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T he Dutch government's con-
troversial "admission and re-
moval rule" for criminal and de-
prived Antillean and Aruban youths
is a form of apartheid, parliamentary
delegations from the Dutch Antilles
and Aruba said in a joint statement pre-
sented to the Dutch parliament last
They rejected Minister of Foreign
Affairs Rita Verdonk's plans to intro-
duce legislation that will make it possi-
ble to force criminal and deprived An-
tillean and Aruban youths to return
home. The Dutch Antilles and Aruba
are not "homelands" within the King-
dom of the Netherlands, and the pro-
posed measure is "at best discrimina-
tory" and in contravention of a raft of
national and international laws and
treaties, the statement said.
A Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius
are insisting on a mini-conference
J with the Netherlands shortly to dis-
cuss their future relations with that
country. The three smaller islands,
which are going for direct ties with the
Netherlands, made this clear in an
agreement signed by the Commission-
ers of Constitutional Affairs following
a meeting in Curaqao last Thursday.
They believe the current difficulties
Curaqao and St. Maarten are having
should not affect their negotiations as
some of the coins
donated by City
Caf6 to the Jong
trays of coins to
cant support of
the center's ac-
tivities. The center's youngsters, Director Bilha Thomas Evertsz and the board of
Jong Bonaire say a big thank you.
the issues are significantly different.
A Marine Park Rangers are con-
tinuing to act against illegal spear
fishermen. During a recent court ap-
pearance two local men arrested for
spearfishing and caught with the fish
were convicted and fined NAf500 and
had the fish and speargun confiscated.
Threats had been made against the
Chief Ranger who called police to
make the arrest. Spearfishing has been
illegal in Bonaire for over half a cen-
Bonaire's multi-language (Dutch,
English, Papiamentu and Spanish)
newspaper, ARCO, according to a
published report last week in the ex-
tra, may become a daily. It is also
available on line at www.arcobonaire.
com. The topic in arcobonaire@gmail.
com emailed newsletter's most recent
issue, was "Ahmadi-Najad vs. Bush
A Last week the police promised to
take a firm hand against motorcy-
clists and scooter riders who roar and
race their "bikes" through the streets of
Kralendijk. And on Saturday afternoon
they confiscated a car and a Suzuki
motor bike downtown because of
"feverish" behavior on the part of its
rider. A bit later a man, according to
witnesses' statements to the police,
smashed in the window of the nearby
Benetton store because he was upset
the police took his motorbike. The po-
lice think the man, initials J.A., whose
motorbike was impounded shortly be-
fore, may be responsible.
A It was mayhem in Curacao
in two sections of the is-
land where telecommuni-
cations provider Digicel
offered to exchange DI
phones from other cel-
lular companies for its phones. About
1,100 people showed up. It was so
crowded that one person fainted and
the company was forced to cut short
the action out of safety concerns.
Digicel will soon begin to offer service
(Continued on page 3)
IN THS ISSUE:
DEZA Bonaire Economic Report 4
(Licenses and Permits)
Snack Bar Detectives (Great
China Restaurant) 5
Windsurfing Report (Bonairean
Board riders on Factory Teams) 5
Special Olympics Thanks
Dive into Adventure Bonaire 7
Dos Winkel Presents "ANOTHER
Turtles win at Boca Onima
Local Football Too 8
Bondy on the Ball (6) 9
World Cup Schedule 9
Where to Watch the World Cup 9
Antique Houses (Kas di Hala,
Wind & Surf Beach Bar BBQ 13
Dia di Arte 15
Lora Project Update 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 3
Picture Yourself, (Gruene, Texas) 12
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Tide Table 12
Pet of the Week "Rose" 14
Sudoku Answer 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (Noran Barry) 17
Sky Park (SummerSolstice Star
The Stars Have It 19
Bonaire Reporter June 23 to July 7, 2006
A Following the parliamentary con-
sultation kingdom relations meetings in
The Hague, Dutch Antillean Relations
Minister Alexander Pechtold organ-
ized an informal and sociable farewell
reception. These took place Friday eve-
ning and were dominated by the world championship football matches.
photos by Antillenhuis/Nico van der Ven
thority). The Reporter goes to press
S before the meeting convenes. Clearing
of the hotel site continues with more
and more fine sea views and old-
growth trees becoming visible as the
rubble is cleared away. What a per-
-* feet place for a "green space" and
beach area open to all.
A Several people contacted The Re-
porter to say they have not been able
to get through to Bonaire by tele-
phone for the past two weeks. Some
Americans using the Sprint network
to introduce and j
inspire recrea- C-r, 6
tional divers and o \ Iuni
snorkelers to i k
participate in \
year round vol- F
monitoring programs, raise awareness
among both the diving community and
the public at large regarding marine
environments and trends in fish popu-
lations, and provide researchers, ma-
rine resource managers and policy
makers with valuable information
when making decisions regarding our
marine resources. For more information
contact local sponsor, Dive Friends/
Yellow Submarine, or Linda Ridley, the
local contact, tel. 791-4262.
A The ship used by Greenpeace to
confront Japanese whaling ships in
the southern ocean was refused per-
mission to dock in St. Kitts and Ne-
vis, where a global whaling group was
held. Greenpeace said that the authori-
ties in the former British colony, which
has sided with Japan in a long-running
and emotional dispute over a 20-year
ban on commercial whaling, did not
give a reason for denying entry to the
MY Arctic Sunrise.
(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)
~ Crrs....mar. -
This little brain coral, photo-
graphed at night with its tentacles
expanded for feeding, lives along the
inside edge of a discarded tire and is
growing squished against the top of
the tire. Dee Scarr photo
proposals by ..- -
Japan: one for) o
that it said
to back its pro-
without fear of
A Agenda items for the Island
Council meeting on June 21 revolve
around the transfer of real estate. Th
most interesting involves the propos
transfer of the Sunset (Bonaire)
Beach Hotel property to a new en-
tity, BOG, N.V. Bonaire Overhei
Gebouwen (the Bonaire Building Ai
appeared to have no problems. Telbo 4 Japan suffered a resounding another to pre-
said they were aware of the problem defeat last Friday at the Interna- vent the IWC
and were working to fix it. tional Whaling Commission, calming from discussing the fate of dolphins
fears among conservationists that it and porpoises as well as whales.
A The Great Annual Fish Count might finally win enough support in "So far we have managed to dodge
organized by the Reef Environmental the world body to start attacking a ban the harpoon," said Joth Singh, director
Education Foundation (REEF) goes into on whaling, of wildlife and habitat protection for
high gear next month. The GAFC serves The commission voted against two (Continued on page 4)
Bonaire Reporter June 23 to July 7, 2006
(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
Sunset (Bonaire) Beach
SBonaire Economic Report
DEZA, Bonaire's Department of Economic and Labor Part 4
Affairs, has issued its comprehensive report for
2005. It describes al aspects of the economy. In the next weeks
The Reporter continues to pass on information from this report.
Business Licenses I2002lm0020032004 2
75 44 39
69 36 20
0 2 17
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Licenses and Permits
While the table above seems to
show a spike upward (2005*) in
requests for business permits/licenses,
changes in procedures are responsible for
some of the growth.
A majority of business licenses (53%)
are granted in the sector of "business ser-
vices," representing maintenance service
companies, plumbing, cleaning, electric-
ity, handyman services and other. The
HORECA (hotel, food & beverage) sector
is naturally an important sector for which
many business licenses are granted (19%),
especially to small apartment complexes,
restaurants and bed and breakfasts. The
wholesale and retail trade is developing as
well (11%) and represents supermarkets
and any type of retail business services.
Some requests are to change legal form,
from an N.V. to a B.V. or from an E.Z. to
a B.V. or N.V. rather than to create a new
The Beverage and HORECA sector is
stabilizing with almost the same amount
of requests in 2005 than in 2004. Never-
theless the high amount of Beverage-
HORECA licenses requests still in proc-
ess are mainly due to the delay caused by
the current system of granting these per-
mits, which depends on the advice and
input of several government departments,
including the police. The 73 applications
for a HORECA license represent in fact
116 different combinations of HORECA
license requests, out of which a majority
are bars (22%), restaurants (20%), fol-
lowed by snacks (9%) and music (7%).
An apparent increase in the number of
Director licenses processed in 2005 is due
to the fact that in previous years the Di-
rector license requests were not being reg-
istered separately as they were included in
the business license request. The Director
licenses were only registered when ap-
plied for separately, in case of a new Di-
rector or change of Director for example.
Last year Director licenses are registered
as a separate category. DEZA Report
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
the International Fund for Animal Wel-
fare, at the meeting on the Caribbean
island of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Environmental group Greenpeace
said Friday's votes were "a victory for
the whales, but no cause for compla-
And indeed that proved true, for two
days later, for the first time in more
than two decades, Japan and its pro-
whaling counterparts won a major-
ity vote which prompted celebration
among whaling nations.
Having lost four vital votes since Fri-
day to force the IWC to end its 20-year
old ban on the hunting of whales, a
resolution tabled by St Kitts and Ne-
vis proposed a "normalization" of the
IWC won by a slim one-vote majority.
In Favor of the St Kitts
Declaration = 33:
Antigua & Barbuda, Benin, Cambodia,
Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Denmark,
Dominica, Gabon, Gambia, Grenada,
Guinea, Iceland, Japan, Korea, Ki-
ribati, Mali, Marshall Islands, Maurita-
nia, Mongolia, Morocco, Nauru, Nica-
ragua, Norway, Palau, Russian Federa-
tion, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St
Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal,
Solomon Islands, Suriname, Togo, Tu-
Against = 32:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium,
Belize, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic,
Finland, France, Germany, Hungary,
India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxem-
bourg, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands,
New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Portu-
gal, San Marino, Slovak Republic,
South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzer-
land, UK, USA.
Abstentions = 1: China
Absent = 1: Guatemala
for the same period. (Bonaire: Jan-
Apr tourists, 22,998, change +10.9%
source: Caribbean Tourism Organiza-
A Welcome to new advertiser,
Larry's Bakery in North Salifia,
where not only do they have local and
Dutch treats but they feature rolls,
breads and more made from whole
grain flour. They're super delicious
and good for your health too. Larry's is
an immaculate operation with wonder-
ful baking fragrances emanating from
the kitchen 24 hours a day. It's on
Kaya Cacique, across the street from
the North Salina Centro di Bario. It's
worth a trip to North Salina! See their
ad on page 13.
A Antillean Wine Company's Sat-
urday evening tastings are suspended
until August 19th. To order, call
"Marjolein 2" at the store, Tuesday to
Saturday, 9 am to 12:30 pm at 717-
7547. Or call 09-560-7539 or 717-
tBonaire's Culinary Team leaves
for the Caribbean Hotel Association's
"Taste of the Caribbean" culinary
Olympics this weekend to compete
against 16 top teams from islands all
over the Caribbean. This year the team
is HOT! Staff from The Bonaire Re-
porter will be there to cover the event.
A The Bonaire Reporter It's Still
Free! Every week we print 1,500 cop-
ies of The Reporter which are distrib-
uted around the island. People are al-
ways asking why can't we print more.
Printing, transportation and produc-
tions costs are rising, and to print more
copies would be so costly that The Re-
porter could no longer be offered free
to the public. But there is a solution -
when you're through with your copy of
The Reporter, could you please pass it
on to someone else. In this way, eve-
ryone wins: more people will be able
to read it and we can continue to say,
"It's Still Free!"
And be sure to tell our advertisers
who support us, "The Reporter sent
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The Snack Bar Detectives
Their Mission: To seek out the mysteries that lie behind the
doors ofBonaire's snacks
This week: Great China Restaurant
Kaya Grande 39
B ig D is
back. He means
business and is
throw caution to
the wind. He de-
cides on this
week's choice of
venue, and the
look that I see in
his eye tells me -, 7
not to argue. We
and there I see it,
Great China Res-
he can't be seri-
ous, in the middle of town where everyone can see us! I think it's too much of a
risk but Big D has the devil in him.
We enter by the side door. The small bar is welcoming enough and a TV is glow-
ing above our heads. We decide to eat in the air conditioned Restaurant area; it has
a definite feeling of the Orient with Chinese d6cor and red lanterns.
Our host for the evening was Paco Xual, a Bonaire snack bar veteran of 19 years.
We felt like we were in good hands. While sipping on our ice cold Polars, we pe-
rused the menu. I was beginning to settle a little and was happier with Big D's
choice of venue. Despite the many choices that I was given, yet again I weakened
and took the Beef Curry. Big D, always the adventurous one, had Ryst Tafel (rice
table) which was a little of everything. I asked Paco if he was up to the challenge
of making the hottest curry on Bonaire. He smiled.
Our meals arrived shortly after. Big Ds was a cornucopia of meat, fish and vege-
tables. My curry looked harmless enough; I was prepared to be underwhelmed.
Paco brought me a side order of chilli just in case I needed something ex-
tra........... Yes, we have a new winner. This was the hottest yet, even I didn't
have the courage to add the chilli.
Boardriders on .
T here is exciting news on the local
windsurf scene. Jaeger Sint Jago ..
and Arthuro "Payo" Soliano have been
rewarded for their efforts by earning slots
as team riders for Angulo Boards. This is
the second year these two young talents
were taken on by Angulo Boards, owned
by once Hawaiian-based Josh Angulo.
Josh, a full-on pro, decided to shape some
boards creating a hip and much soughtPayo and Jaeger
after board design. He has since moved Ann Phelan photo
his operation to Cabo Verde and is proud
to sponsor two Bonairean hot shots. Payo
and Jaeger became riders last year after an island-based scout, Ann Phelan, recom-
mended them for sponsorship. Angulo, recognizing the value of the youth, pro-
vides each rider with a brand new board each year. In turn, Jaeger and Payo repre-
sent the brand, sailing and training hard. Both boys attend events in the US and the
ABC islands, competing in freestyle and racing disciplines.
Another team rider is Hendrick Balentien. Hendrick is sponsored annually by JP,
another top board company in the industry. Considering boards cost on the average
of $1,200, being sponsored is a dream come true. Hendrick is entering his second
year as a team rider for JP. He sails any day school is over and there is wind. With
the support of his family he hopes to compete June 26 when over 70 members of
Team Bonaire head to Aruba Hi Winds.
Hi Winds was once the event of the Caribbean. It is a favorite event for local rid-
ers for the super fun parties and the well organized race formats. In the 80s Hi
Winds was the event frequented by big names such as Robby Naish. In recent
years Team Bonaire has dominated the races.
With brand new gear Payo and Jaeger have high expectations. Good Luck
Hendrick, Payo and Jaeger. Ann Phelan
(If you want some windsurfing fun without getting wet, check out http://www.
Bonaire Reporter June 23 to July 7, 2006
Special Olympics Thanks Volunteers
Chio Semeleer, Head of Coaches, gives a Special Olympics Pin to Emile
Vonaesch, partner of Leone Vergeest, Volunteer and Manager of the
The evening was divided into three
parts. First, people socialized and got
to know each other. Then they were
given information about Special Olym-
pics in general and SO Bonaire in par-
ticular. And thirdly the volunteers were
rewarded with a nice and fancy Chez
Nous meal. All received a Special
Olympics Bonaire pin. We also an-
nounced our volunteer of the year:
Aura Engelhart. Also all board mem-
bers got their official SO Bonaire busi-
We really had a great time and we
got people so interested that we got
two extra volunteers and a sponsor!"
Roosje v.d. Hoek, Photos by Jan Pieter
v d ~ Hpk
Last Friday the Board of
Special Olympics held
an evening of appreciation for
their devoted volunteers at
Roosje v.d.Hoek, National
Director ofBonaire Special
"The idea for a volunteer
appreciation day started when
Chio Semeleer, head of
coaches, and I were in St.
Kitts for the Special Olympics
Caribbean Business Meet-
ing last April.
Chio and I decided to put
into practice all that we
learned, so we came up with
the idea for a Volunteer Ap-
preciation Day because we
realize how special we
(volunteers) are, giving all our
time to a great cause. To us it
was somehow natural and that
we give without thinking Spec
about it. So we decided to re- pre,
ward all those persons who, the
just as we, give their time.
And because we could never
pay them for what they do and be-
cause volunteering is not about get-
ting paid, we thought it would be a
nice way of saying thank you!
We also thought that it would be a
great chance to inform them and their
ial Olympics Bonaire President Lupe Uranie
sents a gift to Aura Engelhart, Volunteer of
Year (Board Member, Bocce Coach, Parent
of an SO Athlete)
partners more about Special Olympics
since many of them just help without
really knowing all the ins and outs.
This way we would try to get them
more involved and motivated.
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SDive Into Adventure Bonaire
T he "Taste of Bonaire" marked the adrenalin-
spiked start of the first Dive Into Adventure Bon-
aire event. A long row of information stands lined the
waterfront promenade, offering over-the-top activities
that both complemented Bonaire's world-famous diving
and spotlighted landside eco-adventures. Local and visi-
tors jammed Wilhelmina Park from dusk into the late
hours with a background of music, dance, and a few, re-
freshingly short, speeches.
Participants, both foreign and local, are participating in
the dozens of activities during this week. We will have a
report in our next issue. Meanwhile enjoy the photos of
the start of DIAB 2006. G.D.
Dos Winkel Presents "ANOTHER WORLD,"A Close-up View of Undersea Life
B onaire's own Dos Winkel, world
renowned underwater and nature
photographer, has been a featured
speaker at Dive Into Adventure Bonaire-
2006. While he is in Bonaire, Dos will
present his latest coffee table book,
"ANOTHER WORLD, Colors, Tex-
tures, and Patterns of the Deep" at
Bongo's Beach Bar (Eden Beach Hotel)
on Thursday, June 29th. This is the first
of a trilogy. The second volume will be
"Faces of the Deep," and the final vol-
ume will feature all ecosystems where
Dos has dived, including rain forests,
high altitude lakes, mangroves, and the
plant reefs in the temperate waters of
"ANOTHER WORLD" is very differ-
ent from Dos' previous works--fine art
rather than documentation. The more
than 100 full page photographs are a
feast of brilliant colors, arresting shapes
and textures, and superb composition,
which bear little resemblance to tradi-
tional underwater photographs. For those
familiar with the undersea world, Dos
provides a new view of the familiar (e.g.
a close up view of a trumpet fish's eye),
as well as the exotic (e.g. a 1/4 inch por-
celain crab photographed on a sea pen in
Indonesia). It is macro-photography at
its best. The book will appeal as well to
those who want to know more about the
undersea world, whether or not they
have ever set foot in the sea. The pro-
logue written by Kalli de Meyer, a for-
mer Bonaire Marine Park Manager and
current head of the Dutch Caribbean Na-
ture Alliance, provides a comprehensive
overview of coral reefs and the creatures
which depend on them for their exis-
tence, thus putting the pictures which
follow into perspective. The
BBC Wildlife Magazine wrote,
"There's nothing like an expert
eye to bring a subject to life.
And when it comes to coral
reefs, they don't come more ex-
pert than underwater photogra-
pher Dos Winkel."
The book sale will be at 5 pm.,
at the special price on that day,
including tax, of $52.50
(NAf94.50), instead of the regular price
of $68.25 (NAf 120.75). Dos will auto-
graph each book sold. If you buy this
book, you may also buy some of Dos'
earlier works, the "Watercolors Bonaire"
book, or the "Nature Colors Curagao," at
the half price cost of $20 US (NAf35).
At 7 pm Dos will present a slide show on
Undersea Camouflage and Mimicry.
Coral reefs around the world are under
siege. Books such as "ANOTHER
WORLD" capture the magic of under
sea life and, hopefully, will motivate
people to appreciate and conserve this
precious resource for future generations.
Story & photo by Ben & Laura
bonaire Keporter June za to July /, zuuB
Turtles Win at Boka Onima
NM embers of Dienst
wikkeling en Beheer
(DROB) in cooperation
with members of Sea Turtle Conversa-
tion Bonaire (STCB) have completed
the restoration of the beach at Boka
On August 9th last year, STINAPA
rangers interrupted sand removal ac-
tivities at Boka Onima, but not before
multiple truck loads of sand were re-
moved, and the beach was ravaged.
With the removal of the sand at least
two turtle nests were destroyed.
Shortly after, a few more turtles came
ashore and were not able to lay their
eggs because of the shortage of sand.
Restoration was necessary. Now, we
are pleased to announce that the work
has finally been completed. STCB
hopes turtles will return this season to
nest at Boka Onina.
This is not the first time that sea tur-
tle nesting beaches have been lost to
sand mining. Years ago the beaches at
Playa Grandi, Boka Lagun and Boka
Washikemba were very important nest-
ing sites for sea turtles. The sand from
these beaches was taken and used in
construction. The result is that at this
time hardly any turtle eggs are being
laid at these locations. The few times
that eggs have been laid at these sites
they were deposited in shallow nests
due to the lack of sand, and sea water
infiltrated the nests, destroying the
This is the first time in the history of
STCB that a nesting beach has been
professionally restored. STCB plans to
monitor Boka Onima closely to see if
the sea turtles return to lay eggs during
this nesting season. If nests are laid,
they will be monitored to ensure suc-
By now, it should be commonly
known that sea turtles are protected on
Bonaire, the Caribbean and for that
matter all over the world. Bonaire has
recently adopted laws that better pro-
tect the sand on sea turtle nesting
beaches, but it is unclear exactly when
these laws will become effective.
STCB would like to see these laws put
into effect immediately and hopes that
they are vigorously enforced.
Mabel Nava, STCB Release
Jurgen "Kuchi" Rojerfrom Kolegio Reina Beatrix school, named the top player
of the interscholastic football games, gets his award from Ubaldo Anthony and
Commissioner of Sports, James Kroon.
While football frenzy was rampant in Germany, Bonaire was finishing up
its interscholastic soccer season. In the final game for the Ubaldo An-
thony Cup, Kolegio Reina Beatrix came out the winner. The positions of the other
elementary schools were: Kolegio San Luis Bertran, runner-up; Kolegio Kristu
Bon Wardador in third place; Kolegio Watapana (Special Ed.) fourth; and Kolegio
Papa Comes in fifth place. A VBO release and photo
Mother and Daughter: Andrea Si-
mar and Mabel Nava, DIAB 2006
Bonaire Reporter June 23 to July 7, 2006
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0Bondv On The Ball
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Brazil's Kaka celebrates his goal
W ell, here I am again, this week,
reporting from my home coun-
try, England. The towns and cities are
adorned with the white and red of the
George Cross; the pubs are filled with
fans watching every game they can. In
the interest of journalism, I am forcing
myself to join them while drinking a pint
of my favourite ale!
Firstly, let's go back to last Sunday
where we left off
Mexico and Iran was the second match
of the day, as expected, an easy win.
Mexico 3-1 Iran.
Angola and Portugal next. Portugal
went ahead after just five minutes cour-
tesy of a Luis Figo pass which gave a
simple slot in for Pauleta. Ronaldo's
early showboating wasted some chances.
His frustration showed when he received
a yellow card. As the first half came to
an end, Angola was beginning to grow.
The second half started much the same
as the first. Despite their earlier domi-
nance, Portugal stopped pushing for-
ward, bringing jeers from their own fans.
Figo, still running his 33 year-old legs
off as always, was inspirational. Not
their best performance but 3 important
points. Portugal 1-0 Angola.
Monday brought us three more games.
A thrilling last five minutes saw Austra-
lia go from 1-0 down to winning the
game. Australia 3-1 Japan.
Next we saw Czech Republic take on
the USA. The Czechs are always tough,
the Americans found out the hard way.
Czech Republic 3-0 USA.
The final game of the day saw the Ital-
ians in action. Ghana did well enough
but the final result was never in doubt.
Italy 2-0 Ghana.
Tuesdays first game saw Dick Advo-
caat's team, South Korea, take on Togo.
Not much quality from either side, the
Koreans beating the
Korea 2-1 Togo.
10 men Togo. South
The shock so far was France's dour
display against Switzerland. A game that
they were expected to breeze was sub-
dued partly by the stifling heat. Chances
came and went and at the final whistle,
the French fans made no secret of their
feelings. France 0-0 Switzerland.
Big match time. The sublime skills of
Brazil against the tough no-nonsense
style of Croatia. With three at the back,
the Croats looked to have a good shape
to stifle Brazil's movement. For most of
the first half, save for a few chances, the
tactics were working. Ronaldinho and
Carlos always looked sharp, but Ronaldo
seemed uninterested. Deservedly though,
right on half time, Brazil scored. A bril-
liant strike from the edge of the box saw
Kaka open up his account. Croatia
kicked off the second half and initially
had the lion's share of possession. Pre-
dictably, Ronaldo was taken off after 70
minutes; this was a poor display by his
standards. Brazil got back into their
stride. In the final 5 minutes, Croatia
seemed to be flagging but still they made
a few chances. After just two minutes of
stoppage time, the final whistle went.
Final score, Brazil 1-0 Croatia.
Onto Wednesdays action and Spain's
first outing. They played new boys,
Ukraine, and showed them that it's tough
at the top. Spain often disappoint in the
World Cup but not this time. An excel-
lent performance. Spain 4-0 Ukraine.
The next match saw Tunisia salvage a
point in injury time. A fairly well bal-
anced match saw Saudi winning after 90
minutes play; however, Jaidi came to the
rescue with a thumping header in the
dying seconds. Saudi Arabia 2-2 Tuni-
The final game of the day saw Ger-
many in action again. Poland came out to
defend, the styles clashed a little and
they cancelled each other out. Late in the
game, Klinsmann brings on winger,
Odonkor, in attempt to get round the
back. 15 minutes from time, Poland's
Sobolewski is sent off and the game
opened up. A last minute flurry saw Ger-
many hit the bar twice and in stoppage
time, Germany broke the deadlock cour-
tesy of substitute, Neuville. A hard win
for the hosts. Germany 1-0 Poland.
Sweden took on Paraguay and looked
more impressive than their first outing.
Paraguay looked worthy opponents, but
the Scandinavians stuck to their task and
Freddy Ljungburg popped up in the 89th
minute to seal a victory. Sweden now
knows that victory over England on
Tuesday will see them, and not Sven-
Goran Eriksson's men, win Group B. But
defeat could send the Swedes home and
put Trinidad & Tobago into the second
round. Sweden 1- 0 Paraguay.
England's second match saw them take
on Trinidad & Tobago who have already
proved resilient in this tournament. It
was a better display from England, but
again, their finishing was embarrassing.
John Terry was a stalwart clearing from
the line and Rooney made his return after
70 minutes. Eventually, after numerous
chances, Crouch managed to connect
with a Beckham cross and head home. A
few minutes later, Gerrard hit a scorcher
from distance to finish them off. Eng-
land 2-0 Trinidad & Tobago.
In an impressive display, Ecuador, for
the first time ever, booked their place in
the knock-out stages. With a confident
display they pushed aside Costa Rica
with ease. A draw with Germany would
see them top of the table! Ecuador 3-0
Shock of the week saw Angola hold off
Mexico. Mexico enjoyed all the best
chances, but a combination of poor fin-
ishing and the acrobatics of Angola goal-
keeper Joao Ricardo kept them out. Mex-
ico has some work to do now to get into
the next stages. Mexico 0-0 Angola.
Holland completed two in a row,
stretching Holland's run to 14 competi-
tive matches unbeaten. Despite game
opposition the Dutch had too much class.
An on-form van Persie and the ever dan-
gerous van Nistlerooy sealed Ivory
Coast's fate. Despite their getting a goal
back, the Ivorians never looked likely to
take anything from the match. Holland
2-1 Ivory Coast.
Argentina goes forward after giving
Serbia & Montenegro a real spanking.
Argentina gave a master class of passing
skills to show the rest of the world why
it's called "The beautiful Game." S & M
were demoralised as Argentina knocked
in goal after goal, the final whistle was a
relief. Argentina 6-0 Serbia & Monte-
There we have it, week two. England
is starting to grow but have a long way to
go. Portugal is of a similar vein and
need to see players such as Ronaldo find
their form. France will be getting feel-
ings of deja vue of 2002. Are they going
to be dismissed in the first round again?
As always, Brazil gave us value for
money, and, Spain, who so often disap-
point, got off to a flying start. The hosts
are well on their way with Holland also
looking very strong. I will be surprised
not to see these two in the last four. Ar-
gentina will be joining them if they con-
tinue to play such excellent football.
Next week I am back on Bonaire. Until
then, let's keep the
Tony Bond -BBC
Tony Bond was born and raised in England, happy to leave
the cold of Europe behind but still follows his passion for
Manchester United (Man Utd) FC.
At City Caf6 there will be eight (8!)
TVs set up including a huge 50-inch flat
screen. In the mornings City will offer a breakfast buffet for NAf10,50. In the af-
ternoons they have a special lunch buffet for NAf12,50.
At The Great Escape watch in the
comfort of the thatched roof bar by the
pool and sample their huge selection of
beers. (the boss won't find you there).
Wind and Surf Beach Bar on the beach
The Windsurfing Place, Sorobon L.L
Bonaire Reporter June 23 to July 7, 2006
Antique Living Houses of Bonaire
Kas di Hala
by Wilna Groenenboom
Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage
T his is not a living house. So why are
we mentioning it in Antique Living
Houses of Bonaire? Because it is also con-
nected with the Herrera family which has
been and will be featured in future issues of
Julio Herrera and Clara Herrera-Pellgrim
bought the Plantation Bacuna in 1953.
It has many similarities to the Rooi
Lamoenchi plantation. Both had a planta-
tion kunuku house. They raised cows,
goats, sheep; they grew sorghum (maishi
chikitu), melons and aloe. In the old days
Bacuna and Rooi Lamoenchi were con-
nected by leased lands.
In the photo (top right) we can see the
main house which is a Kas di Hala (house
with wings). It is special because the left
side of the house has two floors like the
one in Nikiboko. Then there is a middle
lower section and a kitchen on the right
side, all connected to each other. The
kitchen had a place with chimney for cook-
ing called thefogon. The bread baking was
done outside, on the right side of the house.
On the left side of the main house (middle
photo) is the house for the vito (caretaker)
of the plantation.
Behind the gate, inside the Bacuna plan-
tation, you can see a part of a rocky coral
road (photo left above) with the Kas di
Hala in the distance. The horses and don-
keys lived here in the wild and were also
kept in stables behind the main house.
Such a plantation needed a lot of water,
especially for the animals, so dams were
constructed to catch the water during the
rainy season to use during the long dry
times. There are also 21 wells, some with
natural sweet water (photo lower right).
This Pos di Pia is more than four meters
deep. To reach the water, they had to cut
deep into the calcium coral rocks. The
same stone serves as a natural stairway.
The resident animals needed lots of food
as well as water so the sorghum harvest
was very important. From the sorghum
flower they made, for example, funchi,
pancakes or hot porridge with sugar. After
the seeds were removed they used the dry
plants as food for the animals. With or
without a good harvest year, they always
could use the sorghum plants as animal
Sheep and goats also like to eat green,
juicy grass. So Julio Herrera imported dif-
ferent kinds of grasses like salt- and
drought-resistant grasses. In the 60s they
could keep more than 5,000 goats and
sheep with Herrera's brand on this planta-
tion. Because the property was so vast,
there actually were also lots of other sheep
and goats on the plantation without a
After Mr. Herrera could no longer take
care of his plantations, Rooi Lamoenchi
and Bacuna, due to his age and illness, he
eventually lost his whole herd. Neighboring
sheep and goats started to invade his prop-
erty because, as is said, "The neighbor's
grass seemed greener than their own
On the left side of the main house the old
aloe cooking place remains today.
At Rooi Lamoenchi you can only see the
rebuilt foundation of the aloe cooking
place, but on Bacuna it is an almost func-
tional, original one with the pan still inside.
In the photo (lower left) we can see the
basin in front where they put the aloe syrup
before cooking it. With cans they put the
syrup in the cooking pot which is more
than 1 meter wide. In the photo (lower mid-
dle) we can see under the aloe pan where
the fireplace was. The photo was taken
through the opening of the old fireplace.
This opening has a little damage, but even
without restoration you could still use this
aloe cooking place.
All together it's a beautiful, peaceful
place where, during the sunset, the flamin-
gos pass over. Sitting in a nearby cactus is
a Warawara, looking for food. Here is a
place where you can see that people and
nature can live together in harmony. W.
Wilna Groenenboom is an artist and photographer
who teaches art at the SGB high school
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Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open
Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7
pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.
MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice, clear-
ings, blessings, energy, healing, China-
trained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call
Donna at 785-9332.
The leading consumer and business infor-
mation source on Bonaire. Telephone (599)
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information go to http://www.
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
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:
LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call CHINA
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
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
For Sale- Suzuki Swift 1.3- airco, power
steering, power brakes. CD radio player, 2
x 800w speakers. Very well maintained
car, just serviced. Economical in gasoline.
NAf2.000, Call at any time: 786-9389
Ford Escort LX, 1995, new transmis-
sion and many other parts. Drives great.
NAf5.800. Call 786-0372.
FOR SALE LEAVING ISLAND 2000
Toyota Yaris Verso. Air conditioning. 5
doors. Good condition. NAf8,750 obo.
Call: 786-9638 or 786-5291
FOR SALE: Furniture sofa, chairs,
bookshelves, etc. Call 717-8989
S uDoku means "the digits must remain single" in
Japanese. To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1
through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle, without repeat-
ing a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. For a
tutorial visit the web site www.sudokushack.com.
Still haven't tried to solve one of these silly puzzles?
Let me give you a tip on how to start one. It's one approach of many, but you may
find it useful.
I prefer to start the puzzle, by looking across the top 3 regions exclusively. Using this
week's puzzle 1008, start with the number 1; because the puzzle already starts with the
number 1 in both the first and third regions, we are solving to find the number 1 in the
The number 1 is in the 3rd row in region 1, and in the first row of region 3. Therefore
the number 1 must be the middle row in region 2. There are 2 place possibilities for the
1, but if you look up and down the column, you'll see that a 1 occupies one of the col-
umns below, so it has to be in the other, the middle space.
Enter the number 1 in that space, and then look for other numbers that have 2 spots
occupied. Then move on to the second regions below, and third. Then solve in the
same manner vertically. Now it may get tricky. Solve by rows or columns, or regions.
Clear as mud? Give it a try- it's really fun and you'll be a pro in no time!
Molly Kearney (who has to solve the puzzles)
Complete solution on page 14.
LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 It.; 95.000km
NAf2.400 717-2844 or 786-2844
Wa n tedci
Wanted: A Good Home
Hello, we are two female dogs of 2
years old. We are looking for a new home
because our boss is leaving for Holland.
We are very fond of children and like to
run a lot. We are very good watchdogs; if
you treat us well we will protect you and
your family. We are also trained and there-
fore we will obey you. We also had our
injections and we cannot have puppies
anymore. Our names are Bongo (blond)
and Elsa. Who will give us a new
home???? Call Myrna 786-7365 or ask
the animal shelter.
Has anyone a manual for the Sharp
cash register XE-A120 lying
around?? Call AWC, 717-7547
WANTED: VHS video recorder/player
for use in Lora (parrot) research. Call 09-
WANTED: Glass retail display case 3-4
feet long maximum. Contact Golden Reef
Inn 717-5759 M-F 9am-5pm. Ask for Liz.
Wanted: Used solar panels in good con-
dition. Call Don or Janet 786-0956
S a Ebys ii tte r
Summer Mother's Helper/Babysitter
Available -Weekly or Monthly Care of-
fered by a mature, reliable and outgoing
young woman. Island references avail-
able. Please call 786-3066
Re n ta I
Cozy guest cottage available. Studio
with kitchen, airco, cable TV, two single
beds (or king) and pull-out sofa, bikes,
kayak, porch, yard and private entrance.
Five minute walk to seaside promenade and
10 minute walk to town. $50/night. Con-
Pro pe rty
For rent: Fully furnished 4 bedroom
house NAf900. Fully furnished 1 bed-
room apart. NAf700. Beautiful yard, quiet
and private. Tel. 717-7977
Bonaire Reporter June 23 to July 7, 2006
(Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further
influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
6-23 8:39 0.7FT. 23:08 2.2FT. 78
6-24 9:35 0.6FT. 23:53 2.2FT. 85
6-25 0:27 2.2FT. 10:19 0.6FT. 89
6-26 1:05 2.1FT. 10:58 0.6FT. 90
6-27 1:42 2.OFT. 11:38 0.7FT. 87
6-28 2:18 1.9FT. 12:07 0.7FT. 81
6-29 2:54 1.8FT. 12:30 0.8FT. 74
6-30 3:23 1.6FT. 12:51 0.9FT. 65
7-01 2:24 1.5FT. 3:19 1.5FT.
13:02 0.9FT. 23:20 1.5FT. 55
7-02 12:55 1.0FT. 21:31 1.5FT. 46
7-03 12:22 1.0FT. 21:01 1.6FT. 37
7-0411:39 1.0FT. 21:04 1.8FT. 32
7-05 10:58 1.0FT. 21:22 1.9FT. 33
7-06 7:55 0.9FT. 21:45 2.OFT. 40
7-07 8:19 0.8FT. 22:12 2.1FT. 51
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Norka (right) with her staff and musicians
Looking to spend a relaxing, laid
back, away-from-it-all evening
on the beach at Lac Bai with the sea
breezes and sounds of waves lapping
on the sand? How about an excellent
barbeque, happy hour drink prices, live
music and friendly people? That heav-
enly spot is The Wind and Surf
Beach Bar at the Windsurfing Place
at Sorobon on Wednesday nights.
What a way to spend an evening.
During the days the place hums with
windsurfing activity and the restaurant
caters to the weary and wind whipped
with hot local food and cool salads,
sandwiches and all kinds of drinks, and
they close around 6.
But Wednesday night is a different
story. Restaurant manager Norka says,
"People come in stressed and they get
comfortable right away." As the sun
goes down the candles are lit on the
bamboo tables under the palm frond
and driftwood roof, the happy hour
starts, the music is cool and relaxation
sets in. Hot and spicy snacks are
passed by some of the friendliest peo-
ple on the island to tables with locals
and tourists. Customers catch the feel-
ing of camaraderie and no one's a
The barbeque is ready at 7 and it's a
winner: meats: sausage, chicken, ribs,
fish, grilled to juicy perfection; two
sides every week an interesting salad,
pasta and/or rice. All for only $12.
When you're finished one of the atten-
tive staff will pass out a wet cloth to
wipe your hands!
The band, the "Flamingo Rockers,"
made up of an American guy and two
local fellows, start up. They play
Jimmy Buffet, the Beatles, the Eagles,
Bob Marley, the Mighty Sparrow -
real danceable stuff and couples get
up to dance barefoot in the sand.
Wednesday nights at the Wind and
Surf Beach Bar are definitely an event,
but because it's so special and not run
of the mill you should call ahead to tell
them you're coming. Telephone 717-
5091 or 717-2288. Tell them The Re-
porter sent you! L.D.
WatcA teAf Worid Cup
at Wind amd Surf
bonalre Keporter June 23 to July /, ZUUB
Pet of the Week
T rue elegance and self assurance: that's
"Rose," our Pet of the Week, a stunning
and perfectly marked calico. (As you may
know already, nearly every calico is a female.)
Rose came into the Bonaire Animal Shelter '
with her four kittens. She was an excellent
mom, but now they've grown up and Rose,
since she's been sterilized, is at last a female
with a life of her own. Rose is looking for an
owner who can appreciate her style and grace
and can give her lots of love. This charming
calico, at two years old, is in perfect health and I
is ready to go.
Are you on vacation and miss your pets? Or
are you living somewhere in circumstances "Rose"
where you can't have your own animals? Then
take a trip down to the Bonaire Animal Shelter
on the Lagoen Road and get your "Pet Fix!" New opening hours are 8 am to 1 pm, Mon-
day through Saturday. Telephone 717-4989. It's a great place to visit!
We must apologize for a mistake we made in the column last week. We incorrectly identi-
fied the artist of the Bonaire Animal Shelter tee shirt, modeled by Marlis Tiepel, as Henk
Roozendaal. Barbara van Orphen called to say that the artist is a gentleman named Jon
Huckaby, an American greeting card artist. Mr. Huckaby met Barbara, who sells the Shelter
tee shirts at the various hotel managers cocktail parties, and volunteered his art work for the
tee shirts. A big Thank You, Mr. Huckaby. And thanks to Barbara for setting us straight.
Little "Charlotte," our pet last week, has been adopted. Congratulations to all! L.D.
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WEUL ElYRIE SIHR NI
Calto makesure (Usually9pm)
22/06 Mission Impos-
sible III (Tom Cruise)
29/06 The Da Vinci
Code (Tom Hanks)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURS THRU SUN
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM
SATURDAY 4 PM
June 21-July 2
Wednesday, June 21-Summer Solstice
World Cup Soccer Until Sunday, July
9 see page 9.
Thursday, June 22- Lecture on Medita-
tion, Kaya Hulanda #25, 7 pm, free, open
to all. Tel. 717-8855 -see page 5
June 17-24-Dive Into Adventure Bon-
Saturday, June 24-
Women's Conference: The
Four Faces of Woman.
Due to an overwhelming
response to the pro-
gram, "Four Faces of
Woman," on Saturday, June 24, we
are asking those who've signed up
already to RE-CONFIRM your at-
tendance by calling 717-8855 or 09-
Saturday, June 24-End of the month
Flea Market at Parke Publico- 3 to 8
pm General info call Vicky 786-1592.
Booth info call Elisabeth 717-6907/565-
Sunday June 25-Bonairean Night
at Divi Flamingo's Calabash Restau-
rant with all the local specialties and
more Live Music. $20-total. Call for
reservations 717-8285 ext. 444.
Thursday, June 29-"Another
World" book signing, Dos Winkel, 5
pm followed by Dos's slide show,
"Camouflages & Mimicry," at 7 pm,
Bongo's at Eden Beach. See page 7
Saturday, July 1 Kaminata (walk)
sponsored by Jong Bonaire, 4:30 pm,
9.16 km. NAf7,50. Call 717-4303 or 785-
Saturday, July 1-Big Monthly Rin-
con Marshe-Now a Bonairean tradi-
tion stands selling gifts, fruits and
vegetables, candles, drinks, BBQ, local
foods and sweets, music, friendly peo-
ple, 6 am to 2 pm. In the center of Rin-
Sunday July 2-Bonairean Night at
Divi Flamingo's Calabash Restaurant
with all the local specialties and more.
Live Music. $20-total. Call for reserva-
tions 717-8285 ext. 444.
Sunday, July 9-Dia di Arte, Wilhelmina
Park-art, music, food, entertainment.
Call Emma 786-6420 or Edwin 786-8400.
July 17-19 -Diva Women Windsurf
Clinic at Bonaire Windsurf Place. Three
free local scholarships available. For de-
tails or to register call Ann Phelan at 786-
Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 ( on all beverages ) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-Buddy Dive, 5:30-6:30
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sunday) 5 to 7
* 2 for 1 appetizer with every entree, Cactus
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for hot
slot machines, roulette and blackjack, Mon. to
Sat. 8 pm 4 am; Sun. 7 pm 3 am.
* Daily by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $12 (NAfl2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy Dive
* Rincon Marsh6-6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a
Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh fruits
and vegetables, gifts, local sweets, snacks, arts,
handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks, music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Extra big
Marshe 1st Saturday of the month.
* CANCELLED Until August 19. Wine
Tasting at AWC's warehouse, 7 to 9 pm, Kaya
Industria #23. Great wines NAf2,50 a glass.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Flamingo
with live music, 6 to 9 pm, NAf26,50. Call for
reservations 717-8285 ext. 444 .
* Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoying a
great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at the
Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar, Divi Fla-
mingo. Open daily 5 to 10 pm
* Caribbean Night, live local music
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435
* Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet featuring Chef
Gibi and Los Princes Mariachi, Golden Reef
Inn. Band 7 pm, BBQ at 7:30 pm. Reservations
$20, walk ins $25. Drinks available for purchase.
Call 717-5759 or email email@example.com
* Live music by the Flamingo Rockers, 5-7
pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free chicken
wings, 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7 to 9 pm,
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers Divi
Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30 pm
* Beach BBQ 7-10 pm & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf Place at
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers" 5-7
pm-Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round
Robin 7to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All
invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225
Dia di Arte
on't miss it the 14th Annual
Dia Di Arte in Wilhelmina :
Park on Sunday, July 9. It's one of the
highlights of the year on the island. It's
an all day fun event for the entire fam- O a re
ily art exhibits, singers, writers, hand
crafts, food, drinks, entertainment, friendly ambiance. It's sponsored by the Foundation
for Bonairean Art and Culture. Stroll through the exhibits, see old and new friends,
purchase something special and unique. There will be artistic events for the kids too.
From 10 amto 10 pm. Photos byJanArt
Last year the Bomba sisters showed their art...as does Luis
* Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers"
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar- 5-7 pm
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon from
1330 to 1630
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo Smash
& snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm
* Manager's Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive
Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm, followed byAHYou Can Eat
* 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
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides pool
bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media dual-
projector production by Albert Bianculli, 8.30
pm, Capt. Don's Habitat. 717-8290 for info.
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 Conservation
(STCB) Slide Show by Bruce Brabec. Carib
Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm. Tel. 717-8819.
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail Video Show
by Martin Cecilia, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire'spast in this
venerable old home that has been restoredand furnished
so it appears the family has just stepped out Local ladies
will tell youthe story. Open Mondaythru Friday, 9 12,
2-4 Weekends by appointment Call 717-2445.
Mangasinadi Re, Rincon. Enjoytheview from'"The
King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's cuure. Visit
homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church intown. Open weekdays from 8 am-
noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum
and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm.
Closed on some holidays. 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.
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AAmeetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-6105;
560-7267 or 717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7
pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majestic
Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shopping Center
2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts # 10. Call 717-
2482/566-6093 for details
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Dinner
at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm call 567-0655
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at the
Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from
the RBTT Bank. All levels initedNAf5 entyfee.
Call Cahy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City
Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-
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:
Renata Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya In-
ternational, 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
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12 noon-2
pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House', above Res-
taurant Zeezicht. All Rotarians welcome. Tel.
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte Indus-
trial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie Stimp-
son at 785-3451; Valrie@telbonet.an
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)-717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care)
Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Roosje 786-7984
Volunteers to train children in sports. Contact
Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik 717-8051
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in
International Bible Church of Bonaire Kaya
Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Ser-
vices at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm
in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch
and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 11:30
am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish and Eng-
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk- Ser-
vices on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papia-
mentu 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.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya
Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday
Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518
Bonaire Reporter June 23 to July 7, 2006
N IN ID G G U I D E
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'"See advertisemens in mis tissue
S I-IO P I I S G LU I D E See aderisementsi is sue 1
Richter Art- By Jake and Linda Richter: Original oil
paintings, giclees on canvas, limited edition and open
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.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
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-
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.
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.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
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
chemicals. Incredible selection of pots.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts,
souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and
bar. New! Spa!
Zambezi Lodge, Bonaire a Nick Davies Project, is
looking for investors. "A little piece of Africa in the
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rappeling/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 Full digital services.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer service, top notch properties and home owners
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated
to local community. List your house with them to
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
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
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.
TOURIST SERVICES/ INTERNET
Make Chat 'n' Browse your headquarters for phone
service, Internet connection, great clothes, footwear
and gifts. In the Sand Dollar Mall.
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.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518
Did you know that listing in the Guides is FREE
for weekly advertisers?
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
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
Cactus Blue Moderate Trend Setting Menu
Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 Dinner Bonaire's newest hot-spot to eat and drink. Margaritas a specialty
(half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Closed Sunday Owner-operated for top service
Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At th ii laig ea Resran an erfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
At the D17-8285 Flamingo eac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days Inspiring vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate Chef David prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients.Be served i
oClosed Monday a garden settmg under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Take out too.
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfasts OnlBreakfast Buffet 7.30-10 am every day
717-7488 Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Now in Playa-next to Xerox 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 until 4 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
nPasa Bn Pizza 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 Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
Sn America it's very, very com-
I petitive to get into medical
school, and the Caribbean offers you kind
of a faster route. There are many medical
schools in the Caribbean. Probably every
island has one, and they are all accred-
ited; all these schools are checked by a
medical federation. Our school in particu-
lar has some of the top professors. They
are so knowledgeable; they all have their
degrees in medicine. The difference be-
tween an American medical school and
Caribbean medical schools is that it's
more condensed here and because it's so
compressed the program is more rigor-
I go to school from 8 to 5 every day,
then I come home, cook and eat for one
hour, and I sleep from 6 pm until 12:30 at
night. Then I get up and study until 7 in
the morning, and at 8 I'm back at school.
That's an everyday thing, even on the
weekends. Those days are for catching
up! Not to go insane" she laughs "I
listen to music and rock out in my apart-
ment that's it!
Our administration is top-notch, espe-
cially our Dean, Dr. Shaheed. He actually
started the biochemistry program at the
medical school in Grenada. We have very
good students like Robert Troy and Salah
Aboughouche. They're excellent aca-
demically and they really help out the
administration and they take care of the
other students. I swear I'd go insane if I
didn't have them here! Every single
teacher I've had was superb, especially
Dr. Al-Tikriti. He's not just a professor to
the students; he was also a father figure
to many of us.
The whole program is about three years
long, and depending on the field of medi-
cine you want to practice, you choose a
residency. So I haven't really decided
what kind of doctor I want to be, but I
definitely want to work for the program
'Doctors without Borders.' My dad used
to do stuff like that too.
The program in Bonaire is the basic
sciences program. My current classes are
Pharmacology with Dr. Bala; Pathology
with Dr. Satheesa; and Microbiology and
Immunity with Dr. 'R.K.' Those are my
classes for the semester, and it's the
toughest semester I had and will ever
have at least that's what they told me!"
Noran Barry (24) is an excellent young
woman, very bright and sensitive and
involved and absolutely dedicated to
what she's heading for: being a doctor
and helping other people. She's one of
those persons who gives you hope for the
future because she has such a clear view
of everything that's going on in the
world. Talking to her you realize that this
24-year- old girl is going to change
things for the better for many people.
"I was born in Queens, New York, Oc-
tober 13, 1981. Before I came here I lived
in San Francisco, California, and my par-
ents live there too. I had a wonderful
childhood. Actually I often wish I was a
child again; childhood is so important to
me. I am a very nostalgic person. I have
one younger sister, Diane Barry, she's 22
and she also attends St. James here on
Bonaire. Both my sister and I have
wanted to be doctors since we were very
little. It's a very honorable profession -
not only do you help people but you also
learn for the rest of your life. Also my
dad is a doctor a trauma surgeon. We
were always exposed to somebody who is
an everyday hero, so it's kind of inspiring
"In today's troubled
world it's hard to find
peace, let alone a com-
mon ground, and being a
doctor is a universal pro-
fession that allows you to
find the most basic com-
mon ground: health"
My mom was the perfect mother. She
majored in philosophy and psychology
and wanted to be a newscaster, but once
she gave birth to my sister and me she
devoted her life to us. Now she owns her
own hair salon and she's happy with that.
I went to high school in San Francisco,
and all through high school I worked, at a
daycare for less fortunate kids, and I used
to volunteer also at the hospital like
about 600 hours of volunteering by the
end of high school. I went to the Univer-
sity of California in Irvine. After I gradu-
ated I took a year off and studied as my
dad told me it was going to be a very vig-
orous program at St. James.
I had heard about Bonaire that it was a
beautiful island with really warm people -
because my aunt had been here for scuba
diving. But that was the only information
I had about the island. It was kind of a
tough transition because Bonaire is not a
big city. It's more like a town, but I'm
glad I did it; not many people get the op-
portunity to experience life outside
America. I think it really humbles you. It
makes you realize what life is all about
because America is somewhat of a shel-
tered bubble. Plus I feel it's important for
people nowadays to experience each
other's cultures and their ways of life. So
knew that I
to get the
gone on to
I am from a city I find small towns quite
charming, and as soon as I saw the sea I
was awestruck. I'd never seen that color
sea-green, and I've seen many seas: the
Red Sea, the Mediterranean, the Pacific
and the Atlantic. I've been to a lot of
places because I'm originally from
Egypt. Actually here in Bonaire, the sea
makes me more nostalgic than ever. The
special thing about Bonaire is the lack of
distractions. You're really left with your-
self. But also Bonaire makes you appreci-
ate the small things in life.
My goal was to come here to study, but
what happened in the end was that the
island changed me. Even when I go back
home for vacation I'm not amused with
the same things that use to amuse me.
When I go snorkeling it makes me realize
there's a whole world a kingdom un-
derneath there, a beautiful world in and
of itself. I don't have many local friends
here because my schedule doesn't permit
any recreational activities because it's so
tight. What I feel is that people are essen-
tially the same, but what I've noticed is
that Bonaireans are very much aware of
the vastness of life within nature.
My school is one of the most diverse
schools I've ever been to. There are about
200 students with a lot of different back-
grounds. Also the students come from
different states in the US, from India and
Jamaica as well. And the school is not
just diverse in regards to ethnicity but
also diverse in places where all these
people have lived. It's a world commu-
nity, this school. Even our faculty is di-
verse. Like I never had Indian friends
before I came here, and now I know and
love Indian food and I know about Indian
You know, the most important reason
we all want to be doctors is to change
our immediate environment on a daily
basis. In today's troubled world it's hard
to find peace, let alone a common ground
between different people, and being a
doctor is a universal profession that al-
lows you to find the most basic common
Well, in December I'll be graduating
and I'll go back to San Francisco. I'll
take a couple of months off to study for
the board exams which will determine the
type of residency I'll get. I'm thinking of
pediatric surgery, anything with children.
Then I'll get placed at a hospital; the
school arranges that for you. You do two
years of clinical rotations, and then, all in
all, it's probably about five to six more
years before anything substantial will
happen in my life.
The most important thing for me is
family and once I have children I'm
thinking of nine! I want to take care of
them until they're old enough for me to
go back to work, just like my mom did!
I'm not sure where I will live some-
times I'm thinking of England the best
place to live for me is a place where the
sense of hu-
what are you
going to do in
photo by Greta
Bonaire Reporter June 23 to July 7, 2006
1 Noran Bairr y 1
Lora Project Update
Spy camera view of a female
Lora in her nest
T he last few weeks have been a
busy time in the Bonairean par-
rot world. The wild birds are well into
their breeding season, and we know of
several nests that already have chicks.
Rowan and I are following the breeding
attempts of a number of parrots in dif-
ferent places on the island. We are hop-
ing to get an idea of how many eggs are
laid, how many chicks hatch and how
many of these go on to fledge and join
the wild population. We are also fol-
lowing the parent's behaviour to try
and see what makes a good pair.
The parrots on Bonaire are unusual in
that they mostly seem to nest in cliffs.
Normally parrots of this kind nest in
trees, but every tree we've come across
out in the mondi that has a parrot-sized
nest hole also has a chainsaw hole in it
which poachers have cut in order to
remove chicks. This might explain why
we are seeing a lot of non-breeding
pairs. Perhaps the parrots don't have
enough nest sites anymore?
We are currently spending a lot of
time inspecting the nests to see how
things are progressing. We take great
care not to disturb the female and we
follow her behaviour closely to make
sure she is not upset and that she re-
turns to the nest. During the incubation
period two nests failed, that is, the eggs
were broken or eaten. The likely cause
is either a rat or pearly-eyed
thrasher, but we need to get back to
the nests and inspect the egg shells
(which were too deep to reach) to
possibly know better. We fully ex-
pect that a number of the nests we
monitor will fail due to predators
(rats), aggressive competitors (the
thrashers) or because of poachers,
but it is still upsetting when it hap-
We have one really exciting nest
that we've been following. It is in a
section of overhanging cliff that
makes access tricky. The first visit
involved swinging from the abseil
rope. The next, with Fernando Si-
mal, Manager of the Washington
Park, was cut short as we upset
some bees and all of us got stung.
Most recently when we checked
there were four chicks that all
looked in good shape. It seems
there is plenty of food about, and it
would be wonderful if all four get to
fledge. You can be sure we will be fol-
lowing their progress closely.
The last bit of news for this update is
the new Lora project car. With the gen-
erous support of the World Parrot
Trust and the Carmabi Foundation
(Curaqao) it has been possible for us to
purchase a vehicle. This is great for us
and it also shows the commitment of
these groups in working to protect the
future of the Loras on Bonaire. I'd also
like to say a special thanks to Michael
Gaynor and Chat 'n' Browse where
this report was written. Michael has
generously made a donation of Internet
The Parrot Pickup with researchers
Rowan Martin and Sam Williams
access and computer time to the pro-
ject. Also thanks to the MIO Cell
Phone Company in Royal Palm Gal-
leries. They donated a cell phone to the
project, so no matter where we are
we're (nearly) always in contact.
Story & photos by Sam Williams &
(nest photos enhanced for brightness)
Sam Williams and his colleague, Rowan
Martin, are on the island for six months as
part of their doctoral research, studying
the Bonaire Lora. Both of them hope that
their research, which will extend over a
three-yearperiod, will be of benefit to the
Bonaire Reporter June 23 to July 7, 2006
*to find it, just look up
Star Gazing On the First Nights of Summer
T his week
of summer for the
sphere. Indeed this
year summer be-
gan on Wednes-
day, June 21st at
8:26 am, Sky Park
Time, which was
the official moment
of the Summer Sol-
stice, the moment
when the Sun
reaches its highest
point north of the
and rises and sets at
point of the year.
And because this is
also the time when
there are more hours of daylight it doesn't get fully dark out in Bonaire until after 7
This week and next, around 10 to 11 pm, face north where you'll see the Little
Dipper at its very highest above the North Star. In fact, the North Star is the star
in the end of the handle of the Little Dipper. Now the Little Dipper is not nearly as
large or bright as the Big Dipper, which is directly to its left in the northwest.
Four stars mark its cup and three stars mark its handle. And once you've found it
you can shoot an arrow through its handle to find the third brightest star in the sky,
Arcturus, which is the major star of Bootes, the Herdsman, although the entire
constellation looks something like a kite. You can extend that arrow from Arcturus
over to the brightest star of Virgo, Spica. Remember? Arc to Arcturus, speed on to
Now, we can tell from the stars alone that spring is almost over because spring's
most famous constellation is just above the western horizon. A sickle-shaped pat-
tern or backward question mark of stars marks the front part of Leo the Lion, and
a triangle of stars marks his rear. And he looks like he's getting ready to lunge be-
low the horizon before summer kicks him out of evening skies.
Next, if you turn 180 degrees around and face east you can see the three incredi-
bly bright stars which mark the points of a very large triangle, the brightest of
which is Vega, the second brightest, Altair, and the third, Deneb, the three stars
which mark the points of the great Summer Triangle. And every summer in mid
June just after it gets good and dark out we always see this triangle of three celes-
tial dazzlers rising over the eastern horizon.
Finally, just look south again and there you'll see a giant fish-hook-shaped pat-
tern of stars which is none other than summer's infamous Scorpius the Scorpion,
which is always trailed by the teapot-shaped portion of stars which make up part
of the constellation Sagittarius, the Centaur. In every direction you look you'll
see wonderful stars on the first nights of summer.
For next week, The Reporter is taking a break, but the Sky Park is in full opera-
tion where, lined up in a row, you'll see Mercury, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter plus
Leo's brightest star Regulus.
On the 4th of July weekend face west just before it gets completely dark out and
you'll see planet #1 out from the Sun, tiny 3,000-mile-wide Mercury. Then up to
its left, planet #6 and the prettiest planet of them all, 75,000-mile-wide, ringed Sat-
urn. And just above it, you'll see planet #4, 4,000-mile-wide Mars. And up to its
left, two-million-mile- wide Regulus, the brightest star of Leo the Lion.
It's cosmic entertainment and like The Reporter, it's still free. JACK HORK-
Saturday, June 17 to
Friday, June 30, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Be careful not to divulge secret information this week.
If you have to deal with large institutions, be careful not to make waves. Your mate
may want to pick a fight, but if you're persistent with your affections their anger
should dissipate. Help those incapable of taking care of their personal affairs. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Upheavals may occupy your day. You can make
some money if you get involved in a conservative financial prospect that is pre-
sented to you. Take the time to do your job correctly or you may find yourself
looking for a new one. You mustn't give too much to your children. Your lucky
day this week will be Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Uncertainties regarding relatives will make situations
uncomfortable if you attend a family function. Read some books on self awareness.
Reciprocate by offering helpful hints. Real estate investments could be prosperous.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) All your energy should be directed into moneymak-
ing opportunities. Look into ways to better yourself through improving your die-
tary habits and daily routines. Romantic encounters will develop through col-
leagues. Do not let lovers cost you money or take advantage of you. Your lucky
day this week will be Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can meet friends who will let you know how valuable
you are. Accept the inevitable and continue to do yourjob. If you can include them
in your plans, do so. Partnerships may be plentiful. Your lucky day this week will
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Love could develop at social events that are work
related. Double check your work and be sure that your boss is in a good mood be-
fore you do your presentation. You may not be happy if members of your family
are not pulling their weight. Renovations or purchases made for your home will
payoff. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Discuss your objectives with partners or peers. Stay
out of other people's affairs. Your ability to get the job done will result in added
responsibility and possible promotion. Uncertainties regarding your home and fam-
ily are evident. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You could expand your circle of friends if you get
involved in unusual activities. You may be in an extremely passionate mood this
week. Your reputation may be at stake if you partake in gossip. Be sure to look
into travel opportunities that will provide you with mental stimulation. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Help children complete projects they're hav-
ing difficulty with. You may as well work on projects that will allow you to make
progress. Hobbies will be good for your emotional well being. Take the time to
close deals that have been up in the air. Your lucky day this week is Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Empty promises could be likely where work is
concerned. Try not to argue about trivial matters. Your lack of attention may have
been a factor. Some time spent with that special someone should be your intent.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't let your emotions interfere with moneymak-
ing deals. Problems on the home front might be a little disconcerting. You can ask
for favors but don't take them for granted. You will have a problem sorting out
your true feelings when it comes to your relationship. Your lucky day this week
will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) The personal problems you may be having are inter-
fering with your productivity. Overindulgence will mean poor health. You can sell
your ideas to those who have the money to back them. Don't jump as quickly as
you usually do. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
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