The sun was hot, the music was
loud and the energy was palpable. Each of
the six beautiful contestants (Angelica
Marinez, Angelica Rodriguez, Ana
Marciel, Benazir Charles, Loresca An-
thony and Sharitee Rosalia) strutted the 11
stuff on the catwalk, wearing merchandise
from Aquamarina, Hippie Chique and
Outlet Mol. They were evaluated by a
panel of eight judges, including the Head
Judge Harold Vasseur, and were rated
based on their smiles, self esteem, pos-
ture, poise, figures and the ability to shine
in swimwear. They voted the winner to be
Sharitee Rosalia. Sharitee also won the
Miss Eden Beach award, sponsored by tlic
Eden Beach Resort.
The Reporter asked winner Sharitee,
"How does it feel to be named Miss
Beach Beauty?" She answered, "It feels
wonderful and at the same time surreal,
because I never felt like I had a body that
would look great in a bathing suit. But it
is an awesome feeling to know that all the
hard work that I have put into my body
has paid off and is noticeable to people."
"What do you do to keep in shape," we
asked? "As part of the Miss Universe
group we work out five and sometimes six
times a week, doing fun classes like
Zumba and the hard ones like Body-
Toning. And since I work at the Bon Bida
Spa and Gym I sometimes work out there
in my free time. Plus I do kickboxing.
And of course I have to watch what I eat.
And I do hope that Outlet Mol, will keep
on sponsoring us."
The Miss Bonaire organization prides
itself on developing elegance, confidence
and intelligence in the contestants. The
final contest will be on September 4 when
Miss Bonaire will be crowned and then
compete in the Miss Universe competi-
tion. In the past, a Miss Bonaire has gone
all the way to the Miss Universe Finals.
Do you have what it takes to compete in
the Miss Bonaire Pageant? The organiza-
tion is already looking for candidates for
the 2011 Miss Bonaire. Visit their web
site (www.missbonaire.com) to complete
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this puzzle from the creator of Bonaire's top kids' web-
site, Panchitobonaire.com. Tony Angila, "Tio Tony."
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MONITOIIK Y UUK PH
MONITOR YOUR HEALTH
T he body's biochemistry pH balanced diet
is alkaline by intention,
but every metabolic process acidic alkaline
in the body produces acidity foOdS foodS
by function. Every single
cell is always trying to
maintain optimum pH by
excreting its waste, and the
liver, bowels and kidneys
detox this waste.
Water, in the form of tissue
fluid or blood, can remove
the waste products from
metabolism, provided we are not dehydrated. Acid reactions result in
a buildup of lactic acid and lactate dehydrogenase, and this promotes
degeneration within the body. The body signals a problem through
the mechanism of pain and depression. How often do we still that
warning sign with a pain killer instead of checking our pH?
So what are the factors that would make a pH go out of balance?
Dehydration caused by excessive caffeine, cigarettes, alcohol, sugar
and junk foods. Living or working in a toxic environment. Interac-
tion with hard chemicals such as petrol, pesticides and insecticides.
Negative or low self esteem and worry all contribute to increasing
the acid concentration.
Chemotherapy can also cause the body to go very acidic, which in
turn creates more yeast, which in turn creates more cancer. All can-
cer cells have lactic acid in their immediate environment.
The pH can affect the function of some very important chemical and
hormonal reactions within our cells, and all proteins and especially
enzymes and hormones in the body are very susceptible to incorrect
Take the thyroid for example, another gland that is susceptible to bad
pH. The thyroid picks up iodine via the stomach and liver ONLY if
the pH is perfect. A perfect pH is dependent on sensible food
choices and lifestyle FULL STOP! If your urine and saliva pH is
off, digestion is off. When digestion is off, your pH will be off. Can
you see a pattern emerging?
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RUN UP TO THE FINALS
The first game in the last 16 saw Uru-
guay take on South Korea. Korea
were their usual industrious selves, but with
their leaky defence and lack of flair, they
were easy meat for Uruguay who became
the first team to make the quarter finals.
The second game had a lot at stake. On
one hand, there was the invigorated Ameri-
can side and on the other Ghana, the last
African club remaining. This was always
going to be close to call and despite Prince
Boateng putting Ghana ahead inside 5 min-
utes, we had another hour to wait until we
saw a net ripple again. This time, Landon
Donovan dispatched his penalty with con-
summate accuracy. In extra time, Ghana
scored almost immediately, and despite
every effort from the USA, they hung on to
Before I begin, I would like to ask you all
to observe a 2 minute silence for the death
of England Football Team.......Actually they
don't deserve it! Whatever the reasons, the
team needs to be stripped down and rebuilt
with fresh blood. Germany on the other
hand was excellent. Despite it being seen as
the weakest squad for years, they cut
through England like a knife through butter.
There must have been something of a feel
of schadenfreude as Frank Lampard's goal
was adjudged not to have crossed the line.
Surely we can all put 1966 to bed now!
Argentina and Mexico next and time to see
if Argentina really is that good. The simple
answer.....Yes! This was the most entertain-
ing game to date, and Carlos Tevez was on
fire. OK, his 1st goal was offside, but his
second was a candidate for goal of the tour-
nament. Maradona's men went on to win 3-
0 and book a lip smacking quarter final
place against Germany
Next we travelled to the Moses Mabhida
Stadium to watch the Netherlands take on
Slovakia. The Dutch had looked impressive
going into this match but despite their vic-
tory, it was not their best performance.
Robben was restored to the starting line-up
and fired home after 18 minutes to earn
them the right to face Brazil. They added
another to their tally late on but all the Slo-
vaks could achieve was a last gasp goal
from the penalty spot.
As Brazil faced up against Chile later on
that day, I am sure that there were many
orange shirted fans who were cheering for
Chile. If that was the case, it didn't help
them at all and Brazil steamrollered them
by three goals to nil. Sorry, Holland!
The penultimate match of this round saw
Paraguay play Japan. The worst thing that
could have happened in this match was for
it to be taken into extra time. Unfortunately
that is exactly what happened. I felt as
though two hours of my life had been stolen
from me as two mediocre teams dragged
the game corpse-like to a penalty shoot-out.
Thankfully that was over quickly and a
miss from Japan saw Paraguay advance.
The last game of the final 16 looked on
paper to be the most mouth watering as
Spain took on Portugal. Neither team had
excited thus far, but one thing was for cer-
tain, something had to give! Portugal chose
to try and stifle play as they had done in
their preceding matches, but Spain was too
hot to handle. After David Villa had put the
Spaniards ahead, it was obvious that Portu-
gal did not have a plan B. The final 1-0
victory for Spain was well deserved.
After repainting my Vuvuzela bright or-
ange, I took my seat for the much antici-
pated match between Holland and Brazil. It
was 1974 when the Netherlands last beat
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After a scrappy first half, the second began
with a little good fortune as Melo scored an
own goal giving Holland some hope. The
Brazilians were visibly shaken and within
15 minutes Sneijder had doubled the tally.
As Brazil crumbled, the Dutch grew in stat-
ure, and as the whistle blew for full time I
could hear the roars in City Cafe from here.
Ghana became Africa's last hope of glory
as they took on Uruguay. It really was end
to end stuff and with penalties looming and
the score at 1-1at the end of extra time,
Ghana were given a penalty. As a nation
held their breath, Asamoah Gyan had a
once in a lifetime chance to be a hero. No-
body could believe it as the ball crashed
onto the crossbar. In the penalty shootout,
Uruguay kept their nerve for the right to
face the Netherlands in the Semi Finals.
It was time to see how good the Germans
really were. They're having dispatched
England with consummate ease, we all
thought that Argentina would be a different
proposition. How wrong we were! Germany
were absolutely clinical and destroyed Ma-
radona's Mob by scoring 4 goals for the
third time in the competition. Stunning,
organised and a little scary!
In the final game of this round, Spain
faced Paraguay. Despite the lowly score-
line, it was a game of cut and thrust. Both
teams had a chance to take the lead via the
penalty spot but failed. In the end, Spain's
star player of the tournament, David Villa,
scored the only goal of the game to put
The Netherlands have been the dark horses
of this competition, but going into this
match with Uruguay, the odds for them
becoming overall winners tumbled. These
two teams had met four times before with
Uruguay winning three of the matches.
Giovanni Van Bronckhorst got the Oranje
off to a perfect start with a sensational 18th-
minute opener. For as much as Uruguay
tried, they were frustrated by attack after
attack. Against the run of play, tournament
surprise player, Diego Forlan, got an equal-
izer just before the end of the first half.
Uruguay were encouraged by their late goal
and looked most likely to score in the sec-
ond half, however, the Dutch responded
with endless counter-attacks. Eventually,
Sneijders goal knocked their opponents for
six and while their heads were still reeling,
Robben slotted home Holland's third. Great
stuff and well deserved!
Spain against Germany was too close to
call for us mere mortals. Luckily, we had
the predictions of Paul, the psychic Octo-
pus. The Oberhausen-based cephalopod had
a 100% record going into this game and
once again, he got it right! Germany had
looked unstoppable going into this game
but Spain were just too good. Their passing
and movement was the key to beating the
Germans and without possession, they ran
out of ideas. In the second half
kept on coming and despite the
attempts from their superstar p
veteran defender, Carles Puyol
burst the net with the powerful
took them into the final.
Before that, there was the little
3rd place to be decided between
and Uruguay. These matches c
events but it was obvious that I
wanted to win. It was real end
with 5 goals to delight us. In tln
many got the victory they dese
though Diego Forlan nearly to(
into extra time when, in the 93
free kick rattled the cross bar. 1
the Germans in Brazil, 2014. T
ing to be the team to beat!
Not a day passes that I don'
was back on Bonaire enjoying
Joe's, a beer at Lee's or Hap]
City Cafe. But, to be on Bona
the Netherlands play in the W
Final would have been the ul
perience. Unperturbed, I tool
surrounding myself with Ora
lager, bitterballen and mayoi
coated fries. Paul the Octopus
set out his stall, Spain was to b
He may boast three hearts, but
one was rooting for the orange
wondered how the Dutch woul
Spain; within a few minutes w
answer. Aggression! To be hor
Netherlands were lucky to hav
the pitch after the first 45 minu
great to see. The Sangria sippii
didn't like being roughed up ai
though I was back in the 1970s
football as it used to be. Ninety
came and went with few oppor
both teams moved up a gear in
In the second period of extra ti
was sent off for a second
bookable offence leaving
Holland to fight on with just
10 men. Just as it looked as
though we were set for a
penalty shoot-out, Iniesta
was played in by Fabregas
and the Barcelona man fin-
ished brilliantly putting
Spain in the lead. And that,
as they say, was all she
wrote. Despite my and
(Paul's) prediction coming
true, I took little pleasure
from the result. In 1974 the
Netherlands became known
as "The beautiful losers."
For as poetic as that nomen-
clature is, it will be of little
comfort to the Dutch.
So, how does one sum up
this World Cup in a few
words? Colourful, vibrant,
surprising and of course
noisy! Although we now
know the winners of the
2010 FIFA World Cup, I
guess that it will be some
time before we know
whether South Africa will
be the ultimate victor. Let's
hope so. U Tony Bond
Antony Bond, currently
based in Scotland, is contem-
plating a return to Bonaire.
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T he winners of the poetry contest
sponsored by guest teacher, Pauline
Kayes, Professor of Humanities at Park-
land College in Champaign, Illinois, for
students in Artie de Vries' and Johan-
netta Gordijn's classes were honored
In the two last issue of The Reporter we
printed the winning poems. The follow-
ing two poems received honorable men-
By Jair Vangan-
I wake up and look
I see everything
around me, and,
looking at all this,
one could say: Gee,
nature that's some-
It's just there, day after day, week after
week, century after century, never ceasing.
With some light its sights, smells and
sounds (which you hear when you are
around), can be quite surprising.
But wait... I remember something.
There is more to it than it seems.
When there is no light, no day..
There is more than just the nature on this
And far, far away, you'll see the stars and
maybe even the Milky Way.
Maybe there is even more than we think
there is. It's just a matter of looking around.
And the further we go, the more we'll meet
and maybe we'll say: What is all this?
It's more than just bliss. So where does it
Well, before I forget, there is a thing worth
It's just a detail. You see, there is a some-
thing bigger than just this planet.
What I am talking about is called the uni-
verse or the cosmos.
And yet, in all this, there is only one place
where we can retreat. This place is called
This big and bold rounded chunk of dark
blue is a place worth calling home.
Life itself is destined for this place, a pearl
of the universe.
I wonder what people of long ago living
here and there might think looking at the
Maybe we'll never know.
So then, it is a lovely thought to-when the
day pas passed lie down and go dreaming
into a world of your own.
And whilst dreaming knowing that when
you awake from your sleep, it all will just
be waiting there.
Waiting to be discovered......
My Need of
By Keila Mensche
Living two lives;
On one side to
see the smiles,
And on the other
to change his
I'll always wonder how it will be...
If I had my liberty.
To be able to show you who's me.
Live m'a life and be just who I wanna be.
Sometimes I feel so trapped.
You put my wishes inside a box
All I want is that trust you're lacking
To show you what I do best,
Express myself with drawings and paint-
Boy I ain't taking any rest.
Oh, let me be free
Let me be who I wanna be
Blow your mind like a Gun lee
Riming every word that starts with a "D"
Please let me loose, let me fly away.
Make a disaster out of everything
I'm tired of pretending anyway
Let me at least try and say something'
But since you got me on house arrest
Making me dream and go back in the past
Unable to amaze you
Unable to express to you, who I am
Laying on that soft comforting fabric
Lie still, until all words go italic
I hear the sound of life in me
In rhythm, just like the sea
Little by little I grow old
My comfortable fabric got all cold
As one day my sea will be quiet
And with my eyes open to see italic
And bold become black
Just a few days
ago this mother
was brought into
the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter. She
had been found by
a Good Samaritan
with her two new
born kittens: one
black and one
striped like its
mom. Then, a few
days later someone
newborn kitten, a "Queenie" and her kittens
black and white
one, and brought it into the Shelter to hopefully save its life. Usually a kitten as young as
this with no mother is sure to die, but when the new kitten was brought to Queenie, she
immediately adopted it as her own and began feeding and cleaning it. That's why she's
named Queenie she's a queen among cats. What a fine character this cat has! After her
motherly duties are finished Queenie will be sterilized and put up for adoption so she will
have an opportunity for a happy life. You may see her and her kittens at the Shelter on the
Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm.
Distemper Alert. For the first time
ever on Bonaire, according to the
Shelter staff, there is an epidemic of
the virus, Distemper. More than 50
dogs already have been identified with
the deadly virus. It affects young dogs
and older dogs which haven't been
vaccinated against the disease and is
extremely contagious. Symptoms are
runny noses and eyes, not eating,
diarrhea and paralysis, which may
lead to death. If you haven't already
please get your animals vaccinated
against this horrible virus.
Mark on your calendar, Saturday,
August 14. From 11 am to 5 pm the
Shelter will have another of their
very popular and successful Flea
Markets. All the proceeds go to help-
ing to keep the Shelter open for un-
wanted cats and dogs. We saw just a
few of the items that will be for sale:
books, carpets, bric a brac, kitchen
items, clothes, mugs, puzzles, games,
DVDs, CDs, even a walker! They are
looking for donations of unwanted or
unused items. Now's the time to clean
out those closets and get rid of what
you can't use (it's very therapeutic
and cleansing) and help the Animal
Shelter. What's junk to you can be a
treasure to someone else! Drop off
your things from now until Friday,
August 13 at the Shelter on Lagoen
Road. U Laura DeSalvo
congratulations to new owners Nuria and
Leon of Sunshine Pool Care photographed
right after they adopted these two darling little
pups, brother and sister, Edgar and Eveline. The
nine week old puppies were brought into the
Bonaire Animal Shelter along with their
mother, "Kaya" (so named because she was a
street dog) and seven other brothers and sisters.
The seven others died but Mom "Kaya" has
already been adopted. All the best to the new
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On any summer night in June,
July or August face south before midnight in the Sky Park and, depending on what
month and hour you look, the scorpion will either be southeast, due south or south-
west. But you should have no trouble finding it because it's huge and one of the few
constellations which actually looks like its name. Indeed if we connect each bright
star in Scorpius with lines we can see a very simple-line representation of a scor-
pion with his claws drawn in. Or if you're afraid of scorpions you can imagine this
constellation to be a giant fishhook as seen by some ancient Polynesians or the capi-
tal letter, 'J', for Jack. Scorpius has been around for thousands of years and was de-
picted by many cultures, including the ancient Egyptians.
In ancient Greece and Rome, however, the scorpion was much bigger than now
and its claws extended forward from it as if getting ready to grab whatever planets
or comets might come its way. And if you look closely you'll see two stars where
his claws used to be. They are named Zuben Elgenubi and Zuben Eschamali and
in Arabic, literally mean the northern claw and the southern claw. But Julius Caesar
and his megalomaniacal friends in the Roman Senate decided that Rome was so
special that it needed its own constellation as a form of ancient PR. So they did a
hatchet job on Scorpius' claws to make up the constellation, which they said stood
for the symbol of Roman justice, Libra. Talk about cosmic injustice!
At any rate once you've found Scorpius with his claws no longer outstretched, pay
particular attention to where the scorpion's heart should be. Because, believe it or
not, there, just by coincidence, a red star named Antares is right where his red heart
should be. And this star Antares is my very favorite summer star, hands down, be-
cause it is one of the three largest stars we can see with the naked eye.
Now I usually refer to our Sun as being a million miles wide to make it easy to
remember, but in fact it is a bit short of that number, being only 865,000 miles
wide, but which is still pretty huge compared to our 8,000-mile-wide Earth. In fact
our Sun is so huge we could fit over a million and a half of our Earths inside it.
Antares, however, puts our Sun to shame, because it is 700 times wider than our
Sun, so huge we could fit over 350 million Suns inside it! Or if you'd like to think
of it this way, if we placed one edge of it where our Sun is, it
would reach out past the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars
and Jupiter. Wow! And it is so far away that it takes 520 years
for its light to reach us. So whenever we look at Antares we see it
not as it exists now but as it existed 520 years ago. So get out any
summer night and marvel at the magnificent scorpion who should
fill you full of wonder instead of ancient dread.
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autonomous Spanish Canary Is-
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eruptions, solidified lava streams
as well as extravagant rock forma-
tions. It is also a very touristy area
with many resort hotels and restau-
I met the Bonaire boys (Kiri,
Taty, Tonky, Andrew and Bjorn)
a few days after at the hotel recep-
tion. It was cool to see them again
of course. After they got rid of
their jet leg we did a few afternoon
freestyle sessions with Quincy and
Saraquita from Aruba. Many com-
petitors started to arrive as the
competition days were getting
closer while a bit of tension was
apparent on some of the riders'
faces due to the forecast predic-
The conditions in Lanzarote are
usually strong winds and a big
swell up to four meters high. How-
ever, this time the forecast was
being very tricky with light winds
and no swell at all predicted for the
There was a light morning breeze
up to 17 knots, but the official start
was set for 2 pm. After a few hours
the wind dropped down just before
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while Andrew (Finies), a ne i :n-
aire talent on tour, went up ; _. I
Dieter, a top Belgian rider. i ,i d
got beaten by Dieter who no I" .
have to face Kiri in his next i. .,n.I
while Bjom advances to face the
current freestyle tour leader of
2010, Mr. Taty Frans himself.
Kiri (Thod6) gave a great show
and moved on, but all eyes were on
Taty vs Bjorn as they sailed neck
and neck, sticking to new school
moves until the crowd made some
noise after Bjorn landed a super
high and fast one-handed double
Taty managed to get some air
moves and combos, but that was
not enough against Bjom's overall
performance. Taty got eliminated
and lost his chance to claim an-
other victory. For Bjom it was
super cool of course and he got
congratulations from Taty straight
away. It was cool to see him smil-
ing. The wind dropped even more
and more heats were cancelled.
It wasn't until late afternoon that
the breeze started to kick in a bit.
The final heats of the single elimi-
nation finally started with a light
late afternoon wind that blew on
and off. Tonky (Frans) was now
facing last year's world champion,
Gollito. It was a heat full of ten-
sion as the conditions started to get
lighter and even more gusty- too
light to continue- and heats were
Winds blew steadily from the early
morning. Tonky lost after missing
two moves while the lighter Gol-
lito was able to get more power in
his moves. Kiri, still on fire, elimi-
nated the Canadian Philip, who
had stopped happy Bjorn and his
flow of fun. The battle for third
was now between Tonky and
Philip perhaps the two best free-
style sailors on the planet.
After lunch time they were at it
again, busting moves in front of
the judges. Philip was sailing at a
good level this time, but Tonky
had some stylish and powerful
moves including one of the latest
tricks called skopu-a kono sliding
into a 540 combination.
I somehow missed seeing this
final heat, but word on the beach
was that Kiri should have won this
one. He and Gollito were both
sailing at a super high level with
the cleanest tricks and combina-
tions. But the Bonairean specialist
didn't win. What a bummer. Gol-
lito became the winner of the first
single elimination on the second
stop of the PWA freestyle tour.
I am starting to think that our boys
perhaps need a manager. There are
way too many issues playing a role
on this tour and I personally
thought that we might get a title
this year, but it ain't over until it's
The third stop will be held on the
beaches of Sotavento, Fuerteven-
tura, which is another Canary Is-
land where our boys have managed
to get previous podium results. I
am sure they are looking forward
to this event as there are some
points to be grabbed before the
Finals. URuben Petrisie
Ruben Petrisie is a
and amateur rapper
from Bonaire who
has been on the
circuit for several
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