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P The Bonaire Executive Council (known as the BC) forms the executive branch of the govern-
ment of Bonaire. The BC heads the departments that perform the governmental function for the citi-
zens. This new coalition government was formed following the defection of Councilman Anthony
Nicolaas from the ruling UPB Party.
It includes:
Island Secretary Neery Gonzalez is responsible for the administrative functions of the Island Gov-
erminent.
Frensel Janga will manage DROB, the Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, & Fisheries,
Fire, Internal Affairs, Post & Archive and Housing.
Marugia S.M. Janga will be covering the Structural Status of the island, Public Health and Hygiene,
Social Services, General and Legal affairs, and Information and Protocol.
Nolly Oleana will be responsible for Education, Sport & Culture, Domain Management, Environment,
and Transport (including Telbo, Bonaire International Airpor and the Harbor).
Pancrasio "Pancho" B. Cicilia will cover Finances, Personnel, Economic & Labor Affairs, and Public
Enterprises (excluding Telbo, SELIBON and Bonaire International Airport).
Governor Glenn A.E. Thod6 is responsible for the Civil Registry, Election Commission, Disaster
management and the non-criminal police force, the SSV. (Source: Island Government Release)


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Saba and St. Eustatius educa-
tion commissioners signed
agreements for the eventual
transfer of Education Depart-
ment civil servants to the care of
the Netherlands.
Bonaire did not sign a similar
agreement because a new Ex-
ecutive Council had been in-
stalled just over a week ago and
requested time to become ac-
quainted with the constitutional
process from within, as its
members had been in the oppo-
sition for some time.


A Bonaire government leader
pointed out that the agreement
had not been reviewed by the
civil servants it affected, or
their union.

0 Dutch State Secretary of
Kingdom Relations Ank Bi-
jleveld-Schouten has de-
nounced the conduct of Bon-
aire's former Executive Coun-
cil when it violated regulations
by granting long lease land to
a family member of a former
island commissioner.


Bijleveld-Schouten was re-
sponding to questions posed by
Member of Dutch Parliament
Hero Brinkman who raised
questions in late May after re-
ports in the media that nepotism
was involved in the granting of
land on Bonaire to a company
that is said to be managed by a
relative of a former commis-
sioner.
The media based the story on a
report by the General Audit
Chamber of the Netherlands
(Continued on page 3)


TePfElPORTER
Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
Executive Council (BC) 2
Lions Club Board 3
Fire Jumping 6
Braves new Uniforms 7
Pelikaan School 9
Artist SummerSchool (KeesLeeman) 9
Entering SGB students 9
15 Years of Marine Life Changes 10
Parrot (Lora) Watch (Chicks Arrive) 11
Stichting Project Success 11
Warehouse Wnners 11
Going Backto 2000 14
Renatevd. BylArt Show 15


Weekly Features
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since (Jan Brouwer) 4
Bonairean Voices (Bon Business3) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 8
Bon Qui #10- Bonaire Flag 8
Body Talk ( Dairy Debate) 12
Sudoku Solution 12
PetofthevWeek(Timo) 12
Bubbles-Did You Know(Eels) 12
Picture Yourself (India) 13
Classifieds 13
Tide Table 13
BonQuiz Answer 16
Reporter Masthead 16
Whats Happening 16
Dining, Shopping Guides 17
Bonaire On Wheels (Honda 600) 18
Bonaire Bats Again Threatened 18
Sky Park (Favorite Constellation) 19
The Stars Have It(Astrology) 19

How to contact us
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Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518 / 78-6518
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Man Diesel biodiesel power
plant near BOPEC, located in
the north of the island, is on
schedule, Last week it had their
spantenbier highest point party.
(see photo above)

T here are numerous devel
opments as Bonaire and
the other BES Islands progress
towards closer ties with Hol-
land,. The arrangement is sched
uled to be formalized next year:

) Saba and St. Eustatius
moved ahead with their prepa
rations to become communi-
ties of the Netherlands withou
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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
Antilles.
The State Secretary said that the former
UPB Executive Council created "at least
the appearance of partiality and nepotism"
and therefore violated the conditions of
good governance.
Since then a new government has been
formed on Bonaire and the UPB is no
longer the governing party.

- Labor Party Member of Parliament
John Leerdam has posed several ques-
tions about the change of government
in Bonaire and the possible effect that
recent developments may have on rela-
tions with The Hague.
Leerdam posed five questions to State
Secretary of Kingdom Relations Ank Bi-
jleveld-Schouten asking what she
thought of the change of government in
Bonaire, where Jopie Abraham's Aliansa
Demokratico Bonairiano (ADB-Red)
(Bonaire Democratic Alliance) and inde-
pendent Island Council member Anthony
Nicolaas had switched places with
Ramonsito Booi's party Union Patriotico
Bonairiano (UPB-Green) (Bonaire Patri-
otic Union).

1 The Dutch Council of Ministers
will propose to the Second Chamber of
the Dutch legislature that the police
force and fire department on Bonaire,
Sint Eustatius and Saba each have a
single organization and administrator
who will report to the Dutch ministry. If
passed, the law will become effective
when the BES Islands become a Dutch
municipality. The Dutch royal military
police (the Marechaussee) will continue
to play a role. The proposal will ask to
permanently station Marechaussee to po-
lice Saint Eustatius and Saba and assist
Bonaire police as well. The three gover-
nors of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
remain responsible for maintaining the
public safety command concerning the
fire department.

1 The improvement of health care in
the BES islands Bonaire, St. Eustatius
and Saba was one of the main points of
discussion with Minister of Health
Omayra Leeflang, said Dutch Health Min-
ister Ab Klink last week.
Klink said that 2009 and 2010 are "action
years" during which the most urgent pro-
jects concerning the renovation and con-
struction of hospitals and nursing homes
are to be implemented.
Klink said that 26 projects are in prepa-
ration, ranging from new ambulances to a


new health care insurance plan for all
citizens of the BES islands.
The projects cost NAf 66 million and
will lead to 150 extra jobs in health care
by the end of 2011. "When all these pro-
jects are finished the level of health care
will really be a lot higher than now," the
minister said.
Starting in 2011, all citizens of the BES
islands will obtain health insurance simi-
lar to the one in the Netherlands. Due
to the small scale of the islands, the
AVBZ insurance for special medical as-
sistance will be administered by the Re-
gional Service Centers. No separate
taxes will be levied for health care and
social security, Klink said.
"The premiums will be incorporated into
the general flat tax which will be levied in
the BES islands," said Klink.


0 Political consultations were held
last week between the Antilles Central
Government and the BES islands of
Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The dele-
gations discussed various subjects, includ-
ing the early transfer of tasks on the BES
islands by the Netherlands and the status
of civil servants.
Robby Beukenboom, Anthony Nicolaas,
Maruja Janga and Johan Afman, repre-
sented Bonaire (see photo above)

) Two infections of the "Mexican
Influenza" H1N1 on Curacao were con-
firmed after samples of seven suspected
cases came back from the Netherlands.
The new cases have nothing do to with
crew members whose samples were
taken when the Ocean Dream cruise ship
was in port there. No cases have yet been
reported on Bonaire

1 Venezuela and Aruba quarantined
the Spanish cruise ship Ocean Dream
last week after three crew members were
diagnosed with the H1N1 flu virus from
samples taken in Curaqao, while Barbados
and Grenada had earlier refused to allow
its passengers to disembark.

1 The Netherlands has taken an op-
tion on 34 million units of the vaccine
against the Mexican influenza, which is


0 On June 26 the Bonaire Lions
Club held their installation dinner at
the Divi Flamingo to present a variety
of awards and introduce the officers. In
addition they presented contributions to
the Foundations Saka man Yuda, Sosial
Edukativo Rincon, Dare to Care and the
airplane mechanics school. The new
Board of Directors consists of:
President: Oswin Cristina

currently developing. Two vaccines per
person (two vaccinations per person is
required) within the entire Kingdom,
which includes the Netherlands Antilles,
and Aruba. The Netherlands will bear the
costs.
Omayra Leeflang, Antillean Minister of
Public Health, was
pleased with the
prospect that the
Antilles will re-
ceive the vaccines.
"This is very good
news and also in-
dicates the signifi-
cance of the King- Kaya Grandi 29,
dom organiza- sre houmr TrIsy I'
tion."

> The Antilles
are not doing
enough to combat
human traffick-
ing stated an
American govern-
ment report. The
Antilles were
placed on a watch
list along with 51
other countries,
mainly in Africa
and Asia. Sanc-
tions will follow if
there is no im-
provement within POLf


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First Vice President: Nelson Franco
Second Vice President: Riency Holder
Secretary: Balncaflor Nicolaas-Bakhuis
Treasurer: Rudsel Leito
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Tamer: Hubert Nicolaas
Directors: Randolf Luciano, Francisco
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These sanctions are imminent for 17
countries, such as Cuba, Iran and North
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Jan Brouwr


W V r hen I was studying
VV Dutch language and
literature my dad saw an ad in
the paper asking for a Dutch
teacher for the Roman Catholic
Central School Board in Cura-
qao. I'd never been there or in
any other part of the tropics, but I
went because all my life I'd
wanted to live somewhere be-
tween 40 degrees latitude North
and 40 degrees latitude South.
I arrived on Curaqao July 21st,
1982. I was 25. For more than
10 years I worked as a teacher at
the Radulphus College and at
the Maria Immaculata Lyceum.
Both my children my daughter
Amber and my son Victor -
were born during that period of
time.
After 10 years I was a resident
admitted by law, and according
to that status I had Antillean
rights. And then I went back to
Holland. Why? Because of the
kids and the fact that all their
grandparents lived in Holland
and because 'people' told me
'you should change jobs now and
then.' And... also it comes to a
point that you have to make a
decision whether you're going to
stay on the island forever or not.
But I left with tears in my eyes
and I returned to Curaqao every
three years for vacation.


We lived in Holland for 12
years. I was teaching Dutch at
high schools and was involved in
adult education. I wrote about art
and culture in a newspaper and
organized art exhibitions. We
had a nice house by a river.
Then the mother of my children
applied for a job as an English
and Dutch teacher at high


schools on Curaqao and Bonaire.
She got a telephone call asking
that she confirm within 24 hours
that she would take the job on
Bonaire Everybody was happy,
but I thought I was going to have
a heart attack. I'd seen lots of
people drifting between the is-
lands and Holland and it seemed
they were lost between the conti-
nents. I didn't want that: feeling
that you are where you don't
want to be, always the romantic
agony happiness is there where
you're not. I had peace, knowing
I was from two countries living
in Holland but also belonging to


the islands. I wanted to live in
Holland. I didn't want a life in
between. That night the mother
of my children and I went out for
a walk, aimlessly roaming the
streets. I felt a lot of hesitation
and I didn't know what to decide.
We went to consult some friends
who'd also lived in the Antilles
and after four hours I decided


'Okay, let's go!'
It took me three months to
complete the emigration process
and once we were here it took me
four months to finalize the immi-
gration. The four of us were liv-
ing between carton boxes in a
very humble house at Seroe Suit,
Subi di Rincon, but the moment I
arrived here it felt immediately
right. Every day I went on and
off the hill on my motorbike to
arrange for all the papers and the
mortgage on the house in Hato
that we were going to buy and
where I still am. November 23rd,
2005 we got the house in Hato.


I threw myself into all the work
that had to be done. That's how I
am, I plunge into something and
I make progress. I want to make
it beautiful and functioning. I'm
doing my utmost best... within
my limitations." Jan Brouwer is
a sweet guy; he has his own phi-
losophy on life and that makes


Brouwer

him absolutely not 'the boy next
door.' He's a good man; outgo-
ing, caring, helpful and adven-
turous, but also a sensitive, ro-
mantic soul.
"Two years ago the mother of
my children and I separated. It
was a painful experience, but I
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stayed on the island, I remained in the
house and I survived. My daughter was
already studying in Holland and my son
stayed off and on with his mom and with
me. This month he's also leaving for Hol-
land and I feel he's ready for it. He's go-
ing to study space ship and airplane de-
sign in Delft. He's got his driver's license
and he's driving as many miles as possi-
ble now, to get experience. I am confident
about him and I know he's going to do
well. I trust my kids; they're good people,
absolutely.
I found my place in the community
again by starting to write for The Re-
porter, my own column, 'Bonaire on
Wheels,' and I see it as my contribution to
society. I am a burnt out teacher who had
a serious motor accident and I'm still
dealing with the consequences. I'm not a
macho man, but I do like men's stuff. I
own a sailboat and I love to dive, I have
an air rifle and I have a Land Rover which
I've owned since 1987. It was made in
England, and it sailed to Curacao and
back to the Old World and now it's on
Bonaire, so it crossed the ocean three
times. I also have an off-road motorcycle.
Those are my fun things, but I also work
with them. They're my work horses, not
spotless and shiny, they're a bit battered
but... good!" He laughs. "I'm not such a
tough guy, because if I was, I would have
a Harley!
The first time I came to Bonaire was in
1985. There was no marina and the boule-
vard was a simple road. I lived for a cou-
ple of weeks in the old Bonairean house
that's now part of 'Rains Fishes' restau-
rant and I drove my off road motor cycle


through
Washing-
ton Park
when it
was still
allowed.
And al-
though I
will al-
ways
love
Curaqao,
I kiss the
tarmac
every
time I
land on Jan with his ocean-cre
Bonaire.
This island is the best of all the six Dutch
Antilles absolutely! For the main part
it's still unspoiled and original. I love
wandering through the outback, and after
four years I still haven't seen everything. I
walk, I hike, I go on my mountain bike,
my motor bike or with my Land Rover
and I still haven't found all the caves or
climbed all the hills, but I did Mount
Brandaris in bare feet!
As I have an eye for detail, I see more
and I see it differently, so... I'm always
amazed... And although I am not a Bo-
nairean by birth, I feel completely com-
fortable and at home. I speak Papiamentu
fluently and I don't feel like a foreigner at
all. Many times people ask me with
doubt in their voice if I am a Makamba,
because they can't figure me out. I go
everywhere and I talk to everyone about
everything, and the older the people are
and the more remotely they live, the better
it gets!
I have a lust for life and I don't need


tossing Land Rover Jan and Willeke van Egmond


much, and because I don't need many
things I also don't need to make a lot of
money and that gives me oceans of time.
To me Bonaire feels like... it's perfect,
but terms like 'forever' or 'never' are
difficult for me. That's what life teaches
you." He smiles."
"In September 2008 I met Willeke van
Egmond here on Bonaire. We talked a lot
and for long hours and after 10 days we
decided to stay together for the next 48
years. I told you, I plunge into things...
and so does she! We're both 52 and we're
not going to waste our life and yes, we
will get to know each other along the way.
I want to live life to the fullest. Willeke
has more guts than I. She sold her house
in Holland, she sold her car, quit herjob,
packed her cats and left for Bonaire to be
with me, so... I feel she's superior to me
when it comes to being daring. I made the
decision from my custom-made Adiron-
dack chair and I didn't have to move or
change anything. She had the guts to do it.


I'm happy to share my life with her and
I'm okay with everything she wants to
change, because she moved into my life,
but it has to become her life too. We're
taking it slow. We get up in the morning
and have breakfast together and then we
take the day as it comes. Sometimes we
go to Rincon, sit down at a snack, we talk
to the old men, we eat a lumpia and we
have a beer and we go to the landfill to
bring something or to find something." He
laughs.
"Yeah, for some people Bonaire can be
very boring because there's nothing to do
- you have to do it yourself. I've just en-
tered through the door of a new life and
both Willeke and I are
determined to make
the best of it. I'm go-
ing on, but I'm not in
a hurry..." U
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t's an annual tradition in Bonaire every June: San
Juan and San Pedro Days. This year the festivities
for San Juan were celebrated at the house of artist No-
chi Coffie in Rincon last Wednesday, June 24. San
Pedro was celebrated at the home of Doei
Diaz last Sunday, June 28. There's always
music, dancing, food and drink and the
most exciting windup at the end of the
evening is the fire jumping. A cactus
wood tower is lit and the fire jumping
begins.
What started as a pagan ceremony for
the initiation of young boys before they
became men has now been incorporated
into the church calendar, according to
Hubert Vis, Director of SKAL. It is usu-
ally the men who jump the fire to show
their courage. However, a story goes that
once there was a woman called Dina Baro
who wanted to show that she could jump
as well as the men but unfortunately her
skirts caught on fire, Vis relates.
During the festivals musicians playing
traditional instruments like the kuarta, the
wiri and the guitar visit all their friends
named Juan or Pedro in the barrio singing,
"Open your door. It's your saint's day."


Juan or Pedro is expected to come out and offer every-
one rum. According to Hubert Vis, the singers start in
the evening and go around the clock. 0 L.D.


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renowned Antilleanjazz singer, has
volunteered her talent and voice for the
series, "Did You Know..."
Izaline's smash hit, "He Le Le pro-
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each spot. In between, announcer Chris
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lands in March. All donated their talent,
time and energy to this important pro-
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"We could not have done this series
without their gracious help," explains
STCB manager Mabel Nava. "We are
very thankful. These public service
announcements will be distributed in
Papiamentu and English."
Distribution begins this month to radio
stations in all five islands of the Nether-
lands Antilles and Aruba. The series is
designed to inform the island residents
of the importance of sea turtles to our
environment and economy. Special
thanks to these Bonaire stations for
agreeing to broadcast the series as a
public service: Bon FM and Mr. Bubui
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THE BONAIREAN BUSINESS, PART III

Maybe you've been in Rincon a
number of times and visited
some of those snack bar-restaurants there.
But did you ever stop at the soda fountain
"Flamboyan Snack" on Kaya Rincon 74?
It's owned and managed by Mrs. Deogra-
cia Figaroa-Sint Jago (76), known as
"Gacha" or "Mama Gacha," mother of
six daughters and one son. Mama Gacha
started with the business in 1975, selling
the famous ice cream in the Antilles, Ritsz
ice cream. The quality of Ritsz ice cream
is the best. Ritsz was sold to Lovers ice
cream company which still maintains the
taste and high quality of this ice cream.
As it was the only snack in Rincon in
those early years they sold food too. In the
80s when BOPEC (Bonaire Petroleum
Company) started Mama Gacha had to
cook for the BOPEC workers. In this busi-
ness the whole family was involved be-
cause cooking for a company and for
other people beside this company was a
lot of work. She taught her children how
to cook so they could help her in the after-
noons and on weekends. "We were selling
food from 12 noon until 1 am," she said.
"Yes, we had some workers who, when
they finished work at the casino, came
straight to the 'Algenasharofa Snack' to
get their food. That name was made up
from the names of my six daughters who
were helping me in the snack. Because of
all the money we were earning we could
afford to do a little expansion.
We changed the name to 'Fabiola
Snack,' after my youngest daughter. We
rented films to people and we had a nice
sitting area at the house where customers
could sit and watch television, especially
the World Cup championships while they
were eating and drinking.
Those were good times. I was not work-
ing anotherjob and had no government
pension back then. But still I earned
enough money so I could go on vacation

Bonaire Reporter- July 3-24, 2009


with my children to the Dominican Re-
public, Colombia, Venezuela, Aruba, Sint
Maarten and to Holland.
Back in the 80s, little by little, there
were more new snacks and things started
changing. In 2000 we changed the name
again to 'Flamboyan Snack' and we in-
vested in new appliances like new freez-
ers, etc.
Money management is very important.
Although I like to travel with my family I
must save money to invest in my business.
Today is not like the past. The children
have grown up and have their own jobs
and families. I still cook, but only on Sat-
urdays. During the week I still sell my ice
cream, jonny cakes and candies from 7 in
the morning to 3pm. After 3 I'm closed, to
take care of the household myself. Plus
everything is getting expensive. Thanks to
the government pension I have a little
more income.
The Ritsz ice cream products, today
Lovers, are changing their prices. From
some wholesalers you can get the products
and pay at the end of the month. But from
others you need to pay cash right away
otherwise you can't get the products. You
have to manage your money and buy
wisely. Look for where you can get it at a
lower price.
I built this snack with a lot of effort and
dedication. For 34 years I've fought to
keep and continue the business. I hope one
of my daughters will take it over. I just
renewed my business permit for five more
years. It's very hard to get permission for
businesses nowadays, so once you have it
you must keep it." 0
Story & photo by Siomara E. Albertus


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Fundashon Nrd Braves
Uniforms Baptism

On June 19 Leopold "Apo"
Melaan, co-founder with Mr.
Eddy Thielman of the Nrd
Braves softball team, spoke
at the baptism on the new
Braves uniform at the office
of their new sponsor,
NAGICO Insurance. He
explained why sponsorship,
like that provided by Nagico
and the team's other main
sponsors, JC Herrera and
MiTV, are so important, "... To start a
team is easy, but maintaining a team is a
challenge and a brings a lot of pressure,
especially a team that is at the top. To
keep a team you must meet the goals of
the players. They are the ones who make
the plays to win games and make the
team popular. That's why we have to
give back to the players. One way is to
make sure every year we travel with the
team on a social trip or a tournament. For
the last 10 years we participated in the
ABC cup tournament and the last five
years we got to different semi-finals and
in 2006 we became sub-champions of the
ABC cup in Aruba.



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Flotsam and jetsam (Continued from
page 3)
Korea, but also Saudi and Ku-
wait. The worst transgressors on
the list are countries such as Ma-
laysia, Zimbabwe, Eritrea and
Swaziland.

> The US and Venezuela will
soon reinstate ambassadors
expelled in a diplomatic spat last
year, a sign of warmer relations
between President Hugo Chavez
and what he calls the US
"empire." Leftist Chavez has
toned down his strident criticism
of US foreign policy since
Barack Obama took office in
January, partly because the US
president is popular in Latin
America in contrast to his prede-
cessor George W. Bush. Obama,
in turn, has pledged to engage
with countries considered prob-
lematic by the US. Venezuela,
one of the US' top crude oil sup-
pliers, said its envoy would be
back in Washington this week. A
source at the US State Depart-
ment said Ambassador Patrick
Duddy will return to Caracas, but
did not say when. Along with his
close friend Fidel Castro of Cuba
and other Latin American lead-
ers, Chavez often says he re-
spects Obama.

1 News that the Valero Oil
Refinery in San Nicolas,
Aruba, is closing down for
three months due to expected
losses sent shockwaves through
the Aruba community last month.
Consumers in Aruba are seeking
alternate supplies. Valero pro-
vides the jet fuel to Bonaire's
Flamingo airport.

> TV network NBC's busi-
ness news channel said statis-
tics show low crime and vio-
lence on the Dutch ABC islands
(Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao),
putting them on a list of the
world's safest places to travel.
Crime rates on the three islands
are low; political unrest is virtu-
ally unknown; they're too far
south for hurricanes; and in 2008,
the trio ranked lowest in the Car-
ibbean in felonious incidents
against visiting yachts. It is un-
fortunate that some Caribbean
islands' reputation for violent


crime and the high-profile Na-
talee Holloway case in Aruba
give the general public the oppo-
site impression.
A recent World Health Organiza-
tion study named the Ireland the
least violent country in Europe.
Colombia, South Africa and
Jamaica almost always rank
among the world's most dan-
gerous destinations.
The US is the least safe of the big
Western nations.

0 The increase of tourism,
tourist accommodations and
luxury home construction is
threatening the existence of
bats living in the caves of Bon-
aire. There are fewer than 500
bats left of the three or four spe-
cies on the island. The colonies
are also being disturbed because
people visit the caves more fre-
quently. Anna Rojer of the Carib-
bean Research and Management
of Biodiversity, Carmabi on
Curaqao, stated this in a report
from 2008. Stinapa Bonaire is
very shocked about the report
and raised its concern. See more
about Bonaire's bats on page 18.

The Fundashon Kuidopa
Bista i Oido (Sight and Hearing


Care Foundation) would like to
thank all who contributed to
their recent fund raising
campaign. The proceeds will
enable the foundation to realize
various programs that assist
people with those problems. A
total of NAf 5.921 was raised.
Contributions put in collection
boxes in the following businesses
helped a great deal:
Maduro & Curiel's Bank
(Bonaire) N.V. Playa & Hato;
Fruteria Cache; Optica
Antilliana; Nos Orkon; Karibe
Supermarket; The Island
Supplier; Kerki Protestant; UTS/
Chippie; Carniceria Latino;
Manrique Capriles; Lovers Ice
Cream (next to Subway);
Panaderia Seruva; Caribbean
Laundry; More for Less
Supermarket and The Xavier


Medical School.
Fundashon Kuido pa
Oido has its office Kaya M
Nieuwindt # 3 (next to the
of Dr. Dorvil in Tera Cora
open for consultation from
11am or call 717-5765. Af
hours 785-0518 or 717-81

The price of fue
gone up effective July 1.
to pay more than before:
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Gasoline 95 NAf 1,9
Kerosene NAf. 0,
Diesel NAf. 0,'
Propane 100 lbs. NAfl. 4:
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Correction to an ite
the previous Reporter (#13
The date the "The Guesth(
Accord" (Akuerdo di Pasai
han) was signed was Frid:
June 12, not July 13 as pri

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KEES LEEMAN, CREATOR
Artist and teacher Kees Lee-
man is having a summer
camp for artists at his kunuku in
Rincon. This multi-talented artist
(he's an award winning chef as
well) is opening his kunuku and
open air studio on Sundays for
classes in many disciplines clay,
painting, wood carving, acrylics.
"The main thing," Kees says, "is
that we have fun with art." Stu-
dents spend the day from 10 am 6
pm with lunch which Kees will
prepare for the lucky students.
Kees, a teacher at the SGB hotel
school, has been on the island for
more than 20 years, and his work
can be found in many collections.


Kees demonstrates some techniques


and fellow artists to
please teach some classes
for them. He's finally
agreed. For NAf 100 you
may spend the day in a
magical place, get in-
spired, create something
special, have a wonderful
lunch alfresco and work
with a gifted and articu-
late artist.

For more information you
may email Kees at
KeesLehman
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at 786-3846. U L.D.


T he Pelikaanschool, the first successful private primary school in Bonaire, cele-
brated its first lustrum on June 19"t with games at the playground, a drama by
teachers and parents and a great picnic with everyone together at Sunset Beach.
The children created art with driftwood as shown in the above photo.
Principal Wilma Bohm-Sandig, an educator with experience in Holland and Bonaire,
started in 2004 with 25 children. Now the school has 138 students of 10 different
nationalities.
The education system is child oriented and is related to Bonaire's 'foundation based
education.' But the difference is the instruction language is in Dutch rather than
Papiamentu.
The school is getting good results from its students and is a high quality operation
said education inspectors of Holland after a recent visit.
The school doesn't receive any subsidy from the local government. It appears unfair
since a few years ago they reached the number of students to qualify. That means
that the parents still have to pay a significant amount of money for tuition. At this
moment the Pelikaanschool has two locations along Kaya Amsterdam. Currently
there are plans underway to build a new school. Press Release


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nature and art.

Kees shows his work in "The Sor-
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He's crafted lamps, mirrors, tables,
many from recycled materials. His
kunuku is a veritable gallery of his work.
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Five Years Oldl












15 Years of Marine Life Changes


IT HAD TO BE DISCUSSED ONE OF THESE
DAYS: CHANGES I'VE SEEN IN
BONAIRE'S MARINE LIFE IN THE LAST
15 YEARS.

Going through my dive logs from the
mid-90s, I couldn't help but notice
the frogfish and seahorse situation back
then: I found frogfish and seahorses on
just about every dive, regardless of
whether I was diving the Pier or a reef.
My logs are filled with sentences like, "...
couldn't find Smoke the frogfish but
found Tangerine [another frogfish] in his
usual place," or "while we all looked at
the seahorse I found last week, we saw a
second one not too far away!"
During those years, a special part of my
dives was visiting "Captain Don," a big
spotted moray who resided in the same
pipe near the Pier for more than four
years. Another spotted moray friend lived
in an engine block mooring off the Boy
Scout house for several years. When those
morays left, in the late 1990s, other mo-
rays occasionally moved in, but they
never stayed for more than a day or two.
In fact, neither of those habitats has had a
moray resident in the last decade.
While I was paying close attention to
critters such as morays, I wasn't paying
much attention to the other fish until I
began taking fish surveys for REEF a few
years ago. Although I record coneys and
graysbys on almost every dive, it's rare
that I see any other groupers. When I first
came to Bonaire in 1980, a curious mar-
bled grouper lived around the wreck off
Habitat, posing for everyone's photos.
The marbled grouper shared the wreck
(and the modeling responsibilities) with at
least one tiger grouper, who always
seemed to be getting cleaned. I haven't
seen a marbled grouper or heard of one
being seen in more than 20 years.
Diving the tropical Pacific in the 1990s,
it tickled me that the cornetfish we saw
were so small, each less than a half-meter
in length. "On Bonaire," I'd tell fellow
divers on the liveaboard, "our cornetfish
are much bigger!" That was the 1990s.
I've been doing fish surveys since 2001,
and I've only seen one big cornetfish and
three small ones in those eight years.

Some of the invertebrates are fading
away, too. In the 80s, when I wanted to
find leathery nudibranchs, I simply
scanned the Pier pilings at night. It usu-
ally took less than half an hour to find a
pair of these glorious red-orange nudis.
Somewhere in the 90s I stopped seeing
them at all. There are fewer crinoids
(feather stars) than there used to be on
our, and all Caribbean, reefs. The olive
snail I saw last week was the first I've
seen in years.

We know that many morays on Bonaire's
reefs succumbed to disease last year. No
cause for the disease is yet known, al-
though Jerry Ligon, on the Bonaire Dive
and Adventure website
(www.bonairediveandadventure.com),
mentions that Bonaire had another bout of
moray disease in 1995. There's also a
possibility such a kill occurred on other
islands. Information is still being sought;
when the picture is complete a solution
may be possible.


Why are there
fewer big grou-
pers? One an-
swer to that
question begins
with reproduc-
tive biology:
Nassau grou-
pers congregate
in huge numbers
for group spawn-
ings, and modem
fishers know
where and when
the congrega-
tions take place.
It's horrible but
not surprising
that more than
one-third of
known Carib-
bean grouper
aggregation sites
are now inactive
(according to the
Grouper Moon
Project info on
REEF's website,
www.reef.org).
Also, groupers
change sex as
they grow,
changing from
females to
males. The lar-
ger ones are
more often
caught, which
means that the
males are more
likely to be
taken. A popula-
tion with few
individuals of
one sex can't
very well be a
breeding popula-
tion.

Bonaire's
coral reefs have
been protected
longer than just
about any in the i
tastic beginning a
coral reef problem
that was coming)
be kept away. Fai
found traces of b
aire's waters, at t
remember correc
these poisons had
in our landfill. V
that trash ends up
much that's poison
work its way thro
into the sea.

To help keep ba
(and thus away fr
dive operators ha
batteries, then pa
ing guests who bi
own countries for
disposal. We need
this system until F
of dealing with h
also need to get a
with hazardous w


types of fishes, including "hardly any
really unusual fish anymore."
Whining clearly isn't working; what
else can we do about it?
The best solutions must be global ones,
because most of the problems -- overfish-
ing, overdevelopment, warming -- are
global. We can help with global solu-
tions by writing to legislators and others
in favor of pro-environmental action, by
voting in favor of environmental action,
and by donating cash and/or time to envi-
ronmental organizations.
But it's all so impersonal, isn't it?


PI'm a big believer in hands-on, proac-
"Captain Don" was very comfortable when I gently stroked hisjaw. tive, personal diving. I've been lucky
enough to see how people's attitudes
change when they're involved in physi-
cally, personally helping. The more time
we spend helping the reef creatures (or
any other creatures), the more special they
become to us.
If proactive diving appeals to you re-
member that this will change your life, so
it's not a decision you should make
lightly there are wonderful options on
Bonaire.
There are ways you can help through
the Bonaire National Marine Park, includ-
ing ongoing projects as well as once- or
Sia. twice-a-year events. Contact them at
Dive instructor Sue Weller interacts with "Captain Don," the marinepark@stinapa.org to get on the
moray. Divers enjoyed visiting "Captain Don "for several years. volunteers contact list. Also contact the
Marine Park at 717-8444 if you find
something underwater that is damag-
ing or poisoning the environment, such
as a large piece of storm debris on a coral
head, or a newly discarded lead-acid bat-
tery.
Once a quarter on Bonaire, NetTech
and Dive Friends co-sponsor a clean-up
dive and barbecue afterwards, a great way
to begin proactive diving although, hap-
pily, there's never a whole lot of new de-
bris on Bonaire's reefs. You can keep
your eyes open for new debris on every
dive, by the way. Make sure no critter has
moved in, jam the debris into your BC
pocket, and bring it up for proper dis-
posal. I picked up a plastic cup yesterday,
Sponge crabs are seen less often than they used to be, also. and before I could take out the small net
bag I call my Pocket Cleaner Station, my
world, so we have a fan- There's a theory that last year's moray buddy Quila Bell brought out her own
at dealing with modem deaths were a result of human disease small net bag the first time, ever, that I
ms. However (you knew passed into the sea via sewerage, which found someone else prepared to carry
, modem problems can't Bonaire doesn't yet treat. Even if the trash!
irly recently, scientists theory about the source of the moray dis- STCB periodically schedules beach
attery chemicals in Bon- ease is incorrect, the following is true: we cleanups to help prepare our shorelines
he southern salt pans (if I have sewage leaching into the sea around for lady turtles coming ashore to nest.
tly). They concluded that Bonaire. Our resident human population Although the cleanups aren't underwater,
I leached from batteries is increasing and our visiting human the creatures who benefit include marine
ye need to remember population is increasing. All those people creatures, so we can't leave this out.
in the landfill, and deposit their diseases into our waters. I asked Linda if she could think of any
rnous about the trash will That can't be healthy for the fish and critters we see more of now, and she re-
,ugh this small island and other sea creatures heck, even if folks membered the spotted eagle rays. We're
don't care about the fishies, shouldn't seeing more of them, more often, these
they be concerned that our drinking water days. Will there be other critters we see
batteries out of our landfill is desalinated from that same sea water? more often? It's partly up to us. 0


-om our reefs) Bonaire
ve been collecting used
ssing them on to depart-
ring them back to their
r proper hazardous waste
d to remain faithful with
Bonaire has a better way
azardous waste. We
i better way of dealing
vaste.


So, what changes have I seen? Fewer
types of fish. Fewer big fish. Fewer
nudibranchs, snails, crabs, anemones.
More bleached, diseased, and dead corals.
The Carib Inn's Linda Baker was the
first person ever to complete 1,000 fish
surveys for REEF, and thus was the first
member of REEF's Golden Hamlet Club,
which still has fewer than 10 members.
Linda said she's definitely seeing fewer


Page 10


Story & photos by
Dee Scarr.
Underwater natu-
ralist Dee Scarr is the
recipient of numerous
awardsfor her coral
reef conservation ef-
forts. Her "Touch the Sea guided dives
are legendary. Catch her multimedia
show at Captain Don's Habitat Resort
Mondays at 8:30pm.


Bonaire Reporter- July 3-24, 2009






















tO~r~ LEGE WO


L ast Friday the youngsters of Sticht- FORMA and some will move on to the
ing Project officially closed the next phase at Stichting Project.
school year 2008-2009. The kids received The night was closed with a group photo,
their certificates in front of many proud and a nice meal cooked by the kids them-
parents. Some of the youngsters will selves. Congratulations to all the kids, and
move on to continue their studies at the good luck in your further studies! U
SGB high school, others will move on to Press release


Time flies on Bonaire. A lot of
people have told me this and it is
true. It seems like yesterday that I was
writing about our newly hatched chicks
and sometime in the distant future they
would be so big there would be no space
for their mother in the nest as well. For
some of the nests, this has already hap-
pened. The defenceless little pink chicks
are now wide-eyed and feisty and are so
heavy that we are no longer able to
weigh them with our regular weighing
scales. When the chicks are small we are
able to put them in an ice cream or yo-
ghurt tub and weigh them on a set of
digital scales (a great excuse to eat
plenty of ice cream early in the season).
For some of the chicks, these tubs just
don't seem to cut it anymore. The chicks
are too big. Maybe it's time to "super-
size" the ice cream?

This is not the case for all of our nests.
In some areas there are still eggs waiting
to hatch. The onset of breeding tends to
be synchronised in different areas. For
example, pairs nesting in Washington-
Slagbaai National Park might lay their
eggs a week or so earlier or later than
pairs nesting outside the Park in a differ-
ent area. At the moment, we don't know
the reason for this, but as the research
continues into the biology of the Loras,
we hope to better understand these
trends.
The first chicks to hatch this year are
now entering their period of fastest
growth. When they first hatch they grow
slowly for a short while until they reach
a point after about two weeks when their
growth rate increases rapidly. This is
when their eyes and ears open, their
feathers begin to appear and soon
enough they will look like real Loras!
I can't write this article without at
least a mention of this year's record-
breaking nest where five fertile eggs

Bonaire Reporter- July 3-24, 2009


were laid.
The good ph
news is that
all five eggs
hatched and
for a while
it was rather
crowded in
there to say
the least.
We kept a
close eye on
this nest to
make sure
that the
youngest Lora weighing
chick was being fed sufficiently, but the
mother seemed to be feeding the small-
est chicks more than the bigger ones.
This shows us that the adult parrots se-
lectively feed the chicks as opposed to
feeding the biggest who can compete
better than their weaker siblings for the
mother's attention. Sadly, on our previ-
ous visit to the nest, it appears that one
of the chicks has disappeared. There is
no evidence of what might have hap-
pened to this chick, and no sign of a
struggle. This has happened at a few
other nests this year and in the past three
years, but we've never been able to ex-
plain it. The mystery remains. We will
be monitoring the remaining four closely
in the next few weeks, as now they are at
the most vulnerable time of their lives. 0
Rhian Evans
Ms Evans is a
Biologist from Uni-
versity ofBirming-
ham UK. She is in
her secondyearof
studying the Loras
on Bonaire.


Over the last 12 years,
Warehouse Bonaire
has given away more then
1,200 Regatta T-shirts. This
year they invited all the SGB
students to compete in a T-
shirt design contest. The five
lucky ones won a 4GB media
player. The overall winner
Meralnev Bomba, will also
have her design on this
year's T-shirt.
The four runners up were:
Stephany Wilsoe / Vera
Ghazzouli / Eraim
Wanga and Christina.mpr


Lukas Besseling (Warehouse Bonaire supermarket manager)
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ooBubbles from the Biologist

Did You Know... There is a fish
that feeds like the monster in the movie
Alien?
Do you recall the film where an alien has a
second pair of jaws inside its mouth? Can
you imagine one of Bonaire's fishes having a
very similar anatomy? The moray eel has a
second set of jaws behind their first set. Dr.
Rita Mehta from the University of California
found that the eel grabs its prey with its first
set of jaws, and the second set, called the
pharyngealjaw, shoots the prey into the e b
mouth and grabs it. The moray eel then
opens its front jaws while the pharyngealjaw
pulls the food back to the throat. The whole
thing only takes a few seconds. U Andrea
Burton I
Burton is a junior
at Juniata College,
PA and is currently
studying at the CIEE
Research Station DUAL ACTION- Morays have two sets of
Bonaire. She is ma- jaws, one for an initial bite and one mostly for pull-
Joring in marine
biology and plans on ingprey into the throat.
studying shark conservation.


Pet of t
M eet "Timo" who's just a love according
to the *cat specialist volunteers at the
Bonaire Animal Shelter. He's just about three
months old now and is so affectionate and smart
too. He was brought in with his sister because
there were just too many cats at his previous
home. Timo is well adjusted, a mellow fellow and
can fit in with other cats in a household. He's
been checked out by the vet, has had his inocula-
tions and tests and will be sterilized when he's
old enough. All this is included in the cat adop-
tion fee of NAf 75. You may see Timo and the
other social and healthy animals at the Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday
from 9 am to 1 pm and from 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-
4989.
Why do people love animals so much? Accord-
ing to Aaron Katcher, M.D., a psychiatrist and
professor emeritus at the University of Pennsyl-
vania who has pioneered the use of animals in
psychotherapy, "Animals don't care about the
things that usually make people beautiful, suc-
cessful, attractive and popular. If you've lost eve-
rything in the stock market, they don't care. Even if you're a beggar, as long as you scrounge
enough food for you and your animal and you don't mistreat it, it's going to be quite happy with
you."
Want to help control the unwanted animal population on the island? Encourage your friends and
neighbors who own cats or dogs to have them sterilized. It's free right now at the Shelter. Call 717-
4989. Contribute to the Shelter's "Sterilization Fund," MCB Account 10616410. L L.D.
*Thanks to Jane Madden for inside information on Timo.


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cow's milk, because we Su(
lack the proper digestive
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two, provided the milk is from your
MOTHER and is therefore FRESH,
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pounds in one year!
Cow's milk also contains nearly
double the amount of Pantothenic
acid as human milk. Pantothenic
acid activates the adrenal glands,
one function of which is the produc-
tion of steroids which act as an anti-
inflammatory compound within the
body. Overstimulation of the adre-
nal glands by ingesting dairy often
leads to weak adrenal glands.
Heat (pasteurization of) milk
changes the chemistry, and instead
of raw milk being alkaline, it now
becomes acid forming. As our di-
gestive system is predominantly
alkaline, dairy products, which are
acidic, become highly toxic to the
body resulting in colds, flu or any
condition involving mucus.
I can hear the collective sigh and
the sheer panic of even thinking of
cutting down on dairy products,
including cheese! You can, and
should get your calcium from a
more natural source (no, not in tab-
let form!). For example, 10 dried
figs contain 269mg of calcium, or
okra 100mg per cup, or canned
sardines 317mg per cup and Tofu
set with calcium 516mg per cup.
Do your own test to see how con-
gested your internal system really
is. Facing a mirror, stick your
tongue out as far as possible. If the
surface of your tongue is clear (no
coating) and a pinkish color, you
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of these, with or without markings)
you need to re-consider your diet!
No amount of scrubbing will get rid
of this coating and the only thing
you will achieve is to ignore what
your body is clearly trying to tell
you.
The Food and Nutrition Board of
the US National Academy of Sci-
ences recommend a daily intake of
calcium for children ages 4 8 of
800mg and for adults up to
1,200mg. I believe these figures
are grossly inflated, and it is NOT
the "recommended" daily amount
of calcium we need to be concerned
about, but the MAL-ABSORPTION
of calcium into the body caused by
dairy products. This is something a
well-balanced diet can correct,
without having to resort to calcium
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The Bonaire Reporter Back In Time To 2000
Commemorating 15 Years


JOIN Us TO Go BACK IN BON-
AIRE'S HISTORY To
2000 9 YEARS AGO.
In January 2000 Port Call be-
came The Bonaire Reporter. The
paper grew to 14 pages and
added new columns: Ding Dong
Dutch, "Port Call News" (yachts
and water activities), Dive Gods
and Goddesses (later changed to
Dive Pros), Ban Kome (Let's
Eat) restaurant reviews, Bonaire
Happenings, Cooking Indone-
sian, The Turtle Log, Dive Log
of the Week, Insider's Bonaire,
Turtle Tales.
Some of the stories:
Venezuelan Institute of Cul-
ture, Drug dog at airport, Whales
Sharks, Rincon Market, Winfred
Dania, Kunuku Magic, Cindy
Lott on Lac, Harvest Time, LVV,
Butterfly Island, Karnaval time,
Trans World Radio, many dive
stories, Fundashon Cas Bo-
naireano, The Recovering Reef
(after Lenny), Diving on Gas,
Rincon Day festival, Bonaire
Artist Elena, Klein Bonaire
Foundation still trying to raise
rest of money for the purchase
price, Bonaire's educational sys-
tem, Kayaking, Dive Festival,
Chartering the Sea Witch, Talk
with the Lt. Governor every
Thursday, Culture Week, Inside
ALM, Budget Rent a Car Ladies,
Series on Bonaire's Endangered
Bats, Fontein-Bonaire's Oasis,
The New Cousteaus, the Magic
of Moogie, Vacation Plans for
Kids, Copa Cultimara, Semper-
florens Nursery, Jerry Ligon's
Nature articles, Changing Sea-
sons on Bonaire, Pieter Zweers-
master windsurfer, Meet the
Prosecutor- Ernst Wesselius, Our
very special Bonairean houses,
Diving in the Forbidden Zone to
survey the reef, Special homes
for children- Villa Candidus and
Villa Carlos- run by the Sister
Maria Hoppner Foundation,
Treasure Wrecks of Bonaire,
Another View of Bonaire's Sea-
sons, Artist Anna Marie Kroes,
SELIBON's Environmental Po-
lice, Mola Madness, Jong Bon-
aire, Sails of Bonaire (Avy and
Christelle Benhamron), Price
Comparisons by Annette Ros-
well, Sailing Women, The Party
Bus and even more.....
Here are some news highlights
from the following editions of
The Reporter, 2000.
Jan. 4
-Klein Bonaire to be a wilder-
ness national park. President of
FPKB Bruce Bowker: "When
Klein Bonaire soon becomes a
National Park, Bonaire can claim
to have one of the most pre-
served, natural and beautiful ar-
eas in the Caribbean, something
that more and more people of
this world are searching for."
Nature agreed because as the
water taxi returned to the big

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island with the dignitaries from
Klein Bonaire, a rainbow hung
over the island. Then after every-
one disembarked a rain shower
passed over Klein to "baptize" it.
-Auto registration goes up
25%; International Airport de-
parture tax to $20; trash pickup
from NAf 5 to NAf 10/month.
Jan. 11
-The final hour arrived no
miracles or angels to help so
Bonaire will not host the Sun-
fish Worlds 2000
-Soer Swinda Seraus and
Larry Gerharts named by Press
Association as "Persons of the
Year"


Jan. 18
-Whale Whacked by ship
Nieuw Amsterdam. Body of the
Tropical or Bryde's Whale taken
to salt company for storage.
(Years later Bonai students re-
constructed it and set it up at the
entrance to Washington Park)
-Four sea turtle poachers con-
victed
-Port Call and Bonaire Re-
porter back issues are in ar-
chive room at Bonaire Commu-
nication Services
-Hollywood "heavies" visit
Bonaire aboard charted cruise
ship, Le Levant, including Fran-
cis Ford Coppola, Penny Mar-
shall, James Coburn
Feb. 1
-Cargill says more rain this
January than in the previous 30
years.
Feb. 8
-Gas prices on Bonaire highest
in Netherlands Antilles (NAf
1,36 liter)
-September 1999 visitors de-
creased by 1.9%
Feb. 15
-Bonaire Government. and
Harbour Village sign agree-
ment on Sunset Beach Hotel -
tentatively named "Royal Bon-
aire Resort."(Didn 't happen)
-Air Aruba begins non-stop
service to Bonaire from NY area.
-St. Martin referendum
chooses status apart
-Health statistics say Nether-
lands Antilles people are among
the top three populations with a
need for kidney dialysis.
-Shon Ma Rijna passes -
owner of Den Laman Restaurant
Feb. 22
-Austrian yacht Hispanola
runs aground one mile north of
Willemstoren Light
-Regular police foot patrols in


neighborhood of Amboina
-Venezuelan airline, Avior,
will begin flying to Bonaire from
Caracas
-Bonaire's businessmen want
a referendum
Mar. 1
-Residents along shoreline
road, Kaya Kachi Craane, won-
der if it will take a tragedy to
stop the cars from speeding on
that road. Residents are demand-
ing speed bumps.
Mar. 11
-Citizens petition against crime
-Dee Scarr inducted into 2000
Women Divers Hall of Fame
-World's first permanent un-
derwater camera (ReefCam)
now on line, thanks to efforts of
Jake and Linda Richter of Net-
Tech., N.V.
March 21
-Dutch Survey says 53% of
Antilleans polled want Antilles
to become a province of Hol-
land.
April 18
-Crime continues; citizens
outraged. Anton Sieverding
robbed and shot in upper
thigh 4th armed robbery in last
10 days.
April 28
-KLM resumes its weekly
non-stop 747 flight from Am-
sterdam
May 2
-Bonaire's Bats our pre-
cious native mammals. Bats
being disturbed in their caves by
people entering to explore, snor-
kel or dive
-Radio Nederlands transmit-
ter site destroyed in a fire and
explosion but recovers quickly

May 9
-Salt production at Cargill
down 50% from last season
-During a robbery Warehouse
Bonaire manager shot in the head
but is recovering.
-New Animal Shelter Manager
Jurrie Mellema
May 16
-Population falls 2%; number
of foreigners increased 7.5%
now 47 countries represented.
Shows exodus of native Antil-
leans.
-Holdup men who wounded
Warehouse Bonaire meat man-
ager have been caught
-Bruce Bowker's letter to edi-
tor: how people on the island
have pushed for and accom-
plished changes
-By year's end half of TWR
families will be transferred;
new technology permits program
production, transmission and
follow up to be done elsewhere.
May 23
-Research vessel Edmund Link
explores deep waters around
Bonaire to collect sponges and
other primitive marine life to
study to find a cure for cancer.


Chartered from Harbor Branch
Oceanographic Institution.
-46-foot yacht Bribone driven
ashore near Willemstoren Light-
house
-San Francisco Hospital will be
expanded and remodeled
May 30
-Venezuelan airline Avior Air
cancels daily service between
Bonaire and Caracas
-1999 was most successful year
in attracting cruise ships 70 port
calls
June 13
-Sewer project for more
densely populated parts of Bon-
aire temporarily on hold until
costs for maintenance are re-
searched.
-KLM resumes two weekly non
-stop flights (return to Amster-
dam flights stop in Curaqao)
June 20
-Construction on new primary
school in Nikiboko
-New Public prosecutor Ernst
Wesselius
June 27


-Citizens march against
crime- largest public demon-
stration in history of the island.
On June 22 well known and re-
spected Bon Awa owner Alfons
Pleumeekers and his wife Maria
del Carmen Lopez-Pleumeekers
murdered at their home.
July 4
-More armed robberies Car-
ibbean Laundry Service, Liquor-
tique, contractor Tony Marchena
July 11
-ALM cuts cost to keep flying
-Pleumeekers killer suspects
arrested
July 18
-Three fishermen from St.
Lucia rescued by ketch Karrek
Ven and brought to Bonaire
-TCB opens new office at
head of Kaya Grandi
-Minister of Justice Rutsel
Martha reports 53 Antillean po-
lice officers implicated in
crimes or other wrongdoing. 20
were drug related and 7 of those
20 are from Bonaire
July 25
Caren Eckrich's Sea & Dis-
cover open for classes and dis-
covery activities for children and
adults, snorkelers and divers.
Aug. 1
-Historic Buildings in Peril.
Monument Foundation says no
legal ordinance enacted to pro-
tect these buildings.


Aug. 8
-STINAPA news: Spaniard
Fernanado Simal, a biologist,
will manage Washington-
Slagbaai National Park; Ca-
triona Glendenning new Marine
Park manager
-Thanks in part to Minister
Toon Abraham Bonaire will soon
have its own dialysis center in
San Francisco Hospital (It
never happened and patients still
have to fly to Curagao for treat-
ment)
-A developer has asked for
permission to develop 23 hec-
tares of government land in
Karpata area, currently desig-
nated as a nature preserve under
island's Nature Policy Plan. The
Plan does not have the force of
law.
-No speed bumps yet for peo-
ple on waterfront along sea
promenade although promised by
the department of roads. (It did
take a fatal accident of a young
child in 2007 before the speed
bumps were put in)
Aug. 22
-Maritime Institute of Bon-
aire established to promote
general knowledge of maritime
affairs. An information center set
up in the harbor front buildings it
will share with the Bonaire Art
Foundation (Unfortunately, it
never happened. Two of its pro-
ponents, Steve Gustowski and
Jan Mol, passed away)
Aug. 29
-A large portion of this year's
generations of Loras wiped out
by poachers most of the nests
in the Palmita area below Mt.
Brandaris in Washington Park
cleaned out. Smuggling believed
to be centered in the area of
Playa Frans.


Aug. 22
-Sunset Beach Hotel burns
-Rocargo receives ISO 9002
certification. Awarded only to
companies with the highest stan-
dards of business practices, em-
ployee training, client support
and quality operation.
-2nd annual Bonaire Motorcy-
cle Rally with nearly 100 ma-
chines
Oct. 3
-Citro (Citizens Rescue Ser-
vice) suspends their rescue life-
boat service. The nearest Antil-
lean Coast Guard base is in Cura-
gao, nearly 40 miles and three
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Bonaire Reporter- July 3-24, 2009









Back In Time (Continued from page 14)
hours away from Bonaire.
-Central Bank of the Netherlands
Antilles gets bailout money of NAf 72
million, based on an agreement with the
IMF.
-WannaDive opens
Oct. 10
-All of prisoners in Bonaire's jail es-
cape on Friday night but by Saturday all
but two had surrendered or been recap-
tured. Jail was being guarded by volun-
teers from the militia since the regular
guards were on strike.
-Introduction of rental off-the-road
"quads" is causing problems for the envi-
ronment. They drive in bird sanctuaries,
on turtle nesting beaches and chase don-
keys.
Oct. 24
-5% of population has left (773 people
of whom 442 were Bonaireans). Eco-
nomic conditions and job opportunities
much better in Holland.
-American Consulate General will no
longer come to Bonaire for absentee
voting due to the resources now available
on the Internet.
-Preparations underway for a major
lengthening of the airport runway.
-Outcry against Karpata development
Oct. 31
-Bonaire Airlines to start next year,
serving Aruba, Bonaire, Curaao and Ca-
racas. (Never started)
-Executive Council gives order to ex-
tend the airport runway. DeAntillen and
BWM will do the job. Cost is over NAf 5
million. KLM says if runway is length-
ened it would consider expanding its
flight schedule, using Bonaire as a hub for
its Latin American flights. KLM also re-
quires a fueling depot. Departure hall will
have to be expanded. (KLM's twice a
day service sparked an economic recov-
ery in Bonaire)
-Jan Blonk Boatyard opens next to
WEB
Nov. 14
-Oceans 98 (a non-profit foundation
formed to help the UN and others pro-
mote the message of the 1998 Year of the
Ocean) wants to make Bonaire a world
center for conferences, symposia and
meetings. They'll renovate the Oranje
School at Wilhelmina Plaza. Headquarters
will relocate from The Hague to Bonaire.
(Ocean 98 turned out to be a penniless
shell bordering on fraudulent)
-Bonaire Nature Alliance president
speaks to ministers of Antilles and Aruba
citing issues: need for sewage disposal
system, a halt to longlining in Antillean
and Aruban waters, effects of the airport
runway extension, expanded research
program for sea turtles, spay neutering
program and the protection of Bonaire's
bats.
-TCB invites artists and craftsmen to
display and sell their works in Wil-
helmina Park during cruise ship visits.
(Now a very successful market)
Dec. 5
-Inflation rose in Netherlands An-
tilles to 3.4%. The highest is in Bon-
aire: 4.3% in the second quarter.
Dec. 12
-Democratic Party (PDB) pushing
for a referendum on the constitu-
tional status for the island.
-Rincon Market celebrates its one-
year anniversary with a big party
Dec. 19
-Fontein opens to the public as a
result of the work done by Alejandro
Bonaire Reporter- July 3-24, 2009


Wernet
-Bat Action Team (BAT) conducts
systematic mapping of the island's
caves and identifying native bat species,
hoping to ensure the future of Bonaire's
only native mammal, the valuable insect
eating and cactus pollinating bats. Caves
sensitive to human intrusion will be in-
dentified and hopefully protected. BAT
has no authority to close the caves but it
can advise the government through
DROB of those caves that should be pre-
served. It's an inspiring example of vol-
unteers, business and the government
working together.
-The first ALM trans-Atlantic flight
landed at Curaqao's Hato Airport last
Sunday, four hours later than scheduled
and with a different aircraft than ex-
pected. ALM's Belgian partner, City
Bird, told ALM that the MD-11 plane
scheduled to fly was out of service. But it
managed to charter a DC-10 from the
British operator Air Tours. Because of
logistics the DC-10 had to fly to Curaqao
via Manchester, England. The return
flight left a day late because the Air Tours
air crew required rest. "It's a start," said
ALM President Mario Evertsz."
Dec. 26
-Quads operated by Quarts Rentals
have been ordered off the road by the
Civil Court.
-Airlift news at the end of the year:
KLM began two non-stops from Holland.
Sobelair and Martinair continued
weekly schedules. Air Jamaica added a
second flight and ALM resumed its Mi-
ami non-stop. ALM recently began twice-
weekly flights to Amsterdam in partner-
ship with Belgian carrier, City Bird. 0
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By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21
(includes tax). Discounts for residents
and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-
9800.


* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
Saturdays
* 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.
* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3 to
7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and to
sell. NAfl0 per selling table.(NAf 5
goes to up-keep the park). NGOs can
have a free table. More information and
reservations for a spot call Vicky Bis-
sessar 786 1592.
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Indus-
tria, second Saturday of the month, 7-
9 pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines
for $10 (NAf17,50) per person. Tel. 560
-7539.
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.
Mondays
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value
Fridays
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos
at 565-5225
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide pres-
entation 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 Habi-
tat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of
Bonaire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd
Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 7pm-
717-3802.
Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sunset
Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condomini-
ums.
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 Krioyo 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. Weekendsby 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, be-
hind 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 December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015
or 796 5681
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
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, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAf2,50, call Joop at
786-6003 to find out the evening's loca-
tion.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Cafe. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30
to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Con-
tact: Renata Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 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. For
more information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above
ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians wel-
come. Tel. 717-2066
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Mar-


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tinez Beck, at 786-2953.
CHURCH SERVICES
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Kralendijk
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
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 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 ofCoromoto in Antriol, Sat-
urday at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717
-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:
786-2557.
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sun-
day School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH
Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visi-
tors Welcome: 701-9522 for Informa-
tion

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SHOPPING and DINING GUIDE


AIRLINES
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.

APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/
COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
lection 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 Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.

BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
facial waxing.

BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike acces-
sories. They do professional repairs on almost anything
on two wheels. Have your keys made here.

INTERNET AND CELLULAR SERVICE
MIO offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone
signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-SPEED
INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire.

DINING
De Bonairiaan Restaurant-is a unique restaurant run
by the students of the Stitchting Project with their advi-
sors. Each day a different menu.
Kaya J. A. Abraham Blvd., #21
(nearly across from Divi Resort)
717-6921, 786-6816
Inexpensive: Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9 am-2 pm for Breakfast, Coffee and Lunch
Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared piz-
zas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat
in or take away. Nice bar too.
On Kaya Gob. Debrot
/ mile north of town center. 780-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out
Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant at the Lighthouse
at Harbour Village Marina is the original family-owned
and operated steakhouse and grill. Fabulous dining.
Now open for lunch.
Reservations 717-7725
Philips Cooking and Organizing is your personal
chef for Private Dinners, Catering, Party Snacks and
Wedding Services. Let Philip do it all
www.philipscooking.com call 701-1100

DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.


ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation above
and below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire's
top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts

WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City
Cafe, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apartments .

FITNESS

Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, 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.

GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it
and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
cals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.

PEST CONTROL
Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of all
those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants that
want to invade your home. Call now and save your
investment in your home.

PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides,
items and services. Full digital services.

REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Bonaire 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.

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.

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.


SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able.

SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. What would we do without their superb ser-
vices?

SUPERMARKETS
The Island Supplier (TIS)-Enjoy shopping the
"Caribbean Way' fresh, open air feeling with rea-
sonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods,
wide selection of beverages and juices. Good rum se-
lection.

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selec-
tion 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. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-noon.

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Open Wednesday to Sunday
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Hair Affair

We do our best to
make your hair and make-
up wishes come true!!
You can also come in for facials and
facial waxing.
We use and sell L'Oreal products
Is your plan to marry on the island?
We can make you beautiful and stay
beautiful for your happiest day.

Personal attention by Janneke
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
or just walk in.
Downtown, near the waterfront
next to Little Havana
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Jenne van den Ouden and His Old Honda 600 XLR
The 50t of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some ofBonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."


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Threatened Again!


Bonaire/Republiek -
Jenne van den Ouden and his
wife Karin live on the island of
Bonaire since 2005. They found
jobs as dive instructors and they
bought their own house in the
neighborhood of Republiek. Jenne
has a job as dive instructor at Divi
Flamingo. He really likes the is-
land of Bonaire and the underwa-
ter world around it. Some two
times a day he jumps in the Carib-
bean Sea as an instructor or as a
dive guide. The vehicle Jenne and
Karen use for every day transpor-
tation is an old four-wheel drive
reliable Toyota Hilux. Because of
the influence of the climate the
car is getting lighter and lighter
every day because of the conver-
sion of iron into rust. After some
years Jenne decided to buy a pair
of extra wheels: a Honda 600
XLR, built way back in 1983.
Two persons, two jobs, two vehi-
cles. An ideal combination on the
hilly island with her curvy roads.

Jenne's first experience with
motorized two-wheelers goes
back to the early 80s in Europe.
His first sporty small motorcycle,
in fact it was a moped, was a red
sprayed Yamaha FS1. The 50 cc
two-stroke, four-speed moped
was very popular among young-
sters. Jenne had a special one
because his Yamaha single cylin-
der was water cooled. Maybe here
his love for water first started...
The next moped he bought was a
German made Ztindapp. The en-
gine size was 125 cc. For a person
without a driver's license it was
illegal to ride a bike of this engine
size so Jenne mounted a tank and
side panels of a legal 50 cc model
to mislead the police officers.
How smart can you be! And again
this fast 125 cc two-stroke single
cylinder was water cooled!
Jenne's third bike was a water
cooled (!) and very fast 125 cc
Yamaha cross bike.

Then the real stuff began. Jenne
got his official driver's license
and he got into real sizes: a 800cc
two-cylinder liquid-cooled Honda
Pacific Coast. Then he got a Ya-
maha XS 750, a rare triple engine
with a unique sound produced by
the exhaust system of the three
cylinder. Finally Jenne fell com-
pletely in love with a top of the
bill model made by die Bay-
erische Motor Werke: a BMW K
1100 RS. The "K" stands for four
cylinder and "RS" stands for
Rennsport (racing sport/jb). Jenne
thinks this is the best motor ever
made, as far as he knows... Then
he and Karin moved to Bonaire
and they shared one vehicle: the
color changing 4WD Toyota Hi-
lux, getting browner every day.

One of Jenne's friends is his old


neighbor from Hato, Eddie Faber.
Eddie is also a dive instructor.
One day Eddie was given a more
or less complete Honda motorcy-
cle in carton boxes. More less
than more a motorcycle. Eddie
collected all kinds of missing
parts and with the help of a work-
shop manual and a lot of time and
energy Eddie converted the four-
stroke jigsaw puzzle into a real
Honda 600 XLR. An overhead
camshaft multi-valve RFVC four-
stroke engine powered off-road
motorcycle, built in 1983 by
Honda, Japan and completely
rebuilt in 2007 by the one-man
Faber Factory in Bonaire, Nether-
lands Antilles. Eddie resprayed
the original red and white Honda.
Now the bike is completely flat
black. Two red scorpions mark
the fuel tank. Eddie fitted two
brand new rough motor cross tires
and the bike was ready for the
mud and the dirt. Eddie really
enjoyed his homemade bike but
then plans changed and another
world was attracting Eddie's at-
tention. Then Jenne grabbed his
chance and bought the bike. Jenne
was independent and moving on
two wheels again!

Jenne says, "Eddie did a very
good job! This Honda single cyl-
inder appears to be very reliable.
Everything works, even the lights
and the flashers. The shocks and
the brakes are ok and I only had
one flat tire once. Luckily it was
the tube of the front wheel. It is
really peanuts to drive this bike as
long as you are not wearing long
skirts."
Starting the single cylinder 600
cc thumper engine of the Honda is
a kind of an art: a mixture of spirit
and skill, a blend of mind and
man power. Hard to explain, diffi-
cult to experience. Jenne contin-
ues, "The first thing you are not
allowed to forget is to open the
fuel tap. This allows the fuel to
flow free into the bowl of the
carburetor. Then you have to turn
on the ignition by the switch.
Then you have to adjust the choke


lever into the right position. It
takes a lot of experience to find
the real right position. Every 600
XLR has her own right position of
the lever. Then you turn out the
kick starter pedal. No, there is no
electric starter motor on this light
weight engine with her alloy and
magnesium parts. Then you have
to find the top death point of the
piston. There is a chance of one
out of two. I cannot explain this
exactly. Then you have to push
the kick starter pedal down with
your right hand foot to kick the
piston through the 10-to-one com-
pressed mixture of fuel and air.
And then the result is a nice and
deep rumble coming out of the
remains of the exhaust system:
boom boom boom boom. The
lovely sound of explosions inside
a huge single cylinder. First gear.
Off we go, down the hill! (...)
Most of the time... Sometimes the
will of the Honda soul differs
slightly from the intention of the
driver: no running engine and the
smell of completely not burned
fuel. This only happens some-
times. Then the wife has to keep
her mouth shut and the dogs have
to remain remote. A man needs
his time. Close the fuel tap, push
the kick starter, run the engine
dry, wait for some Bonairiaan
seconds and start allover again.
Jump! Thump! She picks up, idles
and runs! As I said, she is a very
reliable motorcycle. There is not a
single reason to sell her. Eddie did
a great job. And only if ever we
have to leave this island of Bon-
aire I will get myself another
BMW K1100 or K1200. This is
the ultimate. On the other hand I
know that a K-model BMW is
almost completely useless on
Bonaire. So for the next decades
of years I have the intention to
stick on my be-
loved Honda 600.
Thanks Eddie!"

*
Story & photo by
J@n Brouwer


Bats Seriously Endangered by
Increasing Construction

< |- he cave-dwelling bat colo-
Snies on Bonaire are under
increasing pressure. The increase
of tourism, tourism projects and
construction of luxury villas
threaten the survival of the cave-
dwelling bats. Of the three out of
the four cave-dwelling bat species,
fewer than 500 specimens are still
alive today. And the fact that more
and more people are visiting the
caves does not help in protecting
these diminishing colonies. They
are most affected in the Barcadera
and Colombia areas That is where
the Mormoops megalophylla
(phantom-face bat) is found, a sub-
species only in Bonaire. A large
colony of Leptonycteris curasoae
(long-snout bat) seems to have been
driven away already. Also found in
this area is the Natalus tumidirostris
(funnel-eared bat), close to extinc-
tion on Bonaire."
This came from a 2008 report by
Anna Rojer of the Scientific Institute
for Caribbean Research and Manage-
ment of Biodiversity (CARMABI) in
Curacao. STINAPA Bonaire was
shocked by the results and sounded
the alarm bells. Both caves and bats
urgently need protection. In areas
with many caves, like Barkadera,
Santa Barbara, Colombia and Lima,
there is construction planned where
there is a lack of consideration for the
bats' environment. By protecting the
caves and the surrounding areas, the
bat population may be saved. CARM-
ABI has pledged support to
STINAPA in developing a control
plan.
In 1991 the Barkadera area was
designated as a protected area due
to the presence of these caves and
their bats. Unfortunately the gov-
ernment lifted that protection in
2005 to allow construction.
STINAPA is pleading to reinstate
this protection before it's too late.
The same goes for the Colombia area,
which is also rich in caves and cave-
dwelling bats.
Many tropical bat species need


caves as a daytime hiding place as
well as a place where their young are
bor. Not every cave is suitable for
the bats. Most species have specific
requirements. It is known that the
Phantom-faced bat and Long-snout
bats will live only in caves that are
very warm. That is why it is incorrect
to think that bats will find another
cave if they are driven away. The rare
Funnel-eared bat also has high de-
mands for its living quarters. There
are only about 100 to 150 specimens
left on Bonaire. There was a large
colony that lived in a cave in Sa-
badeco until it collapsed when a
house was built on top of it. Not only
will the actual destruction of their
homes drive bats away. A whole
colony of Phantom-faced bats was
decimated in Curacao when hundreds
of meters away, construction was
taking place. Probably the bats were
driven away by vibrations or sounds
or the scraping of the earth by bull-
dozers. The Funnel-eared bat exists in
only one cave in Bonaire. Just by
people entering the cave could mean
the wholesale death of this species if
they have young. Due to the distur-
bance the babies can drop to the
ground and die of hunger.

Why Should We Care?

Bats are the only indigenous mam-
mals on Bonaire. All species that
exist on Bonaire are endemic subspe-
cies. This means that they only occur
on the Leeward Islands, and nowhere
else in the world. They are very
useful to man and nature because
they eat (thousands of) mosquitoes
and cross-pollinate the cacti. The
Long-tongue bat (Glossophaga
elongate) and the Long-snout bat
are nectar-eating bats that polli-
nate the flowers of the pillar cacti
which only bloom at night. That is
how fruits will grow which provide
food for birds and reptiles in the dry
season. (And it is the cacti that hold
the island together.) U Press
Release from STINAPA Bonaire,
Tel. 717-8444, email
Stinapa@Bonairelive. com


Bonaire Reporter- July 3-24, 2009


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*to find it... just look up

My Favorite and Almost Everyone's Favorite
Summer Constellation


had to pick
only one constella-
tion which I like
better than all the
rest in summer skies,
it would have to be
the ancient, gigantic
and dreaded Scor-
pius the Scorpion.
On any summer
night in June, July or
August face south
before midnight and
depending on what
month and hour you
look the scorpion
will either be southeast, due south or southwest. But you should have no trouble
finding it because it's huge and one of the few constellations which actually looks
like its name. Indeed if we connect each bright star in Scorpius with lines we can
see a very simple-line representation of a scorpion with his claws drawn in. Or if
you're afraid of scorpions you can imagine this constellation to be a giant fishhook
as seen by some ancient Polynesians or the capital letter 'J,' for Jack. Scorpius has
been around for thousands of years and was depicted by many cultures, including
the ancient Egyptians.
In ancient Greece and Rome, however, the scorpion was much big bigger than now
and its claws extended forward from it as if getting ready to grab whatever planets
or comets might come its way. And if you look closely you'll see two stars where
his claws used to be. They are named Zuben Elgenubi and Zuben Eschamali and
in Arabic, literally mean the northern claw and the southern claw. But Julius Caesar
and his megalomaniacal friends in the Roman Senate decided that Rome was so
special that it needed its own constellation as a form of ancient PR. So they did a
hatchet job on Scorpius' claws to make up the constellation, which they said stood
for the symbol of Roman justice, Libra. Talk about cosmic injustice!
At any rate once you've found Scorpius with his claws no longer outstretched, pay
particular attention to where the scorpion's heart should be. Because, believe it or
not, there, just by coincidence, a red star named Antares is right where his red heart
should be. And this star Antares is my very favorite summer star, hands down, be-
cause it is one of the three largest stars we can see with the naked eye.
Now I usually refer to our Sun as being a million miles wide to make it easy to re-
member, but in fact it is a bit short of that number being only 865,000 miles wide,
but which is still pretty huge compared to our 8,000-mile-wide Earth. In fact our
Sun is so huge we could fit over a million and a half of our Earths inside it. Antares,
however, puts our Sun to shame, because it is 700 times wider than our Sun, so
huge we could fit over 350 million Suns inside it! Or if you'd like to think of it this
way, if we placed one edge of it where our Sun is, it would reach out past the orbits
of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Jupiter! And it is so far away that it takes
520 years for its light to reach us. So whenever we look at Antares we see it not as
it exists now but as it existed 520 years ago.
So get thee out any summer night and marvel at the magnificent scorpion who
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ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Don't try to
deal with important issues or make
changes that will upset the apple cart. You
are best not to confide in anyone right
now. Digestive disorders will be a result
of family squabbles. Be careful that you
don't overextend yourself. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Try to
compromise rather than having an all out
battle. Make alternate plans just in case
you need to make a career shift. You're
likely to encounter new partners if you
take short trips. Don't start a dispute
unless you're prepared to accept irreversi-
ble results. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can
expect opposition from family as well as
colleagues. Build on friendship rather than
starting out in an intimate encounter. Pro-
fessionalism will be of utmost importance.
Your doubt could lead to insecurity. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You'll have
amazing ideas, but superiors may try to
block your attempts at implementing
them. Do not give your heart to someone
who may not live up to your standards.
You're in the mood to do things such as
competitive sports, or perhaps a night on
the town. A series of misunderstandings
may be at fault. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You will be in a
high cycle regarding work. Insincere ges-
tures of friendliness are likely to occur.
Secret affairs may be brought out in the
open. Help elders get their personal papers
in order. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Observa-
tions will be far more productive. Use
your high energy and dynamic approach to
win favors from superiors. Unfortunately,
your personal life may suffer from a lack
spare time. Don't make any drastic
changes or begin new projects this month.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Keep your
thoughts to yourself for the time being.
Put your time and energy into home im-


For July 2009
provement. Recognition will be yours if
you meet your deadline. Be aware of de-
ception when it comes to your position,
and be sure not to jump to conclusions.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Older
family members may take advantage of
you by making you feel guilty. Control
your temper by getting immersed in your
work. Invite friends over rather than
spending money on lavish entertainment.
You will be in the mood to socialize. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-
Dec.21) Abrupt changes concerning your
professional position are evident. Art in-
vestment will pay big dividends in the
long term. Don't hesitate to voice your
ideas and opinions. Take advantage of
your attributes and lure the mate of your
choice. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) There
could be disappointment regarding invest-
ments. Deal with the needs of children and
get into groups that deal with self aware-
ness. Try to find another time to present
work or ideas this month. Work on legiti-
mate financial deals that may enable you
to bring in some extra cash. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Monday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Business
trips might prove unproductive. Don't be
afraid to confront situations concerning
loved ones in order to solve any problems
that may exist. You can gain approval, get
kudos, and ask for help if you put a little
heart into your speech or request. You
need to be sure that you aren't in your pre-
sent relationship because it is convenient.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You are best
to be discreet. Unreliable people will be
negative about your ideas. Accept the in-
evitable and continue to do your job. You
may need to make a few alterations to
your living arrangements. Your luckiest
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Kunuku Shimaruku, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antill es, Phone 790-6518, 786-6518, email: reporter@bonairenews.com Since 1994 On-line every day, 24/7 Also in this issue: Bonaire BC pg. 2 Artist Summer School pg. 9 Pelikaan School 5 years pg. 9 Marine Life Changes pg. 10 Lora Chicks Arrive pg. 11 Renate v.d. Byl Exhibit pg. 15 Bats Threatened pg. 18 Â… and much more Printed every fortnight Marco Di Gianvito photo

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Page 2 Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 B onaire’s repowering project is progressing. At the wind turbine site special specification concrete is being trucked in from a plant in Antriol for the ultra-strong bases of the machine. Each of the 12 turbines will be able to produce up to 0.9 MW. The total cost of the privately financed project which includes distribution lines and a bio-diesel power plant may reach $40 million. And progress the new WEB Man Diesel biodiesel power plant near BOPEC, located in the north of the island. is on schedule, Last week it had their spantenbier highest point party. (see photo above) T here are numerous developments as Bonaire and the other BES Islands progress towards closer ties with Holland,. The arrangement is scheduled to be formalized next year: Saba and St. Eustatius moved ahead with their preparations to become communities of the Netherlands without Bonaire. Saba and St. Eustatius education commissioners signed agreements for the eventual transfer of Education Department civil servants to the care of the Netherlands. Bonaire did not sign a similar agreement because a new Executive Council had been installed just over a week ago and requested time to become acquainted with the constitutional process from within, as its members had been in the opposition for some time. A Bonaire government leader pointed out that the agreement had not been rev iewed by the civil servants it affected, or their union. Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom Relations Ank Bijleveld-Schouten has denounced the conduct of Bonaire’s former Executive Council when it violated regulations by granting long lease land to a family member of a former island commissioner. Bijleveld-Schouten was responding to questions posed by Member of Dutch Parliament Hero Brinkman who raised questions in late May after reports in the media that nepotism was involved in the granting of land on Bonaire to a company that is said to be managed by a relative of a former commissioner. The media based the story on a report by the General Audit Chamber of the Netherlands (Continued on page 3) Table of Contents This Week’s Stories Executive Council (BC) 2 Lions Club Board 3 Fire Jumping 6 Braves new Uniforms 7 Pelikaan School 9 Artist Summer School (Kees Leeman) 9 Entering SGB students 9 15 Years of Marine Life Changes 10 Parrot (Lora) Watch (Chicks Arrive) 11 Stichting Project Success 11 Warehouse Winners 11 Going Back to 2000 14 Renate v.d. Byl Art Show 15 Weekly Features Flotsam & Jetsam 2 On the Island Since (Jan Brouwer) 4 Bonairean Voices (Bon Business 3) 7 Sudoku Puzzle 8 Bon Quiz #10– Bonaire Flag 8 Body Talk ( Dairy Debate) 12 Sudoku Solution 12 Pet of the Week (Timo) 12 Bubbles-Did You Know (Eels) 12 Picture Yourself (India) 13 Classifieds 13 Tide Table 13 BonQuiz Answer 16 Reporter Masthead 16 What’s Happening 16 Dining, Shopping Guides 17 Bonaire On Wheels (Honda 600) 18 Bonaire Bats Again Threatened 18 Sky Park (Favorite Constellation) 19 The 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 / 78-6518 Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Printed Every Fortnight, On-line Every day, 24/7 Next edition printing on July 24, 2009. Story and Ad deadline: July 18 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 The Bonaire Executive Council ( known as the BC) forms the executive branch of the government of Bonaire. The BC heads the departments that perform the governmental function for the citizens. This new coalition government was formed following the defection of Councilman Anthony Nicolaas from the ruling UPB Party. It includes: Island Secretary Neery Gonzalez is responsible for the administrative functions of the Island Government. Frensel Janga will manage DROB, the Department of Agri culture, Animal Husbandry, & Fisheries, Fire, Internal Affairs, Post & Archive and Housing. Marugia S.M. Janga will be covering the Structural Status of the island, Public Health and Hygiene, Social Services, General and Legal af fairs, and Information and Protocol. Nolly Oleana will be responsible for Education, Sport & Culture, Domain Management, Environment, and Transport (including Telbo, Bonaire International Airpor and the Harbor). Pancrasio “Pancho” B. Cicilia will cover Finances, Personnel, Econom ic & Labor Affairs, and Public Enterprises (excluding Telbo, SELIBON and Bonaire International Airport). Governor Glenn A.E. Thodé is responsible for the Civil Registry, Election Commission, Disaster management and the non-crimin al police force, the SSV. (Source: Island Government Release) Bonaire Government Photo MAN photo Extra photo

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 Page 3 Antilles. The State Secretary said that the former UPB Executive Council created “at least the appearance of partiality and nepotism” and therefore violated the conditions of good governance. Since then a new government has been formed on Bonaire and the UPB is no longer the governing party. Labor Party Member of Parliament John Leerdam has posed several questions about the change of government in Bonaire and the possible effect that recent developments may have on relations with The Hague. Leerdam posed five questions to State Secretary of Kingdom Relations Ank Bijleveld-Schouten asking what she thought of the change of government in Bonaire, where Jopie Abraham’s Aliansa Demokratico Bonairiano (ADB-Red) (Bonaire Democratic Alliance) and independent Island Council member Anthony Nicolaas had switched places with Ramonsito Booi’s party Union Patriotico Bonairiano (UPB-Green) (Bonaire Patriotic Union). The Dutch Council of Ministers will propose to the Second Chamber of the Dutch legislature that the police force and fire department on Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba each have a single organization and administrator who will report to the Dutch ministry. If passed, the law will become effective when the BES Islands become a Dutch municipality. The Dutch royal military police (the Marechaussee ) will continue to play a role. The proposal will ask to permanently station Marechaussee to police Saint Eustatius and Saba and assist Bonaire police as well. The three governors of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba remain responsible for maintaining the public safety command concerning the fire department. The improvement of health care in the BES islands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba was one of the main points of discussion with Mi nister of Health Omayra Leeflang, said Dutch Health Minister Ab Klink last week. Klink said that 2009 and 2010 are “action years” during which the most urgent projects concerning the renovation and construction of hospitals and nursing homes are to be implemented. Klink said that 26 projects are in preparation , ranging from new ambulances to a new health care insurance plan for all citizens of the BES islands. The projects cost NAƒ 66 million and will lead to 150 extra jobs in health care by the end of 2011. “When all these projects are finished the level of health care will really be a lot higher than now,” the minister said. Starting in 2011, all citizens of the BES islands will obtain health insurance similar to the one in the Netherlands. Due to the small scale of the islands, the AVBZ insurance for special medical assistance will be administered by the Regional Service Centers. No separate taxes will be levied for health care and social security, Klink said. “The premiums will be incorporated into the general flat tax which will be levied in the BES islands,” said Klink. Political consultations were held last week between the Antilles Central Government and the BES islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The delegations discussed various subjects, including the early transfer of tasks on the BES islands by the Netherlands and the status of civil servants. Robby Beukenboom, Anthony Nicolaas, Maruja Janga and Johan Afman, represented Bonaire (see photo above) Two infections of the “Mexican Influenza” H1N1 on Curaçao were confirmed after samples of seven suspected cases came back from the Netherlands. The new cases have nothing do to with crew members whose samples were taken when the Ocean Dream cruise ship was in port there. No cases have yet been reported on Bonaire Venezuela and Aruba quarantined the Spanish cruise ship Ocean Dream last week after three crew members were diagnosed with the H1N1 flu virus from samples taken in Curaçao, while Barbados and Grenada had earlier refused to allow its passengers to disembark. The Netherlands has taken an option on 34 million units of the vaccine against the Mexican influenza, which is currently developing. Two vaccines per person (two vaccinations per person is required) within the entire Kingdom, which includes the Netherlands Antilles, and Aruba. The Netherlands will bear the costs. Omayra Leeflang, Antillean Minister of Public Health, was pleased with the prospect that the Antilles will receive the vaccines. “This is very good news and also indicates the significance of the Kingdom organization.” The Antilles are not doing enough to combat human trafficking stated an American government report. The Antilles were placed on a watch list along with 51 other countries, mainly in Africa and Asia. Sanctions will follow if there is no improvement within two years. If a country is placed on a list by the US for two cons ecutive years, then sanctions will follow, such as loan rejection from the IMF or the World Bank. These sanctions are imminent for 17 countries, such as Cuba, Iran and North Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2) (Continued on page 8) Kitchens & Bedrooms On June 26 the Bonaire Lions Club held their installation dinner at the Divi Flamingo to present a variety of awards and introduce the officers. In addition they presented contributions to the Foundations Saka man Yuda, Sosial Edukativo Rincon, Dare to Care and the airplane mechanics school. The new Board of Directors consists of: President: Oswin Cristina Retiring President: Marlon Bermudez First Vice President: Nelson Franco Second Vice President: Riency Holder Secretary: Balncaflor Nicolaas-Bakhuis Treasurer: Rudsel Leito Tailtwister: Calino Molina Tamer: Hubert Nicolaas Directors: Randolf Luciano, Francisco Soleana, Rolando Pourier and Ronald Schleper Continued on page 8 Lions Club Photo Government Photo

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Page 4 Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 “W hen I was studying Dutch language and literature my dad saw an ad in the paper asking for a Dutch teacher for the Roman Catholic Central School Board in Curaçao. I’d never been there or in any other part of the tropics, but I went because all my life I’d wanted to live somewhere between 40 degrees latitude North and 40 degrees latitude South. I arrived on Curaçao July 21st, 1982. I was 25. For more than 10 years I worked as a teacher at the Radulphus College and at the Maria Immaculata Lyceum. Both my children my daughter Amber and my son Victor were born during that period of time. After 10 years I was a resident admitted by law, and according to that status I had Antillean rights. And then I went back to Holland. Why? Because of the kids and the fact that all their grandparents lived in Holland and because ‘people’ told me ‘you should change jobs now and then.’ And… also it comes to a point that you have to make a decision whether you’re going to stay on the island forever or not. But I left with tears in my eyes and I returned to Curaçao every three years for vacation. We lived in Holland for 12 years. I was teaching Dutch at high schools and was involved in adult education. I wrote about art and culture in a newspaper and organized art exhibitions. We had a nice house by a river. Then the mother of my children applied for a job as an English and Dutch teacher at high schools on Curaçao and Bonaire. She got a telephone call asking that she confirm within 24 hours that she would take the job on Bonaire . Everybody was happy, but I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I’d seen lots of people drifting between the islands and Holland and it seemed they were lost between the continents. I didn’t want that: feeling that you are where you don’t want to be, always the romantic agony – happiness is there where you’re not. I had peace, knowing I was from two countries – living in Holland but also belonging to the islands. I wanted to live in Holland. I didn’t want a life in between. That night the mother of my children and I went out for a walk, aimlessly roaming the streets. I felt a lot of hesitation and I didn’t know what to decide. We went to consult some friends who’d also lived in the Antilles and after four hours I decided ‘Okay, let’s go!’ It took me three months to complete the emigration process and once we were here it took me four months to finalize the immigration. The four of us were living between carton boxes in a very humble house at Seroe Suit, Subi di Rincon, but the moment I arrived here it felt immediately right. Every day I went on and off the hill on my motorbike to arrange for all the papers and the mortgage on the house in Hato that we were going to buy and where I still am. November 23rd, 2005 we got the house in Hato. I threw myself into all the work that had to be done. That’s how I am, I plunge into something and I make progress. I want to make it beautiful and functioning. I’m doing my utmost best… within my limitations.” Jan Brouwer is a sweet guy; he has his own philosophy on life and that makes him absolutely not ‘the boy next door.’ He’s a good man; outgoing, caring, helpful and adventurous, but also a sensitive, romantic soul . “Two years ago the mother of my children and I separated. It was a painful experience, but I (Continued on page 5) “I kiss the tarmac every time I land on Bonaire. This island is the best of all the six Dutch Antilles – absolutely!” Jan Brouwer

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Timely, accurate and reliable ISO 9001: 2000 Certified stayed on the island, I remained in the house and I survived. My daughter was already studying in Holland and my son stayed off and on with his mom and with me. This month he’s also leaving for Holland and I feel he’s ready for it. He’s going to study space ship and airplane design in Delft. He’s got his driver’s license and he’s driving as many miles as possible now, to get experience. I am confident about him and I know he’s going to do well. I trust my kids; they’re good people, absolutely. I found my place in the community again by starting to write for The Reporter, my own column, ‘Bonaire on Wheels,’ and I see it as my contribution to society. I am a burnt out teacher who had a serious motor accident and I’m still dealing with the consequences. I’m not a macho man, but I do like men’s stuff. I own a sailboat and I love to dive, I have an air rifle and I have a Land Rover which I’ve owned since 1987. It was made in England, and it sailed to Curaçao and back to the Old World and now it’s on Bonaire, so it crossed the ocean three times. I also have an off-road motorcycle. Those are my fun things, but I also work with them. They’re my work horses, not spotless and shiny, they’re a bit battered but… good!” He laughs. “ I’m not such a tough guy, because if I was, I would have a Harley! The first time I came to Bonaire was in 1985. There was no marina and the boulevard was a simple road. I lived for a couple of weeks in the old Bonairean house that’s now part of ‘Rains Fishes’ restaurant and I drove my off road motor cycle through Washington Park when it was still allowed. And although I will always love Curaçao, I kiss the tarmac every time I land on Bonaire. This island is the best of all the six Dutch Antilles – absolutely! For the main part it’s still unspoiled and original. I love wandering through the outback, and after four years I still haven’t seen everything. I walk, I hike, I go on my mountain bike, my motor bike or with my Land Rover and I still haven’t found all the caves or climbed all the hills, but I did Mount Brandaris in bare feet! As I have an eye for detail, I see more and I see it differently, so… I’m always amazed… And although I am not a Bonairean by birth, I feel completely comfortable and at home. I speak Papiamentu fluently and I don’t feel like a foreigner at all. Many times people ask me – with doubt in their voice – if I am a Makamba , because they can’t figure me out. I go everywhere and I talk to everyone about everything, and the older the people are and the more remotely they live, the better it gets! I have a lust for life and I don’t need much, and because I don’t need many things I also don’t need to make a lot of money and that gives me oceans of time. To me Bonaire feels like… it’s perfect, but terms like ‘forever’ or ‘never’ are difficult for me. That’s what life teaches you.” He smiles.” “In September 2008 I met Willeke van Egmond here on Bonaire. We talked a lot and for long hours and after 10 days we decided to stay together for the next 48 years. I told you, I plunge into things… and so does she! We’re both 52 and we’re not going to waste our life and yes, we will get to know each other along the way. I want to live life to the fullest. Willeke has more guts than I. She sold her house in Holland, she sold her car, quit her job, packed her cats and left for Bonaire to be with me, so… I feel she’s superior to me when it comes to being daring. I made the decision from my custom-made Adirondack chair and I didn’t have to move or change anything. She had the guts to do it. I’m happy to share my life with her and I’m okay with everything she wants to change, because she moved into my life, but it has to become her life too. We’re taking it slow. We get up in the morning and have breakfast together and then we take the day as it comes. Sometimes we go to Rincon, sit down at a snack, we talk to the old men, we eat a lumpia and we have a beer and we go to the landfill to bring something or to find something.” He laughs. “Yeah, for some people Bonaire can be very boring because there’s nothing to do – you have to do it yourself. I’ve just entered through the door of a new life and both Willeke and I are determined to make the best of it. I’m going on, but I’m not in a hurry…” Story & photos by Greta Kooistra On the Island Since (Continued from page 4) Jan and Willeke van Egmond Jan with his ocean-crossing Land Rover

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Page 6 Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 I t’s an annual tradition in Bonaire every June: San Juan and San Pedro Days. This year the festivities for San Juan were celebrated at the house of artist Nochi Coffie in Rincon last Wednesday, June 24. San Pedro was celebrated at the home of Doei Diaz last Sunday, June 28. There’s always music, dancing, food and drink and the most exciting windup at the end of the evening is the fire jumping. A cactus wood tower is lit and the fire jumping begins. What started as a pagan ceremony for the initiation of young boys before they became men has now been incorporated into the church calendar, according to Hubert Vis, Director of SKAL. It is usually the men who jump the fire to show their courage. However, a story goes that once there was a woman called Dina Baro who wanted to show that she could jump as well as the men but unfortunately her skirts caught on fire, Vis relates. During the festivals musicians playing traditional instruments like the kuarta, the wiri and the guitar visit all their friends named Juan or Pedro in the barrio singing, “Open your door. It’s your saint’s day.” Juan or Pedro is expected to come out and offer everyone rum. According to Hubert Vis, the singers start in the evening and go around the clock. L.D. Sign up for a MIO phone too— Tio Habbo, Masha Masha Pabien riba bo dia djawe! Ami, ku mami i oma ta deseabo hopi anja mas di bida! Nos stimabo! -MadeliefOn San Juan night Nochi Coffie clears the high flames Herman van Leeuwen photo S ea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) is releasing a series of educational radio announcements that inform the public about sea turtles and why their conservation is important. Izaline Calister, a renowned Antillean jazz singer, has volunteered her talent and voice for the series, “Did You Know…” Izaline’s smash hit, “ Hé Le Le” provides the music background for the 30second announcements. She also announces the introduction and ending of each spot. In between , announcer Chris Richards from Curaçao delivers the specific message for each spot. Music composer and sound recordist Jan de Kruijf from Amsterdam directed Calister’s recording session in the Netherlands in March. All donated their talent, time and energy to this important project. “We could not have done this series without their gracious help,” explains STCB manager Mabel Nava. “We are very thankful. These public service announcements will be distributed in Papiamentu and English.” Distribution begins this month to radio stations in all five islands of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. The series is designed to inform the island residents of the importance of sea turtles to our environment and economy. Special thanks to these Bonaire stations for agreeing to broadcast the series as a public service: Bon FM and Mr. Bubui Cicilia; Mega FM and Ron Gijzen and Sean Patton; Voz Di Bonaire and Feliciano Piloto. Press release/Mabel Nava Dia di San Pedro at Doei Diaz’s House in Playa Marco Di Gianvito photo Marco Di Gianvito photo PR photo

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 Page 7 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. THE BONAIREAN BUSINESS, PART III M aybe you’ve been in Rincon a number of times and visited some of those snack bar-restaurants there. But did you ever stop at the soda fountain “Flamboyan Snack” on Kaya Rincon 74? It’s owned and managed by Mrs. Deogracia Figaroa-Sint Jago (76), known as “ Gacha” or “ Mama Gacha ,” mother of six daughters and one son. Mama Gacha started with the business in 1975, selling the famous ice cream in the Antilles, Ritsz ice cream. The quality of Ritsz ice cream is the best. Ritsz was sold to Lovers ice cream company which still maintains the taste and high quality of this ice cream. As it was the only snack in Rincon in those early years they sold food too. In the 80s when BOPEC (Bonaire Petroleum Company) started Mama Gacha had to cook for the BOPEC work ers. In this business the whole family was involved because cooking for a company and for other people beside this company was a lot of work. She taught her children how to cook so they could help her in the afternoons and on weekends. “We were selling food from 12 noon until 1 am,” she said. “Yes, we had some workers who, when they finished work at the casino, came straight to the ‘Algenasharofa Snack’ to get their food. That name was made up from the names of my six daughters who were helping me in the snack. Because of all the money we were earning we could afford to do a little expansion. We changed the name to ‘Fabiola Snack,’ after my youngest daughter. We rented films to people and we had a nice sitting area at the house where customers could sit and watch television, especially the World Cup championships while they were eating and drinking. Those were good times. I was not working another job and had no government pension back then. But still I earned enough money so I could go on vacation with my children to the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Venezuela, Aruba, Sint Maarten and to Holland. Back in the 80s, little by little, there were more new snacks and things started changing. In 2000 we changed the name again to ‘Flamboyan Snack’ and we invested in new appliances like new freezers, etc. Money management is very important. Although I like to travel with my family I must save money to invest in my business. Today is not like the past. The children have grown up and have their own jobs and families. I still cook, but only on Saturdays. During the week I still sell my ice cream, jonny cakes and candies from 7 in the morning to 3pm. After 3 I’m closed, to take care of the household myself. Plus everything is getting expensive. Thanks to the government pension I have a little more income. The Ritsz ice cream products, today Lovers, are changing their prices. From some wholesalers you can get the products and pay at the end of the month. But from others you need to pay cash right away otherwise you can’t get the products. You have to manage your money and buy wisely. Look for where you can get it at a lower price. I built this snack with a lot of effort and dedication. For 34 years I’ve fought to keep and continue the business. I hope one of my daughters will take it over. I just renewed my business permit for five more years. It’s very hard to get permission for businesses nowadays, so once you have it you must keep it.” Story & photo by Siomara E. Albertus 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 FULL DIGITAL SERVICES FUJI MINI-LAB KODAK & FUJI FILM SLIDES E-6 PROCESSING PASSPORT PHOTOS BATTERIES CAMERAS FRAMES PHOTO ALBUMS GREETING CARDS DIGITAL AND MORE... Les Galeries Shopping Center (Bordering the parking lot) Tel. 717-5890 Open M-F 8:30-12, 2-6 pm, Sat. 9-12 N O W ! D i gi t a l P r o c e s si n g C D s, C a r d s, m or e Send your comments to The Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, or email reporter @bonairenews.com. Fundashon Nrd Braves Uniforms Baptism On June 19 Leopold “Apo” Melaan, co-founder with Mr. Eddy Thielman of the Nrd Braves softball team, spoke at the baptism on the new Braves uniform at the office of their new sponsor, NAGICO Insurance. He explained why sponsorship, like that provided by Nagico and the team’s other main sponsors, JC Herrera and MiTV, are so important, “… To start a team is easy, but maintaining a team is a challenge and a brings a lot of pressure, especially a team that is at the top. To keep a team you must meet the goals of the players. They are the ones who make the plays to win games and make the team popular. That’s why we have to give back to the players. One way is to make sure every year we travel with the team on a social trip or a tournament. For the last 10 years we participated in the ABC cup tournament and the last five years we got to different semi-finals and in 2006 we became sub-champions of the ABC cup in Aruba. But also our organi zation or foundation has expenses: Softball bags cost $30 each, softball shoes $150 each, a complete uniform for 25 players is $2,300. Also we hope the doors will open for more sponsors, companies and businesses who can give the team a helping hand. We, as the Board of the Foundation Nrd Braves, appreciate and are more than happy that you can give us a hand. And we will make sure to give you as our sponsors high visibility by doing our best on the softball field. Siomara Albertus Want to help the team? Call “Apo” Melaan at 526-0557 Dino and Mary Laurenzi. photo

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Page 8 Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 Korea, but also Saudi and Kuwait. The worst transgressors on the list are countries such as Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Eritrea and Swaziland. The US and Venezuela will soon reinstate ambassadors expelled in a diplomatic spat last year, a sign of warmer relations between President Hugo Chavez and what he calls the US “empire.” Leftist Chavez has toned down his strident criticism of US foreign policy since Barack Obama took office in January, partly because the US president is popular in Latin America in contrast to his predecessor George W. Bush. Obama, in turn, has pledged to engage with countries co nsidered problematic by the US. Venezuela, one of the US’ top crude oil suppliers, said its envoy would be back in Washington this week. A source at the US State Department said Ambassador Patrick Duddy will return to Caracas, but did not say when. Along with his close friend Fidel Castro of Cuba and other Latin American leaders, Chavez often says he respects Obama. News that the Valero Oil Refinery in San Nicolas, Aruba, is closing down for three months due to expected losses sent shockwaves through the Aruba community last month. Consumers in Aruba are seeking alternate supplies. Valero provides the jet fuel to Bonaire’s Flamingo airport. TV network NBC’s business news channel said statistics show low crime and violence on the Dutch ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao), putting them on a list of the world’s safest places to travel. Crime rates on the three islands are low; political unrest is virtually unknown; they’re too far south for hurricanes; and in 2008, the trio ranked lowest in the Caribbean in felonious incidents against visiting yachts. It is unfortunate that some Caribbean islands’ reputation for violent crime and the high-profile Natalee Holloway case in Aruba give the general public the opposite impression. A recent World Health Organization study named the Ireland the least violent country in Europe . Colombia, South Africa and Jamaica almost always rank among the world’s most dangerous destinations. The US is the least safe of the big Western nations. The increase of tourism, tourist accommodations and luxury home construction is threatening the existence of bats living in the caves of Bonaire. There are fewer than 500 bats left of the three or four species on the island. The colonies are also being disturbed because people visit the caves more frequently. Anna Rojer of the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity, Carmabi on Curaçao, stated this in a report from 2008. Stinapa Bonaire is very shocked about the report and raised its concern. See more about Bonaire’s bats on page 18. The Fundashon Kuido pa Bista i Oido (Sight and Hearing Care Foundation) would like to thank all who contributed to their recent fund raising campaign. The proceeds will enable the foundation to realize various programs that assist people with those problems. A total of NAƒ 5.921 was raised. Contributions put in collection boxes in the following businesses helped a great deal: Maduro & Curiel’s Bank (Bonaire) N.V. Playa & Hato; Fruteria Caché; Optica Antilliana; Nos Orkon; Karibe Supermarket; The Island Supplier; Kerki Protestant; UTS/ Chippie; Carniceria Latino; Manrique Capriles; Lovers Ice Cream (next to Subway); Panaderia Seruva; Caribbean Laundry; More for Less Supermarket and The Xavier Medical School. Fundashon Kuido pa Bista i Oido has its office Kaya Mgr. Nieuwindt # 3 (next to the clinic of Dr. Dorvil in Tera Cora). It’s open for consultation from 9 to 11am or call 717-5765. After hours 785-0518 or 717-8171. The price of fuel has gone up effective July 1 . Expect to pay more than before: Gasoline 92 NAƒ 1,88/lt. Gasoline 95 NAƒ 1,92/ lt. Kerosene NAƒ. 0,96/ lt. Diesel NAƒ. 0,93l lt. Propane 100 lbs. NAƒl. 43,48 Propane 20 lbs. NAƒl. 9,67 Correction to an item in the previous Reporter (#13): The date the “The Guesthouse Accord” (Akuerdo di Pasanggrahan ) was signed was Friday, June 12, not July 13 as printed. Welcome advertisers Brugman Kitchen and Bedrooms and Bonaire Second Home Care. If you want to know more about advertising in The Reporter see the back page. Thanks for reading The Reporter and visiting our adver-Flotsam and jetsam (Continued from page 3) To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. Answer on page 12. Supplied by Molly Bartikoski-Kearney 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. Get on the list now for what is sure to be the top Bonaire Calendar for 2010. It’s the Jong Bonaire calendar focusing on the island’s cultural heritage and is titled: Treasures discovered by the kids of Jong Bonaire. The price this year is US$ 10 each and the calendars will be available at the beginning of September. To purchase calendars or to arrange a meeting to see the full calendar, please contact: jongbonaire@ sunspotsbonaire.com or call 786-1357. It’s perfect for yourself or a gift or for your clients. A symbol of a country’s identity is shown proudly in their flag. The idea of the flag of Bonaire started out as a request by the Executive Council of Bonaire to the people of the Netherlands Antilles, and on January 2, 1979, a commission consisting of 12 persons was formed to come up with a flag for the island of Bonaire. On December 11, 1981, this design was accepted by the Lt. Governor of Bonaire. Question: Which flag symbol is also seen in the Bonaire Coat of Arms? Answer on page 16 BonQuiz appears regularly in The Reporter. It’s prepared by Christie Dovale of Christie Dovale Island Tours. Contact her to arrange a tour, Phone 717-4435 or 795-3456 or email: christiedovale@hotmail.com. Secundaire Beroepsopleiding (Secondary Vocational Training), SBO, is a recent innovation in Bonaire and an important addition to the island. SBO students graduated last week. Natalie Adamus received her Level 1 from FORMA Director Inge Berben Herman van Leeuwen photos Top student graduate Joan-na Senchi and helper Tamara Wanga

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 Page 9 T he Pelikaanschool, the first successful private primary school in Bonaire, celebrated its first lustrum on June 19th with games at the playground, a drama by teachers and parents and a great picnic w ith everyone together at Sunset Beach. The children created art with driftwood as shown in the above photo. Principal Wilma Bohm-Sandig, an educator with experience in Holland and Bonaire, started in 2004 with 25 children. Now the school has 138 students of 10 different nationalities. The education system is child oriented and is related to Bonaire’s ‘foundation based education.’ But the difference is the instruction language is in Dutch rather than Papiamentu. The school is getting good results from its students and is a high quality operation said education inspectors of Holland after a recent visit. The school doesn’t receive any subsidy from the local government. It appears unfair since a few years ago they reached the numb er of students to qualify. That means that the parents still have to pay a signif icant amount of money for tuition. At this moment the Pelikaanschool has two locations along Kaya Amsterdam. Currently there are plans underway to build a new school. Press Release Pelikaanschool photo KEES LEEMAN, CREATOR A rtist and teacher Kees Leeman is having a summer camp for artists at his kunuku in Rincon. This multi-talented artist (he’s an award winning chef as well) is opening his kunuku and open air studio on Sundays for classes in many disciplines – clay, painting, wood carving, acrylics. “The main thing,” Kees says, “is that we have fun with art.” Students spend the day – from 10 am 6 pm with lunch which Kees will prepare for the lucky students. Kees, a teacher at the SGB hotel school, has been on the island for more than 20 years, and his work can be found in many collections. He’s crafted lamps, mirrors, tables, many from recycled materials. His kunuku is a veritable gallery of his work. He’s been urged by many of his friends and fellow artists to please teach some classes for them. He’s finally agreed. For NAƒ 100 you may spend the day in a magical place, get inspired, create something special, have a wonderful lunch alfresco and work with a gifted and articulate artist. For more information you may email Kees at KeesLehman @telbonet.an or call him at 786-3846. L.D. Kees demonstrates some techniques Dine al fresco surrounded by nature and art. Kees shows his work in “The Sorcerer’s Garden” Primary School Students Entering the SGB High School in August

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Page 10 Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 IT HAD TO BE DISCUSSED ONE OF THESE DAYS: CHANGES I’VE SEEN IN BONAIRE’S MARINE LIFE IN THE LAST 15 YEARS. G oing through my dive logs from the mid-90s, I couldn’t help but notice the frogfish and seahorse situation back then: I found frogfish and seahorses on just about every dive, regardless of whether I was diving the Pier or a reef. My logs are filled with sentences like, “… couldn’t find Smoke the frogfish but found Tangerine [another frogfish] in his usual place,” or “while we all looked at the seahorse I found last week, we saw a second one not too far away!” During those years, a special part of my dives was visiting “Captain Don,” a big spotted moray who resided in the same pipe near the Pier for more than four years. Another spotted moray friend lived in an engine block mooring off the Boy Scout house for several years. When those morays left, in the late 1990s, other morays occasionally moved in, but they never stayed for more than a day or two. In fact, neither of those habitats has had a moray resident in the last decade. While I was paying close attention to critters such as morays, I wasn’t paying much attention to the other fish until I began taking fish surveys for REEF a few years ago. Although I record coneys and graysbys on almost every dive, it’s rare that I see any other groupers. When I first came to Bonaire in 1980, a curious marbled grouper lived around the wreck off Habitat, posing for everyone’s photos. The marbled grouper shared the wreck (and the modeling responsibilities) with at least one tiger grouper, who always seemed to be getting cleaned. I haven’t seen a marbled grouper or heard of one being seen in more than 20 years. Diving the tropical Pacific in the 1990s, it tickled me that the cornetfish we saw were so small, each less than a half-meter in length. “On Bonaire,” I’d tell fellow divers on the liveaboard, “our cornetfish are much bigger!” That was the 1990s. I’ve been doing fish surveys since 2001, and I’ve only seen one big cornetfish and three small ones in those eight years. Some of the invertebrates are fading away, too. In the 80 s, when I wanted to find leathery nudibranchs, I simply scanned the Pier pilings at night. It usually took less than half an hour to find a pair of these glorious red-orange nudis. Somewhere in the 90s I stopped seeing them at all. There are fewer crinoids (feather stars) than there used to be on our, and all Caribbean, reefs. The olive snail I saw last week was the first I’ve seen in years. We know that many morays on Bonaire’s reefs succumbed to disease last year. No cause for the disease is yet known, although Jerry Ligon, on the Bonaire Dive and Adventure website (www.bonairediveandadventure.com ), mentions that Bonaire had another bout of moray disease in 1995. There’s also a possibility such a kill occurred on other islands. Information is still being sought; when the picture is complete a solution may be possible. Why are there fewer big groupers? One answer to that question begins with reproductive biology: Nassau groupers congregate in huge numbers for group spawnings, and modern fishers know where and when the congregations take place. It’s horrible but not surprising that more than one-third of known Caribbean grouper aggregation sites are now inactive (according to the Grouper Moon Project info on REEF’s website, www.reef.org ). Also, groupers change sex as they grow, changing from females to males. The larger ones are more often caught, which means that the males are more likely to be taken. A population with few individuals of one sex can’t very well be a breeding population. Bonaire’s coral reefs have been protected longer than just about any in the world, so we have a fantastic beginning at dealing with modern coral reef problems. However (you knew that was coming), modern problems can’t be kept away. Fairly recently, scientists found traces of battery chemicals in Bonaire’s waters, at the southern salt pans (if I remember correctly). They concluded that these poisons had leached from batteries in our landfill . We need to remember that trash ends up in the landfill, and much that’s poisonous about the trash will work its way through this small island and into the sea. To help keep batteries out of our landfill (and thus away from our reefs) Bonaire dive operators have been collecting used batteries, then passing them on to departing guests who bring them back to their own countries for proper hazardous waste disposal. We need to remain faithful with this system until Bonaire has a better way of dealing with hazardous waste . We also need to get a better way of dealing with hazardous waste. There’s a theory that last year’s moray deaths were a result of human disease passed into the sea via sewerage , which Bonaire doesn’t yet treat. Even if the theory about the source of the moray disease is incorrect, the following is true: we have sewage leaching into the sea around Bonaire. Our resident human population is increasing and our visiting human population is increasing. All those people deposit their diseases into our waters. That can’t be healthy for the fish and other sea creatures – heck, even if folks don’t care about the fishies, shouldn’t they be concerned that our drinking water is desalinated from that same sea water? So, what changes have I seen? Fewer types of fish. Fewer big fish. Fewer nudibranchs , snails, crabs, anemones. More bleached, diseased, and dead corals. The Carib Inn’s Linda Baker was the first person ever to complete 1,000 fish surveys for REEF, and thus was the first member of REEF’s Golden Hamlet Club, which still has fewer than 10 members. Linda said she’s definitely seeing fewer types of fishes, including “hardly any really unusual fish anymore.” Whining clearly isn’t working; what else can we do about it? The best solutions must be global ones, because most of the problems -overfishing, overdevelopment, warming -are global. We can help with global solutions by writing to legislators and others in favor of pro-environmental action, by voting in favor of environmental action, and by donating cash and/or time to environmental organizations. But it’s all so impersonal, isn’t it? I’m a big believer in hands-on, proactive, personal diving. I’ve been lucky enough to see how people’s attitudes change when they’re involved in physically, personally helping . The more time we spend helping the reef creatures (or any other creatures), the more special they become to us. If proactive diving appeals to you – remember that this will change your life, so it’s not a decision you should make lightly – there are w onderful options on Bonaire. There are ways you can help through the Bonaire National Marine Park, including ongoing projects as well as onceor twice-a-year events. Contact them at marinepark@stinapa.org to get on the volunteers contact list. Also contact the Marine Park at 717-8444 if you find something underwater that is damaging or poisoning the environment, such as a large piece of storm debris on a coral head, or a newly discarded lead-acid battery. Once a quarter on Bonaire, NetTech and Dive Friends co-sponsor a clean-up dive and barbecue afterwards, a great way to begin proactive diving – although, happily, there’s never a whole lot of new debris on Bonaire’s r eefs. You can keep your eyes open for new debris on every dive, by the way. Make sure no critter has moved in, jam the debris into your BC pocket, and bring it up for proper disposal. I picked up a plastic cup yesterday, and before I could take out the small net bag I call my Pocket Cleaner Station, my buddy Quila Bell brought out her own small net bag – the first time, ever, that I found someone else prepared to carry trash! STCB periodically schedules beach cleanups to help prepare our shorelines for lady turtles coming ashore to nest. Although the cleanups aren’t underwater, the creatures who benefit include marine creatures, so we can’t leave this out. I asked Linda if she could think of any critters we see more of now, and she remembered the spotted eagle rays . We’re seeing more of them, more often, these days. Will there be other critters we see more often? It’s partly up to us. Story & photos by Dee Scarr. Underwater naturalist Dee Scarr is the recipient of numerous awards for her coral reef conservation efforts. Her “Touch the Sea” guided dives are legendary. Catch her multimedia show at Captain Don’s Habitat Resort Mondays at 8:30pm. “Captain Don” was very comfortable when I gently stroked his jaw. Sponge crabs are seen less often than they used to be, also. Dive instructor Sue Weller interacts with “Captain Don,” the moray. Divers enjoyed visiting “C aptain Don” fo r several years.

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 Page 11 Open for Dinner every day except Monday Open for Lunch Tuesday through Friday in the Lighthouse at The Harbour Village Marina Call 717-7725 for reservations www. patagoniarestaurant.com patagonia_restaurant@hotmail.com Owned and operated by Pablo Palacios and family Creators of Argentine cuisine on Bonaire T ime flies on Bonaire. A lot of people have told me this and it is true. It seems like yesterday that I was writing about our newly hatched chicks and sometime in the distant future they would be so big there would be no space for their mother in the nest as well. For some of the nests, this has already happened. The defenceless little pink chicks are now wide-eyed and feisty and are so heavy that we are no longer able to weigh them with our regular weighing scales. When the chicks are small we are able to put them in an ice cream or yoghurt tub and weigh them on a set of digital scales (a great excuse to eat plenty of ice cream early in the season). For some of the chicks, these tubs just don’t seem to cut it anymore. The chicks are too big. Maybe it’s time to “supersize” the ice cream? This is not the case for all of our nests. In some areas there are still eggs waiting to hatch. The onset of breeding tends to be synchronised in different areas. For example, pairs nesting in WashingtonSlagbaai National Park might lay their eggs a week or so earlier or later than pairs nesting outside the Park in a different area. At the moment, we don’t know the reason for this, but as the research continues into the biology of the Loras, we hope to better understand these trends. The first chicks to hatch this year are now entering their period of fastest growth. When they first hatch they grow slowly for a short while until they reach a point after about two weeks when their growth rate increases rapidly. This is when their eyes and ears open, their feathers begin to appear and soon enough they will look like real Loras! I can’t write this article without at least a mention of this year’s recordbreaking nest where five fertile eggs were laid. The good news is that all five eggs hatched and for a while it was rather crowded in there to say the least. We kept a close eye on this nest to make sure that the youngest chick was being fed sufficiently, but the mother seemed to be feeding the smallest chicks more than the bigger ones. This shows us that the adult parrots selectively feed the chicks as opposed to feeding the biggest who can compete better than their weaker siblings for the mother’s attention. Sadly, on our previous visit to the nest, it appears that one of the chicks has disappeared. There is no evidence of what might have happened to this chick, and no sign of a struggle. This has happened at a few other nests this year and in the past three years, but we’ve never been able to explain it. The mystery remains. We will be monitoring the remaining four closely in the next few weeks, as now they are at the most vulnerable time of their lives. Rhian Evans Ms Evans is a Biologist from University of Birmingham UK. She is in her second year of studying the Loras on Bonaire. Nest-Check bicycle provided by DeFreewieler Scooter and bike sales and repair Actual in-nest camera photo L ast Friday the youngsters of Stichting Project offici ally closed the school year 2008-2009. The kids received their certificates in front of many proud parents. Some of the youngsters will move on to continue their studies at the SGB high school, others will move on to FORMA and some will move on to the next phase at Stichting Project. The night was closed with a group photo, and a nice meal cooked by the kids themselves. Congratulations to all the kids, and good luck in your further studies! Press release Lora weighing Sam Williams photo Rhian Evans photo O ver the last 12 years, Warehouse Bonaire has given away more then 1,200 Regatta T-shirts. This year they invited all the SGB students to compete in a Tshirt design contest. The five lucky ones won a 4GB media player. The overall winner Meralney Bomba , will also have her design on this year’s T-shirt. The four runners up were: Stephany Wilsoe / Vera Ghazzouli / Eraim Wanga and Christina. pr Lukas Besseling (Warehouse Bonaire supermarket manager) awards the prizes to the winners.

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Page 12 Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 Puzzle on page 8 674 382 951 825 197 436 391 564 728 946 835 217 238 671 549 517 249 863 189 426 375 752 913 684 463 758 192 M eet “Timo” who’s just a love according to the *cat specialist volunteers at the Bonaire Animal Shelter. He’s just about three months old now and is so affectionate and smart too. He was brought in with his sister because there were just too many cats at his previous home. Timo is well adjusted, a mellow fellow and can fit in with other cats in a household. He’s been checked out by the vet, has had his inoculations and tests and will be sterilized when he’s old enough. All this is included in the cat adoption fee of NAƒ 75. You may see Timo and the other social and healthy animals at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm and from 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 7174989. Why do people love an imals so much? According to Aaron Katcher, M.D., a psychiatrist and professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania who has pioneered the use of animals in psychotherapy, “Animals don’t care about the things that usually make people beautiful, successful, attractive and popular. If you’ve lost everything in the stock market, they don’t care. Even if you’re a beggar, as long as you scrounge enough food for you and your animal and you don’t mistreat it, it’s going to be quite happy with you.” Want to help control the unwanted animal population on the island? Encourage your friends and neighbors who own cats or dogs to have them sterilized. It’s free right now at the Shelter. Call 7174989. Contribute to the Shelter’s “Ster ilization Fund,” MCB Account 10616410. L.D. * Thanks to Jane Madden for inside information on Timo. Timo Did You Know... There is a fish that feeds like the monster in the movie Alien ? Do you recall the film where an alien has a second pair of jaws inside its mouth? Can you imagine one of Bonaire’s fishes having a very similar anatomy? The moray eel has a second set of jaws behind their first set. Dr. Rita Mehta from the University of California found that the eel grabs its prey with its first set of jaws, and the second set, called the pharyngeal jaw, shoots the prey into the mouth and grabs it. The moray eel then opens its front jaws while the pharyngeal jaw pulls the food back to the throat. The whole thing only takes a few seconds. Andrea Burton Burton is a junior at Juniata College, PA and is currently studying at the CIEE Research Station Bonaire. She is majoring in marine biology and plans on studying shark conservation. DUAL ACTIONMorays have two sets of jaws, one for an initial bite and one mostly for pulling prey into the throat. Rita Mehta/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images (jawbones and radiographs THE DAIRY DEBATE M ost people believe we need dairy in our diet, specifically the calcium. What most people do not realize is that we cannot digest cow’s milk, or any product made from cow’s milk, because we lack the proper digestive enzymes to break down this milk. Milk is good for you from birth until about the age of two, provided the milk is from your MOTHER and is therefore FRESH, RAW and NATURAL. Cow’s milk tends to have at least four times more protein and calcium than human milk. This, along with artificial growth hormones, is necessary for a calf to grow to 300-500 pounds in one year! Cow’s milk also contains nearly double the amount of Pantothenic acid as human milk. Pantothenic acid activates the adrenal glands, one function of which is the production of steroids which act as an antiinflammatory compound within the body. Overstimulation of the adrenal glands by ingesting dairy often leads to weak adrenal glands. Heat (pasteurization of) milk changes the chemistry, and instead of raw milk being alkaline, it now becomes acid forming. As our digestive system is predominantly alkaline, dairy products, which are acidic, become highly toxic to the body resulting in colds, flu or any condition involving mucus. I can hear the collective sigh and the sheer panic of even thinking of cutting down on dairy products, including cheese! You can, and should get your calcium from a more natural source (no, not in tablet form!). For example, 10 dried figs contain 269mg of calcium, or okra – 100mg per cup, or canned sardines – 317mg per cup and Tofu set with calcium 516mg per cup. Do your own test to see how congested your internal system really is. Facing a mirror, stick your tongue out as far as possible. If the surface of your tongue is clear (no coating) and a pinkish color, you pass! However, if you have a coating on the surface of your tongue that is white, cream, yellow, brown, green or black (or a combination of some of these, with or without markings) you need to re-consider your diet! No amount of scrubbing will get rid of this coating and the only thing you will achieve is to ignore what your body is clearly trying to tell you. The Food and Nutrition Board of the US National Academy of Sciences recommend a daily intake of calcium for children ages 4 – 8 of 800mg and for adults up to 1,200mg. I believe these figures are grossly inflated, and it is NOT the “recommended” daily amount of calcium we need to be concerned about, but the MAL-ABSORPTION of calcium into the body caused by dairy products. This is something a well-balanced diet can correct, without having to resort to calcium supplements. Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments, at stephanie@harmonyhousebonaire.com. Next issue: The most popular recreational drug! Stephanie Bennett Author Stephanie Bennett was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where she studied herbs, minerals and nutrition. Before moving to Bonaire she continued her studies in UK, and now researches health issues that particularly affect people on Bonaire and other Caribbean Islands.

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 Page 13 Bonaire Reporter Classifieds— Are still free Got something to buy or sell? Non-Business Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20± words): FREE Commercial Ads only NA ƒ 1 per word, for each two-week issue. Call 790-6518 or 790-6125 or email info@bonairereporter.com Wanted: Dog-loving, professional, adult, single woman or couple to rent unique, spacious house in Belnem from Aug. 16 to Dec. 16. Two bedrooms, two baths, living room, kitchen, office, lush garden, wide porches, fully furnished, includes cable television and wireless internet. NAƒ 1500 a month. E-mail: pkayes@diversityworksinc.net. ————————————— Private guitar lessons available ! To improve your technique, improvisation, repertoire, music theory and sight reading, call Benji at 786-5073. ————————————— Starting from the first of July For rent @ Hato. Studio 550,--/ smallhouse 1100 with airco. Furnished, single. Beds, own terrace, parking space, garden. 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Page 14 Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 JOIN US TO GO BACK IN BONAIRE’S HISTORY TO 2000 – 9 YEARS AGO. In January 2000 Port Call became The Bonaire Reporter. The paper grew to 14 pages and added new columns: Ding Dong Dutch, “Port Call News” (yachts and water activities), Dive Gods and Goddesses (later changed to Dive Pros), Ban Kome (Let’s Eat) restaurant reviews, Bonaire Happenings, Cooking Indonesian, The Turtle Log, Dive Log of the Week, Insider’s Bonaire, Turtle Tales. Some of the stories: Venezuelan Institute of Culture, Drug dog at airport, Whales Sharks, Rincon Market, Winfred Dania, Kunuku Magic, Cindy Lott on Lac, Harvest Time, LVV, Butterfly Island, Karnaval time, Trans World Radio, many dive stories, Fundashon Cas Bonaireano, The Recovering Reef (after Lenny), Diving on Gas, Rincon Day festival, Bonaire Artist Elena, Klein Bonaire Foundation still trying to raise rest of money for the purchase price, Bonaire’s educational system, Kayaking, Dive Festival, Chartering the Sea Witch, Talk with the Lt. Governor every Thursday, Culture Week, Inside ALM, Budget Rent a Car Ladies, Series on Bonaire’s Endangered Bats, Fontein-Bonaire’s Oasis, The New Cousteaus, the Magic of Moogie, Vacation Plans for Kids, Copa Cultimara, Semperflorens Nursery, Jerry Ligon’s Nature articles, Changing Seasons on Bonaire, Pieter Zweersmaster windsurfer, Meet the ProsecutorErnst Wesselius, Our very special Bonairean houses, Diving in the Forbidden Zone to survey the reef, Special homes for childrenVilla Candidus and Villa Carlosrun by the Sister Maria Hoppner Foundation, Treasure Wrecks of Bonaire, Another View of Bonaire’s Seasons, Artist Anna Marie Kroes, SELIBON’s Environmental Police, Mola Madness, Jong Bonaire, Sails of Bonaire (Avy and Christelle Benhamron), Price Comparisons by Annette Roswell, Sailing Women, The Party Bus and even more….. Here are some news highlights from the following editions of The Reporter , 2000. Jan. 4 Klein Bonaire to be a wilderness national park . President of FPKB Bruce Bowker: “When Klein Bonaire soon becomes a National Park, Bonaire can claim to have one of the most preserved, natural and beautiful areas in the Caribbean, something that more and more people of this world are searching for.” Nature agreed because as the water taxi returned to the big island with the dignitaries from Klein Bonaire, a rainbow hung over the island. Then after everyone disembarked a rain shower passed over Klein to “baptize” it. Auto registration goes up 25%; International Airport departure tax to $20; trash pickup from NAƒ 5 to NAƒ 10/month. Jan. 11 -The final hour arrived – no miracles or angels to help – so Bonaire will not host the Sunfish Worlds 2000 Soer Swinda Seraus and Larry Gerharts named by Press Association as “Persons of the Year” Jan. 18 Whale Whacked by ship Nieuw Amsterdam . Body of the Tropical or Bryde’s Whale taken to salt company for storage. ( Years later Bonai students reconstructed it and set it up at the entrance to Washington Park) -Four sea turtle poachers convicted Port Call and Bonaire Reporter back issues are in archive room at Bonaire Communication Services Hollywood “heavies ” visit Bonaire aboard charted cruise ship , Le Levant , including Francis Ford Coppola, Penny Marshall, James Coburn Feb. 1 -Cargill says more rain this January than in the previous 30 years. Feb. 8 Gas prices on Bonaire highest in Netherlands Antilles (NAƒ 1,36 liter) September 1999 visitors decreased by 1.9% Feb. 15 Bonaire Government. and Harbour Village sign agreement on Sunset Beach Hotel – tentatively named “Royal Bonaire Resort.”( Didn’t happen) Air Aruba begins non-stop service to Bonaire from NY area. St. Martin referendum chooses status apart -Health statistics say Netherlands Antilles people are among the top three populations with a need for kidney dialysis . Shon Ma Rijna passes – owner of Den Laman Restaurant Feb. 22 Austrian yacht Hispanola runs aground one mile north of Willemstoren Light Regular police foot patrols in neighborhood of Amboina -Venezuelan airline, Avior, will begin flying to Bonaire from Caracas Bonaire’s businessmen want a referendum Mar. 1 -Residents along shoreline road, Kaya Kachi Craane , wonder if it will take a tragedy to stop the cars from speeding on that road. Residents are demanding speed bumps . Mar. 11 -Citizens petition against crime Dee Scarr inducted into 2000 Women Divers Hall of Fame -World’s first permanent underwater camera ( ReefCam) now on line, th anks to efforts of Jake and Linda Richter of NetTech., N.V. March 21 -Dutch Survey says 53% of Antilleans polled want Antilles to become a province of Holland . April 18 Crime continues; citizens outraged. Anton Sieverding robbed and shot in upper thigh – 4th armed robbery in last 10 days. April 28 KLM resumes its weekly non-stop 747 flight from Amsterdam May 2 Bonaire’s Bats – our precious native mammals. Bats being disturbed in their caves by people entering to explore, snorkel or dive Radio Nederlands transmitter site destroyed in a fire and explosion but recovers quickly May 9 Salt production at Cargill down 50% from last season -During a robbery Warehouse Bonaire manager shot in the head but is recovering. -New Animal Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema May 16 Population falls 2% ; number of foreigners increased 7.5% now 47 countries represented. Shows exodus of native Antilleans. Holdup men who wounded Warehouse Bonaire meat manager have been caught -Bruce Bowker’s letter to editor: how people on the island have pushed for and accomplished changes -By year’s end half of TWR families will be transferred; new technology permits program production, transmission and follow up to be done elsewhere. May 23 -Research vessel Edmund Link explores deep waters around Bonaire to collect sponges and other primitive marine life to study to find a cure for cancer. Chartered from Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. -46-foot yacht Bribone driven ashore near Willemstoren Lighthouse -San Francisco Hospital will be expanded and remodeled May 30 -Venezuelan airline Avior Air cancels daily service between Bonaire and Caracas -1999 was most successful year in attracting cruise ships 70 port calls June 13 -Sewer project for more densely populated parts of Bonaire temporarily on hold until costs for maintenance are researched. -KLM resumes two weekly non -stop flights (return to Amsterdam flights stop in Curaçao) June 20 -Construction on new primary school in Nikiboko -New Public prosecutor Ernst Wesselius June 27 Citizens march against crimelargest public demonstration in history of the island . On June 22 well known and respected Bon Awa owner Alfons Pleumeekers and his wife Maria del Carmen Lopez-Pleumeekers murdered at their home. July 4 More armed ro bberies – Caribbean Laundry Service, Liquortique, contractor Tony Marchena July 11 ALM cuts cost to keep flying -Pleumeekers killer suspects arrested July 18 Three fishermen from St. Lucia rescued by ketch Karrek Ven and brought to Bonaire TCB opens new office at head of Kaya Grandi -Minister of Justice Rutsel Martha reports 53 Antillean police officers implicated in crimes or other wrongdoing . 20 were drug related and 7 of those 20 are from Bonaire July 25 Caren Eckrich’s Sea & Discover open for classes and discovery activities for children and adults, snorkelers and divers. Aug. 1 Historic Buildings in Peril. Monument Foundation says no legal ordinance enacted to protect these buildings. Aug. 8 STINAPA news: Spaniard Fernanado Simal, a biologist, will manage WashingtonSlagbaai National Park; Catriona Glendenning new Marine Park manager -Thanks in part to Minister Toon Abraham Bonaire will soon have its own dialysis center in San Francisco Hospital ( It never happened and patients still have to fly to Curaçao for treatment ) -A developer has asked for permission to develop 23 hectares of government land in Karpata area, currently designated as a nature preserve under island’s Nature Policy Plan. The Plan does not have the force of law. No speed bumps yet for people on waterfront along sea promenade although promised by the department of roads. ( It did take a fatal accident of a young child in 2007 before the speed bumps were put in ) Aug. 22 Maritime Institute of Bonaire established – to promote general knowledge of maritime affairs. An information center set up in the harbor front buildings it will share with the Bonaire Art Foundation ( Unfortunately, it never happened. Two of its pro-ponents, Steve Gustowski and Jan Mol, passed away ) Aug. 29 -A large portion of this year’s generations of Loras wiped out by poachers – most of the nests in the Palmita area below Mt. Brandaris in Washington Park cleaned out. Smuggling believed to be centered in the area of Playa Frans. Aug. 22 Sunset Beach Hotel burns Rocargo receives ISO 9002 certification . Awarded only to companies with the highest standards of business practices, employee training, client support and quality operation. -2nd annual Bonaire Motorcycle Rally with nearly 100 machines Oct. 3 Citro (Citizens Rescue Service) suspends their rescue lifeboat service . The nearest Antillean Coast Guard base is in Curaçao, nearly 40 miles and three (Continued on page 15)

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 Page 15 hours away from Bonaire. Central Bank of the Netherlands Antilles gets bailout money of NAƒ 72 million , based on an agreement with the IMF. WannaDive opens Oct. 10 All of prisoners in Bonaire’s jail escape on Friday night but by Saturday all but two had surrendered or been recaptured. Jail was being guarded by volunteers from the militia since the regular guards were on strike. -Introduction of rental off-the-road “quads” is causing problems for the environment. They drive in bird sanctuaries, on turtle nesting beaches and chase donkeys. Oct. 24 5% of population has left ( 773 people of whom 442 were Bonaireans). Economic conditions and job opportunities much better in Holland. American Consulate General will no longer come to Bonaire for absentee voting due to the resources now available on the Internet. -Preparations underway for a major lengthening of the airport runway. Outcry against Ka rpata development Oct. 31 Bonaire Airlines to start next year, serving Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Caracas. ( Never started) Executive Council gives order to extend the airport runway . DeAntillen and BWM will do the job. Cost is over NAƒ 5 million. KLM says if runway is lengthened it would consider expanding its flight schedule, using Bonaire as a hub for its Latin American flights. KLM also requires a fueling depot. Departure hall will have to be expanded. ( KLM’s twice a day service sparked an economic recovery in Bonaire) Jan Blonk Boatyard ope ns next to WEB Nov. 14 Oceans 98 (a non-profit foundation formed to help the UN and others promote the message of the 1998 Year of the Ocean) wants to make Bonaire a world center for conferences, symposia and meetings. They’ll renovate the Oranje School at Wilhelmina Plaza. Headquarters will relocate from The Hague to Bonaire. ( Ocean 98 turned out to be a penniless shell bordering on fraudulent) -Bonaire Nature Alliance president speaks to ministers of Antilles and Aruba citing issues: need for sewage disposal system, a halt to longlining in Antillean and Aruban waters, effects of the airport runway extension, expanded research program for sea turtles, spay neutering program and the protection of Bonaire’s bats. -TCB invites artists and craftsmen to display and sell their works in Wilhelmina Park during cruise ship visits. (Now a very successful market) Dec. 5 Inflation rose in Netherlands Antilles to 3.4%. The highest is in Bon-aire: 4.3% in the second quarter. Dec. 12 Democratic Party (PDB) pushing for a referendum on the constitutional status for the island. -Rincon Market celebrates its oneyear anniversary with a big party Dec. 19 Fontein opens to the public as a result of the work done by Alejandro Wernet Bat Action Team (BAT) conducts systematic mapping of the island’s caves and identifying native bat species, hoping to ensure the future of Bonaire’s only native mammal, the valuable insect eating and cactus pollinating bats. Caves sensitive to human intrusion will be indentified and hopefully protected. BAT has no authority to close the caves but it can advise the government through DROB of those caves that should be preserved. It’s an insp iring example of volunteers, business and the government working together. -The first ALM trans-Atlantic flight landed at Curaçao’s Hato Airport last Sunday, four hours later than scheduled and with a different aircraft than expected. ALM’s Belgian partner, City Bird, told ALM that the MD-11 plane scheduled to fly was out of service. But it managed to charter a DC-10 from the British operator Air Tours. Because of logistics the DC-10 had to fly to Curaçao via Manchester, England. The return flight left a day late because the Air Tours air crew required rest. “It’s a start,” said ALM President Mario Evertsz.” Dec. 26 Quads operated by Quarts Rentals have been ordered off the road by the Civil Court. Airlift news at the end of the year: KLM began two non-stops from Holland. Sobelair and Martinair continued weekly schedules. Air Jamaica added a second flight and ALM resumed its Miami non-stop. ALM recently began twiceweekly flights to Amsterdam in partnership with Belgian carrier, City Bird. Compiled by Laura DeSalvo. Readers are invited to write in their recollections. and perspective for this “look back .” Send a letter to the editor: laura@bonairereporter.com Back In Time (Continued from page 14) www.evelinebodymindspirit.com Follow your heart to Nurture your SELF with 100% organic skin care. Come see ou r selection of chemical free products ~ Take a moment and relax with us.... Free WIFI ~ iced tea on The Porch ~ Kaya Korona #47 7881058 amst13@aol.com A s many people believe and practice, “Art is a good investment.” But the paintings of Renate van der Bijl’s are not only that but vignettes of a beautiful life on Bonaire as seen through the eyes of a talented and sensitive artist. Van der Bijl’s art continues to grow with new impressions of traditional subjects. You may never have seen donkeys portrayed as this artist does but their expr essions are totally familiar. Her “Seagulls” in blue mirror the sky and the sea. And in the “Kibrahacha in bloom” she captures that fantastic explosion of color that can take our breath away. After a hiatus of many years beginning in her 20s when Renate ceased working as an artist, she came to Bonaire where her talent came out of hiding and she, like the flowering trees on the island, burst into bloom. Her work just gets better and better. It’s hanging in many of the homes on the island as well as in North American and Europe. Renate’s paintings are now on display in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel and you may view them at your leisure all the time that the lobby is open. For more information you may call Renate van der Bijl at 7176500. L.D.

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Page 16 Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 Q) Which symbol is also seen in the Bonaire Coat of Arms A) The seafarer’s compass. Question on Page 8 REGULAR EVENTS By appointment – Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for residents and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 5409800. Parke Publico children’s playground open every day into the cooler evening hours. Saturdays 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. Flea Market at Parke Publico every first Saturday of the month, 3 to 7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and to sell. NAƒ10 per selling table.(NAƒ 5 goes to up-keep the park). NGOs can have a free table. More information and reservations for a spot call Vicky Bissessar 786 1592 . Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine Company’s warehouse on Kaya Industria, second Saturday of the month , 79 pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10 (NAƒ17,50) per person. Tel. 560 -7539. 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. Mondays Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value Fridays Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 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, 7175080 Monday -Dee Scarr’s Touch the Sea Slide Presentation, Capt. Don’s Habitat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529 Tuesday —Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of Bonaire Slide Show . Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 7pm— 717-3802. Tuesday -Bonaire Land and Ocean presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff, 7pm on the big screen inside the Sunset Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condominiums. 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 Krioyo 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, 24. 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 December 25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015 or 796 5681 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday at 7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971 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 , 7:15 pm— All levels, NAƒ2,50, call Joop at 786-6003 to find out the evening’s location. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. JCI First Wednesday of the MonthJunior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is 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. For more information call 510-0710. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday , 12 noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-2066 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 HAPPENING SOON Now —Art Exhibit: Paintings by Renata Van Der Byl , Plaza Hotel Lobby—see page 16 June 1 to September 30 – Bonaire Dive into Summer Saturday, July 4 – Big Monthly Rincon Market, 6 am—2 pm Saturday, July 4 – Flea market at Parke Publico , 3 to 7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and to sell. NAƒ 10 per selling table (NAƒ 5 goes to up keep of the park) NGOs can have a free table. More information and reservations for a spot call Vicky Bissessar 786-1592 Sunday, July 5 17th Dia di Arte (Bonaire Art Day), all day at Wilhelmina Park. Local art and cultural works, live music, dancing, entertainment, selections of Bonaire’s cross cultural cuisine. It’s a Bonairean tradition. Don’t miss it! July 8 – 11 – 5th Annual Starboard pro-Kids Freestyle World Championships Saturday, July 11 – Quarterly Underwater Cleanup of Customs Pier (permission pending). Dive Friends at Dive Inn at Chachacha Beach. Saturday, July 25 – Miss Reef Bikini 2009 Contest, Jibe City Who’s Who on The Bonaire Reporter Take The Reporter Home—1-year subscription: By mail to US $65; By mail to Europe $130. By Internet $25 donation. For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , PO Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles; phone (599) 790-6518, 786-6125, E-mail: info@bonairereporter.com The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: P. O. Box 407, Bona ire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Published every two weeks Reporters: Siomara Albertus, Stephanie Bennett , J@n Brouwer, Andrea Burton, Christy Dovale, Rhian Evans, Jack Ho rkheimer, Molly Kearny-Bartikoski, Greta Kooistra, Mabel Nava, Dee Scarr, Michael Thiessen, Unattributed photos are by the editor or publisher. Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elisabeth S ilberie (Playa), Divi-Divi Airline Housekeeping: JRA. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij, Curaçao ©2009 The Bonaire Reporter

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 Page 17 Hair Affair We do our best to make your hair and makeup wishes come true!! You can also come in for facials and facial waxing . We use and sell L’Oreal products Is your plan to marry on the island? We can make you beautiful and stay beautiful for your happiest day. Personal attention by Janneke Appointment by tel: 717-5990 or just walk in. Downtown, near the waterfront next to Little Havana Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop AIRLINES Divi Divi Air. Bonaire’s “on time airline” with 16 flights a day between Bonaire and Curaçao. Your first choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba. APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS City Shop , the mega store, has the island’s widest selection of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and 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 sells bikes and all kinds of bike accessories. They do professional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Have your keys made here. INTERNET AND CELLULAR SERVICE MIO offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-SPEED INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire. DINING De Bonairiaan Restaurantis a unique restaurant run by the students of the Stitchting Project with their advisors. Each day a different menu. Kaya J. A. Abraham Blvd., #21 (nearly across from Divi Resort) 717-6921, 786-6816 Inexpensive: Open Wednes day, Thursday, Friday 9 am—2 pm for Breakfast, Coffee and Lunch Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire’s best. Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. On Kaya Gob. Debrot ½ mile north of town center. 780-1111 Call ahead to eat-in or take out Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant at the Lighthouse at Harbour Village Marina is the original family-owned and operated steakhouse and grill. Fabulous dining. Now open for lunch. Reservations 717-7725 Philips Cooking and Organizing is your personal chef for Private Dinners, Catering, Party Snacks and Wedding Services. Let Philip do it all www.philipscooking.com call 701-1100 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. ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation above and below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire’s top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City Café, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apartments . FITNESS Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness machines an d 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. 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. PEST CONTROL Professional Pest Control . Call Peter to get rid of all those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants that want to invade your home. Call now and save your investment in your home. PHOTO FINISHING Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center downtown offers fast, fine pr ocessing for prints, slides, items and services. Full digital services . REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS Bonaire 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. Caribbean Homes, “the Refreshing Realtor,” specializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property management. 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. 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. SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent. What would we do without their superb services? SUPERMARKETS The Island Supplier (TIS)Enjoy shopping the “Caribbean Way’ – fresh, open air feeling with reasonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods, wide selection of beverages and juices. Good rum selection. 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. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-noon. Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Reporter are included in the guides. Free! Call 790-6518, 786-6518 Or email Reporter@BonaireNews.com Check CARIB INN First. 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Page 18 Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 Bonaire/Republiek – Jenne van den Ouden and his wife Karin live on the island of Bonaire since 2005. They found jobs as dive instructors and they bought their own house in the neighborhood of Republiek. Jenne has a job as dive instructor at Divi Flamingo. He really likes the island of Bonaire and the underwater world around it. Some two times a day he jumps in the Caribbean Sea as an instructor or as a dive guide. The vehicle Jenne and Karen use for every day transportation is an old four-wheel drive reliable Toyota Hilux. Because of the influence of the climate the car is getting lighter and lighter every day because of the conversion of iron into rust. After some years Jenne decided to buy a pair of extra wheels: a Honda 600 XLR, built way back in 1983. Two persons, two jobs, two vehicles. An ideal combination on the hilly island with her curvy roads. Jenne’s first experience with motorized two-wheelers goes back to the early 80s in Europe. His first sporty small motorcycle, in fact it was a moped, was a red sprayed Yamaha FS1. The 50 cc two-stroke, four-speed moped was very popular among youngsters. Jenne had a special one because his Yamaha single cylinder was water cooled. Maybe here his love for water first started… The next moped he bought was a German made Zündapp. The engine size was 125 cc. For a person without a driver’s license it was illegal to ride a bike of this engine size so Jenne mounted a tank and side panels of a legal 50 cc model to mislead the police officers. How smart can you be! And again this fast 125 cc two-stroke single cylinder was water cooled! Jenne’s third bike was a water cooled (!) and very fast 125 cc Yamaha cross bike. Then the real stuff began. Jenne got his official driver’s license and he got into real sizes: a 800cc two-cylinder liquid-cooled Honda Pacific Coast. Then he got a Yamaha XS 750, a rare triple engine with a unique sound produced by the exhaust system of the three cylinder. Finally Jenne fell completely in love with a top of the bill model made by die Bayerische Motor Werke: a BMW K 1100 RS. The “K” stands for four cylinder and “RS” stands for Rennsport ( racing sport/jb ). Jenne thinks this is the best motor ever made, as far as he knows…Then he and Karin moved to Bonaire and they shared one vehicle: the color changing 4WD Toyota Hilux, getting browner every day. One of Jenne’s friends is his old neighbor from Hato, Eddie Faber. Eddie is also a dive instructor. One day Eddie was given a more or less complete Honda motorcycle in carton boxes. More less than more a motorcycle. Eddie collected all kinds of missing parts and with the help of a workshop manual and a lot of time and energy Eddie converted the fourstroke jigsaw puzzle into a real Honda 600 XLR. An overhead camshaft multi-valve RFVC fourstroke engine powered off-road motorcycle, built in 1983 by Honda, Japan and completely rebuilt in 2007 by the one-man Faber Factory in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles. Eddie resprayed the original red and white Honda. Now the bike is completely flat black. Two red scorpions mark the fuel tank. Eddie fitted two brand new rough motor cross tires and the bike was ready for the mud and the dirt. Eddie really enjoyed his homemade bike but then plans changed and another world was attracting Eddie’s attention. Then Jenne grabbed his chance and bought the bike. Jenne was independent and moving on two wheels again! Jenne says, “Eddie did a very good job! This Honda single cylinder appears to be very reliable. Everything works, even the lights and the flashers. The shocks and the brakes are ok and I only had one flat tire once. Luckily it was the tube of the front wheel. It is really peanuts to drive this bike as long as you are not wearing long skirts.” Starting the single cylinder 600 cc thumper engine of the Honda is a kind of an art: a mixture of spirit and skill, a blend of mind and man power. Hard to explain, difficult to experience. Jenne continues, “The first thing you are not allowed to forget is to open the fuel tap. This allows the fuel to flow free into the bowl of the carburetor. Then you have to turn on the ignition by the switch. Then you have to adjust the choke lever into the right position. It takes a lot of experience to find the real right position. Every 600 XLR has her own right position of the lever. Then you turn out the kick starter pedal. No, there is no electric starter motor on this light weight engine with her alloy and magnesium parts. Then you have to find the top death point of the piston. There is a chance of one out of two. I cannot explain this exactly. Then you have to push the kick starter pedal down with your right hand foot to kick the piston through the 10-to-one compressed mixture of fuel and air. And then the result is a nice and deep rumble coming out of the remains of the exhaust system: boom boom boom boom. The lovely sound of explosions inside a huge single cylinder. First gear. Off we go, down the hill! (…) Most of the time… Sometimes the will of the Honda soul differs slightly from the intention of the driver: no running engine and the smell of completely not burned fuel. This only happens sometimes. Then the wife has to keep her mouth shut and the dogs have to remain remote. A man needs his time. Close the fuel tap, push the kick starter, run the engine dry, wait for some Bonairiaan seconds and start allover again. Jump! Thump! She picks up, idles and runs! As I said, she is a very reliable motorcycle. There is not a single reason to sell her. Eddie did a great job. And only if ever we have to leave this island of Bonaire I will get myself another BMW K1100 or K1200. This is the ultimate. On the other hand I know that a K-model BMW is almost completely useless on Bonaire. So for the next decades of years I have the intention to stick on my beloved Honda 600. Thanks Eddie!” Story & photo by J@n Brouwer The 50th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire’s interesting vehicles that are “on wheels.” (Picture: J@n Brouwer) Jenne van den Ouden Honda 600 XLR Bats Seriously Endangered by Increasing Construction “T he cave-dwelling bat colonies on Bonaire are under increasing pressure. The increase of tourism, tourism projects and construction of luxury villas threaten the survival of the cavedwelling bats. Of the three out of the four cave-dwelling bat species, fewer than 500 specimens are still alive today. And the fact that more and more people are visiting the caves does not help in protecting these diminishing colonies. They are most affected in the Barcadera and Colombia areas That is where the Mormoops megalophylla (phantom-face bat) is found, a subspecies only in Bonaire. A large colony of Leptonycteris curasoae (long-snout bat) seems to have been driven away already. Also found in this area is the Natalus tumidirostris (funnel-eared bat), close to extinction on Bonaire.” This came from a 2008 report by Anna Rojer of the Scientific Institute for Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) in Curaçao. STINAPA Bonaire was shocked by the results and sounded the alarm bells. Both caves and bats urgently need protection. In areas with many caves, like Barkadera, Santa Barbara, Colombia and Lima, there is construction planned where there is a lack of consideration for the bats’ environment. By protecting the caves and the surrounding areas, the bat population may be saved. CARMABI has pledged support to STINAPA in developing a control plan. In 1991 the Barkadera area was designated as a protected area due to the presence of these caves and their bats. Unfortunately the government lifted that protection in 2005 to allow construction. STINAPA is pleading to reinstate this protection before it’s too late . The same goes for the Colombia area, which is also rich in caves and cavedwelling bats. Many tropical bat species need caves as a daytime hiding place as well as a place where their young are born. Not every cave is suitable for the bats. Most species have specific requirements. It is known that the Phantom-faced bat and Long-snout bats will live only in caves that are very warm. That is why it is incorrect to think that bats will find another cave if they are driven away. The rare Funnel-eared bat also has high demands for its living quarters. There are only about 100 to 150 specimens left on Bonaire. There was a large colony that lived in a cave in Sabadeco until it collapsed when a house was built on top of it. Not only will the actual destruction of their homes drive bats away. A whole colony of Phantom-faced bats was decimated in Curacao when hundreds of meters away, construction was taking place. Probably the bats were driven away by vibrations or sounds or the scraping of the earth by bulldozers. The Funnel-eared bat exists in only one cave in Bonaire. Just by people entering the cave could mean the wholesale death of this species if they have young. Due to the disturbance the babies can drop to the ground and die of hunger. Why Should We Care? Bats are the only indigenous mammals on Bonaire. All species that exist on Bonaire are endemic subspe-cies. This means that they only occur on the Leeward Islands, and nowhere else in the world. They are very useful to man and nature because they eat ( thousands of) mosquitoes and cross-pollinate the cacti. The Long-tongue bat ( Glossophaga elongate ) and the Long-snout bat are nectar-eating bats that pollinate the flowers of the pillar cacti which only bloom at night . That is how fruits will grow which provide food for birds and reptiles in the dry season. ( And it is the cacti that hold the island together .) Press Release from STINAPA Bonaire, Tel. 717-8444, email Stinapa@Bonairelive.com Ron van Rijn photo

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 3-24, 2009 Page 19 My Favorite and Almost Everyone's Favorite Summer Constellation Y ou know, if I had to pick only one constellation which I like better than all the rest in summer skies, it would have to be the ancient, gigantic and dreaded Scorpius the Scorpion . On any summer night in June, July or August face south before midnight and depending on what month and hour you look the scorpion will either be southeast, due south or southwest. But you should have no trouble finding it because it's huge and one of th e few constellations which actually looks like its name. Indeed if we connect each br ight star in Scorpius with lines we can see a very simple-line representation of a scorpion with his claws drawn in. Or if you're afraid of scorpions you can imagine this constellation to be a giant fishhook as seen by some ancient Polynesians or th e capital letter 'J,' for Jack. Scorpius has been around for thousands of years and wa s depicted by many cultures, including the ancient Egyptians. In ancient Greece and Rome, however, the scorpion was much big bigger than now and its claws extended forward from it as if getting ready to grab whatever planets or comets might come its way. And if yo u look closely you'll see two stars where his claws used to be. They are named Zuben Elgenubi and Zuben Eschamali and in Arabic, literally mean the northern claw and the southern claw. But Julius Caesar and his megalomaniacal friends in the Ro man Senate decided that Rome was so special that it needed its own constellation as a form of ancient PR. So they did a hatchet job on Scorpius' claws to make up the constellation, which they said stood for the symbol of Roman justice, Libra . Talk about cosmic injustice! At any rate once you've found Scorpius with his claws no longer outstretched, pay particular attention to where the scorpion 's heart should be. Because, believe it or not, there, just by coincidence, a red star named Antares is right where his red heart should be. And this star Antares is my ve ry favorite summer star, hands down, because it is one of the three largest st ars we can see with the naked eye. Now I usually refer to our Sun as being a million miles wide to make it easy to remember, but in fact it is a bit short of that number being only 865,000 miles wide, but which is still pretty huge compared to our 8,000-mile-wide Earth. In fact our Sun is so huge we could fit over a million and a half of our Earths inside it. Antares, however, puts our Sun to shame, because it is 700 times wider than our Sun, so huge we could fit over 350 million Suns inside it! Or if you'd like to think of it this way, if we placed one edge of it where ou r Sun is, it would reach out past the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Jupiter ! And it is so far away that it takes 520 years for its light to reach us. So whenever we look at Antares we see it not as it exists now but as it existed 520 years ago. So get thee out any summer night and marvel at the magnificent scorpion who should fill you full of wonder instead of ancient dread.. Jack Horkheimer *to find it... just look up ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Don't try to deal with important issues or make changes that will upset the apple cart. You are best not to confide in anyone right now. Digestive disorders will be a result of family squabbles. Be careful that you don't overextend yourself. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Try to compromise rather than having an all out battle. Make alternate plans just in case you need to make a career shift. You're likely to encounter new partners if you take short trips. Don't start a dispute unless you're prepared to accept irreversible results. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can expect opposition from family as well as colleagues. Build on friendship rather than starting out in an intimate encounter. Professionalism will be of utmost importance. Your doubt could lead to insecurity. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) You'll have amazing ideas, but superiors may try to block your attempts at implementing them. Do not give your heart to someone who may not live up to your standards. You're in the mood to do things such as competitive sports, or perhaps a night on the town. A series of misunderstandings may be at fault. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You will be in a high cycle regarding work. Insincere gestures of friendliness are likely to occur. Secret affairs may be brought out in the open. Help elders get their personal papers in order. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Observations will be far more productive. Use your high energy and dynamic approach to win favors from superiors. Unfortunately, your personal life may suffer from a lack spare time. Don't make any drastic changes or begin new projects this month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Keep your thoughts to yourself for the time being. Put your time and energy into home improvement. Recognition will be yours if you meet your deadline. Be aware of deception when it comes to your position, and be sure not to jump to conclusions. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Older family members may take advantage of you by making you feel guilty. Control your temper by getting immersed in your work. Invite friends over rather than spending money on lavish entertainment. You will be in the mood to socialize. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23Dec.21) Abrupt changes concerning your professional position are evident. Art investment will pay big dividends in the long term. Don't hesitate to voice your ideas and opinions. Take advantage of your attributes and lure the mate of your choice. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) There could be disappointment regarding investments. Deal with the needs of children and get into groups that deal with self awareness. Try to find another time to present work or ideas this month. Work on legitimate financial deals that may enable you to bring in some extra cash. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Business trips might prove unproductive. Don't be afraid to confront situations concerning loved ones in order to solve any problems that may exist. You can gain approval, get kudos, and ask for help if you put a little heart into your speech or request. You need to be sure that you aren't in your present relationship because it is convenient. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You are best to be discreet. Unreliable people will be negative about your ideas. Accept the inevitable and continue to do your job. You may need to make a few alterations to your living arrangements. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. Top Health Fitness Center at the Kaya Nikiboko Nord (towards More4Less) in the “La Hacienda” building— 796-3109 or 786-8908 Fit & Healthy is a program completely under the guidance of a professional. Exercising in a responsible way is guaranteed. The 75-minute program is adequate for all and especially all ages (even 60+). Lose weight, maintain a healthy weight or work on an optimum physical condition. If you are experiencing health problems, like backand knee pain, Fit & Health is right for you. Special attention to a correct posture. 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