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fficials from The Envi-
ronmental Service
(DROB), The Environmental
Police, STINAPA, and the SSV
(non-criminal police) joined in
an enforcement action, raiding
six houses and confiscating
seven Loras (The Bonaire yellow
-shouldered Amazon parrot, an
endangered species). The parrots
confiscated did not have a "ring"
on their leg. Since 2002 it has
been required that all Bonaire
parrots in captivity be ringed and
registered as a deterrent to poach-
ing.
Owners of captive Loras are now
being given a last chance to regis-
ter their birds if they haven't al-
ready. A short amnesty period has
begun. After it ends owners of
unregistered loras will be given a
summons by the police. A fine of
up to NAf10.000 can be charged.
If you have a bird you wish to
register call: DROB (717-8130),
STINAPA (717-8444), SSV (717-
5330) or Police HQ (717-8000).

D Henk Kamp, The Queen's
Commissioner for the BES is-
lands, will hold separate one-on-
one meetings early next month
with interested persons on Saba
and Statia who wish to know more
about the upcoming constitutional
and other changes.
Spokeswoman Maya Leon-
Pandt said the confidential ses-
sions will be limited to 10 minutes
and questions should deal with the
relationship with the Netherlands
and not with the Island govern-
ment.


Interested persons on Bonaire
who would like to meet with
similar meetings with Mr.
Kamp, should visit the service
center in the APNA building to
make their appointments or call
717-8333.

Apparently there will be
elections for a new Central Gov-
ernment Antillean Parliament
in January 2010 despite the fact
the by the end of 2010 there will
be no Antillean Government as
the BES Islands, Curagao and Sint
Maarten will each have gone their
own way. The Council of State
(RVS), the Dutch Advisory Coun-
cil, recommended that elections
be postponed. The term of the
new Parliament would start on
March 26, 2010, while the agree-
ment is that the "Country" of the
Netherlands Antilles be disman-
tled no later than October of the
same year.


SIn ,
the wake
of the
BES
Islands' f
decision
to use
the US
dollar as its currency a confer-
ence was held in Curacao to
discuss the possibility of dollar-
izing themselves. Most of the
reaction appeared favorable but
many still had concerns, World
Bank senior economist Lars
Moller recommended further
study of the several economies
that have introduced the US dollar
as legal tender. He specifically
used Panama as a case study but
felt that the recent experiences of
Ecuador (2000) and El Salvador
(2001) were more relevant for
Curagao and St. Maarten, but also
too recent for empirical analysis.
Mark O'Brian of the Monetary
and Capital Markets Department
at the International Monetary
Fund believed it was difficult to
come up with a clear-cut answer
to whether the advantages of a
move to full dollarization would
outweigh the disadvantages.


At a
recent fi-
nancial
conference
in Curagao
Richard
Doorn-
bosch of
the Dutch
Ministry
of Finance
outlined
how the introduction of the
dollar would take place for the
BES islands. According to
Doornbosch:
* The US dollar will become
legal tender as of January 1,
2011.
* All "electronic" payments will
take place in dollars from 12
am onwards.
* All accounts will be converted
automatically at the rate of NAf

D The Ecopower
consortium which
will become re-
sponsible for Bon-
aire's electric
power next year
has taken on 15
Water and Elec-
tricity Bonaire
(WEB) employees.
Ecopower will run
the wind farm at
Morotin and the
power plant at
BOPEC. WEB re-
mains responsible
for the distribution
of electricity and
water for the island.
Ecopower is a partnership
among three parties: Enercon
(wind turbines), MAN (diesel
generators) and Evelop. 90% of
the shares of Evelop were sold
after bankruptcy of the parent
company, Econcem. Rabo Bank
is funding the wind-diesel project
on Bonaire.

D Interestingly, The Nether-
lands is in the top 10 of coun-
tries that spend the most money
on lobbying and public relations
work in the US. The Hague spent
1.9 million euros in 2008. These
figures come from an investiga-


1.79 per US dollar.
* The Antillean guilder will con-
tinue to be legal tender for one
month, but hopefully it will be
out of circulation within a
week.
After January 31, 2011, BES
citizens can exchange guilder
cash for US dollars at designated
banks for a certain period.
The Dutch government will take
responsibility for possible ex-
change rate risk for civil ser-
vants' salaries, taxes and other
benefits, among other things.
Fundamentally the decision to
dollarize the economies of the
BES islands was taken because
this would bring about macro-
economic stability and economic
and financial integration in the
region, among other things.
For more details go to http://
www.gov.an/dollarisatie.

tion by ProPublica, the non-profit
journalism website.
At the top of the list is United
Arab Emirates, which spent $10.9
million in 2008. In second place is
Britain ($6.1 million), followed by
Japan and Turkey ($4.2 million),
and Iraq ($3.7 million).
The Netherlands is in ninth
place with $2.7 million (1.9 mil-
lion euros).

Curacao's InselAir will
mark its
third anni-
versary Inse/
with the
addition of
a new jet
aircraft to
its fleet and additional routes.
The jet is being fitted with a com-
plete new interior and a "comfort
class" section that will offer cer-
tain benefits to passengers flying
in that class, including preferred
check-in and boarding and the use
of the VIP rooms at the different
airports that InselAir services.
InselAir will add Bogota,
Medellin and Caracas to its routes
and will start flying Miami/Port
au Prince. InselAir will also dou-
ble its flights to two flights daily
to Miami from Curagao.
(Continued on page 3)


SEEPORTER

Table of Contents


This Week's Stories


Dollariation process
Bonaire Ta Dushi DVD Debut
Brine To Energy
Yoga Classes
High School Transformation
Stchting Project- Calendar, Diving
Parrot (Lora)Watch (Season
Summary)
Letters to the Editor-Music, Thanks,
Airport, Parking
Selibon Truck Stickers
New Rangers
200 Dogs Sterilized
Vacuum Tankers To Come
Looking For Buggy
MCB HQ Opening


Weekly Features


Flotsam & Jetsam
On the Island Since (Zaida Meneses
and Jose Guiterrez)
Bubbles-White mangrove nectar
Bonairean Voices (Natural Medidne)
Sudoku Puzzle
Where to Find the Reporter
Bon Qui #13- Protestant Church 1
BodyTalk- Milkvs. Soy 1
Picture Yourself (At 200 ft.) 1
Classifieds 1
Tide Table 1
BonQuiz Answer 1
Reporter Masthead 1
What's Happening 1
Shopping & Service Guides 1
Pet ofthe Week (Hendrika) 1
Bonaire On Wheels (Becak) 1
Sky Park(Triangle, debunking Mars) 1
The Stars Have It (Astrobgy) 1



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Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518 /786-6518
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BDAeai At Its Bet


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Some of the people behind the making ofBonaire Ta Dushi: Silvie Taurer (German and Dutch translation);
Caren Eckrich and Zwanette Kooij (diving scenes); Jerry Ligon (birds and land); filmmaker Wuyts; Michiel
"Shrek" van Bockhorst (narration); Donna Wuyts-DeSalvo (film production); and Hans Voerman (kayak,
caves and climbing). Not pictured: Maria Koeks, Fernando Simal, George Cultura, Funchie Echbrechhts and


Kallie DeMeyer.
Filmmaker Hendrik Wuyts'
newest DVD, a sensitive,
affectionate video portrait of
Bonaire, Bonaire Ta Dushi, de-
buted to a packed house at Cap-
tain Don's Habitat new confer-
ence room last week.
Two years in the making Bon-


(Continuedfrom page 2)
The IATA has accepted InselAir
as a member of the IATA Clearing
House, making it possible for Inse-
1Air to start interline and code
share agreements. Insel Air flies
daily from Bonaire to Curagao to
connect with their other flight and
non-stop to Miami on Saturday.

The Caribbean and Latin
America countries are going
from recession to depression,
according to the United Nations
Economic Commission for Latin
America and the Caribbean
(UNECLAC). Caribbean econo-
mist Dr Keith Nurse, who has been
tracking the proof of the region's
economic status. He presented
statistics from the UNECLAC
public lecture at the Tom Adams
Financial Centre, Barbados given
last Friday, August 28. Nurse said
this trend was a result of decelera-
tion of growth in the core world
economies. (Source: Weekend
Nation)

D A 13-year
-old Dutch
girl's plans to
become the
youngest per-
son to sail solo
around the
world were r
blocked tem- '
porarily on
Friday when a court placed her
under state supervision for two
months. Laura Dekker, who was
born on her parents' boat in New


aire Ta Dushi tells about the is-
land's top natural attractions us-
ing the islands "experts"' own
words backed by the superb im-
ages Wuyts is known for. The
experts include past Marine Park
Manager Kalli De Meyer, Chief
Washington-Slagbaai Park


Zealand and spent her first four
years at sea, had intended to begin
a two-year voyage on her 8.3-
metre (27-foot) yacht Guppy on
September 1.

) By the time you read this
Bonaire will be out of "regular"
gasoline. Bonaire's exclusive
supplier, Curoil, decided that it
would be more convenient for
them to sell only "super" gas at
Bonaire gas stations. Curagao has
had only "super" for some time
already. According to a govern-
ment press release the extra two
octane numbers of the fuel would
not harm vehicles. The decision
will cost regular gas users an
additional two cents a gallon.

) Marine Park Manager
Ramon deLeon received the first
Coral Bleach Watch for the
season. NOAA satellites de-
tected a Hot Spot in the Southern
Caribbean of 0.1 over the Maxi-
mum Monthly Mean. This means
that there is a significant poten-
tial for coral bleaching in the
Caribbean in 2009. NOAA pre-
dicts that from July through
October Bonaire falls in the
Potential Severe Bleaching
category.
Remember that bleached corals
are still alive and need special
protection. All Marine Park users
must stay especially clear of the
reef and tnot add extra stress on
the reef like contacts, residues
from bilge, etc.


Ranger George Cultura, Rincon
tour guide Maria Koeks, sea
turtle conservationist Gilmond
"Funchie" Echbrechts, natural-
ist Jerry Ligon, researcher
Caren Eckrich, Washington-
Slagbaai Park manager Fernando
Simal, and extreme adventure


For more information about
coral reef bleaching please visit
http://www.coral.noaa.gov/cleo/
coral bleaching.shtml.

PEver wonder about the tug
boats that ply the waters of Bon-
aire? Read about them in the
story, Tug of the Sea, a hilarious
and harrowing story of adventure
aboard the Lucaya, the 368-ton
tugboat tied up at the Town Pier
Kralendijk. Bonaire writer, Pat-
rick Holian, joins Captain Andy
Domacass6 and crew as they steer
their tug to the oil tanks at
BOPEC. You can read all about it
in the August edition of Caribbean
Compass. Free copies are avail-
able at Budget Marine.

P Popular marine educators,
Ned and Anna DeLoach, have
returned to Buddy Dive and will
be there through September 25.
During this one-month event,
Ned and Anna give seminars and
slide shows on fish behavior, coral
and fish identification, as well as
guiding dive trips. The activities
started on Sunday, August 30, and
will carry on until Friday the 25th
of September. All the activities are
free of charge for guests staying at
Buddy Dive Resort. A limited
number of people can be accom-
modated on the guided boat dives
and snorkel tours.
The DeLoach's Reef Fish Identi-
fication and the Reef Fish Behav-
ior books are for sale at Buddy's
dive shop. Buy yourself a copy,
and have it signed during the


guide Hans Voerman
Hendrik Wuyts is a Belgian
who first came to Bonaire 16
years ago. He's studied at the
world renowned Antwerp
School of the Arts and his work
has won gold medals at New
York and Los Angeles film
festivals.


weekly free Manager's Rum Punch
Party & Happy Hour every Friday
between 5:30 and 6:30 pm.

D On Saturday, September 5,
at 8 pm, the Police Sport Society
(SoDePo) will hold a song festi-
val in the High School Audito-
rium in celebration of the 60th
anniversary of the police corps.
There will be 13 participants with
the three best representing Bonaire
in the finals during the Kingdom
Games. Admission is NAf 15 and
tickets are available at police HQ
and from SoDePo members. Par-
ticipants are: Magdala Seraus,
Herlene Cesilia, Zuly Marchena,
Joshua Carter, Racheyda Treni-
dad, Shainy Tokaay, Shajeni
Tokaay, Allen Richardson, Aud-
rey Frans, Hensley de Palm,
Eugene Granviel, Roy Abdul
and Emmanuel Libier.
For more information call the
Communication Department at 717
-8015 or 788-3983.

Starting Sept 2, the Bonaire
Rotary Club will meet at the Divi
Flamingo Beach Resort upstairs
in the Peter Hughes meeting room,
above the dive shop. Parking is
available and best entrance is at
Casino parking area. Same time:
noon until 2pm, Dress code is
business casual.

Did you know that Antillean
Wine Company (AWC) carries
more than just fine affordable
wines from around the world?
They also have a wide selection


Having a copy of this DVD is a
must for all who appreciate what
Bonaire has to offer.
It's different from the usual
travelog DVD because it ex-
presses concern that the natural
attractions of Bonaire may be
threatened by overdevelopment.
MG.D.


of glassware, even wine glasses
without stems for our windy ter-
races. Wine lovers should relish
this aromatic honey from Rocca
delli Macie's vineyard bees. As
well there's a super high quality
virgin olive oil, /2 liter for NAf
28,25. Customers are welcome to
visit the walk in cooler which
houses some very special wines.
AWC warehouse is on Kaya In-
dustria, just north of the under-
construction traffic circle, across
the street and south from Ware-
house Bonaire. Open Tuesday
through Saturday, from 9 am to
12:30 pm.

There will be an unprece-
dented sale of used tools and
construction equipment, as well
as household gear this Saturday,
September 5. The gates open at
9am on Kaya Nederlandia # 21
(Express Cargo Lot). Cash only
will be accepted.

Bonaire Day (Dia di
Boneiru), Sunday, September 6,
will be celebrated in Rincon begin-
ning in the early morning and last-
ing all day. It is not only a day for
fun, it is an important reminder of
Bonaire's heritage, which some
consider to be even more at risk
with the upcoming direct tie with
The Netherlands.

D Welcome to two new Bon-
aire Reporter advertisers, Oran-
jefonds and Touch of Gold. See
their ads on pages 11 and 20. U
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Bonaire Reporter- September 4-18, 2009


Available at dive and souvenir shops on Bonaire
'Bonaire ta Dushi' is produced in three languages:
English, Dutch and German.

If you would like to enjoy a teaser or order online
visit:. www.bonairefilmproductions.com
$25


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S- uan came to work here in
J construction in 1993.
After we had saved some money
we got married in Peru on De-
cember 31st 1994 and in January
1995 we came here together. I
was 20. It was the first time I'd
left South America. When I ar-
rived at the airport we went
straight to the kunuku at
Kaminda Nieuw Amsterdam
where we had a room. There
were a lot of horses which were
rented out for marriages. And
that was it. There was nothing-
no asphalt only earth and a sea
of lizards. I would walk and the
lizard sea would open, and when
I had passed the sea would close
again. It was the first time I saw
lizards.
I am from Lima. I'm used to
the fog, the smog, the cars and
the asphalt, the government
buildings, the churches and the
main streets busy, busy, busy. I
had expected a different world, a
part of Holland- an old continent
with ancient streets and buildings
- but I found a virgin island and
people who were waiting to
grow.
I was very young and I wanted
to conquer the world, to see
what's more in life, but I saw
time go slowly here, long days
and long nights and there was


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nothing. But then, at that time, I
could only see what was right in
front of my eyes: earth, lizards,
the sea and people who spoke
another language, Papiamentu,
and who seemed to be very edu-
cated. I also saw three different
kinds of people the locals, the
Bonaireans, the Dutch who were
living in houses on the coast and
the Latinos who were working in
construction three social
classes.
I couldn't get used to the island
and I didn't want to stay. I was
too young, too far away from my
parents. I am the eldest child and
I felt so much pain to be so far
from them, especially from my
dad who influenced my life so
much. I was daddy's girl, his
right hand. He had always told
me to work with my hands, to do
whatever and not to expect some-
thing else. You have to work. My
father had his own business and
I'd never worked outside the
house or for other people.


taught me every-
thing, not only how
to clean, but also
Papiamentu and she
told me about the
customs and the
culture of the island.
However, after 18
months I felt I
wanted to go back to
Peru. Juan was more
comfortable here,
but we made the
decision to go back
because I missed my
father. Also because
my father was sick.
He was diabetic. I
had no children, no
strong reasons to
stay here, so we
went back together.
Juan went to work
for my father and so did I. Soon how 1
after we returned to Peru we had Bona
our children: Gabriel was born in a lot
1997 and Michelle came in 1998. thick
But, I couldn't forget Bonaire, Wil


"I also know now that difficult times are part of life, but
everything passes, good and bad, and it's the same for
everyone."


Here I cleaned houses. I
worked for very nice Antillean
people like Fanny Emerenciana.
This lady was a professor and she


the Papiamentu, the sea. I don't
know why, but it stayed with me.
When we went to the beach in
Lima, I told Juan, 'Remember


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transparent the sea was in
ire?' because the Pacific has
of foam and its waves are
and dark.
th President Fujimori times
hard. In Lima we were con-
ed every day with protest
hes and strikes and when
father's sickness got worse
Id me, 'Here the situation is
ood. Go back!' Then my
r died in 1999.
anted to go to Bonaire, but
ime it was different as we


had the responsibility of two lit-
tle children. I thought of God.
Life was so hard. We had noth-
ing and nobody was buying any-
thing. We had a very big ma-
chine, you could sew anything
with that machine and it was the
most expensive thing we had in
our little house where we lived
after my father died. I thought,
'If I sell the machine, I'll go back
to Bonaire.' And... it was sold.
It was sold in the morning and in
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(Continued from page 4)
the afternoon I went to the KLM office to
buy my ticket. Two days later I left Peru
and Juan and the children." She smiles
through her tears.
"I had to find a job for Juan, for myself
and a place to stay for us too. But it was
also a time of recession for Bonaire and
there was no construction going on. It was
very hard to be separated from my hus-
band and children. I was only depending
on my prayers, praying that we would get
a chance, that we would make it, little by
little. One day I went to see the governor,
Richard Hart, and after that it seemed that
everything went better. It was like a favor
from God, like He wanted me to stay on
Bonaire.
One year later Juan arrived with the
children. He started to work for Dutch
people at an aloe plantation. I was work-
ing in restaurants at night. The children
did well. The climate agreed with them. In
Lima Gabriel had been suffering from a
lot of colds, but here he was healthy and
strong and so was Michelle. We are very
lucky to have them. They are good chil-
dren. They speak Papiamentu, Spanish,
English and Dutch. You know, you can
say they opened their eyes here." She
laughs. "They are from here; they like
funchi, tutu, stoba, banana hasa and piska
hasa and they like Antillean music. They
are Bonaireans, born in Peru! Bonaire is
the land of my children."
Zaida is poetic and philosophical. She
has a lot ofsentiment and she is one of
those people who can turn a set-back into
a positive experience. She is very much
herself sensitive but strong and beautiful
from the inside out.


"I always had in mind
to set up something for
myself. We started with
a cleaning company,
'Bonaire Contractor Ser- -
vices,' house cleaning
and renovation. But it all
came down to cleaning.
Juan and I did it. That
was the company!
When I was working in
the restaurants I would
prepare my own food for
myself, and all my col-
leagues, mostly Dutch,
loved the Peruvian
dishes I made and my
Bonairean friends whom
I invited to my house,
liked it too. It was a dif-
ferent taste, another fla-
vor. So, I started think-
ing about a small restaurant with Peruvian
food. I went on to finalize the idea, but I
put the final decision in God's hands. I
left it up to him.
In 2007 I made an appointment with
Pascal de Meyer to see him face to face
and he turned out to be my son's best
friend's father. Pascal said 'Yes,' he
would rent the place to me, and I thought,
'Maybe the location is not so good, but
it's also not so bad.' It was something to
start with.
he first year was very hard as the clean-
ing company Juan and I were now in
the restaurant, our only source of income.
I had no experience and I didn't know
anything about tourism, but after a while I
realized that the location was strategic to
introduce a new style of food to the is-
land. When God gives us something it's


always better.
In the meantime we have grown in ex-
perience, in knowing people and cultures,
what they like and how they like it and we
treat our guests with respect and affection.
Now that I'm old," she laughs, "I see
that Bonaire is offering so many opportu-
nities to grow in every way. I also know
now that difficult times are part of life,
but everything passes, good and bad, and
it's the same for everyone. We all have to
deal with life the way it comes to us. It's a
struggle, but nothing is ever impossible! I
am emotional and I'm timid and I can be
very nervous, but I'm strong and Juan and
I complement each other in every way and
we rely on each other. But I strongly be-
lieve the more confidence you have in
God, the easier it is.
I want to say thank you to all the people


I have met here who have helped me and
employed me; people with a very strong
positive influence, from all cultures,
lovely Antillean people, Americans with a
good heart and noble Dutch people. They
all made me stronger and they've moti-
vated me. They've taught me so much. I
am happy and content to be a Peruvian. I
am from there, my parents are Peruvians
and all my memories are there, but my life
is here.
I think Bonaire is blessed and protected
by God. There are no hurricanes, no earth-
quakes and no tsuna-
mis. I love Bonaire.
She's my adopted
mother." Greta
Kooistra


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0 Bubbles from the Biologist


B onaire's solar salt works may
be useful for more than pro-
ducing salt. It seems that the super-
salty ponds might also provide electric
power. Next month a technical paper is
being presented at the IEEE (Institute of
Electrical and Electronic Engineers)
Conference on Electrical Power and
Energy in Montreal, which uses Bonaire
as an example for a proposed system to
produce significant electric power from
salt ponds. Two applications are to be
considered in the paper: Backup power
of about 2.5 MW for a small island
community relying primarily on wind
power, and steady production for a
maritime installation such as a fish
farm. The title of the paper is: Energy
Generation and Storage using Evapo-
rated Brines by R.I. (Ian) MacDonald,
Senior Member, IEEE. Ian MacDonald
is a long- time seasonal resident of Bon-
aire.
How does it work? Consider
that where fresh water is not naturally
available it may be obtained by desali-
nating seawater, as WEB does here in
Bonaire using reverse osmosis (RO).
Under high pressure seawater is forced
through a "filtering" membrane that
does not pass the salt. The pump that
generates the pressure consumes a lot of
energy.

The desalination process can oper-
ate in reverse. If sea water and concen-
trated brine from a salt water concentra-


tor pond are separated by a similar
membrane, pure water will spontane-
ously be drawn from the seawater side
through the membrane to dilute the con-
centrated brine. The water transiting the
membrane gains pressure and the extra
volume of pressurized water can be
used to drive a turbine that produces
rather than consumes energy. This re-
versed desalination process, called
"pressure retarded osmosis," (PRO), is
just one of several that have been pro-
posed for generating power from a dif-
ference in the salinity of water, includ-
ing a new one published last month in a
major journal of physics.

Bonaire's salt flats provide a
large source of water that is saltier
than the sea. The idea of getting elec-
trical power from a salinity difference
has been dormant since the 1970s. Re-
cently it has reawakened. In 2007 the
Norwegian power company StatKraft
announced that it would install a kW-
scale prototype PRO generator on a
river in Norway. A project using a dif-
ferent process (reverse electrodialysis)
has been announced by a Dutch com-
pany for trial on the Afsluitdijk where
the freshwater Rhine meets the sea in
the Netherlands. Perhaps Bonaire will
be next, using solar evaporation to com-
plement the wind turbines under con-
struction at Morotin 0 G.D/Ian Mac-
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may offer sweet nectar
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and other insects in ex-
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You may already know
about the acacia-ant coop-
eration throughout much of
the tropics. Acacia trees
often have ant symbionts
that live within their big,
hollow spines and feed off
of small nectar glands
(called nectarines or nectar-
ies) on the acacia plants. In
exchange for room and
board, ants defend their tree from herbivo-
rous animals and even trim neighboring
trees that are competing with their tree for
space and light. If you ever lean against
an acacia, you'll learn about these warrior
ants first hand!
Recently, I learned from mangrove ex-
pert, Robin Roy Lewis, that white man-
groves also have nectar glands. I had been
taught that these glands, found at the base
of the leaves, excreted salt, but this is in-
correct. They secret nectar and it is
thought that mangroves do this for the
same reason as acacia trees to attract
insects that will defend the trees against
herbivores. This may be the case in other
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Our body exists due
to natural elements:
water, the earth, the sun
and the air. Without them
we cannot exist. We often
hear expressions like
"Render unto Caesar that
which is Caesar's." So give
your body what your body
really needs.
The experience of Mrs.
Hendrica Josepha-de Palm
(69) and her husband, Mr.
Stanley Josepha, owners of
the Rose Lord Health Cen-
ter at Kaya Kanari 42, can
motivate us. They started
this Health Center Shop


about 10 years ago when Hendrica's husband Stanley had
prostate cancer. He was only 55 years old. Because of the
regular medications prescribed by the specialist his con-
dition was worsening until he went to a natural doctor
and start using natural medicines. Since then his health
started improving. His PSA test result was completely
normal and the X-rays show that the black dots he had
around his prostate have gone. Mr. Stanley Josepha got
his health back and has a great appreciation for natural
medicine. Then he and his wife opened this shop.
"We use regular medicine to ease our pains," Hendrica
says, "but it never solves the problems. We need to use
natural medicine to help our body heal. We need to rein-
force our body with natural medicine for what the regular
medicine has made bad. One thing about natural medi-
cines is that they never hurt the body. The specialist and
the urologist were completely amazed with my husband's
health and how he's improved.
We opened the shop, not to make money, but just to
make people conscious about their health. Don't rely
only on the regular medications. Under the supervision of
a natural medicine specialist you can guide your life to a
better way of living. Trust in God and yourself that you
can do it. We know that health insurance doesn't cover
the cost of natural medicine, even the visits to a natural-
ist. Most doctors and specialists don't recognize the fact
that these natural medicines that contain natural elements
like herbs, water, mud and other ingredients, can be a
cure.
On Saturday, the 12th of September we will have a
visit from a natural specialist here in Bonaire. He will
talk about the use of the natural medicine. The talk
will be held in the community center of Nikiboko at 8
pm.
In the beginning a lot of people here on Bonaire were
using these natural medicines. Now it's picking up again.
Every month we are going to have a specialist in natural
medicine and people can place their orders at the end of
every month. We want to continue with the center so
people can see the changes in their health after using
natural products.
Sometimes it's not easy to make progress in this busi-
ness because a lot of people are not so aware of natural
products and medicine. If people were more conscien-
tious about using natural medicine we would do much
better in the business.


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Hendrica and Stanley Josepha with their grandson


But we have a lot of people who appreciate us and
because of our own experience we get great satisfaction
in continuing with the business. Our purpose is to explain
to people about the use of these products. But we always
tell them to consult with a natural medicine specialist
first before they decide to use them. A naturalist special-
ist works on causes and preventions, while regular doc-
tors work on the diseases."


"We have a problem in our community," Stanley says.
"People have to be motivated to read more, to understand
and earnestly want to change their way of living. People
have to learn to eat healthier. In the beginning it was hard
for me too. But at 55 I understood and for the last nine
years I've consumed no meat and no sugar. I read more
and learn more about everything that has to do with pros-
tate cancer. Natural medicines are supplements to our
bodies; the elements that our body needs to repair itself.
Today after 10 years I can say I feel completely healthy.
The supplements and the natural medicines help."
When you love your body you will understand the signs
it gives you. Don't wait until you retire or you become
ill. Start today. 0 Siomara E. Albertus


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teaching sabbatical that she is more than ready
to start her yoga classes again. She was trained in Ash-
tanga yoga by David Swenson and Power Yoga by
Beryl Bender Birch and has taught yoga on Bonaire for
the past seven years.

In her VINYASA YOGA class she will work with a
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experience a mind/body/spirit workout that is invigo-
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Time: 6-7 pm (please do not eat dinner before class)
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o:. Tie High Schoorls Tra


There's been a near total
transformation at the SGB
(high school) of Bonaire and you
can see it the minute you drive
up. In past years the buildings
and school yards were a mess
with broken windows and debris
everywhere, school materials
were scarce or non-existent and
there was a dispirited feeling
among both the students and the
teachers. Parents were disgusted.
The school was home to about
1,500 students, ranging from
young 12-year-olds to some over
20 because SBO students can be
of all ages. It was too many for
the school to hold at one time so
some students had to come in on
a second shift in the afternoon. It
seemed as if nothing could be
done. The money for improve-
ments was just sitting there, but it
wasn't being used. Actually there
was not always that much money
for improvements and it was al-
ways for special projects, though
now that the BES Islands are
becoming tied closer with the
Netherlands extra funds have
been allocated for education per-
haps as much C6 million euros for
education on the BES islands in
the next two years.


Last semester, as part of the
planned integration of the BES
Islands with Holland, Dutch in-
spectors visited the schools and
presented a scathing report saying
the teachers were okay but the
school facilities were at a very
low level. Studies were also made
of the elementary or basic
schools and the students there
were discovered to be behind
their grade requirements.
Catalyst For Change
Enter Nolly Oleana. Nolly has
been in edu-
cation for
years. He
was a princi-
pal in the
SGB and
Director of
HAVO and '
VWO. But
because of
party politics Nolly Oleana
he was temporarily shunted aside.
During his time on the sidelines,
Oleana formulated plans and
found the money to revitalize the
school. Once Oleana became
Commissioner of Education (as
well as Commissioner of Sports,
Environment, DROB, Domain,
Harbors and Airport), following a
T'I'


change in the Bonaire govern-
ment early this year he was able
to get started on his plans for the
school and begin its revitaliza-
tion. "Now is the time," he says.
"Education on Bonaire has to
change."
Follow The Money
Where did the money come
from? "Mostly from the Nether-
lands. Holland had NAf 800.000
already allocated for 2009 and we
wanted to use it," Nolly explains.
Then he applied for a "Quick
Win Project" for small develop-
ments and got NAf 400.000
more. Administratively, there is
C300 allocated for each SGB stu-
dent. Right now there are 1,248
students in the SGB. So that's
nearly 375.000 (NAf 954.000)
more. NAf 1.2 million was spent
on reconstruction and to divide
the SGB into separate schools as
well as create a more congenial
atmosphere with plenty of shade.
Splitting The Schools
Last May a decision was made
to separate the different levels
and ages of the high school stu-
dents, provide separate entrances
for the "Junior High" and "High
School" and color code the stu-
dents' shirts to the buildings with


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their classrooms. The 150 stu-
dents in the higher levels of
VWO and HAVO were also
moved to temporary facilities at
the Sport Hall and for those 50
students preparing for their final
academic exams, to Jong Bon-
aire .
The pre-high school elementary
school students weren't left be-
hind either. Oleana says, "When
we found that the students in the
basic schools were behind aca-
demically, we discovered money
available to bring them up to
level. There are now new books
and extra lessons in the Dutch
language and arithmetic so they'll
be more prepared for SGB."
Cool and Clean
"Some of the money allocated
to SGB provided for a facelift,"
says Coordinator for the Service
Department (Administration,
Health and Care, Hospitality)
Ann Leong. "We have new win-
dows, expanded classrooms,
nearly all with air conditioning,
new benches, all the schoolyards
are clean. The kids now use the
trash containers. We see that the
students can concentrate better
and have much more energy in
the cooler rooms."


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Was there a downside to this
rapid activity?
Yes.
The building contractors really
let the school down. The new
classrooms were to be ready for
this semester, but the workers
were lured away to other better
paying construction jobs. The
school is still waiting for them to
finish the classrooms they prom-
ised. (They are supposed to finish
by December). Not all the air
conditioning is installed. And
they're still waiting for the rest of
the study materials and com-
puters.
Looking Good
What is obvious right away are
the fresh looking multicolored
buildings on Kaya Korona. The
teachers and students themselves
were brought into the decision
making for the transformation.
The newest SGB students, ages
12 to 14, in the "junior high" are
in a totally separate area and
buildings from the older students.
They wear light green shirts and
their buildings are the same color.
They even have a separate en-
trance.
Color coordinated shirts are
(Continued on page 9)


At Chez Nous there's a new system whereby the students can work more
independently. Books were ordered from Holland


VSBO students love their teacher, Charite Coffie


The classroom that cares- "The Jungle," with teacher Helen Hoen.


The unfinished school building paintings on fence were done last
year by the students for Cultural Week


Bonaire Reporter- September 4-18, 2009


Page 8













The High Schoos ransfbrmation


(Continued from page 8)


to match the class-
rooms


used in the High School too. For
example, the AGO students wear
burgundy or beige shirts, to
match their classroom buildings.
The VWO and HAVO students
wear purple. Most students we
talked to like their new "uniform"
shirts, although one said,
"They're too expensive." Some-
one else said they wanted a big-
ger logo.


This separation of classes has
many benefits besides making
sure the right students are in the
proper area. "It's really nice and
quiet," says one student, "and it's
nice to have our own entrance.
It's less busy and there aren't so
many fights." Everyone agrees
the airco is great: "We love it,"
they say. There is a better ambi-
ance with smaller groups of stu-
dents.
Some students miss having all
the kids together, "It's difficult to
talk with people in the other
groups." Others wish there were
more places to sit out of the sun.

The Academic Schools
At the temporary accommoda-
tions at the Sport Hall on Kaya
Amsterdam the 150 VWO and
HAVO students and teachers are
still waiting for their classrooms
to be finished. In the meantime
there are two or more classes held
simultaneously in each of the
temporary rooms. It seems to
work as there's a library-like
feeling. In one comer a teacher
may be instructing a group at the
board, another group may be
taking a test and a third working
independently. According to Co-


ordinator-Teacher Johannetta
Gordijn, in this temporary setting,
the teachers move from student
group to student group rather
than the conventional movement
of students from classroom to
classroom. There are typically
from 20 to 27 students per group.
The learning system for VWO
and HAVO is set up so that stu-
dents can work independently.
It's up to them to finish their as-
signments, either at school or at
home. One girl said, "I'm work-
ing so hard here every day that I
just can't do homework at home.
But it's up to me to finish it how-
ever I can." A male student
agreed that he never worked so
hard in his life, and that he felt so
much better working in air condi-
tioning. However, some students
complained that it was hard to
hear with more than one class in
a room.
Joannetta Gordijn says, echoing
the feelings of many of the other
teachers, "There shouldn't be one
big school at one location. In a
smaller school there is a better
atmosphere. And it's safer in
smaller schools. There were
1,500 kids from 12 to 20 years in
the old SGB. This is better. The


students get to know each other
better and we teachers get to
know our students better. In a
smaller setting the students get
more guidance. "
Elementary/Basic Schools
In addition to the multi-location
high school described, Bonaire
has six "public" elementary
schools: Kolgio Papa Comes,
Kolgio San Luis Beltran, Kolgio
San Bemardo, Kolgio Kristu Bon
Wardador, Kolgio Reina Beatrix
and Kolgio Watapana in Rincon.
Add the VWO/HAVO private
high school, Unicollege, the three
private elementary schools- Pe-
likaan School, Aquamarine
School and the Bonaire Intera-
tional School-and it's obvious
that the priority for education on
Bonaire is soaring.
Computers In All
Public Basic Schools
Just last Friday, August 28,
Commissioner Oleana announced
that all the "foundation-based"
public elementary schools on the
island would be equipped with
modern computer systems to
teach computer skills to the
young students. In all, 248 com-
puters, nine laser printers and 17
servers will be allocated to the


schools. It's taken about a year
to prepare for this innovation
with the needed power, cabling
and security. Telbo is providing
Intemet connection free. Special
software will filter the Intemet
content so it appropriate for the
youngsters. Teachers must take a
special course to assist them in
teaching the students about infor-
mation technology. Three schools
already have the systems installed
and the others are to be ready by
mid-September. A major chal-
lenge will be synchronizing the
study topics with computer us-
age.
The project is coordinated by
the Culture and Education De-
partment (SEK) and the Organi-
zation for Personal Information
and Technology (PO&ICT).
The Future
There are even more innova-
tions to come for Bonaire school-
ing. It's been announced that
four new schools are planned for
the island, two elementary and
two "advanced" schools. One of
the old elementary schools may
be demolished. A study is under-
way to determine the possible
locations for the schools.
U Laura & George DeSalvo


Break time at the VWO and HA VO at the Sport Hall


VSBO Hospitality students at work


Study time at the VWO and HA VO at the Sport Hall


School is fun at the Junior High!


Bonaire Reporter- September 4-18, 2009


Page 9











Stichting Project Starts A New Year

Calendar Fundraiser .


Rebecca Harrop


British teacher Rebecca
Harrop is a loyal visi-
tor to Bonaire. While on the
island she spends much time
looking through her camera's
lens and that hobby brought
her to every corer of Bonaire
above and below the water.
After several years as a visi-
tor her latest action shows why
the presence of this sweetheart
is appreciated by many locals
and why she deserves a piece
in this newspaper.
Her ability to make fantastic
photos melded with her desire
to help the students involved
with the Stichting Project. So
using her best
Bonaire photos
she created a
great and touch-
ing calendar
which she has
donated to
Stichting Project
to raise funds
for the students'
restaurant, "de
Bonairiaan."
Rebecca, like
most teachers, ,- -.
does not have a
money tree in
her London
classroom, but
she made a
clever move, a
good yet simple
idea that all of


us could us could donate to.
She had twice the number of
calendars printed in the UK
and sold them to friends, rela-
tives and at work. By doing
this her relatives learned about
the island where Rebecca usu-
ally spends her free time. This
left her with the remainder to
bring with her to Bonaire and
donate them to invest in the
youngsters of the island she
loves.
Rebecca, you are a star! We
appreciate your great help a lot
and hope to enjoy your pres-
ence again on Bonaire often
and soon.
The calendars are now for
sale for $10 to $15, depending
on your own budget. Through
the pictures Bonaire will
stream into your office or liv-
ing room. It is even better
knowing you are supporting
the youngsters who, like all of
us at that age, need a little
help. Sold at Wannadive, Jibe
City, Restaurant La Bonairiaan
or call Stichting Project at 717
-6921 for selling or buying
options. mTheo Knevel


New divers Hensmir Arrindell, Rignaldo Gustina and
Rugene Marines.


Dive Training


S tichting Project has just
started again with the
dive education for the kids of
Phase 2.

The teens are Hensmir Ar-
rindell, Rignaldo Gustina
and Rugene Marines.
These past weeks the teens
have been under the guidance
of Marc (leader of Stichting
Project) and have been busy
with their first theory lessons.
August 25" was their first
real dive. The kids were really
impressed and preferred to
stay under water even longer.
The dive instructor from Yel-
low Submarine who
sponsored the dive
lessons said that it
was a positive day,
and the kids did
great.

The youngsters
will have to work
hard and do their
best to pass their
official open water
test. We will let you
know when they
have passed it.


youngsters in dive training
receive are:
Swimming/snorkeling
Diving open water
Diving advanced
Diving rescue
Boat handling
Nautical abilities
Mental and physical
training
Team building
Map and compass
First aid
Fish and coral recognition
U Story & photo by Mick
Schmit


BonQuiz #13

Ms any of
the
islands in the
Caribbean were
first visited by
the Spanish,
and the Roman
Catholic faith
predominated.
When Bonaire
was ceded to
the Dutch that
country's Prot-
estant majority
needed a place
to worship here
as well. The
Protestant
church (Kerki)
in 'Playa'
standing alongside Wilhelmina Plaza
was built to serve them. It has a classic
wooden tower with a rooster atop.

Q) What year was the wooden
tower added?
Answer onpage 14

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he breeding
season for
Bonaire's Lora is
about to come to
an end for this
year. Now we can
finally start to pull
together all of our
findings and create
a picture of what's
been going on. It's
been a very differ-
ent season from
the past three years
with this year's
project base being at Washington-
Slagbaai National Park and with a di-
verse team of researchers coming to join
the project from Europe and South
America-all of whom have contributed
hugely to the project and each brought
different skills and energy to the team.
Everyone got on exceptionally well
with getting to know the island and the
nesting areas, learning to handle the
birds and to rappel-an important skill to
check the high cliff nests. The team have
all gone home with a wealth of new
skills and experiences.

We began the season back in April
with finding the active Lora nests in
the areas that we knew, and found 29
active nests (close to last year's total of
28). This was a manageable amount that
meant we could monitor most of these
nests twice a week to collect some good
data.
A question that many people have
asked me this year is, "What proportion
of all of the nests on Bonaire do you
monitor?" This is difficult to answer, as
we would have to search the entire is-
land to look for every nest-an extremely
difficult task in densely vegetated areas
such as the National Park and with a
small team of people. With the estimated
population of 650 individuals (and tak-
ing into consideration that young Loras
will not breed until they are at least 3
years old) I would guess that we could
be monitoring up to 40% of the island's
nests- a very reason-
able representation! O

Between the 29
nests that we moni-
tored this year, 93
eggs were laid be-
tween April and May.
The statistics that i
follow are quite dis-
turbing. Only 64 of S
these eggs hatched. I
This has been for
various reasons-some
have been infertile,
and some were eaten Antllean
by predators. From (599)
these hatchlings, 26 F
of these were lost to Fax (
predators or died winle@


from unknown reasons in the nest. This
left 38 chicks left to grow to fledging
age. This is where the poachers take
their toll. Four nests were poached-10
chicks in total- which is 26% of the
chicks that could have made it into the
wild population from the nests that we
monitored. If the nests that we monitor
represent a sample of what happens
throughout Bonaire, then the poachers
are having a huge effect on the future
survival of the Lora. With so many
eggs and chicks being lost along the
way, it seems like the young Loras don't
need any more pressure from poachers.
Making it into the wild population is a
difficult enough task!

This year, we have experimented with
new field techniques and equipment, and
as with every field season, we have
learnt something new about the Loras
and how we should be working. We
hope to make some more interesting
discoveries with the data and the sam-
ples that we have collected on returning
to the UK. In doing this, we can hope-
fully bring some ideas and solutions
back to Bonaire next year to help protect
the Lora's future in the
wild. 0 Rhian Evans

Ms Evans is a Biolo-
gist from University of
Birmingham UK. She is
in her second year of
studying the Loras.


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MORE MUSIC
Letter to the Editor:
I noticed in the last issue of
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the letter From Sali Griffiths, a
music lover from Argentina
who has visited Bonaire for
several years and who was be-
wailing the fact that there's not
enough variety in the music
that's played at Little Havana.
I have a suggestion for those
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Lt. Governor Glenn Thode, TCB head Ronella Tjin Asjoe Croes, Dr. Earle, Commissioner
Nolly Oleana (Substituting for Tourism Commissioner Pancho Cicilia)


Dr. Earle, visiting Bonaire for "Celebrate our Planet Week," says we're now facing
"Paradise Lost." "Nearly half of the planet's coral reefs have disappeared," she says.
"Now is the time to do something on our watch."

Earle congratulated Bonaire for its past and present efforts in ocean conservation, but urged
even yet stronger efforts. She said that Bonaire has the capacity to be the benchmark for the Car-
ibbean, as well as other regions, in leading the way to healthier reefs. Even though Bonaire's
reefs are in better condition than many other areas in the region, there are signs of stress. How-
ever, Dr. Earle strongly feels that there is still time to make changes that would allow full recov-
ery. "Remember," she said, "the economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment."
Bonaire economy is more dependent than most places to the environment's health 0
Laura DeSalvo


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Body Talk
MEAT VERSUS SOY
Part lof2 /


f you expect me to tell you
how bad meat is and what it is
doing to your heart and arteries,
how it affects cholesterol, you're
wrong. Our meat has become a
production line of growth hor-
mones, pesticides, herbicides, ster-
oids and antibiotics. At best, eating
meat will leave you with energy
problems due to underactive adre-
nal glands that could lead to thy-
roid problems.
But let us consider the alternative
- soy for many a healthy protein
replacement. Soybeans have been
used (Chinese 2207BC) in the form
of tofu, long before man decided to
play with genetics. (More on GM
soy in part 2) In the western world
soy was mostly planted for the
nitrogen they added to the soil.
This got Big Brother Food Indus-
try (BBFI) thinking very hard.
Here we have millions of tons of
waste product after separating soy-
bean oil from the beans. What can
we do with this? Instead of just
feeding it to the pigs, could we
program people to think this 'food'
was actually a complete food itself,
or perhaps even a superior form of
natural complete protein? And
while we are at it, let's make dairy
products and baby milk formulas
from this. You must admit, this is a
marketing masterpiece! It is cham-
pioned by nutritionists and vege-
tarians and venerated by health
food stores.
'Soy protein' is the waste product
from producing soy oil. Firstly
soybeans contain high amounts of
enzyme inhibitors for example,
blocking trypsin (an alkaline en-
zyme produced by the pancreas for
protein digestion). These enzymes
are not completely removed from
the soy protein even though it un-
dergoes a rigid heat and manufac-
turing process. The second main
contaminant is the extremely high
content of phytic acid, leaving
most soy-product consumers with a
serious mineral deficiency. For
example Zinc controls the iron
uptake and without zinc, excess
iron harms the liver. Zinc is also
necessary for normal insulin func-
tion and for immune system devel-
opment. Another contaminant of
soy is hemaglutin, a clot-causing
agent. No joke when you have


efined Dairy
Sugar ,Produce
The Tainted Triangle
heart problems! Sorry, I thought
soy is good 'heart food'! Soy also
has an aluminum content 10 times
higher than pasteurized milk,
which increases even more if the
product has been hydrogenated
(margarine). Think about your (or
your baby's) poor kidneys!
Would you still think soy is a
'healthy' product when it has un-
dergone pressing, solvent extrac-
tion (an organic solvent hexane),
degumming (with phosphoric
acid), then the refined oil is mixed
with sodium hydroxide (Drano -
the same corrosive lye for unclog-
ging drains), bleaching clay is
added to the reddish brown oil to
make it clear -and lastly deodoriz-
ing is necessary to destroy any
'natural' aromatics from the dead
refined oil. ALL THIS JUST TO
PRODUCE AN OIL! Do you
know of any other product that
started as a natural, undergoing all
this?
Strange how complacent most of
us have become. Why have we lost
the nerve to question food manu-
facturers, dieticians, physicians,
governments?
Part 2 Genetically modified
Soy, Trans-fatty acids and hydro-
genated products like margarine
and potato chips A FEAT OF
PLASTICS ENGINEERING! 0
Stephanie Bennett

Author Stephanie Bennett was born
in Cape Town, South Africa, where
she studied herbs, minerals and nutri-
tion. Before moving to Bonaire she
continued her studies in UK, and now
researches health issues that particu-
larly affect people
on Bonaire and
other Caribbean
Islands.


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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tide's height and time

DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
9-04 0:23 1.6FT. 7:38 1.1FT. 13:19 1.3FT. 17:14 1.2FT. 75
9-05 1:02 1.5FT. 7:14 1.2FT. 13:42 1.4FT. 18:41 1.2FT. 80
9-06 1:47 1.3FT. 6:36 1.2FT. 14:09 1.5FT. 21:06 1.2FT. 84
9-07 3:13 1.2FT. 5:56 1.2FT. 14:51 1.6FT. 85
9-08 1:46 1.1FT. 15:41 1.7FT. 83
9-09 2:36 1.0FT. 16:32 1.8FT. 78
9-10 3:18 0.9FT. 17:33 1.8FT. 71
9-11 3:56 0.8FT. 18:25 1.9FT. 63
9-12 4:27 0.8FT. 19:25 2.0FT. 57
9-13 5:01 0.8FT. 20:15 2.0FT. 54
9-14 5:33 0.9FT. 21:11 2.0FT. 59
9-15 5:57 0.9FT. 10:58 1.2FT. 14:07 1.1FT. 22:04 1.9FT. 67
9-16 6:17 1.0FT. 11:21 1.3FT. 15:40 1.1FT. 22:53 1.8FT. 78
9-17 6:33 1.1FT. 11:48 1.4FT. 17:02 1.1FT. 23:50 1.7FT. 88




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By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21
(includes tax). Discounts for residents
and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-
9800.
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
Saturdays
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the month-
www.infobonaire.com/rincon.
* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3 to
7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and to
sell. NAf10 per selling table.(NAf 5
goes to up-keep the park). NGOs can
have a free table. More information and
reservations for a spot call Vicky Bisses-
sar 786 1592.
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Indus-
tria, second Saturday of the month, 7-9
pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for
$10 (NAf17,50) per person. Tel. 560-
7539.
Soldachi Tours-See the real
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Learn about the history, culture and na-
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Maria Koeks for more information-796
-7870.
Mondays
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value
Fridays
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225
*
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide presen-
tation about Buddy's House Reef pool
bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080

Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sunset
Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condomini-
ums.

Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-


aire Slide Show, every 2nd & 4th
Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn
(717-8819) at 7pm.
BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has been
restored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015
or 796 5681
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAf2,50, call Joop at
786-6003 to find out the evening's loca-
tion.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to
9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For more
information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays, 12
noon-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach Re-
sort upstairs in Peter Hughes meeting
room above the dive shop. All Rotari-
ans welcome. Tel. 717-2066
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Marti-
nez Beck, at 786-2953.


CHURCH SERVICES
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Kralendijk
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English at
9 am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at
Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6 to 8 pm,
Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12
yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-
4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:
786-2557.
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sun-
day School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Pri-
mary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors
Welcome: 701-9522 for Information

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Question (from
page 10):

What year was the
wooden tower
added?

1868


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SHOPPING and SERVICE GUIDE


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

APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/
COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furni-
ture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast ser-
vice and in-store financing too.

BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insur-
ance.

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

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

CONTRACTOR
Equinox Bonaire-A USA licensed contractor for
hotels, restaurants, residential. On Time-Done
Right.

DINING
Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared
pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts.
Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
On Kaya Gob. Debrot
Smile north of town center. 780-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out

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.

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

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

FITNESS

Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional
trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.


Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center
Modem workout rooms and machines, professional
trainers and low prices make it easy to lose weight
and get fit.

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

HEALTH
Harmony House-The herb and mineral center.
Help your body heal itself.

HOME CARE
Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the
needs of second home owners on Bonaire including
inspection, management and cleaning.

INTERNET AND CELLULAR SERVICE
Digicel has the most subscribers, widest choice of
calling plans and interesting phones. Visit their of-
fice on downtown Kaya Grandi and see for yourself.


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



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


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


REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local
touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes
they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling
your home.

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," spe-
cializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and
property management.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and
insurance services. If you want a home or to invest
in Bonaire, stop in and see them.


RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water
pearl jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful ser-
vice, free gift wrap.


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

SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. What would we do without their
superb services?

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

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest se-
lection and lowest prices on the island.

WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika
di Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on
Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp

WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-
noon.

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Scuba Sales
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Check CARIB INN First.
Great Prices -Great Stock

Always Great Values
Dive gear specials



' CARIB INN
Since 1980
PADI 5 STAR GOLD PALM
717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily
(next to Divi Flamingo Hotel)


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&Bar

780-1111
Water Front

To Town Kaya Gob. Debrot Hotels
T o #42

Not Just Great Pizzas!


Call ahead
to
Pre Order

Open Wednesday to Sunday
5 PM to 11 PM


Hair Affair

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

Personal attention by Janneke
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
or just walk in.
Downtown, near the waterfront
next to Little Havana
Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop


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Sewa a e T he Island
tL Government
1A w has committed to a
S y temporary solution to
the disposal of hotel and
S restaurant waste water in the
seaside area. The sewer plant is
years away and, as stated by the
Bonaire Marine Park Manager


over a year ago, something must legislators, 1.8 million has been
be done sooner to save our reefs. pumped into the project by the
The temporary solution, to EU, USONA and the Dutch VVS
truck sewage from seaside Ministry.
cesspools inland was delayed Vacuum pump tank trucks will
until funding could be secured, be operated by SELIBON and the
However, because of pressure waste water trucked to a remote
from local environmentalists and area in Amboina where it will be
emphasis put on it by Dutch purified sufficently to be used for


agriculture. The Bonaire
Government recognizes this is a
temporary solution to the
problem. But it's vital to avoid
additional damage to the reef's
environment. The scheme should
be operational before the busy
tourist season in December. N
G.D.


b^lh)n 0)8FQ g


R ecently several SELIBON from tourism
garbage trucks were only bake br
adorned with stickers with the ple, but also
STINAPA information reminder, bor workers
"NOS TA BIBA DI NATU- cargo for Bo
RALESA"- (Our Lives Hinge On tourists. Sup
Nature). The goal is to broaden banks, contr
the general awareness of nature and many m
and the natural environment, tourism and
We might not always realize it, ture. Our eco
but the large part of the Bonairean based on tou
economy is dependent on main- ture. All these
taining the health of our environ- the income c
ment. We are a tourist destination, which subse,
Tourists from all over the world schooling, he
come here to soak up the sun, the maintenance
sea, the peacefulness and spa- So we live
ciousness that Bonaire has to of- different way
fer. The first Boi
It is easy to see that a taxi ings on the c
driver, who daily transports all now tourist a
these tourists, profits from nature. stickers five
The same goes for entrepreneurs that were ins
and staff of hotels, restaurants and ings. From li
dive shops. But indirectly many sun, the fish,
more people derive their income mingo, and c


More Than 220

Animals Sterilized

O n May 15th the Bonaire there will
Animal Shelter started be 2,000
"Bonny, the Superdog," a free fewer pup-
sterilization campaign for pets. pies born.
As a result, 200 dogs and 20 cats 2,000 addi-
have been sterilized. tional dogs
would be
Too many dogs on Bonaire. extremely
Bonaire's dog population is problematic
enormous and growing. Many for a small
dogs roam loose and females island like
often get pregnant at an early Bonaire.
age. As a result, new puppies are Many of
born daily and many do not have these dogs
a home. They often become would end
strays, looking for food, becom- streets, and
ing sick and aggressive, causing of hunger a
trouble. Because of these prob- Help neec
lems, about 1,000 dogs are put to "Bonny, t
sleep annually. We can prevent sterilization
this senseless loss. by the Bon
200 dogs have already been To date, the
sterilized! much supp(
In the last 3 months, the Bon- ployees, vo
aire Animal Shelter has steril- ans and oth
ized 200 dogs and 20 cats. Po- everyday to
tentially, each female dog can successful.
give birth to 10 puppies a year. But to coi
If 200 female dogs are sterilized, tion campai
Page 16


i. The baker does not
ead for the local peo-
for the tourists. Har-
don't only unload
naireans, but also for
ermarkets, drugstores,
actors, airport staff
ore people profit from
indirectly from na-
nomy is largely
rism and hence na-
;e people contribute to
)f the government
quently can provide
health care and road
e.
off nature, but in a
y from our ancestors.
naireans made draw-
cave walls which are
attractions. On the
symbols are visible
spired on these draw-
eft to right we see the
,the man, the fla-
cactus. The sun, fish,


Volunteers i

up roaming the
living a terrible life
nd disease.
ded
he Superdog" is a
Campaign financed
aire Animal Shelter.
Shelter has received
ort from their em-
lunteers, veterinari-
ers who worked hard
Make this campaign

ntinue the steriliza-
gn, we need money.


flamingo and cactus symbolize the
four elements: fire, water, air and
earth. Man is central in all this.
Man is dependent on nature, but
also has a big influence on nature.
"NOS TA BIBA DI NATU-
RALESA" means let's be frugal
with our nature, the green engine
of our economy.
SELIBON has been a sponsor of
this campaign from day one, be-
cause they also live off nature and
would like to see that the objec-
tive of the campaign is reached.
STINAPA is proud of the coop-
eration of all her campaign spon-
sors: World Nature Fund Nether-
lands, Island council of Bonaire,
Maduro & Curiel's Bank, Carib
Inn, Digicel, BOPEC, RBTT
Bank, Telbo N.V., Tourist Corpo-
ration Bonaire, SELIBON and
Harbour Village. Our special
thanks goes out to them. N
Press release


vith Shelter Manager Marlis


You can help by making a finan-
cial donation!
Information
For more information about
the sterilization campaign,
please contact:
Animal Shelter Bonaire
Kaminda Lagun 26, Bonaire
Phone: 717-4989
animalshelter aflamingotv.net
www.bonn superdog.com
Maduro & Curiel's Bank ac-
count # 102.378.00
RBTT Bank account #
23.10.139. NPress release


Pet of the Week

t's a dog! It's a rab-
bit! No, it's a dog.
Check out those stand up ears
on sweet little "Hendrika."
Some dogs wag their tails when
they're happy or excited, but
Hendrika does even more when
she gets those ears to stand up.
Pretty amazing. This happy little
pup is friendly and fun, but
she's not a high energy dog. She
prefers to stay in the back-
ground; she's not be a pushy
type like many others around.
Hendrika is about three months
old and is in top health. She's a
medium sized dog with easy to
care for short caramel colored
fur which encourages petting.ndra
You may meet her at the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter on the La-
goen Road, open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm and
from 3 to 5 pm. Phone 717-4989.
The Shelter staff asked us to tell you that they are in need of some
things. As you may already know the Shelter exists thanks to dona-
tions and of course its super staff and loyal volunteers. But now they
need to refurbish the kennels, so they need leftover paint wall paint
or glossy paint in all colors, brushes too. Everything is welcome.
They also need an old sail (from a boat?) to cover the boarding ken-
nel compound during the rainy season. You can drop things off at the
Shelter at Kaminda Lagun or call 717-4989 and someone will come to
get them (it). Thanks from the hard working staff. U Laura DeSalvo


Three New Park Rangers
Sa' I 4.V. +jr
W++


S At the new Ranger ceremony: STINAPA Board Member Evo Cicilia,
Rangers Joi Jenkins, Ruthsel Paula and Jerrel Martis, STINAPA Director
Elsmarie Beukenboom and Governor Glenn Thod&


L ast week three STINAPA Assistant Rangers were promoted
to Ranger.
Study and experience are required for the rank of Ranger.
Successful completion of the courses of PADI Rescue Diver, Medic
First Aid, Basic Mechanics, Computer Competance, Navigation,
Radio Operator, Tourist Guide, STINAPA Traditions, Basic
Geology, Basic Biology and Biology of the parks, Ecology of the
Marine Park, knowledge of island birds and trees and several more
subjects are required.
Graduating were Joi Jenkins, Ruthsel Paula and Jerrel Martis.
Congratulations from all of us at The Bonaire Reporter.
Island Governor Glenn Thod6 and STINAPA Foundation President
Evo Cicilia presented the trio with their new rank and certificates at
a small party gathering at Paradise Moon restaurant. NPress release


Bonaire Reporter- September 4-18, 2009






































The new Main Office of MCB-Bonaire is on Kaya Gob. N. Debrot, north of the traffic circle on hotel row. The Hato branch of the bank is across the street.


There was lots of emotion,
happiness and entertain-
ment at the opening of the new
building housing the headquar-
ters of the Maduro and Curiel's
Bank on Bonaire last Friday eve-
ning, August 28. An estimated
1,000 people turned out to cele-
brate and they did, helped by
music an open bar and endless
hors d'oeuvres.
MCB is the leading bank in the
Dutch Antilles and the most sig-
nificant bank on Bonaire. It oper-
ates six related enterprises on all
six Dutch Caribbean islands.
Besides its banking efficiency, it
is a good neighbor to the islands
and is a prime sponsor of nu-
merous cultural events, sports
and charitable foundations.
Speakers of the evening in-
cluded Bonaire's Governor
Glenn Thod6, MCB CEO
Chicu Capriles, MCB-Bonaire
Managing Director Evert Piar,
Island Commissioner Pancho
Cicilia and others.
The executives were quick to
thank the 94 members of the
MCB-Bonaire staff, the build-
ing's architect, supervisors and
contractors for helping make
the building a success. In addi-
tion to its architectural style
which blends modem function
with traditional elements it incor-
porates numerous environmen-
tally-friendly features. As was
said several time by various
speakers, although the color of
the building's exterior is painted
blue, it's also very green.
Inside the offices and corridors
are tastefully decorated and the
lobby even sports a large flat-
screen TV to entertain visitors.
Chairman in Emeritus of the
Board, Mr. Lio Capriles, joined
Lt. Governor, dr. Glenn Thode
the bank's Chairman of the
Board, Nicole Henriquez and six
adorable children to cut the rib-
bon and inaugurate the building.
SG.D.


The public wase given building tours on the opening day


MCB made significant donations to three Bonaire non-profit
foundations, selected by its employees, as part of the opening com-
memoration. The Diabetes Society representatives (above)
received NAf 5.000.


MCB-Bonaire customer service staff served as
knowledgeable tour guides


Actress, playwright and SKAL official Jackie Bernabela joins the
party with MCB CEO Capriles and BAS Director Larry Gerharts


Bonaire Reporter- September 4-18, 2009


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Zero Gallons To the Mile With an Indonesian Becak
The 54th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some ofBonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."


Bonaire/ Kralendijk -
n 2007 the owners of Plan-
tation Furniture & Antiques
were finally able to buy a real
becak in Indonesia. It did not
really take a lot of time to find a
becak but it took a lot of time
and energy to ship it and reship it
and to transport it from the for-
mer Dutch colonies in the East
Indies to Bonaire in the West
Indies. Then, finally, in Novem-
ber 2007 the long awaited becak
arrived on Bonaire. Now the tri-
cycle is parked in front of the
Plantation Furniture & Antiques
shop which is situated at Kaya
Industria, opposite the Bonaco
fuel station and the new Compact
S-building near the almost fin-
ished new second roundabout of
Bonaire.

Marjolein, on the island since
2001, is the manager of the fur-
niture shop. Marjolein says,
"We've been importing furni-
ture and home decoration and
antiques from Indonesia for
ages now. Almost all the furni-
ture is made of tropical teak
wood. Nowadays a lot of furni-
ture is also made of recycled old
teak wood. We imported this
becak in 2007. This three
wheeler is a real eye catcher. I
suppose it is more or less hand-
made in Indonesia. Possibly this
becak was produced in a small
blacksmith shop. The three
wheeler is constructed from iron
strips and pipes. They also used
wood for paneling and the con-
vertible top is made from a kind
of canvas. With enough air in the
tires and no play in the bearings
this tricycle still needs a lot of
skill and energy from the driver-
chauffeur-cyclist. I tried it sev-
eral times but accelerating with
just one speed is pretty heavy
and cornering is an art in it self!


Looking For Bug,


The metallic flake gold sprayed original Bruce Meyers Manx
buggy with Brad and Sandra Swanson and son.
Check out this photo and perhaps you can help to discover if this
car is still on Bonaire. The picture must have been taken in the early
80s. Brad and Sandra still work with Trans World Radio which
broadcasts Bible- based programs from Bonaire. E bos di speransa,
FM 89.5. Seven days a week, 24 hours a day.


n the last edition of The
Bonaire Reporter an article
was published about Brad and
Sandra and their European made
red Ruska buggy. This week The
Bonaire Reporter received a
photograph from the metallic
flake gold sprayed original Bruce
Meyers Manx buggy, the modi-


An exhausted Marjolein has her Indonesian tricycle cab al-
most completely under control It takes quite a lot of skill and
energy to maneuver a becak through the heavy traffic of
Yogyakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
Here in a parking lot on Bonaire it still is a serious job.


Anyhow. I just like this becak
and every day I roll it out of my
shop, and at the end of the day
back into my shop. Visitors like
the man-powered taxi and a lot
of photos are made of it!"

This becak is a construction of
iron and wood around three In-
donesian-made, huge 28-inch
heavy duty bicycle wheels. The
mounted rubbers are made by
Swallow and measure an impres-
sive one inch and a half. There is
only one hand brake. The thing is
located under the saddle and
functions strictly mechanically
by pressing two parts of used but
still useful tire of a car to both
sides of the wheel. The emer-
gency brakes are connected to


the taxi driver: both his feet! The
quite heavy and reinforced frame
is stick welded in combination
with a lot of primitive bolts and
nuts with a weird size of British
thread. The becak is made for
two passengers but often also a
lot of extra luggage or some ex-
tra chickens are carried. This
three wheeler is fitted with two
half leaf springs. Excessive noise
from the springs is reduced by
covering certain parts of the leafs
with old bicycle tubes. Those
Indonesians really are inventive!

This becak probably has served
in Yogyakarta. The paper sticker,
mounted in the hidden luggage
space behind the wooden seat
reads: "1998 Yogyakarta." The


fied Volkwagen Brad imported
from the States to Bonaire. Brad
and Sandra still wonder whether
their old love is still on our is-
land.
Can you help find it? If you
do, contact digitalis1956
(@hotmail.com 0
Story by J@n Brouwer


becak is hand painted in a kind powered fun vehi-
of maroon reddish color. On the cle! 0
mudguards the word, Story & photo by
"Dwitunggal" is written. Re- J@n Brouwel
search did not really give the
right translation. Is
"Dwitunggal" just a family
name or the name of a taxi Sudoku Sol
organization or does it 9
have something to do with 98 /
two languages or two po- 4 3
litical ideas? Suggestions, 413 62
solutions and explanations 765 98
are welcome... I


There is confusion about
using the word
"rickshaw" or "becak" for
this kind of pedicab all
over the world, though the
solution is as easy as sim-
ple. A becak is pushed
and a rickshaw is pulled.
So hit the metal, push the
pedal and enjoy a little
ride with this green energy


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Jong Bonaire
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Debunking
the Mars Myth


L ots of
were disap-
pointed last
week because
the planet Mars S r
looked nowhere
near the size of
the full Moon.
There was in-
temational cov-
erage on the
Internet saying
that Mars will
be so close that
it will look as
large as the full
Moon. But please, folks, such is not the case unless you magnified it 75 times in a
telescope. So don't get fooled next year by the great Mars myth and misunderstand-
ing, which will probably pop up every August until doomsday. But Mars is out there
and it really does look nifty. Simply go outside about 5 am any day this week, look
due east and just above the horizon and you'll see the brightest planet of them all,
Venus, which is super dazzling. But if you look up and to the right of Venus you'll
also see much dimmer ruby gold Mars.

Check Out the Giant Triangle of Stars Overhead
In early September you can easily spot three very bright stars, which make a gi-
ant triangle shining overhead. Simply go outside between 9 and 10 pm, Sky Park
Time, and look straight up almost overhead and you will see three extremely bright
stars, which if we connect with lines, will make a huge stellar triangle. It's tradition-
ally called the Summer Triangle because every year these three stars can be seen
rising over the eastern horizon in early evening at the beginning of summer.
But since the stars change their position with each season, by the time September
rolls around this triangle has changed its position so that in early evening it is almost
directly overhead and makes an almost perfect must-see tradition. Now each star be-
longs to a separate constellation. So not only do we also have three wonderful stars
we have three equally wonderful constellations. The brightest star is Vega and it be-
longs to the small constellation Lyra, the Harp. The second brightest is Altair in a
much larger constellation called Aquila, the Eagle. And the dimmest of the three is
Deneb which marks the tail of a huge constellation called Cygnus, the Swan.
Now if we compare each of these three stars with the star we call our Sun you'll be
in for a big surprise. Our Sun is the closest star, only 8 1/3 light minutes away, which
means it takes its light 8 1/3 minutes to reach us. So we see it not as it actually exists
now but as it existed 8 1/3 minutes ago. Altair is the closest triangle star and is 17
light years away, which means that it takes its light 17 years to reach us. So we see it
not as it exists this weekend but as it existed 17 years ago. Vega is slightly farther, 25
light years away which means that it takes its light 25 years to reach us so we see it as
it existed 25 years ago. Deneb however is so incredibly far away, 1,500 light years,
that it takes its light 1,500 years to reach us so we see it as it existed 1,500 years ago!
Deneb is a super 116 times as wide as our Sun and 60,000 times brighter. In fact if it
were as close as Vega and Altair it would be the brightest star in the night sky
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ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Don't be shy
to promote your own interests. Don't be
shy to promote your own interests. Ro-
mance and social activity will be a prom-
ising combination. You can set your goals
and make a beeline for your target. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Your
own small business on the side could ease
your financial stress. This is a great day to
mingle with people you would like to im-
press. You can get into self awareness
groups or look into physical enhancement
programs. You'll find it easy to deal with
government agencies or large institutions.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Sudden
changes regarding your domestic scene
are probable. Lovers will be less than ac-
commodating, and decisions regarding
personal direction a necessity. Red tape
could be impossible to clear up this
month. Work quietly behind the scenes.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Any con-
tributions you make to organizations will
enhance your reputation and bring you
offers. You have your own family to con-
sider as well. Go after your professional
goals. You can make extra cash by
moonlighting. Take time to find out if
anyone has a better suggestion before you
make arrangements for the whole family.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Try not to make
waves. You've been in a rut and you need
to do something that will help you break
the pattern you've fallen into. Try to be
honest when dealing with your mate. It's a
great day to attend social functions. Your
luckiest events will occur on a Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't go
hog wild when it comes to entertainment
or you could find yourself short of funds
at the end of the month. Your dynamic,
determined approach will win favors as
well as a helping hand. You will have no
trouble getting things to fall into place.
You will have to be careful not to let in-
fatuations with colleagues get out of hand.
Your luckiest events this month will occur


For September 2009
on a Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You are
best to do something energetic with
friends. You can make a difference if
you're willing to stand up and be counted.
This is not the time to lend or borrow
money or possessions. Try not to overre-
act to the loss.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You
should look into making some physical
changes, such as new hair color or toning
up your body. Those close to your heart
may be difficult to reason with. Look into
ways that you can make extra cash. Your
love will not be willing to listen to your
criticism. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec.
21) You can pick up information that will
give you an edge. If everyone wants to do
their own thing, let them. Organize your
day well if you wish to accomplish all you
set out to do. Your emotional stability
may influence the changes taking place in
your personal life. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Take
care of any paperwork concerning institu-
tional or governmental agencies. Try to do
your job and then leave. Jealous cowork-
ers may try to sabotage your attempts to
get ahead. You may want to take another
look at the investment you are about to
make. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Thursday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) this
month is not the day to try to comer peo-
ple by giving them ultimatums. Someone
left a real mess for you to sift through.
Your lack of attention may have been a
factor. Take care of any paperwork con-
cerning institutional or governmental
agencies. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) A little
volleyball or other outdoor sports should
be on your agenda. Join a choir or a drama
club. You may be considering moving to
larger quarters. Don't let the moods of
those you live with get you down. Exer-
cise programs will be effective. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
Sunday. 0


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Page 2 Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 O fficials from The Environmental Service (DROB), The Environmental Police, STINAPA, and the SSV (non-criminal police) joined in an enforcement action, raiding six houses and confiscating seven Loras (The Bonaire yellow -shouldered Amazon parrot, an endangered species). The parrots confiscated did not have a “ring” on their leg. Since 2002 it has been required that all Bonaire parrots in captivity be ringed and registered as a deterrent to poaching. Owners of captive Loras are now being given a last chance to register their birds if they haven’t already. A short amnesty period has begun. After it ends owners of unregistered loras will be given a summons by the police. A fine of up to NAƒ10.000 can be charged. If you have a bird you wish to register call: DROB (717-8130), STINAPA (717-8444), SSV (7175330) or Police HQ (717-8000). Henk Kamp, The Queen’s Commissioner for the BES islands, will hold separate one-onone meetings early next month with interested persons on Saba and Statia who wish to know more about the upcoming constitutional and other changes. Spokeswoman Maya LeonPandt said the confidential sessions will be limited to 10 minutes and questions should deal with the relationship with the Netherlands and not with the Island government. Interested persons on Bonaire who would like to meet with similar meetings with Mr. Kamp, should visit the service center in the APNA building to make their appointments or call 717-8333. Apparently there will be elections for a new Central Government Antillean Parliament in January 2010 despite the fact the by the end of 2010 there will be no Antillean Government as the BES Islands, Curaçao and Sint Maarten will each have gone their own way. The Council of State (RVS), the Dutch Advisory Council, recommended that elections be postponed. The term of the new Parliament would start on March 26, 2010, while the agreement is that the “Country” of the Netherlands Antilles be dismantled no later than October of the same year. In the wake of the BES Islands’ decision to use the US dollar as its currency a conference was held in Curaçao to discuss the possibility of dollarizing themselves. Most of the reaction appeared favorable but many still had concerns, World Bank senior economist Lars Moller recommended further study of the several economies that have introduced the US dollar as legal tender. He specifically used Panama as a case study but felt that the recent experiences of Ecuador (2000) and El Salvador (2001) were more relevant for Curaçao and St. Maarten, but also too recent for empirical analysis. Mark O’Brian of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department at the International Monetary Fund believed it was difficult to come up with a clear-cut answer to whether the advantages of a move to full dollarization would outweigh the disadvantages. The Ecopower consortium which will become responsible for Bonaire’s electric power next year has taken on 15 Water and Electricity Bonaire (WEB) employees . Ecopower will run the wind farm at Morotin and the power plant at BOPEC. WEB remains responsible for the distribution of electricity and water for the island. Ecopower is a partnership among three parties: Enercon (wind turbines), MAN (diesel generators) and Evelop. 90% of the shares of Evelop were sold after bankruptcy of the parent company, Econcern. Rabo Bank is funding the wind-diesel project on Bonaire. Interestingly, The Netherlands is in the top 10 of countries that spend the most money on lobbying and public relations work in the US . The Hague spent 1.9 million euros in 2008. These figures come from an investigation by ProPublica, the non-profit journalism website. At the top of the list is United Arab Emirates, which spent $10.9 million in 2008. In second place is Britain ($6.1 million), followed by Japan and Turkey ($4.2 million), and Iraq ($3.7 million). The Netherlands is in ninth place with $2.7 million (1.9 million euros). Curaçao’s InselAir will mark its third anniversary with the addition of a new jet aircraft to its fleet and additional routes . The jet is being fitted with a complete new interior and a “comfort class” section that will offer certain benefits to passengers flying in that class, including preferred check-in and boarding and the use of the VIP rooms at the different airports that InselAir services. InselAir will add Bogota, Medellin and Caracas to its routes and will start flying Miami/Port au Prince. InselAir will also double its flights to two flights daily to Miami from Curaçao. (Continued on page 3) Table of Contents This Week’s Stories Dollarization process 2 Bonaire Ta Dushi DVD Debut 3 Brine To Energy 6 Yoga Classes 7 High School Transformation 8 Stichting Project– Calendar, Diving 10 Parrot (Lora) Watch (Season Summary) 11 Letters to the Editor—Music, Thanks, Airport, Parking 12 Selibon Truck Stickers 16 New Rangers 16 200 Dogs Sterilized 16 Vacuum Tankers To Come 16 Looking For Buggy 18 MCB HQ Opening 17 Weekly Features Flotsam & Jetsam 2 On the Island Since (Zaida Meneses and Jose Guiterrez) 4 Bubbles-White mangrove nectar 6 Bonairean Voices (Natural Medicine) 7 Sudoku Puzzle 7 Where to Find the Reporter 7 Bon Quiz #13 Protestant Church 10 Body TalkMilk vs. Soy 12 Picture Yourself (At 200 ft.) 13 Classifieds 13 Tide Table 13 BonQuiz Answer 14 Reporter Masthead 14 What’s Happening 14 Shopping & Service Guides 15 Pet of the Week (Hendrika) 16 Bonaire On Wheels ( Becak) 18 Sky Park (Triangle, debunking Mars) 19 The Stars Have It (Astrology) 19 How to contact us Letters to the Editor: Reporter@bonairenews.com Story tip or idea: info@mto Archives” The Publisher: George@bonairenews.com Box 407, Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. Phone 790-8988 Phone 790-6518 / 786-6518 Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Printed Every Fortnight, On-line Every day, 24/7 Next edition printing on September 16, 2009. Story and Ad deadline: September 12, 2009. SCOOTER & BIKE SALES & REPAIR Peugeot, Kymco Loekie, Giant Gazelle Brands Parts and accessories for any brand scooter or bike Bike Clothes for Everyone Kaya Grandi #61 Across from INPO Open: 8:30-12:30, 2:00-5:30 Owner Operated freewieler@flamingotv.net At a recent financial conference in Curaçao Richard Doornbosch of the Dutch Ministry of Finance outlined how the introduction of the dollar would take place for the BES islands. According to Doornbosch: The US dollar will become legal tender as of January 1, 2011. All “electronic” payments will take place in dollars from 12 am onwards. All accounts will be converted automatically at the rate of NAƒ 1.79 per US dollar. The Antillean guilder will continue to be legal tender for one month, but hopefully it will be out of circulation within a week. After January 31, 2011, BES citizens can exchange guilder cash for US dollars at designated banks for a certain period. The Dutch government will take responsibility for possible exchange rate risk for civil servants’ salaries, taxes and other benefits, among other things. Fundamentally the decision to dollarize the economies of the BES islands was taken because this would bring about macroeconomic stability and economic and financial integration in the region, among other things. For more details go to http:// www.gov.an/dollarisatie. Ringing a lora

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Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 Page 3 F ilmmaker Hendrik Wuyts’ newest DVD, a sensitive, affectionate video portrait of Bonaire, Bonaire Ta Dushi , debuted to a packed house at Captain Don’s Habitat new conference room last week. Two years in the making Bonaire Ta Dushi tells about the island’s top natural attractions using the islands “experts’” own words backed by the superb images Wuyts is known for. The experts include past Marine Park Manager Kalli De Meyer , Chief Washington-Slagbaai Park Ranger George Cultura , Rincon tour guide Maria Koeks , sea turtle conservationist Gilmond “Funchie” Echbrechts , naturalist Jerry Ligon , researcher Caren Eckrich, WashingtonSlagbaai Park manager Fernando Simal, and extreme adventure guide Hans Voerman Hendrik Wuyts is a Belgian who first came to Bonaire 16 years ago. He’s studied at the world renowned Antwerp School of the Arts and his work has won gold medals at New York and Los Angeles film festivals. Having a copy of this DVD is a must for all who appreciate what Bonaire has to offer. It’s different from the usual travelog DVD because it expresses concern that the natural attractions of Bonaire may be threatened by overdevelopment. G.D. Available at dive and souvenir shops on Bonaire ‘ Bonaire ta Dushi’ is produced in three languages: English, Dutch and German. If you would like to enjoy a teaser or order online visit:. www.bonairefilmproductions.com $25 Some of the people behind the making of Bonaire Ta Dushi : Silvie Taurer (German and Dutch translation); Caren Eckrich and Zwanette Kooij (diving scenes); Jerry Ligon (birds and land); film maker Wuyts; Michiel “Shrek” van Bockhorst (narration); Donna Wuyts-DeSalvo (film produc tion); and Hans Voerman (kayak, caves and climbing). Not pictured: Maria Koeks, Fernando Simal, George Cultura, Funchie Echbrechhts and Kallie DeMeyer. The IATA has accepted InselAir as a member of the IATA Clearing House, making it possible for InselAir to start interline and code share agreements. Insel Air flies daily from Bonaire to Curaçao to connect with their other flight and non-stop to Miami on Saturday. The Caribbean and Latin America countries are going from recession to depression, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC). Caribbean economist Dr Keith Nurse, who has been tracking the proof of the region’s economic status. He presented statistics from the UNECLAC public lecture at the Tom Adams Financial Centre, Barbados given last Friday, August 28. Nurse said this trend was a result of deceleration of growth in the core world economies. (Source: Weekend Nation) A 13-year -old Dutch girl’s plans to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world were blocked temporarily on Friday when a court placed her under state supervision for two months. Laura Dekker, who was born on her parents’ boat in New Zealand and spent her first four years at sea, had intended to begin a two-year voyage on her 8.3metre (27-foot) yacht Guppy on September 1. By the time you read this Bonaire will be out of “regular” gasoline. Bonaire’s exclusive supplier, Curoil, decided that it would be more convenient for them to sell only “super” gas at Bonaire gas stations. Curaçao has had only “super” for some time already. According to a government press release the extra two octane numbers of the fuel would not harm vehicles. The decision will cost regular gas users an additional two cents a gallon. Marine Park Manager Ramon deLeon received the first Coral Bleach Watch for the season. NOAA satellites detected a Hot Spot in the Southern Caribbean of 0.1° over the Maximum Monthly Mean. This means that there is a significant potential for coral bleaching in the Caribbean in 2009. NOAA predicts that from July through October Bonaire falls in the Potential Severe Bleaching category. Remember that bleached corals are still alive and need special protection. All Marine Park users must stay especially clear of the reef and tnot add extra stress on the reef like contacts, residues from bilge, etc. For more information about coral reef bleaching please visit http://www.coral.noaa.gov/cleo/ coral_bleaching.shtml . Ever wonder about the tug boats that ply the waters of Bonaire? Read about them in the story, Tug of the Sea , a hilarious and harrowing story of adventure aboard the Lucaya , the 368-ton tugboat tied up at the Town Pier Kralendijk. Bonaire writer, Patrick Holian, joins Captain Andy Domacassé and crew as they steer their tug to the oil tanks at BOPEC. You can read all about it in the August edition of Caribbean Compass. Free copies are available at Budget Marine. Popular marine educators, Ned and Anna DeLoach, have returned to Buddy Dive and will be there through September 25. During this one-month event, Ned and Anna give seminars and slide shows on fish behavior, coral and fish identification, as well as guiding dive trips. The activities started on Sunday, August 30, and will carry on until Friday the 25th of September. All the activities are free of charge for guests staying at Buddy Dive Resort. A limited number of people can be accommodated on the guided boat dives and snorkel tours. The DeLoach’s Reef Fish Identification and the Reef Fish Behavior books are for sale at Buddy’s dive shop. Buy yourself a copy, and have it signed during the weekly free Manager’s Rum Punch Party & Happy Hour every Friday between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. On Saturday, September 5, at 8 pm, the Police Sport Society (SoDePo) will hold a song festival in the High School Auditorium in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the police corps. There will be 13 participants with the three best representing Bonaire in the finals during the Kingdom Games. Admission is NAƒ 15 and tickets are available at police HQ and from SoDePo members. Participants are: Magdala Seraus, Herlene Cesilia, Zuly Marchena, Joshua Carter, Racheyda Trenidad, Shainy Tokaay, Shajeni Tokaay, Allen Richardson, Audrey Frans, Hensley de Palm, Eugene Granviel, Roy Abdul and Emmanuel Libier. For more information call the Communication Department at 717 -8015 or 788-3983. Starting Sept 2, the Bonaire Rotary Club will meet at the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort upstairs in the Peter Hughes meeting room, above the dive shop. Parking is available and best entrance is at Casino parking area. Same time: noon until 2pm, Dress code is business casual. Did you know that Antillean Wine Company (AWC) carries more than just fine affordable wines from around the world? They also have a wide selection of glassware, even wine glasses without stems for our windy terraces. Wine lovers should relish this aromatic honey from Rocca delli Macie’s vineyard bees. As well there’s a super high quality virgin olive oil , ½ liter for NAƒ 28,25. Customers are welcome to visit the walk in cooler which houses some very special wines . AWC warehouse is on Kaya Industria, just north of the underconstruction traffic circle, across the street and south from Warehouse Bonaire. Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12:30 pm. There will be an unprecedented sale of used tools and construction equipment, as well as household gear this Saturday, September 5. The gates open at 9am on Kaya Nederlandia # 21 (Express Cargo Lot ). Cash only will be accepted. Bonaire Day (Dia di Boneiru ), Sunday, September 6, will be celebrated in Rincon beginning in the early morning and lasting all day. It is not only a day for fun, it is an important reminder of Bonaire’s heritage, which some consider to be even more at risk with the upcoming direct tie with The Netherlands. Welcome to two new Bonaire Reporter advertisers, Oranjefonds and Touch of Gold . See their ads on pages 11 and 20. G./L.D. (Continued from page 2)

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Page 4 Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 “J uan came to work here in construction in 1993. After we had saved some money we got married in Peru on December 31st 1994 and in January 1995 we came here together. I was 20. It was the first time I’d left South America. When I arrived at the airport we went straight to the kunuku at Kaminda Nieuw Amsterdam where we had a room. There were a lot of horses which were rented out for marriages. And that was it. There was nothingno asphalt only earth and a sea of lizards. I would walk and the lizard sea would open, and when I had passed the sea would close again. It was the first time I saw lizards. I am from Lima. I’m used to the fog, the smog, the cars and the asphalt, the government buildings, the churches and the main streets – busy, busy, busy. I had expected a different world, a part of Hollandan old continent with ancient streets and buildings but I found a virgin island and people who were waiting to grow. I was very young and I wanted to conquer the world, to see what’s more in life, but I saw time go slowly here, long days and long nights and there was nothing. But then, at that time, I could only see what was right in front of my eyes: earth, lizards, the sea and people who spoke another language, Papiamentu, and who seemed to be very educated. I also saw three different kinds of people – the locals, the Bonaireans, the Dutch who were living in houses on the coast and the Latinos who were working in construction three social classes. I couldn’t get used to the island and I didn’t want to stay. I was too young, too far away from my parents. I am the eldest child and I felt so much pain to be so far from them, especially from my dad who influenced my life so much. I was daddy’s girl, his right hand. He had always told me to work with my hands, to do whatever and not to expect something else. You have to work. My father had his own business and I’d never worked outside the house or for other people. Here I cleaned houses. I worked for very nice Antillean people like Fanny Emerenciana. This lady was a professor and she taught me everything, not only how to clean, but also Papiamentu and she told me about the customs and the culture of the island. However, after 18 months I felt I wanted to go back to Peru. Juan was more comfortable here, but we made the decision to go back because I missed my father. Also because my father was sick. He was diabetic. I had no children, no strong reasons to stay here, so we went back together. Juan went to work for my father and so did I. Soon after we returned to Peru we had our children: Gabriel was born in 1997 and Michelle came in 1998. But, I couldn’t forget Bonaire, the Papiamentu, the sea. I don’t know why, but it stayed with me. When we went to the beach in Lima, I told Juan, ‘Remember how transparent the sea was in Bonaire?’ because the Pacific has a lot of foam and its waves are thick and dark. With President Fujimori times were hard. In Lima we were confronted every day with protest marches and strikes and when my father’s sickness got worse he told me, ‘Here the situation is not good. Go back!’ Then my father died in 1999. I wanted to go to Bonaire, but this time it was different as we had the responsibility of two little children. I thought of God. Life was so hard. We had nothing and nobody was buying anything. We had a very big machine, you could sew anything with that machine and it was the most expensive thing we had in our little house where we lived after my father died. I thought, ‘If I sell the machine, I’ll go back to Bonaire.’ And… it was sold. It was sold in the morning and in (Continued on page 5) “I also know now that difficult times are part of life, but everything passes, good and bad, and it’s the same for everyone .” Juan Gutierrez and Zaida Meneses photo by Greta Kooistra

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Timely, accurate and reliable ISO 9001: 2000 Certified the afternoon I went to the KLM office to buy my ticket. Two days later I left Peru and Juan and the children.” She smiles through her tears. “ I had to find a job for Juan, for myself and a place to stay for us too. But it was also a time of recession for Bonaire and there was no construction going on. It was very hard to be separated from my husband and children. I was only depending on my prayers, praying that we would get a chance, that we would make it, little by little. One day I went to see the governor, Richard Hart, and after that it seemed that everything went better. It was like a favor from God, like He wanted me to stay on Bonaire. One year later Juan arrived with the children. He started to work for Dutch people at an aloe plantation. I was working in restaurants at night. The children did well. The climate agreed with them. In Lima Gabriel had been suffering from a lot of colds, but here he was healthy and strong and so was Mi chelle. We are very lucky to have them. They are good children. They speak Pa piamentu, Spanish, English and Dutch. You know, you can say they opened their eyes here.” She laughs. “ They are from here; they like funchi, tutu, stoba, banana hasa and piska hasa and they like Antillean music. They are Bonaireans, born in Peru! Bonaire is the land of my children.” Zaida is poetic and philosophical. She has a lot of sentiment and she is one of those people who can turn a set-back into a positive experience. She is very much herself, sensitive but strong and beautiful from the inside out. “I always had in mind to set up something for myself. We started with a cleaning company, ‘Bonaire Contractor Services,’ house cleaning and renovation. But it all came down to cleaning. Juan and I did it. That was the company! When I was working in the restaurants I would prepare my own food for myself, and all my colleagues, mostly Dutch, loved the Peruvian dishes I made and my Bonairean friends whom I invited to my house, liked it too. It was a different taste, another flavor. So, I started thinking about a small restaurant with Peruvian food. I went on to finalize the idea, but I put the final decision in God’s hands. I left it up to him. In 2007 I made an appointment with Pascal de Meyer to see him face to face and he turned out to be my son’s best friend’s father. Pascal said ‘Yes,’ he would rent the place to me, and I thought, ‘Maybe the location is not so good, but it’s also not so bad.’ It was something to start with. he first year was very hard as the cleaning company – Juan and I – were now in the restaurant, our only source of income. I had no experience and I didn’t know anything about tourism, but after a while I realized that the location was strategic to introduce a new style of food to the island. When God gives us something it’s always better. In the meantime we have grown in experience, in knowing people and cultures, what they like and how they like it and we treat our guests with re spect and affection. Now that I’m old,” she laughs, “ I see that Bonaire is offering so many opportunities to grow in every way. I also know now that difficult times are part of life, but everything passes, good and bad, and it’s the same for everyone. We all have to deal with life the way it comes to us. It’s a struggle, but nothing is ever impossible! I am emotional and I’m timid and I can be very nervous, but I’m strong and Juan and I complement each other in every way and we rely on each other. But I strongly believe the more confidence you have in God, the easier it is. I want to say thank you to all the people I have met here who have helped me and employed me; people with a very strong positive influence, from all cultures, lovely Antillean people, Americans with a good heart and noble Dutch people. They all made me stronger and they’ve motivated me. They’ve taught me so much. I am happy and content to be a Peruvian. I am from there, my parents are Peruvians and all my memories ar e there, but my life is here. I think Bonaire is blessed and protected by God. There are no hurricanes, no earthquakes and no tsunamis. I love Bonaire. She’s my adopted mother.” Greta Kooistra On the Island Since (Continued from page 4) Plazita Limina Staff : Olivario, Moemi, Silvia, Jolie and Roseli Susan Porter photo

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Page 6 Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 FULL DIGITAL SERVICES FUJI MINI-LAB KODAK & FUJI FILM SLIDES E-6 PROCESSING PASSPORT PHOTOS BATTERIES CAMERAS FRAMES PHOTO ALBUMS GREETING CARDS DIGITAL AND MORE... Les Galeries Shopping Center (Bordering the parking lot) Tel. 717-5890 Open M-F 8:30-12, 2-6 pm, Sat. 9-12 N O W ! D i gi t a l P r o c e s si n g C D s, C a r d s, m or e From Bonaire Nautico Marina BONAIRE NAUTICO MARINA At It Rains Fishes Restaurant Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399 www.bonairenauticomarina /VHF 68 info@bonairenauticomarina.com THE ONLY WALKON / WALKOFF Catamaran Kantika di Amor Up to 27 people and supported by a brand new larger sister Catamaran Kantika Too Up to 50 people TRIPS Every Day (max 1.90 meter draft), Dinghy tie up at north-inside dock at US$10 weekly up from Monday till Monday. Water and 115/220 v. Daily trips via resorts 10 am, 12 , 2 pm Except Sundays at 10 am only Also available for group trips Sick of ads that don’t work? Advertise in The Reporter 3,000 copies every issue, Call Laura at 790-6518 Email: Laura@bonairenews.com Did You Know... That our white mangroves ( Laguncularia racemosa ) may offer sweet nectar treats to unsuspecting ants and other insects in exchange for protection against herbivorous insects? You may already know about the acacia-ant cooperation throughout much of the tropics. Acacia trees often have ant symbionts that live within their big, hollow spines and feed off of small nectar glands (called nectarines or nectaries) on the acacia plants. In exchange for room and board, ants defend their tree from herbivorous animals and even trim neighboring trees that are competing with their tree for space and light. If you ever lean against an acacia, you’ll learn about these warrior ants first hand! Recently, I learned from mangrove expert, Robin Roy Lewis, that white mangroves also have nectar glands. I had been taught that these glands, found at the base of the leaves, excreted salt, but this is incorrect. They secret nectar and it is thought that mangroves do this for the same reason as acacia trees – to attract insects that will defend the trees against herbivores. This may be the case in other locations, but it doesn’t seem to be effective here on Bonaire where many of our white mangroves are unhealthy and show signs of insect damage. This is yet another reason to learn as much as we can about our mangroves and do as much as we can to protect them. After all, what are reefs without mangroves? Caren Eckrich Caren Eckrich teaches Coral Reef Ecology and Field Research Methods to university students studying abroad at CIEE Research Station Bonaire (cieebonaire.org). B onaire's solar salt works may be useful for more than producing salt. It seems that the supersalty ponds might al so provide electric power. Next month a technical paper is being presented at the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Conference on Electrical Power and Energy in Montreal, which uses Bonaire as an example for a proposed system to produce significant electric power from salt ponds. Two applications are to be considered in the paper: Backup power of about 2.5 MW for a small island community relying primarily on wind power, and steady production for a maritime installation such as a fish farm. The title of the paper is: Energy Generation and Storage using Evaporated Brines by R.I. (Ian) MacDonald, Senior Member, IEEE. Ian MacDonald is a longtime seasonal resident of Bonaire. How does it work? Consider that where fresh water is not naturally available it may be obtained by desalinating seawater, as WEB does here in Bonaire using reverse osmosis (RO). Under high pressure seawater is forced through a "filtering" membrane that does not pass the salt. The pump that generates the pressure consumes a lot of energy. The desalination process can operate in reverse. If sea water and concentrated brine from a salt water concentrator pond are separated by a similar membrane, pure water will spontaneously be drawn from the seawater side through the membrane to dilute the concentrated brine. The water transiting the membrane gains pressure and the extra volume of pressurized water can be used to drive a turbine that produces rather than consumes energy. This reversed desalination process, called "pressure retarded osmosis," (PRO), is just one of several that have been proposed for generating power from a difference in the salinity of water, including a new one published last month in a major journal of physics. Bonaire's salt flats provide a large source of wat er that is saltier than the sea. The idea of getting electrical power from a salinity difference has been dormant since the 1970s. Recently it has reawakened. In 2007 the Norwegian power company StatKraft announced that it would install a kWscale prototype PRO generator on a river in Norway. A project using a different process (reverse electrodialysis) has been announced by a Dutch company for trial on the Afsluitdijk where the freshwater Rhin e meets the sea in the Netherlands. Perhaps Bonaire will be next, using solar evaporation to complement the wind turbines under construction at Morotin G.D/Ian MacDonald Contact Ian MacDonald at ianinbc@shaw.ca Cargill Bonaire salt evaporator

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Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 Page 7 Bonairean Voices is sponsored by With 4 branches and 10 ATMs located throughout the island and our Internet Banking, MCB@Home, at your service anytime, any day, anywhere. O ur body exists due to natural elements: water, the earth, the sun and the air. Without them we cannot exist. We often hear expressions like “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s.” So give your body what your body really needs. The experience of Mrs. Hendrica Josepha-de Palm (69) and her husband, Mr. Stanley Josepha, owners of the Rose Lord Health Center at Kaya Kanari 42, can motivate us. They started this Health Center Shop about 10 years ago when Hendrica’s husband Stanley had prostate cancer. He was only 55 years old. Because of the regular medications prescribed by the specialist his condition was worsening until he went to a natural doctor and start using natural medicines. Since then his health started improving. His PSA test result was completely normal and the X-rays show that the black dots he had around his prostate have gone. Mr. Stanley Josepha got his health back and has a gr eat appreciation for natural medicine. Then he and his wife opened this shop. “We use regular medicine to ease our pains,” Hendrica says, “but it never solves the problems. We need to use natural medicine to help our body heal. We need to reinforce our body with natural medicine for what the regular medicine has made bad. One thing about natural medicines is that they never hurt the body. The specialist and the urologist were completely amazed with my husband’s health and how he’s improved. We opened the shop, not to make money, but just to make people conscious about their health. Don’t rely only on the regular medications. Under the supervision of a natural medicine specialist you can guide your life to a better way of living. Trust in God and yourself that you can do it. We know that health insurance doesn’t cover the cost of natural medicine, even the visits to a naturalist. Most doctors and specialists don’t recognize the fact that these natural medicines th at contain natural elements like herbs, water, mud and other ingredients, can be a cure. On Saturday, the 12th of September we will have a visit from a natural specialis t here in Bonaire. He will talk about the use of the natural medicine. The talk will be held in the community center of Nikiboko at 8 pm. In the beginning a lot of people here on Bonaire were using these natural medicines. Now it’s picking up again. Every month we are going to have a specialist in natural medicine and people can place their orders at the end of every month. We want to continue with the center so people can see the changes in their health after using natural products. Sometimes it’s not easy to make progress in this business because a lot of people are not so aware of natural products and medicine. If people were more conscientious about using natural medicine we would do much better in the business. But we have a lot of people who appreciate us and because of our own experience we get great satisfaction in continuing with the business. Our purpose is to explain to people about the use of these products. But we always tell them to consult with a natural medicine specialist first before they decide to use them. A naturalist specialist works on causes and preventions, while regular doctors work on the diseases.” “We have a problem in our community,” Stanley says. “People have to be motivated to read more, to understand and earnestly want to change their way of living. People have to learn to eat healthier. In the beginning it was hard for me too. But at 55 I understood and for the last nine years I’ve consumed no meat and no sugar. I read more and learn more about everything that has to do with prostate cancer. Natural medicines are supplements to our bodies; the elements that our body needs to repair itself. Today after 10 years I can say I feel completely healthy. The supplements and the natural medicines help.” When you love your body you will understand the signs it gives you. Don’t wait until you retire or you become ill. Start today. Siomara E. Albertus In this column in the last edition of The Reporter the name, Panaderia Selekta in Nikiboko was incorrect. It should have read: Panaderia Seruva in Nikiboko. Ed. Send your comments to The Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, or email reporter @bonairenews. com . To solve the puzzle, ente r the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. Answer on page 18. Supplied by Molly Bartikoski-Kearney Natural Medicine Siomara . Albertus photo Siomara . Albertus photo D esiree Bogart has decided after a one-year teaching sabbatical that she is more than ready to start her yoga classes again. She was trained in Ashtanga yoga by David Swenson and Power Yoga by Beryl Bender Birch and has taught yoga on Bonaire for the past seven years. In her VINYASA YOGA class she will work with a flowing sequence of traditional yoga postures and connecting moves linked with breath. This all will lead to experience a mind/body/spirit workout that is invigorating. Start: Thursday September 3rd, ends October 8th Time: 6-7 pm (please do not eat dinner before class) Place: Bonaire Basics, Kaya Korona 47 Register: Call 786-3341 or email bonairebasics@telbonet.an Costs: NAƒ 105 for a 6-week class, once a week Walk ins: NAƒ 20, per class. Press release Hendrica and Stanley Josepha with their grandson Inside the shop

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Page 8 Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 T here’s been a near total transformation at the SGB (high school) of Bonaire and you can see it the minute you drive up. In past years the buildings and school yards were a mess with broken windows and debris everywhere, school materials were scarce or non-existent and there was a dispirited feeling among both the students and the teachers. Parents were disgusted. The school was home to about 1,500 students, ranging from young 12-year-olds to some over 20 because SBO students can be of all ages. It was too many for the school to hold at one time so some students had to come in on a second shift in the afternoon. It seemed as if nothing could be done. The money for improvements was just sitting there, but it wasn’t being used. Actually there was not always that much money for improvements and it was always for special projects, though now that the BES Islands are becoming tied closer with the Netherlands extra funds have been allocated for education perhaps as much €6 million euros for education on the BES islands in the next two years. Last semester, as part of the planned integration of the BES Islands with Holland, Dutch inspectors visited the schools and presented a scathing report saying the teachers were okay but the school facilities were at a very low level. Studies were also made of the elementary or basic schools and the students there were discovered to be behind their grade requirements. Catalyst For Change Enter Nolly Oleana. Nolly has been in education for years. He was a principal in the SGB and Director of HAVO and VWO. But because of party politics he was temporarily shunted aside. During his time on the sidelines, Oleana formulated plans and found the money to revitalize the school. Once Oleana became Commissioner of Education (as well as Commissioner of Sports, Environment, DROB, Domain, Harbors and Airport), following a change in the Bonaire government early this year he was able to get started on his plans for the school and begin its revitalization. “Now is the time,” he says. “Education on Bonaire has to change.” Follow The Money Where did the money come from? “Mostly from the Netherlands. Holland had NAƒ 800.000 already allocated for 2009 and we wanted to use it,” Nolly explains. Then he applied for a “Quick Win Project” for small developments and got NAƒ 400.000 more. Administratively, there is €300 allocated for each SGB student. Right now there are 1,248 students in the SGB. So that’s nearly €375.000 (NAƒ 954.000) more. NAƒ 1.2 million was spent on reconstruction and to divide the SGB into separate schools as well as create a more congenial atmosphere with plenty of shade. Splitting The Schools Last May a decision was made to separate the different levels and ages of the high school students, provide separate entrances for the “Junior High” and “High School” and color code the students’ shirts to the buildings with their classrooms. The 150 students in the higher levels of VWO and HAVO were also moved to temporary facilities at the Sport Hall and for those 50 students preparing for their final academic exams, to Jong Bonaire . The pre-high school elementary school students weren’t left behind either. Oleana says, “When we found that the students in the basic schools were behind academically, we discovered money available to bring them up to level. There are now new books and extra lessons in the Dutch language and arithmetic so they’ll be more prepared for SGB.” Cool and Clean “Some of the money allocated to SGB provided for a facelift,” says Coordinator for the Service Department (Administration, Health and Care, Hospitality) Ann Leong. “We have new windows, expanded classrooms, nearly all with air conditioning, new benches, all the schoolyards are clean. The kids now use the trash containers. We see that the students can concentrate better and have much more energy in the cooler rooms.” Was there a downside to this rapid activity? Yes. The building contractors really let the school down. The new classrooms were to be ready for this semester, but the workers were lured away to other better paying construction jobs. The school is still waiting for them to finish the classrooms they promised. (They are supposed to finish by December). Not all the air conditioning is installed. And they’re still waiting for the rest of the study materials and computers. Looking Good What is obvious right away are the fresh looking multicolored buildings on Kaya Korona. The teachers and students themselves were brought into the decision making for the transformation. The newest SGB students, ages 12 to 14, in the “junior high” are in a totally separate area and buildings from the older students. They wear light green shirts and their buildings are the same color. They even have a separate entrance. Color coordinated shirts are (Continued on page 9) The unfinished school building – pa intings on fence were done last year by the students for Cultural Week The classroom that cares— “The Jungle,” with teacher Helen Hoen. At Chez Nous there’s a new system whereby the students can work more independently. Books were ordered from Holland VSBO students love their teacher, Charite Coffie Nolly Oleana

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Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 Page 9 used in the High School too. For example, the AGO students wear burgundy or beige shirts, to match their classroom buildings. The VWO and HAVO students wear purple. Most students we talked to like their new “uniform” shirts, although one said, “They’re too expensive.” Someone else said they wanted a bigger logo. This separation of classes has many benefits besides making sure the right students are in the proper area. “It’s really nice and quiet,” says one student, “and it’s nice to have our own entrance. It’s less busy and there aren’t so many fights.” Everyone agrees the airco is great: “We love it,” they say. There is a better ambiance with smaller groups of students. Some students miss having all the kids together, “It’s difficult to talk with people in the other groups.” Others wish there were more places to sit out of the sun. The Academic Schools At the temporary accommodations at the Sport Hall on Kaya Amsterdam the 150 VWO and HAVO students and teachers are still waiting for their classrooms to be finished. In the meantime there are two or more classes held simultaneously in each of the temporary rooms. It seems to work as there’s a library-like feeling. In one corner a teacher may be instructing a group at the board, another group may be taking a test and a third working independently. According to Coordinator-Teacher Johannetta Gordijn, in this temporary setting, the teachers move from student group to student group rather than the conventional movement of students from classroom to classroom. There are typically from 20 to 27 students per group. The learning system for VWO and HAVO is set up so that students can work independently. It’s up to them to finish their assignments, either at school or at home. One girl said, “I’m working so hard here every day that I just can’t do homework at home. But it’s up to me to finish it however I can.” A male student agreed that he never worked so hard in his life, and that he felt so much better working in air conditioning. However, some students complained that it was hard to hear with more than one class in a room. Joannetta Gordijn says, echoing the feelings of many of the other teachers, “There shouldn’t be one big school at one location. In a smaller school there is a better atmosphere. And it’s safer in smaller schools. There were 1,500 kids from 12 to 20 years in the old SGB. This is better. The students get to know each other better and we teachers get to know our students better. In a smaller setting the students get more guidance .” Elementary/Basic Schools In addition to the multi-location high school described, Bonaire has six “public” elementary schools: Kolgio Papa Cornes, Kolgio San Luis Beltran, Kolgio San Bernardo, Kolgio Kristu Bon Wardador, Kolgio Reina Beatrix and Kolgio Watapana in Rincon. Add the VWO/HAVO private high school, Unicollege, the three private elementary schoolsPelikaan School, Aquamarine School and the Bonaire International School-and it’s obvious that the priority for education on Bonaire is soaring. Computers In All Public Basic Schools Just last Friday, August 28, Commissioner Oleana announced that all the “foundation-based” public elementary schools on the island would be equipped with modern computer systems to teach computer skills to the young students. In all, 248 computers, nine laser printers and 17 servers will be allocated to the schools. It’s taken about a year to prepare for this innovation with the needed power, cabling and security. Telbo is providing Internet connection free. Special software will filter the Internet content so it appropriate for the youngsters. Teachers must take a special course to assist them in teaching the students about information technology. Three schools already have the systems installed and the others are to be ready by mid-September. A major challenge will be synchronizing the study topics with computer usage. The project is coordinated by the Culture and Education Department (SEK) and the Organization for Personal Information and Technology (PO&ICT). The Future There are even more innovations to come for Bonaire schooling. It’s been announced that four new schools are planned for the island, two elementary and two “advanced” schools. One of the old elementary schools may be demolished. A study is underway to determine the possible locations for the schools. Laura & George DeSalvo (Continued from page 8) Break time at the VWO and HAVO at the Sport Hall Study time at the VWO and HAVO at the Sport Hall Shirts to match the classrooms School is fun at the Junior High! VSBO Hospitality students at work

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Page 10 Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 B ritish teacher Rebecca Harrop is a loyal visitor to Bonaire. While on the island she spends much time looking through her camera’s lens and that hobby brought her to every corner of Bonaire above and below the water. After several years as a visitor her latest action shows why the presence of this sweetheart is appreciated by many locals and why she deserves a piece in this newspaper. Her ability to make fantastic photos melded with her desire to help the students involved with the Stichting Project. So using her best Bonaire photos she created a great and touching calendar which she has donated to Stichting Project to raise funds for the students’ restaurant, “de Bonairiaan.” Rebecca, like most teachers, does not have a money tree in her London classroom, but she made a clever move, a good yet simple idea that all of us could us could donate to. She had twice the number of calendars printed in the UK and sold them to friends, relatives and at work. By doing this her relatives learned about the island where Rebecca usually spends her free time. This left her with the remainder to bring with her to Bonaire and donate them to invest in the youngsters of the island she loves. Rebecca, you are a star! We appreciate your great help a lot and hope to enjoy your presence again on Bonaire often and soon. The calendars are now for sale for $10 to $15, depending on your own budget. Through the pictures Bonaire will stream into your office or living room. It is even better knowing you are supporting the youngsters who, like all of us at that age, need a little help. Sold at Wannadive, Jibe City, Restaurant La Bonairiaan or call Stichting Project at 717 -6921 for selling or buying options . Theo Knevel S tichting Project has just started again with the dive education for the kids of Phase 2. The teens are Hensmir Arrindell, Rignaldo Gustina and Rugene Marines. These past weeks the teens have been under the guidance of Marc (leader of Stichting Project) and have been busy with their first theory lessons. August 25th was their first real dive. The kids were really impressed and preferred to stay under water even longer. The dive instructor from Yellow Submarine who sponsored the dive lessons said that it was a positive day, and the kids did great. The youngsters will have to work hard and do their best to pass their official open water test. We will let you know when they have passed it. The lessons the youngsters in dive training receive are: Swimming/snorkeling Diving open water Diving advanced Diving rescue Boat handling Nautical abilities Mental and physical training Team building Map and compass First aid Fish and coral recognition Story & photo by Mick Schmit M any of the islands in the Caribbean were first visited by the Spanish, and the Roman Catholic faith predominated. When Bonaire was ceded to the Dutch that country's Protestant majority needed a place to worship here as well. The Protestant church ( Kerki) in ‘Playa’ standing alongside Wilhelmina Plaza was built to serve them. It has a classic wooden tower with a rooster atop. Q) What year was the wooden tower added? Answer on page 14 BonQuiz appears regularly in The Reporter. It’s prepared by Christie Dovale of Christie Dovale Island Tours . Contact her to arrange a tour, Phone 717-4435 or 795-3456 or email: christidovale@hotmail.com. Christie Dovale photo Rebecca Harrop New divers Hensmir Arrindell, Rignaldo Gustina and Rugene Marines.

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Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 Page 11 T he breeding season for Bonaire’s Lora is about to come to an end for this year. Now we can finally start to pull together all of our findings and create a picture of what’s been going on. It’s been a very different season from the past three years with this year’s project base being at WashingtonSlagbaai National Park and with a diverse team of researchers coming to join the project from Europe and South America-all of whom have contributed hugely to the project and each brought different skills and energy to the team. Everyone got on exceptionally well with getting to know the island and the nesting areas, learning to handle the birds and to rappel-an important skill to check the high cliff nests. The team have all gone home with a wealth of new skills and experiences. We began the season back in April with finding the active Lora nests in the areas that we knew, and found 29 active nests (close to last year’s total of 28). This was a manageable amount that meant we could monitor most of these nests twice a week to collect some good data. A question that many people have asked me this year is, “What proportion of all of the nests on Bonaire do you monitor?” This is diff icult to answer, as we would have to search the entire island to look for every nest-an extremely difficult task in densely vegetated areas such as the National Park and with a small team of people. With the estimated population of 650 individuals (and taking into consideration that young Loras will not breed until they are at least 3 years old) I would guess that we could be monitoring up to 40% of the island’s nestsa very reasonable representation! Between the 29 nests that we monitored this year, 93 eggs were laid between April and May. The statistics that follow are quite disturbing. Only 64 of these eggs hatched. This has been for various reasons-some have been infertile, and some were eaten by predators. From these hatchlings, 26 of these were lost to predators or died from unknown reasons in the nest. This left 38 chicks left to grow to fledging age. This is where the poachers take their toll. Four nests were poached-10 chicks in totalwhich is 26% of the chicks that could have made it into the wild population from the nests that we monitored. If the nests that we monitor represent a sample of what happens throughout Bonaire, then the poachers are having a huge effect on the future survival of the Lora. With so many eggs and chicks being lost along the way, it seems like the young Loras don’t need any more pressure from poachers. Making it into the wild population is a difficult enough task! This year, we have experimented with new field techniques and equipment, and as with every field season, we have learnt something new about the Loras and how we should be working. We hope to make some more interesting discoveries with the data and the samples that we have collected on returning to the UK. In doing this, we can hopefully bring some ideas and solutions back to Bonaire next year to help protect the Lora’s future in the wild. Rhian Evans Ms Evans is a Biologist from University of Birmingham UK. She is in her second year of studying the Loras. MAKING YOUR SPACE A BETTER PLACE USA LICENSED CONTRACTOR / 30 YEARS WORLDWIDE CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE HOURLY RATES – 7 DAYS INSTALLATIONS – RE PAIRS – REMODELS <>HOTELS <> RE STAURANTS <> <>RESIDENTIAL<> TELE 717 -3527 FAX 717-3528 CELL 701-3527 EMAIL: EQUINOXBONAIRE@AOL.COM BONAIRE VENTURES B.V. On time <> Done Right Young Lora B e pampered for breakfast or lunch by youngsters in training for the world of the professional restaurant business by the Stichting Project. Delicious menu, Good prices On Kaya Gob. N. Debrot – opposite the Divi Flamingo Hotel Open: Weekdays 9.00-14.00 Patrick Holian photo

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Page 12 Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 MEAT VERSUS SOY Part 1of 2 I f you expect me to tell you how bad meat is and what it is doing to your heart and arteries, how it affects cholesterol, you're wrong. Our meat has become a production line of growth hormones, pesticides, herbicides, steroids and antibiotics. At best, eating meat will leave you with energy problems due to underactive adrenal glands that could lead to thyroid problems. But let us consider the alternative – soy for many a healthy protein replacement. Soybeans have been used (Chinese 2207BC) in the form of tofu, long before man decided to play with genetics. (More on GM soy in part 2) In the western world soy was mostly planted for the nitrogen they added to the soil. This got Big Brother Food Industry (BBFI) thinking very hard. Here we have millions of tons of waste product after separating soybean oil from the beans. What can we do with this? Instead of just feeding it to the pigs, could we program people to think this ‘food’ was actually a complete food itself, or perhaps even a superior form of natural complete protein? And while we are at it, let’s make dairy products and baby milk formulas from this. You must admit, this is a marketing masterpiece! It is championed by nutritionists and vegetarians and venerated by health food stores. ‘Soy protein’ is the waste product from producing soy oil. Firstly soybeans contain high amounts of enzyme inhibitors – for example, blocking trypsin (an alkaline enzyme produced by the pancreas for protein digestion). These enzymes are not completely removed from the soy protein even though it undergoes a rigid heat and manufacturing process. The second main contaminant is the extremely high content of phytic acid, leaving most soy-product consumers with a serious mineral deficiency. For example – Zinc controls the iron uptake and without zinc, excess iron harms the liver. Zinc is also necessary for normal insulin function and for immune system development. Another contaminant of soy is hemaglutin, a clot-causing agent. No joke when you have heart problems! Sorry, I thought soy is good ‘heart food’! Soy also has an aluminum content 10 times higher than pasteurized milk, which increases even more if the product has been hydrogenated (margarine). Think about your (or your baby’s) poor kidneys! Would you still think soy is a ‘healthy’ product when it has undergone pressing, solvent extraction (an organic solvent – hexane), degumming (with phosphoric acid), then the refined oil is mixed with sodium hydroxide (Drano – the same corrosive lye for unclogging drains), bleaching clay is added to the reddish brown oil to make it clear -and lastly deodorizing is necessary to destroy any ‘natural’ aromatics from the dead refined oil. ALL THIS JUST TO PRODUCE AN OIL! Do you know of any other product that started as a natural, undergoing all this? Strange how complacent most of us have become. Why have we lost the nerve to question food manufacturers, dieticians, physicians, governments? Part 2 – Genetically modified Soy, Trans-fatty acids and hydrogenated products like margarine and potato chips – A FEAT OF PLASTICS ENGINEERING! Stephanie Bennett Author Stephanie Bennett was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where she studied herbs, minerals and nutrition. Before moving to Bonaire she continued her studies in UK, and now researches health issues that particularly affect people on Bonaire and other Caribbean Islands. CLASSIFIED: THANKS Dear Editor: Wanted to pass along a HUGE thanks to you and The Bonaire Reporter .................We sold our Toyota Rav-4 AND washing machine, thanks to the ads which were placed in The Reporter. We very much appreciate the great job you all do with the paper. Again, thanks for posting the ads, and now they can be removed! Consider the items SOLD!!! Tamara Brown Dennis Kellner FREE AIRPORT PARKING RETURNS Dear Editor By the way, I took someone to the airport Sunday, parked, went to the ticket paying place and put my ticket in prepared to pay my 1 NAƒ and it was rejected. The security guard said the 15 minutes were free. That boondoggle didn't last long, did it? DL MORE MUSIC Letter to the Editor: I noticed in the last issue of The Reporter (Aug. 21-Sept. 4) the letter From Sali Griffiths, a music lover from Argentina who has visited Bonaire for several years and who was bewailing the fact that there’s not enough variety in the music that’s played at Little Havana. I have a suggestion for those who want really good music but good food too. Visit Pasa Bon Pizza where Joe’s music repertoire is astounding. Joe says it’s “eclectic – a little bit of everything.” He plays music from the late 80s, some very cool jazz, punk and some rock. Although so far I haven’t seen anyone dancing, it is a place where customers can enjoy that fantastic pizza and other Italian treats while listening to a great selection of music. Another Music Lover Lt. Governor Glenn Thode, TCB head Ronella Tjin Asjoe Croes, Dr. Earle, Commissioner Nolly Oleana (Substituting for Tourism Commissioner Pancho Cicilia) D r. Earle, visiting Bonaire for “Celebrate our Planet Week,” says we’re now facing “Paradise Lost.” “Nearly half of the planet ’s coral reefs have disappeared,” she says. “Now is the time to do something on our watch.” Earle congratulated Bonaire for its past and present efforts in ocean conservation, but urged even yet stronger efforts. She said that Bonaire has the capacity to be the benchmark for the Caribbean, as well as other regions, in leading the way to healthier reefs. Even though Bonaire’s reefs are in better condition than many other areas in the region, there are signs of stress. However, Dr. Earle strongly feels that there is still time to make changes that would allow full recovery. “Remember,” she said, “the economy is a w holly owned subsidiary of the environment.” Bonaire economy is more depe ndent than most places to the environment’s health Laura DeSalvo

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Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 Page 13 Bonaire Reporter Classifieds— Are still free Got something to buy or sell? Non-Business Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20± words): FREE Commercial Ads only NA ƒ 1 per word, for each two-week issue. Call 790-6518 or 790-6125 or email info@bonairereporter.com WANTED: Low miles/km Toyota Pickup . Will give a better price than a dealer trade in. George 790-8988 ___________________________ All Stainless Steel dock ladder . Only NA 300 Call 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm ___________________________ HOUSE-SITTER/HANDYMAN PAR EXCELLENCE – retired librarian, 49yo Canadian, will take SUPERLATIVE care of your home and pets: Gardens, pool, painting, repairs, renovations, build a deck, pergola in exchange for accommodation. Inquire Jack at donnabrian@gmail.com or 519 426-1403 Available after Jan 1, 2010 _____________________________ FOR SALEDog Whisperer Season 1 , Region 1 DVD set, new and unopened. 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Kaya Nederlandia # 21 (Express Cargo Lot) CASH ONLY NO CHECKS NO PLASTIC YOU WANT A DEAL HERE IT IS Tel (599) 791-6272 / 785-6272 hans@outdoorbonaire.com www.outdoorbonaire.com Property Services Bonaire B.V. Taking care of your properties (while you are off island). Email for information and prices: propertyservicesbonaire@hotmail.com Bonaire Images Elegant greeting cards and beautiful boxed note cards are now available at Chat -N-Browse next to Lover’s Ice Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com GREAT CLEANING SERVICE For Quality House and Office Cleaning ……. CALL JRA Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough, Low rates, References. One time or many Phone 785-9041 … and relax. LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ6 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981. Web site: www.chinanobobonaire.com Private yoga classes call Louise 7177021 or 700-9422. also CLASSES in silversmithing, stone setting and the art of beading . Call Louise at 717-7021 or 700-9422 . KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tide’s height and time A Unique Haircut experience at The Windsurf Place, Sorobon, with Desiree. Thursdays thru Sundays from 10am till 4pm. Phone: 786-6416 info@aplaceforyoubonaire.com 16 Flights a day between Bonaire and Curaçao Divi Divi Air Reservations 24 hours a day Call (5999 839-1515) Or (5999 563-1913) B rad Louth of Stamford, CT, USA is holding The Bonaire Reporter at 2000 feet over New Haven Harbor. He’s flying his own plane. a Liberty XL2 ( N588XL). Transport of Money and Valuables Private Investigations Vehicle patrols Burglar Alarms Fire Alarm Systems In Business Over 26 years Kaya Nikiboko Nord 37A, PO Box 225 Tel: (599) 7178125 Fax (599) 7176125 E-mail sss@bonairelive.com Private guitar lessons available ! To improve your technique, improvisation, repertoire, music theory and sight reading, call Benji at 786-5073. 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 WI N THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter , Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). Email to: info@bonairereporter.com. DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. 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Specializing in garden/septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don & Janet). 786-0956 _________________________________ 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.

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Page 14 Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 Question on Page 8 REGULAR EVENTS By appointment – Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for residents and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 5409800. Parke Publico children’s playground open every day into the cooler evening hours. Saturdays Rincon Marshé —6 am-2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks, music. Big Marché first Saturday of the month— www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Flea Market at Parke Publico every first Saturday of the month, 3 to 7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and to sell. NAƒ10 per selling table.(NAƒ 5 goes to up-keep the park). NGOs can have a free table. More information and reservations for a spot call Vicky Bissessar 786 1592 . Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine Company’s warehouse on Kaya Industria, second Saturday of the month , 7-9 pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10 (NAƒ17,50) per person. Tel. 5607539. Soldachi Tours— See the real Bonaire and be transported back in time. Learn about the history, culture and nature by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call Maria Koeks for more information—796 -7870. Mondays Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value Fridays Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per pers on. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS Sunday– Creature Feature– John and Suzie Wall of Buddy’s Digital photo center present a multimedia slide presentation about Buddy’s House Reef pool bar Buddy Dive , 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080 Tuesday -Bonaire Land and Ocean presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff, 7pm on the big screen inside the Sunset Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condominiums. Wednesday– Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of Bonaire Slide Show , every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn (717-8819) at 7pm. BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Kas Krioyo Rincon— Step into Bonaire’s past in this venerable old home that has been restored and furnished so it appears the family has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 –12, 24. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445. Mangasina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018 Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868 Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December 25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015 or 796 5681 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday at 7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971 Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm call 567-0655 for directions. Bridge Club Wednesdays , 7:15 pm— All levels, NAƒ2,50, call Joop at 786-6003 to find out the evening’s location. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. JCI First Wednesday of the MonthJunior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata Domacassé 516-4252. Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm . Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For more information call 510-0710. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays , 12 noon-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach Resort upstairs in Peter Hughes meeting room above the dive shop. All Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-2066 Toastmasters Club meets every two weeks. For more information call Crusita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez Beck, at 786-2953. CHURCH SERVICES Protestant Congregation of Bonaire: Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papiamentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am. Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papiamentu, Sundays, 8:30 am. Children’s club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kralendijk Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meetings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk. New Apostolic Church: Centro di Bario Nord Saliña , Sundays, 10 am. Services in Dutch. 700-0379 . International Bible Church of Bonaire, at SGB High School auditorium (Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya Korona.) Sunday services in English at 9 am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6 to 8 pm, Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12 yrs. Tel. 717-8332. Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304. Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol , Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 7174211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact: 786-2557. Prayer and Intercession Church, in English. A full Gospel Church l ocated temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are held on Sunday mornings from 10am until 11:30am. Bible studies in English are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm. Contact: 717-3322 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints : Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Services (Translation to English and Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors Welcome: 701-9522 for Information Send event info to: The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel:790-6518, 786-6125 or 790-8988 HAPPENING SOON Until September 30 —Bonaire Dive into Summer. See TCB or your hotel for details. Thursday, September 3 — Lecture at the CIEE Research Station on Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 26, at 7 pm by Dr. M. Dale Stokes– Titled "Adventures in Oceanography." Dr. Stokes from Scripps Institution of Oceanography is a renowned biologist and geologist and great friend of Bonaire. Saturday, September 5— Big Monthly Rincon Marche— friendliest people on Bonaire selling gifts, crafts, local foods and drink, candles, more. Music and fun atmosphere . 6 am to 2 pm. Saturday, September 5 —Flea Market at Parke Publico, 3 to 7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and sell. NAƒ 10 per selling table. (NAƒ 5 goes for Park upkeep). NGOs have a free table. More information call Vicky Bissessar 786-1592 Saturday, September 5 —Song Festival sponsored by the Police Sport Society (SoDePo ), at the SGB auditorioum. Tickets NAƒ 15 at police headquarters and from SoDePo members. Tel. 717-8015m 788-3983. More on page 3. Saturday, September 5 — Demonstration in support of a Referendum to define direct ties with Holland. At La Sonrisa, 5 pm. For more information contact Jopie Giskus Cel. 7968907 / e-mail aworteora@gmail.com i por bishita e website: aworteora.com Sunday, September 6 Bonaire Day (legal holiday), main celebration in Rincon Sunday, September 6 2-4-5 km Estafette Run Bonaire Day Run Saturday, September 13 —Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine Company’s Warehouse on Kaya Industraia, 7-9 pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10 (NAƒ 17,50) per person. Tel. 560-7539 October 410— 42nd Bonaire International Sailing Regatta Sunday, October 4, Ninth Annual Jong Bonaire Swim to Klein Bonaire November 1 Bonaire Mountain Bike Race Who’s Who on The Bonaire Reporter Take The Reporter Home—1-year subscription: By mail to US $70; By mail to Europe $150. By Internet $25 donation. For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , PO Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles; phone (599) 790-6518, 786-6125, E-mail: info@bonairereporter.com The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: P. O. Box 407, Bona ire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Published every two weeks Reporters: Siomara E. Albertus, Stephanie Bennett, J@n Brouwer, Christy Dovale , Caren Eckrich , Rhian Evans, Jack Horkheimer, Molly Bartikoski-Kearny, Theo Knevel, Greta Kooistra, Ian MacD onald, Mick Schmit, Michael Thiessen Unattributed photos are by the editor or publisher. Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elisabeth S ilberie (Playa), Divi-Divi Airline Housekeeping: JRA. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij, Curaçao ©2009 The Bonaire Reporter Question (from page 10): What year was the wooden tower added? 1868

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Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 Page 15 Hair Affair We do our best to make your hair and makeup wishes come true!! You can also come in for facials and facial waxing . We use and sell L’Oreal products Is your plan to marry on the island? We can make you beautiful and stay beautiful for your happiest day. Personal attention by Janneke Appointment by tel: 717-5990 or just walk in. Downtown, near the waterfront next to Little Havana Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop AIRLINES Divi Divi Air. Bonaire’s “on time airline” with 16 flights a day between Bonaire and Curaçao. Your first choice for inter-isla nd travel. Now flying to Aruba. APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS City Shop , the mega store, has the island’s widest selection of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and in-store financing too. BANKS Maduro and Curiel’s Bank provides the greatest number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They also o ffer investments and insurance. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and facial waxing. BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike accessories. They do professional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Have your keys made here too. CONTRACTOR Equinox Bonaire— A USA licensed contractor for hotels, restaurant s, residential. On Time—Done Right. DINING Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire’s best. Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. On Kaya Gob. Debrot ½ mile north of town center. 780-1111 Call ahead to eat-in or take out 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 pric es on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation above and below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire’s top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City Café, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apartments . FITNESS Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels. Top Health Bonaire Fitn ess and Health Center Modern workout rooms and machines, professional trainers and low prices make it easy to lose weight and get fit. GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria. HEALTH Harmony House— The herb and mineral center. Help your body heal itself. HOME CARE Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the needs of second home owners on Bonaire including inspection, management and cleaning. INTERNET AND CELLULAR SERVICE Digicel has the most subscribers, widest choice of calling plans and interesting phones. Visit their office on downtown Kaya Grandi and see for yourself. Mio offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGHSPEED INTERNET almost ever ywhere on Bonaire. PEST CONTROL Professional Pest Control . Call Peter to get rid of all those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants that want to invade your home. Call now and save your investment in your home. PHOTO FINISHING Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and services. Full digital services . REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling your home. Caribbean Homes, “the Refreshing Realtor,” specializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property management. Sunbelt Realty offers full real es tate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and see them. RETAIL Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women and children. Best Buddies and Pearls —Stunning fresh water pearl jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful service, free gift wrap. SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Pr ofessional and efficient. FedEx agent. What would we do without their superb services? SUPERMARKETS The Island Supplier (TIS)Enjoy shopping the “Caribbean Way’ – fresh, open air feeling with reasonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods, wide selection of beverages and juices. Good rum selection. Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria— Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selection and lowest prices on the island. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy . Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp WINES Antillean Wine Company. You’ve tried the rest; now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 amnoon. To learn more about these businesses check their ad in this issue of The Reporter Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Reporter are included in the guides. Free! Call 790-6518, 786-6518 Or email Reporter@BonaireNews.com Check CARIB INN First. Great Prices –Great Stock Scuba Sales Repair Replacement New Gear Accessories Always Great Values Dive gear specials CARIB INN Since 1980 PADI 5 STAR GOLD PALM 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily (next to Divi Flamingo Hotel) Let visitors and residents know about your business or restaurant with an ad in The Reporter . AFFORDABLE NetTech N.V.info@NetTech.an www.NetTech.an Tel:717-6773 Fax:717-7854Bonaire’s Official Web Site Developer!Domain Registrations E-mail Hosting Anti-Spam & Anti-Virus Web Site Design Web Site Hosting Marketing Consulting Internet Consulting Photographic Services Graphic Design Bonaire’s Official Web Site Developer

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Page 16 Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 O n May 15th the Bonaire Animal Shelter started “Bonny, the Superdog,” a free sterilization campaign for pets. As a result, 200 dogs and 20 cats have been sterilized. Too many dogs on Bonaire. Bonaire’s dog population is enormous and growing. Many dogs roam loose and females often get pregnant at an early age. As a result, new puppies are born daily and many do not have a home. They often become strays, looking for food, becoming sick and aggressive, causing trouble. Because of these problems, about 1,000 dogs are put to sleep annually. We can prevent this senseless loss. 200 dogs have already been sterilized! In the last 3 months, the Bonaire Animal Shelter has sterilized 200 dogs and 20 cats. Potentially, each female dog can give birth to 10 puppies a year. If 200 female dogs are sterilized, there will be 2,000 fewer puppies born. 2,000 additional dogs would be extremely problematic for a small island like Bonaire. Many of these dogs would end up roaming the streets, and living a terrible life of hunger and disease. Help needed “Bonny, the Superdog” is a sterilization campaign financed by the Bonaire Animal Shelter. To date, the shelter has received much support from their employees, volunteers, veterinarians and others who worked hard everyday to make this campaign successful. But to continue the sterilization campaign, we need money. You can help by making a financial donation! Information For more information about the sterilization campaign, please contact: Animal Shelter Bonaire Kaminda Lagun 26, Bonaire Phone: 717-4989 animalshelter@flamingotv.net www.bonnysuperdog.com Maduro & Curiel’s Bank account # 102.378.00 RBTT Bank account # 23.10.139. Press release L ast week three STINAPA Assistant Rangers were promoted to Ranger. Study and experience are required for the rank of Ranger. Successful completion of the courses of PADI Rescue Diver, Medic First Aid, Basic Mechanics, Co mputer Competance, Navigation, Radio Operator, Tourist Guide, STINAPA Traditions, Basic Geology, Basic Biology and Biology of the parks, Ecology of the Marine Park, knowledge of island birds and trees and several more subjects are required. Graduating were Joi Jenkins, Ruthsel Paula and Jerrel Martis. Congratulations from all of us at The Bonaire Reporter. Island Governor Glenn Thodé and STINAPA Foundation President Evo Cicilia presented the trio with their new rank and certificates at a small party gathering at Paradise Moon restaurant. Press release I t’s a dog! It’s a rabbit! No, it’s a dog. Check out those stand up ears on sweet little “Hendrika.” Some dogs wag their tails when they’re happy or excited, but Hendrika does even more when she gets those ears to stand up. Pretty amazing. This happy little pup is friendly and fun, but she’s not a high energy dog. She prefers to stay in the background; she’s not be a pushy type like many others around. Hendrika is about three months old and is in top health. She’s a medium sized dog with easy to care for short caramel colored fur which encourages petting. You may meet her at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm and from 3 to 5 pm. Phone 717-4989. The Shelter staff asked us to tell you that they are in need of some things. As you may already know the Shelter exists thanks to donations and of course its super staff and loyal volunteers. But now they need to refurbish the kennels, so th ey need leftover paint – wall paint or glossy paint – in all colors, brushes too. Everything is welcome. They also need an old sail (from a boat?) to cover the boarding kennel compound during the rainy season. You can drop things off at the Shelter at Kaminda Lagun or call 717-4989 and someone will come to get them (it). Thanks from the hard working staff . Laura DeSalvo R ecently several SELIBON garbage trucks were adorned with stickers with the STINAPA information reminder, “NOS TA BIBA DI NATURALESA”( Our Lives Hinge On Nature). The goal is to broaden the general awareness of nature and the natural environment. We might not always realize it, but the large part of the Bonairean economy is dependent on maintaining the health of our environment. We are a tourist destination. Tourists from all over the world come here to soak up the sun, the sea, the peacefulness and spaciousness that Bonaire has to offer. It is easy to see that a taxi driver, who daily transports all these tourists, profits from nature. The same goes for entrepreneurs and staff of hotels, restaurants and dive shops. But indirectly many more people derive their income from tourism. The baker does not only bake bread for the local people, but also for the tourists. Harbor workers don’t only unload cargo for Bonaireans, but also for tourists. Supermarkets, drugstores, banks, contractors, airport staff and many more people profit from tourism and indirectly from nature. Our economy is largely based on tourism and hence nature. All these people contribute to the income of the government which subsequently can provide schooling, health care and road maintenance. So we live off nature, but in a different way from our ancestors. The first Bonaireans made drawings on the cave walls which are now tourist attractions. On the stickers five symbols are visible that were inspired on these drawings. From left to right we see the sun, the fish, the man, the flamingo, and cactus. The sun, fish, flamingo and cactus symbolize the four elements: fire, water, air and earth. Man is central in all this. Man is dependent on nature, but also has a big influence on nature. “NOS TA BIBA DI NATURALESA” means let’s be frugal with our nature, the green engine of our economy. SELIBON has been a sponsor of this campaign from day one, because they also live off nature and would like to see that the objective of the campaign is reached. STINAPA is proud of the cooperation of all her campaign sponsors: World Nature Fund Netherlands, Island council of Bonaire, Maduro & Curiel’s Bank, Carib Inn, Digicel, BOPEC, RBTT Bank, Telbo N.V., Tourist Corporation Bonaire, SELIBON and Harbour Village. Our special thanks goes out to them. Press release Hendrika At the new Ranger ceremony: ST INAPA Board Member Evo Cicilia, Rangers Joi Jenkins, Ruthsel Paula and Jerrel Martis, STINAPA Director Elsmarie Beukenboom and Governor Glenn Thod é Volunteers with Shelter Manager Marlis T he Island Government has committed to a temporary solution to the disposal of hotel and restaurant waste water in the seaside area. The sewer plant is years away and, as stated by the Bonaire Marine Park Manager over a year ago, something must be done sooner to save our reefs. The temporary solution, to truck sewage from seaside cesspools inland was delayed until funding could be secured, However, because of pressure from local environmentalists and emphasis put on it by Dutch legislators, €1.8 million has been pumped into the project by the EU, USONA and the Dutch VVS Ministry. Vacuum pump tank trucks will be operated by SELIBON and the waste water trucked to a remote area in Amboina where it will be purified sufficently to be used for agriculture. The Bonaire Government recognizes this is a temporary solution to the problem. But it’s vital to avoid additional damage to the reef ‘s environment. The scheme should be operational before the busy tourist season in December. G.D. Vacuum tanker

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Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 Page 17 T here was lots of emotion, happiness and entertainment at the opening of the new building housing the headquarters of the Maduro and Curiel's Bank on Bonaire last Friday evening, August 28. An estimated 1,000 people turned out to celebrate and they did, helped by music an open bar and endless hors d’oeuvres. MCB is the leading bank in the Dutch Antilles and the most significant bank on Bonaire. It operates six related enterprises on all six Dutch Caribbean islands. Besides its banking efficiency, it is a good neighbor to the islands and is a prime sponsor of numerous cultural events, sports and charitable foundations. Speakers of the evening included Bonaire’s Governor Glenn Thodé, MCB CEO Chicu Capriles, MCB-Bonaire Managing Director Evert Piar, Island Commissioner Pancho Cicilia and others. The executives were quick to thank the 94 members of the MCB-Bonaire staff, the building’s architect, supervisors and contractors for helping make the building a success. In addition to its architectural style which blends modern function with traditional elements it incorporates numerous environmentally-friendly features. As was said several time by various speakers, although the color of the building’s exterior is painted blue, it’s also very green. Inside the offices and corridors are tastefully decorated and the lobby even sports a large flatscreen TV to entertain visitors. Chairman in Emeritus of the Board, Mr. Lio Capriles, joined Lt. Governor, dr. Glenn Thode the bank’s Chairman of the Board, Nicole Henriquez and six adorable children to cut the ribbon and inaugurate the building. G.D. The new Main Office of MCB-Bonaire is on Kaya Gob. N. Debrot, no rth of the traffic circle on hote l row. The Hato branch of the bank is across the street. MCB made significant donations to three Bonaire non-profit foundations, selected by its emplo yees, as part of the opening commemoration. The Diabetes Society representatives (above) received NAƒ 5.000. Congratulations to MCB management team member, Leonard Domaca ss é who was promoted to Assistant Managing Director The public wase given building tours on the opening day MCB-Bonaire customer service staff served as knowledgeable tour guides Actress, playwright and SKAL official Jackie Bernabela joins the party with MCB CEO Capriles and BAS Director Larry Gerharts Children were welcome to the “open house” and added to the fun

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Page 18 Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 Top Health Fitness Center at the Kaya Nikiboko Nord (towards More4Less) in the “La Hacienda” building— 796-3109 or 786-8908 Fit & Healthy is a program completely under t he guidance of a professional. Exercising in a responsible way is guaranteed. The 75-minute program is adequate for all and especially all ages (even 60+). Lose weight, maintain a healthy weight or work on an optimum physical condition. If you are experiencing health problems, like backand knee pain, Fit & Health is right for you. Special attention to a correct posture. What makes Fit & Healthy different from aerobic sessions is that there isn’t any dance choreography, but you get the same weight loss result as from aerobics. Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 8:00am till 9:15 Cost only NAƒ 75/ month **** BRING THIS AD FOR A FREE TRIAL CLASS **** MAKE YOUR BODY YOUR BUSINESS Bonaire/ Kralendijk – I n 2007 the owners of Plantation Furniture & Antiques were finally able to buy a real becak in Indonesia. It did not really take a lot of time to find a becak but it took a lot of time and energy to ship it and reship it and to transport it from the former Dutch colonies in the East Indies to Bonaire in the West Indies. Then, finally, in November 2007 the long awaited becak arrived on Bonaire. Now the tricycle is parked in front of the Plantation Furniture & Antiques shop which is situated at Kaya Industria, opposite the Bonaco fuel station and the new Compact S-building near the almost finished new second roundabout of Bonaire. Marjolein, on the island since 2001, is the manager of the furniture shop. Marjolein says, “We’ve been importing furniture and home decoration and antiques from Indonesia for ages now. Almost all the furniture is made of tropical teak wood. Nowadays a lot of furniture is also made of recycled old teak wood. We imported this becak in 2007. This three wheeler is a real eye catcher. I suppose it is more or less handmade in Indonesia. Possibly this becak was produced in a small blacksmith shop. The three wheeler is constructed from iron strips and pipes. They also used wood for paneling and the convertible top is made from a kind of canvas. With enough air in the tires and no play in the bearings this tricycle still needs a lot of skill and energy from the driverchauffeur-cyclist. I tried it several times but accelerating with just one speed is pretty heavy and cornering is an art in it self! Anyhow. I just like this becak and every day I roll it out of my shop, and at the end of the day back into my shop. Visitors like the man-powered taxi and a lot of photos are made of it!” This becak is a construction of iron and wood around three Indonesian-made, huge 28-inch heavy duty bicycle wheels. The mounted rubbers are made by Swallow and measure an impressive one inch and a half. There is only one hand brake. The thing is located under the saddle and functions strictly mechanically by pressing two parts of used but still useful tire of a car to both sides of the wheel. The emergency brakes are connected to the taxi driver: both his feet! The quite heavy and reinforced frame is stick welded in combination with a lot of primitive bolts and nuts with a weird size of British thread. The becak is made for two passengers but often also a lot of extra luggage or some extra chickens are carried. This three wheeler is fitted with two half leaf springs. Excessive noise from the springs is reduced by covering certain parts of the leafs with old bicycle tubes. Those Indonesians really are inventive! This becak probably has served in Yogyakarta. The paper sticker, mounted in the hidden luggage space behind the wooden seat reads: “1998 Yogyakarta.” The becak is hand painted in a kind of maroon reddish color. On the mudguards the word, “Dwitunggal” is written. Research did not really give the right translation. Is “Dwitunggal” just a family name or the name of a taxi organization or does it have something to do with two languages or two political ideas? Suggestions, solutions and explanations are welcome… There is confusion about using the word “rickshaw” or “ becak ” for this kind of pedicab all over the world, though the solution is as easy as simple. A becak is pushed and a rickshaw is pulled. So hit the metal, push the pedal and enjoy a little ride with this green energy powered fun vehicle! Story & photo by J@n Brouwer The 54th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire’s interesting vehicles that are “on wheels.” An exhausted Marjolein has he r Indonesian tricycle cab almost completely under control. It takes quite a lot of skill and energy to maneuver a becak through the heavy traffic of Yogyakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Here in a parking lot on Bonaire it still is a serious job. 982 473 561 413 625 978 765 981 432 278 549 613 159 836 247 634 217 859 396 758 124 841 362 795 527 194 386 Puzzle on page 7 I n the last edition of The Bonaire Reporter an article was published about Brad and Sandra and their European made red Ruska buggy. This week The Bonaire Reporter received a photograph from the metallic flake gold sprayed original Bruce Meyers Manx buggy, the modified Volkwagen Brad imported from the States to Bonaire. Brad and Sandra still wonder whether their old love is still on our island. Can you help find it? If you do, contact digitalis1956 @hotmail.com Story by J@n Brouwer The metallic flake gold spraye d original Bruce Meyers Manx buggy with Brad and Sandra Swanson and son. Check out this photo and perhaps you can help to discover if this car is still on Bonaire. The picture must have been taken in the early 80s. Brad and Sandra still work with Trans World Radio which broadcasts Biblebased programs from Bonaire. E bos di speransa, FM 89.5. Seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

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Bonaire ReporterSeptember 4-18, 2009 Page 19 Debunking the Mars Myth L ots of people were disappointed last week because the planet Mars looked nowhere near the size of the full M oon . There was international coverage on the Internet saying that Mars will be so close that it will look as large as the full Moon. But please, folks, such is not the case unless you magnified it 75 times in a telescope. So don't get fooled next year by the great Mars myth and misunderstanding, which will probably pop up every August until doomsday. But Mars is out there and it really does look nifty. Simply go outside about 5 am any day this week, look due east and just above the horizon and you'll see the brightest planet of them all, Venus, which is super dazzling. But if you look up and to the right of Venus you'll also see much dimmer ruby gold Mars. Check Out the Giant Triangle of Stars Overhead I n early September you can easily spot three very bright stars, which make a giant triangle shining overhead. Simply go outside between 9 and 10 pm, Sky Park Time, and look straight up almost overhead and you will see three extremely bright stars, which if we connect with lines, will make a huge stellar triangle. It’s traditionally called the Summer Triangle because every year these three stars can be seen rising over the eastern horizon in early evening at the beginning of summer. But since the stars change their position with each season, by the time September rolls around this triangle has changed its position so that in early evening it is almost directly overhead and makes an almost perfect must-see tradition. Now each star belongs to a separate constellation. So not only do we also have three wonderful stars we have three equally wonderful constellations. The brightest star is Vega and it belongs to the small constellation Lyra, the Harp . The second brightest is Altair in a much larger constellation called Aquila, the Eagle . And the dimmest of the three is Deneb which marks the tail of a huge constellation called Cygnus, the Swan . Now if we compare each of these three stars with the star we call our Sun you'll be in for a big surprise. Our Sun is the closes t star, only 8 1/3 light minutes away, which means it takes its light 8 1/3 minutes to reach us. So we s ee it not as it actually exists now but as it existed 8 1/3 minutes ago. Alta ir is the closest triangle star and is 17 light years away, which means that it takes its light 17 years to reach us. So we see it not as it exists this weekend but as it existed 17 years ago. Vega is slightly farther, 25 light years away which means that it takes its light 25 years to reach us so we see it as it existed 25 years ago. Deneb however is so incredibly far away, 1,500 light years, that it takes its light 1,500 years to reach us so we see it as it existed 1,500 years ago! Deneb is a super 116 times as wide as our Sun and 60,000 times brighter. In fact if it were as close as Vega and Altair it woul d be the brightest star in the night sky So there you have it. Three bright stars fo rming a giant triangle almost overhead in early evening every early September. Jack Horkheimer *to find it... just look up E.M. Rijswijk Denturist ARE YOUR DENTURES: Loose? Cracked? Missing Teeth? In Your Pocket? Worn? Causing Gum Pain? Call For An Appointmen t 717-2248 or 786-3714 Kaya J.G. Hernandez z/n (Near Botika Korona) New hours: 9 am-12 pm, 2 pm—4 pm Monday-Friday Repairs while you wait. ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Don't be shy to promote your own interests. Don't be shy to promote your own interests. Romance and social activity will be a promising combination. You can set your goals and make a beeline for your target. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Your own small business on the side could ease your financial stress. This is a great day to mingle with people you would like to impress. You can get into self awareness groups or look into physical enhancement programs. You'll find it easy to deal with government agencies or large institutions. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Sudden changes regarding your domestic scene are probable. Lovers will be less than accommodating, and decisions regarding personal direction a necessity. Red tape could be impossible to clear up this month. Work quietly behind the scenes. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Any contributions you make to organizations will enhance your reputation and bring you offers. You have your own family to consider as well. Go after your professional goals. You can make extra cash by moonlighting. Take time to find out if anyone has a better suggestion before you make arrangements for the whole family. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Try not to make waves. You've been in a rut and you need to do something that will help you break the pattern you've fallen into. Try to be honest when dealing with your mate. It's a great day to attend social functions. Your luckiest events will occur on a Friday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't go hog wild when it come s to entertainment or you could find yourself short of funds at the end of the month. Your dynamic, determined approach will win favors as well as a helping hand. You will have no trouble getting things to fall into place. You will have to be careful not to let infatuations with colleagues get out of hand. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You are best to do something energetic with friends. You can make a difference if you're willing to stand up and be counted. This is not the time to lend or borrow money or possessions. Try not to overreact to the loss. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You should look into making some physical changes, such as new hair color or toning up your body. Those close to your heart may be difficult to reason with. Look into ways that you can make extra cash. Your love will not be willing to listen to your criticism. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You can pick up information that will give you an edge. If everyone wants to do their own thing, let them. Organize your day well if you wish to accomplish all you set out to do. Your emotional stability may influence the changes taking place in your personal life. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Take care of any paperwork concerning institutional or governmental agencies. Try to do your job and then leave. Jealous coworkers may try to sabotage your attempts to get ahead. You may want to take another look at the investment you are about to make. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) this month is not the day to try to comer people by giving them ultimatums. Someone left a real mess for you to sift through. Your lack of attention may have been a factor. Take care of any paperwork concerning institutional or governmental agencies. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) A little volleyball or other outdoor sports should be on your agenda. Join a choir or a drama club. You may be considering moving to larger quarters. Don't let the moods of those you live with get you down. Exercise programs will be effective. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday. By Astrologer Michael Thiessen For September 2009 N e w DV D A v a i l a b l e B o n a i r e T a Du s h i Summer Triangle

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