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\\ o* phtosJuly 25zAugust 8, 200; Volume 15, Issue 15
S The REPORTER
himaruku,P.O. Box 407, Bo ire, Netherlands Antilles, Pho e 790-6518, 786-6125, email: reporter@bonairenews.com Since 1994






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) Bonaire is exploring vari-
ous options to improve airlift
from the US to Bonaire. Last
week TCB Director Ronella Tjin
Asjoe-Croes, political leader
Ramoncito Booi and TCB New
York's Candice Kimmel held a
meeting to discuss the situation
with airline officials. The strategy
appears to be to encourage Delta
to add a second non-stop flight
from Atlanta, for Continental a
second non-stop from Newark
and for it to continue the second
Houston flight in the peak sea-
sons. American Eagle wants to
increase its Puerto Rico service
from three to five flights a week
in peak times as well. Better air
service between Curacao, Aruba
and Bonaire was sought in sepa-
rate meetings.

) Non-stop flights between
Bonaire and Valencia, Vene-
zuela, began again this past
Friday. Rainbow Air will operate
a 15-passenger aircraft every
Monday and Friday around mid-
day. Valencia is a popular desti-
nation for Bonaireans because of
the medical facilities available
there. Until now the only route
was via Curacao. From Valencia,
the plane flies onward to Caracas.

) Continental Airlines Inc.
said Thursday it had a second-
quarter loss, hurt by record high
fuel prices and weakening eco-
nomic conditions. For the quarter
ended June 30, Houston-based
Continental said it lost $3 million
(3 per share) compared with a
profit of $228 million ($2.03 per
share) a year ago. Excluding $22
million in one-time gains, the
carrier lost $25 million (25 per
share) in the latest quarter. Conti-
nental flies to Bonaire from two
US cities and has no plans to cut
service to Bonaire

) KLM believes that the
Dutch new "environmental
levy" may affect its upcoming
winter schedule to the Antilles.
The increased ticket cost, 45,
will mean fewer people can afford
to fly. An appeal to disallow the
tax was turned down by the High
Court in The Hague last Thurs-
day.


0 KLM increased the fuel
surcharge again because of the
continuing rise in the price of
crude oil. Passengers on intercon-
tinental flights that last more than
nine hours (like the Amsterdam-
Bonaire route) will pay 147 euro
(NAf 415) on top of the ticket
price and other charges. This is an
increase of 14 (about NAf 40).

The Aruban airline, Tiara
Air, expanded its fleet with two
Saab 340A aircraft. The turbo-
prop planes were leased from the
American AeroCentury Corpora-
tion. Tiara Air started flying two
years ago and offers Bonaire-
Aruba non-stop flights. It flies
two Shorts 360s, often called the
747 of commuter aircraft, carry-
ing 36 passengers. The Saab 340s
have a similar capacity and offer a
longer range.

1 Bonaire has been voted the
favorite dive destination in the
world by the About.com Favorite
Dive Destination Reader Poll. In
the final round of the poll, Bon-
aire went head-to-head with seven
other dive destinations from
around the world including the
Philippines, Galapagos Islands
and Cozumel and won with an
overwhelming 51% of the total
vote. About.com, is part of the
New York Times.

Economic growth in the
Netherlands Antilles is expected
to remain strong in 2008 and
(Continued on page 4)


0 Last Thursday State Secretary Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, the
Dutch official most responsible for managing the transition of Bon-
aire out of the Netherlands Antilles into a municipality of Holland,
held an information session for the public in Bonaire's Sporthall.
The meeting's atmosphere was active, open and pleasant, and most
participants appeared to be glad be able to offer their input, which was
translated into Papiamentu as necessary. Between 500 and 700 people
attended the meeting. Approximately half appeared to be European
Dutch Bonaire residents.
In her introductory comments Mrs. Bijleveld explained that on De-
cember 15 the Netherlands will open an implementation office on Bon-
aire, which will be a type of overseas department of the Dutch Ministry.
Then from 11:15 am to 1:30 pm dozens of question were put forward
via several microphones in the audience and also from emails that had
been submitted earlier. Many of the questions were concerned about
how the Bonairean people were being kept informed, the future situa-
tion on the island and the threat to Bonaire's fragile environment and
culture by increased Dutch authority.
As Jong Bonaire official Rene Hakkenberg, explained, "We want
economic growth, but it must in a healthy manner. Now it goes much
too fast. Bonaire's relaxed and peaceful character is at risk."
A questioner expressed concern that the hundreds of Dutch civil ser-
vants the Netherlands has sent, and will send, have little awareness of
Bonaire's vulnerability and traditions but will be responsible for mak-
ing recommendations that will affect the island's future. She asked
urgently that some appreciation of the Bonairean way of life could be
provided to them beforehand. An introduction program about the his-
tory, the culture, the nature, the economic and social situation is neces-
sary. The suggestion was applauded by the audience.
An analogy between David (BES Islands) and Goliath (The Nether-
lands) was brought up. Ms Bijleveld's witty answer about just who had
won that encounter brought laughs from the audience.
While many of Ms Bijleveld's responses were vague and generalized
(the reasons given were that it was too early for answers or that more
study was necessary) she was clear on several key points:
The current Antillean laws will continue in force at the start of the
transition, including those about abortion, homosexual marriage, eutha-
nasia and drugs.
The pensions on Bonaire will not be raised to the Dutch level.
The euro will not be the island's currency. Either the US dollar or
Antillean guilder will continue. Doing otherwise would compromise
Bonaire's competitive position.
The Dutch government will not take over the island's debts to indi-
viduals.
The State Secretary supports the position that under equal circum-
stances there must be equal treatment of European and Antillean Dutch,
but that when situations differ, treatment will be dealt with on an indi-
vidual basis. Future communication sessions were promised.
Special to The Reporter by Renee Ockeloen


eTEPORTER

Table of Contents


This Week's Stories

Transition Info Meeting 2
Skol di Musika Graduation 3
Rotary New Board 3
SGB Cleanup by Church
Members 7
Why Hire an Architect? 8
Tina Woodley Returns 9
Eels On Wheels 9
Snorkelers Notebook-Memories
On the Reef 10
Parrot Watch (Nesting Report-
Why Protect the Lora) 11
Little League Series 12
Third Underwater Cleanup 13
Bonaire Monitor Project 14
Turtle Signal Lost 15
Letters (Universal Drug Use,
Quads) 17
Jona Chirino Named New Manager
ofJong Bonaire 18
Oldest Bonaire Boat (Craane)20
Windsurfing Fever 21

Weekly Features

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Profiles-Dick van der Vaart 5
Bonairean Voices (Government3) 7
Bubbles/Did You Know (coral
Color) 10
Pet of the Week (Jackie) 12
Dining, Shopping Guides 16
Tide Table 17
Reporter Masthead 17
Classifieds 18
What's Happening 19
Picture Yourself (Arctic Circle) 20
Island View (Summer Vacation) 20
What's Coming our Way
(Earthships) 22
Sky Park (King of Planets) 23
Star Power-Astrology 23

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raduation Rotary's New Board
otary Club
R Bonaire held its
turnover of the new Board
at It Rains Fishes restau-
rant earlier this month.
Every year a new Board is
installed by the Past
President in all the Rotary
I L Clubs in the world. Ro-


Some of the Skol di Musika students with teacher Hans Fassen


On Saturday, June 28 there was a graduation performance at the Skol di Musika (Music School)
by its students. That recital is proof that music crosses all cultural and national boundaries.
Selections included classical (Heinrich Wolfahrt, Bach), Jamaica Reggae, popular (Saints go Marching
in, Godspell) and music from Bonaire. Not only was the music international but the students are too.
Gilbert van Arneman, Chairman of the school, opened the program, followed by performances by the
piano students of teacher Hans Faassen: Meralny Bomba, Churmer Bomba, Djayanti Baidjnath-Misier,
Sherigma de Palm, Mitchel de Palm, Greg Linkels, Marko van Silfhout, Shahieb Kartodikrono and
Tony Yang. Students of Sigfried Molina gave a rousing performance of popular and reggae music on
guitar, bass, drums and quarto: Judith Winklaar, Farahnaz, Sereeta, Sharif Myles andNaldo.

Thanks to all for an uplifting afternoon of music by high spirited performers and teachers. 0
L.D. Hans Faassen photos


tary International has
29,000 clubs in 161 coun-
tries world wide with over
1.2 million members. Past President Ruud Vermeulan and
RCB past Board con- new President Frank de Wit
RCB past Board con-
sisted of Ruud Ver-
meulen as President, Huub Groot as Secretary, Corine van der Hout as
Treasurer, Marisela Croes as Past President and Sergeant at Arms, all
who led the Club to a record year in donations and fundraisers. Job
Well Done! The Rotary motto is "Service Above Self!"
Rotary Club Bonaire served the community by donating and some-
times managing up to 24 essential projects, donating over NAf
200.000. Some of them are:
Breakfast in Schools (feeds 280 children every school day); SGB
Hotel School Student's Italy Stage Project; Hardin di Chikitin
Foundation; Youth Outreach Foundation's Christmas Project; Dr
R. Visser Institute Activities Summer Camp Fesbo in six barios,
Stichting Project's Communication Project; School supplies and
uniforms for over 300 school children; Ca'I Mimina Lunch for the
Elderly; and the Bonaire Little League
The new Board 2008-2009 consists of: President Frank de Wit; In-
coming president 2009-2010
Huub Groot; Secretary Majid
el Hoss; Treasurer Bob Ram;
Past President and Sergeant at
Arms, Ruud Vermeulen.
The year's theme is "Make
Dreams Real." 4
Thank you to all those who
support Rotary Club Bonaire
and for the generous contri-
butions. 0 Sara Matera Make Dreams Real


* Located in the quiet neighorhood of Belnem

* Walking distance to ocean

* 3 bedrooms

* 2 bathrooms

* Fine finishings though-out

* Unattached utility room or office space

* Situated on a comer lot of long lease land

* Lot measures 1033 square meters


Listed For: $279,000 USD


Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008


Page 3











Flotsam and Jetsam.. Continued from
page 2
beyond, although some lessening
is likely due to the slowdown of
the world economy because of the
rising prices of fuel, raw material,
and food and the value of the euro
currency. Central Bank Director
Emsley Tromp stated in the 2007
annual report that the economy
was estimated to grow at approxi-
mately 3% in 2008, supported by
ongoing investments in the con-
struction and tourism sectors, fur-
ther growth in tourism activities,
and the implementation of the So-
cial Economic Initiative. However,
inflation is expected to increase
rapidly to around 5% because gov-
ernment will no longer be able to
absorb part of the continuing in-
crease in international fuel prices
and has started to adjust domestic
gasoline and utility prices. The
separation of Bonaire, Statia and
Saba from the Netherlands Antilles
was not factored into the forecast.

1 A new automated system for
border control and registration
of foreigners will start soon in
the Netherlands Antilles. The
NAf 9 million project, called
"Improvement of the Immigration
Process," will be funded by the
Dutch funding agency USONA.
Justice Minister David Dick said
the police would be responsible for
border control and a new admis-
sions entity would be responsible
for the administrative tasks. He
also announced the introduction of
two new software systems to han-
dle the registration of undocu-
mented persons in the Netherlands
Antilles (at least 30,000 people)
and applications for residence per-
mits. This system will include the
most advanced options for passport
scanning.

0 Bonaire's Lt. Governor
(Gezaghebber)-to-be, Glenn
Thode, recently visited the is-
land. On October 24 he will take
the job over from Herbert Doma-
casse. Despite their differences in
generation (Gov. Domacass6 is a
grandfather and Glenn Thod6 has
two daughters, nine and seven)
they said they shared many ideas.
Everywhere the prospective
Gezaghebber and his wife,
Mechtild, traveled on the island
they met with warm greetings.
0 The revised TCB Annual
Statistics Report provides exten-
sive information on Bonaire's tour-
ism development. Overall tourism
arrivals showed a strong growth
of 16.9% in 2007 compared to
2006. Bonaire's 74,309 visitors in
2007 is an all-time-high record for
the island. Contact Ms. Rose-Anne
Rollan at 717-8322 or via asstdi-
rector(-Ltourismbonaire.com for a
copy of the report or for more in-
formation.
The North American market
increased 19.4% compared to
2006, when it increased by 6.7%.
The major influence in 2007 was
increased US airlift from the
Northeast.
The European market grew by
11.4% in 2007 as compared to a
decrease in tourism arrivals of
6.2% in 2006. European arrivals

Page 4


reached an all-
time-high re- Po'
cord with more
than 31,427
tourist arrivals
in 2007. Arke-
Fly is introduc-
ing a second
flight in Octo-
ber 2008.
The South
American
market grew
by 25.6% in Are our visitor
2007 as corn- .
Sa c visitor Alan Zal
pared to 2006. r
retirement fro
0 Pope Benedict XVI says the
world's natural resources are
being squandered by
"insatiable" consumption and
urges people to care more for the
environment. He added that non-
violence, sustainable development,
justice and care for the environ-
ment are of vital importance to
humanity.

1 The recent rains mean all
Bonaireans must raise their
"dengue awareness." The mos-
quito that carries the virus prefers
relatively clean water. The public
is asked to assist by throwing out
stagnant water in flower vases,
discarded tires and other objects
that collect water, cleaning out
gutters and protecting water cis-
terns with mosquito netting.

1 Parliament unanimously
approved the increase of the
minimum wage by 15% last
Wednesday. The increase applies
to all islands of the Netherlands
Antilles with the exception of St.
Maarten which received a 19.1%
minimum wage hike a year and a
half ago, while the other islands
received only an index adjustment.
Additionally, all minimum wage
earners will be exempt from wage
tax and income tax.
However, the Antillean Gov-
ernment said it will not agree
just like that with a 15% in-
crease, said Minister Elvis Tjin-A-
Sjoe of Economic and Labor Af-
fairs. The Minister is an advocate
of a phased increase of the mini-
mum wage and attaches impor-
tance to the advice of the Central
Bank that suggested an increase of
8%. The Minister emphasized that
he doesn't want to be difficult. "I
can easily start acting popular, but
I have to consider the advice that is
now on the table. I would also like
to be able to increase the minimum
wage by 15, 20 or even 30%, but
as minister I must make thoughtful
and balanced decisions.


0 Her Majesty's ship, Van
Speijk (F282), entered Anna Bay in
Curagao to a salute from Fort
Krommelijn. The Van Speijk re-
places the Van Galen as the
Royal Navy's new station ship in


rs crazy for Bonaire? Frequent
de greets his wife, Joan, upon her
m the New York school system.

the Caribbean.
The ship will combat drug smug-
gling, illegal immigration and be
able to provide support in the event
of natural disasters such as hurri-
canes. The Van Speijk will have a
Law Enforcement Detachment of
the US Coast Guard on board. The
frigate is equipped with a West-
land Lynx helicopter and conven-
tional weapons.

0 To raise awareness of the
consumption of oil and its steep
price rise on Sunday, August 3, a
worldwide "Fuel Abstention
Day" has been declared. All
people are advised to avoid activi-
ties that involve significant use of
fossil fuels, especially driving.
Don't purchase extra fuel before or
after, plan at-home events and pass
this message on. It's not the cost
of producing oil that's driving the
price up, it's the demand and the
speculation surrounding that de-
mand.


Congratulations to Maria
Lau who has just celebrated 15
years of babysitting on Bonaire.
Here is a photo of her in 1996 with
one of her "clients," Thomas
Wages, who was four months old
at the time. Thomas' father writes:
"Maria took such good care of our
sons and was such a warm person
that we were delighted to hire her
again in 1996. Maria has always
felt like part of our family and we
have stayed in touch with her ever
since."


Lost: Reward NAf
200


0 On Monday evening, July 14th, Captain Don's Habitat marked
the beginning of an exciting new project to decrease the amount of
plastic debris entering Bonaire's already over-burdened landfill.
General Manager Jack Chalk announced that effective July 15th,
whenever a guest checks in at the resort, he or she will receive a
free sport water bottle with an explanation and recommendation to
drink Bonaire's clean, great tasting, desalinated sea water from the
tap instead of purchasing commercially bottled water.
In conjunction with the free sport water bottle give away, both
Habitat and Rum Runners will cease the sale of commercially bot-
tled water. "By doing so," stated Chalk, "we will effectively reduce
the amount of plastic waste entering Bonaire's landfill." Everyone
at the "Meet the Captain" cocktail party on Monday evening re-
ceived one of the free sport water bottles.
Bottles will also be available for purchase in the Capt's Locker
and at Rum Runners Restaurant for those guests who would like to
have extras or to take home as gifts to friends. They're also avail-
able to anyone wishing to participate in reducing plastic waste on
Bonaire, whether or not they're staying at Habitat. Press Release


Caribbean Homes is now
doing more than selling houses.
They are now acting as a yacht
broker. Their first yacht ad is on
page 11. To see more go to their
website: CaribbeanHomesBo-
naire.com and click on "Yachts."

D Amidst the excitement
accompanying the headlong H
rush towards "direct ties
with Holland" there are
several groups wanting to F
apply the brakes, the De-
mocratic Party and Awor T
Te'Ora for example. Their I
main point is that the defini-
tion of "direct ties" in no
way means becoming a
Dutch municipality and that
UN anti-colonialism guide-
lines were violated.

As we go to press
comes news that the Jong
Bonaire Youth Center
has slashed its fees by
80% in view of the enor-
mous increases in the cost
of food, gasoline, water
and electricity. It means
the lowest income families
pay just NAf20 per year. Tr
More in the next edition.


> Lost Dog "Fons"
"Fons" is a one-year-old
Jack Russell pup who
went missing sometime on
Wednesday, July 16th, at
Punt Vierkant. His owner
is heartbroken. Please, if
you see him or have any
information about him
please call 796-1147 or 786
-2488. There is a NAf 200
reward for his return.


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Profiles: Dick Van Der Vaart, Pioneer In Hyperbaric Medicine


F or years The Reporter tried to get
an interview with Doctor Dick van
der Vaart, a long time resident and medi-
cal doctor on Bonaire. He declined be-
cause his personal story was not what he
considered "interesting enough" to talk
and read about, but his passion for his
profession and some important new devel-
opments made him willing enough to talk
this time. He is the medical spokesman for
the Stichting Recompressie Tank Bonaire.
The Board, consisting of Ike Faber, Henk
Schrijver, Ruud Vermeulen and Martien
van de Valk, has just celebrated the arri-
val, with the support of the Rotary Club,
of a new and ultra modem recompression
tank on the island. The Board set up an
impressive network of contacts, making it
possible to purchase the tank as a wel-
come expansion to medical treatment on
Bonaire.

Van der Vaart knew that the new tank he
dreamed about would have to meet current
safety standards. But an additional amount
of NAf 600.000 still needs to be raised,
not only to purchase instruments, but in-
ventory (beds, office supplies). Full scale
preparations are taking place to get the
new tank operational. Although more
funds need to be raised the Stichting
could purchase a bigger, better equipped
and impressive new recompression tank
including all necessary monitors for ex-
tended treatments with a loan from the
OBNA. A new building had to be con-
structed with facilities such as bathrooms
and showers (a patient needs to be show-


ered before going in because suntan lotion
can ignite under high pressure). The tank
weighs 8,000 kilos and had to be lifted
through the roof of the building with a
huge crane.

The first recompression tank arrived on
Bonaire 23 years ago after van der Vaart
took Navy diving training with the Dutch
Royal Navy in Holland. His father had
been in the Navy, so his last name rang a
bell when he took the course. During a
formal dinner with a few naval officers, he


was offered a recompression tank for Bon-
aire. A few months later the tank was
lifted from a Navy vessel onto the pier in
Playa and hoisted onto a big truck. It was
installed in a building next to the hospital.
It took about half a year more before the
tank was operational because compres-
sors, tanks, supplies of fresh air -- every-
thing that the diver's world consists of --
had to be installed as well. This event
added to his medical career by allowing
him to treat dive accidents.
This first recompression tank has been


operational during the entire 23 years. It is
a very compact tank since it had initially
been operated on one of the smaller Navy
ships. It is a multi-place lock chamber,
made of four-inch steel. When the inside
pressure is raised the tank expands, then
shrinks again when the pressure is low-
ered. In 23 years about 400 people have
been treated in the recompression cham-
ber, but because more people had to un-
dergo several treatments it's estimated that
the use of the chamber is at least three
times that figure. The doctor recalls one
case where the person had to undergo
treatment 13 times.

The first tank could only be used in six-
hour increments because there was no
control for the inside temperature. An
enormous amount of fresh air needs to be
put into the tank to ventilate and keep the
temperature from rising even more. In
many cases the treatment should have
been longer than six hours. Keeping a
patient for a minimum of 12 hours on the
treatment table, for example, might have
prevented two fatalities in the past. An-
other disadvantage of the old tank was the
lack of a device to monitor the CO2 level;
the level of CO2 rises by exhalation and
can cause unconsciousness when it be-
comes too high.

Over the years, two more physicians, Dr.
Miranda and Dr. Soer, became part of the
medical team. They alternate working
inside the tank. The doctor, assisted by a
(Continued on page 6)


Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008


Dr. van der Vaart oversees the placement of the new chamber


Page 5










Profiles (Continued from page 5)
paramedic, always stays with the patient
until the condition is stable, then the para-
medic stays with the patient for the rest of
the treatment while the doctor is always
available. All the inside tenders are medi-
cally trained, work as volunteers inside the
tank and are further trained by van der
Vaart himself. The longest a tender has
been working with the physician is over 18
years. It can only be true dedication that
makes and keeps these people working
here. And you have to remember that
working conditions weren't optimal inside
the old tank. Neither the physician nor his
assistants could work standing up because
the space was only 1.60 meters high. One
supervisor and one operator are on duty
outside the tank (there are 24 operators
available in total). They communicate via
intercom with the inside tenders All these
operators come from the dive world, and
they're trained to operate the tank from the
outside. The recompression chamber team
is on call 24/7, according to a schedule.

The new recompression tank has an air-
conditioning system where water is regu-
lated through outside tubes that run all
over and around the tank, keeping the in-
side temperature normal and workable.
This way, the supply of 40 air-buffer bot-
tles is more than sufficient for the opera-
tion. There are back-up systems for every
essential device. The security system is
optimal, because the CO2 level will be
controlled by a CO2 scrubber. There is a
500-liter water fire suppressant system
which can be activated via a sprinkler on
the inside and the outside. Inside the tank
are six seats or two beds, to be used de-
pending on the case.


Besides the adequate treatment of recom-
pression illness, another medical dimen-
sion is opening up for the physician: hyper
baric medicine. This type of medical sci-
ence started some 30 years ago when,
through years of research and practice, the
amazing results of high pressure oxygen
(HBO) treatments of various illnesses be-
came evident. In America and Europe 14
medical non-diving indications are part of
the list for HBO. Physicians who special-

"When all these facilities
are finished, Dr. van der
Vaart's passion will be
complete as well"

ize in this area have specific training. Evi-
dence based medicine and years of re-
search motivated many American aca-
demic hospitals to install their own hyper
baric department since the results of these
treatments have proven to be less costly
than complicated surgery.
Dr. van der Vaart took the HBO medical
training in San Antonio, Texas, years ago
with Jeff Davis, one of the founders of
hyper baric medicine. Bonaire has a dive
site named after him.
The treatment is especially favorable for
wounds. Open wounds that won't heal, like
those on legs, are the result of either poor
circulation in the veins or arteries. Most
non-healing wounds are arterial or venous.
Diabetic or pressure wounds are some-
times complicated by the presence of an-
aerobic bacteria. People who have one of
the above wounds are selected for HBO
treatment via a screening procedure with a
transcutaneous oxygen pressure monitor.


The new recompression tank will be able tively in the penumbra stage. The beauty of


to be used much more intensively than the
old one. Van der Vaart has contacts with
the HBO Centre in Rijnmond (Holland) to
share mutual experiences. Also patients
from Holland who normally can't take a
vacation because of their treatments at
home could continue therapy on Bonaire.
Van der Vaart sees many additional uses
for the new tank. In hospitals sometimes an
air bubble can form in the vessels via an
infusion, and it needs to be treated just like
decompression illness. Smoke inhalation is
another indication for HBO treatment. If
patients with tumors in the neck and head
area are being given hyperbaric oxygen
before, during and after their radiation, the
bone structure will be spared. Without this
therapy bone structure could be severely
damaged. Wound infections with anaero-
bic bacteria were a death sentence for a
patient 40 years ago. Dutch physician, Dr.
Boerma, one of the pioneers of HBO treat-
ment, showed that people with anaerobic
infection can be treated with this therapy.
After severe accidents where serious
bruising occurs (in medical terms, a com-
partment syndrome) the blood circulation
can be fatally obstructed. HBO treatment is
very effective in these kinds of cases.

Genetically, the population of the Antil-
les is apt to develop diabetes, which often
causes leg wounds and wounds that don't
heal. Many of these cases were previously
treated successfully in the old recompres-
sion tank.

Van der Vaart explains that most wounds
are caused by poor circulation. Heart and
brain infarcts- can also be treated effec-


hyper baric therapy is that it not only sup-
plies the vessels with a high amount of
oxygen, but also generates the develop-
ment and growth of new vessels.
The doctor wants to combine a vacuum
facility within the center. In combination
with the HBO method, wound treatment
would be optimal. In addition to the HBO
therapy, different medical modalities for
wound treatment are possible. There are
two very promising treatments available:
wound vacuum therapy, where the wound
is brought under a relative vacuum condi-
tion, which can be alternated with HBO
therapy. The second promising additional
facility could be the use of Human Growth
Factor (H.G.F.) which can be obtained by
centrifuging 200 cc of the patient's blood.
Then the trombocites will be separated
from the remaining blood. An emulsion is
made of the trombocites and used as a
wound dressing.
When all these facilities are finished, Dr.
van der Vaart's passion will be complete
as well: Bonaire will have an optimal and
complete Wound Treatment Center.

After all the inside information that Dr.
van der Vaart has given us here, it be-
comes clear that recompression facilities
aren't essential just for divers, but the po-
tential to establish a
HBO Medical Center
on Bonaire will even
exceed its initial pur-
pose of 23 years ago.
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GOVERNMENT Part III


W e continue on the subject of govern-
ment based on the following two
interviews.
The member and leader (42) of the Yellow
party PABOSO, Partido Boneriano Sosial
(the Bonairean Socialist Party) made some
important statements about what the party
stands for. She began by saying, "At election
time most Bonaireans vote very emotionally.
They don't screen the political party that's in
power to see how they are governing and the
results. They don't look for more information
before they vote, then after the elected party
takes command the people complain about the
results they don't get. Buying votes is very
obvious in Bonaire and some political parties
use this as their main objective to get more
votes. We joined the Social Democratic Party
because we are looking for equal rights for
every human being living on Bonaire. We want
to give more than take more from our people,
fight crime, give people security and housing.
The way of governing by each government
might differ Bonaireans accept that but after
years of experiencing the bad management and
administration of certain governments, unfortu-
nately, they choose to go back to the same
thing. And year after year this process contin-
ues like this, and naturally things might stay
bad.
In our Bonairean anthem we sing that we are
a humble country with defects. I'm always
against that saying. We are a country with a big
capacity and we can do a lot for our country.
We can take the example of our ancestors and
how they did a lot for their country. They built
their own houses with the little money they
had. They raised their children and gave them a
good education. Many of these are profession-
als in Bonaire and other places. If they could,
we can. We can't just sit and let what we long
for come to us. We have to fight for what we
want. Mostly these days it's money that is a
problem, but we are sure we can solve our own
problems.
When we were in the government in 2001 we
made a year's accounting that showed with the
taxes that we collect that we can do our own
finances, and when there is need we can ask for
extra income. Every department will get their
budget to work with in a responsible way and
to keep the expenses within it. A good financial
administration will help a government have the
money they need to do whatever has to be
done.
Holland established CFT (a commission to
supervise the finance) to manage the island
finance, which is good. But time will tell that
we don't need Holland or Curacao to prove that
we can do it ourselves. And the CFT control


will tell in the long run that we can. We have
the tax money that needs to go back into the
community, the tourist taxes, economy gains
and more. If we can't stay under Curacao gov-
ernment we could have taken another step,
instead of going back under Holland govern-
ment. If we fight for our rights we will suc-
ceed."
The member and leader (50) of the Blue
party, Obrero Nobo (new workers), said that
the history of this island has been repeated over
and over again. "Those that the people choose
to lead their government are people whose an-
cestors were from the white race. They were
business minded merchants and this runs
through the blood of their offspring. They don't
understand the feelings and needs of the com-
mon people, the natives of Bonaire itself. A real
native will fight for his country with body and
soul. It's the people's own fault if they suffer
calamity. They chose the high class people and
not the natives to lead their government. We are
sorry that people sell their dignity and pride for
some money so the party can get more votes.
No general interest is shown, only interest in
their personal welfare. Parties have to stop
fighting each other and be an example for their
country. What you reflect will be reflected
among your people too. So the political men-
talities have to change and then the people will
have more self confidence, dignity and will
have the power to change their way of thinking.
The Obrero Nobo party is busy giving infor-
mation to bring back the values and the dignity
of this country. Bad government, corruption
and big money spending shows that we are not
stable, not ready to stand on our own, but that
doesn't mean that we have to subject ourselves
to Holland so they can put in whatever law they
want. Holland has given billions of Euros in
donations to countries like Cuba, Brazil and
Bangladesh. Why can't we, as a colony of Hol-
land, get these donations so we can continue
with a stable economy? They are using us for
their own benefit. The Bonairean government
needs to negotiate for our rights."

With all the discussions about the new consti-
tutional status for Bon-
aire, you can be sure we
will have more articles on
government coming.

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aturday, June 21, turned into a great clean up day at SGB. In conversations with
SGB principal Serapio Pop and assistant principal Nolly Oleana it was learned
that graduation had been scheduled for June 26. Before the event could take place,
however, a facelift and cleanup was desperately needed. As The International Bible
Church of Bonaire now has its Sunday services in the high school auditorium, the
church volunteered to get the campus in shape so that the school could put their best
foot forward in showing parents, students, and government officials that residents of
Bonaire care a great deal about its schools. One of the ways to show that is by helping
with the never ending job of keeping school facilities clean.
The time was set to begin at 8am and to work until 12 noon. The school was most
gracious in furnishing snacks for the workers and many of the volunteers furnished
drinks and snacks as well. All agreed that it was well worth the hard work. As the
final hour wound down, everyone could look at the result and say it was a job well
done.
The International Bible Church of Bonaire would like to thank SGB for the opportu-
nity to help. We would also like to thank the various teachers, students, and island
visitors, and most especially SELIBON, for all the hard work to make the school a
very special place for graduation this year. A committee will be formed in the church
for an even better clean up task force next year. Any suggestions that you as a reader
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Why Hire an Architect


Y ou want to build your
dream home. You are look-
ing at your empty lot or outdated
home and your brain is thinking of
all sorts of design schemes and
you ask yourself how can I trans-
late those visions into reality?
Thankfully architects can help.
If you are building from the
ground up you need an architect.
An architect will help you formu-
late your program then design the
home according to your program,
create the construction drawings
necessary for securing building
permits, obtain bids from contrac-
tors and evaluate the progress and
quality of construction.
Building a home in Bonaire can
be daunting. There is the language
barrier; Bonaire builders often do
not speak English or Dutch. They
do not have access to a wide selec-
tion of finish materials such as
lighting, hardware, stone, tiles,
plumbing fixtures, exterior win-
dows and doors. They have to
depend on the architect or owner
to supply them with these specifi-
cations, or at least give them the
source and contacts where to buy
them.
The architect you choose should
have experience building on the
island, should be able to converse
in Spanish, Papiamentu, Dutch and
English and have a library of prod-
ucts that he or she can purchase,
expedite and ship to Bonaire. The
voltage requirements in Bonaire
differ from those in the US. There
is also the experience of what can
and can't be built successfully.
You can have an incredibly detail
designed house and the Bonairean
builder may not know how to cope
with the complexity of the details.

So, what is an architect going
to cost?
This depends on the project
budget and the services the archi-
tect will perform. The standard
methods of billing usually range
between 15% to 25% of the total
cost. Other methods of billing such
as hourly and flat sum should be in
the same range.
It is important to recognize that
the architect's fee should be a real-
ized cost in the overall budget for
construction. In the long run an
architect will save you money,
time and will design a home tai-
lored to your needs. An architect
will advise you on materials like
stone countertops that he knows
are a good value and will stand up
to wear and tear. He will recom-
mend mechanical systems that
save energy, are low in mainte-
nance and have proven longevity.
He will recommend lighting that
will enhance the architecture and
carefully locate it where it is
needed. He will site the house on
the property to take most advan-
tage of the views, the light and the
winds with consideration of pri-
vacy from adjoining neighbors and
roadways. He can anticipate how
steep grades can affect pedestrian
and vehicular access to the site and


residence.
So, how do I know what ser-
vices I will need?
Typical projects require five ser-
vices:
* schematic design
* design development
* contract documentation
* bidding and negotiating
* construction administration

Schematic design: The architect
develops a program with the
owner. This program includes the
basics like how many bedrooms,
bathrooms, etc. Then the architect
learns about the owner's life style
and optimum desires. The archi-
tect familiarizes himself with the
site and any local code require-
ments. The next meeting includes
a presentation of the conceptual
floor plan. The owner responds
with comments, and eventually the
conceptual design is completed
which includes floor plans and
elevations of the house.

Design development: In this
phase the design is refined to in-
clude all specifications from floor-
ing to door hardware. When this is
completed all finishes, lighting,
plumbing, mechanical systems,
solar systems and site plan details
like pools and landscaping have
been determined

Contract documents: Technical
drawings are completed to include
architectural, mechanical, plumb-
ing, electrical and structural de-
sign. These drawings include eve-
rything so that all bids will be
"apples to apples" and there is no
room for allowances.

Bidding and negotiation: The
architect reviews the bids and
makes his recommendation to the
owner. In Bonaire, the selection of
competent contractors is small and
the architect with experience on
the island will generally know
which ones are the most seasoned,
their work load and their abilities
with regard to structure, electrical,
mechanical, plumbing tile installa-
tion and millwork fabrication.

Construction administration:
During construction the architect
visits the site to make sure the
project is built according to the
drawings and answers questions,
sometimes on a daily basis, from
the contractor. In Bonaire, the
architect develops a construction
schedule with the contractor so
that he is there at critical times.
Generally one site visit per month
is required.

Additional services can include
interior design services. The archi-
tect can develop a complete fur-
nishing package that is part of the
overall design and can expedite
the procurement and shipment of
everything. For Bonaire, that has
no comprehensive quality fumi-


ture stores this is a value that
should not be ignored. Not all ar-
chitects provide this service so it is
important to verify the architect's
qualifications.

So, I how do I find right archi-
tect?
Interview two to four architects.
A reference is very important. Ask
to see their portfolio which most
have on their own website. Pay
attention to similar projects devel-
oped in Bonaire. Make sure you
feel comfortable when you meet.
This is a long-term relationship so
go by your gut feeling. Do not
make your decision on fees. Those
that are cheaper than the norm are
usually giving you less than what
you need. Make sure you convey
what you want and what you can
afford. Be as articulate as possible
and the right architect will help
formulate the program and under-
stand the process and the work
ahead.

What do I do if I am not happy
with the design?
Speak up. Quite often it is diffi-
cult for the owner to visualize the
design and most architects see the
vision and can help you under-
stand what you are not seeing. An
architectural model is a good vis-
ual tool that helps the owner get an
immediate three-dimensional per-
spective of the design and should
be part of the architect's scope of


services. If you
feel the architect
is not listening
to you and has
not designed the
plan according
to the program
you may have to
consider cancel-
ing the contract
and staring over.
This can happen,
but is highly
unusual. You
will generally
know if there is
no Karma at
very beginning
of the process.
The important
thing is that you
are happy with
the design and
your architect.
Good Luck! U
Jeffrey Silber-
stein, A.I.A.

Mr. Silber-
stein grew up in
Curaqao and
has been visit-
ing Bonaire
since the age of
five. He is re-
sponsible for
several homes
and commercial
projects built in
Bonaire. Some
of these homes
can be seen on


his website. One of his homes won
the prestigious American Institute
ofArchitects award for excellence
in design. Mr. Silberstein 's de-
signs have been published widely
and he currently has several pro-
jects on the island.


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Tina Woodley, Achim Exner and Sasha van Duyn


Tina Woodley, the first woman world champion power lifter
and bodybuilder, who started her career in Bonaire in the
1970s, is returning to the island. Bonaireans with long memories
may remember she lived here with Dutch artist Peter van Duyn,
who founded the short-lived English-Papiamentu newssheet, The
B 'Naire Weekly. Earlier this month Tina and her daughter, Sasha
van Duyn, returned to Bonaire after 28 years. They were captured
by the beauty of the island and felt a strong desire to be part of
Bonaire's future. Tina felt she had now come full circle. It inspired
her to try to use her experience to create a working network with
Bonaire professionals to enhance all aspects of human wellness.
In addition to Sasha, Tina raised three stepdaughters while study-
ing psychology and pursuing her sports career abroad during the
1980s. After winning the IFBB (International Female Body Build-
ers) European Championship and numerous other titles she became
the owner of a fitness center in Austria, then in Wiesbaden, Ger-
many, where she currently owns an all-ladies fitness studio. She's
a certified Pilates, yoga and physical fitness coach and is a licensed
NLP (Neurological Programming) therapist. She is known to in-
spire the people around her.
It runs in the family. Her brother, Joe Woodley, ran Joe's Gym
on Bonaire for many years then started a fitness center in Aruba.
Like mother, like daughter: Sasha van Duyn became Miss Fitness
Austria in 1994. In the same year she became Miss Fitness Turkey.
However, she followed another dream and pursued a career in the
fine arts and studied at the New York dance academy in Stuttgart
and the Bruckner conservatory in Linz, Austria. After making a
living performing and modeling, she now lives in Los Angeles,
California, were she pursues her acting talents while continuing her
studies in health and fitness. Sasha is the also owner of a fitness
business, and as the exclusive trainer for the Four Seasons Hotel in
Beverly Hills she guides high profile clients like actress Alicia
Silverstone, singer Verdine White (Earth, Wind and Fire), producer
Lionel Widgram (Harry Potter), director Frank Oz (Start Track,
Stepford Wives) and other well known Hollywood personalities.
On their return to Bonaire in November they will be accompanied
by Tina's fiance, Achim Exner, past mayor of Wiesbaden, who
visited Bonaire for the first time this month. The spirit of Bonaire
seduced him and he'll be looking for his own adventures on the
island.
Sasha has set her heart on helping her mother create a well being
center in Bonaire. They want to bring mental awareness and physi-
cal well being to the Bonaire community. With their therapeutic
backgrounds they plan to offer a program to help relieve stress,
overcome inner obstacles and maintain a balanced and healthy life-
style. Together with her family and the help of the community their
vision is to create a well
being center for all Bon- Tina at her iess
aire. Tina Woodleycen
wants to network with
individuals who are
interested in changing
lives, as she herself is
planning to start a new
chapter. Please contact
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he Eels on Wheels 501c3 had another great trip to the Divi Flamingo in Bonaire. The Eels or-
ganization prides itself on the ability to go anywhere and dive safely with people with disabili-
ties. Safety being our greatest concern when we travel we ensure that we have assistance and dive bud-
dies for the various array of disabilities that the divers with us may have. Divi Flamingo-Bonaire is a
great place for the Eels on Wheels organization because they have qualified dive masters to assist our
disabled divers, and their resort is handicapped accessible, which allows our disabled friends to enjoy
the resort at their comfort and convenience. A team of Eels dive buddies and dive masters and the Divi
dive masters always makes for a pleasurable safe experience. We always have qualified divers for our
adaptive divers, and the Divi dive masters point out the underwater creatures that make the island fa-
mous.
With all of the amenities available at the Divi Flamingo, the diving in Bonaire is the prize. Diving is
an adventure sport and through the Eels on Wheels we are able to take paraplegics, quadriplegics, and
those suffering from other disabilities like multiple sclerosis and stroke victims diving. We pride our-
selves on the ability to help our friends have a great travel experience and through the not-for-profit are
able to have the nurses, attendants, doctors and dive buddies needed for these adaptive divers. The Divi
Flamingo is unique because it is one of the few places in the Caribbean that's in tune with the needs of
disabled divers. As a team we do the best safest diving available. In order to gain the best underwater
experience, it definitely helps to have experienced dive masters direct the dive itself and not be re-
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Memory is often described as
a fluid entity so what better
metaphor for the ebb and flow
of memory than the sea?

I have been snorkeling on
Bonaire's reefs for almost
15 years now and have collected
a huge knapsack of memories,
many of which I consciously
recall (for example when I am in
the dentist's chair awaiting a root
canal) and others that suddenly
surface with little prompting
from me (like during my nightly
snorkels in dreamland). Some I
remind myself on a regular basis
so I don't forget them, like the
time I saw a Rock Beauty
schooling with the Blue Tang at
Windsock, a sight I haven't seen
since. Others float to greet me as
I pass over a memory site. For
example, every time I enter the
channel at Tori's Reef, I stop at
the rocks in the shallows to con-
jure up the octopus I played with
for almost a half hour a year ago.
I have come to believe that snor-
keling is a constant movement in
time between the present and the
past--so much so that the experi-
ence of dtej vu is a frequent oc-
currence on the reef.
The joy of snorkeling is very
much characterized by this pleas-
ure in reverie, something the


English poet William Words-
worth described as "spontaneous
emotion recollected in tranquil-
ity." And there is nothing more
tranquil than floating leisurely
across Bonaire's reefs. But how
these memories enter the mind is
a bit of a curious phenomenon;
after all, one must do more than
float. Some are etched in the
back of the mind through the
element of surprise: like the time
I came upon three Rainbow
Parrotfish and one Midnight
Blue all in the same crevice at
Andrea II after looking for them
unsuccessfully for days. Others
are the result of the unexpected:
never do I expect to see a Spot-
ted Drum in the shallows at
Bachelor's Beach but there one
was under a rock anxious to dis-
prove my expectations. Then
there are those that are mani-
fested from close observation
and study: hover above a reef
long enough and there will be
something your eyes will seize
upon, like a juvenile French an-
gelfish the size of a thumbnail or
a juvenile Trunkfish the size of
the head of a pin. Finally there
are the imprints that come from
incongruence, where something
doesn't quite fit. In this category
I would place the gigantic South-
ern sting ray lolling about in one
foot of water with a school of


juvenile
wrasse
and the
pelican's
webbed
feet
shoved
into my
face at
Windsock
Each
time I
recall
these
memories,
I grow
fonder of
them, and
every
time I snorkel, I gather new
memories to add to the cherished
old ones. Hopefully, when I am
no longer physically able to
snorkel, I can unpack my knap-
sack of snorkeling memories and
comfort myself in the proverbial
rocking chair of old age. U
Pauline Kayes
Kayes is a professor emeritus
in English, Humanities and
Women 's
Studies
from
Champaign
IL. She is a
part time
Bonaire
resident.


Did You Know ....
Most corals are actually
white? Like many jellyfish
and anemones, corals get their
color from the zooxanthellae
that colonize their surface.
The photosynthetic
zooxanthellae provide the
coral with the majority of its
energy, while the coral pro-
vides the zooxanthellae shelter
as well as nitrogen waste and
carbon dioxide necessary for
photosynthesis. Occasionally,
a large disturbance will cause
a coral to eject all of its algae, leaving the coral completely white;
this is known as bleaching. Bleaching can be caused by a variety
of factors including temperature change, changes in salinity, sedi-
mentation or sickness. Because of the nature of these disturbances,
bleaching often occurs across large areas and leaves entire reefs at
risk. As recently as 2002 there was a global temperature rise, with
about half the world's reefs experiencing some form of bleaching.
However, a bleached coral is not a dead coral. If the bleaching
event is mild and the corals survive, they may recruit new
zooxanthellae anywhere from a few months to a year after the
disturbance ends. Usually the new zooxanthellae are more resis-
tant to disturbances, resulting in a much more resilient reef. U
Nick Trilla


Trilla is from Boston, Massachusetts. He is
majoring in Global Studies at Providence Col-
lege and will graduate next spring. He studied
Tropical Marine Biology and Scientific Diving
with CIEEResearch Station Bonaire this sum-
mer. www.cieebonaire.org


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"Why We Need To Protect Them"


NESTING REPORT
Just in case you haven't al-
ready heard... the Parrot-
Watch website (http://
www.parrotwatch.org/) that shows
movies from inside the nests of
Bonaire's wild Loras has just been
updated, and there are now a
whole bunch of new movies and
field reports! So please check out
www.parrotwatch.org and find out
more about what really goes on in
the life of a Lora and indeed that
of a field biologist.
The news from the field this
week I am afraid is not full of par-
rot joy and happiness. First let me
report that in the nests we are
monitoring there are still over 20
chicks. In the last couple of weeks
though quite a few of the nests we
follow have lost chicks and some
nests have failed completely.
When a pair loses all their chicks
they cannot simply lay more eggs
and start again. Their biology
forces them to wait and try again
in the next year.
The recent death of several
chicks has been sad but also frus-
trating as the cause of death in
many cases has not been clear. In
previous years chicks have disap-
peared from nests and we have
recorded the loss as predation or


poaching. Until now we had sel-
dom seen dead chicks in the nest.
This was rather favorable on all
counts because as scientists it is
our obligation to try and get any
information we can from a situa-
tion, even if that involves a chick
that has been dead a few days.
This year it seems some chicks
may have died from a shortage of
food. This natural process happens
early in the breeding cycle and
favors the "production" of fewer
stronger chicks. Some of the dead
chicks have had food in their crops
though, so why did they die? It
may be disease, but it could also
be the result of inbreeding. A rare
species has, by definition, a small
population and when there are so
few individuals some degree of
inbreeding is likely. We hope to
find the answers, but at this point
it's a mystery. U
Sam Williams
Williams is in his third year of
studying Bonaire 's endangered
parrot, the Lora.


W f/ hy We Need to Protect
S Them!" is the impor-
tant message of the 2008 Salba
Nos Lora campaign that was
launched this month on both Bon-
aire and Curacao. At the center of
this campaign is a beautiful new
poster featuring one of the fantas-
tic winning entries of the recent
Salba Nos Lora art competition (at
right, by SGB art teacher Gemma
van der Linden).
Bonaire is one of the last strong-
holds for Loras. They have already
been driven to extinction on Aruba
and the future of the other surviv-
ing populations on the Venezuelan
islands of Margarita and Blan-
quilla are far from secure. On
these islands poaching is rife, and
despite the valiant efforts of Vene-
zuelan conservationists, the future
of Loras is far from certain. Al-
though the population on Bonaire
remains small, we have a great


opportunity to secure the future of
our fantastic birds. As ever, Bon-
aire can lead the way.
Several close cousins of the Lora
live on other Caribbean islands
and all face serious threats. In total
11 species existed. Two of these
are now extinct and all the rest are
considered at risk of extinction by
the International Union for the
Conservation of Nature. The situa-
tion doesn't get any better when
we look globally. More species of
parrots are threatened than almost
any other group of birds. The fate
of parrots worldwide hangs in the
balance and Bonaire has an impor-
tant part to play.
One reason parrot populations
are faring so badly is that they are
slow to reproduce. Each year many
parrots do not even attempt to
breed and if they do they normally
only raise one or two chicks. This
means that, unlike most other


birds, parrots are extremely vul-
nerable to food shortages, disease
and poaching. A few bad years
could spell the end for a small
isolated population like Bonaire's.
Last year diligent researchers on
the island followed 30 Lora nests
from when the first egg was laid
through to when the last chick left
the nest. Of those chicks that
struggled successfully through the
difficult first couple of weeks of
life, one third were poached just
before they left the nest. These
birds were destined for lives in
cages. This is not something to be
proud of. If we want to be sure that
Loras have a future we have to
change our ways. Let's be proud
of our Lora; let's protect them! U
Sam Williams


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T he 2008 Caribbean Little
League Baseball Champion-
ships opened under the lights at
Kralendijk Stadium Sunday night
to filled stands. Competing were
nine teams in two divisions:
Aruba, Bermuda, Bonaire, Cura-
cao, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Mar-
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Republic) and the US Virgin Is-
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litter of four puppies. Two
of her siblings were sold and
she and her sister, "Jill,"
were brought into the Shel-
ter to be put up for adoption.
Their mother is being steril-
ized so she can lead a life
unencumbered by having
unwanted litters of puppies
in the future.

One of the really nice
things about Jackie is that
because she was with the
family that owns her mother
she was treated very well
and consequently is a well
adjusted, happy pup. She's
so sweet and used to people
and such a friendly one.
Jackie is about three months
old and looks like she's
wearing a tuxedo with white
shoes that contrast so well
with her black wire haired
coat. She'll most likely re-
main a smaller dog but she's
big on personality! Jackie
has been examined by the
vet, has had her shots,
worming and will be steril-
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On Saturday, July 12, a group of over 40 divers, snorkelers,
and shore support people met to assist with an underwater
cleanup of Bonaire's South Pier (aka Customs Pier). This location
hasn't been included in past cleanups, and, being a commercial pier,
it proved to be much in need of cleaning.
In two hours of diving the group recovered the following trash: 13
pieces of rubber, 85 beer bottles, 55 pieces of plastic, 49 pieces of
metal or metal cans, 34 pieces of monofilament fishing line, 19
pieces of clothing, 6 pieces of wood, 3 shoes, 4 flip-flops, 4 lengths
of pipe, 5 pieces of cardboard, 1 packet of ketchup, 4 pair of under-
wear, 9 lengths of rope, 1 motor, 2 lengths of iron chain, 1 fishing
net, 2 knives, a car battery and a fishing rod.
After the dive all participants and their families enjoyed a pot luck
BBQ. Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech, the sponsors of the quar-
terly cleanups, provided drinks and main courses, while participants
supplied side dishes.
The next quarterly underwater cleanup is scheduled for Saturday,
September 20, in conjunction with World Cleanup Day and Bon-
aire's Love our Planet Week. This next cleanup will mark 10 years
of consecutive quarterly underwater cleanups on the island.
Additional information about the cleanups is available at: http://
www.dive-friends-bonaire.com/cleanup_dives.html. All are wel-
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While the multiple low cost
underwater monitors dotting
Bonaire's coastline continue to
accumulate data to guide reef
management, they are unknown
and unproven as compared to
lab-quality gear. Earlier this
month they made a debut at a
prestigious reefsymposium.
Project coordinator Tom Rey-
nolds reports:

B onaire's Light and Mo-
tion Sensor Program
(LMSP) took center stage when
Prof Burt Jones, PhD, presented
a project description and pre-
liminary results at the 11th Inter-
national Coral Reef Symposium
(ICRS) last week. This was a
significant symposium dealing
with all aspects of coral reefs.
At the presentation many of
the scientists were impressed
with the cleverness of the rain-
bow sensor concept used to
indicate organic matter in the
water and with the diligence of
Bonaire's volunteers.
Most presentations described
how to figure coral cover more
accurately and how to predict
coral bleaching but not on why
coral cover or fish population
was declining and how to re-
verse these trends.
Dr. Jones indicated that there
were some excellent papers in
other sessions that provided
valuable management informa-
tion. His overall assessment was
that there are three areas where
managing a reef can make it
more resilient (better able to
withstand climate change ef-
fects).
Three areas or groupings
where the reef can be effectively
managed:
Minimization of mechanical
damage from human
sources.
Top down control, meaning
that herbivorous fish popu-
lations are maintained on
the reef.
Bottom up control, where in-
puts of nutrients and other
human-derived contami-
nants are minimized.
In his three points, Jones
points out the mechanisms in


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these three groupings can be
managed. Many are beyond
local control, but many are due
to local human activity. The key
is to differentiate between non-
manageable events (events be-
yond local control) and manage-
able events (local, human-
derived activity).
The first grouping was me-
chanical reef damage. Obvi-
ously, a hurricane can cause
orders of magnitude with more
mechanical damage than a
diver, a boat anchor or the sedi-
ment from construction, but one
cannot manage a hurricane.
Dr. Jones' second grouping
was the herbivorous fish popula-
tion. Obviously some elements
of fish population cannot be
managed while some, like fish-
ing within the Bonaire Marine
Park, can be and is restricted.
The third grouping, bottom up
control, includes introduction of
nutrients and other land-based
contaminants. A nutrient study
consisting of quarterly wet sam-


Front Porch January 2008





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Date (20WS)
Figure 1. Time series from the site at Front Porch. Tempera-
tures in the top panel are from 5 meters (16.5ft., red), 12 m.
(39ft., green), and 20 m. (66ft., blue).


ples can indicate the presence of
elevated nutrients but it cannot
show the cause of the elevated
readings nor indicate if the
source is manageable or unman-
ageable. The Bonaire LMSP
data presented at ICRS showed
the effects of a large nutrient
increase from unmanageable
natural events, including coastal
upwelling along the Venezuelan
coast, and also indications of a
seasonal nutrient increase that
may have a human contribution
and therefore could be managed
and controlled.

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The data presented from
LMSP was based on a newly
developed semi-automatic proc-
ess that provides temperature,
the attenuation of blue light
(Kblue, a measure of water clar-
ity), and the organic index (OI).
Nine of the 13 sites being
sensed by the LMSP were
evaluated; the others are cur-
rently being completed. A fully
automatic process is being pro-
grammed and will be completed
very soon. Data will be avail-
able on the web within two to
three days of it being uploaded
from Bonaire as a result.
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Bonaire Monitor (Contin. from page 14)


Figure 2 Chlorophyll concentration from the MODIS-Aqua sensor. The images are from the same
time as the SST images. Higher chlorophyll water (red is higher concentration) is found near the coast
where the cooler, upwelled water is found. The chlorophyll concentration around Bonaire is higher in
the image from January 20 than it is on January 9.


One example that we presented
was from the site called Front
Porch. A relatively short, but dra-
matic, increase in the OI was re-
corded in January 2008. The or-
ganic index increased over a three
to four day period (Figure 1). The
organic index can increase due to
chlorophyll (phytoplankton bio-
mass), dissolved organic matter
(CDOM), suspended organic parti-
cles or some combination of these.
One might conclude that this was
the result of some form of land
pollution.
A correspondingly large drop in
temperature provided a clue that
this event was a natural event
rather than a human, land-derived
process. Sure enough, satellite data
showed that the event was a natural
transport of cold, upwelled, nutri-
ent-rich water from the coast of


Venezuela.
Figure 2 shows ocean color im-
ages of chlorophyll concentration,
a measure of phytoplankton bio-
mass. Higher chlorophyll concen-
trations are found in the cooler
upwelled water that is flowing
toward Bonaire from the Venezue-
lan coast. Without this data it
would be easy to point a figure at a
land-based source and demand
action. However, that conclusion
would be wrong.
An LMSP finding that could be a
manageable situation. We graphed
all nine sensor locations and no-
ticed that the Kblue tended to rise in
the winter indicating decreased
water clarity.

LMSP: The Future
No other Symposium session
described anything similar to


LMSP or attempted to measure
water quality over multiple loca-
tions. No program, save the Bon-
aire National Marine Park's, was
attempting to collect relevant infor-
mation and management indicators
in all three areas: mechanical, fish
population and water quality. It is
clear that Bonaire has the best un-
derwater park management team
and the best volunteer support
team on the planet.
That doesn't mean we can't do
better. We believe that the filter on
the green sensor can be improved;
we need to cali-
brate the sensors
and relocate the
reference sensor
to make it more
immune from
dive boat wakes.
* Tom Reynolds


t was quite awhile before Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
(STCB) received any signals from "Wiske," the female Log-
gerhead turtle equipped with a tracking transmitter. Over the last
week the weather over the Caribbean has been very unsettled as a
number of tropical waves moved through one after the other. Trying
to stay optimistic, I had hoped that the bad weather was forcing
'Wiske' to surface less frequently and for very short periods of
time, thereby explaining the lack of signals. For the most part, the
weather has cleared and we received just one signal on Tuesday.
There are any number of possible explanations for the loss of signal
with the failure of the transmitter's antenna being the most likely.
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City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
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BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest num-
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BEAUTY PARLOR
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DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
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Dear Editor:
I am writing in response to the
recent Reporter article on the
perceived increase in drug use on
the island. I have no doubts at all
about the great work the Addic-
tion Care Foundation is doing,
however, the information pro-
vided is incomplete and unfairly
targets laborers and the poor. The
article states "since there is more
construction work more people
without an education are making
more money." This statement
insinuates that less educated
workers are using their extra
money for drugs. That may be so,


but if the study included people
in all economic income brackets
you may find that there is a high
use of illegal drugs in the higher
income and better educated
groups as well. The tests were
conducted at the requests of com-
panies. Did they request tests of
senior management also or was it
just the workers? What drugs did
they test for? Many countries,
including the Netherlands do not
consider marijuana as a nefarious
drug but instead society generally
accepts personal use of this drug.
How many people in senior man-
agement or small businesses
would test positive for weed? I
am sure you will find many edu-


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cated people are among the con-
sumers of the cheap cocaine
which is widely available on the
island.

The point being that the article
fails to identify the drugs being
used and insinuates that it is a
growing problem in only one
socio-economic sector: poor,
uneducated workers who are
lucky enough to be making more
money due to demand for their
services. That is a very prejudi-
cial and unfair assumption. Pro-
moting such an assumption based
on flawed research may result in
resentment by the people identi-
fied as poor and uneducated
workers and resentment towards
them by the middle class and
wealthy.

We should all support the Ad-
diction Care Foundation and their


efforts to minimize the impact of
drugs on the population of Bon-
aire, however, it is important for
the organization and society to
recognize that drug abuse is not
only a problem faced by less
educated workers. It is a univer-
sal problem which does not rec-
ognize socio-economic bounda-
ries.
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visitor the quad is merely enter-
tainment otherwise he would
rent a car. Such entertainment
comes from off-road use and
Bonaire cannot sustain unre-
stricted off-road vehicles.

Basically, the countryside is
being used up to provide fun for
the more mindless of our tourists.

I support Sam Williams in his
call for a dedicated area for off-
road vehicles, though given Bon-
aire's size, it would have to be
pretty small and probably not
very interesting for the kind of
maniacs that wrecked the Go-
tomeer flats. The more practical
idea would be a complete ban on
rentals of quads. Keep them for
people who live and work on
Bonaire and have some sense of
how to use them appropriately.
Jan MacDonald


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many Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

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making a US tax deductible donation visit
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difference!

Private yoga classes
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Jona Chirino New Manaer of Jon Bonaire
Starting in August, social
worker Jona Chirino-Felida
will take over as manager of Sentro
pa Hubentut Jong Bonaire. Chirino
will replace Bilha Thomas who has
served as manager of the youth
center for five years. Thomas de- .
cided to move from the manager's

bought Larry's Bakery in Noord
Salifia.
In announcing the Chirino ap-
pointment, President of the Jong
Bonaire board, Rene Hakkenberg,
said that Bilha Thomas will remain ..
as a part-time employee at the
youth center, working primarily
with parent programs. "Bilha has
been an important part of Jong
Bonaire from the very beginning, Jona Chirino-Felida, Bilha Thomas and Rene Hakkenberg
and we are very glad that she will
remain a part of our family," said Hakkenberg.
Jona Chirino has worked with Jong Bonaire for a number of years on projects like the KREBO
program where teens are trained to be leaders and helpers in the Bonaire vakantie (vacation) plan
program, also on the Teen Leadership Training program and on other special projects involving
teens and their parents.
"I am looking forward to working full time with the Jong Bonaire team and with the teenagers on
Bonaire," said Chirino. I admire the goals of Jong Bonaire very much and hope that I can help
achieve them," she added. "Working with teens to help them find their interests and reach their
full potential is very exciting."
Since the Jong Bonaire Manager job is a very demanding one, Chirino said that she is resigning
her position as president of the political party PABOSO. "I want to give all my time and energy to
this new responsibility. It is very important that we give attention to our youth at this critical stage
of their development. And if we can keep teens involved and out of trouble, it will be better for
the entire community."
"Jona has been very involved in the community on many levels, especially in the development of
people," said Hakkenberg. "She has worked with Voogdijraad, Guia di Famia, Fundashon
J.O.N.A. and has done trainings for organizations such as B.J.Z, SEBIKI, FESBO and FAJ.
Currently Jona is working at FORMA with young people to complete their school obligation. So
she brings a tremendous amount of experience to Jong Bonaire."
Both Chirino and former manager Thomas will be on hand from August 4 to 8 for inscription of
members at Jong Bonaire. Teens and their parents are urged to pass by the office early in the week
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REGULAR EVENTS

The popular SGB High School
restaurant, Chez Nous, is open to the
public. Four-course dinners with wel-
come cocktail on Tuesdays. Seating
begins at 6 pm. Lunches on Wednes-
day & Thursdays. Call 717-8120, ask
for Chez Nous or email: keeslee-
man@ telbonet.an
HH 2 for 1 all beverages) 6-7
pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach
Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Divi Flamingo Casino open

and blackjack, Monday to Saturday

By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-
8489, 540-9800.
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the 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 Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per per-
son. 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 furnished so it appears the
family hasjust stepped out Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thru Fri-
day, 9 -12,2-4. Weekends by appointment
Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, 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 onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some 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.

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 Alexan-
drit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek.
Services are held on Sunday mornings
from 10am until 11:30am. Bible stud-
ies in English are on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322

The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26,
Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20
Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/
PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon
Visitors Welcome: 701-9522 for In-
formation

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel:790-6518, 786-6125
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SUMMER VACATION


Picture Yourself With The Reporter

North of the Arctic Circle


Oh nice, summer vacation,
long awaited, coming
just a bit late, unfortunately over
in a flash. And then suddenly we
do what our (very early) ances-
tors did their whole lives: we
start wandering all over the
planet, like the drifter gene is
still locked in our genome and
active. When you come back
from holiday everybody asks:
"And how was your vacation?
Where did you go?" A successful
holiday is the one that was a true
adventure. You have seen things
you cannot witness at home.
People pay a lot of money to
come to Bonaire for their vaca-
tion. For adventure they will
seek the sun, sea and nature.
When they go home the evidence
of their trip in the shape of a nice
tan. Stories and photographs will
accompany them.
For really fast people Bonaire
can be "done" in a day. Arriving
in the morning, leaving in the
afternoon. What have you seen
in that day? Maybe a trip around
the island in a vehicle: the south
in the morning, the north in the
afternoon. Or you can do a dive-
or snorkel trip. If you decide to
walk you will not go further than
"downtown" Playa. That would
be the fast food drive-in version
of Bonaire. Judging from the
amounts of cruise tourists flock-
ing to this island it must be popu-
lar.
The tourists with a little more
time will seek out Bonaire for
different reasons. First (of
course) there is the obvious: div-
ing and snorkeling. Then you
have all these water-related ac-
tivities: sailing, wind- or kite
surfing, kayaking, swimming,
etc... On land you can go hiking,
mountain biking, touring, and
bird watching (many birdwatch-
ers come here to put the Banana
quit and the Lora on their life-
lists). If you want the in-
activities, there is also plenty of
that on this island: sunbathing,
hanging about in a hammock,
listening to music, or being
struck by the heat and trying to
cool down in the air condition-
ing. Take your pick! There is
something for everybody. You
will need a vacation to recover
from your vacation.
Residents of Bonaire them-
selves also get restless in the
summer and will also go wander-
ing. What do they seek in these
far-away adventures? Could it be
the activities such as diving,
snorkeling, sailing, wind- or kite
surfing, kayaking, swimming,
etc... or the in-activities like
sunbathing, hold on, I am repeat-
ing myself am I not? It gets a bit
strange when your home is a
destination for a holiday for a lot
of tourists. You might even get a
bit smug when you go abroad

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(on a hiking trip): "We do not
mind the rain, we will have
plenty of sunshine when we get
home again." (On or by the sea)
"You call that muddy slush the
sea? No, if you cannot see your
toes anymore it is not fit to swim
in." Or (at the zoo) "Those pale
whitish birds are not Flamingos,
they are supposed to be candy-
pink." But the fact remains that
you are paying a lot of money to
get off this island to seek the
very things you can get on this
island.
Of course there are other good
reasons to leave this island, to be
perfectly honest. But when you
try to explain to other people
why you had to do it, you some-
times get the raised-eyebrows
response. "We went to the States
to do some shopping." Excuse
me? That is a very expensive
shopping trip. But what can you
do when you are in need of a
new musical instrument, new
hiking boots or a winter coat?
"We went to Ecuador to see the
forests." What, you do not have
forests? Other than in the Sahara
and on the poles, people proba-
bly expect to see forests growing
everywhere.
But the main reason to leave is
to meet new people, to smell new
scents, to see new sights because
the restless people get bored eas-
ily even on a paradise island. Not
seeking the new, the adventures,
is very boring in the eyes of your
peers. So we need to find a way
to stay at home and not look bor-
ing doing it. Playing tourist on
your own island is an option.
So where have you been on
your vacation? Oh, about 80
kilometers north of Venezuela,
beautiful weather, nice people
(like we knew them), real re-
laxation, beautiful sea, tremen-
dous nature. We did some div-
ing, snorkeling, swimming, hik-
ing, biking, lying about, and
reading. And the bed we slept in
was magnificent. It was a per-
fect paradise. You should come,
uhm, I mean go
some day!
Mary Ann Koops
Koops teaches
Biology at the
SGB High
School.


Pauline Kayes, part-time resident of Bonaire
and Champaign, Illinois, celebrates her
retirement as a college English professor with
friend Bjorg Holte, deep muscle therapist, by
cruising on the Hurtigruten ship, Trollford, up
the western coast of Norway. After passing the


Arctic Circle in the middle of the night, they de-
cided to keep warm by reading The Reporter.
Highlights of their trip included seeing 1,000 puf-
fins off North Cape, basking in the midnight sun,
and exploring Trolljord to the sound of Grieg's
music. U


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Gaviota Sails Again

T hanks to a years-long labor of love, the tradi-
tional motor fishing boat Gaviota (NB 105)
is back in the water. She's Bonaire's oldest boat.
Originally built of wood around 1941 by John
Philip Fredrik Craane, the son of Bonaire's legen-
dary shipbuilder Jan "Kachi" Craane. It was com-
pletely rebuilt from the keel up and lengthened 7 ft.
by his son, whom he named after himself, but is
better known today as tug boat Captain John, or just
plain "Johnny."
The original 21 ft.-long boat has seen more of the
Caribbean that most boats its size. After a busy ca-
reer fishing around Bonaire, in 1960 it was shipped
as cargo to Sint Maarten when John Philip relocated
to that island where he still lives.
Gaviota spent the next 30 years in the Dutch
Windward Islands until Captain John decided to
have it returned to Bonaire. Imagine his surprise
when Bonaire Customs charged him NAf 500 im-
port duty on the boat which had originally been built
on Bonaire!
The Gaviota still sailed well and made numerous
trips around the island. But her age was showing.
Ten years ago she was hauled out for repair. But
more than repairs were necessary... wooden boats
age fast in the tropics. Originally powered by a
Universal 4 kerosene fuel engine, she now has a
modem Perkins 52 Hp diesel, and corrosion resis-
tant fastenings and fittings.
Her launching was a festive occasion with lots of
beer, friends and family, including Captain John's
three children and two of his grandchildren, B'lana
and Yuma, the great-great-grandchildren of Kachi.
Seawater runs strong in the Craane blood. U G.D. Marie Craane with her son, Yuma, andfriends


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In the last issue of The Bonaire Reporter the
"Earthship" project currently underway was men-
tioned. We wanted to learn many more details about it
and that's why we headed to the land where things are
happening: in the Bonairean countryside at the foot of the
Seru Grandi hill. Solymar is the name of the site.
Those who were instrumental in getting the Earthship
concept to come to Bonaire are the owners of the Solymar
land: Michiel Bijkerk, Stanley "Chu-chu" Manuel and
Rob van den Berge.
Here are the first results of their efforts to create a re-
treat resort here. Gradually we learned that this is to be-
come something we've definitely not seen on-island or in
our region yet. You'd better keep reading...

We are told that the Solymar keywords are Eco, Art and
Awareness. About a year ago the developers got to know
the Earthship concept in detail and felt it would fit in just
perfectly with their Solymar retreat philosophy.
At the moment two Earthships are being built. We'll try
to explain later what these (unusual) structures are ex-
actly, but let's first try to draw the big picture of the Soly-
mar retreat.
We can expect a total of 20 Earthships to arise here.
However, there's more. Plans also include a restaurant (in
Earthship-style) and swimming pool (in... well, you
know).
Herbal gardens will provide fresh supplies to the restau-
rant kitchen.
Ten single level units and 10 double level units (one
down, one above) are planned. Each unit is like a one-
bedroom apartment, although comparisons with tradi-
tional construction definitely go wrong. Still, it's as close
as we can get. This number of 30 units gives a good idea
of the scale of the Solymar retreat "coming our way."
There are construction permits for the first two Earth-
ships, but permission for the bigger master plan still needs
to be granted. Therefore, there's no detailed timeframe
available yet that's the Bonairean touch we know.


We spoke to Mike Reynolds, the guy who started mak-
ing the first prototypes of the Earthship around 35 (!)
years ago. He's also known as the "Garbage Warrior" -
Earthships are, for a big part, constructed out of garbage.
The story he told is inspiring, fascinating and yet so sim-
ple. It revolves around the word, logic.
Mike studied architecture once, and from then he started
working out his idea of the Earthships. As he says, "When
I started this, people at first thought I was an idiot; years
later they thought I was an environmentalist. I'm neither
one of 'em. What we are doing with the Earthships is
simply trying to respond logically to issues that are there.
We all know that the world will run out of oil one day, so
the logical response would be to be prepared. We all pro-
duce garbage while living, so why not use it where it
makes sense?"

The Earthships do not need nor have a connection to
WEB for electricity and water as no energy is needed for
cooling and heating (the latter is not applicable to the
Bonairean Earthship version). Constant temperature lev-
els come from earth itself from deep down. Electricity
needed for refrigerators and so comes from solar power.
Water is free because it falls out of the sky and is called
rain. You just have to make sure that there are enough
sources for getting and keeping it. Besides that, water that
was used for a first time can be used a second time for
flushing the toilet. Later, it helps in growing your garden.
The garbage used for building the Earthships consists of
old tires, cans, bottles, and cartons.
Mike himself has been living in Earthships for the last
20 years, and before that in prototypes of it. When we
asked him if he could still live in a "normal" house he
said yes, but he would most probably start changing
things in the place from day 1. Sustainability is in his
system.
And not only his. The crew that he brought is composed
of a group of people who live life "Earthship style" also.
Daily routine is working their asses off (halfway lunch is
catered by Norka), welcoming the "Beer Goddess" at the


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end of the day when she arrives, and having (more than) a
couple of beers. After that it's dinner followed by bed.
Next day it's getting up and doing the same thing over
again.
The energy, speed and fun these guys (and girls!) work
with is simply impressive. They are joined by a group of
trainees (slogan: "you must unlearn what you have
learned") who work as volunteers but gain great experi-
ence, big fun and good knowledge about the Earthships.
Who knows? It's a recipe for being able to build their
own Earthship later or join Mike's crew one day.
And then, there is the local workforce, the men who
work for Sidney Manuel. They all work hard and with the
very same inspiration and fun as the rest of the crew.
Positive energy is around. Mike referred to Jopie (Taxi
10) as the most experienced "bottle block layer" of Bon-
aire now.

The Garbage Warrior and crew will definitely return to
Bonaire. The local crew has not yet been able to acquire
all the technical knowledge to complete the rest of the
Earthships themselves, but that will be taken care of when
Mike and crew return. For those who would be interested
Mike said that trainee positions would be available then.
The crew will leave Bonaire on July 27, returning home
to Taos, New Mexico, for a couple of weeks, where most
of them will continue to work on the concept in some way
as well. Then it's off to the next Earthship construction
project (by coincidence in Holland, near Zwolle). They
have had this lifestyle for years now and have built in
many places around the world, like Spain, Nicaragua,
Jamaica, Scotland. The list is endless already.
We asked Mike what the greatest location was where he
has built. It was in Bolivia at an altitude of 5,000 feet,
because there he experienced the most challenging condi-
tions until now.
It worked.

We heard a critical comment rising on-island about old
tires being imported from Cura9ao for the project. Indeed,
extra tires had to be brought in because the preparation
timeframe was too short to get them all from Bonaire
itself. Still, human produced garbage was used, whether it
was from here or from Curacao. However, with the con-
tinuation it is going to be taken care of, and the island's
tire shops may expect frequent pickup visits.

We don't want to get this story
too long and The Bonaire Reporter
too thick. For further technical de-
tails about the Earthship concept
(and generally, anyone with interest
in true innovations) please visit
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look like a giant fish hook. In fact in Polynesian legend it was said that the god
Maui pulled the Hawaiian Islands up out of the ocean with this very same sky
hook. Today, however, this pattern of stars is generally depicted the way the an-
cient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans saw it a great cosmic scorpion whom we
officially call Scorpius. And as I say, every summer this is one of the few constel-
lations which really looks like its name. Because even the star Antares, which
marks the scorpion's heart, is bright red and one of my personal favorites not only
because of its color but also its majestic size.
If we look to the left of Scorpius we see another bright group of stars, which if
we draw lines between them make a very nice teapot. But this teapot is actually
part of a much larger constellation, the ancient mythical creature, half man / half
horse, the centaur archer Sagittarius. And this year, right behind the handle of
Sagittarius' teapot is the largest of the planets, Jupiter, which we rightfully call
the king. But if Jupiter is a king, the heart star of Scorpius, Antares, is an emperor
because if we compare the two the difference between them is rather staggering.
For starters Jupiter is 88,000 miles wide while Antares is a whopping 600 million
miles wide. But to really put this in perspective let's start with our Earth, which is
a mere 8,000 miles wide, so small we could fit over 1,400 Earths inside Jupiter.
But now let's compare Jupiter to our own star, the Sun, which is 865,000 miles
wide, so huge we could fit 924 Jupiters inside it. But that's nothing because
Antares is so gigantic we could fit over 333 million of our Suns inside it. Or try
this on for size. If we could place Antares where our Sun is it would reach out past
the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars and way beyond, almost 3/4 of
the way to Jupiter. But if Antares is so incredibly much bigger than Jupiter why is
Jupiter brighter? Simple answer: Jupiter is much closer. In fact if we measure dis-
tance to cosmic objects in terms of the speed of light, which travels 186,000 miles
per second, Jupiter is only 34 light minutes away, which means it takes its light
only 34 minutes to reach us. Antares on the other hand is so much farther away,
600 light years, that it takes 600 years for its light to reach us. Which means we
see Jupiter as it actually existed 34 minutes ago but we see Antares as it existed
600 years ago.
So get out some night the next couple of weeks about an hour after sunset, face
south, find the stars which make up Scorpius, plus the stars which make up Sagit-
tarius and right behind it the bright light that is Jupiter. Then compare the king of
the planets to magnificent Antares, an emperor of stars. U JackHorkheimer


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ARIES: March 20th April 20th A new Moon in your domestic sector signals a wonderful
time to connect with close family members. Also, while your ruler Mars powers up your house
of health, this could be a time when you choose to begin a new diet or daily regime. Whatever
you do now will influence your family members. Even simple things like making healthy
choices will inspire others. People are watching you now and will follow your lead.
TAURUS: April 20th May 21st This New Moon lights up your house of communication, so
you can expect to be stimulated by sharing your thoughts and ideas. What you have to say now
will impact the lives of others. However, the full Moon challenges you to choose your words
carefully in an effort to avoid unnecessary confusion and confrontations. This is a great month to
practice the power of positive thinking! Also don't over commit to other's requests before con-
sidering all your options.
GEMINI: May 21st June 21st With your ruler Mercury in your sign, you'll be most curious
and interested in things that help you learn. Conversations, lessons, media, magazines will help
you gather the data you need to network your talents and worth. Others love and need your inde-
pendent thinking, so share your thoughts and communicate all you can! Money will be an issue
this month. You may experience a sudden shift in values or decide it's time to cut back on unnec-
essary expenses so that you can enjoy new things that promise pleasure.
CANCER: June 21st July 22nd The New Moon in perfect alignment with both Venus and
Jupiter allows you to attract fortunate situations and people into your life. While many will be
drawn towards your new found courage and confidence, there may be someone quite special
entering your personal arena now. However, the full Moon promises some emotional commo-
tion, so you'll need to keep excessive feelings under wraps to make the best of things.
LEO: July 22nd August 23rd The new Moon in your house of seclusion promises blissful
experiences while taking time away from fast paced affairs. You're a bit romantic and dreamy
now and in search of soft surroundings, so pick up a great book or head to the beach. Sharp
shooter Mars will bring you back down to reality quite soon. Once it teams up with serious Sat-
urn, this dynamic duo will help you determine to put your financial affairs in order. Suddenly you
feel the need to be more accountable or sustainable!
VIRGO: August 23rd September 22nd With your ruler Mercury zipping thru your profes-
sional house and Mars entering your sign, you'll have extra energy to tackle career de-
mands. Since you're most interested in getting ahead now you'll easily find new opportunities
that lead you closer to your goals. Although friends will seek your company, it's best to keep on
track.
LIBRA: September 23rd October 23rd A new Moon and your ruler Venus in your house of
professional matters is a sign that new career opportunities are about to open up for you. This is a
time when you'll receive kudos for the hard work you've done. Others notice your tack and di-
plomacy at work; so do what you can to win important people over. Romance can be found with
someone you respect a great deal, who could be a bit more accomplished than you.
SCORPIO: October 23rd November 22nd A new Moon in your house of travel and foreign
affairs will inspire you to try new things. You may find sudden cravings for ethnic food or cul-
tural experiences. It's also good time to plan a trip or catch up with distant loved ones. If you're
looking for romance, you'll find it with someone who can broaden your horizons somehow.
SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd December 21st Feisty Mars in critical Virgo demands you
do more and be more! Your only real challenge this month is to keep focused on developing your
expertise instead of trying to prove others wrong. Venus promises delightful times while travel-
ing or in the company of stimulating others. Your only challenge this month is to watch your
cash flow.
CAPRICORN: December 21st January 20th The new Moon in your house of partners will
help you enliven your relationships. Make time for loved ones and organize some serious fun.
With Venus in the cozy sign of Cancer, a family minded guy turns you on most! However, you
can't afford to be blindsided or overly optimistic about others. The full Moon indicates someone
close may let you down. If you think others are being insensitive or not listening to you, you're
probably right!
AQUARIUS: January 20th February 19th A new Moon in your house of wellness means
that bettering your health should be foremost on your mind this month. If single, you'll find ro-
mance with someone that has the same positive thoughts and needs you do. If you already have
someone you could be their 'motivator'. Otherwise, you'll be most attracted to others that moti-
vate you!
PISCES: February 19th -March 20th The New Moon in your house of romance and creative
pursuits while Mars enters your house of partners, promises a sudden shift in your heart's de-
sire. This is one of the best months to fall in love, especially with an artist or someone who en-
joys the same entertainment you do. The full Moon might make someone a tad jealous because
they wish they could be you. All envy aside; this month you'll discover a chance to learn how to
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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008 Bonaire is exploring various options to improve airlift from the US to Bonaire. Last week TCB Director Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, political leader Ramoncito Booi and TCB New York’s Candice Kimmel held a meeting to discuss the situation with airline officials. The strategy appears to be to encourage Delta to add a second non-stop flight from Atlanta, for Continental a second non-stop from Newark and for it to continue the second Houston flight in the peak seasons. American Eagle wants to increase its Puerto Rico service from three to five flights a week in peak times as well. Better air service between Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire was sought in separate meetings. Non-stop flights between Bonaire and Valencia, Venezuela, began again this past Friday. Rainbow Air will operate a 15-passenger aircraft every Monday and Friday around midday. Valencia is a popular destination for Bonaireans because of the medical facilities available there. Until now the only route was via Curacao. From Valencia, the plane flies onward to Caracas. Continental Airlines Inc. said Thursday it had a secondquarter loss , hurt by record high fuel prices and weakening economic conditions. For the quarter ended June 30, Houston-based Continental said it lost $3 million (3¢ per share) compared with a profit of $228 million ($2.03 per share) a year ago. Excluding $22 million in one-time gains, the carrier lost $25 million (25¢ per share) in the latest quarter. Continental flies to Bonaire from two US cities and has no plans to cut service to Bonaire KLM believes that the Dutch new “environmental levy” may affect its upcoming winter schedule to the Antilles. The increased ticket cost, €45, will mean fewer people can afford to fly. An appeal to disallow the tax was turned down by the High Court in The Hague last Thursday. KLM spokesperson Nanke Kramer noted that, based on ticket sales, that while there has been a decrease in the number of tourists booking vacations, the business market has remained steady. Anecdotal reports to The Reporter mention that Business Class seats are totally sold out for the remainder of the season, said to be because of the number of Dutch government officials flying to deal with the transition of the BES Islands. KLM increased the fuel surcharge again because of the continuing rise in the price of crude oil. Passengers on intercontinental flights that last more than nine hours (like the AmsterdamBonaire route) will pay €147 euro (NAƒ 415) on top of the ticket price and other charges. This is an increase of €14 (about NAƒ 40). The Aruban airline, Tiara Air, expanded its fleet with two Saab 340A aircraft. The turboprop planes were leased from the American AeroCentury Corporation. Tiara Air started flying two years ago and offers BonaireAruba non-stop flights. It flies two Shorts 360s, often called the 747 of commuter aircraft, carrying 36 passengers. The Saab 340s have a similar capacity and offer a longer range. Bonaire has been voted the favorite dive destination in the world by the About.com Favorite Dive Destination Reader Poll. In the final round of the poll, Bonaire went head-to-head with seven other dive destinations from around the world including the Philippines, Galapagos Islands and Cozumel and won with an overwhelming 51% of the total vote. About.com , is part of the New York Times . Economic growth in the Netherlands Antilles is expected to remain strong in 2008 and (Continued on page 4) Table of Contents This Week’s Stories Transition Info Meeting 2 Skol di Musika Graduation 3 Rotary New Board 3 SGB Cleanup by Church Members 7 Why Hire an Architect? 8 Tina Woodley Returns 9 Eels On Wheels 9 Snorkelers Notebook-Memories On the Reef 10 Parrot Watch (Nesting Report– Why Protect the Lora) 11 Little League Series 12 Third Underwater Cleanup 13 Bonaire Monitor Project 14 Turtle Signal Lost 15 Letters (Universal Drug Use, Quads) 17 Jona Chirino Named New Manager of Jong Bonaire 18 Oldest Bonaire Boat (Craane)20 Windsurfing Fever 21 Weekly Features Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Profiles– Dick van der Vaart 5 Bonairean Voices (Government 3) 7 Bubbles/Did You Know (Coral Color) 10 Pet of the Week (Jackie) 12 Dining, Shopping Guides 16 Tide Table 17 Reporter Masthead 17 Classifieds 18 What’s Happening 19 Picture Yourself (Arctic Circle) 20 Island View (Summer Vacation) 20 What’s Coming our Way (Earthships) 22 Sky Park (King of Planets) 23 Star Power-Astrology 23 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 August 6, 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 ! Top Health Fitness Center at the Kaya Nikiboko Nord (towards More4Less) in the “La Hacienda” building— 796-3109 or 786-8908 Fit & Healthy is a program completely under the guidance of a professional. Exercising in a responsible way is guaranteed. The 75-minute program is adequate for all and especially all ages (even 60+). Lose weight, maintain a healthy weight or work on an optimum physical condition. If you are experiencing health problems, like backand knee pain, Fit & Health is right for you. Special attention to a correct posture. What makes Fit & Healthy different from aerobic sessions is that there isn’t any dance choreography, but you get the same weight loss result as from aerobics. Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 8:00am till 9:15 Cost only NAƒ 75/ month **** BRING THIS AD FOR A FREE TRIAL CLASS **** MAKE YOUR BODY YOUR BUSINESS Last Thursday State Secretary Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, the Dutch official most responsible for managing the transition of Bonaire out of the Netherlands Antille s into a municipality of Holland, held an information session for the public in Bona ire’s Sporthall. The meeting’s atmosphere was active, open and pleasant, and most participants appeared to be glad be able to offer their input, which was translated into Papiamentu as nece ssary. Between 500 and 700 people attended the meeting. Approximately half appeared to be European Dutch Bonaire residents. In her introductory comments Mrs. Bijleveld explained that on December 15 the Netherlands will open an implementation office on Bonaire, which will be a type of overseas department of the Dutch Ministry. Then from 11:15 am to 1:30 pm dozens of question were put forward via several microphones in the audience and also from emails that had been submitted earlier. Many of the questions were concerned about how the Bonairean people were being kept informed, the future situation on the island and the threat to Bonaire’s fragile environment and culture by increased Dutch authority. As Jong Bonaire official René Hakkenberg, explained, "We want economic growth, but it must in a healthy manner. Now it goes much too fast. Bonaire’s relaxed and peaceful character is at risk." A questioner expressed concern that the hundreds of Dutch civil servants the Netherlands has sent, and will send, have little awareness of Bonaire’s vulnerability an d traditions but will be responsible for making recommendations that will affect the island’s future. She asked urgently that some appreciation of the Bonairean way of life could be provided to them beforehand. An introduction program about the history, the culture, the nature, the economic and social situation is necessary. The suggestion was applauded by the audience. An analogy between David (BES Islands) and Goliath (The Netherlands) was brought up. Ms Bijleveld’ s witty answer about just who had won that encounter brought laughs from the audience. While many of Ms Bijleveld’s responses were vague and generalized (the reasons given were that it was too early for answers or that more study was necessary) she was clear on several key points: · The current Antillean laws will cont inue in force at the start of the transition, including th ose about abortion, homos exual marriage, euthanasia and drugs. · The pensions on Bonaire will not be raised to the Dutch level. · The euro will not be the island’s currency. Either the US dollar or Antillean guilder will continue. Do ing otherwise would compromise Bonaire’s competitive position. · The Dutch government will not take over the island’s debts to individuals. The State Secretary supports the position that under equal circumstances there must be equal treatment of European a nd Antillean Dutch, but that when situations differ, treat ment will be dealt with on an individual basis. Future communication sessions were promised. Special to The Reporter by Renée Ockeloen ABVO photo

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008 R otary Club Bonaire held its turnover of the new Board at It Rains Fishes restaurant earlier this month. Every year a new Board is installed by the Past President in all the Rotary Clubs in the world. Rotary International has 29,000 clubs in 161 countries world wide with over 1.2 million members. RCB past Board consisted of Ruud Vermeulen as President, Huub Groot as Secretary, Corine van der Hout as Treasurer, Marisela Croes as Past President and Sergeant at Arms, all who led the Club to a record year in donations and fundraisers. Job Well Done! The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self!” Rotary Club Bonaire served the community by donating and sometimes managing up to 24 essential projects, donating over NAƒ 200.000. Some of them are: Breakfast in Schools (feeds 280 children every school day); SGB Hotel School Student's Italy Stage Project ; Hardin di Chikitin Foundation; Youth Outreach Foundation's Christmas Project ; Dr R. Visser Institute Activities Summer Camp Fesbo in six barios, Stichting Project's Communication Proje ct; School supplies and uniforms for over 300 school children; Ca’I Mimina Lunch for the Elderly; and the Bonaire Little League The new Board 2008-2009 consists of: President Frank de Wit; Incoming president 2009-2010 Huub Groot; Secretary Majid el Hoss; Treasurer Bob Ram; Past President and Sergeant at Arms, Ruud Vermeulen. The year’s theme is “Make Dreams Real.” Thank you to all those who support Rotary Club Bonaire and for the generous contributions. Sara Matera O n Saturday, June 28 there was a graduation performance at the Skol di Musika (Music School) by its students. That recital is proof that music crosses all cultural and national boundaries. Selections included classical (Heinrich Wolfahrt, B ach), Jamaica Reggae, popular (Saints go Marching in, Godspell) and music from Bonaire. Not only was the music international but the students are too. Gilbert van Arneman, Chairman of the school, opened the program, followed by performances by the piano students of teach er Hans Faassen: Meralny Bomba, Churmer Bomba, Djayanti Baidjnath-Misier, Sherigma de Palm, Mitchel de Palm, Greg Linkel s, Marko van Silfhout, Shahieb Kartodikrono and Tony Yang. Students of Sigfried Molina gave a rousing performance of popular and reggae music on guitar, bass, drums and quarto: Judith Winklaar, Farahnaz, Sereeta, Sharif, Myles and Naldo. Thanks to all for an uplifting af ternoon of music by high spirited performers and teachers. L.D./ Hans Faassen photos Some of the Skol di Musika students with teacher Hans Fassen Fassen with youngest pupil, Greg Linkels Past President Ruud Vermeulan and new President Frank de Wit

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008 beyond, although some lessening is likely due to the slowdown of the world economy because of the rising prices of fuel, raw material, and food and the value of the euro currency. Central Bank Director Emsley Tromp stated in the 2007 annual report that the economy was estimated to grow at approximately 3% in 2008, supported by ongoing investments in the construction and tourism sectors, further growth in tourism activities, and the implementation of the Social Economic Initiative. However, inflation is expected to increase rapidly to around 5% because government will no longer be able to absorb part of the continuing increase in international fuel prices and has started to adjust domestic gasoline and utility prices. The separation of Bonaire, Statia and Saba from the Netherlands Antilles was not factored into the forecast. A new automated system for border control and registration of foreigners will start soon in the Netherlands Antilles. The NAƒ 9 million project, called “Improvement of the Immigration Process,” will be funded by the Dutch funding agency USONA. Justice Minister David Dick said the police would be responsible for border control and a new admissions entity would be responsible for the administrative tasks. He also announced the introduction of two new software systems to handle the registration of undocumented persons in the Netherlands Antilles (at least 30,000 people) and applications for residence permits. This system will include the most advanced options for passport scanning. Bonaire’s Lt. Governor (Gezaghebber)-to-be, Glenn Thodé, recently visited the island . On October 24 he will take the job over from Herbert Domacassé. Despite their differences in generation (Gov. Domacassé is a grandfather and Glenn Thodé has two daughters, nine and seven) they said they shared many ideas. Everywhere the prospective Gezaghebber and his wife, Mechtild, traveled on the island they met with warm greetings. The revised TCB Annual Statistics Report provides extensive information on Bonaire’s tourism development. Overall tourism arrivals showed a strong growth of 16.9% in 2007 compared to 2006. Bonaire’s 74,309 visitors in 2007 is an all-time-high record for the island. Contact Ms. Rose-Anne Rollan at 717-8322 or via asstdirector@tourismbonaire.com for a copy of the report or for more information. The North American market increased 19.4% compared to 2006, when it increased by 6.7%. The major influence in 2007 was increased US airlift from the Northeast. The European market grew by 11.4% in 2007 as compared to a decrease in tourism arrivals of 6.2% in 2006. European arrivals reached an alltime-high record with more than 31,427 tourist arrivals in 2007. ArkeFly is introducing a second flight in October 2008. The South American market grew by 25.6% in 2007 as compared to 2006. Pope Benedict XVI says the world's natural resources are being squandered by "insatiable" consumption and urges people to care more for the environment. He added that nonviolence, sustainable development, justice and care for the environment are of vital importance to humanity. The recent rains mean all Bonaireans must raise their “dengue awareness. ” The mosquito that carries the virus prefers relatively clean water. The public is asked to assist by throwing out stagnant water in flower vases, discarded tires and other objects that collect water, cleaning out gutters and protecting water cisterns with mosquito netting. Parliament unanimously approved the increase of the minimum wage by 15% last Wednesday . The increase applies to all islands of the Netherlands Antilles with the exception of St. Maarten which received a 19.1% minimum wage hike a year and a half ago, while the other islands received only an index adjustment. Additionally, all minimum wage earners will be exempt from wage tax and income tax. However, the Antillean Government said it will not agree just like that with a 15% increase, said Minister Elvis Tjin-ASjoe of Economic and Labor Affairs. The Minister is an advocate of a phased increase of the minimum wage and attaches importance to the advice of the Central Bank that suggested an increase of 8%. The Minister emphasized that he doesn’t want to be difficult. “I can easily start acting popular, but I have to consider the advice that is now on the table. I would also like to be able to increase the minimum wage by 15, 20 or even 30%, but as minister I must make thoughtful and balanced decisions. Her Majesty’s ship, Van Speijk (F282), entered Anna Bay in Curaçao to a salute from Fort Krommelijn. The Van Speijk replaces the Van Galen as the Royal Navy’s new station ship in the Caribbean. The ship will combat drug smuggling, illegal immigration and be able to provide support in the event of natural disasters such as hurricanes. The Van Speijk will have a Law Enforcement Detachment of the US Coast Guard on board. The frigate is equipped with a Westland Lynx helicopter and conventional weapons. To raise awareness of the consumption of oil and its steep price rise on Sunday, August 3, a worldwide “Fuel Abstention Day” has been declared. All people are advised to avoid activities that involve significant use of fossil fuels, especially driving. Don’t purchase extra fuel before or after, plan at-home events and pass this message on . It’s not the cost of producing oil that’s driving the price up, it’s the demand and the speculation surrounding that demand. Congratulations to Maria Lau who has just celebrated 15 years of babysitting on Bonaire. Here is a photo of her in 1996 with one of her “clients,” Thomas Wages, who was four months old at the time. Thomas’ father writes: “Maria took such good care of our sons and was such a warm person that we were delighted to hire her again in 1996. Maria has always felt like part of our family and we have stayed in touch with her ever since.” Caribbean Homes is now doing more than selling houses. They are now acting as a yacht broker . Their first yacht ad is on page 11. To see more go to their website: CaribbeanHomesBonaire.com and click on “Yachts.” Amidst the excitement accompanying the headlong rush towards “direct ties with Holland ” there are several groups wanting to apply the brakes, the Democratic Party and Awor Te’Ora for example. Their main point is that the definition of “direct ties” in no way means becoming a Dutch municipality and that UN anti-colonialism guidelines were violated. As we go to press comes news that the Jong Bonaire Youth Center has slashed its fees by 80% in view of the enormous increases in the cost of food, gasoline, water and electricity. It means the lowest income families pay just NAƒ20 per year. More in the next edition. Flotsam and Jetsam... Continued from page 2 Are our visitors crazy for Bonaire? Frequent visitor Alan Zale greets his wife, Joan, upon her retirement from the New York school system. Photo by Joshua Bright/The Riverdale Press On Monday evening, July 14th, Captain Don’s Habitat marked the beginning of an exciting new project to decrease the amount of plastic debris entering Bonaire’s already over-burdened landfill. General Manager Jack Chalk announ ced that effective July 15th, whenever a guest checks in at the resort, he or she will receive a free sport water bottle with an explanation and recommendation to drink Bonaire’s clean, great tasting, desalinated sea water from the tap instead of purchasing commercially bottled water. In conjunction with the free sport water bottle give away, both Habitat and Rum Runners will cease the sale of commercially bottled water. “By doing so,” stated Chalk, “we will effectively reduce the amount of plastic waste entering Bonaire’s landfill.” Everyone at the “Meet the Captain” cocktail party on Monday evening received one of the free sport water bottles. Bottles will also be available for purchase in the Capt’s Locker and at Rum Runners Restaurant for those guests who would like to have extras or to take home as gifts to friends. They’re also available to anyone wishing to participate in reducing plastic waste on Bonaire, whether or not they’re staying at Habitat. Press Release Habitat photo 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 Maria Lau Thanks to all who read, and those who support The Reporter with advertising. This issue is our largest to date in terms of content. Please patronize the advertisers. They keep it free. G./L.D . Lost: Reward NAƒ 200 Lost Dog – “Fons” “ Fons” is a one-year-old Jack Russell pup who went missing sometime on Wednesday, July 16th, at Punt Vierkant . His owner is heartbroken. Please, if you see him or have any information about him please call 796-1147 or 786 -2488 . There is a NAƒ 200 reward for his return.

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008 F or years The Reporter tried to get an interview with Doctor Dick van der Vaart, a long time resident and medical doctor on Bonaire. He declined because his personal story was not what he considered “interesting enough” to talk and read about, but his passion for his profession and some important new developments made him willing enough to talk this time. He is the medical spokesman for the Stichting Recompressie Tank Bonaire . The Board, consisting of Ike Faber, Henk Schrijver, Ruud Vermeulen and Martien van de Valk, has just celebrated the arrival, with the support of the Rotary Club, of a new and ultra modern recompression tank on the island. The Board set up an impressive network of contacts, making it possible to purchase the tank as a welcome expansion to medical treatment on Bonaire. Van der Vaart knew that the new tank he dreamed about would have to meet current safety standards. But an additional amount of NAƒ 600.000 still needs to be raised, not only to purchase instruments, but inventory (beds, office supplies). Full scale preparations are taking place to get the new tank operational. Although more funds need to be raised the Stichting could purchase a bigger, better equipped and impressive new recompression tank including all necessary monitors for extended treatments with a loan from the OBNA. A new building had to be constructed with facilities such as bathrooms and showers (a patient needs to be showered before going in because suntan lotion can ignite under high pressure). The tank weighs 8,000 kilos and had to be lifted through the roof of the building with a huge crane. The first recompression tank arrived on Bonaire 23 years ago after van der Vaart took Navy diving traini ng with the Dutch Royal Navy in Holland. His father had been in the Navy, so his last name rang a bell when he took the course. During a formal dinner with a few naval officers, he was offered a recompression tank for Bonaire. A few months later the tank was lifted from a Navy vessel onto the pier in Playa and hoisted onto a big truck. It was installed in a building next to the hospital. It took about half a year more before the tank was operational because compressors, tanks, supplies of fresh air -everything that the diver’s world consists of -had to be installed as well. This event added to his medical career by allowing him to treat dive accidents. This first recompression tank has been operational during the entire 23 years. It is a very compact tank since it had initially been operated on one of the smaller Navy ships. It is a multiplace lock chamber, made of four-inch steel. When the inside pressure is raised the tank expands, then shrinks again when the pressure is lowered. In 23 years about 400 people have been treated in the recompression chamber, but because more people had to undergo several treatments it’s estimated that the use of the chamber is at least three times that figure. The doctor recalls one case where the person had to undergo treatment 13 times. The first tank could only be used in sixhour increments because there was no control for the inside temperature. An enormous amount of fresh air needs to be put into the tank to ventilate and keep the temperature from rising even more. In many cases the treatment should have been longer than six hours. Keeping a patient for a minimum of 12 hours on the treatment table, for example, might have prevented two fatalities in the past. Another disadvantage of the old tank was the lack of a device to monitor the CO2 level; the level of CO2 rises by exhalation and can cause unconsciousness when it becomes too high. Over the years, two more physicians, Dr. Miranda and Dr. Soer, became part of the medical team. They alternate working inside the tank. The doctor, assisted by a (Continued on page 6) Dr. van der Vaart oversees the placement of the new chamber Monique Reichert & Martijn Eichhorn photo

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Timely, accurate and reliable ISO 9001: 2000 Certified paramedic, always stays with the patient until the condition is st able, then the paramedic stays with the patient for the rest of the treatment while the doctor is always available. All the inside tenders are medically trained, work as volunteers inside the tank and are further trained by van der Vaart himself. The longest a tender has been working with the physician is over 18 years. It can only be true dedication that makes and keeps these people working here. And you have to remember that working conditions weren’t optimal inside the old tank. Neither the physician nor his assistants could work standing up because the space was only 1.60 meters high. One supervisor and one operator are on duty outside the tank (there are 24 operators available in total). They communicate via intercom with the inside tenders . All these operators come from the dive world, and they’re trained to operate the tank from the outside. The recompression chamber team is on call 24/7, according to a schedule. The new recompression tank has an airconditioning system where water is regulated through outside tubes that run all over and around the tank, keeping the inside temperature normal and workable. This way, the supply of 40 air-buffer bottles is more than sufficient for the operation. There are back-up systems for every essential device. The security system is optimal, because the CO2 level will be controlled by a CO2 scrubber. There is a 500-liter water fire s uppressant system which can be activated via a sprinkler on the inside and the outside. Inside the tank are six seats or two beds, to be used depending on the case. Besides the adequate treatment of recompression illness, another medical dimension is opening up for the physician: hyper baric medicine. This type of medical science started some 30 years ago when, through years of research and practice, the amazing results of high pressure oxygen (HBO) treatments of various illnesses became evident. In America and Europe 14 medical non-diving indica tions are part of the list for HBO. Physicians who specialize in this area have specific training. Evidence based medicine and years of research motivated many American academic hospitals to install their own hyper baric department since the results of these treatments have proven to be less costly than complicated surgery. Dr. van der Vaart took the HBO medical training in San Antonio, Texas, years ago with Jeff Davis, one of the founders of hyper baric medicine. Bonaire has a dive site named after him. The treatment is especially favorable for wounds. Open wounds that won’t heal, like those on legs, are the result of either poor circulation in the veins or arteries. Most non-healing wounds are arterial or venous. Diabetic or pressure wounds are sometimes complicated by the presence of anaerobic bacteria. People who have one of the above wounds are selected for HBO treatment via a screening procedure with a transcutaneous oxygen pressure monitor. The new recompression tank will be able to be used much more intensively than the old one. Van der Vaart has contacts with the HBO Centre in Rijnmond (Holland) to share mutual experiences. Also patients from Holland who normally can’t take a vacation because of their treatments at home could continue therapy on Bonaire. Van der Vaart sees many additional uses for the new tank. In hospitals sometimes an air bubble can form in the vessels via an infusion, and it needs to be treated just like decompression illness. Smoke inhalation is another indication for HBO treatment. If patients with tumors in the neck and head area are being given hyperbaric oxygen before, during and after their radiation, the bone structure will be spared. Without this therapy bone structure could be severely damaged. Wound infections with anaerobic bacteria were a death sentence for a patient 40 years ago. Dutch physician, Dr. Boerma, one of the pioneers of HBO treatment, showed that people with anaerobic infection can be treated with this therapy. After severe accidents where serious bruising occurs (in medical terms, a compartment syndrome) the blood circulation can be fatally obstructed. HBO treatment is very effective in these kinds of cases. Genetically, the population of the Antilles is apt to develop diabetes, which often causes leg wounds and wounds that don’t heal. Many of these cases were previously treated successfully in the old recompression tank. Van der Vaart explains that most wounds are caused by poor circulation. Heart – and brain infarctscan also be treated effectively in the penumbra stage. The beauty of hyper baric therapy is that it not only supplies the vessels with a high amount of oxygen, but also generates the development and growth of new vessels. The doctor wants to combine a vacuum facility within the cen ter. In combination with the HBO method, wound treatment would be optimal. In addition to the HBO therapy, different medical modalities for wound treatment are possible. There are two very promising treatments available: wound vacuum therapy, where the wound is brought under a relative vacuum condition, which can be alternated with HBO therapy. The second promising additional facility could be the use of Human Growth Factor ( H.G.F.) which can be obtained by centrifuging 200 cc of the patient’s blood. Then the trombocites will be separated from the remaining blood. An emulsion is made of the trombocites and used as a wound dressing. When all these facilities are finished, Dr. van der Vaart’s passion will be complete as well: Bonaire will have an optimal and complete Wound Treatment Center. After all the inside information that Dr. van der Vaart has given us here, it becomes clear that recompression facilities aren’t essential just for divers, but the potential to establish a HBO Medical Center on Bonaire will even exceed its initial purpose of 23 years ago. Louise Rood Profiles (Continued from page 5) “When all these facilities are finished, Dr. van der Vaart’s passion will be complete as well”

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008 GOVERNMENT Part III W e continue on the subject of government based on the following two interviews. The member and leader (42) of the Yellow party PABOSO, Partido Boneriano Sosial (the Bonairean Socialist Party) made some important statements about what the party stands for. She began by saying, “At election time most Bonaireans vote very emotionally. They don’t screen the poli tical party that’s in power to see how they are governing and the results. They don’t look for more information before they vote, then after the elected party takes command the people complain about the results they don’t get. Buying votes is very obvious in Bonaire and some political parties use this as their main objective to get more votes. We joined the Social Democratic Party because we are looking for equal rights for every human being living on Bonaire. We want to give more than take more from our people, fight crime, give peopl e security and housing. The way of governing by each government might differ Bonaireans accept that but after years of experiencing the bad management and administration of certain governments, unfortunately, they choose to go back to the same thing. And year after year this process continues like this, and naturally things might stay bad. In our Bonairean anthem we sing that we are a humble country with defects. I’m always against that saying. We are a country with a big capacity and we can do a lot for our country. We can take the example of our ancestors and how they did a lot for their country. They built their own houses with the little money they had. They raised their children and gave them a good education. Many of these are professionals in Bonaire and other places. If they could, we can. We can’t just sit and let what we long for come to us. We have to fight for what we want. Mostly these days it’s money that is a problem, but we are sure we can solve our own problems. When we were in the government in 2001 we made a year’s accounting that showed with the taxes that we collect that we can do our own finances, and when there is need we can ask for extra income. Every department will get their budget to work with in a responsible way and to keep the expenses w ithin it. A good financial administration will help a government have the money they need to do whatever has to be done. Holland established CFT (a commission to supervise the finance) to manage the island finance, which is good. But time will tell that we don’t need Holland or Curaçao to prove that we can do it ourselves. And the CFT control will tell in the long run that we can. We have the tax money that needs to go back into the community, the tourist taxes, economy gains and more. If we can’t stay under Curaçao government we could have taken another step, instead of going back under Holland government. If we fight for our rights we will succeed.” The member and leader (50) of the Blue party, Obrero Nobo (new workers) , said that the history of this island has been repeated over and over again. “Those that the people choose to lead their government are people whose ancestors were from the white race. They were business minded merchants and this runs through the blood of their offspring. They don’t understand the feelings and needs of the common people, the natives of Bonaire itself. A real native will fight for his country with body and soul. It’s the people’s own fault if they suffer calamity. They chose th e high class people and not the natives to lead their government. We are sorry that people sell their dignity and pride for some money so the party can get more votes. No general interest is shown, only interest in their personal welfare. Parties have to stop fighting each other and be an example for their country. What you reflec t will be reflected among your people too. So the political mentalities have to change and then the people will have more self confidence, dignity and will have the power to change their way of thinking. The Obrero Nobo party is busy giving information to bring back the values and the dignity of this country. Bad government, corruption and big money spending shows that we are not stable, not ready to sta nd on our own, but that doesn’t mean that we have to subject ourselves to Holland so they can put in whatever law they want. Holland has given billions of Euros in donations to countries like Cuba, Brazil and Bangladesh. Why can’t we, as a colony of Holland, get these donations so we can continue with a stable economy? They are using us for their own benefit. The Bonairean government needs to negotiate for our rights.” With all the discussions about the new constitutional status for Bonaire, you can be sure we will have more articles on government coming. Siomara E. Albertus Send your comments to The Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, or email reporter @bonairenews.com. WANNADIVE HUT Kaya Dialma # 11, Tel/fax: 599 717 8850 email: info@wannadive.co m info@wannadiveHU Tbonaire.com Wanna do Bonaire the Fun Way? Our guests say, "If you wanna dive , you gotta do it here. FAIR PRICES SUPER STAFF –GOOD GEAR – BOAT & SHORE DIVING 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. S aturday, June 21, turned into a great clean up day at SGB. In conversations with SGB principal Serapio Pop and assistant principal Nolly Oleana it was learned that graduation had been scheduled for June 26. Before the event could take place, however, a facelift and cleanup was desperately needed. As The International Bible Church of Bonaire now has its Sunday services in the high school auditorium, the church volunteered to get the campus in shape so that the school could put their best foot forward in showing parents, students, and government officials that residents of Bonaire care a great deal about its schools. One of the ways to show that is by helping with the never ending job of keeping school facilities clean. The time was set to begin at 8am and to work until 12 noon. The school was most gracious in furnishing snacks for the workers and many of the volunteers furnished drinks and snacks as well. All agreed th at it was well worth the hard work. As the final hour wound down, everyone could look at the result and say it was a job well done. The International Bible Church of Bonaire would like to thank SGB for the opportunity to help. We would also like to thank the various teachers, students, and island visitors, and most especially SELIBON, for all the hard work to make the school a very special place for graduation this year. A committee will be formed in the church for an even better clean up task force next year. Any suggestions that you as a reader may have will be most welcome. Please contact me at (e-mail) or telephone. Totoram Baran, Pastor The International Bible Church of BonairePhone: 717-8373 Bonaire Government representatives at the Sporthall information meeting—see pg. 2. Bob Lassiter photo ABVO photo

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008 Y ou want to build your dream home. You are looking at your empty lot or outdated home and your brain is thinking of all sorts of design schemes and you ask yourself how can I translate those visions into reality? Thankfully architects can help. If you are building from the ground up you need an architect. An architect will help you formulate your program then design the home according to your program, create the construction drawings necessary for securing building permits, obtain bids from contractors and evaluate the progress and quality of construction. Building a home in Bonaire can be daunting. There is the language barrier; Bonaire builders often do not speak English or Dutch. They do not have access to a wide selection of finish materials such as lighting, hardware, stone, tiles, plumbing fixtures, exterior windows and doors. They have to depend on the architect or owner to supply them with these specifications, or at least give them the source and contacts where to buy them. The architect you choose should have experience building on the island, should be able to converse in Spanish, Papiamentu, Dutch and English and have a library of products that he or she can purchase, expedite and ship to Bonaire. The voltage requirements in Bonaire differ from those in the US. There is also the experience of what can and can’t be built successfully. You can have an incredibly detail designed house and the Bonairean builder may not know how to cope with the complexity of the details. So, what is an architect going to cost? This depends on the project budget and the services the architect will perform. The standard methods of billing usually range between 15% to 25% of the total cost. Other methods of billing such as hourly and flat sum should be in the same range. It is important to recognize that the architect’s fee should be a realized cost in the overall budget for construction. In the long run an architect will save you money, time and will design a home tailored to your needs. An architect will advise you on materials like stone countertops that he knows are a good value and will stand up to wear and tear. He will recommend mechanical systems that save energy, are low in maintenance and have proven longevity. He will recommend lighting that will enhance the architecture and carefully locate it where it is needed. He will site the house on the property to take most advantage of the views, the light and the winds with consideration of privacy from adjoining neighbors and roadways. He can anticipate how steep grades can affect pedestrian and vehicular access to the site and residence. So, how do I know what services I will need? Typical projects require five services: schematic design design development contract documentation bidding and negotiating construction administration Schematic design: The architect develops a program with the owner. This program includes the basics like how many bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. Then the architect learns about the owner’s life style and optimum desires. The architect familiarizes himself with the site and any local code requirements. The next meeting includes a presentation of the conceptual floor plan. The owner responds with comments, and eventually the conceptual design is completed which includes floor plans and elevations of the house. Design development: In this phase the design is refined to include all specifications from flooring to door hardware. When this is completed all finishes, lighting, plumbing, mechanical systems, solar systems and site plan details like pools and landscaping have been determined Contract documents: Technical drawings are completed to include architectural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and structural design. These drawings include everything so that all bids will be “apples to apples” and there is no room for allowances. Bidding and negotiation: The architect reviews the bids and makes his recommendation to the owner. In Bonaire, the selection of competent contractors is small and the architect with experience on the island will generally know which ones are the most seasoned, their work load and their abilities with regard to structure, electrical, mechanical, plumbing tile installation and millwork fabrication. Construction administration: During construction the architect visits the site to make sure the project is built according to the drawings and answers questions, sometimes on a daily basis, from the contractor. In Bonaire, the architect develops a construction schedule with the contractor so that he is there at critical times. Generally one site visit per month is required. Additional services can include interior design services. The architect can develop a complete furnishing package that is part of the overall design and can expedite the procurement and shipment of everything. For Bonaire, that has no comprehensive quality furniture stores this is a value that should not be ignored. Not all architects provide this service so it is important to verify the architect’s qualifications. So, I how do I find right architect? Interview two to four architects. A reference is very important. Ask to see their portfolio which most have on their own website. Pay attention to similar projects developed in Bonaire. Make sure you feel comfortable when you meet. This is a long-term relationship so go by your gut feeling. Do not make your decision on fees. Those that are cheaper than the norm are usually giving you less than what you need. Make sure you convey what you want and what you can afford. Be as articulate as possible and the right architect will help formulate the program and understand the process and the work ahead. What do I do if I am not happy with the design? Speak up. Quite often it is difficult for the owner to visualize the design and most architects see the vision and can help you understand what you are not seeing. An architectural model is a good visual tool that helps the owner get an immediate three-dimensional perspective of the design and should be part of the architect’s scope of services. If you feel the architect is not listening to you and has not designed the plan according to the program you may have to consider canceling the contract and staring over. This can happen, but is highly unusual. You will generally know if there is no Karma at very beginning of the process. The important thing is that you are happy with the design and your architect. Good Luck! Jeffrey Silberstein, A.I.A. Mr. Silberstein grew up in Curaçao and has been visiting Bonaire since the age of five. He is responsible for several homes and commercial projects built in Bonaire. Some of these homes can be seen on his website. One of his homes won the prestigious American Institute of Architects award for excellence in design. Mr. Silberstein’s designs have been published widely and he currently has several projects on the island. 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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008 T ina Woodley, the first woman world champion power lifter and bodybuilder, who started he r career in Bonaire in the 1970s, is returning to the island. Bonaireans with long memories may remember she lived here with Dutch artist Peter van Duyn, who founded the short-lived En glish-Papiamentu newssheet, The B’Naire Weekly . Earlier this month Tina and her daughter, Sasha van Duyn, returned to Bonaire afte r 28 years. They were captured by the beauty of the island and felt a strong desire to be part of Bonaire’s future. Tina felt she had now come full circle. It inspired her to try to use her experience to create a working network with Bonaire professionals to enhance all aspects of human wellness. In addition to Sasha, Tina raised three stepdaughters while studying psychology and pursuing her sports career abroad during the 1980s. After winning the IFBB (International Female Body Builders) European Championship and numerous other titles she became the owner of a fitness center in Austria, then in Wiesbaden, Germany, where she currently owns an all-ladies fitness studio. She’s a certified Pilates, yoga and physical fitness coach and is a licensed NLP (Neurological Programming) therapist. She is known to inspire the people around her. It runs in the family. Her brother, Joe Woodley, ran Joe’s Gym on Bonaire for many years then st arted a fitness center in Aruba. Like mother, like daughter: Sash a van Duyn became Miss Fitness Austria in 1994. In the same year she became Miss Fitness Turkey. However, she followed another dream and pursued a career in the fine arts and studied at the Ne w York dance academy in Stuttgart and the Bruckner conservatory in Linz, Austria. After making a living performing and modeling, she now lives in Los Angeles, California, were she pursues her acting talents while continuing her studies in health and fitness. Sash a is the also owner of a fitness business, and as the exclusive trainer for the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills she guides high profile clients like actress Alicia Silverstone, singer Verdine White (E arth, Wind and Fire), producer Lionel Widgram (Harry Potter), director Frank Oz (Start Track, Stepford Wives) and other well known Hollywood personalities. On their return to Bonaire in November they will be accompanied by Tina’s fiancé, Achim Exner, past mayor of Wiesbaden, who visited Bonaire for the first time this month. The spirit of Bonaire seduced him and he’ll be looking for his own adventures on the island. Sasha has set her heart on helping her mother create a well being center in Bonaire. They want to bring mental awareness and physical well being to the Bonaire community. With their therapeutic backgrounds they plan to offer a program to help relieve stress, overcome inner obstacles and maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Together with her family and the help of the community their vision is to create a well being center for all Bonaire. Tina Woodley wants to network with individuals who are interested in changing lives, as she herself is planning to start a new chapter. Please contact Tina with questions or ideas: Tina.woodley@tonline.de. Story & photos by Sasha van Duin/G.D. Bonaire Trip Report: T he Eels on Wheels 501c3 had another great trip to the Divi Flamingo in Bonaire. The Eels organization prides itself on the ability to go anywhere and dive safely with people with disabilities. Safety being our greatest concer n when we travel we ensure that we have assistance and dive buddies for the various array of disabilities that the divers with us may have. Divi Flamingo-Bonaire is a great place for the Eels on Wheels or ganization because they have qualif ied dive masters to assist our disabled divers, and their resort is handicapped accessible, which allows our disabled friends to enjoy the resort at their comfort and convenience. A team of Eels dive buddies and dive masters and the Divi dive masters always makes for a pleasurable safe experience. We always have qualified divers for our adaptive divers, and the Divi dive masters point out the underwater creatures that make the island famous. With all of the amenities available at the Divi Flamingo, the diving in Bonaire is the prize. Diving is an adventure sport and through the Eels on Wheels we are able to take paraplegics, quadriplegics, and those suffering from other disabilities like multiple sclerosis and stroke victims diving. We pride ourselves on the ability to help our friends have a great travel experience and through the not-for-profit are able to have the nurses, attendants, doctors and dive buddies needed for these adaptive divers. The Divi Flamingo is unique because it is one of the few places in the Caribbean that’s in tune with the needs of disabled divers. As a team we do the best safest diving available. In order to gain the best underwater experience, it definitely helps to have experienced dive masters direct the dive itself and not be required to assist the disabled diver, as other disabled diving organizations tend to expect. The dive operation is top notch but don’t sell the rest of the resort short. From the managers to the housekeepers everyone is dedicated to givi ng each a great experience. Eels on Wheels have been coming to the Divi since the early 90s and plan to return in the near future. The only difference is that we may stay longer. Press release Tina at her fitness center Tina Woodley, Achim Exner and Sasha van Duyn

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008 Kaya Grandi 29 Kralendijk Phone 717-5107 New Stock New Styles Men, Women and Children Guided dives starting from $100 (excluding gas mixture) Also Available: Customized gas mixtures Tech Dive courses Tech Dive equipment rental Memory is often described as a fluid entity so what better metaphor for the ebb and flow of memory than the sea? I have been snorkeling on Bonaire’s reefs for almost 15 years now and have collected a huge knapsack of memories, many of which I consciously recall ( for example when I am in the dentist’s chair awaiting a root canal) and others that suddenly surface with little prompting from me (like during my nightly snorkels in dreamland). Some I remind myself on a regular basis so I don’t forget them, like the time I saw a Rock Beauty schooling with the Blue Tang at Windsock, a sight I haven’t seen since. Others float to greet me as I pass over a memory site. For example, every time I enter the channel at Tori’s Reef, I stop at the rocks in the shallows to conjure up the octopus I played with for almost a half hour a year ago. I have come to believe that snorkeling is a constant movement in time between the present and the past--so much so that the experience of déjà vu is a frequent occurrence on the reef. The joy of snorkeling is very much characterized by this pleasure in reverie, something the English poet William Wordsworth described as “spontaneous emotion recollected in tranquility.” And there is nothing more tranquil than floating leisurely across Bonaire’s reefs. But how these memories enter the mind is a bit of a curious phenomenon; after all, one must do more than float. Some are etched in the back of the mind through the element of surprise: like the time I came upon three Rainbow Parrotfish and one Midnight Blue all in the same crevice at Andrea II after looking for them unsuccessfully for days. Others are the result of the unexpected: never do I expect to see a Spotted Drum in the shallows at Bachelor’s Beach but there one was under a rock anxious to disprove my expectations. Then there are those that are manifested from close observation and study: hover above a reef long enough and there will be something your eyes will seize upon, like a juvenile French angelfish the size of a thumbnail or a juvenile Trunkfish the size of the head of a pin. Finally there are the imprints that come from incongruence, where something doesn’t quite fit. In this category I would place the gigantic Southern sting ray lolling about in one foot of water with a school of juvenile wrasse and the pelican’s webbed feet shoved into my face at Windsock Each time I recall these memories, I grow fonder of them, and every time I snorkel, I gather new memories to add to the cherished old ones. Hopefully, when I am no longer physically able to snorkel, I can unpack my knapsack of snorkeling memories and comfort myself in the proverbial rocking chair of old age. Pauline Kayes Kayes is a professor emeritus in English, Humanities and Women’s Studies from Champaign IL. She is a part time Bonaire resident. Did You Know …. Most corals are actually white? Like many jellyfish and anemones, corals get their color from the zooxanthellae that colonize their surface. The photosynthetic zooxanthellae provide the coral with the majority of its energy, while the coral provides the zooxanthellae shelter as well as nitrogen waste and carbon dioxide necessary for photosynthesis. Occasionally, a large disturbance will cause a coral to eject all of its algae, leaving the coral completely white; this is known as bleaching. Bleaching can be caused by a variety of factors including temperature change, changes in salinity, sedimentation or sickness. Because of the nature of these disturbances, bleaching often occurs across large areas and leaves entire reefs at risk. As recently as 2002 there wa s a global temperature rise, with about half the world’s reefs experi encing some form of bleaching. However, a bleached coral is not a dead coral. If the bleaching event is mild and the corals survive, they may recruit new zooxanthellae anywhere from a fe w months to a year after the disturbance ends. Usually the new zooxanthellae are more resistant to disturbances, resulting in a much more resilient reef. Nick Trilla Trilla is from Boston, Massachusetts. He is majoring in Global Studies at Providence College and will graduate next spring. He studied Tropical Marine Biology and Scientific Diving with CIEE Research Station Bonaire this summer. www.cieebonaire.org 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 11 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008 NESTING REPORT J ust in case you haven’t already heard… the ParrotWatch website (http:// www.parrotwatch.org/) that shows movies from inside the nests of Bonaire’s wild Loras has just been updated, and there are now a whole bunch of new movies and field reports! So please check out www.parrotwatch.org and find out more about what really goes on in the life of a Lora and indeed that of a field biologist. The news from the field this week I am afraid is not full of parrot joy and happiness. First let me report that in the nests we are monitoring there are still over 20 chicks. In the last couple of weeks though quite a few of the nests we follow have lost chicks and some nests have failed completely. When a pair loses all their chicks they cannot simply lay more eggs and start again. Their biology forces them to wait and try again in the next year. The recent death of several chicks has been sad but also frustrating as the cause of death in many cases has not been clear. In previous years chicks have disappeared from nests and we have recorded the loss as predation or poaching. Until now we had seldom seen dead chicks in the nest. This was rather favorable on all counts because as scientists it is our obligation to try and get any information we can from a situation, even if that involves a chick that has been dead a few days. This year it seems some chicks may have died from a shortage of food. This natural process happens early in the breeding cycle and favors the “production” of fewer stronger chicks. Some of the dead chicks have had food in their crops though, so why did they die? It may be disease, but it could also be the result of inbreeding. A rare species has, by definition, a small population and when there are so few individuals some degree of inbreeding is likely. We hope to find the answers, but at this point it’s a mystery. Sam Williams Williams is in his third year of studying Bonaire’s endangered parrot, the Lora. The new Lora “W hy We Need to Protect Them!” is the important message of the 2008 Salba Nos Lora campaign that was launched this month on both Bonaire and Curacao. At the center of this campaign is a beautiful new poster featuring one of the fantastic winning entries of the recent Salba Nos Lora art competition (at right, by SGB art teacher Gemma van der Linden). Bonaire is one of the last strongholds for Loras. They have already been driven to extinction on Aruba and the future of the other surviving populations on the Venezuelan islands of Margarita and Blanquilla are far from secure. On these islands poaching is rife, and despite the valiant efforts of Venezuelan conservationists, the future of Loras is far from certain. Although the population on Bonaire remains small, we have a great opportunity to secure the future of our fantastic birds. As ever, Bonaire can lead the way. Several close cousins of the Lora live on other Caribbean islands and all face serious threats. In total 11 species existed. Two of these are now extinct and all the rest are considered at risk of extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The situation doesn’t get any better when we look globally. More species of parrots are threatened than almost any other group of birds. The fate of parrots worldwide hangs in the balance and Bonaire has an important part to play. One reason parrot populations are faring so badly is that they are slow to reproduce. Each year many parrots do not even attempt to breed and if they do they normally only raise one or two chicks. This means that, unlike most other birds, parrots are extremely vulnerable to food shortages, disease and poaching. A few bad years could spell the end for a small isolated population like Bonaire’s. Last year diligent researchers on the island followed 30 Lora nests from when the first egg was laid through to when the last chick left the nest. Of those chicks that struggled successfully through the difficult first couple of weeks of life, one third were poached just before they left the nest. These birds were destined for lives in cages. This is not something to be proud of. If we want to be sure that Loras have a future we have to change our ways. Let’s be proud of our Lora; let’s protect them! Sam Williams A baby Lora being measured Wilna Groenenboom photo

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008 Kaya A. Emerenciana 4D Next to China Nobo The Friendliest Restaurant on Bonaire. In Bonaire’s “hill country” 10 minutes north of town Every Tuesday an all you can eat BBQ for $15.—. On Friday Creole buffet for $15.—. All other nights a la carte dining Daily Happy Hour from 5pm till 6pm And on Tuesday a special from 5pm till 7pm Hilltop Restaurant at Caribbean Club Bonaire At the start of the scenic road to Rincon. Tel 717-7901 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 ! O ne of the cutest young pups at the Bonaire Animal Shelter is “Jackie.” She was one of a litter of four puppies. Two of her siblings were sold and she and her sister, “Jill,” were brought into the Shelter to be put up for adoption. Their mother is being sterilized so she can lead a life unencumbered by having unwanted litters of puppies in the future. One of the really nice things about Jackie is that because she was with the family that owns her mother she was treated very well and consequently is a well adjusted, happy pup. She’s so sweet and used to people and such a friendly one. Jackie is about three months old and looks like she’s wearing a tuxedo with white shoes that contrast so well with her black wire haired coat. She’ll most likely remain a smaller dog but she’s big on personality! Jackie has been examined by the vet, has had her shots, worming and will be sterilized when she’s old enough. You may see her at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Telephone 717-4989. Big birthday news from the Shelter. On August 3 they will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Shelter. In the next issue we will have a report from the founder, Louise Rood, on what it was like in those early days. They’ve come a long way, Baby! L.D. Jackie T he 2008 Caribbean Little League Baseball Championships opened under the lights at Kralendijk Stadium Sunday night to filled stands. Competing were nine teams in two divisions: Aruba, Bermuda, Bonaire, Curacao, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and the US Virgin Islands. The opening was spectacular with a parade and a carnival atmosphere. Games are scheduled every day and evening this week with the finals set for Saturday, July 26. G.D./Photos: Wilna Gronenboom

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008 O n Saturday, July 12, a group of over 40 divers, snorkelers, and shore support people met to assist with an underwater cleanup of BonaireÂ’s South Pier (a ka Customs Pier). This location hasnÂ’t been included in past cleanup s, and, being a commercial pier, it proved to be much in need of cleaning. In two hours of diving the group recovered the following trash: 13 pieces of rubber, 85 b eer bottles, 55 pieces of plastic, 49 pieces of metal or metal cans, 34 pieces of monofilament fishing line, 19 pieces of clothing, 6 pieces of wood , 3 shoes, 4 flip-flops, 4 lengths of pipe, 5 pieces of cardboard, 1 packet of ketchup, 4 pair of underwear, 9 lengths of rope, 1 motor, 2 lengths of iron chain, 1 fishing net, 2 knives, a car battery and a fishing rod. After the dive all participants and their families enjoyed a pot luck BBQ. Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech, the sponsors of the quarterly cleanups, provided drinks and main courses, while participants supplied side dishes. The next quarterly underwater cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, September 20, in conjunction with World Cleanup Day and BonaireÂ’s Love our Planet Week. This next cleanup will mark 10 years of consecutive quarterly underwa ter cleanups on the island. Additional information about the cleanups is available at: http:// www.dive-friends-bonaire.com/clean_up_dives.html. All are welcome. Press release At the Traffic Circle On the se aside behind Den Laman Apartments O O pens F F riday, A A ugust 1 O p e n i n g A u g u s t 1

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008 While the multiple low cost underwater monitors dotting Bonaire’s coastline continue to accumulate data to guide reef management, they are unknown and unproven as compared to lab-quality gear. Earlier this month they made a debut at a prestigious reef symposium. Project coordinator Tom Reynolds reports: B onaire’s Light and Motion Sensor Program (LMSP) took center stage when Prof. Burt Jones, PhD, presented a project description and preliminary results at the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) last week. This was a significant symposium dealing with all aspects of coral reefs. At the presentation many of the scientists were impressed with the cleverness of the rainbow sensor concept used to indicate organic matter in the water and with the diligence of Bonaire’s volunteers. Most presentations described how to figure coral cover more accurately and how to predict coral bleaching but not on why coral cover or fish population was declining and how to reverse these trends. Dr. Jones indicated that there were some excellent papers in other sessions that provided valuable management information. His overall assessment was that there are three areas where managing a reef can make it more resilient (better able to withstand climate change effects). Three areas or groupings where the reef can be effectively managed: Minimization of mechanical damage from human sources. Top down control, meaning that herbivorous fish populations are maintained on the reef. Bottom up control, where inputs of nutrients and other human-derived contaminants are minimized. In his three points, Jones points out the mechanisms in these three groupings can be managed. Many are beyond local control, but many are due to local human activity. The key is to differentiate between nonmanageable events (events beyond local control) and manageable events (local, humanderived activity). The first grouping was mechanical reef damage. Obviously, a hurricane can cause orders of magnitude with more mechanical damage than a diver, a boat anchor or the sediment from construction, but one cannot manage a hurricane. Dr. Jones’ second grouping was the herbivorous fish population. Obviously some elements of fish population cannot be managed while some, like fishing within the Bonaire Marine Park, can be and is restricted. The third grouping, bottom up control, includes introduction of nutrients and other land-based contaminants. A nutrient study consisting of quarterly wet samples can indicate the presence of elevated nutrients but it cannot show the cause of the elevated readings nor indicate if the source is manageable or unmanageable. The Bonaire LMSP data presented at ICRS showed the effects of a large nutrient increase from unmanageable natural events, including coastal upwelling along the Venezuelan coast, and also indications of a seasonal nutrient increase that may have a human contribution and therefore could be managed and controlled. Technical Discussion: If you are interested in the technical aspects of the project, the following section will be most interesting. The data presented from LMSP was based on a newly developed semi-automatic process that provides temperature, the attenuation of blue light (Kblue, a measure of water clarity), and the organic index (OI). Nine of the 13 sites being sensed by the LMSP were evaluated; the others are currently being completed. A fully automatic process is being programmed and will be completed very soon. Data will be available on the web within two to three days of it being uploaded from Bonaire as a result. Continued on pg 15 (Continued on page 15) 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 Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9-12, 1:30-6 Mondays by appointment ...."A little lower, on the left please.... Bring in this ad for 10% off any camera rental at Divi Location only "...capturing your memories, one at a time" Capture Photo At Divi Flamingo J.A. Abraham Blvd. 40 Kralendijk 717-6151 Now Open At Captain Don’s Habitat Gob. N. Debrot Blvd. 103 717-6951 Figure 1.Time series from the site at Front Porch. Temperatures in the top panel are from 5 meters (16.5 ft., red), 12 m. (39 ft., green), and 20 m. (66 ft., blue). LMSP sensor

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 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 The Island Supplier , Kaya Industria 28A. Tel # 717-6446 or 717-6448 Fax # 7176447 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 toBonaire’s “insider” market has selection and prices that will save you time and money. Visit today. One example that we presented was from the site called Front Porch. A relatively short, but dramatic, increase in the OI was recorded in January 2008. The organic index increased over a three to four day period (Figure 1). The organic index can increase due to chlorophyll (phytoplankton biomass), dissolved organic matter (CDOM), suspended organic particles or some combination of these. One might conclude that this was the result of some form of land pollution. A correspondingly large drop in temperature provided a clue that this event was a natural event rather than a human, land-derived process. Sure enough, satellite data showed that the event was a natural transport of cold, upwelled, nutrient-rich water from the coast of Venezuela. Figure 2 shows ocean color images of chlorophyll concentration, a measure of phytoplankton biomass. Higher chlorophyll concentrations are found in the cooler upwelled water that is flowing toward Bonaire from the Venezuelan coast. Without this data it would be easy to point a figure at a land-based source and demand action. However, that conclusion would be wrong. An LMSP finding that could be a manageable situation. We graphed all nine sensor locations and noticed that the Kblue tended to rise in the winter indicating decreased water clarity. LMSP: The Future No other Symposium session described anything similar to LMSP or attempted to measure water quality over multiple locations. No program, save the Bonaire National Marine Park’s, was attempting to collect relevant information and management indicators in all three areas: mechanical, fish population and water quality. It is clear that Bonaire has the best underwater park management team and the best volunteer support team on the planet. That doesn’t mean we can’t do better. We believe that the filter on the green sensor can be improved; we need to calibrate the sensors and relocate the reference sensor to make it more immune from dive boat wakes. Tom Reynolds Bonaire Monitor (Contin. from page 14) Figure 2. Chlorophyll concentration from the MODIS-Aqua sensor. The images are from the same time as the SST images. Higher chlorophyll water (red is higher concentration) is found near the coast where the cooler, upwelled water is found. The chlor ophyll concentration around Bonaire is higher in the image from January 20 than it is on January 9. I t was quite awhile before Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) received any signals from “Wiske,” the female Loggerhead turtle equipped with a tr acking transmitter. Over the last week the weather over the Caribbean has been very unsettled as a number of tropical waves moved through one after the other. Trying to stay optimistic, I had hoped that the bad weather was forcing ‘Wiske’ to surface less frequently and for very short periods of time, thereby explaining the lack of signals. For the most part, the weather has cleared and we received just one signal on Tuesday. There are any number of possible expl anations for the loss of signal with the failure of the transmitter’s antenna being the most likely. If circumstances change we will keep you posted. Andy Uhr Buy a Sticker. Help JCI

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 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. EZ Air – Daily flights between Bonaire and Curaçao, headed by experienced pilot. Round trip only NAƒ140 Eight flights a day. From 7:30am to 6 pm. APPLIANCES /TV/ ELEC TRONICS/ 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 in-store 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 thei r 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 re tail store. Best book trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City Café, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apartments . ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation above and below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire’s top videographer FITNESS Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and mo re. 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 connec tions. 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? Spas Intermezzo Spaat Capt. Don’s Habitat, offers perfect ambiance of tranquility and serenity. Massages, facials, waxing and other body treatments. Specially priced packages, some just for residents. SUPERMARKETS The Island Supplier (TIS)Enjoy shopping the “Caribbean Way’ – fresh, op en air feeling with reasonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods, wide selection of beverages and juices. 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 am-12 noon. Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Reporter are included in the guides. Free! RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES Balashi Beach Bar Bar and Beach Service At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Open every day 8am 8pm. Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm. On the beach ambiance Extensive snack/salad/burger menu available daily from noon. Bella Vista Restaurant, Buddy’s Pool Bar Sea Side at Buddy Dive Resort 717-5080, ext. 538 Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30—10 am . Lunch daily 11:30 Dinner on theme nights 6—10 pm Buddy’s Magnificent Theme Nights : Sat. Steak Night; Mon. “Dive and Dine;” Wed.-“Live Cooking by the Chef s;” Fri. Free Rum Punch Party (5:306:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $19.50 (7-10 pm) Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Rest aurant and Bar At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront 717-8285 Moderate Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 days Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday from 6-9pm. Only NAƒ 28,50 or $16. Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant One block south of the Post Office 717-4433 Moderate Lunch Tues-Sat—11:30-2:30 Dinner 7 nights— starting at 6 pm Indulge your whim—beef se afood, chicken, vegetarian Bonaire’s first Argentine grill Great value anytime. Hilltop Restaurant At the Caribbean Club Bonaire—on the scenic Rincon Road 717-7901 Moderate Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Bar-Restaurant poolside —i n Bonaire’s hill country Frequent Dinner Specials Happy hours 5 to 6 daily, to 7 on Tuesday BBQ night. Pasa Bon Pizza On Kaya Gob. Debrot ½ mile north of town center. 780-1111 Low-Moderate Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Bonaire’s best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. Call ahead to eat-in or take out 780-1111 Philips Cooking and Organizing www.philipscooking.com 701-1100 Personal Chef For Private Dinners, Catering, Part y Snacks and Wedding Services Let Philip do it all It Rains Fishes A Bonaire “Must” On the oceanfront on the Boulevard at the Club Nautico Marina pier—717-8780 Moderate Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Closed Sunday Bonaire’s latest hot spot Best waterfront/harbor view co mbined with an inspired Menu, skillful staff and superb chef

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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 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, Totoram Baran, Hans Faassen, Jack Horkheimer, Pauline Kayes, Mary Ann Koops, Marcel Leurs, Jenny Lynch, Sara Matera, Renée Ockeloen, Ann Phelan, Tom Reynolds, Louise Rood, Jeffrey Silberstein, Michael Thiessen, Nick Tulla, Andy Uhr, Sasha van Duyn, Sam Williams. Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elisab eth Silberie (Playa), Housekeeping: JRA. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij, Curaçao ©2008 The Bonaire Reporter DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. ` COEF 7-24 4:05 1.2FT. 5:19 1.2FT. 10:18 1.1FT. 18:52 1.6FT. 68 7-25 4:40 1.0FT. 7:31 1.1FT. 9:53 1.0FT. 19:29 1.8FT. 60 7-26 5:30 0.9FT. 20:05 1.9FT. 55 7-27 6:11 0.8FT. 20:47 2.1FT. 55 7-28 6:50 0.8FT. 21:36 2.2FT. 62 7-29 7:38 0.7FT. 22:20 2.2FT. 72 7-30 8:16 0.7FT. 23:05 2.2FT. 82 7-31 8:54 0.8FT. 23:58 2.1FT. 91 8-01 0:39 2.0FT. 9:34 0.8FT. 97 8-02 1:26 1.9FT. 10:03 0.9FT. 99 8-03 2:13 1.7FT. 10:27 1.0FT. 97 8-04 3:06 1.6FT. 10:47 1.0FT. 17:11 1.4FT. 20:29 1.3FT. 90 8-05 0:02 1.3FT. 4:01 1.4FT. 10:54 1.1FT. 17:49 1.5FT. 81 8-06 2:23 1.2FT. 5:27 1.2FT. 10:29 1.1FT. 18:23 1.6FT. 70 8-07 3:52 1.1FT. 19:00 1.7FT. 57 DRUG ABUSE UNIVERSAL Dear Editor: I am writing in response to the recent Reporter article on the perceived increase in drug use on the island. I have no doubts at all about the great work the Addiction Care Foundation is doing, however, the information provided is incomplete and unfairly targets laborers an d the poor. The article states “since there is more construction work more people without an education are making more money.” This statement insinuates that less educated workers are using their extra money for drugs. That may be so, but if the study included people in all economic income brackets you may find that there is a high use of illegal drugs in the higher income and better educated groups as well. The tests were conducted at the requests of companies. Did they request tests of senior management also or was it just the workers? What drugs did they test for? Many countries, including the Netherlands do not consider marijuana as a nefarious drug but instead society generally accepts personal use of this drug. How many people in senior management or small businesses would test positive for weed? I am sure you will find many educated people are among the consumers of the cheap cocaine which is widely available on the island. The point being that the article fails to identify the drugs being used and insinuates that it is a growing problem in only one socio-economic sector: poor, uneducated workers who are lucky enough to be making more money due to demand for their services. That is a very prejudicial and unfair assumption. Promoting such an assumption based on flawed research may result in resentment by the people identified as poor and uneducated workers and resentment towards them by the middle class and wealthy. We should all support the Addiction Care Foundation and their efforts to minimize the impact of drugs on the population of Bonaire, however, it is important for the organization and society to recognize that drug abuse is not only a problem faced by less educated workers. It is a universal problem which does not recognize socio-economic boundaries. Firdaus Chinoy QUAD CONTROL Dear Editor: It was very disappointing to see Sam Williams' picture of the Quad tracks at Gotomeer in your May 16 issue. The damage these things cause to the countryside will take many years to repair itself and Bonaire is much the poorer for it. As Williams points out, for a visitor the quad is merely entertainment otherwise he would rent a car. Such entertainment comes from off-road use and Bonaire cannot sustain unrestricted off-road vehicles. Basically, the countryside is being used up to provide fun for the more mindless of our tourists. I support Sam Williams in his call for a dedicated area for offroad vehicles, though given Bonaire's size, it would have to be pretty small and probably not very interesting for the kind of maniacs that wrecked the Gotomeer flats. The more practical idea would be a complete ban on rentals of quads. Keep them for people who live and work on Bonaire and have some sense of how to use them appropriately. Ian MacDonald Letters to the Editor Drug Abuse, Quad Control Sick of ads that don’t work? Your advertisement can be here and reach thousands of people who are buyers 3,000 copies every issue Far more than any other Bonaire newspaper Call Laura at 790-6518 Email: info@bonairereporter.com Check CARIB INN First. Great Prices –Great Stock Scuba Sales Repair Replacement New Gear Accessories Sherwood Wisdom2 Computer $499 CARIB INN Since 1980 PADI 5 STAR GOLD PALM 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily (next to Divi Flamingo Hotel) By Mail or Online (www.bonairereporter.com on an Honor System) Keep up-to-date on your favorite island Call George at 7908988 or 786-6125 Email: info@bonairereporter.com

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 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 Summer Nanny Available -Child centered Nanny available through Aug. 2008. Island references. Reliable and honest. Please call Maggie at 7863066. _____________________________ I'll take care during absence; at the drip system, garden renovation, house, pets, alarm, your car to the airport/ garage etc. Tel. 796 2529. ____________________________ Hato Seaside Villa Long Term Rental Price: U.S. $1300/month (exclusive utilities). Spacious seaside villa offers an open floor plan with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, dining room, and kitchen. Sits on a large lot with private pier and is fully furnished. For more info call 717-8876 . 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 Tel (599) 791-6272 / 785-6272 hans@outdoorbonaire.com www.outdoorbonaire.com For sale: Daihatsu Feroza 4-wdr 4 seats, airco, etc windows, removable hardtop, etc. white. Good condition NAƒ7500,call; 786-5432 ____________________________ For Sale, Honda xl600r road/offroad motorcycle. NAƒ 3000,for more info call 700-9540 After 3pm. ____________________________ Looking for a nice old fashioned Nilfisk vacuum cleaner. digitalis1956@hotmail.com 796 3637 ___________________________ Don’t leave Bonaire behind Get Bonaire news every week for a year, no matter where you are in the world. By mail to the USA $110By Internet to everywhere else on the planet $35____________________________ Place your ad here next week. Free for non-business use S tarting in August, social worker Jona Chirino-Felida will take over as manager of Sentro pa Hubentut Jong Bonaire. Chirino will replace Bilha Thomas who has served as manager of the youth center for five years. Thomas decided to move from the manager’s job when she and her husband bought Larry’s Bakery in Noord Saliña. In announcing the Chirino appointment, President of the Jong Bonaire board, Rene Hakkenberg, said that Bilha Thomas will remain as a part-time employee at the youth center, working primarily with parent programs. “Bilha has been an important part of Jong Bonaire from the very beginning, and we are very glad that she will remain a part of our fa mily,” said Hakkenberg. Jona Chirino has worked with Jong Bonaire for a number of years on projects like the KREBO program where teens are trained to be leaders and helpers in the Bonaire vakantie (vacation) plan program, also on the Teen Leadership Training pr ogram and on other spec ial projects involving teens and their parents. “I am looking forward to working full time with the Jong Bonaire team and with the teenagers on Bonaire,” said Chirino. I admire the goals of Jong Bonaire very much and hope that I can help achieve them,” she added. “Working with teens to help them find their interests and reach their full potential is very exciting.” Since the Jong Bonaire Manager job is a very de manding one, Chirino said that she is resigning her position as president of the political party PABOSO . “I want to give all my time and energy to this new responsibility. It is very important that we give attention to our youth at this critical stage of their development. And if we can keep teens involved and out of trouble, it will be better for the entire community.” “Jona has been very involved in the community on many levels, especially in the development of people,” said Hakkenberg. “She has worked with Voogdijraad , Guia di Famia , Fundashon J.O.N.A. and has done trainings for organizations such as B.J. Z, SEBIKI, FESBO and FAJ. Currently Jona is working at FORMA with young people to complete their school obligation. So she brings a tremendous amount of experience to Jong Bonaire.” Both Chirino and former manage r Thomas will be on hand from August 4 to 8 for inscription of members at Jong Bonaire. Teens and their parents are urged to pass by the office early in the week since there is a maximum number of members each school year. Press release Jona Chirino-Felida, Bilha Th omas and Rene Hakkenberg

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008 ???? HAPPENING SOON ************************ Friday, July 25 – Flamingo Rockers at It Rains Fishes. 7pm 10pm. Sunday, July 27 – Sunday, August 3 4th Annual Starboard ProKids World Freestyle. Sorobon. Information call 717-8322 Friday, August 1 – “Taste of Bonaire” Wilhelmina Park— 6-9pm as part of Bonaire Dive into Summer August 1-31. Tel. 717-8322 Friday, August 1 Lecture in English by Dr. Jeffrey Di Carlo, theologian and psychotherapistm “Approaching the Unconscious: The Importance of Dreams.” 7.30 pm, at Bonaire Basics, Kaya Korona 47. NAƒ 25, Call 786-3341 to register or for more information. Saturday, August 2 – Big Rincon Open Market – Stands selling fruits, vegetables, crafts, local foods, drinks – music, friendly ambiance. The Market has become one of the “must visits” on the island. 6 am to 2 pm. Saturday, August 2 –Flea Market at Parke Publico, 3 pm Sunday, August 3 Flamingo Rockers at Sunrise at Sand Dollar 4pm 7pm . Saturday, August 16 – Full Moon 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 Tennis, Social Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 Manager’s Bash —free Flamingo Smash & snacks, Live music by Flamingo Rockers, Divi Flamingo , Balashi Beach Bar 6-7 pm Free Rum Punch Party (5:306:30 pm) with Moogie Nation, followed by all-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm, Buddy Dive Resort FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS Sunday– Creature Feature– John and Suzie Wall of Buddy’s Digital photo center present a multimedia slide presentation about Buddy’s House Reef pool bar Buddy Dive , 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080 MondayDee Scarr’s Touch the Sea Slide Presentation, Capt. Don’s Habitat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529 MondayLand & Ocean Bonaire by Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the big screen in front of Bonaire Dive & Adventure. Tuesday —Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of Bonaire Slide Show . Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm— 717-3802. Tuesday —Diving Facts And Fiction An Evening with DIR slide/video show by Caribbean Gas Training, 8 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure,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. 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 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints : Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Services (Translation to English and Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/ PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors Welcome: 701-9522 for Information Send event info to: The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel:790-6518, 786-6125 or 790-8988

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Page 20 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008 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. P auline Kayes, part-time resident of Bonaire and Champaign, Illinois, celebrates her retirement as a college English professor with friend Bjorg Holte, deep muscle therapist, by cruising on the Hurtigruten ship, Trollfjord , up the western coast of Norway. After passing the Arctic Circle in the middle of the night, they decided to keep warm by reading The Reporter. Highlights of their trip included seeing 1,000 puffins off North Cape, basking in the midnight sun, and exploring Trollfjord to the sound of Grieg’s music. O h nice, summer vacation, long awaited, coming just a bit late, unfortunately over in a flash. And then suddenly we do what our (very early) ancestors did their whole lives: we start wandering all over the planet, like the drifter gene is still locked in our genome and active. When you come back from holiday everybody asks: “And how was your vacation? Where did you go?” A successful holiday is the one that was a true adventure. You have seen things you cannot witness at home. People pay a lot of money to come to Bonaire for their vacation. For adventure they will seek the sun, sea and nature. When they go home the evidence of their trip in the shape of a nice tan. Stories and photographs will accompany them. For really fast people Bonaire can be “done” in a day. Arriving in the morning, leaving in the afternoon. What have you seen in that day? Maybe a trip around the island in a vehicle: the south in the morning, the north in the afternoon. Or you can do a diveor snorkel trip. If you decide to walk you will not go further than “downtown” Playa. That would be the fast food drive-in version of Bonaire. Judging from the amounts of cruise tourists flocking to this island it must be popular. The tourists with a little more time will seek out Bonaire for different reasons. First (of course) there is the obvious: diving and snorkeling. Then you have all these water-related activities: sailing, windor kite surfing, kayaking, swimming, etc… On land you can go hiking, mountain biking, touring, and bird watching (many birdwatchers come here to put the Banana quit and the Lora on their lifelists). If you want the inactivities, there is also plenty of that on this island: sunbathing, hanging about in a hammock, listening to music, or being struck by the heat and trying to cool down in the air conditioning. Take your pick! There is something for everybody. You will need a vacation to recover from your vacation. Residents of Bonaire themselves also get restless in the summer and will also go wandering. What do they seek in these far-away adventures? Could it be the activities such as diving, snorkeling, sailing, windor kite surfing, kayaking, swimming, etc… or the in-activities like sunbathing, hold on, I am repeating myself am I not? It gets a bit strange when your home is a destination for a holiday for a lot of tourists. You might even get a bit smug when you go abroad (on a hiking trip): “We do not mind the rain, we will have plenty of sunshine when we get home again.” (On or by the sea) “You call that muddy slush the sea? No, if you cannot see your toes anymore it is not fit to swim in.” Or (at the zoo) “Those pale whitish birds are not Flamingos, they are supposed to be candypink.” But the fact remains that you are paying a lot of money to get off this island to seek the very things you can get on this island. Of course there are other good reasons to leave this island, to be perfectly honest. But when you try to explain to other people why you had to do it, you sometimes get the raised-eyebrows response. “We went to the States to do some shopping.” Excuse me? That is a very expensive shopping trip. But what can you do when you are in need of a new musical instrument, new hiking boots or a winter coat? “We went to Ecuador to see the forests.” What, you do not have forests? Other than in the Sahara and on the poles, people probably expect to see forests growing everywhere. But the main reason to leave is to meet new people, to smell new scents, to see new sights because the restless people get bored easily even on a paradise island. Not seeking the new, the adventures, is very boring in the eyes of your peers. So we need to find a way to stay at home and not look boring doing it. Playing tourist on your own island is an option. So where have you been on your vacation? Oh, about 80 kilometers north of Venezuela, beautiful weather, nice people (like we knew them), real relaxation, beautiful sea, tremendous nature. We did some diving, snorkeling, swimming, hiking, biking, lying about, and reading. And the bed we slept in was magnificent. It was a perfect paradise. You should come, uhm, I mean go some day! Mary Ann Koops Koops teaches Biology at the SGB High School. SUMMER VACATION T hanks to a years-long labor of love, the traditional motor fishing boat Gaviota (NB 105) is back in the water. She’s Bonaire’s oldest boat. Originally built of wood around 1941 by John Philip Fredrik Craane, the son of Bonaire’s legendary shipbuilder Jan “Kachi” Craane. It was completely rebuilt from the keel up and lengthened 7 ft. by his son, whom he named after himself, but is better known today as tug boat Captain John, or just plain “Johnny.” The original 21 ft.-long boat has seen more of the Caribbean that most boats its size. After a busy career fishing around Bonaire, in 1960 it was shipped as cargo to Sint Maarten when John Philip relocated to that island where he still lives. Gaviota spent the next 30 years in the Dutch Windward Islands until Captain John decided to have it returned to Bonaire. Imagine his surprise when Bonaire Customs charged him NAƒ 500 import duty on the boat which had originally been built on Bonaire! The Gaviota still sailed well and made numerous trips around the island. But her age was showing. Ten years ago she was hauled out for repair. But more than repairs were necessary… wooden boats age fast in the tropics. Originally powered by a Universal 4 kerosene fuel engine, she now has a modern Perkins 52 Hp diesel, and corrosion resistant fastenings and fittings. Her launching was a festive occasion with lots of beer, friends and family, including Captain John’s three children and two of his grandchildren, B’lana and Yuma, the great-great-grandchildren of Kachi. Seawater runs strong in the Craane blood. G.D. C o v e r S t o r y Marie Craane with her son, Yuma, and friends Arriving at the slip at Nautico Bonaire

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Page 22 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008 I n the last issue of The Bonaire Reporter the “Earthship” project currently underway was mentioned. We wanted to learn many more details about it and that’s why we headed to the land where things are happening: in the Bonairean countryside at the foot of the Seru Grandi hill. Solymar is the name of the site. Those who were instrumental in getting the Earthship concept to come to Bonaire are the owners of the Solymar land: Michiel Bijkerk, Stanley “Chu-chu” Manuel and Rob van den Berge. Here are the first results of their efforts to create a retreat resort here. Gradually we learned that this is to become something we’ve definitely not seen on-island or in our region yet. You’d better keep reading... We are told that the Solymar keywords are Eco, Art and Awareness. About a year ago the developers got to know the Earthship concept in detail and felt it would fit in just perfectly with their Solymar retreat philosophy. At the moment two Earthships are being built. We’ll try to explain later what these (unusual) structures are exactly, but let’s first try to draw the big picture of the Solymar retreat. We can expect a total of 20 Earthships to arise here. However, there’s more. Plans also include a restaurant (in Earthship-style) and swimming pool (in... well, you know). Herbal gardens will provide fresh supplies to the restaurant kitchen. Ten single level units and 10 double level units (one down, one above) are planned. Each unit is like a onebedroom apartment, although comparisons with traditional construction definitely go wrong. Still, it’s as close as we can get. This number of 30 units gives a good idea of the scale of the Solymar retreat “coming our way.” There are construction permits for the first two Earthships, but permission for the bigger master plan still needs to be granted. Therefore, there’s no detailed timeframe available yet – that’s the Bonairean touch we know. We spoke to Mike Reynolds, the guy who started making the first prototypes of the Earthship around 35 (!) years ago. He’s also known as the “Garbage Warrior” Earthships are, for a big part, constructed out of garbage. The story he told is inspiring, fascinating and yet so simple. It revolves around the word, logic. Mike studied architecture once, and from then he started working out his idea of the Earthships. As he says, “When I started this, people at first thought I was an idiot; years later they thought I was an environmentalist. I’m neither one of ‘em. What we are doing with the Earthships is simply trying to respond logically to issues that are there. We all know that the world will run out of oil one day, so the logical response would be to be prepared. We all produce garbage while living, so why not use it where it makes sense?” The Earthships do not need nor have a connection to WEB for electricity and water as no energy is needed for cooling and heating (the latter is not applicable to the Bonairean Earthship version). Constant temperature levels come from earth itself from deep down. Electricity needed for refrigerators and so comes from solar power. Water is free because it falls out of the sky and is called rain. You just have to make sure that there are enough sources for getting and keeping it. Besides that, water that was used for a first time can be used a second time for flushing the toilet. Later, it helps in growing your garden. The garbage used for building the Earthships consists of old tires, cans, bottles, and cartons. Mike himself has been living in Earthships for the last 20 years, and before that in prototypes of it. When we asked him if he could still live in a “normal” house he said yes, but he would most probably start changing things in the place from day 1. Sustainability is in his system. And not only his. The crew that he brought is composed of a group of people who live life “Earthship style” also. Daily routine is working their asses off (halfway lunch is catered by Norka), welcoming the “Beer Goddess” at the end of the day when she arrives, and having (more than) a couple of beers. After that it’s dinner followed by bed. Next day it’s getting up and doing the same thing over again. The energy, speed and fun these guys (and girls!) work with is simply impressive. They are joined by a group of trainees (slogan: “you must unlearn what you have learned”) who work as volunteers but gain great experience, big fun and good knowledge about the Earthships. Who knows? It’s a recipe for being able to build their own Earthship later or join Mike’s crew one day. And then, there is the local workforce, the men who work for Sidney Manuel. They all work hard and with the very same inspiration and fun as the rest of the crew. Positive energy is around. Mike referred to Jopie (Taxi 10) as the most experienced “bottle block layer” of Bonaire now. The Garbage Warrior and crew will definitely return to Bonaire. The local crew has not yet been able to acquire all the technical knowledge to complete the rest of the Earthships themselves, but that will be taken care of when Mike and crew return. For those who would be interested Mike said that trainee positions would be available then. The crew will leave Bonaire on July 27, returning home to Taos, New Mexico, for a couple of weeks, where most of them will continue to work on the concept in some way as well. Then it’s off to the next Earthship construction project (by coincidence in Holland, near Zwolle). They have had this lifestyle for years now and have built in many places around the world, like Spain, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Scotland. The list is endless already. We asked Mike what the greatest location was where he has built. It was in Bolivia at an altitude of 5,000 feet, because there he experienced the most challenging conditions until now. It worked. We heard a critical comment rising on-island about old tires being imported from Curaçao for the project. Indeed, extra tires had to be brought in because the preparation timeframe was too short to get them all from Bonaire itself. Still, human produced garbage was used, whether it was from here or from Curacao. However, with the continuation it is going to be taken care of, and the island’s tire shops may expect frequent pickup visits. We don’t want to get this story too long and The Bonaire Reporter too thick. For further technical details about the Earthship concept (and generally, anyone with interest in true innovations) please visit www.earthship.net . Marcel Leurs Earthships Earthships The Earthship building crew Marcel Leurs photo

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Page 23 Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008 *to find it... just look up The King of the Planets and an Emperor Star Dominate Southern Summer Skies F or the rest of this summer the cosmos is offering a special treat in the southern heavens because not only will my favorite summer emperor of a star be a dazzling sight but this year the king of the planets is also super bright and close by so we have two magnificent objects for you to see in the same part of the night sky. For the next week, about an hour after sunset, face south where almost directly in front of you, you will see several bright stars which,if you connect with lines, look like a giant fish hook. In fact in Polynesian legend it was said that the god Maui pulled the Hawaiian Islands up out of the ocean with this very same sky hook. Today, however, this pattern of stars is generally depicted the way the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans saw it a great cosmic scorpion whom we officially call Scorpius . And as I say, every summer th is is one of the few constellations which really looks like its name. Because even the star Antares, which marks the scorpion's heart, is bright red and one of my personal favorites not only because of its color but also its majestic size. If we look to the left of Scorpius we see another bright group of stars, which if we draw lines between them make a very nice teapot. But this teapot is actually part of a much larger constellation, the an cient mythical creature, half man / half horse, the centaur archer Sagittarius . And this year, right behind the handle of Sagittarius' teapot is the largest of the planets, Jupiter , which we rightfully call the king. But if Jupiter is a king, the heart star of Scorpius, Antares, is an emperor because if we compare the two the differe nce between them is rather staggering. For starters Jupiter is 88,000 miles wide while Antares is a whopping 600 million miles wide. But to really put this in perspective let's start with our Earth, which is a mere 8,000 miles wide, so small we could fit over 1,400 Earths inside Jupiter. But now let's compare Jupiter to our own star, the Sun , which is 865,000 miles wide, so huge we could fit 924 Jupiters inside it. But that's nothing because Antares is so gigantic we could fit over 33 3 million of our Suns inside it. Or try this on for size. If we could place Antare s where our Sun is it would reach out past the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars and way beyond, almost 3/4 of the way to Jupiter. But if Antares is so incredibly much bigger than Jupiter why is Jupiter brighter? Simple answer: Jupiter is much closer. In fact if we measure distance to cosmic objects in terms of the speed of light, which travels 186,000 miles per second, Jupiter is only 34 light minutes away, which means it takes its light only 34 minutes to reach us. Antares on th e other hand is so much farther away, 600 light years, that it takes 600 years fo r its light to reach us. Which means we see Jupiter as it actually existed 34 minutes ago but we see Antares as it existed 600 years ago. So get out some night the next couple of weeks about an hour after sunset, face south, find the stars which make up Scorpius, plus the stars which make up Sagittarius and right behind it the bright light that is Jupiter. Then compare the king of the planets to magnificent Anta res, an emperor of stars. Jack Horkheimer DO YOU WANT REAL RESULTS? 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Even simple things like making healthy choices will inspire others. People are watc hing you now and will follow your lead. TAURUS: April 20th May 21st This New Moon lights up your house of communication, so you can expect to be st imulated by sharing your thoughts and ideas. What you have to say now will impact the lives of others. However, the full Moon challenges you to choose your words carefully in an effort to avoid unnecessary confus ion and confrontations. Th is is a great month to practice the power of positive thinking! Also don’t over commit to other’s requests before considering all your options. GEMINI: May 21st June 21st With your ruler Mercury in your sign, you’ll be most curious and interested in things that help you learn. Conversations, lessons, medi a, magazines will help you gather the data you need to network your tale nts and worth. Others love and need your independent thinking, so share your thoughts and communicate all you can! Money will be an issue this month. You may experience a sudden shift in values or decide it’s tim e to cut back on unnecessary expenses so that you can enjo y new things that promise pleasure. CANCER: June 21st July 22nd The New Moon in perfect alignment with both Venus and Jupiter allows you to attract fort unate situations and people into your life. While many will be drawn towards your new found courage and conf idence, there may be someone quite special entering your personal arena now. However, the full Moon promises some emotional commotion, so you’ll need to keep excessive feeli ngs under wraps to make the best of things. LEO: July 22nd August 23rd The new Moon in your house of seclusion promises blissful experiences while taking time away from fast pace d affairs. You’re a bit romantic and dreamy now and in search of soft surr oundings, so pick up a great book or head to the beach. Sharp shooter Mars will bring you back down to reality quite soon. Once it teams up with serious Saturn, this dynamic duo will help you determine to put your financial affairs in order. Suddenly you feel the need to be more accountable or sustainable! VIRGO: August 23rd September 22nd With your ruler Mercury zipping thru your professional house and Mars entering your sign, you’ll have extra energy to tackle career demands. Since you’re most interested in getting ahead now you’ll easily find new opportunities that lead you closer to your goals. Although friends will seek your company, it’s best to keep on track. LIBRA: September 23rd October 23rd A new Moon and your ruler Venus in your house of professional matters is a sign that new career oppor tunities are about to ope n up for you. This is a time when you’ll receive kudos for the hard work you’ve done. Others notice your tack and diplomacy at work; so do what you can to win im portant people over. Romance can be found with someone you respect a great de al, who could be a bit more accomplished than you. SCORPIO: October 23rd November 22nd A new Moon in your house of travel and foreign affairs will inspire you to try new things. You may find sudden cravings for ethnic food or cultural experiences. It’s also good time to plan a trip or catch up with distant loved ones. If you’re looking for romance, you’ll find it with so meone who can broaden your horizons somehow. SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd December 21st Feisty Mars in critical Virgo demands you do more and be more! Your only real challenge this month is to keep focused on developing your expertise instead of trying to pr ove others wrong. Venus promises delightful times while traveling or in the company of stimulating others. Yo ur only challenge this m onth is to watch your cash flow. CAPRICORN: December 21st January 20th The new Moon in your house of partners will help you enliven your relations hips. Make time for loved ones an d organize some serious fun. With Venus in the cozy sign of Cancer, a fami ly minded guy turns you on most! However, you can’t afford to be blindsided or overly optimistic about others . The full Moon indicates someone close may let you down. If you think others are being insensitive or not listening to you, you’re probably right! AQUARIUS: January 20th February 19th A new Moon in your house of wellness means that bettering your health should be foremost on your mind this month. If single, you’ll find romance with someone that has the same positive thoughts and needs you do. If you already have someone you could be their ‘motivator’. Otherwise, you’ll be most attracted to others that motivate you! PISCES: February 19th March 20th The New Moon in your house of romance and creative pursuits while Mars enters your house of partners , promises a sudden shift in your heart’s desire. This is one of the best mont hs to fall in love, especially with an artist or someone who enjoys the same entertainment you do. The full Moon might make someone a tad jealous because they wish they could be you. All envy aside; this month you’ll discover a chance to learn how to accept a backhanded compliment.

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