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I August 1t e, Um12I.2



yon Page 8

Make Bonaire a
Better Place
Pages 6 & 7

STINAPA Rangers Get
Police Powers,
Page 4
Save the Turtles
Bring Back Our Sand
Page 5

Local Fishing
Page 13
Exploring the
Page 18


A s published several weeks ago
in The Reporter, BonairEx-
press and CuracaoExpress, the air-
lines that currently connect the larger
Antilles islands, will be renamed at
the end of this month. Director Floris
van Pallandt wouldn't announce the
new name of the airline, which is ap-
pearing on the Travelocity website as
Eco Air, but he confirmed reports that
the names BonairExpress and Curacao-
Express would go. The orange and blue
livery will be replaced by an all-white
motif with the new logo on the tail.
Van Pallandt, a former top official at
KLM and other airlines, took over man-
agement this past April. He said he was
"very satisfied" with performance dur-
ing the summer. He said his airline was
on time 89% of the time in July, which
he labeled "very good." He congratu-
lated his staff, of which he said he was
"very proud." He added that "slowly,
but surely" the airline was starting to
expand with one extra Curaqao-Bonaire
and one additional Curaqao-Aruba
flight which connects to a Delta flight
to America and a flight to Brazil. The
airline plans to open a call center in
Bonaire on September 1. BonairEx-
press fares to neighboring islands were
raised recently.

Ronella Croes

A Head of the TCB (Tourist Corpora-
tion Bonaire), Ronella Croes, is making
progress in providing accurate and
timely tourism statistics. She reported
that the delay in providing the numbers
was due to a seven-month backlog to be
processed when she took over the posi-
tion last January. The TCB had been
functioning without a formal chief for
several years.
Under a new system, arrival statistics
are to be available at the end of every
month. Only February and March '05
need to be integrated and then an assur-
ance check that the numbers are correct
will be done. She hopes to be able to
release the statistics for tourist arrivals

A Continental Airlines has an-
nounced that its continental.com web
site is generating record sales volume
for the airline, recently setting a single-
day sales record and achieving record
sales volume of $2 billion last year.
More than 30% of Continental's domes-
tic tickets are sold on continental.com.
Its flights to Bonaire, which begin in
December, are already heavily booked.

Air Jamaica's hub at Montego Bay

SAir Jamaica, which industry insid-
ers say now faces an estimated 25%
reduction in passenger load, will, within
months, experience even more severe
competition. Air Jamaica provides an
important link for Bonaire-bound US
based tourists with its Saturday flight
through Montego Bay.
Arch rival American Airlines is now
adding more capacity on the Jamaican
routes, travel sources have told the Ja-
maican newspaper Business Observer.
There is a significant price differential
between Air Jamaica and other airlines
that provide service on key routes. In
November low air priced service from
Spirit Airlines will begin. Air Jamaica,
under government control since Decem-
ber last year, lost over US$60 million
during the first five months of this year.

k On August 7, Venezuelan Presi-
dent Hugo ChAvez formally sus-
pended cooperation with the US
Drug Enforcement Agency, accusing
its agents of espionage. There is also
friction between the Antillean Central
Government and Venezuela over visits
of US ships to Curacao and ex-minister
Errol Cova's volatile pro-Chivez state-
ments. One source told The Reporter
that the recent "security crackdown" at
BOPEC, that restricts diving on the
Windjammer wreck, is politically moti-
vated and comes straight from the na-
tionalized oil company's (PEDVESA)
main office. PEDVESA operates the
BOPEC oil terminal on the northwest
shore of Bonaire,

P Dissatisfied with the progress be-
ing made towards the restructuring of
the Antilles, officials from Saba did
the almost unthinkable: they visited
the United Nations' Chief of the De-
partment of Political Affairs' Decolo-
nisation Unit, Maria Maldonado, and
her staff at UN Headquarters in New
York last Wednesday. The Dutch Min-
ister for Antillean Affairs, Alexander
Pechtold, told Radio Netherlands he
was surprised because (like Bonaire)
Saba voted for close ties with the Neth-
The Minister added that he planned to
discuss the reform of the constitutional
relationships within the Kingdom in
separate meetings with the five islands
of the Netherlands Antilles. He denied
holding up the process of constitutional
change by wanting to talk about finan-
cial relations and good governance first
Pechtold said he could understand the
concern from the governments of Saba
and the other smaller islands that the
Dutch Government only wanted to deal
with the Central Government. He said
the islands' situations required an indi-
vidual approach.

Observers commented that this was
the clearest declaration of Dutch inten-
tions toward the restructuring process
and contradicted some earlier state-
ments. The next steps towards restruc-
turing will be round table talks, proba-
bly in Sint Maarten, on August 25 and

P The inspection report about condi-
tions at Curacao's St. Elizabeth's Hospi-
tal (Sehos) still has not been made pub-
lic. According to accounts, the con-
clusions of the inspection are devas-
tating. The hospital is coping with all
sorts of problems: conflicts between the
specialists and the management and the
committee, significant antiquated infra-
structure, money problems, and anti-
quated administration. According to
the specialists, there have been deaths
due to all these problems. That anti-
quated infrastructure combined with
money problems are most probably the
cause of pseudomonas bacteria in the
water pipes. This bacterium is danger-
ous for weak patients because it is im-
mune to antibiotics. The hospital con-
firmed the presence of the bacteria but
also said that the problem has been
Sehos is Bonaire's primary care facil-
ity for serious illnesses.

A Market protection costs each
resident of Curacao and Bonaire
NAf100 a month, stated Economic
Affairs Minister Alex Rosaria. A cal-
culation using the figure provided by
the Minister means that Bonaireans
were paying NAf1.440.000 annually to
support Curaqao protected industries

STINAPA Rangers Get Police
Powers 4
Envirowatch (Sand Demo) 5
Sailing Season Begins 8
Tonky Takes 2nd in Belgium 9
Gardner (Landscaping by Nature) 11
Mountain Bike Race 12
Local Fishing Tournament 13
New GM at Divi (Maarten van Wijk) 13
BONHATA Hospitality Course 13
Exploring the Windjammer 18

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
AMFO/NGO Platform:
Start An NGO 6
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Picture Yourself
(Westerose, Alberta, Canada) 10
Classifieds 12
Reporter Masthead 14
Pet of the Week
(Ryan) 14
What's Happening 15
Dodo Review (War of the Worlds) 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Malva Thielman ) 17
Sky Park (Winter Stars Preview,
Saturn, Mercury & Moon) 19
The Stars Have It 19

racao's Amstel brewery was denied
continued protection.
Market protection has been being
phased out over the past few years, and
some Curacao businesses that were pre-
viously protected are failing because of
the lower cost and better quality of im-
ported products. Most consumers are

Continued on page 3


She Bonaire Reporter has received
phone calls recently from people get-
ting cheated by some of the people pump-
ing gas at the local filling stations. Follow-
ing up, we were surprised to find out that
most of the people we interviewed had
their own story of filling station rip offs or
attempts to cheat them.
These actions involved duplicate credit
card billing from the "auto pump," being charged more than shown on the pump
>meter-the attendant blocks the view of the pump meter, incorrect change being
given, dispute over the denomination of the bill presented after being given in-
: correct change. Three of Bonaire's four filling stations were accused (Rincon
: excepted).
To safeguard yourself ask for receipts, call the cashier's attention to the de-
: nomination of the bill presented, count change and verify amounts on the meter.

like paint and beverages. Recently Cu- (Continued on page 3)
(Continued on page 3)

Bonaire Reporter August 19 to September 9, 2005

Page 2

Flotsam & Jetsam (Continued from page 2)

t Four of these SGB hotel school
students will be chosen to go to the
Emilia Romagna region in Italy to
study culinary arts for four weeks in
October. The girls did a professional
job of serving at a fund raiser for the
Italian study program last week. Their
names are: Minosca Mercera, Angel
Albertus, Mariana Cicilia, Gianna
Martines, Danuska Craane, Shakira

pleased that they are no longer captive
to inferior Antillean products because
of price constraints. Minister Rosaria
considers removal of market protection
was a step in fighting poverty in the

A Twelve new doctors-to-be were
graduated during Xavier University
School of Medicine's fourth White
Coat Ceremony at the Plaza on Friday
night. Completing the Basic Sciences
program qualifies them to enter Clinical
Studies in the US and become eligible
to take the US State Medical Licensing
Examination. The ceremony, perhaps
XUSOM's final one on Bonaire, was
attended by well over a hundred people.

Despite the good humor that sparked
the evening, the imminent relocation of
XUSOM to Aruba cast a long shadow
over the event. In his welcoming ad-
dress Dr. Cecil Bennett, president of
XUSOM, lauded Bonaire as a good site
for the medical school and declared his
intention to restart the school on Bon-
aire-if it gets accreditation from the
Keynote speaker, Lt. Governor Do-
macass6, assured the audience that
every effort would be made to bring
XUSOM back, and Education Commis-
sioner Geraldine Dammers, confirmed
those intentions. The exact reasons for
the failure to grant XUSOM formal and
permanent accreditation were unclear.

A Last week Bonaire's drug-
interdiction "Flamingo Team" put an
end to one of the most callous and
depraved actions to ever take place
on the island. They intercepted two
Curaqao children who had been re-
quired to swallow cocaine-filled
"bolitas" before flying to Holland. The
12-year old girl swallowed 63 bolitas,
about 440 grams. The 13-year old boy
had 57 bolitas in his stomach, about 470
grams. A suspicious member of the
Team asked the children if they had
swallowed anything. They admitted
gagging down 120 cocaine-filled con-
doms to satisfy their mother's lust for
the money it would bring. If just one of
the bags broke during the long flight to
Schiphol the child would have died a
horrible death. After safely passing the
bolitas in the hospital, the children were
taken to a secure confidential location

in Curaqao. According to reports, the
children had actually been successful in
transporting bolitas from Curaqao once
The mother, S.K. (34), is a twice-
convicted drug smuggler who had her
passport taken away for trafficking at
the beginning of this year. The
mother's 19-year-old companion was
also arrested. Public Prosecutor Ernst
Wesselius plans to ask for a long jail
term for the mother. According to him
about 90% of the drug couriers caught
in Bonaire originate in Curaqao.

A The "Social Education Duty" pi-
lot project in Bonaire is off to a good
start, reported project manager Ro-
lando Pourier. Thirty-four youngsters
between 16 and 24 years who dropped
out of school and have no jobs are
studying become general maintenance
workers (handymen), activity personnel
or hotel, bar and restaurant assistants.
Satisfactory completion in the program
or its equivalent is a pre-requisite for
entry into Holland under Rita Verdonk's
new admission legislation directed at

A The badly decomposed partial
remains of a diver and his dive gear
were found by the crew of the visiting
yacht Blue Star at a depth of 58 me-
ters (198') near the Harbour Village
Hotel over the weekend. Five years ago
two divers, in separate incidents, disap-
peared in the area and the remains are
thought to be one of them. Positive
identification may be possible when the
serial number from the "dive tag," the

token of admission to the Bonaire Marine
Park, which was attached to the BC, is
compared with records. At this time the
remains are thought to be those of Vlada
Stojanovic, 24, a resident of Belgium.
The crew of the megayacht Blue Star,
who assisted in the recovery, were pre-
sented with a Community Appreciation
Award by Island Officials.

A The Marine Park Ordinance of 1991
was recently amended to make provision
for a "one-day" $10 (NAJ17,50) dive
tag. From 1991 until this year
"admission" to the Bonaire Marine Park
cost $10 a year, with 100% of that fee
going to the Marine Park. Early this year
the annual fee jumped to $25, which in-
cluded free admission to the Washington-
Slagbaai National Park (usually $10).
With the revision a person who dives for
a single day now doesn't have to buy an
annual $25, just a one-day tag for $10.
This will be especially advantageous for
cruise ship visitors.

A Bonaire, with its many fine restau-
rants, is at the forefront of the new
wave of tourists seeking excellent food
and drink. According to research by the
US National Restaurant Association,
"Culinary Tourism" is a new travel trend
attracting people who want to explore
food and drink as well as destination op-
tions. "Culinary tourism is an emerging
concept and builds on the idea that visi-
tors can experience other cultures through
food and beverages."

SGood news for Bonaire's new em-
phasis in attracting American travel-
ers: The US Department of Commerce
(Continued on page 4)

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Page 3

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 3)

reported new records for US outbound
travel in 2004. Last year, 61.8 million
US travelers went abroad, surpassing the
previous record of 61.3 million set in
2000. It is also the first year of growth
for US soutbound travel since 2000 and
the first year of double-digit growth
since 1995.

t According to an upcoming survey
report to be published in The Reporter,
the Internet is becoming the Bonaire visi-
tors' favorite way to book. This is in line
with trends reported by Feedback Re-
search, a division of the Claria Corpora-
tion (www.claria.com), a leader in online
behavioral marketing. They found that
88% of survey respondents who went
or were planning to go on summer va-
cation use the Internet to research
and/or purchase their summer vaca-
tion arrangements.

P The Bonaire Reporter will not be
published for the next two weeks to
give the staff some vacation time. This is
in line with its policy of producing 48
issues each year. The office will be
closed and no customer or on-line sup-
port will be available. The next issue is
scheduled to be available on Wednes-
day, September 7. Advertising closes
Saturday, September 2.

t This week's Benetton models from
Jong Bonaire are Marino Leonicia,
Miangela Semeleer and Joemy Ribardo.
The Benetton ad is on page 10.

rs Get Police Training Certification
IM~ll--- i f f wi S ^T -'" L .ii

Graduates of police training are joined by officials from Professional Security
Services at left and Prosecutor Wesselius, Governor Domacassd and Police Chief
Daantje at right.

t's been many years in the com-
ing giving police authority to the
rangers of the Marine and Washington-
Slagbaai Parks. Until now, if a ranger
came upon illegal activity he would
have to call the police and wait
for them to come to start the pro- A
ceedings. Last Thursday at Fort
Oranje, 10 persons, from
STINAPA and DROB, were
made official environmental po-
lice officers. They can now make ar-
rests, start a case, prosecute the same
as regular police can do. They will not
carry guns.
According to the Public Prosecutor,
Ernst Wesselius, it was not easy for the
students during the six-month training
period because they had to take the

training after a full day's work. The
classes and training were conducted by
ex-police officer, Onny Gonet, director
of Professional Security Services, Cura-
gao. According to Gonet, the students
e received "practical training in po-
MV llice work." His company has
- - trained people in Aruba, Curagao
F 0 and Statia. According to Gonet, he
and his associate will be checking
in with the new officers during the
next two months. AMFO provided fi-
nancing for the project.
Graduates are Kerenza Rannou, Fer-
nando Simal, Ramon de Leon, Elsmarie
Beukenboom, Sixto Trenidad, Edwin
Domacasse, Profilio Janga, Clifford
Cicilia, George Thode and Peter Monta-
nus from DROB. L.D.

- -, ~BjF'Pa" E

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Bonaire Reporter August 19 to September 9, 2005

Page 5

Start an


Activities of
AMFO and the
NGO Platform

Y ou have an idea that can make
life better, richer, safer or more
fun for people on Bonaire. How can
you make it happen?
Of course, you can ask the govern-
ment to take action. And if it's some-
thing that involves a violation of law or
the rights of all people, you should get
But what if your idea focuses on a
special group of people, say school
dropouts or the elderly? Or if the idea
just relates to an improvement, like
what children get to do after school?
How can you get started? How can you
get the money and support to make the
idea a reality?

Helping People
Look around Bonaire and you will see
that lots of good work is going on and
done many times before by people with
a vision to help the less fortunate and
improve Bonairean life in general. A
foundation is the typical way for a
group to come together to do a special
job that government won't do and indi-

viduals alone can't do. For example:
The BSaF Sailing Foundation, FPKD
(to assist the handicapped), Jong Bon-
aire (after-school programs for high
schoolers), STINAPA (to protect Bon-
aire's environment), even the Boy
Scouts. In fact there are 90 organiza-
tions officially listed in Bonaire alone.
These organizations are usually labeled
NGOs-Non-Governmental Organiza-
tions- because they are doing jobs that
some believe could or should be done
by government. But they use little, if
any, taxpayer money.
Thanks to the generosity of donor or-
ganizations, primarily but not always
based in Holland, money for worth-
while social and environmental projects
is available in Bonaire and the other
Antillean islands. Because these donors
want to make sure their money is being
used properly they prefer to deal with
established NGOs.

Start an NGO
You are on track to make your good
idea come true if you can start an NGO.
But most people can't even imagine

how to begin. Fortunately, thanks to
years of volunteer work of many of our
Bonairean neighbors, it is a process that
has been refined to be like a cookbook.
Just follow the recipe and out will pop a
working NGO ready to tackle the chal-
lenges that will turn your idea into a
The process begins with the Bonaire
NGO Platform, which makes available
funding from the Antilles-wide organi-
zation, AMFO, (Antillaanse MedeFi-
nancierings Organisatie) which, in turn
gets it from Dutch taxes (about NAf35
million last year), religious organiza-
tions, private funds, like the Prince
Bernhard fund. Perhaps 80 in all are
You don't even have to be an NGO to
receive help, but you do need some rec-
ognized status to account for any

money received. But we still focus on
setting up an NGO, since it's a proven
way to work.
The NGO Platform is divided into
eight areas: Sports and Leisure; Socio-
Economic; Nature and the Environ-
ment; Education and Training; Commu-
nity Development; Art/Culture; Care
and Welfare; Youth and Family. Once
you decide where your idea fits you
may begin by contacting the coordina-
tor for that area. Call the NGO Platform
(information at the end of this article)
with your questions and also to get the
contact for where your idea fits.

The Steps
But before you do, prepare, get organ-
ized. Put down your objectives clearly:
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Bonaire Reporter August 19 to September 9, 2005

Page 6

"I have an idea to help the poor.

I want to do something.

Where do I start?

Can I get help?"

(Helping the Poor. Continued from page 6)

For example: to rebuild a house de-
stroyed by fire; to provide planned par-
enthood advice; etc. Bring together
other people who think like you do. In-
volving well known citizens would add
to your credibility. They may form the
heart of your governing board. Can you
use the facilities of a Sentro di Bario or
a local business for your meetings?
Talk to people who have started NGOs
or have knowledge of the area you will
be working in. Talk to people you meet
and ask them what they think of your
idea. Go online and "Google" for infor-
mation. Keep up on the news. And use
the press to get your ideas out.
Once you start meetings, keep re-
cords. Once money is involved you will
have to register at the Notaris. He is
expert at setting up NGO non-profit
foundations, but you will have to give
him the specific details of your NGO so
he can prepare your statutes (the consti-
tution of the organization) its purpose;
directors; the rules under which the or-
ganization will operate which might
include such items as, term length of
officers, nomination process, commit-
tees, and meetings; officers' responsi-

bilities; monitoring and evaluation etc.;
and how to amend the bylaws them-

Some of these steps may take months
to perform. You may have setbacks.
That is normal. You may get confused
about the next steps; you may need seed
money to take some steps, like the No-
taris paperwork. But keep focused and
keep talking to people who may be
sympathetic to your cause. The NGO
Platform will help if asked.
Eventually your NGO will be active
and you will be off raising money.
Keep in mind raising money is a chore.
Even if a 'donation' is made, it is often
done with an objective in mind pub-
licity, advertising or sometimes simply
to get good karma. This is critical to
understand when you approach a poten-
tial sponsor. Why is he donating? What
advantages can he obtain? What public
relations effect can he receive from the
It is equally important to maintain
professionalism within the NGO, to
build adequate trust with the commu-
nity, potential sponsor or donor. Trans-

parency, accountability, communication
etc. should be an integral part of the
Now get your ideas into action. There
are lots of things being done elsewhere
in the world to help fight poverty and

improve social conditions or simply
make our community more pleasant. Go
for it. I wish you success. G.D.

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

T NGO Platforma Bonaire: New address as ofAugust 1:
j I J Plaza Terras, Kaya Grandi 23, Rooms E,F,G. Tel. 717-
Sr(A i 2366, Fax 717-2367, website: www.ngobonaire.org,

Bonaire Reporter August 19 to September 9, 2005

Make a better future for them

Page 7

The Sailina Season B

Supporters ofBonaire's newest sailing event: Radio-controlled microboats.

Dui Diaz baptizes the new radio controlled boat built by FaridAuybi (right)

Dui sails again... by radio control

Bonaire Reporter August 19 to September 9, 2005

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T onky's last stop for the 2005 Bredene. It was a five-hour drive. We
Freestyle WindsurfTour was in arrived on July 28th so we had several
Bredene (Belgium) where an EFPT days to train in Bredene waters.
competition was held from the 3rd to

6th ofAugust.

"After the PWA competitions in Lan-
zarote I went to Germany where I
stayed about two weeks awaiting the
event in Bredene. Since my friend
Kevin lives on the border of Germany
and The Netherlands we traveled to
Scheveningen to train. The brown water
did not surprise me since I'd sailed
there before. Kevin took me to several
windsurfing businesses where I met
people in the Dutch windsurfing busi-
ness amongst which was one of Gaastra
sail designers. We were talking about
the Gaastra sails and what could be im-
proved, and within just a few hours
he'd made a draft version of the ideas
that I had in my head for adjustments to
the Gaastra sails. He promised to draw
them professionally with his computer
program and send them to me. To my
surprise he sent them within days and in
turn I sent them to Gaastra. Right now
the proposal is being studied at Gaastra
and I am looking forward to their reac-
For the Bredene event Kevin and I
hired a bus so we could take all the
equipment along with us. We first had
to pick up another rider in the Nether-
lands and after that we made our way to

On the first day of the competition
there were many spectators on the
beach. During the first heat I won and
proceeded to the second round. Never-
theless, the wind was powered by a lit-
tle depression system and only half of
the second round of the single elimina-
tion could be completed. On day two
the weather conditions were even
worse. We spent a whole day hanging
around the Bredene beach club, waiting
for some wind that never came. Day
three promised to have better wind con-
ditions, and it did. In the late afternoon
there was finally some wind and the
elimination continued. I was also victo-
rious in the second round and that
brought me to the semi finals against
Andre Paskowski. We were anxious for
the wind to be back for the semi fi-
nals ... .And just around midday it did!"

The EFPT report reads:
"The wind came back around midday
and the jury decided to continue with
the elimination at 1:30pm with the first
semi final pitting Kevin Mevissen
against Norman Ginzlein. The team
mates know each other from a couple of
eliminations on this year's tour, and
one more time both riders showed their
outstanding skills. In the very difficult
North Sea conditions both riders

showed a lot of the hottest windsurfing
freestyle moves like Shaka, Funnel,
Flaka and Grubby Diabolo as well as
Willy Skipper Combinations and Shove
it into Spock. It was just Kevin who felt
a little bit more comfortable in the
choppy North Sea conditions and im-
pressed the judges with a very safe run
at an incredible high level. In the sec-
ond semifinal tour leader Andre Pas-
kowski was facing Tonky Frans from
Bonaire. One more time this heat
showed that the level on which the
European tour is done at the moment is
one of the highest in the world. Andre
impressed the jury one more time with a
very safe heat showing also a lot of the
most difficult moves like switch
chachoo, shaka, gozada, but it was the
style of Tonky who had the crowds
screaming on the beach. Willy Skipper
sliding backwards 5o m on a choppy
North Sea wave, or chacco planning on
a wave so impressed the jury that Tonky
(F2/Gaastra) moved on to the final. "

different dates, but now it seems that
they are taking place on the same dates!
'The Mission' is THE windsurfing
event in the Netherlands for all Dutch
windsurfers. Since I am the only one on
the F2 team who understands and
speaks Dutch, I got a special assign-
ment from F2 to represent them in the
Netherlands at 'The Mission' and to
give windsurfing clinics to the partici-
pants from August 19th to August 22nd. I
will also give demonstrations to the par-
ticipants and be participating in the
'Battle of the Windsurfing Giants'
along with representatives of other
windsurfing brands, amongst them
Kevin Pritchard, Gollito, Cheo Diaz,
Remco de Weerd and Peter Volwater. It
is also a very good opportunity to do
something other than just compete.
It is at these kinds of events that one
meets the big names in the windsurfing
world. Last year it was a huge success,
and I am sure that this year it will be
great again. But more of 'The Mission'
within two weeks, when I will pitch in
with my last report of the 2005 wind-
surfing season." Tonky FransS. C.

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




8-24 1:52 1.OFT.
8-25 3:06 0.9FT.
8-26 4:06 0.9FT.




1.1FT. 15:36
1.2FT. 17:05
1.3FT. 18:45
1.4FT. 21:19

8:59 1.2FT. 17:45 1.7FT.

Alter Ego
Anything Goes
Blue Star
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Endangered Species

Eva Luna
Flying Cloud, USA
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Jan Gerardus
Key Lara
Luna C. USA
La Baronne
La Serena

Natural Selection
Pamala Jean
Santa Maria
Sandpiper, USA
Sea of Time
Sea Witch
Sola 2

Sylvia K
Ti Amo, USA
Triumphant Lady
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Ger.
Yanti Paratzi

Bonaire Reporter August 19 to September 9, 2005




Page 9

Picture Yourself

with the Reporter

Gayle E. Kjorlien writes, "We
left Bonaire on March 13 after
visiting your island and our daughter
for two weeks. It began snowing on
our way home from the airport and
didn't stop until we'd received 8
inches. The 9-foot mountain of snow
in the enclosed photo is a result of
plowing the yard. Love your island
(for many other reasons).
P.S. It takes a long time to finish a
roll of film up here. There's nothing to
photograph except snow!"

PRIZES! Take a copy
of The Bonaire Re-
porter with you on
your next trip or when
you return to your
home. Then take a
photo of yourself with
the newspaper in hand.
Mail photos to Bon-
aire Reporter, Kaya
Gob. Debrot 200-6,
Bonaire, Netherlands
Antilles (AN). E-mail
to: picture@
bonairereporter. com.
(All 2005 photos are

Bonaire Reporter August 19 to September 9, 2005

Page 10


Save Our Local Trees -
Landscaping by
Mother Nature

T his week I had a meet- I.
ing with STINAPA and
that brings me to the idea of a
new series of articles, namely
using the natural resources of
Bonaire in your garden.
Let's start at the beginning.
STINAPA wants to bring to
the public's attention that
when you buy a lot to build
your house on, before you
begin to clean the whole area,
it might be wise to check first
what natural plants you have
on your lot. This has my full
support! Maybe when the lot is covered
with vegetation, it is difficult to recog-
nize some nice trees and bushes under-
neath. But before you call the bull-
dozer, maybe you can have an expert
see if there are any of those nice trees
on your lot. Some of them might be
more than 80 years old. Maybe they
don't look so nice, but with some prun-
ing and cleaning, you will be amazed at
how big the difference can be.
Here are some samples of nice natural
trees that you might find on your land:
First of all, the nicest one, the Divi-
Divi tree, or the Bonairean name, Wa-
tapana. Sometimes you have to "teach"
this tree to be a real Divi-Divi as we
know it, namely with its characteristic
form, growing to one side, caused by

the wind. This tree you can find every-
where in the wild.
In some places, another great tree
can be found. Mostly it looks a bit
shabby, but like I said, a little pruning
does miracles! It's the Watakeli or
Bourreria succulenta. All year round it
has nice green leaves, the white blos-
som attracts many hummingbirds and
its nice orange fruits are eaten by al-
most every fruit-eating bird on Bonaire,
especially the Lora (parrots) and the
Some lots, especially uphill at Sa-
badeco, have some nice big Kibra-
hachas. This tree is not only nice when
it spreads its spectacular yellow flowers
after a rain, but when you prune it
(Continued on nape 14)

Bonaire Reporter August 19 to September 9, 2005

Page 11

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 next to Lover's Ice
Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery.
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

WEB Water Bill Problems?
I am compiling a list of WEB customers
who've experienced isolated, outra-
geous monthly water bill charges, so
that as a group we can recover our ex-
cessive payments. The problem is not
your "running toilet"! Please send a
confidential email with your contact
information to honestwater@yahoo.

Page 12

European vogue for the modem woman.
Call for an appointment 717-5215.
Europese mode voor de modeme vrouw.
Bel voor een afspraak 717-5215.

For a construction company we are
looking for an all-round Airco spe-
cialist. For information or to apply
please contact Marieke Schmitz during
office hours. Phone number 717-3630.

CEL 786-1592

FOR SALE Kichler Under Cabinet
Lighting System 1 stainless steel, two
light frosted glass unit. Brand new.
Paid $59.99 USD. Best Offer. 786-

1989 Green Jeep Cherokee with
automatic transmission. In good condi-
tion. NAJ10.000 or nearest reasonable
offer. Call 717-5571 or 785-9409

FOR SALE Revolving CD-Stand,
made of wood, holds about 300 CDs,
NAf75.00; for more information,
please call 717-2848.

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

Mitsubishi Diesel -double cabin
pick up 4x4 for sale Year 1994 NAf
5.500 Call 717-0170

Nissan Micra for sale-good condi-
tion NAf4.500 Call791-5190

Proc pe rty ,
alles &
F n ta I s
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 -

$40 reward No questions asked.
Call Sam (09) 567 0777

PORCH SALE Sept-. 3 and 4
8:30 to 4 pm. ALL WELCOME
Kaya Mandolin #2

For Another Mountain Bike Race

The mountain bike course will be run clockwise.

ycle Bonaire is going to sponsor
another mountain bike race on the
afternoon of Saturday, September 10.
That's a few weeks from now, so you've
still got some time to get those cycling mus-
cles in shape. Plan to be at the start line by
4 pm. The cost will be NAf10 and helmets
are advisable. Like the race last month,
there won't be any prizes or trophies, but
last time Andre Nahr of Cycle Bonaire
came up with T-shirts, and Brad Swanson
still has some water bottles left. Put it in
your agenda because we will only be able to
remind you once more because The Re-
porter will be on vacation for two weeks.
This will be another low key, "fun race"
type race and a good excuse to get out and
discover parts of Bonaire that few people
have ever seen. The course is about 9 kilo-


Wanted: Dutch actor couple wants
to house sit from Oct. 1 for 6 or 7
weeks. Call 717-2015 in Bonaire or
Holland: 0031-20-673-6526

Wanted: Panasonic A 100 phone
charger. Call 786-3134 or email

Sandwich meats and cheese, Juice,
Milk, Cookies, Pindakaas, Jelly, Board
Games (8 yrs.& up), Softball & Bat,
Drawing Markers, Pens, Pencils, Pa-
per. Call Mick Smit 786-6816, Sticht-
ing Project, North Salina

NEEDED: Exercise equipment
for Capt. Don. Do you have some-
thing that would work for us? Call
Janet or Don, 786-0956.

Wanted: Black bookcase. Please call

meters (30 foot). Call Maarten 717-
8285, ext. 481

Volunteers to index back issues of
The Bonaire Reporter (English) and
Extra (Papiamentu). Call 717-8988 or

meters long and will cover the dirt roads
and "donkey trails" north of Sabadeco and
east of the Radio Netherlands towers.
Unlike the race last month, there are no
paved roads on this ride, and it will be al-
most impossible to get lost.
In years gone by, we've had two, three
and four lap races on this course, but we
want to start slowly and keep these first
races squarely in the "fun" zone. There will
be a one lap race for recreational riders and
a two lap event for more ambitious riders.
As I mentioned, the course is only 9 kilo-
meters in length, but it is rugged in places.
I think most riders will find that riding this
course, at any speed, will prove to be an
adventure that they will remember for quite
some time. Brad Swanson

Bonaire Reporter August 19 to September 9, 2005

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by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER
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

Island Fishing Tournament

The 2005 Tournament is dedicated to
65 year-old Dario Janga (right) pic-

Last year's weigh-in

tured here in an early photo 1
with Dui Diaz (left) C 'Ae

"' L e dFisJU'M^
B onaire's local fishing tournament is one
of the island's most important annual
cultural events. The gathering of families to
spend the day fishing is a flashback to old
times. And all the fish caught are consumed,
even the marlin which is smoked. No reef fish,
sharks or tarpon are permitted to be caught. This year's tournament logo
Hook and line are used and the methods have
proven sustainable over the years. Prizes consist of fishing gear, safety and other equipment
that over the years have upgraded Bonaire's fleet of fishing boats.
The 14th annual tournament will be held this year on Sunday, September 4th. All are wel-
come to enter. The only requirement is that you fish from a Bonaire (NB) registered boat
equipped with proper safety gear. Sign up by 5 pm on Saturday, September 3r, at the house
of Dui Diaz in Playa Pariba (next to Richard's Restaurant). There is no entry fee. Prizes are
awarded September 8th, feast day of the Virgin of the Valley, the Patroness of Fishermen.
Organizers of the event are Richard Beady, Dui Diaz, Pancho Cicilia and Papi An-
toin. Prizes are contributed by Richard's Restaurant, Botu Blanku Ma-
rine, the Bonaire Government, Krioyu Paint, Achie Tours, local banks A4 i
and many others. If you want to contribute pass by Richard's Restau-
rant or Dui's house and let them know. This year AMFO is supporting
the event and suggested that it be optional for the fishermen to donate f F O
part of their catch to Bonaire's poor families. G.D.

I-I o reca
Ecluc C a o

n September the
Small Business Or-
ganization (CKB) and
the Bonaire Hotel and
Tourism Association
will offer its members an
opportunity for profes-
sional hospitality train-
ing for their staffs. EU
funding is subsiding half
the cost.

The Hospitality Train-
ing Program has been
developed by Match
Consultancy with
BONHATA members'
needs in mind and con-
sists of six inter-active
training seminars, with
the participation of the
students as a primary
A few of the topics in-

New GM at Divi Flamingo
Maarten Van Wi k

H e's been here just since June but
already he's made some differences
at Divi Flamingo Resort. The new Divi Gen-
eral Manager, Maarten Van Wijk, says,"I
want the Divi to be more of a hotel for Bon-
aire. I want it to breathe Bonaire culture!"
So on Sunday nights they offer "Bonaire
Night," with local food, arts and crafts live
music from groups like Pal'i Wiri, Tutti
Frutti, Watapana, Glen y Su Geng, Cana
Brabu or dance groups like the Ginies. He
wants more Papiamentu on the menu, de-
scribing the dishes. "I want to give an ele-
ment of fun and interest to our diving tour-
ists offer them a different flavor and cul-
Van Wijk most recently spent 12 years
with the famous Hershey Entertainment and
Resorts in Pennsylvania. He was project co-
ordinator for the opening of the Giant Her- Maarten Van Wik
Maarten Van Wijk
shey Center and general manager of the Ho-
tel Hershey.
Maarten comes from a long line of hoteliers. Both sets of grandparents were in the
hotel business. "I'm the third generation," he says proudly. His dad, one of nine chil-
dren, went into the hotel business along with four of his siblings. Three of his mother's
brothers are in the business. His parents owned a hotel in Maastricht, where young
Maarten was raised. "My 'toys' were in the kitchen," he says. (Maybe that's where he
gets his affinity for the F&B industry!) When he was about six years old he was asked
to show the tourists around the town. "I could say 'turn left' or 'turn right' in about five
languages," he says! "And I made great tips!"
His formal education was at The Hague hotel school, where, not surprisingly, one of
his grandfathers was involved. In the early days of his career he came to the Caribbean
to work at a resort in St. Martin. "I didn't like it," he remembers, "but then again
maybe I was too young and impatient to enjoy it." So when he had an opportunity to go
to the States he jumped at it. His career includes illustrious hotels like the Mayflower in
Washington DC, opening of the Regent of Washington, the Philadelphia Hilton and
Towers. He worked with conventions and catering opening of the French Embassy in
DC, the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California. Then in 1992 he began
his long career with the Hershey group as the GM of the Hershey Country Club.
After the September 11 tragedy, he, like many others, wanted to take a break and re-
evaluate his life and career. Just about that time he was offered an invitation to work
for the Dutch Olympic Committee at the 19th Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
He did return to Hershey, but he still wanted to look for something new to do with his
life. The invitation came: come back to the Caribbean to the Divi Flamingo. "I looked
around," he says, "and I thought to myself, now this is a beautiful place!"

*spirit of hospitality
*developing self esteem
*effective communication
*guest services
listening skills
*telephone skills
*courtesy rules
*time and task management
*achieving guest satisfaction
*proper cleaning

Most of the training seminars are 40
hours long and class size will range
from 5 to 15 persons.
For further information on the train-
ing possibilities, please contact Annette
van Rooijen at Match Consultancy,
tel: 786-5711 or E-mail;
info@ matchconsultancy.com
Match Consultancy is a locally estab-
lished consultancy with first-hand
knowledge of the people and culture.

Bonaire Reporter August 19 to September 9, 2005

Page 13

O ne of the most relaxed and easy
going cats at the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter right now is "Ryan." Some-
times he's reclining in the plastic bas-
kets, but the other day, when we were in
the cat cage with our camera, Ryan
hopped up on this little red chair, settled
down and looked right at us. It was if he
purposely wanted to call our attention to
him and to say, "I am such a great cat
and such a loveable one. Can't you put
me in 'Pet of the Week' because I'm
looking for just the right person or fam-
ily to adopt me?"
The Shelter staff does agree that Ryan
is such a cat and he's just so nice and
mellow to have around. He comes
highly recommended! He's healthy,
having had his check up by the vet, his
shots and testing, and he's been steril-
ized. And he's a handsome fellow too.
Stop by and see for yourself what a fine
pet he'd make for a loving owner.
We're happy to say that our Pet of the
Week from August 5, "Sandra," the cat,
has been adopted, thanks to the column!
We wish all the best to pet and new
This column's aim is to introduce you
to some of the great and amiable pets at
the Shelter, but you have to meet them
in person to really appreciate their fine

L et f th Wee

02005 The Bonaire Reporter
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DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. Antilles.
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Reporters: Albert Bianculli, Tonky Frans/S.C, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Don
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Page 14

(Gardner. Continued from page 11)

right, it is also a great tree, although it
loses its leaves during the dry period.
Even the well known Brasia or
Brasil is an important tree to protect
from the bulldozer. On most lots
where there are a lot of them, pick
some nice full grown ones and let each
of them be a nice solitary tree.
A tree that you mostly will not rec-
ognize when it is small is the Palu di
Sia or Saddle Tree, When it has
enough space it grows remarkably fast
and it seems to respond if you water it
every now and then. It loses most of its
leaves after the rainy season, but the
shape of this tree is just too nice to
take down.
Of course there are more, as I've
written other times on this topic, but I
think this is a good reminder.

Many of these trees will be as good
if not better than any newly planted
trees, and as I've said, some of these
trees have had such a long history that
their characteristic forms can never be
replaced by any new tree!
Ap van Eldik

Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscap-
ing 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

qualities. Stop by and meet some of the
best behaved, handsomest and healthiest
pets on the island.
The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open
Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm,
Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. L.D.



Late Show
Cal to makesure (Usually9pm)
Dark Water
(Jennifer Connelly)

Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
War of the Worlds

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
Herbie: Fully Loaded


Sunday, August 21- Sentro di Bario
Nikiboko Cultural Festival. For more
information pass by the Sentro or call
Edichi Agostien at 717-3905
Saturday, September 3-Rincon Mar-
she--big outdoor market, local foods,
music, gifts, plants, fruits and vegetables,
more- 6 am to 2 pm. Rincon is the "heart"
of Bonaire. Special guest speaker on the
terrace (bou di ramada) at 10 am.

August 28-30 3- day Women's Wind-
surf Clinic NAf250 per person includes
3-day clinic and gear rental. 8-student
minimum. Contact Ann Phelan at 786-
September 1-6-Annual Bonaire
Motocycle Tour.
Tuesday, September 6-Bonaire Day,
celebrate in Rincon
Tuesday, September 6- C-run, 2/4/5
km., 7:30 am. Sponsored by COM-
CABON 717-8629, 780-7225
September 28-29- Bonaire Investment
October 9 15- International
Bonaire Sailing Regatta
Sunday, October 9-Jong Bonaire An-
nual Swim to Klein Bonaire, 8 am,
Bongo's Beach

Saturday Rincon Marshe opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast
while you shop: fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts


Seen in
Movieland Cinema:

WAR of the WORLDS, by
Steven Spielberg starring Tom Cruise
and Dakota Fanning. I have to admit
I'm a sucker for disaster movies, and
this is one of the best I have seen.
Spielberg did it again. There are some
intense acting performances by Dakota
Fanning and Tim Robbins. The film is
as relentless as its villains, only occa-
sionally allowing us to catch our
breath before once again elevating the
level of suspense. Spielberg has popu-
lated his film with vivid images, such
as a mass of dead bodies floating
downstream on a quiet river and a
flaming train. There are no heroes in
this film, just truly scared and fleeing
people. However, the ending is weak,
with everything being resolved in a
few minutes, but I think the movie is a
real feast for the eyes and very recom-
mendable. Dodo

and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks
and music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying 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, So-
cial 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, 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 Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media

dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib
Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Thursday from June 16 to July 28, Ba-
sic Fish ID Yellow Submarine Dive Shop
at 6:30 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presen-
tation by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.

Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@itelbonet.
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Call
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
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 every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
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 enry
fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
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 Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to
9:30pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacasse 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 welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are

welcome. Tel. 717-8454

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 7174060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d.
Ree, behind the Catholic Church intown. Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
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 dancing
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 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.

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-
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. Jonkman.
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 ofCoromoto 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 Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194

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Royal Palm Galleries Open 11 am -2:30 pm 5:30-9 pm Kitchen Open llam-2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30-9 pm
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Calabasi Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
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Malv IThielMmanE

Twas born in 1947 in Curacao,
1 but both my parents were Bo-
nairean. There were 11 children; I was
the second. My father, Julian Marga-
ritha, was from Tera Cora. The first
Sentro di Bario in Tera Cora was my
grandfather's house. My mother, Theo-
dora "Chichi" Thielman, raised us ac-
cording to Bonairean tradition. She was
a real chauvinist: if we ate fish it had to
be from Bonaire, and only Bonairean
goat meat was good enough. She was
always homesick for Bonaire and the
Bonairean way of life. Bonaire meant
everything to her, and until the day she
died Bonaire was always on her mind.
She was also a very social person, al-
ways helping people. Besides her own
11 children she took care of countless
other foster children.
Every summer holiday we were
shipped to Bonaire on the sailing boat,
Niagara. We'd spend the holidays with
the Martijn family in Tras di Montana
or in Antriol with the Gomez family.
My childhood was a happy one and
life was very simple. School was until
three in the afternoon. You had to speak
Dutch, and you were punished if you
spoke Papiamentu. There were even A
and B classes. The A classes were for
children with fairer skin! Father made
us read a lot. He was a well-read man
and knew all about geography. He
would buy slides with photos of foreign
countries and show them to us every
Saturday night. We'd learn about dif-
ferent places and cultures without a sin-
gle day's travel!
I was a very quiet girl, shy and with-
drawn. I didn't open my mouth at
school. I guess it was because we lived
far out and didn't see many people ex-
cept for the Bonaireans who would stay
over at our place; we only mingled with
people we knew.
I loved to study and finished high
school in 1963 when I was 16 and left
for Holland with a scholarship. I re-
member there weren't that many people
of African descent in Holland at the
time. I went to boarding school in Den
Bosch and did my bachelors in teaching
in four years; then to Wageningen for
two more years for my master's. It was
a fun time; I rode my bicycle through
Belgium and Germany and traveled to
Paris on a moped! I did all kinds of
things and worked all kinds of jobs.
After almost 10 years in Holland I re-
turned to Curacao.
I started working in special education
and was put in charge of managing the
school. It was a great challenge: to dis-
cover the capacities of the pupils, to get
the juice out of them! Eighty percent of
the students did well opening their

own hairdresser salons, becoming taxi
drivers things like that. They were real
hard workers and they made it. I didn't
achieve that alone; we had a great team.
If the team doesn't function everything
falls apart. I was very motivated be-
cause for me equal opportunity comes
first. Anyone can accomplish anything
at his own level and make the best out
of it. 'Reach for the stars,' I tell my stu-
dents, 'and when you fall, you fall in
the clouds!' When I experience some-
thing and I feel it's worth it, I want
other people to experience it as well. I
hate injustice, and I always stand up for
people who have less.

"'Reach for the stars,'
I tell my students,
'and when you fall,
you fall in the

After four years in Curacao I left for
the US. First I lived in Brooklyn, then
in Manhattan, then New Jersey. I
worked at Mc Donald's, for the Cura-
cao tourist office in New York and at a
lawyer's office as a receptionist. I
worked myself up to legal assistant and
office manager. I helped a lot of people
for free by giving them instructions and
answering their questions. Because of
the job I traveled to the British Carib-
bean islands- Grenada, Barbados, Trini-
dad and Barbuda. However, teaching
was still on my mind, so when I got the
opportunity I started teaching informa-
tion processing at a private business
school, Katherine Gibbs School, in
Montclair, New Jersey. It was an elite
school, a junior college, but they also
gave short courses for graduate stu-
dents. The school is highly recom-
mended; we had graduates who worked
at the White House.
In my free time I worked at a travel
agency so I could travel every six
weeks to the Antilles, Puerto Rico or
the Bahamas for only $6! I lived in the
States for 15 years, and then when my
mom became very ill, I came back to
Curacao. I started working with the
blind and went to Panama where I
worked briefly as an intern in blind
care. A week after I'd returned again to
Curacao my mom passed away. On her
death bed she told me, 'You've been
working everywhere, but you never
worked for your own people. Don't for-
get Bonaire; Bonaire also has people

who need you.'
I went to New
Jersey and came
back to Curacao to
work for Sentro di
Siego, the blind
care center. Later I
started teaching at
MAO (Middle Ad-
ministration Edu-
cation). Every
week I flew to
Bonaire to help the
children here in an
after school pro-
gram. I rented a
house in Antriol
and started Rayvah
N.V., a high tech
and training insti-
tute. I began with
computer lessons
and business ad-
ministration. After
a little while I moved to Bonaire. Next
year will be my 20th year with Rayvah.
People asked how I could leave New
York to come to live on Bonaire. I did-
n't see it that way; I lived according to
our slogan: Unhurried, Unspoiled and
Unforgettable. The way I feel, I am a
Bonairean to the core!" Malva Thiel-
man is a very bright and spiritual per-
son; a strong woman. Although she's
down to earth and realistic, she's still a
great believer; she's never lost her faith
in people.
"What I want to accomplish is to im-
prove the quality of life by showing
people the importance of education,
education in all its different aspects. A
human being is complex. You're deal-
ing with the spirit, the body and the
mind. My motto is: 'Turn them into a
better human being first, because only
then can they absorb knowledge and
change and become flexible.' Nowa-
days money is of great importance. Of-
ten both parents work, but they forget
about education and the children go
wrong. Then they put the blame on the
SGB (high school) or the government,
but SGB or the government does not
have children, the children are their par-
People should learn to live on a
budget and stick to it and be more crea-
tive and live more from the heart. I al-
ways tell people and children: 'It starts
with a dream follow your dream and
learn how to plan, but... be realistic and
don't set any goals you can't achieve.'
For the last five years I've taught infor-
mation processing and hospitality and
providing service at SGB at the AGO
group, the special care group. What I'm
doing with Rayvah has to be affordable
and attainable for everyone. We've had
programs for dropouts and young delin-
quents. We always start with a motiva-

Malva Thielman

tion week. After that they could choose
to join the program but also the obliga-
tion to stick to the rules. They had to
cut off their dreadlocks, remove all the
piercings, speak in a decent way and
respect each other. The effect was that
after a while all those things became
I always work with the children who
nobody else wants. I am very strict, but
I can be as sweet as I am strict! In fact,
I'm more of a social worker. People can
count on me 24 hours a day and that's
what they do. I've been on sick leave
for the last two years because they ru-
ined my knee during an operation in
Curaqao, but not to sit still! I'm study-
ing 'coaching and counseling,' to be
productive. In September I'm going to
Venezuela for two months to have my
knee repaired, hopefully, so that I can
come back healthy to work for my peo-
ple for 200%. I have plans to create
work for youngsters and grownups, for
housewives and single mothers.
I enjoy life and I'm making the best
of it. I'm glad I came back to Bonaire,
I've got my American passport, I'm a
US citizen, but if you want to live in
peace you have to be on Bonaire. Busi-
ness wise Bonaire is a disaster, but I'm
not a business woman, I'm a social
catalyst. Bonaire will always be my
home base. I have a lot of sailor's blood
that forces me to go, but I will always
come back. My life,
my dedication is to the
young ones and the
elderly, and my plans
are 'To improve the
quality of life of my
people and to help
them until I die! "'
photo and story by Greta Kooistra

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The constellation Taurus' relationship with nearby constellations


f you know when and where to look you can get a preview of the brightest stars of
winter in the sultry days of August. Plus the Moon pays a visit to two morning
planets to close out the month. This weekend, Saturday, August 20th, about 45 minutes
before sunrise, face east where you'll see several bright stars covering a huge area from
east to southeast. In fact almost due east you'll see winter's super bright star, Procyon,
which marks the eye of Orion, the hunter's little dog. And to its right, just above the
southeast horizon, is the brightest star we can see from Earth Sirius which marks
the eye of Orion's big dog. And of course right above Sirius are the unmistakable three
stars, evenly spaced in a row, which mark the belt of winter's most famous constellation
Orion himself, his two knee stars to the right and his two shoulder stars to the left. And
directly above his shoulder stars, Aldebaran, the reddish star which marks the eye of
Taurus the Bull. And to Taurus' left is Capella, the brightest star of winter's Auriga
the Charioteer. Directly below him are Castor and Pollux, the two brightest stars of
Gemini the Twins.
So even though at the end of August, when nights may still be hot and sultry where
you live, if you get out just before sunrise you can see all of the brightest stars of winter
above the eastern horizon.
This year something has been added because directly below Castor and Pollux you
will see two additional bright lights which usually aren't there. Closest to the horizon is
the first planet out from the Sun, tiny 3,000-mile-wide Mercury, and just above him the
exquisite ringed planet, 75,000-mile-wide Saturn. And as always, may I remind you
that whenever we look for Mercury we always need a clear, flat, unobstructed horizon
because Mercury never gets really very high above it. Now if you watch both of these
planets through the very end of August you will notice that Saturn is a little bit higher
above the horizon each day while Mercury is slowly moving closer toward it.
And if you're one of those who never really knows for sure whether or not you've
found the planets, you can use the Moon at August's end as a finder. On Tuesday, Au-
gust 30th, an old crescent Moon will be parked very close to Castor and Pollux, and on
Wednesday, the 31't, it will be between Pollux and Saturn. On Thursday, September 1st,
an extremely slender crescent Moon will be parked right between Saturn and Mercury,
and if you've got a really clear flat cloudless horizon on Friday, September 2"n, you may
see one of the slenderest Moons you'll ever see parked right next to Mercury. So there
you have it: all of winter's bright stars visible in the east just before sunrise at August's
end. Jack Horkheimer

Hr AV7

S FFor the week:
August 15 August 21, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Difficulties with females you live with could cause
emotional stress. Lovers may not be truthful. Romantic encounters are evident
through travel or educational pursuits. The locks, stove, gas, or electric wires may
not be secure. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Reciprocate by offering helpful hints. Think be-
fore you act if you wish to avoid friction. You will need to work diligently in order
to accomplish even the smallest amount. You may be able to get some good advice
about your personal problems. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can make headway in the workforce if you put
your mind to it. You must use discretion when it comes to lending money or mak-
ing donations. If they're really interested, they'll wait. You can make a big differ-
ence to children if you understand the difficulties they are experiencing.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Before you proceed be sure to talk your plans over
with those they will affect. You will be able to get to the bottom of things this
week. Professionalism will be of utmost importance. You won't impress anyone by
being overly generous. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Socially, you need a fast paced form of entertainment.
You would be wise to consider attending lectures that will broaden your awareness
concerning your professional direction. In-laws or relatives may oppose your per-
sonal intentions. You can sell your ideas to those who have the money to back
them. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You need to focus on yourself, not on others. Re-
wards for past good deeds will highlight your day. Others may want to steal your
thunder when they realize your ideas are pretty solid. You can buy or sell if you're
so inclined. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Be firm when dealing with matters pertaining to
your environment. Delve into your work if you can't make amends at home. Don't
vacillate about asking for assistance if you need it. You must be careful not to re-
veal secrets or get involved in gossip. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Secret activity is evident. Your financial situa-
tion may be draining and it's time to make some serious changes. Joint ventures
might prove to be unfavorable. Opportunities will unfold; however, you must be
willing to pay the price. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You may not see your situation clearly.
Changes in your home may be disruptive and upsetting. Romantic opportunities
will develop through friends or relatives. Don't expect romantic encounters to be
lasting. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Don't spend too much in order to impress oth-
ers. Be careful not to confuse issues when discussing the matters at hand. Set a
limit on the amount you're willing to spend, and be sure to stick to it. Erratic be-
havior at home may be hard to handle. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Exercise is always a good way to relieve stress.
Take whatever time you can to get to know each other all over again. Take the
time to sort out your personal papers and double-check your financial investments.
Keep the promises you've made or you can expect to be in the doghouse.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Think about starting your own small business, Take
whatever time you can to get to know each other all over again. Unexpected events
may upset your routine. Communication will be your best bet. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.

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