Bonaire reporter
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Page 2 Bonaire ReporterAugust 3-17, 2012, 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, August 13 Story and Ad deadline: Friday, August 10 M ost new Dutch political parties are having great difficulty participating in the September 12 general election in the Caribbean Netherlands. For the first time, citizenresidents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will be allowed to cast their votes in the Dutch Parliament Second Chamber election. There are 19 electoral districts in The Netherlands mainland. The latest addition, Electoral District Bonaire, consisting of the “special entities” Bonaire, Statia and Saba, brings the total to 20. There are approximately 15,000 eligible voters in the three islands. To be eligible to vote in the Second Chamber elections one must have Dutch nationality, be at least 18 years of age and not have been deprived of their voting rights by court order. These requirements are similar to those for residents of The European Netherlands. The Democratic Political Turning Point Party, the Party for Seniors 50PLUS, and the Euro Party have not gathered the needed 50 signatures signed in the list in the presence of a civil servant at the Government Administration Building to qualify. The airline Tiara Air Aruba announced it will conduct daily flights between Curaao and Bonaire beginning Monday, July 30th. Tiara will fly three times a day with a Shorts 360 – a small aircraft with 36 seats – between Hato Airport and Flamingo Airport. The Curaao-Bonaire route is the first step in Tiara’s expansion plan. The airline recently purchased a 141-passenger Boeing 737-300, to be used for six new weekly routes from Aruba to St. Maarten, Medellin and Armenia in Colombia, Maracaibo and Caracas in Venezuela and Fort Lauderdale in the US, starting September. Nearly all Bonaire restaurants are feeling the drop in the economy. Richard’s Restaurant closed, but opened with a new chef, then closed again. Patagonia will move next to Donna & Georgio’s downtown. There’s a great new Japanese Sushi place run by a Dutch guy – Osaka. Owner Kirk Gosden left Sunrise at Den Laman. The Peruvian restaurant, Plazita Limina, on Kaya Grandi, will move to their own building behind the Tung Fung store. Spice (across from Plaza entrance) is closed. City Caf has finished their lease with the building’s owners but has not moved out. They are in court. The ship Krioyo Blue Curaao with a passenger capacity of 300 and a 400-cubic-meter storage space plans to sail from Curaao to Coro, Venezuela, via Aruba-Punto FijoBonaire-Curaao beginning in September. The director of the new company that will run the ferry service, said: “There is much interest for the route. Many tour operators and companies made contact after the announcement. There were also many positive responses from Bonaire. We will therefore celebrate the Day of Bonaire, September 6, on that island. It will be attractive for them to shop on Curaao because of huge price rises on their island. Thanks to the huge storage possibilities, we can even ship refrigerators for example.” Dr. Jay Haviser, well known in Bonaire for his archeological studies and involvement with BONAI, celebrated his 30 years as a Civil Servant for the Netherlands Antilles and island governments, (Continued on page 3) Bonaire Inflation in 2012... Still inflating, but not as fast According to the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the inflation rate on the Dutch Caribbean islands was substantially lower in the second quarter of 2012 than in the first quarter. The rate on Bonaire was 3% ; on St Eustatius and Saba, the rates were 5.3% and 3.9% respectively in the second quarter. Inflation on Bonaire was 0.6% less in the second quarter of this year from the 3.6% in the first quarter. The decline is predominantly due to the fact that prices of food and home furnishing articles have risen less rapidl y than in the first quarter. Food prices were on average 6% up from one year previously, versus 8.9% in the first quarter. This Week’s Stories Bonaire Inflation 2 Elders Celebrate ( Pensionado ) 4 Happy Birthday Greta 4 Pro Kids Prep. 6 Evert Piar-45 years 7 Donkey Situation 7 Friday Happy Hour Market 8 Happy Birthday Madelief 10 8th Jazz Festival 10 8th Jazz Festival 11 Bonaire Ambassadors 14 Wounded Warriors Coming 14 New Waterfront Park 15 Stop Smoking Bonaire 17 Monuments of Bonaire 17 Departments Flotsam & Jetsam 2 On the Island Since –Mala Harnam 5 Piece of ParadiseOwning a Bonairean Humor 7 Bonairean Voices –The Beauty Pageants 8 Piece of Paradise-Condo On Bonaire-Pleasure or Pain 9 Shopping & Dining Guides 12 Classifieds 13 Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times, Moon Phase 13 Picture Yourself (Tahiti) 15 What’s Happening 16 Masthead 16 Sudoku, Sudoku Answer 17 Pet of the Week (Tygo and Rose) 18 Did You Know-DCS in Marine Mammals 18 The Stars Have It (Astrology) 19 Sky Park (Perseid Meteors) 19 Dr. Haviser


Bonaire Reporter– August 3-17, 2012 Page 3 last week. To commemorate this he donated several of his paintings to the St. Maarten Disaster Management Office and the Nature Foundation of St. Maarten as a show of gratitude for being allowed to serve the people of the islands for three decades. It has been about three months since Drukkerij De Stad NV (who prints The Reporter and most of the other newspapers available on Bonaire) began a new printing press installation and it is moving along fairly smoothly. Print tests and training will commence in another couple of weeks and they should be “pulling paper” and going “live” shortly after. Readers should notice an improvement in quality. The old press will be dismantled and shipped to Canada as soon as the new press is commissioned and completed. LONDON/PARIS— The world’s first vaccine against dengue fever, being developed by French drug maker Sanofi SA, should protect against three of the virus’s four strains in a keenly awaited clinical trial in Thailand. Other drug companies are also working on dengue vaccines but Sanofi’s product is several years ahead. Every year some residents of Bonaire contract dengue fever from a mosquito bite. The sickness is severe but rarely fatal. The Bonaire Island Council recently officially approved the draft wastewater (sewer/ kloaka ) ordinance. This new regulation contains rules that are necessary to implement the Sewerage Project that aims to capture the human-produced wastewater from Belnem to Hato The work of tearing up the streets to lay sewer lines, the construction of the treatment plant and related elements over the past is almost complete. The Island Ordinance is necessary because it formalizes the rules on connection to the sewage system of households and businesses along the coastal strip. Bonaire now complies with the agreements with the European Union, who financed the greater part of the project. The administrative negotiations with The Netherlands on compulsory connection aren’t completed yet, so the households and businesses involved needn’t take any action now. Government will send a letter beforehand with the necessary information. The wastewater regulation goes beyond the households and businesses on the coastal strip that must be connected to the sewer. The Government is also compelled to collect the wastewater with tank trucks within 500 meters on both sides of the road to Rincon and Lagun. The regulation also contains the obligation for everyone dumping wastewater to make sure no damage is done to the environment. In principle, this means not polluting the soil, ground water or surface water. Neither may substances or products be Flotsam and jetsam (Continued from page 2) Chat ‘n Browse is becoming a visitor information center. Since good information is the basis of all knowledge and since island visitors sometimes find it difficult to park and visit the Tourist Office downtown the shop in the Sand Dollar Mall in the northern hotel row will fulfill the role of Information Disseminator par excellence! It is a role Chat ‘n Browse shop owner Mike Gaynor has always played. Now he is formally asking all of the businesses, accommodations, restaurants and attractions to let him promote them by passing out their flyers, etc. There is no charge to them for this service other than to continue to offer our visitors a good product and an enjoyable vacation. As usual, Chat ‘n Browse offe rs visitors the use of their phone at no charge for local calls. Please drop off your material at Chat n Browse, Kaya Gob N Debrot 79. For more information call 717-2281 or email info@chatnbrowse.com. dumped in the wastewater that could impede the operation of the purification plant (like used motor oil). The sewerage project is to protect the public’s health and the coral reefs. It’s also good for tourism and the economy of the island. Responsible Commissioner James Kroon is pleased the Island Council adopted his wastewater regulation. Five Italian students practicing in Bonaire were treated to an evening at Capriccio Restaurant before their return to Europe last Sunday. They are participating in a 10-year-old exchange program with the hotel and restaurant section of the SGB comprehensive high school. Students from Bonaire take part in chef’s courses at hotel academies in the region of Emilia Romagna, Italy. This year eight Bonairean students went to Nazereno School. Their Italian counterparts did internships at various restaurants in Bonaire. You now can receive all Benetton news on your smartphone or tablet in real time: news discounts promotions etc. Have you already downloaded the Benetton app? You can find it on App Store, Android Market, Amazon Appstore and BlackBerry App World. Don't forget to enter The Reporter’s “name the prison” contest. Bonaire is increasing its prison accommodations drastically and a better name is needed for the facility. Curaao’s prison is Bon Futuro. Can you top that? Send suggestions to reporter@bonairenews.com. Winner gets a large Pasa Bon pizza. Readers! Remember to remind the places where you shop that they should advertise in The Reporter because English is the language of bargains and business and will help them get more customers G./L. D. New DeStad press


Page 4 Bonaire ReporterAugust 3-17, 2012, 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 To Greta Kooistra. Thanks for your stories that sensitively capture the feeling and spirit of the people who live on Bonaire. We and they all hope you had a real happy birthday. The spectacular view from the hilltop at the kunuku S ome of the older people of Bonaire had a lively, musical and delicious party on Wednesday, July 25, the International Day of Retired Persons. The Bonaire UPAH (association of retired government workers and retirees from WEB, BIA, TELBO and SELIBON), had a lunch by Giby at Glenda Bernabela’s Rancho Bon Ambiente, perfect for the party. It was a time for old friends to get together and share some stories. L./G.D. Retired Customs head, Ubaldo Anthony, helped organize the day and served as MC. About 130 people were seated under tr ees or in the pavilion for the event.


Bonaire Reporter– August 3-17, 2012 Page 5 “I am from Paramaribo, Surinam. I was the youngest girl of three girls and six boys so when my mom had me she gave me to some people who lived in the same street. I grew up with them; they were a family of six. Until I came here I lived with that family and I called them mama and papa and considered their children as my brothers and sisters. The parents and one of their sons have since passed away but I still have a close relationship with the others. They raised me very strictly. I wasn’t allowed to speak Hindi. At home, at school and outside the house we had to speak Dutch (Surinam is a former Dutch colony), and I always had to help in the household. But they were affectionate and I am happy they raised me the way they did because it made me independent; I can do everything myself. In January 1994 I went to Curaao for nine months and lived with a foster sister. Then in October that year we came to Bonaire together because she had found a job with WEB. I had been fascinated by Curaao, but when we arrived here it was all I’d ever wanted – the tranquility, the fact that you could go everywhere on foot because it was small and everything was close. It was paradise! I was here for one month and applied for a job at Kentucky Fried Chicken. Then I had to return to Surinam to complete the permit. On January 10th, 1995, I arrived on Bonaire. I was 23 years old and I didn’t know anybody here. I worked for three years and eight months at Kentucky and during that period of time, my eldest son, Jaywand Cicilia, was born on August 4, 1997. Then I started looking for a day job and I found one as a salesperson for Bonaire Gift Shop. I stayed with them for eight years and eight months. I had a girlfriend, also from Surinam, and she had a boyfriend who was Win’s cousin.” Her partner, Wilfried ‘Win’ de Windt, laughs teasingly. “ Look at her, look at her big smile, ” and Mala blushes and nods affirmatively. “ Yes! I liked him! And so yeah, that’s how we met….” “I thought she was a bit strict,” Win says, “ but after all it wasn’t too bad and that’s why I’m still here! I am from Curaao. I was raised in an easy going way. We didn’t have too many responsibilities – it was a great childhood. My father worked for Curaao Dry dock Company Inc. where he repaired ships and my mom was at home. And she wasn’t as strict as this one here, haha! But my parents did a good job when they raised all seven of us! I came here in 2000 to work for my cousin’s company, Pro Con. When I arrived I said to myself, ‘Where have I ended up?’ There was nothing. Now I’ve been here 12 years. In Curaao life is very intense and there are always lots of things to do. I don’t think Bonaire is boring – not anymore. I’ve learned to appreciate the quietness and the tranquility.” “We’ve known each other for 11 years,” Mala says “and we’ve been living together for eight years. We started at Kaminda Djabou when our son Widjay was bornhe’s eight now -and our youngest son, Wirash, is three. The eldest is going to Havo 4. Widjay will be going to the sixth grade and the little one is still going to crche and…. in the meantime Wilfried got a permanent job at Cargill’s. On August 4th, 2006, we bought this house here in Nort di Salia – fortunately still in guilders! Everything has gone up so much! We changed all the windows and doors and inside we renovated the whole kitchen and everything else. I knew this neighborhood because I often went to visit a friend of mine, Rietje, who lives around the corner. The house belonged to Tico Grijt who was killed in a car accident. It had been for sale for three years until we bought it and from that day on almost every day people would come to ask if they could buy the house. Strange huh? The house is very good – it has a big balcony and lots of breeze, nice and cool. It’s is a fine place to live – a quiet part of Nort di Salia with nice neighbors.” This is a close-knit, beautiful family. They love each other and they respect each other and each family member helps the other and together they make it work. Win is a great guy, mellow, with a good sense of humor and Mala is strict – but in a very wise way. She has insight and she’s pretty! “I changed my job when Best Buddies was sold to Marjolein Gramsma and I went with Marjolein. It’s fun to work at Best Buddies and Pearls because you see a lot of people from all over the world. The majority are divers and they like the tranquility here on the island. Quite a lot of tourists come every year and during the years I worked at the shops in Kaya Grandi I’ve befriended many of them. Alas, these days Bonaire has become expensive, even for tourists, and you notice it because people buy less. I work fulltime, five days a week and so does Win. Only when a cruise ship comes to town I work weekends and the same for Win when a ship comes in to collect salt. He works in maintenance. It’s a good job although the sun can be a bit intense, but especially these days a permanent job is very important! We get up every day at 5am and at 6 Wilfried is picked up by a bus from Cargill. Then I take all the kids to school. The eldest is finished at 2pm and he comes home by himself. Widjay goes from Papa Cornes School to Skol di Tra’i Merdia Kibrahacha in the Sentro di Bario here in Nort di Salia, and the little one stays all day at crche till 5:30 pm when Daddy picks him up. At home everybody helps in the household and Wirash especially wants to do everything but he’s too little! Every Sunday we used to go to Thousand Steps or sometimes Klein Bonaire. Now we go for a drive or we go swimming with friends and colleagues. We go to the beach with a group, all of us bringing something dushi (delicious) to eat and when the children see the water they’re gone the whole day until they get hungry… Neither one of us has family here, but now and then we go to Curaao to visit Win’s family. And every year we have family over from Surinam. We as a family have been to Surinam twice.” “Surinam is very good, hopi (very) great and dushi adventure, adventure!” Win says. “We’ve made many trips inland, to the jungle, by boat, up to the boarder of Guyana. We also went to Nickerie and slept on the river banks very good! Very adventurous. I heard lots of noises at night! And every day we had delicious fresh vegetables and fruits – different from the ones you find here. It’s a great country to go for vacation, but for the people who live there it’s tough, because they don’t make a lot of money.” “On Bonaire, the Surinamese community has grown,” Mala says while she’s peeling potatoes and holds one up. “ Look what they look like from the inside. You have to throw away half. Anyway, all the Surinamese people know each other and on Independence Day, the 25th of November, the Surinamese association invites us all to get together. For the last three years I’ve sold food for fundraisings. The last fundraisings were for the Catholic Church (we’re Catholic, you see. Whichever way you look at it, there’s only one God) and for the Kontest di Fli and for Jerry Pikerie because he’s going to Holland for a body building competition. And Win is a volunteer with the Red Cross. I still have a wish,” she laughs, “ and that’s to travel with the whole family. Next year I want to go on a cruise, to visit the other islands that we don’t know. My boss told me it’s fun! Of course I went to ask and for all of us in total it will be $5,000 for the trip. Sure, everything has been paid for but when you arrive at another little island you also need some money to spend! I am happy. I’ve built up everything myself. I am just happy with my boys, with Win, with our jobs and our house, with everything we have.” Story & photos by Greta Kooistra The whole family: from the left to the right: Jaywand, Mala and Win and in front of them Widjay and Wirash Mala peeling potatoes while little Wirash is eager to help! “It’s a good job although the sun can be a bit intense, but especially these days a permanent job is very important!”


Page 6 Bonaire ReporterAugust 3-17, 2012, T he Pro Kids World Champion Windsurfing Competition with entries from England, Mexico, Bonaire, Curaao and Aruba will be held at Sorobon Beach next weekend, August 2 to 5 thanks to great support from local sponsors. See the background of the photo for the list. Unfortunately, this year the “adult” Professional Windsurfers Association, PWA, competition won’t be held because the fee requested by PWA and the prize money requirements are too high. Bonaire is not the only place where the PWA championships won’t be held this year due to the worldwide economic recession, said Elvis Martinus, Pro Kids spokesman. Bonaire’s focus on windsurfing has created sports professionals that made Bonaire known worldwide and is something to be proud of, in the eyes of the sponsors Event coordinator, Gerrald Victorina, announced details of the 2012 Pro Kids Bonaire Freestyle & Slalom Championship. This event will be dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Aquaspeed Bonaire Windsurfers organization. “The program is very extensive, starting with registration day on Thursday, August 2nd. On Friday, August 3rd we will start with the windsurf competition, dominos, bolas, and the official opening followed by a Happy Hour with the Dushi Band directly from Aruba. On Saturday, August 4th we will have a day of windsurfing, domino, bolas, the 25th Anniversary celebration together with Rincon Krioyo and On Time Band. Finally, Sunday, August 5th will be filled with different sports final competitions. There will be beach soccer, bolas, domino and also the Stand Up Paddleboard competition (a new sport on the Bonaire sceneed.). The be ach goers will have the opportunity to learn how to practice the Stand Up Paddleboard. The featured event is the Telbo Big Splash event. We will close our event with the wellknown Ephrem J & Loading Band directly from Curaao. This program is very extensive and changes could be possible. For the participants of the Pro Kids event we would like to mention that Kontiki Beach Resort which is our host hotel has a very special price. For more information visit our website www.prokidsfreestyle.com and also our Facebook page: Prokids Windsurfing Bonaire. A reminder for all participants, plea se register in advance through our website, www.prokidsfreestyle.com/ Aquaspeed Bonaire Windsurfers together with our sponsors would like to invite all Bonaire to visit the Sorobon Event Site and enj oy it together with us. Without any doubt we would like to give a special thank you to all the members of the organization, the event committee, collaborators, sponsors and ever yone who one way or the other made this event possible.” Press release/G.D. Elvis Martinus (far left) speaks to the press and sponsors at the press conference at Akkermans Toyota/ Hundai,


Bonaire Reporter– August 3-17, 2012 Page 7 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 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 Exito Bakery Green Label INPO 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 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: Bonfysio at Bon Bida Spa Budget Marine Caribbean Laundry Centro di Medico Customs Extra Newspaper Office Green Label Hair Affair Harbour Village Marina Napa Photo Tours Rocargo San Francisco Hospital TCB Telbo Tung Fong WEB office Bookstores: Addo’s Books & Toys Flamingo Bookstore Realty Offices : Bonaire 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… 7/28/12 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/ 786-6125 Email: Laura@bonairenews.com Bonairean Humor From the Papiamentu language newspaper Extra translated by Jane Madden Disko A man was driving 80 miles an hour in the wrong lane. A traffic cop stopped him and said: I am giving you a ticket because you are driving on the wrong side of the road. The man said: In Germany you have the right to drive there. The cop said: I’m also giving you a ticket because you are driving way over the speed limit. The man said: In Germany, there is no speed limit. The cop said: I am give you another ticket because you do not have your lights on. The man said: Why, it’s daylight? The cop said: It’s daylight here but it’s night time in Germany. G uy goes into a bar and orders five shots of rum. The bartender lines them up n the bar and the man drinks every one in less than 30 seconds. The bartender says: You drank those awfully fast. The man says: You would drink fast too if you had what I have. The bartender says: What do you have? The man say: Only 47 cents in my pocket. T wo close friends are sitting having a drink. One friend says, You are a lucky man, your wife has a great sense of humor. She told me the funniest joke yesterday. It was so funny I almost fell out of your bed. O n Valentine’s Day, a man goes into a store and asks if they have any Valentine cards that say for my one and only true love. The cashier says yes we do. The man says, Great, give me seven of them. A man and woman have been married for many years and have six children. The man always refers to his wife as “mother of si x” when they are in public, and never calls her by her name or any term of endearment. She asks him year after year to please stop it. He keeps on doing it. So one day they are at a big party and it’s time for them to leave. The husband announces in front of everyone, “It’s time to go, mother of six.” The wife replies in a loud voice: “Ok, just let me get my purse, father of one!” A very drunk man stands up in the middle of a bar and says: I’ll pay anybody $2,000 if they will take me home.” Everybody thinks he is crazy and ignores him. Half an hour later he stands up and says: “I’ll pay $3,000 to anybody who will take me home.” One patron decides to take him up on the offer and says: “OK, pal, I’ll take you home, where do you live?” The drunk guy says, “Do you think I’d offer somebody $3,000 to take me home if I could remember where I live?” More in the next edition “I f you could name a person on Bonaire whom everyone knows and highly regards it would be Evert Piar, the Managing Director of Maduro & Curiel’s Bank Bonaire. On Tuesday, July 17th, Evert Piar celebrated 45 years of service at the Friendly Bank, a remarkable and successful career that started in 1967 when he first joined the Bank as a teller, subsequently climbing the ladder to become Managing director in 1990. Mr. Piar has been an example in our community, not only because he is an excellent manager but because he is an outstanding person. During these 45 years MCB Bonaire went from five employees to 110 employees whom now work with the same passion and dedication as Mr. Piar. Thanks to the devotion of Mr. Piar, MCB Bonaire is one of the biggest private companies with a large number of employees and a leader in banking with many clients and friends who are happy with MCB Bonaire’s personal service. Moreover, Mr. Piar lives by the philosophy to give back to our community. He is an active member of a large number of organizations and boards aiming to help our community, including the Rotary, Mangazina di Rei, Chamber of Commerce and several more. He was decorated by Queen Beatrix as Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. Evert Piar’s legacy will live forever as the young man from Rincon whose hard work, love and dedication made MCB Bonaire the professional and innovative leading Bank that it is today. Andrea Van Slobbe Evert Piar More on Page 10


Page 8 Bonaire ReporterAugust 3-17, 2012, B eauty pageants have been the focus of the world today, just like any world wide competition because it’s an opportunity for the countries to promote their culture, language, talents and costumes to the world. Bonaire also has been in those competitions for some time to promote its beauties to the outside world like Trinidad & Tobago, Sint Maarten, Dominican Republic, Poland and the United Kingdom, to mention just a few. Miss Loresca Anthony, the 20102012 second finalist participated in the Miss Carib Hibiscus Sint Maarten Pageant 2011. Miss Benazir Charles Be rend Miss Bonaire 2010-2011, participated at the Miss Intercontinental Pageant 2010 in the Dominican Republic. She was number 8 in the top 10 finalists. Miss Benazir also participated in the 2011 Miss World in the United Kingdom. In London she was in the top 30 for Miss Sport, Miss Top Model and Miss Beauty of Purpose. The Miss Bonaire Organization has presented many events to elect a Miss Bonaire to represent the island. Miss Julina Felida (35), President of the Organization, recalls some information about the organization. We might mention that Miss Felida, besides being the president of the Miss Bonaire Organization, also has her regular job as a Marechaussee (immigration official) for the Dutch Kingdom, working shift hours. She’s an active athlete in the Galaxie Volleyball Team and takes care of her mother. Miss Julina has more than a handful of responsibilities, so why did she decide to create a Miss Bonaire Organization? She explains. “My nephew, Roderick Beaumont (23), who is studying Business Management Administration in Holland, encouraged me to start with the Miss Bonaire Organization because of my experience in organizing a Miss Sport Queen pageant. I myself participated in a Miss Bonaire beauty pageant in 1997-1998 and was the 1st finalist. With my title I represented Bonaire in Sint Maarten in 1998 at the Miss Carib Hibiscus Sint Maarten and was in the top 10 for best photo shooting. In 1999 I participated in the Miss Universe Trinidad and Tobago pageant. In 2010, 4th of September, with a board of five members Miss Bonaire was organized at Harbour Village. At first, the organization had a gathering with all the participants. Classes on how to be interviewed and public speaking are held in English and Spanish. Mrs. Rosita Paiman contributes for the nutrition part and the training. And at the end the candidate will have a photo shoot. After full period of casting the participants have to wait a week for their official qualifications in the Miss Bonaire Pageant. After the official qualification the rigid preparations begin for three months: etiquette, protocol, public speaking, makeup, hair styling, training, healthy diet etc. The responsibilities of the Miss Bonaire Organization are to prepare each candidate to be a possible winner. Information on a high level is given—all that a Miss Bonaire needs to represent the island. The chosen Miss Bonaire will be sent to an academy for more professional training. This academy, the Laurisa Inspired Academy, is the Miss Bonaire Organization’s main sponsor in Holland and prepares the girls for the bigger event. There they get their training—a whole packagemake-up, hair, guard rope and more. Usually the elected misses participate in smaller events like Miss Intercontinental, Miss Supra National, and Miss Globe before they get to Miss World, which is a bigger event. The Academy will prepare Miss Bonaire to the highest standard of the international rules to compete in the Miss World event. Miss Bonaire also has the responsibility to behave herself on Bonaire and internationally as the elected Miss Bonaire. She has to participate in all the training, interviews and behave as a role model for other youths. She must have lots of discipline. The Miss Bonaire Organization today has Miss Ana Maciel who participated in the Miss Supra National Pageant in Poland and was elected as the 3rd finalist for Best National Costume. She is at the Laurisa Academy to prepare to participate in the Miss World the 18th of August 2012 in Mongolia. The Elected Miss Bonaire 2012-2013, Miss Saphira Janga (21) (left in photo), is very talented and has a self confident and independent personality. She will be preparing this year to participate in the Miss Globe 2012 in Europe. After getting more experience she will be sent to the academy for training for Miss World 2013. The Miss Bonaire Organization thanks all the sponsors who cooperated with them for Miss Ana Maciel to participate in the Miss World 2012: Rochaline Hotel for the souvenirs, Cadushi Liqueur Bonaire, TCB, Commissioner James Kroon, Fundashon Wega di Number for Anna Maciel’s ticket to China. Thanks to Auto City for leasing a car for Miss Bonaire 2012 for a whole year. Miss Julina Felida encourages young women to realize their dream and participate in Miss Bonaire. Bonaire helps these youngsters to grow. Give your support when it’s needed. With this event you can put Bonaire international on high. Those who want to join the organization to help are always welcome. Send your request to Missbonaire@gmail.com ” Pageants are another way of promoting your island.When the event coordinator knocks at your door it’s for a good cause. So consider how you can help. Story & photo by Siomara THE BEAUTY PAGEANTS Every Friday from 5-9pm—arts and crafts, affordable drinks and good music I t’s the Happy Hour Arts and Crafts Market at the plaza next to El Mundo restaurant on Kaya Grandi. When the cruise ship season stopped in April, 12 people from the original cruise ship market decided to carry on through the low season. It’s resulted in a cozy little market, where people sell their locally made art, jewelry and photography combined with good music and affordable happy hour drinks. It’s not only an occasion to buy handmade arts and crafts but it also gives people an opportunity to talk to the artists about their work, but also about Bonaire and what’s going on. This special event gives Playa, the tourists, families and friends an extra dimension on a Friday evening. Over the last weeks The Reporter has introduced the artists who are part of this market and in this edition you will get to know two more. First there’s Diana, a thoroughbred entrepreneur: “I am from Bonaire and I’ve been at the cruise ship market for many, many years, but I am also at the Regatta market, at Dia di Rincon and Dia di Arte. Everything I sell in my stand is made by me. I make jewelry from sea glass that I find on the shore. I make slave huts and flamingos from wood and sand. All the magnets I make myself from wood and sawdust. I also use coconut, gourds and seeds and pits as material and at Bonaire Superstore I buy shells (because on Bonaire it’s not allowed to take anything natural from the beach) which I integrate into my jewelry as well.” She shows me a slave hut with a Christmas tree and a pelican sitting in the tree and she laughs, “I always have these funny ideas to make something different; I see things out of the ordinary! I like to talk to tourists and to explain how I make my things. If they spend over $40 I always give them a present. Or when somebody comes with a baby I give them a little present for the baby and you know, they really appreciate it! I would like the government to put up nice little houses on the Wilhelmina Plaza, made of corn stacks and coconut palms and wood real local huts. That would look good and we could sell our arts and crafts from there! If they give me permission, I can make it myself. And when we are not using them they can use them for other events. Well, right now I am making a lot of things at home, to be prepared for the next cruise ship season. I am ready for it, but meanwhile I am (Continued on page 9) Diana offers handmade things a bit out of the ordinary Aline prints shirts and other articles with her own whimsical designs


Bonaire Reporter– August 3-17, 2012 Page 9 Open Nonstop Mon.-Sat. 8:00-19:00 Sunday8:00-18:00 enjoying this cozy little market too. I just love the market!” Aline says, “I came to Bonaire in 2005. In Holland I was a graphic designer and now I’m printing T-shirts and bibs with my own designs. This business belonged to a friend of mine who had been at the cruise ship market for several seasons. When she told me it was for sale I bought from her. I still have some of her designs, but now most of them are mine and people can add whatever name or text. This is my first year at the market. It was great fun when the ships came in, but it was also very hectic! There were days I sold 40 T-shirts! I love to meet all the different people and feel all the buzz going on in town. People are always enthusiastic about the results. In general they are just happy to be here and to chat and ask questions about the island. And time and time again you hear that this market is unique in the Caribbean, that we sell handmade beautiful and original quality products, things you won’t find again on another island with a different island name printed on it. That doesn’t happen here! The interaction with my colleagues is very nice too. We always help each other, but we also have a lot of fun together. I made a deal with Ferio from El Mundo that I could get electricity from him for the press I print with. It can get hot here; sometimes it feels like I have a stove in my tent, especially when the wind dies down because the press needs to be 375 degrees Celsius! I’v e been through all kinds of weather too here at the market storm and rain my tent has flown and my computer has been soaked, unbelievable! But I love it; it’s fun! One thing I would like to add: could the government please fix the lighting here on the square ? There are two lampposts but they are not working. Maybe they could put a bunch of new ones. It would make the plaza so much more lively and people could come and sit and chat here at night under the trees – which are beautiful by the way – and have a good time, just like at the squares in Spain or France where people socialize and walk with their kids. I think it would be possible here!” Story & Photos by Greta Kooistra Happy Hour Market (Continued from page 8) OWNING A CONDO ON BONAIRE: PLEASURE OR PAIN? ——–—————————————W e believe owning a condo on Bonaire can be an immense pleasure, as long as you are well informed so that you do not fall in any of the pitfalls. Many people who like to own property on Bonaire decide to purchase a condo because of its relative ease: not too much hassle to organize maintenance and supervision when you are not here and usually a very good rental possibility since all condos are located close to the Caribbean Sea here on Bonaire. So, definitely a good choice for many who consider purchasing property on our beautiful island. I believe that you as a buyer need to be fully informed, therefore, below I shall elaborate on wh at you need to know and look out for when you decide to purchase a condo. First of all the condo is part of a building, that is built on a plot of land. Before you purchase a condo it is important to establish what grounds you will own with your group of fellow owners: the ground the building is built on, including or excluding the grounds that surround the building. This becomes additionally important when you co nsider purchasing a condo at a resort or in a setup with more than one building. When the grounds surrounding your building are not part of your ownership, you will not automatically have a say about the management and upkeep of these. In a worst case scenario they could be sold or further developed without your approval. With the ownership of a condo automatically comes the membership of the home owners association of the building. We highly recommend you request to read their regulations before buying. These are laid out in the deed of division of the building and their rules and regulations (if the latter exist). In this document the exact division of ownership of the total of the grounds and the common areas of the building and the building as such are laid down. Furthermore they specify the responsibilities and tasks of the home owners association, how often they need to meet and how the votes are divided between the different owners. The membership of a home owners association implies a fee for ownership. We recommend that you look carefully into the budgeting and financial management of the association.With the membership comes responsibility for this and you want to make sure all is in order and that no financial surprises will arise. In addition we suggest that you look carefully into the state of maintenance of the buildings for which you will become partially responsible. In some condo buildings you will deal with a management company, either on a voluntary basis, or as an obligation that comes with the ownership of the condo. Ask to read the contract with the management company before you purchase a condo. Also ask for realized income over the past, if that is available. Here on Bonaire many management companies do an excellent job of ensuring you a high return on your investment, however you should know your rights and obligations. For example, when the management company only allows you to stay in your own condo for a limited amount of time annually, and you are looking for a place to retire to, you may have to look elsewhere for a condo. Furthermore, you need to look into the charges the management company makes for taking care of your condo and any guarantees they may want to, or not want to, make with regards to rental income. All in all, owning a condo on Bonaire can be a very pleasurable state indeed, as long as you have informed yourself properly before the purchase. Corine van der Hout Sunbelt Realty Answers to your Bonaire real estate related questions. Please email your questions to reporter@bonairenews.com Sunbelt Realty photo For the best organic products visit us at our new location Open: Mo./Fr. 10am to 5pm, Sa.10am to 1pm Tel. 700-6763


Page 10 Bonaire ReporterAugust 3-17, 2012, S o many words describe the eighth annual 2012 Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival, which gets better and better every year. The scene was set with an awesome multi-media professional stage typical of big city concert venues, but, no, it was on the tiny island of Bonaire at the edge of the Caribbean Sea, which provided the preshow percussion as the ocean surge hit the wall at the Plaza Resort. The vigorous tradewinds blew Rina Mushonga and her band onto the stage, which proved to be appropriate for her unique, phenomenal musical style. Half Dutch and half Zimbabwean, Mushonga is a force of nature in her own right with many moods, colors, and tones. Her opening song was a high-velocity, passionate dirge that took in the crowd from the very beginning. Throughout her band’s set, there was always the sense behind every song of a deep, passionate melancholia in a sassy, female voice. Too bad that the lyrics of the songs were not projected onto the screen (hint, hint, organizers for next year) so that their impact could be completely understood and appreciated: from one song, “So you thought you were the King, but you’re not. Head for open waters, Captain!”; or from another song on abusive relationships, “I never knew you could be so hateful, so cruel”; and from an anthem on freedom in Zimbabwe, “When we awaken, we rise up!” The pounding guitars and the forceful rhythms of the band made the experience of listening to Mushonga’s music akin to achieving introspection through primal scream therapy (or dancing) and reminiscent of another dynamo female artist, Janis Joplin. No wonder Mushonga is taking Holland by storm. And it was amazing that the skies over Bonaire did not pour down in response. “Mesmerizing” is the word for Candy Dulfer’s performance with her alter ego, the alto saxophone. Imagine an internationallyrenowned musician with the alto sax fronting a band playing a mix of jazz, hip hop, blues, and everything in between. A quick glance at the crowd reveals 80% have their eyes and mouths open in amazement. No wonder because Dulfer is not only the consummate musician but also the creator of the musical narratives that tell stories of passion, sexuality, insanity, celebration, and downright naughtiness. In fact, she and her saxophone “make love” to every member of the band as well as the audience. With songs like “Party All Night,” “Please Don’t Stop,” and “Crazy,” Dulfer’s music exudes a visceral sensuality that makes you feel more than good, more than alive, and more than ecstatic. The musical philosophy embodied in her 1990, Grammy-nominated album, Saxuality is on display here: unabashed, unapologetic, and uncensored. When she and her saxophone direct us, “You know how I like it—just like that,” there is no question that we do. To complete the spell she cast the background musicians were swinging, working together perfectly, letting Dulfer rise to a higher level. Pauline Kayes The last performer, Yoskar Sarante, was totally loved by the audience – young, old and especially the middle ages. They clustered around the stage, taking photos, dancing, clapping hands. They became really crazy! Mountains of accolades to the Board of the Jazz Festival organization. Everything was terrific: the groups from the different countries, their styles, the stage, the lights, everything. Wilna Groenenboom August 6th – six years! Happy Birthday Madelief! We wish you joy and happiness and all the beautiful things in life We love you so very much and we’re so happy to have you here this year Have a wonderful day with all your family and friends little darling With much love from your mama Fleur, your daddy Carlos, oma Greta and oma Jeanette and all your family and friends and the people who love you on Bonaire and in Holland.


Bonaire Reporter– August 3-17, 2012 Page 11 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 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 Main Sponsor: Heineken. Supporting sponsors: Akkerman’s Auto, Divi Flamingo Resort & Casino, Maduro & Curiel’s Bank, Mega Hit FM, Plaza Resort Bonaire, Rocargo Services, NV, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, Sunbelt Realty, Telbo, Bonaire Tours, Breathe IT, It Rains Fishes, Kontiki Beach Club, Mondrian Bonaire, Hotel Rochaline, Spice Beach Club, TCB, Van den Tweel Supermarket. All Jazz photos by Wilna Groenenboom Candy Dulfer gets down with the Rina Mushonga and her band Yoskar Sarante drove the crowd wild Rina Mushonga grooves Composer-musician Chance Yoskar Sarante


Page 12 Bonaire ReporterAugust 3-17, 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 fi nd 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 inspection, management and cleaning. 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. Bona Dea is Bonaire’s newest Caribbean life style shop featuring gifts, apparel, shoes, accessories and home dcor 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/HEALTH Bon Bida Spa & Gym World Class fitness and health facilityClasses, top notch machines, trainers. Day, monthly or annual rates. SUPERMARKETS 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 thing 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 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 WOULDN’T YOUR LISTING LOOK GOOD HERE? Phone Laura at 786-6518 or email laura@bonairenews.com


Bonaire Reporter– August 3-17, 2012 Page 13 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 House For Rent just of Kaya Papa Cornes. 3 bedrooms/2 bedrooms have airco. 2 bathrooms. Kitchen/living/ dining room. Washroom with lot of space. Front porch. Big yard. Fence enclosure. Only $750/month. Tel. 7174048/cell. 786-8585/cell. 525-7356. —————————————— House For Rent 2 bedrooms with airco's and fans, 1 bathroom, large living-room with ceiling-fans, kitchen with ceiling-fan and many cabinets, front porch and back porch, storageroom, tropical garden with dripsystem, completely furnished but can also be rented unfurnished. Rent includes garden maintenance $850. Utilities not included. Address Kaya Uranus 4, Belnem-3 minutes walking distance to Bachelors Beach. Phone: 717-2609 or 785-9900 —————————————— RENT-Nice and comfortable 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 $750.00 per month. Including WIFI internet. Available per August 01, 2012 Call 796-5530. ————————————— Very attractive house for rent in a nice and quiet street, walking distance from town and 150 yards from the sea. A fully furnished home with 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom. Including a separate shed and a roof terrace and much more at the Kaya Proud #22. Just recently back on the market. Immediate available for $1400 per month. Call: 786-5432 for more info. ——————————————— Fully furnished two bedroom apartment for rent in Belnem. Price USD 600.00 per month, with airco, front and side garden plus carport. For more info call 796-9559 or email kjonsdot@sscinc.com. ——————————————— Two studios (empty) for rent at Hato for 1person. L ong term and short term. $50-70,or $430-$490 per month. All in, + use internet, TV connection, linen, gas water, electricity. 717-2529. Kaya Utrecht 25, Vi sit 5-7pm everyday ———————————————MISCELLANEOUS GET INTO REAL SAILING 19 foot sailing sloop -Micro 5.5 includes -New Mainsa il and Genoa 2008, 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. 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Call Laura 786-6518 today Mercury 6 HP outboard -Asking $6500. Contact email ianinbc@shaw.ca Pictures in February issues of the Bonaire Reporter ————————————————— Womens Fuji Crosstown 3.0 bicycle excellent condition, light blue. Asking $225. Call 717-2848. ———————————————Looking to buy: Carolina Skiff boat 12’ With or without engine. Call 7862844 ——————————————— SMALL DESK 90cm wide, 53 deep and 68 high. floral jigsaw puzzle top. $35 call 788-7919 —————————— ————— Wanted used items : Books, household items, shoes, clothes & books for Dare to Care One Dollar Shop at Bonaire’s only playground To donate pls. call Vicky – 786-4576 ———————————————Dive tanks $65for sale, no small bottles. Regulator $200, $20 blue fins. 717-2529 Visit 5-7pm. Kaya Utrecht 25. ——————————————Top quality helmets for sale at De Freewieler. Kaya Grandi 61 Call 717-8545 See ad on page 2 Ocean-going sailboat/yacht for sale-$15,900 see June 22 edition of The Reporter pg.17. 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Page 14 Bonaire ReporterAugust 3-17, 2012, Howard and Jill Fischer from New Jersey, for 15 consecutive annual visits. They were staying at the Sand Dollar condominiums and celebrating both their wedding anniversary and the graduation of their children. Norin Martis-Marchena, Operational Manager of Toucan Diving, with Thomas Picciano and Dana Haltug who received their15-year medals at the Plaza Resort Bonaire. They love diving Bonaire and consider it their second home. T he Bonaire Ambassadors awards were inaugurated by the Tourism Corporation Bonaire almost a decade ago the honor repeat visitors to Bonaire. Recent honorees include: Three more Ambassadors were named in June. They were Robbie and Bob Revel and Margarite Kennedy, sh own with TCB’s Helen Thode. They also have been visitors for 15 co nsecutive years. They especially enjoy the Bonairean hospitality and recommend the island to their friends. A Week-Long Program Designed To Help Wounded Warriors Relax Underwater And Experience What It Means To Be On “Island Time” T ourism Corporation Bonaire and the entire island will welcome a group of “Wounded Warriors” later this month. The group will be scuba diving for rehabilitation and recreation from August 1825, 2012. This is the seventh year that Bonaire, one of the top scuba diving destinations in the world, will be hosting a group of US military veterans. During this week, severely wounded soldiers and their significant others will travel to the island to complete the final step in the process of obtaining their dive certifications. Representatives of the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association’s (DEMA) Be A Diver Program, the North American office of Tourism Corporation Bonaire and the Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA) will also be onsite in Bonaire. All accommodations and diving will be provided courtesy of Captain Don’s Habitat Bonaire. Each year, the people of Bonaire warmly welcome this group and show them not only the natural beauty and pristine waters of the island, but also the friendliness and genuine hospitality of the Bonairean people. “It’s certainly appropriate that these warriors are coming to Bonaire to scuba dive. The fantastic reefs and marine life found on our island help create an unforgettable experience,” commented Anja Romeijnders, President of Tourism Corporation Bonaire. “As a scuba diver myself, I know the excitement I feel after a dive. I’m pleased that Bonaire is able to help these impressive soldiers experience that same feeling and always remember Bonaire. It’s one way we can thank them all for their efforts and sacrifices.” This year’s contingent of 10 Wounded Warriors has suffered life-changing physical injuries received in combat while stationed in Iraq and Afghanis tan. They and their partners will be kept busy with a variety of activities beginning with the completion of their PADI and HSA dive certifications, which will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Once certified, they will continue diving throughout the week, both from the dock of Captain Don’s Habitat and via boat dives to Klein Bonaire and other famous Bonaire dive sites. The group will also enjoy sightseeing, shopping, dining, a beach BBQ and an authentic Texas-style BBQ. The highlight of the week will take place when the Bonaire community gathers to meet these extraordinary troops and their companions at a reception held in their honor with Bonaire’s Lt. Governor, the Hono rable Lydia Emerencia. Sponsors to date of the 7th Bonaire-Be A Diver-Wounded Warrior Scuba Certification trip are: 9Line LLC, Adams Unlimited Public Relations & Marketing, Bikers Bonaire, Bonaire KFC, BonPhoto, BonaireTalk.com, Bonaire Quad Tours, Bonaire Guided Motorcycle Tours, Bonaire Tours & Vacations, Budget Rent A Car Bonaire, Captain Don's Habitat, Caradonna Dive Adventures, Inc., Care Coalition, Caribbean Travel & Life Magazine, Chat & Browse Bonaire, Casablanca Restaurant, Destinations Weddings & Honeymoons Magazi ne, Disabled Sports USA, DEMA/Be a Diver, Dive Training Magazine, Henderson, H.S.A. International Training Center of New Jersey, Innovative Scuba Concepts, Inc., Iron Order Motorcycle Club Bonaire (Caribbean Pirates Crew), Islands Magazine, It Rains Fishes, Jack Chalk, Jewel Of Bonaire, NetTech, N.V., OCEANI C, PADI, Paradise Moon Bar & Restaurant, Pa sa Bon Pizza, Princeton Tec, Rum Runners, Scuba Diving Magazine, Spice Beach Club, Sport Diver Magazine, Tourism Corporation Bonaire, XS Scuba, Wounded Warrior Project Press release Entering the water at Habitat (2007)


Bonaire Reporter– August 3-17, 2012 Page 15 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 ? The Reporter Can Give Your Business Super Powers Your ads placed in The Reporter will find customers for your shop or restaurant. Try it and see At over 80 Bonaire locations and the world via the Internet Contact Laura for details about our good advertising deals at The Reporter 790-6518/ 786-6518 or email Laura@bonairenews.com B runo Ottens waves a copy of The Bonaire Reporter shortly after his recent arrival in Tahiti aboard the sailboat Guppy with the world’s youngest solo circumnavigator, Laura Dekker. Bruno met Laura during her stop in Bonaire a couple of months ago and they have been sailing together ever since. They plan to spend three months in Tahiti before heading for Australia. The mountains of Tahuatu is the photo’s backdrop. Wow! 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 H ere is Bonaire’s new “Park Playa Pabou” on the waterfront promenade next to the Kas di Arte. It’s a disappointment to many who were led to believe it would be a people friendly place for neighborhood children to play, to have picnics and gather to chat. Even the designer says it’s not what was in her drawings. With the crushed stone surface it could make a nice parking lot. L.D.


Page 16 Bonaire ReporterAugust 3-17, 2012, REGULAR EVENTS € Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for residents and local people. Tel. 7178489, 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. 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 79 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.786-7210 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— Multi-course dinner prepared by students, under direction of teachers, $20. At the high school. Reservations mandatory 7004628. 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 Association. 5-9 pm. Happy Hour party at Bistro Di Paris Ricky Thomas performs Reggae, Soul, Latin and more 6 9pm 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 on-island 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 796-4931 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: 7173322 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints : Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Services (Translation to English and Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors welcome: Information: Call 7019522 Foundation Fountain of Living Waters, Centro Fuente, Service Sunday at Kaya Aruaco 4 at 6 p.m. Papiamentu and Spanish. For Marriage Counseling, contact 717-2161. 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, Caren Eckrich, Mike Gaynor, Wilna Groenenboom, Corine van der Hout, Pauline Kayes, Greta Kooistra, Jane Madden Disko, Dean Regas, Wiley Sinkus, Andrea Van Slobbe, Michael Thiessen 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 August 2-5 — Prokids Windsurfing Championships at Sorobon. See story on page 6. Saturday, August 4– Monthly Farmers’ Market at Kriabon, Kaya Nikiboko Nord, past More for Less, next to Aquamarin School,. 8am-1 pm For info or a table call 717-4587 Sunday, August 5 — Back On Track performs at the Tera Cora Ranch from 8-9 pm Sunday night-Monday Morning, August 12-13 – Perseid Meteor Shower. See page 19 August 18-25 —Wounded Warriors in Bonaire, See page 14 September 1, 2First International Yoga and Ayurveda Convention on Bonaire. Presented by by Vivek Yogi from Rishilesh, India, at Landhouse Wanapa More details when available. Sunday, October 21 —Xtreme Mountain Bike Race81 km new long Xtreme-route or the 51 km shorter Xtreme-route. Start training now


Bonaire Reporter– August 3-17, 2012 Page 17 T his fall on Bonaire a group will embark on a Stop Smoking program aimed at all our population as well as visitors. It is also designed to prevent anyone from starting this addictive habit. It is hoped that the Department of Health will come through with their promised support, but I have found that waiting for Government is like waiting for water to boil or paint to dry. "Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed. —. Jean Anouilh Let’s get serious about our health. We all overeat to some extent and don’t always get enough rest or just party too much. Of course all these bad habits are not as lethal as smoking! We were all duped over the years by big tobacco companies into thinking smoking cigarettes was sophisticated and set us apart as the “in crowd.” As we all know it was a pack of lies. All I remember from my youth was my parents, who had cigarettes dangling from their lips, saying, “It will stunt your growth!” That was an understatement! The evidence that tobacco is the cause of a lo ng list of nasty diseases is irrefutable. We're talking not only heart disease, stroke, and chronic lung disease but also bladder, lung, and pancreatic cancer. Around 400,000 Americans die each year--one every 80 seconds--from tobacco-related illnesses. If we know that smoking is harmful, why can't we stop doing it? Because nicotine is powerfully addictive, and the cigarette is one of the most efficient drug-delivery devices ever devised. When people try to quit, they often experience classic nicotine withdrawal symptoms: anxiety, irritability, headache, depression, and restlessness, to name a few. But people can, and do, stop--once they find the right reason. Here's a list of 25 other reasons. Some are scientifically based, some a stretch. I hope there's one here that rings a bell with each of you. 1. I'll have fewer wrinkles. 2. After the first year, I'll have saved enough for a cruise. 3. My breath will smell better than my dog's. 4. I'll be around to see my grandchildren. 5. I won't have to go outside between courses at a restaurant. 6. There are new drugs that can help, including bupropion (Zyban). 7. My physician won't need to "counsel" me anymore. 8. I'll live longer. 9. I won't feel like a leper in public. 10. I won't have to worry about how smoking is ruining my health. 11. The average person tries to stop smoking at least four times before succeeding. I'm on No. 3, and I don't want to be average. 12. I won't have to hide my habit from my children. 13. My fingers won't get frostbitten when I go outside. 14. I'll be able to exercise more. 15. In time, I'll have the same life expectancy as a nonsmoker. 16. My cat won't get emphysema. 17. I'll cough less. 18. I'll be able to taste and smell food again. 19. My children will have fewer ear and respiratory infections. 20. I won't have to wonder if my da te is bothered by cigarette smoke. 21. My teeth will be whiter. 22. I won't waste time looking for a smoking area everywhere I go. 23. No more wheezing. 24. I won't have to listen to talk about what it's like to kiss an ashtray. 25. 29. My plants won't turn brown. M ike Gaynor Sudoku Solution Sudoku Puzzle A s in other places – in Rome for instance, where their ruins are a tourist attraction Bonaire too has its “monuments” or ruins of buildings where people of other generations lived and worked, a testimony to the history, culture and soul of Bonaire. But, sadly, because of ignorance, lack of money and interest these old places are being demolished at an increasingly rapid rate, some by wrecking balls, others by neglect which allow nature to take over. At the moment only 15 buildings on the island are protected by law but it’s estimated there were hundreds more and that number is diminishing as we write. Last week, teacher-authorphotographer, Wilna Groenenboom (author of Document Bonaire) was on the island and held a “monument symposium” to bring interested parties together to do something about this accelerating loss of our cultural past. Invited were monument specialists from Curaao, members of the community who have preservation foundations, a representative of the Governor, a member of the judicial staff, head (and only member) of the Bonaire Monument Foundation. head of Ruimte & Ontwikkeling, the new head of SKAL and the press, among others. Groenenboom says, “Each year I come back and more and more houses have been torn down, es pecially along the coastline. Can you blame the people, if they can sell and make a lot of money?” “And this is a new start,” she said. “Where are we today with our monuments? This group of people have already started a process of preservation, but we find that a lot more must be done before we can really start preserving these places, not just on paper. They are the souls of Bonaire.” The group was taken to see for themselves some of the treasures still standing on the island – a Kas di Hala in Jato Bako, a plantation house where social events like wedding receptions were held (see photo below). Another traditional Kas di Bara house is in Nikiboko complete with cistern and oven, and two nearly gone ruins that crumble by the day. So what exactly is a “monument?” Unlike the ancient buildings of Rome on Bonaire “ancient” can mean it must be at least 50 years old. It must be of historical and cultural value, of a traditional style and hopefully in good condition. Groenenboom considers herself a “motor to give some extra power to a process that’s alr eady begun. But with money from the SfA (The Nederlands Architecture Fund), I found an organization which hopefully can help me with my dream (which started in 2005 with the articles of ‘Antique Living Houses of Bonaire’ in The Bonaire Reporter ) which has become bigger and bigger to preserve the last monuments of Bonaire. They are the history, culture, the soul of Bonaire. But also the SfA can help this preservation project financially and make it come true. The SfA believes it is important to do investigation, but most of all it must be open to a big group, not only for the specialists, but also for the ordinary people. Doing an investigation of the monuments of Bonaire, what is a monument and what not? We want to make a ‘monument rout e’ on the island.” To complete the process the author is working on a book, Bonaire An Architectural Journey, where history, culture, nature, beliefs (churches), education, and economics comes together around the old houses of Bonaire. Laura DeSalvo The symposium started at the Execu tive Office Building (B estuurkantoor)... … and continued with visits to structures that have “monument” possibilities


Page 18 Bonaire ReporterAugust 3-17, 2012, H ere’s “Tygo,” who’s only about 2 1/2 months old, being cuddled by Rose at the Bonaire Animal Shelter. Rose is from Holland and is vacationing on the island and of course had to spend some of that time at the Shelter having fun with the puppies. Tygo was found abandoned after his owners moved. But luckily a neighbor found him and brought him into the Shelter. Tygo is perfect to cuddle with his soft fur and adorable little face. With all those spots he must have had some Dalmatian in his background—at least as shown onn his body and spotted tummy. Tygo has been checked by the vet, pronounced healthy, has been wormed, given his inoculations and will be sterilized when he’s old enough. And he is so looking for a home where his master or mistress will always be there for him and not just up and move away! You may see Tygo and the other cats and dogs available for adoption at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989. For the latest Shelter news and current Pets of the Week from The Reporter go to www.Bonaireanimalshelter.com. SHELTER NEWS: Are you a visitor on the island and missing your pets? Then you are invited to come out and have some fun socializing with the very appreciative cats and dogs at the Shelter—like Rose in the photo did. You’re very welcome to meet the pets and have a good time. One of the special things about this Shelter is that the animals are housed in social groups—not like in some shelters where each individual animal is in a cage all alone. How sad because these are true “social animals.” Maybe that’s why our Shelter pets are all so well adjusted, kind and affectionate. See for yourself!. Laura DeSalvo T hat one of the most common causes of SCUBA diving injuries in people can also occur in marine mammals that dive to great depths? This injury is called Decompression Sickness, also known as DCS or ‘the bend.’ The air we breathe is made up of roughly 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen. As humans breathe air from scuba tanks at depth, nitrogen gas gets dissolved into the bloodstream. DCS can arise due to a sudden or rapid drop in pressure, such as a rapid ascent. The nitrogen gas forms bubbles that expand and travel through the bloodstream and lungs, which can cause severe pain, tissue damage and in extreme cases death. It was previously thought that the anatomy, physiology and behavior of diving marine mammals prevented the formation of any harmful nitrogen bubbles, making them immune to such diving complications. However, recent studies of stranded sperm whales and common dolphins have showed evidence of bubble formation in bones, veins and kidneys. Scientists believe that, under normal circumstances, marine mammals manage their dive profiles in a way that minimizes the risk of DCS. Human activities, such as military sonar tests, are interpreted as a direct threat by the diving mammals, causing them to severely change their behavior, and thus dive profiles, causing greater than normal concentrations of nitrogen gas and bubble formation. These activities have been identified as the most likely cause of some of the beaked whale strandings. Dissections of these individuals showed bubble formation inside the whales, suggesting DCS as contributing to their deaths. Marine mammal diving injuries appear to be more rare than human diving accidents, but this new information demonstrates that whales and dolphins are susceptible to nitrogen bubble formation and either tolerate the effects or alter their behavior (dive profiles) to manage the amount of dissolved nitrogen in their bloodstream. This is just one more example of how we are connected to the mammals of the sea. Wiley Sinkus Edited by Caren Eckrich Sinkus is a senior Biology major at Wofford College in South Carolina. He studied Tropical and Marine Biology and Conservation at the CIEE Research Station in the spring 2012 semester program. Wiley hopes to continue following his passion for Marine Sciences in graduate school. 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 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 Eppo Sperm Whale– Woods Hole photo Tygo and Rose


Bonaire Reporter– August 3-17, 2012 Page 19 *to find it... just look up ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Although it does look promising, be careful not to overextend yourself or you will lose in the long run. Oppo rtunities to get together with people in powerful positions could help you get ahead. Your partner may be reluctant to tell you how they feel. Put your efforts into job advancement. Your lucky day this month will be Thursday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) First find out if they're married. Knowledge can be acquired if you listen. Keep your thoughts and opinions to yourself and you won't get dragged into an unsavory debate. Don't use the roads as a racetrack. Your lucky day this month will be Wednesday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Helping children may be rewarding and challenging. You can make excellent investments if you are in the right place at the right time. Travel will initiate new friendships or love connections. Go out with friends or family. Your lucky day this month will be Sunday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can make amends by taking them somewhere special. You will have a tendency to put on pounds. Your personal life will be disrupted if you have been too busy with business. You may be offered opportunities that will result in a higher earning potential. Your lucky day will be Monday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can make reasonable bids on real estate or large items for your home. Plan a trip to the country or take a drive to the beach. Trips will be exciting. You may be tired of working for someone else. Your lucky day this month will be Wednesday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Children will keep you busy. Social gatherings will be conducive to meeting new potential mates. You will meet a person who may turn out to be more than just a friend. Try to join groups of interest such as ballroom dance classes or perhaps an internet organization. Your lucky day this month will be Monday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You may have the energy to clear up that mound of paperwork facing you. You need to challenge yourself. Consider selling your homemade crafts at the flea market. You can persuade even the toughest opponents to think your way. Your lucky day this month will be Saturday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You will be appreciated for the competence you exhibit and for taking on responsibilities. You may have been trying to do too much, leaving yourself exhausted and open to colds and infections. Go out with friends and avoid the situation on the home front. You can solidify your relationship if you plan a special evening with your mate. Your lucky day this month will be Thursday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Abstain from getting involved with married individuals. A passionate party for two might be just the remedy. Your boss won't be too thrilled if you leave things unfinished. Use your energy wisely. Your lucky day this month will be Friday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Your changing philosophies may lead you into new circles and open doors that will give you a unique outlook on life. Remain calm and you'll shine. Passion should be your goal. You will benefit through hidden assets and property investments. You must be sure not to be frivolous, because as the saying goes, easy come, easy go. Your lucky day will be Tuesday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't make a move; your confusion has caused this dilemma and you are best to back away and reassess the situation. Make sure that you get legal matters checked out thoroughly. Opportunities to upgrade your living standards will come through your lover or through joint financial investments. Don't reveal anything about your personal life that could be used adversely. Your lucky day this month will be Tuesday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Problems with ear, nose, or the throat are likely. Relationships will be emotional this month. Evasion is likely if you aren't direct about your feelings. You will need to do a lot of research if you wish to get to the bottom of things. Your lucky day this month will be Tuesday. PERSEID METEOR SHOWER By Astrologer Michael Thiessen August 2012 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 T his first week of August is time to get ready for the Perseid Meteor Shower which will peak this year on Sunday night August 12th through Monday morning the 13th. The meteors will be as plentiful as they usually are and the sky will be dark because the Moon is a waning crescent which rises well after midnight. The Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the most easily observed meteor showers because it occurs during August. The second best Meteor Shower is in early December. Meteor Showers happen when the Earth runs into the stream of debris left in the path of a comet as it orbits the Sun In this case the comet is named Comet Swift-Tuttle, after two astronomers, Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle who are credited with discovering it. Since the Earth's orbit is pretty regular and repeats much the same way each year we come back to the same spot in space at the same time every year. This is why the Perseid Meteor Shower repeats at the same time each year. It's not that the comet comes back each year at this time. The most recent visit by Comet Swift-Tuttle was in 1992 and we're not expecting it again for 135 years. But next year the Perseid Meteor Shower will happen again because debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle has been spread all long its orbital Now for something else we can see next week. Get out after sunset, any night next week, look west and you'll see several bright points of light some stars and one non-star. Let's start with the brightest light that you're likely to see first. Twinkle, twinkle little star about half way up from the horizon you'll spot a very bright star, Arcturus Arcturus is not a run of the mill star. It is the third brightest star we can see from Earth and it's over 200 times brighter and about 26 times the diameter of our Sun. An easy way to remember the name of Arcturus is to look for the Big Dipper in the northwest and extend the arc of its handle and you'll come to Arcturus. Arc to Arcturus, remember? Below Arcturus closer to the horizon you'll spot a pair of somewhat dimmer lights. The light to the left is the star Spica. Spica is a hot blue multiple star whose light has taken over 260 years to get here while the light you see from a planet like Saturn which only needs about 85 minutes to make the trip from Saturn because Spica is nearly 2 million times farther away. This is a great opportunity to see how stars and planets differ in how they look in the sky: stars will twinkle, while planets won't. Stars look like dimensionless points of light since they are so far away while planets actually look bigger because they are so much closer. The twinkling of a star is really caused by movement in the layers of air that the light from the star has to pass through on its way to your eye. Planets don't usually twinkle because their image is not disrupted as much by this movement of the air. You don't hear anybody singing twinkle, twinkle little planet. So take a look at Spica and see if you can see it flash and change color and then compare Spica to Saturn off to its right. Then look at Arcturus, higher in the sky and see if it's twinkling. So remember that the Perseid Meteor Shower will probably fizzle this year but Spica, Saturn and Arcturus will dazzle in the early evening. Dean Regas


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