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Screenshot ofthe webcams


After an anxious few months when it
wasn't known who would "adopt"
the service, the Bonaire Webcam, includ-
ing the Reef-Cam, is back in action at the
combined WannaDive Shop, Eden Beach
Resort and Bongos Bar venue. The four
cameras snap a new scene every two min-
utes. We think the picture quality is im-
proved over the previous webcams.
The Bonaire WebCam was the first Reef-
Cam in the world in 1999. Now the camera
is focused on the wreck of the sailboat,
Baka di Laman, which should prove most
interesting. The webcams are accessible
from The Bonaire Reporter website, www.
bonairereporter.com or the cam's website
www.bonairewebcams.com. If you espe-
cially enjoy the site you should consider
becoming a "member." Jake Richter, the
force behind the webcams, is the subject of
this week's "On the Island Since..."


A Dutch Caribbean
Exel's (DCE) successful
first flight from Am-
sterdam to Curacao
was not greeted by any
representatives of the
Curacao Island Govern-
ment, (although the
Curacao Lt. Governor
and other officials were
especially invited) when
it landed at Hato Airport
because of "other com-
mitments." The Curacao
Government owns
DCE's local competitor
on the trans-Atlantic
route, Dutch Caribbean


Airlines (DCA), which
experienced extraordinary difficulties last
week (see next items).
DCE is offering a special fare of NAf699
($395) round trip to Amsterdam. See their
ad on page 3.

A The Lockheed Tristar, which Dutch Car-
ibbean Airlines leased from Air Luxor of
Portugal to fly from Holland to Curacao
and back, had to abort its takeoff from
Schiphol airport last Tuesday. A Dutch
"plane spotter" reported that several bangs
had been heard and flames were seen com-
ing from the left engine. The abrupt stop
caused all four left and two right tires to
blow as the brakes locked and the plane
was engulfed in smoke. After a few minutes
the plane was given permission to taxi back
to the terminal, but because of overheating
and possibly an oil leak, there was a small
fire in the right landing gear. The plane was


The My Travel Lockheed Tristar

then ordered to stop and the runway closed.
After an hour the passengers were able to
disembark. Efforts to move the plane under
its own power during the rest of the day
failed, so the cargo and remaining fuel were
removed and the plane was towed to the
cargo platform. Most of the 310 passengers
were housed in hotels nearby and Air Luxor
sent another plane to try again on Wednes-
day.
"It's not our fault," was the first reaction of
Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) commer-
cial manager Cesar Prince concerning the
incident.
Then the replacement Tristar, leased from
Air Luxor's subsidiary, Portugal's Luzair,
had to also abruptly abort its takeoff on its
flight from Curacao to Amsterdam be-
cause of engine problems. A fire in the left
engine was the reported problem. The air-
plane, tires squealing, stopped just before
the end of the runway. The 221 passengers
were able to disembark safely. Four tires
were blown out and the aircraft spent the
next week parked at the runway's end
awaiting engine repairs and four new tires.
In a press release DCA stated that a delega-
tion would travel to Portugal to discuss the
Tristar fiasco. A witness who viewed the
aircraft in Curacao said it was in a visibly
bad state of repair.
DCA then leased another plane, again a
Lockheed Tristar, from Euro Atlantic Air-
ways, also from Portugal, to get its passen-
gers to Amsterdam the next day. This DCA
flight with Euro Atlantic Airways was a


IN THIS ISSUE:
Bonaire Walking Team 6
Referendum Chronicle 7
Pet Professor (Puppy Training) 8
Bonaire's Best Riders Overseas 9
Smallest Fish (Pygmy Goby) 10
Dietitian (Cholesterol Level) 11
Satellite Tracking Continues 13
Special Olympics in Jamaica 18


WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Letter (Praise) 5
Police Update 5
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week (cliff) 12
Picture Yourself (Iran) 15
What's Happening 15
Shopping Guide 16
Dining Guide 16
On the Island Since
(Jake & Linda Richter) 17
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19


one-time only affair. The return flight from
Amsterdam was with a DC-10 owned by
My Travel Airways.
Then as we go to press DCA announced
they will fly this weekend using, of all
things, a Boeing 767 leased from Dutch
Caribbean Exel. The fare is NAf650.
In Miami, a DCA MD-80 was also
grounded. "Engine problems," reiterated
Prince. He believes the entire engine will
have to be replaced. Meanwhile, DCA is
flying to the US using one of its ancient
DC-9s.
(Continued on page 4)


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
SM a r i o Evertsz has tended his res-
ignation as director of Dutch Carib-
bean Airlines (DCA). Evertsz, who was
visiting Cuba, confirmed the news. He
declined to comment on the reasons for
his stepping down.
Mario Evertsz was appointed Director of
the national carrier ALM, the predecessor
of DCA, on August 23, 2000. At the time
it was predicted that privatization of the
airline was three to six months away. But
close to four years later this still does not
seem to even be on the horizon, espe-
cially since the ownership of the airline
was assumed by the island government of
Curaqao. Under Evertsz's leadership per-
sonnel were cut and profitable trans-
Atlantic flights were initiated. Now an
injection of NAf 15 million from the
Curaqao Island Government is not
enough to help the company overcome its
debts. Evertsz tended his resignation once
before at the end of last year but recon-
sidered his decision under pressure. He
may have to do it again.

A The Dutch Government is willing to
station members of the Dutch military
police, Marechaussees, in the Nether-
lands Antilles but says the manner in
which they are to be deployed must still
be discussed. The new Ys cabinet men-
tioned using the Marechaussees to help
tackle the serious crime problem in the
islands. It is envisaged that they will be
placed under the Prosecutor's Office. The
Antillean police union, NAPB, does not
favor the idea, nor does the police com-
missioner in St. Maarten where Mare-
chaussees were stationed in the early
1990s.


*The
brother
of Cura-
ao FOL
leader
Anthony
Godett
allegedly
con-





leader, Prime Minister Ys.
now
Prime Minister, Etienne Ys. The FOL
leadership had claimed that the 24-hour
security provided Ys had nothing to do
with politics but rather his love life.
Godett's brother is mentioned in an An-
tillean Security Service VNA document
according to a prominent member of the
Curacao community who saw it. It also
says the brother tried to hire a hit man to
execute Ys, then an opposition Island
Council member
Based on the intelligence, Lt. Governor
Lisa Richards-Dindial decided to pro-
vide 24-hour protection for the PAR
leader.



SThe Appeals Court has upheld all
the convictions of FOL party leaders
and others who were convicted earlier
this year. Anthony Godett, the leader of
the popular Curacao political party, FOL,
had his sentence for corruption extended
to 15 months (from 12) plus five months
suspended. The judge strongly castigated
all the convicted public officials for their
criminal behavior when they should have


SThe Rotary Club of Bonaire in-
vited two guest speakers to present
ideas and thoughts on how it can
assist the Bonaire community
in social development programs.
Ruth Bernabela from Bonaire's
SASO requested the Club to ac-
tively assist in educational support,
not just financial support, for her
top projects: Family Values, Child
Abuse, Elder Care and Drop Outs.
Rob Glaser, a former environ-
mental government inspector and
advisor from Middelburg, Hol-
land, suggested various ways of Ruth Bernabela and Evert Piar
organizing and funding by organi-
zations to assist the commercial and private sector in the waste water recyclable meth-
ods and energy plant developments.
The Rotary Club of Bonaire, headed by President Evert Piar, is taking a proactive role
in investigating the community needs and in researching projects where the Rotary
Club of Bonaire can assist.


been models of honesty and good citizen-
ship. Nelson Monte, the behind-the-
scenes FOL advisor, got four years in
prison without possibility of parole.
These two defendants plus Hendriks
Abraham; De Antillean, plc; George
Lichtveld; Edsel Lourens; Eugene Mid-
delhof; Rob Salas; Foundation Papa
Godett (fined NAf40,000 for money
laundering); Johnny and Chris Winkel
have 14 days to appeal to the Supreme
Court.
Godett says he's run out of money for
legal defense. He has already spent
NAf150.000 on his court battle. He said
that if every one of Curaqao's 130,000
residents contributes one guilder to his
cause, he will surely appeal and will al-
most have paid off his legal bills.

A The future plans of the Valero oil


refinery in Aruba which supplies fuel
for Bonaire's Flamingo Airport include
more profit, cleaner production, cleaning
up rubbish left on the refinery grounds by
its predecessors, Valero Chief Executive
Officer Bill Greenley said during a com-
pany reception. He said the refinery was
processing more than 200,000 barrels a
day, to be increased to 285,000. If Bon-
aire separates from the Curaqao-based
Central Government, Valero may be able
to supply other fuels to Bonaire at lower
prices than Curoil.
A According to published reports, if the
Curoil distributing company, which sup-
plies Bonaire with most of its petroleum
products gets its way, the price of gaso-
line will go up to almost two guilders
per liter in the third quarter of 2004.

(Continued on page 6)


page 4









ePINIONS &eLETaERS:0.E Op Ud PAGE


THANKS FOR THE PRAISE
Dear Editor:
Congratulations on your 10th Anniver-
sary of The Bonaire Reporter! I just read
the anniversary issue and fondly remem-
bered the journey of your newspaper from
Port Call to its present day professional
newspaper. We read Port Call in those
early days and got hooked. You two have
done such a service to the island of Bon-
aire by your work as well as informing us
"off-islanders" of what's happening on
our beloved island.
That information has been so critical to
our decision making that we are now seri-
ously planning to retire to Bonaire in
2006. We are soon to make an offer on a
condo at Sand Dollar (thought about a
house, but wanted to be close to the wa-
ter), so we'll be seeing more of you
soon. Perhaps I can volunteer my ser-
vices to your newspaper when we ar-
rive. Am thinking about volunteering at
the donkey sanctuary too!
Keep up the good work.
Diane Amos
Diane Amos was one of the first subscrib-
ers to the mailed
edition ofPort
Call (the prede-
cessor to The
Bonaire Re-
porter) and still
subscribes. She
has just bought a
condo on the
island. Ed.


Police spokesman Charles Souriel

Charles Souriel of the Police
Department reports:

* On July 14 and 15 police arrested
three persons in connection with robber-
ies against tourists. On July 14 a sus-
pect, C., 13 years old, was arrested after
sufficient information was gathered by
Public Prosecutor Wesselius. The fol-
lowing day two more suspects were
brought in: A., 23 years, and M., 20
years. All three are suspected of robber-
ies against diving tourists. The suspect
C, after being interrogated and coming
before thefiscal auxiliar was set free
due to his age during investigation of
the case. The other two have been jailed
pending further investigation.

* Last week the police received a call


from residents of an apartment at Kaya
Amsterdam, saying they had just ap-
prehended a young man breaking
into their home. A patrol car was im-
mediately dispatched to the scene. The
police arrested 15-year-old suspect S.J.
B. on the spot. The young burglar tried
to convince them that he was only try-
ing to pay a surprise visit to a woman
whose name he couldn't remember. The
police didn't buy his story and he was
immediately taken to the police station.
Once they arrived there it turned that
another complaint had been made
against him for the theft of a car. The
youngster still had the car keys in his
pocket and was ar-
rested pending fur-
ther investigation.
Assistant Public
Prosecutor Justine
Gonggrijp reports:

* Although the big
jail in Playa is tempo-
rarily closed for re-
pairs due to the fire
set by one of the in-
mates recently, newly
arrested suspects
are still being kept
in the holding cells
upstairs from the
Police Department.
These holding cells The Bonaire


are normally used to hold suspects for
two or three days until they can be
charged and transferred to the regular
jail. The regular jail is expected to be
ready to receive inmates by October.
The Bonaire jailhouse is designed to
hold 30 prisoners, with most cells hous-
ing four inmates.
The more "hardened" criminals have
been transferred to Curagao. In the
meantime, police authorities are looking
at the old j ailhouse in Rincon which
they feel can be readied for occupancy
in two to three weeks. There has been a
verbal agreement from Holland allocat-
ing the funds for the repair. Police are
awaiting a written confirmation.

(Continued on page 6)


page 5








(Police Report. Continued from page 5)
* As of last Thursday, July 15 a new policy has been established whereby the pass-
ports of all accused drug traffickers will be confiscated for a period of two and
possibly three years. The accused will be deported via one-way ticket to where they
came from and the bevolking (population registry) offices will be notified so the
accused cannot get another passport. In cases where the accused has had a previous
conviction the passports are confiscated for three years.

* Current cases such as the Customs Officer allegedly attempting to shoot his girl-
friend's ex-boyfriend and the assault in their home of a man and a woman by an-
other man will come up before the judge in the early part of August.

* What can you legally do if someone attempts to break into your home and
before the police get there? Anyone is allowed to make a "citizen's arrest," notify-
ing the intruder that you are doing so. You may try to grab them to keep them from
running but cannot tie them up or hit them unless you are defending yourself. The
best idea is to photograph them, possibly by setting up a security camera which
automatically takes a photo when movement is detected. Police are very familiar
with the faces of many of these intruders and can make an arrest based on the photo.
(These cameras can be ordered through a security company on the island such as
SSS). o L.D.


(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
A The Antilles Central Bank manage-
ment team was on hand for the presenta-
tion of the 2003 annual report, de-
scribed as "a year of lost opportuni-
ties," especially where it concerns tack-
ling the national debt of 4.4 billion guild-
ers, which comprises 90% of the annual
Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The
budget deficits and the debt increased
again. While Curacao and the Central
Government complied with rules of fi-
nancial and budget discipline protocols
the islands of St. Maarten, Saba, Statia
and Bonaire did not.
The Antilles also failed to make use of
historically low interest rates, which are
now increasing again, to refinance the
debt. This could have saved 24 to 75 mil-


lion guilders a year.
Interest payments alone have grown from
9% of the budget in 1996 to 16% last
year. The 2003 report also revealed that
unemployment in the Antilles had in-
creased from 14.6% to 15.3%, with some
5,000 more people out of work. While
there was economic growth of 3.3%, be-
cause of inflation the real growth
amounted to just 1.4% and is expected to
level off at 1% this year.
The country's most important economic
pillar is tourism. It produces one third of
the country's foreign exchange earnings,

A The Bonaire Bankers' Association
(BBA) announced its new Board. The
President is Ms. Orphaline Saleh of
Maduro & Curiel's Bank (Bonaire) N.V.;


Nazario Alberto (center), The North Salinja Road
Runner, departs. He is the sixth Bonaire entrant.


A fter months of prepa-
ration, Bonaire's delegation to the
88TH edition of the world famous "Four
Days of Nijmegen" left for Holland last
week. The International Nijmegen Four
Days March took place from July 20th
through the 23rd but results did not arrive
by press time.
In addition to Nazario Alberto, the group
consisted of Arie Marsera, B6i Antoin,
twins Roy and Rollie Martines and Marcel
Nahr. The latter had already successfully
completed the (longest) 50 Km category
and was approached by the others in the
beginning of this year to help organize
another trip. The group has thoroughly
prepared itself by organizing several walk-
ing and hiking events to help cover the
costs.
The Four Days of Nijmegen
(www.4daagse.nl) originated in 1909
with 300 participants as a military exercise

Secretary is Ms. Judy Diaz of RBTT
Bank N.V. and Treasurer is Mr. Norbert
Goyla of Banco di Caribe N.V. The new
Board will continue to promote the Asso-
ciation's objective to achieve an im-


and was held annually except for the peri-
ods during the two World Wars, after
which the march was opened to male civil-
ians and even later to females.
It has grown to a world famous event and
this year marks the first time that a regis-
tration ceiling has been made to stem the
flow of participants. The maximum num-
ber has been set at 47,000 with an ex-
pected drop-out rate of 10-12%.
The group wishes to thank the following
sponsors:
Maduro & Curiel's Bank Bonaire, God-
dard Catering Bonaire, Krioyo Paint Bon-
aire, Bopec NV, City Shop, Bous Scholts,
WEB NV, Napa Bonaire NV, RentoFun,
Yacht Club Apartments & Total Car
Rental, Caribbean Laundry Services, Pasi-
bon S Services, and a few more that did
not wish to be mentioned. O Marcel Nahr


proved performance of the local banking
sector, as well as the island's economy in
general. DL./G. D.


page 6






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T he past weeks were eventful ones in
the process leading to a Referen-
dum on the future political structure of
Bonaire. First, the new Referendum date
of September 10th was confirmed by the
Bonaire Executive Council.
Then, a second Referendum, to choose
the precise type of closer arrangement
with Holland, was documented, according
to Michael Bijkerk, the government advisor
for the Referendum (a suggestion that was
made several months ago in The Reporter
Referendum Chronicle. Ed.).
And finally, a report detailing the conse-
quences of the choices presently avail-
able to Aruba and the territory of the Neth-
erlands Antilles (not individual islands)
was released. The report, "The European
Union Commission Inventory of Options,"
was under the direction of the respected
Dutch ex-ambassador to several European
countries, Ronald van Beuge. It paints a
dismal picture for the Antilles should it
choose to become a foreign (ultra periph-
eral) territory of the European Union
(UPT). On July 7, the final report, six
months in preparation, was presented in
Aruba.
It should be noted that the van Beuge
Commission did not consider the possi-
bility of a single island of the Antilles
selecting a particular status, but rather
the five islands of the Netherlands Antilles
as a single entity. Therefore, the conclu-
sions do not specifically apply if Bonaire
(separate from the rest of the Antillean is-
lands) chooses to achieve closer ties with


Holland. However, inferences
can certainly be drawn for
Bonaire.
The report outlines the options i
available if the Antilles/Aruba .
should retain their OCT status __
(Overseas Countries and Terri-
tories) or shift to UPT (Ultra-
Peripheral Territories, which
are territories that do not lie
within Europe but are part of an EU mem- "r
ber state and to which the complete EU *
treaty applies) or some other status, with- es
out making specific recommendations ec
Among other things, the report compares la
the options of OCT and UPT. The conse- a
quences of each choice are described. The na
Bonaire Reporter Chroniclers have high- in
lighted the major conclusions below. The ne
complete report (in English or Dutch) can *
be found on the Ministry of the Interior and N
Kingdom Relations website (English at ev
http://www.minbzk.nl/uk). ha


CONCLUSIONS:
* The Commission considers the OCT and
UPT status both realistic options for the
Antilles at present.
* The Commission does not doubt that the
particular association of the EU with the
OCT will continue to exist until there are
no European countries and territories with
a special tie with one of the EU member
states. For many this is new news, be-
cause OCT status was once considered a
transitory status that would eventually
lead to complete independence from the


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another" country.
The Commission has not been able to
tablish any convincing financial and
onomic advantages for the Nether-
nds Antilles and Aruba in the event of
transfer to the UPT status. A prelimi-
iry estimate indicates that the balance
due course of time will most likely be
negative.
The Commission holds the view that the
etherlands Antilles and Aruba, in the
vent of a transfer to the UPT status, will
ave to introduce the euro currency.
The choice for the desired status is ex-
icitly a political choice which cannot be
ade on the basis of finances.
In the event of integration into the EU,
e Netherlands Antilles and Aruba will
ive to take on the implementation and
aintenance of the total EU regulatory
amework. This puts too heavy a burden
i the capacity of the countries, accord-
g to the Commission. The Commission


NHU


The aim of the Ctronide 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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calls it an illusion to think that the relations
within the Kingdom could remain basically
unchanged; the autonomy of the Nether-
lands Antilles and Aruba would be put un-
der great pressure. Changing the Charter of
the Kingdom in the event of choosing the
UPT status is practically inevitable. The
capability of Bonaire, whose capacity is
a small fraction of either the Antilles or
Aruba, to handle UPT obligations was
not even considered by the commission.
* Also in the case of maintaining the pre-
sent OCT status it would seem reasonable
to work on a scenario in which the Nether-
lands Antilles and Aruba and the Kingdom
would better use the possibilities of the
OCT status. The commission dubbed this
"OCT plus." The Kingdom should make
concrete plans to this end. Again this is
new news-that an OCT plus status is
even conceivable.
* It is, according to the Commission,
imaginable that one country chooses to
maintain the OCT status and another, UPT
status, although that would be complicated.
The situation in which one island terri-
tory of the Netherlands Antilles opts for
the UPT status and another for the OCT
status is, according to the Commission,
incompatible with the unity of the coun-
try. This means that Bonaire would
have to secede from the Antilles, pre-
cisely one of the four current Referen-
dum Choices.
* A choice for the UPT status is not con-
sidered irreversible; it will not change any-
thing with respect to the right to self-
determination. O Chroniclers










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PUPPY TRAINING


Early Leash Training: Start with a
lightweight 4 ft.-long leash. Attach
it to the puppy's collar and let him just
run around with it the first few times
(make sure he is in a secure area where
he can't get the leash caught on any-
thing). Then pick up the leash for short
periods and say, "let's go," using a treat
to encourage him to walk with you.
Praise him as long as he stays with you,
and ignore him when he doesn't (NEVER
drag him). If he runs ahead and pulls on
the leash, simply stop and wait for him to
notice that you're not coming with him.
As soon as he returns to you, praise him
and continue walking.
House Training: You should be able to
train your pup to eliminate outside by
about four months (depending on the in-
dividual dog, breed etc.). To start, you
will want to take him out every hour or
so, especially after naps and after feed-
ing. Always take him (on a leash) to the
same spot in the yard, tell him to "go
ahead" or "hurry up" or whatever com-
mand you choose, and simply wait pa-
tiently till he goes. Then reward him
with a treat and lots of praise (make sure
you wait quietly till he's done before you
reward him, or you'll just distract and
confuse him). Using a command, and a


particular spot are important so
that he learns the difference be-
tween "taking care of business"
and just going out to play (you
can play with him after he takes
care of business!). As he gets
older, take him out less and less
frequently. Never scold him for
having an "accident" he won't
understand. Just clean it up and
keep track of when he goes so
that you can try to prevent future
accidents.
Success will only come from
praising him when he goes in the
right place, not from scaring and confus-
ing him when he goes in the wrong
place.
Crate Training: As your puppy grows
you will need to get a larger kennel crate
for him (large enough for him to stand
and turn around). Every now and then,
for varying lengths of time, coax him
into the crate with a treat and close the
door. As he goes into the crate say, in a
cheerful tone, "go to bed" or "kennel" or
any command you choose. With early
training, he will love his crate, and this
will be very useful for taking him to the
vet, traveling, or for whenever he may
need to be confined (e.g. when service
people or non-dog people come to your
house). Crate training gives him security
and gives you a way to keep him safe
and out of trouble.
Remember the following: Call your
puppy often, saying his name and
"come," and always praise him every
time he comes to you. Never punish him
for behaviors you don't approve of ig-
nore him if possible, distract him if not.
Never allow him to nut his teeth on vou


-*


or jump up on you (walk away from him,
refuse to play with him). Be careful not
to reward the wrong behaviors (e.g.
don't bribe him with a bone every time
he barks at you while you're trying to
talk on the phone), and don't allow him
to dominate your life.
Establish from the start what is and is not
acceptable behavior (is he allowed on the
sofa or not?) and don't change the rules.
Be worthy of his trust, be worthy of his
respect, BE CONSISTENT!!
Next time: some basic obedience com-
mands. O Susan Brown
Susan Brown is a professional dog
trainer on the island who has been in
the "pet business "for 28 years. "I do
anything related to pet care, she
says, "training, pet sitting, grooming,
even help with the after care ofrecu-
perating animals. For all your dog
training or pet care needs contact
Susan at the Pet Professor, e-mail:
bandbfarm(yahoo.com or call 717-
2620.


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BONAIRE'S BEST RIDERS OVERSEAS


A s some of you.......
might know the
young talented windsurf-
ers are on the profes-
sional windsurf tour once
again. Kiri Thode
(sponsored by Gaastra,
Starboard, Fiberspar, Jibe
City), Taty Frans
(Gaastra, Starboard, Fi-
berspar, Jibe City),
Tonky Frans (Gaastra,
Jayson Jonge
(Worldsails, HiFly, Jibe City), and Ruben Petrisie (Brunotti boards & sportswear, Palm
Trading, Solar) left Bonaire about two weeks ago to take part in the Professional Windsurf
Association tour of events.
The first competition was on Lanzarote, a Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean. It was a
three-day freestyle event with a lot of great competitors like Ricardo Campello (VEN),
Kauli Seadi (BRA), Robby Swift (UK) and Diony Guadignino (VEN).
The venue provided gusty offshore winds, sometimes over 30 knots, and instead of flat
water like in Lac bay, there were big breaking waves up to four meters high. In the begin-
ning most of our boys had to get used to the sailing in these heavy duty conditions, but
they did the best they possibly could.
Ruben survived the first round several times. Unfortunately, he had some equipment diffi-
culties but even that could not
take the big smile off his face.
He ended 31st Kiri, our young-
est rider, stole the show once
again, showing everybody that
size really doesn't matter. He
was content with 26th position.
Jayson wasn't very lucky on the
water, but his funny stories on
shore totally made up for that.
He ended 36th
Taty really needed a warm up.
But in the end he got to show a
double forward loop in one of
his heats, which he, of course,
won. He had to settle for 16th
place but he will definitely
work himself up in the stand-
ings for next event at Fuerte-
ventura.
Tonky had a great time. He displayed all kinds of maneuvers and combinations. His new
double spock scored a lot of points. He fought a good battle and even ended up on the
award stage one day. Overall he was 4th in the event.
In the final standings it was World champion 2003, Ricardo Campello,
on top, followed by Kauli Seadi, and in the 3rd place Diony
Guadignino.
The Bonaire boys are getting ready for the next event, Fuerteventura.
The wind is around 19 knots at the moment, perfect to show the world
that Bonaire really does have unforgettable top sailors. O
Femke van der Valk.


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
7-23 11:31 1.1FT. 19:38 1.5FT. 67
7-24 4:34 1.2FT. 5:56 1.2FT. 10:52 1.1FT. 19:41 1.6FT. 59
7-25 5:17 1.OFT. 8:15 1.1FT. 10:20 1.0FT. 20:05 1.8FT. 53
7-26 6:00 0.9FT. 20:38 2.OFT. 52
7-27 6:36 0.8FT. 21:24 2.1FT. 58
7-28 7:23 0.7FT. 22:06 2.2FT. 67
7-29 8:05 0.7FT. 22:49 2.2FT. 79
7-30 8:44 0.7FT. 23:38 2.2FT. 89



Aleluya Macaby, Netherlands Sojourner
Angie Makai Sovereign III
Alegria, USA Mariele Sylvia K
Atrea Methuselah, USA Triumphant Lady
Camissa, Chan Is. Natural Selection, USA Ta B
Cape Kathryn Nonsuch, USVI Ti Amo, USA
Casette Pamela Jean Trio, USA
Chacuco Panda Ulu Ulu, USA
Delphinius Pastime Unicorn, Norway
El Sabor Pau Hana Varedhuni, Germany
FlyingCloud, USA Polecat Wanita
Gabrielle, USA Pomona Windborne
Galadrial, USA Precocious Gale, USA Windmiller, Canada
Gatsby, USA Sandpiper, USA Wonbat of Sydney
Goril Too Santa Maria, Sweden Ya-T, BVI
Guaicamar I, Venezuela. Scintilla, Germany Zahi, Malta
Honalee, USA Shades of Blue Zeno's Arrow, USA
Lady Alice Side by Side
Luna C, USA Sirius


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SMALLEST FISH ON BONAIREIS ALSO


THE SMALLEST IN THE ATLANTIC


Another distinction for Bonaire's reef
fish was documented with photo-
graphs in July 2001 by the Wilk family.
It was the first photographs ever taken of
the Pygmy Goby, Lythrypnus minimus,
and after receiving their 3rd Edition CD
in March of this year, I have been trying
to find this rare and difficult-to-see spe-
cies. It is not found or mentioned in Paul
Humann/Ned DeLoach's ever popular
fish identification field guides for the
Caribbean. In fact the only photos are on
Wilk's CD. Even a Google search turns
up another fish by the same common
name, but the species name indicates that
they are not the same species, and the
other Pygmy Goby is found in the Pa-
cific. The Guinness Book of World Re-
cords lists a category for the world's
smallest species of fish as one found in
the fresh water streams of Luzon in the
Pacific and it measures 9.5 mm in length
in the adult stage. In trying to visualize
the size of Bonaire's Pygmy Goby with
something in our everyday world, con-
sider that it is almost exactly the length of
one and a half grains of rice.

Recently, on a dive with my excellent
friend and excellent fish documenter,
Candace Platz, I found one and actually
was able to show it to her with the aid of
my ever handy magnifying glass. This
one measures only 11 mm in length, and
even though the fresh water species tops
this one for the Guinness Record. it is


still known as the smallest fish in the en-
tire Atlantic. On that documentation I
returned to the site, at a depth of 46 feet,
repeatedly in order to see it out on the
open coral head after it had first disap-
peared into a tiny hole near a small patch
of black encrusting sponge.
It was an early morning dive, around 9:30
am. The site was along Bonaire's north
shoreline, Barcadera, that was still in
shadow, a habitat and time of the day that
I prefer when looking for those tiny spe-
cies that prefer the darker, shadowy
places. Diminutive size means that a fish
must use this type of shadowy habitat as
an aid in its defense considering that the
hungry predators are all bigger than they.
With the aid of Candace's flashlight and
my magnifying glass we were able to see
it for five or six minutes and it appeared
quite active during that time.
Its description is: reddish or brown with
tiny white stripes across the back and
down each side. These stripes are tiny,
about the width of a human hair and ap-
pear to be broken, not solid and conspicu-
ous, and impossible to see without mag-
nification. The ReefNet CD describes
the stripes as 10 in number behind the
pectoral fins and two in front, but this fits
only the adult male, and not the immature
or the female.
Nothing is known about their ecology -
what they eat, how they reproduce or
how frequently and the photos taken by
the Wilk family were confirmed to be the


first ever taken of this species in its natu-
ral habitat. That is to say that museum
specimens exist, but up until July of 2001
no authentic photos had ever been taken
in its natural habitat. For me this makes
this species even more of a treasure hunt
than ever especially since Les Wilk told
me that the photos were taken on Bonaire
and I was determined to find it. In the
process I passed over more common and
tiny species: Orange-sided Goby, Gobio-
soma dilepsis, Flagfin Blenny, Emble-
mariopsis signifera (Spikefin Blenny in
Paul Humann's ID book) and even others
that I could not identify. But these spe-
cies are very common and are two to
three times larger than the Pygmy Goby,
measuring usually over one to one and a
half inch. The Pygmy Goby measures
0.4 inch.


I obviously wish everyone a lot of luck in
finding these Lilliputians, but what really
helps is to study the ReefNet CD (for de-
tails see www.reefnet.ca), which has not
been distributed to dealers and to dive
shops on Bonaire that I am aware of.
By the way, the ReefNet CD, especially
now that the 3rd Edition is out, is my pre-
ferred medium for teaching my Fish
Watching courses at Bonaire Dive and
Adventure.
Oh, and
start diving
with a
magnifying
glass as
standard
equipment.
Jerry
Lion


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ASK THE DIETITIAN

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOWABOUT


YOUR CHOLESTEROL LEVEL


Angdlique Salsbach


What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance pro-
duced in your body in your liver. Choles-
terol is also contained in certain foods
that you eat, such as eggs, meat, shell fish
or organ meats. When you eat these foods
often, the amount of cholesterol in your
blood will increase. Foods high in satu-
rated fat also raise the amount of choles-
terol in your blood.
Cholesterol travels through the blood in
different types of packages called lipo-
proteins. The low density lipoprotein
(LDL cholesterol the bad one) delivers
cholesterol to the body. The high density
lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol the good
one) removes cholesterol from the blood
stream.


high that the artery becomes blocked and
blood can't flow through it. If an artery
that supplies blood to your heart becomes
blocked, you may have a heart attack. If
an artery that supplies blood to your brain
becomes blocked, you may have a stroke.

What can I do to lower my choles-
terol level if it is too high?
Eating healthful foods can lower your
total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol
level, and it may protect you from the
damaging effects of cholesterol. You can
raise your HDL cholesterol level by exer-
cising, quitting smoking and losing
weight.
Eating healthy foods that are low in fat
usually lowers cholesterol level.
Eating smart tips:
* Eat more fruits and vegetables


eat to 75 grams prepared weight
* Eat fish at least two to three times a
week
* Eat a meatless meal (vegetarian) at
least once or twice a week
* Eat a variety of fiber-rich foods, like
oats, whole-grain bread, whole grain
rice, whole-grain pasta, potato, fruits
and vegetables. Fiber helps reduce
cholesterol levels. Fiber-rich foods
can also help when you're trying
to lose weight because they make
you feel full.


*0


Limit your intake of saturated fats,
like dairy fats (in ice cream, full
cream milk, heavy cream, butter) and
palm and coconut oils. It helps to
read the labels on food packages. A
label may say the food is low in cho-
lesterol, but the food could still be
high in saturated fat. You should
look for the total fat, and from this
total fat the greatest part should con-
sist of unsaturated fat.
Limit high cholesterol foods like egg
yolks and liver. Eat no more than
three eggs a week. Eat shellfish or
organ meat no more than once every
two weeks.


Effect of excessive Cholesterol


Foods with Cholesterol


Foods with little Cholesterol



5 /.^
- i7


page 11






W S


H ere's
"Cliff."
This pup is a
perfect model
for a toy
maker who
wants to cre-
ate the cutest
stuffed toy
puppy that
will sell like
hotcakes.
What a sweet
face and what
beautiful blue
eyes Cliff has.
And his long-
ish fur is soft
as silk. Cliff,
along with his
mom his three
siblings were
brought into
the Shelter
after they
were found, having wandered onto
someone's kunuku. Cliff's mom
looked after her pups very well, and
Cliff, now three months old, inherited
his mom's sociability. You may meet
Cliff at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Satur-
days until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
The most "in" tee shirts sold on Bon-
aire are those from the Animal Shelter.
All the profits go to helping the Shelter
keep their doors open to unwanted
nets. Tee shirts are available in chil-


dren's and adults' sizes and you can
find them at Carib Inn or at the Manag-
ers' Parties at Buddy Dive, Habitat and
Divi Flamingo Hotels.
If you have a houseful of pets already
but want to help out, drop your extra
change in the artistically decorated lit-
tle dog houses around town that say
"Bonaire Animal Shelter." It's your
donations that help keep the Shelter
open. Stop by the Shelter and see for
yourself how your donations are help-
ing the "orphans." OL.D.


JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria
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.
yellowpagesbonaire.com


S PSYCHOLOGY
PRACTICE BONAIRE.
Consultation, Supervision,
Hypnotherapy, Psychotherpy
Drs. Johan de Korte, Psy-
chologist, 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


a


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




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 Sale: single beds, mini fridge
(bar), fridge, 6-sided table with 6
bench seats, kitchen sink (good for
kunuku), tennis rackets, misc. items.
call 717-8603

For Sale Tel / Fax / Copy machine
Sharp UX-355 LR Only for NAf 280.-
Call 717 6860 or e-mail: ieff-
ner@yahoo.com

For Sale for Divers BCD Scubapro
with R2 (Regulator) for only US$50.-
Call 717 6860 or e-mail: ieff-
ner@yahoo.com

12' hard bottom (RIB) Carib dinghy
w/15 hp. Yamaha outboard, good
condition, about 4-5 years old. $2,000.
Contact Yacht Methuselah in the har-
bor or The Reporter at 717-8988/786-
6125. Leave name and phone number.

Lots of Things For Sale: Double bed
& mattress NAJ175; 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.





'87 Nissan pickup in excellent condi-
tion. NAf3,800 791-0343 (don't call
Thursday morning).

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



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




Traditional Bonairean
Sailing Sloop. Wood,
traditional construc-
tion, about 21' long.
Fiberglassed in and out
for minimal mainte-
nance. Two time win-
ner of Bonaire Re-
gatta, Class A. A
dream to sail. Bargain
at NAf9,999. One of
the last of its kind. Call
717-8988 or 785-
6125.


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RADIO TURTLES RESUME


S ea turtle nesting is in full
swing at Klein Bonaire this
summer, which means lots of
nests on the beach, baby turtles
running towards the water and
big mother turtles that make it all
happen. These big turtles visit
Klein Bonaire only during a few
months every two to three years,
and it remains a mystery where
they go after leaving Klein Bon-
aire. Building on the success of
last year's tracking of two hawks-
bill turtles, 'Schillie' and 'Nautila,'
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
(STCB) is continuing this re-
search in 2004 with the place-
ment about two weeks ago of the
first transmitter on a massive fe-
male loggerhead turtle. The aim
of this work is to find out where
'our' turtles live, how they get
there and learn of potential
threats they face during their mi-
gration.
This loggerhead has a shell
measuring over one meter in Release o
length and is estimated to weigh
at least 140 kg. She was captured on a Fri-
day morning at 'No Name' beach, Klein
Bonaire, and quickly fitted with a small
transmitter that was glued onto the carapace
before her release back into the water. The
turtle was very cooperative and remained
calm throughout the procedure. Upon re-
lease she swam straight back to the reef,
where she will rest until she needs to crawl
onto the beach again to lay another nest. As
soon as this turtle has laid her last nest, con-
taining about 120 eggs, she is expected to
migrate back towards her feeding grounds.
The turtle tracking works through signals
sent out by the transmitter which is
switched on whenever the turtle comes to
the surface to breathe. These transmissions
are then collected by Argos system receiv-
ers onboard weather satellites that circle the


f transmittered female 'Extra' (Kawama)

globe, yielding location data for each turtle
that are e-mailed daily to STCB and
mapped on the website www.bonaireturtles.
org.
The big loggerhead female, named 'Extra,'
is heading towards the northwest, now near
Aruba and more than 600 km away from
Bonaire. She continues swimming about 80
km per day, now in a west-north-westerly
direction that puts her on a course towards
Belize or Honduras. She is in deep open
water, and we expect her to continue to
swim many hundreds of kilometers further
in order to reach a suitable feeding habitat.
Her average dive time is about 10 minutes.

STCB's turtle tracking effort expanded
again after the release of an adult male
hawksbill turtle (karet) fitted with a satellite


transmitter at Klein Bonaire. The
large turtle, with a shell length of
85 cm and distinguishable from
females by its long tail and
hooked nails on its front flippers,
was caught in the morning by
STCB staff Gielmon Egbreghts
and Robert van Dam at Ebo's Reef
and lifted into their research boat
Nancy Too. A small transmitter
was then attached to the shell of
the turtle, which will make it pos-
sible to follow the movements of
this animal for up to a year. The
large hawksbill was released later
in the morning at the same loca-
tion where it had been caught. Ac-
cording to his
radio reports
he's still
hanging
around Klein
Bonaire and
spends about
an hour un-
derwater on
his dives.

Male sea
turtles almost
never return
to land after
entering the 'Extra' (Kawama) 's
water as
hatchlings and very little is known about
their behavior. Male hawksbills are thoun
to breed every year, as opposed to female
who return only every two to three years.
Also, males may not travel as far as fema
because of their need to return to the breed
ing area every year. Male sea turtles are
known to depart from the breeding area
earlier than females, which is why a male
was selected for transmitter placement no
while it is still early in the hawksbill nest
ing season.
Tracking of this hawksbill turtle is made


Turtle-tracking sponsor, Bob Bartikoski.


wpmpqp


Route. Half-way to the coast of Nicragua

possible through a full sponsorship pro-
ght vided by Bob Bartikoski of REMAX Bon-
es aire. This hawksbill is named 'Tom' in
memory of Bob's late brother who was a
lies resident of Bonaire. The movements of
ed- 'Tom' will be mapped regularly and this
information will be available on the website
www.bonaireturtles.org.

)w, For more information contact: Robert van
- Dam, (599) 717-2225 or 790-0433, e-mail:
stcb@bonaireturtles.org 1 Robert van Dam


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Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
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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: Susan Brown, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Jerry
Ligon, Marcel Nahr, Angelique Salsbach, Michael Thiessen, Robert
van Dam, Femke van der Valk

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

Production: Barbara Lockwood; Distribution: Yuchi Molina
(Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas
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WHAI'S IL


My LTIFIEI NUITIU

New! Usually 9:00pm
Shrek 2 (Eddie
Murphy, Cameron Diaz)

Early Show (usually 7:00 pm)
Harry Potter and the
Prisoner of Azkaban

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
The Punisher

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. NAf50, includes drinks & snacks.
Call 520-5679 to reserve.
Sunday, August 1 Mega FM Run, 5 km
for Adults, 2 km for kids. Starts at 7:30 am
at Mega FM. Sponsored by Comcabon.
Tel. 717-8629.

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.


APPENING
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 2 pm. Enjoy a Bo-
nairean 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 (NAf12 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 or717-3902.
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 enty 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
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 Horn, 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.


PICTURE YOURSELF

WITH THE REPORTER



V eterinary Doctor
Niels Wuyts, a
frequent diving visitor to
Bonaire from Belgium,
is showing some Iranian
students from the Tehe-
ran University of Veteri-
nary Medicine what tur-
tles really look like. For
lack of demonstration
material he is using a
picture from the Bonaire
Reporter. Like always in
Iran, everything happens
under the watchful eye
of the Ayatollahs.1


Iran


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,
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Special Olympics Contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangazina diRei, 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-
6435
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 ofCoromoto 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. com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252


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DINING GUIDE


See advertisements in this issue


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 Brea Moderate What a place! Friendly bar next to the pool, home cooked meals, happy hours
5 minutes north of"Hotel Row 717-7901 Breaast, Dinner, closed Sunday 5 to 7. Serious BBQ on Tuesdays, reservations only, 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. Be 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 thesea atLnsDive 717-3400 Open 7 Days Owned and operated by Kirk Gosden


Across from M n in known Kralendk ea r 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 run 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.



S u- o H 0 P = N a a U = Seedvedrisemnltsinthisissue


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 .. .


S was here first in January '96 to
I go on a short dive trip with a
friend. Linda had said, 'No.' She was
tired of traveling. I liked it here so much
that when I got home I told Linda she
had to come back with me. So, we came
in June that year. I was going to partici-
pate in a Nikon underwater photo shoot
out competition and the second week
was pure vacation.
We stayed at Captain Don's Habitat.
Krystyana, 'Yana,' our daughter, was a
year old. We had a local babysitter who
took her all over the place and Yana
charmed everybody. How absolutely
wonderful and nice the people were!
And how comfortably warm it was! We
just loved it! We were looking for
changes in life, a different work locale.
I'd interviewed for a job with an organi-
zation called Ocean Futures and was
one of the two final candidates for the
job. We were either going to Washing-
ton DC or Virginia Beach.
Then the chairman of the
board left to run the Cous- "What
teau Society and the Bonair
whole selection process
fell to pieces. But we were doing is
already convinced that we feeling q
would move out of New communi
Hampshire. At the same beyol
time our son Sebastian, p i
'Bas,' was born. So why physical
not move anyway? Some- sorts of p
where warm. world an
I'd talked with Jack Chalk love and
(then dive manager of aire as
Capt. Don's Habitat) at a
dive show in Boston and but hav
he'd mentioned that Bon-
aire had been connected to
the Internet. We'd made a short list
where we might want to live and within
seconds Bonaire shot to the top of the
list! On all accounts Bonaire met all of
our needs.
We came in mid April for a week for a
'sanity-check,' to make sure we could
do it. Linda figured out how to make
bagels herself and we submitted our ap-
plication to start a business offering
Internet services: web design and host-
ing as well as marketing consulting and
related services. We went back, sold
everything, packed up. On June 20th we
arrived with 16 trunks, a cat, a baby, a
toddler and a teenage babysitter for the
summer.
"I'd been living in New Hampshire my
whole life, except for college in upstate
New York," Linda says. "Thirteen gen-
erations of my family lived in New
Hampshire. My family still doesn't
quite approve of our being here, but it's
okay. They know we're happy here, but
given a choice they'd like to have us
there. My mom comes to see us quite
often, but my father and my sister don't


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like to fly and the ocean is also too
deep, so they've never been here."
"I was born in Jackson Heights,
Queens," Jake says. "My parents had
defected from Czechoslovakia and im-
migrated to the US in 1963, pretty much
with nothing else but their suitcase and
their clothes. I was born in 1964. We
lived in a one-bedroom apartment. We
stayed in the New York area for another
four years while my parents learned
English. After they'd become US citi-
zens we moved to Germany because
they decided they wanted to live closer
to where they were from. For seven
years we lived in Germany. Then we
moved to Eugene, Oregon, because my
parents had read that it was the best
place to live in the US. Unfortunately
they never questioned the source of the
article! We stayed there for nine
months, then moved to southern Florida
where my dad got a job with the Na-
tional Enquirer as a
photographer. In
WebCam and Czechoslovakia he
Talk ended up had been the top-
ranking press pho-
expanding the tographer in the
nd the sense of country.
ty we have here, We stayed in Flor-
Id Bonaire's ida for 15 months
and then moved to
boundaries to all Massachusetts be-
aces around the cause my parents
d to people who wanted to be close
appreciate Bon- to good schools for
nuch as we do, me and my brother.
Sm h I had three more
years of high school
yet!" left, then I went to
college in upstate
New York where I studied computer
science. In my second year, when I was
18, 22 years ago, I met Linda. We were
in the same dormitory. She thought I
was charming, or at least... that's what I
thought she thought."
"I was 18 and I went to college for ar-
chitecture, but for me it was too un-
structured, so I ended up in fine arts.
Jake and I have a lot in common. We
enjoy cooking a lot and eating it. We
both love to read science fiction and
mysteries and now we're here I read
anything. After a little persuasion I
started diving and I know about com-
puters."
"She's a geek," Jake laughs. "She
knows computer stuff."
Jake and Linda Richter are fun. She's
pensive and witty. He 's got a great
sense of humor and he 's bright andfast
and obviously proud of his wife and
children. They 're just nice and easy go-
ing people.
"We got married in '89," Linda contin-
ues, "and we did a fair amount of travel-
ing before we came to Bonaire:


throughout the US and
Canada, Mexico, the
Caribbean, Australia,
Europe and Hawaii.
When we came here
we were both 32. In
retrospect it was one of
the best decisions
we've ever made. We
were and are living a
family life. We're not
nightlife people so the
quiet evenings on Bon-
aire were perfect and
still are. But we do like
to go to the movies.
We're just addicted!
When we're in the
States we go as much
as twice a day until
we've seen everything The Richter family: Bas, Jake, Yana and Linda
that's showing! Even
the children have the
same addiction!" sunset every day or to see the ocean or
"At the time," Jake says, "it took for- the sun shine. Since we've moved all
ever for business licenses to get ap- four of the cameras have moved to four
proved, so during that time we were ac- new locations. There's still one under
tually tourists and had to leave the is- water; two are on the beach; and one is
land every three months, the first to at Bongo's Beach Bar where they have
Aruba where after three hours we the WebCam sign box and a guest book.
wanted to go back to Bonaire! We did What WebCam and BonaireTalk ended
that for almost a year. I continued to up doing is expanding the feeling and
write articles for US computer maga- the sense of community we have here,
zines and I also became a dive instruc- beyond Bonaire's physical boundaries
tor. Linda, who'd been painting before to all sorts of places around the world
the children were born and who'd won a and to people who love and appreciate
couple of awards, tried to paint again, Bonaire as much as we do, but haven't
but decided that cat, dogs, toddler and moved here yet! It's all for fun.The
baby were just too much. Almost a year work part is still our Internet business.
after we moved to the island we had all Two and a half years ago Linda started
our permits in place and started work- painting again. In April this year, to-
ing. gether with our friend Avi Ben-Hamron,
We started some side projects. One of we opened the Cinnamon Art Gallery.
them was Bonaire E-News; a free, The Gallery always offers Linda's and
weekly e-mailed newsletter about Bon- Avi's art, and every other month we
aire, like the Reporter, but a bit less for- have a Bonaire-based guest artist who
mal. We had over 2,000 readers, but lives and works here.
then the tour operators began to inter- About three years ago I became a regis-
fere with the news we reported, so in- tered US patent agent. Now I do quite a
stead of allowing other people to dictate bit of consulting work for US patent
what we should or shouldn't write, we lawyers. Between family and business,
closed it down. It was a lot of work, no the gallery and our friends and lately
benefits, but fun and we got to know a our move we stay very busy, but we get
lot of people on Bonaire. When we shut to do it in a beautiful location. We were
down E-News we put more focus on an renting and now we've actually pur-
on-line discussion group which ulti- chased a home. It's not an investment in
mately became BonaireTalk. Combined real estate; it's an investment in our fu-
with that we started Bonaire WebCams. ture! If you have your family with you,
We didn't realize it, but it formed some- that's the heart
thing of a cult and became very popular. of your home
Between 2,000 to 3,000 people were wherever you
looking at the WebCams every day. Be- are and Bonaire
cause one of the cameras was installed allows us to
in front of our house, people learned the concentrate on
names of all the cats, dogs and children. that more." 1
We got to know lots of regular visitors Greta Kooistra
to Bonaire and have made countless
friends. There are people who actually
sign up for Bonaire WebCams to see the


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Athlete Oath. "Let me win But ifI cannot win, let me 6e brave in the attempt."


~ :1.] ~ ~ i ~i ~ ~ ei L~ Is] t'i Y I ~ *U J~Y


The goal of the Olympians- gold
medals (before they ran out!)


B onaire's Special Olympic Team of 10
athletes returned triumphant last week
with eight Gold Medals and seven Silver
Medals in the sports of Bocce, Swimming
and Running. Not only should we be very
proud of the athletes but of the great coach-
ing staff as well who has spent untold num-
bers of hours training the athletes and pre-
paring them for this momentous event. The
Bonaire Reporter traveled with the team to
record the events.


Denny Reina concentrates on
rolling the ball

The Inaugural Special Olympics Caribbean
Games were held in Kingston, Jamaica, on
July 8 to 11
with 500 ath-
letes repre-
senting 15
countries from
around the
Caribbean. As
well there
were 200
coaches and L '"
officials, 200
family mem-
bers and
friends and
more than 200
volunteers a
lot for an is-
land to deal
with. -
Our athletes


Athlete Johnny Hellmund, Coach
Monique van Gurp and Athlete Lucille
Soliano anxiously await the start of the
swimming events

were full of excitement and anticipation as
they prepared to board the Air Jamaica
flight on Wednesday, July 7, but since most
of them have competed in other overseas
events they behaved like seasoned travelers
but with lots of humor and good spirits.
Also aboard were their old friends, the team
from Aruba.
At takeoff, Gold Medal swimmer Lucille
Soliana called out, "Bye Bye Bonaire,"
bringing a smile to everyone's lips. On
landing in Montego Bay, Jamaica, some of
them burst into song, singing the Bonaire
National Anthem! Even during an unex-
pected five-hour wait in Montego Bay our
team took a good sport attitude and didn't
complain.
The next day's opening ceremonies were
emotionally stirring as all the athletes and
their delegations marched in with the flags
of their countries to the spirited accompani-
ment of drums and a marching band.
The following day the games began, a little
later than planned due to a few glitches,
like the field event coaches asking that the
"staging" tent for the athletes be moved
close to the bleachers. The authorities re-
plied, "You can do it yourselves." So all the
coaches, looking like determined ants,
walked the tent clear across the field. Other


coaches with hearing impaired athletes
asked officials if there couldn't be a signal
other than the gun to start the races. It was
agreed to use a flag.
Later that morning at the stadium the very
first gold medal of the Special Olympics
was awarded to runner, 52-year-old Anto-
nio de Palm (in Ireland known as "The
Barefoot Flash," but this time he wore
shoes).
Then there was a surprise visit to the sta-
dium by the Governor General of Jamaica,
Howard Cooke, who was there in time to
present a Silver Medal to runner Siegmar
(Ziggy) Celestin. During the Governor's
visit to the aquatics area he took time to
pose with swimmers Lucille Soliana and
Johnny Hellmund.
Governor Cooke, addressing the swimming
athletes, said, "A prescription for peace and
harmony is togetherness; learn about each
other; meet each other." And that's exactly
what was happening as our athletes inter-
acted with those from different islands;
having fun, cheering each other on, con-
gratulating each other everyone in high
spirits.
On the Bocce field our experienced team
had close matches, especially when Denny
Reina battled mightily and tied, game after
game, with a young athlete from Montser-
rat. By an edge the Montserrat athlete won,
but afterwards the two shook hands and
posed for photos with their arms around
each other.
Disappointingly, during the last two days
the gold and silver
medals ran out, so
the top winners got
ribbons instead.
Sunday's closing
ceremony was at the
University of the
West Indies where
all the athletes and
their delegations
were housed. Every-
one was relaxed,
having completed
four days of great
games. The reggae
music soared and
dancing began. Lo-
cal food was served '
and long lines
waited patiently for
a taste of Jamaica.
The team had to
wait until Wednes-
day to return to
Bonaire on Air Ja- Runner Antonio de
maica, so Head of
the Delegation,
Delno Tromp ar-
ranged free tours to the Bob Marley Mu-
seum and to Ocho Rios.
A tired but happy team boarded the flight
on Wednesday, calling out, "Bye Bye, Ja-
maica" as we rose into the air.
Unlike the other islands where the local
governments subsidize their Special
Olympic teams, the Bonaire team has to
raise all the money itself. Thanks to all the
very generous sponsors who made it possi-
ble for the team to make a showing in Ja-
maica: UTS (United Telecommunication
Service), BonairExel, Air Jamaica, Croc-
cantino Restaurant, Bonaire Gift Shop, En-
nia Insurance, Captain Don's Habitat and
individuals Anna and Art Kleimer and
Sharon and Scott Barlass. OL.D.


Ziggy at speed


Ziggy Celestin gets his medal from
Jamaica's Governor General


Palm was awarded thefirst gold medal of
the Caribbean Games


Islands represented at the Special
Olympics in Jamaica
Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Bahamas, Bar-
bados, Dominica, Cayman Islands, Ja-
maica, Montserrat, Suriname, St. Kitts &
Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines,
Trinidad & Tobago
The goal of Special Olympics is to help
bring all persons with mental retardation
into the larger society under conditions
whereby they are accepted, respected
and given the chance to become useful
and productive citizens. Bonaire has
fielded teams for the past three world
games and is looking forward to
attending the next World Games from
October 10-19, 2007, in Shanghai,
People's Republic of China. .


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S*to find it, just look up


E very summer in late July my
favorite summer star and
constellation reach their highest
points above the horizon just after
dark. And next week you can use
the Moon to find them. Let me
tell you how.
On any night in late July just after
dark, which is about 8 to 9 pm in
the Sky Park, face due south
where you'll see a pattern of
bright stars shaped like a giant
fish hook or the capital letter J. It's
my favorite summer constellation,
Scorpius the Scorpion, and it
contains my favorite summer star,
Antares, which marks his heart if
you imagine the scorpion looking something like this. And not only is Antares in
the right place for a scorpion's heart but it's also the right color, red. And the reason
it's my favorite summer star is because it's the biggest star we can see in summer's
skies. In fact it is 700 times wider than our own almost-one-million-mile-wide
Sun. So huge we could fit 350 million Suns inside it. Or if you like to think of it
this way, it is so gigantic that if we placed one edge of it where our Sun is it would
reach out past the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, even beyond the
orbit of Jupiter. Wow!
But if you're one of those beginning star gazers who has a hard time finding the
stars, next Monday you can use the Moon as a finder because on Monday night,
July 26thth an exquisite 10-day-old Moon will be just to the right of the three stars
that mark the top of the scorpion. Plus on Tuesday the 27th an 11-day-old Moon
will be just to the left of super humongous Antares. And although they'll look
close, keep in mind it's just an illusion because our tiny 2,000-mile-wide Moon
will be only 227,000 miles away, whereas Antares will be a whopping 13 1/2 bil-
lion times farther away, 520 light years beyond. Or if you like to think of it this
way, it takes only 1 1/5 seconds for light to reach us from the Moon, but it takes
520 years for light to reach us from Antares, which means that when we look at
Antares we see it not as it exists now but as it existed 520 years ago, just before
Columbus set sail.
Now if you look at Scorpius on a night when there's no Moon out, during the time
of the new Moon, and if you're far from city lights you will notice that the bottom
half of Scorpius, including the entire stinger, is located in that faint ribbon of light
we call the Milky Way. And if you have really good eyesight or a pair of binocu-
lars you'll see two fuzzy clouds just above the stinger. They're called M-6 and M-7
and they're wonderful. Indeed M-7 is a cluster of 80 stars about 800 light years
away which means that the light we see right now is the light that left it in 1200 A.
D. M-6 likewise has 80 stars in it but it is 1,600 light years away which means that
the light we see now left it in 400 A.D.
So there you have it: the Moon visits Scorpius on the 26th and humongous Antares
on the 27t, and on a clear moonless night you can see two clusters of stars many
hundreds of light years away. Now you know why Scorpius is my summer favor-
ite. O Jack Horkimer


Moon Info


C(): First Quarter on July 25th.


Full Moon on July 31st,


the second full moon of July, a "blue moon." ..:) Last Quarter on August 7th

* New Moon on August 16th


For the week:
July 23 to July 30, 2004

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You will find good buys and you will lift your spirits.
You need to be careful not to make promises that you can't fulfill. This will be a
great time to invite friends over to visit. Listen to the advice given by others. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- may 21) Plan your days carefully. Relax and enjoy what
you've accomplished when you're finished. Focus on forming business partnerships.
New emotional connections can be made through business contacts. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Go with the flow and don't be concerned about your
ownjob. Outbursts of passion may cause arguments with your mate. Opportunities
for new friendships are apparent. Make arrangements to meet friends at your local
dance club. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Talk to those in a position of power about your inten-
tions. Think twice before you say something you might regret later. Don't turn down
offers that include sports activities or children. Take advantage of your attributes
and lure the mate of your choice. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Travel for business will be advantageous. Real estate in-
vestments will pay off. You'll have amazing ideas, but superiors may try to block
your attempts at implementing them. Try not to allow others to burden you with ad-
ditional responsibilities. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You can meet new and exciting friends who will pro-
vide mental stimulation. Compromise if you wish to have any fun at all. Don't over-
spend or give too freely to others. You may be able to get some good advice about
your personal problems. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Make arrangements to spend quality time together. Do
what you can to help them but don't neglect your own family. You need to keep eve-
ryone on your domestic scene too busy to complain. Hidden matters are likely to
surface. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Communication will be your strong point and you
should be able to persuade others to see things your way. Don't go hog wild when it
comes to entertainment or you could find yourself short of funds at the end of the
month. Try not to be too lavish with your lover. Be cautious who you deal with fi-
nancially. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't let your emotions interfere with your
professional integrity. This is a great time for a trip. Don't be too quick to judge.
Take time to do something nice for yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Tues-
day.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Your mate may want to pick a fight, but if you're
persistent with your affections their anger should dissipate. Focus, and concentrate
on yourself and your future. Lack of cash might be partly to blame for the problems
at home. Use your genuine warmth and compassion to win hearts. Your lucky day
this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will benefit through hidden assets and property
investments. You can't do everything on your own. Don't expect romantic encoun-
ters to be lasting. Your high energy should be spent pleasing your mate. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Older family members may try to put unreasonable de-
mands on you. Don't let others saddle you with guilt that isn't warranted. Find out all
the facts before you jump to conclusions. You can put in some overtime and make
extra cash. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. D


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page 2 A fter an anxious few months when it wasn’t known who would “adopt” the service , the Bonaire Webcam, including the Reef-Cam, is back in action at the combined WannaDive Shop, Eden Beach Resort and Bongos Bar venue. The four cameras snap a new scene every two minutes. We think the picture quality is improved over the previous webcams. The Bonaire WebCam was the first ReefCam in the world in 1999. Now the camera is focused on the wreck of the sailboat, Baka di Laman , which should prove most interesting. The webcams are accessible from The Bonaire Reporter website, www. bonairereporter.com or the cam’s website www.bonairewebcams.com . If you especially enjoy the site you should consider becoming a “member.” Jake Richter, the force behind the webcams, is the subject of this week’s “On the Island Since…” ! Dutch Caribbean Exel’s (DCE) successful first flight from Amsterdam to Curaçao was not greeted by any representatives of the Curaçao Island Government, (although the Curaçao Lt. Governor and other officials were especially invited) when it landed at Hato Airport because of “other commitments.” The Curaçao Government owns DCE’s local competitor on the trans-Atlantic route, Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA), which experienced extraordinary difficulties last week (see next items). DCE is offering a special fare of NAƒ699 ($395) round trip to Amsterdam. See their ad on page 3. ! The Lockheed Tristar, which Dutch Caribbean Airlines leased from Air Luxor of Portugal to fly from Holland to Curaçao and back, had to abort its takeoff from Schiphol airport last Tuesday. A Dutch “plane spotter” reported that several bangs had been heard and flames were seen coming from the left engine. The abrupt stop caused all four left and two right tires to blow as the brakes locked and the plane was engulfed in smoke. After a few minutes the plane was given permission to taxi back to the terminal, but because of overheating and possibly an oil leak, there was a small fire in the right landing gear. The plane was then ordered to stop and the runway closed. After an hour the passengers were able to disembark. Efforts to move the plane under its own power during the rest of the day failed, so the cargo and remaining fuel were removed and the plane was towed to the cargo platform. Most of the 310 passengers were housed in hotels nearby and Air Luxor sent another plane to try again on Wednesday. ”It’s not our fault,” was the first reaction of Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) commercial manager César Prince concerning the incident. Then the replacement Tristar, leased from Air Luxor’s subsidiary, Portugal’s Luzair, had to also abruptly abort its takeoff on its flight from Curaçao to Amsterdam because of engine problems. A fire in the left engine was the reported problem. The airplane, tires squealing, stopped just before the end of the runway. The 221 passengers were able to disembark safely. Four tires were blown out and the aircraft spent the next week parked at the runway’s end awaiting engine repairs and four new tires. In a press release DCA stated that a delegation would travel to Portugal to discuss the Tristar fiasco. A witness who viewed the aircraft in Curaçao said it was in a visibly bad state of repair. DCA then leased another plane, again a Lockheed Tristar, from Euro Atlantic Airways, also from Portugal, to get its passengers to Amsterdam the next day. This DCA flight with Euro Atlantic Airways was a one-time only affair. The return flight from Amsterdam was with a DC-10 owned by My Travel Airways. Then as we go to press DCA announced they will fly this weekend using, of all things, a Boeing 767 leased from Dutch Caribbean Exel. The fare is NAƒ650. In Miami, a DCA MD-80 was also grounded . “Engine problems,” reiterated Prince. He believes the entire engine will have to be replaced. Meanwhile, DCA is flying to the US using one of its ancient DC-9s. (Continued on page 4) IN THIS ISSUE: Bonaire Walking Team 6 Referendum Chronicle 7 Pet Professor (Puppy Training) 8 Bonaire’s Best Riders Overseas 9 Smallest Fish (Pygmy Goby) 10 Dietitian (Cholesterol Level) 11 Satellite Tracking Continues 13 Special Olympics in Jamaica 18 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Letter (Praise) 5 Police Update 5 Vessel List & Tide Table 9 Classifieds 12 Pet of the Week (Cliff) 12 Picture Yourself (Iran) 15 What’s Happening 15 Shopping Guide 16 Dining Guide 16 On the Island Since (Jake & Linda Richter) 17 Bonaire Sky Park 19 The Stars Have It 19 Screenshot of the webcams The My Travel Lockheed Tristar

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page 4 (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2) ! M a r i o Evertsz has tended his resignation as director of Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA). Evertsz, who was visiting Cuba, confirmed the news. He declined to comment on the reasons for his stepping down. Mario Evertsz was appointed Director of the national carrier ALM, the predecessor of DCA, on August 23, 2000. At the time it was predicted that privatization of the airline was three to six months away. But close to four years later this still does not seem to even be on the horizon, especially since the ownership of the airline was assumed by the island government of Curaçao. Under Evertsz’s leadership personnel were cut and profitable transAtlantic flights were initiated. Now an injection of NAƒ15 million from the Curaçao Island Government is not enough to help the company overcome its debts. Evertsz tended his resignation once before at the end of last year but reconsidered his decision under pressure. He may have to do it again. ! The Dutch Government is willing to station members of the Dutch military police, Marechaussees, in the Netherlands Antilles but says the manner in which they are to be deployed must still be discussed. The new Ys cabinet mentioned using the Marechaussees to help tackle the serious cr ime problem in the islands. It is envisaged that they will be placed under the Prosecutor’s Office. The Antillean police union, NAPB, does not favor the idea, nor does the police commissioner in St. Maarten where Marechaussees were stationed in the early 1990s. ! The Appeals Court has upheld all the convictions of FOL party leaders and others who were convicted earlier this year . Anthony Godett, the leader of the popular Curaçao political party, FOL, had his sentence for corruption extended to 15 months (from 12) plus five months suspended. The judge strongly castigated all the convicted public officials for their criminal behavior when they should have been models of honesty and good citizenship. Nelson Monte, the behind-thescenes FOL advisor, got four years in prison without possibility of parole. These two defendants plus Hendriks Abraham; De Antillean, plc; George Lichtveld; Edsel Lourens; Eugene Middelhof; Rob Salas; Foundation Papa Godett (fined NAƒ40,000 for money laundering); Johnny and Chris Winkel have 14 days to appeal to the Supreme Court. Godett says he’s run out of money for legal defense. He has already spent NAƒ150.000 on his court battle. He said that if every one of Curaçao’s 130,000 residents contributes one guilder to his cause, he will surely appeal and will almost have paid off his legal bills. ! The future plans of the Valero oil refinery in Aruba which supplies fuel for Bonaire's Flamingo Airport include more profit, cleaner production, cleaning up rubbish left on the refinery grounds by its predecessors, Valero Chief Executive Officer Bill Greenley said during a company reception. He said the refinery was processing more than 200,000 barrels a day, to be increased to 285,000. If Bonaire separates from the Curaçao-based Central Government, Valero may be able to supply other fuels to Bonaire at lower prices than Curoil. ! According to published reports, if the Curoil distributing company, which supplies Bonaire with most of its petroleum products gets its way, the price of gasoline will go up to almost two guilders per liter in the third quarter of 2004. (Continued on page 6) ! The brother of Curaçao FOL leader Anthony Godett allegedly conspired in a death threat against PAR leader, now Prime Minister, Etienne Ys. The FOL leadership had claimed that the 24-hour security provided Ys had nothing to do with politics but rather his love life. Godett’s brother is mentioned in an Antillean Security Service VNA document according to a prominent member of the Curaçao community who saw it. It also says the brother tried to hire a hit man to execute Ys, then an opposition Island Council member Based on the intelligence, Lt. Governor Lisa Richards-Dindial decided to provide 24-hour protection for the PAR leader. Prime Minister Ys. ! The Rotary Club of Bonaire invited two guest speakers to present ideas and thoughts on how it can assist the Bonaire community in social development programs. Ruth Bernabela from Bonaire’s SASO requested the Club to actively assist in educational support, not just financial support, for her top projects: Family Values, Child Abuse, Elder Care and Drop Outs. Rob Glaser, a former environmental government inspector and advisor from Middelburg, Holland, suggested various ways of organizing and funding by organizations to assist the commercial and private sector in the waste water recyclable methods and energy plant developments. The Rotary Club of Bonaire, headed by President Evert Piar, is taking a proactive role in investigating the community needs and in researching projects where the Rotary Club of Bonaire can assist. Ruth Bernabela and Evert Piar

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page 5 Charles Souriel of the Police Department reports: € On July 14 and 15 police arrested three persons in connection with robberies against tourists. On July 14 a suspect, C., 13 years old, was arrested after sufficient information was gathered by Public Prosecutor Wesselius. The following day two more suspects were brought in: A., 23 years, and M., 20 years. All three are suspected of robberies against diving tourists. The suspect C, after being interrogated and coming before the fiscal auxiliar was set free due to his age during investigation of the case. The other two have been jailed pending further investigation. € Last week the police received a call from residents of an apartment at Kaya Amsterdam, saying they had just apprehended a young man breaking into their home . A patrol car was immediately dispatched to the scene. The police arrested 15-year-old suspect S.J. B. on the spot. The young burglar tried to convince them that he was only trying to pay a surprise visit to a woman whose name he couldn’t remember. The police didn’t buy his story and he was immediately taken to the police station. Once they arrived there it turned that another complaint had been made against him for the theft of a car. The youngster still had the car keys in his pocket and was arrested pending further investigation. Assistant Public Prosecutor Justine Gonggrijp reports: € Although the big jail in Playa is temporarily closed for repairs due to the fire set by one of the inmates recently, newly arrested suspects are still being kept in the holding cells upstairs from the Police Department. These holding cells are normally used to hold suspects for two or three days until they can be charged and transferred to the regular jail. The regular jail is expected to be ready to receive inmates by October. The Bonaire jailhouse is designed to hold 30 prisoners, with most cells housing four inmates. The more “hardened” criminals have been transferred to Curaçao. In the meantime, police authorities are looking at the old jailhouse in Rincon which they feel can be readied for occupancy in two to three weeks. There has been a verbal agreement from Holland allocating the funds for the repair. Police are awaiting a written confirmation. (Continued on page 6) (Continued on page 6) OPINIONS & LETTERS:THE Op-Ed PAGE POLICE UPDATE Police spokesman Charles Souriel THANKS FOR THE PRAISE Dear Editor: Congratulations on your 10th Anniversary of The Bonaire Reporter ! I just read the anniversary issue and fondly remembered the journey of your newspaper from Port Call to its present day professional newspaper. We read Port Call in those early days and got hooked. You two have done such a service to the island of Bonaire by your work as well as informing us "off-islanders" of what's happening on our beloved island. That information has been so critical to our decision making that we are now seriously planning to retire to Bonaire in 2006. We are soon to make an offer on a condo at Sand Dollar (thought about a house, but wanted to be close to the water), so we'll be seeing more of you soon. Perhaps I can volunteer my services to your newspaper when we arrive. Am thinking about volunteering at the donkey sanctuary too! Keep up the good work. Diane Amos Diane Amos was one of the first subscribers to the mailed edition of Port Call (the predecessor to The Bonaire Reporter ) and still subscribes. She has just bought a condo on the island. Ed. Diane Amos LETTERS The Bonaire Jailhouse

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page 6 (Flotsam and Jetsam . Continued from page 4) ! The Antilles Central Bank management team was on hand for the presentation of the 2003 annual report, described as “a year of lost opportunities ,” especially where it concerns tackling the national debt of 4.4 billion guilders, which comprises 90% of the annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The budget deficits and the debt increased again. While Curaçao and the Central Government complied with rules of financial and budget discipline protocols the islands of St. Maarten, Saba, Statia and Bonaire did not. The Antilles also failed to make use of historically low interest rates, which are now increasing again, to refinance the debt. This could have saved 24 to 75 million guilders a year. Interest payments alone have grown from 9% of the budget in 1996 to 16% last year. The 2003 report also revealed that unemployment in the Antilles had increased from 14.6% to 15.3%, with some 5,000 more people out of work. While there was economic growth of 3.3%, because of inflation the real growth amounted to just 1.4% and is expected to level off at 1% this year. The country’s most important economic pillar is tourism. It produces one third of the country’s foreign exchange earnings, ! The Bonaire Banker s' Association (BBA) announced its new Board. The President is Ms. Orphaline Saleh of Maduro & Curiel's Bank (Bonaire) N.V.; Secretary is Ms. Judy Diaz of RBTT Bank N.V. and Treasurer is Mr. Norbert Goyla of Banco di Caribe N.V. The new Board will continue to promote the Association’s objective to achieve an improved performance of the local banking sector, as well as the island's economy in general. L./G. D. (Police Report. Continued from page 5) € As of last Thursday, July 15 a new policy has been established whereby the passports of all accused drug traffickers will be confiscated for a period of two and possibly three years. The accused will be deported via one-way ticket to where they came from and the bevolking (population registry) offices will be notified so the accused cannot get another passport. In cases where the accused has had a previous conviction the passports are co nfiscated for three years. € Current cases such as the Customs Officer allegedly attempting to shoot his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend and the assault in their home of a man and a woman by another man will come up before the judge in the early part of August. € What can you legally do if someone attempts to break into your home and before the police get there? Anyone is allowed to make a “citizen’s arrest,” notifying the intruder that you are doing so. You may try to grab them to keep them from running but cannot tie them up or hit them unless you are defending yourself. The best idea is to photograph them, possibly by setting up a security camera which automatically takes a photo when movement is detected. Police are very familiar with the faces of many of these intruders and can make an arrest based on the photo. (These cameras can be ordered through a security company on the island such as SSS). L.D. A fter months of preparation, Bonaire’s delegation to the 88TH edition of the world famous “Four Days of Nijmegen” left for Holland last week. The International Nijmegen Four Days March took place from July 20th through the 23rd but results did not arrive by press time. In addition to Nazario Alberto, the group consisted of Arie Marsera, Bòi Antoin, twins Roy and Rollie Martines and Marcel Nahr. The latter had already successfully completed the (longest) 50 Km category and was approached by the others in the beginning of this year to help organize another trip. The group has thoroughly prepared itself by organizing several walking and hiking events to help cover the costs. The Four Days of Nijmegen ( www.4daagse.nl ) originated in 1909 with 300 participants as a military exercise and was held annually except for the periods during the two World Wars, after which the march was opened to male civilians and even later to females. It has grown to a world famous event and this year marks the first time that a registration ceiling has been made to stem the flow of participants. The maximum number has been set at 47,000 with an expected drop-out rate of 10-12%. The group wishes to thank the following sponsors: Maduro & Curiel’s Bank Bonaire, Goddard Catering Bonaire, Krioyo Paint Bonaire, Bopec NV, City Shop, Bous Scholts, WEB NV, Napa Bonaire NV, RentoFun, Yacht Club Apartments & Total Car Rental, Caribbean Laundry Services, Pasibon S Services, and a few more that did not wish to be mentioned. Marcel Nahr Nazario Alberto (center) , The North Salinja Road Runner , departs. He is the sixth Bonaire entrant. AVBO Photo

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page 7 T he past weeks were eventful ones in the process leading to a Referendum on the future political structure of Bonaire. First, the new Referendum date of September 10th was confirmed by the Bonaire Executive Council. Then, a second Referendum, to choose the precise type of closer arrangement with Holland , was documented, according to Michael Bijkerk, the government advisor for the Referendum (a suggestion that was made several months ago in The Reporter Referendum Chronicle . Ed.). And finally, a report detailing the consequences of the choices presently available to Aruba and the territory of the Netherlands Antilles (not individual islands) was released. The report, “The European Union Commission Inventory of Options,” was under the direction of the respected Dutch ex-ambassador to several European countries, Ronald van Beuge. It paints a dismal picture for the Antilles should it choose to become a foreign (ultra peripheral) territory of the European Union (UPT). On July 7, the final report, six months in preparation, was presented in Aruba. It should be noted that the van Beuge Commission did not consider the possibility of a single island of the Antilles selecting a particular status , but rather the five islands of the Netherlands Antilles as a single entity. Therefore, the conclusions do not specifically apply if Bonaire (separate from the rest of the Antillean islands) chooses to achieve closer ties with Holland. However, inferences can certainly be drawn for Bonaire. The report outlines the options available if the Antilles/Aruba should retain their OCT status (Overseas Countries and Territories) or shift to UPT (UltraPeripheral Territories, which are territories that do not lie within Europe but are part of an EU member state and to which the complete EU treaty applies) or some other status, without making specific recommendations . Among other things, the report compares the options of OCT and UPT. The consequences of each choice are described. The Bonaire Reporter Chroniclers have highlighted the major conclusions below. The complete report (in English or Dutch) can be found on the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations website ( English at http://www.minbzk.nl/uk ). CONCLUSIONS: € The Commission considers the OCT and UPT status both realistic options for the Antilles at present. € The Commission does not doubt that the particular association of the EU with the OCT will continue to exist until there are no European countries and territories with a special tie with one of the EU member states. For many this is new news, because OCT status was once considered a transitory status that would eventually lead to complete independence from the “mother” country. € The Commission has not been able to establish any convincing financial and economic advantages for the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba in the event of a transfer to the UPT status. A preliminary estimate indicates that the balance in due course of time will most likely be negative. € The Commission holds the view that the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, in the event of a transfer to the UPT status, will have to introduce the euro currency. € The choice for the desired status is explicitly a political choice which cannot be made on the basis of finances. € In the event of integration into the EU, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba will have to take on the implementation and maintenance of the total EU regulatory framework. This puts too heavy a burden on the capacity of the countries , according to the Commission. The Commission calls it an illusion to think that the relations within the Kingdom could remain basically unchanged; the autonomy of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba would be put under great pressure. Changing the Charter of the Kingdom in the event of choosing the UPT status is practically inevitable. The capability of Bonaire, whose capacity is a small fraction of either the Antilles or Aruba, to handle UPT obligations was not even considered by the commission. € Also in the case of maintaining the present OCT status it would seem reasonable to work on a scenario in which the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba and the Kingdom would better use the possibilities of the OCT status. The commission dubbed this “OCT plus.” The Kingdom should make concrete plans to this end. Again this is new news-that an OCT plus status is even conceivable. € It is, according to the Commission, imaginable that one country chooses to maintain the OCT status and another, UPT status, although that would be complicated. The situation in which one island territory of the Netherlands Antilles opts for the UPT status and another for the OCT status is, according to the Commission, incompatible with the unity of the country. This means that Bonaire would have to secede from the Antilles, precisely one of the four current Referendum Choices. € A choice for the UPT status is not considered irreversible; it will not change anything with respect to the right to selfdetermination. Chroniclers 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. Referendum Chronicle

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page 8 PUPPY TRAINING E arly Leash Training: Start with a lightweight 4 ft.-long leash. Attach it to the puppy's collar and let him just run around with it the first few times (make sure he is in a secure area where he can't get the leash caught on anything). Then pick up the leash for short periods and say, “let's go,” using a treat to encourage him to walk with you. Praise him as long as he stays with you, and ignore him when he doesn't (NEVER drag him). If he runs ahead and pulls on the leash, simply stop and wait for him to notice that you're not coming with him. As soon as he returns to you, praise him and continue walking. House Training : You should be able to train your pup to eliminate outside by about four months (depending on the individual dog, breed etc.). To start, you will want to take him out every hour or so, especially after naps and after feeding. Always take him (on a leash) to the same spot in the yard, tell him to “go ahead” or “hurry up” or whatever command you choose, and simply wait patiently till he goes. Then reward him with a treat and lots of praise (make sure you wait quietly till he's done before you reward him, or you'll just distract and confuse him). Using a command, and a particular spot are important so that he learns the difference between “taking care of business” and just going out to play (you can play with him after he takes care of business!). As he gets older, take him out less and less frequently. Never scold him for having an “accident” he won't understand. Just clean it up and keep track of when he goes so that you can try to prevent future accidents. Success will only come from praising him when he goes in the right place, not from scaring and confusing him when he goes in the wrong place. Crate Training : As your puppy grows you will need to get a larger kennel crate for him (large enough for him to stand and turn around). Every now and then, for varying lengths of time, coax him into the crate with a treat and close the door. As he goes into the crate say, in a cheerful tone, “go to bed” or “kennel” or any command you choose. With early training, he will love his crate, and this will be very useful for taking him to the vet, traveling, or for whenever he may need to be confined (e.g. when service people or non-dog people come to your house). Crate training gives him security and gives you a way to keep him safe and out of trouble. Remember the following: Call your puppy often, saying his name and “come,” and always praise him every time he comes to you. Never punish him for behaviors you don't approve of ignore him if possible, distract him if not. Never allow him to put his teeth on you or jump up on you (walk away from him, refuse to play with him). Be careful not to reward the wrong behaviors (e.g. don't bribe him with a bone every time he barks at you while you're trying to talk on the phone), and don't allow him to dominate your life. Establish from the start what is and is not acceptable behavior (is he allowed on the sofa or not?) and don't change the rules. Be worthy of his trust, be worthy of his respect, BE CONSISTENT!! Next time: some basic obedience commands. Susan Brown Susan Brown is a professional dog trainer on the island who has been in the “pet business” for 28 years. “I do anything related to pet care,” she says, “training, pet sitting, grooming, even help with the after care of recuperating animals.” For all your dog training or pet care needs contact Susan at the Pet Professor, e-mail: bandbfarm@yahoo.com or call 7172620. Susan Brown and pupil

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page 9 VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : Aleluya Angie Alegria, USA Atrea Camissa, Chan Is. Cape Kathryn Casette Chacuco Delphinius El Sabor Flying Cloud, USA Gabrielle, USA Galadrial , USA Gatsby, USA Goril Too Guaicamar I , Venezuela. Honalee, USA Lady Alice Luna C, USA Macaby, Netherlands Makai Mariele Methuselah, USA Natural Selection, USA Nonsuch, USVI Pamela Jean Panda Pastime Pau Hana Polecat Pomona Precocious Gale, USA Sandpiper, USA Santa Maria, Sweden Scintilla, Germany Shades of Blue Side by Side Sirius Sojourner Sovereign III Sylvia K Triumphant Lady Ta B Ti Amo, USA Trio, USA Ulu Ulu, USA Unicorn, Norway Varedhuni, Germany Wanita Windborne Windmiller, Canada Wonbat of Sydney Ya-T, BVI Zahi, Malta ZenoÂ’s Arrow, USA KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 7-23 11:31 1.1FT. 19:38 1.5FT. 67 7-24 4:34 1.2FT. 5:56 1.2FT. 10:52 1.1FT. 19:41 1.6FT. 59 7-25 5:17 1.0FT. 8:15 1.1FT. 10:20 1.0FT. 20:05 1.8FT. 53 7-26 6:00 0.9FT. 20:38 2.0FT. 52 7-27 6:36 0.8FT. 21:24 2.1FT. 58 7-28 7:23 0.7FT. 22:06 2.2FT. 67 7-29 8:05 0.7FT. 22:49 2.2FT. 79 7-30 8:44 0.7FT. 23:38 2.2FT. 89 A s some of you might know the young talented windsurfers are on the professional windsurf tour once again. Kiri Thode (sponsored by Gaastra, Starboard, Fiberspar, Jibe City), Taty Frans (Gaastra, Starboard, Fiberspar, Jibe City), Tonky Frans (Gaastra, Jayson Jonge (Worldsails, HiFly, Jibe City), and Ruben Petrisie (Brunotti boards & sportswear, Palm Trading, Solar) left Bonaire about two weeks ago to take part in the Professional Windsurf Association tour of events. The first competition was on Lanzarote, a Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean. It was a three-day freestyle event with a lot of great competitors like Ricardo Campello (VEN), Kauli Seadi (BRA), Robby Swift (UK) and Diony Guadignino (VEN). The venue provided gusty offshore winds, sometimes over 30 knots, and instead of flat water like in Lac bay, there were big breaking waves up to four meters high. In the beginning most of our boys had to get used to the sailing in these heavy duty conditions, but they did the best they possibly could. Ruben survived the first round several times. Unfortunately, he had some equipment difficulties but even that could not take the big smile off his face. He ended 31st. Kiri, our youngest rider, stole the show once again, showing everybody that size really doesnÂ’t matter. He was content with 26th position. Jayson wasnÂ’t very lucky on the water, but his funny stories on shore totally made up for that. He ended 36th. Taty really needed a warm up. But in the end he got to show a double forward loop in one of his heats, which he, of course, won. He had to settle for 16th place but he will definitely work himself up in the standings for next event at Fuerteventura. Tonky had a great time. He displayed all kinds of maneuvers and combinations. His new double spock scored a lot of points. He fought a good battle and even ended up on the award stage one day. Overall he was 4th in the event. In the final standings it was World champion 2003, Ricardo Campello, on top, followed by Kauli Seadi, and in the 3rd place Diony Guadignino. The Bonaire boys are getting ready for the next event, Fuerteventura. The wind is around 19 knots at the moment, perfect to show the world that Bonaire really does have unforgettable top sailors. Femke van der Valk. TonkyÂ’s back loop RubenÂ’s spock maneuver Photo by author. Photo by author. YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE

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page 10 A nother distinction for Bonaire's reef fish was documented with photographs in July 2001 by the Wilk family. It was the first photographs ever taken of the Pygmy Goby, Lythrypnus minimus , and after receiving their 3rd Edition CD in March of this year, I have been trying to find this rare and difficult-to-see species. It is not found or mentioned in Paul Humann/Ned DeLoach's ever popular fish identification field guides for the Caribbean. In fact the only photos are on WilkÂ’s CD. Even a Google search turns up another fish by the same common name, but the species name indicates that they are not the same species, and the other Pygmy Goby is found in the Pacific. The Guinness Book of World Records lists a category for the world's smallest species of fish as one found in the fresh water streams of Luzon in the Pacific and it measures 9.5 mm in length in the adult stage. In trying to visualize the size of Bonaire's Pygmy Goby with something in our everyday world, consider that it is almost exactly the length of one and a half grains of rice. Recently, on a dive with my excellent friend and excellent fish documenter, Candace Platz, I fou nd one and actually was able to show it to her with the aid of my ever handy magnifying glass. This one measures only 11 mm in length, and even though the fresh water species tops this one for the Guinness Record, it is still known as the smallest fish in the entire Atlantic. On that documentation I returned to the site, at a depth of 46 feet, repeatedly in order to see it out on the open coral head after it had first disappeared into a tiny hole near a small patch of black encrusting sponge. It was an early morning dive, around 9:30 am. The site was along Bonaire's north shoreline, Barcadera, that was still in shadow, a habitat and time of the day that I prefer when looking for those tiny species that prefer the darker, shadowy places. Diminutive size means that a fish must use this type of shadowy habitat as an aid in its defense considering that the hungry predators are a ll bigger than they. With the aid of Candace's flashlight and my magnifying glass we were able to see it for five or six minutes and it appeared quite active during that time. Its description is: reddish or brown with tiny white stripes across the back and down each side. These stripes are tiny, about the width of a human hair and appear to be broken, not solid and conspicuous, and impossible to see without magnification. The ReefNet CD describes the stripes as 10 in number behind the pectoral fins and two in front, but this fits only the adult male, and not the immature or the female. Nothing is known about their ecology what they eat, how they reproduce or how frequently and the photos taken by the Wilk family were confirmed to be the first ever taken of this species in its natural habitat. That is to say that museum specimens exist, but up until July of 2001 no authentic photos had ever been taken in its natural habitat. For me this makes this species even more of a treasure hunt than ever especially since Les Wilk told me that the photos were taken on Bonaire and I was determined to find it. In the process I passed over more common and tiny species: Orange-sided Goby, Gobiosoma dilepsis, Flagfin Blenny, Emblemariopsis signifera (Spikefin Blenny in Paul HumannÂ’s ID book) and even others that I could not identify. But these species are very common and are two to three times larger than the Pygmy Goby, measuring usually over one to one and a half inch. The Pygmy Goby measures 0.4 inch. I obviously wish everyone a lot of luck in finding these Lilliputians, but what really helps is to study the ReefNet CD (for details see www.reefnet.ca), which has not been distributed to dealers and to dive shops on Bonaire that I am aware of. By the way, the ReefNet CD, especially now that the 3rd Edition is out, is my preferred medium for teaching my Fish Watching courses at Bonaire Dive and Adventure. Oh, and start diving with a magnifying glass as standard equipment. Jerry Ligon Pygmy Goby, Lythrypnus minimus Jerry Ligon Reefnet photo

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page 11 What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fat-like substance produced in your body in your liver. Cholesterol is also contained in certain foods that you eat, such as eggs, meat, shell fish or organ meats. When you eat these foods often, the amount of cholesterol in your blood will increase. Foods high in saturated fat also raise the amount of cholesterol in your blood. Cholesterol travels through the blood in different types of packages called lipoproteins. The low density lipoprotein ( LDL cholesterol the bad one ) delivers cholesterol to the body. The high density lipoprotein ( HDL cholesterol the good one ) removes cholesterol from the blood stream. How can a high cholesterol level hurt your health? Too much cholesterol in your blood can raise the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. Extra cholesterol may be stored in your arteries (large blood vessels), causing them to become narrow. The amount of cholesterol in an artery wall may be so high that the artery becomes blocked and blood can’t flow through it. If an artery that supplies blood to your heart becomes blocked, you may have a heart attack. If an artery that supplies blood to your brain becomes blocked, you may have a stroke. What can I do to lower my cholesterol level if it is too high? Eating healthful foods can lower your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol level, and it may protect you from the damaging effects of cholesterol. You can raise your HDL cholesterol level by exercising, quitting smoking and losing weight. Eating healthy foods that are low in fat usually lowers cholesterol level. Eating smart tips: € Eat more fruits and vegetables € Use low fat cooking techniques, like broiling, grilling, stir frying, etc. € skinless chicken and less fried meat € Choose lean meat and meat products € Cut down the amount of meat you eat to 75 grams prepared weight € Eat fish at least two to three times a week € Eat a meatless meal (vegetarian) at least once or twice a week € Eat a variety of fiber-rich foods, like oats, whole-grain bread, whole grain rice, whole-grain pasta, potato, fruits and vegetables. Fiber helps reduce cholesterol levels. Fiber-rich foods can also help when you’re trying to lose weight because they make you feel full. € Limit your intake of saturated fats, like dairy fats (in ice cream, full cream milk, heavy cream, butter) and palm and coconut oils. It helps to read the labels on food packages. A label may say the food is low in cholesterol, but the food could still be high in saturated fat. You should look for the total fat, and from this total fat the greatest part should consist of unsaturated fat. € Limit high cholesterol foods like egg yolks and liver. Eat no more than three eggs a week. Eat shellfish or organ meat no more than once every two weeks. € Use low fat dairy products such as low fat or skim milk or milk products and low fat or non fat yogurt. € Avoid eating fried foods Of course, besides eating healthily you should exercise regularly, avoid too much alcohol, quit smoking and manage stress. 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 W hen you have your regular blood checkup, the results will say something about your total cholesterol level and LDL and HDL cholesterol. But does everyone understand what these terms mean exactly?

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page 12 H ere’s “Cliff.” This pup is a perfect model for a toy maker who wants to create the cutest stuffed toy puppy that will sell like hotcakes. What a sweet face and what beautiful blue eyes Cliff has. And his longish fur is soft as silk. Cliff, along with his mom his three siblings were brought into the Shelter after they were found, having wandered onto someone’s kunuku. Cliff’s mom looked after her pups very well, and Cliff, now three months old, inherited his mom’s sociability. You may meet Cliff at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. The most “in” tee shirts sold on Bonaire are those from the Animal Shelter. All the profits go to helping the Shelter keep their doors open to unwanted pets. Tee shirts are available in children’s and adults’ sizes and you can find them at Carib Inn or at the Managers’ Parties at Buddy Dive, Habitat and Divi Flamingo Hotels. If you have a houseful of pets already but want to help out, drop your extra change in the artistically decorated little dog houses around town that say “Bonaire Animal Shelter.” It’s your donations that help keep the Shelter open. Stop by the Shelter and see for yourself how your donations are helping the “orphans.” L.D. “Cliff” 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 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 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 For Sale: single beds, mini fridge (bar), fridge, 6-sided table with 6 bench seats, kitchen sink (good for kunuku), tennis rackets, misc. items. call 717-8603 For Sale Tel / Fax / Copy machine Sharp UX-355 LR Only for NAƒ 280.Call 717 6860 or e-mail: ieffner@yahoo.com For Sale for Divers BCD Scubapro with R2 (Regulator) for only US$50.Call 717 6860 or e-mail: ieffner@yahoo.com 12’ hard bottom (RIB) Carib dinghy w/15 hp. Yamaha outboard , good condition, about 4-5 years old. $2,000. Contact Yacht Methuselah in the harbor or The Reporter at 717-8988/7866125. Leave name and phone number. 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. 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 7856125. 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 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. yellowpagesbonaire.com 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: 786-0956 or 787-0956 LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981 ’87 Nissan pickup in excellent condition. NAƒ3,800 791-0343 (don’t call Thursday morning). For Sale: Chevrolet S10 Pick up , Single cab, metallic gray, good condition. NAƒ4.500. Call 785-9008.

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page 13 S ea turtle nesting is in full swing at Klein Bonaire this summer, which means lots of nests on the beach, baby turtles running towards the water and big mother turtles that make it all happen. These big turtles visit Klein Bonaire only during a few months every two to three years, and it remains a mystery where they go after leaving Klein Bonaire. Building on the success of last year's tracking of two hawksbill turtles, 'Schillie' and 'Nautila,' Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) is continuing this research in 2004 with the placement about two weeks ago of the first transmitter on a massive female loggerhead turtle. The aim of this work is to find out where 'our' turtles live, how they get there and learn of potential threats they face during their migration. This loggerhead has a shell measuring over one meter in length and is estimated to weigh at least 140 kg. She was captured on a Friday morning at 'No Name' beach, Klein Bonaire, and quickly fitted with a small transmitter that was glued onto the carapace before her release back into the water. The turtle was very cooperative and remained calm throughout the procedure. Upon release she swam straight back to the reef, where she will rest until she needs to crawl onto the beach again to lay another nest. As soon as this turtle has laid her last nest, containing about 120 eggs, she is expected to migrate back towards her feeding grounds. The turtle tracking works through signals sent out by the transmitter which is switched on whenever the turtle comes to the surface to breathe. These transmissions are then collected by Argos system receivers onboard weather satellites that circle the globe, yielding location data for each turtle that are e-mailed daily to STCB and mapped on the website www.bonaireturtles. org. The big loggerhead female, named 'Extra,' is heading towards the northwest, now near Aruba and more than 600 km away from Bonaire. She continues swimming about 80 km per day, now in a west-north-westerly direction that puts her on a course towards Belize or Honduras. She is in deep open water, and we expect her to continue to swim many hundreds of kilometers further in order to reach a suitable feeding habitat. Her average dive time is about 10 minutes. STCB’s turtle tracking effort expanded again after the release of an adult male hawksbill turtle ( karet ) fitted with a satellite transmitter at Klein Bonaire. The large turtle, with a shell length of 85 cm and distinguishable from females by its long tail and hooked nails on its front flippers, was caught in the morning by STCB staff Gielmon Egbreghts and Robert van Dam at Ebo's Reef and lifted into their research boat Nancy Too . A small transmitter was then attached to the shell of the turtle, which will make it possible to follow the movements of this animal for up to a year. The large hawksbill was released later in the morning at the same location where it had been caught. According to his radio reports he’s still hanging around Klein Bonaire and spends about an hour underwater on his dives. Male sea turtles almost never return to land after entering the water as hatchlings and very little is known about their behavior. Male hawksbills are thought to breed every year, as opposed to females who return only every two to three years. Also, males may not travel as far as females because of their need to return to the breeding area every year. Male sea turtles are known to depart from the breeding area earlier than females, which is why a male was selected for transmitter placement now, while it is still early in the hawksbill nesting season. Tracking of this hawksbill turtle is made possible through a full sponsorship provided by Bob Bartikoski of REMAX Bonaire. This hawksbill is named 'Tom' in memory of Bob's late brother who was a resident of Bonaire. The movements of 'Tom' will be mapped regularly and this information will be available on the website www.bonaireturtles.org. For more information contact: Robert van Dam, (599) 717-2225 or 790-0433, e-mail: stcb@bonaireturtles.org Robert van Dam Release of transmittered female ‘Extra’ ( Kawama ) ‘Extra’ (Kawama)’s Route. Half-way to the coast of Nicragua Turtle-tracking sponsor, Bob Bartikoski .

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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: Susan Brown, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Jerry Ligon, Marcel Nahr, Angélique Sals bach, Michael Thiessen, Robert van Dam, Femke van der Val k 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

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page 15 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. Sunday, August 1 Mega FM Run , 5 km for Adults, 2 km for kids. Starts at 7:30 am at Mega FM. Sponsored by Comcabon. Tel. 717-8629. 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 2 pm. 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 The Punisher New ! Usually 9:00 pm Shrek 2 (Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz) Early Show (usually 7:00 pm) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban V eterinary Doctor Niels Wuyts, a frequent diving visitor to Bonaire from Belgium, is showing some Iranian students from the Teheran University of Veterinary Medicine what turtles really look like. For lack of demonstration material he is using a picture from the Bonaire Reporter . Like always in Iran, everything happens under the watchful eye of the Ayatollahs. Iran 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.)

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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 5 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, reservations only, 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. Be 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 here first in January ’96 to go on a short dive trip with a friend. Linda had said, ‘No.’ She was tired of traveling. I liked it here so much that when I got home I told Linda she had to come back with me. So, we came in June that year. I was going to participate in a Nikon underwater photo shoot out competition and the second week was pure vacation. We stayed at Captain Don’s Habitat. Krystyana, ‘Yana,’ our daughter, was a year old. We had a local babysitter who took her all over the place and Yana charmed everybody. How absolutely wonderful and nice the people were! And how comfortably warm it was! We just loved it! We were looking for changes in life, a different work locale. I’d interviewed for a job with an organization called Ocean Futures and was one of the two final candidates for the job. We were either going to Washington DC or Virginia Beach. Then the chairman of the board left to run the Cousteau Society and the whole selection process fell to pieces. But we were already convinced that we would move out of New Hampshire. At the same time our son Sebastian, ‘Bas,’ was born. So why not move anyway? Somewhere warm. I’d talked with Jack Chalk (then dive manager of Capt. Don’s Habitat) at a dive show in Boston and he’d mentioned that Bonaire had been connected to the Internet. We’d made a short list where we might want to live and within seconds Bonaire shot to the top of the list! On all accounts Bonaire met all of our needs. We came in mid April for a week for a ‘sanity-check,’ to make sure we could do it. Linda figured out how to make bagels herself and we submitted our application to start a business offering Internet services: web design and hosting as well as marketing consulting and related services. We went back, sold everything, packed up. On June 20th we arrived with 16 trunks, a cat, a baby, a toddler and a teenage babysitter for the summer.” “I’d been living in New Hampshire my whole life, except for college in upstate New York,” Linda says. “Thirteen generations of my family lived in New Hampshire. My family still doesn’t quite approve of our being here, but it’s okay. They know we’re happy here, but given a choice they’d like to have us there. My mom comes to see us quite often, but my father and my sister don’t like to fly and the ocean is also too deep, so they’ve never been here.” “I was born in Jackson Heights, Queens,” Jake says . “My parents had defected from Czechoslovakia and immigrated to the US in 1963, pretty much with nothing else but their suitcase and their clothes. I was born in 1964. We lived in a one-bedroom apartment. We stayed in the New York area for another four years while my parents learned English. After they’d become US citizens we moved to Germany because they decided they wanted to live closer to where they were from. For seven years we lived in Germany. Then we moved to Eugene, Oregon, because my parents had read that it was the best place to live in the US. Unfortunately they never questioned the source of the article! We stayed there for nine months, then moved to southern Florida where my dad got a job with the National Enquirer as a photographer. In Czechoslovakia he had been the topranking press photographer in the country. We stayed in Florida for 15 months and then moved to Massachusetts because my parents wanted to be close to good schools for me and my brother. I had three more years of high school left, then I went to college in upstate New York where I studied computer science. In my second year, when I was 18, 22 years ago, I met Linda. We were in the same dormitory. She thought I was charming, or at least… that’s what I thought she thought.” “I was 18 and I went to college for architecture, but for me it was too unstructured, so I ended up in fine arts. Jake and I have a lot in common. We enjoy cooking a lot and eating it. We both love to read science fiction and mysteries and now we’re here I read anything. After a little persuasion I started diving and I know about computers.” “She’s a geek,” Jake laughs . “She knows computer stuff.” Jake and Linda Richter are fun. She’s pensive and witty. He’s got a great sense of humor and he’s bright and fast and obviously proud of his wife and children. They’re just nice and easy going people . “We got married in ’89,” Linda continues, “and we did a fair amount of traveling before we came to Bonaire: throughout the US and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe and Hawaii. When we came here we were both 32. In retrospect it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. We were and are living a family life. We’re not nightlife people so the quiet evenings on Bonaire were perfect and still are. But we do like to go to the movies. We’re just addicted! When we’re in the States we go as much as twice a day until we’ve seen everything that’s showing! Even the children have the same addiction!” “At the time,” Jake says , “it took forever for business licenses to get approved, so during that time we were actually tourists and had to leave the island every three months, the first to Aruba where after three hours we wanted to go back to Bonaire! We did that for almost a year. I continued to write articles for US computer magazines and I also became a dive instructor. Linda, who’d been painting before the children were born and who’d won a couple of awards, tried to paint again, but decided that cat, dogs, toddler and baby were just too much. Almost a year after we moved to the island we had all our permits in place and started working. We started some side projects. One of them was Bonaire E-News ; a free, weekly e-mailed newsletter about Bonaire, like the Reporter , but a bit less formal. We had over 2,000 readers, but then the tour operators began to interfere with the news we reported, so instead of allowing other people to dictate what we should or shouldn’t write, we closed it down. It was a lot of work, no benefits, but fun and we got to know a lot of people on Bonaire. When we shut down E-News we put more focus on an on-line discussion group which ultimately became BonaireTalk . Combined with that we started Bonaire WebCams. We didn’t realize it, but it formed something of a cult and became very popular. Between 2,000 to 3,000 people were looking at the WebCams every day. Because one of the cameras was installed in front of our house, people learned the names of all the cats, dogs and children. We got to know lots of regular visitors to Bonaire and have made countless friends. There are people who actually sign up for Bonaire WebCams to see the sunset every day or to see the ocean or the sun shine. Since we’ve moved all four of the cameras have moved to four new locations. There’s still one under water; two are on the beach; and one is at Bongo’s Beach Bar where they have the WebCam sign box and a guest book. What WebCam and BonaireTalk ended up doing is expanding the feeling and the sense of community we have here, beyond Bonaire’s physical boundaries to all sorts of places around the world and to people who love and appreciate Bonaire as much as we do, but haven’t moved here yet! It’s all for fun.The work part is still our Internet business. Two and a half years ago Linda started painting again. In April this year, together with our friend Avi Ben-Hamron, we opened the Cinnamon Art Gallery. The Gallery always offers Linda’s and Avi’s art, and every other month we have a Bonaire-based guest artist who lives and works here. About three years ago I became a registered US patent agent. Now I do quite a bit of consulting work for US patent lawyers. Between family and business, the gallery and our friends and lately our move we stay very busy, but we get to do it in a beautiful location. We were renting and now we’ve actually purchased a home. It’s not an investment in real estate; it’s an investment in our future! If you have your family with you, that’s the heart of your home wherever you are and Bonaire allows us to concentrate on that more.” Greta Kooistra “What WebCam and BonaireTalk ended up doing is expanding the feeling and the sense of community we have here, beyond Bonaire’s physical boundaries to all sorts of places around the world and to people who love and appreciate Bonaire as much as we do, but haven’t moved here yet!” Greta Kooistra June 20th, 1997 Jake and Linda Richter The Richter family: Bas, Jake, Yana and Linda

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page 18 B onaire’s Special Olympic Team of 10 athletes returned triumphant last week with eight Gold Medals and seven Silver Medals in the sports of Bocce, Swimming and Running. Not only should we be very proud of the athletes but of the great coaching staff as well who has spent untold numbers of hours training the athletes and preparing them for this momentous event. The Bonaire Reporter traveled with the team to record the events. The Inaugural Special Olympics Caribbean Games were held in Kingston, Jamaica, on July 8 to 11 with 500 athletes representing 15 countries from around the Caribbean. As well there were 200 coaches and officials, 200 family members and friends and more than 200 volunteers – a lot for an island to deal with. Our athletes were full of excitement and anticipation as they prepared to board the Air Jamaica flight on Wednesday, July 7, but since most of them have competed in other overseas events they behaved like seasoned travelers but with lots of humor and good spirits. Also aboard were their old friends, the team from Aruba. At takeoff, Gold Medal swimmer Lucille Soliana called out, “Bye Bye Bonaire,” bringing a smile to everyone’s lips. On landing in Montego Bay, Jamaica, some of them burst into song, singing the Bonaire National Anthem! Even during an unexpected five-hour wait in Montego Bay our team took a good sport attitude and didn’t complain. The next day’s opening ceremonies were emotionally stirring as all the athletes and their delegations marched in with the flags of their countries to the spirited accompaniment of drums and a marching band. The following day the games began, a little later than planned due to a few glitches, like the field event coaches asking that the “staging” tent for the athletes be moved close to the bleachers. The authorities replied, “You can do it yourselves.” So all the coaches, looking like determined ants, walked the tent clear across the field. Other coaches with hearing impaired athletes asked officials if there couldn’t be a signal other than the gun to start the races. It was agreed to use a flag. Later that morning at the stadium the very first gold medal of the Special Olympics was awarded to runner, 52-year-old Antonio de Palm (in Ireland known as “The Barefoot Flash,” but this time he wore shoes). Then there was a surprise visit to the stadium by the Governor General of Jamaica, Howard Cooke, who was there in time to present a Silver Medal to runner Siegmar (Ziggy) Celestin. During the Governor’s visit to the aquatics area he took time to pose with swimmers Lucille Soliana and Johnny Hellmund. Governor Cooke, addressing the swimming athletes, said, “A prescription for peace and harmony is togetherness; learn about each other; meet each other.” And that’s exactly what was happening as our athletes interacted with those from different islands; having fun, cheering each other on, congratulating each other – everyone in high spirits. On the Bocce field our experienced team had close matches, especially when Denny Reina battled mightily and tied, game after game, with a young athlete from Montserrat. By an edge the Montserrat athlete won, but afterwards the two shook hands and posed for photos with their arms around each other. Disappointingly, during the last two days the gold and silver medals ran out, so the top winners got ribbons instead. Sunday’s closing ceremony was at the University of the West Indies where all the athletes and their delegations were housed. Everyone was relaxed, having completed four days of great games. The reggae music soared and dancing began. Local food was served and long lines waited patiently for a taste of Jamaica. The team had to wait until Wednesday to return to Bonaire on Air Jamaica, so Head of the Delegation, Delno Tromp arranged free tours to the Bob Marley Museum and to Ocho Rios. A tired but happy team boarded the flight on Wednesday, calling out, “Bye Bye, Jamaica” as we rose into the air. Unlike the other islands where the local governments subsidize their Special Olympic teams, the Bonaire team has to raise all the money itself. Thanks to all the very generous sponsors who made it possible for the team to make a showing in Jamaica: UTS (United Telecommunication Service), BonairExel, Air Jamaica, Croccantino Restaurant, Bonaire Gift Shop, Ennia Insurance, Captain Don’s Habitat and individuals Anna and Art Kleimer and Sharon and Scott Barlass. L.D. Athlete Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” C O V E R The goal of the Olympiansgold medals (before they ran out!) Bonaire’s Champion Bocce Team Runner Antonio de Palm was awarded the first gold medal of the Caribbean Games Ziggy Celestin gets his medal from Jamaica’s Governor General Ziggy at speed Athlete Johnny Hellmund, Coach Monique van Gurp and Athlete Lucille Soliano anxiously await the start of the swimming events Denny Reina concentrates on rolling the ball Islands represented at the Special Olympics in Jamaica Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Montserrat, Suriname, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago The goal of Special Olympics is to help bring all persons with mental retardation into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. Bonaire has fielded teams for th e past three world games and is looking forward to attending the next World Games from October 10-19, 2007, in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. .

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page 19 E very summer in late July my favorite summer star and constellation reach their highest points above the horizon just after dark. And next week you can use the Moon to find them. Let me tell you how. On any night in late July just after dark, which is about 8 to 9 pm in the Sky Park, face due south where you'll see a pattern of bright stars shaped like a giant fish hook or the capital letter J. It's my favorite summer constellation, Scorpius the Scorpion, and it contains my favorite summer star, Antares, which marks his heart if you imagine the scorpion looking something like this. And not only is Antares in the right place for a scorpion's heart but it's also the right color, red. And the reason it's my favorite summer star is because it's the biggest star we can see in summer's skies. In fact it is 700 times wider than our own almost-one-million-mile-wide Sun . So huge we could fit 350 million Suns inside it. Or if you like to think of it this way, it is so gigantic that if we placed one edge of it where our Sun is it would reach out past the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars , even beyond the orbit of Jupiter . Wow! But if you're one of thos e beginning star gazers who ha s a hard time finding the stars, next Monday you can use the Moon as a finder because on Monday night, July 26thth an exquisite 10-day-old Moon will be just to the right of the three stars that mark the top of the scorpion. Plus on Tuesday the 27th an 11-day-old Moon will be just to the left of super humongous Antares. And although they'll look close, keep in mind it's just an illusion because our tiny 2,000-mile-wide Moon will be only 227,000 miles away, whereas Antares will be a whopping 13 1/2 billion times farther away, 520 light years beyond. Or if you like to think of it this way, it takes only 1 1/5 seconds for light to reach us from the Moon, but it takes 520 years for light to reach us from Anta res, which means that when we look at Antares we see it not as it exists now but as it existed 520 years ago, just before Columbus set sail. Now if you look at Scorpius on a night when there's no Moon out, during the time of the new Moon, and if you're far from city lights you will notice that the bottom half of Scorpius, including the entire stinger, is located in that faint ribbon of light we call the Milky Way . And if you have really good eyesight or a pair of binoculars you'll see two fuzzy clouds just above the stinger. They're called M-6 and M-7 and they're wonderful. Indeed M-7 is a cl uster of 80 stars about 800 light years away which means that the light we see right now is the light that left it in 1200 A. D. M-6 likewise has 80 stars in it but it is 1,600 light years away which means that the light we see now left it in 400 A.D. So there you have it: the Moon visits Scorpius on the 26th and humongous Antares on the 27th, and on a clear moonless night you can see two clusters of stars many hundreds of light years away. Now you know why Scorpius is my summer favorite. Jack Horkimer For the week: July 23 to July 30, 2004 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) You will find good buys and you will lift your spirits. You need to be careful not to make promis es that you can't fulfill. This will be a great time to invite friends over to visit. Listen to the advice given by others. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. TAURUS (Apr. 21may 21) Plan your days carefully. Relax and enjoy what you've accomplished when you're finished. Focus on forming business partnerships. New emotional connections can be made through business contacts. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Go with the flow and don't be concerned about your own job. Outbursts of passion may cause arguments with your mate. Opportunities for new friendships are apparent. Make arra ngements to meet friends at your local dance club. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Talk to those in a position of power about your intentions. Think twice before you say something you might regret later. Don't turn down offers that include sports activities or ch ildren. Take advantage of your attributes and lure the mate of your choice. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Travel for business will be advantageous. Real estate investments will pay off. You'll have amazing ideas, but superiors may try to block your attempts at implementing them. Try not to allow others to burden you with additional responsibilities. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You can meet new and exciting friends who will provide mental stimulation. Compromise if you wish to have any fun at all. Don't overspend or give too freely to others. You may be able to get some good advice about your personal problems. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Make arrangements to spend quality time together. Do what you can to help them but don't neglect your own family. You need to keep everyone on your domestic scene too busy to complain. Hidden matters are likely to surface. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Communication will be your strong point and you should be able to persuade others to see things your way. Don't go hog wild when it comes to entertainment or you could find yourself short of funds at the end of the month. Try not to be too lavish with your lover. Be cautious who you deal with financially. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't let your emotions interfere with your professional integrity. This is a great time for a trip. Don't be too quick to judge. Take time to do something nice for yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Your mate may want to pick a fight, but if you're persistent with your affections their ange r should dissipate. Fo cus, and concentrate on yourself and your future. Lack of cash might be partly to blame for the problems at home. Use your genuine warmth and compassion to win hearts. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will benefit through hidden assets and property investments. You can't do everything on your own. Don't expect romantic encounters to be lasting. Your high energy should be spent pleasing your mate. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Older family members may try to put unreasonable demands on you. Don't let others saddle you with guilt that isn't warranted. Find out all the facts before you jump to conclusions. You can put in some overtime and make extra cash. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. *to find it, just look up Moon Info First Quarter on July 25th. Full Moon on July 31st , the second full moon of July, a “blu e moon.” Last Quarter on August 7th New Moon on August 16th