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' August 822, 2008; Volume 15, Issue 16
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The analysis of the results of
the University of Texas'
seismological inquiry into possi-
ble presence of oil and natural
gas in the Antillean waters are
positive, indicated Prime Minister
Emily de Jongh-Elhage during her
weekly press conference last
week. This reopens the possibil-
ity of offshore drilling in Antil-
lean territorial waters.
The premier didn't want to go
into details on the results of the
analysis. She said that before she
brings the results into the open,
she wants to discuss the informa-
tion with Parliament.

) This December Delta Airlines
will begin flying to Bonaire
from NY every Saturday: DL
553 departs New York-JFK at
10:35 am arriving in Bonaire at
4:25 pm. Returning DL 554
leaves Bonaire at 5:15 pm, arriv-
ing in New York-JFK at 9:05 pm.
Delta concurrently announced an
introductory Internet fare of $239.
This will be Delta's second
weekly Bonaire flight.

) Delta Air Lines reported a
$137 million profit, excluding
special charges for the second
quarter of 2008, despite unprece-
dented fuel prices that increased
costs by more than $1 billion.
Including special charges of $1.2
billion, Delta's reported net loss
for the June 2008 quarter was $1
billion.

P Continental Airlines Inc. has
been named the best domestic
airline, best airline for customer
service and best airline for flights
to Mexico Executive Travel
Magazine's 2008 Leading Edge


Awards. The award winners were
selected by a survey of the maga-
zine's readers. Continental flies
twice weekly to Bonaire.

I Internet police are coming to
the Antilles. Telecom-Minister
Maurice Adriaens (FOL) has or-
dered the Bureau Telecommuni-
cation and Post (BTP) to establish
an institution to supervise and
control the internet in the Antilles.
The establishment of an internet
police for the Antilles is the result
of two international conferences
on internet communication tech-
nology that took place in Curagao
last week. According to Adri-
aens, apart from the innumerable
developments that internet has to
offer, there are also several nega-
tive developments, among others
spam (unsolicited advertisement
sent by email) and spyware
(computer programs that gather
information about a user).

I State Secretary of Kingdom
Relations Ank Bijleveld-
Schouten has offered a package
of draft laws regulating the
transition of the BES islands
(Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba)
into The Netherlands for review
by the Dutch Council of Minis-
ters.
The State Secretary also wants
to present the laws to the gen-
eral public. She has invited sug-
gestions for improvements to the
rules. The basic package of legis-
lation comprises the "Law on
Public Entities BES islands
(WolBES)," the "Introductory
Law" and the "Law on Financial
Relations BES islands," as well as
an amendment of the Electoral
Law.
Once the recommendations have
been submitted, the package of
legislation will be forwarded to
the Dutch Legislature (Second
Chamber). Once approved, the
draft laws will be made public
and will be published along with
the suggestions. However, the
Ministry of Internal Affairs and
Kingdom Relations said it would
not be able to respond to individ-
ual reactions. Suggestions can be
submitted on www.minbzk.nl/
internetconsultatie until Octo-
ber .


0 The Antilles Court of First
Instance ruled on August 1 that
gay and lesbian couples have
the same rights and obligations
in the Netherlands Antilles and
Aruba as they have in the Neth-
erlands.


The Court in Willemstad added
that all marriages entered into in
the Kingdom of the Netherlands
had identical legal weight and
must be treated equally. The case
was presented to court by a
(Continued on page 4)


EDITORIAL:

Save the Reef
Now


B sorts have
been given an op-
portunity to return
some of the benefits
they get from hav-
ing the Caribbean's
best coral reefs on their doorstep and benefit their own inter-
ests as well. On August 1, Ramon de Leon, the respected Man-
ager of the Bonaire National Marine Park, sent a message ex-
pressing his concern for the viability of Bonaire's reefs to Bon-
aire's resorts and tourism associations (see page 7). It is based on
undisputable scientific and anecdotal evidence that there are too
many nutrients ("plant food") in the coastal waters of Bonaire for
coral to continue to thrive. The nutrients, for the most part, come
from human waste (feces) discharging from hotels, apartments
and homes near the shoreline. De Leon states that none provide
adequate treatment of their wastewater to remove the nutrients.
As a result Bonaire's coral reef is diminishing and de Leon fears
that avalanche effect will hasten its demise.
Ironically, the commercial success of Bonaire's tourism is re-
sponsible for turning a sustainable method of waste disposal into
a threatening one. The Reporter suggests resorts "pay back"
nature and the Marine Park for the recreational opportuni-
ties they have been getting for free by helping to heal the reef.
It is to their own self-interest to preserve the asset that provides
the motivation for many of their guests to visit the island. Ulti-
mately it will improve their "bottom line"-profitability.
The shorefront resorts and property owners can begin im-
mediately by eliminating their discharge of wastewater into
the ground and the sea and taking additional steps: use only
phosphate free detergents, eliminate water-loving landscaping
and practice even better water conservation. At first they must
store and then truck away the wastewater, then perhaps install
compact wastewater treatment plants. Off-the-shelf units are
available. The earliest date for the operation of Bonaire's shore-
front municipal sewage system is 2011. That is too late.
Government can help by requesting the EU funding agencies
to complete sewage system's inland tertiary wastewater treatment
plant as soon as possible to treat the trucked-in waste. Govern-
ment can provide tax incentives for the resorts to install storage
tanks and treatment plants. The TCB believes "it is important to
encourage the private sector to start working on improve-
ments soon/now, in line with what will be required as part of
the new legislation/system...instead of waiting for the new
system to be installed." U G.D.


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letEPORTER

Table of Contents


This Week's Stories

Editorial: Save the Reef Now 2
Off to School in Holland 3
Tour Guide Class 4
SOS Campaign to Save Reefs 6
BNMP deLeon Reef Alert
Letter 7
Bonaire Animal Shelter
25 years ago 9
Caribbean Little League
Championships 10
Parrot Watch: Fledging Report 11
Jong Bonaire Cuts Fees 12
Letters: AACutback 13
Keep Bonaire Green 13
Bonaire's Latinos Celebrate 15
STCB 15th Turtle Tagged 18
Pro Kids Word Class
Windsurfing 18

Weekly Features

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Profiles- Ruud& Ruth Snelder 5
Bubbles/Did You Know (mating
fish) 6
Bonairean Voices (Government4) 8
Sudoku 8
Sudoku answer 9
Pet of the Week (Poppy) 10
Island View (Homosexual
Marriage) 12
Picture Yourself (Missouri
Wedding) 12
Reporter Masthead 13
Tide Table 13
Dining, Shopping Guides 14
Classifieds 16
What's Happening 17
Sky Park (Perseid Meteors) 19
Stars Have it (Astrology) 19

How to contact us
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Story tip or idea:
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Archives:
Bonairenews.com, then click
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Phone 790-8988
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Published every two weeks
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2008.








































Aleixandra Mendoza-Rojas
(above at right) was the sole
student headingfor a univer-
sity. She completed two addi-
tional years of high school
(VWO) in Curacao to qualify.
She is joined at the airport by
(from left to right) her cousin,
mother and brother.


11 Martlnus Ricky Lionel B. Opleiding tot leraar vo van de 2e graad in Engels Hogeschool Rotterdam Nederland Rotterdam
12 Mendoza Rojas Aleixandra B. Geneeskunde Universileit Leiden Nederland Leiden
13 Morillo Daniel Damian Mathias B. Elektrotechniek Haagse Hagaschool Nederland Den Haag
14 Oleana Marjolein Laurensia Mode & Commercie Vitalis College Nederland Breda
15 Pourier Raymond Hyacintho B. International Business and Languages Hanzehogeschool Gronirgen Nederland Groningen
16 Ricardo Judeska Maria B. HBO-Rechten Hogeschool Inholland Nederland Rotterdam
17 Rombley Kristy Jeanally Sunylla B. Commercifle Economic Hogeschool Inholland Nederland Den Haag
18 Sanchez Castillo Ana Maria de Jesus B. Biologie en Medisch Laboratoriumonderzoek Stichting Hogeschool Leiden Nederland Leiden
19 Schoop Reydian Jermany B. Elektrotechniek Hiogeschool van Utrecht Nederland Amersfoort
20 Winklaar Chanetsa B. Management Economle en Recht Hogeschool Rotterdam Nederland Rotterdam


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Flotsam and Jetsam... Continued from
page 2
woman who wanted to include her
partner and one of her children in
her health insurance policy. The
Bureau of Health Insurance (BZV)
in Curacao had turned down her
request. Conducting gay marriages
and their legal status is a key issue
in the integration of the BES is-
lands into The Netherlands.

0 The eligible age to start re-
ceiving AOV old age pension will
rise from 60 to 62 years. Within a
week the Social Security Bank
SVB will present a draft law
amendment to Health Minister
Omayra Leeflang proposing the
age increase. The intention is to
further increase the eligible age to
65 years in the future in line with
an increasing international trend to
up retirement age to avoid bank-
rupting the retirement systems.
AOV payments have been rising
yearly. The maximum AOV pay-
ment increased by NAf 100 to
NAf 654 on January 1, 2007. The
phased increase of the premium
(+1.5% per January 1, 2007 and
another +1.5% per January 1,
2008) and an increase of the pre-
mium wage limit to NAf 72.000
on January 1, 2008, were not able
to prevent the AOV/AWW fund
from declining by NAf 3.8.

- The total consolidated public
debt of the Netherlands Antilles
grew by NAf 427.4 million (8.4%)
to NAf 5.5 billion (84.7% of
Gross Domestic Product) in
2007. This higher debt was the


result of gains in the consolidated
domestic debt (NAf 349 million)
and in the foreign debt (NAf 78.4
million), the Central Bank stated in
its 2007 annual report.

0 Four out of 10 babies born
last year in The Netherlands had
parents who were not married
compared to one out of 10 a dec-
ade ago, the Central Bureau for
Statistics (CBS) reported Monday.
The increase is largely due to an
increase in the number of people
who live together but are not mar-
ried, says the CBS. An increasing
number of these couples continue
to live together after the birth of
their children, the organization
says. Some 90% of first time
mothers under the age of 20 are
unmarried, says the CBS. Just over
50% of women who are older than
35 are unmarried when they are
having their first baby.


I Wonder what happened to the
glass bottom sailboat Aquas-
pace? She's been getting a refit in
a Curacao dockyard. Work is fin-
ishing up and the owners hope to
have her back home by the end of


August and to be fully operational
a few weeks later. A new high-
light: on each side of the ship are
four LED lights. It will be a spec-
tacular sight in the evenings both
from the Playa shoreline and from
the underwater observation deck.

0 Even Curacao is installing
dive moorings to protect its en-
dangered reefs. With NAfl0.000
from DVB Bank America in No-
vember for the Curacao Marine
Park (CMP), Carmabi has acquired
25 anchor buoys with accessories.
Budget Marine supplied the attach-
ment material for the buoys at cost
price.

SThanks to funding from the
Stitchting Dierenhulp in Holland
there is free dog sterilization go-
ing on right now on Bonaire. The
program started at the beginning of
July as a result of an incident
where a dog injured a person. The
program is in lieu of a governmen-
tal campaign to shoot stray dogs.
So far there have been 20 to 25
dogs sterilized by Nikiboko vet,
SJan Laarakker. See the ad on page
S13.
E Please spread the word and inform
your friends and neighbors who
may not be able to afford the cost
- of sterilization for their pets.


- F&B maven Kirk Gosden
seems to be on his way to becom-
ing the "Czar of Waterside Res-
taurants." The Lion's Den,
opened in April, 2001, was step
one, with a faithful staff and clien-


l 0 i .;I = l
2007 tour guide graduating class, Sue Felix at lower left.

0 Sue Felix is organizing another of her popular tour guide
courses in preparation for the coming cruise ship season. Don't
miss this chance to learn more about Bonaire. Special attention will
be given to the information needed by the auxiliary, AB, and taxi
drivers and new tour guides. If you love Bonaire, want to learn
more about it and how to share that information, take this course.
Go to the first meeting at Scout Building--Kaya Nikiboko Nord
(across from Caribbean Fasteners) at 7 pm on Monday, August
11. See the ad in on page 8 for more information.


tele. Now he's just opened his
second, the Sunset Bar and Grill
on the seaside at the Den Laman
Apartments. This spectacular site
is where it's happening, Gosden
says. "We've been booked solid
since we opened on August 1." At
this point Sunset is open only for
dinner, "But that's just for now,"
Gosden, one of the top chefs on the
island, says.

- Wilna Groenenboom, the past
Art Editor of The Bonaire Re-


porter, took many of the photos
in this issue, including the spec-
tacular cover shot. Groenenboom
returned to Holland last year and is
currently back on the island for a
month, taking photos to finish her
planned book on Bonaire.

)Thanks to all who read and
those who support The Reporter.
Please patronize the advertisers
and tell them you saw their ad in
The Reporter. It is they who keep
it free. U G./L.D.


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Profiles: Ruud and Ruth Snelder, Pioneers in Making Ideals Work


Ruud and Ruth Snelder are newcom-
ers to the island, nevertheless, they
are already involved in their first volunteer
project on Bonaire. They are funding the
creation of a full time professional day care
and pre-school center in Rincon.
To understand their ideals and motives it
is necessary to go back in time. Achieving
their ideals-contributing to those less
privileged-has been a way of life for them,
and as life turned out, this is what they do
best.
In the 60s, Ruud started to make jewelry;
within a short time he had friends working
for him. He set up a hippie commune in
Friesland, in the northern part of Holland.
Farms were cheap, and the spirit of those
times allowed him to put his ideals ("We
share what we have and produce.") into
practice. He started to grow organic pro-
duce and the commune became self sup-
porting and quite successful.
When problems arose in his love life he
decided to start something new on the other
side of the world, which happened to be
Brazil. His Portuguese was non-existent in
the beginning, forcing him to observe more
than participate in daily life. He became
aware of the enormous needs of the poor
and especially the children in the barrios.
This led to involvement in volunteer work
and charity projects. A year and a half later
he met his future wife, Ruth, who'd come to
Brazil from her native country, Chile, to
visit her brother who was working with
Ruud in various projects. Five years later
Ruud and Ruth had five children of their
own and were live-in caretakers of numer-
ous houses owned by influential people in


Brazil. This enabled Ruud and Ruth to earn
enough money to fund their charity work.
With local support many of their projects to
help poor children were accomplished.
After five years in Brazil, they traveled by
bus to Chile with their children. They lived
there for two years and Ruud again got in-
volved in volunteer work. Life in Chile
during those years (last years of the Pino-
chet dictatorship) was much more harsh
than in Brazil. Chile was gloomy and the
general atmosphere was one of fear and
suspicion. Ruud gave music lessons in
schools and volunteered in various barrios.
It was a struggle to make a living.


"Driving through Rincon
they almost felt trans-
ported back in time to Bra-
zil. The atmosphere, the
quietness and the laid back
feeling were very similar"


After being abroad for 10 years Ruud
decided it was time to visit his mother in
Holland and introduce her to his wife and
children. Once in Holland, Ruth refused to
return to Chile. She wanted the children to
have a good education, and she persuaded
Ruud to stay. During the first months they
lived in a mobile home. Ruth was very
happy and at home in Holland. Ruud man-
aged to earn a living with his creative skills.
He'd had extensive experience working
with children by now, so he advertised him-


self as a day care giver in Louise Rood pho
homes where parents
were working during the
day. After some initial
barriers were overcome
(Ruud being a man) cli-
ents were soon referring
him to their friends, and
he had to hire other pro-
fessionals to meet the
increasing demand for
home day care. The big-
gest challenge for Ruud
was to find the perfect
match between his staff
and the employer fami-
lies. He personally
trained his staff in meth-
ods he had developed
over the years in his
work with children. He created a step-by-
step methodology to work with the chil-
dren, and the results were so positive that
his business expanded to 15 branches in
several other cities. Financially he did well,
and he decided to add 1 Euro to every cli-
ent's bill to fund his next charity project:
the pre-school in Bonaire. He founded the
Welfare Stichting Casa de Kinop about a
year and a half ago.
Ruth in the meantime had set up her own
day care center in Nijmegen (in the South
of Holland) in a problem area where many
ethnic minorities live. Because Holland
isn't Ruth's homeland either it was natural
for her to relate to the specific problems of
these parents and their kids. She worked
with small groups and provided a huge
space for them both inside and outside by


renting a beautiful old vicarage.
Considering their backgrounds, it cer-
tainly isn't surprising that after coming to
Bonaire their interest was in day care cen-
ters on the island. Driving through Rincon
they almost felt transported back in time to
Brazil. The atmosphere, the quietness and
the laid back feeling were very similar;
when they visited the day care center they
knew right away what their next project
would be.
"Rincon feels like a forgotten comer of
Bonaire," Ruth says, "although it was here
that people first lived on the island." The
existing day care center needs work. The
building is in very bad condition, inside as
well as out. There are hardly any indoor
facilities for the kids, and the outside area
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Don't Act To Stop All the Sewage Leaking and Spewing Into the Sea!
Take Action Now
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s spilling into the sea from waterfront hotels, resorts, restaurants, and homes:
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mount of wastewater from tourist accommodations and other properties on the shoreline
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-stage sewage plant will not be operational until 2011. If we calculate the sewage water
he sea now until 2011, the sewage plant will come too late to save our coral reef.
n the verge of a serious problem. The reefs of Bonaire do not have the luxury to wait for
reatment plant to be finalized. Don't be fooled by the fact that we have the best coral
aribbean. This can change rapidly, from a coral-dominated reef to an algae-dominated

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Bonaire National Marine Park
Bonaire August 1st, 2008.

TO: Bonaire Resort and Dive Op-
erators

For the past 20 to 30 years concerns
have been voiced for the declining
trend of coral reef conditions in Bon-
aire. Several factors affect the condi-
tion of coral reef; coastal construc-
tion, over-fishing, hurricanes, recrea-
tional use and water pollution,
mostly due to sewage.
Bonaire will have a wastewater
treatment plant, project "Sewage and
Sanitation Plan Bonaire", which will
be operational, hopefully, within two
to three years. This project will focus
on the sensitive zone; along the
shore between Punt Vierkant and
Hato extending to 200m inland. The
objective of the project is to reduce
nutrient loads on the reefs and to
improve public hygiene. All proper-
ties in the sensitive zone will be
hooked to the sewage plant when
this becomes operational.
The Bonaire National Marine Park
(BNMP), together with DROB-MNB
(nature management department of
the Island government), MINA
(department of environment and
nature the Central Government) and
Harbour Branch Oceanographic
Institute (U.S.A.), have conducted a
nutrient monitoring study program
for Bonaire and Curacao. Results of
this two year long nutrient study
shows that the actual levels of Dis-
solved Inorganic Nitrogen (DIN) are
higher that the value considered safe


ISTINAPA
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for coral reef environment. Values
higher than this threshold (1 micro-
mole/liter) have destroyed reefs in
different areas of Hawaii and Baha-
mas. For the results of this study
visit; http://www.bmp.org/pdfs/
Results-nutrient-monitoring.pdf
Since the BNMP started reporting
results of the Nutrient Monitoring
study, questioning if raw sewage is
being discharged to the sea have
been raised.
Sewage can reach the ocean through
different mechanisms. The most
common ways here on Bonaire are
leaching holes and bad irrigation
practices. Leaching holes are perfo-
rations made next to the septic tank
into which the wastewater will over-
flow once the tank is full. Another
variation of this practice is such
perforation in the bottom of the sep-
tic tank.
Currently, properties in the sensi-
tive zone that have full operational
septic systems or even treatment
plants still dump excess (waste) wa-
ter in their gardens.
From an ecological point of view,
raw wastewater or treated wastewa-
ter going directly to the sea, are both
damaging to the reef.
The level of Nitrogen in a septic
tank is between 100 to 120 mg/l and
for the best operating treatment plant
in the hotels this is close to 70 mg/l.
The consultant leading the Sewage
Treatment Plant project, Dorsch
Consult, in their feasibility study
proposes 28 mg/l of Nitrogen for
irrigation. We found that this was
way too high. Many studies have


been conducted to demonstrate that
S28mg/l of Nitrogen is bad for the
E coral reef.
After considering the recommenda-
tions from the consultants the gov-
ernment accepted the proposal of 5
mg/l of Nitrogen to be the standard
for Bonaire.
So, you can easily conclude that the
water which is currently being
leached to the sea is bad for the cor-
als; way above the agreed standard
of 5 mg/l. Gardens can take a big
deal off this load, but by no means
can they absorb all this Nitrogen.
To be able to conduct further discus-
sions on this topic, we did a "water
balance" calculation for the accom-
modations on the shore-line. The
purpose of this calculation is to indi-
cate how water is being managed.
We chose the accommodations since
they have the largest number of bod-
ies and therefore their water con-
sumption is higher. The fact that we
did this calculation only for tourist
accommodations should by no
means imply that they are sole re-
sponsible for this situation. Every
property in the sensitive area is re-
sponsible.
The method used to get the "water
balance" is the following:
We received information on the
amount of water that the properties
use (what goes in) and we have in-
formation on how much is being
trucked away (what goes out). We
subtracted what goes out from what
goes in.
The results of the calculation show
that the average value of water
trucked-away is between 14 and
18%. That means that 86% to 82 %
of the total water consumption goes
somewhere. From this 86% to 82 %


one can discount evapora-
tion of the swimming
pools, leaking water lines,
rinsing tanks, showers in
the diver's lockers areas,
as well as WEB water
used for irrigation. The
fact remains that it is im-
possible that 82% of water
just disappears. We dare to
draw the conclusion that a
large amount of water is being
leached from the septic tanks of the
accommodations into the sea.
We draw this conclusion based on
our knowledge of the existence of
leaching holes and bad irrigation
practices.
The reef surrounding Bonaire is a
very delicate natural resource, and is
very sensitive to even the lowest
level of dissolved Nitrogen. We have
confirmation that level of dissolved
Nitrogen is too high to be called
sustainable.
Eventually, we will have a third
degree sewage treatment plant; it
will take 2-3 years before this be-
comes operational though. Assuming
that the project will be executed
without delays, the official inaugura-
tion will happen sometime in 2011.
At this point there will be no sewage
water going into the sea anymore
from the sensitive zone. Although it
will take some additional years be-
fore the nutrients that have been
accumulating in the soil due to irri-
gation, and which will remain in the
abandoned septic tanks to stop being
released to the sea.
If we calculate the sewage water
leaching to the sea now until 2011
and the additional years of nutrients
leaching after the sewage plant has
become operational, because of the


ecological characteristics of our
reefs, we are afraid that the sewage
plant will come too late to save our
coral reef.
We would like to express to you a
sense of urgency. Don't be fooled
by the fact we still have the best
coral reef of the Caribbean, this can
change rapidly. The shift from a
coral dominated reef to an algae
dominated reef doesn't take long.
The Nitrogen loads to the sea have
doubled since the seventies. Every
year indications of eutrophication on
the reefs grow stronger. Macroalgae
coverage has increased 3% in the last
2 years. We are on the verge of a
serious problem. The reefs of Bon-
aire do not have the luxury to wait
for the Sewage Treatment Plant to be
finalized. Action needs to be taken
now!
As Manager of the Bonaire Na-
tional Marine Park, it will be irre-
sponsible ifI do not warn you: "our
wastewater management practice is
no longer sustainable. This practice
is killing our reef'.
We need to buy time; my sugges-
tion is to truck more sewage water
away from the shore-line. We have
to start today!"
Ramon de Leon, Manager.
Bonaire National Marine Park


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GOVERNMENT Part IV

Continuing interviews so you can under-
stand some of the concerns of the
Bonairean people.

T he leader and member (48) of the
PRO DESAROYO BONEIRU (Pro
Bonaire Development) and member of the
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bon-
aire said, "When it comes to election time
people follow political traditions. Their
forefathers use to vote for a certain party
and they grow up doing the same thing
without realizing the consequences. They
don't see whether the party has a govern-
ing program where all Bonaireans can fit.
Some vote for personal benefit that they
can get out of the party. People sell their
votes for what the party has promised to
give them. That's why you find that during
election time the big parties get more and
more votes and win the elections. The gov-
ernment, when it assumes power, has a
duty is to represent the Bonairean people,
not just a group that gets personal and fi-
nancial benefits from the government;
everyone must have the same rights. They
must accomplish their governing program,
and if not, they have to explain why.

Our government needs to see how to
negotiate with Holland about being a
country within the Kingdom of the Nether-
lands. Martinique, as an example, was an
independent colony which decided to be a
country within the Kingdom of France.
They are being helped 60% financially,
but because of the European Union and
the agreement with France they can import
only 1% from other countries; all other
products must be imported from France or
countries in the European Union. The
prices are going up and the commerce is
not doing well.

I know we are in financial debt because
of our own government and Holland has to
establish a commission (the CFT) to con-
trol the financial problem here in Bonaire,
which I agree must be done. But if Holland
assumes its responsibility for helping us
stand on our own feet we can do a lot for
our own country. Bonaire needs a plan for
its economy, not only based only on tour-
ism, but we what we can make use of with
our own companies like the water, salt,
chicken and fish to export these products.
Big supermarkets like Albert Hein can join
other supermarkets here on Bonaire to
lower the prices. As part of a political
party I give my support to the organiza-
tion, AWOR T'E ORA (Now is the Time)
that gives information to the citizens, that
we can do much better if the government
takes some action to reduce the pressure
that is on our people today. For instance:
charge transit taxes for transit tourists at
the airport. In everything we sell we have


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taxes, but we can make a difference in the
taxes of very expensive products like for
someone who buys a Hummer or a six-
door refrigerator as opposed to other less
expensive products. We need to control
our import rights for some products here
on Bonaire. We will continue to give Bo-
naireans more information. If a country
like Puerto Rico can have the freedom of
auto determination and be a part of the US,
we can too."

The leader (56) of the organization,
AWOR T'E ORA (Now is the Time), said,
"The people elect on emotion, with no
consideration of the government plan. We,
as part of this movement, are giving the
people information to open their eyes, to
help them become wiser about their own
rights. During the Referendum election 16-
year-old schoolchildren and Hispanic peo-
ple who have been living here for five
years or more and who earn NAf 35.000 a
year had the right to vote too. They had
been promised the same rights as in Hol-
land when we become a country within the
Kingdom of the Netherlands. The majority
of these people voted for the party that was
in charge.

In my opinion the level of our govern-
ment is very low in the sense that they not
talking about issues but about things. They
don't talk about plans but about people. A
certain group gets everything. The party
gets sponsorship and they don't record
how much money they get. This is an act
that should be prosecuted. A law for spon-
sorship needs to be introduced. The gov-
ernment has to know how many of the
developments happening on this island
include Bonaireans themselves and
whether Bonaireans are benefiting from
some of the income these developments
are making. People subsidized by the gov-
ernment can be sent to courses to learn
how to become handymen for our commu-
nity. The Bonairean needs to identify him-
self with the development on our island. If
that doesn't happened the Bonairean could
feel disappointment, get angry and could
hate everything that has to do with devel-
opment. You know what could happen
next: all the developments will be in dan-
ger and all the investors will no longer


come.
The people need to be taught how they
can do it themselves. Holland can be a
great help in this but still we have to keep
our dignity. A country with its own dignity
works to get everything it has. Holland as
our motherland has the responsibility and
obligation to help Bonaire. A small state in
Holland like Huft with 8,000 people with-
out sufficient economic activity has the
same rights as a big state in Holland itself.
The information that Bonaireans need is
in connection with their new status in a
country within the Kingdom of the Nether-
lands. That's why we will have an infor-
mation night on the 8 and 9 of August at
Wilhelmina Park. We want to show our
concern and disappointment for the nego-
tiations that had been done with Holland."
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The Bonaire Animal Shelter 25 Years A


In 1983 Rini and Peter Kamp and Ike
Faber founded the Bonaire Animal
Shelter when they built three kennels on
their kunuku property. But limited space
and lack of visibility made it hard to find
and run.
The opening of the Bonaire Animal shel-
ter at its present location was a pure neces-
sity, not only for the island itself, but for
me personally as well. We had started to
build Sorobon Beach Resort in 1982, and
from the first day on we discovered that
this comer of the island was a popular spot
to drop off unwanted dogs and cats.
That first year we adopted about 20 dogs
and numerous kittens. When we opened our
resort nine months later we boarded more
animals than guests! This got even worse
once more and more people knew that the
animals would be taken in. We sometimes
even found pregnant female dogs tied out-
side the fence. It also became my habit to
pick up stray dogs along the Sorobon Road.
It became obvious that we had to choose
between a hotel for dogs or a resort for
people.
The government at that time acknowl-
edged our problem and generously donated
a big piece of land along Kaminda Lagun.
Together with Barbara Roswell, who was
already a volunteer assisting with basic
medical help to dogs and cats, we estab-
lished the Animal Shelter Foundation and
organized our first fancy fair shortly after.
We received some donations, but the
NAfl0.000 donation from an English cou-
ple made it possible to have a fence built
around the site and we could order our first
kennels. The guests at our hotel, confronted
with the abundance of dogs, were very
generous with their financial support to
help expand the shelter.
We had a small office built. Anton
Sieverding donated much of the labor, and
I remember vividly that the toilet was do-
nated by INPO (Ike Faber). When the gov-
ernment saw that we were seriously trying
to do something constructive they agreed to
pay the salary of Ruthmilda who lived
across the street from the shelter and who
was a tremendous help in taking care of the
dogs and cats.
We all had to learn a lot: how to separate
fighting dogs, where to get the best deal on
food, how to get rid of the fleas, what to do
with animals in bad condition, how to treat
abused animals etc. etc. Barbara and I went
to the animal shelter in Curagao to learn
and get instructions on how to put animals
to sleep that were beyond help. Just re-
member that there was no vet on Bonaire.
We had to wait for a vet from Curagao who
came once every two months for a couple
of days.
One of the Sorobon hotel guests put me
in contact with De Stichting
Buitenlandse Asielen in Hol-
land, and two board members
even came down to evaluate the
situation at the shelter and the
animal situation on the island.
This again resulted in on going
help, up until today. They pro-
vided us with some new ken-
nels, medicines, food, money to AF
build the cat shelter, and even a
veterinarian who stayed for two O L(
weeks to do free sterilizations
and consulting. More volunteers O C
joined us: Theresia Kuppers,
Lynn Tijssen and many more O M
dedicated people helped out.
We organized a flea market in T
order to raise more money.
But we had to overcome a lot C


Circa 1985 A vet from Holland, courtesy of De Stichting Buitenlandse Asielen,
sterilizes a dog. Louise Rood (right) assisting; Barbara Roswell (left)


Circa 1985: Volunteers pose at the Shelter's first "Fancy Fair" (flea market)
(back, left to right) Connie Griessert, Lynn Tijssen, Helma Hilgers, Marisela
Croes. (front, left to right) Luz Maria Gavira, Louise Rood, Julia Gerharts


of misconceptions in the beginning. Many
people were opposed to the fact that we had
to put down numerous animals. But instead
of having the animals die a slow and pain-
ful death out on the street we hoped to be
more humane. We always kept animals that
were picked up or brought in for at least
three days in order to give them the love,
food and attention they'd often lacked. We
felt that they would leave this world with at
least some experience of kindness.
Gradually the capacity of the shelter
grew. We had our share of ups and downs;
we learned to repair roofs and fences; we
had our first adoptions and learned how to
vaccinate. After eight years Elly Albers
took over and the shelter developed even


further.
Today, 25 years later, the continuation of
the animal shelter isn't only a celebration
of these first years of pioneer-
ing, but a tribute to all those
volunteers and dedicated ani-
mal lovers who make Bonaire
a better place for animals. A


Louise
Rood

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has no shade or safe area for children to
play. There are some very nice women who
volunteer there, but there are no professional
educational materials and the kids are
merely "kept busy."
During the first four years of a child's life
they learn rapidly and the foundation is es-
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lives from a professional pre-school system.
The funds that Ruud and Ruth have raised
are dedicated to rebuilding the day care cen-
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hiring a professional pre-school teacher.
Tables and chairs, playground facilities,
educational tools and toys have been or-
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and shady.
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more than the usual cat.
Poppy now needs a loving


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As are all the other adoptees
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FLEDGING REPORT
What a busy and emotional two
weeks it has been for the parrot
team! At the time of writing seven chicks
have fledged and by the time you read this
an eighth should have joined them in the
wild too. In the nests that we are monitor-
ing a further 14 grumpy chicks are getting
ready to go. About two weeks prior to
fledging the chicks actually weigh more
than their parents but then they lose weight
as the parents basically starve them in or-
der to encourage them to leave their cozy
nests and jump into the big wide world. So
when we go to conduct a nest inspection
the chicks are more cantankerous than
ever.

The number of nests we are monitoring
has gone up since last week as we found a
couple more nests sites while out working.
Rowan (Martin) actually got suspicious of
some parrots while out running, and with a
minor diversion added another nest to the
list. The parrot team's work never stops!

Yet more parrot chicks have been lost,
but the relatively good news is that this
was not due to people stealing them from
their nest. The sad news comes from a cliff
nest high up on a 20m. rock wall. This is
always an exciting nest to inspect. You
would have to hang on the rope with a
good 12-14m of air below you while you
checked the progress inside the dark cavity.


My colleagues Rowan Martin and Rhian
Evans had noticed an increasing number of
bees visiting the nest over the previous
week and so when it came to be my turn to
check the nest it was with great trepidation
that I descended down the cliff.

The honey bees we find around the cliffs
are not native to Bonaire; they were intro-
duced from Europe. Thankfully, they are
not the aggressive Africanized bee. This
was little consolation when as soon as I
saw the nest entrance I could see plenty of
bees. I approached slowly but as I drew
closer the bees were clearly getting upset.
We know these cues pretty well by now
and the parrot team have had more than
their share of stings. Being stuck on a rope
is not a nice feeling when bees start bump-
ing into your head, to suggest you leave the
area.

I was desperate to find out if the chicks
were still alive although I knew there was
little I could do to help them. The bees
were getting agitated and so I just released
my descending device fully and instantly
dropped down the rope, my heart in my
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PINK COCKATOO MARRIAGE

How to deal with Holland's acceptance of homosexual marriage
is a question when Bonaire becomes integrated into The Nether-
lands. Mary Ann Koops offers her perspective in this article.


Picture Yourself With The Reporter

A4lissouri 4/eddcing


M arriage I
is an
institution in
which interper-
sonal relation-
ships (usually
intimate and
sexual) are ac-
knowledged by
the state or by a
religious author-
ity. It is often
viewed as a con-
tract. (Source:
Wikipedia). If
recognized by
the state, by the
religion(s) to
which the parties belong or by
society in general, the act of mar-
riage changes the personal and
social status of the individuals
who enter into it.

Two people promise to take care
of each other emotionally and
financially, and they let everybody
know they want to do so. Some
people state that a marriage can
only be between a man and a
woman, maybe because that is the
only union that can produce chil-
dren. So in fact they may see a
marriage as an institution in which
to have children and to protect
them. They may mean it, but they
are not saying it. They are saying
that a marriage between two peo-
ple of the same sex is as abomina-
ble as a polygamous marriage and
which therefore is banned on the
Antilles.
Let us take a closer look at what
polygamy is. Polygamy is, in al-
most all cases polygyny, a man is
married to more than one woman.
The other form, polyandry, is very
rare (only in some parts of Tibet is
this form practiced) and usually a
woman marries a man and his
brothers at the same time. Polyg-
amy is practiced in highly patriar-
chal societies where children are
seen as wealth. What better way to
have a lot of children than to have
a lot of women? But in this way
women are reduced to something
you can bargain with. Because the
more women you have, the more
children you will have, the wealth-
ier you will be; like having a big
house or a fancy car. The man has
the advantage of having a high
standing, but what do the women
get, except for having to bear chil-
dren? It is no surprise that this
kind of marriage is now forbidden
in most countries. This is not an
equal marriage. You want to com-
pare this to a homosexual mar-
riage?
A homosexual marriage is a
marriage between two people. So,
why don't we look at marriages,
which are or were forbidden be-
tween two people, and compare
those with a homosexual mar-
riage? A marriage in which two

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(or one of the two) people are (is)
younger than 18 is forbidden.
Why? That is simple: we (society)
find (with good reason) that teen-
agers are not yet equipped to make
those kinds of decisions. Also, we
want to protect the young from
those who want to take advantage
of another. It seems that an "under
aged" marriage is banned for good
reason, but what are the reasons to
ban a homosexual marriage? Are
those two people (above 18 years
of age) not capable of making the
right decision, or is one person
taking advantage of the other? The
answer is no, so those are not good
reasons to ban homosexual mar-
riages.
Until June 12th, 1967, a black
man could not marry a white
woman (and the other way
around) in the US. An interracial
marriage was forbidden by law, as
it was in South Africa (until 1968)
and Germany (in the Nazi period).
These marriages were banned
because of eugenics programs.
People in those days thought that
the genes of an "inferior" race
should not mix with the "superior"
one. That should bring chills down
your spine. What these laws pro-
claim is hate. You are not allowed
to marry each other because you
are supposed to hate one another.
These laws were banned because
the freedom of choice and laws
against racism. People have a right
to make their own decisions about
who they want to marry, and right-
fully so. Do the two people of the
same sex who want to marry each
other make a free choice? Yes, of
course they do. Denying them to
make a free choice would be just
as discriminating as forbidding
interracial marriage.
What seems to be the problem?
They are not hurting anybody. Ah,
it must the one reason people who
are against homosexuality in gen-
eral always come up with: it is
unnatural! Because only a woman
and a man can make babies, all the
other sexual relationships between
(non-related) two adults are un-
natural.
However, there are a lot of ex-
amples in nature of homosexual-


ichard and Shelly Craig, part-time Bonaire
residents since 1995, celebrated the mar-
riage of their daughter Courtney to Carson
Menges.
Forty of the wedding guests who've been to
Bonaire were invited to pose for this photo with
The Bonaire Reporter. The bride and groom are
holding The Reporter edition that featured the
photo of Jake Barlass's wedding in Minnesota.
The bride and groom reside in St. Louis, MO.
Both are avid sailors and scuba divers. Carson is
a defense attorney for the firm of Freeark, Har-
vey, Mendillo, Dennis, Wuller, Cain & Murphy.
Courtney is a corporate attorney for Macy's.
Both will be on Bonaire for the holidays.E


Bride and groom Courtney and Carson Menges


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Jong Bonaire Cuts Fees
S entro pa Hubentut Jong
Bonaire announced that it is
reducing its membership fees for
teens and their families starting in
August 2008. "In view of the enor-


mous increases in the cost of food,
gasoline, water and electricity, our
board has decided to reduce our
fees this year to help Bonairean
families cope with this economic
crisis," said Rene Hakkenberg,
President of the Jong Bonaire
Foundation.
Instead of monthly payments,
members this year will have to pay
dues only twice, once at the start
of the year and again in January.
So instead of paying 11 times a
year, they will need to pay only
twice.
There are several payment cate-
gories, depending on family in-
come. For the lowest income fami-

ity. In the approximately 2,000
species of animals whose behavior
has been well researched and de-
scribed in the literature, approxi-
mately 450 have been shown to
have clear homosexual relations
(check out www.nuvideo.nl-nu.tv/
Roze kaketoe is vaak homosek-
sueel).
Can two male swans, or two
female bonobos in a sexual rela-
tionship be unnatural? Can two
male pink cockatoos make the
conscious choice some people
accuse homosexuals of making?
And we are part of nature too; the


lies, the cost of having a child
attend Jong Bonaire for the com-
ing school year will be NAf 10 in
August and NAF 10 in January, or
just NAf 20 for the entire year.
However, there is an additional
requirement for parents, says Jong
Bonaire's new manager, Jona
Chirino. "We are reducing the
financial cost to families, but we
are asking parents to increase their
investment of time. We are asking
parents to attend at least two of the
four workshops planned for par-

human species, Homo sapiens,
belongs to the animal kingdom.
If you say a homosexual mar-
riage should be forbidden, you are
saying that homosexuals them-
selves should be forbidden. You
deny them the same rights you
give to heterosexuals, perhaps the
most important one being: freedom
of choice. A law that prohibits
same sex marriage proclaims hate,
which, in itself is forbidden by
laws against racism and discrimi-
nation.
Marriage is not about two people
being able to have children. Mar-


ents from September to Decem-
ber."
Jong Bonaire also hopes to
have increased income from the
sale of the Papiamentu-English
Dictionary that was reprinted this
summer. Companies and indi-
viduals can learn more about the
dictionary for schools program at
www.papiamentudictionary.com
or can contact Jong Bonaire at 717
-4303 ext 12, or e-mail to
schools(2tpapiamentudictionarv.
com U Alan Gross

riage is a contract between two
adults promising to take care of
each other financially and emo-
tionally and to treat each other as
equals. Two women or two men
are just as capable of living up to
this contract as a woman and a
man (and they are even more their
equals! ;>)).
U Mary Ann
Koops

Koops teaches
Biology at the SGB
High School.


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onairean Edshel "Echi"
Martha wants to help to
maintain the island's culture and to
keep Bonaire green. He's a famil-
iar face for tourists too as he
worked for a number of years at
the Divi Flamingo Beach resort.
He has a established Stichting
M Ianene nos Cultura cenna Bida
(foundation to maintain our culture
and life) and has opened a nursery
selling local fruit trees and plants. us and it's good for the island. I
Nearly everything is native and want to help people to make a
easy to grow and Echi can tell you garden in their front yard or their
what each plant is good for even back yard," he says. "They just
what part of your body it can help. have to come to see me." He has a
He's a walking encyclopedia of sign across from the LVV
what grows on Bonaire. (agriculture department) on the
Echi explains about his founda- Lagoen Road, saying, "Mantene
tion: "I want to try to help people Nos Cultura Aki ta Bende Mata
on the island understand our plants di Fruta I Yerba" (fruit trees and
and trees and what they can do for plants for sale). Follow the signs to
us. If everyone plants a tree we can his nursery. His address is Mexico
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During the month of July many countries in the Ameri-
cas, like Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and the United
States, celebrate their independence from their colonial past. In
Bonaire the Latinos do it in style. The focus of the formal cere-
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making a US tax deductible donation visit
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Private yoga classes
call Louise 717- 7021
or 700-9422.


r r CLASSES in silversmith-
ing, stonesetting and the
art of beading. Call
Louise at 717-7021 or 700
-9422.

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


BONAIRE'S LARGEST AND BEST STOCKED SUPERMARKET
ALWAYS: FRESH FRUIT,
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Summer Nanny Available -Child
centered Nanny available through Aug.
2008. Island references. Reliable and
honest. Please call Maggie at 786-
3066.

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.

WANTED: BONAIRE LICENSE
PLATE- Plate # 1123 from the year
2005.Offering $25.00 USD. Please
contact :
Greg at gregbelisle(acomcast.net

Magic Chef 2 door Fridge side by
side. Very clean and good shape. No
rust NAF 700 call 717-8819 8 am to

For sale: Daihatsu Feroza 4-wdr
4 seats, airco, etc windows, removable
hardtop, etc. white. Good condition
NAf7500,- call;786-5432

For Sale, Honda xl600r road/off-road
motorcycle. NAf 3000,- for more info
call 700-9540 After 3pm.

For Sale Sail Yacht, steel -12 me-
ters / 37 ft. long-In Bonaire with own
mooring. Asking price NAf 9,900. For
more info call: 700-6444

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Next to the Animal Shelter
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The clinic is open from:
Klinika ta habri di: 8: 12 131
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Consulting Monday, Wednesday and Friday 13:30-14:30
Hours Tuesday, Thursday 17:00-17:30; Saturday 11.00-12.00
or by appointment every day
available 24 hours a day, including weekends: Tel. 790-6001
Orario: djaluna, djarason i djabierne 13:30-14:30
djamars i djaweps 17:00-17:30; djasabra 11.00-12.00
of sigun sita tur dia
24 ora pa dia disponibel, tambe den wikent: Tel. 790-6001
Spreekuur: maandag, woensdag en vrijdag 13:30-14:30
dinsdag en donderdag 17:00-17:30; zaterdag 11.00-12.00
of volgens afspraak elke dag
24 uur per dag bereikbaar, ook in het weekend: Tel. 790-6001


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Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-

* 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 has just stepped out. Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thm Fri-
day, 9-12, 2-4. Weekends by appointment
Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
790-2018
Bonaire Museum 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 2"d 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
or 790-8988


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15th Turtle Tagged


It seems that whenever The Bonaire Reporter is going to come
out, the signal from radio-tagged turtle "Wiske" disappears.
But not to worry. After her radio snapped back to life a couple of
weeks ago she's traveled to the Nicaragua coastline which has
proven in the past to be a productive feeding ground for Bonaire's
nesting turtles.
In the last radio tagging of the season an STCB team affixed a
transmitter to another turtle last Friday night.
The female loggerhead, "Greggy Girl," is the second turtle to
be tracked in Bonaire's 2008 nesting season. Following her nest-
ing on Klein Bonaire she was fitted with a satellite transmitter. She's
the 15t turtle since Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) started
the tracking program in
2003.
Based on the pattern
of turtle nesting activity
observed on Klein Bon-
aire during the last few
weeks, STCB staff pre-
dicted the possible re-
turn of a loggerhead
turtle to the beach for Greggy Gr
Friday night. A field
team consisting of STCB's staff and volunteers set out at night to
monitor the beach on Klein Bonaire for nesting activity. Around
9pm a large loggerhead was found up on a sand dune and busy dig-
ging a hole for placing her nest, and she soon began laying eggs. An
hour later, after she covered her nesting area extensively with sand,
the approximately 120 kg animal was intercepted by the team on her
way towards the sea and a transmitter applied to the top of her cara-
pace. At 12:26am the loggerhead turtle was released and she quickly
departed into the sea.
The female loggerhead has a shell length of 96.7 cm and is
estimated to weigh about 120 kg. Adult loggerhead turtles come
to Bonaire to breed from May through July. The turtle is ex-
pected to remain in the area and lay at least one more nest be-
fore departing to her home feeding grounds.
Tracking "Greggy Girl" is being made possible by a full sponsor-
ship provided by Houston, Texas-based children's wear company,
JMFA-Greggy Girl, Inc.
For more information contact: Mabel Nava, Sea Turtle Conser-
vation Bonaire, telephone 599 717 2225 and 780 0433, e-mail


On the final day of the Star-
board IFCA Freestyle
ProKids competition Mother Na-
ture sent the Pro Kids a healthy
dose of wind with some heavy
gusts over 20 knots. The schedule
of the day was tie-breakers, fun
slalom, classic freestyle, expres-
sion sessions and the much loved
Baby Class. The judges had
enough results from three days of
heats so the day was marked for
fun. There were several music
groups, a fashion show with lovely
clothes from the Bonaire Windsurf
Place boutique, food, drink and
even an old fashioned hot dog
eating contest.
The event began on August 27
and ran for the next six days in a


variety of wind conditions. IFCA and IFA sanction and sup-


Two winners were crowned.
Bonaire's Kiri Thode was
crowned Under 20 World Cham-
pion. Kiri just flew home from the
PWA World Tour Thursday in
time to compete. This top honor is
well deserved. Another wonderful
win was earned by Team Estonia's
Christofer Kalke who was
crowned Under 17 World Cham-
pion. Chris won the qualifier in his
home and flew all the way to Bon-
aire to compete. Chris trains sev-
eral months a year in the Baltic
Sea. Congratulations to both win-
ners.
2008 was the first IFCA sanc-
tioned event for Bonaire. This is a
top honor and privilege to have


port our event.
A special thanks to all the
youngsters, adults and families
who attended the event.
The hard efforts of all the many
volunteers, sponsors and commu-
nity members is much appreciated.
Without all of this support, such
an event cannot happen. A big
thank you to all involved on the
organizational level as well as to
the competitors.
For a list of all the results, more
photos and on the scene daily re-
ports, click on
www.prokidsfreestvle.com U Ann
Phelan/G.D.
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The Perseid Meteors and the Two Comets that Never Were"

N ext Tuesday, August
12th, will be one of
the best for viewing the me-
teors from the annual
Perseid meteor shower.
Now although meteors are
often called and look like
shooting stars they are not. In
fact meteors are simply tiny
specks of comet debris slam-
ming into our Earth's atmos-
phere at high speed. And this
year it should be a pretty
good show because the
Moon will set around 1:30am
so there will be no bright
moonlight to wipe out the
faintest meteors during the
best viewing time which will be between 1:30 am and dawn on Tuesday the
12th. To see them get as far away from city lights as possible and have clear and
very dark skies. Then simply lay back on a lawn chair or sleeping bag facing
northeast. To see the most meteors you should stay up until dawn. No binoculars
or telescopes are needed. Simply slowly scan the skies back and forth and up and
down and you should see a couple dozen Perseid meteors per hour.

If you begin viewing in early evening if you simply look south and up you will
see a fish-hook-shaped group of stars which is called Scorpius the Scorpion,
which is one of the few star patterns which actually looks like its name. In fact it
even has a bright red star right where its heart should be. But if you follow the
scorpion's body down around its tail up to its stinger you'll be able to see two tiny
fuzzy clouds, which look exactly like the heads of comets when they're far away
and on their approach to Earth. In fact most comets as they make their journey
toward Earth and our Sun always look like tiny Q-tips nestled among the stars.
But Q-tips which move from night to night and get bigger and bigger as they get
closer and closer and eventually develop incredibly beautiful gas and dust tails.
But not these two tiny fuzzy clouds because unlike comets these two will never
develop tails and they will never move in relationship to the stars and they'll never
get any bigger or brighter. They'll always be in the same place and look the same.
And although they have been seen for thousands of years they weren't officially
named until the 18th century when an astronomer named Charles Messier who
made it part of his life's work to make a list of fuzzy cloud-like objects in the
heavens so that he and other astronomers would not get confused when they went
comet hunting. They're objects number 6 and 7 on his fuzzy cosmic cloud, not to
be confused with comets, list. And today we use the first letter of Messier's last
name when we refer to objects 6 and 7 and they are now called M-6 and M-7 for
Messier, not to be confused with the word messier even though Messier did make
the sky a lot less messier by identifying such objects.
At any rate, although they really do look like decapitated comet heads as seen
with the naked eye, through a pair of binoculars they reveal themselves to be
much different. Because they are even more grand than comets, cosmically speak-
ing. Indeed each tiny cloud is a great cluster of stars, other suns far, far away. The
one closest to the stinger M-7 is a cluster of about 80 stars and is 800 light years
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By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For August 2008
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)You will have difficulties spreading yourself between
your work and your home. Take matters in hand when it comes to dealing with clients
or colleagues. You're in need of love. Be on your best behavior. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Try to make your lover understand that you need to do
things with your friends. Your best efforts will come through hard work. You can
come into money that you don't necessarily work for. Personal alterations will be in
your best interest. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Expect to experience a sudden reversal of fortune.
Tempers will mount if you're too pushy at work or at home. Uncertainties regarding
relatives will make situations uncomfortable if you attend a family function. Set aside
any decisions regarding your personal life this month. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't jump as quickly as you usually do. You've been
in a rut and you need to do something that will help you break the pattern you've
fallen into. Don't try to twist things around so that they sound more enticing. Offer
love and affection instead of conflict and rejection. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You should visit a friend or relative who hasn't been feeling
up to par. Don't bother trying to make someone you live with see your point of view.
Look into events that you might find interesting, and compromise by doing a few
things that you both like to do. Don't let any money slip through your fingers this
month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You don't need to pay out in order to have fun. You
have done all you can to sort things out a personal level. Entertainment could cost you
more than you expect. You may find a rare antique this month. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Try not to let relatives or friends cause any friction with
your mate. Pleasure trips will ease the tension between you and your mate. Arguing
won't help. Changes in your domestic scene are evident. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Sudden changes regarding work and colleagues are
apparent. Don't be too hard on your mate. Be careful how you handle friends and rela-
tives, they may take things the wrong way. You can help them with difficult projects.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Secret affairs will eventually backfire on you.
You may as well work on projects that will allow you to make progress. You need to
be inspired and have your spirits lifted. Secret activity is evident. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Friends may not understand your situation. You
just hate waste, and when someone else costs you dearly you see red. You will be able
to find the perfect outfit, and the greatest new accessory for your house. Social activ-
ity should be on your agenda. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thurs-
day.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You can pick up wonderful buys if you really look
hard this month. You may want to talk to your boss about your future goals. Your
attitudes are changing rapidly. Satisfy your passionate mood. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Take the time to do your job correctly or you may find
yourself looking for a new one. You should be traveling to that exotic destination
you've been dreaming about. Plan to get out and do a bit of travel. Organize your
house and be sure to include the whole family in the projects you have set out to do.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. 0


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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 2008 T he analysis of the results of the University of Texas’ seismological inquiry into possible presence of oil and natural gas in the Antillean waters are positive , indicated Prime Minister Emily de Jongh-Elhage during her weekly press conference last week. This reopens the possibility of offshore drilling in Antillean territorial waters. The premier didn’t want to go into details on the results of the analysis. She said that before she brings the results into the open, she wants to discuss the information with Parliament. This December Delta Airlines will begin flying to Bonaire from NY every Saturday: DL 553 departs New York-JFK at 10:35 am a rriving in Bonaire at 4:25 pm. Returning DL 554 leaves Bonaire at 5:15 pm, arriving in New York-JFK at 9:05 pm. Delta concurrently announced an introductory Internet fare of $239. This will be Delta’s second weekly Bonaire flight. Delta Air Lines reported a $137 million profit, excluding special charges for the second quarter of 2008, despite unprecedented fuel prices that increased costs by more than $1 billion. Including special charges of $1.2 billion, Delta’s reported net loss for the June 2008 quarter was $1 billion. Continental Airlines Inc. has been named the best domestic airline, best airline for customer service and best airline for flights to Mexico Executive Travel Magazine’s 2008 Leading Edge Awards. The award winners were selected by a survey of the magazine’s readers. Continental flies twice weekly to Bonaire. Internet police are coming to the Antilles. Telecom-Minister Maurice Adriaens (FOL) has ordered the Bureau Telecommunication and Post (BTP) to establish an institution to supervise and control the internet in the Antilles. The establishment of an internet police for the Antilles is the result of two international conferences on internet communication technology that took place in Curaçao last week. According to Adriaens, apart from the innumerable developments that internet has to offer, there are also several negative developments, among others spam (unsolicited advertisement sent by email) and spyware (computer programs that gather information about a user). State Secretary of Kingdom Relations Ank BijleveldSchouten has offered a package of draft laws regulating the transition of the BES islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) into The Netherlands for review by the Dutch Council of Ministers. The State Secretary also wants to present the laws to the general public . She has invited suggestions for improvements to the rules. The basic package of legislation comprises the “Law on Public Entities BES islands (WolBES)," the “Introductory Law” and the “Law on Financial Relations BES islands,” as well as an amendment of the Electoral Law. Once the recommendations have been submitted, the package of legislation will be forwarded to the Dutch Legislature (Second Chamber). Once approved, the draft laws will be made public and will be published along with the suggestions. However, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations said it would not be able to respond to individual reactions . Suggestions can be submitted on www.minbzk.nl/ internetconsultatie until October . Table of Contents This Week’s Stories Editorial: Save the Reef Now 2 Off to School in Holland 3 Tour Guide Class 4 SOS Campaign to Save Reefs 6 BNMP deLeon Reef Alert Letter 7 Bonaire Animal Shelter 25 years ago 9 Caribbean Little League Championships 10 Parrot Watch: Fledging Report 11 Jong Bonaire Cuts Fees 12 Letters: AA Cutba ck 13 Keep Bonaire Green 13 Bonaire’s Latinos Celebrate 15 STCB 15th Turtle Tagged 18 Pro Kids World Class Windsurfing 18 Weekly Features Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Profiles– Ruud & Ruth Snelder 5 Bubbles/Did You Know (mating fish) 6 Bonairean Voices (Government 4) 8 Sudoku 8 Sudoku answer 9 Pet of the Week (Poppy) 10 Island View (Homosexual Marriage) 12 Picture Yourself (Missouri Wedding) 12 Reporter Masthead 13 Tide Table 13 Dining, Shopping Guides 14 Classifieds 16 What’s Happening 17 Sky Park (Perseid Meteors) 19 Stars Have it (Astrology) 19 How to contact us Letters to the Editor: Reporter@bonairenews.com Story tip or idea: info@bonairereporter.com Print and Online Advertising: laura@bonairenews.com Archives: Bonairenews.com, then click on “Go to Archives” The Publisher: George@bonairenews.com The Bonaire Reporter, P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. Phone 790-8988 Phone 790-6518 Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Published every two weeks Next edition printing on August 20, 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 t he 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 EDITORIAL: Save the Reef Now B onaire’s resorts have been given an opportunity to return some of the benefits they get from having the Caribbean’s best coral reefs on their doorst ep and benefit their own interests as well. On August 1, Ramon de Leon, the respected Manager of the Bonaire National Marine Park, sent a message expressing his concern for the viability of Bonaire's reefs to Bonaire’s resorts and tourism associations (see page 7). It is based on undisputable scientific and anecd otal evidence that there are too many nutrients ("plant food") in the coastal waters of Bonaire for coral to continue to thrive. The nutrients, for the most part, come from human waste (feces) discharg ing from hotels, apartments and homes near the shoreline. De Leon states that none provide adequate treatment of their wastew ater to remove the nutrients. As a result Bonaire’s coral reef is diminishing and de Leon fears that avalanche effect will hasten its demise. Ironically, the commercial success of Bonaire’s tourism is responsible for turning a sustainable method of waste disposal into a threatening one. The Reporter suggests resorts “pay back” nature and the Marine Park for the recreational opportunities they have been getting for free by helping to heal the reef. It is to their own self-interest to preserve the asset that provides the motivation for many of their guests to visit the island. Ultimately it will improve their “bottom line”-profitability. The shorefront resorts and pr operty owners can begin immediately by eliminating their discharge of wastewater into the ground and the sea and taking additional steps: use only phosphate free detergents, eliminate water-loving landscaping and practice even better water cons ervation. At first they must store and then truck away the wa stewater, then perhaps install compact wastewater treatment pl ants. Off-the-shelf units are available. The earliest date for the operation of Bonaire’s shorefront municipal sewage system is 2011. That is too late. Government can help by requesting the EU funding agencies to complete sewage system’s inland tertiary wastewater treatment plant as soon as possible to treat the trucked-in waste. Government can provide tax incentives for the resorts to install storage tanks and treatment plants. The TCB believes “it is important to encourage the private sector to start working on improvements soon/now, in line with what will be required as part of the new legislation/system…instead of waiting for the new system to be installed.” G.D. The Antilles Court of First Instance ruled on August 1 that gay and lesbian couples have the same rights and obligations in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba as they have in the Netherlands. The Court in Willemstad added that all marriages entered into in the Kingdom of the Netherlands had identical legal weight and must be treated equally. The case was presented to court by a (Continued on page 4) C. Salisbury photo

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 2008 A mixture of joy and sadness took over the departure lounge at Flamingo airport last week as scores of parents, friends and relatives said their goodbyes to 20 students leaving Bonaire to pursue advanced education or university studies across the Netherlands. The crowd expressed their emotions with hugs, kisses tears and joking. It was inspirational. Wilna Groenenboom/G.D. Aleixandra Mendoza-Rojas (above at right) was the sole student heading for a university. She completed two additional years of high school (VWO) in Curaçao to qualify. She is joined at the airport by (from left to right) her cousin, mother and brother. Photos: Wilna Groenenboom Departing students and chaperones

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 2008 woman who wanted to include her partner and one of her children in her health insurance policy. The Bureau of Health Insurance (BZV) in Curaçao had turned down her request. Conducting gay marriages and their legal status is a key issue in the integration of the BES islands into The Netherlands. The eligible age to start receiving AOV old age pension will rise from 60 to 62 years. Within a week the Social Security Bank SVB will present a draft law amendment to Health Minister Omayra Leeflang proposing the age increase. The intention is to further increase the eligible age to 65 years in the future in line with an increasing international trend to up retirement age to avoid bankrupting the retirement systems. AOV payments have been rising yearly. The maximum AOV payment increased by NAƒ 100 to NAƒ 654 on January 1, 2007. The phased increase of the premium (+1.5% per January 1, 2007 and another +1.5% per January 1, 2008) and an increase of the premium wage limit to NAƒ 72.000 on January 1, 2008, were not able to prevent the AOV/AWW fund from declining by NAƒ 3.8. The total consolidated public debt of the Netherlands Antilles grew by NAƒ 427.4 million (8.4%) to NAƒ 5.5 billion (84.7% of Gross Domestic Product) in 2007 . This higher debt was the result of gains in the consolidated domestic debt (NAƒ 349 million) and in the foreign debt (NAƒ 78.4 million), the Central Bank stated in its 2007 annual report. Four out of 10 babies born last year in The Netherlands had parents who were not married compared to one out of 10 a decade ago, the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) reported Monday. The increase is largely due to an increase in the number of people who live together but are not married, says the CBS. An increasing number of these couples continue to live together after the birth of their children, the organization says. Some 90% of first time mothers under the age of 20 are unmarried, says the CBS. Just over 50% of women who are older than 35 are unmarried when they are having their first baby. Wonder what happened to the glass bottom sailboat Aquaspace ? She’s been getting a refit in a Curaçao dockyard. Work is finishing up and the owners hope to have her back home by the end of August and to be fully operational a few weeks later. A new highlight: on each side of the ship are four LED lights. It will be a spectacular sight in the evenings both from the Playa shoreline and from the underwater observation deck. Even Curaçao is installing dive moorings to protect its endangered reefs. With NAf10.000 from DVB Bank America in November for the Curaçao Marine Park (CMP), Carmabi has acquired 25 anchor buoys with accessories. Budget Marine supplied the attachment material for the buoys at cost price. Thanks to funding from the Stitchting Dierenhulp in Holland there is free dog sterilization going on right now on Bonaire. The program started at the beginning of July as a result of an incident where a dog injured a person. The program is in lieu of a governmental campaign to shoot stray dogs. So far there have been 20 to 25 dogs sterilized by Nikiboko vet, Jan Laarakker. See the ad on page 13. Please spread the word and inform your friends and neighbors who may not be able to afford the cost of sterilization for their pets. F&B maven Kirk Gosden seems to be on his way to becoming the “Czar of Waterside Restaurants.” The Lion’s Den, opened in April, 2001, was step one, with a faithful staff and clientele. Now he’s just opened his second, the Sunset Bar and Grill on the seaside at the Den Laman Apartments. This spectacular site is where it’s happening, Gosden says. “We’ve been booked solid since we opened on August 1.” At this point Sunset is open only for dinner, “But that’s just for now,” Gosden, one of the top chefs on the island, says. Wilna Groenenboom, the past Art Editor of The Bonaire Reporter , took many of the photos in this issue , including the spectacular cover shot. Groenenboom returned to Holland last year and is currently back on the island for a month, taking photos to finish her planned book on Bonaire. Thanks to all who read and those who support The Reporter. Please patronize the advertisers and tell them you saw their ad in The Reporter . It is they who keep it free. G./L.D . Flotsam and Jetsam... Continued from page 2 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 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 SCOOTER & BIKE SALES & REPAIR Peugeot, Kymco Loekie, Giant Gazelle Brands Parts and accessories for any brand scooter or bike Bike Clothes for Everyone Kaya Grandi #61 Across from INPO Open: 8:30-12:30, 2:00-5:30 Owner Operated freewieler@flamingotv.net 2007 tour guide graduating class, Sue Felix at lower left. Sue Felix is organizing another of her popular tour guide courses in preparation for the coming cruise ship season. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about Bonaire. Special attention will be given to the information needed by the auxiliary, AB, and taxi drivers and new tour guides. If you love Bonaire, want to learn more about it and how to share that information, take this course. Go to the first meeting at Scout Building--Kaya Nikiboko Nord (across from Caribbean Fasteners) at 7 pm on Monday, August 11. See the ad in on page 8 for more information.

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 2008 R uud and Ruth Snelder are newcomers to the island, nevertheless, they are already involved in their first volunteer project on Bonaire. They are funding the creation of a full time professional day care and pre-school center in Rincon. To understand their ideals and motives it is necessary to go back in time. Achieving their ideals—contributing to those less privileged—has been a way of life for them, and as life turned out, this is what they do best. In the 60s, Ruud started to make jewelry; within a short time he had friends working for him. He set up a hippie commune in Friesland, in the northern part of Holland. Farms were cheap, and the spirit of those times allowed him to put his ideals (“We share what we have and produce.”) into practice. He started to grow organic produce and the commune became self supporting and quite successful. When problems arose in his love life he decided to start something new on the other side of the world, which happened to be Brazil. His Portuguese was non-existent in the beginning, forcing him to observe more than participate in daily life. He became aware of the enormous needs of the poor and especially the children in the barrios. This led to involvement in volunteer work and charity projects. A year and a half later he met his future wife, Ruth, who’d come to Brazil from her native country, Chile, to visit her brother who was working with Ruud in various projects. Five years later Ruud and Ruth had five children of their own and were live-in caretakers of numerous houses owned by influential people in Brazil. This enabled Ruud and Ruth to earn enough money to fund their charity work. With local support many of their projects to help poor children were accomplished. After five years in Brazil, they traveled by bus to Chile with their children. They lived there for two years and Ruud again got involved in volunteer work. Life in Chile during those years (last years of the Pinochet dictatorship) was much more harsh than in Brazil. Chile was gloomy and the general atmosphere was one of fear and suspicion. Ruud gave music lessons in schools and volunteered in various barrios. It was a struggle to make a living. After being abroad for 10 years Ruud decided it was time to visit his mother in Holland and introduce her to his wife and children. Once in Holland, Ruth refused to return to Chile. She wanted the children to have a good education, and she persuaded Ruud to stay. During the first months they lived in a mobile home. Ruth was very happy and at home in Holland. Ruud managed to earn a living with his creative skills. He’d had extensive experience working with children by now, so he advertised himself as a day care giver in homes where parents were working during the day. After some initial barriers were overcome (Ruud being a man) clients were soon referring him to their friends, and he had to hire other professionals to meet the increasing demand for home day care. The biggest challenge for Ruud was to find the perfect match between his staff and the employer families. He personally trained his staff in methods he had developed over the years in his work with children. He created a step-bystep methodology to work with the children, and the results were so positive that his business expanded to 15 branches in several other cities. Financially he did well, and he decided to add 1 Euro to every client’s bill to fund his next charity project: the pre-school in Bonaire. He founded the Welfare Stichting Casa de Kinop about a year and a half ago. Ruth in the meantime had set up her own day care center in Nijmegen (in the South of Holland) in a problem area where many ethnic minorities live. Because Holland isn’t Ruth’s homeland either it was natural for her to relate to the specific problems of these parents and their kids. She worked with small groups and provided a huge space for them both inside and outside by renting a beautiful old vicarage. Considering their backgrounds, it certainly isn’t surprising that after coming to Bonaire their interest was in day care centers on the island. Driving through Rincon they almost felt transported back in time to Brazil. The atmosphere, the quietness and the laid back feeling were very similar; when they visited the day care center they knew right away what their next project would be. “Rincon feels like a forgotten corner of Bonaire,” Ruth says, “although it was here that people first lived on the island." The existing day care center needs work. The building is in very bad condition, inside as well as out. There are hardly any indoor facilities for the kids, and the outside area (Continued on page 9) “Driving through Rincon they almost felt transported back in time to Brazil. The atmosphere, the quietness and the laid back feeling were very similar” Ruth and Ruud Snelder Louise Rood photo

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 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 Did You Know.. When in search of strange behaviors on the reef, there is no better time to experience the exhilarating spectacle of mating fish than at dusk. Many divers are not aware of this and have alread y dried off and rinsed their gear clean. During that hour before sunset various species of reef fish release numerous free floating gametes that become entwined and disperse through the currents. This type of reproductive strategy is referred to as broadcast spawning in which male-female pairs spawn in massive groups that can sometimes reach the thousands. To someone less familiar courtship may seem like nothing more than fish hovering near the bottom or darting swiftly to the surface. But upon careful observation many of the subtle patt erns will be easily recognized. Some things to look for may include coloration changes, male rapidly swimming back and forth, females suspended in mid-waters, and displays of dominance of competitors. Sparisoma aurofrenatum , more commonly known as the Redband parrot fish, is a good example of a species that undergoes daily spawning patterns. Although many species spawn close to dusk the exact time is different for the various regions of the Caribbean. So next time you go out for a long dive at dusk and begin to paddle back to shor e before it gets too dark, take some time to look around and observe the subtle marine behaviors that are all around. Minna Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Wahab, is originally from Oahu, Hawaii, but has been living in California for the last three years attending the University of San Francisco studying Biology and Chemistry. She enjoys traveling and meeting new people, and has thus far fallen in love with the rich culture and beautiful surroundings of Bonaire. She studied at the CIEE Research Station Bonaire in June of 2008. SMS photo Redband parrotfish Stop Our Sewage Campaign To Save Bonaire’s Reefs! Attention Divers, Snorkelers, Vi sitors, and Residents: Bonaire’s Reefs Will Die Soon If We Don’t Act To Stop All the Sewage Leaking and Spewing Into the Sea! Take Action Now E-mail and/or call the following officials to lobby for an immediate halt to all the sewage spilling into the sea from waterfront hotel s, resorts, restaurants, and homes: Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands website www.koninklijkhuis.nl/ english/content.jsp?objectid=13874 has contact details State Secretary for the Antill es, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten Tel.: +31 70 426 63 02 E-mail: info@minbzk.nl Lt. Governor of Bonai re, Hubert Domacassé emailgezag@bonairelive.com Bonaire Commissioner Anthony Nicolaas , phone: (599) 785-3652 2. Do not patronize a waterfront hotel, restaurant, resort, property, etc. that is continuing to pollute the reef: (For information on polluters, contact the Bonaire Marine Park at 717-8444) Get others involved. If Bonaire’s reefs die, so to o will tourism and the economy. Spread the word to all those who love Bonaire’s reefs th at urgent action is required NOW Here Are the Facts: “Wastewater Statement,” Ramon de Leon, Manager, Bonaire Nationa l Marine Park, August 1, 2008 *A large amount of wastewater from tourist acco mmodations and other properties on the shoreline is being leached from septic tanks directly into the sea. *The Nitrogen loads in the sea have doubled since the seventies, and every year indications of eutrophication on the reef grow stro nger. Macroalgae has increased 3% in the last 2 years. Finally studies confirm that the level of Nitrogen is too high to be sustainable. *The three-stage sewage plant will not be operationa l until 2011. If we calculate the sewage water leaching to the sea now un til 2011, the sewage plant will come too late to save our coral reef. *We are on the verge of a serious problem. The reefs of Bonaire do not have the luxury to wait for the sewage treatment plant to be finalized. Don’t be fooled by the fact that we have the best coral reef in the Caribbean. This can change rapidly, from a coral-dominated reef to an algae-dominated reef. *Action needs to be taken now! Our wastewater management practice is no longer sustainable. This practice is killing our reefs! Together We Can Stop the Death of Bonaire’s Reefs! Sponsored by the Friends of Bonaire’s Reefs (long-time visitors, divers, snorkelers, and residents who love Bonaire and her reefs) Email –SOSBonaireReef@gmail.com Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 2008 ROCARGO SERVICES, N.V. International Freight (Car) BV The ONLY company offering direct weekly consolidation services from Europe/Holland to Bonaire www.ifc-consolidators.nl Jupiterweg 1A (Ecopark) 4761 RW Moerdijk, Holland Tel 31-(0) 168-40-94 94 Fax 31-(0) 168-40 94 70 Offering DAILY Express Services from and to Bonaire For shipment tracking www.fedex.com The World On Time Kaya Industria 12, KralendijkBonaire—N.A. 717-8922 FAX 717-5791 Email:info@rocargo.com Amcar Freight, Inc. The ONLY company offering direct weekly consolidation services from Miami, USA to Bonaire www.amcarfreight.com 7860 N.W. 80th Street Medley, Florida 33166 Tel. (305) 599-8866 Fax (305) 599-2808 For All Your Shipping Needs Full service door to door by air and by sea. Customs clearance, transportation, warehousing. International and local relocation. Packing material in stock. Qualified and professional personnel. Timely, accurate and reliable ISO 9001: 2000 Certified Bonaire National Marine Park Bonaire August 1st, 2008. TO: Bonaire Resort and Dive Operators For the past 20 to 30 years concerns have been voiced for the declining trend of coral reef conditions in Bonaire. Several factors affect the condition of coral reef; coastal construction, over-fishing, hurricanes, recreational use and water pollution, mostly due to sewage . Bonaire will have a wastewater treatment plant, project “Sewage and Sanitation Plan Bonaire”, which will be operational, hopefully, within two to three years. This project will focus on the sensitive zone; along the shore between Punt Vierkant and Hato extending to 200m inland. The objective of the project is to reduce nutrient loads on the reefs and to improve public hygiene. All properties in the sensitive zone will be hooked to the sewage plant when this becomes operational. The Bonaire National Marine Park (BNMP), together with DROB-MNB (nature management department of the Island government), MINA (department of environment and nature the Central Government) and Harbour Branch Oceanographic Institute (U.S.A.) , have conducted a nutrient monitoring study program for Bonaire and Curaçao. Results of this two year long nutrient study shows that the actual levels of Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen (DIN) are higher that the value considered safe for coral reef environment. Values higher than this threshold (1 micromole/liter) have destroyed reefs in different areas of Hawaii and Bahamas. For the results of this study visit; http://www.bmp.org/pdfs/ Results-nutrient-monitoring.pdf. Since the BNMP started reporting results of the Nutrient Monitoring study, questioning if raw sewage is being discharged to the sea have been raised. Sewage can reach the ocean through different mechanisms. The most common ways here on Bonaire are leaching holes and bad irrigation practices. Leaching holes are perforations made next to the septic tank into which the wastewater will overflow once the tank is full. Another variation of this practice is such perforation in the bottom of the septic tank. Currently, properties in the sensitive zone that have full operational septic systems or even treatment plants still dump excess (waste) water in their gardens. From an ecological point of view, raw wastewater or treated wastewater going directly to the sea, are both damaging to the reef. The level of Nitrogen in a septic tank is between 100 to 120 mg/l and for the best operating treatment plant in the hotels this is close to 70 mg/l. The consultant leading the Sewage Treatment Plant project, Dorsch Consult, in their feasibility study proposes 28 mg/l of Nitrogen for irrigation. We found that this was way too high. Many studies have been conducted to demonstrate that 28mg/l of Nitrogen is bad for the coral reef. After considering the recommendations from the consultants the government accepted the proposal of 5 mg/l of Nitrogen to be the standard for Bonaire. So, you can easily conclude that the water which is currently being leached to the sea is bad for the corals; way above the agreed standard of 5 mg/l. Gardens can take a big deal off this load, but by no means can they absorb all this Nitrogen. To be able to conduct further discussions on this topic, we did a “water balance” calculation for the accommodations on the shore-line. The purpose of this calculation is to indicate how water is being managed. We chose the accommodations since they have the largest number of bodies and therefore their water consumption is higher. The fact that we did this calculation only for tourist accommodations should by no means imply that they are sole responsible for this situation. Every property in the sensitive area is responsible. The method used to get the “water balance” is the following: We received information on the amount of water that the properties use (what goes in) and we have information on how much is being trucked away (what goes out). We subtracted what goes out from what goes in. The results of the calculation show that the average value of water trucked-away is between 14 and 18%. That means that 86% to 82 % of the total water consumption goes somewhere. From this 86% to 82 % one can discount evaporation of the swimming pools, leaking water lines, rinsing tanks, showers in the diver’s lockers areas, as well as WEB water used for irrigation. The fact remains that it is impossible that 82% of water just disappears. We dare to draw the conclusion that a large amount of water is being leached from the septic tanks of the accommodations into the sea. We draw this conclusion based on our knowledge of the existence of leaching holes and bad irrigation practices. The reef surrounding Bonaire is a very delicate natura l resource, and is very sensitive to even the lowest level of dissolved Nitrogen. We have confirmation that level of dissolved Nitrogen is too high to be called sustainable. Eventually, we will have a third degree sewage treat ment plant; it will take 2-3 years before this becomes operational though. Assuming that the project will be executed without delays, the official inauguration will happen sometime in 2011. At this point there will be no sewage water going into the sea anymore from the sensitive zone. Although it will take some additional years before the nutrients that have been accumulating in the soil due to irrigation, and which will remain in the abandoned septic tanks to stop being released to the sea. If we calculate the sewage water leaching to the sea now until 2011 and the additional years of nutrients leaching after the sewage plant has become operational, because of the ecological characteristics of our reefs, we are afraid that the sewage plant will come too late to save our coral reef. We would like to express to you a sense of urgency. Don’t be fooled by the fact we still have the best coral reef of the Caribbean, this can change rapidly. The shift from a coral dominated reef to an algae dominated reef doesn’t take long. The Nitrogen loads to the sea have doubled since the seventies. Every year indications of eutrophication on the reefs grow stronger. Macroalgae coverage has increased 3% in the last 2 years. We are on the verge of a serious problem. The reefs of Bonaire do not have the luxury to wait for the Sewage Treatment Plant to be finalized. Action needs to be taken now! As Manager of the Bonaire National Marine Park, it will be irresponsible if I do not warn you: “our wastewater management practice is no longer sustainable. This practice is killing our reef”. We need to buy time; my suggestion is to truck more sewage water away from the shore-line. We have to start today!” Ramon de Leon, Manager. Bonaire National Marine Park

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 2008 GOVERNMENT Part IV Continuing interviews so you can understand some of the concerns of the Bonairean people. T he leader and member (48) of the PRO DESAROYO BONEIRU (Pro Bonaire Development) and member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bonaire said, “When it comes to election time people follow political traditions. Their forefathers use to vote for a certain party and they grow up doing the same thing without realizing the consequences. They don’t see whether the party has a governing program where all Bonaireans can fit. Some vote for personal benefit that they can get out of the party. People sell their votes for what the party has promised to give them. That’s why you find that during election time the big parties get more and more votes and win the elections. The government, when it assumes power, has a duty is to represent the Bonairean people, not just a group that gets personal and financial benefits from the government; everyone must have the same rights. They must accomplish their governing program, and if not, they have to explain why. Our government needs to see how to negotiate with Holland about being a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Martinique, as an example, was an independent colony which decided to be a country within the Kingdom of France. They are being helped 60% financially, but because of the European Union and the agreement with France they can import only 1% from other countries; all other products must be imported from France or countries in the European Union. The prices are going up and the commerce is not doing well. I know we are in financial debt because of our own government and Holland has to establish a commission (the CFT) to control the financial problem here in Bonaire, which I agree must be done. But if Holland assumes its responsib ility for helping us stand on our own feet we can do a lot for our own country. Bonaire needs a plan for its economy, not only based only on tourism, but we what we can make use of with our own companies like the water, salt, chicken and fish to export these products. Big supermarkets like Albert Hein can join other supermarkets here on Bonaire to lower the prices. As part of a political party I give my support to the organization, AWOR T’E ORA (Now is the Time) that gives information to the citizens, that we can do much better if the government takes some action to reduce the pressure that is on our people today. For instance: charge transit taxes for transit tourists at the airport. In everything we sell we have taxes, but we can make a difference in the taxes of very expensive products like for someone who buys a Hummer or a sixdoor refrigerator as opposed to other less expensive products. We need to control our import rights for some products here on Bonaire. We will c ontinue to give Bonaireans more information. If a country like Puerto Rico can have the freedom of auto determination and be a part of the US, we can too.” The leader (56) of the organization, AWOR T’E ORA (Now is the Time), said, “The people elect on emotion, with no consideration of the government plan. We, as part of this movement, are giving the people information to open their eyes, to help them become wiser about their own rights. During the Referendum election 16year-old schoolchildren and Hispanic people who have been living here for five years or more and who earn NAƒ 35.000 a year had the right to vote too. They had been promised the same rights as in Holland when we become a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The majority of these people voted for the party that was in charge. In my opinion the level of our government is very low in the sense that they not talking about issues but about things. They don’t talk about plans but about people. A certain group gets everything. The party gets sponsorship and they don’t record how much money they get. This is an act that should be prosecuted. A law for sponsorship needs to be introduced. The government has to know how many of the developments happening on this island include Bonaireans themselves and whether Bonaireans are benefiting from some of the income these developments are making. People subsidized by the government can be sent to courses to learn how to become handymen for our community. The Bonairean needs to identify himself with the development on our island. If that doesn’t happened the Bonairean could feel disappointment, get angry and could hate everything that has to do with development. You know what could happen next: all the developments will be in danger and all the investors will no longer come. The people need to be taught how they can do it themselves. Holland can be a great help in this but still we have to keep our dignity. A country with its own dignity works to get everything it has. Holland as our motherland has the responsibility and obligation to help Bonaire. A small state in Holland like Huft with 8,000 people without sufficient economic activity has the same rights as a big state in Holland itself. The information that Bonaireans need is in connection with their new status in a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. That’s why we will have an information night on the 8 and 9 of August at Wilhelmina Park. We want to show our concern and disappointment for the negotiations that had been done with Holland.” Siomara E. Albertus Send your comments to The Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, or email reporter @bonairenews.com . Bonairean Voices is sponsored by With 4 branches and 10 ATMs located throughout the island and our Internet Banking, MCB@Home, at your service anytime, any day, anywhere. ATTENTION: BONAIRE NEEDS YOU! Do you, or would you, like to work with tourists? Want to learn more FACTS about Bonaire? Want to earn $$$ this cruise season? Need to enhance public speaking & guiding skills? YES? Then, now is the time for action! BONAIRE IN-DEPTH AND GUIDING SKILLS COURSE WHEN: August 11, 2008 – October 23, 2008 Mon. & Thurs. 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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 2008 Puzzle on page 8 I n 1983 Rini and Peter Kamp and Ike Faber founded the Bonaire Animal Shelter when they built three kennels on their kunuku property. But limited space and lack of visibility made it hard to find and run. The opening of the Bonaire Animal shelter at its present location was a pure necessity, not only for the island itself, but for me personally as well. We had started to build Sorobon Beach Resort in 1982, and from the first day on we discovered that this corner of the island was a popular spot to drop off unwanted dogs and cats. That first year we adopted about 20 dogs and numerous kittens. When we opened our resort nine months later we boarded more animals than guests! This got even worse once more and more people knew that the animals would be taken in. We sometimes even found pregnant female dogs tied outside the fence. It also became my habit to pick up stray dogs along the Sorobon Road. It became obvious that we had to choose between a hotel for dogs or a resort for people. The government at that time acknowledged our problem and generously donated a big piece of land along Kaminda Lagun. Together with Barbara Roswell, who was already a volunteer assisting with basic medical help to dogs and cats, we established the Animal Shelter Foundation and organized our first fancy fair shortly after. We received some donations, but the NAf10.000 donation from an English couple made it possible to have a fence built around the site and we could order our first kennels. The guests at our hotel, confronted with the abundance of dogs, were very generous with their financial support to help expand the shelter. We had a small office built. Anton Sieverding donated much of the labor, and I remember vividly that the toilet was donated by INPO (Ike Faber). When the government saw that we were seriously trying to do something constructive they agreed to pay the salary of Ruthmilda who lived across the street from the shelter and who was a tremendous help in taking care of the dogs and cats. We all had to learn a lot: how to separate fighting dogs, where to get the best deal on food, how to get rid of the fleas, what to do with animals in bad condition, how to treat abused animals etc. etc. Barbara and I went to the animal shelter in Curaçao to learn and get instructions on how to put animals to sleep that were beyond help. Just remember that there was no vet on Bonaire. We had to wait for a vet from Curaçao who came once every two months for a couple of days. One of the Sorobon hotel guests put me in contact with De Stichting Buitenlandse Asielen in Holland, and two board members even came down to evaluate the situation at the shelter and the animal situation on the island. This again resulted in on going help, up until today. They provided us with some new kennels, medicines, food, money to build the cat shelter, and even a veterinarian who stayed for two weeks to do free sterilizations and consulting. More volunteers joined us: Theresia Kuppers, Lynn Tijssen and many more dedicated people helped out. We organized a flea market in order to raise more money. But we had to overcome a lot of misconceptions in the beginning. Many people were opposed to the fact that we had to put down numerous animals. But instead of having the animals die a slow and painful death out on the street we hoped to be more humane. We always kept animals that were picked up or brought in for at least three days in order to give them the love, food and attention they’d often lacked. We felt that they would leave this world with at least some experience of kindness. Gradually the capacity of the shelter grew. We had our share of ups and downs; we learned to repair roofs and fences; we had our first adoptions and learned how to vaccinate. After eight years Elly Albers took over and the shelter developed even further. Today, 25 years later, the continuation of the animal shelter isn’t only a celebration of these first years of pioneering, but a tribute to all those volunteers and dedicated animal lovers who make Bonaire a better place for animals. Louise Rood Photos courtesy of Louise Rood “” has no shade or safe area for children to play. There are some very nice women who volunteer there, but there are no professional educational materials and the kids are merely “kept busy.” During the first four years of a child’s life they learn rapidly and the foundation is established for their future mental development. They will benefit for the rest of their lives from a professional pre-school system. The funds that Ruud and Ruth have raised are dedicated to rebuilding the day care center in Rincon, and they’re in the process of hiring a professional pre-school teacher. Tables and chairs, playground facilities, educational tools and toys have been ordered. The outside area will be safe, clean and shady. The Snelders’ first project on Bonaire is becoming a reality. They are committed to establishing the center, giving the children and the staff the chance to bloom into a professional pre-school educational center that will match any pre-school anywhere in the world. Children in Rincon will have the best and they deserve it. Story & photo by Louise Rood Profiles (Continued from page 5) E.M. Rijswijk Denturist ARE YOUR DENTURES: Loose? Cracked? Missing Teeth? In Your Pocket? Worn? Causing Gum Pain? Call For An Appointmen t 717-2248 or 786-3714 Kaya J.G. Hernandez z/n (Near Botika Korona) New hours: 9 am-12 pm, 2 pm—4 pm Monday-Friday Repairs while you wait. Circa 1985 A vet from Holland, courtesy of De Stichting Buit enlandse Asielen , sterilizes a dog. Louise Rood (right) assisting; Barbara Roswell (left) Circa 1985: Volunteers pose at the She lter’s first “Fancy Fair” (flea market) (back, left to right) Connie Griessert, Lynn Tijssen, Helma Hilgers, Marisela Croes. (front, left to right) Luz Mari a Gavira, Louise Rood, Julia Gerharts 975 862 431 382 491 756 614 357 928 297 516 384 146 738 592 538 924 167 451 689 273 829 173 645 763 245 819 SOLUTION TO DO YOU SUDOKU?

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 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 ! Poppy F or the sixth consecutive year, the Pabao Little League from Willemstad, Curaçao, will represent the Caribbean Region at the Little League Baseball World Series during the recently completed Caribbean Region championship held in Bonaire The Pabao Little League squeezed past the Juan Antonio Bibiloni Little League team from Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, 1-0 in the final game. Pabao Little League finished the nine-team tournament with a 5-0 record to qualify for the 62nd Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, beginning August 15. The winner of the international competition will face the top US teams in the World Series on August 24. Nine teams competed in the Caribbean championship in Bonaire, which was divided into two pools. St. Maarten was in Pool A along with Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. In Pool B were US Virgin Islands, Aruba, Curaçao and host Bonaire. The tournament started with a blow out Sunday, July 20 as Puerto Rico clobbered Bermuda 37-0. In the second game, St. Maarten smashed Jamaica 18-2. The third game of the competition turned out to be a real nail biter as the Dominican Republic faced Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico won 3-2. Next up was Aruba. They defeated the Virgin Islands 3-0. St. Maarten won its second game with a 14-4 win over Bermuda. The final game of the day, Monday, July 21, pitted Curaçao against host Bonaire. Before a capacity cr owd, Curaçao bested Bonaire 10-0. The games were well organized and enjoyed by capacity cr owds in both Kralendijk Stadium and Sonrisa ballpark. G.D. -photos by Wilna Groenenboom “P oppy,” our pet this week, is a “special needs” kitty. She was hit by a car when she was just a young kitten and her leg was hurt. But she has nearly recovered and just has a slight limp. Now she’s about three months old and is a darling. She has a big heart and loves people. Because of her accident and recovery she seems to appreciate life more than the usual cat. Poppy now needs a loving owner who appreciates her fine qualities and character. As are all the other adoptees at the Shelter Poppy is in perfect health. She has had her test for feline leukemia, worming, shots and will be sterilized when she’s old enough. You may see her at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm, 3 to 5 pm. Tel.717-4989. L.D.

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 2008 FLEDGING REPORT W hat a busy and emotional two weeks it has been for the parrot team! At the time of writing seven chicks have fledged and by the time you read this an eighth should have joined them in the wild too. In the nests that we are monitoring a further 14 grumpy chicks are getting ready to go. About two weeks prior to fledging the chicks actually weigh more than their parents but then they lose weight as the parents basically starve them in order to encourage them to leave their cozy nests and jump into the big wide world. So when we go to conduct a nest inspection the chicks are more cantankerous than ever. The number of nests we are monitoring has gone up since last week as we found a couple more nests sites while out working. Rowan (Martin) actually got suspicious of some parrots while out running, and with a minor diversion added another nest to the list. The parrot teamÂ’s work never stops! Yet more parrot chicks have been lost, but the relatively good news is that this was not due to people stealing them from their nest. The sad news comes from a cliff nest high up on a 20m. rock wall. This is always an exciting nest to inspect. You would have to hang on the rope with a good 12-14m of air below you while you checked the progress inside the dark cavity. My colleagues Rowan Martin and Rhian Evans had noticed an increasing number of bees visiting the nest over the previous week and so when it came to be my turn to check the nest it was with great trepidation that I descended down the cliff. The honey bees we find around the cliffs are not native to Bonaire; they were introduced from Europe. Thankfully, they are not the aggressive Africanized bee. This was little consolation when as soon as I saw the nest entrance I could see plenty of bees. I approached slowly but as I drew closer the bees were clearly getting upset. We know these cues pretty well by now and the parrot team have had more than their share of stings. Being stuck on a rope is not a nice feeling when bees start bumping into your head, to suggest you leave the area. I was desperate to find out if the chicks were still alive although I knew there was little I could do to help them. The bees were getting agitated and so I just released my descending device fully and instantly dropped down the rope, my heart in my mouth. All I saw as I plummeted past the nest were two parrot chicks lying face down, dead. The bees flared up, but luckily for me, they drew off their chase about three meters from the ground and I escaped without a a single sting. That was little comfort for the loss of parrot chicks that were otherwise going to fledge within a week. We had known them since they were eggs. We had delicately handled and measured them since they were pink bundles of joy weighing little more than a five-guilder coin. It was heart breaking and we were not even the parents. Sam Williams Williams is in his third year of studying BonaireÂ’s endangered parrot, the Lora. www.philipscooking.com www.philipscooking.com www.philipscooking.com P h o n e 7 0 1 1 1 0 0 Bees surround the climbing line Sam Williams photos

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 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. R ichard and Shelly Craig, part-time Bonaire residents since 1995, celebrated the marriage of their daughter Courtney to Carson Menges. Forty of the wedding guests who’ve been to Bonaire were invited to pose for this photo with The Bonaire Reporter . The bride and groom are holding The Reporter edition that featured the photo of Jake Barlass’s wedding in Minnesota. The bride and groom reside in St. Louis, MO. Both are avid sailors and scuba divers. Carson is a defense attorney for the firm of Freeark, Harvey, Mendillo, Dennis, Wuller, Cain & Murphy. Courtney is a corporate attorney for Macy’s. Both will be on Bonaire for the holidays. M arriage is an institution in which interpersonal relationships (usually intimate and sexual) are acknowledged by the state or by a religious authority. It is often viewed as a contract. (Source: Wikipedia). If recognized by the state, by the religion(s) to which the parties belong or by society in general, the act of marriage changes the personal and social status of the individuals who enter into it. Two people promise to take care of each other emotionally and financially, and they let everybody know they want to do so. Some people state that a marriage can only be between a man and a woman, maybe because that is the only union that can produce children. So in fact they may see a marriage as an institution in which to have children and to protect them. They may mean it, but they are not saying it. They are saying that a marriage between two people of the same sex is as abominable as a polygamous marriage and which therefore is banned on the Antilles. Let us take a closer look at what polygamy is. Polygamy is, in almost all cases polygyny, a man is married to more than one woman. The other form, polyandry, is very rare (only in some parts of Tibet is this form practiced) and usually a woman marries a man and his brothers at the same time. Polygamy is practiced in highly patriarchal societies where children are seen as wealth. What better way to have a lot of children than to have a lot of women? But in this way women are reduced to something you can bargain with. Because the more women you have, the more children you will have, the wealthier you will be; like having a big house or a fancy car. The man has the advantage of having a high standing, but what do the women get, except for having to bear children? It is no surprise that this kind of marriage is now forbidden in most countries. This is not an equal marriage. You want to compare this to a homosexual marriage? A homosexual marriage is a marriage between two people. So, why don’t we look at marriages, which are or were forbidden between two people, and compare those with a homosexual marriage? A marriage in which two (or one of the two) people are (is) younger than 18 is forbidden. Why? That is simple: we (society) find (with good reason) that teenagers are not yet equipped to make those kinds of decisions. Also, we want to protect the young from those who want to take advantage of another. It seems that an “under aged” marriage is banned for good reason, but what are the reasons to ban a homosexual marriage? Are those two people (above 18 years of age) not capable of making the right decision, or is one person taking advantage of the other? The answer is no, so those are not good reasons to ban homosexual marriages. Until June 12th, 1967, a black man could not marry a white woman (and the other way around) in the US. An interracial marriage was forbidden by law, as it was in South Africa (until 1968) and Germany (in the Nazi period). These marriages were banned because of eugenics programs. People in those days thought that the genes of an “inferior” race should not mix with the “superior” one. That should bring chills down your spine. What these laws proclaim is hate. You are not allowed to marry each other because you are supposed to hate one another. These laws were banned because the freedom of choice and laws against racism. People have a right to make their own decisions about who they want to marry, and rightfully so. Do the two people of the same sex who want to marry each other make a free choice? Yes, of course they do. Denying them to make a free choice would be just as discriminating as forbidding interracial marriage. What seems to be the problem? They are not hurting anybody. Ah, it must the one reason people who are against homosexuality in general always come up with: it is unnatural! Because only a woman and a man can make babies, all the other sexual relationships between (non-related) two adults are unnatural. However, there are a lot of examples in nature of homosexual-PINK COCKATOO MARRIAGE Bride and groom Courtney and Carson Menges ity. In the approximately 2,000 species of animals whose behavior has been well researched and described in the literature, approximately 450 have been shown to have clear homosexual relations (check out www.nuvideo.nl-nu.tv/ Roze kaketoe is vaak homoseksueel ). Can two male swans, or two female bonobos in a sexual relationship be unnatural? Can two male pink cockatoos make the conscious choice some people accuse homosexuals of making? And we are part of nature too; the human species, Homo sapiens , belongs to the animal kingdom. If you say a homosexual marriage should be forbidden, you are saying that homosexuals themselves should be forbidden. You deny them the same rights you give to heterosexuals, perhaps the most important one being: freedom of choice. A law that prohibits same sex marriage proclaims hate, which, in itself is forbidden by laws against racism and discrimination. Marriage is not about two people being able to have children. Marriage is a contract between two adults promising to take care of each other financially and emotionally and to treat each other as equals. Two women or two men are just as capable of living up to this contract as a woman and a man (and they are even more their equals! ;>)). Mary Ann Koops Koops teaches Biology at the SGB High School. How to deal with Holland’s accep tance of homosexual marriage is a question when Bonaire become s integrated into The Netherlands. Mary Ann Koops offers her perspective in this article. S entro pa Hubentut Jong Bonaire announced that it is reducing its membership fees for teens and their families starting in August 2008. "In view of the enormous increases in the cost of food, gasoline, water and electricity, our board has decided to reduce our fees this year to help Bonairean families cope with this economic crisis," said Rene Hakkenberg, President of the Jong Bonaire Foundation. Instead of monthly payments, members this year will have to pay dues only twice, once at the start of the year and again in January. So instead of paying 11 times a year, they will need to pay only twice. There are several payment categories, depending on family income. For the lowest income families, the cost of having a child attend Jong Bonaire for the coming school year will be NAƒ 10 in August and NA 10 in January, or just NAf 20 for the entire year. However, there is an additional requirement for parents, says Jong Bonaire’s new manager, Jona Chirino. “We are reducing the financial cost to families, but we are asking parents to increase their investment of time. We are asking parents to attend at least two of the four workshops planned for parents from September to December.” Jong Bonaire also hopes to have increased income from the sale of the Papiamentu-English Dictionary that was reprinted this summer. Companies and individuals can learn more about the dictionary for schools program at www.papiamentudictionary.com or can contact Jong Bonaire at 717 -4303 ext 12, or e-mail to schools@papiamentudictionary. com Alan Gross Rollerblading at Jong Bonaire

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After hearing lots of key strokes, she came back with the news I had already known from your paper!! I feel quite fortunate to have found this out from you folks and we were able to make alternate reservations to our satisfaction before the crowds found out !! This was the second time we have found out about flight issues for our upcoming November trip from you guys. And now I shall follow the car rental issue at the airport. I am certain our subscription is about to expire. Can you please check? Thanks again. Peg Hart 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 Wisdom 2 Computer $499 CARIB INN Since 1980 PADI 5 STAR GOLD PALM 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily (next to Divi Flamingo Hotel) Letters to the Editor Air Travel 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 B onairean Edshel “Echi” Martha wants to help to maintain the island’s culture and to keep Bonaire green. He’s a familiar face for tourists too as he worked for a number of years at the Divi Flamingo Beach resort. He has a established Stichting Manene nos Cultura cenna Bida (foundation to maintain our culture and life) and has opened a nursery selling local fruit trees and plants. Nearly everything is native and easy to grow and Echi can tell you what each plant is good for – even what part of your body it can help. He’s a walking encyclopedia of what grows on Bonaire. Echi explains about his foundation: “I want to try to help people on the island understand our plants and trees and what they can do for us. If everyone plants a tree we can make Bonaire green. It’s good for us and it’s good for the island. I want to help people to make a garden in their front yard or their back yard,” he says. “They just have to come to see me.” He has a sign across from the LVV (agriculture department) on the Lagoen Road, saying , “ Mantene Nos Cultura – Aki ta Bende Mata di Fruta I Yerba ” (fruit trees and plants for sale). Follow the signs to his nursery. His address is Mexico 54. Telephone 786-2534. L.D.

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 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 and facial waxing. 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 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. 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. Authentic 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 in-town hot spot Best waterfront/harbor view co mbined with an inspired Menu, skillful staff and superb chef Sunset Bar & Grill At the Traffic Circle, Seaside, at Den Laman Apartments 788-2698 Moderate, Dinner, Bar Menu Closed Monday Magnificent Seaside Views Seafood, steaks, vegetarian and more. Hot and cold snack menu at the bar

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 2008 • • Stop the silent destruction of your home Stop the silent destruction of your home • • D uring the month of July many countries in the Americas, like Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and the United States, celebrate their independen ce from their colonial past. In Bonaire the Latinos do it in style. The focus of the formal ceremony is the statue of Simon Bolivar in downtown Kralendijk. But the real celebrations ar e the parties that follow. The contribution of these i mmigrants, many of whom are naturalized Dutch citizens, is ap preciated, especially by leaders of the current government who participated in the events. G.D. -Photos by Wilna Groenenboom 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 P e p e S a n c h e z , l e a d e r o f t h e 7 0 0 P e r u v i a n s o n B o n a i r e , a n d t o p B o n a i r e o f f i c i a l s C o m m i s s i o n e r A n t h o ny N i c o l a a s a n d S e n a t o r R a m o n s i t o B o o i r e c e i v e a t r a d i t i o n a l h o n o r . T h e e t h n i c f o o d s w e r e d e l i c i o u s A u t h e n t i c c o s t u m e s a n d d a n c i n g we r e t h e o r d e r o f t h e d a y C o l o m b i a n s a t t h e B o l i v a r s t a t u e

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 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. ____________________________ WANTED: BONAIRE LICENSE PLATE Plate # 1123 from the year 2005.Offering $25.00 USD. Please contact : Greg at gregbe lisle@comcast.net ______________________________ Magic Chef 2 door Fridge side by side. Very clean and good shape. No rust NA 700 call 717-8819 8 am to 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/off-road motorcycle. NAƒ 3000,for more info call 700-9540 After 3pm. ____________________________ For Sale Sail Yacht , steel -12 meters / 37 ft. long—In Bonaire with own mooring. Asking price NAƒ 9,900. For more info call: 700-6444 _____________________________ 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 Kaminda Lagun 24A, Tel 717-4255 Dierenartsen team: Drs. Arie Binksma Drs. Hans & Etty Lambeek Drs. Seib Fietsma Drs. Ytzen v.d. Werf Next to the Animal Shelter Banda di Dierenaisel Naast het Dierenaisel The clinic is open from: Klinika ta habri di: De kliniek is geopened van: Consulting Monday, Wednesday and Friday 13:30-14:30 Hours Tuesday, Thursday 17:00-17:30; Saturday 11.00-12.00 or by appointment every day available 24 hours a day, including weekends: Tel. 790-6001 Orario: djaluna, djarason i djabierne 13:30-14:30 djamars i djaweps 17:00-17:30; djasabra 11.00-12.00 of sigun sita tur dia 24 ora pa dia disponibel, tambe den wikent: Tel. 790-6001 Spreekuur : maandag, woensdag en vrijdag 13:30-14:30 dinsdag en donderdag 17:00-17:30; zaterdag 11.00-12.00 of volgens afspraak elke dag 24 uur per dag bereikbaar, ook in het weekend: Tel. 790-6001

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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 2008 ???? HAPPENING SOON ************************ August 9-16, 16-23 : Fish ID Challenge – First Annual Fish ID Challenge. For more information call 800-288-4773 or email usreservtions@sanddollarbonaire.com Friday, Saturday, August 8,9— Awor T’E Ora Info night, Wilhelmina Park Monday, August 11 —Tour Guide Class begins, Scout Bldg. across from Caribbean Fasteners, 7 pm (more on pg. 8) Saturday, August 16 – Full Moon September 1-30 : Buddy Dive Welcomes Ned & Anna DeLoach – Join Ned & Anna all month long at Buddy Dive giving presentations on marine life, leading boat dives and giving snorkeling tours in the mangroves. September 6 : Bonaire Day (Dia di Bonaire) – Legal Holiday commemorating Amerigo Vespucci's arrival in Bonaire in 1499. Host bario-Antriol September 19 : A Taste of Bonaire – Experience food, culture, local handicrafts and all things Bonairean at this festival located in the center of town at Wilhelmina Park from 6-9 p.m. September 20-27: Love Our Planet Week September 20 : Underwater Clean-Up REGULAR EVENTS 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 18 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 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 # 717-6447 Email: tis@telbonet.an Shop TIS for a large variety of foods, products, frozen items, meats, liquors, wines and much more. Come and have a look in our big market on Kaya Industria and Shop the Caribbean way. TIS is for everybody! Wholesale and Retail T.I.S. delivers to homes, marinas restaurants, superm arkets and tokos. Bonaire’s “insider” market has selection and prices that will save you time and money. Visit today. I t seems that whenever The Bonaire Reporter is going to come out, the signal from radio-tagged turtle “Wiske” disappears. But not to worry. After her radio snapped back to life a couple of weeks ago she’s traveled to th e Nicaragua coastline which has proven in the past to be a productive feeding ground for Bonaire’s nesting turtles. In the last radio tagging of the season an STCB team affixed a transmitter to another turtle last Friday night. The female loggerhead, “Greggy Girl,” is the second turtle to be tracked in Bonaire’s 2008 ne sting season. Following her nesting on Klein Bonaire she was fitted with a satellite transmitter. She’s the 15th turtle since Sea Turtle Conser vation Bonaire (STCB) started the tracking program in 2003. Based on the pattern of turtle nesting activity observed on Klein Bonaire during the last few weeks, STCB staff predicted the possible return of a loggerhead turtle to the beach for Friday night. A field team consisting of STCB’s staff and volunteers set out at night to monitor the beach on Klein Bonaire for nesting activity. Around 9pm a large loggerhead was found up on a sand dune and busy digging a hole for placing her nest, and she soon began laying eggs. An hour later, after she covered her ne sting area extensively with sand, the approximately 120 kg animal was intercepted by the team on her way towards the sea and a transmitter applied to the top of her carapace. At 12:26am the loggerhead turt le was released and she quickly departed into the sea. The female loggerhead has a shell length of 96.7 cm and is estimated to weigh about 120 kg. Adult loggerhead turtles come to Bonaire to breed from May th rough July. The turtle is expected to remain in the area and lay at least one more nest before departing to her home feeding grounds. Tracking “Greggy Girl” is being made possible by a full sponsorship provided by Houston, Texas-based children’s wear company, JMFA-Greggy Girl, Inc. For more information contact: Ma bel Nava, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, telephone 599 717 2225 and 780 0433, e-mail Greggy Girl’ returns to the sea O n the final day of the Starboard IFCA Freestyle ProKids competition Mother Nature sent the Pro Kids a healthy dose of wind with some heavy gusts over 20 knots. The schedule of the day was tie-breakers, fun slalom, classic freestyle, expression sessions and the much loved Baby Class. The judges had enough results from three days of heats so the day was marked for fun. There were several music groups, a fashion show with lovely clothes from the Bonaire Windsurf Place boutique, food, drink and even an old fashioned hot dog eating contest. The event began on August 27 and ran for the next six days in a variety of wind conditions. Two winners were crowned. Bonaire’s Kiri Thode was crowned Under 20 World Champion. Kiri just flew home from the PWA World Tour Thursday in time to compete. This top honor is well deserved. Another wonderful win was earned by Team Estonia’s Christofer Kalke who was crowned Under 17 World Champion. Chris won the qualifier in his home and flew all the way to Bonaire to compete. Chris trains several months a year in the Baltic Sea. Congratulations to both winners. 2008 was the first IFCA sanctioned event for Bonaire. This is a top honor and privilege to have IFCA and IFA sanction and support our event. A special thanks to all the youngsters, adults and families who attended the event. The hard efforts of all the many volunteers, sponsors and community members is much appreciated. Without all of this support, such an event cannot happen. A big thank you to all involved on the organizational level as well as to the competitors. For a list of all the results, more photos and on the scene daily reports, click on www.prokidsfreestyle.com Ann Phelan/G.D. Wilna Groenenboom photos STCB Photos Freestyle Antics MCB’s Evert Piar congratulates Kiri Watching and Waiting

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 2008 *to find it... just look up The Perseid Meteors and the Two Comets that Never Were" N ext Tuesday, August 12th, will be one of the best for viewing the meteors from the annual Perseid meteor shower . Now although meteors are often called and look like shooting stars they are not. In fact meteors are simply tiny specks of comet debris slamming into our Earth' s atmosphere at high speed. And this year it should be a pretty good show because the Moon will set around 1:30am so there will be no bright moonlight to wipe out the faintest meteors during the best viewing time which will be between 1:30 am and dawn on Tuesday the 12th. To see them get as far away from city lights as possible and have clear and very dark skies. Then simply lay back on a lawn chair or sleeping bag facing northeast. To see the most meteors you should stay up until dawn. No binoculars or telescopes are needed. Simply slowly scan the skies back and forth and up and down and you should see a couple dozen Perseid meteors per hour. If you begin viewing in early evening if you simply look south and up you will see a fish-hook-shaped group of stars which is called Scorpius the Scorpion , which is one of the few star patterns whic h actually looks like its name. In fact it even has a bright red star right where its heart should be. But if you follow the scorpion's body down around its tail up to its stinger you'll be able to see two tiny fuzzy clouds, which look exactly like the heads of comets when they're far away and on their approach to Earth. In fact most comets as they make their journey toward Earth and our Sun always look like tiny Q-tips nestled among the stars. But Q-tips which move from night to night and get bigger and bigger as they get closer and closer and eventually develop incredibly beautiful gas and dust tails. But not these two tiny fuzzy clouds because unlike comets these two will never develop tails and they will never move in relationship to the stars and they'll never get any bigger or brighter. They'll always be in the same place and look the same. And although they have been seen for thousands of years they weren't officially named until the 18th century when an astronomer named Charles Messier who made it part of his life's work to make a list of fuzzy cloud-like objects in the heavens so that he and other astronomers would not get confused when they went comet hunting. They're objects number 6 and 7 on his fuzzy cosmic cloud, not to be confused with comets, list. And today we use the first letter of Messier's last name when we refer to objects 6 and 7 and they are now called M-6 and M-7 for Messier, not to be confused with the word messier even though Messier did make the sky a lot less messier by identifying such objects. At any rate, although they really do look like decapitated comet heads as seen with the naked eye, through a pair of binoculars they reveal themselves to be much different. Because they are even mo re grand than comets, cosmically speaking. Indeed each tiny cloud is a great cluste r of stars, other suns far, far away. The one closest to the stinger M-7 is a cluster of about 80 stars and is 800 light years away. Jack Horkheimer DO YOU WANT REAL RESULTS? WE CAN HELP YOU: LOSE BODY FAT GAIN MUSCLE FEEL STRONGER GET MOTIVATED LIVE HEALTHIER HAVE MORE ENERGY INCREASE SELF-ESTEEM IMPROVE PERFORMANCE Phone: (599) 09 512-6375 Phone: (599) 717-2500 EXT. 8210 fit4life_fitness@hotmail.com PO BOX 303 BONAIRE PLAZA RESORT MINI MALL AEROBICS STEP AEROBICS BODY BUILDING BODY SHAPING / TONING PILATES / TAE BO WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMS BEGINNERS, INTERMEDIATE, and ADVANCED LEVELS ARIES (Mar. 21April 20)You will have diffi culties spreading yourself between your work and your home. Take matters in hand when it comes to dealing with clients or colleagues. You're in need of love. Be on your best behavior. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Try to make your lover understand that you need to do things with your friends. Your best efforts will come through hard work. You can come into money that you don't necessarily work for. Personal alterations will be in your best interest. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Expect to expe rience a sudden reversal of fortune. Tempers will mount if you're too pushy at work or at home. Uncertainties regarding relatives will make situations uncomfortable if you attend a family function. Set aside any decisions regarding your personal life this month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't jump as quickly as you usually do. You've been in a rut and you need to do something that will help you break the pattern you've fallen into. Don't try to twist things around so that they sound more enticing. Offer love and affection instead of conflict and rejection. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You should visit a friend or relative who hasn't been feeling up to par. Don't bother trying to make some one you live with see your point of view. Look into events that you might find interesting, and compromise by doing a few things that you both like to do. Don't let any money slip through your fingers this month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You don't need to pay out in order to have fun. You have done all you can to sort things out a personal level. Entertainment could cost you more than you expect. You may find a rare an tique this month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Try not to let rela tives or friends cause any friction with your mate. Pleasure trips will ease the te nsion between you and your mate. Arguing won't help. Changes in your domestic scene are evident. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Sudden changes regarding work and colleagues are apparent. Don't be too hard on your mate. Be careful how you handle friends and relatives, they may take things the wrong way. Y ou can help them with difficult projects. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Secret affairs will eventually backfire on you. You may as well work on projects that will allow you to make progress. You need to be inspired and have your spirits lifted. Secr et activity is evident. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Friends may not understand your situation. You just hate waste, and when someone else cost s you dearly you see red. You will be able to find the perfect outfit, and the greatest new accessory for your house. Social activity should be on your agenda. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You can pick up wonderful buys if you really look hard this month. You may want to talk to your boss about your future goals. Your attitudes are changing rapidly. Satisfy your pa ssionate mood. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Take the time to do your job correctly or you may find yourself looking for a new one. You should be traveling to that exotic destination you've been dreaming about. Plan to get out and do a bit of travel. Organize your house and be sure to include the whole family in the projects you have set out to do. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. 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