Title: Bonaire reporter
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Publication Date: July 8, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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party of Curaqao,
led by Anthony
Godett who is
currently free on
appeal of his Anthony Godett
convictions for
fraud and related charges, is demanding
Finance Minister Ersilia DeLannoy to
alleviate their concerns about the
planned Continental Airlines flights
between Bonaire and Houston. It
seems they believe that a guarantee of
around $1 million was required to get
Continental's commitment. They asked
four questions:
What are the details of the accord
between the airline and the Bon-
aire Government?
Did Bonaire present a budget for
2005 and 2006 that included the
How will Bonaire pay the million
dollar "guarantee?"
Is the Central Government respon-
sible if Bonaire defaults?
At about the same time the Continen-
tal -Bonaire contract was signed, a ru-
mor circulated that the airline's plan to
fly between the US and Curamao
(announced in May 2005) was can-
celled for lack of commitment on the
part of Curaqao.

KLM will increase the fuel sur-
charge on its tickets to the Antilles
and Aruba by 14 euros, which at the
moment is about NAf30. A round-trip
ticket will go up by NAf60 effective
July 19. The hike will be reversed only

when the international oil price stays
less than US $50 per barrel for 30 days
in a row.

SJapan continued to bribe the
poorer Caribbean countries at the
International Whaling Commission
by exchanging aid for votes. Over the
past two decades Japan has been de-
servedly accused of skirting the ban by
killing whales for profit under the guise
of "scientific research" studies that
cost the lives of about 650 minke
whales last year alone. The Caribbean
countries' voting record confirms that
some have sold their votes. Although
Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Domin-
ica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St.
Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
and Suriname can hardly legitimately
claim to have a direct stake in the whal-
ing industry, they have all unswervingly
supported Japan's interests 258
times- on 94 % of the votes taken. Ja-
pan granted $8.18 million in overseas
development aid to the area last year
(earmarked for "the project for con-
struction of fisheries center") to Anti-
gua and Barbuda alone. Last week St.
Kitts Prime Minister Denzil Douglas
and Trinidad-based Ambassador of Ja-
pan Shigenobu Kato on Monday signed

SDivi-Divi Airlines, Bonaire's most reliable connection between our island and
Curaqao, has announced it is raising its fare between the islands. The new fare is
NAf87,50 one way (it was NAf74), including tax, double that for round trip. The
child's fare is NAf 52,50. The airline operates two twin-engine aircraft a 7- and
a 9-seater with 7 round trip flights a day. A day of full flights on Divi Divi is ap-
proximately the capacity of one BonairExpress ATR turboprop.

an agreement for the construction of a
$5.6 million new fisheries terminal fa-

its students of the move. The school can
operate on Aruba because it has been
certified by the Aruban Ministry of
Education. A medical school's gradu-

A At the end of the ates are allowed to take medical licens-
current term, Xavier ing examinations only if their school is
Medical School will recognized by the World Health Or-
XAWVl depart Bonaire for ganization, and WHO recognition re-
Icico Aruba, where the stu- quires certification by local authorities.
S dents and faculty will Xavier applied for, but was not granted,
be consolidated with
another campus al- Continued on page 4
ready operating there. certification on Bonaire. Before the de-
Although Xavier has not yet announced cision to move, Xavier, which currently
its departure officially, it has informed (Continued on page 4)

Bonaire Reporter July 8 to July 15, 2005

Page 2

Taste of the Caribbean

Bonaire Team Wins

Silver and Bronze
Bartender Brad Conner from Rum
Runners garnered the Silver Medal
for his drinks in the "Taste of the Carib-
bean" culinary Olympics last week at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel in Miami. Choosing
from a mystery basket of ingredients Brad
competed against 12 other top bartenders
from 12 different islands in the Caribbean
in the vodka, rum and non-alcoholic drink
categories. His win was based on the
numbers of points he received while be-
ing judged on factors such as appearance,
taste, use of local products and creativity.
This is Brad's first time at the "Taste of
the Caribbean" competition.
Habitat's Jack Chalk, after dining at the
Bonaire table at the "Taste of the Carib-
bean," enthused, "The Bonaire Culinary
Team offered a rainbow of flavors from
the oceans to the plains and with the flair
the Caribbean is known
for. The Bonaire Culinary
Team has raised the bar to
a higher level."
They practiced hard; the
competition was stiff; and
they came home with a
bronze medal. "We
learned a lot. Now we
know what we have to do
for next year," said team
captain Floris van Loo with
determination. "We're go-
ing to assemble two teams
of chefs and start practic-

Silver medal winner bartender Brad
Conner at the "Taste" competition

ing together once a month until the end of
the year. Then we'll really start with more
frequent practices and our fundraiser
lunches and dinners."
This determination to go back to fight

The team gettin e revved

again is reminiscent of the Bonaire
team which went in 1997 to the "Taste
of the Caribbean" in Puerto Rico,
coming home with a bronze, having
competed against 19 other teams.
They too were fired up to compete
again the next year and win and they
practiced hard. But, due to Hurricane
Georges, the 1998 competition was
cancelled. But the hard work and de-
termination paid off when in 1999
Bonaire's team returned with a Silver
medal, with a ranking of 5th in the Car-
ibbean, and the Outstanding Spirit
The ambiance at "Taste" seems un-
usual for what seems like a competi-
tive venue. Teams and individuals
help each other. The Bonaire team lost
one of their suitcases containing a lot
of their culinary tools. The Curagao
team stepped in and offered to shared
their equipment. In turn, Bonaire had
some items Curagao could use. This
was going on among all the teams a true
spirit of sharing. The teams showed cama-
raderie, spirit, courage and the risk to put
their skills on display. There was even an
impromptu party by the pool one evening
where all the chefs and bartenders got
together, bringing their leftover bottles of
various drinks to share.
Why is this event so important to
Bonaire? Because it honors the profes-
sion and raises the consciousness of all
our chefs, inspiring them to learn, to ex-
periment, to be creative and competitive.
And since even the 1997 competition the
level of the island's cuisine has risen.
Everyone wins the chefs, the diners, the
local restaurants, the economy and the
island's reputation.
All this takes a lot of commitment and

Vernon Martijn, Isidoor van Riemsdijk,
Tico Marsera, Floris van Loo
dedication from many people. The chefs
and bartender have to give a lot of their
time on their days off to plan and practice.
They must create and test new recipes and
learn to work together as a team. The res-
taurants that employ the members of the
team have to give their employee extra
time off, often with pay. Restaurants have
offered their facilities for the practice din-
ners. The members of the committee or-
ganize all the background support, do
publicity, solicit financial donations, ar-
range for meetings, do the shopping and
more. Local businesses support the team
through financial donations.
And because of this Bonaire has be-
come an island known for its culinary
excellence. DL.D.

Bonaire Reporter July 8 to July 15, 2005

Page 3

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
has approximately 50 students and a
dozen staff members, planned to build a
new medical school near the hospital
and had a targeted enrollment of 400
students, which it expected to meet in
three years. According to this reporter's
estimates, the school would have in-
jected $10 $12 million a year into
Bonaire's economy.

Congratulations to the young
graduates of the Soldachi Tour guides
course. The teens were part of a pilot
project, organized by retired school
teacher and Soldachi Tours founder,
Maria Koeks, to show teens that tourism
is important to the island, that it's a way
to make a living and to teach people
about their culture (The Bonaire Re-
porter, June 10-17, 2005). Financial as-
sistance was provided by AMFO-NGO
Platform to help pay for the instructors
who gave cultural information to the
students, especially about Rincon. As
part of the graduation ceremony each of
the new guides was interviewed on Bon
FM by Bubui Cicilia.
*A Dutch woman who swears by a
daily helping of herring for a healthy
life celebrated her 115th birthday on
Wednesday as the oldest living person
on record. Hendrikje van Andel-
Schipper, a former needlework teacher,
was born in 1890. She celebrated her
birthday in a nursing home in the north-
ern Dutch town of Hoogeveen. "She

Dutch Kingdom Relations Minister
Alexander Pechtold

A In an address to the Dutch Parlia-
ment last week Dutch Kingdom Rela-
tions Minister Alexander Pechtold
wants a "headline agreement" on
reforms in finance, the economy, law
enforcement and proper governance
with a new Recovery Plan before he is
willing to hold a Round Table Confer-
ence on constitutional change and dis-
cuss the restructuring of the Antillean
debt. He and other top government
will be at the Amboina Centro di Bario
for a summit conference on Antillean
poverty this weekend.

eats a piece of herring every day be-
cause it's good for her health," said
Johan Beijering, Director of the Wester-
kim nursing home. "She is still mentally
full of vitality." There are an estimated
350 to 400 people age 110 or older

A "Sonora Rincon- I
ero" performed bou di
ramada (on the porch)
at the Rincon Marshi
last Saturday. This old
time group plays pre-
dominantly during the
San Juan and San Pedro
days (June 24 and 28),
going from house to
house where a Juan or a
Juana lives (or on San
Pedro Day, where aoo
Pedro or Pieter or a fe- S
male version of the
name lives). According to their spokesperson, Freddy, years ago, the idea started
out as a joke, but nowadays it's an important tradition. "Rincon, the seat of our
culture," says Freddy, "is where it all began." The musicians play rasps, guitar,
drums and other traditional and difficult-to-describe instruments. The songs
have been passed down through generations; everyone knows them; the band
never practices; and the beat is toe-tapping infectious. The group usually plays
for a half hour at each house and in turn is invited to drink rum and have soup.
"This can go on for 24 hours sometimes," Freddy says. The group does come
together for special events during the year occasionally. DL.D.

SOne of Bonaire's most prominent entrepreneurs in the 1970s and 80s and early
90s, Hugo Gerharts, held several interviews with B6i Antoin, Editor of the Papia-
mentu daily, Extra. The interviews will be broadcast on the Herensia TV show.

worldwide says the record keepers at
SA spectacular fire Sunday night
at the landfill was a fitting precursor
to Fourth of July fireworks. The blaze
in the area containing wrecked cars and
tires sent flames 100 feet into the air and
a towering column of smoke that could
be seen from everywhere on Bonaire.
The cause is unknown. Rudsel Lieto,
acting head of Selibon, Bonaire's waste
management company in charge of the
landfill, was on the scene. He speculated
the fire began around dark. He hoped
this would call the Island Council's at-
tention to the situation at the landfill

which needs expansion and upgrading.

A Bowing to pressure from America, The
Netherlands will send three F-16 fighters
rigged with search equipment to find Na-
talee Holloway, Aruban authorities said Sat-
urday, nearly five weeks since she disap-
peared. Aruban Justice Minister Rudy Croes
requested more help from the Netherlands.
(Continued on page 7)

Bonaire Reporter July 8 to July 15, 2005

Page 4

eO I I Nen 0. UPAGEI


Dear Editor:
I am a resident of the United States
and am keenly
aware of the
biased re-
ports that CNN
and other news L
networks have been airing about Aruba
and Bonaire, as reported in the June
24th edition of The Bonaire Reporter.
As a retired radio news reporter, it
makes me ashamed to state that, in my
country, news networks no longer RE-
PORT the news. Rather, they attempt to
MAKE the news and influence popular
opinion. In my day, the news was re-
ported exactly as events occurred, and
we reporters policed our own ranks. If a
reporter starting editorializing, he/she
was shunned by the rest of us.
Many Americans want to believe that
bad things happen only in other parts of
the world. The event on Aruba, while
very tragic, would be just a "drop in the
crime bucket" in my country. At one
time, CNN did an excellent job RE-
PORTING the news. However, they
have gone the route of most news agen-
cies today through their editorializing.
Tying two unrelated events together,
the disappearance on Aruba and the
dive accident on Bonaire, is neither
relevant nor newsworthy. Rather, these
reports are prejudicial.
As one who has visited Bonaire on
many occasions, who loves the friendly

people of the island and the spectacular
diving, I am totally uninfluenced by the
faux reporters at CNN. And, I think my
opinion is shared by those Americans
who have traveled to your beautiful part
of the world. Those of us who know
Bonaire, its people and its culture will
always return again and again, regard-
less of what CNN or any other news
agency reports.
RobertJ. Traister


Dear Editor
After reading last
week's article, "A t a
Vicious Attack," I
had to respond. What
happened is abso-
lutely horrible; there
is no doubt about
that. But there is an issue that isn't cor-
rect! The dog that did the attack is NOT
a pitbull! Pitbulls already have a bad
name and don't need more bad incor-
rect publicity. The dog that did the at-
tack was originally used for hunting in
Argentina and has no record of being
vicious! I sometimes take care of this
dog and he is very good with my and
other dogs and even my cats! I don't
think it's fair towards the owners to tell
them to keep their child away from
their pet dog, this dog has never hurt a
child in his life. I don't think the dog
should be put to sleep! That is not the
solution! WM


Dear Editor,
I could not let go with the opinion last
week about
WEB. It's impor- Ap A leb
tant to keep the
debate going un-
til changes hap-
WEB is proba-
bly under the
same contract,
which requires Bonaire to buy all oil
from Curoil, and I would like to make
some points about it.
I don't think it's a problem to break a
monopoly contract if it's a fact that the
one in a monopoly position completely
misuses its rights, in this case when
Curoil (our brother island government
oil company) is selling oil for more
than double the price of local market.
In case of breaking the contract, losing
the court case and paying Curoil for
their losses, that must still be
less expensive than paying
today's price.
Buying from Venezuela or
I Trinidad would
probably be 40%
A of the Curoil

So let's say that we would have to pay
NAf400/m3 from the new distributor,
and then pay the penalty for breaking
the monopoly contract, let say 25% of
the 400m3, then would we pay about
500/m3 until the contract goes out. That
would still be 400/m3 less expensive
than our own brother Curoil charges.
What made the red party sign the con-
tract in the first place, knowing we al-
ready paid over price for the oil?
And what made the green party accept
the new prices, even knowing they did
not need to. In the end of the game is it
the people of Bonaire who have to suf-
fer even more for paying for someone
If all governments of Bonaire would
work for the future of Bonaire without
getting in to the corer, there would be
plenty of money left over for roads. If
we paid 400/m3 for our fuel, and used
the difference saved from our old fuel
prices for road maintenance, then could
we drive on brick paved roads.
I just think it's time for a government
to look further than their nose is long.
Think of your children's children; and
brothers, stand up for your rights.
Dr. S. F. Beuty

The Bonaire Reporter welcomes letters from readers.

Reader comments limited to 500 words will be
considered for inclusion in the "Letters" depart-
Sment. All letters must be signed However, we will
withhold names on request.

Bonaire Reporter July 8 to July 15, 2005

Page 5

Responses to A Balance for Bonaire


To the Editors:

S o, what does a regular, non-experienced searcher do and how do they proc-
ess search results? Well, two typical paths. The first is that they may type in
a number of words based on a question they have. For example, best Caribbean
diving, (which returns as the number one result a reference from About.com about
Bonaire, followed by a link to Saba Divers, then a St. Croix dive ship, etc.). Or, the
searcher may simply type a word or two, such as good diving and see that he's get-
ting results that range from the Red Sea to Seattle in just the first 5 entries, and re-
alize his (or her) search is too broad, and then drill down by adding search terms
until the results start meeting some particular expectations. As the searcher looks at
various sites news, travel, dive shops he will find potential destinations that he
will want to explore further, probably by entering those destination names into the
search engine, and drilling down to get more details to see if that's where he wants
to go. Of course, all this presumes the person doing the search is a hermit who re-
lies on nothing but a search engine to research his next diving vacation location.
He doesn't talk to members of his dive club, people at his dive shop, travel agents,
associates, etc.
Anyhow, the point here is that a searcher will frequently find that the search
terms he or she has used produce completely useless results, and then go and try
something different. In contrast, the Google Test you published used search terms
that were producing results all over the place, but yet the writer of the test insisted
on continuing to use them. And then they failed to disclose that other dive destina-
tions faired no better than Bonaire in their testing. And there are a lot of destina-
tions out there with a lot bigger marketing budget than Bonaire. Also, the focus of
the authors on just requiring results featuring web sites for properties listed on
Bonaire or the official Bonaire site disregards the whole concept of the world wide
web things being interconnected as if by a large spider's web, each node inter-
connected to one, dozens, hundreds or thousands of other nodes.
On my sample search for best Caribbean diving, the first result referenced Bon-
aire. Doesn't a result dealing with Bonaire on a review site or a tour operator site
which mentions Bonaire as an option count as a path to get to Bonaire? According
to the authors of the Google Test, apparently not.
That gets to my last point. If you are going to "analyze" search results intelli-
gently you need to understand how search engines like Google work and how they
sort their data. And that is a vastly complicated subject that people charge thou-
sands of dollars to explain and then still don't cover everything.
But in a nutshell, the search terms for which a page comes up in the results for
are directly related to those exact terms being used on the page and how important
the page is as viewed by other external pages. If the page uses the search terms in
the exact sequence as entered, it will likely improve the PageRank of the page.
Further, the more external sites there are which link to a page, the better the Pag-
eRank of that page in Google.
The reason that Harbour Village had such a good showing in the particular terms
your writers selected was because their site has been optimized for those terms.
And in fact, I might say potentially over-optimized, because the site has multiple
identical (or nearly identical) pages with different names in order to cover many
variations of search terms in the file names of the pages. But, some search engines
have rules against excessive duplicate pages, and sites found in violation can be
banned from the search index if they over do it, so one must tread very carefully.
A web site cannot be all things to all people. You can't have a single site that
ranks in the top ten for every possible search term a searcher can conceive of. You
need to focus on a handful of things and do those well instead of doing everything
poorly. InfoBonaire, and other sites for on-island businesses do Bonaire well, as it
should be.
Jake Richter


The 'Take the Google Test' search was done using the Google advanced search
option and was done from the point of view of an average diver trying to decide
where to go in the Caribbean for a dive vacation, who had not already decided to
go to Bonaire. It was a somewhat 'broad' starting point, although narrowed to the
Caribbean, instead of all dive locations around the world. Many divers, especially
from the US, ask this question each year. For this reason, "official bonaire web-
site" was not a logical search option.
The fact that the Cayman Islands' website came up at #31 in the Google search
says that one dive location can do it. And so must Bonaire. The island's market-
ing goal must be to do the very best job at getting the attention of potential new
visitors, not just talking to people who have already decided to consider Bonaire.
New visitors must constantly be found to replace the ones who continue to 'retire'
from our product.
Most of the world is made up of 'regular, non-experienced searchers' and a web-
site marketing plan must make sure it covers this issue.
B for B author


n the first part of this reaction, the
author showed that tourist develop-
ment on Aruba had not all been a result of
a deliberate strategy and a clear develop-
ment plan but rather of bitter fighting be-
tween the two leading political parties.

However, for the people of Aruba, who
in general have never protested uninhibi-
ted hotel construction, the cup is now full.
A mass demonstration, organized by the new political party RED, took place re-
cently in order to prevent the groundbreaking for the construction of the new Ritz
Carlton Hotel on the last pristine section of Palm Beach, a unique site for leather-
back turtles to lay their eggs. Also windsurfers for which this beach section is the
same as Lac is to Bonaire, participated in this action. The organizers also directly
approached the Ritz Carlton headquarters, demanding the hotel group to give up its
plans. According to the petition, in case that despite this urgent request, the group
may proceed with the hotel construction, it will be responsible for all negative con-
sequences of this project realized against the will of the overwhelming majority of
the people of Aruba.
At this moment, the government of Aruba has, in connection with financial scan-
dals caused by its wrong decisions, a financial burden of more than $100 million to
be paid to banks in Italy and the US. Although each new administration denounces
the corruption and wrong decision making of the previous government, the respon-
sible ministers and high government officials have never been brought to justice
for the simple reason that both parties have participated in these scandals.
As far as the adjustment of the existing infrastructure of Aruba to the increased
demands in connection with the new hotel construction is concerned, the govern-
ment has been successful only in upgrading the water and electricity supply. The
current situation in all other fields is disastrous. The existing roads are not able to
accommodate the growing traffic (there are about 50,000 cars and hundreds of
buses and heavy trucks on Aruba), and particularly when cruise ships call at the
Oranjestad port you pass the downtown faster on foot than by car, lost in a tremen-
dous traffic jam.
The financial situation of the airport, aggravated also by the departure of the
KLM flights to Ecuador and Peru, passing now through Bonaire, is catastrophic.
The airport tax for international flights had to be increased to $33.50 and this tax
(Af 60.30!) is also applied to the flights to the "sister island" Curacao. Due to
friendly relations with Bonaire the airport tax for flights to Bonaire has been in-
creased "only" to Af36.90 (In Bonaire the tax for a flight to Aruba is NAf10).
The influx of predominantly Latin American workers with their families to
Aruba in the recent years has been so strong that there is currently no place for new
children in Oranjestad schools. There are also big problems with health care. The
government general health insurance, AZV, has not enough money to cover the
growing costs and is in a permanent fight with physicians, urging them to lower
their fees.
Another disaster is the garbage collection on Aruba. There are no garbage con-
tainers, and regular emptying times like on Bonaire exist only in theory. The in-
habitants place their garbage just in front of their houses, mostly in various plastic
bags and paper boxes or old oil drums, exactly as they have for years. If they are
lucky, the garbage is collected within two days, but sometimes the garbage truck
just does not come and the inhabitants have to wait till the next week.
The postal service is another serious problem. The local business community
stopped using it a long time ago because a letter sent from Oranjestad to an address
in the same city takes sometimes two weeks (!). A large part of letters from abroad
just get lost and you are happy when you receive a letter from the Netherlands
within several weeks. Under enormous pressure of the public, the government de-
cided recently to privatize the postal services, establishing a company, Aruba Post
NV, in which the majority of the shares will be owned by the government. How-
ever, the trade unions, instigated by the main opposition party, AVP, seeing its
chance (the elections of the new parliament are over two months!), decided to take
hard action against the current socialist MEP government, accusing it of betrayal of
the working people. Just before voting about the government proposal recently, a
mass of postal workers and trade union activists violently interrupted the parlia-
(Continued on page 7)

Bonaire Reporter July 8 to July 15, 2005

Page 6

(Balance Responses Continued from page 6)
ment session and it took the alarmed police a half an hour to stop the fighting and
to evacuate the parliament hall. Also the opposition leader was removed by the po-
lice. The 12 MEP members of the parliament, which have currently the majority in
the 21-member parliament, approved then the government privatization proposal. It
must eventually be approved by the governor of Aruba.

This is the current situation on Aruba, the island still admired by many Bonaire-
It is evident from the given facts that the development on Aruba cannot serve as a
model for Bonaire but more as a deterrent example. In case some politicians want
the crime on Bonaire to increase dramatically, that the shop workers will not un-
derstand Papiamentu, that traffic jams will be a common thing, that there will be
no place for children in local schools and that all other problems of Aruba will
come also to our island, then the best and fastest way is to introduce the mass tour-
ism to Bonaire.

Nevertheless, speaking about the tourist development on Aruba, one positive fact
has to be mentioned: The government of
Aruba has never permitted the operators
of the five star hotels on Palm Beach to
close the beach in front of the hotels to the
general public, like it unfortunately hap-
pened in the case of Harbour Village on
Bonaire. It is urgent that guaranteeing free
public access to the beach in front of the
new hotel to be built on site of the demol-
ished Bonaire (later Sunset) hotel will be
clearly spelled out and designed into any
plans for development of this hotel. 1
Jiri Lausman

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4) -

The cost of this effort was not revealed.
On Monday two of the three men held in
custody since June 9t were released. Only
Joran van der Sloot, the 17-year-old son of a
justice official in Aruba, was ordered held
for 60 more days, court officials announced.
Holloway disappeared in the early hours of
May 30, on the last day of a five-day vaca-
tion on Aruba to celebrate her high school
graduation with 124 other students from

k Last week the "highest point" was
reached in the construction of a new build-
ing at the entrance to Washington Park.
The building will be used to house facilities
for scientific studies and the men and
women who are doing the work. The con-
struction was done with the collaboration of
the rangers of the Marine Park, Washington
Park and local contractors (photo above).
The building will conform to classic Bon-
aire architecture and the design was okayed

by the Fundashon Cas Bonairiano. Stitching
DOEN, who distributes the proceeds of
Dutch lotteries, is sponsoring the project.

P Basic Fish ID Classes are being of-
fered at Yellow Submarine each Thurs-
day from June 30 thru July 28th at 6:30 pm.
If you're interested in REEF (Reef Environ-
mental Education Foundation) or need infor-
mation please call Linda Ridley at 791-
4262. July is also the month for REEF's
Great Annual Fish Count. Linda encourages
all REEF members to survey as much as
possible in July so Bonaire will get credit
for your survey.

There's a pretty spiffy new Bonaire
website that is a collaboration between the
TCB and KLM. Go to www.infobonaire.tv
to check out the combination of streaming
video and traditional music delivering infor-

Traveling Turtle Update
The first report of the 2005-6 season on Bonaire's breeding sea turtles
(-__ appy," the second Bonaire seat turtle to be fitted with a radio transmit-
11 ter so she can be tracked, is continuing to swim in a northerly direction
moving at a rate of about 45 km per day. She is approximately 375 km from Klein
Bonaire and 355 km
north of Bonaire.
Her path thus far
is looking very
much like those of .
"Nautila" and
"Schillie," the two
female hawksbills
we tracked in 2003.
You might remem-
ber that "Nautila"
ended up at the
Navidad Banks
north of the Do-
minican Republic o atA
while "Schillie's"
final destination was
Mona Island off
Puerto Rico.
As to where
"Happy" is headed,
your guess is as
good as mine. We
will keep you
posted.[ Andy Uhr


at the JanArt


A new kiln has been delivered and
specially wired to fire ceramics and
clay sculptures. The kiln is available
to the public. You can rent space and
time for any art projects
needing to be fired.

Clay sculpting classes are now being
formed. Please call or go by the
gallery for schedule

Kaya Gloria 7

mation about Bonaire.

The model in the Benetton ad this
week (on page 22) is Jonathan Cranston. O

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A Volunteer With A Sense Of Duty

W hen Esther Graaskamp could
not find a job in her career
field of Biology, she ended up selling
bus tickets behind bullet-proof glass at
a railway station in Nijmegen in the
Netherlands. Longing to leave the
Netherlands to explore other countries
and cultures, she came across a help-
wanted notice in the "Green Volunteers
Network" for the Donkey Sanctuary in
Bonaire. Because of her long-time love
of horses and their equine cousins, the
donkeys, she wrote an e-mail of in-
quiry, and within a week her travel
plans to Bonaire were con-
firmed. Since her arrival on Bonaire in
February this
year, Esther can
be found most
days working th
diligently at the
Donkey Sanctu- S(
ary to help care ex
for the 300 don-
keys who call pe
the sanctuary St
home. hi
Esther's pas-
sion for nature an
and animals
began in her
childhood with her experiences on the
family farm in Winterswijk, a village in
the eastern Netherlands. With a gleam
in her eye, she exclaims, "I was put on
a horse at the age of two," which ex-
plains how she became such an avid
equestrian. In addition her family al-
ways had pets, especially dogs. Even-
tually her childhood experiences led
her into her study of Biology at the
University of Nijmegen where she
completed a Masters of Science degree
with a specialization in field ecol-
ogy. Her first project focused on the
environmental effects on the life his-
tory of plants in nutrient-poor grass-
lands. Her second project of analyzing
the foraging movements and behaviors
in goats and giraffes in Pietermaritz-
burg, South Africa, fulfilled a life-long
dream to study wild animals: "I always
admired the work of Jane Goodall and

Diane Fossey, and I wanted to do what
they did. Then I realized I could do it
myself and so I did." Her South Afri-
can project motivated her to look for
volunteer opportunities working with
other wild animals, especially since she
wanted to do more than teach Biology,
preferring instead to do research in the
field with the animals in their own en-
At the Donkey Sanctuary, Esther is
putting in a lot of hours observing and
studying the donkeys as she works with
them. Every day she assists in feeding
the donkeys in the morning and after-
noon, cleaning the grounds, bottle-
feeding the orphan

They've been
rough so much,
) many bad
experiences with
people yet they
ill trust
umans. That's

foals, and even
feeding the babies,
that are too weak
to bottle-feed,
through a tube in
the nose to the
stomach. Occa-
sionally she helps
in rescuing don-
keys outside the
sanctuary that get
in trouble, like the
one in Rincon
'who was recently

found with a pipe wrapped around his
leg. And, regularly she must locate the
foals born in the expanded sanctuary
grounds to make sure mother and child
are fine. Finally Esther must also be a
"teacher," educating visitors to the
sanctuary about why the donkeys need
sanctuary. Esther is clearly impressed
by the donkeys, describing them as
gentle, docile, friendly, even
clever. However, what stands out most
for Esther is that "they've been through
so much, so many bad experiences with
people yet they still trust hu-
mans. That's amazing!"
As for Bonaire, Esther is impressed
by the lack of crowds and all the space
and nature, thinking "It would be great
if I could stay and work as a biologist
in nature on Bonaire." ] Pauline

July 1'7-25

Diva Women's Windsurf Week in Bonaire

Featuring Windsurfer of the
Year, Beth Powell Winkler,
and Instructor extraordinaire,
Petra Kanz

Join Petra Kanz and Beth Powell
Winkler on an exciting windsurf-
ing trip to the sunny island of Bonaire.
The group coordinator, Ann Phelan,
is a seasoned windsurfer and travel
consultant. Ann is the promoter of
"King of the Caribbean." She is the
only windsurf vacation travel agent
based in Bonaire who also windsurfs!
Ann, Petra, and Beth are offering a
super fun-filled week of instruction
and fun this month. Sail on premium -
gear at Bonaire Windsurf Place, demo ..
a Diva Carve Board during the clinic.
Starboard specifically designed this
board with women in mind.
The week includes a three-day clinic
for all levels of sailing ability and then
on-water instruction and practice time.
There are opportunities for yoga
classes, sunset power walks, spa mas-
sages and treatments and much more.
Bonaire Windsurf Place is offering free Beth Powell Winkler
tickets to their famous Wednesday night
BBQ for the first 10 women to sign up for the Diva week. Sharpen your windsurf
skills, get pampered and surround yourself with the beauty and serenity of Bon-
aire. If you have always wanted to windsurf, this is your chance to learn in the
best flat water, shallow on-shore location. Starboard is contributing three
scholarships specifically for local teen and adult women who wish to attend
the clinic. Contact Ann at 786-3134 for details. Sponsored by Starboard, Bon-
aire Windsurf Place and Budget Bonaire. 1 Ann Phelan

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Exclusive to The Bonaire Reporter

The 19th Annual Aruba Hi-Winds

2005 Windsurfing & Kiteboarding Competition

Youngsters Dominate
All Events

It looks like the Bonaire's
windsurfing team that went to
Aruba last week to participate in the
19th Annual Aruba Hi-Winds is
causing a furor on our neighbor is-
land. After five days of highly com-
petitive windsurfing contests in Sla-
lom, Freestyle and Long Distance
Racing, it's Bonairean windsurfers
who are occupying the number one
spots in all three disciplines.
Sorobon on Bonaire really
must be the ideal training spot, pro-
ducing such promising talent as
those young guns who are currently
taking over the Aruban competition.
Standing out among them is defi-
nitely Bonaire's fast advancing
freestyle disciple, Evertson

"Choco" Frans (sail number NB-6),
younger brother of our world famous free
styling duo, Tonky and Taty Frans. Six-
teen-year-old Choco is no stranger to
Aruba Hi-Winds, having participated in
this internationally renowned competition
for several years. This year, however, he
is the only Frans brother to compete at the
19th Hi-Winds. Both his elder brothers are
absent, presently being on the road with
the Professional Windsurfer's Associa-
tion's World Tour in Pozo Izquierdo,
Gran Canaria. Without the usual family
competition, there were apparently no
other obstacles for Choco to deal with.
After the first two days of Slalom Racing,
he had claimed the number one spot
within his class (Junior) already.
Then, the weekend saw the long-
awaited Freestyle windsurfing contest,
"King/Queen/Prince/Kid of the Huts
2005," which would only continue Bon-
aire's and especially Choco's story of
success. The atmosphere at the Hi-Winds
site at scenic Fisherman's Huts was excit-
ing, and the pressure was on for this
highly competitive and popular freestyle
competition. The many spectators filled
the beach at Fisherman's Huts and were
impatiently waiting for the crowd's favor-
ite contest to kick off. With wind condi-
tions somewhat less steady than the previ-
ous days, tension increased as competitors
had to pump fiercely in order to get into

planing to show their dazzling freestyle
Choco, along with several other
young Bonairean sailors, went out there to
battle for the crown of the "King of the
Huts." Leaving many other competitors
behind without much trouble, he moved
on to the Final, where he was eventually
offered some serious competition by local
Aruban favorite Quincy Offringa (ARU-
91). Both sailors had six minutes to show
their stuff and impress the judges. During
the first four minutes, it was a close fight,
as Choco landed a few smooth spock
540s, while Quincy kept the score level
with some nice one-handed flakas. As
Choco explained afterwards, at that point
he knew he would have to pull off some
high end moves in order to take the heat
and with that the crown. But with those
low wind conditions, he was a little nerv-
ous about being prevented from showing
all the high standard moves he had in
store. So when all of a sudden he saw this
gust of wind coming over the water, he
decided it was time to get down to busi-
ness. The Bonairean young gun started
pumping hard, and when he got to maxi-
mum speed he spotted a little chop and
took off for a clean front loop right in
front of the spectators with barely two
minutes left to go. If Quincy was im-
pressed, he didn't show it, but instead

kept adding solid one-handed jump ma-
neuvers to his score sheet. Choco later
said he knew he still had to seriously im-
press the judges in order to take the
King's crown from his Aruban rival and
to his home island Bonaire: "I knew that
if I could just pull out some of my switch
stance moves, I'd make it." So when he
saw the chance in the last minute of the
heat, Choco went big and launched into a
final assault with an impressive switch
chachoo 540 one-handed, with which, at
long last, he deservedly claimed the first
As if being the number one in Slalom
racing and Freestyling wasn't enough,
Choco also came out tops in the week-
end's Long Distance Race (Junior), where
once again he beat local Quincy Offringa
on his home water in good wind condi-
tions. The third place in the Long Dis-
tance Race went to another Bonaire jun-
ior, Jeager Sint Jago (NB-107).
But the Bonaire windsurfing team is
extremely successful not only in the Jun-
ior, but also the Kids' classes. Bonairean
freestyle kid Bjorn Saragoza (NB-11)
showed what amazing stuff a 13-year-old
can have in store, as he laid down an im-
pressive arsenal of spocks, grubbies and
flakas, thus making all the right moves to
take the crown of the "Kid of the Huts" at

Another World
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn

Endangered Species
Flying Cloud, USA
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Jan Gerardus
Key Lara
Luna C. USA

the cost of Quincy's younger sister
Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU-91). So the
two local Offringa siblings were beaten
by two of our hottest young Bonairean
The cheerful evening activities, how-
ever, joined by all Hi-Winds participants,
showed once again how even the most
ambitious competition does not spoil
friendship and comradeship between
those young "rival" sailors. Thus, Bjom
and Sarah as well as Quincy and Choco
remain windsurfing buddies. Both of the
latter are some serious newcomers to
watch as they will be entering the Men's
class in the racing disciplines in next
year's 20th anniversary of Aruba Hi-
By the way, Choco's comment on his
winning not only the freestyle crown here
on Aruba, but also being in the lead of
both racing categories: "I don't like rac-
ing so much. I barely ever train for it."
Well, this surely leaves all of us wonder-
ing: What will happen the day that Choco
DOES start training seriously? 1 Story
and photos by Quita Sareyka

Go to www.aruba-hiwinds.org
for detailed results.

Santa Maria
Sandpiper, USA
Sea of Time
Sea Witch
Sola 2
Sylvia K

Ti Amo, USA
Triumphant Lady
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Ger.
Yanti Paratzi
Zahi, Malta

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Choco and Quincyjust before thefinal

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
7-08 1:35 1.9FT. 11:43 0.7FT. 77
7-09 2:02 1.8FT. 12:07 0.8FT. 74
7-10 2:27 1.7FT. 12:28 0.9FT. 70
7-11 2:34 1.6FT. 2:41 1.6FT. 12:41 0.9FT. 65
7-12 12:32 1.0FT. 23:11 1.5FT. 58
7-13 11:51 1.1FT. 20:34 1.5FT. 51
7-14 11:11 1.0FT. 20:21 1.7FT. 45
7-15 6:45 1.0FT. 7:47 1.0FT. 10:42 1.0FT. 20:35 1.8FT. 42

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Dia di Arte

t was the 13"t Annual Dia di Arte
last Sunday in Wilhelmina Park
and it was magnificent. Organized by
Emma St. Jago, it was one of the big-
gest and most energetic and efferves-
cent art days ever seen in Wilhelmina
Park. Local artists, resident artists,
craftsmen and women, vendors of
plants, jewelry and gifts were all
there as were stands selling local food
and drinks. On stage, nearly non-stop,
entertainers kept up the ambiance and
excitement. It was a meeting place
where old and new friends socialized.
In the crowd too were some ex-
Bonairean residents back to Bonaire on
Here are some scenes from the day.

Charles Lont and his son Emanuel
try a little art themselves at JanArt's

Ana Faizul Semeleer-Gonzalez with some of her dream catchers and baubles.
Her husband, Alex Semeleer, looks on from the background.

Thelma dePalm, Bonaire's artist with goat skin, poses beside some of her
work. She sells finely made wallets, purses, notebooks.

Erick Nicholson hand carves beautiful baubles from coconuts

Linda and Jake Richter with Avy Benneron of the Cinnamon Art Gallery were
also sponsors ofArt Day 2005

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A Force for Good
Activities of
AMFO and theI
NGO Platform wSisasnOW
Part of the continuing series on the activities of Bonaire's NGO's working to make a
better life for the people of Bonaire.

Dealing with Aggression

among Youngsters:


can do something about it!

Being a professional trainer and
facilitator did not prevent me
from leaving with a WOW feeling after
the Aggression Management workshop
On Wednesday the 15th and on Friday
the 17t of June the Parents' Committee
of the SGB High School organized this
workshop with Dietitian Ms. Angl6ique
Salsbach, B.Sc, and Professional Health
Scientist Specialist Ms. Marugia Janga,
The planned four hours, which the
participants first thought to be overly
long, actually turned out to be short be-
cause of enthusiastic questions, re-
sponses and remarks. Going into details
regarding the workshop will spoil the
fun and learning process if you get the
chance for this experience in the near
However, I can still give away a few
details to keep you warm on this sub-
The workshop dealt with factors that
can lead to aggression and lots of valu-
able tips on how to manage and prevent
aggression. Techniques regarding effec-
tive communication as well as informa-
tion about how nutrition can influence
aggression were also subjects of this
workshop. Instead of the old fashioned
cliche way of role playing (boring!), the
two trainers provided fresh, new and
original tasks and practices for their
Initially meant for parents with chil-
dren attending the SGB, a lot of the par-
ticipants who showed up were field
workers in the area of education, teach-
ers etc.
Ang6lique Salsbach, one of the train-
ers/facilitators comments: "It was a
great experience! On the first day we
had 38 participants while on the second
day 28 attended. The evaluation forms
that the participants handed in after-
wards indicated that they enjoyed it

much. They also shared with us that
they learned a lot, especially skills that
they can apply in their daily lives. The
workshop was furthermore regarded as
very versatile. Finally; they expressed
the need for more workshops in the
near future to keep training and practic-
ing these acquired skills."
This project is one of the many pro-
jects supported by the NGO Platform
and AMFO funds.
For more information on future work-
shops or if you are interested in orga-
nizing the same workshop for your
company or group, please contact: Ma-
rugia Janga at 790-3109/786-3109 or
Ang6lique Salsbach at 790-9450/786-
8908. O Natalie A.C. Wanga

Need Help?




Paro 6

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 Bemabella (Sports and Leisure),
Jona Chrino (Community Development beginning August 2005).

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MCB Employees Help Out Bonaire Ambassadors

The Tourist Corporation of
Z Bonaire (TCB) welcomes
Alfred and Sarah Galiani from Vir-
ginia to the Bonaire Ambassadors
Club. The Galianis love the relax-
ing atmosphere on the island. They
started coming to Bonaire in 1985
with a group of divers. They
brought their daughter and now
their grandson and granddaughter
for their first dives in Bonaire. Al-
fred and Sarah appreciate that when
they return, the people from Bon-
aire come up to them to say welcome
again. On one of their visits, a joke turned into a three-week tennis session on the
island. Alfred and Sarah Galiani -two of TCB's Bonaire Ambassadors. Congratula-
tions. O Joanny Trinidad, TCB

Every month many MCB Bank-Bonaire employees voluntarily have some-
thing taken out of their paychecks and put into a fund to be used to help fel-
low members of the Bonaire community.
Last week the organization named FASE (Fondo pa Asistensia Sosial Em-
pleadonan di MCB Bonaire) reached out to help Jenies Martha and her family.
They lost a lot of their possessions when a fire destroyed their home two weeks
ago. In the photo above Shirley Statia (left) and Jessica Silberie (right) present
their gift to Ms. Martha and her children.
The MCB employees hope their action will inspire other Bonaire workers to set
up similar "social conscience" funds in their workplace as well. OStory & Photo
by MCB


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Captain Don Celebrates 80 years

Elvis Martinus and Don
Insert-Captain Don at 4

On May 21, 1962, at 2:30 in the
afternoon, after almost two
years at sea, Captain Don stumbled
upon the small, virtually unknown
Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire.
Inhabited by a multitude of wildlife,
approximately 4,000 people and sur-
rounded by an extraordinary array of
marine life and coral reefs, this arid is-
land would be forever changed by Cap-
tain Don Stewart's arrival.
He celebrated his 80t birthday last
week at the dive resort that bears his
name, Captain Don's Habitat, with
about 400 of his close friends and ad-
Most Bonaireans will agree that Cap-
tain Don is responsible for Bonaire be-
ing what it is today: an island that leads
the way in raising people's awareness
of the importance of coral reefs and

Zulay Nahr, Don, Hilda Nahr and
George Buckley

Donna Gassert and the Captain

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Page 13

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

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 garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda
Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt.
Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or

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

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
www.bonairenet. com/j ellastone/

For Sale

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km
NAf5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844

Volkswagen VW VAN 1988
2 Liter engine- automatic
NAf6.900 717-2844 or 786-2844

MOTORBIKE for sale. Suzuki
Shogun, 110cc 4 stroke. 4 gears. Flat
rear tire, front brake needs brake
fluid, cover on steer needs some mi-
nor repair. Engine/technical parts in
very good condition. Built 1998. Price
NAf650! Call: 786-9389 or 717-2990
ext: 2991-ask for Robert.

For Sale- 4 Extra Large Suitcases
with wheels. Several used one time
only. Paid $100.00 each; will sell for
NAf100,00 each. Call 786-3134

Great Annual Fish Count Beamns

Got something to buy or sell?
by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER
Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Commercial Ads only NAf0.70 per word, per week.
Free adds run for 2 weeks.
Call or fax 717-8988 or email ads@bonairereporter.com

The Great Annual Fish Count
(GAFC) is an event coordinated
by the Reef Environmental Education
Foundation (REEF) that mobilizes and
trains volunteer divers and snorkelers
to identity and document fish diversity
and population trends in marine envi-
ronments. This annual event takes
place during the month of July. The
GAFC serves to introduce and inspire
recreational divers and snorkelers to
participate in REEF's year-round vol-
unteer monitoring programs. It also
serves to raise awareness among both
the diving community and the public-
at-large regarding marine ecosystems
and trends in fish populations. One of
the benefits of the information is to
provide researchers, marine resource
managers and policy makers with valu-
able data. The data gathered during
GAFC combined with the REEF year-
round database will provide valuable
and much needed information on fish
species, diversity, abundance and dis-
Last Saturday Yellow Submarine pro-
vided a free tank for all REEF Survey-
ors to dive and do a fish count on the


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Page 14

Yellow Submarine's Andrea Muel-
ler with two Reef Surveyors at the
kick-off of the Great Annual Fish
Count. Surveyors are Kim Stebbins,
Level Four, and Laura Elsaesser,
Level Three, who just completed her
Level Three Rating last Saturday.

Green/Yellow Submarine Reef Site.
If anyone is interested in participat-
ing in GAFC activities or information
about REEF, call Yellow Submarine, a
REEF Field Station. at 717-2929. You
may contact a local REEF representa-
tive at 791-4262. OStory & Photo by
Linda Ridley

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Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-
7252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The
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Ask the Dietitian

The Chick Pea-Versatile and Nutritious

What Are They?

C hick peas are beans, also known
as garbanzo beans. These beans
have special health benefits. Chick peas
help to lower the blood cholesterol
level. A cup of chick peas provides lots
of protein, fiber, iron, and potassium, as
well as substantial amounts of the B
vitamins, thiamine and niacin, all deliv-
ered, of course, without high levels of
fat or sodium.
A cup of cooked chick peas contains:
3 grams of fat, 16 mg of sodium, 216

How to Buy Them
At the market chick peas are available
fresh, cooked, in cans, or as dried
beans. When buying the dried variety,
look for whole, unbroken beans with an
even khaki color, no odor, and uniform
size. Don't be concerned with the wrin-
kled surface of the beans. That's nor-

Fresh garbanzo beans

canned variety, of course, is a time sav-
ers because they are already cooked,
but they often contain added salt. Chick
peas freeze fairly well. You can easily
make some extra and freeze it. They
will keep for about 4 months.

Chick peas are perfect for turning a
green salad into a substantial meal.
They add a nutty taste and new texture.
Don't forget to try chick pea dip (also
called hummus). It's a snap to make in
the food processor or blender. Just pu-
ree the beans and add olive oil; tahini or
sesame oil and garlic. Serve with pita
bread or raw vegetables.

Chick Peas and Potato Croquettes

Makes 20 croquettes
185g chick peas, soaked, cooked, drained and mashed
500g potatoes, peeled, cooked and mashed
/2 tsp paprika
2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
sea salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
breadcrumbs or whole wheat flour, for coating
oil for frying

Mix chick peas with potatoes, paprika and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
Form into croquettes. If desired, roll in bread crumbs or whole wheat flour. Fry in
hot shallow oil until crisp and brown, then drain on absorbent paper.

Serve with tomato sauce and a salad.

Tomato Sauce:
1 Tab. vegetable oil
crushed garlic
2-3 Tab. tomato puree
250ml water
2-3 Tab. lemon juice
1-2 Tab. corn flour
1 Tab. sugar
basil, salt and pepper, to taste

Heat the oil in a small pan with a pinch of fresh
crushed garlic. Add the tomato puree, water, lemon
juice and corn flour. Keep stirring until the sauce
thickens. Add the sugar, salt, pepper and basil.
Serve on croquettes, chips and burgers. 1 Angelique

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LFetmIIfhei WIeIeI

SM ajor" has been a
much loved dog
and his owners are heartbro-
ken to have to leave him, but
they've been transferred to
Osaka, Japan, where they're
not allowed to have pets in
their apartment. So, with
much sadness they've
brought Major into the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter with his
bed, his collars and leashes
and his toys. When they first
got Major he was skinny and
pathetic. But with love and
attention he's now a hand-
some dog with a very shiny
black and tan coat. But the
most important fact is that
Major is an incredibly great
dog. He's mellow and so gentle that
children love him. He gets along with
other dogs and even cats. He's so
tuned into his family that he prefers to
stick around home. And he's not a
fence jumper! "He's such a wonderful
companion," his owners say. They
love to take him jogging and along on
bike rides where he trots alongside
their bikes even without a leash. Be-

cause Major is so intelligent he took
immediately to training and can sit,
stay, and heel.
Major is four years old, is in excel-
lent health, and has been sterilized.
You may see Major at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road,
open Monday through Friday 10 am to
2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-
4989. OL.D.

Do you


this dog?

T his very large male dog was
found on Kaya Amsterdam in
Hato, where he had apparently been
wandering the streets for several days
before being taken to the Animal Shel-
ter by some very kind people. If you
are his owner, or if you can offer this
friendly fellow a good home, please
contact the Bonaire Animal Shelter,
open 10 am to 2 pm, Monday through
Friday, or Saturday until 1. Tel. 717-
4989. DMaryDiSanza

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Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually 9pm)
(Penelope Cruz)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
The Hitchhiker's Guide
to the Galaxy

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
Because of Winn-Dixie

Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:
SITH by George Lucas starring Ewan
McGregor, Natalie Portman and Hay-
den Christensen. Don't go and expect
brilliant acting and dialogues because
you will run away crying but.... that's
not why we go to see a Star Wars film.
Star Wars promises adventure, a fun
ride and brilliant effects and this epi-
sode surely delivers. The opening
scene draws you immediately into the
story and sets the (roller coaster) pace
for the rest of the film. With this epi-
sode I think that George Lucas brings
this saga to a dignified end. Now the
series is concluded, and wouldn't it be
great fun to have a Star Wars mara-
thon in Movieland Cinema! 1 Dodo

July 17-24 Diva's Women Windsurf
Week- Learn to windsurf clinic Contact
Ann Phelan 786-3134 or email
ann@bonairewindsurfing.com www.
bonairecaribbean.com 3 local scholarships
still available for teen or local women. To
apply contact Ann Phelan. See page 8.

The International Bonaire Sailing
Regatta October 9 15, 2005


Saturday Rincon Marshe opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast
while you shop: fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts
and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks
and music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying 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, So-
cial Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per
person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
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, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib
Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Thursdays until July 28, Basic Fish ID
Yellow Submarine Dive Shop at 6:30 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning 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 enty fee.
Call Ca1hy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI. First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO 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 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 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 di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from the
17thcentury. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days 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 dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
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 -

Lora Breeding Time Begins

Three lora chicks confiscated in 20U4

S TINAPA is calling on the people of Bonaire to help protect their endangered
parrot. Advertisements on local radio and in the print media are calling it to
their attention. Unless the birds are protected against poaching, a formerly com-
mon problem, they will become extinct.
In 2002 the local government sponsored a campaign to put ID rings on all the
island's caged birds. About 600 birds were registered, more than the 300-400
counted in the wild. It is now illegal to own an unringed Lora, as the Bonairean
parrot is called. The fine for possession of an unringed Lora is in excess of
NAf 1.000. The job of protecting Bonaire's Lora is not only the job of the police,
it is the responsibility of everyone on Bonaire as well. People are encouraged to
call the authorities if they believe a Lora is being held unlawfully.
717-3741 (SSV)
717-8000 (Police)
717-8444 (STINAPA)
Sam Williams, the British biologist who spent many months on Bonaire studying
the Lora, is preparing a series of articles for The Bonaire Reporter about Lora
breeding. We will be bringing them to you in the upcoming issues. O G.D.

Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bemardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday
at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
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
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252

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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 Lunch and Dinner Lots of parking in big mall lot
Royal Palm Galleries Open 11 am -2:30 pm 5:30-9 pm Kitchen Open llam-2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30-9 pm
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Closed Saturday and Sunday Breezy terrace with airco inside-Also serving big sandwiches at dinner
Calabas i Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At th ii Cai ea Resran an aerfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the D17-8285 Flamingo eac Resort. Waterfront Open 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 Den Laman Moderate-Expensivner 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 modem kitchen featuring indition cooking. Seafood a specialty
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.
Hilltop at 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, BBQ on Tuesdays
717-7901 Closed Sunday Gourmet chef creates unique daily specials
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 Kaya Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
1 mile north of town center. 790-1111Open from 5-1pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

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selection of large and small home appliances. Fast tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
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Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
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is featured. Stop by. Free entry. things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices, men, women and children.
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ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
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puter H.Q tomer services and top notch properties. WINES
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Born on Bonaire...

mani a .- e .b .

S"M /y life is the sea; when I'm
V far away from it I don't
feel well, and when it's been too long
since I've been in the sea, I hear the
waves calling me, 'Come, Daniella,
come Daniella, come...' And when the
sea is rough it's even more beautiful...
like a fully decorated Christmas tree.
Sometimes it's so dark that with a sharp
flash of lightning you can see the bot-
tom of the ocean! It's exciting... mag-
I was born and raised on the water-
front in Playa Pabou, a bit further from
here, in that small wooden house that
looks like a puzzle, because every time
my grandfather would sell a boat he
would add a piece to the house.
I am Daniella Bernabela, but I don't
have Bernabela blood. My mother was
Angelica Domacass6 Thode, my father
is the fisherman Ismael Soliano, and his
boat is the Etienne, the last of the origi-
nal Bonairean sail fishing boats. I was
born on February 12th 1954. My grand-
father was Antonio Domacass6, a boat
builder and a carpenter. My grand-
mother was 'Machi Dodo' Thiodora
Thode. The governor and I have the
same grandparents; we're cousins.
I was raised by my grandparents and
by my stepfather, L.D. Gerhardts, so I
had two homes. I lived off and on in
Playa Pabou with my grandparents and
uncles and in Hato with the Gerhardts
family. But most of the time you could
find me by the sea. My uncles protected
me. I was the only little girl and they
spoiled me badly but raised me very
well at the same time because I was
never fresh or ugly.
L.D. Gerhardts also took part in my
upbringing. His was a well-to-do fam-
ily; I had everything in the house, and I
learned from them as well. I have my
grandma's character. She didn't have
small pots and pans, only big ones!
Everyone was welcome! She was an
Indian from Nort di Salina, and my
granddad was a little man from Vene-
In the old days an unfamiliar young
man wasn't allowed to enter the village
of Nort di Salina, and if he did, people
would throw stones at him. So when
they were 'dating,' it was my grandma
who'd pick up my granddad and bring
him home to make sure he'd be safe!
After they got married they came to live
in Playa Pabou because my grandma
was from a family of fishermen. When
I got married I also built my house at
Playa Pabou, but a little bit more to the
south. I had the best childhood with my
girlfriend Mariella Craane. She's still
living there and I am here! We've been
best friends our whole life!

When I was 18 I went to Holland to
study to become a hairdresser. Every-
thing was very good, but I was terribly
homesick because I'm somebody from
the sea. I stayed barely 12 months, then
I came back to Bonaire. A year later I
married Steve Gustowski, an English-
man who came here on a barge to see if
they could build a pier at Barkadera.
Together with two aunts of mine I ap-
plied for a job as a stewardess on the
barge, but first I had to ask my grand-
parents and L.D. because there were 48
men aboard, and I was a well brought
up and naive Bonairean girl. Steve was
one of the men. He was fun, but what
made me fall for him was that one day
when a man got sick, Steve looked after
him in such a carefing way that it really
touched my heart.
We got married and in 1975 we went

"In the old days an
unfamiliar young man
wasn't allowed to enter the
village of Nort di Salina,
and if he did, people would
throw stones at him."

to live in Sicily for a year. When we
returned Steve started working for
HMK, a trading company that belonged
to the Gerhardts family. We have two
daughters: Marcella, 27, and Valeska,
24. Valeska has a son, Stepherd (6), and
Marcella has Michelle (9) and Marvin
(3). But Michelle lives with me. I took
her in and now she's mine!'
Daniella is a character; she's a dar-
ling, very cute, full ofstories, and her
house is filled with people and playing
children. There's always food, lots of
conversation and laughter.
"As I said before, my grandfather was
a carpenter and I was always by his side
when he was working on a boat. We
would chat constantly. I learned so
much from him that if it were now, I
could become a boat builder myself!
When his work was finished he would
make a tiny brush out of some hairs
from the broom. My job was to seal the
tiny holes the nails had left and fill up
all those holes with putty. When Don
Stewart opened Zeebad (Flamingo
Beach Hotel) my grandfather got an
order to make 10 small sailboats for the
guests. I thought it was a lot. Every
time one was ready my uncle and I had
to drag the boat all the way to Zeebad.
Every time I felt sad that the boat was
leaving, but in the end I got one myself!

All the fisher-
men knew me
and when they
came back
from sea
they'd give
me the left-
overs from
their bait. I
would collect
it in cans and
sell it to Anton
who had a
small zoo with
a boa constric-
tor, turtles and
flamingos (site
of La Guer-
nica restau- Dan
rant). That was my pocket Her
Many people knew me because on
Wednesdays grandmother would send
me on my bike to Tera Kora, Antriol
and Nort di Salina with packages of
fish. No time for a swim on Wednesday
afternoon! In return the people would
give me a package for grandma, mostly
vegetables from their kunuku or eggs.
My mother was living in Curaqao
with my brothers and sisters, and al-
though I missed them, my life here on
the waterfront was more important to
me. In my grandparents' garden there
were little huts where the fishermen
who lived far from the sea could spend
the night. Once I met two American
biology students who were looking for
a place. My grandma offered them one
of the huts. We were having dinner:
fish, fried bananas and funchi. The boys
ate their fish and the bananas, then the
funchi. Afterwards they smiled at us
and said, 'Good cheese!' That was so
I learned everything from my uncles.
I could swim when I was two. People
would call me Piskechi (little fish). I
could row; no other Bonairean girls
could row! I could sail and handle a
motorboat; I could fish and dive and
water-ski like no one else. I didn't
know the difference between boys and
girls; I was always with my uncles.
Later on, after I was married and living
here, people would bring their children,
asking me to teach them how to swim.
And that's what I did. I learned every-
thing about the island from my uncles
and L.D., and I love to pass it on to
other people while I'm doing the tours.
It is work, but it's also my hobby, I
could do it night and day.
In my life I've met thousands of peo-
ple. I even met Queen Beatrix person-
ally as I had the honor of styling her

life is the Sea

hair when she was here on one of her
visits. And also many tourists passing
by the house stop to ask me questions. I
invite them inside and we chat, some-
thing that Steve didn't always appreci-
ate, but I can't help it, that's how I am.
Steve and I were married for 28 years.
The last years of his life he was living
in Curaqao. Earlier this year sadly he
passed away. My mother also passed
away this year, so... in a way, it has
been a tough year. But I can't complain.
We're healthy, I have this place at the
sea, I have my family and friends and a
very special dear old friend in Holland,
Karel Steensma, the founder of the Ma-
rine Park, who sends me a ticket now
and then so I fly to Holland where he
spoils me terribly! My salon is doing
okay. I help people become more beau-
tiful on the outside, but when they need
it, I also try to help them with their
problems. I live in peace with myself
because I know that God is inside of
There's always this inner voice telling
me, 'You're not alone; you don't have
to be afraid.' I go and sit by the sea,
thinking. Did I do it right or wrong?
Could I do it better and how will it go
tomorrow? I talk to the sea and she
talks back to me. I have no plans. Once
I feel better about Steve and my mom,
once every-
thing is more
quiet inside of
me, I'll see
what life holds
for my fu-
ture..." 1
Photo and
by Greta

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The Cost of

Rk Buriku Rak'e

Goes on the Road
T he cast of the puppet show,
Rdk Buriku Rek 'e that has
been so popular among Papiamentu
speakers during the last year, left for
Holland to tour that country for three
weeks, giving 15 or more perform-
ances. Rek Buriku Rek 'e (which
means "Stretch, Donkey, Stretch"),
the show put on by JePoBon, Bon-
aire's puppet theatre for children, will
be performed in areas of Holland
where a lot of Antilleans are living as
well as in
the schools
all over
that coun-
try. For
those chil-
dren who
are not fa-
miliar with
will do a
over" si-
along with
Jacky are
cast mem-
bers Kathy
Thielman, Gina Correa and percus-
sionist Carlos Jimenez.
The play is from a Grimm's fairy
tale adapted to Bonaire. In this type
of theatre the puppeteer doesn't pull
the strings or use hand puppets. He's
the actor who plays a part along with
the puppet, each having an inter-
change with each other, moving to-
gether sometimes as in a dance.
The costumes and puppets were
created by Speeltheater of Holland, a
famous Dutch theatre company for
children which specializes in theatre
with actors and puppets. The script
was written by Saskia Janse; Onny
Huisink directed; Jacky Bernabela
translated it into Papiamentu. OL.D.

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Miami, Florida, U.S.A.

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*to find it, just look up

Venus and Mercury Continue Their "Pas De Deux"

T his week and next the two planets closest to the Sun, Mercury and Venus,
continue their extremely close meeting. If you have a hard time identifying
planets you can use the Moon on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 12th and 13th, to find
This Friday, July 8th about 45 minutes after sunset, while there's still twilight, look
west northwest. You will see an exquisite sight a very young crescent Moon complete
with Earthshine, which looks like a black full Moon nestled within the crescent. And
directly below it will be the brightest planet of them all, 8,000-mile-wide Venus, and
only 2 degrees below it, the tiny 3,000-mile-wide pink planet, Mercury. And if you've
got a pair of binoculars please use them because seeing this threesome through binocu-
lars will be absolutely spectacular.
I must remind you, however, that you have to have a clear flat horizon in order to see
Mercury, and be sure to look during evening twilight because by dark it will have set.
On Saturday, Mercury and Venus will still be only 2 degrees apart, but the Moon will
have gotten a little fatter and will be just to the right of the brightest star of Leo the
Lion, Regulus. On Sunday Mercury and Venus will be a little farther apart, but the
Moon will be well beyond Regulus up to its left. Then night after night you can watch
Mercury and Venus pull away from each other, a little farther each night. You might
want to keep track of just how long you can see Mercury before it disappears below the
On Tuesday the 12th Mercury and Venus will be only 3 degrees apart, If you look up
to their left, west southwest, you'll see an exquisite almost first quarter Moon parked
just down and to the right of the king of the planets, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter. And on
Wednesday the 13ththey'll be even closer to each other with the Moon just past Jupiter.
Don't miss this exquisite sight. Tuesday the 12th, the Moon to Jupiter's right, Wednes-
day the 13th the Moon just past the super planet, second in brightness only to Venus.
But once again may I remind you that these apparent close meetings between planets
and the Moon are simply an optical illusion. This weekend Mercury will be 69 million
miles away from Earth whereas Venus will be 133 million miles away! Plus next
Wednesday when Jupiter appears closest to the Moon, our 2,000-mile-wide Moon will
be only 242,000 miles away, whereas Jupiter will be a whopping 516 million miles
Once again, be sure you catch Venus and Mercury while they're still a close pair even
though they are pulling apart. And then use an exquisite Moon to find the planet king
on Tuesday the 12th and Wednesday the 13th Time to get out the binoculars or a small
telescope this week and next. O Jack Horkheimer


For the week:
July 8 to July 15, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Look into events that you might find interesting,
and compromise by doing a few things that you both like to do. Opportunities to
make advancements through good business sense are apparent. Acceptance is the
key. Your charm will attract members of the opposite sex. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Keep your cash in your pocket and offer them
sound advice rather than your financial assistance. Use your charm, but don't be
phony. Try to join groups of interest such as ballroom dance classes or perhaps an
Internet organization. Romantic encounters will develop through group activity.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You will be relentless when it comes to getting
yourself back into shape. Your partner may make you feel jealous and unloved.
Financial gains can be made through wise investments. Do not force your opinions
on others the connections will be short lived. Your lucky day this week is Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't be alarmed. You could be emotional if you
didn't take care of problems with loved ones. Take some time out. You can put in
some overtime and make extra cash. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Talk to those in a position of power about your inten-
tions. You may find that your mate is well aware of the circumstances. You could
come into extra cash. Be prepared to make compensations and adjustments. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Stop those bad habits. You will have additional
discipline that will aid you in your objectives. Opportunities to learn important in-
formation will surface through discussions with peers or seminars you attend. You
may find yourself changing crowds. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can pick up some overtime this week. Avoid
lovers who already have a relation ship, even if it is a bad one. Be an observer be-
fore getting involved. You need to spend some time pampering yourself. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Weigh the pros and cons and make a decision
that will change the conditions you've been living under. Monitor your budget
carefully to avoid unnecessary stress. Don't let friends convince you that you
should contribute to something you don't believe in. You'll be angry if those you
live with aren't pulling their weight. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your charisma will no doubt attract a lot
of attention. Older family members may try to make demands that are impossible
for you to handle. Travel will be exciting. The stamina you possess will be appar-
ent in your approach to your hobbies and creative projects. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Social get-together will bring you in contact
with intelligent new friends. Try to avoid any drastic decisions concerning per-
sonal legal matters. Use your obvious talent to work with detail and you can come
up with something great. Opportunities to make advancements through good busi-
ness sense are evident. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You may have difficulty trying to get your mate
to understand your position. Investments that deal with property will be lucrative;
however, upsets with family members may be likely. Don't blow situations out of
proportion or you could find that others will misinterpret what really happened.
You may find that someone you live with may be irritable; you're best to leave
them alone. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Get involved in competitive sports. Friends will ap-
preciate your attention and playful nature. You may be tempted to spend too much
on entertainment or luxury items. You could pick up valuable knowledge through
conversations with experienced individuals. Look into the cost factor, but don't try
to get backing yet. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. 1

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