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NGO Platform Funds
Parke Publico
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Finding A Balance
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PART 6
AIRLIFT MYTHS
Page 10


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MIDTSAM AND JETSAr


Bonaire officials on handfor the Morotin cleanup.
Rudsel Lieto in the center of the group.


Acting Manager of SELIBON, Bonaire's waste management company, Rud-
sel Leito is making things happen. He is starting the first large scale re-
cycling project on Bonaire under the auspices of the newly formed Bonaire Recy-
cling Foundation. Beginning in September all of Bonaire's hotels, snacks, and res-
taurants have to deposit their waste glass in special color-coded containers. Private
households will be included next year. A public information campaign will begin
in July.
A pilot project has begun at downtown City Caf6 where five containers are lo-
cated. Manager Lieto said, "Ten loads from City Caf6 have already been taken to
the crusher to be ground and converted into aggregate. If this test is successful, the
Gunlis Crusher, SELIBON, and Bonaire Recycling Foundation will sign a con-
tract. After that, we would like to begin as soon as possible to collect empty glass
containers."
SELIBON has ordered about 100 containers. It estimates that between the pri-
vate households, restaurants and street litter 830, 100 and 5 tons, respectively, of


waste glass is produced annually.

A BonairExpress is attempting to
improve its operation. It's hired a new
Chief Pilot and is running advertise-
ments for more flight and engineering
crew. Passengers report that flights are
running closer to schedule.

Air Jamaica added to its long list
of awards and accolades by achieving
the number one ranking among Car-
ibbean and Latin American carriers
for in-flight food and beverage service
as voted on by visitors to www.
airlinemeals.net, the world's first and
leading site which deals with nothing
but airline food. Air Jamaica's cuisine
earned a 7.85 average rating, outpacing
LanChile (7.18), Varig (6.71), Mexicana
(6.63) and TACA (5.30) among regional
carriers receiving a minimum of 10 cus-
tomer critiques. Too bad they will soon
leave Bonaire skies. (AP report)


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A The Surinamese airline, SLM,
will start flying between Curacao and
St. Maarten three times a week, effec-
tive June 24, announced Antillean
Transport and Communication Minister
Omayra Leeflang. The airline will use
an MD-80 aircraft for the flights. Cur-


A Rincon is a long way from the landfill on Lagoen Road. As a consequence the
people of the village have long been using the Morotin area as a dump for bulky
trash. But that was illegal and unsanitary. However, recognizing the necessity for a
dump site north of the village, SELIBON and the Platforma Rincon will work to-
gether to find a site where they can place some large containers to receive
bulk garbage. The containers will be periodically transported to the landfill by
SELIBON.
According to SELIBON Acting Manager, Rudsel Leito, the first talks with repre-
sentatives of the Platforma will start soon. SELIBON cleaned up the Morotin site
last month and is looking for a way to finance the new waste operation.


rently, only BonairExpress flies the
route. It has been subject to numerous
complaints. Some of them are because
the ATR turbo props are too small to
handle the volume of travelers. Passen-
gers and luggage are often left behind.
S Floris van Pallandt, the new head of Bo-
nairExpress (part of Dutch Caribbean
Express), took part in negotiations with
SLM.

A Bonaire's Customs department
will soon have a new drug sniffing
dog. The islands recently received six
new dogs to replace those who had died
or retired. Four will stay in Curaqao and
the last will go to Sint Maarten.


A Two
men were
charged
Sunday in
connection
with the dis-
appearance
last week of
an Alabama
teenager, 18-
year-old Na-


talee Holloway, who was visiting
Aruba with classmates to celebrate their
high school graduation. Authorities re-
quested a special diving team from the

Continued on page 4.

FBI because of rough currents in a
planned search area, said Attorney Gen-
eral Caren Janssen who announced the
arrests.
The arrests came nearly a week after
the honor student disappeared during a
five-day trip to Aruba with more than
100 other classmates from Mountain
Brook High School, near Birmingham,
Ala.
The men, ages 28 and 30, were work-
ing as security guards near the Holiday
Inn where the teen was staying.
Janssen declined to provide specific
charges, saying the case will go before a
judge by Wednesday to determine
whether they can be legally held. She
said the suspects were "uncooperative."
Hundreds of Arubans and American
residents joined the hunt. About


(Continued on page 4)


IN THIS ISSUE
Opinion (Finding Nemo)
Rincon News (On the Porch, First
Computer Center, Growing our own)
World Tour for Taty
Windsurf Kids get awards
Finding a Balance for Bonaire
Pt. 6, Air Lift Myths
Bonai Builds a Whale
Ocean "Mustang Corral"
Bruce Bowker gets 30 year
Padi Award
Lighthouse walk (Nazario)
Gardner (hedges)

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam


AMFOINGO Platform
3 -Parke Publiko
-Teens train as tour guides
8 Contact Info.
9 Vessel List & Tide Table
9 Classifieds
Reporter Masthead
10 What's Happening
12 Pet of the Week ("Hector")
15 Wombania Cartoon
Shopping & Dining Guides
17 (Almost) Born on Bonaire
17 (Jackie Bernabela)
22 Picture Yourself
(Baltimore, USA)
Bonaire Sky Park (Stars Move)
The Stars Have It
2


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"FINDING NEMO"
WHILE LOSING THE OCEANS


O ften I stare into the sea from my
perch above Bachelor's Beach
and contemplate how it is possible that
humans could be draining the oceans of
life. Meanwhile, movies with underwa-
ter themes like Finding Nemo and Shark
Tale have become the most popular ani-
mated features in history. In Finding
Nemo, the ocean ecosystem is repre-
sented as a vibrant world full of diversity
and teeming with life. In reality, beneath
the surface of most of our water planet is
a growing emptiness and sickness caused
by over fishing, pollution, overdevelop-
ment, and simple ignorance and greed.
So, while our children are feeling com-
passion for Marlin and Nemo the clown-
fish, Dory the blue tang, Crush the sea
turtle, and the other colorful sea crea-
tures in the movies, many adults are
standing by idly, allowing the oceans to
die and betraying our children's trust.
Soon, otters, turtles, sharks, rays, seals,
whales, dolphins, and all the other mar-
velous life of the oceans will only be
seen live in aquariums and sea worlds or
as caricatures in movies and books and
on cups and sheets.
I wonder how many families,
after viewing Finding Nemo or Shark
Tale together, decided to eat seafood for
dinner-perhaps some shrimp-not know-
ing, or not caring, that wild shrimp
caught in trawl nets have the highest by-
catch of any commercial fishery with
three to 15 pounds of unwanted animals


caught per one pound of shrimp, includ-
ing endangered sea turtles. One mo-
ment a family is cheering the animated
antics of the sea turtles riding the cur-
rents in Finding Nemo, and the next they
are supporting the cruel drowning deaths
of sea turtles in trawl nets for a shrimp
dinner. Maybe they decided to stop after
the movie at their local restaurant bar for
a beer-battered cod sandwich, not know-
ing, or not caring, that Atlantic and Ice-
landic cod have been so severely over
fished by factory trawlers that it will take
decades for the cod to recover. Perhaps
they dined at a more formal restaurant
where swordfish, tuna or red snapper
was the "catch of the day," not knowing,
or not caring, that the long lines used to
catch swordfish, the purse seines used to
catch tuna, and bottom trawling used to


catch snapper also snag sharks, ocean
sunfish, sea turtles and many other en-
dangered fishes and marine mammals,
which are then dumped dead back into
the sea, plummeting their numbers even
further.
The power to alter this course is
in our hands as seafood consumers, for
equipped with knowledge and a little
gumption, we can make the right choices
for healthy oceans. Instead of just order-
ing whatever seafood is on the menu, we
can question the chefs and the owners
about how and where the shrimp, tuna,
or cod was procured. We can educate
our friends and relatives about which
seafood choices should be avoided (i.e.
monkfish, swordfish, Chilean sea bass,
shark, etc.) and which are best for the
viability of the oceans (i.e. sardines,


farmed catfish, Pacific halibut, farmed
Rainbow trout, and troll or pole-caught
tuna).

Recently while visiting the renowned
Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, I
chowed down on calamari as the waiter
described why squid was an eco-friendly
and sustainable fishery. With my check,
he handed me a wallet-sized Seafood
Watch card so I could become a knowl-
edgeable seafood consumer. (See www.
montereybayaquarium.org to print out a
copy). And, yes, this card now means
that I can no longer just order snow crab
legs or purchase canned tuna out of igno-
rance in order to satisfy my tastes. I
need to remember the 1,000 sea lions
and 10 otters I saw in Monterey Bay be-
cause the oceans belong to them too. I
need to remember every one of the 78
hawksbill turtles I saw hatch on Klein
Bonaire in January because the ocean is
their home too. I can no longer pretend
that my choices as a consumer do not
affect their continued existence.
So many of us suffer from the
same malady as the quirky blue tang in
the movie-short-term memory loss-
which prevents us from finding long-
term solutions that will reverse all the
damage humans have wrought upon the
oceans. Perhaps the producers of Find-
ing Nemo and Shark Tale should pass
out a Seafood Watch card to every adult
who attends the movie in order to pre-
serve the vital, magical underwater
world that has enthralled so many chil-
dren. O Pauline E. Kaves


Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
1,000,000 Americans visited Aruba last
year. AssociatedPress

A We reported last week that effec-
tive January 1st, 2006, all American
citizens need a valid passport to return
to the US. Between 85% and 93% of
the Americans who visit Bonaire and
Curaqao already have a passport, ac-
cording to government estimates.
The Caribbean Hotel Association
(CHA) last week released a pessimistic
report compiled by World Travel and
Tourism (WTTC) that stated the meas-
ure may cost the region $2.6 billion in
earnings. Hardest hit would be Aruba
and the former British islands. Accord-
ing to the report, the jobs of 188,000
persons would be lost. The results
were presented during a meeting of the
Caribbean Tourism Organization
(CTO) in New York. Details of the
inquiry can be found on www.
caribbeanhotels.org/CaribPassports.ppt.
Most Caribbean cruise ship passen-
gers do not travel with a passport. How
the measure will affect cruise tourism
hasn't even been addressed. The pass-
port requirement rule should be a boon
to domestic US tourism.

A From Australia to Zimbabwe,
millions of people marked World En-
vironment Day on Sunday by planting
trees, picking up litter and staging ral-
lies aimed at making cities cleaner and
greener. Activists around the world
mark June 5, the date of the first envi-
ronmental summit in Stockholm in
1972, as the UN's World Environment


Day. But surprisingly, in Bonaire,
which touts itself as the leader of en-
vironmental conservation in the Car-
ibbean, we couldn't find any activi-
ties celebrating the event.

A This past Monday Prime Minister
Etienne Ys visited Dutch Foreign Of-
fice Minister B.R. Bot. It was reported
by the Dutch Government press office
that in the interest of harmonious rela-
tions between the Antilles and Vene-
zuela, the islands' nearest neighbor, Ys
may visit Venezuela. There is also a
possibility of a Ys visit to Washington.
It seems the statements made by ousted
Economics Minister Errol Cova need
clarification.
A In previous weeks we have re-
ported on a measure passed in Hol-
land to cut crime caused by Antillean
youngsters resident in The Nether-
lands. Elected officials in the Antilles
have almost without exception chal-
lenged the law as undemocratic and
discriminatory.
Prime Minister of the Antilles Etienne
Ys sent the Dutch parliament a 26-page
memorandum last week about his gov-
ernment's view on the measures it
passed to limit young Antilleans visit-
ing Holland. "Human rights are not
negotiable. This is not a 'fight against
makambas (an Antillean term for Euro-
pean Dutch people). The measures
need to be thrown out. It never oc-
curred to me that I would march against
inequality," said the Prime Minister
before leading a demonstration in The
Hague.


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June 12 th 2005
Race starts at 7:00 AM


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A The "Second Chance" Jong Bonaire Mini Fun Triathlon is set for Sun-
day, the 12th of June. The start will be at 7 am from City Caf6. The triathlon
involves three different sports: swimming 850m., biking 10 km, and running- 5
km. Individuals or teams can enter. The event will raise money for Jong Bonaire's
Activities. Costs are NA1f5 for individuals and NAf35 for 3-person teams. All
ticket sales are to benefit Jong Bonaire Programs.
Sign up on Saturday the 11th of June beginning at 5:30 pm at City Caf6. Par-
ticipants will get an information package and a t-shirt. After signing up partici-
pants can enjoy an energy-rich pasta meal from the main sponsor, City Caf6. Be
fresh, fit, fast...and have fun! All are welcome to join.


In Curaqao the MAN party sent a let-
ter to Nelson Mandela complaining
about the Dutch admission measures.
Mandela is considered the recognized
leader in successful fights against
Apartheid. MAN enclosed a copy of the
inside of the Dutch passport, which all
Antilleans are entitled to, that states
that "... on behalf of Her Majesty, the


Queen of the Netherlands, the Minister
of Foreign Affairs requests the govern-
ments of all friendly countries to grant
the holder of this passport free and un-
hindered admittance, including all nec-
essary support." Mandela's support in
the fight against the Dutch measures is
solicited.
(Continued on page 5)


A mostproductive technique to learn more about Sea turtles is to attach tags
to their flippers so their individual behavior can be studied.

A Be sure to tune in to the BVN channel (Channel 26 on Flamingo Cable)
this Friday, June 10, at 7 am. When you watch the show "Dier en Natuur"
you'll see Bonaire's sea turtle researcher Gilmon "Funchi" Egbreghts (center in the
photo montage above) who works for Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) on
a half-hour tour of Klein Bonaire with movie star Angela Schijf.


Bonaire Reporter- June 10 to June 17, 2005


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)


A According to analysts, reports of
the European Union's death follow-
ing referenda in France and The
Netherlands are greatly exaggerated.
But after a punishing week that saw
French and Dutch voters reject the un-
ion's Constitution, the EU has lost much
of its luster. "Europe no longer inspires
people to dream," said Luxembourg
Prime Minister and current EU presi-
dent Jean-Claude Juncker after Dutch
voters rejected the charter by a margin
of 62% to 38%. The majority of the
few Dutch citizens in the Antilles who
decided to vote approved the Constitu-
tion.
The charter's next steps won't be de-
cided until an EU summit June 16-17.
And some observers say no substantial
action will occur until 2007, when Ger-
many and France are expected to have
new governments. But proponents of
greater European unity say that the EU's
work will go on.
Despite reaching an eight-month low
against the US dollar this week, the
euro will persist as Europe's common
currency. Greater military cooperation,


negotiation as a single bloc at the
World Trade Organization, and efforts
to create a common immigration policy
will also continue. Reuters

A Bonaire's ruling party leader,
Ramonsito Booi, said in a radio broad-
cast that a new location for a con-
tainer port is being studied. He said
the current location in Kralendijk lacks
sufficient space and is an eyesore to
cruise ship visitors. His preference is
for a new location on the west coast
south of the BOPEC oil terminal. He
believes that it would give an
"economic boost" to Rincon. A contro-
versial independent report, however,
said that sea and wind conditions would
make it untenable for half the year. A
study was initiated to recommend a lo-
cation.
Dr. Robert van Dam, the former
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire pro-
ject director returned to Bonaire on
June 3 to kick off the 2005 Satellite
Tracking Program. Plans call for two
loggerhead turtles to be fitted with
transmitters during Robert's brief stay.
Satellite Tracking Updates will com-
mence as soon as the turtles depart for
their home foraging areas. A search for
a candidate turtle began on Monday but
as of press time none was found.
A Forecasters say up to 15 Atlantic
tropical storms will form this year,
including three to five major hurricanes.
The season began last Wednesday and
ends November 30. We got an early
scare in late May when a rare Pacific
hurricane hit Central America and
moved into the Caribbean before fiz-


A The Bonaire Culinary Team, due to leave for the "Taste of the
SCaribbean" culinary Olympics July 26, had its last competition
S\ meal for the public last Saturday night at Chez Nous at the high
| school. Thanks to the very generous donations by Warehouse and The
f Island Supplier (TIS) of all the ingredients for the meals, the team was
Sable to make a full 100% profit on the sale of the tickets. Of course, the
chefs' labor is all volunteered. Thanks too to the wait staff from Rum Runners
who helped out. The funds will pay for getting the team to Miami.


zling into a tropical depression which
blocked the normal flow of trade winds
around Bonaire.
Four major hurricanes -- Ivan, Jeanne,
Francis and Charley -- plowed through
the region last year, causing an esti-
mated $7 billion in damage. Ivan's hur-
ricane force winds missed Bonaire by
only 50 miles. More than 2,000 people
died in the Caribbean, 1,900 of them in
Haiti.
A The Reporter's series of articles on
the donor organizations, AMFO and
The Bonaire Platform, continue in this
issue. The aim of the series is to inform
people on Bonaire that help for worth-
while social projects is readily avail-
able and how they can apply for it as
individuals or organizations. Our arti-


A Meanwhile, in Ft. Lauderdale, Bon-
aire's SGB team of hotel school stu-
dents who won the Bonaire Interna-
tional Culinary Competition last Janu-
ary are enjoying their extra special
prize a week studying with Klaus
Friedenreich at his Ft. Lauderdale Culi-
nary Art Institute.
Shown are the winning student chefs -
Andres Cicilia, Wendy Heredia, Bram
Schmit and Samantha Statie. OL.D.

cles will focus on success stories of
grants already made, advice on how to
obtain grants and profiles of individuals
involved in the activities. To permit
wider discussion and information the
content of the articles are presented in a
web log or "blog" available on the
internet at http://amfo-reporter.
blogspot.com/. Readers can make their
comments directly to the blog.
AOn June 13, 15 and 17 archeologist
Dr. Jay Haviser will appear on TV-
Channel 11 at 7 pm to explain about the
Decentralization of the Government.
The program will be in Papiamentu.
(Jay's Papiamentu is very easy to un-
derstand, so give it a try)
A Did you know that STCB offers
(Continued on page 14)


Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005


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A Force for Good













gPlII Op CIan i


AMFO and the NGO Platform

As part of the continuing series about AMFO and the NGO Platform in The
Bonaire Reporter, this week's article is about a successful project that's
being partially funded by AMFO from its beginnings up until right now.




Parke Publiko Boneriano


P resident and founder of the 'We
Dare to Care Foundation,' Vicky
Bissessar explains, "When I came to
the island in 1999, the first thing I did
was look for activities for my four chil-
dren. Back home in British Guyana
there was lots to do, but here I found a
lack of activities for kids from one to
13. My kids were that age and there
was nothing much for them to do after
school that was free, and I was really
surprised to find out there wasn't even
a playground! For me it was an injus-
tice, and I wondered, what can be
done? Who dares to care? We Dare To
Care! It all started with those four
words. I made a plan: a centrally lo-
cated public park with a playground,
free for everyone, aged 0 to 110!

Finding People to Help
I knew who I wanted to join me on
the board to make this thing happen:
young and motivated key professionals
who have the time and energy to help
me; influential government people;
bankers; accountants; people who could
use their professional skills to establish
the project. I started to sell the project
to several people, and most of them
were very enthusiastic and some of
them immediately joined me. We
started to meet, with the objective to
start the park. I grew up with a jogging
park and it was always a social meeting
place for the community: people would
run, mothers would push their babies in
the strollers along the course, the elder
children played in the playground, the
fathers would exercise and jog and the
elderly would sit and chat with the
mothers who were keeping an eye on
their children. So we started looking for
a central place, and we wanted it in
Playa so everyone who didn't have
transport could get there by themselves.
That was very important.

Finding a Location
We went to the government and they
were very helpful in showing us what
pieces of land were available. Eventu-


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ally they found this piece of land lo-
cated between Kaya Soeur Bartola and
Kaya Maria Hellmund Boom. We ap-
plied for it and we got the option with
the understanding that once we got the
funds we would get the deed. Then I,
James Finies, Stanley Janga and Rudy
Sint Jago launched the foundation, 'We
Dare to Care' in 2002. It was on pur-
pose that we did so after we got the op-
tion on the land, as we wanted to be
sure before we started. The fee we had
to pay to apply for the land we paid out
of our private pockets as the foundation
didn't have any money yet. Then we
started fundrising, and within three
months we raised NAf25.000. We put
together a plan and we went to three
funds: JENA, Katholieke Nooden and
Reda Sosial, all from Holland with of-
fices here. So, we had the plan, an op-
tion on the land and NAf25.000.


President and founder of the 'We Dare to Care Foundation,' Vicky Bissessar


Project Planning
First we did the project: Summary,
Background, Defining the project, As-
sumptions and risks, Execution, Dura-
bility, Monitoring and Evaluation and
Conclusion and afterwards. Then we
summarized the project into a power
point presentation and started to market
it to different social groups, the govern-
ment and social and service clubs. So
we were making ourselves and the pro-
ject known.
Our concerns were: Funding (mostly
by overseas funding organizations),
Maintenance, Safety and Security
(revenues earned from the use of the
activity building in the park), Utility
Services (from governmental organiza-
tions), Local Fundraisings (committed
contributions from local businesses),
Voluntary Staff.

Designing the Park
In the park an activity building would
be situated with a small cantina to sell
snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. It
would have washrooms, including a
handicapped facility washroom, and a
small office for the foundation and a


caretaker who will receive a salary. The
empty space roofed area of the activity
building will overlook the whole park
as the building will be constructed at a
height, and it will be used as a multi-
functional space that can host bands,
theatre performances, shows, anything.
A rock formation garden with a wooden
bridge, picnic benches and a fountain
are planned. There will be a skateboard
ramp and a separate playground con-
sisting of a superdome, seesaws, swings
and two play units for children of dif-
ferent ages. Around the whole 3.480-
square-meter property there will be a
jogging course. The park will be fenced
all around, and the government will
take care of the parking lot. There will
be security provided by private security
companies, and the Wowo di Bario will
use it as a headquarters training ground.
This is the plan that we were marketing
to companies; we were doing fundrais-
ings; and at the same time we had the
building option for a year.
From the very beginning, when the
NGO Platform was just getting started


Continued on page


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Parke Publico ... (Continued from page 6)
on Bonaire, we became a member.
These non-governmental organizations
are united under the island's platform,
and every Antillean island has its own
platform. As soon as they were settled
we took our project to them to ask for
funding. They are the ones who recom-
mended the project to AMFO, a foun-
dation that co-finances projects of non-
governmental organizations in the An-
tilles. We were one of the biggest pro-
jects and also one of the first to apply.
We asked for less money than we got.
They gave us NAf419.399. We were
speechless!
How We Get the Money
We're getting the money in phases,
so for every step we get money. The
first step was the transfer of the land at
the Notary. Then we ordered the play
equipment and for that phase they paid
up front. We had to show AMFO proof
of payment and then we had to make a
report. After that we could proceed
with the next phase and so on.
Our foundation had to be a member
of the NGO platform to get funds. We
had to have a detailed financial, main-
tenance and management plan; we had
to have in our account a percentage of
the funds we were asking for to show
that the foundation was serious and
working on trying to get the funds. We
had to really put in a very good case for
why we needed this project.
If someone wants AMFO financing
for their project they must understand
that they have to have very good rea-
sons and explanations why there is a


need for their project. The NGO plat-
form is there to help people put their
plan and application for the money to-
gether. We did everything ourselves
and it was hard, hard work. I sweated
blood to get this done. But all of us
were professionals in our own field,
and besides the board we had an out-
standing outside network of profes-
sional advisers and I want to thank all
of them. Of all these people, who
helped us in so many different ways,
there are two people I want to mention,
one of them is Paul Wichers he was
the architect of the plan and B6i An-
toin who was the key factor in the
media presentation.
So, whatever you want, whatever
plan you have and you want it to come
true: Put it on paper, get people to help
you, make a good presentation and take
it to the NGO Platform, and AMFO is
there to show people that where there's
a will there's a way!
As for us, neither one of us had any
experience in any foundations when we
started, but we did show that anybody
can do it! Our foundation believes that
absolutely anyone from any back-
ground, age or status, who CARES, can
make a difference to their environment!
The opening of Parke Publiko is
planned for later this year, in Septem-
ber-October, but it might be a little bit
after that as there are always things you
can't foresee. One thing, however, is
for sure: We will receive Sinterklaas in
our activity building this year in De-
cember!" 1
Photo and story by Greta Kooistra


STraur Guides

Teens Train as Tour Guides


Dc Sint Jago shows clothing from the past. Three tour guides in back.

R etired school teacher and founder of Rincon's "Soldachi Tours," Maria
Koeks, saw a need and is filling it. "I want the young people on Bonaire to
realize that tourism is important to the island, that it's a way to make a living and
to teach people about our culture. And this is a way to help them gain confidence
in themselves." So, with financial help from AMFO (NAf1.333,50) she started a
pilot project to create tour guides among the teens. The funding helped to pay for
seven instructors who give cultural information, especially about Rincon, to the
future guides and seven groups from the Reina Beatrix school during the months of
May and June. It wasn't just AMFO funds that helped: for each of the sessions,
Marugia of Rincon provided the snacks, Kas Krioyo donated the juice, and Solda-
chi Tours provided the bus for the students. OL.D.


Need HelD?


CONTACT INFORMATION


AME

HFO



Pbelwoma Bmlnu


Got an
idea that
needs funding?
These two
organizations
will help you
turn the idea
into a project.

Some members
and employees
ofAMFO and
the NGO Plat-
form with
island officials


AMFO: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot #31, Bonaire. Tel. 717-7776,
Fax 717-7779, website: www.samfo.org, email: info-
bon@samfo.org

NGO Platforma Bonaire: Kaya Korona 5-C. Tel. 717-
2366, Fax 7172367, website: www.ngobonaire.org, email:
Platform@ngobonaire.org


NGO PLATFORM BOARD
The Daily Board is led by President James Finies with Elsmarie Beukenboom,
Secretary, and Alan Gross, Treasurer.
Board of Directors are: Julita Winklaar (Culture), Tanneke Bartels
(Environment), Gilbert van Arneman (Youth and Family), Godfried "Boi" Clar-
enda (Care and Welfare), Anthony Cecilia (Social and Economic Development),
Ruthmila St. Jago (Education and Training) Eithel Bernabella (Sports and Leisure),
Jona Chrino (Community Development beginning August 2005).


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f in rnn ^~ Rincon's First Computer Center
f~0 n 8 i~


Minister of Education Maritza Silberie and Minister of Health Joan Theodora
Brewster get a gift ofBoka Dushi (sweets) from members of the Rincon Marshe
Commission, Edna Sint Jago and" Baby" Finies


Bou di Ramada (On the Porch)

very first Saturday of the month at the big Rincon Marsh6 a "town meeting"
is held Bou di Ramada (On the Porch) where persons from government, cul-
ture, schools and other sectors come together to share their expertise. Last Saturday
Minister of Health Joan Theodora Brewster and Minister of Education Maritza Sil-
berie were the speakers.


A~w 4w AIWP 4w am AV 6o A AM


Popo Morales with
Sidney Manuel at the
Rincon Marshe


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R ayvah computer center, with headquarters in
Playa, just off Kaya Grandi, will open soon in
Rincon near the Marsh6 plaza and the gas station. It
will be an Educational Center with everyone in the
community invited, according to director Malva Thiel-
man. The Center will be open every day with 18 com-
puters, connection to the Internet, computer work-
shops and motivational courses. The Center's Motto
is: "Get out of the kitchen; get up out of that chair
and come to the Internet!" Kids pay NAf2 per hour, adult residents pay NAf3,50
per hour. Others pay $1 for 15 minutes; $2 for 30 minutes, $3 for 1 hour. There's
even a small garden in the back for snacks and drinks that will be sold at nominal
cost.

Grow our Own!

P opo Morales, an avid
advocate of growing
our own herbs, vegetables
and fruits on Bonaire, is now
back on the island after a hia-
tus of several years in Hol-
land where he pursued more
agricultural education. His
H6fi Ambiental (garden at-
mosphere) farm and restau-
rant was always a fine exam-
ple of what diverse crops
could be grown here. Popo is
back in business and is selling
his fresh herbs to local mar-
kets and restaurants. For more
information call him at 786-
0651.1 L.D.











IYACHTINA ND3ASSUA3SS AS S PAGES


World Tour forTonky WindsurfKids


T onky Frans,
Bonaire's top
rated freestyle profes-
sional windsurfer, is
on a European and
World tour. He left
Bonaire at the end of
May for Europe where
he will continue his
career in both the Pro-
fessional Windsurfing
Association (PWA)
events and in the
European Freestyle
Professional Tour
(EFPT). This is a very
strategic move since
Tonky is now working
on his professional
windsurfing career on
two different levels.
In his first event, in
Rhodes, Greece, he
came out on top and
absolutely astounded
the crowds watching.
In the words of the
EFPT report: "The Final heat put
Tonky up against Kevin Mevissen.
Mevissen seemed relaxed, fully pow-
ered and he was! The boys were fight-
ing like maniacs; the judges needed
some new pens after this heat because
each one of them racked up a huge
amount of points. The water was al-
ready kind of choppy, but after this
heat every little chop was ripped up.
Again close. Both guys were moving
upwind in the 8 min. transition like
there was no competition at all, kidding
and laughing all the way. As the green
(start) flag dropped, the beach became
completely quiet, everyone's eyes were
on the last two guys in the area.
And they did it again, they were
showing unbelievable stuff, extremely
stylish, and all moves were made with
an amazing speed fully on plane.
Tonky did the longest 'willy skipper'
on plane in the history of Rhodes and
showed punch right in front of the
judges which made all other riders go
crazy. Kevin's 'shove it into spock' was
equally crazy. But after the heat the
decision was even clearer as the one
before. Tonky Frans of Bonaire took
the victory in the 'Prasonisi Freestyle
Battle' with his amazing, sort of


Tonky is off to Europe


t Awards at Rincon Marshe


T he Windsurf kids from Sorobon received awards and special recognition
from the Rincon Marsh6 Commission at the Rincon Marsh6 last Saturday. It
was the Pro Kids, ages 4 to 17, who were the only ones who could compete in the
King of the Caribbean due to the lack of wind during the week. O L.D.

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
6-10 2:42 1.9FT. 12:50 0.7FT. 72
6-11 3:16 1.8FT. 13:20 0.7FT. 65
6-12 3:42 1.7FT. 13:40 0.8FT. 57
6-13 4:05 1.6FT. 13:50 0.9FT. 49
6-14 13:47 1.0FT. 23:09 1.5FT. 42
6-15 13:24 1.0FT. 21:38 1.6FT. 37
6-16 12:53 1.0FT. 21:31 1.7FT. 37
6-17 7:15 1.1FT. 8:29 1.1FT. 12:30 1.0FT. 21:45 1.8FT. 43


'I don't care at all' style."

Special thanks to MCB-Bank Bon-
aire who is sponsoring the cost of
Tonky's air tickets. The Reporter will
follow Tonky, Bonaire's "Goodwill
Ambassador," on his 2005 tour to let
Bonaire know about his achievements.
SS.C.


I V E S E L M A K N G P O R C A L:S


Antee
Angie
Another World
Augustine

Blacky
Bright Sea
Bounty

Carylar
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Casi
Clemencia
Coconut
Cocori

Dauntless


Discovery
Ducbesse


Endangered Species
Felicity
Flying Cloud, USA
Galadriel USA
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Infinity

Jan Gerardus
Jedi
Kismet
Lava
L'Quila, BVI
Luna C. USA
Madam
Maggi


Moonrise


Natural Selection
Nord
Peregrine
Pyewacket

Rusty Bucket
Seafari
Samba
Santa Maria
Sandpiper, USA
Scintella
Sirius
Sorrento
Sola 2
Speedbird
Spice Island Lady


Sylvia K

Ti Amo, USA
Tish
Triumphant Lady

Ulu Ulu, USA
Ulysses
Unicorn, Norway

Varedhuni, Ger.

Ya-T, BVI
Yanti Paratzi
Zahi, Malta
Zeelander


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ACfift Sntptln s

Last week's installment of this series showed how Bonaire seems to be losing its
'sustainable tourism' direction as the government looks toward massive, mega ho-
tels to boost the tourist economy. In another earlier segment we covered the prob-
lem of low occupancy in the hotels to show that Bonaire is nowhere near
'saturation' as claimed by some island leaders.

In this article we will look at another reason the leaders may be losing their way-
- specifically certain Air Lift Myths. And then we will ask if it's the island's belief
in some ofthese 'myths' that is causing the loss of direction. Or is it the island's
failure to accept responsibility for Bonaire's weak tourism numbers and thus not
approaching the problem from the right direction.


Finding Balance for BonairePart 6


R ecently, the Caribbean Tourism
Organization (CTO) released
the 2004 tourist arrival statistics for the
entire Caribbean, showing a 7% overall
increase for the region. Some locations
increased as much as 18% to 25% in
2004.

Interestingly, there were only two lo-
cations that grew by 1% or less: Bon-
aire at 1% and Curacao at 0.9%. Imme-
diately, everyone on Bonaire began
blaming its bad numbers on lack of air-
lift, even though the island had regular
Air Jamaica and American Eagle flights
from the US and twice daily KLM
flights from Europe.

No More Excuses
A closer look at the regional numbers
shows that blaming airlift is a self-
deceiving excuse. Other islands in the
Caribbean, some with more difficult
and more expensive air connections
than Bonaire, had growth numbers in
the double digits in 2004. Anguilla,
Antigua, St. Vincent & the Grenadines,
Grenada, Guyana, Dominica, even little
Saba and St. Eustatius, had sizable
growth last year.

Most of these islands rely on the same
American Eagle connections through
San Juan that Bonaire does. In the ac-
companying chart we have compared
Bonaire to several of the islands with
similar air connections to show that
airlift did not seem to stop tourism
increases for these other destinations.

Grenada, for instance had almost
90,000 tourists with 1,928 hotel rooms
and no direct air service from the US.
This island also suffered tremendous
hurricane damage in 2004, but it still
enjoyed a 9.2% tourism growth. St.
Vincent had 75,000 visitors for its
1,550 hotel rooms and a 10.9%
growth -- also without direct airlift from
the US. For comparison, Bonaire has
approximately the same number of ho-
tel rooms but 15,000 fewer tourists.

Supply vs. Demand
So just maybe the problem isn't one
of too few hotel rooms and not enough
flights, but something much deeper --
like empty airline seats. This is not a
saturated market but a case of level-
ing off of demand.

Would Air Jamaica be curtailing its
flights to Bonaire if the planes were ar-
riving full each time? Not likely.
Would American Eagle have cut back
on its flights earlier in the year if all
planes had been full? Not likely. And


why is American Eagle adding back
flights now? Could it be fuller planes
caused by Air Jamaica's pull back?
Airlines only make money with mostly
full flights.

It has been estimated that perhaps
15,000 to 16,000 of Bonaire's 2004
visitors arrived on Bonaire via Air Ja-
maica. That number is enough to al-
most fill two flights a week. But we
had four flights a week so the planes
were arriving half full most of the time

In economic and marketing terms the
issue is called supply and demand. Be-
fore Air Jamaica cut flights, Bonaire
probably had an over-supply of airline
seats because of low demand rather
than the other way around. Had Bon-
aire worked harder at creating de-
mand and filled the seats we had, we
might not be facing this Air Jamaica
loss now.

So in 2004 Bonaire was not at
'saturation' as has been claimed. The
empty seats and empty beds are evi-
dence. And the problem is not lack of
direct flights. Certainly direct flights
are more convenient, but a one- or even
two-stop flight does not stop travelers
from going where they really want to
go; where they 'demand' to go. Island
hopping flights certainly did not stop
travelers from growing the tourist
arrival numbers of all the other small
Caribbean islands. They obviously
created demand for their product.

Low Demand
Some in the tourist industry believe it
is a 'supply' problem-that you can't
improve tourism without direct flights.
But this is simply not true as shown by
other islands also without direct flights.
Tourism is a 'demand' market; sup-
ply is not the issue. Did we have tour-
ists crying on the Internet that they
couldn't find flights to Bonaire last
year? No. Were they saying they
couldn't find hotel beds? No. We had
partly full flights and we had partly full
hotels. What we did not have enough
of was 'demand.'

Bonaire's low occupancy rate of 55%
and current room rates are not what the
hotels need to be profitable long term.
These are two more symptoms, along
with the half-full flights, of low de-
mand. There are simply not enough
travelers demanding to visit Bonaire to
fill the existing capacity.

There is a tremendous supply of vaca-
tion locations in the Caribbean and a


How many of Bonaire's 2004flights arrived empty
and how many were filled with young divers?


growing supply of dive destinations. In
fact, there are 28 islands in the region
that are promoting themselves as
dive destinations. Tourists will go to
the locations that create the demand.

Improving Demand
So before new hotel beds are added
and before too many airlines are prom-
ised incentives, the island must fix its
'demand' problem. There must be a
strong, constant consumer demand.
All existing flights and all existing beds
must be full most of the time. As a
matter of fact, adding too many flights
will just make the problem worse. The
island will end up paying for empty
seats because it has not improved the
demand.

But how can the island improve de-
mand for Bonaire with the type of tour-
ist that will be profitable over time?
Again, it's back to marketing basics.
We will cover one suggestion in this
article and then go into greater detail
next week.

Meet Customer Needs
Creating demand means the product
must meet customer needs and the cus-
tomer must hear about the product fre-
quently enough to remember it when
making the purchase decision. This
means you must communicate with
your customer frequently but you must
first understand exactly what the cus-
tomers want. How long has it been
since Bonaire did valid customer needs
research? 1997?

If the island had done such research in
the past three years they would have
learned that one of the most important
issues for travelers around the world
is 'security.' That is one reason the
Caribbean recovered so quickly from
911. The Caribbean is perceived as
'safe.'

But not Bonaire. Instead the island
has allowed such headlines and news
stories as the following to persist:

"Great diving but crime is pretty
bad and after two trips to Bonaire
and getting ripped off both times at
the hotel... not sure I can afford a
third trip!"

"First trip to Bonaire for 31 of us.
Great diving and operators. Secu-
rity theft is an issue."


Quotes from two separate groups -
April 2005, http://www.
ScubaDiving. cor

First Fix What's Broken
While research around the world
shows that the number one consumer
traveler need today is security, our gov-
ernment works instead on trying to
bring mega hotels. Attention must first
be given to improving the existing
product and meeting customer safety
needs so that we don't lose the custom-
ers who do come to the island. How
many of the 31 in the quote above will
return?

Historically the island was able to de-
pend on return visits from satisfied cus-
tomers. But when the cost of a vacation
on Bonaire goes up by several thousand

Continued on page 11

dollars because a camera or computer is
stolen, the value of the visit goes down
and the customer does not return. We
are creating the opposite of demand;
we are sending tourists, who were or
could have been frequent visitors, to
other destinations.

Perception is Half the
Problem
Ironically, crime on Bonaire, com-
pared to other locations, is relatively
low and is very rarely violent. There
are no beggars, or peddlers, or bums on
the streets and beaches. We do have
theft but we have no idea if it is get-
ting better or worse. There are no
reliable statistics on a regular basis
and often the numbers that are provided
are not believed because the process of
reporting problems is so troublesome.

Fixing this 'broken' part of our tour-
ism product means reducing the number
of theft incidents as well as improving
the tourist-police interface when it does
happen. It means not only patrolling
the beaches but also improving hotel
security. It means teaching young peo-
ple about the value of tourists so they
don't destroy the industry that employs
their families. And the reporting sys-
tem must be improved.

It is a complex issue and demands the
primary attention of the government
and the entire tourism industry. Fixing
the security problem will do far more
for Bonaire than building a 570-room
(Continued on page 11)


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low

(Air Lift Myths. Con-
tinued from page 10)
high-rise hotel and must be done
before any more hotel rooms are
added.


Bonaire must give up its 'if you build
it they will come' mentality. Tourism
doesn't work that way. Only if you
create demand will they come. And
only if you deliver what the customer
wants and needs will they come back
again. Then, as airlines find themselves
overbooking existing flights, they will
believe in the need for more flights. In
the marketplace, if there is demand, it
will be met -- by someone.

What Else is Broken?
Fixing the crime situation will elimi-
nate an excuse for not coming to Bon-
aire and it will help get return visits
from current tourists. But it will not
bring new people to our hotels. For
that there must be specific 'demand'
oriented marketing. O The authors of
this article are market research profes-
sionals.



In the next article in this series we
will deal with such issues as the lack of
a consumer-focused Destination adver-
tising campaign, the lack of a focused
image, the erosion ofBonaire's tourist
loyalty, the aging of our customer base,
the loss of early leadership in eco
based tourism and Bonaire's pitiful
presence on the search engines that
more and more are driving the tourism
market.


Copies of this article and the prior
articles are available FREE on The
Bonaire Reporter Website: WWW.
bonairereporter.com/Bonaire balance.
htm


Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005


Island Population 2004 % Increase Min. # Time from Cost from
Visitors Over 2003 Stops Miami Miami

Anguilla 12,000 47,938 16.5 1 5 hr 50 min $793


Antigua 68,000 221,533 10.3 1 4 hr 58 min $514


BONAIRE 12,000 57,269 1.0 1 5 hr 36 min $471


Dominica 69,000 30,988 5.7 1 4 hr 48 min $659


Grenada 89,350 89,854 9.2 1 5 hr 17 min $747


Guyana 765,000 107,627 23.4 1* 5 hr 20 min $689


Montserrat 9,500 7,055 18.3 Unavailable
on Expedia &
Travelocity
Saba 1,200 4,920 11.1 2 17 hr 52 min $689


St. Eustasius 3,000 6,810 7.5 1 or 2 10 hr 55 min $859


St. Vincent 112,000 75,087 10.9 1 or 2 6 hours 10 min $773

*Guyana has a non-stop from JFK, probably to support the large Guyana population living in the New York area.
Diffusing the Airlift Myth--Statistics From CTO statistics and Internet searches on
Expedia and Travelocity for dates in November 2005


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It wasn't until the cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam docked in Bonaire's port of
Kralendijk that the cause of a drop in speed of three knots was discovered.
Port Captain Oswin Statie told the ship's captain, "The bow of your vessel has im-
paled a whale."
On Wednesday, May 18, 2004, the whale was immortalized by a group of Bon-
aire archeological students. Under the guidance of Dr. Jay Haviser and Ms. Jackie
Bernabela, the Directors of BONAI, the Bonaire Archeological Institute, the
whale's skeleton was reassembled by 20 high school students as part of a youth and
science stimulation program. The 40 ft. (12 m.) restoration is the largest in the Car-
ibbean, exceeding by 612 ft (3 m.) a 33 ft (10 m.) Sperm whale skeleton reconstruc-
tion on the island of Dominica.
A series of auspicious circumstances led to the completion of the project. On
January 11, 2000, after an enormous effort to lift the 11 ton whale by crane failed,
Bonaire Marine Park rangers floated it to a ramp where it was lifted onto a truck
and carried to the Cargill Solar Salt Works. In November 2004, the BONAI Youth
Group requested Cargill to allow them to reclaim the whale skeleton. Cargill not
only allowed the group to do this but even provided a shipping container to store

The whale arrived in the harbor on the bow of the Nieuw Amsterdam
the bones.
The work took months and was unpleasant at times because the students had not
only to clean away rotted flesh, but it was also complex because all the bones and
fragments had to be identified, labeled and sometimes repaired. The reconstructed
whale shows quite some damage by both the impact of the cruise ship and by the
subsequent decay on land.
Thanks to the Rotary Club of Bonaire, Prins Berhard Culture Fund and the Non-
Governmental Organization (NGO) Platform, money was made available to do the
work and prepare an exhibit.
Dr. Haviser, who spearheaded the project said, "This exhibition is an excellent
demonstration of the dynamic talents of Bonaire's youth, and also it is a symbol of
the cooperation within the Bonaire community to present the importance of the sea
and nature in Bonaire culture."
The BONAI whale is a Bryde's Whale (also known as a Tropical Whale -
Balaenoptera edeni). This whale is in the group of Rorqual whales, which have ba-
A flatbed truck hauled the carcass to a remote spot on Cargill Salt property leen rather than teeth for eating primarily krill and plankton, but they do also some-
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Bonai Builds a Whale (Continued from page 12)
times eat schooling fish such as anchovies, herring and mackerel. Adults
of this species can reach a length of 42-50 ft. (13-15 m.) for females
(which tend to be larger than males) and weight up to 11-13 tons. The
BONAI whale is a juvenile of probably about nine to 12 years old and
may have been sexually mature. Bryde's whales tend to travel in small
groups of about five to six; however, larger groups of up to 30 have been
recorded. They forage primarily in tropical and sub-tropical waters and
do not migrate long distances. Bryde's Whales can stay underwater for
up to eight minutes before returning to the surface for air.
Biologist Kalli DeMeyer, the Bonaire Marine Park Manager at the
time the whale was brought in, said, "The million dollar question, of
course, is why the whale did not move out of the way of the ship. We
will never know the answer for sure, but according to the Nieuw Amster-


Bonai students spent hours cleaning the jawbone and many other whale parts.


Figuring out which bone goes where


As part of the recognition of Interna-
tional Museum Day, May 18, 2005, the
BONAI whale skeleton was unveiled
for the public at the entrance to Bon-
aire's Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, in front of the Park Museum. O
G.D. This story also appeared on the As-
sociated Press international newswire on
Mav 21. 2005


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The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
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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-
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IBranae IBowkr fGelt

So=year PAIDE Award


C aib Inn owner and operator Bruce Bowker has been
honored for his 30 years as a PADI Dive Instructor.
Today Bruce is the most senior active instructor on Bonaire!
"I actually became a dive instructor in April of 1973 at the
YMCA in Princeton, New Jersey," Bowker relates. "That's
where I met Capt. Don who invited me to come down to the n t
island to work for three weeks at Don's Aquaventure at the
old Hotel Bonaire. I got here in June 1973." The idea was for
him, as a YMCA dive instructor, to stay just three weeks,
then other instructors would follow on a rotational basis. But
Bruce liked the island so much that he asked Don if he could
stay on. Don agreed, and so Bruce's three weeks turned into
32 years!
Two years later, in 1975, Bowker got his PADI certifica-
tion. Then in 1980 he opened the very popular and successful
Nazario at Washington Park

The Lighthouse Walk

T wo issues ago we reported that
T Bonaire's leading long-distance
corma wMA IBruce Bowker 30 years with Padi walker, Nazario Alberto, would at-
aM ANtempt to "stroll" to all of Bonaire's
Bruce A. Bowk 7Carib Inn. What's the secret of its success and what's his ad- lighthouses. He succeeded. Leaving
vice for the island? "Stay small," replies Bowker, who con- the Malmok lighthouse at 3 pm on Fri-
tinues to fight to keep diving a thriving business on the is- day, May 20, it took him 12 hours, 45
land. Bruce was instrumental as President of the Foundation minutes to walk the 71.5 Km
to Preserve Klein Bonaire in getting (44.4miles) route, finishing Saturday
Klein back for the people of Bonaire at 3:45 am at Fort Oranje in Kral-
in 2000. He is currently President of y endijk. He deliberately kept his pace
CURO (council of underwater dive down and was joined by Filipe Melaan
operators on Bonaire). Congratula- and Liffet Martis. Congratulations to
tions, Pabien, to one of Bonaire's y Bt all. O G.D. Photo and facts supplied
Living Treasures. OL.D. by Bert Poyck


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WHATS HAPPENING


WELY H EI HOINES

Late Show
Callto make sure Usually 9:0pm
Kung Fu Hustle
(Stephen Chow)
Early Show (usually 7pm)
King's Ransom
(Anthony Anderson)
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
Son of the Mask


THIS WEEK
Friday, June 10 -Klein Bonaire &
STCB on TV Chan. 26, BVN, 7 am
Monday, June 13-SELIBON's Big
Cleanup starts in Antriol, Den Stashi.
Until June 11 -Jay Haviser Art Ex-
hibit at ARTEBON (on the waterfront
promenade about 500 m. north of Ka-
rel's bar) from 6:30-9 pm, every eve-
ning. Free admission
Sunday, June 12 Jong Bonaire Tria-
thalon-Win prizes 200m. Swim, 10K
bike, 3K run. Call 717-4303, Jong Bon-
aire.
Sunday, June 12-Father's Day!
Sun
Until June 28 -Wilna Groenenboom
Art Exhibit, The Cinnamon Art Gal-
lery is at Kaya A.P. L. Brion #1, just off
Kaya Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe.
Open weekdays 9 am to noon, 2 to 5
pm. Call 717-7103 or 786-9563.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, June 13,
15, 17 Jay Haviser speaks on TV
Channel 11 on the Decentralization
of the Government, 8 pm. In Papia-
mentu
COMING

Friday, June 24-St. John's Day
Wednesday, June 29-St. Peter's Day
Saturday, July 2-Rincon Marshe
Sunday, July 3-13th Annual Bonaire
Arts Day (Dia di Art), Wilhelmina
Plaza 10 am-10 pm, arts, crafts, music,
dancing, food, drink
Monday, July 4-US holiday. Fire-
works at some resorts
The International Bonaire Sailing
Regatta October 9 15, 2005.
17-24th July Diva's Women Wind-
surf Week- Learn to windsurf clinic
Contact Ann Phelan 786-3134 or email
ann@bonairewindsurfing.com www.
bonairecaribbean.com
3 local scholarships still available for
teen or local women. To apply contact
Ann Phelan.

EVERY WEEK
Saturday Rincon Marshe 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-great prizes, 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
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 (NA1f2 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. 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 entiy
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


W hat an alert expression on
"Hector's face!" This black and
tan smooth haired pup is about eight
months old and is in the "larger dog"
category. But more than that he's sweet,
enthusiastic and smart. He's got the kind
of character that will make him easy to
train. Hector is in robust good health, has
had his shots and is sterilized. You may
see him at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Friday 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1.
Tel. 717-4989.
Is your dog getting bored with the same
old commands of sit, stay and come? Is he
always looking for snacks? Then make
him work for them and spice up his reper-
toire with a new trick, "Flip and Catch."
Balance a small treat on his nose. Say,
"Okay," as you glide the treat from his
nose to his mouth. Do this several times.
Then offer praise only when he tries to r.)
flip the treat into his mouth. Finally, bal-
ance the treat and say, "Stay." Take a few steps back, pause, then say, "Okay," for
the flip and catch. With each successful catch give lots of praise. OL.D.


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


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717-6435 to reserve.

CHURCH SERVICES
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-
8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services on Sunday at 8 am
and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304.
Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of
Coromoto in Antriol, in Engliish. Mass
in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.



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I TOLD YOU THERE WAS
NO SUCH THING AS A
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DINING GUIDE
RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Want your restaurant listed here? It's easy and not expensive Call The Reporterat 717-8988 or 791-7252 for info
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 Early Dinner Kitchen Open non-stop llam-6 pm
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Open 11 am -6 pm Closed Sunday 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 i Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
A thii Chi Restarant and B arf Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At e D Flamgoea717-8285 Resort. WaterrontOpen 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. Takeouttoo.
On th e waste traffic circle Brn Moderate-E ensive Creative cuisine on the seaside. Top chefs from Amsterdam cook in an open
On the water, just off the traffic circle Breakfast, Lunch Dinner modem kitchen featuring induction cooking. Seafood a specialty.
717-4106 Open 7 days
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 Kaa Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 m Wdnesday-Sunday gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 790-1111 pen rom 5-11 Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

SC-H 0 P P I Q G G .I 5 ID E See advertisements in this issue
APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest Green Label has everything you need to start or main- Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
service and in-store financing too. it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden keling and exploration.
chemicals.
ART GALLERY GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR RETAIL
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local art- The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
ists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist is gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
featured. Stop by. Free entry. things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices, men, women and children.
BANKS HOTELS SECURITY
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with Special Security Services will provide that extra
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon- fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance, neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the able.
sea.
BEAUTY PARLOR e SHIPPING
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, Thement iet and trail setting Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
waxing and professional nail care. Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
waxing and prossional nail care. with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
BICYCLE I SCOOTER/ QUADS Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar. FedEx agent.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
Dalle reewp i rens almost s ann to weesroSells top METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP LIST YOUR BUSINESS HERE. Call 717-8988 or
brand bikes. Have your keys made here. b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers 791-7252 for more information. It's easy and not ex-
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ- pensive.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
SUPERMARKETS
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also secialize in creating patios PHOTO FINISHING Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modem,
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of- efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Lo-
concrete pavement. fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and cated behind NAPA.
services for your picture-taking pleasure. Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
DIVING supermarket. You'll find American and European
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS brand products. THE market for provisioning.
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com- estate agent. They specialize in professional cus- VILLAS
puterH.Q. tomer services and topnotch properties. Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
Photo Tours Divers-Yellow Submarine -low kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at Caribbean Mike Boom & Associates Broad assortment of
Club, Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join homes and properties. View on their website www. WATER TAXI
their cleanup dives and BBQ. bonairerealtv.com or office in town Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain- Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
ing the highest professional standards. In town at Re/Max Paradise Homes: Inteational/US connec-
City Cafe and at Eden Beach. tions. 5% of profits donated to local community. WINES
SAntillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
FITNESS Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in- now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to surance services. If you want a home or to invest in from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or Bonaire, stop in and see them. Free delivery.
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
REPAIRS YOGA
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi- Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train- or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec- Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels. trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345 Private lessons too. Closed during June.


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(Almost) Born on Bonaire...


uacTkie irinTai3lfF


W hen there was no work for
VV the men on Bonaire, my
father left for Aruba and started working
for Lago Refinery. My mom joined him,
and 'not so long ago' I was born by ac-
cident on Aruba! Shortly after, my dad
got six months leave and we came back
to Bonaire. We grew up on Aruba and
Bonaire. People, after working for two
or three years at the refinery, would get
six months leave, so we traveled back
and forth all the time. They'd put a tag,
'Bonaire,' on us and we were sent off by
'air mail.' On Bonaire one of the 11
brothers or sisters of my mom or my
grandmother would be there to collect
us.
I was the first child of my parents,
Teresita Cecilia and Thomas Bemabela,
and after me two boys were born. I was
overprotected, my God! No wonder I
started studying drama and became a
little bit wild later on! When I finished
high school I wanted to go and study in
Holland like everybody else, but my dad
said, 'No way! No daughter of mine is
going to live in Amsterdam at the age of
19!' As I needed their signature I could-
n't go.
However, one year later, I became a
stewardess for ALM and KLM. They
gave me a nice light blue uniform with a
coquettish little hat. Hopi great! Still
overprotective, my parents took me to
the airport. I walked next to them in my
uniform with my cute little carry on;
then I saw that enormous plane. When I
applied for the job, one of the questions
was, 'Why do you want to become a
stewardess?' My answer was, 'I see a
plane as a symbol; it will connect me to
other worlds, different points of view,
and it will broaden my mind.' So, the
moment I see this Boeing 747, I feel the
adrenaline rushing through my body. I
waved goodbye to my poor parents. One
year ago they wouldn't let me go to Am-
sterdam, now I'm taking off on a KLM
flight to Rio de Janeiro! That's worse
than Amsterdam! Well, working for
KLM, I learned a lot about life and the
absence of moral values! I also saw
women discriminated against. There
were about 80 stewardesses and five
male pursers, but those five men had the
absolute power! However, five years
later, when I left KLM/ALM, we'd
somehow managed to change the world
a little bit, because ALM was com-
pletely taken over by women!"
Jackie Bernabela is an exotic, ex-
travagant woman. She lives in one of the
most beautiful old Bonairean houses, the
little house of Shon Pa Bernabela, her
grandfather. Jackie is a born enter-
tainer, a passionate professional and a


free spirit. "All my life I loved having
an audience; I loved theatre and I loved
to act. When I was a stewardess the pas-
sengers were my audience. I'd make a
complete show out of the safety demon-
stration! Everybody had to watch me!
I'm not some sort of an idiot doing all
that for nothing, for a bunch of people
chewing gum and looking bored! No! I
wanted attention! And I got it! They
loved it!
After five years as a stewardess I went
to Holland to study theatre at the Ho-
geschool voor de Kunsten, the Univer-
sity for Arts in Utrecht. I was 25, still
young enough to get a scholarship.
Through my KLM connections I found a
marvelous house in the center of Am-
sterdam, in the Jordan. If you want to
make it in life you have to live in a me-
tropolis like Amsterdam that's loaded
with culture and with a tremendously
diverse population. If you never experi-
enced that and lived 'behind God's
back,' as we say, you will always stay
narrow minded and nothing will ever
change. Many people in Holland think
that we Antilleans live some sort of a
retarded life in a hut in the tropics. But I
think that we have seen more, have trav-
eled more and have mixed more with
other cultures than many people in Hol-
land.



"Many people in Holland
think that we Antilleans live
some sort of a retarded life in a
hut in the tropics. But I think
that we have seen more, have
traveled more and have mixed
more with other cultures than
many people in Holland."


I was the second dark person at the
University. Everybody wanted to touch
my hair. Now they've had enough of us!
Now we have a problem with Rita Ver-
donk (Dutch Integration and Immigra-
tion Minister) Who is Antillean? You
are who you feel you are. It's just by
coincidence that you're born in a certain
country; only later on in life do you be-
gin to realize where you belong. If you
want to know where someone is from,
ask them! And accept their answer! I'm
Bonairean; I'm not Aruban! My name is
Bernabela! I talk like a Bonairean! This
is my home! You see that kalbas tree?
See how big it is? We grew up together!
Well, let's go on with the story: I was
very lucky in my studies. After the first
year I went on a tour with this very fa-


mous actor couple: Kitty
Janssen and Andre v.d. Heu-
vel. My name was in neon on
the theatres: Jackie Bera-
bela! We performed in every
theatre throughout the coun-
try and I learned so many
things, professionally and
personally. The second year
of my studies I did some-
thing very important for my
black background: I joined
'DNA,' the first black actors
theatre in Amsterdam, to-
gether with Rufus Collins
and Henk Tjon. It made me
aware of who I am. Rufus
taught me how to direct a
play and to go for perfection;
he was an authority. We
joined protest marches and
that's something you learn as
a student in Amsterdam too:
to protest against society and
authority! That's a real good thing, you
know! After I finished school I made a
documentary for the Netherlands Antil-
les about Antilleans who went to live in
Holland. That was 25 years ago, but the
topic is still the same.
For seven years I taught at the Founda-
tion for Artistic and Cultural Formation
in Amsterdam. We introduced every art
discipline at elementary schools and
high schools. There was a lot of interac-
tion between colleagues and the coop-
eration was just wonderful. That's some-
thing I miss here. When you do some-
thing together you're stronger and the
results are more beautiful. Look at what
happened with Jay Haviser and me. He's
an archeologist and anthropologist, I'm
a museum expert with an artistic back-
ground, and together we founded BO-
NAI, the Bonaire Archeology Institute,
three years ago. To do something like
that you have to be strong and be able to
share.
I had a lot of friends in Holland and
one of them was Richard Hooi who be-
came the head of SEK (cultural and edu-
cational department) on Bonaire. He told
me, 'Jackie forget what you're doing in
Holland, we need you here!' It took two
years before it was arranged: maAana,
manana ... I'd forgotten how it was! I
came as the deputy head for the Cultural
Department. Then Richard founded the
Bonairean Pedagogic Academy and
asked me to become the drama profes-
sor. I organized a poetry contest for the
elementary schools and the children
with the winning poems were photo-
graphed in a typical Bonairean setting.
Those pictures were printed one meter
high. It was a great success and it
showed what a wonderful outcome you


Jackie Bernabela


can get when you connect different dis-
ciplines of art. Later, several Bonairean
musicians turned the poems into songs
and we put them on a CD. It was a big
project, but in those days the govern-
ment had a budget.
In between I went to Holland for two
years to study museum management; the
government sent me with a scholarship
from UNESCO. Besides BONAI I'm
involved in all sorts of different projects,
one of them is my youth theatre group
JePeBon. We educate older children at
schools society-wise, socially, philoso-
phically and artistically.
I've always been a pioneer; I start to
change something and then others take
over and I'm ready for something new.
It's not that I plan it; it just happens. I've
met very passionate professionals like
Rufus and Jay and we inspire each other.
I am a passionate, romantic and nostal-
gic person, and I'm a fanatic when it
comes to my work. I want to take all the
art disciplines to the schools; I want
children to enrich themselves and find
their self esteem and their self-
confidence through their creativity.
When I ask a child, 'Hey, did you do
that? That is really great!' and I see the
child's face light up and begin to
shine... then I
know why I'm do-
ing this, then I
know what inspires
me and why I am
fanatic. Art is my
passion, in every
aspect. It's my life
and it's what keeps
me going!" 1
Story and photo by
Greta Kooistra Greta Kooistra


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THE BONAIRE GARDNER


Hedges

It's been a
few weeks
since my last
column, so I
hope you re-
member that I
was writing
about planting
hedges. This
will be the last
article in that
series.
But maybe
first an update


The flamboyant blossom is orchid-like in appearance.


about the sea-
sons on Bonaire. I hope the whole is-
land had some rain in the last weeks,
maybe some areas got too much, others
not enough. These rains will hopefully
end a certain dormant period for a lot
of plants. Semi-local trees like the Ce-
dar, Karawara, Erhythrina and
Flamboyant lost a lot of their leaves,
but they will fill in quickly during this
period. Maybe you have seen the first
Flamboyant trees already blooming
with their most beautiful colors.
This brings me back to the hedges.
Some varieties may not have looked so
good in the recent past, but with the last
rain things will get better right away.
As I wrote, if you plant a hedge, al-
ways make up your mind what you
want. Plants suitable for hedges come
in every shape, color and height that
you can imagine. So if you want it to
be really thick or fast growing, with or
without flowers, spiny, or a combina-
tion of all of these, nearly anything is
possible.
If you are building a new house it
might be wise to start planting your
hedges during the early stage. By the
time your house is finished you can
have some instant privacy! This also
saves you a lot of money.
In the old days on Bonaire people
with goats or cows made hedges like
the famous Cactus fence and maybe
planted some varieties alongside that
the cattle liked to eat like the Mata di
Baka. They kept pruning it to feed it to
the cattle, and by doing this they cre-


ated the most beautiful thick hedges
that were green all the time.
When you plant a hedge always keep
in mind how big you want it to be. For
smaller hedges there are several types
available. And make sure you don't
plant too close to a wall because a
hedge needs space to grow on both
sides. For most varieties it's very im-
portant that they get light on at least
two sides. This is also a good thing to
keep in mind when you prune a hedge.
People are likely to prune more on the
bottom than on the top, simply because
they have better access. But it has to be
the other way around. Keep the bottom
as dense as possible and trim the top
narrower than the bottom. When you
do this you will always have light on
every side and your hedge will stay
healthier.
If you expect some shade in the fu-
ture in the area where you want to plant
a hedge, perhaps because you planted
some big trees close by, be sure to
choose a hedge variety that can handle
shade. A hedge is an investment for a
long time because it has a purpose, so
you don't want to have to change it af-
ter a few years because it has become
too shady.
I hope this is enough information for
you. It's always wise to ask your gar-
dener for his opinion. There are so
many possibilities from which to
choose that it's sensible to be well in-
formed. 1 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 Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS,
NON-STOP 9 TO 4.


with the Reportte



D ean
Bots-
ford sent us
several photos
of Heidi Fraley
and Caylin
Botsford read-
ing The Re-
porter in vanri-
ous locations
on their trip to
the Baltimore
Aquarium. We
chose two:


Next to a

shark jaw
(megledon) in
the aquarium
and beside a
statue of a crab
(with a Balti-
more Oriole)
outside the
Hard Rock
Caf6 by the
Harbor are
Caylin left,
and Heidi,
right.
The girls were
preparing for
their eighth
trip to Bonaire
and should be on island when the Bonaire Reporter hits the streets.


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*to find it, just look up


Here's a drawing of the summer constellation Scorpius. Can you pick it out
from the heaven full of stars (photo on right)?

Why Do the Stars Move Hour After Hour,
Season After Season?

Have you ever wondered just why the stars change their position from hour to
hour and from season to season? Well, wonder no more. During mid-spring,
late April, early May, at 9 pm in the Sky park face north where you will see the Big
Dipper high above the North Star, which, coincidentally, is the end star of the handle
of the Little Dipper.

Now if our Earth were perfectly stationary in the heavens we would see these stars
and all the other stars in the same place every single night. But because our Earth is not
stationary but rotates from west to east on an imaginary line we call the Earth's axis,
the stars appear to slowly drift across the sky all night long in the opposite direction,
from east to west. Many call this the greatest optical illusion in nature because even
though the stars look like they rise in the east, travel across the sky and set in the west,
it is in fact, our Earth doing the moving. And if you look closely you will notice that all
the stars appear to change their position and move from east to west except for one
star, the North Star. The reason it does not move is because it is directly above our
Earth's north pole, directly above our Earth's axis. So in effect it is like the hub of the
great endlessly turning wheel of the heavens.
Now astronomers measure visual distances in the sky by degrees. The distance from
a clear horizon to directly overhead, the zenith, is divided into 90 sections, 90 degrees.
And 15 degrees is the distance all the stars move from east to west across the sky in
one hour. So if the Big Dipper is in this position in mid spring at 9 pm, it will be 15
degrees farther west one hour later and 15 more degrees west an hour after that.

See for yourself, using the Big Dipper or any pattern of stars, any hour of the night,
any night of the year.
But there is one catch, if our Earth only rotated on its axis and didn't have any other
motion we would see the same star patterns in the same places at the same times every
night. The Big Dipper would be in the same place at 9 o'clock every night of the year.
But such is not the case because in addition to our Earth's rotating on its axis once a
day it also makes one journey around the Sun once a year. So as our Earth moves along
in its orbit, it changes its position in respect to the stars a little bit each night, with the
result that if a given star rises just above the horizon at 9 pm one night, the following
night that same star will rise 4 minutes earlier and will be approximately one degree
farther along on its journey across the sky at 9 pm. This further means that since every
star rises 4 minutes earlier each night and is one degree farther along, after one month
all the stars will be 30 degrees farther along their journey at 9 pm. This further means
that after 3 months, the length of a season, all the stars will have moved 90 degrees
across the sky at 9 pm, and thus we will see different stars at the same hour of the night
each season.
Orion is high up in early evening winter so he is called a winter star pattern. Leo is
always high up in early evening in spring, so we call Leo a spring star pattern. Scor-
pius is high up in summer, Pegasus the horse, high up in autumn. It's that simple. The
stars move because #1 our Earth rotates on its axis and #2 because our Earth orbits the
Sun. O JackHorkheimer


HAVE IT
For the week:
June 10 to June 17, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Things at home may be somewhat rocky. Try out
for a local sports team such as volleyball, tennis, lawn bowling, or whatever inter-
ests you. Try not to hurt your partner's feelings. Reevaluate your situation. Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Someone you live with will be quite unreason able
this week. You'll only hurt your lover if you don't. Try not to be too harsh with
your mate. You can make alterations to your appearance that everyone will ad-
mire. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can learn from those who have had similar
experiences. Don't give your heart too readily. You can't lock your partner up and
if you keep restricting their freedom you may be left out in the cold. There could
be opposition or temper tantrums on the home front. Your lucky day this week will
be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't rely on others to do your work. Turn things
around, make sure that they do their share. Expect to have more people on your
domestic scene. You can learn valuable information if you listen and observe what
others are doing and saying. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You have been stagnating for some time now and you
need a change of pace. Self-deception regarding your own worth may lead you
down the wrong path. Added knowledge will give you the edge when dealing with
peers. You need to reevaluate your situation. Your lucky day this week will be Sat-
urday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Secret love affairs may be enticing; however, you
must be prepared for the restraints that will follow. Talk to those in a position of
power about your intentions. Take time to visit someone who has been I confined
due to illness. Love can be yours if you get out and about. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Move forward if you want to turn your life around.
Voice your opinions and contribute to the de bate. Visitors may relieve the tension.
Channel your efforts into achieving your goals.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Jealousy may get in the way of a good relation-
ship. Real estate investments will pay off. Your emotional stability may influence
the changes taking place in your personal life. Be diplomatic but stem. Your lucky
day this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be diplomatic but stem. Don't be too hard
on yourself. Travel will be to your advantage; however, it might be expensive.
You will not be able to trust someone you work with. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Female members of your family may be diffi-
cult to deal with. You can take advantage of opportunities if you are quick to make
a move. You hard work and dedication will pay off, so stick to your guns and do
yourjob well. Your hypnotic eyes will capture the hearts of those who interest
you. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Avoid functions that will bring you in contact
with those you find difficult to get along with. Opportunities to upgrade your liv-
ing standards will come through your lover or through joint financial investments.
Chances are they are jealous. You can get your point across and make valuable
connections. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Let others know what your intentions are and be
honest in your approach. You will do well if you mingle with the brass this week.
Try to mix business with pleasure while traveling. Everything is moving quickly,
just the way you like it. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. 1


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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 BonairExpress is attempting to improve its operation. It’s hired a new Chief Pilot and is running advertisements for more flight and engineering crew. Passengers report that flights are running closer to schedule. Air Jamaica added to its long list of awards and accolades by achieving the number one rank ing among Caribbean and Latin American carriers for in-flight food and beverage service as voted on by visitors to www. airlinemeals.net, the world's first and leading site which deals with nothing but airline food. Air Jamaica's cuisine earned a 7.85 average rating, outpacing LanChile (7.18), Varig (6.71), Mexicana (6.63) and TACA (5.30) among regional carriers receiving a minimum of 10 customer critiques. Too bad they will soon leave Bonaire skies . ( AP report ) The Surinamese ai rline, SLM, will start flying between Curaçao and St. Maarten three times a week, effective June 24, announced Antillean Transport and Communication Minister Omayra Leeflang. The airline will use an MD-80 aircraft for the flights. Currently, only BonairExpress flies the route. It has been subject to numerous complaints. Some of them are because the ATR turbo props are too small to handle the volume of travelers. Passengers and luggage are often left behind. Floris van Pallandt, the new head of BonairExpress (part of Dutch Caribbean Express), took part in negotiations with SLM. Bonaire’s Customs department will soon have a new drug sniffing dog . The islands recently received six new dogs to replace those who had died or retired. Four will stay in Curaçao and the last will go to Sint Maarten. Two men were charged Sunday in connection with the disappearance last week of an Alabama teenager, 18year-old Natalee Holloway , who was visiting Aruba with classmates to celebrate their high school graduation. Authorities requested a special diving team from the FBI because of rough currents in a planned search area, said Attorney General Caren Janssen who announced the arrests. The arrests came nearly a week after the honor student disappeared during a five-day trip to Aruba with more than 100 other classmates from Mountain Brook High School, near Birmingham, Ala. The men, ages 28 and 30, were working as security guards near the Holiday Inn where the teen was staying. Janssen declined to provide specific charges, saying the case will go before a judge by Wednesday to determine whether they can be legally held. She said the suspects were “uncooperative.” Hundreds of Arubans and American residents joined the hunt. About (Continued on page 4) IN THIS ISSUE Opinion (Finding Nemo) 3 Rincon News (On the Porch, First Computer Center, Growing our own) 8 World Tour for Taty 9 Windsurf Kids get awards 9 Finding a Balance for Bonaire Pt. 6, Air Lift Myths 10 Bonai Builds a Whale 12 Ocean “Mustang Corral” 15 Bruce Bowker gets 30 year Padi Award 17 Lighthouse walk (Nazario) 17 Gardner (hedges) 22 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 AMFO/NGO Platform -Parke Publiko 6 -Teens train as tour guides 7 Contact Info. 7 Vessel List & Tide Table 9 Classifieds 14 Reporter Masthead 18 What’s Happening 19 Pet of the Week (“Hector”) 19 Wombania Cartoon 19 Shopping & Dining Guides 20 (Almost) Born on Bonaire (Jackie Bernabela) 21 Picture Yourself (Baltimore, USA) 22 Bonaire Sky Park (Stars Move) 23 The Stars Have It 23 Continued on page 4. Waste glass containers A cting Manager of SELIBON, Bonaire's waste management company, Rudsel Leito is making things happen. He is starting the first large scale recycling project on Bonaire under the auspices of the newly formed Bonaire Recycling Foundation. Beginning in September all of Bonaire's hotels, snacks, and restaurants have to deposit their waste glass in special color-coded containers. Private households will be included next year. A public information campaign will begin in July. A pilot project has begun at downtown City Café where five containers are located. Manager Lieto said, “Ten loads from City Café have already been taken to the crusher to be ground and converted into aggregate. If this test is successful, the Gunlis Crusher, SELIBON, and Bonaire Recycling Foundation will sign a contract. After that, we would like to begin as soon as possible to collect empty glass containers.” SELIBON has ordered about 100 containers. It estimates that between the private households, restaurants and street litter 830, 100 and 5 tons, respectively, of waste glass is produced annually. Bonaire officials on hand for the Morotin cleanup. Rudsel Lieto in the center of the group. Rincon is a long way from the landfill on Lagoen Road. As a consequence the people of the village have long been us ing the Morotin area as a dump for bulky trash. But that was illegal and unsanitary. However, recognizing the necessity for a dump site north of the village, SELIBON and the Platforma Rincon will work together to find a site where they can pl ace some large containers to receive bulk garbage . The containers will be periodical ly transported to the landfill by SELIBON. According to SELIBON Acting Manager, Rudsel Leito, the first talks with representatives of the Platforma will start soon. SELIBON cleaned up the Morotin site last month and is looking for a way to finance the new waste operation. ABVO photo

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 OPINIONS and LETTERS:THE Op-Ed PAGE “FINDING NEMO” WHILE LOSING THE OCEANS O ften I stare into the sea from my perch above Bachelor’s Beach and contemplate how it is possible that humans could be draining the oceans of life. Meanwhile, movies with underwater themes like Finding Nemo and Shark Tale have become the most popular animated features in history. In Finding Nemo , the ocean ecosystem is represented as a vibrant world full of diversity and teeming with life. In reality, beneath the surface of most of our water planet is a growing emptiness and sickness caused by over fishing, pollution, overdevelopment, and simple ignorance and greed. So, while our children are feeling compassion for Marlin and Nemo the clownfish, Dory the blue tang, Crush the sea turtle, and the other colorful sea creatures in the movies, many adults are standing by idly, allowing the oceans to die and betraying our children’s trust. Soon, otters, turtles, sharks, rays, seals, whales, dolphins, and all the other marvelous life of the oceans will only be seen live in aquariums and sea worlds or as caricatures in movies and books and on cups and sheets. I wonder how many families, after viewing Finding Nemo or Shark Tale together, decided to eat seafood for dinner–perhaps some shrimp–not knowing, or not caring, that wild shrimp caught in trawl nets have the highest bycatch of any commercial fishery with three to 15 pounds of unwanted animals caught per one pound of shrimp, including endangered sea turtles. One moment a family is cheering the animated antics of the sea turtles riding the currents in Finding Nemo, and the next they are supporting the cruel drowning deaths of sea turtles in trawl nets for a shrimp dinner. Maybe they decided to stop after the movie at their local restaurant bar for a beer-battered cod sandwich, not knowing, or not caring, that Atlantic and Icelandic cod have been so severely over fished by factory trawlers that it will take decades for the cod to recover. Perhaps they dined at a more formal restaurant where swordfish, tuna or red snapper was the “catch of the day,” not knowing, or not caring, that the long lines used to catch swordfish, the purse seines used to catch tuna, and bottom trawling used to catch snapper also snag sharks, ocean sunfish, sea turtles and many other endangered fishes and marine mammals, which are then dumped dead back into the sea, plummeting their numbers even further. The power to alter this course is in our hands as seafood consumers, for equipped with knowledge and a little gumption, we can make the right choices for healthy oceans. Instead of just ordering whatever seafood is on the menu, we can question the chefs and the owners about how and where the shrimp, tuna, or cod was procured. We can educate our friends and relatives about which seafood choices should be avoided (i.e. monkfish, swordfish, Chilean sea bass, shark, etc.) and which are best for the viability of the oceans (i.e. sardines, farmed catfish, Pacific halibut, farmed Rainbow trout, and troll or pole-caught tuna). Recently while visiting the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, I chowed down on calamari as the waiter described why squid was an eco-friendly and sustainable fishery. With my check, he handed me a wallet-sized Seafood Watch card so I could become a knowledgeable seafood consumer. (See www. montereybayaquarium.org to print out a copy). And, yes, this card now means that I can no longer just order snow crab legs or purchase canned tuna out of ignorance in order to satisfy my tastes. I need to remember the 1,000 sea lions and 10 otters I saw in Monterey Bay because the oceans belong to them too. I need to remember every one of the 78 hawksbill turtles I saw hatch on Klein Bonaire in January because the ocean is their home too. I can no longer pretend that my choices as a consumer do not affect their continued existence. So many of us suffer from the same malady as the quirky blue tang in the movie–short-term memory loss– which prevents us from finding longterm solutions that will reverse all the damage humans have wrought upon the oceans. Perhaps the producers of Finding Nemo and Shark Tale should pass out a Seafood Watch card to every adult who attends the movie in order to preserve the vital, magical underwater world that has enthralled so many children. Pauline E. Kayes

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 Be sure to tune in to the BVN channel (Channel 26 on Flamingo Cable) this Friday, June 10, at 7 am. When you watch the show “ Dier en Natuur ” you’ll see Bonaire’s sea turtle researcher Gilmon “Funchi” Egbreghts (center in the photo montage above) who works for Sea Tu rtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) on a half-hour tour of Klein Bonaire with movie star Angela Schijf. A most productive technique to learn more about Sea turtles is to attach tags to their flippers so their individual behavior can be studied. STCB Photos (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2) 1,000,000 Americans visited Aruba last year. © Associated Press We reported last week that effective January 1st, 2006, all American citizens need a valid passport to return to the US. Between 85% and 93% of the Americans who visit Bonaire and Curaçao already have a passport, according to government estimates. The Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) last week released a pessimistic report compiled by World Travel and Tourism (WTTC) that stated the measure may cost the region $2.6 billion in earnings . Hardest hit would be Aruba and the former Britis h islands. According to the report, the jobs of 188,000 persons would be lost. The results were presented during a meeting of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in New York. Details of the inquiry can be found on www. caribbeanhotels.org/C aribPassports.ppt. Most Caribbean cruise ship passengers do not travel with a passport. How the measure will affect cruise tourism hasn't even been addressed. The passport requirement rule should be a boon to domestic US tourism. F rom Australia to Zimbabwe , millions of people marked World Environment Day on Sunday by planting trees, picking up litter and staging rallies aimed at making cities cleaner and greener. Activists around the world mark June 5, the date of the first environmental summit in Stockholm in 1972, as the UN's World Environment Day . But surprisingly, in Bonaire, which touts itself as the leader of environmental conser vation in the Caribbean, we couldn’t find any activities celebrating the event. This past Monday Prime Minister Etienne Ys visited Dutch Foreign Office Minister B.R. Bot. It was reported by the Dutch Government press office that in the interest of harmonious relations between the Antilles and Venezuela, the islands' nearest neighbor, Ys may visit Venezuela. There is also a possibility of a Ys visit to Washington. It seems the statements made by ousted Economics Minister Errol Cova need clarification. In previous weeks we have reported on a measure passed in Holland to cut crime ca used by Antillean youngsters resident in The Netherlands . Elected officials in the Antilles have almost without exception challenged the law as undemocratic and discriminatory. Prime Minister of the Antilles Etienne Ys sent the Dutch parliament a 26-page memorandum last week about his government’s view on the measures it passed to limit young Antilleans visiting Holland. “Human rights are not negotiable. This is not a ‘fight against makambas (an Antillean term for European Dutch people). The measures need to be thrown out. It never occurred to me that I would march against inequality,” said the Prime Minister before leading a demonstration in The Hague. In Curaçao the MAN party sent a letter to Nelson Mandela complaining about the Dutch admission measures. Mandela is considered the recognized leader in successful fights against Apartheid. MAN enclosed a copy of the inside of the Dutch passport, which all Antilleans are entitle d to, that states that “... on behalf of Her Majesty, the Queen of the Netherlands, the Minister of Foreign Affairs requests the governments of all friendly countries to grant the holder of this passport free and unhindered admittance, including all necessary support.” Mandela's support in the fight against the Dutch measures is solicited. (Continued on page 5) The “Second Chance” Jong Bonaire Mini Fun Triathlon is set for Sunday, the 12th of June. The start will be at 7 am from City Café. The triathlon involves three different sports: swimming 850m., biking 10 km, and running5 km. Individuals or teams can enter. The event will raise money for Jong Bonaire's Activities. Costs are NAƒ15 for individuals and NAƒ35 for 3-person teams. All ticket sales are to benefit Jong Bonaire Programs. Sign up on Saturday the 11th of June beginning at 5:30 pm at City Café . Participants will get an information package and a t-shirt. After signing up participants can enjoy an energy-rich pasta meal from the main sponsor, City Café. Be fresh, fit, fast…and have fun! All are welcome to join.

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4) According to analysts , reports of the European Union's death following referenda in France and The Netherlands are greatly exaggerated . But after a punishing week that saw French and Dutch voters reject the union's Constitution, the EU has lost much of its luster. "Europe no longer inspires people to dream," said Luxembourg Prime Minister and current EU president Jean-Claude Juncker after Dutch voters rejected the charter by a margin of 62% to 38%. The majority of the few Dutch citizens in the Antilles who decided to vote approved the Constitution. The charter's next steps won't be decided until an EU summit June 16-17. And some observers say no substantial action will occur until 2007, when Germany and France are expected to have new governments. But proponents of greater European unity say that the EU's work will go on. Despite reaching an eight-month low against the US dollar this week, the euro will persist as Europe's common currency. Greater mi litary cooperation, negotiation as a single bloc at the World Trade Organization, and efforts to create a common immigration policy will also continue. Reuters Bonaire's ruling party leader, Ramonsito Booi, said in a radio broadcast that a new location for a container port is being studied. He said the current location in Kralendijk lacks sufficient space and is an eyesore to cruise ship visitors. His preference is for a new location on the west coast south of the BOPEC oil terminal. He believes that it would give an “economic boost” to Rincon. A controversial independent report, however, said that sea and wind conditions would make it untenable for half the year. A study was initiated to recommend a location. Dr. Robert van Dam, the former Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire project director returned to Bonaire on June 3 to kick off the 2005 Satellite Tracking Program . Plans call for two loggerhead turtles to be fitted with transmitters during Robert’s brief stay. Satellite Tracking Updates will commence as soon as the turtles depart for their home foraging areas. A search for a candidate turtle began on Monday but as of press time none was found. Forecasters say up to 15 Atlantic tropical storms will form this year, including three to fi ve major hurricanes. The season began last Wednesday and ends November 30. We got an early scare in late May when a rare Pacific hurricane hit Central America and moved into the Caribbean before fizzling into a tropical depression which blocked the normal flow of trade winds around Bonaire. Four major hurricanes -Ivan, Jeanne, Francis and Charley -plowed through the region last year, causing an estimated $7 billion in damage. Ivan's hurricane force winds missed Bonaire by only 50 miles. More than 2,000 people died in the Caribbean, 1,900 of them in Haiti. The Reporter’s series of articles on the donor organizations, AMFO and The Bonaire Platform, continue in this issue. The aim of the series is to inform people on Bonaire that help for worthwhile social projects is readily available and how they can apply for it as individuals or organizations. Our articles will focus on success stories of grants already made, advice on how to obtain grants and profiles of individuals involved in the activities. To permit wider discussion and information the content of the articles are presented in a web log or “blog” available on the internet at http://amfo-reporter. blogspot.com/. Readers can make their comments directly to the blog. On June 13, 15 and 17 archeologist Dr. Jay Haviser will appear on TVChannel 11 at 7 pm to explain about the Decentralization of the Government . The program will be in Papiamentu. (Jay’s Papiamentu is very easy to understand, so give it a try) Did you know that STCB offers (Continued on page 14) The Bonaire Culinary Team , due to leave for the “Taste of the Caribbean” culinary Olympics July 26 , had its last competition meal for the public last Saturday night at Chez Nous at the high school. Thanks to the very generous donations by Warehouse and The Island Supplier (TIS) of all the i ngredients for the meals, the team was able to make a full 100% profit on the sale of the tickets. Of course, the chefs’ labor is all volunteered. Thanks to o to the wait staff from Rum Runners who helped out. The funds will pay for getting the team to Miami. Meanwhile, in Ft. Lauderdale, Bonaire’s SGB team of hotel school students who won the Bonaire International Culinary Competition last January are enjoying their extra special prize – a week studying with Klaus Friedenreich at his Ft. Lauderdale Culinary Art Institute. Shown are the winning student chefs – Andres Cicilia, Wendy Heredia, Bram Schmit and Samantha Statie. L.D . Sara Matera photo

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 P resident and founder of the ‘We Dare to Care Foundation,’ Vicky Bissessar explains, “When I came to the island in 1999, the first thing I did was look for activities for my four children. Back home in British Guyana there was lots to do, but here I found a lack of activities for kids from one to 13. My kids were that age and there was nothing much for them to do after school that was free, and I was really surprised to find out there wasn’t even a playground! For me it was an injustice, and I wondered, what can be done? Who dares to care? We Dare To Care! It all started with those four words. I made a plan: a centrally located public park with a playground, free for everyone, aged 0 to 110! Finding People to Help I knew who I wanted to join me on the board to make this thing happen: young and motivated key professionals who have the time and energy to help me; influential government people; bankers; accountants; people who could use their professional skills to establish the project. I started to sell the project to several people, and most of them were very enthusiastic and some of them immediately joined me. We started to meet, with the objective to start the park. I grew up with a jogging park and it was always a social meeting place for the community: people would run, mothers would push their babies in the strollers along the course, the elder children played in the playground, the fathers would exercise and jog and the elderly would sit and chat with the mothers who were keeping an eye on their children. So we started looking for a central place, and we wanted it in Playa so everyone who didn’t have transport could get there by themselves. That was very important. Finding a Location We went to the government and they were very helpful in showing us what pieces of land were available. Eventually they found this piece of land located between Kaya Soeur Bartola and Kaya Maria Hellmund Boom. We applied for it and we got the option with the understanding that once we got the funds we would get the deed. Then I, James Finies, Stanley Janga and Rudy Sint Jago launched the foundation, ‘We Dare to Care’ in 2002. It was on purpose that we did so after we got the option on the land, as we wanted to be sure before we started. The fee we had to pay to apply for the land we paid out of our private pockets as the foundation didn’t have any money yet. Then we started fundraising, and within three months we raised NAƒ25.000. We put together a plan and we went to three funds: JENA, Katholieke Nooden and Reda Sosial , all from Holland with offices here. So, we had the plan, an option on the land and NAƒ25.000. Project Planning First we did the project: Summary, Background, Defining the project, Assumptions and risks, Execution, Durability, Monitoring and Evaluation and Conclusion and afterwards. Then we summarized the project into a power point presentation and started to market it to different social groups, the government and social and service clubs. So we were making ourselves and the project known. Our concerns were: Funding ( mostly by overseas funding organizations), Maintenance, Safety and Security (r evenues earned from the use of the activity building in the park), Utility Services (from governmental organizations), Local Fundraisings (committed contributions from local businesses), Voluntary Staff. Designing the Park In the park an activity building would be situated with a small cantina to sell snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. It would have washrooms, including a handicapped facility washroom, and a small office for the foundation and a caretaker who will receive a salary. The empty space roofed area of the activity building will overlook the whole park as the building will be constructed at a height, and it will be used as a multifunctional space that can host bands, theatre performances, shows, anything. A rock formation garden with a wooden bridge, picnic benches and a fountain are planned. There will be a skateboard ramp and a separate playground consisting of a superdome, seesaws, swings and two play units for children of different ages. Around the whole 3.480square-meter property there will be a jogging course. The park will be fenced all around, and the government will take care of the parking lot. There will be security provided by private security companies, and the Wowo di Bario will use it as a headquarters training ground. This is the plan that we were marketing to companies; we were doing fundraisings; and at the same time we had the building option for a year. From the very beginning, when the NGO Platform was just getting started (Continued on page 7) As part of the continuing series about AMFO and the NGO Platform in The Bonaire Reporter, this week’s article is about a successful project that’s being partially funded by AMFO – from its beginnings up until right now. President and founder of the ‘We Dare to Care Foundation,’ Vicky Bissessar Continued on page 7

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 R etired school teacher and founder of Rincon’s “Soldachi Tours,” Maria Koeks, saw a need and is filling it. “I want the young people on Bonaire to realize that tourism is important to the island, that it’s a way to make a living and to teach people about our cult ure. And this is a way to help them gain confidence in themselves.” So, with financial help from AMFO (NAƒ1.333,50) she started a pilot project to create tour guides among the teens. The funding helped to pay for seven instructors who give cultural information, especially about Rincon, to the future guides and seven groups from the Reina Beatrix school during the months of May and June. It wasn’t just AMFO fund s that helped: for each of the sessions, Marugia of Rincon provided the snacks, Ka s Krioyo donated the juice, and Soldachi Tours provided the bus for the students. L.D. CONTACT INFORMATION AMFO: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot #31, Bonaire. Tel. 717-7776, Fax 717-7779, website: www.samfo.org, email: infobon@samfo.org NGO Platforma Bonaire : Kaya Korona 5-C. Tel. 7172366, Fax 7172367, website: www.ngobonaire.org, email: Platform@ngobonaire.org G ot an idea that needs funding? These two organizations will help you turn the idea into a project. NGO PLATFORM BOARD The Daily Board is led by President James Finies with Elsmarie Beukenboom, Secretary, and Alan Gross, Treasurer. Board of Directors are: Julita Wink laar (Culture), Tanneke Bartels (Environment), Gilbert van Arneman (Youth and Family), Godfried “Boi” Clarenda (Care and Welfare), Anthony Ceci lia (Social and Economic Development), Ruthmila St. Jago (Education and Training) Eithel Bernabella (Sports and Leisure), Jona Chrino (Community Development – beginning August 2005). Parke Publico … (Continued from page 6) on Bonaire, we became a member. These non-governmental organizations are united under the island’s platform, and every Antillean island has its own platform. As soon as they were settled we took our project to them to ask for funding. They are the ones who recommended the project to AMFO, a foundation that co-finances projects of nongovernmental organizations in the Antilles. We were one of the biggest projects and also one of the first to apply. We asked for less money than we got. They gave us NAƒ419.399. We were speechless! How We Get the Money We’re getting the money in phases, so for every step we get money. The first step was the transfer of the land at the Notary. Then we ordered the play equipment and for that phase they paid up front. We had to show AMFO proof of payment and then we had to make a report. After that we could proceed with the next phase and so on. Our foundation had to be a member of the NGO platform to get funds. We had to have a detailed financial, maintenance and management plan; we had to have in our account a percentage of the funds we were asking for to show that the foundation was serious and working on trying to get the funds. We had to really put in a very good case for why we needed this project. If someone wants AMFO financing for their project they must understand that they have to have very good reasons and explanations why there is a need for their project . The NGO platform is there to help people put their plan and application for the money together. We did everything ourselves and it was hard, hard work. I sweated blood to get this done. But all of us were professionals in our own field, and besides the board we had an outstanding outside network of professional advisers and I want to thank all of them. Of all these people, who helped us in so many different ways, there are two people I want to mention, one of them is Paul Wichers – he was the architect of the plan and Bòi Antoin who was the key factor in the media presentation. So, whatever you want, whatever plan you have and you want it to come true: Put it on paper, get people to help you, make a good presentation and take it to the NGO Platform, and AMFO is there to show people that where there’s a will there’s a way! As for us, neither one of us had any experience in any foundations when we started, but we did show that anybody can do it! Our foundation believes that absolutely anyone from any background, age or status, who CARES, can make a difference to their environment! The opening of Parke Publiko is planned for later this year, in September-October, but it might be a little bit after that as there are always things you can’t foresee. One thing, however, is for sure: We will receive Sinterklaas in our activity building this year in December!” Photo and story by Greta Kooistra Some members and employees of AMFO and the NGO Platform with island officials H e l p e d b y A M F O N G O P l a t Dè Sint Jago shows clothing from the past. Three tour guides in back.

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 Bou di Ramada (On the Porch) E very first Saturday of the month at the big Rincon Marshé a “town meeting” is held Bou di Ramada (On the Porch) where persons from government, culture, schools and other sectors come together to share their expertise. Last Saturday Minister of Health Joan Theodora Brewst er and Minister of Education Maritza Silberie were the speakers. Rincon’s First Computer Center R ayvah computer center, with headquarters in Playa, just off Kaya Grandi, will open soon in Rincon near the Marshé plaza and the gas station. It will be an Educational Center with everyone in the community invited, according to director Malva Thielman. The Center will be open every day with 18 computers, connection to the Internet, computer workshops and motivational courses. The Center’s Motto is: “ Get out of the kitchen; ge t up out of that chair and come to the Internet!” Kids pay NAƒ2 per hour, adult residents pay NAƒ3,50 per hour. Others pay $1 for 15 minutes; $2 for 30 minutes, $3 for 1 hour. There’s even a small garden in the back for snacks and drinks that will be sold at nominal cost. Grow our Own! P opo Morales, an avid advocate of growing our own herbs, vegetables and fruits on Bonaire, is now back on the island after a hiatus of several years in Holland where he pursued more agricultural education. His Hòfi Ambiental (garden atmosphere) farm and restaurant was always a fine example of what diverse crops could be grown here. Popo is back in business and is selling his fresh herbs to local markets and restaurants. For more information call him at 7860651. L.D. Minister of Education Maritza Silberie and Minister of Health Joan Theodora Brewster get a gift of Boka Dushi (sweet s) from members of the Rincon Marshé Commission, Edna Sint Jago and“ Baby” Finies Popo Morales with Sidney Manuel at the Rincon Marshé

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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 T onky Frans, Bonaire's top rated freestyle professional windsurfer, is on a European and World tour. He left Bonaire at the end of May for Europe where he will continue his career in both the Professional Windsurfing Association (PWA) events and in the European Freestyle Professional Tour (EFPT). This is a very strategic move since Tonky is now working on his professional windsurfing career on two different levels. In his first event, in Rhodes, Greece, he came out on top and absolutely astounded the crowds watching. In the words of the EFPT report: "The Final heat put Tonky up against Kevin Mevissen. Mevissen seemed relaxed, fully powered and he was! The boys were fighting like maniacs; the judges needed some new pens after this heat because each one of them racked up a huge amount of points. The water was already kind of choppy, but after this heat every little chop was ripped up. Again close. Both guys were moving upwind in the 8 min. transition like there was no competition at all, kidding and laughing all the way. As the green (start) flag dropped, the beach became completely quiet, everyone’s eyes were on the last two guys in the area. And they did it again, they were showing unbelievable stuff, extremely stylish, and all moves were made with an amazing speed fully on plane. Tonky did the longest ‘willy skipper’ on plane in the history of Rhodes and showed punch right in front of the judges which made all other riders go crazy. Kevin's ‘shove it into spock’ was equally crazy. But after the heat the decision was even clearer as the one before. Tonky Frans of Bonaire took the victory in the ‘Prasonisi Freestyle Battle’ with his amazing, sort of ‘I don’t care at all’ style." Special thanks to MCB-Bank Bonaire who is sponsoring the cost of Tonky’s air tickets . The Reporter will follow Tonky, Bonaire’s “Goodwill Ambassador,” on his 2005 tour to let Bonaire know about his achievements. S.C. KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 6-10 2:42 1.9FT. 12:50 0.7FT. 72 6-11 3:16 1.8FT. 13:20 0.7FT. 65 6-12 3:42 1.7FT. 13:40 0.8FT. 57 6-13 4:05 1.6FT. 13:50 0.9FT. 49 6-14 13:47 1.0FT. 23:09 1.5FT. 42 6-15 13:24 1.0FT. 21:38 1.6FT. 37 6-16 12:53 1.0FT. 21:31 1.7FT. 37 6-17 7:15 1.1FT. 8:29 1.1FT. 12:30 1.0FT. 21:45 1.8FT. 43 VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : Antee Angie Another World Augustine Blacky Bright Sea Bounty Carylar Camissa, Chan Is. Cape Kathryn Casi Clemencia Coconut Cocori Dauntless Discovery Ducbesse Endangered Species Felicity Flying Cloud, USA Galadriel USA Guaicamar I, Ven. Infinity Jan Gerardus Jedi Kismet Lava L’Quila, BVI Luna C. USA Madam Maggi Moonrise Natural Selection Nord Peregrine Pyewacket Rusty Bucket Seafari Samba Santa Maria Sandpiper, USA Scintella Sirius Sorrento Sola 2 Speedbird Spice Island Lady Sylvia K Ti Amo, USA Tish Triumphant Lady Ulu Ulu, USA Ulysses Unicorn, Norway Varedhuni, Ger. Ya-T, BVI Yanti Paratzi Zahi, Malta Zeelander YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGES T he Windsurf kids from Sorobon recei ved awards and sp ecial recognition from the Rincon Marshé Commission at the Rincon Marshé last Saturday. It was the Pro Kids, ages 4 to 17, who were the only ones who could compete in the King of the Caribbean due to the lack of wind during the week. L.D. Tonky is off to Europe

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 R ecently, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) released the 2004 tourist arrival statistics for the entire Caribbean, showing a 7% overall increase for the region. Some locations increased as much as 18% to 25% in 2004. Interestingly, there were only two locations that grew by 1% or less: Bonaire at 1% and Curacao at 0.9%. Immediately, everyone on Bonaire began blaming its bad numbers on lack of airlift, even though the island had regular Air Jamaica and American Eagle flights from the US and twice daily KLM flights from Europe. No More Excuses A closer look at the regional numbers shows that blaming airlift is a selfdeceiving excuse. Other islands in the Caribbean, some with more difficult and more expensive air connections than Bonaire, had growth numbers in the double digits in 2004. Anguilla, Antigua, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada, Guyana, Dominica, even little Saba and St. Eustatius, had sizable growth last year. Most of these islands rely on the same American Eagle connections through San Juan that Bonaire does. In the accompanying chart we have compared Bonaire to several of the islands with similar air connections to show that airlift did not seem to stop tourism increases for these other destinations. Grenada, for instance had almost 90,000 tourists with 1,928 hotel rooms and no direct air service from the US. This island also suffered tremendous hurricane damage in 2004, but it still enjoyed a 9.2% tourism growth. St. Vincent had 75,000 visitors for its 1,550 hotel rooms and a 10.9% growth -also without direct airlift from the US. For comparison, Bonaire has approximately the same number of hotel rooms but 15,000 fewer tourists. Supply vs. Demand So just maybe the problem isn’t one of too few hotel rooms and not enough flights, but something much deeper -like empty airline seats. This is not a saturated market but a case of leveling off of demand. Would Air Jamaica be curtailing its flights to Bonaire if the planes were arriving full each time? Not likely. Would American Eagle have cut back on its flights earlier in the year if all planes had been full? Not likely. And why is American Eagle adding back flights now? Could it be fuller planes caused by Air Jamaica’s pull back? Airlines only make money with mostly full flights. It has been estimated that perhaps 15,000 to 16,000 of Bonaire’s 2004 visitors arrived on Bonaire via Air Jamaica. That number is enough to almost fill two flights a week. But we had four flights a week so the planes were arriving half full most of the time In economic and marketing terms the issue is called supply and demand. Before Air Jamaica cut flights, Bonaire probably had an over-supply of airline seats because of low demand rather than the other way around . Had Bonaire worked harder at creating demand and filled the seats we had, we might not be facing this Air Jamaica loss now. So in 2004 Bonaire was not at ‘saturation’ as has been claimed. The empty seats and empty beds are evidence. And the problem is not lack of direct flights. Certainly direct flights are more convenient, but a oneor even two-stop flight does not stop travelers from going where they really want to go; where they ‘demand’ to go. Island hopping flights certainly did not stop travelers from growing the tourist arrival numbers of all the other small Caribbean islands. They obviously created demand for their product. Low Demand Some in the tourist industry believe it is a ‘supply’ problem—that you can’t improve tourism without direct flights. But this is simply not true as shown by other islands also without direct flights. Tourism is a ‘demand’ market; supply is not the issue . Did we have tourists crying on the Internet that they couldn’t find flights to Bonaire last year? No. Were they saying they couldn’t find hotel beds? No. We had partly full flights and we had partly full hotels. What we did not have enough of was ‘demand.’ Bonaire’s low occupancy rate of 55% and current room rates are not what the hotels need to be profitable long term. These are two more symptoms, along with the half-full flights, of low demand. There are simply not enough travelers demanding to visit Bonaire to fill the existing capacity. There is a tremendous supply of vacation locations in the Caribbean and a growing supply of dive destinations. In fact, there are 28 islands in the region that are promoting themselves as dive destinations . Tourists will go to the locations that create the demand. Improving Demand So before new hotel beds are added and before too many airlines are promised incentives, the island must fix its ‘demand’ problem. There must be a strong, constant consumer demand . All existing flights and all existing beds must be full most of the time. As a matter of fact, adding too many flights will just make the problem worse. The island will end up paying for empty seats because it has not improved the demand. But how can the island improve demand for Bonaire with the type of tourist that will be profitable over time? Again, it’s back to marketing basics. We will cover one suggestion in this article and then go into greater detail next week. Meet Customer Needs Creating demand means the product must meet customer needs and the customer must hear about the product frequently enough to remember it when making the purchase decision. This means you must communicate with your customer frequently but you must first understand exactly what the customers want. How long has it been since Bonaire did valid customer needs research? 1997? If the island had done such research in the past three years they would have learned that one of the most important issues for travelers around the world is ‘security .’ That is one reason the Caribbean recovered so quickly from 911. The Caribbean is perceived as ‘safe.’ But not Bonaire. Instead the island has allowed such headlines and news stories as the following to persist: “Great diving but crime is pretty bad and after two trips to Bonaire and getting ripped off both times at the hotel... not sure I can afford a third trip!” “First trip to Bonaire for 31 of us. Great diving and operators. Security theft is an issue.” Quotes from two separate groups April 2005, http://www. ScubaDiving.com First Fix What’s Broken While research around the world shows that the number one consumer traveler need today is security, our government works instead on trying to bring mega hotels. Attention must first be given to improving the existing product and meeting customer safety needs so that we don’t lose the customers who do come to the island. How many of the 31 in the quote above will return? Historically the island was able to depend on return visits from satisfied customers. But when the cost of a vacation on Bonaire goes up by several thousand dollars because a camera or computer is stolen, the value of the visit goes down and the customer does not return. We are creating the op posite of demand; we are sending tourists, who were or could have been frequent visitors, to other destinations . Perception is Half the Problem Ironically, crime on Bonaire, compared to other locations, is relatively low and is very rarely violent. There are no beggars, or peddlers, or bums on the streets and beaches. We do have theft but we have no idea if it is getting better or worse. There are no reliable statistics on a regular basis and often the numbers that are provided are not believed because the process of reporting problems is so troublesome. Fixing this ‘broken’ part of our tourism product means reducing the number of theft incidents as well as improving the tourist-police inte rface when it does happen. It means not only patrolling the beaches but also improving hotel security. It means teaching young people about the value of tourists so they don’t destroy the industry that employs their families. And the reporting system must be improved. It is a complex issue and demands the primary attention of the government and the entire tourism industry. Fixing the security problem will do far more for Bonaire than bu ilding a 570-room (Continued on page 11) Last week’s installment of this series sh owed how Bonaire seems to be losing its ‘sustainable tourism’ direction as the government looks toward massive, mega hotels to boost the tourist economy. In a nother earlier segment we covered the problem of low occupancy in the hotels to show that Bonaire is nowhere near ‘saturation’ as claimed by some island leaders. In this article we will look at another reason the leaders may be losing their wayspecifically certain Air Lift Myths. And then we will ask if it’s the island’s belief in some of these ‘myths’ that is causing the loss of direction. Or is it the island’s failure to accept responsibi lity for Bonaire’s weak tourism numbers and thus not approaching the problem from the right direction. Continued on page 11 How many of Bonaire’s 2004 flights arrived empty and how many were filled with young divers?

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 (Air Lift Myths. Continued from page 10) high-rise hotel and must be done before any more hotel rooms are added. Bonaire must give up its ‘if you build it they will come’ mentality. Tourism doesn’t work that way. Only if you create demand will they come. And only if you deliver what the customer wants and needs will they come back again. Then, as airlines find themselves overbooking existing flights, they will believe in the need for more flights. In the marketplace, if there is demand, it will be met -by someone. What Else is Broken? Fixing the crime situation will eliminate an excuse for not coming to Bonaire and it will help get return visits from current tourists. But it will not bring new people to our hotels. For that there must be specific ‘demand’ oriented marketing. The authors of this article are market research professionals. In the next article in this series we will deal with such issues as the lack of a consumer-focused Destination advertising campaign, the lack of a focused image, the erosion of Bonaire’s tourist loyalty, the aging of our customer base, the loss of early leadership in eco based tourism and Bonaire’s pitiful presence on the search engines that more and more are driving the tourism market. Copies of this article and the prior articles are available FREE on The Bonaire Reporter Website: WWW. bonairereporter.com/Bonaire_balance. htm Island Population 2004 Visitors % Increase Over 2003 Min. # Stops Time from Miami Cost from Miami Anguilla 12,000 47,938 16.5 1 5 hr 50 min $793 Antigua 68,000 221,533 10.3 1 4 hr 58 min $514 BONAIRE 12,000 57,269 1.0 1 5 hr 36 min $471 Dominica 69,000 30,988 5.7 1 4 hr 48 min $659 Grenada 89,350 89,854 9.2 1 5 hr 17 min $747 Guyana 765,000 107,627 23.4 1* 5 hr 20 min $689 Montserrat 9,500 7,055 18.3 Unavailable on Expedia & Travelocity Saba 1,200 4,920 11.1 2 17 hr 52 min $689 St. Eustasius 3,000 6,810 7.5 1 or 2 10 hr 55 min $859 St. Vincent 112,000 75,087 10.9 1 or 2 6 hours 10 min $773 *Guyana has a non-stop from JFK, probably to support the large Guyana population living in the New York area. Diffusing the Airlift Myth--Statistics From CTO statistics and Internet searches on Expedia and Travelocity for dates in November 2005

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 I t wasn’t until the cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam docked in Bonaire’s port of Kralendijk that the cause of a drop in speed of three knots was discovered. Port Captain Oswin Statie told the ship’s captain, “The bow of your vessel has impaled a whale.” On Wednesday, May 18, 2004, the whale was immortalized by a group of Bonaire archeological students. Under the gu idance of Dr. Jay Haviser and Ms. Jackie Bernabela, the Directors of BONAI, th e Bonaire Archeological Institute, the whale’s skeleton was reassembled by 20 high school students as part of a youth and science stimulation program. The 40 ft. (12 m.) restoration is the largest in the Caribbean, exceeding by 6½ ft (3 m.) a 33 ft (10 m.) Sperm whale skeleton reconstruction on the island of Dominica. A series of auspicious circumstances le d to the completion of the project. On January 11, 2000, after an enormous effort to lift the 11 ton whale by crane failed, Bonaire Marine Park rangers floated it to a ramp where it was lifted onto a truck and carried to the Cargill Solar Salt Works. In November 2004, the BONAI Youth Group requested Cargill to allow them to reclaim the whale skeleton. Cargill not only allowed the group to do this but even provided a shipping container to store the bones. The work took months and was unpleasant at times because the students had not only to clean away rotted flesh, but it was also complex because all the bones and fragments had to be identified, labeled and sometimes repaired. The reconstructed whale shows quite some damage by both the impact of the cruise ship and by the subsequent decay on land. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Bonaire, Prins Berhard Culture Fund and the NonGovernmental Organization (NGO) Platform , money was made available to do the work and prepare an exhibit. Dr. Haviser, who spearheaded the project said, “This exhibiti on is an excellent demonstration of the dynamic talents of Bonaire’s youth, and also it is a symbol of the cooperation within the Bo naire community to present the importance of the sea and nature in Bonaire culture.” The BONAI whale is a Bryde’s Whale (also known as a Tropical Whale Balaenoptera edeni). This whale is in the group of Rorqual whales, which have baleen rather than teeth for eating primarily krill and plankton, but they do also some-(Continued on page 13) The whale arrived in the harbor on the bow of the Nieuw Amsterdam A flatbed truck hauled the carcass to a remote spot on Cargill Salt property C O V E R S T O R Y

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 Bonai Builds a Whale (Continued from page 12) times eat schooling fish such as anch ovies, herring and mackerel. Adults of this species can reach a length of 42-50 ft. (13-15 m.) for females (which tend to be larger than males) and weight up to 11-13 tons. The BONAI whale is a juvenile of probably about nine to 12 years old and may have been sexually mature. Bryde’ s whales tend to travel in small groups of about five to six; however, larger groups of up to 30 have been recorded. They forage primarily in tropical and sub-tropical waters and do not migrate long distances. Bryde’ s Whales can stay underwater for up to eight minutes before returning to the surface for air. Biologist Kalli DeMeyer, the Bonaire Marine Park Manager at the time the whale was brought in, said, “The million dollar question, of course, is why the whale did not move out of the way of the ship. We will never know the answer for sure, but according to the Nieuw Amsterdam’s Captain van Zaane, it is very unusual for a cruise ship to strike a whale. Some observers said that since the smell was so bad the whale may have been dead for days before being hit.” As part of the recognition of International Museum Day, May 18, 2005, the BONAI whale skeleton was unveiled for the public at the entrance to Bonaire’s Washington-Slagbaai National Park, in front of the Park Museum. G.D. This story also appeared on the Associated Press international newswire on May 21, 2005 Bonai students spent hours cleaning th e jawbone and many other whale parts. Figuring out which bone goes where Curaçao has a whale skeleton too., but it’s smaller than Bonaire’s

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 5) an informative and entertaining slide presentation twice a month ? “Sea Turtles of Bonaire” is given every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn. Come and learn more about these amazing animals and while you’re there purchas e aSTCB T-shirt. It’s an easy and ed ucational way for you to show your support for STCB and get an attractive T-shirt to boot. The Special Olympics Swim Team , comprised of 10 swimmers and their coach, have been practicing very hard every week at the Meralny Sports Complex. This is good, but they pay $60 (about NAƒ100) a month to be able to use the wonderful facility, so they’re looking for a Good Samaritan sponsor to pay the monthly fee . If you can help, please call Special Olympics Head Coach Elizabeth Wigny at 7850581. Your donation will make sure that the team will be able to continue to practice. In the Benetton ad this week on page 22 are Jong Bonaire teens Farley Mercera and Nakka Frans . Correction : The apartment complex in Hato ($275,000) listed in the Harbourtown Realty ad last week should have been marked as SOLD . We apologize for any inconvenience this mistake might have caused. GLD G./L.D. JANART GALLERY Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am5 pm Friday 17 pm; or phone 7175246 for appt. BONAIRENET The leading consumer and business information source on Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160 . For on-line yellow pages directory information go to http://www.yellowpagesbonaire.com CAPT. DON’S ISLAND GROWER Trees and plants, Bonaire grown . 8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956 LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981 Bonaire Images Elegant greeting cards and beautiful boxed note cards are now available at Chat-N-Browse nest to Lovers Ice Cream and Sand Dollar. Photography by Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE? Make it more livable from the start. FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Interior or exterior design advice, clearings, blessings, energy, healing, Chinatrained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9332 . For Sale 1998 Mazda B1600 Pick-Up . 2.2m lined load area. Good Condition, very solid, recently serviced. NAƒ7500. Tel 786-8648 Property, Sales & Rentals For rent: Kaya Den Haag (Hato) 2 Bedroom apartment, completely furnished Available for immediate occupation Nafl. 1.100,per month (including cable TV) Contact: Amanda at Harbourtown Real Estate 717–5539 For rent : Downtown 2 bedroom furnished /swimming pool services NAƒ1200 excl. utilities/short term possibilities For info e-mail alexander137@flamingotv.net or call 7177977 or 528-3014 CARIBBEAN COURT APARTMENT FOR RENTLarge 118m2 1bedroom apartment. Penthouse, fully furnished, large bedroom, loft style dining/living room area, fully equipped, 2 balconies, Air conditioning throughout, very breezy. NAƒ1.100 per month, cable TV (with TV set) included, utilities extra.. Contact Anja at Sunbelt 7176560 or Catherine at 791-6777. Available now. For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom beach villa -weekly or monthly-choice location-privacy & security. Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293; (US) (570) 586 0098. May 20 until Jan. 8th. info@pelicanreefbonaire.com or www. pelicanreefbonaire.com Help Wanted Front Desk Person. Morning shift 8am-3pm, Evening shift 3 pm –10 pm. Must be fluent in English and Spanish. Great Escape, 717-7488 Wanted Volunteers needed to index back issues of The Bonaire Reporter (English) and Extra (Papiamentu). Call George at 717-8988 or 786-6125. Put your ads here. Non-business ads are free. Got something to buy or sell? REACH MORE READERS than an y other WEEKLY NEWSPAPER by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words): FREE FREE FREE FREE Commercial Ads only NAf0.70 per word, per week. Free adds run for 2 weeks. Call or fax 717-8988 or email ads@bonairereporter.com

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 N ature always has surprises for the enthusiastic naturalist. The natural answers to the question How do I survive on Planet Earth? seem unlimited. What we see as human observers are the successful results of millions of evolutionary experiments. Perhaps the Creator is observing us, the most recent inhabitants, and the civilization we have shaped to see how we answer that same question of survival. Will Homo sapiens pass the same tests that the so called “natural world” has done so well? We can learn all the basics from these “lesser beings.” The Sea Holds the Secrets The sea, the birthing realm of many creatures, holds many of the secrets of survival. Earth, the Water Planet, stands alone as the model for life, as we know it, in our known universe. With our present level of diving technology we have the unique opportunity to enter this wondrous, comforting, liquid environment to discover meaningful tools to use for our own continued existence. The revelations come from large and small creatures. “Mustang” Hunt Today, my partner and I are diving in a very busy place. It is mid-afternoon and the surrounding local street scene is a very different environment for our dive activities. We usually seek out secluded locations or shoreline features that look promising for unusual encounters with cruising marine life. We are hunting for wild horses, much like the riders on the Great Plains and prairies of the American mid-west. They hunt the open range for wild horses they wish to round up for service on the cattle ranches. We only seek to locate, observe and photograph our “mustangs.” We find it rather odd to be changing into our diving gear on a city street. Several passing cars and trucks slow down, and the drivers greet us .This common friendly behavior is one of the endearing reminders of why we chose to relocate and finish our lives on this “unhurried” island. We enter the water and are greeted to a view of flat, featureless white sand, littered with discarded auto parts, pipes, household items, cables, bottles and gigantic concrete mooring blocks. Are we really in the right neighborhood? Have we picked out the most likely terrain and correct area to begin our search? We drop over the edge of the shallow shoreline shelf to the gently sloping reef and now see algae covered boulders, overturned hard coral formations and a variety of sponges. At a depth of 33 feet (10 meters), as we approach a formation of long entwined rope sponges, something catches my eye. The sunlight is diffused by a thin cloud formation so I turn on my underwater lamp to investigate. It is bright and immediately reveals the brilliant red hues of the sponges. I feel like the investigator of a crime scene from one of the popular forensic TV shows that have recently achieved success on the American television networks. As I move the beam of my light over the many arms of the sponge, it picks out the unmistakable profile of the shy and elusive subject of our quest. It’s a male seahorse, swaying in the gentle current, holding its position on a lower section of the formation with its tail curled around one of the smaller sponges. It is perfectly matched to the color of its host and has silver bands across its body. Nearby, the female of the pair is perched on a higher sponge and is also in camouflage colors to match the sponge formation. Male and Female Pairing Seahorses are tiny fish that may have been the first successful model of paired existence and shared parenting on Earth. They have equally successful counterparts in the terrestrial world as well. Survival of a species is largely dependent on repetitive reproduction. Parental care may be one of the refinements of evolutionary experimentation. Within the seahorse community we see a distinct male-female relationship with shared responsibilities. The biological structure and job of the male and female seahorse is a variant on what we know as the typical role of the sexes in our human environment. A Custom Body Design The male seahorse is equipped with a brood pouch for the incubating eggs. It is, perhaps, the most sophisticated apparatus for the developing eggs. The fish pouch provides nourishment to the eggs with placental linings, and, after hatching occurs, is a safe haven for further growth. The seahorse shares this convergent evolutionary feature with kangaroos, wombats and opossums. Aside from its horse-like long snout and slender head at right angles to the main body axis, the seahorse has a well developed prehensile tail. This biological element plays a major role in fulfilling the daily need for food capture and protection from predators. The seahorse has no teeth and simply inhales small shrimp and other crustaceans that are floating in the surrounding water column. The strong muscular tail keeps the seahorse firmly in place inside its “corral” of rope sponges and the protected hollows of entwined dead coral branches. Knowledge of this behavior will help in your hunt to locate and observe these wild oceanic “mustangs.” The seahorse swims in an upright vertical position and moves with the aid of a nearly transparent dorsal fin. It does not move fast and relies on adaptive color patterns, fleshy appendages, bumpy skin and fluid movement, tuned to its surroundings, to camouflage its location. They are not easy to find. Mated pairs are a delight for the patient, observant diver. They make good photographic subjects and display an enormous range of color combinations when seen under strobe light or your underwater lamp. The males, with a gracefully curved torso and stomach that tapers into the tail structure, are easy to identify. You may even say that they have a shape (Continued on page 18) Seahorses come in many shades

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 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, Jack Ho rkheimer, Pauline E. Kayes, Greta Kooistra, Peter Marianacci, Ann Phelan, Bert Poyck, Michael Thiessen, 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 June 10 to June 17, 2005 C arib Inn owner and operator Bruce Bowker has been honored for his 30 years as a PADI Dive Instructor. Today Bruce is the most senior active instructor on Bonaire! “I actually became a dive instru ctor in April of 1973 at the YMCA in Princeton, New Jersey,” Bowker relates. “That’s where I met Capt. Don who invited me to come down to the island to work for three week s at Don’s Aquaventure at the old Hotel Bonaire. I got here in June 1973.” The idea was for him, as a YMCA dive instructor , to stay just three weeks, then other instructors would follow on a rotational basis. But Bruce liked the island so much that he asked Don if he could stay on. Don agreed, and so Br uce’s three weeks turned into 32 years! Two years later, in 1975, Bowker got his PADI certification. Then in 1980 he opened the very popular and successful Carib Inn. What’s the secret of its success and what’s his advice for the island? “Stay small,” replies Bowker, who continues to fight to keep diving a thriving business on the island. Bruce was instrumental as President of the Foundation to Preserve Klein Bonaire in getting Klein back for the people of Bonaire in 2000. He is currently President of CURO (council of underwater dive operators on Bonaire). Congratulations, Pabien , to one of Bonaire’s Living Treasures. L.D. Bruce’s Award Bruce Bowker – 30 years with Padi The Lighthouse Walk T wo issues ago we reported that Bonaire’s leading long-distance walker, Nazario Alberto, would attempt to “stroll” to all of Bonaire’s lighthouses. He succeeded. Leaving the Malmok lighthouse at 3 pm on Friday, May 20, it took him 12 hours, 45 minutes to walk the 71.5 Km (44.4miles) route, finishing Saturday at 3:45 am at Fort Oranje in Kralendijk. He deliberately kept his pace down and was joined by Filipe Melaan and Liffet Martis. Congratulations to all. G.D. Photo and facts supplied by Bert Poyck. Nazario at Washington Park

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 ( Ocean Mustang Corral. Continued from page 15) that resembles a “pot belly.” The female shape starts out in the same curve just under the base of the head, but it abruptly ends above the tail with a flat right angle profile. The females also seem to be less shy and more mobile within their chosen habitat. This behavior may be linked to the added parenting responsibility of the male. He may be more reclusive when incubating a clutch of embryos. We have yet to witness the release of the live offspring and have no personal knowledge of the length of incubation and aftercare by the male parent. Rapture of the Deep? I have been lost in the wondrous realm of the sea. For me, it feels like this is the place of my own birth. Is that possible? When I am engrossed in a new personal discovery or a simple observation of life previously unknown to me, I have no sense of passing time or other outside influences. My partner awakens me to reality with a sharp metallic signal that our visit is over. Reluctantly, I return the message with a quick OK. Have I been a victim of the “rapture of the deep” at only 10 meters? Perhaps I have been “hypnotized” by the swaying motion of the seahorse or the gentle rocking of the surge. Whatever the cause of my euphoria, I do not want it to end. I have a conscious desire to remain here in the warm, comforting embrace of my mother, the sea. We hope you join us in our pursuit of knowledge and the quest for the answers to survival on Earth. Story & photos by © Albert Bianculli

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 THIS WEEK Friday, June 10 – Klein Bonaire & STCB on TV Chan. 26, BVN, 7 am Monday, June 13 —SELIBON’s Big Cleanup starts in Antriol, Den Stashi. Until June 11 Jay Haviser Art Exhibit at ARTEBON (on the waterfront promenade about 500 m. north of Karel’s bar) from 6:30-9 pm, every evening. Free admission Sunday, June 12 Jong Bonaire Triathalon— Win prizes 200m. Swim, 10K bike, 3K run. Call 717-4303, Jong Bonaire. Sunday, June 12 —Father’s Day! Sun Until June 28 Wilna Groenenboom Art Exhibit, The Cinnamon Art Gallery is at Kaya A.P. L. Brion #1, just off Kaya Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe. Open weekdays 9 am to noon, 2 to 5 pm. Call 717-7103 or 786-9563. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, June 13, 15, 17 Jay Haviser speaks on TV Channel 11 on the Decentralization of the Government , 8 pm. In Papiamentu COMING Friday, June 24 —St. John’s Day Wednesday, June 29 —St. Peter’s Day Saturday, July 2 —Rincon Marshé Sunday, July 3 —13th Annual Bonaire Arts Day (Dia di Art ), Wilhelmina Plaza 10 am-10 pm, arts, crafts, music, dancing, food, drink Monday, July 4 —US holiday. Fireworks at some resorts The International Bonaire Sailing Regatta October 9 – 15, 2005 . 17-24th July Diva’s Women Windsurf Week Learn to windsurf clinic Contact Ann Phelan 786-3134 or email ann@bonairewindsurfing.com www. bonairecaribbean.com 3 local scholarships still available for teen or local women. To apply contact Ann Phelan. 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 Bingogreat prizes, 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. 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. CHURCH SERVICES International Bible Church of Bonaire – Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 7178332 Protestant Congregation of Bonaire . Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm . Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish and English. Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304 . Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in Engliish . Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116. ****** 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 Son of the Mask Late Show Call to make sure: Usually 9:00 pm Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow) Early Show (usually 7pm) King's Ransom (Anthony Anderson) W hat an alert expression on “Hector’s face!” This black and tan smooth haired pup is about eight months old and is in the “larger dog” category. But more than that he’s sweet, enthusiastic and smart. He’s got the kind of character that will make him easy to train. Hector is in robust good health, has had his shots and is sterilized. You may see him at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. Is your dog getting bored with the same old commands of sit, stay and come? Is he always looking for snacks? Then make him work for them and spice up his repertoire with a new trick, “Flip and Catch.” Balance a small treat on his nose. Say, “Okay,” as you glide the treat from his nose to his mouth. Do this several times. Then offer praise only when he tries to flip the treat into his mouth. Finally, balance the treat and say, “Stay.” Take a few steps back, pause, then say, “Okay,” for the flip and catch. With each successful catch give lots of praise. L.D.

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Page 20 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 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. ART GALLERY Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist is featured. Stop by. Free entry. 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. Photo Tours Divers-Yellow Submarine low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis . Join their cleanup dives and BBQ. WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining the highest professional standards. In town at City Café and at Eden Beach. 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, DVD rentals, 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, slides, 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. Mike Boom & Associates Broad assortment of homes and properties. View on their website www. bonairerealty.com or office in town 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. LIST YOUR BUSINESS HERE. Call 717-8988 or 791-7252 for more information. It’s easy and not expensive. 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. Closed during June. RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES Want your restaurant listed here? It’s easy and not expensive Call The Reporter at 717-8988 or 791-7252 for info 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 Early Dinner Open 11 am -6 pm Closed Sunday Lots of parking in big mall lot Kitchen Open non-stop 11am-6 pm 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. Den Laman On the water, just off the traffic circle 717-4106 Moderate-Expensive Breakfast, Lunch Dinner Open 7 days Creative cuisine on the seaside . Top chefs from Amsterdam cook in an open modern kitchen featuring induction cooking. Seafood a specialty. 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 June 10 to June 17, 2005 “W hen there was no work for the men on Bonaire, my father left for Aruba and started working for Lago Refinery. My mom joined him, and ‘not so long ago’ I was born by accident on Aruba! Shortly after, my dad got six months leave and we came back to Bonaire. We grew up on Aruba and Bonaire. People, after working for two or three years at the refinery, would get six months leave, so we traveled back and forth all the time. They’d put a tag, ‘Bonaire,’ on us and we were sent off by ‘air mail.’ On Bonaire one of the 11 brothers or sisters of my mom or my grandmother would be there to collect us. I was the first child of my parents, Teresita Cecilia and Thomas Bernabela, and after me two boys were born. I was overprotected, my God! No wonder I started studying drama and became a little bit wild later on! When I finished high school I wanted to go and study in Holland like everybody else, but my dad said, ‘No way! No daughter of mine is going to live in Amsterdam at the age of 19!’ As I needed their signature I couldn’t go. However, one year later, I became a stewardess for ALM and KLM. They gave me a nice light blue uniform with a coquettish little hat. Hopi great! Still overprotective, my parents took me to the airport. I walked next to them in my uniform with my cute little carry on; then I saw that enormous plane. When I applied for the job, one of the questions was, ‘Why do you want to become a stewardess?’ My answer was, ‘I see a plane as a symbol; it will connect me to other worlds, different points of view, and it will broaden my mind.’ So, the moment I see this Boeing 747, I feel the adrenaline rushing through my body. I waved goodbye to my poor parents. One year ago they wouldn’t let me go to Amsterdam, now I’m taking off on a KLM flight to Rio de Janeiro! That’s worse than Amsterdam! Well, working for KLM, I learned a lot about life and the absence of moral values! I also saw women discriminated against. There were about 80 stewardesses and five male pursers, but those five men had the absolute power! However, five years later, when I left KLM/ALM, we’d somehow managed to change the world a little bit, because ALM was completely taken over by women!” Jackie Bernabela is an exotic, extravagant woman. She lives in one of the most beautiful old Bonairean houses, the little house of Shon Pa Bernabela, her grandfather. Jackie is a born entertainer, a passionate professional and a free spirit . “All my life I loved having an audience; I loved theatre and I loved to act. When I was a stewardess the passengers were my audience. I’d make a complete show out of the safety demonstration! Everybody had to watch me! I’m not some sort of an idiot doing all that for nothing, for a bunch of people chewing gum and looking bored! No! I wanted attention! And I got it! They loved it! After five years as a stewardess I went to Holland to study theatre at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten , the University for Arts in Utrecht. I was 25, still young enough to get a scholarship. Through my KLM connections I found a marvelous house in the center of Amsterdam, in the Jordan. If you want to make it in life you have to live in a metropolis like Amsterdam that’s loaded with culture and with a tremendously diverse population. If you never experienced that and lived ‘behind God’s back,’ as we say, you will always stay narrow minded and nothing will ever change. Many people in Holland think that we Antilleans live some sort of a retarded life in a hut in the tropics. But I think that we have seen more, have traveled more and have mixed more with other cultures than many people in Holland. I was the second dark person at the University. Everybody wanted to touch my hair. Now they’ve had enough of us! Now we have a problem with Rita Verdonk (Dutch Integration and Immigration Minister) Who is Antillean? You are who you feel you are. It’s just by coincidence that you’re born in a certain country; only later on in life do you begin to realize where you belong. If you want to know where someone is from, ask them! And accept their answer! I’m Bonairean; I’m not Aruban! My name is Bernabela! I talk like a Bonairean! This is my home! You see that kalbas tree? See how big it is? We grew up together! Well, let’s go on with the story: I was very lucky in my studies. After the first year I went on a tour with this very famous actor couple: Kitty Janssen and Andre v.d. Heuvel. My name was in neon on the theatres: Jackie Bernabela! We performed in every theatre throughout the country and I learned so many things, professionally and personally. The second year of my studies I did something very important for my black background: I joined ‘DNA,’ the first black actors theatre in Amsterdam, together with Rufus Collins and Henk Tjon. It made me aware of who I am. Rufus taught me how to direct a play and to go for perfection; he was an authority. We joined protest marches and that’s something you learn as a student in Amsterdam too: to protest against society and authority! That’s a real good thing, you know! After I finished school I made a documentary for the Netherlands Antilles about Antilleans who went to live in Holland. That was 25 years ago, but the topic is still the same. For seven years I taught at the Foundation for Artistic and Cultural Formation in Amsterdam. We introduced every art discipline at elementary schools and high schools. There was a lot of interaction between colleagues and the cooperation was just wonderful. That’s something I miss here. When you do something together you’re stronger and the results are more beautiful. Look at what happened with Jay Haviser and me. He’s an archeologist and anthropologist, I’m a museum expert with an artistic background, and together we founded BONAI, the Bonaire Archeology Institute, three years ago. To do something like that you have to be strong and be able to share. I had a lot of friends in Holland and one of them was Richard Hooi who became the head of SEK (cultural and educational department) on Bonaire. He told me, ‘Jackie forget what you’re doing in Holland, we need you here!’ It took two years before it was arranged: mañana , mañana … I’d forgotten how it was! I came as the deputy head for the Cultural Department. Then Richard founded the Bonairean Pedagogic Academy and asked me to become the drama professor. I organized a poetry contest for the elementary schools and the children with the winning poems were photographed in a typical Bonairean setting. Those pictures were printed one meter high. It was a great success and it showed what a wonderful outcome you can get when you connect different disciplines of art. Later, several Bonairean musicians turned the poems into songs and we put them on a CD. It was a big project, but in those days the government had a budget. In between I went to Holland for two years to study museum management; the government sent me with a scholarship from UNESCO. Besides BONAI I’m involved in all sorts of different projects, one of them is my youth theatre group JePeBon. We educate older children at schools society-wise, socially, philosophically and artistically. I’ve always been a pioneer; I start to change something and then others take over and I’m ready for something new. It’s not that I plan it; it just happens. I’ve met very passionate professionals like Rufus and Jay and we inspire each other. I am a passionate, romantic and nostalgic person, and I’m a fanatic when it comes to my work. I want to take all the art disciplines to the schools; I want children to enrich themselves and find their self esteem and their selfconfidence through their creativity. When I ask a child, ‘Hey, did you do that? That is really great!’ and I see the child’s face light up and begin to shine… then I know why I’m doing this, then I know what inspires me and why I am fanatic. Art is my passion, in every aspect. It’s my life and it’s what keeps me going!” Story and photo by Greta Kooistra Greta Kooistra “ Many people in Holland think that we Antilleans live some sort of a retarded life in a hut in the tropics. But I think that we have seen more, have traveled more and have mixed more with other cultures than many people in Holland .” Jackie Bernabela Jackie Bernabela

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Page 22 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 I t’s been a few weeks since my last column, so I hope you remember that I was writing about planting hedges. This will be the last article in that series. But maybe first an update about the seasons on Bonaire. I hope the whole island had some rain in the last weeks, maybe some areas got too much, others not enough. These rains will hopefully end a certain dormant period for a lot of plants. Semi-local trees like the Cedar, Karawara, Erhythrina and Flamboyant lost a lot of their leaves, but they will fill in quickly during this period. Maybe you have seen the first Flamboyant trees already blooming with their most beautiful colors. This brings me back to the hedges. Some varieties may not have looked so good in the recent past, but with the last rain things will get better right away. As I wrote, if you plant a hedge, always make up your mind what you want. Plants suitable for hedges come in every shape, color and height that you can imagine. So if you want it to be really thick or fast growing, with or without flowers, spiny, or a combination of all of these, nearly anything is possible. If you are building a new house it might be wise to start planting your hedges during the early stage. By the time your house is finished you can have some instant privacy! This also saves you a lot of money. In the old days on Bonaire people with goats or cows made hedges like the famous Cactus fence and maybe planted some varieties alongside that the cattle liked to eat like the Mata di Baka. They kept pruning it to feed it to the cattle, and by doing this they created the most beautiful thick hedges that were green all the time. When you plant a hedge always keep in mind how big you want it to be. For smaller hedges there are several types available. And make sure you don't plant too close to a wall because a hedge needs space to grow on both sides. For most varieties it’s very important that they get light on at least two sides. This is also a good thing to keep in mind when you prune a hedge. People are likely to prune more on the bottom than on the top, simply because they have better access. But it has to be the other way around. Keep the bottom as dense as possible and trim the top narrower than the bottom. When you do this you will always have light on every side and your hedge will stay healthier. If you expect some shade in the future in the area where you want to plant a hedge, perhaps because you planted some big trees close by, be sure to choose a hedge variety that can handle shade. A hedge is an investment for a long time because it has a purpose, so you don't want to have to change it after a few years because it has become too shady. I hope this is enough information for you. It’s always wise to ask your gardener for his opinion. There are so many possibilities from which to choose that it’s sensible to be well informed. Ap van Eldik 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. 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.) D ean Botsford sent us several photos of Heidi Fraley and Caylin Botsford reading The Reporter in various locations on their trip to the Baltimore Aquarium. We chose two: Next to a prehistoric shark jaw (megledon) in the aquarium and beside a statue of a crab (with a Baltimore Oriole) outside the Hard Rock Café by the Harbor are Caylin left, and Heidi, right. The girls were preparing for their eighth trip to Bonaire and should be on island when the Bonaire Reporter hits the streets. The flamboyant blossom is orchid-like in appearance. Hedges

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Page 23 Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005 Why Do the Stars Move Hour After Hour, Season After Season? H ave you ever wondered just why the stars change their position from hour to hour and from season to season? Well, wonder no more. During mid-spring, late April, early May, at 9 pm in the Sky park face north where you will see the Big Dipper high above the North Star , which, coincidentally, is the end star of the handle of the Little Dipper . Now if our Earth were perfectly stationary in the heavens we would see these stars and all the other stars in the same place every single night. But because our Earth is not stationary but rotates from west to east on an imaginary line we call the Earth's axis, the stars appear to slowly drift across the sky all night long in the opposite direction, from east to west. Many call this the greatest optical illusion in nature because even though the stars look like they rise in the east, travel across the sky and set in the west, it is in fact, our Earth doing the moving. And if you look closely you will notice that all the stars appear to change their position and move from east to west except for one star, the North Star. The reason it does not move is because it is directly above our Earth's north pole, directly above our Earth's axis. So in effect it is like the hub of the great endlessly turning wheel of the heavens. Now astronomers measure visual distances in the sky by degrees. The distance from a clear horizon to directly overhead, the zenith, is divided into 90 sections, 90 degrees. And 15 degrees is the distance all the stars move from east to west across the sky in one hour. So if the Big Dipper is in this position in mid spring at 9 pm, it will be 15 degrees farther west one hour later and 15 more degrees west an hour after that. See for yourself, using the Big Dipper or any pattern of stars, any hour of the night, any night of the year. But there is one catch, if our Earth only rotated on its axis and didn't have any other motion we would see the same star patterns in the same places at the same times every night. The Big Dipper would be in the same place at 9 o'clock every night of the year. But such is not the case because in addition to our Earth's rotating on its axis once a day it also makes one journey around the Sun once a year. So as our Earth moves along in its orbit, it changes its position in respect to the stars a little bit each night, with the result that if a given star rises just above the horizon at 9 pm one night, the following night that same star will rise 4 minutes earlier and will be approximately one degree farther along on its journey across the sky at 9 pm. This further means that since every star rises 4 minutes earlier each night and is one degree farther along, after one month all the stars will be 30 degrees farther along their journey at 9 pm. This further means that after 3 months, the length of a season, all the stars will have moved 90 degrees across the sky at 9 pm, and thus we will see different stars at the same hour of the night each season. Orion is high up in early evening winter so he is called a winter star pattern. Leo is always high up in early evening in spring, so we call Leo a spring star pattern. Scorpius is high up in summer, Pegasus the horse, high up in autumn. It's that simple. The stars move because #1 our Earth rotates on its axis and #2 because our Earth orbits the Sun. Jack Horkheimer *to find it, just look up For the week: June 10 to June 17, 2005 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Things at home may be somewhat rocky. Try out for a local sports team such as volleyball, tennis, lawn bowling, or whatever interests you. Try not to hurt your partner's feelings. Reevaluate your situation. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Someone you live with will be quite unreason able this week. You'll only hurt your lover if you don't. Try not to be too harsh with your mate. You can make alterations to your appearance that everyone will admire. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can learn from those who have had similar experiences. Don't give your heart too read ily. You can't lock your partner up and if you keep restricting their freedom you may be left out in the cold. There could be opposition or temper tantrums on the home front. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't rely on others to do your work. Turn things around, make sure that they do their share. Expect to have more people on your domestic scene. You can learn valuable info rmation if you listen and observe what others are doing and saying. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You have been stagnating for some time now and you need a change of pace. Self-deception regarding your own worth may lead you down the wrong path. Added knowledge will give you the edge when dealing with peers. You need to reevaluate your situatio n. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Secret love affairs may be enticing; however, you must be prepared for the restraints that will follow. Talk to those in a position of power about your intentions. Take time to visit someone who has been I confined due to illness. Love can be yours if you get out and about. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Move forward if you want to turn your life around. Voice your opinions and contribute to the de bate. Visitors may relieve the tension. Channel your efforts into achieving your goals. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Jealousy may get in the way of a good relationship. Real estate investments will pay off. Your emotional stability may influence the changes taking place in your personal life. Be diplomatic but stem. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be diplomatic but stem. Don't be too hard on yourself. Travel will be to your advantage; however, it might be expensive. You will not be able to trust someone you work with. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Female members of your family may be difficult to deal with. You can take advantage of opportunities if you are quick to make a move. You hard work and dedication will pay off, so stick to your guns and do your job well. Your hypnotic eyes will capture the hearts of those who interest you. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Avoid functions that will bring you in contact with those you find difficult to get along with. Opportunities to upgrade your living standards will come through your lover or through joint financial investments. Chances are they are jealous. You can ge t your point across and make valuable connections. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Let others know what your intentions are and be honest in your approach. You will do well if you mingle with the brass this week. Try to mix business with pleasure while traveling. Everything is moving quickly, just the way you like it. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. HereÂ’s a drawing of the summer constellation Scorpius. Can you pick it out from the heaven full of stars (photo on right)?