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Last week, with four of its seven
planes still grounded, DCA bor-
rowed an MD-82 from SLM, Suriname
Airlines. This helped the transportation
crunch, but the Curagao-based airline still
operated on a greatly abbreviated sched-
ule. The SLM plane was used on the
Aruba, St. Maarten and Port of Spain
routes. A DC-9 continued to service Bon-
aire. Repairs on two grounded MD-80s
are expected soon.
There is lots of debate in the Curagao is-
land council on whether to continue to
subsidize the financially troubled airline
which is failing in the footsteps of its
ALM predecessors.
Meanwhile, BonairExel continued flying
only one of its two planes and American
Eagle cancelled several flights, stranding
more passengers for 24 hours. American
Eagle flies from Bonaire to San Juan on
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
according to their latest Internet schedule.

A The government of Bonaire is going
ahead with the sewage treatment plant.
Commissioner Jonchie Dortalina ex-
plained that EU Development Funds will,
for the most part, finance the project. Af-
ter several studies the plans are to be
drawn up in the next few months with the
help of a German Consulting Company,
Dorsch Consult, who completed the feasi-
bility study two years ago.
The plans are to be completed no later
than February, 2005. After review, the
project will go out to bid to the building
contractors. Once begun the actual work
is expected to take one and a half to two
years. It's hoped that the system, includ-


SUnits for the new King's Beach Resort
are currently under construction at Punt
Vierkant, just south of the Lighthouse Beach
Resort. This gated resort community is to in-
clude a sandy beach, dive shop and dive pier,
pool and tennis courts and full-time, on-site
security. It will be one of Bonaire's largest
ocean-front developments in more than 25
years. It will include 45 town-homes (27 two-
bedroom units and 18 three-bedroom units)
and a condo hotel with 45 one-bedroom luxury suites. Ten of the 45 town homes are
due to be completed in mid-2005. The remaining 35 town homes are planned for com-
pletion over the next two years. All homes will feature top quality appliances, tile
floors, airco in every bedroom, water heaters, ceiling fans and multi-zone alarm sys-
tems.
Phase Two of the projects will start in 2005 and are planned to include construction of
the 45-room condo hotel, various retail shops, dive shop, pier and a full service restau-
rant. For more information call Bob Bartikoski (RE/MAX Paradise Homes) at 717-
7362 or 786-7362.


IN THIS ISSUE:
Lora Market=No Loras 5
Referendum Chronicle 6
Life on Aruba and Bonaire 6
Dia di Arte 8
Aruba Hi Winds 2004 9
Swim Club 9
Yoga (Back Safety) 10
Reporter Rincon Award 11
Spec. Olympics to Jamaica 11
Dietitian (High Blood Pressure) 12
Hush Hush Seaside Spots 13
Turtle Report 13
Winfred Dania Exhibit 18

WEEKLY FEATURE&
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Police Update 4
Yacht List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Pets of the Week (Toby & Pien) 14
Picture Yourself
(Bergen, Norway) 15
What's Happening 15
Shopping Guide 16
Dining Guide 16
On the Island Since (Nubia) 17
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19

ing its water purification plant will be op-
erational in 2007.
Bonaire environmentalists have taken
exception to the proposed design of the
water treatment plant, saying it will do
more harm than good to Bonaire's reef.

A Bonaire was the third highest con-
tributor to the GDP in the Netherlands
Antilles with 6% behind Curagao's 75%
and St. Martin's 16%. Statia's was 2% and
Saba's, 1%.

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A Jong Bonaire closed the school year
with a ping pong tournament for the
members who had practiced long hours
during the school year. When the pad-
dles stopped, at the top of the competi-
tors was Heinrich Scherptong, (at right,
being awarded the silver cup by coach
Paco Veeris). Jong Bonaire has com-
pleted its regular season but has some
vacation time events planned.

* On June 22, the BOPEC oil trans-
fer facility was the first Bonaire port
to get ISPS (International Port Secu-
rity) certification. In the photo Lt.
Governor Domacass6 (right) presents
the certificate to BOPEC officials.
This certification was required to be
in place by July 1st as part of a world-
wide anti-terrorist program.
Harbormaster L.O. Staie has in-
formed The Reporter that Bonaire's
ports met the ISPS requirement on
schedule and that further improve-
ments will be completed in a few
weeks. Last week, Dee Scarr reported that diving at the town pier is still allowed but
there are some slight modifications to the normal procedure (verified ID required, etc.).
Only about half the world's ports and 53% of global shipping complied with the Inter-
national Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) by the deadline, according to the
International Maritime Organization.
The ISPS code, signed by 147 governments, requires ports, stevedoring companies and
owners of ships larger than 500 tons to draw up plans for responding to a terrorist
threat, implement tighter security around facilities and train staff. 1


(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)

A A large number of burglaries were
reported during the past two weeks. Hit
hard were the Antriol, Nikiboko, Tera Cora,
Hato, SABADECO and Playa neighbor-
hoods.
Police have issued warnings to take precau-
tionary measures. People are advised to


lock their homes properly during the night.
See the Police Report for additional details.

A Another surgeon for Bonaire's Hospi-
tal is under consideration. Luis Cansini
of the Guerra Mendez Clinic in Venezuela
visited San Francisco Hospital recently. He
inspected the operating room, the available
equipment and introduced himself to the


P O L I CE UDA T E UIS


LAST WEEK'S REPORTS
Public Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius re-
ports:
*There were five drug courier arrests at
Flamingo Airport. Four were from Cura-
cao, one from Holland. Schiphol Airport
continues to report that KLM flights
from Bonaire are free of drug couriers.
*Two burglars, drug addicts, who have
been involved in numerous break-ins,
were arrested.
*A re-enactment of the assault by a man
on a man and a woman living above Bon
Fysio was conducted last week by law
enforcement officials to decide whose
was the correct story. According to the
Prosecutor, a re-enactment is conducted
when witnesses' stories are so different.
The assailant is under house arrest.
*More news on the shooting on Saturday,
June 5, by the Customs officer who shot
at his girlfriend's ex boyfriend. It was
alleged that the ex-boyfriend had pro-
voked an argument with his ex-girlfriend
and the Customs officer before the shoot-

Bonairean surgical team. He spoke to Hos-
pital Administrator Dr. Giovanni Frans and
Board Member Boy Clarenda about the
local procedures and rules. Finally he paid
some local physicians a short visit. Dr.
Casini is expected to be the first surgeon
from the Guerra Mendez team assigned and
plans to work in Bonaire for a few months
before being replaced by one of his col-
leagues from the Clinic.

A Ten eye specialists have joined forces to
open a laser eye-correction clinic in


Justine Gonggrijp,
Assistant Public Prosecutor


ing began. The ex-boyfriend was arrested
and held pending further investigation
but has since been released.
*There was a fire in the jail last week,
(Continued on page 10)


Curacao. The investment is reportedly
NAf 13.3 million. Next month specialists
from the Netherlands will start seeing pa-
tients. Curagao practitioners will join the
clinic's staff at a later date. Cost is
NAf2,200 per treated eye.

A The Bonaire Reporter will not be pub-
lished next week in accordance with our
practice of publishing four times a month.
The next issue will appear on July 22. 1
L./G. D.


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A SLORZ MWRKET=NOMOSKRE SS9RAS:W4


There is a Cree Indian
prophecy that says:


Only after the last tree has
been cut down,
Only after the last river has
been poisoned,
Only after the lastfish has
been caught,
Only then will youfind
that money cannot be eaten.


oachers wouldn't take baby Loras
from the nests if there weren't a mar-
ket for them to sell to. You really
can't blame the poachers if in a few
years there isn't a wild Lora to be
found on the island. That would be
too easy. The reason why a poacher
takes a chick from the nest is because
you want one; you pay for it; or you
asked him to do you a favor. You are
the principal, and although you're not
getting your hands dirty by cutting a
tree open or climbing a cliff, that little
bird is taken from the nest, from the wild,
because you wanted it. Think about it...
Our Lora, the Amazona barbadensis roths-
childi, is found only on Bonaire and on the
Venezuelan islands of Margarita and La
Blanquilla. But until now it has never been
proven that we're talking about the exact
same species. So, we have something
that's pretty unique in this world: Our
wild Lora.
Still, very little is known about this rare
bird. What we do know is this: There are
about 600 Loras living in the wild. Let's say
(but we don't know for sure) that half of


Bonaire's oldest caged Lora-
more than 35 years old


them are males and the other half are fe-
males. That would make 300 couples. Only
when the bird is three or four years old
might it start breeding. Suppose, in a certain
year, one-third of the entire population is
mature enough to be breeders. That would
be 100 females. Each female lays an aver-
age of two eggs. So, in that year we'll have
200 eggs, of which 50% will hatch. That's a
hundred eggs. Of the babies, 40% die be-
cause of a lack of food, parasites or because
of predators. Sixty babies survive and about
half of them live through the first year.
That's only 30 Lora babies.


It would make you think, that if everything
goes well and ends well, every year 30 Lo-
ras are added to Bonaire's population. Not
true!
We forgot to talk about poachers... and
their clients...!
After the registration campaign "Registra bo
Lora," we found out that half of the more
than 600 Loras that are kept in captivity
are not older than six years. That means
that every year dozens of Loras are taken
from the nest, and thus from the wild, to
sit for the rest of their lives in a cage. It
also means that this link in the chain of
the Loras' existence has become useless
for the wild population because it will
never produce anymore. And so it's not
true that 30 Loras are added to the wild
population every year. In reality it's far
less...
Numbers can be quite boring, but what
we're talking about is this: A Lora can eas-
ily reach 60 years old! That is, if you're
keeping one in a cage and you're taking
care of it properly: It has a spacious cage,
you're cleaning the cage every day, every
day you put fresh water, vegetables and
seeds, you give the Lora fresh branches to
chew on, toys to play with and on top of it
all, your time and attention. What will
happen is that the Lora will not only survive
you, it might even be a joy to your children
and grandchildren! And for 60 long years
you don't have to "order" a Lora from the
wild!
On the other hand, if you neglect your Lora
and it dies as a youngster or a teenager you
have to "order" another one and another one
and another one, and in your lifetime you
wear away 10 Loras. Understand that it's
not only those 10. Each Lora you have


could have easily had 10 surviving chil-
dren in its lifetime. So if you have one
Lora, you've taken, in fact, 10 from the
wild. If you have two Loras, you stole 20
Loras from the wild. But we're still talking
about first generation, not even about the
second, the third and so on. They are just
lost forever, and you cannot even calculate
what you took from nature by taking only
one of their babies. What will be left?
It's up to you. In this world Bonaire is
praised more and more often as an oasis
where nature and man respect each other.
Every day many men and women on Bon-
aire are working very, very hard to preserve
and protect what we have. Why? Out of re-
spect, because they love the island; because
we're all part of nature and we don't want to
leave this world drained out, dirty and ex-
hausted to our children and their children.
Respect for life is the highest asset: Life in
all its variety. Money can't buy everything.
You can't buy a clean sea full of fish. You
can't buy clean air to breathe or a clear blue
sky full of birds, and you still can't buy a
rain shower or a clean conscience. We're all
in the same boat; we're all part of it, and
once it's gone it will never come back
again, ever...
During the coming months, police, SSV,
Polis Ambiental and STINAPA's Park
Rangers will be extra alert and they will
strictly enforce the law. If you see that
someone is disturbing or poaching a nest, or
that someone is trying to sell a Lora, or
keeping a Lora that doesn't have a band,
please call 717-3741 or 717-8000. The fines
are high: NAf1000 per bird and the Lora
will be confiscated. O Greta Kooistra


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n a development related to the up-
coming Referendum, the European
Union committee finished their report in
which several options for the relations
between the Antilles and Arba and the
European Union are described, espe-
cially the pros and cons of each of the
options. According to Committee Chair-
man Ronald van Beuge, there is finally
an unbiased report based upon which
politicians can make a decision.
On Wednesday Van Beuge presented the
report to Etienne Ys, Minister-President
of the Antilles; Nelson Oduber, Premier
of Aruba; and Thom de Graaf, the Minis-
ter of Kingdom Relations.
The committee presented the possible
options for a relationship with the Euro-
pean Union (EU) and the political, judi-
cial, economic and financial conse-
quences of alternatives for the three
countries of the Kingdom.
According to Van Beuge it is advisable
to make a decision within two to three
years. The recently established European
constitutional law must be ratified by
several member states within two years
after signing. As soon as the law is put


NOS FUTURE, BAN P'EI
(OUR FUTURE-LET'S
GO FOR IT.)


into effect, the Kingdom can request the
union to introduce an amendment of the
status for the Antilles and Aruba. The
constitution doesn't need to be amended;
a unanimous decision of the European
council is sufficient.


LIFE ON ARUBA AND BONAIRE

This is the second of two articles by
Jiri Lausman describing life on Aruba
as shaped by its 1986 decision to leave
the Netherlands Antilles and become a
separate member of the Dutch King-
dom. We hope it can offer some per-
spective as one of the choices, Status
Aparte, a voter may select in the Bon-
aire Referendum

A person living long years on Aruba and
moving now to Bonaire sees that many
things are very different on both islands.
The only issue, shared indisputably by
the people of Aruba and Bonaire, is mu-
tual friendship and a negative attitude
towards Curaqao. Bonaireans living on
Aruba, unlike people born on Curaqao,
speak with pride about the island of their


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origin. The Bonairean Club on Aruba is
one of the most prestigious social clubs
on the island. There is no Curaqao Club.

The relation between Aruba and Holland
is, unfortunately, substantially less cor-
dial. Changing historic Dutch street
names, as done by the current govern-
ment, certainly does not contribute to
improvement of this relationship. Vari-
ous other Caribbean islands try to pre-
serve their heritage, for example as on
the French tourist island, St. Barthelemy,
the streets in the capital, Gustavia, still
carry the Swedish names given by the
Swedes who originally colonized the is-
land. On Aruba just the opposite is hap-
pening. In order to eliminate what could
bring back the memories of the old colo-
nial power, the main street and main
sport stadium in Oranjestad now carry
the names of local politicians. A former
minister has proposed to Parliament to
also change the name of "Reina Beatrix
Airport."
More than one million tourists (about 20
times the number of visitors to Bonaire),
mostly from the US, come annually to
Aruba. Unlike on Bonaire and on a ma-
jority of other Caribbean islands, the
Aruba airport houses also the US immi-
gration and US customs services. Pas-
sengers from Aruba, after arrival in Mi-
ami or other US airports, are handled as
if they arrived on US domestic flights.

A very substantial difference between
the islands, probably very surprising to
many people living on Bonaire, is the
ownership of land along the sea coast. In
(Continued on page 6)






continued from page 5)
the Netherlands Antilles, and conse-
quently on Bonaire, land along the shore
can be sold (e.g. in the case of SA-
BADECO) or given for a long term lease.
Concurrent with this, however, is the
government's right to 50m of land from
the high-water mark inland for "defense
purposes," stemming from colonial
times. All have the right to visit this
strand, but property owners have the
right to block access to it through their
property.
On Aruba all shorefront land is public
land, to be freely used by local inhabi-
tants and visitors. Access MUST be pro-
vided. It means that, in fact, you cannot
really own or lease a sea-front lot on
Aruba because there is always a freely
accessible strip of public land between
your "sea front" property and the coast-
line. In fact, your privacy can never be
guaranteed, and it can happen that, par-
ticularly during the weekends, when
groups of strangers can organize a birth-
day party or a BBQ on "your" beach,
they might enjoy playing loud music just
a few meters from your porch or swim-
ming pool. A desperate owner of a luxu-
rious house on the beautiful Arachi
beach, offered now for sale for three mil-
lion dollars, lost a legal battle with a lo-
cal tourist agency which, in the words of
the house owner, used to regularly dump
a bus load of cruise ship tourists on "her"
beach.
It also means that the five-star hotels on
the famous Aruba strand cannot prohibit
free public access to "their" beach. In
addition, the persons coming to the beach


can bring with them their own beach fur-
niture and put it next to the hotel lounges
and tables with umbrellas. Nobody does
it because the hotels prefer that the local
people use the hotel lounges, so as not to
disturb the harmony on the beach.
In order to prevent traffic accidents often
involving tourists from the US, the traffic
regulations on Aruba, originally follow-
ing the European standards, have been
adapted to the US regulations as far as
right-of-way, particularly at traffic cir-
cles, is concerned. Visitors from the
Netherlands Antilles and Europe must
keep that in mind! During my stay on
Bonaire, I have always been confused by
the necessity of yielding to the right at
the only traffic circle on Bonaire. Speak-
ing about traffic and cars, Aruba still fol-
lows the silly annual ritual of changing
license plates each year. In addition,
when the tax for the second half of the
year is paid, another, smaller plate has to
be fastened to the basic plate.
In some respects, however, the Arubans
are more practical than people in the
Netherlands Antilles. For example the
five florin coins are not round but square
so you cannot, like on Bonaire, mistake a
five florin coin for a one florin coin. Also
the much smaller 50 cent coins are
square on Aruba.
There is full employment on Aruba, and
tens of thousands of workers, mainly
from Latin American countries, are cur-
rently working, particularly in the tourist
and construction industry. The local peo-
ple often complain that the shop atten-
dants do not understand Papiamentu, so
to make clear what they want Arubans
must speak Spanish in their own country!


The living standard of Arubans is rising
because they are generally in better paid
positions and you can hardly find an
Aruban hotel maid or a local unskilled
worker. Enormous American style super-
markets are full of customers, and the
existing roads are barely able to accom-
modate the almost 50,000 cars on roads
on an island smaller than Bonaire.
According to official statistics, currently
there is high unemployment in the Neth-
erlands Antilles, primarily Curaqao.
However, without knowing exact num-
bers, a superficial observer sees no sub-
stantial difference between Aruba and
Bonaire in this matter. Hard working Co-
lombian room maids can be seen also on
Bonaire, and the new houses in SA-
BADECO are being built mostly by
workers from Venezuela, Colombia, Peru
and other countries, exactly as it is hap-
pening on Aruba.
Unlike Bonaire, on Aruba there are no
residential districts with houses owned
predominantly by wealthy foreigners. On
the contrary, in Malmok and Arashi, the
districts of the "rich," located between
the beach and the biggest golf course on
Aruba, the largest and most luxurious
houses belong to local businessmen. Also
in the only guarded community on
Aruba, Tierra del Sol, the most exclusive
residences on large land lots have been
individually designed and built for suc-
cessful local business people. In this
community, foreigners, mostly Ameri-
cans, have purchased much smaller
houses on small lots, grouped close each


to each other among the golf greens.
In case you feel that living on Aruba with
its Status Aparte could be better than on
Bonaire, please be informed that every
resident of Aruba is obliged to be cov-
ered by the Government's health insur-
ance company, AZV (abbreviation of
General Health Insurance). Because the
AZV, due to a chronic lack of money,
covers fully only the basic health costs,
most foreign residents just ignore it and
continue to be insured by private compa-
nies. Unfortunately, even if you do not
make any use of AZV, you must pay for
this Government insurance. The progres-
sive AZV premium, depending on your
income, is added to your income tax.
(Think about that when voting in the
coming Referendum!) In the case of a
retired couple, having a pension as their
only income, the AZV premium can ex-
ceed their income tax! In addition, for
some, the income tax on Aruba can be
much higher than on Bonaire because
there is no "penshonado status" with a
low flat income tax. O Jiri Lausman




Jiri Lausman is a retired civil engineer,
born in Prague, living as a Dutchman the
last nearly 40 years, 18 of them in Aruba.
Before his retirement, he worked as the
manager for Latin America and the Carib-
bean for a large Dutch construction com-
pany. He has a home in SABEDECO.


The aim of the (Cromide team of editorial and staff writers is to inform, not to influence
public opinion or "sell" a particular option. Critical comments, useful additions and ques-
tions by the readers are welcomed and published whenever possible.


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Jan of Jan Art showed her new above and below
art works


T he island's 12" Dia di Arte gave all who
attended an effervescent feeling inspired
by the incredible variety of arts, crafts and mu-
sic. Wilhelmina Park was crowded with artists'
stands and booths, the bandstand held perform-
ers non-stop and the smell of foodstuffs filled
the air. Here are some scenes from the day:


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AA A 'A YADP


ANNUAL ARUBA HI WINDS 2004


O ver 80 competi-
tors participated in
the 18th Annual Aruba Hi
Winds Windsurfing Regatta.
Sailors and kiters from the
region as well as Venezuela,
Brazil, Columbia, Canada and
beyond came to kite, race and
compete. This event, long
popular with Bonaire sailors,
is known for being a well or-
ganized and super fun event.
This year Bonaire sent a 78-
person delegation. Competi- Having fun at High winds
tors, spectators and chaper-
ones flew on sponsor Bonaire Exel. Competing in mostly slalom and long distance
races, Bonaire has dominated heats in all divisions.
To allow pros Taty Frans and Kiri Thode time to compete prior to flying to Europe for
the PWA tour, the organizers offered four-minute single elimination heats for men to
show their stuff. It was a lucky day for Taty as his super star moves beat his wiz kid
cousin Kiri to earn the coveted title of King of the Huts. Brother Choko Fans was a
close third after battling with Keke Dammers for the third place spot.
Bonaire has a contingent of four kiters representing the island. Zwanet Kooijn is one of
the three women kiters. Her dazzling loops and aerial moves allowed her to hold the
second place position all week. Top rider of the week is Bonaire's own Jeroen Roevros,
sailing for Holland. He is a gym teacher at SGB. His hi fly jumps and tricks are spec-
tacular. Kiting is embraced on Aruba where a balance between windsurfing and kiting
has been created. Kiting is a crowd favorite at Hi Winds.
The social scene is incredible. In its heyday, when the Aruba government financially
supported this event with cash, it was a full-on Pro Event with famous names like Bjorn
Dunkerbeck and Robbie Naish who walked away with over $25,000 for top places.
Now a handful of local sponsors provide product and support in creating a perfect party
atmosphere. There's no shortage of food and drink for riders during the day. At night the
parties rock. Race results will be posted in the next Bonaire Reporter.
Bonaire's kids saved, sold raffle tickets and trained hard to attend this event. Windsurf
Moms, Jesse Sint Jago and Edseline Dammers worked for months organizing this huge
group. It's a great event for kids to learn more about competition and the racing disci-
pline. It's also a wonderful opportunity for these deserving kids, men and women to
travel to a regional event as a national team. Most of all it's been great fun with the
non-stop party atmosphere. And based on scores so far, it's clear Bonaire's talent shines
here in sunny Aruba. O Ann Phelan
Freestyle Results: King of the Huts, Taty Frans: Prince of the Huts, Clay
Emer; Kid of the Huts Arthur Soliano; Queen of the Huts, Sarah Quita Offringa
(Aruba) 1


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
7-09 4:14 1.2FT. 7:12 1.3FT. 13:16 1.OFT. 20:47 1.7FT. 51
7-10 5:32 1.1FT. 8:37 1.1FT. 12:40 1.1FT. 21:10 1.8FT. 42
7-11 6:26 1.OFT. 21:37 1.9FT. 40
7-12 7:16 0.9FT. 22:04 2.0FT. 43
7-13 8:03 0.8FT. 22:30 2.0FT. 50
7-14 8:39 0.8FT. 22:58 2.1FT. 57
7-15 9:20 0.7FT. 23:31 2.1FT. 64
7-16 9:59 0.7FT. 70
7-17 0:30 2.0FT. 10:32 0.7FT. 75
7-18 1:01 2.0FT. 11:10 0.8FT. 78
7-19 1:32 1.9FT. 11:43 0.8FT. 80
7-20 2:04 1.8FT. 12:06 0.9FT. 81
7-21 2:39 1.6FT. 2:40 1.6FT. 12:17 1.OFT. 78
7-22 3:15 1.5FT. 12:08 1.OFT. 73
7-23 11:31 1.1FT. 19:38 1.5FT. 67


SWIM CLUB


he Bonaire Barracudas Swim Club
held a practice "competition" on
June 22 to wind up their season. Thirty-
five club members between the ages of 6
and 16 participated in a total of 24
events before a large crowd of family,
friends and supporters. Adult club mem-
bers and parents acted as officials for
this exercise meant to introduce competi-
tive swimming to young club members
and Bonaire. Midway through the pro-
gram, a 100-meter Individual Medley
exhibition was swum by club President
Simone Sweers, club member (watertart of the 8 & under m ed25 meter
polo) Wilma Bohm and visiting water backstroke
polo enthusiast, Ank De Munck, to the
delight of young and old alike. Top finishers in the age group divisions were as fol-
lows:
8 & under: Mixed 25 meter breaststroke & backstroke Laura v. Erp
Girls 50 meter breaststroke Kaile Finies
Girls 50 meter backstroke Yasmin Esser
Boys 50 meter breaststroke, backstroke, freestroke Daan Rothweiler
9 & 10: Girls 50 meter breaststroke Rooske Wagemakers
Girls 50 meter backstroke Vera Ghazzouli
Girls 50 meter freestyle Rooske Wagemakers
Boys 50 meter breaststroke, backstroke & freestyle Samson Evertsz
11 & 12: Girls 50 meter breaststroke Meralney Bomba
Girls 50 meter backstroke & frestyle Meriann Urdaneta Jorissen
Boys 50 meter breaststroke Churmer Bomba
Boys 50 meter backstroke & freestyle Rudi Urdaneta Jorissen
13 to 16: Boys 50 meter breaststroke Norvin Mercelina
Boys 50 meter backstroke Timothy Bissessar
Boys 50 meter freestyle Juliandro Soree
Girls 100 meter Medley Relay 9 12 Meralney Bomba, Vera Ghazzouli, Meriann Urdaneta Joris-


Boys 100 meter Medley Relay 9 12


sen, Nanouk De Jong
Jim Rothweiler, Mike Groenendal, Samson Evertsz,
Churmer Bomba


Also participating were Luis Marcano Bravo, Zaira Groenendal, Merel Houthuijzen, Lotte Rothweiler,
Olivier Wagemakers, Asdrubal Marcano Bravo, Alejandro De Lima, Desiree Baaleman, Danique
Oleana, Yana Richter, Daneyda Bomba, Maik Oleana, Olivier De Jong, Marijn v. Erp, Keval Bissessar,
Francois Soree, Nicholas Bissessar and Danilo Sandman. O Valarie Stimson


Alegria
Althea
Alegria, USA
Atlas
Bird of Paradise
Blauwe Crab, Curagao
Camissa, Chan Is.
Camperdown
Cape Kathryn
Cha Seng France
Delphinius
Elandrea
El Sabor
Fifth Season
FlyingCloud, USA
Gabrielle
Galadrial, USA
Gambler, Venezuela
Gammier
Gatsby, USA


Goril Too
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.
Honalee, USA
Hotel California Too, USA
Jalapeno
Jandreso
Jupiter
Karthersis
Lady Alice
Luna C
Macaby, Netherlands
Makai
Mariele
Natural Selection, USA
Numoan
Panda
Pau Hana
Precocious Gale
Sandpiper, USA
Santa Maria, Sweden


Scintilla, Germany
Shambala
Shiraz
Sirius
Sojourner
Sovereign III
Sylvia K
Triumphant Lady
Ta B
Ti Amo, USA
Trio, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Windborne
Windmiller
Ya-T, BVI
Zahi, Malta
Zeno's Arrow, USA


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YOGA FOR YOU



Go around the obstacles
We can learn a lot by watching how water relates to the world around it. It's fluid. It
goes around any obstacle in its way. (It doesn't stop to argue!) It flows downstream
rather than struggling to push upstream as many of us are doing in life. It just goes
with the flow. Perhaps that's why watching the action and rhythm of water is so
peaceful to the human psyche.
--Susan Jeffers


Utthita Parsvakonasana or extended side angle- afull-body pose that opens,
stretches, and strengthens the whole body. It cultivates balance and
co-ordination. Specifically, it strengthens the muscles that stabilize the knees,
sculpts the legs, and opens the chest.


Y oga is an excellent therapy for heal-
ing sore and injured back muscles,
yet one of the most common injuries in
yoga is straining the back muscles. Here are


the basics for taking care of your back dur-
ing yoga.
Warming-up
Take time to warm up the spine and the


back muscles using repetitions of gentle
postures/movements. Focus on warm-ups
that move the spine in its six directions:
arching and rounding the back, twisting the
torso from left to right and left and right
side bends.

Back Bends
Back bending postures should not strain the
back. Back bends open the front of the
body, and this is where you should feel the
stretch. A safe back bend will compress the
low back but not strain it or cause any pain.
For deep backbends make sure the lower
body (buttocks and legs), abdominals and
mula bandha (the muscles between the pu-
bic bone and the tailbone) are strongly en-
gaged.

Forward Bends
Forward bending postures stretch the back


Don and Desirie of
"Yoga For You" offer On every first S
classes in yoga from month at 6:30
beginners to ad- meditation at Sorol
vanced wooden fisher


(Police Report. Continued from page 3)
allegedly started by one of the inmates
who set fire to some mattresses. The jailed
inmate is accused of possession of a fire-
arm and apparently was disgruntled be-
cause he was not being transferred to Cu-
racao's prison as was promised. Due to
smoke and fire damage the Bonaire prison
will be closed for two to four months dur-
ing repairs. Those "serious crimi-
nals" (burglars included) will be shipped
to Curacao's prison. Prisoners accused of
lesser crimes (like drug traffickers) will be
released and are expected to return to Cu-
racao from where they came.
Police spokesman Charles Suriel re-
ports:


muscles, release tension and feel good. For-
ward bends should be approached very
carefully. Move into them first with the
back flat and the spine long.

Breathe
Make sure you are not holding your breath
in the postures. If you are in an asana
(position) and you can't breathe deeply,
then you have gone too deeply into the
pose.

Do Reps
If your back muscles are weak, postures
that strengthen the back, such as belly down
postures and bridge pose, should be done
using repetitions of short hold times. These
postures should not be held for long, only
long enough to feel the muscles working
without pain or fatigue.
ODesir/e


aturday of the
am there is a
bon Beach by the
rman's hut.


*Last Tuesday, June 29, there was a stab-
bing at Verona Snack that resulted in the
death of a woman. To subdue Poppy Piar,
the assailant, a police officer on the scene
had to shoot him. The bullet entered his
stomach and exited from his spine. An
ambulance was called and the two were
taken to the hospital. The woman died of a
stab wound in her chest. Piar was trans-
ported by ambulance flight, accompanied
by two policemen, to the hospital in Cura-
cao, where he remains in stable condition.
Due to Piar's long history of serious
crimes, Public Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius
will ask for life imprisonment. OL.D.


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Th0efORTERRINCON AWARD I


Lucille Soliana swimmingfor Bonaire in the 2003 World Games in Ireland


Standing: Edna (Bebi) Sint Jago; Raymunda(Bebi) Antho-
nie, President of the Marshi Commission; Chumy Cicilia;
Shon Ca Janga; Veronica (Rbny) Mercera.
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ASK THE DIETITIAN

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

ABOUT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE!


Exercise regularly
You should exercise every day or at least
five times a week. If you need to lose
weight you should exercise at least an
hour and a half each time. If you want to
maintain your weight you should exercise
between 45 minutes to one hour, and if
you want to maintain a good condition, at
least half an hour each time. Try to
choose aerobic exercises like fit walking,
swimming, jogging cycling, aerobics, etc.
Lower your salt intake
Eating foods that have too much salt in
them and using too much salt at the table
can raise your blood pressure. You might
try taking the salt shaker off the dining
table and avoid using salt during food
preparation.

Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
Alcohol will raise your blood pressure.
Drinking too much alcohol can also cause
liver disease and some types of cancer.
Alcoholic beverages are high in calories
and low in nutrients. The body uses up a
lot of vital nutrients in breaking down
alcohol so your body can get rid of it.
Men's bodies are better able to break


down alcohol than women s. The ettects
of drinking too much alcohol occur ear-
lier and are worse in women than in men.
For this reason women should have no
more than one to two glasses of alcohol a
day and not on a daily basis. Men should-
n't have more than two to three glasses of
alcohol a day and for sure not on a daily
basis.

Maintain an ideal body weight
The more you weigh above your ideal
weight, the harder your heart has to work
to pump blood. By losing weight you can
lower your blood pressure. Obesity is
usually caused by eating too many calo-
ries and getting too little exercise. Small
changes in the way you eat and in the
amount of activity you get each day can
help to lower blood pressure. Weight loss
can even help to lessen the number or
amount of drugs needed to keep blood
pressure normal.

Following are some tips to help you eat
fewer calories:
* Buy lean meat and meat products,
skinless chicken, fresh fish, and use low
fat cooking techniques like baking, broil-


ing, grilling, stir fry and roasting.
* Use no more than 1 tablespoon of oil
and margarine per person in food prepa-
ration.
* Choose skim milk and milk products
and low fat cheeses.
* Eat raw, steamed or baked vegeta-
bles.
* Eat fruits as a snack or a dessert and
limit juice to no more than one cup a day.
* Choose sugar-free drinks.
* Choose low fat snacks.
* Choose low fat sauces.
* Write down what and how much you


eat and drink.
Reduce fat intake
You should also limit the amount of fat
and cholesterol you eat every day.
Stop smoking
If you smoke cigars or cigarettes, try to
quit. A.S.


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7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art
Classes. Open Tu-We-Th &
Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7
pm; or phone 717-5246 for
appt.

SEMPERFLORENS
NURSERY for healthy, strong,
affordable plants all grown on
Bonaire. Also landscaping. Fol-
low signs starting in front of Lagoen
Hill. Tel. 790-3348

BonaireNet is the leading con-
sumer and business informa-
tion source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-
line yellow pages directory in-
formation go to http://www.

PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE
BONAIRE. Consultation,
Supervision, Hypnotherapy,
Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de
Korte, Psychologist, Phone:
717-6919

CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and Plants, Bonaire
grown. 8000m2 of plants and
nursery. Specializing in gar-
den/septic pumps and irriga-
tion. Kaminda Lagoen 103,
Island Growers NV (Capt.
Don and Janet). Phone: 786-
0956 or 787-0956

LUNCH TO GO- Starting
from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981





FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced.
Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9013


7000 BTU split type air conditioner
NAf800, 17" computer monitor NAf
300, small refrigerator NAf250,
windsurfing equipment. Tel 717-
5525

For Sale: Chevrolet S10 Pick up, Sin-
gle cab, metallic gray, good condition.
NAf4.500. Call 785-9008.

Lots of Things For Sale: Double bed
& mattress NAf175; Strijkblank
(Ironing Board) NAf10; 2 stereo sets
& speakers NAf50; Answering ma-
chine NAfl5; 2 hammocks NAf40;
transformer NAf25; stove NAf175.
Call 785-9008.

For Sale: several Dutch Oak Closets
with stained glass. Kaya Neerlandia
31, across from Gas Expres.

Nearly new Harvey 3-mm. Men's Wet
Suit, L-XL, $45. Tel 791-4262



Looking for home for Rabu.
Rabu needs a new owner! Rabu is a
very sweet, well-trained dog. He's a
real Bonairean dog, but we can't take
him with us to Holland. If you want to
give it a try please call 785-9008.

Wanted: HOUSE TO RENT- We are
looking for a house with 3 bedrooms,
2 bathrooms and if possible, a not-too-
small porch. Kind of garden would be
marvelous. Please phone 717-4200.

Couple looking to rent a kunuku
long term. Call 785-9013



For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice
location-Privacy & security- July 15
to Jan 15-Brochure available-Phone
(Bon) (599) 717 3293-or (US) (570)-
586 0098-e/mail larjaytee@aol.com


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Traditional Bonairean Sailing
Sloop. Wood, traditional con-
struction, about 21' long. Fiberglassed in and out for minimal maintenance.
Two time winner of Bonaire Regatta, Class A. A dream to sail. Bargain at
NAf9,999. One of the last of its kind. Call 717-8988 or 785-6125.






Srlswn SFPSOTS


T his week's Seaside Spots
are for the real beach en-
thusiasts because those people
will be the only ones willing to
conquer the many obstacles in
order to reach these superb
beaches. I personally was
amazed at the difference in the
environments between these two
beaches. After all, they are less
than a couple of minutes' drive
from each other.


Jeff Davis


Jeff Davis
When I first climbed down to this miniscule
beach on the western side of the island, I
thought, 'Hmm! This is my idea of a Carib-
bean beach.' Most of us know Jeff Davis
as another diving and snorkeling site, but
there is much more to discover on this
beach than getting our gear on and walking
into the water. There is a wonderful tiny
beach leading you into the Caribbean Sea
with a smooth sandy bottom (yes, you can
leave your booties at home) so you may
enjoy a refreshing quick dip. A few meters
to your right there is another sandy spot the
size of a beach towel, perfect for your daily
dose of sun and for catching up on your
reading.
Jeff Davis is located at the bottom of a two-
meter rocky cliff, making it somewhat hard
to reach. Only a few dedicated divers and
snorkelers have the courage to climb down
the cliff to reach the water level with their
gear. So don't be surprised when you have
the luxury of enjoying your own private
beach. In the rock formation backing the
beach there are many nooks and crannies
which create some small but sometimes
very necessary shady areas to get away
from the heat of the day.


along the rocky shore, the shy crabs hiding
in the rock crevices, and even the sea star I
found in one of the shore puddles. A stroll
along this harsh coastline will certainly
keep you entertained for a while. Getting
in and out of the sea can be somewhat of an
adventure because of the sea urchins and
the uneven sea floor, but the wonderful ex-
perience you will have snorkeling amongst
the beautiful large reefs will make it worth-
while to a novice snorkeler anyway! Do
remember that this rugged beach is within
the Marine Park limits, so make sure that
the only things you leave behind on this
wonderful beach and all the beaches on the
island are your footsteps.

Enjoying the beautiful unspoiled coastline
of Bonaire is a wonderful experience every-
one residing on the island should experi-
ence. It is far too easy to fall into a daily
routine and forget the reasons why so many
of us have chosen to live on the island. I
sometime wonder if the long-time residents
of the island are still in awe of the beauty of
Bonaire's coastline as I am. Or has their
amazement somewhat faded because they
are now so used to seeing it? D Josee
Bolduc Frosst


TURTLE REPORT


T his season w ,
has been
very busy so far,
mostly due to log-
gerheads
(kawama) and .
hawksbills (karet).
On Klein Bonaire,
which we monitor
most intensely, as
of today, the 4th of
July, we've found
33 nests already,
which is about a
50% increase over
last year's nesting
levels. Still our
turtle "nesting col-
ony" remains very
small but appar-
ently growing
now.

Tourists reported
seeing hatchlings
and their tracks at
Playa Chikitu in May, but we were only
told several weeks later and could not
confirm the event, but it was most likely
a leatherback. We were hoping that the
known leatherback nest at Lagoen would
make it (it was due mid-June), but the
eggs rotted, probably because the nest
was laid too low and the sand is unclean
there. The main culprit here really is
the sand-mining going on there and at
other east coast beaches and inlets.
(There has been a high-profile campaign
to stop sand mining by both the govern-


ment and STINAPA in the last few
months. Ed.)

The first nests laid by loggerheads in
early May are now also beginning to
hatch, with good success. Divers are re-
porting seeing many big turtles, mostly
hawksbills now, but we can also confirm
that the big loggerhead known as
"Forest" is back to breed again this year.
1 Robert van Dam


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Their owners brought them
into the Bonaire Animal
Shelter and that's very sad for
these two very sweet cats. "Pien"
and "Toby" are mother and son
who both have the softest fur and
are extremely cuddly and loving.
That's four-month-old Toby in the
foreground, his mom Pien in the
background. Toby is very playful
and interested in exploring the
world. Mother Pien, a youngster
herself, also has a love for life and
interaction. These cats deserve to
go to a home where they can be
appreciated for their fine qualities.
Pien and Toby have been examined and
tested and declared healthy and robust.
To see these two fine felines, visit the
Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Friday, 10
am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-
4989.
Help is needed for the Shelter's Mas-
sive Sterilization Program from Octo-
ber 18 to 30. Two of the veterinarians
slated to come have had to cancel, so
two more are desperately needed to help


assist with the program which aims to
sterilize at least 300 dogs in the two-
week program. If you are a vet and can
help or if you know of someone, give a
call to Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema at
(011-599)717-4989. Volunteer veterinari-
ans have all sorts of perks like free lodg-
ing and diving, donated by generous
business people on the island. Couple
that with helping to reduce the number of
unwanted puppies on the island and you
have a win-win situation nO LD


2004 The Bonaire Reporter

Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
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Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
Antilles.
Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com

Reporters: Josee Bolduc Frosst, Desiree, Jack Horkheimer, Wendy
Horn, Greta Kooistra, Jiri Lausman, Ann Phelan, Angelique Sals-
bach, Valarie Stimson, Michael Thiessen, Robert van Dam

Features Editor: Greta Kooistra; Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix

Production: Barbara Lockwood; Distribution: Yuchi Molina
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Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij


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WHAT'S HAPPENING


rULTY i01 !IllI

New! Usually 9:00 pm
The Punisher
(John Travolta)

Early Show (usually 7:00 pm)
Troy
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM Pietje Bell 2: De
jacht op de Tsarenkroon
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
Van Helsing

THIS WEEK
Saturday, July 10- Soldachi Dos Pos na-
ture tour Beautiful vistas. Learn about
the plants, trees, birds, culture and history
in an informal and friendly way. 6:30 am.
Call Maria at 717-6435 or 790-5657 to
reserve. A small donation is requested:
NAf 10 for adults; NAf 5 for children.

Saturday, July 10 Opening of art ex-
hibit by Winfred Dania at the Cinnamon
Gallery, 7 to 9 pm. Traditional Bonairean
music and food. KayaA.P.L. Brion #1,just
off Kaya Grandi, behind the Banco di
Caribe. Exhibit runs until August 6. See
page 18

Wednesday 7pm, July 14, and July 21,
play FISH-O at the Yellow Submarine.
(Similar to BINGO, FISH-O helps you
remember fish names) One card will be
provided free. Additional cards can be
"purchased" with a completed fish survey
form. Great prizes.

Saturday, July 17- Soldachi Alta Mira
nature tour, third Sat. of month. 6:30 am.
Call Maria at 717-6435 or 790-5657 to
reserve. NAf 10 for adults; NAf5 for chil-
dren.
Sunday, July 18 First Annual Fish Sur-
vey Challenge. Buddy teams will survey
the reef in front of the dive shop and com-
pete for prizes. Tanks provided; followed
by a Pot Luck Barbecue. 2 pm Yellow
Submarine Call 717-2929. Buddy teams
must register prior to July 18.
Tuesday, July 20 REEF test for quali-
fied individuals wanting Advanced Level.
Call Jessie Armacost at 717-3976.


COMING
Saturday July 31 Stress Management
Training sponsored by the Junior Cham-
ber International (formerly Jaycees). Prac-
tical ways to handle stress situations.
Speaker: Julien deWindt, senior facilitator.
Divi Flamingo Conference Room 9 am to 2
pm NAf 50, includes drinks & snacks. Call
520-5679 to reserve.

EVERY WEEK
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-


joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi
Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the beach
at Lion's Dive. Dutch National Products
introduces Time Sharing and how to save
on your next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm
Tuesday-BonaireTalker Dinner/
Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm
-call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail
jake bonairetalk.com for more infor.
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey Beach
from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all. Call S.
H.Y. 790-9450
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restaurant
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort 5:30-6:30 pm.
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Saturdays during summer Rincon Mar-
she opens at 6 am. Enjoy a Bonairean
breakfast while you shop: fresh fruits and
vegetables, gifts, local sweets and snacks,
arts and handicrafts, candles, incense,
drinks and music.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Authen-
tic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAf 12 for
Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
9800.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am and Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm
717-5080
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at the Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
Friday- The Captain Don Show- Conver-
sation, fun, yams, a few slides. Guaranteed
85% true. Aquarius Conference Room.
Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm Tel. 717-
8290
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman's. All levels invited NAf5 entry fee.
Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7
pm. Tel. 717-5595, secretary Jeannette
Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12


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some copies home
with them. Now they
are back, and they
brought this photo
with them that they
took last January. In
the photo: Ann Helen
Sundal, Alexander
Petersen and Hilde
Holmelid. 1


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noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are
welcome. Tel. 717-8454

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Contact
Wendy Hornm, at 717-3902 or 785-9700.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangazina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse" while learning
about Bonaire's history and culture and visit
typical homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call
7174060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Museum on
Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in
town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5
pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays.
717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area starting at 10 am. Call Maria at 717-
6435. To reserve.
Dos Pos Scenic Walk- Second Saturday
of the Month. NAf 10-Call Maria 717-


CHURCH SERVICES
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, 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). Services in Eng-
lish, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara # 1, Sundays, 9:30
am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.

Send in your events to
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter(@bonairenews. corn
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252


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DINING GUIDE


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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES

Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Magnificent Theme Nights: Sunday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
717-5080, ext. 535 Open every day

Caribbean Club Bonaire at Hilltop Breakfast, D eratosed Sunday What a place! Friendly bar next to the pool, home cooked meals, happy hours
7 minutes north of"Hotel Row" 717-7901 5 to 7. Serious BBQ on Tuesdays NAf25.

Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and beautiful turquoise setting when enjoying a
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner breakfast buffet or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant
717-8285 Open 7 days & bar. Enjoy inspiring vistas and a high standard of international cuisine.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Skilled chef direct from Tuscany prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredi-
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner ents and romantic setting make dining a total delight. Get served in a garden
717-5025 Closed Monday setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Garden Caf6 Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
La Balandra Moderate Cuisine by Chef Alberto Roldan of the Bonaire Culinary Team.
On the Water at the Harbour Village Resort Breakfast-Lunch If you are using the NAf25 Beach Pass, a NAf 15 credit is given for meals
717-7500, ext 62; 785-0902 Special Dinners on Friday, Sunday Bonaire's best seaside location.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home o0
717-3293 Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30pm, resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from scratch-
Home Delivery or Take Out Closed Sunday for take out or delivery only.
The Lions Den Beach Bar Moderate-Expensive Spectacular setting overlooking dive sites and Klein Bonaire.
On th And Restaurant Di7173400 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Imaginative menu, open kitchen.
On theseaatLns6Dive 717-3400 Open 7 Days Owned and operated by Kirk Gosden


Across from M n in known Kralendk ear er Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and ran by a European educated Master Chef and his wife.
Call 717-8003 Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Nonchi's at Cultimara Low Delicious local and international food to take out, or eat there. Everyday a different
791-4280 Open 5 am-8 pm Monday-Saturday combo. Sandwiches and roast chicken too.

Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smilenorth of town center. 790-1111 Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

The Seahorse Cyber Caf7 Low-Moderate Tasty breakfasts, pastries, fresh tropical juices, homemade bread,
Kaya Grandi #6. Phone 717-4888 Open 7 am 7 pm Closed Sunday special sandwiches, delicious desserts and more make this a favorite.



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AIRLINES
BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying be-
tween Bonaire, Curagao and Aruba. Look for The Bon-
aire Reporter on board.
APPLIANCESIFURNITUREICOMPUTERS
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos, Air
conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances. Name
brands, guarantees and service center.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest num-
ber of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank.
They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
BICYCLE I SCOOTER QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally
repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand
bikes. Have your keys made here.
BOOKS
Watercolours Bonaire and Eye on Aruba, Bonaire,
Curacao are the most original ways to remember Bonaire
and the islands at their best. At Photo Tours and many
other island shops.
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an essen-
tial in your dive bag. The latest information on Bonaire's
shore dive sites.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and
walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete
pavement.
CYBER CAFES
See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Caf&.
DENTURES
All Denture Lab. For denture repair or new ones. All
work done on the island, fast results. Owner-operator
denturist. Repairs while you wait.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.

Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/school


directly on the waterfront in the heart of town. Friendly,
highly experienced with an exceptional staff.
FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit
your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just
keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates,
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
machines and classes for all levels.
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.
GIFTS SOUVENIRS LIQUORS
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a big selection of what you
need to enjoy Bonaire and remember it when you get
home. Digital cameras and watches a specialty.
HOTELS
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with fully
equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire neighbor-
hood. Just a 3-minute to diving and the sea.
Hotel Bonaire Inn (formerly Friars' Inn), downtown
Kralendijk, has rooms and breakfast at Bonaire's lowest
prices. Great for tourists or when visiting family and
friends.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers out-
standing fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
PHOTO FINISHING
Kodarama- the only digital lab and studio handles all
digital media and offers the largest variety of professional
services -across from MCB Bank
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a variety of
items and services for your picture-taking pleasure.
REAL ESTATE I RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real es-
tate agent. They specialize in professional customer ser-
vices and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connections.
5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire,
stop in and see them.


REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or
built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical,
plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling
and exploration.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra meas-
ure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call
717-8125.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
SUPERMARKETS
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modem, effi-
cient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located be-
hind NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European brand
products. THE market for provisioning.
TOYS AND GAMES
Laur'an is a store dedicated to providing quality toys
and games to Bonaire. Find them on Kaya Gerharts in the
Lourdes Shopping Mall
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at
560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiff. Hotel
pickup too.
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 deliv-
ery.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desiree and
Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh mind
and body. Private lessons too.

ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252


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ON THE ISLAND SINCE ..

orkdoS.


4 4 was born in Narino, Colombia,
I close to Buena Ventura on the
Pacific Coast. There were seven chil-
dren in our family: four boys, three
girls. I was the baby, the youngest and
spoiled by everyone. My father was a
botanist; he knew how to cure people
with herbs and plants and by dealing
with the pulse. I've been seeing that
since I was a little girl; it was fascinat-
ing, incredible what he could do!
My father had afinca, a farm, where we
had chickens, pigs and ducks, fresh
vegetables and all sorts of fruits hang-
ing from the trees -juicy, ready to eat
and making your mouth water! All our
food was natural, and even now I prefer
healthy, fresh food. All in all I had a
very happy childhood and if I were
born again I'd wish it to be just the
same. It was a very close knit family
with all the uncles, the aunts whom I
loved dearly, the cousins, and the two
grandmothers whom I adored.
I attended a nun's school in Cali, but
when I was 17 we moved to Venezuela.
My grandparents stayed at thefinca.
We went to live in Cara-
cas so my father could


have more of a chance to
learn from other botanists
in Venezuela. It was not a
big change; I did miss my
aunts and grandmothers,
but to move from Colom-
bia to Venezuela, that's


"My first
was, 'Oh
It is sma

qu


nothing; we're the same
people.
After I finished high school with the
nuns in Venezuela I began to study eve-
rything about face and body treatments,
aesthetic and therapeutic massages. I
learned about the bones, the joints, the
muscles and the lymphatic vessels. And
I studied kinematics and osteopathics,
reflexology and aroma therapy. I spent
three years and studied about 20 differ-
ent specialties. Some courses I did by
correspondence through Barcelona,
Spain. The first day I started my studies
my professor told me, 'Nubia, you have
your future in your hands...'" She
stretches her hands out they are un-
usually big and strong and says,
"Look, these are my instruments, God
gave them to me!
I thank God every day for what I'm do-
ing because much of what I'm doing is
inherited. And I've been lucky because
many therapists can study for years and
years and still they can't do anything.
But there are people, like myself, when
they put their hands on somebody, it
works. I believe that everybody comes
into this world with a mission. The
main object isn't money; you have to
study what feels really, really good."
Nubia Obando Hurtado's extravagant


character is a mixture of a healthy dose
ofhumor, narcissism and both feet on
the ground. She's beautiful, entertain-
ing and tough.
"I worked for 10 years in one of the
best places in Caracas, at Las Mer-
cedes, where my clients were members
of high society, very exclusive clientele
like Escobar Salom who was the Minis-
ter of Foreign Affairs and later on the
Vice President of Venezuela, and Theo-
dore Petkoff, the Minister of Interior
Affairs, and Magaly Gonzalez, the
owner of Harbour Village.
When I was 28, William, my son, was
bor. He's a very intelligent, very
friendly person. He's very good in
sports and he has one of the most beau-
tiful voices in the world. He's my son, I
love him and I love him and I am crazy
for him! He's now 19 and since finish-
ing SGB high school he's studying
computer engineering in Colombia. For
him it's good to be there. What is he
going to do here at this age? But for me
it's terrible, it hurts, I miss him! Wil-
liam's father was a commander with
PTJ, the military
intelligence service,
but I raised my little
impression prince, my puzzle,
1, my God! all by myself. Every
morning I would
lI! It is too take him to school
iet! at six and then I
would go to the
gym. After that I
went to work and
when William's school was finished the
school bus would bring him to my of-
fice. He would have lunch, sleep for an
hour, then go to karate. Together we'd
go home at 8 o'clock at night, day in
day out, every day of the week. Except
for Sunday! Sundays were fantastic; a
delicious breakfast, then to church, go
home, talk a bit, sleep a little, go to
Pizza Hut to take out a big pizza Mar-
garita and eat it while watching TV!
What a nice life! I love Caracas, I miss
Venezuela, I miss Las Mercedes!
I came to Bonaire in 1996. I didn't
know the island. I didn't come because
I didn't like my work or my life or the
situation in Venezuela. I didn't come
for any negative reason. I had a beauti-
ful life, exclusive clients and a very
good apartment, but the work was too
much. Through a connection I got a
contract with Harbour Village as the
first therapist at the Spa. I came alone,
William stayed with my family. My
first impression was, 'Oh, my God! It is
small! It is too quiet! '" She laughs. "I
got over it! It is so beautiful! I love it.
Nice people, no traffic, no stress. The
people of Bonaire are so friendly; they
help you when you need it. I am very


grateful for all the
help I've gotten here,
especially when I
started my own busi-
ness. You know, you
have to be grateful;
you eat, sleep, work
and live here; you
have to appreciate
that. Well, after a
year William came
over. He was 12 and
loved it here.
I go out to City Caf6
and Karel's, not very
often, but I've al-
ways loved to go out
for dinner, I love to
dine! In the second
year I found a nice
boyfriend and we
stayed together for
quite a while. At this
moment I have many
admirers, but none
has my heart. We're
only friends.
I worked for Harbour
Village for five years Nubia
and when it closed I
started at Divi Fla-
mingo. For many years I had had the
idea of starting my own business, al-
ways thinking, why don't I have my
own business? Thinking, no, I can't, it's
too difficult. Thinking, Nubia, you can
do it! Then I asked a lady, and she an-
swered, 'No, you can't because you're
a foreigner. But I went to DEZA and
they told me anyone can open their own
business. And so it happened that in
2001, thank God, I opened the 'Day
Spa, Face & Body by Nubia' in the
Sand Dollar shopping mall. I love my
job. I feel good when people leave my
place happy. When somebody else feels
good, it makes me happy; I am like
that. When business is slow I don't
panic. I am never afraid because I am a
very positive and strong woman. I feel
good. I get up every day at six o'clock,
I work out, then I have a very good
breakfast with lots of fruit, a good
shower and a good perfume and off I go
to my office. I start at 10 and I work
until six or seven at night. I've always
taken very good care of my body. I am
46 years old, but look," She gets up
from the sofa and poses in front of the
mirror that's prominent in the center of
the living room, "I love my body, I like
to see myself... 90 60 90 ... How
beautiful, how marvelous! Yes, you're
right, I am vain!" she laughs.
"Let me feed the dog for a minute, poor
thing, he's been waiting all day." When
she returns she says: "My dream is to
open a bigger place with a nice ambi-


ance, three treatment rooms, a big gym
with lots of machines and a health food
store all in all, a health center. Three
employees and I will be the boss, very
charming of course. I'm serious!
Maybe I will have more time to travel
than I have now. I love to travel, really,
really. I went to Switzerland, to the
Grand Hotel in Zurich that has a beauti-
ful spa by the way. I've been to Paris,
to Rome, to Amsterdam and Germany
and I'm thinking of going for business
to Europe very soon. I also like to go to
conferences, mainly because I like to
learn. I have a very good memory and
after a conference I like to talk with the
speakers who impressed me the most.
Those are the things I like.
At the moment I feel great on Bonaire.
You never know what will happen in
the future, but I am a person who lives
for the moment. Colombia is the coun-
try that saw me born, Venezuela saw
me grow. Now I am here and I grew to
love Bonaire, but I still love Venezuela
and I feel Venezuelan. I am Venezuelan
but I am grate-
ful to be here."
SGreta
Kooistra


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WINFRED DANIA EXHIBIT AT CINNAMON ART GALLERY


C innamon Art Gallery be-
gins its Guest Artist Pro-
gram with an exhibition July
10 August 6 of the works of
Winfred Dania, one of Bon-
aire's most renowned artists.
He has been acclaimed in Hol-
land as a painter with
"extraordinary dimension,"
gifted in "portraying the spiri-
tual," with a "spontaneous, di-
rect and narrative style." In
Dutch Caribbean Art, a com-
prehensive history of art in the
Netherlands Antilles, authors
Adi Martis and Jennifer Smit Winfred
had this to say about Dania's
work:
"Inspired by the mythological tales ofBoy
Nay by Frans Booi, Dania depicts the ad-
ventures of this mysterious figure from Bon-
aire 's storytelling tradition. Mythological
characters appear in overwhelmingly, sur-
realistic landscapes. The natural elements
are almost always dominant. Clouds, air
and cave forma-
tions whirl
across the can-
vas in a dark
palette. Occa-
sional colour -
accents serve to
reinforce the
story's dramatic
power.

Dania was born
in 1950 in
Aruba, his father __
a Bonairean, his
mother's family Winfred'sfamous Sai
from Aruba and
Curagao. He was
born deaf and at age four was brought to
Holland to attend a special institute for the
deaf. As an adult Dania began visiting Bon-
aire while on holiday from Aruba. After
just a few visits he decided he wanted to
live on the island so he moved to here per-
manently when he was 20.


with one of his mystical works paintings.


He is a professional typesetter and an ex-
pert gardener with a special "green thumb."
At one time he worked with Captain Don
Stewart to landscape Habitat. But it is his
artistic talent that has been the real center of
Dania's life.
He first began painting with pastels when
he was eight. As an adult living on Bonaire
his artistic
skills were rec-
ognized by
Frans Booi, one

of the Bonairea
M museum and
SKAL (the in-
stitute of cul-
ou ture). When
Booi met Dania
he had been
working on a
project to de-
termine the
ve Klein Bonaire Poster meaning of the
names of
places in Bon-
aire. In this process Booi talked with many
of the oldest Bonairean families and con-
sulted original Spanish and Latin docu-
ments written hundreds of years ago about
the island. From this research, Booi com-
piled many stories of the origin of Bonaire
and the various myths surrounding the is-


land's creation. As Booi talked about
his research with his colleagues,
Dania was often nearby. Finally,
Dania surprised Booi with his own
interpretation of these Bonairean leg-
ends in a large, dramatic painting.
Booi realized that Dania had come to
understand much of these rediscov-
ered legends through his skillful lip
reading of Booi's excited conversa-
tions in Dutch about his research with
his friends! Thus began a cooperation
between Dania and Booi that has con-
tinued for some 17 years. Dania has
dedicated himself to capturing the
mythology of Bonaire in his paint-
ings. Forty of his paintings were pub-
lished in Frans Booi's recording of
this mythology in his 1997 book enti-
tled Boynay Tey.
Dania's first exhibition of 80 paint-
ings was held on Bonaire in 1989 at the Ca
di Sosiego (home for the elderly) where hi
renderings of ancient Bonaire myths were
immediately familiar and recognizable to
the older residents of the home He has gor
on to hold 26 exhibits throughout the Neth
erlands Antilles, the wider Caribbean and
Holland. Today his paintings are in the pet
manent collection of the Stedelijk Musuen
in Amsterdam and at Den Haag in the
Galerie Maurits and Artotheek. The Bon-
aire Museum has 10 of his paintings in its
permanent collection.
Well-known local residents, Phil and
Lorraine Katzev have the largest collection
of Danias on the island. It is through the
Katzevs that Winfred was asked to paint a
work that would help publicize the need tc
protect Klein Bonaire. The result, his pain
ing "Preserve Klein Bonaire," is available
in print form at gift and dive shops aroun(
the island and at Valerie's Airport Shop.
All proceeds from the sale of this poster at
used towards the preservation of Klein
Bonaire as a nature wilderness.
Dania describes his work as emotional
where he experiences different dimen-
sions those of darkness and total silence
that only the deaf and the blind can experi


Winfred Dania and Franz Booi, old friends

as ence. He uses several materials for his
s paintings such as Sakura water paint, pastel
crayons, ecoline and ink. His preference
remains oil paint on canvas.
ie Cinnamon Art Gallery's exhibit of Dania's
i- work opens with a special reception on Sat-
in urday, July 10, from 7 to 9 pm at the Gal-
r- lery. The event is open to the public, and
i will include 19 of Dania's paintings, as well
as traditional Bonairean foods and music.
Visitors will have the opportunity to sign
up to attend a series of evening lectures
conducted at the Gallery by Frans Booi,
concerning the Boynay Mythology and
n Dania's paintings. Cinnamon Art Gallery is
located just off Kaya Grande in Kralendijk,
behind Banco di Caribe. (Kaya APL Brion
#1). For more information, call the Gallery
t- at 599 717-7103 or visit the Gallery's web-
site at www.cinnamonartgallery.org.
d Wendy Horn


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*to find it, just look up


NEXT WEEK
THE MORNING
STAR
REACHES ITS
GREATEST
BRILLIANCY


N ext week on
Thursday
July 15th the ce-
lestial object
known as 'The
Morning Star' for
thousands of years
will reach its
greatest brilliancy only 102 weeks after the object known as 'The Evening Star' for
thousands of years reached its greatest brilliancy, and it's not just by coincidence. So
what's really happening?
Let's go back about nine weeks to Sunday, May 2nd, when an hour after sunset facing
west you would have seen the ringed planet Saturn (whose close-ups were in the news
last week), the red planet Mars, the red shoulder star of Orion, Betelgeuse, and close
to the horizon, Aldebaran, the red eye star of Taurus the Bull. And above Aldebaran
was the most brilliant object in the sky other than the Sun and the Moon, the object
known to almost all of human history as 'The Evening Star.' I especially like the name
the ancient Greeks gave 'The Evening Star,' Hesperos, which means westerly because
'The Evening Star' always appears in the west. Hesperos reached its greatest brilliancy
on May 2nd. But next week its twin sister or brother star will reach its greatest brilli-
ancy.
Face east next Thursday morning, July 15th, an hour before sunrise, where the most
dazzling object will be 'The Morning Star' looking almost like a UFO or the landing
light of an airplane because of its super brilliancy. And it would seem logical that if the
ancient Greeks had a name for the evening star, they would have also named its twin,
the morning star. And in fact they named it Phosphoros, which means 'the light bearer'
because Phosphoros always makes its appearance an hour or two before sunrise. So in
a sense Phosphoros is the bearer of the morning light. Now if you look closely above
the morning star you will see the red star Aldebaran which nine weeks ago was below
the evening star which would lead one to suspect that perhaps the evening star and the
morning star are not separate objects but are one and the same. And in fact, such is the
case, a case put forward by the ancient Greek mathematician, Pythagoras. Indeed the
name we now give to the morning star and the evening star is the name the Romans
gave it, Venus.
And although our ancestors thought Venus was a star, we now know that it is an 8,000-
mile-wide, Earth-sized planet. And because Venus and Earth constantly change their
positions in their orbits, on May 2nd Venus was to the east of the Sun as seen from
Earth and thus visible as the evening star in the west after sunset. It appeared lower
each night throughout the rest of May and finally disappeared below the horizon in
early June. Then on June 8th it passed directly between our Earth and Sun which was
an event we could actually see. And then it slowly moved to the other side of the Sun
and is now west of it and thus is visible as the morning star in the east before sunrise.
So enjoy Venus at its greatest brilliancy next week when it will be as bright and as
close to Earth as it was on May 2nd. Isn't astronomy fun? 1 Jack Horkimer


Moon Info ) Last Quarter on July 9th. New Moon on July 17th.


(I First Quarter on July 25th


Full Moon on July 31st


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For the week: July 9 to July 16, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) This is not the time to be extravagant. You will have a
blowup this week if your partner does things that you feel are not aboveboard. Your
ideas are good and career moves can be realized. Your uncanny insight will help you
make the right choices. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't avoid your true feelings. You will have to put
those you live with in their place if they try to interfere with your work. You need to
do your own thing and work on making yourself the best you can be. You will have
a productive day if you organize yourself well at work. Your lucky day this week
will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Large organizations may try to talk you out of your
hard-earned cash. If you're looking to do something worthwhile, consider volunteer
work. You can mix business with pleasure to get favorable results. You are best not
to nag or criticize. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Opportunities to meet new lovers will evolve through
your interaction with groups or fundraising functions. You will find that social ac-
tivities will be enjoyable and will promote new connections. Be sure that you have
all the facts before you take action. Make a point of working on yourself. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Travel will turn out to be far more exciting than you imag-
ined. Mingle with those who can further your goals. You can make extra cash by
moonlighting. Avoid extravagance or risky financial schemes. Your lucky day this
week will be Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your ability to be a self starter will help get things
done and motivate others. Get involved in physical activities that will stimulate you.
It's time you let your true feelings out. You may find that your boss is not delighted
with your work lately. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Investments concerning your residence will be profit-
able. Opportunities to make advancements through good business sense are appar-
ent. A second chance will result in good work. Your mind is on moneymaking ven-
tures. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Get involved in groups that are creative in nature.
Expect to have more people on your domestic scene. Focus on your domestic scene.
Get together with friends or relatives. Don't overload your plate. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) If you take on too much, you will find your
self in martyrdom. You will find that you are able to clear up a number of small but
important details. You will find that friends or relatives may not understand your
needs. Don't hold yourself back because you think you're too old. Your lucky day
this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Be
careful. Do your own thing without drawing attention to it. You are best to do your
research before taking on such a venture. Do something constructive outside. Your
lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Underhandedness regarding legal matters or con-
tracts must be counteracted. Don't let friends or relatives make you feel guilty if
you're not able to attend one of their affairs. Courses dealing with psychology or
health care will be of interest. Your high energy will help you through this rather
hectic day. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You may have difficulty trying to get your mate to un-
derstand your position. Make sure that you have all the pertinent information before
any reprisals or making any moves. Deception and doubts may surround your in-
volvement with friends and relatives. Opportunities to meet new lovers will evolve
through your interaction with groups or fundraising functions. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday. 1


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page 2 L ast week, with four of its seven planes still grounded , DCA borrowed an MD-82 from SLM, Suriname Airlines. This helped the transportation crunch, but the Curaçao-based airline still operated on a greatly abbreviated schedule. The SLM plane was used on the Aruba, St. Maarten and Port of Spain routes. A DC-9 continued to service Bonaire. Repairs on two grounded MD-80s are expected soon. There is lots of debate in the Curaçao island council on whether to continue to subsidize the financially troubled airline which is failing in the footsteps of its ALM predecessors. Meanwhile, BonairExel continued flying only one of its two planes and American Eagle cancelled several flights, stranding more passengers for 24 hours. American Eagle flies from Bonaire to San Juan on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday according to their latest Internet schedule. ! The government of Bonaire is going ahead with the sewage treatment plant. Commissioner Jonchie Dortalina explained that EU Development Funds will, for the most part, finance the project. After several studies the plans are to be drawn up in the next few months with the help of a German Consulting Company, Dorsch Consult, who completed the feasibility study two years ago. The plans are to be completed no later than February, 2005. After review, the project will go out to bid to the building contractors. Once begun the actual work is expected to take one and a half to two years. It’s hoped that the system, including its water purification plant will be operational in 2007. Bonaire environmentalists have taken exception to the proposed design of the water treatment plant, saying it will do more harm than good to Bonaire’s reef. " ! Bonaire was the third highest contributor to the GDP in the Netherlands Antilles with 6% behind Curaçao's 75% and St. Martin's 16%. Statia’s was 2% and Saba’s, 1%. (Continued on page 4) ! Units for the new King’s Beach Resort are currently under construction at Punt Vierkant, just south of the Lighthouse Beach Resort. This gated resort community is to include a sandy beach, dive shop and dive pier, pool and tennis courts and full-time, on-site security. It will be one of Bonaire’s largest ocean-front developments in more than 25 years. It will include 45 town-homes (27 twobedroom units and 18 three-bedroom units) and a condo hotel with 45 one-bedroom luxury suites. Ten of the 45 town homes are due to be completed in mid-2005. The remaining 35 town homes are planned for completion over the next two years. All homes will feature top quality appliances, tile floors, airco in every bedroom, water heaters, ceiling fans and multi-zone alarm systems. Phase Two of the projects will start in 2005 and are planned to include construction of the 45-room condo hotel, various retail shops, dive shop, pier and a full service restaurant. For more information call Bob Bartikoski (RE/MAX Paradise Homes) at 7177362 or 786-7362. IN THIS ISSUE: Lora Market=No Loras 5 Referendum Chronicle 6 Life on Aruba and Bonaire 6 Dia di Arte 8 Aruba Hi Winds 2004 9 Swim Club 9 Yoga (Back Safety) 10 Reporter Rincon Award 11 Spec. Olympics to Jamaica 11 Dietitian (High Blood Pressure) 12 Hush Hush Seaside Spots 13 Turtle Report 13 Winfred Dania Exhibit 18 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Police Update 4 Yacht List & Tide Table 9 Classifieds 12 Pets of the Week (Toby & Pien) 14 Picture Yourself (Bergen, Norway) 15 What’s Happening 15 Shopping Guide 16 Dining Guide 16 On the Island Since (Nubia) 17 Bonaire Sky Park 19 The Stars Have It 19 Bonaire Soccer Cham psReal Rincon Artist’s rendering

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page 4 (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2) ! A large number of burglaries were reported during the past two weeks. Hit hard were the Antriol, Nikiboko, Tera Cora, Hato, SABADECO and Playa neighborhoods. Police have issued warnings to take precautionary measures. People are advised to lock their homes properly during the night. See the Police Report for additional details. ! Another surgeon for Bonaire's Hospital is under consideration . Luis Cansini of the Guerra Mendez Clinic in Venezuela visited San Francisco Hospital recently. He inspected the operating room, the available equipment and introduced himself to the Bonairean surgical team. He spoke to Hospital Administrator Dr . Giovanni Frans and Board Member Boy Clarenda about the local procedures and rules. Finally he paid some local physicians a short visit. Dr. Casini is expected to be the first surgeon from the Guerra Mendez team assigned and plans to work in Bonaire for a few months before being replaced by one of his colleagues from the Clinic. ! Ten eye specialists have joined forces to open a laser eye-correction clinic in Curaçao . The investment is reportedly NAƒ13.3 million. Next month specialists from the Netherlands will start seeing patients. Curaçao practitioners will join the clinic’s staff at a later date. Cost is NAƒ2,200 per treated eye. ! The Bonaire Reporter will not be published next week in accordance with our practice of publishing four times a month. The next issue will appear on July 22. L./G. D. POLICE UPDATE LAST WEEK’S REPORTS Public Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius reports: *There were five drug courier arrests at Flamingo Airport. Four were from Curacao, one from Holland. Schiphol Airport continues to report that KLM flights from Bonaire are free of drug couriers. *Two burglars, drug addicts, who have been involved in numerous break-ins, were arrested. *A re-enactment of the assault by a man on a man and a woman living above Bon Fysio was conducted last week by law enforcement officials to decide whose was the correct story. According to the Prosecutor, a re-enactment is conducted when witnesses’ stories are so different. The assailant is under house arrest. *More news on the shooting on Saturday, June 5, by the Customs officer who shot at his girlfriend’s ex boyfriend. It was alleged that the ex-boyfriend had provoked an argument with his ex-girlfriend and the Customs officer before the shooting began. The ex-boyfriend was arrested and held pending further investigation but has since been released. *There was a fire in the jail last week, (Continued on page 10) ! Jong Bonaire closed the school year with a ping pong tournament for the members who had practiced long hours during the school year. When the paddles stopped, at the top of the competitors was Heinrich Scherptong, (at right, being awarded the silver cup by coach Paco Veeris). Jong Bonaire has completed its regular season but has some vacation time events planned. ! On June 22, the BOPEC oil transfer facility was the first Bonaire port to get ISPS (International Port Security) certification. In the photo Lt. Governor Domacassé (right) presents the certificate to BOPEC officials. This certification was required to be in place by July 1st as part of a worldwide anti-terrorist program. Harbormaster L.O. Staie has informed The Reporter that Bonaire’s ports met the ISPS requirement on schedule and that further improvements will be completed in a few weeks. Last week, Dee Scarr reported that diving at the town pier is still allowed but there are some slight modifications to the normal procedure (verified ID required, etc.). Only about half the world's ports and 53% of global shipping complied with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) by the deadline, according to the International Maritime Organization. The ISPS code, signed by 147 governments, requires ports, stevedoring companies and owners of ships larger than 500 tons to draw up plans for responding to a terrorist threat, implement tighter security around facilities and train staff. Justine Gonggrijp, Assistant Public Prosecutor

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page 5 P oachers wouldn’t take baby Loras from the nests if there weren’t a market for them to sell to. You really can’t blame the poachers if in a few years there isn’t a wild Lora to be found on the island. That would be too easy. The reason why a poacher takes a chick from the nest is because you want one; you pay for it; or you asked him to do you a favor. You are the principal, and although you’re not getting your hands dirty by cutting a tree open or climbing a cliff, that little bird is taken from the nest, from the wild, because you wanted it. Think about it… Our Lora, the Amazona barbadensis rothschildi , is found only on Bonaire and on the Venezuelan islands of Margarita and La Blanquilla. But until now it has never been proven that we’re talking about the exact same species. So, we have something that’s pretty unique in this world: Our wild Lora. Still, very little is known about this rare bird. What we do know is this: There are about 600 Loras living in the wild. Let’s say (but we don’t know for sure) that half of them are males and the other half are females. That would make 300 couples. Only when the bird is three or four years old might it start breeding. Suppose, in a certain year, one-third of the entire population is mature enough to be breeders. That would be 100 females. Each female lays an average of two eggs. So, in that year we’ll have 200 eggs, of which 50% will hatch. That’s a hundred eggs. Of the babies, 40% die because of a lack of food, parasites or because of predators. Sixty babies survive and about half of them live through the first year. That’s only 30 Lora babies. It would make you think, that if everything goes well and ends well, every year 30 Loras are added to Bonaire’s population. Not true! We forgot to talk about poachers… and their clients...! After the registration campaign “ Registra bo Lora, ” we found out that half of the more than 600 Loras that are kept in captivity are not older than six years. That means that every year dozens of Loras are taken from the nest, and thus from the wild, to sit for the rest of their lives in a cage. It also means that this link in the chain of the Loras’ existence has become useless for the wild population because it will never produce anymore . And so it’s not true that 30 Loras are added to the wild population every year. In reality it’s far less… Numbers can be quite boring, but what we’re talking about is this: A Lora can easily reach 60 years old! That is, if you’re keeping one in a cage and you’re taking care of it properly: It has a spacious cage, you’re cleaning the cage every day, every day you put fresh water, vegetables and seeds, you give the Lora fresh branches to chew on, toys to play with and on top of it all, your time and attention . What will happen is that the Lora will not only survive you, it might even be a joy to your children and grandchildren! And for 60 long years you don’t have to “order” a Lora from the wild! On the other hand, if you neglect your Lora and it dies as a youngster or a teenager you have to “order” another one and another one and another one, and in your lifetime you wear away 10 Loras. Understand that it’s not only those 10. Each Lora you have could have easily had 10 surviving children in its lifetime. So if you have one Lora, you’ve taken, in fact, 10 from the wild. If you have two Loras, you stole 20 Loras from the wild. But we’re still talking about first generation, not even about the second, the third and so on. They are just lost forever, and you cannot even calculate what you took from nature by taking only one of their babies. What will be left? It’s up to you. In this world Bonaire is praised more and more often as an oasis where nature and man respect each other. Every day many men and women on Bonaire are working very, very hard to preserve and protect what we have. Why? Out of respect, because they love the island; because we’re all part of nature and we don’t want to leave this world drained out, dirty and exhausted to our children and their children. Respect for life is the highest asset: Life in all its variety. Money can’t buy everything. You can’t buy a clean sea full of fish. You can’t buy clean air to breathe or a clear blue sky full of birds, and you still can’t buy a rain shower or a clean conscience. We’re all in the same boat; we’re all part of it, and once it’s gone it will never come back again, ever… During the coming months, police, SSV, Polis Ambiental and STINAPA’s Park Rangers will be extra alert and they will strictly enforce the law. If you see that someone is disturbing or poaching a nest, or that someone is trying to sell a Lora, or keeping a Lora that doesn’t have a band, please call 717-3741 or 717-8000. The fines are high: NAƒ1000 per bird and the Lora will be confiscated. Greta Kooistra A LORA MARKET = NO MORE LORAS Bonaire’s oldest caged Loramore than 35 years old There is a Cree Indian prophecy that says: Only after the last tree has been cut down, Only after the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

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page 6 I n a development related to the upcoming Referendum, the European Union committee finished their report in which several options for the relations between the Antilles and Aruba and the European Union are described, especially the pros and cons of each of the options. According to Committee Chairman Ronald van Beuge, there is finally an unbiased report based upon which politicians can make a decision. On Wednesday Van Beuge presented the report to Etienne Ys, Minister-President of the Antilles; Nelson Oduber, Premier of Aruba; and Thom de Graaf, the Minister of Kingdom Relations. The committee presented the possible options for a relationship with the European Union (EU) and the political, judicial, economic and financial consequences of alternatives for the three countries of the Kingdom. According to Van Beuge it is advisable to make a decision within two to three years. The recently es tablished European constitutional law must be ratified by several member states within two years after signing. As soon as the law is put into effect, the Kin gdom can request the union to introduce an amendment of the status for the Antilles and Aruba. The constitution doesn’t need to be amended; a unanimous decision of the European council is sufficient. __________________________ LIFE ON ARUBA AND BONAIRE A person living long years on Aruba and moving now to Bonaire sees that many things are very different on both islands. The only issue, shared indisputably by the people of Aruba and Bonaire, is mutual friendship and a negative attitude towards Curaçao. Bonaireans living on Aruba, unlike people born on Curaçao, speak with pride about the island of their origin. The Bonairean Club on Aruba is one of the most prestigious social clubs on the island. There is no Curaçao Club. The relation between Aruba and Holland is, unfortunately, substantially less cordial. Changing historic Dutch street names, as done by the current government, certainly does not contribute to improvement of this relationship. Various other Caribbean islands try to preserve their heritage, for example as on the French tourist island, St. Barthelemy, the streets in the capital, Gustavia, still carry the Swedish names given by the Swedes who originally colonized the island. On Aruba just the opposite is happening. In order to eliminate what could bring back the memori es of the old colonial power, the main street and main sport stadium in Oranjestad now carry the names of local politicians. A former minister has proposed to Parliament to also change the name of “Reina Beatrix Airport.” More than one million tourists (about 20 times the number of visitors to Bonaire), mostly from the US, come annually to Aruba. Unlike on Bonaire and on a majority of other Caribbean islands, the Aruba airport houses also the US immigration and US customs services. Passengers from Aruba, after arrival in Miami or other US airports, are handled as if they arrived on US domestic flights. A very substantial difference between the islands, probably very surprising to many people living on Bonaire, is the ownership of land along the sea coast. In (Continued on page 6) Referendum Chronicle NOS FUTURE, BAN P’EI (OUR FUTURE-LET’S GO FOR IT.) This is the second of two articles by Jiri Lausman describing life on Aruba as shaped by its 1986 decision to leave the Netherlands Antilles and become a separate member of the Dutch Kingdom. We hope it can offer some perspective as one of the choices, Status Aparte, a voter may select in the Bonaire Referendum.

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page 7 (REFERENDUM CHRONICLE Continued from page 5) the Netherlands Antilles, and consequently on Bonaire, land along the shore can be sold (e.g. in the case of SABADECO) or given for a long term lease. Concurrent with this, however, is the government’s right to 50m of land from the high-water mark inland for “defense purposes,” stemming from colonial times. All have the right to visit this strand, but property owners have the right to block access to it through their property. On Aruba all shorefront land is public land, to be freely used by local inhabitants and visitors. Access MUST be provided. It means that, in fact, you cannot really own or lease a sea-front lot on Aruba because there is always a freely accessible strip of public land between your “sea front” property and the coastline. In fact, your privacy can never be guaranteed, and it can happen that, particularly during the weekends, when groups of strangers can organize a birthday party or a BBQ on “your” beach, they might enjoy playing loud music just a few meters from your porch or swimming pool. A desperate owner of a luxurious house on the beautiful Arachi beach, offered now for sale for three million dollars, lost a legal battle with a local tourist agency which, in the words of the house owner, used to regularly dump a bus load of cruise ship tourists on “her” beach. It also means that the five-star hotels on the famous Aruba strand cannot prohibit free public access to “their” beach. In addition, the persons coming to the beach can bring with them their own beach furniture and put it next to the hotel lounges and tables with umbrellas. Nobody does it because the hotels prefer that the local people use the hotel lounges, so as not to disturb the harmony on the beach. In order to prevent traffic accidents often involving tourists from the US, the traffic regulations on Aruba, originally following the European standards, have been adapted to the US regulations as far as right-of-way, particularly at traffic circles, is concerned. Visitors from the Netherlands Antilles and Europe must keep that in mind! During my stay on Bonaire, I have always been confused by the necessity of yielding to the right at the only traffic circle on Bonaire. Speaking about traffic and cars, Aruba still follows the silly annual ritual of changing license plates each year. In addition, when the tax for the second half of the year is paid, another, smaller plate has to be fastened to the basic plate. In some respects, however, the Arubans are more practical than people in the Netherlands Antilles. For example the five florin coins are not round but square so you cannot, like on Bonaire, mistake a five florin coin for a one florin coin. Also the much smaller 50 cent coins are square on Aruba. There is full employment on Aruba, and tens of thousands of workers, mainly from Latin American countries, are currently working, particularly in the tourist and construction industry. The local people often complain that the shop attendants do not understand Papiamentu, so to make clear what they want Arubans must speak Spanish in their own country! The living standard of Arubans is rising because they are generally in better paid positions and you can hardly find an Aruban hotel maid or a local unskilled worker. Enormous American style supermarkets are full of customers, and the existing roads are barely able to accommodate the almost 50,000 cars on roads on an island smaller than Bonaire. According to official statistics, currently there is high unemployment in the Netherlands Antilles, primarily Curaçao. However, without knowing exact numbers, a superficial observer sees no substantial difference between Aruba and Bonaire in this matter. Hard working Colombian room maids can be seen also on Bonaire, and the new houses in SABADECO are being built mostly by workers from Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and other countries, exactly as it is happening on Aruba. Unlike Bonaire, on Aruba there are no residential districts with houses owned predominantly by wealthy foreigners. On the contrary, in Malmok and Arashi, the districts of the “rich,” located between the beach and the biggest golf course on Aruba, the largest and most luxurious houses belong to local businessmen. Also in the only guarded community on Aruba, Tierra del Sol, the most exclusive residences on large land lots have been individually designed and built for successful local business people. In this community, foreigners, mostly Americans, have purchased much smaller houses on small lots, grouped close each to each other among the golf greens. In case you feel that living on Aruba with its Status Aparte could be better than on Bonaire, please be informed that every resident of Aruba is obliged to be covered by the Government’s health insurance company, AZV (abbreviation of General Health Insurance). Because the AZV, due to a chronic lack of money, covers fully only the basic health costs, most foreign residents just ignore it and continue to be insured by private companies. Unfortunately, even if you do not make any use of AZV, you must pay for this Government insurance. The progressive AZV premium, depending on your income, is added to your income tax. (Think about that when voting in the coming Referendum!) In the case of a retired couple, having a pension as their only income, the AZV premium can exceed their income tax! In addition, for some, the income tax on Aruba can be much higher than on Bonaire because there is no “ penshonado status” with a low flat income tax. Jiri Lausman Jiri Lausman is a retired civil engineer, born in Prague, living as a Dutchman the last nearly 40 years, 18 of them in Aruba. Before his retirement, he worked as the manager for Latin America and the Caribbean for a large Dutch construction company. He has a home in SABEDECO. The aim of the Chronicle team of editorial and staff writers is to inform, not to influence public opinion or “sell” a particular option. Critical comments, useful additions and questions by the readers are welcomed and published whenever possible.

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page 8 T he island’s 12th Dia di Arte gave all who attended an effervescent feeling inspired by the incredible variety of arts, crafts and music. Wilhelmina Park was crowded with artists’ stands and booths, the bandstand held performers non-stop and the smel l of foodstuffs filled the air. Here are some scenes from the day: Batik artist Gund Gerling Jan of Jan Art showed her new above and below art works C O V E R Art is for kids too Proof that recycling can be beautiful Mother and daughter, Marie and Angélique Salsbach

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page 9 O ver 80 competitors participated in the 18th Annual Aruba Hi Winds Windsurfing Regatta. Sailors and kiters from the region as well as Venezuela, Brazil, Columbia, Canada and beyond came to kite, race and compete. This event, long popular with Bonaire sailors, is known for being a well organized and super fun event. This year Bonaire sent a 78person delegation. Competitors, spectators and chaperones flew on sponsor Bonaire Exel . Competing in mostly slalom and long distance races, Bonaire has dominated heats in all divisions. To allow pros Taty Frans and Kiri Thode time to compete prior to flying to Europe for the PWA tour, the organizers offered four-minute single elimination heats for men to show their stuff. It was a lucky day for Taty as his super star moves beat his wiz kid cousin Kiri to earn the coveted title of King of the Huts. Brother Choko Fans was a close third after battling with Keke Dammers for the third place spot. Bonaire has a contingent of four kiters representing the island. Zwanet Kooijn is one of the three women kiters. Her dazzling loops and aerial moves allowed her to hold the second place position all week. Top rider of the week is Bonaire's own Jeroen Roevros, sailing for Holland. He is a gym teacher at SGB. His hi fly jumps and tricks are spectacular. Kiting is embraced on Aruba where a balance between windsurfing and kiting has been created. Kiting is a crowd favorite at Hi Winds. The social scene is incredible. In its heyday, when the Aruba government financially supported this event with cash, it was a full-on Pro Event with famous names like Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Robbie Naish who walked away with over $25,000 for top places. Now a handful of local sponsors provide product and support in creating a perfect party atmosphere. There’s no shortage of food and drink for riders during the day. At night the parties rock. Race results will be posted in the next Bonaire Reporter. Bonaire’s kids saved, sold raffle tickets and trained hard to attend this event. Windsurf Moms, Jesse Sint Jago and Edseline Dammers worked for months organizing this huge group. It's a great event for kids to learn more about competition and the racing discipline. It's also a wonderful opportunity for these deserving kids, men and women to travel to a regional event as a national team. Most of all it's been great fun with the non-stop party atmosphere. And based on scores so far, it's clear Bonaire's talent shines here in sunny Aruba. Ann Phelan Freestyle Results: King of the Huts, Taty Frans: Prince of the Huts, Clay Emer; Kid of the Huts Arthur Soliano; Queen of the Huts, Sarah Quita Offringa (Aruba) VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : Alegria Althea Alegria, USA Atlas Bird of Paradise Blauwe Crab, Curaçao Camissa, Chan Is. Camperdown Cape Kathryn Cha Seng, France Delphinius Elandrea El Sabor Fifth Season Flying Cloud, USA Gabrielle Galadrial , USA Gambler, Venezuela Gammier Gatsby, USA Goril Too Guaicamar I , Venezuela. Honalee, USA Hotel California Too, USA Jalapeno Jandreso Jupiter Karthersis Lady Alice Luna C Macaby, Netherlands Makai Mariele Natural Selection, USA Numoan Panda Pau Hana Precocious Gale Sandpiper, USA Santa Maria, Sweden Scintilla, Germany Shambala Shiraz Sirius Sojourner Sovereign III Sylvia K Triumphant Lady Ta B Ti Amo, USA Trio, USA Ulu Ulu, USA Unicorn, Norway Varedhuni, Germany Windborne Windmiller Ya-T, BVI Zahi, Malta Zeno’s Arrow, USA KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 7-09 4:14 1.2FT. 7:12 1.3FT. 13:16 1.0FT. 20:47 1.7FT. 51 7-10 5:32 1.1FT. 8:37 1.1FT. 12:40 1.1FT. 21:10 1.8FT. 42 7-11 6:26 1.0FT. 21:37 1.9FT. 40 7-12 7:16 0.9FT. 22:04 2.0FT. 43 7-13 8:03 0.8FT. 22:30 2.0FT. 50 7-14 8:39 0.8FT. 22:58 2.1FT. 57 7-15 9:20 0.7FT. 23:31 2.1FT. 64 7-16 9:59 0.7FT. 70 7-17 0:30 2.0FT. 10:32 0.7FT. 75 7-18 1:01 2.0FT. 11:10 0.8FT. 78 7-19 1:32 1.9FT. 11:43 0.8FT. 80 7-20 2:04 1.8FT. 12:06 0.9FT. 81 7-21 2:39 1.6FT. 2:40 1.6FT. 12:17 1.0FT. 78 7-22 3:15 1.5FT. 12:08 1.0FT. 73 7-23 11:31 1.1FT. 19:38 1.5FT. 67 Having fun at High winds T he Bonaire Barracudas Swim Club held a practice “competition" on June 22 to wind up their season. Thirtyfive club members between the ages of 6 and 16 participated in a total of 24 events before a large crowd of family, friends and supporters. Adult club members and parents acted as officials for this exercise meant to introduce competitive swimming to young club members and Bonaire. Midway through the program, a 100-meter Individual Medley exhibition was swum by club President Simone Sweers, club member (water polo) Wilma Bohm and visiting water polo enthusiast, Ank De Munck, to the delight of young and old alike. Top finishers in the age group divisions were as follows: 8 & under: Mixed 25 meter breaststroke & backstroke Laura v. Erp Girls 50 meter breaststroke Kaile Finies Girls 50 meter backstroke Yasmin Esser Boys 50 meter breaststroke, backstroke, freestroke Daan Rothweiler 9 & 10: Girls 50 meter breaststroke Rooske Wagemakers Girls 50 meter backstroke Vera Ghazzouli Girls 50 meter freestyle Rooske Wagemakers Boys 50 meter breaststroke, backstroke & freestyle Samson Evertsz 11 & 12: Girls 50 meter breaststroke Meralney Bomba Girls 50 meter backstroke & frestyle Meriann Urdaneta Jorissen Boys 50 meter breaststroke Churmer Bomba Boys 50 meter backstroke & freestyle Rudi Urdaneta Jorissen 13 to 16: Boys 50 meter breaststroke Norvin Mercelina Boys 50 meter backstroke Timothy Bissessar Boys 50 meter freestyle Juliandro Soree Girls 100 meter Medley Relay 9 12 Meralney Bomba, Vera Ghazzouli, Meriann Urdaneta Jorissen, Nanouk De Jong Boys 100 meter Medley Relay 9 12 Jim Rothweiler, Mike Groenendal, Samson Evertsz, Churmer Bomba Also participating were Luis Marcano Bravo, Zair a Groenendal, Merel Houthuijzen, Lotte Rothweiler, Olivier Wagemakers, Asdrubal Marcano Bravo, Alejandro De Lima, Desiree Baaleman, Danique Oleana, Yana Richter, Daneyda Bomba, Maik Oleana, Olivier De Jong, Marijn v. Erp, Keval Bissessar, Francois Soree, Nicholas Bissessar and Danilo Sandman. Valarie Stimson Start of the 8 & under mixed 25 meter backstroke Kalli De Meyer photo YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE

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page 10 Y oga is an excellent therapy for healing sore and injured back muscles, yet one of the most common injuries in yoga is straining the back muscles. Here are the basics for taking care of your back during yoga. Warming-up Take time to warm up the spine and the back muscles using repetitions of gentle postures/movements. Focus on warm-ups that move the spine in its six directions: arching and rounding the back, twisting the torso from left to right and left and right side bends. Back Bends Back bending postures should not strain the back. Back bends open the front of the body, and this is where you should feel the stretch. A safe back bend will compress the low back but not strain it or cause any pain. For deep backbends make sure the lower body (buttocks and legs), abdominals and mula bandha (the muscles between the pubic bone and the tailbone) are strongly engaged. Forward Bends Forward bending postures stretch the back muscles, release tension and feel good. Forward bends should be approached very carefully. Move into them first with the back flat and the spine long. Breathe Make sure you are not holding your breath in the postures. If you are in an asana (position) and you can’t breathe deeply, then you have gone too deeply into the pose. Do Reps If your back muscles are weak, postures that strengthen the back, such as belly down postures and bridge pose, should be done using repetitions of short hold times. These postures should not be held for long, only long enough to feel the muscles working without pain or fatigue. Desirée (Police Report. Continued from page 3) allegedly started by one of the inmates who set fire to some mattresses. The jailed inmate is accused of possession of a firearm and apparently was disgruntled because he was not being transferred to Curacao’s prison as was promised. Due to smoke and fire damage the Bonaire prison will be closed for two to four months during repairs. Those “serious criminals” (burglars included) will be shipped to Curacao’s prison. Prisoners accused of lesser crimes (like drug traffickers) will be released and are expected to return to Curacao from where they came. Police spokesman Charles Suriel reports : *Last Tuesday, June 29, there was a stabbing at Verona Snack that resulted in the death of a woman. To subdue Poppy Piar, the assailant, a police officer on the scene had to shoot him. The bullet entered his stomach and exited from his spine. An ambulance was called and the two were taken to the hospital. The woman died of a stab wound in her chest. Piar was transported by ambulance flight, accompanied by two policemen, to the hospital in Curacao, where he remains in stable condition. Due to Piar’s long history of serious crimes, Public Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius will ask for life imprisonment. L.D. Go around the obstacles We can learn a lot by watching how water relates to the world around it. It’s fluid. It goes around any obstacle in its way. (It doesn’t stop to argue!) It flows downstream rather than struggling to push upstream as many of us are doing in life. It just goes with the flow. Perhaps that’s why watching the action and rhythm of water is so peaceful to the human psyche. --Susan Jeffers Utthita Parsvakonasana or extended side anglea full-body pose that opens, stretches, and strengthens the whol e body. It cultivates balance and co-ordination. Specifically, it strengthen s the muscles that stabilize the knees, sculpts the legs, and opens the chest. Don and Desirée of “Yoga For You” offer classes in yoga from beginners to advanced. On every first Saturday of the month at 6:30 am there is a meditation at Sorobon Beach by the wooden fisherman’s hut.

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page 11 M arshe Commission President Raymunda (Bebi) Anthonie (right) presented an award to George and Laura DeSalvo of The Bonaire Reporter to commemorate The Reporter’s 10th Anniversary last Saturday. The Reporter was thanked for its support during the last five years of the very successful Rincon Marshé. The award was a framed batik rendering of a typical Rincon style house by batik artist Gund Gerling . T his Wednesday Bonaire’s Special Olympics Team leaves for Kingston, Jamaica, to participate in the Inaugural Special Olympics Caribbean Games which run from July 8 to 11. Expected to participate are 500 athletes from 15 Caribbean islands. Accompanying them will be at least 200 coaches and officials, 200 family members and friends and 200 volunteers. Bonaire’s athletes will compete in Bocce, Swimming and Running events. There are some familiar as well as new faces in the contingent. The Bocce team consists of: Revelino Engelhart (making a switch from Tennis in the Dublin Games), Dionysius Reina, Swinda Offerman, high scorer Kenneth Piar, Joanne Albertsz and Cornelia Winklaar. Swimmers to watch out for are veterans Lucille Soliana and Johnny Hellmund. The Running Team stars “The Barefoot Flash”Antonio de Palm and Siegmar Celestin. The head of the delegation is Delno Tromp, Assistant Head is Harlton “Onnie” Emerenciana. Elisabeth Wigny is Head Coach; Magdalena van Gurp, Swimming Coach; Bocce Coach, Pedro Leito; Athletics Coach is Sylvio Semeleer. Assistant Staff is Aura Engelhart. The Bonaire Reporter will accompany the team to cover the event and report back through the Papiamentu language daily newspaper, èxtra . L.D Lucille Soliana s wimming for Bonaire in the 2003 World Games in Ireland Standing: Edna (Bebi) Sint Jago; Raymunda(Bebi) Anthonie, President of the Marsh ! Commission; Chèmy Cicilia; Shon Ca Janga; Veronica (Ròny) Mercera. Kneeling: Sella Gijsbertha

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page 12 Exercise regularly You should exercise every day or at least five times a week. If you need to lose weight you should exercise at least an hour and a half each time. If you want to maintain your weight you should exercise between 45 minutes to one hour, and if you want to maintain a good condition, at least half an hour each time. Try to choose aerobic exercises like fit walking, swimming, jogging cycling, aerobics, etc. Lower your salt intake Eating foods that have too much salt in them and using too much salt at the table can raise your blood pressure. You might try taking the salt shaker off the dining table and avoid using salt during food preparation. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink Alcohol will raise your blood pressure. Drinking too much alcohol can also cause liver disease and some types of cancer. Alcoholic beverages are high in calories and low in nutrients. The body uses up a lot of vital nutrients in breaking down alcohol so your body can get rid of it. Men’s bodies are better able to break down alcohol than women’s. The effects of drinking too much alcohol occur earlier and are worse in women than in men. For this reason women should have no more than one to two glasses of alcohol a day and not on a daily basis. Men shouldn’t have more than two to three glasses of alcohol a day and for sure not on a daily basis. Maintain an ideal body weight The more you weigh above your ideal weight, the harder your heart has to work to pump blood. By losing weight you can lower your blood pressure. Obesity is usually caused by eating too many calories and getting too little exercise. Small changes in the way you eat and in the amount of activity you get each day can help to lower blood pressure. Weight loss can even help to lessen the number or amount of drugs need ed to keep blood pressure normal. Following are some tips to help you eat fewer calories: € Buy lean meat and meat products, skinless chicken, fresh fish, and use low fat cooking techniques like baking, broiling, grilling, stir fry and roasting. € Use no more than 1 tablespoon of oil and margarine per person in food preparation. € Choose skim milk and milk products and low fat cheeses. € Eat raw, steamed or baked vegetables. € Eat fruits as a snack or a dessert and limit juice to no more than one cup a day. € Choose sugar-free drinks. € Choose low fat snacks. € Choose low fat sauces. € Write down what and how much you eat and drink. Reduce fat intake You should also limit the amount of fat and cholesterol you eat every day. Stop smoking If you smoke cigars or cigarettes, try to quit. A.S. Angélique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire’s Department of Health and Hygiene, has a radio program every other Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Her patients successfully win the battle of the bulge and become healthier! Write her at dietitan@bonairenews.com Angélique Salsbach B lood pressure is the force that pushes blood from your heart throughout your body. When your blood pressure is too high, you may have a heart attack, a stroke or kidney failure. You can lower your chances of having one of these critical health problems by taking a few simple steps to keep your blood pressure within a normal range: GOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO BUY OR SELL? REACH MORE READERS THAN ANY OTHER WEEKLY NEWSPAPER BY ADVERTISING IN THE BONAIRE REPORTER FREE FREE FREE FREE Non–Commercial CLASSIFIED ADS (UP TO 4 LINES/ 20 WORDS) Commercial ads are only NAƒ0.70 per word, per week. Free ads run for 2 weeks. Call or fax The Bonaire Reporter at 717-8988 e-mail ads@bonairereporter.com Traditional Bonairean Sailing Sloop. Wood, traditional construction, about 21’ long. Fiberglassed in and out for minimal maintenance. Two time winner of Bonaire Regatta, Class A. A dream to sail. Bargain at NAƒ9,999. One of the last of its kind. Call 717-8988 or 785-6125. Looking for home for Rabu. Rabu needs a new owner! Rabu is a very sweet, well-trained dog. He’s a real Bonairean dog, but we can’t take him with us to Holland. If you want to give it a try pl ease call 785-9008. Wanted: HOUSE TO RENTWe are looking for a house with 3 bedrooms , 2 bathrooms and if possible, a not-toosmall porch. Kind of garden would be marvelous. Please phone 717-4200. Couple looking to rent a kunuku long term . Call 785-9013 FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Interior or exterior design advice, clearings, blessings, energy healing China trained, Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9013 JanArt Gallery , Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am5 pm Friday 17 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt. SEMPERFLORENS NURSERY for healthy, strong, affordable plants all grown on Bonaire. Also landscaping. Follow signs starting in front of Lagoen Hill. Tel. 790-3348 BonaireNet is the leading consumer and business information source on Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160 . For online yellow pages directory information go to http://www. PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE BONAIRE. Consultation, Supervision, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de Korte, Psychologist, Phone: 717-6919 CAPT. DON’S ISLAND GROWER Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown. 8000m2 of plants and nursery. Specializing in garden/septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone: 7860956 or 787-0956 LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981 7000 BTU split type air conditioner NAƒ800, 17" computer monitor NAƒ 300, small refrigerator NAƒ250, windsurfing equipment . Tel 7175525 For Sale: Chevrolet S10 Pick up , Single cab, metallic gray, good condition. NAƒ4.500. Call 785-9008. Lots of Things For Sale : Double bed & mattress NAƒ175; Strijkblank (Ironing Board) NAƒ10; 2 stereo sets & speakers NAƒ50; Answering machine NAƒ15; 2 hammocks NAƒ40; transformer NAƒ25; stove NAƒ175. Call 785-9008. For Sale: several Dutch Oak Closets with stained glass. Kaya Neerlandia 31, across from Gas Expres. Nearly new Harvey 3-mm. M en’s Wet Suit , L-XL, $45. Tel 791-4262 For Rent : Comfortable 2-bedroom beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice location-Privacy & securityJuly 15 to Jan 15-Brochure available-Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293-or (US) (570)586 0098-e/mail larjaytee@aol.com

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page 13 T his week’s Seaside Spots are for the real beach enthusiasts because those people will be the only ones willing to conquer the many obstacles in order to reach these superb beaches. I personally was amazed at the difference in the environments between these two beaches. After all, they are less than a couple of minutes’ drive from each other. Jeff Davis When I first climbed down to this miniscule beach on the western side of the island, I thought, ‘Hmm! This is my idea of a Caribbean beach.’ Most of us know Jeff Davis as another diving and snorkeling site, but there is much more to discover on this beach than getting our gear on and walking into the water. There is a wonderful tiny beach leading you into the Caribbean Sea with a smooth sandy bottom (yes, you can leave your booties at home) so you may enjoy a refreshing quick dip. A few meters to your right there is another sandy spot the size of a beach towel, perfect for your daily dose of sun and for catching up on your reading. Jeff Davis is located at the bottom of a twometer rocky cliff, making it somewhat hard to reach. Only a few dedicated divers and snorkelers have the courage to climb down the cliff to reach the water level with their gear. So don’t be surprised when you have the luxury of enjoying your own private beach. In the rock formation backing the beach there are many nooks and crannies which create some small but sometimes very necessary shady areas to get away from the heat of the day. Beautiful Piece of Paradise This Beautiful Piece of Paradise -another unnamed (until now) beach -is also part of the Marine Park, exactly 0.5 km. from its Headquarters at Barkadera on the tourist road on the way to Gotomeer. This beach can be found at the bottom of another twometer or so embankment. The climb down is somewhat strenuous so make sure you wear proper shoes. But the majestic spot you will find will reward your efforts: a rocky beach with sandy patches here and there, creating small areas where you can settle down and relax. If you happen to visit this beach at low tide, you will be able to enjoy the massive reefs protruding from the water less than 10 meters from the shoreline. This is truly a rugged beach (and yes, you will need your booties to enjoy this beach). You will share this peaceful spot with the many sea urchins nestled along the rocky shore, the shy crabs hiding in the rock crevices, and even the sea star I found in one of the shore puddles. A stroll along this harsh coastline will certainly keep you entertained for a while. Getting in and out of the sea can be somewhat of an adventure because of the sea urchins and the uneven sea floor, but the wonderful experience you will have snorkeling amongst the beautiful large reefs will make it worthwhile – to a novice snorkeler anyway! Do remember that this rugged beach is within the Marine Park limits, so make sure that the only things you leave behind on this wonderful beach and all the beaches on the island are your footsteps. Enjoying the beautiful unspoiled coastline of Bonaire is a wonderful experience everyone residing on the island should experience. It is far too easy to fall into a daily routine and forget the reasons why so many of us have chosen to live on the island. I sometime wonder if the long-time residents of the island are still in awe of the beauty of Bonaire’s coastline as I am. Or has their amazement somewhat faded because they are now so used to seeing it? Josée Bolduc Frosst T his season has been very busy so far, mostly due to loggerheads ( kawama ) and hawksbills (karet ). On Klein Bonaire, which we monitor most intensely, as of today, the 4th of July, we've found 33 nests already, which is about a 50% increase over last year’s nesting levels. Still our turtle "nesting colony" remains very small but apparently growing now. ******** Tourists reported seeing hatchlings and their tracks at Playa Chikitu in May, but we were only told several weeks later and could not confirm the event, but it was most likely a leatherback. We were hoping that the known leatherback nest at Lagoen would make it (it was due mid-June), but the eggs rotted, probably because the nest was laid too low and the sand is unclean there. The main culprit here really is the sand-mining going on there and at other east coast beaches and inlets . (There has been a high-profile campaign to stop sand mining by both the government and STINAPA in the last few months. Ed. ) *********** The first nests laid by loggerheads in early May are now also beginning to hatch, with good success. Divers are reporting seeing many big turtles, mostly hawksbills now, but we can also confirm that the big loggerhead known as "Forest" is back to breed again this year. Robert van Dam Jeff Davis Baby Loggerhead turtles STCB photo

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©2004 The Bonaire Reporter Published weekly . For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , phone (599) 717-8988, 7917252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The Bonaire Reporter , George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Reporters: Josée Bolduc Frosst, Desirée, Jack Horkheimer, Wendy Horn, Greta Kooistra, Jiri Laus man, Ann Phelan, Angélique Salsbach, Valarie Stimson, Michael Thiessen, Robert van Dam Features Editor: Greta Kooistra; Translations: Peggy Bakker, Sue Ellen Felix Production: Barbara Lockwood; Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij page 14 T heir owners brought them into the Bonaire Animal Shelter and that’s very sad for these two very sweet cats. “Pien” and “Toby” are mother and son who both have the softest fur and are extremely cuddly and loving. That’s four-month-old Toby in the foreground, his mom Pien in the background. Toby is very playful and interested in exploring the world. Mother Pien, a youngster herself, also has a love for life and interaction. These cats deserve to go to a home where they can be appreciated for their fine qualities. Pien and Toby have been examined and tested and declared healthy and robust. To see these two fine felines, visit the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 7174989. Help is needed for the Shelter’s Massive Sterilization Program from October 18 to 30. Two of the veterinarians slated to come have had to cancel , so two more are desperately needed to help assist with the program which aims to sterilize at least 300 dogs in the twoweek program. If you are a vet and can help or if you know of someone, give a call to Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema at (011-599)717-4989. Volunteer veterinarians have all sorts of perks like free lodging and diving, donated by generous business people on the island. Couple that with helping to reduce the number of unwanted puppies on the island and you have a win-win situation. L.D “Toby” and “Pien”

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page 15 THIS WEEK Saturday, July 10Soldachi Dos Pos nature tour Beautiful vistas. Learn about the plants, trees, birds, culture and history in an informal and friendly way. 6:30 am. Call Maria at 717-6435 or 790-5657 to reserve. A small donation is requested: NAƒ10 for adults; NAƒ5 for children. Saturday, July 10 Opening o f art exhibit by Winfred Dania at the Cinnamon Gallery, 7 to 9 pm. Traditional Bonairean music and food. Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just off Kaya Grandi, behind the Banco di Caribe. Exhibit runs until August 6. See page 18 Wednesday 7 pm, July 14, and July 21 , play FISH-O at the Yellow Submarine. (Similar to BINGO, FISH-O helps you remember fish names) One card will be provided free. Additional cards can be “purchased” with a completed fish survey form. Great prizes. Saturday, July 17Soldachi Alta Mira nature tour, third Sat. of month. 6:30 am. Call Maria at 717-6435 or 790-5657 to reserve. NAƒ10 for adults; NAƒ5 for children. Sunday, July 18 First Annual Fish Survey Challenge. Buddy teams will survey the reef in front of the dive shop and compete for prizes. Tanks provided; followed by a Pot Luck Barbecue. 2 pm Yellow Submarine Call 717-2929. Buddy teams must register prior to July 18. Tuesday, July 20 REEF test for qualified individuals wanting Advanced Level. Call Jessie Armacost at 717-3976. COMING Saturday July 31 Stress Management Training – sponsored by the Junior Chamber International (formerly Jaycees). Practical ways to handle stress situations. Speaker: Julien deWindt, senior facilitator. Divi Flamingo Conference Room 9 am to 2 pm NAƒ50, includes drinks & snacks. Call 520-5679 to reserve. EVERY WEEK Sunday Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar . Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi Flamingo Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435 Monday -Rum Punch Party on the beach at Lion’s Dive. Dutch National Products introduces Time Sharing and how to save on your next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm Tuesday -BonaireTalker Dinner/ Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm -call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail jake@bonairetalk.com for more infor. Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14. Wednesday Meditation at Donkey Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all. Call S. H.Y. 790-9450 Wednesday Sand Dollar Manager’s Cocktail Party , Mangos Bar and Restaurant Friday -Manager’s Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive Resort 5:30-6:30 pm. FridayOpen House with Happy Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm. Saturdays during summer Rincon Marshé opens at 6 am. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks and music. Every day by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Authentic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAƒ12 for Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 5409800. DailyThe Divi Flamingo Casino is open daily for hot slot machines, roulette and black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm– 4 am and Sunday 7 pm– 3 am. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS SundayDiscover Our Diversity Slide Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm 717-5080 FridayWeek in Review Video Presentation by the Toucan Dive Shop at the Plaza’s Tipsy Seagull , 5 pm. 717-2500. FridayThe Captain Don Show Conversation, fun, yarns, a few slides. Guaranteed 85% true. Aquarius Conference Room. Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm Tel. 7178290 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday ; Phone 7176105; 560-7267 or 7173902. Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Bridge Club Wednesdays , 7:30 pm at the Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from the RBTT Bank and next to Kooyman’s. All levels invited. NAƒ5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm . Tel. 717-5595, secretary Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday , 12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES The Bonaire Swim ClubContact Valarie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help staff gallery during the day. Contact Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or 785-9700. Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444. Bonaire Animal Shelter 717-4989. Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607. Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303. Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844. Special Olympics Contact Delno Tromp, 717-7659 BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangazina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse” while learning about Bonaire’s history and culture and visit typical homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 or 790-2018 Go to the source . Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868 Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017 Sunday at Cai Live music and dancing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of Bonaire’s popular musicians. Rincon Marshéevery Saturday 6 am to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire’s historic town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon area starting at 10 am. Call Maria at 7176435. To reserve. Dos Pos Scenic Walk– Second Saturday of the Month. NAƒ10-Call Maria 7176435 CHURCH SERVICES International Bible Church of Bonaire – Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332 Protestant Congregation of Bonaire . Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm . Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish and English. Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304 . Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, 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). Services in English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116. * * * * * * * Send in your events to The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252 Kaya Prinses Marie Behind Exito Bakery Tel. 717-2400 Tickets NAƒ10,50 (incl. Tax) High Schoolers NAƒ7,75 NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY SATURDAY 4 PM Pietje Bell 2: De jacht op de Tsarenkroon SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM Van Helsing New ! Usually 9:00 pm The Punisher (John Travolta) Early Show (usually 7:00 pm) Troy T wo years ago this Norwegian family visited Bonaire. They enjoyed The Bonaire Reporter so much they took some copies home with them. Now they are back, and they brought this photo with them that they took last January. In the photo: Ann Helen Sundal, Alexander Petersen and Hilde Holmelid. Bergen, Norway Johnny Petersen photo WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture@bonairereporter.com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) “Toby” and “Pien”

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page 16 RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES Bella Vista Restaurant Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort 717-5080, ext. 535 Moderate. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Open every day Magnificent Theme Nights: Sunday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican Night; Friday: Manager’s Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q Caribbean Club Bonaire at Hilltop 7 minutes north of “Hotel Row” 717-7901 Moderate Breakfast, Dinner, closed Sunday What a place! Friendly bar next to the pool, home cooked meals, happy hours 5 to 7. Serious BBQ on Tuesdays NAƒ25. Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront 717-8285 Moderate-Expensive Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 days Get a view of the beach and beautiful turquoise setting when enjoying a breakfast buffet or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Enjoy inspiring vistas and a high standard of international cuisine. Croccantino Italian Restaurant Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Moderate-Expensive Dinner Closed Monday Skilled chef direct from Tuscany prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic setting make dining a total delight. Get served in a garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Garden Café Kaya Grandi 59 717-3410 Moderate Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties. Excellent vegetarian selections. Pizza and Latin Parilla La Balandra On the Water at the Harbour Village Resort 717-7500, ext 62; 785-0902 Moderate Breakfast-Lunch Special Dinners on Friday, Sunday Cuisine by Chef Alberto Roldan of the Bonaire Culinary Team. If you are using the NAƒ25 Beach Pass, a NAƒ15 credit is given for meals Bonaire’s best seaside location. The Last Bite Bakery 717-3293 Home Delivery or Take Out Low-Moderate Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30pm , Closed Sunday Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from scratchfor take out or delivery only. The Lions Den Beach Bar And Restaurant On the sea at Lions Dive 717-3400 717-6616 Moderate-Expensive Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Open 7 Days Spectacular setting overlooking dive sites and Klein Bonaire. Imaginative menu, open kitchen. Owned and operated by Kirk Gosden. The Lost Penguin Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Call 717-8003 Low-Moderate Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his wife. Nonchi’s at Cultimara 791-4280 Low Open 5 am-8 pm Monday-Saturday Delicious local and international food to take out, or eat there. Everyday a different combo. Sandwiches and roast chicken too. Pasa Bon Pizza On Kaya Gob. Debrot ½ mile north of town center. 790-1111 Low-Moderate Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Bonaire’s best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111 The Seahorse Cyber Café Kaya Grandi #6. Phone 717-4888 Low-Moderate Open 7 am 7 pm Closed Sunday Tasty breakfasts, pastries, fresh tr opical juices, homemade bread, special sandwiches, delicious desserts and more make this a favorite. AIRLINES BonairExel. Bonaire’s own ON TIME airline flying between Bonaire, Curaçao and Aruba. Look for The Bonaire Reporter on board. APPLIANCES/FURNITURE/COMPUTERS City Shop is Bonaire’s mega-store for TV, Stereos, Air conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances. Name brands, guarantees and service center. BANKS Maduro and Curiel’s Bank provides the greatest number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They also offer investments and insurance. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing and professional nail care. BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes. Have your keys made here. BOOKS Watercolours Bonaire and Eye on Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao are the most original ways to remember Bonaire and the islands at their best. At Photo Tours and many other island shops. Bonaire Diving Made Easy , Third Edition, is an essential in your dive bag. The latest information on Bonaire’s shore dive sites. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION APA Construction are professional General Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete pavement. CYBER CAFES See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Café. DENTURES All Denture Lab. For denture repair or new ones. All work done on the island, fast results. Owner-operator denturist. Repairs while you wait. DIVING Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/school directly on the waterfront in the heart of town. Friendly, highly experienced with an exceptional staff. FITNESS Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule. Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels. 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. GIFTS SOUVENIRS LIQUORS The Bonaire Gift Shop has a big selection of what you need to enjoy Bonaire and remember it when you get home. Digital cameras and watches a specialty. HOTELS Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire neighborhood. Just a 3-minute to diving and the sea. Hotel Bonaire Inn (formerly Friars’ Inn), downtown Kralendijk, has rooms and breakfast at Bonaire’s lowest prices. Great for tourists or when visiting family and friends. METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP b c bBotterop Construction Bonaire N.V. , offers outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including stainless. Complete machine shop too. PHOTO FINISHING Kodaramathe only digital lab and studio handles all digital media and offers the largest variety of professional services -across from MCB Bank Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a variety of items and services for your picture-taking pleasure. REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire’s oldest real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer services and top notch properties. Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to local community. 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. REPAIRS Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. RESORTS & ACTIVITIES Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and exploration. SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call 717-8125. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033. SUPERMARKETS Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern, efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located behind NAPA. Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless supermarket. You’ll find American and European brand products. THE market for provisioning. TOYS AND GAMES Laur’an is a store dedicated to providing quality toys and games to Bonaire. Find them on Kaya Gerharts in the Lourdes Shopping Mall WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy . Hotel pickup too. 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. YOGA Yoga For You . Join certified instructors Desireé and Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh mind and body. Private lessons too. ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN: Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter. The most advertising for your guilder. Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252

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page 17 “I was born in Narino, Colombia, close to Buena Ventura on the Pacific Coast. There were seven children in our family: four boys, three girls. I was the baby, the youngest and spoiled by everyone. My father was a botanist; he knew how to cure people with herbs and plants and by dealing with the pulse. I’ve been seeing that since I was a little girl; it was fascinating, incredible what he could do! My father had a finca , a farm, where we had chickens, pigs and ducks, fresh vegetables and all sorts of fruits hanging from the trees juicy, ready to eat and making your mouth water! All our food was natural, and even now I prefer healthy, fresh food. All in all I had a very happy childhood and if I were born again I’d wish it to be just the same. It was a very close knit family with all the uncles, the aunts whom I loved dearly, the cousins, and the two grandmothers whom I adored. I attended a nun’s school in Cali, but when I was 17 we moved to Venezuela. My grandparents stayed at the finca . We went to live in Caracas so my father could have more of a chance to learn from other botanists in Venezuela. It was not a big change; I did miss my aunts and grandmothers, but to move from Colombia to Venezuela, that’s nothing; we’re the same people. After I finished high school with the nuns in Venezuela I began to study everything about face and body treatments, aesthetic and therapeutic massages. I learned about the bones, the joints, the muscles and the lymphatic vessels. And I studied kinematics and osteopathics, reflexology and aroma therapy. I spent three years and studied about 20 different specialties. Some courses I did by correspondence through Barcelona, Spain. The first day I started my studies my professor told me, ‘Nubia, you have your future in your hands…’” She stretches her hands out they are unusually big and strong and says, “Look, these are my instruments, God gave them to me! I thank God every day for what I’m doing because much of what I’m doing is inherited. And I’ve been lucky because many therapists can study for years and years and still they can’t do anything. But there are people, like myself, when they put their hands on somebody, it works. I believe that everybody comes into this world with a mission. The main object isn’t money; you have to study what feels really, really good.” Nubia Obando Hurtado’s extravagant character is a mixture of a healthy dose of humor, narcissism and both feet on the ground. She’s beautiful, entertaining and tough. “I worked for 10 years in one of the best places in Caracas, at Las Mercedes, where my clients were members of high society, very exclusive clientele like Escobar Salom who was the Minister of Foreign Affairs and later on the Vice President of Venezuela, and Theodore Petkoff, the Minister of Interior Affairs, and Magaly Gonzalez, the owner of Harbour Village. When I was 28, William, my son, was born. He’s a very intelligent, very friendly person. He’s very good in sports and he has one of the most beautiful voices in the world. He’s my son, I love him and I love him and I am crazy for him! He’s now 19 and since finishing SGB high school he’s studying computer engineering in Colombia. For him it’s good to be there. What is he going to do here at this age? But for me it’s terrible, it hurts, I miss him! William’s father was a commander with PTJ, the military intelligence service, but I raised my little prince, my puzzle, all by myself. Every morning I would take him to school at six and then I would go to the gym. After that I went to work and when William’s school was finished the school bus would bring him to my office. He would have lunch, sleep for an hour, then go to karate. Together we’d go home at 8 o’clock at night, day in day out, every day of the week. Except for Sunday! Sundays were fantastic; a delicious breakfast, then to church, go home, talk a bit, sleep a little, go to Pizza Hut to take out a big pizza Margarita and eat it while watching TV! What a nice life! I love Caracas, I miss Venezuela, I miss Las Mercedes! I came to Bonaire in 1996. I didn’t know the island. I didn’t come because I didn’t like my work or my life or the situation in Venezuela. I didn’t come for any negative reason. I had a beautiful life, exclusive clients and a very good apartment, but the work was too much. Through a connection I got a contract with Harbour Village as the first therapist at the Spa. I came alone, William stayed with my family. My first impression was, ‘Oh, my God! It is small! It is too quiet!’” She laughs. “I got over it! It is so beautiful! I love it. Nice people, no traffic, no stress. The people of Bonaire are so friendly; they help you when you need it. I am very grateful for all the help I’ve gotten here, especially when I started my own business. You know, you have to be grateful; you eat, sleep, work and live here; you have to appreciate that. Well, after a year William came over. He was 12 and loved it here. I go out to City Café and Karel’s, not very often, but I’ve always loved to go out for dinner, I love to dine! In the second year I found a nice boyfriend and we stayed together for quite a while. At this moment I have many admirers, but none has my heart. We’re only friends. I worked for Harbour Village for five years and when it closed I started at Divi Flamingo. For many years I had had the idea of starting my own business, always thinking, why don’t I have my own business? Thinking, no, I can’t, it’s too difficult. Thinking, Nubia, you can do it! Then I asked a lady, and she answered, ‘No, you can’t because you’re a foreigner. But I went to DEZA and they told me anyone can open their own business. And so it happened that in 2001, thank God, I opened the ‘Day Spa, Face & Body by Nubia’ in the Sand Dollar shopping mall. I love my job. I feel good when people leave my place happy. When somebody else feels good, it makes me happy; I am like that. When business is slow I don’t panic. I am never afraid because I am a very positive and strong woman. I feel good. I get up every day at six o’clock, I work out, then I have a very good breakfast with lots of fruit, a good shower and a good perfume and off I go to my office. I start at 10 and I work until six or seven at night. I’ve always taken very good care of my body. I am 46 years old, but look,” She gets up from the sofa and poses in front of the mirror that’s prominent in the center of the living room , “I love my body, I like to see myself… 90 60 – 90 … How beautiful, how marvelous! Yes, you’re right, I am vain!” she laughs. “Let me feed the dog for a minute, poor thing, he’s been waiting all day.” When she returns she says: “My dream is to open a bigger place with a nice ambiance, three treatment rooms, a big gym with lots of machines and a health food store all in all, a health center. Three employees and I will be the boss, very charming of course. I’m serious! Maybe I will have more time to travel than I have now. I love to travel, really, really. I went to Switzerland, to the Grand Hotel in Zurich that has a beautiful spa by the way. I’ve been to Paris, to Rome, to Amsterdam and Germany and I’m thinking of going for business to Europe very soon. I also like to go to conferences, mainly because I like to learn. I have a very good memory and after a conference I like to talk with the speakers who impressed me the most. Those are the things I like. At the moment I feel great on Bonaire. You never know what will happen in the future, but I am a person who lives for the moment. Colombia is the country that saw me born, Venezuela saw me grow. Now I am here and I grew to love Bonaire, but I still love Venezuela and I feel Venezuelan. I am Venezuelan but I am grateful to be here.” Greta Kooistra “My first impression was, ‘Oh, my God! It is small! It is too quiet!” Greta Kooistra 1996 Nubia Nubia

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page 18 C C innamon Art Gallery begins its Guest Artist Program with an exhibition July 10 – August 6 of the works of Winfred Dania, one of Bonaire’s most renowned artists. He has been acclaimed in Holland as a painter with "extraordinary dimension," gifted in "portraying the spiritual," with a "spontaneous, direct and narrative style." In Dutch Caribbean Art, a comprehensive history of art in the Netherlands Antilles, authors Adi Martis and Jennifer Smit had this to say about Dania’s work: “ Inspired by the mythological tales of Boy Nay by Frans Booi, Dania depicts the adventures of this mysterious figure from Bonaire’s storytelling tradition. Mythological characters appear in overwhelmingly, surrealistic landscapes. The natural elements are almost always dominant. Clouds, air and cave formations whirl across the canvas in a dark palette. Occasional colour accents serve to reinforce the story’s dramatic power .” Dania was born in 1950 in Aruba, his father a Bonairean, his mother’s family from Aruba and Curaçao. He was born deaf and at age four was brought to Holland to attend a special institute for the deaf. As an adult Dania began visiting Bonaire while on holiday from Aruba. After just a few visits he decided he wanted to live on the island so he moved to here permanently when he was 20. He is a professional typesetter and an expert gardener with a special “green thumb.” At one time he worked with Captain Don Stewart to landscape Habitat. But it is his artistic talent that has been the real center of Dania’s life. He first began painting with pastels when he was eight. As an adult living on Bonaire his artistic skills were recognized by Frans Booi, one of the founders of the Bonaire Museum and SKAL (the institute of culture). When Booi met Dania he had been working on a project to determine the meaning of the names of places in Bonaire. In this process Booi talked with many of the oldest Bonairean families and consulted original Spanish and Latin documents written hundreds of years ago about the island. From this research, Booi compiled many stories of the origin of Bonaire and the various myths surrounding the island’s creation. As Booi talked about his research with his colleagues, Dania was often nearby. Finally, Dania surprised Booi with his own interpretation of these Bonairean legends in a large, dramatic painting. Booi realized that Dania had come to understand much of these rediscovered legends through his skillful lip reading of Booi’s excited conversations in Dutch about his research with his friends! Thus began a cooperation between Dania and Booi that has continued for some 17 years. Dania has dedicated himself to capturing the mythology of Bonaire in his paintings. Forty of his paintings were published in Frans Booi’s recording of this mythology in his 1997 book entitled Boynay Tey . Dania’s first exhibition of 80 paintings was held on Bonaire in 1989 at the Cas di Sosiego (home for the elderly) where his renderings of ancient Bonaire myths were immediately familiar and recognizable to the older residents of the home He has gone on to hold 26 exhibits throughout the Netherlands Antilles, the wider Caribbean and in Holland. Today his paintings are in the permanent collection of the Stedelijk Musuem in Amsterdam and at Den Haag in the Galerie Maurits and Artotheek. The Bonaire Museum has 10 of his paintings in its permanent collection. Well-known local residents, Phil and Lorraine Katzev have the largest collection of Danias on the island. It is through the Katzevs that Winfred was asked to paint a work that would help publicize the need to protect Klein Bonaire. The result, his painting "Preserve Klein Bonaire," is available in print form at gift and dive shops around the island and at Valerie’s Airport Shop. All proceeds from the sale of this poster are used towards the preservation of Klein Bonaire as a nature wilderness. Dania describes his work as emotional where he experiences different dimensions – those of darkness and total silence that only the deaf and the blind can experience. He uses several materials for his paintings such as Sakura water paint, pastel crayons, ecoline and ink. His preference remains oil paint on canvas. Cinnamon Art Gallery’s exhibit of Dania’s work opens with a special reception on Saturday, July 10, from 7 to 9 pm at the Gallery. The event is open to the public, and will include 19 of Dania’s paintings, as well as traditional Bonairean foods and music. Visitors will have the opportunity to sign up to attend a series of evening lectures conducted at the Gallery by Frans Booi, concerning the Boynay Mythology and Dania’s paintings. Cinnamon Art Gallery is located just off Kaya Grande in Kralendijk, behind Banco di Caribe. (Kaya APL Brion #1). For more information, call the Gallery at 599 717-7103 or visit the Gallery’s website at www.cinnamonartgallery.org. Wendy Horn Winfred with one of his mystical works paintings. Winfred’s famous Save Klein Bonaire Poster Winfred Dania and Franz Booi, old friends

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page 19 NEXT WEEK THE MORNING STAR REACHES ITS GREATEST BRILLIANCY N ext week on Thursday July 15th the celestial object known as ‘The Morning Star' for thousands of years will reach its greatest brilliancy only 10½ weeks after the object known as 'The Evening Star' for thousands of years reached its greatest brilliancy, and it's not just by coincidence. So what's really happening? Let’s go back about nine weeks to Sunday, May 2nd, when an hour after sunset facing west you would have seen the ringed planet Saturn (whose close-ups were in the news last week), the red planet Mars , the red shoulder star of Orion , Betelgeuse, and close to the horizon, Aldebaran, the red eye star of Taurus the Bull . And above Aldebaran was the most brilliant object in the sky other than the Sun and the Moon , the object known to almost all of human history as 'The Evening Star.' I especially like the name the ancient Greeks gave 'The Evening Star,' Hesperos, which means westerly because 'The Evening Star' always appears in the west. Hesperos reached its greatest brilliancy on May 2nd. But next week its twin sister or brother star will reach its greatest brilliancy. Face east next Thursday morning, July 15th, an hour before sunrise, where the most dazzling object will be 'The Morning Star' looking almost like a UFO or the landing light of an airplane because of its super brilliancy. And it would seem logical that if the ancient Greeks had a name for the evening star, they would have also named its twin, the morning star. And in fact they named it Phosphoros, which means 'the light bearer' because Phosphoros always makes its appearance an hour or two before sunrise. So in a sense Phosphoros is the bearer of the morning light. Now if you look closely above the morning star you will see the red star Aldebaran which nine weeks ago was below the evening star which would lead one to suspect that perhaps the evening star and the morning star are not separate objects but are one and the same. And in fact, such is the case, a case put forward by the ancient Greek mathematician, Pythagoras. Indeed the name we now give to the morning star and the evening star is the name the Romans gave it, Venus . And although our ancestors thought Venus was a star, we now know that it is an 8,000mile-wide, Earth-sized planet. And because Venus and Earth constantly change their positions in their orbits, on May 2nd Venus was to the east of the Sun as seen from Earth and thus visible as the evening star in the west after sunset. It appeared lower each night throughout the rest of May and finally disappeared below the horizon in early June. Then on June 8th it passed directly between our Earth and Sun which was an event we could actually see. And then it slowly moved to the other side of the Sun and is now west of it and thus is visible as the morning star in the east before sunrise. So enjoy Venus at its greatest brilliancy next week when it will be as bright and as close to Earth as it was on May 2nd. Isn't astronomy fun? Jack Horkimer For the week: July 9 to July 16, 2004 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) This is not the time to be extravagant. You will have a blowup this week if your partner does things that you feel are not aboveboard. Your ideas are good and career moves can be real ized. Your uncanny insight will help you make the right choices. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Don't avoid your true feelings. You will have to put those you live with in their place if they tr y to interfere with your work. You need to do your own thing and work on making yourself the best you can be. You will have a productive day if you organize yourself well at work. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Large organizations may try to talk you out of your hard-earned cash. If you're looking to do something worthwhile, consider volunteer work. You can mix business with pleasure to get favorable results. You are best not to nag or criticize. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Opportunities to meet new lovers will evolve through your interaction with groups or fundraising functions. You will find that social activities will be enjoyable and will promote new connections. Be sure that you have all the facts before you take action. Make a point of working on yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Travel will turn out to be far more exciting than you imagined. Mingle with those who can further your goals. You can make extra cash by moonlighting. Avoid extravagance or risky financial schemes. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your ability to be a self starter will help get things done and motivate others. Get involved in ph ysical activities that will stimulate you. It's time you let your true feelings out. You may find that your boss is not delighted with your work lately. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Investments concerning your residence will be profitable. Opportunities to make advancements through good business sense are apparent. A second chance will result in good work. Your mind is on moneymaking ventures. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Get involved in groups that are creative in nature. Expect to have more people on your domestic scene. Focus on your domestic scene. Get together with friends or relatives. Don't overload your plate. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) If you take on too much, you will find your self in martyrdom. You will find that you ar e able to clear up a number of small but important details. You will find that friends or relatives may not understand your needs. Don't hold yourself back because you think you're too old. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Be careful. Do your own thing without drawing attention to it. You are best to do your research before taking on such a venture. Do something constructive outside. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Underhandedness regarding legal matters or contracts must be counteracted. Don't let friends or relatives make you feel guilty if you're not able to attend one of their affairs. Courses dealing with psychology or health care will be of interest. Your high energy will help you through this rather hectic day. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You may have difficulty trying to get your mate to understand your position. Make sure that you have all the pertinent information before any reprisals or making any moves. D eception and doubts ma y surround your involvement with friends and relatives. Opportunities to meet new lovers will evolve through your interaction with groups or fundraising functions. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. *to find it, just look up Moon Info Last Quarter on July 9th. New Moon on July 17th. First Quarter on July 25th. Full Moon on July 31st Venus