Title: Bonaire reporter
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Publication Date: April 13, 2007
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aire have reor-
ganized to focus on
neighborhood polic- ,.,
ing. A coordinator / ,
has been assigned to /
the island's main
districts to take law
enforcement "closer
to the people" and
prevent problems
from escalating by
detecting them at an
earlier stage to in- The five police department barrio leaders from left to
crease the safety and right: Ibi Statie), Urwin Juaquin, Alejandrina Sambo,
liability in the bar- Jose Antonio Rosales andAquiles Francis Lopez
BVO photo
The barrio leader is
responsible for his/her neighborhood and is on the scene. This project falls under
the revised Netherlands Antilles Safety Plan.
The barrio leaders were appointed after a selection procedure: Urwin Juaquin for
Amboina, Nikiboko, Bario Wanapa, Manaparia Kutu, and Lagun Hill; Ibi Statie
for Antriol, Den Stashi, Bario Seleisi, Bario Mexico and Mexico; Jose Antonio
Rosales for Rincon, Seru di Suit and Playa Grandi; Aquiles Francis Lopez for Nort
di Salifia, Nawati, Republiek, Hato and Sabadeco; and Alejandrina Sambo for Tera
Kora, Belnem, Den Chefi, Senkuria, Sabana, Sabal Palm and Punt Vierkant.

> To cope with increased demand
on the Curaqao-St. Maarten route,
Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) will
add a second jet flight to its Friday
itinerary to St. Maarten. The new
schedule went into effect last Friday.
Up to now the flight was operated with
an ATR prop jet.
DAE's second Fokker 100 jet arrived
in Curaqao from Brazil last Saturday.
The airline intends to start flying to
Bogota, Port-of-Spain, Santo Domingo
and Port-au-Prince. DAE began flying
to Caracas on March 20.

lets installed, along with updated elec-
tronics that reduce fuel use. "Such sav-
ings will be passed on to our custom-
ers," said Winkel. Aircraft will be
equipped with air conditioning and all
new seating equivalent to most carriers'
first class seats all window and
"Acquiring two more aircraft is just
the first step EZAir is taking towards
increasing its service to island resi-
dents," Winkel said. He added that
EZAir has filed a request with the De-
partment of Transportation to become
a regularly scheduled airline.
"We are excited about bringing low
air fares back to inter-island travel."
Sueyenne Dammerman, EZAir's Chief
Operating Officer, said. "These addi-
tional aircraft will allow us continue to
offer first class, affordable and safe
travel with increased frequency." She
added, "And this is just the beginning."
With the planes coming on line and
the intent for EZAir to become a
scheduled airline, Dammerman said a
change of name seemed in keeping
with the company's expansion plans.
EZAir currently provides inter-island
scheduled charter service between
Curaqao and Bonaire, via Kini kini air

island tours of the island. Dammerman
says the increased seat capacity will
allow EZAir to begin providing more
service to the current demand at certain
hours to the under-served islands.

> In 2006, 5.6% more US tourists
visited Bonaire compared to 2005 and
all North America tourism grew
6.7%. Two primary factors contribute
to that growth: 1- Bonaire's US market-
ing campaign that targets the affluent,
leading edge baby boomers, and 2- Ad-
ditional airlift, specifically the addition
of two more American Eagle flights per
week, bringing American Eagle to a
total of five round trip flights a week
(which were increased to seven when
demand was there) and the inauguration
of the Continental non-stop flight from
Houston to Bonaire. Commencing ser-
vice on December 17th, 2005, and oper-
ating at an exceptional 86% annual av-
erage load factor, the Continental flight
was a success from the beginning. Fre-
quently upgraded from a 124-seat air-
craft to a 155-seat aircraft, the success
of the Houston flight paved the way for
a second non-stop flight from the all-
important New York area. A Continen-
tal Saturday/Sunday flight from Newark
began on December 17th, 2006.

Discussions on the sale of RBTT
Financial Holdings to the regional sub-
sidiary of Canadian bank CIBC are very
far advanced and a final decision is im-
(Continued on page 4)

Bonaire Reporter April 13 to April 20, 2007

Table of Contents
Simidan! 3
Where to Find the Reporter 5
Guest Editorial (Open Letter to All
Bonairean Political Parties) 6
Letter (Poverty Alleviation through Tourism) 6
Bonaire Ambassadors
(Schmidt Award and Magocs Award) 7
Gear Doc (BCD) 7
Easter Weekend
Fun for Kids 8
Camping 10
Live Music Everywhere 10
Shrink Studies SCUBA (Clearing
Nasal Passages-nasal rinse) 9
Snorkeler's Notebook (Spirituality on the
Reef) 13

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologist's Bubbles (Coral Sunscreen) 3
Pet of the Week ("Dorothy ") 9
Classifieds 12
Sudoku Puzzle 14
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Candidate's' Partner's: (Esmeralda Huerta) 17
Picture Yourself (Maui,Hawaii &
San Diego, California) 18
Sky Park (Venus, Aldebaran & the Moon) 19
The Stars Have It 19
Sudoku Answer 19

Page 2

D id You Know... Corals need sunscreen too?
Scientists have recently discovered that corals produce their own natural sun-
screens, called MAAs, that protect them from harmful ultraviolet radiation.
What is really cool is that these MAAs are thought to be produced and translocated
into the coral's tissues by the coral's symbiotic algae (their zooxanthellae). MAAs
are found in a wide variety of marine organisms living in shallow environments in-
cluding blue-green algae, fungi, invertebrates and fishes. It is also hypothesized that

some animals eat
MAA-rich foods
and then relocate
the MAAs into
their skin
(evidence in
starfish and some
sea cucumbers)!
As you might have
guessed, there is
ongoing research
on these com-
pounds to develop
them into sun-
screens for humans. So, for those of you who believe sunscreens are for sissies, take
a look at the clever work of Mother Nature and think again! Photo & story by
Caren Eckrich

Bonaire Reporter April 13 to April 20, 2007

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Page 3

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
minent, the Trinidad Guardian reported
Thursday. In a statement to the Guardian
Tuesday, a senior RBTT official said,
"While it is RBTT's policy not to com-
ment on market speculation or to disclose
the nature of any commercial discussions,
I confirm that RBTT has not, I repeat, not
agreed to the sale of the bank or to a
merger with any third party." RBTT has a
branch on Bonaire.

> Just when we thought we had it fig-
ured out. Both Dutch State Secretary of
Kingdom Relations Ank Bijleveld-
Schouten and Justice Minister Ernst
Hirsch Ballin said during last Wednes-
day's debate in the Dutch Parliament
that there is confusion within the Par-
liament on the future constitutional
status for Bonaire, Saba and St. Eusta-
They emphasized that, as often said
before, the three islands would not be-
come a Dutch "municipality," but a
"public entity."
Hirsch Ballin said that the confusion
has been caused by the media. "I believe
a letter from former Minister of Kingdom
Relations, Atzo Nicolai, to Parliament
was too difficult for the media to summa-
rize and they decided to make municipal-
ity out of it. But, it is in essence some-
thing else."
Parliament member Cynthia Ortega-
Martijn said it was the easy way out to
put the blame on the press and pointed
out that the final conclusions of the Mini-
conference of October 10 and 11, 2006,
uses the terminology of "Dutch munici-
Bijleveld-Schouten said that in the
Netherlands Antilles there is no confu-
sion about the future status of Bonaire,
Statia and Saba. Another Member of Par-
liament wanted to know when the process
would be completed. Bijleveld-Schouten:
"That's difficult for me to say, but we
hope to achieve a lot during the upcom-
ing four years this cabinet has in office."
Hirsh Ballin explained that it was not
about negotiating the new constitutional
status but rather of working out agree-
ments already made. "It's all very de-
tailed, but we must not overestimate it

> According to an election poll in
Curacao done by Key Research of the
University of the Dutch Caribbean in
cooperation with the Dutch research bu-
reau Interview NSS, the PAR party,
which currently leads the Central Gov-

eminent, will win the most votes in the
April 20 Curaqao Island Council. How-
ever 34.1% of the interviewees said they
do not know yet who they are going to
vote for.
Fourteen youngsters telephoned 550
people to do the survey. They recorded
that PAR would win 18% of the vote (8
seats), followed by MAN with 9.6% (4
seats), PNP with 4.7% (2 seats), Pueblo
Soberano with 4.3% (2 seats), the De-
mocratic Party with 4.1% (2 seats),
Forsa Kbrsou with 4% (1 seat), NPA with
2.9% (1 seat). The FOL, Anthony
Godett's party, the leader in the last is-
land elections, would garer 4% (1 seat).
If the survey holds for the actual elec-
tions, the parties in favor of the final
statement (Slotverklaring) defining the
breakup of the Antilles will just have a

In its March 2007 report the Econo-
mist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which pro-
vides country, industry and management
analysis on more than 200 countries, ex-
pects economic growth for the Nether-
lands Antilles in 2007-2008 to remain
low, at 1.5 to 2.5% cent.
When the split of the Netherlands An-
tilles goes ahead, the Dutch offer to as-
sume all the public debt of the islands
will provide a boost to the economies of
all the islands beginning in 2009. The
deadline for establishing the new consti-
tutional status of the islands has been put
back from July 2007 to December 15,
2008. Four of the islands have signed an
agreement with the Dutch government
that will see St Maarten reduce its ties
with Holland by becoming an autono-
mous state within the Kingdom of the
Netherlands with Bonaire, St Eustatius
and Saba strengthening their links with
the Dutch, through gaining a new status
which is equivalent to that of Dutch mu-
nicipalities (or "public entities" see
above). Curaqao is demanding the rene-
gotiation of the November 2, 2006, final
agreement (Slotverklaring), which estab-
lished the broad approach which the
Netherlands Antilles would be broken up.
The accord envisages Curacao, as with St
Maarten, becoming fully self-governing,
except in matters of defense, foreign pol-
icy and law enforcement, which would
continue to be the responsibility of the
Dutch government. Curacao is seeking
greater fiscal and legal autonomy than
currently envisaged. It is unclear how the
situation will be resolved, but any resolu-
tion is unlikely before Curacao Island
Council elections on April 20.

lands Antilles. The current group of stu-
dents will be chaperoned on their trip by
Moreno Bellini and his wife, who own
the airport restaurants.

SBonaire's limited seaport facilities
became apparent last week when the
cruise ships calling on the island
blocked the delivery of cement and
food. House builders laid off workers
because the cement needed to construct
new buildings wasn't available. Roland
Verbeek, Manager of Warehouse Bon-
aire, Bonaire's busiest supermarket, had
to apologize to customers for his empty
shelves. He asked the government to
study the problem and take positive ac-
tion to resolve it.
There is approval for a plan to relocate
the commercial port near BOPEC and
keep the cruise ships downtown.

On handfor the renewal of the
Italia Accord were Bonaire's Com-
missioner ofEducation Geraldine
Dammers and Economics Minister
Burney el Hage shown here flanking
Paola Mancini, representative of the
Emilia-Romagna region. BVO photo

> Late last month the accord that al-
lows Bonaire SGB high school culinary
students to continue their studies in the
Emilia-Romagna region of Italy was
Sara Matera, the general manager of
the Divi Resort, is, and has been, the
coordinator of the project for the Nether-

> The trend continues. As more people
read in The Reporter that others are tak-
ing batteries off Bonaire, more people
go to the Carib Inn to help. Here Susan
Urban from New York saves Bonaire
from more toxic waste.

> Support Bonaire, Inc., a U.S. non-
profit organization, US tax deductible,
created to help support Bonaire's non-
profit social and environmental efforts
announced that its 2006 grants to vari-
ous Bonaire non-profit organizations
was $60,271. Funding for Support Bon-
aire's grants comes solely from individ-
ual donors who select from one of a se-
ries of special projects Support Bonaire
has created to focus on particular needs
on Bonaire.
During 2006, the top recipients of
grants from Support Bonaire were two
non-profit, non-governmental educational
institutions Unicollege and Stichting
Leren is Leuk (which runs the Pelikaan
School). Both organizations received
these much needed funds thanks to the
generosity of American individuals with
a strong commitment to the future of
Bonaire's children. Other programs
which educate the youth of Bonaire
which received grant funding were Jong
Bonaire and the Bonaire Marine Park's
youth education program.
Social programs for children and young
adults which received smaller grants
were the Maria Hoppner Stichting, the
Stichting Project, and Stichting AVST
(Wowo di Bario).
Non-profit organizations which protect
and promote Bonaire's natural resources
also received targeted grants, led by Sea
Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) and
the Donkey Sanctuary. The Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter, Foundation Animal Welfare
Bonaire, the Bonaire Marine Park, and
(Continued on page 5)

Bonaire Reporter April 13 to April 20, 2007

The REPORTER has moved!

The Bonaire Reporter has moved its headquarters to the
Bolivia plantation area of Bonaire. Latitude 120 11.281 North
Longitude 680 14.809 West

The new address is Bonaire Reporter, Kunuku Shimaruku,
P.O. Box 407, Kralendijk, Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. (AN)

The telephone numbers are: 786-6518 and 786-6125.
Backup numbers are: 796-6125, 790-6518 and 790-8988
Email and website remain the same:

Page 4

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
Fundashon pa Bon Koral also received
A majority of the donations to Support
Bonaire to support these varied causes
were donated on-line, via the Internet, at
the Support Bonaire web site -
www.SupportBonaire.org where dona-
tions by credit card are accepted. 100%
of all donations go directly to the target
charities on Bonaire, as a small endow-
ment received by Support Bonaire, Inc.
some years ago is used to cover all ad-
ministrative expenses.

> The seismic jolt that unleashed the
deadly Solomon Islands tsunami this
week lifted an entire island meters out of
the sea, destroying some of the world's
most pristine coral reefs. The 7.6 magni-
tude earthquake last Monday forced the
island of Ranongga up three meters (10
ft.). As a result the reefs that once at-
tracted scuba divers lie exposed and
dying. The island is 32 kilometers (20
miles) long and 8 kilometers (5 miles)
wide, slightly smaller than Bonaire.
Danny Kennedy, a dive operator in the
provincial capital Gizo, said the earth-
quake had damaged coral reefs through-
out the Solomon Islands' western prov-
ince. He said dive sites once ranked
among the best in the world were dying
because the tremors had upset the fragile
natural ecosystem. "Some of the most

beautiful corals are the most delicate
and those are the ones that have been
affected," he told the Associated Press.
(Neil Sands -AP)

> To celebrate its retail shop's One
Year Anniversary, Last Bite Bakery
will be offering NAJf slices of their out-
rageously delicious cakes on Tuesday,
April 17 only. (Last Bite has been in
business for a total of six years, but the
last year as a retail shop ). Also, due to
popular demand the Burrito is back on the
NAf10 luncheon take out
menu..Tuesday-Lasagna, Wednesday-
Chicken Burrito with beans and Spanish


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Hato branches)

Bistro de Paris
Cactus Blue
City Cafe
Lover's Ice
Papaya Moon
Pasa Bon Pizza

Dive Shops:
Carib Inn

Best Buddies &
Bonaire Gift Shop
Chat 'n' Browse
City Shop
Exito Bakery
Last Bite Bakery

Paradise Photo
Photo Tours,

Buddy Dive
Capt. Don's
Carib Inn
Divi Flamingo
Eden Beach
Golden Reef Inn
The Great
Plaza Resort
Sand Dollar

Consales Cash
& Carry
Sand Dollar

Parliament Office

Botika Korona
Caribbean Laun- .
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Hair Affair
Harbour Village
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Bookstore 0

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Joi Fruit Store
Lemari Grocery
Rincon Bakery
Rose Inn

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Bonaire Reporter April 13 to April 20, 2007


Page 5


M ost political parties have published their Action Pro-
grams. These programs all use expressions such as
"Our party stands for sustained development while preserv-
ing our environment and our culture." There are many peo-
ple on our island who are unsure of the meaning of such
phrases. There are also many citizens and residents who
have noticed the beginning of uncontrolled, excessive
growth on the island, resulting in exorbitant prices for housing, construction etc.
They feel that such growth may soon be unstoppable and would lead to Aruba or St
Maarten type conditions. In order to obtain clarification on the political parties' po-
sition on such matters, questions are asked below. Clear responses to these ques-
tions, either through a press release, brochure or letter to the editor of our newspa-
pers, would help many voters in deciding which party to vote for.

1. Is your party aware of the "1992 Pourier Report" on the development of the
island, and if so, what is the opinion of your party on the report's vision on the
future, and in particular should any of the report be made into law?
2. Does your party favor the construction of more hotels and if so, how many? Is
there a total number of additional rooms in hotels, apartments, etc. that your
party favors or is this unlimited?
3. Does your party aim for a maximum total number of annual tourists and if so
what is that number or is this number unlimited? Is there to be a limit of the
number of annual dives on our reefs?
4. Is there a maximum number of cruise ship tourists your party strives for and if
so, what is that number?
5. Does your party favor a height limit for all future construction on the island and
especially in Kralendijk? If so, what height?
6. Should the number of cars on the island be allowed to grow indefinitely and if
so, do you favor the installation of traffic lights?
7. Once we become part of the Netherlands does your party favor unlimited immi-
gration of Dutch people or should there be constraints?
8. Does your party favor unlimited immigration of workers, especially in the con-
struction and hotel/restaurant fields? If so, how does your party intend to solve
the related problems of health care, housing shortage, education of these work-
ers' children, road congestion, etc?
9. What would your party's demands be for any future hotel operator as far as the
number of foreign workers allowed to work in the facility, training of local
workers and local access to the hotel's beach?
10. What is your party's view on the stoppage of work on the Mangrove Village
11. Does your party favor no-fish zones as presently proposed by STINAPA?
12. Would your party, if in power, allow the practice of the removal of sand
and stone from our Eastern and Northern coastlines to continue?


A ccording to the World Resources V ,
Institute, at the beginning of 1990 Q
tourism was growing at a rate of 4% a year.
Between 1990 and 2002, International tour-
ist arrivals increased by 54% globally, and
the World Tourism Organization estimates
that tourist arrivals will exceed 1 billion
worldwide by the year 2010.
There are several different types of tour- -
ism activity, often characterized by the One idea: Revive Donkey tourism?
specific interests of the tourists themselves. Internet photo
These range from special interest tourism
such as culture, nature, religious and event tourism to name a few, to the more general
mass tourism.
Ecotourism, a form of nature tourism, is reported to be one of the most rapidly in-
creasing segments of the tourism industry. Though the figures on ecotourism are
difficult to compile, the WTO estimates that global spending on ecotourism as
increasing steadily by 20% per year, approximately five times the growth rate of
the tourism industry as a whole.
The increased demand for ecotourism can be attributed in part to the wave of global
environmental consciousness. Ecotourism, defined as "Responsible travel to natural
areas that conserve the environment and sustains the well being of local people," is
nature based, supports the well being of local communities, and promotes local own-
ership. Ecotourism is also the type of tourism that presents some of the best opportu-
nities, when compared to other sectors, for the direct and long term economic impacts
on poor communities.
While the tourism industry presents excellent opportunities for improving economic
conditions, some of the major challenges are to match tourism income to tourism arri-
vals and to deliver direct benefits to the local people.
The direct economic impact of tourist spending is compromised when businesses
have to obtain goods and services from outside the area, thus creating "leakage" from
the economy. Unfortunately many tourism projects have a high rate of leakage and
often the profits flow to overseas investors without benefiting the local population
Additionally, over the past two decades ecotourism has shown promise as an impor-
tant catalyst for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. O Adapted
from a newsletter by Jasmin Garraway, Sustainable Tourism Director of the Associa-
tion of Caribbean States.

Bonaire Reporter April 13 to April 20, 2007

Page 6

A rn-r ssa -ors

Congratulations to:
Carol and Bob Schmidt

G old Ambassadors (20 yearsvisit-
ing) Carol and Bob Schmidt say
Bonaire is a paradise in terms of under-
water adventures. They love the friend-
liness and warmth of the Bonairean
people. Here is their little story:
"Family members who own a seaside
house invited us to Bonaire in 1986 and
we have been coming annually since
then. We enjoy everything about this
quiet, unpretentious island: its climate
and terrain, its bird and animal life, its
local customs, its food, its crystal clear Carol and Bob Schmidt
turquoise-blue water. We dive and
snorkel and Bonaire is a paradise in terms of underwater adventure. The island of-
fers endless opportunities to discover the beautiful world of the fishes and corals.
Another thing that lures us to Bonaire is the friendliness and warmth of the Bo-
nairean people."

And congratulations to:
Steve and Lajos Magocs

L ajos and his father, Steve, en-
joy visiting Bonaire. They
both enjoy the natural beauty of the
island, snorkeling, diving, walking in
the desert, and even watching the
waves on the south-east coast.
Lajos is 10 and became a certified
diver on Bonaire in late 2005
(Tthanks, Wannadive!). He already
has over 60 dives logged. Steven was
certified in Holland and even speaks
a little Dutch which can make some TCB's Rico Martis, Lajos and
funny translations. Their favorite Steve Magocs
dive sites are Angel City, Oil Slick
Leap and Eden Beach. The shore diving on Bonaire gives divers the chance to
closely examine sea life in a way you can't do from a boat dive.
On the island they stay with Lajos' grandparents at Eden Beach Resort. Staff and
management there are very helpful and friendly.
They say Bonaire is a great place to visit with plenty of outdoor activities. The
Magocs family looks forward to visiting Bonaire again. They were awarded Bronze
Ambassador medals to recognize their 10 years of visiting Bonaire. 1 TCB


If you are diving and find yourself
emptying air from your BCD a few
times per dive and you have not put air in
it, the auto-inflator is leaking. This is
usually a simple repair and should be
done as soon as possible. With most
BCDs, the inflator along with the corru-
gated hose can be removed from the BCD
by unscrewing it at the top. I prefer work-
ing on them this way as it is much easier
than with the entire BCD. If you do this
make sure you do not lose any o-rings or
a flat rubber ring.
Repairing an inflator yourself is not
impossible by any means, but there are as
many types of inflators as stars in a gal-
axy almost. Many have a Schrader
valve which is a tire tube valve and
within this style there are at least 3 differ-
ent Schrader valves. Others have a simple

De AndeJ



ar Doc
bi-monthly feature in The Reporter
voted to helping you maintain your gear.

o-ring setup. Some
have a "tilt" sort of
valve. Seriously, the
list is quite long of
the many types.
Like swivels in the
high pressure hoses,
BCD inflators usually are not part of an
overall service and therefore are prone to
corrosion and eventual failure. Since
there are so many types of inflators it is
best to have a professional repair these.
Maintenance wise it is really difficult to
get a good freshwater flushing of all the
parts. Soaking will help some but sooner
or later all BCD's will start to auto-
While diving the best first aid is to sim-
ply disconnect the inflator hose and orally
inflate the BCD if necessary like a lot of
us used to do. O Bruce Bowker
Since 1980 Bruce
Bowker has been the
owner-operator of
the Padi 5 Star Gold
Palm Carib Inn. Tel.

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Fun for kids

S unday was a day of religious services, family gatherings and Easter egg hunts.
Some of
the best action
was at local re-
sorts where spe- _V IF
cial activities d4AW
were scheduled f* $ '
for the huge turn- 4& 4 4. 4 # 'd
out of overseas P 6.,$Or
visitors during 4*
the Semana Santa )
(Holy Week)
vacation. At .
Petra and Jos' r I
Sunrise Restau-
rant at the Sand
Dollar Resort
there was a nice
buffet and games
for the children.
The children
painted hard
boiled eggs, col-
ored Easter pic-
tures and hid the
eggs. Photos &
story by Wilna
More Easter stories
on page 10 & 11.

Bonaire Reporter April 13 to April 20, 2007

Page 8

A Shrink Studies SQUBA

Nasal Irrigation Helps Divers
Clear Ears Naturally

Middle "ear squeeze" caused by diffi-
culty equalizing the pressure in
middle ears during descent and ascent is
among the most common problems in recrea-
tional scuba divers. A recent study showed
that buffered saline nasal irrigation can help
Many divers use pre-dive oral or spray
decongestants to help equalize pressure in
their middle ears and sinuses. NeilMed Phar-
maceuticals, Inc. of Santa Rosa, California,
sponsored the study to determine the efficacy
and safety of buffered saline nasal irrigation
among experienced divers to help equalize
pressure in their middle ears and reduce their
use of decongestants.
Between November 2005 and September
2006, 100 experienced scuba divers com-
pleted web-based "Before" and "After" ques-
tionnaires. They were invited to participate
after reporting difficulty equalizing the pres-
sure in their middle ears or using deconges-
tants in an earlier diver safety survey con-
ducted by myself (Dr. Colvard). After com-
pleting the "Before" questionnaire, the study
participants were sent free samples of
NeilMed's SINUS RNSETM buffered saline
nasal irrigation system. They completed the
"After" questionnaire after using the product
and diving.
Forty-four (44.0%) reported less nasal
congestion after using SINUS RINSETM and
10 (10.0%) reported more nasal congestion.
Sixty-nine (69.0%) reported less frequent
difficulty in clearing or equalizing their ears
and five (5%) reported more frequent diffi-
culty. Forty-one of 68 divers (60.3%) for
whom use of oral decongestants were appli-
cable reported decreased or discontinued use.
Twenty-one of 38 divers (55.3%) for whom

Nasel rinse Both graphics
02000- 2005 Neilmed Pharmaceuticals

bound congestion and reverse middle ear
squeeze during or after a dive when the effect
of the decongestants may have worn off.

A buffered saline nasal irrigation system
like NeilMed's SINUS RINSETM appears to
be an economical, convenient, safe, and ef-
fective natural alternative to decongestants
for many recreational divers who have nasal
congestion and difficulty equalizing pressure
in their middle ears. The same may be true
for airline passengers and flight crews, but
that group has not been studied yet.

Pet of the Week

orothy" was found under a container with
"D her mom and brother, "Dilan." The puppies
were in reasonably good shape, but the mom was in
such bad condition, starving and emaciated, that she
had to be put to sleep. But the pups were rescued just
in time and now they're roly poly cuties. Dorothy
should grow up to be a medium sized dog. She's a lot
of fun, smart and very affectionate. And she should
take to training well and quickly. As are all the other
pets up for adoption at the Bonaire Animal Shelter
Dorothy is healthy, has had her shots, worming and
testing and will be sterilized when she's old enough.
All that is covered in the NAf105 adoption fee. It's

the best pet deal in town and not only are you saving
the life of a little animal but you know you're getting
a superior pet, one that's healthy and social!
The Shelter is on the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel.
This year marks the 10th year for this col- b
umn, "Pet of the Week." Although the name
of this newspaper changed from Port Call to
The Bonaire Reporter in January 2000, the
name of the column has remained the same.
Some things never change! Thanks to all
Shelter staff that I've worked with over the
years and most of all thanks to the terrific
pets who took the time to pose for the cam-
era. I'm happy to say that a majority of them
found good and loving homes. O L.D.

You can check Sinus RinseTM out at http://
www.neilmed. ODavid F Colvard, MD

David F. Colvard, M.D., is a private psy-
chiatrist and clinical investigator in Raleigh
NC, and a divemaster. He
hosts www.DivePsych.com
which provides evidence-
based information for divers
on psychological and stress
factors in scuba divers. 11


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Live Music Everywhere

The Dijk in concert at Little Havana


Camping is a big Bonaire pas-
time, especially during the
Easter holiday. And what better place
than along the seaside.
This year there was a great variety of
tents some new ones, an army tent as
well as the "traditional style" built of
recycled shipping pallets. Camping
out didn't stop the cooks who dished
up traditional fare under relatively
primitive conditions. [photos and
story by Wilna Groenenboom

Kralendijk on Easter Sunday night
was particularly notable for its
live music. All over town there were
people partying and enjoying live shows,
which were being offered in various
places. Because of the great variety of
music probably everyone was able to
find tunes to their liking by the end of the
At Wilhelmina Plaza many Bonaireans
found their salvation by listening to reli-
gious live music and preachers. The
square was packed with island residents
and all were praying, dancing and eating
together. The slogan projected in big
letters on the backside of the square said
it all: Bonaire nobu huntu, Ku Kristu,

ajejera awe i sempre (A new Bonaire.
Together with Christ, yesterday, today
and forever).
Of course, Easter is a Dutch holiday
too. That's why, after a 13-day world
tour, the Dutchjazz group, the Dijk
(Dike), couldn't have found a better
place to conclude their tour than Bonaire.
Although the band is probably not well
known outside of The Netherlands, in
Holland the group is world famous.
At Little Havana, a bar that's actually a
little too small for a group of this caliber,
The Dijk managed to give a performance
that will probably not be forgotten soon
by the hundreds of spectators. The street
(Continued on page 11)

Bonaire Reporter April 13 to April 20, 2007

Page 10

(A Celebration ofLive Music. Continued from page 10)
outside the bar was packed. People were even trying to get a
glimpse of Huub van der Lubbe, lead singer of the band,
through the little back window of the bar. Their effort wasn't in
vain, as Van der Lubbe turned his back on the partying crowd at
the end of the concert and gave an almost private show to a girl
watching from behind the steel barred window. Her tears
showed her gratitude for his action.
For Little Havana the performance of the Dijk wasn't a one-
shot deal, as a day before the also equally famous Dutch group,
De Liefde (The Love), put on a great show as well. The man-
agement of the bar announced that these performances are just
the beginning of bringing overseas bands to Bonaire every
The people who weren't into Antillean church music or Dutch
jazz could find their needs met in City Cafe. There the music
group, Chispa, from Curaqao was playing. They were hot and
played Meringue, Salsa and Reggae.
All in all, a very good night for all music lovers and very
promising for upcoming weeks. The Bonaire Jazz Festival is set
for next month and many other great performances are on the
horizon. O David Radomisli/photos Wilna Groenenboom

Bonaire Reporter April 13 to April 20, 2007

Page 11

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

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

The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://

Trees and plants, Bonaire grown. 8000m2
nursery. Specializing in garden/septic
pumps and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen
103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don &
Janet). 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 www.bonaireimages.com

Searching For GOOD Maid Service?
For Quality House Cleaning
Serving Bonaire for more than 14 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax

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


Rock climbing/Rapelling/
Abseilen Every Saturday.
Call Outdoor Bonaire 791-
6272 / 785-6272

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. Phone 786-4651

Va ati o ru-
= e *- ta I
Cozy guest cottage available

cable TV,
two single
beds (or
king) pull-out sofa, porch, yard and private
entrance. Five minute walk to seaside
promenade; 10 minute walk to town. $50/
night. Contact: bonairecottage@aol.com

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The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support
to Bonaire's non-profits. To learn more
about making a US tax deductible dona-
tion visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a

A beautiful natural stone floor? I
offer first class travertine tiles. Size: 18"
x 18" x 1/2" (45 x45 cm)
Color: Walnut Price: NAf 85, Call: 796-

For Sale

FOR SALE: Computer table Excel-
lent condition NAf75, Computer Key-
board NAf 25 Phillips Computer
Monitor with cables, etc. NAf 150.
Call anytime 786-4136

Looking for a 1st stage regulator to
fill flat tires? Carib Inn has 2 now avail-
able at only $65 each. These are used but
rebuilt and include LP hose. These are not
to be used for diving. Call 717-8819 or
stop by the Carib Inn.

Windsurf equipment for sale: 108 1
Hifly board, 5.5 m Gaastra sail, complete
with boom and mast NOW ONLY NAf
400 Tel. 701-1224 after 6 pm

FOR SALE: Casio 275 PCR elec-
tronic cash register still in box. Loads of
functions. Full sized with cash drawer.
Perfect for a start up business. NAf170
or best offer. Call Bob at 786-7362 or

For Sale: Sony Digital Camcorder,
boxed and unused, Model DCR HC96E
in PAL format, takes Mini DV tapes has
widescreen, 3 Mega pixel still camera,
Carl Zeiss Lens, 2 Years guarantee, in-
cludes new case, tapes etc. Unwanted gift
$720, Call: 717-2675

Selling dive gear, printer/scanner,
pots & pans, bed/bath linen, Benetton
clothes, tables & chairs and much more.
Call 717-4494.

Fantastic Phantom bag-less cyclonic





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Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Free ads run for 2 weeks.
Commercial Ads only NAf0.80 per word, per week.
Call 786-6518 or 7866125 or email ads@bonairereporter.com

For sale

For sale 2003 red Chevrolet Celta.
In excellent condition, great mileage.
Asking NAf 10,000 ONO. Call 795-

For sale 1999 Nissan, 4 -door, diesel
pick up, special rust coated, NAf 8500

Kymco 50cc Scooter Large enough for
2 persons Good condition NAf 1.850.
Tel: 786-8648

For Sale: Toyota Corolla 1995, 8 valves,
Insurance paid till December 2007. En-
gine in good condition; can be used as
holiday car, and can be sold afterwards.
Possibility to lease. 25 euro a day; mini-
mum 7 days. Asking price; NAf 1.900, or
850 euro or $1000. Contact: 529-0119

rio, 1997, yellow, with
hard-top and windstop.
Make an offer... Tel. 786-

For Sale: Kia Spectra 2002, A/C, Radio,
4 doors. In very good condition. Price:
NAf 9500,00. Call: 786-1230

canister vacuum cleaner practically
new, NAf100-. Call 786-3117.

Sailing Yacht for sale-41 Ft. Hans
Christian, blue-water ready. Immaculate
condition. Completely refit rigging, in-
strumentation, etc. 2005-too much to list
here. Located in Bonaire. Serious In-
quires only please: captron-
bon@iyahoo.com. Include "BOAT" in the
subject line.

NIKONOS III Camera and Macro
tube Set. Still the best UW camera for
macro shots. Original
owner. NEVER been
flooded. Ideal back-up
camera. Complete
NAf200. Call George

Bonaire Reporter April 13 to April 20, 2007

F ro pe rty
Harbour Village Marina Front Condo
For Sale- Large one
bedroom, 2 bath
apartment located in a
secluded all condo
building away from
the hotel traffic. Full
kitchen and laundry,
tons of storage space, large patio with
walkout to marina dock. Private owner
sale. www.luxurybonaire.com

HOUSE FOR RENT: 3 bedrooms, 1
bath, open kitchen-living room. Nikiboko-
Sabana. Call 717-7741 (9am-noon, 3-6 pm)
NAf1.000 per month plus deposit.

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Cleaning lady (speaking Spanish and
Papiamentu) is looking for part-time
work. Please call J n Brouwer: 796 -
3637 digitalisl956 hotmail. com

PERFECT A sincere Bonairean expert is
offering you his services in maintenance,
house, roof and framework painting. Just
call 560-6287. We are at your service.

Part-time Administrator wanted. Must
be multilingual-English, Papiamentu,
Dutch. Call 512-6375. O

XWa rIted
Experienced Pet/House Sitter avail-
able Experienced Bonaire visitor (20
years) available to take care of your pets
and watch your house water plants etc. In
exchange for place to stay and use
of vehicle for shore diving, I will pay my
own air-food-diving etc. References upon
request. Contact by email:

Rental Wanted: SGB teacher looking to
rent as of the 1 st of August or the 1 st of
July an unfurnished or furnished APART-
MENT for one person, one or two rooms.
Rent will be paid automatically through the
bank. Please call 529-0118. No problem
paying a month guarantee.

Reporter staff member wishes to house
sit long-term. Call David 700-7536,

IE v ^ e ts
Holistic 3 day Retreat Planned June
2007 by visiting expert on Ayurveda, in-
volving yoga, massage & diet. Direct ques-
tions to email fhummingbird@yahoo.com




EDt 786-6875 OR



E very time F
I pass the
huge mural on
the side of the
Transworld Ra-
dio Building, I
ponder the cap-
tion, "Behold the
works of the
Lord, and his
wonders in the
deep." Yes, the
wonders of crea-
tion in the deep
are bound to
inspire spiritual
reflection if your
soul is in the
mood for being awed and enlightened.

After years of the strictures of organized
religion, my spirituality was almost lost
until my first snorkel on St. John in the
US Virgin Islands. In those moments, I
was transformed into a pantheist making
spiritual connections in nature that alluded
me in the church dominated by rules,
regulations, and dogma. Many, many
snorkels later, mostly on Bonaire, and I
still realize tiny epiphanies in each mo-
ment of floating and every turn of the
head: at Invisibles, the fire coral fingers
shelter the precious juveniles battling the
odds of survival; at Witches Hut, a young
Hawksbill turtle gulps a breath of air
while following a prehistoric path; at 01'
Blue sleek hnrrancrld nntrnl the chnllnws

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exhibiting the fine design of the predator.
During each snorkel, I encounter a myriad
of spiritual teachers in the shapes of a fire-
worm, a sea urchin, an octopus, a dolphin,
each with its own integrity, each with its
own path.

As I worship today at Hidden Beach,
lines from English poet William Blake's
"Auguries of Innocence" keep surfacing:
"To see a world in a grain of sand, a
heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in
the palm of your hand, and eternity in an
Silently I compose a snorkeler's version
of the same poem: "To see a world in a
rock beauty's eye, a heaven in a gorgo-
nian, hold infinity on the tips of your fins,
nnd eternitv in the rldrtino nf n ilverside "

Bonaire Reporter April 13 to April 20, 2007

Here in Mother Nature's temple, I pray
fervently that more and more humans will
resurrect their spiritual affinity for the sea
and all its creatures so we will not be writ-
ten down in history as the generation that
stood idly by as the oceans became devoid
of life. On this upcoming Earth Day, we
should all become pantheists willing to re-
discover the mysteries of life transcendent
in nature before nature indeed becomes a
memory fading like the colors and images
of the Transworld mural. On this Earth
Day, let us sing together the lyric of Irish
musician Van Morrison, "No guru, no
method, only you, me, and nature in the
garden." Pauline Kayes

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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
4-13 2:43 1.2FT. 9:32 1.7FT. 16:40 1.0FT. 22:28 1.4FT. 58
4-14 4:17 1.1FT. 10:23 1.6FT. 16:41 1.1FT. 22:42 1.5FT. 70
4-15 5:46 1.1FT. 11:29 1.5FT. 16:38 1.1FT. 23:12 1.6FT. 82
4-16 7:16 1.0FT. 12:32 1.3FT. 16:28 1.1FT. 23:57 1.8FT. 93
4-17 0:32 1.9FT. 8:48 0.9FT. 14:22 1.2FT. 15:49 1.1FT. 100
4-18 1:20 1.9FT. 10:19 0.8FT. 103
4-19 2:13 2.0FT. 11:42 0.8FT. 102
4-20 3:13 2.0FT. 12:42 0.7FT. 96

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Late Show
Call to make sure (Usually9pm)
(Eddie Murphy)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Ghost Rider
(Nicolas Cage)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAf12
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
March: Charlotte's Web


Friday, April 13, Hans Dulfer and his
Band, "All About Jazz" at City Cafe,
live in concert- 9 pm. Tickets NAfl5 in
advance at City cafe, at door NAf20

Friday, April 20 -Dutch Dixies at
Buddy Dive Resort to benefit the Bon-
aire Rotary Club. 6:30-8 pm

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting 10 am to early afternoon:
Tuesday April 17 Summit; Wednesday,
April 18- Crown Princess


Sunday, April 22-Earth Day Free
Showing of "An Inconvenient Truth"
Al Gore's movie, sponsored by
Foundation. 8:30 pm, Movieland

Friday, April 27- Bonaire Rotary Club
25th Anniversary Fund Raising Auction
for Breakfast in Schools program,
Plaza Resort, 7 pm. Dress, tropical ele-
gant. Price: NAf 125. including bever-
ages and Caribbean buffet. Tickets or
information call Pieter Groenendal 786-
6447, Marisela Croes 560-7863, or any
Rotary member. More on page 5.

Saturday, April 28 World Tai Chi
Qigong Day

April 30 Rincon Day-One of Bon-
aire's biggest parties!

Friday, May 11 -Mother's Day fund
raising party at Don Paranda for the
FKPD (foundation that assists persons
with disabilities) 8 pm. Three musical
groups and a dance group will entertain.
Bar, snacks and salad are included in the
NAf50 price. Tickets available from
FKPD staff, at Angelo's and the Bonaire
Bookstore in downtown Kralendijk.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting 10 am to early afternoon:


Thursday, April 26- Silver Wind;
Wednesday, May 2 Crown Princess
(last ship of the season)

May 17-20-3rd Annual Bonaire
Heineken Jazz Festival. More informa-
tion: www.bonairejazz.com

Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off Buddy Dive Resort,
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sun.) 5-6
* 2 for 1 appetizers with entree 6-7,
Cactus Blue
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for
hot slot machines, roulette and black
jack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7
pm- 3 am.
*By appointment Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes
tax). Discounts for residents and local
people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the evening
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la
carte) Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Rincon Marsh-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy
a Bonairean breakfast while you shop,
fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks, music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Extra big
Marshes 1st Saturday of the month, 6
am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 444.
* Bike Trips-Meet at Eden Beach
Activity Center 4 pm. Free. Helmets
mandatory. 785-0767
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to
9 pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from
Warehouse Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20
per person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Saturday
of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke Pub-
lico. Everyone welcome to buy and to
sell. NAf5 per selling table. For more
information and reservations for a spot,
call 787-0466.
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying
a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for
only $10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30
* Reporter writer Albert Bianculli
presents his Multi-Image Production
"Bonaire Holiday" at 6:30pm, 7:30 pm
or 8:30pm,. Casablanca Argentinean
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine,
5-7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5-7, Cactus Blue

* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-9,
Cactus Blue... usually a real blast
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
* Caribbean Night A la Carte -
Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar,
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
tapas, 5-7
* Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive
Resort, 8- 9:30 pm
* Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am,
Buddy Dive 786-6416
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
* Live music by the "Flamingo
Rockers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar, 5-7 pm
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sunrise
Poolbar and Sportsclub, for children 0 -
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30 pm -
6:30 pm) & All-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort
Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm,
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the Sea"
Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30
pm. Call 717-8290.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays-Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea
Turtles ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st
& 3rd Tuesday at Buddy Dive Re-
sort (717-3802) at 7:00pm. Every 2nd
& 4th Wednesday at the Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn (717-8817) at 7:00pm.
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family has
just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you the
story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9-12, 2-4.
Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Ma-
jestic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes
Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD
Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
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 FORMA Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited NAf5 erny fee. CallCathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Re-
nata 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 welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Zeezicht Restaurant. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@elbonet.an
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- Call Claire 717-8290
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English on Sundays 10
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in
Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am.
Children's club Saturday 5 pm in Kral-
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kralendijk.
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 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30am. In Papiamentu, Spanish
and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sun-
day 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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candidatee s Partn er Spea

Esmeralda Huerta

This is the second in the series of interviews of the women behind the
men who are the party leaders of Bonaire's three contending parties: PRO
headed by Benito Dirksz; UPB, led by Ramonsito Booi, and the PDB's
Jopie Abraham. All the women have been asked similar questions. Elec-
tions take place on Friday, April 20.

B orn on Curacao, December 16,
Religion: Roman Catholic.
Education: Maria Immaculata Lyceum,
secretarial training, judicial assistant train-
ing and various bank trainings.
Career: "I started working for ABN
Bank, later on for ABN-AMRO Bank
where I had several positions, the last one
as assistant manager. Then I worked for
Manrique Capriles as their Bonaire man-
ager for a year. In 2005 I bought Bahia, a
souvenir/gift shop. Now we're located at
Kaya Grandi # 11, across from Banco di
Relationship with Ramonsito Booi
since: "I met him at Kunuku Warahama at
the 35th anniversary party of the late Carlos
Pourier in October 1997. Two months later
I met him again in Discotheque Fantasy and
from that day on our relationship gradually
developed. I moved in with him after my
children left to study on Curacao, August
last year."
What made you fall for him? "He is a
fine figure of a man; he has a beautiful tall
figure. He reminded me of Atahualpa, the
last chief of the Incas."
What do you think made him fall for
you? "I think I am more or less his proto-
type woman, physically speaking; it must
have been that at the first meeting."
Children: "My eldest, Marie-Cristine, is
19 and she is doing a judicial study at ZOG
in Curacao. In the evenings she works as a
judicial assistant. The little one is Eleonore-
Celeste (16) and she's doing HAVO-4 at
Maria Immaculata Lyceum in Curacao."
How much are you involved in your
partner's political work? "I follow all the
news and discuss it with him and also I am
an intermediary for many people who don't
approach him directly for whatever rea-
What is to you the most important is-
sue on UPB's party program? "As a
mother, the fact that they want to improve
education and educational possibilities.
Further, they are pushing the economy and
that's important to create more jobs. To be
honest, money isn't everything, but you
can't live without it. Also they're thinking
about our elderly and working on a better
pension arrangement because the amount of
money the elderly are getting now is a dis-
What does the island mean to you? "I
was born and raised on Curacao in the
kunuku and it was quiet, and when I came
here for the first time the thing that at-
tracted me most was the tranquility. I think
Bonaire should keep its own identity: the
beauty of its nature, the way people are and
no traffic lights. But I also think that people
should be open for changes to come be-

cause everything that's happening outside
the island is also affecting us and we have
to live with that."
What would you like to change?
What would you not like to change?
"There are things that will change by them-
selves and there are things that will never
change. I don't want jet ways at the airport
because I really enjoy feeling the breeze the
moment you get off the plane."
What's your opinion about the situa-
tion of the Bonairean women? "The Bo-
nairean woman could pay a bit more atten-
tion to her appearance. I would like them to
pamper themselves a bit more and they
should read more and become more con-
scious of what's happening outside Bon-
aire. Also, there are too many young girls
getting pregnant, not finishing their school-
ing and ending up in simple jobs. That
should change."
What's the most important thing in
your life? "My children, in the first place,
and my partner."

How do you cope with the fact
that your partner is a public
"I was a public figure when I
worked at the bank and I was a
beauty queen once I was a public
person then, so it's something I
can deal with."

How do you see your future? "Of
course with ups and downs, but very rosy,
because I am a very positive person so I
can't imagine things in a different way."
How do you see the island's future?
"The way things are now very good. With
the plans they have for the island I think
Bonaire will have a good future."
What's the best thing you want to see
when Holland takes over? "That the Bo-
nairean citizen will have the same rights as
a Dutchman in Holland and of course you
have to consider the conditions that come
with them. But because we're in the tropics
and we have a different culture not all the
norms on Bonaire are equal to those in
Holland. It will be a give and take for both
And the worst thing in your opinion?
"That Holland will apply everything in
Bonaire equally as they do in Holland; that
can't be."
What's your strongest point? "I am
very flexible and positive and very ener-
What's your partner's strongest point?
"He can endure a lot and absorb a lot and
still stay calm and realistic, thinking about

solutions. I think that's
very good of him."
How do you spend
your time together?
"Most of our time to-
gether is quality time. We
won't let a moment pass
without showing the af-
fection and love we feel
for each other, and we
talk a lot about our chil-
dren, about Bonaire and
what's happening around
Do you have girl-
friends whom you know
are not voting for your
partner? "Could be; you
can never be sure of peo-
What's the influence
of the negative sides of
your partner's work on your life? "When
we were not living together it was difficult
because he was gone so often for work. But
now I know and understand that what he
wants for his island and its people takes a
lot of energy from him."
How do you see life? "Very positive. Of
course there are always problems, but ups
and downs make the balance. It's going to
be okay."
What do you think about the situation
of youth on Bonaire? "Of course it can be
much better. The government should do
more about education and recreation possi-
bilities, but also the parents should be more
involved in their children's upbringing."
What does your own life look like?
"Very busy, exciting; I've got a lot to do,
but I am also a person who has to stay
How important is the environment to
you? "Protection is good because Bonaire's
economy depends on its nature and that
makes the environment very important.
However, now and then I think they go too
far when it comes to protection, especially
when the donkeys are considered."
What do you think about development
and growth? "I think Bonaire has to go
with the flow of the world, but it could do a
little bit less. The best thing about Bonaire
is that it's still primitive and quite undam-
aged and we have to keep it that way be-
cause that's what makes Bonaire unique."
How do you feel about foreigners living
here? "I myself am not a Bonairean, but
my children's grandfather is Bonairean and
I've got cousins who are Bonaireans. You
have to adjust to the community and the
way people are and you should not try to
change it."
What do you think about the situation
of the elderly? "It could be much better, as
I said before, especially when it comes to
their pensions and also the facilities for the
elderly are not sufficient."
What is the Bonairean identity? "The
true Bonairean is simple; they love their
kunuku, they love to fish and they love
iguana and they really like to celebrate their
holidays like Dia di Rincon."

Esmeralda Huerta

What responsibilities to parents have
towards their children? "Every day when
I pray I ask Him to give me life and
strength to work and provide my children
with everything they need, not only money-
wise, but also spiritually. Further, that I can
contribute in their development as a human
being and when I close my eyes my heart
will be at peace, knowing I did my part and
they can go on without me."
What would you like to have become?
"A history professor at a university or a
How do you cope with the fact that
your partner is a public figure? "I was a
public figure when I worked at the bank
and I was a beauty queen once I was a
public person then, so it's something I can
deal with."
What are your hobbies? "I have my
own radio show about fashion and beauty
on Radio Digital, I love to read, I am paint-
ing and I really, really love to dance!"
What does friendship mean to you?
"Friendship is very important; you need
someone when you're sad or when you're
happy, but you also have to be there when
your friend needs you."
What was the best time you ever had
with your partner? "A trip we went on to
Medellin, Colombia."
Does your partner give you the space to
do your thing? "Yes, absolutely! And he
helped me a lot to mature and I am also a
big support to him. We complete each
other; you always have to express your love
in words and deeds and that counts for eve-
ryone, not only when it comes to your part-
ner, but also to your children and your
friends."OStory & photo by Greta Kooistra

Note: In last week's Candi-
dates' Wives' Speak, due to a
publishing error, the ending
of the interview with Marisol
Dirksz was missing. It should
have read:
Does your husband give you the space
to do your own thing? "Yes, as you can

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*to find it... just look up

Venus, Aldebaran and the Moon

Aldebaran credit: Cosmonova- Tom Callen
Next week, on Thursday, April 19, one hour after sunset, face west where the
most dazzling thing you'll see will be the brightest planet of them all Earth-
sized Venus. And parked just down to its right is an exquisite crescent Moon complete
with earthshine, which will look like a grey-black full Moon nestled within the cres-
cent. And down to Venus' left is the red star which marks the eye of Taurus the Bull,
Aldebaran. And as you can easily see, if we draw lines between them they make an
exquisite cosmic triangle and a very instructive one because these three objects are as
different as three objects can be.
Venus for instance is a planet about the same size as our Earth, 8,000 miles wide,
whereas our Moon is a natural satellite of a planet, our planet Earth, and is only 2,000
miles wide. And while both our Moon and Venus appear to shine extremely bright
they do not in reality make their own light, but only shine by the reflected light of a
star, the closest star our Sun. Indeed all stars make their own light. So when we look
at Aldebaran we are seeing a self-luminous cosmic body.
Now although Aldebaran, Venus and the Moon appear close to each other from our
perspective, nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact on the 19th the Moon will
be only 225,000 miles away, whereas Venus will be 102 million miles away. Alde-
baran, on the other hand, will be 382 trillion miles away. Or to put it this way, since
light travels at a constant speed of 186,000 miles per second, when we look at the
Moon on the 19th we will see the light that left it about a second and a half ago. But
we'll see the light that left Venus about nine minutes ago. Aldebaran, on the other
hand, is so incredibly far away that we see the light left it 65 years ago!
The only reason we can see Aldebaran at all from this distance is because it is so
extremely huge. In fact, it's 40 times as wide as our one-million-mile-wide Sun!
So don't miss this exquisite sight Thursday night. And if you have a small telescope
please use it because you'll be able to see that Venus goes through phases just like our
Moon does and currently looks like a very tiny gibbous Moon. Aldebaran, on the
other hand, won't look any bigger through a telescope, only much brighter, although
you'll be able to see how really red it is. But in case you're clouded out on Thursday
the 19th, on Friday the 20th a slightly larger crescent Moon will be parked above Ve-
nus, making yet another although much bigger cosmic triangle. But Thursday, the 19th,
is the night you don't want to miss! Three very different cosmic objects await your

viewing pleasure. O




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solution is:
(puzzle and
on page 14)

Jack Horkheimer


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8 5 4 7 1 2 6 3 9
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2 4 3 6 7 5 1 9 8


Sunday, April 8 to Saturday, April 14
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Empty promises will cause confusion. Tell it like it is.
Try to be tolerant of the moods of those around you. Uncertainties about your per-
sonal life are probable. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) A change is as good as a rest. Don't go looking for
change. You may have more to do with children this week; keep an open mind. You
are best to work at home, clearing up overdue projects. Rewards for past good deeds
will be yours. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Catch up on your reading and correspondence. You
will get out of shape easily if you don't keep on top of things. You need a change
and you need to earn more cash. Someone around you may not be trustworthy. Your
lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Good friends will give you honest answers. Jealousy
may be a contributing factor to your emotional ups and downs. You can get into self
awareness groups or look into physical enhancement programs. New love connec-
tions can be made through group associations. Your lucky day this week will be
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Someone envious of your popularity may challenge you
to a debate. Travel for business will not only bring you valuable information but
also profits as well. Secret affairs will come back to haunt you. Don't blame every
thing on your mate. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You can come up with ways of earning extra cash.
Be creative in your efforts. Be sure to keep communication open with those you live
with. Go out with friends and avoid the situation on the home front. Your lucky day
this week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Be cautious while traveling; minor accidents are evi-
dent. Keep your wits about you and be sure that you can trust those you confide in.
Relationships have not been the best for you lately and it's left you somewhat gun
shy. Keep an open mind when listening to the opinions of others. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Older family members may take advantage of you
by making you feel guilty. You will profit from home improvement projects and
real estate deals. Your ability to deal with humanitarian groups will enhance your
reputation. Use your creative talent in order to accomplish your goals. Your lucky
day this week will be Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't get so wrapped up in being rich that
you overlook the fact that your plan may not be as solid as you thought. Someone
you live with could be frustrated and upset. Disappointments are likely if your mate
embarrasses you in front of friends. Partners may try to argue with you; however,
you must stand your ground. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Opportunities to get ahead will be evident. You
can pick up some overtime this week. Concentrate on spending quality time with
children and friends. You will meet new and exciting people if you attend social
activities or sporting events. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You can't lock your partner up and if you keep
restricting their freedom you may be left out in the cold. Your mate will be pushing
you to do things that you really don't want to do. You are best to put your efforts
into redecorating or inviting friends over. You will be accident prone if you aren't
careful this week. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You may be likely to have difficulties with females.
Romantic opportunities are evident. This will not be the best day to initiate change.
There might be a problem with a will or with an insurance policy. Your lucky day
this week will be Saturday. O

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