Title: Bonaire reporter
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Publication Date: November 5, 2010
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Now that Bonaire, St. Eusta-
tius, and Saba are munici-
palities of The Netherlands the
new Dutch Law (Admittance and
Expulsion law, the WTU) ) dealing
with who can live on Bonaire and
for how long became effective.
It means that Dutch citizens liv-
ing elsewhere than Bonaire, St.
Eustatius, or Saba have free entry
up to a maximum of six months
per year to these BES Islands,
but will have to apply for a Decla-
ration by Right if they wish to
remain longer and work and live
on the islands. That applies for the
Dutch citizens who originate from
Holland, Curacao, St. Maarten, or
Dutch citizens who themselves
or their parents were born on
Bonaire, St. Eustatius, or Saba
do not fall under the law, nor do
Dutch citizens who were living on
Bonaire, St. Eustatius, or Saba
since October 10, 2009 (one year
before 10-10-10) and are currently
recorded in the civil registry.
Everyone who registers after
October 10, 2009, must apply for a
residence permit.
From now on, non-Dutch for-
eigners (tourists) may stay on
Bonaire, St. Eustatius, or Saba
for a maximum of three months
per period of six months.

D Following a request from
The Reporter the RCN
(Rijksdienst Caribisch Neder-
land-Royal Service of the Neth-
erlands Caribbean) replied that
the Dutch-American Friendship
treaty is applicable. In 1956,
when the US and the Netherlands
signed the Treaty of Friendship, it
gave citizens and businesses in
each country reciprocal rights in
both countries. The idea was to
encourage economic and cultural
relations between the US, the
Netherlands and its territories.
It has been interpreted by Antil-
les courts to grant the same admit-
tance rights to Americans as the
However, according to the re-
cent communication from the
RCN, speaking in behalf of the
Dutch Ministry of Justice, the
WTU-BES (Wet ( ,1..- i,.I en Toe-
lating- BES), the way the treaty is
applied and interpreted is de-

scribed in the "Circulaire toelating
en uitzetting BES" which gives
Americans three months fewer
residency on the BES Islands
than Dutch citizens. .
The Netherlands does not agree
with the decision by the Sint
Maarten Court granting equivalent
admission rights and is appealing..
The position of The Netherlands
concerning equal treatment will be
published in the "Circulaire" and
will be finalized when the appeal
is being heard.

,The long-postponed Bonaire
Referendum is set for this De-
cember. However, so far, no defi-
nition of the questions) or specific
guidance has been provided. Last
week the newest Government Coa-
lition passed a motion to have a
referendum to find out from the
people if they support the recent
constitutional arrangements agreed
on with Holland. A previous itera-
tion of the Referendum was budg-
eted at NAf 500 thousand. The
referendum cannot change the
present situation but may provide a
"feeling" for the current arrange-
ment with The Netherlands. Oppo-
sition is focused on Holland's ac-
ceptance of abortion, euthanasia
and same-sex marriage.

ILike in the "old days" you can
now fly to Curacao by jet for
just NAJ 100 thanks to Insel
Air's new offer. And you may
even win a weekend getaway.
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Queen Beatrix should no longer
be officially part of the govern-
ment, PVV Freedom Party leader
Geert Wilders said during the de-
bate on the new government last
Tuesday. Wilders, whose party has
agreed to back the minority gov-
ernment in a number of policy
areas, says he will introduce legis-
lation in an effort to get the Queen
officially removed as head of state.
According to the Dutch constitu-
tion, the monarch is officially head
of the government, but in practice,
it is the Prime Minister (Minister-
President in Dutch) who actually
does the leading.

D An excellent summary of the new
status of Bonaire was provided by Bon-
aire 's Tourism Office head Ronella Tjin
Asjoe-Croes. It's reprinted here with
10 October, 2010 was an exceptional
day. The country of the Netherlands
Antilles, consisting of the islands of Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St.
Eustatius, and St. Maarten, ceased to exist. Curacao and St.
Maarten became autonomous countries within the Dutch Kingdom;
Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba became special municipalities of
the Netherlands. The area now officially referred to as the
"Dutch Caribbean."
Although Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba are now special munici-
palities of the Netherlands, and thus assume Dutch nationality,
their identity and culture will remain. Their flags will remain
and Papiamentu and English will remain legitimate languages.
The change most evident to tourists and other visitors is that effec-
tive January 1, 2011 the American dollar will be the legal cur-
rency on the islands.
The island government will retain jurisdiction and the islanders
will deal primarily on this administrative level. The Lieutenant
Governor will remain-as is the case now-responsible for public
order and disaster relief. What does change is that with the Dutch
nationality, islanders will obtain the right to vote for the mem-
bers of the House of Representatives, the Parliament's Second
Chamber of The Netherlands in The Hague. A Kingdom repre-
sentative-somewhat comparable to the Governor of old-will also
be appointed. The Kingdom representative is the Chief of Police,
coordinates Dutch policy in the Caribbean area, and is responsible
for the proper administration of the Island governments.
The Netherlands will assume the tasks of the former Nether-
lands Antilles. Police and fire departments, and the customs and
tax offices will be under their control. In agreement with the three
islands, the Netherlands has also agreed to assume the tasks of
social security, old-age pension, welfare benefits, public health,
youth care, and education. As of 1 January, everyone will have
health insurance and a great deal will be invested in education.
For example, schoolbooks will become free of charge for secon-
dary education, new teaching methods will be introduced, and
school buildings will be improved.
A new investment friendly tax system has been introduced and
other measures to improve the investment climate will also be
added to the mix. To this extent several initiatives focused specifi-
cally on the tourism industry are also being pursued. These new
changes will mean for the future of the island should start to be-
come evident once all the departments are in place and folks have a
chance become accustomed to them. With the seamless integration
of the governing body that has been gradually introduced over the
past few months and continuing on into next year, the transition
should be accomplished with few problems. May GOD bless our
new island constellation and our closer ties with the Netherlands!
Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes

Bonaire took the first
step towards participating in
sustainable management of the
Dutch Exclusive Economic
Zone (EEZ), an area twice as
large as The Netherlands.
(100,000 km2). On behalf of the
island of Bonaire Commissioner
Elvis Tjin Asjoe signed the

agreement for cooperation with
Kingdom Partners Aruba, Cura-
9ao, St. Maarten, Saba, Sint
Eustatius and The Netherlands.
The collaboration focuses on
sustainable management of the
EEZ with regard to both nature
(Continued on page 17)

Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Political Status Summary 2
Official Complaint Ombudsman 3
BES Tax Havens? 3
Toastmasters On The Road 6
Casey Dovale Obituary 7
Mega Hotel at Sunset Beach? 8
Taking The Law Into Our Hands 9
rtStudy and Career Fair 9
Instant Classical Composing (Hans Faas-
sen) 10
Xtreme Duo Bike Race 10
Soldachi Visit to Capt Don's 11
St James Medical Fair 11
La Cuadra Venezolana 13
Hans Faassen Concert 15
Letters- Hotel Rooms-Not,
Sunset Beach Ideas 16
Pleasant Bonhata 30th Anniv. 16
Faassen-Pijpers's Art and Children's Book
Presentaton 17
Three Turtles Being Tracked 18
Special Shelter Announcements 18

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since.. (Annemieke Le No-
ble) 4
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Bon Quiz #40 (VWV-ll Memorial) 7
Latin Music Classics-Hot Hot, Hot 7
Body Talk-Too Much Vitamin C? 8
What's Happening, Cruise Ships 12
Reporter Masthead 12
Classifeds 13
Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times,
Moon Phase 13
Shopping & Service Directory 14
Bonaire On Wheels -Yamaha Virago
535 V-Twin 15
Bon Quiz Answer 17
Sudoku Soluton 17
Picture Yourself-FortWorth, Texas 17
Pet ofthe Week (Guy) 18
Did You Know (Iron Fertilizing) 1
Sky Park (Andromeda & Jupiter) 19
The Stars Have It-Astrology 19
How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
The Publisher:
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Phone 790-8988
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Page 2

Now that Bonaire is integrated into
The Netherlands, Bonaireans can
take advantage of a service that's avail-
able to all Dutchmen.- the office of the
For those unfamiliar with the term, an
Ombudsman (at least for the Dutch po-
litical system) is a government appointee
who investigates complaints by private
persons against the government.
The Dutch ombudsman will serve Bon-
aire, Saba and Statia.
So, who do you call if you feel you are
not being served as stated by law/rules/
regulations? Alex Brenninkmeijer, the
Ombudsman of the Netherlands.

Alex Brenninkmeijer has been the
Dutch national ombudsman since 1 Octo-
ber 2005. He studied Dutch Law at the
University of Groningen where he got his
degree in 1976. In 1987, he obtained his
doctorate from Tilburg University for
research on the importance of independ-
ent jurisdiction in democratic constitu-
tional states. Until his appointment as the
national ombudsman, Brenninkmeijer
was a judge on social security matters,
civil service law and tax law at various
courts. Prior to that, he taught at the Uni-
versity of Leiden as a professor of consti-
tutional and administrative law. In 2003
he started as a professor at the Albeda-
leerstoel of employment relationship at
the government and Alternative Dispute
Brenninkmeijer is a pioneer in conflict
arbitration and mediation. He is special-
ized in relations between citizens and the


Alex Brenninkmeijer,
Alex Brenninkmeijer will be on our is-
land, to speak about his role on Novem-
ber 2 ( the day The Reporter should be-
gin to be distributed) at the Divi Fla-
mingo Resort at 7:30 pm.
government, conflict analysis and meth-
ods of conflict solutions.

He has often described what his job is
about: "The government is there for you
Maar soms ervaart u dat niet zo. But
sometimes you do not experience it.
Bijvoorbeeld wanneer de procedures en
regels te ingewikkeld zijn. For example, if
the procedures and rules are too
complicated. En als u er dan over klaagt
bij de overhead, krijgt u geen gehoor.
And if you then complain to the
government, you get no answer. In zo'n
situatie kunt u terecht bij mij. In this
situation, please contact me. Ik sta met
170 medewerkers voor u klaar als het
misgaat tussen u en de overhead. I stand

Dhpar met BES Tax Haven?

ready with 170 employees who will be
happy to help when things go wrong
between you and the government."
You can begin the process by using the
"complaint/suggestion box" already in
place at the RCN building. Or go to the
website: www.nationaleombudsman.nl/

The National Ombudsman can handle
complaints about the National Caribbean
Netherlands police and fire departments,
the Tax Department and the RCN itself
on the islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius
and Saba. The procedure is useful for
those residents who feel improperly
treated by the national government and
have been unable to get a response other-
The way the Ombudsman will handle
complaints about the government in the
Netherlands Caribbean is essentially no
different from the way he investigates
complaints in the European Netherlands.
There is a brochure about the procedure
and how someone can lodge a complaint
available at the RCN office. G.D.

AMSTERDAM--Bonaire, St. Eustatius and
Saba will be tax havens just like the Nether-
lands, said the Dutch tax consultant firm
Haags Juristen College in the Dutch newspa-
per De Pers.
According to them, the discussion in the
Dutch Parliament about whether three BES
Islands would become tax havens under the
new fiscal regime was "hypocritical." The
firm said The Netherlands was already a tax
haven for foreign companies. "There are
some 200 trust companies in The Nether-
lands, which together represent some 10,000
foreign companies, involving a flow of
money that is nine times bigger than our total
national income," they said.
The foreign companies register in The Neth-
erlands because the Netherlands doesn't levy
source tax on interest and royalties. "That is
good for the economy and government's
coffers." He said it would be "hypocritical" if
the Dutch government didn't allow the BES
Islands "earn a good income" as tax havens.
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came with Mark, my
I husband at the time, and
our little son Rowan who was
one year and four months old. It
was the start of what was sup-
posed to be 'our trip around the
world.' Amongst other things we
had packed a Swiss army knife,
foldable cups, medicines and
special food for at least three
months for Rowan who was suf-
fering from a terrible eczema. In
Holland we'd seen three different
specialists, but there had been no
treatment available and so we
decided to go. After being on
Bonaire for two weeks our son
had fully recovered. No more
medicines or special food or soy-
milk. We felt so good!
Bonaire was supposed to be our
first stop. We had sold our house
in Holland and going low budget
we would be able to last a year,
money wise. However, we had
told each other, 'If we like it,
we'll stay longer.
In Holland I'd become a dive
master and Mark said, 'Let's go
to Bonaire because the diving is

beautiful there.' I didn't have
enough dives on my record yet so
I thought it would be a good idea
because I was planning to work
as a dive master during our trip
to make some extra money.
Driving from the airport to
Eden Beach I thought, 'My God,
do I have to stay here for two
weeks?' Everything looked so
poor. So many unfinished houses
and Sunset Beach was a ruin.
But... then I saw the gorgeous
colors of the sea, the palm trees
waving in the wind and our baby
was cured two weeks later. I had
come from a grey country: grey
people, buildings and clothes -
Holland in January. Here the
people said hello, the colors were
fascinating. It brought me back to
life! From that moment on every-
thing started to move in so many
In Holland I'd been a physio-
therapist at a leading rehab cen-
tre, a spine and joint centre in
Rotterdam. The second day of
our stay, when I was out on the
beach, I met Dos Winkel who

was examining someone's knee.
He told me to go and see Simone
Sweers at Bon Fysio and that's
what I did. Simone told me that
in a month's time I could fill in
for someone.
Mark and I talked it over and it
appeared that at one of the dive
schools they were going to give
an instructor's training. So we
decided to stay, long enough for
me to finish the course and dur-
ing that time I would work at
Bon Fysio.
You know," she smiles.
"Sometimes I think Bonaire is all
or nothing either you don't care
for it and you leave or you get
hooked. I got hooked!
But, four months later we left
for the US to continue our trip
around the world." She laughs.
"I remember something really
funny. In Holland, when we left,
several of our relatives hung up a
map of the world and next to it a
box full of pins. So far, only one
shitty little pin had been stuck on
a place which was almost impos-
sible to find on the map. Next to
it the box with
pins waiting.

"My true passion is to offer Non Violent

Communication to all children and people

who work with children"

Well, we went to
a trailer park in
Indiana of all
places. It was
grey, endless

Rowan andAnni

cornfields and the average age of
he people at the park was 93. I
went to see a client of mine
whom I had treated in Holland.
We bought a French built motor
home. We were in the States and
one shouldn't do those things!
We tried to get away four times
and four times the motor home
broke down. Then our visas were
about to expire, so we flew to
Toronto, Canada. The moment
we arrived at the airport, power

lemiek by the sea

failure struck the whole East
Coast. We got stuck at the airport
for two days with a toddler and
one diaper. We traveled through
Canada for three months and it
was wonderful so well organ-
ized, friendly people, beautiful
nature. We had a great time and
everybody loved Rowan. He was
our happy camper. Then the
money was gone. We had our
return ticket for Bonaire so
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Born on Bonaire (Continued from pg. 4)
either we would go back to Hol-
land or stay on Bonaire bit
longer. When we got here Anita
had arranged a house and Mark
found a job on the dive bus. I
could work for a couple of hours
a week at Bon Fysio where I also
set up the supervised fitness at
Before I came here I had
worked for two years at CSA -
Centre Self Awareness. I have
always been interested in aware-
ness training how to get the
best out of yourself and I
missed that here, especially the
group, the sharing. A friend of
mine who was organizing
courses in Holland said, 'I'll
come over to give training.' It
was a success; people were very
enthusiastic. Then my plan to
open a centre, a place where you
can go to share, to learn and to
grow, started to take shape.
In the meantime I went on or-
ganizing training and I started to
develop and educate myself in
Marshall Rosenberg's Non Vio-
lent Communication. Communi-
cation is something that comes
naturally. One learns how to
communicate by talking, listen-
ing and thinking, and we use our
feelings and our needs. We all
have the same universal needs:
safety, recognition, appreciation,
attention, respect and trust. And
the only reason we communicate
is to make a connection with

ourselves and the other. Non
Violent Communication connects
you in a very simple way with
your own needs and lets you hear
and it shows you what the real
needs of the other person are
and... there and then the connec-
tion takes place. Non Violent
Communication is a language
which brings us back to our natu-
ral ability to enjoy giving and
receiving from the heart and to
enrich each other's lives.
I got my training in the US
with Marshall Rosenberg and in
Holland as well. Also, I did
courses in Holland, Germany and
the US based on 'The Work' by
Byron Kathie. Meanwhile life
went on. Mark was working for
Yellow Submarine, Rowan went
to Hardin di Chikitin and every-
body was living their own life
more or less. And then the day
came that it was done for both
of us at the same moment.
Nowadays our relationship is
much stronger than it was when
we were married. Mark and I are
now best friends."
Annemiek has a good sense of
humor and she's smart and spon-
taneous. She's also well educated
and idealistic and ;hi. 1. -/ih in a
friendly, laid back manner.
"Together with my new partner
I found the location for Bonaire
Basics at Kaya Korona, between
Krusada and Firgos. It was an
enormous renovation and without
Simone's help I could have never

accomplished this pro-
In 2008 we started
with physiotherapy and
Inge Berben from
FORMA helped us by
renting the two spacious
and tasteful auditoriums
we have in the building S
for FORMA. January
2009 the official open-
ing of Bonaire Basics -
'Centre for Self Aware-
ness and Well Being'
took place. I give train-
ing in Non Violent
Communication, we
organize creative activi-
ties, there are yoga
classes and we will have
meditation classes very
soon. There's physiotherapy and
massage and body stress release
by Bjorn van der Ree. We are
also renting out our two auditori-
ums for conferences and other
gatherings. What we really want
to accomplish is to create a meet-
ing point. We want to organize
movie nights, set up a spiritual
library and open a small lunch-
room so that everyone can stay
after the activities and chill a bit
This, however, is not the only
thing I'm doing. My true passion
is to offer Non Violent Commu-
nication to all children and peo-
ple who work with children. Be-
cause I feel that if every child
gets the chance to learn at an

Annemiek in front of Bonaire Basics
Annemiek in front ofBonaire Basics

early age how to communicate
with respect for itself and others,
there will be no screaming, no
beating, no shooting, no stab-
bing, no drugs or alcohol be-
cause it gives you the tools to
make a different choice. So far,
I've done Non Violent Commu-
nication training for the Pelikaan
School's teachers, parents and
children, for the whole staff and
free lance teachers at FORMA,
for the neighborhood moms of
SEBIKI, and a group of teachers
of SGB and private groups. I also
give Non Violent Communica-
tion training on Curaqao. It's just
wonderful that I am getting the
chance to introduce this here on

I love Bonaire. It is a very spe-
cial place; it's THE place to get
to know yourself. Besides the
fact that it's well known as a
diver's paradise, this island has a
quality an energy which helps
people to find out who they are
and why they are here and to
find what they've lost on the
For more info go to website
www.bonairebasics.com or
phone 717-3041

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Sp since 1924
ters International
has been a non- 4 .
profit organization
to develop public
speaking and leader-
ship skills through
practice and feedback. In Bonaire we have
four clubs: the Wayaca, Sentibibu, Flamingo
and Culture. The founder of the Toastmas-
ters Clubs in Bonaire is Mr. Sherwin
Pourier, RBTT branch manager, a very dy-
namic and outspoken person. Mr. Pourier
works hard for the Bonairean community
and exercises leadership skills to improve
people's quality of life.

Members of Toastmasters also learn
how to be effective evaluators. As a Distin-
guished Toastmaster who served on the Ari-
zona Board of Directors from 1994-1996 in
in the US, Mrs. Dee Dees says, "Leadership
is one of those concepts that is discussed,
analyzed and taught endlessly, for good
reason. It's critical to getting things done.
The three keys to effective leadership
are delegation, communication and appre-
ciation. That's what is needed to accomplish
a mission with 300 volunteers during a con-
vention. Delegation doesn't always come
easily to leaders, but it's learned through
experience." Mrs. Dees continues, "I dele-
gate but also empower those committee
chairs to lead their own way. By choosing
capable people to help, I found it easy later
on to trust them to do their jobs effectively.
Also I learned to accept offers of help and
even those who don't offer are usually more
than willing to help if you ask them.
An effective leader needs to be an effec-
tive communicator. In planning a conven-

tion, I need to communicate with individual
volunteers. Communication is very neces-
sary and e-mails fly back and forth between
all involved. The result is that everyone
understands exactly what is happening and
can see the progress we are making. Regular
and consistent communication among every-
one concerned is a crucial activity that sup-
ports anyone in a leadership position. As far
as e-mail is concerned it should not be de-
pended upon as the sole means of communi-
cation. If you aren't getting the response you
need, pick up the phone and call. Sometimes
computers go down or messages float
around the Internet for days before landing
in an inbox, or people just aren't reading
their e-mails.
The easiest and most enjoyable leader-
ship responsibility is showing appreciation
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With deep sorrow we announce the passing
in Almere, Holland, of our
beloved son, brother, uncle, partner andfriend.

Casey Dovale
04-10-1953 20-10-2010

You will always be with us in our hearts.

He leaves behind his mother Helen E. Sargent; sisters Laurie, Christie and
Donna Arra; nephews Douglas J. Abraham, Dustin C. Abraham, and niece
Francesca Arra, in Bonaire; father Rudolph Joseph Dovale and Jacqueline M
Graafland, in Curayao and partner Jennifer Best in The Netherlands.

A cremation service was held Monday October 25, 2010,
in Almere-Stad (Kruidenwijk- West)

Funeral & Burial Services will take place at El Tributo
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Many countries in the world dedicate
a monument, site or plaque to
WWII victims. And Bonaire has a monu-
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endijk, right in front of the entrance of the
North pier. A tall white column and a
bronze plaque stands in memory of those
fallen during the Second World War.
Thirty-four names of Bonaire families are
engraved on the plaque.
Bonaire lost more sailors than any of the
other Dutch Island during WWII. Even
though these men were not soldiers in that
war, they are imbedded in the memory of
their families left behind, as fallen during
that period.

Q) How did these men die during the war?

Answer on page 17
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Last month 80% of Bo-
naireans and 90% of
visitors surveyed said that they
do NOT want a large hotel built
at the Sunset Beach location. The
Fundashon Playa Publico surveyed
1,600 people to find out what they
wanted to do with the island-
owned property at Sunset Beach,
known to locals as Playa Lechi.
The responsive was conclusive.

The survey (offered in Papia-
mentu and English) was conducted
because the area just north of the
Eden Beach Resort, originally
built as the Bonaire Beach Hotel
and later the Sunset Beach Hotel,
has become the focus for islanders
who want a free access public

When Divi Resorts recently
abandoned their three-year effort
to develop an all-inclusive hotel at
Sunset Beach, it captured the at-
tention of other resort developers.
Some locals, like Johan Visser of
the Zeezicht Restaurant, would
like to see a boutique hotel from a
major hotel chain built at the site
along with, perhaps, a golf course.
Others have expressed a desire to
have a large resort hotel from a
major chain like Marriott or Ritz
Carlton take over Sunset. What
cannot be ignored at this stage is
the voice of the people of Bon-
aire who expressed overwhelm-
ingly that they disapprove of a
major hotel at Playa Lechi.
When island elections are held
in March 2011, the future of
Sunset Beach/Playa Lechi will be
a prime issue.

Proponents for a luxury resort
argue that a mega, 500-bed hotel
would bring more visitors to Bon-
aire. But that may not be as easy as
it might appear. "If you all of a
sudden open up a 500-bed hotel
and you didn't take care of the
proper airlift arrangements, where
do all these people come from?"
asks Bous Scholts, former market-
ing manager of Plaza Resort and
past president of BONHATA. "If
there is not sufficient airlift, the
new hotel might attract business,
but it comes from the other hotels
on the island. So, bottom line, that
is not sustainable growth."

Bringing a large hotel to a
small island like Bonaire is a for-
midable challenge. What comes
first? Do you first build the hotel?
Or does a major chain somehow
initially secure the commitment
from a major airline or two based
on a set of plans? In considering
this 'chicken or the egg' scenario,
it is best to look at the numbers.
"Here's a quick calculation," con-
tinues Scholts. "A healthy hotel
occupancy rate in the Caribbean is
70%. That means 350 beds-700
people per week times 52 weeks.
That's 40,000 more visitors per
year. It would take at least two
additional airplanes per week to
handle this load. A new mega ho-
tel will damage all the other exist-
ing hotels when there is no im-

provement in airlift because then
it's just a re-allocation of the pre-
sent market share. Growth can
only happen when we also secure
airlift and that is not an easy task."
Only a major hotel chain has a
chance of securing that kind of
substantial airlift commitment, and
according to Scholts, a corporation
would have to invest big money to
accomplish the task. "Unless you
have a very wealthy chain of ho-
tels that has a proven track record
that can guarantee to the govern-
ment that they have a half billion
dollars to build a project and open
it up, I don't believe in it."

In order to expand their
market and avoid intensive capi-
tal investment, most large hotel
chains resort to establishing
franchise operations. A franchise
is the right or license granted by
the hotel company to an individual
or group to use its brand name to
market its products or services in a
specific territory. Often in these
deals, franchise developers, who
are local or regional business peo-
ple, are granted use of local land
and offered tax breaks by local
government officials in hopes of
luring more tourists to the island.
In the case of a Ritz Carlton or
Marriott, a franchise would only
cost developers $50,000. This is
less than the cost of a single lot for
a middle-income house on Bon-
aire. In turn, the franchiser would
receive the rights to develop a
location like Sunset Beach plus
other financial incentives.
Bonaire has experienced sev-
eral failed, large-hotel projects in
the past decades. For example,
huge structures built for a hotel at
Sorobon Beach had to be demol-
ished once the project was aban-
doned. The Flamingo Paradise
project dug canals, but the build-
ings that later became Caribbean
Court were not constructed until
10 years later. Harbour Village
began as a Sonesta franchise years
ago, but it never secured the neces-
sary airlift to bring in large num-
bers of tourists. Then there was
The Point or the "Parker Project,"
where the Plaza Resort now exists.
It sat unfinished for years after the
developer left town with the gov-
ernment's money. Then, the peo-
ple of Bonaire were strapped with
a 5% sales tax to pay off the debt.
One additional detail on fran-
chises should be considered.

Many of the new Ritz Carlton
franchise resorts are now based on
'residence' hotels and time-shares.
Bonaire presently has a glut of
vacation properties for sale or
rent. Additional units would
only further dilute the existing
One can simply look to
Aruba to see how luxury resort
development can ignore the
needs of local residents. The
government there decided decades
ago that mass tourism was the key
to their economic future. Big, wide
beaches, casinos and luxury hotels
now dominate the leeward side of
the island. The only sizable beach
along that coast that is still re-
mains unspoiled, according to
Aruban Jimmy Mijer, is Arashi
Beach. "I grew up in Aruba and
have seen our beach choices dwin-
dle over the years. We still have
Dos Playa in Arikok National Park
on the windward side. But on the
leeward coast, Arashi is our only
recreational choice. It's a great
beach and we love it, but I've
heard rumors that it too may be
developed for tourism."

While Bonaire also offers
fewer public beach choices than
years ago, the island differs greatly
from Aruba. Bonaire is fortunate
to have a sound, loyal tourist
base -- around 30% are frequent
visitors, which is high in the
tourism industry. If the island
government decides go against the
wishes of these loyal visitors as
expressed in the recent Fundashon
Playa Publico survey, Bonaire runs
the risk of ruining what makes this
island a unique destination.
Part of that uniqueness is Sun-
set Beach. With responsible de-
velopment, the beach can become
a gathering place to be enjoyed by
locals and tourists alike. If govern-
ment officials are determined to
bring a large chain hotel to the
island, there are other locations
much more suitable. Two alterna-
tives to be considered are the un-
finished Esmeralda property across
from the Trans World Radio trans-
mitters near Punt Vierkant or the
seaside location where the WEB
facility now exists.

So what is the future for Playa
Lechi/Sunset Beach if it is not a
place for a major resort? That
grand vision will be explored in
the next article. 0 Patrick Holian

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How Can We Avoid Taking The Law In Our Own Hands And Let The Police To Their Job?

These last few months we've been
hearing so much about burglary in
people's homes and stores. There was a time
when one could even sleep with the doors
open. The keys could remain the whole
night in the car and no one even thought
about joy-riding or stealing your vehicless.
You may ask yourself why I decided to
write about this. Well, it is very simple. I did
not go through such a nightmare myself. The
only thing I went through is that on a certain
night someone came uninvited into our gar-
den and stole two batteries out of my cars. I
am not saying that this made me happy. Not
at all. The point is that, if I compare this to
other cases, it might sound a little bit funny.
Anyway, I really feel sadness and compas-
sion for those who became victims of theft
of their vehicless. It must be very painful if
you work very hard to achieve your things
and someone just takes them from you. The
pain becomes heavier, especially when the
authorities are not capable of solving many
of these cases.

Yesterday, after my Wednesday evening
radio program, I decided to go for a cold
beer at a local bar, which is located along
the Kaya Corona, closed to the Catholic
Church. There is a guy I know, who works
for the local news paper. He came to pick up
the food he had ordered before. As soon as I
greeted him, he started casting out the
"steam" he had inside. He wasn't angry. He

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was furious. He told me that his scooter had
been stolen. He went to the police. Accord-
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trace the thief, as they did not have any clue.
He asked the police: "if I manage to find out
who stole it and I find my scooter back,
would it then be easier for your guys to
prosecute this person"? The police said:
"yes". As he lives in a village where every-
one knows each other, he started an investi-
gation all by himself. And yes: he found out
who stole his scooter and he also found his
stolen scooter back. Despite the fact that
they tried to transform his scooter, in order
to make it unrecognizable, he did recognize
it. According to him, there is a big criminal
organization operating. He said that they
steal scooters, take one engine here and put
it there, change the color, the frame and so
on. In one word: a professional youth crimi-
nal organization, the so called P.Y.C.O. He
went back to the police station with these
two facts. To his surprise the police told him
that they could not do anything in this case,

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as no other owner of a stolen scooter came
to the station to report it. He continued tell-
ing me that what really makes him feel frus-
trated humiliated, is when he and the thief
meet and he notices how the thief makes fun
of him by giving him a huge mocking smile.

My conclusion: we can fight the crime
together by increasing our social control.
We do need police on the street. Absolutely!
However, if we keep an eye on each other,
like the way it was in the time of our grand-
parents, a person will think a lot of times
before he or she decides to commit a crime.
If all of us keep our mouth shut due to fear,
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"Instant Classical Composing"

tionaire s Hans Paassen treats local concert goers to -Instant classical compos-
ing." The quilts on the wall by Edith Foks provided a dramatic backdrop.

H ans Odin Faassen turned a new
page for most in attendance at his
October 23rd recital at Plaza Resort's Ca-
cique Hall, introducing them to "instant
classical composing" for piano. Here was
classical music of the composer-performer

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himself, of the moment and on the spot. As
Faassen explained it, "This is a classical
composition that doesn't exist, made in-
stantly for the mood of the performance in
the manner of a jazz improvisation."
Beginning with bright and flawless piano

SB onaire's first ever Xtreme
Mountain Bike Duo Race, or-
ganized by Bonaire Wellness Con-
nexions, was held on Sunday, Octo-
ber 24, and had more than 100 partici-
pants in 50 teams, with entrants from
Bonaire, Aruba, Curaqao, Venezuela
and Canada.
The top finishers were an Aruban
team with the Men's Team second
place taken by Bonaire's Floris

renditions from Johan Sebastian Bach's
"Well Tempered Clavier," and selections
from Joseph Hayden's Sonata No. 3 in E
sharp and Stefan Helen's etudes, Faassen
moved on to the drawing card of the eve-
ning, his own unique, freshly minted and
instantly released compositions for this eve-
ning and audience alone.
To do this Faassen said, "One has to have
a kind of internal music library and, where
you're missing compositions of the masters,
the ability to simplify and to use everything
for your inspiration, including the piano
itself. And even that will vary," he said,
"because the 'touch' of the piano varies
with the humidity. This is a 'good touch'
day," he said.

Faassen's first improvisation seemed to
draw upon a deeply Spanish atmosphere,
perhaps a hidden tango, then lightening,
becoming more melodic, even whimsical.
From there inspiration moved to the spirit of
a Chopin ballad, which was then tempered
and changed by the style of a traditional jazz
band (possibly summoned up from Faas-
sen's many years as a jazz band pianist).
Then the mood changed again with a se-
ries of short pieces, each a different im-
provisation bringing to mind multiple classi-
cal themes that you could almost but not
quite place as the pace changed to include

Dullart and DJ Methorst.
Weather for the event was excellent with
partly cloudy skies and low winds. Rain
earlier in the week kept the route chal-
lenging, but fortunately there were no
accidents. The 75-kilometer ride was pri-
marily single track and went through
Washington National Park, along the east
coast by the windmills, to the Lagoen
area, and finished with the tough ride up
Seru Largu and then down rough goat

even old-time piano themes, reminiscent of
American Western movies of the 1950s.

Faassen then entertained requests from
audience members to participate by offering
specific themes to inspire his compositions:
"a dedication to the children of the island
learning to windsurf from Bonaire' s world-
class masters," and "the sound of a Bo-
nairean rainbow forming at the proverbial
pot of gold at its end." The results were
vibrant, stunning and warmly received.
Perhaps the high moment of the recital
came at the finale with Faassin' s own take
on work of the modem jazz musician,
Jacques Louissier as if influenced by J. S.
Bach, followed by his improvisation in
honor of "10-10-10," a fusion of the Bonaire
and Netherlands national anthems.
Hans Faassen disclaims any pretense of
being "a professional musician," but as
Bonaire' Classical Music Board President
Raymundo Saleh quickly pointed out in his
closing remarks, "That may be so, but he
certainly knows his way around the piano."

The Hans Odin Faassen recital was organ-
ized by the Classical Music Board Bonaire,
which has announced its next concert for
Saturday, November 20, 2010, also to be
held at Plaza Resort Bonaire, featuring "La
Cuadra Venezolano." U Robert Gilmour

trails through Republiek to the finish.
It was a great and very tough race. Moun-
tain bikers from Curacao, Aruba, Vene-
zuela, Canada and Bonaire struggled with
each other for the title. With a first place at
the mixed teams and a second place at the
elite teams, it was for Bonaire a very good
event. Bonaire has a lot of good mountain
bikers. Next month there will be another
race on Aruba and in December on Curacao.
U Ann Johnson

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"Mi Hofiti" visits the garden of Captain
Don and Janet at their kunuku on the
Lagoen Road.

S oldachi Tours organized a visit by the
k members of Mi Hofito," the horticulture
club in Rincon, to the kunuku and garden
center of Captain Don Stewart and Janet on
Wednesday, October 20. It was nice to do a
walking tour and get information from Janet,
while Don also accompanied the group in
his motorized wheelchair.
Of course it was a highlight to meet and listen
to Don who is the person who introduced the
dive industry that has made Bonaire famous
as a divers' paradise.
The "Mi Hofito" group tries to plant their

own vegetables in their greenhouses at home.
The group was also motivated to see how nice
our island can be with so many plants. This
tour was a very social event, like being a kind
of tourist on your own island. Our Dutch
friends who visit us six times a year, Co and
Ellen Kers, were also part of this tour, and
they enjoy learning a little bit more about
Bonaire on every visit.
We want to thank Don and Janet for sharing
their knowledge, ideas and their hospitality
with us, and we hope to motivate more visi-
tors to take nice trips with Soldachi Tours to
interesting places like this one.
During the walking tour we took time for a
group photo in the garden. 0
Story & photo by Maria Koeks Sintjago

Some of the staff & students on screening day (seated, L to R): Daisy Tahsah, Dania
Siddigui, Maria Monaco, Adesh Vohora; Standing: Antonia Ngafor, Dr. Ravinder
Kenue, Anet Ayvazyan, Dr. Bruce Davidson, Inderae Kaur, Thai Nguyen, Azmi Ja-
han, Ahson Shahid, Lakeysha Peoples, Mirielle Nkongho, Tiffany Phandone

Last Sunday on the premises of the St.
James Medical School 113 persons
came to have free medical testing and
advice during the 2nd annual St. James
Medical Fair. (Last year there were 74
visitors.) The school's aim is to offer use-
ful and hopefully reassuring information
about how the insides of the visitors' bod-
ies are functioning. Should any problems
be found the analysts will give advice on
how to best address the problem.
The screening tests covered a wide range
of medical conditions, including blood
pressure; % fat; oral, eye, and ear exams,
blood tests for glucose, urine tests for
ketones, protein and more. Information
was available on diabetes, cholesterol,

obesity, hypertension and nutrition. The
senior medical students carried out the
testing under the direction of the clinically
qualified faculty. Visitors were welcomed
warmly, asked to fill out a registration and
consent form, then directed to the rooms
where the individual tests would be per-
formed. Everyone was offered a snack and
drink (frozen and regular fruit drinks were
from the newly opened, nearby Go Green
Natural and Organic Shop).
Kudos to the St. James Medical School
for offering this very valuable service, for
the second year, free of charge, to the
community of Bonaire. 0
Story & photo by Laura DeSalvo



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Date Day Ship name Time PAX
Every Sun- From now Scientology ship Arrives 0630
day through through Freewinds Departs 150
Tuesday Spring 2011
Friday Nov. 5 Sea Princess 0800-1800 2016
Friday Nov. 5 Star Flyer 1400-2000 ?
Monday Nov. 8 Ventura 0800-1800 3100
Tuesday Nov. 9 Ocean Dream 0800-1600 1000

Wednes- Nov. 10 Caribbean Princess 0700-1400 3100
Friday Nov. 12 Grandeur of the Seas 0700-1600 2446

Friday Nov. 12 Oceana 0800-1800 1950
Saturday Nov. 13 MSC Lirica 0700-1330 1560

Tuesday Nov. 16 Ocean Dream 0800-1600 1000

Thursday Nov. 18 Noordam 0800-1700 1918

Thursday Nov. 18 Sea Princess 0800-1800 2016


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.
* Rincon Marsh&-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
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya In-
dustria, second Saturday of the
month, 7-9 pm. Snacks and tasting of
six wines for $10 (NAJ17,50) per per-
son. Tel. 560-7539.
* 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 informa-
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value
* Meet the Captain Night at Cap-
tain Don's Habitat Bar- Get up close
and personal with Bonaire's dive pio-
neer. The Captain will autograph your
copy of his newest book Reef Win-

* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos
at 565-5225

Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide pres-
entation about Buddy's House Reef -

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pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-
Wednesday Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire (STCB) presents an infor-
mative slide show: Sea Turtles of Bon-
aire, at 7pm, every 2nd and 4th
Wednesday in the conference room at
Captain Don's Habitat (717-8290)


Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17thcentuly. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, be-
hind the Catholic Church intown Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pmi Tel.
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

AA meetings every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAJ2,50, call Renata
at 796-5591 to find out the evening's
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. Con-
tact Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2"1 and 4t
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
For more information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays,
12:15-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach
Resort in Peter Hughes meeting room
upstairs above the dive shop. All Ro-
tarians welcome. Tel. 701-1100.

Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Mar-
tinez Beck, at 786-2953.

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kral-
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursday, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di Bario
Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am. Services in
Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bonaire,
at SGB High School auditorium (Kaya
Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya Korona.) Sun-
day services in English at 9 am; Sunday
evening prayer meeting at Por's home, 7
pm. Friday, 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, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-
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.
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sun-
day mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:
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 Latter-
day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and Papia-
mentu upon request) 10:20 Sunday
School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Primary
held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors wel-
come: Call 701-9522 for Information.

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel:790-6518, 786-6125


Thursday, Noveinher 4 CIEE Lec-
ture"Imaging the Twilight Zone:
The Morphology and Distribution of
Deep Reef Features, a Case Study from
Bonaire" by Bryan M. Keller of
the University of Delaware 7 pin Kaya Gob.
N. Debrot 26

Friday, Noveinher 5 Presentation of
Magrect Faassen-Pijpers Bonairean
art and children's book, "How Castor
Gets Lost" (In Papiamentu, Dutch, Eng-
lish), Addo's Books & Toys, 5 6 pm.
More on page 17

Saturday, Noveinher 6 Book Fair and
Flea Market at the Animal Shelter
Bonaire Hundreds of books in English,
Dutch, only NAJ 2 each, I lain 5pm, at
the Shelter on Kaminda, Lagun 26. More
information call 717-4989.

Sunday, Noveinher 7 Opening of
Ronald Verhoeven's exhibit, Kas di
Arte, "10 Years of Kas di Arte" 5-8pm.
Exhibit until December 5. See page 20
for details

Saturday, Noveinher 13- 7 th edition of
the Study & Career Fair Bonaire. Or-
ganized by the foundation Ban Boneim
Bek. See page 9.

Sunday, Noveinher 14- Dia di Gracia-
loth Annual Thanksgiving Free Give-
away- donations being accepted now at
Termotek, Kaya Korona tel. 717-
4658, Meredith 786-2024, Jella510-
7412 or Mamita Fox 717-2953/ 796-1919

Saturday, Noveinher 20- La Cuadra
Venezolano's Concert. European,
Venezuelan classical/traditional music &
more. 8 pm at Plaza Resort. See page 13

Noveinher 21-Tree Planting Festival

Sanikolas (aka Sinterklaus), 10 am,

L Saturday, Noveinher 2 7 Arrival of
Wilhelmina Park. Activities for children
begin earlier.

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and Maintenance..
Serving Bonaire for more
than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough, Low
rates, References. One time or many Phone
785-9041 ... and relax.

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at Chat
-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice Cream in
the Sand Dollar Mall. Photography by
Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com

Starting from NAf6,50 per
meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-
Web site:
www. chinanobobonaire. corn


Tel (599) 791-6272 785-6272

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

We Will Care For Your Home
When You Are Away
Property Services Bonaire b.v.
Caretaker/Beheer onroerend goed
J@n Brouwer
digitalis 195 6@(,hotmail.com

Fine art and
portraits by
Renate van der Bijl.

For more information
S L, -visit my website:

Rentals, Property

For rent. 2 studios for rent at Hato.
All in $400/$530. tel 717-2529

Furnished house for rent in Sabana.
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, front and
back porch, alarm system, NA/1.
2.000 per month. Available October
10. Email: 2eversdr(iyvahoo.com

FOR RENT at Hato $ 550,- 1 Bed-
room /1 Bathroom Apartment Un-
furnished / Long term rentals. Blvd
Gob.N.Debrot # 92 Cell 785 0918

BULLDOG puppies
(Male and Female, AKC Registered)
Need adoption (free), contact:


FOR SALE-Second hand
Furniture, linens, and kitchen uten-
sils. please call: 795- 3456

Used regulators complete with
gauges and octo. Fully rebuilt. Good
as new. Less than 2 years old. $279
call Carib Inn 717-8819 from 8 am to
5 pm

For sale. BC $150-Fins for shoes S70-
-Mask $24- 5 pockets- bag-suits
XS,L. tel 717 2529

For sale more wreckaged and pallet-
wood frames available with and with-
out paintings. On Wednesdays and
Saturday 11-2pm Tel. 717 2529.

WANTED 2 bedroom house in safe
neighborhood to take care of or to rent
from January 1, minimum 6 months.
Jan Jaap and Maaike 700-9630

Female, seeking female roommate to
share expenses in your place, or we can
find one together. English/Dutch. 788-
1069 ... islandgirlsuzy@gmail.com

I'm looking for a guitar case. Who
can sell me one? tel 700-7357 Herman.

A boring day? Visit me for painting
and wreckage on Wednesday and Sat-
urdays 1 1-2pm only. Kaya Utrecht 25
in Hato.


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L a Cuadra Venezolana, a quartet ol
four of Venezuela's most out-
standing classical musicians, will perform
in concert on Saturday, November 20th, 8
pm at Plaza Resort. The group's recital wi
feature both European and Venezuelan clas-
sical and traditional music as well as con-
temporary jazz fusion renditions.
The ensemble consists of Nicaulis Alliey,
flutist and leader of the group, violinist Jose
Angel Escalona, bassist Miquel Gonzales
and cuarto player and guitarist Juver Ulacio
Each has performed extensively abroad as
well as in Venezuela. All are well known to
Venezuelan television viewers as well as
concert goers there.
Together La Cuadra Venezolana offers an
exciting and kaleidoscopic program ranging
from European classical and jazz fusion
music to Valses, joropo and pasaje, me-
ringue Venezolana, danza and bambuco in
addition to Venezuelan classical composi-

Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set,
Winds and weather can .

Day High Low High Low High Sunrise Sunset
04:38 / 11:45 / 20:37 /-
Fri 05 _0.10ft 1.18ft 0.11 ft 6:29 18:08
01:32 / 05:12 / 12:37 / 21:39 /- New
Sat 06 0.21 ft 0.16 ft 1.21 ft 0.19 ft Moon 6:29 18:08
03:26 / 05:52 / 13:31 / 22:34 /-
Sun 07 0.23 ft 0.22 ft 1.21 ft 0.24 ft 6:30 18:08
04:57 / 06:50 / 14:24 / 23:23 /-
Mon 08 0.28 ft 0.28 ft 1.18 ft 0.26 ft 6:30 18:08
05:47 / 08:14 / 15:17 /
Tue 09 0.34 ft 0.33 ft 1.13ft _6:30 18:08
00:07 /- 06:25 / 09:38 / 16:06 /
Wed 10 0.25 ft 0.40 ft 0.36 ft 1.06 ft 6:31 18:07
00:46 /- 07:00 / 10:54 / 16:52 /
Thu 11 0.23 ft 0.46 ft 0.39 ft 0.98 ft 6:31 18:07
01:20 /- 07:32 / 12:06 / 17:35 /
Fri 12 0.18 ft 0.52 ft 0.39 ft 0.88 ft 6:32 18:07
First 01:50 /- 08:03 / 13:17 / 18:16 /
Sat 13 Quarter 0.13 ft 0.58 ft 0.39 ft 0.76 ft 6:32 18:07
02:15 /- 08:32 / 14:28 / 18:57 /
Sun 14 0.08 ft 0.65 ft 0.38 ft 0.65 ft 6:32 18:07
02:36 /- 08:59 / 15:42 / 19:39 /
Mon 15 0.02 ft 0.72 ft 0.34 ft 0.52 ft 6:33 18:07
02:53 / 09:26 / 16:59 / 20:27 /
Tue 16 0.04 ft 0.78 ft 0.29 ft 0.40 ft 6:33 18:07
03:04 / 09:54 / 18:17 / 21:28 /
Wed 17 0.09 ft 0.85 ft 0.21 ft 0.29 ft 6:34 18:07
03:08 / 10:23 / 19:31 / 23:00 /
Thu 18 0.14 ft 0.91 ft 0.12ft 0.20 ft 6:34 18:07
02:57 / 10:55 / 20:35 /
Fri 19 ____ 0.16ft 0.97 ft 0.03 ft __6:34 18:07

16 Flights a day
Bonaire and

Divi Divi Air .....
Reservations .. ..,
24 hours a day
(5999 839-1515)
Or (5999

Bonaire Reporter- November 5-19, 2010

Here on Bonaire La Cuadra Venezolana can
be experienced in the intimate setting of
Plaza Resort's Cacique Hall. Instead of
viewing the performers from afar in a throng
of hundreds or thousands, you can experi-
ence the vibrancy of their performance at
close hand.
Tickets for the performance (NAf 40) are on
sale at Addo's Books & Toys and at Fla-
mingo Bookstore, both on Kaya Grandi, and
at the reception desk at Plaza Resort Bonaire
or, for NAf 45, at Cacique Hall on perform-
ance night at the door. Tickets may also be
booked at the Classical Music Board website
www.ClassicalMusicBonaire. com. U
Bob Gilmour

Moon Phase and Tides
the local tide's height and time

tel. 717-6500

Page 13


Divi Divi Air- Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curacao. Your
first choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to
Insel Air- The Dutch Caribbean's own airline. Effi-
ciently run, convenient schedules, low fares and non
-stop to Miami. (It reminds one of Southwest Air-


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. F service
and in-store financing too.

The Richter Art Gallery, located in Belnem, is
Bonaire's only fine art gallery, and features original
paintings, limited edition archival art prints, and
hand made jewelry created by long-time residents
Linda, Jake, and Krystyana Richter.


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


Reef Windows is Captain Don's latest book and
features the true stories of the naming of many Bon-
aire dive sites. A great souvenir as well.


BoCar sells several top brands of cars and provides
maintenance and mechanical and body repair for
your car no matter what brand.

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.


Total Home Sustainable Building Products stocks
a large collection of European quality hardware.
Call 701-7011, above Caribbean Homes Realty


All Denture Lab-for the best denture care by an
experienced professional. Repairs while you wait.
Next to Botika Korona on Kaya J. G. Hernandez.


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. 780-1111 Call ahead
to eat-in or take out, Next to Bistro (above)
Lunchroom de Bonairiaan-Breakfast & lunch
prepared and served by Stichting Project students
under professional guidance. Monday-Friday, 9-2.
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot, opposite Divi Flamingo.

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 Pro video of your Bonaire vacation,
above and/or below the water with a custom DVD

by Bonaire's top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts

Keep in shape at The Health & Fitness Center
Bonaire. It is the only Real Les Mills Health Center
in the Caribbean.


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.

Captain Don's Plants, Trees and More sells genu-
ine acclimated Bonaire plants. Take a 30-inute tour
too. Strong plants for strong Bonaire gardens.

Go Green-Tina Woodley's new shop, in the build-
ing in front of the church in Playa, offers healthful
and tasty products, many of them from Tree of Life

.'Lutzntton, 1I Peropcctit


Harmony House-Using
science to find the prob-
lem. Using natural prod-
ucts to correct the prob-
Also Essence range of
herbal teas & handmade
soaps. At Kaya Papa Cor-
nes 2

Natural Way Health Store-The place where all
the hard to find natural and healthy products are.
Upstairs from Botika Bonaire, on Kaya Grandi.


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


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

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

Bonaire's creative video and still photographer
for the wedding or other important events in
your life. ScubaVision, Kaya Grandi 6, see website
scubavision.info or YouTube

Caribbean Homes, "the Re-
Sfreshing Realtor," specializing
in luxury homes, condos, lots,
rentals and property manage-
ment. And now Yachts!

a rlumlirwsrmn1n

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

Harbourtown Real Estate
has extensive listing of Bon-
aire properties of all kinds.
They can help sell your Bon-
aire home too. Visit their new

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

The Health & Fitness Center Bonaire is the offi-
cial Nike outfitter on the island. Footwear and gym
wear is available.


The Storehouse
(Mangazina in Papiamentu)
offers Secure Storage For
Vehicles, Household Items,
Diving And Sporting Gear,
*..iKl-GAfSlA Business Files or Inventory.
TIw iiRKMR Across from the northern
hotel row.

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

Services N.V.

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?


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

Christie Dovale will personally take you on a fas-
cinating tour of the island. Contact her via her
website: IslandToursBonaire.com Phone 717-4435
or 795-3456. You will remember it always.

BITS (Bonaire IT Services) is tops for Web design/
Graphics, Data Base and E-Commerce, sites Inter-
net Marketing, search engine optimization and more.

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

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

Fortnightly Advertisers in The
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Call 790-6518, 786-6518
or email

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Yamaha Virago 535 V-Twin

The 79" of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring
some of Bonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels." On course for 100+

Bonaire/Tera Kora -

When, on another sunny afternoon,
Eric from the Caribbean Chillout
turns the ignition key of his Yamaha Virago,
first there is the almost silent whispering
sound of the electric fuel pump delivering
liquid energy to the carburetors. Then an-
other click of the key follows. The starter
engine makes the crankshaft go round, the
pistons move slowly, sloping up and down.
The sparks from the plugs ignite the fuel.
"Blah, blah, blah, blah!" The deep and down
rudimental sounds escape from the two al-
most completely open exhaust pipes. The
shutters in the doors and windows of the
house along the Kaya Monsigneur Niewindt
start to tremble. This is the real sound of a V

Eric and Marloes are the proud owners of a
customized and slightly pimped Yamaha
Virago 535 twin, built somewhere in the late
80s, registered: 1015 MF. They bought the
motorcycle a couple of years ago from
Clemens, a dive instructor who in those days
had a job at Dive Friends of Bonaire. One
day Clemens left the island of Bonaire and
Eric and Marloes became the new owners of
the Yamaha Virago and Clemens' red poly-
ester Kodiak Jeep.
Although the color of the Caribbean
Chillout is blue, the vehicles are red: a red
anonymous double cabin pick up truck, the
red Kodiak soft top Jeep and the red V-twin
Yamaha Virago motorcycle.

The Yamaha is modified. The bike is
painted red, dark red. The mudguards and
rims and spokes are painted black, dark
black. Striping is red/white/black. An im-
pressive stayer* type of handle bar is
mounted on extensions. There is a sleek
shaped after market LePera twin seat. The
rear fender has a customized tail light with
chrome. Highway pegs are mounted and a
crash bar is fit to protect the rider. For some
reason the front disk brake is removed and,
evidently, the interiors of the mufflers are
missing. This bike does not really need a

Eric is on the island since the 5th of January,
2004 and has been familiar with the island
since around 2000. Eric originates from

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Dordrecht, The Netherlands, where he ful-
filled a successful job as an installation en-
gineer, always busy with pipes and wires,
connections and currents. Then, one day, he
was ready with all those techniques and he
flew to Curacao to start another part of his
life. On Curacao a broker mentioned Bon-
aire as a suitable place to set up something.
Eric did not really know about Bonaire (as a
lot of Dutch do not./jb) So Eric went to Bon-
aire and he immediately fell in love with the
hardly spoiled diver's paradise.
He looked around for several days and he
decided to buy the ruins of a house, three
small apartments, a terrain and a lot of
wheat, green, three trees and a lot of debris
in the barrio of Tera Kora. The ruins con-
sisted only of stone, bricks and cement. All
other valuables were used by other persons
during the last four or five years that the
property had been for sale. Now Eric was
the owner of this wreckage in a lovely envi-
ronment. Eric started creating. A lot of con-
struction he did by himself. It was Richard
Duyn who helped him with building the
blue wall, the swimming pool and the bar.

Then there was this flamboyant lady. Her
name was Marloes. She had been in the fire
department of The Hague, The Netherlands
for some decades, fighting fire. And she
came to the island of Bonaire to look for
something else, another job, sport massag-
ing or something... And she got in touch
with this hard working lad in Tera Kora,
somewhere in the year 2005, and they im-
mediately fell in love, fire again, and they
started building and constructing together
and they got married on the very top of Seru
Largu, situated in the centre of the tropical
island, on the seventh of July 2007. And
they bought the sleek maroon bike...

The Yamaha Virago 535 twin became a
member of the family. Over the years she
appeared to be a very reliable motorcycle
and metal friend. The vehicle is powered by
a 535 overhead four valve top camshaft two
cylinder V-engine. Two carburetors are
mounted. There is a modem 12 Volt system
supplying energy to the starter engine, the
ignition, the French (sic!/jb) Cibie head
beam, the red rear light. Things like that.
Unfortunately there is no old fashioned reli-
able kick starter. The frame or chassis is


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Eric from the Caribbean Chillout, sitting on the old but reliable Yamaha Virago 535 V-

conventional- the pipes Eric is so familiar
with. A telescopic front fork with a 19-inch
front wheel and a missing front brake. En-
gine power is supplied to the fat rear wheel
by a modem and almost maintenance free
shaft. By the color scheme this bike is a kind
of Indian look-a-like. Just by the color of
course. Not a single bolt or nut is produced
in the US. This technical product is made in
Japan. And of course it is not dripping oil.

Eric and Marloes really like their motorcy-
cle. In fact they like a lot in their life. The
Caribbean Chillout is one of their other hob-
bies. Just four apartments, a swimming pool
and three old trees. No hurries, no extraordi-
nary luxury. Just a small resort where people
can relax, have a little swim, a sip, some-
thing to eat. And, every Wednesday, enjoy
an actual movie in the open air cinema.
Every Wednesday the bar is open from 6 pm
and a plate with home made quality food is
served for $10. Movies are always for free.
The Yamaha V-twin owners obvious are a
happy couple, enjoying their life, enjoying
being a member of the Bonairean society,
feeling safe and at home in the barrio of
Tera Kora. No complaints, no burglary, no
nothing. Just the Bonairian life. The way it
has to be.

Then I mention the Wurlitzer juke box, posi-
tioned dominantly in the living room of the
happy couple. Music, especially music on

vinyl, is one of Eric's other hobbies. Every
now and then he organizes music events as a
disc jockey. "DJ Eric" is his name. On a
regular basis he is asked to organize musical
events as a disc jockey. Eric does not have
to make a living out of it. He just turns the
vinyl for fun. Several thousands of singles
from the 60s, 70s and 80s he has in stock.
Next disco night will be somewhere in No-
vember. At home, at the Caribbean Chillout.
Eric and Marloes, a real contribution to
Bonaire. Real members of the Bonairean
society. Keep on turning! U

Story & photos by J@n Brouwer
For more information about the movie nights
you can send an email to
nfoua caribbeanchilout.com to
get on the mailing list.

*A stayer machine or motor-
ized pacer is a huge and im-
pressive wide motorcycle a ..
used in motor paced bicy-
cling races in the old world.
The stayer machine and its rider create a slip-
stream for the cyclist who follows the motor-
cycle. Paced bicycle races were very popular
in Europe. They were only organized once in
the USt. Paced bicycling races are quite dan-
gerous. Speeds goes up to more than 60 miles
per hourjb)

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Bonaire Reporter- November 5-19, 2010

Page 15

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Pleasant 30th Bonhata Anniversary

Kralendijk Bonaire .

Dear Editor:
Since the beginning of tourism on Bonaire,
someone has always said we need more
rooms. When Hotel Bonaire was the only
large facility, it was said that we would not
get better airlift unless we had more rooms.
Flamingo Beach Hotel increased it size
dramatically and soon Sand Dollar opened
making more than the number of rooms
someone said we needed. But even after
that, someone again said we needed more
No matter how many rooms Bonaire got,
we needed more rooms. It reminds me of a
movie named "The Money Pit" where, no
matter what the project was, when the
homeowner asked how long it would take
the contractor always answered "two
weeks." Now it seems no matter how many
rooms Bonaire has the answer is, "more
One of the major arguments for more
rooms is airlift. It is claimed that the more
rooms we get the more flights and airlines
we will get. We got the airlines and most
have cut back flights. In actuality the airlift
was better 35 years ago than it is now.
Many laugh at that but when a little
thought is given, we had non-stop flights
from Newark, Miami, Atlanta and other
locations. But we needed "more rooms."
According to one well-respected hotel ex-
ecutive on the island, it is a myth that a
large hotel will improve the Bonaire airlift
situation. A hotel with 250 rooms or 500
beds would need an extra two or three large
airplanes landing here each week just to fill
its own beds. If it did, it would not help
the existing hotels.
Has anyone done any math? Rooms are
going up all over the place, but we need
more. Are all the rooms now on Bonaire
running at 100% occupancy year round? It
would be surprising if all the rooms on
average were running 60% occupancy year
round. So why more rooms?
The other argument for more rooms is
more employment. But more employment
for whom? The foreign work force is huge.
If that many foreigners have had to be
brought in, how can anyone claim unem-
ployment? Part of this myth is that a large
hotel will create more jobs for local people.
History show the most likely situation is
that a new hotel will only steal employees
from existing hotels and bring in more
foreign workers to fill the key positions
and put more pressure on the island's infra-
Most hotels are having a difficult time with
occupancy rates and adding another hotel
will only weaken the existing hotels. It is
interesting to note that the Sunset Beach
Hotel finally failed shortly after the open-
ing of the Plaza Resort.
Many long time guests are not returning to
Bonaire because it just isn't the place they
fell in love with many years ago. It has
changed too much. It has become too much
like other destinations with more traffic,
more building, less beach access and
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higher crime. As far as being unique, Bon-
aire is becoming homogenized into a
world that sadly may just be one planet
with everything the same.
Instead of trying to make Bonaire a
small Aruba, why not make it a unique
destination once again. Huge resort
islands are a dime a dozen. Places like
how Bonaire used to be are harder to
find and becoming more in demand.
Bruce Bowker

Dear Editors,
I fully agree with the survey about Sunset
Beach and the comments in your article.
BUT, as it is now, every Bonairean can use
the Beach as it is.

My wife and I often use this wonderful
However, for instance last weekend I did
not see any locals on this Beach, while
Donkey Beach and Bachelors Beach were
visited by local and tourist swimmers.
Are the Bonaireans really willing to have a
Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to go into
action to make Sunset Beach again a place
for everybody.
Yes, it is a good idea to develop it perma-
nently, but in my opinion it should be easy
to start with a temporarily devilment,
which can be done fast and without/ or
little money.
My idea in this is:
There is still a (dirt) road from the
traffic circle along the Beach, back to the
street along Eden Beach Hotel, with plenty
of parking places.
With very little effort this road can
be filled up and cleaned.
The Beach itself is still a sand beach
but it is partly covered with coral stones.
The stones can easily be put back to
the waterfront and the beach can be used
(cleaner than Donkey and Bachelor
Ideas can be developed to make
somebody or an organization interested to
start a, in my idea a mobile, Snek or Bar to
sell and serve refreshments.
The same for organizing (Sunday?)
The place is ideal, and is now al-
ready being used sometimes for BBQ par-
Maybe some permanent BBQ places
can be made, like on Klein Bonaire.
It is not clear to me at this moment
if Divi Flamingo Hotel or the Island is the
owner of the land and Beach, but as both
are reasonable people it must be possible to
come around with them to have the place
developed on a temporary basis.
Of course this will not block any
other development along the road.
I will say: No longer waiting but:
Rob Taal

O n Thursday October 28th
the 30th Anniversary of
the Bonaire Hotel And Tourism
Association was held at the
Plaza Fontana at the Harbor
Village Beach Club. Some 200
persons attended the successful ','
meeting. Hostess of the evening
was Sara Matera. The theme of
this evening was the past, the k
present and the future of BON-
Sara related the early days of
BONHATA, those days called
BHATA, which began on the
16th of July 1980. Key in the
organization at its inception
were Jack Kirks, Paul Maduro,
Elsmarie Beukenboom, Captain
Don and last but not least, Niki
Tromp. Sara
It was "gezag" (as Sara refers
to the gezaghebber, the Bon-
aire's Govemor,/jb) Glenn Thod6 who in
his speech noted the important role played
by BONHATA in the future of Bonaire.
Times are changing, tourists are changing.
They get better informed by modem media
and they become more and more demand-
ing, which is their good right. And Bon-
aire has to anticipate the wishes of the
modem tourist.
Then it was time for the presentation of a
group of nominees and award winning

zatera, nostess oj tue evening (lejt), ana
award winners

persons being very active in the Bonairean
tourist industry.
After the official part of the evening
there was enough time left to socialize, sip
a drink and taste the food prepared by the
pupils of the Scholengemeenschap Bonaire
The whole event was a successful hap-
pening, being a pleasant mix of a formal
and an informal program. E
Story & photo by Jan Brouwer

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WVith Thie Reporter In...

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
and the economy. EEZs were established
to protect a country's maritime resources.
The management of our EEZ is important
because of the abundance of marine life and
the need for responsible use of it there.
Management focuses on developing sus-
tainable fisheries and protection of such
coral, sea turtles and whales. The deep wa-
ter in the area is particularly rich in life and
is among the richest in the Caribbean. The
Commission is committed to the further
development of the fishermen and wildlife
management organizations closely in-

0The first payment of social benefits
or understandd" by the Caribbean Neth-
erlands Kingdom Service (RCN) hap-
pened on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba
last Friday- 270 Bonaireans received bene-
fits. The next payment is set for November
12. RCN deposited the benefits into the
same bank accounts and in the same man-
ner as was done by the Island Government.
There has been criticism that the
understandd," a "social safety net," is too
low to meet subsistence needs, even in the
lower economy of the islands. It does not
even have the special relief for the purchase
of necessary consumer essentials such as is
provided in The Netherlands. An objective
of the program is also to encourage people
to seek employment.
It is estimated it will cost The Netherlands
Ministry of Social Affairs about 1.4 mil-
lion in 2011 for this social aid.
This payment can only be paid through a
bank so recipients need an account. Ques-
tions: call the toll-free RCN information
line 08008-101010.

On Tuesday, October 26, the Royal
Military Police, at the request of the prose-
cutor in Ecuador, denied admission to Bon-
aire to 10 people. It is suspected that human
trafficking was involved. The 10, three
Pakistanis, six Afghans and a Haitian,
upon arrival at the airport were refused
admission and returned to Ecuador at the

expense of KLM. Why they were able to
board the flight to Bonaire in the first place
is unclear.

Want to know if rain is on the way in
the next hours? Then check http://
Img Radar ABC Cappi Loop.asp -the
new site of the Curacao Met Office.

D Significant rainfall is expected in
the last quarter of 2010. Sea Surface
Temperatures (SST) in the tropical Pacific
Ocean have decreased to below average
values (La Nifia conditions) and that has
already lead to above average rainfall in
the ABC Islands. In the Atlantic Ocean
and the Caribbean Sea, the sea surface tem-
peratures are already at above average lev-
els and the outlook is for these higher-than-
normal temperatures to persist throughout
the remainder of 2010.

11WILLEMSTAD The US military
drug-hunting aircraft on Curacao and
Aruba will remain. The FOL (Forward
Operating Location) Treaty will be ex-
tended for five years as of November 2011.
The current FOL Treaty had a term of 10
years. Seven-hundred flights were flown
from October 2008 up to and including
September 2009.
The flights led to the interception of
234,000 grams of cocaine, 7,000 kilograms
of marihuana, and 36.5 kilograms of heroin.

In connection with the dollarization that
is to go into effect in Bonaire in January,
stores and shops must put stickers at the
cash register listing the applicable ex-
change rate. Stickers are available at the
Department of Economic and Labor Affairs
(DEZA). The department will perform in-
spections regularly to monitor compliance

1 WILLEMSTAD--Curacao and St.
Maarten have formed a monetary union
and the Central Bank of the Netherlands
Antilles has become the Central Bank of
Curacao and St. Maarten. The joint cur-

rency will be the Caribbean guilder CMg.
Just like the current Antillean guilder
NAf, the exchange rate of the Caribbean
guilder will be US$1 to CMgl.79.
The Central Bank expects to circulate
the new bank notes and coins on a date to
be determined in 2012.

After the historic October 10, 2010,
restructuring of the Netherlands Antilles
Kas di Arte in association with SKAL
Bonaire organized a special exhibition
of artworks. Artists from all parts of the
Kingdom displayed artworks in Kas di
Arte, Bonaire, with the theme "Kingdom:
Unity In Diversity."
On Sunday, 10/10/2010, this exhibition
was opened by the Lieutenant-Governor of
Bonaire, Mr. Glenn Thode. The exhibition
concluded last weekend. We will have a
report in the next edition of The Reporter.

1 This may be a bit early but every Decem-
ber (at least for the past five years anyway)
Delno Tromp has organized a Christmas
dinner for the seniors on Bonaire. Last
year 116 guests enjoyed the celebration
held at Sunset Restaurant at Den Laman.
If anyone would like to become a sponsor,
please call Mike Gaynor at 717-2281 or
701- 2281. Alternatively you can email
Delno Tromp at delno33(iyahoo.com or
Mike at info(d,chatnbrowse.com

PThanks to the cooperation of 19 Bon-
aire artists there will be an "Art Trail"
on Bonaire. Artists participating will open
their homes and studios to tourists and resi-
dents of the island. The tour will provide a

D The Jong Bonaire Kunuku Kids
opening day set for November 6 has been
rescheduled to December 4 to allow for
more growth of the plants. But as the photo
shows they have already harvested spinach,
warmoes and long beans this week. The kids
have divided the vegetables and taken them
home. Senaida Janga of Jong Bonaire says,
"This is why I do this! I want the kids to eat
more vegetables and fruit. "

unique peek into the lives of Bonaire's
many talented artists.
The kick-off of the "Kaminda di Arte" will
take place at Mangazina di Rei in Rincon
on Sunday, November 14th. A small exhibit
will be opened by Gezaghebber Glenn
Thode at 4 pm and will close at 6.30 pm.
On the 3rd Sunday in November, the 21st,
and every 3rd Sunday until June 2011, the
Art Trail will be open.
Sponsors to date are: MCB, Girobank,
A&P. lit's hoped that others may follow.
For information please contact: Karel de
karel(Aflamingotv.net or
Fred v.d. Broek: 788-2536
fredvdbroek48 (-Ahotmail.com

IICorrection: In the last edition of The
Reporter (Oct. 22-Nov. 5) on page 17 there
was an article about the Kas Krioyo in
Rincon closing because the Fundashon
Desaroyo Rincon can no longer support it
financially. However, at this time there is
no contact person. U G./L. D.

ers's Art and Children's Book Presentation

This Friday, November 5, at 5 pm at
Addo's Books & Toys there will be a
presentation of Margreet Faasen-Pijpers's

Sudoku Solution
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art and children's book, "How Castor Gets
Lost." The book is written and illustrated
with watercolors by Margreet. The story is
about a charming cat, Castor, who does a
discovery tour on Bonaire, loses his way,
then finally finds his way back with the help
of some native animals of Bonaire.
The book is written in three languages: Eng-
lish, Papiamentu and Dutch. The full-page
watercolors show landscapes and animals of
Bonaire and of course of Castor. See a pre-

view of the book on her website

About the writer-artist
Margreet Faassen-Pijpers was born in August
of 1952 in Curacao and completed her graphic
design education in Utrecht, The Netherlands
in 1968. As a graphic designer she created
logos for companies. She started painting wa-
tercolors around 1980, specializing in Dutch
polder landscapes and flowers. In 1996 she
had her first solo exhibition.

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worked for more than 12 years as a childcare
professional. Her love for working with chil-
dren, her passion for painting and her creative
story writing has led to creating books for
children. In 2006 she moved to Bonaire, the
place where the people, the clean air, the land-
scapes and animals inspire her intensively. Her
dream making paintings and doing something
lasting for the children of Bonaire- has been
finally realized. 0
Press release story & photo

oral 4M" 1

Bon Quiz (from page 7)
Q) How did these men die during

A) They worked as crew on board
freighters and tankers that were bom-
barded by the German U boats- subma-
rines that were prowling these waters
during that time.

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Pet of the Week ,00,0 BhIuli

ane Madden, the Lady Cat Guru, knows
the Bonaire Animal Shelter's cat cage
residents like her own family. So of course it is
she who can best describe one of the current
favorites, "Guy," who is this edition's "Pet of
the Week."
Jane writes:
"Guy arrived with his brothers Gus and
Gibi as very young kittens. The boys are now
about seven months old and constantly enter-
taining the Shelter staff. The antics of the G-
gang could make a statue laugh! Guy is par-
ticularly noteworthy due to his incredibly
knowing and intelligent eyes. That's how he
got his name....a staff member noted, "He
looks like such an intelligent little guy!" And
it turned out to be true. Although the smallest
of the G-gang he is the boss and he certainly
knows how to woo visitors. He simply sits at
your feet and stares up at you with those in-
credible eyes and you can't help but swoop
him up and cuddle him.... "Mission accom-
plished" says Guy's eyes!"
As are all of the adoptees at the Shelter
Guy has been checked out by the vet, given his
shots, worming and sterilization when he's old
enough. All this included in the cat adoption
fee of NAf 75. Not only are the cats in perfect
health but they're "social" as well! See Guy
and his colleagues at the Shelter on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to
1 pm, 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989. Website:

Important Notice for Traveling Pets: We
have been told that dogs coming from the US
to Bonaire (since it's now part of The Nether-
lands) must now have ID chips. Recently an
American couple with two dogs were refused
boarding on their Delta flight to Bonaire be-
cause their dogs didn't have ID chips. For
more information check with your vet and the

NEWS: Don't forget this Saturday,

November 6, the Secondhand Book Fair
at the Shelter, from 11 am to 5 pm.
These fairs are always fun- lots of books
from which to choose, friends to meet,
new friends to make. There will even be
snacks and drinks to sustain your book
hunting! Books are only NAJ 2 each and
all the proceeds go towards helping the
Shelter remain open to take in homeless
dogs and cats. Drop by and tell all your
friends and neighbors.

MORE NEWS: There will be an Ani-
mal Shelter Fundraising Auction at
Eddy's at Sand Dollar Resort on Saturday,
December 11 at 7 pm. With this auction the
Shelter wants to raise money for the reno-
vation of the kennels and fences.
One of the auctioned prizes will be for
the winner to have his or her own pet fea-
tured in The Bonaire Reporter's "Pet of the
Week" column, with a story and photo!

Did You Know?...
That Iron Fertilization may be the next
solution to global warming?

increasing temperatures and rising sea
levels: this is the reality of our planet
under global warming. The carbon-bast..I
products produced as a consequence of
human energy consumption have altered.
the atmosphere of our planet, causing it I.
warm at an alarming rate the Earth has
never experienced before. In order to re -
duce this warming, we must decrease thick
amount of carbon emissions we produccI
Surprisingly, one potential answer for dc. .*,_
so may lie in the ocean's smallest plant
Although we cannot see them, phyto-
plankton play an important role in the
chemistry of our atmosphere. Like plants,
phytoplankton use photosynthesis to create
food. This process combines carbon dioxide
from the atmosphere and light from the sun
to produce sugars and oxygen. The oxygen
these small creatures produce is released
into the water and the atmosphere, making
it possible for us to breathe. However, what
is of more importance to today's scientists
and policymakers is phytoplankton' s ability
to take carbon dioxide from the earth's
Two key things are essential for phyto-
plankton to live in the ocean: light and nu-
trients. When the ocean has the right com-
bination of light and nutrients, phytoplank-
ton populations explode, creating a bloom.
These blooms of photosynthesizing plank-
ton remove large quantities of carbon diox-
ide, turning it into sugars that are used to
grow and reproduce. One nutrient that is
important to this process occurring is iron.
Recently, scientists have determined that
large parts of the ocean do not have enough
iron to meet the needs of a phytoplankton
bloom. This means that low quantities of
iron in the ocean are preventing phyto-
plankton from taking more carbon dioxide
from the atmosphere.
The discovery that iron limits phyto-
plankton photosynthesis has sparked a
new idea for reducing our carbon emis-
sions. Scientists have found that by spread-
ing iron into the ocean ("fertilizing") they
could create phytoplankton blooms. Given
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Valley -Our female hawksbill Valley
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swimming in a westerly direction and is
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A almost every-
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cept of time travel
and although actu-
ally going back in
time is just a thing
of science fiction
we actually can
look back in time
and see things as
they existed long
On any moonless
night in November
between 8 and 10
pm, make sure
you're some place
where it's really dark. First look north,
and you'll see four stars which, if you
could connect with lines, trace out a
square. It's called the Great Square of
Pegasus, the winged horse, and marks the
main part of his body.
Next look for five bright stars which, if
you connect with lines, will look like a
squashed out letter M. This is the constel-
lation Cassiopeia the Queen. Finally take
the brightest star in Cassiopeia and draw
a line straight up to the brightest star of
Pegasus' square. Then if you look about
2/3rds of the way up that line from Cas-
siopeia you will see a tiny faint cloud
which through binoculars will look even
more cloudlike but which isn't a cloud at
all. In fact it is the most distant object we
can see in the universe with the naked
eye. It's the great Andromeda Galaxy.

Now we all know that light is the fastest
moving thing in the universe and that it
travels at the speed of 186,000 miles per
second. Since our Moon is about 240,000
miles away it takes its light about 1 1/3
seconds to reach us. So in reality we al-
ways see the Moon not as it exists now
but as it existed 1 1/3 seconds ago. The
great Andromeda Galaxy, however, is
something else. In fact it is so incredibly
far away that it takes its light more than 2
1/2 million years to reach us. So when we
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ally see it not as it exists now but as it
existed 2 and 1/2 million years ago.
When you look up at this dim cloud any
dark night this month you are seeing
something as it actually existed about the
time that Australopithecus walked on this
Earth, long before the appearance of
modem man, long before any creature on
Earth learned how to use fire. And what's
equally astonishing is that it is a giant
spiral pinwheel of billions of stars, a great
galaxy very similar in shape to our own
family of stars, the Milky Way Galaxy,
but over two times larger.
Let's now take a look at something that's a
lot brighter than the Andromeda Galaxy
because it's a lot closer. Jupiter is still
shining brightly in our evening skies.
Look in the south after observing Andro-
meda and find the best planet to see in our
evening skies. Well Jupiter is so much
closer that it is only 36 light minutes
away. While you still have those binocu-
lars or that small telescope that you used
to look at Andromeda handy turn them to
Jupiter and take a look at the family of
moons that circle around Jupiter.
The moons of Jupiter are one of the few
things you can see in the night sky that
actually move fast enough that you can
see changes in only an hour or so.
There is no better time to take a look at
Jupiter and Andromeda than now. So get
out this week and next, far from lights and
travel back in time. It's easy, it's fun, it's
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ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Travel should
be on your mind. Don't allow personal
problems to conflict with professional
duties. Get involved in groups that can
offer intellectual stimulation. You may
find yourself changing plans for some
form of entertainment. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Someone
you live with could be frustrated and up-
set. It might be best to work on your own;
if possible, do yourjob out of your home
this month. Don't expect anyone else to
pay your bills for you. It's time to let
loose. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Expect to
experience a sudden reversal of fortune.
Try to keep a low profile. Try to avoid
serious discussions with loved ones. Don't
let your personal dilemmas interfere with
your goals. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Children
will keep you busy. Take time to catch up
on gossip and make plans to do a little
adventure travel. Travel, although entic-
ing, will cost more than you expect. Re-
evaluate your position and make deci-
sions about your future goals. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Get together
with friends and do something entertain-
ing but not too expensive. Visit friends
who have not been well. Try to iron out
any friction over money with your mate
or conflicts could prevail. Try to channel
your energy into professional endeavors.
Your luckiest events this month will oc-
cur on a Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Take ad-
vantage of the opportunities that present
themselves. Invite people home to discuss
your plans for group fundraising events
and outings. You can come up with solu-
tions to the problems responsible for inef-
ficiencies at work. Travel will be to your
advantage; however, it might be expen-
sive. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Sunday.

For November 2010
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You will
feel so much better about yourself if you
can control your addictions. Curb or cut
out that bad habit you've been meaning to
do something about. You should get out
and meet new people this month. Be dip-
lomatic when dealing with in-law. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Losses
could occur if you haven't been careful
when dealing withjoint financial ven-
tures. Before you proceed be sure to talk
your plans over with those they will af-
fect. You could easily lose your temper at
work. Don't push your opinions or ideas
on others. Don't let your boss make you
feel guilty enough to take work home
with you. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
Don't donate more than you can afford in
order to impress others. Opportunities to
get ahead are evident. Don't let children
hold you back from doing things you en-
joy. Opportunities for romance may de-
velop through dealing with groups that
have a purpose. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) This
might not be a day for hasty decisions.
Romantic opportunities will flourish
through travel or communication. Tem-
pers will mount if you're too pushy at
work or at home. Property investments,
insurance, tax rebates, or inheritance
should bring you financial gains. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will
be able to enlist the help of colleagues
who believe in your ideas. Travel could
be in order. Your boss may be pushy.
Travel will result in new romantic attrac-
tions. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Unexpected
bills will be impossible for you to pay.
Sign up for courses that will bring you
more skills. Family talks may get a little
combative. Be firm when dealing with
matters pertaining to your environment.
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cur on a Wednesday.





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