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VUWMSAMm AlD JETWA


TWR's Rich Fuller (Director ofTWR Bonaire) and Maggie Fuller, Tom
Corcoran (ex-Director of TWR Bonaire) David Tucker (President of TWR world-
wide) and Jean Tucker, Joan and Bill Mial (First Director of TWR Bonaire)


In one way Trans World Radio
(TWR) was the first to put Bonaire on
the map. Forty years ago it began Chris-
tian content broadcasting with the tag-
line, "From the beautiful island of Bon-
aire." The phrase stuck in the minds on
many since the range of that signal was
from Samoa in the pacific to the middle
of Africa. Last week TWR celebrated its
40th anniversary with reunions, lunches,
worship and other activities.
On August 13, 1964, TWR began regu-
lar broadcasts from the newly installed
500,000-watt AM transmitter, one of the
most powerful in the world, using 760
ft. high towers. It was a transmitter so
powerful it required its own power sta-


tion! For four decades, TWR has con-
tinually broadcast on 800kHz. AM in
the medium wave band. It also broadcast
programs on short-wave and satellite.
Times have changed and TWR changed
with them to exploit the evolving tech-
nology. Today, Trans World Radio-
Bonaire broadcasts using a state-of-the-
art 100,000-watt medium wave transmit-
ter, on 800 AM and 89.5 FM. The pro-
gramming is aimed at helping the spiri-
tual and social needs of all people.
Broadcast schedules and additional in-
formation about Trans World Radio-
Bonaire are available on the website
www.twrbonaire.com


AThe three labor unions representing
employees of Dutch Caribbean Airlines
(DCA) have proposed bailing out the
airline by converting their NAf25 mil-
lion redundancy fund (cessantia- used for
retirements and layoffs) into shares of the
troubled airline.
The pilots' union, the cabin personnel
union and the ground workers' union pre-
sented their proposal to Curaqao Com-
missioner in charge of the Island Govern-
ment-owned airline, Ivar Asjes.
Using the money owed the employees
would keep DCA from going into bank-
ruptcy, so there would be time to work on
a longer term solution such as finding a
strategic partner, the unions say.
In the meantime, the Island Government
has designated former ALM director Val-
demar Marcha as its representative on a
tripartite committee that is supposed to
come up with possible solutions for DCA
in the next three and a half weeks. The
employers and labor unions still have to
nominate the other two members.
The Curamao Island Council will hold
talks later this week with Venezuelan air-
lines Aeropostal and Avior, which have
expressed interest in DCA.
In a separate action the Curamao Island
2004 Budget is over expended due to a
large number of extra expenditures,
among them the NAf22 million financial
injection to Dutch Caribbean Airlines
(DCA). It is interesting to note that when
ALM, DCA's immediate predecessor,
failed, it left behind a NAf345 million
debt. DCA has already received NAf23
million in government bailout money in
2004.


IN THIS ISSUE
Opinion- Referendum 4
Petra Sint Jago 5
Referendum Chronicle 6
AMFO Supports Jong Bonaire 8
Surfers Overseas (Fuerte Action) 9
Art Exhibit (Nochi Coffie) 10
NY Teacher Visits 10
BonaireExel Anniversary 11
Seaside Spots (Bartol, Nukove) 13
Pet Professor (Enforcing Rules) 13
Papiamentu in Schools 17
Barracuda Swim News 18
Yoga (Headaches) 20
Dietitian (Diabetes Mellitus) 20

WEEKLY FEATURES
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Police Update 4
Rincon Marsh6 5
Picture Yourself (Havana, Cuba) 7
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Pet of the Week (Kim) 14
Classifieds 14
What's Happening 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 18
On the Island Since
(Hans Voerman) 19
Bonaire Sky Park 21
The Stars Have It 21


A KLM purchased the vacant ALM
Catering building in Curacao at auction
last week. KLM itself put the three and a
half year old building up for bid. As the
creditor, KLM was asking a NAf1.35
million minimum bid. Considering the
fact that they were the only ones to place
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(Flotsam. Continued from page 2)
a bid, the building was sold for that
amount. The plan is to start catering
again in mid-January 2005.
Just as in Bonaire, KLM is planning to
partner with Goddard Catering. Cater-
ing for KLM flights will happen first,
but other airlines will also be welcomed.

A According to published reports, Sint-
MaartenExel will probably start fly-
ing between Curacao and St. Maarten
within a month. Because of the dis-
tance, it wants to use a long-range ver-
sion of the ATR-42 (the 500 series)
prop-jet it now uses for flights between
the ABC islands. During the six- to
eight week certification process for that
aircraft Exel intends to lease other
planes.
SintMaartenExel plans two round-trip
flights a day, one at the beginning and
one at the end of the day. The ATR-42
500 can cover the 1,000-kilometer dis-
tance in an hour and 40 minutes, only 20
minutes more a pure jet.

A KLM will run 12 round trip flights
a week using MD-11s from Amster-
dam to Quito, Ecuador, and Lima,
Peru, through Bonaire (five to Quito
and seven to Lima), allocating Bonaire
an average of 50 passengers per flight.
KLM will increase its flights to St.
Maarten from two to three times a week
for the winter season; Curacao will have
seven flights and Aruba five. In addi-
tion, KLM plans extra flights to the An-
tilles just before Christmas.


(Continued on page 4)


SRecently the JADE Foundation
(organized by entrepreneur and phi-
lanthropist Jakob Gelt Dekker) in
cooperation with Rabo Bank Am-
sterdam B.V. donated 30 computers
to Bonaire's elementary schools and
learning centers: Kolegio Papa Comes,
Hobenan Aktivo di Rincon, Skol Wa-
tapana; Komunidat di Skol Boneriano/
CAV, Fundashon "Leren is Leuk,"
Kolegio Kristu Bon Wardador; Kresh
Bon Kwido i Kolegio San
Bemardo. The JADE Foundation be-
lieves access to computers will give
Bonaire youngsters the opportunity to
achieve and extend their potential to
become upstanding citizens as adults.
JADE and RABO Bank would like to
especially thank Don Andres N. V.'s
Mrs. Idelda De Jong and Miss Connie
Ferreira for their great service and co-
operation in getting the computers to
the island. Delno Tromp


A This year's
BONAIRE BIK-
ERS Motorcycle
tour begins on the
evening of Thurs-
day, September 2nd
at the Biker's Sa-
loon ($10 entrance ,
fee). There'll be a
free BBQ and
drinks. It'll con-
tinue through a fare-
well party at Habitat
on Monday, Sep-
tember 6. Activities
will cover most of
the island at one
time or another.
About 500 people
are expected, 360 of
them bikers. Along
with the bikes will
be 18 classic cars
from Aruba and
Curacao. All hotels
are booked. This is
one of, if not the,
biggest privately
sponsored events that draws people i
off island.
The organizers know that if it is any
thing like past years noise could be a
nuisance to many people. They issue
the following statement:
"There have been many complaints
lately by Bonaire residents ofmotor
cle noise. This is why we want to as
riding visitors and local residents to
ride without excessive revving and
roaring of engines and refrain fron


The Bonaire Reporter -
The Official Biker newspaper?


doing wheelies and burnouts, especially
when riding at night and in residential
areas when families are asleep. Let's
all do this as a courtesy to the residents
so we can continue to celebrate this
event every year with the support and
cooperation of everyone. Helmut wear-
ing is not mandatory and should be at
the discretion of each rider.

Remember: PLEASE KEEP OUR ISLAND
CLEAN! RIDE FREE"


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Governor Domacassd speaks with the Indian Ambassador
and businessman Ram Boolchand.


A Last week the Indian Ambassador for India to the Caribbean Basin, His Excel-
lency Mr. Bhosjwani, paid an official Bonaire. Following an official visit with
Bonaire Governor Domacass6 he hosted a dinner for the Governor and many of
Bonaire's Indian businessmen at Croccantino Restaurant.


The Bonaire Reporter has been
pushed into the Referendum debate
as a result of our personal comments on
a draft of the English language transla-
tion of the Referendum's Committee's
non-partisan information release. Our
hope was to get clarification before
the Commission's information was
released to the public. However, our
observations, misquoted and taken out
of context, were leaked to the Dutch lan-
guage press (Amigoe). We are not
amused by that tactic.
As of press time the official translation
has not been released. We can only hope
that appropriate corrections will be made
before it is. When it is we will publish it.


REFERENDUM 2004
R 0 N A I R F


Since early this year we've been provid-
ing information on the upcoming Refer-
endum in our Chronicle section without
bias towards one choice or the other,
and we will continue to do so.
Turn to page 6 for this week's Referen-
dum Chronicle. O G.D.


IP L 3CE5UPD ATI


(Flotsam.& Jetsam Continued from page 3)
A The language of instruction in
school is one of the topics being dis-
cussed in the Antillean Education
Summit presently taking place in St.
Maarten. The debate is certainly not a
new one, and centers on the idea that
children can best be taught in their
"mother tongue," the predominant lan-
guage spoken at home. The Antilles is in
a peculiar situation, where the main spo-
ken language is Papiamentu in Curacao
and Bonaire, while it is English in the
Windward Islands (St. Martin, Saba and
Statia). As part of the Dutch Kingdom,
however, the main language of instruc-
tion in schools on all the islands is still
Dutch. Apart from practical considera-
tions, the debate has often been an emo-
tional one in Curacao and to a lesser ex-
tent Bonaire. In this issue (page 17) we
present the views of one of the Carib-
bean's foremost linguistic scholars.

A Dutch marines will assist law en-
forcement within the 12-mile zone of
Antillean territorial waters. They were
sworn in as extraordinary police officers
of the Netherlands Antilles before the
Solicitor and the Coast Guard Com-
mander. The marines are to be stationed
on the Royal Navy frigate Willem van
der Zwaan and will enable the vessel to
perform Coast Guard duties and act
against drug transport, human smug-
gling, illegal fishing and environmental
violations.


A The Central Government Parliament
is expected to act soon on the draft of a
Central Government ordinance to amend
the Property Tax Ordinance of 1908.
The ordinance was sent to Bonaire more
than three months ago, but no comments
have been received, according to Parlia-
ment registrar Frank Hanze.
The draft-law proposal includes a reduc-
tion of the property tax to 0.3 % and the
elimination of the differentiation be-
tween a property with construction on it
and an empty property.

A Future planning information: Europe
is warming up more quickly than the
rest of the world and cold winters could
disappear almost entirely by 2080 as a
result of global warming, researchers
predicted last Wednesday. Heat waves
and floods are likely to become more
frequent, and three quarters of the Swiss
Alps' glaciers might melt down by 2050,
the study prepared by the European En-
vironment Agency (EEA) said.

AA promise was made to lower the ex-
cise on locally brewed beer by 50% on
July 1, but because the legislation was
not completed in time it was decided to
move the date up a month to August 1.
At the end of last month Finance Minis-
ter Ersilia de Lannooy did not dare pre-
dict how much longer the legislation
would take. The brewery says it's losing
NAf350.000 guilders a month because
protective duties on imports were low-
(Continued on page 5)


Charles Souriel of the Police Depart-
ment reports:
* On Tuesday, August 17, police arrested
a total of six suspects: G.C., 25; G.C. 44;
A.M., 29; B.M., 37; P.M., 33; S.P, the
first two for burglaries, the last four for
threatening and violent behavior. After
interrogating the suspects, all but G.C. 25
were released.
* On Wednesday, August 18, at 11 am,
the police, with the permission of Public
Prosecutor E. T. Wesselius, arrested a
suspect (G.B., 34) for a robbery in a
house in Playa Pabao. At the moment of
arrest, the suspect went into a rage and
tried to resist police officers. He was
jailed and an investigation follows.
* There was a break-in on Wednesday
evening, August 18, on Kaya Carlos A.
Nicolaas. Stolen were 7.000 euro and a
purse containing important documents.
According to the victim the thief pulled
off the ornamental metal bars which cov-
ered a window. Police say it was remark-
able that none of the neighbors saw any-
thing. Police are investigating.
* Wednesday morning, August 18, the
Flamingo Team at the airport called
"Bingo" when they intercepted two sus-
pects with more than 10 kilo of cocaine
in their suitcases. Both suspects were
aboard the flight KL742 for Amsterdam
when the cargo was intercepted. J.F. (21)
had a total of 6,250 grams in his suitcase.
R.H. (42) had 4,260 grams in his lug-
gage. Both suspects were detained while
the police conduct an intensive investiga-
tion.
* Friday, August 21 a vehicle hit a don-
key on Kaya Korona in front of Fla-
mingo TV. The vehicle was no longer on


the scene and the police found
only the donkey cadaver. Police con-
trolled traffic in the area until Dick St.
Jago of Selibon carted away the dead
donkey.
* Also on Friday at 5:15 pm a woman
driving a Jeep on Kaya Karibe lost con-
trol of the vehicle which was speeding
and ran into a garden. The woman said
she was going to Kibrai Montanja. No
one was hurt.
* On Saturday, August 22 in the early
morning a fight started at El Encuentro,
then moved to the front of the hospital.
Police passing by noticed the crowd and
stopped to check. A woman said her
brother was having problems with two
other men and that she would file a com-
plaint against the two.
* Saturday, August 22 in the early morn-
ing hours the Flamingo team detained a
European Dutchman, D.V., 34, for carry-
ing 1.2 kilo of cocaine in his suitcase.
Another suspect, E.S., 33, was also ar-
rested in a hotel in Playa. Apparently E.
S. was the brains behind the act. They
were jailed pending investigation. Also
B.N.J. was caught at the airport with a
total of 300 grams of drugs in his suit-
case. He also was jailed.

The police would like the public to know
that they will be controlling the illegal
acts in the coming weeks and months.
Now that school has started it is not per-
mitted for people to "hang around" the
entrance to the schools during the hours
the schools are open. Police will take any
steps necessary to enforce this rule. O L.
D.


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 4)
ered and the imports can be sold for less.


Members of the board of Foundation
Development Fund Netherlands
Antilles SONA (from left to right):
Secretary Eugene Holiday, Chairman
Jaime Saleh and Treasurer
Pieter Korteweg.

A Shortening the cycle from submit-
ting the projects to the actual receiving
of funds from the Netherlands and get-
ting rid of red tape and irritations are
some of the goals of the recently es-
tablished Foundation Development
Fund of the Netherlands Antilles
SONA, chaired by former Governor of
the Netherlands Antilles, Jaime Saleh.
This marks a significant departure
from the current procedure of hav-
ing to submit projects to the Central
Government and then on to the
Netherlands. Islands can now directly
submit projects to SONA.
AA group of Antillean actors living
in Holland are going to perform in
Bonaire on August 27th, 28th and
29th. The play, Shebbrebb den Karta,
is a comedy about gossiping, in Papia-
mentu. The group had great success in
Curaqao two weeks ago. (See Happen-
ings, Page 19) call 717-8448 or 786-
8448 for more info.


A Helen Dovale reports that there is a
very easy way for American citizens
on the island to vote: get in touch with
a woman in charge of voting applica-
tions in Curaqao, email: rossinva@state.
gov.
A It's about time for a party! This
Thursday could be your lucky day! Bo-
nairExel is celebrating its 1st anniver-
sary and they want you to be a win-
ner! On this Thursday evening, the
26th, BonairExel will give a big party at
downtown Wilhelmina Park starting at 6
pm. A fun filled evening with music
from Drumband Bonaire and Glenn I Su
Gang, food and drinks and Big Prizes,
like round trip tickets to Curacao, Aruba
and Amsterdam.

A Did you know that the Netherlands
Antilles has a champion Little League
baseball team? The kids from Curaqao
defeated Saipan 3-0 on Tuesday. This
leaves the Netherlands Antilles team as
the top seed in their pool (3-0 record).
They'll meet Mexico in the Semi-finals.
They need to win two games to be the
international champions and to meet the
US champions in the final. The NA
team looked good batting and in the
field. Lots of heads up baseball.

4 And finally, don't miss the Special
Olympics benefit Latin Jazz concert
aboard the Freewinds this Sunday, Au-
gust 29th from 7:15 to 9 pm. Tickets are
NAf17,50 and are available at Croc-
cantino Restaurant, Sharon Barlass
(717-8658) or any Special Olympic
board member. O L./G. D


THEPLACE TO BE THIS SATURDAY

-THE RINCONMARSHE

August 28 starting at 6 am
"The Sea" is the theme of this week's Marsh6. Special
guests, Pal 'I Wiri band. Taste pastechi di karko
(conch), buy fresh fish, fresh fruits and vegetables,
gifts local treats. Relax under the awning with a cold
drink and snack and enjoy the ambiance of Rincon, the
"heart of Bonaire." Don't miss the Soldachi Tours:
Alta Mira Nature Walk, Town Walking Tour, Bus
Tour. (Call Maria 717-6435) L.D.


PETRA SINT JAGO
28 June 1916

f you have been in Bonaire
for a while you know her.
She was called "The Gum Lady"
or "Petra Pinda" (Peanut Petra),
because she sold chewing gum
along the seafront promenade.
Never begging, always proud,
she gently offered her wares to
locals and tourists alike, often
pondering whether to give you
one more piece of gum for your
contribution.
Born in Rincon she, like her
brothers and sisters, was in-
volved with folk music and sing-
ing. She worked hard during her
life selling peanuts, fruit bread
and coconuts. In her later life
she switched to selling chewing Painting of Petra by Rien van Silfhout
gum and candy, mostly in the
evening hours around Karel's Beach often relaxed by playing in the Divi
Bar. She was still a terrific dancer and Flamingo Casino. O G.D.


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Seferenbumn B


Cbronimcle F1^


A s the final countdown to the September 101' Referendum begins, the two
most popular choices seem to be between B (close ties with Holland) and C (a
separate status in the Dutch Kingdom). In the May 15th issue, The Reporter
printed some of the items to be considered when choosing a new form of govern-
ment. Some of them are reprinted here, recognizing they may not apply if no
change (A) or independence (D) are chosen


What Can Bonaire Do Without?
There is no real need for a central gov-
ernment, a prime minister, a plenipo-
tentiary minister in The Hague, a host
of department chiefs and specialized
agencies checking on, and generally
only adding bureaucratic delays and
job-padding costs to the islands down-
to-earth evaluations and decisions.
There is, in other words, a whole layer
of "Land" governance based in Curaqao
which can be done away with, perhaps
to the personal distress of the civil ser-
vants concerned but to no real cost to
the island population at large.
There is no real need of central,
"Land," taxation, customs and excises,
police force and sundry services which
collect and distribute monies which per-
tain to the individual islands economics
and/or security measures.
Finally, there is no need of the
"Staten," the Netherlands Antilles Par-
liament, which is now restricted to a
role of wheeling and dealing between


island interests and their political par-
ties' clout on the national scene. The
vote of a single island party, like Saba's
and St. Eustatius,' may make or break a
coalition, with far-ranging conse-
quences for the other, much more popu-
lous islands

What Central Functions Can
Bonaire NOT Do Without?
* First, a Governor (appointed by the
Kingdom) as the symbol of the historic
ties between the five former "Curaqao
Colony" islands and also as the lynch-
pin of certain central functions that
should be maintained. Even though
some bad blood has crept up between
the islands in recent years, it is undeni-
able that there are many family ties be-
tween the islands making up the lee-
ward Antilles (Curaqao, Bonaire,
Aruba) or the windward Islands (St.
Maarten, St. Eustatius, Saba). The pre-
sent governor of the Antilles is a Bo-
nairean (as were his predecessors); the
Lt. Governor of Saba is an Aruban, and


so on. (Also business wise, there are
many ties. Banks, trade firms, local
builders and entrepreneurs, whether in
Lebanese, Jewish, Indian or Dutch
hands, have always extended their com-
mercial endeavors over all the islands,
and it should remain so.)
Then, a central bank, and a common
currency. No person of a sane mind
would suggest that Bonaire would oper-
ate its own central bank or currency
(the "Aloe"?). The same holds for the
social security (SVB), the central N.A.
pension fund (APNA), the coast guard,
and a few other central agencies, in-
cluding the liaison with vital US gov-
ernment services such as the DEA
(Drugs Enforcement Agency).
Then, the court of appeal, including
the high judge's circuit (now also com-
prising Aruba), the central fiscal agency
(IRS in the US, FIOD in the Nether-
lands, BBA in the Antilles).
This list may be extended. There is
hardly any argument about the need to
maintain these highly qualified (as to pro-
fessional status) bodies, only a question
of who is going to supervise and politi-
cally control them.

What Can Bonaire Handle
On Its Own?
First, as to split (central) functions: In
order to make clear what we mean by
this category, we will use the example of
the certifying agencies for the vital air
and sea links, the Luchtvaartinspectie
and the Scheepvaartinspectie.
On the one hand, it cannot be so that a
Curaqao-based inspectie frustrates essen-
tial air links (like BonairExel) and sea


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links (like the Bonaire-Curaqao ferry) by
withholding certificates and permits,
solely on the basis that such links do not
benefit Curaqao interests.
On the other hand, passenger safety sim-
ply demands that adequately trained per-
sonnel check thoroughly on safety ser-
vices and procedures, the airworthiness
of planes and the seaworthiness of ves-
sels.
So, the professional capability of the in-
spection personnel should be guaranteed
by internationally recognized certifica-
tion, which requires centrality and its
"island neutrality" guaranteed by an is-
land-based authority, supervised by an
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(Referendum. Continued from page 6)
inter-island-based body of governance,
not influenced by island-based priorities,
jealousies and rivalries.
This we term a "split responsibility" be-
tween the islands completely divorced
from the political expedience of the day.
There are other central-split functions
like this. Education and medical stan-
dards, health care, telecom, law enforce-
ment, taxation, even the police force
may be subject to such a standard, as it
is never a wise solution to have a small
community policed by its own sons and
daughters.
(An old tradition in Holland requires the
big city police to be manned, and espe-
cially staffed at the top, by officers from
the far-out provinces. Thus, even today,
one unsuspecting Dutch tourist may be
ticketed by a Frisian policeman in Am-
sterdam and by a Groningen-origin po-
liceman in Rotterdam).

Then, as to the contracted inter-island
functions
There are functions in which a bigger
island or territory with better access to
management, resources and controls can
perform better than a small island. Thus,
Bonaire might want to contract with
Curacao for the treatment of rare ill-
nesses at the St. Elizabeth Hospital, Se-
hos, being much better equipped for dia-
betes patients or CAT scans than Bon-
aire's San Francisco Hospital, for men-
tal patients (the Capriles Clinic), for de-
tention of heavy-duty criminals (the Bon
Futuro Prison) or higher education (the
UNA Universiteit).
These are contracts with an economic


and performance content and need no
central government. If Venezuela offers
better terms, Bonaire should be free to
treat with them.

Finally, as to Subsidation
This principle declares that whatever
can be done effectively and economi-
cally on a lower level of governance
should be done there rather than on a
central level. Some advances have been
made in recent years, but not enough. If
Bonaire were to repatriate a number of
its promising sons and daughters, the
island could well perform a number of
functions which now the "Land" claims
as its prerogative: labor law applica-
tions, social development, NGO super-
vision, airport authority, family law ap-
plications, mediation, to name but a few.
1 The Chronicler

The aim of the Cfronidt team of edi-
torial 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.
Active co-operation and exchange of
information is sought with the local/
regional media (press, radio, TV), and
the official Referendum Commission.
Any item in the Referendum Chroni-
cle may be freely quoted and/or
downloaded via Internet. Opinions
expressed are solely those of the writ-
ers.


PICTURE YOURSELF

WITH THE REPORTER

H ow many read- b
ers can say they ava a,
were lucky enough to
take a photo of a man
who makes his liveli-
hood from the ocean
(Walt Stark), stand-
ing in front of a statue
of King Neptune, the
God of the Sea, while
holding a Bonaire
Reporter that just
happens to have a pic-
ture of him (Walt,
underwater in techni-
cal diving gear) on
the cover?
Well, Bonaire's Mary
DiSanza was,and
snapped this photo on
the Malecon, one of
the most famous ave-
nues in the city of Ha-
vana.
Mary says the
Malecdn is an 8 km-
long seawall built by
the American admini-
stration in 1901 and is
a favorite promenade for the citizens of La Habana. The view out over the Straits of
Florida is very nice, and the breeze off the ocean helps temper the heat of the city. If
you have a special girlfriend, you would take her walking on the Malec6n it is sim-
ply expected. The locals say it is a place for lovers and thieves and everything in
between. 1

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AMFO PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR JONG BONAIRE


Rene Hakkenberg, president of Stichting Jeugdwerk Jong Bon-
aire signs the financing agreementfor Jong Bonaire flanked by
Werner Wiels ofAMFO and Jong Bonaire Treasurer
(penningmeester) Alan Gross. They were joined by members of

A MFO (Antiliaanse Medfi- ter-school program for teens.
nanciering Organisatie) has The activities will include home-
signed a three-year support agree- work help, music, cultural pro-
ment with Stichting Jeugdwerk grams and many sports activities
Jong Bonaire to help provide a such as windsurfing, snorkeling
wide range of activities for the and diving, volleyball, ping-pong
members of the Jong Bonaire af- and many others. This was the


50th project funded by AMFO in
the five Antillean islands since it
began full operations in April of
2004. Sixteen of the approved
projects have been for NGO pro-
jects on the island of Bonaire, and
five more micro-
projects have also
been approved via
the NGO Platform
Bonaire.
"The financing of
projects on Bon-
aire is going very
well," said
Werner Wiels, Di-
rector of AMFO. "Bonaire is well
organized, and the NGOs seem to
be working together easily. The
support of the NGO Platform and
especially the wok of Pancho
Cicilia, Manager of the NGO Plat-
form, and his team has put Bon-
aire at the forefront of dealing
with the social problems that the
AMFO money is designed to help
deal with."
"This support from AMFO will
allow Jong Bonaire to continue to
serve the teenagers of Bonaire and
their parents with activities de-


signed to help them reach their
full potential mentally, physically
and as good citizens of our coun-
try," said Rene Hakkenberg, Presi-
dent of the Stichting (Foundation).
"Jong Bonaire will be opening
again this month
for the school
year 2004-2005
and will be able
to serve more
teens than ever
with a wide
range of pro-
grams," said
Hakkenberg.
"We look forward to enrolling
many new first-year students at
SGB as well as welcoming back
our existing members."
According to Wiels, "Bonaire
NGOs have submitted almost 60
projects so far of the 162 we have
received from all the islands. But
we hope to see more come in."
Wiels would like to export the
It is interesting to note that Bonaire,
with less than 10% of the population of
the Netherlands Antilles, has been
awarded 37% of the project grants.
Editor


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BONAIRE'S BEST RIDERS OVERSEAS


FUERTE ACTION


A fter a great exciting
competition at Lan-
zarote, the action went on as
we, Jayson Jonge
(Worldsails, HiFly, Jibe
City), Ruben Petrisie
(Brunotti Boards & clothing,
Palm Trading, Solar), Taty
Frans ( Gaastra, Starboard,
Fiberspar, Jibe City), Tonky
Frans (Gaastra, F2, Fiber-
spar, Jibe City), Kiri Thode
(Gaastra, Starboard, Fiber-
spar, Jibe City, Banco
di Caribe) and I,
Femke van der Valk,
(Van der Valk vakan-
ties & hotels) left for
Fuerteventura. We
took the ferry which
brought us within a
half hour from one
island to the other.
When we arrived we
all got excited about :A
going sailing. After
great session on the
water, lasting until late
in the evening we all
came to the conclusion that in these con-
ditions it was much more likely for Bon-
aire to score even higher points. The wa-
ter at Sotavento is much flatter and the
wind much steadier. The usual conditions
are around 25 35 knots, enough to
make radical moves and just right to also
to be able to hold on to the sail.
Between our arrival and the competition
there was one day of registration and
training. Everybody made full use of it,


showing off to one another and checking
out one another's level.
The 18th of July was the big day, the first
day of competition. The boys from Bon-
aire were really showing what they were
worth as Ruben, Kiri, Taty and Tonky all
came through the first round every day
scoring great points.
Kiri was really ripping, winning over
great sailors such as Colin Sifferlen
(NC). Taty and Tonky ended on the top


of the list. Taty showed
one of the latest moves,
the "air chacho," in his
heats. This scored mas-
sive points as well for
technical as for style. Of
course Tonky showed
off with his incredible
high forward loops. We
got to see both of them
in several quarter finals
and half finals.

In the end only Tonky made it up to the
stage, in a well deserved 3rd place. Sec-
ond place went to Douglas Diaz and
the first place once again went to Ri-
cardo Campello. By fighting hard and
winning this event he again is one step
closer to becoming world champion in
freestyle once more.
Taty started well in the event but un-
fortunately he couldn't hold on to the
high spot until the end. Despite that he
still got ranked in a great 9th place
after the competition.
Kiri was sailing just like he does at
home, looking comfortable and re-
laxed. He worked his ranking up to
21st, a place many others wish to have.
After some great heats Ruben worked
his ranking up to 29. This definitely
shows that he is moving upwards in
the competitions. If he keeps going
like this also he will definitely get a
great spot in the world ranking.
Jayson was training hard on Fuerte-
ventura, learning new moves and
making the old ones better. Although he
was not ready to show it in the heat we
are still full of expectations for this
strong radical sailor.


That's the update of Fuerteventura. Don't
forget to check The Reporter regularly


for the great heavy duty Pozo story. Till
next time. [ Femke van der Valk, NB-05


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
8-27 7:18 0.8FT. 22:33 2.1FT. 75
8-28 7:54 0.9FT. 12:50 1.1FT. 13:54 1.0FT. 23:22 2.0FT. 85
8-29 0:05 1.9FT. 8:24 0.9FT. 13:14 1.1FT. 15:38 1.1FT. 93
8-30 0:57 1.8FT. 8:54 1.0FT. 13:49 1.2FT. 17:01 1.1FT. 97
8-31 1:49 1.6FT. 9:20 1.1FT. 14:25 1.3FT. 18:41 1.2FT. 97
9-01 2:51 1.5FT. 9:29 1.2FT. 15:23 1.4FT. 21:16 1.2FT. 94
9-02 4:18 1.3FT. 9:08 1.2FT. 16:14 1.5FT. 23:55 1.2FT. 87
9-03 1:39 1.1FT. 17:09 1.6FT. 77

VESSELS MAKT-^LING A PORT CALL:n^^^^


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NOGHT COFFTE EXHIBIT

AT


Nochi has always been known for capturing the essence of the clouds.
Here's one of his latest renditions.

Popular local artist Nochi Coffie was the man of the evening last Saturday eve-
ning at the Cinnamon Art Gallery's opening of his latest works. Family,
friends and well wishers were on hand to view Coffie's latest works in his show,
"Identidat, Model and Sombrando." Coffie is inspired by rural and natural Bonaire
and "paints with his soul," as he describes it. He's a true natural talent and Bonaire
can be proud.
The show at the Cinnamon Art Gallery will continue until September 25. The Gal-
lery is located just off Kaya Grandi in Playa, behind Banco di Caribe (Kaya A.P.L.
Brion #1), open Monday through Friday, 9-12 and 2-5, or by appointment, phone
717-7103, 786-9563 or 786-9700. DL.D


NEW YORK CITY TEACHER VISITS
KOLEGIO KRISTU BON WARDADOR
oan Zale
(rear), a read-
ing teacher at PS 24
in the Bronx, NY,
with first cycle
teacher Carolina
Hart, who asks her
students, Dyanna
Antoin, and Laura
Meiya, both 6, Wat
is dit?" in Dutch at
Kolegio Kristu Bon
Wardador School in
Nikiboko. The stu-
dents responded in
Dutch, "Dit is
zand." In English
the word is sand
Joan was scuba diving on Bonaire this month and was asked by afriend on the
island if she would like to visit a local school The Zales have been coming to
Bonaire since 1995 and just completed their 17" trip. On August 13th they cele-
brated their 21st wed-
ding anniversary on
Bonaire, something
they've done every year
for the last seven years.


Alan Zale, afreelance
photographer for The
Journal News in West-
chester County, NY,
joined his wife on the
school visit. They own a
two- bedroom condo at
Sand Dollar and are
scuba divers. OAlan
Zale


Gallery guests overflowed into the street and were treated to drinks, Middle Eastern
snacks from Garden Cafe and local music.


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FIRST ANNIVERSARY









"BONAIREXEL HAS BROUGHT A NEW
DIMENSION TO AVIATION IN THE REGION!"

t the celebration of the first anniversary of BonairExel",
we look back automatically towards the time when it all
Started and to the importance of this airline company for
ii the island of Bonaire. The many ways that have been
T crossed to literally get this aviation project from the ground were not
a easy. With hard work, perseverance, limited funds, a good teamwork
T between Dutch Eagle Express N.V. "BonairExel" and Air Exel Neth-
erlands B.V., as collaborating parties, the company managed to get
Stwo ATR 42-320 in the air on the routes between Bonaire, Curacao
d and Aruba.
a The general development of this airline is, despite all obstacles
which had to be surpassed and the enormous loss suffered, positive
j(and shows a steady growth! All attempts to obstruct and to title this
t( project as an illusionary adventure were in vain.
The success of this operation has to do with a new dimension in the
capacity and mentality of doing business in the air transport busi-
e ness, whereby members of the Exel task force have committed them-
0 selves to working day and night to comply in the first place with all
rt requirements to obtain the so-called Air Operator Certificate (AOC)
v and further to start with the operation. It was demonstrated that
it things can be done differently and better and that this not only a
C unique achievement and pride for the island of Bonaire and its com-
o munity, but certainly also a victory for the pioneers, who stood A message from Raymundo Saleh, Managing Director of the Bonairean
r( closely at the cradle of its birth. Their endurance, their energy and holding company for BonairExel, Dutch Eagle Express.
n their loyalty deserve our most appreciated praise and recognition.
We will certainly elaborate separately regarding the significance and
value of their personal input to get the job done. The excellent teamwork was obviously the key to success, whereby the ego was absolutely
non-existent, but surely plenty of room to pertinently reach the goal, which was the ulti-
mate target that everyone had in mind. Congratulations to everyone!

Although we have a year of operation behind us, the job has just begun. Support and par-
ticipation of the forerunners is needed, their stake and experience need to be conveyed to
the newcomers who also have dedicated their best efforts to the advance and progress
of the company. Aviation is universally an utmost dynamic phenomena, subject to abrupt
changes- a reason why prompt attention is always readily needed. In this situation much is
expected from the management and collaborators in an airline company who must con-
front new developments which are daily challenges in the aviation industry. We are sure
that the community will support us, and this support gives us the impetus to continue our
activities which contribute substantially to the economic welfare of Bonaire and of the
other islands.
Obviously we wish to grow and to be profitable in our operation, but we firmly take into
consideration the social aspects of the community. In our continued commitment to the
general public, we experience these aspects as an integral part of our responsibility. Our
target is, and will remain, to provide the people and the industry with reliable service,
whereby on-time performance and safety always will prevail in our banner. Airlift is of vi-
tal importance to the islands! Air transportation continues to increase and airplanes cannot
be thought away from the logistic pattern of the worldwide social and economic structure.
A blessed BonairExel is certainly part of this pattern, and we hope to serve all our passen-
gers, namely business-people, vacationers, travelers for health-reasons and family-visitors
for many more years. O Raymundo Saleh


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I have chosen this week's spotsfor their wonderful snorkeling sites and re-
mote locations. Reaching both beaches will take some time so you will need to
plan aheadfor your day out, but I can guarantee thatyou will enjoy your day in
the sun as much as I did

Boka Bartol
This is another
piece of para-
dise that you
will find in


tional Park
where Boka
Bartol is ad-
vertised as a
diving and
snorkeling site.
After quickly
scanning the
somewhat
lengthy rocky
shore, you will
wonder why I am writing about a beach at Boka Bartol. But I can guarantee that if
you look closely, you will find a small patch of white sand the size of two beach
towels... perfect to picnic and relax with your lover after spending some time in
the water.
I found that the easiest access into the water was not too far to the left of this tiny
beach where the calm water made is quite easy to put on my fins and goggles. I
have to say that the best thing about Boka Bartol is its underwater life. You need
not swim far from shore to see it at its best, which might be good for people who
feel uncomfortable swimming far into the sea. Here again, as on so many beaches
found on Bonaire, shade is non-existent. But if you need a change of scenery, you
only need to look behind to admire a beautiful view of a small saltpan filled with
flamingoes with a mountainous background.

Nukove Beach
Since my arrival on
Bonaire I have always
chosen Atlantis when-
ever I wanted to spend
time in the sun, but
now I have a new fa-
vorite spot... Nukove
Beach. This little
treasure is actually
located in a cove on
the northwest coast of
the island, and getting
there is only half the
fun. To reach Nukove
Beach, you need to
travel to the very
gates of the BOPEC oil depot, turn right and then follow the signs to Playa Frans.
The dirt road to the beach is very rough, so when visiting Nukove be sure you are
with someone who is strong enough to change a tire -just in case. The beach is at
the bottom of a half-moon-shaped rock formation. Do look around to find the
small path that will lead you down to the wonderful white sandy beach. If you are
as lucky as I was, you will even enjoy the sight of large fishes feeding in the shal-
low water of the cove from the top of the cliff. As you can imagine, snorkeling at
Nukove Beach is an amazing experience, but be aware that for some distance you
will need to almost glide on the surface of the water in order to avoid the many
coral formations that rise from the sea floor. An additional bonus to this treasure is
that you will find a grove of trees at the top of the cliff that will provide you with
some wonderful shade and a wonderful view of the Caribbean Sea. You need only
to remember to bring some beach chairs.
This is the time of year when we all usually go back to our daily routines, and in
many cases there are no more vacation days available until next year. So until
your next vacation, what better way to enjoy Caribbean living than outings on the
weekends? I believe that this week's spots are perfect escapes from everyone's
weekly routines. I don't think that many people will venture to these beautiful
spots on a regular basis so you might end up enjoying these beaches with only your
lover. I can't imagine a better place to let go of the stresses of the week. As for
me, I will continue to scout the island for the perfect Hush-Hush Seaside Spot with
my husband in tow. O Josde Bolduc Frosst


ENFORCING

THE RULES


B efore correcting
your dog, first be
sure your request or rule
was understood, and
that it is your dominance
that is being challenged.
Dogs in a pack establish
dominance and enforce
the rules in various ways,
including physically cor-
recting one another. But
you are no match for him
physically and he knows
this. He can out run, out
jump and out bite you.
Physical punishment (this
includes choke chains and
shock collars) is often in- One oJ
effective as a means of "I
coercing good behavior
and it undermines trust. However, we
can take some guidance from the way
one dog corrects another. When a dog
breaks the rules (pestering an older dog,
sleeping in a more dominant dog's spot
etc.) the offended dog will first glare at
the offending dog. If this doesn't work
he may growl low in his
throat. If this still does-
n't get the message
across, he will show
some teeth and maybe
snarl. It rarely gets as
far as the final step,
which is to snap. It is
always a good idea for
us to use a similar kind
of escalation in our
"threats", to always start
with the most subtle cor-
rection (ignoring) and
work our way up
(physically handling).
If you start with the
latter, and it does-
n't work you may "Dog training ne
very well lose the exchange, based on
power struggle.
So, your dog is on the sofa, and you
have taught him that you do not approve
of this (by saying "Off!" calling him to
his own bed and then rewarding him,
every time he has done this before).
First, if he is looking at you, you glare
disapprovingly at him. If he does not
move, you say "Off' in a low growly
tone. If he still doesn't move, or worse,
looks away from you, you then clap
your hands (or smack the wall or make
any other alarming noise) saying "Off!"
again. This should do the trick, but if it
doesn't, then you will have to take his
collar and remove him -- "I said OFF!"
You must then stay there, ignoring him,
to be sure he doesn't return to the sofa,
and to watch for any rewardable behav-
ior on his part (like slinking over to his
own bed).
Another example: you come in the
house to find your dog chewing on your


v *"" -q -*a
fthe best trained dogs on Bonaire,
mmo" ofBotu Blaknu Marine

Birkenstocks. You have taught him that
this is not an approved toy (asking him
to "leave it" every time he has gotten it,
and replacing it with any available dog
toy). What do you do now? You do not
run over to him yelling "no," and chase
him until you can wrestle the shoe from
his mouth. Instead, you
gasp loudly and clap your
hands to your face (maybe
even shriek a little). He
may be startled enough to
drop the shoe, in
which case you tell
him how good he is. If
he doesn't drop it, you
lower your hands and
growl, "Leave It!" If he

stomp towards him clap-
ping and glaring down at
him as you say "I said
LEAVE IT!"
Give him every oppor-
tunity to drop the
eeds to be afair shoe, rather than
trust and respect." yanking it from his
mouth, and reward
him the second he does. Also reward
him if he subsequently picks up a more
appropriate toy. (Note: if your dog runs
away from you when you treat him this
way, with or without the shoe, then con-
sult a professional). You'll notice that in
each example the trainer (that's you) re-
sponds a little differently, but both re-
sponses are based on how a dog would
correct another dog. Escalating the cor-
rection also gives the dog a chance to
understand/remember what it is he has
done wrong.
Dog training needs to be a fair ex-
change, based on trust and respect. In
other words, he will trust you to under-
stand and take care of his basic needs
and wants, and, in return, you will ex-
pect him to defer to you, and try to un-
derstand and comply with your ridicu-
lous rules. Next time: Problem Behav-
iors.0 Susan Brown


Susan Brown is a professional dog trainer on the island who has been in the "pet
business "for 28 years. "I do anything related to pet care," she says, "training,
pet sitting, grooming, even help with the after care of recuperating animals. For
all your dog training or pet care needs contact Susan at the Pet Professor, e-
mail: bandbfarm@yahoo.com or call 717-2620.


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' h E


STD im," our Pet of
I the Week, may
not make it to a color
page in The Reporter
this week so we want to
let you know she has the
most beautiful gray
cropped fur coat and the
bluest eyes. And to com-
plete the color scheme,
the soles of her feet are
coal black. Maybe there
was a Weimaraner
somewhere in her family
tree. She was found
wandering in the street
all alone. She's only
about seven weeks old,
much too young to be
left like that. But wher-
ever Pim came from she
must have been treated
well because she's a beautifully well ad-
justed pup and full of fun. Like all the
other pets available for adoption at the
Shelter Pim has been examined by the vet,
given her shots, de-wormed and declared
healthy and ready to go. You may see Pim
at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the La-
goen Road, open Monday through Friday,
10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-
4989.
Did you know that it has been proven that


how a young puppy or kitten is treated in
the early weeks of its life determines how
it will act, whether it will be a loving, so-
cial pet or one who is fearful, snappy or
aggressive? That's why it's so important to
give your new pet as much attention and
love as possible. Keeping the Shelter pets
"social" is paramount with the staff. If you
have some time and enjoy animals, call or
drop into the Shelter and hang out with the
"residents." They'll love you for it. O L.D.


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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, 791-
7252, 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: Josee Bolduc Frosst, Susan Brown, Desiree, Nick Fara-
clas, Jack Horkheimer, Wendy Horn, Greta Kooistra, Raymundo
Saleh, Angelique Salsbach, Valerie Stimpson, Michael Thiessen,
Delno Tromp, Femke van der Valk

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

Production: Barbara Lockwood; Distribution: Yuchi Molina
(Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas
Acevedo.

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PAPIAMENTU IN THE EARLY GRADES IN SCHOOLS


WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?

R ecently in Curagao there
was a Conference on
Creole Languages and a joint
meeting with the Society for
Caribbean Linguistics and the
Association for the Study of
Spanish and Portuguese Based
Creole Languages. According
to Dr. Nick Faraclas, Profes-
sor of Linguistics, the scope of
this conference has not been
replicated for a long time. The
conference was organized by
the Erasmus School of Curagao (K to 12, where classes are in Papiamentu), the
Foundation for Linguistic Planning and UNESCO.
Creole languages, of which Papiamentu is one, occur all over the world. Profes-
sors presented 50 differentpapers on Creole languages in the Indian Ocean,
West Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. Nearly 200 people attended with
a large delegation from the ABC islands (teachers, local linguists, government
officials responsible for language education, local writers interested in culture,
musicians).
In the ABC islands Papiamentu is used in cr&ches (nursery schools). The gov-
ernment has proposed and passed legislation for Papiamentu to be taught up to
grades 4 to 6 as the main language of instruction with Spanish, English and
Dutch as subjects.
Dr. Faraclas, who was recently in Bonaire researching the essence ofPapia-
mentu and recording 16 different interviews with elderly Papiamentu speakers,
explains:


START WITH THE
'MOTHER TONGUE'
"The main thing is for children to learn to
read and write in the language they know
best before they go on to another lan-
guage. Learning to read and write are not
easy tasks; they're two very difficult
tasks that students are expected to per-
form in their first years of school. It
makes no sense to complicate those two
tasks with a third very difficult task
which is learning another language. In
education the main principle we follow is
to go from the known to the unknown.
You use the knowledge that your stu-
dents have as a foundation on which to
build more knowledge. You go from the
knowledge they do have to the knowl-
edge they don't have. So normally a child
goes from the knowledge of their mother
tongue, their first language. They use that
knowledge to gain skills in reading and
writing. So you use what they've got -
they already know their mother tongue -
so you teach them to read and write in
their own language so in that way they're
going from something they know to
something they don't know. At least they
have something to hold onto.
But when you teach children to read and
write in a language they don't know, they
have nothing to hold onto. They're going
from the unknown to the unknown. Most
children are just going to get lost. A lot
of children are very intelligent but they
just can't cope with learning to read and
write and learning Dutch at the same
time. So what happens is they never get a
good foundation in reading and writing.


They never get a good foundation in
Dutch. And they never get a good foun-
dation in Papiamentu either, so they're
really lost. Their whole academic career
suffers as a result so they go from failure
to failure instead of from success to suc-
cess.
I think that's another big reason why
Papiamentu is so important in establish-
ing a good foundation for the students for
the rest of their academic career.

HOW DOES IT AFFECT CULTURE?
Also we have the whole question of cul-
ture because when students go to school
and they open up their books they see the
language in the books doesn't correspond
to their own language. So how does that
make the children feel? It makes them
feel, 'Well, my language isn't that great
because it doesn't get to go in the book.
The language that's really important gets
to go in the book.' It gives children the
idea that their language is inferior. And
when they look at the book they see that
the people in the book are from Holland.
The person in the book doesn't look like
their father but somebody from another
country; the mother looks like someone
from another country; the house from
another country. So the children start to
believe that the father in the book is a
good father and their own father isn't
such a great father because he doesn't get
into the book. The mother in the book is
a good mother, but their own mother is
not really a good mother. The house in
the book is a good house; their own
house is not such a good house because


they never see it in the book.
What that means is the child thinks that
not only is his language not good, his fa-
ther, mother, his house are not good. In
the end the child feels the same way
about himself, 'Well, I'm just not as
good; I'm inferior to somebody else.'
And of course when he feels inferior he
doesn't have confidence; he doesn't have
belief in himself. Without confidence and
belief in himself he can never succeed in
school. The basic ingredient to success in
school is confidence. A child who has
confidence and belief in himself will do
well in his studies. So if we try to build
up the child's confidence at an early age
then he'll do well in school later. But if
the child's confidence is destroyed at an
early age you've destroyed most of his
chances of succeeding in school.
It's a very big problem and a problem
that is faced by many students here on
Bonaire. It's not just here. In many other
countries children are forced to learn to
read and write in languages that are not
their own. In Papua, New Guinea, for
instance, most children are out of school
by grade three or grade four. But here in
Bonaire, the law says the child has to stay
in school, but it's questionable as to how
much he's learning. A lot of children are
passed to the next grade because of their
age, rather than how much they've
learned.
Back to culture children appreciating
and valuing their own culture. If a child
is forced to learn to read and write in a
language that's not his own and learn
about a culture that's not his own before
he learns about his own culture and his
own language he's going to tend to feel
that his own language and culture are not
as important as the other the Dutch cul-
ture and language. So what that does is
give the child a basic negative value for
his own culture and language.
What happens to the majority of students
who never do well in school is they don't
really feel at home in the village, but
when they come to town they don't feel
at home either. They don't feel at home
in the kunuku; they don't feel at home in
town, so what happens to these children?
They don't want to work on the kunuku;
they don't want to work in the rural set-
ting, but they don't have the qualifica-
tions to work in an urban setting. So I
think this is a big source for crime and
other activities that Bonaire is having to
face right now.

But then what about the children who do
succeed (under this system)? But when
they succeed because they've learned that
their own culture and language are not as
important as Dutch language and cul-
ture when they have this lack of confi-
dence then the chances are that they're
not going to come back to Bonaire after
their studies and you're going to get the
"Brain Drain" that we have in Bonaire.
So many of the most talented people
from Bonaire are not in Bonaire. They're


in Holland; they're in the US; they're in
some other country, whereas they should
be here in Bonaire helping to build up
their own country. They're somewhere
else because they appreciate the foreign
culture more than their own. They put a
higher value on the foreign culture.

WHAT PARENTS MAY FEEL
Many parents believe that teaching chil-
dren to read and write in Papiamentu will
stop them from learning Dutch, or Eng-
lish or Spanish. So a lot of parents are
really afraid right now of what it's going
to mean for their children. Actually it's
the complete opposite. A child who
learns to read and write in Papiamentu
first has much better chances of eventu-
ally becoming proficient in the other lan-
guages. So the child who has the good
foundation in his own language is the one
who will have the best chances of being
able to build on that foundation to get a
good knowledge of Dutch, English and
Spanish.
This has been proven in many countries.
At the Erasmus School in Curamao the
children are taught to read and write in
Papiamentu. All their lessons are in
Papiamentu, but they take English, Dutch
and Spanish as subjects. I was there four
days ago and the children, ages 9 and 10,
were already reading, writing and speak-
ing very proficiently in English. So this
proves that right here in Curamao that
children who learn to read and write in
Papiamentu can very quickly go on to
other languages. So the best way to
teach a child a foreign language is to
teach them in their own language first.
OL.D. from an interview with Dr. Farak-
las


Dr. Nick Faraclas, Professor of
Linguistics, speaks on his subject

Next week the series continues covering
subjects as teacher and parent support,
how to change the system, word banks,
etc.


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BONAIRE BARRACUDAS SWIM NEWS


-I


Guy Edson of the American Swim Coaches Association with coachesfrom the
Bonaire Barracudas coaches: (1 to r) Ralph Sint Jago, Valarie Stimpson, Simone
Sweers and Paco Veeris.


T he Swimming Association of the
Netherlands Antilles (NAZB) in
cooperation with the American Swim-
ming Coaches Association (ASCA) held
a swim coach clinic in Curacao from 9 -
13 August. Attending from Bonaire
were Ralph Sint Jago, Valarie Stimpson,
Simone Sweers and Paco Veeris, all vol-
unteer coaches for the Bonaire Barracu-
das Swim Team. Course work included
Principles of Teaching, Principles of
Motivation, Stroke Technique, Design-
ing Season Training Plans and Design-
ing Dryland Training Plans for Novice,
Age Group and Senior level swim pro-
grams. Sessions lasted 8 to 10 hours per
day, including classroom work and pool
training sessions with swimmers from
several Curacao clubs.

During the clinic the coaches from Bon-
aire had the opportunity to meet and ex-
change ideas with coaches from the
other islands of the Netherlands Antilles.
Many of the Curacao coaches have fam-
ily members living in Bonaire so ac-
quaintances were made quite easily.


Several swim clubs in Curacao have
been active for more than 30 years, and
their coaches were helpful in providing
tips on training technique and frequency.

Coaches from St. Maarten proved to be
a useful source of information about the
development of a new swim program as
they have been involved in competitive
swimming for a much shorter period of
time than Curacao. Even so, Bonaire is
no longer the youngest member of the
Antillean swimming community. St.
Eustatius sent a coach to the clinic in
preparation for setting up a swim pro-
gram for that island as well. Represen-
tatives of the NAZB were also on hand
throughout the clinic to lend their exper-
tise and support to the delegation repre-
senting the Bonaire swim program.

The coaches did not have to wait long to
put their new-found knowledge into
practice as the Bonaire Barracudas
opened their season on Monday, 16 Au-
gust at the Meralney Vacation Village
Pool. O Valerie Stimpson


The Bonaire Barracudas swim club wel-
comes new members and invites girls and
boys between the ages of 7 and 16, accompa-
nied by a parent, to visit the pool during a
workout session to watch the Barracudas in
action.


Workouts are currently Monday 17.30 18.30 and Tuesday 17.00 18.00. Chil-
dren should have an "A" level swim diploma or be able to pass the club swim test
to join the team. There is a monthly club membership fee. D


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WMLYY MIVIE SR N lEIE

New! Usually 9:00pm

King Arthur
(Clive Owen)

Early Show (usually 7pm)
Spiderman 2
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf 7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM Garfield
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
CALL FOR INFO


THIS WEEK
Thursday; August 26-HAPPY
FIRST YEAR BIRTHDAY
CELEBRATION BONAIREXEL -at
Wilhelmina Park-Food, drinks
games, prizes, music. Everyone in-
vited! Starting at 6 pm.

Friday, Saturday Sunday, August 27,
28, 29 a play in Papiamentu,
Sh&bbrkbb den Karta, at SGB, Friday
and Saturday 8:30 pm (tickets NAf25),
Sunday 4 pm (tickets NAf15) Call
717-8448 or 786-8448

Sunday, August 29--Special Olym-
pics Bonaire Fundraiser -Let's Go
Latin/Jazz Concert aboard the visit-
ing cruise ship, Freewinds, 7:15 to 9
pm, tickets NA1f7.50 from Croc-
cantino Restaurant, Sharon (tel. 717-
8658) or any Special Olympics board
member.

Saturday, August 27-Rincon Mar-
sh6 & Soldachi Tours, 6 am to 4 pm
(more on page 5)

August 21-September 25, at Cinna-
mon Art Gallery an exhibition of
"Nochi" Coffie's works.

September 2 through 6, Big Biker
(extended) Weekend. There will be
rides, parades and lots of parties for the
participants and everyone else.

COMING
Sunday, September 5th Bonaire Lo-
cal Fishing Tournament. Only Bon-
aire registered boats. Crew may be
from anywhere. Sign up at Doei
Diaz' (next to Richard's Restaurant)


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 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
Marsh6 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, rou-
lette and blackjack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am and Sunday 7 pm- 3
am.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, Buddy Dive at the pool
bar, 7 pm 717-5080
Wednesdays (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation Slide Show by Andy Uhr.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
the Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-
2500.
Friday- The Captain Don Show-
Conversation, fun, yars, a few slides.
Guaranteed 85% true. Aquarius Con-
ference Room. Captain Don's Habitat
8:30 pm Tel. 717-8290

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Val-
rie@atelbonet.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) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
at the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next
to Kooyman's. All levels invited NAf5
entity fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Caf6. Registration at 4, games


at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, sec.
Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are wel-
come.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restau-
rant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Ro-
tarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangazina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse" while learn-
ing 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 Mu-
seum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catho-
lic 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 danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popular
musicians.
Rincon Marsh&- every Saturday 6
am to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's
historic town. Soldachi Tours show
you the Rincon area. Alta Mira
Nature Walking Tour at 6:30 am.
Town Walking tour at 9:30, Bus
Tour at 10. Call Maria at 717-6435 to
reserve.

CHURCH SERVICES
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday
Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in English.
Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services on Sunday at 8 am
and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304.
Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of
Coromoto in Antriol, in English. Mass
in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and
6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Services in
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.


Send events to The Bonaire Reporter

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DINING GUIDE


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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 NAf15 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
717-3293 Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6- home or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -
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AIRLINES
BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying
between Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. Look for The
Bonaire Reporter on board.
APPLIANCESIFURNITUREICOMPUTERS
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos,
Air conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances,
computers. Name brands, guarantees and service cen-
ter.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE I SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally 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 es-
sential 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 Cafe.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
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 Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
chemicals.
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.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
PHOTO FINISHING
Kodarama- the only digital lab and studio handles all
digital media and offers the largest variety of profes-
sional services -across from MCB Bank
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers 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
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance 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. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.


SAILING
Woodwind has it all: Smooth trimaran sailing, to
Klein Bonaire, affordable prices, snorkeling with
equipment, guide, drinks, snacks. Call 560-7055
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able. 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, ef-
ficient 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 Nau-
tico 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 Desired and
Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh
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I t's a long and dusty road that
leads to the kunuku where he 's
living, but as always, it's worth it.
There's something very beautiful in a
place that has no structure, that's not
developed. It is as if life has become a
matter of sky and earth and just a roof
to separate them and to hold on to.
Hans Voerman (39) lives there.
"The quality of life is high here," he
smiles. "I don't miss a thing and I
wouldn't want it any other way. You
need to be a little bit adventurous. I
don't have electricity; I don't need it.
The light of a kerosene lamp is just
beautiful at night and so is the darkness.
I don't have TV or a radio, but I hear
the sound of the wind in the trees; I
hear the dogs, the birds, and when the
rain comes I hear the frogs and the cica-
das. And there's silence. The light of
the kerosene lamp is enough to read
by I couldn't live without books but


I don't have a refrigera-
tor and it doesn't matter
to me. This kunuku be-
longs to the DeJong
family. When they said I
could live here it was
like everything fell into
place. It must have been
for a reason.
The first time I came to
Bonaire was in 1990. I
was a diver with the
military. My sergeant,
Rene Faro, came to
Bonaire for a vacation. I
decided to visit him for
a week. It became a
month. I arrived at
night; I'd been to the
tropics a lot and ex-
pected to be chased by
taxi drivers, but on the
contrary nobody
showed up. Great! The
customs officer asked


"It's about
out in a d
high seas
weather t(
people, d
helicopt
escapes, fi
ing on sh
oil-platfo
just a gold


where I was going to sleep. I wondered
why he'd ask me such a thing. I told
him, and it appeared he knew the per-
son. That was impressive! Back in Hol-
land after I got out of the service I ar-
ranged everything to move to Bonaire.
The easiest thing was to become a dive
instructor and Buddy Dive hired me. At
the time the business was small: 10
apartments and a container as an office.
I was 25 and having a good time. Be-
fore I went into the military I'd been a
helmsman on a tramp freighter with
Rederij Spliethoff in Amsterdam for
five years, and now I felt I was getting
restless again. Maybe I was too young
to settle down. My girlfriend and I
planned to travel aboard the Trans-
Siberia Express to the Far East and
from there to Australia and New Zea-


land.
Soon after World War II my parents
had immigrated to New Zealand where
my two brothers and sister were born.
They stayed for 15 years, and I was
'made in New Zealand,', but I was the
only one born in Holland after they'd
returned because my mom was so
homesick. The only one who was born
in Holland! Can you believe that! How
terrible! I still feel bad when I think
about it! I could have had two pass-
ports! They have!
My girlfriend and I split up and I went
to Australia by myself. I traveled
through the northern part in the rainy
season flooded roads and bridges and
I had to sleep in a bus or roadhouse. I
met a helicopter pilot and some aborigi-
nals and we traveled with two trucks
through the outback. It was the trip of
my life! The aborigines caught a reptile
one night and we ate it. I still don't
know what it was. The
trip ended when we got
stuck in a river. I ended
up on a cattle station half
the size of Holland-no
it going money, no transport, so I
did the dirty work. Once
lingy in they went 'hunting' with
and bad the helicopter to find a
nd d suitable cow. They shot
o rescue it, tied it to the helicop-
ter, then flew back and
itching landed the cow next to
ers and the barbecue! Unbeliev-
able!
re fight- But my heart was still in
Bonaire. Buddy Dive
ips and said I could have my job
)rms back. Three months later
I was back on the island.
ten job!" I thought I'd find some
peace of mind this time
but I didn't. Still, I didn't
want to leave the island. I
started working on a two-
masted ship, the Insulinde from Cura-
qao for six months. Then I helped
friends of mine, Henk and Sylvia Rot-
teveel, to build an apartment on their
kunuku 'Dos Iguanas.' At the same time
I was the operator of the recompression
chamber. However, the rules were dif-
ferent then. I didn't have an official job
so I was 'illegal' on the island. I didn't
like it and I thought it was absolutely
unfair, as Antilleans could go and live
in Holland anytime.
Together with a friend, Marielle Sen-
gers, I left for South America. The first
day in Caracas we were robbed in broad
daylight and it annoyed me terribly.
From there we went to Merida, Colom-
bia, Quito and Peru where Marielle
wanted to stay longer. I went on to
Chile and to Easter Island. That was


impressive, very re-
mote, at the back of
beyond, and the Poly-
nesian culture mixed
with the SouthAmeri-
can culture-very spe-
cial! And-an island!
(Ever since I was a
little boy of five I
wanted to live like
Robinson Crusoe.)
From Easter Island I
went to Tahiti and fi-
nally I ended up in
New Zealand and...
was arrested immedi-
ately at the airport.
The drug dogs had
gone out of their
minds the moment
they'd smelled me and
I was also the only passenger who
looked somewhat shabby. No more
kindness. They read me my rights and I
was arrested. 'Why?' I asked. 'You've
got cocaine somewhere,' the officer
said, and he kept on searching my suit-
case. Then I remembered. I had this
Bonairean goatskin that I'd prepared
myself three months before. That was
it! They let me go with compliments for
the preparation. After they'd disinfected
the skin I got it back.
I traveled through New Zealand, back
to Australia, to Indonesia, Malaysia,
Thailand and Hong Kong where I sailed
along with a friend on a ship. He told
me about this job, 'naval survival in-
structor,' so I went to Holland to see
about it. A naval training center trains
everyone who works offshore and on
ships and who's obliged to follow this
training. It's about going out in a dingy
in high seas and bad weather to rescue
people, ditching helicopters and es-
capes, fire fighting on ships and oil-
platforms-just a golden job! Every
year three to four months off because of
the overtime, so I could go traveling. I
did it for seven years, then it became
more and more about theory and about
course members who were not willing
to do the course because they were
afraid. After seven years, it was
enough! I also wanted to leave Hol-
land."
He strokes his blue-eyed Siamese kitty
and says: "All my life I've been look-
ing for a place to live. When I was a
child I used to say I didn't want to stay
in Holland. Then I heard that regula-
tions in Bonaire had softened up for the
Dutch, so in 2002 I was back with the
idea of becoming a dive guide. The no-
tary told me it wasn't allowed anymore
as there were so many already. That
was really disappointing and I didn't
know what to do. For a while I worked


for Yellow Submarine as a dive instruc-
tor. But then I heard they needed some-
one at the Caribbean Club to do eco
tours. This was what I'd done all my
life: caving, hiking, biking, climbing,
rappelling-the only thing I hadn't
done regularly was kayaking in the
mangroves. So, for a year I've been do-
ing the eco tours. I founded my own
business, 'Outdoor Bonaire-Do Some-
thing Different.' It takes times to get a
steady clientele, but I'm prepared, I can
live very cheap! When for a while abso-
lutely nothing came in, I went into re-
treat and I fasted for 12 days. Can't be
bad! And if I'm really hungry, there's
always the roosters!"
He smiles: "I've been very, very lucky
in my life with my jobs, but I don't be-
lieve in security. I think it's a shame not
to do what you want to do because you
might lose your pension. I don't think
that's the meaning of life. I see it as a
very big challenge to live in a way that
you have to do everything yourself with
nobody taking care of you. I think it
builds up character. Many people on
Bonaire live like this.
I still want to see Antarctica though. I
know how to get there. Bonaire is beau-
tiful but it isn't the most beautiful is-
land I've ever seen, however, I think
it's the best place to live. I've been
back and forth so many times and I've
seen so much of the world, but still, I
came back to live here." 1 Greta
Kooistra


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ASK THE DIETITIAN

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
ABOUT DIABETES MELLITUS


Angdlique Salsbach


D iabetes is a meta-
bolic disease is characterized by
hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) result-
ing from defects in insulin (hormone pro-
duced by the pancreas) secretion, insulin
action, or both.

Symptoms of hyperglycemia are:
extreme thirst
blurry vision from time to time
frequent urination
unusual tiredness or drowsiness
unexplained weight loss

There are two types of diabetes: Insulin
Dependent Diabetes (IDDM or Type 1
Diabetes) and Non-Insulin Dependent
Diabetes (NIDDM or Type 2 Diabetes).
When the pancreas does not make enough
insulin, the sugar (glucose) level in the
blood gets too high. The bodies of per-
sons with Insulin-Dependent Diabetes do
not make any insulin, therefore these peo-
ple must always take insulin. The bodies
of persons with Non-Insulin Dependent
Diabetes make some insulin or occasion-
ally, too much insulin, but this insulin
doesn't work very well. No matter which
type of diabetes you have, it is impor-
tant to understand that diet and exer-
cise will play a big part in your life
from now on. Diet and exercise are im-
portant in controlling diabetes.


* Increase dietary fiber intake. You
can increase your dietary fiber intake
by choosing products such as: whole
wheat bread, whole wheat pancakes,
brown rice, whole wheat pasta, whole
wheat crackers, as well as cereals high
in fiber, beans, fruits, vegetables, po-
tato, etc.
* Follow a mealplan with good spac-
ing of carbohydrates over the day
and by eating at regular times.
* Limityour alcohol consumption. Do
not use alcohol on a daily basis and
do not exceed two glasses.
* Quit smoking
* Exercise appropriately. Exercise on
a daily basis or at least five times a
week for about one hour. Use proper
footwear. Inspect feet daily after ex-
ercise. Monitor blood sugars and eat
appropriately to prevent hypoglyce-
mia (too low blood sugar). O A.S.


YOGA FOR YOU


EVERYONE HAS HIS OWN DANCE
"Some of us want to spread our arms wide to new adventures. Some of us want to
open the curtain just a little bit for the time being. Some of us want to light a huge
bonfire. Some of us want just a little flame to radiate our own special light into the
world. Never worry ifyou are doing it 'wrong.' There is no wrong. It's your dance.
Every day it's a new dance for all of us. Trust your own rhythm. It suits you."
Susan Jeffers

M ost headaches are due
to stress and tension
held in the head, neck and
shoulders and upper back.
When these muscles are con-
tinuously contracted, they
constrict the flow of blood,
oxygen and prana (energy) to
the head.
When you feel a headache
coming on, the first thing to
do is stop what you are doing
and take a break. Close your eyes, relax and take a few deep breaths through the nose
into the belly. Scan your upper body for tension and tightness and consciously allow it
to release and relax.
Adjust your posture: reach the crown of the head up to lengthen the spine, let the
shoulders drop down and back to open the chest. Or give yourself a shoulder, neck and
face massage. Gently press and lightly circle on the tops of the shoulders, the back of
the neck, the third eye and temples.

Practice yoga in a calming environment with low lights and soft music. Focus on calm-
ing and restorative postures like child's pose, puppy stretch.
Finish in shavasana (relaxation) with a folded towel placed over the eyes; slow deep
breathing in the belly and chest.
A regular yoga practice, focusing on postures that will release tension in the neck and
shoulders, increases circulation and stimulates the nervous system.
Talk to your doctor if you are having more than two or three headaches per week, or if
a bad headache lasts for several days. Migraines and cluster headaches can be helped
with yoga, but you must have the supervision and approval of your doctor. O Desirke

Don and Desirie of "Yoga For You" offer classes from beginners to advanced
Call 717-2727,785-7688


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*to find it, just look up


The 2nd and The 6th
Planet Have a Super
Close Meeting
on August 31st
and September 1st


f you want to see some-
thing really nifty then
mark August 31st and Sep-
tember 1st on your calendar
as two mornings you'll want
to get up an hour before sun-
rise to see a super close
meeting between planet
number 2, the brightest Conjunction photo from 2001
planet of them all, Venus,
and planet number 6, the most beautiful planet of them all and the one that we're
visiting right now with our Cassini spacecraft, Saturn.
Let's go back in time a bit to Sunday morning, August 1, an hour before sunrise,
facing east where the brightest stars you would have seen would have been those
of Orion the Hunter, Aldebraran, the eye of Taurus the Bull, Castor and Pol-
lux, the two brightest stars of the Gemini twins, and Capella, the brightest star
of Auriga, the charioteer. And nestled between these wonderfully bright stars,
the brightest planet of them all, planet number 2 from the sun, 8,000-mile-wide
Venus, our so-called sister planet because it is the same size as our Earth. And
huddled close to the horizon, much dimmer but absolutely spectacular through a
small telescope, the 75,000-mile-wide wonderful ring world Saturn.
Now on August 1st Saturn and Venus were 25 degrees apart from each other, or
if you like to think of it this way, since a full moon is /2 a degree wide we could
have fit 50 full moons between Saturn and Venus. But the heavens are very dy-
namic because everything in the cosmos is moving including our Earth. So if you
had gone out a week later on August 8t you would have seen that Saturn and
Venus had moved closer and were only 20 degrees apart or 40 full moons distant
from each other. And if you had been paying close attention you would have also
noticed that they had moved relative to the bright stars, especially Orion. One
week later on August 15" they had moved 5 degrees closer, only 15 degrees
apart, or 30 full moon widths distant. And then things really began to speed up
because by last Sunday the 22nd they were only 9 degrees or 18 full moons apart,
Venus noticeably much farther away from Orion.
But this week is the week the action really begins because in just seven days, by
this Sunday the 29th Venus and Saturn will be only 3 degrees or 6 full moons
apart and getting ready to close in. In fact, they'll reach their absolute closest and
be a visually stunning mere 2 degrees apart on Tuesday morning, August 31st,
and Wednesday morning, September 1st. Astronomers call this meeting of two
planets a conjunction, but it's all an optical illusion created by our vantage point
on planet Earth as we and all the planets constantly move in our orbits about the
Sun. In fact, on the morning of the 31st Venus will be only 76 million miles
away while Saturn will be a whopping 905 million miles away. And if you want
to see how things really change quickly in the cosmos, on September 1st Saturn
will be a million miles closer. So get thee out on the 31st and 1st for a super close
meeting of two of the loveliest planets around. O Jack Horkimer

Moon Info Full Moon on August 30 i) Last Quarter on September 6t

New Moon on September 14th C First Quarter on September 21t.


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7HE VARS
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For the week:
August 27 to September 3, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Education may be the answer. Erratic behavior may con-
fuse others, and mood swings may result in isolation. Your ideas are right on the mark
and your work commendable. Do not confront situations unless you are sure you have
a good understanding of the dilemma. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Social activities that involve the whole family will be
enjoyable. Keep a lookout for any individuals eager to confront you with unsavory
situations. Don't be too quick to blame others for your bad mood. Unexpected romantic
connections can be made if you go out with friends or take a pleasure trip. Your lucky
day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can get your point across if you don't beat around
the bush. Pleasure trips will promote new romantic encounters. Take time to find out if
anyone has a better suggestion before you make arrangements for the whole family.
Uncertainties about your personal life are probable. Your lucky day this week will be
Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Control your emotions and everything will fall into
place. Don't let others know about your private affairs. If possible, rely on coworkers to
back your objectives, and talk to superiors in order to get approval. Try to control your
irritability if you're experiencing emotional problems with your partner. Your lucky
day this week will be Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Visitors may relieve the tension. Don't reveal anything about
your personal life to those who may use such information against you. Don't put all
your cash in one place. Don't be too quick to judge those you live with. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Channel your efforts into achieving your goals. Make
plans to meet again in the near future. You may want to pull out some of those unfin-
ished project you've got tucked away. Inharmonious situations at home may be ex-
tremely upsetting for you this week. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You will have the getup and go to contribute a great deal
to groups of interest. Don't deny yourself this week. A change of attitude has probably
disrupted your home environment. You can make drastic changes in your professional
direction this week. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You may find that doing odd jobs around the house
will be successful and appreciated by loved ones. Travel may be confusing. Don't be
too shy to promote your own interests. You will impress others with your initiative and
ability to accomplish while on short business trips. Your lucky day this week will be
Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Talking to those you trust and respect will help
you sort out any problems. Children may be demanding, and entertainment could cost a
lot more than you can really afford. Don't let your partner goad you into wearing your
heart on your sleeve. Secret love affairs may be enticing; however, you must be pre-
pared for the restraints that will follow. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Confusion at an emotional level will cause you to
make wrong decisions concerning your personal life. It might be best to work on your
own; if possible, do your job out of your home this week. You may find it difficult to
communicate with someone at work. Set a limit, or you'll wind up on a tight budget.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Romance will unfold through business trips. Relatives
will be cordial. Don't be too quick to react. Do not yield to children or relatives when
they really don't deserve it. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) The locks, stove, gas, or electric wires may not be secure.
Your mind will be wandering to exotic destinations. You can spend a passionate eve-
ning with someone you cherish if you make your plans early. Visit someone who hasn't
been feeling well lately. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.


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page 1 Artist Nochi Coffie and his daugher enjoy a laugh with Christy Dovale and her mom, artist Helen Dovale (“Elena”). Story on page 10 Story on page 10 August 27 to September 3, 2004 Volume 11, Issue 33 SINCE 1994 Kaya Gob. Debrot 200 • E-mail: re porter@bonairenews.com • 717-8988 www.BonairExel.com

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page 2 The three labor unions representing employees of Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) have proposed bailing out the airline by converting their NAƒ25 million redundancy fund ( cessantia used for retirements and layoffs) into shares of the troubled airline. The pilots’ union, the cabin personnel union and the ground workers’ union presented their proposal to Curaçao Commissioner in charge of the Island Government-owned airline, Ivar Asjes. Using the money owed the employees would keep DCA from going into bankruptcy, so there would be time to work on a longer term solution such as finding a strategic partner, the unions say. In the meantime, the Island Government has designated former ALM director Valdemar Marcha as its representative on a tripartite committee that is supposed to come up with possible solutions for DCA in the next three and a half weeks. The employers and labor unions still have to nominate the other two members. The Curaçao Island Council will hold talks later this week with Venezuelan airlines Aeropostal and Avior, which have expressed interest in DCA. In a separate action the Curaçao Island 2004 Budget is over expended due to a large number of extra expenditures, among them the NAƒ22 million financial injection to Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA). It is interesting to note that when ALM, DCA’s immediate predecessor, failed, it left behind a NAƒ345 million debt. DCA has already received NAƒ23 million in government bailout money in 2004. KLM purchased the vacant ALM Catering building in Curaçao at auction last week. KLM itself put the three and a half year old building up for bid. As the creditor, KLM was asking a NAƒ1.35 million minimum bid. Considering the fact that they were the only ones to place (Continued on page 3) IN THIS ISSUE: Opinion– Referendum 4 Petra Sint Jago 5 Referendum Chronicle 6 AMFO Supports Jong Bonaire 8 Surfers Overseas (Fuerte Action) 9 Art Exhibit (Nochi Coffie) 10 NY Teacher Visits 10 BonaireExel Anniversary 11 Seaside Spots (Bartol, Nukove) 13 Pet Professor (Enforcing Rules) 13 Papiamentu in Schools 17 Barracuda Swim News 18 Yoga (Headaches) 20 Dietitian (Diabetes Mellitus) 20 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Police Update 4 Rincon Marshé 5 Picture Yourself (Havana, Cuba) 7 Vessel List & Tide Table 9 Pet of the Week (Kim) 14 Classifieds 14 What’s Happening 19 Shopping & Dining Guides 18 On the Island Since (Hans Voerman) 19 Bonaire Sky Park 21 The Stars Have It 21 I n one way T rans W orld R adio (TWR) was the first to put Bonaire on the map. Forty years ago it began Christian content broadcasting with the tagline, “From the beautiful island of Bonaire.” The phrase stuck in the minds on many since the range of that signal was from Samoa in the pacific to the middle of Africa. Last week TWR celebrated its 40th anniversary with reunions, lunches, worship and other activities. On August 13, 1964, TWR began regular broadcasts from the newly installed 500,000-watt AM transmitter, one of the most powerful in the world, using 760 ft. high towers. It was a transmitter so powerful it required its own power station! For four d ecades, TWR has continually broadcast on 800kHz. AM in the medium wave band. It also broadcast programs on short-wave and satellite. Times have changed and TWR changed with them to exploit the evolving technology. Today, Trans World RadioBonaire broadcasts using a state-of-theart 100,000-watt medium wave transmitter, on 800 AM and 89.5 FM. The programming is aimed at helping the spiritual and social needs of all people. Broadcast schedules and additional information about Trans World RadioBonaire are available on the website www.twrbonaire.com TWR’s Rich Fuller (Director of TWR Bo naire) and Maggie Fuller, Tom Corcoran (ex-Director of TWR Bonaire) , David Tucker (President of TWR worldwide) and Jean Tucker, Joan and Bill Mial (First Director of TWR Bonaire)

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page 3 (Flotsam. Continued from page 2) a bid, the building was sold for that amount. The plan is to start catering again in mid-January 2005. Just as in Bonaire, KLM is planning to partner with Goddard Catering . Catering for KLM flights will happen first, but other airlines will also be welcomed. According to published reports, SintMaartenExel will probably start flying between Curaça o and St. Maarten within a month. Because of the distance, it wants to use a long-range version of the ATR-42 (the 500 series) prop-jet it now uses for flights between the ABC islands. During the sixto eight week certification process for that aircraft Exel intends to lease other planes. SintMaartenExel plans two round-trip flights a day, one at the beginning and one at the end of the day. The ATR-42 500 can cover the 1,000-kilometer distance in an hour and 40 minutes, only 20 minutes more a pure jet. KLM will run 12 round trip flights a week using MD-11s from Amsterdam to Quito, Ecuador, and Lima, Peru, through Bonair e (five to Quito and seven to Lima) , allocating Bonaire an average of 50 passengers per flight. KLM will increase its flights to St. Maarten from two to three times a week for the winter season; Curaçao will have seven flights and Aruba five. In addition, KLM plans extra flights to the Antilles just before Christmas. (Continued on page 4) This year’s BONAIRE BIKERS Motorcycle tour begins on the evening of Thursday, September 2nd at the Biker’s Saloon ($10 entrance fee). There’ll be a free BBQ and drinks. It’ll continue through a farewell party at Habitat on Monday, September 6. Activities will cover most of the island at one time or another. About 500 people are expected, 360 of them bikers. Along with the bikes will be 18 classic cars from Aruba and Curaçao. All hotels are booked. This is one of , if not the, biggest privately sponsored events that draws people from off island. The organizers know that if it is anything like past years noise could be a nuisance to many people. They issued the following statement: “ There have been many complaints lately by Bonaire residents of motorcycle noise. This is why we want to ask all riding visitors and local residents to ride without excessive revving and roaring of engines and refrain from doing wheelies and burnouts, especially when riding at night and in residential areas when families are asleep. Let’s all do this as a courtesy to the residents so we can continue to celebrate this event every year with the support and cooperation of everyo ne. Helmut wearing is not mandatory and should be at the discretion of each rider. Remember: PLEASE KEEP OUR ISLAND CLEAN! RIDE FREE ” The Bonaire Reporter The Official Biker newspaper? Jakob Gelt Dekker Recently the JADE Foundation (organized by entrepreneur and philanthropist Jakob Gelt Dekker) in cooperation with Rabo Bank Amsterdam B.V. donated 30 computers to Bonaire’s elementary schools and learning centers: Kolegio Papa Cornes, Hobenan Aktivo di Rincon, Skol Watapana; Komunidat di Skol Boneriano/ CAV, Fundashon "Leren is Leuk," Kolegio Kristu Bon Wardador; Kresh Bon Kwido i Kolegio San Bernardo. The JADE Foundation believes access to computers will give Bonaire youngsters the opportunity to achieve and extend their potential to become upstanding citizens as adults. JADE and RABO Bank would like to especially thank Don Andres N. V.’s Mrs. Idelda De Jong and Miss Connie Ferreira for their great service and cooperation in getting the computers to the island. Delno Tromp

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page 4 ( Flotsam.& Jetsam Continued from page 3) The language of instruction in school is one of the topics being discussed in the Antillean Education Summit presently taking place in St. Maarten. The debate is certainly not a new one, and centers on the idea that children can best be taught in their “mother tongue,” the predominant language spoken at home. The Antilles is in a peculiar situation, where the main spoken language is Papiamentu in Curaçao and Bonaire, while it is English in the Windward Islands (St. Martin, Saba and Statia). As part of the Dutch Kingdom, however, the main language of instruction in schools on all the islands is still Dutch. Apart from practical considerations, the debate has often been an emotional one in Curaçao and to a lesser extent Bonaire. In this issue (page 17) we present the views of one of the Caribbean’s foremost linguistic scholars. Dutch marines will assist law enforcement within the 12-mile zone of Antillean territorial waters. They were sworn in as extraordinary police officers of the Netherlands Antilles before the Solicitor and the Coast Guard Commander. The marines are to be stationed on the Royal Navy frigate Willem van der Zwaan and will enable the vessel to perform Coast Guard duties and act against drug transport, human smuggling, illegal fishing and environmental violations. The Central Government Parliament is expected to act soon on the draft of a Central Government ordinance to amend the Property Tax Ordinance of 1908. The ordinance was sent to Bonaire more than three months ago, but no comments have been received, according to Parliament registrar Frank Hanze. The draft-law proposal includes a reduction of the property tax to 0.3 % and the elimination of the differentiation between a property with construction on it and an empty property. Future planning information: Europe is warming up more quickly than the rest of the world and cold winters could disappear almost entir ely by 2080 as a result of global warming, researchers predicted last Wednesday. Heat waves and floods are likely to become more frequent, and three quarters of the Swiss Alps’ glaciers might melt down by 2050, the study prepared by the European Environment Agency (EEA) said. A promise was made to lower the excise on locally brewed beer by 50% on July 1, but because the legislation was not completed in time it was decided to move the date up a month to August 1. At the end of last month Finance Minister Ersilia de Lannooy did not dare predict how much longer the legislation would take. The brewery says it’s losing NAƒ350.000 guilders a month because protective duties on imports were low-(Continued on page 5) Last week the Indian Ambassador for India to the Caribbean Basin, His Excellency Mr. Bhosjwani, paid an official Bonaire. Following an official visit with Bonaire Governor Domacassé he hosted a dinner for the Governor and many of Bonaire’s Indian businessmen at Croccantino Restaurant. VBO photo Governor Domacassé speaks with the Indian Ambassador and businessman Ram Boolchand. T he Bonaire Reporter has been pushed into the Referendum debate as a result of our personal comments on a draft of the English language translation of the Referendum's Committee's non-partisan information release. Our hope was to get clarification before the Commission’s information was released to the public. However, our observations, misquoted and taken out of context, were leaked to the Dutch language press ( Amigoe ). We are not amused by that tactic. As of press time the official translation has not been released. We can only hope that appropriate corrections will be made before it is. When it is we will publish it. Since early this year we've been providing information on the upcoming Referendum in our Chronicle section without bias towards one choice or the other, and we will continue to do so. Turn to page 6 for this week’s Referendum Chronicle. G.D. OPINION Charles Souriel of the Police Department reports: • On Tuesday, August 17, police arrested a total of six suspects: G.C., 25; G.C. 44; A.M., 29; B.M., 37; P.M., 33; S.P, the first two for burglaries, the last four for threatening and violent behavior. After interrogating the suspects, all but G.C. 25 were released. • On Wednesday, August 18, at 11 am, the police, with the permission of Public Prosecutor E. T. Wesselius, arrested a suspect (G.B., 34) for a robbery in a house in Playa Pabao. At the moment of arrest, the suspect went into a rage and tried to resist police officers. He was jailed and an investigation follows. • There was a break-in on Wednesday evening, August 18, on Kaya Carlos A. Nicolaas. Stolen were 7.000 euro and a purse containing important documents. According to the victim the thief pulled off the ornamental metal bars which covered a window. Police say it was remarkable that none of the neighbors saw anything. Police are investigating. • Wednesday morning, August 18, the Flamingo Team at the airport called “Bingo” when they intercepted two suspects with more than 10 kilo of cocaine in their suitcases. Both suspects were aboard the flight KL742 for Amsterdam when the cargo was intercepted. J.F. (21) had a total of 6,250 grams in his suitcase. R.H. (42) had 4,260 grams in his luggage. Both suspects were detained while the police conduct an intensive investigation. • Friday, August 21 a vehicle hit a donkey on Kaya Korona in front of Flamingo TV. The vehicle was no longer on the scene and the police found only the donkey cadaver. Police controlled traffic in the area until Dick St. Jago of Selibon carted away the dead donkey. • Also on Friday at 5:15 pm a woman driving a Jeep on Kaya Karibe lost control of the vehicle which was speeding and ran into a garden. The woman said she was going to Kibrai Montanja. No one was hurt. • On Saturday, August 22 in the early morning a fight started at El Encuentro, then moved to the front of the hospital. Police passing by noticed the crowd and stopped to check. A woman said her brother was having problems with two other men and that she would file a complaint against the two. • Saturday, August 22 in the early morning hours the Flamingo team detained a European Dutchman, D.V., 34, for carrying 1.2 kilo of cocaine in his suitcase. Another suspect, E.S., 33, was also arrested in a hotel in Playa. Apparently E. S. was the brains behind the act. They were jailed pending investigation. Also B.N.J. was caught at the airport with a total of 300 grams of drugs in his suitcase. He also was jailed. The police would like the public to know that they will be controlling the illegal acts in the coming weeks and months. Now that school has started it is not permitted for people to “hang around” the entrance to the schools during the hours the schools are open. Police will take any steps necessary to enforce this rule. L. D. POLICE UPDATE

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page 5 Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 4) ered and the imports can be sold for less. Helen Dovale reports that there is a very easy way for American citizens on the island to vote: get in touch with a woman in charge of voting applications in Curaçao, email: rossinva@state. gov. It's about time for a party! This Thursday could be your lucky day! BonairExel is celebrati ng its 1st anniversary and they want you to be a winner! On this Thursday evening, the 26th, BonairExel will give a big party at downtown Wilhelmina Park starting at 6 pm. A fun filled evening with music from Drumband Bonaire and Glenn I Su Gang, food and drinks and Big Prizes, like round trip tickets to Curacao, Aruba and Amsterdam. Did you know that the Netherlands Antilles has a champion Little League baseball team? The kids from Curaçao defeated Saipan 3-0 on Tuesday. This leaves the Netherlands Antilles team as the top seed in their pool (3-0 record). They'll meet Mexico in the Semi-finals. They need to win two games to be the international champions and to meet the US champions in the final. The NA team looked good batting and in the field. Lots of heads up baseball. And finally, don’t miss the Special Olympics benefit Latin Jazz concert aboard the Freewinds this Sunday, August 29th from 7:15 to 9 pm. Tickets are NAƒ17,50 and are available at Croccantino Restaurant, Sharon Barlass (717-8658) or any Special Olympic board member. L./G. D PETRA SINT JAGO 28 June 1916 I f you have been in Bonaire for a while you know her. She was called “The Gum Lady” or “Petra Pinda” (Peanut Petra), because she sold chewing gum along the seafront promenade. Never begging, always proud, she gently offered her wares to locals and tourists alike, often pondering whether to give you one more piece of gum for your contribution. Born in Rincon she, like her brothers and sisters, was involved with folk music and singing. She worked hard during her life selling peanuts, fruit bread and coconuts. In her later life she switched to selling chewing gum and candy, mostly in the evening hours around Karel’s Beach Bar. She was still a terrific dancer and often relaxed by playing in the Divi Flamingo Casino. G.D. THE PLACE TO BE THIS SATURDAY -THE RINCON MARSHÉ August 28 starting at 6 am “ The Sea” is the theme of this week’s Marshé. Special guests, Pal’I Wiri band. Taste pastechi di karko (conch), buy fresh fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts local treats. Relax under the awning with a cold drink and snack and enjoy the ambiance of Rincon, the “heart of Bonaire.” Don’t miss the Soldachi Tours: Alta Mira Nature Walk, Town Walking Tour, Bus Tour. (Call Maria 717-6435) L.D. Shortening the cycle from submitting the projects to the actual receiving of funds from the Netherlands and getting rid of red tape and irritations are some of the goals of the recently established Foundation Development Fund of the Netherlands Antilles SONA, chaired by former Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, Jaime Saleh. This marks a significant departure from the current procedure of having to submit projects to the Central Government and then on to the Netherlands . Islands can now directly submit projects to SONA. A group of Antillean actors living in Holland are going to perform in Bonaire on August 27th, 28th and 29th. The play, Shèbèrèbè den Karta , is a comedy about gossiping, in Papiamentu. The group had great success in Curaçao two weeks ago. (See Happenings, Page 19) call 717-8448 or 7868448 for more info. Members of the board of Foundation Development Fund Netherlands Antilles SONA (from left to right): Secretary Eugene Holiday, Chairman Jaime Saleh and Treasurer Pieter Korteweg. Painting of Petra by Rien van Silfhout

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page 6 What Can Bonaire Do Without? There is no real need for a central government , a prime minister , a plenipotentiary minister in The Hague, a host of department chiefs and specialized agencies checking on, and generally only adding bureaucratic delays and job-padding costs to the islands downto-earth evaluations and decisions. There is, in other words, a whole layer of “Land” governance based in Curaçao which can be done away with, perhaps to the personal distress of the civil servants concerned but to no real cost to the island population at large. There is no real need of central , “Land,” taxation, customs and excises , police force and sundry services which collect and distribute monies which pertain to the individual islands economics and/or security measures. Finally, there is no need of the “Staten,” the Netherlands Antilles Parliament, which is now restricted to a role of wheeling and dealing between island interests and their political parties’ clout on the national scene. The vote of a single island party, like Saba’s and St. Eustatius,’ may make or break a coalition, with far-ranging consequences for the other, much more populous islands What Central Functions Can Bonaire NOT Do Without? € First, a Governor (appointed by the Kingdom) as the symbol of the historic ties between the five former “Curaçao Colony” islands and also as the lynchpin of certain central functions that should be maintained. Even though some bad blood has crept up between the islands in recent years, it is undeniable that there are many family ties between the islands making up the leeward Antilles (Curaçao, Bonaire, Aruba) or the windward Islands (St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, Saba). The present governor of the Antilles is a Bonairean (as were his predecessors); the Lt. Governor of Saba is an Aruban, and so on. (Also business wise, there are many ties. Banks, trade firms, local builders and entrepreneurs, whether in Lebanese, Jewish, Indian or Dutch hands, have always extended their commercial endeavors over all the islands, and it should remain so.) € Then, a central bank, and a common currency . No person of a sane mind would suggest that Bonaire would operate its own central bank or currency (the “Aloë”?). The same holds for the social security (SVB), the central N.A. pension fund (APNA), the coast guard , and a few other central agencies, including the liaison with vital US government services such as the DEA (Drugs Enforcement Agency). € Then, the court of appeal, including the high judge’s circuit (now also comprising Aruba), the cen tral fiscal agency (IRS in the US, FIOD in the Netherlands, BBA in the Antilles). This list may be extended. There is hardly any argument about the need to maintain these highly qualified (as to professional status) bodies, only a question of who is going to supervise and politically control them. What Can Bonaire Handle On Its Own? First, as to split (central) functions: In order to make clear what we mean by this category, we will use the example of the certifying agencies for the vital air and sea links, the Luchtvaartinspectie and the Scheepvaartinspectie . On the one hand, it cannot be so that a Curaçao-based inspectie frustrates essential air links (like BonairExel) and sea links (like the Bonaire-Curaçao ferry) by withholding certificates and permits, solely on the basis that such links do not benefit Curaçao interests. On the other hand, passenger safety simply demands that adequately trained personnel check thoroughly on safety services and procedures, the airworthiness of planes and the seaworthiness of vessels. So, the professional capability of the inspection personnel should be guaranteed by internationally recognized certification, which requires centrality and its “island neutrality” guaranteed by an island-based authority, supervised by an (Continued on page 7) Referendum Chronicle A s the final countdown to the September 10th Referendum begins, the two most popular choices seem to be between B (close ties with Holland) and C (a separate status in the Dutch Kingdom). In the May 15th issue, The Reporter printed some of the items to be considered when choosing a new form of government. Some of them are reprinted here, recognizing they may not apply if no change (A) or independence (D) are chosen

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page 7 (Referendum. Continued from page 6) inter-island-based body of governance, not influenced by island-based priorities, jealousies and rivalries. This we term a “split responsibility” between the islands completely divorced from the political expedience of the day. There are other centr al-split functions like this. Education and medical standards, health care, telecom, law enforcement, taxation, even the police force may be subject to such a standard, as it is never a wise solution to have a small community policed by its own sons and daughters. (An old tradition in Holland requires the big city police to be manned, and especially staffed at the top, by officers from the far-out provinces. Thus, even today, one unsuspecting Dutch tourist may be ticketed by a Frisian policeman in Amsterdam and by a Groningen-origin policeman in Rotterdam). Then, as to the contracted inter-island functions There are functions in which a bigger island or territory with better access to management, resources and controls can perform better than a small island. Thus, Bonaire might want to contract with Curaçao for the treatment of rare illnesses at the St. Elizabeth Hospital, Sehos, being much better equipped for diabetes patients or CAT scans than Bonaire’s San Francisco Hospital, for mental patients (the Capriles Clinic), for detention of heavy-duty criminals (the Bon Futuro Prison) or higher education (the UNA Universiteit ). These are contracts with an economic and performance content and need no central government. If Venezuela offers better terms, Bonaire should be free to treat with them. Finally, as to Subsidation This principle declares that whatever can be done effectively and economically on a lower level of governance should be done there rather than on a central level. Some advances have been made in recent years, but not enough. If Bonaire were to repatriate a number of its promising sons and daughters, the island could well perform a number of functions which now the “Land” claims as its prerogative: labor law applications, social development, NGO supervision, airport authority, family law applications, mediation, to name but a few. The Chronicler H ow many readers can say they were lucky enough to take a photo of a man who makes his livelihood from the ocean (Walt Stark), standing in front of a statue of King Neptune, the God of the Sea, while holding a Bonaire Reporter that just happens to have a picture of him (Walt, underwater in technical diving gear) on the cover? Well, Bonaire’s Mary DiSanza was,and snapped this photo on the Malecón, one of the most famous avenues in the city of Havana. Mary says the Malecón is an 8 kmlong seawall built by the American administration in 1901 and is a favorite promenade for the citizens of La Habana. The view out over the Straits of Florida is very nice, and the breeze off the ocean helps temper the heat of the city. If you have a special girlfriend, you would take her walking on the Malecón it is simply expected. The locals say it is a place for lovers and thieves and everything in between. 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.) Havana, Cuba 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. Active co-operation and exchange of information is sought with the local/ regional media (press, radio, TV), and the official Referendum Commission. Any item in the Referendum Chronicle may be freely quoted and/or downloaded via Internet. Opinions expressed are solely those of the writers.

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page 8 A MFO (Antiliaanse Medfinanciering Organisatie) has signed a three-year support agreement with Stichting Jeugdwerk Jong Bonaire to help provide a wide range of activities for the members of the Jong Bonaire after-school program for teens. The activities will include homework help, music, cultural programs and many sports activities such as windsurfing, snorkeling and diving, volleyball, ping-pong and many others. This was the 50th project funded by AMFO in the five Antillean islands since it began full operations in April of 2004. Sixteen of the approved projects have been for NGO projects on the island of Bonaire, and five more microprojects have also been approved via the NGO Platform Bonaire. “The financing of projects on Bonaire is going very well,” said Werner Wiels, Director of AMFO. “Bonaire is well organized, and the NGOs seem to be working together easily. The support of the NGO Platform and especially the wok of Pancho Cicilia, Manager of the NGO Platform, and his team has put Bonaire at the forefront of dealing with the social problems that the AMFO money is designed to help deal with.” “This support from AMFO will allow Jong Bonaire to continue to serve the teenagers of Bonaire and their parents with activities designed to help them reach their full potential mentally, physically and as good citizens of our country,” said Rene Hakkenberg, President of the Stichting (Foundation). “Jong Bonaire will be opening again this month for the school year 2004-2005 and will be able to serve more teens than ever with a wide range of programs,” said Hakkenberg. “We look forward to enrolling many new first-year students at SGB as well as welcoming back our existing members.” According to Wiels, “Bonaire NGOs have submitted almost 60 projects so far of the 162 we have received from all the islands. But we hope to see more come in.” Wiels would like to export the Rene Hakkenberg, president of Stichting Jeugdwerk Jong Bonaire signs the financing agreement for Jong Bonaire flanked by Werner Wiels of AMFO and Jong Bonaire Treasurer (penningmeester) Alan Gross. They were joined by members of It is interesting to note that Bonaire, with less than 10% of the population of the Netherlands Antilles, has been awarded 37% of the project grants. Editor

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page 9 FUERTE ACTION A fter a great exciting competition at Lanzarote, the action went on as we, Jayson Jonge (Worldsails, HiFly, Jibe City), Ruben Petrisie (Brunotti Boards & clothing, Palm Trading, Solar), Taty Frans ( Gaastra, Starboard, Fiberspar, Jibe City), Tonky Frans (Gaastra, F2, Fiberspar, Jibe City), Kiri Thode (Gaastra, Starboard, Fiberspar, Jibe City, Banco di Caribe) and I, Femke van der Valk, (Van der Valk vakanties & hotels) left for Fuerteventura. We took the ferry which brought us within a half hour from one island to the other. When we arrived we all got excited about going sailing. After a great session on the water, lasting until late in the evening we all came to the conclusion that in these conditions it was much more likely for Bonaire to score even higher points. The water at Sotavento is much flatter and the wind much steadier. The usual conditions are around 25 – 35 knots, enough to make radical moves and just right to also to be able to hold on to the sail. Between our arrival and the competition there was one day of registration and training. Everybody made full use of it, showing off to one another and checking out one another’s level. The 18th of July was the big day, the first day of competition. The boys from Bonaire were really showing what they were worth as Ruben, Kiri, Taty and Tonky all came through the first round every day scoring great points. Kiri was really ripping, winning over great sailors such as Colin Sifferlen (NC). Taty and Tonky ended on the top of the list. Taty showed one of the latest moves, the “air chacho,” in his heats. This scored massive points as well for technical as for style. Of course Tonky showed off with his incredible high forward loops. We got to see both of them in several quarter finals and half finals. In the end only Tonky made it up to the stage, in a well deserved 3rd place. Second place went to Douglas Diaz and the first place once again went to Ricardo Campello. By fighting hard and winning this event he again is one step closer to becoming world champion in freestyle once more. Taty started well in the event but unfortunately he couldn’t hold on to the high spot until the end. Despite that he still got ranked in a great 9th place after the competition. Kiri was sailing just like he does at home, looking comfortable and relaxed. He worked his ranking up to 21st, a place many others wish to have. After some great heats Ruben worked his ranking up to 29. This definitely shows that he is moving upwards in the competitions. If he keeps going like this also he will definitely get a great spot in the world ranking. Jayson was training hard on Fuerteventura, learning new moves and making the old ones better. Although he was not ready to show it in the heat we are still full of expectations for this strong radical sailor. That’s the update of Fuerteventura. Don’t forget to check The Reporter regularly for the great heavy duty Pozo story. Till next time. Femke van der Valk, NB-05 YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE Kiri hangs a “One-handed spock” Jayson Jonge -NB1111 A“Brunotti spock” Rob van der Valk photo Tonky Frans-NB-7 Rob van der Valk photo Rob van der Valk photo Rob van der Valk photo VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : 3T Angie Alegria, USA Alaluya Aleria Avatar, USA Batje Brehorn Bright Sea Camissa, Chan Is. Camperdown Cape Kathryn Chacuco Delphinius El Sabor Flying Cloud, USA Gatsby, USA Gonzo II Guaicamar I , Venezuela. Jacuzzi Macaby, Netherlands Makai Marathon Marina Em Marnel IV Misty Blue My Dream Israel Natural Selection, USA Nonesuch, USVI Pamela Jean Pastime Polecat Pomona Pow Wow Precocious Gale, USA Rumbacon Safari Sandpiper, USA Santa Maria, Sweden Scintilla, Germany Side by Side Sirius Sojourner Southern Cross Sylvia K Ti Amo, USA TopCat Tothill Ty Dewi, USA Ulu Ulu, USA Unicorn, Norway Varedhuni, Germany Wind Born III Wingin It Windmiller, Canada Ya-T, BVI Zahi, Malta KRALENDIJK TIDES (Hei ghts in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 8-27 7:18 0.8FT. 22:33 2.1FT. 75 8-28 7:54 0.9FT. 12:50 1.1FT. 13:54 1.0FT. 23:22 2.0FT. 85 8-29 0:05 1.9FT. 8:24 0.9FT. 13:14 1.1FT. 15:38 1.1FT. 93 8-30 0:57 1.8FT. 8:54 1.0FT. 13:49 1.2FT. 17:01 1.1FT. 97 8-31 1:49 1.6FT. 9:20 1.1FT. 14:25 1.3FT. 18:41 1.2FT. 97 9-01 2:51 1.5FT. 9:29 1.2FT. 15:23 1.4FT. 21:16 1.2FT. 94 9-02 4:18 1.3FT. 9:08 1.2FT. 16:14 1.5FT. 23:55 1.2FT. 87 9-03 1:39 1.1FT. 17:09 1.6FT. 77

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page 10 P opular local artist Nochi Coffie was th e man of the evening last Saturday evening at the Cinnamon Art Gallery’s opening of his latest works. Family, friends and well wishers were on hand to view Coffie’s latest works in his show, “ Identidat, Model and Sombrando .” Coffie is inspired by rural and natural Bonaire and “paints with his soul,” as he describes it. He’s a true natural talent and Bonaire can be proud. The show at the Cinnamon Art Gallery will continue until September 25. The Gallery is located just off Kaya Grandi in Playa, behind Banco di Caribe (Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1), open Monday through Friday, 9-12 and 2-5, or by appointment, phone 717-7103, 786-9563 or 786-9700. L.D Nochi has always been known for capturing the essence of the clouds. Here’s one of his latest renditions . Gallery guests overflowed into the street and were treated to drinks, Middle Eastern snacks from Garden Café and local music. J oan Zale ( rear), a reading teacher at PS 24 in the Bronx, NY, with first cycle teacher Carolina Hart, who asks her students, Dyanna Antoin, and Laura Meiya, both 6, “ Wat is dit?” in Dutch at Kolegio Kristu Bon Wardador School in Nikiboko. The students responded in Dutch, “ Dit is zand.” In English the word is sand. Joan was scuba diving on Bonaire this mo nth and was asked by a friend on the island if she would like to visit a loca l school. The Zales have been coming to Bonaire since 1995 and just completed their 17th trip. On August 13th they celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary on Bonaire, something they’ve done every year for the last seven years. ******* Alan Zale, a freelance photographer for The Journal News in Westchester County, NY, joined his wife on the school visit. They own a twobedroom condo at Sand Dollar and are scuba divers. Alan Zale Photo Alan Zale

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page 11 “BONAIREXEL HAS BROUGHT A NEW DIMENSION TO AVIATION IN THE REGION!” A t the celebration of the first anniversary of BonairExel”, we l ook back automatically towards the time when it all started and to the importance of this airline company for the island of Bonaire. The many ways that have been crossed to literally get this aviati on project from the ground were not easy. With hard work, persev erance, limited funds, a good teamwork between Dutch Eagle Express N.V. “BonairExel” and Air Exel Netherlands B.V., as co llaborating parties, the company managed to get two ATR 42-320 in the air on the routes between Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. The general development of this airline is , despite all obstacles which had to be su rpassed and the enormous loss suffered, pos itive and shows a steady growth! All attempts to obstruct and to title this project as an illusionary adventure were in vain. The success of this operation has to do with a new dimension in the capacity and mentality of doing business in the air transpo rt business, whereby members of the Exel task force have committed themselves to working day and night to comply in the first place with all requirements to obtain the so-called Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and further to start with the operation. It was demonstrated that things can be done differently and better and that this not only a unique achie vement and pride for the island of Bonaire and its community, but certainly also a victory for the pioneers, who stood closely at the cradle of its birth. Their endurance, their energy and their loyalty deserve our most appreciated praise and recognition. We will certainly elaborate se parately regarding the significance and value of their personal input to get the job done. The excellent teamwork was obviously the key to success, whereby the ego was absolutely non-existent, but surely plen ty of room to pertinently reach the goal, which was the ultimate target that everyone had in mind. Congratulations to everyone! Although we have a year of operation behind us, the job has just begun. Support and participation of the forerunners is needed, their stake and experience need to be conveyed to the newcomers who also ha ve dedicated their best efforts to the advance and progress of the company. Aviation is universally an utmost dynamic phenome na, subject to abrupt changes– a reason why prompt attention i s always readily needed. In this situation much is expected from the mana gement and collaborators in an airline company who must confron t new developments which are daily challenges in the aviation industry. We are sure that the community will support us, and this suppor t gives us the impetus to continue our activities which contribute substantiall y to the economic welfare of Bonaire and of the other islands. Obviously we wish to grow and to be profitable in our operation, but we firmly take into consideration the social aspects of th e community. In our continued commitment to the general public, we experience th ese aspects as an integral part of our responsibility. Our tar get is, and will remain, to provide the people and the industr y with reliable service, whereby on-time performance and safety always will prevai l in our banner. Airlift is of vital importance to the islands! Air tran sportation continues to increase and airplanes cannot be thought aw ay from the logistic pattern of the worldwide social and economic structure. A blessed BonairExel is certain ly part of this pattern, and we hope to serve all our passengers, namely business-people, vacationers, travelers for h ealth-reasons and family-visitors for many more years. Raymundo Saleh A message from Raymundo Saleh, Managing Director of the Bonairean holding company for BonairExel, Dutch Eagle Express. “BONAIREXEL HAS BROUGHT A NEW DIMENSION TO AVIATION IN THE REGION!” A t the celebration of the first anniversary of BonairExel”, we look back automatically towards the time when it all started and to the importance of this airline company for the island of Bonaire. The many ways that have been crossed to literally get this aviation project from the ground were not easy. With hard work, perseverance, limited funds, a good teamwork between Dutch Eagle Express N.V. “BonairExel” and Air Exel Netherlands B.V., as collaborating parties, the company managed to get two ATR 42-320 in the air on the routes between Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. The general development of this airline is, despite all obstacles which had to be surpassed and the enormous loss suffered, positive and shows a steady growth! All attempts to obstruct and to title this project as an illusionary adventure were in vain. The success of this operation has to do with a new dimension in the capacity and mentality of doing business in the air transport business, whereby members of the Exel task force have committed themselves to working day and night to comply in the first place with all requirements to obtain the so-calle d Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and further to start with the operation. It was demonstrated that things can be done differently and better and that this not only a unique achievement and pride for the island of Bonaire and its community, but certainly also a victory for the pioneers, who stood closely at the cradle of its birth. Their endurance, their energy and their loyalty deserve our most appreciated praise and recognition. We will certainly elaborate separately regarding the significance and value of their personal input to get the job done. The excellent teamwork was obviously the key to success, whereby the ego was absolutely non-existent, but surely plenty of room to pertinently reach the goal, which was the ultimate target that everyone had in mind. Congratulations to everyone! Although we have a year of operation behind us, the job has just begun. Support and participation of the forerunners is needed, their stake and experience need to be conveyed to the newcomers who also have dedicated thei r best efforts to the advance and progress of the company. Aviation is universally an utmost dynamic phenomena, subject to abrupt changes– a reason why prompt attention is always readily needed. In this situation much is expected from the management and collaborators in an airline company who must confront new developments which are daily challenges in the aviation industry. We are sure that the community will support us, and this support gives us the impetus to continue our activities which contribute substantially to the economic welfare of Bonaire and of the other islands. Obviously we wish to grow and to be profitab le in our operation, but we firmly take into consideration the social aspects of the community. In our continued commitment to the general public, we experience these aspects as an integral part of our responsibility. Our target is, and will remain, to provide the pe ople and the industry with reliable service, whereby on-time performance and safety always wi ll prevail in our banner. Airlift is of vital importance to the islands! Air transportati on continues to increase and airplanes cannot be thought away from the logistic pattern of the worldwide social and economic structure. A blessed BonairExel is certainly part of this pattern, and we hope to serve all our passengers, namely business-people, vacationers, travelers for health-reasons and family-visitors for many more years. Raymundo Saleh A message from Raymundo Saleh, Managing Director of the Bonairean holding company for BonairExel, Dutch Eagle Express.

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page 13 B efore correcting your dog, first be sure your request or rule was understood, and that it is your dominance that is being challenged . Dogs in a pack establish dominance and enforce the rules in various ways, including physically correcting one another. But you are no match for him physically and he knows this. He can out run, out jump and out bite you. Physical punishment (this includes choke chains and shock collars) is often ineffective as a means of coercing good behavior and it undermines trust. However, we can take some guidance from the way one dog corrects another. When a dog breaks the rules (pestering an older dog, sleeping in a more dominant dog's spot etc.) the offended dog will first glare at the offending dog. If this doesn't work he may growl low in his throat. If this still doesn't get the message across, he will show some teeth and maybe snarl. It rarely gets as far as the final step, which is to snap. It is always a good idea for us to use a similar kind of escalation in our “threats”, to always start with the most subtle correction (ignoring) and work our way up (physically handling). If you start with the latter, and it doesn't work you may very well lose the power struggle. So, your dog is on the sofa, and you have taught him that you do not approve of this (by saying “Off!” calling him to his own bed and then rewarding him, every time he has done this before). First, if he is looking at you, you glare disapprovingly at him. If he does not move, you say “Off” in a low growly tone. If he still doesn't move, or worse, looks away from you, you then clap your hands (or smack the wall or make any other alarming noise) saying “Off!” again. This should do the trick, but if it doesn't, then you will have to take his collar and remove him -“I said OFF!” You must then stay there, ignoring him, to be sure he doesn't return to the sofa, and to watch for any rewardable behavior on his part (like slinking over to his own bed). Another example: you come in the house to find your dog chewing on your Birkenstocks. You have taught him that this is not an approved toy (asking him to “leave it” every time he has gotten it, and replacing it with any available dog toy). What do you do now? You do not run over to him yelling “no,” and chase him until you can wrestle the shoe from his mouth. Instead, you gasp loudly and clap your hands to your face (maybe even shriek a little). He may be startled enough to drop the shoe, in which case you tell him how good he is. If he doesn't drop it, you lower your hands and growl, “Leave It!” If he still doesn't drop it, you stomp towards him clapping and glaring down at him as you say “I said LEAVE IT!” Give him every opportunity to drop the shoe, rather than yanking it from his mouth, and reward him the second he does. Also reward him if he subsequently picks up a more appropriate toy. (Note: if your dog runs away from you when you treat him this way, with or without the shoe, then consult a professional). You'll notice that in each example the trainer (that's you) responds a little differently, but both responses are based on how a dog would correct another dog. Escalating the correction also gives the dog a chance to understand/remember what it is he has done wrong. Dog training needs to be a fair exchange, based on trust and respect. In other words, he will trust you to understand and take care of his basic needs and wants, and, in return, you will expect him to defer to you, and try to understand and comply with your ridiculous rules. Next time: Problem Behaviors. Susan Brown Boka Bartol This is another piece of paradise that you will find in Washington Slagbaai National Park where Boka Bartol is advertised as a diving and snorkeling site. After quickly scanning the somewhat lengthy rocky shore, you will wonder why I am writing about a beach at Bo ka Bartol. But I can guarantee that if you look closely, you will find a small patch of white sand the size of two beach towels… perfect to picnic and relax with your lover after spending some time in the water. I found that the easiest access into the water was not too far to the left of this tiny beach where the calm water made is quite easy to put on my fins and goggles. I have to say that the best thing about Boka Bartol is its underwater life. You need not swim far from shore to see it at its best, which might be good for people who feel uncomfortable swimming far into the sea. Here again, as on so many beaches found on Bonaire, shade is non-existent. But if you need a change of scenery, you only need to look behind to admire a beautiful view of a small saltpan filled with flamingoes with a mountainous background. Nukove Beach Since my arrival on Bonaire I have always chosen Atlantis when-ever I wanted to spend time in the sun, but now I have a new favorite spot… Nukove Beach. This little treasure is actually located in a cove on the northwest coast of the island, and getting there is only half the fun. To reach Nukove Beach, you need to travel to the very gates of the BOPEC oil depot, turn right and then follow the signs to Playa Frans. The dirt road to the beach is very rough, so when visiting Nukove be sure you are with someone who is strong enough to change a tire – just in case. The beach is at the bottom of a half-moon-shaped rock formation. Do look around to find the small path that will lead you down to the wonderful white sandy beach. If you are as lucky as I was, you will even enjoy the sight of large fishes feeding in the shallow water of the cove from the top of the cliff. As you can imagine, snorkeling at Nukove Beach is an amazing experience, but be aware that for some distance you will need to almost glide on the surface of the water in order to avoid the many coral formations that rise from the sea floor . An additional bonus to this treasure is that you will find a grove of trees at the top of the cliff that will provide you with some wonderful shade and a wonderful view of the Caribbean Sea. You need only to remember to bring some beach chairs. This is the time of year when we all usually go back to our daily routines, and in many cases there are no more vacation days available until next year. So until your next vacation, what better way to enjoy Caribbean living than outings on the weekends? I believe that this week’s spots are perfect escapes from everyone’s weekly routines. I don’t think that many people will venture to these beautiful spots on a regular basis so you might end up enjoying these beaches with only your lover. I can’t imagine a better place to let go of the stresses of the week. As for me, I will continue to scout the island for the perfect Hush-Hush Seaside Spot with my husband in tow. Josée Bolduc Frosst Boka Bartol Susan Brown is a professional dog trainer on the island who has been in the “pet business” for 28 years. “I do anything related to pet care,” she says, “training, pet sitting, grooming, even help with th e after care of recuperating animals.” For all your dog training or pet care needs contact Susan at the Pet Professor, email: bandbfarm@yahoo.com or call 717-2620. One of the best trained dogs on Bonaire, “Immo” of Botu Blaknu Marine Nukove Beach I have chosen this week’s spots for th eir wonderful snorkeling sites and remote locations. Reaching both beaches will take some time so you will need to plan ahead for your day out, but I can guarantee that you will enjoy your day in the sun as much as I did. “Dog training needs to be a fair exchange, based on trust and respect.”

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page 14 ©2004 The Bonaire Reporter Published weekly . For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , phone (599) 717-8988, 7917252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The Bonaire Reporter , George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Reporters: Josée Bolduc Frosst, Susan Brown, Desirée, Nick Faraclas, Jack Horkheimer, Wendy Horn, Greta Kooistra, Raymundo Saleh, Angélique Salsbach, Vale rie Stimpson, Michael Thiessen, Delno Tromp, Femke van der Valk Features Editor: Greta Kooistra; Translations: Peggy Bakker, Sue Ellen Felix Production: Barbara Lockwood; Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij “P im,” our Pet of the Week, may not make it to a color page in The Reporter this week so we want to let you know she has the most beautiful gray cropped fur coat and the bluest eyes. And to complete the color scheme, the soles of her feet are coal black. Maybe there was a Weimaraner somewhere in her family tree. She was found wandering in the street all alone. She’s only about seven weeks old, much too young to be left like that. But wherever Pim came from she must have been treated well because she’s a beautifully well adjusted pup and full of fun. Like all the other pets available for adoption at the Shelter Pim has been examined by the vet, given her shots, de-wormed and declared healthy and ready to go. You may see Pim at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 7174989. Did you know that it has been proven that how a young puppy or kitten is treated in the early weeks of its life determines how it will act, whether it will be a loving, social pet or one who is fearful, snappy or aggressive? That’s why it’s so important to give your new pet as much attention and love as possible. Keeping the Shelter pets “social” is paramount with the staff. If you have some time and enjoy animals, call or drop into the Shelter and hang out with the “residents.” They’ll love you for it. L.D. “Kim” 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 FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Interior or exterior design advice, clearings, blessings, energy healing China trained, Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9013 For Rent : Comfortable 2-bedroom beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice location-Privacy & securityJuly 15 to Jan 15-Brochure available-Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293-or (US) (570)-586 0098-e/mail larjaytee@aol.com Oceanfront, furnished, 2 bedroom apartment for rent in Belnem. Call 717-8603. PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE BONAIRE. Consultation, Supervision, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de Korte, Psychologist, Phone: 717-6919 CAPT. DON’S ISLAND GROWER Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown. 8000m2 of plants and nursery. Specializing in garden/septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956 LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981 START MASTERING YOUR COMPUTER NOW. Learn how to use Microsoft Office in English, Dutch or Spanish (Word only). Call 7174200 or email peejee@myway.com JanArt Gallery , Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am5 pm Friday 17 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt. BonaireNet is the leading consumer and business information source on Bonaire. Telephone (599) 7177160 . For on-line yellow pages directory information go to http://www.yellowpagesbonaire.com Toshiba Satellite Computer : PSA10C05HVM , Mobile Intel® Pentium® 4 2.4GHz , 512MB SDRAM expandable to 1024MB; 60GB Hard Drive, 15” TFT Color LCD, CDRW+DVD, V.92 Data/Fax Modem, 10/100 LAN & 802.11b Wireless, 16bit Stereo, 3D Sound, 32MB UMA DDR Video Memory; RGB, 2 USB 2.0, RJ-11, RJ-45, TV-OUT, 2.5 Hours Battery Life, Weight 6.2 lbs, Toshiba World Wide Warranty (2 ½ yrs) , Price $1999 negotiable . Phone: 791-4192 , thusisiva@hotmail.com Traditional Bonairean Sailing Sloop. Wood, traditional construction, about 21’ long. Fiberglassed in and out for minimal maintenance. Two time winner of Bonaire Regatta, Class A. A dream to sail. Bargain at NAƒ9,999. One of the last of its kind. Call 717-8988 or 7856125. WANTED : (The services of) a Siamese male cat for our female one. Fam. Jonkman. Tel. 717-2006

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page 15 START WITH THE ‘MOTHER TONGUE’ “The main thing is for children to learn to read and write in the language they know best before they go on to another language. Learning to read and write are not easy tasks; they’re two very difficult tasks that students are expected to perform in their first years of school. It makes no sense to complicate those two tasks with a third very difficult task which is learning another language. In education the main pr inciple we follow is to go from the known to the unknown. You use the knowledge that your students have as a foundation on which to build more knowledge. You go from the knowledge they do have to the knowledge they don’t have. So normally a child goes from the knowledge of their mother tongue, their first language. They use that knowledge to gain skills in reading and writing. So you use what they’ve got – they already know their mother tongue – so you teach them to read and write in their own language so in that way they’re going from something they know to something they don’t know. At least they have something to hold onto. But when you teach ch ildren to read and write in a language they don’t know, they have nothing to hold onto. They’re going from the unknown to the unknown. Most children are just going to get lost. A lot of children are very intelligent but they just can’t cope with learning to read and write and learning Dutch at the same time. So what happens is they never get a good foundation in reading and writing. They never get a good foundation in Dutch. And they never get a good foundation in Papiamentu either, so they’re really lost. Their whole academic career suffers as a result so they go from failure to failure instead of from success to success. I think that’s another big reason why Papiamentu is so important in establishing a good foundation for the students for the rest of their academic career. HOW DOES IT AFFECT CULTURE? Also we have the whole question of culture because when students go to school and they open up their books they see the language in the books doesn’t correspond to their own language. So how does that make the children feel? It makes them feel, ‘Well, my language isn’t that great because it doesn’t get to go in the book. The language that’s really important gets to go in the book.’ It gives children the idea that their language is inferior. And when they look at the book they see that the people in the book are from Holland. The person in the book doesn’t look like their father but somebody from another country; the mother looks like someone from another country; the house from another country. So th e children start to believe that the father in the book is a good father and their own father isn’t such a great father because he doesn’t get into the book. The mother in the book is a good mother, but their own mother is not really a good mother. The house in the book is a good house; their own house is not such a good house because they never see it in the book. What that means is the child thinks that not only is his language not good, his father, mother, his house are not good. In the end the child feels the same way about himself, ‘Well, I’m just not as good; I’m inferior to somebody else.’ And of course when he feels inferior he doesn’t have confidence; he doesn’t have belief in himself. Without confidence and belief in himself he can never succeed in school. The basic ingredient to success in school is confidence. A child who has confidence and belief in himself will do well in his studies. So if we try to build up the child’s confidence at an early age then he’ll do well in school later. But if the child’s confidence is destroyed at an early age you’ve destroyed most of his chances of succeeding in school. It’s a very big problem and a problem that is faced by many students here on Bonaire. It’s not just here. In many other countries children are forced to learn to read and write in languages that are not their own. In Papua, New Guinea, for instance, most children are out of school by grade three or grade four. But here in Bonaire, the law says the child has to stay in school, but it’s questionable as to how much he’s learning. A lot of children are passed to the next grade because of their age, rather than how much they’ve learned. Back to culture – children appreciating and valuing their own culture. If a child is forced to learn to read and write in a language that’s not his own and learn about a culture that’s not his own before he learns about his own culture and his own language he’s going to tend to feel that his own language and culture are not as important as the other – the Dutch culture and language. So what that does is give the child a basic negative value for his own culture and language. What happens to the majority of students who never do well in school is they don’t really feel at home in the village, but when they come to town they don’t feel at home either. They don’t feel at home in the kunuku; they don’t feel at home in town, so what happens to these children? They don’t want to work on the kunuku; they don’t want to work in the rural setting, but they don’t have the qualifications to work in an urban setting. So I think this is a big source for crime and other activities that Bonaire is having to face right now. But then what about the children who do succeed (under this system)? But when they succeed because they’ve learned that their own culture and language are not as important as Dutch language and culture – when they have this lack of confidence then the chances are that they’re not going to come back to Bonaire after their studies – and you’re going to get the “Brain Drain” that we have in Bonaire. So many of the most talented people from Bonaire are not in Bonaire. They’re in Holland; they’re in the US; they’re in some other country, whereas they should be here in Bonaire helping to build up their own country. They’re somewhere else because they appreciate the foreign culture more than their own. They put a higher value on the foreign culture. WHAT PARENTS MAY FEEL Many parents believe that teaching children to read and write in Papiamentu will stop them from learning Dutch, or English or Spanish. So a lot of parents are really afraid right now of what it’s going to mean for their children. Actually it’s the complete opposite. A child who learns to read and write in Papiamentu first has much better chances of eventually becoming proficient in the other languages. So the child who has the good foundation in his own language is the one who will have the best chances of being able to build on that foundation to get a good knowledge of Dutch, English and Spanish. This has been proven in many countries. At the Erasmus School in Curaçao the children are taught to read and write in Papiamentu. All their lessons are in Papiamentu, but they take English, Dutch and Spanish as subjects. I was there four days ago and the children, ages 9 and 10, were already reading, writing and speaking very proficiently in English. So this proves that right he re in Curaçao that children who learn to read and write in Papiamentu can very quickly go on to other languages. So the best way to teach a child a foreign language is to teach them in their own language first . L.D. from an interview with Dr. Faraklas Next week the series continues covering subjects as teacher and parent support, how to change the system, word banks, etc. R ecently in Curaçao there was a Conference on Creole Languages and a joint meeting with the Society for Caribbean Linguistics and the Association for the Study of Spanish and Portuguese Based Creole Languages. According to Dr. Nick Faraclas, Professor of Linguistics, the scope of this conference has not been replicated for a long time. The conference was organized by the Erasmus School of Curaçao (K to 12 , where classes are in Papiamentu), the Foundation for Linguistic Planning and UNESCO. Creole languages, of which Papiamentu is one, occur all over the world. Professors presented 50 different papers on Cr eole languages in the Indian Ocean, West Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. Nearly 200 people attended with a large delegation from the ABC islands (teachers, local li nguists, government officials responsible for language educatio n, local writers interested in culture, musicians). In the ABC islands Papiamentu is used in crèches (nursery schools). The government has proposed and passed legislation for Papiamentu to be taught up to grades 4 to 6 as the main language of instruction with Spanish, English and Dutch as subjects. Dr. Faraclas, who was recently in Bona ire researching the essence of Papiamentu and recording 16 different intervie ws with elderly Papiamentu speakers, explains: Dr. Nick Faraclas, Professor of Linguistics, speaks on his subject

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page 16 T he Swimming Association of the Netherlands Antilles (NAZB) in cooperation with the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) held a swim coach clinic in Curaçao from 9 – 13 August. Attending from Bonaire were Ralph Sint Jago, Valarie Stimpson, Simone Sweers and Paco Veeris, all volunteer coaches for the Bonaire Barracudas Swim Team. Course work included Principles of Teachin g, Principles of Motivation, Stroke Technique, Designing Season Training Plans and Designing Dryland Training Plans for Novice, Age Group and Senior level swim programs. Sessions lasted 8 to 10 hours per day, including classroom work and pool training sessions with swimmers from several Curaçao clubs. During the clinic the coaches from Bonaire had the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with coaches from the other islands of the Netherlands Antilles. Many of the Curaçao coaches have family members living in Bonaire so acquaintances were made quite easily. Several swim clubs in Curaçao have been active for more than 30 years, and their coaches were helpful in providing tips on training technique and frequency. Coaches from St. Maarten proved to be a useful source of information about the development of a new swim program as they have been involved in competitive swimming for a much shorter period of time than Curaçao. Even so, Bonaire is no longer the youngest member of the Antillean swimming community. St. Eustatius sent a coach to the clinic in preparation for setting up a swim program for that island as well. Representatives of the NAZB were also on hand throughout the clinic to lend their expertise and support to the delegation representing the Bonaire swim program. The coaches did not have to wait long to put their new-found knowledge into practice as the Bonaire Barracudas opened their season on Monday, 16 August at the Meralney Vacation Village Pool. Valerie Stimpson Guy Edson of the American Swim Coache s Association with coaches from the Bonaire Barracudas coaches: (l to r) Ralph Sint Jago, Valarie Stimpson, Simone Sweers and Paco Veeris . The Bonaire Barracudas swim club welcomes new members and invites girls and boys between the ages of 7 and 16, accompanied by a parent, to visit the pool during a workout session to watch the Barracudas in action. Workouts are currently Monday 17.30 – 18.30 and Tuesday 17.00 – 18.00. Children should have an “A” level swim diploma or be able to pass the club swim test to join the team. There is a monthly club membership fee.

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page 17 THIS WEEK Thursday; August 26 —HAPPY FIRST YEAR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION BONAIREXEL –at Wilhelmina Park—Food, drinks games, prizes, music. Everyone invited! Starting at 6 pm. Friday, Saturday Sunday, August 27 , 28, 29 a play in Papiamentu, Shèbèrèbè den Karta , at SGB, Friday and Saturday 8:30 pm (tickets NAƒ25), Sunday 4 pm (tickets NAƒ15) Call 717-8448 or 786-8448 Sunday, August 29— -Special Olympics Bonaire Fundraiser -Let’s Go Latin/Jazz Concert aboard the visiting cruise ship, Freewinds, 7:15 to 9 pm, tickets NAƒ17.50 from Croccantino Restaurant, Sharon (tel. 7178658) or any Special Olympics board member. Saturday, August 27 —Rincon Marshé & Soldachi Tours, 6 am to 4 pm (more on page 5) August 21-September 25 , at Cinnamon Art Gallery an exhibition of “Nochi” Coffie’s works. September 2 through 6 , Big Biker (extended) Weekend. There will be rides, parades and lots of parties for the participants and everyone else. COMING Sunday, September 5th Bonaire Local Fishing Tournament. Only Bonaire registered boats. Crew may be from anywhere. Sign up at Doei Diaz’ (next to Richard’s Restaurant) 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. $20Call 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 SundayDiscover Our Diversity Slide Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm 717-5080 Wednesdays (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conservation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm FridayWeek in Review Video Presentation by the Toucan Dive Shop at the Plaza’s Tipsy Seagull , 5 pm. 7172500. 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 7178444. 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 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday ; Phone 717-6105; 560-7267 or 7173902. Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Bridge Club Wednesdays , 7:30 pm at the Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from the RBTT Bank and next to Kooyman’s. All levels invited. NAƒ5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm . Tel. 717-5595, sec. Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday , 12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454 BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangazina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse” while learning about Bonaire’s history and culture and visit typical homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 or 790-2018 Go to the source . Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868 Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017 Sunday at Cai Live music and dancing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of Bonaire’s popular musicians. Rincon Marshéevery Saturday 6 am to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire’s historic town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon area . Alta Mira Nature Walking Tour at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour at 9:30, Bus Tour at 10 . Call Maria at 717-6435 to reserve. CHURCH SERVICES International Bible Church of Bonaire – Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332 Protestant Congregation of Bonaire . Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm . Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish and English. Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304 . Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in English . Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Services in English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116. * * * * * * * Send events to The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252 Kaya Prinses Marie Behind Exito Bakery Tel. 717-2400 Tickets NAƒ10,50 (incl. Tax) High Schoolers NAƒ7,75 NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY SATURDAY 4 PM Garfield SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM CALL FOR INFO New ! 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page 18 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 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 beautifu l 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 pr epares 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. Take out too. Garden Café Kaya Grandi 59 717-3410 Moderate Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuis ine 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 67:30pm , 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 Lost Penguin Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Call 717-8003. CLOSED Sept. 1 to 26. 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. Lunch from NAƒ7Pasa 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 tropical 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 sp ecialize in creating patios and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete pavement. CYBER CAFES See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Café. 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. 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. 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, h onest and experienced. Electrical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. RESORTS & ACTIVITIES Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and exploration. SAILING Woodwind has it all: Smooth trimaran sailing, to Klein Bonaire, affordable prices, snorkeling with equipment, guide, drinks, snacks. Call 560-7055 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. Pr ofessional 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 19 I t’s a long and dusty road that leads to the kunuku where he’s living, but as always, it’s worth it. There’s something very beautiful in a place that has no structure, that’s not developed. It is as if life has become a matter of sky and earth and just a roof to separate them and to hold on to. Hans Voerman (39) lives there. “The quality of life is high here,” he smiles. “I don’t miss a thing and I wouldn’t want it any other way. You need to be a little bit adventurous. I don’t have electricity; I don’t need it. The light of a kerosene lamp is just beautiful at night and so is the darkness. I don’t have TV or a radio, but I hear the sound of the wind in the trees; I hear the dogs, the birds, and when the rain comes I hear the frogs and the cicadas. And there’s silence. The light of the kerosene lamp is enough to read by I couldn’t live without books but I don’t have a refrigerator and it doesn’t matter to me. This kunuku belongs to the DeJong family. When they said I could live here it was like everything fell into place. It must have been for a reason. The first time I came to Bonaire was in 1990. I was a diver with the military. My sergeant, Rene Faro, came to Bonaire for a vacation. I decided to visit him for a week. It became a month. I arrived at night; I’d been to the tropics a lot and expected to be chased by taxi drivers, but on the contrary nobody showed up. Great! The customs officer asked where I was going to sleep. I wondered why he’d ask me such a thing. I told him, and it appeared he knew the person. That was impressive! Back in Holland after I got out of the service I arranged everything to move to Bonaire. The easiest thing was to become a dive instructor and Buddy Dive hired me. At the time the business was small: 10 apartments and a container as an office. I was 25 and having a good time. Before I went into the military I’d been a helmsman on a tramp freighter with Rederij Spliethoff in Amsterdam for five years, and now I felt I was getting restless again. Maybe I was too young to settle down. My girlfriend and I planned to travel aboard the TransSiberia Express to the Far East and from there to Australia and New Zealand. Soon after World War II my parents had immigrated to New Zealand where my two brothers and sister were born. They stayed for 15 years, and I was ‘made in New Zealand,’, but I was the only one born in Holland after they’d returned because my mom was so homesick. The only one who was born in Holland! Can you believe that! How terrible! I still feel bad when I think about it! I could have had two passports! They have! My girlfriend and I split up and I went to Australia by myself. I traveled through the northern part in the rainy season flooded roads and bridges and I had to sleep in a bus or roadhouse. I met a helicopter pilot and some aboriginals and we traveled with two trucks through the outback. It was the trip of my life! The aborigines caught a reptile one night and we ate it. I still don’t know what it was. The trip ended when we got stuck in a river. I ended up on a cattle station half the size of Holland—no money, no transport, so I did the dirty work. Once they went ‘hunting’ with the helicopter to find a suitable cow. They shot it, tied it to the helicopter, then flew back and landed the cow next to the barbecue! Unbelievable! But my heart was still in Bonaire. Buddy Dive said I could have my job back. Three months later I was back on the island. I thought I’d find some peace of mind this time but I didn’t. Still, I didn’t want to leave the island. I started working on a twomasted ship, the Insulinde from Curaçao for six months. Then I helped friends of mine, Henk and Sylvia Rotteveel, to build an apartment on their kunuku ‘Dos Iguanas.’ At the same time I was the operator of the recompression chamber. However, the rules were different then. I didn’t have an official job so I was ‘illegal’ on the island. I didn’t like it and I thought it was absolutely unfair, as Antilleans could go and live in Holland anytime. Together with a friend, Marielle Sengers, I left for South America. The first day in Caracas we were robbed in broad daylight and it annoyed me terribly. From there we went to Merida, Colombia, Quito and Peru where Marielle wanted to stay longer. I went on to Chile and to Easter Island. That was impressive, very remote, at the back of beyond, and the Polynesian culture mixed with the SouthAmerican culture—very special! And—an island! (Ever since I was a little boy of five I wanted to live like Robinson Crusoe.) From Easter Island I went to Tahiti and finally I ended up in New Zealand and… was arrested immediately at the airport. The drug dogs had gone out of their minds the moment they’d smelled me and I was also the only passenger who looked somewhat shabby. No more kindness. They read me my rights and I was arrested. ‘Why?’ I asked. ‘You’ve got cocaine somewhere,’ the officer said, and he kept on searching my suitcase. Then I remembered. I had this Bonairean goatskin that I’d prepared myself three months before. That was it! They let me go with compliments for the preparation. After they’d disinfected the skin I got it back. I traveled through New Zealand, back to Australia, to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong where I sailed along with a friend on a ship. He told me about this job, ‘naval survival instructor,’ so I went to Holland to see about it. A naval training center trains everyone who works offshore and on ships and who’s obliged to follow this training. It’s about going out in a dingy in high seas and bad weather to rescue people, ditching helicopters and escapes, fire fighting on ships and oilplatforms—just a golden job! Every year three to four months off because of the overtime, so I could go traveling. I did it for seven years, then it became more and more about theory and about course members who were not willing to do the course because they were afraid. After seven years, it was enough! I also wanted to leave Holland.” He strokes his blue-eyed Siamese kitty and says : “All my life I’ve been looking for a place to live. When I was a child I used to say I didn’t want to stay in Holland. Then I heard that regulations in Bonaire had softened up for the Dutch, so in 2002 I was back with the idea of becoming a dive guide. The notary told me it wasn’t allowed anymore as there were so many already. That was really disappointing and I didn’t know what to do. For a while I worked for Yellow Submarine as a dive instructor. But then I hear d they needed someone at the Caribbean Club to do eco tours. This was what I’d done all my life: caving, hiking, biking, climbing, rappelling—the only thing I hadn’t done regularly was kayaking in the mangroves. So, for a year I’ve been doing the eco tours. I founded my own business, ‘Outdoor Bonaire—Do Something Different.’ It takes times to get a steady clientele, but I’m prepared, I can live very cheap! When for a while absolutely nothing came in, I went into retreat and I fasted for 12 days. Can’t be bad! And if I’m really hungry, there’s always the roosters!” He smiles : “I’ve been very, very lucky in my life with my jobs, but I don’t believe in security. I think it’s a shame not to do what you want to do because you might lose your pension. I don’t think that’s the meaning of life. I see it as a very big challenge to live in a way that you have to do everything yourself with nobody taking care of you. I think it builds up character. Many people on Bonaire live like this. I still want to see Antarctica though. I know how to get there. Bonaire is beautiful but it isn’t the most beautiful island I’ve ever seen, however, I think it’s the best place to live. I’ve been back and forth so many times and I’ve seen so much of the world, but still, I came back to live here.” Greta Kooistra “It’s about going out in a dingy in high seas and bad weather to rescue people, ditching helicopters and escapes, fire fighting on ships and oil-platforms— just a golden job!” “On The Island Since…” is brought to you each week by Greta Kooistra 2002 Hans Voerman

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page 20 D iabetes is a metabolic disease is characterized by hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) resulting from defects in insulin (hormone produced by the pancreas) secretion, insulin action, or both. Symptoms of hyperglycemia are: extreme thirst blurry vision from time to time frequent urination unusual tiredness or drowsiness unexplained weight loss There are two types of diabetes: Insulin Dependent Diabetes (IDDM or Type 1 Diabetes) and Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes (NIDDM or Type 2 Diabetes). When the pancreas does not make enough insulin, the sugar (glucose) level in the blood gets too high. The bodies of persons with Insulin-Dependent Diabetes do not make any insulin, therefore these people must always take insulin. The bodies of persons with Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes make some insulin or occasionally, too much insulin, but this insulin doesn’t work very well. No matter which type of diabetes you have, it is important to understand that diet and exercise will play a big part in your life from now on. Diet and exercise are important in controlling diabetes. Here are some helpful nutrition guidelines for people suffering of Diabetes Mellitus: € Lose weight if overweight. A weight loss of even 10% can significantly improve glycemic control in persons who are overweight. These are usually persons with Type 2 Diabetes. € Reduce dietary saturated fat and cholesterol for overall cardiovascular health. Reducing total fat intake also helps to reduce caloric intake which is important in weight control and the management of Type 2 DM, and other diseases that increase the risk of coronary heart disease. € Reduce sodium intake if hypertensive . You can reduce sodium intake by not adding salt to food and by seasoning your food with salt free seasonings. € Increase dietary fiber intake . You can increase your dietary fiber intake by choosing products such as: whole wheat bread, whole wheat pancakes, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat crackers, as well as cereals high in fiber, beans, fruits, vegetables, potato, etc. € Follow a meal plan with good spacing of carbohydrates over the day and by eating at regular times. € Limit your alcohol consumption. Do not use alcohol on a daily basis and do not exceed two glasses. € Quit smoking € Exercise appropriately. Exercise on a daily basis or at least five times a week for about one hour. Use proper footwear. Inspect feet daily after exercise. Monitor blood sugars and eat appropriately to prevent hypoglycemia (too low blood sugar). A.S. Angélique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire’s Department of Health and Hygiene, has a radio program every other Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Write her at dietitan@bonairenews.com Angélique Salsbach M ost headaches are due to stress and tension held in the head, neck and shoulders and upper back. When these muscles are continuously contracted, they constrict the flow of blood, oxygen and prana (energy) to the head. When you feel a headache coming on, the first thing to do is stop what you are doing and take a break. Close your eyes, relax and take a few deep breaths through the nose into the belly. Scan your upper body for tension and tightness and consciously allow it to release and relax. Adjust your posture: reach the crown of the head up to lengthen the spine, let the shoulders drop down and back to open the chest. Or give yourself a shoulder, neck and face massage. Gently press and lightly circle on the tops of the shoulders, the back of the neck, the third eye and temples. Practice yoga in a calming environment with low lights and soft music. Focus on calming and restorative postures like child’s pose, puppy stretch. Finish in shavasana (relaxation) with a folded towel placed over the eyes; slow deep breathing in the belly and chest. A regular yoga practice, focusing on postures that will release tension in the neck and shoulders, increases circulation and stimulates the nervous system. Talk to your doctor if you are having more than two or three headaches per week, or if a bad headache lasts for several days. Migraines and cluster headaches can be helped with yoga, but you must have the supervision and approval of your doctor. Desirée EVERYONE HAS HIS OWN DANCE “Some of us want to spread our arms wide to new adventures. Some of us want to open the curtain just a little bit for the time being. Some of us want to light a huge bonfire. Some of us want just a little flame to radiate our own special light into the world. Never worry if you are doing it ‘wrong.’ There is no wrong. It’s your dance. Every day it’s a new dance for all of us. Trust your own rhythm. It suits you.” Susan Jeffers Don and Desirée of “Yoga For You” offer classes from beginners to advanced. Call 717-2727,785-7688

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page 21 The 2nd and The 6th Planet Have a Super Close Meeting on August 31st and September 1st I f you want to see something really nifty then mark August 31st and September 1st on your calendar as two mornings you'll want to get up an hour before sunrise to see a super close meeting between planet number 2, the brightest planet of them all, Venus , and planet number 6, the most beautiful pl anet of them all and the one that we're visiting right now with our Cassini spacecraft, Saturn . Let's go back in time a bit to Sunday morning, August 1, an hour before sunrise, facing east where the brightest stars you would have seen would have been those of Orion the Hunter, Aldebraran, the eye of Taurus the Bull, Castor and Pollux, the two brightest stars of the Gemini twins, and Capella, the brightest star of Auriga, the charioteer. And nestled between these wonderfully bright stars, the brightest planet of them all, planet number 2 from the sun, 8,000-mile-wide Venus, our so-called sister planet because it is the same size as our Earth. And huddled close to the horizon, much dimmer but absolutely spectacular through a small telescope, the 75,000-mile-wide wonderful ring world Saturn. Now on August 1 st Saturn and Venus were 25 degrees apart from each other, or if you like to think of it this way, since a full moon is ½ a degree wide we could have fit 50 full moons between Saturn and Venus. But the heavens are very dynamic because everything in the cosmos is moving including our Earth. So if you had gone out a week later on August 8th you would have seen that Saturn and Venus had moved closer and were only 20 degrees apart or 40 full moons distant from each other. And if you had been payi ng close attention you would have also noticed that they had moved relative to th e bright stars, esp ecially Orion. One week later on August 15th they had moved 5 degrees closer, only 15 degrees apart, or 30 full moon widths distant. And then things really began to speed up because by last Sunday the 22nd they were only 9 degrees or 18 full moons apart, Venus noticeably much fart her away from Orion. But this week is the week the action really begins because in just seven days, by this Sunday the 29th Venus and Saturn will be only 3 degrees or 6 full moons apart and getting ready to cl ose in. In fact, they'll reach their absolute closest and be a visually stunning mere 2 degrees apart on Tuesday morning, August 31st, and Wednesday morning, September 1st. Astronomers call this meeting of two planets a conjunction, but it's all an optical illusion created by our vantage point on planet Earth as we and all the planets constantly move in our orbits about the Sun. In fact, on the morning of the 31st Venus will be only 76 million miles away while Saturn will be a whopping 905 million miles away. And if you want to see how things really change quickly in the cosmos, on September 1st Saturn will be a million miles closer. So get thee out on the 31st and 1st for a super close meeting of two of the loveliest planets around. Jack Horkimer For the week: August 27 to September 3, 2004 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Education may be the answer. Erratic behavior may confuse others, and mood swings may result in isolation. Your ideas are right on the mark and your work commendable. Do not confront situations unless you are sure you have a good understanding of the dilemma. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Social activities that involve the whole family will be enjoyable. Keep a lookout for any individuals eager to confront you with unsavory situations. Don't be too quick to blame others for your bad mood. Unexpected romantic connections can be made if you go out with friends or take a pleasure trip. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can get your point across if you don't beat around the bush. Pleasure trips will promote new romantic encounters. Take time to find out if anyone has a better suggestion before you make arrangements for the whole family. Uncertainties about your personal life are probable. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Control your emotions and everything will fall into place. Don't let others know about your private affairs. If possible, rely on coworkers to back your objectives, and talk to superiors in order to get approval. Try to control your irritability if you're experiencing emotional problems with your partner. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Visitors may relieve the tension. Don't reveal anything about your personal life to those who may use such information against you. Don't put all your cash in one place. Don't be too quick to judge those you live with. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Channel your efforts into achieving your goals. Make plans to meet again in the near future. You may want to pull out some of those unfinished project you've got tucked away. Inharmonious situations at home may be extremely upsetting for you this week. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You will have the getup and go to contribute a great deal to groups of interest. Don't deny yourself this week. A change of attitude has probably disrupted your home environment. You can make drastic changes in your professional direction this week. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You may find that doing odd jobs around the house will be successful and appreciated by loved ones. Travel may be confusing. Don't be too shy to promote your own interests. You will impress others with your initiative and ability to accomplish while on short business trips. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Talking to those you trust and respect will help you sort out any problems. Children may be demanding, and entertainment could cost a lot more than you can really afford. Don't let your partner goad you into wearing your heart on your sleeve. Secret love affairs may be enticing; however, you must be prepared for the restraints that will follow. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Confusion at an emotional level will cause you to make wrong decisions concerning your personal life. It might be best to work on your own; if possible, do your job out of your home this week. You may find it difficult to communicate with someone at work. Set a limit, or you'll wind up on a tight budget. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Romance will unfo ld through business trips. Relatives will be cordial. Don't be too quick to react. Do not yield to children or relatives when they really don't deserve it. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) The locks, stove, gas, or electric wires may not be secure. Your mind will be wandering to exotic destinations. You can spend a passionate evening with someone you cherish if you make your plans early. Visit someone who hasn't been feeling well lately. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. Moon Info Full Moon on August 30 Last Quarter on September 6th New Moon on September 14th First Quarter on September 21st . *to find it, just look up Internet photo Conjunction photo from 2001