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Following a comprehensive
investigation that gathered
a significant quantity of evi-
dence, on Monday morning
Bonaire police arrested two
young men for the double
murder of the Martis brothers
(see last week's edition of The
Reporter.). Detained for ques-
tioning were alleged ringleader,
E.I. "Macho" Wanga, 20, of
Kaya Djindja and L.E. Craane,
21, of Amboina. Suspect Wanga
was arrested at his home and
suspect Craane on his way to
fish around Klein Bonaire. The
police also confiscated several
items and a vehicle but offered
no additional details. The in-
vestigation is continuing.

0 The convicted criminals
who robbed and beat two American
residents in their home last year re-
ceived considerable additional prison
time from the Joint Court of the Nether-
lands Antilles and Aruba as a result of the
appeal of their case. The Court, ruling in
appeal, denied their
petition and IN-
sentences (except
for one defendant,
Dominico Wanga).
These are their
current terms:
Ellery Nicolaas:
Prior Term 12 years,
now, 15 years.
Valery Nicolaas: Prior Term 3 years and
6 months, now, 6 years and 6 months.
Ryan Frans: Prior Term 9 years,
now, 12 years.
Sergio Mercera: Prior Term 12 years,

A Bonaire "Ninja" arrest squad member brings
one of the suspects into the police station.

now, 15 years.
Dominico Wanga: Prior Term 30 months,
The decision has been universally ap-
plauded in the local community.

A The Court of Appeals acquitted
Udemar 'Shon Ma' Isidora, the police
officer and former chief of the Hato
Airport drug-busting team. A key wit-
nesse withdrew his accusation and others
were out of the jurisdiction so could not
be re-examined. On March 17 Shon Ma
was found guilty and sent to prison for
seven years. However, the Joint Court of
the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, rul-
ing in appeal, found the evidence in the
case insufficient to uphold the conviction.
Shon Ma consistently denied having done
anything wrong. He said he had been a
victim of the underworld which supplied
the prosecutor with false statements.

Shon Ma (56) has had a career with the
police of almost 36 years.

SAccording to Ivar Asjes, Curagao's
Tourism Commissioner, the government
of Curacao should be willing to start a
new airline to solve the airlift problem
of the island. Last week, during the
press conference, he admitted that the
ruling coalition is considering a successor
for the bankrupt DCA. He said, "The for-
mer DCA employees have enough exper-
tise, so they can assist in the request for
the required permits. We can start small.
Some other companies have also started
with just one airplane."

A Last week Air Jamaica an-
nounced a new route system and flight
schedule as the airline seeks to emerge as
a smaller, nimbler carrier. As part of its
effort to reduce the losses, management
cut the fleet from 20 to 15 planes, as well
as staff and routes.
Among the routes cut are Boston and
the Caribbean destinations of Antigua
and St. Lucia. The airline is now flying to
10 US cities; New York, Newark, Los
Angeles, Chicago, Orlando, Baltimore,
Philadelphia, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale,
and Miami. There will be daily flights to
Toronto, Canada, and London, England.
In the Caribbean, the airline will oper-
ate six flights weekly to Barbados, six
weekly to Grenada, four flights per week
to Curagao, four flights per week to Nas-
sau, Bahamas, five flights per week to
Grand Cayman, three to Havana, Cuba,
and one weekly flight to Bonaire.

A The group of small hoteliers trying
to arrange weekly air charters from Ft.

SAruba's ban on spear
fishing will soon be lifted. Speared
Minister Wever folded to fish
pressure from the National
Spear fishing Association. Judicial Af-
fairs Head, George Croes, last Monday
said that spear fishing regulations "would
be adapted to make it possible to shoot
fish in certain areas in the Aruban seas."
Environmental organizations are angry.
According to biologists, spear fishing
harms the fragile reefs and damages the
ecosystem because spear fishers select
the largest fish. In addition, a spear gun
is considered a deadly weapon.
Milton Ponson, a local spokesman for
the Rainbow Warriors, lamented that the
Minister had succumbed to the pressure.
"It is sad that a federal ordinance to pro-
tect nature is being sabotaged for political
gain, to get more votes and favors from
members of the spear fishing group," he

A To commemorate the 25th anniver-
sary of Queen Beatrix's coronation, the
Kingdom partners will mint a series of

Lauderdale, Florida, is holding a meet- Continued on page 4
ing to discuss their plan this Thursday,
July 28th at 10 am at Jong Bonaire. In-
terested parties should attend.

Bonaire Reporter July 29 to August 5, 2005

Page 2

2005 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-
7252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The
Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Edi-
tor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. An-
tilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Albert Bianculli, Barbara Mason Bianculli, Dodo,
Maria Elena Domacasse, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Ann
Phelan, Jake Richter, Angelique Salsbach, Mik Smit, Brad Swanson,
Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr, Natalie A.C. Wanga
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 Druk-
kerij Curacao

Bonaire Reporter July 29 to August 5, 2005

Page 3

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
coins. The Antillean coins are designed
by Tirzo Martha, an artist from Curagao.
The queen will mint the first coin at the
Bank of the Netherlands. The coins will
go on sale to the public afterwards.
A series of three coins
will be minted: a silver
five-guilder, a gold ten-
guilder, and a five-guilder
circulation coin.

SThe Bank of the Netherlands An-
tilles will be issuing a bond on August 5
on behalf of the Government of the
Netherlands Antilles with the main aim
to refinance a maturing bond of NAf 32
million. The issue concerns a 7.25% loan
with a maturity of 10 years with a semi-
annual coupon.
The general public can subscribe to this
bond issue at all commercial banks until
10 am on August 1.

t According to a poll conducted by
the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS),
a huge majority of the people in Cura-
cao and Bonaire believes their political
world is corrupt and corruption will
grow in the coming years; 83% of Bo-
naireans believe that corruption under-
mines politics, and 80% see a similar
effect on norms and values. On Bonaire
533 people (343 men and 190 women)
were interviewed.
In Curagao, where 2,076 people were
interviewed, the situation is a bit worse.
No fewer than 92% feel that corruption
negatively affects politics; 91% believe
norms and values are impaired.
Three questions were posed in the Oc-
tober 2004 perception poll:
1. How seriously do you rate the im-
pact of corruption on your personal and
family life, on politics and on morality in
2. Do you expect the corruption to
change in the coming three years?
3. If you could eliminate corruption by
magic, where would you act first?
Corruption was defined by the CBS as
a phenomenon that has three elements:
conflict of interest, nepotism and crony-
People with high incomes said the im-
pact on their personal and family life is
small, while low-income people say they
suffer because of the influence of corrup-
tion. About half the respondents said cor-
ruption should be eliminated among poli-
ticians first

P A combined operation of the Coast
Guard of the Antilles and Aruba, the

Bales of Cocaine

Royal Navy, detectives in St. Maarten
and Curagao, the customs police, the
Venezuelan Coast Guard and US Coast
Guard netted 1,000 kilos of cocaine at
sea 80 miles northeast of Bonaire. The
32 bales of drugs were hidden in several
compartments on board the Venezuelan
fishing boatMadre Querida. The street
value of the drugs was about $29 million
(50 million guilders). The boat was
headed for St. Maarten. Six persons
were arrested, all of them Venezuelan

A Beginning October 1st Dive Friends
Bonaire will offer a free upgrade to
unlimited Nitrox with a purchase of any
consecutive six-day dive package. They
also offer the PADI Nitrox Specialty
Course. Photo Tours Divers and Yellow
Submarine are divisions of Dive Friends
Bonaire, a new company focused on pro-
viding the best in diving services. Yel-
low Submarine opened a second location
at Caribbean Club Bonaire, just an eight-
minute drive north of Kralendijk. Photo
Tours Divers and Yellow Submarine, are
PADI Gold Palm Resorts and National
Geographic Dive Centers as well as ac-
tive REEF Field Stations. For more in-
formation contact Dive Friends Bonaire
via email info@dive-friends-bonaire.
com, or visit the Web site at www.dive-

SA total of 38,225 of the 43,206 par-
ticipants (88%) who started the Four
Day Walk of Nijmegen, including our
Bonairean team, completed it. Accord-
ing to Natalie Wanga, Nazario Alberto,
the "Bonaire Road Runner," once again
'out walked' himself by doing 40 km. in
51/2 hours each day He's having some
troubles with his 56-year-old knees right
now, but it's just a matter of resting be-
fore he's as fast as ever. (Read his inspi-
rational story in last week's Bonaire Re-
porter, page 8). In addition, both B6i
Antoin (40 kilometer class) and Roy
Martinus (50 kilometer class), Bonaire's
other walkers, finished in good standing.
This was the 89h year for the Walk that
draws participants from across the Dutch
Kingdom and around the world. Partici-



Under the guidance of Dr. Jay Hav-
iser, four young people, members of the
Bonai group, are participating in the In-
Bbi Antoin, center, the Editor of the ternational Association for Caribbean
extra Papiamentu language newspa- Archeology 21st Congress at the Uni-
per is congratulated at thefinish. versity of the West Indies in Trinidad.
The students will give a presentation of
,ants walk 40 or 50 kilometers each day. the work they've been doing in Bonaire.
\s they entered the city of Nijmegen, at The trip was made possible with the help
he end of the walk on Friday, all were of AMFO and the Prins Bernhard Fonds.
,heered by well wishers who flanked the The students will write up the results of
oadside. Paul Comenencia, the Antilles' their trip in an article for The Reporter.

Plenipotentiary Minister, greeted the An-
tillean finishers from Sint Maarten, Sint
Eustatius, Bonaire and Curagao.
Nazario is scheduled to arrive at Fla-
mingo Airport on Friday evening around
8:15 pm. All are invited to welcome him

A Desire, of Yoga for You, reports
that Beginning Yoga classes will start
Tuesday, August 2, and every Tuesday
thereafter, from 5 to 6 pm at the Har-
bour Village Spa. Call 786-6416 for
more information and/or to sign up.

A The models in the Benetton ad on
page 18 are Jonathan and Crestely
Cranston. G./L.D

4V m. boom & associates *-
Real Estate Brokers & Consultants

Bonaire Reporter July 29 to August 5, 2005



Land, Houses & Commercial Properties.
From US$10,000 to US$1,000,000

Tel: 786-3923 Kaya Jean Vitte 22
Kralendijk, Bonaire

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eO I I Nen 0. UPAGEI


Dear Editor,
Is the government of Bonaire trying to destroy all the
dive businesses on that island? Is there a sinister plot to
see diving stopped? It certainly seems so.

What would happen if there was no diving on Bonaire?
The first reaction of most people is that the economy
would fall apart and the island would go bankrupt. But
think about this a bit more. If there was no diving then
there would be few to keep a watch on the reefs and the
overall ecology of Bonaire. With all those people out of
the way, beaches could be blasted into the coral shore-
line. Then huge hotels could be built anywhere, and look
at the huge kickbacks a few people would enjoy from
Since before the beginning of the Marine Park users'
fee, the dive operators said they asked that everyone be
charged. For years they asked and were told no. Asked
again and told no again. One person even suggested at
the very first meeting to have a 5% sales tax and have
everyone pay equally. (That person certainly had some
foresight.) Think of how much money has been lost by
not charging all users $10 since the beginning.
And now when the government finally gets around to
thinking, they do charge the others $10 but raise the dive
tax by 250% but not to cruise ship divers who pay only
The government for some reason has decided, after
never thinking about it before, to make all the dive opera-
tors have their air storage tanks inspected even though
some types cannot be inspected. This could force many
operators to spend $1000's in new tanks when in reality
it is not necessary. There is also a plan to charge for
piers. And who knows what other new charges will come
Even though the dive industry brings in a huge percent-
age of the island's income, cruise ships seem to be the
favorite of the government at this time, even though 100

cruise ship people will spend less than one diver and
those cruise ships create people pollution among many,
many other things. It looks like someone thinks that at
the end of the year, the total number of visitors to Bon-
aire is far more important than the money spent here.
Would you really want 60,000 cruise ship people spend-
ing only about 20% of what perhaps only 20,000 would
spend? 60,000 people bashing the island for a few hours
and leaving Bonaire, caring less what happens to it and
spending nothing.
Kite surfers have taken over dive sites. These surfers
generate basically little income for the island but chase
divers away. Some people say that the number of divers
coming to Bonaire might decline. They are probably cor-
rect since the government seems to be doing as much as
it can to chase them away.
The list goes on. Yes, it does seem someone in the gov-
ernment would like to see diving stopped.
J. Kelly


Dear Editor,
It was a nice surprise to read in your last issue that the
Aruba Police Commissioner Jan van der Straaten had
been appointed Bonaire's Commissioner of Police at the
start of next month.
On Aruba, everybody knows him and his very efficient
fight against crime on this island.
Very well known for his success in fighting crime in
Holland, he came to Aruba several years ago by special
request of the desperate government of Aruba to stop
the critical security situation on the island. Under his
lead, the crime wave was stopped and the security of the
citizens on Aruba improved dramatically. Whenever a
crime was committed, Jan van der Straaten was among
the first police officers coming to the site, during the day
or night or weekend.
His leading role in the Aruban Police Corps was excep-
tional because, unlike on the other Caribbean Dutch is-

lands, there are practically no Dutchmen in top positions
on Aruba (Another exception is the current Dutch direc-
tor of the Aruba Airport Authority who, with his experi-
ence from leading the operation of the Amsterdam Schi-
phol airport, has already scored first successes in his ef-
fort to improve the desperate financial situation of the
Aruba airport).
The arrival of Van der Straaten means certainly an im-
portant contribution to the fight against the current rising
crime and to improving the continuously worsening per-
sonal security on Bonaire. Also his lovely wife, a known
painter who shows her work also in a gallery on Aruba,
will be certainly welcome.
Jiri Lausman

We reported last week that Jan van der Straaten was to
be named Bonaire 's new Police Commissioner effective
August P1t based on a report in La Prensa. Up until now,
however, official releases say only that Commissioner
Straaten will hold discussions with the Justice Depart-
ment about coming to Bonaire.
Perhaps getting out from under the Natalie Holloway
case will be a relief Ed

Dear Editor,

Please note that when you fly with TRANSAVEN that
you have plenty of money for the various Airport Taxes:
First Bonaire International Tax, $20. On your return
flight, first Bs. 14.700 for the local airport tax from, and
then another Bs.80.000 for the International Tax when
you leave Venezuela from Valencia. These taxes add an-
other +/- $54 to your airfare. Make sure you have the
money in cash on you. They can not change US dollars
or give change in US dollars.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you get the GREEN Copy
from your immigration form or you will have major
trouble leaving Venezuela!
Roger Willems

Bonaire Reporter July 29 to August 5, 2005

Page 5


Bonaire Makes a

Big Difference or oP18AI

Activities of
AMFO and the
NGO Platform

"Friends desert me... I cry affnight...

so sadto be blind"
Nemencio Winklaar

To lose one's vision is terrible; it
can also be very lonely.
"Friends desert me ... I cry all
night... so sad to be blind," were
some of the thoughts of Nemencio
Winklaar, the talented Bonaire musi-
cian who became blind at age 42. He
was one of the first beneficiaries of the
Bonaire Foundation for the Blind. Mr.
Winklaar passed away, but he is re-
membered as a gifted singer and guitar
player in Rincon who felt the sting of

What is the Foundation?
The Foundation, Fundashon Bonairi-
ano pa Siegunan, has assisted Bonaire-
ans with vision impairments and blind-
ness for almost 30 years. Currently it
serves nine adults, and the Foundation

is conducting a survey to find others
who need their help. "We believe there
are over 40 people on the island with
low vision or total blindness," says
Roxanne Timp, secretary of the Foun-
dation and one of its four volunteers.
According to the World Health Organi-
zation (WHO), "low vision" refers to
"visual impairment that cannot be cor-
rected with medical treatments, glasses
or contact lenses, and which reduces an

their clients lead
lives. People
who have trou-
ble seeing need
to do all the
daily activities
that sighted peo-
ple do and take
for granted.
They must know
how to measure
ingredients for
cooking, iden-
tify money de-s
shop, do bank- Bonaire Fou
ing, read and (left
write with mag- Louis
nifiers or with
Braille, keep up with the news, clean,
garden, recognize food stuffs in cans
and boxes, match clothes to wear, iden-
tify correct medicines, use clocks,
phones, TVs, radios, use large fonts on
a computer, rearrange their homes to
accommodate their decreasing vision,
navigate around the house or neighbor-
hood safely, and especially how to con-
tinue to do what they enjoy.

rndation for the Blind volunteers,
to right) Roxanne Timp,
;e Coffi Green, Elka Coffi

low vision, blindness and other disabili-
ties. Louise adds, "We'd like to learn
more about causes, prevention, and
treatment of vision problems. Then we
can help our members understand their
doctor's visits, and perhaps we can help
identify vision problems earlier, even in
children, so they can be treated." Par-
ents shouldn't wait until children are
reading or staring at computers all day
to get their eyes checked. Every year

individual's ability to carry out impor- A while back a blind man from Bon- spent straining to see out of one good
tant life activities including obtaining aire went to Curaqao to learn Braille eye can further compromise vision in
an education, living and traveling inde- and to learn how to walk with a cane. the other eye.
pendently, being employed, and enjoy- "I'd like to be able to offer that training
ing and seeing visual images." here on Bonaire, too," says Louise Networking with Foundations on
Coffi Green, a volunteer for almost 28 Other Islands
Helping and Learning years. That will begin to happen, when Thanks to funding from AMFO,
Bonaire's volunteers want to provide in November, Elka Coffi, Foundation Louise, Roxanne, and past president
more counseling, care and tools to help president and volunteer, will receive Harlton Emerenciana were able to par-
training to work with people who have (Continued on page 7)

Bonaire Reporter July 29 to August 5, 2005

Page 6

Small NGO makes... (Continued from page 6)
ticipate in meetings with the foundations
in Curaqao and Aruba in May. "We
want to improve our knowledge so we
can offer better services to the people of
Bonaire. We don't want them to have to
travel to Holland, Curaqao, or Aruba.
One family moved from Bonaire in or-
der to receive care for their children,"
says Roxanne. Louise adds, "At one
meeting, we had the pleasure of meeting
a man named Gino who thanked the vol-
unteers in Aruba. He started to lose his
sight when he was six years old due to
renitis pigmentosa. At first, eyeglasses
helped him, but his condition was one
that couldn't be cured. His vision dete-
riorated, and by age 16 he had lost most
of his sight. He became depressed and
did not want to continue his education.
But with the help of Aruba's Foundation
for the Blind, he received counseling
and textbooks on CDs to help him finish
school. He then entered the University
of Aruba and studied law. He has just
graduated and started a job in the legal
field. He appreciates the help that the
foundation gave him and is proud that
he can function as an independent mem-
ber of society. He even built his own
house with the help of his friends and
lives there with his eight-year-old
daughter." The Foundation for the Blind
makes a big difference.

Unfortunately, less than half of the
people with blindness or low vision ever
become employed. Most do not receive
the rehabilitation necessary to help them
enter the work force or do not find an
employer who is free of the prejudiced
stereotype of the "helpless blind." Very
few visually handicapped people find
jobs as Jim Dunbar did in the ABC mid-
season drama "Blind Justice." Jim por-
trayed a police detective who proves

that the disabled can lead independent
and productive lives. In real life, there
are NASA scientists, chefs, doctors, in-
vestment bankers, federal judges, state
representatives, biologists, physical
therapists and artists with vision loss,
who are known not for their disability
but for their accomplishments. Helping
the visually impaired overcome this
stereotype is one of the jobs the Founda-
tion of the Blind is doing. With the help
of a social worker, a seamstress who
had become blind received the tools and
training she needed to get a job sewing
again. Another person blinded in an ac-
cident secured a job with Curacao's
Foundation for the Blind.

Social Activities
One morning a week for most of the
year, Bonaire's Foundation for the Blind
uses its small bus and two volunteer
drivers to take the "members," people
with low vision, to a central meeting
place in Tera Cora where they can so-
cialize and sometimes play Bingo. This
organization may be small, but its im-
pact is huge. "The members are so
happy when it's Wednesday and they
can get together," smiles Louise, who
also visits them at their homes when she
passes by. "And, of course, they phone
and support one another. Sometimes we
tour parts of the island, and they espe-
cially enjoy visiting the large cruise
ships in port. During the early part of
the month, when the pensions arrive,
they have a little money to spend so we
take them shopping. The volunteers help
them to find their purchases. At Christ-
mas we enjoy a special dinner together.
We would like to have a place to gather
more often than once a week," adds
Louise, "but we must find a building
first. We hope the Bonaire Platform and
AMFO can help us with that."

What do they Need?
A place of their own would also be
where they could store their supplies
which are now scattered in various
homes. "We're lucky to have some
Braille and large print books that were
donated to us by Goede Doelen, a char-
ity foundation in Holland. It happened
because a lady from Holland was diving
here with Andre Nahr. She has three
children with renitis pigmentosa and
wanted to help people with vision prob-
lems on Bonaire. Andre told her, 'See
Roxanne at MCB!' So this year we will
receive more books from Holland!"
smiles Roxanne.

Those of us with good vision take for
granted what we are able to see. "At
one meeting, we had our eyes covered
to experience being blind," remembers
volunteer Roxanne. "We had to walk,
recognize different foods, and pour wa-
ter into cups! It was difficult!" The blind

can experience the visual images while
hearing the music. How else might we
help the visually impaired?

Technology offers wonderful assis-
tance to people with low vision. There
are walking canes that either vibrate or
issue tones when approaching an obsta-
cle, talking barcode readers to help iden-
tify items in the house or store or even
to identify the color of clothing material,
talking bank cash machines, video mag-
nifiers, a handheld talking GPS system,
and talking lampposts in London that
give directions. Also, Wal-Mart is test-
ing a robot that leads a shopper to de-
sired products by reading tags on aisles
and shelves!

Will all this technology be needed on
Bonaire? Perhaps not, but it shows that
businesses are thinking about the people
with low vision. Are we? The Bonaire
Foundation for the Blind is! You can
help them with donations or services.
Do you know someone with deteriorat-
ing vision who needs the help of the
Bonaire Foundation for the Blind? Call
Louise Coffi Green at 717-8171.
Barbara Mason Bianculli

SAMFO: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot #31, Bonaire. Tel. 717-7776, Fax 717-7779,
.l FO 0 website: www.samfo.org, email: info-bon@samfo.org

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

musician, Stevie Wonder, knows the
difficulties personally. One of his re-
cent music videos is artistically de-
scribed orally so people with vision loss

Bonaire Reporter July 29 to August 5, 2005

Page 7


T he premier Diva Women's
Windsurf Week was wonderful.
Twelve women traveling from as far
away as Finland experienced a "women
only" lear-to-windsurfweek. Three
local women, Natalie Wanga, Carlendy
Agudelo and an aspiring teenager, 13-
year-old Nicola Diamondalas, were
part of the class.
The clinic was taught by Flo-
ridian Beth Powell Winkler, an
annual visitor to the island who
simply loves spending time get-
ting folks up sailing. A wind-
surfer for over 20 years, Beth
and her husband, Greg
Winkler have found Bonaire a
windsurf paradise. They leave
their windsurf business in the
Banana River of Florida and
spend two windy weeks in Bon-
This year, Beth took three
days out of her vacation sched-
ule to teach this driven and mo-
tivated group of students. For
all it was a great success.
Carlendy, a children's after-
school program manager, has
sailed before but wanted to take
it to the next level. By the end

of the course, she was in a harness, fly-
ing across the water on her rented gear.
The smile on her face was telling as to
her personal satisfaction.
Natalie, a self-employed woman of
many talents (including Bonaire Re-
porter correspondent) took time
off her busy schedule to become a Diva
Windsurfer. Natalie was deter-
mined to learn the basics and
spent lots of time on the water
practicing the maneuvers
learned on the land stimulator
set up by the Bonaire Windsurf
Nicola took it to another level.
Watching her friend sail she
wanted to learn this challenging
sport. Instead of hanging out all
day on her vacation, she has
been working at her family's
business to save money to buy
a board. When she read about
the clinic in The Bonaire Re-
porter, she immediately con-
tacted the organizer for a slot.
This bright eyed, gregarious
teen was on the beach ready to
learn. By the end of the clinic
she had donned a borrowed
harness, advancing quickly, and

become a new member
of Bonaire's youthful
windsurf elite.
Both locals and visi-
tors alike shared the
same sentiment that it
was very empowering
to learn in a small
group of women. By
day they were on the
water learning the ba-
sics and advancing in
their own skill level.
At lunch they sat in
the shade talking strat-
egy, gear and form. At
night they dined at
local restaurants
laughing and sharing
stories well into the
The next Diva
Women's Week will
be in the winter of
2006. For more details
email Instructor Beth Powell Winkler gives pointers to
ann@bonairewindsurfing. Carlendy Agudelo
Story and photos by Ann Phelan (www.bonairecaribbean.com)

Our thanks to...

Diva Women's Week was sponsored by Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations,
The Bonaire Windsurf Place, Starboard, Hot Sails Maui, Budget, Kontiki Resort
and Croccantino Restaurant.

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The first class for Windsurfing Divas

JePoBon Bonaire's
Puppet Theatre for

M aria Elena Domacassd,
the Chairwoman ofJe-
PoBon reports:
"Last year JePoBon
(Jeugdtheater en Poppenspel
Bonaire Bonaire Puppet Thea-
tre for Youth) was supported ar-
tistically and business wise by
Speeltheater Holland, and we put
on the performance, "R6ke Back row:Carlos, Jacky, Gina, Lula, Maria
Buriku Rek'e." In one year we Elena. Front row: Nelly and Ketty
gave 25 performances in the An-
tilles and 15 in Holland, and we'll
continue the performances in the future. Next season JePoBon will come up with a new
In order to keep a professional level it's necessary to gather knowledge and experi-
ence. Jackie Bemabela will be participating in training and workshops all through
Europe. Later she will direct, without any more help, the production, "Jakono." She'll
be teaching theater to Bonaire's youth and give young talents an opportunity to de-
A workshop will be given in each elementary school, and a selection of children will
be trained, in 10 afternoon sessions, in all the different aspects of show business like
voice, improvisation, how to handle lines and movement. One of the children will be
selected to work with actors Kathy Thielman and Gina Maria Correa in the new pro-
Also, the audience will be encouraged to participate actively in the play, instead of
just watching it passively. Translation by Greta Kooistra

Join the Mountain
Bike Race ,A r _

A ndre Nahr of Cycle Bon-
aire is planning to hold a
mountain bike fun race on the af-. I
ternoon of Saturday, July 30. This
will be a low key type race without
a lot of hoopla and big prizes.
Everyone will ride one lap of the
same course, at the same time. I
think the distance is about 19.6
kilometers, with a number of chal- T
lenging hills. There is a shorter -
course available for those wanting .
to avoid the rough climb up to
Santa Barbara. The first 25 finishers will receive a water bottle as a prize.
We need volunteers to be positioned around the course to make sure the bikers don't
get lost, so everyone is welcome to participate in one fashion or another.
The start will be at 4:30 in the afternoon on Saturday at Cycle Bonaire, next to the
Den Laman Restaurant (on the west side of the traffic circle). The finish will be at Cy-
cle Bonaire too. I'd recommend arriving at Cycle Bonaire well before 4 pm. to sign in
etc. The entry fee is NAf10. Helmets and good working brakes are required for the fun
race. Andre says that helmets and bicycles are available at Cycle Bonaire, but one
should inquire ahead of time. You can call them at 717-2229 for more information.
Brad Swanson

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
7-29 5:32 0.9FT. 20:42 1.9FT. 47
7-30 6:21 0.8FT. 21:22 2.0FT. 45
7-31 7:07 0.7FT. 21:58 2.1FT. 49
8-01 7:54 0.7FT. 22:29 2.1FT. 56
8-02 8:29 0.7FT. 23:02 2.1FT. 63
8-03 9:07 0.8FT. 23:38 2.0FT. 68
8-04 0:06 2.0FT. 9:45 0.8FT. 73
8-05 0:39 1.9FT. 10:14 0.9FT. 76

Angie Freestyle Pamala Jean Sylvester
Anything Goes Guaicamar I, Ven. Santa Maria Ti Amo, USA
Augustine Key Lara Sandpiper, USA Tish
Bright Sea Luna C. USA Seascape Triumphant Lady
Camissa, Chan Is. La Baronne Sea of Time Ulu Ulu, USA
Cape Kathryn La Serena Sea Witch Unicorn, Norway
Chalice Marisol Silvestre Vaalenza
Delphinius Mima Sintella Varedhuni, Ger.
Endangered Species Moonrise Sirius Venus
Endorphin Noordhinder Sola 2 Ya-T, BVI
Flam Natural Selection Sportivento Yanti Paratzi
Flying Cloud, USA Orion Sylvia K Zeelander

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Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
day 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for

The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-line yel-
low pages directory information go to

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

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

Make it more livable from the start.
Interior or exterior design advice, clear-
ings, blessings, energy, healing, China-
trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.

Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981

100% natural body salts "Scrub Me"
100% natural Bath Salts available at
Chat-n-Browse, KonTiki and Jewel of
Bonaire or call 786-6416 for more infor-

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651

Are you having trouble collecting an
old debt from BonairExel?
Is BonairExpress claiming that they
don't owe you the money because of a
name change? Call 717-7488 or email:

For Sale

For sale Baby Macaw. Information
telephone/fax. 717-2006 fam. Jonkman

NESS Naf 45.00, ph: 717-3640; 786-0816.

Like new Samsung 13.1 cubic ft. refrig-
erator NAf500 786 4399

Toyota Land Cruiser- Prado 1997,
only 58,050 KM, airco, tape deck, excel-
lent condition inside and out $15,800
orNAf28,000. Call 717-3267

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km
NAf5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844

Volkswagen VW VAN 1988
2 Liter engine- automatic
NAf6.900 717-2844 or 786-2844

P ro pe rty ,

aRFe tan Is

House For Rent: 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1
kitchen, 1 sitting room, 2 porches. Kaya
Korona #103. Tel. 785-3835.

For Sale: Townhouse in Belnem,
across from Bachelor's Beach with
Ocean views- 2 bedroom, 1 2 bath town-
house 1,184 sq. feet. Lot- 3,767 sq. feet.
Ocean views from master bedroom bal-
cony. Laundry room and outdoor storage
cabana. Tropically landscaped. Fur-
nished, ready to rent or move in. Excel-
lent income or 1st time home in Bonaire.
Private Property. No association, dues or
fees. Email for pictures and other info.
$125,000.00 US dvrlizl@aol.com

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 -

Wa n tedi
Wanted: a Handyman! We are looking
for an all round experienced handyman for
a small-scale resort on Bonaire for about
12 hours a week. For more information or
to apply for the job please call Marieke
Schmitz, phone number 717-3630 during
office hours.

Wanted: Looking for a roommate.
Own bedroom and bath. Share living
room, kitchen and 2 porches. Center of
Kralendijk. Call Marika 786-6124 or Otto

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Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):


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

Adventure for North Saliia Yc

"And this is how to do it."

M ik Smit, who heads the Stitching
(Foundation) Project, is provid-
ing socialization training for North Salifia
youngsters. Recently the project involved
abseiling down the Spelonk lighthouse.
Other efforts of the Stitching Project in-
volved the Aspiring Ranger Program and
working with the Maria Hoppner Founda-
tion. The abseiling instruction was by
Hans Voerman of Outdoor Bonaire (785-
6272 or 717-4553). In the photo are the
boys, R. Mata, C. Sunter and R. Alberto,
their coaches, L. Winklaar and C. Mer-
cera, and instructor Hans Voerman.
Press Release

Traveling Turtle
Reporting the 2005-6 season on
Bonaire's breeding sea turtles

t appears that Puerto Rico does indeed have
a resident population of at least one logger-
head turtle and that "Happy" has reached her
home feeding grounds in the Vieques Passage. It
took her 20 days to travel home having first en-
tered the Vieques Passage on July 18. To reach
her destination she swam over 1,100 km and is
approximately 735 km from Klein Bonaire.
This will be the final satellite tracking update
for "Happy" unless she decides to continue her
travels. If she does we will keep you posted.
Andy Uhr

Mik Smit

Ask the Dietitian

What is Lactose Intolerance?

Lactose is another word for the milk sugar in cow, sheep and goat milk. All
milk and milk products contain lactose. Lots of people have a problem with
lactose intolerance. Their digestive system complains when they consume lactose.
Lactose intolerance is common among people with dark skin*. The complaints are
gassiness, cramps, discomfort and diarrhea.
What's the Cause? The cause of lactose intolerance is simple. In order to digest
lactose your body needs to split it into smaller sugars. The key to making the split is
an enzyme called "lactase," which, like other necessary enzymes, is made by the
body. If your body makes too little lactase, then milk sugar will go undigested, caus-
ing the unpleasant symptoms of lactose intolerance. Perhaps you were once able to
drink all the milk you wanted, but it isn't the case anymore because lactose intoler-
ance may develop at any time during the adult years. As we grow older, our bodies
produce less lactase. There are a lot of possible causes of lactose intolerance. To
mention some:
S infection or inflammation of the digestive tract
stomach or intestinal surgery irritable bowel syndrome
S drugs radiation alcoholism, etc.
Of course the cause can also be genetic.

How to Deal with it. If you are lactose intolerant, you should follow a diet that
limits lactose. Most patients do not need to eliminate lactose completely from the
diet, but only minimize their intake. Many people who are intolerant to lactose can
bear a certain amount in their diet, for instance, one glass of milk, but spread over
the day and not all in just one shot.
All milk and milk products are rich in lactose, but milk products that contain less
lactose can be tolerated more easily. Milk products that contains less lactose are yo-
ghurt, karne melk and kwark, American cheese, Monterey jack, mozzarella and Par-
mesan. Because of the way it's processed Dutch cheese does not contain lactose.

Milk and milk products are also rich in calcium and vitamin B2. So if you eliminate
them from your diet, they should be replaced with other products that contain those
ingredients. Good sources are soy milk and soy milk products or lactose free milk,
all of which are usually available in island supermarkets. Angdlique Salsbach

* According to medical journals as many as 75% of all African Americans and Na-
tive Americans and 90% ofAsian-Americans are lactose intolerant. The condition is
least common among persons of northern European descent.
Ed. _

Angilique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire's Department of
Health and Hygiene, has a radio program every other Tuesday 9
to 9:30 on Bon FM. Write her at dietitan(bonairenews.com0

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T his adorable pup,
"Sonya," was found
on Kaya Grandi and brought
in to the Bonaire Animal
Shelter by some very kind
people who wanted to save
her. Sonya is definitely
worth saving! Already she
has shown good dog charac-
ter, and although she's
small, she's tough and can
hold her own with the other
boisterous dogs in her pen.
She just needs to find the
right loving and appreciative
owner. If you think you
qualify stop by the Animal Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Satur-
days until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
If you find an abandoned dog please
take it to the Shelter. It makes sense
because you're giving the dog a
chance at life. It will be examined by
the vet to see whether it's healthy,
tested for heartworm and given its
shots. If it's a healthy dog and it's
"social" (gets along with people) it
will be put up for adoption. And it will
be neutered when it's old enough. The
Shelter is the best "headquarters" to
visit if you want to adopt an animal.
All the above exam, shots, steriliza-
tion, etc. are included in the adoption
fee of NAf105 for dogs. Cats are
NAf75. L.D.

Bonaire Reporter July 29 to August 5, 2005

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Late Show
Call to make sure (Usually 9 pm)

(Cris Rock)

Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Batman Begins
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf 7,75
Star Wars Episode III


Friday, July 29, Saturday, July 30-
Remy DeHaas of Light Senses Cura-
qao will conduct a seminar: "The
angels want to help you heal your
life." Practical information to help you
give your life a different touch. Practi-
cal and spiritual tools to help you heal
your body, relationships, career, fam-
ily. Topics include Loving Touch,
Power of Angelic Prayers, Healing An-
gel Meditation, etc. 9 am to 6 pm. July
29- Papiamentu; July 30-English.
NAf80. Sign up: Mary: marytimmer-
mans @telbonet.an or Odette van
Barneveld: bamyl0110@hotmail.com

Saturday, July 30-"Sixties" Pool
Party, Hilltop Restaurant at Caribbean
Club-prizes for best costumes 8 pm.

Saturday, July 30- Mountain Bike Race
at Cycle Bonaire starts 4:30 pm. See
story on page 9

Sunday, July 31-Big Fair at the Hol-
landse Patio in Tera Kora. Dancing,
music, Magic Ed from Aruba, activities
for children, food from 8 different coun-
tries: Bonaire, Colombia, Curagao, Vene-
zuela, Santo Domingo, Peru, Surinam,


Saturday, August 7-Rincon Marsh--
Lively, open-air market-food, produce,
gifts, plants, music, friendliest people on
the island. In the town square. 6 am to 2
pm. www.infobonaire.com/rincon

Sunday, August 8 -Fun Run spon-
sored by Comcabon, 2/4/5k. 7:30 am.
Call Richard Pietersz 717-8629, 780-

Saturday, Sunday, August 13-14-
Sailing Regatta, Regatta House. -
micro boats, optimist, sunfish, cats,
fishing boats. Sign up at Budget Ma-
rine by July 29:

September 1-6-Annual Bonaire Mo-
tocycle Tour.
Sunday, October 9-Jong Bonaire
Annual Swim to Klein Bonaire, 8
am, Bongo's Beach
October 9 15- International Bon-
aire Sailing Regatta


Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean break-
fast while you shop: fresh fruits and
vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks and music. www.
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 blackjack, 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.


Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7
pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by
Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation Slide Show by Andy Uhr.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Thursday from June 16 to July 28,
Basic Fish ID Yellow Submarine Dive
Shop at 6:30 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.


Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonieriano) 717-5246
or 717-7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Val-
rie @telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers
to help staff gallery during the day.

Call 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Roosje
717-4685, 566-4685


AA meetings eveiy Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday -
6:30pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
at the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next
to Kooyman's. All levels invited NAf5
entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Caf6. Registration at 4, games
at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI. First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire or formerly known as
Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are wel-
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restau-
rant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Ro-
tarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454


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 /
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya 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
Rincon Marsh&- every Saturday 6
am to 3 pm. Open market in historic
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.


New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
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 Lat-
ter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sun-
days 8:30 11:30 am. Services in
Papiamentu, 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 English. Mass
in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and
6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di
Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194

Send events to The Bonaire Reporter

Email reporter@bonairenews.com

Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252

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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 Lunch and Dinner Lots of parking in big mall lot
Royal Palm Galleries Open 11 am -2:30 pm 5:30-9 pm Kitchen Open llam-2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30-9 pm
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Closed Saturday and Sunday Breezy terrace with airco inside-Also serving big sandwiches at dinner
Calabas i Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At th ii aig ea Resran an aerfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At e D17-8285 Flamingo eac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a gar-
717-5025 Closed Monday den setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out
On th Den Laman Moderate-Expensivner 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 modem kitchen featuring indition cooking. Seafood a specialty
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Caribbean cuisine.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
Hilltop at 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, BBQ on Tuesdays
717-7901 Closed Sunday Gourmet chef creates unique daily specials
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-
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InI irl Tlisa*SDIgi e i diatro

4T was born in Merida, Vene-
I zuela, July 25th 1973, the only
child of a journalist and a nurse. I al-
ways wanted to be a lawyer, and I
graduated from the University of the
Andes with a degree in criminology, a
new field in Venezuela.
I started working at the Ministry of
Interior and Justice and then was trans-
ferred to the chancellery, which be-
longed to the Ministry of Foreign Af-
fairs. Immediately I was sent to Bon-
aire. It was my first job in the consular
corps abroad, and I couldn't choose. It
was 'take it or leave it'; otherwise I
would have remained in the Ministry.
I'd never been to Bonaire before. I
arrived at three o'clock in the afternoon
with my mother who came with me be-
cause I was single. I was very impressed
with the view of the island from the air.
The colors of the sea at Donkey Beach
were something I'd never seen before!
The same day my mom and I went to
the salifias. It was beautiful, just amaz-
ing. The day after our arrival I started
working with my predecessor; then after
a year, I started on my own.
After I was on Bonaire for only two
months I met Luis Castro from Caracas
here at the consulate. Luis was working
at the Plaza in the auditing department
at night. He didn't have the position of
night manager, but he was doing the
work of one."
"When I came to the consulate, Indira
treated me so well that I fell in love im-
mediately," Luis says, cuddling his wife.
He's a big, spontaneous guy, radiating
pride and love, all focused on this little
fragile woman who's sitting behind her
desk the Consul General of Venezuela
on Bonaire Indira Tibisay Dugarte de
Castro. "We got married March 15th
2003 in Caracas. It was easier for the
whole family to do it there. Then we
honeymooned in Puerto La Cruz and
Margarita. After we got married my
mom went back to Venezuela, not that
she and Luis didn't get along, but she
felt she didn't have to take care of me
any longer and she missed the family.
My job has a lot of different aspects.
Being the Consul General of Venezuela
on Bonaire means that I'm representing
the government of the Republica Boli-
variana de Venezuela. So I assist the
Venezuelan community by arranging
everything concerning documents, no-
tary functions and general assistance. I
enjoy every bit of everything. The office
is working very well, and I feel I've
made a change. It's going much better.
There is a variety of Venezuelan peo-
ple on the island from businessmen to
blue collar workers. Many of them
come to the consulate with all kinds of
problems, looking for a solution. There

are about 460 registered Venezuelans
here, and the most common thing I do is
passport renewals and arranging visas
for foreigners. For instance all foreign-
ers who go to Venezuela by boat have
to come here first to get a visa. We're
the only official consulate on Bonaire,
and we've been here for a long, long
time... ever since 1936!
Another thing that falls under my re-
sponsibility is the Venezuelan Institute
which offers free Spanish lessons, ce-
ramic lessons and music lessons. Our
budget pays for that. Every year there is
a different program and I make an oper-
ating plan to accomplish it. We are do-
ing all this for the local community be-
cause we have cultural and historical
bonds with our sister countries in the
Caribbean. The Institute also coordi-
nates cultural activities of Venezuelans
living here. I'm also responsible for the
the 5th of July celebration, our Inde-
pendence Day. This year six members
of the juvenile symphonic Orchestra of
Venezuela came, and we celebrated in
the Casa Coral at Harbour Village.
Eighty people were invited, mostly local
government people and Venezuelans
living here. As I can't invite 460 people
at the same time, I change the list every
year. It's a lot of work for just the three
of us working at the consulate.

"There is a variety of
Venezuelan people on the
island from businessmen
to blue collar workers.
Many of them come to the
consulate with all kinds of
problems, looking for a

When I'm not working I love to go to
the beach, Bongo's Beach, as we live in
Eden Beach apartments. At first I went
scuba diving with my husband, but now
I like the beach better. I also love 1000
Steps. The view and the beach are spec-
tacular. We don't like to go out at night;
we both like to cook our Venezuelan
dishes like arepas, sancocho and pabel-
lon. How long we will be here? I don't
know. You see, once they say you have
to come back, you have to go back. I
love Venezuela very much and I miss
my country and my family, but right
now I like it here and I enjoy every mo-
ment of it.
To me, the most important thing in
life is to achieve something you decided
you wanted to do. I am ambitious for
my dreams and my goals. I work for my

dreams a great family with a solid
base. I would love to have two children,
but I'd like to wait a year or two as I am
only 32. I was raised as an only child,
and I wouldn't want that for my chil-
dren. On one hand you get spoiled, but
on the other hand you feel lonely."
Luis has come back to join Indira for
their picture and after it's done he says:
"I was working in a hotel in Venezuela
and got an offer to come and work at the
Plaza. Eight years ago I was working in
a hotel in Curagao. Curagao has very
nice beaches, but there's no security.
You don't feel as safe as you do here.
For me Bonaire is paradise. It didn't
take anything to adapt; it was so easy.
After I was here for three months I met
Indira. I love her personality and her
ideas about values and principals and...
she's a beautiful woman. I came here
for a good job, then I met Indira and she
became my wife, so... I love Bonaire!
We have friends of all nationalities, like
the island has so many nationalities. The
local people here are really nice and
easy going. I know this because I've
worked with them and I was lucky to
find such good people. After Plaza I
worked for a while at The Morgan's
Tavern at the Lighthouse at Harbour
Village. Now I'm waiting for something
new. Meanwhile I'm here at the consu-
late, boring my wife! My father is a
Spaniard from La Palmas, Canary Is-
lands. I've been there too: it's full of
tourists 5 million per year but the
place doesn't look nice.
Bonaire has everything for tourists,
for divers and eco-tourism. It has it all!
Bonaire has great potential to exploit it,
but it has to do better. The problem is
the travel connections. Once you have a
Hilton, a Marriott or a Sheraton, Bon-
aire will boom! I would like that for the
island. I love to dive Hilma Hooker or
the Plaza. At the Plaza you can see eve-

rything: octopus, lobster, turtles and
manta rays. It's beautiful! We feel at
home here. But we bought an apartment
in La Tahona, in Caracas, because we
feel Venezuela will always be our base,
wherever we go. Indira would like to
have a diplomatic career and that's fine
with me, because I can always work in
the hotel business, but Venezuela is the
place where we will end up. It's our
country. Our family lives there, and I
like the diversity of the climate and the
vegetation: the cold, the heat, the moun-
tains and the plains. I know my country
from one end to the other. But now is no
time to go. It's the rainy season and eve-
rywhere it's dangerous with the flood-
ing. We have been exploring every part
of Bonaire as well. We have been to the
caves and all the beaches and Washing-
ton Park which is very beautiful. It's not
such a big island, but it's also very di-
verse. And I do like the local food!" He
rubs his belly and laughs: "What do you
"The only thing I miss here are fash-
ion shops. There aren't enough as I love
clothes," Indira says "but it's good for
Luis. He says: "That's why I like it
here, much better for my wallet!" "No,
just kidding, he's a very loving husband
and he spoils me a lot, but he likes to
joke! I would like to have more shops
here, but that's about it. Frequently we
have family and friends coming over
and when we
take them
around, time
and time again
agrees that
Bonaire is
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The Three Bright Stars
of the Summer 1
Triangle AS
Ride High In August's
Night Sky

E very August, after it gets
good and dark out, the
three wonderfully bright stars of
the Summer Triangle ride high
in the heavens. And although
they look almost the same bright-
ness to the naked eye, nothing
could be farther from the truth.

During the first two weeks of Au-
gust, around 10 pm Sky Park time,
face east but way up high in the east
not far from overhead. There you'll
see three bright stars, the brightest of
which is the first point in the Summer
Triangle, and the closest to overhead,
Vega, the fifth brightest star in the
entire sky shining at what astronomers
call 0 magnitude. This makes it
roughly 21/2 times brighter than the
other two bright stars of the Summer
Triangle, the first magnitude stars Al-
tair and Deneb. And if indeed we
connect these three very bright stars
with lines we'll know where the name
Summer Triangle comes from.

Now each star is the brightest star of 1
constellation to which it belongs. Vega
belongs to the constellation Lyra the
harp. Altair belongs to Aquila the eag
and Deneb is the tail star of Cygnus the
swan. We can learn a lot about how bri
and how far away stars really are just b;
looking at these three. One would think
that Vega, since it is the brightest, is the
closest, but it's not. In fact it is so far
away that it takes its light 25 years to
reach us. Thus we say Vega is 25 light
years away. It is almost 1/3 farther awa
than dimmer Altair which is the closest
the three, only 17 light years away, whi
means we see the light that left it only 1
years ago. So why is Vega so much


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Simple. Vega is a much bigger and
much hotter star. Compared to our almost
one-million-mile-wide Sun Vega is almost 2 1/2 times as wide, whereas Altair is
only 1 1/3 times the width of our Sun. So next time you're out with friends star
gazing, and if someone in your group is 17 years old, you'll be able to say, "Hey,
look at Altair. We're seeing the light tonight that left that star during the year you
were born." And if someone in your group is 25 years old, simply say, "Hey look
at Vega. The light we're seeing tonight is the light that left it during the year you
were born." Kind of a nifty way to time travel huh?

But what about Deneb, which is only slightly dimmer than the closest, Altair?
Well it is a whopping 1,500 light years away, which means we see now the light
that left it 1,500 years ago. So if it's almost as bright as 17-light-years-away Altair,
it must be a much, much bigger star. And in fact it is a whopping 116 times the
diameter of our Sun. Wow! In fact, as astronomer Fred Schaaf puts it, "Deneb re-
leases as much light in one night as our Sun does in a century."

So get out any night in August and look for the three bright stars of the Summer
Triangle riding high close to overhead. It's fascinating plus it's fun!
Jack Horkheimer

For the week:
July 25 to July 31, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Difficulties with female members of your family
may result in estrangements. Don't vacillate about asking for assistance if you need
it. Don't count on getting any help from those you live with. Your energetic nature
and ability to initiate projects will add to your popularity. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You may experience setbacks due to additional
responsibilities with loved ones. Your talents might just be discovered. You can
take advantage of opportunities if you are quick to make a move. Promotions will
be yours if you have acted professionally in times of crisis. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) It's time to reevaluate your motives. You must be
sure not to be frivolous, because as the saying goes, easy come, easy go. You're in
need of love. You must try to include your mate in your activities this week. Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Be careful when using machinery or electrical
equipment. Communication must be open, precise, and honest. You may find it
difficult to communicate. Your emotions are soaring and if you don't get your way,
look out world. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Everything is moving quickly, just the way you like it.
Let others know what your intentions are and be honest in your approach. You
may make someone else look bad. This time was meant for love. Make creative
changes to your residence. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You should be looking at ways to spoil yourself.
Overindulgence could lead to problems with digestion. Try to spend more time
with children and relatives. Tell them to get out of the mess they are in and then
you'll consider getting together with them. Your lucky day this week will be
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You will find that uncertain individuals will want to
draw you into joint ventures. Expect some flak. Talking to those you trust and re-
spect will help you sort out any problems. Don't let any money slip through your
fingers this week. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You may divulge private information without
realizing it this week. You will be emotional about your personal life. Try to chan-
nel your energy into physical work. You are apt to meet someone special on your
journey. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Put your efforts into your work or money
making ventures rather than your emotional life. You can learn valuable informa-
tion if you listen and observe what others are doing and saying. Avoid any gossip
and be careful that you aren't misinterpreted. Comfort is a necessity. Check your
motives. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You are best not to confront situations that
deal with in-laws or relatives. Rely on the one you love for support and affection.
If you're feeling uncertain, spend some time alone and reevaluate your motives as
well as your needs. Your devotion will be persuasive. Your lucky day this week
will be Wednesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Cultural activities will prove to be quite enlight-
ening for everyone. You can make drastic changes in your professional direction
this week. You may find that someone you live with is not too happy, but you can't
really do anything about that right now. You like to stay busy and now is your
chance to do just that. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Lend an ear to children; it can make a difference.
Your ability to deal with others will help you in getting the support you need.
Family responsibilities are escalating. Your position may be in question if you
haven't been pulling your weight. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.

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