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If you do not receive your vot-
ing card by mail by February
16, 2011, you may pick up your
card at the Civil Registry
ITI,...- ;A. '. beginning February
17. Be sure to bring all paperwork
showing your right to vote.


Laura Dekker's boat Guppy tied
up in Bonaire at the Plaza Resort

PLaura Dekker, the controver-
sial Dutch sailing teen trying for
a "youngest" circumnavigation
arrived in Bonaire last Saturday
morning after an uneventful
downwind sail from Dominica.
Welcome her, Bonaire! More in
the next edition.

>THE HAGUE--Member of
Dutch Parliament Marianne
Thieme of the Party for Animals
PvD is questioning
the legality of the upcoming
Dutch Provincial States elections
since residents of Bonaire, St.
Eustatius and Saba cannot par-
ticipate in these elections.
Thieme posed a series of questions
to Minister of Home Affairs and
Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Don-
ner on the possible illegal status of
the Provincial States election on
March 2.
Residents of special Dutch entities
Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba
can't vote in the Provincial States
elections because they do not live
in a province. To enable their par-
ticipation, the Dutch Constitution
needs to be adapted and that takes
at least a year.
According to Thieme, the fact that
BES islanders don't have indirect
voting rights for the First Chamber
is not only against the Dutch Con-
stitution, but is also in violation of
the principle of equality as defined
in international treaties.

ORealtor Corine van der Hout
of Sunbelt reports in her recent
newsletter that "so far the devel-


opments in the real estate mar-
ket are confirming what we have
told you before: the market is
definitely stabilizing with a trend
of steady prices and plenty of
sales. In addition we are noticing
that the local financial institutions
are showing a positive attitude to
local real estate values by offering
better financing conditions and by
showing an active market ap-
proach."
For buyers this means that
doubts you might have had about
the value of an investment on Bon-
aire are minimized.
Average Bonaire house prices
are lower compared to Holland.
The town of Blaricum has the most
expensive houses in that country,
with an average price of almost
�800,000, according to website
Woningmarktcijfers. The cheapest
place to buy a home is Pekela in
Groningen, where the average
house price is �132,000.

SMrs.
Sharon Bol
has been
appointed as
Interim
Director of
the Tourism
Corporation
Bonaire
(TCB), effective immediately. In
this role, she will be responsible
for overseeing all the activities of
TCB, its overseas offices and
supervising its staff members. The
position is for at least two months.
Most recently, Mrs. Bol acted as
Interim Director of Bonaire's
National Library.
"I am pleased to accept this new
position at Tourism Corporation
Bonaire and look forward to
working closely with the staff on
Bonaire and in our overseas
offices to ensure a seamless
continuance of TCB's efforts,"
said Mrs. Bol. "Looking at the
importance and growing demand
of the tourism sector, I welcome
the challenge to work on the many
local and international projects
planned for 2011 ."
A search for a permanent
Director of Tourism for TCB is in
progress.


,The large-scale renovation of the runway of Flamingo Field,
Bonaire International Airport (BIA), will begin on Sunday, Febru-
ary 13, 2011. The renovation will take four to five months. Dis-
ruption to air traffic and passengers will be kept to a minimum
and most flight schedules will be maintained.
From February 13 to March 27, the airport will be closed to air
traffic on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 6pm to the fol-
lowing morning at 4am. On Tuesday and Thursday, closed from
7:45 pm until morning 5:45am. On Fridays and Saturdays the
airport will operate normally. In case the carriers adjust their
flight schedules, this may change somewhat. After late March, the
closing times of the airport will change.
The renovation is carried out by contractor Janssen de Jong Car-
ibbean in cooperation with Bonaire Road Construction Company
(BWM). Since a large amount of asphalt is required, a special
airport asphalt plant will be installed (photo above).
In addition to the renewed runway and turning aprons, new
lighting, new approach lights and display boards will be installed.
The tower is to be equipped with a new electrical system and con-
trol system. The whole airport area will receive new fencing and a
new fire fighting approach to the runway will be built. Eventu-
ally, a new fire station will be built.
The cost of the renovation work amounts � 15 million (almost
$20 ) and will be paid by Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and
Environment.


,The first prisoners from
Statia and Saba were trans-
ported to Bonaire's new prison
last Wednesday which is in
keeping with revised judicial
procedures for the BES Islands.
Six prisoners were sent by pri-
vate plane to Bonaire on
Wednesday, while another four
were again sent from Saba to
Statia, this according to Statia
Police Chief Duco Koolstra. In
the past prisoners from Statia and
Saba were accommodated in St.
Maarten's Pointe Blanche prison.


PWe are
sorry we
have noth-
ing to re-
port about
Bonaire
power fail-
ures. The
Reporter's
consistent
efforts to get
a report from the current man-
ager of Ecopower on Bonaire,
Vincent Kooij
[vlkooij (ecopowerbonaire-
bv.com, 717-4823], have been
(Continued on page 8)


This Week's Stories

Airport Renovation 2
Beach Bumper Sticker 3
Where is Monica? 8
Three Baritones 8
Letters to the Editor (No Overwintering,
Student Impressions, Fatal Plans) 9
Farmers' Market 10
Cas Cadushy Opens 10
Farmers' Market 10
SGB students repaint Waterlands 11
Lilly's Ice Cream opens 11
New Habitat Units Dedicated to Albert
Romijn 13
NGO Platform/Bon Doet 15
Sunfish Worlds Qualifying 15
23r Annual Fishing Tourney 17
Lora Count Lower 18
Box Jellyfish Named 20
Kamaval Schedule/Infant Kamaval
Queens 20
Stolen Whaler-BSSA 20
Art Exhibits 20


Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since... (Mieke Smit) 4
Bonairean Voices-Foster Parents 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Latin MusicClassics-Juan Luis Guerra
7
Bon Quiz #46 (Rochaline) 7
Picture Yourself (Long Beach, CA) 12
Wheels-Sean Paton and Thumpers 12
Classifieds 13
Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times,
Moon Phase 13
Shopping & Service Directory/Guides 14
Masthead 16
Whats Happening, Cruise Ship Sched, 16
Sudoku Solution 17
Bon Quiz Answer 17
Body Talk -What Went Wrong? 17
Pet ofthe Week ("Yves and Cada') 18
Sky Park (Orion Family) 19
The Stars Have It 19

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Anew, colorful bumper
sticker was introduced
this week to bring more public
attention to the possible loss of
the old Sunset Beach property.
According to various sources, the
government is considering giving
the land to condominium develop-
ers or selling it for the construction
of a large hotel.
"We hope that everyone who
wants to develop this property for
the benefit of Bonaireans will put
one of the stickers on their car or in
their store or car window," said
Elsmarie Beukenboom, one of the
founders of the effort. "We want
the government to know how the
people feel. Over 2,000 Bonaire-
ans voted in our poll and 80% of
them said they wanted a public
beach while less than 20% chose a
large hotel. But that doesn't seem
to be enough evidence. So we
have created the stickers."
The free stickers are available at
the Chat 'n Browse store next to
Lovers Ice Cream on Kaya Gob.
Debrot and also at Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn as well as from commit-
tee members.
According to Beukenboom, too
many people in the government
believe that Bonaire needs more
hotel rooms to get more flights to
the island. "That used to be the
case years ago but it is a totally
new ball game now. The only way
to get airlines here or to any out of


The Bonaire Ocean Center would offer free access to one of
Bonaire's best beaches for island residents. Shops and conces-
sions would make it self supporting. This is a photo of the beach
from the late 80s.


the way destination is to pay the
airlines big money," said Beuken-
boom.
"Why don't we forget about add-
ing more hotel rooms and just pay
for the flights. That way we can
fill the empty hotel rooms that we
have now. Many of the hotels are
struggling and some may go out of
business if a new large hotel or
condominiums are built at that site.


We already have several half fin-
ished projects on the island that
need to be finished before another
project is started."
The organization leading the
action wants to bring permanent
jobs to Bonaireans and to keep the
income from the development on
the islands instead of having the
profit go to Holland or the USA.


In the plan devel-
oped by local citi-
zens, all of the 5.2
hectares (12.85 acres)
of the old Sunset
Beach property
would be turned into
the Bonaire Ocean
Center, a major family oriented
park for residents and tourists.
There would be a number of shops
and businesses that would be
owned and managed by Bonaire-
ans.
There would also be an amphi-
theater for shows and concerts, a
visitors center and museum along
with playgrounds, exercise tracks,
restaurants, a boardwalk, an in-
ocean pool and a boat launching
area. The plan also has a party
pavilion that could be rented for
weddings or special events as well
as public toilets and plenty of park-
ing.
In all there could be 8 to 10 lo-
cally owned businesses at the site
so that Bonaireans have the oppor-
tunity to create small businesses
and profit from this development.
The proposed plan also has the
STINAPA offices located at the
site as a central location for the
Marine Park Operations. "We are
also considering a small hotel with
conference center facilities," said
Beukenboom. "But the main idea
is that the area will primarily be a
public facility and could be a major


tourist attraction for our island."
The group
has secured
an agree-
ment from
world-
famous
architect
Peter Bohlin
to help de-
velop the
site. Bohlin Architect
is known Peter Bohlin
for his de-
sign of the Apple Computer stores
around the world as well as Pixar
Studios and the home of Micro-
soft's Bill Gates.
Bohlin also designed the building
that houses the US Liberty Bell
and the educational center of the
Grand Tetons Nation Park in the
US. He has a great deal of experi-
ence in developing tourism pro-
jects in nature that protect the envi-
ronment as well as attract visitors.
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S i7e came to Bonaire
VV for the first time in
December 1990. In Holland we
were living indoors more than
eight months a year because of
the weather. We had sold our
computer business and were not
working anymore. Both of us
were in our 50s. We fell com-
pletely in love with the island
and started looking for a plot of
land to build on. January 1991
we came back to buy the land.
Looking for a place to stay I met
Buchi Frans - he still is my
friend - and through him we
found a house at Kaya Den Tera
where we lived for more than
two years while our house was
being built in Sabadeco on the
sea.
Kaya Den Tera was great; there
was a little shop across from the
house and that's how we got to
know many local people. In 1993
we moved to Sabadeco Shores. It
was very quiet as we were the
first people living there! We


never locked the house and noth-
ing ever happened...
Gerard and I loved to work in
the garden. We installed a drip-
system, we dug holes and we put
in our terrace ourselves. I also
played tennis." She laughs. "Not
that I knew how to play, but boy,
was I having a good time! Every
morning we would swim a cou-
ple of kilometers together. You
see, we had a great marriage, we
got along wonderfully; we were
best friends and we loved each
other and we laughed a lot and
often!
November 1996 Gerard was
involved in a car accident. He
was hit by a drunken neighbor
and smashed his head against the
windshield. During the days that
followed he suffered from a bad
headache until two weeks after
the accident he decided to go for
a swim. He dove off the pier into
the sea and right at that moment
a massive stroke hit him. A blood


"I've become a real Bonairean lady,

oh yeah, absolutely! When the Antil-
lean flag went down on 10-10-10, I
sat there and cried..."


clot caused by the
car accident had
ended up shutting
off the vein in his
brain. Somehow
he was able to
grab the ladder
and thank God a
friend of ours,
Jos, was there and
together we
pulled him out of
the sea.
First thing I did
was call John
Akkermans and
he arranged eve-
rything -John _llieke .
was unbeliev-
able!" She tears
up and smiles and then she pulls
herself;.. t,. r. "The first two
days Gerard stayed here at the
hospital and then the ambulance
flight took him to the hospital in
Curaqao. He stayed there for
three weeks while I was moving
heaven and earth to get him back
to Bonaire. New Years Eve 1996
-1997 we flew to Amsterdam.
After being hospitalized he went
to a rehab center at the Overtoom
in Amsterdam. In the beginning
there was very little he was capa-
ble of doing until our son Eric
got upset with him and told him
'Dad, you have to do something,


we don't want to lose you!' From
that moment on Gerard started
fighting his way back.
Niek Zandman was ever so
gracious and offered the coach-
house of his 'Villa Betty' for me
to stay. It was very close to the
rehab center. It made all the dif-
ference in the world because
from then on I could see Gerard
whenever I wanted.
We stayed in Amsterdam until
October 1997. I'd bought a
wheelchair and I remember
clearly Gerard pointing his finger
at the wheelchair and shaking his
head 'No'! When we arrived on


Bonaire half the island had come
to the airport to welcome us.
Gerard walked in with his cane -
I followed with the wheelchair.
We went back to our house, but
because of all the steps it had
become way too dangerous. An-
other house of ours was under
construction and when it was
finished we moved there. How-
ever, our daughter Marlou and
her husband Fried-Jan thought
we should have a wheelchair
accessible home so that's what
we built; it was super!
We were always together; I
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took care of him by myself and I
taught him how to speak again -
we had long conversations, pre-
cious moments... If I'd leave the
house, it was only to buy grocer-
ies or go to the bank. Every year
we went to Holland. Once in all
those years the insurance offered
me a vacation and I went to my
sister's in Canada for 14 days
while a nurse took care of
Gerard.
Gerard passed away March
21st, the first day of spring, four
years ago. He fell and broke his
hip and he was operated on and
then he got 'a chemical heart
attack' as the doctor called it. A
second one followed - on Bon-
aire - and then he was transported
to Aruba. The two eldest children
flew over from Holland to be
with him - something that made
him extremely happy. Then he
got a third heart attack. My feel-
ing was he didn't want anymore,
he just couldn't do it. However,
our eldest son insisted he should
be treated in Venezuela, but in
the ambulance, in front of the
hospital in Aruba, he passed
away. Gerard was buried on Bon-
aire and on his tombstone we
wrote: 'A man in each and every
way - Bonaire is my island."'
She looks at me. "It says every-
thing about who he was."
Mieke Smit is a charismatic


lady; she 's got a healthy dose of
humor, great stamina, she's
warm and caring, but she knows
what she wants and she 's got
guts! "After the funeral I went to
Holland where we held a memo-
rial service and our son Eric
spoke beautifully. I stayed for a
fortnight and then I came back to
Bonaire to deal with it on my
own. First I couldn't sleep be-
cause in all those years I'd gotten
used to checking on him during
the night. Then my sister in Can-
ada told me, 'You have to sleep
on his side,' and from then on it
went better.
I've been going back and forth
to Holland frequently and the
same for Canada where my sister
was very sick. Over the last years
I've spend more time in Canada
than on Bonaire. My sister died
November 4th, 2010. I had just
returned to Holland, but it felt
right. I'd taken care of her as
much as I could and we'd talked
about everything that was impor-
tant to us."
She smiles "The children ex-
pected me to come back to Hol-
land, but that's not the case!
Gerard and I have six children;
he had two daughters, Marlou
and Pamela., I had two daugh-
ters, Veronica and Madelon, and
together we had two boys, Eric
and Frank - one family! Seven
grandkids! I am proud of all of
them. But... let's be honest, all


the children have their
agenda, their work, their
friends.
I've become a real
Bonairean lady, oh
yeah, absolutely! When
the Antillean flag went
down on 10-10-10, I sat
there and cried. Isn't
that silly? But you
know, it's been 20 years
of my life... Bonaire is
my home; I am very
attached to this island. Or
Things have changed .
here too, but without
going too deep into that
subject, there is one
thing I'd like to say to
the newcomers: 'Treat
someone else the way - --
you want to be treated your-
self...'
I am 73 years old and I am
proud of it. Here I have friends
from the old days who are very
dear to me as we shared joys and
sorrows, but also new friends
I've met along the way. Every-
thing feels familiar; people know
me and I know them - Dutch and
Bonairean. I do lots of things:
gardening, upholstering, sewing
and I even keep the street free of
weeds and when the garbage
truck passes by, the men applaud
for me! I am running my house-
hold and Helene from Rincon has
helped me doing so for the last
19 years. Since Bon Bida opened


Mieke looking out over her beloved Bonaire


its doors I've become a regular
every other day. I've lost quite
some weight and I do feel really
fit! I take life the way it comes to
me. When I was 45 I had leuke-
mia and it took me 10 years to
get cured; it was a miracle I sur-
vived. Everything you get you
should approach positively. Of
course," she laughs, "that's no
guarantee of anything, but at
least you spend your last years in
a positive way. Now and then I
feel lonely, but... as long as I
stay busy it will pass. However, I
notice that I do need discipline
and regularity. If that gets
messed up, I feel it. My children


bought my house, so I'm living
in their house now and it's fine. I
smoke my cigarette and drink my
wine, but only in the evening!
You know," she looks at me pen-
sively, "after Gerard died, some-
one told me 'Now you will have
some time for yourself' - I was
stunned because it never oc-
curred to me that I had missed
out on something - you see...
there is no explanation for
love." E
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Clean Beaches

My child just came home smelling of beer and cigarettes. It might have been a fa-
miliar experience when dealing with an 18-year-old after a party, but my child is
only one year old and his partying skills have not developed yet. His only "crime" would
have to be that he was very curious while playing on the beach.
It must be that some people live in an alternate universe. In their world nothing warms a
mother's heart more than the sight of her 15-month-old child offering her a beer bottle
with the remaining beer dribbling over its shirt. In their reality nobody is worried while a
toddler stuffs his or her face with cigarette butts. And nobody shudders at the thought of
glass bottles and bare feet. Must be such a carefree world to live in.
In my world it is not possible to relax anymore when you go to the beach with your
young child. I mean honestly, have you seen the state our beaches are in? The fact that
your child is still in its oral phase means that you have to be on your toes at all times.
Sand, shells and rocks are destined to earn their ticket to your toddler's stomach. No, let's
make it even more difficult for parents and mix everything up with some bottle caps, forks,
band-aids, napkins, chicken bones, cigarette butts, cups, cans, bottles and doggy poop.
There was a time when all you needed to worry about was whether you had put your
towel on some pegasaya (the prickly seeds of a species of grass), which gave you a nasty
surprise when you tried to dry yourself off. Today it has become a whole new adventure,
one I really do not like.
For me a day at the beach is about sea, sun, sand and nature. And when I go home, I
want to leave it in the state I found it. I cannot read the minds of those "alternate universe"
people, but it seems they are either incapable of cleaning up after themselves, or they find
the beach with just sand and rocks too boring so they get creative and add some things.
For the "creative" people the message would be: get your own sandbox and happily add
whatever you like! The people with the cleaning-up problem are unfortunately and evi-
dently abundant. We need a new state of mind for the way we treat our beaches.
Let's pretend we had to buy our beaches. And let's say that we found our best deal at
IKEA. At all the other stores the beaches were a lot more expensive, and when you bought
those you got extra features like "self-cleaning," "more than just sand" and "barbeque-
proof." But as usual we were tight on money so we had to settle for the "do-it-yourself'
beaches. So we came back to Bonaire with our newly bought beach, and what is the first
thing you do after buying something at IKEA? Right! Read the manual first (yes, that
means you too, men). And here is what it will say:


Beach Litter


Dear Customer,

Thank you for choosing our special "do-it-yourself' beach. With the proper care it
can last you a lifetime, generations, in fact indefinitely even. The possibilities with
our product are almost endless: you can play in the sand, sunbathe, have picnics
etc., etc. The enjoyment of your experience is very important to us, so we kindly
ask you to keep the following in mind. Trash does not magically disappear and if
you are capable of bringing your stuff to the beach, you are certainly capable of
taking it home with you at the end of the day. You don't leave
your bathing suit, towel or sunglasses behind, so, please, don't
leave behind your other stuff (cigarette butts, chicken bones,
beer bottles, etc.) either.

1Story by Mary Ann Koops


Bonaire Reporter- February 11-25, 2011










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Family crises can cause a child
turn away from the right path
come bully objects by their peers.
end up with unwanted psychology
that take time to heal. What can y
save a child from the brink of sell
destruction?
The Youth Care (Jeugdzorg Bona
gram is aware of all these problem
Care had become a concern of the
(Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland
program consists of home care, fo
(at this moment there are 26 activ
parents), family homes and a livii
Mrs. Ellen Cornelissen, the proj
for youth care explains, "The Yoi
program is for all children and pa
need more support than those org
with a more preventive character
We deal with the problems that cl
are confronting in their own home
main goal is that parents take the
ability of raising their own children
solve problems they have in their
situation. We are very willing to s
these families in overcoming their
lems. Starting at the age of eight,
with complicated problems will b
Living Center where they can live
while and professionals will care
Some children need psychological
they will get this kind of attention
Bigger kids like up to 22 years wi
special care from other profession
children who are living on Bonair
have severe problems, no matter
tionality, become a concern of th
Care Program. If a kid needs a lo-
safe home he or she will be place.
foster family when the situation a
own home is not safe. This will b
the Youth Care and the legal office
parental care. Of course every chi
ferent. So the Bonairean citizens
(nationality is not a issue, as long
care for another child) who sign u
come foster parents are screened
office and the best match will be
these children.
The Youth Care is supervised and
cially supported by the Dutch Mir
Health Care, Welfare and Sport. 1
parents will receive a compensate
expenses of the child. In the past
to have the Gezinsvoogdij Institut
(Legal Office for parental care) d(
of the jobs. Today the Gezinsvoog
passed the task over to Youth Car
is more structural and can supervi
needs of a child in school, at the T
jraad office, in the neighborhood
through other organizations that c
the welfare of the child, like SEB
case will be well taken care of. W
many good experiences with foster
who have had successful results v
kids. The children gain more conf
become stronger and can contribu
community that is facing all kinds
lems.
The focus of the program is on th
family - children and parents at th
time-because with time we hope


WHAT YOU Sow Is WHAT You REAP
want these kids to go back to their biologi-
cal parents. All that matters is the welfare
of the child in connection to their family.
If you are a person who feels you can be-
come a foster parent to help a child, you
may sign up at the Jeugdzorg Bonaire
youth care office above OMNI Electronics
on Kaya L.D. Gerharts or call 717-7707.
There are many ways of contributing to
Foster Care, like long term, short term or
dren to in a crisis situation. We will explain all
or be- this during the information evenings
Others which will be held on:
ical scars 14th Feb.: Above Omni in Papiamentu
ou do to 15th Feb.: In Centro de Bario Rincon in
f- Papiamentu
17th Feb.: Above Omni in Dutch
tire) Pro- All evenings from 19.00 until 20.30 All
ns. Youth interested persons are invited." If you are
e RCN able to take care of a child, open your
). The heart and share your love with the kids so
)ster care much in need of a stable home. You will
e foster be blessed in a great way. If you sow love,
ng center. you will reap love.E Siomara Albertus.
ect leader
uth Care
rents who EPEMENCE OF A FOSTER PARENT
anizations
can give. 1 rom childhood she was a person
children 1 who loved children. She always
es. The dreamed of having a house full of chil-
responsi- dren. When she got married she asked
n and to God for four children and God granted
own her wish with two girls and two boys. But
support she always wanted to have more children.
r prob- She was introduced to a representative
a child for the VWS, Health Care, Welfare and
)e sent to a Sport, Mrs. Marga Drewes, and Marga
e for a introduced her to Mrs. Cornelissen.
for them. What is her experience of being a foster
il help and parent? This mother of four recently be-
too. came a temporary foster parent of a child
ill receive who needed loved and protection. She
nals. All (41) explains, "There are a lot of children
re who out there who need to be loved and well
what na- taken care of. If you care for a child,
e Youth from any age you want, you can share
ving and your home with this child. In the begin-
d in a ning the child needed to get adjusted to
t their us, but in a few days it went easier. My
e done by relationship with my foster child is very
ce for good and the child is learning to adjust
ild is dif- to this second home very well. Every-
thing is based on love and attention. Al-
they can though I know this is a temporary home
ip to be- for the child, I'm giving someone else a
by this helping hand, to cope with a situation
found for that is not safe for the child itself. Think
of your contribution to a better commu-
d finan- nity. We as foster parents can't have con-
nister for tact with the biological parents for a
Foster month, but after that with the help of the
on for the Youth Care Program we can help and
we used guide the parents. My children are very
tion happy that they have a new sibling. Eve-
oing most ryone is happy. When my husband is
gdij has taking care of the child everyone's atten-
re which tion is on the child, while I'm taking care
ise the of the household chores. I'm very happy
Voogdi- that I can teach some one else's child so
s and many things and I realize the child is a
;are for fast learner. The child was even able to
IKI. Each learn how to pray and this gives me great
we've had satisfaction that I can help someone to be
er parents happy and safe."
with foster Siomara Albertus
fidence,
ite to a
s of prob- Send your comments to
The Bonaire Reporter,
e whole P.O. Box 407, Bonaire,
ie same or email reporters
and (Tbonairenews.com.


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Juan Luis Guerra, born in 1957, is a
Dominican singer/songwriter, who
has sold over 30 million records, and
won numerous awards including three
Latin Grammy Awards in 2010, includ-
ing Album of the Year.
His pop style of music has garnered him
considerable success outside the Do-
minican Republic. Juan Luis Guerra
actually uses the basics of Bachata, but
he does not limit himself to one style of
music. Instead, he incorporates diverse
rhythms like Meringue breakthrough,
Bolero, Salsa and even Gospel.
The musical breakthrough came in 1990
with the release of "Bachata Rosa,"
which became a major hit and earned
him his first Grammy award. The al-
bum, having sold more than five million
copies at that time, allowed Guerra to
keep touring Latin America, the US and
Europe. Until the year 2011 he is still
listed in the charts and popular all over
the world.

Jody's Music Quiz
Last week's answer: "You're No Good"
was the No. 1 Hit of Linda Ronstadt.
This week's winner is Theo Te Brinke!
He can pick up the free CD at Jody's on
Lagoen Hill #18.
This week's question:
What's the name of the band that
always plays with Juan Luis Guerra?
Please send your answer to:
info@jodysbonaire.com and be entered
in a drawing to win a CD of your own
choice in Jody's shop at Lagoen Hill
#18. The winner of this week's contest
will be announced in the next edition
of The Reporter.
Please send your answer to:
info(ijodysbonaire.com and be entered
in a drawing to win a CD of your own
choice in Jody's shop at Lagoen Hill
#18.
The winner of this week's contest will
be announced in the next edition
of The Reporter. U Jo Bux

Jody's is the well-known Fashion-
shop 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.


S Hotel Rochaline
iHotel Rochaline


On Bonaire, buildings, businesses,
homes and even infants are often
given names composed of other names,
sometimes the names of the family's chil-
dren. For example: "Glenzery," the father
would be Glenn, and the mother would be
Zerytza.
The Hotel Rochaline is named for the
children born from one family.

Q) What is the family name
of the owners of Rochaline?


Q) What are the names that
Rochaline is made up of?

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 717-
4435 or 795-3456
Email: christiedovale@hotmail.com.


Bonaire Reporter- February 11-25, 2011


DO YOU SUDOKU?

To solve the puzzle, enter the
numbers 1 through 9 to the par-
tially filled in puzzle without
repeating a number in any row,
column or 3 x 3 region. An-
swer on page 17.

8 9
5 4
2 9 6
6 2
2 5 3
3 4 9 6
6 4 7
3 7
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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
consistently deflected and we have no news
to report on the performance of Ecopower.
Ecopower is responsible for generating all
of Bonaire's electricity delivered to homes
and businesses. WEB buys the power and
distributes it to customers.
In past weeks Bonaire has experienced
significant power failures that create prob-
lems for homeowners and business alike.
The brisk trade winds have been blowing
since Christmas time and the wind turbines
should have been producing a significant
proportion of the island's electricity. Is it?
Sometimes wind turbines can generate
undesired signals that disturb the per-
formance of weather radar systems,
showing up clutter that can be inter-
preted as rain showers. The ABC Island
Meteo radar seems affected by this (see

Img Radar ABC Cappi Loop.asp).


PTHE HAGUE--Queen Beatrix turned
73 on Monday, January 31. At this age,
she is the equal of King Willem III as The
Netherland's oldest head of state. He died in
1890 as a ruling king, aged 73.
There are 2,000 women aged 73 who are
still in a paid job in Holland, as is the
queen. Photo is with grandchildren on the
ski slopes by Fame Crawler.
Queen Juliana was 70 when she abdicated
on the day her daughter and successor
Beatrix was celebrating her 42nd birthday.
Queen Juliana vacated the throne in 1980
because "her strengths were diminishing" as
she put it. The queen's official birthday is
April 30, which is co-celebrated in Bonaire
as Rincon Day.

I'THE HAGUE--The natural biodiversity
in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba was
the topic of a meeting in the Dutch Par-
liament's Second Chamber on February
8. Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance
(DCNA) Director Kalli de Meyer was in-
vited as were members of Parliament's Per-
manent Committees for Economic Affairs,
Agriculture and Innovation, section Nature
and Environment, and Kingdom.
Earlier an amendment was approved by
Parliament earmarking 600,000 euros to
draft an integral management plan to
strengthen and protect the environment and
manage the rich biodiversity of both mari-
time and terrestrial nature in Bonaire, St.
Eustatius and Saba. This took place in con-
sultation with the local nature organizations.

IIThe departure tax (sometimes called
the airport tax) counter at Bonaire Inter-
national Airport moved from the central
hall to the former office of Insel Air, in the
corridor next to the check-in desks and
stairs.
Since October 2010, the airport tax for all
airlines except DAE has been included in
the ticket price. In time, DAE will also be
included but until then, passengers flying
with DAE must pay the airport tax at the
new location.

10As part of an educational project At the
High School (SGB) students will study
ways for the school to use solar energy in

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IArtist Ronald Ver-
hoeven is on the island
and will be selling his
popular paintings from
his atelier. Verhoeven
captures the very essence
of Bonaire in his work.
See an example on page.


IOn February 17 a Master Chl,%%i "ill be
given by two of the three hbarilontI !I..
will be performing this mo.!lit I I.II.I il;.,! -
ker and Ernst Daniel Smic I II I l. Ic'l
class/workshop is intended i, i -_,' .11
Bonaire with an outspoken I.ik.l .r,..I ' .-
perience. There is no entrEn'L kcl lI . II.i
interesting learning activity - ii~._.i, c.
expect a broad interest foi II! 1 1. I 'L
Class. A pre-selection will I.,I c ,!.i. .% %illh
auditions on Friday, Februar. I L. ill lit
Cacique Hall at Plaza Retort ill 6:301pn
A jury will select the eighli .. " !. " i
participate in the class. Pr .l.riii .I Ii. uiir
is Raymundo Saleh. Other iI.iil'l.I .ii
Hans Faassen, piano teach. .,r.. I i. 1.
Lauxen, choir director.
Singers who are interested L..riii . i lc I.-
telephone: Hans Faassen," I - '. -
2067 or Frans Lauxen, 71"- 5. - -
or through website:
www.classicalmusicbonai: i. , *1
The Master Class is open - !,I !,l.i.. .,1..1
the entrance is free. W e ki'r..-II . ! - .., I.
announce your visit through i , I I " .iL I.
before February 15.
www.classicalmusicbonai: c L. . .i.ii'r. IcI I
heading: MASTERCLASS

IHealth Alert: Unilever LiS and tlit US-
FDA has conducted a nation" ide tolun-
tary recall of Slim-Fast Read i in Drink
products in cans due to po.ilelI hitiIlh
risk-due to the possibility l' conlaiinai-
tion with Bacillus cereus. Thii% product i%
available on Bonaire and main ol'r ih
cans are already out of date. nt'Vtrlithclt
they are still on store shelh t. At Itaiit one
person on Bonaire has become ill U
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the future. In this way can help support
some of its own energy needs.
SGB has plans to build a new school build-
ing for the academic track HAVO VWO on
Kaya Amsterdam. This new building should
be equipped with solar panels that convert
sunlight into electricity. The Water and
Energy Company of Bonaire (WEB) will
support the new pilot project. SGB and
WEB have an agreement on enhancing co-
operation in a pilot solar power. Messrs
Lauxen (SGB) and Palm (WEB) last Friday
put their signatures to the pilot project.
The new building on Kaya Amsterdam is
part of a comprehensive plan of the Minis-
try of Education to upgrade the schools on
Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. In the au-
tumn of 2010 the Ministry allocated more
than $22 million for this.

IAccording to Bonaire Commissioner
Tjin Asjoe Bonaire is reorganizing its
government apparatus to improve the
provision of service to the public. All
interrelated government departments will be
centralized under one management.
There will be a total of four different
managements, namely Spatial Planning
and Development, Society and Healthcare,
Supervision and Enforcement, Operations
and Support. These will be implemented in
phases during the next four years.
Simultaneously, government will work on
the professionalization of the personnel in
order to optimize the provision of service
for the population.


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We thought you might want a report on
hometown tennis prodigy, Monica
Ann Winkel. Following training at the Henk
van Hulst Tennis Academy in The Nether-
lands she is continuing her education at the
University of Louisiana - Monroe, earning
academic honors i,2" 1,-2' 110 Sun Belt Con-
ference Academic Honor Roll) and a high
position (#113) in the college tennis ranks.
She's in her Junior (3rd) year.
In the spring of 2010 she earned All-
Louisiana honors ... had a perfect 7-0 singles
record against Sun Belt Conference oppo-
nents ... and more.
Monica learned tennis under the direction
of coach Robby Domacass6 in Bonaire be-
fore being recruited to one of the top tennis
academies in The Netherlands, where she
earned top performer and top junior athlete
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Three baritones, Marco Bakker -
well known from the musical
"Cats"- Ernst Daniel Smid - the first
man of the program "Un Voce Partico-
lare," and Henk Poort - who had the
title role in "the Phantom of The Op-
era" -will bring a splendid music show
to Bonaire, on the beach of the Plaza
Resort at the Coconut Beach Bar, start-
ing at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, February
16.
They will bring a repertoire of some opera
and operetta from Italy and Austria,
themes from well known musicals, ballads
from the American songbook, Negro spiri-
tuals, Antillean songs and jazz standards
with songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin
and Sammy Davis. Jr. In short: a show
with a wide variety for all the people who
love music and singing.
In the short pre-program: the Tutti Frutti
choir and dance group from Bonaire, a
prelude to the three baritones with some
surprises.Tickets are $ 25 at the gate and
$20 - in the pre-ale at- Addo' Q BookQ and
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BONAIRE DOES NOT WANT
OVERWINTERING VISITORS.

Dear Editor:
Bonaire's new immigration rules pro-
vide for 'overwinterers'. This is an excel-
lent idea because there is a large potential
market for the island economy catering to
"snowbirds" who want to escape Euro-
pean or North American winters - in our
case Canadian winters which create an
additional urgency. We have wintered in
Bonaire for 11 years without encountering
much problem ... until now. Unfortu-
nately, with the formal recognition of the
"overwinterer" has come a set of rules
that make Bonaire actually very unattrac-
tive as a destination for overwinterers. For
us it means that we now have to consider
quite seriously whether to sell our prop-
erty and go elsewhere.
In the past the requirements that were
applied were reasonable. One could stay
two weeks, one could apply for a 90-day
stay at the end of that. After 90 days one
could leave the island and re-enter for
another 90 days so that a six-month win-
ter stay was possible. Later the require-
ment to own property and show proof of
financial competence was added. Still no
problem.
But now the rules have become much
less accommodating. Upon proof of own-
ership of property, adequate finances,
insurance, and a certificate of good con-
duct from the police, and with the pay-
ment of over $350 per person, one can
extend the initial 90-day stay for another
90 days. If you leave the island, the per-
mission lapses. When the permission
lapses, no re-entry is possible for six
months.
"Overwinterers" are thus unable to take
tourist journeys to South America, or trips
to Curaqao to purchase things, or to Aruba
for entertainment. They already pay prop-
erty tax, in some case also income tax, but
are now asked to pay a significant extra
charge in addition.
Possibly the rules are not yet completely
worked out. Possibly the IND is not yet
familiar with them - it has taken us three
visits to their office and several hours of
waiting to find out this much. Possibly
there is some mistake somewhere. But as
things are now the message is coming
through loud and clear - Bonaire does
NOT want overwintering visitors.
Jan and Dorothy MacDonald

First Impressions of the Island
through the Lens of A Student
Dear Editor:
My name is Joanne, and I've arrived on
the island very recently to pursue my aca-
demic endeavor of medical school at the


St. James School of Medicine. Arriving on
the island a few days ago, I naturally felt
the blatant differences between Bonaire
and my home in the metropolitan city of
Toronto. Now, I am no stranger to the
globe, and have seen the beauties of a
Caribbean island before, as well as diver-
sity and manner of living of various other
countries, so I was well able to appreciate
Bonaire for its many positive characteris-
tics, as well as acclimatize myself to the
aspects which I wasn't used to. Let me
share my first impressions with you.
From the moment I left Toronto, it was
an arduous journey getting here, what with
all the excess weight baggage fees, faulty
booking times for flights, as well as Insel
Air delayed flights that were apparently
operating on "Caribbean time." I was
travelling with another student, and we
both found this quite a hassle to endure, as
we packed our bags according to the
specifications found on the website, yet
we were still charged. We thought that the
journey had started off on a negative foot-
ing, but were pleasantly delighted when
greeted with the island breeze and the
optimal weather of Bonaire. This was cer-
tainly a welcome change from the freezing
temperatures of Toronto that I had en-
dured only hours before.
Next, I was astonished by the sheer
miniature size of Flamingo Airport, how-
ever, this is understandable because the
airport is well able to accommodate all the
visitors and flights arriving on this small
island. "Bon Bini," I was greeted by an
airport staff, and found the locals of Bon-
aire to be hospitable and courteous.
After attending to airport formalities, I
boarded a taxi to the Golden Reef Inn,
where I felt that the taxi driver was trying
to fleece us for extra cash, even though the
cab fare was included in the hotel reserva-
tion, and he well knew it. Although he was
very polite to us, there didn't seem to be a
hindrance on his part to make a few extra
bucks even at the expense of students. I
hoped that scamming like this was not any
indication of the behavior of people in
Bonaire towards the medical students
here. However, things improved from here
onwards.
The next few days were spent taking
long walks on the scenic beach, lunching
in Kralendijk, and also running various
errands which gave me an opportunity to
interact with the locals. I found the locals
to be courteous, helpful with directions,
and going about life with a relaxed Carib-
bean demeanor. It was a welcome refresh-
ment from the hustle and bustle of a busy
city lifestyle from which I had come. The
memories that will linger with me from
my first few days here were the simple
things, such as feeling the warmth of the
sun upon my face, and the weather of the
tropics with its greenery, ideal tempera-
tures, as well as its pristine clear waters. I
look forward to exploring the activities of
what this island has to offer. Going Scuba
diving and exploring the rich marine life
in the surrounding waters of Bonaire is
certainly on my to-do list, along with see-
ing some flamingos, and visiting the don-
key sanctuary.
If the experience I've had in my first
week in Bonaire is any indication for what


to look forward to, I am sure I'll like it
here. Coming to Bonaire makes things
slow to a comfortable pace, well at least
until school resumes in a few days...
Joanne Nazareth

APPROVED DEVELOPMENT PLAN IS
FATAL FOR THE REEF
Dear Editor:
I have always MAKUBEKEIN -77
had admiration - ---s--,..-.....
for STINAPA -
and its efforts to
preserve the na-
ture on Bonaire.
Its informational-
paper MA-
KUBEKEN is an
excellent instru-
ment to inform
the people about
the condition of the island's nature, par-
ticularly of our coral reef, and about
STINAPA's projects for restoration of
nature on Bonaire. In the last issue of MA-
KUBEKEN I read the following section of
the editorial (translated from Dutch):
In the beginning of October, the Island
Council laid down the Ruimtelijk Ontwik-
kelingsplan (Land Development Plan)
Bonaire. In this plan, a lot of space has
been designated as natural areas. This is in
conformity with the Natuurbeleidsplan
(Nature Management Plan) which is much
older. It is good that it has now also le-
gally been established.
It is certainly true for the Bonaire's land
areas and salifias.
I really cannot understand that the edi-
tors of MAKUBEKEN, after studying the
approved development plan, did not come
to the conclusion that, although it may be
beneficial for the land areas and salifias, it
will have fatal consequences for the 52 km
long coral reef, the main asset of Bonaire
for bringing tourists and divers to our is-
land.
It is very disappointing that the authors
of the plan, the small Dutch consulting
company RBOI - Buro Vijn - during its
work on the plan, did not realize the cru-
cial importance of the reef. The reason, in
my opinion, is that the consultants, being
specialized in making development plans
for municipalities in one of the most
densely populated country in the world,
have, unfortunately, no experience with
projects abroad. Therefore, they lack the
necessary know-how to make a develop-
ment plan for a Caribbean Island with a
unique coral reef where the conditions are
completely different from The Nether-
lands.
Already in 1992, Miguel Pourier, the
Bonairean-born former governor of the
Netherlands Antilles, leading a group of
experts, stated in his famous report on the
future development of Bonaire, ordered by
the island's Executive Council, that the
main task of the government was to pro-
tect the coral reef, the most important as-
set of Bonaire. That means no mass tour-
ism, and no new hotels. Specific measures
necessary for the preservation of the reef
are described in the report, going even so
far that it recommends a limitation of ho-
tel rooms and diving. In no case, must
mass tourism be promoted.
The Pourier Report emphasizes that an
overwhelming majority of the Bonaire
inhabitants (and, unfortunately, also all
political parties and the people in the gov-


Bonaire Reporter- February 11-25, 2011


eminent) take the presence of the reef for
granted, not realizing its fragility. The
report concludes that in case the reef is
seriously damaged or disappear com-
pletely, it will mean the end of tourism on
Bonaire. According to the recent report of
the Environmental Commission on Bon-
aire, the condition of our reef worsened
considerably during 2009.
Several recent scientific studies have
shown that the most important factor for
destroying coral reefs are not hurricanes or
effects of global warming and subsequent
bleaching but the coastal development. An
example in the Caribbean area is a total
disappearance of the main reef on Grand
Cayman, along the famous Seven Mile
Beach, after hotel development along it
took place. Unfortunately, when Bonaire's
reef is severely damaged or partly de-
stroyed, it will be much worse because no
beautiful beach will be left like that on
Grand Cayman. Bonaire will not be attrac-
tive anymore and all new hotels which
would be built in the frame of the planned
development, so much favored by the gov-
ernment and also by the TCB, will lack
guests.
It is really very sad that the pleas in the
Development Plan, concerning the reef
protection, are only empty words because
it at the same time advocates the necessity
of development of Bonaire in order to
accommodate the growing number of in-
habitants which, according to the plan,
will reach 25,000 in the coming 10 years.
About 3,000 new homes are planned to be
built for this purpose and new industrial
plants and hotels will be constructed. You
would expect that the plan will at least
recommend the prohibition of new con-
struction along the coast and the complet-
ing of the construction of the Esmeralda
hotel when a new hotel will be built
(otherwise, this eyesore must be demol-
ished). However, unfortunately, these
ideas did not occur to the authors of the
unfortunate plan.
Once the reef on Bonaire is destroyed,
there will be no hope for its recovery like
it recently happened in the Phoenix Is-
lands Protected area in the southern Pa-
cific, the word's largest marine protected
area, where during El Nino of 2002-03 the
bleaching killed all the coral. The main
reason for this fastest reef recovery the
scientists have ever seen has been the ab-
sence of any coastal development and the
abundant fish (For details see the January
2011 issue of National Geographic).
Jiri Lausman



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Story JJ jJ
People complain that Bonaire is
not like "the old days."
Among other thing in the old days
Bonaire grew most of its own food
and the grain to feed its livestock.
We experienced the feel of the old
days when we visited the Bonaire
Farmers' Market. Organized by Tina
Woodley it was held on Saturday,
January 29, on Kaya Caracas, behind
her Go Green Health Food store.
Anyone may participate. Hooray for
Tina who moved the market from
talk to reality. She makes all the ar-
rangements and fronts the cost. When
it's tallied up it's divided among the
stand holders. "This is fun," said
Donna Wuyts, who brought her 15-
month daughter, Ava, to see the
stands, "and there are so many
healthy things to buy."
The market featured an amazing
assortment of drinks, plants, vegeta-
bles and fruit all grown on Bonaire.
The Farmers' Cooperative, Kriabon,
had exotic seed flown in from The
Netherlands and animal feed.
What exactly is a farmers' mar-
ket and what makes it so special? A
farmers' market is one in which
farmers, growers or producers from a
local area are present in person to sell
their own produce, direct to the pub-
lic. All products sold should have
been grown, reared, caught, brewed,
pickled, baked, smoked or processed
by the stand holder. It's tough to
grow things on Bonaire. The scarce
water, blistering sun, insect and rep-
tile pests, birds and the wind all con-
tribute to the difficulty.
A local food market is not only
about reducing our carbon footprint,
lower food costs, healthier products.
It's about strengthening our commu-
nity and restoring the values that
made Bonaire special.
More can be sold at the next Farm-
ers' Market: Remedies from local
herbs, honey, preserves, cheese, goat
meat, poultry, candy, baked goods,
live animals, prepared foods, bever-
ages, and more. If you want to sell
what you produce call 700-5488
(Tina), 786-7776 (Papa) or 796-
6777 (Nerry) for information.
But for sure visit the next market. It
will be held on Saturday, February
26, from Sam-2pm. U G.D.


Raja Dhou had plants and will soon be offer-
ing Bonaire distilled Tequila-Tekibon


L W-Bonaire's Agricultural Service was there
with plants and seeds. No, Rocky is not selling
his beautiful granddaughter.


Opens
A after many months of their -
own personal hard work
and with the help of friends, Eric
and Jolande Gietman opened the
gates of Cas Cadushy to the public
on January 28th, with the exhibi-
tion "First of Eleven" by artist No- .W
chi Coffie, music, live perform- 1
ances and snacks and drinks.

Cas Cadushy is the home of the
traditional distillery of the famous
green Cadushy Liquor. You can Eric Geitman explains how the essence of cactus
see how the liqueur made from is transformed into Cadushy Liquor
cactus is created right on the prem- The Portuguese-made still is in the inset
ises, and of course, sample some
for yourself. Relax in the tranquil,
shaded garden under the ancient
kalbas tree. And there's also a small
children's playground to keep your
young ones entertained.
This garden, traditionally called
Plasa Diego, was formerly known
as THE spot to host local dancing
parties. Today, there still remains a
stage and a large dance floor.
Some parts of the Cas Cadushy
estate are over a century old like the -
ancient Kas di Hala heritage house
and Cinelandia, Bonaire's oldest
theater. This spot is now also the t
new home of The Bonaire Heritage
Foundation, dedicated to preserving
this island's interesting culture and artist Nochi Coffie's art gets better and more
history. For now, the Foundation imaginative with each exhibition
has a small Heritage Center where
you can retrace our past, but there
will be much more in the near future.
The foundation is also committed to
the continued restoration of the
Cinelandia Theatre for future gen-
erations to enjoy.

The new Cas Cadushy garden and
distillery welcomes visitors and lo-
cals alike to come and enjoy their
lovely new location and raise a glass
of their unique liqueur with them to
toast the future. It's adjacent to the
old Cinelandia complex in the center
of Rincon on Kaya Comrnelis. D.
(Nechi) Crestian.

Visit their website for more infor- Sunbelt Realty N.V.
mation at www.cadushy.com or call Kaya L.D. Gerharts 8
786-8769. U Press release G.D. 717 65 60


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outside Vaterlands Village
are receiving a fresh coat
of paint after nearly four
years of sun damage. The
repainting process, which
started last December, is
expected to be complete
later this month. "Everyone
knows and recognizes the
paintings," says Peter Gro-
enewood, Manager of Wa-
terlands Village. "The resi-
dents like them and so do
the tourists and locals.
They are an important part
of our property."


Peter GronewoodManager of Waterlands Villageposes


In order to preserve the with SGB students.
artwork, the original artists
of each mural were invited back to repaint their piece. If one of the artists was not
available, they were asked to name a friend or family member to come and paint in
their place.
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fresh coat of paint,
Waterlands Village
will be donating a
DVD nWaver and a TV


to SGB as a thank you.
"We will also be giving
the artists a small gift
as well," says Groene-
wood. "Repainting
- --takes a lot of time, and
S- we appreciate all the
students and their hard
S, .. work." U
One of the original artists, Connie (kneeling, right), and Story & photos by Mal-
two of her friends repaint Bonaire's colorful sea creatures. lory Smith


A great new ice cream/coffee and chocolate shop just opened on Kaya
Gerharts, downtown, next to the Exito bakery. It's a Lilly's franchise opera-
tion which is very popular in The Netherlands. We tried six of the 36 flavors on
opening night and found them delicious, a bit like Italian gelati, very different from
the ice cream usually available on island.
The shop interior d6cor is modem, stylish and comfortable, the staff well-trained
and helpful. There is free Wi-Fi Internet and air-conditioned seating inside and street
side tables.
Lilly's is open Monday through Friday from 8 am-9 pm and Saturday from 11 am-
9 pm. Phone 795-3747 if you want more information. U G.D.


Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland




Elections Wednesday,

March 2nd, 2011:





1 Change of polling station of your own choice


For the upcoming Island Council elections some existing rules have
changed. You may vote at a polling station ofyour own choice. You do
not need to cast your vote at a predetermined polling station, but as of
these elections you are allowed to vote where you choose to do so. To
vote in the other pollingstation, there is no need to arrange for anything.
You should just take your voting pass and your proof of identification
withyou.

You'll be voting too, right?

For more information:
www.rijksdienstcn.com/eilandsTaadsverkiezingen


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Bigg Four SitrokIce TIhu mu per..
The 84r'h of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring
some of Bonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels." On course for 100+


Bonaire/ Lagoen Hill -
So way back in the last century Sean
Paton and his motor fishing ship,
My Confidence, sailed a couple of the
seven oceans to finally end up in the Car-
ibbean Sea. In the year 1999 he and his
sailing ship landed on, in those days, the
almost unspoiled tropical island of Bon-
aire. On deck of My Confidence a signal
red sprayed Jeep CJ5 was tied down. The
Jeep was sailed to Bonaire as cargo and
she is still running around the island, rec-
ognizable by the front windshield placed
in a horizontal position. My Confidence, a
lovely and admirable vessel, powered by a
very old fashioned two-stroke diesel, was
less fortunate. She ended her working and
traveling life in a seaman's grave, slightly
north of the harbor entrance. Bit by bit her
metal turns back into ore and is given
back to nature...
Sean, born in England, was active for
years in fishery protection, and on Bonaire
he is actively involved in the problem of
waste water management. Sean says, "I
cannot change the world, but I will never
walk away from it!" In his comfortable
humble house at Lagoen Hill we have a
long and interesting discussion about our
beloved island, nature, the reefs, micro-
biology, nitrate concentration and collect-
ing old batteries. Words like "knowledge"
and "awareness" are popping up during
the interesting talk that afternoon. Accord-
ing to me Sean is an admirable personal-
ity. And I am probably not the only person
who has this opinion.
The bike. Sean has been the owner for
years now of a flat black Honda single-
cylinder motorcycle. The bike is a Honda
FT500 Ascot, built in Japan in 1982. So
the vehicle is almost 30 years old and still
in good running condition and not drip-
ping oil. Sean likes his bike. The machine
is reliable, economical on fuel, has a high
torque and more than sufficient horse
power to cope with the everyday Bo-
nairean traffic. Finding a location to park
the bike is never a problem. The metal
creature is built slim and has only two
wheels. Then we walk around in the gar-
den to a small shed. Another bike is
parked next to the shed. It is another
Honda. A 500cc single overhead camshaft
Honda CBX. The original color of the
bike and the frame is black. The lay-out is
traditional. The FT500 and the CBX 500


have basically the same engines although
the CBX is equipped with a dry sump
system and tuned a little bit to produce
some extra horse power. The CBX is un-
der construction. The bike is easy to work
on and parts are no problem. In fact Sean
only needs two new sprockets and a new
low maintenance o-ring chain. Sean be-
lieves the Honda unit singles are based on
the old English BSA motorcycles, built in
Birmingham, England. I am not quite sure
about that. He might be right.
This brings back memories on both
sides. I believe I owned some 25 British
made bikes and Sean also remembers a lot
of bikes he owned back in the 70s. Sean
says, "My first bike was a BSA Bantam. It
was an ex-military bike. It was equipped
with a simple and reliable 175 cc single-
cylinder, two-stroke engine. (The Bantam
was copied, after World War II, from the
German DKW motorcycle./jb) And there
was an Ariel Arrow. Two stroke and fast.
And I had a BSA B33, a 500 cc single
thumper. And this bike reminds me of the
500 cc Ariel side-valve machine, a very
low revving, high torque engine: Bang,
bang, bang. A bang at every light pole.
Another motorcycle I owned, way back in
time, in the very old world of England
was a BSA A10 Super Road Rocket. This
all metal bike was equipped with a tuned
twin engine, 650 cc, two carburetors and
was was fast like lightning! I still remem-
ber the decal of a futuristic rocket on top
of the petrol tank!"
Sean's Honda FT500 was built in 1982.


BSA Super Rocket

It has a single-cylinder, four-stroke engine
with four overhead valves and a displace-
ment of 497 cc/30.33 cubic inches. Com-
pression is 8.6:1 and top speed is 147 km/
h. There is an integral five-speed gearbox.
The frame is traditional and front and rear
wheel have single disc brakes.
The other bike, the one that is under con-
struction, creates a mystery for me. As far


as I know a Honda CBX is a six cylinder.
So there are five pistons missing. Now I
am quite insecure because the side cap
under the seat reads: "CBX"! Weird! I
think this bike is a Honda XBR 500, built
in the mid 80s. It is more or less similar
to Sean's well running flat black Honda
FT 500 but the bike has a dry sump sys-
tem and a separate tank for the engine oil.
It is fitted with so called comstar wheels
and light alloy brackets for the rear foot
rests.
I have to visit Sean
again and I have to do
more research. This P
keeps me occupied...
Story & photos by J@n n
Brouwer


Pic t-re Yop rself
WVithlu riTe Rleporter In...


Angel Martinez sent this great photo to The Reporter and wrote, "Here's a pic-
ture where I spent a two-week vacation in Long Beach, California. In the
background you can see the Long Beach Arena behind the park. I've been living in
Bonaire for about 11 years and I always wanted to take a picture and send it the
paper."
We plan to announce the 2010 Picture Yourself winner in the next edition.

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.
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Reporter, Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to:
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DENGUE FEVER
OBN pg A simple urine test can determine
B I whether you are more at risk of
being infected with the
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Contrary to popular belief you CAN reduce the risk
We have been reducing the effec ts of Dengue and speeding up
the recovery for 4 years.
For more information phone us or visit
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9am - 5pm


Telephone 788 0030
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Bonaire Reporter- February 11-25, 2011










New Habitat Units Dedicated


To Albert E. J. Romijn


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


We Will Care For Your Home
When You Are Away
Property Services Bonaire b.v.
Caretaker/Beheer onroerend goed
J@n Brouwer
digitalis 1956(,hotmail.com

Atelier Jose
Kaya Aleksandrit 6, Republiek.
Local art, mosaics, driftwood and
more. Open: Saturdays 10-3p.m,
or call 785-6670 for appointment

IS YOUR HOUSE NEW TO
YOU?
l LiAt, it ,un.'l livabl


Furniture Repair/
Refinishing/
Construction
Call Don at 786-2692


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

Looking for a studio, apartment or house.
Please email: alexisaura(),gmail.com

Looking to buy a mid-size car.
Please email: alexisaura(),gmail.com

For rent furnished studio apt. Upstairs
two bedroom ~ April 01 2011~ Pagabon,
excl water and gas, no pets. Incl Wireless
and MiTV $ 550,00 p.m. Same amount
Deposit required upfront please call: 795
3456 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.


SI, r ...... Furnished house for rent in in quiet,
central located area, 3 bedrooms, 2 bath-
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS rooms, front and back porch, Price:
.- ,, 1, . ,, l ', I . , I. L $1000 [Price negotiable for long term
L I.ii,. 1 -i 0, 1 . , , l.' l . lease] tel : 701-5225


__rated beds and shower from the 20th of
February until the 20th of June 2011. I
can pay 160 euro per month. It must be
U TD (DO R near Forma. Jos6 Martha Alleleijn
e-mail: Jiru(aune.ne.t.co Tel: 009 57
BONAIRE 43014045.
DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT MISCELLANEOUS
KAYAKINGC CAVING * CLIMBING * RAPPELLING Antiques and Collectibles
ABSEILEN * MOUNTAIN BIKING * NATIONAL Call 795-9760
SPARK TOUl * ISLAND TOURS * BIflDWATCHING C 7
Tel1 599) 791-6272 1U785-6272 Furniture for sale - prices reduced for
hansTiouldoo7bonai2e.com quick sale. Couch, love seat, coffee table
.iA,.ouldoorbonaire.com and end table set - newly upholstered
(2100 NAJ), Large black bookcase room
divider/bookcase (450 NAf), 6 black
, " dining room chairs (550 NAf) and buffet
Si (550 NAf), bedside table (95 NAf),
a ~ glass lamp (40 NAf), grey indoor/
outdoor chairs with cushions and 120m
After decades of innovating acrylic table (450 NAf). For photos con-
Bonaire's diving Captain Don is tact cathsalis(gmail.com or to visit
applying similar principles to call 786-3336.
growing plants.


Pay him a visit.
Meet Bonaire's
Living Legend.
Get him to sign
his new book-
Reef Windows

103 Kaminda
Lagun
(road to Lagun)
(Look for the blue
rock and dive flag)
Phone: 786-0956


For Sale Pioneer Receiver/Tuner-
Model VSX-D 14, 120 watts/channel,
w/ Sony 5.1 surround sound speakers,
powered woofer: $100.
Panasonic DVD player, Model S27:
$50. Call 717-2050

F ELMAR
Cleaning Services
Apartments, Hotels, Houses,
Offices & More. Efficient
Work,
Good References.
Tel. 786-0019


Bonaire Reporter- February 11-25, 2011


Esther Romijn cuts the ribbon held by Governor Glenn Thode and Habitat CEO Henry van
der Quast. Looking on are Commissioner Elvis Tjin Asjoe and Christopher Romijn


Captain Don's Habitat set a new stan-
dard for luxury hotel rooms with the
opening of 12 new Deluxe Ocean Front Jr.
Suites last month. The units will be dedi-
cated to Albert E. J. Romijn, the beloved


former manager of the resort who passed
away after a lingering illness. Albert was a
fun and party guy and Habitat management
pulled out all the stops for a great ribbon-
cutting dedication and party. U G.D.


Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set, Moon Phase and Tides
Winds and weather can - . " . .. the local tide's height and time
Day High Low High Low High Sunrise Sunset
First Quar- 00:20 - 07:12 15:38 - 19:33
Fri 11 ter 0.01 ft 0.84 ft 0.06 ft 0.13 ft 6:58 18:41
00:45 - 07:47 16:21 - 20:10
Sat 12 0.04 ft 0.91 ft 0.09 ft 0.09 ft 6:58 18:41
01:16 - 08:24 17:03 - 20:52
Sun 13 0.07 ft 0.95 ft 0.11 ft 0.07 ft 6:58 18:41
01:54 - 09:04 17:44 - 21:40
Mon 14 0.08 ft 0.97 ft 0.12 ft 0.08 ft 6:57 18:42
02:39 - 09:47 18:24 - 22:38
Tue 15 0.07 ft 0.96 ft 0.13 ft 0.11 ft 6:57 18:42
03:35 - 10:35 19:03 - 23:43
Wed 16 0.04 ft 0.91 ft 0.13 ft 0.18 ft 6:57 18:42
04:47 11:27 19:42 -
Thu 17 0.01 ft 0.82 ft 0.13 ft 6:56 18:42
00:51 06:19 12:26 20:20 -
Fri 18 0.28 ft 0.07 ft 0.71 ft 0.12 ft Full Moon 6:56 18:43
01:55 08:04 13:33 21:01 -
Sat 19 0.41 ft 0.08 ft 0.58 ft 0.12 ft 6:55 18:43
02:53 09:45 14:46 21:43 -
Sun 20 0.56 ft 0.04 ft 0.47 ft 0.11 ft 6:55 18:43
03:48 11:12 - 16:00 22:27 -
Mon 21 0.71 ft 0.05 ft 0.38 ft 0.11 ft 6:55 18:43
04:39 12:25 - 17:11 23:12 -
Tue 22 0.84 ft 0.14 ft 0.31 ft 0.10 ft 6:54 18:43
05:30 13:27 - 18:14 23:58 -
Wed 23 0.94 ft 0.22 ft 0.27 ft 0.10 ft 6:54 18:44
06:19 14:24 - 19:12
Thu 24 1.00 ft 0.26 ft 0.24 ft L Quarter 6:53 18:44
00:44 - 07:08 15:18 - 20:06
Fri 25 0.09 ft 1.02 ft 0.27 ft 0.21 ft 6:53 18:44

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









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

ART & GALLERIES

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

BAKERY & CAFE

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-out 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 ac-
cessories. They do professional repairs on almost
anything on two wheels. Have your keys made
here too.

CONSTRUCTION

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

DENTURE REPAIR

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


DINING

The Brandaris Cafe is the top-notch, spotless
downtown restaurant for local, krioyo and Venezue-
lan 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 mu-
sic!780-1111 Call ahead to eat-in or take out, Next
to Bistro (above)
Lunchroom de Bonairiaan-Breakfast & lunch
prepared and served by Stichting Project students
under professional guidance. Monday-Friday, 9-2.
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot, opposite Divi Flamingo.

ON & IN THE WATER
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book
trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair,
dive computer H.Q.


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 genu-
ine acclimated Bonaire plants. Take a 30-inute tour
too. Strong plants for strong Bonaire gardens.


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


Harmony House-Using science to find the prob-
lem. Using natural products to
,NN K correct the problem.
,omi , Also Essence range of herbal
teas & handmade soaps. At Kaya
Emev4Le- Papa Comes 2


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


HOME CARE

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

PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the 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


AN HOMES


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STORAGE

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cles, Household Items, Div-
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FedEx agent. What would we do without their
superb services?

SUPERMARKETS


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


(ISLAND) TOURS
Christie Dovale will personally take you on a fas-
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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 wa-
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ing 2011 Sunfish World Championships in
Curagao.

The qualifying races for young sailors
were on Saturday the 29t and Sunday the
30th of January, beginning with a race from
the Kas di Regatta in Kralendijk to Sorobon
on the first day, as well as a second race
held the next day in Sorobon. Ton Nuijten,
Chairman of the BSSA, emphasized that the
weekend was not just about the races, but
also about having fun. Young competitors V
and other members of the BSSA enjoyed a '
BBQ in Sorobon as well as an overnight
campout before the final qualifying race on
Sunday.
After sailing in two qualifying races, the
young Sunfish sailors who will be compet-
ing in the championship are: Juan Alvarez
(18) who placed 1st, Santiago Alvarez (15) who placed 2nd, Ruben van Eldik (14) who
placed 3rd and Shair Theodora (16) who placed 4th.
The adults who will compete in the 2011 Sunfish World Championship were chosen by
the BSSA prior to the qualifying races for the youth group. The adults who will be compet-
ing on behalf of Bonaire are: Sipke Stapert, who placed 1st, Ton Nuijten who placed 2nd and
George Soliano (Cabes) who placed 3rd. All of the adult competitors joined the youth com-
petitors in the qualifying races for fun and for a little practice.


The championships, which will be held in
Curayao this June, is welcome news to the
BSSA and its members, who were not able to
attend last year when the championships were
held in Italy. "Going to Curagao will be less
expensive, and the conditions for sailing are
more or less the same as they are here in Bon-
aire," says Nuijten.
Now that the BSSA has determined who
will be competing, they are now planning
their accommodations for the championships.
"The government has agreed to pay our entry
fees, which is nearly $4,000, but now we are
hoping to get some help from local sponsors
so that we can pay the hotel fees," says Agnes
van Eldik, a BSSA board member.

Over the next few months, all of the Sunfish
sailors will be practicing in preparation for the
championship races in Curagao. 0
Story & photos by Mallory Smith


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January 26th,
members of the local
community and represen-
tatives from many of
Bonaire's non-profit or-
ganizations gathered at I a a fi
the NGO Platform office P I aafO
for an informational
happy hour held by BON
DOET. For those who are
unfamiliar with the initia-
tive, BON DOET is Bon-
aire's version of the
Netherlands NL DOET,
an annual volunteer pro-
ject that helps non-profit , .
organizations complete a -
task with assistance from
volunteers. Members,
Since publicizing the From left rig
goal of BON DOET in Heuvel, Ni
early December, the pro-
ject has already generated
a lot of interest from local NGOs. At the
moment, the organization has put together
34 different tasks that local organizations
need completed. The tasks range in size
and activity, from cleaning up the beach,
to helping repair a slide at a children's
playground.
Now that BON DOET has its tasks laid
out, they are actively searching for volun-
teers who will agree to help one or more
of the organizations involved. All of the
tasks will be held on Friday, the 18th and
Saturday, the 19th of March and will take
place all over the island.
Annemarie Klone, coordinator of the
NGO Platform, says that volunteering for
a task is a great way to get involved with
a local organization and see the outcome
of your work. "What I like is that you
help for one day and you see a result. I
think that's something that will motivate
a lot of people."
"For each task you can sign up indi-
vidually or with a group of friends. It is
also a good team building activity for
companies," says Klone "It's a great
group activity and it's a chance for the
company to show community involve-
ment."
If you are interested in becoming a vol-
unteer you can sign up for a task online
through BON DOET's website. Currently
the site is only in Papiamentu, but volun-
teers can also get information in English
and Dutch in person at the NGO Platform


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ght: Annemarie Klone, Gianni van den
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unteer are first to sign up for a BON
DOET task.


office or by phone.
See details below for
contact information
and how to get in-
volved with BON
DOET. U Story &
photos by Mallory
Smith


Volunteer Information:
Website: www.nldoet.nl/bonaire
NGO Platform Office
Kaya Grandi 52C (across from Boomer-
ang Hardware)
Kralendijk, Bonaire. Tel: 717-2366 ,


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* 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
(NAf 17,50) 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


Odulfmuz z/n.


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 di Rei, 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. 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 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 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 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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WHAT WENT WRONG?


We have come a long way
in a hundred years. Half
of us are dying from heart disease
and strokes, conditions that were
not even recognized a century
ago!

The first reported heart attack
occurred in 1896. The condition
did not even have a name! Several
years later the first write-up on
heart attacks appeared in the New
England Journal of Medicine.
The article was devoted to this
curious new, but very rare condi-
tion that it named "myocardial
infarct."
"Imagine that," the authors were
saying, "we have seen several
patients suffer ischemic damage
to the heart, and several have ac-
tually died." They were studying
a previously unheard of disease
and really did not know what to
make of it.
Paul Dudley White, M.D., a
famous heart specialist in the mid
t20th century said, "When I
graduated from medical school in
1911, I had never heard of coro-
nary thrombosis."
So what went wrong? Is it the
eating of too much cholesterol and
saturated fat? Is it too much
"stress" in our lives? The com-
mon wisdom of our day would
have us believe that these are
prime culprits, but really these are
relatively insignificant factors.
Studies have shown that choles-
terol and saturated fat intake have
not increased but have actually
decreased in the last 100 years!
And what about stress? 100 years
ago many people had to work like
slaves just to provide themselves
with minimal food, clothing, shel-
ter and sanitation. Our standard of
living has increased so dramati-
cally this century that nothing we
face, remotely resembles the real
stress that our ancestors faced.
Most of what we call 'stress'
would more accurately be de-
scribed as stress deprivation.
Most people simply do not have
enough constructive, challenging,
satisfying work to occupy their
time!


There are six changes that have
occurred in most of the 'civilized'
world in the last 100 years that are
direct causative factors in the high
rate of cardiovascular disease.
They are -
*The chlorination and fluoridation
of our drinking water
The demineralization of our
drinking water
*The dramatic increase in con-
sumption of sugar and chemical
sugar alternatives
*The increased consumption of
polyunsaturated and hydrogenated
oils (soy, canola and vegetable
oils and margarines)
*The homogenization of milk
*The trace mineral depletion of
our soil and therefore our food.
As a result of all this, more and
more people have health prob-
lems, take more and more medica-
tions, and guess what - even our
children have these same prob-
lems! Do you honestly know
ANYBODY who is not on at least
one medication for something?
Let me also add, that to qualify,
that person must be healthy and
not just refusing to do anything
about his/her problems. And then
it does not stop at one medication,
oh no, I have seen individuals
with an average of four different
medications, and as many as 11!
Of course, the other side of the
coin is that many people are quite
proud of these medications!
The sad news is that in the end it
is most likely that your body will
give up the struggle BECAUSE
OF THE MEDICATION! In the
next issue we will look at various
medications
and exactly '1
what effect they
have on your
biological make
-up.
Stephanie
Bennett W
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 Es-
sence Nutritional Center


ARE YOUR DENTURES:
D Loose? D In Your
Pocket?


O Cracked?

O Missing
Teeth?


T hursday, January
27"' kicked off the
start of Bonaire's 23rd
International & Local i4
Fishing Tournament at the
Bonaire Nautico Marina. .
This year, the tournament
featured over 15 sponsors - i
and 17 boats competing,
with 10 boats coming
from Curaqao, six from
Bonaire and one from
Aruba.
Participants spent two full days
fishing, all hoping to catch the
most coveted fish of all- the blue
marlin - along with other fish
such as tuna, wahoo and dorado.
The tournament boasted big
prizes, featuring a grand prize of
a new Toyota pickup for any fish-
erman who could beat the Antil-
lean blue marlin record (803 lbs.)
and cash prizes of $5,000, $3,500
and $2,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
place for the biggest blue marlins
caught.
Unfortunately, this year proved
to be somewhat of a disappoint-
ing year for the fishermen, as
only three blue marlin were
caught, all of which were under
the 300 lb. limit and according to
tournament rules, had to be re-
leased.
Captain Justus van der Lubbe of
Curaqao caught the biggest yel-
low fin tuna on the second day of


There were only three fish re-
leased in two days of fishing.
Both days were pretty slow," said
Jens van der Lubbe. Willem
Evertsz, who won 1st place last
year for the biggest blue marlin
agreed. "Last year there were 21
fish caught. This year it was
really bad. We only caught the
tuna today."
Mr. A. Pinazon of Aruba,
seemed to be one of the most
successful fishermen of the week-
end, and was the winner of the 1st
place cash prize, catching two out
of the three blue marlins as well
as catching a tuna that weighed in
at 114 kg. Mr. A. Wever of Cura-
qao caught the third blue marlin
and was awarded 2nd place. No
one came in 3rd place. The tourna-
ment concluded with an awards
presentation and a BBQ next to It
Rains Fishes restaurant.
Due to the lack of boats, the
tournament ended up losing


the tournament,
with the fish Sudoku Solution
weighing in Puzzle on page 7
around 15 kg.
His twoteam 2 7 8 1 4 6 3 9 5
mates, Jens
vanderLubbe 9 6 5 7 8 3 2 4 1
and Willem
Evertsz,en- 3 1 4 2 9 5 7 6 8
joyed the
tournament, 7 8 9 6 3 2 1 5 4
butfeltthat
last yearwas 4 2 6 9 5 1 8 7 3
much more 5 3 1 4 7 8 9 2 6
successful.
"There were 6 5 3 8 2 9 4 1 7
some fish
around but no 1 4 2 3 6 7 5 8 9
one was able
to catch them. 8 9 7 5 1 4 6 3 2


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money this year. "I was not very
pleased with the outcome," says
Robur de Vries, the organizer of
the tournament. Part of the reason
why there were fewer boats this
year was due to a boycott from
Aruba, who held their own fish-
ing tournament on the very same
weekend. "Because of the boycott
we lost about nine boats," says de
Vries, adding that, "in past years
we made money and this year we
lost money. Now we are discuss-
ing if we will even have the tour-
nament next year. If we do hold it
again, we hope to get more
boats."
Despite the low turnout this
year, de Vries did admit that he
was satisfied with how the tour-
nament was run this year. "I
thought the tournament was very
well organized, so in that respect
I am happy." UStory & photo by
Mallory Smith


Bonaire Reporter- February 11-25, 2011


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Bon Quiz (from page 7)



Rochaline
Q) What is the family name?
A) Beukeboom

Q) And what are the names that
Rochaline is made up of?

Robbie- the only son,
Charles- their father, and Char-
lotte, the youngest daughter
Line- Angelina, the mother and
Anneline the oldest daughter, and
E- Elsmarie


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Pet of the Week
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tract,' doesn't mean anything to
these two lovely white cats! Little
Carla, about eight weeks old, with
one green eye and one blue eye,
immediately bonded with an older
Shelter resident who is just as
white as she is. Yves, is a big
strong boy, 10 pounds plus, with
knowing amber eyes and a gentle,
loving personality. Carla is a little
tomboy (she was raised with two
brothers) and can hold her own with kit-
tens even twice her size. Yves, being a
mature three year old, prefers to just lie
around in his basket until someone comes
along to pick him up. He'll wrap himself
around you and settle in for some serious
cuddling."
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It was hard to get an accurate count of
Bonaire's Loras (Bonaire parrot) this
year because the extensive rainy season
caused the birds to be scattered over the
island.
During the annual Lora count (loratelling)
last Saturday, about 550 loras were
counted. This is much fewer than the 800
Loras counted last year. Fundashon Salba
Nos Lora (The Save the Lora Foundation)
thinks this is because the Lora are scattered
about the island.
More than 30 volunteers, organized by the
Fundashon Salba Nos Lora and the Depart-
ment of Environment and Nature (DROB),
counted loras at 15 places in the center and
north of Bonaire. The staff of Bonaire
STINAPA counted the Lora's 10 different
locations in the Washington - Slagbaai
Park. Again the SGB High School took
part. At nine locations no Lora were seen.
This did not dampen the enthusiasm among
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Salba Nos Lora. "The Loras have been in the
built up areas this year as well as in the
Mondi (wild areas). The wet rainy season
and the food supply in the Mondi are impor-
tant factors. If nature provides insufficient
food, the birds search for food in residential
areas.
The trees and shrubs in the mondi can't
provide proper food because of the constant
grazing by donkeys and goats which deci-
mate the desirable food plants and trees. To
help improve the variety, Fundashon Salba
Nos Lora in recent years has planted indige-
nous fruit-bearing trees and shrubs in nature
like kalbas, oliba, watakeli and wayakc. "
The count ended with a breakfast for the
volunteers at the entrance of Washington -
Salgbaai Park provided by STINAPA Bon-
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In this issue we're going to
focus on a group of win-
ter constellations around
Orion, the mighty hunter.
Often called the Orion family,
these constellations have
some of the brightest stars and
most easily recognized star
formations in the sky. Now
the ancients watched the sky
the same way we watch TV.
Get this, when they tuned into
the winter stars they saw a
giant hunter with three stars
for a belt being trampled by a
bull with seven women on its
back while two hunting dogs were chas-
ing after a unicorn and bunny rabbit down
by the river. Say what? All right, let me
walk you through it.
Around 9 pm look south. The constella-
tion Orion takes center stage with his
seven bright stars. The Arabs called him,
"the great central one," and he'll play the
central role in our winter sky saga. The
two brightest stars in Orion make a nice
contrast. Bright blue Rigel marks Orion's
left knee while ruby red Betelgeuse
shines in his armpit. The colors of the
stars are an indicator of their temperature.
A blue star like Rigel is hot - about
11,000 degrees Celsius on its surface,
while a red star like Betelgeuse is much
cooler - about 3000 degree Celsius.
Most of the stars in Orion are blue in-
cluding his trademark belt. Not only are
the belt stars your cue that you've found
Orion, they'll point the way to several
other constellations in the sky. If you
follow a line from the belt stars and con-
tinue up and to the right you'll pass just
under a bright red star called Aldebaran.
Look out because this is the menacing eye
of Taurus the bull. Taurus has a small
"V" shape of five stars for a face and two
long horns. Now if you continue past the
"V" of Taurus you will come to the best
and brightest open star cluster in the
northern sky. These are the Pleiades or
the Seven Sisters. The Pleiades look like
a little cloud of stars to the naked eye but
upon second glance you might be able to
make out five or six of the sisters. In a


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good pair of binoculars they are just awe-
some. Formed from the same nebula the
sisters are young hot stars burning the
candle at both ends. These stars are so hot
that they may only live millions of years
as opposed to our Sun which has a life-
span of about 10 billion years. The cluster
includes hundreds of stars, with only the
seven brightest visible to the ancients.
In Greel in- il .1. .. --, Orion fell in love
with the sisters - all seven of them. The
sisters hardly felt the same and fled into
the night sky and now have a protector
from Orion in the form of Taurus the bull.
So the sisters are sitting pretty on the
bull's back while Orion must fend off the
charging beast. When Orion asked the
gods for help with the bull they let him
call up his two hunting dogs. This time let
the belt stars point you down and to the
left and take you to the brightest star in
the sky, Sirius. Sirius, a.k.a. the dog star,
is the nose of Canis Major, the big dog.
From Sirius look up and you'll find the
little dog star, Procyon in Canis Minor
Aww, what a cute little puppy. Procyon
along with Sirius and Betelgeuse make a
nice triangle of bright stars. Unfortunately
the two dogs aren't helping with the bull.
They're too busy chasing after a unicorn
(the constellation Monoceros) and a hare
(the constellation Lepus) by the banks of
the river in the sky.
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By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
February 2011 Horoscope

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)You need a LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Do not let
change and you need to earn more cash. them in on your plans if you want things
You must not let fellow workers take to run smoothly. Your colorful conversa-
advantage of your fine talents. You will tion may attract new mates. Your mate
be tempted to shop till you drop. Don't will be pushing you to do things that you
allow your lover to take advantage of really don't want to do. Consider a trial
your good nature. Your luckiest events separation if you and your mate just can't
this month will occur on a Tuesday. come to terms. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Prob- SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Let
lems with in-laws or relatives may be them know what your intentions are. You
more damaging than you realize. Get help will probably have to defend your mate.
to finish a project if you need it. Don't Lovers may prove unworthy of your af-
overspend on items for your home. Home fection. Your best efforts will come
improvement projects will run smoothly. through hard work. Your luckiest events
Your luckiest events this month will oc- this month will occur on a Tuesday.
cur on a Monday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You may Outbursts of passion may cause argu-
have a problem with coworkers if you try ments with your mate. You will be able to
to tell them what to do. You can expect tlk to yourlover about future goals and
changes in your financial situation as well perhaps make plans for the two of you to
as in your status. Be prepared to neutral- take a vacation. Don't exhaust yourself or
ize any threats. Focus on your own do- minor health problems will set in. Don't
mestic problems. Your luckiest events overindulge in anyway. Your luckiest
this month will occur on a Saturday. events this month will occur on a Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Financial CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) This
gains can be made through wise invest- day was meant for love. Make creative
ments. You need to get down to basics changes to your residence. Romantic op-
with regard to yourself. Don't give out portunities will be plentiful if you go out
any personal information that you don't with friends. You may be admired by
want spread around. You should be doing colleagues and employers for your diplo-
something special with children. Your matic way of handling your work and
luckiest events this month will occur on a those you work with. Keep the promises
Sunday. you've made or you can expect to be in
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Secret affairs the doghouse. Your luckiest events this
will only lead to deception. Take what- month will occur on a Wednesday.
ever time you can to get to know each AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't
other all over again. Don't be too eager to be shy; show your abilities! Sign up for
spend money that you really don't have. seminars that will expand your business
You may find your nights sleepless due to awareness. Property investments, insur-
bad dreams. Your luckiest events this ance, tax rebates, or inheritance should
month will occur on a Thursday. bring you financial gains. You need to
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You can start planning that vacation. Your luckiest
change your living arrangements. Prob- events this month will occur on a Friday.
lems with peers is apparent. Difficulties PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Joint ven-
with female members of your family may tures might prove to be unfavorable.
result in estrangement's. Do not get in- Don't let your partner goad you into wear-
volved in joint financial ventures. Your ing your heart on your sleeve. New rela-
luckiest events this month will occur on a tionships will surface through work re-
Friday. lated events. Try not to push your phi-
losophies on others. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Saturday.


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T he new species of cubozoan (box-
like) jellyfish discovered in the shal-
low waters of Bonaire a few years ago
has been given a scientific name. Thus
far, approximately 50 sightings of the
species, known commonly as the Bonaire
banded box jelly, are recorded, and three
specimens have been collected. Three
physical encounters between humans and
the species have been reported. Available
evidence suggests that a serious sting is
inflicted by this creature.
The Bonaire banded box jelly has been
named Tamoya ohboya, n. sp., can be
distinguished from its
close relatives by
differences in tenta-
cle coloration, cni-
dome, and mitochon- _
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sesses striking dark
brown to reddish-
orange banded tenta-
cles, nematocyst -
warts that densely
cover the animal, and
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Three specimens of the Bonaire banded
box jelly have been captured, collected,
and deposited at the Smithsonian
National Museum of Natural History. The
first specimen to be examined was cap-
tured by Johan van Blerk near the
water surface off Klein Bonaire, Nether-
lands Antilles, on 29 July 2008.
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Wil Dijkstra Exhibition, Plaza Resort, continues until
April 1, 2011

Kaminda di Arte (Art Trail) February 20
and every third Sunday of the month until June
2011, 11 am to 5 pm. Visit artists' homes and
studios. Information: Karel de Regt: 717-5785 /
788-4477,
karel@flamingotv.net, or
Fred v.d. Broek: 788-2536,
fredvdbroek48@hotmail.com


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The Richter Art Gallery, located in
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linlicd .Ii.hiton archival art prints, and
., ,.I n,,.Ic jewelry created by long-time
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Last week the Bonaire Sailing School's Boston Whaler was
stolen from its mooring in front of Regatta House

This is really a disaster, because he boat was used by Ton
the instructor to give sailing lessons.

If somebody can give some information about the sailing
school's boat please contact The Reporter
or the sailing school!

Reporter-790-8988, 790-6518. 786-6518
Email: reporter@bonairenews.com

Or the Sailing Association
email: agnes-ap@hotmail.com


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AIRLINES
Divi Divi Air- Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your
first choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to
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APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS and
COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furni-
ture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. F service
and in-store financing too.

ART & GALLERIES

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

BAKERY & CAFE

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-out 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 ac-
cessories. They do professional repairs on almost
anything on two wheels. Have your keys made
here too.

CONSTRUCTION

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

DENTURE REPAIR

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

DINING

The Brandaris Caf6 is the top-notch, spotless
downtown restaurant for local, krioyo and Venezue-
lan 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 mu-
sic!780-1111 Call ahead to eat-in or take out, Next
to Bistro (above)
Lunchroom de Bonairiaan-Breakfast & lunch
prepared and served by Stichting Project students
under professional guidance. Monday-Friday, 9-2.
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot, opposite Divi Flamingo.

ON & IN THE WATER
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book
trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair,
dive computer H.Q.


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
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above and/or below the water with a custom DVD
by Bonaire's top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts

GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES

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

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

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

Harmony House-Using science to find the prob-
lem. Using natural products to
correct the problem.
uomB. , , Also Essence range of herbal
teas & handmade soaps. At Kaya
Eev -cw Papa Comes 2

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

HOME CARE

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

PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the 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

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

STORAGE


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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


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reliable.

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


SUPERMARKETS

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


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

WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika
di Amor. Hotel or downtown pickup The only wa-
ter 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.


Join this list of Bonaire's best
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Fortnightly Advertisers in The
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To place and ad
call 790-6518, 786-6518
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For Quality House
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rates, References. One time or many Phone
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LUNCH TO GO
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Atelier Jose
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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 11-
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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 bath-
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$1000 [Price negotiable for longterm
lease] tel : 701-5225

MISCELLANEOUS
Antiques and Collectibles
Call 795-9760

Furniture Repair/
Refinishing/
Construction
Call Don at 786-2692


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:
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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?


Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set, Moon Phase and Tides
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January 01:39 / 08:23 / 16:46 / 21:03 /
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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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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. 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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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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. 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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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NEW YEAR HOPE

Dear Editor,
In December I sent a New Ye;
my friends and think the read
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, 1c
tourists who got scared away wt
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

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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-
ntre 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
e taken to the kunuku, be very careful where you
e of these 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- Now the big question is: Should we pay
road tax?
business on ra t
b e Of course we should, but not now!
g may be
ma b Hold it till the government comes with a
o kad solution or accepts their responsibility.
kayak cen- And when they come with a good plan,
hands of
ost from great. Then it is time to pay.
hen they Somebody out there agrees?
couldhen they 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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present a very i
special eve-
ning combin- ,
ing literature Chopin
and music. Copin Brokken
Jan Brokken, author of the remarkable performers and composers of this legacy-
book, "Why 11 Antilleans Kneel in Front will make this evening a complete voyage
of the Heart Of Chopin, "will tell the sto- of discovery for the audience.
ries about the origins of Antillean classi- Everybody who is interested in classical
cal music (in Dutch and English) and and light Antillean Music will be able to
three pianists and composers illustrate all understand and feel the mixtures of musi-
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
The three performers, Livio Hermans, pm at the Cacique Hall at Plaza Resort.
Wim Statius Muller and Johnny Klei- Entrance fee is $20, presale, and $25 at
moedig, are among the best composers the door. Children with a school ID pay
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
proud to present this very special evening Brokken's book (including a 60-minute
to the public of Bonaire with thanks to the "must have" CD for a greatly reduced
Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds, the main total price of $25) and Jan Brokken and
sponsor. the pianists are more than prepared to sign
Jan Brokken will lead you through the the book you will buy.
history and origins of Antillean Music, See you there.E Press release
and the pianists- who are the last living


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Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Fridays and Cruise Ship Visiting
s Days-usually 10 am until ship departure.
Day Date Ship Arrive De- PAX Cap Line
part
Fri Jan-28 Sea Princess 0800 1800 2016 Princess
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-
09 rity
Thu Feb- EmeraldPrin- 1200 2000 3100 Princess
10 cess
2 ships Club Med2 0800 1900 392 Club
Med
Fri Feb- Sea Princess 0800 1800 2016 Princess
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Sun- Thru Freewinds 0630 2200 150 Scien-
Tues Spring tology
2011


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
(NAf 17,50) 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 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 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. Open weekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pin 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
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Rains Fishes International Sports
Fishing Tournament. Contact Ro-
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1070 and confirm by email:
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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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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 " Raldlph"
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
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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.
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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.


SThe 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.

SForeigners 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.

1Bonaire'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


P $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
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
CasCadushy 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 Quiz #45 (Unknown Grave) 7
Picture Yourself (Egypt The Pyramids) 12
Classifieds 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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Page 2 Bonaire ReporterFebruary 11-25, 2011 I f you do not receive your voting card by mail by February 16, 2011, you may pick up your card at the Civil Registry ( Bevolking ) beginning February 17. Be sure to bring all paperwork showing your right to vote. Laura Dekker, the controversial Dutch sailing teen trying for a “youngest” circumnavigation arrived in Bonaire last Saturday morning after an uneventful downwind sail from Dominica. Welcome her, Bonaire! More in the next edition. THE HAGUE-Member of Dutch Parliament Marianne Thieme of the Party for Animals PvD is questioning the legality of the upcoming Dutch Provincial States elections since residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba cannot participate in these elections. Thieme posed a series of questions to Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Donner on the possible illegal status of the Provincial States election on March 2. Residents of special Dutch entities Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba can’t vote in the Provincial States elections because they do not live in a province. To enable their participation, the Dutch Constitution needs to be adapted and that takes at least a year. According to Thieme, the fact that BES islanders don’t have indirect voting rights for the First Chamber is not only against the Dutch Constitution, but is also in violation of the principle of equality as defined in international treaties. Realtor Corine van der Hout of Sunbelt reports in her recent newsletter that “so far the developments in the real estate market are confirming what we have told you before: the market is definitely stabilizing with a trend of steady prices and plenty of sales . In addition we are noticing that the local financial institutions are showing a positive attitude to local real estate values by offering better financing conditions and by showing an active market approach.” For buyers this means that doubts you might have had about the value of an investment on Bonaire are minimized. Average Bonaire house prices are lower compared to Holland. The town of Blaricum has the most expensive houses in that country, with an average price of almost €800,000, according to website Woningmarktcijfers. The cheapest place to buy a home is Pekela in Groningen, where the average house price is €132,000. Mrs. Sharon Bol has been appointed as Interim Director of the Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB), effective immediately. In this role, she will be responsible for overseeing all the activities of TCB, its overseas offices and supervising its staff members. The position is for at least two months. Most recently, Mrs. Bol acted as Interim Director of Bonaire’s National Library. “I am pleased to accept this new position at Tourism Corporation Bonaire and look forward to working closely with the staff on Bonaire and in our overseas offices to ensure a seamless continuance of TCB’s efforts,” said Mrs. Bol. “Looking at the importance and growing demand of the tourism sector, I welcome the challenge to work on the many local and international projects planned for 2011.” A search for a permanent Director of Tourism for TCB is in progress. Table of Contents The first prisoners from Statia and Saba were transported to Bonaire’s new prison last Wednesday which is in keeping with revised judicial procedures for the BES Islands. Six prisoners were sent by private plane to Bonaire on Wednesday, while another four were again sent from Saba to Statia, this according to Statia Police Chief Duco Koolstra. In the past prisoners from Statia and Saba were accommodated in St. Maarten’s Pointe Blanche prison. We are sorry we have nothing to report about Bonaire power failures . The Reporter’s consistent efforts to get a report from the current manager of Ecopower on Bonaire, Vincent Kooij [vlkooij@ecopowerbonairebv.com, 717-4823 ], have been (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 Airport Renovation 2 Beach Bumper Sticker 3 Where is Monica? 8 Three Baritones 8 Letters to the Editor ( No Overwintering, Student Impressions, Fatal Plans ) 9 Farmers’ Market 10 Cas Cadushy Opens 10 Farmers’ Market 10 SGB students repaint Waterlands 11 Lilly’s Ice Cream opens 11 New Habitat Units Dedicated to Albert Romijn 13 NGO Platform/Bon Doet 15 Sunfish Worlds Qualifying 15 23rd Annual Fishing Tourney 17 Lora Count Lower 18 Box Jellyfish Named 20 Karnaval Schedule/Infant Karnaval Queens 20 Stolen Whaler-BSSA 20 Art Exhibits 20 ——————————————— Departments Flotsam & Jetsam 2 On the Island Sinc e... (Mieke Smit) 4 Bonairean Voices –Foster Parents 7 Sudoku Puzzle 7 Latin Music Classics-Juan Luis Guerra 7 Bon Quiz #46 (Rochaline) 7 Picture Yourself (Long Beach, CA) 12 Wheels—Sean Paton and Thumpers 12 Classifieds 13 Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times, Moon Phase 13 Shopping & Service Directory/Guides 14 Masthead 16 What’s Happening, Cruise Ship Sched, 16 Sudoku Solution 17 Bon Quiz Answer 17 Body Talk –What Went Wrong? 17 Pet of the Week (“Yves and Carla”) 18 Sky Park (Orion Family) 19 The Stars Have It 19 How to contact us Letters to the Editor: Reporter@bonairenews.com Story tip or idea: info@bonairenews.com The Publisher: George@bonairenews.com Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean Phone 790-8988 Phone 790-6518 / 786-6518 Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com 0Printed Every Fortnight, On-line Every day, 24/7 Next edition printing on February 22, 2011 Story and Ad deadline: February 18, 2011, 12 noon € Transport of Money and Valuables € Private Investigations € Vehicle patrols € Burglar Alarms € Fire Alarm Systems In Business Over 27 years Kaya Nikiboko Nord 37A, PO Box 225 Tel: (599) 7178125 Fax (599) 7176125 E-mail sss@bonairelive.com The large-scale renovation of the runway of Flamingo Field, Bonaire International Airport (BIA), will begin on Sunday, February 13, 2011. The renovation will take four to five months. Disruption to air traffic and passengers will be kept to a minimum and most flight schedules will be maintained. From February 13 to March 27, the airport will be closed to air traffic on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 6pm to the following morning at 4am. On Tuesday and Thursday, closed from 7:45 pm until morning 5:45am. On Fridays and Saturdays the airport will operate normally. In case the carriers adjust their flight schedules, this may change somewhat. After late March, the closing times of the airport will change. The renovation is carried out by contractor Janssen de Jong Caribbean in cooperation with Bonaire Road Construction Company (BWM). Since a large amount of asphalt is required, a special airport asphalt plant will be installed (photo above). In addition to the renewed runway and turning aprons, new lighting, new approach lights and display boards will be installed. The tower is to be equipped with a new electrical system and control system. The whole airport area will receive new fencing and a new fire fighting approach to the runway will be built . Eventually, a new fire station will be built. The cost of the renovation work amounts €15 million (almost $20 ) and will be paid by Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment . Bonaire Government photo Laura Dekker’s boat Guppy tied up in Bonaire at the Plaza Resort

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Bonaire ReporterFebruary 11-25, 2011 Page 3 A new, colorful bumper sticker was introduced this week to bring more public attention to the possible loss of the old Sunset Beach property . According to various sources, the government is considering giving the land to condominium developers or selling it for the construction of a large hotel. “We hope that everyone who wants to develop this property for the benefit of Bonaireans will put one of the stickers on their car or in their store or car window,” said Elsmarie Beukenboom, one of the founders of the effort. “We want the government to know how the people feel. Over 2,000 Bonaireans voted in our poll and 80% of them said they wanted a public beach while less than 20% chose a large hotel. But that doesn’t seem to be enough evidence. So we have created the stickers.” The free stickers are available at the Chat ‘n Browse store next to Lovers Ice Cream on Kaya Gob. Debrot and also at Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn as well as from committee members. According to Beukenboom, too many people in the government believe that Bonaire needs more hotel rooms to get more flights to the island. “That used to be the case years ago but it is a totally new ball game now. The only way to get airlines here or to any out of the way destination is to pay the airlines big money,” said Beukenboom. “Why don’t we forget about adding more hotel rooms and just pay for the flights. That way we can fill the empty hotel rooms that we have now. Many of the hotels are struggling and some may go out of business if a new large hotel or condominiums are built at that site. We already have several half finished projects on the island that need to be finished before another project is started.” The organization leading the action wants to bring permanent jobs to Bonaireans and to keep the income from the development on the islands instead of having the profit go to Holland or the USA. In the plan developed by local citizens, all of the 5.2 hectares (12.85 acres) of the old Sunset Beach property would be turned into the Bonaire Ocean Center, a major family oriented park for residents and tourists. There would be a number of shops and businesses that would be owned and managed by Bonaireans. There would also be an amphitheater for shows and concerts, a visitors center and museum along with playgrounds, exercise tracks, restaurants, a boardwalk, an inocean pool and a boat launching area. The plan also has a party pavilion that could be rented for weddings or special events as well as public toilets and plenty of parking. In all there could be 8 to 10 locally owned businesses at the site so that Bonaireans have the opportunity to create small businesses and profit from this development. The proposed plan also has the STINAPA offices located at the site as a central location for the Marine Park Operations. “We are also considering a small hotel with conference center facilities,” said Beukenboom. “But the main idea is that the area will primarily be a public facility and could be a major tourist attraction for our island.” The group has secured an agreement from worldfamous architect Peter Bohlin to help develop the site. Bohlin is known for his design of the Apple Computer stores around the world as well as Pixar Studios and the home of Microsoft’s Bill Gates. Bohlin also designed the building that houses the US Liberty Bell and the educational center of the Grand Tetons Nation Park in the US. He has a great deal of experience in developing tourism projects in nature that protect the environment as well as attract visitors. Bonaire Ocean Center Press release Send your old photos of Sunset Beach to The Reporter . reporter@bonairenews.com The Bonaire Ocean Center would offer free access to one of Bonaire’s best beaches for island residents. Shops and concessions would make it self supporting. This is a photo of the beach from the late 80s. Architect Peter Bohlin

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Page 4 Bonaire ReporterFebruary 11-25, 2011 “W e came to Bonaire for the first time in December 1990. In Holland we were living indoors more than eight months a year because of the weather. We had sold our computer business and were not working anymore. Both of us were in our 50s. We fell completely in love with the island and started looking for a plot of land to build on. January 1991 we came back to buy the land. Looking for a place to stay I met Buchi Frans – he still is my friend – and through him we found a house at Kaya Den Tera where we lived for more than two years while our house was being built in Sabadeco on the sea. Kaya Den Tera was great; there was a little shop across from the house and that’s how we got to know many local people. In 1993 we moved to Sabadeco Shores. It was very quiet as we were the first people living there! We never locked the house and nothing ever happened… Gerard and I loved to work in the garden. We installed a dripsystem, we dug holes and we put in our terrace ourselves. I also played tennis.” She laughs. “ Not that I knew how to play, but boy, was I having a good time! Every morning we would swim a couple of kilometers together. You see, we had a great marriage, we got along wonderfully; we were best friends and we loved each other and we laughed a lot and often! November 1996 Gerard was involved in a car accident. He was hit by a drunken neighbor and smashed his head against the windshield. During the days that followed he suffered from a bad headache until two weeks after the accident he decided to go for a swim. He dove off the pier into the sea and right at that moment a massive stroke hit him. A blood clot caused by the car accident had ended up shutting off the vein in his brain. Somehow he was able to grab the ladder and thank God a friend of ours, Jos, was there and together we pulled him out of the sea. First thing I did was call John Akkermans and he arranged everything – John was unbelievable!” She tears up and smiles and then she pulls herself together. “ The first two days Gerard stayed here at the hospital and then the ambulance flight took him to the hospital in Curaçao. He stayed there for three weeks while I was moving heaven and earth to get him back to Bonaire. New Years Eve 1996 -1997 we flew to Amsterdam. After being hospitalized he went to a rehab center at the Overtoom in Amsterdam. In the beginning there was very little he was capable of doing until our son Eric got upset with him and told him ‘Dad, you have to do something, we don’t want to lose you!’ From that moment on Gerard started fighting his way back. Niek Zandman was ever so gracious and offered the coachhouse of his ‘Villa Betty’ for me to stay. It was very close to the rehab center. It made all the difference in the world because from then on I could see Gerard whenever I wanted. We stayed in Amsterdam until October 1997. I’d bought a wheelchair and I remember clearly Gerard pointing his finger at the wheelchair and shaking his head ‘No’! When we arrived on Bonaire half the island had come to the airport to welcome us. Gerard walked in with his cane I followed with the wheelchair. We went back to our house, but because of all the steps it had become way too dangerous. Another house of ours was under construction and when it was finished we moved there. However, our daughter Marlou and her husband Fried-Jan thought we should have a wheelchair accessible home so that’s what we built; it was super! We were always together; I (Continued on page 5) “I’ve become a real Bonairean lady, oh yeah, absolutely! When the Antillean flag went down on 10-10-10, I sat there and cried…” 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 Mieke Smit

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Bonaire ReporterFebruary 11-25, 2011 Page 5 took care of him by myself and I taught him how to speak again – we had long conversations, precious moments… If I’d leave the house, it was only to buy groceries or go to the bank. Every year we went to Holland. Once in all those years the insurance offered me a vacation and I went to my sister’s in Canada for 14 days while a nurse took care of Gerard. Gerard passed away March 21st, the first day of spring, four years ago. He fell and broke his hip and he was operated on and then he got ‘a chemical heart attack’ as the doctor called it. A second one followed – on Bonaire and then he was transported to Aruba. The two eldest children flew over from Holland to be with him – something that made him extremely happy. Then he got a third heart attack. My feeling was he didn’t want anymore, he just couldn’t do it. However, our eldest son insisted he should be treated in Venezuela, but in the ambulance, in front of the hospital in Aruba, he passed away. Gerard was buried on Bonaire and on his tombstone we wrote: ‘A man in each and every way – Bonaire is my island.’” She looks at me. “ It says everything about who he was.” Mieke Smit is a charismatic lady; she’s got a healthy dose of humor, great stamina, she’s warm and caring, but she knows what she wants and she’s got guts! “ After the funeral I went to Holland where we held a memorial service and our son Eric spoke beautifully. I stayed for a fortnight and then I came back to Bonaire to deal with it on my own. First I couldn’t sleep because in all those years I’d gotten used to checking on him during the night. Then my sister in Canada told me, ‘You have to sleep on his side,’ and from then on it went better. I’ve been going back and forth to Holland frequently and the same for Canada where my sister was very sick. Over the last years I’ve spend more time in Canada than on Bonaire. My sister died November 4th, 2010. I had just returned to Holland, but it felt right. I’d taken care of her as much as I could and we’d talked about everything that was important to us.” She smiles “The children expected me to come back to Holland, but that’s not the case! Gerard and I have six children; he had two daughters, Marlou and Pamela., I had two daughters, Veronica and Madelon, and together we had two boys, Eric and Frank – one family! Seven grandkids! I am proud of all of them. But… let’s be honest, all the children have their agenda, their work, their friends. I’ve become a real Bonairean lady, oh yeah, absolutely! When the Antillean flag went down on 10-10-10, I sat there and cried. Isn’t that silly? But you know, it’s been 20 years of my life… Bonaire is my home; I am very attached to this island. Things have changed here too, but without going too deep into that subject, there is one thing I’d like to say to the newcomers: ‘Treat someone else the way you want to be treated yourself…’ I am 73 years old and I am proud of it. Here I have friends from the old days who are very dear to me as we shared joys and sorrows, but also new friends I’ve met along the way. Everything feels familiar; people know me and I know them – Dutch and Bonairean. I do lots of things: gardening, upholstering, sewing and I even keep the street free of weeds and when the garbage truck passes by, the men applaud for me! I am running my household and Helene from Rincon has helped me doing so for the last 19 years. Since Bon Bida opened its doors I’ve become a regular every other day. I’ve lost quite some weight and I do feel really fit! I take life the way it comes to me. When I was 45 I had leukemia and it took me 10 years to get cured; it was a miracle I survived. Everything you get you should approach positively. Of course,” she laughs, “ that’s no guarantee of anything, but at least you spend your last years in a positive way. Now and then I feel lonely, but… as long as I stay busy it will pass. However, I notice that I do need discipline and regularity. If that gets messed up, I feel it. My children bought my house, so I’m living in their house now and it’s fine. I smoke my cigarette and drink my wine, but only in the evening! You know,” she looks at me pensively, “ after Gerard died, someone told me ‘Now you will have some time for yourself’ I was stunned because it never occurred to me that I had missed out on something you see… there is no e xplanation for love.” Story & photos by Greta Kooistra On the Island Since (Continued from page 4) Mieke looking out over her beloved Bonaire

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Page 6 Bonaire ReporterFebruary 11-25, 2011 M y child just came home smelling of beer and cigarettes. It might have been a familiar experience when dealing with an 18-year-old after a party, but my child is only one year old and his partying skills have not developed yet. His only “crime” would have to be that he was very curious while playing on the beach. It must be that some people live in an alternate universe. In their world nothing warms a mother’s heart more than the sight of her 15-month-old child offering her a beer bottle with the remaining beer dribbling over its shir t. In their reality nobody is worried while a toddler stuffs his or her face with cigare tte butts. And nobody shudders at the thought of glass bottles and bare feet. Must be such a carefree world to live in. In my world it is not possible to relax anymore when you go to the beach with your young child. I mean honestly, have you seen the state our beaches are in? The fact that your child is still in its oral phase means that you have to be on your toes at all times. Sand, shells and rocks are destined to earn their ticket to your toddler’s stomach. No, let’s make it even more difficult for parents and mix everything up with some bottle caps, forks, band-aids, napkins, chicken bones, cigarette butts, cups, cans, bottles and doggy poop. There was a time when all you needed to worry about was whether you had put your towel on some pegasaya (the prickly seeds of a species of grass), which gave you a nasty surprise when you tried to dry yourself off. Today it has become a whole new adventure, one I really do not like. For me a day at the beach is about sea, sun, sand and nature. And when I go home, I want to leave it in the state I found it. I cannot read the minds of those “alternate universe” people, but it seems they are either incapable of cleaning up after themselves, or they find the beach with just sand and rocks too boring so they get creative and add some things. For the “creative” people the message would be: get your own sandbox and happily add whatever you like! The people with the cleaning-up problem are unfortunately and evidently abundant. We need a new state of mind for the way we treat our beaches. Let’s pretend we had to buy our beaches. And let’s say that we found our best deal at IKEA. At all the other stores the beaches were a lot more expensive, and when you bought those you got extra features like “self-cleaning,” “more than just sand” and “barbequeproof.” But as usual we were tight on money so we had to settle for the “do-it-yourself” beaches. So we came back to Bonaire with our newly bought beach, and what is the first thing you do after buying something at IKEA? Right! Read the manual first (yes, that means you too, men). And here is what it will say: ********************************************************************** Dear Customer, Thank you for choosing our special “do-it-yourself” beach. With the proper care it can last you a lifetime, generations, in fact indefinitely even. The possibilities with our product are almost endless: you can play in the sand, sunbathe, have picnics etc., etc. The enjoyment of your experience is very important to us, so we kindly ask you to keep the following in mind. Trash does not magically disappear and if you are capable of bringing your stuff to the beach, you are certainly capable of taking it home with you at the end of the day. You don’t leave your bathing suit, towel or sunglasses behind, so, please, don’t leave behind your other stuff (cigarette butts, chicken bones, beer bottles, etc.) either. **************************************************** Story by Mary Ann Koops Beach Litter

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Bonaire ReporterFebruary 11-25, 2011 Page 7 Hotel Rochaline O n Bonaire, buildings, businesses, homes and even infants are often given names composed of other names, sometimes the names of the family’s children. For example: “Glenzery,” the father would be Glenn, and the mother would be Zerytza. The Hotel Rochaline is named for the children born from one family. Q) What is the family name of the owners of Rochaline? Q) What are the names that Rochaline is made up of? 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 Email: christiedovale@hotmail.com. J uan Luis Guerra, born in 1957, is a Dominican singer/songwriter, who has sold over 30 million records, and won numerous awards including three Latin Grammy Awards in 2010, including Album of the Year. His pop style of music has garnered him considerable succe ss outside the Dominican Republic. Juan Luis Guerra actually uses the basics of Bachata, but he does not limit himself to one style of music. Instead, he incorporates diverse rhythms like Meringue breakthrough, Bolero, Salsa and even Gospel. The musical breakthr ough came in 1990 with the release of “ Bachata Rosa,” which became a major hit and earned him his first Grammy award. The album, having sold more than five million copies at that time, allowed Guerra to keep touring Latin America, the US and Europe. Until the year 2011 he is still listed in the charts and popular all over the world. Jody’s Music Quiz Last week’s answer: ”You’re No Good” was the No.1 Hit of Linda Ronstadt. This week’s winner is Theo Te Brinke! He can pick up the free CD at Jody’s on Lagoen Hill #18. This week’s question: What’s the name of the band that always plays with Juan Luis Guerra? Please send your answer to: info@jodysbonaire.com and be entered in a drawing to win a CD of your own choice in Jody’s shop at Lagoen Hill #18. The winner of this week’s contest will be announced in the next edition of The Reporter. Please send your answer to: info@jodysbonaire.com and be entered in a drawing to win a CD of your own choice in Jody’s shop at Lagoen Hill #18. The winner of this week’s contest will be announced in the next edition of The Reporter . Jo Bux 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. WHAT YOU SOW IS WHAT YOU REAP Send your comments to The Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, or email reporter @bonairenews.com . F amily crises can cause a children to turn away from the right path or become bully objects by their peers. Others end up with unwanted psychological scars that take time to heal. What can you do to save a child from the brink of selfdestruction? The Youth Care ( Jeugdzorg Bonaire ) Program is aware of all these problems. Youth Care had become a concern of the RCN ( Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland ). The program consists of home care, foster care (at this moment there are 26 active foster parents), family homes and a living center. Mrs. Ellen Cornelissen , the project leader for youth care explains, “The Youth Care program is for all children and parents who need more support than those organizations with a more preventive character can give. We deal with the problems that children are confronting in their own homes. The main goal is that parents take the responsibility of raising their own children and to solve problems they have in their own situation. We are very willing to support these families in overcoming their problems. Starting at the age of eight, a child with complicated problems will be sent to a Living Center where they can live for a while and professionals will care for them. Some children need psychological help and they will get this kind of attention too. Bigger kids like up to 22 years will receive special care from other professionals. All children who are living on Bonaire who have severe problems, no matter what nationality, become a concern of the Youth Care Program. If a kid needs a loving and safe home he or she will be placed in a foster family when the situation at their own home is not safe. This will be done by the Youth Care and the legal office for parental care. Of course every child is different. So the Bonairean citizens (nationality is not a issue, as long they can care for another child) who sign up to become foster parents are screened by this office and the best match will be found for these children. The Youth Care is supervised and financially supported by the Dutch Minister for Health Care, Welfare and Sport. Foster parents will receive a compensation for the expenses of the child. In the past we used to have the Gezinsvoogdij Institution (Legal Office for parental care) doing most of the jobs. Today the Gezinsvoogdij has passed the task over to Youth Care which is more structural and can supervise the needs of a child in school, at the Voogdijraad office, in the neighborhoods and through other organizations that care for the welfare of the child, like SEBIKI. Each case will be well taken care of. We’ve had many good experiences with foster parents who have had successful results with foster kids. The children gain more confidence, become stronger and can contribute to a community that is facing all kinds of problems. The focus of the program is on the whole family children and parents at the same time—because with time we hope and F rom childhood she was a person who loved children. She always dreamed of having a house full of children. When she got married she asked God for four children and God granted her wish with two girls and two boys. But she always wanted to have more children. She was introduced to a representative for the VWS, Health Care, Welfare and Sport, Mrs. Marga Drewes, and Marga introduced her to Mrs. Cornelissen. What is her experience of being a foster parent? This mother of four recently became a temporary foster parent of a child who needed loved and protection. She (41) explains, “There are a lot of children out there who need to be loved and well taken care of. If you care for a child, from any age you want, you can share your home with this child. In the beginning the child needed to get adjusted to us, but in a few days it went easier. My relationship with my foster child is very good and the child is learning to adjust to this second home very well. Everything is based on love and attention. Although I know this is a temporary home for the child, I’m giving someone else a helping hand, to cope with a situation that is not safe for the child itself. Think of your contribution to a better community. We as foster parents can’t have contact with the biological parents for a month, but after that with the help of the Youth Care Program we can help and guide the parents. My children are very happy that they have a new sibling. Everyone is happy. When my husband is taking care of the child everyone’s attention is on the child, while I’m taking care of the household chores. I’m very happy that I can teach some one else’s child so many things and I realize the child is a fast learner. The child was even able to learn how to pray and this gives me great satisfaction that I can help someone to be happy and safe.” Siomara Albertus want these kids to go back to their biological parents. All that matters is the welfare of the child in connection to their family. If you are a person who feels you can become a foster parent to help a child, you may sign up at the Jeugdzorg Bonaire youth care office above OMNI Electronics on Kaya L.D. Gerharts or call 717-7707. There are many ways of contributing to Foster Care, like long term, short term or in a crisis situation. We will explain all this during the information evenings which will be held on: 14th Feb.: Above Omni in Papiamentu 15th Feb.: In Centro de Bario Rincon in Papiamentu 17th Feb.: Above Omni in Dutch All evenings from 19.00 until 20.30 All interested persons are invited.” If you are able to take care of a child, open your heart and share your love with the kids so much in need of a stable home. You will be blessed in a great way. If you sow love, you will reap love. Siomara Albertus.

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Page 8 Bonaire ReporterFebruary 11-25, 2011 consistently deflected and we have no news to report on the performance of Ecopower. Ecopower is responsible for generating all of Bonaire’s electricity delivered to homes and businesses. WEB buys the power and distributes it to customers. In past weeks Bonaire has experienced significant power failures that create problems for homeowners and business alike. The brisk trade winds have been blowing since Christmas time and the wind turbines should have been producing a significant proportion of the island’s electricity. Is it? Sometimes wind turbines can generate undesired signals that disturb the performance of weather radar systems, showing up clutter that can be interpreted as rain showers. The ABC Island Meteo radar seems affected by this (see http://www.meteo.an/Radar/ Img_Radar_ABC_Cappi_Loop.asp ). THE HAGUE--Queen Beatrix turned 73 on Monday, January 31. At this age, she is the equal of King Willem III as The Netherland’s oldest head of state. He died in 1890 as a ruling king, aged 73. There are 2,000 women aged 73 who are still in a paid job in Holland, as is the queen. Photo is with grandchildren on the ski slopes by Fame Crawler . Queen Juliana was 70 when she abdicated on the day her daughter and successor Beatrix was celebrating her 42nd birthday. Queen Juliana vacated the throne in 1980 because “her strengths were diminishing” as she put it. The queen’s official birthday is April 30, which is co-celebrated in Bonaire as Rincon Day. THE HAGUE-The natural biodiversity in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba was the topic of a meeting in the Dutch Parliament’s Second Chamber on February 8. Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) Director Kalli de Meyer was invited as were members of Parliament’s Permanent Committees for Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, section Nature and Environment, and Kingdom. Earlier an amendment was approved by Parliament earmarking 600,000 euros to draft an integral management plan to strengthen and protect the environment and manage the rich biodiversity of both maritime and terrestrial nature in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. This took place in consultation with the local nature organizations. The departure tax (sometimes called the airport tax) counter at Bonaire International Airport moved from the central hall to the former office of Insel Air, in the corridor next to the check-in desks and stairs. Since October 2010, the airport tax for all airlines except DAE has been included in the ticket price. In time, DAE will also be included but until then, passengers flying with DAE must pay the airport tax at the new location. As part of an educational project At the High School ( SGB) students will study ways for the school to use solar energy in the future. In this way can help support some of its own energy needs. SGB has plans to build a new school building for the academic track HAVO VWO on Kaya Amsterdam. This new building should be equipped with solar panels that convert sunlight into electricity. The Water and Energy Company of Bonaire (WEB) will support the new pilot project. SGB and WEB have an agreement on enhancing cooperation in a pilot solar power. Messrs Lauxen (SGB) and Palm (WEB) last Friday put their signatures to the pilot project. The new building on Kaya Amsterdam is part of a comprehensive plan of the Ministry of Education to upgrade the schools on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. In the autumn of 2010 the Ministry allocated more than $22 million for this. According to Bonaire Commissioner Tjin Asjoe Bonaire is reorganizing its government apparatus to improve the provision of service to the public . All interrelated government departments will be centralized under one management. There will be a total of four different managements, namely Spatial Planning and Development, Society and Healthcare, Supervision and Enforcement, Operations and Support. These will be implemented in phases during the next four years. Simultaneously, government will work on the professionalization of the personnel in order to optimize the provision of service for the population. Artist Ronald Verhoeven is on the island and will be selling his popular paintings from his atelier. Verhoeven captures the very essence of Bonaire in his work. See an example on page. 6. On February 17 a Master Class will be given by two of the three baritones who will be performing this month: Marco Bakker and Ernst Daniel Smid. This Master class/workshop is intended for singers on Bonaire with an outspoken talent and experience. There is no entrance fee for this interesting learning activity. Organizers expect a broad interest for this Master Class. A pre-selection will take place with auditions on Friday, February 11, at the Cacique Hall at Plaza Resort at 6:30pm . A jury will select the eight singers who will participate in the class. President of the jury is Raymundo Saleh. Other members are Hans Faassen, piano teacher, and Frans Lauxen, choir director. Singers who are interested can subscribe by telephone: Hans Faassen, 717-5767/7962067 or Frans Lauxen, 717-5658/788-3807 or through website: www.classicalmusicbonaire.com The Master Class is open for the public and the entrance is free. We kindly ask you to announce your visit through the website before February 15. www.classicalmusicbonaire.com under the heading: MASTERCLASS Health Alert: Unilever US and the USFDA has conducted a nationwide voluntary recall of Slim-Fast Ready to Drink products in cans due to possible health risk—due to the possibility of contamination with Bacillus cereus . This product is available on Bonaire and many of the cans are already out of date, nevertheless they are still on store shelves. At least one person on Bonaire has become ill . G./L. D. Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2) W e thought you might want a report on hometown tennis prodigy, Monica Ann Winkel. Following training at the Henk van Hulst Tennis Academy in The Netherlands she is continuing her education at the University of Louisiana Monroe, earning academic honors (2008-2010 Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll) and a high position (#113) in the college tennis ranks. She’s in her Junior (3rd) year. In the spring of 2010 she earned AllLouisiana honors …had a perfect 7-0 singles record against Sun Belt Conference opponents … and more. Monica learned tennis under the direction of coach Robby Domacassé in Bonaire before being recruited to one of the top tennis academies in The Netherlands, where she earned top performer and top junior athlete accolades. Monica is the daughter of George and Patricia Winkel. She has one older brother, Edward, and one younger brother, Philip. G.D. T hree baritones, Marco Bakker – well known from the musical “Cats”Ernst Daniel Smid the first man of the program “Un Voce Particolare,” and Henk Poort who had the title role in “the Phantom of The Opera” -will bring a splendid music show to Bonaire, on the beach of the Plaza Resort at the Coconut Beach Bar, starting at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, February 16. They will bring a repertoire of some opera and operetta from Italy and Austria, themes from well known musicals, ballads from the American songbook, Negro spirituals, Antillean songs and jazz standards with songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis. Jr. In short: a show with a wide variety for all the people who love music and singing. In the short pre-program: the Tutti Frutti choir and dance group from Bonaire, a prelude to the three baritones with some surprises.Tickets are $ 25 at the gate and $20.in the presale at: Addo’ s Books and Toys, Flamingo Bookstore, Plaza Resort .and restaurant Blue Mecong. See poster on pg. 6. Press release

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Bonaire ReporterFebruary 11-25, 2011 Page 9 BONAIRE DOES NOT WANT OVERWINTERING VISITORS. Dear Editor: Bonaire’s new immigration rules provide for ‘overwinterers’. This is an excellent idea because there is a large potential market for the island economy catering to “snowbirds” who want to escape European or North American winters in our case Canadian winters which create an additional urgency. We have wintered in Bonaire for 11 years without encountering much problem . . . until now. Unfortunately, with the formal recognition of the “overwinterer” has come a set of rules that make Bonaire actually very unattractive as a destination for overwinterers. For us it means that we now have to consider quite seriously whether to sell our property and go elsewhere. In the past the requirements that were applied were reasonable. One could stay two weeks, one could apply for a 90-day stay at the end of that. After 90 days one could leave the island and re-enter for another 90 days so that a six-month winter stay was possible. Later the requirement to own property and show proof of financial competence was added. Still no problem. But now the rules have become much less accommodating. Upon proof of ownership of property, adequate finances, insurance, and a certif icate of good conduct from the police, and with the payment of over $350 per person, one can extend the initial 90-day stay for another 90 days. If you leave the island, the permission lapses. When the permission lapses, no re-entry is possible for six months. “Overwinterers” are thus unable to take tourist journeys to South America, or trips to Curaçao to purchase things, or to Aruba for entertainment. They already pay property tax, in some case also income tax, but are now asked to pay a significant extra charge in addition. Possibly the rules are not yet completely worked out. Possibly the IND is not yet familiar with them it has taken us three visits to their office and several hours of waiting to find out this much. Possibly there is some mistak e somewhere. But as things are now the message is coming through loud and clear – Bonaire does NOT want overwintering visitors. Ian and Dorothy MacDonald First Impressions of the Island through the Lens of A Student Dear Editor: My name is Joanne, and I’ve arrived on the island very recently to pursue my academic endeavor of medical school at the St. James School of Medicine. Arriving on the island a few days ago, I naturally felt the blatant differences between Bonaire and my home in the metropolitan city of Toronto. Now, I am no stranger to the globe, and have seen the beauties of a Caribbean island before, as well as diversity and manner of living of various other countries, so I was well able to appreciate Bonaire for its many positive characteristics, as well as acclimatize myself to the aspects which I wasn’t used to. Let me share my first impressions with you. From the moment I left Toronto, it was an arduous journey getting here, what with all the excess weight baggage fees, faulty booking times for flights, as well as Insel Air delayed flights that were apparently operating on “Caribbean time.” I was travelling with another student, and we both found this quite a hassle to endure, as we packed our bags according to the specifications found on the website, yet we were still charged. We thought that the journey had started off on a negative footing, but were pleasantly delighted when greeted with the island breeze and the optimal weather of Bonaire. This was certainly a welcome change from the freezing temperatures of Toronto that I had endured only hours before. Next, I was astonished by the sheer miniature size of Flamingo Airport, however, this is understandable because the airport is well able to accommodate all the visitors and flights arriving on this small island. “Bon Bini,” I was greeted by an airport staff, and found the locals of Bonaire to be hospitable and courteous. After attending to airport formalities, I boarded a taxi to the Golden Reef Inn, where I felt that the taxi driver was trying to fleece us for extra cas h, even though the cab fare was included in the hotel reservation, and he well knew it. Although he was very polite to us, there didn’t seem to be a hindrance on his part to make a few extra bucks even at the expense of students. I hoped that scamming like this was not any indication of the behavior of people in Bonaire towards the medical students here. However, things improved from here onwards. The next few days were spent taking long walks on the scenic beach, lunching in Kralendijk, and also running various errands which gave me an opportunity to interact with the locals. I found the locals to be courteous, helpful with directions, and going about life with a relaxed Caribbean demeanor. It was a welcome refreshment from the hustle and bustle of a busy city lifestyle from which I had come. The memories that will linger with me from my first few days here were the simple things, such as feeling the warmth of the sun upon my face, and the weather of the tropics with its greenery, ideal temperatures, as well as its pristine clear waters. I look forward to exploring the activities of what this island has to offer. Going Scuba diving and exploring the rich marine life in the surrounding waters of Bonaire is certainly on my to-do list, along with seeing some flamingos, and visiting the donkey sanctuary. If the experience I’ve had in my first week in Bonaire is any indication for what to look forward to, I am sure I’ll like it here. Coming to Bonaire makes things slow to a comfortable pace, well at least until school resumes in a few days… Joanne Nazareth APPROVED DEVELOPMENT PLAN IS FATAL FOR THE REEF Dear Editor: I have always had admiration for STINAPA and its efforts to preserve the nature on Bonaire. Its informational paper MAKUBEKEN is an excellent instrument to inform the people about the condition of the island’s nature, particularly of our coral reef, and about STINAPA’s projects for restoration of nature on Bonaire. In the last issue of MAKUBEKEN I read the following section of the editorial (translated from Dutch): In the beginning of October, the Island Council laid down the Ruimtelijk Ontwikkelingsplan (Land Development Plan) Bonaire. In this plan, a lot of space has been designated as natu ral areas. This is in conformity with the Natuurbeleidsplan (Nature Management Plan) which is much older. It is good that it has now also legally been established. It is certainly true for the Bonaire’s land areas and saliñas. I really cannot understand that the editors of MAKUBEKEN , after studying the approved development plan, did not come to the conclusion that, although it may be beneficial for the land areas and saliñas, it will have fatal consequences for the 52 km long coral reef, the main asset of Bonaire for bringing tourists and divers to our island. It is very disappointing that the authors of the plan, the small Dutch consulting company RBOI Buro Vijn during its work on the plan, di d not realize the crucial importance of the reef. The reason, in my opinion, is that the consultants, being specialized in making development plans for municipalities in one of the most densely populated country in the world, have, unfortunately, no experience with projects abroad. Theref ore, they lack the necessary know-how to make a development plan for a Caribbean Island with a unique coral reef where the conditions are completely different from The Netherlands. Already in 1992, Miguel Pourier, the Bonairean-born former governor of the Netherlands Antilles, leading a group of experts, stated in his famous report on the future development of Bonaire, ordered by the island’s Executive Council, that the main task of the government was to protect the coral reef, the most important asset of Bonaire. That means no mass tourism, and no new hotels. Specific measures necessary for the preservation of the reef are described in the report, going even so far that it recommends a limitation of hotel rooms and diving. In no case, must mass tourism be promoted. The Pourier Report emphasizes that an overwhelming majority of the Bonaire inhabitants (and, unfortunately, also all political parties and the people in the government) take the presence of the reef for granted, not realizing its fragility. The report concludes that in case the reef is seriously damaged or disappear completely, it will mean the end of tourism on Bonaire. According to the recent report of the Environmental Commission on Bonaire, the condition of our reef worsened considerably during 2009. Several recent scientific studies have shown that the most important factor for destroying coral reefs are not hurricanes or effects of global warming and subsequent bleaching but the coastal development. An example in the Caribbean area is a total disappearance of the main reef on Grand Cayman, along the famous Seven Mile Beach, after hotel development along it took place. Unfortunat ely, when Bonaire’s reef is severely damaged or partly destroyed, it will be much worse because no beautiful beach will be left like that on Grand Cayman. Bonaire will not be attractive anymore and all new hotels which would be built in the frame of the planned development, so much favored by the government and also by the TCB, will lack guests. It is really very sad that the pleas in the Development Plan, concerning the reef protection, are only empty words because it at the same time advocates the necessity of development of Bonaire in order to accommodate the growing number of inhabitants which, according to the plan, will reach 25,000 in the coming 10 years. About 3,000 new homes are planned to be built for this purpose and new industrial plants and hotels will be constructed. You would expect that the plan will at least recommend the prohibition of new construction along the coast and the completing of the construction of the Esmeralda hotel when a new hotel will be built (otherwise, this eyesore must be demolished). However, unfortunately, these ideas did not occur to the authors of the unfortunate plan. Once the reef on Bonaire is destroyed, there will be no hope for its recovery like it recently happened in the Phoenix Islands Protected area in the southern Pacific, the word’s largest marine protected area, where during El Nino of 2002-03 the bleaching killed all the coral. The main reason for this fastest reef recovery the scientists have ever seen has been the absence of any coastal development and the abundant fish (For details see the January 2011 issue of National Geographic ). Jiri Lausman 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 ReporterFebruary 11-25, 2011 A fter many months of their own personal hard work and with the help of friends, Eric and Jolande Gietman opened the gates of Cas Cadushy to the public on January 28th, with the exhibition "First of Eleven" by artist Nochi Coffie, music, live performances and snacks and drinks. Cas Cadushy is the home of the traditional distillery of the famous green Cadushy Liquor. You can see how the liqueur made from cactus is created right on the premises, and of course, sample some for yourself. Relax in the tranquil, shaded garden under the ancient kalbas tree. And there’s also a small children’s playground to keep your young ones entertained. This garden, traditionally called Plasa Diego , was formerly known as THE spot to host local dancing parties. Today, there still remains a stage and a large dance floor. Some parts of the Cas Cadushy estate are over a century old like the ancient Kas di Hala heritage house and Cinelandia, Bonaire’s oldest theater. This spot is now also the new home of The Bonaire Heritage Foundation, dedicated to preserving this island’s interesting culture and history. For now, the Foundation has a small Heritage Center where you can retrace our past, but there will be much more in the near future. The foundation is also committed to the continued restoration of the Cinelandia Theatre for future generations to enjoy. The new Cas Cadushy garden and distillery welcomes visitors and locals alike to come and enjoy their lovely new location and raise a glass of their unique liqueur with them to toast the future. It’s adjacent to the old Cinelandia complex in the center of Rincon on Kaya Cornelis. D. (Nechí) Crestian. Visit their website for more information at www.cadushy.com or call 786-8769. Press release/G.D. Sunbelt Realty N.V. Kaya L.D. Gerharts 8 717 65 60 info@sunbelt.an|www.sunbelt.an P eople complain that Bonaire is not like “the old days.” Among other thing in the old days Bonaire grew most of its own food and the grain to feed its livestock. We experienced the feel of the old days when we visited the Bonaire Farmers’ Market. Organized by Tina Woodley it was held on Saturday, January 29, on Kaya Caracas, behind her Go Green Health Food store. Anyone may participate. Hooray for Tina who moved the market from talk to reality. She makes all the arrangements and fronts the cost. When it’s tallied up it’s divided among the stand holders. “This is fun,” said Donna Wuyts, who brought her 15month daughter, Ava, to see the stands, “and there are so many healthy things to buy.” The market featured an amazing assortment of drinks, plants, vegetables and fruit all grown on Bonaire. The Farmers’ Cooperative, Kriabon, had exotic seed flown in from The Netherlands and animal feed. What exactly is a farmers' market and what makes it so special ? A farmers’ market is one in which farmers, growers or producers from a local area are present in person to sell their own produce, direct to the public. All products sold should have been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stand holder. It’s tough to grow things on Bonaire. The scarce water, blistering sun, insect and reptile pests, birds and the wind all contribute to the difficulty. A local food market is not only about reducing our carbon footprint, lower food costs, healthier products. It’s about strengthening our community and restoring the values that made Bonaire special. More can be sold at the next Farmers’ Market: Remedies from local herbs, honey, preserves, cheese, goat meat, poultry, candy, baked goods, live animals, prepared foods, beverages, and more. If you want to sell what you produce call 700-5488 (Tina), 786-7776 (Papa) or 7966777 (Nerry) for information. But for sure visit the next market. It will be held on Saturday, February 26, from 8am-2pm. G.D. Surrounded by spinach Raja Dhou had plants and will soon be offering Bonaire distilled Tequila-Tekibon LVV-Bonaire’s Agricultu ral Service was there with plants and seeds. No, Rocky is not selling his beautiful granddaughter. Eric Geitman explains how the essence of cactus is transformed into Cadushy Liquor The Portuguese-made still is in the inset Artist Nochi Coffie’s art gets better and more imaginative with each exhibition

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Bonaire ReporterFebruary 11-25, 2011 Page 11 T he colorful murals that grace the wall outside Waterlands Village are receiving a fresh coat of paint after nearly four years of sun damage. The repainting process, which started last December, is expected to be complete later this month. “Everyone knows and recognizes the paintings,” says Peter Groenewood, Manager of Waterlands Village. “The residents like them and so do the tourists and locals. They are an important part of our property.” In order to preserve the artwork, the original artists of each mural were invited back to repaint their piece. If one of the artists was not available, they were asked to name a friend or family member to come and paint in their place. Once the murals have a fresh coat of paint, Waterlands Village will be donating a DVD player and a TV to SGB as a thank you. “We will also be giving the artists a small gift as well,” says Groenewood. “Repainting takes a lot of time, and we appreciate all the students and their hard work.” Story & photos by Mallory Smith Peter Gronewood, Manager of Waterlands Village, poses with SGB students. One of the original artists, Connie (kneeling, right), and two of her friends repaint Bona ire's colorful sea creatures. A great new ice cream/coffee and choc olate shop just opened on Kaya Gerharts, downtown, next to the Exito bakery. It’s a Lilly’s franchise operation which is very popular in The Netherlands. We tried six of the 36 flavors on opening night and found them delicious, a bit like Italian gelati, very different from the ice cream usually available on island. The shop interior décor is modern, stylish and comfortable, the staff well-trained and helpful. There is free Wi -Fi Internet and air-conditioned seating inside and street side tables. Lilly’s is open Monday through Friday from 8 am-9 pm and Saturday from 11 am9 pm. Phone 795-3747 if you want more information. G.D.

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Page 12 Bonaire ReporterFebruary 11-25, 2011 A ngel Martinez sent this great photo to The Reporter and wrote, “Here’s a picture where I spent a two-week vacatio n in Long Beach, California. In the background you can see the Long Beach Arena behind the park. I’ve been living in Bonaire for about 11 years and I always wanted to take a picture and send it the paper.” We plan to announce the 2010 Picture Yourself winner in the next edition. 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. 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 Bonaire/ Lagoen Hill – S o way back in the last century Sean Paton and his motor fishing ship, My Confidence, sailed a couple of the seven oceans to finally end up in the Caribbean Sea. In the year 1999 he and his sailing ship landed on, in those days, the almost unspoiled tropical island of Bonaire. On deck of My Confidence a signal red sprayed Jeep CJ5 was tied down. The Jeep was sailed to Bonaire as cargo and she is still running around the island, recognizable by the front windshield placed in a horizontal position. My Confidence , a lovely and admirable vessel, powered by a very old fashioned two-stroke diesel, was less fortunate. She ended her working and traveling life in a seaman’s grave, slightly north of the harbor entrance. Bit by bit her metal turns back into ore and is given back to nature… Sean, born in England, was active for years in fishery protection, and on Bonaire he is actively involved in the problem of waste water management. Sean says, “I cannot change the world, but I will never walk away from it!” In his comfortable humble house at Lagoen Hill we have a long and interesting discussion about our beloved island, nature, the reefs, microbiology, nitrate concentration and collecting old batteries. Words like “knowledge” and “awareness” are popping up during the interesting talk th at afternoon. According to me Sean is an admirable personality. And I am probably not the only person who has this opinion. The bike. Sean has been the owner for years now of a flat black Honda singlecylinder motorcycle. The bike is a Honda FT500 Ascot, built in Japan in 1982. So the vehicle is almost 30 years old and still in good running condition and not dripping oil. Sean likes his bike. The machine is reliable, economical on fuel, has a high torque and more than sufficient horse power to cope with the everyday Bonairean traffic. Finding a location to park the bike is never a problem. The metal creature is built slim and has only two wheels. Then we walk around in the garden to a small shed. Another bike is parked next to the shed. It is another Honda. A 500cc single overhead camshaft Honda CBX. The original color of the bike and the frame is black. The lay-out is traditional. The FT500 and the CBX 500 have basically the same engines although the CBX is equipped with a dry sump system and tuned a little bit to produce some extra horse power. The CBX is under construction. The bike is easy to work on and parts are no problem. In fact Sean only needs two new sprockets and a new low maintenance o-ring chain. Sean believes the Honda unit singles are based on the old English BSA motorcycles, built in Birmingham, England. I am not quite sure about that. He might be right. This brings back memories on both sides. I believe I owned some 25 British made bikes and Sean also remembers a lot of bikes he owned back in the 70s. Sean says, “My first bike was a BSA Bantam. It was an ex-military bike. It was equipped with a simple and reliable 175 cc singlecylinder, two-stroke engine. (The Bantam was copied, after World War II, from the German DKW motorcycle./ jb ) And there was an Ariel Arrow. Two stroke and fast. And I had a BSA B33, a 500 cc single thumper. And this bike reminds me of the 500 cc Ariel side-valve machine, a very low revving, high torque engine: Bang, bang, bang. A bang at every light pole. Another motorcycle I owned, way back in time, in the very old world of England was a BSA A10 Super Road Rocket. This all metal bike was equipped with a tuned twin engine, 650 cc, two carburetors and was was fast like lightning! I still remember the decal of a futuristic rocket on top of the petrol tank!” Sean’s Honda FT500 was built in 1982. The 84rth of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire’s interesting vehicles th at are “on wheels.” On course for 100+ Sean and Honda It has a single-cylinder, four-stroke engine with four overhead valves and a displacement of 497 cc/30.33 cubic inches. Compression is 8.6:1 and top speed is 147 km/ h. There is an integral five-speed gearbox. The frame is traditional and front and rear wheel have single disc brakes. The other bike, the one that is under construction, creates a mystery for me. As far as I know a Honda CBX is a six cylinder. So there are five pistons missing. Now I am quite insecure b ecause the side cap under the seat reads: “CBX”! Weird! I think this bike is a Honda XBR 500, built in the mid 80s. It is more or less similar to Sean’s well running flat black Honda FT 500 but the bike has a dry sump system and a separate tank for the engine oil. It is fitted with so called comstar wheels and light alloy brackets for the rear foot rests. I have to visit Sean again and I have to do more research. This keeps me occupied… Story & photos by J@n Brouwer BSA Super Rocket

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Bonaire ReporterFebruary 11-25, 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 ———————————————Looking for a studio, apartment or house. Please email: alexisaura@gmail.com ———————————————— Looking to buy a mid-size car. Please email: alexisaura@gmail.com ———————————————For rent furnished studio apt. Upstairs two bedroom ~ April 01 2011~ Pagabon, excl water and gas, no pets. Incl Wireless and MiTV $ 550,00 p.m. Same amount Deposit required upfront please call : 795 3456 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 long term lease] tel : 701-5225 ——————————————— Looking for a room with two separated beds and shower from the 20th of February until the 20th of June 2011. I can pay 160 euro per month. It must be near Forma . José Martha Alleleijn email: Jiru@une.ne.t.co Tel: 009 57 4 3014045. ———————————————MISCELLANEOUS Antiques and Collectibles Call 795-9760 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. ——————————————— For Sale Pioneer Receiver/Tuner– Model VSX-D14, 120 watts/channel, w/ Sony 5.1 surround sound speakers, powered woofer: $100. Panasonic DVD player , Model S27: $50. Call 717-2050 —————————— ————— 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. 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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 C aptain Don’s Habitat set a new standard for luxury hotel rooms with the opening of 12 new Deluxe Ocean Front Jr. Suites last month. The units will be dedicated to Albert E. J. Romijn, the beloved former manager of the resort who passed away after a lingering illness. Albert was a fun and party guy and Habitat management pulled out all the stops for a great ribboncutting dedication and party. G.D. Esther Romijn cuts the ribbon held by Gove rnor Glenn Thode and Habitat CEO Henry van der Quast. Looking on are Commissioner Elvis Tjin Asjoe and Christopher Romijn FELMAR Cleaning Services Apartments, Hotels, Houses, Offices & More. Efficient Work, Good References. Tel. 786-0019

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Page 14 Bonaire ReporterFebruary 11-25, 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 pr ices 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. 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 ReporterFebruary 11-25, 2011 Page 15 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 La Terassa, Kaya Grandi 23N (Floor above Botica Bonaire) 717-3353, 510-2318 Open MondaySaturday 10 am—3 pm nonstop Health Store Organic Products Sugarless Treats Unsalted Items Dried Fruits. Cholesterol free & Gluten free items Herbal Teas Sugar free cereals 100% NaturalJuices Dried shitaki and maitaki mushrooms... High Quality, Healthy, Natural Products Inge van Eps Caretaker Inspection, cleaning and management of your house on Bonaire Call: 00 599 700 11 39 www. Bonaire Second Home Care .nl T he Bonaire Sailing School Association (BSSA) selected the sailors who will represent Bonaire in the upcoming 2011 Sunfish World Championships in Curaçao. The qualifying races for young sailors were on Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th of January, beginning with a race from the Kas di Regatta in Kralendijk to Sorobon on the first day, as well as a second race held the next day in Sorobon. Ton Nuijten, Chairman of the BSSA, emphasized that the weekend was not just about the races, but also about having fun. Young competitors and other members of the BSSA enjoyed a BBQ in Sorobon as well as an overnight campout before the final qualifying race on Sunday. After sailing in two qualifying races, the young Sunfish sailors who will be competing in the championship are: Juan Alvarez (18) who placed 1st, Santiago Alvarez (15) who placed 2nd, Ruben van Eldik (14) who placed 3rd and Shair Theodora (16) who placed 4th. The adults who will compete in the 2011 Sunfish World Championship were chosen by the BSSA prior to the qualifying races for th e youth group. The adults who will be competing on behalf of Bonaire are: Sipke Stapert, who placed 1st, Ton Nuijten who placed 2nd and George Soliano (Cabes) who placed 3rd. All of the adult competitors joined the youth competitors in the qualifying races for fun and for a little practice. The championships, which will be held in Curaçao this June, is welcome news to the BSSA and its members, who were not able to attend last year when the championships were held in Italy. “Going to Curaçao will be less expensive, and the conditions for sailing are more or less the same as they are here in Bonaire,” says Nuijten. Now that the BSSA has determined who will be competing, they are now planning their accommodations for the championships. “The government has agreed to pay our entry fees, which is nearly $4,000, but now we are hoping to get some help from local sponsors so that we can pay the hotel fees,” says Agnes van Eldik, a BSSA board member. Over the next few months, all of the Sunfish sailors will be practicing in preparation for the championship races in Curaçao. Story & photos by Mallory Smith O n Wednesday, January 26th, members of the local community and representatives from many of Bonaire’s non-profit organizations gathered at the NGO Platform office for an informational happy hour held by BON DOET. For those who are unfamiliar with the initiative, BON DOET is Bonaire’s version of the Netherlands NL DOET, an annual volunteer project that helps non-profit organizations complete a task with assistance from volunteers. Since publicizing the goal of BON DOET in early December, the project has already generated a lot of interest fro m local NGOs. At the moment, the organization has put together 34 different tasks that local organizations need completed. The tasks range in size and activity, from cleaning up the beach, to helping repair a slide at a children’s playground. Now that BON DOET has its tasks laid out, they are actively searching for volunteers who will agree to help one or more of the organizations involved. All of the tasks will be held on Friday, the 18th and Saturday, the 19th of March and will take place all over the island. Annemarie Klöne, coordinator of the NGO Platform, says that volunteering for a task is a great way to get involved with a local organization and see the outcome of your work. “What I like is that you help for one day and you see a result. I think that’s something that will motivate a lot of people.” “For each task you can sign up individually or with a group of friends. It is also a good team building activity for companies,” says Klöne “It’s a great group activity and it’s a chance for the company to show community involvement.” If you are interested in becoming a volunteer you can sign up for a task online through BON DOET’s website. Currently the site is only in Papiamentu, but volunteers can also get information in English and Dutch in person at the NGO Platform office or by phone. See details below for contact information and how to get involved with BON DOET. Story & photos by Mallory Smith Volunteer Information: Website: www.nldoet.nl/bonaire NGO Platform Office Kaya Grandi 52C (across from Boomerang Hardware) Kralendijk, Bonaire. Tel: 717-2366 , Sipke Stapert, Juan Alvarez and Ton Nuijten place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively in the qualifying races Pastor Selassa (right) and a young volunteer are first to sign up for a BON DOET task. Members of thr NGO Platform and BON DOET. From left right: Annemari e Klöne, Gianni van den Heuvel, Nina Gougon an d Roosje van der Hoek.

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Page 16 Bonaire ReporterFebruary 11-25, 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, Stephanie Bennett, J@n Brouwer, Jo Bux, Christie Dovale, Greta Kooistra, Dean Rega s, Mallory Smith, Michael Thiessen 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 Karnaval Schedule is on page 20 Saturday, February 12 —BSSA Carwash fund raiser , Kas di Regatta, 9 am—noon, $6 Wednesday, February 16 —Three Baritones . Presented by the Classical Music Board Bonaire, 7:30 pm, on the beach at Plaza. (see pg. 6) Thursday, February 17 —Master Class by performing baritones (see page 8) February 20 —Kaminda di Arte (Art Tra il) 11 am 5 pm, visit artists in their homes and studios. More on page 20tail) y of the month www.classicalmusicbonaire.com Saturday, February 27 Farmers’ Market , 8 am-2 pm. Behind Go Green Natural Shop. (See page 10) Wednesday, March 2 —First local elections on Bonaire the municipality. March 5 and 6 .Karnaval Grand Marches (see schedule on pg. 20) March 18 & 19 — BON DOET -BON DOET is the Bonairean version of the Oranje Fonds’ NL DOET that brings volunteers and organizations together to learn and benefit from each other. (see story on pg. 15 ) Saturday, April 3 —9th Annual Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon. Start training now! More information in upcoming issues. Cruise Ship Calls -Information provided by the Craft Market Day Date Ship Arrive Depart PAX Cap Fri Feb11 Sea Princess 0800 1800 2016 Noordam 0800 1700 1918 Mon Feb14 Aida Vita 0800 1600 1260 Ventura 0800 1800 3100 Thu Feb17 Caribbean Princess 1100 2000 3100 Fri Feb18 Grandeur of the Seas 0700 1600 2446 Fri Feb25 Sea Princess 0800 1800 2016 Mon Feb28 Aida Vita 0800 1600 1260 2 ships Ventura 0800 1800 3100 Line Princess HAL Aida P & O Princess Celebrity Princess Aida P & O Thu Mar03 Caribbean Princess 1100 2000 3100 Princess 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 ReporterFebruary 11-25, 2011 Page 17 E.M. Rijswijk Denturist ARE YOUR DENTURES: Loose? Cracked? Missing Teeth? In Your Pocket? Worn? Causing Gum Pain? Call For An Appointmen t 717-2248 or 786-3714 Kaya J.G. Hernandez z/n (Near Botika Korona) New hours: 9 am-12 pm, 2 pm—4 pm Monday-Friday Repairs while you wait. W e have come a long way in a hundred years. Half of us are dying from heart disease and strokes, conditions that were not even recognized a century ago! The first reported heart attack occurred in 1896. The condition did not even have a name! Several years later the first write-up on heart attacks appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. The article was devoted to this curious new, but very rare condition that it named “myocardial infarct.” “Imagine that,” the authors were saying, “we have seen several patients suffer ischemic damage to the heart, and several have actually died.” They were studying a previously unheard of disease and really did not know what to make of it. Paul Dudley White, M.D., a famous heart specialist in the mid t20th century said, “When I graduated from medical school in 1911, I had never heard of coronary thrombosis.” So what went wrong? Is it the eating of too much cholesterol and saturated fat? Is it too much “stress” in our lives? The common wisdom of our day would have us believe that these are prime culprits, but really these are relatively insignificant factors. Studies have shown that cholesterol and saturated fat intake have not increased but have actually decreased in the last 100 years! And what about stress? 100 years ago many people had to work like slaves just to provide themselves with minimal food, clothing, shelter and sanitation. Our standard of living has increased so dramatically this century that nothing we face, remotely resembles the real stress that our ancestors faced. Most of what we call ‘stress’ would more accurately be described as stress deprivation. Most people simply do not have enough constructive, challenging, satisfying work to occupy their time! There are six changes that have occurred in most of the ‘civilized’ world in the last 100 years that are direct causative factors in the high rate of cardiovascular disease. They are – €The chlorination and fluoridation of our drinking water The demineralization of our drinking water €The dramatic increase in consumption of sugar and chemical sugar alternatives €The increased consumption of polyunsaturated and hydrogenated oils (soy, canola and vegetable oils and margarines) €The homogenization of milk €The trace mineral depletion of our soil and therefore our food. As a result of all this, more and more people have health problems, take more and more medications, and guess what – even our children have these same problems! Do you honestly know ANYBODY who is not on at least one medication for something? Let me also add, that to qualify, that person must be healthy and not just refusing to do anything about his/her problems. And then it does not stop at one medication, oh no, I have seen individuals with an average of four different medications, and as many as 11! Of course, the other side of the coin is that many people are quite proud of these medications! The sad news is that in the end it is most likely that your body will give up the struggle BECAUSE OF THE MEDICATION! In the next issue we will look at various medications and exactly what effect they have on your biological make -up. Stephanie Bennett WHAT WENT WRONG? 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 ) Rochaline Q) What is the family name? A) Beukeboom Q) And what are the names that Rochaline is made up of? Ro bbiethe only son, Cha rlestheir father, and Ch arlotte, the youngest daughter Line Angelina, the mother and Anneline the oldest daughter, and E Elsmarie T hursday, January 27th kicked off the start of Bonaire’s 23rd International & Local Fishing Tournament at the Bonaire Nautico Marina. This year, the tournament featured over 15 sponsors and 17 boats competing, with 10 boats coming from Curaçao, six from Bonaire and one from Aruba. Participants spent two full days fishing, all hoping to catch the most coveted fish of allthe blue marlin along with other fish such as tuna, wahoo and dorado. The tournament boasted big prizes, featuring a grand prize of a new Toyota pickup for any fisherman who could beat the Antillean blue marlin record (803 lbs.) and cash prizes of $5,000, $3,500 and $2,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the biggest blue marlins caught. Unfortunately, this year proved to be somewhat of a disappointing year for the fishermen, as only three blue marlin were caught, all of which were under the 300 lb. limit and according to tournament rules, had to be released. Captain Justus van der Lubbe of Curaçao caught the biggest yellow fin tuna on the second day of the tournament, with the fish weighing in around 15 kg. His two team mates, Jens van der Lubbe and Willem Evertsz, enjoyed the tournament, but felt that last year was much more successful. “There were some fish around but no one was able to catch them. There were only three fish released in two days of fishing. Both days were pretty slow,” said Jens van der Lubbe. Willem Evertsz, who won 1st place last year for the biggest blue marlin agreed. “Last year there were 21 fish caught. This year it was really bad. We only caught the tuna today.” Mr. A. Pinazon of Aruba, seemed to be one of the most successful fishermen of the weekend, and was the winner of the 1st place cash prize, catching two out of the three blue marlins as well as catching a tuna that weighed in at 114 kg. Mr. A. Wever of Curaçao caught the third blue marlin and was awarded 2nd place. No one came in 3rd place. The tournament concluded with an awards presentation and a BBQ next to It Rains Fishes restaurant. Due to the lack of boats, the tournament ended up losing money this year. “I was not very pleased with the outcome,” says Robur de Vries, the organizer of the tournament. Part of the reason why there were fewer boats this year was due to a boycott from Aruba, who held their own fishing tournament on the very same weekend. “Because of the boycott we lost about nine boats,” says de Vries, adding that, “in past years we made money and this year we lost money. Now we are discussing if we will even have the tournament next year. If we do hold it again, we hope to get more boats.” Despite the low turnout this year, de Vries did admit that he was satisfied with how the tournament was run this year. “I thought the tournament was very well organized, so in that respect I am happy.” Story & photo by Mallory Smith 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

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Page 18 Bonaire ReporterFebruary 11-25, 2011 T he following is written by cat queen, Jane Disko Madden, because she really knows these cats, inside and out! “The expression, ‘opposites attract,’ doesn't mean anything to these two lovely white cats! Little Carla, about eight weeks old, with one green eye and one blue eye, immediately bonded with an older Shelter resident who is just as white as she is. Yves, is a big strong boy, 10 pounds plus, with knowing amber eyes and a gentle, loving personality. Carla is a little tomboy (she was raised with two brothers) and can hold her own with kittens even twice her size. Yves, being a mature three year old, prefers to just lie around in his basket until someone comes along to pick him up. He'll wrap himself around you and settle in for some serious cuddling.” According to Chairman of the Shelter Board, Paul Wichers, “The result of the Shelter’s Book & Flea Market last Saturday was $ 2,621.96 in sales and $158.62 donations. That is about the same as February last year, our first market at the Shelter. An amazing result. We haven't been working for nothing today,” he says! Laura DeSalvo I t was hard to get an accurate count of Bonaire’s Loras (Bonaire parrot) this year because the extensive rainy season caused the birds to be scattered over the island. During the annual Lora count ( loratelling) last Saturday, about 550 loras were counted. This is much fewer than the 800 Loras counted last year . Fundashon Salba Nos Lora (The Save the Lora Foundation) thinks this is because the Lora are scattered about the island. More than 30 volunteers, organized by the Fundashon Salba Nos Lora and the Department of Environment and Nature (DROB), counted loras at 15 places in the center and north of Bonaire. The staff of Bonaire STINAPA counted the Lora's 10 different locations in the Washington Slagbaai Park. Again the SGB High School took part. At nine locations no Lora were seen. This did not dampen the enthusiasm among the volunteers. It is a unique experience to be in a beautiful place in nature’s wilderness to see and hear the birds’ awakening. “That the 16 Lora count would be a difficult one, was predicted,” said Anthony Hensley and Jan Jaap van Almenkerk of Salba Nos Lora. “The Loras have been in the built up areas this year as well as in the Mondi ( wild areas ). The wet rainy season and the food supply in the Mondi are important factors. If nature provides insufficient food, the birds search for food in residential areas. The trees and shrubs in the mondi can’t provide proper food because of the constant grazing by donkeys and goats which decimate the desirable food plants and trees. To help improve the variety, Fundashon Salba Nos Lora in recent years has planted indigenous fruit-bearing trees and shrubs in nature like kalbas, oliba , watakeli and wayaká.” The count ended with a breakfast for the volunteers at the entrance of Washington Salgbaai Park provided by STINAPA Bonaire. Salba Nos Lora press release/ G.D. Lora count volunteers “Yves” and “Carla”

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Bonaire ReporterFebruary 11-25, 2011 Page 19 I n this issue we're going to focus on a group of winter constellations around Orion, the mighty hunter . Often called the Orion family, these constellations have some of the brightest stars and most easily recognized star formations in the sky. Now the ancients watched the sky the same way we watch TV. Get this, when they tuned into the winter stars they saw a giant hunter with three stars for a belt being trampled by a bull with seven women on its back while two hunting dogs were chasing after a unicorn and bunny rabbit down by the river. Say what? All right, let me walk you through it. Around 9 pm look south. The constellation Orion takes center stage with his seven bright stars. The Arabs called him, "the great central one," and he'll play the central role in our winter sky saga. The two brightest stars in Orion make a nice contrast. Bright blue Rigel marks Orion's left knee while ruby red Betelgeuse shines in his armpit. The colors of the stars are an indicator of their temperature. A blue star like Rigel is hot about 11,000 degrees Celsius on its surface, while a red star like Betelgeuse is much cooler about 3000 degree Celsius. Most of the stars in Orion are blue including his trademark belt. Not only are the belt stars your cue that you've found Orion, they'll point the way to several other constellations in the sky. If you follow a line from the belt stars and continue up and to the right you'll pass just under a bright red star called Aldebaran. Look out because this is the menacing eye of Taurus the bull. Taurus has a small "V" shape of five stars for a face and two long horns. Now if you continue past the "V" of Taurus you will come to the best and brightest open star cluster in the northern sky. These are the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters . The Pleiades look like a little cloud of stars to the naked eye but upon second glance you might be able to make out five or six of the sisters. In a good pair of binoculars they are just awesome. Formed from the same nebula the sisters are young hot stars burning the candle at both ends. These stars are so hot that they may only live millions of years as opposed to our Sun which has a lifespan of about 10 billion years. The cluster includes hundreds of stars, with only the seven brightest visible to the ancients. In Greek mythology, Orion fell in love with the sisters all seven of them. The sisters hardly felt the same and fled into the night sky and now have a protector from Orion in the form of Taurus the bull. So the sisters are sitting pretty on the bull's back while Orion must fend off the charging beast. When Orion asked the gods for help with the bull they let him call up his two hunting dogs. This time let the belt stars point you down and to the left and take you to the brightest star in the sky, Sirius. Sirius, a.k.a. the dog star , is the nose of Canis Major , the big dog. From Sirius look up and you'll find the little dog star, Procyon in Canis Minor Aww, what a cute little puppy. Procyon along with Sirius and Betelgeuse make a nice triangle of bright stars. Unfortunately the two dogs aren't helping with the bull. They're too busy chasing after a unicorn (the constellation Monoceros ) and a hare (the constellation Lepus ) by the banks of the river in the sky. This is the Orion family of constellations and they're the same stars our ancestors have marveled at for thousands of years. Dean Regas, Cincinnati Obs. *to find it... just look up Hair Affair We do our best to make your hair and makeup wishes come true!! You can also come in for facials and facial waxing . We use and sell L’Oreal products Is your plan to marry on the island? We can make you beautiful and stay beautiful for your happiest day. Personal attention by Janneke Appointment by tel: 717-5990 or just walk in. Downtown, near the waterfront next to Little Havana Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop AFFORDABLE NetTech N.V.info@NetTech.an www.NetTech.an Tel:717-6773 Fax:717-7854Bonaire’s Official Web Site Developer!Domain Registrations E-mail Hosting Anti-Spam & Anti-Virus Web Site Design Web Site Hosting Marketing Consulting Internet Consulting Photographic Services Graphic Design Bonaire’s Official Web Site Developer The Orion Family ARIES (Mar. 21April 20)You need a change and you need to earn more cash. You must not let fellow workers take advantage of your fine talents. You will be tempted to shop till you drop. Don't allow your lover to take advantage of your good nature. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Problems with in-laws or relatives may be more damaging than you realize. Get help to finish a project if you need it. Don't overspend on items for your home. Home improvement projects will run smoothly. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You may have a problem with coworkers if you try to tell them what to do. You can expect changes in your financial situation as well as in your status. Be prepared to neutralize any threats. Focus on your own domestic problems. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Financial gains can be made through wise investments. You need to get down to basics with regard to yourself. Don't give out any personal information that you don't want spread around. You should be doing something special with children. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Secret affairs will only lead to deception. Take whatever time you can to get to know each other all over again. Don't be too eager to spend money that you really don't have. You may find your nights sleepless due to bad dreams. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You can change your living arrangements. Problems with peers is apparent. Difficulties with female members of your family may result in estrangement's. Do not get involved in joint financial ventures. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Do not let them in on your plans if you want things to run smoothly. Your colorful conversation may attract new mates. Your mate will be pushing you to do things that you really don't want to do. Consider a trial separation if you and your mate just can't come to terms. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Let them know what your intentions are. You will probably have to defend your mate. Lovers may prove unworthy of your affection. Your best efforts will come through hard work. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Outbursts of passion may cause arguments with your mate. You will be able to talk to your lover about future goals and perhaps make plans for the two of you to take a vacation. Don't exhaust yourself or minor health problems will set in. Don't overindulge in anyway . Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) This day was meant for love. Make creative changes to your residence. Romantic opportunities will be plentiful if you go out with friends. You may be admired by colleagues and employers for your diplomatic way of handling your work and those you work with. Keep the promises you've made or you can expect to be in the doghouse. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't be shy; show your abilities! Sign up for seminars that will expand your business awareness. Property investments, insurance, tax rebates, or inheritance should bring you financial gains. You need to start planning that v acation. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Joint ventures might prove to be unfavorable. Don't let your partner goad you into wearing your heart on your sleeve. New rela-tionships will surface through work related events. Try not to push your philosophies on others. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. By Astrologer Michael Thiessen February 2011 Horoscope Check CARIB INN First. Great Prices –Great Stock Scuba Sales Repair Replacement New Gear Accessories Always Great Values Dive gear specials CARIB INN Since 1980 PADI 5 STAR GOLD PALM 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily (next to Divi Flamingo Hotel)

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Page 20 Bonaire ReporterFebruary 11-25, 2011 ART EXHIBITS Wil Dijkstra Exhibition, Plaza Resort, continues until April 1, 2011 Kaminda di Arte (Art Trail) February 20 and every third Sunday of the month until June 2011, 11 am to 5 pm. Vis it artists’ homes and studios. Information: Karel de Regt: 717-5785 / 788-4477, karel@flamingotv.net, or Fred v.d. Broek: 788-2536, fredvdbroek48@hotmail.com — Call For Appointment Driftwood and Art by Germaine Nijdam, Kaya Onix 1, Republiek, Santa Barbara. 717-2203, 786-1714, Email: gnart@bonairenet.com Fine Art & Portraits by Renate van der Bijl, 717-6500, www.renatevanderbijl.com JanArt Gallery , Kaya Gloria 7, 7175246 Atelier José, Kaya Aleksandrit 6, Republiek. Local art, mosaics, driftwood and more. Open: Saturdays 10-3p.m, or call 785-6670 for appointment The Richter Art Gallery, located in Belnem, is features original paintings, limited edition archival art prints, and hand made jewelry created by long-time residents Linda, Jake, and Krystyana Richter T he new species of cubozoan (boxlike) jellyfish discovered in the shallow waters of Bonaire a few years ago has been given a scientific name. Thus far, approximately 50 sightings of the species, known commonly as the Bonaire banded box jelly, are recorded, and three specimens have been collected. Three physical encounters between humans and the species have been reported. Available evidence suggests that a serious sting is inflicted by this creature. The Bonaire banded box jelly has been named Tamoya ohboya , n. sp. , can be distinguished from its close relatives by differences in tentacle coloration, cnidome, and mitochondrial gene sequences. Tamoya ohboya possesses striking dark brown to reddishorange banded tentacles, nematocyst warts that densely cover the animal, and a deep stomach. Three specimens of the Bonaire banded box jelly have been captured, collected, and deposited at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The first specimen to be examined was captured by Johan van Blerk near the water surface off Klein Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, on 29 July 2008. More complete information can be found at http://www.mapress.com/ zootaxa/2011/f/zt02753p068.pdf . Thanks to Brad Swanson for calling this article to our attention. -G.D Ned Deloach photo Marijke Wilhelmus photo Contestants in the Infant Karnaval Queen co mpetition: 1-Shamy-leyn Piard, 2-Marialouisa Troncoon, 3-Tishainy Melaan (not pictured ), 4-Shairiandy Melaan, 5-Irlenska Martinus and 6-Monixarantxa Margarita Last week the Bonaire Sailing School’s Boston Whaler was stolen from its mooring in front of Regatta House This is really a disaster, because he boat was used by Ton the instructor to give sailing lessons. If somebody can give some information about the sailing school’s boat please contact The Reporter or the sailing school! Reporter-790-8988, 790-6518. 786-6518 Email: reporter@bonairenews.com Or the Sailing Association email: agnes-ap@hotmail.com Linda Richter-Fine Art









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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 ?
* Story & photo by Siomara Albertus


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L inda Ronstadt, born in 1946, is most
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She has earned 10 Grammy Awards, an
Emmy Award and numerous gold, plati-
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-
stadt has often identified herself as Mexi-
can-American. This album won a
Grammy Award and became the biggest-
selling non-English language album in
US music history.

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Last week's answer: Gloria Estefan has
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At the cruise market Jody's Music is
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salt pier, there stands a single grave
by the shore. When the salt crystallizers
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On the Island Since (Continued from
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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 school lul-
dren on Bonaire -from the agc of
four - are involved in this pro-
gram, and during the holiday% s I
also get the creches (day carc i
The school teachers ac \ cen im-
portant; they are the coinci SoncS
of NME to make the cuI\ itiuc
successful, because I have to
count on them. And I am venr
happy with the cooperation of the
Aqua Space, Divi Flamingo botl
and the Woodwind, who alwai\ 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, .,,i.. i


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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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 I i. - 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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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.
Benito Dirksz heads the new blue


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- I
tisia i Un-
ion,
" (Party
for Justice p.
& Union) -
the PHU, i"
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,
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, Burney
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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Body Talk

CAN WE SLOW THE AGEING PROCESS DOWN?


If 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 f

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/
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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
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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 Astrologer Avani



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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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New Spotted
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 sp
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
taneously 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-
ning consists of a
ing in the water
male coming
her, and then
ly swimming 2
about 45 de-
spawning, break-
d returning to the
'he behavior ob-
*e was different.
nd milt were
e they are usu-
seen. The fish
lar in size and
le male goatfish
i females.


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amon element
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-


New arrival


The original article is available at http://
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V004/122TOMBJ.pdf. E

Original article & photos by Genady
Filkovsky /Intro by G.D.


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tus interact using barbels: (A, top to bottom)
approach, twist, wriggle, touch, and sepa-
rate; (B, top to bottom) wriggle, "rush", and
dart. 1243 The Open Marine Biology Jour-
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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+

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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 Land Rovers ever pro-
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-maj or 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- N B
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-
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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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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011:


On Wednesday, March z'you will elect the members of your Island
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For these Island Council elections of Wednesday, March 2" some
exisdng rules will be changed.

From the end of Ianuaiy 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 2d.

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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

1 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 mporary Route 'ltig ." -

PPWashington 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.

1A 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.

I 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. ouiLubc corn
mangazina

11The annual Lora S
(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 coiin Or )inli/-
ers are as usual DROB, \/,l. .... i.
and STINAPA. They still cIIn nus \olun-
teers. For the no\ ics'" ;i luiniuil' iil-
ing is planned but date, iniei and place of
this meeting are still unkiino n C(onlact
Peter Montanus at e-mail 1 -
ter.montanus(,bonairego\ coin o01 i moc101
details.

IILast week US President Bairack
Obama issued an executi ec order loom-
ening more restrictions on US ir. iel
and money remittances to Cu lba. ia ii-
ther step in his efforts to icaci out to ith
people of that country.
The latest measures, which stop shoti of
lifting a ban on tourist tu\ cl to ilhe island
by Americans, are aimed at de\ clopiiii
"people-to-people" contacts b\ llo iin,_
more travel for college pioflcsoIS and
students, artists and chuicli ,_iloups1 I1
Cuba opens to US tourism in '\ ill clhic
the complexion of Caribbciin iotilniin U
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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 ainolst downtown but still
close to the beach" comer 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-
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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
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On the Isiand Siwe.. lu9 - Dsibwe Cress


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 own job. 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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Desire t'roes .

wanted to leave Aruba, but I did-
n't want to go to Holland, I saw
the websites of TCB and
STINAPA and various job-
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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