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n reaction to the 9-11 attack
the US government has insti-
tuted a new policy. Citizens or
nationals of all US visa waiver
program (VWP) countries, which
includes the Dutch Kingdom, will
require an Electronic System for
Travel Authorization (ESTA)
prior to boarding an aircraft or
ship to head to the US as of Janu-
ary 12, 2009. The rule does not
apply to US citizens traveling
overseas.
To apply for authorization to
travel to the US under the VWP,
travelers will log on to the ESTA
web-based system (https://
esta.cbp.dhs.gov) and complete an
application online providing the
biographical and eligibility infor-
mation.
Initially, the website will be in
English only, but additional lan-
guages will be available no later
than October 15.
The ESTA web-based system
will be available for voluntary
applications after August 1. ESTA
applications may be submitted at
any time prior to travel to the US,
and VWP travelers are encour-
aged to apply for authorization as
soon as they begin to plan a trip to
the US or no later than 72 hours
before departure.
An approved ESTA travel au-
thorization is valid for up to two
years or until the traveler's pass-
port expires, whichever comes
first, valid for multiple entries
into the US. Accompanied and
unaccompanied children, regard-
less of age, will be required to
obtain an independent ESTA au-
thorization.


0 As part of the Safety Plan
of the Netherlands Antilles
(PVNA), Justice Minister David
Dick (PAR) gave the green light
last Friday afternoon to start with
the expansion, and renovation, of
the Kralendijk police station.


0 On August 1 Bonaire will
get a new chief of police, John
Schagen, from the Netherlands.
Past Chief Jan van Straaten left on
February 1 to retire. In making
the announcement Justice Minis-
ter David Dick said, "He is the
right person to be head of the
police corps. He is relatively
young, has the necessary experi-
ence in the different sectors, so he
can lead the corps in the second
part of the developments. I am
very pleased with the leadership
of Oscar Obispo and the team
during the two months that we
were busy recruiting the new
chief."


1 Last week Rignaldo
Oswaldo Marin, who handles
the eye exams at San Francisco
Hospital, Bonaire's physican's
assistant Dokter di Wowo, cele-
brated his 30th anniversary in
that post. Those who have used
his skills over the years know the
high caliber of service he pro-
vides. In a brief ceremony Dr.
Selly Gromotka-Pourier thanked
Mr. Marin for his efforts and
Commissioner of Health Boi
Clarenda (photo above, right)
honored him in the presence of
his family and presented him with
the customary envelope (V & P
photo).

Recently the Werkcon
construction company delivered
the three new houses it built on
the east side of the Rincon road
near the village. Marlon de Haas
of Werkcon handed over the keys
of the houses to Commissioner of
Public Housing, Boi Clarenda,
and the relevant documents were
(Continued on page 4)


During lengthy political consultations during the recently
completed "BES Week" in Holland, the Dutch Government
agreed to provide additional debt relief for the BES islands and
defined the recipients of the relief.
In the June 11-18 meetings the Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom
Relations, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, agreed to additional debt can-
cellation for the BES islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Up
to NAf 50 million in payments from 2006 and 2007 will be ab-
sorbed by the Dutch Government. Furthermore, the Dutch are will-
ing to partially absorb deficits (with a 5 million "deductible") ac-
cumulated from 2008 to 2010. The 5 million will be used to set
up offices of the Dutch tax service on the three islands. The
Dutch tax service will start collection of taxes on January 1, 2009.
The Dutch have also agreed to make an additional 14 million
available for youth affairs, education, public health and safety in
2009 and 2010.
It was also agreed that an "irreversible step" must be taken
before the end of this year to bring Bonaire, Saba, and St.
Eustatius closer to their new status as municipalities of the
Netherlands.
A package of policy activities for education, healthcare, safety,
and social affairs will become effective on December 15. The legis-
lation needed for the transition to the new status must also be ready
for parliamentary consideration.
An implementation office for duties on behalf of the Netherlands
will be opened on December 15 on each of the three islands which
will also handle the new universal health care insurance plan.
The education sectors in Bonaire, Saba, and St Eustatius will be
improved in 2009 and 2010 for housing, personnel, education ma-
terials and methods used. An extra 8million has been made avail-
able for 2009 and 2010.
In the area of public health and youth affairs, a plan for long-term
care and accommodation will be drafted.
The plan will include an analysis of medical help in cases of acci-
dents and disasters.
An additional 6 million has been made available for 2009 and
2010 for dealing with urgent problems in the health care sector. All
the islands will have social workers and family counselors. In Bon-
aire, the emphasis will be placed on re-organizing a home for prob-
lem youths.
There will be a scheme for welfare associated with the govern-
ment's system for welfare in the Netherlands.
The implementation office will grant employment permits and
check whether the rules are complied with.
This office also will deal with compliance with the rules regard-
ing working conditions. The existing Occupational Health and
Safety Act will remain in effect for the time being.


TePfElPORTER

Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
BES Week 2
Hyperbaric/Recompression
Chamber 3
Glen Thode/ Derk 30 4
Parrot Watch (Chicks) 6
Klein Filmmaker Honored 7
Saskia Romeijn Vermeer
cookbook Signing 7
Awor Te Ora 8
Interview with Betty Ratslaff-
Henriquez 9
Dia di Arte next week 10
Turtle Tagged/Released 10
Crusher Coming (SELIBON) 11
SGB Cleanup (IBC) 11
Letters (Teen Pregnancy, Crime
Wave comments) 13
Putting Nature above Profit
"Coral Massacre" 18
Awesome Auction at Buddy
Dive for Stichting Project 18

Weekly Features
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Profiles-David van Delft 5
Pet of the Week (Kittens) 6
Bonairean Voices (Government) 7
Dining & Shopping Guides 12
Tide Table 13
Reporter Masthead 13
Classifieds 14
Picture Yourself (Fiji) 15
Did You Know (Mangroves) 15
What's Happening 16
Sky Park (Sky Wonders) 17
Star Power-Astrology 17
Bonaire On Wheels (Drag
Shack/Trailer) 19
Island View (Uninvited) 19

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Bonaire's new NAf l,6 million recompression
chamber is dropped into place in its new
building on Kaya John Nicolaas as
Dr. Dick van de Vaart looks on.


After months of meticulous
planning and preparation, on
Thursday June 12th, it all fell into
place. Not literally of course because
that would have created a small dis-
aster, but a sigh of relief was defi-
nitely heard when the tough job was
done. With the arrival on Bonaire of
the brand new and much awaited


decompression chamber, a very im-
portant step on the road to complete
Bonaire's innovative and sophisti-
cated hyperbaric treatment center
was successful.
To move a pricey medical tool-
multi-ton tank is one thing, but to lift
it into a medical facility requires
pinpoint precision. With the much


needed assistance of Don Andres
N.V. for transportation and Miles
Trucking N.V. for the actual lifting
by their massive crane, "the cham-
ber" as everyone involved calls
"her," was carefully placed on her
final platform. The tank was built to
Bonaire's specifications in The
Netherlands.

The new building which holds the
chamber also offers facilities for
divers who are too sick to be trans-
ported. The diver can remain under
observation there until there is im-
provement. A guest room is avail-
able for family/friends. The Recom-
pression Chamber Foundation
(Stichting Recompressietank) will
continue to run the chamber with its
40 volunteers.
Bonaire's leading hyperbaric phy-
sician, Dr. Dick van der Vaart, the
driving force behind the project, had
a perfect vantage point from the roof
of his Centro Medico from where he
supervised the operation. "We can
be sure that Bonaire has the best
recompression tank in the whole
Caribbean," said Van der Vaart,
With both feet firmly on the
ground, long time hyperbaric techni-
cian, Ronald Simonis, made sure that
"the chamber" was placed on the
exact right spot.
The new building is close to San
Francisco hospital, not far from the


ast Sunday, June 8th, BONHATA held a fund-
raising wine and cheese extravaganza to benefit
Jong Bonaire's folk dancing project and the Bonaire
Animal Shelter's sterilization project. It was a smash-
ing success. The event was held at the La Pura Vista
Bed and Breakfast resort.
A highlight was the presentation of a NAf 10.000,00
check (not NA 10.00 as reported by a typo in last
week's Reporter. What a difference a zero can make!
We apologize for this error). In the photo above, BON-
HATA President, Sara Matera presents the check to Dr.
Dick v/d Vaart and Mr. Henk Schrijver, representatives
of the Recompression Chamber Foundation Bonaire. 0
Press release


location of the old cham-
ber. One million guilders
has already been raised
but another NAf 600.000


Support the campaign
to build a new Recom-
pression Chamber and
donate to
MCB Bank Bonaire
account 868384-00

and sponsors are still
needed. U Story & photo
by Martijn Eichhorn &
Monique Reichert


* Brand new building in last phase of completion

* Located in Nikiboko

* Includes 8 apartment units each measures 80m2

* 4 units on ground floor and 4 units on top floor

* Each unit consists of; I bedroom & 1 bathroom

* Ample size kitchen with breakfast bar

* Living room with study area

* Walking distance to town and beach

* Lot is on long lease land and measures 739m2





Listed For: $700,000 USD

Sold Completely Finished and Furnished


Bonaire Reporter June 27- July 11, 2008


Page 3











Flotsam & Jetsam (Cont., from page 2)
signed. The Social Affairs Depart-
ment chose the three families who
will each receive one of the homes.


0 City Shop donated a 4-
burner stove and six rattan
chairs to the FKPD Handi-
capped Foundation last week.
In the photo, Firas Dabboussi is
presenting the gifts to Enna Ilario
of the Foundation.

0 Royal Bank of Canada
(RBC) on Monday announced it
has completed its acquisition of
the RBTT Financial Group
(RBTT) for a purchase price of
approximately $2.2 billion. For
now, both banks will continue to
operate under their respective
brand names, said a spokesman for
RBTT Financial Holdings group.
RBC has said it plans no cutback
of RBTT staff, which numbers
about 7,000 across the region.
There is an RBTT branch in Bon-
aire.

1 Prayer and Intercession
Church, a new English language
full Gospel Church has begun on
the island. It is located temporar-
ily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa
Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held in English on Sunday morn-
ings from 10am until 11:30am.
Bible studies in English are on
Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Questions? Contact Ella Rosa
Fischer at 717-3322

0 Starting June 15th, 2008,
the Government of Bonaire will
change the business license and
restaurant petition granting pro-
cedure. The reason for this is to
make the process more effective
and efficient.
Presently, the usual route is for
the Notary's Office to make the
request on behalf of the petitioner.
The Notary then sends the petition
to the Executive Council where it
is registered before being sent to
D.E.Z.A. for processing. Once the
petition arrives at D.E.Z.A. there
are certain essential documents
which are necessary in order for
D.E.Z.A. to work on its advice to
Bestuurscollege. Often times,
necessary contact information is
not included in the petition. This
results in D.E.Z.A. not being able
to complete the petition within the
stipulated time frame.
Now petitions should be submit-
ted directly to D.E.Z.A. along with
the required documents, which are:

*copy of valid passport;
*address registration, obtainable
at the Registry and Census Of-


fice (Bevolkingsregister/
Burgerzaken);
*copy of application to the
Chamber of Commerce of Bon-
aire;
odeclaration of good conduct
(bewijs van goedgedrag), ob-
tainable at the Office of the Lt.
Governor at the Government
Office (if requesting a liquor
and HORECA license, and not
older than 3 months);
*copy of the necessary, paid
"fees;"
*one stamp ofNAf 5 for each
requested permit and one stamp
ofNAf 5, for the petition.
D.E.Z.A. will request advice
from the different governmental
departments concerned and give its
advice to Executive Council.
For more information, contact
D.E.Z.A. at 717-5330 ext. 521 or
297.

0 The Central Bureau for
Statistics reported that Bonaire's
economy grew by a real 5% last
year, topping growth of St.
Maarten (4.5%) and Curagao
(3.5%).

1 Bonaire's Health Depart-
ment is helping the CBS (Central
Bureau of Statistics) with a
crime victim survey that is being
held through July 3 on Bonaire.
Through a questionnaire the se-
lected household will be asked
questions about their feeling about
their personal safety in and around
their house and if they were a vic-
tim of any crime. Readers should
be aware that the CBS is a Central
Government department known for
its discretion and accurate results.
Normally when compiling statis-
tics, questions like age, gender,
how big the household is, etc. are
very common, and results are re-
ported in categories. Individual
responses are not identifiable. The
survey is always anonymous.

0 Bonaire has a 5% sales tax,
commonly called the OB. Last
week Dutch Minister of Finance,
Wouter Bos, said he wants to de-
lay the planned increase in the
Dutch value-added tax (BTW)
which is due to be introduced in
January 2009, cabinet sources
told the Volkskrant newspaper.
The sources say Bos thinks the
time is not right to increase the
tax from 19% to 20% because of
its likely effect on economic
growth and spending power. It is
unclear whether the BTW will
apply to Bonaire after the restruc-
turing of the Antilles.

1 If by any chance the politi-
cal restructuring of the Antilles
does not lead to the appropriate
changes, the islands must pay
back the money they were given.
The Dutch delegation at the Parlia-
mentary Deliberation Kingdom
Relations Meeting last week
(POK) included that point in the
final declaration of the meeting
that took place in The Hague last
week.

0 Antillean children in the


) Dean and Faculty Lecturer, Glenn
Thode, PhD, LLM. Attorney and Professor
at the University of Aruba, will be the new
Lt. Governor (Gezaghebber) for Bonaire,
succeeding Herbert Domacasse, whose term
of office runs out on October 24.
The new Governor's term, which will coin-
cide with the new "municipality status" of
Bonaire, is for six years. He's younger than
most of the past appointees. He says the func-
tions of a Gezaghebber will remain necessary
after the official restructuring. Currently the
Gezaghebber reviews the decisions of the Is-
land Council and Executive Council and fulfils functions in the name
of the Dutch Kingdom. Thod6 says, "I will look at how I can best be of
service to the people of Bonaire."
He adds, I was born on Bonaire. As a baby of some months I
moved with my parents to Aruba. I spent each holiday on Bonaire at
my grandparents'. They imparted to me the life style of the island, but
they have mainly given me the love and appreciation for the Bonaire
way of life. The spirit of Bonaire is my true nature. Thod6 spoke with
pride about his great-grandfather, Kachi Craane, who lived on the sea-
side and built boats: As small boy I helped him with woodworking for
the boats. With his grandfather, Alberto Cutter, he visited the kunuku
to tend sheep. His other grandfather, Jan Thod6, took him fishing in a
sail boat and together they participated in the Bonaire Regatta.
Because I have grown up in Bonaire, my character formed there. It
made me what I am today. I have to also thank Aruba and The Nether-
lands in shaping my character. I am actually 100% Bonairean, 100%
Aruban and 100% Dutch. His appointment as Gezaghebber of Bonaire
is to him a recognition and proof of appreciation of his upbringing.


Netherlands run a 50% higher
risk of dying in their first year of
life than children of native Dutch
parents. This has been shown by
research conducted by Erasmus
Medical Centre scientist Ernst-Jan
Troe. He found that this increased
risk mainly resulted from a lower
birth weight and a shorter duration
of pregnancy. Possible risk factors
are that pregnant Antillean women
are more often unmarried or teen-
agers.
His findings show that Antillean
infants are, on average, almost 300
grams lighter at birth than Dutch
infants.

0 Dutch Prime Minister Bal-
kenende set December 15, 2008
for a new round table conference
to review the progress of the
changing structure of the Dutch
Antilles to take place in Curacao.
According to the Antilles Constitu-
tion all Kingdom Partners
(Antilles, Aruba and Holland)
must agree on the new arrange-
ments before it can be imple-
mented.

) The car rental situation at
Bonaire's Flamingo Airport has
become chaotic. It's compounded
by the reconstruction of the park-
ing lot which is behind schedule.
The row of car rental booths to the
west of the terminal were aban-
doned by the rental companies
after the airport authority upped
the rental and reportedly wanted
5% of the revenue. The companies
moved a few hundred feet across
the road to the buildings east of
Port Bonaire.
But then the Bonaire government
(the owner of the airport) decreed
that the rental center required a
permit to operate and closed it
down.
As a result rental cars are scattered
throughout Kralendijk, in hotel
parking lots and elsewhere. Only
one rental company has returned to
the airport location. Others are
shuttling their clients. It is ex-


pected that ultimately the court
will have to decide the matter

) The Bonaire island gov-
ernment is sufficiently concerned
about the cost of building con-
struction that it is prepared to
introduce additional price con-
trols that include building mate-
rials.
The moratorium on construction
permits was lifted some time ago
in hopes that the market competi-
tion would lead to lower prices but
this hasn't happened. A situation
where people can't afford to build
and where public housing con-
struction prices are out of reach
must be avoided, said a govern-
ment press release.

1 Bonaire's Cancer Founda-
tion will conduct a "Ride for
Hope" bike ride this Sunday,
June 29 starting at the Sentro di
Bario Nort di Salina at 7 am. For
adults the route is 11km; for kids,
5km. Register at the Damascus
home, 100 Kaya Korona between 4
and 7 pm until June 27. Entrance
fee is NAf 20 for adults; NAf 10
for kids. The proceeds will go to
the Stichting Prinses Wilhelmina
Fonds Bonaire Cancer Foundation.

> The first "Taste of Bon-
aire" event last Sunday, June 22,
was the official opening of the
celebration of the International
Year of the Reef. The document
of the rights of the reef was signed
that evening. Jan and Alexandra
Cousteau of EarthEco International
were on hand and the local group
Watapana performed. Some of
Bonaire's best restaurants were on
hand to offer their special dishes
for just NAf 7. If you missed this
one, there will be three more
"Tastes" later in the summer.

1 In this issue welcome The
Reporter's new advertisers (in
alphabetical order):
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choice to fly to Curacao.
Intermezzo Spa at Capt. Don's
Habitat offers you the perfect
ambiance of serenity and tran-
quility as you receive a massage,
facial, waxing or other body
treatment. Check out their spe-
cially priced packages, some just
for residents.
It Rains Fishes Restaurant
and Bar is now open for break-
fast, lunch and dinner. Dine next
to the sea with an unparalleled
view. Or stop in for a cappuccino
or drink. One of the new partners
is Huub deGroot, formerly of
City Caf6. DeGroot is a master-
ful F&B host who attracts pro-
fessional staff members and con-
sequently a loyal customer fol-
lowing.
The Island Supplier (TIS) -
Enjoy shopping the "Caribbean
Way"- Fresh, open air feeling
with reasonably priced produce,
frozen meats, canned goods,
wide selection of beverages and
juices. Stop in and see for your-
self. They're right next to Ware-
house Bonaire.

) Next Friday, July 4th, Sun-
belt Realty will open their new
sales office. All are invited. They
will use the occasion to announce a
very special offer for those who
choose to list their house for sale
with them. The present sales of-
fice will be dedicated to rental
properties.

)The Reef Restaurant at Den
Laman Apartments will close for
the month of July and will reopen
in August under new ownership.
G./L. D


Bonaire Reporter June 27- July 11, 2008


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Profiles: David Van Def,Public Prosecutor Standing Firm


After working as a prosecu-
tor in Curaqao during the
90s David van Delft came to
work on Bonaire a year and a
half ago. He'd become familiar
with Bonaire during his period
on Curaqao when he'd come
here for a few days every month
to assist, advise and act as prose-
cutor on various cases. On Cura-
qao he was often confronted with
maintaining the laws on animal
protection when animals were
abused or otherwise harmed.


Van Delft explains that animals
have fundamental rights, like
food and shelter, freedom of
movement and adequate treat-
ment when injured or ill. If the
people who are responsible for
an animal violate these laws by
neglect, abuse, or inadequate
treatment, it is a criminal offence
and they can be convicted. The
Prosecutor has the duty to main-
tain and enforce laws on animal
protection as written in the Penal
Code. The most recently updated


regulations on the protection of
animals in the Antillean Penal
Code were signed by Governor
R.N. Hart. They are the instru-
ments that van Delft uses to end
an unlawful situation.
Besides enforcing laws for the
protection of animals, there is
another island ordinance, up-
dated on June 25t, 1998. The
Articles 1 to 13 give specific
rules to prevent animal abuse.
The caretaker of the animal will
be considered responsible if the
animal runs loose, is aggressive
and dangerous, or causes harm to
the environment.

Following the regrettable acci-
dent two months ago when two
women were attacked by an ag-
gressive dog near Seru Largo,
the Prosecutor, the Governor and
the Police Chief ordered that the
dog ordinance be put into action.
As a result, more than 200 dogs
have been picked up by the dog-
catcher. All of these dogs were
running loose and were in a piti-
ful and/or neglected state. The
dogcatcher, accompanied by a
veterinarian, uses the "dog
friendly" approach. The dogs are
sedated and, depending on their
chances of being adopted, are
brought into the Animal Shelter.
If their health or behavior is be-
yond help, they are euthanized.


Every bario on Bonaire has an
appointed Bario Director. They
are the ones who mediate be-
tween people when problems
arise in the neighborhood. They
are also the ones who will ap-
proach the owners of animals
after the Dierenbescherming
(animal protection group) has
received a complaint about a
situation that appears to be harm-

"The standards on
animal protection
are codified, but
we need to put a
lot of effort into
making people
aware of what the
protections are."


ful to the animal. Often the
Prosecutor doesn't even have to
take action, which is always the
last resort. If the owner is willing
to improve the situation, act on it
and thus meet the basic require-
ments of the law, everybody is
happy.

Van Delft supports the Dieren-
bescherming (F.A.W.B., Animal


OnAnimalRights

Welfare Foundation) and the
Police to encourage the public of
Bonaire to acknowledge and
abide by the law on animals, and
here also lies the biggest chal-
lenge. He gives an example by
quoting Article 265 of the Antil-
lean Penal Code: "He who has
an animal under his care, but
injures, mistreats, neglects or
abuses the animal, is in violation.
The animal will be seized and
the person can be convicted of
up to six months in prison or a
fine of NAf 1.000. If a similar
violation has happened before,
the person responsible for the
animal can be sentenced for at
least one year in prison."

David, an animal lover himself,
acknowledges the fact that there
exists a big problem on the defi-
nitions of abuse, not in the law,
but in the daily life on the is-
lands. "Of course, it's under-
standable" he says, "When a
family can hardly survive them-
selves, there won't be enough
food or money left for the dogs,
let alone the extra money for
sterilization. The situation will
only get worse. If the animal
suffers, it's the owner's duty and
responsibility to find a better
solution, like the Animal Shel-
ter."
(Continued on page 9)


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W e are so late in reporting
on this year's parroty
trials and tribulations that "love"
is no longer in the air and the birds
are very much getting down to the
business of raising their babies.
The pungent aroma that is venting
from nest cavities around the is-
land is that of parrot poop, and my
goodness, those growing pink
bundles of joy produce consider-
able quantities of this aromatic
substance. The growth of parrot
chicks is simply incredible. The
smallest we have weighed this
year was a mere 9.3grams, having
hatched from her egg only hours
before. A single 5 Guilder coin
weighs more! Within less than
three weeks this little darling will
be nearly 200 grams, about the
same as an empty Nutella jar,
(mmmm Nutella!). In case you
missed that inconceivable growth
rate: at less than three weeks of
age Lora chicks are 20 times heav-
ier than when they hatch!
Amazon parrots like the Lora
nest in cavities found in trees and
on Bonaire they also use cliffs.
The cliff nesting behaviour is al-
most unique to Bonaire for this
group of parrots. So the key point
here is that parrots do not and
cannot make their own nests. If
we chop down all the big old trees


Just hatched, this Lora chick
weighed only 9.3 grams.

there will be surprisingly few cliff
nests for the parrots to breed in.
When they do get sexy and de-
cide to breed, Mr and Mrs Lora
work together to produce two,
three or four white eggs. This year
we found that many eggs were
cracked. It is difficult to determine
the exact cause, but introduced
rats and cats are believed to be the
culprits in most cases. So some
parrot pairs didn't even make it
past this stage. But thankfully
several pairs have. When the
chicks hatch they are completely
helpless. Their eyes and ears are
closed and they cannot even lift
their own heads. The female par-
rot must remain in the nest to pro-
vide warmth for her chicks until


Rhian IEva
they are at least two weeks old.
During this time she is totally
dependent on the male to provide
her with food. He will spend much
of his day foraging to collect
enough food for himself and the
family. When his crop is full he
will return to the nest area and
regurgitate food to the female. She
will in turn distribute it amongst
the chicks. The parrot pair's trust
and dependence on each other
during breeding is simply incredi-
ble.
Look out for news of the grow-
ing Lora chicks in the next Bon-
aire Reporter! U Sam Williams
Sam Williams is in his third year
of studying
Bonaire's
endangered
parrot, lo-
cally called
the lora.


his week Jane Madden,
Bonaire Animal Shelter
Volunteer Extraordinaire, sent us
this darling photo of adoptees,
Morris, Thomas and Otis.
Jane writes:
The many kittens that the
Bonaire Animal Shelter has
taken in during the last month
really need homes. There's been
an influx of kittens in the last six
weeks. All of them came in very
young (some had to be hand fed
for a few weeks) and they are
growing quickly. Most of
these kittens are only 9 to 12
weeks old, only two are four
months.


The following three in our
photo are all 9 weeks old.

Adorable little Morris has
pale grey fur with black and
white stripes and spots, particu-
larly on his head and belly. He is
the little brother of all black
furred Maude, but much smaller.
He will likely grow up to be a
small cat but big on giving love.
Red and white Thomas is a
new arrival. He's still a bit shy,
but once he's in your arms he
turns into a purring little fur ball
of affection.

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GOVERNMENT Part 1

Age, religion, government or
politics are the last things that
people usually like to discuss.
But this is what most people are
talking about these days. The
elections in America are a big
issue, is it Barack Obama or John
McCain to be elected as Presi-
dent of the USA. It's a broad
subject.
When you go on several online
dictionaries you find different
definitions for government like:
Political parties in a parliamen-
tary system or the persons who
make up a governing body. But
the one I like the most is the ad-
ministration or management of
an organization, business or insti-
tution. When you understand the
sort of administration they are
delivering, then you can under-
stand what kind of government
we have. We don't have to go far
away to understand that, we are


9ONAIE REAN VOICES


part of a government. You have
the right to learn more about
your government and express
yourself.
This Part 1 is just the begin-
ning. The basic thoughts of the
people come forward and then
we will learn what our govern-
ment is doing about it. Most peo-
ple you ask about what they
think about our government have
different answers. Some might
say that they are doing their job
right, others have mixed feeling
and you find those that are very
skeptical.

A lady (42) said, "What the
government does is think about
themselves having more power
and control. They forget about
the people who voted for them.
They think more about their fi-
nancial problems and how they
can solve them. In my generation
I haven't experienced any appro-
priate government that has really
satisfied my needs. I had to work
hard, raised my two children all


by myself and see the person I
voted for take advantage of my
tax money. They sway people
with nice words, but in reality
there's a fatal fault or promise
that they can't fulfill. We need a
government that works for the
people, all kinds of society rich,
poor, middle class, upper class -
everyone. For more than 50 years
we've been trying to live up to
our constitution, but every time
we fail. Now is the time as Hol-
land takes over to bring some
changes. We are not ready to be
on our own; we fight with each
other too much. We don't know
how to sit at conference table or
address our elves to our political
partners in a decent way. The
Dutch government is taking over
little by little. We don't see the
changes right away, but they are
coming I think. Maybe we can
learn from them and then... we
can be ready to do it ourselves."

Others express concern about
having Holland mingling with


our busi-
ness and
taking away
our rights of
freedom.
That's why
she (46)
asked, "Can
we do it
ourselves?
In the past
our ances-
tors knew
how to do
it. They
raised cat-
e, w The seat ofB
tie, worked
in agriculture and did a lot more.
How you are going to explain to
an 84-year-old man who can take
good care of himself that there
will be some changes in the near
future? My question is, are we
preparing for that future?"
Through this column we are
going to learn more about the
present and the future govern-
ment. Get your Reporter and


;onalre s Island overnment
keep informed
as to what the
Bonairean
Voices have to
say. 0
Siomara E.
Albertus

Send your comments to The
Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box
407, Bonaire, or email reporter
(tbonairenews.com.


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throughout the Caribbean,
enjoyed its second reprint with a
festive party at Addo's Books
and Toys last week. The petite
and charming volume that's
loaded with Caribbean lore and
recipes kept its author, Saskia
Romeijn Vermeer, busy signing
copies all evening. Attendees
were treated to classical piano


renditions by Saskia's mom,
Lya, free flowing drinks and
some of the popular dishes from
the book. "I've updated the
book," says Saskia, "and put
some more emphasis on Bon-
aire."The book is available at
Addo's Books and Toys, Antil-
lean Wine Company and many
other gift shops on the island. U
L.D.


H eartiest congratulations to Matt Sellars, son of Laura and George DeSalvo (editor and pub-
lisher, respectively, of The Reporter). Matt, a news director of CBS television, Channel 8 in
San Diego, won two Emmys this month; one for an individual report on floods in La Jolla, and the
other as part of the team that covered the devastating California wildfires last year.
Many on the island know Matt as the producer, director, writer and photographer of the "Save Klein
Bonaire" film which was instrumental in obtaining the funds to purchase Klein from the developers in
1999 for the people of Bonaire. U L.D.


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Opposition Builds

to Direct Dutch Link
Awor Te Ora (Now Is The Time) Group Takes Action


Awor Te Ora thinks that now is the
time to correct the course of the
action being followed in the restructuring
of Antilles and particularly Bonaire direct
Dutch ties (the Antilles Central Govern-
ment will disappear). To better inform all
the people on Bonaire they held an infor-
mational meeting last Thursday, June 1, at
the Sporthall. Up until then most of their
material had been released in Papiamentu
so the aim of the evening was to introduce
their ideas to Dutch, English and Spanish
speakers in three successive sessions. The
first session was in Dutch and attended by
about a dozen people; The Reporter corre-
spondent was the only attendee for the
English session; and no one showed for
the Spanish session.
On hand to present the views of Awor
Te Ora were Carlos (Cai) Marsera, Eric
Paulina, Benito Dirksz and Johan (Jopie)
Giskus, the driving force behind the ac-
tion group. In the past Mr. Giskus was
the head of W.E.B. (the power and water
company) and prominent in the ruling
political party.
Awor Te Ora's fundamental argument,
stated in their Resolution of the Fourth of
March, 2008, is that the September 10,
2004, Referendum violated the United
Nations' defined right of self-
determination.
Readers might recall that voters had to
select one of four choices:
A: Maintain the present status of the
Netherlands Antilles


B: Direct Democratic Ties with Hol-
land
C: Bonaire Autonomous within the
Dutch Kingdom
D: Independence
Awor Te Ora holds that since Option B,
the choice favored by the voters, was not
defined sufficiently (ie: did not clearly
state that Bonaire will be integrated into
Holland) to meet the UN guidelines. In
addition persons not qualified to vote in
normal elections, non-citizens with resi-
dency of five years or more and 16 and 17
year-olds, were permitted to register their
choice.
Awor Te Ora also finds many faults in the
way the restructuring is being negotiated
with the Dutch. Specifically, they are con-
cerned that the commission overseeing
the process has no Bonairean members.
The majority of Bonaire's people are not
represented by their elected officials. The
culture, rules, regulations and human val-
ues that were defined in documents pro-
duced by the religious leaders of Bonaire
are not being considered, and no scien-
tific or reliable approach towards intro-
ducing a new currency is being used. Mr.
Giskus expressed personal concerns that a
repetition of the May 30, 1969, Curaqao
violence* could result if the concerns of
Bonaireans were not addressed.
Awor Te Ora believes the following steps
must be taken to have a proper resolution
of the new status of Bonaire:


Eric Paulina, Johan (Jopie) Giskus and Carlos (Cai) Marsera ofAwor Te Ora I


1. Name an officially non-political or-
ganization that will be in charge of co-
ordination and information through a
general or public collection of signa-
tures among the people of Bonaire in
order to reach:
- A national dialogue with participation of
all sectors and stakeholders;
- An evaluation of the process by the
United Nations;
- An objective presentation of information
to the Bonairean community about the
present process and the final phase of the
new political structure;
- A (new) consultative referendum;
2. To approach the officials of the Is-
land Council, Federal (Central) Gov-
ernment and parliaments of the Dutch
Kingdom in order to obtain the neces-
sary changes to realize the points men-
tioned above.
To date Awor Te Ora has been essentially
ignored by the Bonaire government and
other officials. This past weekend they
presented their case to a delegation from
COPPPAL. COPPPAL (The Permanent


Conference of Political Parties in Latin
America and the Caribbean) is an organi-
zation of 52 political parties from 29
countries in the Americas. The opposition
Democratic Party (PDB-Red) is a mem-
ber. At the conference Fernando Martin, a
COPPPAL member, stated that Holland is
not only violating Bonaire's right to self-
determination but the principles of good
governance as well in its conduct of the
present proceedings.
Awor Te Ora maintains they will bring
their case to the UN if their concerns con-
tinue to be ignored. U G.D.

*The May Movement was civil unrest fueled
by poor labor conditions for working-class
Curacaoans. The Movement culminated on
May 30, 1969, when a demonstration that day
turned into a riot that burned down buildings
in Willemstad. The May Movement was fol-
lowed by social change in Curacao, leading to
the first ever black governor of the Nether-
lands Antilles, Ben Leito, and black Prime
Minister, Ernesto Petronia. Doors opened for
black working-class Curacaoans in higher
education and managerial posts in the private
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Compiler, Editor and Illustrator of the Papiamentu-English Dictionary
Compiler, Editor and Illustrator of the Papiamentu-English Dictionary


An Interview with Betty Ratzlaff-
Henriquez reveals interesting facts:

Q. When did the work on the dictionary
begin and what were the circumstances?
A. The real work began in the latter part of
1985 and early 1986. I had come to Bonaire,
and particularly to Trans World Radio, as a
Papiamentu language teacher for the TWR
staff.

Q. Why did you want to create this dic-
tionary in the first place?
A. Actually, it was my students and the
manager at TWR who was also studying the
language who urged me to do this. However,
I must admit that I had wanted to create a
dictionary, perhaps not of this magnitude,
many years ago, back in 1958, when I was
teaching Papiamentu in Aruba. Over the
years I collected many words, alphabetized
them and began to separate them grammati-
cally into groups of verbs, nouns, adjectives,
etc. But that is as far as I got until the TWR
people urged me to complete the task.

Q. What was the most difficult part about
creating this dictionary?
A. The first problem was that I was com-
puter illiterate and 60 years old so I had to
enroll in some computer classes. It could not
have been done without a computer. Then I
had to decide if it would be just a compre-
hensive word list or an actual dictionary. A
word list would have just been the word and
an English translation. For a dictionary I
would have to tell the part of speech, give
some examples of usage, and also show al-
ternative words and synonyms. It was de-
cided that if I took the time to work on some-

Profiles (Continued from page 5)
Often it's just common sense as well, or
the lack of it. Recently there were several
cases where dogs had to be seized. The
owners weren't aware that putting their
dogs in wooden crates 24 hours a day was
cruel and abusive. Since they couldn't be
persuaded to improve and change the
situation, the dogs were taken away by
the police and put in the care of the Ani-
mal Shelter.
"Here lies a tremendous task for the
animal movement," David points out.
"The standards on animal protection are
codified, but we need to put a lot of effort
into making people aware of what the
protections are. Sometimes we need the
advice of a professional, like a veterinar-
ian, to judge a situation." Van Delft gives
an example of a recent case concerning
some horses. The veterinarian confirmed
that the situation was "illegal" and abu-
sive, and measures were taken, resulting
in improvement of the situation.
"There is and will be plenty of discus-
sion about the definition of what the well-
being of an animal means. But there is the
law, and there is common sense. Every-
one has a duty to show regard for the wel-
fare of animals, according to the law."
Van Delft is in a position to make sure
that this awareness
will become inte-
grated into our com-
munity, and he does
so by maintaining the
Law on Animal Pro-
tection. 0
Photos & story by
Louise Rood


After
more than
five years
out ofprint,
Betty
Ratzlafrf s
Papiamentu
-English
Dictionary
is once
again avail
able on
Bonaire and
via Internet.
See ad in
Classifieds,
page 14.
thing, then I
should make it good enough to really help
people who wanted to learn the language of
our islands.

Q. Were there other memorable obsta-
cles along the way?
A. Remember, it was 1985 so learning a
computer back then was not as simple as
today. You had to learn and remember com-
binations of letters and numbers to get a
single command. Now, you just click a but-
ton for an action. And there were no laptop
computers then either. My computer and
printer were both very large. I had to travel
back and forth to Canada with them as bag-
gage. The customs officials eyes opened
very wide when she was going with all that
luggage. And taking a computer course and
exam in a government schoolroom with a
friar keeping watch was very memorable!


Q. What was the most fun or interesting
part about making this dictionary?
A. Without question it was the research
part of the project. I was able to visit Antil-
lean and Aruban people from all walks of
life to get their input on words and different
usage. Sometimes I would ask them about a
word and they would look at me and say,
"Oh, no Betty, don't put that word in. E ta
'malu malu." It was a vulgar word. An-
other interesting thing was that the news
that someone was making a dictionary at
TWR spread rapidly and within two weeks
there were people knocking at my door
asking to buy the dictionary.

Q. How long did it take you to learn
Papiamentu?
A. When I arrived in Aruba in 1949, I
had one priority and that was to learn the
language and learn it well. I began within a
few days of arrival and had brief lessons
from Robert McClain, a missionary with the
Evangelical Alliance Mission. He had writ-
ten some information about how he under-
stood the grammar that I had to learn. After
that I had to go out among the people and
listen and write down words, find out the
meanings and memorize them. It took me
two years to be comfortable enough to
speak the language well and to teach others.

Q. Are there times that you prefer Papia-
mentu to English?
A. Yes, many times. I believe that often
the Papiamentu language is far more de-
scriptive, expressive and figurative when
telling a story or incident. Especially when
it is humorous. Sometimes when Bicento
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say a word in Papiamentu that describes
that incident in a much more colorful way.
Papiamentu has innuendoes, nuances and
connotations that English lacks.
Q. Is it confusing for you to go back and
forth between the two languages?
A. Not any more. We go in and out of
the two languages without giving it a
thought. Whatever word comes to mind
first is said in a flowing, uninterrupted man-
ner.
Q. After teaching so many people how to
speak Papiamentu, what do you think is the
most difficult thing for English speakers to
learn?
A. I would say the hardest part is sticking
to it and making the commitment.

Q. What do you think is the most difficult
thing for Papiamentu speakers to learn
about English?
A. The grammar of Papiamentu follows
very closely that of English, except for the
placement of adjectives that mostly appear
after the noun in Papiamentu but before the
noun in English. One problem for Papia-
mentu speakers learning English is that
Papiamentu was not taught in schools. It is
now in these last years that Papiamentu
grammar is being taught in schools. So the
next generation growing up will not find it
so difficult to learn to speak English cor-
rectly. I feel people should not try to pick
English up 'in the street' but should try to
take classes where they can learn it cor-
rectly. Once you learn it 'off the street' it is
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S ea turtles have started to
breed on Bonaire again,
which means that the big adult
turtles are back on the reefs of
Klein Bonaire and along Bon-
aire's southwest coast. Adult
turtles come to Klein Bonaire
for only a few months every
two to three years, migrating
from their feeding grounds far


away. To adequately protect
sea turtles in all their habitats
we must learn more about their
migratory patterns, their be-
havior at sea, and where their
marine habitats are located.
This is where the technology
of satellite telemetry becomes
useful and important in pro-
tecting sea turtles.


Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire (STCB) plans to place
two transmitters on turtles in
2008. On June 19, the first of
these transmitters was attached
on a large adult female logger-
head turtle. This animal was
found resting just off the dive
site "Knife" at Klein Bonaire,
caught by STCB staff and vol-


unteers and lifted on board the
research boat Nancy Too for
transmitter attachment.
The female loggerhead has a
shell length of 96 cm and is
estimated to weigh about 120
kg. Adult loggerhead turtles
come to Bonaire to breed from
May through July. The turtle is
expected to remain in the area
and lay two or more nests be-
fore departing to her home
feeding grounds.
Tracking of this loggerhead
turtle is being made possible
by a full sponsorship provided
by the Rotterdam Zoo. The
Zoo has decided to call her
"Wiske."
STCB exists to ensure the
protection and recovery of
Bonaire's sea turtle popula-
tions throughout their range.
Founded in 1992, it's a Bon-
aire-based, non-governmental
and non-profit organization,
part of the Wider Caribbean
Sea Turtle Conservation Net-
work.
To make a contribution or
for more information contact:
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email stcb(idbonaireturtles.org.
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SGB Cleanup


T his might be your
last opportunity to
view the wrecked cars at
the landfill as SELIBON
has announced that a com-
pany from Curaqao is on
the island this week with a
crusher and will take away
1,500 wrecked cars. SELI-
BON has been collecting
the cars from around the


island and has been stock-
piling them at the landfill
and behind Consales Cash
and Carry.
One of the first person on
the island to dedicate a lot
of time to picking up old
derelict cars was Bruce
Bowker of Carib Inn. He,
together with many of his
visiting tourist guests,


would pile into his old
truck, "Big Pink," and by
hand, load it up with
rusted, rotted and broken
down cars and take them to
the landfill. SELIBON
gave Bruce a special thank
you award on September
12, 1997, for his helping to
keep Bonaire clean. 0 L.D.


Last week there was a call to the
community to join together to
help clean up the grounds of the SGB
High School. In preparation, SELIBON
dropped off large refuse containers at
various points on the grounds.
On the appointed day, last Saturday, a
group of stalwart members of the Inter-
national Bible Church of Bonaire showed
up with rakes and other tools and went to
work (photo above). The church is now
using the facilities at the SGB since mov-
ing from their location across from Trans


World Radio. (Interestingly, the SGB's
technical school will be housed in the
Church's old facilities.)
SELIBON also sent a group armed
with more tools- even a weed eater- and
they went to work gathering debris and
tossing it into a SELIBON truck. (Front
page photo)
The numbers of volunteers and workers
might have been disappointingly low but
the enthusiasm was high. Thanks to all of
you. The areas they cleaned looked 1,000
times better! 0 L.D.


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Teenage Pregnancy, Not A
Mistake!
Somebody
Has to StandI
up for Those
Remarkable
Girls!

Dear Editor:

I'd like to
respond to the
article about
teenage preg-
nancy ("Island
View" column
by Mary Ann
Koops, "Lets' talk About Sex,
Baby" Bonaire Reporter June 13-
27, 2008) because I find it impor-
tant that we start to take time to
understand the values of those
young women and treat them as
adults. The author of the article,
"Teenage Pregnancy," made a very
good point. We should start to ask
the women why it is important for
them to be pregnant instead of
judging it as a mistake in the heat
of the moment.
In my work at FORMA I've had
the opportunity to get acquainted
with several remarkable young
mothers whom I admire for their
strength, survival instincts and
sincere dedication to their children.
I see the young mothers as a sub-
culture with their own norms and
values and behavioral rules. From
their own point of view, they did-
n't make a mistake but made a
conscious choice to create a family
of their own. Most of these women
have two or three children and to
have four children is not that un-


usual. They take pride in their
motherhood and have all the best
intentions of giving their children a
better life than they themselves
experienced.
The young mothers' backgrounds
have some similarities. Most of
them come from a home with
poorly educated parents (where for
example the parents may be illiter-
ate). They experienced little educa-
tional stimulation in their lives
either at home or at school. Parents
had to work a lot to bring food to
the table so there was a lack of
attention and stimulation for those
women. At an early age they also
had several responsibilities at
home taking care of siblings and
household chores.
Because of the lack of attention
and stimulation the young women
developed very low self-esteem,
self worth and low self confi-
dence, which was often the reason
they dropped out of school. Be-
cause of their lack of self esteem a
lot of those young women at
school were constantly faced with
failure (low grades, not being able
to answer questions, not being able
to fit in the group.) When it be-
came too painful and they decide
not to go to school anymore they
are called a "drop out," a very
negative word of disrespect that is
an exact confirmation of how this
girl already feels about herself.
The need to feel respected and
valuable is a universal need. The
decision to become a mother ful-
fills this need. You, as a drop out,
without any future prospects, sud-
denly have a very respected role in
society: the role of a mother! As


Crime Wave Comment
SLetthe Editor e
the Editor aom.


well, you are valuable and mean-
ingful in unconditional terms to
your own children. This gives
those young women self esteem!
From this self esteem they develop
the courage again to follow adult
education to broaden their chil-
dren's future prospects.
I absolutely do agree that sex
education in schools should de-
velop awareness of the importance
of using contraceptives, but it
won't solve the early motherhood
of the group of women I've de-
scribed. If we want to prevent teen-
age pregnancy we will have to
work in a profound way to develop
high self esteem and self confi-
dence and create stimulating learn-
ing environments. Those methods
of empowerment should start at the
pre-school level and follow in kin-
dergarten, elementary school, high
school and adult education. Also
companies and organizations
should give attention to raising
people's self esteem and self confi-
dence. Too often we focus on
putting people down instead of
having our eyes open for people's
intentions and the efforts they
make. A healthy self esteem and
self confidence are the keys to
success on four levels: career, rela-
tionships, parenthood and friend-
ship.
For the young mothers we have
today in our society (about 200) we
should be nurturing and stimulat-
ing them, starting with having re-
spect for the mother's role that
they have chosen, and give them a
hand to educate themselves and to
employ them so they can rise
above the poverty level. That at
first will prevent their children
from becoming young mothers.
Inge Berben
Director FORMA


Crime Wave
Comment

Dear Editor:

I read with
interest the
opinion piece
by Ms. Siomara E. Albertus in
your last issue. My husband and I
have had the good fortune to make
annual trips to Bonaire three times.
It is a wonderful island.
We couldn't help notice the
wrought-iron bars on our apart-
ment. It was like being in a cell
block. We also live on a small
island here in Rhode Island. We
also have a wind mill and loads of
tourists. We get out of town when
the cruise ships dock. It was dis-
turbing to hear that food that had
expired was sent to the land fill. I
wonder why it wasn't donated and
used to feed the hungry. Isn't there
tax relief for that type of donation?
I wonder how many tourists send
money to help the donkey sanctu-
ary or the turtle conservation.
My husband and I save all year
to come for two weeks of peace
and quiet. We snorkel all we can
then shop for our groceries. We see
the local prices. We don't isolate
ourselves from the day-to-day life
of local people.
Talking to each other is what it is
all about. I sure hope the govern-
ment reads about the crime wave.
I sure hope that Bonaire students
get the support they need to lead
environmental efforts to put all the
washed up plastic junk from the
beaches into recycling. We now
can buy lumber made from plastic.
We hope to plan our next trip to
join in this clean-up effort. I can
think of no other place I would
rather spend EARTH DAY.
Caring Aquidneck Islanders


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Pets of the Week (Contin. from page 6)
Otis has grey and black
stripes with a couple of white
toes. Otis is sweet and love-
able but a strong little man. He
survived a dog bite that re-
sulted in the need for early
sterilization but he is hearty
and healthy with no scars ei-
ther physically or mentally."

On August 3 the Shelter will
celebrate their 25th anniver-
sary. It's had some rough
times, like in November 1996
when it almost went bankrupt
with no money to buy the food
or pay the staff. (Port Call
(now Bonaire Reporter), No-
vember 1-7, 1966: "Help! Ani-
mals in Danger") But due to
the faithful volunteers, staff
and the board putting together
fundraisers it made it and now
has become an important part
of island life by caring for
homeless pets, providing edu-
cation and information offer-
ing a sterilization program.
You're invited to stop by and
see for yourself what a fine
operation it is. The Shelter is
on the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Saturday, 9
am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm..
Telephone 717-4989.

Did you know that you may
board your dogs at the Shel-
ter? They have very commo-
dious accommodations. Reser-
vations for the future are defi-
nitely recommended as July is
already fully booked. U L.D.











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Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu.-We.-Th. & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
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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
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Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com

Searching For GREAT
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For Quality House Cleaning
CALL JRA
Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
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Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
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The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support to
Bonaire's non-profits. To learn more about
making a US tax deductible donation visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a
difference!

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


l CLASSES in silversmith-
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art of beading. Call
Louise at 717-7021 or 700
-9422.

Learning Papiamentu? New Papia-
mentu-English Dictionary 2nd Edition
Fully bilingual. Approx. 20,000 words
and phrases. Sold as a fundraiser for
Jong Bonaire. Now available at book-
stores in the ABC Islands or
www.PapiamentuDictionarv.com


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


COLLECTION of over 500 MAT-
TEL HOT WHEELS toy cars and
accessories from the last 20 years.
Cool stuff! Will sell individually or as
a lot. 780-9904

(Business) B.V. FOR SALE
Complete with Cosmetic
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Call 717-4111 or 786-4635

Gezin met 3 kids zoekt passende
woonruimte (4 BR) voor max. NAf
2800 -bel: 00297-5921161


In. rJ OML .


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.


One bedroom in a two bedroom
condo available now through October,
2008. $500.00 a month, fully fur-
nished, plus utilites shared with cur-
rent occupant. Please call 717-6951
for more details. Great location, large
living room and kitchen with washing
machine.

For Sale: Renault TWINGO, Built
2002, Airco, very good condition Tel.
717-4111 or 786-4635.

Two Sharp televisions for sale,
both working just fine. One is a 26"
screen with remote--cost is FL
200.00. The second is a 14" screen
with remote--cost is FL 100.00. Or,
take both for FL 275.00. If interested,
call 717-2848.

Queen size mattress NAf. 100, 3
desks NAf. 100 each, 2 wooden
frames single beds NAf. 150 each, 2
small cabinets NAf. 25 each Call:
717-8603

Fully furnished house for rent in
Hato with 3 aircos, NAfl. 2000 per
month. Tel (Aruba) : 297-561-1190 /
297-587-6383 / 297- 583-6483

Porch Sale- Sat. July 5. Kaya
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Did
You
Know
.... that
while man-
groves are
one of the
most produc-
tive and
beneficial
tropical eco-
systems, at the same time they are also one of the most rapidly disap-
pearing and least protected? Now you may be saying to yourself,
"Well, that might be true but isn't this article supposed to be about
marine biology? What do trees on land have to do with the reefs?"
Well, these trees, some of which are actually growing in the water
thanks to extensive systems of prop roots, are extremely important to
reef health. The mangroves act as a sort of "daycare" for juvenile reef
fish. They provide a safe place for the fish to grow and an excellent
source of food. Without mangroves, reefs would certainly have fewer
fish and those fish that are present would likely be considerably
smaller.
While mangroves are a threatened ecosystem in
many parts of the world, here on Bonaire steps have been taken to
prevent that. Mangrove systems on Bonaire are protected as part of
the Bonaire National Marine Park. If you would like to learn more
about mangroves there are various groups that lead guided tours
around Lac Bay. Story &photo by Bill Stangler


Bill Stangler is going to be a senior at the University
of South Carolina, majoring in geography and environ-
mental studies. He's currently taking summer courses
at the CIEE Research Station Bonaire. Bill enjoys
scuba diving, canoeing and kayaking. Ifyou have any
questions or comments e-mail him at stan-
gler@mailbox.sc.edu.


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Wlc/akaya Island, Fiji


A s I often do- I like to compare
the island of Bonaire with other
islands that, just as ours, offer unbe-
lievable and exclusive diving experi-
ences. I've just returned from Wakaya
Island in Fiji, southeast of Viti Levu. It
is an exclusive island with just 300
inhabitants and one dive resort. And
just as we live by our Bonaire time,
they live as much on Fiji time: no
hurry, don't worry.
The Fijian people, like the Bonaire-
ans, are hard workers but will seldom
exchange progress at the cost of their
happiness. They enjoy living at a slow
pace, rather than "the modern way"
where family time is so often compro-
mised. It's better to work less and have
more time with the family than to work
hard and lose love for nature and peo-
ple..
I relay a message from the Fijian people, spoken
by an elder, and dedicated to Bonaire:
"Pay attention to everything you see and hear:
the leaves in the morning breeze, the waves on
the ocean. Everything moves and everything
moves to a rhythm, and everything that moves to
a rhythm will create sound.
At this moment the same thing is happening
here and everywhere else in the world. Our ances-
tors noticed the same thing when they went
through their daily lives: 'the sound of nature is


music to your ears.
Now someone on your island has changed all
this, someone is guilty of disturbing the music
and your quality of life.
Progression of foreign occupation has changed
all what was once a peaceful population who
were getting on with their daily occupations. Now
you seem busy and stressful 'destruction for
construction.'
Nature is being forced to make way for a new
population that values the acquisition of posses-
sions." 0 Hendrik Wuyts


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* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the eve-
ning hours.

Saturdays

Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 6-10pm
* Rincon Marsh--6 am-2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. 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 nature by Bonaireans from Rin-
con. Call Maria Koeks for more infor-
mation-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 enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restau-
rant & 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, 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 Te
* 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, fol-


lowed 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
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 &
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 Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show, every 2nd &
4th Wednesday 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 fumished so it appears the
family has just stepped out Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thru Fri-
day, 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. Visit homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel.
717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some 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, NAf2,50. Call Joop
717-5903 for venue.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Caf6. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month
- Junior Chamber International Bon-
aire (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 wel-
come. Contact: Renata Domacass6
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 Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Kralendijk
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English
at 9 am; Sunday evening prayer meet-
ing 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 Lat-
ter Day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26,
Sundays 8:30 11:30am. In Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk 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. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di
Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bon-
aire Youth Center in English, Dutch and
Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel.
Contact: 786-2557.
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322


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*to find it... just look up

A Sky Full of Wonders Comine Up


Have we ever got some sky goodies for you all next week: the Moon, two
planets and a great star just after sunset, and shortly after midnight the
outrageous beauty of the Milky Way.
Tuesday, July 1st, just after dark around 9:30 p.m. face due west where you will
see three lovely lights just above the horizon: the blue white star Regulus, which
marks the heart of Leo the Lion, and just above it extremely close visually, rouge
-gold planet Mars. And up to their left the yellowish ringed planet Saturn. I
strongly recommend that if you have a small telescope to look at Saturn because
its rings never fail to amaze.
Twenty-four hours later on Wednesday, July 2nd, you will notice that Mars has
moved a bit farther away from Regulus. And 24 hours later, on July 3rd, even far-
ther away. But 24 hours later on Friday night the 4th of July all three will appear
equally spaced from one another and in a straight line. And if you have a really
clear flat horizon you may see a two-day-old crescent Moon making its appear-
ance.
But the best is yet to come because on Saturday July 5th a three-day-old crescent
Moon complete with Earthshine, which will look like a dark full Moon nestled
within the crescent, will have moved into such a position that it, Regulus and
Mars will appear all lined up in a row, and you could even shoot an imaginary
straight line through them. Wow! Once again, July 1st, July 2nd, July 3rd, July 4th
and July 5th. So for the American Independence Day weekend you've got some-
thing to see before the hotels begin their fireworks, but after the fireworks are over
you'll also be able to see something absolutely spectacular because there'll be no
moonlight out to wipe this wondrous phenomenon from view.
Simply go out between midnight and 1 am and if you're far from city lights you
will see a wondrous ribbon of light stretched from the northeast horizon to almost
overhead and back down all the way to the southern horizon. It is called the Milky
Way and every 4th of July between midnight and 1 am it is stretched across the
sky from horizon to horizon. But to see it there can be no moonlight, which is the
case this year and you should be as far away from street lights as possible. The
Milky Way is the combined light of billions of stars so far away that all their light
fuzzes together in a blur. And when we look at it we are actually looking at the
plane of our local family of two hundred billion stars, which we call our Milky
Way Galaxy. So there you have it! Four fabulous objects just after sunset next
week and just after midnight the incredible wonder of the Milky Way. 0
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Aries
You need to be careful this month if you want to avoid conflicts spilling over into
long term resentments. Work or school will require a lot of attention and it may be that
you have letting things slide rather too much lately and need to do some serious catch-
ing up.
Taurus
This is an extremely busy month and you will need to make sure that you find time to
do the things you enjoy amongst all the hard work. The effort will definitely pay off
though and it looks as though your financial circumstances are about to receive a boost!
Gemini
This may well be a peculiar month as nothing is quite what it seems right now. Rela-
tionships may suffer a little as miscommunication seems to be the norm. On the plus
side there is the opportunity to pursue a new interest that you might have never have
seen as appealing before.
Cancer
As long as you control any impulse buys then you should be in an extremely strong
financial position by the end of the month. This will allow you to make serious plans
around some long held ambitions. A loved one will understand provided that you are
fully honest with them.
Leo
Your biggest weakness is that you create grand schemes and then fail to find the
means to put them into action. This month a friend, probably a Water sign, will be on
hand to make sure that you can realise one of your many plans. Try and involve a loved
one in the preparation.
Virgo
The generally upward trend of the year falters a little this month and you will feel
frustrated as certain gains seem to be slipping away. You need to stay patient and avoid
rash decisions. Emotional conflict is inevitable, but say anything that you may come to
regret later.
Libra
Try and take things easy this month, especially before the 15"h as you are in need of a
break from what has been a fairly intense period in your life. The second half of the
month will see excitement building again, particularly in terms of relationships for both
couples and unattached Librans.
Scorpio
Conflict is likely to mar the beginning of the month as some lingering tensions can no
longer be avoided .This will be tempered by some excellent financial news before the
middle of the month. Romance will become important after the 15th and you may find a
new relationship.
Sagittarius
Thanks to the influence of your ruling planet Jupiter you have a preference for physi-
cal activity in your leisure time. This month, you should consider some more cultured
pastimes. It may even lead to romance! Don't be drawn into work place conflicts.
Capricorn
Depending on how you approach certain key situations this could be an incredibly
positive month or one in which some crucial relationships are severely tested. You need
to make sure that you give everyone the chance to speak right now. Share your ambi-
tions with a loved one so that they can understand.
Aquarius
An old saying advises that we should always look before we leap. This applies
strongly to you right now. A tempting opportunity to make some quick money seems
too good to be true and that's because it is! Emotional issues need to be dealt with hon-
estly at the end of the month.
Pisces
You need to be careful about who you choose to confide in this month. A difficult
emotional issue needs to be dealt with discretely. There may be some money difficul-
ties later in the month unless you plan ahead. Someone out there sees your creative
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n Mma a ve Profit Awesome Auction at Buddy Dive
Is Coral Massacre Caribbean Club and Buddy Dive Resort

Guest Editorial Support the Stichting Project.


If you could truly understand the value and the very
reason for the existence of nature, wouldn't you be
more respectful of it? Look at the consumer who drives
his brand new car out of the garage. Isn't he the happi-
est man in town? Little does he think that while driving
home his car is getting older and worn out and losing its
value and his present happiness.
But consider the wonder of nature. Look at that seed-
ling only a few inches tall growing to become an 800-
year-old tree and showing its beauty throughout its life.
It will give each of us "who can see it," the energy of
happiness not just for now, but also for all the time to
come. Nature is the only true beauty on our planet that
can guarantee us lifelong happiness.
So it is not so hard to understand that when someone
is breaking our coral it is like he is stealing a piece of
our happiness. It's taking away someone's ability to
dream. It undermines our human defenses and survival
instinct, or even worse. All the money being made from
tourism is helping to destroy nature. If you tell me that
we need tourism so we will have the funding to protect
the coral, think again. With less tourism there would be
less pollution, fewer hotels, less outside influence, so
there would be less need for protection. There is always
need for awareness, but awareness has to come from
education.
If you believe it's unfair of me to point my finger at
dive tourism, look at this You Tube film, "Coral Massa-
cre," where a dive instructor and group leader ignore all
the regulations of safe diving practice and nature pro-
tection. This group is performing their deep dive spe-
cialty as part of the advanced PADI diving course. Be
sure to pay special attention to the instructor who not
even once signals his students to adjust their buoyancy
during the descent. Go to www.voutube.com/
scubavisionfilms and select: "Coral Massacre." 0
Article & photo by Hendrik Wuyts

Hendrik Wuyts is a Belgian who is a long-time resident
of Bonaire. His skills are the result of decades
of training in film and video techniques in-
cluding lessons at the world renowned Ant-
werp School of the Arts. Hendrik honed his
skills on projects all over the world, including
Jamaica's Negril, Cairns near Australia's
Great Barrier Reef, Egypt, Malaysia, and Si-
padan.
His favorites so far include working with
Max Hammer filming the wrecks of Papua,
New Guinea; promotional production for the Sc
Wakatobi resort in Sulawesi; Masai warriors We are
in Kenya; the unique giant frogs of Lake Titi-
caca, Peru; and working with the Smithsonian Nature F
Institution filming "Carrie Cow Bay" in Be-
lize. His most exciting upcoming project
documenting the "Minority Peoples" of Viet-
nam and Laos. www.youtube.com/
scubavisionfilms has more recent films by the
author about Bonaire. 0


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teenagers. All together they raised more than $4,000. Stichting
Project will use this money to add a professional sports program to
their wide range of projects for youth.
Kids Sea Camp 2008, which was underway at Buddy Dive, helped
run the auction. The auctioned art was created by Stichting Project
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Reader's discretion advised.
Parts of this article may call up
some strong emotions.

You come home and you
are about to open the
door and then you see it: the
broken window or the already
open door. Then comes the rol-
lercoaster of emotions. First
there is denial. All you can think
in the beginning is: "No, no, no,
no, this is not happening to me."
Then comes disappointment.
You accept the fact that some-
body has been in your house
uninvited. Your shoulders sag,
your head goes down as if you
are wearing a very heavy hat,
and you go inside to check the
damage. You start to get frantic
as you are discovering your
missing items. "Oh no, what
about my jewels, my laptop, my
camera?" You are feeling very
stupid at this point: "Why didn't
I take my camera with me? Why
didn't I hide it better? Why did I
leave my house?" You feel dis-
gusted that this wretched person
has touched your clothes, the
food in your refrigerator, your
bed.... Then comes the rage, not
just anger, the absolute full-
blown rage. You turn into a per-
son your own mother would not
recognize: you are capable of
murder. Then the paranoia kicks
in. "Who was it? Was it he/she?"
Every time you leave your house
after this event you want to run
back again to check if every-
thing is all right. All these emo-
tions are coming in the course of
mere minutes. You feel utterly
violated. That is why a break-in
is so devastating.

The things they take are very
personal. A TV is not a personal
item, but a laptop is. The content
makes it personal and valuable.
A laptop is unfortunately much
more portable than a TV. An-
other portable and valuable item
that is always taken is jewelry.
Jewels are mostly gifts. They
remind you of the giver and/or
of the occasion they have been
given to you. Or even worse,
they can be heirlooms, in the
family for generations. For a
thief they are just money.

To make matters even worse,
you may have noticed an alarm-
ing trend. Society will put some
of the blame on the victim. "You
should not have left your camera
out in the open. You should have
bought the latest in security
technology. You should
have...." Some children will
even take a phone (in the class-
room) just because it is left on
the table and the owner is stand-
ing beside the teacher asking a


question. But the most alarming
thing is that the rest of the class
thinks "But it was left on the
table" a logical explanation for
taking the phone.

We have to change things in
our lives because a few others
have decided to take up a crimi-
nal lifestyle. We have to lock
our houses and our cars, hide
things and find a house sitter for
when we go on vacation. All this
to avoid having to go through all
those emotions described above.

Because this is happening all
over the world a lot of scientists
are trying to tackle this problem.
The scientists who do research
on criminal behavior talk about
"nurture" and "nature." "Nature"
is what genes you have received
from your parents, over which
you have no control. "Nurture"
is your upbringing and other
environmental influences that
have an effect on your behavior.
They have found that (looking at
"nature") some people are more
likely to become criminals be-
cause of their genetics. That
would make an easy argument
for them you might think. "I am
so sorry Judge, I cannot help
myself. You see, I have to steal,
my genes tell me to do it." But
the key words are "more
likely. Their genes do not tell
them what to do, but put them
with their genes in a certain
environment/upbringing
("nurture") and then there is the
devil to pay.

Criminal behavior is always a
choice. Criminals choose to
break into a house, just as junk-
ies choose to take that drug.
Maybe your background makes
it harder to make another
choice, but a choice it remains.
What can you do to teach
youngsters to make the right


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The cute little four person "drag shed" of the Schut family
The 32"dof a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some ofBonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."


NORTH SALINA/TRAS DI MONTANA
For more than 10 years the
Schut family has lived on
the island of Bonaire. When they
embarked from the Netherlands a
long time ago they decided to
take their vintage caravan with
them. A very good idea! The
sleurhut (Dutch for "drag shed")
was worth about a thousand
guilders in those days and
shipped for some 3.500 guilders.
A golden idea!
Their small mobile home was
produced in Belgium in 1970 by
a little factory, named De Reu.
This factory made very nice
compact caravans. The Schut
family's is known as a real De
Reu Kasbah: an all-aluminum
body with a wood frame,
mounted on a very simple but
sturdy iron chassis.
Those days, some 40 years
ago, people must have been
smaller, considering the size of
the caravan's main entrance.
Inside the small rolling house
there is sleeping accommoda-
tions for four persons. There are
two more or less fixed beds and
the dining table and the benches
can be converted in a quite small
but comfortable bed for two per-
sons. The small "house" is fitted
with a lot of easy-to-open win-
dows and a roof you can lift up
to create more space, especially
handy for huge Europeans!
There is also a very small
kitchen. The stove has two burn-
ers and there is even running
water! The electrical system of
the vehicle can be connected to
the towing car (12 volts) or to
the local electricity system.
There is even the possibility of
running the lamps on propane!


choice? There is a long list of
what you can do as society and/
or as parents ("nurture!"), but
here is a selection.

Do not hit children. It only
teaches them humiliation. By
hitting a child you are saying
that having the power to hurt
another person is reason enough
to exercise that power. What you
want to teach them is that every-
body has that power, but you
choose not to use it.

Teach them the value of
money. You have to work hard
for your money to buy things.
Teach them that it takes effort,
time and discipline to be able to


Those days, back in the 80s,
the Schut family traveled
through the Netherlands, Bel-
gium and Germany with their
loyal and reliable second house
on two wheels. They never vis-
ited official camp grounds and
always found a little spot at a
friend's place or at a farm.
(Camping in the wild is forbid-
den in the overcrowded areas in
Europe...)
Then they decided to leave the
Old World and head for Bonaire.
The caravan turned out to be
very handy and practical in the
tropics. The wife worked in the
hospital and every now and then
she came home to sleep very
early after working the night
shift. The other members of the
family had prepared the caravan
and had it loaded with food and
drinks. The caravan was con-
nected to their old pickup truck
and they'd head to the tropical
beach where the two little daugh-
ters had a lot of fun. Finally they
fell asleep, in the mobile home


buy that Ipod, those sneakers or
that phone with a camera in it.
When there is little time and/or
effort between wanting and get-
ting, they will keep on wanting.

Nutrition is very important.
Growing children need healthy
food. There is scientific proof
that diet has an effect on your
behavior. They have found that
criminals, for example, on aver-
age eat a lot more sugar than non
-criminals. For those who might
not know it, sugar is poison for a
lot of people.

The most important thing you
can do is to make sure that a
child feels appreciated, loved


of course! In the meantime Mom
slept at home, and after waking
up she also went to the beach to
join the family. Those were the
days!
The last couple of years the
caravan has been parked behind
the house under a carport. Still
the De Reu Kasbah is used, now
as an extra bedroom for friends
and visitors. Recently the cara-
van has been parked in front of
the house. The Shut family just
bought a nice inflatable boat
with an engine and a trailer. The
kids got older. Daddy and his
daughter enjoy the boat now,
using it for trips along the coast
of the main island and voyages
to Klein Bonaire. Some 20 per-
sons have at the caravan, won-
dering, asking about it. But no!
This little roll-
ing home that
brings back so
many memories
is not for sale!
* Story &
photo by J@n


and safe. He or she will feel
good about him- or herself. Even
when "nature" is working
against you, you are able to
boost "nurture" to such a degree
that you lessen the chances of
creating a criminal. We are not
to blame for the behavior of
criminals. But we are to blame if
we do not do everything in our
power to prevent the creation of
criminals. Preventing the choice
of the wrong path
will prevent a lot
of unnecessary
sorrow. U Mary
Ann Koops
Koops teaches
Biology at the
SGB High School.


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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 2008 I n reaction to the 9-11 attack the US government has instituted a new policy. Citizens or nationals of all US visa waiver program (VWP) countries, which includes the Dutch Kingdom, will require an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding an aircraft or ship to head to the US as of January 12, 2009. The rule does not apply to US citizens traveling overseas. To apply for authorization to travel to the US under the VWP, travelers will log on to the ESTA web-based system ( https:// esta.cbp.dhs.gov) and complete an application online providing the biographical and eligibility information. Initially, the website will be in English only, but additional languages will be available no later than October 15. The ESTA web-based system will be available for voluntary applications after August 1. ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel to the US, and VWP travelers are encouraged to apply for authorization as soon as they begin to plan a trip to the US or no later than 72 hours before departure. An approved ESTA travel authorization is valid for up to two years or until the traveler’s passport expires, whichever comes first, valid for multiple entries into the US. Accompanied and unaccompanied children, regardless of age, will be required to obtain an independent ESTA authorization. As part of the Safety Plan of the Netherlands Antilles (PVNA), Justice Minister David Dick (PAR) gave the green light last Friday afternoon to start with the expansion, and renovation, of the Kralendijk police station. On August 1 Bonaire will get a new chief of police, John Schagen, from the Netherlands. Past Chief Jan van Straaten left on February 1 to retire. In making the announcement Justice Minister David Dick said, “He is the right person to be head of the police corps. He is relatively young, has the necessary experience in the different sectors, so he can lead the corps in the second part of the developments. I am very pleased with the leadership of Oscar Obispo and the team during the two months that we were busy recruiting the new chief.” Last week Rignaldo Oswaldo Marin, who handles the eye exams at San Francisco Hospital, Bonaire’s physican’s assistant Dokter di Wowo , celebrated his 30th anniversary in that post . Those who have used his skills over the years know the high caliber of service he provides. In a brief ceremony Dr. Selly Gromotka-Pourier thanked Mr. Marin for his efforts and Commissioner of Health Boi Clarenda (photo above, right) honored him in the presence of his family and presented him with the customary envelope (V & P photo). Recently the Werkcon construction company delivered the three new houses it built on the east side of the Rincon road near the village. Marlon de Haas of Werkcon handed over the keys of the houses to Commissioner of Public Housing, Boi Clarenda, and the relevant documents were (Continued on page 4) Table of Contents This Week’s Stories BES Week 2 Hyperbaric/Recompression Chamber 3 Glen Thode/ Derk 30 4 Parrot Watch (Chicks) 6 Klein Filmmaker Honored 7 Saskia Romeijn Vermeer cookbook Signing 7 Awor Te Ora 8 Interview with Betty Ratslaff– Henriquez 9 Dia di Arte next week 10 Turtle Tagged/Released 10 Crusher Coming (SELIBON) 11 SGB Cleanup (IBC) 11 Letters (Teen Pregnancy, Crime Wave comments) 13 Putting Nature above Profit “Coral Massacre” 18 Awesome Auction at Buddy Dive for Stichting Project 18 Weekly Features Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Profiles– David van Delft 5 Pet of the Week (Kittens) 6 Bonairean Voices (Government) 7 Dining & Shopping Guides 12 Tide Table 13 Reporter Masthead 13 Classifieds 14 Picture Yourself (Fiji) 15 Did You Know (Mangroves) 15 What’s Happening 16 Sky Park (Sky Wonders) 17 Star Power-Astrology 17 Bonaire On Wheels (Drag Shack/Trailer) 19 Island View (Uninvited) 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 July 9, 2008. 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 ! During lengthy political cons ultations during the recently completed “BES Week” in Holland, the Dutch Government agreed to provide additional debt relief for the BES islands and defined the recipients of the relief. In the June 11-18 meetings the Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom Relations, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, agreed to additional debt cancellation for the BES islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Up to NAƒ 50 million in payments from 2006 and 2007 will be absorbed by the Dutch Government. Furthermore, the Dutch are willing to partially absorb deficits (with a €5 million “deductible”) accumulated from 2008 to 2010. The €5 million will be used to set up offices of the Dutch tax s ervice on the three islands. The Dutch tax service will start collecti on of taxes on January 1, 2009. The Dutch have also agreed to make an additional €14 million available for youth affairs, educatio n, public health and safety in 2009 and 2010. It was also agreed that an “i rreversible step” must be taken before the end of this year to bring Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius closer to their new st atus as municipalities of the Netherlands. A package of policy activities for education, healthcare, safety, and social affairs will become effective on December 15. The legislation needed for the transition to the new status must also be ready for parliamentary consideration. An implementation office for duties on behalf of the Netherlands will be opened on December 15 on each of the three islands which will also handle the new universal health care insurance plan. The education sectors in Bonaire, Saba, and St Eustatius will be improved in 2009 and 2010 for housing, personnel, education materials and methods used. An extra €8million has been made available for 2009 and 2010. In the area of public health and youth affairs, a plan for long-term care and accommodation will be drafted. The plan will include an analysis of medical help in cases of accidents and disasters. An additional €6 million has been made available for 2009 and 2010 for dealing with urgent problems in the health care sector. All the islands will have social workers and family counselors. In Bonaire, the emphasis will be placed on re-organizing a home for problem youths. There will be a scheme for welfare associated with the government’s system for welfare in the Netherlands. The implementation office will grant employment permits and check whether the rules are complied with. This office also will deal with compliance with the rules regarding working conditions. The existing Occupational Health and Safety Act will remain in effect for the time being. 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. 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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 2008 L ast Sunday, June 8th, BONHATA held a fundraising wine and cheese extravaganza to benefit Jong Bonaire’s folk dancing project and the Bonaire Animal Shelter’s sterilization project. It was a smashing success. The event was held at the La Pura Vista Bed and Breakfast resort. A highlight was the presentation of a NAƒ 10.000,00 check (not NAƒ10.00 as reported by a typo in last week’s Reporter. What a difference a zero can make! We apologize for this error). In the photo above, BONHATA President, Sara Matera presents the check to Dr. Dick v/d Vaart and Mr. Henk Schrijver, representatives of the Recompression Chamber Foundation Bonaire. Press release Support the campaign to build a new Recompression Chamber and donate to MCB Bank Bonaire account 868384-00 A fter months of meticulous planning and preparation, on Thursday June 12th, it all fell into place. Not literally of course because that would have created a small disaster, but a sigh of relief was definitely heard when the tough job was done. With the arrival on Bonaire of the brand new and much awaited decompression chamber, a very important step on the road to complete Bonaire’s innovative and sophisticated hyperbaric treatment center was successful. To move a pricey medical toolmulti-ton tank is one thing, but to lift it into a medical facility requires pinpoint precision. With the much needed assistance of Don Andres N.V. for transportation and Miles Trucking N.V. for the actual lifting by their massive crane, “the chamber” as everyone involved calls “her,” was carefully placed on her final platform. The tank was built to Bonaire’s specifications in The Netherlands. The new building which holds the chamber also offers facilities for divers who are too sick to be transported. The diver can remain under observation there until there is improvement. A guest room is available for family/friends. The Recompression Chamber Foundation ( Stichting Recompressietank) will continue to run the chamber with its 40 volunteers. Bonaire’s leading hyperbaric physician, Dr. Dick van der Vaart, the driving force behind the project, had a perfect vantage point from the roof of his Centro Medico from where he supervised the operation. “We can be sure that Bonaire has the best recompression tank in the whole Caribbean,” said Van der Vaart, With both feet firmly on the ground, long time hyperbaric technician, Ronald Simonis, made sure that “the chamber” was placed on the exact right spot. The new building is close to San Francisco hospital, not far from the location of the old chamber. One million guilders has already been raised but another NAƒ 600.000 and sponsors are still needed. Story & photo by Martijn Eichhorn & Monique Reichert Bonaire’s new NAƒ1,6 million recompression chamber is dropped into place in its new building on Kaya John Nicolaas as Dr. Dick van de Vaart looks on. Lot is on long lease land and measures 739m2

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 2008 signed. The Social Affairs Department chose the three families who will each receive one of the homes. City Shop donated a 4burner stove and six rattan chairs to the FKPD Handicapped Foundation last week. In the photo, Firas Dabboussi is presenting the gifts to Enna Ilario of the Foundation. Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) on Monday announced it has completed its acquisition of the RBTT Financial Group (RBTT) for a purchase price of approximately $2.2 billion. For now, both banks will continue to operate under their respective brand names, said a spokesman for RBTT Financial Holdings group. RBC has said it plans no cutback of RBTT staff, which numbers about 7,000 across the region. There is an RBTT branch in Bonaire. Prayer and Intercession Church, a new English language full Gospel Church has begun on the island. It is located temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are held in English on Sunday mornings from 10am until 11:30am. Bible studies in English are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm. Questions? Contact Ella Rosa Fischer at 717-3322 Starting June 15th, 2008, the Government of Bonaire will change the business license and restaurant petition granting procedure. The reason for this is to make the process more effective and efficient. Presently, the usual route is for the Notary’s Office to make the request on behalf of the petitioner. The Notary then sends the petition to the Executive Council where it is registered before being sent to D.E.Z.A. for processing. Once the petition arrives at D.E.Z.A. there are certain essential documents which are necessary in order for D.E.Z.A. to work on its advice to Bestuurscollege. Often times, necessary contact information is not included in the petition. This results in D.E.Z.A. not being able to complete the petition within the stipulated time frame. Now petitions should be submitted directly to D.E.Z.A. along with the required documents, which are: copy of valid passport; address registration, obtainable at the Registry and Census Office (Bevolkingsregister/ Burgerzaken); copy of application to the Chamber of Commerce of Bonaire; declaration of good conduct ( bewijs van goedgedrag ), obtainable at the Office of the Lt. Governor at the Government Office (if requesting a liquor and HORECA license, and not older than 3 months); copy of the necessary, paid “fees;” one stamp of NAƒ 5 for each requested permit and one stamp of NAƒ 5, for the petition. D.E.Z.A. will request advice from the different governmental departments concerned and give its advice to Executive Council. For more information, contact D.E.Z.A. at 717-5330 ext. 521 or 297. The Central Bureau for Statistics reported that Bonaire’s economy grew by a real 5% last year, topping growth of St. Maarten (4.5%) and Curaçao (3.5%). Bonaire’s Health Department is helping the CBS (Central Bureau of Statistics) with a crime victim survey that is being held through July 3 on Bonaire . Through a questionnaire the selected household will be asked questions about their feeling about their personal safety in and around their house and if they were a victim of any crime. Readers should be aware that the CBS is a Central Government department known for its discretion and accurate results. Normally when compiling statistics, questions like age, gender, how big the household is, etc. are very common, and results are reported in categories. Individual responses are not identifiable. The survey is always anonymous. Bonaire has a 5% sales tax, commonly called the OB. Last week Dutch Minister of Finance, Wouter Bos, said he wants to delay the planned increase in the Dutch value-added tax (BTW) which is due to be introduced in January 2009, cabinet sources told the Volkskrant newspaper. The sources say Bos thinks the time is not right to increase the tax from 19% to 20% because of its likely effect on economic growth and spending power. It is unclear whether the BTW will apply to Bonaire after the restructuring of the Antilles. If by any chance the political restructuring of the Antilles does not lead to the appropriate changes, the islands must pay back the money they were given. The Dutch delegation at the Parliamentary Deliberation Kingdom Relations Meeting last week (POK) included that point in the final declaration of the meeting that took place in The Hague last week. Antillean children in the Netherlands run a 50% higher risk of dying in their first year of life than children of native Dutch parents . This has been shown by research conducted by Erasmus Medical Centre scientist Ernst-Jan Troe. He found that this increased risk mainly resulted from a lower birth weight and a shorter duration of pregnancy. Possible risk factors are that pregnant Antillean women are more often unmarried or teenagers. His findings show that Antillean infants are, on average, almost 300 grams lighter at birth than Dutch infants. Dutch Prime Minister Balkenende set December 15, 2008 for a new round table conference to review the progress of the changing structure of the Dutch Antilles to take place in Curacao. According to the Antilles Constitution all Kingdom Partners (Antilles, Aruba and Holland) must agree on the new arrangements before it can be implemented. The car rental situation at Bonaire's Flamingo Airport has become chaotic. It’s compounded by the reconstruction of the parking lot which is behind schedule. The row of car rental booths to the west of the terminal were abandoned by the rental companies after the airport authority upped the rental and reportedly wanted 5% of the revenue. The companies moved a few hundred feet across the road to the buildings east of Port Bonaire. But then the Bonaire government (the owner of the airport) decreed that the rental center required a permit to operate and closed it down. As a result rental cars are scattered throughout Kralendijk, in hotel parking lots and elsewhere. Only one rental company has returned to the airport location. Others are shuttling their clients. It is expected that ultimately the court will have to decide the matter The Bonaire island government is sufficiently concerned about the cost of building construction that it is prepared to introduce additional price controls that include building materials. The moratorium on construction permits was lifted some time ago in hopes that the market competition would lead to lower prices but this hasn’t happened. A situation where people can’t afford to build and where public housing construction prices are out of reach must be avoided, said a government press release. Bonaire’s Cancer Foundation will conduct a “Ride for Hope” bike ride this Sunday, June 29 starting at the Sentro di Bario Nort di Salina at 7 am. For adults the route is 11km; for kids, 5km. Register at the Damascus home, 100 Kaya Korona between 4 and 7 pm – until June 27. Entrance fee is NAƒ 20 for adults; NAƒ 10 for kids. The proceeds will go to the Stichting Prinses Wilhelmina Fonds Bonaire Cancer Foundation. The first “Taste of Bonaire” event last Sunday, June 22, was the official opening of the celebration of the International Year of the Reef. The document of the rights of the reef was signed that evening. Jan and Alexandra Cousteau of EarthEco International were on hand and the local group Watapana performed. Some of Bonaire’s best restaurants were on hand to offer their special dishes for just NAƒ 7. If you missed this one, there will be three more “Tastes” later in the summer. In this issue welcome The Reporter’s new advertisers (in alphabetical order): EZ Air Headed by experienced pilot Rene Winkel, who’s not only flown for the big airlines but ran the BonaireCuraçao air ambulance for many years. They are another good choice to fly to Curacao. Intermezzo Spa at Capt. Don’s Habitat offers you the perfect ambiance of serenity and tranquility as you receive a massage, facial, waxing or other body treatment. Check out their specially priced packages, some just for residents. It Rains Fishes Restaurant and Bar is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dine next to the sea with an unparalleled view. Or stop in for a cappuccino or drink. One of the new partners is Huub deGroot, formerly of City Café. DeGroot is a masterful F&B host who attracts professional staff members and consequently a loyal customer following. The Island Supplier (TIS) – Enjoy shopping the “Caribbean Way”Fresh, open air feeling with reasonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods, wide selection of beverages and juices. Stop in and see for yourself. They’re right next to Warehouse Bonaire. Next Friday, July 4th , Sunbelt Realty will open their new sales office. All are invited. They will use the occasion to announce a very special offer for those who choose to list their house for sale with them. The present sales office will be dedicated to rental properties. The Reef Restaurant at Den Laman Apartments will close for the month of July and will reopen in August under new ownership. G./L. D Flotsam & Jetsam (Cont., from page 2) DERK 30! There is nowhere to hide from it ... Congratulations from all of us! -The WannaDive Crew Dean and Faculty Lecturer, Glenn Thodé, PhD, LLM. Attorney and Professor at the University of Aruba, will be the new Lt. Governor ( Gezaghebber ) for Bonaire, succeeding Herbert Domacassé, whose term of office runs out on October 24. The new Governor’s term, which will coincide with the new “municipality status” of Bonaire, is for six years. He’s younger than most of the past appointees. He says the functions of a Gezaghebber will remain necessary after the official restructuring. Currently the Gezaghebber reviews the decisions of the Island Council and Executive Council and fulfils functions in the name of the Dutch Kingdom. Thodé says, “I will look at how I can best be of service to the people of Bonaire.” He adds, “ I was born on Bonaire. As a baby of some months I moved with my parents to Aruba. I spent each holiday on Bonaire at my grandparents’. They imparted to me the life style of the island, but they have mainly given me the love and appreciation for the Bonaire way of life. The spirit of Bonaire is my true nature. Thodé spoke with pride about his great-grandfather, Kachi Craane, who lived on the seaside and built boats: As small boy I helped him with woodworking for the boats. With his grandfather, Alberto Cutter, he visited the kunuku to tend sheep. His other grandfather, Jan Thodé, took him fishing in a sail boat and together they participated in the Bonaire Regatta. Because I have grown up in Bonaire, my character formed there. It made me what I am today. I have to also thank Aruba and The Netherlands in shaping my character. I am actually 100% Bonairean, 100% Aruban and 100% Dutch. His appointment as Gezaghebber of Bonaire is to him a recognition and proof of appreciation of his upbringing.

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 2008 A fter working as a prosecutor in Curaçao during the 90s David van Delft came to work on Bonaire a year and a half ago. He’d become familiar with Bonaire during his period on Curaçao when he’d come here for a few days every month to assist, advise and act as prosecutor on various cases. On Curaçao he was often confronted with maintaining the laws on animal protection when animals were abused or otherwise harmed. Van Delft explains that animals have fundamental rights, like food and shelter, freedom of movement and adequate treatment when injured or ill. If the people who are responsible for an animal violate these laws by neglect, abuse, or inadequate treatment, it is a criminal offence and they can be convicted. The Prosecutor has the duty to maintain and enforce laws on animal protection as written in the Penal Code. The most recently updated regulations on the protection of animals in the Antillean Penal Code were signed by Governor R.N. Hart. They are the instruments that van Delft uses to end an unlawful situation. Besides enforcing laws for the protection of animals, there is another island ordinance, updated on June 25th, 1998. The Articles 1 to 13 give specific rules to prevent animal abuse. The caretaker of the animal will be considered responsible if the animal runs loose, is aggressive and dangerous, or causes harm to the environment. Following the regrettable accident two months ago when two women were attacked by an aggressive dog near Seru Largo, the Prosecutor, the Governor and the Police Chief ordered that the dog ordinance be put into action. As a result, more than 200 dogs have been picked up by the dogcatcher. All of these dogs were running loose and were in a pitiful and/or neglected state. The dogcatcher, accompanied by a veterinarian, uses the “dog friendly” approach. The dogs are sedated and, depending on their chances of being adopted, are brought into the Animal Shelter. If their health or behavior is beyond help, they are euthanized. Every bario on Bonaire has an appointed Bario Director. They are the ones who mediate between people when problems arise in the neighborhood. They are also the ones who will approach the owners of animals after the Dierenbescherming (animal protection group) has received a complaint about a situation that appears to be harmful to the animal. Often the Prosecutor doesn’t even have to take action, which is always the last resort. If the owner is willing to improve the situation, act on it and thus meet the basic requirements of the law, everybody is happy. Van Delft supports the Dierenbescherming (F.A.W.B., Animal Welfare Foundation) and the Police to encourage the public of Bonaire to acknowledge and abide by the law on animals, and here also lies the biggest challenge. He gives an example by quoting Article 265 of the Antillean Penal Code: “He who has an animal under his care, but injures, mistreats, neglects or abuses the animal, is in violation. The animal will be seized and the person can be convicted of up to six months in prison or a fine of NAƒ 1.000. If a similar violation has happened before, the person responsible for the animal can be sentenced for at least one year in prison.” David, an animal lover himself, acknowledges the f act that there exists a big problem on the definitions of abuse, not in the law, but in the daily life on the islands. “Of course, it’s understandable” he says, “When a family can hardly survive themselves, there won’t be enough food or money left for the dogs, let alone the extra money for sterilization. The situation will only get worse. If the animal suffers, it’s the owner’s duty and responsibility to find a better solution, like the Animal Shelter.” (Continued on page 9) “The standards on animal protection are codified, but we need to put a lot of effort into making people aware of what the protections are.” David van Delft

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 2008 W e are so late in reporting on this year’s parroty trials and tribulations that “love” is no longer in the air and the birds are very much getting down to the business of raising their babies. The pungent aroma that is venting from nest cavities around the island is that of parrot poop, and my goodness, those growing pink bundles of joy produce considerable quantities of this aromatic substance. The growth of parrot chicks is simply incredible. The smallest we have weighed this year was a mere 9.3grams, having hatched from her egg only hours before. A single 5 Guilder coin weighs more! Within less than three weeks this little darling will be nearly 200 grams, about the same as an empty Nutella jar, (mmmm Nutella!). In case you missed that inconceivable growth rate: at less than three weeks of age Lora chicks are 20 times heavier than when they hatch! Amazon parrots like the Lora nest in cavities found in trees and on Bonaire they also use cliffs. The cliff nesting behaviour is almost unique to Bonaire for this group of parrots. So the key point here is that parrots do not and cannot make their own nests. If we chop down all the big old trees there will be surprisingly few cliff nests for the parrots to breed in. When they do get sexy and decide to breed, Mr and Mrs Lora work together to produce two, three or four white eggs. This year we found that many eggs were cracked. It is difficult to determine the exact cause, but introduced rats and cats are believed to be the culprits in most cases. So some parrot pairs didn’t even make it past this stage. But thankfully several pairs have. When the chicks hatch they are completely helpless. Their eyes and ears are closed and they cannot even lift their own heads. The female parrot must remain in the nest to provide warmth for her chicks until they are at least two weeks old. During this time she is totally dependent on the male to provide her with food. He will spend much of his day foraging to collect enough food for himself and the family. When his crop is full he will return to the nest area and regurgitate food to the female. She will in turn distribute it amongst the chicks. The parrot pair’s trust and dependence on each other during breeding is simply incredible. Look out for news of the growing Lora chicks in the next Bonaire Reporter! Sam Williams Sam Williams is in his third year of studying Bonaire’s endangered parrot, locally called the lora. Just hatched, this Lora chick weighed only 9.3 grams. Rhian Evans photos T his week Jane Madden, Bonaire Animal Shelter Volunteer Extraordinaire, sent us this darling photo of adoptees, Morris, Thomas and Otis. Jane writes: “ The many kittens that the Bonaire Animal Shelter has taken in during the last month really need homes. There’s been an influx of kittens in the last six weeks. All of them came in very young (some had to be hand fed for a few weeks) and they are growing quickly. Most of these kittens are only 9 to 12 weeks old, only two are four months. The following three in our photo are all 9 weeks old. Adorable little Morris has pale grey fur with black and white stripes and spots, particularly on his head and belly. He is the little brother of all black furred Maude, but much smaller. He will likely grow up to be a small cat but big on giving love. Red and white Thomas is a new arrival. He’s still a bit shy, but once he's in your arms he turns into a purring little fur ball of affection. (Continued on page 13) Morris, Thomas and Otis

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 2008 GOVERNMENT Part 1 Age, religion, government or politics are the last things that people usually like to discuss. But this is what most people are talking about these days. The elections in America are a big issue, is it Barack Obama or John McCain to be elected as President of the USA. It’s a broad subject. When you go on several online dictionaries you find different definitions for government like: Political parties in a parliamentary system or the persons who make up a governing body. But the one I like the most is the administration or management of an organization, business or institution. When you understand the sort of administration they are delivering, then you can understand what kind of government we have. We don’t have to go far away to understand that, we are part of a government. You have the right to learn more about your government and express yourself. This Part 1 is just the beginning. The basic thoughts of the people come forward and then we will learn what our government is doing about it. Most people you ask about what they think about our government have different answers. Some might say that they are doing their job right, others have mixed feeling and you find those that are very skeptical. A lady (42) said, “What the government does is think about themselves having more power and control. They forget about the people who voted for them. They think more about their financial problems and how they can solve them. In my generation I haven’t experienced any appropriate government that has really satisfied my needs. I had to work hard, raised my two children all by myself and see the person I voted for take advantage of my tax money. They sway people with nice words, but in reality there’s a fatal fault or promise that they can’t fulfill. We need a government that works for the people, all kinds of society rich, poor, middle class, upper class everyone. For more than 50 years we’ve been trying to live up to our constitution, but every time we fail. Now is the time as Holland takes over to bring some changes. We are not ready to be on our own; we fight with each other too much. We don’t know how to sit at conference table or address our elves to our political partners in a decent way. The Dutch government is taking over little by little. We don’t see the changes right away, but they are coming I think. Maybe we can learn from them and then… we can be ready to do it ourselves.” Others express concern about having Holland mingling with our business and taking away our rights of freedom. That’s why she (46) asked, “Can we do it ourselves? In the past our ancestors knew how to do it. They raised cattle, worked in agriculture and did a lot more. How you are going to explain to an 84-year-old man who can take good care of himself that there will be some changes in the near future? My question is, are we preparing for that future?” Through this column we are going to learn more about the present and the future government. Get your Reporter and keep informed as to what the Bonairean Voices have to say. 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. Gerald Brimacombe photo The seat of Bonaire’s Island Government S ailing and Cooking throughout the Caribbean, enjoyed its second reprint with a festive party at Addo’s Books and Toys last week. The petite and charming volume that’s loaded with Caribbean lore and recipes kept its author, Saskia Romeijn Vermeer, busy signing copies all evening. Attendees were treated to classical piano renditions by Saskia’s mom, Lya, free flowing drinks and some of the popular dishes from the book. “I’ve updated the book,” says Saskia, “and put some more emphasis on Bonaire.”The book is available at Addo’s Books and Toys, Antillean Wine Company and many other gift shops on the island . L.D. H eartiest congratulations to Matt Sellars, son of Laura and George DeSalvo (editor and publisher, respectively, of The Reporter ). Matt, a news director of CBS television, Channel 8 in San Diego, won two Emmys this month; one for an individual report on floods in La Jolla, and the other as part of the team that covered the devastating California wildfires last year. Many on the island know Matt as the producer, di rector, writer and photographer of the “Save Klein Bonaire” film which was instrumental in obtaining the funds to purchase Klein from the developers in 1999 for the people of Bonaire. L.D. Saskia, husband Marten, son Sil and mom, Lya Vermeer, a gifted pianist who entertained for the evening

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 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 A wor Te Ora thinks that now is the time to correct th e course of the action being followed in the restructuring of Antilles and particularly Bonaire direct Dutch ties (the Antilles Central Government will disappear). To better inform all the people on Bonaire they held an informational meeting last Thursday, June 1, at the Sporthall. Up until then most of their material had been released in Papiamentu so the aim of the evening was to introduce their ideas to Dutch, English and Spanish speakers in three successive sessions. The first session was in Dutch and attended by about a dozen people; The Reporter correspondent was the only attendee for the English session; and no one showed for the Spanish session. On hand to present the views of Awor Te Ora were Carlos (Cai) Marsera, Eric Paulina, Benito Dirksz and Johan (Jopie) Giskus, the driving force behind the action group. In the past Mr. Giskus was the head of W.E.B. (the power and water company) and prominent in the ruling political party. Awor Te Ora’s fundamental argument, stated in their Resolution of the Fourth of March, 2008, is that the September 10, 2004, Referendum violated the United Nations’ defined right of selfdetermination. Readers might recall that voters had to select one of four choices: A: Maintain the present status of the Netherlands Antilles B: Direct Democratic Ties with Holland C: Bonaire Autonomous within the Dutch Kingdom D: Independence Awor Te Ora holds that since Option B, the choice favored by the voters, was not defined sufficiently (ie: did not clearly state that Bonaire will be integrated into Holland) to meet the UN guidelines. In addition persons not qualified to vote in normal elections, noncitizens with residency of five years or more and 16 and 17 year-olds, were permitted to register their choice. Awor Te Ora also finds many faults in the way the restructuring is being negotiated with the Dutch. Specifically, they are concerned that the commission overseeing the process has no Bonairean members. The majority of Bonaire’s people are not represented by their elected officials. The culture, rules, regulations and human values that were defined in documents produced by the religious leaders of Bonaire are not being considered, and no scientific or reliable approach towards introducing a new currency is being used. Mr. Giskus expressed person al concerns that a repetition of the May 30, 1969, Curaçao violence* could result if the concerns of Bonaireans were not addressed. Awor Te Ora believes the following steps must be taken to have a proper resolution of the new status of Bonaire: 1. Name an officially non-political organization that will be in charge of coordination and information through a general or public collection of signatures among the people of Bonaire in order to reach: A national dialogue with participation of all sectors and stakeholders; An evaluation of the process by the United Nations; An objective presentation of information to the Bonairean community about the present process and the final phase of the new political structure; A (new) consultative referendum; 2. To approach the officials of the Island Council, Federal (Central) Government and parliaments of the Dutch Kingdom in order to obtain the necessary changes to realize the points mentioned above. To date Awor Te Ora has been essentially ignored by the Bonaire government and other officials. This past weekend they presented their case to a delegation from COPPPAL. COPPPAL (The Permanent Conference of Political Parties in Latin America and the Caribbean) is an organization of 52 political parties from 29 countries in the Americas. The opposition Democratic Party (PDB-Red) is a member. At the conferen ce Fernando Martin, a COPPPAL member, stated that Holland is not only violating Bonaire’s right to selfdetermination but the principles of good governance as well in its conduct of the present proceedings. Awor Te Ora maintains they will bring their case to the UN if their concerns continue to be ignored. G.D. *The May Movement was civil unrest fueled by poor labor conditions for working-class Curaçaoans. The Movement culminated on May 30, 1969, when a de monstration that day turned into a riot that burned down buildings in Willemstad. The May Movement was followed by social change in Curaçao, leading to the first ever black governor of the Netherlands Antilles, Ben Leito, and black Prime Minister, Ernesto Petronia. Doors opened for black working-class Curaçaoans in higher education and managerial posts in the private and public sector. Source: Wikipedia Awor Te Ora (Now Is The Time) Group Takes Action Eric Paulina, Johan (Jopie) Giskus and Carlos (Cai) Marsera of Awor Te Ora

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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 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 A n Interview with Betty RatzlaffHenriquez reveals interesting facts: Q. When did the work on the dictionary begin and what were the circumstances? A. The real work began in the latter part of 1985 and early 1986. I had come to Bonaire, and particularly to Trans World Radio, as a Papiamentu language teacher for the TWR staff. Q. Why did you want to create this dictionary in the first place? A. Actually, it was my students and the manager at TWR who was also studying the language who urged me to do this. However, I must admit that I had wanted to create a dictionary, perhaps not of this magnitude, many years ago, back in 1958, when I was teaching Papiamentu in Aruba. Over the years I collected many words, alphabetized them and began to separate them grammatically into groups of verbs, nouns, adjectives, etc. But that is as far as I got until the TWR people urged me to complete the task. Q. What was the most difficult part about creating this dictionary? A. The first problem was that I was computer illiterate and 60 years old so I had to enroll in some computer classes. It could not have been done without a computer. Then I had to decide if it would be just a comprehensive word list or an actual dictionary. A word list would have just been the word and an English translation. For a dictionary I would have to tell the part of speech, give some examples of usage, and also show alternative words and synonyms. It was decided that if I took the time to work on something, then I should make it good enough to really help people who wanted to learn the language of our islands. Q. Were there other memorable obstacles along the way? A. Remember, it was 1985 so learning a computer back then was not as simple as today. You had to learn and remember combinations of letters and numbers to get a single command. Now, you just click a button for an action. And there were no laptop computers then either. My computer and printer were both very large. I had to travel back and forth to Canada with them as baggage. The customs officials eyes opened very wide when she was going with all that luggage. And taking a computer course and exam in a government schoolroom with a friar keeping watch was very memorable! Q. What was the most fun or interesting part about making this dictionary? A. Without question it was the research part of the project. I was able to visit Antillean and Aruban people from all walks of life to get their input on words and different usage. Sometimes I would ask them about a word and they would look at me and say, “Oh, no Betty, don’t put that word in. E ta ‘malu malu.” It was a vulgar word. Another interesting thing was that the news that someone was making a dictionary at TWR spread rapidly and within two weeks there were people knocking at my door asking to buy the dictionary. Q. How long did it take you to learn Papiamentu? A. When I arrived in Aruba in 1949, I had one priority and that was to learn the language and learn it well. I began within a few days of arrival and had brief lessons from Robert McClain, a missionary with the Evangelical Alliance Mission. He had written some information about how he understood the grammar that I had to learn. After that I had to go out among the people and listen and write down words, find out the meanings and memorize them. It took me two years to be comfortable enough to speak the language well and to teach others. Q. Are there times that you prefer Papiamentu to English? A. Yes, many times. I believe that often the Papiamentu language is far more descriptive, expressive and figurative when telling a story or incident. Especially when it is humorous. Sometimes when Bicento (her husband) and I are listening to someone telling a story we look at each other and say a word in Papiamentu that describes that incident in a much more colorful way. Papiamentu has innuendoes, nuances and connotations that English lacks. Q. Is it confusing for you to go back and forth between the two languages? A. Not any more. We go in and out of the two languages without giving it a thought. Whatever word comes to mind first is said in a flowing, uninterrupted manner. Q. After teaching so many people how to speak Papiamentu, what do you think is the most difficult thing for English speakers to learn? A. I would say the hardest part is sticking to it and making the commitment. Q. What do you think is the most difficult thing for Papiamentu speakers to learn about English ? A. The grammar of Papiamentu follows very closely that of English, except for the placement of adjectives that mostly appear after the noun in Papiamentu but before the noun in English. One problem for Papiamentu speakers learning English is that Papiamentu was not taught in schools. It is now in these last years that Papiamentu grammar is being taught in schools. So the next generation growing up will not find it so difficult to learn to speak English correctly. I feel people should not try to pick English up ‘in the street’ but should try to take classes where they can learn it correctly. Once you learn it ‘off the street’ it is hard to correct afterward. Alan Gross/Jane Townsend After more than five years out of print, Betty Ratzlaff’s Papiamentu -English Dictionary is once again available on Bonaire and via Internet. See ad in Classifieds, page 14. Often it’s just common sense as well, or the lack of it. Recently there were several cases where dogs had to be seized. The owners weren’t aware that putting their dogs in wooden crates 24 hours a day was cruel and abusive. Since they couldn’t be persuaded to improve and change the situation, the dogs were taken away by the police and put in the care of the Animal Shelter. “Here lies a tremendous task for the animal movement,” David points out. “The standards on animal protection are codified, but we need to put a lot of effort into making people aware of what the protections are. Sometimes we need the advice of a professional, like a veterinarian, to judge a situation.” Van Delft gives an example of a recent case concerning some horses. The veterinarian confirmed that the situation was “illegal” and abusive, and measures were taken, resulting in improvement of the situation. “There is and will be plenty of discussion about the definition of what the wellbeing of an animal means. But there is the law, and there is common sense. Everyone has a duty to show regard for the welfare of animals, according to the law.” Van Delft is in a position to make sure that this awareness will become integrated into our community, and he does so by maintaining the Law on Animal Protection . Photos & story by Louise Rood Profiles (Continued from page 5)

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 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 ! Annual Dia di Arte in Wilhelmina Park D on’t miss it – It’s the 16th Annual Dia di Arte next Sunday, July 6, starting at 10 am until late evening. It’s an all-day fun even t for the entire family, with artists, musicians, craftsmen and top notch local foods and drinks and the island’s very friendly ambiance. It’s sponsored by the Foundation for Bonairean Art and Culture. Stroll through the exhibitions, see old and new friends and purchase something special and unique. L.D. S ea turtles have started to breed on Bonaire again, which means that the big adult turtles are back on the reefs of Klein Bonaire and along Bonaire’s southwest coast. Adult turtles come to Klein Bonaire for only a few months every two to three years, migrating from their feeding grounds far away. To adequately protect sea turtles in all their habitats we must learn more about their migratory patterns, their behavior at sea, and where their marine habitats are located. This is where the technology of satellite telemetry becomes useful and important in protecting sea turtles. Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) plans to place two transmitters on turtles in 2008. On June 19, the first of these transmitters was attached on a large adult female loggerhead turtle. This animal was found resting just off the dive site “Knife” at Klein Bonaire, caught by STCB staff and volunteers and lifted on board the research boat Nancy Too for transmitter attachment. The female loggerhead has a shell length of 96 cm and is estimated to weigh about 120 kg. Adult loggerhead turtles come to Bonaire to breed from May through July. The turtle is expected to remain in the area and lay two or more nests before departing to her home feeding grounds. Tracking of this loggerhead turtle is being made possible by a full sponsorship provided by the Rotterdam Zoo. The Zoo has decided to call her “Wiske.” STCB exists to ensure the protection and recovery of Bonaire's sea turtle populations throughout their range. Founded in 1992, it’s a Bonaire-based, non-governmental and non-profit organization, part of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network. To make a contribution or for more information contact: Mabel Nava, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, telephone 599 717-2225 and 780-0433, email stcb@bonaireturtles.org . Story and photo by Mabel Nava Volunteers Tina Lindeken and Ralph "M oogie" Stuart releasing “Wiske”

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 2008 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 T his might be your last opportunity to view the wrecked cars at the landfill as SELIBON has announced that a company from Curaçao is on the island this week with a crusher and will take away 1,500 wrecked cars. SELIBON has been collecting the cars from around the island and has been stockpiling them at the landfill and behind Consales Cash and Carry. One of the first person on the island to dedicate a lot of time to picking up old derelict cars was Bruce Bowker of Carib Inn. He, together with many of his visiting tourist guests, would pile into his old truck, “Big Pink,” and by hand, load it up with rusted, rotted and broken down cars and take them to the landfill. SELIBON gave Bruce a special thank you award on September 12, 1997, for his helping to keep Bonaire clean. L.D. The Island Supplier , Kaya Industria 28A. Tel # 717-6446 or 717-6448 Fax # 717-6447 Email: tis@telbonet.an Shop TIS for a large variety of foods, products, frozen items, meats, liquors, wines and much more. Come and have a look in our big market on Kaya Industria and Shop the Caribbean way. TIS is for everybody! Wholesale and Retail T.I.S. delivers to homes, marinas restaurants, supermarkets and tokos. Bonaire’s “insider” market has selection and prices that will save you time and money. Visit today. L ast week there was a call to the community to join together to help clean up the grounds of the SGB High School. In preparation, SELIBON dropped off large refuse containers at various points on the grounds. On the appointed day, last Saturday, a group of stalwart members of the International Bible Church of Bonaire showed up with rakes and other tools and went to work (photo above). The church is now using the facilities at the SGB since moving from their location across from Trans World Radio. (Interestingly, the SGB’s technical school will be housed in the Church’s old facilities.) SELIBON also sent a group armed with more tools– even a weed eater– and they went to work gathering debris and tossing it into a SELIBON truck. (Front page photo) The numbers of volunteers and workers might have been disappointingly low but the enthusiasm was high. Thanks to all of you. The areas they cleaned looked 1,000 times better! L.D.

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 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. 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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 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, J@n Brouwer, Caren Eckrich, Martijn Eichhorn, Alan Gross, Jack Horkheimer, Theo Knevel, Mary Ann Koops, Jane Madden, Monique Reichert, Louise Rood, Bill Stangler, Jane Townsend, Sam Williams, Hendrik Wuyts 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 6-27 5:47 1.1FT. 7:44 1.1FT. 11:52 1.0FT. 20:36 1.8FT. 51 6-28 6:26 0.9FT. 9:41 1.0FT. 11:37 1.0FT. 21:12 2.0FT. 55 6-29 7:15 0.8FT. 21:52 2.1FT. 64 6-30 8:04 0.7FT. 22:32 2.2FT. 75 7-01 8:46 0.7FT. 23:17 2.3FT. 86 7-02 0:01 2.2FT. 9:36 0.6FT. 95 7-03 0:50 2.2FT. 10:16 0.7FT. 100 7-04 1:38 2.1FT. 10:54 0.7FT. 102 7-05 2:27 2.0FT. 11:33 0.8FT. 98 7-06 3:21 1.8FT. 12:00 0.8FT. 91 7-07 4:08 1.6FT. 12:20 0.9FT. 81 7-08 1:41 1.3FT. 5:10 1.4FT. 12:33 1.0FT. 20:01 1.5FT. 69 7-09 3:42 1.2FT. 6:09 1.3FT. 12:28 1.0FT. 20:09 1.6FT. 56 7-10 4:57 1.1FT. 7:46 1.1FT. 11:47 1.1FT. 20:29 1.8FT. 45 7-11 6:08 1.0FT. 20:56 1.9FT. 37 Teenage Pregnancy, Not A Mistake! Somebody Has to Stand up for Those Remarkable Girls! Dear Editor: I'd like to respond to the article about teenage pregnancy (“Island View” column by Mary Ann Koops, “Lets’ talk About Sex, Baby” Bonaire Reporter June 1327, 2008) because I find it important that we start to take time to understand the values of those young women and treat them as adults. The author of the article, “Teenage Pregnancy,” made a very good point. We should start to ask the women why it is important for them to be pregnant instead of judging it as a mistake in the heat of the moment. In my work at FORMA I’ve had the opportunity to get acquainted with several remarkable young mothers whom I admire for their strength, survival instincts and sincere dedication to their children. I see the young mothers as a subculture with their own norms and values and behavioral rules. From their own point of view, they didn’t make a mistake but made a conscious choice to create a family of their own. Most of these women have two or three children and to have four children is not that unusual. They take pride in their motherhood and have all the best intentions of giving their children a better life than they themselves experienced. The young mothers’ backgrounds have some similarities. Most of them come from a home with poorly educated parents (where for example the parents may be illiterate). They experienced little educational stimulation in their lives either at home or at school. Parents had to work a lot to bring food to the table so there was a lack of attention and stimulation for those women. At an early age they also had several responsibilities at home taking care of siblings and household chores. Because of the lack of attention and stimulation the young women developed very low self-esteem, self worth and low self confidence, which was often the reason they dropped out of school. Because of their lack of self esteem a lot of those young women at school were constantly faced with failure (low grades, not being able to answer questions, not being able to fit in the group.) When it became too painful and they decide not to go to school anymore they are called a “drop out,” a very negative word of disrespect that is an exact confirmation of how this girl already feels about herself. The need to feel respected and valuable is a universal need. The decision to become a mother fulfills this need. You, as a drop out, without any future prospects, suddenly have a very respected role in society: the role of a mother! As well, you are valuable and meaningful in unconditional terms to your own children. This gives those young women self esteem! From this self esteem they develop the courage again to follow adult education to broaden their children’s future prospects. I absolutely do agree that sex education in schools should develop awareness of the importance of using contraceptives, but it won’t solve the early motherhood of the group of women I’ve described. If we want to prevent teenage pregnancy we will have to work in a profound way to develop high self esteem and self confidence and create stimulating learning environments. Those methods of empowerment should start at the pre-school level and follow in kindergarten, elementary school, high school and adult education. Also companies and organizations should give attention to raising people’s self esteem and self confidence. Too often we focus on putting people down instead of having our eyes open for people’s intentions and the efforts they make. A healthy self esteem and self confidence are the keys to success on four levels: career, relationships, parenthood and friendship. For the young mothers we have today in our society (about 200) we should be nurturing and stimulating them, starting with having respect for the mother’s role that they have chosen, and give them a hand to educate themselves and to employ them so they can rise above the poverty level. That at first will prevent their children from becoming young mothers. Inge Berben Director FORMA Crime Wave Comment Dear Editor: I read with interest the opinion piece by Ms. Siomara E. Albertus in your last issue. My husband and I have had the good fortune to make annual trips to Bonaire three times. It is a wonderful island. We couldn't help notice the wrought-iron bars on our apartment. It was like being in a cell block. We also live on a small island here in Rhode Island. We also have a wind mill and loads of tourists. We get out of town when the cruise ships dock. It was disturbing to hear that food that had expired was sent to the land fill. I wonder why it wasn't donated and used to feed the hungry. Isn't there tax relief for that type of donation? I wonder how many tourists send money to help the donkey sanctuary or the turtle conservation. My husband and I save all year to come for two weeks of peace and quiet. We snorkel all we can then shop for our groceries. We see the local prices. We don't isolate ourselves from the day-to-day life of local people. Talking to each other is what it is all about. I sure hope the government reads about the crime wave. I sure hope that Bonaire students get the support they need to lead environmental efforts to put all the washed up plastic junk from the beaches into recycling. We now can buy lumber made from plastic. We hope to plan our next trip to join in this clean-up effort. I can think of no other place I would rather spend EARTH DAY. Caring Aquidneck Islanders Letters to the Editor Teen Pregnancy Crime Wave Comment Otis has grey and black stripes with a couple of white toes. Otis is sweet and loveable but a strong little man. He survived a dog bite that resulted in the need for early sterilization but he is hearty and healthy with no scars either physically or mentally.” On August 3 the Shelter will celebrate their 25th anniversary. It’s had some rough times, like in November 1996 when it almost went bankrupt with no money to buy the food or pay the staff. ( Port Call ( now Bonaire Reporter), November 1-7, 1966: “Help! Animals in Danger”) But due to the faithful volunteers, staff and the board putting together fundraisers it made it and now has become an important part of island life by caring for homeless pets, providing education and information offering a sterilization program. You’re invited to stop by and see for yourself what a fine operation it is. The Shelter is on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm.. Telephone 717-4989. Did you know that you may board your dogs at the Shelter? They have very commodious accommodations. Reservations for the future are definitely recommended as July is already fully booked . L.D. Pets of the Week (Contin. from page 6)

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 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! Private yoga classes call Louise 7177021 or 700-9422. CLASSES in silversmithing, stonesetting and the art of beading . Call Louise at 717-7021 or 700 -9422 . Learning Papiamentu? New Papiamentu-English Dictionary 2nd Edition Fully bilingual. Approx. 20,000 words and phrases. Sold as a fundraiser for Jong Bonaire. Now available at bookstores in the ABC Islands or www.PapiamentuDictionary.com 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 COLLECTION of over 500 MATTEL HOT WHEELS toy cars and accessories from the last 20 years. Cool stuff! Will sell individually or as a lot. 780-9904 ______________________________ (Business ) B.V. FOR SALE Complete with Cosmetic and Massage Equipment Call 717-4111 or 786-4635 ______________________________ Gezin met 3 kids zoekt passende woonruimte (4 BR) voor max. NAƒ 2800 -bel: 00297-5921161 Open: Mon-Fri: 8-6 Sat. 8am-1pm NONSTOP Exterior Maintenance Phone: 786-1070 516-1070 Email windowizardbonaire@hotmail.com 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. ____________________________ One bedroom in a two bedroom condo available now through October, 2008. $500.00 a month, fully furnished, plus utilites shared with current occupant. Please call 717-6951 for more details. Great location, large living room and kitchen with washing machine. ____________________________ For Sale: Renault TWINGO , Built 2002, Airco, very good condition Tel. 717-4111 or 786-4635. ____________________________ Two Sharp televisions for sale, both working just fine. One is a 26" screen with remote--cost is FL 200.00. The second is a 14" screen with remote--cost is FL 100.00. Or, take both for FL 275.00. If interested, call 717-2848. ____________________________ Queen size mattress NAƒ. 100 , 3 desks NAƒ. 100 each, 2 wooden frames single beds NAƒ. 150 each , 2 small cabinets NAƒ. 25 each Call: 717-8603 ____________________________ Fully furnished house for rent in Hato with 3 aircos, NAƒl. 2000 per month. Tel (Aruba) : 297-561-1190 / 297-587-6383 / 297583-6483 ___________________________ Porch Sale– Sat. July 5. Kaya den Haag#8. 9am-12 noon. 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

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 2008 Did You Know …. that while mangroves are one of the most productive and beneficial tropical ecosystems, at the same time they are also one of the most rapidly disappearing and least protected? Now you may be saying to yourself, “Well, that might be true but isn’ t this article supposed to be about marine biology? What do trees on land have to do with the reefs?” Well, these trees, some of which are actually growing in the water thanks to extensive systems of prop roots, are extremely important to reef health. The mangroves act as a sort of “daycare” for juvenile reef fish. They provide a safe place for the fish to grow and an excellent source of food. Without mangroves, reefs would certainly have fewer fish and those fish that are present would likely be considerably smaller. While mangroves are a threatened ecosystem in many parts of the world, here on Bonaire steps have been taken to prevent that. Mangrove systems on Bonaire are protected as part of the Bonaire National Marine Park. If you would like to learn more about mangroves there are various groups that lead guided tours around Lac Bay. S tory & photo by Bill Stangler Bill Stangler is going to be a senior at the University of South Carolina, majoring in geography and environmental studies. He’s currently taking summer courses at the CIEE Research Station Bonaire. Bill enjoys scuba diving, canoeing and kayaking. If you have any questions or comments e-mail him at stangler@mailbox.sc.edu. 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. A s I often do– I like to compare the island of Bonaire with other islands that, just as ours, offer unbelievable and exclusive diving experiences. I’ve just returned from Wakaya Island in Fiji, southeast of Viti Levu. It is an exclusive island with just 300 inhabitants and one dive resort. And just as we live by our Bonaire time, they live as much on Fiji time: no hurry, don’t worry. The Fijian people, like the Bonaireans, are hard workers but will seldom exchange progress at the cost of their happiness. They enjoy living at a slow pace, rather than “the modern way” where family time is so often compromised. It’s better to work less and have more time with the family than to work hard and lose love for nature and people.. I relay a message from the Fijian people, spoken by an elder, and dedicated to Bonaire: “Pay attention to everything you see and hear: the leaves in the morning breeze, the waves on the ocean. Everything moves and everything moves to a rhythm, and everything that moves to a rhythm will create sound. At this moment the same thing is happening here and everywhere else in the world. Our ancestors noticed the same thing when they went through their daily lives: ‘the sound of nature is music to your ears.’ Now someone on your island has changed all this, someone is guilty of disturbing the music and your quality of life. Progression of foreign occupation has changed all what was once a peaceful population who were getting on with their daily occupations. Now you seem busy and stressful ‘destruction for construction.’ Nature is being forced to make way for a new population that values the acquisition of possessions.” Hendrik Wuyts Photo: Humann’s Reef Creature ID book

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 2008 ???? (page HAPPENING SOON ************************ Friday, June 27 Fashion and Dance Show at Jibe City, Lac Bai, 5:30-7 pm.. Surprise Drink, free snacks. Night Shop 7-10 pm Sunday, June 29 Bonaire Cancer Foundation “Ride for Hope” starting at the Sentro di Bario Nort di Salina at 7 am. See Flotsam and Jetsam for more details. Entrance fee is NAƒ 20 for adults; NAƒ 10 for kids. Friday, July 4 -It Rains Fishes Restaurant will be celebrating, American Independence Day with a performance by The Flamingo Rockers from 7 10pm. They feature the best of American Rock, Reflection, Motown and Country. And Reggae too! Saturday, July 5 – Rincon Marché – the monthly Big One, from 6 am to 2 pm, in the center of Rincon. Stands selling crafts, gifts, candles, local food and drinks. Usually an individual or group of speakers “Bou di Ramada” (on the stage) starting around 10 am. Come for a traditional Bonairean breakfast and/ or stay for lunch! Music and wonderful people. Sunday, July 6 – 16th Annual Dia di Arte, Wilhelmina Plaza. info@DiaDiArte.org or ArtandCulture66@hotmail.com, WWW.bonaireart.org –page 10 Sunday July 13 -Flamingo Rockers Rock and Roll Sunday parties resume at Sunrise (soon to be renamed Eddie's). Thereafter every first Sunday of the month, from 4 -7pm. Drink specials and good food. 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. 7178489, 540-9800. 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, 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 Te Tennis, Social Round Robin 710 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,7865073 Wednesday– Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of Bonaire Slide Show , every 2nd & 4th Wednesday 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 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. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018 Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868 Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some 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 Month Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: 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 Prayer 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 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 of Coromoto in Antriol , Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 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. Prayer and Intercession Church, in English. A full Gospel Church l ocated temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are held on Sunday mornings from 10am until 11:30am. Bible studies in English are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm. Contact: 717-3322 Send event info to: The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel:790-6518, 786-6125 or 790-8988

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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 2008 *to find it... just look up A Sky Full of Wonders Coming Up H ave we ever got some sky goodies for you all next week: the Moon, two planets and a great star just after sunset, and shortly after midnight the outrageous beauty of the Milky Way . Tuesday, July 1st, just after dark around 9:30 p.m. face due west where you will see three lovely lights just above the horizon: the blue white star Regulus, which marks the heart of Leo the Lion, and just above it extremel y close visually, rouge -gold planet Mars . And up to their left the yellowish ringed planet Saturn. I strongly recommend that if you have a small telescope to look at Saturn because its rings never fail to amaze. Twenty-four hours later on Wednesday, July 2nd, you will notice that Mars has moved a bit farther away from Regulus. And 24 hours later, on July 3rd, even farther away. But 24 hours later on Friday ni ght the 4th of July all three will appear equally spaced from one another and in a st raight line. And if you have a really clear flat horizon you may see a two-day-old crescent Moon making its appearance. But the best is yet to come because on Saturday July 5th a three-day-old crescent Moon complete with Earthshine, which will look like a dark full Moon nestled within the crescent, will have moved into such a position that it, Regulus and Mars will appear all lined up in a row, and you could even shoot an imaginary straight line through them. Wow! Once again, July 1st, July 2nd, July 3rd, July 4th, and July 5th. So for the American Independence Day weekend you've got something to see before the hotels begin their fireworks, but after the fireworks are over you'll also be able to see something abso lutely spectacular because there'll be no moonlight out to wipe this wondrous phenomenon from view. Simply go out between midnight and 1 am and if you're far from city lights you will see a wondrous ribbon of light stretched from the northeast horizon to almost overhead and back down all the way to the southern horizon. It is called the Milky Way and every 4th of July between midnight and 1 am it is stretched across the sky from horizon to horizon. But to see it there can be no moonlight, which is the case this year and you should be as far aw ay from street light s as possible. The Milky Way is the combined light of billions of stars so far away that all their light fuzzes together in a blur. And when we lo ok at it we are actually looking at the plane of our local family of two hundred billion stars, which we call our Milky Way Galaxy. So there you have it! Four fabulous objects just after sunset next week and just after midnight the incr edible wonder of the Milky Way. 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 July 2008 By Jenny Lynch 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 You need to be careful this month if you want to avoid conflicts spilling over into long term resentments. Work or school will require a lot of attention and it may be that you have letting things slide rather too much lately and need to do some serious catching up. Taurus This is an extremely busy month and you will need to make sure that you find time to do the things you enjoy amongst all the hard work. The effort will definitely pay off though and it looks as though your financial circumstances are about to receive a boost! Gemini This may well be a peculiar month as nothing is quite what it seems right now. Relationships may suffer a little as miscommunication seems to be the norm. On the plus side there is the opportunity to pursue a new interest that you might have never have seen as appealing before. Cancer As long as you control any impulse buys then you should be in an extremely strong financial position by the end of the month. This will allow you to make serious plans around some long held ambitions. A loved one will understand provided that you are fully honest with them. Leo Your biggest weakness is th at you create grand schemes and then fail to find the means to put them into action. This month a friend, probably a Water sign, will be on hand to make sure that you can realise one of your many plans. Try and involve a loved one in the preparation. Virgo The generally upward trend of the year fa lters a little this month and you will feel frustrated as certain gains seem to be slippi ng away. You need to stay patient and avoid rash decisions. Emotional conflict is inevitable, but say anything that you may come to regret later. Libra Try and take things easy this month, especially before the 15th as you are in need of a break from what has been a fairly intense period in your life. The second half of the month will see excitement building again, particularly in terms of relationships for both couples and unattached Librans. Scorpio Conflict is likely to mar the beginning of the month as some lingering tensions can no longer be avoided .This will be tempered by some excellent financial news before the middle of the month. Romance will become important after the 15th and you may find a new relationship. Sagittarius Thanks to the influence of your ruling planet Jupiter you have a preference for physical activity in your leisure time. This mont h, you should consider some more cultured pastimes. It may even lead to romance! DonÂ’t be drawn into work place conflicts. Capricorn Depending on how you approach certain key situations this could be an incredibly positive month or one in which some crucial relationships are severely tested. You need to make sure that you give everyone the chance to speak right now. Share your ambitions with a loved one so that they can understand. Aquarius An old saying advises that we should always look before we leap. This applies strongly to you right now. A tempting opportunity to make some quick money seems too good to be true and thatÂ’s because it is! Emotional issues need to be dealt with honestly at the end of the month. Pisces You need to be careful about who you choose to confide in this month. A difficult emotional issue needs to be dealt with discretely. There may be some money difficulties later in the month unless you plan ahead. Someone out there sees your creative potential this month! Milky Way TQNYC photo

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 2008 A Bonaire “Must” It Rains Fishes Bar & Restaurant On the oceanfront in Kralendijk. Across from club Nautico Marina pier. Reservations phone: 717-8780 Closed on Sunday Email: info@itrainsfishesbonaire.com Spectacular waterfront location Inspired menu, fine cuisine Professional, experienced staff Free Parking Alongside Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner L ast Friday, June 20, at the Buddy Dive Resort, famous painter Ron G. Steven, better known as Rogest, arranged an auction to support the Stichting Project’s work in helping Bonaire’s at-risk teenagers. All together they raised more than $4,000. Stichting Project will use this money to add a professional sports program to their wide range of projects for youth. Kids Sea Camp 2008, which was underway at Buddy Dive, helped run the auction. The auctioned art was created by Stichting Project teens and Margot Peyton’s Sea Camp youngsters. Rogest guided their creations of the beautiful pain tings with underwater critters as their theme. A competitive tap dance routine and six paintings were sold during the auction. The most affordable painting went for $250; the top price, a masterpiece of underwater life, was bought by Ronald Gravesteijn, the owner of Caribbean Club Bonaire, for $2000. He plans to place it in one of the new villas just opened at the Club to make sure this unique piece stays on Bonaire. Needless to say Stichting Project was very happy with these generous gestures. Theo Knevel/G.D. Rogest, the master Auctioneer and Artist Mick Smit (center) talks with Ro gest about the Stichting Project. A Sea Camp member holds the top selling painting. I f you could truly understand the value and the very reason for the existence of nature, wouldn’t you be more respectful of it? Look at the consumer who drives his brand new car out of the garage. Isn’t he the happiest man in town? Little does he think that while driving home his car is getting older and worn out and losing its value and his present happiness. But consider the wonder of nature. Look at that seedling only a few inches tall growing to become an 800year-old tree and showing its beauty throughout its life. It will give each of us “who can see it,” the energy of happiness not just for now, but also for all the time to come. Nature is the only true beauty on our planet that can guarantee us lifelong happiness. So it is not so hard to understand that when someone is breaking our coral it is like he is stealing a piece of our happiness. It’s taking away someone’s ability to dream. It undermines our human defenses and survival instinct, or even worse. All the money being made from tourism is helping to destroy nature. If you tell me that we need tourism so we will have the funding to protect the coral, think again. With less tourism there would be less pollution, fewer hotels, less outside influence, so there would be less need for protection. There is always need for awareness, but awareness has to come from education. If you believe it’s unfair of me to point my finger at dive tourism, look at this You Tube film, “Coral Massacre,” where a dive instructor and group leader ignore all the regulations of safe diving practice and nature protection. This group is performing their deep dive specialty as part of the advanced PADI diving course. Be sure to pay special attention to the instructor who not even once signals his students to adjust their buoyancy during the descent. Go to www.youtube.com/ scubavisionfilms and select: “Coral Massacre.” Article & photo by Hendrik Wuyts Hendrik Wuyts is a Belgian who is a long-time resident of Bonaire. His skills are the result of decades of training in film and video techniques including lessons at the world renowned Antwerp School of the Arts. Hendrik honed his skills on projects all over the world, including Jamaica’s Negril, Cairns near Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Egypt, Malaysia, and Sipadan. His favorites so far include working with Max Hammer filming the wrecks of Papua, New Guinea; promotional production for the Wakatobi resort in Sulawesi; Masai warriors in Kenya; the unique giant frogs of Lake Titicaca, Peru; and working with the Smithsonian Institution filming "Carrie Cow Bay" in Belize. His most exciting upcoming project documenting the "Minority Peoples" of Vietnam and Laos. www.youtube.com/ scubavisionfilms has more recent films by the author about Bonaire. Banned in Bonaire: Diving wearing gloves Guest Editorial Guest Editorial

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter June 27July 11, 2008 Reader’s discretion advised. Parts of this article may call up some strong emotions. Y ou come home and you are about to open the door and then you see it: the broken window or the already open door. Then comes the rollercoaster of emotions. First there is denial. All you can think in the beginning is: “No, no, no, no, this is not happening to me.” Then comes disappointment. You accept the fact that somebody has been in your house uninvited. Your shoulders sag, your head goes down as if you are wearing a very heavy hat, and you go inside to check the damage. You start to get frantic as you are discovering your missing items. “Oh no, what about my jewels, my laptop, my camera?” You are feeling very stupid at this point: “Why didn’t I take my camera with me? Why didn’t I hide it better? Why did I leave my house?” You feel disgusted that this wretched person has touched your clothes, the food in your refrigerator, your bed…. Then comes the rage, not just anger, the absolute fullblown rage. You turn into a person your own mother would not recognize: you are capable of murder. Then the paranoia kicks in. “Who was it? Was it he/she?” Every time you leave your house after this event you want to run back again to check if everything is all right. All these emotions are coming in the course of mere minutes. You feel utterly violated. That is why a break-in is so devastating. The things they take are very personal. A TV is not a personal item, but a laptop is. The content makes it personal and valuable. A laptop is unfortunately much more portable than a TV. Another portable and valuable item that is always taken is jewelry. Jewels are mostly gifts. They remind you of the giver and/or of the occasion they have been given to you. Or even worse, they can be heirlooms, in the family for generations. For a thief they are just money. To make matters even worse, you may have noticed an alarming trend. Society will put some of the blame on the victim. “You should not have left your camera out in the open. You should have bought the latest in security technology. You should have….” Some children will even take a phone (in the classroom) just because it is left on the table and the owner is standing beside the teacher asking a question. But the most alarming thing is that the rest of the class thinks “But it was left on the table” a logical explanation for taking the phone. We have to change things in our lives because a few others have decided to take up a criminal lifestyle. We have to lock our houses and our cars, hide things and find a house sitter for when we go on vacation. All this to avoid having to go through all those emotions described above. Because this is happening all over the world a lot of scientists are trying to tackle this problem. The scientists who do research on criminal behavior talk about “nurture” and “nature.” “Nature” is what genes you have received from your parents, over which you have no control. “Nurture” is your upbringing and other environmental influences that have an effect on your behavior. They have found that (looking at “nature”) some people are more likely to become criminals because of their genetics. That would make an easy argument for them you might think. “I am so sorry Judge, I cannot help myself. You see, I have to steal, my genes tell me to do it.” But the key words are “more likely.” Their genes do not tell them what to do, but put them with their genes in a certain environment/upbringing (“nurture”) and then there is the devil to pay. Criminal behavior is always a choice. Criminals choose to break into a house, just as junkies choose to take that drug. Maybe your background makes it harder to make another choice, but a choice it remains. What can you do to teach youngsters to make the right NORTH SALINA/TRAS DI MONTANA F or more than 10 years the Schut family has lived on the island of Bonaire. When they embarked from the Netherlands a long time ago they decided to take their vintage caravan with them. A very good idea! The sleurhut (Dutch for “drag shed”) was worth about a thousand guilders in those days and shipped for some 3.500 guilders. A golden idea! Their small mobile home was produced in Belgium in 1970 by a little factory, named De Reu. This factory made very nice compact caravans. The Schut family’s is known as a real De Reu Kasbah: an all-aluminum body with a wood frame, mounted on a very simple but sturdy iron chassis. Those days, some 40 years ago, people must have been smaller, considering the size of the caravan’s main entrance. Inside the small rolling house there is sleeping accommodations for four persons. There are two more or less fixed beds and the dining table and the benches can be converted in a quite small but comfortable bed for two persons. The small “house” is fitted with a lot of easy-to-open windows and a roof you can lift up to create more space, especially handy for huge Europeans! There is also a very small kitchen. The stove has two burners and there is even running water! The electrical system of the vehicle can be connected to the towing car (12 volts) or to the local electricity system. There is even the possibility of running the lamps on propane! Those days, back in the 80s, the Schut family traveled through the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany with their loyal and reliable second house on two wheels. They never visited official camp grounds and always found a little spot at a friend’s place or at a farm. (Camping in the wild is forbidden in the overcrowded areas in Europe…) Then they decided to leave the Old World and head for Bonaire. The caravan turned out to be very handy and practical in the tropics. The wife worked in the hospital and every now and then she came home to sleep very early after working the night shift. The other members of the family had prepared the caravan and had it loaded with food and drinks. The caravan was connected to their old pickup truck and they’d head to the tropical beach where the two little daughters had a lot of fun. Finally they fell asleep, in the mobile home of course! In the meantime Mom slept at home, and after waking up she also went to the beach to join the family. Those were the days! The last couple of years the caravan has been parked behind the house under a carport. Still the De Reu Kasbah is used, now as an extra bedroom for friends and visitors. Recently the caravan has been parked in front of the house. The Shut family just bought a nice inflatable boat with an engine and a trailer. The kids got older. Daddy and his daughter enjoy the boat now, using it for trips along the coast of the main island and voyages to Klein Bonaire. Some 20 persons have at the caravan, wondering, asking about it. But no! This little rolling home that brings back so many memories is not for sale! Story & photo by J@n The 32ndof a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire’s interesting vehicles that are “on wheels.” choice? There is a long list of what you can do as society and/ or as parents (“nurture!”), but here is a selection. Do not hit children. It only teaches them humiliation. By hitting a child you are saying that having the power to hurt another person is reason enough to exercise that power. What you want to teach them is that everybody has that power, but you choose not to use it. Teach them the value of money. You have to work hard for your money to buy things. Teach them that it takes effort, time and discipline to be able to buy that Ipod, those sneakers or that phone with a camera in it. When there is little time and/or effort between wanting and getting, they will keep on wanting. Nutrition is very important. Growing children need healthy food. There is scientific proof that diet has an effect on your behavior. They have found that criminals, for example, on average eat a lot more sugar than non -criminals. For those who might not know it, sugar is poison for a lot of people. The most important thing you can do is to make sure that a child feels appreciated, loved and safe. He or she will feel good about himor herself. Even when “nature” is working against you, you are able to boost “nurture” to such a degree that you lessen the chances of creating a criminal. We are not to blame for the behavior of criminals. But we are to blame if we do not do everything in our power to prevent the creation of criminals. Prev enting the choice of the wrong path will prevent a lot of unnecessary sorrow. Mary Ann Koops Koops teaches Biology at the SGB High School . UNINVITED The author poses with the sleurhut Internet photo

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