Bonaire reporter
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Publication Date: 06-08-2012
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P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, Phone 786-6518, 786-6125, www.bonairereporter.com email: reporter@bonairenews.com Since 1994 L a s t C o n c e r t o f t h e s e a s o n – s e e p a g e 8 p l u s m a n y o r i g i n a l s t o r i e s a n d f e a t u r e s Tour d’ Azul : Tjako van Schie (piano), Ines Soares (vocals), Lonte Conradus (percussion) and Henk van Twillert (saxophone)


Page 2 Bonaire ReporterJune 8-22, 2012 I n the past forty years the population nearly doubled. Recently, the Central Bureau of Statistics published an article on the population composition in Bonaire by district and neighborhood. This article examines the growth of the population on Bonaire Especially the last decade, the population grew strongly: in the period 2001-2011 the increase was 50 percent. Previously there was moderate growth, with an increase of 10 percent per decade. The article also said fewer Antilleans are living on Bonaire. The population of the island has mainly grown through immigration of people primarily from South and Central America and the Netherlands. The demand for labor for the growing tourism sector has been a major driver for this. Read the full article of the CBS website, www.cbs.nl. Maxime Verhagen, Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (right) informed parliament that he has examined whether electric-car charging stations in the Netherlands can be done in Bonaire The Foundation E-loading, in the Netherlands, installs and maintains public charging stations for electric cars, in principle would welcome placement of some charging stations in Bonaire. At present the practical implementation is being discussed, such as choosing the type of loading pole, connection to the mains and instruction and on-site maintenance. At least two local car dealers said they are investigating importing electric cars. But is there a better alternative for Bonaire.? See article on page 9. Fuel prices on Bonaire rose on 21 May. They now are: € Gasoline $1.481 per liter € Kerosene $1.12 per liter € Diesel $1.19 per liter € Propane gas cylinder 100 lbs -$ 40.80 per cylinder € Propane gas cylinder 20 lbs -$ 9.18 per cylinder (residential valve) Power outages continue to be a regular event on Bonaire. Last Sunday power was out on the whole island, from three to five hours depending on location. The cause was a short circuit in a distribution transformer ,due to unknown causes. Most cellphone services were out for some period. As a result of legislation proposed by Immigration Minister Gerd Leers, airlines will in the future have to provide digital personal data of passengers to Dutch border control and customs officials prior to their arrival at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. The measure is aimed at increasing speed and efficiency of border controls. Both on arrival and departure, the passenger’s name, address, nationality, passport number, travel route and baggage will be transferred automatically to the airport authorities. The same system will also apply to other Dutch air and seaports. The Dutch Government Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) will carry out follow-up research on the environmental impacts of last year’s Bonaire Petroleum Corporation (BOPEC) fire at the Goto Lake provided the Executive Council of Bonaire, submits a formal request to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. The follow-up chemical research will focus on the eventual environmental hazards of the possible existence and spread of polluted material including perfluor, octane, sulphonate (PFOS), in the soil, groundwater, organisms and silt of the lake. The RIVM will prepare the program of requirements for this study in close consultation with DROB (Bonaire’s Space and Development Department). It is expected that the research can be concluded this year. The Dutch Government has agreed to make 10 million euros available to the BES islands Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius for nature and greenery, and to improve procedures for the three islands to acquire interestfree loans. Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Liesbeth Spies revealed this grant during a video conference last week with representatives of the three governments in keeping with an earlier agreement, that such conferences would be held in between the semi-annual meetings in The Hague. Members of the Dutch Parliament’s Second Chamber again are seeking clarity from the Dutch Government about the continued inadequate postal services provided in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Dutch caretaker State Secretary of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation Henk Bleker was asked to provide information “in detail” on the reasons for the poor postal services. It’s been reported that people on the islands are facing fines because they haven’t received mail from the Dutch Tax Office or have received it too late. The forecast for the Atlantic hurricane season will be “near normal” with nine to 15 tropical storms and four to eight of those will strengthen into hurricanes, a U.S. government weather agency predicted last week. One to three of those will grow into “major” hurricanes of Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson intensity scale, Major hurricanes have sustained winds of 111 miles per hour (178 kph) or higher and can cause devastating damage. Hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico officially runs from June 1 to November 30, but got off to an early start this year, when Tropical Storm Alberto formed off the South Carolina coast last weekend. It turned away and fizzled without threatening land. On June 23rd 2012, Dutch pianist Michiel Borstlap, together with Maruja Bogaard, will be giving a dinner concert on behalf of Wings of Support at the Plaza Resort Michiel and Maruja will be accompanied by Antillean musicians, and they will be playing a mix of ballads, jazz and Latin music. See poster on page 11. Wings of Support is a foundation supporting children around the world. It is run by volunteers, all personnel of KLM and Martinair. For more info call Aart Dil at 796-4931. Fitness fans take note: Physiotherapist Eva de Jong winner of the women’s class in the Rincon Day race, will lead a new half-hour workout on Mondays and Thursdays from 10-10:30 am at Bon Bida Gym. Father's Day is on Sunday, the 17th of June Make your father feel special on that day. G.D. Web: www.bonairefreewieler.com Email: freewieler@bonairefreewieler.com Parts and accessories for all brands of bikes and scooters Beautiful Bike Clothes All type of house and car keys duplicated Kaya Grandi #61 “The blue building” Call 717-8545 Open: 8:30-12:30, 2:00-5:30 Owner Operated Featuring Giant, Bikkel and Golden Lion bikes € Transport of Money and Valuables € Private Investigations € Vehicle patrols € Burglar Alarms € Fire Alarm Systems In Business Over 28 years Kaya Nikiboko Nord 37A, PO Box 225 Tel: (599) 7178125 Fax (599) 7176125 E-mail sss@bonairelive.com How to contact us Find Bonaire Reporter on Facebook. Press “like” Letters to the Editor: Reporter@bonairenews.com Story tip or idea: info@bonairenews.com The Publisher: George@bonairenews.com Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean Phone 786-6125, 786-6518 Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Printed Every Fortnight, On-line every day, 24/7 Next edition printing on Monday, June 18 Story and Ad deadline: Friday, June 15 This Week’s Stories Separate your Glass 3 BONHATA Culinary cash 3 Polluting Goto Lake? 3 Bonaire loses Jake Richter 6 Rotary Club Bonaire Rotarally 7 A Good Helmet Is Happiness 7 Tour di Azul Concert 8 Lionfish Feeding Frenzy 8 Piece Of Paradise-Realty Column 9 Departments Flotsam & Jetsam 2 On The Island Since Bastian Kuipers 4 Picture Yourself -Donkey in Spain 6 Classifieds 10 Missing Dog Pug 10 Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times, Moon Phase 10 Bonairean Voices – Dialysis Center 11 Shopping & Dining Guides 12 What’s Happening 13 Masthead 13 Pet of the Week (Viola and Heleen) 14 Did You Know-Camouflage 14 Shelter Store Needs Donations 14 Sky Park (Syzygy and Stars) 15 Sudoku, Sudoku Answer 18 Horoscop es 2012 (Astrology) 19 According to tour guide Christie Dovale, having a flamingo sculpture at Flamingo Airport, would be nothing new About 50 years ago there were cement flamingos at the old terminal (now the flight school building behind the jet fuel tanks). ?


Bonaire Reporter– June 8-22, 2012 Page 3 Don’t Gamble With Your Advertising Reach more readers than any other Bonaire paper– Delivered to Hotels and Shops plus Thousands More Readers On the Internet Call Laura at 786-6518 / 790-6518 Email: Laura@bonairenews.com From Bonaire Nautico Marina BONAIRE NAUTICO MARINA At It Rains Fishes Restaurant Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399 www.bonairenauticomarina /VHF 68 info@bonairenauticomarina.com THE ONLY WALKON / WALKOFF Catamaran Kantika di Amor Up to 27 people and supported by a brand new larger sister Catamaran Kantika Too Up to 50 people TRIPS Every Day (max 1.90 meter draft), Dinghy tie up at north-inside dock at US$10 weekly up from Monday till Monday. Water and 115/220 v. Daily trips via resorts 10 am, 12 2 pm Except Sundays at 10 am only Also available for group trips The Late Night Place To Be -Free Entrance, except Theme Nights -Dress Code casual, chic or classy -Air conditioned, smoke free, disco light and “smoke” effects Always Open 9 pm till 3 am Thursdays to Sundays. Kaya Hermandat # 1, the small street between Jong Bonaire and Telbo. Zazu Bar at the Harbour Village Marina Open:: Mon-Fri 3-10 pm, Sat: 5-10 pm Bar menu available Tel: 717-7070 email: info@bistrodeparis.com I n the first three months of this year, the population of Bonaire discarded approximately 24,000 pounds of glass jars and bottles in the yellow “bon-bon” containers scattered around the island.. If lined up that's enough glass to make a row of bottles from the airport to the WEB site in Hato. Separating the glass makes the landfill grower slower and makes our island cleaner. More than 10% of our waste consists of glass. Half of it is generated by restaurants, hotels and bars. The other half comes from households. Selibon and Bon Recycling collect the glass and store it separately from other trash. Initially the intention was to grind the glass to sand and use it locally in construction. But the plant to grind the glass is not yet complete. In the meantime, the glass is sold abroad as raw material for new glass. The government intends to cooperate with the business community on our island to create a market for crushed glass. The government would require that the ground glass is used in road construction. Selibon Press release T he Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association, BONHATA, recently met with Liz Rijna representative of SGB, to hand over a check for the amount of $2,060. The association raised this amount at a fundraiser at their annual Awards Party back in April. The funds will go towards the “Italy Stage” program for SGB students. This incredibly formative program takes a group of SGB students to the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. During the course of several weeks the students get the opportunity to network and connect with their peers in Italy and from around the world. They will also get familiar with the region’s renowned products, such as Balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese and Parma ham. The program is the highlight of the year for the students, and has been inspiring and shaping culinary talent on Bonaire for over a decade. To date more than 80 students have participated in this program. BONHATA wishes the students and their mentors, great success on their upcoming trip, and hopes that it will be inspirational and fruitful. BONHATA continues to support local initiatives that promote the tourism sector and believes that investment in education especially in the fields of tourism, is pivotal for the island. Tourism plays an important role on Bonaire and is the key to its economy and future. Bonhata Press release Cra ig Dewey, Gorvan Dubero, Anja Romeij nders, Charles Vos, Liz Rijn,a Irene Dingjan, Sara Matera, Eri Gietma, Gaby Tixi and Bous Scholts T he Dutch Government Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) will carry out follow-up research on the environmental impacts of 2010’s Bonaire Petroleum Corporation (BOPEC) fire near Goto Lake provided the Executive Council of Bonaire submits a formal request for such to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. The follow-up chemical research will focus on the eventual environmental hazards of the possible existence and spread of polluted material including perfluor, octane, sulphonate (PFOS), in the soil, groundwater, organism and silt of the lake. Press release


Page 4 Bonaire ReporterJune 8-22, 2012 ‘I was just fourteen when I came to live here with my parents. I went to SGB Havo and it was a bit of a culture shock; I felt I had to sort things out by myself and I didn’t know any Papiamentu either. At the time there were not so many ‘foreign’ children at high school, it was just a few and I was one of them but after a year I’d found my place and I had made friends. And, in the long run, the friendships I still have from Havo are Antillean. When I finished school I was seventeen but I found myself too young to go to Holland or Curacao to continue my education and be on my own. So…I went to high school in California and lived with a host family who took care of me… a little bit… and of course there was the opportunity to participate in all kinds of sports and as I am a sports fanatic, it couldn’t have been any better! I am a golf surfer, I can’t wind surf – I failed at it horribly so I picked up surfing instead and it’s my passion. I surf at the east coast, at Playa Grandi or at Playa Chikitu. I was raised to be responsible and independent and things like calculating risks were part of my upbringing. In California I played soccer and tennis and I swam, but I didn’t surf much because in north ern California the water was terribly cold. California was great it was a super year! Then I returned to Bonaire; I worked for my father for a while (at the time he owned Hot Shot Scooters) and I worked at the marina cleaning yachts underwater and then I was asked to work for Harbour Village’s Great Advent ures. I qualified as Rescue Diver and I would take the wives for a ‘fun’ introduction dive while their husbands were going for deep dives. I did it for six months and then a military exercise took place on the island and I saw the marines landing here with their speed boats and marching around in their full load… I’d always want ed to do something in sports, but then you have to be better than really good. I was good, but I was never brilliant. I joined up with the Dutch Marine Corps and had to go to Amsterdam to undergo the selection procedure. Twenty-two people tried out but only two made it through. I was one of the lucky ones; you can say it was my calling. It was 1999 when I told everybody goodbye and left for Holland. For seven months I underwent a tough basic training in Rotterdam and then I was immediately sent to Kosovo. I was almost twenty. The training teaches you the basics; it is a reeducation of the brain and it stays with you the rest of your life. I went to Bosnia. I went to cold weather training in Norway and Scotland. I went to Iraq. I’ve done it for six years. When you start, you’re not ready for it, but the older marines teach you how to deal with it and you pass it on to the newcomers – the groups are very close -knit. You grow up fast; you’ve been in situations and you’ve seen things and it puts your own life in a different perspective. You become more black and white because you can not afford to be doubtful – that would be a danger. And you learn to go for it… all the way. It’s hard work and the relaxation is also hard and you learn to improvise, especially mentally. The last year I was sent to Aruba… great! The only thing I had to do was jungle training in French Guiana, but the rest of the time I had a wonderful life. It was there that I met the mother of my son Kalani and together we traveled back to Holland to end my contract with the Marines. I was supposed to go to Afghanistan for 6 months, but I was madly in love and I thought ‘now I have to call it quits!’ We returned to Aruba and this time it was very different, because I was no longer a Marine. And so I became a beach boy! (Continued on page 5) Airport: Divi Divi Air EZ Air Insel Air Banks: MCB (Playa & Hato branches) Giro Bank Restaurants: Bistro de Paris Capriccio China Nobo City Caf Deli Delight El Mundo Elle Deli Gio’s Ice Cream Lilly’s Ice Cream Lover’s Ice Cream-Hato Nadia’s Snack Pasa Bon Pizza Patagonia Sunset Restaurant Dive Shops: Carib Inn Dive Friends WannaDive Shops: Antillean Wine Company Benetton Botika Bonaire Botika Korona Budget Marine Chat ‘n’ Browse City Shop DA Shop DeFreewieler Divers Discount Essentials 1stop Health Exito Bakery Green Label INPO Island Fashions Kooyman Leen Blokker Napa Playa Trading Tung Fung store Hotels: Belafonte Bel Mar Capt. Don’s Habitat Carib Inn Den Laman Divi Flamingo Eden Beach Plaza Resort Roomers Sand Dollar Supermarkets: Hato Minimarket Joke’s Mini Market Lucky Market More for Less Progresso Sunshine TIS Top Supermarket Van den Tweel Warehouse Wing Cheung Supermarket Zhung Kong Government: RCN (APNA) Bestuurscollege RCN Tax Office Building (Playa) RCN Building Customs BVO Others: Bestuurscollege Bonfysio at Bon Bida Spa Budget Marine Caribbean Laundry Centro di Medico Customs Dentist Office Von Egmond Essentials—1stop health Extra Newspaper Office Green Label Hair Affair Harbour Village Marina Kas di Arte Napa Photo Tours Rocargo San Francisco Hospital TCB Telbo Tung Fung UTS WEB office Bookstores: Addo’s Books & Toys Flamingo Bookstore Realty Offices : Bonaire Sunshine Homes Caribbean Homes Harbourtown Realty Key Realty Re/Max Sunbelt Realty In Rincon: Chinese Store Joi Fruit Store Rincon Bakery Rose Inn Tusnara Market And more… 3/20/12 E.M. Rijswijk, Denturist ARE YOUR DENTURES: Loose? Cracked? Missing Teeth? In Your Pocket? Worn? Causing Gum Pain? Call For An Appointmen t 717-2248 or 786-3714 Kaya J.G. Hernandez z/n (Near Botika Korona) New hours: 9 am-12 pm, 2 pm—4 pm Monday-Friday Repairs while you wait. Bastian and Kalani For the best in local meats, fish and groceries Traditional Charcoal BBQ Every Saturday Ribs and Chicken Voted Best On Island Call 717-8412 to ~Order ahead Kaya Corantijn #10, Nikiboko South


Bonaire Reporter– June 8-22, 2012 Page 5 ROCARGO SERVICES, N.V. International Freight (Car) BV The ONLY company offering direct weekly consolidation services from Europe/Holland to Bonaire www.ifc-consolidators.nl Jupiterweg 1A (Ecopark) 4761 RW Moerdijk, Holland Tel 31-(0) 168-40-94 94 Fax 31-(0) 168-40 94 70 Offering DAILY Express Services from and to Bonaire For shipment tracking www.fedex.com The World On Time Kaya Industria 12, KralendijkBonaire—N.A. 717-8922 FAX 717-5791 Email:info@rocargo.com For All Your Shipping Needs Full service door to door by air and by sea. Customs clearance, transportation, warehousing. International and local relocation. Packing material in stock. Qualified and professional personnel. Timely, accurate and reliable ISO 9001: 2000 Certified Amcar Freight, Inc. The ONLY company offering direct weekly consolidation services from Miami, USA to Bonaire www.amcarfreight.com Amcar Freight 12600 NW 25 Street Suite 107 Miami, Fl 33182 Tel. (305) 599-8866 Fax (305) 599-2808 My son Kalani (named after a famous Hawaiian surfer and his name is Hawaiian for ‘between heaven and earth’) was born on Aruba in July 2006 and although I worked two jobs we didn’t have much money and so, in 2007, we came to Bonaire to work with my parents. Many years before, my parents had gotten a piece of land from the government across from Hamlet Oasis and in 2006 they got the permits to start building a small resort. We called it Bamboo Bali Bonaire and except for the foundation we’ve built everything with our own hands and while we were building we’ve planted hundreds of trees and plants in a great variety. After one year, unfortunately, my girlfriend and I separated. However, we’ve got joint custody of Kalani; he spends one week at his mom’s and then he is one week with me. It was the intention that his mom and I would run the business, but when we split up my parents decided to stay longer. We opened in 2010; it was exciting because we had no experience in this sector at all! Now my parents have moved to Holland and for the last month I’m on my own, ha! I have to get used to it! It’s only five cottages, but we’re almost always fully booked and in addition to the resort I also have trucks; we do the Big Foot tours. We get a lot of people from Canada including French Canadians from Quebec. We get people from Switzerland and Italy and Brazil and those people have to travel a lot to get here. But Bonaire is a little pearl and its beauty is not only underwater but also on land.’ Bastian is an exceptional person; he can look you straight in the eye and there’s no malice, no second thoughts. He is passionate, hard working, open and responsible, and a super nice guy. ‘To me Bonaire has always been home, because my most important years I’ve spent here. It’s wonderful to see my son growing up and we really enjoy spending our time together outdoors. He is already a surfer! I take being a single father very serious; it’s the most important part of my life. You can say I am a passionate father; I enjoy it tremendously – so much love and so much responsibility. A short while ago we went on our first real trip together… to the Indians who live at the Orinoco river in Venezuela. I told Kalani it would be good to take some clothes and toys to give to the children as we have so much and it would be a good experience to share. He thought it was very interesting; the children loved his toys and clothes and even his toothbrush and in exchange one of the boys came up with a (living) pelican under his arm and offered it to Kalani! It was fun and beautiful. I’ve traveled a lot and I love it and sharing with Kalani makes it even better. Something else that’s important in my life is the veterans’ association here on Bonaire. It was founded a year ago by one of my best friends, Theo Knevel, who’s also the author of the book Aruba Arriba. We have eight active members; the oldest member is about 70 and I am the youngest at 32. Boi Antoin, from the Extra newspaper, is a member as well. It’s my social outing four times a year, but we also hold occasional meetings when for instance, somebody’s roof is leaking then we’re go to help and we celebrate good things together. This year we held the second memorial on May 4th, to honor all people who died in wars and conflicts. The association is open for all military and the purpose is to find back the camaraderie which you experienced during your service and to support each other, but also to support projects on the island. Like last time when the marines from Curacao and Aruba came over for tr aining they also cleaned the roads to the caves. Bonaire has always been my place of peace and relaxation for me and of course you can’t find everything here but it’s an island we should be proud of. I feel we are at crossroads considering the future and I hope people with vision and capacities will get a chance to manage this path.’ He smiles ‘I think we will see more changes in the coming five years than we saw in the last twenty years and I become very passionate when I talk about the subject, but that’s because I love the island. It’s my home you see.” Story & photos by Greta Kooistra On The Island Since (Continued from page 4) Bastian points out the name of his resort


Page 6 Bonaire ReporterJune 8-22, 2012 T his is Trevor Naylor holding a copy of The Reporte r with a Mijas Burro (Donkey) Taxi. Mijas is a white village in southern Spain where the burro (donkey) taxi is a tourist attraction. They are licensed and each have their own taxi number. So there is a donkey connection between Spain and Bonaire. Trevor frequently visits Bonaire and has a home in Mijas. WE NEED PHOTOS! WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. E-mail to: info@bonairereporter.com Open Nonstop Mon.-Sat. 8am-7 pm Sun. 8 am-6 pm J ake Richter who moved to Bonaire in 1997, passed away following a yearlong illness, on June 1. He called Bonaire his home. He and his family came to the island just as the Internet Age was beginning. Bonaire offered him its charms and in return he helped make Bonaire a leader on the World Wide Web and enriched the island with donations of his time and talents in computers, art, generosity and conviviality. Jake was born in New York City in 1964, the son of immigrants who had recently defected from Czechoslovakia to escape Communism. He spent the early years of his life in the New York area before moving to Germany. At age 11, he returned to the U.S., living first in Eugene, Oregon, then Southern Florida, before ending up in Wellesley, Massachusetts,. Jake subsequently earned a degree in Computer Science with a minor in German at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, while also pursuing photographic visual arts, video game development, and computer graphics technology, which he combined with his passion for fantasy and science fiction stories and movies. He raised his family in Bonaire at the same time he was raising the awareness of the island to the opportunities offered by the Internet. At the end of the 90s he founded the Internet company, NetTech and started the E-news to spread the word of events on Bonaire. His InfoBonaire website continues to offer the best information about the island on the Internet. He assisted scores of people and business to become “Internet savvy”, including the Papiamentu language newspaper, Extra Numerous Bonaire charities and foundations, were bolstered because he established a way Americans could get tax breaks for donating to them. He founded Bonaire Talk, a forum where people could express their feelings about Bonaire and related events. His New Year and post dive clean-up BBQs he sponsored are legendary, Not long before becoming seriously ill Jake described what he was currently doing: Registered U.S. Patent Agent, professional photographer and artist, technical Jake Richter 1964-2012 “I have always been a believer in the idea that when life throws you a challenge, it also provides opportunities for positive change. What those opportunities are may not always be inherently obvious at first, but time and exploration will reveal them.” Jake Richter, 2011 consultant and expert witness in various patent litigation matters, President of a 501(c)(3) non -profit charitable corporation, President of a licensing company of copyrighted works, codirector of an Internet web and e-mail hosting company, which also provides Internet marketing services, co-manager of a WebCam company, computer programmer, journalist and analyst in the digital media technology field, inventor, scuba diving instructor, graduate student, director of an art gallery, operator of several on-line stores, developer and operator of a patent document procurement service, father of home-schooled children and more. It isn’t surprising, then, that within hours of his passing, hundreds of expressions of condolence, remembered events and sympathy filled Facebook pages and Internet blogs. It’s tragic that the “spot” he noticed on his leg in March of 2011, metastasized into the cancer that took his life much too swiftly. All of us at The Reporter are saddened and offer our condolences to his family. G.D. The Travelling Richter Family in Antarctica -the 2011 Bonaire Reporter Picture Yourself winner


Bonaire Reporter– June 8-22, 2012 Page 7 Hair Affair We do our best to make your hair and makeup wishes come true!! You can also come in for facials and facial waxing We use and sell L’Oreal products Is your plan to marry on the island? We can make you beautiful and stay beautiful for your happiest day. Personal attention by Janneke Appointment by tel: 717-5990 or just walk in. Downtown, near the waterfront next to Little Havana Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop AFFORDABLE NetTech N.V.info@NetTech.an www.NetTech.an Tel:717-6773 Fax:717-7854Domain Registrations E-mail Hosting Anti-Spam & Anti-Virus Web Site Design Web Site Hosting Marketing Consulting Internet Consulting Photographic Services Graphic Design Check CARIB INN First. Great Prices –Great Stock Scuba Sales Repair Replacement New Gear Accessories Always Great Values Dive gear specials CARIB INN Since 1980 PADI 5 STAR GOLD PALM 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily Marcon Cutlass 27, all fiberglas s, sailboat built to Lloyd specifications in England in 1969. Well equipped with full cutaway keel, 4 berths, head (marine toilet), German-built wind steering vane. Lombardini diesel engine, sails In fine condition, ready to go. Registered in Bonaire. Berthed at Plaza Resort Marina $15, 900 Specifications: L.O.A. 27 ft.0 in. L.W.L. 20 ft.0 in. Beam 7 ft.8 in. Draft 4 ft.6 in. Ballast 3,250 lbs. Mainsail 140 sq.ft. Working jib 150 sq.ft Call: Island Boating Services B.V. +599 786 5002 or +599 701 2504 www.ibsbonaire.com info@ibsbonaire.com Bonaire/Hato I n this week’s Bonaire Reporter edition three topics about helmets are highlighted: First: the owners of Zeeko Auto offer a five dollar discount on their new flat black or white ski helmets. These helmets have cool looks and are light, sturdy and comfortable. So now you can become the owner and wearer of a new helmet for only twenty dollars, instead of or twenty five dollars. The only restriction is that they want you to show up with your motorcycle, trike, moped, bicycle, long board, skateboard or kite surf board. This can be your last trip without a helmet! The new shop of Zeeko Auto is located next to the new pet shop at Kaya Industria. On the island of Bonaire helmets are for sale at, at least four locations. The other locations are De Freewieler, Kaya Grandi # 61, the Harley-Davidson shop from Orlando and Superstore at Kaya Amsterdam. You can even send me an email to borrow one of my seven helmets. (digitalis1956@hotmail.com). Second: Last week several unofficial meetings were held about “head: safety between individuals and people from the hospital. Brainstorming led to the discussion of the need of a foundation to promote safety. Especially, people from the hospital got fed up and stressed ,because they have to deal with more and more patients suffering from serious injuries caused by accidents. All persons present were highly motivated and a kind of in a hurry, because they want to do their utmost best to save lives. Third: Start an island “waving” campaign. The idea of having helmet wearers, waving, popped up. Persons wearing a helmet, can wave at other people wearing a helmet. So the rider of a heavy motor cycle, can wave at a guy on a 49 cc two stroke moped. A person on a mountain bike can wave at a girl on skeelers. Even a pedestrian, or an old lady sitting on her front porch ,can wave at the wearer of a helmet. Support the Bonairean wearer of a helmet, and show you have got brains! Ever seen a donkey wearing a helmet? J@n Brouwer T his year’s popular Rotary Club fundraiser, “Rotarally” was once more a huge success, with 75 participants driving the six hour rally, consisting of four routes. The start was again at the Sport Hall, with a route stop at Spice Beach, where coffee and sandwich was served, and finish at Te Amo Beach. Organizers and experts; Huub Groot, Edwin Vrieswijk, Jan Henk van der Wier, and from Curacao rally map maker Freddy Rush, with the support crew by all the staff from Sunbelt Realty, Akkermans Auto supply, and It Rains Fishes received many positive comments and quite some already asking about next year’s Rotarally. Winners were: Route 1 and 2-Ron Gijzen and Paul Wichers, also overall winners, with just 120 penalty points; Route 3 and 4-Anja Romijnders and Aniek Schouten The total net collected, is $10,000 to be donated to the Prinses Wilhelmina Foundations. which helps cancer patients and their families. Press release/photo Donkey with a helmet? THE WAVING, THE DISCOUNT AND THE FOUNDATION


Page 8 Bonaire ReporterJune 8-22, 2012 Now On The Waterfront at The Harbour Village Marina — Air-conditioning and al fresco dining Owned and operated by a French Master Chef Eight years of fine dini ng now at a new location Reservations: Tel: 717-7070 email: info@bistrodeparis.com New location: Harbour Village Marina Opening hours: Mon Fri, Lunch 11:30 am 3 pm Mon Sat, Dinner 6-10 pm TUNG FONG STORE N.V. “The Store With Almost Everything” Great Service Too Kaya Korona 52 Tel. 599 717 4224 FAX. 599 717 5224 Opening hours: 8.30 am 12. 30 pm, 2.30 pm 6.30 pm Open from Monday till Saturday. Sundays closed. O p e n N o n S t o p M o n S a t 7 3 0 a m 8 p m S u n 8 a m 8 p m Downtown Kralendijk at the old Cultimara Topsupermarket bonaire@gmail.com D o w n t o w n l o c a t i o n G r e a t s e r v i c e L o t s o f v a r i e t y L o w e r p r i c e s L o ts o f F r e e p a rk i n g S u p e r S p e c i a l s o n F r u i t s a n d S u p e r S p e c i a l s o n F r u i t s a n d S u p e r S p e c i a l s o n F r u i t s a n d V e g e t a b l e s o n t h e L a s t a n d F i r s t V e g e t a b l e s o n t h e L a s t a n d F i r s t V e g e t a b l e s o n t h e L a s t a n d F i r s t S u n d a y s o f E v e r y M o n t h S u n d a y s o f E v e r y M o n t h S u n d a y s o f E v e r y M o n t h B onaire’s Classical Music Board brought three wonderful musicians and an awesome singer for the last concert of the season on May 26. The program was full of musical surprises with an eclectic mix of music. Breaded Lionfish Nuggets 4 oz lionfish Flour 1 cup liquid egg Panko (Japanese) breadcrumbs or crushed Club Social crackers Salt and pepper Cajun seasoning In three separate bowls, place flour, liquid egg and breadcrumbs. Cut lionfish into bite-size pieces and season with salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning. Dip pieces into flour, shake off excess, then dip into liquid egg, and then into breadcrumbs. Submerge in oil heated to 325F. until crispy golden brown. Cilantro and Key Lime Tarter Sauce 1 cup mayonnaise 1 small pickle, diced small 2 tablespoons Key Lime juice 6 leaves cilantro, chopped 2 tablespoons capers, chopped Mix the above ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve. I t was a feeding frenzy… but for humans, not fish, last Friday, May 25, at Patrice Rannou’s Zazu Bar at the Harbour Village Marina. Thanks to lionfish exterminators like Bas Toll (who averages about 20 lionfish per dive) there was plenty to eat and lots of variety, with the fish prepared in eight different ways, thanks to Patrice’s chefs. According to one report, it took 10 divers and three hunters just six dives in Washington Slagbaai National Park to shoot the around 500 lionfish. that made up the feast. The largest was 16 inch es (42 cm,) long. In case you want to prepare some fish yourself a proven recipe is below. Happy hunting…. and cooking, G.D. Felicia Schutte photo CMBB member Guus Ge rritsen, advisor to the CMBB, greets artist Wil Dykstra and Rene Essink of sponsor Caribbean Homes. Governor of Bonaire, Lydia Emerencia, and Lorraine de Souza attended the after party.


Bonaire Reporter– June 8-22, 2012 Page 9 HOW DOES BONAIRE COMPARE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD? W e all have different reasons why we live on Bonaire; we are born here, we fell in love with the island, and perhaps on top of that with one of its residents, we need to be in the sun 365 days of the year, or, if you believe in that, fate. Fact is, we live here, or visit the island on a regular basis, and we need a place to live. Since a home is the most important investment that most of us will ever make, we are regularly asked about the developments in the real estate market on Bonaire in comparison to the rest of the world. The position of our island automatically attracts residents and visitors from at least three continents: North America, South America, and Europe. And,, just by chance, these are all very important markets to tap into from here on Bonaire. It also means that if we play our cards right, we can always benefit from at least the ones that are doing well at that moment. Over the most recent years, both the North American and European economies have not been doing so well. However, fortunately for us here on Bonaire, this was not completely simultaneous. By the signals that are reaching us, the US real estate market is slowly picking up, and people from South America, where a number of countries are starting to improve economically, are showing more interest in our island as well. We are therefore hopeful ,this development will continue, so there is always at least one of our direct markets doing well enough. So, where does this leave the real estate market on Bonaire? Well, we believe, in the exact same position as our geographical location: somewhere in the middle. The real estate bubble has never really been given a chance here on the island, due to the conservative approach of our banks, which will hardly ever finance 100% or even more of the purchase price of a property. In addition they have set strict rules on the percentage of income one is allowed to spend on mortgage payments. The most important effect of the real estate bubble on Bonaire therefore is due to foreign banks providing top heavy mortgages on properties outside of Bonaire, allowing the owners to use that cash value to purchase property here. So yes, indeed, ther e are some property owners here on our island, that would like to sell their property on Bonaire, to solve some of their issues that were created by over financing property elsewhere in the world. However, that number of sellers is limited. Most of our sellers are selling in order to cash back on their investment to improve their cash position, or because they are getting older and can no longer travel as often to Bonaire, or simply because they would like to move on to their next real estate venture on our island. That is why, after a value decrease that set in around the end of 2009, at the moment we see real estate prices stabilizing. Due to this value decrease, and the fact that property owners on Bonaire needed a while to adjust to this, the number of sales have decreased, which has increased the inventory of what is for sale right now. We see this as a chance for both buyers and sellers. Buyers now can be critical, compare many properties, and really buy their perfect piece of paradise. While sellers now have a good chance of selling, as long as they price their property right. This to us is a sound basis for a healthy real estate market on Bonaire, and a security, for prevention of a real estate bubble on Bonaire. Corine van der Hout A column to answer your Bonaire real estate related questions. Please email your questions to reporter@bonairenews.com Bonaire is beautiful, and somewhere in the middle of the world’s real estate market. This is a view from one of the properties Sunbelt has for sale.


Page 10 Bonaire ReporterJune 8-22, 2012 Hayward pool pump. 1.5 HP. 110/220 volt 50 hz. In very good condition $150 Call 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm ———————————————— Bonaire Reporter Classifieds— Are still free Got something to buy or sell? Non-Business Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words are still FREE Commercial Ads only $0. 77 per word, for each two-week issue. Call 786-6518 or 786-6125 or email info@bonairereporter.com LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS Studios for rent at Hato, 1-2 persons, $ 420-530 per month. Long term/short term. www.bonaireverhuur.com or call 7172529/7962529 -----------------------------------------------Gaudi studio available $560 p.m. All in. at Hato, after 8 july. Call 7172529//7962529 See what is free on www.bonaireverhuur.com. -------------------------------------------------Spacious 2-BR apartment in quiet location at Punt Vierkant in Belnem. Fully furnished, living + dining area and full kitchen. Patio and tropical garden. Long term $890.00 per month. Including Cable TV + WIFI internet. Excluding housekeeping + utilities. Available per June 01, 2012. Call 796-5530. ———————————————2 Bedroom Apartment for rent in Belnem furnished, closed garden and carport. Including cable. $700. For more info please call 796-9559, 796-5885, or email kjonsdot@sscinc.com ——————————————— For Rent: house @ Nawati, long term, max. 2 pers. Fully furnished, 2 bed, 1 bath, kitchen, living area, covered porch. Big outside area. Airco, warm water. $925,per month,1 month deposit. Info: 717-2203/786-3553 ———————————————— Bonaire Del Sol Apartment for Rent This apartment is located in Hato 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Living room & Kitchen $ 750, p/m 2 person Excl. Utilities $650, p/m 1 person Excl. utilities Inclusive T.V. & internet Close to Saint James School of Medicine 100m from the sea. Easy walking distance of supermarkets and restaurants, dive shops and fitness facilities. Cell 599 785 0918 ———————————————-Apartment for rent in Santa Barbara. Sleeping room, Living room, Bath, Porch, Kitchen, Pool, 1-2 persons. Airco, Water, Electricity, W-Lan, Cable-TV all inclusive U$ 690,00 per month. E-mail: bauer.paul@t-online.de —————————————————————————————— MISCELLANEOUS GET INTO REAL SAILING 19 foot sailing sloop -Micro 5.5 includes -New Mainsa il and Genoa 2008, Mercury 6 HP outboard -Asking $6500. Contact email ianinbc@shaw.ca Pictures in February issues of the Bonaire Reporter ————————————————— Tel (599) 791-6272 / 785-6272 hans@outdoorbonaire.com www.outdoorbonaire.com For Quality House and Office Cleaning and Maintenance .. CALL JRA Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough, Low rates, References. One time or many. Phone 785-9041 … and relax. ———————————— LUNCH TO GO Starting from $4 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981. Web site: www.chinanobobonaire.com 16 Flights a day between Bonaire and Curaao Divi Divi Air Reservations 24 hours a day Call (5999 839-1515) Or (5999 563-1913) A business ad here can cost as little as $15. Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set, Moon Phase and Tides Winds and weather can further influence the local tide’s height and time Day High Low High Low High Sunrise Sunset Make Your Home More Comfortable FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Also interior or exterior design advice China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 795-9332 Fri 08 03:40 0.91 ft 12:01 0.39 ft 18:07 0.44 ft 23:12 0.22 ft 6:10 18:59 Sat 09 04:34 0.79 ft 12:39 0.35 ft 18:49 0.55 ft 6:10 18:59 Sun 10 00:38 0.21 ft 05:28 0.65 ft 13:12 0.30 ft 19:28 0.65 ft 6:10 19:00 Mon 11 Moon L Quarter 01:58 0.18 ft 06:20 0.51 ft 13:42 0.23 ft 20:06 0.74 ft 6:10 19:00 Tue 12 03:13 0.13 ft 07:14 0.38 ft 14:08 0.17 ft 20:42 0.81 ft 6:10 19:00 Wed 13 04:25 0.07 ft 08:09 0.25 ft 14:30 0.10 ft 21:17 0.85 ft 6:10 19:00 Thu 14 05:35 0.01 ft 09:09 0.15 ft 14:45 0.05 ft 21:50 0.88 ft 6:11 19:01 Fri 15 06:41 0.05 ft 10:21 0.07 ft 14:50 0.00 ft 22:24 0.90 ft 6:11 19:01 Sat 16 07:44 0.10 ft 12:07 0.02 ft 14:27 0.02 ft 22:57 0.91 ft 6:11 19:01 Sun 17 08:41 0.15 ft 23:32 0.91 ft 6:11 19:01 Mon 18 09:30 0.18 ft 6:11 19:02 Tue 19 00:08 0.90 ft 10:11 0.21 ft New Moon 6:12 19:02 Wed 20 00:45 0.89 ft 10:44 0.23 ft 6:12 19:02 Thu 21 01:23 0.86 ft 11:10 0.23 ft 6:12 19:02 Fri 22 02:03 0.82 ft 11:30 0.22 ft 6:12 19:02 Bring serenity Into your home With “Feng Shui” Wanted used items: Books, household items, shoes, clothes & books for dare to Care One Dollar Shop at Bonaire’s only play ground To donate pls. call Vicky – 786-4576 ———————————————Ocean-going sailboat/yacht for sale$15,900 see page 14 ————————————————Looking for roommate to share house in Nikiboko. $650/mo. Furnished. includes, utilities, cable & internet. 1st mo. rent plus 1 mo. security deposit Call 785-1580 ——————————————For Sale – new side by side 26 Cu. ft. Frigidaire fridge freezer, with ice and water dispenser. Asking price $900 ONO Please call 785-1790 for information. ——————————————— 5 gallon metal jerry cans $10 each. Armoire, with beveled glass mirror $250. 717-6847 ——————————————— Hyundai Tucson SUV automaat Type: 2.0 lt, 4 cilinder Bouwjaar 2006 Benzine motor US$9.000,Tel: 785-9453 Last Saturday thieves stole 9, 100m long rolls of goat wire from Kriabon If you hear or see something, or if someone asks you to buy goat wire illegally, call the police at 717-8000 or Kriabon 717-4587 FELMAR Cleaning Services Apartments, Hotels, Houses, Offices & More. Efficient Work, Good References. Tel. 786-0019 Pass by the farm: Kunuku Tras di Montagne For Coffee with delicious goat milk Mon-Wed-Fri, 8 am-12 noon Phone 786-6950 for directions MISSING DOG A Pug (Pekipoe) named Mona. Blond, dark face. Has disappeared from the garden in Nikiboko North on May 20st, 2012. If you have any information please call: Andres at 786-0016. Mona needs her medicine! Thank you!


Bonaire Reporter– June 8-22, 2012 Page 11 T he new dialysis opportunities in Bonaire, are a blessing for sick people Patients don’t have to travel to Curaao for the treatment, because now the island’s13 patients, are treated in a modern well equipped center. But of course is not a matter of not wanting to have such kind of treatment for certain patients, but is a must. From the experience of one patient ,we got to know and understand how she ended-up being a dialysis patient. I interviewed Mrs. Shalena Balentin (50) who works at the public library and has three children. As she tells it, “she always had problem with high blood pressure and in 1986 Shalena started having kidneys problems. Shal ena had a stone in one of her kidneys, and over time the problem persisted ,and she lost one kidney in 1990. She was left with only one kidney and had to use medication, plus being supervised by her house doctor and the nephrologists in Curaao. In 2005 Shalena got very sick. Her body began swelling and for four days in a row she went to the doctor in pain. The doctor thought it was just her blood pressure again. Shalena was sent to the hospital, but nothing could be done to ease the pain. Then, on a date she’ll never forget, she made an emergency trip to Curaao. When she got to the hospital in Curaao the specialist realized that her other kidney was failing, and that she needed to be operated on immediately and had to be dialyzed. Shalena’s life was really in jeopardy. She never can forget on that 6th of December 2005 how sick she was, and how she nearly lost her life. She had to stay in Curaao for 2 months, finally returning to Bonaire in February 2006. After that, Shalena had to travel to Curaao three times a week to dialyze. In February 2012 Fundashon Mariadal at San Francisco hospital, opened a Dialysis Center, so her and 12 other patients don’t have to travel to Curaao any more. Dialysis will be taken care of in Bonaire and after your treatment you can go back to work ,or if you feel sick the specialist will give you a sick leave letter. This sickness is not a very pleasant .First, Shalena ha s only one kidney that is not working properly ,so dialysis is the option. Second, you can’t drink too much liquid, because you don’t have the kidney to filter the liquid and convert it into urine. Third, you need to use lots of medications. Fourth, your diet needs to be regulated by a dietician. Fifth, you need to be under the control of a cardiologist and nephrologists. Sixth, you need to sleep well and limit your activities. Seven, your whole life and the life of your family changes. You need to have a very supportive family to cooperate in all your needs. Shalena general advice is to eat healthy, and do not have to many alcoholic drinks. Don’t smoke, and get enough sleep. Be on guard of your health; don’t take your health for granted. For the house doctors: be alert to your patient’s problems, don’t be negligent. If the patient needs specialized care, send for it right away. Don’t make evaluations on your own if you are not specialized in the disease. Consult other doctors and spare the patient’s life. Mrs. Shalena asked me to take her picture at the Dialysis Center ,so we can understand what she had to under go three times a week. I ask Mrs. Maite Snijder(57) head officer of the Dialysis Center permission. She is an experienced Bonairean, who worked with dialysis patients on Curaao, Aruba, Netherlands and is now on Bonaire. She is in charge of whole center. Only with the patient’s permission, was I allowed to take pictures of the patient .But of no other patients. Mrs. Snijder tells me that the Dialysis Center dialyze 13 patients (10 women and three men) a week fr om Monday through Saturday. Three CAPD ( Continue Ambulante Peritoneale Dialyse ) a kind of belly dialysis; these patients still need to go to Curaao for this treatment. The Dialysis Center in Bonaire supervised these patients that need to go to Curaao once a week, to be dialyzed. In cases of emergency they will be sent to Curaao right away. So we got to know about Mrs. Shalena Balentin ex perience. And of course, every patient has his/her own experience how of they started dialysis. We now have an idea how the Dialysis Center works. Just make sure you take care of your health, Don’t neglect it. Story & photo by Siomara Albertus. DIALYSIS CENTER BONAIRE Choose your size from 5’x5’ to 10’x20’. Prices from $29 to $147 per month. Call 700-1753 www.bonaireselfstorage.com O u t o f S p a c e ? Shalena Balentin, dialysis patient


Page 12 Bonaire ReporterJune 8-22, 2012 ACCOMMODATIONS Villa Makoshi is a fully furnished home with central air; 2 BR; 2 Baths; 2 private & secured decks with a beautiful view; pool. www.Villamakoshi.com AIRLINES Divi Divi AirBonaire’s “on time airline” with 16 flights a day between Bonaire and Curaao. Your first choice fo r inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba. APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS City Shop the mega store, has the island’s widest selection of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. In-store financing too. BANK ORCO Bank, offers one-on-one attention, pers onal banking. Each client is a person, not a number. Office in the historic building at Kaya Grandi 48. BARS Zazu Bar at the Harbour Village Marina, is all you expect in a great bar. Super bartender, quality drinks and fri endly service. Plus Bonaire’s only Rum Bar– over 50! BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and facial waxing. CARS AND BIKES De Freewieler, sells bikes and all kinds of bike accessories. They do professional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Have your keys made here too. DENTURE REPAIR All Denture Lab —for the best denture care by an experienced professional. Repairs while you wait. Next to Botika Korona on Kaya J. G. Hernandez. WANT A LISTING IN THIS DIRECTORY? It’s still free for regular advertisers in The Reporter. Call Laura at 786-6518 for more details. ON and IN the WATER Budget Marine, has what anyone with a boat needs, and if its not in stock they can order it quickly. You can also find special hardware for general use and components for solar and wind electric systems. Carib Inn, is the popular 10-room inn with di ve shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bonaire. G ood prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. Dive Friends, has four dive schools and three retail shops so you always get the best deals and can be assured of top notch training. Remodeled shop open now. UNDERWATER VIDEO ScubaVision Pro video of your Bonaire vaca tion, above and/or below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire’s top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts. GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES Green Label, has everything you need to start or maintain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. Off Kaya Industria, behind TIS. HOME CARE Bonaire Second Home Care, can handle all the needs of second home owners on Bonaire including inspec tion, management and cleaning. PARTY PLACE Tropical Rancho, is where you go if you want to dance to Latin rhythms in a friendly, safe atmosphere. It’s open late and in town PHOTOGRAPHER Bonaire’s creative video and still photographer for the wedding or other important events in your life. ScubaVision, Kaya Grandi 6, See website scubavision.info or ScubaVision on YouTube REAL ESTATE /RENTAL AGENTS Sunbelt Realty, offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and visit. RESTAURANTS Bistro de Paris— is back at a new location at the H.V. Marina. Superb menu, genuine French dishes in a waterfront ambiance. Pasa Bon Pizza —Bonaire’s quality pizza-Best ingredients, best baking and best taste. Great salads and lasagna too. Eat in or take away. RETAIL Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women and children. SECURITY Special Security Services, will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. STORAGE The Storehouse ( Mangazina in Papiamentu ) offers Secure Storage for Vehicles, Household Items, Diving and Sporting Gear, Business Files or Inventory. Across from the northern hotel row. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight, Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent. What would we do without their superb services? SPAS/GYM Bon Bida Spa & Gym, World Class fitness and health facilityClasses, top notch machines, trainers. Day, monthly or annual rates. Face and Body Day Spa by Nubia. Professional massage therapy, facials, reflexology, lymph drainage, Shiatsu, deep tissu e massage and other body and facial treatments SUPERMARKETS Carniceria Latino— Best BBQ on Bonaire every Saturday. Plus an exceptionally well-stocked supermarket featuring local meats and fish TOP Supermarket— Conveniently located downtown at the old Cultimara location. Featuring a complete selection including fresh meat, fruit and vegetables. Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria— Big air conditioned market with a friendly staff, the largest selection and lowest prices on the island. They stock what you need. MADE ON BONAIRE Semper Kontentu goat cheese. Ask for it at restaurants and look in the markets. Lovingly handmade. Mugs now available. VARIETY STORE The Tung Fung Store, is a great asset to everyone on Bonaire because it stock so many things we want: clothes, hardware, food, auto and bike supplies. If you don’t see it… ask for it. They probably have it. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di Amor. Hotel or downtown pickup The only water taxi to Klein Bonaire with an easy on/off builtin ramp A Directory listing is free for regular advertisers in The Reporter Call Rose at 795 0110 / 795 0318 or Laura at 786-6518 for information Sunbelt Realty RADIO STATION Mega FM— Radio entertainment all day 101.1, “Feel The Music” Sponsors of the Bonaire Jazz Festival


Bonaire Reporter– June 8-22, 2012 Page 13 REGULAR EVENTS € Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for residents and local people. Tel. 717 -8489, 540-9800. € We Dare to Care Park children’s playground open hrs 1:00 pm 7:00 pm entrance fee 1.00 per child & 1.50 per adult. Saturdays open for free. Closed on Sundays. €Kas di Arte—Ongoing exhibit and sale of work of different artists Temporarily closed Saturdays €We Dare To Care Playground Bazaar Flea market tables are $10.00 except first Saturday of the month when they are free. Open 9 am 2 pm. Call Marissa 701 1103 Everything for sale, old & new: household items, plants, baby things, clothes & shoes. Food riot, BBQ. All funds go toward maintaining the Park. €Marshe di Kunukeru (Farmers’ Market ) 1st Saturday of the month at Kriabon, Kaminda Jatu Baco #55, next to Aquamarin School, 8 am to 12 noon. € Marshe di Kunukeru (Farmers’ Market ) Last Saturday of the month at Pakus di Pruga (Animal Shelter’s Garage Sale-see below), 8 am-noon € Bonaire Animal Shelter’s “Garage Sale” Pakus di Pruga—every Saturday 8am-5pm. At Kaminda Liberador Simon Bolivar, across from Brandaris Caf. Tel. 717-4989 € Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine Company’s warehouse on Kaya Industria, Second Saturday of the month 7-9 pm. ( Always call to make sure it’s on: Tel. 560-7539 ) Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10 per person. € Soldachi Tours—See the real Bonaire and be transported back in time. Learn about the history, culture and nature by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call Maria Koeks for more information—796-7870. €PetanqueJeu de Boules, Saturdays 2:30 pm Tera Cora ranch. info: 786-0150 Sundays Kunuku Arawak Music, drinks, local food, dancing, 10 am—6 pm. Live music starts at 4 pm. Tel.7867210 Mondays € Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value € Meet the Captain Night at Captain Don’s Habitat Bar– Get up close and personal with Bonaire’s dive pioneer. The Captain will autograph your copy of his newest book Reef Windows Tuesdays Chez Nous Restaurant— Multicourse dinner prepared by students, under direction of teachers, $20. At the high school. Reservations mandatory 700-4628 Wednesdays Chez Nous Restaurant – Multi-course lunch, about $12, at the high school. Reservations mandatory 700-4628. Ben & Harrie Acoustic Guitar Duo at Spice Beach Club, 6-9 pm, Eden Beach Fridays Happy Hour Crafts Market at Wilhelmina Park, sponsored by Bonaire Arts and Crafts As sociation. 5-9 pm. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS Monday -Touch the Sea -Dee Scarr, honored as a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame conducts Bonaire's Touch the Sea programs of personalized dive guiding. She presents a unique perspective on critters and corals, plus an updated Bonaire lionfish report, every Monday when she's onisland at 8:30 pm in the Aquarius Conference Center at Captain Don's Habitat, Call 717-8290. Wednesday Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) presents an informative slide show: Sea Turtles of Bonaire, at 8pm, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the conference room at Captain Don's Habitat (717-8290) BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangasina di Rei, Rincon Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018 Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, 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 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday at 7pm. Phone: 790-7001 and 796-4 931 Al-Anon meetings every Thursday evening at 7.30pm. Call 700-7751 or 701-8728 Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Caf. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. JCI First Wednesday of the MonthJunior 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 welcome. Contact: Renata Domacass 516-4252. Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th 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 Resort in Peter Hughes meeting room upstairs above the dive shop. All Rotarians welcome. Tel. 785-0046. Toastmasters Club meets every two weeks. For more information call Crusita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez Beck, at 786-2953. CHURCH SERVICES Protestant Congregation of Bonaire: ( VPGB ), Kralendijk, Plasa Wilhelmina; Sunday service; 10 a.m. in Dutch Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian; Sunday service; 8:30 am in Papiamentu/Dutch Children’s club, every Saturday from 4:30 till 6 pm in Kralendijk,(annex of the church.) Contact; Marytjin@gmail.com or Daisycoffie@hotmail.com International Bible Church, Kaya Papago 104, Hato, behind Bon Fysio/ Bon Bida Spa & Gym on Kaya Gob. N. Debrot. Sunday 9:00 am Worship service in English; 10:45 am Sunday school for all ages. Tuesday 7:30 pm Adult bible study class. 717-8377 for more info or ride bonaireibc@yahoo.com Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304. Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm 717-2194 Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact: 786-2557. Prayer and Intercession Church, in English. A full Gospel Church l ocated temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are held Sunday mornings10am to 11:30am. Bible studies in English on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm. Contact: 717-3322 Who’s Who on The Bonaire Reporter Take The Reporter Home—1-year subscription: By mail to US $75; By mail to Europe $170. By Internet, Free (asking a $35 donation.) For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter PO Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean; phone (599) 786-6518, 786-6125, E-mail: info@bonairereporter.com The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Published every two weeks Reporters: Siomara Albertus, Michael E. Ba kich, Baldev Bhatia, J@n Brouwer, Caren Eckrich, Abbey Elmer, Corine van der Hout, Greta Kooistra Unattributed photos are by the editor or publisher. Distribution: Marlene & Co. (Playa), Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Divi-Divi Airline, Ava Rose Wuyts (mailing) Housekeeping: JRA. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij, Curaao 2012 The Bonaire Reporter CLOSE-IN EVENTS Tuesday, June 12 CIEE Lecture :"Coral-algae phase shifts: insights in the mechanisms leading to coral decline and algal domination." by Rene van de Zande, University of Utrecht At CIEE, 26 Kaya Gob. Debrot, 7 pm – 8 pm Friday, June 15-Book Dedication Saturday, June 23 Wings of Support Concert, see page 11 Sunday, June 24 –St. John’s Day Friday, June 29 —St. Peter’s Day Sunday, July 1 – Dia di Arte– Art Day July 27, 28, 29– Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival. See page 18 Have Questions About Bonaire Real Estate? Ask The Reporter –email: reporter@bonairereporter.com


Page 14 Bonaire ReporterJune 8-22, 2012 T his is a special alert. This lovely black and white spaniel, Viola, needs to find a loving owner fast. She’s a darling pup of only about six months old, but she’s a “people dog,” not a “dog’s dog.” Consequently she would be so much happier living with an appreciative owner, rather than in a pen at the Bonaire Animal Shelter with other more rambunctious dogs. She’s more of a lady. Her previous owner, who had to leave the island to go back to the Dominican Republic, obviously treated her well and cared for her, as she looks beautifully groomed. Of course, Viola is in perfect health and has been examined by the vet. The adoption fee includes all that, plus sterilization and even an identity chip so that she can be identified even if she is lost. You may meet Viola at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989. WWW.BonaireAnimalShelter.com SHELTER NEWS Can you help as a volunteer, especially in the Cat Cage ? Since three of the current volunteers had to leave there’s a big empty space and need for volunteers. Why volunteer? According to some who work at the Shelter: “There’s no need for Prozac if you take care of cats. They put a smile on your face and make you happy!” And that’s the way others have felt who’ve worked at the Shelter – sometimes for years until they had to quit for health reasons or because they had to leave the island. You may be assured that your life will be enhanced by these comical and entertaining little creatures. CAT CRISIS – TOO MANY CATS. So many kittens have been brought into the Shelter lately or dropped off in the Kousa di Bestia (animal cage outside the Shelter). We do love them all, but when there are too many it’s a problem. The Shelter can accommodate only 25 cats – comfortably, safely, and health wise. So – there’s a campaign to Neuter Your Cat – For Free Just bring it into the Shelter and they’ll take care of the sterilization, at no charge to you. If you have cats that just stop by, bring them in too. The Shelter would like to “close the barn door” (sterilize the cat s) “before the horse gets out” (before the cat gets pregnant) Laura DeSalvo R esearch is being done to mimic marine animal camouflage for high tech materials Scientists are in the process of looking at the camouflage of different marine animals, and are trying to mimic it for human use. Two scientists in the United States were awarded a large grant from the Office of Naval Research to develop materials that can mimic the ability of marine animals such as cephalopods to camouflage themselves. Cephalopods are invertebrates that include cuttlefish, octopuses, and squid. Cephalopod skin contains opsins, a type of light sensing protein that functions in the eyes and allows the animal, such as a cuttlefish, to instantly change its skin color and pattern in order to communicate with other cuttlefish or to hide from predators. Scientists call it ‘smart skin’ and are trying to mimic the protein in the cephalopods by looking at how the protein receives light and transfers the visual signals to the skin. It will take time, but the final goal of the research is to develop materials that will allow soldiers and equipment to camouflage with any background. Abbey Elmer Edited by Caren Eckrich Abbey Elmer is an environmental science major at Drake University in the United States and studied abroad during the spring 2012 semester at the CIEE Research Station in Bonaire. She loves the island of Bonaire and hopes to return to do research here. Jellyfish bloom The Bonaire Animal Shelter second hand store needs donations of household Items, appliances, clothes, furniture, and anything else you want to get rid of. Call Paul at 787-0466 or Dabney at 717-3949 to arrange for them to pick up your donations. Viola and Heleen http://www.tnaqua.org/OurAnimals/ Invertebrates/Cuttlefish.aspx


Bonaire Reporter– June 8-22, 2012 Page 15 *to find it... just look up June Aries (Mar. 21April 20) New interests, projects, and learning endeavors are featured in June, dear Aries, and these may come about due to professional pressures or challenges. Career shifts can be sudden. More contact with family, siblings, and friends is pleasurable and helpful. This month, you begin a year-long trend in which teaching, authoring, and communications in general can bring great benefits to your life. Your work could involve more short trips or commuting, or you might work more heavily in the communications industry. Look for opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills set. Taurus (Apr. 21May 21) This month, you begin a year-long trend that brings more oomph to your earning power, dear Taurus. A significant gift or bonus may come your way. This is a good time to work with financial institutions, go for a raise, or apply for a loan. You may need to curb an inclination to overspend, however. You have opportunities to increase your income through education, travel, or by expanding your reach/ audience in business during this period. This month, some backtracking is necessary. After the 27th, you ’ re ready to push your plans forward. Gemini (May 22-June 21) This month, you begin a fabulous year-long trend this month that boosts your self-confidence and brings personal opportunities to advance into your life, dear Gemini. It can be easier to find a close relationship, and for partnered Geminis, a partner has their best interests at heart and is especially supportive. Problems that have been holding you back in the past, are likely to lift in the year ahead. It ’ s not the best month for lending money or collecting on loans. Cancer (June 22-July 22) Your private life is especially animated in June, dear Cancer. You are beginning a year-long trend that brings great benefits from helping others, volunteering, and other forms of service. Spirituality is strong and your innate compassion is highlighted. However, you could experience conflict between the demands of a partnership and the demands of career this month. Finding a balance between the two, instead of pushing or rebelling against either, is the challenge now. Leo ( July 23-Aug 22) This month, you are beginning a year-long trend that brings great energy and many benefits to your social life, dear Leo. Wonderful opportunities can arise for new friendships and through current friends and connections. Some of you may find romance through friends, groups, and associates. Some might bring creative energy or skills to a group setting. However, some drama is likely with a friend this month, which is likely to be resolved after the 27th. Romance is emotionallycharged and exciting in June. Virgo (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Although career matters can be tricky this month, dear Virgo, you ’ re beginning a year-long trend that will boost your professional life, and your reputation, to new heights. This can be a time of career advancement and success in business. Business-related travel or the reaching of a wider audience is possible during this cycle. Your status is set to change for the better, and a family member could receive an honor. However, this month you may be dealing with temporary problems with cash flow. A romantic relationship can be difficult to define. Libra (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You are beginning a year-long trend in which opportunities to travel, study, and otherwise expand your personal horizons are likely to present themselves, dear Libra. Teaching, writing, publishing, promotional activities, travel, legal matters, and studying are all wellstarred in the period ahead. However, this month you could be facing some challenges balancing the needs of a partnership and the demands of family. You can be pulled in many different directions with less time to pursue your own personal goals. Tame restlessness and tend to your responsibilities as best as you can. Scorpio (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You are beginning a year-long trend that brings more support from others, financial gain, and stronger opportunities to grow a deep relationship, dear Scorpio. Your sense of security or wealth can increase through a relationship with a partner. Sources of income might also come through counseling work or the handling of others' finances and resources. This month, however, your schedule may be hectic, particularly on a social level, and there can be some challenges organizing your finances. Sagittarius (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) This month, avoid risky financial moves, dear Sagittarius. Unsettled money matters may need your attention now. While close relationships can be tricky until after the 27th, you are beginning a year -long trend that brings great energy for forming or enhancing warm close relationships and partnerships, whether personal or business-related. Good publicity may come your way. Resolutions are likely to be found for long-standing problems in relationships. Capricorn (Dec 22.Jan. 20) While work can involve some minor frustrations until after the 27th, dear Capricorn, you are beginning a year-long trend in which you can improve your working life considerably. Work tends to be very available to you, and possibly too available at times, so that you may have to choose between alternatives or you could take on too much. Overall, however, work is likely to be very rewarding. As well, health is likely to improve in the year ahead. Home life may be unsettled in June, but should calm down by July. Aquarius (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) While your romantic life may be on the tricky side until after the 27th, dear Aquarius, you are beginning a year-long trend that brings wonderful opportunities to boost your social life, explore your creativity, and find new avenues for entertainment and self-expression. For some of you, a friend could turn into a romantic partner, or could introduce you to one during this cycle. Even so, watch for a tendency to misplace your faith in someone this month. Pisces (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You are beginning a year-long cycle in which your home life is set to improve considerably, dear Pisces. You may be working from home, with family, or in real estate and domestic fields during this cycle. While it ’ s a strong cycle in which to invest in real estate and in your home, this month, idealism may cloud your judgment. There may be some tense undercurrents or conflicts over money that disrupt a friendship in June. Relationships are lively and moving forward. From the 19th forward, romance and recreation figure strongly. Baldev Bhatia S ky Park visitors got to see syzygy in action— the alignment of the Sun and Earth with a third celestial object — which ranks among the favorites of many astronomy enthusiasts. On June 4th they saw Venus pass between the Sun and Earth. This was Venus’ second solar transit in the past eight years, but the last one until 2117. Observers nearly everywhere except eastern South America and western Africa ,could watch at least part of this rare and historic event. Following the transit, Venus moves into the morning sky and pairs with Jupiter in some spectacular predawn scenes. The evening sky has its own charm, with Mercury on display during twilight and Mars and Saturn prominent after darkness falls. Meanwhile, Pluto reaches opposition and peak visibility, in late June. Although you will need a telescope to see the distant world, its position near a relatively bright star makes the task of finding it a bit easier than usual. June 21st marks the morning of the June solstice, the start of summer north of the equator. The Botid meteor shower could put on a nice show June 23, The moon is just past new phase and the sky will be dark for most of the night,. Streaking swiftly across the sky, motes of dust burn up as meteors. Although Earth constantly sweeps up interplanetary dust, our planet runs through a slightly denser trail this month. Named after the constellation from which the meteors appear to radiate, the Botids peak June 23, three days before the Moon reaches its full phase. The northern constellation Botes, the Herdsman is easy to find because the brilliant orange star Arcturus, marks its base. Arcturus ranks fourth-brightest of all nighttime stars. To find it, first find the Big Dipper, and follow the curve of the Dipper's handle away from the Dipper to dazzling Arcturus. The radiant — the point in the sky where the meteors seem to come from — lies about 30 (one-sixth of the way across the sky) north-northeast of Arcturus. The Botids' radiant (above chart) is in the northern sky early in the evening and high in the northwest at midnight. The highest hourly rates occur a few hours before dawn. The predawn hours offer the best viewing because that's when our location will face Earth's direction of travel. In essence, Earth will be running into the meteors. The Botids shower usually is a weak one, with rates around 10 meteors per hour, but it has been strong at times. One such outburst happened June 27, 1998. Skywatchers observed hundreds of meteors streaming out of Botes ,over a fewhour period. Earth had encountered a denser part of the meteoroid stream. The years 1916, 1921, and 1927 also saw meteor activity way above normal. More recently, another nice display occurred in 2004. INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT METEORS Most visible meteors lie within 120 miles (200 kilometers) of an observer. Meteors become visible at an average height of 55 miles (90 km). Nearly all burn up before they reach an altitude of 50 miles (80 km). No known meteorite has been associated with a meteor shower. (That is, no shower meteor has ever survived its flight through the atmosphere and been recovered.) The typical bright meteor is produced by a particle, with a mass less than 1 gram and with a size no larger than a pea. The average total mass of meteoritic material entering the Earth's atmosphere is estimated to be between 100 and 1,000 tons (91,000 and 910,000 kilograms) per day. The hourly rate on a "non-shower" night, is approximately six meteors per hour. A meteoroid enters the atmosphere at velocities between 25,000 and 165,000 mph (40,300 and 265,000 km/h). Michael E. Bakich SYZYGY AND METEORS The Botids' radiant


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