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Bonaire Mothers and Children at the Divi
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NAf30 for all shows
Tickets for the main concerts on
sale at City Cafe, TCB, Kon Tiki Restau-
rant, Bongos Beach, Plaza Resort and the
Bonaire Boekhandel and at the gates of
the main concert


T he headliner of the Harbour-
town Jazz Festival is Denise
Jannah. Read what the jazz world
says about her:
"This woman can make you
dream, cry, and fall in love. What
more could you desire...." (The Mu-
sic Advocate)
"Jannah's voice is fine-rich, cer-
tain and teeming with a candor undi-
minished by the artifice of record-
making "(Down Beat) e .
She was almost everywhere in the Deniy7T h
landscape of jazz: at the interna-
tional jazz festivals, touring around in the US, Europe and recently Israel. She
started with the general repertoire of jazz and is now concentrating on her own
compositions; her last CD, "Gezongen Gedichten" (Singing Poems) is a great hit.
Listen to the voice of a great lady singer, born in Surinam, living in the Nether-
lands and with her heart in the world of jazz."

Here's some advance notice about the jazz festival. Events will
begin May 17th and run through May 22nd.
To get in the right mood with music and prepare for
Jazz Concert Week- have some food and drinks:
Tuesday, May 17: Jazz at Donna's & Giorgio Restaurant, Bonaire
Jazz Trio, starting at 7 pm, reservations 717-3799
Wednesday, May 18: Jazz at "brand new" Barracuda Club at Sand
Dollar, barbecue. Latin Quartet starting at 7 pm, reserve 717-3985
Thursday, May 19: Welcome concert at waterfront Wilhelmina Plaza
downtown with Bonaire Jazz Platform: Concert and Jam Session with
local musicians, X-Hale and Stingrays until late night! Food and
drinks delivered by students of SGB high school, raising funds for their
music education. 7 pm.

At the Festival: Latin and Caribbean Jazz is
the main course-9 sessions in 3 days !
May 20: 5pm Sunset jazz at City Cafe. Bonaire Jazz Trio with guests
7:30 pm Main concert at Plaza Resort. Denise Jannah, Ced Ride, Cedric
Dandare and Avila Blues Houseband
11 pm Late night Jazz at City Cafe. X Hale and jammers.

May 21: 5pm Sunset Jazz at City Cafe. Ced Ride, Avila Blues Houseband
7:30 pm Main concert at Bongos Beach. Cuban Express and X-Hale
11 pm Late night session at City Cafe. Cuban Express
11 pm Late night session at Karel's Bar. Stingrays
May 22: 11:30 am Jazz brunch. Festival musicians at Rum Runners. Serving
a specialjazz menu: reservations 717-8290 / 717-2390
5 pm Main concert at Kon Tiki Beach Club with Freewinds
Band featuring Stacey Francis, Delbert Bernabela BandO


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IN THIS ISSUE
Jazz Festival Countdown
New Platform Board
Letters (Airplanes & Hotels)
Finding a Balance for Bonaire
Pt. 3, Who Works?
Reef Awards for Bonaire Divers
Three Events in One
PWA Schedule
Wind Speeds
Femke in Nevis
Barracudas Compete
Wombania
Announcements (Aniek Schouten
Juan Pablo Campos Pardo)
Ambassadors (Manasse & Guller)
Biking for All
Spotted Morays (Dee Scarr)
Eagle Ray Channel
Realtor (Getting Ready to Sell)
Yoga (Asana & Acceptance)
Divi Employee of the Quarter
Jazz Schedule
Gardner (Security Plants)
Super Training Session, SoB


perience delays or cancellation of
flights on a regular basis, which im-
pedes their traveling to Willemstad.
"We do need a back-up with a big car-
rier like KLM." Leeflang will soon
discuss the service of the company with
DAE management. According to her,
we cannot even think about approving
the expansion of the routes and the in-
crease of the ticket fares. "This is im-
possible under the current circum-
stances."
KLM spokesperson, Bart Coster, in-
dicated from Holland that the agree-
ment between KLM and DAE is noth-
ing other than a continuation of a cur-


I


WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam
Vessel List & Tide Table
Picture Yourself (Netherlands)
Pets of the Week (3A puppies)
Classifieds
Reporter Masthead
What's Happening
Micro-Movie Review (Miss
Congeniality 2)
Shopping & Dining Guides
Born on Bonaire (Sister Magda)
Bonaire Sky Park (Uranus)
The Stars Have It


Page 2


*aorJ mrnao
After 18 hours of intense negotia-
tions, the Jamaica Airline Pi-
lots Association (JALPA) and the
management of Air Jamaica last
Thursday signed off on a three-year
agreement that will see pilots accept-
ing a reduction in basic salaries and a
cut in fringe benefits. Air Jamaica's
management was seeking concessions
of US$12 million from its pilots, who
had accounted for 30% of the airline's
annual wage bill of US$100 million.
The wage agreement ends almost two
years of negotiations between the pilots
and the airline. A few of the details of
the agreement include:
1) An increase in flying hours to 80
hours per month before pilots are paid
overtime instead of after 72 hours.
2) Pilots will no longer receive over-
time pay during vacation and sick
leave.
3) Meal allowances per duty period
will be reduced from US$75 to US$60
for North American and Caribbean
flights and from US$105 to US$90 for
UK flights.
4) Navigation pay has been reduced
by 20%.

A The Minister of Traffic and Trans-
portation, Omayra Leeflang, hopes that
the business agreement that KLM and
Dutch Antillean Express (DAE) have
entered would lead to the improvement
of the service of DAE. "The service
they are giving now is not acceptable.
It even hinders the functioning of the
government," said Leeflang.
Ministers and secretaries of state ex-


rent agreement. "We will make sure
that our flights connect on those of Bo-
nairExpress. Actually, last week's
agreement does not change anything."

A Omayra Leeflang, Antillean
Minister of Transport and Communica-
tion (see previous item), who is spoken
about in high places as Prime Minister
material, resigned her post after her
decision to appoint Franklin Sluis as
Postmaster General was overruled. She
later rescinded her resignation.





(Continued on page 3 and 4)











Flotsam and Jetsam, continued
from page 2


b Felix Torres, a
graduate of the
SGB Chez Nous
hotel school last
yea, returned
home after his one-
year intern-chef
program in Italy's
Emilia Romanga
region. He worked
for nearly a year at
a 1-Star Mich-
elin Restaurant, "I1l
Girasole," in
Rimini. His happy
parents and
teacher, Vernon
"Nonchi" Martijn
of SGB, were there
to welcome Felix home. The Culinair Foundation and NGO Platform grants help
young Bonaire chefs build their careers through special training abroad that they
couldn't otherwise afford.


A On Sunday,
US President
George Bush and
First Lady Laura
Bush were guests
of Holland's
Queen Beatrix at
a commemoration
of World War II
dead at the Ameri-
can cemetery at
Margraten, near
Maastricht, in The
Netherlands. The
Dutch supported
American involve-
ment in Iraq and are one of America's staunchest allies.


Continued on page 4.


Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005


Page 3











Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)

A Last week American Eagle Air-
lines reported system wide traffic for
April increased 26.1% from April
2004, on a capacity increase of 22.9%.
However, Executive Airlines, the com-
pany responsible for the Caaribbean
route, reported a decline of 12.7% in
traffic for the same period as its capac-
ity dropped 4.6%.

A The Customs Service of the
Netherlands Antilles has a new head:
Julian Lopes Ramirez. Lopes Ramirez,
who came from Tax Accountant's Bu-
reau BAB, will be replacing Edsel
Rosenda, who is retiring. Asked about
his plans, Lopes Ramirez said he would
continue the process to modernize the
Customs Department on all islands,
making it "more client-friendly."

A On Tuesday, May 10, the Dutch
Minister for the Netherlands Antil-
les, Alexander Pechtold arrived in
Bonaire for a whirlwind eight-hour
visit. During his visit he spent time
with both the ruling party and the oppo-
sition, businessmen's associations, cen-
ter for the handicapped, visited Rincon
and Antriol attractions, youth organi-
zations and more.

A The Curaqao Island Government
will provide NAf25 million to finance
the golf course for the new Hyatt Hotel
on Curaqao's southeast coast. This
amount will come from the tax windfall
of NAf200 million for the Antilles, of
which Curaqao gets NAf150 million.
Santa Barbara plantation recently
signed an agreement with the Hyatt
hotel chain for the exploitation of the
resort for 20 years. The construction
costs of the 350-room hotel are esti-
mated to be NA1f70 million. The
money is from an "Economic Participa-
tion Fund" for this and other tourist
projects. The amounts involved give
an indication of the cost of a large hotel
and the incentive developers expect
when they commit that much money.

A In Curacao the Caribbean Medic
(Healthcare Partners Management) is
planning a medical center with 10 su-
per-modern dialysis machines in the
Jacob Gelt Dekker-Instituut to open
in September. The center will be able
to treat 20 patients per day. Since Bon-
aire has no dialysis center it will treat
its patients as well. "The number of
kidney patients has alarmingly in-
creased in the past years. In 15 years
the amount of dialysis-units increased
from 8 to 28, and the amount of pa-
tients from 35 to almost 175. This
amount will continue to grow in the
coming years," said project coordinator
Eliezer Naaman.

) Rate hikes to consumers aren't
the only way to pay for increased
world fuel prices effect on power
production costs. Aqualectra, the elec-
tric power company for Curacao, had a
loss of NAf800.000 because of the rise
in oil costs. They did not pass along
the loss to its customers, even though
the company had to pay the higher fuel
prices. For the past two years Aqualec-
tra had big profits, as much as NAf40
million. Electric rates in Curaqao, even


before Bonaire's recent 37% price hike,
were significantly lower than Bonaire's.


A Last weekend Bonaire's Rene
Hakkenberg was honored by Queen
Beatrix by being decorated with The
Order of the Orange. Rene is a famil-
iar figure on the island having been a
past manager of the salt works and is
presently involved with programs for
the island's youth as well as preserva-
tion of the environment.

A Thanks to some rain this last
week we have been treated to one of
Bonaire's spectacular free shows-the
blooming of the Kibrahacha trees.
The hillsides, especially those on the
west coast, are dotted with bright
splashes of yellow color. The trees only
bloom after a period of drought fol-
lowed by a rain. The blooms last only a
day or two so look for them now!


SJaap Dek-
ker, a very fa-
mous jazz pi-
anist of the
70s, was vaca-
tioning on the
island. Last
Monday night
he gave patrons
of Little Ha-
vana a rousing
show. He was accompanied by drum-
mers Dick van der Vaart and Chris
Markos as well as harmonicist, Henk
Roozendaal and a bass player from the
Venezuelan band, "Consentido." Bo-
naireans are just warming up for the
island's first Jazz Festival next week.

k The Salsa Bar and Restaurant
will be opening on May 16, according
to City Caf6 owners. The restaurant
will be upscale, we hear.

A The little girl modeling the
bathing suit in the Benetton ad (on
page 12) this week is three-year-old
Mikeely Obersi.

A Venezuelan windsurfer Juan Mar-
ino plans to arrive in the afternoon on
Saturday May 14th on the windsurf
board he sailed from Venezuela to
Bonaire. Taty and Tonky, will ex-
change flags with Juan Marino as a
symbol of friendship. Then on to the
celebration at The Great Escape at 6
pm for a big BBQ. O L./G.D.


Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005


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New Platform Board for Bonaire
LV SAYA'.9


Dear Editor:
There is something I do not understand. It has been claimed
that more direct flights will not come to Bonaire unless
there is a major name hotel. Assuming a major name does
build here it will be large. About 500 rooms or more has
been mentioned. To be profitable that hotel will need to see
400 people or more a week. If direct flights do come to
Bonaire, who will be on those planes? It seems to me that it
will be guests for that large hotel, and few if any other es-
tablishments will benefit.
B.B.

SThe Bonaire Reporter welcomes letters from readers.
Letters must include the writer's name and telephone number or e-mail address.
v^ Letters without that information will not be published.
SIf a writer wishes to remain anonymous or just use initials we will honor the
request. Letters should not be more than 400 words in length and may be edited at
the Editor's discretion. Send letters or diskettes to The Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot
200-6, Bonaire; via fax 717-8988 or E-mail: letters @bonairenews.com


IL
Back: Dennis Martines President, Armoede Topoverleg (Poverty-A Top Con-
cern), Platform Treasurer Alan Gross; Platform Director Gilbert van Arneman;
outgoing Platform president Edsel Winklaar; new Platform President James
Finies; Platform Director Eithel Bernabella. Front: Platform Staff Director Pan-
cho Cicilia; Commissioner Geraldine Dammers; Platform Office Manager Irene
Winklaar; Janella Winklaar; and Platform Director Julita Winklaar.
Members of the Board not pictured are: Secretary Elsmarie Beukenboom, Tan-
neke Bartels, Godfried Clarinda, Anthony Cecilia, Ruthmila St. Jago and Jona
Chirino.


Last week a press conference
was called to introduce the new
NGO Platform Board. The NGO Plat-
form of Bonaire is an Association of
more than 60 local non-governmental
organizations working for the improved
welfare of the entire island. The Plat-
form is made up eight sector representa-


tives plus three officers (President, Sec-
retary and Treasurer). The officers
serve as a daily board and are responsi-
ble for the operation of the NGO office
and staff. All other issues are the re-
sponsibility of the full Platform.
For more information check the web-
site: www.ngobonaire.org OL.D.


Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005


Page 5












inding Balance


for Bonaire

.' Part 3


The apartment accommodations built on the site of the Den Laman Restaurant
is about to have a Grand Opening. It was built by local companies and labor.


Who Gets the Jobs?

Construction projects create jobs.
New hotel rooms create jobs.
Increased tourism creates jobs. All this
is true but there are deeper issues to
pursue: who will get all these new
jobs? Will they go to local people or
will the resorts import foreign workers
and stagieres to fill them? Another
question to ask is: will Bonaireans have
a chance to get the higher-paying, man-
agement-level jobs or will they be con-
sidered only for the unskilled positions?

Let's start with construction.
If a "typical" Bonairean hotel were to
be built it is fairly certain that local con-
tractors would be able to bid for and
win the contract, thus giving additional
work to local labor and companies.
On the other hand, if a 500+ hotel is
to be built at a cost of over US $70-100
million, the financing banks will proba-
bly insist that the contract be tendered
to one of the huge international building
firms with a proven track record of
similar projects.
These large, international contractors
are very unlikely to hire many local
workers in any but the lowest level po-
sitions and may even "ask" to bring in
their own low-rate labor from other
countries. These workers will likely
come from poorer countries, as has hap-
pened in the past, and will send much
of their earnings "home." Many won't
want to leave after seeing the benefits
of living in Bonaire -- who can blame
them?
Thus the greatest part of the con-
struction funds will probably be paid
to overseas accounts so that most of
the construction money will have no
important impact on the Bonairean
economy.
At the present time even local con-
tractors are finding it necessary to re-
quest permits for more foreign workers
just to meet the current demand for con-
struction. Can Bonaire even supply the
estimated 200-250 jobs such a project
would require?
Even if required by contract to hire
locals, would the large company simply
"steal" the best workers from local con-
tractors, forcing the local companies to
bring in more foreign workers? As a
Bonairean contractor recently said, "I
can't find Bonaireans to fill the open
jobs I have now. What will happen if a


really large project gets started?"
There are lots of questions to be an-
swered but, unless the Island Govern-
ment requires both local hiring and
training programs, Bonaire will see its
population increased by more poor la-
borers who will compete aggressively
with local workers. This is not an idle
thought but has been seen in every
country where the need for foreign
workers has exceeded the ability of the
local labor pool to supply. Consider the
Netherlands, Aruba, the USA, most of
Western Europe and others.

But won't the hotels need work-
ers?
If a truly five-star hotel with 500+
rooms is built here, it will require about
500 employees. How many of these
"jobs" will go to the company's exist-
ing workforce from other locations who
'know the company system'? It is more
than likely that all the higher-level,
'skilled' positions will be filled by im-
migrants.
And what about entry level positions?
How many stagieres will be brought in
who cost the employer almost nothing?
These stagieres prevent local young
people from gaining entry-level posi-
tions. But if Bonaireans are hired at
any level, what sorts of training pro-
grams will be available to enable them
to reach the ranks of management?
An even greater question is: can Bon-
aire even provide a staff this large with-
out "raiding" existing hotels for their
best employees? Just how "deep" is
our labor pool? The recent (2004)
study done by the Central Bureau of
Statistics (CBS) states that as of Octo-
ber 2004, Bonaire had a total of 456
people seeking work, or 8.9% of the
work force.
From this we might conclude that a
new hotel should be able to reduce
these numbers dramatically. But, the
fact is that, especially among the
younger unemployed (25% of that age
group), the skill levels are very low and
they would, at best, be able to fill only
the lowest level positions.

Immigration in other countries
Even the possibility of creating a few
jobs sounds good at first until one looks
at some statistics from a few other
countries:

Aruba has been held up as a
standard for Bonaire to meet. Per


capita income is
the highest of the ,
ABC islands and growth has been
tremendous. But, consider this
quote from the Aruba Times in July
2004: "According to the Central
Bureau for Statistics (CBS) a total
of 12,700 new jobs were created
from 1991 through the year 2000,
75% of which were fulfilled by
immigrants. At least 25% of the
jobs on the island were occupied
by immigrants in 1991, this per-
centage rose up to 40% in 2000."
In addition, the IMF states that
Aruba's growth "was highly labor
intensive and must rely on a con-
tinuous inflow of immigrant la-
bor."

The US is perhaps the strongest
labor market in the world but, as
the National Academies of Science,
Engineering and Medicine reported
in 1997, the influx of foreign labor
damages the less educated (non-
High School graduates) more than
any other group. These native
workers compete most directly
with the foreign workers and, in
fact, the earnings of the US work-
ers in that group actually fell by
about 5% over a 15-year period, a
time when the US economy was
booming.

The Netherlands has had an
enormous influx of foreign workers
(non-Dutch passport holders), and
the pressure on lower level jobs has
been intense. This has put great
downward pressure on wages at the
lower end of the labor market and
many Antillean families in the
Netherlands have felt the impact
directly.

Immigration is not necessarily bad for
a country. In fact it can have very posi-
tive economic effects in the long run if
properly controlled and planned for.
On the other hand, immigration espe-
cially as a significant percentage of the
local population such as happened in
Aruba can bring with it some serious
problems.
A rapidly increasing population puts
pressure on the island's infrastructure
(water, electricity, roads, sanitation) as
well as the educational system, housing
market, public order, healthcare and,
perhaps most significantly for Bonaire,
on the local culture. What will happen
to the fragile Bonaire culture when 50%
of the island population is foreign born?
Most locations with high immigrant
labor populations also report increases
in illegals as well as legal immigrants.
The ILO in its 2004 Caribbean Region
Report states that 10-15% of immigrant
workers stay on as illegals when their
jobs are finished. Often entire families


are
- brought in by the workers, fur-
ther stressing the local facilities.

Is Bonaire Ready?
Are we ready for this influx of more
tourists and of foreign workers and their
families?
Can our already fragile electrical
and water system support a rapid
increase?
Is our educational system pre-
pared to absorb still more non-
Dutch, non-Papiamentu speak-
ers?
Can our police force cope with
the potentially higher crime rates
that often are associated with
immigrant workers and Illegals
who tend to follow them? Both
Aruba and St. Maarten have ex-
tensive 'illegal' problems since
the demand for entry-level jobs
far exceeds the supply of local
labor.

Continued on page 7


Does Bonaire have the housing
stock to support these new arri-
vals? Will their impact be to
drive up rents for local people?
Bonaire has a remarkably good
healthcare system, but is it ade-
quate to absorb more foreign-
speakers and their families?
Finally, is Bonaire prepared or
does it want to dramatically
increase the numbers of non-
Papiamentu speakers in the com-
munity? At the moment, Aruba
has the lowest percentage of
households who speak Papia-
mentu at home of all the ABCs:
down to 69.4% in 2001 and cer-
tainly dropping as immigration
from Latin America continues at
high levels. What will be the
cultural impact of reducing the
portion of the community that
uses the native language? How
well will local traditions fare
when confronted with foreign
standards, mores and behaviors?
This article has raised many questions
and answered few. The answers have
to come from the Bonairean community
and its leaders. By breaking the tradi-
tion of small hotels and inns and bring-
ing in several large resort facilities, the
first step has been taken on an un-
plannedjourney. This may be the route
most Bonaireans want to take. If so,
that is fine. But this is not the route laid
out in the existing plans (e.g. Pourier
Report, TCB Vision and the 2003
(Continued on page 7)


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Finding Balance (Continued from page 6)
DEZA document Government Business
Development Guidelines).
Isn't it time to stop and get a sense of
the needs and wants of the community?
Isn't it time to either review the plans
that already exist -- the path of low-rise,
eco-friendly growth and decide if a
new plan is really needed? And make
sure any new plan will benefit ALL
Bonaireans long-term. If the entire
community feels a new plan is needed,
then one should be developed before
large luxury resorts are lured to the is-
land with free land and low taxes.
Do Bonaireans really know where this
new, unplanned route will lead them?
More tourism and more hotels might
mean more jobs, but how many are for
Bonaireans? More tourism and more
hotels will put many other pressures on
the community. Let's be sure that Bo-
naireans are the greatest beneficiaries
of growth and not its victims. O Special
to the Bonaire Reporter. -Contributors
to this series are market research pro-
fessionals
Next week: A closer look at the
Aruba model.
Copies of this article and the prior
articles are available on the Bonaire
Reporter Website. WWW.
bonairereporter. corn


These multi-story waterfront high rise apartments are nearly sold out and they
haven't been completed yet. It was built by local companies and labor.


Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005


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I YACHTING ANDA LTIERUR PA GS I


THE REEF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION


Awards for Bonaire Divers

T wo Bonaire SCUBA divers recently were honored by REEF (The ReefEnvi-
ronmental Education Foundation, a grass-roots, non-profit organization of
recreational divers who regularly conduct fish biodiversity and abundance surveys
during their dives) for their contribution to the increase of knowledge about the
marine environment.
REEF's mission, to educate and enlist divers in the conservation of marine habi-
tats, is accomplished primarily through its Fish Survey Project. The Project was
developed in 1990 with support from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and guid-
ance by the Southeast Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS). The REEF Fish Survey Project allows volunteer SCUBA divers
and snorkelers to collect and report information on marine fish populations. The
data are collected using a fun and easy standardized method, and are housed in a
publicly-accessible database on REEF's Website. These data are used by a variety
of resource agencies and researchers. Now for the awards:


REEF's first member of the Golden
Hamlet Club, Linda Baker of Carib
Inn, has just completed her
1,000h survey!


REEF Golden Hamlet Club's
Inaugural Member -
Linda Baker -
For many REEF surveyors, getting in a
few dozen dives (and REEF surveys) each
year is about all that their schedule al-
lows. But for those fortunate few who live


near the water, work on the water, or
manage to take multiple dive vacations
each year, their REEF survey effort can
build up pretty quickly. If you have taken
a look at the most active REEF surveyors
list lately, you know that dozens of our
members have done over 100 surveys in
their lifetime and that a pretty big handful
of our members have conducted over 500
surveys! A few are even approaching
1,000 surveys. It is in honor of those con-
tributing more than 1,000 surveys that
REEF has created the Golden Hamlet
Club. Congratulations to Linda Baker,
who is our first member of this prestig-
ious club. Members of the Golden Hamlet
Club will be awarded a specially designed
plaque, as well as being listed on a coor-
dinating plaque at REEF Headquarters.
REEF is proud to award the first Golden
Hamlet plaque to Linda, who has been a
member and active surveyor since 2000.
She lives in Bonaire and works as an in-
structor at the Carib Inn. Linda avidly
conducts REEF surveys on most of her
dives and teaches fish identification to
many of her visitors. She is a member of
REEF's Advanced Assessment Team and
she has documented 301 species (all in
Bonaire!). Linda's 1,000th survey was
conducted on 12/20/2004 at Something
Special in Bonaire. We extend a special
thanks to Linda for her efforts and con-


gratulate her on being the inaugural mem-
ber of the Golden Hamlet Club.
You can see Linda's effort and other top
surveyors at: http://www.reef org/stats.
htm

2004 REEF Volunteer of the
Year Jessie Armacost -
REEF is very proud to award the 2004
Volunteer of the Year honor to Jessie Ar-
macost. Jessie has been an active REEF
member since 1999 and has completed
over 500 surveys. Until recently, Jessie
lived in Bonaire and was the coordinator
for the Bonaire National Marine Park
Volunteers.
She is an enthusiastic supporter of
REEF and has done an incredible amount
of work to generate a consistent stream of
high quality data from Bonaire. She coor-
dinated periodic fish identification train-
ing classes for the Bonaire Marine Park
volunteer divers, as well as through many
of the local dive shops. Through the
years, Jessie's training introduced hun-
dreds of local and visiting divers to the
joy of fish watching, and she enabled
seven local divers to progress up to
REEF's Expert Level.
Jessie is a member of REEF's Advanced
Assessment Team and she participated in,
as well as helped coordinate, several of
the REEF-Ocean Conservancy training
workshops held throughout the Carib-
bean. She also served as a REEF repre-
sentative during the annual Bonaire Dive
Festival as well as the Great Annual Fish
Count. The REEF staff and Board of
Trustees extend a big thanks to Jessie and
to the many other volunteers who help
REEF achieve success. O ReefRelease


REEF's Volunteer of the Year -
Jessie Armacost. Thanks to Jessie for
all her hard work and dedication to
REEF over the years!


Andiamo
Andromeda
Adventure Quest
Angelos
Angie
Another World
Batje
Beauty and the Beast
Bright Sea
Brown Lady
Casse Tete
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Clemencia
Coconut
Cocoti
Dauntless
Dragonfly
Endangered Species
Felicity
Flying Cloud, USA


Gabrielle
Galandriel
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Happy Ours
Honalee, USA
Infinity
Jan Gerardus
Kalaloa
Lava
L'Quila, BVI
Luna C. USA
Lusistra
Maggi
Moon Rise
Nails
Natural Selection
Pishi Poko
Pyewacket
Rusty Bucket
Sabbatical
Samba


Santa Maria
Sandpiper, USA
Scintella
Sirius
Spetakke;l\l
Starlight Dancer
Stormbird
Sylvia K
Take It Easy
Ti Amo, USA
Tish
Tomorrow
Ulu Ulu, USA
Ulysses
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Ya-T, BVI
Yanti Paratzi
Zahi, Malta
Zeelander


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G et ready for Bonaire's THREE
windsurf events in one:
1. Bonaire PWA King of the Carib-
bean Freestyle Event,
2. Amateur Freestyle Competition,
and
3. Kids World Freestyle Champion-
ships.
From May 15 to the 22 Bonaire will
host the 2005 Bonaire PWA World
Freestyle Event, the "King of the Car-
ibbean Pro-Am." This windsurf free-
style contest will attract world-class
windsurfers from around the globe to
compete for the $65,000 purse.


Here's the schedule:

Saturday 14th May
18:00 22:00 Venezuela-Bonaire Wind-
surf Arrival of
Pre-event party
Live band
Great Escape Hotel
across from Belmar

Sunday 15th May
10:00 15:00 Registration pros and press
Sorobon
16:00 18:00 Happy hour/ Cash bar
17:00 18:00 Press Conference
Kon Tiki Lac Bay
18:30 19:00 Opening ceremony
19:00 21:00 Taste of Bonaire
($3/NAf5) per plate)
Wilhelmina Park

Monday 16th May
10:00 Windsurf competition
Sorobon
21:00 later Opening party
Bonaire Windsurf Place

Tuesday 17th May
10:00 Windsurf competition
Sorobon

Wednesday 18th May
10:00 Windsurf competition
Sorobon
22:00- 0:00 Live music
City Cafe


The "King of the Caribbean" Cham-
pionship Finals will be the World Cup
Premier event for the 2005 PWA
World Tour. The event will include
competitions for all levels: Professional
Men, Professional Women, Amateurs,
Novices and Juniors.
In addition to the competitions, there
will be island-wide parties throughout
the week as well as the food exposi-
tion, "A Taste of Bonaire."
Windsurfing competitions will be
held at windy Sorobon Beach at Lac
Bay. Cheer on the hometown boys.
Bonaire is the home of the now fourth
ranked PWA champion, Tonky Frans,
as well as his brother Taty Frans, who
is ranked fifth. OPress Release


Thursday 19th May
10:00 Windsurf competition
Place: Sorobon
13:00 15:00 Pro Kids and Amateurs reg-
istration
Place: Sorobon
19:00 Opening ceremony Pro Kids
Place: Coco's restaurant

Friday 20th May
10:00 Windsurf competition
Pro Kids and Amateurs
Place: Sorobon
17:00 18:00 Happy hour
Place: Bongo's Eden Beach Hotel

Saturday 21st May
10:00 Windsurf competition
Pro Kids and Amateurs
Place: Sorobon
19:00 22:00 Rincon open air mar-
ket
Place: Rincon (ride the Paradanda
Bus)

Sunday 22nd May
10:00 Windsurf competition finals
Pro Kids finals
18:00 19:00 Pro Kids & Amateurs
Awards
Place: Sorobon
19:00 Beach Bash
Place: Bonaire Windsurf Place


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides


DATE
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5-14
5-15
5-16
5-17
5-18
5-19
5-20


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5:00 1.8FT. 14:29
5:42 1.7FT. 14:52
6:24 1.6FT. 15:09
3:19 1.4FT. 7:19
4:49 1.3FT. 8:04
6:03 1.2FT. 9:11
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Windsurfer Femke in Nevis Barracudas Compete
There aren't nearly as many female pro
windsurfers, but Femke van der Valk is one
of them. Although born in Holland she's
made Bonaire her windsurfing home. Re-
cently she was in Nevis, the former British
island in the northeast Caribbean for a
photo shoot. Here is what she wrote about
her experience.


"^ T ot many people have heard of
"N Nevis. It is a small island located
south of St. Martin, west of Antigua and
only two miles away from St. Kitts. It's part of the nation of St. Kitts-Nevis. But even
though it is small, there are about 11,245 people living on it.
Nevis is a volcanic island. It has a volcano covered in tropical rainforest right in the
middle of the island. This volcano is called Nevis Peak and is 3,232' high.
Why did I go to Nevis? Well it actually wasn't my idea. Men's Journal, an adventur-
ers' magazine from the States, was going to go to Nevis to do an article about wind-
surfing there.
They wanted to shoot pictures of a female windsurfer for the article. Because Nevis
doesn't have any female windsurfers, Winston Crooke, a local windsurfing shop
owner, decided to look for one somewhere else. Thanks to Ann Phelan, Bonaire's great
supporter of female windsurfing, I got the opportunity to go. I heard about it on Mon-
day April 18th and three days later I was on my way. When I arrived Winston was wait-
ing for me at the airport.
The first day was sunny and I got to windsurf for about an hour before the wind died.
The next day the photographers arrived. There was hardly any wind, but there was still
some sun so we went out on the water for the first session. This was the first time I was
part of a professional photo shoot, so at first I didn't even know where to look or how
to smile. It was hard work standing on the board without wind for two and a half hours,
but after a while I started feeling more comfortable.
The next day it was raining, and for as far as the eye could see
there was a gray, dark, sad sky. The following day a little breeze
came up in the afternoon so we spent three hours on the water.
The photographers were almost sure they had the pictures they
needed. That was a relief because the weather probably wasn't
going to clear up and they had to leave at five o'clock in the
morning the next day. Soon I was on my way back to Bonaire."
1 Femke van der Valk, story andphoto


he Bonairean Aquatics Club, "Barracudas," swim team participated in the 6th
Dutch Caribbean Invitational Swim Meet held in Curacao April 29 through
May 2. The Barracuda team was founded in September 2004, and this meet was
their first competition outside of Bonaire. The Dutch Caribbean Invitational is or-
ganized by the Nederlands Antilliaanse Zwembond with teams from Aruba, Bon-
aire, Curacao, St. Maarten and Suriname. The meet was held at Sentro Deportivo
Korsow 's 50-meter swimming pool.
Fifteen members of the Barracuda team between ages of 7 and 13 swam in indi-
vidual and relay events. Bonaire's young team's goals were to establish official
individual times in as many events as possible, to gain competitive experience and
to meet and learn from swimmers from other islands/countries. Results and pho-
tos from the Meet can be seen at www.sovasiento.com.The Barracuda team would
like to thank NGO Platform Bonaire, Cargill Salt Bonaire, Royal & Sun Alliance
Insurance (Antilles) and the parents of the swimmers for making the trip to the
Dutch Caribbean meet possible. O Valarie Stimson, story andphoto


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W ombania is a comic strip about
Chris, a single architect, and
his brood of Wombies: Binky, Winky,
Twink, and Fraz, who recently invaded
both his home and life. Wombies are
genetically-engineered super wombats,
created by the late Dr. Franco, Chris's
long-lost late uncle. As Chris was the
only living relative, he took the Wom-
bies under his wing to raise. Sometimes
he wishes he hadn't, as living with a
bunch of wayward Wombies can be
challenging, even for an easy-going guy
like Chris. Wombies live primarily on
Wine Gums, Chocolate, and Spam and
are extremely trusting, loyal, and naive.
Their natural curiosity and high-energy
often lead to trouble as they try to adapt
to the complex and often contradictory
human world in which they now live.
Binky is the resident rocket scientist, a
genius whose high IQ and desire to be
the first space-going Wombie results in
big explosions and near disasters.
Winky is a bit neurotic and sometimes
silly, but has a big heart and will do any-
thing for a friend, especially Twink
whom he secretly loves.
Twink is an artist and entrepreneur,
and tries to keep the other Wombies in
line with her maternal instincts and com-
mon sense.
Fraz is the youngest Wombie, an ex-
treme sports enthusiast who struggles
with both school and fitting in. O Peter
Marinacci


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P S. The website www.wombania.com) includes The Wombat Information Center
which has virtually everything you need to know about real Australian wombats. 1

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The Netherlands
A pril
30th
was the
Queen's Offi-
cial Birthday.
In Holland, for-
mer Aruba resi-
dent Jan-
Willem ter
Mull and for-
mer Bonaire
resident, Ester
van der Hel-
Boogaard, won
the Prince Wil-
lem Alexander
and Princess
Maxima look-
alike contest at the Staatsloterij show. After the show this picture with The Bonaire
Reporter was taken.

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
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Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture @bonairereporter.com. (All
2004 photos are eligible.) [E






T he photo of the three
puppy sisters was
taken by Bonaire Animal
Shelter volunteer Edith Fox.
The pups are being held by
two young ladies who are
working as trainees on the
island and who dropped in
to visit the Shelter recently.
It seems that other people as
well as our readers fell in
love with these blue-eyed
cuties. The pup on the far
left, "Ann," has been
adopted and will travel to
Lucky Pups "Ann," "Agnes" and "Angela"
Holland. "Angela," the one
on the far right, is going to live in Switzerland with her new owner. The one in the
middle, "Agnes," however, is still at the Shelter, waiting for just the right person to
come and get her. It's not that difficult to adopt a pet from the Shelter and have it
travel with you to your native country. Just call them at 717-4989 and find out how
it's done. Cats also have been adopted and brought to their new owner's home
country.
Since the first of the year there have been 60 adoptions People really appreciate
getting a healthy dog or cat who has been checked out by the vet, given their shots
and tests, worming, and sterilization all for the price of the adoption fee. It's
NAf 105 for dogs; NAf75 for cats. The Shelter is on the Lagoen Road, open Mon-
day through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. OL.D.


Avy Benhamron sent us this nice picture of the wedding of administrator
Aniek Schouten and dive and language instructor and master free diver, Juan
Pablo Campos Pardo. They were married on 05/05/05 in Merida, Venezuela. As
Avy, to the left of the groom wrote, "Like you see....we didn't forget our Bonaire
Reporter. It was lots of fun..." Congratulations to the happy couple. We wish them
all the best and a lifetime of happiness. LG.D.


Readers are invited to send their photos of their
anniversaries, engagements or
weddings to The Reporter.


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Bonaire Ambassadors
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Helen and Gus Manasse, Adel and Irving Guller with Joanny Trinidad
To recognize the importance of repeat visitors the Tourism Corporation Bon-
aire (TCB) presents medals to visitors based on the number of consecutive
years they have been visiting the island: a Bronze Medal for 10 to 15 years of visit-
ing Bonaire, Silver Medal for 16 to 20 years and Gold Medal for 21+ consecutive
years.
Helen and Gus Manasse have visited Bonaire for 30 years, and they now have the
honor of receiving the Gold Ambassador Medal. Adel and Irving Guller also vis-
ited our island for 24 years, and so they, too receive the Gold!
Both couples continue to visit Bonaire for the fantastic underwater life, water
sports, and the tropical climate. They have recommended to all their family and
friends that they visit Bonaire. And when they are together at family gatherings,
they share their experiences about Bonaire. Congratulations!
For more information on the Bonaire Ambassador Program and for a listing of
all Bonaire Ambassadors visit http://www.infobonaire.com/tcb/ambassador/.
DJoanny Trinidad


Biking For All
Bob Lassi r photo
O nSunday, May
0 1st following
Rincon Day, there was a
bike tour in Rincon
where everyone could
participate. It is held to
get young and old in-
volved in a social and
healthy get together.
About 100 persons took
part.
This event started last
year in the mind of Rig-
nald Anthony to espe-
cially honor our elder Kids of all ages rode
persons who are still
traveling on their bikes,
(mostly good vintage
bicycles) and it was a big
success.
The person who was
honored last year was
Papito Anthony, still bik-
ing in the streets in Rin-
con. This year it was
Bibiano Janga who got
the honor of being one of
the oldest persons still
biking.
There were several
prizes this year: for the
smallest kid on bike,
(won by a two-year-old When driving and drinking are OK.
girl), the most creative
bike, the nicest decorated bike, the most peculiar bike, a self made bike idea....and
of course the oldest lady on her bike who was Nilda Anthony. This Kareda di
Baiskel di Antaio will be held every year. For more information please call Rig-
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Telephone (599) 717-7160. For on-
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Chat-N-Browse next to Lovers Ice
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Ex-rental SCUBA equipment from
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as US$20. Opening hours 8 am -
5 pm 7 days a week. Tel. 717-5080.


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Scuba Vision is preparing for a new film
production and is looking for adult male
actors able to perform in front of a camera
with a good voice to express emotions. It
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the acting will be very easy and the best
performance will be used. For more infor-
mation e-mail info @scubavision.info or
call 786-2844

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issues of the Bonaire Reporter (English)
and Extra (Papiamentu). Call George at
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DIVING with DEE

She Spotted spotted Morays

on Sunday's sunset Snorkel *
O ne of the things that first struck Try to say three times, really fast.
me about Bonaire was the num-
bers of spotted morays!
Most often, we'll see a moray at rest, in
some sort of crevice on the reef. Since
the moray isn't moving, it has to pump
water over its gills to breathe, and the
way it pumps the water is to open and
close its mouth. An open mouth under
these circumstances is necessary.
When the moray opens its mouth as
much as possible, and holds that pose, it's
making a strong defensive gesture:
"You're scaring me and I won't be re-
sponsible for my actions these are the
teeth I could bite you with!" (The eel is
most likely to retreat, if there's some- Morays are not venomous, by the way.
where for it to retreat to, but it could Moray bites are said to be easily infected,
strike out with a quick bite and release.) but I never knew anyone to whom that
Any fish or diver -- who has caused the happened.
open-mouth defense is wise to back off When a moray swims along the reef in
until the eel resumes normal breathing. the daytime, its presence makes the fish
Spotted morays are basically white with nervous. Some potential prey fish, espe-
black or dark brown markings. Their cially French angelfish, engage in a be-
bodies are scale-less, which enables them havior I call the broadside flutter (for rea-
to glide through the reef backwards and sons about to become obvious) to protect
forwards with equal ease. They have themselves and evict the eel: they make
thin, sharp teeth and elongated jaws, themselves as tall as possible by extend-
which enable them to grasp fish. ing their dorsal and ventral fins, and pre-
(Morays with shortened jaws and sturdier sent themselves, fluttering, across the
teeth, such as goldentail and chain mo- mouth of the eel. The fish is too tall and
rays, eat crabs and other crustaceans.) wide for the eel to grab in this position,
Spotted morays hunt actively at night, and the fluttering is annoying, so the eel
using their sinuous bodies to enter reef moves off.
crevices and even sponge tubes, seeking Another thing that happens to a spotted
sleeping fish. They don't need to see moray moving along the reef is that
their prey, just touching it with their ex- cleaner gobies can't seem to resist scoot-
tended nostrils gives each moray the in- ing aboard the eel. The eel's skin
formation it needs. When it scents prey, twitches the gobies must tickle -- but
it darts forward and grabs the fish in its the cleaners continue their foraging un-
mouth, then if necessary -- shifts the disturbed. Once in a while you'll see a
prey fish to swallow it headfirst. cleaner goby swim into or out of a mo-
A moray can swallow a laterally com- ray's gills.
pressed (skinny) fish, like a French angel-
fish or blue tang, that is taller than the One of the easiest and most rewarding
eel. The moray opens its mouth wide, ways to find a spotted moray requires you
engages its teeth in the prey, and to be in the water in the late afternoon,
crunches down. You know that bulbous say, between 4:30 and 6 pm, over a rub-
shape just behind the eel's eyes? That's ble or rock bottom. You can use scuba,
jaw muscle! Then the moray sort of bobs but snorkeling works as well or better.
its head, grabbing the prey fish with a Look around for a hunting party: a clus-
second set of teeth in its throat called a ter of fish, usually including a bar jack, a
pharyngeal jaw. As the prey slides stom- coney or graysby or two, maybe even a
ach-ward, the hinged middle row of teeth trumpetfish, all looking downward, mov-
in the eel's upper jaw lie flat and enable ing slowly along. Catch up with the
the fish to be pulled down with the pha- hunting party, and you're likely to see
ryngeal teeth. If a fish manages to move that what they're all watching is an eel,
backwards, the hinged teeth straighten up most likely a spotted moray but possibly
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a sharptailed eel or goldentail moray.
As the eel moves through the crevices
and tunnels of the bottom, it disturbs
shrimp and other residents of the crev-
ices, who move outward temporarily -
and are then vulnerable to members of
the hunting party.
The biggest spotted morays I've seen
were a good five feet long, four to five
inches deep from top to bottom, and
very calm. I figure, they've seen it all
and survived it all, and, at their size,
what could be much of a threat?
The smallest spotted moray I've ever
seen was smaller around than my thumb.
Very little is known about moray
spawnings; only a couple of species
have been observed spawning, just a few
times, when scientists were observing


other animals so anything you've seen
or photographed is information you need
to share! The observed spawnings were
at dusk. In one, the (presumed) male
grabbed the (presumed) female with his
teeth, around her head, and the two of
them spiraled up to the surface, where
they released gametes, separated, and
returned to the bottom.
The fertilized eggs drift with plankton
for about a week, then hatch and drift
another week or 10 days, then the tiny
baby morays settle to the bottom, living
very unobtrusive lives until they achieve
some size.
Morays are fun to look at and are re-
warding photo subjects (they hold still).
We can return the favor by not crowding
them as we enjoy them. ...j -n ~
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EMERGENCY MESSAGE FROM DEE!


ast week I heard a piece of misinformation that I'd not heard before: some-
one at my slide show said they'd been told that when coral tentacles are with-
drawn, we do not hurt the coral when we touch it.
THIS IS NOT TRUE, and it doesn't make sense:
When we make contact with a stony coral formation, the coral animals are injured
because their flesh is sliced against their own extremely sharp skeleton. This slicing
occurs whether the coral animal's tentacles are extended or withdrawn. In living
coral, under all circumstances, the coral animal's flesh is only a few cell layers
thick, resting gently on its sharp skeleton. Any contact we make is likely to cause
significant injury to the coral animal, the only creature who builds the reefs where
live the fishes and other creatures we all love to visit...
PLEASE help properly educate anyone who'd heard this misinformation. Thank
you! 1 Dee Scarr


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2005 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-
7252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The
Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Edi-
tor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. An-
tilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Albert Bianculli, Desiree, Dodo, Guus Gerritsen, Jack
Horkheimer, Anna Kleimer, Maria Koeks SintJago, Greta Kooistra,
Peter Marianacci, Ann Phelan, Dee Scarr, Valarie Stimson, Joanny
Trinidad, Michael Thiessen, Femke van der Valk, Ap van Eldik
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker,
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Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
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The Realtor's Corner


Getting the House Ready to Sell Po

W hen conversing with real estate agents you will
often find that when they talk to you about buying
real estate, they will refer to your purchase as a "home."
Yet if you are selling property, they will often refer to it as a "house." There is a reason
for this. Buying real estate is often an emotional decision, but when selling real estate
you need to remove emotion from the equation.
You need to think of your house as a marketable commodity. Your goal is to get others
to see your property as their potential home, not yours. If you do not consciously make
this decision, you can inadvertently create a situation where it takes longer to sell.
The first step in getting your home ready to sell is to "de-personalize" it. If there are
other homes for sale near your home, go visit them. It doesn't matter what size the home
is. Often what you will find is a comparable home that anyone could live in -- with the
emphasis on "anyone." It is anonymous. There may be a baseball glove in the boy's
room, but no family photos on the walls. There may be "personality" but no person.
The reason you want to make your home "anonymous" is because you want buyers to
view it as their potential home. When a potential homebuyer sees your family photos
hanging on the wall, it puts your own brand on the home and momentarily shatters their
illusions about living in the house themselves.
Put away family photos, sports trophies, collectible items, knick-knacks and souvenirs.
Put them in a box. Rent a storage area for a few months and put the box in the storage
unit. Do not just put the box in the garage or a closet. Part of preparing a house for sale
is to remove "clutter," and that is the next step in preparing your house for sale.

This is the hardest thing for most people to do because they are emotionally attached to
everything in the house. After years of living in the same home, the homeowner may not
see how clutter has collected. However, it does affect the way buyers see the home, even
if you do not realize it. Clutter collects on shelves, counter tops, drawers, closets and
garages. You want as much open clear space as possible, so every extra little thing needs
to be cleared away. Take a step back and pretend you are a buyer. Let your realtor help
point out areas of clutter, as long as you can accept their views without getting defensive.
O Anna Kleimer

Anna Kleimer is with RE/MAX Paradise Homes. She and her hus-
band, Art, owned and operated their real estate company in Vail, Colo-
rado for 12 years. Working with buyers, she has an intuitive under-
standing ofproperties right for them location, price range and ameni-
ties. You may call her at 717-7362 or 786-8607.


YOGA FOR YOU


he definition of Asana is a pose that is both comfortable and steady. To be
fully present, to be exclusively alive to the now experience.
Learning to be present and participate in anything that is both steady and com-
fortable does not allow space for attachment such as self-judgment. When you live
this way, you are practicing yoga- you are living thoroughly.
Many times in our practice, and in our lives, we respond from a place of judg-
ment. 'I can't do this posture,' or 'everyone else is more flexible than me' or the
popular 'this posture doesn't make any sense!'
Our practice is not to criticize yourself or anyone or anything during your prac-
tice. If you do, just notice it, check to see if your judgment is placed on your emo-
tions, your body or your breath, and let it go.
Today if you find yourself forcing in asana, or in any other part of your life, ask
yourself: is this in the spirit of the true practice of yoga?
When things are steady and comfortable, there is no forcing.

Wise Words
Don't worry about what anyone thinks.
Accept where you are this moment without striving, without comparing orjudg-
ing.
Go where it feels best, where your energy flows best. Trust your ability to sense
this.
If there's a place in your physical or emotional body that needs extra attention, in-
vite that energy to surround that area of your life without judgment.

Be the change you wish to see in yourself.


Don andDesirje of "Yoga For You"
offer classes from beginners to advanced
Call 717-2727 or 786-6416


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SEmployee of the Quarter

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J enmarie Coffie of the Food and Bever-
age Department, Restaurant, is the Divi
Employee of the Quarter. Although Jenmarie
hasn't been with the resort very long, her dili-
gence, attitude and willingness to help have
made her the winner. She received her award
at a party for the Divi employees at the Chibi
Chibi Restaurant last Wednesday. In addition
to her award she received a NAf150 gift cer-
tificate to Warehouse Bonaire.
First Runner up was Eladia Engelhardt of
the Accounting Office; Second Runner up
was Candida Cicilia of the Food and Bever-
age Department, Kitchen. First and Second
Runners up received gift certificates to Ware-
house as well. Congratulations to all and
thank you to Divi for taking the time to rec-
ognize their very valuable employees.
OL.D.


1st Runner up Eladia-Englehart


IL


2nd Runner up Candida Cicilia


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WHATS HAPPENING


MUy ueo rbOITINES
Callto make sure Usually 9:00 p
The Ring 2
(Naomi Watts)

Early Show (usually 7pm)
Miss Congeniality 2


Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Robots


THIS WEEK
May 15th to the 22"d 3rd Annual
King of the Caribbean at Lac Bay.
Freestyle Windsurfing Competition Pro
and amateur races in Lac Bay. The
event will kick off the 2005 PWA Free-
style Tour. For info, see www.
pwaworldtour.com or
www. bonaireworldfreestyle. corn
More on page 9.

All thatjazz See schedule at right >

May 15-22 Bonaire Beach & Culture
Week


COMING
Sunday, May 22-C-Run 2/4/5
km.7:30 am. Sponsored by COM-
CABON. More information call 717-
8629, 780-7225.
Wednesday, May 25--Bonaire Culi-
nary team serves "Competition" din-
ner, Blue Moon Restaurant, 7 pm. Do-
nation: NAf50 includes 3-course meal,
wine, taste of competition cocktails.
Reservations: Laura at 717-8988, 791-
7252 or Sara 786-9299
OCTOBER 2005
The International Bonaire Sailing
Regatta October 9 15, 2005.

EVERY WEEK

Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean break-
fast while you shop: fresh fruits and
vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks and music. www.
infobonaire. com/rincon
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying a great dinner in colorful
tropical ambiance at the Chibi Chibi
Restaurant & Bar. Open daily 5 to 10
pm. Live Fla-Bingo with great prizes,
starts 7 pm, Divi Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon,
the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-
Call Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis,
Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10
per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call
Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext.
14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to
all. Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm


MICRO MOVIE REVIEW
Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:
MISS CONGENIALITY 2
by John Pasquin, starring
Sandra Bullock.
I love Sandra Bullock. She has the
charm and the personality to make me
smile at the stupidest stuff and she has a
knack for making insanity absolutely
adorable. There are lots of rather lame
jokes in this movie, and watching the
same stereotypical gay jokes in almost
every American film is getting kind of
annoying.
The film is very predictable, has a
silly and thin plot but is entertaining
nonetheless, most of all because of the
above mentioned favorite girl-next-
door, sister, girlfriend or wife. It takes
an almost two-hour sit for a very short
story, but plenty of time to drool over
Sandra. O Dodo

Friday- Open House with Happy
Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya
Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, rou-
lette and black jack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.


FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm
717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Habitat.
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience (back on May 16th).
Aquarius Conference Center, Capt.
Don's Habitat, 8:30-9:30pm.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle
Conservation Slide Show by Andy
Uhr. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7
pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.

CLUBS and MEETINGS

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
at the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman's. All levels invited NAf5 entry
fee. CallCathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI. First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire or formerly known as
Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,


Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians
are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS

Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d.
Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town.
Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm.


Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popular
musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am
to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's his-
toric town.
Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area. Alta Mira Nature Walking
Tour at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour
at 9:30, Bus Tour at 10. Call Maria at
717-6435 to reserve.

Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252


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DINING GUIDE
RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 525 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q

Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Brasserie Bonaire Low-Moderate Lots of parking in big mall lot
Royal Palm Galleries Lunch and Dinner The place for a Quick Lunch and a Cozy Dinner
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Closed Sunday and Monday Breezy terrace with airco inside
Caribbean Club Bonaire Moderate-Expensive Quiet country setting, lovely landscaping, friendly staff
On the Tourist Road, 2 mi. north of Town Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Happy Hour from 5-7 pm
717-7901 Closed Sunday Gourmet chef creates unique daily specials
Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
Attheii Chii Resaanst aarfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the Divi Flamingo Beac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Tuscan chef prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating
717-5025 Closed Monday umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out too.
Garden Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban Chef prepares
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Caribbean cuisine. Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 pm, Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot en from 5-11 m Wednesday-Sundgredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111




C F13 HI p p I N S LUIE See adertisements in thisissue


APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE I SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Yellow Submarine-low prices on the seaside at
Kralendijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and
the Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
chemicals.


GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
HOTELS
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
sea.
The Great Escape
Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting
with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber
Cafe, restaurant and bar.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a
variety of items and services for your picture-taking
pleasure.
REAL ESTATE I RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available


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now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
SPA-DAY SPA
Pedisa Day Spa -for all your body and wellness
needs. 40 years of experience Classic and specialty
massages, Reiki, Reflexology and more.
SUPERMARKETS
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modem,
efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Lo-
cated behind NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
VILLAS
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.

ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252


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Born on Bonaire...


1 J elping people- that was
i something we grew up with.
Our parents set an example, and from
when we were very young we learned to
share what we had with others. As I got
older the idea became stronger that I
wanted to help children who had less
than we had, but I didn't know how. I
needed a group or an official body to
realize my plans.
After I'd finished elementary school in
Rincon, I went to Cura9ao, to the St.
Martinus Gesticht, a boarding school
which belonged to the Congregation Sis-
ters Franciscans from Roozendaal. I saw
the work the nuns were doing in the
schools in the poorer districts in Cura9ao
and I thought, 'That could be something
for me. If I enter the convent I can ac-
complish what I want to do. I went to
Holland to study to become a teacher at
a domestic science school. While I was
there I went to visit the sisters at the
convent in Roozendaal. We talked it
over thoroughly, and they accepted me.
It was 1959. I was the first and only one
in the family to enter a convent.
Before I went to Holland I'd told my
parents that I wanted to become a nun.
My father had always said, 'Your happi-
ness comes first,' but my mother was
devastated because in those days the
rules of the church were that once you
enter the convent you would never be
allowed to go home. I told my mom I
would be back, but she didn't believe
me. Before I left I spoke to the bishop of
the Antilles to tell him about my plans
and ask if he could please speak with my
mother. He did, and once I was in Hol-
land we kept corresponding, and he
would write me how my mom was do-
ing. Of course I also wrote my mom, but
she never answered."
Sister Magda (68) Aura Crestian is
a remarkable person; a vivacious spirit
and afast thinker, young at heart, very
bright and with a great knowledge of
human nature. She's a tiny little woman,
but once she starts talking, all her smiles
and gestures, she unfolds a sturdy per-
sonality, solid, passionate and devoted
when it comes to her work. Born in Rin-
con, she is one of the 11 children of Cor-
nelis 'Nechi" Cristian and Maria
Molina, who were hard working and
successful self-made people devoted to
their family and the Bonairean commu-
nity. "When I left Bonaire, my mother
wasn't the only one who was heartbro-
ken. All my brothers and sisters were
very, very sad. One of my brothers,
Diego, cried like a child and said, 'I will
never see my sister again and when I
die, you won't be there at my funeral.'
His wife was pregnant and he told me,
'If it's going to be a girl, I'll call her
Aura,' and so it happened.


Well, I stayed in Holland for nine
years. After eight years I got a Christ-
mas card from my mother, printed in
English with just her signature. It was a
treasure and I kept it all my life. After
that I didn't hear from her again. One
day, when I was still a novice, a priest
came from Chile to tell us about the
work he was doing there and how he
wanted to build a school for the poor
children in Santiago. He was looking for
sisters who wanted to join him. I imme-
diately thought, this is something for
me! The mother superior at the time told
me, 'When you have taken your vows,
you may study Spanish to go to Chile.'
But after I'd become a nun, a new
mother superior was chosen, and she
said, 'You can't go to Chile because
they need you as the head of the domes-
tic science school in Curagao.' I ac-
cepted because I'd taken the vow of
obedience, but I kept on working very
hard to get the money together for the
school in Chile.



"We're talking about
people who are very
poor..... no running water,
no electricity... no roads.
But these people might be
poor material wise, but
from the inside they are
rich. There's so much you
can learn from them, to be-
gin with, patience and
solidarity. They share
everything."


I went to Cura9ao in 1966. The first
person I saw when I got off the plane
was my mother! And the first thing she
said was, 'When are you coming home?'
She was a headstrong woman! Mother
superior invited her to the convent to
talk about the matter because I was still
not allowed to go; however, the outcome
of the conversation was... I could go to
Bonaire for one night! It was raining
cats and dogs when I arrived. My father
took me on a tour all over the island.
The bishop passed by the house, and
looking at the pouring rain he told my
mom, 'Bonaire has been blessed because
your daughter came home!' Then, fi-
nally, my mother accepted my decision.
Over time the rules of the church
changed and I could visit my parents
regularly.


I stayed 10
years in Cura-
gao, then the S ,r3
same mother
superior who had
told me to go to
Curagao, came
and asked me if I
still wanted to go
to Chile! I went
in 1976 and I
became the head
of a high school
with 1,800 stu-
dents which be-
longed to our
church in Santi-
ago. I did that for
14 years. Then I
went to the Sister
south, to the is-
land of Chiloe, 18 hours traveling time
from Santiago. There, in the little village
of Dalcahue, where the people are really
poor, we built a small convent and I
lived there for eight years. As they
couldn't find a priest, the bishop named
me responsible for the parish, so I did
the Sunday service, weddings, baptizing
and funerals and visited the sick. I did
that for three years until they found a
priest. Then I went back to teaching, but
the people didn't want to let go of me
and said, 'You know us; we want you to
do our services!' Once every two
months I sail five hours by boat to is-
lands that are even smaller, to a place
called Metahue where we founded a
mission post. We also take doctors, den-
tists and medical students because there
is no medical care. We're talking about
people who are very poor. There's no
running water, no electricity and there
are no roads. But these people might be
poor material wise, but from the inside
they are rich. There's so much you can
learn from them, to begin with, patience
and solidarity. They share everything.

We talk about God, but they live God!
If only we could have more sisters, we
could live there! They don't have to be
nuns, I'm looking for women with a
Catholic background, volunteers, who
would like to come and help us for six
months or longer. They have to pay their
own passage. But food hardly costs any-
thing, and housing is no problem. I lived
on the main island till '98, then I be-
came Mother Superior of the congrega-
tion in Santiago and I had to go back,
but now I chose to live in Dalcahue
again. Life is so much nicer there! I'm
still Mother Superior and so I'm travel-
ing back and forth to Santiago at least
once a month, but before I get there I
visit a high school with 900 students we
have in Chillan, 400 kilometers south of


Santiago. In total we have five schools,
three from the congregation and two
from the friars. I am the coordinator
responsible of all those schools, in total
4,250 students. All schools are private;
they belong to the congregation, but we
get paid a fee for each child by the Chil-
ean government.
My team is excellent. I've been very
lucky with my choices. You can work as
hard as you can, but you can't do it
alone, and you can't be everywhere at
the same time! Besides the teachers, we
get help from many of our old students
who have become professionals and
who are now giving a couple of hours of
their time every week to help these chil-
dren.
In Chile I am the only Antillean sister;
all the other ones are Chileans. But
when I'm in Chile I feel I belong there,
that I am from there and I've got my
family there too as Sister Carmen's fam-
ily took me in as one of them.
Once a year I go to Holland for an an-
nual meeting with the congregation and
once every three years I have a two-
month vacation which I always spend at
home in Bonaire. When I'm here I feel I
belong here. We are a very close-knit
family and they call me for every little
thing that's going on. I'm the first one to
hear the news, so I am still very much
involved although I'm living far away
from them. I am happy; I found what I
was looking for and I did what I wanted
to do: to take care of
children who have
less than we do and
to make sure that
they have the same
chances as everyone
else to make the
best out of their
lives." I story and
photo by Greta
Kooistra Gra
Greta Kooistra


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THE BONAIRE GARDNER
Security Plants ds

f you want to make sure no one is
climbing over your walls, here
are some options:
The most well known is the
good old Bougainvillea or
Trinitaria, especially the B.
spectabilis types or the higher
growing varieties which are the
best. If they are pruned in the
right way, they will be bushy
and thick and full of spines or
picas!
Another good one, but not so
well known, is the Pandanus or
Screwpine. They get very thick
tropical leaves and make a nice
hedge. There are two good va-
rieties full of spines, and their
leaves are razor-sharp! The Pandanus or Screwpine
variegated type doesn't have
spines, but it grows very nicely into a hedge. Be sure the plants have enough
space as they can get very wide if you don't prune them.
And the last one is also the nastiest: The Reclinata datepalm or Phoenix re-
clinata. This is a palm variety, but it grows as a bush with new ground
sprouts all the time. Their thorns on the bottom of their long leaves are so
sharp that you want to make sure you don't have to pass this hedge plant too
often! But they are also really tropical, don't need a lot of water and don't get
any diseases. I really like this plant.

So even though you want to plant a hedge
for safety and security, they can be very nice.
Here is some advice for these types of plants.
Always make sure that you have a view to the doors or windows. Don't
close off your entire property because unexpected visitors can just enter your
property and do whatever they want without being seen.
Don't plant your new plants too close to a wall or fence because they should
have some space and light to grow. At the beginning this will not be a prob-
lem, but most of the hedge plants do like light on every side.
If you are building a house, during the early stages you can start planting a
hedge because most of the time it will be far away from construction. You
can save a lot of money by starting with small plants and letting them grow
during the construction period. In this way, as soon as your new house is
ready, you'll have a fully grown hedge with a lot of privacy.
For those who can't wait, here is also good news. Most of the hedge plants
can be bought in pretty big sizes, so you can have an instant hedge also.
Next time I will continue with some good tips on planting a hedge. i Ap van Eldik


Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping which designs, constructs and maintains resi-
dential and commercial gardens. Two nurseries and a garden shop in Kralendijk carry terra
cotta pots from MAexico and South America. Phone 717-3410. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS,
NON-STOP 9 TO 4.


% Culinaqy Team Invites You to Dinner



SSpecial Invitation

The Bonaire Culinary and Bartender Team
invites you to a
Tasting of their competition skills & masterpieces;
Seating available May 25, 2005
Place : Blue Moon Restaurant
Time: 7 pm
Donation is only NAf 50/pp
Includes a 3-course meal plus samples of
Competition Cocktails
and, of course, wine ( donated by the Bonaire Gift Shop)
All proceeds go to the Bonaire Culinary Team
call Laura at 717-8988 or 791-7252
or Sara at 786-9299 for reservations OL.D.


Super Training Session

For Special Olympics Bonaire






4 ,


Special Olympics Bonaire Bowling Team and Coaches
ast weekend Special Olympics Bonaire, together with sponsors and volun-
teers from Maduro & Curiel's Bank-Bonaire, organized a training session
headed by MCB retiree, Gilbert Snijders. Mr Snijders, who flew from Curacao
courtesy of BonairExpress, is a prominent figure in the bowling world, being the
President of COBOISCA (Bowling Confederation of the Caribbean Islands) and a
Director of the WTBA AZ (World Tenpin Bowling Association American
Zone). While the instructions did not take long, they produced immediate positive
results. O Press release


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*to find it, just look up


How to Use Planet #4
to Find Planet #7
This Weekend

T his weekend, Saturday
and Sunday, the 14th and
15g and Monday the 16th you
can use tiny planet #4 Mars to
find planet #7 Uranus because
Mars and Uranus will be hud-
dling together for these three
days, only one degree apart. But
you'll have to get up with the
chickens to see them.
This Saturday, May 14th
around. 4 am, face east where
about 15 degrees above the hori-
zon, which is about a fist and a
half width holding your arm
stretched out, you'll see a bright
reddish orange light, our old
friend tiny 4,000-mile-wide
Mars, which is racing closer to us every day and which will be brighter than even
the brightest stars in early November. And up to its left, little more than one de-
gree away, which is about two full moon widths away, is the third largest planet
32,000-mile-wide, pale green Uranus, eight times the width of Mars.
But there is one catch. Unless you're in the Sky Park far away from lights under
really dark skies you won't be able to see it with the naked eye. So how do you see
Uranus? Simple. Get out a pair of binoculars or a small telescope. But don't be
fooled by the star, Lambda Aquarii, which is also close to Mars and is brighter
than Uranus. Now Mars is brighter than Uranus because it is only 120 million
miles away from us this week whereas Uranus is almost 16 times farther away,
almost 2 billion miles beyond.
In fact, Uranus is not generally considered to be one of the naked eye planets
because for thousands of years it was so dim people thought it was just another
star. Indeed it wasn't known to be a planet until Sir William Herschel discovered
its true nature in 1781 when he saw its disk shape for the first time and which you
can see in a small telescope.
But he didn't call it Uranus, he named it Georgium Sidus, George's star after
George the Third of England, a monarch who was not terribly popular with the
American colonists. Other European astronomers didn't much like British chauvin-
ism so they renamed it Herschel after its discoverer. But finally a bunch of as-
tronomers got together and decided that it should have a mythological name like
the other planets. So it was named Uranus for the ancient pre-Zeus Greek god of
the heavens and father of the Titans.
And we had no idea what it really looked like until we visited it with our Voy-
ager spacecraft only 20 years ago in January 1986. When I was a kid, I was taught
that Uranus has five moons, but we now know it has 27. And many of them have
their names taken from Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. The two largest, Titania
and Oberon, are from "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Ariel and Miranda from
"The Tempest" and Umbriel from "The Rape of the Lock."
Now on Sunday morning, the 15th Mars and Uranus will be slightly closer and on
Monday only a little bit farther apart. So if you're like most people and you've
never seen the 7th planet live, get out your binoculars or a small telescope now be-
cause now is your chance! O Jack Horkheimer


For the week:
May 13 to May 20, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Invite friends over. Control those desires to cast your
fate to the wind. You can learn from those who have had similar experiences. Don't
argue with family. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Red tape could be impossible to clear up this week.
Your knowledge and good sense will help more than you think. Alienation may be
the result of a misunderstanding. You are best to avoid joint ventures, and whatever
you do, don't lend to friends or relatives. Your lucky day this week will be Thurs-
day.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Look into physical activities that will help get rid of
some of that tension you may be feeling. Accept the inevitable. Travel opportunities
look positive, but be cautious while driving. You will be moody and react poorly to
issues concerning your mate. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your partner could also use some time alone with
you. Control those desires to cast your fate to the wind. Listen to the problems of
others and offer suggestions where possible. You could find yourself caught in a
one sided relationship. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Focus your efforts on details, and keep to yourself in or-
der to finish your work. Try to be honest when dealing with your mate. Property
investments should payoff. Try to include friends and relatives in your activities.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Deal with in-laws this week. Acknowledge your
lover's needs. Don't be afraid to push your beliefs and attitudes. Passion will be your
only answer. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Be firm when dealing with matters pertaining to your
environment. Much can be accomplished if you compromise. Money can be made if
you use your ingenuity. Be careful not to take on other people's problems. You may
find yourself in a financial bind. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You need to do something energetic and different.
Use your innovative mind to surprise youngsters. You can make amends by taking
them somewhere special. Rather than making a scene, communicate quietly about
the way you feel. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your disciplined attention to jobs will en-
hance your position. Channel your efforts into achieving your goals. This could be a
difficult time to deal with coworkers. You will be ready to jump on anyone who
gets in the way of your progress this week. Your lucky day this week will be Thurs-
day.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Take action. Balance is required if you want
stability. A need to be in love may fool you. Travel could bring you the adventure
and excitement you require. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will inspire confidence in others. Your stub-
bornness coupled with your mate's jealousy don't make for a favorable time. Join
groups of a humanitarian nature. You will have additional discipline that will aid
you in your objectives. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Be sure to get involved in self improvement pro-
grams that will bring you in contact with interesting people. Don't confide in anyone
for the time being. Be discreet and don't present your ideas until you're certain that
they're foolproof. When the work is done, they may serve you for a change. Your
lucky day this week will be Thursday. D


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May 13 to May 20 , 2005 Volume 12, Issue 19 SINCE 1994 Kaya Gob. Debrot 200 • E-mail: re porter@bonairenews.com • 717-8988 Bonaire Mothers and Children at the Divi Flamingo Mother’s Day Brunch

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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 A fter 18 hours of intense negotiations, the Jamaica Airline Pilots Association (JALPA) and the management of Air Jamaica last Thursday signed off on a three-year agreement that will see pilots accepting a reduction in basic salaries and a cut in fringe benefits. Air Jamaica's management was seeking concessions of US$12 million from its pilots, who had accounted for 30% of the airline's annual wage bill of US$100 million. The wage agreement ends almost two years of negotiations between the pilots and the airline. A few of the details of the agreement include: 1) An increase in flying hours to 80 hours per month before pilots are paid overtime instead of after 72 hours. 2) Pilots will no longer receive overtime pay during vacation and sick leave. 3) Meal allowances per duty period will be reduced from US$75 to US$60 for North American and Caribbean flights and from US$105 to US$90 for UK flights. 4) Navigation pay has been reduced by 20%. The Minister of Traffic and Transportation, Omayra Leeflang, hopes that the business agreement that KLM and Dutch Antillean Express (DAE) have entered would lead to the improvement of the service of DAE. “ The service they are giving now is not acceptable . It even hinders the functioning of the government,” said Leeflang. Ministers and secretaries of state experience delays or cancellation of flights on a regular basis, which impedes their traveling to Willemstad. “We do need a back-up with a big carrier like KLM.” Leeflang will soon discuss the service of the company with DAE management. According to her, we cannot even think about approving the expansion of the routes and the increase of the ticket fares. “This is impossible under the current circumstances.” KLM spokesperson, Bart Coster, indicated from Holland that the agreement between KLM and DAE is nothing other than a continuation of a current agreement. “We will make sure that our flights connect on those of BonairExpress. Actually, last week’s agreement does not change anything.” Omayra Leeflang , Antillean Minister of Transport and Communication (see previous item), who is spoken about in high places as Prime Minister material, resigned her post after her decision to appoint Franklin Sluis as Postmaster General was overruled. She later rescinded her resignation. (Continued on page 3 and 4) IN THIS ISSUE Jazz Festival Countdown 2 New Platform Board 5 Letters (Airplanes & Hotels) 5 Finding a Balance for Bonaire Pt. 3, Who Works? 6, 7 Reef Awards for Bonaire Divers 8 Three Events in One 9 PWA Schedule 9 Wind Speeds 9 Femke in Nevis 10 Barracudas Compete 10 Wombania 11 Announcements (Aniek Schouten , Juan Pablo Campos Pardo) 12 Ambassadors (Manasse & Guller) 13 Biking for All 13 Spotted Morays (Dee Scarr) 14 Eagle Ray Channel 15 Realtor (Getting Ready to Sell) 17 Yoga (Asana & Acceptance) 17 Divi Employee of the Quarter 18 Jazz Schedule 19 Gardner (Security Plants) 22 Super Training Session, SoB 22 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Vessel List & Tide Table 8, 9 Picture Yourself (Netherlands) 12 Pets of the Week (3A puppies) 12 Classifieds 14 Reporter Masthead 16 What’s Happening 19 Micro-Movie Review (Miss Congeniality 2) 19 Shopping & Dining Guides 20 Born on Bonaire (Sister Magda) 21 Bonaire Sky Park (Uranus) 23 The Stars Have It 23 T he headliner of the Harbourtown Jazz Festival is Denise Jannah. Read what the jazz world says about her: “This woman can make you dream, cry, and fall in love. What more could you desire….” ( The Music Advocate ) “Jannah’s voice is fine-rich, certain and teeming with a candor undiminished by the artifice of recordmaking “( Down Beat ) She was almost everywhere in the landscape of jazz: at the international jazz festivals, tourin g around in the US, Europe and recently Israel. She started with the general repertoire of jazz and is now concentrating on her own compositions; her last CD, “ Gezongen Gedichten ” (Singing Poems) is a great hit. Listen to the voice of a great lady singer, born in Surinam, living in the Netherlands and with her heart in the world of jazz.” Tickets for the main concerts on sale at City Cafe, TCB, Kon Tiki Restaurant, Bongos Beach, Plaza Resort and the Bonaire Boekhandel and at the gates of the main concert Here’s some advance notice about the jazz festival. Events will begin May 17th and run through May 22nd. To get in the right mood with music and prepare for Jazz Concert Week— have some food and drinks: Tuesday, May 17 : Jazz at Donna’s & Giorgio Restaurant, Bonaire Jazz Trio, starting at 7 pm , reservations 717-3799 Wednesday, May 18: Jazz at “brand new” Barracuda Club at Sand Dollar, barbecue. Latin Quartet starting at 7 pm, reserve 717-3985 Thursday, May 19 : Welcome concert at waterfront Wilhelmina Plaza downtown with Bonaire Jazz Platform: Concert and Jam Session with local musicians, X-Hale and Stingrays until late night! Food and drinks delivered by students of SGB high school, raising funds for their music education. 7 pm. At the Festival: Latin and Caribbean Jazz is the main course—9 sessions in 3 days ! May 20: 5 pm Sunset jazz at City Café. Bonaire Jazz Trio with guests 7:30 pm Main concert at Plaza Resort . Denise Jannah, Ced Ride, Cedric Dandare and Avila Blues Houseband 11 pm Late night Jazz at City Café. X Hale and jammers. May 21: 5 pm Sunset Jazz at City Café. Ced Ride, Avila Blues Houseband 7:30 pm Main concert at Bongos Beach. Cuban Express and X-Hale 11 pm Late night session at City Café. Cuban Express 11 pm Late night session at Karel’s Bar. Stingrays May 22: 11:30 am Jazz brunch. Festival musicians at Rum Runners. Serving a special jazz menu: reservations 717-8290 / 717-2390 5 pm Main concert at Kon Tiki Beach Club with Freewinds Band featuring Stacey Francis, Delbert Bernabela Band Denise Jannah

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 Felix Torres, a graduate of the SGB Chez Nous hotel school last yea, returned home after his oneyear intern-chef program in Italy’s Emilia Romanga region. He worked for nearly a year at a 1-Star Michelin Restaurant, “Il Girasole,” in Rimini. His happy parents and teacher, Vernon “Nonchi” Martijn of SGB, were there to welcome Felix home. The Culinair Foundation and NGO Platform grants help young Bonaire chefs build their careers thr ough special training abroad that they couldn’t otherwise afford. On Sunday, US President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush were guests of Holland’s Queen Beatrix at a commemoration of World War II dead at the American cemetery at Margraten, near Maastricht, in The Netherlands. The Dutch supported American involvement in Iraq and are one of America’s staunchest allies. Flotsam and Jetsam, continued from page 2 Continued on page 4.

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2) Last week American Eagle Airlines reported system wide traffic for April increased 26.1% from April 2004, on a capacity increase of 22.9%. However, Executive Airlines, the company responsible for the Caaribbean route, reported a decline of 12.7% in traffic for the same period as its capacity dropped 4.6 % . The Customs Service of the Netherlands Antilles has a new head : Julian Lopes Ramirez. Lopes Ramirez, who came from Tax Accountant’s Bureau BAB, will be replacing Edsel Rosenda, who is retiring. Asked about his plans, Lopes Ramirez said he would continue the process to modernize the Customs Department on all islands, making it “more client-friendly.” On Tuesday, May 10, the Dutch Minister for the Netherlands Antilles, Alexander Pech told arrived in Bonaire for a whirlwind eight-hour visit. During his visit he spent time with both the ruling party and the opposition, businessmen’s associations, center for the handicapped, visited Rincon and Antriol attractions, youth organizations and more. The Curaçao Island Government will provide NAƒ25 million to finance the golf course for the new Hyatt Hotel on Curaçao's southeast coast. This amount will come from the tax windfall of NAƒ200 million for the Antilles, of which Curaçao gets NAƒ150 million. Santa Barbara plantation recently signed an agreement with the Hyatt hotel chain for the exploitation of the resort for 20 years. The construction costs of the 350-room hotel are estimated to be NAƒ170 million. The money is from an "Economic Participation Fund” for this and other tourist projects. The amo unts involved give an indication of the cost of a large hotel and the incentive developers expect when they commit that much money. In Curaçao the Caribbean Medic (Healthcare Partners Management) is planning a medical center with 10 super-modern dialysis machines in the Jacob Gelt Dekker-Instituut to open in September. The center will be able to treat 20 patients per day. Since Bonaire has no dialysis center it will treat its patients as well. “The number of kidney patients has alarmingly increased in the past years. In 15 years the amount of dialysis-units increased from 8 to 28, and the amount of patients from 35 to almost 175. This amount will continue to grow in the coming years,” said project coordinator Eliezer Naaman. Rate hikes to consumers aren’t the only way to pay for increased world fuel prices effect on power production costs. Aqualectra, the electric power company for Curaçao, had a loss of NAƒ800.000 b ecause of the rise in oil costs. They did not pass along the loss to its custom ers, even though the company had to pay the higher fuel prices. For the past two years Aqualectra had big profits, as much as NAƒ40 million. Electric rates in Curaçao, even before Bonaire's recent 37% price hike, were significantly lower than Bonaire's. Thanks to some rain this last week we have been treated to one of Bonaire’s spectacular free shows—the blooming of the Kibrahacha trees . The hillsides, especially those on the west coast, are dotted with bright splashes of yellow color. The trees only bloom after a period of drought followed by a rain. The blooms last only a day or two so look for them now! The Salsa Bar and Restaurant will be opening on May 16, according to City Café owners. The restaurant will be upscale, we hear. The little girl modeling the bathing suit in the Benetton ad (on page 12) this week is three-year-old Mikeely Obersi. Venezuelan windsurfer Juan Marino plans to arrive in the afternoon on Saturday May 14th on the windsurf board he sailed from Venezuela to Bonaire. Taty and Tonky, will exchange flags with Juan Marino as a symbol of friendship. Then on to the celebration at The Great Escape at 6 pm for a big BBQ. L./G.D . Last weekend Bonaire’s Rene Hakkenberg was honored by Queen Beatrix by being decorated with The Order of the Orange . Rene is a familiar figure on the island having been a past manager of the salt works and is presently involved with programs for the island’s youth as well as preservation of the environment. Jaap Dekker, a very famous jazz pianist of the 70s, was vacationing on the island. Last Monday night he gave patrons of Little Havana a rousing show. He was accompanied by drummers Dick van der Vaart and Chris Markos as well as harmonicist, Henk Roozendaal and a bass player from the Venezuelan band, “Consentido.” Bonaireans are just warming up for the island’s first Jazz Festival next week.

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 L ast week a press conference was called to introduce the new NGO Platform Board. The NGO Platform of Bonaire is an Association of more than 60 local non-governmental organizations working for the improved welfare of the entire island. The Platform is made up eight sector representatives plus three officers (President, Secretary and Treasurer). The officers serve as a daily board and are responsible for the operation of the NGO office and staff. All other issues are the responsibility of the full Platform. For more information check the website: www.ngobonaire.org . L.D. LETTERS:THE Op-Ed PAGE Dear Editor: There is something I do not understand. It has been claimed that more direct flights will not come to Bonaire unless there is a major name hotel. Assuming a major name does build here it will be large. About 500 rooms or more has been mentioned. To be profitable that hotel will need to see 400 people or more a week. If direct flights do come to Bonaire, who will be on those planes? It seems to me that it will be guests for that large hotel, and few if any other establishments will benefit. B.B. The Bonaire Reporter welcomes letters from readers. Letters must include the writerÂ’s name and telephone number or e-mail address. Letters without that information will not be published. If a writer wishes to remain anonymous or just use initials we will honor the request. Letters should not be more than 400 words in length and may be edited at the EditorÂ’s discretion. Send letters or diskettes to The Bonaire Reporter , Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire; via fax 717-8988 or E-mail: letters@bonairenews.com Back : Dennis Martines President, Armoede Topoverleg ( Poverty-A Top Concern), Platform Treasurer Alan Gross ; Platform Director Gilbert van Arneman ; outgoing Platform president Edsel Winklaar ; new Platform President James Finies ; Platform Director Eithel Bernabella . Front: Platform Staff Director Pancho Cicilia ; Commissioner Geraldine Dammers ; Platform Office Manager Irene Winklaar ; Janella Winklaar; and Platform Director Julita Winklaar . Members of the Board not pictured are: Secretary Elsmarie Beukenboom, Tanneke Bartels, Godfried Clarinda, Anthony Cecilia, Ruthmila St. Jago and Jona Chirino.

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 Who Gets the Jobs? C onstruction projects create jobs. New hotel rooms create jobs. Increased tourism creates jobs. All this is true but there are deeper issues to pursue: who will get all these new jobs? Will they go to local people or will the resorts import foreign workers and stagieres to fill them? Another question to ask is: will Bonaireans have a chance to get the higher-paying, management-level jobs or will they be considered only for the unskilled positions? Let’s start with construction. If a “typical” Bonairean hotel were to be built it is fairly certain that local contractors would be able to bid for and win the contract, thus giving additional work to local labor and companies. On the other hand, if a 500+ hotel is to be built at a cost of over US $70-100 million, the financing banks will probably insist that the contract be tendered to one of the huge international building firms with a proven track record of similar projects. These large, international contractors are very unlikely to hire many local workers in any but the lowest level positions and may even “ask” to bring in their own low-rate labor from other countries. These workers will likely come from poorer countries, as has happened in the past, and will send much of their earnings “home.” Many won’t want to leave after seeing the benefits of living in Bonaire -who can blame them? Thus the greatest part of the construction funds will probably be paid to overseas accounts so that most of the construction money will have no important impact on the Bonairean economy . At the present time even local contractors are finding it necessary to request permits for more foreign workers just to meet the current demand for construction. Can Bonaire even supply the estimated 200-250 jobs such a project would require? Even if required by contract to hire locals, would the large company simply “steal” the best workers from local contractors, forcing the local companies to bring in more foreign workers? As a Bonairean contractor recently said, “I can’t find Bonaireans to fill the open jobs I have now. What will happen if a really large project gets started?” There are lots of questions to be answered but, unless the Island Government requires both local hiring and training programs, Bonaire will see its population increased by more poor laborers who will compete aggressively with local workers. This is not an idle thought but has been seen in every country where the need for foreign workers has exceeded the ability of the local labor pool to supply. Consider the Netherlands, Aruba, the USA, most of Western Europe and others. But won’t the hotels need workers? If a truly five-star hotel with 500+ rooms is built here, it will require about 500 employees. How many of these “jobs” will go to the company’s existing workforce from other locations who ‘know the company system’? It is more than likely that all the higher-level, ‘skilled’ positions will be filled by immigrants. And what about entry level positions? How many stagieres will be brought in who cost the employer almost nothing? These stagieres prevent local young people from gaining entry-level positions. But if Bonaireans are hired at any level, what sorts of training programs will be available to enable them to reach the ranks of management? An even greater question is: can Bonaire even provide a staff this large without “raiding” existing hotels for their best employees? Just how “deep” is our labor pool? The recent (2004) study done by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) states that as of October 2004, Bonaire had a total of 456 people seeking work, or 8.9% of the work force. From this we might conclude that a new hotel should be able to reduce these numbers dramatically. But, the fact is that, especially among the younger unemployed (25% of that age group), the skill levels are very low and they would, at best, be able to fill only the lowest level positions. Immigration in other countries Even the possibility of creating a few jobs sounds good at first until one looks at some statistics from a few other countries: Aruba has been held up as a standard for Bonaire to meet. Per capita income is the highest of the ABC islands and growth has been tremendous. But, consider this quote from the Aruba Times in July 2004: “According to the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) a total of 12,700 new jobs were created from 1991 through the year 2000, 75% of which were fulfilled by immigrants . At least 25% of the jobs on the island were occupied by immigrants in 1991, this percentage rose up to 40% in 2000.” In addition, the IMF states that Aruba’s growth “was highly labor intensive and must rely on a continuous inflow of immigrant labor.” The US is perhaps the strongest labor market in the world but, as the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine reported in 1997, the influx of foreign labor damages the less educated (nonHigh School graduates) more than any other group. These native workers compete most directly with the foreign workers and, in fact, the earnings of the US workers in that group actually fell by about 5% over a 15-year period, a time when the US economy was booming. The Netherlands has had an enormous influx of foreign workers (non-Dutch passport holders), and the pressure on lower level jobs has been intense. This has put great downward pressure on wages at the lower end of the labor market and many Antillean families in the Netherlands have felt the impact directly. Immigration is not necessarily bad for a country. In fact it can have very positive economic effects in the long run if properly controlled and planned for. On the other hand, immigration – especially as a significant percentage of the local population such as happened in Aruba – can bring with it some serious problems. A rapidly increasing population puts pressure on the island’s infrastructure (water, electricity, roads, sanitation) as well as the educati onal system, housing market, public orde r, healthcare and, perhaps most significantly for Bonaire, on the local culture. What will happen to the fragile Bonaire culture when 50% of the island population is foreign born? Most locations with high immigrant labor populations also report increases in illegals as well as legal immigrants. The ILO in its 2004 Caribbean Region Report states that 10-15% of immigrant workers stay on as illegals when their jobs are finished. Often entire families are brought in by the workers, further stressing the local facilities. Is Bonaire Ready? Are we ready for this influx of more tourists and of foreign workers and their families? Can our already fragile electrical and water system support a rapid increase? Is our educational system prepared to absorb still more nonDutch, non-Papiamentu speakers? Can our police force cope with the potentially higher crime rates that often are associated with immigrant workers and Illegals who tend to follow them? Both Aruba and St. Maarten have extensive ‘illegal’ problems since the demand for entry-level jobs far exceeds the supply of local labor. Does Bonaire have the housing stock to support these new arrivals? Will their impact be to drive up rents for local people? Bonaire has a remarkably good healthcare system, but is it adequate to absorb more foreignspeakers and their families? Finally, is Bonaire prepared – or does it want – to dramatically increase the numbers of nonPapiamentu speakers in the community? At the moment, Aruba has the lowest percentage of households who speak Papiamentu at home of all the ABCs: down to 69.4% in 2001 and certainly dropping as immigration from Latin America continues at high levels. What will be the cultural impact of reducing the portion of the community that uses the native language? How well will local traditions fare when confronted with foreign standards, mores and behaviors? This article has raised many questions and answered few. The answers have to come from the Bonairean community and its leaders. By breaking the tradition of small hotels and inns and bringing in several large resort facilities, the first step has been taken on an unplanned journey. This may be the route most Bonaireans want to take. If so, that is fine. But this is not the route laid out in the existing plans (e.g. Pourier Report, TCB Vision and the 2003 (Continued on page 7) Continued on page 7 The apartment accommodations built on the site of the Den Laman Restaurant is about to have a Grand Opening. It was built by local companies and labor.

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 Finding Balance (Continued from page 6) DEZA document Government Business Development Guidelines). Isn’t it time to stop and get a sense of the needs and wants of the community? Isn’t it time to either review the plans that already exist -the path of low-rise, eco-friendly growth — and decide if a new plan is really needed? And make sure any new plan will benefit ALL Bonaireans long-term. If the entire community feels a new plan is needed, then one should be developed before large luxury resorts are lured to the island with free land and low taxes. Do Bonaireans really know where this new, unplanned route will lead them? More tourism and more hotels might mean more jobs, but how many are for Bonaireans? More tourism and more hotels will put many other pressures on the community. Let’s be sure that Bonaireans are the greatest beneficiaries of growth and not its victims. Special to the Bonaire Reporter . -Contributors to this series are market research professionals Next week: A closer look at the Aruba model. Copies of this article and the prior articles are available on the Bonaire Reporter Website. WWW. bonairereporter.com These multi-story waterfront high rise apa rtments are nearly sold out and they haven’t been completed yet. It was built by local companies and labor.

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 REEF Golden Hamlet Club's Inaugural Member Linda Baker – For many REEF surveyors, getting in a few dozen dives (and REEF surveys) each year is about all that their schedule allows. But for those fortunate few who live near the water, work on the water, or manage to take multiple dive vacations each year, their REEF survey effort can build up pretty quickly. If you have taken a look at the most active REEF surveyors list lately, you know that dozens of our members have done over 100 surveys in their lifetime and that a pretty big handful of our members have conducted over 500 surveys! A few are even approaching 1,000 surveys. It is in honor of those contributing more than 1,000 surveys that REEF has created the Golden Hamlet Club. Congratulations to Linda Baker, who is our first member of this prestigious club. Members of the Golden Hamlet Club will be awarded a specially designed plaque, as well as being listed on a coordinating plaque at REEF Headquarters. REEF is proud to award the first Golden Hamlet plaque to Linda, who has been a member and active surveyor since 2000. She lives in Bonaire and works as an instructor at the Carib Inn. Linda avidly conducts REEF surveys on most of her dives and teaches fish identification to many of her visitors. She is a member of REEF's Advanced Assessment Team and she has documented 301 species (all in Bonaire!). Linda's 1,000th survey was conducted on 12/20/2004 at Something Special in Bonaire. We extend a special thanks to Linda for her efforts and congratulate her on being the inaugural member of the Golden Hamlet Club. You can see Linda's effort and other top surveyors at: http://www.reef.org/stats. htm 2004 REEF Volunteer of the Year Jessie Armacost – REEF is very proud to award the 2004 Volunteer of the Year honor to Jessie Armacost. Jessie has been an active REEF member since 1999 and has completed over 500 surveys. Until recently, Jessie lived in Bonaire and was the coordinator for the Bonaire National Marine Park Volunteers. She is an enthusiastic supporter of REEF and has done an incredible amount of work to generate a consistent stream of high quality data from Bonaire. She coordinated periodic fish identification training classes for the Bonaire Marine Park volunteer divers, as well as through many of the local dive shops. Through the years, Jessie's training introduced hundreds of local and visiting divers to the joy of fish watching, and she enabled seven local divers to progress up to REEF's Expert Level. Jessie is a member of REEF's Advanced Assessment Team and she participated in, as well as helped coordinate, several of the REEF-Ocean Conservancy training workshops held throughout the Caribbean. She also served as a REEF representative during the annual Bonaire Dive Festival as well as the Great Annual Fish Count. The REEF staff and Board of Trustees extend a big thanks to Jessie and to the many other volunteers who help REEF achieve success. Reef Release VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : Andiamo Andromeda Adventure Quest Angelos Angie Another World Batje Beauty and the Beast Bright Sea Brown Lady Casse Tete Camissa, Chan Is. Cape Kathryn Clemencia Coconut Cocoti Dauntless Dragonfly Endangered Species Felicity Flying Cloud, USA Gabrielle Galandriel Guaicamar I, Ven. Happy Ours Honalee, USA Infinity Jan Gerardus Kalaloa Lava L’Quila, BVI Luna C. USA Lusistra Maggi Moon Rise Nails Natural Selection Pishi Poko Pyewacket Rusty Bucket Sabbatical Samba Santa Maria Sandpiper, USA Scintella Sirius Spetakke;l\l Starlight Dancer Stormbird Sylvia K Take It Easy Ti Amo, USA Tish Tomorrow Ulu Ulu, USA Ulysses Unicorn, Norway Varedhuni, Germany Ya-T, BVI Yanti Paratzi Zahi, Malta Zeelander YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGES T wo Bonaire SCUBA divers recently were honored by REEF (The R eef E nvironmental E ducation F oundation, a grass-roots, non-profit organization of recreational divers who regularly conduct fish biodiversity an d abundance surveys during their dives) for their contribution to the in crease of knowledge about the marine environment. REEF's mission, to educate and enlist divers in the conservation of marine habitats, is accomplished primarily through its Fish Survey Project. The Project was developed in 1990 with support from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and guidance by the Southeast Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The REEF Fish Survey Project allows volunteer SCUBA divers and snorkelers to collect and report information on marine fish populations. The data are collected using a fun and easy standardized method, and are housed in a publicly-accessible database on REEF's Websit e. These data are used by a variety of resource agencies and researchers. Now for the awards: REEF's first member of the Golden Hamlet Club, Linda Baker of Carib Inn, has just completed her 1,000th survey! REEF's Volunteer of the Year Jessie Armacost. Thanks to Jessie for all her hard work and dedication to REEF over the years!

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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 G et ready for Bonaire’s THREE windsurf events in one: 1.Bonaire PWA King of the Caribbean Freestyle Event, 2.Amateur Freestyle Competition, and 3.Kids World Freestyle Championships. From May 15 to the 22 Bonaire will host the 2005 Bonaire PWA World Freestyle Event, the "King of the Caribbean Pro-Am." This windsurf freestyle contest will attract world-class windsurfers from around the globe to compete for the $65,000 purse. The "King of the Caribbean" Championship Finals will be the World Cup Premier event for the 2005 PWA World Tour. The event will include competitions for all levels: Professional Men, Professional Women, Amateurs, Novices and Juniors. In addition to the competitions, there will be island-wide parties throughout the week as well as the food exposition, "A Taste of Bonaire." Windsurfing competitions will be held at windy Sorobon Beach at Lac Bay. Cheer on the hometown boys. Bonaire is the home of the now fourth ranked PWA champion, Tonky Frans, as well as his brother Taty Frans, who is ranked fifth. Press Release KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 5-13 4:12 1.9FT. 14:04 0.7FT. 60 5-14 5:00 1.8FT. 14:29 0.7FT. 51 5-15 5:42 1.7FT. 14:52 0.8FT. 42 5-16 6:24 1.6FT. 15:09 0.9FT. 35 5-17 3:19 1.4FT. 7:19 1.5FT. 15:11 0.9FT. 22:57 1.5FT. 32 5-18 4:49 1.3FT. 8:04 1.4FT. 14:57 1.0FT. 22:25 1.5FT. 35 5-19 6:03 1.2FT. 9:11 1.3FT. 14:32 1.0FT. 22:24 1.7FT. 44 5-20 7:14 1.1FT. 10:12 1.2FT. 14:08 1.0FT. 22:38 1.8FT. 56 YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGES Saturday 14th May 18:00 22:00 Venezuela-Bonaire Windsurf Arrival of Pre–event party Live band Great Escape Hotel across from Belmar Sunday 15th May 10:00 – 15:00 Registration pros and press Sorobon 16:00 – 18:00 Happy hour/ Cash bar 17:00 18:00 Press Conference Kon Tiki – Lac Bay 18:30 – 19:00 Opening ceremony 19:00 – 21:00 Taste of Bonaire ($3/NAƒ5) per plate) Wilhelmina Park Monday 16th May 10:00 Windsurf competition Sorobon 21:00 later Opening party Bonaire Windsurf Place Tuesday 17th May 10:00 Windsurf competition Sorobon Wednesday 18th May 10:00 Windsurf competition Sorobon 22:00 0:00 Live music City Café Thursday 19th May 10:00 Windsurf competition Place: Sorobon 13:00 – 15:00 Pro Kids and Amateurs registration Place: Sorobon 19:00 Opening ceremony Pro Kids Place: Coco’s restaurant Friday 20th May 10:00 Windsurf competition Pro Kids and Amateurs Place: Sorobon 17:00 – 18:00 Happy hour Place: Bongo’s – Eden Beach Hotel Saturday 21st May 10:00 Windsurf competition Pro Kids and Amateurs Place: Sorobon 19:00 – 22:00 Rincon open air market Place: Rincon (ride the Paradanda Bus) Sunday 22nd May 10:00 Windsurf competition finals Pro Kids finals 18:00 – 19:00 Pro Kids & Amateurs Awards Place: Sorobon 19:00 Beach Bash Place: Bonaire Windsurf Place Windsurfing Action Now Statistics favor good winds Here’s the schedule:

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 T he Bonairean Aquatics Club , “Barracudas,” swim team participated in the 6th Dutch Caribbean Invitational Swim Meet held in Cura ç ao April 29 through May 2. The Barracuda team was founded in September 2004, and this meet was their first competition outside of Bonaire. The Dutch Caribbean Invitational is organized by the Nederlands Antilliaanse Zwembond with teams from Aruba, Bonaire, Cura ç ao, St. Maarten and Suriname. The meet was held at Sentro Deportivo Korsow’s 50-meter swimming pool. Fifteen members of the Barracuda team betw een ages of 7 and 13 swam in individual and relay events. Bonaire’s young team’s goals were to establish official individual times in as many events as po ssible, to gain competitive experience and to meet and learn from swimmers from other islands/countries. Results and photos from the Meet can be seen at www. sovasiento.com.The Barracuda team would like to thank NGO Platform Bonaire, Cargill Salt Bonaire, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance (Antilles) and the parents of the swimmers for making the trip to the Dutch Caribbean meet possible. Valarie Stimson, story and photo There aren’t nearly as many female pro windsurfers, but Femke van der Valk is one of them. Although born in Holland she’s made Bonaire her windsurfing home. Recently she was in Nevis, the former British island in the northeast Caribbean for a photo shoot. Here is what she wrote about her experience. “N ot many people have heard of Nevis. It is a small island located south of St. Martin, west of Antigua and only two miles away from St. Kitts. It’s part of the nation of St. Kitts-Nevis. But even though it is small, there are about 11,245 people living on it. Nevis is a volcanic island. It has a volcano covered in tropical rainforest right in the middle of the island. This volcano is called Nevis Peak and is 3,232’ high. Why did I go to Nevis? Well it actually wasn’t my idea. Men’s Journal, an adventurers’ magazine from the States, was going to go to Nevis to do an article about windsurfing there. They wanted to shoot pictures of a female windsurfer for the article. Because Nevis doesn’t have any female windsurfers, Winston Crooke, a local windsurfing shop owner, decided to look for one somewhere else. Thanks to Ann Phelan, Bonaire’s great supporter of female windsurfing, I got the opportunity to go. I heard about it on Monday April 18th and three days later I was on my way. When I arrived Winston was waiting for me at the airport. The first day was sunny and I got to windsurf for about an hour before the wind died. The next day the photographers arrived. There was hardly any wind, but there was still some sun so we went out on the water for the first session. This was the first time I was part of a professional photo shoot, so at first I didn’t even know where to look or how to smile. It was hard work standing on the board without wind for two and a half hours, but after a while I started feeling more comfortable. The next day it was raining, and for as far as the eye could see there was a gray, dark, sad sky. The following day a little breeze came up in the afternoon so we spent three hours on the water. The photographers were almost sure they had the pictures they needed. That was a relief because the weather probably wasn’t going to clear up and they had to leave at five o’clock in the morning the next day. Soon I was on my way back to Bonaire.” Femke van der Valk, story and photo YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGES The Barracudas

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 W ombania is a comic strip about Chris, a single architect, and his brood of Wombies: Binky, Winky, Twink, and Fraz, who recently invaded both his home and life. Wombies are genetically-engineered super wombats, created by the late Dr. Franco, Chris’s long-lost late uncle. As Chris was the only living relative, he took the Wombies under his wing to raise. Sometimes he wishes he hadn’t, as living with a bunch of wayward Wombies can be challenging, even for an easy-going guy like Chris. Wombies live primarily on Wine Gums, Chocolate, and Spam® and are extremely trusting, loyal, and naive. Their natural curiosity and high-energy often lead to trouble as they try to adapt to the complex and often contradictory human world in which they now live. Binky is the resident ro cket scientist, a genius whose high IQ and desire to be the first space-going Wombie results in big explosions and near disasters. Winky is a bit neurotic and sometimes silly, but has a big heart and will do anything for a friend, especially Twink whom he secretly loves. Twink is an artist and entrepreneur, and tries to keep the other Wombies in line with her maternal instincts and common sense. Fraz is the youngest Wombie, an extreme sports enthusiast who struggles with both school and fitting in. Peter Marinacci A new cartoon series for The Bonaire Reporter PS . The website www.wombania.com) includes The Wombat Information Center which has virtually everything you need to know about real Australian wombats. Let us know if you enjoy this cartoon. We will run it and look for reader reaction .

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 Readers are invited to send their photos of their anniversaries, engagements or weddings to The Reporter. A vy Benhamron sent us this nice picture of the wedding of administrator Aniek Schouten and dive and language instructor and master free diver, Juan Pablo Campos Pardo. They were married on 05/05/05 in Merida, Venezuela. As Avy, to the left of the groom wrote, “Like you see....we didn't forget our Bonaire Reporter. It was lots of fun...” Congratulations to the happy couple. We wish them all the best and a lifetime of happiness. G.D. WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture@bonairereporter.com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) A pril 30th was the Queen’s Official Birthday. In Holland, former Aruba resident JanWillem ter Mull and former Bonaire resident, Ester van der HelBoogaard, won the Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Maxima lookalike contest at the Staatsloterij show. After the show this picture with The Bonaire Reporter was taken. T he photo of the three puppy sisters was taken by Bonaire Animal Shelter volunteer Edith Fox. The pups are being held by two young ladies who are working as trainees on the island and who dropped in to visit the Shelter recently. It seems that other people as well as our readers fell in love with these blue-eyed cuties. The pup on the far left, “Ann,” has been adopted and will travel to Holland. “Angela,” the one on the far right, is going to live in Switzerland with her new owner. The one in the middle, “Agnes,” however, is still at the Shelter, waiting for just the right person to come and get her. It’s not that difficult to adopt a pet from the Shelter and have it travel with you to your native country. Just call them at 717-4989 and find out how it’s done. Cats also have been adopted and brought to their new owner’s home country. Since the first of the year there have been 60 adoptions Peop le really appreciate getting a healthy dog or cat who has been checked out by the vet, given their shots and tests, worming, and sterilization – al l for the price of the adoption fee. It’s NAƒ105 for dogs; NAƒ75 for cats. The Shelter is on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. L.D. Lucky Pups “Ann,” “Agnes” and “Angela”

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 T o recognize the importance of repeat visitors the Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) presents medals to visitors based on the number of consecutive years they have been visiting the island: a Bronze Medal for 10 to 15 years of visiting Bonaire, Silver Medal for 16 to 20 years and Gold Medal for 21+ consecutive years. Helen and Gus Manasse have visited Bonaire for 30 years, and they now have the honor of receiving the Gold Ambassador Medal. Adel and Irving Guller also visited our island for 24 years, and so they, too receive the Gold! Both couples continue to visit Bonaire for the fantastic underwater life, water sports, and the tropical climate. They ha ve recommended to all their family and friends that they visit Bonaire. And when they are together at family gatherings, they share their experiences about Bonaire. Congratulations! For more information on the Bonaire Am bassador Program and for a listing of all Bonaire Ambassadors visit http://www.infobonaire.com/tcb/ambassador/. Joanny Trinidad O n Sunday, May 1st following Rincon Day, there was a bike tour in Rincon where everyone could participate. It is held to get young and old involved in a social and healthy get together. About 100 persons took part. This event started last year in the mind of Rignald Anthony to especially honor our elder persons who are still traveling on their bikes, (mostly good vintage bicycles) and it was a big success. The person who was honored last year was Papito Anthony, still biking in the streets in Rincon. This year it was Bibiano Janga who got the honor of being one of the oldest persons still biking. There were several prizes this year: for the smallest kid on bike, (won by a two-year-old girl), the most creative bike, the nicest decorated bike, the most p eculiar bike, a self made bike idea….and of course the oldest lady on her bike who was Nilda Anthony. This Kareda di Baiskel di Antaño will be held every year. For more information please call Rignald Anthony at 717-6123. Maria Koeks-SintJago Bob Lassiter photo Kids of all ages rode When driving and drinking are OK. Bob Lassiter photo Helen and Gus Manasse, Adel and Irving Guller with Joanny Trinidad

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 O ne of the things that first struck me about Bonaire was the numbers of spotted morays! Most often, we’ll see a moray at rest, in some sort of crevice on the reef. Since the moray isn’t moving, it has to pump water over its gills to breathe, and the way it pumps the water is to open and close its mouth. An open mouth under these circumstances is necessary. When the moray opens its mouth as much as possible, and holds that pose, it’s making a strong defensive gesture: “You’re scaring me and I won’t be responsible for my actions – these are the teeth I could bite you with!” (The eel is most likely to retreat, if there’s somewhere for it to retreat to, but it could strike out with a quick bite and release.) Any fish – or diver -who has caused the open-mouth defense is wise to back off until the eel resumes normal breathing. Spotted morays are basically white with black or dark brown markings. Their bodies are scale-less, which enables them to glide through the reef backwards and forwards with equal ease. They have thin, sharp teeth and elongated jaws, which enable them to grasp fish. (Morays with shortened jaws and sturdier teeth, such as goldentail and chain morays, eat crabs and other crustaceans.) Spotted morays hunt actively at night, using their sinuous bodies to enter reef crevices and even sponge tubes, seeking sleeping fish. They don’t need to see their prey, just touching it with their extended nostrils gives each moray the information it needs. When it scents prey, it darts forward and grabs the fish in its mouth, then – if necessary -shifts the prey fish to swallow it headfirst. A moray can swallow a laterally compressed (skinny) fish, like a French angelfish or blue tang, that is taller than the eel. The moray opens its mouth wide, engages its teeth in the prey, and crunches down. You know that bulbous shape just behind the eel’s eyes? That’s jaw muscle! Then the moray sort of bobs its head, grabbing the prey fish with a second set of teeth in its throat called a pharyngeal jaw. As the prey slides stomach-ward, the hinged middle row of teeth in the eel’s upper jaw lie flat and enable the fish to be pulled down with the pharyngeal teeth. If a fish manages to move backwards, the hinged teeth straighten up and prevent escape. Morays are not venomous, by the way. Moray bites are said to be easily infected, but I never knew anyone to whom that happened. When a moray swims along the reef in the daytime, its presence makes the fish nervous. Some potential prey fish, especially French angelfish, engage in a behavior I call the broadside flutter (for reasons about to become obvious) to protect themselves and evict the eel: they make themselves as tall as possible by extending their dorsal and ventral fins, and present themselves, fluttering, across the mouth of the eel. The fish is too tall and wide for the eel to grab in this position, and the fluttering is annoying, so the eel moves off. Another thing that happens to a spotted moray moving along the reef is that cleaner gobies can’t seem to resist scooting aboard the eel. The eel’s skin twitches – the gobies must tickle -but the cleaners continue their foraging undisturbed. Once in a while you’ll see a cleaner goby swim into or out of a moray’s gills. One of the easiest and most rewarding ways to find a spotted moray requires you to be in the water in the late afternoon, say, between 4:30 and 6 pm, over a rubble or rock bottom. You can use scuba, but snorkeling works as well or better. Look around for a hunting party: a cluster of fish, usually including a bar jack, a coney or graysby or two, maybe even a trumpetfish, all looking downward, moving slowly along. 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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 O ne of the great pleasures for scuba divers is the thrill of discovery. There is always the possibility of experiencing something new on every visit into the ocean. Every entry into this wondrous liquid environment gives us the chance of an unexpected encounter or new discovery. As avid explorers and students of nature, Barbara and I have learned to recognize that certain natural features hold more potential for these adventures. I am sure that the early explorers of our terrestrial environment felt the same excitement when they discovered the extraordinary features of our global geography. The “Channel” is one of these special places. On Bonaire, along the southern leeward coast, there is such a formation that separates the shallow shoreline fringing reef from a deeper seaward reef formation. At first glance the wide, soft, flat expanse of the white sand basin, like the shifting sand of the topside desert, seems to be void of life. Most divers quickly pass over this area on the way to the outer depths. Closer inspection reveals an entire ecosystem flourishing on the bottom surface and under this layer of fine particle camouflage. As we reach the sand, the most visible inhabitants are dancing Garden Eels that retract into burrows when approached. They live in large colonies, move continuously in a graceful wave-like motion, and are extremely shy. Unattractive and cumbersome Sea Cucumbers are found cleaning the bottom surface of algae. Not so obvious are the Sand Dollar and the Six-Keyhole Sand Dollar. These creatures burrow beneath the sand during the daytime. You may see their fine short spines protruding above the surface of the sand. After nighttime foraging, Queen Conch, Milk Conch and Tritons leave telltale trails and bury themselves in the sand for a day of rest. Larger predators visit the “Channel” and patrol for food day and night. The Common Octopus can be found out in the open but will usually be in a very smooth, pale skin phase to blend with the surrounding terrain. Mounds, littered with debris and open shells, mark a possible occupied octopus den. Southern Stingrays lie motionless on the bottom, covered with sand, their eyes watching for trouble. You will notice them by their rhythmic breathing displayed by the circular gill cover behind their protruding eyes. The great Spotted Eagle Ray cruises above the sand in an endless search for its favorite food, the Queen Conch. Sighting these magnificent rays is always a special event. Observing them hunting is an awesome experience. Housed within their tapered snout are sonar-like sensors that detect living organisms beneath the sand surface. Today we are watching three patrolling Eagle Rays from above. With a side-to-side search pattern every square yard (meter) is thoroughly covered. When an impulse is detected the ray instantly dives to the spot. To get a close-up view, we drop down to the sand and are eye to eye with this amazing predator. They are so intent in their purpose they tolerate our slow, careful approach and continue to feed. The Eagle Ray arches its back and, for leverage, extends the two claspers at the base of the tail, downward into the sand. They excavate the sand by flapping their powerful wings and, in unison, move the snout and head up and down, creating suction, to uncover the prey. The shell-crushing mouth makes short work of the mollusks’ only defense. After the attack, the Eagle Ray rises from the bottom to resume the search, leaving behind a deep sand crater and numerous small scavengers attracted by the action. The trio of hunters continues their pursuit, often circling up and behind our motionless bodies and returning between us to the exact same hole for more tasty morsels. This encounter gives us an opportunity to observe the behavior of an extraordinary creature that is more often sighted cruising in the blue water. The shy and wary Eagle Ray usually veers away when approached by divers. In the open sea, the Spotted Eagle Ray almost certainly detects our presence long before we see them. The impulses we emit may even give the ray a sensory overload compared to that of the Queen Conch. Perhaps that is the reason we usually see th em off in the distance or after they have passed us. However, during the excavation phase of the feeding behavior they seem to be unaffected by our presence. Is their radar system shut down during this activity? As always, the more information we gather, the more questions arise. We will continue our quest for exciting adventure and enjoyment in our adopted home beneath the sea. © Albert Bianculli (Spotted Morays. Continued from page 14) a sharptailed eel or goldentail moray. As the eel moves through the crevices and tunnels of the bottom, it disturbs shrimp and other residents of the crevices, who move outward temporarily – and are then vulnerable to members of the hunting party. The biggest spotted morays I’ve seen were a good five feet long, four to five inches deep from top to bottom, and very calm. I figure, they’ve seen it all and survived it all, and, at their size, what could be much of a threat? The smallest spotted moray I’ve ever seen was smaller around than my thumb. Very little is known about moray spawnings; only a couple of species have been observed spawning, just a few times, when scientists were observing other animals – so anything you’ve seen or photographed is information you need to share! The observed spawnings were at dusk. In one, the (presumed) male grabbed the (presumed) female with his teeth, around her head, and the two of them spiraled up to the surface, where they released gametes, separated, and returned to the bottom. The fertilized eggs drift with plankton for about a week, then hatch and drift another week or 10 days, then the tiny baby morays settle to the bottom, living very unobtrusive lives until they achieve some size. Morays are fun to look at and are rewarding photo subjects (they hold still). We can return the favor by not crowding them as we enjoy them. Dee Scarr Free Multi-Media Show Sundays Bonaire Holiday Multi-media dual-projector production by Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don’s Habitat. Windjammer photos, old and new are featured. Dee Scarr conducts “Touch the Sea” dives. They will enhance your diving forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show “Touch the Sea” at Capt. Don’s Habitat, Mondays , 8:30 pm. EMERGENCY MESSAGE FROM DEE! L ast week I heard a piece of mis information that I’d not heard before: someone at my slide show said they’d been told that when coral tentacles are withdrawn, we do not hurt the coral when we touch it. THIS IS NOT TRUE , and it doesn’t make sense: When we make contact with a stony coral formation, the coral animals are injured because their flesh is sliced against their own extremely sharp skeleton. This slicing occurs whether the coral animal’s tentacles are extended or withdrawn. In living coral, under all circumstances, the coral animal’s flesh is only a few cell layers thick, resting gently on its sharp skeleton. Any contact we make is likely to cause significant injury to the coral animal, the only creature who builds the reefs where live the fishes and other creatures we all love to visit… PLEASE help properly educate anyone who’d heard this mis information. Thank you! Dee Scarr Catherine Salisbury Photo Excavation before feeding

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 ©2005 The Bonaire Reporter Published weekly . For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , phone (599) 717-8988, 7917252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The Bonaire Reporter , George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Reporters: Albert Bianculli, Desirée, Dodo, Guus Gerritsen, Jack Horkheimer, Anna Kleimer, Mari a Koeks SintJago, Greta Kooistra, Peter Marianacci, Ann Phelan, Dee Scarr, Valarie Stimson, Joanny Trinidad, Michael Thiessen, Femke van der Valk, Ap van Eldik Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker, Sue Ellen Felix Production: Barbara Lockwood Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij , Curaçao

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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 W hen conversing with real estate agents you will often find that when they talk to you about buying real estate, they will refer to your purchase as a "home." Yet if you are selling property, they will often refer to it as a "house." There is a reason for this. Buying real estate is often an emotional decision, but when selling real estate you need to remove emotion from the equation. You need to think of your house as a marketable commodity. Your goal is to get others to see your property as their potential home, not yours. If you do not consciously make this decision, you can inadvertently create a situation where it takes longer to sell. The first step in getting your home ready to sell is to "de-personalize" it. If there are other homes for sale near your home, go visit them. It doesn't matter what size the home is. Often what you will find is a comparable home that anyone could live in -with the emphasis on "anyone." It is anonymous. There may be a baseball glove in the boy's room, but no family photos on the walls. There may be "personality" but no person. The reason you want to make your home "anonymous" is because you want buyers to view it as their potential home. When a potential homebuyer sees your family photos hanging on the wall, it puts your own brand on the home and momentarily shatters their illusions about living in the house themselves. Put away family photos, sports trophies, collectible items, knick-knacks and souvenirs. Put them in a box. Rent a storage area for a few months and put the box in the storage unit. Do not just put the box in the garage or a closet. Part of preparing a house for sale is to remove "clutter," and that is the ne xt step in preparing your house for sale. This is the hardest thing for most people to do because they are emotionally attached to everything in the house. After years of living in the same home, the homeowner may not see how clutter has collected. However, it does affect the way buyers see the home, even if you do not realize it. Clutter collects on shelves, counter tops, drawers, closets and garages. You want as much open clear space as possible, so every extra little thing needs to be cleared away. Take a step back and pretend you are a buyer. Let your realtor help point out areas of clutter, as long as you can accept their views without getting defensive. Anna Kleimer Anna Kleimer is with RE/MAX Pa radise Homes. She and her husband, Art, owned and operated their real estate company in Vail, Colorado for 12 years. Working with buyers, she has an intuitive understanding of properties right for them location, price range and amenities. You may call her at 717-7362 or 786-8607. T he definition of Asana is a pose that is both comfortable and steady. To be fully present, to be exclusively alive to the now experience. Learning to be present and participate in anything that is both steady and comfortable does not allow spac e for attachment such as self-judgment. When you live this way, you are practicing yogayou are living thoroughly. Many times in our practice, and in our lives, we respond from a place of judgment. ‘I can’t do this posture,’ or ‘everyon e else is more flexible than me’ or the popular ‘this posture doesn’t make any sense!’ Our practice is not to criticize yourself or anyone or anything during your practice. If you do, just notice it, check to see if your judgment is placed on your emotions, your body or your breath, and let it go. Today if you find yourself forcing in asana, or in any other part of your life, ask yourself: is this in the spirit of the true practice of yoga? When things are steady and comfortable, there is no forcing. Wise Words Don’t worry about what anyone thinks. Accept where you are this moment without striving, without comparing or judging. Go where it feels best, where your energy flows best. Trust your ability to sense this. If there’s a place in your physical or em otional body that needs extra attention, invite that energy to surround that area of your life without judgment. Be the change you wish to see in yourself. This week I would like to share with you an article on Asana and Acceptance by Nancy Gerstein. Ms. Gerstein’s teaching emphasis takes the ancient lessons of Yoga philosophy and integrates them into daily living. She believes that to live a more joyous life, yoga practice cannot end when we leave the classroom and tells her students to go out and live their yoga Don and Desirée of “Yoga For You” offer classes from beginners to advanced. Call 717-2727 or 786-6416

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 J enmarie Coffie of the Food and Beverage Department, Restaurant, is the Divi Employee of the Quarter. Although Jenmarie hasn’t been with the resort very long, her diligence, attitude and willingness to help have made her the winner. She received her award at a party for the Divi employees at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant last Wednesday. In addition to her award she received a NAƒ150 gift certificate to Warehouse Bonaire. First Runner up was Eladia Engelhardt of the Accounting Office; Second Runner up was Candida Cicilia of the Food and Beverage Department, Kitchen. First and Second Runners up received gift certificates to Warehouse as well. Congratulations to all and thank you to Divi for taking the time to recognize their very valuable employees. L.D. 1st Runner up Eladia-Englehart 2nd Runner up Candida Cicilia Employee of the Quarter, Jenmarie Coffie, with colleagues

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 THIS WEEK May 15th to the 22nd 3rd Annual King of the Caribbean at Lac Bay . Freestyle Windsurfing Competition Pro and amateur races in Lac Bay. The event will kick off the 2005 PWA Freestyle Tour. For info, see www. pwaworldtour.com or www.bonaireworldfreestyle.com More on page 9. All that jazz See schedule at right > May 15-22 Bonaire Beach & Culture Week COMING Sunday, May 22 —C-Run 2/4/5 km. 7:30 am. Sponsored by COMCABON. More information call 7178629, 780-7225. Wednesday, May 25 — -Bonaire Culinary team serves “Competition” dinner , Blue Moon Restaurant, 7 pm. Donation: NAƒ50 includes 3-course meal, wine, taste of competition cocktails. Reservations: Laura at 717-8988, 7917252 or Sara 786-9299 OCTOBER 2005 The International Bonaire Sailing Regatta October 9 – 15, 2005 . EVERY WEEK Saturday Rincon Marshé opens at 6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks and music. www. infobonaire.com/rincon Sunday Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar . Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi Flamingo Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20Call Maria 717-6435 Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14. Wednesday Meditation at Donkey Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all. Call S.H.Y. 790-9450 Friday -Manager’s Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm FridayOpen House with Happy Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm. DailyThe Divi Flamingo Casino is open daily for hot slot machines, roulette and black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm– 4 am; Sunday 7 pm– 3 am. Every day by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAƒ12 for residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS SaturdayDiscover Our Diversity Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080 Sunday Bonaire Holiday Multimedia dual-projector productio n by Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don’s Habitat. Monday Dee Scarr’s Touch the Sea slide experience (back on May 16th) . Aquarius Conference Center, Capt. Don’s Habitat, 8:30–9:30pm. Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conservation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm FridayWeek in Review Video Presentation by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza’s Tipsy Seagull , 5 pm. 717-2500. CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday ; Phone 717-6105; 560-7267 or 7173902. Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30pm call 567-0655 for directions. Bridge Club Wednesdays , 7:30 pm at the Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from the RBTT Bank and next to Kooyman’s. All levels invited. NAƒ5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. JCI. First Wednesday of the MonthJunior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire or formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata Domacassé 516-4252. Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm . Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday , 12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454 BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangasina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture . Visit typical homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018 Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868 Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017 Sunday at Cai Live music and dancing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of Bonaire’s popular musicians. Rincon Marshéevery Saturday 6 am to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire’s historic town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon area. Alta Mira Nature Walking Tour at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour at 9:30, Bus Tour at 10 . Call Maria at 717-6435 to reserve. Send events to The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252 Kaya Prinses Marie Behind Exito Bakery Tel. 717-2400 Tickets NAƒ10,50 (incl. Tax) High Schoolers NAƒ7,75 NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY SATURDAY 4 PM Robots Call to make sure: Usually 9:00 pm The Ring 2 (Naomi Watts) Early Show (usually 7pm) Miss Congeniality 2 MICRO MOVIE REVIEW Seen recently in Movieland Cinema: MISS CONGENIALITY 2 by John Pasquin, starring Sandra Bullock. I love Sandra Bullock. She has the charm and the personality to make me smile at the stupidest stuff and she has a knack for making in sanity absolutely adorable. There are lots of rather lame jokes in this movie, and watching the same stereotypical gay jokes in almost every American film is getting kind of annoying. The film is very predictable, has a silly and thin plot but is entertaining nonetheless, most of all because of the above mentioned favorite girl-nextdoor, sister, girlfriend or wife. It takes an almost two-hour sit for a very short story, but plenty of time to drool over Sandra. Dodo

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Page 20 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS City Shop, the mega store, has the island’s widest selection of large and small home appliances. Fast service and in-store financing too. BANKS Maduro and Curiel’s Bank provides the greatest number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They also offer investments and insurance. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing and professional nail care. BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes. Have your keys made here. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION APA Construction are professional General Contractors. They also sp ecialize in creating patios and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete pavement. DIVING Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. Yellow Submarine— low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis . Join their cleanup dives and BBQ. FITNESS Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule. Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels. 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. GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices. HOTELS Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the sea. The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber Café, restaurant and bar. METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP b c bBotterop Construction Bonaire N.V. , offers outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including stainless. Complete machine shop too. PHOTO FINISHING Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a variety of items and services for your picture-taking pleasure. REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire’s oldest real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer services and top notch properties. Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to local community. Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and see them. REPAIRS Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345 RESORTS & ACTIVITIES Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and exploration. RETAIL Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women and children. SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Pr ofessional and efficient. FedEx agent. SPA—DAY SPA Pedisa Day Spa – for all your body and wellness needs. 40 years of experi ence Classic and specialty massages, Reiki, Reflexology and more. SUPERMARKETS Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern, efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located behind NAPA. Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless supermarket. You’ll find American and European brand products. THE market for provisioning. VILLAS Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy . Hotel pickup. WINES Antillean Wine Company. You’ve tried the rest; now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. YOGA Yoga For You . Join certified instructors Desirée and Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body. Private lessons too. ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN: Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter. Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252 RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES Bella Vista Restaurant Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort 717-5080, ext. 525 Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Dinner during Theme nights only. Open every day Magnificent Theme Nights : Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean Night; Friday: Manager’s Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q Bistro de Paris Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 (half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Moderate Lunch and Dinner Closed Sunday Real French Cooking in an informal setting Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef Owner-operated Eat in or Take away Brasserie Bonaire Royal Palm Galleries Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Low-Moderate Lunch and Dinner Closed Sunday and Monday Lots of parking in big mall lot The place for a Quick Lu nch and a Cozy Dinner Breezy terrace with airco inside Caribbean Club Bonaire On the Tourist Road, 2 mi. north of Town 717-7901 Moderate-Expensive Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Closed Sunday Quiet country setting, lovely landscaping, friendly staff Happy Hour from 5-7 pm Gourmet chef creates unique daily specials Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront 717-8285 Moderate-Expensive Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 days Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet or à la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring vistas and the highest standard of cuisine . Croccantino Italian Restaurant Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Moderate-Expensive Dinner Closed Monday Tuscan chef prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out too. Garden Café Kaya Grandi 59 717-3410 Moderate Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties . Excellent vegetarian selections. Pizza and Latin Parilla The Great Escape EEG Blvd #97—across from Belmar 717-7488 Moderate Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Open 7 days Bar-Restaurant poolside —under the thatched roof. Cuban Chef prepares Caribbean cuisine. Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon. Happy hours 5 to 7 every day. The Last Bite Bakery Home Delivery or Take Out 717-3293 Low-Moderate Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 pm , Closed Sunday Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from scratchfor take out or delivery only. The Lost Penguin Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Call 717-8003. Low-Moderate Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his wife. Pasa Bon Pizza On Kaya Gob. Debrot ½ mile north of town center. 790-1111 Low-Moderate Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Bonaire’s best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

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Page 21 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 “H elping peoplethat was something we grew up with. Our parents set an example, and from when we were very young we learned to share what we had with others. As I got older the idea became stronger that I wanted to help children who had less than we had, but I didn’t know how. I needed a group or an official body to realize my plans. After I’d finished elementary school in Rincon, I went to Curaçao, to the St. Martinus Gesticht, a boarding school which belonged to the Congregation Sisters Franciscans from Roozendaal. I saw the work the nuns were doing in the schools in the poorer districts in Curaçao and I thought, ‘That could be something for me. If I enter the convent I can accomplish what I want to do. I went to Holland to study to become a teacher at a domestic science school. While I was there I went to visit the sisters at the convent in Roozendaal. We talked it over thoroughly, and they accepted me. It was 1959. I was the first and only one in the family to enter a convent. Before I went to Holland I’d told my parents that I wanted to become a nun. My father had always said, ‘Your happiness comes first,’ but my mother was devastated because in those days the rules of the church were that once you enter the convent you would never be allowed to go home. I told my mom I would be back, but she didn’t believe me. Before I left I spoke to the bishop of the Antilles to tell him about my plans and ask if he could please speak with my mother. He did, and once I was in Holland we kept corresponding, and he would write me how my mom was doing. Of course I also wrote my mom, but she never answered.” Sister Magda (68) Aura Crestian is a remarkable person; a vivacious spirit and a fast thinker, young at heart, very bright and with a great knowledge of human nature. She’s a tiny little woman, but once she starts talking, all her smiles and gestures, she unfolds a sturdy personality, solid, passionate and devoted when it comes to her work. Born in Rincon, she is one of the 11 children of Cornelis ‘Nechi” Cristian and Maria Molina, who were hard working and successful self-made people devoted to their family and the Bonairean community. “When I left Bonaire, my mother wasn’t the only one who was heartbroken. All my brothers and sisters were very, very sad. One of my brothers, Diego, cried like a child and said, ‘I will never see my sister again and when I die, you won’t be there at my funeral.’ His wife was pregnant and he told me, ‘If it’s going to be a girl, I’ll call her Aura,’ and so it happened. Well, I stayed in Holland for nine years. After eight years I got a Christmas card from my mother, printed in English with just her signature. It was a treasure and I kept it all my life. After that I didn’t hear from her again. One day, when I was still a novice, a priest came from Chile to tell us about the work he was doing there and how he wanted to build a school for the poor children in Santiago. He was looking for sisters who wanted to join him. I immediately thought, this is something for me! The mother superior at the time told me, ‘When you have taken your vows, you may study Spanish to go to Chile.’ But after I’d become a nun, a new mother superior was chosen, and she said, ‘You can’t go to Chile because they need you as the head of the domestic science school in Curaçao.’ I accepted because I’d taken the vow of obedience, but I kept on working very hard to get the money together for the school in Chile. I went to Curaçao in 1966. The first person I saw when I got off the plane was my mother! And the first thing she said was, ‘When are you coming home?’ She was a headstrong woman! Mother superior invited her to the convent to talk about the matter because I was still not allowed to go; however, the outcome of the conversation was… I could go to Bonaire – for one night! It was raining cats and dogs when I arrived. My father took me on a tour all over the island. The bishop passed by the house, and looking at the pouring rain he told my mom, ‘Bonaire has been blessed because your daughter came home!’ Then, finally, my mother accepted my decision. Over time the rules of the church changed and I could visit my parents regularly. I stayed 10 years in Curaçao, then the same mother superior who had told me to go to Curaçao, came and asked me if I still wanted to go to Chile! I went in 1976 and I became the head of a high school with 1,800 students which belonged to our church in Santiago. I did that for 14 years. Then I went to the south, to the island of Chiloe, 18 hours traveling time from Santiago. There, in the little village of Dalcahue, where the people are really poor, we built a small convent and I lived there for eight years. As they couldn’t find a priest, the bishop named me responsible for the parish, so I did the Sunday service, weddings, baptizing and funerals and visited the sick. I did that for three years until they found a priest. Then I went back to teaching, but the people didn’t want to let go of me and said, ‘You know us; we want you to do our services!’ Once every two months I sail five hours by boat to islands that are even smaller, to a place called Metahue where we founded a mission post. We also take doctors, dentists and medical students because there is no medical care. We’re talking about people who are very poor. There’s no running water, no electricity and there are no roads. But these people might be poor material wise, but from the inside they are rich. There’s so much you can learn from them, to begin with, patience and solidarity. They share everything. We talk about God, but they live God! If only we could have more sisters, we could live there! They don’t have to be nuns, I’m looking for women with a Catholic background, volunteers, who would like to come and help us for six months or longer. They have to pay their own passage. But food hardly costs anything, and housing is no problem. I lived on the main island till ’98, then I became Mother Superior of the congregation in Santiago and I had to go back, but now I chose to live in Dalcahue again. Life is so much nicer there! I’m still Mother Superior and so I’m traveling back and forth to Santiago at least once a month, but before I get there I visit a high school with 900 students we have in Chillan, 400 kilometers south of Santiago. In total we have five schools, three from the congregation and two from the friars. I am the coordinator responsible of all those schools, in total 4,250 students. All schools are private; they belong to the congregation, but we get paid a fee for each child by the Chilean government. My team is excellent. I’ve been very lucky with my choices. You can work as hard as you can, but you can’t do it alone, and you can’t be everywhere at the same time! Besides the teachers, we get help from many of our old students who have become professionals and who are now giving a couple of hours of their time every week to help these children. In Chile I am the only Antillean sister; all the other ones are Chileans. But when I’m in Chile I feel I belong there, that I am from there and I’ve got my family there too as Sister Carmen’s family took me in as one of them. Once a year I go to Holland for an annual meeting with the congregation and once every three years I have a twomonth vacation which I always spend at home in Bonaire. When I’m here I feel I belong here. We are a very close-knit family and they call me for every little thing that’s going on. I’m the first one to hear the news, so I am still very much involved although I’m living far away from them. I am happy; I found what I was looking for and I did what I wanted to do: to take care of children who have less than we do and to make sure that they have the same chances as everyone else to make the best out of their lives.” story and photo by Greta Kooistra Greta Kooistra Sister Magda Aura Crestian “We’re talking about people who are very poor….. no running water, no electricity…no roads. But these people might be poor material wise, but from the inside they are rich. There’s so much you can learn from them, to begin with, patience and solidarity. They share everything.” Sister Magda 1967 Sister Magda 2005

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Page 22 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 Special Invitation The Bonaire Culinary and Bartender Team invites you to a Tasting of their competition skills & masterpieces; Seating available May 25, 2005 Place : Blue Moon Restaurant Time: 7 pm Donation is only NAƒ 50/pp Includes a 3-course meal plus samples of Competition Cocktails and, of course, wine ( donated by the Bonaire Gift Shop) All proceeds go to the Bonaire Culinary Team call Laura at 717-8988 or 791-7252 or Sara at 786-9299 for reservations L.D. L ast weekend Special Olympics Bonaire, together with sponsors and volunteers from Maduro & Curiel's Bank-Bonaire, organized a training session headed by MCB retiree, Gilbert Snijders . Mr Snijders, who flew from Curaçao courtesy of BonairExpress, is a prominen t figure in the bowling world, being the President of COBOISCA (Bowling Confeder ation of the Caribbean Islands) and a Director of the WTBA AZ (World Te npin Bowling Asso ciation American Zone). While the instructions did not take long, they produced immediate positive results. Press release Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping which designs, constructs and maintains residential and commercial gardens. Two nurseries and a garden shop in Kralendijk carry terra cotta pots from Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS, NON-STOP 9 TO 4. Security Plants I f you want to make sure no one is climbing over your walls, here are some options: The most well known is the good old Bougainvillea or Trinitaria , especially the B. spectabilis types or the higher growing varieties which are the best. If they are pruned in the right way, they will be bushy and thick and full of spines or picas ! Another good one, but not so well known, is the Pandanus or Screwpine. They get very thick tropical leaves and make a nice hedge. There are two good varieties full of spines, and their leaves are razor-sharp! The variegated type doesn't have spines, but it grows very nicely into a hedge. Be sure the plants have enough space as they can get very wide if you don't prune them. And the last one is also the nastiest: The Reclinata datepalm or Phoenix reclinata . This is a palm variety, but it grows as a bush with new ground sprouts all the time. Their thorns on the bottom of their long leaves are so sharp that you want to make sure you don't have to pass this hedge plant too often! But they are also really tropical , don't need a lot of water and don't get any diseases. I really like this plant. So even though you want to plant a hedge for safety and security, they can be very nice. Here is some advice for these types of plants. Always make sure that you have a view to the doors or windows. Don’t close off your entire property because un expected visitors can just enter your property and do whatever they want without being seen. Don't plant your new plants too close to a wall or fence because they should have some space and light to grow. At the beginning this will not be a problem, but most of the hedge plants do like light on every side. If you are building a house, during the early stages you can start planting a hedge because most of the time it will be far away from construction. You can save a lot of money by starting with small plants and letting them grow during the construction period. In this way, as soon as your new house is ready, you’ll have a fully grown hedge with a lot of privacy. For those who can't wait, here is also good news. Most of the hedge plants can be bought in pretty big sizes, so you can have an instant hedge also. Next time I will continue with some good tips on planting a hedge. Ap van Eldik Pandanus or Screwpine Special Olympics Bonaire Bowling Team and Coaches

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Page 23 Bonaire Reporter May 13 to May 20, 2005 ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Invite friends over. Control those desires to cast your fate to the wind. You can learn from those who have had similar experiences. Don't argue with family. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Red tape could be impossible to clear up this week. Your knowledge and good sense will help more than you think. Alienation may be the result of a misunderstanding. You are best to avoid joint ventures, and whatever you do, don't lend to friends or relatives. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Look into physical activities that will help get rid of some of that tension you may be feeling. Accept the inevitable. Travel opportunities look positive, but be cautious while driving. You will be moody and react poorly to issues concerning your mate. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your partner could also use some time alone with you. Control those desires to cast your fate to the wind. Listen to the problems of others and offer suggestions where possible. You could find yourself caught in a one sided relationship. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Focus your efforts on details, and keep to yourself in order to finish your work. Try to be honest when dealing with your mate. Property investments should payoff. Try to include friends and relatives in your activities. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Deal with in-laws this week. Acknowledge your lover's needs. Don't be afraid to push your beliefs and attitudes. Passion will be your only answer. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Be firm when dealing with matters pertaining to your environment. Much can be accomplished if you compromise. Money can be made if you use your ingenuity. Be careful not to take on other people's problems. You may find yourself in a financial bind. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You need to do something energetic and different. Use your innovative mind to surprise youngsters. You can make amends by taking them somewhere special. Rather than ma king a scene, communicate quietly about the way you feel. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your disciplined attention to jobs will enhance your position. Channel your efforts into achieving your goals. This could be a difficult time to deal with coworkers. Yo u will be ready to jump on anyone who gets in the way of your progress this week. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Take action. Balance is required if you want stability. A need to be in love may fool you. Travel could bring you the adventure and excitement you require. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will inspir e confidence in others. Your stubbornness coupled with your mate's jealousy don't make for a favorable time. Join groups of a humanitarian nature. You will have additional discipline that will aid you in your objectives. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Be sure to get involved in self improvement programs that will bring you in contact with interesting people. Don't confide in anyone for the time being. Be discreet and don't present your ideas until you're certain that they're foolproof. When the work is done, they may serve you for a change. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. *to find it, just look up For the week: May 13 to May 20, 2005 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen How to Use Planet #4 to Find Planet #7 This Weekend T his weekend, Saturday and Sunday, the 14th and 15th and Monday the 16th you can use tiny planet #4 Mars to find planet #7 Uranus because Mars and Uranus will be huddling together for these three days, only one degree apart. But you'll have to get up with the chickens to see them. This Saturday, May 14th around. 4 am, face east where about 15 degrees above the horizon, which is about a fist and a half width holding your arm stretched out, you'll see a bright reddish orange light, our old friend tiny 4,000-mile-wide Mars, which is racing closer to us every day and which will be brighter than even the brightest stars in early November. And up to its left, little more than one degree away, which is about two full moon widths away, is the third largest planet 32,000-mile-wide, pale green Uranus, eight times the width of Mars. But there is one catch. Unless you're in the Sky Park far away from lights under really dark skies you won't be able to see it with the naked eye. So how do you see Uranus? Simple. Get out a pair of binoculars or a small telescope. But don't be fooled by the star, Lambda Aquarii, which is also close to Mars and is brighter than Uranus. Now Mars is brighter than Uranus because it is only 120 million miles away from us this week whereas Uranus is almost 16 times farther away, almost 2 billion miles beyond. In fact, Uranus is not generally consider ed to be one of the naked eye planets because for thousands of years it was so dim people thought it was just another star. Indeed it wasn't known to be a pl anet until Sir William Herschel discovered its true nature in 1781 when he saw its disk shape for the first time and which you can see in a small telescope. But he didn't call it Uranus, he named it Georgium Sidus , George's star after George the Third of England, a monarch who was not terribly popular with the American colonists. Other European astr onomers didn't much like British chauvinism so they renamed it Herschel after its discoverer. But finally a bunch of astronomers got together and decided that it should have a mythological name like the other planets. So it was named Uranus for the ancient pre-Zeus Greek god of the heavens and father of the Titans. And we had no idea what it really looked like until we visited it with our Voyager spacecraft only 20 years ago in January 1986. When I was a kid, I was taught that Uranus has five moons, but we now know it has 27. And many of them have their names taken from Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. The two largest, Titania and Oberon, are from "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Ariel and Miranda from "The Tempest" and Umbriel from "The Rape of the Lock.” Now on Sunday morning, the 15th Mars and Uranus will be slightly closer and on Monday only a little bit farther apart. So if you're like most people and you've never seen the 7th planet live, get out your binoculars or a small telescope now because now is your chance! Jack Horkheimer Uranus