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Nov. 19Dec. 3 2010, Year 17 Issue 22


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T he agreements between The
Netherlands and Bonaire to
begin six different projects were
signed last week under the Social
and Economic Initiative (SEI).
These are in addition to SEI pro-
jects already underway like the
renovation of the runway, other
infrastructure issues at the airport
and major investments in educa-
tion. The SEI projects are:
*Upgrading the Kaya Amsterdam
Sports Center
*Upgrading the Stadium di Playa
Rincon
*Bonaire Parsonage Maintenance
*Upgrading the Gymnasium, San
Luis Beltran School
*Public Transportation Feasibility
Study and Research
*Performance Improvements for
the Investment Climate.
Deputy Tjin Asjoe, who signed for
Bonaire, hopes that these invest-
ment funds boost the economy and
social infrastructure of the island
and will encourage the private
sector to make investments in
Bonaire's economy.

DWILLEMSTAD The Prosecu-
tor's Office in Willemstad, Cura-
gao, has informed the Judge of
Instruction that the investigation
against UPB leader Ramonsito
Booi and former UPB Commis-
sioner Burney El Hage into pos-
sible corruption and money
laundering has been closed but
that three months will be needed to
finalize the case.
The prosecution now says the in-
vestigation has been closed but
that the detective team in question
needs two months to go through all
the documents and other data con-
fiscated and collected and to file a
final report.
The prosecution then needs an-
other month to study the findings
to determine what charges, if any,
will be filed against whom and
whether the case will go to trial.
Attorney Gelmer Pieters, who
represents the two suspects, does
not agree with the request for
another three months and says it is
not in keeping with the spirit of the
court's instructional rulings to
provide clarity. He does not rule
out the possibility of further legal
steps against the prosecution.


)The RCN, the Caribbean
Netherlands Kingdom Service
(Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland)
dismissed one of its workers in
the Finance Department last
Wednesday. The worker is sus-
pected of leaking confidential
information to a company in
return for financial compensa-
tion from the company.
Despite the fact that there was no
payoff, RCN management found
the conduct of the worker unac-
ceptable and he was suspended last
Wednesday and additional meas-
ures are being considered. The
RCN has started an investigation
into the situation.
According to the RCN, its integ-
rity is considered of high impor-
tance."Government must always
deal with matters in an open and
fair manner and must set a good
example in this regard. The RCN
will not make any concessions in
this regard and has therefore im-
mediately broken the contract
with the concerned worker," a
press statement read.
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1WILLEMSTAD The
management of Insel Air con-
firmed they received a letter on
November 5 from the Curacao
Aviation Authority in which they
are requested to maintain a
minimum price of NAf 150 on
the Curacao-Bonaire route Insel
Air currently maintains and
advertises as a price ranging
from NAf 100.
The director of the airline, Ed-
ward Heerenveen, states, "The
letter indicates that airline compa-
nies flying this route have lodged
an objection to the maintained rate.
We are aware of the fierce protests
from the immediate competitor,
who wants to block the maintained
competitive Insel Air rate of NAf
100."
According to Heerenveen, the
Curagao Minister of Traffic,
Transport and Regional Planning
is going to set up a committee in
order to come up with minimum
prices. Heerenveen believes the


Table of Contents


he Bonaire National / -.
Marine Park
(BNMP) has been placed J
on the Dutch provisional r,, MARINE PARK
candidate list of World
Heritage Sites. Last Friday a commission nominated nine
buildings and locations in the Dutch Kingdom, including the
BNMP, in the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage List.
World Heritage Site status is an especially significant benefit
for tourism.
The Park was established over 30 years ago and was the first
legally protected and actively managed marine park in the
world. The United Nations (UNEP) has declared it a pioneer in
environmental preservation. The Marine Park starts at the high
water mark and extends to 200 ft (60 meters) of depth. It covers
2,700 hectares, about 27 km2 (6,672 acres, about 10.5 m2) of
coral reef, sea grass and mangrove ecosystems and provides a
habitat for a variety of marine species, including over 50 spe-
cies of hard corals and over 350 species of reef fish.
The largest uninhabited island in the Caribbean, Klein Bon-
aire, is part of the protected Marine Park.
The cabinet will strive to present the temporary list to the
World Heritage Centre in Paris before April 2011. Subse-
quently, the candidates will actually be nominated during the
course of the next 10 years. The Government Department for
Cultural Heritage determines in which order that occurs
When Bonaire becomes a World Heritage site the island
will have the same status as Australia's Great Barrier Reef


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Depafrtents
Flotsam & Jetsam
On the Island Since.. (Alda Dirkz) 4
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Bon Qui #41 (Soiree Site) 7
Latn Music Classics-Soca 7
Bonairean Voices (10-10-10 Aftermath) 7
Body Talk-Too Much Caldum? 8
Whats Happening, Cruise Ships 12
Reporter Masthead 12
Classifieds 13
Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times,
Moon Phase 13
Shopping & Service Directory 14
Picture Yourself(Rocky Mtns. llamas New
Mexico) 16
Sudoku Solution 17
Bon QuizAnswer 17
Pet of the Week (Charlene) 18
Did You Know (Puffer fish) 18
Sky Park (Leonid Meteor Showers) 19
Astrology Wzard 19

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Bonaire Reporter- Nov. 19-Dec. 3, 2010


This Week's Stories
Bonaire Nominated for UNESCO
World Heritage Site
Ombudsman Explains
Referendum Commission Kickoff
Specal Advertising
Grand Plan for Sunset Beach
Sheba Passes
Conch Restoration Project
Blue Mekong Thai Restaurant Party
Union in Diversity Exhibit
Festival di Palu Planta Contest
10 Years for Kas diArte
Ronald Verhoeven Exhibit
Art& Craft Market Alive & Well
Stichting Project Fundraiser
Letters: Land Develop Plan to company
with no experience, PHU oorrecbon
7th Study & Career Fair
CIEE Lionfish Report
Special Shelter Announcements


and the Galapagos Islands.


NAf 100 price is an incentive for
tourism from Curagao to Bonaire
and vice versa. The large number
of persons taking advantage of
the price clearly indicates this
competitive price draws new
passengers. Moreover, we main-
tain a price that is absolutely
above the cost price," said Heer-
enveen.

01After 33
years of ac-
tive politics,
Jopie Abra-
ham is step-
ping down as
leader of the
Democratic
Party of
Bonaire.
Abraham will not be on the
candidate list for next year's -
March 2 Island Council elec-
tions and the party council is
expected to choose a successor
quickly. His son, Clark, has been
working at his father's side in
recent months. Jopie Abraham's
father, Julio, was a founder of
the Democratic party.


>THE HAGUE--The Dutch
Democratic party D66 submitted
an amendment Monday to the
2011 Dutch budget for Agricul-
ture, Nature and Food Quality
(LNV) funds to be allocated spe-
cifically for a comprehensive
management plan for nature
on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and
Saba. The proposal will remove
600.000 reserved in the total
budget and put this aside to exe-
cute a management plan to
strengthen the quality of the
natural environment on the is-
lands. The management plan
should include maintaining bio-
diversity on land and sea in con-
sultation with local nature or-
ganizations.

POCases of dengue fever can
be expected to increase as a
result of the heavy rainy sea-
son. One of dengue's main prob-
lems is that there's no cure,
there's no vaccine and there are
no drugs you can take to avoid it
or get better from it, so the only
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Referendum Commission Kickoff


It was Tuesday 2 November 2010,
around 7:25 in the evening. The snacks,
the cold drinks and the warm beverages
were ready. The waiters and waitresses
were walking up and down in order to finish
the last part of the preparation so that the
meeting could begin. I went upstairs, en-
tered the room and asked who the Ombuds-
man was. Someone showed him to me. I
went straight to him and introduced myself
to him and welcomed him. There were quite
a lot of people. Almost all of them were
European Dutch. If I am not wrong, there
were only three local people at this meeting,
including myself.
We all sat down and at 7:45 the Ombuds-
man started his discourse. He appears to be
a friendly, approachable person. His name
is Alex Brenninkmeijer. He said that he was
very happy to be here in order to explain his
job. He said that he is aware of the fact that
the transition of 10-10-10 brings insecurity
with it. He has been an Ombudsman for five
years in Holland. Holland has had an Om-
budsman for 30 years now. According to
him an Ombudsman is a vertrouwensper-
soon." This means a person one can trust.
A complaint box will be put at the RCN
building. One can write a letter and throw it
in this box. This letter will be scanned and
sent to Holland. The Dutch budget does not
allow an office on Bonaire on a short term.
The intention is to reply with a letter within
six weeks. They are also working on a free
number to call the Ombudsman's office in
Holland directly. It's planned for some
Papiamentu-speaking workers to allow An-
tilleans conversation in their mother tongue.
The crucial question was: When does one
need an Ombudsman? Mr. Brenninkmeijer
said: "If you have the feeling that you have


been treated
unfairly, you
can ask the
help of an
Ombuds-
man." He
continued: "It
is very impor-
tant when you
let someone
feel that he or
she is being
taken seri-
ously." He
said that the Alex Brenninkmeijer
task of an
Ombudsman is to show the government a
mirror.
When he had finished with his speech, we
had the opportunity to ask questions. I
asked him: "How does one become an Om-
budsman?" Everyone started laughing. I
really don't know why. Perhaps they liked
the question? He replied: "Do I have to
explain how I sold myself?" Then he ex-
plained that there is a commission which
consists of, among others, members of the
Dutch "De Hoge Raad." (High Council)
This group chooses an Ombudsman.
An Ombudsman mediates between a per-
son and the government when there is a
conflict or when the "door" has been closed.
According to the Ombudsman, he can even
mediate in cases where the Public Prosecu-
tor did not proceed properly.
Mr. Brenninkmeijer: "The Ombudsman,
after having studied the case, gives advice
to the government. In 95% of the cases in
which he gave advice, it was followed."
(Continued on page 17)


W ill there finally
be a referen-
dum for Bonaire's 4
population to comment
on the recent linkup
with The Netherlands?
If so, when ?
Why is the government planning a refer-
endum if Bonaire has already become a
public entity of Holland?
Why didn't they come up with a referen-
dum before 10 October 2010, and why a
referendum after 10-10-10? If all the people
who have the right to vote go vote and if the
majority votes for no, what will happen?
Will the Dutch Antilles come back to-
gether?
I think everyone will agree, if I dare say
so, that even mixed fried rice is easier to
analyse than the matter of this referendum.
Fortunately, in order to bring some clarity, a
Referendum Commission was established.
Last Thursday the Commission called a
press conference to begin the process to-
wards a December 17 referendum that will
ask voters to answer yes or no whether they
agree (yes) or disagree (no) with the state-
ment:
"I agree that Bonaire became a public
identity to conform to Art. 134 of the
Dutch constitution."
Members of the commission are Douwe
Boersema, President; Marga Domingo,
Secretary; Sherwin Pourier, Treasurer;
Ramiro Richards, member; and Caroline
Laurens, member.
Mr. Boersema opened the meeting and
said that the referendum is divided into
three stages: Information, Voting and Re-


sults.
As of Monday, 16th of November every-
one is welcome at the office of this commis-
sion to ask questions about the referendum.
The office is in the building of Priv6 Pro
located at Kaya Grandi 53. The opening
hours are from 8 am to 5 pm. The telephone
number is 717-8848. There is also a website
available which gives a lot of information:
www.referendumbonaire2010.org
The commission will distribute informa-
tion through bulletins available at supermar-
kets, stores and community centres where a
commission employee can answer ques-
tions. To add little bit more flavor, there
will also be a jingle on the radio.
Everyone over 18 years with the Dutch
nationality and who is registered at the Civil
Registry 50 days before the election, as well
as legal residents with the same registration
have the right to vote.
During the conference Bubui Cecilia of
BonFM asked Mr. Boersema if the majority
votes "no," can this change the decision that
has been made? Boersema's answer to this
question was not that clear. However, what
did become clear is the fact that Bonaire
cannot make any decision if Holland does
not agree with it.
Later I asked Mr. Boersema whether there
is a sort of clause in the agreement which
entitles us to go back to the former status, if
we see that this public
entity stuff is not work-
ing. He said that there is
no clause. U
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S -T was born on Aruba and
II had a fantastic child-
hood. We had a big family, lots
of friends and very good parents.
After elementary school I went to
Domestic Science School. My
dad, who was from Bonaire, was
working for Lago Refinery.
When rumors started that the
refinery was going to close and
people had to be laid off, my dad
could choose: retire or be de-
clared unfit as he had had an ac-
cident at work about 15 years
earlier. He chose to be declared
unfit and we moved to Holland.
It was 1974. For me it was a
complete culture shock!

Twenty years earlier my
grandmother had moved to Hol-
land, and so my mom in all her
innocence and naivety thought,
'Let's go and live there too.' We
moved to Rotterdam and I went
to school. I came from a nun's
school on Aruba and in Rotter-
dam I went to school with at least


a hundred different nationali-
ties... it was horrible." She
laughs. "There's no other word
for it!
My first experience was
when I was standing in the
schoolyard with my cousin and a
girl came up to me and asked me
for a 'roll-your-own' (cigarette).
I was 15 years old and I looked at
my cousin and asked her, 'What
is it ? What does she want?'
Then the girl asked me, 'Don't
you have a lighter? Don't you
smoke?' I got the scare of my
life! And so the girl said, "Okay,
leave it. I'll ask the teacher,' and
she walked up to the teacher and
I saw him taking out his tobacco
from the pocket of his jacket.
When I told the class I was
from Aruba, nobody knew where
it was. I tried to explain and told
them about the coast of Vene-
zuela, and then one of the Dutch
girls said, 'Oh, it's there... some-
where around Surinam... yeah,
it's all the same, they all live in


"...but my parents raised me

this way. 'Whether you like it or

not, you have to finish what

you started'

and that's what I did."


little huts...' I
defended my
situation and
told the class
that my dad was
an engineer and
that we owned a
big house in
Aruba ha!
I was in my
puberty; it was
hard. We lived
in a very old
house which
didn't have a
bathroom. To
bathe we had to
go to the public
baths. All my
friends were in
Aruba and I
only had my
cousin and my siblings.
Well, I finished school and
when I was 18 I started at an
industrial school. I was one of
the first girls." She laughs. "I
know a lot of things; I know how
to drill, to tap things like nuts, I
know how to solder and how to
read technical electricity draw-
ings. For 13 years I worked as a
print plate mechanic at GTI, Rot-
terdam.
Every time my parents moved
I moved along with them. If they
moved to an apartment I went to
live in the same building. It went


Alda in front of The Touch


on like that for years. Then my
mom told me, 'When your dad
retires and gets his pension we
will go back to Aruba. And you
better start learning another pro-
fession otherwise you'll never
find ajob there!' They didn't see
me working a man's job on
Aruba! So, I started learning to
become a hairdresser. Soon
enough I found out it wasn't for
me, but my parents raised me this
way: 'Whether you like it or not,
you have to finish what you
started' and that's what I did...
I got married in Holland in


1987 to Nicolaas Dirksz. He was
also from Aruba. He is a good,
hardworking man and a wonder-
ful father, just like my dad was.
Together we have two children:
our son Jessy, who's 23, and our
daughter Amberlucia, who's 17.
When Jessy was six, we moved
to Bonaire because my parents
had moved here. In Holland
they'd already told us that Jessy
had ADHD and here he wasn't
doing well at school. We knew
that he wouldn't make it at SGB
high school and so the advice
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Born on Bonaire (Continued from pg. 4)
was to move to Holland. We de-
cided to send him to my sister in
Holland and then Jessy got very
homesick. And... that's why I
say my husband is an extraordi-
nary dad, because he gave up
everything and he went to stay
with Jessy. When Jess called and
said, 'Mom, I'm not coming to
Bonaire for Christmas this year,'
I knew he'd made it and that my
husband would come home.
Nowadays Jessy paints cars and
he's good at it. He wants to be-
come an air brusher and he's
studying hard.
We came to Bonaire in 1993
and some years later I started
working at the Spa in Harbour
Village. We got a very thorough
and fantastic professional train-
ing from the manager at the time,
Carroll Opper, and after a year or
so I thought, 'You know what, I
could start for myself!' It was an
innocent and naive thought -
because I didn't know anything
about running a business. I had
no experience whatsoever. I told
Carroll about my plans and she
said she'd expected it and she
didn't like it because she'd in-
vested a lot in us. But she appre-
ciated my honesty and she told
me, 'You've had a top training
and nobody can take that away
from you.'
First I started with a beauty
parlor called 'A Place For You'
with two other girls. Then I


worked at 'Hair Affair' and when
Sara Matera started setting up the
restaurant at Divi Flamingo
Beach Hotel in 2000 I asked her
to find me a little place on the
premises to do pedicures and
manicures. She got me one, 'The
Touch,' and we started growing.
I opened massage rooms and
facial rooms and now, 10 years
later, I have a staff of three peo-
ple. It is a fantastic location. We
have a lot of tourists, time share
holders, repeat guests and local
people. Pedicures are what I do
the most and in general people
here have very good feet! You
meet a lot of people; I've got
clients I've known for 10 years
and every time they come, we
share a part of each other's life."
Alda is a strong woman, a
professional. She's punctual,
down to earth, a wonderful mom
and a very nice lady.
"My life has changed too,
because not only does my mom
live with us but our daughter
Amberlucia got pregnant when
she was 16. Eight months ago
she gave birth to twin boys,
Eugendrick and Eugewendrick.
My husband and I are the very
proud grandparents of these two
little boys and we absolutely
adore them." She looks at me,
pensively. "You know, every-
thing we told our daughter not to
do, she did. She's very head-
strong. We would like her to go
to Holland next year, to follow a


higher educa-
tion, because in
the future she
has to take care
of two boys.
Meanwhile my
husband and I
will look after
the little ones.
Amberlucia is
only 17 and it's
not going to be
easy for her.
Her life will
have certain
limitations.
But... for us it's
a blessing. I was
raised with a lot
of love and I'll
do everything to
have my children and grandchil-
dren experience that too.
My dad was the best. He has
spoiled me all of us tremen-
dously. He was a very sweet
man. Last year in November he
passed away. We were so at-
tached to each other. Everything
we did we would discuss to-
gether in detail first and the opin-
ion of the other was very impor-
tant to the both of us. We really
would listen to each other. He
always told me, 'You don't have
to worry because I will live to be
120.' When he fell ill I took him
and my mother into my house
because they were living at Tras
di Montana by themselves. On
the land around our house we


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Left to right: Vanessa Janga, Alda and Cristina Rood
Left to right: Vanessa Janga, Alda and Cristina Rood


built a house for my parents, so I
had them close and I could take
better care of them. When my
dad became bedridden I took
care of him, and when the doctor
told me, 'Alda, it won't be long
anymore,' I refused to accept it.
We are with the Pentecostal
Church and we believe in healing
and when I told the pastor I
wanted to pray for my daddy's
recovery he told me, 'You know,
Alda, just like you would pray
for his recovery now you
should be able to pray to let him
go and thank him for being your
dad and for all the good years he
has given you.' It's been a very
long mourning.
I will stay on Bonaire. I've


lived in Holland for 20 years and
those were my best years because
I grew up, I got married and had
my children. Never say never,
but I have no plans. I feel very
happy here. I have my job, my
friends, my house and I know
what it means to leave everything
behind and move to another
country." She laughs: "I don't
want to think about it!" 0



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THE 10 -10- 10 AFTERMATH


BoIREEC uITiz

SOIREEE SITE


SOIREE SITE


Early this month every heart in the
Dutch Antilles, and around the globe
were sharing the countdown to a new era:
yes, a new episode in our lives.
Most of us celebrate that day. For others
it was sad to see the Netherlands Antilles
dissolving. The Netherlands Antilles does
not exist anymore. Each island has gone its
own way. But the reality has still to come.
At the end of October 2010 loose ends re-
mained. Some former Central Government
employees on Bonaire didn't receive their
whole salary. Catholic clergymen haven't
been paid at all, and four Bonairean meteor-
ologists didn't make the October payroll.
And these are just a few issues to mention.

In the interest of all Bonaireans I inter-
viewed the Commissioner of State Struc-
ture, Mr. Anthony Nicolaas (36).
First question. What was the reason for
a sudden change in government and why
just a few days before 10-10-10?
Nicolaas: "In June 12, 2009, in a coalition
with the Red Party under the name, Alle-
giance Democratic Bonairean Party, we
signed a decree at the Passangrahn
(government meeting office) for two main
points:
*To organize a referendum
*To change the direction in which things
had been negotiated with Holland

On September 9, 2010, Mr. Jopi Abra-
ham leader of the Democrat/Red Party,
with mixed feelings, signed the definitive
papers with Holland formalizing that the
Government of Bonaire is in complete
agreement with Holland for what had been
negotiated.
Seeing that Mr. Abraham had signed the
same agreements as Green party leader
Booi had I felt that I hadn't accomplished
what I was working for over a year.
I couldn't support the government of
Abraham anymore. That's why I decided to
join with the Green party, and the new coa-
lition Government made up of the UPB/
Green Party and Independent AnthonyNi-
colaas, myself, took over on October 7,
2010.
Of course some paper work wasn't
ready-like the salaries of the meteorolo-
gists and the clergymen. Holland affirmed,
without the intervention of the Bonairean
Government, that every employee of the
Central Government would be under the
Crown Service for the Caribbean Nether-
lands (Rijksdienst Caribische Nederland-
the RCN) and would be taken care of So if
something went wrong we have to say that
it was those who signed the agreement-the
former Antillean Central Government and
Holland and not the Bonairean Govern-
ment.
Mr. Jardim, former director of the Fi-
nance Office for the Netherlands Antilles,
had been appointed to finish all the paper-
work that still needed to be done in order to
pay what had not been paid and it hap-
pened.
What more can we expect after 10- 10-10
is that in agreement with the Art. 134 of the
Dutch constitution, Bonaire is a public
entity and the Dutch Parliament and its
Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, from the
VVD party, is responsible for some mu-
nicipal responsibilities like the fire depart-
ment, justice department, police, social
rights and welfare, work and residency


Commissioner mr. Anthony Nicolaas

permits, health care, general health insur-
ance, education and scholarship. Another
change is that the pension for the elderly
was increased by NAf 26, the welfare
benefits have been improved and the age
for collecting the pension is being raised
from 60 to 65. The Island Government still
has to take care of its affairs like the hy-
giene department, roads, housing, airport,
harbors, etc.

By January 1st, 2011, we can expect a
new financial system for tax collection,
introduction of the US dollar and laws for
education. Another thing that we expect is a
Referendum. The Island Council of the
Public Entity of Bonaire has decided that
on December 17th, 2010, to ask the follow-
ing question, 'I agree that Bonaire be-
came a public identity to conform to Art.
134 of the Dutch constitution.' And we
have to answer A. Yes, I agree, or B. No, I
do not agree.
Why I demanded a referendum is be-
cause people have the right to choose
their own destiny. From 2004 until now
people of Bonaire didn't have the opportu-
nity to make a decision about the agreement
made by the politicians. With this referen-
dum it can send a signal to the Island Gov-
ernment and to Holland that the local peo-
ple on Bonaire are happy or unhappy with
the new constitutional system. In the short
term there is not much you can do with the
yes or no, but (if no) in the long term we
can restart the negotiation with Holland and
become something else. We can work to
become an autonomous country in the
Kingdom like Curagao, Sint Maarten and
Aruba, an independent cCountry or be fully
integrated into Holland, like a municipality
of Holland or another form of government
decided by the people.
In the near future Holland will collect
most of the taxes. The Island Government
doesn't have sufficient income to cover all
the expenses. Holland will partially cover
some percentage of the whole budget and
the Island Government has to cover the rest,
with the consequence that they will have to
raise the prices on some products, for ex-
ample, number plates for vehicles. Let hope
for the best and wait for the response of our
referendum."
We have now reviewed what has taken
place. Next, what we can expect after Janu-
ary 1st, 2011?E
Siomara Albertus

Send your comments
to The Bonaire Re-
porter, P.O. Box 407,
Bonaire, or email

(iabonairenews.com.


n the last edition of "Latin Music
Classics" we spoke about "Hot Hot
Ho"" as the biggest selling Soca hit of all
times. What is Soca?
Soca is a form of popular West Indian
music originatimg in Trinidad and To-
bago. It combined the melodic sound of
Calypso with insistent percussion. Soca
reached its modem form by the early
1970s under the influence of American
soul, disco and funk music.
Soca music is based on a strong rhythmic
section done by a drum set and is indeed
defined by its loud, fast percussion beats.
Recently soca has replaced calypso as the
most celebrated type of music with carni-
val, the biggest annual celebration on
many islands in the region.

Jody's Music Quiz

This week's question:
In 1998 "The Soca Boys" had a big
soca hit all over the world.
What was the title of this song?

Please send your answer to:
info(@jodvsbonaire.com and be entered
in a drawing to win a CD of your own
choice in Jody's shop at Lagoen Hill #18.
The winner of this week's contest will be
announced in the next edition
of The Reporter.

Last week's answer: Last week's an-
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Mexico.
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n the 'old days' when there wasn't tele-
vision, just the radio, and even that
entertainment was limited for many fami-
lies, it was common to hold parties and
events in the evenings in public places.
A particular structure was used by local
bands to entertain the community. Soirees
were held there. This particular one is new
and is in the Wilhelmina Park. There is
another one, also in Playa (Kralendijk).

Questions:

A) Where is the other soiree
structure?
B) What is it called in Papia-
mentu?

Answer on page 17


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Body Talk

CALCIUM CURSE OR CURE?


C calcium: probably the most
talked about mineral of
our times. Ask 10 people on their
views of calcium, and you will
get 10 different views, 10 differ-
ent results and all the expert
opinions to go with that.
Most have no idea what type of
calcium is in their supplements or
whether it is good or bad for
them. But hey, we have been
told that we must supplement
with calcium to prevent osteopo-
rosis. Apart from supplements,
every edible substance is calcium
fortified. There are two specific
problems with this. Firstly the
media hype that calcium has been
given for so many years (thanks
to the supplement industry) is
also an excellent money-spinner,
as most of the calcium used is
either coral calcium (completely
useless to the human body) or
something called microcrystalline
hydroxyapatite (MCHA) a varia-
tion of bone meal.
Studies have shown that
MCHA, peddled to the osteopo-
rosis-phobic public, has inferior
solubility, absorption and effects
on calcium metabolism.
(Certainly cheap to produce)
Comparing the absorption of
various calcium supplements, it
was found that inorganic calcium
salts and most organic acid cal-
cium chelates fall into the 5% to
25% range of absorption. More
on the various calciums later, as
absorption into the human body
is a far bigger problem than most
people will realize.
Calcium absorption occurs
through a very narrow window in
the upper intestinal tract. The
reason it is so high in the GI tract
is that calcium must be absorbed
while the intestinal environment
is relatively acidic, as it is shortly
after leaving the stomach and
before it has been completely
neutralized by the alkaline secre-
tions of the pancreas.
The requirement of an acid pH
for calcium absorption explains
why low hydrochloric acid pro-
duction by the stomach causes


IL
S .


poor calcium supplement absorp-
tion. Calcium is soluble in acid
saliva but insoluble in alkaline
saliva causing calcium carbonates
and phosphates to form tartar on
the teeth. The movement of cal-
cium, extracellular and intracellu-
lar, are tightly controlled and
rather complex as 99% of body
calcium is in bone. Vitamin E
and/or FA (lipids with negative
polar groups) are needed to move
calcium into tissues.
Short of having a blood test
done, it is virtually impossible for
the layman to determine whether
their calcium levels are sufficient.
However, I have a very simple
test you can do at home to see
whether you have insufficient
levels of calcium in the body.
Take a clear glass and put about a
teaspoon full of saliva in (no post
nasal drip, thank you). Is your
saliva foamy, lots of bubbles but
reasonably clear? The first bit of
bad news is you are calcium defi-
cient, the second bit of bad news
is that you are most probably also
potassium deficient. Are you
supplementing with calcium?
Are you beginning to understand
why calcium could be bad for
you?
I hope with this series of arti-
cles on calcium to make you bet-
ter understand how vital and
beneficial the correct calcium is
for your body, and at the same
time show you why, unless you
know that you are deficient, in-
discriminate supplementing could
be extremely harmful.
To be continued...
Stephanie Bennett


Author Stephanie Bennett was born in Cape
Town, South Africa, where she studied herbs,
minerals and nutrition. Before moving to Bon-
aire she continued her studies in the UK and
now researches Bonaire health issues. She is
the owner of the Essence Nutritional Center


SHEBA


20th April 1998 13th November 2010


Sheba's remarkable story touched many people on
Bonaire. Her ninth life ended peacefully.
We would like to :hank the people who helped give us
two extra years with her, The Animal Shelter, Jan and
in particular Manuela Winklaar and her family.
Stephanie & Phil Bennett

Page 8


These scenes from years gone by on Playa Lechi/Bonaire/Sunset Beach can be repeated with a new gen-
eration ofBonairean youngsters- ifthe beach is public and not part of a "chain" hoteL
Recognize anyone?


B onaire has a long tradition of environmental
conservation that has won it an enviable,
international reputation. In 1969, STINAPA began
the national land park, which was the first of its kind
in the Dutch Caribbean. Ten years later, the Bonaire
Marine Park was established with funding from the
World Wildlife Fund. This led to worldwide recogni-
tion for our coral reef protection.
Years later, developers had plans to build a resort
hotel on Klein Bonaire. Residents rallied to keep the
offshore island in its natural state. In 1999, the newly
elected government listened to the wishes of the peo-
ple, and by year's end, raised the $5 million necessary
to purchase the island from the developers. Klein
Bonaire is now a designated, protected area managed
by STINAPA.
Now Bonaire faces another preservation chal-
lenge. Sunset Beach, originally Playa Lechi, then
Bonaire Beach, located just north of the present Eden
Beach Resort, is rumored to be the focus of develop-
ers who want to use the land to build a luxury resort
and elected officials who support the idea. However,
this goes against the current wishes of island residents
and visitors. According to a recent survey conducted
by Fundashon Playa Publico, 80% of Bonaireans and
90% of visitors responded that they do NOT want a
large hotel built at the Sunset Beach location. The
survey was given in Papiamentu and English to 1600
people.
Fundashon Playa Publico believes this is a grand
opportunity for Bonaire to create a model community
beach, one that is environmentally friendly, for the
rest of the Caribbean to admire. It has the potential to
create lasting jobs for Bonaireans, increase the is-
land's eco reputation in the tourism industry, and
most of all, deliver a beautiful, seaside park for both
locals and visitors to enjoy. The Fundashon, the non-
profit foundation that wants Sunset Beach to remain
open to the public, has offered some innovative ideas
on how the beach can be developed for all.
Imagine a place of natural beauty, tranquility, and
culture; a spot that captures the look and feel of Bon-
aire with Dutch Colonial architecture and a poco poco
beach vibe; a location where there is unspoiled, happy
interaction between locals and visitors, but also a park
that has mixed-use as a goal.
Fundashon Playa Publico sees this as a timely
opportunity for Bonaireans to operate local business
ventures. Some ideas: beach chair/umbrella rentals,
food stands and local craft stands. The terrain is large
enough to incorporate a museum, an amphitheater for
music performances or perhaps Captain Don's idea of
an Accolade to honor the pioneers of Bonaire diving.
Boardwalks could meander through the grounds and
offer information on the flora and fauna of seaside
Bonaire through interpretive signs. This would give
the island's elderly a chance to enjoy the park along
with their families.
A nature oriented visitor center, complete with boat
ramp, could include an interactive, learning center
where children and adults would learn about Bon-
aire's natural world. "Sunset Beach would be an ideal
location for us," adds Elsmarie Beukenboom, Director
of STINAPA. "We conducted a feasibility study and
discovered that, number one, Bonaireans want our
future visitor center accessible. Sunset would meet
that need and also serve as a great place to locate our


Have you photos of activities at Playa
Lechi/Bonaire Beach/
Sunset Beach in years gone by?
Send snapshots to (they will be
returned to you)
Bonaire Reporter, PO Box 407,
Bonaire, Netherlands Caribbean or
email scanned photos to
reporter(i&bonairenews.com


headquarters, which is now inconveniently located at
Barkadera. We would like to have displays at the
new visitors center that show the interrelationships
between land and sea. Everything on land impacts the
sea and few locals or tourists know this."
The park would also have a special appeal to tour-
ists. Since most are active people who dive, windsurf,
snorkel, etc, this location has the potential to become
a major tourist attraction. It could also accommodate
the families of divers and windsurfers while the water
sports enthusiasts are busy at other parts of the island.
Additionally, it could serve as a gathering place for
cruise ship visitors. Currently, busloads of day-
trippers are transported to Lac Bay, which is already
experiencing excessive visitation detrimental to that
fragile wetlands environment. "It is a serious prob-
lem," explains Beukenboom. "But by diverting tour-
ists to Sunset Beach as an alternative, this would re-
duce visitation impact on Lac. Plus, why use all that
gas transporting cruise ship people so far away when
they could be delivered to a nice place like Sunset
Beach?"
But for this grand plan to happen, work needs to
be done and financial support found. We only need to
look at the success of the effort for the preservation of
Klein Bonaire to know that this is possible. It will
take a strong, grass roots effort to save Sunset Beach
for all, but it can be accomplished. Write to the local
officials* expressing your desire to preserve the
beach for the public.
Without your help, Sunset Beach may be taken
over by a luxury resort with limited or no access for
the people of Bonaire. It is
time to stand up and extend our .c
island's rich legacy as an envi-
ronmental leader in the Carib-
bean. It is time for Sunset
Beach to become Bonaire's
next crown jewel for all to en-
joy.
Patrick Holian/ Photos
courtesy ofElvis Martinus


Local Officials in Government:
George Soliana, Head of the Bonaire Govern-
ment management group responsible for government
property: george.soliana(@,gmail.com
Elvis Tjin Asjoe, Commissioner of Economics
Affairs: elvistiinasioe(,gmail.com


Bonaire Reporter- Nov. 19-Dec. 3, 2010











Conch Restoration Project


O n Friday, November 5t, members of
STINAPA Bonaire gathered with
the local community in Lac-Cai to an-
nounce its newest project, "We Are the
World: Conch Restoration in Lac." The
project is being subsidized by the Interna-
tional Union for Conservation of Nature
(IUCN) with the subsidy request going
through the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alli-
ance (DCNA).

The project will last for a minimum of
three years and is meant to restore the
conch population in Lac. Conch has always
been an important part of Bonaire's ecosys-
tem and its culture. Once abundant, conch
in Lac were even exported to Curagao dur-
ing the 1960s. Unfortunately, the conch
population has declined over the years,
mainly due to poachers who take the conch
for personal consumption. Today, local
fisherman can still harvest conch but only
with a permit.
According to Ramon de Leon, manager of
Bonaire's National Marine Park, the conch
restoration project is a chance for
STINAPA to restore not just the conch, but
also the Lac area in general, saying, "We
have been busy with this area for a very
long time. Now we have the opportunity to
really tackle the different problems that we
have here in Lac." de Leon emphasized that
local fisherman would still be able to con-
tinue to harvest conch. "Many people have
been harvesting conch for a very long time.
Our approach is that these people should
keep doing that but in a different way, and





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we will be trying to set the standard for that
over these next three years." STINAPA
has even started working with some of the
local fisherman on this project because of
their expertise and will continue to do so
throughout the project. "The fisherman
know this area much better than we do,"
said de Leon.
STINAPA will be monitoring the conch
population by using a GPS tracking system
to see how the conchs move through the
ocean. STINAPA is hoping that this will
also give them some insight on conch be-
havior. Once the population is stable
enough, the fishermen in Lac will be issued
permits to sell conch to the public in Lac-
Cai.
In addition to monitoring the population,
STINAPA is also working to educate the
public on the importance of not taking
conch from the ocean. Diana Sint Jago,
project coordinator, has worked to create a
poster that shows an old and a young hand
holding one of the conch shells, urging lo-
cals to preserve the conch for future genera-
tions of Bonaireans.
While taking conch has always been ille-
gal without a permit since 1985, the law has
never been strictly enforced. STINAPA
plans to change that, and will begin to place
park rangers in Lac that will be enforcing
the rules and ensuring the safety of the
conch population. Violators caught taking
conch will receive a citation and a fine from
STINAPA for a first offense. If they are
caught again they will face jail time. Els-
marie Beukenboom, Director of STINAPA
claims that everyone needs to help with the


Regular *


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STINAPA Ranger Suhendley (Papa) Bar-
zey with project coordinator
Diana Sint Jago
effort to stop poachers, "we need the help
of the entire population of Bonaire to assist
us in the policing of the poachers and only
with that can we succeed. If the poaching
continues we will never be able to suc-
ceed."

While many people seem to be supportive
of the restoring the conch population in
Lac, one local man questioned the timeline
of the project by asking STINAPA if three
years was really enough time to see if the
conch population starts to grow again. The
man suggested that growth in the popula-
tion might take fifteen or even twenty
years. It typically takes a conch about five
years to reach maturity in order to repro-
duce; therefore, STINAPA might extend
the project another two years. De Leon ad-
mitted that three years was a short time, and


Piek and Anton held a party for friends
last Saturday night to celebrate the
opening of their new restaurant, Blue Me-
kong Thai Restaurant, upstairs at Kaya
Grandi 5.
The restaurant will open officially for busi-
ness Tuesday, November 16. Diners may
order a selection of five, seven or nine
dishes, priced accordingly. Blue Mekong
will be open Tuesday through Friday eve-
nings for dinner. Reservations are recom-
mended. Call 717-5556. Piek and Anton
are well known as the original owners of
Little Havana for a number of years. U
L.D.


that STINAPA will continue
to try to improve and update
the project as time goes on.
* Mallory Smith


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"Union in Diversity" Exhibit Success A MtkMhhrklf


O october 31st brought an end to
Kas di Arte's three-week exhi-
bition, "Artistic Interchange in The
Dutch Kingdom: Union in Diversity."
The exhibit, which opened on 10-10-
10, was meant to commemorate Bon-
aire's new political status as a Dutch
municipality of Holland.
The exhibit featured over 20 artists,
including works from Winfred Dania,
Henk Roozendaal, Renate van der Bijl,
Manuela Winklaar, Frans Booi, Ria
Verhoef, Jake Richter, Ronald Verho-
even, Nochi Coffie, Sedney Marten,
Gustave Nouel, Harald Vlugt, Johan-
nes Boekhoudt, Edmond Tujeehut,
Wine Fransen, Ad Rooymans, Yubi
Kirindongo, Elvis Tromp, Ruben La
Cruz, Karolien Helweg, Maria Theresa
Verhoef Dupree and Frank Croes. Of
these artists, half came from Bonaire
and the other half came from abroad,
including Aruba, Curagao and Hol-
land.
Jackie Bemabela, Director of Kas di
Arte, initially came up with the theme
as a way for artists to express them-
selves about Bonaire's political transi-
tion. "I said with such a memorable
day, let's do something about it in the
art field. Let's express what we feel
about this." In order to be included in
the exhibit, artists had to incorporate
some aspect of the theme into their
piece. After receiving the works of art,
Thomas Mijer Zu Schloctem assisted
Bernabela in curating the exhibition.
Artists drew on a variety of subjects
in their work, such as landscapes, peo-
ple and politics. Many of the paintings
depicted a sense of uncertainty about


was one of the few places on the island
that really celebrated the significance
of 10/10/10. "No one did anything on
10/10/10 except the national park.
They took the Antillean flag down,
and that was the big thing. But I made
something of it. To me that was a suc-
cess. To make an event of something
so significant was a success for me."
Maria Theresa Verhoef Dupree, one
of the artists featured in the exhibition
was pleased with the exhibition and
the piece she had created a large blue
mask painted with three birds, which
she said "represents Bonaire, St.
Eustatius and Saba," the BES islands.
S This year Bemabela was able to get


Mask by Maria Theresa Verhoef
Dupree at the Kas di Arte exhibit

the future of Bonaire and how the
change would affect life on the island.
Some of the paintings were very som-
ber. One piece shows a Bonairean man
weeping as he hands over Bonaire to a
woman from Holland. Other pieces
however, were very upbeat about the
new union. In another painting we see
two sides of a vase, meant to represent
Bonaire and Holland, filled with color-
ful flowers being joined together, with
a gift tag that reads, "One for all, all
for one! These flowers belong to you!"
Overall, Bemabela considers the
exhibition to be a great success both
for Kas di Arte and for herself, saying,
"It was a success just to make it hap-
pen, to get all the artists together and
work towards one theme. It was hard
work!" Bemabela felt that Kas di Arte


funding for the exhibition with a sub-
sidy from the government, the first
government-funded subsidy that Kas
di Arte has received in its 10-year his-
tory. "We hope we will get one next
year too, but that's still a question"
Most of all, Bernabela has been
pleased with the feedback she has got-
ten from the public which she says has
been very positive, "Many people have
said that they were happy to pass by
and see the exhibition. People were
interested in the theme and enthusias-
tic about what they saw. It gave me
lots of encouragement." E Story &
Photo by Mallory Smith


L ast week a
tree drawing
competition was
held for sixth
graders in Bon-
aire primary
schools in con-
nection with the
Festival di Palu
Planta-the Tree
Planting Festival.

Thirteen final-
ists were se-
lected: Merien
Heart Bon
Kolegio Kristu
Wardador,
Danni Ella
Drullard Kole-
gio Papa Comes,
Aquinas Lopez
- Kolegio Papa
Comes, Bran-


don Begina The Pelican
School, Linde van Blerk -
The Pelican School, Simeon
Nicacia Watapana School,
Kevin Christian Kolegio
San Luis Beltran, Blue Bur-
ger Aquamarine School,
William Uding -
Aquamarine School, Gugin
El Hage Aquamarine
School, Tiffany Martina -
Reina Beatrix Kolegio,
Rudo de Vries Kolegio
San Bemardo, and Gabriel
Guarenas Kolegio Kristu
Bon Wardador,.
The winning design will be


Winner Gabriel Guarenasfrom
Kolegio Kristu Bon Wardador.
BBB Photo


used for the poster of the
Festival di Palu Planta 2010.
The other 12 designs will be
made into a calendar for the
2011 Festival di Palu Planta.
The organizing committee
would also like to take this
opportunity to invite every-
one to the Festival di Planta
Palu on Sunday, November
21, at 4 pm, at the entrance
to the Washington / Slag-
baai Park Let us make this
event something good for
ourselves and for our chil-
dren. E
Press Release/G.D.


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REAL ESTATE 7175539
KAYA L.D. GERHARTS 20 (tegenover Cultimara / Across from Cultimara)


Bonaire Reporter- Nov. 19-Dec. 3, 2010


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Jackie Bernabela, one ofKas di Arte's founders, live, and in a Verhoeven painting


I Henny and Ronald Verhoeven at their Exhibit at Kas di Arte


O n December 14, 2001, painter
Ronald Verhoeven and sculptor
Josephine Ebbing were the first to have an
exhibit at Kas di Arte. But before their ex-
hibit could open the building had to be reno-
vated. Spearheaded by Hubert Vis of
SKAL and Alfred Ronde the renovations
began during the summer of 2001. Then
Ronald, his wife, Henny, and Josephine
rolled up their sleeves and went to work.
With the help of donations of paint by
Criollo (aka Global Paint) and Kooymans
they set to work painting, scrubbing, even
dealing with the antiquated electrical sys-
tem, installing spot lights. It took their el-
bow grease and their financial support to
transform the place and Kas di Arte was on
its way.
On Sunday, November 7, Ronald Ver-
hoeven, to celebrate Kas di Arte's 10th an-


niversary, opened a new exhibition along
with some unique driftwood furniture and
art objects from Germaine Nijdam. It was a
festive occasion, opened by the governor
accompanied by the music of the popular
Tutti Frutti group.
Jackie Bemabela spoke about Kas di
Arte's history. "In the year 2000, a number
of art lovers including, Jackie Bemabela,
Hubert Vis, Alfred Ronde, Henny and
Ronald Verhoeven, Amy Bais, Lilian de
Geus and Clisia Nicholas-Frans, established
the Artebon Foundation. The logo consisted
of a puppet in the middle of many colors.
Later we grew up and changed the name to
Kas di Art with a logo of two colors. Bon-
aire, in spite of everything, has mostly
stayed the same and we hope to keep it that
way!
Why Ronald Verhoeven? Since the first


opening in 2001 of Ronald Verhoeven (and
sculptress Josephine Ebing) which immedi-
ately attracted much interest, there followed
over the years many events, including the
visit of the Queen, who opened the exhibi-
tion 'Homage to the Bonairean Artist.'
Many Bonairean artists have found their
way here and have used this beautiful build-
ing to show their artistic expressions. There
have been many problems in recent years,
especially the ETERNAL one of money, but
activities by the foundation have been able
to keep the building maintained. This year
for the first time we had governmental assis-
tance and now in 2010 we are very proud
and grateful that all is well. Kas di Arte is a
household name and the building is now
painted to look fresh. I hope you enjoy the
exhibition and the music and now we blow
out the candles on the cake with Gezagheb-
ber Glenn Thode."


Ronald Verhoeven
Painter Ronald Verhoeven and his wife,
Henny, have been part time residents on to
Bonaire since 1988. Most of the 30 very
large and very colorful paintings in this
exhibit have been inspired by the culture,
colors and light of the island. They are a joy
to the eye! Many believe he's captured the
essence of Bonaire. One person said, "I love
his work because he has a message: there
are abstract elements to be visually interest-
ing but with enough realism to make it seem
familiar." "He thinks a lot before beginning
a painting," says his wife, Henny. "It's all in
his mind and it can be a struggle'.... be-
tween the painter and his materials. And he
can paint what he wants!" there are several
also in this exhibit depicting another of his
favorite themes: Greel i- i 1iJ ..1
(Continued on page 13)


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REGULAR EVENTS

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.
Saturday
* 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
month-www.infobonaire.com/rincon.
* 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 (NAf17,50) 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-
tion-796-7870.
Monday
* 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-
dows.

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

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide pres-
entation about Buddy's House Reef -
pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-
5080
Wednesday Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire (STCB) presents an infor-
mative slide show: Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire, at 8pm, every 2nd and 4th


Wednesday in the conference room at
Captain Don's Habitat (717-8290)

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS

Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790
-2018
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d Ree, be-
hind the Catholic Church in town. Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015
or 796 5681

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:15
pm All levels, NAJ2,50, call Renata
at 796-5591 to find out the evening's
location.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Caf6. 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
Rodriguez.

Lions Club meets every 2"d and 4h
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.


CHURCH SERVICES
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-
endijk
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 ofCoromoto in Antriol, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-
4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sun-
day mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:
786-2557.
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of 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.
Foundation Fountain of Living Wa-
ters, Centro Fuente, Service Sunday at
Kaya Aruaco 4 at 6 p.m. Preaching in
Papiamentu and Spanish. For Marriage
Counseling, contact 717-2161


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from January 1, minimum 6 months.
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Kas diArte -10 years (Continued from page 11)
Verhoeven was born in East Java, Indo-
nesia and moved to Holland with his parents
at the age of 14. He graduated from the
Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam in
1959. Until 1995 he was in advertising and
an art director, having established his own
advertising agency. In 1980 he began paint-
ing then in 1995 he retired and handed over
his agency to his sons so that he could dedi-
cate himself completely to visual arts. He
has an atelier in Belgium and Bonaire. He's
had exhibitions in The Netherlands, France,
Belgium and now this is his fifth in Bonaire
One of the artist's biggest pleasures is
to invite youngsters into his exhibit to
view and to chat. School children with
their teachers and/or parents are very
welcome, he says.

Exhibition Ronald Verhoeven will con-
tinue until December 5 at Kas di Arte, Kaya
J.N.E.Craane 34. Open Tuesday through
Friday, 10 am to noon and 2 to 7 pm. On
Saturday 10 am to noon. U
Laura DeSalvo


Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set, Moon Phase and Tides


Winds and weather can *


. .. the local tide's height and time


Day High Low High Low High Sunrise Sunset

November
02:57 / 10:55 / 20:35 /
Fri 19 0.16 ft 0.97 ft 0.03 ft 6:34 18:07
11:30 / 21:26 /-
Sat 20 1.02 ft 0.05 ft 6:35 18:07
12:09 / 22:10 /-
Sun 21 1.06 ft 0.11 ft Full Moon 6:35 18:07
12:52 / 22:46 /-
Mon 22 1.09 ft 0.16ft 6:36 18:07
13:37 / 23:18 /-
Tue23 1.11 ft 0.19ft 6:36 18:07
14:24 / 23:47 /-
Wed 24 1.10ft 0.21 ft 6:37 18:07
15:12 /
Thu 25 1.07 ft 6:37 18:07
00:13 /- 06:44 / 09:24 / 16:01 /
Fri 26 0.21 ft 0.38 ft 0.37 ft 1.00 ft 6:38 18:07
00:37 /- 06:48 / 11:19 / 16:52 /
Sat 27 0.21 ft 0.50 ft 0.38 ft 0.89 ft 6:38 18:07
LQuarter 01:02 /- 07:13 / 12:55 / 17:44 /
Sun 28 Moon 0.19 ft 0.65 ft 0.34 ft 0.75 ft 6:39 18:08
01:28 /- 07:46 / 14:25 / 18:40 /
Mon 29 0.17 ft 0.81 ft 0.28 ft 0.60 ft 6:39 18:08
01:55 /- 08:23 / 15:50 / 19:42 /
Tue30 0.14ft 0.96 ft 0.18ft 0.44 ft 6:40 18:08

December
02:22 /- 09:04 / 17:10 / 20:53 /
Wed 01 0.10 ft 1.09 ft 0.07 ft 0.29 ft 6:40 18:08
02:50 /- 09:48 / 18:25 /- 22:16 /
Thu 02 0.05 ft 1.19 ft 0.03 ft 0.18 ft 6:41 18:08
03:18 /- 10:35 / 19:34 /- 23:55 /
Fri03 0.00 ft 1.24 ft 0.13ft 0.11 ft 6:41 18:09
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Bonaire Reporter- Nov. 19-Dec. 3, 2010


Artist Verhoeven, Mechtild Thodd and
Governor Glenn Thodd open the exhibit

A note concerning prices: In Holland Ver-
hoeven 's works would cost more than double
because galleries charge an extra 50% and
there is a staggering high OB to pay there.
Several of his paintings have been made into
prints and are also for sale.


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SHOPPING and SERVICE GUIDE


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

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Efficiently run, convenient schedules, low fares and
non-stop to Miami.






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

ART & GALLERIES
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.

BEAUTY PARLOR

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

BOOKS

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.

CARS AND BIKES


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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.

CONSTRUCTION

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

DENTURE REPAIR

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

DINING

Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared
pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts.
Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. 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.

ON & IN THE WATER
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.

UNDERWATER VIDEO
ScubaVision Pro video of your Bonaire vacation,
above and/or below the water with a custom DVD
by Bonaire's top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts

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

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.

HEALTH
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


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Harmony House-Using
science to find the problem.
Using natural products to cor-
rect the problem.


Also Essence range of
Herbal teas & handmade
L2 4' y ~soaps. At Kaya Papa Comes 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.

HOME CARE

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

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

PHOTOGRAPHER
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

REAL ESTATE /RENTAL AGENTS

E Caribbean Homes, "the Re-
freshing Realtor," specializing
in luxury homes, condos, lots,
rentals and property manage-
CA~RIReAN HOMES ment. And now Yachts!


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

Sunbel realty
SHarbourtown Real Estate
Shas extensive listing of Bon-
m mARo wROWM aire properties of all kinds.
HIA L E TA "S r They can help sell your Bon-
aire home too. Visit their new
office.


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


STORAGE


The Storehouse
(Mangazina in Papia-
Smentu) offers Secure Stor-
age For Vehicles, House-
4:iiG.ASINA hold Items, Diving And
S -OTm cMS" UM Sporting Gear, Business
Files or Inventory. Across
from the northern hotel row.


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

SHIPPING

S ROCARGO
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?

SUPERMARKETS


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


(ISLAND) TOURS
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.

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

WATER TAXI
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

WINES
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.









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the Bonaire Art and Craft Association decided to wait are made on Bonaire by
until early November to hold an opening event. Originally sched- most of the other islands
uled for November 2nd, Hurricane Tomas forced some changes in produced souvenirs each
plan. First because the ship scheduled for that day was forced to For a small island, Boi
change its itinerary, and then because of the rain (see cover), people and many of their
Finally on November 10th all the members of the market gath- every ship throughout th
ered for snacks and drinks after the Caribbean Princess departed examples of Driftwood
at 2pm. Lt. Governor Glenn Thode joined in late, and spoke to Clothing, Local music, (
the market members about the importance of the market to Bon- and many more. You cai
aire. He emphasised the unique quality of this market, with the food and drinks.
majority of items on sale being locally made craft work and said The market is general
how important it was that an Association was being formed to dock, finishing at 6pm il
promote the market and look after the interests of the stand- This season we are als
holders. which is popular with n
The market now has over 40 members ( some are pictured in divers. Often they are fly
the photo above) with a diverse range of arts and crafts on dis- on Friday and take the o
play. Needless to say, the members are all upbeat about the be- there is no ship on a Fr
ginning of the season and constantly coming up with new ideas 9am to 2pm. The Frida
about products to display. cruise season ends in 1M
Over the past seasons, passengers from the cruise ships have For more information
been telling us that when they come to the Bonaire Cruise Mar- the markets, please cont
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Stichting Project Fundraiser


local artists and craft-workers, while on
They can only find the same mass-
Stime.
naire has a surprising number of creative
n attend the Art and Craft market for
ie season. At the market you can find
art, Jewelry, Ceramics, Glass work,
Oil painting, Water colors, Photographs
n also refresh yourself with a variety of

y open through the time a ship is at
f ships are staying later than that.
o re-introducing the Friday market,
on-cruise tourists, many of whom are
ying home on Saturday, so cannot dive
opportunity to visit the market. When
riday, the market will be open from
ly Market will also continue after the
lay.
about the Art and Craft Association and
act Mira Mann, Tel 786-3919, Email:
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T he place to be on Tuesday evening,
December 14, at 7 pm (19.00) is at
"Les Restaurant De Bonairiaan" on
Kaya J.A. Abraham, up the street from the
Divi Hotel. The award-winning social pro-
gram, Stichting Project, is hoping the spe-
cial dinner will draw supporters and spon-
sors. .The profits of this evening will bene-
fit the activities of Stichting Project.
The youngsters participating in the Project
will voluntary dedicate themselves that
evening for you to enjoy the typical quality
of Les-restaurant 'de Bonairiaan'.
The chef and the youngsters will prepare
an exclusive four-course meal and provide
you with drinks before and during dinner
and coffee and sweets after. The young-
sters will make sure you have everything
you desire.


Besides attending yourself, this is also a
perfect chance to honor your employees
and clients with a special dinner.
The price for the evening will be NAf
125,00 all inclusive, per person (of course
it is also possible to donate a higher
amount for the dinner) and there will be a
maximum of 60 participants accepted.
During the dinner more information will
be given about Stichting Project. The Re-
porter will be there. Join us and Mick
Schmit and his kids
Those interested can make reservations at
Les restaurant "de Bonairiaan". Or call
Phone: 717-6921 / 786-6816
E-mail: stichtingproject(@flamingotv.net
www.stichtingproject.com
Hope to see you that night at Les Res-
taurant De Bonairiaan. E G.D.


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WHY WAS THE LAND DEVELOPMENT
PLAN CONTRACT AWARDED TO A COM-
PANY WITH NO EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE
SOUTH-WESTERN NETHERLANDS?

Dear Editor:
In 2009, the Bonaire Executive Council
awarded a contract for making a Bonaire
Land Development Plan to the Dutch con-
sulting company, RBOI, based in Rotter-
dam and Middelburg. Against all regula-
tions, no public tenders were invited for
this important project because the contract
would certainly be given to one of the large
Dutch consulting companies with an ample
experience abroad.
It seems unbelievable but RBOI has
never worked abroad and it had, there-
fore, no experience with making a land
development plan for an island in the
Caribbean, having as its main asset the
famous coral reef. Nevertheless, this
seemed to be no problem for the Execu-
tive Council. In my opinion, an investiga-
tion must come to answer the crucial ques-
tion under what circumstances RBOI got
the contract for this utmost important plan
for the future of Bonaire.
The main activities of RBOI have been
indeed to prepare development plans for a
large number of municipalities in the south
-western part of the Netherlands. On its
website, RBOI has recently stated that the
most important factor during elaboration of
this plan for our island was to link it up
with the identity and special values of Bon-
aire (!?!). You would therefore expect that
the company, without any knowledge of
the local circumstances, which are com-
pletely different from the situation in Dutch
municipalities, would base its plan on the
recommendations of the Pourier Report.
Unfortunately, that has not been the case.
Although RBOI did mention this report in
the introduction to the Strategic Evaluation
of the Development Plan and also pleas for
the protection of the coral reef and the
salinas, it not only completely ignores the
principal recommendations of the Pourier
Report but goes directly against them. It is
also evident that the consultants, without
any experience in the field of the protection
of coral reefs, have known absolutely noth-
ing about all the earlier mentioned scien-
tific studies showing that the coastal devel-
opment in the Caribbean is a mortal danger
to coral reefs. Therefore, you will not find
in the RBOI plan of 420 pages any rec-
ommendation of the prohibition of new
construction along the coast or any ad-

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vice to complete the construction of the
Esmeralda hotel before building a new
hotel elsewhere (otherwise, this eyesore
must be demolished).
Probably under pressure of the Bonaire
Executive Council, the RBOI's plan advo-
cates the necessity of a development of the
island to accommodate the growing num-
ber of inhabitants which, according to the
plan, will reach 25,000 in the coming 10
years. About 3,000 new homes are planned
to be built for this purpose and new indus-
trial plants and hotels will be constructed.
After working during one year on the Land
Development Plan, RBOI submitted it to
the Executive Council which has approved
it in October 2010. It is very sad to con-
clude that by this unwise approval the
fate of the Bonaire coral reef has been
definitely sealed....
Jiri Lausman


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In an email to The Reporter, Michiel Bi-
jkerk, on behalf of the new Partido pro
Hustisia & Union (PHU-Party for Justice
and Union) corrected a misrepresentation
of the position of The Bonaire Reporter as
regards the construction of any hotel at the
Playa Lechi (Sunset Beach) site. In a recent
PHU press release The Reporter was
quoted as writing that the pro-beach envi-
ronmental group was against the construc-
tion of any hotel at the Playa Lechi site.
He corrected it to reflect that The Bonaire
Reporter only cautioned against the con-
struction of a large hotel. This rectification
does not mean that the PHU party has
adopted the environmental group's posi-
tion, wrote Bijkerk. "We have not yet made
up our minds about that, certainly not in
such detail. But clearly our positions are
moving towards each other." E G.D.


Last Saturday, November 13, Celia Fer-
nandes Pedra, the founder of Stichting
Ban Bonaire Bek, opened the 7th Study and
Career Fair at the Sporthall on Kaya Amster-
dam. About 520 people registered at the
door. The fair was not only a success be-
cause of the large number of visitors but also
because of the many and very interesting
stands and exhibits. Representatives of
schools and businesses came from Aruba,
Curagao and Bonaire as well as from univer-
sities in The Netherlands.
Fundashon Mariadal, which won the first
prize for their stand last year, again had a lot


of visitors who were attracted by all kind of
practical appliances. Visitors could have
their blood pressure taken and try out the
"body lift."

Thanks to the members of Ban Bonaire B6k
for offering such
a worthwhile and 'onfl&iro
important event 4 a2
for the youngsters "
of Bonaire. 3


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B onaire residents Walt & Lynne Bentsen along with former residents Ernie &
Marie Franke are taking a reading break while llama trekking in the southern
Rocky Mountains of New Mexico. U

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
control you can really have is killing the
mosquitoes and making sure they're not
there to transmit the virus in the first place.
Reducing Bonaire's mosquito population
has two strategies: removing breeding sites
and fogging.
However, considering the relative ineffec-
tiveness of fogging and the environmental
harm it does, emphasis must be on eliminat-
ing mosquito breeding places and disrupting
the life cycle of the Aedes c,,..- -i /; mosquito.
Homeowners, businesses and building
contractors are strongly advised to make
sure there is no stagnant water in yards
and roof spouts, to dispose of old tires,
empty drums, buckets, jars, birdbaths,
boats, plant containers, paint cans and
other items that can collect water around
their buildings. Wear appropriate clothing
and apply mosquito repellent.
Dengue symptoms include high fever,
severe headache, backache, joint and eye
pain, nausea and vomiting and a rash. Once
a person has developed a fever, the infec-
tious period lasts for about a week. Most
people recover without any complications,
using non-aspirin pain relievers and rest.

Percent of Inflation in Bonaire
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PAccording to data from the Central Bu-
reau of Statistics (CBS), Bonaire Con-
sumer prices in August 2010 rose 0.3% in
three months. Measured over the period of
12 months to August 2010, prices were up
2.3% over the same period a year earlier.
Spending categories that have become
more expensive include Beverages and To-
bacco (+0.8%), followed by Transport and
Communications (+0.7%), Recreation, De-
velopment and Education (+0.4%), Others
(0.4% ), Housing (+0.3%) and Food
(+0.1%). The three largest expenditure cate-
gories in the consumer basket, namely
Food, Housing and Transport and Commu-
nications were all more expensive in Au-
gust.
Local fish-Mula, Dradu, and Buni- have
become substantially more expensive, 15%.



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This is the third substantial change in price
of local fish this year.
In the Transport and Communications cate-
gory wireless Internet and mobile phones
rose +12% and +20%.
The rising cost of expenditure category
Recreation, Education and Development is
mainly due to the price of compact discs
(CDs) with 14%, becoming part of the rec-
reational use category was 0.8% higher.
Cheaper expenditure categories were Cloth-
ing and Footwear (-0.9%) and Health Care
(-0.4%). The cheapening of the former cate-
gory of expenditure was mainly due to the
decrease in prices of women's lingerie (-
14%), men's shirts (-13%) and ladies skirts,
trousers and slacks (-3%).

IOn Monday, December 27, Leo Hoogen-
boom and Felix Faassen will raise money
for STINAPA and Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion (STCB) by diving around the island
Klein Bonaire in one single dive. This
way they would like to raise awareness for
the conservation of Bonaire's nature and
animals so that people of Bonaire and
abroad can continue enjoy this unique eco
system now and in the future.
The dive is more than 10 km. long and will
take the divers around 12 hours to complete
depending on weather conditions. During
the dive, the team will be supported by a
surface support team. The event will be
filmed and photographed. The event is offi-
cially sponsored by Captain Don's Habitat.
Visit the official website: http.//
www.ecodivebonaire.com


SOn November 4 a Taxi Stand was set up
on the south pier as a "taxi headquarters"
to offer cruise ship visitors information and
taxi transportation and tours. In addition
when all taxis are busy with early morning
tours cruise ship tourists may book ahead
for when the taxis return.

1Continuing a tradition started five years
ago, long-time Bonaire residents Linda and
Jake Richter announced their 2011 Rich-
ter Art Calendar featuring 12 new images
with a distinctly Bonairean and tropical
theme. The calendars are a handy and port-


1 The CIEE Lionfish Research Team .? 'f "W
reports that to date, 596 lionfish have .
been brought to CIEE for study. From i
the data that we have analyzed so far, it .
appears that the diet of lionfish changes
as they grow. They start eating more fish
and less shrimp and other crustaceans.
The smallest fish brought in to CIEE is
2.1 cm (0.8 in) and the largest is 58.8 cm
(23.1 in). We have 173 fish that measure HE
2.1 to 10 cm, 238 that measure 10.1 to 20
cm, 129 that measure 20.1 to 30 cm, 7 Additionally, they are in need of corks
that are between 30.1 and 40 cm and only and glass jars (of any size with lids). If
one that is more than 40 cm. To increase you have any, you can drop them off dur-
the understanding of large lionfish on the ing the week at the CIEE Research Sta-
reef fish in Bonaire, we need more large tion during the day (8:30 am 5:30 pm
fish for our collection. However, we will and sometimes between 8 pm 10 pm. Or
accept fish of all sizes, you can call 786-7394 and they will meet
you to pick up your fish.


able 6x6 inches, unfolding out to 6x12
inches. The calendar includes six different
images of Linda Richter's oil paintings and
Jake Richter's six of Bonairean architecture,
people, and wildlife, in a combination of
photography and digital painting.
The 2011 Richter Art Calendar is avail-
able at the Richter Art Gallery in Belnem
(special holiday shopping hours, every Sun-
day between now and Christmas, opening
from 1llam to 5pm phone 717-4112) or
on-line at il .p .... L ., .I''C..''iArt.com for
$6.95. More information as well as images
of the calendar can be found at http://
www.BonaireCalendar.com.

I Special November
S action! If you buy a
new bicycle at De
Freewieler, Kaya
Grandi #61, this month, you will get a
SIGMA bike computer for free!

)Back in stock at Antillean Wine Company
is that great Bonnaire French champagne
and the excellent wines from Podere la
Chiesa, Tuscany, like "Sabiniano." Also
Lambrusco in regular and 1.5 litre bottles.
G./L. D.


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Ombudsman (Continued from page 3)
He said that an Ombudsman does not have
power but does have authority.
After some time, the public started bomb-
ing the Ombudsman with hot questions. He
said that he got the feeling that there was
not enough trust in this new trial.
Many people who attended this meeting
felt that not having an office on the island
would be a big obstacle for many local peo-
ple. Others were quite sceptical about what
they might expect from an Ombudsman
who lives in Holland.

Governor Glenn Thod6 was at this meet-
ing and helped explain. He said, "We do
realize that the local people communicate in
a different way. But this new process needs
time and if we do not have trust in it, it will
surely fail." In any case the national Om-
budsman handles only national problems.
The decision whether to name an Ombuds-
man for local problems will take up to two


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Bon Quiz (from page 7)
Questions:
A) Where is the other soiree structure?
B) What is it called in Papiamentu?
Answer
A) North of the church in Playa.
B) Kiosko


Bonaire Reporter- Nov. 19-Dec. 3, 2010


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Pet of the Week 000o00 BAhbl


A familiar sight at the
Bonaire Animal Shel-
ter is a volunteer having a
one-to-one experience with
one of the pets. Often the pet
is getting groomed or
checked for ticks or played
with, all part of the care and
socialization process that
makes the dogs and cats such
good candidates for adoption.
Our pet this week is
"Charlene," getting special
attention from volunteer
Heleen. Both seem to be hav-
ing a good time.
Not only is Charlene such a
foxy looking cute dog but she
one of the most self confident
pets at the Shelter. She knows
what she wants. If there is a
problem with the other -"
younger dogs she jumps in
and settles things. The others
look up to her. She was
brought into the Shelter in
August and is about nine .
months now, still a youngster
but with an old wise way
about her. Of course as are all
the pets up for adoption Charlene has hac
her exam by the vet, her shots, worming,
testing and sterilization.
The adoption fee for dogs is now NAf
125. That includes all of the above plus
an ID chip which the vet inserts so tha


Did You Know?...
T here are over 120 species of
puffer fish worldwide? Most
are found in tropical and subtropical
waters of the Indian, Pacific and
Atlantic Oceans. Using their beaks,
composed of four tightly fused
teeth, they feed upon invertebrates,
algae, clams, shrimps, and crabs.
Puffer fish are known for their poi-
sonous spines and ability to "puff'
up when threatened. But why?
Puffer fish are poor swimmers to begin
with, therefore, they have developed the
ability to ingest large amounts of water in
only a few seconds to turn themselves
into a ball several times their normal size
in order to discourage predators. Some
species have spines to make them even
more unappetizing. If only the predator
knew...the tetrodotoxin present in the
spines of the puffer fish is over 1200
times more poisonous than cyanide. One
puffer fish contains enough of this to kill
over 30 humans. No wonder Japanese
restaurants require licensed, professional
chefs to prepare their puffer fish delicacy,


"Charleen" with volunteer Heleen

d the dog is eligible for travel. You may
visit the Shelter on the Lagoen Road,
open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1
pm and from 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
s Website:
t www.BonaireAnimalShelter.com. U
Laura DeSalvo


The Book and Flea Market on November 6 was outstanding. Crowds
thronged the Shelter and the proceeds were NAf 3.500! This amount will go
towards keeping the Shelter open for homeless cats and dogs on the island. Heartfelt
thanks to all the volunteers who helped put it together and man it, the generous peo-
ple who donated the books and things and the buyers. It was a very profitable and
satisfying day despite the rain shower that threatened to shut it down. And there were
a total of eight adoptions during the day: two kittens and six dogs.
As of November 11 there were a total of 180 adoptions from the Shelter this year
so far. Pretty amazing but not when you consider that people are getting fine, healthy
and social animals.
Don't forget Put it on your calendar now. On Saturday, December 11 at 7 pm
there will be an Animal Shelter Fundraising Auction at Eddy's at Sand Dollar
Resort. The auction is open to all free entrance. We were assured that this year the
emphasis will be on fun -with exciting prizes and surprises and even a lottery. Some
of the prizes include an airplane flight around the island, a one-year contract to Bon
Bida Spa, a tee shirt with soccer star Luis Suarez' signature, art pieces and an oppor-
tunity to feature your pet in The Reporter's "Pet of the Week" column. There will be
a cash bar as well. U Laura DeSalvo


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E very November
we are treated to a
meteor shower, which
appears to originate
from Leo the Lion. It
will happen about the
same time that The Re-
porter is on the street.
There'll be no moonlight
to interfere if you wait
until the Moon sets
around 2 to 3 am,
Wednesday morning
November 17. So if you
get far enough away
from lights and it's clear
out you should be able
to catch quite a few.
Very early this Wednesday morning,
November 17th, face east where half way
up from the horizon you'll see the bright
stars which make up the constellation
Leo the Lion. The front part of Leo is
marked by stars, which trace out a sickle
shape or backwards question mark and
Leo's rear is marked by three stars, which
form a triangle. The bright star at the bot-
tom of the sickle is the heart star of Leo,
the bright blue Regulus. And this year
you may see a bright light down to the left
of Leo which isn't always there, Planet
#6, ringed Saturn.
Now every November on the nights of
the Leonid meteor shower bright streaks
of light which we call meteors flash
across the sky and appear to come from a
spot within Leo's sickle. But it's all an
optical illusion because the meteors are
millions of times closer than the stars of
Leo. "But where do these specks come
from?" you ask. Well, most meteors are
caused by comet litter. You see, meteors
are tiny bits of comet debris that slam into
our Earth's atmosphere so fast that they
incinerate and cause gasses in our Earth's
atmosphere to briefly light up, kind of
like the gasses in a neon tube. There have
been several spectacular storm periods
recorded and one of the most famous was
the storm of 1833 when an estimated
200,000 meteors per hour were seen by
startled witnesses who described the stars
"falling like rain."




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trail of debris in its orbit. And if our Earth
happens to pass through this stream of
debris as it orbits the Sun we'll get a me-
teor shower. If the comet's path and the
Earth's path do not intersect we're out of
luck.
But every November our Earth plows
right through comet Tempel-Tuttle's
littered orbital pathway so that many
specks of debris from Tempel-Tuttle slam
into our Earth's atmosphere and make the
trails of light that we call the Leonid me-
teors. Every time comet Tempel-Tuttle
visits our Sun it sheds some of its tail and
leaves a trail of debris all along its orbit.
So after hundreds of years and dozens of
passages Tempel -Tuttle's orbit has be-
come filled with tiny specks of comet
debris.
You can expect to see 15 to 20 mete-
ors per hour if you follow the rules for
optimum viewing. Start watching about 3
am, with your feet pointing east. Then
slowly scan the sky back and forth for at
least an hour and you should see a few
bright ones. You'll have a better chance to
see more bright ones about an hour be-
fore sunrise because that's when Leo will
be almost overhead. Patience is required.
And remember not to use a telescope or
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planets resuming forward motion after a retro- to the end ol
grade cycle dating back even so far as May. Scorpio Oc
Taurus April 20 May 20 -During Novem- during its re
ber, you'll continue with the tasks that you've constellation
set yourself. It's a slow process and takes a won't return
persistent and determined effort, but at least hours of Vei
you will notice some reduction in the number for Sagittari
of obstacles you've been facing. This enables weeks later.
you to stand back momentarily and to assess that start the
the progress you have made. numbers rise
Gemini May 21 June 20 -Romance is em- moon, none
phasized in your horoscope this month, but it's leaving you
a serious business and you have important Sagittarius
goals in mind, so the atmosphere is far from Finally Nov
frivolous. This doesn't mean you won't have difficulties t
fun, but you're not inclined to waste energy on ously. So at
anything or anyone you fear doesn't have a Mercury anm
future. You have too much on your plate, there cede that it's
are a zillion things you are trying to achieve you'll notice
and so many other demands making inroads starting to ir
into your leisure time. cussion exis
Cancer June 21 July 22 -Cosmic trends were none.
highlight the other people in your life. You Capricorn
may wish you had more control, but the up- appears conl
shot is also valuable for you personally and up with other
continues the process of transformation you drives currel
are undergoing. Powerful trends in your clos- ally. Someb
est relationships and your love life in particu- gations, you
lar, bring elements of your psychology with your career 1
their origins in the past to the forefront of your approach to
attention. beneath the
Leo July 23 August 22 -There is a jazz song Aquarius J:
that was revived and tweaked in the 1980s, moves forwa
entitled something along the lines of"T'ain't turned retro
What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)." sensed a nex
The lyrics are intriguing and you might think with your fis
on how they could apply to you current situa- nox, especia
tion. It probably sounds cynical but it's simply earn your liv
a fact, that likeable people get greater latitude to material r
from others, than someone who is hard- decisions yo
working and efficient, but who comes over else would c
Virgo August 23 September 22 -Success in Pisces Febl
the outside world is one thing, but many be- accumulatin
lieve what goes on at home is more signifi- scope, encot
cant. The people you are in contact with every for a change
day, your siblings for instance, parents, kids own right. It
and especially your partner have the potential had dreams
to make or break you elsewhere, by supporting came so cau
and encouraging whatever you are aiming your attempt
towards or alternatively by steadily undermin- and detrimei
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notion occurs when the Earth
slower moving planet in its path
lun, or when Mercury and Venus
hat orbit most quickly, pass by us
us is your ruler and has a special
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years for around six weeks each
these cycles began last month
ember 8, Venus returns to your
n for a bonus visit lasting through
fthe month.
october 23 November 21 -Venus,
trograde cycle, ducks out of your
n for the bulk of November and
n until the very final day. Within
nus deserting you, Mercury leaves
us to be joined by the Sun two
This means of the three planets
month in your sign and see their
e to four around the Scorpio new
are left during the fourth week,
with some serious thinking to do.
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ember brings good news, after the
hat have confronted you previ-
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d finally the Sun gradually con-
s your turn for a cosmic break,
Your confidence and vitality
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tradictory when you're so caught
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nt trends highlights you person-
ody might notice your social obli-
r commitment to the community,
responsibilities and your dutiful
friends and relatives, but what lies
surface is more intriguing.
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ard in your financial sector, having
grade four months ago. You've
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scal situation since the recent equi-
lly if you have a say in how you
ving and the importance you attach
returns. Whatever happens, the
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g towards the apex of your horo-
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Page 2 Bonaire ReporterNov. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 T he agreements between The Netherlands and Bonaire to begin six different projects were signed last week under the Social and Economic Initiative (SEI). These are in addition to SEI projects already underway like the renovation of the runway, other infrastructure issues at the airport and major investments in education. The SEI projects are: €Upgrading the Kaya Amsterdam Sports Center €Upgrading the Stadium di Playa Rincon €Bonaire Parsonage Maintenance €Upgrading the Gymnasium, San Luis Beltran School €Public Transportation Feasibility Study and Research €Performance Improvements for the Investment Climate. Deputy Tjin Asjoe, who signed for Bonaire, hopes that these investment funds boost the economy and social infrastructure of the island and will encourage the private sector to make investments in Bonaire's economy. WILLEMSTAD The Prosecutor’s Office in Willemstad, Curaçao, has informed the Judge of Instruction that the investigation against UPB leader Ramonsito Booi and former UPB Commissioner Burney El Hage into possible corruption and money laundering has been closed but that three months will be needed to finalize the case. The prosecution now says the investigation has been closed but that the detective team in question needs two months to go through all the documents and other data confiscated and collected and to file a final report. The prosecution then needs another month to study the findings to determine what charges, if any, will be filed against whom and whether the case will go to trial. Attorney Gelmer Pieters, who represents the two suspects, does not agree with the request for another three months and says it is not in keeping with the spirit of the court’s instructional rulings to provide clarity. He does not rule out the possibility of further legal steps against the prosecution. The RCN, the Caribbean Netherlands Kingdom Service ( Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland ) dismissed one of its workers in the Finance Department last Wednesday. The worker is suspected of leaking confidential information to a company in return for financial compensation from the company. Despite the fact that there was no payoff, RCN management found the conduct of the worker unacceptable and he was suspended last Wednesday and additional measures are being considered. The RCN has started an investigation into the situation. According to the RCN, its integrity is considered of high importance.“Government must always deal with matters in an open and fair manner and must set a good example in this regard. The RCN will not make any concessions in this regard and has therefore immediately broken the contract with the concerned worker,” a press statement read. WILLEMSTAD — The management of Insel Air confirmed they received a letter on November 5 from the Curaçao Aviation Authority in which they are requested to maintain a minimum price of NAƒ 150 on the Curaçao-Bonaire route Insel Air currently maintains and advertises as a price ranging from NAƒ 100. The director of the airline, Edward Heerenveen, states, “The letter indicates that airline companies flying this route have lodged an objection to the maintained rate. We are aware of the fierce protests from the immediate competitor, who wants to block the maintained competitive Insel Air rate of NAƒ 100.” According to Heerenveen, the Curaçao Minister of Traffic, Transport and Regional Planning is going to set up a committee in order to come up with minimum prices. Heerenveen believes the Table of Contents This Week’s Stories Bonaire Nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site 2 Ombudsman Explains 3 Referendum Commission Kickoff 3 Special Advertising 6 Grand Plan for Sunset Beach 8 Sheba Passes 8 Conch Restoration Project 9 Blue Mekong Thai Restaurant Party 9 Union in Diversity Exhibit 10 Festival di Palu Planta Contest 10 10 Years for Kas di Arte 11 Ronald Verhoeven Exhibit 11 Art & Craft Market Alive & Well 15 Stichting Project Fundraiser 15 Letters: Land Develop Plan to company with no experience, PHU correction 16 7th Study & Career Fair 16 CIEE Lionfish Report 17 Special Shelter Announcements 18 ———————————————— Departments Flotsam & Jetsam 2 On the Island Sinc e.. 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Phone 790-8988 Phone 790-6518 / 786-6518 Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Printed Every Fortnight, On-line Every day, 24/7 Next edition printing on November 30, 2010 Story and Ad deadline: November 26, 2010, 12 noon NAƒ 100 price is an incentive for tourism from Curaçao to Bonaire and vice versa. The large number of persons taking advantage of the price clearly indicates this competitive price draws new passengers. Moreover, we maintain a price that is absolutely above the cost price,” said Heerenveen. After 33 years of active politics, Jopie Abraham is stepping down as leader of the Democratic Party of Bonaire. Abraham will not be on the candidate list for next year’s March 2 Island Council elections and the party council is expected to choose a successor quickly. His son, Clark, has been working at his father’s side in recent months. Jopie Abraham’s father, Julio, was a founder of the Democratic party. THE HAGUE--The Dutch Democratic party D66 submitted an amendment Monday to the 2011 Dutch budget for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) funds to be allocated specifically for a comprehensive management plan for nature on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The proposal will remove €600.000 reserved in the total budget and put this aside to execute a management plan to strengthen the quality of the natural environment on the islands. The management plan should include maintaining biodiversity on land and sea in consultation with local nature organizations. Cases of dengue fever can be expected to increase as a result of the heavy rainy season. One of dengue’s main problems is that there’s no cure, there’s no vaccine and there are no drugs you can take to avoid it or get better from it, so the only (Continued on page 17) T he Bonaire National Marine Park (BNMP) has been placed on the Dutch provisional candidate list of World Heritage Sites . Last Friday a commission nominated nine buildings and locations in the Dutch Kingdom, including the BNMP, in the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage List. World Heritage Site status is an especially significant benefit for tourism. The Park was established over 30 years ago and was the first legally protected and actively managed marine park in the world. The United Nations (UNEP ) has declared it a pioneer in environmental preservation. The Marine Park starts at the high water mark and extends to 200 ft (60 meters) of depth. It covers 2,700 hectares, about 27 km² (6,672 acres, about 10.5 m²) of coral reef, sea grass and mangrove ecosystems and provides a habitat for a variety of marine species, including over 50 species of hard corals and over 350 species of reef fish. The largest uninhabited island in the Caribbean, Klein Bonaire, is part of the protected Marine Park. The cabinet will strive to present the temporary list to the World Heritage Centre in Paris before April 2011. 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Bonaire ReporterNo v. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 Page 3 W ill there finally be a referendum for Bonaire’s population to comment on the recent linkup with The Netherlands? If so, when ? Why is the government planning a referendum if Bonaire has already become a public entity of Holland? Why didn’t they come up with a referendum before 10 October 2010, and why a referendum after 10-10-10? If all the people who have the right to vote go vote and if the majority votes for no , what will happen? Will the Dutch Antilles come back together? I think everyone will agree, if I dare say so, that even mixed fried rice is easier to analyse than the matter of this referendum. Fortunately, in order to bring some clarity, a Referendum Commission was established. Last Thursday the Commission called a press conference to begin the process towards a December 17 referendum that will ask voters to answer yes or no whether they agree (yes) or disagree (no) with the statement: “I agree that Bonaire became a public identity to conform to Art. 134 of the Dutch constitution.” Members of the commission are Douwe Boersema, President; Marga Domingo, Secretary; Sherwin Pourier, Treasurer; Ramiro Richards, member; and Caroline Laurens, member. Mr. Boersema opened the meeting and said that the referendum is divided into three stages: Information, Voting and Results. As of Monday, 16th of November everyone is welcome at the office of this commission to ask questions about the referendum. The office is in the building of Privé Pro located at Kaya Grandi 53. The opening hours are from 8 am to 5 pm. The telephone number is 717-8848. There is also a website available which gives a lot of information: www.referendumbonaire2010.org The commission will distribute information through bulletins available at supermarkets, stores and community centres where a commission employee can answer questions. To add little bit more flavor, there will also be a jingle on the radio. Everyone over 18 years with the Dutch nationality and who is registered at the Civil Registry 50 days before the election, as well as legal residents with the same registration have the right to vote. During the conference Bubui Cecilia of BonFM asked Mr. Boersema if the majority votes “no,” can this change the decision that has been made? Boersema’s answer to this question was not that clear. However, what did become clear is the fact that Bonaire cannot make any decision if Holland does not agree with it. Later I asked Mr. Boersema whether there is a sort of clause in the agreement which entitles us to go back to the former status, if we see that this public entity stuff is not working. He said that there is no clause. Norwin Leito I t was Tuesday 2 November 2010, around 7:25 in the evening. The snacks, the cold drinks and the warm beverages were ready. The waiters and waitresses were walking up and down in order to finish the last part of the preparation so that the meeting could begin. I went upstairs, entered the room and asked who the Ombudsman was. Someone showed him to me. I went straight to him and introduced myself to him and welcomed him. There were quite a lot of people. Almost all of them were European Dutch. If I am not wrong, there were only three local people at this meeting, including myself. We all sat down and at 7:45 the Ombudsman started his discourse. He appears to be a friendly, approachable person. His name is Alex Brenninkmeijer. He said that he was very happy to be here in order to explain his job. He said that he is aware of the fact that the transition of 10-10-10 brings insecurity with it. He has been an Ombudsman for five years in Holland. Holland has had an Ombudsman for 30 years now. According to him an Ombudsman is a vertrouwenspersoon. ” This means a person one can trust. A complaint box will be put at the RCN building. One can write a letter and throw it in this box. This letter will be scanned and sent to Holland. The Dutch budget does not allow an office on Bonaire on a short term. The intention is to reply with a letter within six weeks. They are also working on a free number to call the Ombudsman’s office in Holland directly. It’s planned for some Papiamentu-speaking workers to allow Antilleans conversation in their mother tongue. The crucial question was: When does one need an Ombudsman? Mr. Brenninkmeijer said: “If you have the feeling that you have been treated unfairly, you can ask the help of an Ombudsman.” He continued: “It is very important when you let someone feel that he or she is being taken seriously.” He said that the task of an Ombudsman is to show the government a mirror. When he had finished with his speech, we had the opportunity to ask questions. I asked him: “How does one become an Ombudsman?” Everyone started laughing. I really don’t know why. Perhaps they liked the question? He replied: “Do I have to explain how I sold myself?” Then he explained that there is a commission which consists of, among others, members of the Dutch “ De Hoge Raad. ” (High Council) This group chooses an Ombudsman. An Ombudsman mediates between a person and the government when there is a conflict or when the “door” has been closed. According to the Ombudsman, he can even mediate in cases where the Public Prosecutor did not proceed properly. Mr. Brenninkmeijer: “The Ombudsman, after having studied the case, gives advice to the government. In 95% of the cases in which he gave advice, it was followed.” (Continued on page 17) Alex Brenninkmeijer Dutch Govt. photo

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Page 4 Bonaire ReporterNov. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 “I was born on Aruba and I had a fantastic childhood. We had a big family, lots of friends and very good parents. After elementary school I went to Domestic Science School. My dad, who was from Bonaire, was working for Lago Refinery. When rumors started that the refinery was going to close and people had to be laid off, my dad could choose: retire or be declared unfit as he had had an accident at work about 15 years earlier. He chose to be declared unfit and we moved to Holland. It was 1974. For me it was a complete culture shock! Twenty years earlier my grandmother had moved to Holland, and so my mom in all her innocence and naivety thought, ‘Let’s go and live there too.’ We moved to Rotterdam and I went to school. I came from a nun’s school on Aruba and in Rotterdam I went to school with at least a hundred different nationalities… it was horrible.” She laughs. “ There’s no other word for it! My first experience was when I was standing in the schoolyard with my cousin and a girl came up to me and asked me for a ‘roll-your-own’ (cigarette). I was 15 years old and I looked at my cousin and asked her, ‘What is it ? What does she want?’ Then the girl asked me, ‘Don’t you have a lighter? Don’t you smoke?’ I got the scare of my life! And so the girl said, “Okay, leave it. I’ll ask the teacher,’ and she walked up to the teacher and I saw him taking out his tobacco from the pocket of his jacket. When I told the class I was from Aruba, nobody knew where it was. I tried to explain and told them about the coast of Venezuela, and then one of the Dutch girls said, ‘Oh, it’s there… somewhere around Surinam… yeah, it’s all the same, they all live in little huts…’ I defended my situation and told the class that my dad was an engineer and that we owned a big house in Aruba – ha! I was in my puberty; it was hard. We lived in a very old house which didn’t have a bathroom. To bathe we had to go to the public baths. All my friends were in Aruba and I only had my cousin and my siblings. Well, I finished school and when I was 18 I started at an industrial school. I was one of the first girls.” She laughs. “ I know a lot of things; I know how to drill, to tap things like nuts, I know how to solder and how to read technical electricity drawings. For 13 years I worked as a print plate mechanic at GTI, Rotterdam. Every time my parents moved I moved along with them. If they moved to an apartment I went to live in the same building. It went on like that for years. Then my mom told me, ‘When your dad retires and gets his pension we will go back to Aruba. And you better start learning another profession otherwise you’ll never find a job there!’ They didn’t see me working a man’s job on Aruba! So, I started learning to become a hairdresser. Soon enough I found out it wasn’t for me, but my parents raised me this way: ‘Whether you like it or not, you have to finish what you started’ – and that’s what I did… I got married in Holland in 1987 to Nicolaas Dirksz. He was also from Aruba. He is a good, hardworking man and a wonderful father, just like my dad was. Together we have two children: our son Jessy, who’s 23, and our daughter Amberlucia, who’s 17. When Jessy was six, we moved to Bonaire because my parents had moved here. In Holland they’d already told us that Jessy had ADHD and here he wasn’t doing well at school. We knew that he wouldn’t make it at SGB high school and so the advice (Continued on page 5) “...but my parents raised me this way. ‘Whether you like it or not, you have to finish what you started’ – and that’s what I did. ” ROCARGO SERVICES, N.V. International Freight (Car) BV The ONLY company offering direct weekly consolidation services from Europe/Holland to Bonaire www.ifc-consolidators.nl Jupiterweg 1A (Ecopark) 4761 RW Moerdijk, Holland Tel 31-(0) 168-40-94 94 Fax 31-(0) 168-40 94 70 Offering DAILY Express Services from and to Bonaire For shipment tracking www.fedex.com The World On Time Kaya Industria 12, KralendijkBonaire—N.A. 717-8922 FAX 717-5791 Email:info@rocargo.com Amcar Freight, Inc. The ONLY company offering direct weekly consolidation services from Miami, USA to Bonaire www.amcarfreight.com 7860 N.W. 80th Street Medley, Florida 33166 Tel. (305) 599-8866 Fax (305) 599-2808 For All Your Shipping Needs Full service door to door by air and by sea. Customs clearance, transportation, warehousing. International and local relocation. Packing material in stock. Qualified and professional personnel. Timely, accurate and reliable ISO 9001: 2000 Certified Alda in front of The Touch

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Bonaire ReporterNo v. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 Page 5 was to move to Holland. We decided to send him to my sister in Holland and then Jessy got very homesick. And… that’s why I say my husband is an extraordinary dad, because he gave up everything and he went to stay with Jessy. When Jess called and said, ‘Mom, I’m not coming to Bonaire for Christmas this year,’ I knew he’d made it and that my husband would come home. Nowadays Jessy paints cars and he’s good at it. He wants to become an air brusher and he’s studying hard. We came to Bonaire in 1993 and some years later I started working at the Spa in Harbour Village. We got a very thorough and fantastic professional training from the manager at the time, Carroll Opper, and after a year or so I thought, ‘You know what, I could start for myself!’ It was an innocent and naïve thought – because I didn’t know anything about running a business. I had no experience whatsoever. I told Carroll about my plans and she said she’d expected it and she didn’t like it because she’d invested a lot in us. But she appreciated my honesty and she told me, ‘You’ve had a top training and nobody can take that away from you.’ First I started with a beauty parlor called ‘A Place For You’ with two other girls. Then I worked at ‘Hair Affair’ and when Sara Matera started setting up the restaurant at Divi Flamingo Beach Hotel in 2000 I asked her to find me a little place on the premises to do pedicures and manicures. She got me one, ‘The Touch,’ and we started growing. I opened massage rooms and facial rooms and now, 10 years later, I have a staff of three people. It is a fantastic location. We have a lot of tourists, time share holders, repeat guests and local people. Pedicures are what I do the most and in general people here have very good feet! You meet a lot of people; I’ve got clients I’ve known for 10 years and every time they come, we share a part of each other’s life.” Alda is a strong woman, a professional. She’s punctual, down to earth, a wonderful mom and a very nice lady. “My life has changed too, because not only does my mom live with us but our daughter Amberlucia got pregnant when she was 16. Eight months ago she gave birth to twin boys, Eugendrick and Eugewendrick. My husband and I are the very proud grandparents of these two little boys and we absolutely adore them.” She looks at me, pensively. “You know, everything we told our daughter not to do, she did. She’s very headstrong. We would like her to go to Holland next year, to follow a higher education, because in the future she has to take care of two boys. Meanwhile my husband and I will look after the little ones. Amberlucia is only 17 and it’s not going to be easy for her. Her life will have certain limitations. But… for us it’s a blessing. I was raised with a lot of love and I’ll do everything to have my children and grandchildren experience that too. My dad was the best. He has spoiled me – all of us – tremendously. He was a very sweet man. Last year in November he passed away. We were so attached to each other. Everything we did we would discuss together in detail first and the opinion of the other was very important to the both of us. We really would listen to each other. He always told me, ‘You don’t have to worry because I will live to be 120.’ When he fell ill I took him and my mother into my house because they were living at Tras di Montana by themselves. On the land around our house we built a house for my parents, so I had them close and I could take better care of them. When my dad became bedridden I took care of him, and when the doctor told me, ‘Alda, it won’t be long anymore,’ I refused to accept it. We are with the Pentecostal Church and we believe in healing and when I told the pastor I wanted to pray for my daddy’s recovery he told me, ‘You know, Alda, just like you would pray for his recovery now you should be able to pray to let him go and thank him for being your dad and for all the good years he has given you.’ It’s been a very long mourning. I will stay on Bonaire. I’ve lived in Holland for 20 years and those were my best years because I grew up, I got married and had my children. Never say never, but I have no plans. I feel very happy here. I have my job, my friends, my house and I know what it means to leave everything behind and move to another country.” She laughs : “I don’t want to think about it!” Story & photos by Greta Kooistra Born on Bonaire (Continued from pg. 4) Left to right: Vanessa Janga, Alda and Cristina Rood

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Page 6 Bonaire ReporterNov. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 A s usual in December Bonaire will be bursting with visitors, If you have a shop or restaurant this is the time to advertise. The Reporter will publish three editions in December to be on the street December 1, 15 and 29. To take advantage of a special rate to advertise in all three editions call Laura at 790-6518 or 786-6518; email Laura@bonairereporter.com

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Bonaire ReporterNo v. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 Page 7 SOIREE SITE I n the ‘old days’ when there wasn’t television, just the radio, and even that entertainment was limited for many families, it was common to hold parties and events in the evenings in public places. A particular structure was used by local bands to entertain the community. Soirees were held there. This particular one is new and is in the Wilhelmina Park. There is another one, also in Playa (Kralendijk). Questions: A) Where is the other soiree structure? B) What is it called in Papiamentu? Answer on page 17 BonQuiz appears regularly in The Reporter. It’s prepared by Christie Dovale of Island Tours. To arrange a tour, contact her via her website: IslandToursBonaire.com Phone 7174435 or 795-3456 Email: christiedovale@hotmail.com. I n the last edition of “Latin Music Classics” we spoke about “Hot Hot Ho”" as the biggest selling Soca hit of all times. What is Soca? Soca is a form of po pular West Indian music originatimg in Trinidad and Tobago. It combined the melodic sound of Calypso with insistent percussion. Soca reached its modern form by the early 1970s under the influence of American soul, disco and funk music. Soca music is based on a strong rhythmic section done by a drum set and is indeed defined by its loud, fast percussion beats. Recently soca has replaced calypso as the most celebrated type of music with carnival, the biggest annual celebration on many islands in the region. Jody’s Music Quiz This week’s question: In 1998 "The Soca Boys" had a big soca hit all over the world. What was the title of this song? Please send your answer to: info@jodysbonaire.com and be entered in a drawing to win a CD of your own choice in Jody’s shop at Lagoen Hill #18. The winner of this week’s contest will be announced in the next edition of The Reporter . Last week’s answer: Last week’s answer: The World Cup 1986 was held in Mexico. Unfortunately there was no winner of the free CD. . Jo Bux Column sponsor: Jody’s Fashion & Music To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. Answer on page 17. Jody’s is the well-known Fashionshop for men and women at Lagoen Hill. In the collection they have 100% original brands like: Nike, G-Star, Replay, Lacoste, Zucchero, A Prioro and Zulu. At the cruise market Jody’s Music is one of the stakeholders and always tries to bring in the best music for young and old at the right moment. E arly this month every heart in the Dutch Antilles, and around the globe were sharing the countdown to a new era: yes, a new episode in our lives. Most of us celebrate that day. For others it was sad to see the Netherlands Antilles dissolving. The Netherlands Antilles does not exist anymore. Each island has gone its own way. But the reality has still to come. At the end of October 2010 loose ends remained. Some former Central Government employees on Bonaire didn’t receive their whole salary. Catholic clergymen haven’t been paid at all, and four Bonairean meteorologists didn’t make the October payroll. And these are just a few issues to mention. In the interest of all Bonaireans I interviewed the Commissioner of State Structure, Mr. Anthony Nicolaas (36). First question. What was the reason for a sudden change in government and why just a few days before 10-10-10? Nicolaas: “In June 12, 2009, in a coalition with the Red Party under the name, Allegiance Democratic Bonairean Party, we signed a decree at the Passangrahn (government meeting office) for two main points: €To organize a referendum €To change the direction in which things had been negotiated with Holland On September 9, 2010, Mr. Jopi Abraham leader of the Democrat/Red Party, with mixed feelings, signed the definitive papers with Holland formalizing that the Government of Bonaire is in complete agreement with Holland for what had been negotiated. Seeing that Mr. Abraham had signed the same agreements as Green party leader Booi had I felt that I hadn’t accomplished what I was working for over a year. I couldn’t support the government of Abraham anymore. That’s why I decided to join with the Green party, and the new coalition Government made up of the UPB/ Green Party and Independent AnthonyNicolaas, myself, took over on October 7, 2010. Of course some paper work wasn’t ready—like the salaries of the meteorologists and the clergymen. Holland affirmed, without the intervention of the Bonairean Government, that every employee of the Central Government would be under the Crown Service for the Caribbean Netherlands ( Rijksdienst Caribische Nederlandthe RCN) and would be taken care of. So if something went wrong we have to say that it was those who signed the agreement—the former Antillean Central Government and Holland and not the Bonairean Government. Mr. Jardim, former director of the Finance Office for the Netherlands Antilles, had been appointed to finish all the paperwork that still needed to be done in order to pay what had not been paid and it happened. What more can we expect after 1010-10 is that in agreement with the Art. 134 of the Dutch constitution, Bonaire is a public entity and the Dutch Parliament and its Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, from the VVD party, is responsible for some municipal responsibilities like the fire department, justice department, police, social rights and welfare, work and residency permits, health care, general health insurance, education and scholarship. Another change is that the pension for the elderly was increased by NAƒ 26, the welfare benefits have been improved and the age for collecting the pension is being raised from 60 to 65. The Island Government still has to take care of its affairs like the hygiene department, roads, housing, airport, harbors, etc. By January 1st, 2011, we can expect a new financial system for tax collection, introduction of the US dollar and laws for education. Another thing that we expect is a Referendum. The Island Council of the Public Entity of Bonaire has decided that on December 17th, 2010, to ask the following question, ‘ I agree that Bonaire became a public identity to conform to Art. 134 of the Dutch constitution.’ And we have to answer A. Yes, I agree, or B. No, I do not agree. Why I demanded a referendum is because people have the right to choose their own destiny. From 2004 until now people of Bonaire didn’t have the opportunity to make a decision about the agreement made by the politicians. With this referendum it can send a signal to the Island Government and to Holland that the local people on Bonaire are happy or unhappy with the new constitutional system. In the short term there is not much you can do with the yes or no, but (if no) in the long term we can restart the negotiation with Holland and become something else. We can work to become an autonomous country in the Kingdom like Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Aruba, an independent cCountry or be fully integrated into Holland, like a municipality of Holland or another form of government decided by the people. In the near future Holland will collect most of the taxes. The Island Government doesn’t have sufficient income to cover all the expenses. Holland will partially cover some percentage of the whole budget and the Island Government has to cover the rest, with the consequence that they will have to raise the prices on some products, for example, number plates for vehicles. Let hope for the best and wait for the response of our referendum.” We have now reviewed what has taken place. Next, what we can expect after January 1st, 2011? Siomara Albertus Send your comments to The Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, or email reporter @bonairenews.com . THE 10 -1010 AFTERMATH Commissioner mr. Anthony Nicolaas

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Page 8 Bonaire ReporterNov. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 C alcium: probably the most talked about mineral of our times. Ask 10 people on their views of calcium, and you will get 10 different views, 10 different results and all the expert opinions to go with that. Most have no idea what type of calcium is in their supplements or whether it is good or bad for them. But hey, we have been told that we must supplement with calcium to prevent osteoporosis. Apart from supplements, every edible substance is calcium fortified. There are two specific problems with this. Firstly the media hype that calcium has been given for so many years (thanks to the supplement industry) is also an excellent money-spinner, as most of the calcium used is either coral calcium (completely useless to the human body) or something called microcrystalline hydroxyapatite (MCHA) a variation of bone meal. Studies have shown that MCHA, peddled to the osteoporosis-phobic public, has inferior solubility, absorption and effects on calcium metabolism. (Certainly cheap to produce) Comparing the absorption of various calcium supplements, it was found that inorganic calcium salts and most organic acid calcium chelates fall into the 5% to 25% range of absorption. More on the various calciums later, as absorption into the human body is a far bigger problem than most people will realize. Calcium absorption occurs through a very narrow window in the upper intestinal tract. The reason it is so high in the GI tract is that calcium must be absorbed while the intestinal environment is relatively acidic, as it is shortly after leaving the stomach and before it has been completely neutralized by the alkaline secretions of the pancreas. The requirement of an acid pH for calcium absorption explains why low hydrochloric acid production by the stomach causes poor calcium supplement absorption. Calcium is soluble in acid saliva but insoluble in alkaline saliva causing calcium carbonates and phosphates to form tartar on the teeth. The movement of calcium, extracellular and intracellular, are tightly controlled and rather complex as 99% of body calcium is in bone. Vitamin E and/or FA (lipids with negative polar groups) are needed to move calcium into tissues. Short of having a blood test done, it is virtually impossible for the layman to determine whether their calcium levels are sufficient. However, I have a very simple test you can do at home to see whether you have insufficient levels of calcium in the body. Take a clear glass and put about a teaspoon full of saliva in (no post nasal drip, thank you). Is your saliva foamy, lots of bubbles but reasonably clear? The first bit of bad news is you are calcium deficient, the second bit of bad news is that you are most probably also potassium deficient. Are you supplementing with calcium? Are you beginning to understand why calcium could be bad for you? I hope with this series of articles on calcium to make you better understand how vital and beneficial the correct calcium is for your body, and at the same time show you why, unless you know that you are deficient, indiscriminate supplementing could be extremely harmful. To be continued… Stephanie Bennett Author Stephanie Bennett was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where she studied herbs, minerals and nutrition. Before moving to Bonaire she continued her studies in the UK and now researches Bonaire health issues. She is the owner of the Essence Nutritional Center CALCIUM – CURSE OR CURE? B onaire has a long tradition of environmental conservation that has won it an enviable, international reputation. In 1969, STINAPA began the national land park, which was the first of its kind in the Dutch Caribbean. Ten years later, the Bonaire Marine Park was established with funding from the World Wildlife Fund. This led to worldwide recognition for our coral reef protection. Years later, developers had plans to build a resort hotel on Klein Bonaire. Residents rallied to keep the offshore island in its natural state. In 1999, the newly elected government listened to the wishes of the people, and by year’s end, raised the $5 million necessary to purchase the island from the developers. Klein Bonaire is now a designated, protected area managed by STINAPA. Now Bonaire faces another preservation challenge. Sunset Beach, originally Playa Lechi, then Bonaire Beach, located just north of the present Eden Beach Resort, is rumored to be the focus of developers who want to use the land to build a luxury resort and elected officials who support the idea. However, this goes against the current wishes of island residents and visitors. According to a recent survey conducted by Fundashon Playa Publico , 80% of Bonaireans and 90% of visitors responded that they do NOT want a large hotel built at the Sunset Beach location. The survey was given in Papiamentu and English to 1600 people. Fundashon Playa Publico believes this is a grand opportunity for Bonaire to create a model community beach, one that is environmentally friendly, for the rest of the Caribbean to admire. It has the potential to create lasting jobs for Bonaireans, increase the island’s eco reputation in the tourism industry, and most of all, deliver a beautiful, seaside park for both locals and visitors to enjoy. The Fundashon , the nonprofit foundation that wants Sunset Beach to remain open to the public, has offered some innovative ideas on how the beach can be developed for all. Imagine a place of natural beauty, tranquility, and culture; a spot that captures the look and feel of Bonaire with Dutch Colonial architecture and a poco poco beach vibe; a location where there is unspoiled, happy interaction between locals and visitors, but also a park that has mixed-use as a goal. Fundashon Playa Publico sees this as a timely opportunity for Bonaireans to operate local business ventures. Some ideas: beach chair/umbrella rentals, food stands and local craft stands. The terrain is large enough to incorporate a museum, an amphitheater for music performances or perhaps Captain Don’s idea of an Accolade to honor the pioneers of Bonaire diving. Boardwalks could meander through the grounds and offer information on the flora and fauna of seaside Bonaire through interpretive signs. This would give the island’s elderly a chance to enjoy the park along with their families. A nature oriented visitor center, complete with boat ramp, could include an interactive, learning center where children and adults would learn about Bonaire’s natural world. “Sunset Beach would be an ideal location for us,” adds Elsmarie Beukenboom, Director of STINAPA. “We conducted a feasibility study and discovered that, number one, Bonaireans want our future visitor center accessible. Sunset would meet that need and also serve as a great place to locate our headquarters, which is now inconveniently located at Barkadera. We would like to have displays at the new visitors center that show the interrelationships between land and sea. Everything on land impacts the sea and few locals or tourists know this.” The park would also have a special appeal to tourists. Since most are active people who dive, windsurf, snorkel, etc, this location has the potential to become a major tourist attraction. It could also accommodate the families of divers and windsurfers while the water sports enthusiasts are busy at other parts of the island. Additionally, it could serve as a gathering place for cruise ship visitors. Currently, busloads of daytrippers are transported to Lac Bay, which is already experiencing excessive visitation detrimental to that fragile wetlands environment. “It is a serious problem,” explains Beukenboom. “But by diverting tourists to Sunset Beach as an alternative, this would reduce visitation impact on Lac. Plus, why use all that gas transporting cruise ship people so far away when they could be delivered to a nice place like Sunset Beach?” But for this grand plan to happen, work needs to be done and financial support found. We only need to look at the success of the effort for the preservation of Klein Bonaire to know that this is possible. It will take a strong, grass roots effort to save Sunset Beach for all, but it can be accomplished. Write to the local officials* expressing your desire to preserve the beach for the public. Without your help, Sunset Beach may be taken over by a luxury resort with limited or no access for the people of Bonaire. It is time to stand up and extend our island’s rich legacy as an environmental leader in the Caribbean. It is time for Sunset Beach to become Bonaire’s next crown jewel for all to enjoy. Patrick Holian/ Photos courtesy of Elvis Martinus * Local Officials in Government: George Soliana , Head of the Bonaire Government management group responsible for government property: george.soliana@gmail.com Elvis Tjin Asjoe, Commissioner of Economics Affairs: elvistjinasjoe@gmail.com These scenes from years gone by on Playa Lechi/Bonaire/Sunset Beach can be repeated with a new generation of Bonairean youngstersif the beach is public and not part of a “chain” hotel. Recognize anyone? Have you photos of activities at Playa Lechi/Bonaire Beach/ Sunset Beach in years gone by? Send snapshots to ( they will be returned to you ) Bonaire Reporter, PO Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Caribbean or email scanned photos to reporter@bonairenews.com

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Bonaire ReporterNo v. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 Page 9 From Bonaire Nautico Marina BONAIRE NAUTICO MARINA At It Rains Fishes Restaurant Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399 www.bonairenauticomarina /VHF 68 info@bonairenauticomarina.com THE ONLY WALKON / WALKOFF Catamaran Kantika di Amor Up to 27 people and supported by a brand new larger sister Catamaran Kantika Too Up to 50 people TRIPS Every Day (max 1.90 meter draft), Dinghy tie up at north-inside dock at US$10 weekly up from Monday till Monday. Water and 115/220 v. Daily trips via resorts 10 am, 12 , 2 pm Except Sundays at 10 am only Also available for group trips Captain Don’s Island Grower NV 103 Kaminda Lagun ( road to Lagun) (Look for the blue rock and dive flag) Phone: 786-0956 A part of Plantation Guatemala Plants, Trees, Tours and More Open from Friday thru Sunday and all holidays. 10 am till 4 pm nonstop “Almost a solid hectare of growing potted plants and trees. Thirty minute tours. Bonaire born and raised, strong plants for beautiful Bonaire gardens. Reasonable prices starting from NAƒ 5. Landscaping designs, graphically assisted.” — Captain Don O n Friday, November 5th, members of STINAPA Bonaire gathered with the local community in Lac-Cai to announce its newest project, “We Are the World: Conch Restoration in Lac.” The project is being subsidized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with the subsidy request going through the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA). The project will last for a minimum of three years and is meant to restore the conch population in Lac. Conch has always been an important part of Bonaire’s ecosystem and its culture. Once abundant, conch in Lac were even exported to Curaçao during the 1960s. Unfortunately, the conch population has declined over the years, mainly due to poachers who take the conch for personal consumption. Today, local fisherman can still ha rvest conch but only with a permit. According to Ramon de Leon, manager of Bonaire’s National Marine Park, the conch restoration project is a chance for STINAPA to restore not just the conch, but also the Lac area in general, saying, “We have been busy with this area for a very long time. Now we have the opportunity to really tackle the different problems that we have here in Lac.” de Leon emphasized that local fisherman would still be able to continue to harvest conch. “Many people have been harvesting conch for a very long time. Our approach is that these people should keep doing that but in a different way, and we will be trying to set the standard for that over these next three years.” STINAPA has even started working with some of the local fisherman on this project because of their expertise and will continue to do so throughout the project. “The fisherman know this area much better than we do,” said de Leon. STINAPA will be monitoring the conch population by using a GPS tracking system to see how the conchs move through the ocean. STINAPA is hoping that this will also give them some insight on conch behavior. Once the population is stable enough, the fishermen in Lac will be issued permits to sell conch to the public in LacCai. In addition to monitoring the population, STINAPA is also working to educate the public on the importance of not taking conch from the ocean. Diana Sint Jago, project coordinator, has worked to create a poster that shows an old and a young hand holding one of the conch shells, urging locals to preserve the conch for future generations of Bonaireans. While taking conch has always been illegal without a permit since 1985, the law has never been strictly enforced. STINAPA plans to change that, and will begin to place park rangers in Lac that will be enforcing the rules and ensuring the safety of the conch population. Violators caught taking conch will receive a citation and a fine from STINAPA for a first offense. If they are caught again they will face jail time. Elsmarie Beukenboom, Director of STINAPA claims that everyone needs to help with the effort to stop poachers, “we need the help of the entire population of Bonaire to assist us in the policing of the poachers and only with that can we succeed. If the poaching continues we will never be able to succeed.” While many people seem to be supportive of the restoring the conch population in Lac, one local man questioned the timeline of the project by asking STINAPA if three years was really enough time to see if the conch population starts to grow again. The man suggested that growth in the population might take fifteen or even twenty years. It typically takes a conch about five years to reach maturity in order to reproduce; therefore, STINAPA might extend the project another two years. De Leon admitted that three years was a short time, and that STINAPA will continue to try to improve and update the project as time goes on. Mallory Smith STINAPA Ranger Suhendley (Pápa) Barzey with project coordinator Diana Sint Jago P iek and Anton held a party for friends last Saturday night to celebrate the opening of their new restaurant, Blue Mekong Thai Restaurant, upstairs at Kaya Grandi 5. The restaurant will open officially for business Tuesday, November 16. Diners may order a selection of five, seven or nine dishes, priced accordingly. Blue Mekong will be open Tuesday through Friday evenings for dinner. Reservations are recommended. Call 717-5556 . Piek and Anton are well known as the original owners of Little Havana for a number of years. L.D. STINAPA photo

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Page 10 Bonaire ReporterNov. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 O ctober 31st brought an end to Kas di Arte’s three-week exhibition, “Artistic Interchange in The Dutch Kingdom: Union in Diversity.” The exhibit, which opened on 10-1010, was meant to commemorate Bonaire’s new political status as a Dutch municipality of Holland. The exhibit featured over 20 artists, including works from Winfred Dania, Henk Roozendaal, Renate van der Bijl, Manuela Winklaar, Frans Booi, Ria Verhoef, Jake Richter, Ronald Verhoeven, Nochi Coffie, Sedney Marten, Gustave Nouel, Harald Vlugt, Johannes Boekhoudt, Edmond Tujeehut, Wine Fransen, Ad Rooymans, Yubi Kirindongo, Elvis Tromp, Ruben La Cruz, Karolien Helweg, Maria Theresa Verhoef Dupree and Frank Croes. Of these artists, half came from Bonaire and the other half came from abroad, including Aruba, Curaçao and Holland. Jackie Bernabela, Director of Kas di Arte, initially came up with the theme as a way for artists to express themselves about Bonaire’s political transition. “I said with such a memorable day, let’s do something about it in the art field. Let’s express what we feel about this.” In order to be included in the exhibit, artists had to incorporate some aspect of the theme into their piece. After receiving the works of art, Thomas Mijer Zu Schloctern assisted Bernabela in curating the exhibition. Artists drew on a variety of subjects in their work, such as landscapes, people and politics. Many of the paintings depicted a sense of uncertainty about the future of Bonaire and how the change would affect life on the island. Some of the paintings were very somber. One piece shows a Bonairean man weeping as he hands over Bonaire to a woman from Holland. Other pieces however, were very upbeat about the new union. In another painting we see two sides of a vase, meant to represent Bonaire and Holland, filled with colorful flowers being joined together, with a gift tag that reads, “One for all, all for one! These flowers belong to you!” Overall, Bernabela considers the exhibition to be a great success both for Kas di Arte and for herself, saying, “It was a success just to make it happen, to get all the artists together and work towards one theme. It was hard work!” Bernabela felt that Kas di Arte was one of the few places on the island that really celebrated the significance of 10/10/10. “No one did anything on 10/10/10 except the national park. They took the Antillean flag down, and that was the big thing. But I made something of it. To me that was a success. To make an event of something so significant was a success for me.” Maria Theresa Verhoef Dupree, one of the artists featured in the exhibition was pleased with the exhibition and the piece she had created a large blue mask painted with three birds, which she said “represents Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba,” the BES islands. This year Bernabela was able to get funding for the exhibition with a subsidy from the government, the first government-funded subsidy that Kas di Arte has received in its 10-year history. “We hope we will get one next year too, but that’s still a question“ Most of all, Bernabela has been pleased with the feedback she has gotten from the public which she says has been very positive, “Many people have said that they were happy to pass by and see the exhibition. People were interested in the theme and enthusiastic about what they saw. It gave me lots of encouragement.” Story & Photo by Mallory Smith Mask by Maria Theresa Verhoef Dupree at the Kas di Arte exhibit L ast week a tree drawing competition was held for sixth graders in Bonaire primary schools in connection with the Festival di Palu Planta -the Tree Planting Festival. Thirteen finalists were selected: Merien Heart Bon Kolegio Kristu Wardador, Danni Ella Drullard Kolegio Papa Cornes, Aquinas Lopez Kolegio Papa Cornes, Brandon Begina The Pelican School, Linde van Blerk The Pelican School, Simeon Nicacia Watapana School, Kevin Christian Kolegio San Luis Beltran, Blue Burger Aquamarine School, William Uding -Aquamarine School, Gugin El Hage Aquamarine School, Tiffany Martina Reina Beatrix Kolegio, Rudo de Vries Kolegio San Bernardo, and Gabriel Guarenas Kolegio Kristu Bon Wardador,. The winning design will be used for the poster of the Festival di Palu Planta 2010. The other 12 designs will be made into a calendar for the 2011 Festival di Palu Planta. The organizing committee would also like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to the Festival di Planta Palu on Sunday, November 21, at 4 pm, at the entrance to the Washington / Slagbaai Park. Let us make this event something good for ourselves and for our children. Press Release/G.D. Winner Gabriel Guarenas from Kolegio Kristu Bon Wardador. BBB Photo

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Bonaire ReporterNo v. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 Page 11 O n December 14, 2001, painter Ronald Verhoeven and sculptor Josephine Ebbing were the first to have an exhibit at Kas di Arte. But before their exhibit could open the building had to be renovated. Spearheaded by Hubert Vis of SKAL and Alfred Ronde the renovations began during the summer of 2001. Then Ronald, his wife, Henny, and Josephine rolled up their sleeves and went to work. With the help of donations of paint by Criollo (aka Global Paint) and Kooymans they set to work painting, scrubbing, even dealing with the antiquated electrical system, installing spot lights. It took their elbow grease and their financial support to transform the place and Kas di Arte was on its way. On Sunday, November 7, Ronald Verhoeven, to celebrate Kas di Arte’s 10th anniversary, opened a new exhibition along with some unique driftwood furniture and art objects from Germaine Nijdam. It was a festive occasion, opened by the governor accompanied by the music of the popular Tutti Frutti group. Jackie Bernabela spoke about Kas di Arte’s history. “In the year 2000, a number of art lovers including, Jackie Bernabela, Hubert Vis, Alfred Ronde, Henny and Ronald Verhoeven, Amy Bais, Lilian de Geus and Clisia Nichol as-Frans, established the Artebon Foundation. The logo consisted of a puppet in the middle of many colors. Later we grew up and changed the name to Kas di Art with a logo of two colors. Bonaire, in spite of everything, has mostly stayed the same and we hope to keep it that way! Why Ronald Verhoeven? Since the first opening in 2001 of Ronald Verhoeven (and sculptress Josephine Ebing) which immediately attracted much interest, there followed over the years many events, including the visit of the Queen, who opened the exhibition ‘Homage to the Bonairean Artist.’ Many Bonairean artists have found their way here and have used this beautiful building to show their artistic expressions. There have been many problems in recent years, especially the ETERNAL one of money, but activities by the foundation have been able to keep the building maintained. This year for the first time we had governmental assistance and now in 2010 we are very proud and grateful that all is well. Kas di Arte is a household name and the building is now painted to look fresh. I hope you enjoy the exhibition and the music and now we blow out the candles on the cake with Gezaghebber Glenn Thodé.” Ronald Verhoeven Painter Ronald Verhoeven and his wife, Henny, have been part time residents on to Bonaire since 1988. Most of the 30 very large and very colorful paintings in this exhibit have been inspired by the culture, colors and light of the island. They are a joy to the eye! Many believe he’s captured the essence of Bonaire. One person said, “I love his work because he has a message: there are abstract elements to be visually interesting but with enough realism to make it seem familiar.” “He thinks a lot before beginning a painting,” says his wife, Henny. “It’s all in his mind and it can be a struggle’…. between the painter and his materials. And he can paint what he wants!” there are several also in this exhibit depicting another of his favorite themes: Greek mythology. (Continued on page 13) Henny and Ronald Verhoeven at their Exhibit at Kas di Arte Jackie Bernabela, one of Kas di Arte’s founders, live, and in a Verhoeven painting

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Page 12 Bonaire ReporterNov. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 REGULAR EVENTS € Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for residents and local people. Tel. 717 -8489, 540-9800. € Parke Publico children’s playground open every day into the cooler evening hours. Saturdays € Rincon Marshé —6 am-2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks, music. Big Marché first Saturday of the month— www.infobonaire.com/rincon. € Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine Company’s warehouse on Kaya Industria, second Saturday of the month , 7-9 pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10 (NAƒ17,50) per person. Tel. 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 information—796-7870. Mondays € 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 Captain Don’s Habitat Bar– Get up close and personal with Bonaire’s dive pioneer. The Captain will autograph your copy of his newest book Reef Windows . Fridays € Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS Sunday– Creature Feature– John and Suzie Wall of Buddy’s Digital photo center present a multimedia slide presentation about Buddy’s House Reef pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 7175080 Wednesday Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) presents an informative slide show: Sea Turtles of Bonaire, at 8pm, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the conference room at Captain Don's Habitat (717-8290) BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangasina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790 -2018 Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868 Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December 25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015 or 796 5681 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday at 7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971 Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Bridge Club Wednesdays , 7:15 pm— All levels, NAƒ2,50, call Renata at 796-5591 to find out the evening’s location. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. JCI First Wednesday of the MonthJunior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata Domacassé 516-4252. Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm . Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For more information call 510-0710. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays , 12:15-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach Resort in Peter Hughes meeting room upstairs above the dive shop. All Rotarians welcome. Tel. 701-1100. Toastmasters Club meets every two weeks. For more information call Crusita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez Beck, at 786-2953. CHURCH SERVICES Protestant Congregation of Bonaire: Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papiamentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10am. Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papiamentu, Sundays, 8:30 am. Children’s club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kralendijk Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meetings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk. New Apostolic Church: Centro di Bario Nord Saliña, Sundays, 10 am. Services in Dutch. 700-0379 . International Bible Church of Bonaire, at SGB High School auditorium (Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya Korona.) Sunday services in English at 9 am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at Por's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6 to 8 pm, Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12 yrs. Tel. 717-8332. Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304. Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol , Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 7174211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact: 786-2557. Prayer and Intercession Church, in English. A full Gospel Church l ocated temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are held on Sunday mornings from 10am until 11:30am. Bible studies in English are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm. Contact: 717-3322 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints : Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Services (Translation to English and Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors welcome: Call 701-9522 for Information. Foundation Fountain of Living Waters, Centro Fuente, Service Sunday at Kaya Aruaco 4 at 6 p.m. Preaching in Papiamentu and Spanish. For Marriage Counseling, contact 717-2161 Who’s Who on The Bonaire Reporter Take The Reporter Home—1-year subscription: By mail to US $75; By mail to Europe $170. By Internet, Free (asking a $35 donation.) For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , PO Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles; phone (599) 790-6518, 786-6125, E-mail: info@bonairereporter.com The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: P. O. Box 407, Bona ire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Published every two weeks Reporters: Astrology Wizard, Siomara Albertus, Stephanie Bennett, Jo Bux, Christie Dovale, Alex Gurlick, Patrick Holian, Janice Huckaby, Greta Kooistra, Norwin E. Leito, Mallory Smith, Chris Trigg, Marian Walthie. Unattributed photos are by the editor or publisher. Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elisabeth Silberie & Georgina Sanchez (Playa), Divi-Divi Airline Housekeeping: JRA. Printed by: DeStad Drukke rij, Curaçao ©2010 The Bonaire Reporter Send event info to: The Bonaire Reporter reporter@bonairenews.com Tel:790-6518, 786-6125 CLOSE-IN EVENTS Friday, November 19— B -Loose at Little Havana, 9:30 pm– 1 am . See page 6 Saturday, November 20 La Cuadra Venezolana Concert. European, Venezuelan classical/ traditional music & more. 8 pm at Plaza Resort. See page 6 Sunday, November 21 —B-Loose at Plaza Resort , 5-8:30 pm. See page 6 November 21 —Tree Planting Festival (Festival di Planta Palu), Washington Park Entrance, 4 pm. See page 10 Saturday, November 27 – Arrival of Sanikolas (aka Sinterklaus ), 10 am, Wilhelmina Park. Activities for children begin earlier. Saturday, December 11 – Animal Shelter Fundraising Auction to benefit the Bonaire Animal Shelter. Eddy’s at Sand Dollar Resort, starting at 7 pm. Free entrance. More information 717498 9. See page 18 Tuesday, December 14 Stichting Project Fundraising Dinner, 7 pm. See page 15 Friday December 17 — Referendum voting. See page 3 Monday, December 27 –STCBSTINAPA Fundraiser — Leo Hoogenboom & Felix Faassen Dive Around Klein Bonaire. See page 17 Felix Faassen Date Day Ship name Time PAX Every Sunday through Tuesday From now through Spring 2011 Scientology ship Freewinds Arrives 0630 Departs 2200 150 Cruise Ship Calls -Informati on provided by the TCB Fri Nov-19 Friday market 0900 1400 Sun Nov-21 Maasdam 0800 1700 Mon Nov-22 Aida Vita 0800 1600 Ventura 0800 1800 Thu Nov-25 Caribbean Princess 1100 2000 Fri Nov-26 Grandeur of the Seas 0700 1600 Wed Dec-01 Constellation 0800 1600 Fri Dec-03 Sea Princess 0800 1800 Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Fridays and Cruise Ship Visiting Days—usually 10 am until ship departure.

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Bonaire ReporterNo v. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 Page 13 Bonaire Reporter Classifieds— Are still free Got something to buy or sell? Non-Business Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20± words): FREE Commercial Ads only NA ƒ 1,10 per word, for each two-week issue. Call 790-6518 or 790-8988 or email info@bonairereporter.com LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS, Rentals, Property Young expecting working couple looking for 2-Bdrm semi-furnished home in neat and quiet neighborhood. $900 excl. March 1,2011. Pets allowed. Please contact us: carlantonb@gmail.com ——————————————— FOR RENT at Hato $550 1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom Apartment Unfurnished / Long term rentals Blvd Gob.N. Debrot # 92 Cell 785-0918 ——————————————— MISCELLANEOUS Bonaire souvenirs and gift giving made easy! Are you looking for unique Bonaire souvenirs and gifts? Did you forget someone on your souvenir list? Did you run out of room in your suitcase? Are you missing Bonaire? We will bring a little piece of Bonaire paradise to you! We have created beautiful unique items featuring incredible professional photographs of Bonaire and marine life. Check out our notebooks, water bottles, totes, cards, and more. Visit us on line at www.bonairegifts.com ——————————————— Ford Ranger pickup for sale. 2002, 3L-6Cyl, 80.000 km Airco, stereo, new tires. Perfect condition. NAƒ 15.400, Call 786-2844 or 717-2844 ——————————————— BULLDOG puppies ( Male and Female, AKC Registered ) Need adoption (free), contact : REVMILIGAN@LIVE.COM ——————————————— 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. 7881069 … 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 Saturdays 11-2pm only. 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Web site: www.chinanobobonaire.com ___________________________________ 16 Flights a day between Bonaire and Curaçao Divi Divi Air Reservations 24 hours a day Call (5999 839-1515) Or (5999 IS YOUR HOUSE NEW TO YOU? Make it more livable from the start. FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Also interior or exterior design advice, clearings, blessings, energy, healing, China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 795-9332 . JANART GALLERY Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open Tu.-We.-Th. & Sat 10 am5 pm Friday 17 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt. Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set, Moon Phase and Tides Winds and weather can further influence the local tide’s height and time Day High Low High Low High Sunrise Sunset Fri 19 02:57 / 0.16 ft 10:55 / 0.97 ft 20:35 / 0.03 ft 6:34 18:07 Sat 20 11:30 / 1.02 ft 21:26 / 0.05 ft 6:35 18:07 Sun 21 12:09 / 1.06 ft 22:10 / 0.11 ft Full Moon 6:35 18:07 Mon 22 12:52 / 1.09 ft 22:46 / 0.16 ft 6:36 18:07 Tue 23 13:37 / 1.11 ft 23:18 / 0.19 ft 6:36 18:07 Wed 24 14:24 / 1.10 ft 23:47 / 0.21 ft 6:37 18:07 Thu 25 15:12 / 1.07 ft 6:37 18:07 Fri 26 00:13 / 0.21 ft 06:44 / 0.38 ft 09:24 / 0.37 ft 16:01 / 1.00 ft 6:38 18:07 Sat 27 00:37 / 0.21 ft 06:48 / 0.50 ft 11:19 / 0.38 ft 16:52 / 0.89 ft 6:38 18:07 Sun 28 L Quarter Moon 01:02 / 0.19 ft 07:13 / 0.65 ft 12:55 / 0.34 ft 17:44 / 0.75 ft 6:39 18:08 Mon 29 01:28 / 0.17 ft 07:46 / 0.81 ft 14:25 / 0.28 ft 18:40 / 0.60 ft 6:39 18:08 Tue 30 01:55 / 0.14 ft 08:23 / 0.96 ft 15:50 / 0.18 ft 19:42 / 0.44 ft 6:40 18:08 December Wed 01 02:22 / 0.10 ft 09:04 / 1.09 ft 17:10 / 0.07 ft 20:53 / 0.29 ft 6:40 18:08 Thu 02 02:50 / 0.05 ft 09:48 / 1.19 ft 18:25 / 0.03 ft 22:16 / 0.18 ft 6:41 18:08 Fri 03 03:18 / 0.00 ft 10:35 / 1.24 ft 19:34 / 0.13 ft 23:55 / 0.11 ft 6:41 18:09 November We Will Care For Your Home When You Are Away Property Services Bonaire b.v. Caretaker/Beheer onroerend goed J@n Brouwer digitalis1956@hotmail.com Fine art and portraits by Renate van der Bijl. For more information visit my website: www.renatevanderbijl.com tel. 717-6500 Remember the Crafts Market operates every Friday, cruise ship or not Verhoeven was born in East Java, Indonesia and moved to Holland with his parents at the age of 14. He graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam in 1959. Until 1995 he was in advertising and an art director, having established his own advertising agency. In 1980 he began painting then in 1995 he retired and handed over his agency to his sons so that he could dedicate himself completely to visual arts. He has an atelier in Belgium and Bonaire. He’s had exhibitions in The Netherlands, France, Belgium and now this is his fifth in Bonaire One of the artist’s biggest pleasures is to invite youngsters into his exhibit to view and to chat. School children with their teachers and/or parents are very welcome, he says. Exhibition Ronald Verhoeven will continue until December 5 at Kas di Arte, Kaya J.N.E.Craane 34. Open Tuesday through Fridays, 10 am to noon and 2 to 7 pm. On Saturdays 10 am to noon. Laura DeSalvo A note concerning prices: In Holland Verhoeven’s works would cost more than double because galleries char ge an extra 50% and there is a staggering hi gh OB to pay there. Several of his paintings have been made into prints and are also for sale. Kas di Arte –10 years (Continued from page 11) Artist Verhoeven, Mechtild Thodé and Governor Glenn Thodé open the exhibit

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Page 14 Bonaire ReporterNov. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 AIRLINES Divi Divi AirBonaire’s “on time airline” with 16 flights a day between Bonaire and Curaçao. Your first choice for inter-isla nd travel. Now flying to Aruba. Insel Air– The Dutch Caribbean’s own international airline. Efficiently run, convenient schedules, low fares and non-stop to Miami. APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS and COMPUTERS City Shop , the mega store, has the island’s widest selection of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. F service and in-store financing too. ART & GALLERIES 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. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and facial waxing. BOOKS Reef Windows is Captain Don’s latest book and features the true stories of the naming of many Bonaire dive sites. A great souvenir as well. CARS AND BIKES 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 accessories. They do professional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Have your keys made here too. CONSTRUCTION Total Home Sustainable Building Products stocks a large collection of European quality hardware. Call 701-7011, above Caribbean Homes Realty DENTURE REPAIR 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. DINING Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire’s best. Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. 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, op posite Divi Flamingo. ON & IN THE WATER Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bonaire. Good pric es on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. UNDERWATER VIDEO ScubaVision Pro video of your Bonaire vacation, above and/or below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire’s top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria. Captain Don’s Plants, Trees and More sells genuine acclimated Bonaire plants. Take a 30-inute tour too. Strong plants for strong Bonaire gardens. HEALTH Go Green— Tina Woodley’s new shop, in the building in front of the church in Playa, offers healthful and tasty products, many of them from Tree of Life Harmony House— Using science to find the problem. Using natural products to correct the problem . Also Essence range of herbal teas & handmade soaps. At Kaya Papa Cornes 2 Natural Way Health Store— The place where all the hard to find natural and healthy products are. Upstairs from Botika Bona ire, on Kaya Grandi. HOME CARE Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the needs of second home owners on Bonaire including inspection, management and cleaning. PHOTO FINISHING Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and services. Full digital services . PHOTOGRAPHER 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 REAL ESTATE /RENTAL AGENTS Caribbean Homes, “the Refreshing Realtor,” specializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property management. And now Yachts! Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and see them. Harbourtown Real Estate has extensive listing of Bonaire properties of all kinds. They can help sell your Bonaire home too. Visit their new office . RETAIL Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women and children. . STORAGE The Storehouse ( Mangazina in Papiamentu ) offers Secure Storage For Vehicles, Household Items, Diving And Sporting Gear, Business Files or Inventory. Across from the northern hotel row. SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Pr ofessional and efficient. FedEx agent. What would we do without their superb services? SUPERMARKETS Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria— Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selection and lowest prices on the island. (ISLAND) TOURS Christie Dovale will personally take you on a fascinating tour of the island. Contact her via her website: IslandToursBonaire.com Phone 717-4435 or 795-3456. You will remember it always. WEB & INTERNET SERVICES BITS (Bonaire IT Services) is tops for Web design/ Graphics, Data Base and E-Commerce, sites Internet Marketing, search engine optimization and more. WATER TAXI 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 WINES Antillean Wine Company. You’ve tried the rest; now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. 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Bonaire ReporterNo v. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 Page 15 La Terassa, Kaya Grandi 23N (Floor above Botica Bonaire) 717-3353, 510-2318 Open MondaySaturday 10 am—3 pm nonstop Health Store Organic Products Sugarless Treats Unsalted Items Dried Fruits. Cholesterol free & Gluten free items Herbal Teas Sugar free cereals 100% NaturalJuices Dried shitaki and maitaki mushrooms... High Quality, Healthy, Natural Products “ S u p p o r t M a g a z i n e N o w A v a i l a b l e Inge van Eps Caretaker Inspection, cleaning and management of your house on Bonaire Call: 00 599 700 11 39 www. Bonaire Second Home Care .nl T he place to be on Tuesday evening, December 14, at 7 pm (19.00) is at “Les Restaurant De Bonairiaan” on Kaya J.A. Abraham, up the street from the Divi Hotel. The award-winning social program, Stichting Project, is hoping the special dinner will draw supporters and sponsors. .The profits of this evening will benefit the activities of Stichting Project. The youngsters participating in the Project will voluntary dedicate themselves that evening for you to enjoy the typical quality of Les-restaurant ‘de Bonairiaan’. The chef and the youngsters will prepare an exclusive four-course meal and provide you with drinks before and during dinner and coffee and sweets after. The youngsters will make sure you have everything you desire. Besides attending yourself, this is also a perfect chance to honor your employees and clients with a special dinner . The price for the evening will be NAƒ 125,00 all inclusive, per person (of course it is also possible to donate a higher amount for the dinner) and there will be a maximum of 60 participants accepted. During the dinner more information will be given about Stichting Project. The Reporter will be there. Join us and Mick Schmit and his kids Those interested can make reservations at Les restaurant “de Bonairiaan”. Or call Phone: 717-6921 / 786-6816 E-mail: stichtingproject@flamingotv.net www.stichtingproject.com Hope to see you that night at Les Restaurant De Bonairiaan. G.D. A lthough there have already been a few ships this season, the Bonaire Art and Craft Association decided to wait until early November to hold an opening event. Originally scheduled for November 2nd, Hurricane Tomas forced some changes in plan. First because the ship scheduled for that day was forced to change its itinerary, and then because of the rain (see cover). Finally on November 10th all the members of the market gathered for snacks and drinks after the Caribbean Princess departed at 2pm. Lt. Governor Glenn Thodé joined in late, and spoke to the market members about the importance of the market to Bonaire. He emphasised the unique quality of this market, with the majority of items on sale being lo cally made craft work and said how important it was that an Association was being formed to promote the market and look after the interests of the standholders. The market now has over 40 members ( some are pictured in the photo above) with a diverse range of arts and crafts on display. Needless to say, the members are all upbeat about the beginning of the season and constantly coming up with new ideas about products to display. Over the past seasons, passengers from the cruise ships have been telling us that when they come to the Bonaire Cruise Market they find a unique experience. In the Bonaire market, they disc over that the majority of items are made on Bonaire by local artists and craft-workers, while on most of the other islands they can only find the same massproduced souvenirs each time. For a small island, Bonaire has a surprising number of creative people and many of them attend the Art and Craft market for every ship throughout the season. At the market you can find examples of Driftwood art, Jewelry, Ceramics, Glass work, Clothing, Local music, Oil pain ting, Water colors, Photographs and many more. You can also refresh yourself with a variety of food and drinks. The market is generally open through the time a ship is at dock, finishing at 6pm if ships are staying later than that. This season we are also re-introducing the Friday market, which is popular with non-cruise tourists , many of whom are divers. Often they are flying home on Saturday, so cannot dive on Friday and take the opportunity to visit the market. When there is no ship on a Friday, the market will be open from 9am to 2pm. The Friday Market will also continue after the cruise season ends in May. For more information about the Art and Craft Association and the markets, please contact Mira Mann, Tel 786-3919, Email: mira.bonbinimann@gmail.com . Press release Sipke Stapert photo

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Page 16 Bonaire ReporterNov. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 WHY WAS THE LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN CONTRACT AWARDED TO A COMPANY WITH NO EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE SOUTH-WESTERN NETHERLANDS? Dear Editor: In 2009, the Bonaire Executive Council awarded a contract for making a Bonaire Land Development Plan to the Dutch consulting company, RBOI, based in Rotterdam and Middelburg. Against all regulations, no public tenders were invited for this important project because the contract would certainly be given to one of the large Dutch consulting companies with an ample experience abroad. It seems unbelievable but RBOI has never worked abroad and it had, therefore, no experience with making a land development plan for an island in the Caribbean, having as its main asset the famous coral reef . Nevertheless, this seemed to be no problem for the Executive Council. In my opinion, an investigation must come to answer the crucial question under what circumstances RBOI got the contract for this utmost important plan for the future of Bonaire. The main activities of RBOI have been indeed to prepare development plans for a large number of municipalities in the south -western part of the Netherlands. On its website, RBOI has recently stated that the most important factor during elaboration of this plan for our island was to link it up with the identity and special values of Bonaire (!?!). You would therefore expect that the company, without any knowledge of the local circumstances, which are completely different from the situation in Dutch municipalities, would base its plan on the recommendations of the Pourier Report. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. Although RBOI did mention this report in the introduction to the Strategic Evaluation of the Development Plan and also pleas for the protection of the coral reef and the salinas, it not only completely ignores the principal recommendations of the Pourier Report but goes directly against them. It is also evident that the consultants, without any experience in the field of the protection of coral reefs, have known absolutely nothing about all the earlier mentioned scientific studies showing that the coastal development in the Caribbean is a mortal danger to coral reefs. Therefore, you will not find in the RBOI plan of 420 pages any recommendation of the prohibition of new construction along the coast or any advice to complete the construction of the Esmeralda hotel before building a new hotel elsewhere (otherwise, this eyesore must be demolished). Probably under pressure of the Bonaire Executive Council, the RBOI’s plan advocates the necessity of a development of the island to accommodate the growing number of inhabitants which, according to the plan, will reach 25,000 in the coming 10 years. About 3,000 new homes are planned to be built for this purpose and new industrial plants and hotels will be constructed. After working during one year on the Land Development Plan, RBOI submitted it to the Executive Council which has approved it in October 2010 . It is very sad to conclude that by this unwise approval the fate of the Bonaire coral reef has been definitely sealed…. Jiri Lausman THE PHU MAKES A CORRECTION In an email to The Reporter, Michiel Bijkerk, on behalf of the new Partido pro Hustisia & Union (PHU-Party for Justice and Union) corrected a misrepresentation of the position of The Bonaire Reporter as regards the construction of any hotel at the Playa Lechi (Sunset Beach) site. In a recent PHU press release The Reporter was quoted as writing that the pro-beach environmental group was against the construction of any hotel at the Playa Lechi site. He corrected it to reflect that The Bonaire Reporter only cautioned against the construction of a large hotel. This rectification does not mean that the PHU party has adopted the environmental group’s position, wrote Bijkerk. “We have not yet made up our minds about that, certainly not in such detail. But clearly our positions are moving towards each other.” G.D. B onaire residents Walt & Lynne Bentsen along with former residents Ernie & Marie Franke are taking a reading break while llama trekking in the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico. ————————————————————————————————— WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a phot o of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter , Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: info@bonairereporter.com. FULL DIGITAL SERVICES FUJI MINI-LAB KODAK & FUJI FILM E-6 PROCESSING PASSPORT PHOTOS BATTERIES, CAMERAS FRAMES, PHOTO ALBUMS GREETING CARDS Les Galeries Shopping Center (Bordering the parking lot) 717-5890 Open Hours: M-F 8:30-12, 2-5:30 pm, Sat. 9-12 L ast Saturday, November 13, Celia Fernandes Pedra, the founder of Stichting Ban Bonaire Bèk, opened the 7th Study and Career Fair at the Sporthall on Kaya Amsterdam. About 520 people registered at the door. The fair was not only a success because of the large number of visitors but also because of the many and very interesting stands and exhibits. Representatives of schools and businesses came from Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire as well as from universities in The Netherlands. Fundashon Mariadal, which won the first prize for their stand last year, again had a lot of visitors who were attracted by all kind of practical appliances. Visitors could have their blood pressure taken and try out the “body lift.” Thanks to the members of Ban Bonaire Bèk for offering such a worthwhile and important event for the youngsters of Bonaire. Marian Walthie/ L.D. Marian Walthie photo

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Bonaire ReporterNo v. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 Page 17 control you can really have is killing the mosquitoes and making sure they’re not there to transmit the virus in the first place. Reducing Bonaire’s mosquito population has two strategies: removing breeding sites and fogging. However, considering the relative ineffectiveness of fogging and the environmental harm it does, emphasis must be on eliminating mosquito breeding places and disrupting the life cycle of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Homeowners, businesses and building contractors are strongly advised to make sure there is no stagnant water in yards and roof spouts, to dispose of old tires, empty drums, buckets, jars, birdbaths, boats, plant containers, paint cans and other items that can collect water around their buildings . Wear appropriate clothing and apply mosquito repellent. Dengue symptoms include high fever, severe headache, backache, joint and eye pain, nausea and vomiting and a rash. Once a person has developed a fever, the infectious period lasts for about a week. Most people recover without any complications, using non-aspirin pain relievers and rest. According to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Bonaire Consumer prices in August 2010 rose 0.3% in three months. Measured over the period of 12 months to August 2010, prices were up 2.3% over the same period a year earlier. Spending categories that have become more expensive include Beverages and Tobacco (+0.8%), followed by Transport and Communications (+0.7%), Recreation, Development and Education (+0.4%), Others (0.4% ), Housing (+0.3%) and Food (+0.1%). The three largest expenditure categories in the consumer basket, namely Food, Housing and Transport and Communications were all more expensive in August. Local fish-Mula, Dradu, and Bunihave become substantially more expensive, 15%. This is the third substantial change in price of local fish this year. In the Transport and Communications category wireless Internet and mobile phones rose +12% and +20%. The rising cost of expenditure category Recreation, Education and Development is mainly due to the price of compact discs (CDs) with 14%, becoming part of the recreational use category was 0.8% higher. Cheaper expenditure categories were Clothing and Footwear (-0.9%) and Health Care (-0.4%). The cheapening of the former category of expenditure was mainly due to the decrease in prices of women's lingerie (14%), men's shirts (-13%) and ladies skirts, trousers and slacks (-3%). On Monday, December 27, Leo Hoogenboom and Felix Faassen will raise money for STINAPA and Sea Turtle Conservation (STCB) by diving around the island Klein Bonaire in one single dive. This way they would like to raise awareness for the conservation of Bonaire’s nature and animals so that people of Bonaire and abroad can continue enjoy this unique eco system now and in the future. The dive is more than 10 km. long and will take the divers around 12 hours to complete depending on weather conditions. During the dive, the team will be supported by a surface support team. The event will be filmed and photographed. The event is officially sponsored by Captain Don's Habitat. Visit the official website: http:// www.ecodivebonaire.com On November 4 a Taxi Stand was set up on the south pier as a “taxi headquarters” to offer cruise ship visitors information and taxi transportation and tours. In addition when all taxis are busy with early morning tours cruise ship tourists may book ahead for when the taxis return. Continuing a tradition started five years ago, long-time Bonaire residents Linda and Jake Richter announced their 2011 Richter Art Calendar featuring 12 new images with a distinctly Bonairean and tropical theme. The calendars are a handy and portable 6x6 inches, unfolding out to 6x12 inches. The calendar includes six different images of Linda Richter's oil paintings and Jake Richter's six of Bonairean architecture, people, and wildlife, in a combination of photography and digital painting. The 2011 Richter Art Calendar is available at the Richter Art Gallery in Belnem (special holiday shopping hours, every Sunday between now and Christmas, opening from 11am to 5pm – phone 717-4112) or on-line at http://www.CaribbeanArt.com for $6.95. More information as well as images of the calendar can be found at http:// www.BonaireCalendar.com. Special November action! If you buy a new bicycle at De Freewieler, Kaya Grandi #61, this month, you will get a SIGMA bike computer for free! Back in stock at Antillean Wine Company is that great Bonnaire French champagne and the excellent wines from Podere la Chiesa, Tuscany, like "Sabiniano ." Also Lambrusco in regular and 1.5 litre bottles. G./L. D. Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2) Puzzle on page 7 E.M. Rijswijk Denturist ARE YOUR DENTURES: Loose? Cracked? Missing Teeth? In Your Pocket? Worn? Causing Gum Pain? Call For An Appointmen t 717-2248 or 786-3714 Kaya J.G. Hernandez z/n (Near Botika Korona) New hours: 9 am-12 pm, 2 pm—4 pm Monday-Friday Repairs while you wait. Bon Quiz ( from page 7 ) Questions: A) Where is the other soiree structure? B) What is it called in Papiamentu? Answer A) North of the church in Playa. B) Kiosko Percent of Inflat ion in Bonaire The CIEE Lionfish Research Team reports that to date, 596 lionfish have been brought to CIEE for study . From the data that we have analyzed so far, it appears that the diet of lionfish changes as they grow. They start eating more fish and less shrimp and other crustaceans. The smallest fish brought in to CIEE is 2.1 cm (0.8 in) and the largest is 58.8 cm (23.1 in). We have 173 fish that measure 2.1 to 10 cm, 238 that measure 10.1 to 20 cm, 129 that measure 20.1 to 30 cm, 7 that are between 30.1 and 40 cm and only one that is more than 40 cm. To increase the understanding of large lionfish on the reef fish in Bonaire, we need more large fish for our collection. However, we will accept fish of all sizes. Additionally, they are in need of corks and glass jars (of any size with lids). If you have any, you can drop them off during the week at the CIEE Research Station during the day (8:30 am 5:30 pm and sometimes between 8 pm 10 pm. Or you can call 786-7394 and they will meet you to pick up your fish. Herman van Leeuw photo He said that an Ombudsman does not have power but does have authority . After some time, the public started bombing the Ombudsman with hot questions. He said that he got the feeling that there was not enough trust in this new trial. Many people who attended this meeting felt that not having an office on the island would be a big obstacle for many local people. Others were quite sceptical about what they might expect from an Ombudsman who lives in Holland. Governor Glenn Thodé was at this meeting and helped explain. He said, “We do realize that the local people communicate in a different way. But this new process needs time and if we do not have trust in it, it will surely fail.” In any case the national Ombudsman handles only national problems. The decision whether to name an Ombudsman for local problems will take up to two Ombudsman (Continued from page 3) Taxi Assoc. photobike

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Page 18 Bonaire ReporterNov. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 A familiar sight at the Bonaire Animal Shelter is a volunteer having a one-to-one experience with one of the pets. Often the pet is getting groomed or checked for ticks or played with, all part of the care and socialization process that makes the dogs and cats such good candidates for adoption. Our pet this week is “Charlene,” getting special attention from volunteer Heleen. Both seem to be having a good time. Not only is Charlene such a foxy looking cute dog but she one of the most self confident pets at the Shelter. She knows what she wants. If there is a problem with the other younger dogs she jumps in and settles things. The others look up to her. She was brought into the Shelter in August and is about nine months now, still a youngster but with an old wise way about her. Of course as are all the pets up for adoption Charlene has had her exam by the vet, her shots, worming, testing and sterilization. The adoption fee for dogs is now NAƒ 125 . That includes all of the above plus an ID chip which the vet inserts so that the dog is eligible for travel . You may visit the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and from 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989. Website: www.BonaireAnimalShelter.com . Laura DeSalvo Photo: zettesworld.com/ Allyson Crowe Did You Know?... T here are over 120 species of puffer fish worldwide? Most are found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Using their beaks, composed of four tightly fused teeth, they feed upon invertebrates, algae, clams, shrimps, and crabs. Puffer fish are known for their poisonous spines and ability to “puff” up when threatened. But why? Puffer fish are poor swimmers to begin with, therefore, they have developed the ability to ingest large amounts of water in only a few seconds to turn themselves into a ball several times their normal size in order to discourage predators. Some species have spines to make them even more unappetizing. If only the predator knew…the tetrodotoxin present in the spines of the puffer fish is over 1200 times more poisonous than cyanide. One puffer fish contains enough of this to kill over 30 humans. No wonder Japanese restaurants require licensed, professional chefs to prepare their puffer fish delicacy, fugu. One wrong cut would guarantee the death of a customer. So much for getting a tip… Kids, PLEASE don’t touch the puffer fish. Alex Gulick Gulick is a junior at Oregon State University majoring in marine biology and is studying with CIEE as a part of the tropical marine ecology and conservation program for fall 2010. Reference: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/ animals/printable/pufferfish.html “Charleen” with volunteer Heleen T he Book and Flea Market on November 6 was outs tanding. Crowds thronged the Shelter and the proceeds were NAƒ 3.500 ! This amount will go towards keeping the Shelter open for homeless cats and dogs on the island. Heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who helped put it together and man it, the generous people who donated the books and things and the buyers. It was a very profitable and satisfying day despite the rain shower that threatened to shut it down. And there were a total of eight adoptions during the day : two kittens and six dogs. As of November 11 there were a total of 180 adoptions from the Shelter this year so far. Pretty amazing but not when you consider that people are getting fine, healthy and social animals. Don’t forget – Put it on your calendar no w. On Saturday, December 11 at 7 pm there will be an Animal Shelter Fundraising Auction at Eddy’s at Sand Dollar Resort . The auction is open to all – free entran ce. We were assured that this year the emphasis will be on fun –with exciting prizes and surprises and even a lottery. Some of the prizes include an airplane flight around the island, a one-year contract to Bon Bida Spa, a tee shirt with so ccer star Luis Suarez’ signat ure, art pieces and an opportunity to feature your pet in The Reporter’s “Pet of the Week” column. There will be a cash bar as well. Laura DeSalvo Two young visitors at the Shelter Book Fair found themselves a special place T he JanArt Kids art class spent many hours putting together a plan for the new Cat Condo wall mural at the Animal Shelter. Please go by to see their finished painting and meet all the kitty residents. Artists: Kimberly Ram, Rouel Domacassé, Julia Martines, Yonne Latiers. Their art instructor was Janice Huckaby from the JanArt Gallery. The paint was donated by Krioyo Paint. A Great Job Well Done! Press release At the Cat Condo

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Bonaire ReporterNo v. 19-Dec. 3, 2010 Page 19 E very November we are treated to a meteor shower , which appears to originate from Leo the Lion . It will happen about the same time that The Reporter is on the street. There'll be no moonlight to interfere if you wait until the Moon sets around 2 to 3 am, Wednesday morning November 17. So if you get far enough away from lights and it's clear out you should be able to catch quite a few. Very early this Wednesday morning, November 17th, face east where half way up from the horizon you'll see the bright stars which make up the constellation Leo the Lion. The front part of Leo is marked by stars, which trace out a sickle shape or backwards question mark and Leo's rear is marked by three stars, which form a triangle. The bright star at the bottom of the sickle is the heart star of Leo, the bright blue Regulus . And this year you may see a bright light down to the left of Leo which isn't always there, Planet #6, ringed Saturn. Now every November on the nights of the Leonid meteor shower bright streaks of light which we call meteors flash across the sky and appear to come from a spot within Leo's sickle. But it's all an optical illusion because the meteors are millions of times closer than the stars of Leo. "But where do these specks come from?" you ask. Well, most meteors are caused by comet litter . You see, meteors are tiny bits of comet debris that slam into our Earth's atmosphere so fast that they incinerate and cause gasses in our Earth's atmosphere to briefly light up, kind of like the gasses in a neon tube. There have been several spectacular storm periods recorded and one of the most famous was the storm of 1833 when an estimated 200,000 meteors per hour were seen by startled witnesses who described the stars “falling like rain.” You see every time any comet visits our Sun it sheds some of its tail and leaves a trail of debris in its orbit. And if our Earth happens to pass through this stream of debris as it orbits the Sun we'll get a meteor shower. If the comet's path and the Earth's path do not intersect we're out of luck. But every November our Earth plows right through comet Tempel-Tuttle's littered orbital pathway so that many specks of debris from Tempel-Tuttle slam into our Earth's atmosphere and make the trails of light that we call the Leonid meteors. Every time comet Tempel-Tuttle visits our Sun it sheds some of its tail and leaves a trail of debris all along its orbit. So after hundreds of years and dozens of passages Tempel -Tuttle's orbit has become filled with tiny specks of comet debris. You can expect to see 15 to 20 meteors per hour if you follow the rules for optimum viewing. Start watching about 3 am, with your feet pointing east. Then slowly scan the sky back and forth for at least an hour and you should see a few bright ones. You'll have a better chance to see more bright ones about an hour before sunrise because that's when Leo will be almost overhead. Patience is required. And remember not to use a telescope or binoculars. Chris Trigg *to find it... just look up Hair Affair We do our best to make your hair and makeup wishes come true!! You can also come in for facials and facial waxing . We use and sell L’Oreal products Is your plan to marry on the island? We can make you beautiful and stay beautiful for your happiest day. Personal attention by Janneke Appointment by tel: 717-5990 or just walk in. Downtown, near the waterfront next to Little Havana Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop AFFORDABLE NetTech N.V.info@NetTech.an www.NetTech.an Tel:717-6773 Fax:717-7854Bonaire’s Official Web Site Developer!Domain Registrations E-mail Hosting Anti-Spam & Anti-Virus Web Site Design Web Site Hosting Marketing Consulting Internet Consulting Photographic Services Graphic Design Bonaire’s Official Web Site Developer Leonid Meteor Shower—Read This First November 2010 Aries March 20 April 19 You’re dynamic and you like to get things done. You try to be patient and work on your strategy but that’s not really your strongest point. You prefer to tackle whatever needs doing immediately it comes to your attention and you’d rather deal with anything that looks this way as swiftly as you can. The halting and sluggish atmosphere of the past few months has not suited you at all, but November promis es better with several planets resuming forward motion after a retrograde cycle dating back even so far as May. Taurus April 20 May 20 During November, you’ll continue with the tasks that you’ve set yourself. It’s a slow process and takes a persistent and determined effort, but at least you will notice some reduction in the number of obstacles you’ve been facing. This enables you to stand back momentarily and to assess the progress you have made. Gemini May 21 June 20 Romance is emphasized in your horoscope this month, but it’s a serious business and you have important goals in mind, so the atmosphere is far from frivolous. This doesn’t mean you won’t have fun, but you’re not inclined to waste energy on anything or anyone you fear doesn’t have a future. You have too much on your plate, there are a zillion things you are trying to achieve and so many other demands making inroads into your leisure time. Cancer June 21 July 22 Cosmic trends highlight the other people in your life. You may wish you had more control, but the upshot is also valuable for you personally and continues the process of transformation you are undergoing. Powerful trends in your closest relationships and your love life in particular, bring elements of your psychology with their origins in the past to the forefront of your attention. Leo July 23 August 22 There is a jazz song that was revived and tweaked in the 1980s, entitled something along the lines of “T’ain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It).” The lyrics are intriguing and you might think on how they could apply to you current situation. It probably sounds cy nical but it’s simply a fact, that likeable people get greater latitude from others, than someone who is hardworking and efficient, but who comes over Virgo August 23 September 22 Success in the outside world is one thing, but many believe what goes on at home is more significant. The people you are in contact with every day, your siblings for instance, parents, kids and especially your partner have the potential to make or break you elsewhere, by supporting and encouraging whatever you are aiming towards or alternatively by steadily undermining your aspirations. Libra September 23 October 22 Retrograde motion occurs when the Earth overtakes a slower movi ng planet in its path around the Sun, or when Mercury and Venus the planets that orbit most quickly, pass by us in turn. Venus is your ruler and has a special significance, turning retrograde five times every eight years for around six weeks each time. One of these cycles began last month and on November 8, Venus returns to your constellation for a bonus visit lasting through to the end of the month. Scorpio October 23 November 21 -Venus, during its retrograde cycle, ducks out of your constellation for the bu lk of November and won’t return until the very final day. Within hours of Venus deserting you, Mercury leaves for Sagittarius to be joined by the Sun two weeks later. This means of the three planets that start the month in your sign and see their numbers rise to four around the Scorpio new moon, none are left during the fourth week, leaving you with some serious thinking to do. Sagittarius November 22 December 21 Finally November brings good news, after the difficulties that have confronted you previously. So at first Mars, then the Moon, then Mercury and finally the Sun gradually concede that it’s your turn for a cosmic break, you’ll notice your confidence and vitality starting to improve and that grounds for discussion exist now, where previously there were none. Capricorn December 22 January 19 It appears contradictory when you’re so caught up with other people, but the impetus that drives current trends highlights you personally. Somebody might notice your social obligations, your commitment to the community, your career responsibilities and your dutiful approach to friends and relatives, but what lies beneath the surface is more intriguing. Aquarius January 20 February 18 Jupiter moves forward in your financial sector, having turned retrograde four months ago. You’ve sensed a new enthusiasm for getting to grips with your fiscal situation since the recent equinox, especially if you have a say in how you earn your living and the importance you attach to material returns. Whatever happens, the decisions you make won’t be what anybody else would choosesh. Pisces February 19 March 19 Planets accumulating towards the apex of your horoscope, encourage you to think about yourself for a change and where you’re heading in your own right. It is hard to remember, but you also had dreams and aspirations, before you became so caught up in other people’s issues and your attempts to escape from their negative and detrimental effect on you. Andromeda Galaxy € Transport of Money and Valuables € Private Investigations € Vehicle patrols € Burglar Alarms € Fire Alarm Systems In Business Over 27 years Kaya Nikiboko Nord 37A, PO Box 225 Tel: (599) 7178125 Fax (599) 7176125 E-mail sss@bonairelive.com

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