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P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, Phone 786-6518, 786-6125, email: Since 1994 Greta Kooistra photo


Page 2 Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 How to contact us Find Bonaire Reporter on Facebook. Press “Like” Letters to the Editor: Story tip or idea: The Publisher: Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean Phone 786-6125, 786-6518 Available on-line at: W EB, Bonaire’s water and electric power supply company, is under fire for its rate-setting practices. Bonaire’s Consumers’ Union, Unkobon is canvassing its members as to whether they want a court to appoint auditors to check that there are no material misstatements in regard to the completeness, validity and accuracy of the financial records of WEB. They feel that it would be the only way to get WEB to give consumers their entitled refunds. During a court hearing on November 29 the judge agreed that WEB had overcharged consumers for October and November. As a result of this WEB offered to refund everybody $11 which equates to 13% of the amounts overcharged. Unkobon suggested that it should be $50, which is the average of the overcharged amounts. This was refused by WEB because their financial situation wouldn’t allow it as it would mean a financial outlay of $100,000. Unkobon thinks that this is a pathetic gesture and that it is socially unacceptable and not worthy of a government institution. Homeowners who are WEB’s water customers NOT served by the water lines are irate that they are being exploited because they must pay the top rate for WEB water, $9.41 m3 (about 250 gallons) and in addition may have to pay a $30 delivery charge. Pipeline customers’ water charges start at $2.81 m3. Since many growers and herders live on their kunukus (farms) they are ineligible for the kunukero rate of $3.35 per m3. Even hotels pay less, $6.69 m3. This is in direct conflict to the current initiative to make Bonaire more self-sufficient in its food sources. A new law will become effective early 2014 to regulate energy production and distribution in the Caribbean Netherlands. That law is to replace the current Law on Electricity Concessions BES. The move is necessary because the reliability, affordability and sustainability of the public utilities leave much to be desired, according to Minister Kamp of Economic Affairs writing to the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament. Ten cents would get you a dance with a girl in the clubs of early 20th century America. But what can it buy you today in Bonaire? Not much, most say, but that’s the amount of increase to the minimum wage granted by the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW). The amounts for the minimum and maximum wages were lifted because of living cost increases on the island. The amount of this increase has been criticized in the local media as being inadequate to relieve the economic hardships retirees and poor people of the BES islands are experiencing. The level of the new minimum wage depends on the age of the employee. For workers aged 21 and older on Bonaire the minimum hourly wage is up 10 cents, from $4.45 in 2012 to Continued on page 4 At last some price relief. Effective the first of January, the Dutch government dropped the sales tax for some food items from 8 to 0 % hoping to relieve some of the economic problems of the people of Bonaire. Warehouse Bonaire led the way. On January 1 they dropped the prices on 1385 products. Of course they were aware they had stock they paid the 8% on, but they chose for the consumermake it simple, do it right away. See it was a Happy New Year for Warehou se customers. Roland Verbeek, Warehouse Manager said, “We hope that other companies like supermarkets/toko’s/snacks/restaurants will follow and drop their prices too.” The price of fuel at the pump al so dropped 10 cents per liter. E ffective the first of January, the Dutch government dropped the ABB sales tax for basic food items from 8% to 0 % hoping to relieve some of the economic problems of the people of Bonaire. Warehouse Bonaire led the way On January 1 they dropped the prices on 1,385 products. Of course they were aware they had stock they paid the 8% on, but they chose for the consumer make it simple, do it right away. See, it was a Happy New Year for Warehouse customers. Roland Verbeek, Warehouse Manager ( photo above) said, “We hope that other companies like supermarkets, tokos, snacks and restaurants will follow and drop their prices too.” The price of fuel at the pump also dropped 10 cents per liter ($0.38/gallon) to $1.381/liter ($5.23.gallon). This is still considerably more than gas in Curaao which costs $1.15/liter. To evaluate whether the tax savings are being passed on to the consumer the newly formed consumers union, Consumentenbond UNKOBON, will begin checking the shelves this week and will issue periodic reports. This Week’s Stories Price Relief 2 Giant Step… Backwards 3 Prison Extension 4 RNWO Plant to WEB for $1 4 Air Powered Cars for Bonaire 5 Give Every Child the Right to Play 6 CMBB Christmas Concert 6 Rocargo Rocks (30th Anniversary) 7 Feel Free-Wear a Helmut 7 New Park 9 Fiesta di Nord di Salina 10 Kaminda di Arte 10 Coral Puzzle 9—Coral Behavior 11 Sustainability Fair 13 Bonaire Reef Stories (Cartoon) 14 Local Fishing Tournament, Boat Party and Self-made Boat Races 15 Guest Editorial“The Narrow and Wide Path” 19 Letters To The Editor– Grinch WEB, Puzzle Thanks, Difference Bonaire, Unfair Fine. Chamber of Commerce Behind 20 First Babies 21 Chirino 25 years 21 Santa Visit 21 Found Dog 22 Shelter News 22 Departments Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Bonaire On Wheels –Dive Friends Also Cleans Above the Water 7 On the Island Since– Sameh Hassan 8 Mystery Gourmet –Bistro di Paris 9 Green Fingers-Auriga Ecolodge 12 Picture Yourself (Toronto, Canada, Rio di Janerio, Brazil) 15 Sudoku, Sudoku Answer 15 Classifieds 16 Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times, Moon Phase 16 Shopping & Dining Guides 17 What’s Happening, Cruise Ships 18 Masthead 18 Bonairean Humor 19 Monthly Goat Cheese Recipe 21 Did You Know-Squid Arms Detach 22 Pet of the Week—(Yuki) 22 The Stars Have It (Astrology) 23 Sky Park (2013 Astronomical Forecast) 23


Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 Page 3 $4.55 in 2013. Kingdom Representative Wilbur Stolte says that the mid-income salary on Bonaire is $565 a month Additional Dutch inspired measures to ease the tight economic situation on Bonaire include adding items to the ABB (sales tax) exemptions list, reducing the excise duties on gasoline by 10 cents, exempting the first $50,000 on the value of second homes of individuals from property tax and reducing that tax from 1% to 0.8% for most individuals and businesses and to 0.4% for hotels. See other stories in this issue for more. The 2013 monthly social payments for AOV (Retirement), AWW (Widows and Orphans) and Family Relief will be raised by 2.3% on Bonaire; on St. Eustatius and Saba by 3.0%. Amounts are: General Old-age insurance (AOV), maximum benefitBonaire was $555, will be $567 St. Eustatius was $582, will be $609 Saba was $558, will be $575 Family Relief Bonaire was $85, will be $87, St. Eustatius was $89, will be $94 Saba was $86, will be $88 More details available at website According to research by international consulting company Hay Group, salaries in the Netherlands will rise by an average 2.4% next year On average, salaries in Europe will rise 3.3% with central and eastern European countries leading the way. Research by the Human Capital Group published in November said salaries in the Netherlands had risen by an average 1.9% this year. There are no statistics for Bonaire. AMSTERDAM-The Amsterdam stock exchange blue chip AEX index closed 2012 up 9.7% over the year, reaching its highest point since 2009. This is contrary to the downward trend in the overall Dutch economy. Telecom group KPN was one of the big losers of 2012, closing down 60%. Shell and Arcelor Mittal also lost ground. Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2) (Continued on page 4) For a limited time only or until our shipping container is empty Visit the showroom on the main floor of the NEW Bonaire Mall Kaya Grandi, Downtown Kralendijk Phone 701-8986 With just five business days remaining in 2012 Dutch Health Minister Edith Schippers announced sweeping reductions in the health insurance benefits for the BES Islands. According to Bonaire medical professionals some of the cuts are discriminatory, will undermine the health of islanders, force physiotherapists to close their doors and will ultimately result in higher medica l costs and greater suffering for Bonaire’s people. The most drastic cutback is in physiotherapy treatments and reduced dental care but crutches are no longer compensated, primary psychological care eliminated in cases of work and relationship issues, hours for dietary advice cut from 4 to 3, IVF fertility treatment coverage changed, and orthodontic treatment deleted, among other things. Under the new rules a patient must pay for the first 20 physiotherapy treatments even if the treatment is ordered by a doctor. The cost for 20 “physio sessions” is approximately $750 according to a local physiotherapist. There is no coverage for preventive or “catch-up” dental care. The two and a half year "sanitation" program to bring the dental health of Bonaireans up to standard afte r countless years of neglect is terminated. Dentists agree that it is unacceptable and discriminatory to those who haven't been treated yet. The rationale behind the cuts is that, because of bad ec onomic conditions, benefits have to be cut and should correspond more closely to what they are in the European Netherlands. But wait. The median monthly salary in The European Netherlands is $2,671 after taxes (3Q-2012, source Wikipedia) compared to $565 in Bonaire (2012, source Rijksvertegenwoordiger – Kingdom Representative Wilbur Stolte). That’s five times the local salary— that’s on a par with Bosnia and Herzegovina or Belarus. Additionally low cost supplemental insurance is ava ilable in the European Netherlands but not in the BES islands. So the burden for getting well in the most perman ent and effective way– without drugs– falls on a population typically earning less than 20% of the popul ation it is being compared to. A typical Bonairean worker would have to labor a month and a half to pay for his 20 physio treatments while a European Dutchman would have to work about a week. And he just does not have enough discretionary income to even think about dental care. To further illustrate the unfairness, the former Antillean SVB government insurance paid all or most of costs for what the Dutch insurance cut. The changes smack of a gigantic misunderstanding of local conditions. Dutch parliamentarian and ministerial representatives visiting Bonaire this month must rethink these measures and change them before the six-month grace period ends. G.D. A Reporter Editorial


Page 4 Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 Airline Air France-KLM was the biggest gainer: up75% over the year. In October 2012 the rst part of the (real estate tax) value decrees “ vastgoedbelasting ” were mailed, with the remainder to follow in December. The tax assessments for 2011 and 2012 will be sent out as of mid-January 2013. The tax is intended for owners of a second home in Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius and limited liability firms that own real estate, and others. A press release stated: “If you believe that you should get a value decree by around January 5, 2013, but you have not received it yet, it is advisable to contact the Tax Department.” Of course, if the postal service is interrupted, other delivery means will be required. The Bonaire island Government also mailed the assessments for ground tax “ grondbelasting ” and land lease (“ erfpacht ”) in December. People can contact the local government on these matters. Pepper spray will be added to the regulation service weapon (pistol), baton and handcuffs equipment of the Caribbean Netherlands Police. According to Chief Commissioner Jossy Rosales, pepper spray is part of the normal service kit of many police worldwide. Police will be trained in the proper use of the spray. Pepper spray cannot just be sprayed into the eyes, because the person must then be treated immediately for the terrible sting. For that reason the patrol cars are also being out tted with water to rinse the eyes and face after the spray is used. Their Walther P5-pistols will also be replaced with another type of rearm next year, said Corps Chief Jan Rooijakker. The Walther P5 is the gun used by James Bond in the movie Dr. No and others. Following the arrest of the owner and closure of Pachi's Place, Bonaire’s only legal brothel, a new escort and prostitution business named Men's Heaven opened in the "Hamlet" hotel area near Hato. Pachi’s had been in operation for almost 40 years but was shuttered after allegations of human trafficking were brought against the owner. Apparently, as long as Pachi's Place was in operation no other legal brothel was permitted. The Permit requests that Men’s Heaven located at address Bulevar Gubanador N. Debrot number 103 (Hamlet number 10A) be allowed the following: 1. The operation of a massage institute, beauty salon, leisure center and "gym" relax-bar and coffee shop, bar, restaurant and snack; 2. Providing escort service; 3. The import, trading and sale of all beverages and tobacco; 4. Operating a video-, photo-, DVD-and CD studio; 5. Providing and organizing fashion shows; 6. The sale of erotic provocative articles, lingerie and exclusive clothing, watches, cosmetics, perfumes, electrical and electronic articles Fundashon Mariadal, the foundation that runs San Francisco Hospital and other medical facilities on Bonaire, is focusing more attention on the care of children. They now have a pediatrics team of seven medical professionals working in cooperation with Dutch hospitals VUMC and AMC. Two pediatricians have been permanently on staff since November 2011. The team consists of Mechelien Rvekamp (pediatrician), Henriette van Laerhoven (pediatrician), Nicole Papadimitriou (child care nurse), Clarisca Montero (future child care nurse), Debby Braakman (assistant children’s outpatients’ clinic), Julisa Pilgrim-Hoevertsz (assistant children’s outpatients’ clinic) and Marta Frans-Paulina (assistant children’s outpatients’ clinic). A new pediatric outpatients’ clinic was opened opposite the hospital behind the family doctor center, in the same building as the decompression chamber. Appointment hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 2:30pm. The office has already treated about a third of Bonaire’s children. Formerly there was just a part-time pediatrician on Bonaire who held consultation Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 3) (Continued on page 21) O n Monday 17th December the official opening of the new extension to the prison took place. About 200 people attended the ceremony on the grounds of the new extension. Security was tight: everybody was scanned, bags were searched and the guest list checked against ID cards. As I walked through the big gates into the holding area and they closed behind me I was stood with a few others in the secure space waiting for the next set of gates to open. Although I knew I was free to leave as and when I chose I did have a sense of having my freedom taken from me even if only in a small way. The high walls, bars, gates and large number of staff certainly made me feel small and vulnerable. We walked past the back of the older occupied cells where the prisoners had been locked in for the duration of the visitors arrival. Naturally they weren’t silent and I can only imagine what they were shouting. Wolf whistles are understandable in any language, however. The ceremony opened with the singing of the Dutch and Bonairean National Anthems and the flags were officially hoisted by a prison guard. No ribbons were cut or monuments unveiled, but a board was signed by Patricia Hassell, Dr Lydia Emerencia and Dr Peter Hennephof as the official opening. The Director of the prison, Patricia Hassell, gave a speech that was passionate and moving. She said it was with mixed feelings that she was opening the extension; more cells were not a long term solution but she was pleased that all had been completed on time. It had taken 11 months to build from the date the order had been given for the work to start. She went on to say that she hoped that one day all members of society would be educated so that they would realise the consequences of their actions and that prisons would not be necessary. She looked forward to a Bonaire where nobody needed to be locked up. Governor Dr Lydia Emerencia praised the various groups for having worked so well together to make this happen on time. She hop ed that the new cells would provide a realistic chance for rehabilitation of offenders. Social economic developments must teach people how to deal with their problems in acceptable ways. The pastor blessed the building, all 111 prison staff and the prisoners. He prayed that we may all together rehabilitate the prisoners so th at they may return to society to function as law abiding respectable citizens. During his prayer he asked everybody to hold hands as a symbol of unity. During the opening two long serving prison officers were honoured. I asked them what the difference was in being a prison warden now and when they first joined. They said that in the old days you could draw a line in the dirt with your foot and tell the prisoner to stand behind it. Now you risk physical and verbal abuse. Respect for authority has gone. The 20-foot cells are laid out for two pris oners, they have bunk beds, a fan above each bed, a TV, ice cooler which is filled with ice at the beginning of each day, plastic cutlery and plates and a shower room with sink and toilet. Ventilation is via the open gated front and at the rear a secure 1/3 of the back wall ve nt to allow an air flow. The flooring is easily cleaned and hygienic for the climate. Prisoners are daily given a hot lunch, breakfast and dinner snack. They are locked in their cells from 5pm to 8am. Regardless of what rumours have been spread in the past, even though prisoners are indeed confined in containers the facility meets the international standards for the humane treatment of prisoners. At the end all guests were allowed to choose a souvenir made by the prisoners. This was a money box in the shape of a house and painted in individual designs. It is planned that the new prison on the road to Lagoen will also be ready on schedule in 2015 and it is hoped that the current extension will provide sufficient cells for prisoners till then. Carla Hay One of the cells Bonaire has greater per capita capacity to deal with criminal detainees than Holland. View of the prison yard. If the cells look like shipping containers that’s because they are made of. I t has to be one of the best bargains since Dutchman Peter Minuet purchased Manhattan Island for $24 from native Americans. Radio Nederland Wereld Omroep (RNWO” sold WEB, NV, its land and power plant at Barcadera, Colombia Plantation, for a symbolic $1. Radio Netherlands shortwave broadcasting was discontinued last year and the power plant and antenna farm, long a feature of Bonaire’s west coast, was no longer needed. The 4 -6 megawatt capacity of the Radio Nederland power plant should help satisfy the needs of a growing Bonaire, pe rhaps solving the current electrical supply shortage on the island. It is interesting to note that in October 2003, when Bonaire was also beleaguered by electrical power failures, the Bonaire Management Group (BMG) which runs WEB and the labor union, FEDEBO N, opposed using the RNWO power facility. Manager of RNWO Hans Linkels accepts the $1 from WEB Director. Ir. Ger Vogelesang at the Notary Office of Aniek Schouten. Tico Janga Island Government photo


Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 Page 5 A Bonaire Reporter Special Feature T he Dutch Parliament recently debated subsidizing electric vehicle charging stations for the BES Islands. But, as yet, none of the new generation of electric cars (Nissan Leaf, Chevorlet Volt or Toyota Prius plug-in, etc.) have been imported. But there is another technology to power automobiles, uniquely suited for Bonaire, that need no subsidy: air-powered cars. Air-powered cars have been on the cusp of reality for more than a century. Sure, compressed air is a clean fuel, but so far it's not been efficient enough to power a car engine that will take you very far or very fast. Bonaire is one of the few places in the world where an infrastructure to “refuel” compressed air powered cars already exists because of the ubiquitous drive-up air fill stations for SCUBA divers. And Dive Friends is upgrading one of their stations for even more efficient fills. Here's the gist of how an air-powered works. The driver steps on the accelerator, opening a valve that releases compressed air into the engine. The air expands, pushing against the engine's pistons and turning the car's crankshaft. Unfortunately, air power will accelerate you only to about 55 kilometers per hour. Tata Motors, the Indian auto maker, may have dealt with this problem by adding a small gas motor that kicks in at 55 kilometers per hour. Tata plans to deliver its airpowered MiniCAT, which stands for Compressed Air Technology, to customers in India by August, according to the Australian web site, The Motor Report. They claim that it’ll cost just $2 to fill the air tank, and that a full tank lasts about 300 kilometers. Of course, they also said the car would be ready in 2009. Founded in 1945, today Tata Motors (NYSE: TTM) is India’s biggest automobile manufacturer. While Tata has five assembly and manufacturing plants in India, they also have plants in the UK, Argentina, Thailand and South Africa. Tata Motors is a very large and wellfinanced company. It owns Jaguar and Land Rover which it purchased for $2.3bn (£1.4bn) in 2008. The Indian version of the "Mini CAT" Air Car could cost $8,200. Details The Mini CAT is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular chassis, a body of fiberglass that is glued not welded. A microprocessor is used to control all electrical functions of the car. A tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to the lights, turn signals and every other electrical device on the car. Which are not many. The temperature of the clean air expelled by the exhaust pipe is between 0-15 degrees below zero, it can be used to air condition the MiniCAT with no loss of power or mileage; a plus in Bonaire for sure. There are no keys, just an access card which can be read by the car from your pocket. The car has a top speed of 105 KM per hour or 60 mph, and would have a range of around 300 km or 185 miles between refuels Refilling the car in Bonaire could take place at dive shop “drive throughs.” A fill up only taking two to three minutes could cost about $3-$10 and the car will be ready to go another 300 kilometers. Gasoline currently costs $1.481 per liter ($5.61/ gallon) in Bonaire. Typical Bonaire small cars usually get about 10 km per liter (25 mpg). This car can also be filled at home with its on board compressor. It will take 3-4 hours to refill the tank, but it can be done while you sleep. The vehicle itself is a six-seat mini van using two 340-liter carbon fiber air tanks which are filled with air to 4,350 psi. Due to its simplicity, there is very little maintenance to be done on this car. Tata Motors says that the cost of charging and running the Mini Cat will be about 1/10th of what it costs to operate a gasoline powered car. The MiniCat also uses regenerative braking similar to hybrids and electric cars, but instead of the braking charging a battery, the energy recovered is used to compress more air. Toyota is also getting into the act. Toyota’s Ku Rin, a little pencil-shaped rocket (3.5m long, but just 0.8m wide) recently broke the speed record for compressed airpowered vehicles by accelerating to 80.3 MPH (129.2km/h) running on compressed air alone. This Air Car almost sounds too good to be true. We'll see in 2013. Given the history of air-powered cars, let's hope Tata's plans aren’t just a lot of hot air. John MacHaffie / G.D. From a carbon emissions perspective, a similar air car, outperformed the Tesla Roadster (by 27%), the 2010 Toyota Prius (by 39%), the 2009 Honda Civic nonhybrid (by 63%) and the VW Jetta TDI Diesel (by 62%). Tata Mini CAT Toyota’s Ku Rin, ROCARGO SERVICES, N.V. 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Page 6 Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 B onaire’s Parke Publiko, the “We Dare to Care Park,” was originally built for the purpose of finding solutions to some of the social problems affecting Bonaire’s children. Its founders, Davika Bissessar and James Finies, started out 10 years ago with the motto “Keep our kids off the streets” and give them healthy, positive alternatives to what the Bonaire government was able to provide them at that time. Now the Parke needs financial help. It appears contrary to the current government idea that improving, expanding and building new detention facilities can make Bonaire a better place. If the government can afford expensive jails and prisons why can’t it divert some funds to support playgrounds? Prevention is always better than a cure. The privately supported park is regularly used by pre-schools/kreshes, the elementary schools: Papa Cornes, Kristu Bon Wardador, Reina Beatrix, San Bernardo, Pelikaan, plus the “Skol di Bario” ( FESBO) after school program. Over the years many other groups like the Zr Maria Hoppner, SGB FORMA, Youth Outreach, Scadebo, Ariba Peru, FUKABO, Animal Shelter Foundation, FKPD, Fundashon Saka Man Yuda Nos NGO Platform, Bonairiaanse Jeugdzorg took advantage of the infrastructure of the park in their programs. And it’s not only the youngsters who use the park. The senior citizen homes, Ka’I Mimina/ Kas di Sosiego Fundashon Mariadal and others use it on a regular basis. The Parke Publiko Bonerianoi Foundation needs help to continue. The small fee it charges (no fee for low income people) and its fundraising efforts cannot keep up with escalating cost of maintaining the top quality equipment, the grounds, utilities and a caretaker. Many people on the island believe it is the government’s responsibility to maintain the facility as it does for the numerous playing fields for team sports. If you agree that the government should help keep the Park in operation contact the Island Council members, the Executive Council members and RCN department leaders and express yourself. Press release/G.D. O n Saturday 22 December the Classical Music Board Bonaire organized its now traditional December Holiday Christmas Concert for the now fourth year running. Artists living on Bonaire entertained the people of Bonaire and there was a mix of classical and traditional music. Only a few seats were left in the Cacique Room of the Plaza Resort Bonaire. The varied program was professionally MC’d by Carla Hay. The program opened in an intimate classical atmosphere with Elger Verschuur’s beautiful rendition of Spanish pieces that are very demanding for the musician. Hans Faassen then accompanied him for Bach’s very well known “Air.” The children’s choir, Kanta Boneiru Rincon, enchanted the audience with various Christmas tunes. The children looked pretty in their new costumes which had been specially made for their Christmas performances of 2012/13. Under the guidance and leadership of Flora Claassen Molina the choir continues to develop. Flora is also developing in her role as conductor and is ably supported by Frans Lauxen. The young quarta players, Francis Domacass and Richinel Anthony accompanied the choir. Our youngest experienced pianist Grep Linkels, aged 10, played a jolly Hungarian Danse by Diabelli with his teacher Hans Faassen. The performance was flawless and musically witty and modest. Unfortunately Max Witten’s scheduled solo on the piano couldn’t take place but it was performed by Elger and Hans as Gounod’s “Ave Maria.” Elger and Hans surprised the audience with this beautiful piece. The first half ended with a sing-a-long of three well known Christmas carols with the choir and Franklin Scherptong on piano. The opening piece after the interval was something very special for Bonaire and a debut performance here for the artists Gaudry and Pauline Normand who played their very own created glass harps. A glass harp consists of a number of hollow quartz crystal tubes made from crystals from their own mine in Canada. Gaudry and Pauline have spent the last 11 years developing their harps. The end result was astounding and it is a miracle that such small instruments can produce such a huge, penetrating, pure and magnificent sound. The audience was asked to close their eyes to allow the sounds to penetr ate deeper into the body. Christmas carols played on these harps do sound most heavenly indeed. Returning to earth, Anne Hoemakers played Sydney Smith’s very difficult piece Chanson Russe. As the piece progressed her playing became more and more convincing and she finished the piece with some beautiful chords. Finally the choir sang some of Flora Claassen Molina’s own compositions and Franklin Scherptong accompanied the audience with the sing-a-long “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” The after show party began well after 10 pm and unfortunately few people remained to enjoy the excellent vocal duo Giovanni Mercera and guest. You can follow the Classical Music Board Bonaire’s activities for 2013 on as well as on Facebook. The next concert will be in March. Carla Hay Carla Hay Elger Verschuur Francis Domacass and Richinel Anthony


Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 Page 7 This is the 123rd of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n –wear a helmetBrouwer, featuring some of Bo naire’s interesting vehicles and persons that are “on wheels.” Up to at least 200 articles! Bonaire/Hato – I t has four wheels and a spare one underneath but no steering wheel. Guess what it is? It’s the trailer for collecting plastic debris from the East Coast, owned by Dive Friends of Bonaire! The Dutch-made tandem axles trailer is fitted with four sturdy 14-inch rubber shoes. The trailer is produced by Henra/Waco, Overloon, The Netherlands. The vehicle is made of galvanized steel to last longer. The trailer can hold a load of 2700 kilograms. Good job! Some two months ago Dive Friends Bonaire celebrated their 10th birthday. Happy hours and a party were organized and speeches were made. Dive Friends Bonaire launched a new plan to contribute to a cleaner island. They converted a huge galvanized tandem axle trailer into a wire meshed trailer for collecting plastic debris from the East Coast. A huge sign on the rear of the trailer reads: “Debris Free Bonaire.” And this is the plan: Dive Friends Bonaire has five dive centers. Just go to one of those centers to grab your tank and gear and also get a mesh bag. Travel to the East Coast and collect a bag full of plastic debris from the shore. Our East Coast gets more and more polluted by floating debris brought to our island by the currents from Latin America. Bring your full bag – it only takes five minutes to fill it – to the Dive Friends Bonaire Hamlet Oasis location, and dump the contents of your bag into the trailer. They were successful that the first big trash dumpster was filled in only 10 days! Return the mesh bag to one of the members of the crew and leave your email address. Every time the trailer is completely filled a raffle is organized. Results of the raffle and a special web site are on the internet. Just go for “Dive Friends Bonaire” and “Debris.” Guess what? And yes, our island becomes cleaner, bit by bit. A very smart idea of the crew of Dive Friends Bonaire. A cleaner sea and a cleaner coast. More safety and less risk for fish and turtles. And remember: “Without blue—There is no green!” Story & photo by J@n Brouwer Marcon Cutlass 27, all fiberglas s, sailboat built to Lloyd specifications in England in 1969. Well equipped with full cutaway keel, 4 berths, head (marine toilet), Germanbuilt wind steering vane. Lombardini diesel engine, sails. In fine condition, ready to go. Registered in Bonaire. Berthed at Plaza Resort Marina $8,000 Specifications: L.O.A. 27 ft.0 in. L.W.L. 20 ft.0 in. Beam 7 ft.8 in. Draft 4 ft.6 in. Ballast 3,250 lbs. Call: Island Boating Services B.V. +599 786 5002 or 701 2504 Sacrifice price: From the left: Patrick van Hooijdonk, Ca rolyn Caporusso, Peter Kruidhof and Asko Zuidam. Four members of the crew of Dive Friends Bonaire in front of the new garbage trailer for collecting plastic debris from the East Coast. This is the 12th of a series of Bonaire Re porter short articles by J@n Brouwer, about helmets and helmet awareness. A jet helmet, dropped by an anonymous person, in a bucket next to the main entrance of my front garden. (Photograph: J@n Brouwer) Bonaire/Hato – A nother fight against the deadline of this newspaper. In the afternoon of Friday, January 4, someone dropped a jet helmet in my front garden! On a more or less regular basis I receive jet helmets and full face helmets from motorized islanders, presumably because they have the intention to help me fight against the risky windmills of these days’ traffic. A law for wearing a helmet on a motorized vehicle seems to be under construction. As a wearer of helmets for over 40 years now I am not really in the need of more rules. Compared to the Old World and huge parts of the New World, Bonaire still has a high rank of freedom on a variety of levels. Less rules, le ss laws. This is one of the attractions of the island. Loads of people try to escape from the tight and overruled countries they come from. Bonaire means: freedom. So grab it and enjoy it. When your way of transportation is a moped, a motorcycle or a quad, just grab a helmet to protect your melon. That way your joy might last longer. Decide for yourself. Feel free! Story & photo by J@n Brouwer L ast month Rocargo Services celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a big party in front of its building on Kaya Industria. Rocargo is the ISO certified freight importing company on Bonaire and the Federal Express agent too. Marisela and Robby Croes started the company in 1982 out of their home, incorporating the then new concept of consolidated container shipping. In 1985 they moved the office to J.A. Abraham Blvd. and in 1995 moved it to its present modern purpose-built building at Kaya Industria 12, which incorporates “in-house” Customs clearance. The company offers weekly freight service from the US and The Netherlands in partnership with Amcar Freight and IFC International Freight; from Curacao with Caribbean Cargo; and for the Caribbean and Americas with King Ocean Services. The party was completely organized by the employees and featured two bands, lots of food and drink, fun and few speeches. Key to the success of any company are its employees. Dedicated employees who were recognized and thanked for also celebrating anniversaries were: Patricia, who for 15 years has headed the Import Department, Anneline, 15 years heading the Shipping Department, Albert 15 years in the Warehouse, Ana, 10 years in Administration. Celebrating five years were Yardlin, in the export department, Lewison and Gershon in the warehouse, Jurina in Administration. Rocargo is noted for “giving back” to the community and they sponsor too many activities to list. Their latest event was a clean-up in support of world clean up day in October. Over 100 participants worked to make Bonaire cleaner and better. Thanks Rocargo, we don’t know what we’d do without you. G.D./Press release The latest donated helmet Some of the Rocargo employees (and other) at the party Marisela and Robby


Page 8 Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 “I was born in Cairo, Egypt, and I lived most of my life there. We are three brothers and one sister. I grew up in a middle class family; we have great respect for the elders and other family members. My father used to be the warehouse manager at the aircraft factory and my mom stayed home after she gave birth to my eldest brother. Like in most of the Middle Eastern countries we have very strong ties among the family. The Egyptians are not travelers; they stick to their roots. Once a person moves out of the parental home, he or she looks for a place closest to the family, because for us, being with the family is part of our life. When I was a child, there was freedom, but it always had limits and when I got older I began to understand why. You can raise your child with some principals and direct control until a certain age and then you can set it free. It will build experience but it will never make big mistakes. This is what happened to me and my siblings. We had to follow the directions of our parents and after that my parents said: ‘Now we trust you, we trust your decisions and what you are going to do in your life.’” He smiles. “I remember one time I asked my father for advice and he said: ‘Son, I’ve trusted you since you were a teenager. I come from a different time and you are more aware than me about this time we live in. I know you will make the right choice.’ I’ve been into sports – basketball – all my life. After I finished high school I joined the sports university and I always hung out with the sports guys, so this gave my parents a lot of confidence that I was not going to go on the wrong path. I graduated in 1995. First I became a basketball coach for the kids in the sports clubs. Later on I worked as a sports specialist for the government – organizing all the sports events and tournaments in the area I lived in. Then the university I’d graduated from offered me the position to train the university sports teams which involved very big tournaments all over the country. At the time I was in the process of buying my own apartment in Cairo and I needed more money, so I also started working for Inter Continental Hotel Cairo as the fitness center supervisor.” He laughs. “ It was kind of a tough time for me because the first job I loved and the second one I needed, but I succeeded and I bought my own apartment in Cairo. I was happy – it had been a big challenge! So…” he grins “now the big question… how did I end up here? Although the Egyptians are no travelers, I am different. I love to travel! And I believe that’s why my mom keeps worrying about me until now because I am not like her other children. While I was working at the hotel I met a lot of people of different nationalities and that increased my desire to see more of the world. While half the world was travelling to Egypt to catch the sun on our beautiful beaches, to go diving or immerse themselves into its culture, I would go to Europe to look for some snow in Germany and Austria. I love the Alps and I enjoyed the climbing very much. You see, I am used to sun and warmth and what I missed was green mountains and a landscape that gave me peace. I also found out there is no such thing as the perfect place. You have to create your own paradise. The place where you feel best is your place. In Egypt I had met the woman I love most in my life, but somehow – because of the circumstances – we could not be together. It took me a long time to recover and what made it so hard was that it was nobody’s fault. So, I decided to go as far as possible and make a new start, but… before I left Egypt I met the girl who is now my ex-wife. She was Dutch and lived on Bonaire and she encouraged me to come here. When I arrived I found the climate was like summertime in Egypt and that Bonaire was too small and I wanted to leave the first month. What made it very difficult was that I came here without friends or family and I felt like my life had shrunk all of a sudden. I took the tourist guide course and started socializing to get to know some people, then I got an offer to work for Bonaire Tours as an operation assistant working with the cruise ships. It was a great experience for me; it reminded me of the old times in Egypt when I was working with tourists every day at the hotel. Through their stories I traveled to places I had never been and it fulfilled something in me – something I had felt since I was a child. After some time I started my own business as a massage therapist but it wasn’t enough to support my daily life. Then I got a call from Robert Smaal, the owner of Bonbida BonFysio who offered me the job. I was so happy to work in sports again like I used to do back home. I design the fitness programs to meet the client’s personal needs: whether they want to lose weight or build up their muscles or when they have a physical problem. It’s accurate and fun. It’s like having your own personal trainer. We do it together with the physical therapist. We have a great team, and we work with the latest fitness equipment. My goal is to help people reach theirs. This has given me a great balance because I am doing something I like. I’ve met a lot of people and some of them became my friends, and we’ve grown very close. Then life changed and I started to see the positive things of Bonaire. Before, I saw the smallness of Bonaire in a negative way, but now that I am a part of this community, I see it positively. I do my job and I help people through my experience and that’s why I feel happy because I feel I am adding quality to this community. And so, I started to focus more on the values of the island; the quietness and the fact that there’s less pressure. I see the island people as one big family – each one of them coming from a different culture, but all living together in a small place in the world. Exchanging experiences and cultures without criticizing is the key to being happy on the island. In general, acceptance is living with the others without criticizing – this establishes peace. I am a person who always worries about others and I learned that others’ happiness reflects on me. Of course I would like to travel to see South America and the other islands, but then I cannot do that to my family and I don’t think I would enjoy it knowing I didn’t go to see them. Regardless of the political situation and the difficulties we have in Egypt now I feel I would always go back to my roots. One day I will go back to Egypt, but only God knows when. I miss the warmth of the people who know me in a way nobody else ever will. Of course there are bad things too, but this is what I feel and remember. My mom wants me back – to be with my brothers. ‘You have to stick together once I’m gone,’ she says. It worries me – for my mom – but my passion is to see more of the world. The consequences, however, are that I am always in between what I have to do and what I want to do. But don’t get me wrong. I am not bothered by my family ties. You see, it’s what I like. There’s nothing better in life than to feel that you are loved by your family and friends. This is unconditional love – they have no reason – they love me. Now that I am more involved in the community here which wasn’t easy because I don’t smoke or drink and I am not much of a water guy I feel at home. I live in different circles. There’s the one of work, then the one of the worship place – I go to the mosque; we are a small community here, some Arabs, basically Lebanese and some Muslims from Surinam and medical students. And then there are my friends. All together it’s my life on Bonaire and I enjoy it.” Story & photos by Greta Kooistra “Exchanging experiences and cultures without criticizing is the key to being happy on the island.” Sam at home Sam at Bon Bida Spa and Gym


Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 Page 9 Hair Affair We do our best to make your hair and make-up wishes come true!! You can also come in for facials and facial waxing We use and sell L’Oreal products Is your plan to marry on the island? We can make you beautiful and stay beautiful for your happiest day. Personal attention by Janneke Appointment by tel: 717-5990 or just walk in. A fter a period of absence, the Mystery Gourmet and his even more mysterious wife have again returned to resume their comments as to the various island restaurants: food quality, presentation, service, ambiance and more being addressed. During last month's time on the island the Gourmet and spouse visited four restaurants, two more than one time. Eventually, all will be reviewed if time and space in The Reporter permit, but one of the first offerings will describe lunch at the Bistro de Paris. The mysterious pair have enjoyed many meals at the Bistro when at the previous location, however, the new location in the Harbour Village complex, where Captain Wook's, later the Paradise Moon were at one time, is, in our opinion, a major improvement. The restaurant is located near the marina docks, has been drastically remodeled, an indoor, air-conditioned room being constructed with windows providing a view of the marina. An outside dining area is preserved at dockside. Thus the diner has a choice of outdoor or indoor dining. The tables and chairs are quite comfortable, the decor pleasant and tasteful. What more could one desire? Entering the restaurant, the initial view is attractive and welcoming. We were hailed from the bar area, recognizing our arrival and a smiling, attractive young lady greeted us, led us to a table and brought iced water, menus and took drink orders. A nice full measure of an Italian white wine arrived. The menu is similar to that offered at the previous location: appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees offering seafood, fish, beef and lamb. The Bistro's cheeseburger is said to be one of if not the best on the island. The bar offerings cover the usual desires and both the red and white wines are extremely nice. After all, this is a French restaurant. For this lunch both the Gourmet and spouse chose the Cobb salad. As is routine at the Bistro, the quality, quantity, preparation and presentation of the food is above reproach. The lettuce was fresh, crisp, cold and nicely prepared. The chicken breast, cheese, croutons, dressing and more were simply delicious. Where does one find such an avocado? As we prepared to leave the inside dining area was filling up. For good reason the Bistro de Paris will not lack for diners. The Mystery Gourmet Dining at The Bistro de Paris Bistro Owner Patrice with Claudia the bar/serving manager Web: Email: 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 Featuring Giant, Bikkel and Golden Lion bikes € Transport of Money and Valuables € Private Investigations € Vehicle patrols € Burglar Alarms € Fire Alarm Systems In Business Over 29 years Kaya Nikiboko Nord 37A, PO Box 225 Tel: (599) 7178125 Fax (599) 7176125 E-mail T he Bonaire Sailing School celebrated the end of the season with th e traditional End of the Year race with Happy Faces. Everyone won a nice prize thanks to Bonaire Food Group’s donations. L ast Month the Bonaire NGO Platform in collaboration with Management Society & Care Public Body Bonaire, handed over the "key" to the Red Gold & Green Park at the Mentor intersection in No rd di Salia. The area had served as an informal park for area residents for many years. The project was funded by USONA. BSSA photo


Page 10 Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 Spanish-style home for sale in quiet Santa Barbara cul-de-sac. Ocean view $324,999 $299,999 US Immediate possession. Contact Al @ 785-2205 I t was the third time the festival t ook place and this time it started shortly before dark and drew lots of people. The officia l opening was done by the governor and the spiritual opening by Reverend Papa Francees. The Maskarada Group was welcomed back. There was a great ambiance, very happy and peaceful and the typical rousing music, which has its roots in this authentic and beautiful village. Papito Thomas from Fundashon Nawati the organizer of the festival was content. “The change we made from the daytime to the late afternoon made a big difference; it was an excellent move! People don't like the hot sun. We are doing it for the people of Nort di Salina and when we see more and more people joining the party it's an extra kick for us to go on. We hope it will gain the interest of many more people from all over the island and that over time it will establish itself as one of the best parties on Bonaire!” Story & photos by Greta Kooistra T his month’s Kaminda di Arte (Art Tour) will be on Sunday, January 20. Between 11 am and 4 pm the public is invited to visit artists in their studios and meet them and their works, face to face. This is the third year for this highly successful and popular event, which takes place every third Sunday of the month. This year’s Kaminda ends in March. Hundreds of residents and visitors have enjoyed a “peek” into the studios of very different lo cal artists. Artists show works in watercolors, oils, mosaics, refined driftwood pieces and other mediums. Free flyers and maps are available at the TCB, various shops and big resorts. They give brief biographies and addresses of the artists: Wolmoet Jansen, Alejandra Riquelme, Janis Huckaby Baillie, Ans Klein Heerenbrink, Fred v.d. Broek, Luz Aida Franco-Wesselius, Jose Smit, Henk Roozendaal, Alexandra Jansen, Helen Dovale and Margreet Faassen-Pijpers. Story & Photos by Laura DeSalvo Helen Dovale Alexandra Jansen Fred v.d. Broek Krioyo Kids. What professionals, what a beat! The Maskarada Dancers unmasked


Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 Page 11 T he puzzles of this series resulted from my study of our Bonaire reef corals. The surprising prevalence of coral coverage on the right halves of the faces of 21 inshore boat mooring blocks (see The Bonaire Reporter of December 7 21, 2012) puzzled many readers. Not finding environmental factors that differ between right and left halves of block faces, readers looked for forces that could actively move coral larvae to the right during settlement. Suggestions included forces caused by water flow around the blocks, the Coriolis force caused by Earth rotation, and “magnetic pull of some kind or the moon's gravitational effects.” This is a promising direction of thinking, but these explanations have serious flaws. Firstly, these forces do not distinguish between the inshore and the offshore moorings – as a reader from New York put it, “that would presumably affect the offshore moorings as well.” This is a flaw because rightdominant faces prevail among the inshore blocks but not among the offshore ones. Secondly, with the exception of Coriolis force, these forces do not distinguish between left and right. For each orientation of a face where a force would pull coral larvae toward right, there is a corresponding orientation where it would pull larvae toward the left. Because the blocks are oriented randomly, there would be about equal numbers of left and right-dominant faces. Coriolis force is the only force that distinguishes between left and right; it deflects global winds, major rivers and oceanic currents to the right in the Northern hemisphere and to the left in the Southern hemisphere. But it is too weak to be expressed on the small scale of our mooring blocks and slow currents, and it is almost non-existing near the equator where our Bonairean corals are! This brings up two important questions. The first question is regarding the nature of the forces that move coral larvae. Are they necessarily external? The answer is, no, not necessarily. Coral larvae are not just small particles pushed around by external forces. They are active little animals. They swim and crawl on their own, sense and respond to chemicals in water and on substrate, temperature, pressure, light, sound, even substrate color. They have preferences regarding places that fit for settlement, and they actively look for such places. After larvae arrive at a potential settlement surface, they spend some time moving around and probing the surface for the appropriate, albeit subtle cues before choosing where to firmly attach and calcify. They might arrive at a face randomly but settle more often on its right half if the preferred settlement places are more common there than on the left half. The second question is regarding orientation of the left and right-dominant faces – as a reader from Oregon put it, “what direction each side favored was”. The right-dominant faces are prevalent in some but not in other orientations of the block faces. Of the 63 vertical faces on inshore mooring blocks, 32 are oriented in the general direction of Kas di Regatta, and they are almost equally divided: 15 faces are left-dominant and 17 faces are right-dominant. The other 31 of the 63 faces are oriented in the general direction of Karel’s Bar, and there is a large inequality among them: only 6 are leftdominant while 25 are right-dominant. To summarize, on the inshore block faces which are oriented toward Karel’s Bar, coral larvae preferred to settle on the right halves. What caused this preference? What was wrong with these faces’ left halves? Why was this preference expressed only on the inshore mooring blocks? Why was it expressed only on the faces oriented toward Karel’s Bar? Genady Filkovsky If you are interested in discussing these puzzles, their solutions, or to get more information, write to Genady Filkovsky, e-mail: All previous issues of the series can be accessed through the web-site O p e n N o n S t o p M o n S a t 7 3 0 a m 8 p m S u n 8 a m Downtown Kralendijk at the old Cultimara Topsupermarket D o w n t o w n l o c a t i o n G r e a t s e r v i c e L o t s o f v a r i e t y L o w e r p r i c e s L o ts o f S u p e r S p e c i a l s o n F r u i t s a n d S u p e r S p e c i a l s o n F r u i t s a n d S u p e r S p e c i a l s o n F r u i t s a n d V e g e t a b l e s o n t h e L a s t a n d F i r s t V e g e t a b l e s o n t h e L a s t a n d F i r s t V e g e t a b l e s o n t h e L a s t a n d F i r s t S u n d a y s o f E v e r y M o n t h S u n d a y s o f E v e r y M o n t h S u n d a y s o f E v e r y M o n t h (L = left-dominant faces; R = right-dominant faces) Genady Filkovsky graphic Coral Casino Bonaire would like to invite you to a free taxi journey to the Casino where you can have fun and play: -Black Jack -Roulette -The only Three Card + Caribbean Stud on the island -100 slot machines to choose from Become a member of our VIP players club to be eligible for giveaways, prizes, raffles and more… For a free cab ride to the Casino call 782-1669 Check the list below for your area. 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Page 12 Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 GUARDIAN OF NATURE “I was always fantasizing about having a piece of land myself which I would protect. There I would leave nature alone and try to live off the land, preferably somewhere in a lush bush with waterfalls and mountains. Somehow I ended up on Bonaire, an island with a semi desert climate!” Living on a barren kunuku with no electricity, no fridge, no running water with some oil lamps for company— it wasn’t always an easy ride for Hans Voerman He said, “I was almost camping,” and with no toilet either, he really was! This was the humble start of Auriga Ecolodge Bonaire Hans came to Bonaire in 1990 to visit his dive sergeant from the Engineering Corps where he was previously enlisted. He was travelling after being unsure of what to do next. After arriving on Curacao and spending 30 minutes there he left swiftly to Bonaire where, “Well the usual story you hear… I fell in love. It used to be very quiet and relaxed. There were ‘few Dutch!’” He laughs. “And the Dutch who were here had interesting stories to tell!” He started working as a dive instructor and moved to and from Bonaire until 10 years ago when upon returning he started Outdoor Bonaire ( With Outdoor Bonaire, he could do everything he did as a hobby: mangrove kayaking, cave tours, climbing, rappelling, hiking, island/park tours. A few years later he had the opportunity to buy the land he lived on at the time. He had a hard time visualizing this barren plot being anything like his dream of waterfalls and virgin land, but he got working on the fence to keep out the grazing four-legged klikos (the green bins provided on Bonaire by Selibon). It was quite an undertaking with a property of 13,500m2 (145,313 ft2). The existing fences provided a framework for three distinct areas. Half would be left undisturbed and rarely walked on. A quarter would be replanted with local trees for birds and people. Examples such as Tamarind or Taki serve both. The Taki fruit birds love, humans can cook and the tree is evergreen with no thorns. The other local trees are Watakeli, Kirbrahacha, Palu Di Sia, Oliba, Kalbas, Apeldam, Stoki (which flowers at night and attracts bats), Wayaka, Dividivi, Palu di Santu and more. It is quite remarkable to see the effect of fencing and conservation on Bonaire. In this Serengeti type landscape you can start to imagine what Bonaire may have looked like in the past. Sometimes I expected a Giraffe to pass me by! The last quarter around the cluster of structures is more for human use and not necessarily local (but of course the birds are welcome): Oba, Moringa, Kenepa, Soursop, Pomegranate, Guava, Banana and self seeding trees like the Shimaruku which grow where they like. In this area he has also built a chicken pen and a greenhouse. He has been experimenting there and has noticed that the local/Surinam vegetables work best: local spinach, tajerblad (taro), sweet potatoes and kouseband (type of long bean). He says, “It’s hard to make it worthwhile but I keep trying.” Also in there is his Sabal Palm project where he is growing seedlings. In a new bed is also the result of a sixmonth debate we had previously: who had the real Senna alata (also known as Barba di Yonkerman or Candlebush)? This wild shrub has showy flowers that protrude like yellow candles above its pinnate leaves that occur rapidly after rainfall. The crushed leaves were used against all sorts of skin diseases including ringworm. We were both growing what we thought was Senna alata at the same time but unfortunately they looked completely different. Hans wanted to know who was right and planted both next to each other. As it turned out, my seedling was the true Senna alata and I received a Duvel beer (obviously it all got heated towards the end and we shook on a beer as wager). He also threw in three delicious fresh eggs! Hans is now looking into food sources for his animals such as Almond Trees, Moringa and Negrita di Malpais (Acacia glauca) ,which is not for pigs, however. On a side note the Negrita di Malpais is a nitrogen fixer (benefits soil by fixing nitrogen into its roots), quick growing and provides shade. He is also looking at the possibilities of staple crops such as corn. Also within this quarter of land is Hans’ labor of love: the Auriga Ecolodge Bonaire ( ). A beautifully renovated horse stable, running on solar energy, gravity fed water and as much recycling as possible. For every booking he plants a local tree in his replanting sector; usually a large, established tree from Green Label or one from Edsel Martha (near LVV). As you sit on the stargazing tower you feel a sense of peace, watching parrots fly eyelevel and it’s apparent that maybe he didn’t find his waterfall, but he did guard nature and it made him a paradise in return. And this is only just the beginning… Story & photos by Clark Heijbroek Heijbroek is a Landscaper at Green Label TUNG FONG STORE N.V. “The Store With Almost Everything” Great Service Too Kaya Korona 52 Tel. 599 717 4224 FAX. 599 717 5224 Opening hours: 8.30 am 12. 30 pm, 2.30 pm 6.30 pm Open from Monday till Saturday. Sundays closed. Hans planted a Moringa tree The horse stables as Hans found them. The Auriga Ecolodge Bonaire today and the revival of the land. Senna alata


Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 Page 13 “B oneiru Duradero,” the second exhibition on environmental sustainability this month, was a tremendous success with a larg e turnout and interesting exhibits. It was held on Saturday, December 15, at Jong Bonaire. There were more than 27 stands where visitors got information and could buy sustainable products, several workshops and interac tive presentations. There was an entrance ticket raffle with several prizes, a coloring contest and other activities for children. The event opened with th e especially composed Boneiru Duradero theme song. There were speeches from Evert Piar from the Chamber of Commerce, Deputy of Economic Affairs Burn ey El Hage, Karel Drijver from the World Wildlife Fund for Nature and Hayo Haanstra from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The opening speeches ha d the common theme of stressing the need for living, working and producing sustainably. We, individuals, governments and businesses have the world on loan for our children and need to be responsible for its and their continued existence. Bonaire aims to be a leader for sustainability in the Caribbean and the other islands can learn much from Bonaire as much as Bonaire can learn from the other islands. The process of sustainable living is a gradual one and all should aim to become aware of their impact on the planet. The exhibits consisted of amongst others: Eco friendly office products Homemade Christmas cakes, jams, pies and sweets. Freshly squeezed guyaba juice Plants grown on Bonaire Second hand goods Eco friendly home solutions Recycling of household products Bonairean honey Environmentally friendly products. Carla Hay Suzel Baraton’s new product for Bonaire recycled cardboard made into beautiful hand painted boxes Oliver Larsen and Paul Mahlitz from the Technical University of Berlin; Bonaire Landfill Supervisor Randy Leonara; Sylvester Agoh from UNESCO Institute for Hydrological Engineering, Delft, Holland; and SELIBON head Rudsel Lieto Jacqueline and Bart Landheer showed safety goggles for those watching and setting off fireworks. On December 17 at Jong Bonaire there was a demonstration by the fire brigade on how to safely set up and light fireworks. BON RECYLING, located in Santa Clara past Mikey’s Snack, is the effort of Edison Rijna and Herbert De Jongh. They process cartons, plastic bottles, aluminum cans. The public may deposit aluminum cans and plastic bottles in two binson Kaya Italia, near Bon Apetite Restaurant Recycling is a part of a plan that will allow eliminating the present landfill within three years using a combination of recycling, composting and off-island disposal. Carla Hay photo Carla Hay photo Page reprinted from the last issue. Some editions were missing this page


Page 14 Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 On The Waterfront at The Harbour Village Marina — Air-conditioning Owned and operated by a French Master Chef Reservations: Tel: 717-7070 email: Zazu Bar at the Harbour Village Marina Open:: Mon-Fri 3-10 pm, Sat: 5-10 pm Bar menu available Tel: 717-7070 Choose your size from 5’x5’ to 10’x20’. Prices from $29 to $147 per month. Call 700-1753 O u t o f In The Bon Bida Spa Building Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 74 Appointments call: 785-0006 717-2972 Let’s Feel Better By Elizabeth de Groot Spa Packages, Massages, Facials, Waxing, Gift Certificates Member:Bonaire Hotel Tourism Assoc BONHATA B onaire Reef Stories was created to inform young Bonaireans about the reef, the fragility of the island’s ecosystem and the need to protect it for future generations. Artist Dominique Serafini talks about his work with Captain Don: “Creating this ecocomic series with Captain Don was a great pleasure for me. It reminds me of when I was working with Captain Cousteau. Like Cousteau, Don is a pioneer in diving and reef conservation. After many years on the small island of Bonaire, Don understands the need to protect the island’s fragile natural reserves from the consequences of human activity. Pollution, mass tourism, overbuilding close to the shore and fishing have contributed to the destruction of Bonaire’s real treasure its pristine coral reef.” Don Stewart came to Bonaire in 1962 by sailboat. After his first dive, he decided to stay in Bonaire and he created the first dive center. To protect the reef from the destruction of anchors, he developed Bonaire’s famous mooring system. He was also instrumental in the ban on spear fishing. Dominique Serafini is a French illustrator and painter, fascinated by the beauty of the sea. With Jacques Cousteau, he created a series of graphic novels called L’Aventure de l’Equipe Cousteau. In 2012, together with Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Dominique wrote and illustrated the first in a series of graphic novels on Sea Shepherd’s struggle to protect the world’s oceans. Also see: DreamWrecks/ Captain_Dons_Bonaire_Reef_Stories.html


Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 Page 15 Sudoku Solution Sudoku Puzzle B onaire resident Monique van Hooidonk and her boyfriend, Scott Hardy, wrote from Toronto, Canada, where they spent a week freezing but still said it was a great getaway! This picture was taken by the famous St. Lawrence Food Market with the CN tower and flat iron building in the background. To help catch up with the backlog of Picture Yourself entries we are publishing two submissions per edition Kaya Grandi 32B, down a bit in the alley in between Best Pearls and Gio’s Ice Parlor Phone: 717-9181 Experienced Staff Eye Exams on site Advanced Equipment Lens Fabrication Top Brands: Ray Ban, Oakley, Lacoste, Chanel F bio Miyata writes, “On my vacation my girlfriend and I stayed on Bonaire and enjoyed it a lot Im a geographer and live in So Paulo, Brazil, but sometimes I go to Rio de Janeiro to work and the picture is front of Sugarloaf. Some information about Rio de Janeiro (Wikipedia) it’s the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America, boasting approximately 6.3 million people within the city proper. The Sugarloaf is only one of several monolithic morros (hills) of granite and quartz that rise straight from the water's edge around Rio de Janeiro. For Picture Yourself in the Bonaire Reporter WE NEED PHOTOS! WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. E-mail to: T he Bonaire Local and International Fishing Tournament will take place Jan. 17 – 19th 2013.This is its 25th year, and will be a fantastic “double” event. The local tournament is open to all boats (even if they are not from Bonaire) and is targeting edable fish. There is $1000 in cash prizes and other valuable prizes to be split among the small boats (less than 17’) and again the same for the boats 17’ and larger. Entry is $50 and includes goodies, T-Shirts and 4 fabulous dinners at the event. You get to keep the fish and if you catch too much, we will have a place set up for you to sell them to the onlookers. The International tournament is a catch and release tournament that is targeting billfish. All of the rules set out by the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) will be followed. Use of Circle hooks to limit the harm to the fish that are released are recommended. The grand prize is a Toyota Hilux for breaking the Antillean record for largest Blue Marlin. The current record is 804lbs (365kg). There is US$12,500 in cash prizes for this exciting event. To make this year really special, The Billfish Foundation will be joining to educate the anglers on best practices and tagging of fish. They will be bringing tags so that we can begin marking the fish in this area and see where they may turn up next. This tagging initiative began in 1990 and has over 200,000 fish tagged to date. This program gives vital information to the scientists on the migration, population and growth of the fish. To help support their efforts there will be a silent auction of some beautiful art work and valuable items. Press release 25thBonaire International & Local Fishing Tournament And Boat Party O n Saturday January 19th we look forward to seeing you with a self-built boat at our Ship to Shore Boat party by Club Nautico and It Rain’s Fishes restaurant. We are looking for fun and simple boats, floats and contraptions to move at least two people about 50m and back. The most important rules are to have fun, stay safe (you must know how to swim, just in case) and don’t pollute! Better yet, Recycle! The prizes are for the fastest boat, best use of recycled material s, most professional and most creative. Stop by Budget Marine to get the full rules and sign up. Don’t say there is no time. We are not looking for boats to last a lifetime. Cardboard boxes, bottles, barrels you name itwill do. A weekend project and there you have it! You can win valuable prizes and gift certificates. Check out http:// for pictures and ideas. The Ship to Shore party is the last day of the 25th International and Local Fishing tournaments, so be sure to come by and check out the festival. There will be a stand set up where you can buy some of the fresh catch of the day, but don’t be late! Enjoy great buffets, drinks, music and slides of the day’s events Thursday – Saturday evenings. Press release/Pam Teitel-Werdath Recycled cardboard pussycat boat


Page 16 Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 Bonaire Reporter Classifieds— Are still free Got something to buy or sell? Non-Business Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words are still FREE Commercial Ads only $0. 77 per word, for each two-week issue. MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE: side tables, armchair, beautiful lamp, 2 new beds incl. mattresses, clothes, dishes, cups, vase, pushchair, maxi cosi. Phone: 795-2005 ————————————————BIRKENSTOCK. Brand new WATER BIRKIES Special for hot weather and rain! Size 36/5. Haiti Birko-Flor Safari Spikes Brown. Really cute! Make an offer. Phone: 700 -9599. ———————————————— DOGSTEP, easy for your dog to get on board, car. $20,-. Phone:700-9599. ————————————————PERSONALS Are YOU, male, interested in meeting ME? Like you, although female, I am under 60, attractive, intelligent, non-smoker and much more! Long distance is no problem. I am willing to relocate. ————————————— For sale: camel active booties size 9, colour tabac, upper ma terial velour leather combination, almost unused. Asking price $120,-Dive computer for technical diving -Shearwater Procte Predator OLED OC/CC retail price on request Phone 717-2278 Tel (599) 791-6272 / 785-6272 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: Make Your Home More Comfortable FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Also interior or exterior design advice China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 795-9332 Bring serenity Into your home With “Feng Shui” Ad Space Available Free for non-commercial use Cheap for business use. AFFORDABLE NetTech Tel:717-6773 Fax:717-7854Domain Registrations E-mail Hosting Anti-Spam & Anti-Virus Web Site Design Web Site Hosting Marketing Consulting Internet Consulting Photographic Services Graphic Design 16 Flights a day between Bonaire and Curaao Divi Divi Air Reservations 24 hours a day Call (5999 839-1515) Real Estate, Rentals, etc… For RENT: Spacious apartment with 2 bedrooms. Quiet and safe ambiance at Punt Vierkant in Belnem. Fully furnished, living + dining area with full kitchen. Private garden + free parking. Long term $750.00 per month. Including Cable TV + WIFI internet. Excluding housekeeping + utilities. Deposit required. Available per December 01, 2012 Call 796-5530. ——————————————— For rent ; 2 bedroom upstairs apt. Pagabon ~incl internet and m itv one month deposit~ call 795 3456 ——————————————— For rent 5 studios on Hato 1-2 persons from 26 December and 2 January. Price is all inclusive also the use. $452-565 p.m. Incl. tv, internet, furnished, gas, WEB, linen set, with full furnished kitchen 717 2529 —————————————For rent 2 bedroom furnished (upstairs) apartment in Nikiboko. ideal for room mates, or a couple. Available end January, beginning of February includes MiTV/ internet~ Pagabon -pls call 7953456 ————————————————Vacation? Rent our house with 2 porches and 3 bedrooms. $260 per week, excluding WEB (water/power). Available from 2 to 23 February. Mail to ———————————————House for Rent in Belnem. 2 bedrooms. Furnished or unfurnished Phone 717-2698 or 785-9900 Check CARIB INN First. Great Prices –Great Stock Scuba Sales Repair Replacement New Gear Accessories Always Great Values CARIB INN Since 1980 PADI 5 STAR GOLD PALM 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set, Moon Phase and Tides Day High Low High Low High Sunrise Sunset Fri 11 00:32 0.13 ft 04:56 0.01 ft 12:02 1.13 ft 20:44 0.24 ft New Moon 6:59 18:27 Sat 12 01:54 0.20 ft 06:09 0.09 ft 12:58 1.05 ft 21:33 0.25 ft 7:00 18:28 Sun 13 03:07 0.30 ft 07:38 0.17 ft 13:56 0.94 ft 22:18 0.25 ft 7:00 18:29 Mon 14 04:09 0.42 ft 09:16 0.21 ft 14:56 0.82 ft 23:00 0.24 ft 7:00 18:29 Tue 15 05:01 0.54 ft 10:52 0.21 ft 15:56 0.69 ft 23:38 0.21 ft 7:00 18:30 Wed 16 05:47 0.66 ft 12:17 0.18 ft 16:55 0.57 ft 7:00 18:30 Thu 17 00:14 0.18 ft 06:29 0.76 ft 13:32 0.12 ft 17:53 0.45 ft 7:00 18:31 Fri 18 First Quarter 00:47 0.14 ft 07:10 0.83 ft 14:39 0.07 ft 18:49 0.36 ft 7:01 18:31 Sat 19 01:17 0.10 ft 07:48 0.88 ft 15:39 0.02 ft 19:42 0.27 ft 7:01 18:32 Sun 20 01:44 0.06 ft 08:24 0.91 ft 16:36 0.01 ft 20:33 0.20 ft 7:01 18:32 Mon 21 02:08 0.03 ft 09:00 0.92 ft 17:31 0.03 ft 21:25 0.14 ft 7:01 18:33 Tue 22 02:27 0.00 ft 09:36 0.92 ft 18:26 0.05 ft 22:21 0.10 ft 7:01 18:33 Wed 23 02:42 0.02 ft 10:11 0.91 ft 19:20 0.07 ft 23:30 0.07 ft 7:01 18:34 Thu 24 02:48 0.04 ft 10:46 0.89 ft 20:12 0.08 ft 7:01 18:34 Fri 25 11:23 0.86 ft 20:57 0.09 ft 7:01 18:35 City Shop is looking for a person with knowledge and experi ence in the field of repairing electr onic equipment (like flat screen television, microwaves, rice cooker..etc.). If you are interested in this job, come with your resume to City Shop, Kaya International 36. City Shop ta buska un persona ku konosementu i eksperensha den reparashon di aparatonan elektr niko (manera flat screen televishon, microwaves, rice cooker..ect.). Si bo ta interes, pasa personalmente ku bo cv na City Shop, Kaya International 36.


Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 Page 17 AIRLINES Divi Divi AirBonaire’s “on time airline” with 16 flights a day between Bonaire and Curaao. Your first choice fo r inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba. APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS City Shop the mega store, has the island’s widest selection of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. In-store financing too. APPLIANCE REPAIR Tavarez Refri Parts can repair all your home’s appliances. Long established, technically profic ient and reputable. Call 701-3801 or 786-3801 BANK ORCO Bank offers one-on-one attention, pe rsonal banking. Each client is a person, not a number. Office in the historic building at Kaya Grandi 48. BARS Zazu Bar at the Harbour Village Marina is all you expect in a great bar. Super bartender, quality drinks and fri endly service. Plus Bonaire’s only Rum Bar– over 50 types! 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. 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. WANT A LISTING IN THIS DIRECTORY? It’s still free for regular advertisers in The Reporter. Call Laura at 786-6518 for more details. ON and IN the WATER Budget Marine has what anyone with a boat needs, and if its not in stock they can order it quickly. You can also fi nd special hardware for general use and components for solar and wind electric systems. Carib Inn is Bonaire’s third oldest Dive Shop, open since 1980 is a 10-room resort tailoring to small scale resort lovers. Well stocked scuba store, best prices on dive equipment. The place where others take their gear for repair. Dive Friends has four dive schools and three retail shops so you always get the best deals and can be assured of top notch training. Remodeled shop open now. UNDERWATER VIDEO ScubaVision Pro video of your Bonaire vaca tion, 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. Off Kaya Industria, behind Lucky Supermarket. HOME CARE Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the needs of second home owners on Bonaire including inspection, management and cleaning. PHOTOGRAPHER Bonaire’s creative video and still photographer for the wedding or other important events in your life. ScubaVision, Kaya Grandi 6, See website or ScubaVision on YouTube REAL ESTATE /RENTAL AGENTS Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and visit. RESTAURANTS Bistro de Paris— is back at a new location at the Harbour Village Marina. Superb menu, genuine French dishes in a waterfront ambiance. Pasa Bon Pizza —Bonaire’s quality pizza-Best ingredients, best baking and best taste. Great salads and lasagna too. Eat in or take away. RELAXATION/MASSAGE/FACIALS The Namaste Relaxation Studio is the place to go when you want to unwind, settle down and feel good. They o ffer several treatments that will help you achieve calmness. Call 701-2010. RETAIL Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women and children. Bona Dea is Bonaire’s newest Caribbean life style shop featuring gifts, apparel, shoes, accessories and home dcor SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. 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. 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? SPAS/GYM/HEALTH Bon Bida Spa & Gym World Class fitness and health facilityClasses, top notch machines, trainers. Day, monthly or annual rates. Flamingo Services Bonaire will pamper you with exquisite care for massage, facials, or waxing. Best equipment and natural products are used. SUPERMARKETS TOP Supermarket— Conveniently located downtown at the old Cultimara location. Featuring a complete selection including fresh meat, fruit and vegetables. Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria— Big air conditioned market with a friendly staff, the largest selection and lowest prices on the island. They stock what you need. MADE ON BONAIRE Semper Kontentu goat cheese. Ask for it at restaurants and look in the markets. Lovingly handmade. Mugs available. VARIETY STORE The Tung Fong Store is a great asset to everyone on Bonaire because it stocks so many thing we want: cloth es, hardware, food, auto and bike supplies. If you don’t see it… ask for it. They probably have it. 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 an easy on/off built-in ramp at Bonaire Nautic o (It Rains Fishes Restaurant) WEDDINGS ON BONAIRE Flamingo Services will make your romantic Bonaire wedding memorable and stress free. Seven years experience arranging ceremonies, accommodations, cakes, dresses, photographs, flowers and more. Call Lisette at 7850006 A Directory listing is free for regular advertisers in The Reporter Call Laura at 786-6518 for information Sunbelt Realty


Page 18 Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 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 hrs 1 7 pm, Entrance fees: Salary range from $0 $1500 free. $1500 $2000: $25 per month. $2000 $2500: Membership $30 per month $2500 and up $50 per month. Registration forms can be picked up at the playground. Call 7864576/795-4050. All candidates must present their last salary slip. Saturdays We Dare To Care Playground Bazaar Weekly Flea market 9 1:00 pm. All tables are free every Saturdays only on the first Saturday of every month will be $10.00 per tables. Donations for used clothing are welcome. € Open House at Semper Kontentu milk goat farm. Second Saturday of the month 8 am to 12 noon. €Marshe di Kunukeru (Farmers’ Market ) 1st Saturday of the month at Kriabon, Kaminda Jatu Baco #55, next to Aquamarin School, 8 am to 12 noon. €Bonaire Animal Shelter’s “Garage Sale” Pakus di Pruga—every Saturday 8am-5pm. At Kaminda Liberador Simon Bolivar, across from Brandaris Caf. Tel. 717-4989 € Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine Company’s warehouse on Kaya Industria, Second Saturday of the month 7-9 pm. ( Always call to make sure it’s on: Tel. 560-7539 ) Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10 per person. € 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—7967870. €PetanqueJeu de Boules, Saturdays 2:30 pm Tera Cora ranch. info: 786-0150 Sundays €Kunuku Arawak Music, drinks, local food, dancing 10 am—6 pm. Live music starts at 4 pm. Tel.786-7210 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 € Chez Nous Restaurant— Multicourse dinner prepared by students, under direction of teachers, $20. At the high school. Reservations mandatory 700-4628. Wednesdays €Chez Nous Restaurant – Multi-course lunch, about $12, at the high school. Reservations mandatory 700-4628. Girls Night Out at Bistro de Paris Restaurant at Harbour Village Marina. 3course menu $25, 1/2 price martinis and house wine bottle 30-minute Meditation at Yoga Bonaire Bonaire Basics. 786-6416 or Fridays Happy Hour Crafts Market at Wilhelmina Park, sponsored by Bonaire Arts and Crafts As sociation. 5-9 pm. Happy Hour party at Bistro Di Paris Ricky Thomas performs Reggae, Soul, Latin and more 6 9pm FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS 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 when 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 Museo Sentro Chichi’Tan historical home, behind Rose Inn, Rincon, open 10am-4pm daily. Tel. 786-6420 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: 7907001 and 796-4931 Al-Anon meetings every Thursday evening at 7.30pm. Call 700-7751 or 7018728 Bridge Club Every Wednesday, Bridge Club on Bonaire. 19:15, contact Jeroen Seegers for information tel. 7174200 or788-2819 or Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Caf. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. 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. Call Gregory Obersi 785-9446. 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: ( VPGB ), Kralendijk, Plaza Wilhelmina; Sunday service-10 am in Dutch. Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian; Sunday service-8:30 am in Papiamentu/Dutch. Children’s club-every Saturday from 4:30-6 pm in Kralendijk, (annex of the church.) Contact; or International Bible Church, Kaya Papago 104, Hato, behind Bon Fysio/Bon Bida Spa & Gym on Kaya Gob. N. Debrot. Sunday 9am-Worship service in English; 10:45am-Sunday school for all ages. Tuesday 7:30 pm-Adult Bible study class. 717-8377 for more info or ride Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304. Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 7174211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wed. Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 7172194 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 located temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are held Sunday mornings10am-11:30am. Bible studies in English on Monday nights from 7-8 pm. Contact: 717-3322 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints : Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Services (Translation to English and Papiamentu upon request) 10:20amSunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors welcome: Information: Call 701-9522 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) 786-6518, 786-6125, E-mail: The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Address: P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Available on-line at: Published every two weeks Reporters: Lyn Baker, J@n Brouwer, Emily Duwan, Clark Heijbroek, Rik de Hek, Genady Filkovsky, Guus Gerritsen, Carla Hay, Greta Kooistra, John MacHaffie, Jane Madden-Disko, Mystery Gourmet, Dominique Serafini, The Big Elf, Michael Thiessen, Pam Teitel-Werdath Unattributed photos are by the editor or publisher. Distribution: Marlene & Co. (Playa), Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Divi-Divi Airline, Ava Rose Wuyts (mailing) Housekeeping: JRA. CLOSE-IN EVENTS Karnaval 2013 Activities January 12 -Opening of Karnaval Activities (Sentro di Bario Rincon) 15 -Activities for the Queen, Prince and Pancho (Youth) 16 -Karnavalesko Activities FUKABO 17 -Jump Up in Rincon 18 -Karnavalesko Activities FUKABO 20 -Youth Election 21 -Back to the 80s, The Fancy Gems ( more in the next edition ) ———————————————— Wednesday, Jan. 17 to 19 — International and Local Fishing Tournament at Club Nautico (It Rains Fishes Restaurant) Saturday, Jan. 19 —Ship to Shore Party —in front of Club Nautico and It Rains Fishes– More on page 15 Sunday, Jan. 20 -Kaminda di Arte (Art Tour) Visit artists at their studios, 11am-4pm. More on page 10 Friday 11-Jan-13 Seaborn Quest 0800-1800 450 Holland America Sunday 13-Jan-13 Maasdam 0800-1700 1258 Holland America Wednesday 16-Jan-13 Grandeur of the Seas 0800-1800 2446 Celebrity/RCCL Saturday19, 20-Jan-13 The World 800 200 Condo ship Tuesday 22-Jan-13 Emerald Princess 1200-1900 3100 Princess Cruises Wednesday 23-Jan-13 Noordam 0800-1700 1920 Holland America Wednesday 23-Jan-13 Grandeur of the Seas 0800-1800 2446 Celebrity/RCCL Thursday 24-Jan-13 Queen Elizabeth 0800-1800 2175 Cunard Friday 25-Jan-13 Maasdam 0800-1700 1258 Holland America Upcoming Cruise Ships– Sour ce: Harbormaster's Office Day Date Ship Name Time in Port # of pass. Cruise Line


Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 Page 19 W hile we wait for the moment when the island of Bonaire can bring itself to make available a public location for concerts and theatre performances (a Kas di Kultura a long held wish that I have been boring my friends and acquaintances with for years), classical concerts are being held at the Plaza Resort. It was at this location that we enjoyed a marvellous concert recently. It was organised by the Classical Music Board Bonaire, an organization devoted to bringing beautiful music to Bonaire and which has been doing so for the last three years. Visitors arriving at Plaza Resort for the purpose of attending a concert have to walk for a bit. Past the reception straight ahead down the corridor and then you find yourself with a choice between two doors. The right door leads into the Cacique room, a salon tastefully furnished by the organisers. A beautiful grand piano, flowers, paintings on the walls and the seats arranged as in an amphitheatre semi-circle around the stage. It is a small palace dedicated to culture. Young and old from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds have been enjoying classical music here for three years now. There is also a door to the left. Directly across from the entrance to the concert room one finds the entrance to the casino: a fully acclimatised environment. Greedy eyes with dollar signs track the displays of the jingling slot machines. Some tables are surrounded by an interesting entourage of ladies and gentlemen who intently eyeball the stacks of chips, and each other. Before the concert started I was reminded of the beautiful poster that I am able to admire almost daily, right down the last intricate detail, in the rest room of my home. I had bought this print as a student at a stall with religious articles at the Museumplein in Amsterdam. It belonged to an ecclesiastical organization with a strong evangelistic purpose. Bibles, devotional pictures, memorial cards for the living and for those who have passed all found their way over the counter, just as did this 16 by 20 inch sign providing a vivid insight into the path to good and the path to evil. The beautifully colored landscape contained an interesting separation. On the left side a wide path leads through a sloping landscape ascending into dark clouds. One passes fairs, dance halls and candy stores, houses of pleasure, money changers, casinos and gambling houses along the way as one is led into hell. Lepers, cripples and chronically ill find themselves trapped in a lazaret or lepers colony. Near skeletons on wiry legs raise their arms as they hopelessly try to resist the purgatory fire. The weather, by the way is not so good there. On the right side of the image a modest piazza leads up to a narrow road. This in turn transforms itself into a mountain path along cliffs and ravines. It is difficult to pass over but fortunately ends at a beautiful terminus. Heaven. A choir of angels accompanied by Jesus await to welcome the fatigued God-seeking traveller. One passes schools, libraries, concert halls, chapels, larger and smaller houses of worship at every hairpin turn. Scattered along the way are lakes, ponds and streams offering refreshment and soothing vistas, with trees providing shade and shelter for the necessary rest. All places to provide the individual with the rest, wisdom, righteousness and conviction to arrive at the higher grounds. There, high up in the sky behind an occasional flimsy cloud, shines an aureole of light where the Savior awaits. You will understand what point I am trying to make. The narrow path of good and the wide path of evil were only meters apart at that evening at Plaza Resort Bonaire. We enjoyed a brilliant performance by Nicaulis Alliey playing the flute, with Armand Simon on the piano. We drifted away on the notes of Bach and Bolling, and on melodies from the opera Carmen. Happiness was ours, augmented by the fact that we found ourselves in the culturally diverse but like minded company enjoying the same things. I believe that music unifies, brings people together, especially when the listeners come from all over the world. At the end of the concert we made our way to the bar for an agreeable glass of wine and some pleasant conversation with the performing artists. As a consequence I found myself searching for the toilets in the large hallway but found these to be inaccessible, not because they were occupied but because they were locked shut. Back to the bar. The intern on duty informed me that it was standing policy to lock the toilets after 8 pm. My surprised expression was noticed by a young man employed by the resort. He explained matters further. “We lock the toilets after 8 pm because we do not want to take the chance that they will be used by the guests of the casino. They could do all sort of things there, use drugs and whatnot.” He went on to offer me well meant and very practical advice. “You can off course use the toilets in the casino. Those are still open.” Reluctantly I made my way into the arctic airs of the casino. Ventured to find the rest rooms between the ringing machines, the flashing lights and the covetous and greedy expressions. I decided to backtrack halfway. I was on the wrong path. I had passed the wide gate with the temptations of the worldly life. The image of the poster of my college days came before me with great clarity. I rushed myself to a tree in the resorts garden, raised my eyes at the clear star starry sky and a crisp crescent moon. I found myself relieved to have regained sight of a life that can end well. It had been quite a night. Guus Gerritsen Open Nonstop Mon.Friday. 8:00-19:00 Sat.Sunday8:00-18:00 Bonairean Humor From the Papiamentu language newspaper xtra T wo guys meet on the street. One of them has a sack on his back. “What do you have in the sack?” the one guy asks. “Chicken” the other answered. “If I tell you how many chickens you have in the sack can I have one?” The other guy says: “If you tell me how many chickens there are in the sack you can have both of them.” “OK! You have….5!” W hy did 326 fools drown in the sea? Because the boat’s motor stopped and they all got out of the boat to push it. “H ow did it go with the machines at the casino, Buchi?” I had tremendous luck, every time I put in the money, I immediately won. So I stayed a long time. The problem is now I don’t know what to do with all these cans of Coca Cola.” H ow does a fool purify water? He lets it fall from the fifth floor so he kills all the bacteria. A couple of friends were walking on the street. One says to the other: Look at that beautiful woman there, there was a time they would all run after me. The other says: Seriously? Why don’t they do it anymore? Because I no longer steal their purses.” A goofy guy was passing in front of a showcase and saw himself in the mirror. It left him thinking all day: “Where do I know that guy from that I saw in that mirror?” All night when he was in bed he kept thinking about that guy until he realized who it was. “Now I remember, he’s the same guy that was standing in front of me in the mirror where I get my hair cut.“ A long time ago there were only two people that could help when you needed to move. Buchi and his brother Bores. One day Buchi was carrying a very heavy wardrobe on his back. Just then a person stopped next to him and asked him: “Your brother is not helping you?” Buchi said: “Of course he is, he’s inside the wardrobe holding the clothes so they don’t get mixed up.” A crazy guy damaged his car badly. When he saw where he damaged it he decided if he blew through the muffler he could blow all the dents back in place. As he started to blow through the muffler another crazy guy passes buy and tells him: You’re crazy. You won’t be able to blow the dents out, silly, your windows are down! Translated by Jane Madden Disko Opinions expressed are those of th e writer, not necessarily those of The Reporter The Narrow and Wide Path


Page 20 Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 The Grinch that stole Christmas…… WEB! Dear Editor: We’ve always looked forward to taking a ride on holiday evenings to enjoy the festive outdoor Christmas decorations in and around town. ‘Twas the season to be jolly, and we set out the other night to view an array of brilliant Christmas lights and lift our spirits. But this year, we were astonished at the lack of Christmas lighting in general. There were no oohs and ahs, we couldn’t believe our eyes…so few homes were decorated! It seemed to us that there was definitely a “damper” on Christmas even the shops in town didn’t seem to have their heart in it. By the time we reached home, instead of having lifted our spirits, we felt rather let down. It takes a lot of electricity to really light up a house big time. Seems we just can’t afford it anymore. The Grinch has definitely stolen Christmas in Bonaire. Now how sad is that? Christie Dovale THANKS FOR THE PUZZLE Dear Editor, I would like to thank you for running Genady's coral puzzle series. I have been diving in Bonaire in 2012 and 2011 and dove with Genady on both trips. As a wildlife biologist myself I believe it is important for scientists to share their scientific inquiries with the public. Genady has done so in a clever fashion introducing his observations and results in a puzzle fashion, as well as including commentary from readers around the world, over a series of at least 8 articles. Thanks very much and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from snowy Canada! Andrew de Vries Ottawa, Canada DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROGRESSIVE COUNTRIES AND BONAIRE Dear Editor: Iceland decided to attract tourism and expand their economy, so created their own airline hub with cheap flights between North America and Europe, plus free stopovers to spend some nights in the country, where all kinds of tourists would normally not otherwise go. It worked. Panama for another example needed to attract tourism, business and expand their economy and way of life for their people, so they expanded the airport. It worked. Bonaire on the other hand adds paid parking to the airport when it was free before, and ups the departure taxes Good move, *****. Famous Captain CHAMBER OF COMMERCE STILL BEHIND THE TIMES Dear Editor: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me! We need to add a third instance of clients being fooled when it come the Bonaire Chamber of Commerce. Hopefully you have read Don’t Stop the Carnival, by Herman Wouk. If not and you live here, have a business or need to deal with some of the bureaucracy it is well worth reading. I will try explaining the circumstances that prompted me to write this missive: My friend owns a small resort here (7 apartments) and when he bought them he was obliged to register the business with the Bonaire Chamber of Commerce. This Dec. he needed to have a printout from the Chamber of proof of his legitimacy for a new service he needed. Being made aware of the need for the document I called the Chamber to find out how fast I could obtain the paper and was told that the annual fees had not been paid for quite some time (4 or 5 years if I am not mistaken). Come to find out, incredibly they do not send bills. In this day and age of computers and direct deposit, I imagine that the Chamber has a vault full of stone tablets that the records are kept on and the unpaid dues notices will be still available for viewing into the next millennium! For an agency that operates on a budget, you would think they would want to collect as much money for running their offices. Needless to say he went and paid in full as well as $15 for his proof of registry. That really was an eye opener for my friend (I had already experienced a similar fiasco myself a few months ago.) He was told that the office would call in a few days and he could pick up the papers. Receiving no call, he personally appeared and was told to come back. Two days passed and he returned only to be told that there were additional papers that needed to be signed (why he was not told this when paid his fees the week before or someone could have called is beyond comprehension). It was the end of the week and too late to do anything about procuring the needed document. To make matters worse, my friend had to leave. Luckily I have the papers and will complete the process and also take care of what needs to be done to take care of submitting the proof needed to procure his new service I was under the impression that a new director would make changes and streamline procedures. The status quo of business as usual is totally unacceptable. A Chamber of Commerce should be a vibrant beacon attracting businesses and clean industry to help us grow and fulfill our mission. They should offer service on demand. With computerized records there is no good reason you need to wait and beg for days to get a document. The ridiculous system of collecting bills by telepathy has to stop! Just because it was the way it was always done is also simply unacceptable! I am given to understand that there will be two openings on the Chamber Board. Perhaps we need to be judicious about who they choose. We need modern thinkers who do not have personal agendas as do some of the present members. Organizations such as CARICOM, The World Bank and the UN should be approached and perhaps we can learn how a proper Chamber of Commerce should be run. I have paid dues for over 10 years and NEVER have been informed of any plan, project or educational effort they have initiated. Mike Gaynor UNFAIR FINE Dear Editor: We were told that, the case where a kunuku owner with the proper permit for a rifle to protect his goats and animals was called in by the prosecutor and told he has a choice. To pay $1000. For shooting the dog that was caught in the act of attacking his animals on his property, as well as going after a worker that tried to stop him... The Dutch prosecutor: Told the owner that he had the choice of paying $1000. For the dog and have one year probation or she will send the case to the court.. They say when the prosecutor was asked about the investigation she said the Dutch owner stated the dog was calm and cost them $1000. And she has 2 letters from people that the dog was a calm dog. I am told the investigation did not include going to see where the dog was shot, It did not include contacting the local Kunuku owner, it did not include questioning the local person that was attacked by the dog, even thought the incident was documented and stamped copy is in the police files. It did not include having the Dutch dog owners held accountable for not keeping their dog in there yard or on a leash when out walking. Also we did not receive information on the Dog owner being held responsible for the payment of the goat it killed on days before. I believe the Bonaire government and the official that is in charge of the BES Islands should check to see if the above is valid. Also to see if this is not an act of Colonialisms… We can only hope we on Bonaire are not falling victim to unfair restraints from Holland. Concerned Party Opinions expressed are those of the writer, not necessarily those of The Reporter


Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 Page 21 Business Owners : Are you disappointed with your present advertising? Use The Reporter to get best results. Your ads placed in The Reporter will find customers for your shop or restaurant. Try it and see At over 80 Bonaire locations and around the world via the Internet Why The Reporter? €€ Big format– Your ad is never “lost in the clutter.” Compare € Real Bonaire stories, news and letters € Balanced views and topics people want to read, not just press releases € Low ad cost per copy. € Aimed at Locals and Tourists in hotels and markets, shops and restaurants € Your ads go Worldwide on the Internet … free In English– The language of bargains and business. Check for yourself how many advertisements in hours once a week, but was reachable by telephone. Very sick children were flown to Curaao or Aruba. This is no longer necessary since now there are several nurses specialized in pediatrics who can be admitted to the hospital’s “Sentebibu” special care department. The first of the new street lights were installed near the TCB office on Kaya Grandi in Playa on January 4. It won’t be much longer before all the aging and corroded streetlights downtown will be replaced by the corrosion and vandal resistant models according to a government spokesman. The lights were provided by Bonaire’s leading electrical supply company, Hitess NV. “Holidayed” out? Feeling stiff? Exercised too much? Get relief with a top notch massage or a facial from Elizabeth de Groot at Flamingo Services in the Bon Bida Spa building on the northern hotel row at Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 74. For an appointment call 785-0006 or 717-2972. She has vast experience in a variety of techniques. Bike riding around Bonaire is really wonderful in the cooler weather this time of year. If you want to try out the newest ride in bicycling technology visit De Freeweiler bike shop at Kaya Grandi #61 in the blue building. Call 717-8545 for information or Email: or Web: All of us here at The Reporter want all our readers to have their happiest new year yet. G./L. D. B onaire’s “first baby” of the new year are twins! The Alberto babies were born on 1 January at 16.53 and 16.55. They were a healthy 2390 and 2120 grams (5 pounds, 4 ounces and 4 pounds 11 ounces). The proud parents are Gwioviara Alberto and Evandre Chirino. They were showered with gifts by MCB bank’s Lito the Lion. In the photo are MCB’s Lito, proud parents Gwioviara Alberto and Evandre Chirino, midwife Lydia Lont, Ingrid Fenies of MCB Bonaire, and nurses Zr. Jeama Emerencian a and Zr. Suzy Bernabela. Congratulations to the beautiful couple and their beautiful twins. Press release O n Sunday, December 16th, Santa arrived at the Rose Inn in Rincon for his annual Christmas visit. Santa loves to come to the island of Bonaire in order to warm up and relax before he has to get ready for the busy week ahead. When he visits he swaps his sleigh and reindeer (It’s too hot for reindeer anyway) for a motorcycle so he can enjoy Bonaire’s sunshine and deliver some presents to the kids of Rincon. This year was no exception with over 50 children coming to see Santa’s bike and get their picture taken with the Jolly old fellow. After posing for pictures, each child got to choose a toy from Santa’s collection. Santa brought a great selection of toys, everything from basketballs and soccer balls to squirt guns and even art kits for Rincon’s young artists. We want to offer a special thanks for Santa and Mrs. Claus for taking time from their busy schedule at the North Pole to come and bring some holiday cheer to Bonaire. Merry Christmas and Bon Pasku to all! The Big Elf Flotsam and Jetsam ( from page #) T wenty ve years is a lifetime and patients who believe in oral and dental care made it possible for dentist Percy Chirino to ful ll that lifetime. That is what Dr. Chirino said in looking back on 25 years of service by his FCA Chirino Memorial Dental Clinic on Kaya Korona. “During these 25 years one could observe a progress among patients and other people who used our up-to-date dental service, while one can also see that more and more people are serious about their dental health.” he added. Press release Dr. Chirino (circled) and his team have Deputy Serafilia in the dentist’s chair Dutch and Papiamentu publications use English € Free Directory listings for regular advertisers Recipe by Rik de Hek, food design student and former chef at Salsa Restaurant. I’ve got to email The Reporter today at Call 786-6518


Page 22 Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 A t this time of year, primarily because of the fireworks, dogs and cats are running away, terrified and confused by the loud noises and bright lights. The Animal Shelter has been acting as a Lost and Found Pet Headquarters. So if you have lost a pet or found one please get in touch with the Shelter at 717-4989 and give a description of the animal and they will keep a lookout either for the owner or for the pet. The animals will be kept for a certain leng th of time, checked out by the vet and if they’re healthy and social, be put up for adoption. This New Years Eve this adorable black and white female pup (above) was found “running scared” down a remote back road in the Bolivia area on New Years’ Eve, frightened by the booming fireworks. She’s relatively small, about 6-7 kg (13-15 lbs.), intelligent, social and housebroken. If she’s yours you will find her waiting for you at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on Lagoen Road. Be prepared to prove she is truly your dog with a veterinary record, photo or other proof. Bring your own ID too. L.D. D oesn’t this alert young pup, “Yuki,” look like one of those interesting Australian dogs with her stand up ears and eager look? She’s about a year old and comes from Rincon where her previous owner had too many dogs to care for. Luckily Yuki ended up at the Shelter where she has shown her sweet and very laid back personality. She looks straight into your eyes has if to say, “what can I do for you now?” Yuki has a soft brindle colored coat, fawn interspersed with dark gray fur. Yuki has been checked out by the vet, been sterilized and given her shots and worming. She’s healthy as can be and is ready to go to an appreciative owner. You may see Yuki and the other healthy and social cats and dogs up for adoption at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm, 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989. Website: L.D. SHELTER NEWS F ree Chip for Your Dog or Cat Does your pet have a “chip?” It’s a way to identify your pet if it’s lost. The number goes into a data bank with your name and contact number. The Shelter is now offering to “chip” your dog or cat for free. Just call them at 717-4989 to make an appointment. It’s painless and takes just 10 to 20 seconds. Thank you again, Bonaire Animal Shelter, for all the services you provide for the pet community. V olunteers Needed for the Shelter stand at the Cruise Ship Market Want to have some fun and meet interesting people while helping out the Animal Shelter? Then give the Shelter a call at 7174989 and offer to volunteer at the Shelter stand that’s set up for the Cruise Ship Markets in Wilhelmina Park. You have a choice of working mornings or afternoons. The booth has all sorts of things for sale: Shelter T-shirts, birthday calendars, Bonaire license From Bonaire Nautico Marina BONAIRE NAUTICO MARINA At It Rains Fishes Restaurant Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399 www.bonairenauticomarina /VHF 68 THE ONLY WALKON / WALKOFF Catamaran Kantika di Amor Up to 27 people and supported by a brand new larger sister Catamaran Kantika Too TRIPS Every (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 Yuki T hat some squids can detach their arms as a defensive tactic! A recent study observed this new defensive strategy in a species of deep sea squid, Octopoteuthis deletron When being attacked these squids grip into the predator, then swim away quickly leaving their arm hooked on the predator! This distracts the predator, so the squid can easily escape. This strategy is called autotomy, and this species is the first known squid to use this defense. The squid tips also have a bioluminescent capability, which means through chemical reac tions the organism is able to give off light. When they are detached they continue to glow and twitch, making a speedy getaway even easier when the predator is distracted. The arm can thrash for up to an hour after it is separated! The squids can regrow their arms after they are detached which is a costly process but is better than being dinner for a predator. Amazing behaviors of underwater creatures continue to be discovered. Story by Emily Duwan; Photos by Stephanie Bush Duwan is a Biology major from Villanova University. She is spending her fall semester studying abroad at the CIEE Research Station in Bonaire. Inserting the chip plates, other odds and ends and crafty things. You may even find things there that you want as well! O ld License Plates Needed One of the best selling items at the Cruise Ship Market are old Bonaire license plates. And of course all the money goes to help keep the Shelter open for unwanted cats and dogs. What a perfect way to re-cycle! Laura DeSalvo


Bonaire ReporterJan. 11-25, 2013 Page 23 *to find it... just look up ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Winter has given you the urge to clean house when it comes to work. However, don’t let your temper get the best of you this month. Remain calm and think about what’s best for your future before making any rash decisions. Seek advice from a close friend or relative if you’re not sure what to do. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Don’t go against your nature this month. A loved one helps you realize what you want when it comes to your personal life. So, go out and get it. Don’t let others stand in your way. However, when it comes to work, it’s best to hold back your opinions until you know the whole story. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your ability to think fast on your feet will come in handy during a social outing this month. Don’t let a surprise throw you off guard. Work will keep you busy during the beginning of the month, so you must focus on the task at hand. Your efforts won’t go unnoticed. A bonus is on the way. CANCER (June 22-July 22) A family situation will put you to the test this month. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you. Stay strong and use your sense of humor to keep loved ones calm. You’ll be riding high when it comes to romance. An evening with a good friend will turn out to be much more. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Your pride may get you into trouble with a coworker this month. Don’t make the situation worse by trying to take control. In your personal life, romantic efforts finally will pay off. That special someone will show you that he or she really cares. Don’t rush in too fast. Take your time. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You’ll have to fight your fear of crowds this month as a meeting at work puts you in the spotlight. Your organization and perfectionism will pull you through with flying colors — and a lot of praise. Don’t be too hard on yourself after a fight with a loved one. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your ability to be a good listener will be needed this month as a close friend goes through a rough time. Your pleasant nature will help get him or her back on track. Don’t let a quarrel with your special someone get you down. Your good nature will bring him or her around. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov.23) Your determination puts you in line for top honors in the workplace. The higher-ups finally recognize all the time and effort you put in. Don’t be shy when it comes to romance this month. Even though it’s against your nature, let your feelings be known. They’ll be reciprocated. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your happy, gregarious nature will be challenged this month as loved ones share a family secret. The news may come as a surprise but don’t let your temper flare. Take it in stride. Your optimism pays off when it comes to romance. That special someone finally will make a move. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Now is your chance to get ahead at work. Your boss offers you the opportunity to take a commanding role in the company and you’re up to the challenge. Don’t let your stubborn side take control when it comes to friends. You’ll have a good time, even though you didn’t make the plans. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your sense of realism does well for you in all areas of your life this month. You won’t overreact to a surprise at work, making you a pillar of strength for your coworkers. As for your love life, it’s time to take the next step in a relationship. Think about it. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don’t let feelings of self-doubt keep you from reaching a new level of success. Believe in yourself and you can accomplish anything. A realistic look at finances will help you plan for the future. Pay attention to details at work, especially if you deal with numbers. Diet plays a role. 2013 MAJOR ASTRONOMICAL EVENT FORECAST By Astrologer Michael Thiessen January 2013 April 21, 22 Lyrids Meteor Shower. The Lyrids are an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. These meteors can produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. The shower usually peaks on April 21 & 22. April 28 Saturn at Opposition The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons. May 5, 6 Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Eta Aquarids are a light shower, usually producing about 10 meteors per hour at their peak. May 28 Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. The two bright planets will be within 1 degree of each other in the evening sky. The planet Mercury will also be visible nearby. Look to the west near sunset. May 25 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, South America, Western Europe and western Africa. August 12, 13 Perseids Meteor Shower. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower's peak usually occurs on August 13 & 14, but you may be able to see some meteors any time from July 23 August 22. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Perseus. August 27 Neptune at Opposition The blue planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view Neptune. Due to its distance, it will only appear as a tiny blue dot in all but the most powerful telescopes. October 21, 22 Orionids Meteor Shower. The Orionids is an average shower producing about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. This shower usually peaks on the 21st, but it is highly irregular. A good show could be experienced on any morning from October 20 24, and some meteors may be seen any time from October 17 25. November 17, 18 Leonids Meteor Shower. The Leonids is one of the better meteor showers to observe, producing an average of 40 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower itself has a cyclic peak year every 33 years where hundreds of meteors can be seen each hour. The last of these occurred in 2001. This could still be a good show. Look for the shower radiating from the constellation Leo after midnight. December 13, 15 Geminids Meteor Shower. Considered by many to be the best meteor shower in the heavens, the Geminids is known for producing up to 60 multicolored meteors per hour at their peak. ChristmastimeThe newly discovered comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) appears to be heading on a trajectory that could make for one of the most spectacular night-sky events in living memory. A close approach to the Sun will melt enormous amounts of the comet’s ice, releasing dust and gas and forming what should be a magnificent tail. After it loops around the Sun and forms this tail, the comet should then pass relatively close to Earth—not near enough to cause any worry, but close enough to put on a great show. Viewers in the Northern Hemisphere will get the best view as the comet blooms in the weeks approaching Christmas 2013. The comet could grow as bright as the full moon. Of course, comets have a habit of not living up to expectations, so we shall have to wait a year to find out. Lyn Baker/ Inge van Eps Caretaker Inspection, cleaning and management of your house on Bonaire Call: 00 599 700 11 39 L et us handle all facets of your Bonaire wedding for you, including accommodations, cakes, wedding dress rentals, photographs and flowers. We can assist you with your plans, civil wedding ceremony, and/or beach wedding ceremony. Wedding Planning — Wedding Packages Lisette: 785-0006 or 717-2972 Voted: Bonaire’s Most Creative Planner


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