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Bonaire reporter ( July 8, 2013 )

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Publisher: George DeSalvo
Place of Publication: Kralendijk, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
Creation Date: July 8, 2013
Publication Date: 07-08-2013

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Title: Bonaire reporter
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: George DeSalvo
Place of Publication: Kralendijk, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
Creation Date: July 8, 2013
Publication Date: 07-08-2013

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P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, Phone 786 P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, Phone 786 P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, Phone 786 6518, 786 6518, 786 6518, 786 6125, 6125, 6125, www.bonairereporter.com www.bonairereporter.com www.bonairereporter.com email: email: email: reporter@bonairenews.com reporter@bonairenews.com reporter@bonairenews.com Since 1994 Since 1994 Since 1994 It was a perfect day for art in th e park. In Wilhelmina Park on Sunday more than 30 artists, mu sicians, dancers, singers and cooks showed up for the 21st Edition of Dia di Arte. On display were original paintings, jewelry, hand crafts, original quilts, even “rain sticks.” In the shady park on the waterfront, amid the cool breezes people strolled through the exhibits, pa using to look and often to buy. In the background Antillean music played and delicious fragrances of Bonairean and Surinamese cooking tempted. During the day and into the evening on stage were performers – poetry readers, dancers, singers and musical groups. Among them were Sharella and Giovani Wanga, winners of the DuoFest who represented Bonaire in Curacao in June and Nethanja Bendt and Juliana Felida who were the overall winners at the Caribbean Gospel competitions in Curacao. Big congratulations to Emma Sint Jago and her Art and Culture organization that have been bringing this marvelous real community event to the island for 21 consecutive years now. Laura DeSalvo More photos on page 11 Manuela Winklaar, one of Bonaire’s top artis ts, with her vibrant underwater reef scene

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Page 2 Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 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 Sunday, July 21 Story and Ad deadline: Friday, July 19 This Week’s Stories Remembering Freedom (Dance) 3 Hans Hass Memorial 3 Reader Survey 3 New Dive Friends Pier 5 Tourism History #11-Stinapa Parks– Slagbaai 6 Sunbelt-20 Year Anniversary 7 Dr. Van der Vaart Honored 7 SELIBON Move 7 Useful Gadgets-Joi Light 8 Bonaire Culinary Victories 8 Gecko Behind the Canvas 9 Zr. Ms. Holland Meets Bonaire 10 Mountain Bike Fun Race 10 Dia di Arte– Art Day 11 Sustainable Bonaire ( Bonaire Duradero ) 12 Food Pantry Need 15 Editorial—Tene Bonaire Limpi. Corruption 16 Working Bonaire 16 Departments Flotsam & Jetsam 2 On the Island Since (Doesjka Falkenburg-Baart) 4 Helmets on Wheels (Scooters Bonaire Helmets) 5 Picture Yourself– San Francisco 12 Sudoku, Sudoku Answer 13 Classifieds 13 Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times, Moon Phase 13 Shopping & Dining Guides 14 What’s Happening, Masthead, 17 Did You Know? Coral Disease 16 Pet of the Week (Alexis & Andrea kittens) 18 Shelter News (Choice Art/Auction) 18 Bonaire Sky Park (Planet Month) 19 The Stars Have It (Astrology) 19 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. Bonaire’s new Chief of Police Mrs. Hildegard Buitink, was sworn in on July 1. Outgoing chief Jan Rooijakker transferred command of the corps ceremonially to her. Bonaire now has three woman leaders, Chief Buitnik and Governor Emerencia, and Patricia Hassell the head of the prison. All are noted for being tough on crime and corruption. Start training now for the July 27 “Walk To Talk” event. DiBo ( Di versity Bo naire) is organizing the island’s first Walk To Talk with sponsorship by Bon Bida Spa and Gym, Magero Laundry, Boat Blanku Marine, and Caribe Rental. Two years ago Lloyd Obispo was approached by the, Curaao Pride Foundation about setting up an LGTBI (a lesbian, gay, transsexual, bisexual and intersexual) organization on Bonaire. DIBO is the result and has already conducted several awareness-rising activities. Walk To Talk is the latest. The fund raiser ($10, includes drinks and a towel) will be held on Saturday, July 27, beginning at 6 am until 10 am, from BonBida Spa to Mentor, to Kralendijk and back to Bon Bida. It’s healthy for body and mind. Tickets available from Bon Bida, the sponsors and Lloyd Obispo, Email: human.rights.bonaire@live Lloyd explains: “The purpose of DiBo is to establish awareness about the LGTBI community because there is a lot of discrimination and people are afraid of coming out. Family and friends are scared of the taboo. Many people still believe that a heterosexual relationship is the only relationship and they discriminate against people who are different. So, when you are different – not heterosexual – it’s a very difficult life.” "Finally justice, as it should have happened. We fought." Those were the first emotional words Nozai Thomas said after five years of incarceration in the double murder case known as the Spelonk Cave Case. He and Andy Melaan, who spent eight years behind bars in the same case, were freed on 1 July. The Common Court of Justice on Bonaire will formally review the case on September 5, but an innocent ruling is expected. New evidence presented by digital forensics showed the guilty ruling was defective. At the time of the trial there was extensive local support for the innocence of the men. Coincidently, at the moment of release, the Public Prosecutor, who accused the men, now a civil attorney, was outside the court. There was a "shakedown" on June 25th in a section of Bonaire’s downtown prison, the JICN. This happens regularly, but this one was more extensive than usual. There was support for this action from the Customs drug dog the Royal Military Police (KMAR), the police (KPCN), and for the first time the colleagues of the prison in Aruba (KIA) who came over with their “ cell phone dog ” which is trained to detect cell phones. Various items were confiscated like cell phones, drugs and homemade knives. Another shakedown will soon take place in the rest of the institution, according to an RCN press release. The detainees do not find these actions pleasant, however, the safety of inmates and staff is a priority. It was confirmed that all went well and the detainees cooperated well. The high level investigation of Bonaire’s government-owned water and electric supply company, WEB, NV, begun in October 2012, is moving forward with a planned end date of September, 2013. Many aspects of the fundamentals, finances, procedures, management and operation of the utility will be reviewed. The review was motivated by the large price increases demanded by WEB for electricity and water. Dutch lawyers are to begin experiments with the “No cure, no pay” system next year, the Dutch Bar Association said last Thursday. “No cure, no pay” is the system whereby clients only pay their lawyer when their case is won. At the moment, this system is banned under Dutch law, but a partial lifting of the ban, covering five years from January 2014, will allow the Bar Association to see if it encourages more people to take their case to court. The system is common practice in the US. “No cure, no pay” will be limited to injury compensation claims during the experiment. The hatching of more than 100 loggerhead sea turtles July 1 on Te Amo Beach prompted volunteers to take action, according to Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire. The baby turtles ambled to the sea with the help of a people-lined path, the viral photo on Imgur, above, shows. "Cutest. Stampede. Ever," wrote one commenter. Perhaps that's why the image had collected nearly three-quarters of a million views on the photo-sharing site by Wednesday afternoon. Zahnerphoto, who posted the picture, explained on Reddit that the "nesting site was close to the airport and lighting was a concern." Local observers said the daylight operation was more to keep the turtles from heading for the busy road. According to National Geographic loggerhead turtles have been on the "threatened species list" since 1978, due in part to pollution and development in their nesting areas. Want to contribute to sea turtle conservation on Bonaire? Go to www.bonaireturtles.org/ (Continued on page 18) RCN photo Lloyd Obispo and Robert Smaal of Bon Bida Spa and Gym

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 Page 3 D i v e v i s i o n a ry H a n s H a s s p a s s e d a w a y o n J u n e 1 6 a t 9 5 T h i s r e p r i n t i s f r o m M a r c h 3 2 0 0 6 B o n a i r e R e p o rt e r Remembering Freedom O n July 2 at the waterfront Wilhelmina Plaza the abolition of slavery 150 years ago was celebrated. The ceremony began around 7:30 pm with the Bonaire national anthem followed by several speakers who told what, from their point of view, the abolition of slavery meant for them, us and the island of Bonaire. Herbert Domacass represented the clergy Marcelo G. Anthony represented the Bonaire Association of trade unions Wilbert Julius Stolte Kingdom Representative ( Rijksvertegenwoordiger ) for the BES Islands represented the Netherlands Deputy Silvana Serafilia was the representative for the island of Bonaire. After this there were four dance performances choreographed by Maya Stewart. Dancers were Maya Stewart, Tharia Phelipa and Sean Saleh. All four dances were stylish and nicely executed. During and after the event food and drinks were available. Story & photo by Wilna Groenenboom The Dance Cast a Spell featured Maya Stewart Rank the contents of this week’s issue. Best 1, second 2, etc.. Please choose at least 5 items Survey may be taken on line as well. Go to www.bonairenews.com Flotsam & Jetsam (News Bits) ____ Remembering Freedom (Dance) ____ Hans Hass Memorial ____ On the Island Since ____ Helmets on Wheels ____ New Dive Friends Pier ____ Tourism Stinapa Parks– Slagbaai ____ Sunbelt-20 Year Anniversary ____ Dr. Van der Vaart Honored ___ Selibon Move ____ Useful Gadgets-Joi Light ____ Bonaire Culinary Victories ____ Gecko Behind the Canvas ____ Zr. Ms. Holland Meets Bonaire ____ Art Day ____ Bonaire Duradero/Sustainable ____ Picture Yourself– San Francisco ____ Sudoku, Sudoku Answer ____ Classifieds ____ Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times, Moon Phase ____ Shopping & Dining Guides ____ Food Pantry Need ____ Editorial—Corruption ____ Working Bonaire ____ Did You Know? Coral Disease ____ What’s Happening ____ Pet of the Week ____ Shelter News (Choice Art/Auction) ____ Bonaire Sky Park (Planet Month) ____ The Stars Have It (Astrology) ____ Advertisements ____ Readers of this newspaper can cut, paste and email the survey to reporter@bonairenews.com or mail to PO Box 407, Postkantoor Playa, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands (CN) July 8-22, 2013

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Page 4 Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 “O ur family was not the average one. I lost my mom when I was two and my father remarried when I was five. My stepmom had a little daughter, Marijke, who was three years old. Her dad, who was Jewish, had been shot by the Germans in Amsterdam when her mom was pregnant with her. So we became sisters. We lived in the east of Holland, in the middle of the woods. One year later we had a little brother, Henk, and then we moved to Aruba. I was seven years old when my dad was appointed the vicar of the Protestant church in Oranjestad. We went by ship; it lasted three weeks and it was very exiting as we went to exotic places like Madeira and Trinidad. On Aruba our sister Mary was born. She’s the only Antillean in the family. My childhood was like living in paradise. I remember Sunday morning arriving at the beach and the only person who was there was a fisherman and his donkey. There were no hotels. I remember people picking the lobsters from the seaweeds with a hook and I recall many picnics at Boca Prins in the shade of the grape trees. When I was 13 my parents decided we were going back to Holland because of the schools. We lived in Blaricum, where my father was the vicar. It was a lovely place surrounded by moors and woods. I really feel privileged because all my life I’ve been surrounded by natural beauty. Well, to our great surprise our parents had two more children. When Johan, my little brother was born, one and a half years later we had another little sister, Olga, so Johan wouldn’t grow up alone! When I finished high school, I wanted to see the world and work with people, so I went to Bedford, England, as an au-pair, to learn perfect English. From there I moved to Reims, France, to perfect my French. Then I went back to Holland and through a friend of my dad I was offered a job at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, working for Martin Air, a Dutch airline. I did that for one year and there I met my first husband and we had our daughter, Natasja. My husband was from Bonaire, so in 1971 I came to live here. At the time Bonaire was pristine and there was very little tourism. We lived across from Flamingo Beach Club – now Divi Flamingo Hotel. The only place you could go to at night was the bar at Flamingo Beach. Don Stewart ‘Captain Don’ was running Flamingo Beach with its little barracks, and for happy hour you would find only one tourist at the bar and Cai Cai, the local singer, would be singing and performing ‘Yellow Bird’ while he accompanied himself on the guitar. Also, there was an exotic American lady, who would sing ‘Summertime’ with a huge live snake around her neck. And maybe there would be one or two local people – us! That was our little outing. Our house was spacious. It was around where Sunshine Supermarket is now– built in the middle of a huge empty area with whirlwinds of dust in the dry season and infested with mosquitoes when it rained. I was always gardening, that’s what I loved and still love and I feel that in every garden I planted, I left a little piece of my heart. I am typically a plant collector; when I s ee something I don’t have, I make sure I get seeds or clippings. That’s the way I function. In 1973 my son Alexander was born. Every day I would go snorkeling at the pier at Flamingo Beach. Alexander practically grew up there. We only had to cross the street. You have no idea how much fish there were – unbelievable, what abundance – it was like a fairy tale. When my son was six months old he could swim! Of course with the wings, but he was so eager to follow his sister, it made him unstoppable. The American tourists at Flamingo Beach would scream: ‘Look at that baby! He can swim!’ He’s 40 now, he lives in Holland and works for KLM. He has three children and his dream is to return to Bonaire for good someday and to go fishing and free diving. We also used to have a small house on the sea in Belnem. It had a little pristine beach and a cave. I put a seed of a flamboyant tree in the soil and it took more than eight years for the tree to bloom. We used to go there with the whole family, and the dogs and the kids would jump from the pier. And we went waterskiing with the boat. It’s funny, but years and years later I still feel nostalgia for that place. In 1976 I opened my boutique ‘Natasja & Alexander’ in Kaya Grandi and started selling swim wear. Then it became dresses and shoes and it went well; I had many local customers and Venezuelan ladies also came to buy frequently. In 1984 my husband and I separated and later we got divorced. I don’t feel bitter about it; I had a wonderful time. I went with my children to Holland and I thought I would never see the island again not knowing that later Natasja would marry a Bonairean, Ibi Statie, and move back to Bonaire. I stayed in Holland for one year and then I moved with my son to Miami, while Natasja continued her studies in Amsterdam. I had met Ralph Falkenburg who was working for his father in the fashion business while I was buying for my boutique. He was the son of German Jews, born in Havana. The family had left for Miami just before Castro took over. Ralph and I got married in 1985. I had a new life and I started working at my husband’s business and Alex went to school. Around the house I planted a whole new garden. We lived at a lake with beautiful sunsets and we were happy. Many times, by the end of the day, Ralph would call me from the car: ‘It’s going to be a beautiful sunset, I’ll be right home!’ And then we would sit with some wine and cheese, enjoying another beautiful sunset. On Sunday mornings we would drive to Miami Beach for croissants and coffee at News Caf, where you could see 80-year old wrinkled ladies passing by in shorty-shorts on rollerblades; it was fun! I had 25 wonderful years in Miami. In 2010 Ralph passed away, totally unexpected. I was on Bonaire; it was the last day that I was taking care of my grandchildren, the twins Joshua and Victoria, because their parents had been on a trip. I was going home the next day and Joshua was coming with me. I’d talked to Ralph the night before and he had said he would come to pick us up. But when we arrived, there was no one at th e airport. It was so unlike Ralph that my heart stopped. We lived in a gated community and I called the security service to ask them to check on Ralph. And that’s how they found him; he’d died of a heart attack. He was nine years younger than I and it had never entered my mind that I would survive him… Then I had to make up my mind. In Miami I lived in a Latin/Cuban community but also I was used to the Caribbean way of life. I love Holland as a country and I even like the climate because I am not a fan of the heat and the drought, but I decided to move to Bonaire instead of Holland. Because of the many times I came here to look after my grandchildren I already had friends here. One of my oldest friends is Daniella Bernabela whom I met when she was t12, a little girl with long braids, and we’ve been friends ever since. I am happy to be back. I love to get up early and go for a walk on Playa Lechi. I love the pelicans and the fishing boats. I love to roam the wild coast looking for driftwood. I love the donkeys and I want them to stay where they are. I love to be close to my grandchildren and my daughter, whom I am very proud of and my wonderful son-in-law. I love to go to Daniella’s house and watch the full moon with a glass of wine or a ponche crema and I love to see the sun set in the sea. That’s the beauty of the island. But… I do feel lonely sometimes and I guess I will miss my husband for the rest of my life because we had a very good relationship and that’s something you just don’t forget.” Story & photos by Greta Kooistra “...for happy hour you would find only one tourist at the bar and Cai Cai, the local singer, would be singing and performing ‘Yellow Bird’ ... ” Doesjka and her plants... Doesjka and her cat Tommy

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 Page 5 THIS IS THE 20TH OF A SERIES OF BONAIRE REPORTER SHORT ARTICLES BY J@N BROUWER, ABOUT HELMETS AND HELMET AWARENESS. € Transport of Money and Valuables € Private Investigations € Vehicle patrols € Burglar Alarms € Fire Alarm Systems In Business Over 29 years Kaya Nikiboko Nord 37A, PO Box 225 Tel: (599) 7178125 Fax (599) 7176125 E-mail sss@bonairelive.com Bonaire/Playa – O n Wednesday July 3rd the completely repaired and restored pier of Cha Cha Beach, located in front of the Dive Inn, one of the many locations of Dive Friends Bonaire, was officially opened by Commissioner James Kroon. The pier was destroyed by the tropical storm or hurricane Omar in October 2008, and especially the local people and all pupils from teacher Edmund o Franklin Christiaan’s swimming school really missed a safe, comfortable and durable pier. Finally it was Dive Friends Bonaire which invested an awesome amount of money on material and labor to rebuild the pier. Patrick van Bree, better known as “Bob the Builder,” supervis ed the project and the result is a real gain for the community of Bonaire. Carolyn Caporusso from Dive Friends Bonaire gave a little speech (in English), followed by the deputy of Bonaire. Then there was a cozy party for the kids who love their island, their sea, their new pier and their teacher. The photograph was shot around 6 pm. On the left: Carolyn Caporusso from Dive Friends Bonaire, then: our deputy, a bunch of five smiling and happy Bonairean youngsters, and Edmundo Franklin Christiaan, the more than well-known teacher who taught some six generations to swim. Quite an achievement or tour de force! The completely renovated pier is constructed with dura ble and eco-friendly materials. An old solid metal structure is used as a kind of parasol or sun roof to create shelter against the sun. Two wooden back-to-back benches were built by Patrick for visitors and pupils of Mister Christaan’s swimming school. Edmundo Franklin Christiaan (better known as “Eddy”/ jb) says: “My pupils and I are very pleased with the complete rebuild and extension of the old pier. It is now the sixth generation of youngsters that I am teaching and coaching how to swim. I am a fisherman myself and in those days, way back in the last century, some 60% of our people were not able to swim. Even the bravest and most experienced fishermen did not know how to swim! I love to teach my Bonairean pupils to swim. I inform them about endurance and respect too. I organize swimming lessons every Monday and Wednesday after school hours. When I prepare the kids for their exams there are extra lessons on a Friday. If they can pay for the lessons it is good. If they are not able to pay, it is fine with me too. This is an example of the traditional and classical way of Bonairean thinking. That is why I like the support with money and labor by Dive Friends so much. They just rolle d up the sleeves of their shirts and started the job. Of course they make use of the benefits as well. Then, at least Dive Friends Bonaire did it. This is a very popular location for local people to enjoy the sea. Now there is a pier, there are some benches and there is shade!” It is about six in the late afternoon or early evening. The sun is leaving the island. Youngsters enjoy their time in and around their own sea and a Bonairean dog keeps on swimming and chasing after the wooden stick the boys and girls keep throwing in the water. The kids enjoy a soft drink, and for some of them it is the first time they’ve tasted a black and white licorice stick presented to them by Dive Friends Bonaire. One of the girls from the swimming school says, “We are fond of our teacher and we are very happy with this new pier. There is a wooden ladder to get out of the water, there are benches and there is shade. We are proud of our pier and now we are responsible for it. We have to keep it clean and in a good condition!” Story & photo by J@n Brouwer Bonaire/Playa – O n Saturday, June 29, Elma and Joop and their employees from Scooters Bonaire showed their new scooter and bicycle shop located at Kaya Grandi 72, opposite the Chamber of Commerce, to the public of Bonaire. Scooters Bonaire is well known because of renting scooters for several years now. The crew was more than proud to show their 300square-meter, two-wheeler shop, a shop with the real smell of rubber and metal. Elma and Joop have loads and loads of city bikes, mountain bikes and scooters for sale and for rent. And there is a serious corner with helmets: jet helmets with visors from Beon and Nano and full face helmets from Demm. Prices start at $90. If you decide to buy a scooter for $1500 or more you receive a chain lock or a helmet for free up to a value of $100. If you decide to rent a bike, a mountain bike or a scooter it automatically comes with a serious lock. Sc ooters Bonaire offers you a helmet for an additional $2.50 a day. Apart from more than some 60 helmets in stock Bonaire Scooters is able to order every helmet their client wants because of the influence of modern times and internet. Parts for helmets, bicycles and scooters are not a single problem as most brands are well known and the supply of spare parts is well organized. Just pass by and hop in or take a look at the web page: scootersbonaire.com. Enjoy life as long as you can. Wear a helmet. Story & photo by J@n Brouwer Open Nonstop Monday– Saturday8:00-19:00 Voordeelmarkt Bonaire Bargain Mart Bonaire Dive Friends’ Carolyn Caporusso, Commissioner James Kroon, Eddy Christiaan and some kids at the pier

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Page 6 Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 AUTOCITY B.V. Kaya Finlandi a 9 Email: bonaire@autocity AUTOCITY B.V. Kaya Finlandi a 9 Email: bonaire@autocity AUTOCITY B.V. Kaya Finlandi a 9 Email: bonaire@autocity bv.com Tel 717 bv.com Tel 717 bv.com Tel 717 7800 Fax 717 7800 Fax 717 7800 Fax 717 5254 5254 5254 Part 1: Washington Slagbaai Park T he island of Bonaire is blessed with some of the most beautiful and delicate species in the world: tropical fish, turtles and flamingos. They themselves as well as thei r habitats, the reefs, the beaches and the salias are the object of preservation efforts for over half a century. Already in 1962 the islands belonging to the Netherlands Antilles had a foundation aimed at protecting the nature of the respective islands, the Netherlands Antilles National Parks Foundation ( Stichting Nationale Parken Nederlandse Antillen STINAPA N.A.). Bonaire was the first to receive the attention of the organization, founded in Curaao. The breeding grounds of the Caribbean Flamingo needed protection and Washington Park was created in 1969. The next addition was the Slagbaai plantation which was purchased in 1977. Thus the Washington Slagbaai National Park was born, the first nature sanctuary in the Netherlands Antilles, covering almost one fifth of the island of Bonaire. The park was officially inaugurated in 1979. In that same year, the Bonaire National Marine Park was created. Each island used to have its own STINAPA commission, but in the course of the 80s, when Aruba separated from the Netherlands Antilles, the commissions were transformed into independent national park foundations. Bonaire got its own STINAPA Bonaire which describes its mission as “being dedicated to the conservation of Bonaire’s natural and historical heritage through the sustainable use of its resources.” This includes information and education among locals and visitors alike. Native flora and fauna are to be protected, conserved and restored in a sustainable manner, of course. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the island of Bonaire was a mere plantation belonging to the Dutch West India Company and later to the government of the Colony Curaao, which included both Aruba and Bonaire. In 1868, after the abolition of slavery, the government held a public auction to sell parcels of land in Bonaire. These became plantations, like the one on the north-west part of the island: Slagbaai Plantation. The name “Slagbaai” comes from Slachtbaai which means Slaughter Bay, where goats were slaughtered before being exported to Curaao. Slagbaai became the property of Moises Jesurun and the Neuman brothers, John, August and Casper. Twenty-four years later, they sold it to the Debrot family who sold the northerly part to the Herrera family in 1920. The original name of this plantation was “America” (several plantations on Bonaire were named after a country). At the entrance, a house for the plantation supervisor was built where the workers, mainly women from Rincon, came to apply for work and where they got their pay, not so much in cash, but in provisions and goods. Thus this building became the most important part of the plantation America and consequently it got the name of the capital of the “real” America: Washington, a name that would forever be connected to this plantation and to the national park. The plantations supplied a variety of products for exportation to Curaao: goats, salt, divi-divi pods, charcoal and aloe extract, which was considered as being of the highest quality on the market. In 1967, the Island Government of Bonaire adopted an important local act ( Natuurbeschermingsen monumentenverordening 1967 ) aimed at protecting the island’s fauna, flora, cultural monuments and nature reserves. Whoever entered those illegally or was caught carrying a rifle and bringing a dog, could be fined 500 florins or jailed for up to two months. In those days, Bonaire did not have nature reserves, but that was about to change. In that same year, Julio Ceasar ‘Boy’ van der Ree, member of the Herrera family and owner of the plantation, realized that his end was near and he wished to prevent the plantation from falling into the hands of project developers after his death. He came to an agreement with the local government to sell the estate under the condition that it would be turned into a nature reserve. In 1969, STINAPA acquired this part while the Slagbaai Plantation, after years of negotiations with the Debrot family, became the property of the foundation in 1977. STINAPA also acquired the adjoining property called Brasil and the Goto Lake area from the local government. The funds to acquire both Slagbaai and Washington area came from the Island Government of Bonaire, the Dutch Government, Prins Bernard Fonds and quite a few commercial institutions, like banks, insurance companies and industries on Bonaire, Curaao and the Netherlands. The area covers over 13,500 acres (5.600 hectares) of limestone plateaus (in the north), mountainous terrain (in the center and south), with the highest peak, the Brandaris (241m./784 ft.). The park has several inlets with beaches (called bokas ), salt flats ( salias ), and sweet water sources which attract flocks of birds, like the “Lora,” a native parrot. Visitors have the choice between two routes, one longer than the other, along which they can hike, enjoy the view, snorkel or dive from the beaches or visit the museum at the visitor centre. Evert Bongers (sources: www.washingtonparkbonaire.org/ history and research by Bi Antoin) Coming up: Marine Park and Cruise Tourism TOURISM HISTORY PART 11STINAPA NATIONAL PARKS Mt. Brandaris overlooking old time salt production at Slagbaai. Slagbaai premises before restoration. Aerial view of Slagbaai and its salia.

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 Page 7 E.M. Rijswijk, Denturist ARE YOUR DENTURES: Loose? Cracked? Missing Teeth? In Your Pocket? Worn? Causing Gum Pain? Call For An Appointmen t 717-2248 or 786-3714 Kaya J.G. Hernandez z/n (Near Botika Korona) New hours: 9 am-12 pm, 2 pm—4 pm Monday-Friday Repairs while you wait. 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 From Bonaire Nautico Marina BONAIRE NAUTICO MARINA At It Rains Fishes Restaurant Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399 www.bonairenauticomarina /VHF 68 THE ONLY WALKON / WALKOFF Catamaran Kantika di Amor Up to 27 people and supported by a brand new larger sister Catamaran Kantika Too 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 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 S unbelt Realty has been rocking for 20 years! In the ever changing world of real estate business on Bonaire it has proven to be a rock-solid and reliable partner for buyers and sellers. Recently, the entire Sunbelt Realty team had more than one reason to party like rock stars. To celebrate the company's 20 years in business, the entire crew went on a short vacation in the All-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Rumor has it that all party animals ate only healthy food, drank fresh carrot juice and slept long hours to completely rejuvenate. At the same time, properties and prospects were not left unattended. Skilled standin team, Iris and Max, under the supervision of Lia Lameris, took care of the agency’s daily business on Bonaire. Sunbelt’s official birthday was June 20. On that day the staff surprised managers, Corine van der Hout and Jan Henk van der Wier, with a "birthday cake" that rock stars can only dream of. All visitors at one of the two offices of Sunbelt Realty were treated that day with a pi ece of the celebration cake. Press release O n June 14, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (www.uhms.org) at its annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida, honored Bonaire’s Dr. Dick van der Vaart with the title “Fellow of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.” He is one of 30 persons who at this moment possess this prestigious worldwide award. The UHMS gave this award to Dr Van der Vaart as recognition for his work and commitment during the last 27 years in diving medicine on Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands, and for his local pioneering work in the field of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Dr Van der Vaart is presently working as the medical director and head physician with the Recompression Chamber on Bonaire. (www.bonairehyperbaric.com ) Press release Sunbelt’s management and staff in the D.R. Corine and Henk in the inset with the cake Dr Dick van der Vaart receives the FUHM certificate from Dr. John Feldmeier O n July 1, SELIBON’s Customer Service and Reception as well as its Sales and Marketing office moved from upstairs in Kaya Grandi to the Plasa Medio Ambiente the Waste Separation Area the Milieuplein on Kaya Industria nr. 25. The new location is easily accessible for all people and there's always space to park! Story & photo by Greta Kooistra Photo: Mr. Raimy Thomas, SELIBON's Sales and Marketing person, showing the new reception

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Page 8 Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 THIS IS THE 5TH COLUMN ABOUT USEFUL GADGETS FOR SALE ON BONAIRE IN A SERIES OF 100. Let There Be Light Bonaire/Kralendijk – A s far as I know for the moment Budget Marine Bonaire has the cheapest and the most expensive useful gadgets for sale. The cheapest useful gadget is the cute, handy, little effective knife sharpener with tungsten steel and ceramic sharpening bars, made by Rapala. Price: a stunning and astonishing $2.50! (It was immediately sold out after publishing an article about this topic but luckily it’s back in stock again.) The most expensive useful gadget is the ingenious led light, made by Joi from Canada. We’re talking about an intriguing and ingenious light made of stainless steel, glass, durable plastic and a magic unit made and powered by Thermology, a registered trade mark. The lamp looks like a little stainless steel house with several windows. Power is supplied by an ordinary 16 millimeters high tea candle, power is converted to a bunch of nine modern and energy saving led lights by a converter made by Thermology. To bathe your entire table in warm light, simply grasp the lamp head roof and extend the telescopic arms which Ingenious Led Lighting connect the house of the lamp to the roof of the lamp, this way creating a nice and functional table lamp. After buying the lamp and getting it out of the box the gadget is ready for use. Simply open the front door and install a fresh unburned four-hour tea light candle. Light the candle and wait for some 45 seconds. Close the door and wait a few minutes. Then the led lights are charged and start emitting for hours. This useful gadget is not cheap. You have to pay $150 for it. However, it lasts a life time and it runs up to four hours on an ordinary tea light. The Joi Ingenious Lighting is economical to use. The device is completely independent and the perfect solution for lighting problems when there is no current or no current available. Think of power shut offs, camping and other outdoor activities. Pamela Teitel-Werdath (Manager of Budget Marine Bonaire): “In the beginning I had some three of these magic lights in stock. I thought they were effective and fun. Then, on the other hand they are quite pricy. A local fisherman bought the independent led lamp, then some owners of kunukus (typical Bonairean farms or fincas in the very remote outback/ jb ). One Bonairean bought the magic light as a special birthday present for his mother and several people bought the lamp because of the problems that unfortunately occur every now and then because the WEB ( Wateren Energiebedrijf Bonaire /Water and Energy Supply Bonaire) is still trying to find the right way to produce and supply electricity. The size of tea lights appeared not to be standardized. European tea lights have a slightly larger diameter, but the right size for this special led lamp is widely available on our island. We have a very good connection with the developers and producers in Canada and they will adjust the size or capacity of the light alloy tea light holder.” For more information you can surf to www.caframo.com or to www.termology.com Or just hop in at Budget Bonaire and see and touch and experience this little magic light yourself! Jan Brouwer We just got one and find it beautiful, useful and amazing – Great for those no WEB power nights. Ed. 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 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 A fter a six-year break, the Bonaire Culinary team did very well in the Taste of the Caribbean competition held in Miami from June 26 to 30. Bonaire’s Culinary Team consisted of Junior Janga, Norison Conquet, Giovannie Veld, Rhasindo Donge, Robertico Bernbela and Tarimar Thom They received support from Floris van Loo, Team Manager; Liz Rijna and Isidoor van Riemsdijk, Team Coaches; and Chefs Richard Palsgraaf, Han ten Winkel and Wil Heemskerk The Team received eight awards: 1. The Caribbean National Team Bronze Medal 2. The Hans Schenk Commemorative Award for the in the Taste of the Caribbean competition in Miami using indigenous ingredients Individual Awards : 3. Chef Of The Year: Bronze Medal Robertico Bernabela 4. Bartender Of The Year: Silver Medal – Tarimar Thom 5. Pastry Chef Honorary Mention -Junior Janga 6. Junior Chef: Bronze Medal -– Giovannie Veld 7. Rums Of Puerto Rico Mystery Basket CompetitionJheison Jaquez 8. Cheesecake Competition Honorary MentionNorison Conquet Press release

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 Page 9 PART 4 IN THE SERIES, DOWN IN THE LAND OF BON BINI I t wasn’t long after moving to the island that I discovered we were not alone in our new home on Playa Pabou. Strange creatures of the night came out after the red ball of a sun melted slowly into the horizon. Like a fleeting Green Flash, I would often see a gecko peeking from behind a painting on the wall, and then make quick tracks for the darkness. Until then, I was unaware of its presence. This act of something appearing one way and then turning out to be another reminded me that not all things are what they initially appear to be on the dushi island of Bonaire. There are times one needs to look behind the canvas. Take resort developments, for instance. You hear stories. “The Hilton is going to build its next hotel here.” “The Divi Resort chain is starting construction down by Sunset Beach.” The rumors are numerous and humorous, but few ever materialize or live up to the hype. The Hilton didn’t. They pulled out of their promises before even breaking ground. The Divi, on the other hand, built a massive Quonset-shaped tent to shelter model apartments so prospective buyers could view the structures in comfortable shade. At a public unveiling of their future plans, Divi pledged an all-inclusive resort, specialty restaurants and bars, 300 meters of prime beach front, and for those who wanted a piece of their own paradise, 75 luxury condos with “lush landscaping, pools, and astonishing views.” A 2009 delivery date was promised. A year later, the only thing standing was the tent, and that was being overgrown by weeds. Another year passed before the entire structure was dismantled leaving behind the empty plot much like it was before. And so it goes on the island, and the gecko just grins. This chameleon-esque concept holds true for legal matters as well. I am still in awe of the disproportionate time it takes to secure documents with little regard to their actual importance. I remember gathering a 3-inch stack of papers in order to secure legal resident status on Bonaire. There were bank statements, passports, birth certificates, statements from American police departments declaring we were crime free, health documents from medical doctors proving we were HIV-free—even papers proving that the legal documents we submitted were legal. You would think the original would be enough, but no. I had to get an apostille, a legal document declaring that the legal document I was submitting was indeed a legal document. What? By the time I walked into the immigration office, I expected to see Radar, that red tape guru from the American TV series, M*A*S*H, grinning wildly behind the counter in eager anticipation of finding something missing. This was deep kimchi a bureaucratic bruja a tropical punch without the rum. I felt like I was sailing between a ship-eating reef and a submerged sandbar. One slip-up and I was going under. Fair winds prevailed, however, and we were graciously accepted as permanent residents of the island. Still, months later when the freighter Doa Luisa safely delivered my 14-foot sailboat to the dock, I braced myself for another eminent paper chase. Don’t get me wrong. The effort to get a boat into the country was much less than securing residency, and that is the way it should be. But there were certainly hoops to hop through. I went to Rocargo, my shipping company, to get a pile of importation papers with a rather impressive ‘release’ stamp on the front. Then I went to the tax office and purchased two, five-guilder stamps (about $2.82 each). I put one on my papers to the National Marine Park to secure a mooring in the harbor. The other went on the front of my importation papers that I took to the customs man where my boat had been transferred. Upon showing the stamp, I received my “ Eilandgebied Bonaire Vergunning” my boat permit. Almost done. Next, I was steered toward the harbormaster—one last stop in this maritime madness. I was sure a gecko would be hiding behind the door. But the harbormaster, Rob Sint Jago, proved to be a nice guy. We talked about boats. We talked about weather. Then he asked me how I was going to use my boat. “Well,” I hesitantly responded thinking this might be the trick question that would sink my ship, “I plan to sail it.” “Ah,” Rob responded, “You MUST go fishing!” Sint Jago then went on to tell me how great the fishing is right here in front of his office and insisted that I would get bored just sitting there sailing. I believe Bonaireans feel that the simple act of moving through the water is not enough. You must have a purpose. You can’t just sail. You must fish too! I nodded meekly in agreement even knowing I would never cast a line over the rail. My registration paper received an official “thump,” rivaling any that I have heard in custom offices around the world. “And by the way,” shouted Harbormaster Sint Jago as I quickly headed to the door and on to sailing bliss. “There is no charge. Just come back in six months and we will renew it for free.” I later discovered that even the trees on Bonaire have the ability to masquerade as something else. Take the kibrahacha tree for instance. As my friend Fernando Simal told me, “Kibrahacha means ax breaker in Papiamentu. The wood is so hard that it earned this name from those who tried to cut it down.” The trees in this picture certainly belie the fact that kibrahachas are so tough. Delicate, yellow blooms mask their rugged resilience. But wait, there is more. Three days before I took this photo, there were no flowers to be seen on this hillside. Then, the island got a soaking rain in the night. Three days after this photo was taken all the yellow was gone. The flowers only lasted but a few days before falling off. Geckos must live among these trees too. Spend any amount of time on the water and you will soon learn that the sea has its own illusions. The other day I sailed my tiny boat, Kontentu late into the evening. The sun had set, but its reflective light remained high overhead. When I looked to the water, the usual Caribbean blue had vanished. It was replaced by midnight black with slashes of pink, lavender and gold from above. The sea took on a magical, steely shimmer as darkness encroached. I sailed back to my mooring off of Playa Pabou, tied up and popped a Heineken in salute to the day. By the time I swam to shore, it was pitch black. I watched electric-green phosphorescence—that magical, aquatic stew of molecules and energy— flow off my fingers with each stroke. It made me want to swim forever. But the shore abruptly interrupted those thoughts. I was back on land and hunger grabbed my attention. It is time for food and home. It was also time to see the gecko peek from behind the canvas, just one more time. I wonder what surprise he has for me this evening. Story & photos by Patrick Holian Bulevar Gob. N. Debrot 74 (Across from Sand Dollar) Phone 717-7224 www.bonbida.com Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 8:30 to 9:00 Ab-Class 8:30 to 10:00 Yoga 8:30 to 9:30 TRX 8:30 to 9:00 Ab-Class 9:00 10:00 TRX 9:00 10:00 Pump 9:30 to 10:30 Zumba 9:00 9:45 Lady-TRX 9:00 to 10:00 Spinning 10:00 11:00 Pump 18:00 to 19:00 Pump 18:00 to 19:00 Pump 18:30 to 19:30 Spinning 17:30 to 19:00 Yoga 19:00 to 20:00 Spinning 19:00 to 20:00 Zumba 19:30 to 20:30 TRX 19:00 20:00 Pump 20:00 to 21:00 TRX 20:00 to 21:00 Balance Classes are free to members of Bon Bida Spa & Gym. Download a printable version of the class schedule at http://www.bonfysio.nl/i mages/lessons_BonBida.pdf Incredibly beautiful Kibrahacha-in-bloom hillside

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Page 10 Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 O n Wednesday evening 3 July, Bonaire Governor ( Gezaghebber) Lydia Emerencia offi cially handed over a Bonairean flag to Captain Lieutenantat-Sea (Commander) C.M. “Chris” van den Berg to welcome the Dutch Navy’s newest ship to the island. In return the Captain presented the ship’s crest to the governor. A mix of government officials, other invited guests and press were on hand for the ceremony. It is the first time that the Zr. Ms. Holland visited Bonaire. She was christened by Queen Beatrix on February 2, 2010 and went into service about a year ago. Her current mission in the Caribbean Basin began on May 20, 2013, in Curacao. This ship has three main tasks in its Caribbean Mission: drug control, Coast Guard activities and humanitarian operations. The first major action for the patrol ship was on 5 June when she rescued 10 persons from a burning and sinking ship. The Holland had followed the ship because it was suspected that a large amount of drugs was on board. The rescued crew members were transferred to a US Coast Guard vessel. The second was a go-fast action. Although the load of drugs from the fleeing ship was thrown overboard during the chase, they were fished from the sea by the crew of the Holland ’s RIB (rigid inflatable boat). Efficiently designed for naval operations of the 21st century, this ship normally carries a minimum of 50 to 55 men and women (presently six women) on board. At present there are 65, including an extra doctor and six Marines. If the ship is used for humanitarian purposes, such as in a hurricane, and people need to be evacuated, then it can accommodate 100 extra people for up to three days. The Holland is almost 108 meters long, with spacious aisles inside and areas for marine operations, very efficient in a technical sense. Some specifics about the ship from Jane’s Navy International It has a “one-man bridge.” All ship operations including navigation, control and monitoring of platform systems, and warfare functions, can be controlled from a single operations station on the bridge deck. Under normal conditions, the bridge and operations room are open to each other, although a ballistic bulkhead partition can be closed up if necessary. The vessel is equipped with a variety of armament including a 76mm cannon. Putting endurance and sea-keeping ahead of speed, the ship uses its on-board NH90 helicopter and embarked RHIBs to interdict and prosecute targets. The helicopter is able to identify and track targets significantly beyond the ship’s sensor horizon, while the highspeed RHIB can be used for boarding operations. Two 12-meter-long RHIBs are aboard. One is launched and recovered via a stern slipway, the other from a boat davit on the port side. Additional payloads can be handled, including stowage for two 20-foot containers or pallets in a multifunction space beneath the flight deck. A 10-ton crane is fitted on the starboard side for cargo handling, with payloads being lowered onto the cargo deck through a hatch in the flight deck. Story & photos by Wilna Groenenboom Zr. Ms. Holland Governor Emerencia and Captain Chris van den Berg exchange gifts Sunday, July 28, 8 am Lagoen/Landfill area Easy trails: Fun-17 km.Elite-34 km

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 Page 11 Spectacular setting for lunch and dinner Try torch-lit dining on the beach The Harbour Village seaside La Bala ndra restaurant is open for Lunch & Dinner 7 days a week—Call for a reservation 717-7500 Think of Harbour Village for your sp ecial events, weddings, engagement parties & corporate events. Meeting rooms and catering available. For special arrangements and quotes, please call or email labalandra@harbourvillage.com Harbour Village Beach Club Phone # 717-7500 Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot 71 Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean Bonaire’s most enchanting location ISLAND BBQ EVERY SATURDAY EVENING WITH LIVE MUISLAND BBQ EVERY SATURDAY EVENING WITH LIVE MUISLAND BBQ EVERY SATURDAY EVENING WITH LIVE MUO 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 Y o u r F r i e n d l y L o c a l S u p e r m a r k e t L o ts o f Be e r Al c o h o l i c Dr i n k s S o d a s Be e r Al c o h o l i c Dr i n k s S o d a s Be e r Al c o h o l i c Dr i n k s S o d a s Ch i p s Co o k i e s Ce r ea l s Ch i p s Co o k i e s Ce r e a l s Ch i p s Co o k i e s Ce r e a l s a n d a n d a n d F r u i t s a n d V e g e t a b l e s F r u i t s a n d V e g e t a bl e s F r u i t s a n d V e g e t a b l e s F r e s h B r e a d s F r e s h B r e a d s F r e s h B r e a d s a n d M e a t e v er y d a y a n d M e a t e v er y d a y. a n d M e a t e v er y d a y Co l d Co l d Co l d Be e r a n d S o d a s Be e r a n d S o d a s Be e r a n d S o d a s Ever popular Henk Roozen daal displayed several fantastic new super-sized paintings Jewelry designer Charlene Bosch-Tixi and her stunning pieces Artist Alied with her fairy-tale goat portraits and superb art Multi-talented Luz Aida Franco Wesselius with some of her new paintings Musician-Artist Gaby Mercera and his colorful “Rain Sticks” Mosaic artists: sisters Agnes (left) and Riet (right) with their friend, Jeanine (center) Master Artist Helen Dovale (aka “Elena”) with her whimsical works & new birthday calendars Jewelry/Ceramic artist Mamita Fox had help from her grandson

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Page 12 Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 On The Waterfront at The Harbour Village Marina — Air-conditioning Owned and operated by a French Master Reservations: Tel: 717-7070 email: info@bistrodeparis.com 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 V isit us at our new and modern salon. Call for an appointment or just walk in. S i n c e 1 9 9 4 Services for men and women Haircuts, Coloring, Make-up, Hair removal, Lash coloring Featuring L’Oreal products Kaya Grandi 67 In the Old Dutch Building, Across from Scooters Open : Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 Lots of Free Parking We Would Love to Print Your PHOTO! For Picture Yourself With The Bonaire Reporter 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 A PRIZE. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. E-mail to: info@bonairereporter.com L ouise Marquering of Corvallis, Oregon, writes, “Dear Bonaire Reporter We have had eight wonderful diving trips to Bonaire and will be there again in 2013. When we tell most people on the west coast we are going to Bonaire they have no clue where it is. This past year I carried The Bonaire Reporter with me to San Francisco and had my picture taken with the paper in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. Then I found that I had lost the "Picture yourself" information on Page 6. I hope I am sending the photo to the right place and have provided sufficient information. I was born and raised in San Francisco, but moved to Oregon when the hippies came. I was in the city for a high school reunion, the Nike Women's Half Marathon, my God-daughter's wedding, genealogy and fun with friends.” Some of Bonaire’s most successful growers were there to answer questions Cool natural fruit juices, including tamarind, were available “T he Duradero Boneiru”or “Sustainable Bonaire” Market exhibition on Saturday, June 22, in the parking lot next to It Rains Fishes restaurant brought out a number of exhibitors showing what’s available on the island to protect the natural environment and at the same time be productive and useful. Exhibited were: solar hot water heaters, kind-to-the-environment cleaning products, biological garden additives and fertilizers, ingenious ways to irrigate and more. Locally produced products like seeds, plants, honey, homemade jams, juices, chutneys, healthy drinks and food were for sale. Environmental groups like the STCB, ECHO/Salba Nos Lora and Stinapa Junior Rangers were there to show what they’re doing. Special activities like drawing and painting were very popular with the kids. It was both educational and fun. L.D.

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 Page 13 Bonaire Reporter Classifieds— Really Work! 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 MISCELLANEOUS North American island resident (late 50s) seeks lady on Bonaire for dating, long term relationship (age not important). All responsible inquiries answered .Thank you. bonairelife@yahoo.com ——————————————— DON'T BE SCARED BY INTRUDERS. Neutralize assailants with absolute precision Krav Maga* instruction. Contact 701-3527 or 737-3527 Krav Maga /kr v m / (lit. 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Three years of “Sky and Telescope” magazine I’d be happy to give to anyone who would like to read them. The collection includes all 12 issues from 2010, all 12 from 2011, and all 12 from 2012. Phone: 717-8800 ext. 3503, Brad Swanson ——————————————— Original Toyota towing bar [towing ball mounted], price on request. Concrete garden table round 110mm, blue painted, $ 60,00 and 4 chairs colour blue, $ 12,00 pp, almost new. Phone: 717-2278 Tel (599) 791-6272 / 785-6272 hans@outdoorbonaire.com www.outdoorbonaire.com For Quality House and Office Cleaning and Maintenance .. CALL JRA Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough, Low rates, References. One time or many. Phone 785-9041 … and relax. ———————————— LUNCH TO GO Starting from $4 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981. Web site: www.chinanobobonaire.com Make Your Home More Comfortable FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Also interior or exterior design advice China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 795-9332 Bring serenity Into your home With “Feng Shui” Ad Space Available Free for non-commercial use Cheap for business use. 16 Flights a day between Bonaire and Curaao Divi Divi Air Reservations 24 hours a day Call (+5999 839-1515) Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set, Moon Phase and Tides Day High Low High Low High Sunrise Sunset Mon 08 00:24 0.86 ft 10:12 0.16 ft New Moon 6:16 19:04 Tue 09 01:00 0.81 ft 10:44 0.16 ft 6:17 19:04 Wed 10 01:38 0.76 ft 11:07 0.14 ft 6:17 19:05 Thu 11 02:19 0.69 ft 11:25 0.13 ft 18:41 0.35 ft 20:57 0.34 ft 6:17 19:05 Fri 12 03:01 0.62 ft 11:38 0.11 ft 18:12 0.43 ft 23:08 0.33 ft 6:17 19:05 Sat 13 03:47 0.54 ft 11:51 0.10 ft 18:19 0.54 ft 6:18 19:05 Sun 14 00:35 0.27 ft 04:35 0.45 ft 12:07 0.10 ft 18:38 0.67 ft 6:18 19:04 Mon 15 First Quarter 01:46 0.20 ft 05:26 0.36 ft 12:26 0.11 ft 19:05 0.80 ft 6:18 19:04 Tue 16 02:47 0.11 ft 06:19 0.28 ft 12:52 0.13 ft 19:39 0.93 ft 6:18 19:04 Wed 17 03:43 0.03 ft 07:14 0.21 ft 13:23 0.15 ft 20:18 1.03 ft 6:19 19:04 Thu 18 04:38 0.04 ft 08:12 0.15 ft 14:00 0.15 ft 21:02 1.11 ft 6:19 19:04 Fri 19 05:31 0.10 ft 09:15 0.11 ft 14:42 0.14 ft 21:48 1.15 ft 6:19 19:04 Sat 20 06:25 0.15 ft 10:24 0.10 ft 15:31 0.10 ft 22:38 1.15 ft 6:19 19:04 Sun 21 07:17 0.19 ft 11:41 0.12 ft 16:28 0.04 ft 23:31 1.11 ft 6:20 19:04 Mon 22 08:08 0.22 ft 13:01 0.18 ft 17:39 0.04 ft Full Moon 6:20 19:03 See Bonaire from the air! 1 hour Sightseeing Flight with up to 3 passengers. Also photo and special flights. 7 days a week. Information: 786-7720 Sudoku Solution Sudoku Puzzle Sudoku Solution We move almost anything on wheels Disabled vehicles, wrecks, farm, road equipment, towing, and more. Call MackRoad Service 700-9601 REAL ESTATE AND RENTALS ——————————————— House for Rent two spacious bedrooms, one with airco. Furnished. Electricity, water and cable included $900. Interested? Call 795-9628/782-1592 Ta Huur Kas un kas ku dos kamber, kamber grandi ku airco. Ekas ta muebla. Tur kos inklui pa $900, lus, awa y cable. Bo ta intersa? Anto jame 795-9628/782-1592 ———————————————For rent Nice house in Almere, the Netherlands with 4 rooms for students, family or holidays. Also for short stay. Call 00599-782-7776 or email dinarico@yahoo.com ——————————————— For sale or permanent swap with place on Bonaire; 5 br. House with apartment and small marine business in Canada Located in Chester, Nova Scotia. For details please call or email; 1-902-275-3636 or wbaerken@yahoo.com ——————————————— Studios for rent 1-2 persons $510$565 all inclusive also use, gardening, TV internet, furnished, linen, Selibon, gas, water, electr., except airco terrace, Phone 796-2529 or visit during daylight at Hato or website www.bonaireverhuur.com —————————————— For RENT: Spacious apartment in Belnem. Fully furnished, living + dining area with full kitchen. Private parking. Long term rent $750.00 per month. Phone 796-5530. ———————————————House For Rent : 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 5 min. walk from the ocean in playa Pabow. tel: 717-8603 ——————————————For rent: new guesthouse Sabadeco Furnished, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, screens, excellent breeze, lots of privacy Excl. Internet, TV: Price USD 770,tel. 795-0124, email: sar@xs4all.nl ——————————————— House in Belnem for Rent. (unfurnished ) 4 bedrooms/4 bathrooms. Big open kitchen and living room. Nice porch and big garden. Available from July 1. Please call 796-9559 or 796-5885 for more info.

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Page 14 Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 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. AUTOMOBILE DEALER Check out Auto City Bonaire for the widest selection of new car brands on Bonaire including Chevrolet, Honda, Isuz u, Suzuki, Subaru. Used cars too. Complete service department. Hertz rentals. BANK ORCO Bank offers one-on-one attention, pe rsonal 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 friendly service. Plus Bonaire’s only Rum Bar– over 50 types! BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and facial waxing. Great new shop on Kaya Grandi. Walk-in service too 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. Want to see You See Your Business’ Advertisement Here? Contact The Reporter at 786-6518 or email laura@bonair ereporter.com. Your “bottom line” will look better as a result of advertising with us. 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. ON and IN the WATER Budget Marine has what anyone with a boat needs, and if it’s not in stock they can order it quickly. You can also find special hardware for general use and components for solar and wind electric systems. 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 Lucky Supermarket. HOME CARE Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the needs of second home owners on Bonaire including inspection, management and cleaning. OPTICIAN Buena Vista Optics is Bonaire’s most up-to-date place to get eyeglasses or contact lenses. The combination of experienced personnel and advanced equipment and technology make it a top value 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 Caribbean Homes, “the Refreshing Realtor,” specializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property management. Yacht sales too. 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— Waterfront location at the Harbour Village Marina. Superb menu, genuine French dishes in a waterfront ambiance. Airco if you want it. La Balandra at The Harbour Village Resort offers Bonaire’s most spectacular setting. Superb cuisine, top notch service. Eat on the deck or with your feet in the sand. 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 lifestyle shop featuring good taste 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 liquors, 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 for it in the markets. Lovingly handmade. Mugs available. VARIETY STORE The Tung Fong Store is a great asset to everyone on Bonaire because it stocks so many thing we want: cloth es, 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 built-in ramp at Bonaire Nautic o (It Rains Fishes Restaurant) Sunbelt Realty Mon-Fri8:00-19:00 Sat—Sun8:00A Directory listing is free for regular advertisers in The Reporter Call Laura at 786-6518 for information

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 Page 15 W hen I arrive for the interview at the Sports Hal in Antriol, the place is already packed with people. Elderly ladies, single older men, young mothers with children. Every age, nationality and walk of life is represented. People are waiting patiently with an empty shopping bag in their hand. Some little kids are running around, screaming and playing. The atmosphere is not one of despondency and helplessness, because people are at ease and they have their dignity, but I do feel sad and angry that such an aid program has become a necessity on Bonaire. Annette Parris, director of ADRA Bonaire – the Bonairean department of the Adventist Development & Relief Agency is busy providing everyone with a food package. Assisted by two male volunteers the operation is running smoothly and no one has to wait very long. People have to show their sedula, Annette checks the names on a list and then the men go and get the food package from the storage. “Every month we hand out 200 food parcels,” Annette says. “The parcels contain 25 basic products like rice, flour, cooking oil, sugar, beans, milk powder, washing powder, stuff like that. ‘Food Pantry’ started on Bonaire at the end of 2009. AMFO had given us a big budget and the whole operation was meant to be running for one year. That year we handed out 250 food parcels, not because there were more needy people, but because we had more money. ‘Food Pantry’ is an initiative of ADRA, and we are active in more than 120 countries where we focus on development aid. We are one of five partners of the World Food Program of the UN, and together with the Red Cross we also work on emergency relief. We like to work together with other networks and on Bonaire we’re connected with about 10 different authorities such as Youth and Family, Fundashon Cas Bonairiano, Integrated Community Development, Villa Antonia, EOZ, SGB, Cocari and all the different churches. Since 2013 – this year – we are subsidized by the poverty policy of the Public Body (Island Government). We don’t get any money from ADRA International because from their point of view Bonaire is not a developing country because we are covered by the Netherlands. The ‘Food Pantry’ is not the only project ADRA is running on Bonaire because at Kaya Pos di Amor # 1, across from More for Less supermarket, we have a container, a bookstore and a secondhand store, ‘Bodega di ADRA,’ where we sell clothing, furniture and all kinds of used items for next to nothing, pennies really! People can also bring their clothing and anything else they don’t want anymore, or we can pick it up if that’s more convenient. We’re open every Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm, and during the week from 2-5pm. If you want to contact us please call 717-4126 or 717-2377 or 787-2680. The Bonaire Animal Shelter is doing it for the animalsa wonderful initiative by the way – and we are doing it for the people. ADRA also organizes courses like job coaching, family therapy, budgeting, labor rights and obligations, and last year I had a course, ‘Preparing Vegetarian Meals,’ which was attended by more than 60 people! It was a huge success, but, yeah, a pack of tofu costs a couple of dollars and it’s enough to feed an entire family! This year I’m planning to set up a fitness program – I did weight coaching – and I’m thinking about musical classes, voice training. Well, let’s go back to the ‘Food Pantry.’ ADRA takes each case seriously, everybody who comes here will be written in and once that person has been checked by us or other authorities he or she will be eligible for a food parcel. I always have 10 packages put aside in case of an emergency, like for someone who just lost his job, his house, a mother with children who suddenly ends up alone or for someone who just got out of jail. Luckily we also see people whose situation improves, because they found a job and then they don’t come here anymore and we can help someone else. Before I came to Bonaire a year ago, I had been living on Aruba for 11 years where I was working in special secondary education. On Bonaire life is one and a half times more expensive than on Aruba and I feel that wages and government allowances need to be adjusted so people can have a quality of life. The AOV – the old people’s pension is $555 per month, minimum wage is $800 per month and an unemployment or disability allowance varies from $200-$300 a month. As of July1st these wages and allowances (which were already higher) have gone up in Holland; they’ve been adjusted. Not on Bonaire though. Structurally and substantially something is wrong! In the meantime – although the Public Body (Island Government) is supporting us – we still could use some help from supermarkets and wholesale companies which might have products which are reaching the expiration date. We could use them! This month! Also, there is another food bank working on the island and I hope that we can work together in the future, because together you can accomplish so much more. ( Stichtsing Voedselbank Bonaire —see Bonaire Reporter stories Feb. 22-Mar.8, 2013, June 24-July 8, 2013.) It’s been a real challenge for me since the project with AMFO ended to put this program on a new track. You know, in this culture the children used to take care of their parents when they grew old; they would cook for them, take them in with them, but these days the elderly (50% of our clientele is 55+) tell me, ‘You know, my children have their own family, their own life,’ and so everyone is left to his or her own fate… and you’re not only coping with an economic problem but also with a social problem. I find that terribly sad. I feel the time has come where together we should take care of each other and be open minded to that idea. And especially in such a small community as Bonaire we should be able to make it happen. All my life I’ve been a positive person otherwise I couldn’t do this! You have to put your love into it!” Story & photo by Greta Kooistra Bulevar Gob. N. Debrot 74 (Across from Sand Dollar) Phone For appointment 717-7224 www.bonbida.com Bon Bida Photo Annette Parris, Raul Gomez (Management Society and Care) who is doing a tremendous job for the Latinos who are living below the poverty line and Ingrid Sealy from Youth and Family. Inset: ADRA's thrift shop and storage at Kaya Pos di Amor # 1

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Page 16 Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 Tene Boneiru Limpi F ifteen years ago we stood at the Bonaire immigration desk with a check for NAF 1500 and a certificate of good behavior from the Netherlands. Those were the conditions for admission to Bonaire. The check was intended as a deposit that could be used to put us on an airplane if we misbehaved on the island. The certificate of good behavior, well yes, that served to minimize the odds of that event happening. I blinked my eyes but did what was asked. Really not such a bad idea to prevent shady characters and people with a suspicious past from coming to this island. And besides, the lieutenant governor at the time was Frits Goedgedrag (transl: Frits Good Conduct), a man who lived up to his last name and who is a living example of integrity itself. This justified the strict immigration requirements. Welcoming folders at the airport, garbage trucks and bins of SELIBON all manifested a solid campaign: Tene Boneiru Limpi (Keep Bonaire Clean) No tossed about trash, everything neatly in the bin. Sympathetic, eco friendly and smart not to annoy incoming tourists with tossed around litter. The motto was: Bonaire will be clean! A few years after our arrival we were allowed to participate in the local island elections. A solid campaign was being waged by Red and Green parties. In the newspapers we read sharp and mutual accusations of corruption and juicy gossip about the reputation of the candidates. And cars with party banners and flags drove up and down in the streets, sponsored by party funds with free beer and gas coupons. “They are buying votes,” it was said. This was the first time that I heard: Is this man clean? Has this man favored his family? Has the man abused his powers? Is he or she corrupt? Friends who were longer on the island told me to stop whining about this. This is the way things go in the Caribbean, you favor your family and if at all possible you give them a job as they all do that, just like all cyclists took epo. And arrange something, like a piece of land or a building permit. Come on, my friend, don’t be so difficult. Our present lieutenant governor, Mrs. Emerencia, decided a few months ago to indeed be difficult. She discovered irregularities in the assigning of taxi permits. Apparently she did not have the power and persuasion to solve the suspicions in the heart of the Island Council and reported it at the OM (public prosecutor). The OM investigated and found that Mr. James Kroon, the commissioner who also wanted to ship our donkeys to Haiti, was guilty of fraud and forgery and dismissed the case with a probationary period of three years. An unsatisfactory judgment that left a lot of questions. Did Mr. Kroon really do something wrong? The court did not render a judgment so the questions remain. One party says, “Kroon must go,” and the other, “No way, because the court has not spoken.” The OM confirmed the suspicions of Mrs. Emerencia and should actually bring the case before the court. We have not heard anything about this. On the contrary, she has handed over her power to monitor good governance to a commissioner and the relationship between her and the commissioners has been damaged. What a collective disaster. The matter Kroon does not stand alone. Also in the Zambesi matter there are lingering doubts, without clarity. And what about the Jeffrey Levenstone matter? Should the course of this sordid matter be blamed on the OM? What’s so sad about all this is that apparently our island is unable to clean up its own corps of administrators. What fumbling in these matters. And who are the victims? First of all, those directly involved in the case. Many losers, few winners. And besides these, we, the population, all of us. The image of Bonaire is often contaminated by whole and half truths of corruption, nepotism, and shoddy governance. No one is happy about this. Although? It would not surprise me if this situation also attracts people that find in Bonaire a safe get away: tax evaders, people with considerable claims or real estate cowboys with dirty money. There, on Bonaire they don’t mind norms and values too much anyway. And perhaps some small local corrupters may think, “If they do it, why not us too?” I think it is high time for a big spring clean. Under pressure, the governor had to hand over her mandate for good governance to an island commissioner. I baptize that action: Hasi i Tene Boneiru Limpi (Make and Keep Bonare Clean). The road trash has been mostly cleaned up and now it is the turn of our administrators and stained population. Do you want concrete suggestions? A committee, established by citizens, for Truth, Repentance and Reconciliation, to be led by Frits Goe dgedrag. Sinners can voluntarily repent and restart their lives on Bonaire with a clean slate after a public confession. In addition, a zero tolerance policy to be adopted towards all shady administrators: one corrupt action and you are out of government for life. And finally a thorough screening by our immigration officials of immigrants and those moving here from the Netherlands. Small suspicions? Additional research! And I have a suggestion for financing this project: All NAF 1500 deposits will not be returned to the immigrants but given by our government to the battle fund of the foundation: Hasi i Tene Boneiru Limpi Make and keep Bonaire clean. It’s long overdue! Guus Gerritsen C orals living in the Caribbean have 66% of the world’s coral diseases, even though only 8% of the world’s corals are found in this region. Coral diseases are infectious, meaning that they result from agents such as bacteria, viruses or fungi. However, these diseases are not always contagious (able to be passed directly or indirectly from one coral to another). Some of the diseases that affect corals in the Caribbean are white plague (characterized by large white splotches on coral), dark spot (characterized by darks spots on the coral colony), and yellow band disease (characterized by a ye llow band of tissue surrounding dead the dead patches on the coral). These diseases usually lead to the death of the coral colony. Scientists recently looked at the dist ribution of these three diseases on Caribbean reefs to determine if the infectious diseases were contagious. They found that the diseases were not clustered in the same area, indicating that the diseases were not being spread between corals. Instead, the di seases were wide spread over the study area, sometimes over a kilome ter apart. The researchers concluded that under natural conditions, diseases were not transmissible, and only when corals were weakened due to environmental conditions (such as changes in temperature, salinity, etc.) were they vulnerable to infection. In other words, diseases are not being spread from coral to coral or through a vector (such as a fish, shrimp, crab, etc.) to coral. Corals are only affected by the diseases, which are present in the seawater, when they are stressed (and weakened) due to environmental conditions. Madeline Roth Roth is an Anthropology and Biology major at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She is studying on Bonaire for the spring se mester at the CIEE Research Station. Dark Spot Disease on a star coral White Plague Disease on a star coral T he Central Bureau of Statistics released details of the recently completed Labor Market Survey. Some highlig hts included the fact that about seven out of 10 inhabitants of the Caribbean Netherlands are working and unemployment is lower than in the Eu ropean Netherlands. The proportion of working people in the Caribbean Netherlands in 2012 ranged from nearly 73% on Bonaire to about 64% on Saba. The unemployment rate in the Caribbean Netherlands was slightly lowe r than in the European Netherlands. Bonaire had over 8,600 people employed. Nearly 11,800 persons from 15 to 65 lived on Bonaire in 2012; 2,800 on St. Eustatius and 1,500 on Saba. On Bonaire 8,600 worked for 12 hours or more per week. On St. Eustatius this was 1,900 and almost 1,000 on Saba. With this the employment rate amounted to respectively 72.6%, 70.3% and 64.3%. This is according to the latest figures from the Labor Force Survey Caribbean Netherlands. Press release 2012 Employment rate (15 to 65 year of age) in the Caribbean and European Netherlands

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 Page 17 REGULAR EVENTS € Bonaire Ayurvedic Vegetarian Kitchen, open Tuesday through Friday, 12 noon to 1:30 pm, Go Green at Bonaire Basics, Kaya Korona #47. Call for reservations 700-5488 € Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for residents and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800. € We Dare to Care Park children’s playground closed due to lack of financing. Saturdays €Last Saturday of the month – donate foods and household items to Food Bank ( Stichting voedselbank Bonaire) from 10 am-4 pm, in front of Van den Tweel Supermarket €Open House at Semper Kontentu milk goat farm. Second Saturday of the month, 8 am to 12 noon. 786-6950 €Marshe di Kunukeru (Farmers’ Market ) 1st Saturday of the month at Kriabon, Kaminda Jatu Baco #55, next to Aquamarin School, 8 am to 1 pm. €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. Drop off cast offs on Saturdays or at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road weekdays. 717-4989 € Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine Company’s warehouse on Kaya Industria, Second Saturday of the month 7-9 pm. ( Always call to make sure it’s on: Tel. +5999-560-7539 ) 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—7967870. €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 .. Wednesdays Divemaster’s Night at Bistro de Paris Restaurant at Harbour Village Marina. Free house rum when you buy a coke. 30-minute Meditation at Yoga Bonaire 12 noon, Bonaire Basics. Donation. 786-6416 or info@bonaireyoga.com Fridays Happy Hour party at Bistro Di Paris Ricky Thomas performs Reggae, Soul, Latin and more 69pm. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS Monday Touch the Sea Will resume in NovemberDee 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 Museo Sentro Chichi’Tan historical home, behind Rose Inn, Rincon, open 10am-4pm daily. Tel. 786-6420 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: 7864931 Al-Anon meetings every Thursday evening at 7.30pm. Call 700-7751 or 701 -8728 Bridge Club Every Wednesday, Bridge Club on Bonaire. 19:15, contact Jeroen Seegers for information tel. 7174200 or788-2819 or jeroen@telbonet.an Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Caf. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. 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. Call Gregory Obersi 785-9446. 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, Plaza Wilhelmina; Sunday service-10 am in Dutch. Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian; Sunday service-8:30 am in Papiamentu/Dutch. Children’s club-every Saturday from 4:30-6 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 9am-Worship service in English; 10:45am-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. 7174211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wed. 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 located temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are held Sunday mornings10am-11:30am. Bible studies in English on Monday nights from 7-8 pm. Contact: 717-3322 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints : Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Services (Translation to English and Papiamentu upon request) 10:20amSunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors welcome: Information: Call 701-9522 Foundation Fountain of Living Waters, Centro Fuente, Service Sunday at Kaya Aruaco 4 at 6 pm, in Papiamentu and Spanish. For Marriage Counseling, contact 717-2161. Iglesia di Cristo (Church of Christ) Sunday: 10:30 am & 7:00 pm; Wednesday: 7:00 pm. Services in Papiamentu (English also if needed) Address: Kaya Msgr. Nieuwindt 25 (same street as Dr. Dorvil) Cell: 796-0721 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 ( G.D.), Publisher; Laura DeSalvo ( L.D.), Editor-in-Chief Address: P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Published every two weeks Reporters: Evert Bongers, J@n Brouwer, Jeff DeTray, Wilna Groenenboom, Guus Gerritsen, Patrick Ho lian, Greta Kooistra, Jane Madden-Disko, Madeline Roth, 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 2013 The Bonaire Reporter CLOSE-IN EVENTS Saturday, July 27 — “Walk to Talk” Fundraiser 6 am-10 am. Starts at Bon Bida Spa, to Mentor, Kralendijk, Bon Bida. $10 includes towel & drinks. More on page 2. Kids Camps– July and August– Sailing, Tennis and Music Camps. July 22-26AC Milan soccer training camp. Antonio Trinidad Stadium, Rincon 9 am-3 pm M-F Fee-$375. Info: Phone 796-3525, www.milanjuniorcamp.com Sunday, July 28 —Mountain Bike Fun Race 8 am, LagoenLandfill area, sponsored by De Freewieler. More on page 10 Headliner Andreina Marcano is ready for the Jazz Festival Augusts 2, 3, 4 -BONAIRE JAZZ FESTIVAL — Don't forget Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival 2013 is coming up on August 2, 3 and 4. The opening will be at Fort Oranje by world class acts like our own Andreina Marcano Jazz Ensemble and Levi Silvanie with world pop jazz in English and Papiamentu. Great acts like 'Holland's best singer,' Trijntje Oosterhuis, Venezuelan Salsa Band, Los Adolescentes and Slovenian jazz singer, Nina Strnad will perform at the Plaza. For more info www.bonairejazzfestival.com or facebook.com/bonairejazz and for tickets mail info@bonairejazz.com 2 Wounded Warriors week, August 17-24. 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Page 18 Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 Kaya Grandi 32B, down a bit in the alley in between Best Pearls and Gio’s Ice Parlor Phone: 717-9181 Experienced Staff Eye Exams on site Advanced Equipment Lens Fabrication Top Brands: Ray Ban, Oakley, Lacoste, Chanel DOUBLE TROUBLE A lexis and Andrea are twins born at the Bonaire Animal Shelter in February. Their mother, Anna, gave birth less than 24 hours after being left at the Shelter. Anna went on to be known as "Mother of the Year" by nursing five additional abandoned kittens besides her own four! She did a great job as Alexis and Andrea have blossomed into a couple of real characters. Their creative play activity always brings a smile to shelter staffers and visitors, but these non-stop action figures put on the brakes the moment a human appears on the scene. Human means cuddle time! Their favorite trick while being held is to nuzzle a nose into each of your ears so they are sure you hear how loudly they can purr! The girls will grow to be long and lean and have soft grey-striped fur with pure white markings. The are affectionate and loving with humans since they were constantly handled within minutes of their birth and throughout their young lives. The twins are a perfect kitten pair for anyone who wants affectionate companion cats but is not at home during the day to cultivate the bond. Andrea and Alexis will happily entertain themselves during the day without being bored or destructive, but will be affectionate and more than attentive feline companions when their human(s) arrive home. You can visit Alexis and Andrea and all other shelter residents at the Bonaire Animal Shelter from Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. All Shelter animals up for adoption are healthy with current vaccinations and sterilization included in the adoption fee. Jane Madden Disko Shelter News Thinking about enriching your life with a pet? One who loves seeing you return home and who accepts you, no matter what? Right now at the Shelter there is an abundance of choice Cats, dogs...puppies, kittens, more mature animals, big, little, long haired, short haired, peppy, athletic, calm, tranquil, beautiful, winsome, funny looking. And there are even some “special needs” animals. It’s a full house, and it’s a “chooser’s market.” So drop in and see for yourself and enjoy that marvelous atmosphere provided by the superb Shelter staff and their four-legged friends. The Shelter’s annual ART AUCTION will be in December, so if you are an artist and would like to contribute some of your work it will be very welcome! The Auction is one of the best fund raisers to help keep the Bonaire Animal Shelter not only open for unwanted cats and dogs but also serves as an education source to inform all ages about animals and their importance in our lives. You don’t have to be an artist—you may donate a service, an entertainment, the sky’s the limit. For more information call the Shelter at 717-4989. Laura DeSalvo The 10th edition of the Study and Career Fair. Bonaire will take place on Friday, November 15, organized by Fundashon Ban Boneiru Bk. Exhibitors should begin to prepare for the event. This year’s motto is Studiante Awe, Profeshonal Manan !" (Student Today, Professional Tomorrow) Experts believe it is essential to give Bonaire’s young people an overview of a variety of study and work opportunities to allow them to better plan their future. Businesses wanting to participate should contact the Study and Career Fair 2013: Lilian Paula-Crestian at email: sbmbonaire@gmail.com or via Fundashon Ban Boneiru Bek: www.banboneirubek.com Last year there was a large turnout of participants. Flamingo Communications plans to publish a magazine with related articles and interviews. If you are interested in placing an ad in this magazine, please send an email to sbmbonaire@gmail.com. Persons who have gotten tickets from the police for traffic violations, not paying motor vehicle tax or driving uninsured can avoid a hearing in court by paying up before the court date. In past years it was common for individuals to ignore the fines, but not any more. In a press release, the Public Prosecutor’s office for the Caribbean Netherlands explained that the persons involved must pay the amount on the ticket (summons) at the local Tax Office in a timely fashion. “Timely means at least seven days before the hearing date. Thereafter, payments will not be accepted by the Tax Office and your case will then be submitted automatically to the judge, who generally imposes a higher penalty.” If you have to go to court the nes imposed by the judge are higher usually and can be collected at the airports (by the Royal Marechaussee) if not paid. As of July 1, 2013, the additional amount for not paying the motor vehicle tax on time has increased from $85 to $150. By increasing the fee, the Public Prosecutor’s Office hopes to reduce the number of violations. Beginning September 1, 2013, the police will checking for up-to-date stickers on license plates. Renew if you haven’t already. Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, will extend the postal concession of the present postal company New Post Netherlands Antilles (NPNA), through the end of the year. Its services include the transportation of letters up to 2000 grams, the placing of mailboxes and post office boxes and the issuing of postage stamps. However, next year’s concession is out for bid. There have been criticisms of New Post’s operation. By 31 December 2013 the postal concession will be granted again. A consequence may be that the postal concession is transferred to a new party. G./L.D. Flotsam and Jetsam ( Continued from page 2) We Want You! 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Bonaire ReporterJuly 8-22, 2013 Page 19 *to find it... just look up ARIES (Mar. 21April 20)You may be able to get some good advice about your personal problems. Don't give in too quickly. You are exceptional at presenting your ideas. Don't overspend on luxury items. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Your self esteem will come back if you take part in organizational functions that allow you to be in the lime light. Make changes to your home that will be pleasing to everyone involved. Opportunities for new and exciting relationships will be yours if you get out and join groups. Avoid any confrontations with colleagues. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your charm will be captivating. Your ability to work with detail could help you achieve your goals. Too many opportunities and too many changes going on. Try to be honest when dealing with your mate. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your charisma will no doubt attract a lot of attention. You'll be tempted to spend extravagantly this month. You will benefit by taking care of other people's concerns. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Be careful. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Pleasure trips will be favorable and bring about romance. You'll need to exercise control. Listen to a good friend who is truly looking out for your best interests. Some of that extra energy you have stored up might just be put to good use. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You can make money if you pursue your own business. You should consider submitting some of your written work for publication. Don't make promises you can't keep. Losses are likely if you aren't careful where you leave your valuables. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your outgoing, aggressive nature will attract someone you've been eager to meet. Trying to deal with your mate will be unproductive and possibly hurtful. You can make some money if you get involved in a conservative financial prospect that is presented to you. Go over their important documents and take the time to suggest alternatives. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You need to spend some time getting to know this person all over again. Think be fore you act. Unforeseen circumstances will disrupt your daily routine. You can make favorable changes in your home environment. Stay mellow. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Keep calm. Someone around you is bouncing off the walls. Don't even bother trying to get their approval on the things you want to do. Your business sense will be leading you in a direction that indicates more travel and communication. Your intellectual charm will win hearts and bring opportunities that you least expect. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Sudden changes will occur through communications with friends or in-laws. You will meet exciting new people through interest groups or functions that you attend with your children. Romance will be yours if you get out and do things in large groups. If you're feeling uncertain, spend some time alone and reevaluate your motives as well as your needs. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your desire for excitement and adventure may be expensive. It's hard to stay mad if the object of the anger refuses to react. Travel will promote new romantic encounters and additional cultural knowledge. You can get a promotion if you put in a little extra detail. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Insincere gestures of friendliness are likely to occur. Erratic behavior at home may be hard to handle. You mustn't take on other people's responsibilities or you may find yourself irritable and exhausted. You have two choices; Get out on your own, or bend to your mate's whims. Your luckiest events will occur on a Wednesday. PLANET MONTH By Astrologer Michael Thiessen July 2013 E arth reached its aphelion, its annual farthest point from the Sun on the 5th. It always seems counterintuitive that the Earth is farthest from the Sun in summer. But we all know that it is the planet’s tilt, not its solar distance that determines season. Five naked-eye planets are visible in July Jupiter is still just about visible at twilight at the beginning of the month. It shines at magnitude -1.8, but is lost against the setting Sun by mid-month, after which it will re-emerge into the pre-dawn sky towards the end of July. Saturn is in Virgo and crosses the south as darkness falls. It is near the firstmagnitude star Spica but appears more yellow in color. Its angular diameter decreases from 18.5 to 17.8" over the month as it moves away from us. Saturn's rings are now at 17 degrees to the line of sight, allowing the largest gap between the rings, Cassini's Division and the planet's largest moon, Titan, to be seen using a small telescope. Saturn's maximum elevation each night is now quite low, and will continue to decrease over the coming years. Mercury forms the top of a line with Venus and Jupiter on the 1st. It has a magnitude of -0.4, and reaches greatest eastern elongation (its furthest easterly point from the Sun in the sky) on the 12th. It is best seen at that time, being 24 degrees from the Sun, and can be most easily viewed around 30 minutes after sunset. A telescope will show its slightly gibbous disc, 8" across. Mercury is 2.1 degrees from Venus on the 18th, moving below it to 1.9 degrees' separation the following night. You may need binoculars to locate Mercury at this time, so be sure to use them only after the Sun has gone down. Mars reached superior conjunction (passing behind the Sun) on the 18th of April, and this month appears in the eastern sky before dawn. It rises about 30 minutes before the Sun on the 1st. It is difficult to spot at magnitude +1.4, but this becomes easier by the end of the month, when it is 7 degrees above the horizon shortly before dawn. Venus is about 8 degrees above the western horizon 30 minutes after sunset at the beginning of the month. It does not get very high in the sky, reaching 10 degrees' elevation around the 20th-25th. Its disc, 10" across, is 96% illuminated at the start of June as it is on the far side of the Sun, shining at magnitude -3.8. By the end of the month, it is still 91% illuminated. Other July Highlights Discover an asteroid for yourself. The asteroid Ceres can be found between the 5th and 7th when it passes within 1 degree of the star Pollux, in Gemini Look towards the west about an hour after sunset using binoculars to spot the asteroid at magnitude +8.8, but don't mistake it for a star of magnitude +8.4 nearby. Mercury, Venus and a thin crescent Moon congregate on the 10th visible shortly after sunset if you have a low western horizon. You may also spot Earthshine sunlight reflected from the Earth and reflected again from the dark part of the Moon. A gibbous Moon appears very close to Spica, in Virgo, on the 18th, with Saturn not far away. Jeff DeTray Choose your size from 5’x5’ to 10’x20’. Prices from $29 to $147 per month. Call 700-1753 O u t o f S p a c e ?

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