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LOOKING FOR HAPPY LAND-
INGS- In the wake of numerous
equipment failures, last Thursday Minister
of Traffic and Transportation, Omayra
Leeflang, announced that all Dutch Carib-
bean Airlines (DCA) aircraft will undergo a
thorough safety inspection to be conducted
by the Aviation Administration. Leeflang
wants the 'safety, stability and tranquility'
of DCA to be guaranteed. Rumors are that
it's not only the Luxor Charters Lockheed
Tristars (that were used for the transatlantic
flights) that are having technical difficulties
but the planes used for regional flights as
well.
DCA director Mario Evertsz stated that the
company was in the red and that they were
not able to stock many spare parts. Broken
parts are often temporarily replaced by parts
from a plane that is not in service. After that
the part for the out-of-service plane will be
ordered. This requires additional proce-
dures, according to Evertsz, which in turn
results in extra costs and the further decline
of the company's finances.
The last time an inspection was held at the
request of the Parliament was back in 2000
when DCA was flying under the ALM ban-
ner.

A DCA will take a new direction at the
end of this week by presenting a business
plan to the Curagao Island Council in sup-
port of its request for a NAf8 million bail-
out to keep the airline flying.


A DCA's troubles continued last week
but on a different note. The DCA represen-
tative in Haiti, Rose Martin-Pourier, in-
formed the Managing Director of DCA,
Mario Evertsz, of the arrest of Hans Allen
Theophil6 for the murder of Air France ex-
ecutive, Didier Mortet. Theophil6 is Man-
aging Director of H.A.T Enterprises, the
company in Haiti that takes care of passen-
ger and ground handling for DCA. Accord-
ing to Evertsz, who said he had never met
Theophil6 personally, Theophil6 is a big
man in Haiti. First ALM and after that DCA
had conducted business with him for years.
It was reported that Theophile travels to
Curagao every year to extend the contract
with DCA. Evertsz does not expect Theo-
phile's arrest to have any consequences for
the operations of H.A.T Enterprises, which
is considered a reputable company with
about 200 employees. In addition to doing
business with DCA, H.A.T. has contracts
with Air Caraibes and Air France.
Didier Mortet, 49, was shot and killed on
his way home from the airport June 24, po-
lice said. He was riding in a car with his
Ukrainian wife and Haitian chauffeur when
three gunmen approached on a motorcycle
and shot at the car. Mortet was shot in the
head and the arm. Neither the wife nor the
chauffeur were hurt. Theophile, a Haitian,
was the fifth person to be arrested in con-
nection with Mortet's homicide. He is being
held at a jail in the capital. Police said
Theophil6 had been the "intellectual author"
of the killing and that he paid three assas-
sins the equivalent of $2,500 to carry it out.
Two of those in police custody, including
one of the triggermen, told police that
Theophile had paid them.


A Some travelers to the US choose to fly
from Bonaire through Aruba because
American Customs and immigration
services are done in Aruba. This week it
was reported that the service will continue
at a stricter level. There were incorrect pub-
lished reports that it would be discontinued.
Pre-clearance in Aruba will be upgraded in
accordance with demands of the American
Transportation Security Administration
(TSA). It was agreed last Tuesday that the
new rules would be applied as soon as
newly ordered security equipment is opera-
tional in Aruba. American Airlines has of-
fered to fly the equipment in to gain time.
The Airport Authority has accepted the of-
fer. It has to be in place and operational no
later than Friday, August 6th.
No pre-clearance in Aruba would mean
longer waiting times at Immigration and
Customs at US airports, which will increase
the risk of missing connecting flights.
However, to comply with pre-clearance,
passengers traveling to the US have to be at
the Aruba airport three hours before depar-
ture time. Aruba and the Bahamas are the
only locations in the region where passen-
gers and luggage are pre-screened by
American Immigration and Customs.

A Americans take note. The Netherlands
Antilles were included in the Democratic
National Convention welcome parties
which began on Monday. A company
called Unique Events prepared the welcome
party drinks and offered the "Boston Blue
Blood" (a blue Curacao martini).

A The Dutch Government has agreed to
exempt persons from India and Lebanon
from having to apply for visas when travel-
ing to the Netherlands Antilles, Prime Min-
ister Etienne Ys announced last Wednes-
day. Persons from those two countries don't


IN THIS ISSUE:
Obituary: Ban Ban Sint Jago
Referendum Chronicle
JCI De-stress Workshop
Yoga (Scoliosis)
Turtle Tracking
Turtle Protection
Ladies Are Pros Too
Be Careful (Piracy)
Bonaire Walkers in Nijmegen
Found Dog
Free as a Bird
Tutti Frutti
Hush Hush Seaside Sports
Mario Demei- 35 Years at Divi
WEEKLY FEATURES
Flotsam & Jetsam
Police Update
Vessel List & Tide Table
Classifieds
Pets of the Week
(Marlene & Jenny)
Picture Yourself (Fallujah, Iran)
Hit Parade
What's Happening
Shopping & Dining Guides
On the Island Since
(Jurrie Mellema)
Bonaire Sky Park
The Stars Have It


need visas to visit Bonaire or any other is-
land of the Netherlands Antilles. India and
Lebanon appear on the list of 135 countries
whose citizens need visas when entering the
Netherlands. There are Indian and Lebanese
people among the 42 nationalities that live
on Bonaire.

A Curagao FOL leader Anthony Godett
cancelled his plans to travel to Holland to
raise funds to finance his appeal to the High
Court last weekend. He hopes to find sup-
port among the 100,000 Antilleans living
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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
in the Netherlands in fighting what he
calls a travesty of justice.
Godett, who was found guilty of bribery
forgery and laundering of illegally obtai
funds, was sentenced to 15 months impr
onment and five months suspended by tl
Appeals Court of the Netherlands Antill
Godett has always claimed that the case
against him was politically motivated. I
said he believed he had a strong case
to bring to the High Court but lacked
the money to pay the enormous cost
such a step involves. Not only does he
lack funds, he already had to borrow
NAf 150.000 to defend himself in the
Antillean Courts, he claimed during a
press conference last Tuesday.
Fund-raising has already started in
Curagao. Accounts have been opened
at Banco di Caribe and Girobank.
Over NAf 4.000 were said to have
been already deposited by supporters
by the end of last week. Under the slo-
gan, "One Guilder Against Injustice,"
sympathizers are urged to contribute.
How much is needed pay for legal
support by renowned criminal lawyer
Gerard Spong is not yet known.
Spong's hourly rate is 400 euros.

A The Sociale VerzekeringsBank
(SVB Social Insurance Bank), in
their 2003 annual report, wants to add
overseas medical procedures to the
package and add retirees 60 and over.
Currently, overseas treatments are not co
ered by the SVB in accordance with the
existing Central Government decree on
healthcare insurance. The decree is limil
to treatment within the Netherlands Anti
les, something the SVB considers "not i:
keeping with the times and limiting."
Another benefit that must be changed, ac


cording to the SVB, is the fact that
non-working members are removed
from the fund at age 60. Other plans
the SVB wants this year especially con-
cer the amendment of the Arbeidson-
geschiktheid (commonly called AO or
sick leave) controls. The SVB is aim-
ing to put more emphasis on the non-
attendance prevention instead of on
claim assessment. The client friendli-


SA memorial ceremony was held a
week ago last Sunday for Jim Bran-
don, one of Bonaire's best loved under-
water photographers, on the site of his
former photo shop at the Sand Dollar
Resort. The Brandons are well known
on Bonaire as Jim's father, Chet, estab-
lished the Geowatt Research Center
northwest of BOPEC. The ceremony
was a time for Bonaire friends and
American family members to trade
reminiscences.

AO controls must also be improved.


Ch
P ublic Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius me
reports that it was a very quiet
week for his office as only two very mi- kei
nor cases came across his desk from the bet
police department. However, his office is Tu
working intensely on getting word in ers
writing from Holland (they already have me
a verbal okay) for funds to repair and inc
reopen the jail in Rincon to replace the $2,
big jail in Playa which won't be ready to Np
re-open until October. anc
Th
The issue of sending members of the a tl
Dutch military police, Marechaussees, the
to assist law enforcement in the Nether- I
lands Antilles, must be approved by the da)
Minister of Justice in Curagao. The Ms
Prosecutor is in favor of these police as we
he feels they can be particularly helpful of
at the Flamingo Airport in intercepting I
drug traffickers. Jul
vio
If you have questions about the legal pec
system feel free to call Prosecutor Wes- ov
selius at 717-8626. His e-mail address is the
parketbonaire@bonairelive. com. the


ness
of the


A Tourists clicking on Bonaire's website
can find themselves addressed by Lt. Gov-
ernor Herbert Domacass6 and Tourism
Commissioner Burney El Hage on the is-
sue of crime. Under the headline
"Statement about the crime issue in Bon-
aire, the two officials explain a recent up-


surge in crime and what the government is
doing to improve the situation. Maintaining
that Bonaire is basically a safe society, they
admit that a group of unemployed young
people is suspected to be the perpetrators of
a series of crimes affecting locals and visi-
tors alike over the last four months. The
Government, they state, is well aware of
the problem which concerns both residents
and visitors.
A huge amount of correspondence on the


p-Ps

arles Souriel of the Police Depart-
*nt reports:
Two separate apartments were bro-
n into at the Bellafonte apartments
ween the hours of 1 and 3 am on
esday, July 20. It's believed the intrud-
used a "false" key to enter the apart-
nts. They stole a number of articles
luding a Sony Laptop valued at
000, an American Express credit card,
\f600, Euro 450, an RBTT bank card
d a radio from the AB Car Rental car.
e thieves tried unsuccessfully to enter
third apartment. Police are investigating
case.
Early in the morning hours of Wednes-
y, July 22, thieves broke into the Exito
market, entering via the roof. Stolen
re slippers, alcoholic drinks, a number
batteries and condoms.
Police arrested a suspect (W.H.) on
y 20 in connection with a case the pre-
ous Saturday, July 17, where the sus-
:t threatened a neighbor with a gun
er a situation concerning a dog. With
authorization of Prosecutor Wesselius
alarm pistol was confiscated and the
aspect sent to jail pending further inves-
ation. OL.D.

subject of crime flooded the Bonaire Talk
Internet forum early this week. With the
problem of lack of confinement and reha-
bilitation facilities some convicted crimi-
nals are being returned to the community,
which has compounded the problem.

A Six Bonaireans participated in the fa-
mous Nijmegen Four-Day Walkathon.
Nazario Alberto of North Saifia finished
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(Continued from page 4)
A Agricultural Depart-
ment (LVV) and Marine
Park (STINAPA) person-
nel have begun cutting
paths through the man-
groves of Lac Bay to
improve the water cir-
culation in the bay. In
the past Bonaireans used
the cut materials to pro-
duce baskets and fish
traps, but these skills
have waned.
It's anticipated that these
channels will prove use-
ful to the small boat fish-
ermen and kayackers. Piet Martis, Laio Daal and Karel Rosaria clearing the
Already opened are the channels
areas of Puitu, Coco and
Lac South. Next the Pedro area and the other sides of the north bay will be cleared. 1


first in his category on the first day. He
walked his 40 kilometers in five hours and
15 minutes. Officials were said to be as-
tounded about the performance of this 55-
year-old. On the second day Nazario fin-
ished seventh because of blisters incurred
on Tuesday. For more turn to page 10.

A There are numerous people in Rincon
who want to save the more-than-100-
year-old San Ludevico School as a his-
toric monument. In the past the school
educated generations of Rinconeros. To
make sure the local government gets a
strong message a petition drive has been
begun. If you agree the school should be
saved, drop by the Rincon Community
Center (Centro di Bario) and sign up.

A If you love bike riding in natural sur-
roundings then join the informal group
riding in Washington Park this coming Sat-
urday, July 31s Meet at 7 am at the Wash-


ington Park main gate. Cost is only the
admission charge into the Park (plus a
small charge for the early entry). Bring
your energy snack, plenty of water (twice
what you think you'll need) and eagerness
to ride at least as far as Boca Slagbaai.
From Slagbaai a truck will take you and
your bicycle back to the entrance or you
can complete the circuit of the Park by
bike. For more info call Bob Lassiter 717-
3949.

P Our favorite shoe repair shop, Zapa-
teria Rincon, has moved. Eira and Maciel
will be working out of their home at Kaya
Sirena #16 in Playa Pabou. It's not far from
Vos di Boneiru. Telephone 785-9500 or
791-6086. Not only can they do well-
crafted shoe repairs but they can fix just
about any other leather or leather-like
goods like handbags and suitcases. Prices
are reasonable too.


RORNULO ABRAHAM "BAN BAN" SINT JAGO
July 6, 1933-July 25, 2004

S omulo Abraham "Ban
Ban" Sint Jago passed
away Sunday, July 25. He
was 71. "Ban Ban" loved
mechanics and was in the
truck and bus business with -
three dump trucks and some
small buses. For more than
20 years he drove the big
school bus taking children
from Rincon to the high ..
school in Playa. More re-
cently, since he took the tour
guide course, he drove tour-
ists from the cruise ships.
Ban Ban's wife is Maria Carmita Sint Jago Beaumont, a school teacher who is one of
the originators and leaders of the Rincon Marshe.
Our heartfelt condolences and those of the people of the Rincon Marshe go to Car-
mita and the family. OL.D.
(A story appeared about Ban Ban in The Bonaire Reporter on March 21, 2003, by
Juliet Somer in her column, "What's Happening in Rincon Driving the Big Bus. ")


A There will be a Full Moon Walk on
Friday, July 30, starting at the Rincon
Marshes site at 8 pm. The walk will go up
the hill to Subi Karpata for a short rest and
then return to the Marsh6 site by about
9:30. Stands will be set up with vendors
selling snacks and drinks at the bar. Enter-
tainment will be by the Ice Band. Although
the event is organized by the youngsters of
Rincon to celebrate vacation time, every-
one is invited.

A The following morning, Saturday, the
weekly Rincon Marshe opens at 6 am and
will begin serving a typical Rincon Culi-
nary Breakfast. Especially tasty are the


also find fruits and vegetables, fruit shakes,
plants, gifts, handcrafts, sweets, incense
and more. There's a bar for beer and soft
drinks and a wonderful ambiance. Buy a
pastechi or another snack and a drink and
sit for awhile under the awning. This is
where you will really feel the beat of the
heart of the island that is Rincon.
Also this Saturday morning is the Altamira/
Un Yo trail walk. Meet at the Marshe at
6:15. The early morning hike takes you
through the wilderness and "Grand Can-
yon" of northern Bonaire, ending at the
spectacular viewing area of Alta Mira.
Price is $10 and includes transportation,
refreshment at Alta Mira and a small break-


pumpkin pancakes and the peanut-laced hot fast back at the Marsh6. O L./G. D.
chocolate. Don't worry if you're late;
they'll be serving all morning. You can


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3 eferenbtumr totubapi


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T hrough ads placed by the Referendum Bonaire
Commission last week, Lt. Governor Reporter.
Herbert Domacasse explained who will be
legally entitled to vote on September 10. It is sur-
1. Those who have been residents of the is- prising tha
land territory of Bonaire at least 50 days erendum t
prior to the elections can participate in the with Holla
referendum, only if they are Dutch nationals releases fr
and have reached the age of 16 on the day of Perhaps it
the referendum. ers, in all 1
2. Non-Dutch nationals can also vote, only if the implic.
they have been residents of Bonaire for five the news i
consecutive years at least 50 days before the ernment is
referendum and if by September 10 they are tie. Comm
16 or older and have a valid stay permit. man. The
still taking
CHOICES the Refere
There are four options to choose from dur- ity and tin
ing the referendum:
A. Bonaire remains a part of the Netherlands In the opii
Antilles; cations of
B. Bonaire obtains direct ties with The Neth- brought fc
erlands; information
C. Bonaire becomes an autonomous country other post]
within the Dutch Realm (Aruba-like); Referendu
D. Bonaire becomes politically independent
of the Realm (Independence).
REFERE
Although no publicity has been provided, WINDWA
should option B be selected by the popula- OF SABA
tion, a second Referendum will be scheduled
to determine what type of tie with the Neth- B mm
Smine
erlands is preferred. Martin h
Martin ha;
The Antill
The (new) Referendum Commission is sup-
posed to place advertisements in local news- The Hagu
Territories
papers with information on the four options wi vote c
and their consequences. No advertisement or wil voe I
information has yet been received by The ency." In


ma.




at the possibility of a second Ref-
o select the type of "direct tie"
and has not been mentioned in any
om the Referendum Commission.
would be confusing, but the vot-
fairness, should be made aware of
ations of their choices. What is in
s that the UBP-led Bonaire Gov-
s pushing hard for Option B, direct
lissioner Dortalina is their spokes-
opposition Democratic Party is
Spotshots on the organization of
:ndum and questioning its suitabil-
ing.

nion of the Chroniclers, the impli-
each of the choices must be
irward quickly before the lack of
on becomes a reason for yet an-
ponement or cancellation of the
m. O Chronicler


NDUM FOR THE
ARD ANTILLES ISLANDS
SAND STATIA
re is not alone in wanting to deter-
Sits future by Referendum. St.
s already voted to separate from
es. Now, based on a meeting in
e in November 1993, the Island
s of Saba and St. Eustatius (Statia)
on the option of "Crown Depend-
Dutch this status is referred to as


Koninkrijkseiland.
This option is now
being presented on
those islands for a N
vote on October 1, a
few weeks after
Bonaire's Referen-
dum. Will Johnson, CuI
Commissioner of
Constitutional Af-
fairs in Saba, and
other officials are
recommending the
option of Crown
Dependency I AmL
(Option A). Option I
A might mean the
islands would have I
an Island Council -
and a Governor with
a minimum of five Relative sizes of the ]
and a maximum of over 400 mi
seven members.
The Island Council will elect its Chairperson
from among the council. The Executive
Council might consist of a minimum of two
and a maximum of three Commissioners.
The Governor would be an advisory Chair-
man of the Executive Council who is the
exclusive representative of the Dutch Gov-
ernment. The Governor would carry numer-
ous other government tasks as well.
Justice is under the responsibility of the
Minister of Justice of the Netherlands. The
Policy of Pursuit (vervolgingsbeleid) is a
responsibility of the Dutch Minister of Jus-
tice and the Attorney General. The responsi-
bility for public order and the management
of the police is the responsibility of the Gov-
ernment of the Netherlands, represented by
the Governor for these matters.


Netherlands Antilles- Saba and Statia are
iles away from the ABC Islands

The budget deficit will be supplemented by
the Netherlands.
Option B in this referendum is Status Quo.
Since St. Maarten has already voted in their
referendum to leave the Netherlands Antilles
and the Island Council of Curacao has ex-
pressed the wish to become a country within
the Kingdom, the Status Quo option has
been put on the ballot for those who do not
realize that Status Quo may be moot as the
Netherlands Antilles as a governing entity
appears to be evaporating.
Option C Independence. O Chronicler


The aim of the Cbronide 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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Let's DE-stress on August 7th


with a Fresh and Revitalized JCI!


All the negative media attention re-
garding the problems of Bonairean
youngsters tends to make us forget that a
lot of positive things still happen. Bonaire
Jaycees, an international youth organiza-
tion, was at its top during the 70s and 80s.
Many remember the famous youth speech
contests at that time.
The youth of yesterday became the re-
sponsible and well-established adults in
our current community. Unfortunately
they left a gap in the organization, which
led to a comatose Jaycees. Up till now.
The Dutch Caribbean chapter


develop and carry out.
The next area concerns the international
opportunity for you as a member. Visiting
and meeting your fellow JCI members
abroad will broaden your horizons and
contribute to better understanding be-
tween different nationalities.
Developing business skills and abilities is
the last area in which JCI offers you a
wide range of training, advice, exchange
of experience and (international) contacts.
JCI's first great activity for the Bonairean
community will be a Stress Management
Workshop. The workshop


recognized the needs and op- is suitable for everyone
portunities of the Bonairean (no age limit) who's look-
youth and managed to gather a ing for tools to manage
new board a couple of months stress on a daily basis at
ago. The result? A fresh organization with the workplace and at home. Come and
a brand new name but with the same experience the very modern and dynamic
qualities and goals our community was "experiential learning method" by the
used to: The Junior Chamber Interna- well known trainer/facilitator and senior
tional Bonaire (JCI Bonaire) consultant, Julian de Windt from Cura-
If you're between 18 and 40 this may just gao. His philosophy is based on the fact
be the organization you're looking for. that the best way to learn is by experienc-
JCI not only provides you opportunities ing the (psychological) processes during
for personal growth but also serves our the session. Through real life based (and
community. JCI Bonaire operates in four enjoyable) exercises qualities and
areas. The first one is the individual area (improvement) opportunities will be dis-
in which you can experience personal de- played to you.
velopment through training, workshops The price for such a workshop would nor-
and (international) seminars/conferences. mally be between NAf300 and NAf600.
Secondly, JCI operates in the community JCI was able to negotiate a great price for
area, providing our community different the Bonairean community to make it af-
projects that you as a JCI member will fordable for everyone: NAf 50 per per-


Left to right: Chantal Flores, Julisa Melaan, Lisandra Marchena, Soeraly
Pourier (treasurer), Kiffer Losiabaar, Caroll-Ann Soliano (vice president), Vir-
gina Rollan, Renata Domacassd (president), Soekarsi Phelipa (secretary),
Suxette Ignacio. This photo was taken on June 25' at the inauguration ceremony
of the Mid Year Meeting in Curacao. During this ceremony six prospective mem-
bers were installed as new members of JCI Bonaire.


son !

Dz. ,-..Satrday, Auguat 7th 2001'-

Time: 08:30 am- 02:30 pm

Place: Divi Flamingo Beach
Resort & Casino
(Conference Room)

Fee: NAf 50 per person
(drinks, snacks and
material included)

If you're interested in more general infor-


mation about JCI and/or becoming a
member please contact Renata Doma-
casse at 516-4252/566-4252 or Soekarsi
Phelipa at 785-0545.
For further information and/or enrollment
of the stress management workshop
please contact Angelique Salsbach at 520-
5679 or Natalie Wanga at 786-2225 pref-
erably before July 31st.
Don't miss this great experience and join
us on this journey to a stress-free environ-
ment at your organization and at home! O
Natalie A.C. Wanga


page 7






YOGA FOR YOU


"Now, when I'm in a situation that's a little scary or unpleasant I can just acknowl-
edge it. I don't have to attach to it all of the baggage that I would have attached to it
before, like, 'What if this happens? What is that happens?' I believe it has something
to do with the way yoga allows me to release layers of tension or tightness. I have an
image of a body that has shoulders hunched in and head down, versus a body in
which the chest is open, where I can see more of what is around me. My heart feels
more open now. Ifeel more connected to the ground I am walking on."
Gil C., a yoga student


A sI mentioned in a previous article I
have scoliosis. In the past this 'S'
curve in my spine was always a negative
influence. Through yoga my whole body,
especially my skeletal structure, has
changed. I now carry my body with aware-
ness. I especially focus on how I carry my
spine, not because it bothers me as in the
past, but because the daily yoga practice
has strengthened and stretched me into a
new place of awareness and comfort. My
yoga practice has replaced the negative
aspects with positive acceptance both
physically and mentally. Now weeks or
even months go by without my even think-
ing about my scoliosis.
Scoliosis is the presence of abnormal lat-
eral (side-to-side) curves and rotations in
the spinal column. In 80 to 85% of cases
the cause is unknown. In adults scoliosis
can produce symptoms of back pain, mus-
cle tightness, fatigue, decreased lung ca-
pacity and possible neurological symptoms
of dizziness, numbness and tingling.
Yoga's emphasis on spinal movement as
well as its overall healing abilities and in-
nate promotion of correct posture make it
an important alternative therapy to prevent
the progression of, and potentially reduce,
the abnormal spinal curvature of scoliosis.
Yoga is also a powerful remedy to reduce
scoliosis' symptoms of back pain, muscle


tightness, fatigue and decreased lung ca-
pacity.
Yoga's emphasis on postural alignment and
spinal realignment helps to decrease the
lateral curves of scoliosis, using poses such
as the mountain pose, downward dog, tree
and triangle poses, which will elongate and
lengthen the spine to bring it back to cen-
ter.
Twisting poses naturally re-align the spine
to help decrease posterior rotation and
thereby improve alignment and balance.
Twisting poses as well as forward bends
stretch many of the muscles in the back,
helping to reduce tension and pain. Using
backbends to strengthen the back muscles
is important to provide support for a struc-
turally weakened spine.
Yoga poses such as seated head to knee
pose, high lunge and pigeon stretch the
hamstrings, hip flexors and quadriceps to
create more spinal mobility and strength,
also helping improve posture.
Always maintain a concentrated focus on
the alignment of the spine in all poses, and
imagine or visualize the spine lengthening
and realigning as you hold and breathe in
each pose.
It is important not to practice any poses that
cause pain.
Give change a chance. ODesir/e


TURTLE
TRACKING
UPDATE |
" O ur" loggerhead 'Extra' / "F
has speeded up and- Kw WU E
adjusted her course slightly -- -
northwards, now over 1200 km
from Bonaire and apparently
aiming towards the Yucatan Pen-
insula. Perhaps helped by a
northwest current, she swam over 120 km yesterday, much faster than the 80-90 km she
was doing daily before.

In the next two days she swam another 210 km to the northwest, and is nownow
nearly 1500 km from Bonaire. She is heading straight towards the gap between the
Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba, so maybe aiming to go as far as the Gulf of Mexico.
If all continues to go well, we will find out soon.

Meanwhile, male hawksbill 'Tom' remains near Klein Bonaire. I will keep you posted.
O Robert P. van Dam


NEW STUDY
SUGGESTS TURTLE
PROTECTION PAYS OFF


ollowing the overexploitation of sea tur-
tle populations, conservation measures
are now in place in Bonaire and many
other areas. However, the overall impact
of these measures is often unknown be-
cause there are few long term series of studies showing trends in population sizes.
In a recent paper, George Balazs and Milani Chaloupka charted the number of green
turtles, Chelonia mydas, nesting in Hawaii over the past 30 years and reveal a remarka-
bly quick increase in the size of this population following the instigation of conserva-
tion measures during the 1970s. Importantly, this work shows how even a small popu-
lation of sea turtles can recover rapidly, suggesting that "Allee effects" (the per capita
drop in reproductive output when population density is low, so that recovery of small
populations is often difficult) do not impede conservation efforts in operations world-
wide. O G.D.


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PIRATES slaughtered 30 seafarers
(compared to 16 last year) world-
wide in the first six months of
this year the highest toll in
more than a decade. A mari-
time group which conducted
the survey into deaths at sea
said governments need to
boost patrols in hotspots to
curb the violence.
Fifteen deaths occurred in Nigerian wa-
ters, where pirates armed with automatic
weapons have launched 13 attacks so far
this year on commercial ships and fer-
ries. Most of the other fatalities were off


Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Vene-
zuela and the Philippines. Venezuela
recorded five attacks during the
period, all directed at yachts-
men, according to a report by
Scotsman International.
Latest estimates put the cost of
piracy to the world's shipping
industry at $500 million a
week.
Piracy has existed for almost as long as
the shipping industry itself about
10,000 pirates were believed to have
preyed on the world's shipping lanes
between 1680 and 1725. O G.D.


Wearing her Brunotti fashions


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
7-30 8:44 0.7FT. 23:38 2.2FT. 89
7-31 0:21 2.2FT. 9:31 0.7FT. 97
8-01 1:09 2.0FT. 10:07 0.8FT. 101
8-02 1:57 1.9FT. 10:40 0.9FT. 100
8-03 2:48 1.7FT. 11:15 0.9FT. 96
8-04 3:46 1.5FT. 11:37 1.0FT. 18:46 1.4FT. 21:33 1.4FT. 88
8-05 1:11 1.3FT. 4:51 1.4FT. 11:48 1.1FT. 18:49 1.5FT. 77
8-06 2:59 1.1FT. 6:25 1.2FT. 11:40 1.1FT. 19:19 1.6FT. 64


Aleluya
Angie
Alegria, USA
Bright Sea
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
page 9


Macaby, Netherlands
Makai
Mariele
Marva
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
Zeno's Arrow, USA






BONAIRW'S WALKERS


IN TtE NfTRiLANIDS

The Fovivr ays of Nuijmegen March is the world's largest
walkinLg evevAt &An d ts also ovLe of the worLd's Largest
sporting evevtts (livnited to 47.000 participa ats this
year). EverY year the walk starts 0o the third Tuesdau
tinJRLu. The I(LtervatioLaal ForY DCys of Markches 2004
took place frovvJLLy 20th to the 23r .


NAZARIO

ALBERTO.

The North Salina

Road Runner
T he moment Nazario arrived
at the hostel in Nijmegen,
the reporter of De Gelderlander
welcomed him, smiling, with the newspa-
per in his hand. 'Vandaag komt Nazario,
uit Bonaire 'he had written: "Today
Nazario arrives from Bonaire."
It was a very warm and gratifying start
for the Bonairean athlete who had re-
cently walked 102 km from Bonaire's
northern to southern lighthouses -Torno
to Torno. (see Bonaire Reporter June 10).
He came to represent Bonaire at the Ni-
jmeegse Vierdaagse.
Despite the little disappointment follow-


Nazario gets help for his foot


ing confirmation of his registration that
Monday (after deliberations to allow him
to walk 50km instead of the 40km, the
commission withdrew his petition),
Nazario remained optimistic.
The first official walking day (Tuesday,
July 20) started for him at 3:30 am. Be-
cause of the lack of transportation every
day he had to walk to the starting line (3
km!). Talk about a warm-up!
He finished in the record time of five
(Continued on page 11)


The Bonaire o hurs-
day July
15Walking, fivemen
Walking Teamfrom Bonaire
left for Hol-
land to par-
Tiiumphs ticipate in the
largest walk-
ing event in
the world: "The Nijmegen Vierdaagse"
The walkers from Bonaire were Boi An-
toin, Arie Marsera, Rolly and Roy Mar-
tines, and Marcel Nahr. All completed
the Four-Day Walk
After arriving on Friday July 16 we
all went our own ways to visit
friends and relatives. The agreement was
that we would meet again at the Nijmegen
train station on Sunday.
You could already sense the building ex-
citement of the other members of the team
as they saw the thousands of people slowly
arriving in Nijmegen. We had to get up at
2:30 am to get to the start by 4:00 am. on
Tuesday. Even though we had practiced
the drive to Nijmegen twice, we still sleep-
ily managed to take a wrong off-ramp.
As agreed, B6i and Marcel teamed up and
so did the Martines twins, who soon disap-
peared into the walking crowd, cheered on
by the intoxicated Nijmegen youths who
were still up. Soon it was over the River
Maas bridge and into the countryside for
the first 50 kilometer loop to the Northeast
of Nijmegen.
Many spectators had brewed vast amounts
of coffee and were offering it for free to-
gether with cookies, cake and sweets. This
went on for the entire four days, although
of course there were many stands along
the way to buy food and drink. They were
all glad in the end that they took my ad-


vice not to bring anything along to eat or
drink as that only weighs you down. The
lighter the better !
The first day was difficult for everybody
as it started raining at 9:30 am and never
stopped. At times the customary Dutch
drizzle even changed into Bonaire-style
downpours! Together with the fact that
this year a lot of novice walkers partici-
pated, the heavy rain caused the number of
one-day dropouts to be the highest in his-
tory. In the end the total number of people
who made it to the finish was lower than
ever, percentage wise. More than 4,500
people dropped out.
The members of the Bonaire team, having
prepared well for the rain, all made it
though; B6i and Marcel without even a
single blister! Roy and Rolly both had to
stop for assistance at the medical posts that
were manned by military medics and Red
Cross volunteers.
(Continued on page 11)


page iu


--


Rolly Martines






(Nazario Alberto. Continued from page 10)
hours and 15 minutes at 11:30 am NUM-
BER ONE out of the thousands of partici-
pants in that category. And it had been
raining for hours that day (a factor that
caused Nazario some serious difficulty
with his feet... did you ever try to walk a
long distance in wet shoes?). The organiz-
ers were flabbergasted, as they expected
the first finishers to arrive
around 1:00 pm.
His achievement once again
made it to Gelderland's
largest newspaper with a
second article dedicated to
Nazario. "It helped the peo- ,
ple of the Netherlands real-
ize that a lot of good things
come from the Antil-
les." (Much the news of the
Antilles that appears in
Dutch newspapers seems to
be bad: crime, political cor-
ruption and drug traffick-
ing. Ed.).
But after that first glorious
day Nazario and the organi-
zation already had 'trouble
in paradise.' Wet feet re-
sulted in painful blisters and injuries, a fact
that most participants, including Nazario,
experienced the coming days with a lot of
people quitting, resulting in the "hardest
Vierdaagse in years," according to the or-
ganizers.
Through the typically unpredictable Dutch
weather (fog, rain and sun all on the same
day) Nazario struggled with bleeding blis-
ters and a serious tendon infection. On the
second day, Wednesday, he arrived in the
seventh position.
On Thursday, which is considered by eve-
ryone as the hardest day, he arrived later
than planned. Despite his pain he managed


to "conquer" the seven notorious hills. The
infection got worse and one person close
to him even asked him cautiously to quit.
"I came to The Netherlands to walk the
Vierdaagse," he replied, "so that's what
I'm going to do!"
And that's what he did on the final day,
Friday July 23. He came in around 2:00
pm on Saint Anna Avenue, which for this
occasion was baptized "Via
Gladiola" (due to the thousands of
gladiolas handed out to the finish-
ers). The warm sunny day, the sea
of flowers and some Bonaireans
who warmly greeted him with the
Bonairean flag along the street
side, made the pain disappear for
a while.
Another reporter mentioned the
fact that the Vierdaagse is not a
competition therefore Nazarios's
number one position on the first
day is not to be taken seriously.
Indeed, it's not a competition but
a great accomplishment. The me-
dia and the organizers confirmed
Nazario's popularity when they
chose him out of the more than
40,000 participants to write about.
Five other Bonaireans Arie Mercera,
Marcel Nahr, B6i Antoin, Roy and Rolly
Martinus -participated well in the Vier-
daagse, at a more relaxed pace, as the
Bonaire Walking Team (See accompany-
ing story).
Although their individual accomplish-
ments were impressive, Bonaire was the
great winner in the Vierdaagse.
Several of the team will have arrived be-
fore this issue is distributed but others like
Marcel and Nazario will arrive on Friday,
July 30 at 2:00 pm. Let's greet them as
heroes.
1 Natalie A.C. Wanga/G. D.


(Walking Team Triumphs. Contin. from page 10)
The second day's route, which went to the
Northwest of Nijmegen, was quite un-
eventful. We had lots of time to enjoy the
countryside and the cheering crowds that
tried to out-do each other in decorating
each village we marched through with
flags and banners and the number of live
bands. It is hard to describe other than
comparing it to a four-day-long Carnival.
The weather was totally different from the
first day, however. It started with a chilly
fog and then turned sunny and ended with
a cold rainshower. It was very hard to
dress for, and hence there were more drop-
outs.
The third day brought even thicker fog
than the second, but once the sun came out
it was stifling hot. This was tough for me,
and B6i walked out ahead of me, reaching
the finish 45 minutes earlier than I did. We
were all getting quite weary by now but
still determined to make it. Having trained
with B6i many times in Bonaire I noticed
that here we walked differently. I can get a
good boost from a 15-minute rest and pre-
ferred to take them more often, but B6i
had a hard time getting started after a
break. But once he was warmed up again it
was his turn to overtake me and I couldn't
keep up with him anymore. I therefore
named him "The Diesel." We had lots of
laughs together along the way and in our
hotel, joking and jesting.
Day four, to the Southeast, led to the city
of Cuyck where we crossed the Maas
River on a pontoon bridge that was espe-
cially laid that day by the Dutch Army.
Then it was on to the last finish in Ni-
jmegen, along the mile-long "Via Gladi-
ola." Once you pass Cuyck it is said that
there is no stopping anymore. Your fellow
walkers will carry you if they have to, but
there are so many enthusiastic spectators


BBi "The Diesel" Antoin


to cheer you on that you forget all the pain
and suffering and make it on your own.
That happened to Rolly, the only one that
really concerned me on the last day. The
Red Cross doctor told him that he had in-
jured his right knee tendons. He was walk-
ing very slowly around the middle of the
section and we had to leave him behind in
order not to jeopardize our own chances.
But finally the pain-killers kicked in and
the crowd did the rest.
Asked at the finish, everyone said "Never
again." But next I heard that in 2005 the
city of Nijmegen, which is the oldest in the
Netherlands and founded during the Ro-
man Empire, will celebrate its 2000th An-
niversary. The festivities will be extra big
and last for a whole month instead of a
week, so who knows? 1
Marcel Nahr


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H ere's some puppy
action at the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter, star-
ring "Marlene" and
"Jenny," our kissing pups.
Marlene was found on the
street with her siblings
when they were very
young puppies. All of
them were very friendly,
sweet and well behaved,
and two of Marlene's sis-
ters have been adopted
already. Little Jenny came
from a family with chil-
dren so she's a social and well adjusted
pup. The family is keeping the pup's
mother who is being sterilized. You may
meet these pets at the Shelter on the La-
goen Road, open Monday through Fri-
day, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1.
Tel. 717-4989.
Because people brought these puppies
and their mothers into the Shelter, the
dogs have an opportunity for a good life.
The Shelter is never "too full" to ac-
cept animals, and that includes moth-
ers as well as puppies. They will be ex-
amined by the vet; if they are declared


healthy and free of parvo or any other
communicable disease and are "social,"
they'll be given their shots and put up for
adoption and maybe appear as "Pet of the
Week." This year so far there have been
93 adoptions from the Shelter!
Puppies are always adorable, but they do
grow into dogs. If you know people
whose female dogs are always going into
heat and producing puppies, encourage
them to bring them to the Shelter so they
can have a chance at life. And tell them
about the free sterilization program Octo-
ber 18 to 30. DL.D


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af the


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FREE STERILIZATION PROGRAM

OCTOBER 18 to 30.

Animal Shelter's Community-wide Program

Tell Your Neighbors!


A young female puppy with tan/brown puppy
soft fur was found wandering on the main
road in the Belnem area on 20 July. She is wear-
ing a red collar with a plastic black snap buckle.
We estimate her to be 3 or 4 months old. This
adorable lady would like her owner to come and
take her home. The kind person who found her
brought her to the Shelter, as they were afraid she
would be hit by a car on the street. If this puppy
is yours, or if you think this dog may belong to
your neighbor and they are perhaps on holiday
off-island, please contact the Animal Shelter on
Kaminda Lagoen #26-A, from Monday
through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday until
1 pm. Phone #717-4989. OMary DiSanza












Imagine: You're in this room and
there is one chair. There's a cup with
water and every day you get the same
food. The view is nice; you can see blue
skies and green trees. Sometimes from
far away you hear your people talking,
but they don't dare to come close. They
are always together and there's a whole
group of them. For them every day is
different, but you're going to be in that
room until the end of your days.
Now and then someone comes to give
you fresh water and some food; they talk
to you and you repeat what they're say-
ing and that seems to make them happy
and they stay a little longer. Then they're
off; they're going to watch TV; they're
going to take a nap; to fetch the children
from school; they go to work; they go
shopping or they're going to visit some
friends.
You close your eyes and listen to the old
familiar sounds: dogs barking, cars pass- A
ing by, children playing and the wind
that whispers in the trees... another day
is gone... nobody to talk to... nothing to
do...
You're not sick, you're young and healthy
and you've got your life in front of you...
"Free as a bird" we say and we think of
sailing under a blue heaven, no borders,
complete freedom and a world that's for
everyone to enjoy. God or evolution gave
birds wings to fly and so, what do we do?
We put them in a cage! We've got lots of
imagination!
We all come from the same hand or from
the same first cell. It depends on what you
believe. We think we own the world, but
after a hurricane, a tornado, an earthquake,
an eruption of a volcano or a tidal wave,
we're somewhat shocked in that belief and
we should be. Nobody owns the world and
nobody owns another living creature. We're
all free, free to live and free to die in free-
dom. It's the essence of life.


rTutti Frustti
Set's been over two years since the Tutti Frutti CD came out and
I since they were invited by a Dutch cultural foundation to join a 10-
day performing tour through Holland. But at last the funding for their trip has been
reached with help from individuals, the government and fund raising events. The group
leaves for Holland in September where they'll spread the unique musical culture of
Bonaire and Rincon throughout the country and celebrate and perform there on Rincon
Day, September 6.
"Tutti Frutti refers to the different kind of fruits we use in our cakes," says Emma Sint
Jago, president of the folkloric group. "We're composed of people who come from dif-
ferent groups and bands who join together to be the 'Tutti Frutti."' This year is their
11th anniversary. The group, which varies from 14 to 19 people who sing, play the
kuarta, guitar, maracas, wiri and other traditional instruments, always performs at Dia
di Rincon, singing a brand new song composed by one of their group, Veronica Mer-
cera. The group is unique because all its songs are original, mostly composed by Ve-
ronica. Other composers such as Emma herself, Richinel Anthony and Augustin Kroon
have contributed to their repertoire. Their CD, Kas di Bara, as Emma explains, "is a
way to preserve our heritage and the cultural values of Rincon." The group, as part of
the Foundation for Art and Culture, is doing a magnificent job of not only preserving
their krioyo music but bringing forth new and lively compositions, thus keeping the
style alive and vibrant. The music is lively with a danceable beat, and the lyrics in
Papiamentu tell stories of Rincon and everyday life.
The Kas di Bara CD sells for NAf25 and is available at the Rose Inn in Rincon, at the
airport shop, Bonaire Boekhandel and Flamingo Book Store. OL.D.


11 "legal" captive Loras in Bonaire have a
ring on their leg.


The Lora is a shy bird, unlike the trupial,
the bananaquit or the chuchubi. It isn't a
regular visitor to your garden unless it's
really hungry. It doesn't come to sing a
song for you; it's not looking for human
company. What it likes best is to be
amongst its own kind somewhere far out in
the mondi. It stays with its partner all its life
and it enjoys living in a group. It doesn't
like to be alone!
There are more Loras in cages on Bonaire
than in the wild. The majority of those that
live in captivity are very young birds be-
tween three and six years old. That means
that the majority of the young Loras on
Bonaire live alone in a cage, and they will
never reproduce. They are lost to the Lora
community that lives in the wild. It also
means that the ones living in the wild are
rather old couples. There is no future with-


out youth.

If we keep on ordering Loras from the wild,
the way we've been doing over the years,
soon there won't be one Lora left. Maybe
you think: "So what? I'll get myself a ca-
nary or a parakeet or maybe someone can
smuggle a parrot from South America." It
won't be such a disaster for you. But it will
be for Bonaire. Bonaire is not rich in the
sense of abundance. Bonaire is rich in its
subtlety. There isn't much, but what we
have is precious and rare, and of all the spe-
cies on the island the Lora is the most pre-
cious one. We don't know much about our
Lora; it's still a mystery to us.
What we can do to help the Lora survive on
Bonaire is to leave it alone. We could also
plant some trees in our garden that supply
food for Loras in times of drought: local
trees like the Watakeri, Wayaka, Apeldam,
the Kwi, the Dreifi di Laman, the Hoba, the
Mangel, the Shimaruku or Palu di Boneiru.
You may not like their seeds or pods, but


wouldn't it be a miracle when a whole flock
of Loras comes and transforms your quiet
garden into a delightful exotic spot?
Look, be honest, do you really think you
have enough time to spend with your Lora,
to make it worthwhile for the bird to sit in
its cage for 50, 60 years? Doesn't that seem
to you a real, extremely long, boring time?
Do you think that you're capable of giving
it a life that somewhat resembles the life
you've taken away from him? Be honest!
Do you love the Lora enough to leave it
where it belongs... in the mondi, in free-
dom? Freedom to live, to love, to reproduce
and to fly, free as a bird!
If you care you can call the police, SSV,
Polis Ambiental and STINAPA's rangers
when you see an unbanded Lora in a cage,
or when you see someone poaching or dis-
turbing a nest or killing a Lora or trying to
sell one. There is a fine ofNAf 1.000. for
each illegal bird, and the bird will be con-
fiscated. Telephone 717-3741 or 717-8000.
1 Greta Kooistra


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1 2 4 EVELIEN BAMFO STEP BY STEP
2 2 6 IZALINE CALISTER WOW'I CARINO
3 3 7 ELVIS CRESPO DING DING
6 9 4 CHAMPAGNE 4-EVER STREA A PAGA
7 10 2 GUESS PORQUE YES
8 6 9 ELVIS CRESPO HORA ENAMORADA
9 4 7 LUCKY DUBE THE OTHER SIDE
10 11 2 AGR. PAL'I WIRI KRIJOJO
11 13 1 JEO BO BODI
12 12 2 SENDRY EMANUEL KARA KARA
13 14 1 N.B.O. JUM-B
14 15 1 ROBERT JEAND'OR ABO SO
15 N N GIO FUERTISIMO JUDESKA

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Reporters: Sharon Barlass, Desiree, Mary diSanza, Josee Bolduc
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risie, Michael Thiessen, Robert van Dam, Natalie A.C. Wanga

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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WM'AS IU


KEELT IN1 E5 1W11110

New! Usually 9:00pm
Around the World in
80 Days
and Stepford Wives

Early Show (usually 7:00 pm)
Shrek 2

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
Harry Potter III

THIS WEEK
Friday, July 30 Full Moon Walk
Meet at Rincon Marshe site 8 pm (see
page 5)
Saturday, July 31- Bike Ride in Wash-
ington Park. Meet at Park entrance at 7
am. (See page 5)
Saturday, July 31 Rincon Marshe 6
am to 2 pm, Alta Mira Trail Walk meet
at 6 am at Rincon Marshe (see page 5).
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.

COMING
Saturday, August 7- Stress Manage-
ment Training sponsored by the Jun-
ior Chamber International (formerly Jay-
cees). Practical ways to handle stress
situations. Speaker: Julien deWindt, sen-
ior facilitator. Divi Flamingo Conference
Room 9 am to 2 pm. NAf50, includes
drinks & snacks. Call 520-5679 to re-
serve.
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


ISPP~ffU4O


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, So-
cial 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 Restau-
rant
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Saturdays during summer Rincon
Marshes 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 Au-
thentic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl2
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
We are happy to announce that we are
resuming the "slideshow" on sea tur-
tles. Andy Uhr has graciously offered to
give the presentation at the Carib Inn's
seaside veranda every 2nd and 4th
Wednesday of the month at 7pm.
Sunday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm
717-5080
Friday- Week in Review Video Presen-
tation by the Toucan Dive Shop at the
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
Friday- The Captain Don Show- Con-
versation, fun, yams, a few slides. Guar-
anteed 85% true. Aquarius Conference
Room. Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm
Tel. 717-8290

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 -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.


PICTURE YOURSELF

WITH THE REPORTER


Bonaire's American Marine in Fallujah, Iraq

Sfc. Jake S.M.Barlass, a machine gunner with 3rd Battalion and 1st Marine Regi-
ment (left), and Lance Cpl. Jon C. Guibord, a combat correspondent with I Ma-
rine Expeditionary Force, in a bunker at Camp Fallujah, Iraq- July 15, 2004.
Barlass is the son of Bonaire residents Scott and Sharon Barlass and has visited Bon-
aire six times since 1998. He enlisted in the Marines in September of 2003 and trained
until June 2004 when he left for Iraq. Jake's job in Iraq is street patrols, checkpoints,
and house-by-house searches for terrorists. Before being deployed to the area near Fal-
lujah Iraq, Jake spent 10 days on Bonaire diving, relaxing and saying goodbye to his
Bonaire friends.
Guibord is Jake's high school friend from Prior Lake, MN, US and is also stationed in
Fallujah as a Marine combat correspondent. His latest assignment was taking photos of
the mass graves of people killed by Sadaam. Jake and Jon met up after a week in the
field of intense missions to take this picture.
Both Jake and Jon plan on coming to Bonaire for some R & R when their service with
the U.S. Marines is completed! They will get a well-deserved Bonaire welcome home!
1 Sharon Barlass


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: pic-
ture @bonairereporter.com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) 1


Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
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 717-4060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Museum
onKaya J v.d Ree, behind the Catholic


Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 am-
noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 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 his-
toric town. Soldachi Tours show you the
Rincon area starting at 10 am. Call
Maria at 717-6435. To reserve.


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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 Moderate What a place! Friendly bar next to the pool, home cooked meals, happy hours
5 minutes north of "Hotel Row"' 717-7901 Breakfast, 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 dinmg 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 or
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.
And Restaurant Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Imaginative menu, open kitchen.
Ontheseaat Lions Dive 717-3400 Open 7 Days Owned and operated by Kirk Gosden
717-6616
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner 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 owned and rn by a European educated Master Chef and his wife.

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.
milenorth of town center. 790-1111 Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

The Seahorse Cyber Caf6 Low-Moderate Tasty breakfasts, pastries, fresh tropical juices, homemade bread,
Kaya Grandi #6. Phone 717-4888 Open 7 am 7 pm Closed Sunday special sandwiches, delicious desserts and more make this a favorite.



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AIRLINES
BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying be-
tween Bonaire, Curagao and Aruba. Look for The Bon-
aire Reporter on board.
APPLIANCESIFURNITUREICOMPUTERS
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos, Air
conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances, com-
puters. 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 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 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 . .


(L t was always in the back of my
I mind to come and live here.
When I was 12 and learned in elemen-
tary school about the dividivi tree, I
wanted to go to the Antilles to see what
it was like.
I grew up in the north of Holland and we
owned a holiday home on Ameland, one
of the Frisian Islands so I'm used to
island life. When I was 20 I went to
Canada to help a family member on a
dairy farm. It was supposed to be for a
short while, but I liked it so much that I
stayed there. Ten years ago my wife
Maureen and I came here for a vacation,
specifically because we'd heard that it
was quiet. We liked it, and after thinking
about it for a year, decided to move
here.
We were living in Canada in Jasper Na-
tional Park, an area of 10,000 square
kilometers. There was only one town
with a population of 4,000, so living
there was also a kind of "island life."


For all kinds of bigger
needs and purchases you
had to drive 400 kilome-
ters, and during winter
time, from September until
April, we felt isolated. The
older you get the harder it
is to cope with the cold.
Shortly before we decided
to leave for Bonaire we
had one week in which the
daytime temperature did-
n't rise above minus 30 C
and at night minus 450 C.
We thought: This is
enough!
Bonaire was peaceful, a
wonderful climate and the


of NAf7.000 guilders that had never
been paid. A local company took away
the pigsty (the pig had gone already) and
cleaned the land. Then a sponsor showed
up who was so impressed by the way we
were working that he offered either to
put up all new fences or to pay the debt
at the vet's. He paid the vet.
This kind of support has been and al-
ways is of great importance to us. It's
the reason why we thrive. All the posi-
tive reactions help us to pull through.
It's good to hear when people comment
on how neat and clean everything looks
and how well treated the animals are and
that they seem to be rather happy in
spite of the circumstances. Before I
started to work here, we visited the Shel-
ter to adopt a dog. I remember there was
a terrible turmoil in the kennels and
that's something that has changed. All
the males are castrated, and the way we
select the dogs is strongly influenced by
their social behavior."


"When I started here I
made some guidelines
for myself and I stick
to them: Every puppy
or kitten, every cat or
dog has the same
chance, and that chance
is not affected by
the person who brings
it in."


nicest people. We started building our
own house, just Maureen and I, and
we're still working on that 'project.' In
Canada I'd worked in maintenance. I'd
often thought about opening a dog
boarding hotel, but by the time I became
really serious about it we left for Bon-
aire. So, when I heard that they were
looking for someone to manage the Ani-
mal Shelter, I thought, I could do that. I
grew up with dogs; I'd had them all my
life and was always interested in their
social behavior. Anyway, I applied for
the job and I started to work for the
Shelter in 2000.
When I arrived at the Shelter mainte-
nance was needed. There were big prob-
lems because the male dogs weren't cas-
trated and the fences were so bad that it
was easy for them to break out and to
mate with the females in heat. There
were terrible fights, and it even came to
a point where one morning I found a
dog, killed by the others. The old pigsty
was still there, and the original fence
was overgrown with weeds so you
couldn't tell if the fence had, in fact, dis-
appeared. At the vet's there was a debt


Jurrie Mellema is a
friendly, quiet man,
a man who prefers
not to be in the spot-
light. However, with
the Sterilization
Program coming up
in October he 's
willing to do an in-
terview and give his
cause some public-
ity. We're sitting at
his office on a Sat-
urday afternoon and
there isn 't one dog
barking. All is peace
and quiet. The vol-
unteers (there is a


desperate need for more) have gone
home and the phone rings several times:
"Where to find a vet? "What to do with
a dead dog? "What to do ifyou 're here
on vacation and you find a puppy in
your garden? "Jurrie has lots ofpa-
tience, but he's also to the point. The
lady who found the puppy is coming in.
Soon she 's there; before we even set
eyes on her I hear a strident noise, a
hollering sound that comes fom a
puppy that's about three weeks old. It
still can't see very well and it crawls like
a baby. It's terrified, completely lost.
Jurrie comforts the lady who's in tears
and puts some porridge in a plate for the
puppy. They handle the paperwork and
he tells the lady the puppy looks good
and it will have a chance. Once she's
gone I ask him if that's true and he says:
"Yes. When I started here I made some
guidelines for myself and I stick to
them: Every puppy or kitten, every cat
or dog has the same chance, and that
chance is not affected by the person who
brings it in.
I am a very practical person and I am
honest. It all depends on the behavior of


the animal. If
it can adapt
here and if I
think it has a
chance to be
adopted, it
can stay for a
long time.
During the
year we keep
a maximum
of 40 dogs
and 20 cats.
It is a prison,
but I am try-
ing the best I
can to make
their tempo-
rary stay as
comfortable
as possible.
It's a stress-
ful job; we
never know
what's coming and there's a lot of emo-
tion involved. I live for my work; it's
part of me. It's the most important thing
I'm doing on the island. It's tough, but I
use my intuition, my instincts and my
own criteria, but there are certain bor-
ders I do not cross. As a manager you
cannot make decisions based on emo-
tion. It's difficult enough to make a de-
cision (together with the vet) to put an
animal to sleep, but it has to be done.
Someone has to do it. I never involve the
volunteers in such events. I never judge
the circumstances I'm confronted with.
Of course I have my own opinion, but I
will never show it. I offer help and ad-
vice and I look for a solution. I want it to
be easy for everyone to come here and
give us their dog or cat. Nobody will
ever be judged.
Every year we have an average of 300
dogs and 100 cats that are brought by
people or the official dog catcher. When
I started here about 70 dogs and cats
were adopted per year. This year already
92 dogs and cats have been adopted. The
foundation is 25% supported by the
Government. So, luckily, thanks to their
support, we can always count on the fact
that all the cats and dogs that are being
adopted are sterilized. The rest food,
housing, the vet, my salary and my as-
sistant's salary (who works half days) -
is paid by donations and sponsoring. The
rest of the work, starting with the board,
is done by volunteers.
The people who come here to clean the
kennels, to feed the animals, to socialize
with them those are the people who
keep us going. Then there are people
who do translations, who design posters,
who sell T-shirts and who collect the
money from the donation boxes and
people like Laura De Salvo whose col-
umn "Pet of the Week" has been and
still is a great promotion for the Shelter.


Without all these people it would be im-
possible for us to exist.
In general people here take good care of
their dogs. But it's an undeniable fact
that we do have a problem with strays.
People do feed them, but the fact that the
females go into heat twice a year and
give birth to an average of 10 puppies
per year means that we have a problem,
in the first place for the dogs. Last year
we and the veterinary service had to put
800 dogs to sleep. To put an end to that
we're going to have a Sterilization Pro-
gram from October 18 to 30. Six veteri-
narians from Canada, Holland and the
US are coming to help us voluntarily.
They pay for their own tickets and we
hope to find sponsors for their hotel ac-
commodations and rental cars. Our goal
is to sterilize, for free, as many dogs
from the barios as possible dogs living
outside people's fences, but being fed by
people from the neighborhood. We hope
that after the operation, when we put
them back in the street where they came
from, that people will keep on taking
care of them. The volunteer vets are do-
ing this for free because they love the
island and they want to make a contribu-
tion. I hope the people of Bonaire will
feel we're doing a good thing and will
make their contribution as well by giv-
ing us a helping hand or by supporting
the idea. As far as the dogs are con-
cerned, it will
make a big dif-
ference to them
because we'll
bring some peace
and tranquility
back in the
streets and give
them a healthier
and quieter
life." 11
Greta Kooistra


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This week I visited the many beaches in Washington Slagbaai National Park. The
beauty of this island's treasures continue to astound me. What a wonderful day I
spent catching some much-deserved rays, snorkeling, picnicking, and discovering the
beauty of the Park. I visited most of the beaches and this week's beaches are, I believe,
the best ones that will provide for a good family time.


PLAYA CHIKITU


P laya Chikitu is located near the en-
trance to the Park. It's an amazing
sandy beach that stretches for at least half a
kilometer. It is surrounded by rock-faced
cliffs and backed by beautiful sand dunes.
You'll enjoy the incorporated background
sounds of crashing waves and blowing
wind. The water is too rough to swim in, as
you will read in the Park brochure, but that
doesn't mean that you can't enjoy playing in
the water. There is a large sand bar about
three meters from the water's edge where
the water level is less than knee deep. Peo-
ple visiting Playa Chikitu seem to enjoy
themselves trying to stand up against the
strength of the crashing waves, and yes, the
waves will sweep you off your feet. Chil-
dren will have a delightful time catching the
waves and bodysurfing towards the beach.
After some time in the water, children will


3DEMEI.ESAU


ing the local fauna the many lizards in the
Park. Parents as usual need to be diligent
with children in water, but I can guarantee
that everyone will have a delightful family
time enjoying the wonderful sandy beach of
Playa Chikitu.



IO FakaII


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WAYAKA II
f you ask the Park Ranger at the entrance
gate which are the best beaches to visit,
he'll gladly refer you to two beaches.
Wayaka II is one of them. After spending
time at this amazing beach you'll agree that
it is a spectacular place. It is located at the
bottom of a cliff on the west side of the is-
land, but there is a trail and steps that will
make your descent to the beach easy.
It meets everyone's requirements as to what
a beach should be. There is a grotto that
provides some much needed shade and a
cool place to store your picnic and beach


enioy climbing the sand dunes and discover- accessories; the beach is of beautiful white


Asst. Hotel Manager Jenny Hannenberg; Mario's son, Cesar; wife Nelly Demei;
Hotel Manager Frits Hennenberg; Mario Demei; Human Resources Director
Marelva Soliano

hirty-five years ago young Mario Demei started to work at the Divi Tamarind in
Aruba and stayed for 13 years. Then he moved to Bonaire where he's been Main-
tenance Manager for the last 22 years. Divi management threw a spirited party for him
last week on the terrace of the Chibi Chibi Restaurant to celebrate the event, inviting all
his friends and fellow workers in Maintenance as well as his family. They awarded him
a plaque as well as a nice check for all his years of service. Mario is well liked by his
associates who got together to give him a gift as well, presented by Juan Johnzon. O L.
D.


sand; and the snorkeling is absolutely fabu-
lous. The shallow descent into the calm
water provides a wonderful environment for
children to safely play the many games they
play at the beach. In addition, they'll enjoy
snorkeling and seeing the different species
of fish without feeling supervised by their
parents. Wayaka II is one of the most beau-
tiful beaches of the Park, making it very
popular with visitors. At times it can be a
little crowded, but nonetheless, Wavaka II


will have the ability to entertain your family
for a few hours.

I do hope that Playa Chikitu and Wayaka II
will entice you to pack a picnic, grab the
beach towels and the sunscreen and head to
the Washington Slagbaai National Park. I
can guarantee that a good time will be had
by all. O Josee Bolduc Frosst


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*to find it, just look up


How to Find the
Heart of the
Scorpion
and the Heart of our
Galaxy with
a Cosmic Bow and
Arrow


If you go out into the
Sky Park on any
moonless night in August
you will see an ancient
constellation pointing the
way to the hearts of two
cosmic wonders. In mid- Antares is a huge star. In a class called red supergiant,
evening around 10 pm Antares is about 700 times the diameter of our own
this time of year, face a Sun, 15 times more massive, and 10,000 times brighter.
bit south of overhead Antares is the brightest star in the constellation of Scor-
where you will see almost pius and one of the brighter stars in all the night sky.
everyone's two favorite Antares is seen surrounded by a nebula ofgas which it
star patterns of summer: has itselfexpelled. Radiation from Antares' blue stellar
the constellation which companion helps cause the nebular gas to glow, as pho-
looks like a fish hook or tographed above. Antares is located about 500 light
the capital letter 'J', Scor- years away.
pius, the Scorpion, and
directly behind it, several bright stars which if connected by lines look like a teapot.
Now Scorpius is officially called a constellation, but the teapot is not. It is called an
"asterism," which means that it is a small pattern of stars within a constellation. And
the constellation to which the teapot belongs is a very large pattern of stars named
thousands of years ago for a mythical creature called a centaur, a creature which was
half man and half horse. Now this particular centaur was named Sagittarius and was
known to be a great master with the bow and arrow, a centaur archer. His bow is
marked by two stars of the teapot's lid and the star at the bottom of the spout. The ar-
row starts at the top star in the handle with its tip marked by the star at the tip of the
spout.
And you can see that it is aimed at the red star, Antares, which marks the heart of the
scorpion, a giant star 700 times as wide as our Sun. But on clear moonless nights far
from city lights you'll also see that the tip of Sagittarius' arrow is embedded in the
widest and most dense part of the great ribbon of light called the Milky Way which
stretches all the way from the southern horizon up to the zenith and back down to the
northeast horizon. In fact if you look more closely at Sagittarius and Scorpius you will
see that most of the teapot and the bottom half of Scorpius are embedded in the Milky
Way.
And if you take a pair of binoculars and look here or anywhere along the Milky Way
you will see that it is made up of millions of pin points of light, each one of which is a
distant star, and which along with our Sun all belong to a great cosmic spiral family of
200 billion stars we call a galaxy, the Milky Way Galaxy. Our Sun is located about
two thirds of the way out from the center so when we look at Sagittarius and Scorpius,
the Milky Way appears thickest and widest here because the bulging center of our gal-
axy lies in this direction. In fact the tip of Sagittarius' arrow is pointed directly at it as
well as at Antares. So find these two cosmic wonders with the help of an ancient
archer. O JackHorkimer


Moon Info

"blue moon."


Full Moon on July 31st, the second full moon of July, a

) Last Quarter on August 7th New Moon on August


16th .i First Quarter on August 23rd


For the week:
July 30 to August 6, 2004


By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You can make financial deals, but it may be best if you're
not using your own cash. Look into intellectual and physical games that will test your
abilities. You will find good buys and you will lift your spirits. Opportunities for love
will develop while traveling or while attending religious functions. Your lucky day this
week will be Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Think about taking the time to complete unfinished do-
mestic chores. Co-workers may not be on your side. Try not to get into disputes that will
lead to estrangements. Your ability to charm others will put you in the limelight at social
functions. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You will enjoy the interaction with youngsters and take
great pride in the projects you've completed. Romantic encounters are evident through
travel or educational pursuits. You may find yourself in a romantic situation. Accept the
inevitable and continue to do your job. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will have some wonderful ideas that should bring you
extra money. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Be careful. You will have to
watch out for minor health problems related to stress. Be discreet and don't present your
ideas until you're certain that they're foolproof. Your lucky day this week will be Sun-
day.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Romantic opportunities are evident if you get involved in large
groups or organizations. It's doubtful anyone will try to stand in your way or cut you off
at the pass this week. Try to have patience and refrain from being judgmental. You
should be able to get involved in an interesting proposition this week. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Opportunities to get ahead will be evident. Concentrate on
yourself or your work. You need to refrain from being the generous one in the group.
Travel and educational pursuits may help alleviate the stress you have been feeling. Your
lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You may find it difficult to communicate. Don't let your
health suffer because of abuse. You are in a high cycle where travel, education and crea-
tive endeavors are concerned. Be careful not to misplace your wallet or belongings. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) For now just do the best you can. Make sure that new
mates live up to your high standards. Relatives will be happy that you dropped by. Trips
will be favorable for business as well as pleasure. Your lucky day this week will be Fri-
day.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't take your frustrations out on the ones you
love. You can make financial gains through investments and dealing with other people's
money. Don't let your partner start any arguments. Passion should be redirected posi-
tively. If you're single, get out there and you'll meet someone new. Your lucky day this
week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You could find yourself left with someone's dirty
laundry. Think twice before eating spicy foods; you may have problems with your stom-
ach. Minor health problems may flare up if you haven't been taking care of yourself or
have been burning the candle at both ends. Don't make financial contributions in order to
impress others. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You're on to something tangible and need to act fast
Take some time to change your house around. You should be on the road. Don't allow
colleagues to put unreasonable pressure on you. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't let friends or relatives make you feel guilty if you're
not able to attend one of their affairs. You may have personal problems, but professional
duties might be pressing. You won't be well received by superiors or by your spouse.
You may find that relationships are not going as well as you'd like. Your lucky day this
week will be Sunday. 1


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page 2 L OOKING FOR HAPPY LANDINGSIn the wake of numerous equipment failures, last Thursday Minister of Traffic and Transportation, Omayra Leeflang, announced that all Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) aircraft will undergo a thorough safety inspection to be conducted by the Aviation Administration. Leeflang wants the ‘safety, stability and tranquility’ of DCA to be guaranteed. Rumors are that it’s not only the Luxor Charters Lockheed Tristars (that were used for the transatlantic flights) that are having technical difficulties but the planes used for regional flights as well. DCA director Mario Evertsz stated that the company was in the red and that they were not able to stock many spare parts. Broken parts are often temporarily replaced by parts from a plane that is not in service. After that the part for the out-of-service plane will be ordered. This requires additional procedures, according to Evertsz, which in turn results in extra costs and the further decline of the company’s finances. The last time an inspection was held at the request of the Parliament was back in 2000 when DCA was flying under the ALM banner. ! DCA will take a new direction at the end of this week by presenting a business plan to the Curaçao Island Council in support of its request for a NAƒ8 million bailout to keep the airline flying. ! DCA's troubles continued last week but on a different note. The DCA representative in Haiti, Rose Martin-Pourier, informed the Managing Director of DCA, Mario Evertsz, of the arrest of Hans Allen Théophilé for the murder of Air France executive, Didier Mortet. Théophilé is Managing Director of H.A.T Enterprises, the company in Haiti that takes care of passenger and ground handling for DCA. According to Evertsz, who said he had never met Théophilé personally, Théophilé is a big man in Haiti. First ALM and after that DCA had conducted business with him for years. It was reported that Théophilé travels to Curaçao every year to extend the contract with DCA. Evertsz does not expect Théophilé’s arrest to have any consequences for the operations of H.A.T Enterprises, which is considered a reputable company with about 200 employees. In addition to doing business with DCA, H.A.T. has contracts with Air Caraïbes and Air France. Didier Mortet, 49, was shot and killed on his way home from the airport June 24, police said. He was riding in a car with his Ukrainian wife and Haitian chauffeur when three gunmen approached on a motorcycle and shot at the car. Mortet was shot in the head and the arm. Neither the wife nor the chauffeur were hurt. Théophilé, a Haitian, was the fifth person to be arrested in connection with Mortet's homicide. He is being held at a jail in the capital. Police said Théophilé had been the "intellectual author" of the killing and that he paid three assassins the equivalent of $2,500 to carry it out. Two of those in police custody, including one of the triggermen, told police that Théophilé had paid them. ! Some travelers to the US choose to fly from Bonaire through Aruba because American Customs and immigration services are done in Aruba. This week it was reported that the service will continue at a stricter level. There were incorrect published reports that it would be discontinued. Pre-clearance in Aruba will be upgraded in accordance with demands of the American Transportation Security Administration (TSA). It was agreed last Tuesday that the new rules would be applied as soon as newly ordered security equipment is operational in Aruba. American Airlines has offered to fly the equipment in to gain time. The Airport Authority has accepted the offer. It has to be in place and operational no later than Friday, August 6th. No pre-clearance in Aruba would mean longer waiting times at Immigration and Customs at US airports, which will increase the risk of missing connecting flights. However, to comply with pre-clearance, passengers traveling to th e US have to be at the Aruba airport three hours before departure time. Aruba and the Bahamas are the only locations in the region where passengers and luggage are pre-screened by American Immigration and Customs. ! Americans take note. The Netherlands Antilles were included in the Democratic National Convention welcome parties which began on Monday . A company called Unique Events prepared the welcome party drinks and offered the “Boston Blue Blood” (a blue Curaçao martini). ! The Dutch Government has agreed to exempt persons from India and Lebanon from having to apply for visas when traveling to the Netherlands Antilles, Prime Minister Etienne Ys announced last Wednesday. Persons from those two countries don’t need visas to visit Bonaire or any other island of the Netherland s Antilles. India and Lebanon appear on the list of 135 countries whose citizens need visas when entering the Netherlands. There are Indian and Lebanese people among the 42 nationalities that live on Bonaire. ! Curaçao FOL leader Anthony Godett cancelled his plans to travel to Holland to raise funds to finance his appeal to the High Court last weekend. He hopes to find support among the 100,000 Antilleans living (Continued on page 4) IN THIS ISSUE: Obituary: Ban Ban Sint Jago 5 Referendum Chronicle 6 JCI De-stress Workshop 7 Yoga (Scoliosis) 8 Turtle Tracking 8 Turtle Protection 8 Ladies Are Pros Too 9 Be Careful (Piracy) 9 Bonaire Walkers in Nijmegen 10 Found Dog 12 Free as a Bird 13 Tutti Frutti 13 Hush Hush Seaside Sports 18 Mario Demei35 Years at Divi 18 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Police Update 4 Vessel List & Tide Table 9 Classifieds 12 Pets of the Week (Marlene & Jenny) 12 Picture Yourself (Fallujah, Iran ) 15 Hit Parade 14 What’s Happening 15 Shopping & Dining Guides 16 On the Island Since (Jurrie Mellema) 17 Bonaire Sky Park 19 The Stars Have It 19

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page 4 (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2) in the Netherlands in fighting what he calls a travesty of justice. Godett, who was found guilty of bribery, forgery and laundering of illegally obtained funds, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment and five months suspended by the Appeals Court of the Netherlands Antilles. Godett has always claimed that the case against him was politically motivated. He said he believed he had a strong case to bring to the High Court but lacked the money to pay the enormous cost such a step involves. Not only does he lack funds, he already had to borrow NAƒ150.000 to defend himself in the Antillean Courts, he claimed during a press conference last Tuesday. Fund-raising has already started in Curaçao. Accounts have been opened at Banco di Caribe and Girobank. Over NAƒ 4.000 were said to have been already deposited by supporters by the end of last week. Under the slogan, “One Guilder Against Injustice,” sympathizers are urged to contribute. How much is needed pay for legal support by renowned criminal lawyer Gerard Spong is not yet known. Spong’s hourly rate is 400 euros. ! The Sociale VerzekeringsBank (SVB – Social Insurance Bank), in their 2003 annual report, wants to add overseas medical procedures to the package and add retirees 60 and over . Currently, overseas treatments are not covered by the SVB in accordance with the existing Central Government decree on healthcare insurance. The decree is limited to treatment within the Netherlands Antilles, something the SVB considers “not in keeping with the times and limiting.” Another benefit that must be changed, according to the SVB, is the fact that non-working members are removed from the fund at age 60. Other plans the SVB wants this year especially concern the amendment of the Arbeidsongeschiktheid (commonly called AO or sick leave) controls. The SVB is aiming to put more emphasis on the nonattendance prevention instead of on claim assessment. Th e client friendliness of the AO controls must also be improved. ! Tourists clicking on Bonaire’s website can find themselves addressed by Lt. Governor Herbert Domacassé and Tourism Commissioner Burney El Hage on the issue of crime . Under the headline “Statement about the crime issue in Bonaire, the two officials explain a recent upsurge in crime and what the government is doing to improve the situation. Maintaining that Bonaire is basically a safe society, they admit that a group of unemployed young people is suspected to be the perpetrators of a series of crimes affecting locals and visitors alike over the last four months. The Government, they state, is well aware of the problem which concerns both residents and visitors. A huge amount of correspondence on the subject of crime flooded the Bonaire Talk Internet forum early this week. With the problem of lack of confinement and rehabilitation facilities some convicted criminals are being returned to the community, which has compounded the problem. ! Six Bonaireans participated in the famous Nijmegen Four-Day Walkathon. Nazario Alberto of North Saiña finished (Continued on page 5) P ublic Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius reports that it was a very quiet week for his office as only two very minor cases came across his desk from the police department. However, his office is working intensely on getting word in writing from Holland (they already have a verbal okay) for funds to repair and reopen the jail in Rincon to replace the big jail in Playa which won’t be ready to re-open until October. The issue of sending members of the Dutch military police , Marechaussees, to assist law enforcement in the Netherlands Antilles, must be approved by the Minister of Justice in Curaçao. The Prosecutor is in favor of these police as he feels they can be particularly helpful at the Flamingo Airport in intercepting drug traffickers. If you have questions about the legal system feel free to call Prosecutor Wesselius at 717-8626. His e-mail address is parketbonaire@bonairelive.com. Charles Souriel of the Police Department reports: € Two separate apartments were broken into at the Bellafonte apartments between the hours of 1 and 3 am on Tuesday, July 20. It’s believed the intruders used a “false” key to enter the apartments. They stole a number of articles including a Sony Laptop valued at $2,000, an American Express credit card, NAƒ600, Euro 450, an RBTT bank card and a radio from the AB Car Rental car. The thieves tried unsuccessfully to enter a third apartment. Police are investigating the case. € Early in the morning hours of Wednesday, July 22, thieves broke into the Exito Market, entering via the roof. Stolen were slippers, alcoholic drinks, a number of batteries and condoms. € Police arrested a suspect (W.H.) on July 20 in connection with a case the previous Saturday, July 17, where the suspect threatened a neighbor with a gun over a situation concerning a dog. With the authorization of Prosecutor Wesselius the alarm pistol was confiscated and the suspect sent to jail pending further investigation. L.D. POLICE UPDATE ! A memorial ceremony was held a week ago last Sunday for Jim Brandon , one of Bonaire’s best loved underwater photographers, on the site of his former photo shop at the Sand Dollar Resort. The Brandons are well known on Bonaire as Jim’s father, Chet, established the Geowatt Research Center northwest of BOPEC. The ceremony was a time for Bonaire friends and American family members to trade reminiscences.

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page 5 (Continued from page 4) first in his category on the first day. He walked his 40 kilometers in five hours and 15 minutes. Officials were said to be astounded about the performance of this 55year-old. On the second day Nazario finished seventh because of blisters incurred on Tuesday. For more turn to page 10. ! There are numerous people in Rincon who want to save the more-than-100year-old San Ludevico School as a historic monument . In the past the school educated generations of Rinconeros. To make sure the local government gets a strong message a petition drive has been begun. If you agree the school should be saved, drop by the Rincon Community Center (Centro di Bario) and sign up. ! If you love bike riding in natural surroundings then join the informal group riding in Washington Park this coming Saturday, July 31s. Meet at 7 am at the Washington Park main gate. Cost is only the admission charge into the Park (plus a small charge for the early entry). Bring your energy snack, plenty of water (twice what you think you’ll need) and eagerness to ride at least as far as Boca Slagbaai. From Slagbaai a truck will take you and your bicycle back to the entrance or you can complete the circuit of the Park by bike. For more info call Bob Lassiter 7173949. ! Our favorite shoe repair shop, Zapateria Rincon , has moved . Eíra and Maciel will be working out of their home at Kaya Sirena #16 in Playa Pabou. It’s not far from Vos di Boneiru. Telephone 785-9500 or 791-6086. Not only can they do wellcrafted shoe repairs but they can fix just about any other leather or leather-like goods like handbags and suitcases. Prices are reasonable too. ! There will be a Full Moon Walk on Friday, July 30 , starting at the Rincon Marshé site at 8 pm. The walk will go up the hill to Subi Karpata for a short rest and then return to the Marshé site by about 9:30. Stands will be set up with vendors selling snacks and drinks at the bar. Entertainment will be by the Ice Band. Although the event is organized by the youngsters of Rincon to celebrate vacation time, everyone is invited. ! The following morning, Saturday, the weekly Rincon Marshé opens at 6 am and will begin serving a typical Rincon Culinary Breakfast. Especially tasty are the pumpkin pancakes and the peanut-laced hot chocolate. Don’t worry if you’re late; they’ll be serving all morning. You can also find fruits and vegetables, fruit shakes, plants, gifts, handcrafts, sweets, incense and more. There’s a bar for beer and soft drinks and a wonderful ambiance. Buy a pastechi or another snack and a drink and sit for awhile under the awning. This is where you will really feel the beat of the heart of the island that is Rincon. Also this Saturday morning is the Altamira/ Un Yo trail walk. Meet at the Marshé at 6:15. The early morning hike takes you through the wilderness and “Grand Canyon” of northern Bonaire, ending at the spectacular viewing area of Alta Mira. Price is $10 and includes transportation, refreshment at Alta Mira and a small breakfast back at the Marshé. L./G. D. ! Agricultural Department (LVV) and Marine Park (STINAPA) personnel have begun cutting paths through the mangroves of Lac Bay to improve the water circulation in the bay. In the past Bonaireans used the cut materials to produce baskets and fish traps, but these skills have waned. It's anticipated that these channels will prove useful to the small boat fishermen and kayackers. Already opened are the areas of Puitu, Coco and Lac South. Next the Pedro area and the other sides of the north bay will be cleared. Piet Martis, Laio Daal and Karel Rosaria clearing the channels STINAPA photo RORNULO ABRAHAM “BAN BAN” SINT JAGO July 6, 1933-July 25, 2004 R ornulo Abraham “Ban Ban” Sint Jago passed away Sunday, July 25. He was 71. “Ban Ban” loved mechanics and was in the truck and bus business with three dump trucks and some small buses. For more than 20 years he drove the big school bus taking children from Rincon to the high school in Playa. More recently, since he took the tour guide course, he drove tourists from the cruise ships. Ban Ban’s wife is Maria Carmita Sint Jago Beaumont, a school teacher who is one of the originators and leaders of the Rincon Marshé. Our heartfelt condolences and those of the people of the Rincon Marshé go to Carmita and the family. L.D. (A story appeared about Ban Ban in The Bonaire Reporter on March 21, 2003, by Juliet Somer in her column, “What’s Happening in Rincon – Driving the Big Bus.”)

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page 6 T hrough ads placed by the Referendum Commission last week, Lt. Governor Herbert Domacassé explained who will be legally entitled to vote on September 10. 1. Those who have been residents of the island territory of Bonaire at least 50 days prior to the elections can participate in the referendum, only if they are Dutch nationals and have reached the age of 16 on the day of the referendum. 2. Non-Dutch nationals can also vote, only if they have been residents of Bonaire for five consecutive years at least 50 days before the referendum and if by September 10 they are 16 or older and have a valid stay permit. CHOICES There are four options to choose from during the referendum: A. Bonaire remains a part of the Netherlands Antilles; B. Bonaire obtains direct ties with The Netherlands; C. Bonaire becomes an autonomous country within the Dutch Realm (Aruba-like); D. Bonaire becomes politically independent of the Realm (Independence). Although no publicity has been provided, should option B be selected by the population, a second Referendum will be scheduled to determine what type of tie with the Netherlands is preferred. The (new) Referendum Commission is supposed to place advertisements in local newspapers with information on the four options and their consequences. No advertisement or information has yet been received by The Bonaire Reporter . It is surprising that the possibility of a second Referendum to select the type of “direct tie” with Holland has not been mentioned in any releases from the Referendum Commission. Perhaps it would be confusing, but the voters, in all fairness, should be made aware of the implications of their choices. What is in the news is that the UBP-led Bonaire Government is pushing hard for Option B, direct tie. Commissioner Dortalina is their spokesman. The opposition Democratic Party is still taking potshots on the organization of the Referendum and questioning its suitability and timing. In the opinion of the Chroniclers, the implications of each of the choices must be brought forward quickly before the lack of information becomes a reason for yet another postponement or cancellation of the Referendum. Chronicler REFERENDUM FOR THE WINDWARD ANTILLES ISLANDS OF SABA AND STATIA B onaire is not alone in wanting to determine its future by Referendum. St. Martin has already voted to separate from The Antilles. Now, based on a meeting in The Hague in November 1993, the Island Territories of Saba and St. Eustatius (Statia) will vote on the option of “Crown Dependency.” In Dutch this status is referred to as Koninkrijkseiland . This option is now being presented on those islands for a vote on October 1, a few weeks after Bonaire’s Referendum. Will Johnson, Commissioner of Constitutional Affairs in Saba, and other officials are recommending the option of Crown Dependency (Option A). Option A might mean the islands would have an Island Council and a Governor with a minimum of five and a maximum of seven members. The Island Council will elect its Chairperson from among the council. The Executive Council might consist of a minimum of two and a maximum of three Commissioners. The Governor would be an advisory Chairman of the Executive Council who is the exclusive representative of the Dutch Government. The Governor would carry numerous other government tasks as well. Justice is under the responsibility of the Minister of Justice of the Netherlands. The Policy of Pursuit ( vervolgingsbeleid ) is a responsibility of the Dutch Minister of Justice and the Attorney General. The responsibility for public order and the management of the police is the responsibility of the Government of the Netherlands, represented by the Governor for these matters. The budget deficit will be supplemented by the Netherlands. Option B in this referendum is Status Quo. Since St. Maarten has already voted in their referendum to leave the Netherlands Antilles and the Island Council of Curaçao has expressed the wish to become a country within the Kingdom, the Status Quo option has been put on the ballot for those who do not realize that Status Quo may be moot as the Netherlands Antilles as a governing entity appears to be evaporating. Option C Independence. Chronicler 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 Relative sizes of the Netherlands AntillesSaba and Statia are over 400 miles away from the ABC Islands

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page 7 A ll the negative media attention regarding the problems of Bonairean youngsters tends to make us forget that a lot of positive things still happen. Bonaire Jaycees, an international youth organization, was at its top during the 70s and 80s. Many remember the famous youth speech contests at that time. The youth of yesterday became the responsible and well-established adults in our current community. Unfortunately they left a gap in the organization, which led to a comatose Jaycees. Up till now. The Dutch Caribbean chapter recognized the needs and opportunities of the Bonairean youth and managed to gather a new board a couple of months ago. The result? A fresh organization with a brand new name but with the same qualities and goals our community was used to: The Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire) If you’re between 18 and 40 this may just be the organization you’re looking for. JCI not only provides you opportunities for personal growth but also serves our community. JCI Bonaire operates in four areas. The first one is the individual area in which you can experience personal development through training, workshops and (international) seminars/conferences. Secondly, JCI operates in the community area, providing our community different projects that you as a JCI member will develop and carry out. The next area concerns the international opportunity for you as a member. Visiting and meeting your fellow JCI members abroad will broaden your horizons and contribute to better understanding between different nationalities. Developing business skills and abilities is the last area in which JCI offers you a wide range of training, advice, exchange of experience and (international) contacts. JCI’s first great activity for the Bonairean community will be a S tress Management Workshop . The workshop is suitable for everyone (no age limit) who’s looking for tools to manage stress on a daily basis at the workplace and at home. Come and experience the very modern and dynamic “experiential learning method” by the well known trainer/facilitator and senior consultant, Julian de Windt from Curaçao. His philosophy is based on the fact that the best way to learn is by experiencing the (psychological) processes during the session. Through real life based (and enjoyable) exercises qualities and (improvement) opportunities will be displayed to you. The price for such a workshop would normally be between NAƒ300 and NAƒ600. JCI was able to negotiate a great price for the Bonairean community to make it affordable for everyone: NAƒ 50 per person ! Date: Saturday, August 7th 2004 Time: 08:30 am02:30 pm Place: Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino (Conference Room) Fee: NAƒ 50 per person (drinks, snacks and material included ) If you’re interested in more general information about JCI and/or becoming a member please contact Renata Domacasse at 516-4252/566-4252 or Soekarsi Phelipa at 785-0545. For further information and/or enrollment of the stress management workshop please contact Angélique Salsbach at 5205679 or Natalie Wanga at 786-2225 preferably before July 31st. Don’t miss this great experience and join us on this journey to a stress-free environment at your organization and at home! Natalie A.C. Wanga L eft to right: Chantal Flores, Julisa Melaan, Lisandra Marchena, Soeraly Pourier (treasurer), Kiffer Losiabaar, Caroll-Ann Soliano (vice president), Virgina Rollan, Renata Domacassé (preside nt), Soekarsi Phelipa (secretary), Suxette Ignacio. This photo was taken on June 25t at the inauguration ceremony of the Mid Year Meeting in Curaçao. During this ceremony six prospective members were installed as new members of JCI Bonaire.

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page 8 A s I mentioned in a previous article I have scoliosis. In the past this ‘S’ curve in my spine was always a negative influence. Through yoga my whole body, especially my skeletal structure, has changed. I now carry my body with awareness. I especially focus on how I carry my spine, not because it bothers me as in the past, but because the daily yoga practice has strengthened and stretched me into a new place of awareness and comfort. My yoga practice has replaced the negative aspects with positive acceptance both physically and mentally. Now weeks or even months go by without my even thinking about my scoliosis. Scoliosis is the presence of abnormal lateral (side-to-side) curves and rotations in the spinal column. In 80 to 85% of cases the cause is unknown. In adults scoliosis can produce symptoms of back pain, muscle tightness, fatigue, decreased lung capacity and possible neurological symptoms of dizziness, numbness and tingling. Yoga’s emphasis on spinal movement as well as its overall healing abilities and innate promotion of correct posture make it an important alternative therapy to prevent the progression of, an d potentially reduce, the abnormal spinal curvature of scoliosis. Yoga is also a powerful remedy to reduce scoliosis’ symptoms of back pain, muscle tightness, fatigue and decreased lung capacity. Yoga’s emphasis on postural alignment and spinal realignment he lps to decrease the lateral curves of scoliosis, using poses such as the mountain pose, downward dog, tree and triangle poses, which will elongate and lengthen the spine to bring it back to center. Twisting poses naturally re-align the spine to help decrease posterior rotation and thereby improve alignment and balance. Twisting poses as well as forward bends stretch many of the muscles in the back, helping to reduce tension and pain. Using backbends to strengthen the back muscles is important to provide support for a structurally weakened spine. Yoga poses such as seated head to knee pose, high lunge and pigeon stretch the hamstrings, hip flexors and quadriceps to create more spinal mobility and strength, also helping improve posture. Always maintain a concentrated focus on the alignment of the spine in all poses, and imagine or visualize the spine lengthening and realigning as you hold and breathe in each pose. It is important not to practice any poses that cause pain. Give change a chance. Desirée “ Now, when I’m in a situation that’s a little scary or unpleasant I can just acknowledge it. I don’t have to attach to it all of the baggage that I would have attached to it before, like, ‘What if this happens? What is that happens?’ I believe it has something to do with the way yoga allows me to release layers of tension or tightness. I have an image of a body that has shoulders hunched in and head down, versus a body in which the chest is open, where I can see more of what is around me. My heart feels more open now. I feel more connected to the ground I am walking on.” Gil C., a yoga student Don and Desirée of “Yoga For You” offer classes in yoga from beginners to advanced. On every first Saturday of the month at 6:30 am there is a meditation at Sorobon Beach by the wooden fisherman’s hut. “O ur” loggerhead 'Extra' has speeded up and adjusted her course slightly northwards, now over 1200 km from Bonaire and apparently aiming towards the Yucatan Peninsula. Perhaps helped by a northwest current, she swam over 120 km yesterday, much faster than the 80-90 km she was doing daily before. In the next two days she swam another 210 km to the northwest, and is nownow nearly 1500 km from Bonaire. She is heading straight towards the gap between the Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba, so maybe aiming to go as far as the Gulf of Mexico. If all continues to go well, we will find out soon. Meanwhile, male hawksbill 'Tom' remains near Klein Bonaire. I will keep you posted. Robert P. van Dam F ollowing the overexploitation of sea turtle populations, conservation measures are now in place in Bonaire and many other areas. However, the overall impact of these measures is often unknown because there are few long term series of studies showing trends in population sizes. In a recent paper, George Balazs and Milani Chaloupka charted the number of green turtles, Chelonia mydas, nesting in Hawaii over the past 30 years and reveal a remarkably quick increase in the size of this population following the instigation of conservation measures during the 1970s. Importantly, this work shows how even a small population of sea turtles can recover rapidly, suggesting that “Allee effects” (the per capita drop in reproductive output when population density is low, so that recovery of small populations is often difficult) do not impede conservation efforts in operations worldwide. G.D. Dive Blue Reef photo Green turtle at sea NEW STUDY SUGGESTS TURTLE PROTECTION PAYS OFF ? ?

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page 9 VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : Aleluya Angie Alegria, USA Bright Sea 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 Marva 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 7-30 8:44 0.7FT. 23:38 2.2FT. 89 7-31 0:21 2.2FT. 9:31 0.7FT. 97 8-01 1:09 2.0FT. 10:07 0.8FT. 101 8-02 1:57 1.9FT. 10:40 0.9FT. 100 8-03 2:48 1.7FT. 11:15 0.9FT. 96 8-04 3:46 1.5FT. 11:37 1.0FT. 18:46 1.4FT. 21:33 1.4FT. 88 8-05 1:11 1.3FT. 4:51 1.4FT. 11:48 1.1FT. 18:49 1.5FT. 77 8-06 2:59 1.1FT. 6:25 1.2FT. 11:40 1.1FT. 19:19 1.6FT. 64 U p until this year Bonaire had only men representing the island on the professional windsurfing circuit. Not any more. For the first time our sweet island has a female pro. SheÂ’s Femke van der Valk, 20 years old. SheÂ’s sponsored by Van der Valk Vakanties and Hotels and Jibe City Bonaire and is the foreign windsurfing correspondent for The Bonaire Reporter . Bonaire has not just men on the professional windsurfing market. Her male team mates were definitely proud to watch her challenge the rough conditions last week in the Canaries. Besides being competent, she is very helpful and charming. She did her best in the windy surf conditions in Lanzarote and gained 10th place. It was her first professional overseas competition. This was definitely enough to put BonaireÂ’s first professional female windsurfer up in the rankings She will again show her moves in Fuerteventura. This time the conditions should be more to her taste. Ruben Petrisie Femke pulls a vulcan Wearing her Brunotti fashions P IRATES slaughtered 30 seafarers (compared to 16 last year) worldwide in the first six months of this year the highest toll in more than a decade. A maritime group which conducted the survey into deaths at sea said governments need to boost patrols in hotspots to curb the violence. Fifteen deaths occurred in Nigerian waters, where pirates armed with automatic weapons have launched 13 attacks so far this year on commercial ships and ferries. Most of the other fatalities were off Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Venezuela and the Philippines. Venezuela recorded five attacks during the period, all directed at yachtsmen, according to a report by Scotsman International. Latest estimates put the cost of piracy to the worldÂ’s shipping industry at $500 million a week. Piracy has existed for almost as long as the shipping industry itself about 10,000 pirates were believed to have preyed on the worldÂ’s shipping lanes between 1680 and 1725. G.D. YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE

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page 10 O n Thursday July 15, five men from Bonaire left for Holland to participate in the largest walking event in the world: "The Nijmegen Vierdaagse" The walkers from Bonaire were Bòi Antoin, Arie Marsera, Rolly and Roy Martines, and Marcel Nahr. All completed the Four-Day Walk. A fter arriving on Friday July 16 we all went our own ways to visit friends and relatives. The agreement was that we would meet again at the Nijmegen train station on Sunday. You could already sense the building excitement of the other members of the team as they saw the thousands of people slowly arriving in Nijmegen. We had to get up at 2:30 am to get to the start by 4:00 am. on Tuesday. Even though we had practiced the drive to Nijmegen twice, we still sleepily managed to take a wrong off-ramp. As agreed, Bòi and Marcel teamed up and so did the Martines twins, who soon disappeared into the walking crowd, cheered on by the intoxicated Nijmegen youths who were still up. Soon it was over the River Maas bridge and into the countryside for the first 50 kilometer loop to the Northeast of Nijmegen. Many spectators had brewed vast amounts of coffee and were offering it for free together with cookies, cake and sweets. This went on for the entire four days, although of course there were many stands along the way to buy food and drink. They were all glad in the end that they took my advice not to bring anything along to eat or drink as that only weighs you down. The lighter the better ! The first day was difficult for everybody as it started raining at 9:30 am and never stopped. At times the customary Dutch drizzle even changed into Bonaire-style downpours! Together with the fact that this year a lot of novice walkers participated, the heavy rain caused the number of one-day dropouts to be the highest in history. In the end the total number of people who made it to the finish was lower than ever, percentage wise. More than 4,500 people dropped out. The members of the Bonaire team, having prepared well for the rain, all made it though; Bòi and Marcel without even a single blister! Roy and Rolly both had to stop for assistance at the medical posts that were manned by military medics and Red Cross volunteers. (Continued on page 11) T he moment Nazario arrived at the hostel in Nijmegen, the reporter of De Gelderlander welcomed him, smiling, with the newspaper in his hand. ‘ Vandaag komt Nazario, uit Bonaire’ he had written: “Today Nazario arrives from Bonaire.” It was a very warm and gratifying start for the Bonairean athlete who had recently walked 102 km from Bonaire’s northern to southern lighthouses Torno to Torno . (see Bonaire Reporter June 10). He came to represent Bonaire at the Nijmeegse Vierdaagse . Despite the little disappointment following confirmation of his registration that Monday (after deliberations to allow him to walk 50km instead of the 40km, the commission withdrew his petition), Nazario remained optimistic. The first official walking day (Tuesday, July 20) started for him at 3:30 am. Because of the lack of transportation every day he had to walk to the starting line (3 km!). Talk about a warm-up! He finished in the record time of five (Continued on page 11) Rolly Martines The Four Days of Nijmegen March is the world's largest walking event and is also one of the world's largest sporting events (limited to 47.000 participants this year). Every year the walk starts on the third Tuesday in July. The International Fo ur Days of Marches 2004 took place from July 20th to the 23rd . Nazario gets help for his foot 4Daagse web photo Team photo

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page 11 ( Nazario Alberto. Continued from page 10) hours and 15 minutes at 11:30 am NUMBER ONE out of the thousands of participants in that category. And it had been raining for hours that day (a factor that caused Nazario some serious difficulty with his feet… did you ever try to walk a long distance in wet shoes?). The organizers were flabbergasted, as they expected the first finishers to arrive around 1:00 pm. His achievement once again made it to Gelderland’s largest newspaper with a second article dedicated to Nazario. “It helped the people of the Netherlands realize that a lot of good things come from the Antilles.” (Much the news of the Antilles that appears in Dutch newspapers seems to be bad: crime, political corruption and drug trafficking. Ed. ). But after that first glorious day Nazario and the organization already had ‘trouble in paradise.’ Wet feet resulted in painful blisters and injuries, a fact that most participants, including Nazario, experienced the coming days with a lot of people quitting, resulting in the “hardest Vierdaagse in years,” according to the organizers. Through the typically unpredictable Dutch weather (fog, rain and sun all on the same day) Nazario struggled with bleeding blisters and a serious tendon infection. On the second day, Wednesday, he arrived in the seventh position. On Thursday, which is considered by everyone as the hardest day, he arrived later than planned. Despite his pain he managed to “conquer” the seven notorious hills. The infection got worse and one person close to him even asked him cautiously to quit. “I came to The Netherlands to walk the Vierdaagse ,” he replied, “so that’s what I’m going to do!” And that’s what he did on the final day, Friday July 23. He came in around 2:00 pm on Saint Anna Avenue, which for this occasion was baptized “Via Gladiola” (due to the thousands of gladiolas handed out to the finishers). The warm sunny day, the sea of flowers and some Bonaireans who warmly greeted him with the Bonairean flag along the street side, made the pain disappear for a while. Another reporter mentioned the fact that the Vierdaagse is not a competition therefore Nazarios’s number one position on the first day is not to be taken seriously. Indeed, it’s not a competition but a great accomplishment. The media and the organizers confirmed Nazario’s popularity when they chose him out of the more than 40,000 participants to write about. Five other Bonaireans Arie Mercera, Marcel Nahr, Bòi Antoin, Roy and Rolly Martinus -participated well in the Vierdaagse , at a more relaxed pace, as the Bonaire Walking Team (See accompanying story). Although their individual accomplishments were impressive, Bonaire was the great winner in the Vierdaagse . Several of the team will have arrived before this issue is distributed but others like Marcel and Nazario will arrive on Friday, July 30 at 2:00 pm. Let’s greet them as heroes. Natalie A.C. Wanga/ G. D. ( Walking Team Triumphs. Contin. from page 10) The second day’s route, which went to the Northwest of Nijmegen, was quite uneventful. We had lots of time to enjoy the countryside and the cheering crowds that tried to out-do each other in decorating each village we marched through with flags and banners and the number of live bands. It is hard to describe other than comparing it to a four-day-long Carnival. The weather was totally different from the first day, however. It started with a chilly fog and then turned sunny and ended with a cold rainshower. It was very hard to dress for, and hence there were more dropouts. The third day brought even thicker fog than the second, but once the sun came out it was stifling hot. This was tough for me, and Bòi walked out ahead of me, reaching the finish 45 minutes earlier than I did. We were all getting quite weary by now but still determined to make it. Having trained with Bòi many times in Bonaire I noticed that here we walked differently. I can get a good boost from a 15-minute rest and preferred to take them more often, but Bòi had a hard time getting started after a break. But once he was warmed up again it was his turn to overtake me and I couldn't keep up with him anymore. I therefore named him "The Diesel." We had lots of laughs together along the way and in our hotel, joking and jesting. Day four, to the Southeast, led to the city of Cuyck where we crossed the Maas River on a pontoon bridge that was especially laid that day by the Dutch Army. Then it was on to the last finish in Nijmegen, along the mile-long "Via Gladiola." Once you pass Cuyck it is said that there is no stopping anymore. Your fellow walkers will carry you if they have to, but there are so many enthusiastic spectators to cheer you on that you forget all the pain and suffering and make it on your own. That happened to Rolly, the only one that really concerned me on the last day. The Red Cross doctor told him that he had injured his right knee tendons. He was walking very slowly around the middle of the section and we had to leave him behind in order not to jeopardize our own chances. But finally the pain-killers kicked in and the crowd did the rest. Asked at the finish, everyone said "Never again.” But next I heard that in 2005 the city of Nijmegen, which is the oldest in the Netherlands and founded during the Roman Empire, will celebrate its 2000th Anniversary. The festivities will be extra big and last for a whole month instead of a week, so who knows? Marcel Nahr Bòi “The Diesel” Antoin

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page 12 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 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 H ere’s some puppy action at the Bonaire Animal Shelter, starring “Marlene” and “Jenny,” our kissing pups. Marlene was found on the street with her siblings when they were very young puppies. All of them were very friendly, sweet and well behaved, and two of Marlene’s sisters have been adopted already. Little Jenny came from a family with children so she’s a social and well adjusted pup. The family is keeping the pup’s mother who is being sterilized. You may meet these pets at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. Because people brought these puppies and their mothers into the Shelter, the dogs have an opportunity for a good life. The Shelter is never “too full” to accept animals, and that includes mothers as well as puppies . They will be examined by the vet; if they are declared healthy and free of parvo or any other communicable disease and are “social,” they’ll be given their shots and put up for adoption and maybe appear as “Pet of the Week.” This year so far there have been 93 adoptions from the Shelter! Puppies are always adorable, but they do grow into dogs. If you know people whose female dogs are always going into heat and producing puppies, encourage them to bring them to the Shelter so they can have a chance at life. And tell them about the free sterilization program October 18 to 30. 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The kind person who found her brought her to the Shelter, as they were afraid she would be hit by a car on the street. If this puppy is yours, or if you think this dog may belong to your neighbor and they are perhaps on holiday off-island, please contact the Animal Shelter on Kaminda Lagoen #26-A, from Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday until 1 pm. Phone #717-4989. Mary DiSanza ’88 Nissan pickup double cab. NAƒ2,000 717-0116. ’87 Nissan pickup in excellent condition. NAƒ3,800 791-0343 (don’t call Thursday morning). Would the couple who has been hiking weekends at Playa Frans call 7861119. There are other trails you might like to know about. 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). 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page 13 I magine: You’re in this room and there is one chair. There’s a cup with water and every day you get the same food. The view is nice; you can see blue skies and green trees. Sometimes from far away you hear your people talking, but they don’t dare to come close. They are always together and there’s a whole group of them. For them every day is different, but you’re going to be in that room until the end of your days. Now and then someone comes to give you fresh water and some food; they talk to you and you repeat what they’re saying and that seems to make them happy and they stay a little longer. Then they’re off; they’re going to watch TV; they’re going to take a nap; to fetch the children from school; they go to work; they go shopping or they’re going to visit some friends. You close your eyes and listen to the old familiar sounds: dogs barking, cars passing by, children playing and the wind that whispers in the trees… another day is gone… nobody to talk to… nothing to do… You’re not sick, you’re young and healthy and you’ve got your life in front of you… “Free as a bird” we say and we think of sailing under a blue heaven, no borders, complete freedom and a world that’s for everyone to enjoy. God or evolution gave birds wings to fly and so, what do we do? We put them in a cage! We’ve got lots of imagination! We all come from the same hand or from the same first cell. It depends on what you believe. We think we own the world, but after a hurricane, a tornado, an earthquake, an eruption of a volcano or a tidal wave, we’re somewhat shocked in that belief and we should be. Nobody owns the world and nobody owns another living creature. We’re all free, free to live and free to die in freedom. It’s the essence of life. The Lora is a shy bird, unlike the trupial, the bananaquit or the chuchubi. It isn’t a regular visitor to your garden unless it’s really hungry. It doesn’t come to sing a song for you; it’s not looking for human company. What it likes best is to be amongst its own kind somewhere far out in the mondi. It stays with its partner all its life and it enjoys living in a group. It doesn’t like to be alone! There are more Loras in cages on Bonaire than in the wild. The majority of those that live in captivity are very young birds between three and six years old. That means that the majority of the young Loras on Bonaire live alone in a cage, and they will never reproduce. They are lost to the Lora community that lives in the wild. It also means that the ones living in the wild are rather old couples. There is no future without youth. If we keep on ordering Loras from the wild, the way we’ve been doing over the years, soon there won’t be one Lora left. Maybe you think: “So what? I’ll get myself a canary or a parakeet or maybe someone can smuggle a parrot from South America.” It won’t be such a disaster for you. But it will be for Bonaire. Bonaire is not rich in the sense of abundance. Bonaire is rich in its subtlety. There isn’t much, but what we have is precious and rare, and of all the species on the island the Lora is the most precious one. We don’t know much about our Lora; it’s still a mystery to us. What we can do to help the Lora survive on Bonaire is to leave it alone. We could also plant some trees in our garden that supply food for Loras in times of drought: local trees like the Watakeri, Wayaka, Apeldam , the Kwi , the Dreifi di Laman , the Hoba , the Mangel , the Shimaruku or Palu di Boneiru . You may not like their seeds or pods, but wouldn’t it be a miracle when a whole flock of Loras comes and transforms your quiet garden into a delightful exotic spot? Look, be honest, do you really think you have enough time to spend with your Lora, to make it worthwhile for the bird to sit in its cage for 50, 60 years? Doesn’t that seem to you a real, extremely long, boring time? Do you think that you’re capable of giving it a life that somewhat resembles the life you’ve taken away from him? Be honest! Do you love the Lora enough to leave it where it belongs… in the mondi, in freedom? Freedom to live, to love, to reproduce and to fly, free as a bird! If you care you can call the police, SSV, Polis Ambiental and STINAPA’s rangers when you see an unbanded Lora in a cage, or when you see someone poaching or disturbing a nest or killing a Lora or trying to sell one. There is a fine of NAƒ 1.000. for each illegal bird, and the bird will be confiscated. Telephone 717-3741 or 717-8000. Greta Kooistra All “legal” captive Loras in Bonaire have a ring on their leg. I t’s been over two years since the Tutti Frutti CD came out and since they were invited by a Dutch cultural foundation to join a 10day performing tour through Holland. But at last the funding for their trip has been reached with help from individuals, the government and fund raising events. The group leaves for Holland in September where they’ll spread the unique musical culture of Bonaire and Rincon throughout the country and celebrate and perform there on Rincon Day, September 6. “Tutti Frutti refers to the different kind of fruits we use in our cakes,” says Emma Sint Jago, president of the folkloric group. “We’re composed of people who come from different groups and bands who join together to be the ‘Tutti Frutti.’” This year is their 11th anniversary. The group, which varies from 14 to 19 people who sing, play the kuarta , guitar, maracas, wiri and other traditional instruments, always performs at Dia di Rincon, singing a brand new song composed by one of their group, Veronica Mercera. The group is unique because all its songs are original, mostly composed by Veronica. Other composers such as Emma herself, Richinel Anthony and Augustin Kroon have contributed to their repertoire. Their CD, Kas di Bara , as Emma explains, “is a way to preserve our heritage and the cultural values of Rincon.” The group, as part of the Foundation for Art and Culture, is doing a magnificent job of not only preserving their krioyo music but bringing forth new and lively compositions, thus keeping the style alive and vibrant. The music is lively with a danceable beat, and the lyrics in Papiamentu tell stories of Rincon and everyday life. The Kas di Bara CD sells for NAƒ25 and is available at the Rose Inn in Rincon, at the airport shop, Bonaire Boekhandel and Flamingo Book Store. L.D . C O V E R

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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: Sharon Barlass , Desirée, Mary diSanza, Josée Bolduc Frosst, Jack Horkheimer, Greta K ooistra, Marcel Nahr, Ruben Petrisie, Michael Thiessen, Robert van Dam, Natalie A.C. Wanga 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 LISTEN TO THE TOP HITS EVERY SATURDAY FROM 12 NOON 1 PM A regular feature of The Bonaire Reporter is the Bonaire Hit Parade , a listing of the 15 most popular songs on the island. It is compiled by the staff of Digital FM 91.1 and shows this week’s (TW) and last week’s (LW) songs. TW LW #W BAND SONG TITLE 1 2 4 EVELIEN BAMFO STEP BY STEP 2 2 6 IZALINE CALISTER WOW'I CARINO 3 3 7 ELVIS CRESPO DING DING 6 9 4 CHAMPAGNE 4-EVER STREA A PAGA 7 10 2 GUESS PORQUE YES 8 6 9 ELVIS CRESPO HORA ENAMORADA 9 4 7 LUCKY DUBE THE OTHER SIDE 10 11 2 AGR. PAL'I WIRI KRIJOJO 11 13 1 JEO BO BODI 12 12 2 SENDRY EMANUEL KARA KARA 13 14 1 N.B.O. JUM-B 14 15 1 ROBERT JEAND'OR ABO SO 15 N N GIO FUERTISIMO JUDESKA

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page 15 THIS WEEK Friday, July 30 Full Moon Walk. Meet at Rincon Marshe site 8 pm (see page 5) Saturday, July 31 Bike Ride in Washington Park . Meet at Park entrance at 7 am. (See page 5) Saturday, July 31 Rincon Marshe 6 am to 2 pm , Alta Mira Trail Walk meet at 6 am at Rincon Marshe (see page 5). 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. COMING Saturday, August 7 Stress Management Training – sponsored by the Junior Chamber International (formerly Jaycees). Practical ways to handle stress situations. Speaker: Julien deWindt, senior facilitator. Divi Flamingo Conference Room 9 am to 2 pm. NAƒ50, includes drinks & snacks. Call 520-5679 to reserve. EVERY WEEK Sunday Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar . Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi Flamingo Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435 Monday -Rum Punch Party on the beach at Lion’s Dive. Dutch National Products introduces Time Sharing and how to save on your next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm Tuesday -BonaireTalker Dinner/ Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm -call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail jake@bonairetalk.com for more infor. Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14. Wednesday Meditation at Donkey Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all. Call S.H.Y. 790-9450 Wednesday Sand Dollar Manager’s Cocktail Party , Mangos Bar and Restaurant Friday -Manager’s Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive Resort 5:30-6:30 pm. FridayOpen House with Happy Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm. Saturdays during summer Rincon Marshé opens at 6 am 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, 540-9800. 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 We are happy to announce that we are resuming the "slideshow" on sea turtles. Andy Uhr has graciously offered to give the presentation at the Carib Inn's seaside veranda every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 7 pm. 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. 717-8290 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 amnoon, 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 717-6435. To reserve. 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 Harry Potter III New ! Usually 9:00 pm Around the World in 80 Days and Stepford Wives Early Show (usually 7:00 pm) Shrek 2 P fc. Jake S.M.Barlass, a machine gunner with 3rd Battalion and 1st Marine Regiment (left), and Lance Cpl. Jon C. Guibord, a combat correspondent with I Marine Expeditionary Force, in a bunker at Camp Fallujah, IraqJuly 15, 2004. Barlass is the son of Bonaire residents Scott and Sharon Barlass and has visited Bonaire six times since 1998. He enlisted in the Marines in September of 2003 and trained until June 2004 when he left for Iraq. Jake’s job in Iraq is street patrols, checkpoints, and house-by-house searches for terrorists. Before being deployed to the area near Fallujah Iraq, Jake spent 10 days on Bonaire diving, relaxing and saying goodbye to his Bonaire friends. Guibord is Jake's high school friend from Prior Lake, MN, US and is also stationed in Fallujah as a Marine combat correspondent. His latest assignment was taking photos of the mass graves of people killed by Sadaam. Jake and Jon met up after a week in the field of intense missions to take this picture. Both Jake and Jon plan on coming to Bonaire for some R & R when their service with the U.S. Marines is completed! They will get a well-deserved Bonaire welcome home! Sharon Barlass Bonaire’s American Marine in Fallujah, Iraq 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, computers. 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 t was always in the back of my mind to come and live here. When I was 12 and learned in elementary school about the dividivi tree, I wanted to go to the Antilles to see what it was like. I grew up in the north of Holland and we owned a holiday home on Ameland, one of the Frisian Islands so I’m used to island life. When I was 20 I went to Canada to help a family member on a dairy farm. It was supposed to be for a short while, but I liked it so much that I stayed there. Ten years ago my wife Maureen and I came here for a vacation, specifically because we’d heard that it was quiet. We liked it, and after thinking about it for a year, decided to move here. We were living in Canada in Jasper National Park, an area of 10,000 square kilometers. There was only one town with a population of 4,000, so living there was also a kind of “island life.” For all kinds of bigger needs and purchases you had to drive 400 kilometers, and during winter time, from September until April, we felt isolated. The older you get the harder it is to cope with the cold. Shortly before we decided to leave for Bonaire we had one week in which the daytime temperature didn’t rise above minus 30° C and at night minus 45° C. We thought: This is enough! Bonaire was peaceful, a wonderful climate and the nicest people. We started building our own house, just Maureen and I, and we’re still working on that ‘project.’ In Canada I’d worked in maintenance. I’d often thought about opening a dog boarding hotel, but by the time I became really serious about it we left for Bonaire. So, when I heard that they were looking for someone to manage the Animal Shelter, I thought, I could do that. I grew up with dogs; I’d had them all my life and was always interested in their social behavior. Anyway, I applied for the job and I started to work for the Shelter in 2000. When I arrived at the Shelter maintenance was needed. There were big problems because the male dogs weren’t castrated and the fences were so bad that it was easy for them to break out and to mate with the females in heat. There were terrible fights, and it even came to a point where one morning I found a dog, killed by the others. The old pigsty was still there, and the original fence was overgrown with weeds so you couldn’t tell if the fence had, in fact, disappeared. At the vet’s there was a debt of NAƒ7.000 guilders that had never been paid. A local company took away the pigsty (the pig had gone already) and cleaned the land. Then a sponsor showed up who was so impressed by the way we were working that he offered either to put up all new fences or to pay the debt at the vet’s. He paid the vet. This kind of support has been and always is of great importance to us. It’s the reason why we thrive. All the positive reactions help us to pull through. It’s good to hear when people comment on how neat and clean everything looks and how well treated the animals are and that they seem to be rather happy in spite of the circumstances. Before I started to work here, we visited the Shelter to adopt a dog. I remember there was a terrible turmoil in the kennels and that’s something that has changed. All the males are castrated, and the way we select the dogs is strongly influenced by their social behavior.” Jurrie Mellema is a friendly, quiet man, a man who prefers not to be in the spotlight. However, with the Sterilization Program coming up in October he’s willing to do an interview and give his cause some publicity. We’re sitting at his office on a Saturday afternoon and there isn’t one dog barking. All is peace and quiet. The volunteers (there is a desperate need for more) have gone home and the phone rings several times: “Where to find a vet?” “What to do with a dead dog?” “What to do if you’re here on vacation and you find a puppy in your garden?” Jurrie has lots of patience, but he’s also to the point. The lady who found the puppy is coming in. Soon she’s there; before we even set eyes on her I hear a strident noise, a hollering sound that comes from a puppy that’s about three weeks old. It still can’t see very well and it crawls like a baby. It’s terrified, completely lost. Jurrie comforts the lady who’s in tears and puts some porridge in a plate for the puppy. They handle the paperwork and he tells the lady the puppy looks good and it will have a chance. Once she’s gone I ask him if that’s true and he says: “Yes. When I started here I made some guidelines for myself and I stick to them: Every puppy or kitten, every cat or dog has the same chance, and that chance is not affected by the person who brings it in. I am a very practical person and I am honest. It all depends on the behavior of the animal. If it can adapt here and if I think it has a chance to be adopted, it can stay for a long time. During the year we keep a maximum of 40 dogs and 20 cats. It is a prison, but I am trying the best I can to make their temporary stay as comfortable as possible. It’s a stressful job; we never know what’s coming and there’s a lot of emotion involved. I live for my work; it’s part of me. It’s the most important thing I’m doing on the island. It’s tough, but I use my intuition, my instincts and my own criteria, but there are certain borders I do not cross. As a manager you cannot make decisions based on emotion. It’s difficult enough to make a decision (together with the vet) to put an animal to sleep, but it has to be done. Someone has to do it. I never involve the volunteers in such events. I never judge the circumstances I’m confronted with. Of course I have my own opinion, but I will never show it. I offer help and advice and I look for a solution. I want it to be easy for everyone to come here and give us their dog or cat. Nobody will ever be judged. Every year we have an average of 300 dogs and 100 cats that are brought by people or the official dog catcher. When I started here about 70 dogs and cats were adopted per year. This year already 92 dogs and cats have been adopted. The foundation is 25% supported by the Government. So, luckily, thanks to their support, we can always count on the fact that all the cats and dogs that are being adopted are sterilized. The rest food, housing, the vet, my salary and my assistant’s salary (who works half days) is paid by donations and sponsoring. The rest of the work, starting with the board, is done by volunteers. The people who come here to clean the kennels, to feed the animals, to socialize with them those are the people who keep us going. Then there are people who do translations, who design posters, who sell T-shirts and who collect the money from the donation boxes and people like Laura De Salvo whose column “Pet of the Week” has been and still is a great promotion for the Shelter. Without all these people it would be impossible for us to exist. In general people here take good care of their dogs. But it’s an undeniable fact that we do have a problem with strays. People do feed them, but the fact that the females go into heat twice a year and give birth to an average of 10 puppies per year means that we have a problem, in the first place for the dogs. Last year we and the veterinary service had to put 800 dogs to sleep. To put an end to that we’re going to have a Sterilization Program from October 18 to 30. Six veterinarians from Canada, Holland and the US are coming to help us voluntarily. They pay for their own tickets and we hope to find sponsors for their hotel accommodations and rental cars. Our goal is to sterilize, for free, as many dogs from the barios as possible dogs living outside people’s fences, but being fed by people from the neighborhood. We hope that after the operation, when we put them back in the street where they came from, that people will keep on taking care of them. The volunteer vets are doing this for free because they love the island and they want to make a contribution. I hope the people of Bonaire will feel we’re doing a good thing and will make their contribution as well by giving us a helping hand or by supporting the idea. As far as the dogs are concerned, it will make a big difference to them because we’ll bring some peace and tranquility back in the streets and give them a healthier and quieter life.” Greta Kooistra “When I started here I made some guidelines for myself and I stick to them: Every puppy or kitten, every cat or dog has the same chance, and that chance is not affected by the person who brings it in.” Greta Kooistra 1997 Jurrie Mellema Jurrie Mellema

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page 18 PLAYA CHIKITU P laya Chikitu is located near the entrance to the Park. It’s an amazing sandy beach that stretches for at least half a kilometer. It is surrounded by rock-faced cliffs and backed by beautiful sand dunes. You’ll enjoy the incorporated background sounds of crashing waves and blowing wind. The water is too rough to swim in, as you will read in the Park brochure, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy playing in the water. There is a large sand bar about three meters from the water’s edge where the water level is less than knee deep. People visiting Playa Chikitu seem to enjoy themselves trying to stand up against the strength of the crashing waves, and yes, the waves will sweep you of f your feet. Children will have a delightful time catching the waves and bodysurfing towards the beach. After some time in the water, children will enjoy climbing the sand dunes and discovering the local fauna the many lizards in the Park. Parents as usual need to be diligent with children in water, but I can guarantee that everyone will have a delightful family time enjoying the wonderful sandy beach of Playa Chikitu. WAYAKÁ II I f you ask the Park Ranger at the entrance gate which are the best beaches to visit, he’ll gladly refer you to two beaches. Wayaká II is one of them. After spending time at this amazing beach you’ll agree that it is a spectacular place. It is located at the bottom of a cliff on the west side of the island, but there is a trail and steps that will make your descent to the beach easy. It meets everyone’s requirements as to what a beach should be. There is a grotto that provides some much needed shade and a cool place to store your picnic and beach accessories; the beach is of beautiful white sand; and the snorkeling is absolutely fabulous. The shallow descent into the calm water provides a wonderful environment for children to safely play the many games they play at the beach. In addition, they’ll enjoy snorkeling and seeing the different species of fish without feeling supervised by their parents. Wayaká II is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Park, making it very popular with visitors. At times it can be a little crowded, but nonetheless, Wayaká II will have the ability to entertain your family for a few hours. I do hope that Playa Chikitu and Wayaká II will entice you to pack a picnic, grab the beach towels and the sunscreen and head to the Washington Slagbaai National Park. I can guarantee that a good time will be had by all. Josée Bolduc Frosst T hirty-five years ago young Mario Demei started to work at the Divi Tamarind in Aruba and stayed for 13 years. Then he moved to Bonaire where he’s been Maintenance Manager for the last 22 years. Divi management threw a spirited party for him last week on the terrace of the Chibi Chibi Restaurant to celebrate the event, inviting all his friends and fellow workers in Maintenance as well as his family. They awarded him a plaque as well as a nice check for all his years of service. Mario is well liked by his associates who got together to give him a gift as well, presented by Juan Johnzon. L. D. Asst. Hotel Manager Jenny Hannenberg; Mario’s son, Cesar; wife Nelly Demei; Hotel Manager Frits Hennenberg; Mario Demei; Human Resources Director Marelva Soliano Wayaka II Playa Chikitu T his week I visited the many beaches in Washington Slagbaai National Park. The beauty of this island’s treasures continue to astound me. What a wonderful day I spent catching some much-deserved rays, snorkeling, picnicking, and discovering the beauty of the Park. I visited most of the beaches and this week’s beaches are, I believe, the best ones that will provide for a good family time.

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page 19 How to Find the Heart of the Scorpion and the Heart of our Galaxy with a Cosmic Bow and Arrow I f you go out into the Sky Park on any moonless night in August you will see an ancient constellation pointing the way to the hearts of two cosmic wonders. In midevening around 10 pm this time of year, face a bit south of overhead where you will see almost everyone's two favorite star patterns of summer: the constellation which looks like a fish hook or the capital letter 'J', Scorpius, the Scorpion, and directly behind it, several bright stars which if connected by lines look like a teapot. Now Scorpius is officially called a constellation, but the teapot is not. It is called an “asterism,” which means that it is a small pattern of stars within a constellation. And the constellation to which the teapot belongs is a very large pattern of stars named thousands of years ago for a mythical creature called a centaur, a creature which was half man and half horse. Now this particular centaur was named Sagittarius and was known to be a great master with the bow and arrow, a centaur archer. His bow is marked by two stars of the teapot's lid and the star at the bottom of the spout. The arrow starts at the top star in the handle with its tip marked by the star at the tip of the spout. And you can see that it is aimed at the red star, Antares , which marks the heart of the scorpion, a giant star 700 times as wide as our Sun . But on clear moonless nights far from city lights you'll also see that the tip of Sagittarius' arrow is embedded in the widest and most dense part of the great ribbon of light called the Milky Way which stretches all the way from the southern horizon up to the zenith and back down to the northeast horizon. In fact if you look more closely at Sagittarius and Scorpius you will see that most of the teapot and the bottom half of Scorpius are embedded in the Milky Way. And if you take a pair of binoculars and look here or anywhere along the Milky Way you will see that it is made up of millions of pin points of light, each one of which is a distant star, and which along with our Sun all belong to a great cosmic spiral family of 200 billion stars we call a galaxy, the Milky Way Galaxy. Our Sun is located about two thirds of the way out from the center so when we look at Sagittarius and Scorpius, the Milky Way appears thickest and widest here because the bulging center of our galaxy lies in this direction. In fact the tip of Sagittarius' arrow is pointed directly at it as well as at Antares. So find these two cosmic wonders with the help of an ancient archer. Jack Horkimer For the week: July 30 to August 6, 2004 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) You can make financial deals, but it may be best if you're not using your own cash. Look into intellectua l and physical games that will test your abilities. You will find good buys and you will lift your spirits. Opportunities for love will develop while traveling or while attending religious functions. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Think about taking the time to complete unfinished domestic chores. Co-workers may not be on your side. Try not to get into disputes that will lead to estrangements. Your ability to charm others will put you in the limelight at social functions. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You will enjoy the interaction with youngsters and take great pride in the projects you've completed. Romantic encounters are evident through travel or educational pursuits. You may find yourself in a romantic situation. Accept the inevitable and continue to do your job. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will have some wonderful ideas that should bring you extra money. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Be careful. You will have to watch out for minor health problems related to stress. Be discreet and don't present your ideas until you're certain that they're foolproof. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Romantic opportunities are evident if you get involved in large groups or organizations. It's doubtful anyone will try to stand in your way or cut you off at the pass this week. Try to have patience and refrain from being judgmental. You should be able to get involved in an interesting proposition this week. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Opportunities to get ahead will be evident. Concentrate on yourself or your work. You need to refrain from being the generous one in the group. Travel and educational pursuits may help alleviate the stress you have been feeling. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You may find it difficult to communicate. Don't let your health suffer because of abuse. You are in a high cycle where travel, education and creative endeavors are concerned. Be careful not to misplace your wallet or belongings. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) For now just do the best you can. Make sure that new mates live up to your high standards. Relatives will be happy that you dropped by. Trips will be favorable for business as well as pleasure. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't take your frustrations out on the ones you love. You can make financial gains through investments and dealing with other people's money. Don't let your partner start any arguments. Passion should be redirected positively. If you're single, get out there and you'll meet someone new. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) You could find yourself left with someone's dirty laundry. Think twice before eating spicy foods; you may have problems with your stomach. Minor health problems may flare up if you haven't been taking care of yourself or have been burning the candle at both ends. Don't make financial contributions in order to impress others. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You're on to something tangible and need to act fast Take some time to change your house around. You should be on the road. Don't allow colleagues to put unreasonable pressure on you. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't let friends or relatives make you feel guilty if you're not able to attend one of their affairs. You may have personal problems, but professional duties might be pressing. You won't be well received by superiors or by your spouse. You may find that relationships are not going as well as you'd like. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. Moon Info Full Moon on July 31st , the second full moon of July, a “blue moon.” Last Quarter on August 7th New Moon on August 16th First Quarter on August 23rd Antares is a huge star. In a class called red supergiant, Antares is about 700 times the diameter of our own Sun, 15 times more massive, and 10,000 times brighter. Antares is the brightest star in the constellation of Scorpius and one of the brighter stars in all the night sky. Antares is seen surrounded by a nebula of gas which it has itself expelled. Radiation from Antares' blue stellar companion helps cause the nebular gas to glow, as photographed above. Antares is located about 500 light years away. Antares *to find it, just look up