DCNA's Kalli DeMeyer (R) makes a point at the World Heritage meeting
After not moving forward for
over a year, Bonaire's bid to
become part of one of the world's few
international UN World Heritage sites
got a boost when UNESCO's Secretary
General met with Bonaire's Lt. Gover-
nor Domacass6 to prepare Bonaire's
nomination. The site will include the
Caribbean islands from Venezuela's
Los Roques and Los Aves islands,
Bonaire, Klein Bonaire, Klein Curaqao
and Curaqao. In the area marine life
will be protected, the environment pre-
served and native culture encouraged.
At the meeting, in addition to Gover-
nor Domacass6 and UNESCO Secre-
tary General Browne, were Mrs.
Lugo-Izaguirre, representing the Vene-
zuelan Consulate, Kalli de Meyer of
the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance,
DROB's Frank van Slobbe and Jean-
inne Wong Loi Sing. Being a UN
World Heritage site is a significant
plus in the eco-tourism market but,
more importantly, brings world focus
on the unique qualities of the area, bet-
ter ensuring its preservation.
AYou CAN fight "City Hall" and
win. Last week the Bonaire Commis-
sioner of Tourism announced on the
Bonaire website that the Departure
Tax Structure will not change. A
statement released to Bonaire's "travel
partners" said, "In light of the feedback
we received from our stakeholders and
in an effort to ensure that the final levy
is equitable and that it be instituted in a
seamless manner the government
hereby confirms that the revised tax
structure (Island Tax) will not be intro-
duced until further notice The Island
Government of Bonaire thanks you for
your continued and on-going support
and valuable feedback. As you know, it
is our common goal to make Bonaire a
destination that visitors will want to
keep on returning to year after year.
Until further information is provided
by our government, the current tax
structure will prevail." This informa-
tion was posted earlier on The Bonaire
Reporter website, bonairenews.com.
AThe island of St. Maarten an-
nounced that it will institute a $5
transfer fee for in-transit passengers at
Princess Juliana Airport on August 1.
The Island Council approved the $5
transit/ transfer fee on April 3.
a new air ser-
via E-Liner. They fly Monday through
Friday, from Bonaire 9:15 am, 5:30
pm; from Curacao: 8:30 am, 4:30 pm.
It's NAf80 one way (under 2 years fly
free). The plane is an eight-seater
Piper PA-31. For reservations call 717-
6825 or go to their website: www.e-
liner.net. E-Liner, based in Curacao,
was established in 1993, doing sight-
seeing flights and day tours to Aruba
and Bonaire. They do charter and
cargo flights too.
European Windsurf Report
Greece & Turkey 6
Kite Surfing Scene 7
Announcement (Hayden 25th
Correction (Juliandro Soree) 8
Rotary Breakfast Program 8
Scrap Ship Sails 8
Bondy on the Ball (Final) 9
(Kas di Kaha-Herrera) 10
Parents' Night at Stichting Project 11
Dia di Arte 12
Protraits (Delno Trump) 15
Snack Bar Detectives (Peking) 16
Bonai Unveils Plaque & Final Barbe-
Culinary Team Hailed 17
Flotsam & Jetsam
Biologist's Bubbles (sand)
Pet of the Week ("Martin")
Picture Yourself, (Machu Picchu)
Movieland Film Schedule
Shopping & Dining Guides
On the Island Since
(Andre Snijders "Julius Andrew")
Sky Park (Cats' eyes)
The Stars Have It
(Continued on page 3)
Bonaire Reporter July 14 to July 21, 2006
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
Photo copyright Eilandgebied Bonaire
SBonaire's Hygienic Service, the
people who inspect commercial kitch-
ens, arriving vessels and perform other
related tasks, have introduced a new
uniform for their personnel shown
A Spirit, the leading low-fare car-
rier to the Caribbean, announced an
expansion to its Fort Lauderdale
hub operation. Effective December
14, Spirit will enhance its winter
schedule to key destinations further
reinforcing its position in Fort
Lauderdale. Spirit will add flights to
Jamaica, Santo Domingo, Dominican
Republic, Puerto Rico, Washington D.
C. and New York City. Bonaire was
not mentioned, but in past discussions
Bonaire was asked to provide guaran-
tees for up to 100% of the seats on the
flight, which the island was unwilling
to agree to.
Spirit Airlines offers low fares with-
out compromise. Spirit's full-frills,
low-fare service includes new air-
planes with all leather seats, plus
coach and business class.
A Atzo Nicolai will become Dutch
Minister of Administrative Reform
and Kingdom Relations, responsible
for Antillean Affairs, the Dutch news-
paper de Volkskrant reported last
Wednesday. Nicolai is currently State
Secretary of Foreign Affairs in charge
of European Affairs in the cabinet of
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.
He is taking over from Alexander
Pechtold who resigned, along with the
rest of the Balkenende II Cabinet, late
A Former Dutch Immigration
Minister Rita Verdonk at the center
of the row which caused the Dutch
government to collapse last week,
could gain 15% of the vote if she
formed her own political party, ac-
cording to a poll. Verdonk came un-
der heavy criticism over her threat to
strip Somali-born Dutch politician
Ayaan Hirsi Ali of Dutch citizenship
and is the author of restrictions on
(a bit of information about corals
presented each week by
naturalist Dee Scarr)
SElkhorn coral usually
grows in 15 feet of water or
less, so many of Bonaire's Elk-
horn colonies got hammered by
Lenny's storm surge. The good
news is that there are many new
Elkhorn formations along our
shoreline. This one is unusual in that it's in about 30 feet of water, along the drop-
off. 0 Dee Scarr photo
D id You Know...
Caribbean beaches are made
from dead algae and Parrotfish poop?
It is a common misconception that
Parrotfish eat coral. Parrotfish munch on
algae growing on dead coral rock. Liv-
ing coral is colorful and defined, while
dead coral rock is gray or white. Parrot-
fish scrape off the algae and part of the rock, grind it all up, digest the algae and poop
out the calcium carbonate (fine sand).
Green algae of the genus Halimeda (Watercress Alga is the most common species
here in Bonaire) grow in tufts among the corals and are especially prevalent in seagrass
and mangrove ecosystems. These algae absorb minerals from the seawater and form
calcium carbonate (sand) within their tissues. Scientists believe this is their way of
warding off herbivores. The herbivores get indigestion after eating Halimeda and thus
leave it alone. After the alga dies, it turns white and breaks apart into sand. Eventually
all of this sand (poop and algae) gets washed up on shore, is bleached by the sun and
becomes a beach lover's paradise! O Story & photo by Carin Eckrich
tonaire Reporter July 14 tO July 21, Zuu00
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
Antilleans visiting Holland. She would
most likely attract votes from support-
ers of her current political party or
smaller anti-immigration parties, the
Dutch television survey found.
A Curacao elected official, An-
thony Godett, will report to Bon Fu-
turo Prison on Monday, July 17, to
serve the remainder of his corruption
sentence, he told reporters. Godett was
sentenced in September 2005 to 15
months, of which five were suspended.
He lost all of his appeals. As he spent
just over a month in pretrial detention,
he still has nine more months to serve.
The sentence was not carried out until
now because of his appeals and a
shortage of cell space. Godett had
asked to serve his time as soon as pos-
sible so he would be free for the Island
Council elections scheduled for May
next year. Although he can serve on
the Curacao Island Council, under An-
tillean law he cannot serve as a Central
Government Minister. In a previous
situation he was named Prime Minister
but did not serve as he was under in-
dictment, so he named his sister in his
A On July 1 the Bonaire Police De-
partment introduced a new evalua-
tion system for its officers. It's based
on a months-long study by a blue-
ribbon panel led by High Commis-
sioner Denise Jacobs. The photo shows
the final document being handed over
to Bonaire Police Chief Jan van der
A Improvements are set for J.A.
Abraham Blvd. On June 15, the gov-
ernment signed an agreement with Di-
rector Frans Versteeg of the Dutch fi-
nancing agency, USONA, to improve
this street in the main tourist area. Ho-
tels like Carib Inn and Divi Flamingo
and many private homes are along this
Frans Versteeg of USONA, and
Commissioner Jonchi Dortalina
road. The improvements are designed
to improve the traffic flow, make the
boulevard more attractive, fix drainage
problems and provide more parking
spaces. Also included in this project
will be improvements to the three
streets connecting the boulevard with
the waterfront promenade, making a
section of the road one-way and land-
scaping the area around the Governor's
residence and Finance building. Prepa-
rations and planning has begun and
road work should be underway by
A The Oude Lagoen (Old Lagoon)
housing development had a big open
house last week. If you appreciate the
design elements of Bonairean archi-
tecture (see Wilna Groenenboom's
article on page 10) you should visit the
site. Nineteen homes of at least five
traditional styles are planned for the
(Continued on page 5)
A WEB replaced pipes running from the desalinization plant on the waterfront
to the storage tanks at the top of Santa Barbara. It is still another item in Bonaire's
recent acceleration of infrastructure improvements.
Fire Department personnel with Commissioner James Kroon (R)
SThe fire department replaced the bells of the Rincon Church steeple last
week The church was heavily damaged by a lightning strike late last year. Com-
missioner James Kroon, a Rincon native, was influential in getting the fire depart-
ment to restore the steeple and the bells. The members of the church raised money
for the bells through fund raising activities like the "Moon Walk" earlier in the
Bonaire Reporter July 14 to July 21, 2006
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
project located at Kaminda Lagun 45.
The website is www.oudlagoen.com.
A Last week Digicel
announced that it
has finalized con-
struction of its net-
work in Bonaire N c
and is set to launch
its services. Digicel is incorporated in
Bermuda and says it has operations in
20 countries: Anguilla, Antigua and
Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda,
Bonaire, Curaqao, the Cayman Islands,
Dominica, French Guiana, Grenada,
Guadeloupe, Turks and Caicos, Ja-
maica, Martinique, St. Kitts and Nevis,
St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grena-
dines, and Trinidad and Tobago- as
well as coverage in St. Martin and St.
Barths, and expects further exponential
growth. Attend the big Digicel kickoff
party, Friday, 14 July, at the Stadium.
A If you are a woman with an in-
terest in windsurfing, regardless of
your level, come meet on Sunday, July
16, at 5 pm at The Jibe City Hang Out
Bar to talk about a women's windsurf-
ing clinic that will begin the next day.
It officially begins Monday, July 17, at
10 am at The Windsurfing Place. Be-
ginners and/or advanced are welcome.
It is for women only and is taught by
women and runs from 10 am-4 pm
through July 19, with lunch breaks,
and the cost is only NAf175 ($100).
Sign up today! Contact Ann Phelan at
786-3134 for more info.
Avy enjoys a
ment" at City
S In the World
Cup final, Italy let
France do any-
thing it wanted,
except win the
World Cup. Read
about this game
and the matches
leading up to it in
"Bondy On The
Ball" on page 9.
Outlet Mol owner Molly Kearney poses in front of her new store which
opened a couple of weeks ago and is drawing in the customers. Molly also is the
author of The Reporter's weekly column, "Do You Sudoku?" on page 14.
CARIBBEAN GAS TRAINING
IN S i 1 1 PREC ISION
A Encouraged by attendees' positive reactions during "Dive Into Adventure
Bonaire 2006," Caribbean Gas Training (CGT) will start giving weekly semi-
nars about the "Doing It Right" diving philosophy (DIR).CGT staff is planning
for a 45- to 60-minute multimedia presentation titled "Beyond Gravity An Eve-
ning with DIR" every Tuesday evening at 18:00 (6 pm) at Bonaire Dive & Adven-
ture dive shop, after which there will be ample time for Q&A as well as socializing
at the bar. Topics covered will be, among others: Advanced trim and buoyancy
control, DIR gear configuration and team-based emergency response protocols. All
divers and non-divers are welcome. Entry is free. O G/L. D.
Bonaire Reporter July 14 to July 21, 2006
European Windsurfing Report
from Ruben Petrisie
Freestyle Battle in Prasonisi, Rhodos, Greece.
A fter a nine-hour ferry
trip we finally arrived
in the harbor of Rhodos Town.
We were picked up by the or-
ganizers and driven to Prason-
isi at the southern point of the
island. It felt good to be back
after last year's success.
The weather forecast looked
pretty good for the upcoming
days. A bit of a disappoint-
ment was that the organizers
did not reserve rooms on the
Clay Fines fought injuries
spot for us. So we had to stay Finesfought injuries
at a little village about 10 km.
away, meaning that we had to arrange transportation to the beach and back.
This year the event was on a different date than last year. High season had kicked
in and rooms were fully booked.
The event started on Friday with suitable conditions: very sunny temperatures of
310C; water around the 200s, wind from 18 to 25 knots.
Clay Finies, at his second EFPT event this year, was suffering from a foot injury.
It happened while throwing a huge forward loop during training in Mykonos after
the event there. He slowly recovered and was forced to show his freestyle abilities
here in Rhodos. Unfortunately he could not manage to complete enough moves to
win his heat in the first round of the elimination.
I, Ruben Petrisie, performed pretty well through some heats until I met with a
Polish champion friend who considered this heat an opportunity for revenge. The
heat started off with full power tricks. I felt like I was leading the heat after throw-
ing a flat water punch in his face, one of the first punches seen so far in this com-
petition here at Prasonisi. He replied with a "clew first switch stance gozada" (clew
first sailing with back to the sail into grubby), and we fought until the end.
Unfortunately, I lost this time.
After a one-hour break the judges started with the double elimination. Clay
Finies was fighting again, but his foot did not allow him to complete most of his
moves. Action went on until late in the afternoon.
The people on the beach missed Bonairean Tonky Frans who competed with
style the last two years in this event. Tonky could not be there due a different
schedule this season.
I had to wait two hours before my heat. It was getting late and the judges decided
to run the other half of the elimination on the following day. I was very happy to
hear that... until they told me that my heat would be the last one for this day. I was
cold and tired of waiting.
The heat started off really well. I did my routine of moves as usual and came
back to the beach. The judges took a long time to declare the winner. I lost against
a newcomer from Sweden who pulled a clear "chaho" in the heat. I did not know
The next day the wind was lighter. So we waited until the afternoon when the
wind is usually at its best. The final heats of the event where full of switch moves
and amazing combinations. It was the Spanish freestyler, Antxon Otaegui, who
took the win at the Prasonisi Freestyle Battle.
1 Antxon Otaegui E-169 (JP, Neil Pryde, Electric)
2 Norman Gunzlein G-186 (JP, Neilpryde, Chiemsee)
3 Andre Paskowski G-2 (F2, North, Camaro, Patlove)
17 Ruben Petrisie NB-50 (Exocet, The Loft, Camaro, Gsport, Reptile-Masts,
25 Clay Finies NB-79 (Dakine, Sign Studio, MCB, RE/MAX) 1
Red Bull King of the Bay, Alacati, Turkey
oIre'in v a
Ruben sliding in Turkey
A lacati, Turkey, is a new destination on the European Freestyle Pro Tour.
Turkey is a place most of our riders have never been to. The organizers
arranged the ferry transfer from Rhodos to Turkey (Marmaris) and then by bus for
about six hours through Izmir, Cesme and then to Alacati. It was a very surprising
scene when we arrived in Turkey; we really had no idea what it would look like.
As we arrived at the spot it was really cool to see how happy the kids and locals
were to see us. Free rooms had been arranged and a special dinner so we could get
a real taste of the Turkish dishes.
We had some amazing training days before the competition started. Conditions
were super: sunny 290C, wind from 18 to 30 knots, water around 220C.
We really never thought Turkey could be so amazing people screaming and
cheering from the big Tribune, the building on the beach, for every single rider
who performed a move.
The competition started pretty okay for me. In my first heat against the Turkish
local hero I felt confident in myself and won the heat with ease. I got through a few
more heats until meeting with German "brainiac," Andre Paskowski. We both
started very smoothly, but during the last minute of the heat the wind dropped.
Skinny Andre just made a punch before the heat finished. Again another close de-
Clay performed a solid heat in the beginning, but during the final minutes he
struggled with his foot injury. Unfortunately his performance was not enough to
win his heat against a newcomer from Austria. The day went on, full of action.
Again the Spanish master showed he was unstoppable and won the first elimina-
The next day the wind was slightly lighter but enough to start the double elimina-
tion. Again I was on the waiting line until the afternoon.
There was live television and an amazing vibe on the beach. In my heat I faced a
Swedish trick master who was very nervous because of being kicked out earlier by
one of the newcomers. The heat was pretty solid, but I knew I lost because of
screwing up at my second move right at the beginning. The action continued with
the Italians fighting their way up. Again the Spaniard showed his powerful style
and took the title of the first elimination.
Two more days to go. But the wind was not at its best. It was decided to do some
expression sessions for TV and the sponsors. The winner of the Red Bull King of
the Bay, Alacati, Turkey, was Antxon who is definitely hungry for the European
title this year.
1 Antxon Otaegui E-169 (JP, Neil Pryde, Electric)
2 Andre Paskowski G-2 (F2, North, Camaro, Patlove)
3 Matteo Guazzoni 1-711 (RRD, Simmer, Nissan, Maverix Masts, Ignoranz)
9 Ruben Petrisie NB-50 (Exocet The Loft,Camaro, Gsport, Reptile-Masts, BigFish, Como
17 Clay Finies NB-79 (Dakine, Sign Studio, MCB, RE/MAX) 1
Story & photos by Ruben Petresie
Windsurfing fans in Turkey
Bonaire Reporter July 14 to July 21, 2006
Bonaire Kite Surfing Scene
B onaire offers so
many over and
under the water activi- : P
ties, but the latest to ..
join the ranks of grow-
ing interest amongst
tourists and locals is
Kite surfing. It's the T
same concept as wind-
surfing. A board is
smaller than a wind-
surf board, but the
power to catch the
wind is a billowing. st a
kite attached to lines
that the kiter holds.
Head south to the At-
lantis dive site on any
breezy day and watch
in wonder as the color-
ful parachute-like kites
carry the kiters skim-
ming across the glis-
The man behind
the scene is roguish
Roan Jaspers, a lively,
kiter with over seven
years kiteboarding ex-
perience. He has been
teaching for over five
years and is certified Photo opportunities abound on Kite Beach
by the International
Kiteboarding Organization lowing including five women who are
(IKO). Roan describes his kite site as visions of beauty on the water.
being excellent for learning. Thanks to Zwanette Kooij leads the pack, having
steady trade winds and warm water the been kiting now for over three years.
beginner can revel in learning at this She has quickly learned this high
new hot spot. Roan has two rescue adrenaline sport, making moves that
boats which are essential at this off- are simply breathtaking. Her love of
shore wind site. He and his team of kiting has taken her to Aruba, Marga-
instructors offer patience and steady rita, Las Aves and this past week, to
knowledge, making it a dream to learn. Los Roques, to feel the breeze.
Pet of the Week
H andsome "Martin" was found on the
street and brought into the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter where he's one of the most well ad-
justed pups in the place. He gets along with eve-
ryone and even likes to play with the younger
puppies. In fact Martin is such an amenable per-
sonality that he's been allowed to be a "house
dog" at the Shelter, which means he can roam
free within the property. What a friendly guy.
But when it comes to guarding the place Martin
is a formidable protector. He'd be perfect for a
family with children who can appreciate such a
fine character. Martin is healthy, has had his
shots and is neutered. He's ready to go to the
right owner. See him at the Shelter on the La-
goen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8
am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989. OL.D.
Bonaire Reporter July 14 to July 21, 2006
my ummh PqSbMI
Wedding Anniversary Best Wishes to Noel and Marjolein Hayden who
own and operate the Antillean Wine Company. They were married 25
Readers are invited to send their photos of their anniversaries, engagements or
weddings to The Reporter.
The photo and text will be printed free of charge.
T he destiny of this ship Destiny
we know for sure. It was lying
for more than a week in our harbor
before sailing to Colombia. In its
belly-1,500 tons of scrap metal. The
metal came from BOPEC, Cargill, the
Bonaire landfill and many other
places on our island.
This is the third time that Calixto
Medrano, the director of Reciclajes
del Caribe B.V., is doing this job
along with his crew. And hopefully
they'll be back for the fourth time
later this year.
For months this company was stor-
ing the scrap metal beside Rocargo on
Kaya Industria. It was transported by
trucks to the harbor.
In Colombia the different metals
will be separated. The iron will be
melted down and used to produce fer-
roconcrete or iron fences. The scrap is
also exported to Mexico. 1 Story &
photos by Wilna Groenenboom
The ship Destiny
A clarification to last week's Reporter: On page 10,
in the article, "Graduation Day," there was a
Symbolic turnover of a breakfast by Rotary President Marisela Croes, second
T he last week of school marked the completion of a second year of the suc-
cessful Breakfast in Schools project sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bon-
aire. Begun in August 2004, the program has provided over 40,000 breakfasts in its
two years of operation.
Each school day the program provides over 130 meals for children who would oth-
erwise go without breakfast. The meals provide a simple and nutritious meal that
their growing bodies need. It also helps to curb their hunger pains and allows them
to concentrate in school.The meals were planned with the help of a nutritionist, and
a local caterer, Eddy's Gourmandise, prepares the food packages for daily distribu-
Participating schools include: San Bernardo, Papa Comes, Luis Bertran, Reina
Beatrix, Watapana, and Kristu Bon Wardador. The Foundation Project, an after-
school program at the Sentro di Bario Nord di Salifia, also receives food for lunch
for youth in their program.
This year three hotels partnered with the Rotary Club of Bonaire and helped to
raise funds with donation requests of their hotel guests. With their guest donation
programs, Buddy Dive, Divi Flamingo and Belmar Apartments raised a significant
portion of the funds needed for the project. Several other businesses and individu-
als also made contributions to the project this year.
For its third year which starts in August, the Rotary club will be seeking to add
more hotel partners as well as individual and business sponsors in support of this
important and worthwhile project for kids. Each meal costs less than NAf2, and
you can help by sponsoring a meal for a child for one month for only NAf35.
For more information, about the program or to help with a donation, please
contact Bruce Brabec of the Rotary Club of Bonaire at 786-6528. 1
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Bonaire Reporter July 14 to July 21, 2006
ondy On The Ball
Sadly, the roller
coaster ride that is
the World Cup has come
to an end. We have seen it
all. Celebration, consolation, laughter
and tears, and that was just in City Cafe!
Tuesday, July 4th Germany & Italy bat-
tled it out for a place in the final. Italy
bossed the game at the back to limit Ger-
many's chances. The excellent Fabio
Cannavaro kept his defence in control.
As the game progressed, Germany man-
aged a few rare appearances behind It-
aly's back four. Bemd Schnieder shot
BBC photo high over the bar when he should have
done better, and Italy's keeper, Buffon,
had to race from his goal to block as Mi-
roslav Klose danced his way into the
area. It became apparent that Germany
were not going to score if they were still
playing now. Sometimes football is like
that. As the game moved into extra time,
the Germans must have been fancying
their chances from the penalty spot. Ob-
viously, the Italians must have also real-
ised that and upped the tempo of the
game. This came as a shock to the Ger-
mans who didn't appear to have an an-
swer to the onslaught that was to follow.
Just when the Germans must have
thought that they had held on, Fabio
Grosso broke the hearts of the Fatherland
with a curling shot in the very last min-
ute of extra time. Physically shaken, Ger-
many lost their composure and one min-
ute later, Del Piero killed them off with
an exquisite chip into the comer of the
net. As the final whistle blew, the Ger-
man team fell to their knees. Players and
fans alike were reduced to tears. Italy 2-0
In the second semi final, France
booked their place in the final, courtesy
of a Zinedine Zidane penalty. Portugal,
who has arguably been one of the most
talked about sides in the championships,
looked below par. Christiano Ronaldo,
despite being continually booed for his
histrionics against England, played as
well as he had played in any game of the
tournament. With his spellbinding skill
and pace, he cut through the French de-
fence on a few occasions only to see his
final shots blocked. The game turned in
the 33rd minute as Henry twisted and
turned inside Portugal's penalty area. His
feet were a little too quick for Carvalho
who clumsily brought Henry down for a
penalty. Nobody expected Zidane to miss
as he calmly placed the ball on the spot.
The 34-year old, in his last international
campaign, struck the ball sweetly to put
France 1-0 up. Sadly, a few moments
later, Christiano Ronaldo attempted to
gain a penalty at the other end of the
pitch by hurling himself to the ground
after an innocuous challenge from
Sagnol. He achieved nothing other than
to embarrass himself and once again in-
cur the wrath of the fans. The second
half was scrappy. The French refused to
let Portugal back into the game. Figo and
others looked tired and couldn't muster
up a final spurt to pressure France. When
the final whistle went, Portugal's man-
ager, Scolari ran onto the pitch to remon-
strate with the referee, only he knows
why. France 1-0 Portugal.
Before the final, there was the small
matter of third place to settle. This would
be battled out between Germany and
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Portugal. Play offs are always a little
difficult to motivate the players as only a
few days earlier both teams had suffered
huge defeats. Motivation seemed to be a
problem for both teams in the first half
that saw little quality and few chances.
The second half started much better, and,
10 minutes after the restart, Bastian
Schweinsteiger came from midfield to
score from distance. Five minutes later,
Germany scored again after Petit de-
flected a free kick into his own goal.
Figo was eventually brought on for his
last ever International, this would be his
127th cap for his country. Sadly for Por-
tugal, his inclusion was to have little ef-
fect as Germany's Schweinsteiger struck
again from 25 yards to make it 3-0. With
three minutes remaining, Portugal got a
consolation goal; however, the night be-
longed to the hosts who deserved their
victory. Germany 3-1 Portugal.
Sunday July 9th The Event, Football's
World Cup Final 2006. One billion peo-
ple tune in to see the biggest competition
in sport, a contest where the victors can
truly say that they are the best in the
world. As the players walk onto the
pitch, they pass the coveted Jules Rimet
cup. The game starts relatively slowly
but out of nowhere, France gets a penalty
in the 7th minute. Florent Malouda goes
down in the box in a shameful display.
The replays prove that it was a blatant
dive, but the Referee is fooled suffi-
ciently to award France the decision.
Zinedine Zidane opts to "dink" the ball
over Buffon and scores from a deflection
off the bar. Italy start to find their feet
and 10 minutes later are rewarded by a
cracking header from Marco Materazzi
from a set piece; 1-1 it is.
The game took on an even feel; Italy's
cool defending and France's rock solid
midfield dominated the match. Apart
from efforts from Henry and Zidane, It-
aly always looked most likely to score in
front of goal. The French defending was
appalling at times especially from comer
kicks. As the sun started to set on the
Olympiastadion, the Referee blows for
half time. After the break, it is the French
who pick up the pace. Despite an average
age of 29, they look the fitter of the two
teams. Whatever Thierry Henry had in
his tea at half time certainly did the trick.
His pace and skill was a constant threat
as he danced his way round the Italians.
As the French dominated, Italy made a
double substitution. Simone Perrotta and
Francesco Totti troop off with Vincenzo
laquinta and Daniele De Rossi coming
on. The subs work and it became end to
end stuff. As the second half came to a
close, the play slowed to walking pace.
In extra time the French still looked the
stronger, Henry still making a nuisance
of himself and Zidane keeping the game
under control. In the second period of
extra time, Italy looked as though they
were holding out for penalties. They
were certainly happy to see Henry substi-
tuted as he had been a constant thorn in
their sides. Moments later, madness took
ahold of Zinedine Zidane. With what
appeared to have been a nothing incident
with Materazzi, Zidane turned and head
butts him in the chest. Unseen by the
Ref, his fate rested with the assistant
Referees. Unlucky for Zidane, one saw
the incident and Zidane was dismissed.
A real shame.
tions. Its support crosses all social and
class barriers. Players are born, not
made. Some of the greatest players of all
time come from the ghettos of Brazil or
the back streets of Belfast. I have en-
joyed every minute of the last month.
The good people of Bonaire have pulled
out the stops in the bars, cafes and res-
taurants to ensure we could cheer the
good guys and jeer at the baddies. With
the English Premiership starting in just
over a month, I don't have long to wait
for my next fix of the beautiful game! O
Tony Bond was born and raised in Eng-
land, happy to leave the cold ofEurope
behind but stillfollows his passion for
Manchester United (Man Utd) FC.
Despite being down to 10 men, France
push forward and it was the Italians who
were grateful to hear the final whistle.
So, for only the second time, penalties
were to decide the World Cup. Andrea
Pirlo had the dubious pleasure of taking
the first kick. He dispatches it with
aplomb to put Italy 2-1 up. With the
strikers calmly going about their work, it
was the fourth shot that was to prove to
be the difference between the two sides.
David Trezeguet sends Gianluigi Buffon
the wrong way, but he misses as his ef-
fort cannons off the bar. With Italy need-
ing a miss that never happened, the game
was in the bag. Italy 5-3 France.
So, there we have it. In four weeks that
saw 64 games, 323 yellow cards, 28 red
cards and 4 penalty shoot outs, it has all
come to an end.
Somebody once said, "Football is a
funny old game," and they were right. It
can divide families but join together na-
Bonaire Reporter July 14 to July 21, 2006
Antique Living Houses of Bonaire
Kas di Kaha Herrera House Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage
In this article the past stories about
Rooi Lamoenchi and Bacuna are
brought together. Shon Herrera lived in
this house with his family. It was the
center of all the family trade and activi-
Gilberto Herrera and Elina Herrera-
Capriles, the second generation of the
Herreras, lived in the house which was
built in 1872. After a while, because of
a growing family, they added a few
The son, Julio Herrera, and his wife,
Clara Herrera-Pellegrim, (photo above)
came to live in the house in 1951. They
had two daughters, Stella Herrera (R)
and Ellen Cochrane-Herrera (L).
The house is not only of interest be-
cause of its exterior appearance, but
also because of its function as a social
and economic center on Bonaire.
When you look at the house most
likely your eyes immediately focus on
the tympana design on the front of the
roof. The tympana facade hides a Kas
di Kaha. This tympana architectural
decoration is copied from the Greek
and Roman period of 2,000 years ago.
The design also appears inside the
house, for example, under the interior
windows, by the window ledge. The
tympana will also re-appear above the
windows of the shop on the left side of
the house, which is now under renova-
Inside the house we see new tiles on
the floor. Originally most of the rooms
in the house had wooden floors, but
after more than 100 years they'd suf-
fered so much damage that the wood
was replaced by stone tiles. In the din-
ing room we can still see an old floor
dating from 1929 (photo left top and
middle) when Julio Herrera received
his first communion. It is very beauti-
ful and in good condition. The tulip
forms a frame around the stars.
When you look at the exterior of the
house you can see many different tiles
on the different roofs (photos right
from top to bottom). They are different
in color and in form. It was not possi-
ble to inspect the back of the tiles to
look for a date and its origin. In 1867
there were two tile factories on the is-
land, so possibly the tiles could have
been made on Bonaire. But before that
date, most likely all tiles came from
Roof tiles were very important be-
cause they make it possible to catch
rainwater for a cistern (reenbak in
Papiamentu) through a gutter system.
With a pal 'i maishi (sorghum stalk
thatch) roof it was difficult, if not im-
possible, to collect water. The Herrera
family understood the importance of
water so they built a huge water reser-
voir (more than 10 mby 4 m) between
the house and the stables. For regular
drinking water, inside the house the
family had a water reservoir/vase
(poron in Papiamentu) which is now
more than 100 years old. The vase
stands on an original wooden construc-
tion (photo lower left).
The water reservoir is connected di-
rectly to the stables by the stable roof
with a path (photo center below) be-
(Antique House. Continued on page 11)
Bonaire Reporter July 14 to July 21, 2006
(Antique House. Continued from page 10)
The sheep and goats from the Rooi
Lamoenchi and Bacuna kunukus were
brought to these stables behind the
house. The stables are not in operation
anymore but you can clearly see how
they once were. One stable was used
for the butcher to slaughter the ani-
mals. Every Saturday, all night long,
he slaughtered goats and sheep for the
local Bonaire market. The skin was
removed and the body cut into quar-
ters. The legs were hung on hooks
above the butcher's table in the path
between the stables and the water res-
ervoir. After the early Sunday Mass
many women went straight to the
Herrera house to buy the best leg. This
was at 6 or 7 o'clock in the morning!
Ellen Herrera remembers it as a pleas-
ant noisy meeting place, where many
women came to buy a leg and have a
little talk and laughter.
Those animals not needed for the
local market were transported live to
Curaqao, to be slaughtered there.
On Rooi Lamoenchi and Bacuna 55
head of cattle were bred for the meat.
Slaughtering was done on request,
mostly for supermarkets, on the
kunuku Rooi Lamoenchi.
Before the 50s few people had refrig-
erators, so if they wanted to save their
meat it had to be preserved. Mostly
they cut the meat, salted it and let it
dry. The result was yorki (jerky).
On the left side of the house is a shop
which was always a shop. It started
with textiles and clothing. Later it
changed, selling eyeglasses. Most re-
cently it was a motorcycle and car
rental shop. So this shop and the sell-
ing of the meat behind the main house
gave the house an important economic
and social function.
The exterior of this house tells us a
lot about the history of Bonaire. And
the stories told by the Herrera family
give the house even more cultural and
historical value. O Story and photo by
Wilna Groenenboom is an artist and photographer who
teaches art at the SGB high school
Parent's Inforrmation Evening
n June 22nd Stichting Project organized an informational evening for the
parents of the youngsters from the project.
In view of the attendance you can say there was a lot of interest. Almost all the
parents of the youngsters who are momentarily in the training program were pre-
sent. This is very positive and really says something about the parents' involve-
A presentation was given about the training program and the way of working,
and with the help of a photo presentation and explanation from the group leaders
they saw how their son or daughter performed.
Because Stichting Project attaches great importance to the cooperation with the
parents, a parents' panel was set up that evening. The panel will discuss all kinds
of matters having to do with the youngsters in the Project.
Considering the progress of the evening we can look back on a very successful
information evening. O Stichting Project release.
Bonaire Reporter July 14 to July 21, 2006
Sdi Arte 2006
As promised, this year's 14th Annual Dia di
Arte at the Wilhelmina Park last Sunday
was a huge success. There were even more artists
and crafts people than last year, and everyone en-
joyed the relaxed ambiance of strolling among the
stands, chatting with the artists, friends and others
and buying "treasures." There was a real "home
town feeling." Even with the final World Cup
game being televised at City Caf6 and drawing a
crowd, there were still lots of families, kids, tour-
ists, having a laid back time. After the game even
more people arrived to watch the entertainment on
stage: The Silver Bullet Steel Pan Band, Tutti
Fruitti, young folkloric singers and dancers from
Rincon and others. Thanks to the hard working
team of the Fundashon pa Arte I Kultura Bonaire
that puts this popular event on year after year.
More we cannot say; the photos tell the story....
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Complete solution on page 18.
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Early next morning, I saw him at the
Bonaire Walk-a-Thon, an 18,5-mile
walk from the former slave huts in the
south to Rincon. It was once the route
slaves had to walk twice a week, now
it's a sports event supporting a good
cause. Delno Tromp is the man who
organized the event as a fundraiser for
the Special Olympics, in which young
people with mental disabilities com-
Our house, at the halfway point, of-
fered a stop for thirsty runners. Delno
provided us with bottled water, bags of
oranges and big watermelons. We had
a lot of fun nourishing a couple of hun-
dred runners and walkers who passed
In the evening, Delno came to collect
the leftovers. He had run the course
himself, with the same energy he put
into his regular marathons in New
York, Amsterdam and Los Angeles.
He was tired but satisfied.
"We can mean a lot to each other on
this island. It's very important that
handicapped children use their bodies.
That's why I like to get involved with
these events, and it's also fun to do:
Giving is fun, Guus! Next month, we
will be accompanying these kids to the
Special Olympics in Jamaica. I'm sure
you'll see the Bonairean flag raised -
we will be proud of them and their
but-one in the Tromp family. His
mother was Bonairean, his father
hailed from Aruba. Delno was born on
Bonaire. His father ran the Bonaire
Tourist Board and, together with Cap-
tain Don, Hugo Gerharts and others,
put Bonaire on the tourist map of the
world in the '70s and '80s. His mother
worked equally hard for that goal.
Marketing for the island was in good
hands. If the Tourist Board participated
in holiday fairs, they would always
bring suitcases full of hand-painted
pieces of coral bearing the slogan
"Welcome to Bonaire!"
Delno was raised in a tight-knit fam-
ily that put all of their energy into pro-
moting the island and a good education
for the kids. It is therefore not surpris-
ing that Delno returned to Bonaire af-
ter further education in Curaqao, the
Netherlands, Puerto Rico and the US.
He applied himself in the hotel busi-
ness and became manager of a large
resort. After a couple of years, he was
(rCntmnl,,red o nnon I7i
bonaire Reporter July 14 tO July 21, ZUUb
(Portraits-Delno Trump Continued from page
asked to do marketing and sales for the
Tourist Board, thereby following in the
footsteps of his father, who had passed
away at a fairly young age.
"Of course I learned a lot from my
father. He was a quiet, charming man,
who didn't like politics very much. He
was committed to only one goal: get-
ting as many tourists on the island as
possible. My mother joined him in this
pursuit, although she played an active
part in politics as well. They've been
very good to me as parents. I received
everything a child could wish for in my
childhood. I went to the best schools,
and later on, when they discovered that
my sexual orientation was toward men
instead of women, they fully supported
me. That was remarkable because in
those days, and still today, this sort of
thing is frowned upon in Bonaire. Even
today, there are married men trying to
hide the truth from themselves and oth-
ers! My parents encouraged me to be
myself, feel free and don't hide any-
"I've had a great time at the Tourist
Board. I was able to set up a number of
initiatives, such as the Ambassador
Award given to tourists who have
come to the island for 10 years or
more. I was able to travel a lot, and
received my PhD. Also, I could help
others, by organizing this Special
Olympics, for instance. It was a busy
little life, but I thoroughly enjoyed it."
And then there came an end to the
spell at the Tourist Board. Delno didn't
fit in with the political climate and de-
cided to leave for Africa. He left a lot
of people bewildered and disappointed.
How were they to continue, without
this can-do man, always ready to help,
who could organize every event and
knew a solution to every problem?
"It was not just because of political
differences that I left the Tourist
Board -- that would be too easy! I also
wanted to broaden my horizon. Bon-
aire is a small island, so possibilities
here are limited. I felt a longing for
new surroundings and new chal-
And new challenges presented them-
selves. Delno Tromp headed for
Kenya, bringing his two little dogs
along with him. The country is sur-
rounded by trouble spots like Sudan,
Uganda, Somalia and Ethiopia. Here,
in a vortex of misery where war, fam-
ine and refugees are part of the daily
landscape, he was able to help others
whilst expanding his own possibilities.
"I'd wanted to go to Africa for a long
time. I ended up at the Kenyatta Uni-
versity in Nairobi, a public university
with 13,000 students, through a friend
who worked there. It was named after
Jomo Kenyatta, the famous Kenyan
freedom fighter. I teach business ad-
ministration there. My first book will
be published soon, written for students:
Proposal and Thesis Writing An In-
troduction. Teaching others implies
learning yourself; I've found great sat-
isfaction in that. You could call me a
student of life, a student for life: I'm
always eager to see, hear or learn
"Next to my work at the university, I
have enough time left to devote myself
to humanitarian causes in Kenya and
the neighbouring countries. I'm in-
volved in planning education for the
poor; that's a fascinating job. I experi-
ence up close what it means to be poor,
what it means for a person to be home-
less. And although it may sound
strange, I've found that helping others
is also a gift to oneself. I've been in
Kenya for eight months now, and I'm
really grateful that I've had the oppor-
tunity to do this. I think it makes me a
We sit on the porch at Playa Lechi,
overlooking the sea. Delno is back for
a short holiday break to visit his fam-
ily. He looks determined with every-
thing he says. I can tell he has dedi-
cated himself to this new challenge,
and from what I know of him, he is
likely to succeed. He has educated
himself through helping others: a good
motivation to keep doing the same for
"But of course I miss Bonaire. I miss
the sea, the serenity of this lovely is-
land, my freedom, my family and
friends. I often think about them and
often long to be back again. I've
worked so long and hard to 'sell' this
island and portray it in a good way -
how could I ever forget it? I will al-
ways be a true Bonairean, and that is
why I know I definitely will be back.
I'mjust gone for a little while, Guus!"
I can only hope so. Too many people
have left already, people who have
made important contributions to the
development of the island. Delno is
one of them; he really is an example to
many. His upbringing and education,
his endless care for people who have to
go through life with little or nothing,
and above all an open and authentic
way of life, his credo to just be your-
self all inspirational things.
Who knows, one day he may return
to teach his brothers and sisters all he,
himself, learned, on a long and chal-
lenging trip to a dark and worrisome
The door will always be open,
Delno... Bon Bini bek na Boneiru!
Story by Guus Gerritsen; portrait by
Ed. Note: Congratulations to Delno
who was back recently. His book, Pro-
posal and Thesis Writing, has been
published and has sold out to universi-
ties and individuals.
The Snack Bar Detectives '
Their Mission: To seek our the mysteries that lie behind the
doors ofBonaire's snacks
**~'" -: 870
A week has passed since our
last Snack fix. Big D is
getting restless; we don't want
that. We seek solace at the Peking
Bar & Restaurant which is set back from the main road on Kaya Korona. Managed
by Cen Kuen Hong and trading since 1994, it's an imposing place, the addition of a
supermarket six months ago adds to its impact. Inside, there is a long bar and an
impressive restaurant area. Our host attends to us immediately; if the beer was any
colder we would be eating it like a Popsicle! We are treated to professional looking
menus. The choice is vast, 160 items in total!
We decide to imbibe in some more beers while we decide, at only NAf2 per bot-
tle, there was no rush.
With our appetites whetted, we place our order. Big D has a hunger that will take
some taming. For their sakes, I hope that Peking is up to the job. We order Subgum
Fried Rice and Sweet and Sour Pork. I decide on a side order of Garlic Ribs. They
are superb and only NAf8. Our meals are served on elegant steel platters with
domed lids. I feel for a moment that I am languishing in Hemmingway's Bar in
Havana and am just about to ask for a Mojito when I am brought back to Bonaire
by the sound of Big D popping his beer bottle.
The meal is excellent, just enough. However, like all of our favorite places, a
take-away is enough for two. We enjoy a few more beers and pay our bill. Having
spent less than NAf40, there is plenty of cash left to hit the town. Another success-
ful mission and our identities remain a secret. Next time, another Snack gets the
treatment from "The Snack Bar Detectives." OS.B.D.
Bonaire Reporter July 14 to July 21, 2006
BONAI Unveils Plaque
BONAI students and supporters
After months of work, the BONAI students and the BONAI Foundation last
weekend unveiled a plaque to be put at the white obelisk at the white salt
pond. This was a culmination of a project by the BONAI students to restore the obe-
lisks on the southern coast. In the early days, the color of each obelisk red, white,
blue or orange related to the salt pan behind it. As a ship approached the island
someone from the salt works guard house would raise a colored flag, meaning that's
the color of the obelisk where the ship would have to head for and anchor, that site
being where the salt was to be loaded. The project was accomplished thanks to
money from the Prince Bernard Funds, the Economic Platform Bonaire for finding
additional funds, to Cargill Salt for their cooperation, and to the Government for
providing the permits.
The white obelisk will be reconstructed in the next weeks at the site called Ka-
baye, on the southern part of the island, south of Pink Beach. The presentation of the
plaque to be put at the white obelisk, in fact took place at the blue obelisk as the
construction activities at the white site were delayed due to the temporary shortage
of cement on the island. The project is meant to provide more information about
Bonaire's history of salt making and export.
The students also did research on the Willemstoren Lighthouse located at the site
known by locals as Sedusuk or Sedusu. All the findings by the BONAI students
about the salt ponds and the lighthouse will be published together with information
about other nautical artifacts found underwater on the leeward side of Bonaire and
also nautical artifacts found on land as a guide for tourists and locals. Biologist
Caren Eckrich of Sea and Discover led the group on the underwater explorations for
the nautical artifacts.
At the ceremony, BONAI Chairman Dr. Jay Haviser explained the group's activi-
ties in the past and for the future. Mr. Raymundo Saleh of the Economic Platform
Bonaire highlighted the cooperation between the platform and Bonai. Mr. Saleh
guided the students in their research. Commissioner of Culture and Education Mrs.
Geraldine Dammers emphasized the importance of the BONAI project as it gave her
some information she was not aware of.
At the inauguration ceremony Mrs. Nicole Chirino of the SUKU foundation pre-
sented t-shirts dedicated to the BONAI 2006 group. OHubert Vis
Culinary Team Hailed by Officials
On the Steps of the B.C. (Bestuurcollege, Government building) Bonaire's Bar-
tender/Culinary Team 2006 after receiving accolades from Commissioner of Tour-
ism Onnie Emerenciana and Director of Tourism Ronella Croes.
Also shown are members ofBonaire's Culinair (culinary foundation), Sara
Matera andRuud Vermeulen
ack from the Hyatt Regency in Miami and the "Taste of the Caribbean" Culi-
nary Olympics sponsored by the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) Bonaire's
team received accolades and a pledge to help from Commissioner of Tourism Onnie
Emerenciana and Director of TCB Ronella Croes. Commissioner Emerenciana said, in
expressing appreciation for the team's hard work, "Bonaire may be small, but we're big
in the things we're doing. You guys have opened up a whole new area (in tourism)."
Croes continued, "Bonaire is percolating in the quality of its F&B (food and bever-
age). We're going to feature you and your accomplishments on our TCB website -
Bonaire as a top F&B destination."
Culinair's Sara Matera, the sparkplug behind the Bonaire teams going to the "Taste"
competitions since 1998, explained that it's been the private sector that has been doing
it all all these years both by volunteering their time and raising funds. "We need to
work more with the government," she emphasized. "At Chez Nous (the hotel school)
we have dedicated teachers, we have the students going to Italy to study, workshops,
chefs coming in. We need your support." Matera continued, "We need sponsors to
commit to helping our team and take ownership of that commitment."
Both the Commissioner and the TCB Director pledged their support.
At the "Taste of the Caribbean" event Bonaire's bartender won a gold and a silver
medal; the chef team won bronze. OL.D.
Members of the team:
Bartender Jean Marie Coffie (Divi Flamingo)
Team Manager Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn (SGB Hotel School)
Team Captain Floris van Loo (Rum Runners)
Chefs: Vladimir Gijsbertha (City Cafe), Karel "Egbert" deVries (Le Flamboyant),
Pastry Chef Isidoor Van Riemsdij (Rum Runners)
W (Very Valuable) Sponsors Who Helped Make it Happen :
Bonhata our biggest
Bonaire Culinary Foundation (Culinair) -
Ruud Vermeulen and Sara Matera
Jan and Margreth Kloos
Ronald and Saskia Gravensteijn
Divi Flamingo Resort
Phil and Larriane Katzev
TIS (The Island Supplier)
Antillean Wine Company (AWC)
Bonaire Gift Shop
Rum Runners Restaurant
From left to right: Dr.Jay Haviser (President), Mireille Nicolaas, Fleur Veld-
kamp, Tamara da Costa, Margy Booi, Annie Mendoza, Christopher Frans,
Jackie Bernabela (secretary). In the back: Christopher Maldonado, Raft Rodri-
guez, Hubert Vis (treasurer), Douglas Abraham. Missing: Andrea Simal and
Johnneson Albertus (who'd left for Holland already)
Almost all of the students havefinished their high school studies and are pre-
paring to go on for their further education.
Bonaire Reporter July 14 to July 21, 2006
And the solution is:
(puzzle and directions on page 14)
2 6 8 3 4 1 5 7 9
9 7 4 6 5 8 3 2 1
5 3 1 9 7 2 6 4 8
6 4 5 1 2 9 8 3 7
8 1 7 4 3 6 9 5 2
3 9 2 5 8 7 1 6 4
4 8 6 7 9 5 2 1 3
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(Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
7-14 3:18 1.8FT. 11:57 0.9FT. 95
7-15 4:14 1.6FT. 12:12 1.0FT. 19:34 1.4FT. 21:01 1.4FT. 88
7-16 1:28 1.3FT. 5:33 1.4FT. 12:18 1.0FT. 19:18 1.5FT. 78
7-17 3:25 1.1FT. 7:00 1.3FT. 12:08 1.1FT. 19:45 1.7FT. 67
7-18 4:38 1.0FT. 8:54 1.1FT. 11:22 1.1FT. 20:17 1.8FT. 58
7-19 5:49 0.9FT. 20:54 2.0FT. 54
7-20 6:39 0.8FT. 21:37 2.1FT. 56
7-21 7:35 0.7FT. 22:15 2.1FT. 63
Bonaire Reporter July 14 to July 21, 2006
WEIL EIEI IHOIT IES
Cal tomakesure (LUsually9pm)
X-Men: The Last
Stand (Hugh Jackman)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAfl4 (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
R.V. / Cars
Sunday, July 16, Women's Wind-
surfing talk, Jibe City's Hang Out
Bar, 5 pm. Beginners/advanced wel-
come. See page 5
July 17-19 -Diva Women Windsurf
Clinic at Bonaire Windsurf Place, 10
am to 4 pm daily with lunch breaks.
NAf175 ($100) Three free local schol-
arships available. For details or to reg-
ister call Ann Phelan at 786-3134. See
Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 ( on all beverages ) 5-
7 pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach
* HH-Buddy Dive, 5:30-6:30
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sun.) 5
to 7 pm,
* 2 for 1 appetizer with entr6e, Cac-
* 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
(NA1f2 for residents). Tel 717-8489,
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy
* Rincon Marsh--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.
* Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 7 to 9 pm, Kaya Industria #23.
Great wines NAf2,50 a glass.
(Cancelled Until August 19.
* 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 en-
joying a great dinner in colorful
tropical ambiance at the Chibi Chibi
Restaurant & Bar, Divi Flamingo.
Open daily 5 to 10 pm
* Caribbean Night, live local mu-
sic- Buddy Dive.
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
* Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet fea-
turing Chef Gibi and Los Princes Mari-
achi, 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
* 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
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5 to 7 pm, Cactus
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7
to 9 pm, Cactus Blue
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
* Beach BBQ 7-10 pm & Live mu-
sic by Flamingo Rockers -The Wind-
surf Place at Sorobon
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive
Live music by the "Flamingo Rock-
ers" 5-7 pm-Divi Flamingo, Balashi
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per per-
son. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225
* 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
* Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm, fol-
lowed by All You Can Eat BBQ
* 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist
Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry's
Wildside Diving. New original paint-
ings 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
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 Con-
servation (STCB) Slide Show by
Bruce Brabec. Carib Inn seaside ve-
randa, 7 pm. Tel. 717-8819.
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 this venerable old home that has
been restored 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
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Einoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 7174060/
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, be-
hind the Catholic Church intown Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popular
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings 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 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
at the Union Building on Kaya
Korona, across from the RBTT Bank.
All levels invited. NA5entty fee. Call
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Caf6. Registration at 4, games
at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the
Month- Junior Chamber International
Bonaire (JCI Bonaire, formerly known
as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the
ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco
36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is
welcome. Contact: Renata Domacass6
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2"d 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
Sunday, July 16- If you are
a woman with an interest
in windsurfing regardless
of your level, come meet
on Sunday, July 16, at 5
pm at The Jibe City Hang
Out Bar to talk about a
clinic that will begin the next day. It offi-
cially begins Monday, July 17, at 10 am at
The Windsurfing Place. Beginner and/or
advanced are welcome. It is for women
only and is taught by women and runs
from 10am-4pm through July 19, with
lunch breaks, and the cost is only 175
NAf ($100). Sign up today! Contact Ann
Phelan at 786-3134 for more info.
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at 785-3451; Vala-
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers
to help staff gallery. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-
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- Call Roosje 786-
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 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.
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-
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sun-
days 8:30 11:30 am. Services in
Papiamentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services on Sunday at 8 am
and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304.
Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of
Coromoto in Antriol, in 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 Sun-
day at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cell. 786-6518
Bonaire Reporter July 14 to July 21, 2006
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Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for interisland travel.
Larry's Bakery-Specialists in whole grain bakery
products-good taste and good for your health! Other
great pastries and breads.
The Last Bite Bakery-Now in town next to Xerox. Fresh
baked specials every day. Make it a regular stop.
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 Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and
bar. New! Spa!
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
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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 thii Chi Restarant and arf Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
At the D Flamingo ea717-8285 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
Croccantown a o Italian Restaurant Moderate Chef David prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients.Be served in
Closed Mondae a garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
ClosedMonTake 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.
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Oen from 5-11 m Wednesday-Sundagredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north oftown center. 780-1111Open from 5-1pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds
At Sorobon Beach Open from 10-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service
Get away from it all. Wed. night BBQ at 7 pm BBQ night a specialty
was born on Curagao, not so
I long ago, on January 6th. My fa-
ther, Andries Snijders, was a business-
man, and that made my mother, Swinda
de Haseth, automatically a business-
woman. My parents had six children and
all of us had to help in my father's super-
I had a beautiful childhood. We were
raised very free, but respect always came
first. I went to school till MAVO 3, but I
didn't like it much. I'd already been in
business from the time I was 15, and
when you know how to make money, you
don't want to study for 10 years because
you can 'cash' immediately! But I kept on
doing both things until I was 18; then I
had to make a decision and I decided to
go to Holland. In Rotterdam I studied ac-
counting and at the same time I was
working for Herfurth BV Shipping
Agency in the bookkeeping department. I
finished my study in two years, but I
failed my exams and didn't get a diploma.
Holland was a very beautiful and well
organized country, but the only thing that
was always a problem to me was the
weather. I was homesick and thinking
about going back, but then I heard about
an Antillean song festival that was going
to be organized at the Doelen, a theatre in
Rotterdam. My friends challenged me:
'You love to sing! You must enroll in the
competition!' And that's what I did; I was
It was true what my friends said, I loved
to sing but nobody had ever made any
suggestions in that direction because a
singer in the family... that was something
unheard of! You had to work, and singing
wasn't work! The only story I heard was
when I met my old teacher from elemen-
tary school years later. He told me:
'Julius, I knew you were going to make it
because I remember that when you sang
the whole class would listen with their
mouths open!' Before I participated in the
song festival I'd heard about this lady,
Mrs. Hans, who'd received a knighthood
from the queen and who was giving sing-
ing lessons. She was an opera singer, 75
years old, but she sang like a princess!
When I passed the test she asked me if
she could give me her opinion and she
said: 'You have a very beautiful and
unique voice. Please don't participate in
this song contest but start building your
career slowly and carefully and you will
be a great opera and operetta singer.' I
don't feel anything for the opera, I told
her, but she answered: 'Please, do me a
favor and try to understand this: When
you study opera you can go in any direc-
tion once you have the basics.'
I took her advice and started taking les-
sons from her. She had big plans for me
and wanted to give me a debut in Ger-
many at the Landes Theater. Against Mrs.
Hans' wish I did participate in the song
festival and I ended up 5th. Then some-
thing came up, and this I regret till today.
My dad contacted me and said, 'If you
come back now, you'll have your own
mini-market.' And I did. I told Mrs.
Hans, whom I called 'Ma:' 'Ma,' I'm go-
ing home for a vacation and then I'll be
back and we'll go on with the studies.'
But I knew I wouldn't come back and she
felt it too and told me: 'To please you, I
will say so long...' Fifteen years later I
came back to Holland, but then I couldn't
".... because a singer
in the family.., that
unheard of! You had
to work, and singing
find her anymore..."
Julius Andrew is a great singer with a
beautiful voice, a top entertainer and a
very nice gentleman. "In Curagao I was
home again; at the time I didn't realize I'd
thrown away a great international career.
The mini-market did well and my career
as a singer went even better; I belonged to
the top of Curagao. Back then I sang bal-
lads. I had my own shows and I per-
formed in all the hotels and on TV and
radio shows. I was so successful that I
decided to stop with the mini-market, but
two years later I started with the gold
business and also I was selling crystal
items and plastic furniture. After all I did
have business blood! My career was
booming, especially when I started sing-
ing Mexican music, rancheros, with Mari-
achi Fortuna and later on with the famous
orchestra leaders, El Toro Colina and
Litho Escarso. You see, Mrs. Hans had
been right all along because I changed
from ballads to Mexican music without
any problem! I was taught the right tech-
niques by Mrs. Hans and so it was very
easy for me!
Then I was invited to play a role as a
singing star in the musical, 'Soledad,'
directed by Eligio Melfor, a well known
comedian in Curagao. It was a roaring
success; in one month we did 28 perform-
ances, also in Aruba. Next to the singing,
the gold, the furniture and the crystal I
opened a snack in Post 5/Rio Canario in
Curagao. Opening hours were from 5 pm
until late the next morning. All the artists
would come and it would be a real hap-
pening with lots of food and drinks and
music! Those were the days of Dushi
Korsou, (Sweet Curagao), safe and cozy,
and I'm glad I was there and I lived it.
But with all the things I was doing, I
was getting a little tired. My mom was
living on Bonaire and I told her I was
coming over for a vacation and to rest. I
never went back! I bought a kunuku on
Kaminda Lagun and I changed from a
hectic life to a quiet and simple existence.
I wanted to build a children's farm and I
did it with the help of Randolf Frans and
his family and Eddy and Mena Ayubi. I
had 45 different kinds of animals, even
the famous and very popular boa constric-
tor that belonged to Anton Heitkonig! It
was a zoo in itself and I was financing
everything without any sponsoring. In
town, at the corer of Kaya Grandi, I
opened a snack, Julius' Place, and across
the street I owned Julius' Boutique, where
Angelo is now. Of course I was still sing-
ing, but not as frequently. I performed in
Curagao and I made a cassette/CD 'Julius
Andrew Live in Concert Freewinds.'
Then Bonaire's economy dropped and
times became real bad. Many people left
the island; I couldn't pay the mortgage
anymore, and I lost everything. The worst
day was when the bank told me I had to
leave my land. Some of my animals I
sold and others I gave away. I came back
to town and Mr. Boekhoudt allowed me
to restore the Millenium Inn and to start a
business. That was six years ago. Funny,
the moment I thought I was reaching my
finale I had to start all over again.
But I have a strong character and belief
in God. When I'd fixed the restaurant it
was ready to open, but I didn't have the
money. Luckily the owner gave me per-
mission to sublet it to Donna and Giorgio
for their business. In the meantime I made
another CD, 'Bo Dia,' rancheros in Papia-
mentu, and it sold well. I toured through
Europe Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and Hol-
land. In Holland I made a DVD with Boy
Thode and Ike Jessurun, 'Senor Ta Ex-
isti,' and I did shows in Venezuela and
On Bonaire I started renting out rooms,
beginning with one. When I had 10 and a
nice terrace I organized parties and shows
and everyone knew the Millenium Inn.
Then the owner gave the building to his
son who threw us out because he wanted
to sell the place. Again I lost everything
I'd invested. I started over and now I have
15 rooms I'm renting, but it wasn't as
easy as it may seem.
In September 2005 I was invited as a
member of the jury and coach for the Bo-
nairean team to participate at a Mexican
song festival in Aruba, and we brought
the first and the fourth prizes back to
Bonaire! Oscar Alberto Agudelo won the
first prize; he's a composer and a song-
writer. February 2006 I went with Oscar
to Medellin, Colombia, where we re-
corded my latest gospel CD, 'Tu Instru-
mento,' and in May this year it was suc-
Life can be difficult sometimes, but I
always worked very hard and I think I
made the best out of it. People shouldn't
give up so easily, and they should trust in
God a bit more. I see my future bright; I
want to do a little bit less business and
make more music, especially religious
music. And something I've never missed
before in my life I
am missing now: a
partner! Let's see if
I can make that
happen and who
knows, maybe chil-
dren... I see it very
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How To Find Two Cat's Eyes In Summer's Skies
D on't you think it's
just a bit unfair
that of all the constella-
tions named for animals
not one of them is named
for America's favorite
household pet, the pussy
cat? After all, Orion is
not only accompanied by
one but two of his favorite
dogs. Oh, I know there's
Leo the Lion and even a
Lynx, but they would
hardly qualify as house
pets. So until somebody
gets around to officially Shaula is located in the stinger of the Scorpion, a
naming a kitty in the cos- prominent constellation in the southern summer sky.
mos we'll have to settle The second cat's eye, Lesath, is too close to Shaula to
for the second best thing, be distinguished in this image.
two marvelous cat's eyes
which appear every year
in summer's skies. Never
heard of them? Let me
During any night in
July and August, from
after dark to midnight, if
you look toward the south
you will see summer's
Scorpius, the scorpion.
It's one of the few con-
stellations which actually
looks like its name. It
even has a red star where
its heart should be named
Antares, a humongous
star 700 times wider than
our own Sun. Plus you
can even see how its With a pair of binoculars, a curious stargazer can
rather nasty tail curves up look at both eyes of the cat and two well-known star
and back on itself just like clusters in the same view!
a real scorpion's, with two
stars marking its poison-
ous stinger. Their Arabic names from left to right are Shaula and Lesath. And these
names mean "the sting." In folk legend, however, they are not only "the sting" but are
also the two eyes of an ancient celestial cat, which stare out at us every single sum-
Now although they don't appear to be all that exceptional to the naked eye, if we
look deeper into these cat's eyes with a telescope we can see the secrets they have
hidden within them for thousands of years wonderful secrets because when we
compare each star to our Sun they are truly marvelous. Indeed while our Sun is about
a million miles wide, Shaula is almost twice as wide. And it is a much hotter star
than our yellow Sun and bums a fierce blue-white and is in fact 1,200 times more
luminous. It looks dimmer only because it is 280 light years away, which means that
we see Shaula not as it exists now this summer but as it existed when its light left it
280 years ago in the early 1700s.
Lesath, the dimmer of the two, is even more incredible and appears dimmer only
because it is over 5 times farther away than Shaula, 1,600 light years beyond, which
means that we see it not as it exists now but as it existed 1,600 years ago, around 400
A.D. It bums an even fiercer blue-white hot than Shaula and is 15,000 times brighter
than our Sun. Plus Lesath makes both Shaula and our Sun seem puny by comparison
because it is 2 1/2 times the diameter of Shaula and 7 times as wide as our Sun. Some
pussy cat, eh folks? So get thee outside the next few weeks and find these two magi-
cal cat's eyes peering through summer nights as they silently ride across the southern
sky masquerading as the sting of the scorpion. 1
Sunday, July 9 to
Saturday, July 15, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Weigh the pros and cons and make a decision that
will change the conditions you've been living under. Take your time before making
personal decisions. Arguments with children or friends may leave you steaming.
Don't hesitate to come right out and ask for the pertinent information. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Spend time getting into physical activities with
your lover. In-laws or relatives may oppose your personal intentions. Do some-
thing together and you'll be surprised how sweet a deal you can make. Leave
things as they are for the moment and focus on reaching your highest potential at
work. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Try to enlist the help of those you trust in order to
fulfill the demands being made of you. Your tendency to dramatize may be a little
much for your partner to take constantly. Your emotional state could leave you
vulnerable and confused. Your ability to deal with others will help you accomplish
your goals. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can stabilize your personal relationship if
you're willing to communicate honestly. Be aware that joint financial ventures
could fall apart. You could have a tendency to spend too much on your home or
entertainment. Mingle with those who can further your goals. Your lucky day this
week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Be careful not to misplace your wallet or belongings.
You will be highly entertaining when in contact with your lover. Compromise if
you have to, to avoid verbal battles. Consider the source before you believe what
you hear. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Follow your gut feeling regarding your business
ventures. You will learn a great deal about yourself if you go somewhere secluded.
Travel if it's needed to start the ball rolling. Stop telling others about your prob-
lems. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Try not to be overly generous. You will be able to
talk to your lover about future goals and perhaps make plans for the two of you to
take a vacation. Don't be too quick to judge your loved ones. Don't overindulge in
any way. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Attend seminars that will bring you in contact
with the right people. Toning, fitness, pampering should all be scheduled. Your
depressed mood has been hard to shake. It's hard to stay mad if the object of the
anger refuses to react. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Concern yourself with legal matters and
formulating contracts rather than finalizing your objectives. You may find a rare
antique this week. You will have some problems with children, but if you are pa-
tient you will win their favor. You will be your usual charming self and partners
you attract may be the adventurous type. Your lucky day this week is Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Make arrangements to spend quality time to-
gether. Your emotional attitude with respect to your status and direction in society
may be unrealistic. It's time to reevaluate your motives. Look for something enter-
taining to do. You've got that competitive edge. Your lucky day this week will be
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Make sure that you have covered yourself legally
and try not to let your temper get out of hand. You can ferret out secret information
if you just listen to what others have to say. Electrical problems may be an issue.
Try to have patience and refrain from being judgmental. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You can bet officials will be waiting for you when
you do. It's time to reevaluate your own motives and make changes to yourself
first. You will have a greater involvement in groups; however, they may not be to
your advantage. Listen to the complaints of others. Your lucky day this week will
be Sunday. 1
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