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f you transit through Curacao
expect to pay a $2 "transit tax."
Unless the Curacao Government again
postpones the imposition of already ap-
proved tax, suspended six months ago,
it will resume next week. Airline pas-
sengers traveling to other destinations
via Curacao must pay up before board-
ing their next flight. .

A Continental Airlines, which re-
cently began non-stop service to Bon-
aire, is dropping Barbados from its
route network of direct service out of
the US two years after launching the
Newark flights with much fanfare and
$2 million expense by the Barbados
Tourism Authority (BTA).

A The European Union's (EU) top
court on Tuesday upheld legislation
requiring airlines to compensate pas-
sengers stranded by delays or can-
celled flights departing its 25 member
states. The International Air Transport
Association (IATA) said it could cost
the industry US$700 million per year
and that they were being unfairly penal-
ized for conditions that were sometimes
out of their control. The ruling applies
to KLM and Holland, but does it also
apply to the DAE and the Antilles?

A The Natalie Holloway case is
never far from Aruban or US headlines.
Last week the Common Court of the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba decided
that Paul van der Sloot, the father of the


Dee's Coral Shorts-
definition of coral 3
Envirowatch -Lac-Sorobon
Development 3
Letters (Sunset Public Beach) 5
Medical Care in Bonaire 6
Walk-a-Thon Countdown 8
Giving Coral a Kickstart 9
2006 Antilles Parliamentary Election
(Interviews with Ramonsito Booi and
Jopie Abrahams) 10
Where to Find the Reporter 14
Karnaval Schedule 15
Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Novello is Here 13
Reminder: Scuba Requirements 17
Rosita's Fitness Facts (Resistance
Training) 18


leading suspect, Joran van der Sloot
could sue the Aruban Government for
damages. Paul van der Sloot can sue for
wrongful arrest. During the Holloway
investigation Paul van der Sloot was
arrested and held for questioning.
Last week he joined an Aruban legal
firm headed by Anthony Carlo. The
Common Court will most probably
swear-in van der Sloot next week. At-
torney Carlo is very pleased and said,
"He is a very skilfuljurist. I have re-
ceived only positive reactions from pro-
fessional colleagues." Paul Van der
Sloot was working as a trainee-judge
for the Common Court of the Antilles
and Aruba.

A The Dutch island of Texel, an
island-municipality off Holland's coast,
wants to opt for a "separate status" or
integration into the province of
Friesland. That's what its mayor said in
reaction to official statements that small
municipalities should merge. Some
Dutch commissioners view an ideal
municipality to have at least 30,000
residents. Texel has only 13,000. Now
that Bonaire, with its population of
about 12,000, is interested in "direct
ties" with Holland perhaps it can con-
nect with Texel, which also has large
areas devoted to the preservation of the
environment, and make officials happy.
A Permits and licensing renewals
will be coming due in the New Year.
DEZA, the Economics Department, is-
sued these reminders:

Work permits can be picked up
at the Department of Labor Affairs
on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
Thursdays from 2 pm to 4 pm
(Kaya Amsterdam #21, near the
Toyota dealer)
Job seekers can sign up for work
at DEZA on Tuesdays, Wednes-
days and Thursdays from 8 am to
11:30 am.
Every Thursday from 9 am to 11
am the permit department is
available to provide necessary in-
formation regarding setting up a
business, permits, and petitions in
process. Forms are available there.

A The price of gasoline in Aruba
went up by 5.8 cents, making it 159.2
Aruban cents per liter. The price of
the same grade of gas in Bonaire is
189.9 cents a liter. Aruba gets its gas
from Valero, Bonaire from Curoil. Bon-
aire gets jet fuel from Valero, why not
gas too?

A During the week of January 4th,
Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB)
conducted a survey of some visitors to
the island. A survey is one of the ideas
brought forward in last year's Bonaire
Reporter series on island development,
"A Balance for Bonaire."
Its purpose was to assess tourists'
awareness of Bonaire's marketing. The
five-page-long survey was directed by
Marie Rosa of TCB-USA. According
to Ronella Croes, Director of the TCB,
such inquiry is valuable to help deter-
mine new strategies. Results are set to
be published in March 2006.

Marie Rosa, right, administers the


( Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
(STCB) has started doing in-water
surveys around Bonaire with the goal
of periodically determining the species
composition and size of Bonaire's turtle
population in their foraging areas. Keep
a lookout for four people swimming
parallel to the coast and followed by a
boat every Monday, Wednesday and
Friday during the months of January,
February and March.
Captured turtles are brought aboard the
boat for tagging and measurement. Lo-
cations of turtle captures are recorded
by GPS, and once procedures are com-
pleted, each animal is released at its
exact location of capture. Measure-
(Continued on page 3)

Flotsam & Jetsam
Mega FM Schedule
Vessel List & Tide Table
Special Olympic Spotlight
Reporter Masthead
Picture Yourself
(Bergen op Zoom,
The Netherlands)
What's Happening
Movieland Film Schedule
Shopping & Dining Guides
Pet of the Week (Rosanna)
Sky Park (Orion Nebula )
The Stars Have It

Bonaire Reporter January 20 to 27, 2006

Page 2

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
ments taken include carapace length
and width, tail length and body mass
(using a spring scale). Additionally,
digital photographs are taken of all tur-
tles brought onboard the boat and un-
usual body features (deformities, scars,
barnacles) are noted.
STCB will also depend on volunteers
to assist with the in-water surveys and
are looking for help. If you are a well-
qualified diver contact Project Director
Mabel Nava at 717-2225 or 780-0433.

A The TCB has released more infor-
mation about Dive into Adventure,
the week-long
event that re-
places the Bon-
aire Dive Festi-
val that was last
held in 2004.
While the emphasis remains on diving
there will be an additional focus on
Bonaire's many other vacation attrac-
tions as well, including sail charters,
windsurfing, land sailing, kiteboarding,
kayaking, safaris, snorkeling, deep sea
fishing, bone fishing, mountain biking
and rock climbing. From June 17t
through the 24th Bonaire will be filled
with events above and below the water.
Recognized pros in several sports will
be on hand to offer guidance.
To be part of the event, contact the
TCB or one of the sponsors: Air Ja-
maica, Captain Don's Habitat, Golden
Reef Inn, Plaza Resort Bonaire, Port
Bonaire Resort, Sand Dollar Condo-
minium Resort, Scuba Diving Maga-
zine, Caradonna Dive Adventures,

Maduro Dive Fanta-Seas or Bo-
nairePros.com. In Europe: Duiken,
ABC Travel, Bonaire Fun Travel, Does
& Cadushi, Harlequin & Regal Diving
& Barefoot Traveler in England, and
Helin Matkat in Finland.

A Soirtar Coral Pohvi

coral polyp credit: University ofHawaii

P Coral Shorts (a bit of informa-
tion about corals by naturalist Dee
Scarr which will be included each
week in Flotsam & Jetsam). Here's
the first:
Be aware that we use the word
"coral" for three things: the individ-
ual coral animal, called the polyp; the
polyps and the skeleton they've se-
creted, also called a coral head; and
the skeleton without its living polyps,
also called coral rock. The first two
of these are alive; the last is not alive,
which leaves a great deal of room for

SFundashon Salba Nos Lora (Save
the Lora Foundation), Scouting,
STINAPA and DROB have scheduled
(Continued on page 4)

Aerial view of the Sorobon area

A t leasttwo, per-
haps three, new to$

Lac-Sorobon area. The
projects will add more
than 200 rooms to the is-
land's inventory. A pri- 'u A
vately funded environ-
mental study has ex- "
pressed grave concernskCAl
about the damage these V A r
developments might do to
the mangrove and sea -
grass in the area. Lac is
the nursery of Bonaire's
reefs, and any harm that is 0 tO N BE
done there is magnified to Lac Bay (Sorobon Resort Photo)
affect all of Bonaire. Ex-
tensive studies and environmental protection must be forced on any developers if
they will not undertake those steps willingly. There are precedents in other coun-
tries that can be used as guidelines. G.D.

Bonaire Reporter January 20 to 27, 2006

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cording to Police photos
an official
last week,
an arrest
for shop-
lifting in
Culti- Suspect Juni Morillo in custody Officer's Schleper's injured arm
mara, the
police had to use force to subdue a suspect after he bit a police officer. Accord-
ing to the report, after being pursued and confronted by three policemen, Juni "Pit
Bull" Morillo violently resisted arrest and bit Officer Ron Schleper on the arm. He
required medical attention. The police did not believe they used excessive force to
subdue their suspect, but a spokesman for Pit Bull Morillo, also known as Mango
Man, thought otherwise. It was the second time Morillo has bitten an officer.

A Bonaire's first baby of 2006, Sieyennetely Winklaar, whom we presented
to you last week, was given her very own "Lito, the Lion" passbook savings ac-
count by Orphaline Saleh, Adjunct Director of Maduro & Curiel's Bank (MCB-
Bonaire). Her mother, Idelka Wout, accepted it in her behalf. We wish all the best
to the new family and know they are off to a good financial start, thanks to MCB.

Flotsam & Jetsam. (Continued from page 3)

the annual Lora (Bonairean Yellow-
shouldered Amazon parrot) count
for Saturday, January 28th. All who
live in Bonaire, but especially those
living on kunukus who know the loca-
tions of roosting sites (where the Loras
sleep) are encouraged to contact Salba
Nos Lora (562-1000), STINAPA
(717 8444) or DROB (717 8130) so
the birds are sure be included.
Volunteers are also needed to do the
count and reporting.

aire, will be the new General Man-
ager of Divi Flamingo Beach Resort
& Casino. Matera is an accomplished
restaurateur in Bonaire and recent Di-
rector of Events and Project Manager
at the Aruba Renaissance Beach Re-
sort. She will lead the Team at Divi
Flamingo Resort starting January 16th
Maarten van Wijk, the present In-
terim General Manager of Divi Fla-
mingo Beach Resort & Casino, will be
leaving his post by the end of January.
He will be returning to the US to pur-
sue his career in the luxury hotel busi-
Alex Nieuwmeyer, Managing Direc-
tor of Divi Resorts, said, "We are ex-
cited about the new and permanent
change; Sara's background will bring
an extra dimension to the guest experi-

ence at Divi Flamingo with a big focus
on the great Divi Staff and physical
Bonaire resident Sara Matera is well-
known on the island as one of the foun-
ders and owners of the Green Parrot
restaurant which was destroyed by
storm waves five years ago. She's also
been the "sparkplug" behind the Bon-
aire Culinary Teams which have com-
peted in the "Taste of the Caribbean"
Culinary Olympics and the originator
of the (SGB) High School's culinary
students' competitions and study pro-
grams abroad in Italy.
A STINAPA, Bonaire's National
Park Foundation, began a series of
seven meetings with stakeholders in
Bonaire's environment last week.
Stakeholders include tourism opera-
tions, real estate agents, the salt com-

pany (Cargill), the oil transfer terminal
(BoPeC), construction companies, gov-
ernment, law enforcement, water sport
operators, fishermen, volunteers and
other interested parties. The purpose is
to get relevant input to formulate a
Bonaire National Park Management
Plan -2006. The Park will be assisted
by Duncan MacRae, who worked on
his master's thesis here in June/July
2001. MacRae is now Director of Inte-
grated Conservation Solutions, experts
in costal zone management. The Man-
agement Plan is set for publication this
coming April.
A The Cultural History Founda-
tion of Bonaire (Fundashon Hist6riko
Kultural Boneriano- FuHiKuBo) was
given a better space in the Fundashon
Continued on page 5.

Departing Branch Manager, Judy Diaz; new Branch Manager, Sherwin
Pourier; Daisy Tyrol, Managing Director Operations; and Pierrot Hurdato,
Managing Director of RBTT Business Banking.

A RBTT Bank threw a big party at the Den Laman Restaurant Friday night to
say goodbye and good luck to Branch Manager Judy Diaz who is taking a posi-
tion in international banking in RBTT Curaqao and to introduce the new Branch
Manager, Sherwin Pourier. Judy's staff presented her with a framed reproduc-
tion of her grandmother's home, which was painted by one of the Dutch soldiers
stationed at the internment camp at Flamingo Beach during World War II.

Page 4

Bonaire Reporter January 20 to 27, 2006

Flotsam and Jetsam. (Continued from page 4)
Cas Boneriano building at the end of
last year. It is more easily accessible to
the students of the SGB and a better
place for those interested in studying
Bonaire's history. Right now volun-
teers are needed to organize the ar-
chives and staff the center to help its
visitors for one or two days a week.
Later on old pictures, interviews on
cassettes and VHS tapes will be digi-
tized. So there is plenty of work to do.
There is no need to understand Papia-
mentu. Dutch and English speaking
people can also help in all the work
that has to be done.
If you want to help contact Boi An-
toin at 717-8482 or 786-6818.

A The 36th Earth Day is now only
four months away and is already
shaping up to be amazing! The theme
for 2006: "Solutions to Climate
Change!" All over the world ordinary
people like us will get together in their
communities to draw attention to solu-
tions to global climate change and
build political will for national action
on climate change. Earth Day Network
partners will hold events, festivals, and
community dialogues and will use
Earth Day to announce critical goals in
their ongoing campaigns and call for
action on climate change. We will re-
port on Bonaire's plans to participate
as they develop. G./L.D.


I think Playa Lechi, Hotel Bonaire, alias Sunset Beach Hotel,
belongs to the people of Bonaire and it should be made a Pub-
lic Beach with a nice race track (for running and maybe bicy-
It should have a real nice beach, chairs to rent out, a nice
cozy bar and restaurant where the tourists are also welcome if
they adhere to the local values. Isn't there a Bonairean to be
found who can invest in something like that? Build a real nice
swimming pool and maybe STINAPA can put its headquarters
there too. You have a great view to the left and right if that
new thing at Eden Beach does not block it all off.
There's room to expand; it's not too far from town; and you
can put a two story with a deck on top with telescopic binocu-
lars to view it all. Especially Klein Bonaire can be controlled
very well from there.
Name withheld

There is a growing movement once again by many Bonaire-
ans who see so much being taken away from them and "given"
to foreigners to speak out against this and demand something
for themselves. The idea of a public beach at the old Hotel
Bonaire site is one example and a very good idea. It is hoped
that a government will not simply close its ears to its own peo-
ple and realize the overall long term benefits of such an area.
Bonaire needs such a beach for all Bonaireans to enjoy. It is
centrally located; gives the upper hotels a beach area also. It
has plenty of parking space. And most importantly it could
have nice concession stands at both ends, owned and operated
by and only by born-here Bonaireans. Cruise ships would also
have a nice beach. Citizens comment constantly and right-
fully about beach access being taken away. This would solve a
serious problem and give the people here something for them-
selves. I know that private money can be raised for a complete
cleanup at no cost to the government if the government will
make it public.
Bruce Bowker

Sunset is one ofBonaire's finest natural beaches.

Sunset Reach fHotel Ronaire) burned in 2000.

Bonaire Reporter January 20 to 27, 2006


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IVIedical Care in SBonaire

O ne question that many travelers
consider is the quality and
availability of medical care at their
destination. This is even more critical
if the traveler plans to move to the new
location (as an ex-pat or long-term
visitor) or for those involved in poten-
tially dangerous activities (diving, sail-
ing, windsurfing, kite surfing, rock
climbing or trekking).

So just what is the current status of
medical care on Bonaire? "I am really
quite surprised that the quality of emer-
gency and hospital care here is so
good, considering the size of the is-
land," said Marcia Leatham MD, a re-
tired physician with Trauma Care ex-
perience who has been living here for
the past three years. "I had a recent
opportunity to accompany a friend to
the Emergency Room for some exten-
sive injuries," said Leatham, "and I
was very impressed with the quality of
care. I don't think I would have done
anything differently myself."
Richard Craig, MD, who has spent
six months a year on Bonaire for al-
most 10 years has an even more per-
sonal tale to tell (See Bonaire Re-
porter, November 28, 2003: "Sick on
Bonaire 3,000 Miles from Home").
"In 2003 I realized that I was having
some sort of cardiac event and went to
my Bonaire family doctor, Dick van
der Vaart. Not only was his diagnosis
spot-on and rapid, the care I received at
Hospital San Francisco (HSF) in the
Special Care Unit could not have been
better. "I agree," says Craig's wife,
Shelly, an Operating Room nurse her-
self, "and the nursing care was first-
rate as well."

port patients to Aruba, Curaqao or F
neighboring Venezuela for more
advanced care. While in transit,
patients are accompanied by a
nurse and/or doctor from Hospital
San Francisco, depending on the
severity of the situation.

Critical Care is not the only
bright spot in the medical picture.
The Operating Theater consists of
one OR (that will soon be reno-
vated) and a second, completely
new OR, which will come on-line
in a few months. These facilities
are used for elective procedures as
well. Karen Pearson, well known
as a dive instructor at Capt. Don's
Habitat, praises the carpal tunnel sur-
gery and after-care she received at the
hospital. "I know people who went
back to the States for this surgery who
have not done as well as I have," says
Fernando Simal, Manager of Wash-
ington-Slagbaai Park, was able to have
arthroscopic knee surgery without hav-
ing to leave the island. "My recovery
was very quick," says Simal, "and I did
not have to leave my family to have
this procedure. I have also found ex-
cellent Physical Therapy services on
the island." Simal went on to say that
when his teenage daughter had her ap-
pendix out last month, "the care she
received in the hospital was excellent
and the service compared well to many
hotels I have seen."

color Doppler ultrasound, and laparo-
scopic/arthroscopic surgery equipment.
The hospital is just in the final stage
of completing Phase One of an ambi-
tious plan to renovate and remodel the
patient wards, the Operating Theater,
the Maternal Ward and the Delivery
Rooms. After this renovation all the
hospital patient rooms will be equipped
with television, phone and Internet ser-
For critically ill patients there will be
a Special Care Unit consisting of six
beds. This Special Care Unit will be
completely equipped to the level of a
modern ICU. The Special Care Unit
will be directed full-time by Dutch an-
esthesiologists on a rotational basis
from Holland. Phase Two is scheduled
to begin Summer 2006.

Trained professionals The hospital
staff is made up of the 10 local General
Practitioners, complemented by vari-
ous medical specialists who rotate in
from Curaqao, 20 registered nurses
who are assisted by 33 nurse-
auxiliaries, and a total of 210 staff in
various specialties. In addition, a nurs-
ing training program for in-service and
trainees assures that the standard of
care meets the highest requirements of
the European and Dutch Government.
"We are really proud of the care we
provide," says Godfried (Boy) Clar-
enda, Director of Patient Care at HSF.
"Since we started with our nursing,
housekeeping and technical department
in-service training programs we have a
complete staff of well qualified person-
nel," he continued. "Our training pro-
grams are registered in Holland, and

Bonaire Reporter January 20 to 27, 2006

rancisco entrance; notice the "construction

Page 6

(Bonaire Medical Care. Continued from page 6)
our diplomas give our personnel the
licenses not only to practice on Bon-
aire, but also in Europe or any other
part of the world."
Divers will also be glad to know that
the recompression chamber located at
the hospital is on 24-hour call, and
there are sufficient personnel available
to monitor "bent" divers around the
clock. "Our chamber is not only an
important health facility for Bonaire,"
says Rene Hakkenberg, past president
of the non-profit foundation that owns
and operates the chamber, "but it is

also a strong reason for visitors to
come to Bonaire to dive. Just knowing
that our chamber is there and ready for
any emergency puts their minds at

Community Care For those spend-
ing more time on the island, it is
equally important to be assured of con-
tinuing medical and dental care. To
provide this, Bonaire has 10 Dokter di
Kas (General Practitioners) who see to
the general needs of the population.
Residents covered by the Antillean
Government's medical plan can choose

their Dokter di Kas twice a year.
Those using other forms of insurance
or who pay directly are free to choose
any of the GPs they desire.
In addition, the island has two OB/
GYN physicians, one fulltime Surgeon
and four other Surgeons from Curaqao
who come to Bonaire regularly. To
provide more specialty care, Internists,
Ophthalmologists, Ear Nose Throat
physicians, Dermatologists and other
specialists from Curaqao have regular
schedules for consultation on Bonaire.
Adult vaccinations, such as flu and
pneumonia, are available from the
Bonaire Health Department which also
runs a mosquito eradication program.
There are several Physical Therapy
practices around the island, profes-
sional nutritionists and excellent den-
tists. As one American ex-pat from
Manhattan put it, "I never had such
good dental care in New York!"

Cloud on the horizon? Recently,
HSF was forced to close its Operating
Theater temporarily and restrict admis-
sions due to a financial impasse with
the Central Government system for
paying health care costs, the Social Se-
curity Bank (Banko di Seguro or SVB).
The governmental group unilaterally
set a tariff for payments to the hospital
that is lower than that paid to hospitals
in Curaqao and below HSF's actual
running costs. This crisis was short-
lived and was resolved both by a quick
infusion of cash from the local banks
and a shipment of supplies from the
Dutch Government.
But the long-term financial problem

has not yet been solved. Negotiations
are underway between the Board of
Directors of HSF, SVB, the Bonaire
Island Government and the Central An-
tillean Government to allow HSF to
continue to provide the high level of
care currently available. Hopefully
this situation will be resolved very
quickly, particularly in light of the up-
coming elections (January 27) for the
Central Government Staten
(Parliament). The problem of financ-
ing medical care is not unique to Bon-
aire. The costs of healthcare are plagu-
ing government-run systems around
the world and have created serious
problems in privatized systems such as
those in the US.

Healthy living With healthcare and
hospital facilities as advanced as those
of Bonaire, the island provides its in-
habitants and visitors with one of the
healthiest environments in the world.
Given its clean air and water, mild
temperatures, available fresh food and
the opportunity for lots of exercise, all
backed up by a solid healthcare system,
Bonaire is becoming a magnet for retir-
ees as well as eco-travelers and a more
pleasant place for all of its local peo-
ple. Alan Gross/Jane Townsend

One of the ambulances

Bonaire Reporter January 20 to 27, 2006

The hospital's central area offers a pleasant place to pass the time.

Page 7

Only 15 days Special Olympics Walk.A.Thon
before theD

FEBRUARY 5 Bonaire's most popu-
lar fund raising event, and all the pro-
ceeds go to a great cause sending our
Special Olympics Athletes to com-
pete in international
Not only are
you contributing
to a good cause,
but the past years'
have been great fun
not only for indi-
viduals but for
groups too who

to sponsor them.

Bikes can get a lift back to town from email infoa specialolympicsbonaire.
the Pasa Dia. All along the route there org. No matter who you are you may iii i
will be pick up trucks to take those buy a ticket. You don't have to do the
who get tired or have any problems. walk and next week we'll tell you Generous Sponsors 2006:
The Red Cross people will be there about a special offer for non-walkers..
too, monitoring the well being of eve- Once you get your ticket you may Title sponsor -
ryone. pick up your gift bag at City Cafe/ Maduro Curiel's ,
You'll follow the route of the Hotel Rocheline in the lobby on Fri- Bank Bonaire
slaves with the final day, February 3 from 4 to 7 pm or Sat- Also, Ennia Insur-
Sdestination, the Pasa urday, February 4 from 10 am to 4 pm. ance, J. C.
ia in Rincon. See you there! L.D. H rr.ra Fmi,

Every five kilome-
ters there will be a
"refreshment sta-
tion" where you'll
be offered water,
fruits, snacks and
lots of encour-
agement. And at
the Pasa Dia
you'll receive a
certificate and
a delicious
stoba (stew)
meal with
salad and
bread, pro-
vided by the culinary students
of Chez Nous.

City Caf6/Hotel

mJlI aUWAl .

Bonaire Reporter January 20 to 27, 2006

Page 8


According to a
recent study by
researchers from the
University of Maine,
"A Report on the
Status of the Coral
Reefs of Bonaire in
2005 with Advice on a
Monitoring Program,"
only three reef ecosys-
tems in the Caribbean
were listed in good
condition. Bonaire's
was one of them.
While Bonaire's ma-
rine management prac-
tices (dive moorings,
diver orientation, no

gloves, no spear fishing, no fish trap-
ping and no netting) help maintain the
island's position as a leading site for
diving and snorkeling, they do nothing
to accelerate the start of new coral
Ramon de Leon, Manager of the Bon-
aire National Marine Park, notes that
there are also shallow, sandy areas
where coral has not been able to get
started because the sand is stirred up by
wave action. There just isn't a stable
enough surface for juvenile coral to
"take root."
Diver Jorgen Wetterings is getting his
hands dirty on land during his diving
vacation to help corals get re-
established in just such sandy shallow
areas. A lawyer in California and condo
owner at Sand Dollar, Wetterings
learned about the slow return of coral
to sandy areas and about the possibility
of actually doing something about it.
"Nature likes to work," Wetterings
says, "but for Nature, a couple of hun-
dred years (to establish coral) is noth-
ing. Humans are more impatient--we
don't have that kind of time. I love the
water and I love Bonaire. I wanted to
know, what can we do to speed up the

Coral a Kick Start

pects to begin to sink the reef balls in
late January or early February.
This artificial reef creation will
probably rate as a significant interven-
tion for Bonaire's underwater world as
the sinking of the Hilma Hooker and
the Town Pier Sponge Reattachment
Project. Individuals and businesses are
invited to sponsor individual balls for
$300 apiece, and each reef ball will
bear the sponsor's name on a brass

Wetterings describes the project to assistants

building process?"
With help from other Sand Dollar
owners and off-duty maintenance staff
plus a permit from the Marine Park
manager, Wetterings has developed a
primitive assembly line for small con-
crete artificial reefs. Wetterings, his
family, friends and private sponsors
plan to build 20, 400-lb. artificial reefs
in a parking lot behind the Sand Dollar
Resort and then set them off the shore-
line as a pilot project.
The structures, called "bay reefs" or
"reef balls," look like three-foot-tall,
upside down teacups without the han-
dle. The concrete is acid-alkali neutral,
and various surface textures will be
tested. Half a dozen circular holes
penetrate the teacups, which will give
young fish a place to enter the reef balls
and hide from predators.
The holes also create a space for lift-
ing the finished artificial reefs with a
crane onto a flatbed truck. Once at the
pier, a lift bag will float the heavy balls
out to the chosen site and then be
guided by a diver down to 10 to14 feet
and set on the sea floor. Their weight
and hemispherical shape should stabi-
lize them against storms. Wettering ex-

project will be monitored for two years
with assistance from local naturalists
Dee Scarr and Jerry Ligon. Nearly eve-
ryone who has heard about the project
has been willing to sponsor a reef ball.
This project will benefit snorkelers as
well as divers because the balls are not
too deep. If this pilot project goes well,
Wettering hopes to see a bigger second

the future.

project can
buy a t-shirt at the Sand Dollar office or
sponsor a reef ball by contacting Wet-
tering atjweterrings@yahoo.com or
learn more about reefballs at www.
reefball.org. Photos & Story by
Frank Hyman

Frank Hyman owns a landscape busi-
ness in Durham, NC and is a freelance
writer on rainy days and holidays. He
learned about the reef ball project by
eavesdropping during the long wait at
the gate in Houston for his first flight to

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
1-20 8:43 1.5FT. 23:44 1.1FT. 55
1-21 8:09 1.6FT. 22:34 1.1FT. 48
1-22 8:14 1.8FT. 19:04 1.1FT. 19:21 1.1FT. 21:45 1.0FT. 42
1-23 8:34 1.9FT. 18:31 0.9FT. 39
1-24 9:06 2.OFT. 18:51 0.9FT. 43
1-25 9:42 2.1FT. 19:26 0.8FT. 52
1-26 10:17 2.2FT. 19:59 0.7FT. 64
1-2711:02 2.2FT. 20:30 0.7FT. 77

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Bonaire Reporter January 20 to 27, 2006

Page 9

AntiiUUll PU ararUiiamentar'y Elt ion K6

O n January 27th Bonaire's three seats in the National Parliament
are up for grabs. This will be the last Antillean Parliament to be
elected because the Netherlands Antilles, as a country, is set to disap-
pear in July 2007. It is especially significant because it is this Parliament
which will negotiate with other Kingdom partners (Aruba and The

Netherlands) on the form and content of the new order.
Currently the UPB holds two parliamentary seats, the PDB one. Bon-
aire's feature editor, Greta Kooistra, interviewed the political leaders of
the parties, born just a year apart, standouts within their parties, but
with considerably different views on guiding Bonaire's future. G.D.

Interview with
Ramonsito Booi, leader of the
Bonaire Patriotic Union Party
(UPB, Green)

When were you born?
I was born in 1947.

When did you start in politics?
When I was 21 years old.

When did you become party-leader of
the Patriotic Party?
I was chosen in 1998.

Do you feel Antillean, South Ameri-
can or Dutch ?
I am Bonairean.

What do you think about Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez?
Chavez found a way to instruct his
people so that he can stand firm,
guided by Fidel Castro. Whether that's
good or bad, it's up to the people of

What do you think about the Bush
administration ?
It's bad.
What is power?
I don't know... I feel I got an assign-
ment from the people to accomplish
something for them together with the
others. It can't be that we are the ones
who are completely in charge because
we have a two-thirds majority, but with
one-third it's also not possible to have
everything go the way you want.

What's the best thing you ever didfor
During my 35 years in politics I used
the opportunities I had to work for
Bonaire so that the economy would
improve. But the best thing I hope to
accomplish for Bonaire is that we will

Ramonsito Booi

have a direct relationship with Holland
so we will be able to free ourselves
from Curaqao.
Why should people vote for you?
In 1981 (when they started talking
about the separation of Aruba) our
party decided to go with the Nether-
lands. But in the round table confer-
ence of 1983 it was decided that the
other islands would stay together and
Holland would take care that the other
islands would not end up worse off.
Bonaire was encouraged to enter a
direct relationship with Holland by the
UPB and by myself as an Island Coun-
cil deputy. It was clearly brought out,
with the result that in a round table
conference in 1993 Minister Hirsch
Balin and Minister Lubbers decided
that Bonaire, Saba and Statia would get
direct ties with Holland in what they
called a "land structure."
Later, a referendum was held in
Curaqao, and the people of Curaqao
(Continued on page 11)

Interview with
Jopie Abraham, leader of the
Bonaire Democratic Party
(PDB, Red)

When were you born?
I was born in 1948.

When did you start in politics?
As a student in Holland in the mid

When did you become party leader of
the Democratic Party?
I became party leader in 1978 and I
still am, but I was out of politics from
about 1990 till 1994.

Do you feel Antillean, South Ameri-
can or Dutch?
First I feel I am human being, and
then I feel I am Bonairean, but I am
open to all cultures without any excep-
tions. I am a cosmopolitan person. Ori-
gin is not important. Anyway, on my
mother's side I am from Dutch de-
scent, on my father's side from Arab

What do you think about Venezuelan
president Hugo Chavez?
He was chosen democratically and
he's fighting for the interests of his
country and I respect that.

What do you think about the Bush
I respect the fact that Bush was cho-
sen by his people and we all should
respect each other's territory and not
interfere in domestic concerns of other

What is power?
Power is relative; I am not familiar
with power. The people gave me man-
dates to represent them, and the beauty
of democracy is that the people can

Jopie Abraham

change their opinion if you don't do a
good job. Not one politician should
think that he has power. We were en-
trusted to represent the interests of the
people. There is an expression in
Papiamentu that says: "Si bo no ta
goberna pa sirbi, bo no ta sirbi pa
goberna." You could translate it by
saying: "If you don't rule to serve, you
don't deserve to rule."

What's the best thing you ever did for
We framed a development plan in
which we aimed for a balanced econ-
omy and growth with the preservation
of culture and nature. Our starting
point has never been big develop-
ments. During the years we were in
office the whole area between Hotel
Bonaire and WEB was developed with
successful small scale projects as well
as the marina. In 1983 we took the ini-
(Continued on page 11)

Bonaire Reporter January 20 to 27, 2006

Page 10

C ~L) oNg~vovj

Democratic Party Scenes

(Ramonsito Booi Continued from page 10)
voted to stay in the Antilles and to re-
structure the Antilles. The Democratic
Party and Paboso supported their posi-
tion to keep the Antilles together in a
referendum held in 1994. Only the
UPB supported the so called "land
structure." In that referendum 96% of
the population of Bonaire chose to
keep the Antilles together and voted
for the option of the Democratic Party
and Paboso.
From 1995 till 2002 the Democratic
Party was in the Central Government
and through 1999 in the Bonaire Ex-
ecutive Council. They had a chance to
make what 96% of the population had
voted for come true. The way I see it:
They had their chances, but they didn't
finish the job.
The Patriotic Party, which was for

direct ties with Holland, respected the
wish of the people and didn't take ac-
tion until 2000 when St. Martin held a
referendum to withdraw from the An-
tilles and the people of St. Martin
voted for a Status Aparte for the island.
Again there would be fewer Antilles.
Then the Patriotic Party, under my
leadership, started negotiating with
Holland to establish direct ties with the
Netherlands, and we expressed our
wish to the Dutch authorities. In 2004
we held a referendum in which our
party and the Pro Party supported di-
rect ties with Holland, and the parties
who are now united were against direct
ties. Paboso wanted to keep the Antil-
les intact, and the Democratic Party
wanted Bonaire to be a autonomous
country like Aruba.
(Continued on page 12)

(Jopie Abraham. Continued from page 10)

tiative to develop the boulevard from
Playa Lechi to Hato and later on from
Playa Lechi to Flamingo Beach Hotel.
It took a long time, but it was financed
in phases by Holland. I am really
proud of that project. We also up-
graded the center of town: Kaya
Grandi, Lourdes shopping mall, the
Central Bank and the SVB that area -
and I am very proud of what we ac-
complished. It wasn't just a dream; we
made it real.

Why should people vote for you?
I am very concerned because of the
way the historical and cultural values
of the island are being ignored; it's the
foundation of our development. We
already gave away the old tourist road
at SABADECO to developers and now

they're about to close the road from
The Great Escape to the Esmeralda
project, to give 60 to 80 hectares away
to befriended developers to use it for
so called monster projects.
Also many historical buildings have
been demolished like Hausmann's
Folly, Dr. Welvaart's clinic and the
Brion Barracks. When we were in of-
fice we restored Fort Oranje, the ex-
ecutive offices, the customs office, the
Protestant church, the Pasangrahan and
the post office because we believe in
the protection of our historical values.
We don't want any monster projects,
and we don't want high rise buildings.
Furthermore, I don't believe that the
Central Government will last for just
one more year until 2007. I've been
listening to all these stories for a long
time, but there are so many constitu-
(Continued on page 12)

Bonaire Reporter January 20 to 27, 2006

Patriotiko Party scenes

Page 11

(Ramonsito Booi Continued from page 11)
After the people voted for direct ties
with Holland we negotiated with Hol-
land and we signed two documents.
One was an intention declaration
which describes globally what our new
structure would be like. The other
document we signed for direct ties
with Holland was the final declaration
of the round table conference which
was held in Curaqao November 26,
2005, and attended by the Dutch gov-
ernment (Minister Pechtold and Prime
Minister Balkenende), the delegation
of the government of the Dutch Antil-
les (Minister Ys), the delegation of
Aruba (Prime Minister Oduber), the
delegation of Bonaire (myself) and the
delegations of Curaqao (Mr. Ignacio),
Saba (W.S. Johnson), Statia (Mr. R.J.
McA. Hooker) and St. Martin (Mrs.
Wescot-Willams). If everyone in-
volved on Bonaire, the Antilles and in
Holland works hard we should be able
to make it in happen in 2007. The Bo-
nairean Island Council will stay on un-
til that time.
Direct ties with Holland means that
everything that Bonaire is doing now
will stay with Bonaire. Furthermore,
all the responsibilities that are now be-
ing taken care of by the Central Gov-
ernment in Curacao will be negotiated
by Bonaire with Holland to arrive at a
responsible way to divide the tasks.
The UPB's starting point is not that
we want autonomy above all and that
we want to decide about everything
ourselves, but the outcome of these
elections should guarantee the Bo-
nairean population (read: everybody
who lives on Bonaire) a better quality
of life.
Curaqao cannot do that for us. We
have three members of Parliament in
Curaqao, they have 14. We have one
minister; they have six. It doesn't
work. We have nothing to say, and
Curaqao itself has such big problems
they don't have time to take care of
Bonaire. Because the Antilles are
autonomous the responsibility for Bon-
aire lies in the hands of the Central
Government, which is essentially
Curaqao, and that means very little gets
done here.
Right now there is no agreement that
Holland should provide direct support.
For the last 20 years we've been get-
ting money from a solidarity fund, al-
though it's not legally settled. We get
development aid, but that's also volun-

tary on the part
of the Dutch.
What we want
in the new
situation is that
we, being part
of the King-
dom, will have
exactly the
same rights as
any other
Dutch person
anywhere in Holland. But we do un-
derstand that rights come with respon-
sibilities and that we have to negotiate
with Holland to see what's possible for
It also means that not all laws that
apply in the European Union and Hol-
land can be used here. They have to
respect environment, culture and relig-
ion. And, in time, integration has to
take place in a balanced way like we
agreed for in the intention declaration.
In the European Union the strong
countries are helping the poorer ones
to become stronger and better. For
Bonaire it means that Holland will take
the responsibility to stand by Bonaire
in all circumstances and to make it
possible to attain an acceptable quality
of life, as a right, within the Kingdom.
That's the difference between now
and later. Now we have to ask for it.
But once we are with Holland it will be
a right we have as Bonaireans to attain
an acceptable level in health care, edu-
cation, safety, infrastructure, etc. It
also means that Holland will have the
right to look into our books and the
right to guide us.
What we are aiming at for Bonaire is
to become part of what is known as the
Ultra Peripheral territories, overseas
territories of European nations, like
Madeira, the Azores and the Canary
Islands for instance. Starting point is
that they have to take into account that
we're a small scale community with
our own culture and customs, our own
environment and economic possibili-
ties and that we need different, accept-
able laws and a quality of life that
should be at least 70% of the European
I did everything I thought would be
best for Bonaire. What I want is to
round it off, and I think we should get
the chance to finish what we started
and what we believe in. Now it's up to
the people. G.K.

(Jopie Abraham. Continued from page 11)

tional changes on a legislative level
that have to be taken care of. To me it
doesn't seem possible to accomplish
that in a year and a half. The aim is
very noble and the sooner the better
because the present uncertainty creates

The new Parliament that's going to
be chosen now is the only authorized
institution which can dissolve the An-
tilles. Before that can be accomplished
in a constitutional way, the fundamen-
tal rights of the people have to be guar-
anteed. Furthermore all the interna-
tional treaties and conventions, like
human rights, sea rights, aviation rights
etc, need to be arranged. It is clear
though that the new Parliament should
work hard to lay the foundation for
these new political relations in the
coming four years. This means that
Bonaire should participate in the new
Central Government and not use it like
a pigeon coop flying in and out the
way it's happened at least three times
I find that our party is better fit to
handle all this and has the right candi-
dates to represent Bonaire at all differ-
ent levels.
We've always been a supporter of
autonomy for the island as far as it's
possible in the sense that the local
government does everything it can do
itself and that we, together with the
other islands and Aruba, do the things
which we think are better to do to-
gether, and that the basic guarantees,
which are now the responsibility of the
Dutch Antilles, be being taken over by

In short: Bonaire will do whatever
it's capable of together with the other
islands and Aruba, and Holland takes
care of the crucial part like human
rights and finances. We're ready to fill
in the direct ties with Holland based on
mutual respect for cultural standards
and values.
I am very worried about the direction
Bonaire is heading, and if we don't put
a halt to where it's going now every-
thing will get disorganized and we will
lose Bonaire.
Anybody is welcome to come and
live on Bonaire as long as they stick to
our rules and respect our culture and

customs and
behave like a
good Bo-
nairean citi-
zen. It must
not be that a
Bonairean will
be treated like
a second class
citizen in his
own country.
The people
are being mis-
led by the present government which
implies that Bonaire will become a
municipality or a province of Holland
and will better off in the sense that, for
instance, Bonaire minimum wages and
old people's pensions will be paid in
Euros as it is in Holland. That's com-
plete nonsense because it would bring
an enormous amount of people from
the whole region to the island who
would want to profit from the social
benefits, plus a whole crowd of Dutch
people who would want to use Bonaire
as their backyard. Nobody will benefit
from that.

I do believe though that for Holland
Bonaire could be an important step-
pingstone to the Caribbean and the off-
shore companies that are established
here, in spite of the fact that lately sev-
eral companies like ABN and Ennia
have left. I also think it will be impor-
tant and undoubtedly beneficial for the
Dutch to have a territory with a Dutch
judicial system in this area.
Together with Holland we have to
make sure that Bonaire will have eco-
nomic growth like St. Martin and
Aruba, but we have to take care that
Bonaire will keep its own identity and
that it will experience a steady bal-
anced growth that's not just the dive

Our party is the oldest party in Bon-
aire and it has survived all the other
parties. It's the mother of politics. I
united all the social democratic parties
under one flag for this election: one
list, one color. We showed that we're
not only talking about unity, but we
did it! We've put all our differences
aside and we concentrated on what it
was that united us.
We hope the people will unite also to
bring Bonaire back on track! G.K.

Bonaire Reporter January 20 to 27, 2006

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he new Italian red wine,
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become a yearly tradition that
AWC's Noel and Marjolein have
hosted a party to mark the popular
wine's arrival. Saturday's event
was a "nice pleasant evening with a
nice pleasant wine," says Marjolein.
This year the Rocca Della Ma-
cie's "Novello" is really fruity, light
and although it's easy to drink it's
got plenty of taste. It's one of those
wines that when you open the bottle
before you know it, it's empty.
Priced at only NAf12,50 it's a very
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Picture Yourseif

In The Z ep o rter

Bergen op Zoom,

The Netherlands

H ere's Bonaire's resi-
dent Englishman and
author, Sean Peyton, on a visit
to Bergen op Zoom, a city in
the southern Netherlands.
It's an appropriate place for
him since historically it's been
a place of residence for circus/
funfair (kermis) performers
and is famous for being un-
In 1588, the Spanish troops
commanded by the Duke of
Parma, Alexander Farnese,
could not seize it; neither
could Spinola in 1622. Sean
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Friday, January 27- Federal elections

Now through February 9 Catherine
Salisbury's underwater photo exhibit,
"Magical Encounters" at Cinnamon Art
Gallery, Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, off Kaya
Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship visiting days, start-
ing around 10 am to early afternoon. See
Schedule above.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship visiting days, start-
ing around 10 am to early afternoon. See
Schedule above.
Saturday, January 28 Lora Count-
See page 3.
Saturday, January 28 Bonaire Lions
Club-Comcabon Run Children: 1,5,
2, 4, 5 km. Men & Women open cate-
gory (5 km). Sign up 3:30 to 5 pm. Race
starts 5:30 pm, at the Stadium. Info
Ronald at 785-3902

Sunday, January 29 Bonairean Night
Buffet with typical Bonairean dishes,
live kriollo music and folkloric dance
performances. Come and enjoy authentic
Bonairean dishes in a typical Bonairean
atmosphere at the Divi Flamingo Beach
Resort & Casino- 6 to 9 p.m., NAf35, -
including a welcome drink. Kids up to 12
years, pay their age in dollars. For reser-
vations call 717 8285, ext. 444. (1st &
last Sundays of the month)

Sunday, February 5 Special Olym-
pics Walk-a-Thon. See pages 8 & 13

Saturday, February 11 Guest Artist
Opening at Cinnamon Art Gallery;
brightly colored fabric paintings and
found wood-art by Brigitte Kley. Exhibit
runs through March 23.

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
Saturday-Mountain Bike Ride- Eve-
ryone welcome. It's free. Bring a bike
and your own water. Fitness trainer Mi-
guel Angel Brito leads the pack. Tele-
phone him at 785-0767 for more infor-
Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's
warehouse, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria
#23. Great wines NAf2,50 a glass.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropi-
cal ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restau-
rant & Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 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 Elisa-
beth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
Every Tuesday Night @ 6:30pm Bo-
naireTalker Dinner/Gathering at
Gibi's, known for great local food. Call
Gibi at 567-0655 for details, or visit
www.BonaireTalk.com, and search for
Friday-Swim lessons for children by
Enith Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at
Sorobon from 1330 to 1630
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist
Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry's
Wildside Diving. New original paintings
of Bonaire and diver stories of the East
Coast every week
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday -Yoga
Classes-Tel. 786-6416
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.
Daily by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slides pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
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 Show at Captain Don's Habitat,
8:30 pm Call 717-8290 for info
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib
Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail
Video Show by Martin Cecilia pool bar
Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in thisvenerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pmn 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.

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 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, formerly known as Bonaire
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Re-
nata 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 welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Restaurant Zeezicht. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434

Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451;
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.

Special Olympics Contact Roosje
717-4685, 566-4685

New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
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 Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
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 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

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518

Bonaire Reporter January 20 to 27, 2006

January & February 2006 Cruise Ship Schedule

Date Ship PAX Arrive Depart Pier

23 JAN MON SEA PRINCESS 1950 12:00 19:00 SOUTH

24 JAN MON AIDA VITA 1260 13:00 20:00 NORTH

31 JAN TUE RIJNDAM 1258 0900 18:00 SOUTH

07 FEB TUE SEA PRINCESS 1950 12:00 19:00 SOUTH

07 FEB TUE AIDA VITA 1260 13:00 20:00 NORTH

- -tiitc teig 200 efteduhe:

Feb 4 Carnival--Tumba Festival
Feb 17 Carnival--Youth Parade Rincon
Feb 18 Carnival--Youth Parade Playa (Kralendijk)
Feb 25 Carnival--Adult Parade Rincon
Feb 26 Carnival--Adult Parade Playa (Kralendijk)
Feb 27 Carnival--Farewell Youth Parade
Feb 28 Carnival--Farewell Adult Parade
TBA 5km Run, 8:00 am, Sponsor: PA & Associates

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Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local
artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist
is featured. Stop by. Free entry.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kral-
endijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the
Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at
City Caf6 and at Eden Beach.
Professional Pest Control is at your service. Get rid
of all the pests that invade your home and garden.
Experienced and reliable.
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional
trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.

Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Nature Exploration
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Now-full digital services.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated
to local community. List your house with them for
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345

Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
Lower the cost of vacationing in Bonaire and other
places. Visit Perfect Holiday Solutions to discover
ow you can get discounts and more.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518

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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. 538 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

Calabas Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At thii Chi Restarant and arf Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the D Flam goea717-8285 Resort. WaterrontOpen 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a gar-
Closed Monday den settmg under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Cuban cuisine. New kitchen. New cook
717-7488 Breakfast every day; Lunch, Dinner Tues-Sun. Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
The Last Bite Bakery Orders taken 8 am-4 pm Deliveries 6-7:30 Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out pm Close Sunday or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 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 until 6 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.

OnPasa n Pizzat owModerate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate -gredients. Salads, desserts.Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Sally aheadtos, desserat- in or take cutaway. Nice bar too.790-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

Pet of the Week

Here's "Rosanna," one of the
most incredible "good news"
dogs at the Shelter today. You have to
see her to believe her. She's got to be
one of the homeliest dogs we've ever
seen, but she has a personality that
soars. That's pretty amazing consider-
ing the rough life she's had. Barely out
of puppy hood herself, she became a
mom early in life. At the time she and
the pups came into the Shelter she was
skin and bone and barely had enough
flesh on her body to keep her alive
much less feed her pups. But with the
care and attention from the Shelter
staff she got enough nourishment for
herself and her puppies. You should
see them all now: the pups are fat and
fuzzy faced and Rosanna is the star
personality of the place, sleek and
peppy! In fact she doesn't just wag her
tail, she wags her whole body, all the
while with a big doggy "smile" on her
face. Rosanna will have to stick
around for another week or so to make
sure her pups get a good start in life,
then she's free to be up for adoption.

Just A Reminder

efore diving, ALL
SCUBA divers are
required to:
1. Get an orientation
about Marine Park
rules and local condi-
2. 2. Make a check-out Not wearing gloves is
2 2. Mk a c o strongly recommended .....
shore dive (this is not a strongly rd
skill test, but a test of your own gear prior to going on a dive), and
3. 3. Buy a Marine Park "Dive Tag" for $25 good for all the year 2006 as well
as admission to Washington Park. You can get all this done for free (except
for the tag) at most dive shops including Reporter advertisers: Carib Inn,
Dive Friends, Divi Dive, Great Adventures, Wanna Dive and Yellow Sub-
marine. They all offer dive tank fills, instruction and full dive services.

Now she's in great health, she'll be pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
sterilized and will have had her shots. Welcome to the Shelter's new assis-
You may meet her at the Bonaire Ani- tant, Marlis. We'll have a photo and
mal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open story about her next week in this col-
Monday through Friday 10 am to 2 umn. L.D.

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 in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://www.

Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
goen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don
and Janet). Phone: 786-0956

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful boxed
note cards are now available at Chat-N-
Browse next to Lover's Ice Cream and
Sand Dollar Grocery.
Photography by Shelly Craig

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

100% natural body salts "Scrub Me"
100% natural Bath Salts available at Chat-
n-Browse, KonTiki and Jewel of Bonaire
or call 786-6416 for more information.

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651

Make it more livable from the start.
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.

For S-al-e

SCUBAPRO Twin Jet fins extra large,
used once. Listed at $179-; Sacrifice $90-
Leave message for B. Olla at 717-8738 for
call back.

Digital Camera SONY DSC-W7 & Un-
derwater Housing! Very fast, 7.2
Megapixel, 2,5"LCD display! Call 780-

For sale: waterski bindings for combo
ski's. Size 38 to 46 (Eur.) New, Complete
with mounting material. NAf 100/pair.
Tel. 786-5591

For Sale:
SEAT Ibiza Car, 1997, in very good con-
dition!! CD-player, electrical opening roof,
140.000 km, NAf 8500,- Great deal! Call
Justine 564-9577
For sale: 2 sky kennels for dogs, KLM-
approved, one large NAf150, one extra
large NAf300, tel. 786-5582.

For Sale: Ultra Classic Yoga Mats.
Color: Black Price: NAf60. Call 786-

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale

1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km
NAf5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844

WVa u-r a

Help! We are looking for a new home for
our 1-year old 'Vledder'. She's a very
cute, half-sized, black, white and brown,
loyal, loving and friendly Bonairean dog.
She would like a nice owner who already
has a dog, because she is used to having a
playmate. Please call 564-9577

The Bonaire Reporter
is looking for a

Join us to "Publish in Para-
Working partner with journalism writing/
editing skills, business sense and energy
desired. Call The Reporter at 717-8988,
786-6518. Email qualifications to:
search@bonairereporter. com


The Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF),
a non-profit nature management organisa-
tion based in Saba, Netherlands Antilles, is
seeking a National Parks Manager to man-
age the Saba National Marine Park and a
land park. The SCF has five full time staff
to support field, operational and adminis-
trative aspects of the organisation. The
incumbent will be responsible for the over-
all management of the organisation, staff
and its functions.
Please send resume and cover letter to the
Director Saba Conservation Foundation,
PO Box 18, The Bottom, Saba, Nether-
lands Antilles or e-mail to
janinelesueur@yahoo.com Closing date
24 January 2006. Only short listed candi-
dates will be contacted. Please review web-
site www.sabapark.org See also www.

P ro pe rty

Spacious family home in Belnem for
rent. 3 bedrooms ( 1 w/ airco, 2 w/ fans), 1
Living, open kitchen, 2 porches, 2 bath-
rooms, big yard. Furnished, per March 1st.

Call 717-6907 or 565-5225. 1 month de-
posit, 1 year contract, option to renew, rent
NAf 1850 per month, (excl. water &

Et a I i

For Sale Cabo Rico 38 Yacht 1989,
Excellent offshore cruiser. One-owner,
little used, only 800 engine hours, many
sails, many spares, new s-s rigging. In-
cludes Avon R2.8 inflatable and Nissan
outboard. Luxurious interior. Bristol condi-
tion. Hauled out on Bonaire $109,000.
Phone/fax (599) 717-5038. Email to

Why import a sail boat when you can
own a fast Re-
gatta winner
built right here?
Classic 21' Bon-
aire Sail Fishing
boat recently |
refurbished is for
sale for
Call George 786-6125/717-8988.

Multi family Yard Sale, Saturday
28 January, 8am-2pm, Harbour
Village Tennis Center
Anything to sell ? Call Elisabeth to
reserve a spot for you: 565-5225. Chil-
dren's games, BBQ, bar, everybody

Bonaire Reporter January 20 to 27, 2006

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

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What is Resistance Training?
Why Do It?
Most people associate resistance
training with heavy weights and
big, bulky muscles. But resistance training
isn't just for athletes. It has to be a part of
any healthy lifestyle, regardless of age,
gender, or fitness level and can be prac-
ticed with your own body weight such as
sit-ups and push-ups. Free weights and
machines are also used in resistance work.
Resistance training can help raise your
basal metabolic rate (the number of calo-
ries your body bums when you are at
rest), fight obesity, increase strength, con-
trol blood glucose and improve the quality
of life in individuals with diabetes.
Low Metabolism High Weight? You
Can Reverse it!
Can you hear yourself already saying,
"My metabolism just slowed down, and
my weight began creeping up." Well it's
true that metabolism slows with age,
mainly due to the fact that we tend to
move less as we age and lose lean body
mass. But by increasing lean muscle
through resistance training, we can boost
our body's basal metabolic rate, thereby
raising our fat and calorie burning ability.
This in turn makes weight loss easier, and

if you keep it up, resistance training will
continue to enhance your metabolism
even as you age.
When lean muscle is active, it will
burn 25% more calories than fat tissue.
This increases your muscle mass, and
your metabolism continues to stay ele-
vated whether you're working out or rest-
ing. Studies have shown that after resis-
tance training, energy expenditure contin-
ues for two hours, even during periods of
relaxation. Resistance training combined
with a well-balanced diet will build mus-
cle and accelerate fat loss.
Did you know that the average seden-
tary person between the ages of 20 and 70
loses six to seven pounds of lean muscle
every 10 years? This means 28% of men
and 65% of women over the age of 74 are
unable to lift even a 10-pound object over
their head. The good news is that strength
can be regained through resistance train-
ing and that even the very oldest among
us may benefit significantly.
Strong, lean muscles are essential to
carry out even the most basic activities in
life such as lifting grocery bags and pick-
ing up your children, and by building
muscle and reducing fat you dramatically
reduce your risk for many common dis-
Some Hot Benefits From Resistance
One of the greatest benefits of building
a healthy amount of muscle mass is the
prevention and control of Type II Diabe-

tes. Fortunately exercise has an insulin-
like effect on blood glucose levels. Resis-
tance training in particular has been
shown to provide a safe and effective way
to control blood glucose, increase
strength, and improve the quality of life in
individuals with diabetes.
Studies show that regular resistance
training exercises can boost your cardio-
vascular health by improving levels of
high-density lipoprotein (HDL). HDL aids
in removing excess cholesterol from the
arteries. It can also decrease low-density
lipoprotein (LDL) levels because resis-
tance training can lead to the reduction of
body fat, which causes cholesterol levels
to drop. Lower cholesterol can help pre-
vent heart disease, which kills over
700,000 people every year.
Why Not Start Training Now?
Make sure to start with light weights
and make a list of the goals you would
like to achieve with your resistance-
training program. Also, if you have never
worked out before, it's always recom-
mended that you consult your physician
first and to work out with a professional
trainer so you can learn which machines
do what and especially for proper form. If
you're already familiar with weight train-
ing, start with the large muscle groups
first, such as the torso, chest, and back, to
prevent fatigue of the smaller muscles.
Start with light weights and perform three
sets of 12-15 reps. If you find that you can
perform 12-15 reps easily, you should
increase the weight so that the muscle is
fatigued at the end of the set. Conversely,
if you find that you can't perform the set
fully, you should decrease the number of
reps accordingly. Resistance training
should be done at least twice a week. But
because muscle is formed by the constant
damaging and repairing of fibers, you

fit 4 Life Instructor I erry Bona
demonstrates a push up

should always rest a day between working
the same muscle groups. Make certain to
use good form and stay in control of your
Resistance training offers substantial
health benefits that go well beyond look-
ing fabulous. You can
bum more fat while you
rest, ward off disease and
improve your quality of
life. Why not start now?
Till next time. Rosita
Owner-operator of Fit 4
Life at the Plaza Resort,
Rosita Paiman, a physical fitness instructor,
personal trainer and nutritionist, offers
classes, a weight/exercise room and a staff
to guide you in reaching your ideal physical
fitness level

Bonaire Reporter January 20 to 27, 2006

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Rfdt lk
*to find it, just look up

How to See
Something 20,000
Times the Size of
Our Solar System
with Just the Naked

Y ou know winter
may be the best
time for star gazing be-
cause you see more bright
stars in winter skies than
at any other season. And
winter skies contain some
of the most incredible
cosmic objects you can
see with the naked eye.
On any night during the
next few weeks in early Nebula
evening facing southeast where you will see winter's most famous constellation,
Orion the Hunter. Three evenly spaced stars in a row mark his belt; above them
two brilliant stars mark his shoulders; and below two more mark his knees. And
although I usually talk about these brightest stars every January, this year I'd like
to zero in on one of Orion's dimmer "stars" because as magnificent as Orion's
bright stars are, it is one of his dimmer stars that is one of the most awesome won-
ders of our nearby universe.
To find it simply look below his three evenly spaced belt stars for three more
evenly spaced, much, much dimmer stars, which make up his sword. And then if
you look very carefully at these three stars you will notice that no matter how
sharp your eyesight, the middle "star" always seems to look fuzzy and slightly out
of focus. And that's because this so-called middle star is not a star at all but some-
thing we call a nebula, which is a great cosmic cloud of gas and dust out of which
brand new stars have been and are still being born.
In fact this nebula, the Orion Nebula, is a stellar womb, a birthplace and nursery
of stars, a place where new stars are being created. And incredibly you can see this
great cloud and some of the new born stars embedded in it with even the cheapest
pair of binoculars. And even better, with a small telescope you'll be able to see the
four recently born stars which illuminate this vast cloud. They are arranged in the
shape of a baseball diamond and are called the Trapezium. Now although the
Orion Nebula looks tiny to the naked eye, in reality its size is mind boggling be-
cause there is enough material in this nebula to produce over 10,000 stars the size
of our Sun.
In fact, it is an outrageous 30 light years in diameter, which means it takes 30
years for light to travel from one end of it to the other; so huge it would take
20,000 of our solar systems lined up end to end to reach from one edge of the
nebula to the other. Or to put it another way, if the distance from our Earth to the
Sun were only one inch, the distance across the Orion nebula would be 12 miles. Is
that mind boggling or what?
So get thee outside to see the wonderful fuzzy middle "star" in the sword of
Orion and experience some of the awe and wonder of winter's brilliant night skies.
Jack Horkheimer

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For the week: January 15 to 21, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Be honest in your communication and don't lose
your cool. Family outings should include visiting friends or relatives. Someone
you live with will be quite unreasonable this week. Residential moves will be in
your best interest. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You should get out and enjoy social events where
you are likely to meet new potential mates; however, don't over spend. Confronting
a situation will only result in indignation and misunderstandings. Residential
moves look hectic and sudden changes in your life are likely. You need to make
your lover feel wanted, not like a piece of the furniture. Your lucky day this week
will be Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Take a look at the possibilities of starting a small
part time business with friends or relatives. Emotionally, things may not run so
smoothly. Secret affairs may be brought out in the open. Try to stay calm and do
the best you can. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your partner will blow situations out of proportion.
Take the whole family and make it an enjoyable outing. Put your energy into be-
hind the scenes activities. Be careful not to sign your time or your cash away. Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Sudden changes will occur through communications
with friends or in-laws. Question your mate if you must. Chances are you split up
the last time because you didn't really want to make a commitment. Travel in pur-
suit of pleasure and knowledge. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You may have difficulties with in-laws or family
members. Observations will be far more productive. Social activity should be on
your agenda this week. Involvement in fitness clubs will be conducive to engaging
romantic connections. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Don't be afraid of opposition; your suggestions are
valid. Outdoor sports events should entice you. Don't let your health suffer because
of worry. Talk to someone you trust. You can make new friends if you get in-
volved in group activities. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You could make extra cash through creative
hobbies. You can make the most headway if you put in some overtime. Try not to
attempt to do something unless you are fully intent on following through with the
plans. Do something special for them. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your ideas are right on the mark and your
work commendable. Don't be afraid to talk to close friends or relatives about press-
ing personal problems. You can invest in profitable ventures. You will do best to
entertain those you wish to close deals with. Your lucky day this week is Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Strengthen your position among your peers.
Be fair, not colorful. Coworkers may not be giving you all the pertinent informa-
tion. If you have to deal with large institutions, be careful not to make waves. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Help with your aspirations is likely, and profits
could follow. Express your interest if you want the relationship to progress. Do
you really want to start something with someone you can't reason with? New rela-
tionships will surface through work relate events. Your lucky day this week will be
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Make plans to meet again in the near future. You
will be looking for creative ways to make a little extra cash. Your changing phi-
losophies may lead you into new circles and open doors that will give you a unique
outlook on life. Go out with friends or family. Your lucky day this week will be

Bonaire Reporter January 20 to 27, 2006

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