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\i\t ga 1 .June 13.27,2000; Volume 15, Issue 12
. The REPORTER
ilHelpng Bon aire Grow 11? esp o>sibfy
Kunuku Shimaruku, PO Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Phone 790-8988, 786-6125, email: reporter@bonairenews.com Since 1994



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T he BES islands (Bonaire,
St. Eustatius and Saba)
are currently having another
BES week this week( June 11
to June 18) in The Netherlands.
It will be the third BES week as
the islands move towards direct
ties with Holland. These negotia-
tions are to understand and nego-
tiate the necessary changes within
the Kingdom as well as the dis-
mantling of the Netherlands An-
tilles.
During the last BES week in
January an agreement was
reached that the Dutch will guar-
antee, at minimum, an acceptable
level of education, justice, social
security and health care on the
islands comparable with Hol-
land's.
The constitutional change, once
set for December 2008, is now
tentatively planned for January
2010.

D American Eagle will re-
duce its Caribbean schedule
from 55 to 33 daily departures
out of San Juan beginning Sep-
tember 3 and eliminate daily
service from San Juan to Aruba,
Bonaire and Samana, Dominican
Republic. Service to Bonaire has
been reduced to three days a
week. On Tuesday, Thursday and
Saturday, the 55-seat ATR flight
will operate from San Juan to
Bonaire. It will return from Bon-
aire to San Juan on Wednesday,
Friday and Sunday. The times
and flight numbers are:
# 5049 LV SJU 7:30 pm AR
BON 9:31 pm Tues, Thurs, and
Sat.
#5051 LV BON7:50 am -
AR SJU 9:55 am Wed, Fri, and
Sun.
The American Eagle schedule
effective September 3, 2008, is
available on www.aa.com.
These reductions are part of
American's overall plan to reduce
capacity and costs in the face of
skyrocketing fuel prices. The
ATR fleet in the Caribbean has
been reduced from 24 to 11
planes, with the remainder of the
ATRs relocated to Dallas to cover
flying in the US.
Ronella Tjin A Sjoe-Croes,
TCB Director, said, "We have
already reached out to Continen-


tal and Delta to determine their
ability to provide additional lift
and upgrade the size of the air-
craft serving Bonaire. We have
also inquired about the possibility
of reinstating the four lost
(American Eagle) fights, if the
island was willing to put them
under an MRG (minimum reve-
nue guarantee)."
American Eagle transports 40%
of the American tourists who visit
Bonaire. Bonaire will lose about
25% of the total transportation
capacity of travelers from the US
with the cutback.

D Dutch Antilles Express
(DAE) operations have been
limping along but will begin a
new schedule on July 1. The air-
line is also looking to make St.
Maarten its second hub besides
Curagao. In weeks past DAE had
only three of its five airplanes
flying and last week flew from
Curagao to Bonaire via Aruba.
When all are operational, DAE
flies five planes three prop-jet
ATRs and two Fokker 100 pure
jets.

D Starting June 1, KLM
replaced printed tickets with
electronic ones. Some 99% of
passengers on the Netherlands'
biggest airline already use e-
tickets, which are more efficient,
safer and environmentally-
friendly, KLM said. If all airlines
switched to e-tickets, it would
save them 2 billion ($3.1 billion)
per year and 50,000 trees, news
agency ANP reported.

D The 45 anti-pollution
tax that's going to be intro-
duced for round-trip flights
between the Netherlands, the
Antilles, and Aruba on July 1
will stay.
That's what Dutch Transporta-
tion Minister Eurlings told Antil-
lean Transportation Minister
Adriaens last week. The Antilles
are afraid that this tax and the
fuel surcharge that continues to
increase would damage tour-
ism. Eurlings said that he cannot
ignore or adjust a law just like
that.

Minimum wage earners


1 Can you help Jemy?
Four-year-old Jemy-Viennethy Keller was
born with a hole in her heart. She has in-
creasing difficulty breathing at night because
of it. Her heart is enlarged from straining to
pump fast enough and strong enough in spite
of its handicap. The good news is that sur-
gery can repair the hole and let this little girl
live a healthy childhood in Bonaire. The not-
so-good news is that it will be extremely
expensive for the family because SVB covers only the basic costs.
Little Jemy must undergo special heart surgery, which is scheduled
for late June 2008 at Hospital Sophia Dijkzicht, Rotterdam. Her par-
ents, Denice and Clemens Boelen, have sought ways to come up with
the needed funds to take Jemy to Rotterdam and to allow Denice to
stay there with her until Jemy recuperates from surgery enough to
travel back to Bonaire. Friends and members of their church, Baranka
di Restorashon, have helped with porch sale proceeds. The Boelens are
grateful for help received from More for Less, T.I.S., Tropical Fla-
mingo, Sunshine Supermarket, J. C. Herrera, KonTiki, D.C.N.A., Bon-
aire Christian Fellowship and Warehouse Bonaire, who has also sup-
ported their fundraising efforts with supplies. On June 14th, the fam-
ily will prepare a barbecue at Warehouse Bonaire, to raise more
money for Jemy's surgery.
Maduro& Curiel's Bank Bonaire has stepped up to help too, with a
generous donation for the bank account opened at MCB just for Jemy's
surgery. The account is MCB #101.505.704, under the title,
"Jehova Jireh," a name chosen by Denice, which means "God the
Provider." This account will be used solely for costs related to Jemy's
surgery.
Can you help Jemy and her family? Please donate any amount you
can into Jemy's surgery account. And don't miss the fundraiser barbe-
cue at Warehouse Bonaire on Saturday, June 14th, from 11 am to 1
pm. The price is only NAf 10, with all proceeds going toward Jemy's
surgery.


in the Antilles no longer will
have to pay wage tax when Par-
liament approves its own draft
law and the government adopts
the law.
A most controversial item in the
law is an increase of 15% in the
minimum wage for all islands of
the Netherlands Antilles except
St. Maarten. In Bonaire the mini-
mum wage is NAf 7.17/hour, the
highest of all the Antilles except
for St. Maarten which recently
was set at NAf 7.79

D The Antillean judiciary
system has suffered a "huge
loss" with the passing of long-
time Judge Luis de Lannoy last
week, said Windward Islands
Chief Prosecutor Taco Stein.
Judge de Lannoy lost his bout
with cancer early Thursday, leav-
ing behind his wife, two children
and a number of cases that this
"fair judge" was set to preside
over. De Lannoy (57) had studied


law and was President of the Joint
Court of the Netherlands Antilles
and Aruba for 14 years (1993-
2007), before retiring early last
year.

D An anonymous donor said
that if Jong Bonaire can sell 500
dictionaries in the school dona-
tion program, he will donate
US$ 20,000 to Jong Bonaire.
Already there are just over 200
dictionary donations promised.
Reporter readers can really help
this effort by donating at least one
dictionary to the project for each
one they buy for themselves. See
the Dictionary Story on page 8 for
full details.

Forty years ago (on June 5,
1968) Henry Tore, Rose
Heitkonig and Alex Semeleer
came up with the idea to meet and
present their idea to establish
community centers in the-
(Continued on page 4)


eTEPORTER

Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
Help Jemy 2
Washington Park Birthday 3
6th Jong Bonaire Triathlon 6
100 Years of Service 7
New Papiamentu-English Dic-
tionary 8
Jong Bonaire's Role in the
Dictionary 9
Euro Cup Oranje 10
Announcements-Barlass Baby
Bertica Frans-MCB 30 yrs. 10
Keeping Bonaire Clean
(Selibon) 11
Career Opportunities 13
Recompression Chamber 13
Crusher to Move 15
Sewer Signup 18
Bonaire On Wheels
(Wanna Dive Toyota Truck) 19

WeeklyFeatures
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Profiles-Peter Silberie 5
Bonairean Voices (Crime Wave) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Sudoku Answer 12
Dining & Shopping Guides 12
Pet of the Week (Felicia-cat) 13
Tide Table 13
Reporter Masthead 13
Classifieds 14
Picture Yourself (South Africa) 15
Did You Know (Comet Sea Star) 15
What's Happening 16
Sky Park (Bootes) 17
The Stars Have It-Astrology 17
What's Coming (El Pueblo) 18
Island View (Talk About Sex) 1 9

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Published every two weeks
Next edition printing on June 25,
2008.


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O n Sunday, June 1, Washing-
ton Park celebrated its 39th
birthday and threw open the gates
with free entrance to everyone for
the day. The events kicked off at 8
am with guided activities like the
Kasikunda climbing trail, the 270-
foot Kasikunda hill and the La-
gadishi walking trail or the 792-foot
Brandaris. There were more lei-
surely activities such as strolling
along the walking trails or a guided
tour through the museum. There was
free transportation to Slagbaai for
those who wanted to swim or snor-
kel. Recently the roads have been
restored and are in excellent condi-
tion, so even regular cars can drive
in the Park.
Festive activities centered at the
Visitor Center at the entrance to the
Park with treasure hunts, painting
and coloring projects for the kids.
There was live music from TutiFruti
and Sebari and the folk dancing
group of kids, Rikesa di Rincon.
Representatives of the weekly
Rincon Market set up their stands
with gifts, hand crafts, plants, local
food, BBQ, cakes, homemade can-
dies and cookies. Next year, 2009
will be a special year, with a very
special celebration, since the Wash-
ington Slagbaai National Park will
celebrate its 40th anniversary and
the Bonaire National Marine Park its
30th anniversary. For more informa-
tion visit the STINAPA website;
www.stinapa.org. U L.D. One


Park Celebrates 39 Years

Byron Tromp andArthur Sealy
inaugurated the First Washington
Park Birthday Celebration Walk from
the Stadium to the Washington Park
entrance that Sunday. "We left at 5
am and got here at 8:15 am 3 hours
and 15 minutes," the dynamic duo
announced proudly. "We've been
training since January and we did the
Special Olympics Walkathon. Now
we're preparingfor the Four Days of
Bonaire Walk at the end of July
where we do 25 kilometers a day for
four days. These guys must be in
109o good shape because they were very
relaxed and animated by the time we
ran into them having refreshments at
the Park's Visitor Center Bar later in
the morning. Way to go, guys!


Ranger Angelo Dovale danced
with his wife, Rejeanne


Sof the several interactive exhibits at the Museum attract the Rikesa di Rincon performedfolkloric dancing for
kids' attention, an enthusiastic crowd


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Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Cont. from page 2)
neighborhoods of Bonaire. They
set up a committee that on a regu-
lar basis organized meetings in the
different neighborhoods to ac-
quaint the people with the aspects
of the work of a community cen-
ter. In May 1972, four years after
the first presentation of the idea,
the buildings of the community
centers of Tera K6ra, Nikiboko,
Antriol, and Nort di Salifia were
dedicated.

D The Dutch economy is ex-
pected to weather the current
global financial turmoil fairly
well and will continue to outpace
growth in the rest of the European
Union, according to a report by
the International Monetary Fund.
The IMF maintained earlier fore-
casts of 2.1% in 2009.

D A major power outage at a
facility in Steenrijk, Curacao,
crippled United Telecommuni-
cations Services (UTS) network
services throughout the Caribbean
last week, disrupting phone ser-
vice in Bonaire and elsewhere,
and severely affecting commercial
banking. It was UTS's largest
wide-scale service disruption in
almost five years. The last simi-
larly prolonged disruption oc-
curred in 2003.

D Nearly 200 countries agreed
on Friday to a moratorium on
projects to fight climate change
by adding nutrients to the seas
to spur growth of carbon-
absorbing algae. The surprise
deal followed 12 days of haggling
at the UN's Convention on Bio-
logical Diversity conference, halt-
ing the controversial plans for
"ocean fertilization which has
unknown risks." Those in favor
say it could be a new weapon to
fight global warming. It would
also have led to the disappearance
of coral reefs which are already
suffering from more acidic seas.

The Parliament of the Nether-
lands Antilles last Monday ap-
proved amendments to the penal
code concerning punishment for
terrorist activities, funding of
terrorism and money launder-
ing.

The Island Government of
Bonaire has added several price
controlled products to its list to
help stop the spiraling cost of
food. Newly included are: oat-
meal, cornflakes, toothpaste, tooth
brushes, mouthwash, shampoo,
detergent, scrubbing powder/
creme, dishwashing liquid, clean-
ing products, bleach, baby articles
and toilet paper.

The Inspectorate of Public
Health noted that markets in the
Netherlands Antilles are flooded
with food products that do not
comply with the labeling stan-
dards required by the Regulation
on Food Labeling which mandates
that consumer goods be labeled in
Dutch, Papiamentu, English or
Spanish.


D Marugia Janga, Island
Council Member, has been made
chairperson for the Partido De-
mokr6tiko Boneriano (PDB). She
is she is the first woman to serve
as chair of the PDB.

D A new parish house for the
Rincon Catholic Church will
cost NAf 150.000. Of this, the
Netherlands will provide
NAf40.000. The remaining
NAfl 10,000 will have to be raised
by its parishioners.

AP photo









I Venezuela fired several
missiles in the nearby Carib-
bean last Friday in a display of
military strength at a time of tense
relations between Washington and
the leftist government of Vene-
zuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Five Russian Sukhoi fighter jets
swooped over the military base on
the island of La Orchila, dropping
a 1,000 lb. bomb and firing a KH-
59 missile at a seaborne target. A
patrol boat fired an Otomat sur-
face-to-surface missile at the same
target.

D The Pentagon has decided
to reactivate the US Navy's
Fourth Fleet in the Caribbean,
Central and South America. It's
a move that has already stirred
controversy within the wider re-
gion. The fleet will start patrolling
in July and will answer to the US
Southern Command in Miami.
About 11 vessels are currently
under the Southern Command, .
The Navy plans to assign a nu-
clear-powered air craft carrier,
USS George Washington, to the
force.
The last time the Fourth Fleet
was activated was in response to
Nazi submarines in WWII.

> AWC (Antillean Wine
Company's last wine-tasting of
the season will be on Saturday
June 14th at Kaya Industria 23
from 7 until 9pm. It's NAf20 per
person for six to eight wines. Get
wine educated and have fun too.

On Tuesday, May 20, after
more than two years of work by
Bonaire building contractor
Donny Winklaar and crew, lovely
new villas were unveiled at the
Caribbean Club Bonaire. Guests
were invited for the official pres-
entation by owner Ronald. Grav-
esteijn. Henk Roozendaal, popular
local artist, presented a painting
for the honeymoon suite. There
are seven identical two-bedroom
villas and a Jacuzzi-equipped hon-
eymoon suite.
The Caribbean Club also has
some great specials for this sum-
mer. During the months July and
August when you book a 1-
bedroom cottage you will only
have to pay the price of Studio


The management of Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) signed a
new Collective Labor Agreement (CLA) last Thursday with ABVO
Civil Servants Union. TCB Director Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes and
ABVO President Roland Ignacio signed the new CLA in the pres-
ence of TCB personneL (TCB photo)


Garden View, only $60 per night.
This is a weekly saving of $210.
Also when booking a car with
Caribbean Club during your stay
you will receive a free Tusa Snor-
kel Set (retail value of $47.50)
Other conditions apply. Contact
reservations
@caribbeanclubbonaire.com or
call 599 717-5489.

D Bonaire Dive into Summer
2008 will hold its International
Year Of The Reef Week, June
21-28, to be hosted by the Sand
Dollar Condominium Resorts
focusing on Bonaire's role as a
world leader in marine conserva-
tion. The week will feature dives
and seminars with Jan and Alex-
andra Cousteau of EarthEcho
International; REEF fish count
dives and snorkels with Bonaire's
own naturalist Jerry Ligon; inter-
active workshops with Bryan
Dias from the Coral Reef Alliance
(CORAL); and a parade and
"Taste of Bonaire" food festival
at Wilhelmina Park.

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort
& Casino is once again hosting
the Handicapped Scuba Asso-
ciation for their annual dive trip
to Bonaire. This year's visit is set
for August 9-16 and is the group's
24th annual excursion to the resort.
For able-bodied divers looking to
do some good while on vacation, a
dive buddy training course will be
held at the hotel on August 6-8.

The Bonairiaan Restaurant,
run by teens in training from
the Stitchting Project, will be
closed until mid-August, accord-
ing to Project Director Mick Smit.
The colorfully decorated restau-
rant on Kaya J. A. Abraham #27
was open on Thursdays and Fri-
days serving coffee, teas and
homemade snacks, but the exten-
sive roadwork made it difficult to
operate and attract customers. We
look forward to the reopening and
the extended menu of homemade
goodies.

Toastmasters, Interna-
tional, on Bonaire is looking for
English speakers.
Toastmasters International, a
non-profit organization, was be-
gun in 1924 in Santa Ana, Califor-
nia, at the YMCA. Today there
are more than 226,000 members


in 11,500
clubs in 92
countries, of
which Bon-
aire is one.
Three
years ago a
group on
Bonaire started the first Toastmas-
ters club, "Flamingo Toastmas-
ters," which was soon followed by
two more, "Wayaka" and
"Sentibibu." The clubs have been
very successful in this short time,
with a total of more than 70 mem-
bers on the island. Now there have
been requests for one in English.
Why is Toastmasters so suc-
cessful here? According to mem-
ber, Lucia Beck, "We don't just
give speeches! Toastmasters de-
velops competent leaders and
communicators with communica-
tion, listening and time manage-
ment skills for example, how to
lead, persuade and it even works
with your kids. As one of the lead-
ers explained, 'It teaches you how
to send someone to Hell and they
look forward to the trip!' All the
advice we get is diplomatic and
very positive," Beck says, "and
sometimes we have to give an
impromptu speech, like 'Why is
the Sky Blue?' Volunteer instruc-
tors come to help us from Curagao
and have trained local mentors.
Sherwin Pourier of RBTT Bank is
our head here, and D'arcy Lopez
from Curagao, who has the title,
'Distinguished Toastmaster,' is
the founder of the Caribbean Dis-
trict.
We have four speeches per
meeting and we meet twice a
month, for exactly two hours.
Right now Papiamentu is the main
language but we may present in
Dutch or English."
Lucia continues, "But the new
group will be totally in English.
There needs to be at least 20 to set
up a club. Interestingly, there is an
English-speaking Toastmasters
club in Curagao and all its mem-
bers are local people!
New members pay NAf 135 to
join, and NAf 35 a month. That
includes the Competent Communi-
cator manual, pins for each step,
information from leaders who are
easy to reach. Only requirement is
that members be 18 or above."
For more information and/or to
sign up, call Lucia Beck at 796-
2953 or Sherwin Pourier at 511-


One of
the most popu-
lar fitness
events in the Bonaire
world is the
Nijmegen, Holland "Vierdaagse"
four-day walk through Holland.
Now a former Bonaire
resident, Corah Perret Gentil, has
organized a similar four-day
event in Bonaire at the end of
July. During the four days
walkers, runners or bike riders
will travel for 105 km, covering
about 25 km/day. The event ap-
pears to be well organized with
overnight camping at the inter-
mediate stops. The cost to enter
is NAf 100 per person with free
participation for special groups.
The event will benefit The
Center for Children in Poverty
Foundation. We will provide
more information as the event
nears.

5220. They have a website: Flam-
ingoToastmastersClub(avahoo.co
m or WWW.Toastmasters.org..

D News flash: Interiyours, the
furniture and antiques empo-
rium on the dirt road behind
Warehouse Bonaire, has just
received and unpacked a 40-foot
container of unique and beauti-
ful things for the home direct
from Bali. Two weeks earlier
they got a container from China as
well. But when the word gets out
customers gather round and often
buy things as they get unloaded so
visit soon. Interiyours is open
Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 6
pm; Saturdays until 1 pm. Tel.
717-5449.

To celebrate the second print-
ing of her book, Sailing and Cook-
ing Throughout the Caribbean,
author Saskia Romeijn Ver-
meer, will hold a book signing at
Addo's Books and Toys on Kaya
Grandi next Thursday, June 19,
from 5 to 8 pm. She promises
live classical piano music and
some samples of snacks from the
recipes in her book.

Valerie's Airport Shop,
operated for over 20 years by
Paul and Maria Maduro, was
taken over on June 1st by Jan
Kees and Petra den Hartog.
Valerie's Airport Shop, a stalwart
supporter of The Bonaire Re-
porter, is open long hours and is
known as the place where you can
almost always find the special
something you are searching for.

Welcome to new advertiser,
Top Health Bonaire. Staffed by a
professional it's now open for
morning classes, Monday,
Wednesday and Friday, from 8 to
9:15 am. Cost is NAf 75 per
month. Come for a free trial class.
Other classes are in the evenings
on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The
fitness center is located on Kaya
Nikiboko Nord in the La Hacienda
building, near More For Less Su-
permarket. Call 796-3109 or 786-
8908. G./L. D.


Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008


Page 4













Profiles: PeterSilbee-T T eacherand Coach forPhysicalandlental Welness


P eter Siberie is well known
for his time in politics as a
deputy on the Island Council rep-
resenting the Democratic (Red)
Party since 2003. He achieved
many things during those years,
but today he feels that outside of
politics he can also get direct re-
sults in his work with young peo-
ple on Bonaire. When his political
responsibilities as a member of the
Island Council ended, he asked
himself what he could do for the
community directly. He wanted to
find a way to reach out to young
kids, to inspire them and transform
their attitude towards life.
He is a passionate sportsman,
active in many sports, but practic-
ing karate has become a way of
life for him. Karate is based on
ancient concepts of martial arts.
Besides karate Peter developed his
own system of Tae-Bo when he
studied in Holland. This came
about when "heavy metal" music
was played during the karate warm
up. This was in the 80s, and it was
a totally new concept to begin a
class this way. He really liked it -
the beat, the dynamic energy- and
brought heavy metal tapes with
him to Bonaire when he moved
back here to give karate classes.
The traditional art of karate is
very strict and static, but his psy-
chological approach led him to
make certain changes and initiate
movements following his intuition
from Tae-Bo. The movements


build up the muscles, especially
the heart muscle, increasing physi-
cal strength and mental power.
Karate is not just a "fighting"
sport. That's only a small part of
the discipline. There are both
physical and mental aspects, and
the mental part rules the physical
part. Peter explains that if we prac-
tice and increase our mental abili-
ties, our physical abilities will
improve as well. We then learn to
direct our focus and concentration
on what we want to achieve. We
learn to find a balance between our
minds and our bodies and it
changes our way of living our
lives. We are much more in con-
trol because becoming aware of
what we do, why we do it, and
how we can do it becomes a way
to live consciously.
The ultimate goal is an inner
peace, from which we draw to
interact with others. There are
more ways to reach a peaceful
inner state of being. Tai-Chi and
yoga for example share similar
principles: using the Chi (life en-
ergy) in a conscious way gives us
the experience of being the direc-
tors of our lives. Peter's classes
also include a meditation as a dis-
cipline in concentration and focus,
a practice shared by many other
disciplines.
He bases his teachings to the
kids (from 6 years up) on three
principles; Respect, Discipline and
Endurance. Through practicing


these qualities, children can build
character. The guidance he gives
the children isn't just about teach-
ing the physical training. He also
guides them through personal fears
and obstacles they may encounter
as well. He notices when someone
needs his attention regarding per-
sonal matters. He takes them aside
if they need to ventilate their prob-
lems and often he takes time to
initiate a collective "sharing." If
their school results are disappoint-
ing, Peter sees this as an opportu-
nity for a more in-depth talk with
them. The longer the kids practice


"I like to use re-
verse psychology.
I don't talk about
what is wrong;
I just take the
situation as it is
and try to make
changes."

their training, the more they
achieve the result of being more in
touch with themselves. "It's often
a subtle process," Peter says, "but
it is obvious to me and to others in
their environment." He gives an
example of a boy who refused to
have any contact with his father,


although he suffered because of it.
Now, his self-confidence has im-
proved to the point that he has
restored the contact and he and his
father have become very close
friends.
The fact that more boys than
girls are participating in his train-
ings, Peter explains, may be the
image of karate, which often is a
misconception. The "attack" and
"defense" elements of the sport are
metaphors for the Chi (life) en-
ergy: opposite forces going out-
wards and going inward. One
doesn't exist without the other. By
making oneself aware of this dual
force, one is able to direct it con-
sciously. Peter hopes that his stu-
dents will integrate this ability
further into their lives. Especially
during puberty they'll need to rely
on their own inner strength. "By
using their physical training and
mental training, they experience
what I am talking about and it
becomes a way of life," he says. "I
am talking from my own experi-
ence.
Some time ago he volunteered to
give kick boxing classes to some
students of the SGB where many
of the students were having all
kinds of problems. He was con-
cered that the physical condition
of Bonaire youth in general was
rather poor. He organized a group
of students, and his own challenge
was not to lose even one of them.
After three weeks of intensive


training he saw changes. The stu-
dents were more alive and much
more motivated to use their newly
discovered energies in a construc-
tive way. On several occasions the
group went to Curagao to compete
in international competitions. Peter
is still in contact with many of
them who are now studying in
Holland.
"I like to use reverse psychol-
ogy," he explains, "I don't talk
about what is wrong; I just take
the situation as it is and try to
make changes." Normally he
won't even explain or talk about
his philosophy. "It's better not to.
Just let people experience it. Talk-
ing about it often causes resis-
tance."
During his classes Peter is really
strict with the kids, but as a life
coach and friend he is warm and
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Sixth Jong Bonaire Triathlon


Finish


iRelay Fun competitors: Julius Melaan, Thasjana Rosario and
a F -f *Gilbert Seraus


Th J B o very professional, well-run event. ble; 2-Maria Schuttpelz
s pt on a s r e There was plenty of water, juice, Male Pro: 1-Dirk Jan (DJ)


J ong Bonaire's fund raising
Sixth Mini Fun Triathlon
last Sunday brought out 69 partici-


Relay Fun winners: Musha 1
Werdath andpam Werdat
and assorted childe


pants of all ages from young
teens to 66 years! There were all-
kid teams, mixed kid-adult teams,
all-men, all-
women or mixed-
sex teams. It was
a family affair
with non-
participating
family members
cheering on their
favorite, shooting
photos or running
after them to give
them water.
The Jong Bonaire
team, with Chief
of Competition,
Ruiter, Peter Franklin "Paco"
h-Tietel Veeris, went all
irn out to put on a


oranges to keep the athletes hy-
drated and a nutritious meal after-
wards. Times were kept to the
second and just a short time after
the last to finish the awards cere-
mony was held with the final re-
sults to a standing room only
audience.
The Triathlon consisted of
swimming, biking and running in
two categories: recreational (fun)
and professional.
The distances are as follows:
Recreational (Fun) 850 me-
ters swimming, 11.6 kilometers
biking, and 5 kilometers running.
Professional 1500 meters
swimming, 23.2 kilometers bik-
ing, and 10 kilometers running.

Results are as follows:
Female Pro: 1-Annemiek LeNo-


Methorst; 2-Marcel Leurs
Relay Pro: 1-Rhian Evans, Sam
Williams, Rowan Martin; 2-Mireille
Boom, Monica Schreuders, Annette
van Rooyen
Female Fun: 1- Simone Sweers
Male Fun: 1- Bruce Brabec (Bruce
was first in this division last year); 2
-Daniel DeAnda
Kids Fun: 1- Manuel DeLima; 2-
Asdrubal Marcano
Relay Fun: 1-Pam Werdath, Peter
Werdath, Musha Ruiter; 2-Thasjana
Rosaria, Julius Melaan, Gilbert
Seraus
Relay Kids Fun: 1-Timoty
Vaseur, Philip Winkel, Vernon
Kromhout; 2-Bryan Bart Shodryon
Jeanty, Ricky Alberto
Relay Mix: 1-Nicola Diamonda-
ras, Ragenio Josephia, Arreau mar-
tina; 2-George DeSalvo, Enrique
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Sweers jumps the finish line.


Luis and Asdrubal Marcano
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Crime Wave

T his is an issue that most of
us don't like to talk about,
but can we close our eyes to the
reality? Crime is increasing here
on Bonaire. Most people you ask
about crime say that although
you might feel safe at a certain
point the crime wave is picking
up. We have to remember that
Bonaire is part of a world in-
fested with crime, so it can hap-
pen to us too. Everybody is com-
plaining about it, from young
ones to older people.
A schoolboy (19) complained
that his laptop was stolen from
his dining room. A hard working
mother (42) bought a brand new
car and the four wheel covers
were stolen and to buy the same
brand new ones will cost her
more than NAf 400. Others said
their bikes were stolen, even
their dog, and we can mention
even more. Our tourists are very


SONAI REAN VOICES


concerned about this matter, but
one question the local people
have is what the government is
going to do about it.
"But our economy is causing
all these problems," said a young
woman (30) who is working and
earning a minimum wage. She
said, "Prices go up and cause
inflation, and whenever there is
inflation crime goes up. You
don't know how it is to get up in
the morning and think what you
are going to feed your children
before they go to school. Some-
times they have to skip school
because there is not enough food
in the house. How can they pay
attention in school and keep up


with their homework? Despera-
tion can make them do anything.
It can make them get involved
with gangs, robbing people and
other problems. Fortunately my
children have not gone that far,
but I'm really afraid of what can
happen to them or to any other
child in the same situation. I raise
my children with love and under-
standing for the situation. But
who can do something about it?
For me it is the government and
all the institutions involved in
this matter. We need to get up
and do something about it. The
political parties have to stop
fighting and remember that they
themselves can be a victim of
crime. They sometimes are too
involved in their own political
anxieties and forget about those
who voted for them. We have to
unite and stop crime."

Others said our economy de-
pends on a large percentage on
tourism. What will happen if the
tourists stop coming because of


the crime wave? What then?
Some tourists coming to Bonaire
don't wear rose-colored glasses.
They are pretty much alert as to
what is going on in their sur-
roundings. They are concerned
about the local people who live
here and how the local police and
government are performing on
the island. If things get worse
where does the Bonairean go
from here? This is a world crisis.
Someone who's involved in
tourism (52) said, "I'm bom-
barded with a lot of questions
every day and sometimes I don't
know what to say. I love my is-
land and want to protect it from
all negative thoughts. But we
can't be blind because we are
living in the reality of a crime
wave. You have to be very tact-
ful in your answer, not to hurt
our island. I believe that the po-
litical parties and the Lt. Gover-
nor have to sit together and see
how they are going to solve this
problem. It's not easy to get rid
of crime, but you still can mini-


mize it. We have to start at the
root of crime and not just take it
superficially, otherwise we'll be
seeing a continual increase in the
crime rate. Our governmental
institutions are doing a lot, in
schools and with the surveys
given to homes in the barios,
which is educational. We can't
stay at the technical level, we
have to put the practical things
into action. The Bonaireans talk
so they should be listening."
You and I are prone to be a
victim of this crime wave, so just
be alert and take precautions and
do not expose
your valuable
things.
Siomara E.
Albertus




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S even employees who have been dedicated to Divi Flamingo
Resort for over 100 years (combined) were honored last
week. These people represent Diving, Housekeeping, F & B, and
Maintenance, who continue to bring service and product and a BIG
Smile to all Divi guests. They are: Luis Boekhoudt, 25 years;
Louisa Soliano, 20 years; Violita Martina, 20 years; Gerardus Joos-
ten, 15 years; Serge de Groote, 10 years; Candida Cicilia, 5 years
and Abdala Jean Charles, 5 years. Divi General Manager Sara
Matera (left) and Human Resources Manager Marelva Soliano
(right) with the group. 0 Press release




1ST ANNUAL BONAIRE BARRACUDA/SEDREBO
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participate in our 1" Annual Open Water Swim Competition on Sunday
tune 15, 2008. The competition will take place along the shore of
Bonaire'smain town of Kralendijk. Race distances are 500m,1.5km and
5km. Swimmers of all ages and ability levels are welcome. Supporters
an easily view the race course from the seaside Promenade so bring the
hole family for a day of competition and fun.

Entry Fee: $20 includes Pasta dinner, cap & 1 raffle ticket
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friendly. Again, these opposites
can exist because one can't exist
without the other. His classes are
growing. His wife and Tuki are
helping him. His wife especially
has become an important support
for him. Tuki assists as well, so in
spite of the growing number of
students they will get their individ-
ual attention during the training.
His classes are being given in
Jong Bonaire every Monday
through Thursday evenings at 7
pm. The Tae-
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T he new Second Edition of the
Ratzlaff Papiamentu-English Dic-
tionary was launched Tuesday night at a
press conference at Jong Bonaire. The au-
thor and the board members of presented
copies to key government officials at the
event.

Jong Bonaire, in an agreement with the
Trans World Radio Dictionary Foundation,
has had the book updated and has reprinted
this Second Edition of the dictionary as a
fund-raising effort for the Jong Bonaire after-
school program for teens. Any profit from
the sales of the dictionary will go to help
fund activities for the youth center and also
toward future reprinting of the dictionary so
that it will never become unavailable again.
Jong Bonaire also announced its School
Dictionary Program during the press confer-
ence. Companies and organizations that wish
to donate copies of the dictionary to a school
can purchase 20 or more copies at a dis-
counted price of NAf 60 for schools. The
donated dictionaries will be delivered to any
school in the ABC Islands chosen by the
company, along with a letter notifying the
school of the gift and the donor.
Serapio Pop from Scholengemeenschap
Bonaire (SGB) high school received the first
donation of dictionaries from Evert Piar of
Maduro & Curiel's Bank Bonaire and also
from Bonaire Rotary. MCB will be donating
20 dictionaries to schools on Bonaire, and
their sister bank, Caribbean Mercantile Bank
N.V in Aruba will also donate 20
dictionaries.
VIP.com, an online company in Curagao
purchased 100 books to donate to schools in
Curagao and KPMG will donate another 50
dictionaries in Curagao.
Companies or organizations who wish to
participate in the School Dictionary Program
can send an e-mail to
schoolss@papiamentudictionary.com along
with their name, address and contact infor-
mation so that someone can get back to them
to complete the donation.
"This dictionary is an important tool for
people who speak Papiamentu as well as
English speakers who want to learn the lan-
guage," said Jong Bonaire board member
Alex Senchi during the launch. "It helps cap-
ture and preserve the Papiamentu language
and also helps promote its use. As more
companies, governmental agencies and or-
ganizations deal with the European Union,
this dictionary should prove extremely help-
ful," Board member Rene Hakkenberg
added.

"Stichting Jeugdwerk Jong Bonaire is very
proud to play a role in the return of this im-
portant book, especially since its author,
Betty Ratzlaff-Henriquez, has spent so many
of her years in the Antilles working with
youth projects," said Senchi.
On Bonaire, copies will be available at
Addo's Bookstore and Flamingo Bookstore
on Kaya Grandi and Bonaire Chat 'n Browse
at the Sand Dollar Shopping Center.
The dictionary will also be for sale in Cura-
gao and Aruba. Retail price of the dictionary
will be $45 (or NAf 80.) This Second Edi-
tion of the Papiamentu-English Dictionary
has been printed on slightly lighter paper in
an effort to keep printing and shipping costs
low. As a result, the book can be sold at
close to the same price as 10 years ago.
For people not living on the ABC islands,
the book is also available on-line at http://
www.papiamentudicitonary.com The price
on-line is also US $45 but buyers must also


After more than five years out ofprint,
the Ratzlaff Papiamentu-English Diction-
ary is once again on the market... and in
a very special way

pay shipping and handling costs when they
order on line.
The return of this important dictionary has
been a combined effort between Jong Bon-
aire, Trans World Radio and Mike Gaynor
of Bonaire Chat 'n Browse, who pushed for
the return of the book and will manage the
sales effort.
Some of the changes in the Second Edi-
tion include the addition of over 100 words
that were missing from the original version
of the Dictionary. There is also a new sec-
tion that explains some of the differences
between the Papiamentu of Aruba and that
of Bonaire and Curagao. The biographical
information on the author has been updated
and information on the new sponsor of the


dictionary, Jong Bonaire, is also included.
This new version also has a divider page
between the Papiamentu and English sec-
tions. This means that users will not have
to turn the book upside down to switch
from one section to the other.

From the author
"I see more and more English speakers
moving to the islands who want to learn
Papiamentu," says the author Betty Ratzlaff
-Henriquez. "I think that is just great. It is
the best way to be part of the culture."
Her commitment to the Papiamentu lan-
guage began in 1949 when she arrived in
Aruba as one of the first youth workers in
the organization known as TEAM. Inten-
sive study in the first year along with daily
contact with Antilleans gave her the basics
of the language.
Betty Ratzlaff-Henriquez started collect-
ing and defining Papiamentu words in 1958
while teaching Papiamentu on Aruba. She
began work on the First Edition of this dic-
tionary in 1985 when she was working for
Trans World Radio and teaching the TWR
staff the language. TWR created a founda-
tion and published the dictionary in 1992.
In addition to her language contributions,
the author is also well known in the Antilles
for her camping ministry for youth which
began in 1960. In 1964 she founded Centro
Juvenil Washington in Aruba. Recognition
for this work was made in 1979 when she
received the Woman of the Year award by
the five major newspapers.
In 1997 she retired and returned to her
native Canada but she did not leave the
Antilles behind. A year later she married
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years. Since then Betty and Bicento have
lived in both Aruba and Canada, but at the
end of April 2008 they packed up and re-
turned to Aruba where most of Bicento's
children and grand children live.
Since their marriage, Betty and Bicento
have worked together on a number of pro-
jects including the revisions and additions
to this Second Edition of the Papiamentu/
English Dictionary. Other projects include
publishing a collection of inspirational writ-
ings by Bicento with illustrations by Betty.
They have also launched a website for
their inspirational writings, inviting visitors
to read, comment, and post questions at:
www.bbhenriquez.blogspot.com
Betty has also written a book in the Papia-
mentu language entitled Centro Juvenil
Washington- 1965-1995. 30 Aha di His-
toria. This book about the Aruba youth
center can be ordered online at
bvratzlaff@gmail.com with CJW30 in the
"subject line."

Jong Bonaire is an after-school program
for teenagers, which has been in operation
since 1999, providing a safe, structured
environment for the island's high school
students. Building self-esteem, self-
confidence and self-discipline are three
important goals of Jong Bonaire. Activities
at Jong Bonaire include help with home-
work, computers, sports, drama, community
involvement, drug prevention, arts and
crafts, music and many others. For more
information about Jong Bonaire, call 717-
4303 or e-mail: manager@jongbonaire.org
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The Role of
The popular Papiamentu-
English Dictionary by Betty
Ratzlaff-Henriquez has been out of
print for a number of years even
though there has been a constant
demand for it. The original pub-
lisher and owner of the copyright,
Trans World Radio Dictionary
Foundation, was looking for an
organization to handle the reprint-
ing because of their reduced per-
sonnel on Bonaire.
Stichting Jeugdwerk Jong Bon-
aire saw this as an opportunity to
help preserve the dictionary and
also to raise funds for its after-
school program for teens on Bon-
aire. A large portion of the income
from sales will go to Jong Bonaire
for this purpose. Another large
portion will be set aside to be used
for future reprinting of the diction-
ary so that it remains an important
part of preserving the language.
Jong Bonaire is committed to the
use and preservation of the Papia-
mentu language, which is the pri-
mary language of the youth center.
It is used for all the teen programs
and activities as well as staff and
bestuur meetings. Any non-
Antillean staff member must learn
the language to be able to work at
the center.
Jong Bonaire and its members
are also active participants in the
Arte di Palabra competitions in
Papiamentu, which are held each
year on Curagao. Several of the
youth center members have
brought home prizes for their per-


Bonaire in the Second Edition of the PapiamentuEnglish Dictionary


Teens and their families with a
wide variety of programs.
Building self-esteem, self-
lconfidence and self-discipline are
(three important goals of Jong Bon-
aire. Activities at Jong Bonaire
include help with homework, com-
puters, sports, drama, community
involvement, drug prevention, arts
and crafts, music and many others.
The scuba diving certification pro-
gram is just one activity that helps
prepare teens for job opportunities
in the Bonaire economy. Another
group is learning about nutrition
and how to prepare food.
Other members are exploring the
possibility of one day becoming a
nurse. Members of Club Sosial
spend time at the old people's
home and hospital helping the
patients and nurses. Others help at
ithe local animal shelter, feeding
and bathing the animals. The teens
are learning to volunteer and to
give back to their community
while they explore possible career
options.
The sports program is an essen-
tial part of the effort to build self-
confidence, discipline and team-
work. With two full-time sports
leaders the center organizes teams
in several sports and conducts
competitions.
Positive Discipline is the operat-
ing principle of Jong Bonaire. It is
a system that rewards and re-
enforces good behavior. The
young people soon learn that they
get more attention for positive


behavior than for negative actions.
All programs are designed to build
and to maintain links between the
center and the families. Through-
out the year, parent nights and
family activities are held to help
strengthen family ties.
The need for donations is ongo-
ing since the staff and Board of
Directors make every effort to
assure that no teen is excluded for
economic reasons. If a parent is
unable to pay the modest monthly
dues, sponsors are found so that
the teens can continue as members.
Because the average member con-
tribution is less than NAf 1 15 ($8)
per month, the center can not sup-
port itself with membership dues
alone and must rely on outside
donors for the bulk of its funding.
The Island Government of Bon-
aire contributes approximately
30% of the Operating Budget.
Another 35% is provided by
AMFO. The Foundation must
raise the other third of the operat-
ing budget every year through
grants and corporate or individual
contributions plus local fundrais-
ing activities, parents' contribu-
tions, and rental of the facility.
Jong Bonaire
Kaya Simon. Bolivar 16
Kralendijk, Bonaire Netherlands
Antilles
tel: +599-717-4303 fax: +599-
717-6467
manageriij ongbonaire.org
www.iongbonaire.org. U Alan
Gross/Jane Townsend


formances in the competitions
which celebrate the language.
Jong Bonaire has had the dic-
tionary redesigned with a new
cover by Bart Landheer, a frequent
donor and volunteer with Jong
Bonaire. Landheer, who is a de-
signer and photographer, spends
about half his time on Bonaire.
He has also created a website for
the new dictionary:
www.papiamentudictionary .com
The Jong Bonaire organization
also worked with the author to
revise and update parts of the dic-
tionary and then arranged for the
printing. Administration of the


project will be handled by the
youth center's bookkeeping staff
who will work with Bonaire Chat
'n Browse to fulfill orders.
About Jong Bonaire
Jong Bonaire is an after-school
program for teenagers which has
been in operation since 1999 pro-
viding a safe, structured environ-
ment for the island's high school
students. The center has a staff of
eight professionals and a corps of
part-time workers and volunteers
to provide an effective ratio of
staff to youth. This investment in a
professional staff allows Jong
Bonaire to dependably serve the


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consolidation services
from Miami, USA
to Bonaire


www.amcarfreight.com

7860 N.W. 80th Street
Medley,Florida 33166
Tel. (305) 599-8866
Fax (305) 599-2808


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onaire
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Orange, Oranje And Course, Footall
t's going to be a big party at the Holland clubhouse in Le
Flamboyant during the upcoming EK soccer. At least that's
what it looks like. They painted the whole place orange, hung up
big TV screens and they'll give free Polar beer away after each
goal the Dutch team makes. They will also have a barbeque for
NAf 15 p/p. If this isn't enough you can become a member for
NAf 25,- and win lots of great prizes. Holland beat Italy in their
first game, so things look good for the Oranje.E
Photos & story by Dennis Lensink

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European Championship
Soccer 2008 preliminary,
quarter, semifinals and the
final match will be shown
at many bars and hotels
through the month of June.
Enjoy the camaraderie.


Lou Barlass Becomes a GREAT
GRANDMOTHER For A Second Time!
nnouncing the
birth of Great
Granddaughter Alex
Charles Barlass, born
June 1, 2008, at Hol-
land Hospital in Hol-
land, Michigan. She
was 5 pounds, 4
ounces and 18 inches
long
She gurgles like a
true SCUBA diver!
Proud Parents: Kayla Kohnely & Derek Barlass 0 Sharon Barlass


Bertica Frans 30 Years At MCB
O nMay 1, Ber-
tica Frans,
celebrated 30 years of
service at MCB Bon-
aire. During her career
she held various posi-
tions in the bank. She
began as a secretarial
assistant to Evert Piar
(in the photo with Ber-
tica) at the time when
the bank had only 12
persons. During the
last four years she's
been part of the on-line
banking team. The bank honored her with a dinner attended by her
family and colleagues at It Rains Fishes restaurant as well as the
customary envelope. U MCB release


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We are available for your video imaging projects underwater and topside.
Nature Fils Documentaries Travel Adventure Advertising TV Broadcast
Underwater Stock footage HDV Digital Photo Weddings
DVD Reproductions DVD Mastering and Authoring
Courses and Seminars.
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Keeping Bonaire Clean


B onaire has the reputa-
tion of being the
cleanest island in the Carib-
bean. This is due in no small
part to the efforts of Selibon,
the island's waste manage-
ment privatized company. In
recent weeks they have been
very active.
Last week Selibon's Envi-
ronmental Police uncovered
an illegal operation that
could have affected the
health of the island's food
shoppers. A pickup truck
was intercepted leaving the
landfill full of food and bev-
erages that had been dis-
carded because they were
out-of-date or otherwise
defective. The goods were
intended for resale in local
groceries.
According to Selibon's PR
and Marketing Coordinator,
Lucia Martinez-Beck, the
landfill now has a scale to
weigh incoming trucks
with trash in order to de-
termine the dumping fee. It
will be installed soon. How-
ever, twice a month the
landfill will be open, free, to
private, non-commercial
people to dump. There are
plans to segregate areas of
the landfill for different
types of trash: paper,
glass, metal, etc.
The neighborhood
cleanup and educational


campaign in
Rincon was
a success
and has re-
sulted in
more and
more of the .
public acting
as watchdogs
for illegal
dumping.
Every house
was given a
flyer about
waste man-
agement and the fines for
anyone caught dumping in
the wrong places. Students
from Jong Bonaire made
10 signs placed at illegal
dumping spots, saying,
"Stop Don't Throw
Trash Here. There is a
NAf 5.000 fine!" Two
young men driving around
the mundi saw guys dump-
ing trash, took photos with
their cell phone of them and
their license plate and noti-
fied Selibon. The perpetra-
tors were caught, charged
and fined.
People and organizations
having an event in a public
place must give a deposit
ahead of time which will be
refunded after the event if
the area has been cleaned
up. Selibon is taking steps
with DEZA to ask for a de-
posit from construction


companies, the amount to
be determined by the cost of
the construction. The same
will apply. They get the
deposit back if they clean
up.
On June 16 a company
from Curaqao will come
with a crusher and take
away 1,500 derelict cars -
from the landfill, the
streets and the mondi as
well as the mountain of
scrap metal from BOPEC
and WEB behind Consales
Cash and Carry that a Vene-
zuelan company used to
store the scrap to ship off
island. They did take some
but left most of it. The Cura-
gao company will be work-
ing on the island, gathering
the cars and the scrap for
about two weeks. They will
then ship it off island, possi-
bly to China. 0 L.D.


Sunbelt Realty N.V.
Kaya L.D. Gerharts 8
717 65 60
info@sunbelt.an I www.sunbelt.an


Caribbean l1h H1mnirc 9


The Friendliest

Restaurant on

Bonaire.

In Bonaire's "hill country"
10 minutes north of town

Every Tuesday an all y u
can eat BBQ
for $15.-.


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Balashi Beach Bar
Bar and Beach Service
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront


DINING GUIDE
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Open every day
8am 8pm.
Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm.


On the beach ambiance
Extensive snack/salad/burger menu
available daily from noon.


Bella Vista Restaurant, Buddy's Pool Bar Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30-10 am Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night; Mon. "Dive and
Sea Side at Buddy Dive Resort Lunch daily 11:30 Dine;" Wed.-"Live Cooking by the Chefs;" Fri. Free Rum Punch Party (5:30-
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6-10 pm 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $19.50 (7-10 pm)
Calabas Restaurant &
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Bdkfst rate DinnrBiggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Open 7 days from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28,50 or $16.
717-8285 Open 7 days
Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
One block south of the Post Office Lunch Tues-Sat-11:30-2:30 Bonaire's first Argentine grill
717-4433 Dinner 7 nights- starting at 6 pm Great value anytime.
Hilltop Restaurant Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -in Bonaire's hill country
At the Caribbean Club Bonaire-on the scenic Rincon Road Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Frequent Dinner Specials
717-7901 Happy hours 5 to 6 daily, to 7 on Tuesday BBQ night.
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the
On Kaya Gob. Debroten from 5-11 m Wednesday-Sunday finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
/2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 p Call ahead to eat-in or take out 780-1111

Philips Cooking and Organizing Personal Chef For Private Dinners, Catering, Party Snacks and Wedding Services
www.philipscooking.com 701-1100 Let Philip do it all


AIRLINES and low prices make it easy to lose weight and get fit. including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16 flights and exploration. Full service dive shop and photo shop
a day between Bonaire and Cura9ao. Your first choice for FURNITURE, ANTIQUES too.
inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba. Interiyours- New name, same owner and location. Has RETAIL
lots of beautiful, often one-of-a-kind furniture, antiques, Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now
APPLIANCES ITV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS crafts and accessories from mainland China and Indone- in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men,
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selec- sia. women and children.
tion of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV,
computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and in- GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
store financing too. Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful service, free
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and gift wrap.
BANKS offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. Now
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest num- in new expanded location off Kaya Industria. Valerie's Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
ber of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. unique items, magazines, gifts and more. Open extended
They also offer investments and insurance, hours.
PHOTO FINISHING
BEAUTY PARLOR Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center down- SECURITY
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing town offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items Special Security Services will provide that extra meas-
and professional nail care. and services. Full digital services. ure of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS PHOTO SERVICES SHIPPING
De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes- Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Underwater photo Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells classes, camera rental, digital processing, all state of the aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
top brand bikes. Have your keys made here. art! agent. What would we do without their superb ser-
vices?
CELLULAR SERVICE REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Mio offers by far the clearest, most phone reliable signal Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," specializ- SUPERMARKETS
on the island. And their personnel are trained and ing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
friendly. Check out their unlimited calling plan. management. air conditioned market with the, largest selection and
lowest prices on the island.
DIVING Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices in real es-
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive tate-International/US connections. 5% of profits do- WATER TAXI
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon- nated to local community. List your house with them to Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. sell fast. Amor or Skifr. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
Bonaire with built-in ramp
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
the highest professional standards. In town at City Cafe ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, WINES
and at Eden Beach. stop in and see them. Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
FITNESS Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local touch. Ask around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free deliv-
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi- them to show you the good value homes they list. Call ery. Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday 9 am-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, them if you are thinking of selling your home. 12 noon.
fitness machines and classes for all levels.
Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Re-
Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center Mod- RESORTS & ACTIVITIES porter are included in the guides. Free!
em workout rooms and machines, professional trainers Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
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The Mariadal Foundation at San Francisco Hos-
pital is offering the opportunity to study for
two very useful and needed careers: ziekenverzorger
(orderly) and verpleegkundige (nurse). It will take
three years to become an orderly (Intermediate Voca-
tional Education level 3) and four years to become a
nurse (Intermediate Vocational Education level 4). A
high school PKL diploma is a prerequisite for the first
and a TKL for the second.
The first year of both studies is the same. You will
have lessons for one week and then work for three
weeks, so you will immediately start working at your
profession. When you are a certified as an orderly,
you may continue to study to become a nurse, which
will take another three years. After you have the nurse
diploma, you can continue your studies in the Nether-
lands at the
HBOv (School
of Higher Vo-
cational Educa-
tion). The stud-
ies will start
September first.
If you like--
helping people
and you do not
mind working
at all hours,
please contact
the following
people: Henna
Doedel, 717-
8900 ext 712 or
Liana Francees,
717-8900 ext
744. 0 Mary
Ann Koops


ollowing the turnover of a NAf
10.00 donation from BONHATA,
Bonaire's dive medicine doctor, Dick van
der Vaart, said, "I am very proud on the
new recompression chamber which we're
installing on Bonaire. It will be the best
facility in the Caribbean." According to
Sara Matera, BONHATA President, the
donation is in line with its aims of support-
ing social improvement projects on Bon-
aire.

During the last two years about 400 peo-
ple were treated in the chamber, not only
for decompression sickness, but also for
wound healing. The new chamber will
have digital monitoring and be capable of
providing pressurization to a depth of 50
meters (165 ft.).
After 20 years of operation it was time
for a replacement chamber. The Recom-
pression Chamber Foundation which oper-
ates and maintains the chamber still needs
NAf 300.000 to pay for the new equip-
ment. U G.D.


T here are Tabbies and
there are Tabbies.
"Felicia," our Tabby Pet of
the Week, is very unusual and
special: she loves dogs and is
just fascinated by them. How
rare is that in a cat? She's so
attractive with her three colors
and happy little face. As a
very young kitten she had the
brains to look for refuge off
the streets after she'd been
abandoned. But the people
whose garden she went to
couldn't keep her so they
brought her into the Shelter.
Felicia is about eight months
old and is very affectionate with people. So if you're looking for a
friendly cat to be friends with your gentle and friendly dog, Felicia is
the perfect one. The cat adoption fee of NAf 75 includes shots, testing
for feline leukemia, worming and sterilization. You may be sure that
the animal you adopt from the Bonaire Animal Shelter is in perfect
health and is socialized with humans.
Speaking of socialization, the volunteers who have been working
with the cats have been doing a fantastic job. I've never seen so many
affectionate cats before. As I entered the cat cage to take some photos,
many of them came running up to me. As I sat in the chair several of
them jumped up on me, purring like mad and looking for attention. One
of those cats, I learned had been brought in as a wild, scary kitten, terri-
fied of people. But with the love and care of the Shelter staff and vol-
unteers that cat is now one of the most social, affectionate ones.
Everyone is welcome to stop by the Shelter. It's even on many of our
tourists' lists to visit. It's on the Lagoen Road and is open Monday
through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm, 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
WWW.BonaireAnimalShelter.org The Shelter staff is now maintaining
the website and they're doing a fine job. They're keeping things up to
date and you may even find The Reporter's Pets of the Week. LL.D.


Support The Campaign To Build A New Recompression Chamber

Recompression Chamber Foundation, established January 16, 1986
PO Box 335, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
Donate direct to MCB-Bonaire Account 868384-00


Hair Affair
We do our best to make
your hair and make-up wishes come
true!!
You can also come in for
facials and waxing.
We use and sell L'Oreal products
Is your plan to marry on the island?
We can make you beautiful and stay
beautiful for your happiest day.
Personal attention by Janneke and Birbel
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
or just walk in.
Tues-Fri: 9-12 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop


16 Flights a day
between
Bonaire and
Curagao


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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
6-13 6:51 1.OFT. 10:23 1.OFT. 11:57 1.OFT. 22:00 1.9FT. 44
6-14 7:59 0.9FT. 22:25 2.0FT. 50
6-15 8:44 0.8FT. 22:52 2.0FT. 57
6-16 9:32 0.7FT. 23:23 2.1FT. 63
6-17 10:12 0.7FT. 69
6-18 0:24 2.1FT. 10:44 0.7FT. 74
6-19 0:55 2.0FT. 11:21 0.7FT. 77
6-20 1:26 2.0FT. 11:53 0.7FT. 79
6-21 1:58 1.9FT. 12:17 0.8FT. 79
6-22 2:32 1.8FT. 12:38 0.8FT. 77
6-23 3:12 1.7FT. 12:51 0.9FT. 73
6-24 3:45 1.5FT. 12:46 1.OFT. 67
6-25 3:24 1.4FT. 4:43 1.4FT. 12:25 1.0FT. 20:22 1.5FT. 59
6-26 4:40 1.2FT. 5:49 1.2FT. 12:05 1.OFT. 20:16 1.7FT. 53
6-27 5:47 1.1FT. 7:44 1.1FT. 11:52 1.OFT. 20:36 1.8FT. 51


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JANART GALLERY
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 appt.


IS YOUR HOUSE NEW TO YOU?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.

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


CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
goen 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 GREAT
Maid Service?
For Quality House Cleaning
CALL JRA
Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
WEB-www.chinanobobonaire.com


SUPPORT BONAIRE
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 donation visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a
difference!

1 Are you interested
in Dutch conver-
sation lessons?
For information
please call:
786-2499


Private yoga classes
call Louise 717- 7021 or
700-9422.


CLASSES in
silversmithing, stoneset-
Sting and the art of bead-
/R\ ing. Call Louise at 717-
S7021 or 700-9422.


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JODY'S FASHION
European Fashion
Women & Men
Lagoen Hill 18
Tuesday till Saturday:1-5 pm
Tel: 717-5215


Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Business Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Free ads run up to one month.
Commercial Ads only NAfl per word, for each two-week issue.
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SCall 786-6125 or 790-6518
For information



WANNADIVE Simple

Is looking for new team members

Dive Instructors

Job description:
We want you to teach PADI and/or SSI BONAIRE'S LARGEST A
courses ALWAY
We expect you to do guided diving,
boat handling and sales at our retail shop VEGE1
as well
You have to do check-ins and give BRE
Marine Park orientations
You will be doing all operational tasks
necessary to provide our guests the ex-
cellent Wannadive service

Job profile:
You have to be a PADI open water
scuba instructor or SSI instructor
You are a female or male instructor
You have to speak Dutch and English
It's a plus when you do speak Spanish
or German as well
Working on weekends and irregularly Open:
is not a problem for you Mon-Fri: 8-6
You are a team player and will not Sat. 8am-lpi
hesitate to take initiative NONSTOP
You are a hospitality professional and
are able to work independently A R H OU I

Please pass by with your cv, N A R
photo and cover letter to
Wannadive or call 717-8884.
You can also launch an email for
an application to Kaya Industri<
info@wannadive.com Tel.: +(599) 7178
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Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008


Looking for a used minivan in
good condition. Must have six seats.
Phone 717-7791.

Furnished Studio Apartment for
rent long term at Caribbean Court
Bonaire. USD $700 per month. For
info call 788-1526.

Timeshare week in St. Maarten,
7 nights in a studio at The Ocean
Club on Cupecoy Beach -Dutch
side. Contingent on availabil-
ity. Only NAf 715 for two persons
for the week--that's only about NAf
50.per person per night, based on
double occupancy. Great for sum-
mer vacation. If interested, call 717-
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NOW! Twice as
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Did You Know....
Did you know that the Common Comet sea star is able to
regenerate an entirely new body from a single severed arm? The
Common Comet star (Linckia guildingii), found in Florida, Ber-
muda and the Caribbean, inhabits the coral reef and is usually
beige or tan in color, although it occasionally appears light red or
purple. The Common Comet star is named for its Comet-like ap-
pearance during regeneration when the large regenerating arm
resembles the tail of the comet with the smaller new rays forming
a star shape in front. Although regeneration can occur as a result
of damage or predation, adult sea stars can voluntarily detach an
arm as a form of asexual reproduction, or even split their bodies in
half to produce two new individuals! Wow! U Jean Pearson.


Jean Pearson lives in Maine, and
is a sophomore at Colorado Col-
lege. She is a Biology Major and
Studio Art Minor. Jean studied at
CIEE Research Station Bonaire
during the spring semester.


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Timbavati, South Africa


ob and Cynthia Tseng, Bonaire Gold Ambassadors, are pictured reading The Reporter "during
a break tracking a Leopard in Timbavati, South Africa. On the left is their tracker, Patrick, and
on the right is their guide, Scotch, a Timbavati Ranger.
P.S. We found the big cat and got some great photos. (shown in foreground inset)

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T 1 he island Government has given permission to Wilca, NV of Gunter Seraus to
I move the giant rock crusher from its present site near Onima to a newly de-
fined industrial area in the east side Santa Clara area. The change is expected to be
completed in two weeks. The crusher site at Onima was a problem to the residents
of Rincon and to drivers on the Rincon road. Hopefully the new site will not be as
bothersome. Large quantities of crushed stone and sand are needed to power Bon-
aire's current building boom. G G.D.


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REGULAR EVENTS
S The popular SGB High School
restaurant, Chez Nous, is open to the
public. Four-course dinners with wel-
come cocktail on Tuesdays. Seating
begins at 6 pm. Lunches on Wednesday
& Thursdays. Call 717-8120, ask for
Chez Nous or email: keeslee-
man@telbonet.an
HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7
pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Divi Flamingo Casino open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm-
4 am; Sunday 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
hours.
Saturdays
Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Resort,
6-10pm
* Rincon Marsh-6 am-2 pm. En-
joy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the Month-
www.infobonaire.com/rincon.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm.
Call for reservations 717-8285 ext. 444.
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796


-7870.
Mountain Bike Training for
riders of all levels (also Tuesday) at
5pm. Bonaire Wellness Connexions,
Eden Beach, 785-0767, email
info bonairewellness.com
Sundays
* 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.
Mondays
* "Dive & Dine" Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 6:30 -9:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
717-6435
Tuesdays
* Margarita & Taco Tuesdays!
With $2.50 Margaritas and a Taco bar!
Plus Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 6-8pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar
Wednesdays
* "Live Cooking by the Chefs"
with live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers Unplugged Buddy Dive Resort, 6-
10 pm

Thursdays
* Flamingo Rockers at "Admiral's
Hour" for yachtsmen and others,
Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour Village
Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7 pm

Fridays
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Live music by Fla-
mingo Rockers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar 6-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30-
6:30 pm) with Moogie Nation, followed
by all-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm, Buddy
Dive Resort

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo cen-
ter present a multimedia slide Presentation
about Buddy's House Reef- pool bar
Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's Habitat,
8:30 pm. 717-8529
Monday- Land & Ocean Bonaire by
Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the big
screen in front of Bonaire Dive & Adven-
ture.
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday,
Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-717-3802.
Tuesday-Diving Facts And Fiction An
Evening with DIR slide/video show by
Caribbean Gas Training, 8 pm, Bonaire
Dive & Adventure,786-5073
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Show, every 2nd & 4th Wednes-
day at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn (717-
8819) at 7pm.

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable old home that has been restored
and furmished so it appears the family has just
stepped out Local ladies will tell you the story.
Open Monday thm 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 7174060 / 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

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday at 7pm;
every Sunday at 5pm. Phone: 786-7699.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7.30 pm)
All levels, NAf2,50. Call Joop 717-5903
for venue.
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 Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tuesday,
7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above Zeezicht
Restaurant. All Rotarians welcome. Tel.
717-8434
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
Beck, at 786-2953.

CHURCH SERVICES
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kral-
endijk
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon.
Bible Study and Prayer meetings, Thurs-
days, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di Bario
Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am. Services in
Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bonaire,
at SGB High School auditorium (Kaya
Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya Korona.) Sun-
day services in English at 9 am; Sunday
evening prayer meeting at Pastor's home,
7 pm. Fridays, 6 to 8 pm, Light & Life
Club, children 5 to 12 yrs. 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, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu 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
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sun-
day mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire Youth
Center in English, Dutch and Papiamentu.
Preaching the full gospel. Contact: 786-2557.

Send event info to:
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Email reporter@bonairenews.com

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Bootes And The Bright Star That Opened The World's Fair Of 1933


All throughout June if you go outside into the Sky Park just after it gets dark
and look almost overhead you will see a very bright star which was very
famous in the early 20th century because its light was used to open the World's Fair
in Chicago in 1933.
During June, just after it gets dark out, face north where just to the west of the
North Star you will see the seven stars which make up the Big Dipper. Four stars
mark its cup and three stars mark its handle. And as all you regular viewers know
you can use the handle to find a very bright star. Simply draw a line through the
handle and continue that line in the same curve or arc and you'll "arc to
Arcturus,"which is the brightest star of the constellation, Bootes the Herdsman.
But those other stars are less bright than the Big Dipper's, and if we draw lines
between them would look something like a kite.
Now, although astronomers usually call Bootes the Herdsman, he is also called
the bear driver because some legends say that he chases two celestial bears around
the North Star. You see, the Big Dipper is part of the constellation, Ursa Major, the
big bear, and the Little Dipper is part of the constellation, Ursa Minor, the little
bear. Bootes is also called the plowman because some European cultures see the
Big Dipper as a plow and Bootes as the plowman endlessly turning up celestial turf
as he steers his plow, endlessly circling the north star.
At any rate it's his brightest star Arcturus which was super famous three quarters
of a century ago when it was used to open the World's Fair in Chicago. The
reasoning behind this was that 40 years earlier, in 1893, Chicago had also hosted a
World's Fair. And astronomers believed that Arcturus was 40 light years away. So
someone came up with the bright idea that wouldn't it be nifty if the light of
Arcturus, which left it in 1893, could be used to open the World's Fair when its light
arrived 40 years later in 1933. So a device was set up whereby the rays from
Arcturus were passed through a telescope which focused this light onto a photo
electric cell which then generated a small electrical current which was then used to
turn on the lights of the fair. And it really worked! Only one problem, however,
since then we have discovered that Arcturus is a bit closer, 37 light years away. So
early 20th century astronomers got it wrong, but only by three years, which is pretty
good.
Arcturus is the 4th brightest star we can see and is 23 times wider than our Sun, a
whopping 20 million miles wide. Plus it is 115 times brighter. It is actually
speeding toward us and will do so for another couple of thousand years. After
which, however, it will speed away from us and fade from sight in only half a
million years! So see it now before it disappears out of sight. 0 Jack Horkheimer


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ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)Your charm will be captivating. Join a club to work off
that excess energy; but consider ways of doing that without spending the money. Your
best efforts will come through hard work. Don't torment yourself. Disharmony in the
home will be extremely stressful. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a
Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You might find it difficult to control your emotions.
You need a break from your daily routine. You could find yourself having problems
with coworkers and employers. Social activities will be satisfying. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Time is money and you must be ready to take action in
order to reach your highest potential. Go over their important documents and take the
time to suggest alternatives. Entertain those who can provide you with valuable infor-
mation and knowledge. Don't get talked into get rich quick schemes. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Plan events like camping or white water rafting. Your
best efforts will come through hard work. You can bet that someone in a higher posi-
tion is watching to see how busy you are. Get on with your life. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) A new image can be the result if you change your look. Try
to be understanding. Partnerships will be favorable and contracts can be signed. You
will be accident prone if you aren't careful this month. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Insincere gestures of friendliness may be misleading.
You will drive your emotional partner crazy this month. It might be best to keep your
ideas to yourself this month. Health problems may prevail if you don't take care of
them immediately. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) There might be one who is quite willing to take the
credit for your work. You may be uncertain about some of your coworkers and your
boss. Look after financial transactions this month. Think twice before you agree to take
on any new projects. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Try to stay calm and do the best you can. Check
into art objects or precious stones. You can do well in group endeavors. Leave things as
they are for the moment and focus on reaching your highest potential at work. You may
want to sign up for courses that will encourage you to have more confidence in your-
self. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Inharmonious situations at home may be ex-
tremely upsetting for you this month. Dig deep, ferret out any hidden concerns be fore
you sign your life away. Get rich quick schemes will not be successful. You may have
difficulties with foreigners. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You can get a great deal accomplished if you
bring work home. Problems on the home front might be a little disconcerting. Look into
intellectual and physical games that will test your abilities. Do your work at home, if
you can. Someone may be trying to make you look bad. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Monday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will be tempted to shop till you drop. Do not
overspend on entertainment. Hard work will payoff if you refrain from expressing your
opinion to superiors. You should be in business for yourself. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) A change is as good as a rest. Don't go looking for
change. You may have ignored or neglected your mate lately. A series of misunder-
standings may be at fault. You will have a greater involvement in groups; however,
they may not be to your advantage. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a
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ha.Jtls Comig OI r Wayt
El Pueblo


In the last issue
of this series
we finished the
"island develop-
ments tour" at Hill-
top where at the end
of Kaya Barcadera
the grounds of El
Pueblo have been
prepared for con-
struction. So why
not continue right
there? In other
words, the what,
where, when and
who about the de-
velopment called El
Pueblo, that's com-
ing our way there.
Two to three


years ago there was only
the Caribbean Club resort (then
26 units) and five private homes.
That is changing now. A small
apartment complex has risen
(Hilltop Apartments), and very
recently the oceanfront "Wedding
Village" nine villas, one with a
special bridal suite was com-
pleted. Management of both is in
the hands of the Caribbean Club
(see Flotsam and Jetsam item).
We also learn from their website
that Caribbean Club is planning to
add extra apartments and Hilltop
Oasis here, which will result in a
50+ unit resort.
But for now let's focus on El
Pueblo, to be located just north of
the Caribbean Club, right on the
ocean up on the cliff. The people
behind the project are the same
ones who are currently finishing
Waterlands Village (across from
the airport, with the wall paint-
ings), however, this project will
be something completely differ-
ent.
There is no construction going
on yet at the site. The various lots
have been laid out and we see the
beginnings of what will be a road,
but that's about it. That will
change in the upcoming week
with the building of the first foun-
dations. Eventually 27 villas will
arise at this location (see photo).
Stunning sea views here. Before
building permission was granted,
the developers did extensive cave
exploration to secure grounds for
future inhabitants and wildlife.
Although possibly not everyone
supports construction at this loca-
tion, it is good to hear that the
home septic tank systems make
use of the latest technology, a
four-chamber, Bio-Rock system.
The water coming out at the end
of this septic system is totally free
of nutrients (you could almost
drink it, but we pass the glass as
you may imagine), and therefore
doesn't do any damage to the
reefs by contributing to algae
growth. We encountered this
same system before at the wooden
houses on platforms at Kaminda
Sorobon. Hopefully we are wit-
nessing a trend on the island. Sus-
tainable aspects of the project are


Marcel Leurs photo


The unspoiled views jrom El Pueblo are unparalleled on Bonaire


Aerial View, Bonaire Caribbean Club is on the right


I ll


utch Minister Camiel
Eurlings of Transport
and Communication said that his
working visit to Bonaire was
very important. His comments,
quoted in the Dutch press, indi-
cated he was captured by the
warmth and friendliness of the
island's people. He keyed on the
environment and the airport in
his public statements: "The
(tertiary) water treatment system
for Kralendijk is very important
for the coral reefs of Bonaire.
There is 5 million allocated for
this in the budget of my ministry
(separate from the general tran-


sition funding), so the project
can be carried out soon.
The water treatment system is
a project that has been in the
works for almost 20 years. The
European Union has already
allocated e19.5 million available
for the project.
In reference to Flamingo Air-
port, Eurlings said that The
Netherlands will assume her
responsibility and will make
between 55 and 95 million
guilders investment to bring the
airport up to world standards by
August, 2008. Work will begin
in the Fall. U Press release


Klinika Veterinario Bonaire
ADmal Hopil Derenartsen team:
Animal Hospital Drs. Arie Binksma
S e i Drs. Hans & Etty Lambeek
Drs. Seib Fietsma
Dierenkliniek Drs. Ytzen v.d. Werf


Kaminda Lagun 24A, Tel 717-4255
Next to the Animal Shelter
Banda di Dierenaisel
Naast het Dierenaisel


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also reflected in using only pres-
sure treated wood and fully insu-
lated roofs.
Except for the cliff side, the
land will be enclosed with a cac-
tus fence, making it a gated com-
munity, and mainly zero file
(needing little water) vegetation
will be planted.
Two different home types will
be built. The names, "Adobe" and
"Santa Fe," tell us that inspira-
tion comes from a style of con-
struction found in the pueblos
(villages) near Santa Fe, with a
clear Mexican touch. Having faji-
tas, nachos, enchiladas or tacos on
the porch for dinner will probably
fit in very well.
Although the sea is close by
(there will be a footpath to down
below), each home will have its
own swimming pool, and it will


be delivered "turn
key," meaning that
owners need only
bring their personal
belongings. All the
rest -from a TV set to
teaspoons- will al-
ready be there.
However, before
that a lot still needs to
be done and it won't
be finished before the
end of 2009. U Marcel
Leurs


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djamars i djaweps 17:00-17:30; djasabra 11.00-12.00
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maandag, woensdag en vrijdag 13:30-14:30
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Minister Eurlings, Prime Minister De Jongh-Elhage and Com-
missioner Burney El Hage signing the declaration of intent for
the tertiary water treatment system for Kralendijk.


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(Currently there is
discussion about keeping
pregnant high schools
girls out of school when
they begin to "show" ....
Editor)

It's normal that a
child at a certain age
will get interested in its
fellow humans in a sexual
way. In fact it is just biol-
ogy working, otherwise
we would stop existing as
the human species. In the
old days it was normal
that as soon as a girl was
able to reproduce, she
would marry and take care
of the household of her
husband. But now, the
realization that women have the
same rights as men has kicked in.
Furthermore, for the development
of our society as we know it, it is
not wise anymore to leave 50% of
the workforce at home. It is also
not a good idea to let the young
people start in the workforce
without an education. So now we
want to have every child in
school for at least 16 years, be-
ginning at the age of four. And
after that investment we would
like to see something in return in
the form of a job and a career.
That means that it is considered
"not smart" to start by having
children at any age younger than
22.

However, biology runs its own
course, and it does not wait for an
education and a career. Every
teenager gets infected by a sex
drive so strong that it will over-
shadow everything else in his or
her mind. Biology lessons at
school and the media can teach
them everything theoretical about
sex. But school can teach them
almost nothing about relation-
ships and commitment. That is
where the parents and society
come in. They have to teach their
children to wait for the right mo-
ment, not to confuse sex with
love, and to use contraceptives
and disease prevention! Too of-
ten, this is not done, or not in the
right way. Then some girls pay
the ultimate price by getting preg-
nant at a very young age.
Why is teenage pregnancy so
horrible? Often the girls are from
a socially disadvantaged back-
ground. Statistics show that chil-
dren from teen mothers are more
likely to experience malnutrition,
a bad living environment with
violence and drugs, and they are
more likely to die in their first
year... and 75% of teenagers who
get pregnant were born from teen-
age mothers themselves. It seems
like a spiral going down from the
first mistake a girl makes fol-
lowed by generations of mistakes.
Bonaire needs educated people.
But if those people have a child


too young, they will have less-
ened their chances of getting a
good education and ultimately a
good diploma. This leads to fewer
chances in the job market. They
have more chance of ending up in
jobs which don't pay enough to
be able to care for their child.
This can lead to a life of crime
and or violence, trying to make
ends meet. Here we are in that
downward spiral again.
The figures for the Antilleans
living in the Netherlands (a
breakdown ofBonaireans is not
available, Ed.) are not something
to celebrate. In 2003, for every
1,000 teenage girls between 15
and 19 years old, about 33 gave
birth. (That means, of course, that
a lot more got pregnant, but they
either got an abortion or the preg-
nancy terminated naturally).
Compare this to the lowest teen-
age pregnancies figure in the
world: In the Netherlands four out
of every 1,000 teenagers in that
age category had a living child.
You see a striking difference. In
the Netherlands teens of Surinam-
ese and Antillean origin contrib-
ute one third to the teen pregnan-
cies. So even amongst Antillean
teens living in another country,
too many get pregnant too soon.

What can we do then? Shun
them? Take them away and hide
them because they set a bad ex-
ample for the others? These are
the girls confused by hormones
and the promises of their
"boyfriends." And now they are
even more vulnerable because of
the extra hormones from their
pregnancy. If you take them away
from their friends, they will be
marked for the rest of their lives,
and they are already marked
because of the child that is com-
ing. Also, refusing to let them
get a proper education will only
aggravate the problem. Because
then they will have even less
chance of getting a good job;
their child will most likely ex-
perience poverty, and that will
have an effect on his or her edu-
cation, etc. Plus, children up to


a oNA lne ON WHEEL S


The 31st of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some ofBonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."


Bonaire/Playa -
T he Toyota Hilux
truck owned by
Wanna Dive has just been
repaired and restored after
suffering a minor collision.
Despite its multi- colored
appearance the vehicle
was invisible at the wrong
moment and a little repair
had to be done to the right
front end of the almost
always reliable truck.


Originally this car was >
produced in Japan and .
made mostly of metal.
During the last couple of
years the car was inten-
sively modified on Bon-
aire. Now the truck con- Th
sists of a steel chassis, an
engine and some paneling
made of steel, but the
amount of wooden parts is in-
creasing every day! The part of
the car behind the cabin is com-
pletely made of wood, the floor
of the passenger compartment is
made of wood and even the
benches in the cabin of this
"woody" are made of the natural
material produced by trees! No
problems with termites yet!

Nobody knows with what color
the truck left the factory in Japan,
years and years ago. At this mo-
ment the car is painted yellow,
orange, green, blue and even
black-board black!
The car, registered: 1612 V, is
equipped with a very standard
four-cylinder engine and an ordi-
nary four-speed gearbox. No
power steering, no extras. Only
power brakes and belts for safety.
This is a very ordinary utility
vehicle but made of steel and
wood.
The top of the four side doors
are cut off. There are no windows
any more and the drivers and
passengers just enjoy the ecologi-

18 years old are, by law, obligated
to go to school and receive an
education, whether they are
handicapped, sick, healthy, preg-
nant, male or female. Pregnancy
is not a crime. Having to deal
with a child when you yourself
are still a child is hard enough.
They should not be punished even
more than they (usually only the
girls, and not the impregnator!)
already are.
We all feel that this is a big
problem, and we would really
like to fix it. Let us start talking to
these teenagers (both the girls and
the boys!). They obviously need


e multi colored "woody"from Wanna Dive. Nicole Schuppers (18,
oying life) is one of the three regular drivers of this tribute to Bo-
nairean auto-culture.


cal and natural system of air con-
ditioning.
The car is fitted with a red plas-
tic Neptune Marine fuel tank, a
tank normally used by small
boats. It holds 22.7 liters/6 US
gallons and is now "on wheels"
instead of in the water.

Regular drivers of this running
rainbow are Mieke Hermans,
supervisor of the Wanna Dive
Hut Bonaire hotel, Nicole Schup-
pers (18) and Noortje de Jong
(20). The last two are temporary
all round employees who are on
the island for five months to com-
plete their internship for colleges
in Holland. (Noortje just arrived
on the island of Bonaire on the
first of June and she already fid-
dles around with paint and
brushes.) Life at Wannadive is
full of colors, like the truck!
Nicole explains, "This truck is
used every day. It is a real work-
horse and our way of transporting
men and equipment. It is really
fun to drive this car and the seats
are quite comfortable because of

more information about proper
sexual behavior, relationships and
preventing pregnancies. If we let
the media be the sole informer for
these teenagers, we are in deep
trouble. Then they might think it
is normal for a girl to throw her-
self half naked at men in sexy
clothes and sunglasses. If a girl
gets pregnant, why do we not ask
why?
If you have more scientific in-
formation on the natural sexual
behavior of teenagers, then you
can work on solving the teenage
pregnancy problem. Denying the
existence of sexual behavior of


the right angle of the back. I
really like it. The wooden parts of
this car do not rust of course and
we repaint the vehicle regularly.
It is so easy to maintain! And it is
fun. The paint dries in a couple of
minutes. Then the car is ready to
serve again!"
Nicole Schuppers has been con-
nected to the Wanna Dive Hut
Bonaire for the last four months.
She really likes the work and the
island.

Wanna Dive Hut Bonaire is a
low budget hotel, especially for
divers, with accommodation for
over 40 persons. At the present
only breakfast is served. The ho-
tel is open every day of the year.
Feel free to enjoy the relaxed
atmosphere and enjoy a cold
drink at the open
air bar, enjoy life p
and get a closer
look at the
unique truck! U

Story & photo by
J(tn Brouwer

teenagers and punishing some
teenagers for their stupidity of not
using contraceptives is not going
to work.
It takes two to tango and a
dance floor. We (parents, school
and society) had better make sure
that they know all about the good
things and the bad things that may
be. Let's talk about sex. Because
whether you like it
or not, they will
dance!E Mary
Ann Koops
Koops teaches
Biology at the
SGB High School.


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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 T he BES islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) are currently having another BES week this week ( June 11 to June 18) in The Netherlands. It will be the third BES week as the islands move towards direct ties with Holland. These negotiations are to understand and negotiate the necessary changes within the Kingdom as well as the dismantling of the Netherlands Antilles. During the last BES week in January an agreement was reached that the Dutch will guarantee, at minimum, an acceptable level of education, justice, social security and health care on the islands comparable with Holland’s. The constitutional change, once set for December 2008, is now tentatively planned for January 2010. American Eagle will reduce its Caribbean schedule from 55 to 33 daily departures out of San Juan beginning September 3 and eliminate daily service from San Juan to Aruba, Bonaire and Samana, Dominican Republic. Service to Bonaire has been reduced to three days a week. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, the 55-seat ATR flight will operate from San Juan to Bonaire. It will return from Bonaire to San Juan on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The times and flight numbers are: # 5049 LV SJU 7:30 pm – AR BON 9:31 pm Tues, Thurs, and Sat. # 5051 LV BON 7:50 am – AR SJU 9:55 am Wed, Fri, and Sun. The American Eagle schedule effective September 3, 2008, is available on www.aa.com. These reductions are part of American’s overall plan to reduce capacity and costs in the face of skyrocketing fuel prices. The ATR fleet in the Caribbean has been reduced from 24 to 11 planes, with the remainder of the ATRs relocated to Dallas to cover flying in the US. Ronella Tjin A Sjoe-Croes, TCB Director, said, “We have already reached out to Continental and Delta to determine their ability to provide additional lift and upgrade the size of the aircraft serving Bonaire. We have also inquired about the possibility of reinstating the four lost (American Eagle) fights, if the island was willing to put them under an MRG (minimum revenue guarantee).” American Eagle transports 40% of the American tourists who visit Bonaire. Bonaire will lose about 25% of the total transportation capacity of travelers from the US with the cutback. Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) operations have been limping along but will begin a new schedule on July 1. The airline is also looking to make St. Maarten its second hub besides Curaçao. In weeks past DAE had only three of its five airplanes flying and last week flew from Curaçao to Bonaire via Aruba. When all are operational, DAE flies five planes – three prop-jet ATRs and two Fokker 100 pure jets. Starting June 1, KLM replaced printed tickets with electronic ones . Some 99% of passengers on the Netherlands’ biggest airline already use etickets, which are more efficient, safer and environmentallyfriendly, KLM said. If all airlines switched to e-tickets, it would save them €2 billion ($3.1 billion) per year and 50,000 trees, news agency ANP reported. The €45 anti-pollution tax that’s going to be introduced for round-trip flights between the Netherlands, the Antilles, and Aruba on July 1 will stay. That’s what Dutch Transportation Minister Eurlings told Antillean Transportation Minister Adriaens last week. The Antilles are afraid that this tax and the fuel surcharge that continues to increase would damage tourism. Eurlings said that he cannot ignore or adjust a law just like that. Minimum wage earners Table of Contents This Week’s Stories Help Jemy 2 Washington Park Birthday 3 6th Jong Bonaire Tr iathlon 6 100 Years of Service 7 New Papiamentu-English Dictionary 8 Jong Bonaire’s Role in the Dictionary 9 Euro Cup Oranje 10 Announcements-Barlass Baby Bertica Frans-MCB 30 yrs. 10 Keeping Bonaire Clean (Selibon) 11 Career Opportunities 13 Recompression Chamber 13 Crusher to Move 15 Sewer Signup 18 Bonaire On Wheels (Wanna Dive Toyota Truck) 19 Weekly Features Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Profiles– Peter Silberie 5 Bonairean Voices (Crime Wave) 7 Sudoku Puzzle 7 Sudoku Answer 12 Dining & Shopping Guides 12 Pet of the Week (Felicia-cat) 13 Tide Table 13 Reporter Masthead 13 Classifieds 14 Picture Yourself (South Africa) 15 Did You Know (Comet Sea Star) 15 What’s Happening 16 Sky Park (Bootes) 17 The Stars Have It-Astrology 17 What’s Coming (El Pueblo) 18 Island View (Talk About Sex) 19 How to contact us Letters to the Editor: Reporter@bonairenews.com Story tip or idea: info@bonairereporter.com Print and Online Advertising: laura@bonairenews.com Archives: Bonairenews.com, then click on “Go to Archives” The Publisher: George@bonairenews.com The Bonaire Reporter, P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. Phone 790-8988 Phone 790-6518 Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Published every two weeks Next edition printing on June 25, 2008. in the Antilles no longer will have to pay wage tax when Parliament approves its own draft law and the government adopts the law. A most controversial item in the law is an increase of 15% in the minimum wage for all islands of the Netherlands Antilles except St. Maarten. In Bonaire the minimum wage is NAƒ 7.17/hour, the highest of all the Antilles except for St. Maarten which recently was set at NAƒ 7.79 The Antillean judiciary system has suffered a “huge loss” with the passing of longtime Judge Luis de Lannoy last week, said Windward Islands Chief Prosecutor Taco Stein. Judge de Lannoy lost his bout with cancer early Thursday, leaving behind his wife, two children and a number of cases that this “fair judge” was set to preside over. De Lannoy (57) had studied law and was President of the Joint Court of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba for 14 years (19932007), before retiring early last year. An anonymous donor said that if Jong Bonaire can sell 500 dictionaries in the school donation program, he will donate US$ 20,000 to Jong Bonaire. Already there are just over 200 dictionary donations promised. Reporter readers can really help this effort by donating at least one dictionary to the project for each one they buy for themselves. See the Dictionary Story on page 8 for full details. Forty years ago (on June 5, 1968) Henry Toré, Rose Heitkonig and Alex Semeleer came up with the idea to meet and present their idea to establish community centers in the-(Continued on page 4) Unique Gifts for you and yours… Books and magazines for a breezy afternoon read… chocolates and candies for the sweetest of teeth… toys for tots of all ages... VALERIE’S AIRPORT SHOPS Airport Shopping,.... "Localized" Phone 717-5324/ Fax 717-5610 O P E N L A T E ! Can you help Jemy? Four-year-old Jemy-Viennethy Keller was born with a hole in her heart. She has increasing difficulty breathing at night because of it. Her heart is enlarged from straining to pump fast enough and strong enough in spite of its handicap. The good news is that surgery can repair the hole and let this little girl live a healthy childhood in Bonaire. The notso-good news is that it will be extremely expensive for the family because SVB covers only the basic costs. Little Jemy must undergo special heart surgery, which is scheduled for late June 2008 at Hospital Sophia Dijkzicht, Rotterdam. Her parents, Denice and Clemens Boelen, have sought ways to come up with the needed funds to take Jemy to Rotterdam and to allow Denice to stay there with her until Jemy recuperates from surgery enough to travel back to Bonaire. Friends and members of their church, Baranka di Restorashon, have helped with porch sale proceeds. The Boelens are grateful for help received from Mo re for Less, T.I.S., Tropical Flamingo, Sunshine Supermarket, J. C. Herrera, KonTiki, D.C.N.A., Bonaire Christian Fellowship and Warehouse Bonaire, who has also supported their fundraising efforts with supplies. On June 14th, the family will prepare a barbecue at Warehouse Bonaire, to raise more money for Jemy's surgery. Maduro& Curiel's Bank Bonaire has stepped up to help too, with a generous donation for the bank account opened at MCB just for Jemy's surgery. The account is MCB #101.505.704, under the title, "Jehova Jireh," a name chosen by Denice, which means "God the Provider." This account will be used solely for costs related to Jemy's surgery. Can you help Jemy and her family? Please donate any amount you can into Jemy's surgery account. And don't miss the fundraiser barbecue at Warehouse Bonaire on Saturday, June 14th, from 11 am to 1 pm. The price is only NAƒ 10, with all proceeds going toward Jemy's surgery. Top Health Fitness Center at the Kaya Nikiboko Nord (towards More4Less) in the “La Hacienda” building— 796-3109 or 786-8908 Fit & Healthy is a program completely under the guidance of a professional. Exercising in a responsible way is guaranteed. The 75-minute program is adequate for all and especially all ages (even 60+). Lose weight, maintain a healthy weight or work on an optimum physical condition. If you are experiencing health problems, like backand knee pain, Fit & Health is right for you. Special attention to a correct posture. What makes Fit & Healthy different from aerobic sessions is that there isn’t any dance choreography, but you get the same weight loss result as from aerobics. Monday, Wednesday & Friday) 8:00am till 9:15 Cost only NAƒ 75/ month **** BRING THIS AD FOR A FREE TRIAL CLASS **** MAKE YOUR BODY YOUR BUSINESS

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 O n Sunday, June 1, Washington Park celebrated its 39th birthday and threw open the gates with free entrance to everyone for the day. The events kicked off at 8 am with guided activities like the Kasikunda climbing trail, the 270foot Kasikunda hill and the Lagadishi walking trail or the 792-foot Brandaris . There were more leisurely activities such as strolling along the walking trails or a guided tour through the museum. There was free transportation to Slagbaai for those who wanted to swim or snorkel. Recently the roads have been restored and are in excellent condition, so even regular cars can drive in the Park. Festive activities centered at the Visitor Center at the entrance to the Park with treasure hunts, painting and coloring projects for the kids. There was live music from TutiFruti and Sebari and the folk dancing group of kids, Rikesa di Rincon . Representatives of the weekly Rincon Market set up their stands with gifts, hand crafts, plants, local food, BBQ, cakes, homemade candies and cookies. Next year, 2009 will be a special year, with a very special celebration, since the Washington Slagbaai National Park will celebrate its 40th anniversary and the Bonaire National Marine Park its 30th anniversary. For more information visit the STINAPA website; www.stinapa.org . L.D. Byron Tromp and Arthur Sealy inaugurated the First Washington Park Birthday Celebration Walk from the Stadium to the Washington Park entrance that Sunday . “We left at 5 am and got here at 8:15 am 3 hours and 15 minutes,” the dynamic duo announced proudly. “We’ve been training since January and we did the Special Olympics Walkathon. Now we’re preparing for the Four Days of Bonaire Walk at the end of July where we do 25 kilometers a day for four days.” These gu ys must be in good shape because they were very relaxed and animated by the time we ran into them having refreshments at the Park’s Visitor Center Bar later in the morning. Way to go, guys! Ranger Angelo Dovale danced with his wife, Rejeanne Rikesa di Rincon perfor med folkloric dancing for an enthusiastic crowd One of the several interactive exhibits at the Museum attract the kids’ attention.

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 neighborhoods of Bonaire. They set up a committee that on a regular basis organized meetings in the different neighborhoods to acquaint the people with the aspects of the work of a community center. In May 1972, four years after the first presentation of the idea, the buildings of the community centers of Tera Kòrá, Nikiboko, Antriol, and Nort di Saliña were dedicated. The Dutch economy is expected to weather the current global financial turmoil fairly well and will continue to outpace growth in the rest of the European Union, according to a report by the International Monetary Fund. The IMF maintained earlier forecasts of 2.1% in 2009. A major power outage at a facility in Steenrijk, Curaçao, crippled United Telecommunications Services (UTS) network services throughout the Caribbean last week, disrupting phone service in Bonaire and elsewhere, and severely affecting commercial banking. It was UTS’s largest wide-scale service disruption in almost five years. The last similarly prolonged disruption occurred in 2003. Nearly 200 countries agreed on Friday to a moratorium on projects to fight climate change by adding nutrients to the seas to spur growth of carbonabsorbing algae. The surprise deal followed 12 days of haggling at the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity conference, halting the controversial plans for “ocean fertilization which has unknown risks.” Those in favor say it could be a new weapon to fight global warming. It would also have led to the disappearance of coral reefs which are already suffering from more acidic seas. The Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles last Monday approved amendments to the penal code concerning punishment for terrorist activities, funding of terrorism and money laundering . The Island Government of Bonaire has added several price controlled products to its list to help stop the spiraling cost of food. Newly included are: oatmeal, cornflakes, toothpaste, tooth brushes, mouthwash, shampoo, detergent, scrubbing powder/ crème, dishwashing liquid, cleaning products, bleach, baby articles and toilet paper. The Inspectorate of Public Health noted that markets in the Netherlands Antilles are flooded with food products that do not comply with the labeling standards required by the Regulation on Food Labeling which mandates that consumer goods be labeled in Dutch, Papiamentu, English or Spanish. Marugia Janga, Island Council Member, has been made chairperson for the Partido Demokrátiko Boneriano (PDB). She is she is the first woman to serve as chair of the PDB. A new parish house for the Rincon Catholic Church will cost NAƒ 150.000 . Of this, the Netherlands will provide NAƒ40.000. The remaining NAf110,000 will have to be raised by its parishioners. Venezuela fired several missiles in the nearby Caribbean last Friday in a display of military strength at a time of tense relations between Washington and the leftist government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Five Russian Sukhoi fighter jets swooped over the military base on the island of La Orchila, dropping a 1,000 lb. bomb and firing a KH59 missile at a seaborne target. A patrol boat fired an Otomat surface-to-surface missile at the same target. The Pentagon has decided to reactivate the US Navy’s Fourth Fleet in the Caribbean, Central and South America . It’s a move that has already stirred controversy within the wider region. The fleet will start patrolling in July and will answer to the US Southern Command in Miami. About 11 vessels are currently under the Southern Command, . The Navy plans to assign a nuclear-powered air craft carrier, USS George Washington , to the force. The last time the Fourth Fleet was activated was in response to Nazi submarines in WWII. AWC (Antillean Wine Company’s last wine-tasting of the season will be on Saturday June 14th at Kaya Industria 23 from 7 until 9pm. It’s NAf20 per person for six to eight wines. Get wine educated and have fun too. On Tuesday, May 20, after more than two years of work by Bonaire building contractor Donny Winklaar and crew, lovely new villas were unveiled at the Caribbean Club Bonaire . Guests were invited for the official presentation by owner Ronald. Gravesteijn. Henk Roozendaal, popular local artist, presented a painting for the honeymoon suite. There are seven identical two-bedroom villas and a Jacuzzi-equipped honeymoon suite. The Caribbean Club also has some great specials for this summer. During the months July and August when you book a 1bedroom cottage you will only have to pay the price of Studio Garden View, only $60 per night. This is a weekly saving of $210. Also when booking a car with Caribbean Club during your stay you will receive a free Tusa Snorkel Set (retail value of $47.50) Other conditions apply. Contact reservations @caribbeanclubbonaire.com or call 599 717-5489. Bonaire Dive into Summer 2008 will hold its International Year Of The Reef Week, June 21-28, to be hosted by the Sand Dollar Condominium Resorts focusing on Bonaire’s role as a world leader in marine conservation. The week will feature dives and seminars with Jan and Alexandra Cousteau of EarthEcho International; REEF fish count dives and snorkels with Bonaire’s own naturalist Jerry Ligon ; interactive workshops with Bryan Dias from the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL); and a parade and “Taste of Bonaire” food festival at Wilhelmina Park . Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino is once again hosting the Handicapped Scuba Association for their annual dive trip to Bonaire. This year’s visit is set for August 9-16 and is the group’s 24th annual excursion to the resort. For able-bodied divers looking to do some good while on vacation, a dive buddy training course will be held at the hotel on August 6-8. The Bonairiaan Restaurant, run by teens in training from the Stitchting Project, will be closed until mid-August, according to Project Director Mick Smit. The colorfully decorated restaurant on Kaya J. A. Abraham #27 was open on Thursdays and Fridays serving coffee, teas and homemade snacks, but the extensive roadwork made it difficult to operate and attract customers. We look forward to the reopening and the extended menu of homemade goodies. Toastmasters, International, on Bonaire is looking for English speakers. Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization, was begun in 1924 in Santa Ana, California, at the YMCA. Today there are more than 226,000 members in 11,500 clubs in 92 countries, of which Bonaire is one. Three years ago a group on Bonaire started the first Toastmasters club, “Flamingo Toastmasters,” which was soon followed by two more, “Wayaka” and “Sentibibu.” The clubs have been very successful in this short time, with a total of more than 70 members on the island. Now there have been requests for one in English. Why is Toastmasters so successful here? According to member, Lucia Beck, “We don’t just give speeches! Toastmasters develops competent leaders and communicators with communication, listening and time management skills for example, how to lead, persuade and it even works with your kids. As one of the leaders explained, ‘It teaches you how to send someone to Hell and they look forward to the trip!’ All the advice we get is diplomatic and very positive,” Beck says, “and sometimes we have to give an impromptu speech, like ‘Why is the Sky Blue?’ Volunteer instructors come to help us from Curaçao and have trained local mentors. Sherwin Pourier of RBTT Bank is our head here, and D’arcy Lopez from Curaçao, who has the title, ‘Distinguished Toastmaster,’ is the founder of the Caribbean District. We have four speeches per meeting and we meet twice a month, for exactly two hours. Right now Papiamentu is the main language but we may present in Dutch or English.” Lucia continues, “ But the new group will be totally in English. There needs to be at least 20 to set up a club. Interestingly, there is an English-speaking Toastmasters club in Curaçao and all its members are local people! New members pay NAƒ 135 to join, and NAƒ 35 a month. That includes the Competent Communicator manual, pins for each step, information from leaders who are easy to reach. Only requirement is that members be 18 or above.” For more information and/or to sign up, call Lucia Beck at 7962953 or Sherwin Pourier at 5115220. They have a website: FlamingoToastmastersClub@yahoo.co m or WWW.Toastmasters.org . . News flash: Interiyours, the furniture and antiques emporium on the dirt road behind Warehouse Bonaire, has just received and unpacked a 40-foot container of unique and beautiful things for the home direct from Bal i. Two weeks earlier they got a container from China as well. But when the word gets out customers gather round and often buy things as they get unloaded so visit soon. Interiyours is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm; Saturdays until 1 pm. Tel. 717-5449. To celebrate the second printing of her book, Sailing and Cooking Throughout the Caribbean , author Saskia Romeijn Vermeer, will hold a book signing at Addo’s Books and Toys on Kaya Grandi next Thursday, June 19, from 5 to 8 pm . She promises live classical piano music and some samples of snacks from the recipes in her book. Valerie’s Airport Shop, operated for over 20 years by Paul and Maria Maduro, was taken over on June 1st by Jan Kees and Petra den Hartog. Valerie’s Airport Shop, a stalwart supporter of The Bonaire Reporter , is open long hours and is known as the place where you can almost always find the special something you are searching for. Welcome to new advertiser, Top Health Bonaire. Staffed by a professional it’s now open for morning classes, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 8 to 9:15 am. Cost is NAƒ 75 per month. Come for a free trial class. Other classes are in the evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The fitness center is located on Kaya Nikiboko Nord in the La Hacienda building, near More For Less Supermarket. Call 796-3109 or 7868908. G./L. D. Flotsam and Jetsam (Cont. from page 2) The management of Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) signed a new Collective Labor Agreement (CLA) last Thursday with ABVO Civil Servants Union. TCB Director Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes and ABVO President Roland Ignacio signed the new CLA in the presence of TCB personnel. (TCB photo) One of the most popular fitness events in the world is the Nijmegen, Holland “Vierdaagse” four-day walk through Holland. Now a former Bonaire resident, Corah Perret Gentil, has organized a similar four-day event in Bonaire at the end of July. During the four days walkers, runners or bike riders will travel for 105 km, covering about 25 km/day. The event appears to be well organized with overnight camping at the intermediate stops. The cost to enter is NAƒ 100 per person with free participation for special groups. The event will benefit The Center for Children in Poverty Foundation. We will provide more information as the event nears. AP photo

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 P eter Siberie is well known for his time in politics as a deputy on the Island Council representing the Democratic (Red) Party since 2003. He achieved many things during those years, but today he feels that outside of politics he can also get direct results in his work with young people on Bonaire. When his political responsibilities as a member of the Island Council ended, he asked himself what he could do for the community directly. He wanted to find a way to reach out to young kids, to inspire them and transform their attitude towards life. He is a passionate sportsman, active in many sports, but practicing karate has become a way of life for him. Karate is based on ancient concepts of martial arts. Besides karate Peter developed his own system of Tae-Bo when he studied in Holland. This came about when “heavy metal” music was played during the karate warm up. This was in the 80s, and it was a totally new concept to begin a class this way. He really liked it the beat, the dynamic energyand brought heavy metal tapes with him to Bonaire when he moved back here to give karate classes. The traditional art of karate is very strict and static, but his psychological approach led him to make certain changes and initiate movements following his intuition from Tae-Bo. The movements build up the muscles, especially the heart muscle, increasing physical strength and mental power. Karate is not just a “fighting” sport. That’s only a small part of the discipline. There are both physical and mental aspects, and the mental part rules the physical part. Peter explains that if we practice and increase our mental abilities, our physical abilities will improve as well. We then learn to direct our focus and concentration on what we want to achieve. We learn to find a balance between our minds and our bodies and it changes our way of living our lives. We are much more in control because becoming aware of what we do, why we do it, and how we can do it becomes a way to live consciously. The ultimate goal is an inner peace, from which we draw to interact with others. There are more ways to reach a peaceful inner state of being. Tai-Chi and yoga for example share similar principles: using the Chi (life energy) in a conscious way gives us the experience of being the directors of our lives. Peter’s classes also include a meditation as a discipline in concentration and focus, a practice shared by many other disciplines. He bases his teachings to the kids (from 6 years up) on three principles; Respect, Discipline and Endurance. Through practicing these qualities, children can build character. The guidance he gives the children isn’t just about teaching the physical training. He also guides them through personal fears and obstacles they may encounter as well. He notices when someone needs his attention regarding personal matters. He takes them aside if they need to ventilate their problems and often he takes time to initiate a collective “sharing.” If their school results are disappointing, Peter sees this as an opportunity for a more in-depth talk with them. The longer the kids practice their training, the more they achieve the result of being more in touch with themselves. “It’s often a subtle process,” Peter says, “but it is obvious to me and to others in their environment.” He gives an example of a boy who refused to have any contact with his father, although he suffered because of it. Now, his self-confidence has improved to the point that he has restored the contact and he and his father have become very close friends. The fact that more boys than girls are participating in his trainings, Peter explains, may be the image of karate, which often is a misconception. The “attack” and “defense” elements of the sport are metaphors for the Chi (life) energy: opposite forces going outwards and going inward. One doesn’t exist without the other. By making oneself aware of this dual force, one is able to direct it consciously. Peter hopes that his students will integrate this ability further into their lives. Especially during puberty they’ll need to rely on their own inner strength. “By using their physical training and mental training, they experience what I am talking about and it becomes a way of life,” he says. “I am talking from my own experience.” Some time ago he volunteered to give kick boxing classes to some students of the SGB where many of the students were having all kinds of problems. He was concerned that the physical condition of Bonaire youth in general was rather poor. He organized a group of students, and his own challenge was not to lose even one of them. After three weeks of intensive training he saw changes. The students were more alive and much more motivated to use their newly discovered energies in a constructive way. On several occasions the group went to Curaçao to compete in international competitions. Peter is still in contact with many of them who are now studying in Holland. “I like to use reverse psychology,” he explains, “I don’t talk about what is wrong; I just take the situation as it is and try to make changes.” Normally he won’t even explain or talk about his philosophy. “It’s better not to. Just let people experience it. Talking about it often causes resistance.” During his classes Peter is really strict with the kids, but as a life coach and friend he is warm and (Continued on page 7) “I like to use reverse psychology. I don’t talk about what is wrong; I just take the situation as it is and try to make changes.” Peter Silberie

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 J ong Bonaire’s fund raising Sixth Mini Fun Triathlon last Sunday brought out 69 participants of all ages – from young teens to 66 years! There were allkid teams, mixed kid-adult teams, all-men, allwomen or mixedsex teams. It was a family affair with nonparticipating family members cheering on their favorite, shooting photos or running after them to give them water. The Jong Bonaire team, with Chief of Competition, Franklin “Paco” Veeris, went all out to put on a very professional, well-run event. There was plenty of water, juice, oranges to keep the athletes hydrated and a nutritious meal afterwards. Times were kept – to the second – and just a short time after the last to finish the awards ceremony was held with the final results – to a standing room only audience. The Triathlon consisted of swimming, biking and running in two categories: recreational (fun) and professional. The distances are as follows: Recreational (Fun) 850 meters swimming, 11.6 kilometers biking, and 5 kilometers running. Professional 1500 meters swimming, 23.2 kilometers biking, and 10 kilometers running. Results are as follows: Female Pro : 1-Annemiek LeNoble; 2-Maria Schuttpelz Male Pro: 1-Dirk Jan (DJ) Methorst; 2-Marcel Leurs Relay Pro: 1-Rhian Evans, Sam Williams, Rowan Martin; 2-Mireille Boom, Monica Schr euders, Annette van Rooyen Female Fun : 1Simone Sweers Male Fun :1Bruce Brabec (Bruce was first in this division last year); 2 -Daniel DeAnda Kids Fun : 1Manuel DeLima; 2Asdrubal Marcano Relay Fun : 1-Pam Werdath, Peter Werdath, Musha Ruiter; 2-Thasjana Rosaria, Julius Melaan, Gilbert Seraus Relay Kids Fun : 1-Timoty Vaseur, Philip Winkel, Vernon Kromhout; 2-Bryan Bart Shodryon Jeanty, Ricky Alberto Relay Mix : 1-Nicola Diamondaras, Ragenio Josephia, Arreau martina; 2-George DeSalvo, Enrique Vasquez, Naldo Frans L.D. Relay Fun competitors: Julius Melaan, Thasjana Rosario and Gilbert Seraus The Jong Bonaire organize rs put on a super event. Female Fun winner Simone Sweers jumps the finish line. Luis and Asdrubal Marcano both competed in all 3 events. Relay Fun winners: Musha Ruiter, Peter Werdath and pam Werdath-Tietel and assorted childern

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 Crime Wave T his is an issue that most of us don’t like to talk about, but can we close our eyes to the reality? Crime is increasing here on Bonaire. Most people you ask about crime say that although you might feel safe at a certain point the crime wave is picking up. We have to remember that Bonaire is part of a world infested with crime, so it can happen to us too. Everybody is complaining about it, from young ones to older people. A schoolboy (19) complained that his laptop was stolen from his dining room. A hard working mother (42) bought a brand new car and the four wheel covers were stolen and to buy the same brand new ones will cost her more than NAƒ 400. Others said their bikes were stolen, even their dog, and we can mention even more. Our tourists are very concerned about this matter, but one question the local people have is what the government is going to do about it. “But our economy is causing all these problems,” said a young woman (30) who is working and earning a minimum wage. She said, “Prices go up and cause inflation, and whenever there is inflation crime goes up. You don’t know how it is to get up in the morning and think what you are going to feed your children before they go to school. Sometimes they have to skip school because there is not enough food in the house. Ho w can they pay attention in school and keep up with their homework? Desperation can make them do anything. It can make them get involved with gangs, robbing people and other problems. Fortunately my children have not gone that far, but I’m really afraid of what can happen to them or to any other child in the same situation. I raise my children with love and understanding for the situation. But who can do something about it? For me it is the government and all the institutions involved in this matter. We need to get up and do something about it. The political parties have to stop fighting and remember that they themselves can be a victim of crime. They sometimes are too involved in their own political anxieties and forget about those who voted for them. We have to unite and stop crime.” Others said our economy depends on a large percentage on tourism. What will happen if the tourists stop coming because of the crime wave? What then? Some tourists coming to Bonaire don’t wear rose-colored glasses. They are pretty much alert as to what is going on in their surroundings. They are concerned about the local people who live here and how the local police and government are performing on the island. If things get worse where does the Bonairean go from here? This is a world crisis. Someone who’s involved in tourism (52) said, “I’m bombarded with a lot of questions every day and sometimes I don’t know what to say. I love my island and want to protect it from all negative thoughts. But we can’t be blind because we are living in the reality of a crime wave. You have to be very tactful in your answer, not to hurt our island. I believe that the political parties and the Lt. Governor have to sit together and see how they are going to solve this problem. It’s not easy to get rid of crime, but you still can minimize it. We have to start at the root of crime and not just take it superficially, otherwise we’ll be seeing a continual increase in the crime rate. Our governmental institutions are doing a lot, in schools and with the surveys given to homes in the barios, which is educational. We can’t stay at the technical level, we have to put the practical things into action. The Bonaireans talk so they should be listening.” You and I are prone to be a victim of this crime wave, so just be alert and take precautions and do not expose your valuable things. Siomara E. Albertus Send your comments to The Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, or email reporter @bonairenews.com. Bonairean Voices is sponsored by With 4 branches and 10 ATMs located throughout the island and our Internet Banking, MCB@Home, at your service anytime, any day, anywhere. friendly. Again, these opposites can exist because one can’t exist without the other. His classes are growing. His wife and Tuki are helping him. His wife especially has become an important support for him. Tuki assists as well, so in spite of the growing number of students they will get their individual attention during the training. His classes are being given in Jong Bonaire every Monday through Thursday evenings at 7 pm. The TaeBo classes are available to grownups as well. Photos & story by Lousie Rood Profiles (Continued from page 5) To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle wit hout repeating a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. Answer on page 12. Supplied by Molly Bartikoski-Kearney S even employees who have been dedicated to Divi Flamingo Resort for over 100 years (combined) were honored last week. These people represent Di ving, Housekeeping, F & B, and Maintenance, who continue to bring service and product and a BIG Smile to all Divi guests. They are: Luis Boekhoudt, 25 years; Louisa Soliano, 20 years; Violita Ma rtina, 20 years; Gerardus Joosten, 15 years; Serge de Groote, 10 years; Candida Cicilia, 5 years and Abdala Jean Charles, 5 years. Divi General Manager Sara Matera (left) and Human Resources Manager Marelva Soliano (right) with the group. Press release

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 SCOOTER & BIKE SALES & REPAIR Peugeot, Kymco Loekie, Giant Gazelle Brands Parts and accessories for any brand scooter or bike Bike Clothes for Everyone Kaya Grandi #61 Across from INPO Open: 8:30-12:30, 2:00-5:30 Owner Operated freewieler@flamingotv.net From Bonaire Nautico Marina BONAIRE NAUTICO MARINA At It Rains Fishes Restaurant Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399 www.bonairenauticomarina /VHF 68 info@bonairenauticomarina.com Water/115/220V & Cable TV Dinghy tie-up at north-inside dock US$10 weekly from Saturday to Saturday. Pay at Kantika di Amor water taxi daily 10 am, 12, 2 pm. Sundays 10 am only. Your boat name will be recorded. THE ONLY WALKON / WALKOFF Catamaran Kantika di Amor NO CLIMBING! Trips daily via resorts at 10 am, 12, 2 pm Except Sunday at 10 am only TRIPS Every Day T he new Second Edition of the Ratzlaff Papiamentu-English Dictionary was launched Tuesday night at a press conference at Jong Bonaire. The author and the board members of presented copies to key government officials at the event. Jong Bonaire, in an agreement with the Trans World Radio Dictionary Foundation, has had the book updated and has reprinted this Second Edition of the dictionary as a fund-raising effort for the Jong Bonaire afterschool program for teens. Any profit from the sales of the dictionary will go to help fund activities for the youth center and also toward future reprinting of the dictionary so that it will never become unavailable again. Jong Bonaire also announced its School Dictionary Program during the press conference. Companies and organizations that wish to donate copies of the dictionary to a school can purchase 20 or more copies at a discounted price of NAƒ 60 for schools. The donated dictionaries will be delivered to any school in the ABC Islands chosen by the company, along with a letter notifying the school of the gift and the donor. Serapio Pop from Scholengemeenschap Bonaire (SGB) high school received the first donation of dictionaries from Evert Piar of Maduro & Curiel’s Bank Bonaire and also from Bonaire Rotary. MCB will be donating 20 dictionaries to schools on Bonaire, and their sister bank, Caribbean Mercantile Bank N.V in Aruba will also donate 20 dictionaries. VIP.com, an online company in Curaçao purchased 100 books to donate to schools in Curaçao and KPMG will donate another 50 dictionaries in Curaçao. Companies or organizations who wish to participate in the School Dictionary Program can send an e-mail to schools@papiamentudictionary.com along with their name, address and contact information so that someone can get back to them to complete the donation. “This dictionary is an important tool for people who speak Papiamentu as well as English speakers who want to learn the language,” said Jong Bonaire board member Alex Senchi during the launch. “It helps capture and preserve the Papiamentu language and also helps promote its use. As more companies, governmental agencies and organizations deal with the European Union, this dictionary should prove extremely helpful,” Board member Rene Hakkenberg added. “Stichting Jeugdwerk Jong Bonaire is very proud to play a role in the return of this important book, especially since its author, Betty Ratzlaff-Henriquez, has spent so many of her years in the Antilles working with youth projects,” said Senchi. On Bonaire, copies will be available at Addo’s Bookstore and Flamingo Bookstore on Kaya Grandi and Bonaire Chat ‘n Browse at the Sand Dollar Shopping Center. The dictionary will also be for sale in Curaçao and Aruba. Retail price of the dictionary will be $45 (or NAƒ 80.) This Second Edition of the Papiamentu-English Dictionary has been printed on slightly lighter paper in an effort to keep printing and shipping costs low. As a result, the book can be sold at close to the same price as 10 years ago. For people not living on the ABC islands, the book is also available on-line at http:// www.papiamentudicitonary.com The price on-line is also US $45 but buyers must also pay shipping and handling costs when they order on line. The return of this important dictionary has been a combined effort between Jong Bonaire, Trans World Radio and Mike Gaynor of Bonaire Chat ‘n Browse, who pushed for the return of the book and will manage the sales effort. Some of the changes in the Second Edition include the addition of over 100 words that were missing from the original version of the Dictionary. There is also a new section that explains some of the differences between the Papiamentu of Aruba and that of Bonaire and Curaçao. The biographical information on the author has been updated and information on the new sponsor of the dictionary, Jong Bonaire, is also included. This new version also has a divider page between the Papiamentu and English sections. This means that users will not have to turn the book upside down to switch from one section to the other. From the author “I see more and more English speakers moving to the islands who want to learn Papiamentu,” says the author Betty Ratzlaff -Henriquez. “I think that is just great. It is the best way to be part of the culture.” Her commitment to the Papiamentu language began in 1949 when she arrived in Aruba as one of the first youth workers in the organization known as TEAM. Intensive study in the first year along with daily contact with Antilleans gave her the basics of the language. Betty Ratzlaff-Henriquez started collecting and defining Papiamentu words in 1958 while teaching Papiamentu on Aruba. She began work on the First Edition of this dictionary in 1985 when she was working for Trans World Radio and teaching the TWR staff the language. TWR created a foundation and published the dictionary in 1992. In addition to her language contributions, the author is also well known in the Antilles for her camping ministry for youth which began in 1960. In 1964 she founded Centro Juvenil Washington in Aruba. Recognition for this work was made in 1979 when she received the Woman of the Year award by the five major newspapers. In 1997 she retired and returned to her native Canada but she did not leave the Antilles behind. A year later she married Bicento Henriquez, a life-long family friend who had lost his wife of more than 50 years. Since then Betty and Bicento have lived in both Aruba and Canada, but at the end of April 2008 they packed up and returned to Aruba where most of Bicento’s children and grand children live. Since their marriage, Betty and Bicento have worked together on a number of projects including the revisions and additions to this Second Edition of the Papiamentu/ English Dictionary. Other projects include publishing a collection of inspirational writings by Bicento with illustrations by Betty. They have also launched a website for their inspirational writings, inviting visitors to read, comment, and post questions at: www.bbhenriquez.blogspot.com Betty has also written a book in the Papiamentu language entitled Centro Juvenil Washington – 1965-1995. 30 Aña di Historia. This book about the Aruba youth center can be ordered online at bvratzlaff@gmail.com with CJW30 in the “subject line.” Jong Bonaire is an after-school program for teenagers, which has been in operation since 1999, providing a safe, structured environment for the island’s high school students. Building self-esteem, selfconfidence and self-discipline are three important goals of Jong Bonaire. Activities at Jong Bonaire include help with homework, computers, sports, drama, community involvement, drug prevention, arts and crafts, music and many others. For more information about Jong Bonaire, call 7174303 or e-mail: manager@jongbonaire.org Alan Gross/Jane Townsend After more than five years out of print, the Ratzlaff Papiamentu-English Dictionary is once again on the market… and in a very special way

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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 ROCARGO SERVICES, N.V. International Freight (Car) BV The ONLY company offering direct weekly consolidation services from Europe/Holland to Bonaire www.ifc-consolidators.nl Jupiterweg 1A (Ecopark) 4761 RW Moerdijk, Holland Tel 31-(0) 168-40-94 94 Fax 31-(0) 168-40 94 70 Offering DAILY Express Services from and to Bonaire For shipment tracking www.fedex.com The World On Time Kaya Industria 12, KralendijkBonaire—N.A. 717-8922 FAX 717-5791 Email:info@rocargo.com Amcar Freight, Inc. The ONLY company offering direct weekly consolidation services from Miami, USA to Bonaire www.amcarfreight.com 7860 N.W. 80th Street Medley, Florida 33166 Tel. (305) 599-8866 Fax (305) 599-2808 For All Your Shipping Needs Full service door to door by air and by sea. Customs clearance, transportation, warehousing. International and local relocation. Packing material in stock. Qualified and professional personnel. Timely, accurate and reliable ISO 9001: 2000 Certified T he popular PapiamentuEnglish Dictionary by Betty Ratzlaff-Henriquez has been out of print for a number of years even though there has been a constant demand for it. The original publisher and owner of the copyright, Trans World Radio Dictionary Foundation, was looking for an organization to handle the reprinting because of their reduced personnel on Bonaire. Stichting Jeugdwerk Jong Bonaire saw this as an opportunity to help preserve the dictionary and also to raise funds for its afterschool program for teens on Bonaire. A large portion of the income from sales will go to Jong Bonaire for this purpose. Another large portion will be set aside to be used for future reprinting of the dictionary so that it remains an important part of preserving the language. Jong Bonaire is committed to the use and preservation of the Papiamentu language, which is the primary language of the youth center. It is used for all the teen programs and activities as well as staff and bestuur meetings. Any nonAntillean staff member must learn the language to be able to work at the center. Jong Bonaire and its members are also active participants in the Arte di Palabra competitions in Papiamentu, which are held each year on Curaçao. Several of the youth center members have brought home prizes for their performances in the competitions which celebrate the language. Jong Bonaire has had the dictionary redesigned with a new cover by Bart Landheer, a frequent donor and volunteer with Jong Bonaire. Landheer, who is a designer and photographer, spends about half his time on Bonaire. He has also created a website for the new dictionary: www.papiamentudictionary.com The Jong Bonaire organization also worked with the author to revise and update parts of the dictionary and then arranged for the printing. Administration of the project will be handled by the youth center’s bookkeeping staff who will work with Bonaire Chat ‘n Browse to fulfill orders. About Jong Bonaire Jong Bonaire is an after-school program for teenagers which has been in operation since 1999 providing a safe, structured environment for the island’s high school students. The center has a staff of eight professionals and a corps of part-time workers and volunteers to provide an effective ratio of staff to youth. This investment in a professional staff allows Jong Bonaire to dependably serve the teens and their families with a wide variety of programs. Building self-esteem, selfconfidence and self-discipline are three important goals of Jong Bonaire. Activities at Jong Bonaire include help with homework, computers, sports, drama, community involvement, drug prevention, arts and crafts, music and many others. The scuba diving certification program is just one activity that helps prepare teens for job opportunities in the Bonaire economy. Another group is learning about nutrition and how to prepare food. Other members are exploring the possibility of one day becoming a nurse. Members of Club Sosial spend time at the old people’s home and hospital helping the patients and nurses. Others help at the local animal shelter, feeding and bathing the animals. The teens are learning to volunteer and to give back to their community while they explore possible career options. The sports program is an essential part of the effort to build selfconfidence, discipline and teamwork. With two full-time sports leaders the center organizes teams in several sports and conducts competitions. Positive Discipline is the operating principle of Jong Bonaire. It is a system that rewards and reenforces good behavior. The young people soon learn that they get more attention for positive behavior than for negative actions. All programs are designed to build and to maintain links between the center and the families. Throughout the year, parent nights and family activities are held to help strengthen family ties. The need for donations is ongoing since the staff and Board of Directors make every effort to assure that no teen is excluded for economic reasons. If a parent is unable to pay the modest monthly dues, sponsors are found so that the teens can continue as members. Because the average member contribution is less than NAƒ l 15 ($8) per month, the center can not support itself with membership dues alone and must rely on outside donors for the bulk of its funding. The Island Government of Bonaire contributes approximately 30% of the Operating Budget. Another 35% is provided by AMFO. The Foundation must raise the other third of the operating budget every year through grants and corporate or individual contributions plus local fundraising activities, parents’ contributions, and rental of the facility. Jong Bonaire Kaya Simon. Bolivar 16 Kralendijk, Bonaire Netherlands Antilles tel: +599-717-4303 fax: +599717-6467 manager@jongbonaire.org www.jongbonaire.org . Alan Gross/Jane Townsend Jong Bonaire Scuba Class

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 BONAIRE’S FIRST BONAIRE’S FIRST AUTHENTIC ARGENTINIAN GRILL AUTHENTIC ARGENTINIAN GRILL Dinner starting at 6:00P.M Open everyday Find us ONE Block South of Post Office RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Call: 717-4433 Website: www.restaurantcasablanca.com New name Same location Interiyours Open non-stop Tuesday Friday From 9-6, Sat. to 1 P a y u s a v i s i t / N e w f u r n i t u r e a l w a y s a r r i v i n g ! I t’s going to be a big party at the Holland clubhouse in Le Flamboyant during the upcoming EK soccer. At least that’s what it looks like. They painte d the whole place orange, hung up big TV screens and they’ll give free Polar beer away after each goal the Dutch team makes. They will also have a barbeque for NAƒ 15 p/p. If this isn’t enough you can become a member for NAƒ 25,and win lots of great pri zes. Holland beat Italy in their first game, so things look good for the Oranje. Photos & story by Dennis Lensink European Championship Soccer 2008 preliminary, quarter, semifinals and the final match will be shown at many bars and hotels through the month of June. Enjoy the camaraderie. A nnouncing the birth of Great Granddaughter Alex Charles Barlass, born June 1, 2008, at Holland Hospital in Holland, Michigan. She was 5 pounds, 4 ounces and 18 inches long She gurgles like a true SCUBA diver! Proud Parents: Kayla Kohnely & Derek Barlass Sharon Barlass O n May 1, Bertica Frans, celebrated 30 years of service at MCB Bonaire. During her career she held various positions in the bank. She began as a secretarial assistant to Evert Piar (in the photo with Bertica) at the time when the bank had only 12 persons. During the last four years she’s been part of the on-line banking team. The bank honored her with a dinner attended by her family and colleagues at It Rains Fishes restaurant as well as the customary envelope. MCB release HollandHuis Sponsors

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 Kaya A. Emerenciana 4D Next to China Nobo The Friendliest Restaurant on Bonaire. In Bonaire’s “hill country” 10 minutes north of town Every Tuesday an all you can eat BBQ for $15.—. On Friday Creole buffet for $15.—. All other nights a la carte dining Daily Happy Hour from 5pm till 6pm And on Tuesday a special from 5pm till 7pm Hilltop Restaurant at Caribbean Club Bonaire At the start of the scenic road to Rincon. Tel 717-7901 E-mail: greenlabel@telbonet.an Garden Design Construction Maintenance Garden Shop Irrigation needs Fertilizers Mulch Insecticides Ant killer Herbs Holiday gifts Kaya Industria, Behind TIS 717-8310, 566-6033, Fax 717-3720 Mega Garden Center Open every Weekday Also Open Saturdays 9 to 1 Choose from 460 different types of plants Sunbelt Realty N.V. Kaya L.D. Gerharts 8 717 65 60 info@sunbelt.an|www.sunbelt.an B onaire has the reputation of being the cleanest island in the Caribbean. This is due in no small part to the efforts of Selibon, the island’s waste management privatized company. In recent weeks they have been very active. Last week Selibon’s Environmental Police uncovered an illegal operation that could have affected the health of the island’s food shoppers. A pickup truck was intercepted leaving the landfill full of food and beverages that had been discarded because they were out-of-date or otherwise defective. The goods were intended for resale in local groceries. According to Selibon’s PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lucia Martinez-Beck, the landfill now has a scale to weigh incoming trucks with trash in order to determine the dumping fee . It will be installed soon. However, twice a month the landfill will be open, free, to private, non-commercial people to dump. There are plans to segregate areas of the landfill for different types of trash: paper, glass, metal, etc. The neighborhood cleanup and educational campaign in Rincon was a success and has resulted in more and more of the public acting as watchdogs for illegal dumping. Every house was given a flyer about waste management and the fines for anyone caught dumping in the wrong places. Students from Jong Bonaire made 10 signs placed at illegal dumping spots, saying, “Stop – Don’t Throw Trash Here . There is a NAƒ 5.000 fine!” Two young men driving around the mundi saw guys dumping trash, took photos with their cell phone of them and their license plate and notified Selibon. The perpetrators were caught, charged and fined. People and organizations having an event in a public place must give a deposit ahead of time which will be refunded after the event if the area has been cleaned up . Selibon is taking steps with DEZA to ask for a deposit from construction companies , the amount to be determined by the cost of the construction. The same will apply. They get the deposit back if they clean up. On June 16 a company from Curaçao will come with a crusher and take away 1,500 derelict cars – from the landfill, the streets and the mondi as well as the mountain of scrap metal from BOPEC and WEB behind Consales Cash and Carry that a Venezuelan company used to store the scrap to ship off island. They did take some but left most of it. The Curaçao company will be working on the island, gathering the cars and the scrap for about two weeks. They will then ship it off island, possibly to China. L.D. Pickup with expired food that was to be sold Selibon Photo

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 AIRLINES Divi Divi Air. Bonaire’s “on time airline” with 16 flights a day between Bonaire and Curaçao. Your first choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba. APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS City Shop , the mega store, has the island’s widest selection of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and instore financing too. BANKS Maduro and Curiel’s Bank provides the greatest number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They also offer investments and insurance. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing and professional nail care. BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Professional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes. Have your keys made here. CELLULAR SERVICE Mio offers by far the clearest, most phone reliable signal on the island. And their personnel are trained and friendly. Check out their unlimited calling plan. DIVING Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining the highest professional standards. In town at City Café and at Eden Beach. FITNESS Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels. Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center Modern workout rooms and machines, professional trainers and low prices make it easy to lose weight and get fit. FURNITURE, ANTIQUES Interiyours— New name, same owner and location. Has lots of beautiful, often one-of-a-kind furniture, antiques, crafts and accessories from mainland China and Indonesia. GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria. PHOTO FINISHING Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and services. Full digital services . PHOTO SERVICES Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Underwater photo classes, camera rental, digital processing, all state of the art! REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS Caribbean Homes, “the Refreshing Realtor,” specializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property management. Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices in real estate—International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to local community. List your house with them to sell fast. Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and see them. Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling your home. RESORTS & ACTIVITIES Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and exploration. Full service dive shop and photo shop too. RETAIL Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women and children. Best Buddies and Pearls —Stunning fresh water pearl jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful service, free gift wrap. Valerie’s Airport Shops — Convenient shopping for unique items, magazines, gifts and more. Open extended hours. SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent. What would we do without their superb services? SUPERMARKETS Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria— Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selection and lowest prices on the island. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy . Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp WINES Antillean Wine Company. You’ve tried the rest; now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday 9 am12 noon. Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Reporter are included in the guides. Free! RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES Balashi Beach Bar Bar and Beach Service At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Open every day 8am 8pm. Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm. On the beach ambiance Extensive snack/salad/burger menu available daily from noon. Bella Vista Restaurant, Buddy’s Pool Bar Sea Side at Buddy Dive Resort 717-5080, ext. 538 Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30—10 am . Lunch daily 11:30 Dinner on theme nights 6—10 pm Buddy’s Magnificent Theme Nights : Sat. Steak Night; Mon. “Dive and Dine;” Wed.-“Live Cooking by the Chef s;” Fri. Free Rum Punch Party (5:306:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $19.50 (7-10 pm) Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Rest aurant and Bar At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront 717-8285 Moderate Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 days Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday from 6-9pm. Only NAƒ 28,50 or $16. Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant One block south of the Post Office 717-4433 Moderate Lunch Tues-Sat—11:30-2:30 Dinner 7 nights— starting at 6 pm Indulge your whim—beef se afood, chicken, vegetarian Bonaire’s first Argentine grill Great value anytime. Hilltop Restaurant At the Caribbean Club Bonaire—on the scenic Rincon Road 717-7901 Moderate Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Bar-Restaurant poolside —i n Bonaire’s hill country Frequent Dinner Specials Happy hours 5 to 6 daily, to 7 on Tuesday BBQ night. Pasa Bon Pizza On Kaya Gob. Debrot ½ mile north of town center. 780-1111 Low-Moderate Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Bonaire’s best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. Call ahead to eat-in or take out 780-1111 Philips Cooking and Organizing www.philipscooking.com 701-1100 Personal Chef For Private Dinners, Catering, Part y Snacks and Wedding Services Let Philip do it all Check CARIB INN First. Great Prices –Great Stock Scuba Sales Repair Replacement New Gear Accessories New Sherwood SR1 Regulator $499 Sick of ads that don’t work? Your advertisement can be here and reach thousands of people who are buyers 3,000 copies every issue More than any other Bonaire newspaper Call Laura at 790-6518 Email: info@bonairereporter.com CARIB INN Since 1980 PADI 5 STAR GOLD PALM 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily (next to Divi Flamingo Hotel) SOLUTION TO DO YOU SUDOKU? 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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 16 Flights a day between Bonaire and Curaçao Divi Divi Air Reservations 24 hours a day Call (5999 839-1515) Call (5999 563-1913) Hair Affair We do our best to make your hair and make-up wishes come true!! You can also come in for facials and waxing . We use and sell L’Oreal products Is your plan to marry on the island? We can make you beautiful and stay beautiful for your happiest day. Personal attention by Janneke and Bärbel Appointment by tel: 717-5990 or just walk in. Tues-Fri: 9-12 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) AFFORDABLE NetTech N.V.info@NetTech.an www.NetTech.an Tel:717-6773 Fax:717-7854Bonaire’s Official Web Site Developer!Domain Registrations E-mail Hosting Anti-Spam & Anti-Virus Web Site Design Web Site Hosting Marketing Consulting Internet Consulting Photographic Services Graphic Design Bonaire’s Official Web Site Developer Who’s Who on The Bonaire Reporter Take The Reporter Home—1-year subscription: By mail to US $65; By mail to Europe $130. By Internet $35. For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , PO Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles; phone (599) 790-6518, 786-6125, E-mail: info@bonairereporter.com The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: P. O. Box 407, Bona ire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Published every two weeks Reporters: Siomara Albertus, Sharon Barlass, Allen G. Breed , J@n Brouwer, Caren Eckrich, Alan Gross, Jack Horkheimer, Molly Bartikoski-Kearney, Marcel Leurs, Mary Ann Koops, Dennis Lensink, Jean Pearson, Louise Rood, Michael Thiessen, Jane Townsend. Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elsa Martis (Playa), Housekeeping: JRA. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij, Curaçao ©2008 The Bonaire Reporter DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. ` COEF 6-13 6:51 1.0FT. 10:23 1.0FT. 11:57 1.0FT. 22:00 1.9FT. 44 6-14 7:59 0.9FT. 22:25 2.0FT. 50 6-15 8:44 0.8FT. 22:52 2.0FT. 57 6-16 9:32 0.7FT. 23:23 2.1FT. 63 6-17 10:12 0.7FT. 69 6-18 0:24 2.1FT. 10:44 0.7FT. 74 6-19 0:55 2.0FT. 11:21 0.7FT. 77 6-20 1:26 2.0FT. 11:53 0.7FT. 79 6-21 1:58 1.9FT. 12:17 0.8FT. 79 6-22 2:32 1.8FT. 12:38 0.8FT. 77 6-23 3:12 1.7FT. 12:51 0.9FT. 73 6-24 3:45 1.5FT. 12:46 1.0FT. 67 6-25 3:24 1.4FT. 4:43 1.4FT. 12:25 1.0FT. 20:22 1.5FT. 59 6-26 4:40 1.2FT. 5:49 1.2FT. 12:05 1.0FT. 20:16 1.7FT. 53 6-27 5:47 1.1FT. 7:44 1.1FT. 11:52 1.0FT. 20:36 1.8FT. 51 T he Mariadal Foundation at San Francisco Hospital is offering the opportunity to study for two very useful and needed careers: ziekenverzorger (orderly) and verpleegkundige (nurse). It will take three years to become an orderly (Intermediate Vocational Education level 3) and four years to become a nurse (Intermediate Vocati onal Education level 4). A high school PKL diploma is a prerequisite for the first and a TKL for the second. The first year of both studies is the same. You will have lessons for one week and then work for three weeks, so you will immediately start working at your profession. When you are a certified as an orderly, you may continue to study to become a nurse, which will take another three years. After you have the nurse diploma, you can continue your studies in the Netherlands at the HBOv (School of Higher Vocational Education). The studies will start September first. If you like helping people and you do not mind working at all hours, please contact the following people: Henna Doedel, 7178900 ext 712 or Liana Francees, 717-8900 ext 744. Mary Ann Koops F ollowing the turnover of a NAƒ 10.00 donation from BONHATA, Bonaire’s dive medicine doctor, Dick van der Vaart, said, “I am very proud on the new recompression chamber which we’re installing on Bonaire. It will be the best facility in the Caribbean.” According to Sara Matera, BONHATA President, the donation is in line with its aims of supporting social improvement projects on Bonaire. During the last two years about 400 people were treated in the chamber, not only for decompression sick ness, but also for wound healing. The new chamber will have digital monitoring and be capable of providing pressurization to a depth of 50 meters (165 ft.). After 20 years of operation it was time for a replacement chamber. The Recompression Chamber Foundation which operates and maintains the chamber still needs NAƒ 300.000 to pay for the new equipment. G.D. T here are Tabbies and there are Tabbies. “Felicia,” our Tabby Pet of the Week, is very unusual and special: she loves dogs and is just fascinated by them. How rare is that in a cat? She’s so attractive with her three colors and happy little face. As a very young kitten she had the brains to look for refuge off the streets after she’d been abandoned. But the people whose garden she went to couldn’t keep her so they brought her into the Shelter. Felicia is about eight months old and is very affectionate with people. So if you’re looking for a friendly cat to be friends with your gentle and friendly dog, Felicia is the perfect one. The cat adoption fee of NAƒ 75 includes shots, testing for feline leukemia, worming and sterilization. You may be sure that the animal you adopt from the Bonaire Animal Shelter is in perfect health and is socialized with humans. Speaking of socialization, the volunteers who have been working with the cats have been doing a fantastic job. I’ve never seen so many affectionate cats before. As I entere d the cat cage to take some photos, many of them came running up to me. As I sat in the chair several of them jumped up on me, purring like mad and looking for attention. One of those cats, I learned had been brought in as a wild, scary kitten, terrified of people. But with the love and care of the Shelter staff and volunteers that cat is now one of the most social, affectionate ones. Everyone is welcome to stop by the Shelter. It’s even on many of our tourists’ lists to visit. It’s on the Lagoen Road and is open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm, 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989. WWW.BonaireAnimalShelter.org The Shelter staff is now maintaining the website and they’re doing a fine job. They’re keeping things up to date and you may even find The Reporter’s Pets of the Week. L.D. Friendly Felicia Support The Campaign To Build A New Recompression Chamber Recompression Chamber Foundation, established January 16, 1986 PO Box 335, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles Donate direct to MCB-Bonaire Account 868384-00

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 JANART GALLERY Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open Tu.-We.-Th. & Sat 10 am5 pm Friday 17 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt. IS YOUR HOUSE NEW TO YOU? Make it more livable from the start. FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Also interior or exterior design advice, clearings, blessings, energy, healing, China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9332 . BONAIRENET The leading consumer and business information source on Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160 . For on-line yellow pages directory information go to http:// www.yellowpagesbonaire.com CAPT. DON’S ISLAND GROWER Trees and plants, Bonaire grown . 8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/ septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don & 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 GREAT Maid Service? For Quality House Cleaning CALL JRA Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough, Low rates, References. One time or many Phone 785-9041 … and relax. LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981. WEB-www.chinano bobonaire.com SUPPORT BONAIRE 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 donation visit www.supportbonaire.org and help make a difference! Are you interested in Dutch conversation lessons? For information please call: 786-2499 Private yoga classes call Louise 7177021 or 700-9422. CLASSES in silversmithing, stonesetting and the art of beading . Call Louise at 7177021 or 700-9422 . Bonaire Reporter Classifieds— Are still free Got something to buy or sell? Non-Business Classified Ads (u p to 4 lines/ 20± words): Free ads run up to one month. Commercial Ads only NAƒ1 per word, for each two-week issue. Call 790-6518 or 790-6125 or emai l info@bonairereporter.com NOW! Twice as many copies per issue. Have a story idea? The Reporter pays the going rate for stories and photos. Call 790-8988 if interested in joining our team. _______________________________ Nanny Services Nanny available for the Summer of 08. Excellent island and tourist references. Reliable and child centered services. Please email mrwynter@gmail.com or call 011 5999 962-3300 or 011 599 786 3134. ______________________________ Open: Mon-Fri: 8-6 Sat. 8am-1pm NONSTOP Exterior Maintenance Phone: 786-1070 516-1070 Email windowizardbonaire@hotmail.com Bonaire is getting more visitors. Let them know about your business or restaurant with an ad in The Reporter . Call 786-6125 or 790-6518 For information JODY’S FASHION European Fashion Women & Men Lagoen Hill 18 Tuesday till Saturday:1–5 pm Tel: 717-5215 Looking for a used minivan in good condition. Must have six seats. Phone 717-7791 . ___________________________ Furnished Studio Apartment for rent long term at Caribbean Court Bonaire. USD $700 per month . For info call 788-1526. ____________________________ Timeshare week in St. Maarten, 7 nights in a studio at The Ocean Club on Cupecoy Beach -Dutch side. Contingent on availability. Only NAƒ 715 for two persons for the week--that's only about NAƒ 50.per person per night, based on double occupancy. Great for summer vacation. If interested , call 7172848. FULL DIGITAL SERVICES FUJI MINI-LAB KODAK & FUJI FILM SLIDES E-6 PROCESSING PASSPORT PHOTOS BATTERIES CAMERAS FRAMES PHOTO ALBUMS GREETING CARDS DIGITAL AND MORE... Les Galeries Shopping Center (Bordering the parking lot) Tel. 717-5890 Open M-F 8:30-12, 2-6 pm, Sat. 9-12 N O W ! D i gi t a l P r o c e s si n g C D s, C a r d s, m or e Is looking for new team members … Dive Instructors Job description: We want you to teach PADI and/or SSI courses We expect you to do guided diving, boat handling and sales at our retail shop as well You have to do check-ins and give Marine Park orientations You will be doing all operational tasks necessary to provide our guests the excellent Wannadive service Job profile: You have to be a PADI open water scuba instructor or SSI instructor You are a female or male instructor You have to speak Dutch and English It’s a plus when you do speak Spanish or German as well Working on weekends and irregularly is not a problem for you You are a team player and will not hesitate to take initiative You are a hospitality professional and are able to work independently Please pass by with your cv, photo and cover letter to Wannadive or call 717-8884. You can also launch an email for an application to info@wannadive.com

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 Did You Know…. Did you know that the Common Comet sea star is able to regenerate an entirely new body from a single severed arm? The Common Comet star ( Linckia guildingii ), found in Florida, Bermuda and the Caribbean, inhabits the coral reef and is usually beige or tan in color, although it occasionally appears light red or purple. The Common Comet star is named for its Comet-like appearance during regeneration when the large regenerating arm resembles the tail of the comet with the smaller new rays forming a star shape in front. Although re generation can occur as a result of damage or predation, adult s ea stars can voluntarily detach an arm as a form of asexual reproduction, or even split their bodies in half to produce two new individuals! Wow! Jean Pearson. Jean Pearson lives in Maine, and is a sophomore at Colorado College. She is a Biology Major and Studio Art Minor. Jean studied at CIEE Research Station Bonaire during the spring semester. WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter , Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: info@bonairereporter.com. B ob and Cynthia Tseng, Bonaire Gold Ambassadors, are pictured reading The Reporter “ during a break tracking a Leopard in Timb avati, South Africa. On the left is their tracker, Patrick , and on the right is their guide, Scotch, a Timbavati Ranger. P.S. We found the big cat and got some great photos. (shown in foreground inset) Photo: Humann’s Reef Creature ID book • • Stop the silent destruction of your home Stop the silent destruction of your home • • www.philipscooking.com www.philipscooking.com www.philipscooking.com P h o n e 7 0 1 1 1 0 0 T he island Government has given permission to Wilca, NV of Gunter Seraus to move the giant rock crusher from its present site near Onima to a newly defined industrial area in the east side Santa Clara area. The change is expected to be completed in two weeks. The crusher site at Onima was a problem to the residents of Rincon and to drivers on the Rincon road. Hopefully the new site will not be as bothersome. Large quantities of crushed stone and sand are needed to power Bonaire’s current building boom. G.D. DROB photo Crusher components on the move TERA CORA

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 ???? (page HAPPENING SOON ************************ Saturday, June 14 – Outdoor Marshé in the center of Rincon. Have breakfast, stroll the stands selling fruits, vegetables, herbs, local food, gifts, candles. Get a taste of local flavor from some of the friendliest people on the island – from 6 am until 2 pm. -BBQ to help raise money for Jemy’s heart surgery (page 2) – Wine Tasting at AWC – the last of the season at AWC warehouse on Kaya Industyria 23 – across from Warehouse BonaireRocargo, from 7 to 9 pm. Great wines. NAƒ 20 per person for 6 to 8 wines. Call 560-7539 – Signup for 1st Annual Bonaire Barracuda/Sedrebo International open Water Swim Competition, 5 pm at Kas di Regatta : email BonaireBarracudas@hotmail.com Sunday, June 15 Father’s Day -1st Annual Bonaire Barracuda/Sedrebo International open Water Swim Competition. Check in 7 am. Awards ceremony at Kas di Regatta Thursday, June 19 –Book signing, Sailing and Cooking throughout Caribbean, Addo’s Books & Toys 5-8pm (page 4) Friday, June 20 – Summer Solstice –longest day of the year Sunday, June 22 -Taste of Bonaire at Wilhelmina Park opens Dive Into Summer, 6 pm Monday, Tuesday, June 23-24 – San Juan Festival at Sentro di Bario, North Salina and Rose Inn, Rincon, and La Tropicana, 8 pm. Fire jumping at the barrios, at the home of Doei Diaz (next door to Richard’s Restaurant), at the Bonaire Museum and at Rincon. Sunday, July 6 – Dia di Arte – WWW.BonaireArt.org, Email: artandculture65@hotmail.com more information in future issues Bonaire Wellness Month June 1-29, 2008, Schedule of Free Events: 6:30pmEden Beach Resort Mondays June 16, 23 6:157:30am Mountain Bike Ride (all levels) Eden Beach 56:30pm Hiking, Eden Beach Resort 6-7 Lecture “Healthy Lifestyle”Bon Fysio * Tuesdays June 17, 24 6:15-7:30am Mountain Bike Ride (For advanced riders) starting from Eden Beach [ Miguel ]* 8-9am Fun Swim & Snorkeling, Eden Beach 56:30pm Mountain Bike Ride (all levels) 6-7pm Health Check Up, Bon Fysio Wednesdays June 18, 25 6:15-7:30am Mountain Bike Ride (all levels), Eden Beach 56:30pm Hiking, Eden Beach 6-7pm Workouts for Supreme Core Stability, BWC Fitness Center Thursdays June 19, 26 6:15-7:30am Mountain Bike Ride (Advanced riders), Eden Beach 89:30am Hiking, Eden Beach Resort 56:30pm Mountain Bike Ride (all levels) 6–7 pm Health Check Up, Bon Fysio Therapy Center Fridays June 20, 27 89:00am Fun Swim & Snorkeling. Location: Eden Beach Resort [ Miguel ] Saturdays June 21, 28 8-9am Running Clinic, Bon Fysio 10:30-11 am Lecture “ Back Injuries and Prevention,” Bon Fysio * 5-6:30pm Mountain Biking Ride (all levels) Sundays June 15, 22, 29 4-5 pm Fun Swim & Snorkeling, Eden Beach Sunday June 29 Closing Ceremony + Party 5:30pm Eden Beach * Please register in advance for lectures via telephone 717-7030/7850 or email Bonfysio@telbonet.an REGULAR EVENTS The popular SGB High School restaurant, Chez Nous, is open to the public. Four-course dinners with welcome cocktail on Tuesdays. Seating begins at 6 pm. Lunches on Wednesday & Thursdays. Call 717-8120, ask for Chez Nous or email: keesleeman@telbonet.an HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7 pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar HH—50% offBuddy Dive Resort , 5:30-6:30 p.m. Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for hot slot machines, roulette and black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm– 4 am; Sunday 7 pm– 3 am. By appointment – Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for residents and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 5409800. Parke Publico children’s playground open every day into the evening hours. Saturdays Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte) with live mariachiBuddy Dive Resort , 6-10pm Rincon Marshé —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. Big Marché first Saturday of the Month— www.infobonaire.com/rincon. All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm. Call for reservations 717-8285 ext. 444. Soldachi Tours— See the real Bonaire and be transported back in time. Learn about the history, culture and nature by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call Maria Koeks for more information—796 -7870. Mountain Bike Training for riders of all levels (also Tuesday) at 5pm. Bonaire Wellness Connexions, Eden Beach, 785-0767, email info@bonairewellness.com Sundays Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar, Divi Flamingo . Open daily 5-10 pm. Mondays “Dive & Dine” Buddy Dive Resort , 6:30 –9:30 pm Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435 Tuesdays Margarita & Taco Tuesdays! With $2.50 Margaritas and a Taco bar! Plus Live music by the Flamingo Rockers, 6-8pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar Wednesdays “Live Cooking by the Chefs” with live music by the Flamingo Rockers Unplugged Buddy Dive Resort, 610 pm Thursdays Flamingo Rockers at “Admiral’s Hour” for yachtsmen and others , Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7 pm Fridays Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 Manager’s Bash —free Flamingo Smash & snacks, Live music by Flamingo Rockers, Divi Flamingo , Balashi Beach Bar 6-7 pm Free Rum Punch Party (5:306:30 pm) with Moogie Nation, followed by all-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm, Buddy Dive Resort FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS Sunday– Creature Feature– John and Suzie Wall of Buddy’s Digital photo center present a multimedia slide Presentation about Buddy’s House Reef pool bar Buddy Dive , 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080 MondayDee Scarr’s Touch the Sea Slide Presentation, Capt. Don’s Habitat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529 MondayLand & Ocean Bonaire by Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the big screen in front of Bonaire Dive & Adventure. Tuesday —Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of Bonaire Slide Show . Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm—717-3802. Tuesday —Diving Facts And Fiction An Evening with DIR slide/video show by Caribbean Gas Training, 8 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure,786-5073 Wednesday– Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of Bonaire Slide Show , every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn (7178819) at 7pm. BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Kas Kriyo Rincon— Step into Bonaire’s past in this venerable old home that has been restored 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 di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture. Vis it 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. Cl osed on some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday at 7pm; every Sunday at 5pm. Phone: 786-7699 . Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm call 567-0655 for directions. Bridge Club Wednesdays , 7.30 pm ) All levels, NAƒ2,50. Call Joop 717-5903 for venue. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. JCI First Wednesday of the MonthJunior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcom e. Contact: Renata Domacassé 516-4252. Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm . Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday , 12 noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above Zeezicht Restaurant. All Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434 Toastmasters Club meets every two weeks. For more information call Crusita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez Beck, at 786-2953. CHURCH SERVICES Protestant Congregation of Bonaire: Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papiamentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am. Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papiamentu, Sundays, 8:30 am. Children’s club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kralendijk Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon. Bible Study and Pray er meetings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk. New Apostolic Church: Centro di Bario Nord Saliña , Sundays, 10 am. Services in Dutch. 700-0379 . International Bible Church of Bonaire, at SGB High School auditorium (Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya Korona.) Sunday services in Eng lish at 9 am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6 to 8 pm, Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12 yrs. 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, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304. Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol , Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 7174211. 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 Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact: 786-2557. Send event info to: The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com

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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 *to find it... just look up Bootes And The Bright Star That Opened The World's Fair Of 1933 A ll throughout June if you go outside into th e Sky Park just after it gets dark and look almost overhead you will see a very bright star which was very famous in the early 20th century because its light was used to open the World's Fair in Chicago in 1933. During June, just after it gets dark out, fa ce north where just to the west of the North Star you will see the seven st ars which make up the Big Dipper. Four stars mark its cup and three stars mark its ha ndle. And as all you regular viewers know you can use the handle to find a very bri ght star. Simply draw a line through the handle and continue that line in the same curve or arc and you'll "arc to Arcturus ,”which is the brightest star of the constellation, Bootes the Herdsman. But those other stars are less bright than the Big Dipper's, and if we draw lines between them would look something like a kite. Now, although astronomers usually call Bootes the Herdsman, he is also called the bear driver because some legends say that he chases two celestial bears around the North Star. You see, the Big Dipper is part of the constellation, Ursa Major, the big bear, and the Little Dipper is part of the constellation, Ursa Minor , the little bear. Bootes is also called the plowman because some European cultures see the Big Dipper as a plow and Bootes as the pl owman endlessly turning up celestial turf as he steers his plow, endl essly circling the north star. At any rate it's his brightest star Arct urus which was super famous three quarters of a century ago when it was used to open the World's Fair in Chicago. The reasoning behind this was that 40 years earlier, in 1893, Chicago had also hosted a World's Fair. And astronomers believed that Arcturus was 40 light years away. So someone came up with the bright idea that wouldn't it be nifty if the light of Arcturus, which left it in 1893, could be us ed to open the World's Fair when its light arrived 40 years later in 1933. So a device was set up whereby the rays from Arcturus were passed through a telesc ope which focused this light onto a photo electric cell which then generated a small el ectrical current which was then used to turn on the lights of the fair. And it really worked! Only one problem, however, since then we have discovered that Arcturus is a bit closer, 37 light years away. So early 20th century astronomers got it wrong, but only by three years, which is pretty good. Arcturus is the 4th brightest star we can see and is 23 times wider than our Sun , a whopping 20 million miles wide. Plus it is 115 times brighter. It is actually speeding toward us and will do so for a nother couple of thous and years. After which, however, it will speed away from us and fade from sight in only half a million years! So see it now before it disappears out of sight. Jack Horkheimer DO YOU WANT REAL RESULTS? WE CAN HELP YOU: LOSE BODY FAT GAIN MUSCLE FEEL STRONGER GET MOTIVATED LIVE HEALTHIER HAVE MORE ENERGY INCREASE SELF-ESTEEM IMPROVE PERFORMANCE Phone: (599) 09 512-6375 Phone: (599) 717-2500 EXT. 8210 fit4life_fitness@hotmail.com PO BOX 303 BONAIRE PLAZA RESORT MINI MALL AEROBICS STEP AEROBICS BODY BUILDING BODY SHAPING / TONING PILATES / TAE BO WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMS BEGINNERS, INTERMEDIATE, and ADVANCED LEVELS Transport of Money and Valuables Private Investigations Vehicle patrols Burglar Alarms Fire Alarm Systems Kaya Nikiboko Nord 37A, PO Box 225 Tel: (599) 7178125 Fax (599) 7176125 E-mail sss@bonairelive.com ARIES (Mar. 21April 20)Your charm will be ca ptivating. Join a club to work off that excess energy; but consider ways of doing that without spending the money. Your best efforts will come through hard work. Don't torment yourself. Disharmony in the home will be extremely stressful. Your luck iest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) You might find it difficult to control your emotions. You need a break from your daily routine. You could find yourself having problems with coworkers and employers. Social activitie s will be satisfying. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Time is money and you must be ready to take action in order to reach your highest potential. Go over their important documents and take the time to suggest alternatives. Entertain those who can provide you with valuable information and knowledge. Don't get talked into get rich quick schemes. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Plan events like camping or white water rafting. Your best efforts will come through hard work. You can bet that someone in a higher position is watching to see how busy you are. Ge t on with your life. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) A new image can be the result if you change your look. Try to be understanding. Partnerships will be favorable and contracts can be signed. You will be accident prone if you aren't careful th is month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Insincere gestures of friendliness may be misleading. You will drive your emotional partner crazy this month. It might be best to keep your ideas to yourself this month. Health problems may prevail if you don't take care of them immediately. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) There might be one who is quite willing to take the credit for your work. You may be uncertain about some of your coworkers and your boss. Look after financial transactions this month. Think twice before you agree to take on any new projects. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Try to stay calm and do the best you can. Check into art objects or precious stones. You can do well in group endeavors. Leave things as they are for the moment and focus on reaching your highest potential at work. You may want to sign up for courses that will encourage you to have more confidence in yourself. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Inharmonious situations at home may be extremely upsetting for you this month. Dig deep, ferret out any hidden concerns be fore you sign your life away. Get rich quick schemes will not be successful. You may have difficulties with foreigners. Your luckiest ev ents this month will occur on a Tuesday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) You can ge t a great deal accomplished if you bring work home. Problems on the home front might be a little disconcerting. Look into intellectual and physical games that will test your abilities. Do your work at home, if you can. Someone may be trying to make you look bad. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will be tempted to shop till you drop. Do not overspend on entertainment. Hard work will payoff if you refrain from expressing your opinion to superiors. You should be in business for yourself. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) A change is as good as a rest. Don't go looking for change. You may have ignored or neglected your mate lately. A series of misunderstandings may be at fault. You will have a greater involvement in groups; however, they may not be to your advantage. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. By Astrologer Michael Thiessen For June 2008

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 I n the last issue of this series we finished the “island developments tour” at Hilltop where at the end of Kaya Barcadera the grounds of El Pueblo have been prepared for construction. So why not continue right there? In other words, the what, where, when and who about the development called El Pueblo, that’s coming our way there. Two to three years ago there was only the Caribbean Club resort (then 26 units) and five private homes. That is changing now. A small apartment complex has risen (Hilltop Apartments), and very recently the oceanfront “Wedding Village” nine villas, one with a special bridal suite was completed. Management of both is in the hands of the Caribbean Club (see Flotsam and Jetsam item). We also learn from their website that Caribbean Club is planning to add extra apartments and Hilltop Oasis here, which will result in a 50+ unit resort. But for now let’s focus on El Pueblo, to be located just north of the Caribbean Club, right on the ocean up on the cliff. The people behind the project are the same ones who are currently finishing Waterlands Village (across from the airport, with the wall paintings), however, this project will be something completely different. There is no construction going on yet at the site. The various lots have been laid out and we see the beginnings of what will be a road, but that’s about it. That will change in the upcoming week with the building of the first foundations. Eventually 27 villas will arise at this location (see photo). Stunning sea views here. Before building permission was granted, the developers did extensive cave exploration to secure grounds for future inhabitants and wildlife. Although possibly not everyone supports construction at this location, it is good to hear that the home septic tank systems make use of the latest technology, a four-chamber, Bio-Rock system. The water coming out at the end of this septic system is totally free of nutrients (you could almost drink it, but we pass the glass as you may imagine), and therefore doesn’t do any damage to the reefs by contributing to algae growth. We encountered this same system before at the wooden houses on platforms at Kaminda Sorobon. Hopefully we are witnessing a trend on the island. Sustainable aspects of the project are also reflected in using only pressure treated wood and fully insulated roofs. Except for the cliff side, the land will be enclosed with a cactus fence, making it a gated community, and mainly zero file (needing little water) vegetation will be planted. Two different home types will be built. The names, “Adobe” and “Santa Fe,” tell us that inspiration comes from a style of construction found in the pueblos (villages) near Santa Fe, with a clear Mexican touch. Having fajitas, nachos, enchiladas or tacos on the porch for dinner will probably fit in very well. Although the sea is close by (there will be a footpath to down below), each home will have its own swimming pool, and it will be delivered “turn key,” meaning that owners need only bring their personal belongings. All the rest –from a TV set to teaspoonswill already be there. However, before that a lot still needs to be done and it won’t be finished before the end of 2009. Marcel Leurs Kaminda Lagun 24A, Tel 717-4255 Dierenartsen team: Drs. Arie Binksma Drs. Hans & Etty Lambeek Drs. Seib Fietsma Drs. Ytzen v.d. Werf Next to the Animal Shelter Banda di Dierenaisel Naast het Dierenaisel The clinic is open from: Klinika ta habri di: De kliniek is geopened van: Consulting Monday, Wednesday and Friday 13:30-14:30 Hours Tuesday, Thursday 17:00-17:30; Saturday 11.00-12.00 or by appointment every day available 24 hours a day, including weekends: Tel. 790-6001 Orario: djaluna, djarason i djabierne 13:30-14:30 djamars i djaweps 17:00-17:30; djasabra 11.00-12.00 of sigun sita tur dia 24 ora pa dia disponibel, tambe den wikent: Tel. 790-6001 Spreekuur : maandag, woensdag en vrijdag 13:30-14:30 dinsdag en donderdag 17:00-17:30; zaterdag 11.00-12.00 of volgens afspraak elke dag 24 uur per dag bereikbaar, ook in het weekend: Tel. 790-6001 El Pueblo El Pueblo The unspoiled views from El Pueblo are unparalleled on Bonaire Aerial View, Bonaire Caribbean Club is on the right Bio-Rock system installed in Holland Marcel Leurs photo El Pueblo photo BioRock website photo D utch Minister Camiel Eurlings of Transport and Communication said that his working visit to Bonaire was very important. His comments, quoted in the Dutch press, indicated he was captured by the warmth and friendliness of the island’s people. He keyed on the environment and the airport in his public statements: “The (tertiary ) water treatment system for Kralendijk is very important for the coral reefs of Bonaire. There is €5 million allocated for this in the budget of my ministry (separate from the general transition funding), so the project can be carried out soon. The water treatment system is a project that has been in the works for almost 20 years. The European Union has already allocated €19.5 million available for the project. In reference to Flamingo Airport, Eurlings said that The Netherlands will assume her responsibility and will make between 55 and 95 million guilders investment to bring the airport up to world standards by August, 2008. Work will begin in the Fall. Press release Minister Eurlings, Prime Minist er De Jongh-Elhage and Commissioner Burney El Hage signing the declaration of intent for the tertiary water treatment system for Kralendijk.

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter June 13-27, 2008 (Currently there is discussion about keeping pregnant high schools girls out of school when they begin to “show” …. Editor ) I t’s normal that a child at a certain age will get interested in its fellow humans in a sexual way. In fact it is just biology working, otherwise we would stop existing as the human species. In the old days it was normal that as soon as a girl was able to reproduce, she would marry and take care of the household of her husband. But now, the realization that women have the same rights as men has kicked in. Furthermore, for the development of our society as we know it, it is not wise anymore to leave 50% of the workforce at home. It is also not a good idea to let the young people start in the workforce without an education. So now we want to have every child in school for at least 16 years, beginning at the age of four. And after that investment we would like to see something in return in the form of a job and a career. That means that it is considered “not smart” to start by having children at any age younger than 22. However, biology runs its own course, and it does not wait for an education and a career. Every teenager gets infected by a sex drive so strong that it will overshadow everything else in his or her mind. Biology lessons at school and the media can teach them everything theoretical about sex. But school can teach them almost nothing about relationships and commitment. That is where the parents and society come in. They have to teach their children to wait for the right moment, not to confuse sex with love, and to use contraceptives and disease prevention! Too often, this is not done, or not in the right way. Then some girls pay the ultimate price by getting pregnant at a very young age. Why is teenage pregnancy so horrible? Often the girls are from a socially disadvantaged background. Statistics show that children from teen mothers are more likely to experience malnutrition, a bad living environment with violence and drugs, and they are more likely to die in their first year… and 75% of teenagers who get pregnant were born from teenage mothers themselves. It seems like a spiral going down from the first mistake a girl makes followed by generations of mistakes. Bonaire needs educated people. But if those people have a child too young, they will have lessened their chances of getting a good education and ultimately a good diploma. This leads to fewer chances in the job market. They have more chance of ending up in jobs which don’t pay enough to be able to care for their child. This can lead to a life of crime and or violence, trying to make ends meet. Here we are in that downward spiral again. The figures for the Antilleans living in the Netherlands ( a breakdown of Bonaireans is not available, Ed .) are not something to celebrate. In 2003, for every 1,000 teenage girls between 15 and 19 years old, about 33 gave birth. (That means, of course, that a lot more got pregnant, but they either got an abortion or the pregnancy terminated naturally). Compare this to the lowest teenage pregnancies figure in the world: In the Netherlands four out of every 1,000 teenagers in that age category had a living child. You see a striking difference. In the Netherlands teens of Surinamese and Antillean origin contribute one third to the teen pregnancies. So even amongst Antillean teens living in another country, too many get pregnant too soon. What can we do then? Shun them? Take them away and hide them because they set a bad example for the others? These are the girls confused by hormones and the promises of their “boyfriends.” And now they are even more vulnerable because of the extra hormones from their pregnancy. If you take them away from their friends, they will be marked for the rest of their lives, and they are already marked because of the child that is coming. Also, refusing to let them get a proper education will only aggravate the problem. Because then they will have even less chance of getting a good job; their child will most likely experience poverty, and that will have an effect on his or her education, etc. Plus, children up to Bonaire/Playa – T he Toyota Hilux truck owned by Wanna Dive has just been repaired and restored after suffering a minor collision. Despite its multicolored appearance the vehicle was invisible at the wrong moment and a little repair had to be done to the right front end of the almost always reliable truck. Originally this car was produced in Japan and made mostly of metal. During the last couple of years the car was intensively modified on Bonaire. Now the truck consists of a steel chassis, an engine and some paneling made of steel, but the amount of wooden parts is increasing every day! The part of the car behind the cabin is completely made of wood, the floor of the passenger compartment is made of wood and even the benches in the cabin of this “woody” are made of the natural material produced by trees! No problems with termites yet! Nobody knows with what color the truck left the factory in Japan, years and years ago. At this moment the car is painted yellow, orange, green, blue and even black-board black! The car, registered: 1612 – V, is equipped with a very standard four-cylinder engine and an ordinary four-speed gearbox. No power steering, no extras. Only power brakes and belts for safety. This is a very ordinary utility vehicle but made of steel and wood. The top of the four side doors are cut off. There are no windows any more and the drivers and passengers just enjoy the ecological and natural system of air conditioning. The car is fitted with a red plastic Neptune Marine fuel tank, a tank normally used by small boats. It holds 22.7 liters/6 US gallons and is now “on wheels” instead of in the water. Regular drivers of this running rainbow are Mieke Hermans, supervisor of the Wanna Dive Hut Bonaire hotel, Nicole Schuppers (18) and Noortje de Jong (20). The last two are temporary all round employees who are on the island for five months to complete their internship for colleges in Holland. (Noortje just arrived on the island of Bonaire on the first of June and she already fiddles around with paint and brushes.) Life at Wannadive is full of colors, like the truck! Nicole explains, “This truck is used every day. It is a real workhorse and our way of transporting men and equipment. It is really fun to drive this car and the seats are quite comfortable because of the right angle of the back. I really like it. The wooden parts of this car do not rust of course and we repaint the vehicle regularly. It is so easy to maintain! And it is fun. The paint dries in a couple of minutes. Then the car is ready to serve again!” Nicole Schuppers has been connected to the Wanna Dive Hut Bonaire for the last four months. She really likes the work and the island. Wanna Dive Hut Bonaire is a low budget hotel, especially for divers, with accommodation for over 40 persons. At the present only breakfast is served. The hotel is open every day of the year. Feel free to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and enjoy a cold drink at the open air bar, enjoy life and get a closer look at the unique truck! Story & photo by J@n Brouwer The 31st of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire’s interesting vehicles that are “on wheels.” 18 years old are, by law, obligated to go to school and receive an education, whether they are handicapped, sick, healthy, pregnant, male or female. Pregnancy is not a crime. Having to deal with a child when you yourself are still a child is hard enough. They should not be punished even more than they (usually only the girls, and not the impregnator!) already are. We all feel that this is a big problem , and we would really like to fix it. Let us start talking to these teenagers (both the girls and the boys!). They obviously need more information about proper sexual behavior, relationships and preventing pregnancies. If we let the media be the sole informer for these teenagers, we are in deep trouble. Then they might think it is normal for a girl to throw herself half naked at men in sexy clothes and sunglasses. If a girl gets pregnant, why do we not ask why? If you have more scientific information on the natural sexual behavior of teenagers, then you can work on solving the teenage pregnancy problem. Denying the existence of sexual behavior of teenagers and punishing some teenagers for their stupidity of not using contraceptives is not going to work. It takes two to tango and a dance floor. We (parents, school and society) had better make sure that they know all about the good things and the bad things that may be. Let’s talk about sex. Because whether you like it or not, they will dance! Mary Ann Koops Koops teaches Biology at the SGB High School . LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX, BABY The multi colored “woody” from Wanna Dive. Nicole Schuppers (18, enjoying life) is one of the three re gular drivers of this tribute to Bonairean auto-culture. Internet photo

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