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Acting Bonaire Governor Elvis Tjin Asjoe greets a damp Sanikolas upon his arrival at
the Sport Hall on a rainy Saturday, November 27. Swarte Piet is happy to help.





The voting- a e
rights part
of the story in the
last edition of The -
Bonaire Reporter
about the upcoming Referendum
story was wrong. The Reporter
said non-Dutch citizens, legal
Bonaire residents, meeting certain
guidelines, could vote in the up-
coming Referendum.
However, the Referendum Com-
mission during the initial press
conference announced it was de-
cided that only Dutch citizens
could vote on December 17.
Their decision was based on the
Dutch Parliament's recent ruling
that only Dutch citizens can vote
in BES Island elections, even
though foreign resident, non-Dutch
citizens are allowed to vote in
European Dutch local elections.
Critics focused on this as inter-
ference by the "mother country," a
practice discouraged by UN colo-
nialism guidelines. They empha-
size that the December 17 Refer-
endum is not an election, it is an
inquiry to sample the opinion of
Bonairean residents. The Bonaire
Island Council had already decided
to let foreigners with "Antillean
Rights" vote.
But the Referendum Commis-
sion overruled that. Referendum
President Douwe Boersema con-
firmed that only Dutch citizens
can vote in the Referendum.
Disenfranchised were longtime
legal residents of Bonaire who
are citizens of other countries.

1All three political parties on
Saba have expressed their support
of a legal action filed by Bonaire
attorney Michiel Bijkerk in favor
of allowing voting rights in is-
land elections to foreign nation-
als with five years of residency
on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba.
The Windward Island People's
Movement (WIPM) Party, the
Saba Labor Party (SPL) and the
Saba Democratic Party are all in
support of Bijkerk's test case,
challenging the current prohibi-
The lawsuit originates from a

decision of the Second Chamber of
Dutch Parliament that reversed the
stipulation agreed upon by all
three islands allowing foreign na-
tionals with five years of residency
the right to vote in local elections.
"In the WolBES [changes in
Dutch law for the BES islands]
and voting laws it was stated that
foreigners who had been residing
on the island for over five years
would have the right to vote,"
Saba Commission of Constitu-
tional Affairs and WIPM party
leader Chris Johnson said. "At
first, we didn't actually want
[voting rights for foreigners],"
Johnson said. "We said that be-
cause we were not used to this.
Holland was the one that said, 'No
this is the way it's done in Dutch
municipalities, and it should be
done for the islands. But when it
went to the Second Chamber, they
actually turned it back and said
that only Dutch nationals here
would be able to vote."
Officials from Bonaire, Statia
and Saba had agreed to the propos-
als allowing foreign nationals with
five years of residency the right to
vote in local elections prior to the
constitutional transition of 10-10-
10 that saw the islands become
special public municipalities of

) UPB Commissioner Elvis
Tjin Asjoe (above, on right) was
appointed acting Lt. Governor
of Bonaire after he had been
screened according to article 91 of


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All| I yo ,e fiw eedfor Ie Insur
) On Sunday, the RCN re- care, patient transport, repatria-
leased the decision of the tion expenses of the deceased,
Dutch Minister of Health, Wel- audiology center help, genetic
fare and Sport about the con- counseling assistance, dialysis,
tent of the health insurance chronic respiratory problems,
package for the BES Islands rehabilitation care, laboratory
that will become effective on and radiological treatment, long
January 1, 2011. All legal resi- term care and other medical pro-
dents or workers on the islands grams.
will be covered. The sedula (ID
card) will be the form of identifi- After December 13, there will
cation. be an information leaflet avail-
After that date all other health able with details on the content
insurance such as SVB, BOD, of the health insurance package.
PP and the private insurance The RCN is translating these
policies will lapse. documents from Dutch into
Starting this week the RCN Papiamentu and English and
Health Insurance Office begins must be take into account with
an intensive campaign on the complex terminology. If you
three islands to inform the popu- need information before the bro-
lation about the new system of chure is ready visit the health
1' medical care and treatment. The insurance section at website:
information campaign, called www.RiiksdienstCN.com where
"I'm Sure," will not only focus this document can be found. Yoi
on the contents of the package can also call the RCN free infor-
but also what every citizen mation line at 08008-101010 or
should do in order to receive by sending an e-mail to
Medical care. info@RijksdienstCN.com and

The insurance package includes
among other things, general
practitioner and specialist medi-
cal care, hospital care, paramedi-
cal care, dental care, pharmaceu-
tical care, aids care, obstetric

the Law Public Bodies. Tjin As-
joe, who is not a member of the
Island Council, was administered
the oath of office by Lt. Gover-
nor Glenn Thod6 (left).

authorities in Bonaire, St.
Eustatius and Saba are not

they will send you the digital
document. A copy of the docu-
ment is also available in Dutch
on the RCN center counter.
Information will also be offered
to the community through the
newspapers, radio and television.

allowed to force pregnant teen-
age girls from school, Dutch
Minister of Education, Culture
and Science Marja van Bi-
jsterveldt-Vliegenthart told the
Dutch Parliament's Second
Chamber earlier this week. The
Minister stated this in response
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Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Health Insurance Announced
New Bonaire Prosecutor Gonggrijp
Referendum Overview
Grandinan Dinner 7
Congratulations x 2 Twins (van Loo) 8
RCN Answer Line C
Green Label/Warehouse Beautificaton 9
Bonaire Poem 10
Happy Birthday Fleurtje 10
Donation to Animal Farm 10
Venezuelan Ensemble Plays Plaza 11
2n December Holiday Concert 11
Sanicolas Comes to Town 12
Germaine Nijdam Art 13
Palu Planta Day 13
Stichting Project Dinner 15
BrandarisCafe 15
Pelikaan School Winner 18
Letters tothe Editor 18
SSS Training 19
PHU Speaks Out (English & Spanish) 20
NGOs More To Share 21
Nicolaas-Referendum Pusher 21

Flotsam & Jetsam
On the Island Since.. (Aletta van Beeck) 4
Bonairean Voices-Chess 6
Sudoku Puzzle 6
Latin Music Classics-Merry Men E
Bon Quiz #42 (The Future) 7
Did You Know (Tarpon) 7
Body Talk-Too Much Calcium- I1? 7
What's Happening, Cruise Ships 14
Reporter Masthead 14
Classifieds 16
Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times,
Moon Phase 13
Shopping & Service Directory 17
Picture Yourself(Koemarket,Netherlands) 18
Sudoku Solution 17
Bon QuizAnswer 17
Pet ofthe Week (Sammy) 22
Shelter Help Wanted 22
Bonaire On Wheels (Ural motorcyce) 19
Sky Park (Leonid Meteor Showers) 23
Astrology Wzard 23

How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
The Publisher:
Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518 / 786-6518
Available on-line at:
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Next edition printing on
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Story and Ad deadline:
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It may not be ob-
vious but voters
have three choices in
the upcoming Bonaire


Voters will be de-
ciding on the follow-
ing statement:
"I agree with Bonaire becoming a public entity
to conform to Art. 134 of the Dutch constitution."
Simply put, a YES means that the voter is satisfied
with the present arrangement negotiated with the
government of The Netherlands. He or she likes the
education, medical, social, cultural and other
changes the Dutch are doing and planning.

A NO means that he or she wants a different gov-
ernment/state structure of the island or renegotiation
of the terms of the current agreement. No structure
has to be specified, be it complete independence or a
"normal" rather than "special" municipal relationship
with Holland.

A voter can effectively say the Referendum is
NOT FOR ME by simply not voting. If fewer than
50% of the eligible voters vote then the Referendum
is nullified.

Regardless of the vote, the outcome is not legally
binding on The Netherlands or local government,
although emotionally and morally it can be signifi-

Under UN post-colonialism guidelines the "Mother
Country" is forbidden to interfere or influence the

results. However, it appears that the Dutch parlia-
ment, by forbidding Referendum voting rights to non
-Dutch citizens granted earlier by the Bonaire Island
Council, may have done just that.

The forces for NO are led by the organization that
has pushed for a meaningful Referendum for years,
Awor TE'Ora (Now Is The Time). At the heart of
their argument is the fact that the Bonairean are not
getting the form of "direct ties" with The Nether-
lands that they chose in the 2004 Referendum. In-
stead, they are getting integration. And that integra-
tion is not on a par with what European Dutch mu-
nicipalities have.

Up until now the forces for YES have been less
vocal. The current majority party in government ne-
gotiated the present agreement, and the opposition
party signed the accord with the Dutch earlier this
year. The improvements in health care, social bene-
fits and education provided by the direct Dutch tie
are already visible and will increase in 2011. A YES
vote will confirm to the Dutch government that their
support is appreciated.

The new Partido pro Hustisia & Union (Party for
Justice and Union) is against conducting a Referen-
dum at this time. It calls the upcoming Referendum a
poison that has already caused two governments to
collapse. They are advising citizens to boycott the
Referendum. It would send a message of the peo-
ple's disgust with local political antics to island offi-
cials and be inoffensive to the aid-providing Dutch.

"Built-in" to the present agreement is a structural re
-evaluation in five years. And local elections coming
in March 2011 will see new political parties and
give voters a chance to select officials who support
their views. E G.D.
See more on the Referendum in this issue.

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You never know!" were the final
words in a 2005 Reporter story by
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grijp and Jeroen Beumer.
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t the end of the day I ar-
rive at the kunuku and the
sky breaks open; the sun does her
miracle work and Ifeel I am just
an inch away from paradise...
The land is lush; the maishi
chikitu standing up proud, show-
ing off her thick green leaves.
Dragonflies are wavering over
the high grass with diamond
wings. There are a hundred
goats, spreading their distin-
guished musky smell. They're
playing, ,. ,ir,,-. i i,,,,,imo It's
as peaceful as can be an image
of long forgotten days when eve-
11 ii,,ni in life had a simple but
definite purpose.
Then Aletta takes her herd into
the corrals for the night while the
sun goes down behind the hills.
We walk back to the house and
start talking.
"In Amsterdam I was working
as a physiotherapist, but soon
enough I found out that it wasn't
something I enjoyed doing in
Holland. I had been traveling a

lot. I'd lived in Australia for
eight months, I went to Thailand
and I had been to Mongolia, par-
ticipating in the Camel Trophy.
After that I was thinking, 'if this
was possible, the 'unreachable'
will be possible too.' So, when I
was offered the opportunity to
work for Bon Fysio, I came to
Bonaire. I stayed for eight and a
half years with Bon Fysio.
On Bonaire I liked being a
physiotherapist; it was great to be
working in another culture with
the local people. People here
handle their complaints in a dif-
ferent way too. For instance, if I
asked someone who was having
back problems, 'How are you
today?' they would answer
'Fine!' And what about your
back? 'Yeah, okay, my back is
hurting, but I am feeling fine!'"
She laughs. "It makes a big dif-
ference, because the client is not
'the complaint.'
From the very first day I felt at
home more than I'd ever felt at

"...all this ...has been done by

people who have been gracious

and kind people who have

helped me in every possible


home in Holland. Last year,
when Boi Antoin did an inter-
view with me for TV inAwe ku
Ayera, he gave me the most
beautiful compliment; he told me
that I had integrated really well
and that I spoke good Papia-
In 2004 I was living in Mex-
ico (a section of Bonaire) I
started keeping goats. It began as
a hobby which I did with Simone
Sweers from Bon Fysio. We'd
bought 11 goats, Simone did the
cheese and I took care of the
goats." She laughs out loud. "11
goats... ayayay! I wish I still had
11. Where did it go wrong? Well,
one day Simone called it quits
and I wasn't ready for the job
Before 2004 I had traveled fre-
quently to Ecuador and Peru, to
Venezuela and also to Costa
Rica. In Costa Rica I worked on
a farm and it was there that I
learned to milk goats. I liked the
way of living back to the basics
and self supporting. So, I wasn't
willing to give up the idea en-
tirely. I did keep the goats be-
cause I had the feeling I was go-
ing to do something with them
In 2008 I stopped working for
Bon Fysio and I started farming
officially. I had bought a kunuku
at Tras di Montana with the idea

that one day I
would make
my dream
come true. For
years I'd been l
busy trying to
work it out...
on paper. It
was a very big
pink cloud -
but I fell off it
- really hard
and really
fast! It wasn't
the romantic
image of 'little
house on the
prairie!' It was
just plain hard
I remember
sitting under a
tree with a cup
of coffee and
40 goats
around me,
the wilderness
of my land,
'Where shall
I start?'
Margon Muller helped me
many ways to get things goin
and when it came to the point
where I was ready to make th
cheese, I found out I couldn't
it at the kunuku because I did


Aletta milking her goats

have the money for a generator,
so... no electricity for the cool-
ing. I had to find a location in
town. Jan Ockhuijzen offered
me a room in his house for free
- how sweet was that! It was
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g. 4)
supposed to be for three months,
but," she whispers, "it became
two years. I am so glad we're
still friends. Without him I
wouldn't be anywhere right now.
For the last year I've been
making cheese at the kunuku and
it's gone fast ever since. You
know," she looks at me, "for
some reason little angels come
falling out of the heavens every
time I need them. I get help from
all kinds of people Bonairean
and Dutch old and young, but
mostly people over 60 like
Felipe Angela, Buchi Frans and
Victor Emerenciana. My
neighbor Mingie Boezem has
been a great help and so has
Marijke van de Brink whom I
call 'The Cactus Queen.' She
comes to clean the kunuku of
tuna cacti every week.
Then there's Felicia Schutte
who designed my logo and made
my website and Richard Bur-
ger, my technical man, who has
always been there for me and
helped me for free with all my
electrical problems and Maximi
Chirino, my airco angel.
Our mom and dad, as we say
where I come from, have come
every year for three months since
I started here on the farm and
they have been of tremendous
help. When they arrive they look
a bit drab and grey and then they
start flourishing. They become

stronger and more energetic and
they start getting a tan. Of course
I am saying this to make up for
the slavery, because they work
like mules. But by the time they
leave they look at least 10 years
younger and both of them are in
their 70s and they have no farm-
ing background!
Win Emerenciana from Punta
Blancu saved my farm twice by
helping me. When my goats
weren't giving any milk because
the Billy goat didn't do his job,
he told me to milk his goats and
use the milk to make the cheese.
That was something priceless. I
wouldn't exist anymore if it was-
n't for his help. And his chicken
poop makes a great fertilizer!
The people who helped me to
deal with my financial difficul-
ties are Wouter and Bella Tuit.
They've offered me solutions and
real help and because of them I
could carry on.
Last year Peter de Boer came
from Holland to work at the
kunuku. In return I fed him and
he slept here. He stayed for eight
months and together with Rich-
ard Burger he set up the cheese
room in the container. Last week
Peter arrived again and I am ex-
pecting two more volunteers
from Holland.
Lately, Lida Dortmundt is
helping me with the cheese mak-
ing. She's my new 'cheese-girl'
and a great support in many other
ways. We get along fine.

I've been
through many,
many crises,
but, I am still
alive! There has
been a time I
felt I was only
receiving and I
felt guilty about
it, but along the
way I realized,
and it was con-
firmed by the
people who
helped me, that
because of this
place and the
things that are
happening here
and because of what I am doing
and who I am people do feel
they get something in return.
Well, at the moment it's like
this. I have 4.5 hectares, 100
goats and a house. More and
more people are buying the
cheese at Warehouse Bonaire or
it's being ordered at the restau-
rants. If you're eating local goat
cheese it's been made here!
Step by step the Bonairean way
- we are getting there, but you
have to have an awful lot of
stamina and you have to be very
It's a way of life I longed for -
the old fashioned Bonairean
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and make money and so you
have to think of something. For

Some ofAletta's special

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nice, good name and when I was
at the funeral of this old Bo-
nairean lady who had been one of
my first clients at Bon Fysio, I
felt very, very sad because peo-
ple of that generation are slowly
disappearing. But then the pastor
said, 'Roro tabata un hende sem-
per kontentu' (Roro was a person
who was always content), and I
thought, 'Isn't that beautiful
when they say that when you're
dead? I will make that my goal
in life!' And so I named my busi-
ness 'Semper Kontentu', because
I want to be 'semper kontentu' -
always content every day.

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people who have helped me in
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to mention them all with man-
power and financial and material
donations. You wouldn't think it
was possible, but it's true. I've
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Bonaire Reporter- December 3-1 7, 2010



Nadiniila Coffie at her game in Bonaire We asked

W e are in the 21st century, and at
the end of year 2010 we are still
arguing about which flag or organization
our athletes belong to instead of focusing
on the prize. In the past we had to make
sure that we had a federation in which
our athletes could represent our own
country internationally. But that hasn't
been done so today we have to cope with
the situation and focus on the prize, the
prize for real satisfaction and pride for
being able to produce good sportsmen
and athletes. Just as Curacao has pro-
duced great sportsmen and athletes like
Andrew Jones, Jair Jurgens, Hensley
Meulens and Churendy Martina, so Bon-
aire has produce good sportsmen and
athletes like Aneudys Albertina and Shar-
lon Sumter. These are just some we can
mention in our sports in Bonaire, in mar-
tial arts, soccer, baseball, softball, chess
and more.

We have to remember how our athletes
put their hearts and souls to work for
their country, no matter which flag, an-
them or federation. What matters is to
participate, to have belief in yourself, to
do your utmost and win.

A very young lady, only 13 years old,
Miss Nadiniela Coffie, a very experi-
enced chess player, had the privilege of
being be part of the Dutch Antilles dele-
gation two ladies from Bonaire, two
ladies from Curaqao and one substitute -
to participate in a chess tournament in
Russia held from September 20th to Octo-
ber 4 this year. Bonaire was selected by
the International Chess Federation.
Miss Nadiniela Coffie and her mother,
Mrs Rudsela Coffie-Kroon, were the two
ladies representing Bonaire. Both these
well trained ladies participated in the
Chess Olympics in Siberia, Russia, in the
county of Khanty-Mansiysk. Participat-
ing were men's teams from 105 countries
and women's teams from 90 countries,
and every single lady played.

Nadiniela what motivated her to be a
chess player. She replied, "Since I was
six years old my father, Mr. Ronald Cof-
fie, has taught me how to play chess. I
participated in many competitions and
because my mother, Ruthsela Coffie-
Kroon, knows Mr. Serapio Pop she took
me to him for chess lessons, so today Mr.
Pop is my teacher and coach. I've gained
a lot of skill in playing chess and was
able to compete in bigger events like in
Russia. My experience in Russia was
beyond description. I had 10 games to
play. I won 2, tied 2 and lost 6.

I love to play chess. It's a game that
challenges your thinking ability. Most of
the time I've won 2nd place, but my will
to participate makes me strive and to do
my utmost for the next time. In Russia I
had a broad experience and learned from
others who were more experienced than
I. I was helped by so many people in
Russia. In this way I can continue to ad-
vance in the chess world."

Mr. Pop, captain of the men's Dutch
Antilles team which also participated in
the games, commented, "Nadiniela is a
very talented young girl for her age, and
the experience she gained in Russia will
make her advance in chess games as she
grows older. Special thanks to
Nadiniela's sponsors: Maduro & Curiel's
Bank, F.W.N.B. and Tung Fung Store,
who believed in Nadiniela's skills and
paid for Nadiniela trip to Russia.
Nadiniela admonishes more children to
be part of the club. More children with
more opportunity to learn more from
others. It's always fun to have others join
the club and this way the club grows. If
we focus on helping young children to
participate in international events we are
focusing on putting our country on an
international scale, for having strong men
and women who are prepared to demon-
strate that we can challenge everyone, no
matter in which country we have to com-

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At their height they were popular not just
throughout the Caribbean, but they had
also managed to reach the number one
spot on the charts of several European
Their trademark sound is an upbeat form
of calypso, reminiscent of what was
popular in the Caribbean in the late 60s
and early 70s. They have produced sev-
eral memorable covers in this style, in-
cluding versions of "Island in the Sun,"
"Jamaica Farewell," "Hot Hot Hot," and
"Mary's Boy Child."
In addition to their characteristic sound,
they are also known for the distinctive
costumes they wear while performing
and on promotional photographs. For
many years The Merrymen played regu-
lar shows aboard the Jolly Roger cruise
in Barbados, but now they have a much
more limited appearance schedule, per-
forming at the Graeme Hall Nature Sanc-
tuary in an after hours dinner show.

Jody's Music Quiz
This week's question:
In 1965 / 1966 "The Merrymen" had a
big hit all over the world.
What was the title of this song?
Please send your answer to:
infokijodvsbonaire.com and be entered
in a drawing to win a CD of your own
choice in Jody's shop at Lagoen Hill #18.
The winner of this week's contest will be
announced in the next edition
of The Reporter.
Last week's answer: The big hit of the
Soca Boys was "Follow The Leader".
Unfortunately there's no winner of the
free CD.. U Jo Bux

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As you enter main street, in downtown
Kralendijk look to your left, you will
notice this interesting looking monument.
It has a tiny port hole on the east side.
Take a peek inside. It's a time capsule...
In 2001 members of the Bonaire commu-
nity had the opportunity to place a letter
or a photo inside this Capsule, to be
opened years later.


Which International Organiza-
tion on Bonaire donated this
monument to the Bonaire peo-

Answer on page 19

Christie Dovale

BonQuiz appears regularly in The
Reporter. It's prepared by Christie
Dovale of Island Tours. To arrange a
tour, contact her via
her website:
naire.com Phone 717- .
4435 or 795-3456
Email: christie-


To solve the puzzle, enter the
numbers 1 through 9 to the par-
tially filled in puzzle without
repeating a number in any row,
column or 3 x 3 region. An-
swer on page 19.

3 6 5
6 4
2 7 1
18 3
5 4 1
8 9 1 2
9 3
7 1 5
1 87 6
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Body Talk



... Continued

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Previously I suggested you check
your salivary calcium what did
you find? Remember, a foamy saliva is
an indication of a calcium absorption
problem. As there is usually more than
enough calcium in the average diet, the
actual absorption of calcium is influ-
enced by a few important factors.
The thyroid/parathyroid gland is re-
sponsible for calcium utilization by the
body. When these glands begin to fail
from the mucus congestion, toxins and
inflammation that dairy products create,
your calcium utilization begins to fail -
which is the opposite result of why you
consume these products in the first
place! When a lack of calcium utiliza-
tion at the cellular level begins, a host of
conditions including depression, bone
and tissue weaknesses, nerve and mus-
cular weakness and connective tissue
weakness are just a few of the symp-
Calcium is an abundant mineral. It is
found in 100 milligrams or more per
serving in Bok choy, broccoli, all types
of cheese, figs, nuts, salmon, sardines,
spinach, yogurt, sesame seeds, sea vege-
tables (kelp) and much more.
So, even though you think there is
enough calcium in your diet, and you
supplement, why is there a deficiency?
Over acidity, from an unbalanced diet,
is probably the biggest culprit. For ex-
ample, cows' milk has a lot more cal-
cium than magnesium, upsetting that
very delicate balance between the min-
erals and absorption. It is estimated that
we only utilize about 20% of calcium in
milk, whereas we utilize more calcium
from fruit juice. When milk is cooked
(pasteurized) the minerals become ion-
ized, changing its effect from alkaline to
acidic and causes congestion and not
just useless to the body, but also harm-
Low calcium is also directly related to
an Anaerobic Imbalance where a per-
son's body relies on fermentation to

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calcium aspartate
produce energy. Since calcium levels
are high in the blood, there is high uri-
nary excretion of calcium. A blood test,
looking for a calcium deficiency will of
course show adequate levels of calcium,
but remember, 99% of body calcium is
in bone, not blood!
Calcium also competes with numerous
other minerals like potassium and mag-
nesium for absorption, and long-term
supplementation or dietary intake of
excess calcium will disturb that delicate
balance. Certainly people with a history
of kidney disease including kidney
stone formation and diabetics should
take extra care when supplementing
with calcium.
So what exactly are the differences
between all those different types of cal-
cium on the market? There is evidence
that 90% of calcium aspartate is ab-
sorbed, compared to 5% to 25% of con-
ventional calcium supplements. Cal-
cium aspartate absorption is also not
vitamin D dependant. (Sunlight is im-
portant for calcium absorption). Other
forms of calcium are calcium orotate,
and calcium glycerophosphate which
are all physiologically effective and cost
effective. In the next issue we will talk
about the role of each of these calcium
supplements, sources of calcium and
their effects on the body (both positive
and negative), and take a closer look at
the relationship between calcium, potas-
sium and magnesium in the body.
To be continued... 0
Stephanie Bennett ,

Author Stephanie Bennett was born in Cape Town, South Africa,
where she studied herbs, minerals and nutrition. Before moving
to Bonaire she continued her studies in the UK and now re-
searches Bonaire health issues. She is the owner of the Es-
sence Nutritional Center

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Did You Know?...
hat tarpons are able to breath air?
Most fish contain gas-filled swim
bladders that help them adjust their buoy-
ancy through mechanisms similar to a
scuba diver's BCD. However, tarpon
have been around for so long (some sci-
entists estimate at least 20 million years!)
that they have been able to adapt their
swim bladders for air breathing.
When swimming close to the
surface, these ocean giants are able to
open their mouths and take in gulps of
air. The tarpon can then dive back down,
forcing the air into the swim bladder.
Because the bladder is covered in tiny
blood vessels, much like the human lung,
air can easily diffuse into the bloodstream
and reach the vital organs. Researchers
believe that this mechanism could be an

important link in the evolutionary chain
that led to life on land. Although this
process is quite useful in waters with low
oxygen content, it is rather energy-
intensive and therefore gill-breathing is
used much more frequently.
* Ian Kroll
Ian Kroll is a junior majoring in ;1"I .. .i.
with minors in Mathematics and Literary
Forms, at Vassar College in New York. He
is currently studying at CIEE Research
Center Bonaire and hopes to become a
veterinarian specializing
in marine mammals.
Amongst other things, he
will greatly miss the beau-
tiful island sun when he is
forced to return back to F
the frigid New York winter
in January.

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F or the last five years Delno Tromp
has organized a Christmas dinner in
December for the seniors of Bonaire. Last
year 116 guests enjoyed the celebration
held at Sunset Restaurant at Den Laman.
This year it's hoped that 127 grandinan
will be able to be served and to have a
small gift. It will be on December 15,
again at Sunset Restaurant.
But for this to happen it will cost $20
per person. So if you can help by being

a sponsor it would be much appreci-
ated. Send your guilders, dollars, what-
ever, to Mike Gaynor at Chat 'n Browse in
Hato at the Sand Dollar Mini Mall. Call
Mike at 717-2281 or 701-2281. Or you
can email him at info(@ichatnbrowse.com
or Delno Tromp at delno33(ivahoo.com.

Ten kids from the Bonaire Outreach
group will be there to help serve. Will you
help provide the meal? 0 L.D.

(Bonaire Voices
Continued from page

Now Nadiniela
and others from
her club are pre-
paring to compete
in Central Ameri-
can and Caribbean
tournaments. We
hope with the new
changes that our
local sports will
be included in the
budget by the lo-
cal government
and supported by
the VWS, the
ministry of the Nadiniela, another competitor and
Dutch Kingdom for Nadinidla's mother in Russia
Health, Welfare and
Sport, which has the Send your comments to The
task of making sure that these areas Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box
will be well taken care of. 0 407, Bonaire, or email report
Siomara Albertus

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iara Air, an Aruban Airline that has been flying
between Bonaire and Aruba for several years,
has proven to be on time, have good accommodations
and sympathetic employees.
On the night of November 26th, Tiara Air held a
cocktail party for its host Bonaire. Mr. Alejandro
Muyale, Managing Director & Account Manager,
opened the night's ceremony welcoming the guests.
He and his sales manager are more then pleased the
way Bonaire has used the services of Tiara Air. Tiara
Air has served as weekend getaway for many Bo-
nairean people and now there's also the possibility of
going to Aruba in the morning on Sundays and com-
ing back the same evening. Mr. Muyale hopes also to
broaden the service for Bonaire tourists who like to
come to Bonaire for diving.
The many different airlines that come from the
States can be used to connect to Bonaire from many
US cities on a daily basis.
With a warm applause the night closed with the
famous Aruban male singer, Jossy Brokke, who sang
for the audience and introduced his new CD.
We hope to see more of Tiara Air service in the
future. SiomaraAlbertus

O ld timers say the rainy weather of the past three months is
typical of times long past. In those days Bonaireans grew
much of their own food and fodder for their animals. Bonaire was
actually a net exporter of food that included melons, green vegeta-
bles, fruit and goat meat.
Today the rain is a bane for tourists, although the SCUBA di-
vers are not much bothered. It's flooded the roads, some shops,
leaked through roofs and caused the Sanikolas arrival ceremony to
be held indoors.
Kunukeros (farmers) call the rain a mixed blessing. It's filling
the dams, greening the grass, but until it lets up the soil is too wet
to plant.
You can find out first-hand about Bonaire agriculture by
attending the open house at Kriabon, the Bonaire Farmers'
Cooperative on Saturday, December 11, from 10 am to 6 pm.
Details in the Happenings section on page 14. U G.D.

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
to questions by Member of Parliament
Ineke van Gent of the green left party Gro-
enLinks. Van Gent referred to Dutch media
reports of pregnant teenage girls who had
been sent away by school authorities.
A visit to the SGB will confirm that preg-
nant girls are not being, and have not been,
dismissed from the school because of their

P Commercial banks and currency
exchange offices in The Netherlands
are no longer accepting the Antillean
guilder. The Antillean guilder is still the
official currency in Curaqao, St Maarten
and the BES Islands. According to the
exchange office of GWK Travelex, the
Central Bank of Curaqao and St. Maarten
is to be blamed.

1 THE HAGUE--A majority in Par-
liament wants the Queen to be restricted
to ceremonial duties only, it emerged dur-
ing a parliamentary debate two weeks ago.
Only the ruling Peo-
ple's Party for Freedom
and Democracy, the
VVD, Christian Democ-
rat CDA and two minor
Christian parties want
the Queen to continue in
her present role as for-
mal head of the govern-
ment and retain her
membership in important
advisory committees.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte said later that
he did not want any changes in the Queen's
role. The Queen does not have any political
power and every monarch is free to do the
job as he or she deems fit, Rutte said.

) THE HAGUE--Some 23 million
people worldwide speak Dutch on a daily
basis, according to research by language
lobby group Nederlandse Taalunie. In total,

some form of Dutch is spoken in 18 coun-
tries, a Taalunie spokesperson said. For
example, in the region of Dunkirk in north-
ern France, people speak a Dutch dialect,
and Namibian Afrikaans is also a living
language. In the former colony of Suriname,
Dutch is the first language of 60% of the
population, but an estimated 90% can speak
it, Taalunie said.

0 The lingering Fiji-Zambizi cases
have taken still another bizarre turn.
Now they are part of the Dutch Scorpio
investigation. Albert de Groof was arrested
last year on Bonaire on suspicion of illegal
trading in gold and money laundering as
part of the Fiji investigation. He has been in
jail all this time although no trial has been
held. Now he is to be transferred to the
Netherlands for trial.
De Groof and consultant Willem van
Wijngaarden were arrested in September
last year on Bonaire. After months of incar-
ceration van Wijngaarden was freed but his
trial is now set for 2 March 2011. Charges
against Bonaire politicians Ramonsito Booi
and Burney El Hage in the same case were
recently dropped with prejudice.

0 With the addition of the arrival of the
P&O line's cruise ship Azura on November
30 and her sister ship Ventura the expected
number of cruise ships tourists for the
2010-2011 season has reached 228,972
visitors. This is about four times the number
of fly-in visitors and 15 times the size of the
population of Bonaire.

SMarjolein Hayden from the Antillean
Wine & Food Company (AWC) reports
that AWC has received the Limoncello
from Sicily, Balsamic vinegar, olive oil
from Tuscany and Sicily, pinot grigios
from Villa Sandi and La Gioiosa. Other
wines are arriving daily.

)The holiday season has let us welcome

Information Line is
now completely free for
wire and cellular lines.
Just dial 08008-101010
from Monday-Friday,
1:15 pm -5:15 pm to ask
questions about the
changes resulting from
the 10-10-10 integration
with The Netherlands.
The RCN contracted
with Mrs. Roosje van
der Hoek (in photo) to
handle the calls. She'll
respond in Papiamentu,
Dutch or English and try
to get you your answer
within 24 hours.
Some of the answers to the most
frequently asked questions are in regards to
staying on the island, residency, medical

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) For Christmas the Richter Art Gal-
lery is featuring a number of special items,
including handmade holiday art ornaments
and a new line of jewelry featuring dive and

some new advertisers.
* Germaine Nijdam Art
* Go Green Healthfood Supermarket
* The Brandaris Caf6 and
* Dive Friends Bonaire with their four
locations and two retail stores
Check their ads in this issue and pay them
a visit.

care, taxes and Bonaire's new address:
'Caribisch Nederland' or 'Dutch Caribbean'.
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Bonaire motifs, as well as the new calen-
dars. The Richter Art Gallery can be
reached via hll .. ih lic Art.com or

)Based on an email received from a Re-
porter reader, we believe a classified ad for
free bulldog puppies that appeared in the
two past editions of The Reporter is a
scam. Beware!

0 Thanks for patronizing Reporter ad-
vertisers. It's they who keep it "Still
Free!"E G./L. D.

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Bart, Bowse, DJ and Ruland (Bob) from Wanna Dive and Sorobon Beach at DEMA

) Bonaire had a big exhibit at the recent "The Diving Equipment & i k,. i,,i
Association "(DEMA) trade show in Las Vegas from November 17 h to the 20th. The
Bonaire delegation included representatives from Belmar Ocean Front Apartments,
Bonaire Eco Experience, The Bonaire Municipal Government (represented by
Commissioner Anthony Nicolaas), Bonaire Partners, BONHATA, Buddy Dive
Resort, Budget, Captain Don's Habitat, Caribbean Club Bonaire, Dive Friends
Bonaire, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, Insel Air, Island Express, Plaza
Resort Bonaire, Sand Dollar Condominiums, Sorobon Beach Resort Bonaire, the
TCB, Tiara and Wanna Dive Bonaire. According to reports from the event the
tourism business for Bonaire is expected to be good in 2011. For more information
about DEMA visit www.dema.org.

T they're neighbors who give a helping by our current season of heavy rains.
hand. The beautification of the park- Thank you, Green Label and Warehouse
ing lot at Warehouse Bonaire was made a Bonaire for giving us some nature to en-
reality by Ap van Eldik and his crew joy. Green Label has been making the
from Green Label. What a welcome sight, island more beautiful for the last 11
being made all the more lush and green years. E

Bonaire Reporter- December 3-17, 2010

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La Cuarda Venezolana

Ensemble Plays Bonaire

Plaza Resort-November 20,
T he Venezuelan ensem-
ble, La Cuadra Vene-
zolana, this past Saturday
evening performed a varied
repertoire of lively Latin and
Antillean traditional music
for an enthusiastic Bonaire
audience at Plaza Resort's
Cacique Hall. Compositions
ranged from sprightly
valsess" and island-inspired
"marenques" to jazz fusion
and even a "Barroco-joropo-
Folklore" played out from recurrent
themes of Johan Sebastian Bach.

La Cuadra drew selections for their
Bonaire concert from traditional
valsess," "marenqeus," and "joropos" of
well-known twentieth century Venezue-
lan composers. The group began the
evening with "Juliana" (vals) of Lionell
Velasco, the essence of a sprightly
waltz, off set by refrains of deep pathos.
Later the first portion of the program
was ended by "La Cabra Mocha" by
Siman Diaz with the players exiting the
stage seriatim as their individual parts in
the composition ended. Sandwiched in
between were traditional "danzas,"
"Polo Oriental" from folklore and a new
"merenque" composition by the ensem-
ble's bassist, Miguel Gonzales.

Following the intermission, the ensem-
ble seemed literally to come into its
own, among themselves and with an
energized and wholly involved audience
in Cacique Hall's intimate setting. Bril-
liant virtuoso performances of flutist
Nicaulis Alliey, violinist Jose Escalona
and cuarto/guitarist Juver Ulacio by
turns became duets, then trios and then
well honed quartets with bassist Miguel
Gonzales as these performers played to
and with each other as a unified magnet
to their audience. Another contemporary
"merenque" and a "vals-joropo" by
bassist Miguel Gonzales and an extraor-
dinary Bach-fusion original brought the
hall into a fusion of its own. Departing
from the printed program, the group
played a popular piece by well-known
Curamao composer and singer, Rudy
Plaate, bringing the audience itself into
song, followed by standing ovations.

La Cuadra's musicians hail from
Maricaibo, Venezuela; however, they

are all classically trained and have stud.
ied and performed in a variety of loca-
tions in Latin America and Europe. U
Robert Gilmour

Second Annual

December Holiday Concert

B onaire's second annual December
Holiday Concert will be held Satur-
day, December 18, 2010, 7:30 pm at Plaza
Resort Bonaire's Cacique Hall, featuring
local musicians, performing classical
European and traditional Antillean music
(rhythmical songs of tumba, krioyo, simi-
dan, bari, walz and danza tradition) all
"with a taste of Christmas."

Guest keyboardist Felix Faassen, who
has performed in France and Mexico as
organist in the Rare Groove Orchestra,
will join his father, Hans Odin Faassen,
in a special rendition of Johann Sebastian
Bach. The elder Faassen gave a solo piano
recital on Bonaire last October.

Gebby I Su Streanan, a well-known lo-

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7p.--aa C.. a SERVICES NV.

cal band will play Antillean dances and
Christmas music in classical tradition.
The group's leader, Cabriel (Gebby)
Seleh on piano will be joined by Hubert
(Ibi) de Palm on guitar and bas; Roberto
(Papachi) Salsbach on kwarta and bass;
Norbert (Norbis) Goyla on wiri, rasp
and maraca and Genaro Anthony Percus-
sion will play conga, timbaal and com-

Local prodigy pianist Grep Linkels --
just 8 years old -- will perform a piece for
four hands by Fritz Spindler, the other
two hands provided by Grep's piano
teacher, Hans Faassen.

Bonaire's renowned Silver Bullet Steel
Band will perform a repertoire of instru-
mental melodies of local and Caribbean
composition. Started in the village of Tera
Kora over 50 years ago, the Silver Bullet
has performed in locations well beyond
the local islands in the US, Venezuela,
Columbia, Chile and elsewhere.

Tutti Frutti, the "pearls from Rincon," an
immensely popular local group, now
known in The Netherlands as well after
their 2009 tour, will perform a medley of
Bonairean rhythmical songs with a special
program for this concert.

For those who still need more, there will
be an after party with Gebby I Su Stre-

The December Holiday 2010 Concert is
organized by the Classical Music Board
Bonaire, which will have tickets available
on line at
www.ClassicalMusicBonaire.com for
NAf30 each; children accompanied by
parents, NAfl0. Tickets may also be pur-
chased at Addo's Books and Toys and
Flamingo Bookstore (Kaya Grandi), also
at the reception desk at Plaza Resort Bon-

The next concert in the Classical Music
Board Series will feature Jan Brokken, an
Antillean music critic and analyst, and
three of the Dutch Antilles premier pian-
ists, Livio Hermans Johnny Klein-
moedig and Willem Statius Muller on
Saturday, January 28, 2011 at 8 pm, also
at Plaza Resort's Cacique Hall. U
Robert Gilmour

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n some places the holiday
season starts with the clatter
of cash registers. In Bonaire it
begins with the sound of drums
and clapping, cheering children.
As has been traditional for 16
years now Sanikolas and his atten-
dants, the black faced Swarte
Pieten (Black Petes) arrived in
Bonaire last Saturday, November

But this time, the first time ever
in the last 16 years, heavy down-
pours of rain nearly blocked their
visit, which has always been by
boat, arriving at the Town Pier and
in bright sunlight. SEBIKI, the
organization which was doing all
the planning and organizing for
the event, was thrown a nearly
insurmountable challenge: How
and where will the island's chil-
dren greet Sanikolas? It was early
Saturday morning. The rain con-
tinued to pour down and skies
were completely clouded over.
The arrival was to be around 3 pm.
Would the rain stop in time for
Sanikolas to arrive by boat?

Finally, at 11 am the SEBIKI
committee decided to change the
venue to the Sporthall for 3 pm.
The word was out. Friends called
friends, it was announced on the
radio. The result: more than a
thousand people children and
adults found their way to the

The Reporter's mailing
assistant, Ava Rose Wuyts,
loved the show

Sporthall for games, face painting,
dancing, singing, playing, awaiting
the arrival of The Saint.

Then around 4 the excitement
built to a crescendo with the soul
stirring drum and bugle corps, the

honking of cars, the jeep with tic.
old gentleman and a bus carryir!.
the Swarte Pieten. Arriving at ti>
entrance to the Sporthall Saniko-
las, looking a bit wet and bedra. -
gled, was helped out of the jeep Ia
Acting Lt. Governor Elvis Tjin-. -
tjoe and the head Swarte Piet wli.
handed him his miter hat. The
crowd went wild. He'd made it
after all.
Inside the Sporthall the exciterrcil
continued with the Swarte Piete n
doing their jigs, their antics,
swinging their sacks and ropes ..ir.l
teasing the children. The enterta ii-
ment went on until 6:30 pm.

Sanikolas and his
Swarte Pieten will
return to Spain, from
whence they came, on
December 5, after
visiting the hospital,
old folks home,
schools and other
Great thanks to
the wonderful, tire-
less workers of SE-
BIKI, the SBO stu-
dents, Happy Peo-
ple, Bonairean
Youth and all the
other volunteers.
You had an incredi-
ble challenge and
you made it turn out
Laura DeSalvo

The Wondrous Swarte Pieten


Bonaire Reporter- December 3-17, 2010

LAGOEN HILL # 57 & 58

Large detached villa and two
holiday homes

Asking price:

ANG 1.602.050,-

US $ 895,000
buyers costs not Included

Quier and friendly neighborhood

Solar system for partial electncily supply

Cozy large terrace and big garden

Communal pool

Good rental possibilities


Page 12

Rvr n C O'P4

Germaine Nijdam, Artist And

Driftwood Art Pioneer
T here have been be seen and purchased in Hol-
many who have land (www.marria.nl) and Cura-
done and are doing gao.
driftwood art, but Cura- Her atelier and home in Santa
qao-born Germaine Barbara at Kaya Onix #1 is full
Nijdam was the original of surprises. The high natural
pioneer and her work stone wall encompasses a fasci-
stands out as classic, .
pieces of that art. "Of 4 ., I I-
course," Germaine says, i Il c I 'i ,' ,l 1 !l
"there is such fun and .Ih .II.I
excitement in beach-
combing, never know-
ing what you'll find, v
that it's no wonder so ,, .
many people do it!" But ,, ,,.
Germaine is a true and ,, -, 1 .
serious artist in her own
right and that shows in
her work with those
natural materials cast up
on our beaches.
Inspired by her artist
grandfather, Germaine
started painting at an
early age and by the
time she returned to the
Caribbean and Bonaire all.! ., Icii c'Ii !i i i c ., ,. i ., c'
in Portugal she started paili .i Ii 1.].n Lii..i i Lc C h' -
canvas, then became entr., I ic I. I 1..ii i 1 .,I.-.I.
with driftwood. "I was do.._ I. i I. !I III I I-I ,
myself at first," Germain, c .c lc I .r..I Iic.i ,
plains, "then I was makir .'ci.c_ Ii..I., I., I .cci ,i
for friends, and that's ho l1 c l, ii . i ,.,.I
began!" Now it's chairs, '.c i-, L .i.,.. i. I ..i ..I t .,ii ..-., I .1
shelves, lamps, tables as cil .. 1.. ic ,., 1 I.L L .....l, I.
her driftwood framed oil .. l I IL ..'' L' IIILc I 'l
acrylic paintings of the irlcn .c c i i.. ..I.i II .c III c i c -
dark blue/light blue lines I Ic 1,.. mii.,n .i i ..in..I i <..i.i.I
Caribbean horizon for wl'ih I. Ic Ic..h .r ..I i. I! .111 L.,I .

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Planta Palu
"m11 Ti2811 1F";cBt"ZP"Ppr~

n Sunday, November 21, the Ban Boneiru Bek Foundation,
TCB, STINAPA and others put on a wonderful Tree Planting
(Palu Planta) Festival at the Washington/Slagbaai National Park
despite rainy weather. In the photo Commissioner James Kroon and
tree art winner, Gabriel Guarenas, plant one of the trees. U G.D.

I I I b oo1

Bonaire Reporter- December 3-17, 2010


Beautiful luxury condo on
oceanfront location

Asking price:

ANG. 934.500.-

USS 525,000
buyers costs not included
* 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms

* Stylishly furnished

* Communal pool

* Covered terrace offering a stunning view

* Great rental possibilities


Page 13


Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park
Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-
8489, 540-9800.
S Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
Rincon Marsh6-6 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-
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 Bon-
aire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796-
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value
* Meet the Captain Night at Cap-
tain Don's Habitat Bar- Get up close
and personal with Bonaire's dive pioneer.
The Captain 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 cen-
ter present a multimedia slide presenta-
tion about Buddy's House Reef pool bar
Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080
Wednesday Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire (STCB) presents an infor-
mative slide show: Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire, at 8pm, every 2nd and 4th

hpae yunvr1aet4vstte


Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Fridays and Cruise Ship Visiting
Days-usually 10 am until ship departure.
Day Date Ship Arr Dep PAX Cap
Mon Dec-06 Aida Vita 0800 1600 1260
Ventura 0800 1800 3100
Wed Dec-08 Noordam 0700 1400 1918
Carib- 1100 2000 3100

Fri Dec-10 Grandeur 0700 1600 2446
of the

Oceana 0800 1800 1950
Tue Dec-14 Emerald 1200 2000 3100
Thu Dec-16 Sea Prin- 0800 1800 2016
Fri Dec-17 Friday 0900 1400
Every Sun.
Every Sun. through Scientology
through 0630 2200 150
Tuesa Spring 2011 Freewinds
Tuesday III

Ronald Verhoeven Art Exhibit, Kas di
Arte, until December 5. Open Tuesday-
Friday, 10 am-noon & 2-7 pm. Saturday 10
am-noon. Kaya J.N.E. Craane #34 (on the
Wil Dijkstra Exhibition, Plaza Resort, until
April 1, 2011
Kaminda di Arte (Art Trail) every third
Sunday of the month until June 2011. Visit
artists' homes and studios. Information:
Karel de Regt: 717-5785 / 788-4477, ka-
rel@flamingotv.net, or Fred v.d. Broek: 788
-2536, fredvdbroek48@hotmail.com

Call For Appointment
Driftwood and Art by Germaine Nijdam,
Kaya Onix 1, Republiek, Santa Barbara. 717
-2203, 786-1714, Email:
Fine Art & Portraits by Renate van der
Bijl, 717-6500, www.renatevanderbijl.com
JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7, 717-5246
Jose Atelier, Kaya Aleksandrit 6, Re-
publiek, open Saturdays, 10-3 Tel. 785-6670

Wednesday in the conference room at
Captain Don's Habitat (717-8290)

MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015 or
796 5681

AA meetings every Wednesday at 7pm.
Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning 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 location.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Re-
nata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette

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Bonaire Reporter- December 3-17, 2010

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,
12:15-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach Re-
sort in Peter Hughes meeting room up-
stairs above the dive shop. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 701-1100.
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
Beck, at 786-2953.

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kral-
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 Bonaire,
at SGB High School auditorium (Kaya
Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya Korona.) Sun-
day 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
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sun-
day 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

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel:790-6518, 786-6125

Stichting Project Dinner



The Brandaris Cafe at Kaya Libertador
Simon Bolivar #22 has expanded.
Once a small takeout cafe next to Jong Bon-
aire for the last 10 years, it's now expanded
into a comfortable, spotless family-like din-
ing room. Henry and Myrian from Vene-
zuela have operated the popular little place
for the last 10 years, but now it's turned into
a place to relax and enjoy the good local
krioyo food, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Particularly interesting and delicious are the
specials of Pabell6n (Venezuelan crioyo),
and according to Henry, it's the only place
on the island selling real Venezuelan empa-
nadas with chicken, beef, cheese or ham and
cheese. Try them for breakfast especially.
Every day there is a special dish on the
Breakfast and lunch are served every day,
Monday through Saturday. For breakfasts
there are sandwiches, the famous empana-
das, pastechis, croquettes. Lunch features
local food fish, goat, chicken and beef
with traditional sauces. Dinners, served

Wednesday through Saturdays, feature a
Terrace Grill with four different meats,
chicken rotisserie, ribs, fish, filet mignon,
hamburgers shish kabob. Don't miss the
desserts Dulce Three Leches and the
Venezuelan specialty, Quesillo. All drinks
are available coffee, tea, wine, beer, alco-
holic drinks
For corporate groups and friends who
want to get together to celebrate the sea-
son Brandaris Cafe is offering a special
Christmas Buffet Menu featuring some
very special Venezuelan dishes. Groups
up to 30 can enjoy the family ambiance in
a private setting for just their group. For
more information call them at 717-4596 or
email HenrvMendoza.Bonaire@gmail.com

Stop in and say hello to Henry and Myr-
ian, have a drink, a coffee and try some of
their delicious dishes. (More information
on page 10) U Laura DeSalvo

B onaire's award-winning youth
help foundation, the Stichting
Project, is pulling out all the stops for
their fund raising dinner in December.
Don't forget to sign up as soon as pos-
sible for this terrific dinner event that
will be held on Tuesday night, Decem-
ber 14, at 7 pm (19.00) at "Les Restau-
rant De Bonairiaan." That's the charm-
ing street side restaurant the students set
up on Kaya J.A. Abraham, just north of
the Divi Flamingo Hotel.

Stichting Project leaders are hoping
the special dinner will draw supporters
and sponsors. The profits of this evening
will benefit the activities of the Stichting
The youngsters participating in the
Project will voluntary dedicate them-
selves that evening for you to enjoy the
quality of "Les Restaurant De Bo-

The chef and the youngsters will prepare
an exclusive four-course meal and pro-
vide you with drinks before and during
dinner and coffee and sweets after.
Besides attending yourself, this is also a
perfect chance to honor your employees
and clients with a special dinner.
The price for the evening will be NAf
125,, all inclusive, per person (of course,
it is also possible to donate a higher
amount for the dinner) and there will be a
maximum of 60 participants accepted.

Those interested can make reservations at
"Les Restaurant De Bonairiaan." Or call
717-6921 / 786-6816
E-mail: stichtingproject@iflamingotv.net

Hope to see you that night at Les
Restaurant De Bonairiaan. 0 G.D.

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Bornare natural & organic shop

Your Healthy Food Supermarket
Find the best in organic and biotic cereals, oils,
yogurt, cheeses, grains and diet products and
much, much more. Home made sandwiches,
salads and fresh juices too.

Kaya Lib. Simon Bolivar 26
Across from Catholic Church
Phone: 717-2222 '
Open: Mon. to Fri. 9am to 7pm
Sat. and Sun. 10am to 4pm

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With 4 locations
and 2 retail stores
a door-step away to
your ultimate dive

Without Blue

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Page 15

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

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

Starting from NAf6,50 per
meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-
Web site:
www. chinanobobonaire. com

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

Atelier Jos6
Kaya Aleksandrit 6, Republiek.
Local art, mosaics, driftwood and
more. Open: Saturdays 10-3p.m,
or call 785-6670 for appointment

Rentals, Property
Young expecting working couple look-
ing for 2-Bdrm semi-furnished home
in neat and quiet neighborhood. $900
excl. March 1,2011. Pets allowed.
Please contact us: carlan-

Furnished house for rent in quiet,
centrally located area, 3 bedrooms, 2
bathrooms, front and back porch, tel:

Five Brand New Apartments, 4 min-
utes walking from the Beach & Hotels.
2 Bed Rooms, High End Furnishings,
Full Air Conditioning, LCD TV in
Bedroom, Living Room, Wireless
Internet, Full Alarm System, Built-in
Kitchen Cabinets and Hot Water. For
more information call 700-7200 Busi-
ness hours 8:30am till 12:30 pm, 2:00
pm till 6:30 pm. Rent $1000 per

STUDIO for one person available to
rent DEC 21 on. Best price on the is-
land. Kitchenette, TV airco, laundry
room. famouscaptain(igmail.com

q Bonaire souvenirs and gift
giving made easy!
Are you looking for unique

B onaire souvenirs and
gifts? Did you forget some
Sone on your souvenir
U T D( K list? Did you run out of roc
in your suitcase? Are you
S I missing Bonaire? We will
SO N 11RE bring a little piece of Bonai
DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT! paradise to you! We have created
beautiful unique items featuring in-
AYAIN AVNG CUMNC APP credible professional photographs of
PARK TOURS LN MOUNT RSN BKING WATCHONAL Bonaire and marine life. Check out
I our notebooks, water bottles, totes,
Tel (599) 791-6272 785-6272 cards, and more. Visit us on line at
i.,,.n...ouldoorbonaire.com www.bonairegifts.com

Fine art and
portraits by
Renate van der Bijl.

SFor more information
i visit my website:

tel. 717-6500




Ford Ranger pickup for sale. 2002, 3L-
6Cyl, 80.000 km
Airco, stereo, new tires. Perfect condi-
tion. NAf 15.400, Call 786-2844 or 717-

2 cars Must sell. 2002 Chevrolet
Cavalier, only 49,00 miles $4,500 1998
Ford Escort $2500. or best offer. phone

Female, seeking female roommate to
share expenses in your place, or we can
find one together. English/Dutch. 788-
1069 ... islandgirlsuzy@gmail.com

For Sale or Rent- Located at Hato,
small house or studios. Open house on
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from
11-2pm. Also paintings.
Tel. 717-2529

Tables with wreck wood are back again,
3 sizes milk white. Open house on
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from
11-2 pm. Also paintings. Tel. 717-2529
Herman. Located at Hato, K. Utrecht 25

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.
Call 790-6518 or 790-8988 or email info@bonairereporter.com

Day High Low High Low High Sunrise Sunset
December 03:18 /- 10:35 / 19:34 /- 23:55 /
Fri 03 0.00 ft 1.24 ft 0.13 ft 0.11 ft 6:41 18:09
03:43 / 11:23 / 20:36 /-
Sat 04 _0.05 ft 1.26 ft 0.19 ft 6:42 18:09
02:04 / 03:53 / 12:13 / 21:32 /-
Sun 05 0.11 ft 0.11 ft 1.24 ft 0.24 ft New Moon 6:43 18:09
13:03 / 22:22 /-
Mon 06 1.19 ft 0.26 ft 6:43 18:10
13:53 / 23:06 /-
Tue 07 1.12 ft 0.25 ft 6:44 18:10
14:41 / 23:44 /-
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07:00 / 08:24 / 15:27 /
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00:16 /- 06:59 / 10:26 / 16:10 /
Fri 10 0.20 ft 0.46 ft 0.43 ft 0.83 ft 6:45 18:11
00:43 /- 07:17 / 12:00 / 16:51 /
Sat 11 0.16 ft 0.54 ft 0.43 ft 0.72 ft 6:46 18:11
01:05 1- 07:37 / 13:23 / 17:32 /
Sun 12 0.12 ft 0.62 ft 0.40 ft 0.60 ft 6:46 18:12
First 01:24 /- 07:59 / 14:41 / 18:15 /
Mon 13 Quarter 0.08 ft 0.71 ft 0.34 ft 0.49 ft 6:47 18:12
01:40 /- 08:21 / 15:53 / 19:02 /
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01:53 / 08:46 / 17:01 / 19:54 /
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02:03 / 09:13 / 18:05 / 20:55 /
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02:11 / 09:43 / 19:05 / 22:11 /
Fri 17 0.04 ft 1.01 ft 0.02 ft 0.09 ft 6:49 18:14

16 Flights a day
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Genuine American CJ-7 Jeep Needs work but runs.
The REAL THING! NAf 4500.
For sale and restoration. Call George at 790-8988 or email
1981, powerful 6 cyl engine., All original. George(@,bonairenews.com, Serious inquiry
ies only please.

W riters/Reporters 4 M ;,,,i nuie;,e

Wanted K. -
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(paid by the word) '.,i_ ",. c ',.. .i.,I

Call Donima ai "95-9332
Email: george@bonairenews.com

Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set, Moon Phase and Tides
Winds and weather can . .. the local tide's height and time

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.

We Will Care For Your Home
When You Are Away
Property Services Bonaire b.v.
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Divi Divi Air- Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your
first choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to

Insel Air- The
Dutch Carib-
bean's own inter-
national airline.
Efficiently run, convenient schedules, low fares and
non-stop to Miami.

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.

Germaine Nijdam's Artwork is internationally
displayed. She is currently specializing in driftwood
furniture and related art pieces.

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
facial waxing.


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.


BoCar sells several top brands of cars and provides
maintenance and mechanical and body repair for
your car no matter what brand.

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


Total Home Sustainable Building Products stocks
a large collection of European quality hardware.
Call 701-7011, above Caribbean Homes Realty


All Denture Lab-for the best denture care by an
experienced professional. Repairs while you wait.
Next to Botika Korona on Kaya J. G. Hemandez.


The Brandaris Cafe is the top-notch, spotless
downtown restaurant for local, krioyo and Venezue-
lan food. Go once and you'll make it a habit.

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.

Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
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Bonaire Reporter- December 3-17, 2010

Page 17

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St,', tftliitor

Dear Editor,
Thank you very much for the nice and
positive article in The Reporter "Kas di Arte
10 years and Exhibition Ronald."
We have a lot of different people visiting the
exhibition and they like it very much. So we
are satisfied and happy.
Ronald and Henny Verhoeven


I wish to introduce myself. I am a resi-
dent of Bonaire since 2003. I have been in
the travel industry since 1987 and specialize
in Bonaire. It is with delight I reside on an
island that embraces nature in all regards.
STINAPA and so many other organizations
allow Bonaire to be recognized as one of
the Caribbean's most eco minded islands.
I never saw Sunset Beach Hotel but its
history is so well known to all. On days off I
go to the remnants of what was and snorkel
and swim. I enjoy gazing at the mature trees,
feeling the lovely breezes. Having been to
other islands that have land banks and parks
such as Bermuda I can envision the same at
Sunset Beach.
As you are aware many on island are
keenly interested in protecting this land par-
cel and creating a park for the people. This
would be a step in the right direction. The
island's first National Park Trust could be
spearheaded by your young and innovative
group of leaders. This would be an indelible
mark on your leadership and would repre-
sent the new beginning for our country. I
implore you to consider this initiative.
Our island has sufficient hotel capacity.
We don't need more rooms but we do need a
protected area for the people to include park-
ing, picnic areas, lush foliage and nature
along our breathtaking seaside. This could
be the legacy of our new generation and for
the people always.
Ann Phelan


Dear Editor:
Duality is unproductive and unhelpful.
The existing antagonistic controversy be-
tween 'economy' and 'ecology' illustrates


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Les Galeries Shopping Center
(Bordering the parking lot)
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this. The two sides are forever bickering,
resulting in both economic stagnation and
continuing environmental deterioration.
This 'eco-eco' war is directly linked to
another war of ideas, i.e. the still lingering
ideological divide between capitalism and
socialism. When the discussion about the
environment is carefully analyzed, it will be
seen that in general the more capitalistically
inclined don't care much about the environ-
ment. Some even go so far as to deny that
there is any ecological threat at all. On the
other hand, those who fight for the environ-
ment tend to be more socialistically inclined.
To put it differently, those who don't
care about the environment in general be-
lieve in freedom and individuality
(libertarian government), whereas those who
defend the environment stress their belief in
equality (collectivized government).
The Party for Justice and Unity (Partido
pro Hustisia & Union PHU) believes in
both freedom and equality. Some things are
better done collectively (e.g. the building of
roads); other things are better done individu-
ally (free enterprise). Although the PHU-
party does believe that government should
be as small as possible, there are limits to
the smallness of government. The right bal-
ance between collective and individual solu-
tions will lead to a harmonious society.
Returning to the environment. The PHU
recognizes both the necessity for free enter-
prise and economic growth, as well as the
necessity for environmental preservation.
How can these two be reconciled? The an-
swer is easy when you know it.
A simple example to illustrate our point.
We have at home a box of matches. On the
box the manufacturer assures consumers that
the matches and the box have been produced
in an ecologically friendly manner. The
wood the matches are made of is poplar
wood, but the manufacturer plants more
poplars annually than he uses to produce
matches. The box itself is made of recycled
This exemplifies the 'Principle of Bal-
ance' as applied to the 'economy vs. ecol-
ogy' divide (the 'eco-eco' war). In a PHU
government anybody (any company) will be
free to set up any kind of business, provid..I
the business adheres to the principle of bal-
ance. If a part of Nature is destroyed by thi
business, the business itself will be obliged
to restore an equivalent part of Nature (at tic
site itself or elsewhere). This can be done in
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certain amount of money enabling others to
do the equivalent restoration work.
We do apologize to the readers of The
Bonaire Reporter that time constraints do
not allow us to translate our press-releases
into English. If somebody would be willing
to help us with this, we would be very grate-
ful. Partido pro Hustisia & Union
Rafael Santana, President
Michiel Bijkerk, Secretary

Dear Editor,
As known, local media maintain the
myth that the overwhelming majority of the
Bonairean people is against the "immoral
Dutch laws" which will be introduced in the
framework of the new status of our island.
They just ignore the fact that less than 1% of
the inhabitants showed for a demonstration
against these laws.
As I already have proposed in the past,
during the coming referendum the people
could be asked their opinion about these
laws (separately for the right of women to
abort, right to euthanasia and same sex mar-
riage). In this way, the costs of the organiza-
tion of the referendum would not be totally
Jiri Lausman
Dear Editor
Unfortunately, we tend to forget that
the island of Bonaire belongs first and fore-
most to it's people. The Dutch have their
stake, the foreign companies have their

he first prize winner in the Pe-
likaan School Lottery was Kess-
edy van de Heuvel who won a Disney
laptop computer donated by City Shop.
In the photo she is presented her award
by City Shop's Bouba Dabboussi and
Pelikaan School Principal Wilma
Bohm. U G.D.

stakes where is the Bonairean stake? If the
people of Bonaire want a beach, then for
heaven's sake, give them a beach! Do
we REALLY need to see more development
on the island, especially a hotel?? I say
NO. As Americans, we came to Bonaire for
vacation fell in love with it, bought a time-
share and kept coming back. Someday we'd
love to spend our winters there. We love the
island like our second home and the people
we've met there are our second family. So I
would love to see my "extended family"
have their own haven for fun and the oppor-
tunity to create jobs for themselves. Take
care not only of the island, but also the peo-
ple of Bonaire or someday there won't BE a
Bonaire to come back to. I don't think that's
what anyone really wants....
Judy Marth

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Bonaire Reporter- December 3-17, 2010

Ural Motorcycle and Sidecar

The 80"h of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bon-
aire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels." On course for 100+

Bonaire/Kralendijk/Playa -

T here is just a very little Russian influ-
ence visible on and around the paved
and unpaved roads of Bonaire, Dutch
Caribbean. Once I saw the remains of a
white four-door Lada saloon getting a
taint, and for some years a yellow sprayed
Lada Niva 4X4 knocked around with a
worn out muffler. For some time this four
-wheel drive had a surf board mounted
permanently on top of the roof as a kind
of spoiler. That is all on four wheels.
Then some one and a half Ural Dnjepr
have been stored in a garage for ages,
waiting for restoration. And for a couple
of years a Dnepr was parked near Lisa's
Car Wash.

And then of course there is the Ural
Dnepr, parked right behind the gate of
Orlando's Motorcycle Shop, situated
along the Kaya Grandi in the capital of
the island of Bonaire. This drab green
trike attracts a lot of attention from people
passing by, especially tourists from the
glass iceberg cruise ships. As they cannot
read Russian they are unable to expand
their knowledge. The best thing they can
make out of it is that it is not a Harley-
Davidson. (However, some people still
think it is a Harley-Davidson WL
"Liberator" because it is painted army


Orlando is the proud owner of this Rus-
sian made creature. The motorcycle looks
quite original and is still in running condi-
tion. It is not as old as it looks. A lot of
people think the three wheeler was pro-
duced during the Second World War but
by the "modern" layout from the dash
board and the blinkers I am quite sure this
lump of Russian heavy metal was pro-
duced in the late 80s or the early 90s of
the last century. How these two to three
traditional motorcycles found their way to
Bonaire is unknown to me. However, the
side car is a nice contribution to the cul-
tural part of the Bonairean society.

It is not exactly known how the Russians
got the design and the production tech-
niques of this former German BMW R71.
Some people think A. Hitler just gave the
licenses and technical details to the Rus-
sians because the Russians officially had
promised not to attack the German Third
Reich. (Later the Germans attacked Rus-
sia but that was not illegal because they
did not promise the Russians not to attack
them.) Another story tells that the Swed-
ish "organized" five original German-
made Beemer R71s to present them to
Russia. The Russians, those days, were in
the need of a modern motorcycle as a

contribution to their
defense against the
Germans. So, one
way or another, they
got hold of a bunch
of original BMW
R71s and they prac-
ticed a lot of reverse ...

So, later copies of "^ H
German motorcy-
cles, produced as
Urals or as Dnjeprs,
or as Ural Dnjeprs,
in Moscow, fought
against the original
BMW motorcycles.
Finally the Germans
lost. They never
really reached Mos-
cow. This did not
have anything to do An employee ofth,
with the quality of 54, sitting on the bu
the Russian motor- Dnepr side car com
cycles but with the original and running
freezing cold Rus- o
sian winter climate.

Orlando's Ural Dnjepr is an air-cooled,
four-stroke, two-valve boxer twin. Engine
size: 650 cubical centimeters. A dry
clutch with two plates is mounted be-
tween the flat engine and the four-speed
gearbox. A shaft is connected between the
gearbox and the rear wheel. Low com-
pression pistons produce low output. The
thing even seems to run on diesel fuel
when hot or pre heated. A heavy duty and
heavy, heavy frame holds everything to-
gether. Wheels with traditional rims,
spokes and drum brakes. No center stand
or jiffy needed because a side car is

e Motorcycle Shop Bonaire, Kaya Grandi
'ddy seat of a rare olive green painted Ural
ibination. The Russian motorcycle is in an
ng condition. The tire tubes are in the need
f some extra trade wind.

mounted. The side car has the shape of a
Dutch wooden shoe and fire arms can be
mounted on top of it, in front of the side
car passenger. Of course Orlando owns a
kind of civil variety of the Ural Dnepr.
Unfortunately the Russians
never reached the high qual-
ity level of the German
Beemers. Luckily over 3.2
million Dnjeprs are pro-
duced in the last decades.
Spare parts are easy to get
and very cheap. Do not sell
your bike Orlando! 0
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Bonaire Reporter- December 3-17, 2010

S special Security Service (S.S.S.) technicians, Ardis Apos-
tel, George Dammers and Joseph Rodriguez (center,
with certificates) recently passed the Honeywell Security
advanced course in alarms and access control in Miami, Flor-
ida, and received their certification. They are shown here with
the Honeywell instructor and classmates from the Caribbean
and Latin America. No sooner had the technicians been back
a week when the sophisticated alarm system and rapid action
of S.S.S. personnel frustrated a thief's intention to break in at
Warehouse Bonaire!
S.S.S. has been in business for more than 27 years, offering
their clients 24-hour security service, money transport, alarm
and camera installation and more. They have often assisted
the police in being first on the scene of attempted criminal
acts and apprehending the offenders. Congratulations to the
graduates, S.S.S. Director Benito Dirksz and his fine staff. 0
(press release translation by Laura DeSalvo

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With this edition The Bonaire Reporter, the island's English language
newspaper, will begin publishing some articles in Spanish. The island
has a larger native Spanish-speaking population than native English
speaking, but, up until now, no published voice.

We are searching for stories of special interest to the Hispanic com-
munity, advertisers who support the effort and writers who are proficient
in both languages. Let us know what you think about the idea of a
Spanish language section. Email: reporter()bonairereporter.com


E stos filtimos meses Bonaire ha
sido el scenario de numerosos
cambios a nivel politico y social. Despu6s
del cambio de status de la mencionada
isla efectuado el 10 de Octubre del pre-
sente afio, sucesos importantes tomarin
lugar, entire ellos, el pr6ximo referendum
a efectuarse el 17 de Diciembre, en el cual
la comunidad de Bonaire dard su opinion
direct sobre la integraci6n de Bonaire
con Holanda.

En cuanto a este event hay diferentes
opinions por parte de cada uno de los
partidos politicos actuales. Considerando
esto, hemos querido saber la opinion de
uno de ellos, el partido Pro Hustisia &
Union. El Partido Pro Hustisia & Union,
es un partido que comenz6 como una or-
ganizaci6n destinada a ayudar y defender
a las personas necesitadas. Ademhs, son
promotores de la educaci6n, ya que afir-
man que este aspect es uno de los cuales
ayudard a Bonaire a crecer y desarrollarse
de manera rdpida y efectiva. Siendo su
6nfasis principal lajusticia e igualdad para
todos los miembros que conforman la
comunidad de Bonaire, el partido en cues-
ti6n tiene una posici6n particular en cuan-
to al referendum del 17 de Diciembre.

Rafael Santana, actual president de
dicho partido, expresa la posici6n de 6ste
haciendo menci6n de dos aspects. El
primero de ellos es el beneficio personal
que dice haber en este referendum, lo cual
express de la siguiente manera: "Toda la
comunidad tiene derecho de su refer6n-
dum y deberia votar, porque es algo que
no se lo puede quitar ningin ser human.
Pero en este moment, viendo que lo que
se esta haciendo es una political para bene-
ficio personal, lo mejor es no salir a hacer
uso de ese derecho el 17 de Diciembre, no
salir a votar". Tambidn menciona otro
aspect que segin l1, podria afectar el
future de Bonaire, como lo es dar una
respuesta negative en el referendum, votar
no. Siendo que consider a Holanda como

una pieza fundamental para el progress de
la isla, el votar NO "seria decirle no a
Holanda, y esto podria afectar el bienestar
de la comunidad", agreg6. Tomando estos
dos aspects en cuenta indic6 que lo
mejor es no ejercer el derecho de ir a vo-
tar este 17 de Diciembre, y de esa manera
el referendum no serh vhlido."

De esta manera, mediante los puntos
que se han mencionado, se ha reflejado de
manera clara la posici6n del partido Pro
Hustisia & Union. (A menos que m6s del
50% de los casos los votantes una pape-
leta de los resultados del referendum son
nulas ed.)

Basados en el deseo de bienestar y
adelanto de Bonaire, solo nos queda con-
fiar en su comunidad, y esperar que se
tome la mejor decision
que sin duda serh tras-
cendental para el futu-
ro de nuestra hermosa
Story & photo by
Ivdn Selassa


ver the last few months Bonaire
has been the scene of many
changes in political and social conditions.
After the change in the island's political
status on October 10, 2010, important
events have and will take place. Key is
the referendum on December 17th. In this
referendum the community of Bonaire
will give its direct opinion about the inte-
gration of Bonaire with Holland that took

About this event, there are different
opinions offered by political parties and
individuals. We wanted to know the opin-
ion of one of them, perhaps the most vo-
cal about the Referendum, the Pro Hus-
tisia & Union party.

The Pro Hustisia & Union party began
as an organization whose goal was to help
and defend people in need. Additionally,

they highly promote education for they
believe this aspect is one of which will
help Bonaire to grow and develop rapidly
and effectively. Because its principal em-
phasis is on justice and equality for all
members of the community of Bonaire,
the party has a strong position about the
referendum on December 17.

Rafael Santana, current president of
this party, expresses its position by men-
tioning two aspects. The first is the per-
sonal right that exists in this referendum.
He expressed it this way, "Every commu-
nity has the right of a referendum and the
community should vote, for is something
that no human being can take away from
it. But in this situation, taking into ac-
count that it is being done for political
and personal benefit, it is best not to use
this right on December 17. Don't Vote."

He also mentions another aspect that
in his opinion could affect the future of
Bonaire, is to give a negative answer in
the referendum, to vote NO. Considering
Dutch involvement in the progress of the
island, to vote no "would be to say no to
Holland, and this could (negatively) af-
fect the state of the community's wel-
fare," he added. Taking these two aspects
into account he said that "It is best not to
exercise the right to vote, and this way
the referendum would not be valid."

The position of the Pro Hustisia &
Union party has been clearly defined:
People should not exercise their fran-
chise to vote in this case. (Unless more
than 50% of the eligible voters cast a
ballot the results of the Referendum are
void- ed.)

Based on the desire of good will and
advancement of Bonaire, we can only
trust in this community and wait for the
best decision to be made, that without a
doubt, will have far-reaching implications
in the future of our beautiful island. U
Ivdn Selassa

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Bonaire Reporter- December 3-17, 2010

Rafael Santana, President of the Party for Justice and Union, PHU

Page 20

On Wednesday evening, November
17th, the NGO Platform Bonaire
held a meeting with more than 60 partici-
pants of different Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGOs) to give informa-
tion about an upcoming project. This
new project to support the NGOs and
promote volunteer work on the island is
called "BONDOET, hasi bon, pasa
bon!" and the good news is that all the
NGOs can participate.

In The Netherlands the Oranje Fonds
organizes a yearly volunteer action called
NL DOET and in cooperation with the
Oranje Fonds the NGO Platform is now
realizing the Bonairean version called
"BON DOET" (Bon Does). For this
event all the NGOs are asked to sign up
'chores' they might have, which will be
done on the 18th and/or 19th of March
2011 by new volunteers or existing vol-
unteers who would like to try something
By participating, the NGOs get help
with their chore, plus they get the chance
to connect with new volunteers and pro-
mote their organization. The general pub-
lic gets the opportunity to try volunteer-
ing for a day. They get to do something
different, something new, and help a
good cause. Because people will be
asked to sign up together with their
friends or family, co-workers or team-
mates it will become a fun day. In Hol-
land they call the NL DOET ("the better
way to spend your day out'). Bonaire
will use the slogan: "hasi bon, pasa
bon", which implies that when you do
something good, you will feel good and
have a good time too.

In the upcoming months the NGO Plat-
form will be busy collecting different
chores at the NGOs who want to partici-
pate. These chores can vary, and for ex-
ample be at the location of a foundation:
painting a clubhouse, sorting out play
materials, cleaning a garden, mainte-
nance on equipment and materials, etc.
Another type of chores could be organ-
izational, like drawing up a year plan, a
calendar of events, making a website,
etc. Or a chore could be an activity with
the target group of the NGO, like a field-
trip with the children of the kresh or a
bingo for the elderly from the pasadia.

The NGO Platform can help plan and
prepare for these chores. The experience
in Holland has been very good and can
help us save time and effort by using

their scripts. The chores are supposed to
be for one morning or one afternoon, for
a group of at least five people. All the
chores will be collected and registered at
the website of BON DOET:

For the participating NGOs there is a
financial contribution available to buy
materials, like paint and brushes or to
rent equipment like drilling machines,
etc. The Oranje Fonds has an amount of
$ 650- maximum per chore-location.
This means that for example FESBO can
ask this amount for each of their centres.
The Oranje Fonds has 1,5 million Euros
for all the chores in Holland and Bonaire
combined, but make sure to apply while
funds are still available! The petitions to
apply for this financial compensation
have to be submitted at the NGO Plat-
form before January 31st 2011.

Starting in January, the focus will shift
more to attract the volunteers. This can
be individuals, but also groups of co-
workers, friends, family members, class-
mates, team-mates, etc. They can pick
from a list of chores on www.nldoet.nl/
bonaire which one they would like to
sign up for.

Because promotion is so important in
this project, the NGO Platform has called
in the help of Roosje van der Hoek of
Coffie & van der Hoek B.V. She will
help with the publicity and for example
contacting different companies. This way
the NGO Platform can stick to its core
task: supporting the NGOs in the prepa-
rations and applications for funding.

There is more information in Papia-
mentu available on the website and of
course also in Dutch and English at the
NGO Platform office at Kaya Grandi 52
C. This is also where the NGOs can sign
up the chores, apply for funding or get
help with the preparations of their chores
for BON DOET 2011.

The NGO platform will send out infor-
mation to the press, via email and on
facebook and of course www.nldoet.nl/
bonaire. U NGO Platform Bonaire,
Annemarie KlOne

NGO Platform Bonaire
Kaya Grandi 52C
Kralendijk, Bonaire N.A.
Tel:717-2366 Fax:717-2367

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Anthony Nicolaas speaks about Bon-
aire about the yes or the no of the Ref-
erendum set for December 17th on
Norwin Leito's Radio Digital show

The microphone was tested and we
could start. To me Anthony Nico-
laas is a gentleman with good manners.
He is kind, relaxed, and very friendly.
Even though he has a high position in this
community, he is not conceited or arro-
gant at all. He was born on the 12th of
October of 1974 on this island. He fin-
ished his high school in Curaqao and con-
tinued with the study of Constitutional
Law and obtained his master's degree in
this field. Some listeners started phoning
in to the radio. Most of them wanted to
know if it is worthwhile to go vote. Well,
Mr. Anthony put emphasis on the word
"right". He said that many people do not
understand the word right since this word
is abstract. He said that when a concrete
word is being used, most of the people
will understand. He mentioned that a ref-
erendum is a right that was put into the
International Law of the United Nations.

One listener asked what would happen
if the majority chooses for NO. Mr. Nico-
laas said that there are a few possibilities.
By voting for no, the citizens of Bonaire
are saying that they do not agree with the
fact that Bonaire has become a public
entity of Holland. If this happens, the
government of Bonaire will go around the
table again with the Dutch Parliament
with other proposals.
Such as:
1) Laso Directo ku asosiashon
liber. This is a straight connec-
tion with Holland without work-
ing together with the other is-
2) Outdnomo den Reino. This is like
the case of Aruba, the Status Aparte.
3) Integrashon total. Here Bonaire will
be directly under the wings of Holland,
thus, a sort of municipality of Holland.
4) Independence. If Bonaire chooses
for independence, Bonaire will be able to
make its own decisions and doesn't have
to negotiate anything with Holland any-
more. In other words, we'll be the boss in
our own house. If the majority votes for
yes, Bonaire will stay the way it is right
now: a public entity of Holland.

According to Mr. Nicolaas, Holland did

Commissioner Anthony Nicolaas

not give Bonaire what they promised. He
said that we have been deceived. It is
more like giving up all our autonomy and
getting nothing in return. Then I asked
him what actually the gain of being inte-
grated into Holland was. He said that only
a few things can be mentioned. Such as
the new prisons (in order to lock up the
locals), investment in schools, hospitals.
Nevertheless, we do not have the same
rights as the Dutch in Holland do. He
referred especially to the standard of life
of Bonaire. Most of us are living quite
below our standard and that is not what
Holland promised in 2004. He also illus-
trated that the citizens themselves bought
this captivity by voting YES for direct
ties with The Netherlands and breaking
the link with the Netherlands Antilles
Central Government.
Then I asked Mr. Nicolaas whether we
could talk about third class citizens. He
said not third class, but fourth class citi-
zens. The sad thing about this is the fact
that the citizens were not well informed at
that time. We are forced to say then, that
they did not know what they were really
voting for. That is why most of the citi-
zens say: "They lied to us."
Finally I said to Mr. Nicolaas that politi-
cians in general are not illiterate people.
In general they are people with high edu-
cations. How is it possible then, that they
did not read a document carefully before
signing it? Well, I am sorry, but I do not
dare to say what his answer on this ques-
tion was, as I do not remember this part
accurately. Mr Anthony Nicolaas finished
his speech, saying that he advises every-
one who has the right to vote, to go vote
and especially to make a good choice.
Those who have listened carefully to the
radio program are definitely able to con-
clude whether Mr. Nicolaas is trying to
persuade the people to go for "no" or for
According to our source, Nicolaas him-
self will vote NO.
And what about you, are you going for
"NO" or for "YES"? 0
Norwin Leito

Bonaire Reporter- December 3-17, 2010

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made the Shelter manager .
decide not to euthanize :
him. It was a good call CiI,
because now Sammy, in
wonderful health, is now
up for adoption. Thanks to the vet, the
staff and the volunteers at the Animal
Shelter Sammy is now in terrific and ro-
bust health. His sores and the nasty results
of starvation are cured. He has a wonder-
ful attitude, gets very attached to people
and loves to play. He's also good with
other dogs and he loves cats, because he
was raised with a little kitten (so we
heard) and the two of them were insepara-
ble. See him at the Bonaire Animal Shel-
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A although we usually talk
about very bright, easy-to-
find, obvious objects in the night
sky in the Sky Park, every once in a
while we like to entice you to look
for less bright and less obvious
objects, which have hidden beauty.
And such is the case this week be-
cause I am going to show you two
tiny clouds which have been seen
and admired by hundreds of gen-
erations and which were written
about as far back as the times of
TSung-K'ang, the fourth reigning mon-
arch of the Hsai dynasty of ancient China
over 4,000 years ago.
During the end of November and early
December between 8 and 10 pm, face
north where you will see five bright stars
which if connected by lines trace out a
slightly squashed out capital letter 'm'.
This is the constellation named for the
ancient queen of Ethiopia, Cassiopeia.
And just off to her right is a rather free
form shape of stars which if connected by
lines would look like an ancient hero of
Greel r ii, i Perseus.
Now off to the right of Perseus is per-
haps the most famous cluster of stars
known and which I speak about fre-
quently. It's easily seen if there is no
bright moonlight and is called the
Pleiades, although most people refer to it
as the Seven Sisters. But there are two
dimmer clusters of stars, to which most
people pay little attention because they're
not nearly as bright. And I suggest you
look for them when there is no bright
Moon out. Simply look between Cassio-
peia and Perseus and they'll look like two
tiny faint clouds. And the farther you are
away from city lights the brighter they
will appear.
If you look at them through binoculars
or a small telescope you will see that
there are dozens of stars in each cluster
looking very much like the Seven Sisters.
In fact they are the same kind of cluster as
the Seven Sisters. The only reason they
look different to the naked eye is because
they are almost 20 times farther away,
about 7,500 light years away compared to
the 400 light years distance of the


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Pleiades. This group is simply called the
Double Cluster in Perseus. And there
are at least 300 to 400 stars in each clus-
ter, many of which are great blazing super
giants of almost unimaginable brilliance,
thousands of times larger than our own
And we are racing toward them at the
incredible speed of 26 miles per second.
So some dark night this November and
December go outside between the hours
of 8 and 10 pm. Face north, look first for
Cassiopeia, then for Perseus and right
between them the wonderful Double
Cluster of stars whose light left them over
7,500 years ago, which means that we see
them as they existed almost 8 millennia
For you early birds Venus is putting on
quite a show in the east before dawn and
she's about as bright as she can get, reach-
ing her brightest for this go round in early
December. Venus has also been getting
higher every morning but this climbing
and brightening is about to come to an
end as Venus starts her long, slow curve
back towards the Sun. Venus orbits closer
to the Sun than we do so her orbit never
lets her get too far away from the Sun in
the sky; 46 degrees is about as far as she
ever gets. Venus will also dim slightly as
she gets farther away from us. At the be-
ginning of December Venus is about 37
million miles away from Earth, but by
the end of the month she has receded
about 20 million miles and her light takes
almost 2 minutes longer to get here. So
catch Venus now at her brightest.E
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March 20th April 20th
Travel beckons on the 7th. Creativity is
yours on and around the 10th-see what
you can do. If you can manage not to be
impatient around the 24th, you can ac-
complish quite a lot. Work becomes more
of a focus after the 29th.

April 20th May 21st
If you buy it on the 2nd, you will pay too
much. Good luck is yours at work around
the 7th. A creative idea could bring more
money into your career around the 16th.
Change is positive on the 22nd.

May 21st June 21st
You have some really good ideas on the
3rd but watch out for impulsiveness on
the 4th. Avoid an argument with your
partner on the 15th by keeping your
thoughts to yourself. Don't be too hard on
yourself on the 24th.

June 21st July 22nd
Your low energy on the 7th and 8th picks
right up again by the 10th. Dreams have a
very powerful message for you on the
21st. Avoid any extra caffeine on the
22nd or you won't be able to sleep. An
abundance of ideas are yours on the 29th.

LEO --
July 22nd August 23rd
You sparkle and shine all of this month as
planet Jupiter enters your sign. You are
especially attractive on the 7th through
the 8th and love may definitely be on
your horizon. You are hot, hot, hot on the
10th, too. Money becomes more impor-
tant after the 23rd.

August 23rd September 22nd
A dream has an important message about
your career on the 3rd. Folks are likely to
see things more your way after the 6th.
Don't try to manipulate others on the
15th.Money becomes more of a focus
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Don't be too hard on yourself on the 2nd.
Everyone agrees with you more after the
7th. You definitely sparkle and shine on
the 12th. Creativity is yours on or around
the 16th. Communication flows on the
October 23rd November 22nd
Taking action on a career idea could
mean more money on the 5th. Following
up on the 6th closes the deal. Don't be-
lieve everything friends tell you on the
15th. You are very lucky with money
around the 26th.
November 22nd December 21st
Travel beckons all this month. Friends
want to get together on the 8th. Commu-
nication flows on the 16th and is particu-
larly stellar with your partner on the 21st.
Career plans become more important to
you after the 23rd.

December 21st January 20th
Find a solo project for work on the 2nd.
Money from previous work could be
yours on the 19th. Changes in the work-
place could bring more happiness into
your life on or around the 21st. Don't get
into trouble by saying too much on the

January 20th February 19th
Avoid an argument with your partner on
the 4th by keeping silent. The desire for
freedom is particularly strong on the 19th.
You definitely sparkle and shine on the
21st and you also want to have fun, fun,

February 19th March 20th
Much energy goes into your work in the
beginning of this month and particularly
on and around the 10th. Dream activity is
very high on the 16th. There are some
hints on how to make your dreams come
true on the 21st. Partners become more
important after the 23rd. 0

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