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THE HAGUE-
The Dutch Safety Board
(Onderzoeksraad Voor
Veiligheid) expects to publish its
report on the 2009 crash of a
Divi Divi aircraft near Bonaire
next month.
A spokesperson of the Safety
Board confirmed this last week.
The Divi Divi Air Britten-Norman
BN-2 carried nine passengers and
the pilot on the day of the crash,
October 22. During the flight from
Curagao to Bonaire, one of the two
engines stopped running and pilot
Robert Mansell was forced to
make an emergency landing in the
sea 900 meters south of Klein
Bonaire.
Mansell died, but the passengers
were rescued by boats that rushed
to the scene. It wasn't until late
November that the Dutch salvage
company Smit salvaged the wreck
from a depth of 170 meters with
Mansell's body still in it. (photo
above)
The Antillean Minister of Traffic
and Transport requested the Safety
Board to look into the crash.
The Board, chaired by Pieter van
Vollenhoven, is an independent
institution that investigates all
large safety incidents in The Neth-
erlands.
The one-year term that the Safety
Board usually takes to publish its
findings has long passed. The
Board's spokesman, Fred Sanders,
explained that an international
investigation always takes longer
to complete. "Parties from several
countries need to be heard. This
usually takes a few additional
months," he said. Sanders said that
the drawing up of the report was in
the last stages.
The Safety Board is currently
also investigating the large fire
at BOPEC in Bonaire which
started on September 8, 2010, and
lasted several days.


IThe first elections since the
new constitutional structure that
dissolved the Netherlands Antilles
and integrated Bonaire, Statia and
Saba into The Netherlands will
take place on Wednesday, March
2, 2011. The election is analogous
to Dutch elections for the provin-
cial councils. The "public entity"
of Bonaire is responsible for orga-
nizing the Island Council elections
and informing citizens about the
process of this election. The RCN
(Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland)
is responsible for encouraging
citizens to use their right to vote.
Therefore, The Netherlands and
the Island government together
provide information to the public.
For the first time, Dutch voting
rules will apply. Under the slogan,
"You also do it?" an intensive
campaign will be launched, in-
volving a range of media and a
door-to-door leaflet.

IForeigners residing on Bonaire
legally five years or longer can
vote in the Island Council elec-
tions in March. That's what the
court ruled in a case filed by PHU
President Rafael Santana against
the government, which had earlier
rejected his appeal.
The ruling means that long-time
adult foreign residents can vote in
municipal elections. The Dutch
Second Chamber had approved an
amendment presented by Member
of Parliament Johan Remkes to
forbid foreigners to vote in the
new overseas Dutch BES Island
municipalities because that would
indirectly influence elections for
the Dutch First Chamber. But be-
cause this amendment has not yet
been introduced, the court found
there is no justification to bar im-
migrants from voting, which
would constitute unequal treatment
under various international trea-
ties.

IBonaire's
only "formal"
brothel may
have to close
its doors if no
solution is
found to legalize the immigration
status for the girls from Latin
America who work as prostitutes
at The Paradise Inn, better known


Sea turtle before


Sea turtle after


) $500,000 for a Sea Turtle! On January 8, 2011, three men
were apprehended by the Coast Guard for poaching two protected
sea turtles, one of which had been killed. According to published
reports the men were Colombian nationals.
The last time that poachers were charged with catching a sea turtle
in Bonaire's waters was 1999. Those poachers came before the
court in January, 2000, and were sentenced to a conditional fine of
$850. The conditional clause meant that the fine would be levied if
the offenders were caught poaching a sea turtle within two years of
sentencing. The maximum fine in 2000 was NAf 5.000 and/or one
month prison sentence and/or confiscation of the car/boat or other
object used to capture the turtle and transport.
Since that time the law has been changed, and the punishment is
now much more severe, providing for a maximum fine of over
$500,000 with a jail term of four years for intentionally killing,
catching, collecting and /or trading of sea turtles. Copies of the
applicable laws and ordinances can be found in Dutch at
www.bonairegov.an at topic Natuur & Milieu, under Wet en Regel-
geving.
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) protects the sea turtles
of Bonaire with financial support from WWF-NL, the Dutch Carib-
bean Nature Alliance (DCNA), and the community. You can find
more information on the sea turtles of Bonaire at
www.bonaireturtles.org. Call 005-599-717-2225 for questions or to
report suspected illegal activity involving sea turtles.
(Press release by Merel van Weel, legal officer at the Department
of Legal and General . I 11, ' of the Bonaire government (Juridische
en Algemene Zaken van het Openbaar Lichaam Bonaire) and
Marlene Robinson, Board member, Sea Turtle Conservation Bon-
aire-STCB photos)


as Pachi's Place. The undocu-
mented brothel workers were
tolerated by Netherlands Antilles
Immigration provided they
stayed only three months had
supervised medical checkups and
lab tests. But the Dutch Immigra-
tion and Naturalization
Department (IND) which took
over border control now that
Bonaire is a Dutch municipality
says the prostitutes are illegal
and must leave. Currently Pa-
chi's is closed for renovation.
Loopholes in the existing rules
that would allow the red light to
keep shining are reportedly being


discussed in government circles.
Sex workers are legal and taxed
in The Netherlands and many,
not only men from the island, but
also from visiting ships, want to
see a regulated whore house on
Bonaire. A female health care
worker in a conversation with
The Reporter recalls that in the
past men, including ship's crew-
men, tempted high school girls
with cash in exchange for sex.
Another woman told us she be-
lieved prostitution helped to re-
duce sex crimes.

(Continued on page 8)


This Week's Stories

$500,000 for a Sea Turtle 2
Elections Coming Up 3
NewGoatfish Behavior 6
Courtyard Village Construction (cover) 8
Letters to the Editor( New Year Hope, Do
Not Pay Road Tax-Yet) 9
Literary Concert 9
Governor's Annual Party 10
Fish Farm-Cobia 11
Fundashon Mariadal Update (Hospital
Partnership) 12
Cas Cadushy Opens 12
Bonaire- Garbage Paradise ? 13
Dive Friends Clean-up Dive Results 15
CPR at BonFisio/BonBida 17
Laura Dekkerto Stop in Bonaire? 17
Shelter Book Fair & Flea Market 18
New Exito Bakery-Caf6 (Neighbors in
Business) 18

Departments
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since... (Desiree Croes) 4
Bonairean Voices -What Does the Future
Hold? (Ramonsito Booi) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Latin Music Classics-Linda Ronstadt 7
Bon Qui #45 (Unknown Grave) 7
Picture Yourself (Egypt The Pyramids) 12
Classifeds 13
Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times,
Moon Phase 13
Shopping & Service Directory/Guides 14
Wheels-Military Land Rover 15
Masthead 16
Whats Happening, Cruise Ship Sched, 16
Sudoku Solution 17
Bon Quiz Answer 17
Body Talk-Ageing Process Slowdown 17
Pet of the Week ("Ralph") 18
Sky Park (Moon Shows the Way) 19
Caf6 Astrology 19


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The Publisher:
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Box 407, Bonaire,
Dutch Caribbean
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518/ 786-6518
Available on-line at:
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Last week Bonaire's political
parties submitted their list of
candidates for the Island Council
elections on Wednesday, March
2nd. It will be the first local elec-
tion since Bonaire was established
as a special Dutch municipality.
In addition to the two parties of
long standing, the PDB Demokrat
(red) and UPB Patriotiko (green),
three new parties submitted names.
Confusingly, their letters were the
same, but in a different order.
One new party, the "Movementu
Lucha Boneiru" (Bonaire Light
Movement) -MLB, is headed by
Eric Soleana. MLB's list was pre-
sented by Alejandro Wemet and
Chimo Emerenciana, who are not
among the candidates of the party.
MLB is not even a political party,


according
to Wernet,
but a group
of a dozen
people who
want
change
"with space
for new
thoughts
and a new
system." Eric Soliana
Following
Soleana the list includes Elsio
Cicilia, Giancarlo Frans, Livianna
Frans, Regina Janga, Marcial
Quispe Saldafia, Gabriel Pourier,
Antonia Janga Frans,Leo Thiel-
man, Efraim Arnold Amelia, Rich-
ard Jansen and Iby Seraus.


party list of the "Movementu
Boneiru Liber" (Free Bonaire
Movement) -MBL. The MBL-
note the different arrangement of
initials- says it wants a "new style
of more noble politics." Party
leader Dirksz explained that there
had been a lot of interest in getting
on the party list, but they had had
to stop at 25.
The present independent council-
man and commissioner Anthony
Nicolaas is not on the list, but is
reported to support the MBL.
The
"Partido
pro Hus-
tisia i Un-
ion,
" (Party
for Justice
& Union) -
the PHU,
headed by
Michiel
Bijkerk Michiel Bijkerk
also pre-
sented its list. It wants more equal-
ity within the Dutch Kingdom and
also pledged to continue its fight
for the rights of immigrants and
retirees. The PHU assimilated the
POB (Workers party) formerly
headed by Theo 'Kabuki' Frans.
Elias Bemabela took the spot and
is number three on the PHU list
which consists of Michiel Bijkerk,
Rafael Antonio Santana Rodri-
guez , Elias Martinus Bemabela,


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lue Norbert Sjirk Taede Tadema Dam-


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man, Ruben Dario Crestian, Her-
nando Velandia Vargas, Maria Del
Roser Navarro Garci, Marco Anto-
nio Alvarado Villasis, and Francis-
cus Petrus Henricus Soree.
The established parties- the
"Union Patriotiko Boneri-
ano" (UPB)
and "Partido
Demokratiko
Boneri-
ano" (PDB)
are also par-
ticipating in
the election.
Longtime
PDB leader
Jopie Abra- Clark Abraham
ham retired and
has been replaced by Robbie Buek-
enboom. But an Abraham anchors
the list, Clark Abraham, Jopie's
son. Other Demokrat candidates
are Nolly Oleana, Mirugia Janga,
Jerry Frans, Michael Pieters,
Cedric Valero, Aaron Martis, Sher-
mana Frans, Eko Albertus, Javier
Martines, Miri Semeleer, Renny
Winklaar, Din Domacasse, Alan
Cicilia, Nira Dorothea, Moreno
Zuniga and Monti Francees. Beu-
kenboom said 11 of the 18 candi-
dates were first-timers and that his
PDB would not be "mud-slinging"
in the campaign. The red party
wants focus on the future to
achieve improvements for the local
population in every sense of the
word, including "a critical evalua-
tion together with The Nether-


lands," said Beukenboom.
UPB is still led by the twice-
retired, twice returned, Ramonsito
Booi who said the green's list of
some 30 candidates was well bal-
anced. (New election rules allow a
greater number of names on the list
than previously permitted..)
Booi said
that his party
wanted to re-
establish peace
on the island,
"so that all
fathers have
the opportunity
to work and
care for their
families. We Ramonsito Booi
will see to it
that the agreements made with The
Netherlands are actually happen-
ing." Ramonsito Booi, heads his
party's list followed by James
Kroon and Elvis Tjin Asjoe,
Maritsa Silberie, Jeffrey Leven-
stone, Onnie Emerenciana, Gunter
Seraus, Milena Winklaar, Bumey
el Hage, Eveline Anthony, Nolly
Wilsoe, Djuni Piar, Euron Rosaria,
Irva Pourier, Gino Martis, Jar Me-
laan, Elinne Martis, Carina Chir-
ino, Jonathan Clarenda. Also
Vema Marchena, Liduska Reina,
Soyla Kraal, Rutmila Thod6, Latifa
Sint Jago, Milie Sint Jago, Nunu
Josephia, Papito Thomas, Elvis
Flores, Papi Cicilia and Yonchi
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ST was born on Aruba and as
Long as I can remember I
was always fascinated by police
work. I started at the police-
training when I was only 17. In
total I had three different law-
enforcement training: two on
Aruba and one in Amersfoort,
The Netherlands. I'd worked on
Aruba as a police officer for 11
years, then I left for Holland
where I did the third training and
worked as a sergeant for three
years.
In 2001 my granddad passed
away, and it completely turned
my life around. I had a very
strong bond with him. I wasn't
raised by a father - my granddad
has been my father figure all my
life, as my mom and I lived with
my grandparents from when I
was four. My grandfather, Juan
Mario Odor, was a well-known
person. He and Betico Croes
founded the Numismatic Mu-
seum of Aruba in 1975. The Nu-
mismatic Museum was the larg-


est in all of the Caribbean and it
housed a collection of more than
400,000 coins and paper money.
It was subsidized by the Aruban
government and international and
local cultural organizations." She
smiles.
"My grandfather was a fascinat-
ing and passionate man and he
passed his love and knowledge
on to me. When he died, I left
The Netherlands and came back
to Aruba to work with my
mother, my grandmother and my
uncle at the Numismatic Mu-
seum. I became the director. The
museum was an icon, not only in
the Aruban tourist industry, but it
was also famous internationally.
HBO came and made a docu-
mentary about my granddad's
life and the museum. It was a
glamorous period.
When my grandmother passed
away and six months later my
uncle, it was the end of every-
thing. My mom and I were the
only ones left and the rest of the


"...the moment they start feeling in-
volved and how they enjoy it! You
have to sting them with the nature
bee..."


family decided to sell
the museum and its
collection. I was
against it, but as the
Juan Mario Odor
Foundation was a BON
family foundation
there was very little I M.
could do. I made a
decision and resigned
from my ownjob. My
mom also quit and
retired and the gov-
ernment stopped the
subsidy and that was
it. The whole collec-
tion sits in boxes and
the family wants to
sell everything. I
don't want to have anything to do
with it - it feels like selling my
own grandfather. It was a histori-
cal monument and a national
heritage! It's completely against
my will and my mothers' that
they decided to sell it. It belongs
to Aruba!
Well," she looks at me and
smiles, "all my life I have loved
nature, just like my granddad,
who also was a passionate ama-
teur archeologist. From the time
I was a child we would go for
long walks in the outback and he
would tell me everything he
knew. So, one day when I was
surfing the internet, looking at all
the Dutch Antilles because I


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offers. I sent Ronella (Croes,
TCB head) an e-mail including
my C. Later on she told me that
the moment she saw my CV on
her Blackberry, she was having
lunch with Elsmarie Beuken-
boom in New York and she told
Elsmarie 'I guess this is some-
thing for you!' Luckily Elsmarie
took it seriously and invited me
for an interview in June 2009,
and in August I started working
for STINAPA as the nature and
environmental education coordi-
nator.


STINAPA has different activities
prepared for elementary school-
children and also for teenagers
from Jong Bonaire. My job is to
educate them through different
events and activities like snorkel-
ing, bird watching, plants and
trees, turtles, diving, kayaking
etc., etc. All these programs must
have an educational element. To
be able to do this job, you have
to like it! I get my reward when I
see their happy faces, their curi-
osity, the moment they start feel-
ing involved and how they enjoy
it! You have to sting them with
the nature bee... and tell them
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not to kill a wasp, a bee or a scor-
pion just because they are there.
'We are nature protectors.'
That's the feeling I want to create
with the group. For instance,
when I tell them, 'The parrot fish
is now protected,' they all ask
'why?' Then I tell them that the
parrot fish is the alchemist, be-
cause he eats algae which grow
on the rocks and every time he
takes a bite, he also eats a chunk
of the rock and when he digests
it, it becomes our white sand.
Children are open to learning,
they want to know. They might
not change the world right now,
but they know the rules of the
Marine Park, they know the pro-
tected species and how important
it is to keep the island and the sea
clean and... that's the future of
Bonaire - its children. I always
tell the children not to confront
people with what they know -
maybe they can tell their parents
sometimes or some close family
members - but I don't want them
to become isolated - the wise
guys - in their environment. They
are children, and so I tell them:
'It's something you have to keep
in your heart and let it grow with
you. You can't change the world
in one day by yourself; it's some-
thing you have to do together.
And when you get really deeply
emotional involved in nature - it


will change you.
All the elementary schoolclul-
dren on Bonaire -from the agc of
four - are involved in this pro-
gram, and during the holiday% I
also get the creches (day carc I
The school teachers mc; \ cn i1-
portant; they are the coinci lionIS
of NME to make the jcu\ uitic
successful, because I have to
count on them. And I am ven
happy with the cooperation ol tei
Aqua Space, Divi Flamingo bolt,
and the Woodwind, who alwa; s
have a boat available - for frcc -
for my programs.
One of those programs for exam-
ple is 'Sharks of Bonaire', where
I go snorkeling out at sea with
the teenagers. We enter the world
of the sharks and I tell them how
people kill sharks by the millions
each year and how few people
are killed by sharks in compari-
son, mostly by accident. Starting
with the nine year olds I touch
these themes with the children -
the way people use and harm
nature-and they really under-
stand. They are so much smarter
than we think they are. You have
to plant a seed in their mind and
through internet and TV it will
come back to them and they will
see the big picture fast - sooner
than we did, because we spoiled
it for them..."
Desiree Croes is a beautiful per-
son. She 's passionate but soft
spoken and in her quiet, ,-. ,il,.-


manner she compels respect.
She's a natural.
"I do have a lot of experience
working with children from my
prior job as a police officer. You
have to step into their world but
still you have to have the author-
ity. I like to listen and to hear
what they have to say and then,
in return, they pay attention back.
It's a give and take like all rela-
tionships, but it's challenging.
Somehow I'm doing it right be-
cause everywhere I go children
recognize me and call my
name....
The children of Bonaire are very
proud of their island and I help
them realize what it is they are
proud of. They have to see and
learn how everything works and
is connected in our environment.
That way they can help with the


protection, because only by being
proud you can't achieve goals -
you have to have knowledge as
well. So, when they understand
about eco systems and their bio-
diversity, they truly start with
nature protection. Once they un-
derstand that each living thing
relies on another, the link has
been made and the circle is com-
plete.
I've also put NME STINAPA on
Face book - it's a network be-
tween children, parents, teachers
and all other nature lovers, so
people," she laughs "if you want,
join us!
I love Bonaire, because I love to
live the simple life and be sur-
rounded by nature. It's an un-
stoppable feeling of happiness...
dushi! Yes, Bonaire is very
sweet! I have everything to be


grateful for;. My eldest son
Arxen, 22, is studying at the Uni-
versity of Amsterdam - history
and politics. I am very proud of
him. Luckily I still have my baby
here with me. Dayron is almost
15 and he's at SGB. He loves
nature, just like me. This year I
am turning 43 and the job keeps
me fit, mentally and physically. I
would love to do it for a very
long time; it's healthy living and
I am looking forward to seeing
all 'my' children when they've
grown up - I am sure they will
make a change in
the future..."
More info:
nme@stinapa.org

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B onaire resident Genady Filkovsky Unlike pre
and Joseph T. Springer, working uses, in th
under the auspices of the Biology Depart- barbels we
ment of the University of Nebraska- and simult
Kearney, reported new behavior by spot- teracting g
ted goatfish, Pseudupeneus maculateus. Consider
The Spotted goatfish interacted by wrig- terns of re
gling, touching, and twisting each other's the paired
barbels. This observed use of barbels by served cou
goatfish differs from their common uses either as s]
in feeding, and from their previously encounter
noted use in courtship. This new behavior males.
also suggests an interpretation for court- The beha
ship as well. ent from s
A distinct feature of goatfishes is a pair fish spawi
of highly developed barbels. These are female risi
long, powerful structures with muscles, column, a
cartilaginous skeleton, and sensory or- alongside
gans. When not in use, the barbels are both quick
folded back inside grooves under the chin m - 3 m at
and gill covers. When in use, the barbels grees up, s
can be lowered as well as turned all the ing off, an
way forward, or rapidly and independ- bottom. T]
ently bent. served her
The goatfish barbels are considered to No eggs a
be chemosensory and tactile organs seen, while
mainly used for feeding. All goatfishes ally easily
are believed to use barbels in feeding by were simil
lowering them to the sea bottom to sense shape whi
hidden prey. Goatfishes also use their differ front
barbels for feeding in various ways be- The con
yond sensory probing including disturb- was mutual
ing and excavating sand or mud to reach other detail
hiding prey, or frightening, pushing, and by goatfisi
pulling prey from holes and crevices. The scribed be
new use of barbels by spotted goatfish tion of bar
was detected during data collection and with feedi
subsequent analysis of the recordings. tive.


Goatfish Behavior


eviously reported
ese observations
ere used mutually
aneously by in-
;oatfish.
ring general pat-
ef fish behaviors,
behavior ob-
ild be interpreted
pawning or as an
between two

avior was differ-
pawning. Goat-
ling consists of a
ing in the water
male coming
her, and then
ly swimming 2
about 45 de-
;pawning, break-
d returning to the
he behavior ob-
*e was different.
nd milt were
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seen. The fish
lar in size and
le male goatfish
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al wriggling of barbels while
ils varied. This use of barbels
h differed from previously de-
cause it constituted a new func-
bels that was not concerned
ng, and because it was interac-


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dart. 1243 The Open Marine Biology Jour-
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WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?


As we think about all our desires for
this year our main thoughts have
been on the lack of stability of our Bo-
nairean government. With the new changes
it is very important for our Bonairean com-
munity-which includes all Bonairean citi-
zens, no matter what nationality, religion
etc.,- to know where we want to go with
our lovely Bonaire. Political leader, Mr.
Ramonsito Teresita Booi (63), from the
green party UPB (Union Partriotiko
Boneiriano) gave some insights.
First it's good to know a little of the back-
ground of Mr. Booi. He was born of hum-
ble Bonairean parents, Mr. Ramon Booi
from Nikiboko, and Mrs. Louisita Sille
from Playa. His father was a navigator on
board the ship, Irene, carrying gasoline
barrels between Curagao and Bonaire. Later
he bought the ship, making it possible to
start his own businesses. They built and
opened "Kasa Ramon," which is now
where Bonaire Sunshine Homes and Go
Green Natural Shop are located. Ramon-
sito, the youngest of five children, left Bon-
aire for studies and graduated as an elemen-
tary schoolteacher.
Booi explains, "For 12 years I dedicated
my life to teaching. During that time,
around 1970 when I was 21, I decided to go
into politics. So as you can see I've been a
politician for over 40 years. I have held
different positions: member of the local
parliament, the central parliament and com-
missioner. As I never wanted to be a burden
to the government budget, I took on a chal-
lenge in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods
business (FMCG). I was the owner of Culti-
mara Supermarket for 15 years. We had
grocery stores under the Cultimara name in
Antriol, Amboina, Rincon and Playa. But
politics was my passion. I sold three of the
four stores; the only one left is the one in
Rincon, which was bought by my brother
Max under the name of Tusnara. My vision
is to elevate the quality of life of Bonaire to
levels acceptable within the Dutch commu-
nity."
I told Mr. Booi that the government is
going through some shaky times and asked
why.
"We are like on a rollercoaster ride with
all its ups and downs, where politics is not
having its best moment. A lot of people
don't understand that the current UPB gov-
ernment has been holding seats for less than
four months. So in a very short time prior to
the elections of March 2011, a lot of pend-
ing businesses has had to be handled, and
we have to prepare for the election cam-
paign during the Carnival festival season.


After the election of 2nd March, 2011, we
will see what the people will decide and in
which direction they want to go. We no-
ticed that during the reign of the former
government (one and a half years) nothing
was done to uphold the agreements made
with Holland and that's what gave Holland
the chance to go astray. That's why we
need to go back in, get Holland at the nego-
tiation table and put the original drawing
back on the table. Social Security, Health
Care and the Fiscal system must be bal-
anced.
Our government has only one and a half
months left so we can't do much for the
future. No matter which government it is
we need to ask Holland to repair what
needs to be fixed on Bonaire, for the wel-
fare for all Bonairean citizens. The govern-
ment needs to evaluate all the methods in
the new situation. The assigned party, and
not a coalition, has to make the changes.
What we have now is not entirely conform-
ing to the original plans, thus not good. We
must make it better. If the negotiations with
Holland do not end with an agreement, we
can use other structural and legal ways in
Holland itself, like state counselors, or the
European Union Court."
Nevertheless we have the elections com-
ing the 2nd of March, 2011. What will your
choice be ?
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num and multiplatinum albums. In total,
she has over 30 solo albums, 38 Bill-
board Hot 100 singles and one No. 1 hit.

Her father Gilbert came from a pioneer-
ing Arizona ranching family and was of
Mexican descent. That's why Linda Ron-
stadt shows up in these editions of Latin
Music Classics. Linda's early family life
was filled with music and tradition,
which influenced the stylistic and musi-
cal choices she later made in her career.
Growing up, she listened to Mexican
music, which was sung by her entire fam-
ily.
In 1987, Ronstadt released an album of
traditional Mexican folk songs, titled
"Canciones de Mi Padre." Though not
fully bilingual, she has a fairly good
command of the Spanish language, al-
lowing her to sing Latin American songs
with little discernible Anglo accent. Ron-
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n the road south just before the
salt pier, there stands a single grave
by the shore. When the salt crystallizers
were being constructed, skeletal remains
were found near this spot and were given
this historical monument.

Q) What is the story behind this grave?
Answer on page 17
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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
Prostitution is an unsavory business in any
case and opposed by many in the commu-
nity. Prostitution may continue with or
without Pachi's. There are already prosti-
tutes operating out of late night bars in the
Kralendijk suburbs.

I As of September 1 last year new rules
applied to Bonaire for the protection of
Bonaire's natural environment. Addi-
tional rules came into force on January 1 for
the protection of fauna, flora and natural
areas on land and sea.
The rules are important for all residents and
businesses on Bonaire. The government has
issued special information sheets to explain
the legislation about the environmental im-
pact and the Bonaire Nature Commission
in Dutch and Papiamentu. The full range of
information sheets on the Nature Island
Ordinance are available at DROB on Kaya
Amsterdam 23, at STINAPA and on the
web site: www.bonairegov.an. They in-
clude:
* Data Island Ordinance Nature
* Data licensing procedure
* Data usage fees
* Water sport sheet
* Data protected species
* Data protected trees
* Data reef fishery
* Environmental Impact Data
* Data Committee Bonaire Nature

P The NuStar oil terminal in St.
Eustatius and BOPEC oil terminal in
Bonaire will have to comply with
stricter environmental regulations once
the Dutch Parliament has approved the
environmental management law for Bon-
aire, St. Eustatius and Saba (BES is-
lands). NuStar has a dated permit based
on the St. Eustatius hindrance ordinance,
while BOPEC has no permit at all.
Both companies are in the process of re-
questing a new permit in anticipation of
the new legislation. The new environ-
mental regulations for the BES islands are
a lot more stringent than under the cur-
rent, dated Antillean and local legislation.
However, regulations will be less strin-
gent than the European legislation for the
European part of The Netherlands.



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T porary Route 'ltitT -) .

POWashington Slagbaai Park is open
again. The roads are again passable at
least in the main touring sections. A tem-
porary route has been set up as follows:
Start and end at the main entrance of the
Park. Follow the long route all the way to
Wayaka. From Wayaka you take a short cut
and go back to the main entrance through
the short route.
This route hits all the points of interest with
exceptions of Juwa Pass and Slagbaai as
well as all the dive and snorkel sites with
exceptions of Slagbaai beach. STINAPA is
working diligently to open more of the
route through the Park. Soon they will fin-
ish repairing another section of the roads
which will give all visitors the possibility of


getting all the way to Slagbaai.

)A sea level monitoring station for tsu-
nami monitoring has been set up at the
mega cruise pier in Curacao. The local
Meteorological Service installed the system
in cooperation with the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
and the University of Hawaii's Sea Level
Centre (UHSLC).
After the tsunami disaster in 2004 in the
Indian Ocean, the International Ocean Com-
mittee/UNESCO set up three work groups,
of which the former Netherlands Antilles
had formed part.
Recent research has shown that Curagao
and Bonaire have been hit by tsunamis in
the past. Apart from detecting tsunamis, the
system installed will also be used by the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) to measure climate changes.

1 For the 9th consecutive year, Bonaire
has taken first place for Top Overall
Diving in Scuba Diving magazine's
Readers' Choice Awards. Bonaire swept
top honors, receiving four #1 Ratings,
which is more than any other destination
in the Caribbean/Atlantic category, while
continuing its reign as one of the world's
top dive destinations.
Bonaire received first place in three other
Caribbean/Atlantic categories: Top
Health of Marine Environment, Top
Macro Life and Top Shore Diving, and
also received second place in seven other
Caribbean/Atlantic categories: Overall
Destination, Value for Diving Dollar,
Beginner Diving, Snorkeling, Visibility,
Marine Life and Photography.

SBonaire's award-winning culture
park, Mangazina di Rei, has gone mod-
ern with appearances on the top social
network web sites. Check them out on:
Facebook: http://www.facebook corn
mangazinadirei
Twitter: http://twitter.co m
MangazinaDiRei
YouTube: http://www. outiLubc corn
mangazina

)The annual Lora
(Bonaire parrot)
count will take place
on Saturday morn-
ing, January 29. A
breakfast is planned
for the participants art
the entrance to Wash-
ington Park following the coinU Ori ,In-'/-
ers are as usual DROB, \/ l, .... i.
and STINAPA. They still cin unei \olun-
teers. For the no\ ics'" a luiniiiui' Ilil-
ing is planned but date, Iinllie d place of
this meeting are still unklno" C onlact
Peter Montanus at e-mail Pi -
ter.montanus(,bonairego\ coin fo01 i mo10
details.

ILast week US President B.ni.ick
Obama issued an executii c order loom-
ening more restrictions on iS tr.l el
and money remittances to Cu Iiba. a lil-
ther step in his efforts to icali out to ith
people of that country.
The latest measures, which itopl lhoit of
lifting a ban on tourist tu\ cl to hile island
by Americans, are aimed at dei\ clopiiii
"people-to-people" contact bL\ llo" in,'
more travel for college pliofcls�oiS and
students, artists and chulihi ,ilouilp If
Cuba opens to US tourism in \\ ill clih!c.'
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The people who brought you Bonaire Exclusief are now offering a new develop-
ment of apartments and villas. On January 18, 2011, construction of the Resort
Bonaire Courtyard Village began. The location is the alinoli downtown but still
close to the beach" corer of Kaya Serena and Kaminda Djabou.
A big ground breaking party was held with several political leaders in attendance .
The first shovel of soil was a big one dug by a backhoe operated by the parents of the
developers. (cover photo)
The resort is planned to be built in stages. There will be 44 apartments with 1, 2 and
3 bedrooms and 27 bungalows with 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms. Sustainable environmental
practices include solar heated water and landscaping drip systems using recycled wa-
ter. Prices range from $120,000 to $400,000. Sales information is available at Sunbelt
Realty (see ad on the back page).
The overall design is by local architect, Augusta Elton. Construction is by Tony
Marchena in collaboration with Multifunction Management.
The shareholders and promoters of Bonaire Courtyard Village NV include Rob Cat,
both Senior and Junior, and Andries de Boer. More information is at
info@courtyardbonaire.com. U Press release/G.D.


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NEW YEAR HOPE

Dear Editor,
In December I sent a New Ye;
my friends and think the reader
might be interested in what ha
is about Bonaire's future and i
or less like this:
Our guilders become dollars;
All of us get health insurance;
We'll get a kidney dialysis cei
And get more medical facilities
State old age pensions will be(
543;
The tax system will change. T
vantage or disadvantage?
The runway of the airport will
vated;
Under construction the 23rd (!
on the island;
No import duties any more; nc
tance tax;
8% sales tax;
Will we get entangled and str
Bureaucracy?
Let's hope for the best.


Do NOT PAY ROAD TAX.

Dear Editor,

I suppose every-
body has noticed
the bad condi-
tions the roads
have been in for
such a long time.
Do we need to
pay for this? Do
we have to accept this?
How many more cars need to bc
the garage to be repaired because
bad road conditions? At those g
need to pay ABB tax, so again t
ment is making money from us.
Diving may be the number one
Bonaire but mangrove kayaking
number two. Have you seen tha
Elly Albers from the mangrove
tre claims to have missed thousE
dollars because of car repairs, 1(
tourists who got scared away w
saw the road. And because she c
transport clients properly.
The burden on cars is huge and
How much money is being lost
this? Who cares anyway?
The worst thing is that the same


BRAS-


ment who wants us to pay road tax allows
big trucks to drive the back roads to take
away part of our coastline (although this
ar's wish to permit is very doubtful and does not meet
ers of TBR the regulations which were set by the gov-
id to say. It ernment.....but who cares hey... !) and they
it ran more ruin the roads completely.
I also had a talk with Patrick Diepgrond
form Caribe Car Rental. He mentioned to
me that because of the bad roads and many
potholes a lot of his cars are having trou-
re; bles with the tires (being out of balance)
es; and lots of problems with the suspension.
come US$ And he was able to inform me that this was
the case with most other car rental agencies
o our ad- as well.
And let us not forget a big group of people
be reno- on Bonaire who can just make it every
month. They drive in old cars and many of
) church them cannot afford all the repairs needed to
keep their holy cow on the road.
o inheri- Very sad.
Big dump trucks full of diabase (a very
short sighted practice) also ruin the roads
angled in in the kunuku. They ruin the roads and
leave the people who live there with almost
impossible roads.
G. Vellinga And now I am not even writing about their
highly disrespectful and dangerous way of
.. YET driving (which is well known to the police
but they cannot do anything......they say)
I always thought is was forbidden to de-
stroy public property, but not on Bonaire.
Sometimes water trucks and garbage
trucks find it impossible to visit the
kunukeros, but again who cares!
It is even necessary that I myself need to
maintain the public road otherwise I cannot
reach my own house. I cannot remember
the last time I saw the government main-
taining that road.
And for those people who venture out into
Sthe kunuku, be very careful where you
se ofe tso drive, and do not think that a call to 911
will help. If you do not believe me, just try
garages you to call 911 and see what happens.
he govern-
S Now the big question is: Should we pay
road tax?
business on
S Of course we should, but not now!
Smay be
trad? Hold it till the government comes with a
Sad solution or accepts their responsibility.
kayak cen-
kayak c And when they come with a good plan,
hands of
st from great. Then it is time to pay.
n thy Somebody out there agrees?
coen thy Unfortunately I believe it is DROB who is
responsible for this and they are not known
intolerable, for their quick acting......if at all!
Hans Voerman


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of that with music of Antillean compos- cal cultures from Europe and the Antilles
ers, European composers like Chopin and which resulted in music we listen to daily
their own compositions on our islands. The concert starts at 7:30
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Wim Statius Muller and Johnny Klei- Entrance fee is $20, presale, and $25 at
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and pianists of the Antilles. They've al- $10.You can order your tickets in advance
ready made several tours and concerts on at: www.classicalmusicbonaire.com or go
this theme together with Jan Brokken in to: Addo's Bookstore, Flamingo Book-
the Antilles, in Poland, Belgium and The store or Plaza Resort
Netherlands.
The Classical Music Board Bonaire is Visitors of the concert can buy Jan
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P perhaps one of the nicest holdovers from the colonial era is the annual post-
New Years open house at the official residence of the Bonaire Governor. This
year Glenn and Mechtild Thode hosted the party at their temporary official resi-
dence in SABEDECO. Here are some scenes from the party that included bever-
ages, hors d'oeuvres and great DJ music.


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Elections

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011:


On Wednesday, March you will elect the members of your Island
Council.

For these Island Council elections of wednesday, March 2" some
existing rules will be changed.

From the end of lanuary till the beginning of March, you, who are ended
to vote, will be infonned about the most important changes.
This way you will know what awaits you on March Ad.

You'll be voting too, right?

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The next time you are driving
out to Sorobon, keep your
eyes peeled for a large green build-
ing on the right side of the road.
It's Elijah Fish Farm, the only fish
farm on the island. The farm,
which first opened in November of
2009, is a joint venture between a
Curagao-based company and
HESY Aquaculture B.V., a Euro-
pean company that constructs fish
farms all over the world. Right
now, only one species of fish is
being farmed, the Rachycentron
canadum, better known as Cobia.
Native to the waters of Bonaire,
the Cobia is a pelagic fish that can
be found in tropical waters all over
the world, from the Gulf of Mexico
down to South America, all the
way to Africa, Asia and Australia.
Typically a solitary fish, the Cobia
likes to frequent docks, buoys and
wrecks as well as estuaries and
mangroves. They live on a diet of
shrimps and other crustaceans and
the females usually spawn in large
batches between the months of
June and August.
Daniel DeAnda, the Plant Man-
ager for Elijah Fish Farm, says that
soon, Cobia will be available for
consumption in Bonaire, possibly
as early as May or June, when the
farm will sell its first batch of ma-
ture fish to commercial vendors on
the island and to vendors in Cura-
9ao. Nutritionally, Cobia is very
low in calories (only 87 calories
for a 100 gram serving) and is a
great source of protein, vitamin B6


and potassium.
DeAnda compares the
taste of Cobia as being
similar to the Mahi
Mahi or the Dorado; "It
fits in nicely as the
catch of the day that we
already have in Bon-
aire. It's a white filet, a
flakey fish. Even
though it's not already
on the market I think it
will fit in well and it
will be something that
we don't already have
on the menus."
Before the Cobia find
their way to Elijah Fish
Farm, they are bred in
Miami and are then
shipped over to Bon-
aire from Miami or
Ecuador. DeAnda
explains that with each
generation, good males
and females are se-
lected to mate, which Plant A
results in a stronger colleagi
generation than the last.
"That way they don't
have to keep going out and select-
ing more fish. By doing that, each
generation tends to be better. In
Miami they are now on their third
or fourth generation." Before the
Cobias are shipped, they undergo
some testing to ensure that they are
healthy. Once they arrive at the
farm, they are placed in a separate
holding tank for the first few
weeks before they can join the


Manager Daniel DeAnda and his
ue, Raimundo Vargas, with a net
full ofjuvenile Cobia.
other fish in the main tanks. This
helps prevent one fish from possi-
bly spreading a virus to the others.
According to DeAnda, all of the
fish have been healthy so far, but
it's a good precaution to take.
In order to raise the Cobia from
juveniles to adults, DeAnda, who
has a Bachelors in Biology and a
Masters in Aquaculture, and his
colleague, Raimundo Vargas, who


has been
trained in
running fish
farms, work
constantly
to ensure
that the
Cobias are
well fed and
that their
water is clean. It sounds simple
enough, but the task itself is an
extremely large production that
requires manual labor and an ad-
vanced water filtration system that
helps recycle the water. Since the
farm is inland, all of the water is
pumped from a well that is con-
nected to the ocean. With the
inland setup, DeAnda is better able
to control the salt water that is
coming in. "By being away from
the ocean we have what you call
'bio-security.' If I were next to the
ocean, you never know, the water
changes every day. If you get a
little algae bloom or a storm, all of
those things are going to affect
your intake water. If you have a
well, it is more isolated and the
water usually does not change very
much." Once the water has gone
through the system it goes to a
sedimentation pond and after that it
goes to Cargill and helps aid the
production of Bonaire's salt.
"There is a slight increase in bio-
logical load (waste from the fish)
and that actually helps the salt
crystallize," says DeAnda.
For now, Elijah Fish Farm has


not seen a profit since production
is still in the early stages. "Right
now we are just growing the fish,
but eventually we will be process-
ing, packing and shipping in about
six to eight months. I think our first
official harvest will be sometime in
May, and then we will start build-
ing up production consistently. By
next year we will have a consistent
production every week." Once the
farm has a steady production,
Elijah Fish Farm plans to add sev-
eral more employees to assist with
its growing operations.
In the future, DeAnda says that
the farm may consider growing a
second species, the Almaco Jack,
another fish that is found in Bon-
aire's waters. But for now,
DeAnda's only concern is raising
healthy Cobia and possibly getting
rid of the scent from the fish and
their feed, which he says is the
only downside to
the job. "After a
long day's work,
we really do
smell!" U
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Hospital P;
T his year, Fundashon
Mariadal, Bonaire's main
hospital, will be undergoing some
extensive changes now that Bon-
aire is officially a municipality of
Holland. As of January 1st 2011,
Fundashon Mariadal has formed a
partnership with two university
hospitals from Amsterdam: Cen-
tral Medical Academy and VU
Central Medical. With this new
agreement, which was just signed
last week, Fundashon Mariadal
will soon have six new doctors on
Bonaire who specialize in differ-
ent areas of medicine, including Dr.
surgery, gynecology, psychiatry,
internal medicine, anesthesiology and pedi-
atrics.
So far, two of the six specialists are al-
ready on the island, an anesthesiologist and
an internal medicine doctor. Under this
new program, once the specialists have
arrived they will stay on Bonaire for three
to six months and can even stay for up to a
year if they choose. After their rotation is
over, a new colleague will come from Am-
sterdam to take their place. According to
Macha Le Poole, Secretary of the Board of
Directors at Fundashon Mariadal, these
specialists will not only treat patients on
the island, but also teach hospital staff
through various educational programs.
"There will be opportunities for our em-
ployees, be it nurses or management, to
further educate themselves through work-
shops and other programs that are offered
within these university medical centers."
Le Poole says that these specialists will not
be replacing doctors that are already on the
island, but will be developing their area of
medicine into an individual program.
Having a number of specialists on the
island should be a welcome change for
locals. In the past, patients would have to
travel to Curagao depending on their medi-
cal issue, or they would have to wait for a
doctor to fly from Curagao to Bonaire.
Now, that has changed. "This is health care
on the island that we were not able to pro-
vide up until now," says Le Poole, adding,
"We had specialists coming in from Cura-
9ao for one or two days a week. They
would have patients to see and then they
would leave. Now we will have specialists
on the island 24/7 so we will not have to
rely on sending patients to Curagao."
Although the program has just started, Le
Poole has already gotten some feedback
from the two specialists that are on the
island which, she said, has been very posi-
tive so far. However, like any new partner-
ship, Le Poole says that there may be a few
bumps along the way as the university doc-
tors adjust to Bonaire. "They come from a
very different setting, a medical center
where everything is state of the art and
where they do things a certain way, so it
will be interesting to see how it works." Le


Giovanni J.M. Frans and Macha Le Poole

Poole also hopes that the specialists will
form a favorable opinion of Fundashon
Mariadal and of Bonaire, which she hopes
will make the partnership more successful.
"Of course we want to make a good im-
pression on them so that they go back to
The Netherlands and talk to their col-
leagues. The more positive they are about
the hospital, about Bonaire, about their
experience here, the more likely we are that
there are going to be more specialists sign-
ing up for the program."
In addition to the specialists, Fundashon
Mariadal will also be getting new, state-of-
the-art medical equipment over the next
few years. Dr. Giovanni J.M. Frans, Head
of the Board of Directors for the hospital
says that the island will soon be getting
new digital machines for x-rays and ultra-
sounds, adding that the hospital has also
just placed an order for a CT (CAT scan)
machine. Le Poole hopes that the introduc-
tion of this new equipment will also help in
furthering the education of the hospital's
staff, saying that Ii. .-- it will be possible
for the people working here to develop
their skills and their knowledge further
with this new digital equipment."
Over time, Le Poole hopes that the staff
at Fundashon Mariadal and its patients will
begin to see the benefits and the improved
quality of care from this new system,
"These specialists will be building up their
area of expertise structurally. They will not
just come in, do the work and then leave.
They will be building a department for the
future. In time I think this will result in
visible improvements that patients will
see.
Dr. Frans agrees, "We gave a lot of
autonomy, sacrifice to become part of Hol-
land, so we can have improvement in edu-
cation, social security and healthcare. The
objective is that we are going to bring up
the level and quality of healthcare to the
Dutch level of healthcare,
so it should become much
better. If not, we are not
doing our jobs right."
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he cruise ship, "Star Clipper" dumped its garbage on Bonaire on its visit last
week. They almost filled a Dumpster with hundreds of garbage
bags. Fortunately, the larger cruise lines for years have tried to keep the amount of
waste they produce to a minimum and don't leave their waste on the island (except of
course for Freewinds-ed). Several companies have signed a protocol to leave no waste
on the islands that they visit and not throw waste overboard at sea.
Bonaire waste is a growing problem and it is completely unacceptable that cruise ships
abuse Bonaire by dumping their waste here. UPhoto & text by: Gerard van Erp
Editor's comment: Who provided the Dumpster on the town pier? How can island
authorities charge locals for dumping and complain that Bonaire's landfill is short on
space when they accept waste from passing ships?


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Winds and weather can . . . .. the local tide's height and time

Day High Low High Low High Sunrise Sunset
January 01:39 / 08:23 / 16:46 / 21:03 /
Fri28 0.13ft 1.11 ft 0.18ft 0.14ft 7:01 18:36
02:17 / 09:10 / 17:44 / 22:05 /
Sat 29 0.10 ft 1.11 ft 0.20 ft 0.11 ft 7:01 18:36
02:54 / 09:57 / 18:42 / 23:12 /
Sun 30 0.05 ft 1.07 ft 0.19 ft 0.09 ft 7:01 18:37
03:30 / 10:44 / 19:39 /
Mon 31 0.00 ft 1.00 ft 0.17 ft 7:01 18:37
February 00:30 / 04:04 / 11:31 / 20:31 /
Tue 01 0.10 ft 0.05 ft 0.91 ft 0.14 ft 7:00 18:37
02:02 / 04:40 / 12:17 / 21:18 / New
Wed 02 0.13 ft 0.12 ft 0.81 ft 0.12 ft Moon 7:00 18:38
03:32 / 05:38 / 13:05 / 21:56 /
Thu 03 0.20 ft 0.19 ft 0.71 ft 0.08 ft 7:00 18:38
04:16 / 07:33 / 13:54 / 22:26 /
Fri 04 0.27 ft 0.25 ft 0.60 ft 0.05 ft 7:00 18:38
04:42 / 09:34 / 14:46 / 22:49 /
Sat 05 0.35 ft 0.27 ft 0.50 ft 0.02 ft 7:00 18:39
05:03 / 11:12 / 15:41 / 23:08 /
Sun 06 0.43 ft 0.23 ft 0.41 ft 0.00 ft 7:00 18:39
05:24 / 12:26 / 16:36 / 23:24 /
Mon 07 0.52 ft 0.17 ft 0.34 ft 0.02 ft 6:59 18:40
05:47 / 13:23 / 17:27 / 23:40 /
Tue 08 0.60 ft 0.11 ft 0.27 ft 0.02 ft 6:59 18:40
06:12 / 14:11 / 18:13 / 23:59 /
Wed 09 0.69 ft 0.04 ft 0.22 ft 0.01 ft 6:59 18:40
06:40 / 14:56 / 18:54 /
Thu 10 0.77 ft 0.01 ft 0.17ft 6:59 18:40
First 00:20 / 07:12 / 15:38 / 19:33 /
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SUPERMARKETS

Warehouse Supermarket
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Biggest air conditioned
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on the island.


(ISLAND) TOURS
Christie Dovale will personally take you on a fas-
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WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika
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Military Land Rover Defender
The 83rd of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bon-
aire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels." On course for 100+


R�2/I -


Bonaire/Kralendijk -
On Sunday January 16th a clean up dive was organized by Dive Friends of
Bonaire and Net Tech. Over 75 volunteers helped to make it a very suc-
cessful event.

Get together was at the Dive Inn at 9:30 am. Dive location was the underwater


A photograph of a Land Rover Defender 110 diesel, loaded with secret radio-
equipment. Ready to help in case of emergencies. These aluminum made vehicles can
reach the age of 90. Connoisseurs assume that some 75% of all LandRovers everpro-
duced are still on the road or in the mud and in a running condition!


Bonaire/Tolo/Kralendijk -
So about a week ago the members of
the Gentlemen's League, a group of
senior male divers (women more than wel-
come) were surprised by the presence of a
bunch of green/gray inflatable boats, con-
trolled by marines. The members of the
group of divers did not really understand
what the "sea soldiers" were doing, maneu-
vering their boats, inspecting and exploring
the coastline in the Tolo area, near Karpata.
Later that week I discovered that the marines
and their boats had something to do with
members of the Dutch land forces, situated
temporarily at the location of the VKB, the
Vrijwilligers Korps Bonaire (Bonairean
Corps of Volunteers/jb).
"Since August 2010 the soldiers of the
Dutch land forces stationed on the island of
Curagao are here," the sergeant-major ex-
plains to me. "Every time a crew consisting
of some 40 persons is here for five days.
Now we are here with the marines from
Aruba. They were the ones with the inflat-
able boats. They are here to explore the coast
line and they want to find out where there are
possibilities to land with their sea craft."
A group of some 40 military personnel is
temporarily on the quiet island of Bonaire for
defensive reasons. Apart from that they are
here to explore and to get to know the island.
They want to exercise on the island because
they want to assist the island in case of ca-
lamities such as severe storms or floods.
"We will be here, only on command," the
sergeant-major explains. "If the government
asks for assistance we are prepared to serve
the people of the island."
So the men and women from Curagao
and Aruba brought a lot of material with
them in a military cargo vessel. A couple of
DAF YA 4-ton trucks, a whole bunch of
Mercedes vehicles and some Land Rover
110s. All vehicles are 4 X 4s but in my opin-
ion the Land-Rovers are the best 4 X 4s by
far.
So, very late that Monday night, during
my third visit to the VKB, it is time to find
out about my beloved vehicles: the Land
Rovers. I am right on time because the next
morning all gear will be shipped to Curagao


and Aruba, transported by a military vessel
known as Pelikaan.
The Land Rovers are long-wheel based.
The model range is known as Defender and
there are several versions: the short ones
with a 90-inch wheel base and the longer
ones with a wheelbase of 110 inches. The
heavy duty vehicles are equipped with a reli-
able turbo diesel engine and a five-speed
gearbox. Four-wheel drive is always en-
gaged. A snorkel has been fitted to the air
inlet of the diesel by the factory in Solihull,
England. These vehicles are almost fully
waterproof. The chassis is slightly higher
than the chassis of the civilian 110 version
and high 7.50X16 tires are mounted on the
heavy duty rims. High coil springs connect
the chassis to the stiff front and rear axles.
These vehicles are equipped with power
brakes and power steering and a 24-Volt
system. No nonsense, no air conditioning, no
windows powered by an electric motor, not
even roll up, roll down window, just sliding
windows. The impressive vehicles are quite
high but they are designed that way so that
the gravity point is still low. The chassis is
made of high quality steel; the top is riveted
together and made of aluminum. These cars
will last 90 years!
Unfortunately I will not be able to drive
one of those admired-by-me drab green Land
Rover 110 Defenders. Everything is military
and especially the fitted for radio version is
equipped with a lot of secret devices. And,
even more unfortunate, the British made
Defenders are not for sale!
The next morning I drive my own old
leaf-springed, goat-like ride short-body Land
Rover in the direction of Kralendijk. We
pass the buildings and the terrain of the Vri-
jwilligerskorps Bonaire. They all have left:
the men and women, the DAF trucks, the
small Mercedes vehi-
cles and the Land Rov-
ers. My Land Rover
has the same intention
as I have: get healthy
and happy at the age of
100, together with my
wife!E J@n Brouwer


world in front of the South Pier. Air
tanks were supplied for free. Hun-
dreds of kilograms of glass, iron and
parts of boats and gear were col-
lected. Miles of fishing line and a lot
of re-usable lead.
After the diving part of the event
there was some time reserved for a
clean up of the divers and other vol-
unteers. A little time was left for an
afternoon nap.

At 5 pm all volunteers gathered
together at the Yellow Submarine -
location of Dive Friends of Bonaire -
to enjoy food and drinks. For the first
time durable and re-usable plates and
cups were used. Thank you volun-
teers! Thank you employees for
washing the dishes! "Without blue
there is no green..." 0 J@n Brouwer


Relax in a cozy atmosphere
Authentic Local (Krioyo) and Venezuelan dishes....
Specials every day --Take Away too 717-4596
Kaya Liberador Simon-Bolivar #22, Next to Jong Bonaire
Open for Breakfast and Lunch From 6:30 am Mon.-Saturday;
Email: BrandarisCafe(igmail.com


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Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Fridays and Cruise Ship Visiting
Days-usually 10 am until ship departure.
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Mon Jan-31 Aida Vita 0800 1600 1260 Aida
2 ships Ventura 0800 1800 3100 P&O
Thu Feb- Caribbean 1100 2000 3100 Princess
03 Princess
Fri Feb- Grandeur of 0700 1600 2446 Celeb-
04 the Seas rity
2 ships Oceana 0800 1800 1950 P&O

Sun Feb- Maasdam 0800 1700 1258 HAL
06
Wed Feb- Constellation 0800 1600 2034 Celeb-
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Thu Feb- Emerald Prin- 1200 2000 3100 Princess
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Fri Feb- Sea Princess 0800 1800 2016 Princess
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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.
* We Dare to Care Park children's
playground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
Saturday
* Rincon Marshe-8am-2 pm. En-
joy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop,
fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks, music. Big Marche 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
(NAf17,50) per person. Tel. 560-7539.
* Soldachi Tours-See the real Bon-
aire 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.
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 Captain
Don's Habitat Bar- Get up close and per-
sonal with Bonaire's dive pioneer. The
Captain will autograph your copy of his
newest book Reef Windows.
Tuesday
SGB High School Chez Nous Restau-
rant- 6 pm, multi course dinner, $20. Res-
ervations 700-4628.
Wednesday
SGB High School Chez Nous Restau-
rant- 12:30 multi course lunch, about $12.
Reservations 700-4628
Thursday
*SGB High School Chez Nous Restau-
rant- 12:30 multi course lunch, about
$12. Reservations 700-4628
*Bonaire Chess & Draughts (checkers)
players get together on from 19.00 till
21.00 at the SGB-school: Kaya Frater
Odulfinuz z/n.


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Friday
* Jong Bonaire Chess & Draughts
players get together from 17.00 till 19.00 at
the SGB-school. Kids can start at age six.
Tourists are welcome. Contact Serapio Pop,
at 701-9660
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo center
present a multimedia slide presentation
about Buddy's House Reef- pool bar
Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080

Monday -- Touch the Sea -- Dee Scarr,
honored as a member of the Women Di-
vers Hall of Fame conducts Bonaire's
Touch the Sea programs of personalized
dive guiding. She presents a unique per-
spective on critters and corals, plus an up-
dated Bonaire lionfish report, every Mon-
day she's on-island at 8:30 pm in the
Aquarius Conference Center at Captain
Don's Habitat, Call 717-8290.

Wednesday - Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire (STCB) presents an informative
slide show: Sea Turtles ofBonaire, at 8pm,
every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the
conference room at Captain Don's Habitat
(717-8290)

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bon-
aire'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. Openweekdays 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 eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club - Wednesdays, 7:15 pm-
All levels, NAf2,50, call Renata at 796-
5591 to find out the evening's location.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI - First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 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 wel-
come. 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 Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papiamentu,
Sunday, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kral-
endijk
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon.
Bible Study and Prayer meetings, Thurs-
days, 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) Sunday ser-
vices in English at 9 am; Sunday eve-
ning prayer meeting at Por's home, 7
pm. Friday, 6 to 8 pm, Light & Life Club,
children 5 to 12 yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, Saturday
at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea diDios):
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 Eng-
lish. A full Gospel Church located tempo-
rarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa Bar-
bara, Republiek. Services are held on Sun-
day mornings from 10am until 11:30am.
Bible studies in English are on Monday
nights from 7 to 8 pm. Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays: 9
am Sacrament Services (Translation to
English and Papiamentu upon re-
quest) 10:20 Sunday School, 11:15 RS/
YM/YW/PH Primary held from 10:20-12
noon Visitors welcome: Call 701-9522 for
information.



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CLOSE-INEVENTS

Thursday, Jan u ary 2 7 -29 - It
Rains Fishes International Sports
Fishing Tournament. Contact Ro-
bur de Vn*es 786-1070, 516-
1070 and confirm by email:
info(!-�,itrainsfishesbonaire.com.

Friday, January 28- Opening of
Kas Cadushy garden and distill-
ery in Rincon, 5pm. Also exhibi-
tion "First of I V by artist Nochi
Coffee. Live performances, snacks
and dn*nks!

Saturday, January 29 -*Farmers'
Market, behind Go Green Natural
& Organic shop, front of church in
Playa, 8am-2pm. All products
grown or made in Bonaire. Food &
dfinks. Info call Tina (700-5488),
Papa (786-7776), Nery (796-6777)
*Lora Count. See page 8

*Literary Classical Concert. See
page 9.

Saturday, February 5-
*Animal Shelter Book Fair &
Flea Market, I Iam-5pm at the
Shelter on the Lagoen Road. More
page 18.
*Big Monthly Rincon March�.
Gifts, crafts, local food, drinks. 8am
-2pm.

Wednesday, February 16-Three
Baritones. Presented by the Classi-
cal Music Board Bonaire, 7:30 pm,
on the beach at Plaza.


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L ast week the per-
sonnel of Bon-
Fysio & BonBida com-
pleted a CPR course. The
very informative course
included theory, mouth-to-
mouth breathing, heart
massage and the use of an T
AED (Automatic External
Defibrillator), an apparatus
which can save one's life
during a cardiac arrest.
With an AED on site and
certificated personnel pa-
tients and clients of Bon-
Fysio and BonBida know
they are in good hands!
The course was given by certified instructor Mrs. Annemieke Heutinck of the
Heart for Bonaire Foundation. The aim of this foundation is to make Bonaire
"heart safe" by means of providing information and giving courses. Interested?
Call 7863627 for more information. *Press Release/Bon Bida photo.



Body Talk

CAN WE SLOW THE AGEING PROCESS DOWN?


f you do not have at least as much
energy (mentally and physically)
now as what you had when you were in
your 30s, the aging process is fast catch-
ing up with you!
Quote - Price G.M., et al. Nitrogen
homeostasis in man: Influence of protein
intake on the amplitude of diurnal cy-
cling of body nitrogen. Clin. Sci. 1994,
Jan; 86 (1):91-102
"This study shows that one of several
ways to maintain a high amplitude in the
diurnal cycle is with increased dietary
protein intake. Based both on nitrogen
and amino acid balances, the amplitude
of the diurnal cycle in human adults in-
creases with increasing dietary protein
intake, and decreases with inadequate
protein intake. In other words, increased
dietary protein has neither an anabolic
nor a catabolic effect- it increases the
amplitude of both phases of the diurnal
cycle. "
Countless studies show that following
a night of reduced/interrupted sleep not
only is wakefulness adversely affected,
along with performance in activities dur-
ing the day, but the overall amplitude of
the diurnal rhythm is flattened and we are
stuck feeling 'flat' the entire day.
The hypothalamus will maintain the
highest possible amplitude of your dipha-
sic cycle in response to the appropriate
light and dark stimulation. Here we refer
to natural light or sunlight! Do you re-
member the regular power-cuts we had?
No electricity, no computer and no TV.
What did we do - most of us went to bed
early! It is exactly this abundance of
electricity in our 'civilized' world that is
the biggest culprit! At about 8pm it is
time for the human body to prepare for
repairing, rebuilding and recharging.
Yet, how many of us (myself included!)
extend our 'day' till very late at night by
either watching television or by looking
at a computer monitor, hop into a
shower, into bed and then find it difficult
to understand why we cannot sleep!
How often have I heard - 'I only need 5
or 6 hours of sleep a night!' The body
must have as much as 8 hours of sleep a
night, every night, and bedtime should be
about the same time every night to re-
store your diurnal cycle.


Studies conducted on 'night shift work-
ers' showed a very large percentage of
burnt-out individuals! Are you sur-
prised?
The next issue that influences the diur-
nal cycle is protein or rather the lack of
protein in the diet, combined with an
over-consumption of carbohydrates.
Very few of us have an adequate protein
intake, and almost always, where the
main meal of the day is consumed at
lunch-time, the evening meal almost al-
ways consist of a carbohydrate of some
kind, usually bread. A high carbohydrate
diet devastates the hypothalamus
overstimulationn), and thereby decreases
vital reserves and accelerates the ageing
process. So many people are stuck in a
high carbohydrate diet, which is certainly
one form of energy production, but is
also the main cause of a yeast over-
growth, or fermentation!
So those of you that have no energy, or
feel all the aches and pains of 'old age',
think again! Change your diet, prepare
your body for sleep by not watching tele-
vision or a computer monitor late at
night, get your eight hours of sleep and
you will have your
reward every day!
More mental and
physical energy and a
better memory will
keep 'old age' away
from your door!
Stephanie Bennett

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


In August 2009, Laura Dek-
ker announced her plan for a
two-year solo sailing voyage
around the globe. She ran into ..-..
bureaucratic difficulties that pre-
vented her early departure but she is
now underway. If successful, she
could be the youngest person to
have done it. Currently Austra-
lian Jessica Watson is the youngest
with 16 years and 362 days. Dekker
must finish before July 2012 to be
the youngest. Currently, she is in
St. Maarten following a fast trans-Atlantic passage and about to head south along the
chain of the Lesser Antilles islands, It is hoped she will stop in Bonaire, which was in
her original plan. If you want to help with her reception in Bonaire contact:
laura-sponsoring~hotmail.com or The Bonaire Reporter.
Dekker is sailing a seagoing 38ft-long Jeanneau Gin Fizz ketch named Guppy. The boat
is equipped for long-distance sailing and adapted for solo-circumnavigation. The route is
planned to go from Portugal westwards, cruising the Caribbean, go through Panama and
past Indonesia. Then she plans either to go past Somalia to the Mediterranean, or around
Africa if piracy is of concern. She plans around 26 stops.
At 14 locations Dekker will be met by a support team that follows the same route. It
will also help her along difficult spots such as the Panama Canal. An Iridium tracking
system onboard will allow a team in The Netherlands to monitor her course closely. She
will avoid the stormy roaring 40s, and she
will avoid the hurricane season during which
she'll fly home to study. Her education is
conducted through the Wereldschool (World
school), an educational institution that pro-
vides her with material for self-learning.
More information in Dutch and English is
available at http://www.lauradekker.nl/
Basis.aspx?
Tid=5019&Lid=44&Lit=TEKST. *Press
release/G.D.


Sudoku Solution
Puzzle on page 7


1 2 5 3 8 6 4 9 7
3 9 812 7 4 6 5 1

4 7 6 1 9 512 3 8

5 4 37 6 91 8 2

21 9 4 3 8 7 6 5

6 8 7 5 2 19 4 3

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Bon Quiz (from page 7)
Q) What is the story behind
this grave?
A) It is said they may be Indian
or slave remains.


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Pet of tl

T his foxy
looking
dog with the
light colored
fur and beau-
tiful light eyes
is "Ralph," a
recent arrival
at the Bonaire
Animal Shel-
ter. He was
homeless and
skinny, look-
ing very lost
and miserable Ralph"
when some- -
one discovered him and brought him into
the Shelter. After being checked over by
the vet, given his tests and shots and
cleaned up he's a "new dog," happy to be
alive. What a
transformation
a little love
and attention
can create.
Ralph has im-
pressed the
Shelter staff
with his socia-
bility with
people and
other dogs and
is a "keeper,"
they say. He's
about a year
old, young
enough to train
to your way of
life, but past Shelter manager Mat
the sometimes new arrival who came
hose sprayer s


he Week
destructive puppy phase. You may see him
at the Shelter on the Lagun Road, open
Monday-Saturday, 9 to 1 and 3 to 5. Tel.
717-4989.
Good News: Our last Pet of the Week,
"Jaap," was adopted after his new owners
saw him in The Reporter. Congrats to all!
SHELTER BOOK &
FLEA MARKET,
on Saturday, February 5, from 11 am to
5 pm.
BOOKS galore (only $1.25 per book/4 for
$5), clothing, household and garden things,
plants, food and drinks., Everything has
been donated so all proceeds go to keeping
the Shelter open for unwanted animals.
Tell your friends, spread the word. It's
party time! .E Laura DeSalvo


rlies and volunteer Gitta scrubbing down a
in covered with mites. He was afraid of the
so they had to use water in a bowl.


We've known it for years-since 1982
actually - but today Exito is more
than it every was. It's a real Bakery- Cafe!
Not only has it had a facelift but it offers
new products: Dutch and other international
fresh homemade breads and pastries, fruit
shakes including the only fresh orange juice
maker on the island, the Zumex, a wider
variety of freshly made sandwiches, an ex-
panded salad bar and other take-out items-
at affordable prices.
An extra added attraction are the new
"sculptured" cakes (see photo)-for every
occasion. "We can do weddings, anniversa-
ries, new house (with the house sculpted)
birthdays, even bachelor's parties," Man-
ager Mireya reports.
"It's a business founded on friendship and
heart," Mireya explains. The joint venture
began with their neighbor and close friend,
Dalia Martinez, who has owned Exito since
1985. Mireya, her husband, Eric, and Dalia


,

all got talking about the shop and came up
with lots of new ideas. They spent hours
researching new concepts for bakery-cafes
on the internet, finding new ideas, then
throwing them out - going for a change, lots
of different ways to improve the ambiance.
And they've succeeded. The new Exito is
bright, open, it has a new vibe, tables and
chairs, improved service, new products that
make it even more attractive to those it
serves, like the people working in Playa,
those who don't have a lot of time and want
affordable meals, as well as the tourists and
residents. They hold workshops for their
employees, raising their levels in service,
baking and even language.
A special note: The attractive logo on the
new Exito sign was designed by Mireya's
17 year old son, Victor.
Exito is open every day from 7 am to 8 pm.
* Story & photo by Laura DeSalvo


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"The Moon Shows You the Way to Venus and Mer-
cury. Plus Which is The Shortest Season?"


This weekend is a great time to en-
joy the Moon near Venus and
Mercury in pre-dawn skies. The best four
days will be Friday January 28 through
Monday January 31.
On Friday morning just before sunrise
look in the southeast and find the brilliant
planet Venus. A skinny waning crescent
Moon will be about 20 degrees up to Ve-
nus' right, Saturday it will be skinnier and
just to the right of Venus. Sunday it'll be
just below Venus and skinnier yet. And
then on Monday an even skinnier Moon
will be down and to the left of Venus. The
toughest day will be February 1, Tuesday
morning about half an hour before sun-
rise. The morning sky will have started to
get bright, but just above the horizon an
amazingly skinny Moon will be just
above Mercury. It'll be tough to find and
you'll need a clear flat horizon, but it will
be an impressive sight if you can find it.
Now I bet that most of you are under
the impression that the four seasons are
equal in length, when in fact none of them
are the same number of days and nights
long. So which season is the longest and
which is the shortest? Well I'm sure most
school children would say that summer is
the shortest because it seems to just fly
by. But is that true or is it simply a matter
of human perception? Let's find out.
O.K. now everyone knows that our
Earth makes one trip around the sun once
a year. In fact, astronomically speaking
that's exactly what a year is ... the
amount of time it takes for any planet
to make one trip around the Sun, and
one Earth trip is 365 1/4 Earth days long.
Now according to Kepler's laws of mo-
tion the closer a planet is to the Sun the
faster it will travel ... The farther it is
from the Sun the slower it will travel. So,
because our Earth's orbit is not a perfect
circle, but is a slightly stretched out circle
called an ellipse and since our Sun is not
at the center of this ellipse our Earth actu-
ally varies its distance from the Sun dur-
ing the year. When it's closest to the Sun
it travels fastest and when it's farthest it
travels slowest. Now believe it or not our
Earth is actually closest to the Sun in


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January and farthest in July. So our Earth
actually travels faster when it's winter in
the northern hemisphere and slower dur-
ing the summer.
On the first day of Spring our Earth is
traveling at a speed of 66,900 miles an
hour and is moving farther from the Sun
and slowing down. Therefore it takes 93
days to go from the first day of spring to
the first day of summer, so spring is 93
days long. Then the Earth continues to
slow down until it is at its farthest point
from the Sun the first week of July when
it reaches its slowest speed of 65,500
miles an hour. Thereafter, because it's
starting to move back closer to the Sun it
slowly starts to speed up. Even so it takes
94 days for our Earth to travel from the
first day of summer to the first day of fall,
which makes summer 94 days long. Then
as it moves closer and closer to the Sun it
picks up more speed day by day so that it
takes only 90 days to travel from the first
day of fall to the first day of winter. Thus
fall is 90 days long. And our Earth contin-
ues to speed up until it reaches its closest
point to the Sun the first week of January,
zipping along at 67,600 miles an hour
which is over 2,000 miles per hour faster
than its speed in July. In fact, it takes only
89 days for our Earth to go from the first
day of winter to the first day of spring.
So even though summer feels like the
shortest season to any school kid, winter
is actually five days shorter and is the
shortest season of the year for the north-
ern hemisphere. And summer is the long-
est. In the southern hemisphere it would
be just the reverse. And look at the Moon
by Venus and Mercury next weekend. E
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Aries (March 21 to April 20) You are on a
roller-coaster ride of positive self-expression
and abundance, together with as well some
sense of limitation and restriction. Always
charging full speed ahead, you must some-
times run into a wall, that's natural, Aries. But
these days you bounce right back. A mini-
crisis of some kind, or engaged moment of
truth, is likely by Full Moon, when relation-
ships with significant others in your life spur
you on in your journey.
Taurus (April 21 to May 21) You are some-
thing of a mystery these days, Taurus, even to
yourself. So much energy and positive think-
ing. Yet you stand behind and off to the side
from the face you show the world. Back there
behind your mind you are full of inchoate
dreams and visions, especially these last
month. The timing of Full Moon both engages
you and also distracts you into the dreamland
of your innermost desires and secret places,
where it all comes out right in the end.
Gemini (May 22 to June 21) You just love
to network, Gemini, and you've had plenty of
opportunity for that lately. You charge for-
ward into vital connection with all the beings
in your ever-widening sphere of contact. You
also may feel pulled back inside yourself these
days, since you are going through something
of a review and reconsideration of the past 30
years or so of your worldly efforts. This
month end, leading up to Full Moon, you feel
poised for vital self-expression inextricably
tied to friends and associates, and plans for a
vibrantly charged electric future.
Cancer (June 22 to July 22) Sweet and sen-
sitive is really working for you these days,
Cancer, especially on the job, and is leading
you into responsible communication with
friends and associates as well. You may feel
torn between your public persona and the stay-
at-home side of your personality over the
month end, leading up to Full Moon.
Leo (July 23 to August 21) On Thursday
the electric other lights up your sense of who
you are, Leo, even though you are usually so
full of your own perspective. Then over the
month end, leading up to Full Moon, you are
reminded that communication holds the key to
connecting with those ideas of travel or per-
haps philosophical issues of higher mind that
you have been so preoccupied with of late.
Meanwhile on the job you may be feeling both
enthused and somewhat stuck.
Virgo (August 22 to September 23) Forth-
right romantic communication lights the way
for you this month end, Virgo, as the time
approaches for Full Moon in your house of
resources. The question is, who's resources are
being developed, yours or your partner's, or
someone else's? On January, those dreams and




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visions you've been having for travel plans or
issues of higher mind may be hitting a few
snags.
Libra (September 24 to October 23) You
seem quite full of romantic thoughts and feel-
ings these days, Libra, as creative intimacy to
the max propels you forward into more and
more depth of connection. When push comes
to shove, there are some limitations to over-
come, as always, but your progress is an up-
ward spiral. By Full Moon, you find yourself
bringing it all back home to your personal self.
Scorpio (October 24 to November 22) Your
house of partnership has rarely been more
active, Scorpio, and you might feel yourself
caught between the lows and the highs of it
all. It is a conscious act of service and sharing
that propels you forward, but you are tempted
as well to pull back into retreat mode this
month end, leading up to Full Moon. Then the
next month, brings you right back into the
action. Storm the walls of tempestuous sharing
once more, and give it your best shot!
Sagittarius (November 23 to December 22)
Ideals of service and painful realizations of the
limits of that mode of behavior are simultane-
ously springing forth in your psyche these
days, Sagittarius. Meanwhile your mental
process and artistic creativity are truly amaz-
ing to behold. This month end, leading up to
Full Moon, your excitement reaches such a
fever pitch that you are ready to fully share
your secrets with the universe of groups and
for the sake of friendship and the future. There
may be some setbacks in the aftermath and
you may pull back into retreat mode, but noth-
ing can hold you down for long!
Capricorn (December 23 to January 20)
Home and family are a source of both mental
and aesthetic delight these days, as you strug-
gle to ground your creative vision in practical
reality. You feel more energy for this process
over the month end as something deep inside
yourself is changing with the flow toward
making it more and more concrete. Full Moon
brings out the need to go public with it as well
as to enjoy the fruits of your labors in the
peace and tranquility of home.
Pisces (February 20 to March 20) Issues
of communication are "up" for you these days,
Pisces, as you feel caught between expansion
of your contacts with others, and other quite
different feelings of limitation and pulling
back. This month end, brings intimate sharing
with significant others into the picture, and
asks the question, do I want my values repre-
sented or someone else's? This month you
may be making travel or educational plans but
look out for some resistance to your mobility.
The inner journey demands your truest atten-
tion this time. U AstrologerAvani



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Page 2 Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 THE HAGUE— T he Dutch Safety Board ( Onderzoeksraad Voor Veiligheid ) expects to publish its report on the 2009 crash of a Divi Divi aircraft near Bonaire next month. A spokesperson of the Safety Board confirmed this last week. The Divi Divi Air Britten-Norman BN-2 carried nine passengers and the pilot on the day of the crash, October 22. During the flight from Curaçao to Bonaire, one of the two engines stopped running and pilot Robert Mansell was forced to make an emergency landing in the sea 900 meters south of Klein Bonaire. Mansell died, but the passengers were rescued by boats that rushed to the scene. It wasn’t until late November that the Dutch salvage company Smit salvaged the wreck from a depth of 170 meters with Mansell’s body still in it. (photo above) The Antillean Minister of Traffic and Transport requested the Safety Board to look into the crash. The Board, chaired by Pieter van Vollenhoven, is an independent institution that investigates all large safety incidents in The Netherlands. The one-year term that the Safety Board usually takes to publish its findings has long passed. The Board’s spokesman, Fred Sanders, explained that an international investigation always takes longer to complete. “Parties from several countries need to be heard. This usually takes a few additional months,” he said. Sanders said that the drawing up of the report was in the last stages. The Safety Board is currently also investigating the large fire at BOPEC in Bonaire which started on September 8, 2010, and lasted several days. The first elections since the new constitutional structure that dissolved the Netherlands Antilles and integrated Bonaire, Statia and Saba into The Netherlands will take place on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. The election is analogous to Dutch elections for the provincial councils. The “public entity” of Bonaire is responsible for organizing the Island Council elections and informing citizens about the process of this election. The RCN ( Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland ) is responsible for encouraging citizens to use their right to vote. Therefore, The Netherlands and the Island government together provide information to the public. For the first time, Dutch voting rules will apply. Under the slogan, "You also do it?" an intensive campaign will be launched, involving a range of media and a door-to-door leaflet. Foreigners residing on Bonaire legally five years or longer can vote in the Island Council elections in March. That’s what the court ruled in a case filed by PHU President Rafael Santana against the government, which had earlier rejected his appeal. The ruling means that long-time adult foreign residents can vote in municipal elections. The Dutch Second Chamber had approved an amendment presented by Member of Parliament Johan Remkes to forbid foreigners to vote in the new overseas Dutch BES Island municipalities because that would indirectly influence elections for the Dutch First Chamber. But because this amendment has not yet been introduced, the court found there is no justification to bar immigrants from voting, which would constitute unequal treatment under various international treaties. Bonaire’s only “formal” brothel may have to close its doors if no solution is found to legalize the immigration status for the girls from Latin America who work as prostitutes at The Paradise Inn, better known Table of Contents as Pachi’s Place. The undocumented brothel workers were tolerated by Netherlands Antilles Immigration provided they stayed only three months had supervised medical checkups and lab tests. But the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Department (IND) which took over border control now that Bonaire is a Dutch municipality says the prostitutes are illegal and must leave. Currently Pachi’s is closed for renovation. Loopholes in the existing rules that would allow the red light to keep shining are reportedly being discussed in government circles. Sex workers are legal and taxed in The Netherlands and many, not only men from the island, but also from visiting ships, want to see a regulated whore house on Bonaire. A female health care worker in a conversation with The Reporter recalls that in the past men, including ship’s crewmen, tempted high school girls with cash in exchange for sex. Another woman told us she believed prostitution helped to reduce sex crimes. (Continued on page 8) Web: www.bonairefreewieler.com Email: freewieler@bonairefreewieler.com Parts and accessories for all brands of bikes and scooters Beautiful Bike Clothes All type of house and car keys duplicated Kaya Grandi #61 “The blue building” Call 717-8545 Open: 8:30-12:30, 2:00-5:30 Owner Operated Featuring Giant, Bikkel and Golden Lion bikes This Week’s Stories $500,000 for a Sea Turtle 2 Elections Coming Up 3 New Goatfish Behavior 6 Courtyard Village Construction (cover) 8 Letters to the Editor ( New Year Hope, Do Not Pay Road Tax-Yet) 9 Literary Concert 9 Governor’s Annual Party 10 Fish Farm—Cobia 11 Fundashon Mariadal Update (Hospital Partnership) 12 Cas Cadushy Opens 12 BonaireGarbage Paradise ? 13 Dive Friends Clean-up Dive Results 15 CPR at BonFisio/BonBida 17 Laura Dekker to Stop in Bonai re? 17 Shelter Book Fair & Flea Market 18 New Exito Bakery-Café (Neighbors in Business) 18 ——————————————— Departments Flotsam & Jetsam 2 On the Island Since ... 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Copies of the applicable laws and ordinances can be found in Dutch at www.bonairegov.an at topic Natuur & Milieu , under Wet en Regelgeving . Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) protects the sea turtles of Bonaire with financial support from WWF-NL, the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), and the community. You can find more information on the sea turtles of Bonaire at www.bonaireturtles.org . Call 005-599-717-2225 for questions or to report suspected illegal activity involving sea turtles. (Press release by Merel van Weel, legal officer at the Department of Legal and General Affairs of the Bonaire government ( Juridische en Algemene Zaken van het Openbaar Lichaam Bonaire ) and Marlene Robinson, Board member, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire-STCB photos) Sea turtle before Sea turtle after

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Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 Page 3 L ast week Bonaire’s political parties submitted their list of candidates for the Island Council elections on Wednesday, March 2nd. It will be the first local election since Bonaire was established as a special Dutch municipality. In addition to the two parties of long standing, the PDB Demokrat (red) and UPB Patriotiko (green), three new parties submitted names. Confusingly, their letters were the same, but in a different order. One new party, the “Movementu Lucha Boneiru” (Bonaire Light Movement) –MLB, is headed by Eric Soleana. MLB’s list was presented by Alejandro Wernet and Chirno Emerenciana, who are not among the candidates of the party. MLB is not even a political party, according to Wernet, but a group of a dozen people who want change “with space for new thoughts and a new system.” Following Soleana the list includes Elsio Cicilia, Giancarlo Frans, Livianna Frans, Regina Janga, Marcial Quispe Saldaña, Gabriel Pourier, Antonia Janga Frans,Leo Thielman, Efraim Arnold Amelia, Richard Jansen and Iby Seraus. Benito Dirksz heads the new blue party list of the “ Movementu Boneiru Liber” (Free Bonaire Movement) -MBL. The MBLnote the different arrangement of initialssays it wants a “new style of more noble politics.” Party leader Dirksz explained that there had been a lot of interest in getting on the party list, but they had had to stop at 25. The present independent councilman and commissioner Anthony Nicolaas is not on the list, but is reported to support the MBL. The “Partido pro Hustisia i Union, ” (Party for Justice & Union) the PHU, headed by Michiel Bijkerk also presented its list. It wants more equality within the Dutch Kingdom and also pledged to continue its fight for the rights of immigrants and retirees . The PHU assimilated the POB (Workers party) formerly headed by Theo ‘Kabuki’ Frans. Elias Bernabela took the spot and is number three on the PHU list which consists of Michiel Bijkerk, Rafael Antonio Santana Rodriguez , Elias Martinus Bernabela, Norbert Sjirk Taede Tadema Damman, Ruben Dario Crestian, Hernando Velandia Vargas, Maria Del Roser Navarro Garci, Marco Antonio Alvarado Villasis, and Franciscus Petrus Henricus Soree. The established partiesthe “ Union Patriotiko Boneriano” (UPB) and “ Partido Demokratiko Boneriano” (PDB) are also participating in the election. Longtime PDB leader Jopie Abraham retired and has been replaced by Robbie Buekenboom. But an Abraham anchors the list, Clark Abraham, Jopie’s son. Other Demokrat candidates are Nolly Oleana, Mirugia Janga, Jerry Frans, Michael Pieters, Cedric Valero, Aaron Martis, Shermana Frans, Eko Albertus, Javier Martines, Miri Semeleer, Renny Winklaar, Din Domacasse, Alan Cicilia, Nira Dorothea, Moreno Zuniga and Monti Francees. Beukenboom said 11 of the 18 candidates were first-timers and that his PDB would not be “mud-slinging” in the campaign. The red party wants focus on the future to achieve improvements for the local population in every sense of the word, including “a critical evaluation together with The Netherlands,” said Beukenboom. UPB is still led by the twiceretired, twice returned, Ramonsito Booi who said the green’s list of some 30 candidates was well balanced. (New election rules allow a greater number of names on the list than previously permitted..) Booi said that his party wanted to reestablish peace on the island, “so that all fathers have the opportunity to work and care for their families. We will see to it that the agreements made with The Netherlands are actually happening.” Ramonsito Booi, heads his party’s list followed by James Kroon and Elvis Tjin Asjoe, Maritsa Silberie, Jeffrey Levenstone, Onnie Emerenciana, Gunter Seraus, Milena Winklaar, Burney el Hage, Eveline Anthony, Nolly Wilsoe, Djuni Piar, Euron Rosaria, Irva Pourier, Gino Martis, Jar Melaan, Elinne Martis, Carina Chirino, Jonathan Clarenda. Also Verna Marchena, Liduska Reina, Soyla Kraal, Rutmila Thodé, Latifa Sint Jago, Milie Sint Jago, Nunu Josephia, Papito Thomas, Elvis Flores, Papi Cicilia and Yonchi Dortalina. G.D. Benito Dirksz, front and cente r, leads the new MBL party Eric Soliana Michiel Bijkerk Clark Abraham Ramonsito Booi Extra photo Extra photo UNA photo

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Page 4 Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 “I was born on Aruba and as long as I can remember I was always fascinated by police work. I started at the policetraining when I was only 17. In total I had three different lawenforcement trainings: two on Aruba and one in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. I’d worked on Aruba as a police officer for 11 years, then I left for Holland where I did the third training and worked as a sergeant for three years. In 2001 my granddad passed away, and it completely turned my life around. I had a very strong bond with him. I wasn’t raised by a father – my granddad has been my father figure all my life, as my mom and I lived with my grandparents from when I was four. My grandfather, Juan Mario Odor, was a well-known person. He and Betico Croes founded the Numismatic Museum of Aruba in 1975. The Numismatic Museum was the largest in all of the Caribbean and it housed a collection of more than 400,000 coins and paper money. It was subsidized by the Aruban government and international and local cultural organizations.” She smiles. “ My grandfather was a fascinating and passionate man and he passed his love and knowledge on to me. When he died, I left The Netherlands and came back to Aruba to work with my mother, my grandmother and my uncle at the Numismatic Museum. I became the director. The museum was an icon, not only in the Aruban tourist industry, but it was also famous internationally. HBO came and made a documentary about my granddad’s life and the museum. It was a glamorous period. When my grandmother passed away and six months later my uncle, it was the end of everything. My mom and I were the only ones left and the rest of the family decided to sell the museum and its collection. I was against it, but as the Juan Mario Odor Foundation was a family foundation there was very little I could do. I made a decision and resigned from my own job. My mom also quit and retired and the government stopped the subsidy and that was it. The whole collection sits in boxes and the family wants to sell everything. I don’t want to have anything to do with it – it feels like selling my own grandfather. It was a historical monument and a national heritage! It’s completely against my will and my mothers’ that they decided to sell it. It belongs to Aruba! Well,” she looks at me and smiles, “ all my life I have loved nature, just like my granddad, who also was a passionate amateur archeologist. From the time I was a child we would go for long walks in the outback and he would tell me everything he knew. So, one day when I was surfing the internet, looking at all the Dutch Antilles because I wanted to leave Aruba, but I didn’t want to go to Holland, I saw the websites of TCB and STINAPA and various joboffers. I sent Ronella (Croes, TCB head) an e-mail including my C. Later on she told me that the moment she saw my CV on her Blackberry, she was having lunch with Elsmarie Beukenboom in New York and she told Elsmarie ‘I guess this is something for you!’ Luckily Elsmarie took it seriously and invited me for an interview in June 2009, and in August I started working for STINAPA as the nature and environmental education coordinator. STINAPA has different activities prepared for elementary schoolchildren and also for teenagers from Jong Bonaire. My job is to educate them through different events and activities like snorkeling, bird watching, plants and trees, turtles, diving, kayaking etc., etc. All these programs must have an educational element. To be able to do this job, you have to like it! I get my reward when I see their happy faces, their curiosity, the moment they start feeling involved and how they enjoy it! You have to sting them with the nature bee… and tell them (Continued on page 5) “...the moment they start feeling involved and how they enjoy it! You have to sting them with the nature bee…” 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 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 Amcar Freight, Inc. The ONLY company offering direct weekly consolidation services from Miami, USA to Bonaire www.amcarfreight.com Amcar Freight 12600 NW 25 Street Suite 107 Miami, Fl 33182 Tel. (305) 599-8866 Fax (305) 599-2808 Desiree Croes

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Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 Page 5 not to kill a wasp, a bee or a scorpion just because they are there. ‘We are nature protectors.’ That’s the feeling I want to create with the group. For instance, when I tell them, ‘The parrot fish is now protected,’ they all ask ‘why?’ Then I tell them that the parrot fish is the alchemist, because he eats algae which grow on the rocks and every time he takes a bite, he also eats a chunk of the rock and when he digests it, it becomes our white sand. Children are open to learning, they want to know. They might not change the world right now, but they know the rules of the Marine Park, they know the protected species and how important it is to keep the island and the sea clean and… that’s the future of Bonaire its children. I always tell the children not to confront people with what they know – maybe they can tell their parents sometimes or some close family members – but I don’t want them to become isolated the wise guys in their environment. They are children, and so I tell them: ‘It’s something you have to keep in your heart and let it grow with you. You can’t change the world in one day by yourself; it’s something you have to do together. And when you get really deeply emotional involved in nature – it will change you.’ All the elementary schoolchildren on Bonaire –from the age of four are involved in this program, and during the holidays I also get the crèches (day care). The school teachers are very important; they are the cornerstones of NME to make the activities successful, because I have to count on them. And I am very happy with the cooperation of the Aqua Space , Divi Flamingo boats and the Woodwind , who always have a boat available – for free – for my programs. One of those programs for example is ‘Sharks of Bonaire’, where I go snorkeling out at sea with the teenagers. We enter the world of the sharks and I tell them how people kill sharks by the millions each year and how few people are killed by sharks in comparison, mostly by accident. Starting with the nine year olds I touch these themes with the children – the way people use and harm nature—and they really understand. They are so much smarter than we think they are. You have to plant a seed in their mind and through internet and TV it will come back to them and they will see the big picture fast – sooner than we did, because we spoiled it for them…” Desiree Croes is a beautiful person. She’s passionate but soft spoken and in her quiet, gentle manner she compels respect. She’s a natural. “I do have a lot of experience working with children from my prior job as a police officer. You have to step into their world but still you have to have the authority. I like to listen and to hear what they have to say and then, in return, they pay attention back. It’s a give and take like all relationships, but it’s challenging. Somehow I’m doing it right because everywhere I go children recognize me and call my name…. The children of Bonaire are very proud of their island and I help them realize what it is they are proud of. They have to see and learn how everything works and is connected in our environment. That way they can help with the protection, because only by being proud you can’t achieve goals – you have to have knowledge as well. So, when they understand about eco systems and their biodiversity, they truly start with nature protection. Once they understand that each living thing relies on another, the link has been made and the circle is complete. I’ve also put NME STINAPA on Face book – it’s a network between children, parents, teachers and all other nature lovers, so people,” she laughs “if you want, join us! I love Bonaire, because I love to live the simple life and be surrounded by nature. It’s an unstoppable feeling of happiness… dushi ! Yes, Bonaire is very sweet! I have everything to be grateful for;. My eldest son Arxen, 22, is studying at the University of Amsterdam – history and politics. I am very proud of him. Luckily I still have my baby here with me. Dayron is almost 15 and he’s at SGB. He loves nature, just like me. This year I am turning 43 and the job keeps me fit, mentally and physically. I would love to do it for a very long time; it’s healthy living and I am looking forward to seeing all ‘my’ children when they’ve grown up – I am sure they will make a change in the future…” More info: nme@stinapa.org Story & photos by Greta Kooistra On the Island Since (Continued from page 4) Desiree Croes with her children of Bonaire in the sea and on land

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Page 6 Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 B onaire resident Genady Filkovsky and Joseph T. Springer, working under the auspices of the Biology Department of the University of NebraskaKearney, reported new behavior by spotted goatfish, Pseudupeneus maculat eu s. The Spotted goatfish interacted by wriggling, touching, and twisting each other’s barbels. This observed use of barbels by goatfish differs from their common uses in feeding, and from their previously noted use in courtship. This new behavior also suggests an interpretation for courtship as well. A distinct feature of goatfishes is a pair of highly developed barbels. These are long, powerful structures with muscles, cartilaginous skeleton, and sensory organs. When not in use, the barbels are folded back inside grooves under the chin and gill covers. When in use, the barbels can be lowered as well as turned all the way forward, or rapidly and independently bent. The goatfish barbels are considered to be chemosensory and tactile organs mainly used for feeding. All goatfishes are believed to use barbels in feeding by lowering them to the sea bottom to sense hidden prey. Goatfishes also use their barbels for feeding in various ways beyond sensory probing including disturbing and excavating sand or mud to reach hiding prey, or frightening, pushing, and pulling prey from holes and crevices. The new use of barbels by spotted goatfish was detected during data collection and subsequent analysis of the recordings. Unlike previously reported uses, in these observations barbels were used mutually and simultaneously by interacting goatfish. Considering general patterns of reef fish behaviors, the paired behavior observed could be interpreted either as spawning or as an encounter between two males. The behavior was different from spawning. Goatfish spawning consists of a female rising in the water column, a male coming alongside her, and then both quickly swimming 2 m 3 m at about 45 degrees up, spawning, breaking off, and returning to the bottom. The behavior observed here was different. No eggs and milt were seen, while they are usually easily seen. The fish were similar in size and shape while male goatfish differ from females. The common element was mutual wriggling of barbels while other details varied. This use of barbels by goatfish differed from previously described because it constituted a new function of barbels that was not concerned with feeding, and because it was interactive. The original article is available at http:// www.bentham.org/open/tombj/articles/ V004/122TOMBJ.pdf . Original article & photos by Genady Filkovsky /Intro by G.D. Fig. 1 above. Pseudupeneus maculatus interact using barbels: (A, top to bottom) approach, twist, wriggle, touch, and separate; (B, top to bottom) wriggle, “rush”, and dart. 124 3 The Open Marine Biology Journal, 2010, Volume 4 Filkovsky and Springer Figure 1

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Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 Page 7 Get A Better Payoff From Your Advertising Advertise in The Reporter 3,000 copies every issue – Delivered to Hotels and Shops Thousands More Readers On the Internet Call Laura at 790-6518 Email: Laura@bonairenews.com Unknown Grave O n the road south just before the salt pier, there stands a single grave by the shore. When the salt crystallizers were being constructed, skeletal remains were found near this spot and were given this historical monument. Q) What is the story behind this grave? Answer on page 17 Christie Dovale 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 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 High Quality, Healthy, Natural Products L inda Ronstadt, born in 1946, is most famous as the “First Lady of Rock.” She has earned 10 Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award and numerous gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums. In total, she has over 30 solo albums, 38 Billboard Hot 100 singles and one No. 1 hit. Her father Gilbert came from a pioneering Arizona ranching family and was of Mexican descent. That’s why Linda Ronstadt shows up in these editions of Latin Music Classics. Linda’s early family life was filled with music and tradition, which influenced the stylistic and musical choices she later made in her career. Growing up, she listened to Mexican music, which was sung by her entire family. In 1987, Ronstadt released an album of traditional Mexican folk songs, titled “ Canciones de Mi Padre. ” Though not fully bilingual, she has a fairly good command of the Spanish language, allowing her to sing Latin American songs with little discernible Anglo accent. Ronstadt has often identified herself as Mexican-American. This album won a Grammy Award and became the biggestselling non-English language album in US music history. Jody’s Music Quiz Last week’s answer: Gloria Estefan has numerous hits. The winner is Norma Cole! She can pick up the free CD at Jody’s on Lagoen Hill #18. This week’s question: Give the title of Linda’s No.1 Hit in the Billboard Hot 100. 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 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. A s we think about all our desires for this year our main thoughts have been on the lack of stability of our Bonairean government. With the new changes it is very important for our Bonairean community—which includes all Bonairean citizens, no matter what nationality, religion etc.,— to know where we want to go with our lovely Bonaire. Political leader, Mr. Ramonsito Teresita Booi (63), from the green party UPB ( Union Partriotiko Boneiriano ) gave some insights. First it’s good to know a little of the background of Mr. Booi. He was born of humble Bonairean parents, Mr. Ramon Booi from Nikiboko, and Mrs. Louisita Sille from Playa. His father was a navigator on board the ship, Irene, carrying gasoline barrels between Curaçao and Bonaire. Later he bought the ship, making it possible to start his own businesses. They built and opened “Kasa Ramon,” which is now where Bonaire Sunshine Homes and Go Green Natural Shop are located. Ramonsito, the youngest of five children, left Bonaire for studies and graduated as an elementary schoolteacher. Booi explains, “For 12 years I dedicated my life to teaching. During that time, around 1970 when I was 21, I decided to go into politics. So as you can see I’ve been a politician for over 40 years. I have held different positions: member of the local parliament, the central parliament and commissioner. As I never wanted to be a burden to the government budget, I took on a challenge in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods business (FMCG). I was the owner of Cultimara Supermarket for 15 years. We had grocery stores under the Cultimara name in Antriol, Amboina, Rincon and Playa. But politics was my passion. I sold three of the four stores; the only one left is the one in Rincon, which was bought by my brother Max under the name of Tusnara. My vision is to elevate the quality of life of Bonaire to levels acceptable within the Dutch community.” I told Mr. Booi that the government is going through some shaky times and asked why. “We are like on a rollercoaster ride with all its ups and downs, where politics is not having its best moment. A lot of people don’t understand that the current UPB government has been holding seats for less than four months. So in a very short time prior to the elections of March 2011, a lot of pending businesses has had to be handled, and we have to prepare for the election campaign during the Carnival festival season. After the election of 2nd March, 2011, we will see what the people will decide and in which direction they want to go. We noticed that during the reign of the former government (one and a half years) nothing was done to uphold the agreements made with Holland and that’s what gave Holland the chance to go astray. That’s why we need to go back in, get Holland at the negotiation table and put the original drawing back on the table. Social Security, Health Care and the Fiscal system must be balanced. Our government has only one and a half months left so we can’t do much for the future. No matter which government it is we need to ask Holland to repair what needs to be fixed on Bonaire, for the welfare for all Bonairean citizens. The government needs to evaluate all the methods in the new situation. The assigned party, and not a coalition, has to make the changes. What we have now is not entirely conforming to the original plans, thus not good. We must make it better. If the negotiations with Holland do not end with an agreement, we can use other structural and legal ways in Holland itself, like state counselors, or the European Union Court.” Nevertheless we have the elections coming the 2nd of March, 2011. What will your choice be ? Story & photo by Siomara Albertus WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? Send your comments to The Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, or email reporter @bonairenews.com . Ramonsito Booi

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Page 8 Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 Prostitution is an unsavory business in any case and opposed by many in the community. Prostitution may continue with or without Pachi’s. There are already prostitutes operating out of late night bars in the Kralendijk suburbs. As of September 1 last year new rules applied to Bonaire for the protection of Bonaire’s natural environment. Additional rules came into force on January 1 for the protection of fauna, flora and natural areas on land and sea. The rules are important for all residents and businesses on Bonaire. The government has issued special information sheets to explain the legislation about the environmental impact and the Bonaire Nature Commission in Dutch and Papiamentu. The full range of information sheets on the Nature Island Ordinance are available at DROB on Kaya Amsterdam 23, at STINAPA and on the web site: www.bonairegov.an . They include: • Data Island Ordinance Nature • Data licensing procedure • Data usage fees • Water sport sheet • Data protected species • Data protected trees • Data reef fishery • Environmental Impact Data • Data Committee Bonaire Nature The NuStar oil terminal in St. Eustatius and BOPEC oil terminal in Bonaire will have to comply with stricter environmental regulations once the Dutch Parliament has approved the environmental management law for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (BES islands). NuStar has a dated permit based on the St. Eustatius hindrance ordinance, while BOPEC has no permit at all. Both companies are in the process of requesting a new permit in anticipation of the new legislation. The new environmental regulations for the BES islands are a lot more stringent than under the current, dated Antillean and local legislation. However, regulations will be less stringent than the European legislation for the European part of The Netherlands. Washington Slagbaai Park is open again. The roads are again passable at least in the main touring sections. A temporary route has been set up as follows: Start and end at the main entrance of the Park. Follow the long route all the way to Wayaka. From Wayaka you take a short cut and go back to the main entrance through the short route. This route hits all the points of interest with exceptions of Juwa Pass and Slagbaai as well as all the dive and snorkel sites with exceptions of Slagbaai beach. STINAPA is working diligently to open more of the route through the Park. Soon they will finish repairing another section of the roads which will give all visitors the possibility of getting all the way to Slagbaai. A sea level monitoring station for tsunami monitoring has been set up at the mega cruise pier in Curaçao. The local Meteorological Service installed the system in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Hawaii’s Sea Level Centre (UHSLC). After the tsunami disaster in 2004 in the Indian Ocean, the International Ocean Committee/UNESCO set up three work groups, of which the former Netherlands Antilles had formed part. Recent research has shown that Curaçao and Bonaire have been hit by tsunamis in the past. Apart from detecting tsunamis, the system installed will also be used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to measure climate changes. For the 9th consecutive year, Bonaire has taken first pla ce for Top Overall Diving in Scuba Diving magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards . Bonaire swept top honors, receiving four #1 Ratings, which is more than any other destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic category, while continuing its reign as one of the world’s top dive destinations. Bonaire received first place in three other Caribbean/Atlantic categories: Top Health of Marine Environment, Top Macro Life and Top Shore Diving, and also received second place in seven other Caribbean/Atlantic categories: Overall Destination, Value for Diving Dollar, Beginner Diving, Snorkeling, Visibility, Marine Life and Photography. Bonaire’s award-winning culture park, Mangazina di Rei, has gone modern with appearances on the top social network web sites. Check them out on: Facebook: http:// www.facebook.com/ mangazinadirei Twitter: http://twitter.com/ MangazinaDiRei YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ mangazina The annual Lora (Bonaire parrot) count will take place on Saturday morning, January 29. A breakfast is planned for the participants art the entrance to Washington Park following the count. Organizers are as usual DROB, Salba Nos Lora and STINAPA. They still can use volunteers. For the “novices” a training meeting is planned but date, time and place of this meeting are still unknown. Contact Peter Montanus at e-mail: peter.montanus@bonairegov.com for more details. Last week US President Barack Obama issued an executive order loosening more restrictions on US travel and money remittances to Cuba, a further step in his effort s to reach out to the people of that country. The latest measures, which stop short of lifting a ban on tourist travel to the island by Americans, are aimed at developing “people-to-people” contacts by allowing more travel for college professors and students, artists and church groups. If Cuba opens to US tourism it will change the complexion of Caribbean tourism G./L. D. Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2) T he people who brought you Bonaire Exclusief are now offering a new development of apartments and villas. On Janu ary 18, 2011, construction of the Resort Bonaire Courtyard Village began. The loca tion is the “almost downtown but still close to the beach” corner of Kaya Serena and Kaminda Djabou. A big ground breaking party was held with several political leaders in attendance . The first shovel of soil was a big one dug by a backhoe operated by the parents of the developers. (cover photo) The resort is planned to be built in stages. There will be 44 apartments with 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms and 27 bungalows with 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms. Sustainable environmental practices include solar heated water and la ndscaping drip systems using recycled water. Prices range from $120,000 to $400,000. Sales information is available at Sunbelt Realty (see ad on the back page). The overall design is by local architect, Augusta Elton. Construction is by Tony Marchena in collaboration with Multifunction Management. The shareholders and promoters of Bonair e Courtyard Village NV include Rob Cat, both Senior and Junior, and Andries de Boer. More information is at info@courtyardbonaire.com. Press release/G.D. Graphic display by J.P. van der Hoek Temporary Route through WSNP

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Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 Page 9 NEW YEAR HOPE Dear Editor, In December I sent a New Year’s wish to my friends and think the readers of TBR might be interested in what had to say. It is about Bonaire’s future and it ran more or less like this: Our guilders become dollars; All of us get health insurance; We’ll get a kidney dialysis centre; And get more medical facilities; State old age pensions will become US$ 543; The tax system will change. To our advantage or disadvantage? The runway of the ai rport will be renovated; Under construction the 23rd (!) church on the island; No import duties any more; no inheritance tax; 8% sales tax; Will we get entangled and strangled in Bureaucracy? Let’s hope for the best. G.Vellinga DO NOT PAY ROAD TAX… YET Dear Editor, I suppose everybody has noticed the bad conditions the roads have been in for such a long time. Do we need to pay for this? Do we have to accept this? How many more cars need to be taken to the garage to be repaired because of these bad road conditions? At those garages you need to pay ABB tax, so again the government is making money from us. Diving may be the number one business on Bonaire but mangrove kayaking may be number two. Have you seen that road? Elly Albers from the mangrove kayak centre claims to have missed thousands of dollars because of car repairs, lost from tourists who got scared away when they saw the road. And because she could not transport clients properly. The burden on cars is huge and intolerable. How much money is being lost because of this? Who cares anyway? The worst thing is that the same government who wants us to pay road tax allows big trucks to drive the back roads to take away part of our coastline (although this permit is very doubtful and does not meet the regulations which were set by the government…..but who cares hey…!) and they ruin the roads completely. I also had a talk with Patrick Diepgrond form Caribe Car Rental. He mentioned to me that because of the bad roads and many potholes a lot of his cars are having troubles with the tires (being out of balance) and lots of problems with the suspension. And he was able to inform me that this was the case with most other car rental agencies as well. And let us not forget a big group of people on Bonaire who can just make it every month. They drive in old cars and many of them cannot afford all the repairs needed to keep their holy cow on the road. Very sad. Big dump trucks full of diabase (a very short sighted practice) also ruin the roads in the kunuku. They ruin the roads and leave the people who live there with almost impassible roads. And now I am not even writing about their highly disrespectful and dangerous way of driving (which is well known to the police but they cannot do anything……they say) I always thought is was forbidden to destroy public property, but not on Bonaire. Sometimes water trucks and garbage trucks find it impossible to visit the kunukeros, but again who cares! It is even necessary that I myself need to maintain the public road otherwise I cannot reach my own house. I cannot remember the last time I saw the government maintaining that road. And for those people who venture out into the kunuku, be very careful where you drive, and do not think that a call to 911 will help. If you do not believe me, just try to call 911 and see what happens. Now the big question is: Should we pay road tax? Of course we should, but not now! Hold it till the government comes with a solution or accepts their responsibility. And when they come with a good plan, great. Then it is time to pay. Somebody out there agrees? Unfortunately I believe it is DROB who is responsible for this and they are not known for their quick acting……if at all! Hans Voerman O n January 29 the Classical Music Board Bonaire will present a very special evening combining literature and music. Jan Brokken, author of the remarkable book, “ Why 11 Antilleans Kneel in Front of the Heart Of Chopin ,” will tell the stories about the origins of Antillean classical music (in Dutch and English) and three pianists and composers illustrate all of that with music of Antillean composers, European composers like Chopin and their own compositions The three performers, Livio Hermans, Wim Statius Muller and Johnny Kleimoedig, are among the best composers and pianists of the Antilles. They’ve already made several tours and concerts on this theme together with Jan Brokken in the Antilles, in Poland, Belgium and The Netherlands. The Classical Music Board Bonaire is proud to present this very special evening to the public of Bonaire with thanks to the Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds, the main sponsor. Jan Brokken will lead you through the history and origins of Antillean Music, and the pianistswho are the last living performers and composers of this legacywill make this evening a complete voyage of discovery for the audience. Everybody who is interested in classical and light Antillean Music will be able to understand and feel the mixtures of musical cultures from Europe and the Antilles which resulted in music we listen to daily on our islands. The concert starts at 7:30 pm at the Cacique Hall at Plaza Resort. Entrance fee is $20, presale, and $25 at the door. Children with a school ID pay $10.You can order your tickets in advance at: www.classicalmusicbonaire.com or go to: Addo’s Bookstore, Flamingo Bookstore or Plaza Resort Visitors of the concert can buy Jan Brokken’s book (including a 60-minute “must have” CD for a greatly reduced total price of $25) and Jan Brokken and the pianists are more than prepared to sign the book you will buy. See you there. Press release Chopin Brokken 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

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Page 10 Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 P erhaps one of the nicest holdovers from the colonial era is the annual postNew Years open house at the official resi dence of the Bonaire Governor. This year Glenn and Mechtild Thode hosted the party at their temporary official residence in SABEDECO. Here are some scenes from the party that included beverages, hors dÂ’oeuvres and great DJ music.

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Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 Page 11 T he next time you are driving out to Sorobon, keep your eyes peeled for a large green building on the right side of the road. It’s Elijah Fish Farm, the only fish farm on the island. The farm, which first opened in November of 2009, is a joint venture between a Curaçao-based company and HESY Aquaculture B.V., a European company that constructs fish farms all over the world. Right now, only one species of fish is being farmed, the Rachycentron canadum , better known as Cobia. Native to the waters of Bonaire, the Cobia is a pelagic fish that can be found in tropical waters all over the world, from the Gulf of Mexico down to South America, all the way to Africa, Asia and Australia. Typically a solitary fish, the Cobia likes to frequent docks, buoys and wrecks as well as estuaries and mangroves. They live on a diet of shrimps and other crustaceans and the females usually spawn in large batches between the months of June and August. Daniel DeAnda, the Plant Manager for Elijah Fish Farm, says that soon, Cobia will be available for consumption in Bonaire, possibly as early as May or June, when the farm will sell its first batch of mature fish to commercial vendors on the island and to vendors in Curaçao. Nutritionally, Cobia is very low in calories (only 87 calories for a 100 gram serving) and is a great source of protein, vitamin B6 and potassium. DeAnda compares the taste of Cobia as being similar to the Mahi Mahi or the Dorado; “It fits in nicely as the catch of the day that we already have in Bonaire. It’s a white filet, a flakey fish. Even though it’s not already on the market I think it will fit in well and it will be something that we don’t already have on the menus.” Before the Cobia find their way to Elijah Fish Farm, they are bred in Miami and are then shipped over to Bonaire from Miami or Ecuador. DeAnda explains that with each generation, good males and females are selected to mate, which results in a stronger generation than the last. “That way they don’t have to keep going out and selecting more fish. By doing that, each generation tends to be better. In Miami they are now on their third or fourth generation.” Before the Cobias are shipped, they undergo some testing to ensure that they are healthy. Once they arrive at the farm, they are placed in a separate holding tank for the first few weeks before they can join the other fish in the main tanks. This helps prevent one fish from possibly spreading a virus to the others. According to DeAnda, all of the fish have been healthy so far, but it’s a good precaution to take. In order to raise the Cobia from juveniles to adults, DeAnda, who has a Bachelors in Biology and a Masters in Aquaculture, and his colleague, Raimundo Vargas, who has been trained in running fish farms, work constantly to ensure that the Cobias are well fed and that their water is clean. It sounds simple enough, but the task itself is an extremely large production that requires manual labor and an advanced water filtration system that helps recycle the water. Since the farm is inland, all of the water is pumped from a well that is connected to the ocean. With the inland setup, DeAnda is better able to control the salt water that is coming in. “By being away from the ocean we have what you call ‘bio-security.’ If I were next to the ocean, you never know, the water changes every day. If you get a little algae bloom or a storm, all of those things are going to affect your intake water. If you have a well, it is more isolated and the water usually does not change very much.” Once the water has gone through the system it goes to a sedimentation pond and after that it goes to Cargill and helps aid the production of Bonaire’s salt. “There is a slight increase in biological load (waste from the fish) and that actually helps the salt crystallize,” says DeAnda. For now, Elijah Fish Farm has not seen a profit since production is still in the early stages. “Right now we are just growing the fish, but eventually we will be processing, packing and shipping in about six to eight months. I think our first official harvest will be sometime in May, and then we will start building up production consistently. By next year we will have a consistent production every week.” Once the farm has a steady production, Elijah Fish Farm plans to add several more employees to assist with its growing operations. In the future, DeAnda says that the farm may consider growing a second species, the Almaco Jack, another fish that is found in Bonaire’s waters. But for now, DeAnda’s only concern is raising healthy Cobia and possibly getting rid of the scent from the fish and their feed, which he says is the only downside to the job. “After a long day’s work, we really do smell!” Story &Photos by Mallory Smith Plant Manager Daniel DeAnda and his colleague, Raimundo Vargas, with a net full of juvenile Cobia. Juvenile Cobia.

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Page 12 Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 H ere is a spectacular photo of Lo uis Petrich and his family with The Reporter in Egypt. They lived on Bonaire in 2009-2010. Pictured are: (right to left) Louis Petrich, Eileen McFarren, Louie Petrich (son). WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WI LL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter , Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: info@bonairereporter.com. 2010 photos are being judged and the winner will be announced in an upcoming issue T his year, Fundashon Mariadal, Bonaire’s main hospital, will be undergoing some extensive changes now that Bonaire is officially a municipality of Holland. As of January 1st 2011, Fundashon Mariadal has formed a partnership with two university hospitals from Amsterdam: Central Medical Academy and VU Central Medical. With this new agreement, which was just signed last week, Fundashon Mariadal will soon have six new doctors on Bonaire who specialize in different areas of medicine, including surgery, gynecology, psychiatry, internal medicine, anesthesiology and pediatrics. So far, two of the six specialists are already on the island, an anesthesiologist and an internal medicine doctor. Under this new program, once the specialists have arrived they will stay on Bonaire for three to six months and can even stay for up to a year if they choose. After their rotation is over, a new colleague will come from Amsterdam to take their place. According to Macha Le Poole, Secretary of the Board of Directors at Fundashon Mariadal, these specialists will not only treat patients on the island, but also teach hospital staff through various educational programs. “There will be opportunities for our employees, be it nurses or management, to further educate themselves through workshops and other programs that are offered within these university medical centers.” Le Poole says that these specialists will not be replacing doctors that are already on the island, but will be developing their area of medicine into an individual program. Having a number of specialists on the island should be a welcome change for locals. In the past, patients would have to travel to Curaçao depending on their medical issue, or they would have to wait for a doctor to fly from Curaçao to Bonaire. Now, that has changed. “This is health care on the island that we were not able to provide up until now,” says Le Poole, adding, “We had specialists coming in from Curaçao for one or two days a week. They would have patients to see and then they would leave. Now we will have specialists on the island 24/7 so we will not have to rely on sending patients to Curaçao.” Although the program has just started, Le Poole has already gotten some feedback from the two specialists that are on the island which, she said, has been very positive so far. However, like any new partnership, Le Poole says that there may be a few bumps along the way as the university doctors adjust to Bonaire. “They come from a very different setting, a medical center where everything is state of the art and where they do things a certain way, so it will be interesting to see how it works.” Le Poole also hopes that the specialists will form a favorable opinion of Fundashon Mariadal and of Bonaire, which she hopes will make the partnership more successful. “Of course we want to make a good impression on them so that they go back to The Netherlands and talk to their colleagues. The more positive they are about the hospital, about Bonaire, about their experience here, the more likely we are that there are going to be more specialists signing up for the program.” In addition to the specialists, Fundashon Mariadal will also be getting new, state-ofthe-art medical equipment over the next few years. Dr. Giovanni J.M. Frans, Head of the Board of Directors for the hospital says that the island will soon be getting new digital machines for x-rays and ultrasounds, adding that the hospital has also just placed an order for a CT (CAT scan) machine. Le Poole hopes that the introduction of this new equipment will also help in furthering the education of the hospital’s staff, saying that “Now it will be possible for the people working here to develop their skills and their knowledge further with this new digital equipment.” Over time, Le Poole hopes that the staff at Fundashon Mariadal and its patients will begin to see the benefits and the improved quality of care from this new system, “These specialists will be building up their area of expertise structurally. They will not just come in, do the work and then leave. They will be building a department for the future. In time I think this will result in visible improvements that patients will see.” Dr. Frans agrees, “We gave a lot of autonomy, sacrifice to become part of Holland, so we can have improvement in education, social security and healthcare. The objective is that we are going to bring up the level and quality of healthcare to the Dutch level of healthcare, so it should become much better. If not, we are not doing our jobs right.” Story & photo by Mallory Smith Dr. Giovanni J.M. Frans and Macha Le Poole At Cas Cadushy (Plasa Diego) Kaya C.D Crestian in Rincon. Starts 5 pm B e pampered for breakfast or lunch by youngsters in training for the world of the professional restaurant business by the Stichting Project. Delicious menu. Good prices On Kaya Gob. N. Debrot – opposite the Divi Flamingo Hotel Open: Weekdays 9.00-14.00

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Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 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 ——————————————— House for Rent— 2 bedroom with airco, bathroom, toilet. Living room, kitchen, front and back porch. Kaya Nikiboku Zuid, $ 850.00/month, call Mary ph: 796 1800 ———————————————Located at Hato, small HOUSE, with 2 bedrooms $675. includes: dishwasher, washing machine, boiler, airco. TV, internet, etc. Call 717-2529 Open house on Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday 112pm. ——————————————— For Rent Office space / Shops 60 m2 1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom / Kitchen Apartment Unfurnished / Long term rentals Excl. Utilities $500,NAƒ 895,HATO, Blvd Gob.N.Debrot # 92 Cell 785-0918 ———————————————For rent furnished studio apt Available end of February Internet wireless/MI-TV/ pagabon no pets,$340 a month, one month deposit upfront Kaya Mandolin 2, call 795 3456 ——————————————— Landhuis for rent 4 bedrooms / 3 baths, Available Feb 1st -very attractive price, For more information please call 791-5190. ——————————————— Furnished house for rent in in quiet, central located area, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, front and back porch, Price: $1000 [Price negotiable for longterm lease] tel : 701-5225 ——————————————— MISCELLANEOUS Antiques and Collectibles Call 795-9760 —————————–—————— Open House on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11-2pm. Art exhibit wreckage, PAINTINGS and TABLES. Call 717 2529. K. Utrecht 25 Hato ———————————————Looking for a studio, apartment or house. Please email: alexisaura@gmail.com ———————————————Germans living abroad wanted for a MDR TV-feature story* . If you're interested, contact Marlene Giese (NEO productions TV und Film GmbH marlene.giese@neoproductions.de ). —————————————— Furniture for sale prices reduced for quick sale. Couch, love seat, coffee table and end table set newly upholstered (2100 NAƒ), Large black bookcase room divider/bookcase (450 NAƒ), 6 black dining room chairs (550 NAƒ) and buffet (550 NAƒ), bedside table (95 NAƒ), glass lamp (40 NAƒ), grey indoor/outdoor chairs with cushions and 120m acrylic table (450 NAƒ). For photos contact cathsalis@gmail.com or to visit call 786-3336. Tel (599) 791-6272 / 785-6272 hans@outdoorbonaire.com www.outdoorbonaire.com For Quality House and Office Cleaning and Maintenance .. CALL JRA Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough, Low rates, References. One time or many Phone 785-9041 … and relax. ———————————— LUNCH TO GO Starting from $4 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981. 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 . Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set, Moon Phase and Tides Winds and weather can further influence the local tide’s height and time 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 Day High Low High Low High Sunrise Sunset January Fri 28 01:39 / 0.13 ft 08:23 / 1.11 ft 16:46 / 0.18 ft 21:03 / 0.14 ft 7:01 18:36 Sat 29 02:17 / 0.10 ft 09:10 / 1.11 ft 17:44 / 0.20 ft 22:05 / 0.11 ft 7:01 18:36 Sun 30 02:54 / 0.05 ft 09:57 / 1.07 ft 18:42 / 0.19 ft 23:12 / 0.09 ft 7:01 18:37 Mon 31 03:30 / 0.00 ft 10:44 / 1.00 ft 19:39 / 0.17 ft 7:01 18:37 February Tue 01 00:30 / 0.10 ft 04:04 / 0.05 ft 11:31 / 0.91 ft 20:31 / 0.14 ft 7:00 18:37 Wed 02 02:02 / 0.13 ft 04:40 / 0.12 ft 12:17 / 0.81 ft 21:18 / 0.12 ft New Moon 7:00 18:38 Thu 03 03:32 / 0.20 ft 05:38 / 0.19 ft 13:05 / 0.71 ft 21:56 / 0.08 ft 7:00 18:38 Fri 04 04:16 / 0.27 ft 07:33 / 0.25 ft 13:54 / 0.60 ft 22:26 / 0.05 ft 7:00 18:38 Sat 05 04:42 / 0.35 ft 09:34 / 0.27 ft 14:46 / 0.50 ft 22:49 / 0.02 ft 7:00 18:39 Sun 06 05:03 / 0.43 ft 11:12 / 0.23 ft 15:41 / 0.41 ft 23:08 / 0.00 ft 7:00 18:39 Mon 07 05:24 / 0.52 ft 12:26 / 0.17 ft 16:36 / 0.34 ft 23:24 / 0.02 ft 6:59 18:40 Tue 08 05:47 / 0.60 ft 13:23 / 0.11 ft 17:27 / 0.27 ft 23:40 / 0.02 ft 6:59 18:40 Wed 09 06:12 / 0.69 ft 14:11 / 0.04 ft 18:13 / 0.22 ft 23:59 / 0.01 ft 6:59 18:40 Thu 10 06:40 / 0.77 ft 14:56 / 0.01 ft 18:54 / 0.17 ft 6:59 18:40 Fri 11 First Quarter 00:20 / 0.01 ft 07:12 / 0.84 ft 15:38 / 0.06 ft 19:33 / 0.13 ft 6:58 18:41 Atelier José Kaya Aleksandrit 6, Republiek. Local art, mosaics, driftwood and more. Open: Saturdays 10-3p.m, or call 785-6670 for appointment After decades of innovating Bonaire’s diving Captain Don is applying similar principles to growing plants. Pay him a visit. Meet Bonaire’s Living Legend. Get him to sign his new bookReef Windows 103 Kaminda Lagun ( road to Lagun) (Look for the blue rock and dive flag) Phone: 786-0956 Furniture Repair/ Refinishing/ Construction Call Don at 786-2692 T he cruise ship, " Star Clipper " dumped its garbage on Bonaire on its visit last week. They almost filled a Dump ster with hundreds of garbage bags. Fortunately, the larger cruise lines for years have tried to keep the amount of waste they produce to a minimum and don’t l eave their waste on the island (except of course for Freewindsed). Several companies have signed a protocol to leave no waste on the islands that they visit and not throw waste overboard at sea. Bonaire waste is a growing problem and it is completely unacceptable that cruise ships abuse Bonaire by dumping their waste here. Photo & text by: Gerard van Erp Editor’s comment: Who provided the Dumpster on the town pier? How can island authorities charge locals for dumping and complain that Bonaire’s landfill is short on space when they accept waste from passing ships?

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Page 14 Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 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. 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. BAKERY & CAFÉ Exito offers fresh homemade breads and pastries, fruit shakes including fresh orange juice maker on the island, freshly made sandwiches, an expanded salad bar and other take-o ut items—at affordable prices. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and facial waxing. CARS AND BIKES 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 The Brandaris Café is the top-notch, spotless downtown restaurant for local, krioyo and Venezuelan food. Breakfast & Lunch only. 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. Very cool jazz music! 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 prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. Dive Friends has four dive schools and two retail shops so you always get the best deals and assured of top notch training. 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 Les 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. RE/MAX Paradise Homes on Kaya Grandi has extensive listings and is backed by the worldwide RE/MAX support. 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. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di Amor. Hotel or downtown pickup The only water taxi to 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. Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Reporter are included in the guide. Free! To place and ad call 790-6518, 786-6518 or email laura@bonairenews.com Sunbelt Realty Join this list of Bonaire’s best businesses. Advertise in The Bonaire Reporter, in print and on the Internet

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Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 Page 15 Bonaire/Tolo/Kralendijk – S o about a week ago the members of the Gentlemen’s League, a group of senior male divers (women more than welcome) were surprised by the presence of a bunch of green/gray inflatable boats, controlled by marines. The members of the group of divers did not really understand what the “sea soldiers” were doing, maneuvering their boats, inspecting and exploring the coastline in the Tolo area, near Karpata. Later that week I discovered that the marines and their boats had something to do with members of the Dutch land forces, situated temporarily at the location of the VKB, the Vrijwilligers Korps Bonaire (Bonairean Corps of Volunteers/jb). “Since August 2010 the soldiers of the Dutch land forces stationed on the island of Curaçao are here,” the sergeant-major explains to me. “Every time a crew consisting of some 40 persons is here for five days. Now we are here with the marines from Aruba. They were the ones with the inflatable boats. They are here to explore the coast line and they want to find out where there are possibilities to land with their sea craft.” A group of some 40 military personnel is temporarily on the quiet island of Bonaire for defensive reasons. Apart from that they are here to explore and to get to know the island. They want to exercise on the island because they want to assist the island in case of calamities such as severe storms or floods. “We will be here, only on command,” the sergeant-major explains. “If the government asks for assistance we are prepared to serve the people of the island.” So the men and women from Curaçao and Aruba brought a lot of material with them in a military cargo vessel. A couple of DAF YA 4-ton trucks, a whole bunch of Mercedes vehicles and some Land Rover 110s. All vehicles are 4 X 4s but in my opinion the Land-Rovers are the best 4 X 4s by far. So, very late that Monday night, during my third visit to the VKB, it is time to find out about my beloved vehicles: the Land Rovers. I am right on time because the next morning all gear will be shipped to Curaçao and Aruba, transported by a military vessel known as Pelikaan . The Land Rovers are long-wheel based. The model range is known as Defender and there are several versions: the short ones with a 90-inch wheel base and the longer ones with a wheelbase of 110 inches. The heavy duty vehicles are equipped with a reliable turbo diesel engine and a five-speed gearbox. Four-wheel drive is always engaged. A snorkel has been fitted to the air inlet of the diesel by the factory in Solihull, England. These vehicles are almost fully waterproof. The chassis is slightly higher than the chassis of the civilian 110 version and high 7.50X16 tires are mounted on the heavy duty rims. High coil springs connect the chassis to the stiff front and rear axles. These vehicles are equipped with power brakes and power steering and a 24-Volt system. No nonsense, no air conditioning, no windows powered by an electric motor, not even roll up, roll down window, just sliding windows. The impressive vehicles are quite high but they are designed that way so that the gravity point is still low. The chassis is made of high quality steel; the top is riveted together and made of aluminum. These cars will last 90 years! Unfortunately I will not be able to drive one of those admired-by-me drab green Land Rover 110 Defenders. Everything is military and especially the fitted for radio version is equipped with a lot of secret devices. And, even more unfortunate, the British made Defenders are not for sale! The next morning I drive my own old leaf-springed, goat-like ride short-body Land Rover in the direction of Kralendijk. We pass the buildings and the terrain of the Vrijwilligerskorps Bonaire. They all have left: the men and women, the DAF trucks, the small Mercedes vehicles and the Land Rovers. My Land Rover has the same intention as I have: get healthy and happy at the age of 100, together with my wife! J@n Brouwer The 83rd of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire’s interesting vehicles that are “on wheels.” On course for 100+ ( Photograph: J@n Brouwer) A photograph of a Land Rover Defender 110 diesel, loaded with secret radioequipment. Ready to help in case of emergencies. These aluminum made vehicles can reach the age of 90. Connoisseurs assume that some 75% of all Land Rovers ever produced are still on the road or in the mud and in a running condition! Kaya Liberador Simon-Bolivar #22, Next to Jong Bonaire Open for Breakfast and Lunch From 6:30 am Mon.-Saturday; Email: BrandarisCafe@gmail.com Relax in a cozy atmosphere Authentic Local (Krioyo) and Venezuelan dishes…. Specials every day —-T ake Away too 717-4596 Bonaire/Kralendijk – O n Sunday January 16th a clean up dive was organized by Dive Friends of Bonaire and Net Tech. Over 75 volunteers helped to make it a very successful event. Get together was at the Dive Inn at 9:30 am. Dive location was the underwater world in front of the South Pier. Air tanks were supplied for free. Hundreds of kilograms of glass, iron and parts of boats and gear were collected. Miles of fishing line and a lot of re-usable lead. After the diving part of the event there was some time reserved for a clean up of the divers and other volunteers. A little time was left for an afternoon nap. At 5 pm all volunteers gathered together at the Yellow Submarine – location of Dive Friends of Bonaire to enjoy food and drinks. For the first time durable and re-usable plates and cups were used. Thank you volunteers! Thank you employees for washing the dishes! “Without blue there is no green…” J@n Brouwer J@n Brouwer photo

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Page 16 Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 REGULAR EVENTS € Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for residents and local pe ople. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800. € We Dare to Care Park children’s playground open every day into the cooler evening hours. Saturdays € Rincon Marshé —8am-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 . Tuesdays SGB High School Chez Nous Restaurant– 6 pm, multi course dinner, $20. Reservations 700-4628. Wednesdays SGB High School Chez Nous Restaurant– 12:30 multi course lunch, about $12. Reservations 700-4628 Thursdays €SGB High School Chez Nous Restaurant– 12:30 multi course lunch, about $12. Reservations 700-4628 €Bonaire Chess & Draughts (checkers) players get together on from 19.00 till 21.00 at the SGB-school: Kaya Frater Odulfinuz z/n. Fridays € Jong Bonaire Chess & Draughts players get together from 17.00 till 19.00 at the SGB-school. Kids can start at age six. Tourists are welcome. Contact Serapio Pop, at 701-9660 FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS Sunday– Creature Feature– John and Suzie Wall of Buddy’s Digital photo center present a multimedia slide presentation about Buddy’s House Reef pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080 Monday -Touch the Sea -Dee Scarr, honored as a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame conducts Bonaire's Touch the Sea programs of personalized dive guiding. She presents a unique perspective on critters and corals, plus an updated Bonaire lionfish report, every Monday she's on-island at 8:30 pm in the Aquarius Conference Center at Captain Don's Habitat, Call 717-8290. 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 7965591 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 welcom e. 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, Englis h, 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 Pray er 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. 717-4211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire Youth Center in English, Dutch and 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. 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, Dutch Caribbean; 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, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Published every two weeks Reporters: Siomara Albertus, Avani, Stephanie Bennett, J@n Brouwer, Jo Bux, Christie Dovale, Genady Filkovsky, Greta Kooistra, Dean Regas, Mallory Smith, Gerard van Erp Unattributed photos are by the editor or publisher. Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elisabeth Silberie & Georgina Sanchez (Playa), Divi-Divi Airline, Ava Rose Wuyts (mailing) Housekeeping: JRA. Printed by: DeStad Drukke rij, Curaçao ©2010, 2011 The Bonaire Reporter Send event info to: The Bonaire Reporter reporter@bonairenews.com Tel:790-6518, 786-6125 /6518 CLOSE-IN EVENTS Thursday, January 27 –29 It Rains Fishes International Sports Fishing Tournament. Contact Robur de Vries 786-1070, 5161070 and confirm by email: info@itrainsfishesbonaire.com. Friday, January 28— Opening of Kas Cadushy garden and distillery in Rincon, 5pm. Also exhibition "First of 11" by artist Nochi Coffie. Live performances, snacks and drinks! Saturday, January 29 -*Farmers’ Market , behind Go Green Natural & Organic shop, front of church in Playa, 8am-2pm. All products grown or made in Bonaire. Food & drinks. Info call Tina (700-5488), Papa (786-7776), Nery (796-6777) *Lora Count. See page 8 *Literary Classical Concert. See page 9. Saturday, February 5— * Animal Shelter Book Fair & Flea Market, 11am-5pm at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road. More page 18. * Big Monthly Rincon Marché . Gifts, crafts, local food, drinks. 8am -2pm. Wednesday, February 16 —Three Baritones . Presented by the Classical Music Board Bonaire, 7:30 pm, on the beach at Plaza. www.classicalmusicbonaire.com Cruise Ship Calls -Information provided by the Craft Market Day Date Ship Arrive Depart PAX Cap Fri Jan-28 Sea Princess 0800 1800 2016 Mon Jan-31 Aida Vita 0800 1600 1260 2 ships Ventura 0800 1800 3100 Thu Feb03 Caribbean Princess 1100 2000 3100 Fri Feb04 Grandeur of the Seas 0700 1600 2446 2 ships Oceana 0800 1800 1950 Sun Feb06 Maasdam 0800 1700 1258 Wed Feb09 Constellation 0800 1600 2034 Thu Feb10 Emerald Princess 1200 2000 3100 Line Princess Aida P & O Princess Celebrity P & O HAL Celebrity Princess 2 ships Club Med 2 0800 1900 392 Club Med Fri Feb11 Sea Princess 0800 1800 2016 Princess SunTues Thru Spring 2011 Freewinds 0630 2200 150 Scientology Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Fridays and Cruise Ship Visiting Days—usually 10 am until ship departure.

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Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 Page 17 I f you do not have at least as much energy (mentally and physically) now as what you had when you were in your 30s, the aging process is fast catching up with you! Quote – Price G.M., et al. Nitrogen homeostasis in man: Influence of protein intake on the amplitude of diurnal cycling of body nitrogen. Clin. Sci. 1994, Jan; 86 (1):91-102 “ This study shows that one of several ways to maintain a high amplitude in the diurnal cycle is with increased dietary protein intake. Based both on nitrogen and amino acid balances, the amplitude of the diurnal cycle in human adults increases with increasing dietary protein intake, and decreases with inadequate protein intake. In other words, increased dietary protein has neither an anabolic nor a catabolic effect – it increases the amplitude of both phases of the diurnal cycle.” Countless studies show that following a night of reduced/interrupted sleep not only is wakefulness adversely affected, along with performance in activities during the day, but the overall amplitude of the diurnal rhythm is flattened and we are stuck feeling ‘flat’ the entire day. The hypothalamus will maintain the highest possible amplitude of your diphasic cycle in response to the appropriate light and dark stimulation. Here we refer to natural light or sunlight! Do you remember the regular power-cuts we had? No electricity, no computer and no TV. What did we do – most of us went to bed early! It is exactly this abundance of electricity in our ‘civilized’ world that is the biggest culprit! At about 8pm it is time for the human body to prepare for repairing, rebuilding and recharging. Yet, how many of us (myself included!) extend our ‘day’ till very late at night by either watching television or by looking at a computer monitor, hop into a shower, into bed and then find it difficult to understand why we cannot sleep! How often have I heard – ‘I only need 5 or 6 hours of sleep a night!’ The body must have as much as 8 hours of sleep a night, every night, and bedtime should be about the same time every night to restore your diurnal cycle. Studies conducted on ‘night shift workers’ showed a very large percentage of burnt-out individuals! Are you surprised? The next issue that influences the diurnal cycle is protein or rather the lack of protein in the diet, combined with an over-consumption of carbohydrates. Very few of us have an adequate protein intake, and almost always, where the main meal of the day is consumed at lunch-time, the evening meal almost always consist of a carbohydrate of some kind, usually bread. A high carbohydrate diet devastates the hypothalamus (overstimulation), and thereby decreases vital reserves and accelerates the ageing process. So many people are stuck in a high carbohydrate diet, which is certainly one form of energy production, but is also the main cause of a yeast overgrowth, or fermentation! So those of you that have no energy, or feel all the aches and pains of ‘old age’, think again! Change your diet, prepare your body for sleep by not watching television or a computer monitor late at night, get your eight hours of sleep and you will have your reward every day! More mental and physical energy and a better memory will keep ‘old age’ away from your door! Stephanie Bennett CAN WE SLOW THE AGEING PROCESS DOWN? 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 Bon Quiz ( from page 7 ) Q) What is the story behind this grave? A) It is said they may be Indian or slave remains. I n August 2009, Laura Dekker announced her plan for a two-year solo sailing voyage around the globe. She ran into bureaucratic difficulties that prevented her early departure but she is now underway. If successful, she could be the youngest person to have done it. Currently Australian Jessica Watson is the youngest with 16 years and 362 days. Dekker must finish before July 2012 to be the youngest. Currently, she is in St. Maarten following a fast trans-Atlantic passage and about to head south along the chain of the Lesser Antilles islands, It is hoped she will stop in Bonaire, which was in her original plan. If you want to help with h er reception in Bonaire contact: laura-sponsoring@hotmail.com or The Bonaire Reporter. Dekker is sailing a seagoing 38ft-long Jeanneau Gin Fizz ketch named Guppy . The boat is equipped for long-distance sailing and adapted for solo-circumnavigation. The route is planned to go from Portugal westwards, cruising the Caribbean, go through Panama and past Indonesia. Then she plans either to go past Somalia to the Mediterranean, or around Africa if piracy is of concer n. She plans around 26 stops. At 14 locations Dekker will be met by a support team that follows the same route. It will also help her along difficult spots such as the Panama Canal. An Iridium tracking system onboard will allow a team in The Netherlands to monitor her course closely. She will avoid the stormy roaring 40s, and she will avoid the hurricane season during which she'll fly home to study. Her education is conducted through the Wereldschool (World school), an educational institution that provides her with materi al for self-learning. More information in Dutch and English is available at http://www.lauradekker.nl/ Basis.aspx? Tid=5019&Lid=44&Lit=TEKST . Press release/G.D. Dekker Website photo Puzzle on page 7 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 L ast week the personnel of BonFysio & BonBida completed a CPR course. The very informative course included theory, mouth-tomouth breathing, heart massage and the use of an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator), an apparatus which can save one’s life during a cardiac arrest. With an AED on site and certificated personnel patients and clients of BonFysio and BonBida know they are in good hands! The course was given by certified instructor Mrs. Annemieke Heutinck of the Heart for Bonaire Foundation. The aim of this foundation is to make Bonaire “heart safe” by means of providing inform ation and giving courses. Interested? Call 7863627 for more information. Press Release/ Bon Bida photo . Guppy

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Page 18 Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 W e’ve known it for years—since 1982 actually but today Exito is more than it every was. It’s a real Bakery– Cafe! Not only has it had a facelift but it offers new products: Dutch and other international fresh homemade breads and pastries, fruit shakes including the only fresh orange juice maker on the island, the Zumex, a wider variety of freshly made sandwiches, an expanded salad bar and other take-out items— at affordable prices. An extra added attraction are the new “sculptured” cakes (see photo)—for every occasion. “We can do weddings, anniversaries, new house (with the house sculpted) birthdays, even bachelor’s parties,” Manager Mireya reports. “It’s a business founded on friendship and heart,” Mireya explains. The joint venture began with their neighbor and close friend, Dalia Martinez, who has owned Exito since 1985. Mireya, her husband, Eric, and Dalia all got talking about the shop and came up with lots of new ideas. They spent hours researching new concepts for bakery-cafes on the internet, finding new ideas, then throwing them out going for a change, lots of different ways to improve the ambiance. And they’ve succeeded. The new Exito is bright, open, it has a new vibe, tables and chairs, improved service, new products that make it even more attractive to those it serves, like the people working in Playa, those who don’t have a lot of time and want affordable meals, as well as the tourists and residents. They hold workshops for their employees, raising their levels in service, baking and even language. A special note: The attractive logo on the new Exito sign was designed by Mireya’s 17 year old son, Victor. Exito is open every day from 7 am to 8 pm. Story & photo by Laura DeSalvo T his foxy looking dog with the light colored fur and beautiful light eyes is “Ralph,” a recent arrival at the Bonaire Animal Shelter. He was homeless and skinny, looking very lost and miserable when someone discovered him and brought him into the Shelter. After being checked over by the vet, given his tests and shots and cleaned up he’s a “new dog,” happy to be alive. What a transformation a little love and attention can create. Ralph has impressed the Shelter staff with his sociability with people and other dogs and is a “keeper,” they say. He’s about a year old, young enough to train to your way of life, but past the sometimes destructive puppy phase. You may see him at the Shelter on the Lagun Road, open Monday-Saturday, 9 to 1 and 3 to 5. Tel. 717-4989. Good News: Our last Pet of the Week, “Jaap,” was adopted after his new owners saw him in The Reporter. Congrats to all! SHELTER BOOK & FLEA MARKET, on Saturday, February 5, from 11 am to 5 pm. BOOKS galore (only $1.25 per book/4 for $5), clothing, household and garden things, plants, food and drinks., Everything has been donated so all proceeds go to keeping the Shelter open for unwanted animals. Tell your friends, spread the word. It’s party time! . Laura DeSalvo “Ralph” Shelter manager Marlies and vol unteer Gitta scrubbing down a new arrival who came in covered with mites. He was afraid of the hose sprayer so they had to use water in a bowl. Rafael, Dalia, Mireya and Susan holding the “sculptured “ cakes. Wow!

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Bonaire ReporterJan. 28-Feb, 11, 2011 Page 19 T his weekend is a great time to enjoy the Moon near Venus and Mercury in pre-dawn skies. The best four days will be Friday January 28 through Monday January 31. On Friday morning just before sunrise look in the southeast and find the brilliant planet Venus. A skinny waning crescent Moon will be about 20 degrees up to Venus' right, Saturday it will be skinnier and just to the right of Venus. Sunday it'll be just below Venus and skinnier yet. And then on Monday an even skinnier Moon will be down and to the left of Venus. The toughest day will be February 1, Tuesday morning about half an hour before sunrise. The morning sky will have started to get bright, but just above the horizon an amazingly skinny Moon will be just above Mercury. It'll be tough to find and you'll need a clear flat horizon, but it will be an impressive sight if you can find it. Now I bet that most of you are under the impression that the four seasons are equal in length, when in fact none of them are the same number of days and nights long. So which season is the longest and which is the shortest? Well I'm sure most school children would say that summer is the shortest because it seems to just fly by. But is that true or is it simply a matter of human perception? Let's find out. O.K. now everyone knows that our Earth makes one trip around the sun once a year. In fact, astronomically speaking that's exactly what a year is ... the amount of time it takes for any planet to make one trip around the Sun , and one Earth trip is 365 1/4 Earth days long. Now according to Kepler's laws of motion the closer a planet is to the Sun the faster it will travel ... The farther it is from the Sun the slower it will travel. So, because our Earth's orbit is not a perfect circle, but is a slightly stretched out circle called an ellipse and since our Sun is not at the center of this ellipse our Earth actually varies its distance from the Sun during the year. When it's closest to the Sun it travels fastest and when it's farthest it travels slowest. Now believe it or not our Earth is actually closest to the Sun in January and farthest in July. So our Earth actually travels faster when it's winter in the northern hemisphere and slower during the summer. On the first day of Spring our Earth is traveling at a speed of 66,900 miles an hour and is moving farther from the Sun and slowing down. Therefore it takes 93 days to go from the first day of spring to the first day of summer, so spring is 93 days long. Then the Earth continues to slow down until it is at its farthest point from the Sun the first week of July when it reaches its slowest speed of 65,500 miles an hour. Thereafter, because it's starting to move back closer to the Sun it slowly starts to speed up. Even so it takes 94 days for our Earth to travel from the first day of summer to the first day of fall, which makes summer 94 days long. Then as it moves closer and closer to the Sun it picks up more speed day by day so that it takes only 90 days to travel from the first day of fall to the first day of winter. Thus fall is 90 days long. And our Earth continues to speed up until it reaches its closest point to the Sun the first week of January, zipping along at 67,600 miles an hour which is over 2,000 miles per hour faster than its speed in July. In fact, it takes only 89 days for our Earth to go from the first day of winter to the first day of spring. So even though summer feels like the shortest season to any school kid, winter is actually five days shorter and is the shortest season of the year for the northern hemisphere. And summer is the longest. In the southern hemisphere it would be just the reverse. And look at the Moon by Venus and Mercury next weekend. Dean Regas, Cincinnati Observatory *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 LÂ’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:717-7854BonaireÂ’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 BonaireÂ’s Official Web Site Developer "The Moon Shows You th e Way to Ve nus and Mercury. Plus Which is The Shortest Season?" Aries (March 21 to April 20) You are on a roller-coaster ride of positive self-expression and abundance, together with as well some sense of limitation and restriction. Always charging full speed ahead, you must sometimes run into a wall, that's natural, Aries. But these days you bounce right back. A minicrisis of some kind, or engaged moment of truth, is likely by Full Moon, when relationships with significant others in your life spur you on in your journey. Taurus (April 21 to May 21) You are something of a mystery these days, Taurus, even to yourself. So much energy and positive thinking. Yet you stand behind and off to the side from the face you show the world. Back there behind your mind you are full of inchoate dreams and visions, especially these last month. The timing of Full Moon both engages you and also distracts you into the dreamland of your innermost desi res and secret places, where it all comes out right in the end. Gemini (May 22 to June 21) You just love to network, Gemini, and you've had plenty of opportunity for that lately. You charge forward into vital connection with all the beings in your ever-widening sphere of contact. You also may feel pulled back inside yourself these days, since you are going through something of a review and reconsideration of the past 30 years or so of your worldly efforts. This month end, leading up to Full Moon, you feel poised for vital self-expression inextricably tied to friends and associates, and plans for a vibrantly charged electric future. Cancer (June 22 to July 22) Sweet and sensitive is really working for you these days, Cancer, especially on the job, and is leading you into responsible communication with friends and associates as well. You may feel torn between your public persona and the stayat-home side of your personality over the month end, leading up to Full Moon. Leo (July 23 to August 21) On Thursday the electric other lights up your sense of who you are, Leo, even though you are usually so full of your own perspective. Then over the month end, leading up to Full Moon, you are reminded that communication holds the key to connecting with those ideas of travel or perhaps philosophical issues of higher mind that you have been so preo ccupied with of late. Meanwhile on the job you may be feeling both enthused and somewhat stuck. Virgo (August 22 to September 23) Forthright romantic communi cation lights the way for you this month end, Virgo, as the time approaches for Full Moon in your house of resources. The question is, who's resources are being developed, yours or your partner's, or someone else's? On Janua ry, those dreams and visions you've been having for travel plans or issues of higher mind may be hitting a few snags. Libra (September 24 to October 23) You seem quite full of romantic thoughts and feelings these days, Libra, as creative intimacy to the max propels you forward into more and more depth of connection. When push comes to shove, there are some limitations to overcome, as always, but your progress is an upward spiral. By Full Moon, you find yourself bringing it all back home to your personal self. Scorpio (October 24 to November 22) Your house of partnership has rarely been more active, Scorpio, and you might feel yourself caught between the lows and the highs of it all. It is a conscious act of service and sharing that propels you forward, but you are tempted as well to pull back into retreat mode this month end, leading up to Full Moon. Then the next month, brings you right back into the action. Storm the walls of tempestuous sharing once more, and give it your best shot! Sagittarius (November 23 to December 22) Ideals of service and painful realizations of the limits of that mode of behavior are simultaneously springing forth in your psyche these days, Sagittarius. Mean while your mental process and artistic creativity are truly amazing to behold. This month end, leading up to Full Moon, your excitement reaches such a fever pitch that you are ready to fully share your secrets with the universe of groups and for the sake of friendship and the future. There may be some setbacks in the aftermath and you may pull back into retreat mode, but nothing can hold you down for long! Capricorn (December 23 to January 20) Home and family are a source of both mental and aesthetic delight th ese days, as you struggle to ground your creative vision in practical reality. You feel more energy for this process over the month end as something deep inside yourself is changing with the flow toward making it more and more concrete. Full Moon brings out the need to go public with it as well as to enjoy the fruits of your labors in the peace and tranquility of home. Pisces (February 20 to March 20) Issues of communication are "up" for you these days, Pisces, as you feel ca ught between expansion of your contacts with others, and other quite different feelings of limitation and pulling back. This month end, brings intimate sharing with significant others into the picture, and asks the question, do I want my values represented or someone else's? This month you may be making travel or educational plans but look out for some resistance to your mobility. The inner journey demands your truest attention this time. Astrologer Avani Rick Imamoto art

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