Title: Bonaire reporter
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Publication Date: June 10, 2005
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Bonai Builds
'A Whale Page 12

NGO Platform Funds
Parke Publico
Page 6

Finding A Balance
for Bonaire
Page 10

Ocean "Mustang
Corral" Page 15
Rincon News
Page 8

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Bonaire officials on handfor the Morotin cleanup.
Rudsel Lieto in the center of the group.

Acting Manager of SELIBON, Bonaire's waste management company, Rud-
sel Leito is making things happen. He is starting the first large scale re-
cycling project on Bonaire under the auspices of the newly formed Bonaire Recy-
cling Foundation. Beginning in September all of Bonaire's hotels, snacks, and res-
taurants have to deposit their waste glass in special color-coded containers. Private
households will be included next year. A public information campaign will begin
in July.
A pilot project has begun at downtown City Caf6 where five containers are lo-
cated. Manager Lieto said, "Ten loads from City Caf6 have already been taken to
the crusher to be ground and converted into aggregate. If this test is successful, the
Gunlis Crusher, SELIBON, and Bonaire Recycling Foundation will sign a con-
tract. After that, we would like to begin as soon as possible to collect empty glass
SELIBON has ordered about 100 containers. It estimates that between the pri-
vate households, restaurants and street litter 830, 100 and 5 tons, respectively, of

waste glass is produced annually.

A BonairExpress is attempting to
improve its operation. It's hired a new
Chief Pilot and is running advertise-
ments for more flight and engineering
crew. Passengers report that flights are
running closer to schedule.

Air Jamaica added to its long list
of awards and accolades by achieving
the number one ranking among Car-
ibbean and Latin American carriers
for in-flight food and beverage service
as voted on by visitors to www.
airlinemeals.net, the world's first and
leading site which deals with nothing
but airline food. Air Jamaica's cuisine
earned a 7.85 average rating, outpacing
LanChile (7.18), Varig (6.71), Mexicana
(6.63) and TACA (5.30) among regional
carriers receiving a minimum of 10 cus-
tomer critiques. Too bad they will soon
leave Bonaire skies. (AP report)


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A The Surinamese airline, SLM,
will start flying between Curacao and
St. Maarten three times a week, effec-
tive June 24, announced Antillean
Transport and Communication Minister
Omayra Leeflang. The airline will use
an MD-80 aircraft for the flights. Cur-

A Rincon is a long way from the landfill on Lagoen Road. As a consequence the
people of the village have long been using the Morotin area as a dump for bulky
trash. But that was illegal and unsanitary. However, recognizing the necessity for a
dump site north of the village, SELIBON and the Platforma Rincon will work to-
gether to find a site where they can place some large containers to receive
bulk garbage. The containers will be periodically transported to the landfill by
According to SELIBON Acting Manager, Rudsel Leito, the first talks with repre-
sentatives of the Platforma will start soon. SELIBON cleaned up the Morotin site
last month and is looking for a way to finance the new waste operation.

rently, only BonairExpress flies the
route. It has been subject to numerous
complaints. Some of them are because
the ATR turbo props are too small to
handle the volume of travelers. Passen-
gers and luggage are often left behind.
S Floris van Pallandt, the new head of Bo-
nairExpress (part of Dutch Caribbean
Express), took part in negotiations with

A Bonaire's Customs department
will soon have a new drug sniffing
dog. The islands recently received six
new dogs to replace those who had died
or retired. Four will stay in Curaqao and
the last will go to Sint Maarten.

A Two
men were
Sunday in
with the dis-
last week of
an Alabama
teenager, 18-
year-old Na-

talee Holloway, who was visiting
Aruba with classmates to celebrate their
high school graduation. Authorities re-
quested a special diving team from the

Continued on page 4.

FBI because of rough currents in a
planned search area, said Attorney Gen-
eral Caren Janssen who announced the
The arrests came nearly a week after
the honor student disappeared during a
five-day trip to Aruba with more than
100 other classmates from Mountain
Brook High School, near Birmingham,
The men, ages 28 and 30, were work-
ing as security guards near the Holiday
Inn where the teen was staying.
Janssen declined to provide specific
charges, saying the case will go before a
judge by Wednesday to determine
whether they can be legally held. She
said the suspects were "uncooperative."
Hundreds of Arubans and American
residents joined the hunt. About

(Continued on page 4)

Opinion (Finding Nemo)
Rincon News (On the Porch, First
Computer Center, Growing our own)
World Tour for Taty
Windsurf Kids get awards
Finding a Balance for Bonaire
Pt. 6, Air Lift Myths
Bonai Builds a Whale
Ocean "Mustang Corral"
Bruce Bowker gets 30 year
Padi Award
Lighthouse walk (Nazario)
Gardner (hedges)

Flotsam & Jetsam

3 -Parke Publiko
-Teens train as tour guides
8 Contact Info.
9 Vessel List & Tide Table
9 Classifieds
Reporter Masthead
10 What's Happening
12 Pet of the Week ("Hector")
15 Wombania Cartoon
Shopping & Dining Guides
17 (Almost) Born on Bonaire
17 (Jackie Bernabela)
22 Picture Yourself
(Baltimore, USA)
Bonaire Sky Park (Stars Move)
The Stars Have It

Bonaire Reporter- June 10 to June 17, 2005

Page 2


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O ften I stare into the sea from my
perch above Bachelor's Beach
and contemplate how it is possible that
humans could be draining the oceans of
life. Meanwhile, movies with underwa-
ter themes like Finding Nemo and Shark
Tale have become the most popular ani-
mated features in history. In Finding
Nemo, the ocean ecosystem is repre-
sented as a vibrant world full of diversity
and teeming with life. In reality, beneath
the surface of most of our water planet is
a growing emptiness and sickness caused
by over fishing, pollution, overdevelop-
ment, and simple ignorance and greed.
So, while our children are feeling com-
passion for Marlin and Nemo the clown-
fish, Dory the blue tang, Crush the sea
turtle, and the other colorful sea crea-
tures in the movies, many adults are
standing by idly, allowing the oceans to
die and betraying our children's trust.
Soon, otters, turtles, sharks, rays, seals,
whales, dolphins, and all the other mar-
velous life of the oceans will only be
seen live in aquariums and sea worlds or
as caricatures in movies and books and
on cups and sheets.
I wonder how many families,
after viewing Finding Nemo or Shark
Tale together, decided to eat seafood for
dinner-perhaps some shrimp-not know-
ing, or not caring, that wild shrimp
caught in trawl nets have the highest by-
catch of any commercial fishery with
three to 15 pounds of unwanted animals

caught per one pound of shrimp, includ-
ing endangered sea turtles. One mo-
ment a family is cheering the animated
antics of the sea turtles riding the cur-
rents in Finding Nemo, and the next they
are supporting the cruel drowning deaths
of sea turtles in trawl nets for a shrimp
dinner. Maybe they decided to stop after
the movie at their local restaurant bar for
a beer-battered cod sandwich, not know-
ing, or not caring, that Atlantic and Ice-
landic cod have been so severely over
fished by factory trawlers that it will take
decades for the cod to recover. Perhaps
they dined at a more formal restaurant
where swordfish, tuna or red snapper
was the "catch of the day," not knowing,
or not caring, that the long lines used to
catch swordfish, the purse seines used to
catch tuna, and bottom trawling used to

catch snapper also snag sharks, ocean
sunfish, sea turtles and many other en-
dangered fishes and marine mammals,
which are then dumped dead back into
the sea, plummeting their numbers even
The power to alter this course is
in our hands as seafood consumers, for
equipped with knowledge and a little
gumption, we can make the right choices
for healthy oceans. Instead of just order-
ing whatever seafood is on the menu, we
can question the chefs and the owners
about how and where the shrimp, tuna,
or cod was procured. We can educate
our friends and relatives about which
seafood choices should be avoided (i.e.
monkfish, swordfish, Chilean sea bass,
shark, etc.) and which are best for the
viability of the oceans (i.e. sardines,

farmed catfish, Pacific halibut, farmed
Rainbow trout, and troll or pole-caught

Recently while visiting the renowned
Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, I
chowed down on calamari as the waiter
described why squid was an eco-friendly
and sustainable fishery. With my check,
he handed me a wallet-sized Seafood
Watch card so I could become a knowl-
edgeable seafood consumer. (See www.
montereybayaquarium.org to print out a
copy). And, yes, this card now means
that I can no longer just order snow crab
legs or purchase canned tuna out of igno-
rance in order to satisfy my tastes. I
need to remember the 1,000 sea lions
and 10 otters I saw in Monterey Bay be-
cause the oceans belong to them too. I
need to remember every one of the 78
hawksbill turtles I saw hatch on Klein
Bonaire in January because the ocean is
their home too. I can no longer pretend
that my choices as a consumer do not
affect their continued existence.
So many of us suffer from the
same malady as the quirky blue tang in
the movie-short-term memory loss-
which prevents us from finding long-
term solutions that will reverse all the
damage humans have wrought upon the
oceans. Perhaps the producers of Find-
ing Nemo and Shark Tale should pass
out a Seafood Watch card to every adult
who attends the movie in order to pre-
serve the vital, magical underwater
world that has enthralled so many chil-
dren. O Pauline E. Kaves

Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005

Page 3

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
1,000,000 Americans visited Aruba last
year. AssociatedPress

A We reported last week that effec-
tive January 1st, 2006, all American
citizens need a valid passport to return
to the US. Between 85% and 93% of
the Americans who visit Bonaire and
Curaqao already have a passport, ac-
cording to government estimates.
The Caribbean Hotel Association
(CHA) last week released a pessimistic
report compiled by World Travel and
Tourism (WTTC) that stated the meas-
ure may cost the region $2.6 billion in
earnings. Hardest hit would be Aruba
and the former British islands. Accord-
ing to the report, the jobs of 188,000
persons would be lost. The results
were presented during a meeting of the
Caribbean Tourism Organization
(CTO) in New York. Details of the
inquiry can be found on www.
Most Caribbean cruise ship passen-
gers do not travel with a passport. How
the measure will affect cruise tourism
hasn't even been addressed. The pass-
port requirement rule should be a boon
to domestic US tourism.

A From Australia to Zimbabwe,
millions of people marked World En-
vironment Day on Sunday by planting
trees, picking up litter and staging ral-
lies aimed at making cities cleaner and
greener. Activists around the world
mark June 5, the date of the first envi-
ronmental summit in Stockholm in
1972, as the UN's World Environment

Day. But surprisingly, in Bonaire,
which touts itself as the leader of en-
vironmental conservation in the Car-
ibbean, we couldn't find any activi-
ties celebrating the event.

A This past Monday Prime Minister
Etienne Ys visited Dutch Foreign Of-
fice Minister B.R. Bot. It was reported
by the Dutch Government press office
that in the interest of harmonious rela-
tions between the Antilles and Vene-
zuela, the islands' nearest neighbor, Ys
may visit Venezuela. There is also a
possibility of a Ys visit to Washington.
It seems the statements made by ousted
Economics Minister Errol Cova need
A In previous weeks we have re-
ported on a measure passed in Hol-
land to cut crime caused by Antillean
youngsters resident in The Nether-
lands. Elected officials in the Antilles
have almost without exception chal-
lenged the law as undemocratic and
Prime Minister of the Antilles Etienne
Ys sent the Dutch parliament a 26-page
memorandum last week about his gov-
ernment's view on the measures it
passed to limit young Antilleans visit-
ing Holland. "Human rights are not
negotiable. This is not a 'fight against
makambas (an Antillean term for Euro-
pean Dutch people). The measures
need to be thrown out. It never oc-
curred to me that I would march against
inequality," said the Prime Minister
before leading a demonstration in The


June 12 th 2005
Race starts at 7:00 AM

^____ gfo____


A The "Second Chance" Jong Bonaire Mini Fun Triathlon is set for Sun-
day, the 12th of June. The start will be at 7 am from City Caf6. The triathlon
involves three different sports: swimming 850m., biking 10 km, and running- 5
km. Individuals or teams can enter. The event will raise money for Jong Bonaire's
Activities. Costs are NA1f5 for individuals and NAf35 for 3-person teams. All
ticket sales are to benefit Jong Bonaire Programs.
Sign up on Saturday the 11th of June beginning at 5:30 pm at City Caf6. Par-
ticipants will get an information package and a t-shirt. After signing up partici-
pants can enjoy an energy-rich pasta meal from the main sponsor, City Caf6. Be
fresh, fit, fast...and have fun! All are welcome to join.

In Curaqao the MAN party sent a let-
ter to Nelson Mandela complaining
about the Dutch admission measures.
Mandela is considered the recognized
leader in successful fights against
Apartheid. MAN enclosed a copy of the
inside of the Dutch passport, which all
Antilleans are entitled to, that states
that "... on behalf of Her Majesty, the

Queen of the Netherlands, the Minister
of Foreign Affairs requests the govern-
ments of all friendly countries to grant
the holder of this passport free and un-
hindered admittance, including all nec-
essary support." Mandela's support in
the fight against the Dutch measures is
(Continued on page 5)

A mostproductive technique to learn more about Sea turtles is to attach tags
to their flippers so their individual behavior can be studied.

A Be sure to tune in to the BVN channel (Channel 26 on Flamingo Cable)
this Friday, June 10, at 7 am. When you watch the show "Dier en Natuur"
you'll see Bonaire's sea turtle researcher Gilmon "Funchi" Egbreghts (center in the
photo montage above) who works for Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) on
a half-hour tour of Klein Bonaire with movie star Angela Schijf.

Bonaire Reporter- June 10 to June 17, 2005

Page 4



(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)

A According to analysts, reports of
the European Union's death follow-
ing referenda in France and The
Netherlands are greatly exaggerated.
But after a punishing week that saw
French and Dutch voters reject the un-
ion's Constitution, the EU has lost much
of its luster. "Europe no longer inspires
people to dream," said Luxembourg
Prime Minister and current EU presi-
dent Jean-Claude Juncker after Dutch
voters rejected the charter by a margin
of 62% to 38%. The majority of the
few Dutch citizens in the Antilles who
decided to vote approved the Constitu-
The charter's next steps won't be de-
cided until an EU summit June 16-17.
And some observers say no substantial
action will occur until 2007, when Ger-
many and France are expected to have
new governments. But proponents of
greater European unity say that the EU's
work will go on.
Despite reaching an eight-month low
against the US dollar this week, the
euro will persist as Europe's common
currency. Greater military cooperation,

negotiation as a single bloc at the
World Trade Organization, and efforts
to create a common immigration policy
will also continue. Reuters

A Bonaire's ruling party leader,
Ramonsito Booi, said in a radio broad-
cast that a new location for a con-
tainer port is being studied. He said
the current location in Kralendijk lacks
sufficient space and is an eyesore to
cruise ship visitors. His preference is
for a new location on the west coast
south of the BOPEC oil terminal. He
believes that it would give an
"economic boost" to Rincon. A contro-
versial independent report, however,
said that sea and wind conditions would
make it untenable for half the year. A
study was initiated to recommend a lo-
Dr. Robert van Dam, the former
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire pro-
ject director returned to Bonaire on
June 3 to kick off the 2005 Satellite
Tracking Program. Plans call for two
loggerhead turtles to be fitted with
transmitters during Robert's brief stay.
Satellite Tracking Updates will com-
mence as soon as the turtles depart for
their home foraging areas. A search for
a candidate turtle began on Monday but
as of press time none was found.
A Forecasters say up to 15 Atlantic
tropical storms will form this year,
including three to five major hurricanes.
The season began last Wednesday and
ends November 30. We got an early
scare in late May when a rare Pacific
hurricane hit Central America and
moved into the Caribbean before fiz-

A The Bonaire Culinary Team, due to leave for the "Taste of the
SCaribbean" culinary Olympics July 26, had its last competition
S\ meal for the public last Saturday night at Chez Nous at the high
| school. Thanks to the very generous donations by Warehouse and The
f Island Supplier (TIS) of all the ingredients for the meals, the team was
Sable to make a full 100% profit on the sale of the tickets. Of course, the
chefs' labor is all volunteered. Thanks too to the wait staff from Rum Runners
who helped out. The funds will pay for getting the team to Miami.

zling into a tropical depression which
blocked the normal flow of trade winds
around Bonaire.
Four major hurricanes -- Ivan, Jeanne,
Francis and Charley -- plowed through
the region last year, causing an esti-
mated $7 billion in damage. Ivan's hur-
ricane force winds missed Bonaire by
only 50 miles. More than 2,000 people
died in the Caribbean, 1,900 of them in
A The Reporter's series of articles on
the donor organizations, AMFO and
The Bonaire Platform, continue in this
issue. The aim of the series is to inform
people on Bonaire that help for worth-
while social projects is readily avail-
able and how they can apply for it as
individuals or organizations. Our arti-

A Meanwhile, in Ft. Lauderdale, Bon-
aire's SGB team of hotel school stu-
dents who won the Bonaire Interna-
tional Culinary Competition last Janu-
ary are enjoying their extra special
prize a week studying with Klaus
Friedenreich at his Ft. Lauderdale Culi-
nary Art Institute.
Shown are the winning student chefs -
Andres Cicilia, Wendy Heredia, Bram
Schmit and Samantha Statie. OL.D.

cles will focus on success stories of
grants already made, advice on how to
obtain grants and profiles of individuals
involved in the activities. To permit
wider discussion and information the
content of the articles are presented in a
web log or "blog" available on the
internet at http://amfo-reporter.
blogspot.com/. Readers can make their
comments directly to the blog.
AOn June 13, 15 and 17 archeologist
Dr. Jay Haviser will appear on TV-
Channel 11 at 7 pm to explain about the
Decentralization of the Government.
The program will be in Papiamentu.
(Jay's Papiamentu is very easy to un-
derstand, so give it a try)
A Did you know that STCB offers
(Continued on page 14)

Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005

Page 5

A Force for Good

gPlII Op CIan i

AMFO and the NGO Platform

As part of the continuing series about AMFO and the NGO Platform in The
Bonaire Reporter, this week's article is about a successful project that's
being partially funded by AMFO from its beginnings up until right now.

Parke Publiko Boneriano

P resident and founder of the 'We
Dare to Care Foundation,' Vicky
Bissessar explains, "When I came to
the island in 1999, the first thing I did
was look for activities for my four chil-
dren. Back home in British Guyana
there was lots to do, but here I found a
lack of activities for kids from one to
13. My kids were that age and there
was nothing much for them to do after
school that was free, and I was really
surprised to find out there wasn't even
a playground! For me it was an injus-
tice, and I wondered, what can be
done? Who dares to care? We Dare To
Care! It all started with those four
words. I made a plan: a centrally lo-
cated public park with a playground,
free for everyone, aged 0 to 110!

Finding People to Help
I knew who I wanted to join me on
the board to make this thing happen:
young and motivated key professionals
who have the time and energy to help
me; influential government people;
bankers; accountants; people who could
use their professional skills to establish
the project. I started to sell the project
to several people, and most of them
were very enthusiastic and some of
them immediately joined me. We
started to meet, with the objective to
start the park. I grew up with a jogging
park and it was always a social meeting
place for the community: people would
run, mothers would push their babies in
the strollers along the course, the elder
children played in the playground, the
fathers would exercise and jog and the
elderly would sit and chat with the
mothers who were keeping an eye on
their children. So we started looking for
a central place, and we wanted it in
Playa so everyone who didn't have
transport could get there by themselves.
That was very important.

Finding a Location
We went to the government and they
were very helpful in showing us what
pieces of land were available. Eventu-

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ally they found this piece of land lo-
cated between Kaya Soeur Bartola and
Kaya Maria Hellmund Boom. We ap-
plied for it and we got the option with
the understanding that once we got the
funds we would get the deed. Then I,
James Finies, Stanley Janga and Rudy
Sint Jago launched the foundation, 'We
Dare to Care' in 2002. It was on pur-
pose that we did so after we got the op-
tion on the land, as we wanted to be
sure before we started. The fee we had
to pay to apply for the land we paid out
of our private pockets as the foundation
didn't have any money yet. Then we
started fundrising, and within three
months we raised NAf25.000. We put
together a plan and we went to three
funds: JENA, Katholieke Nooden and
Reda Sosial, all from Holland with of-
fices here. So, we had the plan, an op-
tion on the land and NAf25.000.

President and founder of the 'We Dare to Care Foundation,' Vicky Bissessar

Project Planning
First we did the project: Summary,
Background, Defining the project, As-
sumptions and risks, Execution, Dura-
bility, Monitoring and Evaluation and
Conclusion and afterwards. Then we
summarized the project into a power
point presentation and started to market
it to different social groups, the govern-
ment and social and service clubs. So
we were making ourselves and the pro-
ject known.
Our concerns were: Funding (mostly
by overseas funding organizations),
Maintenance, Safety and Security
(revenues earned from the use of the
activity building in the park), Utility
Services (from governmental organiza-
tions), Local Fundraisings (committed
contributions from local businesses),
Voluntary Staff.

Designing the Park
In the park an activity building would
be situated with a small cantina to sell
snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. It
would have washrooms, including a
handicapped facility washroom, and a
small office for the foundation and a

caretaker who will receive a salary. The
empty space roofed area of the activity
building will overlook the whole park
as the building will be constructed at a
height, and it will be used as a multi-
functional space that can host bands,
theatre performances, shows, anything.
A rock formation garden with a wooden
bridge, picnic benches and a fountain
are planned. There will be a skateboard
ramp and a separate playground con-
sisting of a superdome, seesaws, swings
and two play units for children of dif-
ferent ages. Around the whole 3.480-
square-meter property there will be a
jogging course. The park will be fenced
all around, and the government will
take care of the parking lot. There will
be security provided by private security
companies, and the Wowo di Bario will
use it as a headquarters training ground.
This is the plan that we were marketing
to companies; we were doing fundrais-
ings; and at the same time we had the
building option for a year.
From the very beginning, when the
NGO Platform was just getting started

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Parke Publico ... (Continued from page 6)
on Bonaire, we became a member.
These non-governmental organizations
are united under the island's platform,
and every Antillean island has its own
platform. As soon as they were settled
we took our project to them to ask for
funding. They are the ones who recom-
mended the project to AMFO, a foun-
dation that co-finances projects of non-
governmental organizations in the An-
tilles. We were one of the biggest pro-
jects and also one of the first to apply.
We asked for less money than we got.
They gave us NAf419.399. We were
How We Get the Money
We're getting the money in phases,
so for every step we get money. The
first step was the transfer of the land at
the Notary. Then we ordered the play
equipment and for that phase they paid
up front. We had to show AMFO proof
of payment and then we had to make a
report. After that we could proceed
with the next phase and so on.
Our foundation had to be a member
of the NGO platform to get funds. We
had to have a detailed financial, main-
tenance and management plan; we had
to have in our account a percentage of
the funds we were asking for to show
that the foundation was serious and
working on trying to get the funds. We
had to really put in a very good case for
why we needed this project.
If someone wants AMFO financing
for their project they must understand
that they have to have very good rea-
sons and explanations why there is a

need for their project. The NGO plat-
form is there to help people put their
plan and application for the money to-
gether. We did everything ourselves
and it was hard, hard work. I sweated
blood to get this done. But all of us
were professionals in our own field,
and besides the board we had an out-
standing outside network of profes-
sional advisers and I want to thank all
of them. Of all these people, who
helped us in so many different ways,
there are two people I want to mention,
one of them is Paul Wichers he was
the architect of the plan and B6i An-
toin who was the key factor in the
media presentation.
So, whatever you want, whatever
plan you have and you want it to come
true: Put it on paper, get people to help
you, make a good presentation and take
it to the NGO Platform, and AMFO is
there to show people that where there's
a will there's a way!
As for us, neither one of us had any
experience in any foundations when we
started, but we did show that anybody
can do it! Our foundation believes that
absolutely anyone from any back-
ground, age or status, who CARES, can
make a difference to their environment!
The opening of Parke Publiko is
planned for later this year, in Septem-
ber-October, but it might be a little bit
after that as there are always things you
can't foresee. One thing, however, is
for sure: We will receive Sinterklaas in
our activity building this year in De-
cember!" 1
Photo and story by Greta Kooistra

STraur Guides

Teens Train as Tour Guides

Dc Sint Jago shows clothing from the past. Three tour guides in back.

R etired school teacher and founder of Rincon's "Soldachi Tours," Maria
Koeks, saw a need and is filling it. "I want the young people on Bonaire to
realize that tourism is important to the island, that it's a way to make a living and
to teach people about our culture. And this is a way to help them gain confidence
in themselves." So, with financial help from AMFO (NAf1.333,50) she started a
pilot project to create tour guides among the teens. The funding helped to pay for
seven instructors who give cultural information, especially about Rincon, to the
future guides and seven groups from the Reina Beatrix school during the months of
May and June. It wasn't just AMFO funds that helped: for each of the sessions,
Marugia of Rincon provided the snacks, Kas Krioyo donated the juice, and Solda-
chi Tours provided the bus for the students. OL.D.

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Some members
and employees
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form with
island officials

AMFO: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot #31, Bonaire. Tel. 717-7776,
Fax 717-7779, website: www.samfo.org, email: info-

NGO Platforma Bonaire: Kaya Korona 5-C. Tel. 717-
2366, Fax 7172367, website: www.ngobonaire.org, email:

The Daily Board is led by President James Finies with Elsmarie Beukenboom,
Secretary, and Alan Gross, Treasurer.
Board of Directors are: Julita Winklaar (Culture), Tanneke Bartels
(Environment), Gilbert van Arneman (Youth and Family), Godfried "Boi" Clar-
enda (Care and Welfare), Anthony Cecilia (Social and Economic Development),
Ruthmila St. Jago (Education and Training) Eithel Bernabella (Sports and Leisure),
Jona Chrino (Community Development beginning August 2005).

Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005

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f in rnn ^~ Rincon's First Computer Center
f~0 n 8 i~

Minister of Education Maritza Silberie and Minister of Health Joan Theodora
Brewster get a gift ofBoka Dushi (sweets) from members of the Rincon Marshe
Commission, Edna Sint Jago and" Baby" Finies

Bou di Ramada (On the Porch)

very first Saturday of the month at the big Rincon Marsh6 a "town meeting"
is held Bou di Ramada (On the Porch) where persons from government, cul-
ture, schools and other sectors come together to share their expertise. Last Saturday
Minister of Health Joan Theodora Brewster and Minister of Education Maritza Sil-
berie were the speakers.

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Popo Morales with
Sidney Manuel at the
Rincon Marshe

Bonaire Reporter- June 10 to June 17, 2005

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R ayvah computer center, with headquarters in
Playa, just off Kaya Grandi, will open soon in
Rincon near the Marsh6 plaza and the gas station. It
will be an Educational Center with everyone in the
community invited, according to director Malva Thiel-
man. The Center will be open every day with 18 com-
puters, connection to the Internet, computer work-
shops and motivational courses. The Center's Motto
is: "Get out of the kitchen; get up out of that chair
and come to the Internet!" Kids pay NAf2 per hour, adult residents pay NAf3,50
per hour. Others pay $1 for 15 minutes; $2 for 30 minutes, $3 for 1 hour. There's
even a small garden in the back for snacks and drinks that will be sold at nominal

Grow our Own!

P opo Morales, an avid
advocate of growing
our own herbs, vegetables
and fruits on Bonaire, is now
back on the island after a hia-
tus of several years in Hol-
land where he pursued more
agricultural education. His
H6fi Ambiental (garden at-
mosphere) farm and restau-
rant was always a fine exam-
ple of what diverse crops
could be grown here. Popo is
back in business and is selling
his fresh herbs to local mar-
kets and restaurants. For more
information call him at 786-
0651.1 L.D.


World Tour forTonky WindsurfKids

T onky Frans,
Bonaire's top
rated freestyle profes-
sional windsurfer, is
on a European and
World tour. He left
Bonaire at the end of
May for Europe where
he will continue his
career in both the Pro-
fessional Windsurfing
Association (PWA)
events and in the
European Freestyle
Professional Tour
(EFPT). This is a very
strategic move since
Tonky is now working
on his professional
windsurfing career on
two different levels.
In his first event, in
Rhodes, Greece, he
came out on top and
absolutely astounded
the crowds watching.
In the words of the
EFPT report: "The Final heat put
Tonky up against Kevin Mevissen.
Mevissen seemed relaxed, fully pow-
ered and he was! The boys were fight-
ing like maniacs; the judges needed
some new pens after this heat because
each one of them racked up a huge
amount of points. The water was al-
ready kind of choppy, but after this
heat every little chop was ripped up.
Again close. Both guys were moving
upwind in the 8 min. transition like
there was no competition at all, kidding
and laughing all the way. As the green
(start) flag dropped, the beach became
completely quiet, everyone's eyes were
on the last two guys in the area.
And they did it again, they were
showing unbelievable stuff, extremely
stylish, and all moves were made with
an amazing speed fully on plane.
Tonky did the longest 'willy skipper'
on plane in the history of Rhodes and
showed punch right in front of the
judges which made all other riders go
crazy. Kevin's 'shove it into spock' was
equally crazy. But after the heat the
decision was even clearer as the one
before. Tonky Frans of Bonaire took
the victory in the 'Prasonisi Freestyle
Battle' with his amazing, sort of

Tonky is off to Europe

t Awards at Rincon Marshe

T he Windsurf kids from Sorobon received awards and special recognition
from the Rincon Marsh6 Commission at the Rincon Marsh6 last Saturday. It
was the Pro Kids, ages 4 to 17, who were the only ones who could compete in the
King of the Caribbean due to the lack of wind during the week. O L.D.

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
6-10 2:42 1.9FT. 12:50 0.7FT. 72
6-11 3:16 1.8FT. 13:20 0.7FT. 65
6-12 3:42 1.7FT. 13:40 0.8FT. 57
6-13 4:05 1.6FT. 13:50 0.9FT. 49
6-14 13:47 1.0FT. 23:09 1.5FT. 42
6-15 13:24 1.0FT. 21:38 1.6FT. 37
6-16 12:53 1.0FT. 21:31 1.7FT. 37
6-17 7:15 1.1FT. 8:29 1.1FT. 12:30 1.0FT. 21:45 1.8FT. 43

'I don't care at all' style."

Special thanks to MCB-Bank Bon-
aire who is sponsoring the cost of
Tonky's air tickets. The Reporter will
follow Tonky, Bonaire's "Goodwill
Ambassador," on his 2005 tour to let
Bonaire know about his achievements.


Another World

Bright Sea

Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn



Endangered Species
Flying Cloud, USA
Galadriel USA
Guaicamar I, Ven.

Jan Gerardus
L'Quila, BVI
Luna C. USA


Natural Selection

Rusty Bucket
Santa Maria
Sandpiper, USA
Sola 2
Spice Island Lady

Sylvia K

Ti Amo, USA
Triumphant Lady

Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway

Varedhuni, Ger.

Yanti Paratzi
Zahi, Malta

Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005

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ACfift Sntptln s

Last week's installment of this series showed how Bonaire seems to be losing its
'sustainable tourism' direction as the government looks toward massive, mega ho-
tels to boost the tourist economy. In another earlier segment we covered the prob-
lem of low occupancy in the hotels to show that Bonaire is nowhere near
'saturation' as claimed by some island leaders.

In this article we will look at another reason the leaders may be losing their way-
- specifically certain Air Lift Myths. And then we will ask if it's the island's belief
in some ofthese 'myths' that is causing the loss of direction. Or is it the island's
failure to accept responsibility for Bonaire's weak tourism numbers and thus not
approaching the problem from the right direction.

Finding Balance for BonairePart 6

R ecently, the Caribbean Tourism
Organization (CTO) released
the 2004 tourist arrival statistics for the
entire Caribbean, showing a 7% overall
increase for the region. Some locations
increased as much as 18% to 25% in

Interestingly, there were only two lo-
cations that grew by 1% or less: Bon-
aire at 1% and Curacao at 0.9%. Imme-
diately, everyone on Bonaire began
blaming its bad numbers on lack of air-
lift, even though the island had regular
Air Jamaica and American Eagle flights
from the US and twice daily KLM
flights from Europe.

No More Excuses
A closer look at the regional numbers
shows that blaming airlift is a self-
deceiving excuse. Other islands in the
Caribbean, some with more difficult
and more expensive air connections
than Bonaire, had growth numbers in
the double digits in 2004. Anguilla,
Antigua, St. Vincent & the Grenadines,
Grenada, Guyana, Dominica, even little
Saba and St. Eustatius, had sizable
growth last year.

Most of these islands rely on the same
American Eagle connections through
San Juan that Bonaire does. In the ac-
companying chart we have compared
Bonaire to several of the islands with
similar air connections to show that
airlift did not seem to stop tourism
increases for these other destinations.

Grenada, for instance had almost
90,000 tourists with 1,928 hotel rooms
and no direct air service from the US.
This island also suffered tremendous
hurricane damage in 2004, but it still
enjoyed a 9.2% tourism growth. St.
Vincent had 75,000 visitors for its
1,550 hotel rooms and a 10.9%
growth -- also without direct airlift from
the US. For comparison, Bonaire has
approximately the same number of ho-
tel rooms but 15,000 fewer tourists.

Supply vs. Demand
So just maybe the problem isn't one
of too few hotel rooms and not enough
flights, but something much deeper --
like empty airline seats. This is not a
saturated market but a case of level-
ing off of demand.

Would Air Jamaica be curtailing its
flights to Bonaire if the planes were ar-
riving full each time? Not likely.
Would American Eagle have cut back
on its flights earlier in the year if all
planes had been full? Not likely. And

why is American Eagle adding back
flights now? Could it be fuller planes
caused by Air Jamaica's pull back?
Airlines only make money with mostly
full flights.

It has been estimated that perhaps
15,000 to 16,000 of Bonaire's 2004
visitors arrived on Bonaire via Air Ja-
maica. That number is enough to al-
most fill two flights a week. But we
had four flights a week so the planes
were arriving half full most of the time

In economic and marketing terms the
issue is called supply and demand. Be-
fore Air Jamaica cut flights, Bonaire
probably had an over-supply of airline
seats because of low demand rather
than the other way around. Had Bon-
aire worked harder at creating de-
mand and filled the seats we had, we
might not be facing this Air Jamaica
loss now.

So in 2004 Bonaire was not at
'saturation' as has been claimed. The
empty seats and empty beds are evi-
dence. And the problem is not lack of
direct flights. Certainly direct flights
are more convenient, but a one- or even
two-stop flight does not stop travelers
from going where they really want to
go; where they 'demand' to go. Island
hopping flights certainly did not stop
travelers from growing the tourist
arrival numbers of all the other small
Caribbean islands. They obviously
created demand for their product.

Low Demand
Some in the tourist industry believe it
is a 'supply' problem-that you can't
improve tourism without direct flights.
But this is simply not true as shown by
other islands also without direct flights.
Tourism is a 'demand' market; sup-
ply is not the issue. Did we have tour-
ists crying on the Internet that they
couldn't find flights to Bonaire last
year? No. Were they saying they
couldn't find hotel beds? No. We had
partly full flights and we had partly full
hotels. What we did not have enough
of was 'demand.'

Bonaire's low occupancy rate of 55%
and current room rates are not what the
hotels need to be profitable long term.
These are two more symptoms, along
with the half-full flights, of low de-
mand. There are simply not enough
travelers demanding to visit Bonaire to
fill the existing capacity.

There is a tremendous supply of vaca-
tion locations in the Caribbean and a

How many of Bonaire's 2004flights arrived empty
and how many were filled with young divers?

growing supply of dive destinations. In
fact, there are 28 islands in the region
that are promoting themselves as
dive destinations. Tourists will go to
the locations that create the demand.

Improving Demand
So before new hotel beds are added
and before too many airlines are prom-
ised incentives, the island must fix its
'demand' problem. There must be a
strong, constant consumer demand.
All existing flights and all existing beds
must be full most of the time. As a
matter of fact, adding too many flights
will just make the problem worse. The
island will end up paying for empty
seats because it has not improved the

But how can the island improve de-
mand for Bonaire with the type of tour-
ist that will be profitable over time?
Again, it's back to marketing basics.
We will cover one suggestion in this
article and then go into greater detail
next week.

Meet Customer Needs
Creating demand means the product
must meet customer needs and the cus-
tomer must hear about the product fre-
quently enough to remember it when
making the purchase decision. This
means you must communicate with
your customer frequently but you must
first understand exactly what the cus-
tomers want. How long has it been
since Bonaire did valid customer needs
research? 1997?

If the island had done such research in
the past three years they would have
learned that one of the most important
issues for travelers around the world
is 'security.' That is one reason the
Caribbean recovered so quickly from
911. The Caribbean is perceived as

But not Bonaire. Instead the island
has allowed such headlines and news
stories as the following to persist:

"Great diving but crime is pretty
bad and after two trips to Bonaire
and getting ripped off both times at
the hotel... not sure I can afford a
third trip!"

"First trip to Bonaire for 31 of us.
Great diving and operators. Secu-
rity theft is an issue."

Quotes from two separate groups -
April 2005, http://www.
ScubaDiving. cor

First Fix What's Broken
While research around the world
shows that the number one consumer
traveler need today is security, our gov-
ernment works instead on trying to
bring mega hotels. Attention must first
be given to improving the existing
product and meeting customer safety
needs so that we don't lose the custom-
ers who do come to the island. How
many of the 31 in the quote above will

Historically the island was able to de-
pend on return visits from satisfied cus-
tomers. But when the cost of a vacation
on Bonaire goes up by several thousand

Continued on page 11

dollars because a camera or computer is
stolen, the value of the visit goes down
and the customer does not return. We
are creating the opposite of demand;
we are sending tourists, who were or
could have been frequent visitors, to
other destinations.

Perception is Half the
Ironically, crime on Bonaire, com-
pared to other locations, is relatively
low and is very rarely violent. There
are no beggars, or peddlers, or bums on
the streets and beaches. We do have
theft but we have no idea if it is get-
ting better or worse. There are no
reliable statistics on a regular basis
and often the numbers that are provided
are not believed because the process of
reporting problems is so troublesome.

Fixing this 'broken' part of our tour-
ism product means reducing the number
of theft incidents as well as improving
the tourist-police interface when it does
happen. It means not only patrolling
the beaches but also improving hotel
security. It means teaching young peo-
ple about the value of tourists so they
don't destroy the industry that employs
their families. And the reporting sys-
tem must be improved.

It is a complex issue and demands the
primary attention of the government
and the entire tourism industry. Fixing
the security problem will do far more
for Bonaire than building a 570-room
(Continued on page 11)

Bonaire Reporter- June 10 to June 17, 2005

Page 10


(Air Lift Myths. Con-
tinued from page 10)
high-rise hotel and must be done
before any more hotel rooms are

Bonaire must give up its 'if you build
it they will come' mentality. Tourism
doesn't work that way. Only if you
create demand will they come. And
only if you deliver what the customer
wants and needs will they come back
again. Then, as airlines find themselves
overbooking existing flights, they will
believe in the need for more flights. In
the marketplace, if there is demand, it
will be met -- by someone.

What Else is Broken?
Fixing the crime situation will elimi-
nate an excuse for not coming to Bon-
aire and it will help get return visits
from current tourists. But it will not
bring new people to our hotels. For
that there must be specific 'demand'
oriented marketing. O The authors of
this article are market research profes-

In the next article in this series we
will deal with such issues as the lack of
a consumer-focused Destination adver-
tising campaign, the lack of a focused
image, the erosion ofBonaire's tourist
loyalty, the aging of our customer base,
the loss of early leadership in eco
based tourism and Bonaire's pitiful
presence on the search engines that
more and more are driving the tourism

Copies of this article and the prior
articles are available FREE on The
Bonaire Reporter Website: WWW.
bonairereporter.com/Bonaire balance.

Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005

Island Population 2004 % Increase Min. # Time from Cost from
Visitors Over 2003 Stops Miami Miami

Anguilla 12,000 47,938 16.5 1 5 hr 50 min $793

Antigua 68,000 221,533 10.3 1 4 hr 58 min $514

BONAIRE 12,000 57,269 1.0 1 5 hr 36 min $471

Dominica 69,000 30,988 5.7 1 4 hr 48 min $659

Grenada 89,350 89,854 9.2 1 5 hr 17 min $747

Guyana 765,000 107,627 23.4 1* 5 hr 20 min $689

Montserrat 9,500 7,055 18.3 Unavailable
on Expedia &
Saba 1,200 4,920 11.1 2 17 hr 52 min $689

St. Eustasius 3,000 6,810 7.5 1 or 2 10 hr 55 min $859

St. Vincent 112,000 75,087 10.9 1 or 2 6 hours 10 min $773

*Guyana has a non-stop from JFK, probably to support the large Guyana population living in the New York area.
Diffusing the Airlift Myth--Statistics From CTO statistics and Internet searches on
Expedia and Travelocity for dates in November 2005

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onai Builds a Whale


Bonaire Reporter- June 10 to June 17, 2005

Page 12

It wasn't until the cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam docked in Bonaire's port of
Kralendijk that the cause of a drop in speed of three knots was discovered.
Port Captain Oswin Statie told the ship's captain, "The bow of your vessel has im-
paled a whale."
On Wednesday, May 18, 2004, the whale was immortalized by a group of Bon-
aire archeological students. Under the guidance of Dr. Jay Haviser and Ms. Jackie
Bernabela, the Directors of BONAI, the Bonaire Archeological Institute, the
whale's skeleton was reassembled by 20 high school students as part of a youth and
science stimulation program. The 40 ft. (12 m.) restoration is the largest in the Car-
ibbean, exceeding by 612 ft (3 m.) a 33 ft (10 m.) Sperm whale skeleton reconstruc-
tion on the island of Dominica.
A series of auspicious circumstances led to the completion of the project. On
January 11, 2000, after an enormous effort to lift the 11 ton whale by crane failed,
Bonaire Marine Park rangers floated it to a ramp where it was lifted onto a truck
and carried to the Cargill Solar Salt Works. In November 2004, the BONAI Youth
Group requested Cargill to allow them to reclaim the whale skeleton. Cargill not
only allowed the group to do this but even provided a shipping container to store

The whale arrived in the harbor on the bow of the Nieuw Amsterdam
the bones.
The work took months and was unpleasant at times because the students had not
only to clean away rotted flesh, but it was also complex because all the bones and
fragments had to be identified, labeled and sometimes repaired. The reconstructed
whale shows quite some damage by both the impact of the cruise ship and by the
subsequent decay on land.
Thanks to the Rotary Club of Bonaire, Prins Berhard Culture Fund and the Non-
Governmental Organization (NGO) Platform, money was made available to do the
work and prepare an exhibit.
Dr. Haviser, who spearheaded the project said, "This exhibition is an excellent
demonstration of the dynamic talents of Bonaire's youth, and also it is a symbol of
the cooperation within the Bonaire community to present the importance of the sea
and nature in Bonaire culture."
The BONAI whale is a Bryde's Whale (also known as a Tropical Whale -
Balaenoptera edeni). This whale is in the group of Rorqual whales, which have ba-
A flatbed truck hauled the carcass to a remote spot on Cargill Salt property leen rather than teeth for eating primarily krill and plankton, but they do also some-
(Continued on page 13)

Bonai Builds a Whale (Continued from page 12)
times eat schooling fish such as anchovies, herring and mackerel. Adults
of this species can reach a length of 42-50 ft. (13-15 m.) for females
(which tend to be larger than males) and weight up to 11-13 tons. The
BONAI whale is a juvenile of probably about nine to 12 years old and
may have been sexually mature. Bryde's whales tend to travel in small
groups of about five to six; however, larger groups of up to 30 have been
recorded. They forage primarily in tropical and sub-tropical waters and
do not migrate long distances. Bryde's Whales can stay underwater for
up to eight minutes before returning to the surface for air.
Biologist Kalli DeMeyer, the Bonaire Marine Park Manager at the
time the whale was brought in, said, "The million dollar question, of
course, is why the whale did not move out of the way of the ship. We
will never know the answer for sure, but according to the Nieuw Amster-

Bonai students spent hours cleaning the jawbone and many other whale parts.

Figuring out which bone goes where

As part of the recognition of Interna-
tional Museum Day, May 18, 2005, the
BONAI whale skeleton was unveiled
for the public at the entrance to Bon-
aire's Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, in front of the Park Museum. O
G.D. This story also appeared on the As-
sociated Press international newswire on
Mav 21. 2005

Bonaire Reporter June 10 to June 17, 2005

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

The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-line yel-
low pages directory information go to

Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in gar-
den/septic pumps and irrigation.
Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers
NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone:
786-0956 or 787-0956

Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse nest to Lovers Ice
Cream and Sand Dollar.
Photography by Shelly Craig

Make it more livable from the start.


Interior or exterior design advice, clear-
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Call Donna at 785-9332.

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lined load area. Good Condition, very
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IBranae IBowkr fGelt

So=year PAIDE Award

C aib Inn owner and operator Bruce Bowker has been
honored for his 30 years as a PADI Dive Instructor.
Today Bruce is the most senior active instructor on Bonaire!
"I actually became a dive instructor in April of 1973 at the
YMCA in Princeton, New Jersey," Bowker relates. "That's
where I met Capt. Don who invited me to come down to the n t
island to work for three weeks at Don's Aquaventure at the
old Hotel Bonaire. I got here in June 1973." The idea was for
him, as a YMCA dive instructor, to stay just three weeks,
then other instructors would follow on a rotational basis. But
Bruce liked the island so much that he asked Don if he could
stay on. Don agreed, and so Bruce's three weeks turned into
32 years!
Two years later, in 1975, Bowker got his PADI certifica-
tion. Then in 1980 he opened the very popular and successful
Nazario at Washington Park

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T wo issues ago we reported that
T Bonaire's leading long-distance
corma wMA IBruce Bowker 30 years with Padi walker, Nazario Alberto, would at-
aM ANtempt to "stroll" to all of Bonaire's
Bruce A. Bowk 7Carib Inn. What's the secret of its success and what's his ad- lighthouses. He succeeded. Leaving
vice for the island? "Stay small," replies Bowker, who con- the Malmok lighthouse at 3 pm on Fri-
tinues to fight to keep diving a thriving business on the is- day, May 20, it took him 12 hours, 45
land. Bruce was instrumental as President of the Foundation minutes to walk the 71.5 Km
to Preserve Klein Bonaire in getting (44.4miles) route, finishing Saturday
Klein back for the people of Bonaire at 3:45 am at Fort Oranje in Kral-
in 2000. He is currently President of y endijk. He deliberately kept his pace
CURO (council of underwater dive down and was joined by Filipe Melaan
operators on Bonaire). Congratula- and Liffet Martis. Congratulations to
tions, Pabien, to one of Bonaire's y Bt all. O G.D. Photo and facts supplied
Living Treasures. OL.D. by Bert Poyck

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Late Show
Callto make sure Usually 9:0pm
Kung Fu Hustle
(Stephen Chow)
Early Show (usually 7pm)
King's Ransom
(Anthony Anderson)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
Son of the Mask

Friday, June 10 -Klein Bonaire &
STCB on TV Chan. 26, BVN, 7 am
Monday, June 13-SELIBON's Big
Cleanup starts in Antriol, Den Stashi.
Until June 11 -Jay Haviser Art Ex-
hibit at ARTEBON (on the waterfront
promenade about 500 m. north of Ka-
rel's bar) from 6:30-9 pm, every eve-
ning. Free admission
Sunday, June 12 Jong Bonaire Tria-
thalon-Win prizes 200m. Swim, 10K
bike, 3K run. Call 717-4303, Jong Bon-
Sunday, June 12-Father's Day!
Until June 28 -Wilna Groenenboom
Art Exhibit, The Cinnamon Art Gal-
lery is at Kaya A.P. L. Brion #1, just off
Kaya Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe.
Open weekdays 9 am to noon, 2 to 5
pm. Call 717-7103 or 786-9563.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, June 13,
15, 17 Jay Haviser speaks on TV
Channel 11 on the Decentralization
of the Government, 8 pm. In Papia-

Friday, June 24-St. John's Day
Wednesday, June 29-St. Peter's Day
Saturday, July 2-Rincon Marshe
Sunday, July 3-13th Annual Bonaire
Arts Day (Dia di Art), Wilhelmina
Plaza 10 am-10 pm, arts, crafts, music,
dancing, food, drink
Monday, July 4-US holiday. Fire-
works at some resorts
The International Bonaire Sailing
Regatta October 9 15, 2005.
17-24th July Diva's Women Wind-
surf Week- Learn to windsurf clinic
Contact Ann Phelan 786-3134 or email
ann@bonairewindsurfing.com www.
3 local scholarships still available for
teen or local women. To apply contact
Ann Phelan.

Saturday Rincon Marshe opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean break-
fast while you shop: fresh fruits and
vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks and music. www.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying a great dinner in colorful

tropical ambiance at the Chibi Chibi
Restaurant & Bar. Open daily 5 to 10
pm. Live Fla-Bingo-great prizes, 7 pm,
Divi Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon,
the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-
Call Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis,
Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10
per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call
Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to
all. Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy
Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya
Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, rou-
lette and black jack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NA1f2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience. Aquarius Conference
Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle
Conservation Slide Show by Andy
Uhr. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
at the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman's. All levels invited. NAf5 entiy
fee. CallCathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI. First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire or formerly known as
Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO

W hat an alert expression on
"Hector's face!" This black and
tan smooth haired pup is about eight
months old and is in the "larger dog"
category. But more than that he's sweet,
enthusiastic and smart. He's got the kind
of character that will make him easy to
train. Hector is in robust good health, has
had his shots and is sterilized. You may
see him at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Friday 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1.
Tel. 717-4989.
Is your dog getting bored with the same
old commands of sit, stay and come? Is he
always looking for snacks? Then make
him work for them and spice up his reper-
toire with a new trick, "Flip and Catch."
Balance a small treat on his nose. Say,
"Okay," as you glide the treat from his
nose to his mouth. Do this several times.
Then offer praise only when he tries to r.)
flip the treat into his mouth. Finally, bal-
ance the treat and say, "Stay." Take a few steps back, pause, then say, "Okay," for
the flip and catch. With each successful catch give lots of praise. OL.D.

building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians
are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d.
Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town.
Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm.
Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popular
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am
to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's his-
toric town.
Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area. Alta Mira Nature Walking
Tour at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour
at 9:30, Bus Tour at 10. Call Maria at



717-6435 to reserve.

International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services on Sunday at 8 am
and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304.
Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of
Coromoto in Antriol, in Engliish. Mass
in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.

Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter(bonairenews.com
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Want your restaurant listed here? It's easy and not expensive Call The Reporterat 717-8988 or 791-7252 for info
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 525 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Brasserie Bonaire Low-Moderate Lots of parking in big mall lot
Royal Palm Galleries Lunch and Early Dinner Kitchen Open non-stop llam-6 pm
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Open 11 am -6 pm Closed Sunday Breezy terrace with airco inside
Caribbean Club Bonaire Moderate-Expensive Quiet country setting, lovely landscaping, friendly staff
On the Tourist Road, 2 mi. north of Town Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Happy Hour from 5-7 pm
717-7901 Closed Sunday Gourmet chef creates unique daily specials
Calabas i Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
A thii Chi Restarant and B arf Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At e D Flamgoea717-8285 Resort. WaterrontOpen 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Tuscan chef prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating
717-5025 Closed Monday umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Takeouttoo.
On th e waste traffic circle Brn Moderate-E ensive Creative cuisine on the seaside. Top chefs from Amsterdam cook in an open
On the water, just off the traffic circle Breakfast, Lunch Dinner modem kitchen featuring induction cooking. Seafood a specialty.
717-4106 Open 7 days
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban Chef prepares
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Caribbean cuisine. Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 pm Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaa Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 m Wdnesday-Sunday gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 790-1111 pen rom 5-11 Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

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(Almost) Born on Bonaire...

uacTkie irinTai3lfF

W hen there was no work for
VV the men on Bonaire, my
father left for Aruba and started working
for Lago Refinery. My mom joined him,
and 'not so long ago' I was born by ac-
cident on Aruba! Shortly after, my dad
got six months leave and we came back
to Bonaire. We grew up on Aruba and
Bonaire. People, after working for two
or three years at the refinery, would get
six months leave, so we traveled back
and forth all the time. They'd put a tag,
'Bonaire,' on us and we were sent off by
'air mail.' On Bonaire one of the 11
brothers or sisters of my mom or my
grandmother would be there to collect
I was the first child of my parents,
Teresita Cecilia and Thomas Bemabela,
and after me two boys were born. I was
overprotected, my God! No wonder I
started studying drama and became a
little bit wild later on! When I finished
high school I wanted to go and study in
Holland like everybody else, but my dad
said, 'No way! No daughter of mine is
going to live in Amsterdam at the age of
19!' As I needed their signature I could-
n't go.
However, one year later, I became a
stewardess for ALM and KLM. They
gave me a nice light blue uniform with a
coquettish little hat. Hopi great! Still
overprotective, my parents took me to
the airport. I walked next to them in my
uniform with my cute little carry on;
then I saw that enormous plane. When I
applied for the job, one of the questions
was, 'Why do you want to become a
stewardess?' My answer was, 'I see a
plane as a symbol; it will connect me to
other worlds, different points of view,
and it will broaden my mind.' So, the
moment I see this Boeing 747, I feel the
adrenaline rushing through my body. I
waved goodbye to my poor parents. One
year ago they wouldn't let me go to Am-
sterdam, now I'm taking off on a KLM
flight to Rio de Janeiro! That's worse
than Amsterdam! Well, working for
KLM, I learned a lot about life and the
absence of moral values! I also saw
women discriminated against. There
were about 80 stewardesses and five
male pursers, but those five men had the
absolute power! However, five years
later, when I left KLM/ALM, we'd
somehow managed to change the world
a little bit, because ALM was com-
pletely taken over by women!"
Jackie Bernabela is an exotic, ex-
travagant woman. She lives in one of the
most beautiful old Bonairean houses, the
little house of Shon Pa Bernabela, her
grandfather. Jackie is a born enter-
tainer, a passionate professional and a

free spirit. "All my life I loved having
an audience; I loved theatre and I loved
to act. When I was a stewardess the pas-
sengers were my audience. I'd make a
complete show out of the safety demon-
stration! Everybody had to watch me!
I'm not some sort of an idiot doing all
that for nothing, for a bunch of people
chewing gum and looking bored! No! I
wanted attention! And I got it! They
loved it!
After five years as a stewardess I went
to Holland to study theatre at the Ho-
geschool voor de Kunsten, the Univer-
sity for Arts in Utrecht. I was 25, still
young enough to get a scholarship.
Through my KLM connections I found a
marvelous house in the center of Am-
sterdam, in the Jordan. If you want to
make it in life you have to live in a me-
tropolis like Amsterdam that's loaded
with culture and with a tremendously
diverse population. If you never experi-
enced that and lived 'behind God's
back,' as we say, you will always stay
narrow minded and nothing will ever
change. Many people in Holland think
that we Antilleans live some sort of a
retarded life in a hut in the tropics. But I
think that we have seen more, have trav-
eled more and have mixed more with
other cultures than many people in Hol-

"Many people in Holland
think that we Antilleans live
some sort of a retarded life in a
hut in the tropics. But I think
that we have seen more, have
traveled more and have mixed
more with other cultures than
many people in Holland."

I was the second dark person at the
University. Everybody wanted to touch
my hair. Now they've had enough of us!
Now we have a problem with Rita Ver-
donk (Dutch Integration and Immigra-
tion Minister) Who is Antillean? You
are who you feel you are. It's just by
coincidence that you're born in a certain
country; only later on in life do you be-
gin to realize where you belong. If you
want to know where someone is from,
ask them! And accept their answer! I'm
Bonairean; I'm not Aruban! My name is
Bernabela! I talk like a Bonairean! This
is my home! You see that kalbas tree?
See how big it is? We grew up together!
Well, let's go on with the story: I was
very lucky in my studies. After the first
year I went on a tour with this very fa-

mous actor couple: Kitty
Janssen and Andre v.d. Heu-
vel. My name was in neon on
the theatres: Jackie Bera-
bela! We performed in every
theatre throughout the coun-
try and I learned so many
things, professionally and
personally. The second year
of my studies I did some-
thing very important for my
black background: I joined
'DNA,' the first black actors
theatre in Amsterdam, to-
gether with Rufus Collins
and Henk Tjon. It made me
aware of who I am. Rufus
taught me how to direct a
play and to go for perfection;
he was an authority. We
joined protest marches and
that's something you learn as
a student in Amsterdam too:
to protest against society and
authority! That's a real good thing, you
know! After I finished school I made a
documentary for the Netherlands Antil-
les about Antilleans who went to live in
Holland. That was 25 years ago, but the
topic is still the same.
For seven years I taught at the Founda-
tion for Artistic and Cultural Formation
in Amsterdam. We introduced every art
discipline at elementary schools and
high schools. There was a lot of interac-
tion between colleagues and the coop-
eration was just wonderful. That's some-
thing I miss here. When you do some-
thing together you're stronger and the
results are more beautiful. Look at what
happened with Jay Haviser and me. He's
an archeologist and anthropologist, I'm
a museum expert with an artistic back-
ground, and together we founded BO-
NAI, the Bonaire Archeology Institute,
three years ago. To do something like
that you have to be strong and be able to
I had a lot of friends in Holland and
one of them was Richard Hooi who be-
came the head of SEK (cultural and edu-
cational department) on Bonaire. He told
me, 'Jackie forget what you're doing in
Holland, we need you here!' It took two
years before it was arranged: maAana,
manana ... I'd forgotten how it was! I
came as the deputy head for the Cultural
Department. Then Richard founded the
Bonairean Pedagogic Academy and
asked me to become the drama profes-
sor. I organized a poetry contest for the
elementary schools and the children
with the winning poems were photo-
graphed in a typical Bonairean setting.
Those pictures were printed one meter
high. It was a great success and it
showed what a wonderful outcome you

Jackie Bernabela

can get when you connect different dis-
ciplines of art. Later, several Bonairean
musicians turned the poems into songs
and we put them on a CD. It was a big
project, but in those days the govern-
ment had a budget.
In between I went to Holland for two
years to study museum management; the
government sent me with a scholarship
from UNESCO. Besides BONAI I'm
involved in all sorts of different projects,
one of them is my youth theatre group
JePeBon. We educate older children at
schools society-wise, socially, philoso-
phically and artistically.
I've always been a pioneer; I start to
change something and then others take
over and I'm ready for something new.
It's not that I plan it; it just happens. I've
met very passionate professionals like
Rufus and Jay and we inspire each other.
I am a passionate, romantic and nostal-
gic person, and I'm a fanatic when it
comes to my work. I want to take all the
art disciplines to the schools; I want
children to enrich themselves and find
their self esteem and their self-
confidence through their creativity.
When I ask a child, 'Hey, did you do
that? That is really great!' and I see the
child's face light up and begin to
shine... then I
know why I'm do-
ing this, then I
know what inspires
me and why I am
fanatic. Art is my
passion, in every
aspect. It's my life
and it's what keeps
me going!" 1
Story and photo by
Greta Kooistra Greta Kooistra

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It's been a
few weeks
since my last
column, so I
hope you re-
member that I
was writing
about planting
hedges. This
will be the last
article in that
But maybe
first an update

The flamboyant blossom is orchid-like in appearance.

about the sea-
sons on Bonaire. I hope the whole is-
land had some rain in the last weeks,
maybe some areas got too much, others
not enough. These rains will hopefully
end a certain dormant period for a lot
of plants. Semi-local trees like the Ce-
dar, Karawara, Erhythrina and
Flamboyant lost a lot of their leaves,
but they will fill in quickly during this
period. Maybe you have seen the first
Flamboyant trees already blooming
with their most beautiful colors.
This brings me back to the hedges.
Some varieties may not have looked so
good in the recent past, but with the last
rain things will get better right away.
As I wrote, if you plant a hedge, al-
ways make up your mind what you
want. Plants suitable for hedges come
in every shape, color and height that
you can imagine. So if you want it to
be really thick or fast growing, with or
without flowers, spiny, or a combina-
tion of all of these, nearly anything is
If you are building a new house it
might be wise to start planting your
hedges during the early stage. By the
time your house is finished you can
have some instant privacy! This also
saves you a lot of money.
In the old days on Bonaire people
with goats or cows made hedges like
the famous Cactus fence and maybe
planted some varieties alongside that
the cattle liked to eat like the Mata di
Baka. They kept pruning it to feed it to
the cattle, and by doing this they cre-

ated the most beautiful thick hedges
that were green all the time.
When you plant a hedge always keep
in mind how big you want it to be. For
smaller hedges there are several types
available. And make sure you don't
plant too close to a wall because a
hedge needs space to grow on both
sides. For most varieties it's very im-
portant that they get light on at least
two sides. This is also a good thing to
keep in mind when you prune a hedge.
People are likely to prune more on the
bottom than on the top, simply because
they have better access. But it has to be
the other way around. Keep the bottom
as dense as possible and trim the top
narrower than the bottom. When you
do this you will always have light on
every side and your hedge will stay
If you expect some shade in the fu-
ture in the area where you want to plant
a hedge, perhaps because you planted
some big trees close by, be sure to
choose a hedge variety that can handle
shade. A hedge is an investment for a
long time because it has a purpose, so
you don't want to have to change it af-
ter a few years because it has become
too shady.
I hope this is enough information for
you. It's always wise to ask your gar-
dener for his opinion. There are so
many possibilities from which to
choose that it's sensible to be well in-
formed. 1 Ap van Eldik

Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping which designs, constructs and maintains resi-
dential and commercial gardens. Two nurseries and a garden shop in Kralendijk carry terra
cotta pots from Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS,

with the Reportte

D ean
ford sent us
several photos
of Heidi Fraley
and Caylin
Botsford read-
ing The Re-
porter in vanri-
ous locations
on their trip to
the Baltimore
Aquarium. We
chose two:

Next to a

shark jaw
(megledon) in
the aquarium
and beside a
statue of a crab
(with a Balti-
more Oriole)
outside the
Hard Rock
Caf6 by the
Harbor are
Caylin left,
and Heidi,
The girls were
preparing for
their eighth
trip to Bonaire
and should be on island when the Bonaire Reporter hits the streets.

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*to find it, just look up

Here's a drawing of the summer constellation Scorpius. Can you pick it out
from the heaven full of stars (photo on right)?

Why Do the Stars Move Hour After Hour,
Season After Season?

Have you ever wondered just why the stars change their position from hour to
hour and from season to season? Well, wonder no more. During mid-spring,
late April, early May, at 9 pm in the Sky park face north where you will see the Big
Dipper high above the North Star, which, coincidentally, is the end star of the handle
of the Little Dipper.

Now if our Earth were perfectly stationary in the heavens we would see these stars
and all the other stars in the same place every single night. But because our Earth is not
stationary but rotates from west to east on an imaginary line we call the Earth's axis,
the stars appear to slowly drift across the sky all night long in the opposite direction,
from east to west. Many call this the greatest optical illusion in nature because even
though the stars look like they rise in the east, travel across the sky and set in the west,
it is in fact, our Earth doing the moving. And if you look closely you will notice that all
the stars appear to change their position and move from east to west except for one
star, the North Star. The reason it does not move is because it is directly above our
Earth's north pole, directly above our Earth's axis. So in effect it is like the hub of the
great endlessly turning wheel of the heavens.
Now astronomers measure visual distances in the sky by degrees. The distance from
a clear horizon to directly overhead, the zenith, is divided into 90 sections, 90 degrees.
And 15 degrees is the distance all the stars move from east to west across the sky in
one hour. So if the Big Dipper is in this position in mid spring at 9 pm, it will be 15
degrees farther west one hour later and 15 more degrees west an hour after that.

See for yourself, using the Big Dipper or any pattern of stars, any hour of the night,
any night of the year.
But there is one catch, if our Earth only rotated on its axis and didn't have any other
motion we would see the same star patterns in the same places at the same times every
night. The Big Dipper would be in the same place at 9 o'clock every night of the year.
But such is not the case because in addition to our Earth's rotating on its axis once a
day it also makes one journey around the Sun once a year. So as our Earth moves along
in its orbit, it changes its position in respect to the stars a little bit each night, with the
result that if a given star rises just above the horizon at 9 pm one night, the following
night that same star will rise 4 minutes earlier and will be approximately one degree
farther along on its journey across the sky at 9 pm. This further means that since every
star rises 4 minutes earlier each night and is one degree farther along, after one month
all the stars will be 30 degrees farther along their journey at 9 pm. This further means
that after 3 months, the length of a season, all the stars will have moved 90 degrees
across the sky at 9 pm, and thus we will see different stars at the same hour of the night
each season.
Orion is high up in early evening winter so he is called a winter star pattern. Leo is
always high up in early evening in spring, so we call Leo a spring star pattern. Scor-
pius is high up in summer, Pegasus the horse, high up in autumn. It's that simple. The
stars move because #1 our Earth rotates on its axis and #2 because our Earth orbits the
Sun. O JackHorkheimer

For the week:
June 10 to June 17, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Things at home may be somewhat rocky. Try out
for a local sports team such as volleyball, tennis, lawn bowling, or whatever inter-
ests you. Try not to hurt your partner's feelings. Reevaluate your situation. Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Someone you live with will be quite unreason able
this week. You'll only hurt your lover if you don't. Try not to be too harsh with
your mate. You can make alterations to your appearance that everyone will ad-
mire. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can learn from those who have had similar
experiences. Don't give your heart too readily. You can't lock your partner up and
if you keep restricting their freedom you may be left out in the cold. There could
be opposition or temper tantrums on the home front. Your lucky day this week will
be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't rely on others to do your work. Turn things
around, make sure that they do their share. Expect to have more people on your
domestic scene. You can learn valuable information if you listen and observe what
others are doing and saying. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You have been stagnating for some time now and you
need a change of pace. Self-deception regarding your own worth may lead you
down the wrong path. Added knowledge will give you the edge when dealing with
peers. You need to reevaluate your situation. Your lucky day this week will be Sat-
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Secret love affairs may be enticing; however, you
must be prepared for the restraints that will follow. Talk to those in a position of
power about your intentions. Take time to visit someone who has been I confined
due to illness. Love can be yours if you get out and about. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Move forward if you want to turn your life around.
Voice your opinions and contribute to the de bate. Visitors may relieve the tension.
Channel your efforts into achieving your goals.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Jealousy may get in the way of a good relation-
ship. Real estate investments will pay off. Your emotional stability may influence
the changes taking place in your personal life. Be diplomatic but stem. Your lucky
day this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be diplomatic but stem. Don't be too hard
on yourself. Travel will be to your advantage; however, it might be expensive.
You will not be able to trust someone you work with. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Female members of your family may be diffi-
cult to deal with. You can take advantage of opportunities if you are quick to make
a move. You hard work and dedication will pay off, so stick to your guns and do
yourjob well. Your hypnotic eyes will capture the hearts of those who interest
you. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Avoid functions that will bring you in contact
with those you find difficult to get along with. Opportunities to upgrade your liv-
ing standards will come through your lover or through joint financial investments.
Chances are they are jealous. You can get your point across and make valuable
connections. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Let others know what your intentions are and be
honest in your approach. You will do well if you mingle with the brass this week.
Try to mix business with pleasure while traveling. Everything is moving quickly,
just the way you like it. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. 1

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